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I still like Pete Rose, but I don’t trust him
In this June 24, 1989, file photo, Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose gives a thumbs up sign while sitting in the dugout at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. ESPN said it obtained a notebook that shows Rose bet on Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986. The career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 after an investigation by John Dowd, a lawyer retained by Major League Baseball, concluded he bet on the Reds to win from 1985-87, during his time as a player and manager. (AP Photo/Rob Burns, File)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015

When I started following sports, I had a slew of favorite players. There was no geographic pattern. I grew up near the banks of the mighty Ohio, but three of my faves (Russell, Orr, Yaz) worked for Boston teams. Two more (Alcindor, O.J.) were attending college in Los Angeles. Jim ...
The Hawks bank on a continuity that mightn’t exist
The Hawks’ new principal owner Tony Ressler and partner Grant Hill, pictured, met with Atlanta Journal-Constitution editors, managers and reporters Thursday. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

5:04 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tony Ressler is an impressive man. Grant Hill was impressive as a Duke freshman and has only grown in eminence. We no longer have to live with the reality that the Hawks are owned by bozos. To borrow from Elvis Costello: Clown time is over.That said …I worry that Ressler, ...
Hawks are apt to draft for tomorrow, not today
The Atlanta Hawks unveil their new uniforms at a press conference Wednesday at Philips Arena. The road uniform is on the left, the home uniform in the center and the alternate road uniform on the right. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

3:19 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It’s fitting that the Hawks’ picks in the 2015 draft will be exercised by a general manager in his first official day on the job. We tend to think of this team — meaning the actual roster, not the front office — as stable, but stability in the contemporary NBA ...
Net win for Hawks? Ferry leaves, Gearons shrink
Danny Ferry, then the Hawks’ general manager, takes in the team’s media day at Philips Arena on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 3:55 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2015

Danny Ferry is not blameless. He admits as much. He read words aloud that he shouldn’t have. Thus did he hand those Hawks owners who hated him a lever that, after a nine-month leave of absence, wedged him from a job he’d filled more ably than any man who’d ever ...
The Braves’ plan for pitchers — try hard and hope
Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, making his fourth career start, delivers a pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 19. Foltynewicz was sent to Gwinnett on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

10:53 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Braves have become a repository of young pitching. Almost every trade since November has yielded at least one pitcher. Of the Braves’ first 26 picks in this month’s draft, 20 were pitchers. Given that recent Braves seasons have seen the rise and sudden fall of pitchers Jair Jurrjens and ...
The Braves’ pitching — in need of development?
Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell confers with pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. Foltynewicz was demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

7:54 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Braves are concerned about Julio Teheran, a 2014 All-Star whose ERA has risen to 5.07. They should also be concerned about history: Teheran is the fourth young starting pitcher of the past five years to author what seemed a breakthrough season only to recede. Jair Jurrjens was 25 when ...
Hart on the Braves: ‘Right now we’re holding’
Offseason sellers, the Braves are unsettled if they'll be buyers at  baseball’s trade deadline - 6 1/2 weeks away. 

3:24 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2015

This will sound weird, but here goes: The Braves could use a losing streak. Not because losing is fun — it isn’t — but because losing would bring clarity to a season that has confused everyone, its architect included. “Go back to the beginning of the year,” president of baseball ...
Pigskin pickin’: Tech goes 9-3, Georgia 8-4
Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas earned Most Valuable Player after the Capital One Orange Bowl. Tech defeated Mississippi State 49-28. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015

Our long-range college football predictions arrive a bit later than usual but, we can only hope, no worse for wear. Probably no better, either. For late tuners-in, this is the place where somebody’s fans get really mad. Some years it’s Georgia fans; other years it’s Tech backers. This time I’m ...
Even Michael Jordan never did as LeBron is doing
LeBron James (left) and Michael Jordan.

4:09 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Leading Game 3 by 17 points with one quarter remaining, the Cleveland Cavaliers sought to buy LeBron James a respite. He got 63 seconds before R&R yielded to reality. In two possessions without LeBron, the Cavs didn’t hoist a shot that hit the rim. They were outscored only 2-0, but ...
Old home week: Kimbrel and Uptons return (and win)
Former Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, now with the Padres, shares a laugh with Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca and manager Fredi Gonzalez during batting practice Monday. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 11:37 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015

So how, Melvin Upton Jr. was asked, did the day feel? “Other than it being a little weird?” he said, giving voice to the only adjective that fit.We saw Dale Murphy return as a Phillie. We saw Tom Glavine as a yucky Met. In April we saw Dan Uggla, now ...
What do NBA finalists have that the Hawks lack?
LeBron James of the Cavaliers drives against Paul Millsap of the Hawks during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

4:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If you’re the Hawks, who fell four games short of these finals, you cannot draw comfort from being a lot like either conference champion. The Hawks aren’t like Cleveland, duh, because they don’t have LeBron James, and they aren’t much like Golden State, either. The Warriors had two players — ...
The Hawks will soon be seeking a new GM
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer holds his pregame press conference before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

3:04 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015

It usually works this way: Owner hires general manager; GM hires coach. These being the Hawks, they have it backward. They have a coach but not yet a new owner and a GM who hasn’t been GM since Sept. 12 and probably won’t be again. (At least not here.)They have ...
The FIFA fiasco: Soccer shows its seamy side
President Joseph S. Blatter speaks after his election at the 65th FIFA Congress at Hallenstadion on May 29, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015

On June 6, Juventus will play Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final, essentially the Super Bowl of European club soccer. This is being seen as moment of redemption for Juventus, a club known as the Old Lady of Italian soccer, a club that not long ago was a fallen ...
A shining Hawks season has an inglorious end
Hawks guard Shelvin Mack sits on the bench in the final minute of a 118-88 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

3:57 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I know this is where we’re supposed to pat them on the back and say, “Heck of a season, guys.” (And it was a heck of a regular season.) But I’m disappointed in the Hawks, who ought to be disappointed in themselves. For all the post-sweep talk about this being ...
So far, Braves have been better than expected
Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the sixth inning to the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field on April 30. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2:13 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015

The Braves awoke on Memorial Day at 22-21, which was no small thing. They reached the six-month season’s first checkpoint with the National League’s seventh-best record and stood two games out of the second wild-card spot. Relative to what most of us figured they’d be, these first 43 games went ...
A sunny Hawks season slams into reality
Hawks guard Jeff Teague bites on his shirt in the final minutes of a 94-82 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

3:03 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015

What’s most disappointing — almost disgusting, really — is that the Hawks finally reached the Eastern Conference finals, an achievement that should have hushed some of their detractors, but in the span of two wretched games they’ve checked every derogatory box. I didn’t think this would happen, but here it ...
Grim tidings: Down 0-2, the Hawks look outclassed
Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver (26) and Al Horford (15) vie for a rebound during the first half in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Updated: 11:03 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015

It was only Wednesday that we were celebrating the long-deferred arrival of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. As Friday became Saturday, we were coming to grips with a much colder reality. There might not be another NBA game staged at Philips Arena until November. The Hawks, a team with four ...
For the Hawks, a happy night turned sad
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll lies on the court as Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) speaks after Carroll was injured against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

11:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As night fell on our city, we Atlantans could be forgiven for pinching ourselves. We’ve seen some big doings here — five World Series, four Final Fours, two Super Bowls, one Olympiad — but this was new. The NBA’s Eastern Conference finals had come to the A-T-L, and the only ...
Who’s more miserable - Atlanta or Cleveland?
AJC columnist Mark Bradley.

4:44 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015

We Atlantans cringe when Forbes names us the most miserable sports city in these United States, and mounting a rebuttal isn’t worth the effort. Who cares to flip through the Rolodex of Regret — from Brooks Conrad to Eugene Robinson with Levingston and Leyritz and Lonnie in between — when ...
Even against LeBron, it’ll be the Hawks in 7
The Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll knocks the ball away from LeBron James on March 6 in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 2:11 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015

It would be wrong to call the Eastern Conference finals the series the world has awaited. For one thing, the NBA East is considered the JV bracket. For another, the top-seeded Hawks are viewed by the ESPN chattering class as a lesser obstacle to Cleveland than was Chicago. (Sure enough, ...
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