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Keselowski wins NASCAR race at Atlanta

Kevin Harvick ruined a dominating performance by going too fast on pit road Sunday, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

March 05, 2017 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate D'Marcus Simonds scores 21 for Georgia State in win against Ga. Southern

Gainesville High graduate D'Marcus Simonds scored 21 points, Jeremy Hollowell totaled 15 points, 12 boards and five assists, and Georgia State outlasted Georgia Southern for a 72-67 win in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday.

March 04, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


College Scoreboard: No. 4 North Georgia Softball gets first Top-10 win of the season

The fourth-ranked University of North Georgia softball team notched its first Top-10 matchup of the season, defeating No. 8 Saint Leo, 3-1, Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

February 26, 2017 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Piedmont College graduate Marvin Hudson reflects on experience umpiring 2016 World Series

In any given baseball game, it's commonplace to see the catcher and umpire share a continuous dialogue. The two men behind the plate are in constant communication, whether they're discussing balls and strikes or just making small talk.

February 25, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, UGA golfer Spencer Ralston finishes 10th overall in Puerto Rico Classic

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston shot a 2-under 70 for the No. 9 University of Georgia men's golf team in the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday.

February 21, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Deshaun Watson receives second consecutive Davey O'Brien Award

FORT WORTH, Texas - Deshaun Watson is trying to approach everything leading up to the NFL draft as having fun and enjoying the process while preparing for another once-in-a-lifetime moment.

February 20, 2017 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dawsonville's Chase Elliott wins pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Chase Elliott nipped Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final qualifying lap Sunday to win his second straight pole for the Daytona 500.

February 19, 2017 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


East Hall High grad, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Sterling Bailey holding autograph session

Former East Hall High football standout Sterling Bailey, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, will be signing autographs from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday while the Region 7-AAA basketball tournament is taking place in the school's gymnasium.

February 06, 2017 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville resident Susan Harkins overcame injury to win 4 medals at World Karate Championships

Susan Harkins has overcome countless obstacles. Injuries have accounted for many that have made the road tougher to remaining proficient in karate.

February 02, 2017 | Marcus Etienne The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville group raises money for 1,300-square-foot banner to honor Deshaun Watson

While driving around Gainesville shortly after Clemson won the College Football Playoff national championship, Louis Hokayem saw the ideal spot.

January 30, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Gainesville residents create fundraiser for 1,300-square-foot Deshaun Watson banner

A group of Gainesville residents have created a fundraiser to hang a huge banner on a downtown building honoring area native and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

January 25, 2017 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native Deshaun Watson among more than 100 college players entering NFL draft early

NEW YORK - For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

January 20, 2017 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thousands turn out for Clemson football parade, celebration

CLEMSON, S.C. - Around 70,000 smiling, cheering football fans turned out for the biggest party Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has thrown yet at Death Valley to celebrate the school's first national championship in 35 years.

January 14, 2017 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


West Hall graduate Anthony Lotti already primed for success at Wisconsin

Anthony Lotti left home prepared. He knew it was going to take some acclimation after graduating from West Hall High and going on to kick for the football program at the University of Wisconsin.

January 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB, Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson repeats as Manning Award winner

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson has been named the first repeat winner of the Manning Award, which is presented by the Sugar Bowl to the nation's top college quarterback after the postseason.

January 12, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Ryan Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Ryan Newman gambled and skipped a tire-changing pit stop to move from seventh place to the lead and held on for the final ...

March 19, 2017 | By Bob Baum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall High graduate Paul Powers continues to thrive swimming at University of Michigan

Paul Powers only has to do one thing to achieve a state of serenity before each race.

March 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. wins at Vegas, Kyle Busch bloodied in brawl

LAS VEGAS - Martin Truex Jr. finished speaking to reporters after winning the NASCAR Cup race Sunday and retreated into a corner of the media center ...

March 12, 2017 | By Mike Cranston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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