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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...


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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Atlanta United: 5 questions with Real Salt Lake reporter

Atlanta United: 5 questions with Real Salt Lake reporter

Atlanta United will play at Real Salt Lake on Saturday in the last of four consecutive road games. The MLS expansion team is 0-1-2 during the stretch. The game will start at 9:30 p.m. and be broadcast on Fox Sports Southeast in the South, and CW69 in Atlanta. Chris Kamrani, has covered Real Salt Lake and MLS for The Salt Lake Tribune since 2013, answered five questions about the game. He can be found...
Georgia Tech’s Ricky Jeune gets meaningful praise from position coach

Georgia Tech’s Ricky Jeune gets meaningful praise from position coach

Georgia Tech wide receiver Ricky Jeune has made an impression on the right person. Tech wide receivers coach Buzz Preston, not one to offer praise where it isn’t merited, gave a noteworthy estimation of Jeune’s potential in comments following the Yellow Jackets’ Wednesday practice. Preston evaluated Jeune’s areas of improvement in the following manner. “With Ricky, there&rsquo...
Duke graduate transfer Sean Obi chooses Maryland

Duke graduate transfer Sean Obi chooses Maryland

Duke forward Sean Obi will use his final year of eligibility at Maryland. The graduate transfer had considered Georgia Tech among his possible landing spots. Maryland made the announcement Thursday. Obi, a 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward, could have provided experience and rebounding force for the Yellow Jackets in the frontcourt either alongside or behind center Ben Lammers. Tech continues to look for...
Braves lose 3-2, Nationals sweep at SunTrust

Braves lose 3-2, Nationals sweep at SunTrust

Ryan Zimmerman had the second of the Nationals’ two grand slams in a 14-4 shellacking of the Braves on Wednesday, but his home run Thursday was more damaging for the home team, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs. Zimmerman’s two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning lifted Washington to a 3-2 win, completing a three-game sweep before an announced crowd of 27,498 at SunTrust...
Falcons to open new stadium against Packers

Falcons to open new stadium against Packers

The Falcons are scheduled to play their first regular-season NFL game at the Mercedes-Benz Dome against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 17 on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The schedule, released Thursday, has slated the Falcons’ new stadium debut in Week 2. The defending NFC champs, the Falcons will open the season on the road against the Chicago Bears on Sept 10. In their...
A week-by-week look at the Falcons’ 2017 schedule

A week-by-week look at the Falcons’ 2017 schedule

Here’s a week-by-week look at the Falcons’ 2017 NFL schedule: Falcons at Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 Arizona Cardinals at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 Jacksonville Jaguars at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 Sept. 10 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., FOX: The Bears have hitched their wagon to Mike Glennon, the former backup with Tampa Bay. The Bears...
Falcons looking to move up from 31st spot

Falcons looking to move up from 31st spot

The Falcons have heavily scouted the pass rushers who’ll be available for the upcoming NFL draft, which is set to be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. The Falcons hold the 31st pick and Missouri’s Charles Harris and Tennessee’s Derek Barnett will be long gone. However, the Falcons believe there will be opportunities to move up into the 20s to land one of the &ldquo...
Falcons impressed with Jabrill Peppers

Falcons impressed with Jabrill Peppers

Several mock drafts have the Falcons selecting versatile Michigan player Jabrill Peppers in the upcoming NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, which is faster than Seattle All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas. “From our perspective, we talked a lot about him,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Thursday...
Kemp back in Braves lineup, Blair recalled

Kemp back in Braves lineup, Blair recalled

The Braves made a series of roster moves Thursday, activating left fielder Matt Kemp from the 10-day disabled list and recalling pitcher Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett while optioning infielder infielder Johan Camargo and reliever Luke Jackson to Triple-A. Kemp had been out with a hamstring strain since April 7 and was activated and back in the lineup Thursday night against the Nationals, after...
Slumping Swanson out of Braves lineup Thursday

Slumping Swanson out of Braves lineup Thursday

A day after saying he wasn’t ready to drop Dansby Swanson from the second spot in the lineup, Braves manager decided to give the slumping rookie shortstop a day out of the lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the Nationals. Swanson 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series and 3-for-33 with no extra-base hits, one walk and nine strikeouts in his past...
Report: Falcons set to open new stadium against Packers

Report: Falcons set to open new stadium against Packers

The Falcons are set to open the Mercedes-Benz Dome against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 17, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing a source.  The game will be a rematch of the NFC championship game the Falcons won 44-21 on Jan. 22 to advance to Super Bowl LI. The full NFL schedule is set to be released at 8 p.m.
Tom Glavine may make pitch to buy the Miami Marlins

Tom Glavine may make pitch to buy the Miami Marlins

Braves great Tom Glavine could be pulling for a different team soon. And he might be going up against Derek Jeter again too. According to Bloomberg News, the Hall of Fame pitcher is part of a group bidding to buy the Miami Marlins. Glavine has reportedly joined a group led by Solamere Capital co-founder Tagg Romney. Jeter, the retired New York Yankees star, is also among others interested...
Falcons look set up for future but salaries could become an issue

Falcons look set up for future but salaries could become an issue

Let’s start with the Super Bowl, because it seems nobody can think about the Falcons’ upcoming draft or their roster makeup or whether somehow Kyle Shanahan is to blame for the fact every major thoroughfare in Atlanta is collapsing or opening up a new sinkhole to hell without thinking of their last game. The franchise took the city for an incredible ride last season, until suddenly in...
Report: Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl rematch set for Week 7

Report: Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl rematch set for Week 7

The Super Bowl rematch between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is set for Week 7, Oct. 22 at Gillette Stadium and will be televised nationally on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, according to the Boston Herald. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI in Houston. The Falcons held a 28-3 lead before collapsing and losing the game in the most historic comeback...
Lucas Sims is sharp in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Lucas Sims is sharp in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Lucas Sims of Lawrenceville pitched seven shutout innings and improved to 2-0 as the Gwinnett Braves beat visiting Rochester 3-0 in Triple-A play Thursday. Sims, rated as Atlanta’s 18th-best prospect by MLB.com, allowed just three hits and walked none while striking out five for Gwinnett (9-5).Gwinnett’s Ozzie Albies extended his International League-leading hitting streak to 13 games...
In predicament, Millsap sees playoff series 0-0 as Hawks return home

In predicament, Millsap sees playoff series 0-0 as Hawks return home

No doubt, the Hawks are in a predicament. They trail their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Wizards after dropping the first two games in Washington, D.C. Paul Millsap doesn’t see it that way. “They have home-court advantage,” Millsap said after the Hawks dropped a 109-101 decision in Game 2 on Wednesday. “They played off of that. To us...
5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s spring game

5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s spring game

When Georgia Tech concludes spring practice Friday night with its annual spring game, coach Paul Johnson won’t be particularly concerned about the outcome. Through 14 practices, he and his staff have seen what they need to see out of the Yellow Jackets. “My goal for the spring game is nobody gets hurt and they go out there and have some fun,” Johnson said. “It’s the culmination...
What’s difficult about playing 10 vs. 11?

What’s difficult about playing 10 vs. 11?

Two on one. The advantages are obvious. Four on three. The advantages are also obvious. But as the numbers get bigger, the advantages in soccer may not be as clear. When it comes to 11 on 10, the numerical disadvantage Atlanta United has found itself in during three of its six games this season, many things can be affected when a team loses a player to a red card or injury. Issues range from tactics...
Kemp back in lineup; Ryan Howard also progressing

Kemp back in lineup; Ryan Howard also progressing

Matt Kemp was activated from the disabled list and returned to the Braves lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the Nationals, and another veteran slugger is also progressing toward a possible return to the majors. There’s no timetable for the possible Braves debut of Ryan Howard, but the 37-year-old former National League MVP has shown enough in extended spring training that...
Atlanta United president will be guest TV analyst

Atlanta United president will be guest TV analyst

Atlanta United President Darren Eales said he’s going to do his best to be as objective as possible when he serves as a guest TV analyst for Saturday’s game at Real Salt Lake. “I’m hoping the fans go easy on me,” he said. Dan Gargan, the usual analyst, must miss this game. “Dan will never be missed more than when I step in,” Eales said. Eales said he did a...
Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 against Real Salt Lake

Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 against Real Salt Lake

I haven’t been remotely close to correctly predicting Atlanta United’s starting 11 in its past three games. I think I’m going to get it right this week for several reasons: First, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez’s red card received in the 2-1 loss at Montreal was overturned. He will likely play. Second, Yamil Asad...
GWCCA: ‘Remote chance’ Dome needed, but it ‘could be ready’

GWCCA: ‘Remote chance’ Dome needed, but it ‘could be ready’

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority characterizes the chances of the Georgia Dome being used again as “remote,” but says the building “could be ready” if needed. The GWCCA, the state agency that operated the Dome and on whose campus the delayed Mercedes-Benz Stadium is being built, weighed in late Wednesday in response to questions from the AJC. “In the remote...
Bryce Harper knocks around Braves ace Julio Teheran again

Bryce Harper knocks around Braves ace Julio Teheran again

After Bryce Harper once again smacked balls around the ballpark against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, the Nationals slugger said he couldn’t explain why it happens so often. “I don’t know,” Harper said. “I just try to have good at-bats and get good pitches over the plate that I can drive.” Harper waived away the notion that having a good history against a pitcher...
How a late-game meltdown cost the Hawks a chance to steal a victory

How a late-game meltdown cost the Hawks a chance to steal a victory

Five observations from the Hawks’ 109-101 loss to the Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. 1. They Hawks dug themselves out of a double-digit hole in the second half with a strong third quarter. They played a close back-and-forth game and led by three points, 94-91, with 5:05 remaining. And then the offense turned ugly. In the next four and a half minutes,...
Inside the box score: Wizards 109, Hawks 101

Inside the box score: Wizards 109, Hawks 101

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 109-101 loss to the Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday: Key players * John Wall did it again as he led the Wizards with a game-high 32 points. He had 32 points in Game 1. * Paul Millsap led the Hawks with a team-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. He had 14 third-quarter points. * Markieff Morris had just three...
Harper homers twice, powers Nats past Braves

Harper homers twice, powers Nats past Braves

The next time Julio Teheran faces the Nationals, the Braves’ No. 1 starter might want to swallow his pride and just not challenge Bryce Harper. Because what the Washington slugger has done to him is downright Barry Bonds-ian. Harper homered with the bases empty in the first inning and homered again with them full in the second inning, powering the Nationals to a 14-4 win against the Braves at...
Kemp set to return to Braves lineup after rehab game

Kemp set to return to Braves lineup after rehab game

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp played a game for Triple-A Gwinnett on rehabilitation assignment Wednesday and is set to rejoin the big-league lineup on Thursday. Kemp has been out of the Braves lineup since suffering a right hamstring injury that forced him to leave an April 7 game at the Pirates. Braves manager Brian Snitker said before Wednesday’s game that of all goes well for Kemp during...
Freeman homers to break an Atlanta Braves franchise record

Freeman homers to break an Atlanta Braves franchise record

Freddie Freeman had a first-inning walk and third-inning home run Wednesday against the Nationals to set an Atlanta franchise record by reaching base in 12 consecutive plate appearances, a streak that was snapped when he grounded out in the sixth inning. Freeman broke the record previously held by Jeff Burroughs in 1978. He had three homers, two doubles, two singles and five walks during the streak...
Hawks falter late in losing Game 2 to Wizards (updated)

Hawks falter late in losing Game 2 to Wizards (updated)

Another painful lesson for the Hawks. The Wizards used a 16-4 run late in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind playoff victory over the Hawks. The Hawks lost 109-101 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday at the Verizon Center. They will leave Washington losing two games they had a chance to steal. The Wizards lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 before it returns to Atlanta...
Johnson feeling comfortable with Georgia Tech quarterbacks

Johnson feeling comfortable with Georgia Tech quarterbacks

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has had plenty of encouraging words for his quarterbacks during spring practice. Wednesday, after the final practice before Friday’s spring game, was no different. “I’ve said before that they’re the least of my worries, that position,” Johnson said of quarterbacks Matthew Jordan, TaQuon Marshall, Jay Jones and Lucas Johnson. “I think...
Braves reliever nearly ready for rehab assignment

Braves reliever nearly ready for rehab assignment

The Braves’ bullpen righted itself since its first-week struggles, but the unit won’t be at full strength until flamethrower Mauricio Cabrera returns. There’s reason to believe that might not be much longer. Cabrera, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained elbow, threw live batting practice Tuesday at extended spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and is set...
Snitker not ready to drop Swanson or bench Garcia

Snitker not ready to drop Swanson or bench Garcia

Dansby Swanson and Adonis Garcia had the second- and fourth-lowest OPS in the National League entering Wednesday, but don’t expect Braves manager Brian Snitker to move Swanson from the second spot in the order or bench Garcia anytime soon. Snitker indicated Wednesday he’ll be patient. “The experience I’ve had with (Garcia), I just want to keep running the guy out there and...
Falcons working to move forward

Falcons working to move forward

The Falcons appear to be finding it easier to process their stunning Super Bowl loss now that they’re back together — officially — and working out at as a team rather than as individuals. A little more than 10 weeks after losing a 28-3 third-quarter lead and falling to the Patriots 34-28 in overtime in Houston, the Falcons began their offseason program with a Monday workout, and...
Braves catcher Flowers on track to rejoin lineup Friday

Braves catcher Flowers on track to rejoin lineup Friday

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers is expected to start the first two games of the weekend series at Philadelphia after a right hamstring injury limited him to pinch-hitting duty the past two days. Flowers left Sunday’s game because of the injury, didn’t play Monday and was available to pinch hit against the Nationals on Tuesday and Wednesday. He made one plate appearance in Tuesday’s...
Atlanta United players not worried about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta United players not worried about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino and some of the players weren’t too disappointed in Tuesday’s news that they won’t get to play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium until September. “We just have to adapt to the way the construction is going and how the workers are finishing the job,” Martino said. “Really, for us it’s not an issue. “Either way we will be...
Former GM gives Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas an endorsement

Former GM gives Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas an endorsement

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas’ draft candidacy got a small boost Tuesday. ESPN analyst Phil Savage, who also is the executive director for the Senior Bowl and previously was the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, said that Thomas would be a worthwhile pickup as an undrafted free agent. Savage is familiar with Thomas mostly through the Senior Bowl. After injuries to defensive...
Atlanta United wins red-card appeal

Atlanta United wins red-card appeal

Atlanta United won its appeal of the red card given to Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. He can play in Saturday’s game at Real Salt Lake. The red card was received during injury time of the first half in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Montreal. It was the third red card received by an Atlanta United player this season, but it is the first to be overturned by MLS. Manager Gerardo Martinez said earlier Wednesday...
Falcons can find offensive line help in draft

Falcons can find offensive line help in draft

The Falcons rode their high-scoring offense to the Super Bowl last season. Nine of the Super Bowl starters are set to return, while the Falcons must find a replacement for right guard Chris Chester, who retired, and fullback Patrick DiMarco, who signed with Buffalo during free agency. The Falcons, who have three picks in the top 100 of the coming NFL draft, have heavily scouted offensive linemen....

Falcons take a flyer on UGA decathlete Scantling

The NFL draft begins April 27, but the Falcons aren’t waiting to add talent from the college ranks, as former University of Georgia decathlon ace Garrett Scantling — who didn’t play college football — signed with the team last week. At 6-foot-3 and about 222 pounds, Scantling is an intriguing prospect. He won three SEC heptathlon titles from 2013-16, was a four-time All-American...
Georgia Tech a possibility for Duke graduate transfer

Georgia Tech a possibility for Duke graduate transfer

Georgia Tech is a possible destination for Duke forward Sean Obi. According to the Twitter account for Obi’s high school basketball team, Maryland, Vanderbilt, SMU and Tech are in the mix for Obi, who is leaving Duke after two seasons. Obi has reportedly visited Maryland. He has not visited Tech. As a freshman at Rice in the 2013-14 season, Obi averaged 11.4 points per game and led Conference...
Falcons re-juvenated by “Camp Brotherhood”

Falcons re-juvenated by “Camp Brotherhood”

Fresh from a quick trip to Florida, the Falcons have begun their offseason program quickly, and they look like they’ve been busy. Quarterback Matt Ryan again organized a gathering in south Florida, where for a couple of days last week players — and players only — got together to work out, throw and catch footballs and re-acquaint themselves ahead of the team’s official workouts...
Julio Jones, others limited for Falcons in offseason program

Julio Jones, others limited for Falcons in offseason program

A few players for the Falcons are not participating fully in the team’s offseason program, yet team officials expect wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack, cornerback Desmond Trufant, and defensive linemen Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn to be recovered from injuries for training camp. “At this point we do (believe all the players will be full go by mid-summer), unless there is...
Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner using campus tryouts as recruiting tool

Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner using campus tryouts as recruiting tool

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s continued efforts to complete the 2017 signing class include his pursuit of notables such as Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker and Wheeler High forward Jordan Tucker. At the same time, Pastner is searching hard at the other end of the recruiting spectrum, bringing in a series of lesser-known prospects for tryouts on campus. One of them was Denis Alibegovic, a...

Back to work, Falcons try to leave Super Bowl behind

The Falcons appear to be finding it easier to process their stunning Super Bowl loss now that they’re back together — officially — and working out at as a team rather than as individuals. A little more than 10 weeks after losing a 28-3 third-quarter lead and falling to the Patriots 34-28 in overtime in Houston, the Falcons began their offseason program with a Monday workout, and...
Atlanta United manager not sure red cards are fair

Atlanta United manager not sure red cards are fair

After giving a terse “no comment” when asked about the red card given to Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in the minutes following Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Montreal, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino shared some thoughts about the controversial decision on Wednesday. The team hasn’t heard from MLS if the red card will be rescinded . Teams typically hear...
Record football attendance at Georgia colleges in 2016

Record football attendance at Georgia colleges in 2016

College football -- across all divisions -- drew more than 49 million fans to games in 2016. Overall attendance increased by 257,891 from 2015 season to 49,315,857 fans at home games, neutral-site games and postseason games in 2016, according to the annual report produced by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame in Atlanta.  The Football Bowl Subdivision (which includes...
Atlanta United: News on Martinez is no news

Atlanta United: News on Martinez is no news

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez is still out, manager Gerardo Martino didn’t have any new information on when he may return. The forward, who suffered a thigh injury while on national duty with Venezuela on March 23, originally was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Under that timetable, the earliest he could return is next week’s game against D.C. United. That may be optimistic. &ldquo...
The Atlanta stadium scoreboard: Braves 1, Falcons pending

The Atlanta stadium scoreboard: Braves 1, Falcons pending

Stadium-building isn’t a zero-sum game. Soon — soon, surely — Arthur Blank’s pleasure palace will open, and then everybody presumably will be happy. The city of Atlanta, for having kept its NFL franchise downtown. The county of Cobb, for having lured a big-league team to the suburbs. Atlanta United, for not having to play in borrowed housing any longer. As we speak, there&rsquo...
Georgia Tech DT Desmond Branch trying to make it on the inside

Georgia Tech DT Desmond Branch trying to make it on the inside

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Desmond Branch is getting used to life on the inside. Branch came to Tech in January 2016 as a junior-college signee expected to play defensive end. As the season progressed, though, he was moved to tackle. The difference? “The toughness,” he said. “You hear of the toughness. Like Pat (Gamble) would tell me, ‘Oh, that inside’s no joke, Desmond...
UGA spending nearly $4 million on non-conference games in 2018

UGA spending nearly $4 million on non-conference games in 2018

The Georgia football team’s home non-conference schedule may not be anything special next year, but the school is paying a lot for it to happen. Middle Tennessee State will receive $1.7 million in exchange for playing at Georgia on Sept. 15, 2018, according to a game contract released by UGA on Wednesday. That’s among the highest guarantees that Georgia has ever paid, but not the most...
Ranking this week’s games in MLS

Ranking this week’s games in MLS

Ranking this week’s games in MLS: Games of the week Sporting KC at Dallas, 8 p.m. Saturday, MLS Live: Dallas remains unbeaten but isn’t playing like a juggernaut. Sporting KC has steadily moved up to second in the Western Conference despite scoring just six goals in six games. Orlando City at NYCFC, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, FS1: Orlando has rolled with a 4-0-0 record at home. But this isn&rsquo...
Torpy at Large: They live/work/play but can’t sleep because of club

Torpy at Large: They live/work/play but can’t sleep because of club

For the past year, residents in the 109 units of the Peachtree Battle Condominiums have endured the “THUMP! THUMP! THUMPING!” exuberance of the dance club downstairs. DS17, the club bearing the initials and number of one of its owners, Atlanta Hawks star Dennis Schroder, is one of the newer late-night party places in Buckhead. It also continues another Buckhead tradition — a...
‘Bizarre’ ending to Braves game

‘Bizarre’ ending to Braves game

Braves veteran Chase d’Arnaud stuck out with the bases loaded to end the game. The Nationals gathered near the mound to celebrate the 3-1 victory over the Braves. The grounds crew members rushed the field, ready to begin their usual post-game routine, and fans at SunTrust Park started filing out. Except the game wasn’t over. “It was bizarre,” d’Arnaud said. Home plate...
Nats’ Scherzer too much for Braves in 1st loss at SunTrust Park

Nats’ Scherzer too much for Braves in 1st loss at SunTrust Park

The Braves won five in a row and created a buzz with their four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres that ended Monday. But the nemesis Nationals arrived Tuesday, and Max Scherzer reminded everyone how he won the National League Cy Young Award a year ago. Scherzer limited the Braves to two hits in seven scoreless innings of a 3-1 series-opening Nationals win before a crowd of 21,834 at SunTrust Park...
Inciarte finally filling Braves’ void left by Andruw Jones

Inciarte finally filling Braves’ void left by Andruw Jones

When the Braves’ long run of baseball Octobers sputtered to a halt, it was more than just a case of their starting pitching declining, or investments going belly-up, or the prospect well drying up. Specifically, they never replaced Andruw Jones. The decision not to re-sign Jones after the 2007 season left a sinkhole in center field. They traded for Mark Kotsay. He didn’t make it through...
Dusty Baker: An old Brave comes home again

Dusty Baker: An old Brave comes home again

Some 50 years ago, Dusty Baker prayed that the Braves would not draft him. Though he was familiar with boundaries in race relations — Baker and his brother had been the only African-Americans at Del Campo (Calif.) High School — shipping off for the deep South in the mid-1960s transcended baseball. Yet, here he was, taken by the Braves in the 27th round of the 1967 draft, 18 years old and...
Kemp on Braves teammate Freeman: ‘He’s a superstar, man’

Kemp on Braves teammate Freeman: ‘He’s a superstar, man’

When Braves slugger Matt Kemp strained a hamstring April 7 and went on the disabled list, there was concern that Freddie Freeman, batting .235 with one extra-base hit and no RBIs through the first four games, might not see many good pitches without Kemp batting cleanup behind him. Freeman has laid to rest that concern while pummeling opposing pitching like he did for the last 3 1/2 months of the 2016...
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