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Chipper Q&A, Part 3: On Harper, Trout, Machado, Acuna, Jeter and NYC

Chipper Jones became one of Atlanta’s most iconic athletes during a 19-year major league career spent entirely with the Braves, carving out a spot among the greatest all-around third basemen and most productive switch-hitters in baseball history. When the National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its 2018 class Jan. 24, Jones, an eight-time All-Star and 1999 National League MVP, will not only...


A closer look at Braves trade target Christian Yelich

A closer look at Braves trade target Christian Yelich

The good news for Braves fans is that young Miami Marlins star outfielder Christian Yelich wants to be traded. The bad news is that the Braves once cut Yelich's brother. Christian Yelich is upset the Marlins are rebuilding and have traded away some of their best players. It would take a lot to acquire Yelich and at least 12 teams, including the Braves, are reportedly interested. Adding Yelich could...
Dan Quinn excited about Falcons’ developing defensive identity

Dan Quinn excited about Falcons’ developing defensive identity

When the Falcons hired Dan Quinn, he had a vision for his defense. He’s beginning to see it come to fruition. The Falcons’ season ended with another thud in the playoffs, with the offense unable to get out of its own way in a 15-10 loss in Philadelphia in the divisional round. While Quinn readily admitted Thursday that he’s still frustrated by the loss, he spoke candidly about how...
What awaits Todd Stansbury as CFP committee member

What awaits Todd Stansbury as CFP committee member

Todd Stansbury’s spot on the College Football Playoff section committee is merited. The Georgia Tech athletic director, named Wednesday to be the ACC’s new representative to the 13-person group, has a long list of credentials that recommend him for the position to help select the College Football Playoff field. “The opportunity to play college football and be close to the sport for...
Dan Quinn: Steve Sarkisian ‘is coming back in 2018’

Dan Quinn: Steve Sarkisian ‘is coming back in 2018’

Dan Quinn didn’t wince. He didn’t stutter. He didn’t hesitate.  The Falcons’ head coach was very clear about one important issue with regard to the future of first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian during his end-of-season news conference Thursday. “I know your first question, and I’m not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark is coming back in 2018...
Falcons prioritize Matt Ryan extension, see parallels with Tom Brady

Falcons prioritize Matt Ryan extension, see parallels with Tom Brady

As Tom Brady continues to wow the football world at 40 years old, the Falcons believe their quarterback can similarly fend off Father Time. And they’re willing to bet their money on it. Extending the contract of Matt Ryan will be the team’s top priority this offseason, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday. Ryan, 32, is entering the final year of a five-year, $103.75 million...
Vic Beasley moving back to defensive end -- permanently 

Vic Beasley moving back to defensive end -- permanently 

Vic Beasley, whose sack total fell from an NFL-leading 15.5 to five last season, is headed back to defensive end. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after his season-ending news conference Thursday that the third-year player will move from linebacker.  “I have re-assessed it,” Quinn said. “He played six games at linebacker and two injured. I&rsquo...
Falcons to interview Ken Dorsey, Darrell Bevell for QB coach position

Falcons to interview Ken Dorsey, Darrell Bevell for QB coach position

Falcons coach Dan Quinn plans to take his time with the search for a new quarterback coach and doesn’t plan to consult starter Matt Ryan. “He won’t have any influence or impact on that decision,” Quinn said of Ryan. “Matt trusts us, and he knows that, and that’s actually the term he used, ‘Man, I trust that you know what you’re doing.’ I know...
Larry Nassar writes letter to judge complaining it’s too hard to listen to accusers testimonies

Larry Nassar writes letter to judge complaining it’s too hard to listen to accusers testimonies

Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently involved in a four-day sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to molesting seven underage girls, wrote a letter to the judge complaining that it’s too hard to listen to the testimonies of his alleged victims.  By the time sentencing hearing proceedings end on Friday, approximately 100 women who allege Nassar...
Hawks assign Bembry, Cavanaugh, Taylor to G League; recall Magette

Hawks assign Bembry, Cavanaugh, Taylor to G League; recall Magette

DeAndre Bembry is getting closer to a return from a left groin strain as the guard/forward was one of three players the Hawks assigned to Erie (Pa.), the team’s G League affiliate, on Thursday. The Hawks recalled Bembry while on a G League assignment when the team was on a western road trip earlier this month due to the injury so that he could rehab in Atlanta. The Hawks also sent forward Tyler...
Vegas places odds on Falcons’ future

Vegas places odds on Falcons’ future

Following the Falcons’ loss to Philadelphia in the Divisional Playoff round, Vegas is betting on the likelihood of changes in Atlanta. Vegas’ Sportsbook has set odds on the return of coach Dan Quinn (1/19) and quarterback Matt Ryan (1/19) next season. It also gives the Falcons a 19-to-1 probability of playing in next year’s Super Bowl ... at home in Atlanta.  
Who’s selected first in NFL draft, Chubb or Michel?

Who’s selected first in NFL draft, Chubb or Michel?

Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are best friends, and I’m sure they honestly don’t care, but it’s going to be very interesting to see which of the Georgia running backs is picked first in the NFL draft. They’re also very competitive with each other, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there might be a friendly wager involved. I’ll say this: I expect both of them to be selected...
Can Atlanta United strike gold again in MLS draft?

Can Atlanta United strike gold again in MLS draft?

Atlanta United has different needs but the same goals when it participates in its second MLS SuperDraft on Friday in Philadelphia. Instead of having two picks in the top 10 as it did last year in Los Angeles, Atlanta United won’t pick until 14th on Friday. It will also have the 13th and 14th picks in the second round and the first pick in the fourth round. The probability won’t be as great...
Leadoff: Braves score big in lefty pitching prospect rankings, shut out in top 10 righties

Leadoff: Braves score big in lefty pitching prospect rankings, shut out in top 10 righties

The Braves are absent from MLB Pipeline’s latest ranking of the game’s top 10 right-handed pitching prospects, which may come as a surprise to fans of, say, Kyle Wright and Mike Soroka. But the Braves are extremely well represented in the same site’s ranking of the top 10 left-handed pitching prospects, with Luiz Gohara ranked No. 4, Kolby Allard No. 7 and Max Fried No. 10. ...
Observations from the Hawks’ 94-93 win over the Pelicans

Observations from the Hawks’ 94-93 win over the Pelicans

Maybe it was arriving in Atlanta at 3 a.m. a few hours after beating the Boston Celtics in overtime or it was the Hawks’ confidence from defeating the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, but the New Orleans Pelicans were outplayed in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks won the second game in their six-game home stretch over the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93...
A defining moment arrives for Georgia Tech

A defining moment arrives for Georgia Tech

After limping into conference play with a résumé that the NIT selection committee would have fed into a shredder (but only after laughing and passing it around the room), Georgia Tech is starting to puff out its chest three weeks later. The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 in ACC play, good enough for third place in the conference as they prepare for No. 2 Virginia on Thursday at McCamish Pavilion...
Keith Armstrong set for second interview with Cardinals

Keith Armstrong set for second interview with Cardinals

Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, who is a candidate to replace Bruce Arians as Arizona’s head coach, is scheduled for a second interview with the team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Armstrong, 54, played for Arians at Temple and has coached in the NFL for the past 24 years. “It’s a great opportunity,” Armstrong said before the first interview...
Braves trade for pitcher Shane Carle from Pirates

Braves trade for pitcher Shane Carle from Pirates

The Braves acquired right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Pirates in a trade Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment twice in the past three weeks by the Rockies and Pirates. Carle made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2017, when he had a 6.75 ERA in three September relief appearances.  He gets a spot on the Braves’ 40-man...
19 years ago: The greatest moment in Falcons history

19 years ago: The greatest moment in Falcons history

It's hard to believe it was 19 years ago. On Jan. 17, 1999, Falcons kicker Morten Andersen drilled a 38-yard field goal in overtime in the NFC Championship Game to beat the Vikings and send the Falcons to their first Super Bowl. It was the greatest moment in franchise history and perhaps the most exciting moment in Atlanta sports history, only competing with the night the Braves won the World Series...
Looking at how Georgia’s top recruits will impact the program

Looking at how Georgia’s top recruits will impact the program

The Bulldogs don’t plan to go away anytime soon. After years of underachieving and riding the treadmill, Georgia broke through in 2017, eventually falling just short of a national championship because of Alabama freshman heroics. But Kirby Smart’s crew will have its own youthful injection next season when it welcomes the country’s top ranked recruiting class. Here’s a quick...
Georgia Tech’s ACC schedule released

Georgia Tech’s ACC schedule released

Georgia Tech’s 2018 schedule will include two non-Saturday games, including its first Friday regular-season game since 1994. Tech will play its first-ever game against Louisville on Oct. 5, a Friday night, in its Atlantic Division crossover game. The last time the Yellow Jackets played on a Friday during the regular season was against Georgia in 1994 on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Tech will...
Georgia Tech fund-raising effort to add recruiting staff starting well

Georgia Tech fund-raising effort to add recruiting staff starting well

A Georgia Tech graduate has challenged Yellow Jackets football fans to financially support a recruiting initiative, and the athletic department has been pleased by the response. The graduate, who has chosen to remain anonymous, offered to put up $200,000 of his own money on a 50 percent matching-fund basis to be earmarked for the hiring of recruiting staff with a ceiling of $400,000. Despite a relatively...
Braves set date for start of single-game ticket sales

Braves set date for start of single-game ticket sales

The Braves will put single-game tickets for the 2018 season on sale starting Jan. 26, the team announced. That’s the day before the start of Chop Fest, a two-day fan festival at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta on Jan. 27-28.  The Braves also said a discounted four-game ticket package will be available Jan. 26-28. Buyers can choose four games in the “grandstand infield&rdquo...
Hawks-Pelicans game still on as scheduled

Hawks-Pelicans game still on as scheduled

The Hawks home game against the Pelicans on Wednesday will be played as scheduled despite recent inclement weather, according to a team spokesperson. The game at Philips Arena is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The team has no plans to adjust the start time or door openings. The team spokesperson encouraged fans to use MARTA. Atlanta received 2.3 inches of snow overnight that closed schools, government...
On a snowy day, we light the Hot Stove: What’s on Braves GM Alex Anthopolous’ to-do list?

On a snowy day, we light the Hot Stove: What’s on Braves GM Alex Anthopolous’ to-do list?

For the second time this silly winter, we’re Ice Station A-town. The only recourse is to stay home, think warm thoughts and note that, for the under-new-management Atlanta Braves, spring training commences in 27 days.  After the constant motion of the past three offseasons, this one – apart from the thunderclap of MLB sanctions – has been a snooze. In two months and four days...
Video: Will D’Andre Swift become UGA’s next great running back?

Video: Will D’Andre Swift become UGA’s next great running back?

In the latest (albeit way-too-early) UGA depth chart, D’Andre Swift stands at the top of list of running backs heading into the 2018 season. Will Swift become the next great running back in Athens? Here’s a look at his 2017 numbers -- numbers gained while playing behind the second and third-leading rushers in UGA history (Nick Chubb, Sony Michel).
Is $15 million a lot for Atlanta United to pay for Barco?

Is $15 million a lot for Atlanta United to pay for Barco?

While $15 million – the record amount Atlanta United reportedly will pay for Argentinian midfielder Ezequiel Barco – may cause a bit of sticker shock in MLS, in world soccer it’s not that much money to pay for potential. During the currently open winter transfer window, a few players have been transferred in exchange for totals higher than $15 million. However, Barco’s...
Charlie Weis Jr. leaving Falcons for Florida Atlantic 

Charlie Weis Jr. leaving Falcons for Florida Atlantic 

Charlie Weis Jr., who served one season as an offensive assistant with the Falcons, is leaving to become Florida Atlantic’s offensive coordinator. Weis came to the Falcons from Alabama, where he was an offensive analyst from 2015-16. He is the son of former NFL and college football coach Charlie Weis. 
Game Preview: Pelicans at Hawks

Game Preview: Pelicans at Hawks

When/where: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Probable starters: Hawks: Ersan Ilyasova, Taurean Prince, Miles Plumlee, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore Pelicans: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore. Injury report: Hawks: Dewayne Dedmon (left tibia stress reaction), Mike Muscala ...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Last year’s record: 11-10-13, seventh place in the Western Conference. Last year’s meetings: Atlanta United won 3-0 on Sept. 10 in the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez scored the first goal, Josef Martinez the second and Greg Garza the third. Coach: Oscar Pareja. Cristian Colman: The 23-year-old forward scored two goals in 26 appearances last season. Carlos Gruezo...
Leadoff: What new Braves GM said about Acuna, third base, 2018 season

Leadoff: What new Braves GM said about Acuna, third base, 2018 season

While most folks around here were still dissecting the Falcons’ and Bulldogs’ season-ending losses, MLB Network Radio was talking baseball, of course. And if you missed it, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos made an appearance there Sunday.  Here are Leadoff’s takeaways after listening to a recording of the interview:  > Anthopoulos didn’t rule out outfield...
Cover 9@9: Could the return of Greg Knapp be upon us?

Cover 9@9: Could the return of Greg Knapp be upon us?

061105 DETROIT, MICHIGAN:–MORE FRUSTRATION–The frustration shows on the faces of Michael Vick and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp as they sit on the bench late in the 4th quarter being upset by the Lions 30-14 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. (PHOTO BY CURTIS COMPTON/staff) Good morning! Welcome to The Cover 9@9 blog. It&rsquo...
Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: On HOF, Andruw, and being mistaken for ... Brett Favre?

Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: On HOF, Andruw, and being mistaken for ... Brett Favre?

Chipper Jones was the greatest Braves position player since Hank Aaron and one of the finest switch-hitters and best all-around third basemen in baseball history. Now he’s poised to become a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection and have one of the highest voting percentages in history when the baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2018 on Jan. 24. He spent his entire 19-year major league...
Report: Falcons to interview Greg Knapp for open QB coach spot 

Report: Falcons to interview Greg Knapp for open QB coach spot 

Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who was on Jim Mora’s staff, is set to interview for the team’s vacant quarterback coaching position, according to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-2006. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with Michael Vick at quarterback after the 2004 regular...
Georgia Tech-Virginia game nears sellout

Georgia Tech-Virginia game nears sellout

Georgia Tech was nearing a sellout Tuesday for its Thursday night matchup with No. 2 Virginia at McCamish Pavilion. It would be the first sellout of the season for the Yellow Jackets. As of Tuesday, fewer than 300 tickets remained for the 8,600-seat arena. It is a significant game for the Jackets, who are 3-1 in the ACC and have won four games in a row. It’s the first time that Tech started...
ACC schedule to be released Wednesday

ACC schedule to be released Wednesday

The ACC will release the schedule for the 2018 football season Wednesday at 2 p.m. Georgia Tech has home conference games against Clemson, Duke, Miami and Virginia and road conference games against Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. The game against Louisville will be the Yellow Jackets’ first in school history. Tech also has four non-conference games already scheduled...
Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech have come out better on other side of ‘scandal’

Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech have come out better on other side of ‘scandal’

This wasn’t the first time somebody had something bad to say about Josh Pastner. “They ripped me to shreds about my coaching in Memphis,” Georgia Tech’s basketball coach said. “The day I got the job, 50 percent wanted me there and 50 percent said, ‘Why are we hiring this guy to replace John Calipari?’” But what happened to Pastner in November was different...
Georgia Tech locker-room renovation beginning

Georgia Tech locker-room renovation beginning

Georgia Tech has begun its locker-room renovation, a $4.5 million project that will modernize the space underneath the north stands of Bobby Dodd Stadium. The project is being funded entirely by a gift from an anonymous donor. The renovated locker room will include modernized visual displays throughout the room, including a “gear wall” to display the Yellow Jackets’ new Adidas apparel...
Watch for players from Georgia colleges in NFL playoffs

Watch for players from Georgia colleges in NFL playoffs

Georgia's season is over but some former Bulldogs are still playing football. Three have key roles in the NFL playoffs and another might be activated this weekend. There's also an ex-Georgia Tech player and a former Georgia Southern standout on rosters for the league championship games Sunday. Watch the video above to find out who the players are so you can watch for them this weekend.
Falcons’ Deion Jones added to Pro Bowl

Falcons’ Deion Jones added to Pro Bowl

The Falcons have another Pro Bowler. Linebacker Deion Jones was named to the Pro Bowl team Tuesday, the NFL announced. Jones will replace Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is unable to participate because of injury. Jones was an alternate when the Pro Bowl teams originally were announced. This is his first Pro Bowl selection. Jones, a second-year linebacker out of LSU, ranked fourth in the NFL...
AAU coach: ‘Major loss’ if Darryl LaBarrie dismissed

AAU coach: ‘Major loss’ if Darryl LaBarrie dismissed

It was easy to pick out Darryl LaBarrie, and people did. The Georgia Tech assistant coach, put on paid leave in November as the NCAA investigates an allegation of a rules violation, had a seat by the main entrance to Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena on Monday. He was there to watch the first Dream Challenge, a showcase event for some of the top high-school talent in the state and their teams...
Football Outsiders: Falcons’ last series in Philly really was awful

Football Outsiders: Falcons’ last series in Philly really was awful

Anyone who frequents this space occasionally – and bless you for so doing – knows that I’m a major fan of Football Outsiders. At the risk of spoiling the ending, here’s what Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar thought of the Atlanta Falcons’ goal-to-go series against Philadelphia:  Not much.  Kacsmar on the first-down choice: “I think we can live...
Falcons to interview Jedd Fisch as QB coach

Falcons to interview Jedd Fisch as QB coach

Jedd Fisch, 41, will interview for the job as Falcons quarterbacks coach Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The team is expected to interview several people for the vacant position this week. Fisch last served as offensive coordinator/quarterback coach for UCLA. He also served as interim head coach after Jim Mora was fired, and he coached the Bruins in the Cactus Bowl loss...
Now, can Bulldogs, Falcons keep pace with escalating expectation?

Now, can Bulldogs, Falcons keep pace with escalating expectation?

It was Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy who first proclaimed the new order of things around here – at least the first I heard it spoken aloud. In the bitter aftermath of Georgia’s overtime college football championship loss to Alabama, just minutes after the diverse freshman connection of Tua Tagovailoa to DeVonta Smith lifted the Crimson Tide to another glorious, yet ever-so repetitive...
Rookie road finally leads to playing time for Hawks’ Tyler Dorsey

Rookie road finally leads to playing time for Hawks’ Tyler Dorsey

Tyler Dorsey went from being a star for Oregon during its run to the NCAA Final Four to a spot on the end of the Hawks bench with a frequent-flyer card to Erie, Pa. Welcome to the NBA, rook. As has been the Hawks’ way under coach Mike Budenholzer, most rookies have been brought along slowly, with time to learn the NBA game and develop trust. Take Taurean Prince, a first-pick in 2016 who spent...
With Hawks, Dedmon shows he can be more than NBA backup

With Hawks, Dedmon shows he can be more than NBA backup

(AP Photo) By now it’s obvious that Dewayne Dedmon is a legitimate NBA center. He’d established himself as a rotation player at Orlando and San Antonio but, given a bigger role with the Hawks, he’s shown that he can be more than that. Dedmon’s signing last summer gave the Hawks a respectable veteran big man for their transition to rebuilding. It provided ...
Chipper Jones Q&A, Part 1: What he’s been up to, Hall of Fame outlook

Chipper Jones Q&A, Part 1: What he’s been up to, Hall of Fame outlook

  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 the player Braves Country loved and opposing fans, particularly in New York, loved to hate. The next time most fans see...
Atlanta United MLS SuperDraft primer

Atlanta United MLS SuperDraft primer

Atlanta United will participate in the MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia. Here’s the 411, as the kids say, on the draft: Where: Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. When: Friday. How does it work? The first two rounds of the draft will take place Friday. Rounds 3 and 4 will be held Sunday. When will Atlanta United pick? The Five Stripes have the 14th pick in the first round...
Leadoff: Falcons’ playoff TV rating down in Atlanta from same round last year

Leadoff: Falcons’ playoff TV rating down in Atlanta from same round last year

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 Saturday posted a 29.3 rating in the Atlanta TV market, down from a 35.0 rating here for the Falcons’ game against Seattle in the same round and same time slot of the playoffs one year...
Georgia Bulldogs’ 2018 schedule

Georgia Bulldogs’ 2018 schedule

The Georgia Bulldogs are the defending SEC Champions entering the 2018 college football season. Georgia will open the season Sept. 1 against Austin Peay, the schools’ first meeting, and also will face Massachusetts on Nov. 17 as part of a football and basketball agreement.  The Bulldogs’ four true road games will be SEC contests at South Carolina, Missouri, LSU and Kentucky. Georgia&rsquo...
Now that it’s over, what’s next for Falcons?

Now that it’s over, what’s next for Falcons?

What’s next? The Falcons are out of the playoffs. Should offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian return? Roquan Smith is leaving Georgia for the NFL. What will the defense look like next season? AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein discuss the Falcons’ year and the first-and-goal sequence that determined their fate in their “We Never Played...
Falcons sign nine players to reserve/future contracts 

Falcons sign nine players to reserve/future contracts 

The Falcons signed signed nine players to reserve/future contracts on Monday.  Quarterback Garrett Grayson, safety Marcelis Branch, cornerback Deante Burton (a former wide receiver), offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill, defensive lineman Taniela Tupou, defensive lineman Joey Ivie, defensive end J’Terious (JT) Jones, wide receiver Reggie Davis, and tight Alex Gray, who were all on the...
Barco’s agent says he’s bound for Atlanta United

Barco’s agent says he’s bound for Atlanta United

Ezequiel Barco’s agent has confirmed that the player will join Atlanta United. The website Marca.com reported the news on Sunday. Atlanta United officials declined to comment. Barco, 18, is considered one of the top young talents in the world. He plays attacking midfielder for Independiente in Argentina. The agent said the transfer fee from Atlanta United to Independiente is $15 million. Barco...
Hawks sign Andrew White to two-way deal

Hawks sign Andrew White to two-way deal

The Hawks signed forward Andrew White III to a two-way contract on Monday. White’s contract allows for a limited number of days with the Hawks, with the balance of time spent at their G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. He will report to Erie. White, 24, wasn’t selected in the 2017 draft out of Syracuse (he also played at Kansas and Nebraska). White played 24 games this season for Maine of...
Details of Georgia Tech’s agreement with Adidas

Details of Georgia Tech’s agreement with Adidas

With its contract with Adidas, Georgia Tech won’t receive a boatload of cash, but the Yellow Jackets will be well-clad. Tech will receive an average of $3.11 million annually from Adidas in cash and product over its six-year contract, according to the school’s memorandum of understanding with the shoe and apparel company, obtained by the AJC through an open-records request. The school...
Fans react: Georgia’s Roquan Smith declares for NFL Draft

Fans react: Georgia’s Roquan Smith declares for NFL Draft

College football and NFL fans took to Twitter Monday in reaction to Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft. “The decision to leave is not easy but I know it is the right one,” Smith said in a statement. “Georgia will always be my school and my home and I sincerely wish all the best to the coaches, staff and players as they continue to reach higher goals...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Spurs

Ten observations from Hawks victory over Spurs

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 102, Spurs 99. . .  1. The Hawks trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. They got within four at halftime and took a 57-55 lead in the third quarter, their first advantage since 33-32, and were up 89-85 with less than five minutes to go.  They held on for the victory with good defense, strong rebounding and three baskets...
Georgia’s Roquan Smith doing right thing for himself going to NFL

Georgia’s Roquan Smith doing right thing for himself going to NFL

Georgia fans wanted a repeat of the moment last year when four players -- Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy -- all announced they would return for their senior seasons. But when Roquan Smith declared for the NFL draft Monday, it was the right decision for him. Smith released a three-paragraph statement through Georgia, finishing with the news of the day: “As...
Georgia’s Roquan Smith declares for NFL Draft

Georgia’s Roquan Smith declares for NFL Draft

After the season he had, it’s not a surprise. Georgia junior linebacker Roquan Smith will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. “The decision to leave is not easy but I know it is the right one,” Smith said in a statement. “Georgia will always be my school and my home and I sincerely wish all the best to the coaches, staff, and players as they continue...
The failure of the Falcons’ season was a failure of coaching

The failure of the Falcons’ season was a failure of coaching

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 did with its? No? So how did the Eagles win by five on a day when the quarterbacks were Matt Ryan and Nick Foles? How did...
Falcons slated to pick  26th overall in NFL draft

Falcons slated to pick 26th overall in NFL draft

After the divisional round of the playoffs, the order for the 2018 NFL draft is mostly set through the first 28 positions. The Falcons are slotted at the 26th position, the same place they traded up to last season to select defensive end Takkarist McKinley. The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 in Dallas.  Last season, the Falcons were slated to pick 31st overall, but traded with Seattle...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Last year’s record: 11-10-13, seventh place in the Western Conference. Last year’s meetings: Atlanta United won 3-0 on Sept. 10 in the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez scored the first goal, Josef Martinez the second and Greg Garza the third. Coach: Oscar Pareja. Cristian Colman: The 23-year-old forward scored two goals in 26 appearances last season. Carlos Gruezo...
More than 20 SEC underclassmen entering the NFL Draft

More than 20 SEC underclassmen entering the NFL Draft

Two dozen underclassmen from SEC schools have declared their intentions to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. College football players have until today (Monday, Jan. 15) to file papers with the league. The official list will be released to NFL teams by Friday. Among the list of players to so far declare are two who played at Georgia, one who hails from Atlanta and at least five from Alabama’s national...
Report: Freeman may need knee surgery 

Report: Freeman may need knee surgery 

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 knee injury. He said, in the report, that he suffered sprained posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments...
What to watch when there are no more Falcons to watch?

What to watch when there are no more Falcons to watch?

Another hung-over day after, having chugged the belief that these Falcons should have been favored on the road against the NFC’s top seed. What were we thinking? Aren’t we getting a little too old for that kind of irresponsible behavior? Another day of reckoning, when you look back on all the bad decisions you have made in your life when it comes to choosing which officially licensed sports-themed...
A second look at Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

A second look at Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

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 games this season. After the game, I asked him if he knew what his plus/minus was (he did not), and when I told him,...
Winning plays: Close but few victory cigars for Hawks

Winning plays: Close but few victory cigars for Hawks

Paul Millsap isn’t walking through that door. Unlike recent seasons, the Hawks don’t have a veteran go-to player to take over down the stretch with the game on the line. Veteran players like Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and Millsap are long gone. The search for their replacements is currently ongoing. This young Hawks team is seeking the next player who can take over when it counts...
Hawks notes: Belinelli likely to return versus Spurs

Hawks notes: Belinelli likely to return versus Spurs

The Hawks listed Marco Belinelli as questionable for Monday afternoon’s home game against the Spurs. However, coach Mike Budenholzer expects the reserve shooting guard to play. “I would be surprised if he didn’t play tomorrow,” Budenholzer said after practice Sunday afternoon. Belinelli missed the Hawks’ loss to the Nets on Friday night with a left ankle sprain. It was...
How Atlanta, Philly compared in TV ratings for Falcons-Eagles

How Atlanta, Philly compared in TV ratings for Falcons-Eagles

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’s households that watched the game on average.  As would be expected, the Philadelphia and Atlanta markets had...
Offseason decisions (not just Sarkisian) led to Falcons’ problems

Offseason decisions (not just Sarkisian) led to Falcons’ problems

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. But the problem wasn’t that the Falcons didn’t look like they did last year. The problem was that too often...
Falcons to play six games against playoff teams in 2018

Falcons to play six games against playoff teams in 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 the third-place teams from the NFC West (Arizona) and NFC North (Green Bay). The Falcons also will face opponents from...
Falcons have free agency decisions to make on Poe, Clayborn, Bryant 

Falcons have free agency decisions to make on Poe, Clayborn, Bryant 

The Falcons, after being eliminated from the playoffs, have some important personnel decisions to make before free agency begins in March. The NFL salary cap has been projected to be between $174 million and $178 million, according to NFL Media. The official number will not be known until the start of the new business year in March. Last season’s salary cap was $167 million. The Falcons are...
Opinion: Falcons’ offense was a dumpster fire under Sarkisian

Opinion: Falcons’ offense was a dumpster fire under Sarkisian

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

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ lack of power on offense hurt them again

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 line. The Falcons’ attempt to get back to the Super Bowl and redeem themselves from last season’s collapse...
What Matt Ryan had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

What Matt Ryan had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

 Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 15-10 loss to the Eagles in the NFC Divisional game on Saturday:  On the fourth-and-two play at the goal-line: “That’s a play we practice all the time. Certainly in those situations, you want to go to your best players. You know obviously rolled to the right and had an opportunity to Julio (Jones). It...
What Dan Quinn had to say after playoff loss to Eagles

What Dan Quinn had to say after playoff loss to Eagles

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 15-10 loss to the Eagles on Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoff game:  Opening remarks: “Coming into this game we knew this was going to be a battle. It was probably likely going to go down to the end. We knew it was going to be a tough game. The missed chances and the almost, those are the ones, that don’t work...
Jones felt he should have made catch on final play

Jones felt he should have made catch on final play

A jump ball to Julio Jones is normally a win. This one wasn’t. The Falcons’ All-Pro wide receiver thought he should have come down with a jump-ball pass with 1:05 remaining against the Eagles in the NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday. Trailing 15-10, the Falcons drove down to the Eagle’s 2-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, the Falcons called a sprint out play. Jones was supposed to...
Neal felt he should have made key interception

Neal felt he should have made key interception

Keanu Neal was dejected. The Falcons safety thought he should have had a key interception right before halftime against the Eagles of the NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday.  On second-and-8 from Philadelphia’s 30-yard line, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles sailed a pass through the wind that Neal had a chance to intercept. However, the ball hit his knee and bounced back to wide receiver...
What Falcons players had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

What Falcons players had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

Here’s what the Falcons had to say after the 15-10 loss to the Eagles:   On the final offensive play: “It was just a sprint out with a route to me. (We were) trying to take advantage of one-on-one down there.” On what happened with him going to the ground: “I don’t know. But at the end of the day, I can make those plays. I ended up on the ground when...
Falcons out of playoffs because offense failed them too often

Falcons out of playoffs because offense failed them too often

If there was even a trace of justification for the late-game unraveling and the manner in which the Falcons’ season ended a year ago, it’s that they lost to arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and a coach and a franchise that have become associated with all-time-best arguments. But this wasn’t Tom Brady. It was Nick Foles. Until a few weeks ago, he was a backup, on...
There’s no sugar-coating this: The Falcons blew another one

There’s no sugar-coating this: The Falcons blew another one

The team infamous for blowing the Super Bowl just blew another playoff game. Yes, it was on the road. Yes, it was against the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Yes, it was windy. But this No. 1 seed lost its No. 1 quarterback last month. There can be no excuses. The Falcons had a clear path to the conference championship game and fell flat.  If any doubt remained as to the extent of the misallocation of...
Report card: Eagles 15, Falcons 10  

Report card: Eagles 15, Falcons 10  

The Falcons’ bid to return to the Super Bowl is over. In an upset, the Eagles, playing with their backup quarterback, defeated the Falcons 15-10 in a NFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Stadium.  Nick Foles, playing for the injured Carson Wentz, engineered two second-half scoring drives. Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense was shut out in the second half...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech did the unusual Saturday, hammering an ACC opponent on the road. The Yellow Jackets’ 69-54 win over Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center broke an eight-game road losing streak in ACC games and was also their largest margin of victory in an ACC road game since a 26-point win over Wake Forest in March 2011, coach Paul Hewitt’s final season. “I just thought overall...
Josh Pastner files defamation suit telling his side of story

Josh Pastner files defamation suit telling his side of story

Two months after he was publicly accused of committing and encouraging NCAA rules violations and committing sexual assault against an acquaintance, Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner told his side of the story. In a lawsuit filed Friday in the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, Pastner contends that Arizona residents Ron Bell and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley attempted to...
Inactives: Falcons at Eagles divisional playoff 

Inactives: Falcons at Eagles divisional playoff 

The Falcons (11-6) are set to face the top-seeded Eagles (13-3) at 4:35 p.m. today at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Falcons’ inactives: wide receiver Marvin Hall, running back Terrence Magee, cornerback Leon McFadden, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, offensive guard Sean Harlow, offensive tackle Austin Pasztor and tight end Eric Saubert. The Eagles inactives: tackle Will Beatty, wide receiver...
Sony Michel’s NFL value rising after strong postseason

Sony Michel’s NFL value rising after strong postseason

Every year we see a handful of prospects drastically improve their NFL draft stock with huge bowl game performances. This season, no player’s stock was helped more by a huge postseason than Georgia’s Sony Michel, according to a report by NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah.  Jeremiah polled a handful of NFL executives, asking which player helped himself the most in bowl season, with...
Keith Jackson, 1928-2018: The Georgia boy who became the voice of college football

Keith Jackson, 1928-2018: The Georgia boy who became the voice of college football

Vin Scully worked every sport, but we don’t think of him as the man who called Dwight Clark’s catch for CBS. (Though he was.) We think of him as, on both coasts, the Voice of the Dodgers. We think of him on the final pitch of Koufax’s perfect game: “Two-and-two to Harvey Kuenn …”  Cawood Ledford called the Kentucky Derby for national radio and the Kentucky...
Tech coach Josh Pastner alleges defamation in civil suit against Ron Bell

Tech coach Josh Pastner alleges defamation in civil suit against Ron Bell

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has filed a civil suit in Arizona against Ron Bell, who provided impermissible benefits to two Tech basketball players in violation of NCAA rules and then claimed that Pastner was aware of the actions and encouraged the rule breaking. In the suit, filed in the state’s superior court, Pastner alleged that Bell and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley defamed him and...
Observations from the Hawks’ 110-105 loss to the Nets

Observations from the Hawks’ 110-105 loss to the Nets

Even behind a career-high of 34 points by Dennis Schroder, the Atlanta Hawks lost their fourth and final game of the season against the Brooklyn Nets 110-105.  Here are a few observations from the win/loss: The Hawks (11-31) led 105-104 with just over a minute remaining on Friday when Kent Bazemore stole the ball from Nets’ Quincy Acy and drove down the floor. Schroder, who had the...
Georgia Tech hires defensive assistant

Georgia Tech hires defensive assistant

Georgia Tech added another defensive assistant coach to its staff, Shiel Wood, formerly the defensive coordinator at Wofford. Wood served as new defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s safeties coach when he was defensive coordinator at Wofford. Wood will coach Tech’s safeties. Andy McCollum, who has been the safeties coach for the past two seasons, will coach inside linebackers. Wood, 35,...
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