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Falcons look back warmly on Georgia Dome before it dies

Matt Ryan probably will shed no tears Monday when the roof of the Georgia Dome falls and the building caves in moments later. Yet the Falcons’ quarterback will forever have a soft spot in his heart for a place that’s about to be imploded. As the Dome is leveled Monday morning, Ryan will be in Seattle before the Falcons’ night game against the Seahawks, but he’ll never forget...


Rushing milestone for KirVonte Benson, TaQuon Marshall

Rushing milestone for KirVonte Benson, TaQuon Marshall

It wasn’t a day to celebrate, but Georgia Tech could take small consolation in an accomplishment in quarterback TaQuon Marshall and B-back KirVonte Benson both reaching 1,000 rushing yards for the season during the 43-20 loss to Duke. They became just the second pair of Tech teammates to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season in the school’s modern era. The first were another quarterback/B-back...
What happened on Georgia Tech’s foiled fake punt

What happened on Georgia Tech’s foiled fake punt

Georgia Tech pulled the upset of Virginia Tech last Saturday with the help of a fake punt, a successful run for a first down by KeShun Freeman. The Yellow Jackets were without such favor against Duke, failing on a last-ditch fake down 16 points in the fourth quarter. With the line of scrimmage at the Tech 32-yard line, punter Pressley Harvin took the snap and lobbed a pass to wide receiver Jalen Camp...
Disastrous third quarter fells Jackets

Disastrous third quarter fells Jackets

Perhaps the worst quarter of the season put Georgia Tech in a hole that it couldn’t escape. The Yellow Jackets were outgained by Duke 198 yards to five in the third quarter and outscored 10-0, leading the way to their 43-20 loss to the Blue Devils Saturday. Duke ran 29 plays to six for Tech (two three-and-outs), wearing out the Tech defense and moving from a 20-20 halftime tie to a 30-20 lead...
What Paul Johnson had to say after the Duke game

What Paul Johnson had to say after the Duke game

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s comments after the team’s 43-20 loss to Duke Saturday in Durham, N.C. “I don’t know what to say. That was a pretty thorough butt kicking. It was embarrassing. It was like we weren’t even out there. In the second half, we didn’t do much to help ourselves offensively, either. But I think we ran six plays in the third quarter, couldn&rsquo...
Game time, TV set for Tech-Georgia game

Game time, TV set for Tech-Georgia game

Saturday’s game between Georgia Tech and Georgia at Bobby Dodd Stadium will kick off at noon. The game will be televised on Channel 2 Action News and broadcast on radio by WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM. The Bulldogs (10-1) beat Kentucky 42-13 Saturday in Athens while the Jackets (5-5) lost at Duke 43-20. Tech needs a win over its state rival to be eligible for a bowl game. The Jackets stunned Georgia...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Celtics

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Celtics

(AP Photo)   Ten observations from Celtics 110, Hawks 99 . . . 1. Like they did in the first meeting with the Celtics, the Hawks gave a competitive effort that wasn’t enough. The Hawks led 86-85 with 7:31 to go but the Celtics cranked up their defensive intensity and the Hawks struggled to find good shots over the next several possessions. Luke Babbitt missed two...
Watch: What was said about the Georgia-Kentucky game

Watch: What was said about the Georgia-Kentucky game

Georgia’s 42-13 win over Kentucky Saturday certainly impressed Wildcats coach Mark Stoops, who said of the Bulldogs, “They played like a No. 1 team in the country.” Georgia (10-1, 7-1 SEC) piled up 381 rushing yards a week after getting just 46 against Auburn. The game was the last at Sanford Stadium for Georgia seniors, including tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Take a...
Almost inexplicably, Duke run game plows through Georgia Tech

Almost inexplicably, Duke run game plows through Georgia Tech

To a peculiar season, add one more confounding detail. Through the penultimate game of the season, Georgia Tech has a double-overtime loss, lost three road games played in heavy rain, won every game at home in clear weather, had a game canceled due to a hurricane and now, has lost with arguably its worst run-defense performance of the past eight seasons. In the first rain-free road game of the season...
Georgia is really good again. It’s apt to stay that way

Georgia is really good again. It’s apt to stay that way

It was a day that might have found a team looking backward at a thudding loss or ahead to consecutive Saturdays in Atlanta, so credit Georgia for mostly tending business. The Bulldogs beat Kentucky 42-13, meaning they’re not apt to slip n the next College Football Playoff rankings, which are immaterial since Georgia surely will qualify for the tournament if it wins at two stadiums off North...
Nick Chubb, Sony Michel lead Bulldogs on an emotional Senior Day

Nick Chubb, Sony Michel lead Bulldogs on an emotional Senior Day

In their farewell to Sanford Stadium, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel carried the Bulldogs one more time. Chubb and Michel combined for 238 yards and five touchdowns on 27 rushes, leading Georgia to a 42-13 blowout win over Kentucky on Saturday night.  Despite the score and yards discrepancy, it was an eight-point game in the third quarter. Chubb and Michel made sure Kentucky couldn’t get any...
Watch: How teams ranked ahead of Georgia fared Saturday

Watch: How teams ranked ahead of Georgia fared Saturday

Georgia bounced  back from its first loss of the season by beating Kentucky 42-13 Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs are seventh in the College Football Playoff rankings and seeking to move up into one of the four playoff spots. But they did not get any help Saturday when all six teams ahead of them won easily. Georgia plays Georgia Tech next Saturday in Atlanta.  Watch the video above to...
Kennesaw State grows up fast, wins Big South championship

Kennesaw State grows up fast, wins Big South championship

The Turnover Plank was practically worn to a toothpick Saturday. There have been Olympic relay batons passed between fewer hands than that poor piece of motivational lumber was during this single afternoon.      The cheerleaders spent far more energy celebrating touchdowns than making statements during the national anthem.    At a place where they underscore...
3 things to know from Georgia vs. Kentucky

3 things to know from Georgia vs. Kentucky

After a sluggish start, Georgia’s run game took over, and the No. 7 Bulldogs defeated Kentucky 42-13 on Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens. The familiar formula of a strong run game, one that worked well in most games this season against teams not known as Auburn, carried the Dogs again. Georgia (10-1, 7-1 SEC) did seem to carry an early hangover from its first loss of the season a week ago...
Report card: Duke 43, Georgia Tech 20

Report card: Duke 43, Georgia Tech 20

In position to secure bowl eligibility against a Duke team that had lost six consecutive games, Georgia Tech failed in stunning fashion, losing 43-20 to the Blue Devils Saturday. Duke, which had not averaged 12.2 points and 286 yards in its losing streak, hit a season scoring high for the season against FBS competition and finished with 500 yards. Tech (5-5 overall, 4-4 ACC) will need to defeat No...
Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

In Big South preseason rankings, the Kennesaw State Owls were co-favorites alongside Charleston Southern to win the conference title, and on Saturday, the Owls — in their third season — made that dream reality. No. 21 KSU played one of its more dominant games of the season, which ended in a 52-21 Kennesaw State win against No. 22 Monmouth at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Here are five things...
Devonta Freeman declared out of game against Seattle

Devonta Freeman declared out of game against Seattle

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out for the Seattle game by head coach Dan Quinn on Saturday. The Falcons (5-4) face the Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m. on Monday Night Football in a big NFC game with playoff implications. The Falcons declared Freeman out, although the news was expected, it became official on the league-required injury report....
Live blog: Georgia Tech vs. Duke

Live blog: Georgia Tech vs. Duke

Hello— Hope you’ll join us for the live blog today from Durham, N.C. It’s a windy day here at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium – right to left on your television – strong enough that it could impact the kicking game. As I write, the American flag at the open end of the stadium is pretty much completely unfurled, if that’s the right word...
Game preview: Celtics at Hawks

Game preview: Celtics at Hawks

The Hawks couldn’t stop Kyrie Irving last time. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— Isaiah Taylor (eye) is out; Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable; DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) is probable Celtics—Gordon Hayward (ankle)...
How to watch: Today’s college football games, with TV times, networks, online (11/18/17)

How to watch: Today’s college football games, with TV times, networks, online (11/18/17)

Here are the TV times and networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games today. All times are EDT.  Noon, Delaware State at Florida State, FSSO Noon, Virginia at Miami, ABC 12:20pm, The Citadel at Clemson, Raycom/ACC 12:20pm, Pitt at Virginia Tech, Raycom/ACC 3pm, Western Carolina at North Carolina, Raycom/ACC 3:30pm, Georgia Tech at Duke, FSSO 3:30pm, Syracuse at Louisville, ESPNU 7pm...
Georgia Tech legacy Bailey Ivemeyer makes ‘surreal’ first start

Georgia Tech legacy Bailey Ivemeyer makes ‘surreal’ first start

It’s been an unpredictable season for the Georgia Tech offensive line, but in Saturday’s win against Virginia Tech, walk-on Bailey Ivemeyer stepped up in a big way.  The Yellow Jackets entered the season with what appeared to be a fairly deep and talented offensive line. But a season-ending injury to left tackle Andrew Marshall before the Tennessee game was only the beginning of nagging...
Dan Quinn thinks Falcons’ defense is finally turning a corner

Dan Quinn thinks Falcons’ defense is finally turning a corner

Most of the Falcons’ star power and approximately 60 percent of the team’s payroll plays on the offense. It follows that the offense gets the most attention and scrutiny and leads to questions like: Can they score more than 500 points again, will Julio Jones stay healthy, and -- the overwhelming favorite in the social-media underworld for 2017 -- how can Steve Sarkisian possibly screw...
Bembry nears return as Hawks get healthier

Bembry nears return as Hawks get healthier

The Hawks rank near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but they haven’t had their full complement of rotation players through 15 games. Now their injury luck appears to be improving just as the schedule toughens.  The Hawks (3-12) listed guard/forward DeAndre’ Bembry as probable on its injury report for Saturday’s game against the Celtics (14-2) at Philips Arena...
School pride: Wreck’s driver is son of former Duke mascot

School pride: Wreck’s driver is son of former Duke mascot

Growing up in Winston-Salem, N.C., Chris Healy aligned himself with Duke, cheering for the Blue Devils when they made their trip to Joel Coliseum to play Wake Forest and making the occasional trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium. It stood to reason – his father Pat had graduated from Duke, as had an uncle and an aunt. His father, in fact, served as the Blue Devil mascot as a senior. However, Healy...
Watch: Brandon Boykin was a Georgia Bulldogs great

Watch: Brandon Boykin was a Georgia Bulldogs great

Brandon Boykin played defensive back at Georgia but it seemed like he had his hands on the ball just as much as any player on offense. Boykin was a standout cornerback and also one of the best kick returners in SEC history. He was a hard-hitting tackler too. Watch the video above and look back at the career of one of the best athletes to ever wear the red and black. Coming next week on Channel 2 Action...
Going, going, gone: The Braves had no further need of John Hart

Going, going, gone: The Braves had no further need of John Hart

It would be hard to claim that the Hart/Coppolella partnership worked, given that neither of the two Johns will be around for a fourth season. To say that it failed wouldn’t be accurate, either. The Braves are in a better place in November 2017 than in November 2014, when the Johns – as was the case in every trade, of which there were many, the John that mattered was Coppolella &ndash...
As MLB investigation nears conclusion, John Hart departs Braves

As MLB investigation nears conclusion, John Hart departs Braves

John Hart joined the Braves to oversee a rebuild, but he won’t be around to see how it ends. Hart resigned as senior adviser, the Braves announced Friday. Hart relinquished his power as president of baseball operations Monday upon the hiring of general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Braves CEO Terry McGuirk said at Monday’s news conference that Hart would transition into a senior adviser role...
Trufant, Alford ready for Seattle’s receivers  

Trufant, Alford ready for Seattle’s receivers  

Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant basically grew up with the Seattle Seahawks. As a 12-year-old, Trufant, a native of Tacoma, Wash., used to attend practices with his older brother Marcus Trufant, a former Seattle Seahawk. The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback is set for a return visit wth the Falcons (5-4) face the Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at CenturyLink Field.  “I remember going...
Dan Reeves’ favorite Georgia Dome memory? You, the fans

Dan Reeves’ favorite Georgia Dome memory? You, the fans

Dan Reeves coached the Atlanta Falcons for seven seasons inside the Georgia Dome, including a magical 1998 season that included heart surgery and a trip to the Super Bowl. Reeves relives the emotions of coaching in the Dome and the warmth of the Atlanta fans in the “We Never Played the Game” podcast, hosted by the AJC’s Jeff Schultz and Channel 2 Action News sports...
Falcons looking to eliminate ‘game-changing’ penalties 

Falcons looking to eliminate ‘game-changing’ penalties 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn and his staff have been working to cut down the team’s untimely penalties. The Falcons had a potential touchdown and an interception nullified because of penalties against Dallas. On a Desmond Trufant interception, linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley jumped offside. On Tevin Coleman’s fourth-quarter 25-yard touchdown run, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was called for...
John Hart exits, finally does what Braves’ McGuirk wouldn’t

John Hart exits, finally does what Braves’ McGuirk wouldn’t

When Major League Baseball announces penalties against the Braves for circumventing rules in the international player market, and possibly other infractions, they likely will be slapped big time. The means a major fine, a likely ban on future signings for a certain time period and the potential loss of existing prospects that they’ve already spent bonus money on. Former general manager John...
Injury report: Punter Matt Bosher has a left ankle injury 

Injury report: Punter Matt Bosher has a left ankle injury 

Falcons punter Matt Bosher, who has a left ankle injury, will be limited in practice on Friday, coach Dan Quinn said. Bosher is a right-footed punter, but he needs his left leg to be stable for launching his punts.  Bosher is averaging 44.7 yards on 28 punts and 41.8 yards net. He’s placed 11 punts inside the 20 and has a long punt of 62 yards. Running back Devonta Freeman remains in the...
The ‘disengaged’ John Hart steps away from the Braves

The ‘disengaged’ John Hart steps away from the Braves

John Hart has left the Atlanta Braves, the team just announced, “to pursue other opportunities.” This was all but a fait accompli anyway, and now it’s reality. It’s clear that leaked word of MLB’s investigation, while apparently concluding that Hart played no direct role in the improprieties, was nonetheless devastating to his status in-house. “Disengaged&rdquo...
Falcons, Atlanta United name Zulawski chief revenue officer

Falcons, Atlanta United name Zulawski chief revenue officer

Tim Zulawski will assume new responsibilities and a new title -- chief revenue officer -- with AMB Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Falcons and Atlanta United.  He will be responsible for all revenue departments, including the sales and service functions, AMBSE said Friday.  Zulawski has led sponsorship sales for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons and Atlanta United, as...
NBA rookie ratings: How does Hawks’ John Collins stack up?

NBA rookie ratings: How does Hawks’ John Collins stack up?

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Hawks center John Collins is one of 17 NBA rookies to average 20 minutes or more per game this season. He showed he was NBA-ready in his debut and his strong play has continued in the 14 games since then. Here is where Collins ranks among his 17 peers who are playing major roles for their teams: You can make a statistical...
What Matt Ryan had to say about the Seahawks 

What Matt Ryan had to say about the Seahawks 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say about the Seahawks:  On facing Dwight Freeney: “Dwight, having played with him, he’d the pros pro. Unbelievable in terms of preparation. Unbelievable pass rushers. Unbelievable teammate for sure. I know those guys will be well-prepared in that front seven in that defensive line room.” On Seattle’s cornerbacks without...
Falcons elated that Adrian Clayborn didn’t retire after last season

Falcons elated that Adrian Clayborn didn’t retire after last season

After his latest injury, Adrian Clayborn was ready to retire.  He suffered a torn biceps in the Falcons’ 36-20 win over Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs Jan. 14.  A one-time first-round pick, Clayborn’s career had been marred by two other season-ending injuries and that led to him being shunned by the team that drafted him. The injuries stunted his growth in the...
Drew Waters enjoying time with Braves, growing as hitter

Drew Waters enjoying time with Braves, growing as hitter

Drew Waters chose his local Braves over his local school. So far, he’s thrilled with his decision. The Braves selected Waters, an 18-year-old from Etowah High School, with the 41st pick in the June MLB draft. A $1.5 million bonus – slightly under slotted value – convinced him to pass on the University of Georgia to join his lifelong favorite team. Waters joined several former Braves...
3 key matchups: Falcons at Seahawks 

3 key matchups: Falcons at Seahawks 

Here at three key matchups to watch: Falcons WR Desmond Trufant vs. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin: Trufant played at Washington and is from Tacoma. Baldwin is averaging 11.7 yards per catch. Trufant is coming off a strong showing against Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant. He had an interception nullified by a penalty. Baldwin leads Seattle in receiving with 54 catches for 633 yards and three touchdowns....
Georgia Bulldogs served urgent reminder on Senior Day

Georgia Bulldogs served urgent reminder on Senior Day

Senior Day at Georgia is a time to honor all those who have survived the full dosage of offseason mat drills, study halls, temptations to do the kind of stupid things that necessitate a transfer to Auburn and, in some cases, the gravitational pull of a NFL payday.   This particular Senior Day – Saturday afternoon, 3:30, the final home game of 2017, against Kentucky – is also...
Analytics: Wilson ranked as the 15th best QB in the NFL 

Analytics: Wilson ranked as the 15th best QB in the NFL 

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has his team off to another strong start without the aid of a solid rushing attack.  Wilson has guided the Seahawks to a 6-3 record while they’ve played five different running back and he is the team’s leading rusher. Wilson is ranked in the middle of the pack of starting quarterbacks, according to analytics website Football Outsiders...
Josh Pastner on Ben Lammers: ‘He’s a stud’

Josh Pastner on Ben Lammers: ‘He’s a stud’

In Shanghai last week for the season opener against UCLA, Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers offered his own personal construct that helps him stay grounded in the present. It’s called Future Ben. On road trips, for instance, Lammers tries to concentrate on the game at hand and not worry about the schoolwork that awaits him as a mechanical engineering major. “That’s problems for Future...
X-factor: The Falcons defensive line

X-factor: The Falcons defensive line

The Falcons must stay under control when rushing Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who’s been sacked 23 times this season. The Falcon pass rush will be the X-Factor when the two teams meet on Monday Night Football in an important NFC game with playoff implications.  The Falcons are coming off a dominating eight-sack performance against Dallas where they also hit 10 quarterback hits. Adrian...
On the hot seat: Falcons running back Tevin Coleman 

On the hot seat: Falcons running back Tevin Coleman 

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman is ready to carry the full load against Seattle and will be on the hot seat in the game.  He normally shares the job with Devonta Freeman, who’s in the concussion protocol for the second time this season.  Coleman had a career-high-tying 20 carries for a season-high 83 yards rushing in last Sunday’s 27-7 win over the Cowboys. Freeman was injured...
Manning leading Georgia State to what could be historic season

Manning leading Georgia State to what could be historic season

Conner Manning’s throw to Penny Hart was perfect: a 9-yard fade into the corner with the ball placed where only Hart could reach it. The touchdown lifted Georgia State to its third consecutive victory over rival Georgia Southern. As good as the throw was, Hart knew that Manning was going to lead the Panthers to the winning score long before the ball left his right hand. As the Panthers huddled...
Offensive tackle Jahaziel Lee off injury report for Georgia Tech

Offensive tackle Jahaziel Lee off injury report for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech will have a fuller complement of offensive line for its game Saturday at Duke. After not playing last Saturday against Virginia Tech due to an upper-body injury, offensive tackle Jahaziel Lee was not on the Yellow Jackets’ injury report released Thursday. With Lee healthy, he can join tackles Jake Stickler and Bailey Ivemeyer, who started against Virginia Tech, Ivemeyer for the...
UGA seniors enter defining stretch with chance at history

UGA seniors enter defining stretch with chance at history

This Georgia Bulldogs senior class will be remembered for its mission. “I need to win something, man,” said linebacker Lorenzo Carter, one of four who passed on millions to return to UGA, before the season. “I finished high school with four rings. Coming here to Georgia and having the legacy of the ‘G,’ it’s been a minute. It’s been a minute since Athens has...
Falcons’ Sean Weatherspoon quietly returned to action 

Falcons’ Sean Weatherspoon quietly returned to action 

One of the small items lost in the Falcons’ 27-7 win over the Cowboys was the return of reserve linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. A one-time first-round pick, Weatherspoon played four plays and seven on special teams Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After re-signing with the Falcons last season, Weatherspoon ruptured his Achilles against Carolina and was placed on injured reserve.   After...
Georgia Tech’s Ricky Jeune: Quiet, steady, almost to the end

Georgia Tech’s Ricky Jeune: Quiet, steady, almost to the end

Two years ago in Durham, N.C., Georgia Tech wide receiver Ricky Jeune announced himself as the successor to the Demaryius Thomas-Stephen Hill-DeAndre Smelter line. On a wet and bleak afternoon, Jeune was a bright spot in the Yellow Jackets’ 34-20 loss to the Blue Devils. In the fourth start of his career, Jeune caught four passes from quarterback Justin Thomas for 91 yards, including his first...
If Tevin Coleman gets the calls, Falcons won’t change their running game

If Tevin Coleman gets the calls, Falcons won’t change their running game

On the verge of making his fourth NFL start, Tevin Coleman would have you believe that nothing will change in the Falcons’ running attack Monday night when they play the Seahawks. At least one thing seems nearly certain to be different, though, as he prepares to shoulder the burden in Seattle with tag teammate Devonta Freeman likely to miss the game in Seattle while he’s in the concussion...
UGA will honor 31 senior Bulldogs on Saturday

UGA will honor 31 senior Bulldogs on Saturday

The Georgia Bulldogs seniors have won 37 games since the start of the 2014 season. They’re one win away from a third 10-win campaign. And their home slate ends Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats with senior day. “Our seniors, we have senior day, and it’s the last home game for them, a group of guys who’ve been very special to me and certainly special to Dog Nation in the...
Braves break down sources of large revenue increase

Braves break down sources of large revenue increase

The Braves provided investors more information Thursday about their 2017 financial performance.  One week after owner Liberty Media disclosed the Braves’ revenue was up 50 percent through the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period last year, the team offered new details on some of the sources of the additional revenue.  At a Liberty Media investors conference...
Official injury report: Jones, Freeman Levitre did not practice 

Official injury report: Jones, Freeman Levitre did not practice 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), running back Devonta Freeman (concussion) and left guard Andy Levitre (knee) did not practice on Thursday in advance of Monday’s game at the Seahawks. Before the morning walk-through, Falcons coach Dan Quinn thought Jones and Levitre would be limited in practice. Punter Matt Bosher (left ankle), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (knee), defensive end Takkarist...
Julio Jones to miss battling with Richard Sherman 

Julio Jones to miss battling with Richard Sherman 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will miss going up against Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury and has been placed on injured reserve.  The Falcons (5-4) face the Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m. on Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field. “We always have a good time,” Jones said. “He’ll try to stay on me the whole game a lot...
Georgia-Kentucky flashback: Cory Phillips’ fabulous day

Georgia-Kentucky flashback: Cory Phillips’ fabulous day

Georgia Bulldogs backup quarterback Cory Phillips got his big chance against Kentucky in 2000. And he made the most of it. In a wild game, Phillips stepped in for injured starter Quincy Carter and threw for 400 yards as Georgia outlasted the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky. Watch the video above to see what Phillips and the Bulldogs accomplished that day. The teams play again Saturday in Athens.
Weekend Predictions: Georgia gets a gift Amnesia Week -- Kentucky

Weekend Predictions: Georgia gets a gift Amnesia Week -- Kentucky

We here at Weekend Predictions consider it our mission not only to disseminate sage financial advice -- except in those times when sage turns into a slightly less palatable plant form like hemlock, and often appears in the form of words like, “Dogs win and cover 2-1/2 at Auburn, and why is my dog laughing at me?” -- but to offer suggestions about how sports can be better. So here...
What Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say about the Falcons 

What Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say about the Falcons 

Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say about the Falcons during a conference call with the Atlanta media on Thursday:  Q. What do you see from this Falcons team that has had some ups and downs this season? A. They got off to a great start which is the big challenge coming of the season last year. They got going and then they re-righted themselves. They played great...
Few more details about Atlanta United’s USL team

Few more details about Atlanta United’s USL team

Atlanta United answered a few more questions Thursday about its USL affiliate that will play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville in 2018. Really, it seems like there are many details still being worked out. Q. How will the field be configured?  A. See attached diagram. As you’ll see, the fans will be right on top of the pitch. Grass will be placed over the infield dirt for each game. Q. ...
What Dan Quinn had to say Thursday

What Dan Quinn had to say Thursday

The Falcons returned to practice Thursday for Monday night’s matchup at Seattle, where the Seahawks also share playoff aspirations, and head coach Dan Quinn met the media beforehand. This will be the third time the Falcons (5-4) and Seahawks (6-3) have met in just over a year, with Seattle winning 26-24 on Oct. 16 last year in CenturyLink Field and Atlanta winning 36-20 in an NFC divisional...
SEC whispers: Petrino to Vols? Gus to Arkansas? Jimbo to A&M?

SEC whispers: Petrino to Vols? Gus to Arkansas? Jimbo to A&M?

Arkansas fired its athletic director this week -- remember Jeff Long from his appearances as chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee? – in a move surely preparatory to the firing of coach Bret Bielema. That would make four vacant SEC jobs, with Texas A&M poised to make a fifth. Today we assess each opening/opening-to-be. Florida: The person least apt to be hired in Gainesville...
Road to Atlanta: Georgia’s drop reflects ‘ups and downs’ of playoff race

Road to Atlanta: Georgia’s drop reflects ‘ups and downs’ of playoff race

The College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings are very much a work in progress, as reflected by the committee’s reassessment of Georgia.  For two weeks, it deemed the Bulldogs the No. 1 team in the country, largely on the basis of their undefeated record and road win over Notre Dame. This week, the committee considered additional evidence – the Bulldogs’...
Duke Riley set to return to practice 

Duke Riley set to return to practice 

Falcons rookie linebacker Duke Riley, who underwent knee surgery, is set to return to practice on Thursday, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. Riley announced his surgery to repair his meniscus on Twitter on Oct. 26. He suffered the injury against New England on the Oct. 22.  Riley, a third-round pick (No. 75 overall) out of LSU, appeared in six games, including five starts. He had eight tackles...
Julio Jones, Andy Levitre to be limited in practice today 

Julio Jones, Andy Levitre to be limited in practice today 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has an ankle injury,  and starting left guard Andy Levitre, who has a knee injury, will be limited in practice on Thursday, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Both players were pulled late in the 27-7 win over Dallas on Sunday. Jones played 43 of 65 offensive snaps against the Cowboys. Marvin Hall and Justin Hardy picked up his snaps. Levitre played 51 snaps...
What Georgia Tech’s newly signed class says about progress, strategy

What Georgia Tech’s newly signed class says about progress, strategy

It’s not a class that will make the recruiting gurus hyperventilate. But the trio of prospects who signed letters of intent with Georgia Tech during the early signing period represent progress for men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner and his staff. From the perspective of recruiting rankings, the class is a step up from Pastner’s first class, which has shown potential through the...
Braves coaches for 2018 season

Braves coaches for 2018 season

The Atlanta Braves announced a new roster of coaches for the 2018 baseball season.  Returning as manager is Brian Snitker, whose team went 72-90 in his first full season at the helm. Popular ex-Braves Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez were dropped from the staff and Walt Weiss was hired as the new bench coach. New general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated, he plans no changes...
Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank: A board that’s not boring

Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank: A board that’s not boring

It’s quickly becoming the most famous piece of wood in college football since the founding of the Jeweled Shillelagh. Its history is a mystery and its purpose ever-changing. Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank – a 3-foot-long piece of wood with drawn eyes and a smile given to a player that recovers a fumble or makes an interception – is producing more publicity than anything accomplished...
Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Seahawks 

Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Seahawks 

The Falcons (5-4) are set to play the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. This will be the 16th meeting. The Seahawks lead the series 10-5.  The Seahawks won the regular-season meeting, 26-24, last season in Seattle. The Falcons have won the only two meetings in the playoffs, including last season’s 36-20 victory in the divisional round.  TV...
How to watch: College football this week with TV times, networks, online (Week 12)

How to watch: College football this week with TV times, networks, online (Week 12)

Here are the TV times and networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the 12th full weekend of the season. All times are EDT.  Noon, Delaware State at Florida State, FSSO Noon, Virginia at Miami, ABC 12:20pm, The Citadel at Clemson, Raycom/ACC 12:20pm, Pitt at Virginia Tech, Raycom/ACC 3pm, Western Carolina at North Carolina, Raycom/ACC 3:30pm, Georgia...
Bobby Dodd Stadium turf named best in country

Bobby Dodd Stadium turf named best in country

Georgia Tech’s football field is an award winner. Grant Field has been named the college football field of the year by the Sports Turf Managers Association, a prestigious honor in the industry. For Chris May, Tech’s director of athletic grounds, it’s the second time that a field under his care has been so honored. In 2014, Russ Chandler Stadium’s field, which was then under...
Paul Johnson wants more snaps for Jerry Howard

Paul Johnson wants more snaps for Jerry Howard

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday he’d like to get more playing time for backup B-back Jerry Howard, but that circumstances haven’t permitted it. “I’d like to have seen Jerry play more,” Johnson said. “He probably deserves to, but just the way the games have gone, it just hasn’t happened.” Howard has 22 carries in seven games backing up...
Watch: What Kentucky thinks about the Bulldogs

Watch: What Kentucky thinks about the Bulldogs

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has a pretty good team, as proven by the Wildcats’ 7-3 record. But he know’s he facing a really good team Saturday in 9-1 Georgia. Stoops’ comments this week were full of praise for the Bulldogs. Watch the video above to see his thoughts on Georgia, coach Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the Bulldogs’ loss to Auburn and more.
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Kings

Ten observations from Hawks victory over Kings

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon dominated the Kings. (AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 126, Kings 80. . .  1. The Hawks beat up on a really bad team to earn their first home victory in five tries. The Kings had the worst average score differential in the league before tonight but the Hawks are in no position to take these kind of performances for granted against any opponent...
Paul Johnson explains why Georgia State couldn’t be scheduled

Paul Johnson explains why Georgia State couldn’t be scheduled

Georgia Tech and Georgia State had sought to schedule a game for the Yellow Jackets’ open date in October, but couldn’t get the help it needed from a member of the Panthers’ Sun Belt Conference, coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday on the ACC teleconference. “We thought we had a game with Georgia State here that would have fit the bye game, but it would have required them to move...
Josh Pastner addresses NCAA ruling on Georgia Tech violations

Josh Pastner addresses NCAA ruling on Georgia Tech violations

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner addressed the NCAA’s suspensions of team members Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson on Wednesday, but attempted to keep his message forward-looking. Tech announced Tuesday that the NCAA had suspended Jackson for three games and Okogie for six for accepting impermissible benefits in the form of airfare, meals and apparel. The NCAA guidelines for suspension length for...
Georgia Tech’s Tre’ Jackson and his ‘dream’ wedding proposal

Georgia Tech’s Tre’ Jackson and his ‘dream’ wedding proposal

Georgia Tech linebacker Tre’ Jackson is a young man of grand gestures. Soon after he met Desiree’ Nathe in July 2015, he drove from Atlanta to her home in Dade City, Fla., to surprise her. “He was standing there with flowers and everything,” Nathe said. As the relationship developed, the gifts kept coming. He sent fruit arrangements. For a Christmas gift, he bought her a pair...
Watch: How Georgia, Kentucky fared against common opponents

Watch: How Georgia, Kentucky fared against common opponents

Georgia and Kentucky meet Saturday in Athens. The SEC teams have both played 10 games. Georgia is 9-1 and Kentucky is 7-3. They have both played six teams this season: Florida, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Watch the video above to see how each team has fared against the common opponents, and compare the scores too. More videos:
How the Georgia Dome will be imploded -- and remembered

How the Georgia Dome will be imploded -- and remembered

In just 12 seconds Monday morning, the Georgia Dome will be reduced to rubble, leaving behind 25 years of memories and a legacy of helping make Atlanta a renowned host of major sports events.  Super Bowls and Final Fours were played there. Olympic gold medals were decided there in three sports. And there were 256 Falcons games, 23 SEC Championship football games, even WrestleMania -- in all...
Clayborn put life back into the Falcons’ pass rush 

Clayborn put life back into the Falcons’ pass rush 

The Falcons need a resurgent pass rush down the stretch of the season. After a strong start piling up sacks, there was a dip in the key defensive statistic after injuries to Vic Beasley, Jack Crawford and Courtney Upshaw. Beasley led the NFL in sacks last season with 15.5. Yet he only has four this season. There’s nothing like an eight-sack performance -- six by Adrian Clayborn -- to boost...
Game preview: Kings at Hawks

Game preview: Kings at Hawks

Sacramento’s Zach Randolph is playing his 17th NBA season. When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) is out; Mike Muscala (ankle) is doubtful; Ersan Ilyasova (knee), Malcom Delaney (ankle) and Marco Belinelli (Achilles) are probable. Kings—Harry Giles...
What did Falcons’ win over Cowboys do for Super Bowl odds?

What did Falcons’ win over Cowboys do for Super Bowl odds?

What did the Falcons’ impressive victory over the Cowboys do for their Super Bowl odds? Nothing. The Falcons remained with the same 28/1 odds, according to Bovada, following the 27-7 win on Sunday. They hold the 11th best chance to win a championship, according to the oddsmaker. The Falcons (5-4) held the same odds last week after a loss to the Panthers. The Falcons are also listed at 14/1 to...
Falcons sign running back Terrence Magee from Browns’ practice squad 

Falcons sign running back Terrence Magee from Browns’ practice squad 

Possibly bracing to play without Devonta Freeman, the Falcons signed running back Terrence Magee off the Browns’ practice squad Wednesday. Freeman is in the NFL concussion protocol after suffering his second concussion this season Sunday and his third since November 2015. Magee, 24, played collegiately at LSU. He’s 5-foot-8 and 214 pounds. After he wasn’t drafted, Magee started...
Atlanta United awarded MLS Goal and Save of the Year

Atlanta United awarded MLS Goal and Save of the Year

Atlanta United had the Major League Soccer’s best goal and best save. Quite a combination. Tito Villalba was awarded the Goal of the Year and Brad Guzan was awarded Save of the Year, the MLS announced Wednesday. Villalba scored with a right-footed blast from 30 yards outs for a the game-winner against Orlando City SC on July 21. The match was tied 0-0 at the time of the dramatic goal and helped...
By the numbers: Falcons need to be wary of turnovers against Seahawks

By the numbers: Falcons need to be wary of turnovers against Seahawks

A look at the statistics shows a fairly even matchup when the Falcons play at the Seahawks Monday night - except one category. Turnovers. Falcons coach Dan Quinn has a constant refrain about the importance of winning the turnover battle each week. It will be a tough task this week. The Seahawks lead the NFL in turnover margin. The Falcons are a distant 24th. Here’s a look at how the Falcons...
It sounds silly, but Georgia might have needed a loss like that

It sounds silly, but Georgia might have needed a loss like that

In December 1989, Notre Dame was readying to face unbeaten Colorado in the Orange Bowl. TV cameras caught Lou Holtz briefing his Fighting Irish on the No. 1 Buffaloes: “They’ve been living a lie all season. … They ain’t playing any Kansas State.”  Final score: Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6.  Sometimes a shock to the system is needed, especially for a team grown...
NBA draft lottery watch: Hawks still lead race for top odds

NBA draft lottery watch: Hawks still lead race for top odds

Robin Lopez is the best player for the Bulls, one reason they are among the top challengers for best the lottery odds. (AP Photo) The rebuilding Hawks largely will depend on the draft to add talent but they have plenty of competition in the race to the bottom of the NBA standings and thus the best odds in the draft lottery. The stakes are high: After this season, the odds...
Hawks’ Ilyasova set to return from injury

Hawks’ Ilyasova set to return from injury

Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova is set to play against the Kings tonight after missing the past eight games because of a bone bruise in his left knee.  Ilyasova said he participated in a scrimmage with his teammates Tuesday, officially an off day for the Hawks. Ilyasova said he’s “ready to play” after participating in today’s shootaround.  “I feel much better,&rdquo...
Overreaction ... Wednesday: Was Georgia exposed vs. Auburn?

Overreaction ... Wednesday: Was Georgia exposed vs. Auburn?

The staff of “Overreaction Monday” got a little sidetracked Monday by the Braves’ announcement of a new general manager and Terry McGuirk’s inability to explain why demoted former team president John Hart is still being paid by the franchise. But due to popular demand, or at least a handful of requests via social media, we bring you the first edition of, “Overreaction...
Quick thoughts about NCAA suspensions of Okogie, Jackson

Quick thoughts about NCAA suspensions of Okogie, Jackson

The NCAA’s ruling that Georgia Tech guards Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson will have to sit six and three games, respectively, is a win for the Yellow Jackets. The NCAA’s guidelines call for athletes who receive impermissible benefits in the amounts that Okogie and Jackson did to be suspended nine and six games, respectively, before being reinstated. However, the reinstatement staff is...
Bow Tie Chronicles: Looking at Falcons-Seahawks rematch

Bow Tie Chronicles: Looking at Falcons-Seahawks rematch

The Falcons, coming off a dominating 27-7 win over Dallas, travel to Seattle Monday to face the rugged 6-3 Seahawks. The game, which will have a number of players with Georgia ties, has major NFC playoff implications for both squads.  Listen to Episode 23 of the Bow Tie Chronicles:
No surprise: Clayborn named NFC Defensive Player of Week

No surprise: Clayborn named NFC Defensive Player of Week

This will come as little surprise, but Adrian Clayborn was awarded the NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. The Falcons defensive end recorded a franchise record six sacks in a victory over the Cowboys on Sunday in Week 10. Clayborn is the fourth player to record six or more sacks in an NFL game since the it became an official statistic in 1982. He is the first player to have six sacks since...
Georgia’s plunge to No. 7 doesn’t mean the numbers can’t add up

Georgia’s plunge to No. 7 doesn’t mean the numbers can’t add up

Unlike at least one other institute of higher learning in this state, the University of Georgia doesn’t require every undergrad to take calculus. That’s OK. In this case, basic math will suffice. Week 3 of the College Football Playoff rankings saw the Bulldogs plunge from No. 1 to No. 7, which isn’t as far as it sounds. Indeed, the numbers still work.  There are six teams ahead...
Sports Illustrated: Heisman still Baker Mayfield’s to lose despite drama vs. Kansas

Sports Illustrated: Heisman still Baker Mayfield’s to lose despite drama vs. Kansas

The Heisman Memorial Trophy’s mission statement begins as follows: “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” The closing word ‘integrity’ has caused some to question whether or not Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield &mdash...
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