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In college football, new QBs tend to win titles
Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 championship game January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

The run of conference media days means that college football teams are nearing the start of actual practice. (Actual games are still five weeks away.) Any day now, we’ll see the unveiling of this year’s preseason polls, and as someone who compiles his own set of rankings I’ll hazard the ...
Once seen as rickety, the ACC is walking tall
ACC commissioner John Swofford (Getty Images)

Updated: 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

There was a time when the ACC appeared a rickety enterprise. It had become Little Brother — at least in football, the sport that matters most in terms of TV and money — in its region to the almighty SEC, and in a time of rampant realignment we wondered if ...
Braves’ catching options: Lucroy? Ramos? McCann?
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos sits in the dugout before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Updated: 2:44 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016

Early last week, Braves general manager John Coppolella responded to an emailed question by writing: “We’re searching for catching every day.” By week’s end, we were reminded why. The Braves lost their first two games after the All-Star break on nights that saw them deliver eight wild pitches (with a ...
The Braves’ SunTrust Park - boon or boondoggle?
Exterior of Galleria Office Park on Friday, June 24, 2016. The Atlanta Braves still haven’t told fans where they will park on game days, but Cobb commissioners have decided where they won’t park. Cobb commissioners quietly passed an ordinance in February that prohibits private property owners within a half-mile radius around the stadium from charging for parking during special events. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016

The second half of the Braves’ farewell to Turner Field began this weekend. The team exited the All-Star break with the worst record and the fifth-worst attendance in the majors, which means there’s nowhere to go up but up. At least geographically, that’s where the club is headed — 14.5 ...
Coppolella, Pt. 2: Olivera and … playoffs?
Braves general manager John Coppolella speaks during a press conference at Turner Field on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

8:52 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Below is the second installment of our email Q&A; with Braves general manager John Coppolella. Part 1 ended with him saying, “We aren’t trading Julio (Teheran).” Part 2 begins with a discussion of someone he has sought to trade. Q: Do you regret the Hector Olivera trade? Do you see ...
Coppolella on the state of his Braves: Pt. 1
Coppolella on the state of his Braves: Pt. 1

11:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Via email, Braves general manager John Coppolella responded this week to 20 (plus one) questions regarding the half-season just past and his team’s future. The first 11 are presented here. The rest will come tomorrow. Q: The Braves have the worst record in baseball at the All-Star break. Before the ...
It’s another summer bummer from the Hawks
Boston Celtics center Al Horford holds up a jersey during a media availability at the team’s practice facility on Friday, July 8, 2016, in Waltham, Mass. Horford agreed to a four-year, $113 million deal with the Celtics as an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

3:43 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016

The Hawks could have played this offseason two ways: They could have traded Jeff Teague and let Al Horford leave as the first moves of a massive rebuilding, or they could have kept at least one of the above and sought to carry on as before. Being the Hawks, they ...
The Hawks have made a needed new start
DeAndre’ Bembry of Saint Joseph’s was taken by the Atlanta Hawks with the 21st pick of the 2016 NBA draft.

12:59 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

For all the changes the Hawks have undergone — since 2008, they’ve had four general managers, three head coaches and two sets of ownership — this has been a fairly stable team. That’s the reason they’ve made the playoffs each of those nine seasons; it’s also a reason they haven’t ...
The Falcons’ new stadium looks nice, I guess
The inside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as viewed from the upper deck. (Photo by M. Bradley/AJC)

2:24 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016

Some things I take on faith. This is one: When you build something for $1.5 trillion, the finished product isn’t apt to be a dump. (Sorry. Lost count. The latest price tag on Mercedes-Benz Stadium is $1.5 billion — 10 figures, not 13. But with these pesky cost overruns, who ...
Trading Teague gives Hawks a chance to retool
Hawks guard Jeff Teague sits on the bench in the fourth period of Game 4 against the Cavaliers in a second-round NBA playoff series at Philips Arena on Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Atlanta. Teague did not play in the fourth period of a 100-99 loss. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

4:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jeff Teague needed to go. He’s not a bad player – he’s often an excellent one – but he manned the one position at which the Hawks had a surplus. Dennis Schroder is younger, cheaper and potentially better. Teague is due to become a free agent next summer. The easiest ...
Why the Braves won’t trade Julio Teheran
Braves pitcher Julio Teheran delivers in the ninth inning of a game against the New York Mets, Sunday, June 19, 2016, in New York. Teheran pitched a 6-0, one-hit shutout against the Mets. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that John Coppolella will trade anybody. I make this prediction knowing that, within 24 hours if not by Aug. 1, the Braves’ general manager could prove me as wrong as I’ve ever been, which would be saying something. But I make it ...
Finals examined: LeBron, Warriors and history
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates in the final moments of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2:40 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016

After such a moment, the world runs on #HotTakes. Golden State: Biggest choke ever! LeBron James: Greatest player ever! The series just concluded: Best NBA finals ever! And here’s where we draw a deep breath and say, “None of the above.”As a seven-round entity, these finals were tepid. Only Game ...
Pete Rose’s worst enemy remains … Pete Rose
Pete Rose looks on from the dugout while managing a game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016

On Wednesday, Ichiro Suzuki authored the 4,257th hit of a distinguished career spanning both hemispheres. His first 1,278 hits came when playing for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan. The only thing that made No. 4,257 interesting was that, if you added the Orix number to his MLB total, it gave ...
We ask: Is LeBron the King of Gamesmanship?
Draymond Green and LeBron James exchange unpleasantries near the end of Game 4 of the NBA finals. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

2:37 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016

If not for Draymond Green’s suspension, the NBA finals probably wouldn’t have reached a Game 6. That they have enables us to re-engage in that longstanding discussion: What exactly should we make of LeBron James?He’s the greatest player since Jordan. He’s among the five greatest ever. He has lifted if ...
Baylor again reminds us: Fans can be idiots
Current and former Baylor students hold a rally warning of sexually assaults on and off campus, Friday, June 3, 2016, in Waco, Texas. Calling the rally Un-silence the Survivors, they read an open letter to the administration about improvements on how the school should handle sexual assaults after observing a moment of silence. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)

2:16 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We slam the words together — college football — and fail to notice which word comes first. If you’ve gone to a particular school, you should know there are reasons for that institution to exist beyond autumn Saturdays. Sometimes, though, the Color and Pageantry of those Saturdays not only overwhelms ...
Can Braves ‘win’ race for the top pick of 2017?
Ian Anderson, a pitcher from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y., talks on the phone with the Atlanta Braves after the team drafted him with the third pick in the first round of the baseball draft, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

5:00 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016

The 2016 MLB draft, in which the teams on display at Turner Field this week held the second and third picks, ended Saturday. These two clubs could hold the first and second picks the next time around, though the Minnesota Twins will have something to say about that. And yes, ...
The Cubs show the Braves that it can be done
Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward makes a sliding catch on a fly ball by the Braves’ Nick Markakis during the third inning Friday, June 10, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016

An instructive series continued Saturday, the visiting team having lost as many games (18) as the Braves had won. As vast as the gulf between these clubs seems, it wasn’t so long ago — 2013, to be exact — that the Braves won as many games (96) as the Cubs ...
Will Braves’ top pick be Mercer’s Kyle Lewis?
Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis was named Baseball America’s college player of the year Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Mercer Athletics)

2:04 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Braves own the third pick in the MLB draft, which commences Thursday night. That’s the loftiest selection this franchise has had since 1991, when they took outfielder Mike Kelly of Arizona State No. 2 overall. It’s the second time in 25 years the Braves have had a top-10 pick. ...
Coppolella: The Braves won’t draft for need
Braves general manager John Coppolella answers questions during an interview session on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 2:58 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016

The Braves awoke Monday on pace to hit fewer home runs than Mark McGwire did by himself in 1998. The leading homer-hitter among their top four affiliates is Matt Tuiasosopo, a journeyman who chose to accept another minor-league assignment after being dropped by the big-league club last month. Tuiasosopo has ...
Muhammad Ali: The greatest, and not just as a boxer

6:49 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016

He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Ky. Early on the morning of Oct. 30, 1974 — it was still Oct. 29 in these United States — a crowd at a stadium half a world away invoked the name by which he’d chosen to ...
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