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American Pharoah becomes first triple crown winner in 37 years

NEW YORK - At long last, the Triple Crown drought is over.

June 06, 2015 | Beth Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Thackham: Hall County athletes were impressive throughout the 2014/2015 season

On one of my first nights at The Times, in late August, I remember helping to design the Flowery Branch football preview capsules, utterly clueless of how the Falcons would fare in the coming season. Perhaps I should have cut my summer internship short a little sooner.

June 05, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Golden State overcomes LeBron James' 44 points to beat Cavs 108-100 in OT

OAKLAND, Calif. - After an eight-day break, the NBA's top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show.

June 05, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Georgia softball team 'gave everything we could' to win Division II national championship

It started off as a mindless hobby, just a simple game to keep occupied during rain delays.

June 02, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


FIFA President Sepp Blatter abruptly announces resignation

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.

June 02, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson pulled away on the final restart Sunday to win at Dover International Speedway and become the fifth NASCAR driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victories at a single track.

May 31, 2015 | Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Jefferson High star Chris Beck makes MLB debut with Chicago White Sox

BALTIMORE - Jefferson High School graduate Chris Beck made his major league debut Thursday, pitching six innings as his Chicago White Sox lost to Baltimore 6-3 in the second game of a doubleheader.

May 29, 2015 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ashway: Yogi Berra’s reputation stretched throughout baseball

Yogi? 90?

May 27, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


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


Deshaun Watson on track for full recovery as Clemson's QB

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he won't miss a beat despite sitting out all spring after knee ligament surgery. And the Tigers most dynamic player insists he'll return at full speed once he's cleared to cut loose this summer.

May 04, 2015 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to his first win of the season at an old familiar place that has always been good to his family.

May 03, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Mayweather wins unanimous decision over Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, using his usual skill to remain unbeaten in the most anticipated fight in recent years.

May 03, 2015 | By Greg Beacham Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kurt Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory

RICHMOND, Va. - Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR's sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend.

April 26, 2015 | By Hank Kurz Jr. Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Matt Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane.

April 19, 2015 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Johnson High senior Will Crain wins gold medal at 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Johnson High senior Will Crain secured a gold medal in the 500-meter kayak Thursday at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

July 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Michael Shank Racing team prepares for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta course

BRASELTON - Most people know the thrill of being handed a freshly laminated driver's license at 16 years of age, but not many have experienced ...

July 23, 2015 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson says he’s healthy and ready to lead Tigers to big things

MAULDIN, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't focused on the praise and honors coming his way, no matter how high they pile up ...

July 23, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jamaica upsets US 2-1 in Gold Cup semifinals

ATLANTA - The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team.

July 22, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Buford's Olivia Shaw celebrating national title at MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition

Get out the screwdrivers: Olivia Shaw needs room to figure out how she's going to organize the new gifts she received last weekend in ...

July 21, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Clemson, QB Deshaun Watson earn preseason ACC awards

PINEHURST, N.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hopes Deshaun Watson takes another step forward this season.

July 21, 2015 | By Joedy McCreary Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Tennessee, Georgia Tech to meet in 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium

ATLANTA - Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

July 20, 2015 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop wins City Championship

After a 1-hour weather delay Sunday afternoon, Gainesville High grad Jackson Bishop fired a final round 2-under-par 70 to become the 2015 City Champion at ...

July 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


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