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Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Busch late to win at Las Vegas for 2nd win in 3 years

LAS VEGAS - Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with five laps to go Sunday and surged to his second win in three years in the NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway under weird and windy weather conditions.

March 06, 2016 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Threesome claims Stableford victory at Chattahoochee Golf Course

The Chattahoochee Men's Golf Asspciation played a Stableford points game Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

March 06, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Hayward's freestyle victory pushes Brenau swimming team into 4th place in NAIA championships

COLUMBUS - Brenau junior Courtney Hayward's theme song is "Eye of the Tiger."

March 03, 2016 | By Karen Rosen For The Times | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson uses extra time to win Sprint Cup race at Atlanta

HAMPTON - Jimmie Johnson used pit strategy to grab the lead and won an overtime race under yellow at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, earning his 76th victory to tie the late Dale Earnhardt on the career list.

February 28, 2016 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Denny Hamlin uses daring move to give Joe Gibbs a Daytona 500 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When he was in second grade, Denny Hamlin wrote a letter to himself wishing for a Daytona 500 victory.

February 21, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Wechsler, Johns, Lowery, Van claim first place at Luna's

The Luna's Tuesday golf group played at Chattahoochee Golf Course this week. First place went to the team of Gene Weschler, Jerry Johns, Tommy Lowery and Doug Van. Second place was the team of Daryl Dunckel, Joe Roberts, Karl Steigele and Don Rogers.

February 20, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Brenau's Courtney Hayward earns National Swimmer of the Week honor

Brenau University junior Courtney Hayward has been named a National Swimmer of the Week by College Swimming following her performance at last week's Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christianburg, Va.

February 18, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson accepts Davey O’Brien Award

FORT WORTH, Texas - Deshaun Watson is on schedule to have his communications degree in hand by this time a year from now, after his junior season.

February 16, 2016 | By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dawsonville's Chase Elliott wins pole position for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dawsonville's Chase Elliott kept the No. 24 Chevrolet on the pole for the second straight Daytona 500, becoming the youngest driver to land the top spot in NASCAR's biggest race.

February 14, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Brenau swim team captures conference title

The Brenau University Swim Team captured the Appalachian Swimming Conference title Saturday night in Christiansburg, Va.

February 14, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


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 plays to secure the title for the Broncos.

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


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

The Harlem Legends show basketball team 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


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson will entertain leaving Clemson after 2016 for the NFL Draft

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a 2014 Gainesville High graduate, has his eye on the NFL and says he could leave a season early next year if the circumstances are right.

January 27, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Ty McCormack warms up for Olympic Trials with third-place at Miami Half Marathon

During Sunday's Miami Half Marathon, Ty McCormack was forced to make a strategic decision he's never encountered in his many years of elite distance running. About eight miles into the race, the North Hall High graduate and Olympic Trials qualifier, noticed his shoelace was untied.

January 25, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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Lakeview Academy grad Ralston Cash flourishing since call up to pitch for Triple-A Dodgers

Ralston Cash received some of the best news of his life as a pro baseball player in an unforgettable manner. The 24-year-old Lakeview Academy graduate ...

July 26, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Road to Rio: Fans encouraged to show support for Olympic bound Chestatee grad Jenny Arthur

Chestatee High graduate Jenny Arthur is headed to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to compete for the United States' weightlifting team.

July 25, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson picked as preseason ACC Player of Year

Clemson quarterback and 2014 Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson are the preseason picks for Atlantic Coast Conference favorite and player of the year.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston shoots final-round 66, ties for 4th in Palmetto Amateur

Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston finished tied for fourth at the 2016 Palmetto Amateur at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina.

July 24, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Chestatee High grad, Olympic qualifier Jenny Arthur to appear in CNN interview

Chestatee High graduate and Team USA weightlifter to the Rio Summer Olympics Jenny Arthur will be the subject of an interview to air on CNN ...

July 22, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson, Clemson aiming for ACC repeat in 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clemson star quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is driven by the goal of winning another Atlantic Coast Conference championship and ...

July 22, 2016 | Aaron Beard Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop qualifies for U.S. Amateur Golf Championship

Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop is moving on to compete for the U.S. Amateur Championship in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. after tying for second place ...

July 20, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston places second at Georgia Amateur Golf Championship

Recent Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston finished second Sunday in the Georgia Amateur Golf Championship at the Brookhaven Course of Capital City Club in Atlanta ...

July 18, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Stenson closes strong to win battle against Mickelson for British Open title

TROON, Scotland - Henrik Stenson is the champion golfer of the year, thanks to a final round for the ages.

July 17, 2016 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Clarkesville's McKenzie Coan earns spot on US Paralympic Team to swim in Rio Summer Games

Beginning in August, some of the greatest athletes on the planet will descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in attempt to bring home Olympic hardware ...

July 16, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston cards 2-under, advances in Ga. Amateur Golf Championship

Recent Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston earned a tie for seventh place after a two-day total of 138 (2-under par) at the Georgia State Amateur ...

July 13, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


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