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East Hall graduate Watson seizes opportunity to shine at collegiate level

In the moment his team needed somebody to step up and make a play, Devin Watson was there.

November 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


QB Deshaun Watson, No. 3 Clemson looking to take final step into playoffs

CLEMSON, S.C. - The way Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees it, the pressure is the same as it's been all season.

November 29, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: The case for Deshaun Watson in the Heisman Trophy race

Deshaun Watson's Heisman hopes are looking solid right now. What a difference a week makes.

November 28, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Watson tosses six touchdowns, No. 4 Clemson beats South Carolina 56-7

CLEMSON, S.C. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson tied his career high with six touchdown passes, three to Mike Williams, and No. 4 Clemson took another, strong step to the College Football Playoff with a 56-7 victory over rival South Carolina on Saturday night.

November 26, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson nabs record-tying 7th NASCAR championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with a record seven NASCAR championships when the hard-luck breaks of racing turned Sunday's title-deciding finale into his crowning moment.

November 20, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Simonds scores 13 for Ga. State in loss at No. 20 Purdue

Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points and No. 15 Purdue scored the final 20 points of the game to rally and beat Georgia State 64-56 on Friday night in the Cancun Challenge opener.

November 18, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Ishmael Hollis picking up with another run at pro basketball in Europe

Ishmael Hollis has traveled the world playing basketball. And with each stop, he gains a new appreciation for a different style, a different pace of the game.

November 16, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Logano wins Phoenix, joined by Kyle Busch is Sprint Cup championship race

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth's misfortune gave Joey Logano a chance to race for the championship.

November 13, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State football fires coach Trent Miles after 2-8 start

ATLANTA - Georgia State has fired coach Trent Miles after less than four years on the job.

November 13, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville resident Juan Soto gets 1st marathon win at Savannah

About five miles into the Savannah Marathon, Juan Soto had a question for the leg captain biking beside him.

November 13, 2016 | By Marcus Rodrigue For The Times | Staff sports picks


Georgia State buys Turner Field, plans to convert to football stadium

ATLANTA - Georgia State received approval Wednesday to purchase Turner Field for $22.8 million, clearing the way to convert the former home of the Atlanta Braves into a downsized college football stadium.

November 09, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Ralston places 8th, UGA golf 2nd in Hawaii

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston tied for eighth as the University of Georgia golf team placed second at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on Sunday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

November 07, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Banged-up Deshaun Watson expected to play for Clemson Tigers on Saturday

The Deshaun Watson watch is on at No. 3 Clemson.

November 07, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Carl Edwards secures spot in title race with rain-shortened win at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas - Carl Edwards got the victory he desperately needed to earn a championship-contending spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, winning at Texas on Sunday night in a race shortened by 41 laps because of rain after the start was delayed nearly six hours.

November 07, 2016 | By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson throws for 2 TDs, runs for another in No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win against Syracuse

Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third before leaving No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win over Syracuse on Saturday with a bruised shoulder.

November 05, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

January 12, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson leaves Clemson, Swinney on solid ground

TAMPA, Fla. - Standing on college football's biggest stage and hoisting its top prize, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson shared the ...

January 10, 2017 | Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson set for CFP national championship rematch with Alabama

Even with one game left to play, Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson already knows what he wants to be remembered for during his time at ...

January 08, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson gained a grasp of overcoming mistakes during years at Gainesville High

When Deshaun Watson was still just a kid at Gainesville High, back before the Heisman Trophy races and national championship chases, former Red Elephants quarterback ...

January 07, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Winter weather update: Area sporting events rescheduled as winter storm approaches Friday

The scheduling shuffle continues for all high school sports teams in the area in preparation of Winter Storm Helena.

January 06, 2017 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


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