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Shaw, Murray on Davey O'Brien watch list

Flowery Branch graduate and current South Carolina junior quarterback Connor Shaw and Georgia junior quarterback Aaron Murray have been named to the 34-player 2012 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced Wednesday.

July 18, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Slive has unfinished business in SEC, staying put

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has unfinished business and he isn't leaving what has lately become college football's penthouse anytime soon.

July 16, 2012 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rucker brings home gold medal

Flowery Branch graduate and University of South Carolina track athlete Erika Rucker won a gold medal Sunday in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona as part of the US women's 4x400 relay team.

July 15, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: How will head injuries affect football's future?

Owen Thomas loved football. And his mother, Kathy Brearley, loved that he loved it.

July 14, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: Football fans clamor for hits, but safety is a concern

In 2004, the Madden football video game added the "Hit Stick" feature, a way to deliver high-impact tackles, to its best-selling NFL game.

July 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Ralston, Lasseter win respective divisions at Chateau Elan tourney

Spencer Ralston and Drew Lasseter, both of Gainesville, won their respective age divisions in an Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament on Wednesday on the Woodlands Course at Chateau Elan.

July 11, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Rucker wins heat in Barcelona

Flowery Branch graduate Erika Rucker, who is representing the United States at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, finished first in heat six of six yesterday morning in the 400-meter dash and will move on to the second round at 3 p.m. today.

July 11, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Giant blowout: NL routs AL 8-0 in All-Star game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout.

July 11, 2012 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mixed results for Sheets in second Double-A start

PEARL, Miss. - Ben Sheets gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings during his second start with the Double-A Mississippi Braves.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Federer earns 7th Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England - A Grand Slam title drought did indeed end in Sunday's historic and riveting Wimbledon final, only it was Roger Federer's lengthy-for-him gap between trophies that came to a close, rather than Britain's 76-year wait for a homegrown men's champion.

July 09, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves sending 4 to All-Star Game

The Atlanta Braves will be well represented in this week's All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Braves second baseman Dan Uggla earned the start at second base, despite hitting below .230 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. Uggla has struggled in the final 10 games, only managing two hits leading into Saturday night's game at Philadelphia.

July 08, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Owings will return to majors with San Diego as position player

SAN DIEGO - Injured San Diego Padres pitcher and Gainesville High graduate Micah Owings will attempt to return to the majors as a position player on Monday. He still holds the state record with 69 home runs in his career with the Red Elephants from 1999-2002.

July 07, 2012 | From staff, wire reports | Staff sports picks


Tony Stewart makes late move to win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There was no fire or rain. Still, another frantic finish at Daytona International Speedway.

July 07, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Rucker headed to Junior World Championships

Erika Rucker has plenty of memories from her six years of running competitively.

July 05, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Elliott cruises to win at World Crown 300

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott set the fast time in qualifying (16.609 seconds) and went on to win the World Crown 300 on Wednesday at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson.

July 05, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


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Leonard: Looking back at Russell Wilson's first win as college QB

Let me tell you a story about Russell Wilson from back before he was the Super Bowl-winning quarterback he has become with the Seattle Seahawks.

January 31, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Bill Elliott inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.

January 31, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott to replace Gordon on NASCAR race team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bill Elliott, Dawsonville forever linked in racing history

Affectionately known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" by his legion of fans, Bill Elliott will cement the town's status in motorsports history when he is inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame Friday night in Charlotte.

January 28, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Hey, watch this replay! And thank Tony Verna

If you miss any Super Bowl action this Sunday, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.

January 27, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Jim O'Dell grateful for chance to be Lanier Canoe Kayak Club coach

Fresh off practice Monday night, Jim O'Dell had a vivid reminder of why he enjoys his new job so much.

January 26, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks




Ashway: Bostick has company in infamy

Brandon Bostick, meet Bill Buckner.

January 20, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Brady, Patriots lock up AFC Championship

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no coach or player has gone more - the Super Bowl.

January 18, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Seattle completes thrilling late comeback for NFC Championship

SEATTLE - The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away.

January 18, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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