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North Hall grad McCormack is 1st Georgian to finish in Peachtree Road Race

It wasn't until well after he had finished that North Hall grad Ty McCormack, 19, found out that he was not only the top Georgia finisher for the second consecutive year at the Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday in Atlanta, but the fourth American overall.

July 04, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Gresham prepares for 29th running of World Crown 300

For 28 years, the World Crown 300, which runs at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, was held in the middle of November.

July 03, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Keselowski pulls away for Kentucky NASCAR win

SPARTA, Ky. - Driving his backup car, Brad Keselowski raced to third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps remaining and holding off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.

June 30, 2012 | By Rusty Miller Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Couple traveling across country to tell minor league baseball's stories

Matt and Carolyn LaWell sat down on Saturday in the press box at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

June 30, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


This week: High school teams coming out for passing camp

The Gainesville/Hall County Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its 2012 passing camp and lineman challenge at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Johnson High.

June 24, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


James' triple-double lifts Heat to NBA title

MIAMI - MIAMI - The decision is final: LeBron James made the right call coming to Miami.

June 22, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Rucker qualifies for World Junior Championships

Former Flowery Branch High and current South Carolina runner Erika Rucker qualified for the International Association of Athletics Federation World Junior Championships after taking second overall in the 400-meter dash at the USA Junior National Championships this weekend.

June 19, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Simpson outlasts McDowell, Thompson to win US Open

SAN FRANCISCO - Overlooked for so much of the week, Simpson emerged on a fog-filled Sunday at The Olympic Club with four birdies around the turn and a tough chip out of a hole to the right of the 18th green that he converted into par for a 2-under 68.

June 18, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: Braves take on Yankees

The Braves are ready to tackle a three-game series in the Big Apple starting today. But, this time, it isn't against the Mets. Instead, Atlanta is playing an Interleague series against the Yankees. Last week, these two played in Atlanta with the Yankees leaving with a three-game sweep.

June 17, 2012 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Earnhardt Jr. ends drought with win in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

June 17, 2012 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Father's Day tournament in its 3rd year at Chateau Elan

Three years ago, looking for an event to celebrate Father's Day with a specific focus on the kids, the Chateau Elan Golf Club held its first Dad and Junior Scramble Golf Tournament.

June 15, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Durant powers Thunder past LeBron, Heat 105-94

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant showed LeBron James how to play the fourth quarter in the NBA Finals.

June 12, 2012 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Longtime sportscaster, Gainesville grad Fusselle dies

Warner Fusselle, a Gainesville High graduate and the radio voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones Minor League baseball team since 2001, died Sunday night at the age of 68 after suffering a massive heart attack.

June 11, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Thunder headed to NBA finals, beat Spurs 107-99

OKLAHOMA CITY - After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish.

June 06, 2012 | By Jeff Latzke Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Celtics take control of East, beat Heat 94-90

MIAMI - Paul Pierce watched the shot sail just over LeBron James' outstretched arm. And when it swished, he turned toward the Boston bench, shaking his head.

June 05, 2012 | By Tim Reynolds Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Lloyd scores 3 times as U.S. tops Japan 5-2 in Women's World Cup final

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

July 05, 2015 | Anne Peterson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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


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