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Hawks can’t continue to have top free agents ignore them
High profile free agents like Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant have generally ignored the Hawks’ overtures in the past. Can the team change that? (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman)

Updated: 6:16 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It’s that time of year again when NBA free agency begins and everybody in Atlanta wonders: Why is everybody ignoring us?Because for as much progress as the franchise has made on the court over the last three years, the Hawks’ haven’t been destination central for high-profile free agents. If NBA ...
Hawks are right to want Durant, but signing him remains a longshot

Updated: 2:03 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Forward Kevin Durant may have played his final game with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. (AP photo) One month ago, in a blog that was headlined, “Hawks dreaming of Kevin Durant but OKC may be his best option,” I ...

Hawks are right to want Durant, but signing remains longshot
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) speaks during a news conference at the team's practice facility in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Durant, the face of the Oklahoma City franchise since its move from Seattle in 2008 is heading into free agency, and what he chooses to do could shake up the NBA landscape. Durant said Wednesday that he has not yet "wrapped" his mind around the idea of being a free agent. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Updated: 9:11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Forward Kevin Durant may have played his final game with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. (AP photo) One month ago, in a blog that was headlined, “Hawks dreaming of Kevin Durant but OKC may be his best option,” I wrote ...

Film doesn’t lie, but Matt Ryan learning from mistakes
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spends hours watching game film in the quarterback room at the Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

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

The lights are off, the door is cracked open and inside a small meeting room at the Falcons’ practice facility, Matt Ryan is sitting in a chair, holding a remote, his eyes shifting from the two computer monitors in front of him to a large screen on the far wall. ...
Roddy White says he’ll only play for contender, or will retire
Wide receiver Roddy White (10,863 receiving yards, 63 TDs) is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the Atlanta Falcons' all-time leading receiver after 11 NFL seasons. White, 34, remains a free agent after Atlanta released him in March. He has not been linked with any prospective teams.

11:45 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016

Former Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who was released from the team in March after 11 seasons, says he has had opportunities to sign with other clubs but only wants to play for a Super Bowl contender, otherwise he plans to retire. “When my agent and I went down the ...
Roddy White says he’ll only play for contender, or will retire
Roddy White, 34, amassed 808 catches, 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns over 11 seasons with the Falcons. 

11:22 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016

For the first time since stepping off the UAB campus 12 years ago, Roddy White finds himself without a team, a paycheck and the certainty of a career. But he’s at peace with that. He has made and banked millions, he has five beautiful children, he’s building his dream home ...
Danny Ferry is back in NBA — and he deserved that chance

Updated: 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Former Hawks general manager Danny Ferry not worked in the NBA the last two seasons, although he didn’t officially step down from the Hawks until 2015. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com) When the roof was caving on the Hawks in 2014 because of a racially charged email from a moronic owner ...

Danny Ferry is back in NBA and deserved that chance

Updated: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Former Hawks general manager Danny Ferry not worked in the NBA the last two seasons, although he didn’t officially step down from the Hawks until 2015. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com) When the roof was caving on the Hawks in 2014 because of a racially charged email from a moronic owner ...

Braves put themselves on markdown rack: $2.60 per game

Updated: 4:52 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Braves have had too many home crowds at Turner Field like this one against San Francisco last week. (Jeff Schultz / jschultz@ajc.com) For most of this season, the Braves have had a relative minor-league product. But here’s the good news: Now they have relative minor-league prices. Single-A, even. The ...

Expect more schools like Georgia to protect itself with ‘ethics’ clause

Updated: 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity referenced “events that occur around the country” when alluding to the “conduct and ethics” clause that’s in coach Kirby Smart’s contract. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com) In the aftermath of Baylor’s poor handling of sexual assault cases, the school made the extraordinary decision to fire coach ...

Braves’ ‘good players’ have made a bad team worse
Freddie Freeman is hitting only .242, including .122 with runners in scoring position, and leads the contingent of underperforming Braves’ players. ( Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

11:18 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Braves continued their trip in San Diego on Tuesday, having lost five consecutive, seven of nine and 11 of 15. Coincidentally, the “Look! They’re better under Brian Snitker!” contingent has gone mute.It’s the pieces, not the direction from the dugout. But while makeover artists John Coppolella and John Hart ...
Muhammad Ali wasn’t ‘The Greatest’ just for what he did in boxing

10:51 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016

It was 1996, and Evander Holyfield wasn’t happy. His hometown was about to host the world’s biggest sports event, and Atlanta’s most famous sports resident and former Olympian had hoped he would be the one asked to light the cauldron in the Olympic stadium, signaling the start of the Centennial ...
Muhammad Ali was Holyfield’s inspiration from time he started

Updated: 7:59 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali retired from boxing in 1981. A decade later, he greeted then-heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield of Atlanta during an awards dinner in New York. (AP photo) After learning Friday that Muhammad Ali unfortunately wouldn’t be with us much longer, I phoned Evander Holyfield, knowing the impact Ali had on ...

Next step for colleges: Ban coaches who enable criminal behavior
Former Baylor coach Art Briles lost his job in the wake of sexual-assault and domestic-violence cases involving his football players, but there are no rules that would prevent him from getting a job elsewhere. (AP photo)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016

While the college football world obsesses over trivial matters such as satellite camps and Jim Harbaugh vs. The Universe mindless spitball wars, something far significant was addressed and quickly dismissed at the SEC’s spring meetings this past week.Culpability.The topic was Baylor — specifically the fallout of sexual-assault and domestic-violence cases ...
Ken Starr interview video makes him look even worse than before

Updated: 8:58 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016

Ken Starr, who was removed from his position as Baylor president, has struggled to explain his role in the scandal that has engulfed the school’s football program. (AP photo) As former U.S. solicitor general and Baylor University president Ken Starr continues to work his way down the ladder of success ...

Did Braves make Blair’s growing pains worse?
Braves rookie starting pitcher Aaron Blair is pulled by interim manager Brian Snitker after giving up a third straight two-run homer to San Francisco in Thursday’s 6-0 loss at Turner Field. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

4:53 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016

It wouldn’t be fair to lay this at the feet of Aaron Blair because this often is what happens with young pitchers. They can make a mistake in the minors and still draw a pop-up. They make a mistake in the majors and the ball screams off the bat and ...
Teague for Noel? Hawks’ trade rumor doesn’t make complete sense

Updated: 4:08 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016

What would the Hawks’ acquisition of Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel (left) mean for free agent Al Horford and power forward Paul Millsap (not pictured)? (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) The NBA draft is three weeks away, which means it’s the height of trade rumor season, which coincidentally often correlates with the height ...

Mallex Smith: Watchable player in Braves’ unwatchable season
Rookie Mallex Smith, who has been playing left field, has the speed and raw talent to possibly be an everyday player for the Braves. (AP photo)

8:08 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Braves didn’t play another game Tuesday night so much as they again attempted to answer the question, “OK, who’s a keeper?” Because when a team is 20 games below .500 before the calendar flips to June, the safest thing a player can do is keep his head down, play ...
Braves valued empty space more than they valued Jason Grilli

Updated: 7:26 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli pitched well last season until suffering a torn Achilles and wasn’t the same pitcher this season. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com) The Braves are paying vagabond reliever Jason Grilli to just go away. It’s not nearly on the level of them paying Melvin (B.J.) Upton to ...

Braves value empty space more than they valued Jason Grilli

Updated: 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli pitched well last season until suffering a torn Achilles and wasn’t the same pitcher this season. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com) The Braves are paying vagabond reliever Jason Grilli to just go away. It’s not nearly on the level of them paying Melvin (B.J.) Upton to ...

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