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This week: Area volleyball tournaments start Tuesday

Ninth-ranked West Hall, North Hall, No. 8 East Hall and No. 7 Buford will all be vying for a top-four spot and a ticket to state when the Area 5-AAA volleyball tournament starts Tuesday.

October 07, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Kenseth wins when Stewart gets knocked upside down

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won Sunday at Talladega Superpeedway, where a last-lap crash turned defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart upside down.

October 07, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski emerges late to win at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Brad Keselowski had just enough fuel left to take the checkered flag Sunday at Dover International Speedway for his second victory in three weeks.

October 01, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This Week: Medical Center Open, Senior Championship scheduled at Chicopee Woods

Golfers at Chicopee Woods will tee it up for a good cause on Thursday. Spread out over the course, 216 golfers will play in the Medical Center Open, with proceeds benefitting My Sister's Place in Gainesville.

September 30, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


NFL, referees union agree to deal

The NFL and the referees' union reached a tentative contract agreement at midnight Thursday, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.

September 27, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Hunter earn SEC honors

Flowery Branch graduate Connor Shaw of South Carolina and Buford graduate Omar Hunter of Florida have been honored by the SEC following their performances in last weekend's games.

September 24, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


This week: Region softball tournaments begin

Region tournaments for area softball teams begin this week, and teams will be vying for one of the coveted top four spots to clinch a trip to the state tournament.

September 23, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Snedeker pulls away to win FedEx Cup

ATLANTA - Brandt Snedeker played the biggest round of his career for the biggest payoff in golf.

September 23, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


NASCAR: Hamlin takes New Hampshire for 5th win

LOUDON, N.H. - Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR race at New Hampshire on Sunday, getting the mistake-free trip he needed to win for the series-leading fifth time this year.

September 23, 2012 | By Jimmy Golen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Shaw on target in No. 7 South Carolina's 31-10 win

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns, Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores and No. 7 South Carolina manhandled Missouri 31-10 in the Tigers first Southeastern Conference road game Saturday.

September 22, 2012 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski takes Chase opener, points lead

JOLIET, Ill. - Brad Keselowski began the season with a bit of goofiness, posting on Twitter during a red-flag stoppage at the Daytona 500.

September 16, 2012 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Notre Dame to ACC in all sports but football

Notre Dame got everything it wanted and the Atlantic Coast Conference got Notre Dame.

September 12, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: West Hall hosts cross country meet

Seven Hall County high schools and two other area schools, will be among the cross country teams converging at 4 p.m. Tuesday for the West Hall Invitational cross country meet in Oakwood.

September 09, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Hamlin wins 2nd consecutive Sprint Cup race

HAMPTON - Denny Hamlin won his second straight Sprint Cup race, holding off Jeff Gordon in a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

September 03, 2012 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Skins and Fins benefit scheduled at Lake Lanier

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro is putting on a benefit golf and fishing combination tournament this week, all in the name of raising funds and awareness of the financial needs of the children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces soldiers through Operation One Voice.

September 03, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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Buford graduate Connor Bennett signs minor-league deal with Cincinnati Reds

Connor Bennett, a 2015 Buford graduate, agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The right-handed Bennett was selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft in June, but said at the time he expected to turn down the offer and honor his scholarship to play at West Virginia.

July 02, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


US heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over top-ranked Germany

MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

June 30, 2015 | By Anne M. Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch holds off brother Kurt to win at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.

June 28, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Virginia wins first College World Series title with 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt

OMAHA, Neb.- After battling a spate of injuries and struggling to even reach its conference tournament, Virginia finished a magnificent postseason run to win its first baseball national championship.

June 25, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Brad Keller impressing for Single-A baseball team Kane County Cougars

The perfect end to Brad Keller's victory Sunday wasn't his teammate's walk-off RBI, closing the first half of the season on a five-game team winning streak or pitching three-hit ball through six innings.

June 23, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Vanderbilt holds Virginia to four hits in 5-1 win at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Carson Fulmer combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, Will Toffey's two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the sixth, and defending national champion Vanderbilt opened the College World Series finals with a 5-1 victory over Virginia on Monday night.

June 22, 2015 | By Eric Olson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


ESPN: Report shows Pete Rose bet on Reds in 1986

BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN says it obtained a notebook that shows Pete Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth picks up stunning US Open victory on heels of Masters win

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Jordan Spieth is halfway home to the Grand Slam, a prize only three of the biggest names in modern golf have ever chased.

June 22, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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