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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...


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...
High school wrestling player of the year

High school wrestling player of the year

Achievements: Went 51-0 and won the Class AAAAAA championship in the 126-pound weight division. 2016 Georgia Freestyle Champion and Greco Roman Champion. No. 3-ranked Future Olympian by USA Wrestling. Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 150 pounds Class: Freshman College choice: I haven’t made any decision because I’m still a freshman. I’m going to visit a lot of college campuses this year...
Job 1 for the Hawks and Schlenk: Look to a time beyond LeBron

Job 1 for the Hawks and Schlenk: Look to a time beyond LeBron

The Hawks are set to hire Travis Schlenk, once on Ron Jirsa’s staff at Georgia and lately the assistant general manager with Golden State, as GM. This would mean Schlenk is moving from the NBA West, which the Warriors have ruled for three seasons, to the East. If you’re a GM based in the NBA East, here are your starting points: 1. LeBron James’ team is about to win the East for a...
How did Rashad Jennings win 'Dancing with the Stars'? It's still an athlete's show

How did Rashad Jennings win 'Dancing with the Stars'? It's still an athlete's show

NFL running back Rashad Jennings won Season 24 of "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday night, a well-deserved victory after a season of high scores and fan-favorite dances. "I don't know if you were necessarily born to win this competition," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Jennings after his last performance in the finale. "But you certainly have earned it." While that comment...
When John Smoltz set record with 15 strikeouts

When John Smoltz set record with 15 strikeouts

It’s hard to say which is more astounding — that 25 years have gone by since John Smoltz struck out 15 against the Montreal Expos to set the Braves’ whiff record for a nine-inning game since the team moved to Atlanta, or that the record still stands. “It’s almost commonplace now,” said Smoltz, now a broadcaster, of the high strikeout totals. “‘Somebody...
Hawks close to hiring executive with UGA ties as GM

Hawks close to hiring executive with UGA ties as GM

The Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of hiring Travis Schlenk for their vacant general manager position, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed. Schlenk currently is the assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors. The 41-year-old Schlenk has spent the past 12 seasons with the Warriors, including the past five as the assistant to general manager Bob Myers. Details of a contract are being...
Stats indicate Atlanta United better with Villalba up top

Stats indicate Atlanta United better with Villalba up top

Hector Villalba and Kenwyne Jones each has played four games as Atlanta United’s lone striker in place of the injured Josef Martinez. Though it’s impossible to say exactly why, which means neither praise nor blame can be given, the MLS expansion team through eight games gets better results on offense and defense with Villalba. The team also has a better record: seven points with Villalba...
Jonesboro’s M.J. Walker spurns Tech, choosing Florida State

Jonesboro’s M.J. Walker spurns Tech, choosing Florida State

Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker will not be a Yellow Jacket. The McDonald’s All-American announced Wednesday morning his commitment to Florida State. Georgia Tech had been one of five schools that Walker was considering, along with Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA. Walker had the potential to instantly make the Jackets a more competitive team going into the 2017-18 season....
SunTrust Park’s first weekday afternoon game affects parking

SunTrust Park’s first weekday afternoon game affects parking

The Braves will play their first weekday afternoon game at SunTrust Park on Thursday — a 12:10 p.m. start against the Pirates — and that will make parking around the ballpark more limited because some of the lots used for night games won’t be available. “Please note that some Braves-operated parking lots that are located (at) an office building may not be accessible for Braves...
SunTrust Park first-game artifacts at baseball’s Hall of Fame

SunTrust Park first-game artifacts at baseball’s Hall of Fame

A few mementos from SunTrust Park’s April 14, 2017, opening game have made their way to Cooperstown, N.Y., and will be on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Ender Inciarte’s helmet and Julio Teheran’s game-worn hat will be part of the museum’s “Today’s Game” exhibit next month. Teheran was the Braves starter who threw the first pitch...
Q&A: Atlanta United’s Hector Villalba

Q&A: Atlanta United’s Hector Villalba

Atlanta United’s Hector Villalba answered a few questions after Tuesday’s training session. Villalba, a 22-year-old native of Argentina, has four goals and three assists in 11 games. Atlanta United will host NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: (Note: I didn’t include all of the questions and answers because I’m using some in upomcing stories) Here is...
Ranking this week’s MLS games

Ranking this week’s MLS games

Ranking this week’s games in MLS Games of the Week: Dallas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, MLS Live: Chicago is the league’s second-hottest team with three consecutive wins. It can stamp itself as a threat to Toronto if it can defeat Walker Zimmerman and Dallas, which last week lost its first game this season. Columbus at Toronto, 7 p.m. Friday, MLS Live: Unbeaten in seven and holder of...
LEADOFF: Where do Braves stand now in MLB rankings?

LEADOFF: Where do Braves stand now in MLB rankings?

When we checked a month ago, the Braves ranked last (30th) in three sets of MLB power rankings and almost last (28th and 29th) in two others. They’ve moved up a bit since then. We re-checked the same five rankings as a month ago, and the Braves this week rank as high as 22nd (Bleacher Report) and as low as 27th (USA Today and Fox Sports). They are ranked 24th by Sports Illustrated...
“Big City” Adams gives Braves a thrilling walk-off win

“Big City” Adams gives Braves a thrilling walk-off win

If they were going to wait out a rain delay of more than three hours Tuesday night and beyond, the Braves figured they might as well come back and win. And they did, with “Big City” coming through again to walk off the Burgh. After Jim Johnson blew a lead in the the ninth on Jordy Mercer’s two-out, two-run single that put the Pittsburgh Pirates back ahead, the Braves pulled out a...
DVR alert: DQ and TD On NFL Network

DVR alert: DQ and TD On NFL Network

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff are set to appear on “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network on Wednesday morning. The Falcons start OTAs next week after serving their penalty for excessive contact. Tomorrow on @gmfb:☑️Falcons head coach Dan Quinn☑️@AtlantaFalcons GM Thomas Dimitroff☑️THE @DeMarcusWare!...
‘False alarm’ at SunTrust Park briefly disrupts Braves game, fans

‘False alarm’ at SunTrust Park briefly disrupts Braves game, fans

The scoreboard at SunTrust Park briefly flashed an emergency message during the Braves game on Tuesday that later was said to be a false alarm. During the third inning of the Braves-Pirates game, a scoreboard message indicated that an emergency had been reported in the building and that the stadium should be evacuated. The message was accompanied by a loud alarm signal and flashing lights. An altercation...
Bulldogs’ Yante Maten returning for senior season

Bulldogs’ Yante Maten returning for senior season

Athens — All along, even after Yante Maten declared for the NBA draft last month, the expectation has been that the UGA basketball star would ultimately be back for his senior season. Now it’s official: Maten will do just that. Maten is withdrawing his name from the draft, he announced on Tuesday night. While Maten tested the waters, and participated in workouts with at least...
Georgia Tech out at ACC Tournament

Georgia Tech out at ACC Tournament

Georgia Tech’s season came to an effective end Tuesday with a gut punch. In the opening game of the ACC Tournament in Louisville, Ky., the Yellow Jackets lost to Miami 6-5 in 13 innings. In the bottom of the 13th, a one-out single off Tech reliever Zac Ryan scored the game-winning run for the Hurricanes in walk-off fashion. Tech will play its second pool-play game Wednesday against Wake Forest...
Flowers on his improvement, sharing duties and All-Star chances

Flowers on his improvement, sharing duties and All-Star chances

Tyler Flowers is 31, a nine-year veteran with a .239 career average and .700 OPS, a catcher who has only twice started as many as 80 games in a season. And he’s cerebral. And maybe a little hardened. So maybe all that was why he was dismissive of the subject when a reporter broached a particular subject Tuesday. The All-Star game. Specifically, the possibility that Flowers might force decision-makers...
Georgia State assigned to Sun Belt East division

Georgia State assigned to Sun Belt East division

The Sun Belt Conference announced this week its new divisional format for football, which will take place in the 2018 season. The league lineup will consist of two five-team divisions: Georgia State and Georgia Southern in the East with Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina and Troy, and Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama and Texas State in the West. The division winners...
Adonis Garcia nears return as Braves mull roster options

Adonis Garcia nears return as Braves mull roster options

Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia is on track to play two rehabilitation games before returning from the disabled list Friday. At that point, the team will have to make some decisions about its lineup and its bench. Garcia was the everyday third baseman when he went to the DL on May 16 with left Achilles tendinitis. Rookie Rio Ruiz has started five of eight games there since, with Jace Peterson getting...
Josh Pastner’s recruiting strategy for 2018 class

Josh Pastner’s recruiting strategy for 2018 class

Georgia Tech’s recruitment of the 2017 class will likely end Wednesday morning at the Jonesboro High gymnasium. There, McDonald’s All-America guard M.J. Walker will announce his college choice , likely from among Tech, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA. Coach Josh Pastner and his staff have long been working on the 2018 class, though. With more...
Braves bullpen’s hitless streak sets team record

Braves bullpen’s hitless streak sets team record

Braves relievers struggled earlier this season, but they’ve been so effective lately that they set a record for innings without a hit. Entering Tuesday’s game against the Pirates, Braves opponents hadn’t recorded a hit in 15 1/3 consecutive innings against the bullpen, a record streak for Braves relievers since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966, according to the Elias Sports...
Atlanta United’s Martino can’t coach NYCFC game

Atlanta United’s Martino can’t coach NYCFC game

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino will not be on the sidelines for Sunday’s game against NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Martino was ejected from last week’s game against Houston after he kicked a ball onto the field in the second half. The ball was kicked toward Martino by Houston’s goalkeeper in an attempt to stop play because Atlanta United’s Hector...
Three weeks later, there’s lack of clarity on Hawks’ GM search

Three weeks later, there’s lack of clarity on Hawks’ GM search

The list of names that have been connected to the Hawks’ general manager vacancy includes, but possibly is not limited to, Chauncey Billups, David Griffin, Joe Dumars, Tommy Sheppard, Travis Schlenk, Gersson Rosas, Brandon Williams, Michael Zarren, Brent Barry, Troy Weaver, Neil Olshey, Sam Hinkie, Mark Hughes, Scott Perry, Trajan Langdon, I believe the 16 candidates who did not make it past...
Georgia Tech B-Back Dedrick Mills named Preseason All-ACC

Georgia Tech B-Back Dedrick Mills named Preseason All-ACC

Georgia Tech sophomore B-Back Dedrick Mills was named Preseason first-team All-ACC by the website Southern Pigskin. He’s the only Yellow Jacket who made the site’s 2017 All-ACC squad. Mills rushed for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2016. He was the first true freshman to start a season opener since 2008, and he finished the season by earning the MVP of the TaxSlayer...
Braves bullpen sets Atlanta franchise record with 54 straight hitless batters

Braves bullpen sets Atlanta franchise record with 54 straight hitless batters

The Atlanta Braves tweeted today that the team’s bullpen hasn’t allowed a hit for 54 consecutive batters, setting an Atlanta franchise record. The streak has spanned four full games, in which the Braves have gone 3-1. The last hit allowed by a Braves reliever came when Josh Collmenter surrendered a single to Toronto’s Chris Coghlan to lead off the seventh inning in a 9-0 Blue Jays...
Brandon Phillips joins 200-200 club in front of family, friends

Brandon Phillips joins 200-200 club in front of family, friends

When Brandon Phillips walked out of the clubhouse late Monday, there were at least a half-dozen family members and friends waiting for the veteran second baseman, most wearing Braves gear and one extremely large dude wearing a Braves jersey with “Phillips” on the back, his massive lat muscles putting considerable stress on the fabric and seams. “That’s my cousin,” Phillips...
Hype video: Falcons 2017-18 “Unfinished Business”

Hype video: Falcons 2017-18 “Unfinished Business”

JML Productions created a hype video titled “Unfinished Business” for the Falcons’ upcoming season for their YouTube page, referencing the Falcons’ close loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 51 in February. The video opens with drone shots of downtown and midtown Atlanta, touching on Centennial Olympic Park before zooming in on Mercedes-Benz Stadium next to the Georgia Dome...
Sarasota County OKs operating agreement for Braves’ spring facility

Sarasota County OKs operating agreement for Braves’ spring facility

The Braves’ planned move of their spring-training home from Disney World to southwest Florida cleared another governmental hurdle Tuesday. The Sarasota County Commission voted unanimously to approve an operating agreement that spells out the terms and conditions of a new facility for the Braves and a non-relocation agreement that requires the team to hold spring training in the complex for 30...
Ric Flair says Munnerlyn can’t guard Falcons’ Jones

Ric Flair says Munnerlyn can’t guard Falcons’ Jones

Former professional wrestling star and Charlotte native Ric Flair was on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” recently discussing the sport, and Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn called him out for showing support for the Falcons. “I’m kind of hurt that you were rooting for the Falcons, a divisional rival,” Munnerlyn said. “You can&rsquo...
Smith: ‘Don’t deny the former Hawk’ in GM search

Smith: ‘Don’t deny the former Hawk’ in GM search

Steve Smith asks one thing as the Hawks search for a new general manager. The former Hawks star player wants to make sure the franchise looks at one of its own as part of the candidate search. “The one thing I would ask of this Hawks organization is don’t deny the former Hawk,” Smith said in a radio interview with 92.9 FM on Monday. “… I hope the Atlanta Hawks and the...
High school girls basketball player of the year

High school girls basketball player of the year

Girls Basketball Player of the Year Mikayla Coombs, Wesleyan Achievements: Coombs averaged 16.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals for a Wesleyan team that finished 28-4 and won the Class A private-school championship. It was the Wolves’ second state title during her career and their 12th in the past 17 seasons. She scored a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds in a 51-48...
Atlanta United’s Almiron earns MLS award

Atlanta United’s Almiron earns MLS award

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron was named the MLS player of the week Tuesday after he scored three goals in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Houston at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Almiron scored two goals in the first half and a penalty kick in the second half to complete his first hat trick for the MLS expansion team. It was the second hat trick in franchise history. The first...
Georgia Tech target M.J. Walker sets announcement date

Georgia Tech target M.J. Walker sets announcement date

Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker, the five-star prospect and Georgia Tech target, will announce Wednesday where he will attend college. Walker, a McDonald’s All-American, is expected to choose between Tech, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA. He will make the announcement at 11 a.m. at the Jonesboro High gym. Walker’s decision-making process has been lengthy. Of ESPN&rsquo...
Atlanta United loaning 3 to Charleston for 2 games

Atlanta United loaning 3 to Charleston for 2 games

Atlanta United will loan goalkeeper Alex Tamabakis, centerhalf Miles Robinson and midfielder Chris Goslin to Charleston, its USL affiliate, for its two games this week. The Battery will play at Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania on Thursday, and at New York Red Bulls II on Sunday. None of the three players being loaned have appeared for Atlanta United this season. Robinson, the team’s first draft...
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