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Freshman QB Knight leads No. 11 Oklahoma past No. 3 Alabama in Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - Bob Stoops declined to announce a starting quarterback before the Sugar Bowl, and when freshman Trevor Knight took the field on the Sooners' first possession, Alabama's defenders couldn't have anticipated what was in store.

January 03, 2014 | Brett Martel Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Braves' relocation plan leads top stories of past year

The top sports stories of the year for those who follow the local sports scene - from the pros down to high school - are usually easy to identify. They're the items that keep fans talking and, in some cases, debating for a long time. The top sports stories often come out of nowhere, which is why they are so hotly debated, while others are much more anticipated.

December 31, 2013 | By Jared Putnam and Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Lakeview Academy holding basketball clinic to benefit former student

Lakeview Academy is hosting the "Hoops for Daniel" fundraising basketball clinic and 3-on-3 tournament for students in third-sixth grades on Dec. 29 at the school in Gainesville.

December 17, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Florida State's Winston wins Heisman by landslide

NEW YORK - Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy.

December 15, 2013 | BY RALPH D. RUSSO Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville grad Johnson picked as First-Team All-SEC linebacker

ATLANTA - University of Tennessee middle linebacker and Gainesville High graduate A.J. Johnson was named All-SEC on Monday after recording 106 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss for the Volunteers in 2013. The junior has been a three-year starter for Tennessee.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Florida State, Ohio State jump to top two spots in BCS

Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes.

December 01, 2013 | Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Georgia Southern shocks Florida, 26-20

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Habersham Central High graduate Kevin Ellison ran for two touchdowns, Jerick McKinnon had a huge score late and Georgia Southern stunned Florida 26-20 Saturday in what will go down as the worst loss in school history.

November 23, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Harvick wins Phoenix race; Johnson extends lead going into season finale

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth had one of those rare seasons in which everything seemed to go right every time he got behind the wheel of his car.

November 10, 2013 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Electronics key in locating schools of hungry crappie

Lake Lanier temperatures are from the low to mid 60s.

November 07, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Staff sports picks


Red Sox win first title at Fenway since 1918

October 31, 2013 | | Staff sports picks


Boston takes Game 5 of World Series 3-1, needs one win at Fenway to take title

ST. LOUIS - Jon Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox within a whisker of yet another World Series championship.

October 28, 2013 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Cardinals win Game 2 of World Series 4-2 over Red Sox

BOSTON - Just when it seemed Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around the bases and tied the World Series.

October 24, 2013 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Lester, Red Sox rout sloppy Cards, 8-1, in Series opener

October 24, 2013 | | Staff sports picks


Upsets in SEC prove more parity, fewer patsies

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Surely some people are still snickering at the Southeastern Conference.

October 23, 2013 | By Mark Long Associated Press | Staff sports picks


McMurray wins largely clean race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jamie McMurray won at Talladega Superspeedway in a nearly clean race until rookie Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap Sunday, allowing the winner to coast across the line under caution.

October 20, 2013 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Germany wins World Cup on late goal against Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO - With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

July 13, 2014 | By Mattias Karen Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Keselowski completes NASCAR sweep at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish.

July 13, 2014 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Gainesville golfer ties for 15th at Georgia Amateur

MACON - Gainesville High's Jackson Bishop tied for 15th at the Georgia Amateur Championship on Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | Times sports department | Staff sports picks


Netherlands shuts out Brazil for 3rd place at World Cup

BRASILIA, Brazil - Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.

July 12, 2014 | By Tales Azzoni Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Young players learn soccer, German language

DAHLONEGA - The spirit of the World Cup was alive and well in the outfield of the University of North Georgia's Bob Stein Stadium this week.

July 11, 2014 | Clark Leonard | Staff sports picks


Decision in: LeBron returns to Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - LeBron James' latest decision is in: He's returning to Cleveland.

July 11, 2014 | By Tim Reynolds and Tom Withers Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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