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Sanu Sr. and Jr. hit Falcons training camp
072816 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons defender Vic Beasley Jr. looks to rush while wide receiver Mohamed Sanu lines up to go out for a pass on the first day of training camp on Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

2:56 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Falcon receiver Mohamed Sanu hit camp with a couple new initials on his name. His jersey (No. 12) reads SANU SR, so that fans won’t get him confused with son Mohamed Sanu Jr, who is 11 months old.“I got a little one,” Sanu said. “He’s my junior so I ...
Peach Bowl likes change in playoff semifinal schedule
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, said the organization “can do better” by putting the semifinals on Saturdays and holidays. (AP photo/LM Otero)

2:55 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

The College Football Playoff has altered the schedule for its national semifinals after last season’s games on New Year’s Eve — a weekday — drew disappointing TV ratings and widespread fan complaints.Playoff executive director Bill Hancock announced Thursday that semifinal games through at least the 2025 season will be played ...
Former Bulldog Lynch gets a shot with Falcons
Former Georgia Bulldog tight end Arthur Lynch (center) is back in Red and Black taking the field with the Falcons for the first day of training camp Thursday.

Updated: 2:26 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

Forty-eight hours before, he was back in the Northeast prepping for job interviews. Twenty-hours before, he was going through an 11th-hour try-out, summoned to Atlanta by a phone call out of the blue. On Thursday morning, Arthur Lynch was uniform for the Falcons’ first practice of training camp. Signed a ...
Austin Smith feels no pressure with wild-card bid at Atlanta Open
Austin Smith looks to translate his success at the University of Georgia into a competitive professional career. PHOTO COURTESY JOSE YAU/UGA ATHLETICS

2:14 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

Former Georgia tennis player Austin Smith will embark on his first major test when he plays in the BB&T; Atlanta Open next week. While the recent graduate will face one of the tougher fields in tournament history, he’s not letting the magnitude of the moment get to him.“It’s a fun ...
Falcons to offer free skin cancer screenings at camp
102515 NASHVILLE: — A Falcons fan waves a flag against the Titans in a football game on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Nashville. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

1:21 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

The American Academy of Dermatology and the Atlanta Falcons will be offering Free Skin Cancer Screenings at Falcons training camp of Friday through Sunday.It is estimated that 2,540 new cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, will be diagnosed in Georgia this year, according to the American Academy ...
Building Atlanta United: Pros and cons of Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez.

Updated: 11:16 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

This is another in a series in which AJC reporter Doug Roberson will begin to look at Atlanta United’s possible player signings and managerial candidates ahead of their 2017 inaugural season in MLS. You can follow Roberson for news about Atlanta United on twitter @DougRobersonAJC, and bookmark the paper’s Atlanta ...
What's the outlook for NFL's three first-round rookie QBs?
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in action during practice at NFL football training camp, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Considering how much of the spring was spent on debates about Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz, and how two teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, made major trades to draft the quarterbacks with the first two picks, training camp kicks off in late July with ...
Evaluating top Big 12 expansion candidates
Houston head coach Tom Herman talks to his players during a practice for the Peach Bowl  at the Georgia Dome Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Atlanta. Houston will face Florida State on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

Moments after announcing it is exploring candidates for potential expansion, invitations to the Big 12 became among the most sought-after commodities in college football. It was as though the conference's Facebook page was flooded with 63 friend requests from the many of the top schools outside of the Power 5. ...
Tigers pulled a fast one over on Rangers in Fielder trade
Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland congratulates Prince Fielder, right, following Fielder's two-run home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

ARLINGTON, Texas — Note to self, when a team wants to send you an All-Star first baseman plus give you $30 million to take him off their hands, do as Nancy Reagan and Just Say Hell No. Horribly dated analogies aside, now we know why the Detroit Tigers were so ...
For different reasons, Mickelson and Spieth practice patience
Jordan Spieth chips to the second green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Jordan Spieth continues to tell people he is not in a slump. Phil Mickelson must once again expound on the heartbreak of another second-place finish in a major championship. Perhaps that is why Spieth and Mickelson played a practice round together on Tuesday, preparing for the 2016 ...
Buried in the Baltusrol rough, the back story of Baltus Roll
The red basalt headstone for Baltus Roll (his first name was apparently misspelled as Boltus), in the cemetery across the street from the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, in Westfield, N.J., July 22, 2016. The Baltusrol Golf Club is the site of this year’s PGA Championship, which begins July 28. What sometimes gets lost to history is the world-famous golf course's link to a farmer and the macabre legend of his coldblooded murder on a wintry night in 1831. (Bryan Anselm/The New York Times)

6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

WESTFIELD, N.J. — On a bright, smoldering afternoon late last week, the golf historians Bob Trebus and Rick Wolffe parked their sport utility vehicle alongside Mountain Avenue and walked through a rusted iron fence into a small cemetery behind a white steeple church. “Do you remember where it is?” Wolffe ...
Kyle Busch making record run at another Cup title
Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) celebrates after winning the Brickyard 400 NASCAR auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 24, 2016.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

With four wins and 11 top-5 finishes, Kyle Busch isn't going to need a mulligan to become a Cup champion again like he did last season. He might just run away with the thing: catch me if you can. Busch needed a waiver to make it into the 2015 postseason ...
NBC tried to change official language of Rio opening ceremonies
A worker walks past a sign for the Rio Olympics while making preparations at Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

NBC, the network that paid about $1.2 billion to broadcast the Olympics, is so keen to maximize the audience for Rio 2016's opening ceremony that it lobbied — unsuccessfully — to change the spectacle's official language from Brazil's native Portuguese to English. In the traditional Parade of Nations, teams enter ...
Braves hang on for 9-7 win to sweep Twins
Mike Foltynewicz #26 of the Atlanta Braves delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on July 27, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Updated: 12:35 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – Freddie Freeman and Jeff Francoeur each had a home run and a stolen base before the end of the Braves’ fourth inning Wednesday night against Minnesota. Freeman had three hits and four RBIs before the Twins recorded a second out in the fourth, including a towering two-run homer ...
For Ireland’s Smith, success brought scrutiny
400-meter freestyle winner Michelle Smith from Ireland waves after getting a hug from Kerstin Kielgass of Germany at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Monday, July 22, 1996 during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. (Cox file photo/Allen Eyestone)

12:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

In July and August 1996, the world sent its finest athletes to Atlanta. Some athletes came as familiar names from familiar nations. Others had toiled in obscurity. Each came proudly to Atlanta, and Atlanta received them in the same manner. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of those Summer Games, the ...
Wagner making effort to turn silver into gold
Allison Wagner of the USA comes up for air during the breaststroke part of the women’s 400-meter individual medley at the World Swimming Championships in Rome on Sept. 5, 1994. She won the silver medal in the event. (Credit: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT)

12:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

Allison Wagner touched the wall after 400 meters of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, an exhausting individual medley. In her hypoxic state, her mind honed in on a rather unusual detail of the setting that she has retained for 20 years.“I was in shock, and the first thing I noticed ...
Braves trade 2 pitchers for slugging prospect Demeritte from Winder

Updated: 8:52 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – Looking to add right-handed power to their organization, the Braves traded for infield prospect Travis Demeritte from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for pitchers Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez. The Braves took two pitchers they got off the scrap heap earlier this season and ...
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