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Watson in running for starting job at QB as Clemson starts spring practice

CLEMSON, S.C. - For the first time in five years, Clemson has questions at quarterback.

March 05, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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


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Lakeview Academy grad Ralston Cash flourishing since call up to pitch for Triple-A Dodgers

Ralston Cash received some of the best news of his life as a pro baseball player in an unforgettable manner. The 24-year-old Lakeview Academy graduate ...

July 26, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Road to Rio: Fans encouraged to show support for Olympic bound Chestatee grad Jenny Arthur

Chestatee High graduate Jenny Arthur is headed to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to compete for the United States' weightlifting team.

July 25, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson picked as preseason ACC Player of Year

Clemson quarterback and 2014 Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson are the preseason picks for Atlantic Coast Conference favorite and player of the year.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston shoots final-round 66, ties for 4th in Palmetto Amateur

Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston finished tied for fourth at the 2016 Palmetto Amateur at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina.

July 24, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Chestatee High grad, Olympic qualifier Jenny Arthur to appear in CNN interview

Chestatee High graduate and Team USA weightlifter to the Rio Summer Olympics Jenny Arthur will be the subject of an interview to air on CNN ...

July 22, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson, Clemson aiming for ACC repeat in 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clemson star quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is driven by the goal of winning another Atlantic Coast Conference championship and ...

July 22, 2016 | Aaron Beard Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop qualifies for U.S. Amateur Golf Championship

Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop is moving on to compete for the U.S. Amateur Championship in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. after tying for second place ...

July 20, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston places second at Georgia Amateur Golf Championship

Recent Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston finished second Sunday in the Georgia Amateur Golf Championship at the Brookhaven Course of Capital City Club in Atlanta ...

July 18, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Stenson closes strong to win battle against Mickelson for British Open title

TROON, Scotland - Henrik Stenson is the champion golfer of the year, thanks to a final round for the ages.

July 17, 2016 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clarkesville's McKenzie Coan earns spot on US Paralympic Team to swim in Rio Summer Games

Beginning in August, some of the greatest athletes on the planet will descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in attempt to bring home Olympic hardware ...

July 16, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


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