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Horford finally past injuries and frustration with Hawks

3:23 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

In three seasons at Florida, Al Horford played for teams that were 24-8, 33-6 and 35-5, won two national championships and were celebrated nationally for teamwork, unselfishness and uncommon maturity for young college athletes. Then he played for the Hawks. There were three seasons under Mike Woodson, when the team ...
UGA rewards Richt with extension, pay raise
Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs  watches his team play against the Louisville Cardinals during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Updated: 12:08 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

The way Georgia has been throwing around football money this year, it was only a matter of time before some found its way to Mark Richt.The Bulldogs’ head coach was given a two-year-contract extension and had his salary raised $800,000 per year by the UGA Athletic Association executive board in ...
Hawks tie franchise record with 14th win in a row
Hawks’ Kyle Korver dunks over Pacers Damjan Rudez, a rare dunk for the three-pointer shooter, during the first half of a basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 11:09 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Kyle Korver dunked. Pay up Elton Brand That is the height that this current Hawks winning streak has reached. The Hawks sharp-shooter threw down two points, his first in two years, as an early exclamation point on another impressive victory. Atlanta led by as many as 27 points en route ...
Recruiting updates

6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

GEORGIA TECHNumber of commitments: 24Expected class size: 24-26Class ranking: Tech is rated with the nation’s No. 41 class.News of the week: Tech brought in two uncommitted prospects for official visits last weekend, and both pledged to the Yellow Jackets before leaving campus. Dorian Walker is a 6-foot cornerback from Mount ...
If the Pats deflated, Belichick must be suspended
Bill Belichick congratulates LeGarrette Blount after his touchdown during the second half of the AFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

4:37 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Unlike many rules in the NFL, where sometimes a catch isn’t a catch but a tuck is (or was) always a tuck, this one is clear: Footballs are to be inflated between 12 1/2 and 13 1/2 pounds per square inch. ESPN has reported that 11 of the 12 balls ...
Marshall gives Senior Bowl a surprise

3:19 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Nick Marshall has heard for several years that he sprayed the ball around too much as a passer. He has been told he was not tall enough to play quarterback. He has heard and been told that his skills as a quarterback did not translate to the NFL.The former Auburn ...
Bulldogs score gritty victory over Ole Miss
Georgia guard Kenny Gaines (left) and forward Yante Maten celebrate beating Ole Miss 69-64 in a basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Athens. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 10:32 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

This was gritty. This was blue collar. This was a night that Georgia didn’t play well but won anyway. Ole Miss was the victim. The SEC’s road specialists did everything they were supposed to do, zoning the Bulldogs to death on a poor shooting night and making tough shots of ...
Belichick-Brady not quite at top of hill
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and coach Bill Belichick will be making their sixth Super Bowl appearance in 14 years.

2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

The NFL could not have asked for a better Super Bowl matchup, and that’s even before taking into consideration the amusing backdrop of Bill Belichick again being painted as Snidely Whiplash, in part because it’s true. New England and Seattle are the league’s two best teams. The last team the ...
The new Hawks: All they do is win (and share the ball)
Mike Scott shoots a layup over Detroit’s Anthony Tolliver and Greg Monroe in the second half of Monday’s NBA game. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Updated: 7:27 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

For much of the day, No. 13 proved harder than most of the previous 12. The Hawks missed open shots, were a step slow – sometimes a step and a half – to rebounds, and three minutes into the fourth quarter they led by two points. They won by 11. ...
Bulldogs face another SEC ‘monster’
Starting guard Juwan Parker (3) will miss Tuesday’s game against Ole Miss due to an Achilles tendon injury that has been with him all season. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

Updated: 5:42 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

At the outset of the season, SEC coaches talked a lot about how theirs was a deeper and more talented basketball league this year. At the time, that could have been dismissed as the usual conference rhetoric. But heading into the third week of league play, there is mounting evidence ...
Falcons still have Quinn on their radar
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, celebrates with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, left, after they defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-6 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

6:57 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, a defensive line coach by trade, has coached next to some of the games’ top names. He’s spent time with Nick Saban and Pete Carroll. He’s also coached with former Falcons head coach Jim Mora, Steve Marriucci, Dennis Erikson and Will Muschamp. After his ...
Georgia beats Florida and provides hope for March
Georgia’s Yante Maten (1) looks for a shot while defended by Florida forward Devin Robinson (3) and Florida guard Kasey Hill (0) Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Athens. Georgia won 73-61. (AP Photo/The Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds)

6:12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

The problem with March Madness is it usually means something different in Georgia than any other state.We don’t have madness. We have maddening. We have so many exasperating moments for most weeks of the college basketball season that by the time it really counts, March Madness plays out like that ...
Maten cleared in time to make impact for Bulldogs

6:04 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Compared to getting hit by a car, playing basketball is nothing. Doing them both in the same week is not.Georgia forward Yante Maten was cleared to play against Florida about two hours before Saturday’s tipoff. The freshman forward from Detroit had suffered a concussion when he was struck by a ...
Whatever happened to … Chuck Smith
Falcons’ Chuck Smith (R) grabs a fumble from Vikings QB Randall Cunningham (7). (DAVID TULIS/AJC)

3:25 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

What he did: In a football career that spanned from Clarke Central High School in Athens, to junior college in Oklahoma, to the University of Tennessee and then Atlanta Falcons in the NFL and beyond, Chuck Smith had plenty of nicknames. But perhaps the best one was “Face.” Said the ...
Celtics stockpiling draft picks in rebuilding project
Hawks’ Kyle Korver is chasing the distinction of making 50 percent of his two-point and three-point field-goal attempts and 90 percent of his free-throw attemps. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

The Celtics’ vast rebuilding project continued this week with several other roster moves. Since the start of the season, the Celtics have made nine trades and collected a number of additional draft picks.Among the notable players who have been traded are Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green.According to ESPN Boston, here’s ...
The Top 25 for 2015: Overstocked Ohio State is No. 1
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hugs quarterback Cardale Jones during the fourth quarter of the national championship game. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Maybe you think ranking teams in January for a season that begins in August is a bit silly. But we do it for a rather basic reason: It’s fun. Heck, sometimes it’s more than fun. If we check these ratings from a year ago, we note that Nos. 1, 2, ...
Dogs look to close strong vs. Gators
Georgia guard Charles Mann and the Bulldogs were able to close out Vanderbilt from the foul line Wednesday (AP photo).

6:12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

A … B … C. “Always … Be … Closing.” That was one of the key lines from Alec Baldwin’s character, Blake, from the 1992 classic movie “Glengarry Glen Ross.” And while most of Georgia’s players weren’t born when that Academy Award-nominated film was released, they would be well-served to ...
Falcons shaping up a staff for new coach
Adam Gase, Broncos offensive coordinator, interviewed for the Falcons’ vacant head-coach job. The Falcons also have asked permission to interview him for the team’s offensive-coordinator job. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

6:19 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

The Falcons’ search for a head coach is moving forward with an additional twist. Without a head coach in place and the assistant-coach market drying up, the Falcons requested permission to interview Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase for the same position here, according to a person familiar with the coaching ...
Hawks, minus three starters, drub 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers' Jerami Grant (top)  flies onto  Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford while trying to  block a shot  Tuesday,   Jan. 13,  2015,  in Philadelphia. Atlanta won 105-87.

10:29 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

How good are the Hawks?Or how bad are the 76ers?The Hawks played without three starters and still drubbed Philadelphia 105-87 on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap all rested on the first of four road games in five days.That was not an ...
Battered Bulldogs hit road to face Vanderbilt
Yante Maten (1) during Georgia’s game with Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 in Athens. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

6:08 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Georgia will play Vanderbilt on Wednesday night with a depleted roster that has been ravaged by injuries. But considering what could have been, the Bulldogs will arrive thankful just to be battered and bruised.Yante Maten, a star freshman from Detroit, was struck by a car in a pedestrian crosswalk accident ...
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