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Denny Hamlin picks up 1st Bristol victory

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Denny Hamlin moved toward the top seed in NASCAR's championship race by using a calculated late pass to win for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway.

August 25, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This week: A number of area football teams get an early start

The regular season begins for a number of area football teams at 7:30 p.m. Friday - a week before most teams in the state are set to begin.

August 19, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Biffle wins at Michigan when Johnson's car falters

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Greg Biffle won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday when leader Jimmie Johnson left the track because of engine trouble with six laps left.

August 19, 2012 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tiger in 3-way tie for the lead at PGA Championship

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - In the 55 years since the PGA Championship switched over to stroke play, there has never been a tougher round than Friday at Kiawah Island.

August 11, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


LCKC member Hornsby paving the way forward

Next week, members of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club will become, at least temporarily, very early risers.

August 02, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Georgia Open back at Chateau Elan

The Georgia Open returns to The Legends at Chateau Elan for the first time since 2005, with the state's mini-tour players looking to continue their recent run of success in the tournament.

August 01, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


After latest BCS woes, ACC looks for fresh start

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference is looking for a fresh start. The way the last few postseasons have ended, the beleaguered league could use one.

August 01, 2012 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville Wildcats continue to impress

The Gainesville Wildcats don't play like typical AAU basketball teams.

July 31, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Alabama, LSU and SEC trying to remain on top

The Southeastern Conference has lined up a few contenders for Lucky No. 7.

July 31, 2012 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Branch grad Cross named to Hendricks Award watch list

Flowery Branch graduate and current Georgia Tech senior defensive end Izaan Cross was named Monday to the 40-player preseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation's top defensive end.

July 30, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Mitchell: Warrior mentality puts players at risk

They are modern-day gladiators.

July 28, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


A Dangerous Game: How can football adapt to promote safety?

Jacob Allen has been working hard to rid himself of a bad habit.

July 28, 2012 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Mitchell: Former gold medalist an Olympic pioneer

There's always been something special about the Olympics to me.

July 26, 2012 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


McAlister hits a hole in one at Chattahoochee

Brad McAlister scored his first-ever hole-in-one on Tuesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. The rare shot happened on the third hole, which was playing 110 yards.

July 25, 2012 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Florida State and Virginia Tech are ACC's picks for title game

GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's an annual rite of summer in the Atlantic Coast Conference: Picking Florida State and Virginia Tech to meet in the league championship game.

July 23, 2012 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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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


Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson share US Open lead after Day 1

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - So much for Chambers Bay being the star of this U.S. Open. Thursday turned into another horror show for Tiger Woods.

June 18, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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