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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


Gainesville's Ralston advances to U.S. Junior Amateur match play

WOODLANDS, Texas - Gainesville's Spencer Ralston has qualified for the round of 64 match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course).

July 22, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


North Georgia installing turf on sports fields at Dahlonega campus

The University of North Georgia plans to install turf on sports fields on the Dahlonega Campus, allowing the facilities to be used for both athletics and intramural sports.

July 22, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Rory dominated defenseless Royal Liverpool

Rory McIlroy's come a long way in the past three months.

July 22, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Nix cruises to Gainesville City Championship

Morgan Nix shot a blistering 5-under par 67 in the final round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship on Sunday at Chattahoochee Golf Course to finish the tournament with a 7-stroke victory.

July 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Elliott wins 3rd NASCAR Nationwide race of season

JOLIET, Ill. - Chase Elliott is proving to be a quick study. A few questions for his teammates and a couple practice laps, and he was ready to roll in his first race at Chicagoland Speedway.

July 20, 2014 | By Jay Cohen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf roundup: Nix maintains City Championship lead

The second round of the 2014 Gainesville City Championship was completed on Saturday at Chattahoochee Golf Club. The second round was scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., but the start was delayed until 1:30 p.m. due to heavy rains.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


IronDawgs make strong showing in Georgia Games

It was a good day for members of the Georgia IronDawgs Powerlifting team Saturday at the 2014 edition of the Georgia Games in Gainesville. The IronDawgs came away with a number of gold medals as well as some of the best performances of the day in the meet held at their home gym, the Iron Beast.

July 19, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Rory roars late to lead by 6 at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looks as if he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

July 19, 2014 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McIlroy shoots 66, remains in lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

July 18, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Tiger star anchored by his Gainesville roots

November 25, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Lanier Olympic Venue to host 2016 Pan American Championship event

The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue has attracted yet another major international event.

November 25, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Moon, Murphy, other IronDawgs excel in competitions

Weightlifters from the Georgia IronDawgs earned five more world championships in meets on opposite sides of the globe.

November 24, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Leonard: NASCAR should Chase truer title fight

It's been a week since the NASCAR Sprint Cup season ended with a dramatic finish as Kevin Harvick earned his first championship in NASCAR's top series.

November 22, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Adams wins CMGA Stableford points game

Scott Adams won the Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association's Stableford points game last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

November 22, 2014 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Injured Clemson QB Watson ruled out this week

CLEMSON, S.C. - Injured Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson won't return this week.

November 20, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Georgia continues to baffle

Those baffling Bulldogs surprised us again Saturday night in Athens, delivering another stunning performance.

November 18, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Watson has no major damage to knee

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says starting quarterback Deshaun Watson has no major damage in his injured left knee and could play again this season.

November 16, 2014 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Harvick wins Homestead, claims first NASCAR title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR's new championship formula.

November 16, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Elliott celebrates Nationwide title after Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Chase Elliott could let Matt Kenseth take a spin with the checkered flag. Even without the win, Elliott had a championship celebration waiting for him in Victory Lane.

November 15, 2014 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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