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Georgia Tech turns a losing game into a breakthrough
Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas after leading his team to a 27-24 victory over Virginia Tech. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)

5:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

In the place where something always goes wrong for Georgia Tech — where two penalties undid the Yellow Jackets in 2008; where Joshua Nesbitt broke his arm in 2010; where a last-minute lead became an overtime loss on Labor Day 2012 — the weirdest possible something had occurred. A forced ...
On the road to recovery, the Falcons lap the Bucs
Doin’ the Deion: Devin Hester on his record-setting touchdown return. (John Bazemore/AP)

11:22 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

For the record, the Falcons and the Buccaneers both went 4-12 last season. For the record, they split their head-to-head meetings. For the record, these teams were pitiable peers in 2013. For the record, they’re peers no more. The Falcons have already won half as many games as they did ...
The NFL and its players: Are we not repulsed?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: He doesn’t know what to do, either. (David Goldman/AP)

4:54 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

It’s unclear why we’re looking to the NFL for guidance regarding domestic violence and child cruelty. Those weighty matters were besetting our troubled world long before anyone inflated a pigskin. But here we are, waiting to see what Roger Goodell does next, even as we realize that nobody in the ...
Should one down season force big change on the Braves?
Freddie Freeman reacts to hitting the game-winning single to beat the Reds 1-0 in the 10th inning on April 27. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

8:47 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

The final fortnight of a season that has lost its fizz began with the Braves four games behind Pittsburgh for the second wild card. In a way, that made sense: The Braves lost two starting pitchers to Tommy John surgery in spring training, a double whammy that stood to make ...
High-flying UGA is grounded by reality - and Spurrier
Todd Gurley got his yards, but the Gamecocks hit him hard. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Updated: 10:22 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Beating Clemson was nice and all, but that was Clemson, which can fold under duress like no other Top 25 program, and the game was in Athens. And it wasn’t, not to put too fine a point on it, an SEC game.This was quarterback Hutson Mason’s first start in an ...
Has UGA gotten too much credit for beating Clemson?
Todd Gurley celebrates a fourth-quarter touchdown against Clemson. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Updated: 2:54 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Georgia had just opened its season by beating Clemson badly. Vince Dooley stood in the back of the interview room awaiting Mark Richt’s appearance. I said to Dooley: “This must have been the way it was when you had Herschel.”Dooley didn’t smile at the memory. On the contrary, he winced. ...
The Hawks reach a new low, which is saying something
The AJC's Mark Bradley.

5:58 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Somebody needs to step in and stop this. Maybe Kasim Reed, who’s the mayor of Atlanta. Maybe Adam Silver, who’s the commisioner of the NBA. Maybe Donald Trump, who fires people. But somebody soon. Somebody, please. The past four days have been the worst in Hawks history, which is saying ...
With Ferry’s credibility in question, so is the Hawks’
General manager Danny Ferry at the Hawks’ media day on Oct. 1, 2012. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

5:27 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Had it started and ended with a Bruce Levenson email, the Hawks might have dismissed this latest unseemly chapter with an apology and an eye-roll: “We’re really sorry, but what can we do? Our owners are nuts.” But this didn’t begin with one screed about attendance, and there’s no telling ...
The Falcons win the right game at the right moment
The great Matt Ryan, never greater than this day. (John Bazemore/AP)

Updated: 6:31 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

It was only one game, one of 16. Four months hence, we might look back on the doings of Sept. 7 and say they meant nothing. At the moment, though, it was way more than one game. It was the absolute right game at the absolute right time. They didn’t ...
Evan Gattis’ time as a Brave could be nearing an end
The Braves selected Evan Gattis in round 23 of the 2010 amateur baseball draft and by 2013 he had become an Atlanta folk hero.

Updated: 2:52 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

The Braves have reached the final month of a regular season that, for a team that has held a winning record since April 2, wobbled unduly. They’ve given themselves a chance to play beyond September; they’ve also been so disappointing as to make offseason change inevitable. The change figures to ...
The Braves break their drought and keep hope alive
Fredi Gonzalez lends Christian Bethancourt a hand. (John Bazemore/AP)

Updated: 5:47 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Somebody up there — and by that we mean a presence who sits higher than the general manager’s box — must love these Braves. On Wednesday they completed a homestand that saw them score a total of 13 runs against two sub-.500 teams, go 7-for-45 (.156) with runners in scoring ...
The Braves, who can’t hit, actually get no-hit
Ken Giles, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Jake Diekman: The Braves managed a hit against nary a one. (John Bazemore/AP)

5:47 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

We’ve been saying all summer the Braves can’t hit a lick. On the first day of September, they proved it. They hit not Lick 1 against four pitchers from a last-place team. They made 27 outs, only one of which had even a chance of being a hit, and not ...
Tech sweats out a win over Wofford. Yes, Wofford
Quarterback Justin Thomas completed 11 of 15 passes for 282 yards. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

5:04 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

An FBS team invariably beats an FCS team on the scoreboard, but that’s the only place where the bigger school wins. If it thrashes Elon 70-0, as Georgia Tech did last season, a guy like me is bound to write, “So what? It was only Elon.” But if Tech leads ...
In the nick of time, Georgia State’s losing streak ends
Tight end Joel Ruiz scores Georgia State’s first touchdown of the 2014 season. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

10:29 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

On the Friday before Labor Day in 2010, Georgia State defeated Shorter 41-7. The Panthers played before a lusty crowd of 30,237 at the Georgia Dome and outdrew the first-place Braves, who were working two miles away at Turner Field. More than just the school’s inaugural football game, it was ...
Is UGA’s run of underachieving about to cease?
Speaking of bad luck: This (mis)play was the utter definition of the term. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Updated: 3:31 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Our media bus was bound from Newport Beach to the Rose Bowl for the final BCS title game. Two journalists seated behind me were discussing the 2014 season, then more than eight months away. We’d just exited the 605 onto the 210 when I overhead this: Journalist No. 1: “What ...
Even if it didn’t count, the Falcons looked pretty good
Julio Jones breaks free on his 52-yard scoring excursion against Tennessee on Saturday in the Georgia Dome. (David Goldman/AP)

Updated: 8:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

If there’s one exhibition game to take semi-seriously, it’s the third. The first is a training exercise for guys who probably won’t make the team. The second offers a slightly longer look at the starters, the emphasis on “slightly.” The fourth isn’t worth playing, which is why first-teamers don’t. The ...
Why Nick Saban is the only coach who matters

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

The SEC takes great glee in announcing how many credentials it issues for its annual Media Days — this year’s total was a record 1,267 — but what outsiders don’t grasp is that such a number isn’t crammed into one spot at any one time. The various TV outlets have ...
A breakthrough year for the Bulldogs? Er … maybe

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Given that the Georgia Bulldogs have a new quarterback and a new defensive coordinator, it sounds strange to say that the season ahead could be their best chance to break through — and by “break through” we mean win the SEC title and grace the College Football Playoff — over ...
Proud Georgia Tech again stands embarrassed
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson smiles as he greets fans during Georgia Tech’s annual fan day at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Updated: 7:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Georgia Tech graduates have reason to be proud. They gained admittance to one of the nation’s most prestigious technical institutions. They put in their four years and passed the dreaded calculus and emerged with a degree that leaps off a LinkedIn page. Like all grads of all schools, Tech folks ...
The Braves are batting .500 with the Uptons
Justin Upton rounds third his three-run homer Tuesday night. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Updated: 10:53 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

For those keeping score at home, the Braves are batting .500 on Uptons. No, that’s not 1.000, which is what they hoped when they added B.J. Upton and brother Justin in the same offseason, but it’s not .000, either. And Justin Upton, whose massive April pointed the way toward a ...
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