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Chipper Q&A, Part 1: What he’s been up to, Hall of Fame outlook
Chipper Jones played his entire 19-year major league career with the Braves. Based on early polling, he’s certain to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot when results are announced Jan. 24. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

9:52 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  It’s been five years and 3 ½ months since Larry Wayne Jones, aka Chipper, strode to home plate for the last time in a major league game, slowed by age and injuries but still with a distinct gait that exuded confidence and swagger and so much of what made No. 10...
Leadoff: Falcons’ playoff TV rating down in Atlanta from same round last year
 Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills defends against Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, breaking up a pass to the end zone during the first half of Saturday’s game in Philadelphia. 

7:46 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The much-documented decline in NFL television ratings was reflected in the Atlanta market for the Falcons’ playoff game against Philadelphia.  The Falcons-Eagles NFC Divisional playoff game on Saturday posted a 29.3 rating in the Atlanta TV market, down from a ...
Now that it’s over, what’s next for Falcons?
Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, and Julio Jones walk off the field after final drive against the Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia.

7:08 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What’s next? The Falcons are out of the playoffs. Should offensive Steve Sarkisian return? Roquan Smith is leaving Georgia for the NFL. What will the defense looks like next season? AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein discuss the Falcons&rsquo...
Trial set to begin in ex-NFL player's road-rage killing
FILE - This undated file photo released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office shows Ronald Gasser, accused of killing former NFL running back Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute. The trial in a road-rage shooting that left McKnight dead was set to begin with jury selection Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in a New Orleans suburb. McKnight was shot to death by Gasser in the December 16 shooting. (Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

6:01 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The trial in a road-rage shooting that left former NFL football player Joe McKnight dead was set to begin with jury selection Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb. Ronald Gasser, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 1, 2016, shooting of the local high school football star...
How 50 Cent, rapper and actor, spends his Sundays
Lunch with friends and

6:00 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Curtis James Jackson III, known to most people as 50 Cent, has yet to release his much discussed and delayed sixth album, “Street King Immortal.” But he has a good excuse for that. 50’s been busy. The rapper and actor, who has survived financial hardships and multiple...
If Eagles can bottle their energy again, all bets are off against Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completes a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of the NFC Divisional Game on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Eagles advanced, 15-10. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

6:00 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The footage that emerged from the aftermath looked like a Hunter S. Thompson home video, a football player in full uniform doing interviews in a German shepherd mask, a middle-aged billionaire either dancing or having a seizure or both. A divisional playoff game ended and a fever...
TV best bets with ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Scandal,’ Catherina Zeta-Jones

2:23 pm Monday, January 15, 2018

Catherine Zeta-Jones is in a new Lifetime movie about a female druglord called “Cocaine Godmother.” Posted MONDAY, January 15, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in a new Lifetime movie this Saturday about a Columbian...
The failure of the Falcons’ season was a failure of coaching
A rare Vic Beasley Jr. sighting.

10:59 am Monday, January 15, 2018

Ask yourself this: Had Carson Wentz been healthy Saturday and the Falcons reduced to deploying Matt Schaub, how big would the Eagles have won? Something like 24-7, right? In your wildest dream, could you envision the Falcons doing with their backup quarterback what Philadelphia...
Report: TCU co-OC Curtis Luper interviewed for NFL job

8:19 am Monday, January 15, 2018

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, TCU’s co-offensive coordinator Curtis Luper interviewed for the vacant Browns running back coach job. Luper joined Gary Patterson’s program as the wide receivers coach in 2013. He was moved to running backs coach in 2014...
‘The last thing you want to do is hit the ball to center field’
022516 LAKE BUENA VISTA: Braves Andruw Jones helping coach at spring training at Champion Stadium on Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

6:00 am Monday, January 15, 2018

If Omar Vizquel had hit 400 home runs, no one would be debating his Hall of Fame credentials. Marrying that offensive figure with his stellar defensive reputation would have rubber-stamped his induction this year, his first on the ballot. But for all of the acclaim Vizquel earned...
Kentucky Wildcats podcast: Talking Vanderbilt — Jarred and the Commodores

5:37 am Monday, January 15, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Whether Jarred or the Commodores, Vanderbilt was the topic of the day on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country. The Cats (14-3, 4-1 SEC) once again built an impressive halftime lead while playing...
Report: Freeman may need knee surgery 
January 13, 2018 Philadelphia: Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham tackles Falcons running back Devonta Freeman during the second half in their NFC Divisional Game on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Philadelphia.    Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

10:59 pm Sunday, January 14, 2018

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who rushed for seven yards on 10 carries and missed a blitz pick up in the playoff loss to the Eagles, believes that he might need knee surgery, according to an ESPN.com report. Freeman was listed on the team’s injury report with a...
A second look at Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh
Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) drives to the basket past Pittsburgh guard Parker Stewart (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

5:57 pm Sunday, January 14, 2018

A few more thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s 69-54 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. You can read the “5 observations” story here. 1. Guard Josh Okogie had a plus-32 total for his plus/minus, which is by far the team’s highest in its four ACC...
Defense rose to challenge for Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins reacts to stopping Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman short of a first down on a fourth-down play during the first half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 15-10. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

4:09 pm Sunday, January 14, 2018

When Carson Wentz went down for the Philadelphia Eagles, the pressure fell on backup Nick Foles and everyone else to step up. The defense rose to the challenge in the first playoff game. They harassed Matt Ryan, contained Julio Jones and made a goal-line stand at the end in a 15-10...
How Atlanta, Philly compared in TV ratings for Falcons-Eagles
 Julio Jones couldn’t make the catch on a fourth-down pass from Matt Ryan, with Jalen Mills defending in the end zone, in the final minute of the Falcons’ 15-10 loss to the Eagles.

1:41 pm Sunday, January 14, 2018

Philadelphia topped Atlanta in the TV ratings for the Falcons-Eagles playoff game Saturday.  NBC’s telecast of the game drew a 37.8 Nielsen rating in the Philadelphia TV market, compared to 29.3 in the Atlanta market.  The rating is the percentage of the market&rsquo...
Offseason decisions (not just Sarkisian) led to Falcons’ problems
The Falcons’ offense -- led by (from left) Devonta Freeman, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones -- fell far short of expectations this season, which ended in Saturday’s 15-10 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

12:50 pm Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Falcons’ grew tired of critics continually measuring their offensive success this season against the Super Bowl team of 2016 -- and to be fair, nobody should have expected Matt Ryan would replicate his MVP season or the Falcons would average nearly 34 points per game again...
Falcons to play six games against playoff teams in 2018
January 13, 2018 Philadelphia: Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount picks up yardage past Falcons defenders with Dontari Poe making the tackle during the first half in their NFC Divisional Game on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Philadelphia.    Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

12:47 pm Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Falcons opponents for the 2018 seasons were set back in December when they were locked into the third place in the NFC South. In addition to Carolina and New Orleans (twice), the Falcons will play only two other playoff teams in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Falcons will face...
My opinion: Offense was a dumpster fire under Sarkisian
October 1, 2017 Atlanta: Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian confers with quarterback Matt Ryan during a time out in the second half against the Bills in a NFL football game on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Atlanta.   Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

7:39 am Sunday, January 14, 2018

The hiring of Steve Sarkisian had disaster written all over it from the beginning. To replace offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons needed someone who could at least keep the attack on the same level. Maybe add some power to the short-yardage package and keep it moving...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ lack of power on offense hurt them again
January 13, 2018 Philadelphia: Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills defends against Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones breaking up a pass to the endzone during the first half in their NFC Divisional Game on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Philadelphia.    Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

5:54 am Sunday, January 14, 2018

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones stops by the 40th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast to discuss the offense’s woes this season and takes us through the last offensive play of the season, an incomplete pass on fourth down-and-goal from the Eages’ 2-yard...
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