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The big game is no contest: Georgia routs Mississippi State

Roquan Smith wrecks Nick Fitzgerald. (Curtis Compton/AJC) ATHENS — One set of Bulldogs lost 11 yards before its second snap. The other set had seven points before its second snap. One band of Bulldogs came ready. Guess which. The set of Bulldogs based in Clarke County had dropped hints over the season’s first three weeks, but this was more than that. This was something...


Atlanta United’s Almiron out minimum 3 weeks

Atlanta United’s Almiron out minimum 3 weeks

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks after he sustained a injury to his left hamstring during Sunday’s 2-0 win against Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team announced Almiron’s injury and prognosis on Monday after he saw a physician. Atlanta United is third in the MLS Eastern Conference. The Five Stripes will host Philadelphia on...
ACC honor for Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun

ACC honor for Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun

Georgia Tech guard Parker Braun was a deserving honoree for ACC offensive lineman of the week. Braun blocked 22 defenders to the ground in 74 snaps, helping the Yellow Jackets rush for 436 yards in their 35-17 win over Pittsburgh at Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday. Braun made a particularly notable play in the first quarter, pulling from his spot at left guard and running to the perimeter on the right...
How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream

How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream

Since opening in mid-October 2016, Station Soccer, a soccer field at the Five Points MARTA station, has scored a goal with Atlantans and made its mark as the world's first soccer field at a transit station. As early as 2015, Soccer in the Streets board member Sanjay Patel started talking up installing soccer pitches at MARTA stations. Even though he faced skepticism, Patel kept at it. On a visit...
Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Five years ago, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving spoke at the NFL owners meeting about their partnership with the league, including how some teams were working with local MADD volunteers on programs. The Atlanta Falcons weren’t one of those teams, a fact that didn’t sit particularly well with owner Arthur Blank or his future wife. “I talked to Arthur that day at...
Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh a statistical improbability

Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh a statistical improbability

Georgia Tech’s 35-17 defeat of Pittsburgh on Saturday was, in at least one way, extraordinary. The Yellow Jackets won despite committing four turnovers and allowing a punt return for a touchdown. That normally doesn’t happen. From 2007 to 2016, there were 73 FBS teams that played games in which they had four or more turnovers and allowed at least one punt return for a score, according...
Has Almiron been used too much by Atlanta United?

Has Almiron been used too much by Atlanta United?

September 20, 2017 Atlanta: Atlanta United miedfielder Miguel Almiron watches the ball going toward the goal for the fourth goal of the team giving his team a very comfortable lead at half time. After Miguel Almiron sustained a muscular injury in the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 win at Montreal, there has been some questioning of Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino&rsquo...
Q&A with Touki Toussaint: Braves are ‘fun environment’ for prospects

Q&A with Touki Toussaint: Braves are ‘fun environment’ for prospects

In Touki Toussaint, the Braves truly bought a lottery ticket. The Braves acquired pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Toussaint from Arizona on June 20, 2015. Toussaint was the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Diamondbacks wanted to clear Arroyo’s salary and the Braves absorbed it. Toussaint was the prize. In a farm stocked with pitching, Toussaint has risen near the top. His curveball and changeup...
In Year 2, has Kirby Smart built a better Georgia?

In Year 2, has Kirby Smart built a better Georgia?

Kirby Smart and his Bulldogs on a red-letter Saturday night. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Sometimes we – by which I absolutely mean “me” – try too hard. We seek to ascribe Deeper Meaning to something that might well have none. Sometimes, as a Viennese doctor averred, a cigar is just a cigar. Ergo, we need to tread softly before declaring, “This is better...
Hawks release Liggins shortly after acquiring him in trade

Hawks release Liggins shortly after acquiring him in trade

The Atlanta Hawks released DeAndre Liggins shortly after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers Monday. The Hawks sent future draft considerations to the Clippers for the former Kentucky player and cash considerations. In an expected move, the Hawks released Liggins and the journeyman player is now an unrestricted free agent. Liggins spent most of the 2016-17 season with the Cleveland...
What are Atlanta United’s options without Almiron?

What are Atlanta United’s options without Almiron?

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino has several options to replace Miguel Almiron, who is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during Sunday’s 2-0 win against Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Almiron, an attacking midfielder who has nine goals and 13 assists, left after 17 minutes. None of the players that can be used are a like-for-like...
Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

The Falcons prevailed over the Detroit Lions, 30-26, to improve to 3-0 on the season. The defense made three stops in the fourth quarter when the offense stalled and couldn’t run out the clock. Also, replay and the 10-second rule helped out in the end. On a day of protests around the league, Detroit dropped to 2-1.
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Montreal 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Montreal 0

In this episode of Southern Fried Soccer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and Soccer Down Here discuss Atlanta United’s 2-0 win over Montreal on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The two discuss the injury suffered by Miguel Almiron, the game’s unsung heroes and how the team defended Ignacio Piatti.
Bulldogs have them barking at East Lake

Bulldogs have them barking at East Lake

There was a lot of barking echoing around East Lake Golf Club Sunday. University of Georgia was well represented in the final round of the Tour Championship. Kevin Kisner played in the final pairing, two shots behind third-round leader Paul Casey. Russell Henley began the day five strokes off the pace before his late charge. Fellow Bulldog brethren Brian Harman made it to the FedEx Cup playoff finale...
Ryan’s streak without interception broken on attempt No. 212 

Ryan’s streak without interception broken on attempt No. 212 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan opened Sunday’s game against the Lions on fire. He had his way with the Lions defense ... until free safety Glover Quinn stepped in front of his 17th pass attempt and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. Ryan hadn’t thrown an interception in his previous 211 attempts. He would finished with three interceptions as Tevin Coleman and Mohamed Sanu tipped passes...
Schauffele the unlikeliest winner of the Tour Championship

Schauffele the unlikeliest winner of the Tour Championship

It was every bit of 360 degrees. A full circle. Geometry at its most fundamental. Xander Schauffele watched as his career-changing putt traveled every inch of the 18th hole. When it finally fell – succumbing to the law of gravity – the relatively unknown golfer had a birdie and a Tour Championship victory. Schauffele finished at 12-under par at East Lake Golf Club Sunday for a one-shot...
Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. (Leon Halip/Getty Images) DETROIT – It was not a normal game or a normal Sunday. The president of the United States, his work on far less important issues like national security, the economy and health...
Falcons explain why they knelt during national anthem 

Falcons explain why they knelt during national anthem 

  For Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe, it was a simple decision to kneel during the national anthem Sunday after President Donald Trump referred to any NFL player who has protested racial and social injustice by taking a knee as a “son of bitch.” “I felt like me, myself, Grady Jarrett is the son of a Queen and that’s my message,” Jarrett said after the game. ...
What Matt Ryan said after the 30-26 win over the Lions 

What Matt Ryan said after the 30-26 win over the Lions 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said after the 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions: On if he’s ever been in a game that ended in such a wild fashion: “Honestly, the only one that comes to mind is us playing against Detroit in London I guess three or four years ago. That was another ending that was one of those situations that was different, so that’s one of the...
What Dan Quinn said after the 30-26 win 

What Dan Quinn said after the 30-26 win 

Here’s what Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said after the stunning 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday:  Opening statement: “As we get started, before that, I’d like to recognize Arthur (Blank) being down on the field with the team prior to the game and showing his solidarity for not just the Falcons, but for the NFL in general. He continues to demonstrate...
Replay calls save Falcons from collapse 

Replay calls save Falcons from collapse 

Two pivotal replays helped the Falcons defeat the Lions 30-24 on Sunday at Ford Field.  On the Falcons’ opening drive of the game and Detroit’s final drive of the game, two calls went the Falcons’ way. After crisply moving 71 yards on their opening drive, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed a pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who was hit and driven out of bounds. Assistant...
What the Falcons said after the 30-26 win over the Lions

What the Falcons said after the 30-26 win over the Lions

On the win: “No win is easy. We came out for a (win) and that’s what we got. It was a hard fought win and team effort. The defense did a great job at the end. Just holding those guys and coming out victorious for us.” On the replay: “I thought he was down. That’s what we’ve got the official for. The guys in New York did a great job for us.” On the stop on...
NFL players kneel during national anthem following further Trump tweets

NFL players kneel during national anthem following further Trump tweets

NFL game day dawned Sunday with a powerful display of unity by the Baltimore Ravens' and Jacksonville Jaguars' players and coaches, who locked arms on the sideline of London's Wembley Stadium - some kneeling, others standing - during the singing of the United States national anthem. Their statement without words came in response to a three-day campaign by President Donald Trump, who at 6:44 a.m. Sunday...
The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

A young arm for next year: Luiz Gohara. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) First things first: The Braves are believed to be leaning toward keeping Brian Snitker as manager for next season. No final decision has been made, but Saturday’s luncheon meeting between Snitker and upper management generated, in general manager John Coppolella’s description, “productive conversation...
Report card: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

Report card: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

Here are the grades for the Falcons from their 30-26 victory over the Lions before a crowd of hostile crowd of 63,240 at Ford Field on Sunday. The game ended on a controversial play and a 10-second run off after an apparent touchdown pass to Golden Tate from Matthew Stafford. He was ruled down and there was a 10-second run off to end the game.  Run offense: Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman...
Special teams a mixed bag for Georgia Tech vs. Pitt

Special teams a mixed bag for Georgia Tech vs. Pitt

Special-teams play has been an area of concern for Georgia Tech since its 42-41 double-overtime loss to Tennessee on Labor Day.  In that game, kicker Shawn Davis missed two field-goal attempts, while kickoffs and kickoff coverage were problematic for the Yellow Jackets.  In Saturday’s 35-17 win over Pittsburgh, a special-teams blunder reared its head again on a punt from freshman Pressley...
Falcons, Lions link arms during national anthem

Falcons, Lions link arms during national anthem

Before kickoff of the Lions and Falcons game, both teams stood linking arms on the sidelines to “celebrate [our] differences,” the announcer said before Rico LaVelle sang the national anthem.  Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank linked arms with Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman on the sidelines. Detroit Lions’ owner, Martha Firestone Ford, stood with her arms linked with...
Blank stood with Falcons on the field 

Blank stood with Falcons on the field 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank stood next to head coach Dan Quinn on the field during the National Anthem before Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions. Defensive tackles Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe elected to kneel while holding hands with defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel (standing to the right of Jarrett) and Adrian Clayborn (standing to left of Poe). Eight members of the Detroit Lions elected...
Day’s reminder: Sometimes a jump peek isn’t worth it

Day’s reminder: Sometimes a jump peek isn’t worth it

Jason Day, from time to time, does something not so smart. And his left knee lets him know all about it. Day hit his second shot into the par-5 sixth hole at East Lake Golf Club during the third round of the Tour Championship on Saturday. Despite the uphill shot, Day was all-too eager to get a peek at where the approach shot landed. So, he jumped to get a view. Big mistake. Day immediately grabbed...
Analyzing Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

Analyzing Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech’s Saturday ACC opener against Pittsburgh at sun-splashed Bobby Dodd Stadium was, in a way, unlike any that coach Paul Johnson had seen in his 122-game tenure. An opponent punt return for a touchdown, four lost fumbles and a 1-for-13 effort on third down by the Tech defense might have been a trifecta that even Alae Risse Leitch, the 104-year-old Yellow Jackets fan who blessed Saturday&rsquo...
Falcons-Lions: Arthur Blank to join team on sideline for national anthem

Falcons-Lions: Arthur Blank to join team on sideline for national anthem

Here are five things to know before today’s Falcons at Lions kickoff at 1 p.m. in Ford Field: 1. Series record. The Falcons (2-0) are set to face the Detroit Lions (2-0). The Lions lead the series 24-12. The Falcons are 3-1 against the Lions with Matt Ryan at the controls. On Sept. 7, 2008, Ryan made his first NFL start against the Lions and guided the Falcons to a 34-31 victory. 2. Where...
Camargo’s two-run double in 8th lifts Braves past Phillies

Camargo’s two-run double in 8th lifts Braves past Phillies

Johan Camargo’s stock soared earlier this season and he provided a reminder why on a Saturday night when Braves rookies came up big, none more than he. Camargo’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit double in the eighth inning lifted the Braves to a 4-2 win against the Phillies in the penultimate home game of the season at SunTrust Park. Julio Teheran pitched seven solid innings and the Braves overcame...
Georgia State’s first win is a shutout on the road

Georgia State’s first win is a shutout on the road

Penny Hart had a career-high 11 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown to help lead Georgia State to a 28-0 win over host Charlotte on Saturday night. Glenn Smith's 3-yard touchdown run put the Panthers up 7-0 at the end of a 10-play, 66-yard drive. Later, Conner Manning threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Hart to make it 14-0. It was the sixth time that Hart, a redshirt sophomore, has gone over 100...
That’s more like it, Casey finally in position for victory

That’s more like it, Casey finally in position for victory

Paul Casey is in position to win his first tournament this year.  It’s about time. And if you are only going to win one, this would be it. Casey is 12 under par following the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Saturday. He leads the finale of the FedEx Cup playoffs by two strokes over Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele and by a more comfortable four strokes over...
Falcons owner Arthur Blank checks Trump’s divisive comments

Falcons owner Arthur Blank checks Trump’s divisive comments

Falcons owner Arthur Blank on Saturday condemned the tweets by President Donald Trump about NFL players who do not stand for the National Anthem. “We are at our very best when we are working together, building unity and including everyone’s voice in a constructive dialogue,” Blank said in the statement. “Creating division or demonizing viewpoints that are different than our...
About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

President Donald J. Trump in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ATHENS — You have no idea how I voted in the last Presidential election. You can try to guess, but there’s a good chance you’ll be wrong. I like to think I’ve kept political comment to a minimum over my almost 40 years in this business, and not because I don’t have beliefs. (I...
Fumbles aside, Georgia Tech has loud response for Pitt and Narduzzi

Fumbles aside, Georgia Tech has loud response for Pitt and Narduzzi

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall runs for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Pitt at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com) Pat Narduzzi was right. Georgia Tech plays “dangerous” football. Just not the way he thinks. Five touchdowns and 484 yards in offense: dangerous. Five fumbles and four turnovers that could’ve easily...
Georgia Tech defense rescues offense

Georgia Tech defense rescues offense

Georgia Tech’s 38-17 win over Pittsburgh at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday provided a switching of traditional roles. Often in the past during coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, the Yellow Jackets relied on their offense to bail out a defense that has struggled to get off the field — evidenced by their 126th-ranked third-down conversion rate a season ago. On Saturday, that trend completely...
NBA team won’t visit White House after Trump criticizes player, NFL too

NBA team won’t visit White House after Trump criticizes player, NFL too

President Donald Trump has withdrawn an invitation for two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors to attend a championship celebration at the White House. It was not clear if Trump was rescinding an invitation for Curry or the entire Golden State team, which won the NBA championship in June. But it did not matter to the Warriors, who now say they will not attend even if invited. ...
Paul Johnson zings Pittsburgh, Pat Narduzzi

Paul Johnson zings Pittsburgh, Pat Narduzzi

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi got in the first shot of the week, but Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson got the last laugh. Perhaps irked by Narduzzi accusing the Yellow Jackets of playing “dangerous football,” Johnson sent the Panthers home with a subtle dig following Tech’s 35-17 win over Pitt on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Commenting on his team’s four lost fumbles, Johnson...
Report card: Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

Report card: Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

Evaluating Georgia Tech’s 35-17 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Behind strong interior line play, the Yellow Jackets hammered out 436 yards on 67 carries, scoring five times on the ground. Guards Parker Braun, Shamire Devine and Will Bryan (the latter two of whom rotated) and center Kenny Cooper were effective at creating a surge at the line to give quarterback...
Simpson learning to putt all over again

Simpson learning to putt all over again

Webb Simpson is learning to putt all over again. It hasn’t been easy. Simpson was one of a number of PGA Tour golfers who used an anchored putting technique, as he secured a long club to his chest. That is no longer permissible. The rules of golf changed, starting Jan. 1, 2016, and Simpson had to change with the new times. Simpson finished the 2016 PGA Tour season 144th in total putting. He...
LIVE BLOG: Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh

LIVE BLOG: Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour will try to build on his two sacks in the Jacksonville State game. (Danny Karnik/GT Athletics) For those of you not on the premises at 150 Bobby Dodd Way, hope you’ll join us for the live blog. A few things to note – I think Georgia Tech players are feeling fairly confident about their chances against Pittsburgh, for ...
It’s Trump vs. NFL (and Warriors)! Sports/politics collision unavoidable

It’s Trump vs. NFL (and Warriors)! Sports/politics collision unavoidable

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (center) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump deliver remarks during an event celebrating the team’s Super Bowl win on the south lawn at the White House in in April. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The intersection of sports and politics has resulted in a collision that once would have been thought unthinkable: U.S. President ...
Is Atlanta United’s Martinez an MLS MVP candidate?

Is Atlanta United’s Martinez an MLS MVP candidate?

September 16, 2017 Atlanta – Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez (7) heads the ball in the second half of an MLS soccer match at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, September 16, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM   Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez is on a scoring binge unlike anything I’ve seen in soccer. The Venezuelan has eight goals in his past four games...
Suzuki homers twice (again) to lead Braves past Phillies

Suzuki homers twice (again) to lead Braves past Phillies

The last time the Braves opened a game with six consecutive hits, they went on to win a World Series. That was 1995, when they did the six-hit first-inning thing on opening day against the Giants. The Braves pulled off the feat Friday night in a 7-2 win against the Phillies at SunTrust Park, where Kurt “The Improbable” Suzuki had his third two-homer game of the season including a two-run...
Come get your red-hot Tour Championship scenarios here

Come get your red-hot Tour Championship scenarios here

You just can’t beat a good scenario. Give me a couple of hypotheticals and a few what-ifs. Maybe, if you’re really lucky, a vicissitude. Doesn’t all that make for just the best kind of sports viewing? Any child can keep score and determine the big winner that way. It’s just too easy to watch something play out before you and fully understand what is happening and who is on...
East Lake shows some teeth; three tied for Tour Championship lead

East Lake shows some teeth; three tied for Tour Championship lead

Each had their chance to pull away. Each were bitten by East Lake Golf Club. Webb Simpson sat at 9 under par until a double-bogey on No. 13. Paul Casey was set to separate himself until back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 brought him back to the pack. Justin Thomas missed a number of putts, but posted an eagle on No. 18 to make a big jump. Simpson, Casey and Thomas share the lead at 7 under par...
Falcons to face “mirror” image of own backs in Lions’ Abdullah, Riddick

Falcons to face “mirror” image of own backs in Lions’ Abdullah, Riddick

De’Vondre Campbell and the Falcons have been there and done that before, so when they square up Sunday against the Lions’ burgeoning backfield boys it will be business as usual against Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Sort of, at least, because Falcons scout-team running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are pretty good. The fact the Falcons work in practice against one of the NFL&rsquo...
Snitker wants to keep managing Braves, isn’t stressing over decision

Snitker wants to keep managing Braves, isn’t stressing over decision

Braves manager Brian Snitker has spent 41 of his 61 years on earth working for one organization, and right now the genial, loyal baseball lifer doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the Braves next season, and if so, in what capacity. Some would characterize it as twisting in the wind, but Snitker insisted it wasn’t uncomfortable knowing the Braves hold an option on his contract for...
Georgia Tech’s 104-year-old fan to be at Saturday’s game

Georgia Tech’s 104-year-old fan to be at Saturday’s game

A most faithful supporter of Georgia Tech is expected to attend the Yellow Jackets’ ACC opener against Pittsburgh Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Alae Risse Leitch, who is 104 and will celebrate her 105th birthday on October 1, was planning to join the masses at Bobby Dodd Stadium with her younger sister Jo Atchison. “She’s so excited about going to the game,” Atchison said...
Torn pants a problem for Dufner

Torn pants a problem for Dufner

Jason Dufner made putts on holes No. 16 and 17 at the Tour Championship Friday … and just walked away. There was no retrieving his ball. A split in the seat of your pants will do that. Dufner awkwardly bent down to retrieve his ball on No. 18. Was he injured? No. Television camera revealed a significant rip in his pants. There was no use risking embarrassment on the final hole. Dufner finished...
Georgia Tech considering changes to substance-abuse policy

Georgia Tech considering changes to substance-abuse policy

Georgia Tech’s substance-abuse policy has been in place since the 2012-13 academic year. Athletic director Todd Stansbury believes it’s time to take a look at it. He has the backing of his most prominent coaches, Paul Johnson and Josh Pastner. In examining Tech’s policy, which has a “three-strikes” component, the school is joining what he called a national trend. &ldquo...
10 things to know about Georgia Tech vs. Pitt

10 things to know about Georgia Tech vs. Pitt

Conference action begins for Georgia Tech this weekend as it faces Pitt in its ACC opener. Here are 10 things you need to know about the Jackets-Panthers matchup: > When, where: Saturday, 12:20 p.m., Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta. > Burning question: How will Jackets respond to unplanned week off? > Early start, no problem: Why one Jacket loves noon kickoffs >...
SunTrust Park’s early power surge moderates

SunTrust Park’s early power surge moderates

In April and May, home runs flew out of SunTrust Park in a way reminiscent of old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which was such a hitter-friendly park that it became known as The Launching Pad.  “At the beginning of the season, when balls were going from here to planet Mars, I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, what have we created?’” Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz said this...
Georgia Tech drops efforts for 12th game

Georgia Tech drops efforts for 12th game

There will be no 12th regular-season game this year for Georgia Tech. While athletic department officials were seeking to arrange a game to replace the one that Central Florida canceled because of complications caused by Hurricane Irma, they no longer are having any active discussions with anyone about a 12th game, team spokesman Mike Flynn said in an email Friday. Tech was trying to arrange a game...
Freshman linebacker emerging for Kennesaw State

Freshman linebacker emerging for Kennesaw State

It’s been an odd start to the season for Kennesaw State.  Through it all, the Owls are 2-1, which is right where many people expected them to be after a tough opening matchup with Samford followed by two favorable games. Still, the process in getting there has been strange in more than one way, and the quality of play hasn’t satisfied coach Brian Bohannon. “It’s really...
Casey loves East Lake, compares to Augusta National

Casey loves East Lake, compares to Augusta National

Paul Casey loves East Lake Golf Club. Like, really loves it. Like, it reminds him of Augusta National Golf Club. Casey shot a 4-under par 66 in the opening round of the Tour Championship on Thursday at the Atlanta landmark. “I love this golf course at East Lake, it's a classic, it's maybe one of the finest we play all year,” Casey said after his round. “In a weird way it's a shame...
Falcons injury report: Beasley, Ward, Schraeder and Upshaw out for Lions’ game 

Falcons injury report: Beasley, Ward, Schraeder and Upshaw out for Lions’ game 

Falcons reserve running back Terron Ward, a key special-teams player, suffered a neck and shoulder injury and was limited in practice Thursday before being declared out of Sunday’s game, according to the team’s official injury report. Ward, linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring), right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw (ankle) did not practice...
Hawks player preview: Dennis Schroder

Hawks player preview: Dennis Schroder

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Tuesday in Athens. This is the final player preview leading up to camp. See below for links to all of the previous entries. Dennis Schroder Position: PG Height/Weight: 6-1, 172 Age: 24 (9/15/93) 2017-18 salary: $15.5 million CARMELO projected value: $8.5 million How acquired: 2013...
Matt Ryan ready to face his buddy Matthew Stafford 

Matt Ryan ready to face his buddy Matthew Stafford 

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was visiting Lake Oconee over the offseason just trying to relax.  “Oddly enough, I bumped into Matt Stafford,” Sarkisian said. “He just seemed like a great guy. He was with his dad golfing. Knowing Matt Ryan’s personality and then getting a chance to meet Matt Stafford, you could see why they get along.” The best buds...
Five things to know about the Falcons on Friday 

Five things to know about the Falcons on Friday 

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday: 1. Offensive line test. The revamped right side of the Falcons offensive line will get tested by the Detroit Lions on Sunday.  2. Takk attack. Rookie Takkarist McKinley appears ready for an expanded role on the defense with defensive end Vic Beasley out with a hamstring injury.  3. Campbell to rush more. Falcons linebacker De&rsquo...
UGA-State: Race for second place in the SEC will be run in Athens

UGA-State: Race for second place in the SEC will be run in Athens

Happy Dan and Mrs. Mullen. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) The last SEC East team to win the conference title was Florida in 2008, when Tebow was a junior. Take out Georgia’s epic near-miss against Alabama in 2012 and the closest — closest, I say — SEC title tilt over that span was Florida’s 14-point loss to Bama in 2015. Since 2009, the East champ has averaged...
LEADOFF: Braves making a pitch for All-Star Game at SunTrust Park

LEADOFF: Braves making a pitch for All-Star Game at SunTrust Park

The Braves are officially bidding to bring Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game to SunTrust Park.  The event already is committed to Washington and Cleveland the next two years, but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said sites for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 games might be announced simultaneously. The Braves want one of those games in their new stadium.  “Derek (Schiller...
Georgia Tech’s Pressley Harvin questionable for Pitt game

Georgia Tech’s Pressley Harvin questionable for Pitt game

Georgia Tech may be without punter Pressley Harvin for Saturday’s ACC opener against Pittsburgh. Harvin was listed as questionable with a lower-body injury on the team injury report, submitted Thursday. Harvin has punted six times for an average of 43 yards, with three of the kicks dropped inside the opposition 20-yard line. Three have been fair caught. Tech’s net of 43.0 yards is sixth...
Dickey pitches eight crisp innings in Braves’ win over Nationals

Dickey pitches eight crisp innings in Braves’ win over Nationals

Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey snapped out of his recent funk in what might have been the last home start of his career, and Arodys Vizcaino bounced back from one of the worst performances of his career in resounding fashion Thursday night. Dickey limited the Nationals to two runs and four hits in eight innings and Vizcaino struck out the side in the ninth to finish a 3-2 Braves win in the finale...
Besties Spieth, Thomas three off Tour Championship lead

Besties Spieth, Thomas three off Tour Championship lead

By unofficial count it was a simple two-fist-bump beginning at the first tee Thursday. And a simple cool handshake on the 18th green. No secret fraternal shakes or bro-hugs. Not so much as a playful locker room-style towel snap. Just two good buddies enjoying the ultimate golf outing, with $11 million or so on the line.   Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, friends since before their voices...
Just look at Stanley’s Clemson Tigers now

Just look at Stanley’s Clemson Tigers now

Kyle Stanley is back in the land of college football. And just look at his Clemson Tigers now. Stanley played golf at Clemson from 2006-09 and was named the nation’s best golfer in his final season. Clemson had nowhere near the success of their current run with Stanley in attendance. The school is the defending national champion, a year after being the runner-up in the title game, and is currently...
Stanley’s career turnaround has him atop Tour Championship leaderboard

Stanley’s career turnaround has him atop Tour Championship leaderboard

Kyle Stanley is not exactly sure what he was doing one year ago. Maybe sitting at home. He sure wasn’t playing in the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup playoff finale with more than $11 million at stake. Stanley was once the nation’s best college golfer and an early success on the PGA Tour. Times changed. The past three years have been a struggle. Stanley was ranked 47th in the world after...
Braves ‘not optimistic’ Foltynewicz makes next start

Braves ‘not optimistic’ Foltynewicz makes next start

The Braves don’t expect Mike Foltynewicz to make his next start Monday in New York. Foltynewicz left his Sept. 14 outing in Washington with a lacerated finger and missed his scheduled start Wednesday. Braves manager Brian Snitker said the team will play it by ear, but will be cautious.  “I don’t know. (Pitching coach) Chuck (Hernandez) wasn’t optimistic about Monday,&rdquo...
SunTrust Park’s rookie season winds down 

SunTrust Park’s rookie season winds down 

Five months and 10 days after the Braves played their first regular-season game at SunTrust Park, the stadium’s rookie season will conclude Sunday afternoon.  “It has gone by in a blink, flown by,” said Terry McGuirk, the Braves’ chairman and CEO.  The Braves will play their 81st – and last – home game of the season in the finale of a weekend series against...
In one year, how has Todd Stansbury impacted Georgia Tech?

In one year, how has Todd Stansbury impacted Georgia Tech?

Two weeks ago, shortly before the ACC announced that the Georgia Tech-Miami game would be moved back two days to accommodate a Hurricane Irma-related scheduling change, Mike Huff’s phone rang. Huff is Tech’s football-operations director, a job that includes oversight of the team’s travel, lodging and meals, among many other tasks. The person on the other end of the line was athletic...
Former Braves player gets 8 years in prison

Former Braves player gets 8 years in prison

Former Braves outfielder Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison in the Dominican Republic for political corruption. Mondesi was convicted of corruption and mishandling of public funds during his tenure as mayor of his hometown, San Cristóbal, from 2010-16. The former slugger was also prohibited from holding public office for 10 years and was fined 60 million pesos, which...
Caddie speaks, Henley responds at Tour Championship

Caddie speaks, Henley responds at Tour Championship

Russell Henley needed a pep talk. Maybe more. His caddie delivered the necessary words. Henley, the University of Georgia alum, did not get off to a good start his opening round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Thursday. In fact, he was 3-over after seven holes. “I was walking to the eighth tee and my caddie asked me if I was ready to start focusing,” Henley said. Sure...
Weekend Predictions: Dogs, Falcons winners, James Franklin a loser

Weekend Predictions: Dogs, Falcons winners, James Franklin a loser

Welcome back to Weekend Predictions, the nation’s only investment newsletter that dares to ask the question: When a team leads 56-0 and the coach who’s ahead calls timeout with only seconds left to seemingly freeze the opponent’s kicker before a field goal attempt, does that make the coach some indecipherable, unimaginable Napoleonic blob of green goo, like...
Georgia Tech opponent: What Pitt did last week

Georgia Tech opponent: What Pitt did last week

The Pitt Panthers enter Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium coming off of a 59-21 thrashing at the hands of Oklahoma State.  It was ugly from the beginning, with the Cowboys taking a 35-0 lead less than four minutes into the second quarter.  The Panthers responded by pulling their starting quarterback, graduate transfer Max Browne, and replacing him with sophomore...
Bazemore an eager spectator at Tour Championship

Bazemore an eager spectator at Tour Championship

This year, Kent Bazemore got an up-close look at the Tour Championship. The Hawks shooting guard and avid golfer attended the opening round of the PGA Tour playoff finale at East Lake Golf Club on Thursday. It’s an easy guess as to who Bazemore was following closely with an inside-the-ropes pass. That would be Jordan Spieth. Bazemore and Spieth have contracts with Under Armour. Bazemore met...
Revamped offensive line to get tested by Lions 

Revamped offensive line to get tested by Lions 

The Detroit Lions will test the revamped right side of the Falcons’ offensive line Sunday. Ty Sambrailo is slated to start for Ryan Schraeder at right tackle, and Wes Schweitzer will be making his third NFL start at right guard.  “Ty did a great job this last game of stepping up and playing really well,” center Alex Mack said.  Sambrailo can expect to see both of Detroit&rsquo...
College football: Week 4 TV times, networks, online for FBS games

College football: Week 4 TV times, networks, online for FBS games

Here are the TV times and networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The games are grouped into conferences based on the home team’s conference. The list includes FBS independents, and all times are EDT. (Source: National Football Foundation)   Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Temple at South Florida, ESPN (Dave Flemming, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland...
5 things to know about Georgia vs. Mississippi State

5 things to know about Georgia vs. Mississippi State

Conference action begins for Georgia this weekend as it faces Mississippi State in its SEC opener. Here are 5 things you need to know about the matchup of Bulldogs: > When, where: Saturday, 7 p.m., Sanford Stadium, Athens. > Injury update: QB Eason out, CB Parrish could play > What’s next for Fromm?: Smart wants freshman QB to focus on .... > SEC...
Falcons’ Takk McKinley’s back, not that he went anywhere

Falcons’ Takk McKinley’s back, not that he went anywhere

Takk McKinley’s had a few more moments this week where his subtle, yet super-sized personality merged with the clues that he keeps dropping so as to make you wonder if this guy needs a nickname NOW. This is a man who already has flashed a sense of timing for the dramatic, comedic, football and perhaps dark arts.  So, with inquisitors surrounding the Falcons’ 2017 first-round draft...
Georgia Tech, Pitt each uses uncommon offense

Georgia Tech, Pitt each uses uncommon offense

The now-annual divisional meeting of Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh recently has brought together two of the more uncommon offenses among Power Five teams.  With Tech in 2017, that remains the same with coach Paul Johnson calling the shots. For Pitt, its offense is led by a new play-caller for the third consecutive season after the previous two left for SEC destinations. Jim Chaney, who helped popularize...

5 things from Tennessee coach Butch Jones’ curious Monday press conference

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones is doing what he can to stay focused on football, but Monday’s press conference appeared to distract him. Jones appeared agitated with media members twice, when questions were asked that he didn’t feel directly related to his football team. RELATED: Butch Jones updates injuries, gets heated “We have to understand...
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