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Jimmie Johnson nabs record-tying 7th NASCAR championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with a record seven NASCAR championships when the hard-luck breaks of racing turned Sunday's title-deciding finale into his crowning moment.

November 20, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Simonds scores 13 for Ga. State in loss at No. 20 Purdue

Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points and No. 15 Purdue scored the final 20 points of the game to rally and beat Georgia State 64-56 on Friday night in the Cancun Challenge opener.

November 18, 2016 | Times sports reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Ishmael Hollis picking up with another run at pro basketball in Europe

Ishmael Hollis has traveled the world playing basketball. And with each stop, he gains a new appreciation for a different style, a different pace of the game.

November 16, 2016 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Logano wins Phoenix, joined by Kyle Busch is Sprint Cup championship race

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth's misfortune gave Joey Logano a chance to race for the championship.

November 13, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia State football fires coach Trent Miles after 2-8 start

ATLANTA - Georgia State has fired coach Trent Miles after less than four years on the job.

November 13, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville resident Juan Soto gets 1st marathon win at Savannah

About five miles into the Savannah Marathon, Juan Soto had a question for the leg captain biking beside him.

November 13, 2016 | By Marcus Rodrigue For The Times | Staff sports picks


Georgia State buys Turner Field, plans to convert to football stadium

ATLANTA - Georgia State received approval Wednesday to purchase Turner Field for $22.8 million, clearing the way to convert the former home of the Atlanta Braves into a downsized college football stadium.

November 09, 2016 | | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Ralston places 8th, UGA golf 2nd in Hawaii

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston tied for eighth as the University of Georgia golf team placed second at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on Sunday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

November 07, 2016 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Banged-up Deshaun Watson expected to play for Clemson Tigers on Saturday

The Deshaun Watson watch is on at No. 3 Clemson.

November 07, 2016 | Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Carl Edwards secures spot in title race with rain-shortened win at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas - Carl Edwards got the victory he desperately needed to earn a championship-contending spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, winning at Texas on Sunday night in a race shortened by 41 laps because of rain after the start was delayed nearly six hours.

November 07, 2016 | By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson throws for 2 TDs, runs for another in No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win against Syracuse

Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third before leaving No. 3 Clemson's 54-0 win over Syracuse on Saturday with a bruised shoulder.

November 05, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Johnson wins Martinsville to gain spot in NASCAR’s finale

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There was a time this summer when a seventh championship seemed out of reach for Jimmie Johnson.

October 31, 2016 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Joey Logano wins Talladega to advance in NASCAR’s playoffs

TALLADEGA - Joey Logano grabbed a critical win to give Team Penske one car in the next round of NASCAR's playoffs. Denny Hamlin edged Austin Dillon for a final spot in the field on a tiebreaker Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 23, 2016 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to reach next round of NASCAR Chase

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - No matter what kind of misfortune befalls Kevin Harvick in the early rounds of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, his team always seems to get things together when it matters.

October 16, 2016 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Watson, Clemson avoid upset in OT win over NC State

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson hit Artavis Scott with 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Marcus Edmond finished it with an interception in the end zone as No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State 24-17 on Saturday.

October 15, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Gainesville senior Ryan Hogan earns victory at Junior Grand Golf Championship

Gainesville High senior Ryan Hogan pieced together four consecutive birdies over his final nine holes to claim victory in the Junior Grand Championship on Wednesday ...

July 26, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Chestatee High grad, Olympian Arthur passing down weightlifting skills to next generation

Almost one year ago, Jenny Arthur inspired Hall County residents as a member of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team in Rio de Janeiro.

July 22, 2017 | Marcus Rodrigue | Staff sports picks


North Hall graduate, Mercer football senior Marchman recognized for service work

Thomas Marchman was perceptive to the environment.

July 20, 2017 | By Layne Saliba The Times | Staff sports picks


Devotion on another level: Love of soccer takes Gainesville native Jesse Mendoza across the U.S.

There are fans and fair-weather fans, and then there are the devoted - ones who invest a great deal of their lives exploring and even sharing ...

July 19, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville High golfer Spencer Ralston qualifies for US Amateur

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston, a rising sophomore golfer at the University of Georgia, shot a blistering 7-under par on the opening day of 36 ...

July 19, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Spencer Ralston in contention at The Players Amateur

After proving his worth in the Southeastern Conference during his freshman season at Georgia, Spencer Ralston is solidifying his place among the entire field of ...

July 14, 2017 | Times staff reports | Staff sports picks


Local fans agree Atlanta United provides authentic experience

Just look around Bobby Dodd Stadium on any given match day for Atlanta United FC, and you'll see the city is abuzz with a ...

July 13, 2017 | Sarah Woodall | Staff sports picks


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