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North Georgia softball team 'gave everything we could' to win Division II national championship

It started off as a mindless hobby, just a simple game to keep occupied during rain delays.

June 02, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


FIFA President Sepp Blatter abruptly announces resignation

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.

June 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson pulled away on the final restart Sunday to win at Dover International Speedway and become the fifth NASCAR driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victories at a single track.

May 31, 2015 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Jefferson High star Chris Beck makes MLB debut with Chicago White Sox

BALTIMORE - Jefferson High School graduate Chris Beck made his major league debut Thursday, pitching six innings as his Chicago White Sox lost to Baltimore 6-3 in the second game of a doubleheader.

May 29, 2015 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Yogi Berra’s reputation stretched throughout baseball

Yogi? 90?

May 27, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


American Pharoah wins Preakness; Triple Crown try next

BALTIMORE (AP) - American Pharoah has Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown groove.

May 16, 2015 | By Richard Rosenblatt AP Racing Writer | Staff sports picks


Sixth-ranked UNG Nighthawks softball team looks to continue success in Southeast Super Regional

Kim McMillan enjoys all the positive feedback she hears in the community about the University of North Georgia's softball success. Around Dahlonega, McMillan, the power-hitting first baseman for the Nighthawks, knows the success of the program matters to the people in the close-knit Lumpkin County community.

May 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson on track for full recovery as Clemson's QB

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he won't miss a beat despite sitting out all spring after knee ligament surgery. And the Tigers most dynamic player insists he'll return at full speed once he's cleared to cut loose this summer.

May 04, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to his first win of the season at an old familiar place that has always been good to his family.

May 03, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mayweather wins unanimous decision over Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, using his usual skill to remain unbeaten in the most anticipated fight in recent years.

May 03, 2015 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kurt Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory

RICHMOND, Va. - Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR's sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend.

April 26, 2015 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane.

April 19, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 1st-degree murder

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

April 15, 2015 | By Michelle R. Smith Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson: Spieth played, and won, the right way

History will remember the 2015 Masters as Jordan Spieth's Masters Tournament, and that's a good thing.

April 12, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth wins Masters, becomes first wire-to-wire winner since 1976

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth tapped in his final putt to cap off a record performance and bent over in relief. He just as easily could have been taking a bow.

April 12, 2015 | By Doug Ferguson 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


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


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