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Hamlin rallies to win first round of playoffs in Chicago

Denny Hamlin earned a surprise automatic berth into the second round of NASCAR's playoffs by rallying from last to victory lane Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

September 20, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch High grad Ishmael Hollis signs pro basketball deal in Portugal

Flowery Branch High graduate and University of North Georgia standout Ishmael Hollis has agreed to terms with S.C. Lusitania Expert, allowing Hollis to continue his professional career in Portugal.

September 15, 2015 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth grabs 4th win of season, JGR dominates again as team readies for NASCAR playoffs

RICHMOND, Va. - Joe Gibbs Racing cemented itself as the team to beat for NASCAR's championships with a dominating run Saturday night that ended in Matt Kenseth's fourth win of the season.

September 13, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville football team members set up donation collection for alumnus Devan Stringer

In the hopes of giving back to one of their own, Gainesville football team members set up a donation collection for the family of former linebacker Devan Stringer and La'Kiera Smith, who tragically lost their 11-day-old daughter Monday.

September 09, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Georgia Bulldogs' Nick Chubb one of the SECs many elite running backs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference remains flush with tailbacks.

September 09, 2015 | John Zenor Associated Press | Staff sports picks


SEC championship remains in Atlanta at least through 2026

ATLANTA - The Southeastern Conference football championship game is staying in Atlanta for at least a dozen more years.

September 08, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Carl Edwards wins Sprint Cup race at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Carl Edwards took the lead on the last pit stop and held off Denny Hamlin on a restart eight laps from the end for his first Southern 500 victory Sunday night.

September 07, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad T.J. Jones makes Detroit Lions 53-man roster

The Detroit Lions have decided to start the season with two quarterbacks, releasing Kellen Moore.

September 06, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson throws for pair of TDs, No. 12 Clemson trounces Wofford 49-10

Deshaun Watson threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and Clemson overcame a scary injury for Mike Williams on its way to a 49-10 victory over Wofford on Saturday.

September 05, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State edged by Charlotte in opener, 23-20

Matt Johnson threw for 242 yards and a touchdown to help Charlotte beat Georgia State 23-20 in the 49ers' FBS debut Friday at the Georgia Dome.

September 04, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson looking for fast start to season with No. 12 Clemson vs. Wofford

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson says he is ready for whatever comes his way.

September 03, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


SEC Banter: Helpful hints for enjoying college football season

Summer's loosening grip and early hints of fall signal several important events: A return to routine, lengthened shadows cast by soaring Southern pines, and the bouncing of my private school tuition check.

August 27, 2015 | Ben Prevost | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Atlanta Braves' young arms movement recalls cautionary tale

Remember Tony Brizzolara?

August 25, 2015 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Joey Logano successfully defends Bristol victory

August 23, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson says he's 'ready to go' this season

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson fans don't seem concerned about the massive losses on last year's top-ranked ranked defense, the muddled picture at running back or the departure of high-powered offensive leader Chad Morris to SMU.

August 20, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli For The Times | Staff sports picks


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Denver Broncos defense dominates Carolina Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the Denver defense made the ...

February 07, 2016 | By Barry Wilner Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Semi-pro Georgia Wolves football team providing 'second chance' for avid athletes

Second chances in sports are hard to come by.

January 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Globetrotter Legends team to play celebrity basketball game against Hall County All-Stars in March

A team of Harlem Globetrotter "legends" will play a celebrity basketball game against a Hall County All-Star team March 19 at Riverside Military Academy.

January 28, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


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