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Clemson QB Watson has no major damage to knee

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says starting quarterback Deshaun Watson has no major damage in his injured left knee and could play again this season.

November 16, 2014 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Harvick wins Homestead, claims first NASCAR title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR's new championship formula.

November 16, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Elliott celebrates Nationwide title after Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Chase Elliott could let Matt Kenseth take a spin with the checkered flag. Even without the win, Elliott had a championship celebration waiting for him in Victory Lane.

November 15, 2014 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Rankings out of quack

So you thought this was going to be different, this College Football Playoff business. It was going to remove all the controversy that marked the Bowl Championship Series.

November 12, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Cleveland Browns aren't so bad anymore

LeBron James returned to Cleveland earlier this year with the stated goal of giving the city a winning team.

November 11, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Elliott clinches Nationwide title, becomes youngest champion in NASCAR history

AVONDALE, Ariz.- Chase Elliott became the youngest champion in NASCAR history on Saturday when he wrapped up the Nationwide Series title at Phoenix International Raceway.

November 08, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


SEC Banter: LSU-Bama rivalry is SEC's most meaningful

Buckle your chin straps, put on your big-boy britches, and settle in for a primetime SEC slug-fest as fourth-ranked Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) travels to Baton Rouge to face No. 14 LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) this Saturday night on the bayou.

November 05, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Momentum shifted Georgia-Florida game

Georgia 34, Missouri 0.

November 05, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins at Texas, Gordon irate at Keselowski

FORT WORTH, Texas - Brad Keselowski's face was puffy, and he took a couple quick drinks of water to wash the blood from his mouth. So close to a big playoff win, Jeff Gordon was left with a cut on his lip.

November 02, 2014 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ellison's 3 TDs push Georgia Southern past Troy

STATESBORO, Ga. - Quarterback Kevin Ellison had three short touchdown runs, and L.A. Ramsby ran for two more scores to help Georgia Southern rout Troy 42-10 on Thursday night.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bumgarner, Giants beat Royals 3-2 to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A giant, indeed.

October 30, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Prevost: Halloween weekend makes for scary matchups

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins across the South - they're huge SEC fans - know Halloween in the nation's finest conference means one thing: the All Hallow's Eve edition of SEC Banter.

October 29, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


Royals' Ventura pays tribute to friend with gem

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yordano Ventura found his own way to honor his close friend Oscar Taveras on Tuesday night, pitching the Kansas City Royals past the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.

October 29, 2014 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mississippi State, Florida State top first playoff poll ranking

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken - and it likes the SEC.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Bumgarner puts Giants win away from title

SAN FRANCISCO - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.

October 27, 2014 | By Ben Walker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Gainesville native Deshaun Watson among more than 100 college players entering NFL draft early

NEW YORK - For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

January 20, 2017 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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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