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Spicing up the pass rush still a Falcons’ priority

The Falcons know they have an elite offense. With the scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium having started Tuesday, the reigning NFC champions will continue to focus on improving their defense. While the pass rush made strides last season, the Falcons will continue to address attacking the opposition’s quarterback. “I think we need to continue to get up an affect the passer whether if...
What Josh Pastner and Kevin Stallings said after the game

What Josh Pastner and Kevin Stallings said after the game

Post-game comments from Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings following the Yellow Jackets’ 61-52 win Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion. “Josh Okogie, he had seven 50-50 (ball) wins. He was terrific. He saved us the first half. His 50-50 wins, he was awesome. I love Josh. He’s continued to get better.” “Quinton Stephens didn’t have...

Game Thread: Mavericks at Hawks

Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks takes a shot against Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on December 9, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.
Cover 9@9: Falcons look to get faster, tougher at combine

Cover 9@9: Falcons look to get faster, tougher at combine

Lindenwood University linebacker Connor Harris works out in Westfield, Ind. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Good morning!
Falcons’ cheer auditions for 2017 under way

Falcons’ cheer auditions for 2017 under way

Under the guidance of longtime Falcons cheer coordinator Chato Hendrix and choreographer Jakene Ashford audition preparation classes for the 2017 Atlanta Falcons cheerleader squad have started. The classes will provide candidates with an overview of the program along with a brief question/answer session and teach dance combinations similar to those performed during the games. The Falcons offer several...
LEADOFF: How much of The Battery will be open for Braves opener?

LEADOFF: How much of The Battery will be open for Braves opener?

The Braves plan to provide a lineup soon of the parts of the mixed-use development adjacent to SunTrust Park that will be open when the first regular-season game is played there on April 14. But on a conference call with investment analysts Tuesday, Braves owner Liberty Media offered some insight into what to expect at The Battery Atlanta on the ballpark’s opening day. “I expect The Battery...
What to expect from Atlanta United’s midfielders

What to expect from Atlanta United’s midfielders

With his team aggressively trying to force Columbus into making a mistake, Atlanta United midfielder Chris McCann stepped into front of a poor pass in the Crew’s half of the field. He looked up and split Columbus’ back line with a pass to forward Josef Martinez, who passed it to his right to a Hector Villalba, who had quickly switched from defense to offense. Villalba crossed the ball...
5 observations from Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

5 observations from Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech didn’t score many style points, but accumulated just enough of the standard kind to save senior night. On a night when the offense was mostly clunky, the Yellow Jackets rode a late surge to defeat Pittsburgh 61-52 Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion. Tech scored on nine of its final 10 possessions, not including the last to run out the clock, to pull away from the Panthers. The 61-point...
Jackets gain senior night win over Pitt

Jackets gain senior night win over Pitt

Georgia Tech didn’t score many style points, but accumulated just enough of the standard kind to save senior night. On a night when the offense was clunky, the Yellow Jackets rode a late surge to defeat Pittsburgh 61-52 Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion. Tech scored on nine of its final 10 possessions, not including the last to run out the clock, to pull away from the Panthers. The 61-point...
Photos: High school basketball state tournament

Photos: High school basketball state tournament

Teams around Georgia are fighting to stay alive and fulfill dreams of state championships.
Sarasota County OKs term sheet for new Braves spring-training complex

Sarasota County OKs term sheet for new Braves spring-training complex

The Braves moved a significant step closer to getting a new spring-training home when the Sarasota County, Fla., board of commissioners Tuesday approved an agreement outlining key terms of a deal to build a $75.4 million complex. Despite voicing concerns about some aspects of the deal, the commissioners in the southwest Florida county voted 4-1 to approve a 27-page term sheet/letter of intent previously...
Photos: Braves beat the Cardinals in exhibition

Photos: Braves beat the Cardinals in exhibition

Photos from a spring training game between the Braves and Cardinals on Feb. 28, 2017. 
Hawks list Dunleavy out ahead of game against Mavericks

Hawks list Dunleavy out ahead of game against Mavericks

The Hawks have listed Mike Dunleavy as out ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks. The team provided an injury report Tuesday listing Dunleavy with right ankle soreness. Dunleavy was inactive for Monday’s win at the Celtics due to the injury, which was not listed on a previous injury report. The forward also did not play in the Hawks’ previous game, a loss at the Magic....
‘Folty’ eager to compete for spot in Braves rotation

‘Folty’ eager to compete for spot in Braves rotation

Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz on Tuesday began his audition for the final rotation spot by pitching two scoreless innings against the Cardinals. The Braves signed three veteran starting pitchers to join the rotation this season behind ace Julio Teheran. That leaves Foltynewicz vying for a slot after he started 22 games in 2016 and posted a 4.31 ERA with 111 strikeouts and 35 walks over 123...
5 players the Falcons must scout at the NFL combine

5 players the Falcons must scout at the NFL combine

The reigning NFC champion Falcons own the 31st pick in the coming draft and their key decision makers, coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, arrived here at the scouting combine Tuesday hoping to duplicate last season’s draft success. The Falcons landed three starters and their tight end of the future in the 2016 draft. Dimitroff doesn’t see any major holes on the roster...
Falcons’ Sanu credits halftime show with Super Bowl downfall

Falcons’ Sanu credits halftime show with Super Bowl downfall

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had a memorable first season with the Atlanta Falcons. A few weeks removed from the Super Bowl collapse in Houston, Sanu appeared on the NFL Networks’ “Good Morning Football” show to talk about the season and the game.  Sanu addressed a number of questions about the Falcons allowed a 28-3 lead slip against the New England Patriots.  About...
Braves’ Adonis Garcia reunites with younger brother Adolis

Braves’ Adonis Garcia reunites with younger brother Adolis

Adonis and Adolis Garcia reunited before the teams played in the Grapefruit League on Tuesday. Outfielder Adolis Garcia signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Friday and accompanied the big-league club for its game against the Braves. His older brother, Adonis, plays third base for the Braves. The Garcias chatted on the field during batting practice. Adonis Garcia said he last saw his...
Sarasota County approves term sheet for new Braves spring home

Sarasota County approves term sheet for new Braves spring home

The Braves moved a significant step closer to getting a new spring-training home when the Sarasota County, Fla., board of commissioners Tuesday approved an agreement outlining key terms of a deal to build a $75.4 million complex. Despite voicing concerns about some aspects of the deal, the commissioners in the southwest Florida county voted 4-1 to approve a 27-page term sheet/letter of intent previously...
Braves outfield prospect Dustin Peterson on the rise

Braves outfield prospect Dustin Peterson on the rise

The Braves acquired infield prospect Dustin Peterson in a December 2014 trade and shifted him to the outfield. He said it was an “easy transition” because it made him a better hitter. Wait, what’s that? “It really frees up my hitting,” Peterson said. “I’ve been enjoying it out there. You can just focus on hitting, where when you are in the infield you&rsquo...
Liberty Media: Braves lost money in 2016 despite revenue gain

Liberty Media: Braves lost money in 2016 despite revenue gain

Braves owner Liberty Media disclosed the team’s financial results for 2016 on Tuesday, showing a large operating loss despite an increase in revenue. Liberty Media said the Braves brought in revenue of $262 million last year, up $19 million from the previous year. But the company said the Braves’ operating income before depreciation and amortization fell $23 million, from a profit of $3...
4 things to know before Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

4 things to know before Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech players celebrate after defeating Notre Dame 62-60 in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan.
Georgia State hires defensive line coach

Georgia State hires defensive line coach

Georgia State hired Skylor Magee as its defensive line coach, replacing Jess Simpson. Magee comes from Charleston Southern, where was the defensive line coach the past four seasons. Simpson left Georgia State to take the job as assistant defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Simpson joined the Panthers from Buford High School in January, ending his tenure as one of the state’s premier...
Atlanta United close to solving international slots

Atlanta United close to solving international slots

Atlanta United has secured green cards for international players Kenwyne Jones and Chris McCann, easing part of its problem with having too many international players and not enough roster slots available. Rosters must be finalized by Wednesday. The team has signed 13 players who are natives of non-U.S. countries. It has nine international slots available on its roster. It loaned Jeffrey Otoo (Ghana)...
Johnson brings quiet greatness to Atlanta

Johnson brings quiet greatness to Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson always has been measured against his own kind. By those metrics, he stands helmet-to-helmet with legends. Winning his seventh NASCAR series championship last year, Johnson tied a couple of lead-foots named Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most in history. But seven championships spread across the wider spectrum of sport stand up pretty well, too. That’s two more than Tom...
Can you match the Braves player to his walk-up music?

Can you match the Braves player to his walk-up music?

The 10- to 15-second stretch from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box has opened a window into a player’s psyche for more than two decades now. From Drake to Ludaris to Jason Aldean, these have been among the most popular choices among major leaguers in recent years. But how much attention did you pay to the theme of a Braves’ at-bat last season? See if you can match the songs...
‘Sod goes in this week’ at Braves’ SunTrust Park

‘Sod goes in this week’ at Braves’ SunTrust Park

The Braves’ new stadium is about to get an important finishing touch: grass on the field. “The sod goes in this week at SunTrust Park,” Greg Maffei, CEO of Braves owner Liberty Media, said Tuesday in a news release announcing the company’s financial results, “and we look forward to the Braves’ opening day (there) on April 14.” With seats, video boards and...
10 names Falcons could call with 31st draft pick

10 names Falcons could call with 31st draft pick

The early mock drafts have the Atlanta Falcons selecting one of these college football prospects with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Braves post operating loss despite revenue gain, owner says

Braves post operating loss despite revenue gain, owner says

Braves owner Liberty Media disclosed the team’s financial results for 2016 today, showing an increase in revenue but an operating loss. Liberty said the Braves brought in revenue of $262 million for the year, up $19 million from the previous year. But the company said the Braves’ operating income before depreciation and amortization fell $23 million, from a profit of $3 million in 2015...
LEADOFF: Sarasota County board weighs Braves deal today

LEADOFF: Sarasota County board weighs Braves deal today

The Braves will find out this afternoon what Sarasota County commissioners think of a 27-page term sheet that outlines many key elements of a proposed deal for a new spring-training complex in the southwest Florida county. The commissioners are scheduled to review the term sheet and possibly vote on whether to approve it. The same board discussed the possibility of a partly publicly funded Braves...
What to expect from Atlanta United’s forwards

What to expect from Atlanta United’s forwards

The fullback didn’t notice Josef Martinez lurking nearby when he casually passed the ball toward his goalkeeper. Martinez pounced, intercepting the pass, faking out the goalkeeper, and scoring to give Atlanta United a 1-0 lead in first minute of their game against Seattle in the Carolina Challenge Cup. While forwards on any soccer team are required to score, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino...
Mike Mayock has some prospects for the Falcons at No. 31

Mike Mayock has some prospects for the Falcons at No. 31

WKU Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.
NBA issues clarification, Howard should not have been ejected

NBA issues clarification, Howard should not have been ejected

On second thought … Dwight Howard should not have been ejected for the technical foul he received for hanging on the rim in the Hawks’ 114-98 win over the Celtics on Monday night. The NBA issued a rule clarification less than two hours after the completion of the game in which Howard was ejected for a second technical foul in the third quarter. According to a release issued by the league...
How the (ticked off) Hawks got a needed win over the Celtics

How the (ticked off) Hawks got a needed win over the Celtics

Five observations from the Hawks’ 114-98 victory over the Celtics Monday. 1. The Hawks won despite losing Dwight Howard to ejection in the third quarter. Howard was having a strong game when he picked up a technical foul with 9:31 remaining for shoving Al Horford after he was fouled. He picked up a second technical foul for hanging on the rim with 4:03 remaining in the quarter. Two technicals...
Inside the box score: Hawks 114, Celtics 98

Inside the box score: Hawks 114, Celtics 98

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 114-98 victory over the Celtics Monday: Key players * Dennis Schroder scored a game-high 21 points, including eight in the first quarter, on 9 of 14 shooting. * Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds (six offensive) in 27 minutes before ejection. * Paul Millsap had 17 points and 10 rebounds in a team-high 32 minutes. Key stat The Hawks held a...
Hawks rout Celtics after Howard ejected

Hawks rout Celtics after Howard ejected

No fourth-quarter comeback here. With the Boston crowd all too willing to remind Atlanta that the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Hawks exacted a measure of revenge with a 114-98 victory Monday at TD Garden. The Hawks led by as many as 24 points and didn’t let the Celtics close to a chance. Go figure this Hawks team. The victory broke a three-game losing streak...
Tech’s Christian Matthews apart from team for personal reasons

Tech’s Christian Matthews apart from team for personal reasons

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. He is expected to miss Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh at McCamish Pavilion. “I do think we’ll see him again this year,” Pastner told the AJC on Monday evening. “Right...
Freeney to become unrestricted free agent

Freeney to become unrestricted free agent

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 and had three sacks in the season and one in the playoffs. He was credited with helping to develop second-year outside...
‘A typical Tech kid’ plays his final home game for Jackets

‘A typical Tech kid’ plays his final home game for Jackets

Quinton Stephens came to practice last week with paint on his arms. The Georgia Tech forward had been busy painting tiny treasure chests that he fills with gifts and inspirational quotes, leaving them in surreptitious spots around campus. “I just kind of laughed,” said guard Corey Heyward, a close friend. “That’s ‘Q.’ That’s so Q, and he’s the only person...
Atlanta boos no extra motivation for Horford

Atlanta boos no extra motivation for Horford

Al Horford laughed at the notion he has extra motivation to face the Hawks Monday after he was booed in Atlanta last month. Horford spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks. He signed with the Celtics as an unrestricted free agent when the reality of sports business hit home for the first time. The first meeting of current and former team came on Jan. 13 in Atlanta. Horford, the four-time All-Star...
Dansby Swanson exudes leadership potential Braves need

Dansby Swanson exudes leadership potential Braves need

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 he is morphing into some form of an X-man, only with far better hair and dreamy eyes, reaffirmed he one day will have schools...
Braves prospect Fried ‘feeling best I ever have’

Braves prospect Fried ‘feeling best I ever have’

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 feared slugger, a two-time AL MVP. By contrast Fried is a prospect who had yet to face major league hitting in a live game...
Meet Rosalee Ramer, Georgia Tech student and monster truck driver

Meet Rosalee Ramer, Georgia Tech student and monster truck driver

Rosalee Ramer is the youngest female professional monster truck driver in the country. She is also a mechanical engineering student at Georgia Tech. The 19-year-old sophomore from Watsonville, Calif., has been around monster trucks since she was a toddler. At the age of 3, Ramer began helping her dad, Kelvin Ramer, a Monster Truck driver, work on engines by shining a flashlight so he could see. By...
Braves agree on key terms for new spring home

Braves agree on key terms for new spring home

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 of a deal, will be considered by the board of commissioners of the southwest Florida county at a meeting Tuesday...
Photos: Tim Tebow in spring training with Mets

Photos: Tim Tebow in spring training with Mets

A look at former Florida QB Tim Tebow in spring training with the New York Mets.
Reviewing Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 21 Notre Dame

Reviewing Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 21 Notre Dame

Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie (5) works with teammate Ben Lammers (44) to block a shot by Notre Dame’s V.
War of words continues between Schroder and Thomas

War of words continues between Schroder and Thomas

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 hurling insults. Thomas denied he said anything about Schroder’s family. Both players reiterated their version...
Hawks will take ‘few days’ to fill available roster spot

Hawks will take ‘few days’ to fill available roster spot

The Hawks will take at least a few days to determine how they will fill their open roster spot, coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer said Monday. The Hawks have an available spot after Lamar Patterson was waived Sunday. The team and Patterson mutually agreed on the release so Patterson could deal with a personal issue. “We will probably take a few days and see what happens...
Sefolosha returns to Hawks’ starting lineup

Sefolosha returns to Hawks’ starting lineup

Thabo Sefolosha will return to the starting lineup when the Hawks play the Celtics Monday night. The small forward missed nine straight games with a left groin injury. He returned to the lineup but came off the bench in games against the Heat on Friday and the Magic on Sunday. Tim Hardaway Jr. started the past 11 games in place of Sefolosha and now will come off the bench. “Thabo has played...
Simone Biles: Gold medal Olympic gymnast soars to new heights

Simone Biles: Gold medal Olympic gymnast soars to new heights

She’s likely the smallest person ever to carry the American flag during an Olympics Closing Ceremony. But there’s no disputing that gymnast Simone Biles rose head and shoulders above much of the world at last summer’s Rio Games. Nicknamed “$imoney” for her unfailing ability to nail routines, Biles, 19, triple-flipped, double-twisted and split-leapt her way to the 2016...
Watson must win over critics at scouting combine

Watson must win over critics at scouting combine

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, there are several scouting questions about Watson and his ability to guide a NFL team. Are his hands big enough?...
Freddie Burden’s lofty praise of Parker Braun

Freddie Burden’s lofty praise of Parker Braun

Georgia Tech guard Parker Braun earned center Freddie Burden’s respect with his work ethic from the time Braun enrolled last summer.
Game Thread: Hawks at Celtics

Game Thread: Hawks at Celtics

Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics reacts after hitting a 3-point basket against the Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Importance of set pieces for Atlanta United in MLS

Importance of set pieces for Atlanta United in MLS

Andrea Pirlo takes three steps before his right leg slices through the ball. Pirlo doesn’t take much of a follow through because he wants the ball to have a flat trajectory. The ball sails past a defender stationed close to the corner and, as if guided by a lasers, rises about 20 feet above the ground as it subtly curls a few feet from right to left. Its destination: David Villa’s right...
2017 NFL mock draft 1.0: Falcons select Carl Lawson with 31st pick

2017 NFL mock draft 1.0: Falcons select Carl Lawson with 31st pick

090515 ATLANTA: Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon is sacked by Auburn defenders Carl Lawson (center) and Dontavius Russell (right) during the second quarter in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday, Sept.
Glitch costly in final minute for Georgia Tech

Glitch costly in final minute for Georgia Tech

Down as many as 10 points in the second half, Georgia Tech had a chance to possibly send the game to overtime in the final minute. However, a miscommunication derailed the Yellow Jackets’ comeback try. After guard Tadric Jackson hit a clutch 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to cut Notre Dame’s lead to 61-58, Tech had a chance to get the ball back with the potential to tie the game with a...
Ben Lammers wins more praise from Mike Brey

Ben Lammers wins more praise from Mike Brey

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has not made any secret of his admiration for Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers, and he re-upped Sunday night following the Yellow Jackets’ loss to his Irish at Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame shot 29 3-pointers in part because of the looming threat posed by Lammers in the paint. Going into the game, Notre Dame averaged 23.2 3-pointers per game in ACC competition, a total...
What Josh Pastner and Mike Brey had to say after the game

What Josh Pastner and Mike Brey had to say after the game

Post-game comments from Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey following the Yellow Jackets’ 64-60 loss to the No. 21 Fighting Irish Sunday night in South Bend, Ind. Josh Pastner “Our margin for error is zero. That’s why it’s so hard for us to manufacture points, so when we miss those layups, it literally takes days, maybe years off my life because it...
5 things to know from Georgia Tech’s loss to Notre Dame

5 things to know from Georgia Tech’s loss to Notre Dame

Georgia Tech did enough to challenge No. 21 Notre Dame on Sunday night. But the Yellow Jackets made enough mistakes to cost themselves an upset. Tech fell 64-60 in a game it trailed for the final 28:56. While Tech shot a respectable 44.8 percent from the field, coach Josh Pastner agonized over a bundle of possessions squandered with turnovers and missed layups, two familiar pitfalls this season. &ldquo...
Heartbreak for Elliott, elation for Busch at Daytona

Heartbreak for Elliott, elation for Busch at Daytona

So, was Kyle Shanahan moonlighting Sunday as Chase Elliott’s gas man? Just when you thought once the Falcons gave back the Super Bowl that there could be no more variations on the theme of Atlanta-connected sports heartbreak, they ran the Daytona 500. There was young Chase Elliott, latest in the line of Dawsonville’s royal racing family, King’s Ridge Christian School class of 2014...
Photos: Jackets’ rally falls short at Notre Dame

Photos: Jackets’ rally falls short at Notre Dame

Georgia Tech’s late rally wasn’t enough to prevent an ACC loss at Notre Dame.
Aaron Blair’s first outing: bad starts, good finishes — so that’s progress

Aaron Blair’s first outing: bad starts, good finishes — so that’s progress

Braves pitcher Aaron Blair struggled in his first two innings of spring training Sunday but twice pitched out of jams, limiting Houston to one run.
Hawks waive Patterson after team, player agree on release

Hawks waive Patterson after team, player agree on release

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 was not on the bench for the game. According to a personal familiar with the situation, Patterson “will be fine.&rdquo...
Braves’ Ron Washington making most of chance after life nearly derailed

Braves’ Ron Washington making most of chance after life nearly derailed

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, shower, get some breakfast. Before I do anything else, I have to take care of Ron Washington.” He will turn...
Braves’ Blair shows growth, new slider in spring debut

Braves’ Blair shows growth, new slider in spring debut

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 the lead-off batters in both innings and subsequently allowed hits but limited the damage to one run. “That...
Falcons head for scouting combine

Falcons head for scouting combine

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 year’s combine that the Falcons laid the ground work for the draft that landed three defensive starters and the...
Braves ace Teheran sharp in spring debut

Braves ace Teheran sharp in spring debut

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 on Sunday. “A lot of off-speed on hitter’s count,” Freeman shouted playfully as Teheran talked to reporters...
Tough times behind, ahead for reeling Hawks

Tough times behind, ahead for reeling Hawks

It was not a good two days for the Hawks. They dropped games to the Heat and Magic on Friday and Saturday – teams that were a combined 46-70 and 24 games under .500. “All of us collectively need to find a way to be better,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said after a 105-86 loss to the Magic. “It’s important that it starts quickly.” The recent trouble has not just...
Photos: Washington’s presence felt in Braves’ spring training

Photos: Washington’s presence felt in Braves’ spring training

There aren't many third-base coaches that capture headlines during spring training. But Ron Washington isn't your average third-base coach.
Hawks in danger of missing playoffs — and would that be a bad thing?

Hawks in danger of missing playoffs — and would that be a bad thing?

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon dunks over Hawks forward Kent Bazemore in the first quarter of a game Saturday night in Orlando.
4 things to know before Georgia Tech-Notre Dame

4 things to know before Georgia Tech-Notre Dame

Georgia Tech players celebrate after defeating Notre Dame 62-60 in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan.
5 observations from Atlanta United’s preseason

5 observations from Atlanta United’s preseason

Atlanta United completed its preseason with many positives: Manager Gerardo’s Martino’s press looks like it can be effective. The players are developing chemistry. The roster pieces seem to fit together well with no obvious holes. The only negative to the preseason is in four games Atlanta United didn’t get to face a team with both were at their best. The MLS expansion team went...
Hawks more than late for bus in loss to Magic

Hawks more than late for bus in loss to Magic

Five observations from the Hawks’ 105-86 loss to the Magic Saturday. 1. Dennis Schroder did not start the game as he was a late scratch from the lineup. The starting point guard was late to the team bus to the arena Saturday. The tardiness came one day after he was suspended one game for failure to return in time from the All-Star break. “We continue to hold our entire roster, all of our...
Inside the box score: Magic 105, Hawks 86

Inside the box score: Magic 105, Hawks 86

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 105-86 loss to the Magic: Key players * Terrence Ross, just arrived from the Raptors, led all scorers with 24 points. He was 10 of 15 from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range. * Aaron Gordon had 18 points, including a number of impressive dunks. * Dwight Howard had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks. Key stat Howard picked up his third and...
Atlanta United 2, Charleston 1: What was said

Atlanta United 2, Charleston 1: What was said

Atlanta United defeated Charleston 2-1 on Saturday in the final game of the Carolina Challenge Cup. The team went 2-1 in the Cup and 3-1 in the preseason. Here’s what was said after the game: Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino “I thought the first half we played well. We moved the ball really well and we were very precise with our passing. The second half was more balanced...
Hawks embarrassed again in loss to lowly Magic

Hawks embarrassed again in loss to lowly Magic

The Hawks are reeling. At the wrong time. The Hawks trailed by as many as 21 points in a 105-86 loss to the Magic Saturday night at Amway Center. It was the Hawks third straight loss and all have come by a considerable margin. The last two losses, to the Heat and Magic, were against teams with a combined record of 46-70. That’s 24 games under .500. The Hawks (32-26) are sliding back in the standings...
Atlanta United 2, Charleston 1: 4 observations

Atlanta United 2, Charleston 1: 4 observations

Fielding a team featuring several inexperienced players, Atlanta United defeated Charleston 2-1 on Saturday in the finale of the Carolina Challenge Cup. Charleston is Atlanta United’s affiliate in the USL, which made for some interesting matchups because Romario Williams, an Atlanta United player, tied the game for Charleston just before the half. That offset a goal by Yamil Asad early in the...
Delaney starts over Schroder in late lineup change

Delaney starts over Schroder in late lineup change

The Hawks made a late change to their starting lineup before Saturday’s game against the Magic by inserting Malcolm Delaney for Dennis Schroder minutes before tipoff. The move was described as a coach’s decision. Schroder will play but just come off the bench. Schroder was suspended for Friday’s game against the Heat after he failed to return to the team on time following the All-Star...
Bazemore, young athlete share bond beyond uniform number

Bazemore, young athlete share bond beyond uniform number

There is a connection between John Michael Night and Kent Bazemore that goes well beyond the uniform No. 24. The two met last year when John Michael was at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center. The Orlando-area prep lacrosse star suffered a stroke. The paralyzing condition hit just weeks after John Michael was awarded an athletic and academic scholarship to Mercer College in Georgia. Through a family friend...
Atlanta United starting 11 for Charleston

Atlanta United starting 11 for Charleston

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for tonight’s game against Charleston in the final round of the Carolina Challenge Cup: Goalkeeper: Kyle Reynish Fullback: Mark Bloom Centerhalf: Miles Robinson Centerhalf: Anton Walkes Fullback: Mikey Ambrose Midfielder: Carlos Carmona Midfielder: Kevin Kratz Midfielder: Jacob Peterson Midfielder: Julian Gressel Midfielder: Andrew Carleton Striker: Yamil Asad
Rookies Morris, Jackson among impressive Braves relievers in opener

Rookies Morris, Jackson among impressive Braves relievers in opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After Anthony Recker’s two-run single highlighted a four-run fifth inning that put the Braves ahead, manager Brian Snitker was impressed by three relievers who combined for four scoreless innings to finish off a 7-4 Grapefruit League-opening win against the Blue Jays. Mauricio Cabrera threw four pitches clocked at 100 mph or higher in the sixth inning; Akeel Morris...
Colon feels good in spring opener, ‘I feel ready for the fight’

Colon feels good in spring opener, ‘I feel ready for the fight’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When you’ve pitched in the majors for two decades, the first start in spring training, be it good, bad or somewhere between, isn’t going to do much to move your emotional needle. And so, veteran Bartolo Colon seemed mostly indifferent about results from his two innings of work Saturday in his Braves debut, a 7-4 Braves win against the Blue Jays in a Grapefruit...
Daytona signals more big changes for racing

Daytona signals more big changes for racing

We went to a NASCAR race, and a hockey game broke out. Each new racing season introduces change; that is the one constant of the speed business. It mutates more than the flu virus, with a similar design of infecting the greatest number of humans possible. With Sunday’s Daytona 500, another genetically modified season will be born. There is a new title sponsor for stock-car racing’s major...
Reality of managing job still sinking in for Brian Snitker

Reality of managing job still sinking in for Brian Snitker

All this talk about the Braves just “getting better” isn’t playing well with the new manager. It’s like a financial planner telling a retiree over the early-bird special at Denny’s, “So if you put away $50 a week for the next 30 years, you’ll have yourself a nice little nest egg one day.” Brian Snitker laughed that Wilford Brimley-kind-of-laugh as he...
Photos: Braves pitching prospect Max Fried

Photos: Braves pitching prospect Max Fried

Photos: Braves celebrate a win in first spring game

Photos: Braves celebrate a win in first spring game

The Braves played the Blue Jays Saturday in spring training.
Braves claim former Gamecocks standout from Orioles

Braves claim former Gamecocks standout from Orioles

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves claimed first baseman/left fielder Christian Walker off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, adding a power hitter who likely will serve as insurance in case of an injury. Walker, who’ll turn 26 in March, hit 18 home runs each of the past two seasons at Triple-A Norfolk, and had four hits, including one homer in 27 at-bats, during brief major...
Well-travelled Ilyasova a wanted man with Hawks

Well-travelled Ilyasova a wanted man with Hawks

Ersan Ilyasova is a wanted man. That’s something for a player on his third team this season and fifth in the past two seasons. The Hawks had a list of targeted players leading up to the NBA trade deadline and Ilyasova was on it. The team acquired the power forward from the 76ers for Tiago Splitter on Wednesday, one day before the deadline, with each on expiring contracts. The deal had been in...
Hard work paying off for Braves third-base prospect Rio Ruiz

Hard work paying off for Braves third-base prospect Rio Ruiz

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It was 16 months ago here at Braves camp, during the fall Instructional League, when Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told third-base prospect Rio Ruiz that he needed to “take ownership of his career” and that he could start by getting in better shape. “I mean, there’s no beating around the bush, I was fat,” Ruiz said last...
Can NASCAR get its groove back?

Can NASCAR get its groove back?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back to racing for now – very good news for a sport in need of more. (Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
Sports biz week: More netting at SunTrust Park; Atlanta United TV deal

Sports biz week: More netting at SunTrust Park; Atlanta United TV deal

Six things we learned in Atlanta sports business this week: 1. Fans will get expanded protection from line-drive foul balls at the Braves’ new stadium. Protective netting will extend from behind home plate to the far end of both dugouts at SunTrust Park, Braves president of business Derek Schiller said. The netting will stop at the camera wells adjacent to the end of the dugouts. From directly...
Game Thread: Hawks at Magic

Game Thread: Hawks at Magic

Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) drives against Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) in the first half of n NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb.
No surprises Saturday in what looks like a solid Braves lineup

No surprises Saturday in what looks like a solid Braves lineup

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Braves manager Brian Snitker had given plenty of indications or hints that Dansby Swanson would bat second and newcomer Brandon Phillips would move into the middle of the order, and when lineup was posted for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener there were no surprises. That’s how it was laid out, with rookie phenom Swanson moving up to the second spot, between...
Elliott begins second season in familiar position — on Daytona 500 pole

Elliott begins second season in familiar position — on Daytona 500 pole

The Daytona 500 pole appears to be his in perpetuity, at least until someone brings a car that can honestly argue the point. He is part of a race team that is a more like a stable of thoroughbreds. He drives a car whose number, 24, is burned into the brain of racing fans as surely as their own birth dates. He already ranks top four in merchandise sales among his logo-laden brethren. With little ceremony...
Braves prospect Fried is back to being ‘a dude’ among pitchers

Braves prospect Fried is back to being ‘a dude’ among pitchers

Patrick Weigel was a 6-foot-6, hard-throwing high school senior in Ventura, Calif., in 2012, when a pair of prep pitchers, Max Fried and Lucas Giolito, from down the coast in Los Angeles were the top dogs. “Even when I was a senior in high school, him and Giolito — they were about 40 minutes from my high school — I didn’t play against them or anything, but growing up in my...
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