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It’s ‘Sack Schultz’ time, suckers: Win Peach Bowl tickets or $2,500

2:26 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Hello, I am back. Actually, not quite yet. Weekend Predictions, your gateway to financial independence and cheap Auburn jokes, returns next week for yet another season. I’m not sure how long we’ve done this, maybe 20 years, which surpasses the official over/under in Las Vegas by 19 years, 49 weeks ...

Keanu Neal injury ‘minor’ but Falcons can’t afford any bad news
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) loses his footing as he tries to get away from Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

1:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker loses his footing as he tries to get away from Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal in the first half of a preseason game Thursday night in Orlando. (AP photo) When Keanu Neal’s right knee buckled and he went to the ground Thursday night, the ...

Chipper Jones likes Braves’ future but says moves needed
Chipper Jones paid tribute to former teammate Andruw Jones during a Braves Hall of Fame luncheon on Aug. 19. Chipper Jones is now an adviser to the team. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com)

Updated: 12:53 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who is now an adviser with the team, recently moved back to Atlanta from his Texas ranch, which he is selling. I spoke with him about a variety of subjects, including his future, the Braves’ season and what he thinks about the team moving ...
Chipper: Braves need moves but he likes future (and being back home)
April 4, 2016 Atlanta - 1997 Braves team members Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones kick off the home game countdown by removing “81” in the middle of the fifth inning during the home opener at Turner Field on Monday, April 4, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

12:19 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Former Braves Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones kicked off the home game countdown during the home opener at Turner Field on April 4. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com) When the Braves hired Chipper Jones as a special assistant before this season, they brought back one of the franchise’s all-time greats. He ...

Eason will be Georgia’s best QB but that doesn’t mean he’s best now
March 15, 2106 Athens, GA:  Georgia freshman quarterback Jacob Eason gets feedback from offensive coordinator Jim Chaney during the first day of spring practice for the Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday March 15, 2016.   BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

11:56 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

I don’t believe Kirby Smart is playing a game. I don’t believe that one of his quarterbacks has been so far ahead of the other for weeks that it’s clear to him who should start Georgia’s first game against North Carolina. I also believe he believes that whether Greyson Lambert ...

Will Turner Field be Eden for Georgia State?
Georgia State coach Trent Miles led his team to its first bowl game last season. Can the Panthers capitalize on that momentum this year before an expected move into Turner Field? (Photo by Jason Getz)

5:36 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Trent Miles presides over a college football program that played in a bowl game last season and didn’t fire its head coach, a combination that puts Georgia State ahead of both Georgia and Georgia Tech. But that doesn’t keep Miles from looking south out of his office window in a ...
Ryan Lochte wins ‘pariah medley’ — loses all 4 endorsement deals

5:29 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Ryan Lochte lost all four of his product endorsement deals Monday, which will account for millions of dollars in lost income. (AP photo) The individual medley in swimming is one of Ryan Lochte’s best events, having won the Olympic gold medal in the 400 IM in London in 2012. Consider ...

What does future hold for Braves’ starters — and Roger McDowell?
Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell confers with pitcher Mike Foltynewicz during a game against Tampa Bay. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

When the Braves decided to blow the whole thing up — though their plans were presented to the public in more palatable and euphemistic terms and served on a silver platter, adjacent to a “Burgerizza” — it was assumed there would be moments like this. But to see the number ...
Preseason Overreaction, Week 2: Ryan, offense ease ‘fears’
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) celebrates after running back Devonta Freeman (24) scores a touchdown in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

10:41 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan celebrates after running back Devonta Freeman scores the game’s first touchdown in the first quarter of Thursday’s exhibition game against Cleveland. (AP photo) Welcome back to Preseason Overreaction Week. In Meaningless NFL Full Retail Schlock No. 1, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went 0-for-4 during two three-and-outs ...

Turner Field plans would be closer to ‘dream’ with Braves
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed speaks as Scott Taylor (left), President at Carter & Associates LLC, and Georgia State President Mark Becker look during a press conference to announce a deal to purchase Turner Field on the plaza of Turner Field on Thursday. (Hyosyb Shin / hshin@ajc.com)

Updated: 4:21 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Outside of an empty stadium, which for most of the past two seasons has hosted an empty team, the mayor of Atlanta was doing what mayors do best: Waxing on. Poetically, economically, politically.“Turner Field will no longer be a baseball stadium, but it will still be a field of dreams, ...
Part of Braves’ future (Swanson) arrives — everybody please breathe
022216 LAKE BUENA VISTA: Braves top prospect infielder Dansby Swanson fields a grounder during spring training in Champions Stadium on Monday, Feb 22, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

9:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

Braves top prospect infielder Dansby Swanson fields a grounder during spring training at Braves’ camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com) Dansby Swanson has played 127 games with three teams in the minor leagues at the A-, A+ and Double-A levels, which should not be confused with ...

Can Falcons’ pass rush finally put Bryan Cox in good mood?
Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox works with players during practice at training camp in Flowery Branch. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

6:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

Bryan Cox isn’t from the old school. Bryan Cox is the clay that’s mixed with the shale and fired in a kiln that’s heated to 2,000 degrees to make the bricks that’s brought out to the country on an empty hillside to build the old school.Bryan Cox looks at you ...
A-Rod may join Bonds in Miami? It seems so wrong but so right (UPDATE: Never mind)

2:43 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

Former New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, right, talks with Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds before an exhibition baseball game in April. (AP photo) UPDATE BELOW Hey, baseball fans! Make sure you make it out to the next Miami Marlins home game for Souvenir Syringe Night! There will be ...

Curry knows: Georgia Tech needs a unifying presence
A flashback to 1984: Georgia Tech quarterback John Dewberry gets a hug from coach Bill Curry and a piece of the Sanford Stadium hedges in Athens following a Yellow Jackets’ victory. (AP photo)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

The problem at Georgia Tech isn’t that the football coach runs an option offense, or that he doesn’t pat needy alums on the head enough, or, please, of all things, that some Doritos-and-Yoo-hoo chugging recruiting “guru” has determined the program didn’t sign enough “four-stars.”The biggest problem with Tech athletics today, ...
SEC correct to give Maurice Smith waiver, now it’s time to junk rule
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Maurice Smith #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a stop in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

3:13 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Defensive back Maurice Smith was given his release from both Alabama and the SEC and is expected to transfer to Georgia. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) It took a while, but the SEC made the right decision Friday and granted Maurice Smith a waiver of its graduate transfer rule, which will allow ...

Preseason Overreaction, Week 1: Matt Ryan is the No. 3 QB (kidding!)
081116 ATLANTA: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throws an incomplete pass under pressure from Redskins linebacker Preston Smith to go three and out during the first quarter in an NFL preseason football game on Thursday, August 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

11:44 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throws an incomplete pass under pressure from Washington linebacker Preston Smith to go three and out in the first quarter of Thursday night’s exhibition game. (Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com) If the first exhibition game is any indication, Matt Ryan is going to have a really difficult time ...

Julio Jones looks to stop the losing
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones gets some air to catch a long bomb from Matt Ryan during training camp. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 5:01 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Julio Jones plays the most me-me-me of football positions. That’s not him. “Just throw me the damn ball” was a great name for a book (never read it) and certainly captured the essence of Keyshawn Johnson but not every wide receiver or every superstar athlete obsesses over his statistics or ...
Maurice Smith: The player who caused Nick Saban to surrender
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Maurice Smith #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a stop in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

11:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

Defensive back Maurice Smith was finally released from Alabama and is close to transferring to Georgia, pending an SEC waiver. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Last week, after the AJC’s Seth Emerson broke the story about an Alabama reserve defensive back having his attempted transfer to Georgia blocked by Nick Saban, I ...

Georgia Tech was dysfunction junction under Bobinski
Georgia Tech hired athletic director Mike Bobinski in January of 2013 but his abbreviated tenure created a mess in the athletic department. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Updated: 5:19 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

To understand the dysfunction that existed in the Georgia Tech athletic department, thanks largely to the departing Mike Bobinski, consider the clown show that has surrounded planning for the football team’s season opener in Ireland.Bobinski’s soldiers in the Tech administration originally cut a deal that the Jackets would travel to ...
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