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This week: High school football playoffs under way Friday

The high school football playoffs begin Friday night, with a number of local teams taking part.

November 07, 2011 | By Zac Taylor ztaylor@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Stewart wins at Martinsville on a restart

MARTINSVILLE, Virginia - Tony Stewart hadn't won a race all season and didn't list himself as a championship contender when asked to handicap the field before NASCAR's 10-race playoffs got going.

October 30, 2011 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Gamecocks defeat Tennessee 14-3

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and ran for another as No. 14 South Carolina survived Tennessee with a 14-3 victory on Saturday night.

October 29, 2011 | By Beth Rucker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw struggles in Eagles' 1st loss of the season

BOONE, N.C. - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Appalachian State's defense stood firm in the fourth quarter in a 24-17 victory over previously unbeaten Georgia Southern on Saturday.

October 29, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former North Hall standout chasing dream in mixed martial arts

Stephen Flanagan has always been fighting. What he's fought has, of course, changed over the years.

October 25, 2011 | By David Mitchell dmitchell@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad named SEC Freshman of the Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has been named the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week.

October 24, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford softball plays in third round of state playoffs this week

With just eight teams reaming in the Class AA state softball playoffs, Buford High School will look to move toward its fifth consecutive state title this week.

October 23, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Jaybo Shaw leads Georgia Southern past Presbyterian

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern erupted for 31 points in the second quarter Saturday and coasted to a 48-14 win over Presbyterian.

October 22, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Missouri takes another step toward leaving Big 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12 Conference and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers.

October 21, 2011 | By John Hanna Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford grad Melvin Harris dismissed from Ole Miss team

OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi coach Houston Nutt says receiver Melvin Harris has been dismissed from the football team.

October 17, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Volleyball, softball state playoffs lead packed week

All five local volleyball teams won their first round matches in the state tournament last week, and all five will play Tuesday for a shot at the third round and a ticket to the championship bracket.

October 17, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Former GHS linebacker making an impact for Vols

October 12, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Shaw named SEC Offensive Player of the Week

Former Flowery Branch quarterback Connor Shaw was named the SEC Football Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in South Carolina's 54-3 rout of Kentucky.

October 10, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Johnson makes necessary adjustments on car to win at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson didn't qualify where he wanted, and his car never quite cooperated during the final practice session at Kansas Speedway. So he spent Saturday evening in the garage area, going over different setups with the rest of his team.

October 09, 2011 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch star Shaw leads Gamecocks to big win

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina quarterback and former Flowery Branch star Connor Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns leading No. 18 South Carolina to a 54-3 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

October 08, 2011 | BY JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Lanier Olympic Venue to host 2016 Pan American Championship event

The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue has attracted yet another major international event.

November 25, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Moon, Murphy, other IronDawgs excel in competitions

Weightlifters from the Georgia IronDawgs earned five more world championships in meets on opposite sides of the globe.

November 24, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Leonard: NASCAR should Chase truer title fight

It's been a week since the NASCAR Sprint Cup season ended with a dramatic finish as Kevin Harvick earned his first championship in NASCAR's top series.

November 22, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Adams wins CMGA Stableford points game

Scott Adams won the Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association's Stableford points game last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

November 22, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Injured Clemson QB Watson ruled out this week

CLEMSON, S.C. - Injured Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson won't return this week.

November 20, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Georgia continues to baffle

Those baffling Bulldogs surprised us again Saturday night in Athens, delivering another stunning performance.

November 18, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Watson has no major damage to knee

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says starting quarterback Deshaun Watson has no major damage in his injured left knee and could play again this season.

November 16, 2014 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Harvick wins Homestead, claims first NASCAR title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR's new championship formula.

November 16, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Elliott celebrates Nationwide title after Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Chase Elliott could let Matt Kenseth take a spin with the checkered flag. Even without the win, Elliott had a championship celebration waiting for him in Victory Lane.

November 15, 2014 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Rankings out of quack

So you thought this was going to be different, this College Football Playoff business. It was going to remove all the controversy that marked the Bowl Championship Series.

November 12, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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