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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 Hawks get their wings, and there’s nothing wrong with that

Updated: 7:03 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016

Don’t believe the hat: Taurean Prince is a Hawk. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) If the night didn’t yield the windfall Atlanta Hawks fans had hoped, neither was it the calamity they’ve come to fear. The Hawks didn’t move up and land either Buddy Hield or Jamal Murray, but they did ...

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 ...
Update: The Hawks have indeed traded Jeff Teague

Updated: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Guessing he’s all but gone, folks. (AJ Mast/AP) Update: The Atlanta Hawks have traded Jeff Teague to Indiana in a deal that is expected to bring the Utah Jazz’s No. 1 pick — the 12th overall — here. So that stuff about the No. 21 pick below is null and ...

The Hawks’ best draft move would involve trading Teague
042216 BOSTON: Hawks guard Jeff Teague (right) gives guard Dennis Schroder a pat on the arm during the final minutes of a 111-103 loss to the Celtics in their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game at TD Garden on Friday, April 22, 2016, in Boston.   Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 6:09 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Guessing he’s all but gone, folks. (AJ Mast/AP) The Atlanta Hawks hold the 21st pick in this NBA draft. It’s possible to find a real player there. Over the past 10 years, I count two very good players taken at No. 21 and two not-bads. The list: 2006: Rajon Rondo, ...

Breaking news! The Braves no longer have baseball’s worst offense

Updated: 10:09 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Braves score a run. They’ve been doing that. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) The Atlanta Braves have scored 232 runs in 69 games. Every other team in baseball has scored more — except the Philadelphia Phillies, who have mustered 221 runs in 71 games. Thirtieth place is no longer ours! As ...

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 ...
How the Warriors were like the 1996 Atlanta Braves

Updated: 5:50 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016

See this before? (Ron Frehm/AP photo) The astute Athens radio personality Jeff Dantzler noted before the NBA finals that if the Golden State Warriors lost — and he picked Cleveland to win — they’d essentially be the 1996 Atlanta Braves. Now, in the light of the Warriors actually losing, that’s ...

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 ...
Hey, the Braves are hitting! (But it’s only against the Reds)

Updated: 5:20 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Braves celebrate a walk-off win by throwing dirt. Wait. What? (AP Photo/John Amis) We mentioned the other day that the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds appeared well-matched: One can’t hit and the other can’t pitch. The baseball axiom holds that good pitching stops good hitting. What we’ve just ...

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 ...
The Braves’ Aaron Blair has to better than this. (Doesn’t he?)
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Aaron Blair works during the first inning of a baseball game against Cincinnati Reds on Monday, June 13, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updated: 10:09 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016

There’s a chance this was a non-competitive pitch. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The Atlanta Braves surprised me Monday night. Not by losing to nearly-as-bad Cincinnati; we all know they’re capable of losing to anybody anywhere anytime. They surprised me by not demoting Aaron Blair after the game. Blair entered the season ...

The Braves’ Aaron Blair has to be better than this. (Doesn’t he?)

Updated: 7:02 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016

There’s a chance this was a non-competitive pitch. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The Atlanta Braves surprised me Monday night. Not by losing to nearly-as-bad Cincinnati; we all know they’re capable of losing to anybody anywhere anytime. They surprised me by not demoting Aaron Blair after the game. Blair entered the season ...

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, ...
For the Braves, the race for next year’s No. 1 pick begins in earnest

Updated: 6:53 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016

The Braves just played these guys. The Reds aren’t as good. (AP Photo/John Amis) The Atlanta Braves, who have baseball’s worst record, open a four-game series tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, who have the third-worst. (The other spot on this Bizarro World podium belongs to the Minnesota Twins.) Believe it or ...

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 ...
The Braves got the guy they wanted, who mightn’t be the guy you wanted

Updated: 5:47 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ian Anderson and the commish. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) At such a time, trust doesn’t come easy (if it comes at all.) The Atlanta Braves have the worst record in the major leagues. One of their biggest acquisitions of last season is suspended through Aug. 1 for domestic abuse. They fired ...

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