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The Braves’ quarterly report — a failed half-measure

Memorial Day marks the unofficial end of baseball’s first quarter. The Braves awoke Monday having lost four of five to slide to 21-27. They were tied with the Mets for the eighth-worst record in baseball. You couldn’t call a season that hasn’t seen the Braves above .500 for even a day a rousing success. You could, however, call it improvement. On Memorial Day 2016, the Braves were...


A birth defect gave him a gift: a nearly impossible-to-hit curveball

A birth defect gave him a gift: a nearly impossible-to-hit curveball

When he was young, Dylan Rosnick just wanted to play baseball, a simple enough request for a child growing up in the Loudoun County exurbs.  He wanted to tie his shoes, too, and hold a pencil the right way, and button his shirt, and brush his teeth. There's not a lot of guidance, though, for a child with Proteus syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects fewer than one in 1 million births worldwide...
Five things on to-do list for Hawks’ new GM

Five things on to-do list for Hawks’ new GM

A lengthy to-do list awaits Travis Schlenk. When he officially begins his duties as the Hawks new general manager and head of basketball operations on Thursday there will be franchise-altering decisions to make in the next two months. He inherits a roster with six unrestricted free agents, one restricted free agent and eight players under contract to varying degrees. The draft is June 22 and the Hawks...
Gressel shining again for Atlanta United

Gressel shining again for Atlanta United

Slot him in the middle as a holding midfielder. Slot him in the middle as an attacking midfielder. Slot him on the right as a wide midfielder. No matter the position, Julian Gressel is producing for Atlanta United. Since being moved to the right for the past three games, Gressel has scored twice and has two assists, both of those key passes coming in Sunday’s 3-1 win over NYCFC at Georgia Tech&rsquo...
MLS: Rounding up players from Georgia

MLS: Rounding up players from Georgia

How did players from Georgia perform last week for their MLS teams? How did players with ties to Georgia do in MLS last week? Mark Bloom, fullback, Atlanta United, Marietta Made the 18 but didn’t play in Sunday’s 3-1 win over NYCFC. - Andrew Carleton, midfielder, Atlanta United, Powder Springs Made the 18 and but didn’t play in Sunday’s 3-1 win over NYCFC. - Chris Goslin, midfielder...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: What was said

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: CARLOS BOCANEGRA Technical director On when we should expect Josef Martinez to return: “He is doing very well. He is back in training and it is up to the medical staff and our coaching staff to work together to manage his minutes. It is more about fitness with these guys...
LEADOFF: Season of streaks has Braves on 90-loss pace again

LEADOFF: Season of streaks has Braves on 90-loss pace again

The Braves carry a 21-27 record into their Memorial Day game against the Los Angeles Angels, better than at the same point last year but nevertheless on pace for a third consecutive season of 90-plus losses. The erratic way in which the Braves have assembled their current record has made the first two months of this season a constant roller-coaster. The Braves opened the season by losing six of their...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: By the numbers

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 3-1 win over NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Consecutive wins for Atlanta United for the second time this summer. - Shots for NYCFC’s David Villa. - More goals for Miguel Almiron. - Goals on three shots in the first half for Atlanta United. - Goals for Almiron in the past two games. - Goals this season for Almiron, who...
Braves’ Phillips leaves game with knee contusion

Braves’ Phillips leaves game with knee contusion

SAN FRANCISCO – As Braves players finished eating from the postgame spread and started dressing for the bus to the airport and flight to Anaheim, second baseman Brandon Phillips limped from the training room to his locker in shorts, his right knee wrapped from about six inches above to six inches below the joint. Right fielder Nick Markakis saw him and asked Phillips, “Kneecap?”...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 7: Got down low to his left to deny a good shot in the 36th minute. … Solid punch on a shot in the 80th minute … Nothing he could do on NYCFC’s goal. … Finished with two saves and his distrubtion was good for...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: 5 observations

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: 5 observations

Two more goals by Miguel Almiron and another by Hector Villalba led Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Almiron has scored five goals in the past two games to power the Five Stripes (5-4-3) to a second two-game winning streak this season. Atlanta United also improved to 3-2 at home and had its fifth consecutive sellout. Playing without...
Braves’ Dickey gives up 7 runs early, Giants cruise

Braves’ Dickey gives up 7 runs early, Giants cruise

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki corrected a reporter Saturday when it was suggested the veteran seemed more comfortable lately catching knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. “It’s a new adventure every time he goes out there,” Suzuki said. “Like (Dickey) said, he can find it in one inning, then lose it, and find it again. It’s pitch to pitch. I always say hopefully it’s nasty...
High school boys soccer player of the year

High school boys soccer player of the year

Achievements: Scored a school-record 27 goals this season, named Gwinnett County Striker of the Year and led Meadowcreek to the program’s first state title. Position: Striker Height/Weight: 5-foot-6, 138 pounds Class: Sophomore College choice: Undecided. College choices: I have not gotten that far in my process, yet. I am focused on finding my role with my Meadowcreek teammates, although my...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Man of the match

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Man of the match

My man of the match for Atlanta United following Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: MIGUEL ALMIRON Why: He scored two more goals, giving him five in the past two games and seven for the season. He leads the team. His goals on Sunday came in the 16th minute and 23rd minutes. “Playing with Julian (Gressel), Tito (Hector Villalba) and Yamil...
Atlanta United defeats NYCFC 3-1

Atlanta United defeats NYCFC 3-1

Two more goals by Miguel Almiron and another by Hector Villalba led Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Almiron has scored five goals in the past two games to power the Five Stripes (5-4-3) to their second two-game winning streak this season. The team also improved to 3-2 at home. Playing without manager Gerardo Martino, who was serving...
Teheran hopes current road prowess trumps past West woes

Teheran hopes current road prowess trumps past West woes

SAN FRANCISCO – When Julio Teheran faces the Angels in Monday’s series opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, it will be the 26th different team he’s faced in his major league career and 24th stadium. The Braves veteran will try to make sure his performance mirrors his previous road starts this season rather than many of his other starts against teams in the West. Teheran is 1-4 with...
Atlanta United starting 11 vs. NYCFC

Atlanta United starting 11 vs. NYCFC

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game at NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann Right fullback Tyrone Mears Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Left fullback Greg Garza Holding midfielder Carlos Carmona Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, three goals last week. Right midfielder Julian...
A break for Braves Monday? Angels star Mike Trout hurts thumb

A break for Braves Monday? Angels star Mike Trout hurts thumb

Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels left Sunday’s game in Miami shortly after spraining his left thumb while sliding head first into second base in the fifth inning. There was no immediate timetable regarding his return. Trout stole a base on the play and yelled in pain as he rose. He was examined by a trainer and stayed in the game and took the field in the...
Atlanta United player called into USMNT camp

Atlanta United player called into USMNT camp

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan was one of 27 players called into the U.S. men’s soccer team’s training camp ahead of three matches in June. Guzan has yet to train or play with Atlanta United. His season with Middlesbrough in the England’s Premier League ended last week. He will join the team in late June, but can’t play until the MLS summer transfer window opens on July...
Michael Vick says he hasn’t talked to Falcons about 1-day return

Michael Vick says he hasn’t talked to Falcons about 1-day return

Few people likely thought Michael Vick would ever be an Atlanta Falcon again -- in any capacity for any length of time. But the quarterback apparently has given it a lot of thought. A day after telling an Atlanta radio station that he has talked with the Falcons about signing a one-day contract and officially retiring with the team, Vick clarified by saying he has not spoken with anyone from...
‘Folty’ gives up 5 runs early, Braves lose to Giants

‘Folty’ gives up 5 runs early, Braves lose to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – If anyone figured the Braves would catch a break this series with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on the disabled list, Ty Blach had other ideas. Blach, the rookie left-hander filling in for the big lefty, did something of a Bumgarner impersonation by taking a three-hit shutout to the eighth inning in a 6-3 Giants win Saturday night before the 512th consecutive sellout crowd at...
5 things to watch at Falcons OTAs this week

5 things to watch at Falcons OTAs this week

The Falcons will start their organized team activities (non-contact practices), a week behind most other teams because they were cited for excessive contact last season, on Tuesday. The team had three OTA sessions taken away by the NFL. In addition to Tuesday, they will practice on Thursday and Friday, June 5-6 and June 8-9. The mandatory minicamp will be held June 13-15. Training camp is slated to...
Pitcher Garcia puts some Kemp hitting tips to good use

Pitcher Garcia puts some Kemp hitting tips to good use

SAN FRANCISCO – After Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the seventh inning of Friday night’s 2-0 win against the Giants, the left-hander gave credit to Matt Kemp for providing some recent hitting tips. “I don’t hit as much as other (pitchers) do between starts, but I like to talk to the hitting coach and some of the guys,” Garcia...
Dream clamp down to beat Sparks

Dream clamp down to beat Sparks

It’s no surprise that the Dream would have a day like Saturday, when scoring was so often a struggle, but Atlanta put the clamps on the Los Angeles Sparks and topped the defending WNBA champions 75-73 by defending. Emerging scorer Tiffany Hayes put up 24 points, continuing to grow her game in the absence of dynamic scorer Angel McCoughtry as she takes the season off after playing last season...
Braves Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: Jim Bunning was ‘a great American’

Braves Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: Jim Bunning was ‘a great American’

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. He was 85. Known as a no-nonsense pitcher who threw hard and knocked batters down when necessary, Bunning belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era. He became the first pitcher since...
Christopher Eubanks stopped in NCAA quarterfinals

Christopher Eubanks stopped in NCAA quarterfinals

Christopher Eubanks’ bid for an NCAA singles title ended in the quarterfinal round Saturday. The Georgia Tech junior lost to Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Athens. After splitting the first two sets with Kwiatkowski, Eubanks was broken early in the third and was not able to break back. Eubanks, who became just the fifth player in ACC history and the first in Tech history...
Former Braves pitcher Alex Wood is 6-0 with Dodgers

Former Braves pitcher Alex Wood is 6-0 with Dodgers

The Braves have made a lot of great trades in the last few years, adding Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, Matt Kemp, Brandon Phillips, Matt Adams and some top prospects. But one deal that hasn’t completely gone the Braves’ way came when they traded left-handed starting pitcher Alex Wood to the Dodgers in a 13-player, 3-team trade that brought  third baseman Hector Olivera to Atlanta...
High school girls tennis player of the year

High school girls tennis player of the year

Achievements: Was undefeated at No. 1 singles and helped Walton win its sixth consecutive state championship at the highest level of competition. Won two rounds at women’s pro tournament. Reached quarterfinals at U-18 Super Nationals. Five-star recruit. Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 160 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Signed to play at James Madison Why James Madison: The coach (James Bryce)...
Garcia does it with arm and bat in Braves’ 2-0 win over Giants

Garcia does it with arm and bat in Braves’ 2-0 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – When the Giants intentionally walked Dansby Swanson to put two runners on base with two out in the seventh inning of a scoreless game Friday night with pitcher Jaime Garcia on deck, Braves manager Brian Snitker could’ve brought in a pinch-hitter. He has plenty of times in similar situations this season, and to say with mixed results would be putting it kindly. But with...
Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Brandon Phillips really needs to pick up his game. Admittedly, he has been slacking off. Not giving his all. Disappointing the fans. Even his mother is on his case. “Since I’ve been here,” said the second baseman who joined the Braves this spring, “I haven’t been on Twitter as much as I want to. My mom said, ‘You got to get back on Twitter like you normally do....
Atlanta United: What goes into PKs?

Atlanta United: What goes into PKs?

One of the more exciting moments in a soccer game can often be the one that involves the least amount of action: the penalty kick. The penalty kick can cause an entire stadium of people to hold their breath as they begin to mentally work through the variables: Who will take the kick? Will he go left, right, or cheekily down the middle? Will he go low, middle or high? Will he hit it hard or soft? Will...
Pigskin pickin’: Tech and UGA both go 9-3; one wins its division

Pigskin pickin’: Tech and UGA both go 9-3; one wins its division

The Memorial Day weekend brings our annual long-range look at college football, guaranteed to ruin any backyard cookout. Without further ado, we dig in. Alabama will not win the national championship. It’s still the best program with the best coach and the best talent. It will again win the SEC. (I don’t see a challenger arising. Do you?) That said, I’m not sure Jalen Hurts, the...
Falcons’ offense set tone, now division rivals trying to copy script

Falcons’ offense set tone, now division rivals trying to copy script

The Falcons and their video-game offense last season led the NFL in touchdowns, points and percentage of games in which opposing defenses appeared to either hyperventilate, pass out or say, “To hell with it. I’m out of here.” They wound up in the Super Bowl. It follows that when Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht wrote the word “SPEED” on a grease board in his office...
Garcia’s return from DL pushed back; Ruiz’s stock rising

Garcia’s return from DL pushed back; Ruiz’s stock rising

SAN FRANCISCO – Adonis Garcia’s scheduled return from the disabled list has been pushed back several days, and when he’s back there will be a division of labor at third base between him and rookie Rio Ruiz, who’s earned playing time in the Braves’ view. That was the gist of manager Brian Snitker’s comments before Friday night’s game at San Francisco, the opener...
Dustin Peterson, Aaron Blair lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Dustin Peterson, Aaron Blair lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Braves prospect Dustin Peterson had three RBIs and Aaron Blair earned his third win as Gwinnett beat Syracuse 6-2 Friday in Triple-A play in Lawrenceville. Blair also had an RBI for the Braves (24-22). Pitching on his 25th birthday, Blair (3-3) tossed six strong innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. Blair’s ERA stands at 5.40.  Peterson...
Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks into NCAA quarters

Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks into NCAA quarters

Georgia Tech junior Christopher Eubanks fairly breezed into the quarterfinal round at the NCAA singles championships in Athens Friday. Eubanks, seeded fifth in the tournament, took care of Texas’ Yuya Ito 6-3, 6-0 to advance. He is the first Tech player to reach the NCAA singles quarters since Bryan Shelton, the former Tech women’s coach now at Florida, made it that far in 1988. Shelton...
Atlanta United benefits from finely crafted Grant Field turf

Atlanta United benefits from finely crafted Grant Field turf

Atlanta United, one of the fastest teams in MLS, has a home track to match. The expansion team speeds about Bobby Dodd Stadium on a surface that is pool-table flat and shaved close to the league-minimum length. “I think it’s a really great field,” said midfielder Kevin Kratz, who has played the majority of his career on the manicured pitches of Germany. “They had to renew it...
ESPN’s Mike Clay projects 10 wins for Falcons in 2017

ESPN’s Mike Clay projects 10 wins for Falcons in 2017

ESPN’s Mike Clay has been tweeting a series of NFL team projections this week, ranging from their won-loss record to a game-by-game breakdown and individual stats. Earlier this week, he touched on the Falcons. Clay expects quarterback Matt Ryan’s numbers to dip a bit, with 4,509 yards, 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, vs. his 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and 7 interceptions during his...
Falcons WR Julio Jones had 2016’s highest graded game among receivers

Falcons WR Julio Jones had 2016’s highest graded game among receivers

Falcons receiver Julio Jones received the highest game grade among all wide receivers in 2016, with a 99.1 grade for his 12-catch, 300-yard, 1-touchdown performance in a 48-33 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 4, according to a tweet from Pro Football Focus on Friday. The 300 receiving yards were a franchise record -- with Jones breaking his own mark of 259 yards -- and were a big part of quarterback...
Braves Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were at Richmond 30 years ago

Braves Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were at Richmond 30 years ago

For those who like to reminisce and maybe hope for better times for the Braves, the Richmond Times-Dispatch looked back Friday on the season 30 years ago when future Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz both featured in the Richmond Braves starting rotation. The prospects who would eventually become key cogs in a dynasty that won a World Series and 14 consecutive division titles weren&rsquo...

High school boys tennis player of the year

Boys tennis player of the year Jeremy Yuan, Northview High School Achievements: USTA ranked No. 9 Boys 18 Southern Region, rated as a five-star recruit. Second as individual and champion in doubles at USTA National Warm Up Tournament. Won five matches at USTA National Hardcourt Championships. Plays saxophone in school band and performs for local homeless shelter. Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 175 pounds...
Trek through post-Super Bowl psychological valley awaits Falcons

Trek through post-Super Bowl psychological valley awaits Falcons

In the wake of the most historic collapse in Super Bowl history, the Falcons, individually and collectively, must take a long walk through a psychological valley. Some have started and completed the trek. Others have put it off. Others will just try to move on to the 2017 season unabated. The Falcons are set to start Phase 3 of their offseason program with OTAs (non-contact practice) on Tuesday. After...
Please, let sun (or moon) shine in on Falcons

Please, let sun (or moon) shine in on Falcons

Pictured here outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay has some good stuff to stay lately about the new digs.
Atlanta United wants revenge against NYCFC

Atlanta United wants revenge against NYCFC

It admittedly was their worst performance of the season, but Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss to NYCFC less than a month ago may have been just what the team needed. Playing on the small pitch at Yankee Stadium, Atlanta United got away from the tactics that manager Gerardo Martino prefers: playing from the back, dominating possession. From the defeat, the expansion team re-committed itself to doing...
Theiler will manage Atlanta United against NYCFC

Theiler will manage Atlanta United against NYCFC

Because Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino was ejected from last week’s 4-1 win over Houston, assistant Jorge Theiler will manage the team from the sidelines in Sunday’s game against NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. The last contact Martino will have with the team will be the final technical discussion at the training complex in Marietta before the team buses to the...
Predicted 11 for Atlanta United vs. NYCFC

Predicted 11 for Atlanta United vs. NYCFC

If it’s not broke…. I think Atlanta United will start the same 11 on Sunday against NYCFC that it started in last week’s 4-1 win over Houston. Hector Villalba will lead the attack, with Miguel Almiron, fresh off his first hat trick, playing in support as an attacking midfielder. Yamil Asad and Julian Gressel, after arguably their best games, will fill in on the flanks. The defense...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday: SAINTS OFFSEASON CHAMPS: We asked y’all to vote on who won the offseason among the NFC South teams. Apparently, a lot of folks are impressed with the Saints signing of running back Adrian Peterson because they won in a landslide, followed by the Falcons, Buccaneers and Panthers....
Christopher Eubanks advances to third round at NCAA championship

Christopher Eubanks advances to third round at NCAA championship

Georgia Tech junior Christopher Eubanks is into the round of 16 at the NCAA singles championships for the first time in his career. Eubanks ousted Tulsa’s Or Ram-Harel 6-4, 7-5 Thursday in Athens, becoming the first Tech player to make it this far in the 64-player field since Guillermo Gomez in 2011. The fifth-seeded Eubanks, who was named ACC player of the year for the second season in a row...
One final loss closes out Georgia Tech’s forgettable season

One final loss closes out Georgia Tech’s forgettable season

Two days after losing in 13 innings, Georgia Tech lost in the conventional nine at the ACC Tournament Thursday, again with a most frustrating final act. The Yellow Jackets lost 5-4 to Wake Forest in Louisville, Ky., in its second and final pool-play game They led 4-1 going into the top of the ninth and were one strike away from salvaging a win before a wild pitch, triple and error delivered the game-tying...
Devon Gales, player paralyzed at UGA game, walks 12 steps with help

Devon Gales, player paralyzed at UGA game, walks 12 steps with help

With the help of two physical therapists and training equipment, Devon Gales, who suffered a significant neck injury while playing for Southern University against Georgia in the fall of 2015, walked on Thursday. Watch the inspiring video Gales Tweeted below: Gales was injured on a kickoff return collision with former Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan. Since then, Gales has been taken in by the Bulldogs...
High school gymnastics player of the year

High school gymnastics player of the year

Achievements: 2017 All-Around state champion and led West Forsyth to the school’s first team state title this year. Earned a 2016 Individual state champion on beam and vault. Recorded a perfect 10 on the vault at the 2017 state meet and is a 2017 Junior Olympic National Qualifier. Position: All-Around Height: 5-foot Class: Sophomore College choice: Committed to Missouri Why Missouri: I started...
Another bad day for Bartolo Colon in Braves loss

Another bad day for Bartolo Colon in Braves loss

A bad throw contributed to one run scored against Bartolo Colon. Some bad luck influenced another. But misfortune had little to do with the three-run homer Adam Frazier smashed against the Braves right-hander. That shot in the second inning turned a leak into a flood that sank Colon and the Braves early during a 9-4 defeat Thursday at SunTrust Park. “I definitely can’t put it on the defense...
Atlanta United loanees play well for Charleston

Atlanta United loanees play well for Charleston

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he didn’t get to watch the team’s loaned players who appeared in Charleston’s 1-0 win over Bethlehem on Wednesday. But he said it’s very important that they get playing time and that he hopes they appear in the Battery’s next game. Romario Williams, on loan for the season, scored the winning goal in the 32nd minute...
Braves’ strange homestand has familiar ending: Colon grease fire

Braves’ strange homestand has familiar ending: Colon grease fire

The Braves left for a 10-day road trip Thursday night, and it’s probably for the best because it is going to take everybody in Atlanta at least that long to process what just happened to the team on this homestand. Along the roller coaster we go … Freddie Freeman suffered a broken wrist. … Jason Motte was called a homophobic slur. … The Atlanta-Toronto hate quotient hadn&rsquo...
Former Braves great Dale Murphy announces new restaurant venture: Murph’s

Former Braves great Dale Murphy announces new restaurant venture: Murph’s

Former Braves great and two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy announced Thursday on Twitter that he’s opening a restaurant called Murph’s in June. Murph’s will be located in the 1 Gallera Parkway development at Cobb Galleria Centre, just across I-285 from SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta.  Murphy also tweeted pictures of some of the inside of the space, and of him working...
If not for Roof, Swillings wouldn’t have signed with Georgia Tech

If not for Roof, Swillings wouldn’t have signed with Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech signees Tre Swilling and Bruce Jordan-Swilling had one obvious reason to select Tech from the host of schools that offered them scholarships — their father, Pat, achieved legend status as a Yellow Jackets linebacker and is a proud Tech alumnus. But the brothers would tell you that the greater influence was their father’s teammate and close friend, defensive coordinator Ted...
Braves give autographed ball to boy after usher took his away

Braves give autographed ball to boy after usher took his away

After a SunTrust Park security guard confiscated a baseball from a boy during Wednesday night’s game, Braves officials contacted the boy’s family and gave him a Freddie Freeman-signed ball. The boy was also invited back to a game to celebrate his birthday in July. The security guard took the ball because the man who was with the boy interfered with a live play in order to bring the...
Martinez could make 18 for Atlanta United

Martinez could make 18 for Atlanta United

It wasn’t expressed with confidence, but Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said “We’ll see” when asked if Josef Martinez could return to the 18 for Sunday’s game against NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Martino said Martinez will be monitored Thursday, Friday and Saturday before a decision is made. Martinez didn’t train with the rest of the...
Kennesaw State carrying state hopes in NCAA golf

Kennesaw State carrying state hopes in NCAA golf

That it’s Kennesaw State — not your usual PGA Tour feeder school like Georgia or Georgia Tech — as the only state school in the NCAA men’s golf championships may be good for a raised eyebrow or two at a clubhouse near you. At KSU, the reaction follows more the satisfied-smile model. “It’s bragging rights, of course. I think it shows we’re right up there with...
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter apologizes for team tweet taunting Falcons

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter apologizes for team tweet taunting Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter opened his press conference Thursday by apologizing for a tweet from the team’s Twitter account that mocked the Falcons for their blown lead in February’s Super Bowl. The tweet in question came Monday morning, following the Bucs tweeting a promotion of their team-branded fidget spinner. The Falcons tweeted back to ask if the Bucs were nervous, and...
Mercedes-Benz lights up the new stadium

Mercedes-Benz lights up the new stadium

Mercedes-Benz USA held a ceremonial illumination of its logo and name on the new Falcons stadium Thursday. The company, which landed the stadium naming rights in August 2015, lit its iconic three-pointed star and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium script on the exterior of the $1.5 billion building for the first time at 6 a.m. The star and script appear in four areas on the stadium exterior. The stars are...
New Hawks GM Schlenk already focused on important upcoming decisions

New Hawks GM Schlenk already focused on important upcoming decisions

Travis Schlenk already is on the job. Although the start date for the Hawks’ new general manager and head of basketball operations is not until June 1, Schlenk arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday. A day ahead of the official announcement of his hire, Schlenk had dinner with head coach Mike Budenholzer. The two met again Thursday morning and have already started to go over the roster and the number...
Greg McGarity takes responsibility for Bulldogs’ struggles

Greg McGarity takes responsibility for Bulldogs’ struggles

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity, while acknowledging and taking responsibility for the underperformance of Georgia teams, and urged his athletic board to “not be distracted by those who seek to divide us.” UGA ranks 24th in the NCAA Director’s Cup all-sports standings, updated on Thursday. The school is in danger of finishing out of the top 20 for the first time in nearly...
Braves DFA Collmenter, recall Wisler from Gwinnett

Braves DFA Collmenter, recall Wisler from Gwinnett

The Braves designated right-hander Josh Collmenter for assignment hours he allowed seven runs in the 10th inning against the Pirates on Wednesday night. To fill the roster spot, the Braves recalled right-hander Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett. The Pirates broke a tie against Collmenter in the 10th inning for a 12-5 victory Wednesday. Gift Ngoepe knocked an RBI double, Josh Harrison hit a run-scoring...
NBA legend West endorsed Schlenk for Hawks’ GM

NBA legend West endorsed Schlenk for Hawks’ GM

Travis Schlenk has the full endorsement of Jerry West. That goes a long way. The Hawks announced the hire of Schlenk as the franchise’s new general manager Thursday. The 41-year-old Schlenk arrives after spending the past 12 years with the Golden State Warriors, the past five as assistant general manager. Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler spoke to West as part of the search process and got...
Hawks announce hire of Schlenk as new GM (updated)

Hawks announce hire of Schlenk as new GM (updated)

Travis Schlenk will get an early start at his new job. On the same day that the Golden State Warriors begin play in the NBA Finals, the organization’s third consecutive trip to the championship series, Schlenk will take over the Hawks. The Hawks announced the hire of Schlenk as the team’s new general manager and head of basketball operations Thursday. After Schlenk spent the past 12 seasons...
Arthur Blank says security a priority at Mercedes-Benz Stadium after Manchester attack

Arthur Blank says security a priority at Mercedes-Benz Stadium after Manchester attack

Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank appeared on Fox Business Network on Wednesday to discuss the security precautions Mercedes-Benz Stadium will take after the terror attack in Manchester, England.  Blank called Monday’s attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester a tragedy and said he has worked with security departments across the country and Homeland Security...
Falcons’ McKay: Stadium will ‘be ready to go Aug. 26’

Falcons’ McKay: Stadium will ‘be ready to go Aug. 26’

Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay strongly reiterated the organization’s plan, announced last month, to open Mercedes-Benz Stadium in late August. “We’ll be ready to go Aug. 26th,” McKay said in an interview that aired Thursday morning on Pro Football Talk Live on NBC Sports Radio. “The building is in a good place. We’re in the final stretches. With the...
Atlanta United: 4 questions about NYCFC

Atlanta United: 4 questions about NYCFC

Atlanta United will host NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. This will be the first rematch of the season for the Five Stripes after the boys in blue defeated them 3-1 at Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago. Since that defeat, Atlanta United (4-4-3) has tied Portland 1-1 and defeated Houston 4-1, while NYCFC (6-4-2) tied at Dallas 1-1, lost at Real Salt Lake 2-1 and won at Orlando...
Atlanta United: 5 questions with Andrew Carleton

Atlanta United: 5 questions with Andrew Carleton

Andrew Carleton, a 16-year-old native of Powder Springs, made his professional debut last week in Atlanta United’s 4-1 victory over Houston. He entered in the 86th minute to a raucous crowd and had one moment of excitement when he attempted to dribble away from DaMarcus Beasley. He didn’t get away. Carleton answered a few questions following Wednesday’s training session...
Falcons sign rugby star to practice squad for 2017

Falcons sign rugby star to practice squad for 2017

Alex Gray became the first English rugby union professional to leave the sport to attempt to make a NFL team after signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Four teams will carry an additional overseas player on their practice squads during the 2017 season as part of a new International Player Pathway program, the NFL announced Thursday. Gray, 26, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds. &ldquo...
LEADOFF: Here’s how many homes were watching Braves at 1:52 a.m.

LEADOFF: Here’s how many homes were watching Braves at 1:52 a.m.

So how many metro Atlanta households were watching on TV when Tuesday night’s/Wednesday morning’s rain-delayed Braves-Pirates game ended at 1:52 a.m.? About 7,200, based on Nielsen data. The final half-hour of the telecast posted a 0.3 rating on Fox Sports Southeast, meaning 0.3 percent of the roughly 2.41 million households in the Atlanta TV market were watching when the Braves and Pirates...
Pirates forge tie in ninth, pile on in 10th to beat Braves

Pirates forge tie in ninth, pile on in 10th to beat Braves

SunTrust Park has been tough on Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, among many other pitchers. Fill-in shortstop Jace Peterson’s botched defensive play on Wednesday made matters worse. Yet the hitter-friendly park and Peterson’s error had nothing to do with Teheran throwing Adam Frazier an 0-2 pitch that he could drive out of the park. Teheran was dominant after that mistake in the second...
Georgia golf notes

Georgia golf notes

Kennesaw State will be Georgia’s lone representative at the NCAA men’s golf championships. The Owls battled windy conditions to finish second at the College Grove (Tenn.) Regional, two shots behind Central Florida and tied with No. 2-ranked Vanderbilt and Clemson. It’s the best finish for the program at a regional qualifier and puts the Owls in the national championships for the...
Extended rehab assignment for Braves’ Garcia

Extended rehab assignment for Braves’ Garcia

Braves manager Brian Snitker said third baseman Adonis Garcia is scheduled to spend a few days on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett before he will be activated from the disabled list. Garcia has been on the 10-day DL since May 16 because of left Achilles tendinitis. He’s eligible to be added to the active roster Friday, but Snitker said Garcia would play for Gwinnett while the...
Family bond brought Swilling brothers to Georgia Tech

Family bond brought Swilling brothers to Georgia Tech

Seated around the kitchen table of their two-story home, Pat and Robin Swilling were having none of it. The Georgia Tech great, now a successful real estate developer, and his wife, practically rolled their eyes at two of their sons, Tre and Bruce. They were trying to impress upon a visitor how much, once they leave for college, their parents were going to miss the free labor they’ve been providing...
Braves great Dale Murphy is teasing fans on Twitter

Braves great Dale Murphy is teasing fans on Twitter

Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy (@DaleMurphy3) is teasing fans on Twitter with a change to his avatar that he’s gradually making less blurry as fans guess what it might be. The tease has fans going back and forth on what Murphy might be announcing soon via his Twitter account.  He’s already shot down guesses that he’s becoming the Braves’ Director of Player Development...
Falcons ranked NFL’s third-most talented team

Falcons ranked NFL’s third-most talented team

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt ranked the NFL’s 10 most talented teams, and the Falcons came in third in the league, along with being the top team in the NFC. “The Falcons’ roster is loaded with players who are the best in the NFL -- or close to it -- at their respective positions,” Brandt wrote, going on to cite receiver Julio Jones, quarterback Matt Ryan, Devonte Freeman and...
Falcons’ Mohamed Sanu had best slot catch rate in 2016

Falcons’ Mohamed Sanu had best slot catch rate in 2016

Atlanta Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu had the highest catch rate among NFL slot receivers during the 2016 season, according to a tweet from Pro Football Focus. Sanu’s 85.4% rate from the slot was 5.4 percentage points better than the second-best such rate, from the Bills’ Robert Woods and the Vikings’ Adam Thielen. That’s well over twice the gap from Woods and Thielen to fifth-best...
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