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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


Celtics beat Heat in OT, even series at 2-2

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the final three points of the Boston Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

June 04, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs sweep team titles in Jonesboro

The Georgia IronDawgs, a powerlifting team based out of Gainesville, swept the team titles at the American Powerlifting Committee 10th Anniversary National Championships on Sunday. They won in the benchpress and powerlifting categories at the Clarion Hotel in Jonesboro.

June 03, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


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Ashway: It's always game day at the college football Hall of Fame

College football fans have entered one of those dreaded "down times" on the annual calendar.

February 25, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Logano's win fuels big dreams

Joey Logano continues his climb up the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ladder. His victory in the Daytona 500 on Sunday was the latest proof.

February 23, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Logano earns first Daytona 500 victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Joey Logano, the driver who has spent seven years trying to live up to impossible expectations, raced to his first career Daytona 500 victory Sunday as he continued to reward Roger Penske for catapulting him into one of NASCAR's top stars.

February 22, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kurt Busch loses appeal to overturn NASCAR suspension

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kurt Busch has lost his appeal to be reinstated for the season-opening Daytona 500.

February 21, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: 5 things to watch during 2015 NASCAR season

Another NASCAR regular season is almost upon us. For the third time in four years, somebody other than Jimmie Johnson is the defending champion.

February 16, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Dawsonville's Charity Witt makes splash in first powerlifting meet

When Dawsonville's Charity Witt decided to try her hand at competitive powerlifting, it came at the urging of her boyfriend, powerlifter and Georgia's Strongest Man winner Landon Jameson, as well as a personal desire to get stronger.

February 16, 2015 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Georgia football signee Roquan Smith an unsuspecting trailblazer

Roquan Smith never wanted to be a trailblazer, a revolutionary. He never set out to be the next Curt Flood, challenging college football's version of baseball's reserve clause.

February 16, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Kenseth claims win at Sprint Unlimited in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Matt Kenseth, coming off a winless 2014 season, has opened the new year with a victory.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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