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England's chances fading at World Cup after loss to Uruguay

SAO PAULO - Luis Suarez scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England at the World Cup on Thursday, making an instant impact on his return from injury to revive his team's Group D campaign.

June 19, 2014 | By Rob Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Jefferson QB Shirreffs transferring from NC State

Former Jefferson High quarterback Bryant Shirreffs is transferring after one year at N.C. State.

June 18, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Mexico holds host Brazil to 0-0 draw in World Cup

FORTALEZA, Brazil - He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles.

June 17, 2014 | By Tales Azzoni Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dempsey, Brooks lift US to 2-1 win over Ghana

NATAL, Brazil- After Clint Dempsey's historic early goal, the United States spent more than an hour struggling to hold off wave after wave of Ghana attacks. It was no surprise when Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute.

June 16, 2014 | Jim Vertuno Associated Press | Staff sports picks


MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

SAN DIEGO - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Spurs finish off Heat with 104-87 win in Game 5

SAN ANTONIO - From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league. The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all.

June 15, 2014 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kaymer closes out wire-to-wire US Open win

PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer returned to the elite in golf with a U.S. Open victory that ranks among the best.

June 15, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson breaks through with first win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich - Jimmie Johnson finally won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

June 15, 2014 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kaymer sets US Open 2-day scoring record at 10-under

PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer is playing a brand of golf rarely seen in the U.S. Open. It might even be enough for soccer-mad Germany to pay attention.

June 13, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Teams from Oklahoma, D.C. to join Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club for Southern Invitational

Training can be a brutal process for canoe and kayak racers. With practices at least twice a day, six days a week as part of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, Owen Farley-Klacik said he and his teammates have to keep an eye toward the end game.

June 13, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Sharapova edges Halep for French Open title

PARIS - Nothing came easily for Maria Sharapova in the French Open final.

June 07, 2014 | Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Spurs run away from Heat in 4th quarter for 110-95 win in Game 1 of Finals

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs handled the Heat, and the heat, during a sweltering start to the NBA Finals.

June 06, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Wright chasing MLB dreams in New Mexico desert

Josh Wright is finally finding a little time to get acclimated with his new surroundings in the desert of New Mexico.

June 02, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Johnson builds on track record with ninth Dover win

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson raced his way to another routine romp at Dover International Speedway.

June 01, 2014 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


SEC prepares for possibility of early signing day

DESTIN, Fla. - The Southeastern Conference is preparing for the possibility of recruiting reform, change the football powerhouse would rather avoid.

May 28, 2014 | By Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Kahne passes Kenseth for Atlanta win, earns Chase spot

HAMPTON - Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.

September 01, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson makes most of opportunity in Clemson debut

ATHENS - Deshaun Watson didn't know when his moment was coming. That didn't stop him from making the most of it.

August 31, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Stewart set for NASCAR return at Atlanta Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

August 28, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville golfer ties for 7th in Georgia Senior Championship

ALBANY - Walter Hope of Gainesville tied for seventh in the Georgia Senior Championship at Doublegate Country Club.

August 28, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


NFL adopts stronger penalties for domestic violence

NEW YORK - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

August 28, 2014 | By Howard Fendrich Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State wins opener 38-37 over Abilene Christian

Wil Lutz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left and Georgia State won for the first time as an FBS member, beating Abilene Christian 38-37 on Wednesday night.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: NASCAR's changes have paid off

NASCAR was chasing buzz rather than being concerned with a true champion when it made points system changes in the offseason.

August 27, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Logano surges past Kenseth for first victory at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

August 23, 2014 | Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Translating SEC coachspeak

SEC Media Days? That's a misnomer.

August 20, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Luna's Tuesday event held at Crystal Falls

Bud Black, Sam McGee, Frank Waggoner and Don Rogers won last week's Luna's Tuesday golf group's match at Crystal Falls Golf Course.

August 19, 2014 | | Staff sports picks


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