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On Heritage Weekend, Snitker reflects on man who hired him: Hank Aaron
012214 ATLANTA:  Braves legend Hank Aaron breaks into a smile while reflecting on his life and career in the living room of his home on the eve of his 80th birthday, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Atlanta. Made with a Canon EOS 1DX camera, 24-70 mm lens at 70mm, aperature f 4.5, shutter speed 1/125, and ISO speed rating 3200.    CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

5:27 pm Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hank Aaron is a true face of the franchise not just for the Braves and the Atlanta community, but all of baseball. The Braves celebrated Aaron with their “Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend” Friday through Sunday as the team hosted the Cincinnati Reds. They wore the same uniforms...
There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins
Kirk Cousins works out during the Redskins' voluntary offseason workouts. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by John McDonnell.

6:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2017

When running back Chris Thompson lines up in the backfield, the fourth-year veteran keys on only a few words out of the plethora barked by quarterback Kirk Cousins. Once he hears them, like "all go" or "steamer," Thompson instinctively shuts out everything else...
Helicopter crew had life vests, air bottles during crash
Honolulu ocean safety lifeguards on jet skis hand over materials to military personnel stationed at a command center at a boat harbor, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Haleiwa, Hawaii. An Army helicopter with five on board crashed several miles off Oahu's North Shore late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

3:07 am Saturday, August 19, 2017

All five crew members aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed over the Pacific had life vests and an air bottle for underwater breathing, but Army officials and rescuers searching the turbulent waters off Hawaii for days had not seen signs of life as of late Friday. Crews of...
LEADING OFF: Granderson joins Dodgers, trio goes for No. 15
New York Mets' Curtis Granderson follows through on a grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in New York. The Yankees won 7-5. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

1:43 am Saturday, August 19, 2017

___ DODGERS LOADING UP Curtis Granderson could join the Dodgers at Detroit after the veteran outfielder was acquired from the New York Mets late Friday night. Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after beating the Tigers 8-5 in the series opener. The...
Falcons set to add backup tackle help 

6:56 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

The Falcons agreed to terms on a one-year contract with offensive tackle Austin Pasztor on Friday, according to his agent Sanat “Sunny” Shah. The Falcons are at the 90-man roster limit and must make room by releasing a player before adding Pasztor, who’s made 43...
5 players to watch against Pittsburgh: McKinley ready for his debut 
August 6, 2017 Flowery Branch: Falcons Vic Beasley Jr. works against Takkarist McKinley during team practice on Sunday, August 6, 2017, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

4:03 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

Falcons coach Dan Quinn could hardly contain his glee after Friday’s practice. The staff gave rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley, this year’s first-round pick, a full load of practice this week and he came through with flying colors. Quinn said McKinley is likely...
Wes Schweitzer to start at right guard against Steelers 
July 27, 2017 Flowery Branch: Falcons offensive guards Ben Garland (from left) and Wes Schweitzer look to block for running back Tevin Coleman on the first day of team practice at training camp on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

2:33 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

Wes Schweitzer will start at right guard for the Falcons in the exhibition game against the Steelers this weekend, coach Dan Quinn said Friday.  “In this game at guard, we’ll start Wes and last week we started Ben (Garland),” Quinn said. “That was really...
Kenya opposition files challenge against presidential vote
A supporter of main opposition leader Raila Odinga holds a placard of his face, center, as they make a small demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Dozens of supporters gathered in front of the court building where opposition lawyers were expected to file a petition contesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

1:57 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

Lawyers representing the Kenyan opposition coalition National Super Alliance filed a petition Friday with the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election, beating a midnight deadline. A statement from the group's presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, and his...
Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons
Atlanta Hawks' Dwight Howard comes out of the game in the third quarter and did not return during a 115-99 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 28, 2017, in Atlanta.  Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

1:44 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

Dwight Howard referred to his last several NBA seasons as a “mess” several times in a recent interview. That includes last year playing for his hometown Hawks. Howard was traded to the Hornets earlier this summer. In praise of a reunion with Hornets coach Steve Clifford...
Nearing final stretch, Braves search for 2018 contributors
Marietta's Dansby Swanson recorded two hits in his major league career on Aug. 17, 2016, before a home crowd. He hit .302 with an OPS of .832 in 32 big-league games in 2016. The 22-year-old shortstop struggled at the plate in the 2017 season before being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett in late July.

1:21 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

After a 3-4 road trip, the Braves return to SunTrust Park for a nine-game homestand, their third from last stint at their new home, that begins Friday night. The latest week away was more of the same enigmatic Braves who’ve been both exhilarating and frustrating in the third...
Ohio State RB coach says hobbled Mike Weber will be ‘ready to go’ for opener

12:49 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

Don’t fear, Buckeye fans, reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Mike Weber be in the backfield when the Buckeyes’ season kicks off Aug. 31 at Indiana. Running backs coach Tony Alford said Friday that although Weber has not fully recovered from a hamstring...
Hot stock tip: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Chairman & CEO William J. Rouhana Jr., center, rings the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite to mark his company's IPO, in New York's Times Square, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. With a total of 2,500,000 shares of Class A common stock sold at $12 per share, CSS Entertainment's offering is the largest exchange-listed IPO completed under Reg A+ and the first to list on the higher tier Nasdaq Global Market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

9:50 am Friday, August 18, 2017

"These are the times that try men's souls," was written more than two centuries ago, but given events this week, they could have popped up in any blog or tweet in recent days. What better time then, for a little Chicken Soup for the Soul? The provider of positive vibes...
Ohio State recruiting: Latest updates on Buckeyes’ 2018 football class

9:08 am Friday, August 18, 2017

The Ohio State recruiting monster that is 2018 might find resistance only one way: a monthlong recruiting dead period. Here’s where things stand on the Ohio State Class of 2018 recruiting front entering Friday, and as you’d expect after landing the second-ranked...
Florida recruiting: Latest updates on the Gators’ class

8:08 am Friday, August 18, 2017

After three consecutive weeks of commitments, Florida finally cooled off as the high school football season approaches. One of UF’s top pledges had a dominant performance this week in a preseason scrimmage and the Gators still lead for a couple of their top targets...
Atlanta United puts the “Oh!” in locker room
August 15, 2017 Atlanta - Picture shows the Atlanta United locker room during a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

6:51 am Friday, August 18, 2017

Michael Parkhurst is a professional soccer veteran with more than 21,000 minutes logged and 240 appearances in MLS alone. He’s made several more in leagues in Europe. So, when asked what he wants to see in Atlanta United’s new locker room at the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz...
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