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Swinney, Watson already eyeing return to championship

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Almost before the gold-tinted confetti stopped falling, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson were prepping for another run at the national title next year.

January 12, 2016 | By Pete Iocabelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Watson throws for 4 TDs, but Clemson falls to Alabama in national title game

GLENDALE, Arizona - Deshaun Watson certainly did his share for Clemson. The top-ranked Tigers, though, needed even more against powerhouse Alabama.

January 12, 2016 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson’s fans laud quarterback’s ‘celebrity’ status

Deshaun Watson's fan base continues to grow by the minute.

January 11, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson has robust support from other sports greats in Hall County

Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson has the full admiration from a gallery of sports greats right here in Hall County.

January 10, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Deshaun Watson, Clemson Tigers had early ambition for 15-0 season in 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a 2014 Gainesville High graduate, had nearly wrapped up asummertime appearance when someone asked if the Tigers could win a national championship.

January 09, 2016 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville City Schools hosting gathering to support Deshaun Watson in national title game

The Gainesville City School System is hosting a gathering at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Gainesville for local fans of Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson to watch the Clemson quarterback in the national championship game Monday night.

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


Flowery Branch graduate Will Monday selected as punter for the East-West Shrine Game

Will Monday has been booming the ball as Duke's punter for the past four years. He now must prepare for one final game before the NFL Combine as he looks to leave a lasting impression on coaches and scouts heading into the NFL Draft.

January 06, 2016 | Colin Ochs | Staff sports picks


Best of 2015: Deshaun Watson's Heisman campaign, Mark Richt's departure among biggest stories

The top sports stories for local fans in 2015 were quite easy to identify.

January 01, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


No. 2 Alabama clobbers No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 in Cotton Bowl, headed to title game

Alabama rolled into the Cotton Bowl determined to wipe away the memories of last season's College Football Playoff flop and it was no contest.

December 31, 2015 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High grad Deshaun Watson, No. 1 Clemson cruise to 37-17 Orange Bowl win

Dabo Swinney was in no mood to talk about Clemsoning.

December 31, 2015 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Longtime NFL, college assistant coach, Times sports columnist Chuck Clausen dies at 75

When Bryan Gray was struggling to find success in his early years as head football coach at East Hall, he always drew inspiration from his talks with Chuck Clausen.

December 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


North Hall graduate Ty McCormack readies for 'daunting task' of Olympic trial

North Hall graduate Ty McCormack has had a successful athletic career early in life and, now, he can add another prestigious honor to his resume - Olympic trial qualifier.

December 22, 2015 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


Cure Bowl has bigger meaning for coaches, players

ORLANDO, Fla. - They may have come to Florida to play a football game, but for both San Jose State and the Georgia State the inaugural Cure Bowl is about more than what takes place on the field.

December 18, 2015 | By Carl Kotala Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Motivated by brother’s optimism, UNC's Kanler Coker calls switch to basketball a 'no-brainer'

When Kanler Coker signed to play football for the University of North Carolina, he was fulfilling his dream of playing Division-I athletics.

December 17, 2015 | David Thackham | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch grad Hollis returning to his roots, hosting youth basketball camp

Flowery Branch graduate Ishmael Hollis is returning to his roots and giving back to his community with a youth basketball camp.

December 14, 2015 | Zack Myers | Staff sports picks


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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