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Gainesville City Schools hosting gathering to support Deshaun Watson in national title game

The Gainesville City School System is hosting a gathering at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Gainesville for local fans of Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson to watch the Clemson quarterback in the national championship game Monday night.

January 08, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Will Monday selected as punter for the East-West Shrine Game

Will Monday has been booming the ball as Duke's punter for the past four years. He now must prepare for one final game before the NFL Combine as he looks to leave a lasting impression on coaches and scouts heading into the NFL Draft.

January 06, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Best of 2015: Deshaun Watson's Heisman campaign, Mark Richt's departure among biggest stories

The top sports stories for local fans in 2015 were quite easy to identify.

January 01, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


No. 2 Alabama clobbers No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 in Cotton Bowl, headed to title game

Alabama rolled into the Cotton Bowl determined to wipe away the memories of last season's College Football Playoff flop and it was no contest.

December 31, 2015 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson, No. 1 Clemson cruise to 37-17 Orange Bowl win

Dabo Swinney was in no mood to talk about Clemsoning.

December 31, 2015 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Longtime NFL, college assistant coach, Times sports columnist Chuck Clausen dies at 75

When Bryan Gray was struggling to find success in his early years as head football coach at East Hall, he always drew inspiration from his talks with Chuck Clausen.

December 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


North Hall graduate Ty McCormack readies for 'daunting task' of Olympic trial

North Hall graduate Ty McCormack has had a successful athletic career early in life and, now, he can add another prestigious honor to his resume - Olympic trial qualifier.

December 22, 2015 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Cure Bowl has bigger meaning for coaches, players

ORLANDO, Fla. - They may have come to Florida to play a football game, but for both San Jose State and the Georgia State the inaugural Cure Bowl is about more than what takes place on the field.

December 18, 2015 | By Carl Kotala Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Motivated by brother’s optimism, UNC's Kanler Coker calls switch to basketball a 'no-brainer'

When Kanler Coker signed to play football for the University of North Carolina, he was fulfilling his dream of playing Division-I athletics.

December 17, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Hollis returning to his roots, hosting youth basketball camp

Flowery Branch graduate Ishmael Hollis is returning to his roots and giving back to his community with a youth basketball camp.

December 14, 2015 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Tide's Derrick Henry wins Heisman; Deshaun Watson 3rd in voting

NEW YORK - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for No. 1 Clemson (13-0), came in third place for the Heisman Award on Saturday in New York City. He came in behind winner Derrick Henry, of Alabama, and runner-up Christian McCaffrey from Stanford.

December 12, 2015 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson holds onto humble attitude amid national hype

Leslie Frierson sent the invitation merely as a friendly gesture – she didn't really expect all-state quarterback Deshaun Watson, just released on his first spring break from Clemson, to come to her 4-year-old nephew's birthday party.

December 11, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


'Once in a lifetime': Deshaun Watson's most significant plays, from Gainesville to Clemson

Even after 41 years of coaching, Bruce Miller still isn't sure if he's seen it all.

December 10, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson: 'I'm just trying to inspire people'

Deshaun Watson takes Gainesville with him wherever he goes.

December 10, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad, Clemson's Deshaun Watson wins Davey O’Brien Award as nation’s top quarterback

ATLANTA - Alabama running back Derrick Henry was the biggest star of college football's awards night, as he won the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year, and the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back.

December 10, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Alexander Rossi pulls off stunning upset in 100th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS - An American took the Andretti family to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

May 29, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Foursome earns best ball win at Chattahoochee

The Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association played a two best ball tournament this week.

May 29, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


VIDEO: 'We have to try': Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club seeking to recruit, retain more female paddlers

Farran Smith's first introduction to paddle sports wasn't her idea - for the most part, she was just watching her older brother Emerson glide ...

May 26, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Atlanta Braves give up decisive run in 13th inning of 3-2 loss to Brewers

ATLANTA - Jonathan Villar's run-scoring single in the 13th inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 victory over the Braves, sending Atlanta to another home ...

May 26, 2016 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Parsons, Martin, Hendrick selected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drivers Benny Parsons and Mark Martin and car owners Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Raymond Parks were inducted into the NASCAR Hall ...

May 25, 2016 | By Steve Reed Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Olympic Park to host ACRA National Championship Regatta this weekend

The 2016 American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship Regatta will be held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park on Saturday and Sunday.

May 24, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Area paddlers seek Olympic berths through this weekend's Pan American Championships

Claudiu Ciur believes that the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has its best chance in recent memory to place multiple local athletes in the upcoming ...

May 18, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Former Atlanta Falcon Todd Weiner hosting USA Football Fundamentals clinic

Former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Todd Weiner will be hosting a USA Football Fundamentals clinic for children ages 6-15.

May 18, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Robert Sapp Baseball Camp coming to Flowery Branch in June

The 36th annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp will be held June 20-24 at Hog Mountain Baseball Complex in Flowery Branch.

May 18, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson says he’s not great yet, but working on it

NEW ORLEANS - Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson wasn't expecting any revelations about what he could have done differently to lead the ...

May 17, 2016 | By Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Semi-pro Georgia Wolves advance to National Development Football League championship with 12-0 win

The Georgia Wolves defeated the Columbus Truth 12-0 in the National Development Football League semifinals Saturday.

May 16, 2016 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth holds off Kyle Larson for thrilling NASCAR victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled race Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

May 15, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


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