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Schroder sought counsel of Korver to improve jump shot

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Maybe it wasn’t a coincidence that Dennis Schroder was seated next to Kyle Korver in the Hawks locker room last season. The young point guard and the sharp-shooting veteran had several conversations throughout the year about working out together this offseason. Schroder wanted to improve his jump shot and who ...
Attendance, TV ratings follow Braves’ record down
There were plenty of empty seats at Turner Field this season, as at this Sept. 15 game against the Blue Jays. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Add these to the ugly statistics compiled by the worst Braves team in a quarter-century: the largest drop in the major leagues in local TV ratings and the second-largest drop in home attendance.The Braves’ TV ratings in the Atlanta market plummeted 36 percent from 2014 levels, the largest percentage decline ...
Falcons’ Devonta Freeman a hard man to catch
Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (right) celebrates his third touchdown of the day with Patrick DiMarco for a 35-0 lead during the third quarter in a football game on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons beat the Texans 48-21. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

If you think it’s difficult corralling Devonta Freeman when he picks up the first scent of freshly painted end zone, try getting him to stand still on a locker-room carpet.Interviews this week with the NFL’s leader scorer and the found gold of every fantasy football league out there were fleeting ...
Therezie impressive at free safety
081815 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith (left) and head coach Dan Quinn watch team practice on Tuesday, August, 18, 2015, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

After a fine showing by undrafted rookie Robenson Therezie, there’s an open competition at free safety.Therezie, who made his first start for Ricardo Allen against the Houston Texans, must continue to embody coach Dan Quinn’s fast and physical style of play.“I thought he did really well,” defensive coordinator Richard Smith ...
Beasley working on his pass rush moves
091415 ATLANTA: Falcons Vic Beasley Jr. lines up against Eagles Jason Peters during their Monday Night Football game on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Falcons first-round pick Vic Beasley, who has two sacks after four games, is on pace to finish with eight.After being drafted, Beasley said he felt that he could be a “double-digit” sack guy this season. He’s been solid, but not spectacular. The Falcons need Beasley to rise up against the ...
Leonard Hankerson rejuvenated with Falcons
Leonard Hankerson of the Falcons runs after a reception in the second half against the Houston Texans at the Georgia Dome on October 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

There was one play in particular Sunday that showed why the Falcons and Leonard Hankerson each made a good decision in joining forces for this season.Hankerson, lined up in the right slot, quickly got inside Texans cornerback Darryl Morris (with a little interference from tight end Levine Toililo). Hankerson took ...
3 key matchups: Washington vs. Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) is hit by Atlanta Falcons inside linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan vs. Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder: Kerrigan, who had a sack last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, leads a relentless pass rush. The other players feed off Kerrigan. Defensive end Chris Baker had two sacks and outside linebackers Preston Smith and Trent Murphy also had sacks against ...
Matt Ryan on Washington
100415 ATLANTA: Falcons Jake Matthews throws a block giving Matt Ryan time to get off a pass against the Texans during the first half in a football game on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons beat the Texans 48-21. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Matt Ryan on facing Washington:Q: Will there be extra incentive to get a win for Kyle Shanahan this Sunday:A: Dan Quinn talks about it all the time, regardless of the situation, or who we’re going against, we don’t make anything up. We do what we do. I think Kyle (Shanahan) ...
Dan Quinn uses fun, games in shaping Falcons
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has reason to smile with a 4-0 record in 2015. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Falcons strong safety William Moore professes to have the sweetest jump shot on the team.He said, cornerback Desmond Trufant, has major basketball skills, too.“Trufant is cool,” Moore said. “He hit four shots this morning, but he has to get warmed up first. If he’s not warmed up, he’s (no good).”The ...
Cousins has Washington off to 2-2 start
FILE - In this July 26, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins prepares to pass as quarterback Robert Griffin III watches during practice at the team’s NFL football training facility in Richmond, Va. The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Robert Griffin III.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, who’s set to make his 14th NFL start against the Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome, has posted a 4-9 record as a starter since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.Second-year coach Jay Gruden picked Cousins over former ...
Falcons pass rush is lacking
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Nate Stupar (54) hits Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) as he passes the ball during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

First-year Falcons coach Dan Quinn believes his defense needs to improve its pass rush.Quinn said the rush wasn’t effective during the Falcons’ 48-21 victory against the Houston Texans. The Washington Redskins, their opponent on Sunday, are among the best pass blocking teams in the NFL.“That’s the biggest thing, how do ...
Angels claim Cunningham off waivers from Braves
Todd Cunningham, shown here after getting a hit in his major league debut in 2013, was claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Angels. (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo)

7:41 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

The Braves lost outfielder Todd Cunningham on waivers Friday to the Los Angeles Angels, who claimed the 26-year-old rookie switch-hitter as their first player-personnel move under new general manager Billy Eppler. Cunningham hit .221 (19-for-86) with four doubles, two stolen bases and a .457 OPS (.280 OBP) in 39 games ...
Counted out, how will Georgia Tech respond?
Georgia Tech sees itself as a team that has been on the cusp of winning the past three games, all losses. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

5:48 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Georgia Tech’s 2015 season has played out like this. Last Saturday afternoon, defensive tackle Adam Gotsis was holed up in an office in Tech’s football facility, still able to hear the marching band in the adjacent Bobby Dodd Stadium. He had been disqualified from the Yellow Jackets’ loss to North ...
Braves: The trades that hurt the most

4:22 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

The Braves made a plethora of trades in the past 12 months, most of which made sense, given the team’s situation. But a couple of those deals — the one that sent away Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, and the one that brought Hector Olivera to Atlanta — beg a ...
Statements from Sefolosha, Hawks, NBA
Thabo Sefolosha receives congratulations outside the criminal courts in New York, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The Atlanta Hawks’ player was acquitted Friday in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Budenholzer issued statements concerning the not guilty verdicts reached today. The NBA also issued a statement through a spokesman.Here are the statements:Thabo Sefolosha“This morning’s verdict ended a long and emotional period for me. Justice was served and for that I am eternally grateful to the judge ...
Julio Jones listed as ‘questionable’ for Redskins’ game
Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones (11) reaches out to grab a pass as Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) watches during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

3:07 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has lingering toe and hamstring injuries, was listed as questionable on the team’s official injury report for Sunday’s game against Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome. By league designation, that means he has a 50-50 chance of playing. ...
Chester not too emotional about facing Redskins
Falcons offensive lineman Ryan Schraeder (left) and Chris Chester work against the Texans and J.J Watt on Oct. 4, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

2:23 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Chris Chester was durable, productive and steady for the Washington Redskins.But that didn’t stop them from releasing him in May after he started every game over the past four seasons.Now, he’s set to face his old team when the Falcons (4-0) host the Redskins (2-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at ...
Robenson Therezie shows he’s a pro in first start
Robenson Therezie (27) and Phillip Adams of the Falcons break up a pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans at the Georgia Dome on October 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

2:19 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Secondary coach Marquand Manuel said he’s been impressed with Robenson Therezie’s progress since the Falcons signed the undrafted rookie in May.Manuel said the Falcons signed Therezie as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn because of his innate speed and ability to hit.“He has come a long way from OTA ...
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