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Drivers excited for daytime racing at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Denny Hamlin has gotten accustomed to having Sundays off when NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series comes to Richmond International Raceway, where the premier series has traditionally raced under the lights on Saturday night.

April 23, 2016 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former East Hall standout Frank Davis recognized as one of nation's top assistant coaches

On the rare occasions where Frank Davis gets to come back home, he can't stay long.

April 22, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Times reporter hops on back of speedy Superbike as MotoAmerica comes to Road Atlanta this weekend

In preparation for the Suzuki Superbike Shootout of Georgia at Road Atlanta this weekend, I was asked to participate in a ride-along on the back of a Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike and yes, it was as impressive as it sounds.

April 14, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


VIDEO: Cornett family seek to 'make a difference,' raise awareness of blood cancers through Ironman

Robert Cornett has a lot of time to think when he's running.

April 13, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Vince Johnson: What I'll remember from the 2016 Masters

Here's what I'll remember from the 2016 Masters.

April 11, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Danny Willett wins the Masters after Spieth's shocking collapse

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth couldn't bear to watch, turning his head before another shot splashed into Rae's Creek. Moments later, Danny Willett looked up at the large leaderboard at the 15th green and couldn't believe what he saw.

April 10, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Vince Johnson: Windy conditions setup superstar showdown Saturday in Augusta

Augusta National reminded us Friday that diamonds are made under pressure.

April 08, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Jordan Spieth still leads the Masters, even after double bogey

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth is still comfortably presiding over the Masters, seemingly unfazed by the unpredictable gusts that have confounded many of his rivals.

April 08, 2016 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Vince Johnson: Spieth's poise under pressure set him apart in opening round at Masters

This feels like a movie we've seen before.

April 07, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Spieth resumes where he left off at Augusta National

AUGUSTA - Jordan Spieth atop the leaderboard might be the latest tradition at Augusta National.

April 07, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Q&A: Brenau's proposed women's lacrosse team an 'appealing' prospect for future student-athletes

With the recent announcement that Brenau University would be adopting women's lacrosse as the school's 11th NAIA competitive sport, its athletic director Mike Lochstampfor told Times sports writer David Thackham on Thursday that he would be overseeing a number of decisions over the next two years leading up to early 2018, when Brenau hopes to play its first games.

April 07, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha files federal lawsuit against New York City over arrest

NEW YORK - Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha filed a federal lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, alleging he was unjustly arrested outside of a trendy nightclub last year during a fracas that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.

April 06, 2016 | By Michael Balsamo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Family, fun, a few aces dominated the traditional pre-Masters Par-3 contest at Augusta National

AUGUSTA - Jason Day didn't have time to ponder his putt as he clambered up a hill to the first green at Augusta National.

April 06, 2016 | By John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Vince Johnson: 5 lists of 5 things heading into The 2016 Masters

Whether your weekend consists of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Augusta National, a long stint in front of the television, or sporadic tournament check-ins for a nice conversation piece, here are a few things that might help you in your journey through Masters week.

April 06, 2016 | By Vince Johnson Forsyth County News | Staff sports picks


Masters: Day ranked No. 1 heading into the first major of the year, but no shortage of challengers

AUGUSTA - Jason Day was lurking just outside Augusta National Golf Club, wondering if he wanted to go in.

April 06, 2016 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Dustin Johnson wins US Open at Oakmont for first major title

OAKMONT, Pa. - All the chaos and confusion couldn't stop Dustin Johnson from proving he had the head to be a U.S. Open champion.

June 19, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Two-time Atlanta Marathon winner Wes Wessley brings 40 years of running expertise to the community

Twelve years ago, the Lanier Running Club was running on fumes.

June 17, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


'Persistent determination' earned North Hall grad Jared Oliver a chance with Red Sox organization

Curiosity got the best of North Hall graduate Jared Oliver as he stopped at a red light on the way home last week.

June 14, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Skyler Weber going pro with Oakland A's after being drafted in 18th round

After going in the 18th round of the MLB Draft on Saturday, Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber will forgo his senior season at the University ...

June 13, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


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