Owen Thomas loved football. And his mother, Kathy Brearley, loved that he loved it.
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.
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.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout.
PEARL, Miss. - Ben Sheets gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings during his second start with the Double-A Mississippi Braves.
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.
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.
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.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There was no fire or rain. Still, another frantic finish at Daytona International Speedway.
Erika Rucker has plenty of memories from her six years of running competitively.
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.
It wasn't until well after he had finished that North Hall grad Ty McCormack, 19, found out that he was not only the top Georgia finisher for the second consecutive year at the Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday in Atlanta, but the fourth American overall.
For 28 years, the World Crown 300, which runs at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, was held in the middle of November.
SPARTA, Ky. - Driving his backup car, Brad Keselowski raced to third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps remaining and holding off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.
The race for college basketball's national championship heats up Thursday night.
FONTANA, Calif. - While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place - until the yellow flags started flying.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - All the focus was on Georgia State's bench because of Ron Hunter, the coach's torn Achilles tendon, and the now famous stool he used to work the sidelines in the NCAA Tournament.
Wayne Bennett made a hole-in-one at the Village No. 7 hole at Chicopee Woods Golf Course on March 16.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ron Hunter hobbled onto the podium with assistance from the little scooter he's been using to get around since suffering the most talked about injury in the NCAA Tournament.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.
Jonathan Gettys led the Gainesville High baseball team to a 14-2 victory against Heritage on Monday in Conyers.
March Madness is upon us. It begins with the First Four tonight and Wednesday. It culminates in the Final Four on April 4 and April 6.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball, according to new Commissioner Rob Manfred.
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR's highest level.
NEW ORLEANS - The basket had to be lowered so Georgia State coach Ron Hunter could cut the final pieces of the net following his team's 38-36 victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game.
Luke James, Roger Stapp, Yoshi and Dave Jetter won last week's Wednesday dogfight event at Chicopee Woods.
As Reg Murphy sat among a distinguished panel of athletic figures recently in Macon, there was one thought he couldn't shake from his mind.
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