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Falcons defense showing improvement
Defensive end Kroy Biermann and other Falcons takes the field. Atlanta is 2-1 and the defense is looking better. The Falcons play at Minnesota Sunday. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

With a strong showing in a 56-14 win over Tampa Bay in week three, Atlanta's defense looks like it is starting to shape up.

Hawks sign Brand, Bazemore

4:46 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Elton Brand will return for a 16th NBA season as he re-signed to play with the Hawks Tuesday.The center, who appeared in 73 games for the Hawks last season, signed a one-year, $2 million contract.“We are happy to retain Elton,” Hawks coach and acting general manager Mike Budenholzer said in ...
Bulldogs will be 3 receivers down again

3:58 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed Tuesday that the Bulldogs will be three receivers down again for the Tennessee game. But there is reason to believe most if not all of them will be back in the next weekMalcolm Mitchell (knee) and Jonathon Rumph (hamstring) will sit out their fourth consecutive ...
Falcons sign Reid Fragel to practice squad, release Terren Jones
Reid Fragel was signed to the practice squad. (AP Photo)

Updated: 3:47 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

The Falcons signed tackle Reid Fragel and cut tackle Terren Jones from their practice squad on Tuesday.Fragel, 6-8, 308 pounds, was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2013 NFL draft.He has spent time with the Browns, Bengals, and Colts. Fragel began his ...
SEC East still there for Georgia’s taking

3:31 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

When Georgia loses an early season football game, the reaction among the apoplectic masses usually is along the lines of, “Fire Mark Richt,” or, “Doomed, doomed, we’re Liberty Bowl doomed.”But this might be a good season to avoid obsessing over September results.Georgia plays host to Tennessee Saturday. It will be ...
Tech’s Mitchell granted eligibility waiver

3:21 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Georgia Tech has another big man to put on the floor. Forward Charles Mitchell, who transferred over the summer from Maryland, was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA and will have immediate eligibility.Mitchell, a graduate of Wheeler High, transferred to Tech from Maryland to be closer to his family ...
UGA tailback Marshall’s injury ‘just going to take some time’

2:54 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Georgia tailback Keith Marshall’s comeback from ACL surgery has been further slowed by knee and ankle sprains suffered in last week’s game against Troy.Coach Mark Richt labeled Marshall “very doubtful” to play Saturday against Tennessee, but Richt said the junior tailback is holding up well through the latest setback.“I think ...
Richt on Vols’ Johnson: ‘I thought he should have turned pro last year’

2:12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

If it had been up to Georgia coach Mark Richt, Tennessee middle linebacker A.J. Johnson would be in the NFL right now, rather than getting ready to play against the Bulldogs in Sanford Stadium on Saturday.“Really, I thought he should have turned pro last year,” Richt said with a smile ...
Kennesaw State keeping football players focused
Head Coach Brian Bohannon and his staff put the team through a 90-minute practice in which the team strapped on gear for the first time.

9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

With glory-day games still a year away, Kennesaw State football coach Brian Bohannon is doing everything he can to keep his players’ competitive juices flowing through the dryness of months of practices and conditioning.Bohannon and his staff have come up with three things to keep the 86 freshmen on the ...
Atlanta sports TV listings

Updated: 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

TV TUESDAY Baseball 7 p.m.    ESPN    Orioles at Yankees 7 p.m.    MLB    Royals at Indians 7:10 p.m.    SPSO    Pirates at Braves 10 p.m.    ESPN    Giants at Dodgers Soccer 8 p.m.    FS1    CONCACAF: Real Esteli at Kansas City 10 p.m.    FS1    CONCACAF: Alpha United at Portland
Braves quotes after Monday’s 1-0 loss to Pirates

11:06 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

**FREDDIE FREEMANWas Liriano effectively wild tonight?“Yes. It seemed like he’d fall behind 3-1, then he’d make the 3-2 slider work, then he’d trick us and throw us heaters. He was not throwing heaters early on in the game, and then all of a sudden the second or third time around ...
Pirates 1, Braves 0
Aaron Harang of the Atlanta Braves throws a first inning pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on Sept. 22, 2014 in Atlanta. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

10:06 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

All that’s left for the Braves is to play spoiler. That isn’t even going their way. A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Braves dropped a 1-0 decision to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at Turner Field. While the Braves will watch the postseason from the comfort ...
Braves shut out for sixth time this month (updated)
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Aaron Harang (34) works against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game  Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updated: 10:05 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

All that’s left for the Braves is to play spoiler.That isn’t even going their way.A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Braves dropped a 1-0 decision to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at Turner Field. While the Braves will watch the postseason from the comfort of their ...
“SEC Nation” comes to Athens
SEC Nation, which carries an "College Gameday" feel, for the SEC Network will land in Athens.

9:54 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Bulldog Nation exhaled a passionate sigh of relief last season when Georgia beat LSU, suspending the “College GameDay” curse hysteria that plagued Athens in years past. Georgia’s 44-41 win improved the all-time “GameDay” appearance record to an underwhelming 4-13. Thanks to the advent of the SEC Network, Georgia fans have ...
Braves players react to Wren firing
Frank Wren had been the Braves' general manager since October 2007.

8:35 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

The Braves clubhouse was opened to reporters 30 minutes later than usual Monday, to give team officials time to meet with the players and talk about the firing of general manager Frank Wren and the team’s intention of getting back to doing things the “Braves way”. “It was kind of ...
Georgia’s pass rush to face SEC leader in sacks allowed Saturday

8:34 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Leonard Floyd licks his chops when he thinks about facing Tennessee and its young offensive line. “On the inside,” that is.“I’ma just save it for Saturday,” he said.The Georgia outside linebacker likes the edge the defensive front will have come Saturday. Tennessee’s offensive line tops the SEC in a statistical ...
Schuerholz, Cox: Team hasn’t quit on Fredi G
Longtime former manager Bobby Cox said he still supports current manager Fredi Gonzalez during a press conference after the team fired general manager Frank Wren.

8:07 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

The Braves had lost eight of nine games before Monday and posted a majors-worst 4-14 record and majors-worst .202 batting average for the month of September. And so, during the news conference Monday to announce the firing of general manager Frank Wren and the search committee to find his replacement, ...
Wren’s coaching hires have produced mixed results
Frank Wren had been the Braves' general manager since October 2007.

7:49 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Frank Wren’s most prominent coaching hires as Braves general manager have produced a mixed bag of results. Roger McDowell, one of baseball’s best pitching coaches in his nine seasons with the Braves, was hired by previous GM John Schuerholz, also the one who intervened last winter to keep McDowell from ...
Wren will be remembered for a few bad contracts
Following the 2010 season, the Braves acquired second baseman Dan Uggla for infielder Omar Infante, and reliever Michael Dunn. Uggla and the Braves agreed to a 5-year, $62 million contract in January 2011. The Braves released the infielder after four lacklaster years behind the plate in which he hit .209 and struck out 535 strikeouts. The Braves will continue to pay Uggla $19 million through the 2015 season.

7:43 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

When all is said and done, Frank Wren’s seven-year tenure as Braves general manager might be remembered most for a few regrettable contracts he handed out. Wren, who was fired on Monday, made several highly successful trades, waiver claims and under-the-radar free agent signings over the years. However, his biggest-ticket ...
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