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We’ll find out how right or wrong Frank Wren is
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 6:53 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014

The trade deadline passed without a major move, as expected.The trade deadline passed with only a minor move, as expected.The trade deadline passed again like a rescue boat floating past Frank Wren, as he stood on the shore and said, “Naw, we’re good here. Unless maybe you can spare some ...

Braves hamstrung by financial mistakes
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 4:11 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As time ticks down to baseball’s trade deadline, the Braves could be perceived as the envy of most teams. They had the majors’ eighth-best record going into Wednesday night, the National League’s fourth-best record, sat only a half-game behind first-place Washington in the N.L. East and led the wild-card field ...

Braves’ only hope is starting pitching
Ervin Santana set a career mark with 11 strikeouts Monday against the San Diego Padres.

Updated: 5:06 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

If we begin with the premise that the Braves are not a great team – and the significant sampling size of going 41-41 after a 17-7 start screams as much – they are going to need what Ervin Santana gave them Monday: pitching dominance. Otherwise, forget October. This team reminded ...

Steven Jackson: ‘I kind of believed my own hype’
Falcons running back Steven Jackson during training camp July 25, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 3:51 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014

In his initial foray into the art world, Steven Jackson sold eight of his uniquely mounted photographs at a recent show in Los Angeles, with one going for as much as $18,000 and one buyer coming from as far away as Hong Kong. “I’m international!” the Falcons’ running back said. ...

Falcons open with more questions than buzz
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 4:31 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014

Last year, there was anticipation. This year, there are doubts. Last year, there were indicators that the Falcons, with the retirement-180 by Tony Gonzalez and the additions of Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora, were Super Bowl contenders. This year, there’s reason to wonder if they’ll finish higher than third in ...

Georgia still recruiting too many bad kids
Georgia coach Mark Richt has been burned by too many recruiting mistakes. (Butch Dill/Associated Press)

Updated: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let’s start by dismissing this notion that college football players get arrested only in Athens. There are bad kids, dumb kids and entitled kids everywhere. There are kids who’ve broken laws since the age of 12 because they never were forced to realize the consequences of their actions. There are ...

Back to reality: Hawks’ Payne a nice pick

Updated: 10:17 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014

As we await further development on the LeBron-James-and-Carmelo-Anthony-are-both-coming-to Atlanta front — and maybe it’s best if we assume the freshness date on that whopper has expired — Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was faced with a difficult task Thursday night. How does he improve the team with the 15th pick ...

Hawks’ quest: LeBron, Carmelo or anybody elite
Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks is guarded by LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat.

Updated: 5:14 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This is the time when the average Atlanta sports fan thinks, “So where’s he going because he sure ain’t coming here?”It’s the natural default position. This is the home of fizzled Octobers, and Januarys, and Junes (depending on what pro team is being laid to rest.) Elite athletes chase the ...

Soccer has our attention — will we stay this time?
USA fans react to USA's second goal against Portugal during the Houston Dynamo's viewing party of the group G World Cup soccer match between on the street at Lucky’s Pub in Houston, Texas on Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Alan Warren)

Updated: 5:44 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014

There is a scene early in the movie, “Major League,” when Cleveland Indians radio announcer Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker) looks out the press box into an empty stadium, shouts, “Listen to the roar of the crowd!” and sticks his microphone out the window, only to pick up the faint sounds ...

Times change, we change: ‘Redskins’ have to go
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

6:43 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014

I graduated from University High School in Los Angeles, whose list of famous alumni, according to Wikipedia, include Elizabeth Taylor, Sandra Dee, Roddy McDowell, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (she’s never made it to the reunions), Randy Newman, James Brolin, two guys from the “Doors,” one guy from ...

Nats, trip may force Braves to make a move
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 8:57 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014

They started the season 17-7. Then they lost seven in a row.They won six out of eight games. Then they lost four in a row to a Boston team on a 10-game losing streak.They faced one of the worst teams in the majors (Arizona) and promptly lost two out of ...

Is La Stella that Prado-like spark Braves need?
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 9:02 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014

In the winter of 2010, the Braves made a (presumably) conscious decision to not commit to Martin Prado as the team’s starting second baseman and tied their future to Dan Uggla. It would be two more years before Prado became an ex-Brave — he went to Arizona in the Justin ...

Falcons’ camp just became a clown show
Make no mistake: “Hard Knocks” was preferred by Arthur Blank, not Mike Smith.

9:07 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Falcons have decided to be the subject of the annual NFL-HBO voyeuristic enterprise called “Hard Knocks.” Well. This isn’t the worst decision they’ve ever made in recent years. There was that one year they hired Bobby Petrino. So let me understand this: The same organization that fell apart a ...

Braves’ Wren has hardest task of Atlanta GMs
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 9:13 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When the Braves extended the contracts of general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez before this season, they chose not to disclose the length of the deals. In Wren’s words, “We didn’t want that to be the story, whether now or in the future. We’re not the story. The ...

Falcons need Bryan Cox to lead them to ‘the edge’

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014

FLOWERY BRANCH – The man whose behavior former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue once referred to as “unprofessional, offensive to NFL fans and unbecoming an NFL player,” was sitting at a table eating his soup.Bryan Cox is 46 years old. His scalp and beard have specks of gray and he wakes ...

 Kennesaw State’s footprint just got bigger
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 5:33 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Even in its relative home base, Kennesaw State is viewed as a small and distant planet in the college athletics universe.It’s not really in Atlanta. It’s somewhere off an interstate, north of the Big Chicken and south of Clemson.It’s not in the SEC or the ACC or one of those ...

Hawks may not be as far from top as thought
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 5:20 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014

When you live in Atlanta and the question is posed, “So how do things look for next year,” there’s an involuntary reflex that leads every sports fan to respond, “Hopeless.” It’s the continuing sense of doom that accompanies winning only one championship in 48 years of major professional sports — ...

GSU’s Miles on SEC whine: ‘That’s their problem’
Trent Miles went winless in his first season at Georgia State.

Updated: 6:35 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014

After going 0-12 in his first season, Trent Miles has elevated Georgia State’s fledgling football program to such heights that he has managed to irritate SEC coaches and become a major player on the national recruiting circuit. “It’s funny that anybody’s complaining about this,” Miles said Thursday. “It’s not like ...

 Cobb’s embarrassing handout hits the finish line
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 9:38 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The difference between what happened Tuesday night in a Cobb County meeting room and what happens 162 days a year in a baseball season is the Braves never had to face an opponent. Imagine if it always worked that way. They would never lose.The Braves will get their new stadium ...

NCAA can’t reform with so many private agendas
The AJC's Jeff Schultz.

Updated: 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014

It was another interesting week in the executive suite of college athletics. Imagine turning a school of kindergarten to fifth graders loose in a “Toys ’R’ Us” and expecting them to come to an agreement on what toys they should play with first. The Pac-12’s presidents sent a letter to ...

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