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Stewart wins at Martinsville on a restart

MARTINSVILLE, Virginia - Tony Stewart hadn't won a race all season and didn't list himself as a championship contender when asked to handicap the field before NASCAR's 10-race playoffs got going.

October 30, 2011 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw, Gamecocks defeat Tennessee 14-3

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and ran for another as No. 14 South Carolina survived Tennessee with a 14-3 victory on Saturday night.

October 29, 2011 | By Beth Rucker Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Shaw struggles in Eagles' 1st loss of the season

BOONE, N.C. - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Appalachian State's defense stood firm in the fourth quarter in a 24-17 victory over previously unbeaten Georgia Southern on Saturday.

October 29, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former North Hall standout chasing dream in mixed martial arts

Stephen Flanagan has always been fighting. What he's fought has, of course, changed over the years.

October 25, 2011 | By David Mitchell dmitchell@gainesvilletimes.com | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad named SEC Freshman of the Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has been named the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week.

October 24, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford softball plays in third round of state playoffs this week

With just eight teams reaming in the Class AA state softball playoffs, Buford High School will look to move toward its fifth consecutive state title this week.

October 23, 2011 | David Mitchell | Staff sports picks


Jaybo Shaw leads Georgia Southern past Presbyterian

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern erupted for 31 points in the second quarter Saturday and coasted to a 48-14 win over Presbyterian.

October 22, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Missouri takes another step toward leaving Big 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12 Conference and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers.

October 21, 2011 | By John Hanna Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford grad Melvin Harris dismissed from Ole Miss team

OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi coach Houston Nutt says receiver Melvin Harris has been dismissed from the football team.

October 17, 2011 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Volleyball, softball state playoffs lead packed week

All five local volleyball teams won their first round matches in the state tournament last week, and all five will play Tuesday for a shot at the third round and a ticket to the championship bracket.

October 17, 2011 | Zac Taylor | Staff sports picks


Former GHS linebacker making an impact for Vols

October 12, 2011 | | Staff sports picks


Shaw named SEC Offensive Player of the Week

Former Flowery Branch quarterback Connor Shaw was named the SEC Football Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in South Carolina's 54-3 rout of Kentucky.

October 10, 2011 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Johnson makes necessary adjustments on car to win at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson didn't qualify where he wanted, and his car never quite cooperated during the final practice session at Kansas Speedway. So he spent Saturday evening in the garage area, going over different setups with the rest of his team.

October 09, 2011 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch star Shaw leads Gamecocks to big win

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina quarterback and former Flowery Branch star Connor Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns leading No. 18 South Carolina to a 54-3 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

October 08, 2011 | BY JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Flowery Branch star re-named starting quarterback for Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier isn't happy with No. 18 South Carolina's stumbling offense, so he's benching quarterback Stephen Garcia and inserting sophomore Connor Shaw back in the starting lineup.

October 04, 2011 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Ashway: Leaving the Forgotten Five?

It's March. Time to get serious about college basketball.

March 03, 2015 | Denton Ashway | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

HAMPTON - The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

March 01, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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


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