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Falcons secure playoff berth with Eagles' victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - DeSean Jackson scored on a 65-yard punt return on the final play of the game and the Philadelphia Eagles scored 28 points in the final 7:28 to stun the New York Giants 38-31 Sunday and take over first place in the NFC East. With the Philadelphia win, the Atlanta Falcons secured a playoff berth in the NFC.

December 19, 2010 | By Tom Canavan The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McNabb benched in favor of Grossman

Donovan McNabb to second-string. Then to third-string. Then no guarantee that he'll be back next season.

December 17, 2010 | By Joseph White The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jersey back where it belongs

Gainesville resident Mike McWhorter is a diehard baseball fan and collects memorabilia whenever he gets the chance. Nearly 20 years ago, a friend of his sister, who worked at the Astrodome in Houston, came across a vintage Astros jersey while the dome was undergoing renovations.

December 16, 2010 | Adam Krohn | Staff sports picks


Hall of Fame pitcher Feller dead at 92

CLEVELAND - Bob Feller, the Iowa farm boy whose powerful right arm earned him the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of baseball's greatest pitchers during a Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 92.

December 15, 2010 | By Tom Withers The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Cliff Lee to sign with Phillies

NEW YORK - Cliff Lee is returning to the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that traded him nearly one year ago.

December 14, 2010 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Area hoops teams tuning up for Lanierland

This week is big for local high school basketball programs as they tune up for the upcoming Lanierland tournament. Chestatee, Johnson and West Hall will out play out-of-county matchups before the Hall County-based Lanierland begins on Dec. 20.

December 13, 2010 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Auburn's Newton wins Heisman trophy

NEW YORK - Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy - as if there was any doubt.

December 11, 2010 | By Ralph Russo The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Muschamp takes Gators job

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has left the Longhorns to take over at Florida.

December 11, 2010 | By Jim Vertuno The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sandy Creek wins Class AAA state title

ATLANTA - Derrick Alexander rushed for 131 yards and scored a touchdown for Sandy Creek, but the Patriot defense was ultimately responsible for the Fayette County school's second straight state title.

December 11, 2010 | The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clinch County wins Class A football championship

ATLANTA - Clinch County's performance on Saturday wasn't perfect, but the Panthers finished off a perfect season.

December 11, 2010 | The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern set to play SoCon rival in playoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. - For Wofford to continue its season of redemption, the Terriers will have to beat a Georgia Southern program trying to return to its national championship tradition.

December 10, 2010 | By Jeffrey Collins The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Urban Meyer resigning at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After the worst season of his career Urban Meyer is stepping down at Florida, giving up one of the premier jobs in college football for the second time.

December 08, 2010 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


All-SEC team dominated by Auburn

ATLANTA - Cam Newton got an early start on awards week.

December 06, 2010 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Newton, James among 4 Heisman Trophy finalists

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon running back LaMichael James, two of the nation's most dynamic players, will meet in the national championship game next month.

December 06, 2010 | By John Marshall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


It's official: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon for national title

A season spent talking about BCS busters will end with another clash of the big boys - just not the ones we've gotten used to seeing in the title game.

December 05, 2010 | By Ralph Russo The Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Keselowski completes NASCAR sweep at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish.

July 13, 2014 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville golfer ties for 15th at Georgia Amateur

MACON - Gainesville High's Jackson Bishop tied for 15th at the Georgia Amateur Championship on Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Netherlands shuts out Brazil for 3rd place at World Cup

BRASILIA, Brazil - Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.

July 12, 2014 | By Tales Azzoni Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Young players learn soccer, German language

DAHLONEGA - The spirit of the World Cup was alive and well in the outfield of the University of North Georgia's Bob Stein Stadium this week.

July 11, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Decision in: LeBron returns to Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - LeBron James' latest decision is in: He's returning to Cleveland.

July 11, 2014 | By Tim Reynolds and Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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