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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 ...
Pigskin Pickin’ 2016: UGA goes 10-2, Tech 7-5
Quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers speaks during Media Day for the College Football Playoff championship game on January 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

3:00 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016

Just in time to spoil your summer, we offer Pigskin Pickin’, our annual long-range look at the college football season. These predictions come with only one guarantee: You’ll disagree with them all.Georgia will go 10-2 and finish second in the SEC East. Kirby Smart has brought a blend of entitlement ...
Golden State is a team like no other
Former NBA player Rick Barry, center left, watches as Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, center, Stephen Curry, right, and their teammates celebrate after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2016. The Warriors won 96-88. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016

With 1:42 remaining in a tied Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook rose to shoot. Golden State’s Andre Iguodala stripped the ball. Taking two dribbles, Iguodala loosed a 30-foot pass to Klay Thompson, positioned on the right wing a step inside the sideline.The Thunder reacted ...
A day to remember in a motley Braves’ season
Atlanta Braves outfielder Mallex Smith, right, celebrates with bench coach Terry Pendleton and first-base coach Eddie Perez after the Braves defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Monday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

5:01 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2016

The Braves are 6-7 under interim manager Brian Snitker. If they play at that pace the rest of the season, they’d finish 67-95, same as last year. That wouldn’t meet any definition of good. Neither would it be historically awful. Given how this season began, not losing 100 games would ...
Ole Miss’ troubles aren’t nearly at an end
Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil loosens up prior to a game against Texas A&M in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss will investigate Tunsil’s comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

10:38 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016

It didn’t all start with Laremy Tunsil’s gas mask. Of the 13 violations levied by the NCAA against Ole Miss football, four predate the arrival of the gifted tackle Tunsil and the coach who has lifted the Rebels to prominence. But nine did occur under Hugh Freeze, and more revelations ...
Why the Thunder in no way resemble the Hawks
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

1:29 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Oklahoma City is one game from what would be a massive upset, seeing as how Golden State won a record 73 games to the Thunder’s 55, but then we stop and think. Didn’t the same Thunder just topple San Antonio, which won 67 and tied for the seventh-best regular season ...
What can the Braves still make of the season?
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker takes the ball from Aaron Blair in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 17, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

2:31 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2016

Brian Snitker has calmed the waters, which was kind of the idea. Having been 9-28 under Fredi Gonzalez, the Braves are 3-3 under Snitker. If not quite good, it’s definitely better. More to the point, the simmering-since-Week-2 issue of managerial status has been tabled until October. Snitker will see out ...
Now hear this: The Braves’ plan has not failed
Atlanta Braves president of baseball operations John Hart, center, and general manager John Coppolella, left, meet with reporters in the dugout before game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016

Here’s how to fail Logic 101 — by making the following fallacious argument: The Braves are having a terrible season; ergo, the Braves’ rebuild is doomed. The first part is fact. These first 40-some games have been awful, from the historically lousy record to the arrest of Hector Olivera to ...
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