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Hawks’ Budenholzer has reaffirmed the obvious: He can coach

For anybody who is wondering how the Hawks have gone from playoff flat-lined to tied 2-2 in their series with the Washington Wizards, here are the three most pertinent metrics: Turnovers: They committed 39 in the first two games, but only 24 in the next two (points-off-turnovers differential: 15). Three-point shooting: They made only 11 in the first two games, but 21 in the next two (point differential...


Atlanta United: 5 questions with D.C. United beat reporter

Atlanta United: 5 questions with D.C. United beat reporter

Atlanta United will host D.C. United at 3 p.m. Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1 and can be heard on 92.9FM. Steven Goff, beat reporter for D.C. United and soccer for the Washington Post, answered five questions ahead of the game. You can follow Goff on Twitter at @SoccerInsider. A: The injury absence of playmaker Luciano Acosta in the first two matches...
Are the Braves as bad as they rank?

Are the Braves as bad as they rank?

Three sets of “power rankings” this week deem the Braves the worst team in the major leagues, at least for the moment.
Time set for Game 6 of Hawks-Wizards series

Time set for Game 6 of Hawks-Wizards series

Game 6 of the Hawks-Wizards Eastern Conference playoff series will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the NBA announced Tuesday night. The game, to be played at Philips Arena, will be televised by ESPNU and NBA TV. The first-round series is tied 2-2 going into Game 5 tonight in Washington, D.C. If necessary, Game 7 will be played in Washington on Sunday. Time and network are to be announced.
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Georgia

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Georgia

Georgia’s season to this point has been a largely forgettable assembly of 42 games, but the Bulldogs can find satisfaction from two in particular, including one played Tuesday night. Georgia used two fruitful turns at bat and an effective start from Kevin Smith to defeat Georgia Tech 7-5 at Russ Chandler Stadium. The win clinched the season series for the Bulldogs for the second season in a...
Georgia downs Georgia Tech, takes season series

Georgia downs Georgia Tech, takes season series

Georgia’s season has been a bit on the forgettable side, but the Bulldogs can claim the season series with Georgia Tech for the second year in a row. Georgia exploited two fruitful innings and an effective start from Kevin Smith to beat the Yellow Jackets 7-5 at Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium Tuesday night. The Bulldogs, last in the SEC in ERA (5.11 coming into Tuesday’s game), have...
Newcomb, Howard impress but Gwinnett Braves lose

Newcomb, Howard impress but Gwinnett Braves lose

Sean Newcomb pitched five shutout innings and Ryan Howard had a run-scoring single but the Gwinnett Braves lost to the host Rochester Red Wings 5-4 Tuesday night. Newcomb allowed two hits, walked four and struck out six. Rio Ruiz homered for Gwinnett (11-6). Fayette County native Niko Goodrum hit a two-run homer for Rochester (9-7). Howard was 1-for-4. His hit went to left field against a defensive...
Snitker on Braves’ 6-12 start: No need to blow it up

Snitker on Braves’ 6-12 start: No need to blow it up

NEW YORK – After being swept at Philadelphia and having an off day Monday in New York, the Braves had even more time to think about the disappointing 6-12 start to their season when their Tuesday night series opener against the Mets got rained out. But it wasn’t as if any of them was panicking or thinking about jumping off the Triborough Bridge. The Braves, with much the same cast of position...
Will diluted urine tests shake up NFL draft?

Will diluted urine tests shake up NFL draft?

Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers and Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster, who are both projected to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft, have flunked their NFL drug test for having diluted urine. Peppers’ agents contend that he was heavily hydrating, drinking eight to 10 bottles of water a day, at the combine because he flew in from San Diego and had to work out with the linebackers...
Braves-Mets rained out, makeup set for September

Braves-Mets rained out, makeup set for September

NEW YORK — The Braves’ scheduled series opener against the Mets on Tuesday night was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 25, with the first game set for 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Julio Teheran, who was set to pitch Tuesday, will instead start Wednesday against the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard. The Mets planned to start Robert Gsellman on Tuesday, but will instead...
5 players on the Falcons’ radar screen

5 players on the Falcons’ radar screen

For the Falcons’ personnel men, this time of the year is like Christmas. Some of the scouts have been on the road for about 200 days trying to find more talent for the defending NFC champions. With all of the information gathered, the Falcons are considering their options heading into the NFL draft, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Philadelphia. “We have a few more days to continue...
Ressler won’t second-guess contracts of Howard, Bazemore

Ressler won’t second-guess contracts of Howard, Bazemore

This summer, the Hawks committed $140 million to Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore. Principal owner Tony Ressler is not about to second-guess those sizeable contracts, though they have been the subject of much fan angst during an up-and-down season and even now during the Hawks’ playoff run. The Hawks evened their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals playoff series against the Wizards...
Braves bring Adams up from Triple-A, DFA d’Arnaud

Braves bring Adams up from Triple-A, DFA d’Arnaud

Seeking to add some power to an underperforming and punchless bench, the Braves brought up veteran minor league outfielder Lane Adams from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday and designated for assignment the contract of utility player Chase d’Arnaud. Adams, 27, hit .333 with four home runs, six stolen bases, a team-high 16 RBIs and a .940 OPS in 13 games at Gwinnett, after signing with the Braves...
MLS Players Union releases salaries

MLS Players Union releases salaries

The MLS Players Union released the salaries for its members today. Here are the salaries for Atlanta United’s players as of April 15. It’s important to note, according to the site, “These figures include compensation from each player’s contract with MLS. They do not include any compensation from any contracts with individual teams or their affiliates.” Player/2017...
Braves ‘fast-forward’ 19-year-old pitchers

Braves ‘fast-forward’ 19-year-old pitchers

Kolby Allard grabs the return throw from his catcher and then quickly steps back on the rubber to get his next sign. The 19-year-old Atlanta Braves prospect pitches with a swift pace — almost bordering on impatience — that suggests there’s somewhere else he’d rather be.  Even as a teenager, he's in a hurry to get to Atlanta.  “Like our pitching coordinator always...
Atlanta United’s Pirez a center forward who plays centerhalf

Atlanta United’s Pirez a center forward who plays centerhalf

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez runs onto the ball about 30 yards from his own goal and sprints down the field. The centerhalf dribbles for 10 yards. Umm, when is he going to pass and go back to defense? He dribbles for 10 more yards. Still no sign of passing. He passes midfield, faking out two players as he steams toward the opponent’s penalty box, a place he would typically only be on corner kicks...
Falcons exercise 5th-year option on Matthews

Falcons exercise 5th-year option on Matthews

The team exercised the fifth-year option on left tackle Jake Matthews on Tuesday. Matthews, who was selected sixth in the first round of the 2014 draft, has played in 47 regular-season games, all starts. He missed one game his rookie season. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said after the pre-draft news conference Thursday that the team planned to exercise the option. Matthews originally signed...
Why traffic to Atlanta Hawks game Friday could be far worse than usual 

Why traffic to Atlanta Hawks game Friday could be far worse than usual 

Update:    If necessary, Game 7 will be played in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Time and network are to be announced. Grappling with game day traffic is rarely a breeze for Atlanta Hawks fans heading to Philips Arena (though later start times this season seemed to help). But Friday could present particularly bad traffic conditions because President Donald Trump will be addressing...
Hawks owe Warriors thank you after Calderon stepped up big in Game 4

Hawks owe Warriors thank you after Calderon stepped up big in Game 4

The letter may already be in the mail. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer joked he might need to send a thank-you note to the Warriors for the circumstances that landed Jose Calderon in Atlanta. In the most poignant moments of the veteran point guard’s eight weeks with the team, Calderon provided a spark and quality minutes in the Hawks’ 111-101 win over the Wizards in Monday night’s Game...
On this day, Falcons history changed with discovery of Michael Vick’s dogs

On this day, Falcons history changed with discovery of Michael Vick’s dogs

On April 25, 2007, the unimaginable happened. A drug investigation involving a cousin of Michael Vick led authorities to a residence in Virginia owned by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. What they discovered was animal neglect. Police found about dozens of dogs, some heavily scarred, and various paraphernalia associated with dog fighting. It was supposed to be a momentous week for Vick....
Time set for Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards

Time set for Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The game time was set after the Warriors swept the Trail Blazers to end their series Monday night. The Hawks and Wizards will be the first game of a TNT double-header to be followed by Game 5 of the Bulls-Celtics series at 8:30 p.m. With the Hawks and Wizards...
MLS Power Poll: Week 8

MLS Power Poll: Week 8

My weekly MLS Power Poll is out. As with player ratings, this is just meant to start conversation and not to be taken too seriously. Here we go: 1. Dallas (4-0-2) Last week: 1. Result: 1-0 win over Sporting KC. They are the last unbeaten team in MLS with the second-highest point-per-game total in the league (2.33). Next game: vs. Portland, 8 p.m. Saturday, MLS Live. - 2. Orlando (5-1-0) Last week...
Why Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with the roof closed

Why Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with the roof closed

Good morning. This is Leadoff, the early buzz in Atlanta sports. Chick-fil-A Kickoff game officials aren’t worried about whether the retractable roof on Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open when the college-football event is played there for the first time. That’s because they already have decided to play the Alabama-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Tennessee games on Labor Day weekend with the...
How the Hawks’ confidence remained with series-tying win over Wizards

How the Hawks’ confidence remained with series-tying win over Wizards

Five observations from the Hawks’ 111-101 victory over the Wizards in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday. 1. The Hawks were still in a must-win situation. They did not want to return to Washington, D.C. down 3-1 with the Wizards on the verge of clinching the series. Now, it’s the best of three. “This game was very important for us,” Dwight...
Inside the box score: Hawks 111, Wizards 101

Inside the box score: Hawks 111, Wizards 101

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 111-101 victory over the Wizards in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday. Key players * Dwight Howard had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks. * Jose Calderon came off the bench with Dennis Schroder in foul trouble and had 10 points and five assists and was a plus-29 in...
The Hawks pull even, but it feels like they’re ahead

The Hawks pull even, but it feels like they’re ahead

Long ago, Red Holzman, then the New York Knicks’ coach, offered this pearl of wisdom to Larry Merchant, then a writer for the New York Post: “The odd-numbered games of a series are important; the even-numbered games are critical.” Game 4 of Hawks-Wizards met the criterion for critical, and darned if it didn’t feel fairly eventful. The Hawks could have lost big but won 111-101...
Hawks rally to even series with Wizards

Hawks rally to even series with Wizards

Who’s crying now? The Hawks protected home court for a second consecutive game for a 111-101 victory against the Washington Wizards in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday at Philips Arena. The series is tied at 2 and moves back to Washington, D.C., for Game 5 on Wednesday. There will be a Game 6 at Philips Arena on Friday. The Hawks went on a 14-5 fourth quarter...
It’s playoff time, and Dwight Howard has had little effect

It’s playoff time, and Dwight Howard has had little effect

The surprise wasn’t that the Hawks trailed the Wizards 2-1 heading into Monday’s Game 4 of Round 1. The Wiz were the higher seed; they’re supposed to be leading. Nor was it shocking that Paul Millsap, the most circumspect of souls, had gotten dragged into a spitting fight (minus the actual spittle) with Markieff Morris. These are the playoffs. Stuff happens. What should have been...
Braves anticipate better results for ‘very talented’ Dansby Swanson

Braves anticipate better results for ‘very talented’ Dansby Swanson

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has made just 219 plate appearances in the major leagues. That’s too few to draw any real conclusions about his effectiveness as a hitter. Yet Swanson’s high profile as one of baseball’s top prospects means his poor results so far this season, after good results in 2016, have drawn attention. The team’s offensive struggles, with Swanson hitting...
Pre-draft look at Georgia Tech’s Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon

Pre-draft look at Georgia Tech’s Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon

The Pittsburgh Steelers liked two Georgia Tech draft prospects enough to bring them in for visits. Defensive linemen Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon both traveled to Pittsburgh last week to visit the Steelers headquarters, visits that typically include interviews with coaches and draft decision makers. Both Gamble and Kallon figure to either be signed as undrafted free agents or possibly selected...
Atlanta United sells out D.C. United game

Atlanta United sells out D.C. United game

Atlanta United announced on social media that Sunday’s game against D.C. United is sold out, the third in as many home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The team sold and distributed more than 55,000 tickets for the inaugural game against New York Red Bulls and 45,000 for the game against Chicago on March 18. It has the highest total attendance (home and away) in MLS with more than 239,000 tickets...
Georgia Tech trying to turn corner against Bulldogs

Georgia Tech trying to turn corner against Bulldogs

After losing six consecutive ACC series, Georgia Tech ended its slide by beating Virginia Tech this past weekend. The Yellow Jackets can continue their recovery Tuesday night in a most satisfying manner, by beating Georgia at Russ Chandler Stadium. “I would say probably for the last couple weeks, we have played better for the most part, and in all phases,” coach Danny Hall said. It has...
Braves trade pitcher David Hernandez to Angels

Braves trade pitcher David Hernandez to Angels

The Braves traded veteran right-hander David Hernandez to the Angels on Monday for cash or a player to be named later. Hernandez’s contract includes an opt-out on May 1. The Braves decided to get something in return for Hernandez once they decided he doesn’t fit in their plans. Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Braves during spring training after asking for his release...
Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with stadium roof closed

Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with stadium roof closed

Chick-fil-A Kickoff officials aren’t worried about whether the retractable roof on Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open when the college-football event is played there for the first time. That’s because they’ve already decided to play the Alabama-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Tennessee games on Labor Day weekend with the roof closed to eliminate the variable of weather. “Most definitely...
Activist applauds UGA’s decision to release recruit after arrest

Activist applauds UGA’s decision to release recruit after arrest

Brenda Tracy, a survivor of a rape by four Oregon State football players nearly decades ago, has become an activist against sexual violence, speaking to players and coaches across the country. On Friday night, she spoke to the Georgia football team. The next night, after UGA’s spring game, signee D’Antne Demery was arrested and charged with simple battery and criminal trespass...
Georgians in MLS: Round 8

Georgians in MLS: Round 8

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 Saturday’s 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. - Andrew Carleton, midfielder, Atlanta United, Powder Springs Didn’t make the 18 because he is off with the U.S. for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. - Chris Goslin, midfielder, Atlanta United...
Several Georgia grown players ready for NFL draft

Several Georgia grown players ready for NFL draft

About a month ago, general manager Thomas Dimitroff asked Steve Szabo, the team’s director of college scouting, to come into his office and mark up the entire draft board. “We asked him about all of the guys who were Georgia natives,” Dimitroff said. “It was pretty neat to see how much talent was on that board from this state.” Several players from Georgia are slated...
Top 10 safeties in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 safeties in the 2017 NFL draft

Here are the top 10 safety prospects (with projected draft round) for the 2017 NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia: Malik Hooker, 6-foot, 1-inch and 206 pounds, Ohio State (first): With Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell gone to the NFL, Hooker became a starting safety last season and emerged as an All-American. He led the Big Ten with seven interceptions...
Hawks notes: Schroder wants to work with Wall in offseason

Hawks notes: Schroder wants to work with Wall in offseason

Dennis Schroder and John Wall have done plenty of on-court trash talking during the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards. Schroder hopes there will be more civil dialog following the season. The Hawks young point guard said he has learned a lot from his All-Star Wizards counterpart and would like to continue to do so this summer. Schroder said he has approached...
Amidst war of words, Millsap enjoying every minute of playoff series

Amidst war of words, Millsap enjoying every minute of playoff series

Paul Millsap is having fun. Despite being called a crybaby. The Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards has featured one dramatic turn after another. It’s enough to make the most ardent soap opera viewer jealous. The NBA postseason often features physical battles and increased trash talk but this series has reached another level. Millsap has been at the center...
Ressler says ‘every effort imaginable’ to keep Millsap

Ressler says ‘every effort imaginable’ to keep Millsap

Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler says has every intention of re-signing Paul Millsap. The team held on to their four-time All-Star at the NBA trade deadline despite a swing of strategy that went from just listening to potential offers to actively pursuing a deal before pulling him off the trade block altogether. Ressler said a deal seeking his final approval to trade Millsap never reached his desk...
Falcons are not looking for ‘angelic’ souls

Falcons are not looking for ‘angelic’ souls

The Falcons are in the final stages of rating and stacking players on their board for the NFL draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who has been involved domestic violence case, is not on the team’s draft board, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution learned. This was no random decision. The Falcons, even though they drafted cornerback...
UGA cuts ties with football signee after arrest

UGA cuts ties with football signee after arrest

Georgia announced that football signee D’Antne Demery has been released from his letter of intent after the offensive lineman’s Saturday night arrest on 2 misdemeanor charges, 1 of which was simple battery. The news came just over an hour after Demery was released on bond from the Athens-Clarke County jail. Demery was charged with simple battery and criminal trespass after an incident...
Brandon Phillips is latest No. 2 hitter for Braves

Brandon Phillips is latest No. 2 hitter for Braves

Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips is the latest player to hit second in the lineup as manager Brian Snitker seeks consistent production in front of streaking slugger Freddie Freeman . Adonis Garcia hit second over the past three games after Dansby Swanson was moved down to No. 8 in the order. Garcia wasn’t in the lineup for the first time this season on Sunday...
Vazquez with dream debut for Atlanta United

Vazquez with dream debut for Atlanta United

Atlanta United’s Brandon Vazquez had an MLS debut to remember in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake at beautiful Rio Tinto Stadium. The 18-year-old not only made his first 18, not only saw first minutes of action, but also scored his first goal in the game’s dying seconds to ensure that Atlanta United earned five points from its four consecutive road games. “It was an incredible...
Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: Player ratings

Player ratings for Atlanta United following Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 7: Really couldn’t do anything to prevent Real Salt Lake’s goal. Only had to make one save. His long passing didn’t look particularly good, but Real Salt Lake was climbing on the backs of his targets. Did receive a yellow card for time-wasting, his...
UGA football signee arrested in Athens

UGA football signee arrested in Athens

UGA signee D’Antne Demery was arrested late Saturday night after his girlfriend alleged that Demery had grabbed her on the back of her neck, pushed here against a wall and grabbed her by the hair, according to a statement from Athens-Clarke County police. Demery was arrested on one count of criminal trespass and one count of simple battery, both of which are misdemeanors, and remained in jail...
Braves recall pitcher Matt Wisler from Gwinnett

Braves recall pitcher Matt Wisler from Gwinnett

The Braves recalled right-hander Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett and will pitch him out of the bullpen starting with today’s game against the Phillies. Wisler has made three starts this season for Gwinnett. He provides the Braves another long-relief option to go along with Josh Collmenter, and Braves manager Brian Snitker said both pitchers also can be used in short relief. To make room on...
Top 10 cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

Here are the top 10 cornerback prospects (with projected draft round) for the NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia: Marshon Lattimore, 6-foot, 193 pounds, Ohio State (first):He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the scouting combine. He played in 20 games with 13 starts for the Buckeyes. He led the Buckeyes in passes defended...
Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: By the numbers

Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium: 0 Red cards given to Atlanta United’s players. - 1 goal in Brandon Vazquez’s first MLS action. It came in the 96th minute. - 1.57 Points per game for Atlanta United this season. - 2 Massive mistakes by Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando that...
Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: What was said

Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium: ATLANTA UNITED MANAGER GERARDO MARTINO On the key to defeating Real Salt Lake “The key tonight is we capitalized on our opportunities. We had two chances to score. One we pressured them and forced them to make two mistakes and one came on a counter-attack...
Jordan Woods explains transfer decision

Jordan Woods explains transfer decision

Jordan Woods, the Georgia Tech freshman defensive end who left the team this past week , said he had been considering transferring for a while but only reached his final decision in recent days. “It’s been a while since I made the decision, but I wanted to give spring (practice) a try,” Woods said. One of the most sought-after members of...
Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: Man of the match

Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: Man of the match

The man of the match for Atlanta United after Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium: MIGUEL ALMIRON Midfielder Why: Though he was credited with just one assist, coming on Yamil Asad’s goal, it was his pass that led to Hector Villalba’s goal that opened the scoring in the ninth minute, and his pass to Julian Gressel, whose pass led to Brandon Vazquez’s...
Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: 5 observations

Atlanta United 3, Real Salt Lake 1: 5 observations

With help from two poor passes by Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Atlanta United picked up a 3-1 win on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium and will come home with a respectable five points from its four-game road stretch. It wasn’t a complete performance by the MLS expansion team, but goals from Hector Villalba in the first half and Yamil Asad and Brandon Vazquez in the second were enough...
Braves lose fifth straight on Phillies’ walk-off in 10th

Braves lose fifth straight on Phillies’ walk-off in 10th

Second baseman Brandon Phillips gave the Braves the lead with a one-run double on Saturday. After the Phillies took it back, Phillips homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game and the Braves took a one-run lead in the 10th. But Braves closer Jim Johnson couldn’t survive a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the 10th. The Phillies hit three consecutive singles, two of them...
Ryan Howard reaches base four times in Gwinnett Braves debut

Ryan Howard reaches base four times in Gwinnett Braves debut

Veteran first baseman Ryan Howard had two hits and reached base four times in his first game with the Gwinnett Braves Saturday night in Lawrenceville.  Howard was 2-for-2 (both singles), had an RBI, was hit by a pitch and was walked intentionally as the Triple-A Braves (11-5) beat Pawtucket 5-2. Howard, 37, was signed by the Braves to a minor league contract on April 6.  Howard played...
How the Hawks got a must-win despite ‘crybaby’ accusations

How the Hawks got a must-win despite ‘crybaby’ accusations

Five observations from the Hawks’ 116-98 victory over the Wizards in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Saturday. 1. It’s personal now. The playoff series has been chippy from the start. Paul Millsap said the Wizards were playing Mixed Martial Arts after Game 1. The war of words escalated from there. Millsap and the Wizards’ Markieff Morris have been at the...
Inside the box score: Hawks 116, Wizards 98

Inside the box score: Hawks 116, Wizards 98

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 116-98 victory over the Wizards in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Saturday: Key players * Paul Millsap had 29 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal to lead the Hawks. * Dennis Schroder had 27 points, 20 in the first half, and nine assists for the Hawks * John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points and seven assists...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Real Salt Lake

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Real Salt Lake

The starting 11 for Atlanta United for Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann Right fullback Tyrone Mears Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst Left fullback Greg Garza Midfielder Carlos Carmona Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz Right midfielder Hector Villalba Left midfielder Yamil Asad Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron Forward...
The Hawks hit back, which means this is now a series

The Hawks hit back, which means this is now a series

There never was a reason this shouldn’t be a series. These were the Wizards, for Pete’s sake, not the Warriors or the LeBrons. They’re a No. 4 seed with no 21st Century history of significant playoff achievement. We know the Hawks aren’t great, but the Wizards aren’t either. And yet: After two games, Washington was halfway to Round 2 and acting sassy. Update: After three...
Hawks back in series with wire-to-wire win in Game 3

Hawks back in series with wire-to-wire win in Game 3

Wire to wire. The Hawks find themselves back in their playoff series with the Wizards. Just like that. The Hawks led by as many as 25 points en route to a 116-98 victory in the Eastern Conference first-round series Saturday at sold-out Philips Arena. The Wizards lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 at Philips Arena at 8 p.m. Monday. Paul Millsap spoke loudly — with his play. The Hawks&rsquo...
Eason improving, but spring game isn’t time for excessive analysis

Eason improving, but spring game isn’t time for excessive analysis

Last year there were 93,000 bodies in the stadium for a spring game. There was a buzz about the new coach and the new quarterback. There was a pregame mini-concert by Ludacris, whose appearance came with a price tag of $65,000 and a 42-item rider that included cognac, condoms, fruit rollups and two gardenia-scented candles (because he’s got class). But things are kind of back to normal in 2017...
SEC spring football capsules

SEC spring football capsules

New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has quarterback Jalen Hurts, running back Bo Scarbrough and receiver Calvin Ridley to build around. Junior college transfer Isaiah Buggs, a defensive end, already has caught the eye of coach Nick Saban as the Crimson Tide moves on from the Jonathan Allen era. Quarterback Austin Allen has had to find new options in the passing game following the loss of receivers...
ACC spring football capsules

ACC spring football capsules

The Eagles capped last season with a victory in the Quick Lane Bowl. They hoped to carry that momentum into the spring. But that hasn’t happened, as injuries have ravaged numerous units, particularly the offensive line, the receivers and the linebackers. Coach Steve Addazio told the media last week he had been pleased with his team’s progress. The battle to replace Deshaun Watson will...
Hawks notes: Schroder fighting urge to trash talk

Hawks notes: Schroder fighting urge to trash talk

There is a war of words going on between point guards in the series and Dennis Schroder is right in the middle of it. The Wizards’ John Wall and Schroder have been seen exchanging words throughout the first two games of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Schroder said it’s just a part of the game — especially his game. “He talking,” Schroder said. &ldquo...
Georgia Tech’s Jordan Woods leaves team

Georgia Tech’s Jordan Woods leaves team

Georgia Tech freshman defensive end Jordan Woods has left the team. Woods made the decision this past week as the Yellow Jackets completed spring practice. Woods was among the more highly regarded members of Tech’s 18-member 2016 signing class. He was the only member of the class to be accorded a four-star ranking from Rivals. He turned down Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and Georgia, among...
Falcons receiver Gabriel signs $2.8 million contract

Falcons receiver Gabriel signs $2.8 million contract

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel signed his second-round tender worth $2.81 million Saturday. Gabriel, after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns, emerged as the Falcons’ No. 3 wide receiver last season while making $510,000. He added a spark to the offense with his speed and toughness. As the third receiver behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, Gabriel finished with 35 catches for 579 yards...
Top 10 linebackers in the 2017 NFL draft

Top 10 linebackers in the 2017 NFL draft

Here are the top 10 linebacker prospects (with projected draft round) for the NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia: Reuben Foster, 6-foot and 229 pounds, Alabama (first round): Has had a stormy pre-draft season starting with getting kicked out of the scouting combine and culminating with a flagged drug test. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock doesn’t believe Foster&rsquo...
Braves have interest in Cuban outfielder

Braves have interest in Cuban outfielder

The Braves were among baseball’s biggest spenders on international free agents last summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re tapped out and unwilling to spend more in that area. Enter Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert, a 19-year-old slugger who was declared a free agent last week and is considered to be advanced for his age — he’s reportedly 6-foot-3 and powerfully...
Hawks’ Ressler says he makes final decisions, confident in front office

Hawks’ Ressler says he makes final decisions, confident in front office

Tony Ressler walked into the interview as he would walk into any business meeting — prepared, confident and holding a yellow legal pad with a page full of notes. It’s the two-year anniversary of Ressler’s purchase of the Hawks and not everything is moving along to his satisfaction. The team’s win total has dropped each of the past two seasons, and it lost the first two games...
Ressler: No changes to Hawks’ front-office structure

Ressler: No changes to Hawks’ front-office structure

Tony Ressler doesn’t foresee changes to the Hawks’ front office despite a win total that has decreased in each of the two seasons that he has owned the team and set up the current hierarchy. He likes how the team is positioned and its future despite his frustration with the regression. The Hawks principal owner spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday about a number of issues...
What Georgia Tech players said after the spring game

What Georgia Tech players said after the spring game

Comments after Friday’s spring game from linebacker Brant Mitchell, kicker Shawn Davis, quarterback TaQuon Marshall, B-backs KirVonte Benson and Brady Swilling and safety A.J. Gray. “One major point that I’ve been trying to work on is my pass rush. It’s been a big emphasis with me in using my hands. I think as our d-line’s concerned, we’ve got a lot of guys rushing...
What Paul Johnson said after the Georgia Tech spring game

What Paul Johnson said after the Georgia Tech spring game

Comments from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson following Friday night’s spring game at Bobby Dodd Stadium “It was kind of a fun game. I think our guys flew around and had some fun. We got more people dinged in that little spring game than we have all spring. It was the dangedest thing I’ve ever seen. Hopefully none of it was serious.” “They didn’t play as well tonight...
Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards at either 6 or 7 p.m.

Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards at either 6 or 7 p.m.

If Game 5 is necessary in the Hawks playoff series against the Wizards it will tip off at either 6 or 7 p.m. Wednesday. The NBA released Game 5 scenarios Friday night. Those including a Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards are as follows: * If Game 5’s are necessary in the Hawks-Wizards and the Warriors-Trail Blazers series then the Hawks...
Georgia Tech spring game: Gold 21, White 16, precipitation 0

Georgia Tech spring game: Gold 21, White 16, precipitation 0

No one appeared to suffer serious injury and the evening was pleasant. For those reasons, Georgia Tech’s spring game Friday night went into the books as a success. The gold team, comprised of the second-team offense and the first-team defense, won 21-16 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in a scrimmage characterized by intermittent offense with both defenses generally controlling play. A key component of...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

No one appeared to suffer serious injury and the evening was pleasant. For those reasons, Georgia Tech’s spring game Friday night went into the books as a success. The gold team, comprised of the second-team offense and the first-team defense, won 21-16 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in a scrimmage characterized by intermittent offense with both defenses generally controlling play. A key component of...
With Johnson and Tech, we know what we’re getting (in a good way)

With Johnson and Tech, we know what we’re getting (in a good way)

This will be Paul Johnson’s 10th season at Georgia Tech. He’s the longest-serving Institute football coach since Bobby Dodd, after whom the stadium is named. By now, we know what we’re getting with Johnson’s Yellow Jackets, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. We know that they’ll run his offense. We know he’ll fuss on the days they don’t run it well...
At the plate, Freeman looks to be shiftier than any defense

At the plate, Freeman looks to be shiftier than any defense

Title this one Freddie Freeman vs. the Freak Defense: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Shift. As the Braves’ first baseman goes about his torrid April, hitting over .400, he as much as any player in the majors is mocking the fad of tilting the infield — utilizing three gloves on one side of the diamond — to mess with a pull-hitter’s Zen. “Put four guys on...
Harrison Butker: ‘I’m optimistic going into draft weekend’

Harrison Butker: ‘I’m optimistic going into draft weekend’

I’ll never forget Jan. 30 of this year. It was a Monday. I had just finished an evening kicking workout. I checked my email and was stunned. It was an official invitation to the NFL Draft Combine. It was a pretty surreal moment, as I realized I’d have the opportunity to show all 32 NFL teams what I’m capable of doing. I knew it was going to be the biggest opportunity of my life....
5 things Kennesaw State needs to work on for next season

5 things Kennesaw State needs to work on for next season

With all spring football activities concluded, the Kennesaw State football team learned a lot about itself. Coach Brian Bohannon thinks experience is the biggest positive with preseason camp on the horizon. “For the first time, we do have a lot of guys that have played college football,” Bohannon said. “We have more depth than we’ve ever had here. I hope another positive thing...
Braves executives reflect on SunTrust Park’s opening homestand

Braves executives reflect on SunTrust Park’s opening homestand

On the last night of the first homestand at SunTrust Park, two Braves executives — both of them immersed in the stadium project for years — expressed satisfaction and exhilaration about the ballpark’s opening week. Mike Plant, the Braves’ president of development, and Derek Schiller, the team’s president of business, reviewed the homestand in a joint interview Thursday...
Q&A: Atlanta United’s Mark Bloom

Q&A: Atlanta United’s Mark Bloom

Mark Bloom grew up in Cobb County, playing soccer in youth leagues before going on to star at Lassiter High and then Berry College in Rome. He broke into MLS with Toronto in 2013, making 40 starts in three seasons. The 29-year-old was acquired by MLS expansion team Atlanta United in a trade and got his first start in last week’s 2-1 loss at Montreal. Bloom, a right fullback, held his own in...
Freeman homers but Braves lose fourth straight

Freeman homers but Braves lose fourth straight

Freddie Freeman is off to a great start to the 2017 season but, through little fault of his own, it’s not as good as it could be. The Braves first baseman hit his seventh home run of the season on Friday but, as usual, the bases were empty. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson held the Braves to three hits with no walks over seven innings and they couldn’t complete the comeback against reliever...
Snitker moves Swanson down to No. 8 in Braves order

Snitker moves Swanson down to No. 8 in Braves order

Last weekend Braves manager Brian Snitker said he wasn’t ready to move Dansby Swanson down from No. 2 in the batting order because the rookie shortstop was making good contact with bad results. That was before Swanson went 2-for-21 with six strikeouts and no walks over his next six games, prompting Snitker to give Swanson a day off Thursday. When Swanson returned to the lineup Friday at Philadelphia...
Hawks will look to precision of MMA as playoffs continue

Hawks will look to precision of MMA as playoffs continue

The Mixed Martial Arts series continues Saturday. Dwight Howard has a different view of the MMA talk that has dominated the early play of the Eastern Conference first-round series between the Hawks and the Wizards. The Hawks center has no issue with the physical nature of the series, but he said his team can take a lesson from the strategy of the combat style. “When you talk about MMA fighters...
Georgia Tech to bring in Canisius grad transfer for official visit

Georgia Tech to bring in Canisius grad transfer for official visit

Georgia Tech will bring in Canisius guard Kassius Robertson for an official visit. Robertson is seeking to play his final season as a graduate transfer and would have immediate eligibility. The date for the visit has not been set. Robertson reportedly also is taking an official visit to Missouri. Robertson, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, led the Griffins in scoring this past season with 16.1 points per...
Atlanta United ready to end road stretch

Atlanta United ready to end road stretch

It hasn’t been the best week for Atlanta United, but at least after Saturday’s game at Real Salt Lake things could potentially get slightly better. Within the past seven days the team lost to Montreal 2-1 on a goal in the final seconds. The team also saw Leandro Gonzalez Pirez receive a questionable red card late in the first half, which reduced the MLS expansion team to 10 men for the...
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