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David Wright: 'It's great (Tim Tebow) is chasing that dream'

12:50 am Tuesday, February 28, 2017

 The New York Mets were playing the Houston Astros on Monday, but instead of being at First Data Field with the rest of the Mets’ executives, COO Jeff Wilpon was on the back minor league fields, watching a non-prospect in his first spring-training camp. Mets center fielder...
Tech’s Christian Matthews apart from team for personal reasons
November 14, 2016, Atlanta: Georgia Tech forward Christian Matthews drives against Southern Jaguars Shawn Prudhomme in an NCAA college basketball game at McCamish Pavilion on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

9:27 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Georgia Tech guard Christian Matthews did not make the trip with the team to play Notre Dame on Sunday in South Bend, Ind. Matthews is not with the team for personal reasons, coach Josh Pastner said. “I do think we’ll see him again this year,” Pastner told the AJC...
Freeney to become unrestricted free agent
January 30, 2017, Houston: Falcons Dwight Freeney takes a question on Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

7:46 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Former Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney is set to enter free agency again. Freeney, 37, wants to play a 16th season in the NFL, according to a USA Today sports report, which cites an unnamed source. Freeney played 415 defensive snaps (37.4 percent) for the Falcons last season...
Dansby Swanson exudes leadership potential Braves need
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson shares a laugh with second baseman Brandon Phillips at a recent spring training practice. Swanson is viewed as one of the present and future stars of the team. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

6:49 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

In his second game of this spring, Dansby Swanson twice took pitches to the opposite field for singles, cracked a double into the left-center field gap, knocked in a run, scored three times in as many at-bats, cleanly fielded three grounders, did nothing to cool expectations that...
Braves prospect Fried ‘feeling best I ever have’
Braves pitcher Max Fried. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

4:40 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Braves left-hander Max Fried said he was so focused on his job that he didn’t notice which Tigers batter would lead off the sixth inning until he heard the announcement over the stadium speakers: “The first baseman, Miguel Cabrera!” That’s Detroit’s...
Dickey’s knuckleball dancing already
Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey shows off his knuckleball grip during photo day at spring training. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

3:03 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

In his first outing of this spring, Braves right-hander R.A. Dickey’s signature pitch danced like it was July. “I would take that knuckleball into the regular season right now,” Dickey said Monday after pitching two inning against the Tigers. “If it&rsquo...
Braves agree on key terms for new spring home
Baseballs cover the field in the early morning light during spring training at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Braves are seeking to move their spring home from Disney to Sarasota County in 2019. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

2:56 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Six weeks after the Braves entered exclusive negotiations with Sarasota County, Fla., about a new spring-training facility, the parties have reached agreement on the key terms of a proposed deal. A 27-page term sheet and letter of intent, outlining the financial and operational details...
Decatur’s long-serving city manager takes a long-term view
Peggy Merriss is Decatur’s city manager. For 30 years, she has seen the population increase substantially and the DeKalb county seat become a sought-after place for home ownership, business development and education. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

2:11 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

When Peggy Merriss was named interim Decatur city manager in February 1993, her predecessor Curtis Branscombe said, “If you want somebody to run the city, you got the right one. ‘Cause she will run it.” In a quiet defiance of odds, Merriss has spent 24 years doing...
War of words continues between Schroder and Thomas
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and Hawks guard Dennis Schroder are both called for technical fouls as they get into a scuffle during the first half in their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game at TD Garden on Friday, April 22, 2016, in Boston. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.comon

1:15 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

He said. He said. The feud between the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas continues Monday with both starting point guards standing by comments regarding trash talk last month. Schroder said after the Jan. 13 meeting that Thomas invoked his mother when...
Watson must win over critics at scouting combine
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers throws a pass during the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

10:22 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, the pride of Gainesville, will be one of the most scrutinized players at the NFL scouting combine, which starts Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Despite his big-time pedigree and his leading the Tigers to the national championship...
To Pay Or Not To Pay – That Is The Question

5:00 am Monday, February 27, 2017

K.A. Curtis gave up her career in the nonprofit world in 2008 to care for her ailing parents in Fresno, Calif., which also meant giving up her income. She wasn’t able to afford health insurance as a result, and for each tax year since 2014, Curtis has applied for — and...
Hawks waive Patterson after team, player agree on release
Hawks’ Lamar Patterson battles 76ers Isaiah Canaan for the ball during the second half in a basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Atlanta. The Hawks beat the 76ers 127-106. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

5:46 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Hawks requested waivers on Lamar Patterson on Sunday. The team and Patterson agreed on the release to allow the player to address a personal matter. The Hawks now have an open roster spot. Patterson was inactive for Saturday’s game at the Magic. He was at the arena but...
Braves’ Ron Washington making most of chance after life nearly derailed
New Braves third base coach Ron Washington was the Texas Rangers’ manager when they went to two World Series. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

5:16 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

His feet hit the floor at 4:15 every morning. He is out of the front door by 4:45, at the Braves’ complex by 5, walking his customary 10 laps around the stadium soon after. “Takes me 38 minutes,” Ron Washington said. “Burn 390-some categories. Lift some weights...
Braves’ Blair shows growth, new slider in spring debut
Braves pitcher Aaron Blair looks to throw during a spring training workout on Feb. 15. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

5:03 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

Braves right-hander Aaron Blair’s 2017 Grapefruit League debut was looking like too many of his starts during his rookie season: a walk, followed by more base runners, leading to a blow-up inning. Blair changed that script during two innings pitched against the Astros. He walked...
Falcons head for scouting combine
January 14, 2017, Atlanta: Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff celebrate a 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in a NFL football NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

4:51 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and general manger Thomas Dimitroff will lead the team’s coaching and scouting entourage to the NFL Scouting Combine which starts on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This has been fertile ground lately for the franchise. It was at last...
Braves ace Teheran sharp in spring debut
Braves Julio Teheran prepares to throw a pitch while pitchers and catchers hold their first spring training workout on Feb. 15. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

4:22 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman are Braves teammates but soon they will be on different teams for the World Baseball Classic. With that in mind Freeman did a bit of scouting while playing first base behind Teheran for the right-hander’s first 2017 Grapefruit League start...
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