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Seahawks crush Broncos, 43-8, to win Super Bowl XLVIII

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.- The Seattle Seahawks' mantra all season was to make each day a championship day.

February 03, 2014 | By Barry Wilner Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High's Bishop wins Rudolph Junior Classic golf tourney

Gainesville High's Jackson Bishop took top overall honors and won the 16-18 division at the Rudolph Junior Classic on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Club.

February 03, 2014 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


NASCAR creates winner-take-all championship format

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Say goodbye to the NASCAR era when a driver, fresh off a satisfying, top-10 finish, climbs from the car and raves about what a good points day it was.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Storm threatens status of games in Atlanta area

ATLANTA - The deep freeze which engulfed the Southeast on Tuesday forced the Detroit Pistons' game at the Atlanta Hawks set for Wednesday night to be postponed and threatened the status of other contests.

January 29, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Ford chasing NFL dreams after college setbacks

Gerald Ford has been through a lot in his life. From being displaced from his home by Hurricane Katrina, eventually finding a new home in Gainesville, to being ineligible for a pair of football seasons at Valdosta State. Ford has defied the odds more than once.

January 26, 2014 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks


Wawrinka wins Australian Open vs. injury-slowed Nadal

MELBOURNE, Australia - Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final.

January 26, 2014 | John Pye Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Arbitrator rules A-Rod should be suspended for 2014 season

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez's drug suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision that sidelines the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.

January 11, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern names Willie Fritz head football coach

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern on Friday named Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz to lead the Eagles into their new era as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Florida State chips away at Auburn for 34-31 national championship

PASADENA, Calif. - Jameis Winston and Florida State faced down adversity for the first time this season, and showed they could take a punch if that's what it took to win a national championship.

January 07, 2014 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott to run for Nationwide title with NAPA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Budding star Chase Elliott has landed a full-time NASCAR ride for 2014 with JR Motorsports, with surprise sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.

January 06, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Freshman QB Knight leads No. 11 Oklahoma past No. 3 Alabama in Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - Bob Stoops declined to announce a starting quarterback before the Sugar Bowl, and when freshman Trevor Knight took the field on the Sooners' first possession, Alabama's defenders couldn't have anticipated what was in store.

January 03, 2014 | Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Braves' relocation plan leads top stories of past year

The top sports stories of the year for those who follow the local sports scene - from the pros down to high school - are usually easy to identify. They're the items that keep fans talking and, in some cases, debating for a long time. The top sports stories often come out of nowhere, which is why they are so hotly debated, while others are much more anticipated.

December 31, 2013 | By Jared Putnam and Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Lakeview Academy holding basketball clinic to benefit former student

Lakeview Academy is hosting the "Hoops for Daniel" fundraising basketball clinic and 3-on-3 tournament for students in third-sixth grades on Dec. 29 at the school in Gainesville.

December 17, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Florida State's Winston wins Heisman by landslide

NEW YORK - Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy.

December 15, 2013 | BY RALPH D. RUSSO Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Johnson picked as First-Team All-SEC linebacker

ATLANTA - University of Tennessee middle linebacker and Gainesville High graduate A.J. Johnson was named All-SEC on Monday after recording 106 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss for the Volunteers in 2013. The junior has been a three-year starter for Tennessee.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Dustin Johnson wins US Open at Oakmont for first major title

OAKMONT, Pa. - All the chaos and confusion couldn't stop Dustin Johnson from proving he had the head to be a U.S. Open champion.

June 19, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Two-time Atlanta Marathon winner Wes Wessley brings 40 years of running expertise to the community

Twelve years ago, the Lanier Running Club was running on fumes.

June 17, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


'Persistent determination' earned North Hall grad Jared Oliver a chance with Red Sox organization

Curiosity got the best of North Hall graduate Jared Oliver as he stopped at a red light on the way home last week.

June 14, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Skyler Weber going pro with Oakland A's after being drafted in 18th round

After going in the 18th round of the MLB Draft on Saturday, Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber will forgo his senior season at the University ...

June 13, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Joey Logano pulls away from pack to win FireKeepers Casino 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Joey Logano pulled away from the pack to win the FireKeepers Casino 400, becoming the 10th driver to win a NASCAR race this ...

June 12, 2016 | By Larry Lage Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber picked in 18th round of MLB Draft by Oakland Athletics

Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber was picked in the 18th round (532 overall) by the Oakland Athletics during Saturday's third day of the MLB ...

June 11, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


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