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Seattle Seahawks sign East Hall grad Sterling Bailey to practice squad

East Hall graduate Sterling Bailey was signed to the practice squad with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, after being released by the Indianapolis Colts reserve squad Sept. 27.

October 04, 2016 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing earns 'fairy tale' victory at Petit Le Mans

Despite a one hour and four-minute delay in track repairs, Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta showcased some monumental finishes on the track in Braselton.

October 01, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Watson lost in Jackson hype

CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 3 Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson have done the improbable - turned Clemson passer Deshaun Watson into an afterthought this weekend.

September 30, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Golfing legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch,

September 25, 2016 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local fans express optimism in Deshaun Watson's chances to find stride

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

September 21, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. benefits from late re-start to pass Elliott, win Sprint Cup race in Chicago

Martin Truex Jr. shot to the front after a late re-start and pulled away to give his small Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

September 18, 2016 | Mike Cranston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rio Paralympic Games: Clarkesville native McKenzie Coan wins second gold medal

Clarkesville native and current Loyola Maryland student McKenzie Coan won her second-career gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

September 15, 2016 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


Georgia State falls to Air Force, 48-14

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Tim McVey returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and scored on an 18-yard run, helping Air Force beat Georgia State 48-14 on Saturday for the Falcons' 14th straight home victory.

September 10, 2016 | Pat Graham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clemson overcomes McCloud's ball flip to hold off Troy, 30-24

CLEMSON - Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson threw for three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson avoided a host of mistakes - including an embarrassing early celebration punt-return gaffe by Ray-Ray McCloud that cost a TD - to hold off pesky Troy 30-24 on Saturday.

September 10, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Habersham Central grad King on a 'blessing' of a journey in NFL

It's been nine years since Habersham Central graduate Tavarres King took the field as a high school player and almost four years since he caught passes from Aaron Murray at the University of Georgia. Now, the 26-year-old will be suiting up as a member of the New York Giants.

September 06, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Martin Truex Jr. holds off Harvick for win at Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Martin Truex Jr. took the lead with 28 laps to go and held off Kevin Harvick on the final restart to win the Southern 500 on Sunday night.

September 04, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


East Hall High graduate Sterling Bailey added to Indianapolis Colts' practice squad

On Sunday, East Hall High graduate Sterling Bailey was added to the nine-member practice squad for the Indianapolis Colts.

September 04, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson leads No. 2 Clemson over Auburn, 19-13

AUBURN, Ala. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson passed for 248 yards, including 174 to Mike Williams in his return from an injury, and No. 2 Clemson escaped with a 19-13 victory over Auburn on Saturday night.

September 04, 2016 | By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Larson claims first Sprint Cup victory after late restart in Michigan

Kyle Larson raced to his first Sprint Cup victory Sunday, taking the lead on a restart with nine laps remaining and holding off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway in a duel between two of NASCAR's up-and-coming standouts.

August 28, 2016 | By Noah Trister Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick wins rain-delayed NASCAR race at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 70 laps to go and held to win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, ending a two-day, water-logged ordeal.

August 21, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson’s trip to Heisman Trophy stage bumpier than 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. - He doesn't flash that easygoing smile as frequently. His play gets scrutinized and picked apart more, because many of the folks ...

December 06, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker ...

December 05, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington make College Football Playoff

Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out ...

December 04, 2016 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson throws for three TDs, Clemson tops Virginia Tech 42-35 for ACC title

ORLANDO, Fla. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead third-ranked ...

December 03, 2016 | Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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 ...

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


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