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Mason
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Mason will try to fit a career into one season

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In his fifth and final season on Georgia’s football team, quarterback Hutson Mason will realize a long-deferred dream Saturday when he is announced as a starter in Sanford Stadium.

“For five years, it has been a dream of mine,” he said this week. “As a student, you go across that north campus bridge and dream about hearing your name called in Sanford Stadium. You know, ‘Hutson Mason from Marietta, Ga.’

“It’s crazy to think that, gosh, I’ve been here for five years and this is going to be the first time.

Falcons

Backup QB Yates leads Falcons to win over Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With a spectacular passing performance, T.J. Yates laid claim to the Falcons’ backup quarterback position.

Yates had one sustained drive and two long pass plays that went for touchdowns to help the Falcons defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-14 before 59,031 fans Thursday night at EverBank Field.

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Auto racing

Tony Stewart
Terry Renna

Stewart set for return at AMS

Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It’s his first appearance since he was involved in an Aug. 9 incident in a sprint car race that led to the death of Kevin Ward Jr.

Ward was struck by Stewart’s car as he walked on the track after spinning his car into the wall while racing Stewart for position at Canandaigua Motorsport Park in New York.

Georgia Tech

Freeman, Rook-Chungong among Jackets filling big shoes

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson acknowledged it was a difficult comparison to make, but graciously went ahead anyway. The question was how freshman defensive end KeShun Freeman measured with former Tech standout Jeremiah Attaochu at the same stage.

Having the benefit of early enrollment and being a year older than Attaochu was in his freshman season, Freeman was ahead, Johnson said.

Braves

Minor impresses again, Bonifacio has 4 hits in 6-1 win over Mets

NEW YORK – For those still skeptical of Braves pitcher Mike Minor after Friday at Cincinnati, where he took a no-hitter to the eighth inning, his seven-plus innings of four-hit ball Thursday against the Mets should help erase lingering doubts.

It was another impressive outing by the left-hander, who was perfect through four innings and didn’t give up a run until the eighth in a 6-1 win against the Mets, which gave the Braves a series win at Citi Field and completed a 6-4 trip.


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