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Gainesville grad Hefflinger named to Single-A baseball All-Star Game

Gainesville High grad and current Lynchburg Hillcats left fielder Robby Hefflinger has been chosen to play in the Single-A Carolina-California League All-Star Game on June 18 in San Jose, Calif.

June 07, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad finishes Clemson track career with degree, some of program's best times

Three years is all it took for Ty McCormack to leave a lasting legacy as a great distance runner at Clemson University.

June 04, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville star Hefflinger tearing up Carolina League

Robby Hefflinger can't single out any one reason why he has so thoroughly dominated the Carolina League this season.

June 03, 2013 | Jared Putnam | Staff sports picks


Late pass lifts Stewart to victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. - With one big move, Tony Stewart put Juan Pablo Montoya and a sluggish season well behind him.

June 02, 2013 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Jimmie Johnson wins All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - Cross another milestone off of Jimmie Johnson's list. He stands alone in All-Star history.

May 18, 2013 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Kentucky coach visits Lowery in Gainesville hospital

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has visited injured junior safety and White County High graduate Ashely Lowery as he recovers from a Saturday morning car accident in Georgia.

May 06, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


David Ragan steals last-lap victory at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Rain and wrecks pushed NASCAR to the edge of darkness Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where three of the biggest names in the sport led the field to final flag.

May 05, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


White County grad, Kentucky football player Lowery hospitalized after car wreck

The Georgia State Patrol says University of Kentucky safety and White County grad Ashely Lowery was not wearing a seat beat when he wrecked and got ejected from his car.

May 05, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Orb comes from behind to win at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn't sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses.

May 04, 2013 | By Mike Farrell Associated Press | Staff sports picks


North Hall grad Wright named to SSAC Gold Glove team

North Hall grad and current Emmanuel College senior Josh Wright has earned a spot on the Southern States Athletic Conference Gold Glove team as one of the best defensive pitchers in the league.

April 30, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Flowery Branch graduate Cross picked up by Buffalo Bills

Flowery Branch High graduate Izaan Cross signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills on Monday. As a senior at Georgia Tech in 2012, the defensive end Cross had 26 tackles (15 solo) and 1 1/2 sacks for the Yellow Jackets.

April 29, 2013 | From staff reports | Staff sports picks


Harvick wins on sprint to finish in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Kevin Harvick won Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway by plowing through traffic on a two-lap sprint to the finish.

April 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


College Football Playoff to replace BCS

PASADENA, Calif. - The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.

April 23, 2013 | By Ralph D. Russo | Staff sports picks


Kenseth holds off Kahne to win at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth knew that he had a front-running car Sunday.

April 21, 2013 | By Dave Skretta Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Adam Scott wins Masters in a playoff

AUGUSTA - Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a playoff on a rainy day at Augusta National.

April 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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Atlanta lands MLS expansion soccer team for 2017

ATLANTA - Major League Soccer announced its newest franchise Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.

April 16, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Record-setting Olympian Phelps ending retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

April 14, 2014 | By Beth Harris Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott wins 2nd consecutive Nationwide race

DARLINGTON, S.C.- Chase Elliott missed his senior prom Friday, but wasn't too disappointed.

April 11, 2014 | By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Former Gainesville QB Watson out with collarbone injury

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson hurt his collarbone during a scrimmage Monday and won't play in this weekend's Orange & White game concluding spring practice.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


This year's Masters is there for the taking

AUGUSTA - One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.

April 08, 2014 | Doug Ferguson Associated Press | Staff sports picks


MLS moving toward deal on Atlanta expansion team

ATLANTA - Major League Soccer is closing in on a deal with Falcons owner Arthur Blank to bring an expansion franchise to Atlanta's new downtown stadium.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott arrives as NASCAR's rising star

FORT WORTH, Texas - Bill Elliott rarely got rattled during his three-plus decades racing at NASCAR's highest level. He worked hard, didn't worry about what was going on around him, and did his talking on the track.

April 05, 2014 | Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Chase Elliott grabs 1st Nationwide Series victory

FORT WORTH, Texas - When qualifying ended at Texas Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott hopped a fence and went on his way without a single fan bothering to stop him for an autograph or picture.

April 05, 2014 | By Jenna Fryer Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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