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ACC coaches vote Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Swinney winners of top individual awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference's coaches have picked Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as their player of the year.

December 09, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson stays steady, poised in leading top-ranked, unbeaten Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson rarely panics, not as a high school star in Georgia watching his mother fight cancer or as Clemson's quarterback working to come back from knee surgery.

December 09, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: Deshaun Watson's rise to greatness no surprise to local fans

Just two years and one day.

December 07, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist for Clemson

Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is one step closer to making his Heisman Trophy dreams a reality. On Monday, the quarterback for No. 1 Clemson (13-0) was named one of three finalists headed New York City for Saturday's presentation of the Heisman Trophy, the biggest individual accolade a college football player can garner.

December 07, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Watson, No. 1 Tigers to play No. 4 Oklahoma in College Football Playoff semifinal

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Another year, another Clemson vs. Oklahoma bowl game.

December 06, 2015 | By Tim Reynolds Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Deshaun Watson leads top-ranked Clemson to ACC title, playoff spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Deshaun Watson did everything in his power to ensure Clemson's perfect season continued. But the unbeaten Tigers might have gotten a little help from the officials, too.

December 06, 2015 | By Steve Reed Associated Press | Staff sports picks


No. 2 Alabama wears down No. 18 Florida, locks up playoff spot with 29-15 win for SEC title

ATLANTA - Alabama locked up another trip to the College Football Playoff.

December 05, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Sources: Mark Richt named football coach of Miami Hurricanes

Georgia's coaching search could be headed for a swift end, but the school was tight-lipped Wednesday about its progress and scheduled no announcement about who would succeed football coach Mark Richt.

December 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Watson among finalists for Walter Camp player of the year

Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Iowa cornerback Desmond King are the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.

December 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Top-ranked Clemson, No. 8 North Carolina look to increase ball security in ACC title game

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney still can't wrap his head around it: The Tigers routinely lose the turnover battle and yet win the game.

December 02, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Deshaun Watson voted ACC Player of the Year by writers group

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a Gainesville High graduate, is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.

December 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ellison, Georgia Southern romp South Alabama 55-17 in Statesboro

STATESBORO, Ga. - Habersham Central graduate Kevin Ellison and Matt Breida rushed for two touchdowns apiece and Ellison threw for another score as Georgia Southern ran past South Alabama 55-17 on Saturday.

November 28, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Watson's 4 TDs boost No. 1 Clemson past Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Deshaun Watson isn't giving up on Clemson's step-by-step approach, not when it's worked so well.

November 28, 2015 | By Pete Iocabelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kyle Busch holds off Harvick to close season with 1st Cup championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kyle Busch opened the season in a hospital bed and ended it in victory lane with the championship trophy.

November 22, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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VIDEO: 'We have to try': Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club seeking to recruit, retain more female paddlers

Farran Smith's first introduction to paddle sports wasn't her idea - for the most part, she was just watching her older brother Emerson glide ...

May 26, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Atlanta Braves give up decisive run in 13th inning of 3-2 loss to Brewers

ATLANTA - Jonathan Villar's run-scoring single in the 13th inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 victory over the Braves, sending Atlanta to another home ...

May 26, 2016 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Parsons, Martin, Hendrick selected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drivers Benny Parsons and Mark Martin and car owners Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Raymond Parks were inducted into the NASCAR Hall ...

May 25, 2016 | By Steve Reed Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Olympic Park to host ACRA National Championship Regatta this weekend

The 2016 American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship Regatta will be held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park on Saturday and Sunday.

May 24, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Area paddlers seek Olympic berths through this weekend's Pan American Championships

Claudiu Ciur believes that the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has its best chance in recent memory to place multiple local athletes in the upcoming ...

May 18, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Former Atlanta Falcon Todd Weiner hosting USA Football Fundamentals clinic

Former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Todd Weiner will be hosting a USA Football Fundamentals clinic for children ages 6-15.

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


Robert Sapp Baseball Camp coming to Flowery Branch in June

The 36th annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp will be held June 20-24 at Hog Mountain Baseball Complex in Flowery Branch.

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


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson says he’s not great yet, but working on it

NEW ORLEANS - Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson wasn't expecting any revelations about what he could have done differently to lead the ...

May 17, 2016 | By Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Semi-pro Georgia Wolves advance to National Development Football League championship with 12-0 win

The Georgia Wolves defeated the Columbus Truth 12-0 in the National Development Football League semifinals Saturday.

May 16, 2016 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth holds off Kyle Larson for thrilling NASCAR victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled race Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

May 15, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


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