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Rookie hitters lead way in Braves’ win against Tigers

5:59 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. – Second baseman Jace Peterson continued his eye-opening spring with his first three-hit game Monday against the Tigers, and other Braves rookies and a non-roster invitee also impressed manager Fredi Gonzalez, including a couple of outfielders competing for a bench job.Catcher Christian Bethancourt hit his first home run ...
Good day for Stults, Foltynewicz in 5th-starter battle

5:41 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Mike Foltynewicz and Eric Stults showed Monday why the Braves might be comfortable with either rounding out the starting rotation, and also why the pending decision might not be as clear as it appears. Foltynewicz allowed five hits and two runs in the first 3 2/3 innings, and Stults gave ...
Taylor’s arrest makes mighty Alabama look small

5:05 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

The loaded German word “Schadenfreude” — which means glee in someone else’s misfortune — shouldn’t apply here, not unless you’re willing to laugh about domestic violence. And if you are, there’s another word for you, one not suited for family publications. That said, news that defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has ...
Teague likely to return to lineup versus Bucks
Hawks guard Jeff Teague battles to regain control of the ball under pressure from Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during a game last week. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

4:52 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Jeff Teague will likely return to the Hawks lineup Monday after missing the past two games with a left ankle sprain. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said a definite decision on the status of the starting point will be made closer to game time but all indications are he will play ...
Falcons hit with fake-noise penalties
The NFL concluded the AtlantaFalcons used artificial crowd noise during home games throughout the 2013 season and into the 2014 season.

Updated: 3:18 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Who knew fake noise could cost so much? Money, a player and two professional reputations took a hit in the aftermath of the Atlanta Falcons’ fake crowd noise scandal. The Falcons found out the cost on Monday as they were fined $350,000, will forfeit a fifth-round pick in the 2016 ...
Mazzone to headline luncheon, sign book
Former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone has souvenirs to purchase in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum store on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Cooperstown. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

2:59 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Braves Fan Club Hosts Leo Mazzone Luncheon and Book Signing The Braves 400 Fan Club will host former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone on Saturday, April 18, at 12 p.m. at the Marriott Perimeter Center Hotel. Leo Mazzone earned a reputation as one of the best pitching coaches in the ...
Unpredictable Bulldogs host Georgia Tech
Ryan Avidano, a freshman from Peachtree, will be on the hill for the Georgia Bulldogs as they play host to Georgia Tech in the first of three games the rivals will play this spring. Avidano is 3-1 with a 7.12 ERA. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

2:51 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Halfway through the 2015 baseball season, we now know what to expect from the Georgia Bulldogs. The unexpected. That notion was reinforced again this past weekend when the Bulldogs – in the throes of injury issues – went on the road to South Carolina and took two of three from ...
High school track and field notebook

2:41 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

The Starr’s Mill girls and boys teams are the best in Fayette County after sweeping the county championship meet. The boys team edged rival McIntosh, 186-180, with Whitewater finishing third with 176 points.The Panther girls claimed the title with 196 points. Fayette County was second with 178 and McIntosh placed ...
Terdoslavich still sidelined by sore wrist
Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich hasn’t played since March 21 due to a sore left wrist that’s been slow to heal.

2:31 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. – Joey Terdoslavich’s sore wrist has been slow to heal, and the timing couldn’t have been much worse for a hitter trying to win a spot on the Braves’ opening day roster. Terdoslavich, a corner outfielder/first baseman, was one of the Braves’ most productive hitters this spring before ...
How early is too early in football recruiting?
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has offered a  scholarship to one of the top middle school players from the Atlanta  area.

12:34 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

How early is too early for colleges to recruit players for football? Ninth grade? Middle school? The crib? Last weekend, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier turned heads by offering a scholarship to one of the top middle school players from the Atlanta area. The projected star is Dominick Blaylock, a ...
Training ground, team name things MLS Atlanta are working on
MLS Atlanta President Darren Eales is searching for sites for the team’s training ground. (Arthur M. Blank Foundation)

12:23 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Finding a site for a training ground for his team is MLS Atlanta President Darren Eales’ top priority. Among a long list of other priorities is revealing the team’s name, which should occur at least before the Gold Cup semifinals at the Georgia Dome this summer.The name for the MLS ...
R.J. Hunter says he’s turning pro
R.J. Hunter led Georgia State with 19.7 points per game.

Updated: 11:54 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter is turning pro. He told his teammates Monday morning. He said he is going to sign with an agent in the next two weeks and he won’t return to school. “I know I can do more, but at this point I feel like my time is ...
Vizcaino, Kohn sent down, Braves bullpen race narrows
Arodys Vizcaino, shown during a workout earlier this spring, was optioned to Triple-A on Monday (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

10:32 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. – There are still at least three spots up for grabs in the Braves bullpen, and the field was narrowed some more Monday when Arodys Vizcaino and Michael Kohn were dropped from the spring-training roster. Each averaged one walk per inning this spring, and control issues were the ...
Meet the Braves: Andrelton Simmons

9:45 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

ANDRELTON SIMMONS No. 19 SHORTSTOP Twitter: @Andrelton Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 195 pounds Drafted: The Curacao native was selected by the Atlanta Braves in second round of the 2010 amateur draft out of Western Oklahoma State College. Teams: Braves Contract: The Braves signed Simmons to a 7-year, ...
Taylor has legal hurdles still to clear in Athens
Jonathan Taylor, a defensive lineman, was dismissed by the Georgia Bulldogs in July 2014 a day after he was arrested on an aggravated assault/family  violence charge.

8:56 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team at Alabama, and right now that’s the least of his problems. Even though the former Georgia defensive tackle has been long gone from Athens – he was kicked off the team last summer — his legal issues here have yet to be ...
2015 NCAA Tournament schedule / results

Updated: 7:58 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

FIRST ROUND Tuesday, March 17 Hampton 74, Manhattan 64 Ole Miss 94, BYU 90 Wednesday, March 18 Robert Morris 81, North Florida 77 Dayton 56, Boise State 55 Scores from all the games SECOND ROUND Thursday, March 19 Notre Dame 69, Northeastern 65 UAB 60, Iowa State 59 Georgia State ...
The Final Four: It’s still all about Kentucky
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 28: Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with teammates after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Updated: 8:05 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

The NCAA needed Kentucky in Indianapolis. This isn’t to suggest that the Wildcats were given a nudge from above during their epic rally against Notre Dame — on the contrary, one Big Blue backer was heard to moan, “Who’s reffing this game, the Pope?” — but a Final Four without ...
Photos: 11 standouts at UGA scrimmage
Georgia had its first scrimmage Saturday in Athens, Take a look at 11 standouts, starting with receiver Justin Scott-Wesley. He had eight catches for 127 yards and a TD. (Photo courtesy of the UGA Athletic Department).

Eleven players that stood out at Georgia's first scrimmage on Saturday, March 28, 2015. (Photos courtesy of the UGA Athletic Department)

Braves’ Miller has best outing of spring
Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has allowed just two runs over his past 18 innings. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

5:02 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Braves right-hander Shelby Miller’s last extended outing of the Grapefruit League may have been his best. The Pirates managed just a couple of hard hits against Miller over six innings on Sunday. He struck out four batters and walked just one. “I felt strong out there, which ...
Braves release lefty James Russell
Former Braves pitcher James Russell. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Updated: 3:37 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Left-hander James Russell came to Braves camp with the hopes of making a bid for the starting rotation but a spring that started with tough luck ended with the team releasing him on Sunday. After Russell pitched mostly out of the bullpen last season for the Braves, ...
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