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Fishing report: Bass anglers must be willing to adapt

Lake Lanier's water level has barely dropped at 1,070.06 or .94 feet below a full pool of 1,071. Water temperature are also lower than normal for August in the lower 80s, which has helped the fishing. Lake Lanier is clear on the main lake and clear in the rivers and creeks.

August 14, 2014 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks


McIlroy wins thrilling PGA Championship on soggy turf

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.

August 10, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - AJ Allmendinger beat Marcos Ambrose on a two-lap dash to the finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a somber Sunday.

August 10, 2014 | John Kekis Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tony Stewart pulls out of race after hitting, killing driver at dirt track

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

August 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: 2 groups tie for Chattahoochee Men top honors

Two groups tied for first in last Wednesday's Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association event at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

August 10, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


McIlroy has company heading to Sunday at PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy played the kind of golf Saturday that typically would put him in control at a major championship. Staked to a one-shot lead in the PGA Championship, he made three birdies over his last four holes for a 4-under 67.

August 09, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy roars into PGA Championship lead through 2 rounds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy tracked the flight of his drive as long as he could against the rain clouds over Valhalla on Friday, not quite sure where it landed. He turned to his caddie for confirmation and asked, "Was it good?"

August 08, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Rory one shot back of leaders at PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy showed no sign of letting up. Lee Westwood might just be getting started.

August 07, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


NCAA board votes to give top conferences more power

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.

August 07, 2014 | By Michael Marot Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: Call Rory a favorite, not a shoo-in

It's time for another major tournament, and Rory McIlroy is the overwhelming favorite in the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

August 06, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Tiger arrives at Valhalla to test ailing back

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After a bit of confusion, Tiger Woods finally arrived at Valhalla on Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Earnhardt completes Pocono sweep

LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. traded hats, waited for his cue, and flashed three fingers for the cameras.

August 03, 2014 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott looks to maintain Nationwide lead in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa - Chase Elliott is in the midst of one of the best rookie seasons in NASCAR Nationwide series history.

August 01, 2014 | Luke Meredith Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Never too late to set a world record

It's never too late to set a world record.

July 29, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Ralston falls by 1 hole in U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville golfer Spencer Ralston lost his match in the round of 64 by one hole at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


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Petit Le Mans features some of world's top racers

The lineup of drivers for this weekend's Petit Le Mans reads like a who's who of the racing world.

October 01, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Second-half oddities in baseball

When baseball took its All-Star break in July, the Braves were tied with the Nationals for first place.

October 01, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Auburn’s McCormack picks up weekly SEC honor

AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn senior Ty McCormack, a North Hall graduate has been named men's SEC Runner of the Week, the Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Watson sets Clemson record for TD passes in first start

CLEMSON, S.C. - It took 19-year-old quarterback Deshaun Watson just one game to start rewriting the Clemson record book.

September 27, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Gibson wins at Chicopee Woods

Joe Roberts, Dan Arthurs, Tom Frier Jr, and Gayle Gibson won last week's Wednesday dogfight event at Chicopee Woods.

September 27, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Johnson soaking in his final season at Tennessee

A.J. Johnson is embracing his senior season at Tennessee with the same fervor that led him to become one of the nation's most talented middle linebackers in his first three seasons.

September 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Logano picks up 4th win at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Raised in Connecticut, Joey Logano always considered New Hampshire his home track, the one where he dreamed of being bathed in confetti in Victory Lane and flocked by family and friends.

September 21, 2014 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs find out awards from previous meet

It took a couple of weeks to figure it out, but the Georgia IronDawgs, headquartered in Gainesville, had quite a showing in the recent America's Cup Powerlifting Meet in Kennesaw.

September 21, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Clemson's Watson leads Tigers in near-upset vs. Florida State

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said after the Tigers' opening loss at Georgia in August that the moment wasn't too big for true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson.

September 21, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Shorter days trigger fish into action

Lake Lanier's water level is 1,068.53 or 2.47 feet below full pool of 1,071. Water temperatures remain in the low 80s except up where the rivers feed into main lake, where the water may be slightly cooler. Lake Lanier is clear on main lake and clear in the rivers and creeks. The Chattahoochee River is clear below Buford Dam. Check generation schedules at 770-945-1466 before heading out to the river.

September 18, 2014 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks


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