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Buford High grad Brandon Marsh agrees to terms in MLB deal with LA Angels

Recent Buford High grad Brandon Marsh agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels late Friday night after being selected June 9 by the club in the second round, 60th overall, in the MLB draft.

July 08, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston tied for third on leaderboard at Players' Amateur

Recent Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston sits in a three-player tie for third place after shooting 4-under par (68) Friday during the opening round of The Player Amateur at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C.

July 08, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


North Hall High grad Ty McCormack takes top spot from Georgia, 12th overall at Peachtree

Every year, the Peachtree Road Race presents a new challenge for Ty McCormack. On Monday, it was the unusually excessive morning heat - almost 80 degrees - for the 10-kilometer Independence Day race through the streets of Atlanta.

July 04, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Olympics-bound Chestatee High graduate Jenny Arthur headed to nation's capital

U.S. Olympic weightlifting qualifier Jenny Arthur, a Chestatee High graduate, will be one of the athletes who is headed for the 2016 Summer Games on hand for 'A Capitol Fourth' on the West Lawn of the US Capitol on Monday.

July 02, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Connor Shaw picked up off waivers by Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have been awarded quarterback Connor Shaw, a Flowery Branch High graduate, off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

July 02, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Three pitchers for Triple-A Gwinnett Braves combine for no-hitter of Louisville

Rob Wooten, Matt Marksberry and Jose Ramirez combined to pitch a no-hitter, leading the Gwinnett Braves to a 3-0 victory over the Louisville Bats on Thursday.

June 30, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Cleveland Browns waive QB, Flowery Branch High grad Connor Shaw

CLEVELAND - The Browns have waived quarterback Connor Shaw, who started Cleveland's 2014 season finale.

June 30, 2016 | By Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Pat Summitt, winningest coach in DI history, died at 64

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Pat Summitt put women's basketball on her back, breaking down barriers with her indomitable spirit and demanding respect for female athletes on her way to becoming the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history.

June 28, 2016 | By Steve Megargee Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Local basketball fans remember Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as ‘role model for women’

Local residents are remembering Pat Summitt for her pursuit of women's equality both on and off the basketball court and her public battle with Alzheimer's disease.

June 28, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Dustin Johnson wins US Open at Oakmont for first major title

OAKMONT, Pa. - All the chaos and confusion couldn't stop Dustin Johnson from proving he had the head to be a U.S. Open champion.

June 19, 2016 | By Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Two-time Atlanta Marathon winner Wes Wessley brings 40 years of running expertise to the community

Twelve years ago, the Lanier Running Club was running on fumes.

June 17, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


'Persistent determination' earned North Hall grad Jared Oliver a chance with Red Sox organization

Curiosity got the best of North Hall graduate Jared Oliver as he stopped at a red light on the way home last week.

June 14, 2016 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Skyler Weber going pro with Oakland A's after being drafted in 18th round

After going in the 18th round of the MLB Draft on Saturday, Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber will forgo his senior season at the University of Georgia to turn pro with the Oakland Athletics organization.

June 13, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Joey Logano pulls away from pack to win FireKeepers Casino 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Joey Logano pulled away from the pack to win the FireKeepers Casino 400, becoming the 10th driver to win a NASCAR race this season.

June 12, 2016 | By Larry Lage Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber picked in 18th round of MLB Draft by Oakland Athletics

Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber was picked in the 18th round (532 overall) by the Oakland Athletics during Saturday's third day of the MLB draft. As a junior, Weber hit .314 for four home runs and 33 RBIs as an outfielder and catcher for the University of Georgia. He finished the season with a .991 fielding percentage for the Bulldogs.

June 11, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


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Gainesville High graduate and Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson has always strived for greatness

When Deshaun Watson and Fred Payne had the rare opportunity to sit down for lunch on Monday in Gainesville, Payne made sure to remind his ...

December 09, 2016 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson wins Davey O'Brien Award

ATLANTA (AP) - Deshaun Watson has won the Davey O'Brien award as the nation's top quarterback for the second year in a row, beating ...

December 08, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Deshaun Watson’s trip to Heisman Trophy stage bumpier than 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. - He doesn't flash that easygoing smile as frequently. His play gets scrutinized and picked apart more, because many of the folks ...

December 06, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High graduate, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker ...

December 05, 2016 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington make College Football Playoff

Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out ...

December 04, 2016 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson throws for three TDs, Clemson tops Virginia Tech 42-35 for ACC title

ORLANDO, Fla. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead third-ranked ...

December 03, 2016 | Fred Goodall Associated Press | Staff sports picks


East Hall graduate Watson seizes opportunity to shine at collegiate level

In the moment his team needed somebody to step up and make a play, Devin Watson was there.

November 30, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


QB Deshaun Watson, No. 3 Clemson looking to take final step into playoffs

CLEMSON, S.C. - The way Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees it, the pressure is the same as it's been all season.

November 29, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Murphy: The case for Deshaun Watson in the Heisman Trophy race

Deshaun Watson's Heisman hopes are looking solid right now. What a difference a week makes.

November 28, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Watson tosses six touchdowns, No. 4 Clemson beats South Carolina 56-7

CLEMSON, S.C. - Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson tied his career high with six touchdown passes, three to Mike Williams, and No. 4 Clemson took ...

November 26, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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