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Thousands turn out for Clemson football parade, celebration

CLEMSON, S.C. - Around 70,000 smiling, cheering football fans turned out for the biggest party Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has thrown yet at Death Valley to celebrate the school's first national championship in 35 years.

January 14, 2017 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


West Hall graduate Anthony Lotti already primed for success at Wisconsin

Anthony Lotti left home prepared. He knew it was going to take some acclimation after graduating from West Hall High and going on to kick for the football program at the University of Wisconsin.

January 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB, Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson repeats as Manning Award winner

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson has been named the first repeat winner of the Manning Award, which is presented by the Sugar Bowl to the nation's top college quarterback after the postseason.

January 12, 2017 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson leaves Clemson, Swinney on solid ground

TAMPA, Fla. - Standing on college football's biggest stage and hoisting its top prize, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson shared the ultimate hug and a few private words.

January 10, 2017 | Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson set for CFP national championship rematch with Alabama

Even with one game left to play, Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson already knows what he wants to be remembered for during his time at Clemson.

January 08, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson gained a grasp of overcoming mistakes during years at Gainesville High

When Deshaun Watson was still just a kid at Gainesville High, back before the Heisman Trophy races and national championship chases, former Red Elephants quarterback coach Michael Perry instilled in him a simple principle.

January 07, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


Winter weather update: Area sporting events rescheduled as winter storm approaches Friday

The scheduling shuffle continues for all high school sports teams in the area in preparation of Winter Storm Helena.

January 06, 2017 | Times Sports Reports | Staff sports picks


No. 2 Clemson blanks No. 3 Ohio State to win Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw another and No. 3 Clemson crushed No. 2 Ohio State 31-0 Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl to set up a rematch with Alabama for the College Football Playoff national championship.

December 31, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


College Football Playoff: Alabama wears down Washington 24-7 in Peach Bowl, now heads to title game

ATLANTA - Alabama is heading back to the national championship game.

December 31, 2016 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Ogokie, Georgia Tech dismantle No. 9 North Carolina 75-63

ATLANTA - Josh Okogie scored 26 points, Ben Lammers had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Georgia Tech pulled off a major upset with a 75-63 victory over No. 9 North Carolina on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

December 31, 2016 | George Henry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Faith has propelled Gainesville native Micah Owings on arduous path back to MLB

Just below the spot where Micah Owings' glove touches his wrist, the word "faith" is tattooed in bold letters.

December 21, 2016 | Marcus Rodrigue The Times | Staff sports picks


University of North Georgia benefiting from top local talent in men's basketball program

Chris Faulkner didn't have much difficulty recruiting Hall County and the surrounding areas in 2013.

December 19, 2016 | Marcus Rodrigue The Times | Staff sports picks


Gainesville native Deshaun Watson says he’s best no matter what Heisman Trophy voters say

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback and Gainesville native Deshaun Watson believes he is the best player in the country no matter what the Heisman Trophy voters say.

December 19, 2016 | Jeffrey Collins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local golf: Whited makes hole in one at Chicopee Woods

Ronnie Whited sank a hole-in-one on Tuesday on No. 8 at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course in Gainesville. Whited used a seven iron and a Wilson Staff ball. Jeff Crawford and Mickey Bruce witnessed the shot.

December 17, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Former Atlanta Braves catcher Damon Berryhill named manager of Triple-A Gwinnett

Damon Berryhill, a catcher for the Braves, Cubs and three other teams in his 10-year playing career, has been named manager of Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett team.

December 12, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


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Deshaun Watson’s high school coaches say NFL teams that pass on him will ‘regret it’

Michael Perry plans to be in the stands for Deshaun Watson's NFL debut. He'll probably find out Thursday night what city that game ...

April 26, 2017 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


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