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Keselowski claims 1st Sprint Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Here's a tweet for Brad Keselowski: NASCAR champion. Roger Penske must like the sound of that, too.

November 18, 2012 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Wild race blows championship open for Keselowski

AVONDALE, Ariz. - When the fighting stopped, the oil had dried and the last of the wrecked cars had been towed away, Brad Keselowski found himself on the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske.

November 11, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson holds off Keselowski for victory in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson regained the lead on the final restart, beating Brad Keselowski in an ending two-lap shootout to win Sunday at Texas and add to his NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with two races left.

November 04, 2012 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants beat Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings for World Series sweep

DETROIT - Smart pitching. Clutch hitting. Sharp fielding. Plus an MVP Panda.

October 29, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins at Martinsville; takes points lead in Sprint Cup

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson raced to his seventh career Martinsville Speedway victory to take the season points lead with three event left, holding off Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go Sunday.

October 28, 2012 | By Hank Kurtz Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Giants beat Tigers 2-0 for 3-0 World Series lead

DETROIT - Nothing is stopping them - not even the Triple Crown winner at the plate with the bases loaded.

October 28, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


With small ball, Giants win 2-0 to take 2-0 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder after a key bunt stopped just fair along the third-base line and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 World Series lead.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sandoval, Giants take down Tigers in Game 1 of World Series

SAN FRANCISCO - With three mighty swings, Pablo Sandoval put the San Francisco Giants ahead in this World Series and put himself in a class with Mr. October.

October 25, 2012 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Buford softball back in familiar territory

Buford is headed to Columbus looking for a sixth consecutive state championship - and a first in Class AAA - as the state softball championships begin Thursday in Columbus.

October 21, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth wins, Keselowski keeps points lead

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth won for the second time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in a caution-marred race at repaved Kansas Speedway.

October 21, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Racing Hall of Fame banquet set for Oct. 26

The 2012 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located inside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex in Dawsonville, Georgia.

October 17, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Beltran, Freese each hit 2-run homers for Cards in Game 1 win of NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tigers shut down Yankees 3-0 in Game 2 of ALCS

NEW YORK - Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers made the plays, benefited from an admitted missed call by an umpire and delivered during their few good opportunities at the plate.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jeter hurt, Young stars as Tigers win ALCS opener

NEW YORK - Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning after New York's Raul Ibanez hit another stunning game-tying home run during a four-run rally in the ninth, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the Yankees 6-4 Saturday night in an AL championship series opener in which Derek Jeter was helped off the field with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

October 14, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bowyer wins on disastrous night for Keselowski

CONCORD, N.C. - Clint Bowyer picked up his first win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Saturday night, winning a fuel mileage race that ended in disaster for points leader Brad Keselowski.

October 13, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing team prepares for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta course

BRASELTON - Most people know the thrill of being handed a freshly laminated driver's license at 16 years of age, but not many have experienced the thrill of getting the keys to a 450-horsepower supercar at 16, especially at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

July 23, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson says he’s healthy and ready to lead Tigers to big things

MAULDIN, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't focused on the praise and honors coming his way, no matter how high they pile up this offseason.

July 23, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jamaica upsets US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

ATLANTA - The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team.

July 22, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford's Olivia Shaw celebrating national title at MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition

Get out the screwdrivers: Olivia Shaw needs room to figure out how she's going to organize the new gifts she received last weekend in Cincinnati.

July 21, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Clemson, QB Deshaun Watson earn preseason ACC awards

PINEHURST, N.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hopes Deshaun Watson takes another step forward this season.

July 21, 2015 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tennessee, Georgia Tech to meet in 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium

ATLANTA - Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

July 20, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop wins City Championship

After a 1-hour weather delay Sunday afternoon, Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop fired a final round 2-under-par 70 to become the 2015 City Champion at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville.

July 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


New Brenau track and field coach Byron Kramer has high hopes for team

After winning conference championships in its first three years, Brenau University's Golden Tigers track and field team could be ready to make a significant mark on the national level.

July 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Clemson coach Swinney says injured quarterback Deshaun Watson cleared for football work

SUNSET, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Deshaun Watson was fully cleared by the school's medical staff to take part in football activities.

July 15, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Trout homers leading off, and American League All-Stars top National League 6-3

Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball's new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats had just walked off the field.

July 14, 2015 | Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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