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Flowery Branch grad Shaw, Browns fall to Ravens, 20-10

BALTIMORE- The Baltimore Ravens couldn't help watching the scoreboard in the midst of a game they had to win to reach the playoffs.

December 28, 2014 | David Ginsburg Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: Playoff format will satisfy college football's hearty fans

The ballyhooed college football playoff is finally here.

December 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw named Cleveland Browns starter at QB for Sunday's game

BEREA, Ohio- Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw will come off Cleveland's practice squad and start the season finale on Sunday against Baltimore.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sims' rise from afterthought to star powers Alabama

Don't tell Blake Sims he's in a competition.

December 24, 2014 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Gifts for our friends in sports world

Tis the season of giving.

December 23, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Niles making major defensive impact at Central Florida

Thomas Niles is carving out quite a legacy at the University of Central Florida.

December 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Local golf: CMGA holds 2 best ball event

Gene Weschler, Bob Pyne, Gary Moses and Johnny Little won the Chattahochee Men's Golf Association's two best ball, net points game last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

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


Leonard: Looking for NASCAR's next top sponsor

The announcement came Tuesday. Sprint will be the premier sponsor of NASCAR's top series through 2016, and then it's leaving.

December 16, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Local lifters strong in Loganville

LOGANVILLE - Iron Beast Gym co-owner Marcel of Allen of Gainesville assembled an all-star push/pull (benchpress and deadlift) team of powerlifters, bench press specialists, a strongman competitor and a novice lifter under the title of "Team 1%" to take the team championship against 11 other squads containing other elite lifters at the Body By George Southern Powerlifting Federation Championships held at the Covenant Christian Academy Gym over the weekend in Loganville.

December 15, 2014 | For The Times | Staff sports picks


Clemson's Watson scheduled for surgery, will miss bowl game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers' upcoming bowl game.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Paul Johnson Love Fest in full swing

The Paul Johnson Love Fest continued last week.

December 09, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Staff sports picks


Oregon QB Mariota headlines Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.

December 08, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Leonard: College Football Playoff a step forward

The inaugural College Football Playoff is here. Plenty of people are mad. It turns out that the more things change in college football, the more they stay the same.

December 07, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Oregon, FSU and Ohio St. in 1st college playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.

December 07, 2014 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Sims steers No. 1 Alabama to Southeastern Conference title

ATLANTA - Alabama locked up another title, with plenty of style points for the playoff committee.

December 06, 2014 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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American Pharoah wins Preakness; Triple Crown try next

BALTIMORE (AP) - American Pharoah has Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown groove.

May 16, 2015 | By Richard Rosenblatt AP Racing Writer | Staff sports picks


Sixth-ranked UNG Nighthawks softball team looks to continue success in Southeast Super Regional

Kim McMillan enjoys all the positive feedback she hears in the community about the University of North Georgia's softball success. Around Dahlonega, McMillan, the power-hitting first baseman for the Nighthawks, knows the success of the program matters to the people in the close-knit Lumpkin County community.

May 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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