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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 ...
Baylor is found guilty of unconscionable human behavior

Updated: 10:20 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

Art Briles, ex-coach. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) You can win big by doing it the wrong way, but such winning invariably bears an expiration date. When such a program finally gets exposed, it’s not just the program and its coach taking the fall – it’s the school and everything for ...

The Braves used nine pitchers in 13 innings. Still lost, though

Updated: 6:40 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bud Norris, bummed out. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) To say the Atlanta Braves used nine pitchers in a 13-inning game Wednesday doesn’t quite tell the tale. Mike Foltynewicz worked the first 5 2/3 innings. Arodys Vizcaino struck out the side in the ninth. (He’s really good.) Casey Kelly, pressed into service, ...

The Braves used nine pitchers in 13 innings, which says … something

Updated: 6:35 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

  Bud Norris, bummed out. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) To say the Atlanta Braves used nine pitchers in a 13-inning game Wednesday doesn’t quite tell the tale. Mike Foltynewicz worked the first 5 2/3 innings. Arodys Vizcaino struck out the side in the ninth. (He’s really good.) Casey Kelly, pressed into ...

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 ...
Why the Braves buying a draft pick is kind of a big deal

Updated: 10:43 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“Got any picks you want to sell?” (AJC file photo) Ho, hum: Maybe that was your reaction when you saw the Atlanta Braves had paid $3.9 million for Brian Matusz, who’s injured, and then designated him for assignment. Or maybe you went the “huh?” route, wondering why they’d pay even ...

ESPN: Tech’s Paul Johnson ranks 12th in the ACC in job stability

Updated: 4:59 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

“You guys hearing much about my job status?” (AP Photo/David Goldman) Travis Haney of ESPN Insider is ranking the Power Five coaches in terms of job stability. Among the 14 ACC coaches, Haney rates Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson 12th — behind North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren and Boston College’s Steve ...

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 ...
The Braves are 3-3 under Snitker. They’ll take that

Updated: 4:47 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016

Snitker the skipper. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Don’t misinterpret that headline. The Atlanta Braves won’t play .500 ball the rest of the season. They’re still a substandard big-league team. And it’s possible their flurry — if 3-3 can be so deemed — under a new manager is nothing more than ...

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 ...
So how are the Phillies 24-17 and the Braves 10-30?

Updated: 10:09 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2016

The Phillies celebrate at the home of the Braves. (AP Photo/Brett Davis) The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be the two worst teams in baseball. The hometown nine has held up its end, so to speak. The Braves are 10-30, tied with Minnesota at the bottom ...

A fascinating podcast sheds light on the Braves’ John Coppolella

Updated: 4:01 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016

John Coppolella at work. (AJC file photo) For an insight into John Coppolella, man in the news, I highly recommend Jonah Keri’s podcast on Nerdist. Keri worked at the shuttered Grantland and now writes for CBSsports and SI.com. The podcast was recorded at the Embassy Suites near Hartsfield-Jackson around the ...

The Braves can now pick a manager who fits
Atlanta Braves president of baseball operations John Hart, center, and general manager John Coppolella, left, meet with reporters in the dugout before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

10:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Braves don’t yet know what attributes they’ll seek in a permanent manager. They could opt for an analytics-based man. They could go old-school. They could wind up promoting from within. Theirs is now an almost-blank slate, but here’s the “almost”:The new man has to want to be part of ...
The Braves fire Fredi Gonzalez, and it had to happen

Updated: 8:21 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016

John Coppolella and his former manager. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) If the Atlanta Braves hadn’t admired Fredi Gonzalez the man, they’d have fired Fredi G. the manager a while ago. But they tried to be fair to him, which wasn’t easy: They knew they’d handed him a bad team. What made ...

The Braves fire Fredi, and it had to happen

Updated: 8:17 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016

John Coppolella and his former manager. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) If the Atlanta Braves hadn’t admired Fredi Gonzalez the man, they’d have fired Fredi G. the manager a while ago. But they tried to be fair to him, which wasn’t easy: They knew they’d handed him a bad team. What made ...

Fredi’s gone, and it had to happen

Updated: 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016

John Coppolella and his former manager. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) If the Atlanta Braves hadn’t admired Fredi Gonzalez the man, they’d have fired Fredi G. the manager a while ago. But they tried to fair to him, which wasn’t easy: They knew they’d handed him a bad team. What made them ...

The Braves stink. Their young pitchers do not
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Matt Wisler, left, hands the ball to manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) during the eighth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Updated: 2:54 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2016

If you can bear to watch the Braves, you’re seeing what this rebuild was all about. We saw something similar last year, but two of those young arms – Alex Wood and Shelby Miller – were traded. After opening this season with a rotation including journeymen Bud Norris and Jhoulys ...
The Braves had a pretty good week. They won twice

Updated: 4:42 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016

Another quality start for Mr. Matt Wisler. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) The Atlanta Braves went 2-4 in a week, and we thought, “Not too bad.” They lost two series, and we thought, “Didn’t get swept.” They were two extra-inning losses from winning each series, and we thought, “They’re improving.” When you’re ...

An exercise: Could Braves trade for Trout?
Mike Trout is welcomed into the dugout after scoring against the St. Louis Cardinals at Angel Stadium on Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register via AP)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016

What follows almost certainly falls under the heading of Never Gonna Happen. If you don’t have five minutes to spare, stop reading. If you do, I ask you to ponder two questions:1. Would the Angels actually trade Mike Trout?2. If the answer to No. 1 is even a “maybe,” should ...
Football Outsiders: The Falcons will slip to 7-9 but be a better team

Updated: 10:35 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016

Dan Quinn, back at work. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) It would be incorrect to say that Football Outsiders has nailed every recent Atlanta Falcons prediction. (It would be wrong to say that anyone in the history of humankind has nailed every prediction. Even Nostradamus had the Colts over the Jets.) That ...

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