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Jimmie Johnson slips past Logano late for Monster Energy Series win in Texas

Jimmie Johnson got his first win of the season, going from the back for the field to Victory Lane on Sunday at a Texas track that has changed since his first six wins there.

April 09, 2017 | Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Teeing off from the Masters: Is Jordan Spieth the new Tiger?

He's not as physically imposing, as brash or the least bit polarizing. He doesn't pound drives past the field, and his swing feels less than effortlessly fluid.

April 08, 2017 | Vince Johnson vjohnson@forsythnews.com | Staff sports picks


Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale

AUGUSTA - Justin Rose charged from behind on the back nine at Augusta National. Sergio Garcia received the kind of break that allowed him to wonder if maybe the golfing gods are finally on his side after all these years.

April 08, 2017 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ageless Fred Couples enters weekend near top of Masters leaderboard

AUGUSTA - Decades often converge at Augusta National Golf Club. In many ways, the week is a throwback – a world without cell phones and with a great deal of personal interaction.

April 07, 2017 | By Vince Johnson vjohnson@forsythnews.com | Staff sports picks


Despite windy weather, gratitude abounds during opening round of the Masters

AUGUSTA - The wind gusts at Augusta National's Amen Corner on Thursday ripped hats off the heads of patrons. Golfers stepped away from their balls three and four times, often bringing the pace of play to a halt. Bathroom lines were moving even slower.

April 06, 2017 | By Vince Johnson vjohnson@forsythnews.com | Staff sports picks


Predictions and More: Ranking the 2017 Masters Tournament

MOST LIKELY STORYLINES FOR THE TOURNAMENT

April 05, 2017 | Vince Johnson vjohnson@forsythnews.com | Staff sports picks


Five things to know: Masters week

Pimento cheese perfection. A color wheel of spring. Loads of golf fans ascending to the grab the check mark on their bucket list.

April 05, 2017 | Vince Johnson vjohnson@forsythnews.com | Staff sports picks


The Masters: Augusta National shuts down again because of stormy weather

AUGUSTA- With severe storms bearing down on Augusta National, the club has been shut down for the second time this week.

April 05, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ernie Els gearing up for what could be his last Masters

AUGUSTA - Ernie Els has memories at every corner of Augusta National, typical of someone who is playing the Masters for the 23rd time.

April 03, 2017 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Fred Payne confident he'll achieve 'dream' of landing on NFL roster

On arguably the most important day of his football career so far, nerves never afflicted Fred Payne.

April 01, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Kanler Coker making the most of second Final Four appearance with North Carolina

Kanler Coker has certainly made the most of his opportunities.

March 31, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Larson takes Monster Energy race at Fontana with ease

A blistering first in qualifying. A surprising first in the Xfinity Series race.

March 26, 2017 | Steven Wine Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thirty first-annual John Hunter Regatta finishes up Day 1 action

The 31st annual John Hunter Regatta started up Saturday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville.

March 26, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Ryan Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Ryan Newman gambled and skipped a tire-changing pit stop to move from seventh place to the lead and held on for the final two laps for a surprise victory in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race.

March 19, 2017 | By Bob Baum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall High graduate Paul Powers continues to thrive swimming at University of Michigan

Paul Powers only has to do one thing to achieve a state of serenity before each race.

March 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


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White County grad Spencer Adams finding his groove as pitcher for Double-A Birmingham Barons

Not long into his start against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday, Spencer Adams sensed something was amiss.

June 27, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native Clay Howarth carving out niche as successful mountain runner

Gainesville native Clay Howarth was thinking about ending his pursuit of mountain running when he developed a painful plantar fasciitis injury to the bottom of ...

June 26, 2017 | By Marcus Etienne The Times | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick captures his first win of season at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Kevin Harvick led a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Ford while proving that veteran experience still counts for something in NASCAR.

June 25, 2017 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Larson holds off Elliott for Monster Energy Cup Series win at Michigan

Kyle Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and raced to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, holding off ...

June 18, 2017 | Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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