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Former Flowery Branch star re-named starting quarterback for Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier isn't happy with No. 18 South Carolina's stumbling offense, so he's benching quarterback Stephen Garcia and inserting sophomore Connor Shaw back in the starting lineup.

October 04, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Brave Jordan Schafer arrested

TAMPA, Fla.- Houston Astros' outfielder Jordan Schafer has been arrested in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana.

October 04, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Shaw named Gamecocks' QB

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier's calling a quarterback shuffle for No. 18 South Carolina with sophomore Connor Shaw replacing inconsistent senior Stephen Garcia.

October 03, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Petit Le Mans revs up Saturday

BRASELTON - The beautiful thing about Petit Le Mans is that every lap is important. Tommy Milner saw that first-hand as his new teammates from Corvette edged out Ferrari on the final lap of the 2010 race in the GT class at Road Atlanta.

September 30, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Sellers racing on home track in Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON - With all his travels around the world as a driver for Porsche in the American Le Mans Series and development driver for Japanese manufacturer Falken Tire, Bryan Sellers is always glad to be back home with his wife Jamie in their adopted home of Braselton. Just in 2011, Sellers, who is originally from Dayton, Ohio, has flown an estimated 100,000 miles with all his ventures and commitments.

September 28, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


O'Connell taking on new role of broadcaster for Petit Le Mans

Johnny O'Connell has a personality fitting for keeping fans interested during a television broadcast of an American Le Mans Series race, even though his career as one of the sport's more accomplished drivers isn't necessarily finished.

September 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Audi pushes past Peugeot late in Monday qualifying at Road Atlanta

Audi Sport's Romain Dumas waited until the second-to-last lap Monday to set the fastest time in the second day of testing for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda – a 1:08.394 (133.696 mph) lap at Road Atlanta. The Frenchman set the time in the diesel-powered Audi R18 TDI that he will share in Saturday's 1,000-mile/10-hour race with Timo Bernhard and Marcel Fassler.

September 26, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Petit Le Mans highlights busy week

The marathon of motorsports returns to Road Atlanta for the 14th Petit Le Mans endurance race Saturday at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn course in South Hall.

September 26, 2011 | By Bill Murphy bmurphy@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch grad Shaw named starting QB for South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier is at it again with his quarterbacks.

September 01, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grads, brothers translate high school stardom into college football success

When Jaybo Shaw's phone rings during the day down in Statesboro, he has a good idea it's his younger brother, Connor, on the other end calling to chat.

August 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


This week: Let the games begin

After months of preparation, the majority of high school football teams will finally kick off the regular season this week.

August 21, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Busch wins first race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Busch won his 23rd race on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit, pulling even with brother Kurt in career victories.

August 21, 2011 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


LCKC athletes kick off Senior Sprint World Championships

Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club athletes kicked off the Sprint World Championships Thursday in Szeged, Hungary.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Former Trojan now coaching with UNC-Wilmington

Chris Stephens, a former North Hall baseball player and assistant coach, has been hired to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach after serving on the staff at Presbyterian College for one season.

August 18, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Shaw looked at to lead Georgia Southern

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern exceeded expectations last season by advancing to the FCS semifinals under first-year coach Jeff Monken.

August 16, 2011 | George Henry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Ashway: Never too late to set a world record

It's never too late to set a world record.

July 29, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ralston falls by 1 hole in U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville golfer Spencer Ralston lost his match in the round of 64 by one hole at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ralston advances to U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville's Spencer Ralston has qualified for the round of 64 match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course).

July 22, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


North Georgia installing turf on sports fields at Dahlonega campus

The University of North Georgia plans to install turf on sports fields on the Dahlonega Campus, allowing the facilities to be used for both athletics and intramural sports.

July 22, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Rory dominated defenseless Royal Liverpool

Rory McIlroy's come a long way in the past three months.

July 22, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Nix cruises to Gainesville City Championship

Morgan Nix shot a blistering 5-under par 67 in the final round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Course to finish the tournament with a 7-stroke victory.

July 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Elliott wins 3rd NASCAR Nationwide race of season

JOLIET, Ill. - Chase Elliott is proving to be a quick study. A few questions for his teammates and a couple practice laps, and he was ready to roll in his first race at Chicagoland Speedway.

July 20, 2014 | By Jay Cohen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: Nix maintains City Championship lead

The second round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship was completed on Saturday at Chattahoochee Golf Club. The second round was scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., but the start was delayed until 1:30 p.m. due to heavy rains.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs make strong showing in Georgia Games

It was a good day for members of the Georgia IronDawgs Powerlifting team Saturday at the 2014 edition of the Georgia Games in Gainesville. The IronDawgs came away with a number of gold medals as well as some of the best performances of the day in the meet held at their home gym, the Iron Beast.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Rory roars late to lead by 6 at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looks as if he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy shoots 66, remains in lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

July 18, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy, Woods deliver in Round 1 of British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

July 17, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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