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Georgia's Lee McCoy 'relaxed' heading into U.S. Open test

Sinking a birdie putt at practice Monday, Lee McCoy received an unexpected but warm round of applause. This week, he's hoping to make that feeling last as long as possible.

June 16, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks

UNG softball coaches named D-II staff of year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of North Georgia softball coaching staff has been named the NCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Tuesday. It is the first time a UNG staff has ever garnered national coach of the year honors.

June 16, 2015 | Time staff reports | Staff sports picks

Golden State Warriors dominate late for Game 5 win over Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-91

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry came off a screen, dribbled behind his back and crossed over Matthew Dellavedova. He stepped back and swished a 3-pointer, then pounded his chest and pointed to the roof, seemingly controlling the sellout crowd of 19,596 on his fingertips.

June 14, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Larson knew the rain was coming - and wanted it to arrive as soon as possible.

June 14, 2015 | By Noah Trister Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Golden State Warriors control Game 5 on road, tie series 2-2 with Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - No panic, no playing around. Just California cool.

June 11, 2015 | By Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers survive Golden State comeback to win Game 3, 96-91

CLEVELAND - LeBron James came home last summer to win a championship - one like no other.

June 10, 2015 | By Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Habersham Central graduate Lee McCoy earns spot in U.S. Open

ATHENS - Former area golf standout Lee McCoy earned a spot in the U.S. Open on Monday during sectional qualifying tournaments.

June 09, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Staff sports picks

LeBron James' triple-double leads Cleveland Cavaliers past Golden State Warriors 95-93 in OT

OAKLAND, Calif. - The final buzzer sounded, and LeBron James wasn't done.

June 08, 2015 | By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Gainesville's Blake Sims suiting up in Canadian Football League after signing with Toronto Argonauts

The transition from Tuscaloosa to Toronto isn't that dramatic for Blake Sims. He's still playing football. Now he's crossed the border to begin his professional career with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

June 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks

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

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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

Gainesville graduate Deshaun Watson, No. 1 Clemson romp past Wake Forest 33-13

CLEMSON, S.C. - Deshaun Watson and No. 1 Clemson enjoyed another big day and kept on track for the College Football Playoff with a 33-13 ...

November 21, 2015 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson aiming to keep Heisman Trophy in a QB's hands

CLEMSON, S.C. - In the year of the running back, Gainesville High graduate and Clemson sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson is making a late push to ...

November 16, 2015 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. advance in Chase after rain-shortened Phoenix race

AVONDALE, Ariz. - NASCAR's championship field was set Sunday at rain-soaked Phoenix International Raceway when the race was called 93 laps from the scheduled finish ...

November 16, 2015 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Watson, Tigers hold off Syracuse 37-27

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Deshaun Watson had a big day for No. 1 Clemson with 461 total yards and three touchdowns as the top-ranked Tigers held ...

November 14, 2015 | By John Kekis Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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