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Burden of carrying Rams’ offense too heavy for Gurley

The Rams, on their return to Los Angeles, were hoping to lean heavily on running back Todd Gurley, the former Georgia star. But that burden, in part because of poor quarterback play, has been too heavy for him. The Rams don’t appear to have enough weapons around Gurley to keep opposing defenses from putting their laser focus on him. Some contend that Gurley has become despondent and doesn&rsquo...
How the Hawks erased a 20-point deficit to defeat Bucks

How the Hawks erased a 20-point deficit to defeat Bucks

Five observations from the Hawks’ 114-110 comeback victory over the Bucks Friday. “We saw that we had 13 seconds so we knew we had to go kind of quick,” Hardaway said. “The first option, they defended it very well. The second option, the also defended it very well. The third option, we kicked it out to Dwight and I just had to be shot-ready in the corner and knock...
X-Factor: Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree

X-Factor: Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree

St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, who played at Georgia and is from Newnan, is in his first season playing middle linebacker. Ogletree, who has 80 tackles and one interception, will be the X-factor when the Falcons face the Rams. He’s the leader of a defense that gives up 345 yards per game and ranks 10th in the NFL. “We just have a lot of guys that like to fly around and hit,&rdquo...
Goff off to slow NFL start

Goff off to slow NFL start

The Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Some have questioned the move because Carson Wentz, who was drafted by the Eagles with the second pick, was able to start right away. Also, Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott inexplicably lasted until the 135th pick, in the fourth round. The Rams contend their plan was to ease Goff into action. He’s set to...
3 key matchups: Falcons at Rams

3 key matchups: Falcons at Rams

Celebration Bowl provides more than just another game for participants

Celebration Bowl provides more than just another game for participants

A trip to the Celebration Bowl means much more to North Carolina Central and Grambling State than proving they are at the top of their respective conferences. When the coaches of each team met Thursday to talk about participating in this contest that pits the best of the MEAC and SWAC against each other, both Broderick Fobbs of the No. 14 Grambling Tigers (10-1, 9-0 SWAC) and Jerry Mack of the No...
Weems, special teams on hot seat

Weems, special teams on hot seat

After giving up a fake punt for a touchdown against Kansas City, the Falcons’ specials team unit and fearless leader Eric Weems are on the hot seat this week. Special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong was in a nasty mood after the loss because Kansas City’s Albert Wilson, who played at Georgia State, ran a direct snap on a fake punt 55 yards for a touchdown. Weems was back as the returner...
Eales watched Falcons to prepare for MLS expansion draft

Eales watched Falcons to prepare for MLS expansion draft

To prepare for Tuesday’s MLS expansion draft, Atlanta United president Darren Eales spent time in the Falcons’ draft-day war room the past two years. While common in U.S. sports, Eales grew up in England and wasn’t exposed to the selection process that can be used to build a team. Throughout most of the world, it’s see a player, compete to sign a player in soccer. He found...
Inside the box score: Hawks 114, Bucks 110

Inside the box score: Hawks 114, Bucks 110

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ come-from-behind 114-110 victory over the Bucks Friday: * Dennis Schroder had a career-high and game-high 33 points. He did have seven turnovers in addition to three bounds and four assists. * Paul Millsap scored 23 points with 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steals. * Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points, including a key four-point...
Hawks erase 20-point deficit for victory over Bucks

Hawks erase 20-point deficit for victory over Bucks

The Hawks overcame a 20-point first-half deficit to gain an improbable win. Dennis Schroder scored on a layup with 1:08 left and Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a corner 3-pointer with 35.6 seconds left as the Hawks defeated the Bucks 114-110 Friday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Schroder had a career-high 33 points, including 17 in the first quarter. Paul Millsap added 23 points, 14 rebounds, six assists...
Those leaving Georgia State reflect on their time as Panthers

Those leaving Georgia State reflect on their time as Panthers

Khadrice Rollins krollins@ajc.com It’s a new day at Georgia State. After nearly four seasons with Trent Miles as the lead man for the Panthers, the team officially stepped into a new era when coach Shawn Elliott was For the players that are graduating and the coaches who will not be kept on Elliott’s staff, their past years at GSU will be something they said they will treasure dearly...
Celebration Bowl gets set for its 2nd year

Celebration Bowl gets set for its 2nd year

John Grant, the executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, is excited about the potential of the annual contest between the winners of MEAC and SWAC and has already noticed how the game is growing in popularity, he said at a news conference Thursday. Grant along with No. 18 North Carolina Central (9-2, 8-0 MEAC) coach Jerry Mack, No. 14 Grambling State...
Chaston Bennett leaves behind legacy of hard work at Kennesaw State

Chaston Bennett leaves behind legacy of hard work at Kennesaw State

Khadrice Rollins krollins@ajc.com In 2014, Kennesaw State running backs coach Tim Glanton took a trip to watch a recruit playing in a junior college playoff game in Texas. “He didn’t really get a whole lot of carries in the first half,” Glanton said of the future Owl. “And came out in the second half and just blew it away. Rushed for about 250 yards and four touchdowns in the...
Despite disappointing finish, Owls look to build off 2016 season

Despite disappointing finish, Owls look to build off 2016 season

Khadrice Rollins krollins@ajc.com The Kennesaw State Owls took the field Nov. 19 in Charleston, South Carolina with a chance to win a share of the Big South championship and prove to the nation they have already become legit contenders. The Owls were ranked for the first time in their history, and as the No. 22 team in the nation in the FCS Coaches Poll, the possibility of reaching the playoffs was...
Georgia State introduces Shawn Elliott as new football coach

Georgia State introduces Shawn Elliott as new football coach

Georgia State has officially entered into the Shawn Elliott era. The school introduced the new coach at a news conference Friday at the Georgia State Student Center after  “The future is bright at Georgia State,” Elliott said. “The stadium that we’re fixing to move into and pack it out every single week and get the energy and the focus — I’m telling you, it&rsquo...
Braves get lefty prospect Tyler Pike to complete trade with Mariners

Braves get lefty prospect Tyler Pike to complete trade with Mariners

The Braves added yet another young pitching prospect with big potential and control issues Friday when they acquired lefty-hander Tyler Pike from the Seattle Mariners. Pike, 22, was the player to be named later in the Nov. 28 trade that sent right-handed prospects Rob Whalen and Max Povse to the Mariners in exchange for outfield prospect Alex Jackson, who the Braves might switch back to his original...
Photos: Georgia State introduces Shawn Elliott as football coach

Photos: Georgia State introduces Shawn Elliott as football coach

Paul Johnson’s comments at TaxSlayer Bowl news conference

Paul Johnson’s comments at TaxSlayer Bowl news conference

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson used an interesting — and apt — phrasing to describe the state of the Yellow Jackets midway through the season. At 3-3, Johnson said he “felt like the season was just kind of mediocre, just kind of sitting there.” You know the rest. The Jackets finished 5-1 to reach 8-4 and earn a spot against Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 31 in Jacksonville...
John Schuerholz on Hall, Braves’ struggles and future

John Schuerholz on Hall, Braves’ struggles and future

John Schuerholz called being elected to the Hall of Fame, “The Shangri-La of my dreams.” So welcome to well-deserved paradise. The Braves’ former general manager and current vice chairman, who with Bobby Cox helped build a perennial losing team into a franchise that won one World Series, five pennants and 14 division titles, will be inducted during ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y...
Tech assistant Bryan Cook takes coordinator job at Georgia Southern

Tech assistant Bryan Cook takes coordinator job at Georgia Southern

Georgia Tech quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook accepted the offensive coordinator job at Georgia Southern Friday. Georgia Southern announced the hire, confirming an AJC report earlier in the day. Cook has been on coach Paul Johnson’s staff since the 2013 season and was instrumental in the development of Tech quarterback Justin Thomas. Cook is expected to stay with the team through its...
Sanu and Clayborn are out; Jones and Matthews questionable

Sanu and Clayborn are out; Jones and Matthews questionable

The Falcons’ No. 2 wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (groin) and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (knee) were declared out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams by coach Dan Quinn on Friday. The Falcons (7-5) are scheduled to face the Rams (4-8) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The team was set to fly to the West Coast on Friday to adjust to the time zone. All-Pro wide...
Falcons’ return man also a key tackler

Falcons’ return man also a key tackler

With a blocked extra-point attempt on the Chiefs’ first possession Sunday and a 59-yard field goal by kicker Matt Bryant, the Falcons’ special teams affected the scoreboard positively in the first half of the game, but a missed tackle by returner Eric Weems on a fake punt handed the Chiefs seven critical points in the second half. “I should have made that tackle,” Weems said...
Game Thread: Hawks at Bucks

Game Thread: Hawks at Bucks

Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Matthew Dellavedova of the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hardaway fine after banging knee

Hardaway fine after banging knee

Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the Hawks starting lineup for one more game despite an apparent knee injury suffered near the end of Wednesday’s game against the Heat. Hardaway will start against the Bucks Friday night in place of Kent Bazemore, who will miss his second game due to right knee soreness. Hardaway started against the Heat. He left the game late in the fourth quarter after banging...
Hawks recall Scott from D-League stint

Hawks recall Scott from D-League stint

The Hawks recalled Mike Scott from the NBA Development League after a two-game stint with the Delaware 87ers. Scott went to the D-League to get extended minutes after returning from non-surgical procedures on his sore left knee that kept him out of the first 18 games of the regular season. In the two games, Scott totaled 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting (.368), including 3-of-10 (.300) from 3-point range...
Falcons elevate Williams to 53-man, release Wreh-Wilson

Falcons elevate Williams to 53-man, release Wreh-Wilson

With wide receiver Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu injured, the Falcons elevated wide receiver Nick Williams from the practice squad and released cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson on Friday. Williams played in 14 games last season and caught 17 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
10 most watched college football games of 2016

10 most watched college football games of 2016

Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Rams

Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Rams

October 23, 2016 Atlanta: The Falcons cheerleaders wear throw back uniforms and sport pink for breast cancer awareness while they perform during an NFL football game against the Chargers on Sunday, Oct.
Atlanta United preparing for MLS draft

Atlanta United preparing for MLS draft

Tuesday’s MLS expansion draft isn’t the only method that Atlanta United will have to acquire players in what will be an important week for the expansion club. The trade window will open and close Sunday morning, the draft will start at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, which will be followed by free agency starting at 5 p.m. The waiver draft will be held Thursday and re-entry draft Friday. Most of Atlanta...
Go Army, beat Navy

Go Army, beat Navy

An Army Cadet signals his peers as they march onto the field in advance of 2015’s game against Navy.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 13: Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles interferes with Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Leadoff: Spurrier and the Bulldogs now ‘buddies’?

Leadoff: Spurrier and the Bulldogs now ‘buddies’?

The irony of Steve Spurrier Spurrier received an award for career-long contributions to the sport during the College Football Awards show, held at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta and televised nationally on ESPN. Afterward, a reporter asked Spurrier if he had been tempted to mark the occasion and location by taking one more dig at the Dogs during his in-show remarks. “I...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov talk about the spot the Falcons are in facing the Rams in week 14 and how Julio Jones’ turf toe will impact things in Los Angeles.
Scott scores 13 points in D-League assignment game

Scott scores 13 points in D-League assignment game

Hawks reserve forward Mike Scott scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Delaware 87ers in an NBA Development League assignment game Thursday. The Delaware 87ers, the affiliate of the 76ers, defeated the Westchester Knicks 106-105 at the Westchester County Center. Scott also had three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench. He was 5 of 12 from the field,...
Wide receiver Christian Philpott becomes fourth Jacket to transfer

Wide receiver Christian Philpott becomes fourth Jacket to transfer

Georgia Tech wide receiver Christian Philpott became the fourth team member to announce his transfer plans since the end of the regular season, making his intentions known Thursday in a message from his Philpott, a redshirt freshman, has struggled with injuries and did not see much playing time this season. Philpott, from Tallahassee, Fla., appeared in three games and had one catch. “I have...
Jackson, Watson among winners at College Football Awards show

Jackson, Watson among winners at College Football Awards show

The four head coaches in the College Football Playoff were together Thursday evening, gathered around the national championship trophy for an Atlanta news conference. “I’m the rookie up here,” Washington coach Chris Petersen immediately observed. “So I’m just kind of eyes wide open, echoing what they say, what they do.” Indeed, the other three coaches who were on...
Braves trade Jenkins, Feigl to Rangers for reliever Jackson

Braves trade Jenkins, Feigl to Rangers for reliever Jackson

Only a few hours after Braves officials left what had been a trade-less Winter Meetings for them, they finalized a trade that sent Braves pitching prospects Tyrell Jenkins and lefty reliever Brady Feigl to the Rangers for hard-throwing right-handed reliever Luke Jackson. Jackson, a former first-round draft pick, routinely throws 95-98 mph fastballs and can reach triple digits, but the former starter...
Whatever happened to … Michael Turner

Whatever happened to … Michael Turner

Not many felt Michael Turner would make it in college football, much less the NFL. He had one major college offer and was a fifth-round draft choice on a team that already had perhaps the best running back in football. But the running back nicknamed “The Burner” proved them all wrong. Turner finished with 7,338 yards in his nine-year career, most of them with the Falcons, and he averaged...
Dream comes true for Tech’s Jacksonville crew

Dream comes true for Tech’s Jacksonville crew

To Georgia Tech cornerback Lamont Simmons, EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., is hallowed turf. Simmons grew up in Jacksonville and pretty much all of his family lives there. For the Yellow Jackets, the trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl is a reward for an eight-win season and an opportunity to defeat a third SEC opponent. For Simmons and other Tech players from Jacksonville, it’s those things and...
If Jones and Sanu out, Falcons’ depth will be tested

If Jones and Sanu out, Falcons’ depth will be tested

Julio Jones is an All-Pro player but also one the Falcons possibly can make do without, at least in the short term. It sounds paradoxical but wide receiver is a position where the Falcons have proven depth. And it’s not just about the wide receivers—the tight ends and running backs have been a big part of the passing game at times this season, too. But that wide receiver depth will be...
Tech commit Demetris Harris withdraws commitment from Tech

Tech commit Demetris Harris withdraws commitment from Tech

Offensive guard Demetris Harris has decommitted from Georgia Tech in a statement released on Twitter on Thursday. In his Harris is the second 2017 recruit within a week to withdraw his verbal commitment from Tech after cornerback The 6-foot-3, 283 pound offensive guard has 21 total offers including Appalachian State, Charoltte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Mercer, Southern University...
Four-star safety Myles Sims receives offer from Tech

Four-star safety Myles Sims receives offer from Tech

Westlake High School safety Myles Sims received a 2018 offer from Georgia Tech on Thursday. Sims The 4-star recruit from Atlanta, Ga. is ranked No. 17 on 247 Sports’ list of top safeties in the signing class of 2018 and has offers from 22 total schools including Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, Notre Dame and Penn State. Sims, a 6-foot-4, 180...
Kennesaw State unveils 2017 schedule

Kennesaw State unveils 2017 schedule

Khadrice Rollins krollins@ajc.com The Kennesaw State Owls released their schedule for the 2017 season Thursday. This will be the team’s third season and it will feature a game in Montana against Montana State, which will be the longest road trip in program history. Last season the Owls went 8-3 and had a 4-1 record in road games. KSU will once again host six contest in Fifth Third Bank Stadium...
Brewster Academy point guard Michael Okauru to visit Tech

Brewster Academy point guard Michael Okauru to visit Tech

Senior point guard Michael Okauru will officially visit Georgia Tech the weekend of Dec. 16, according to a Okauru, a 3-star senior from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH, received a 2017 Okauru is one of two Brewster Academy seniors coach Josh Pastner has targeted for 2017. Teammate and 6-foot-4 shooting guard Curtis Haywood II received an offer from Tech and a home visit from Pastner in November...
How Tech stacks up in assistant coach salary pool

How Tech stacks up in assistant coach salary pool

Georgia Tech quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook. (GT Athletics/Danny Karnik) On two separate occasions this season, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson made public his frustration with his team’s standing in the ACC in regards to resources.
Is there no end to Army’s misery vs. Navy?

Is there no end to Army’s misery vs. Navy?

Joe Walker, Army’s senior running back by way of Fayetteville, is not tired of answering the 500-pound question that arises every December about this time: Is this the year you break that oppressive streak and finally beat Navy? No, not tired. “Extremely tired,” Walker said this week. “You hate to hear it: ‘Is this going to be it? Is this the year?’ I’d rather...
What Alec Ogletree had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

What Alec Ogletree had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, who played at Georgia and is from Newnan, spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday. Ogletree is in his first season at middle linebacker for the Rams and he has 80 tackles and one interception. Here’s what Ogletree had to say: “We just have a lot of guys that like to fly around and hit. We want to make it tough on offenses to do things...
What Jeff Fisher had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

What Jeff Fisher had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say about the Falcons and the Rams: “You know, I’m just really impressed (with Mack). We’re early in the preparation week, but just really impressed with his quickness, his strength, his leverage, the ability to get down to the second level, his ability to help the guards. It&rsquo...
Loganville, Ga. running back Darryl Giles Jr. visits Tech

Loganville, Ga. running back Darryl Giles Jr. visits Tech

Loganville High School running back Darryl Giles Jr. visited Georgia Tech on Wednesday, according to a According to a Giles, a 5-foot-8, 188 pound senior from Loganville, Ga., is currently unranked and received offers from
Freddie Burden makes coaches All-ACC team

Freddie Burden makes coaches All-ACC team

Georgia Tech center Freddie Burden made his third All-ACC team in a week and a half, as he was named to the third team of the coaches All-ACC team Thursday. Burden also has been named to the media All-ACC team (third team) and the ESPN.com All-ACC team (first team). Burden was the linchpin of the Tech offensive line that helped the Yellow Jackets average 6.6 yards per play, 20th in FBS and produce...

Dan Quinn on Ryan vs. Goff, Alford’s new deal

Georgia State agrees to hire Shawn Elliott as football coach

Georgia State agrees to hire Shawn Elliott as football coach

Georgia State has agreed to hire Shawn Elliott as its next football coach. A news conference is set for 11 a.m. Friday. Elliott worked with Panthers athletic director Charlie Cobb when both were at Appalachian State. Elliott has been a position coach or coordinator at South Carolina since 2010. Elliott will replace Trent Miles, who was fired with two games remaining in the season with a record of...
Braves mostly quiet at these Winter Meetings

Braves mostly quiet at these Winter Meetings

OXON HILL, Md. — At a Winter Meetings that saw the Braves turn away trade proposals that included many of their top prospects, the only pitcher to exit the organization did so at the team’s insistence. Williams Perez was released on the final day of the Winter Meetings, a move made Thursday morning to open a spot on the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft. The Braves used the roster...
Injury report: Jones, Matthews and Sanu held out of practice

Injury report: Jones, Matthews and Sanu held out of practice

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s battling a turf toe injury, will not practice today, according to coach Dan Quinn. Also, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (groin), left tackle Jake Matthews (sprained knee) and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (knee) will not practice. Clayborn is recovering from knee surgery and was not expected to practice. Matthews and Jones took part in the team&rsquo...
What defensive coordinator Richard Smith said about the Rams

What defensive coordinator Richard Smith said about the Rams

When Hawks move ball, Howard and Millsap control inside

When Hawks move ball, Howard and Millsap control inside

One statistic stood out. The Hawks scored 58 points in the paint in a much-needed win over the Heat on Wednesday. The victory ended a seven-game losing streak and was just the second in the past 12 games for the struggling Hawks. How badly did the Hawks need that win? “As bad as we need air,” Paul Millsap said. Dwight Howard scored 23 points and Millsap scored 21 in the win. While it would...
Falcons sign Alford to $38 million, four-year contract extension

Falcons sign Alford to $38 million, four-year contract extension

Falcons cornerback Robert Alford signed a $38-million four-year contract extension with the team on Thursday. Alford has battled getting penalties throughout his career, but plays fast and covers well. The contact has $21 million in guaranteed money. Alford has played in 53 games with 41 starts for the Falcons. His deal averages $9.5 million, which would make him the 12th highest paid cornerback in...
Braves take big-strikeout reliever from Triple-A Cubs in Rule 5 draft

Braves take big-strikeout reliever from Triple-A Cubs in Rule 5 draft

OXON HILL, Md. — The Braves acquired a relief pitcher with a huge strikeout rate in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft, and it sounds like the Cuban right-hander, Armando Rivero, has a pretty good chance of making their opening-day bullpen. Rivero, 28, had 2.13 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 35 walks in 67 2/3 innings in 43 appearances for the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa affiliate in 2016, which works...
Championship game previews

Championship game previews

Leadoff: Can Braves get out of their TV deal?

Leadoff: Can Braves get out of their TV deal?

At an investment conference in New York this week “No triggers to exit, per se,” Liberty Media Chief Financial Officer Mark Carleton replied. He said the Braves have “some accelerators and a couple of contractual provisions a few years out” that affect about 50 games. But “in general we have a contract until 2027” with Fox Sports, he said. “We believe there&rsquo...
Falcons’ war room helped Atlanta United prepare for draft

Falcons’ war room helped Atlanta United prepare for draft

To prepare for Tuesday’s MLS expansion draft, Atlanta United President Darren Eales spent time in the Falcons’ draft-day war room the past two years. While common in U.S. sports, Eales grew up in England and wasn’t exposed to the selection process that can be used to build a team. Throughout most of the world, it’s see a player, compete to sign a player in soccer. He found...
Corey Heyward nails shot from beyond half court

Corey Heyward nails shot from beyond half court

November 14, 2016, Atlanta: Georgia Tech guard Corey Heyward steals against the Southern Jaguars in an NCAA college basketball game at McCamish Pavilion on Monday, Nov.
Josh Pastner explains Tech’s ‘huge, huge win’ over VCU

Josh Pastner explains Tech’s ‘huge, huge win’ over VCU

The seeds for a most unlikely victory were planted not long after Georgia Tech was thrashed by Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. Coach Josh Pastner gave guard Tadric Jackson a simple message after Jackson had given the Yellow Jackets 10 uninspiring minutes in their 81-58 loss to the Volunteers. “I won’t play you anymore if you won’t play hard,” Pastner said he told Jackson...
How the Hawks were finally able to get a victory

How the Hawks were finally able to get a victory

Five observations from the Hawks’ 103-95 victory over the Heat Wednesday. The Hawks won for just the second time in the past 12 games. It’s a start for a team that dipped two games below .500 after a 9-2 start. “He’s right,” Dwight Howard said. “That’s all we’ve been thinking about since the last game, how we could come in and get this...
Inside the box score: Hawks 103, Heat 95

Inside the box score: Hawks 103, Heat 95

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 103-95 victory over the Heat Wednesday: * Dwight Howard had his 15th double-double with 23 points and 17 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. * Paul Millsap had 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks. * Tyler Johnson helped keep the Heat in the game with a career-high 27 points off the depleted bench...
Hawks snap seven-game losing streak with win over Heat

Hawks snap seven-game losing streak with win over Heat

Deep breath. The losing streak is over. The Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak at the expense of the injury-ravaged Heat, winning 103-95 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. The win was only the second in the past 12 games for the Hawks. No matter the circumstances, the Hawks will take it. It’s been a long time. The last win came Nov. 23, 14 days ago. The Hawks (11-12) were led by duo of...
Georgia Tech pulls off overtime defeat of VCU

Georgia Tech pulls off overtime defeat of VCU

Georgia Tech pulled off the biggest win of coach Josh Pastner’s eight-game tenure as Yellow Jackets coach, defeating VCU 76-73 in overtime Wednesday night in Richmond, Va. Four days after an embarrassing 23-point defeat to Tennessee, and with final exams about to start, Tech led most of the way and answered every challenge. Guard Tadric Jackson was a compelling force, scoring a career-high 24...
Tech ticket sales deemed strong for TaxSlayer Bowl

Tech ticket sales deemed strong for TaxSlayer Bowl

Georgia Tech had sold 3,500 tickets for the TaxSlayer Bowl as of Wednesday afternoon, and athletic department officials characterized sales as brisk. Sales began with Sunday’s announcement that the Yellow Jackets will play Kentucky in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 31. The athletic department expects strong sales Thursday and Friday. Thursday is the deadline for ticket buyers to receive priority...
Braves like Quintana, but not the way they liked Sale

Braves like Quintana, but not the way they liked Sale

OXON HILL, Md. – After pulling back from the Chris Sale trade sweepstakes when the asking price for ace rose beyond their comfort level, the Braves checked on the ask for the other All-Star left-hander being dangled by the White Sox, Jose Quintana. The Sox were also asking too much for Quintana, at least from the Braves’ perspective. While they were in the market for a true No. 1 starter...
Photos: Braves' Matt Kemp selling his $11.5 million California mansion 

Photos: Braves' Matt Kemp selling his $11.5 million California mansion 

Atlanta Braves slugger Matt Kemp, acquired in a midseason trade last season, is making a permanent move to the East Coast.
Atlanta United reportedly trades for Parkhurst

Atlanta United reportedly trades for Parkhurst

Atlanta United may have its first defender. The MLS expansion club has reportedly agreed to a trade with Columbus for U.S. national team player Michael Parkhurst, according to the Parkhurst, 32, was out of contract with the Crew. Atlanta United reportedly sent to the Crew an undisclosed amount of allocation money. The agreement can’t be finalized until it receives league approval on Sunday...
No reason to believe Matt Ryan won’t rebound from misery

No reason to believe Matt Ryan won’t rebound from misery

Matt Ryan’s family has learned by now how to handle delicate situations like this. So when the Falcons’ quarterback returned home the other night, still replaying the misery in his head from that day’s game, walking into the house wasn’t like, say, stepping into a blast furnace like Twitter or a radio call-in show. “You get home and you’re probably a little bit...
College Football Awards show brings stars to Atlanta

College Football Awards show brings stars to Atlanta

Twenty-four stars of college football’s 2016 season, including all five Heisman Trophy finalists, will share the spotlight at an Atlanta event Thursday night. They’ll attend the 26th annual “College Football Awards” show, a two-hour made-for-TV event that will air live on ESPN from the College Football Hall of Fame starting at 7 p.m. The show, which moved to the Hall of Fame...
Rodriguez’s versatility and intangibles (not boxing) attracted Braves

Rodriguez’s versatility and intangibles (not boxing) attracted Braves

OXON HILL, Md. – Fans outside of Pittsburgh probably remember Sean Rodriguez for his epic tantrum in last year’s wild-card game between the Pirates and Cubs, when he got tossed after a benches-clearing incident, then continued to rage, rage against the dying postseason light by landing three devastating punches on a dugout Gatorade cooler. It was not the first ejection for Rodriguez, who...
Shooting claims life of father of Tech commit Jerry Howard

Shooting claims life of father of Tech commit Jerry Howard

Tragedy has struck Georgia Tech commit Jerry Howard, a running back from Rock Hill, S.C. Howard’s father, Jerry Sr., died Friday after a shooting in Rock Hill. Jerry Howard Sr. was 37. He was reportedly shot several times and died at a nearby hospital. “It was tragic,” said Howard’s high-school coach at Northwestern High, David Pierce. “It was horrible.” Pierce...
Want to be the Braves mascot?

Want to be the Braves mascot?

A college graduate? Physically fit? Willing to strike a pose with children and cameras? The Braves may have a job for you.  The team has an The job, according to the job description on the Braves' job board, requires more than prancing around the stadium for 81 games. The representative of the Braves brand must have good business acumen and will be in charge of managing more than 200 appearances...
Falcons say poor communication leads to slow defensive starts

Falcons say poor communication leads to slow defensive starts

Falcons coach Dan Quinn often says he wants his outfit to be “the best attacking team in football.” He says he likes to see “intent” from his players and wants them to play a “fast and physical” style. Quinn’s defensive players have heard those themes since the off-season camps. They hear them throughout the week of preparation. They hear them before taking...
Matt Ryan named Falcons nominee for Man of the Year

Matt Ryan named Falcons nominee for Man of the Year

For his leadership on and off the field, the Atlanta Falcons nominated quarterback Matt Ryan as the team nominee for 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year. A first time nominee for Man of the Year, Ryan has been an advocate for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since he was drafted by the Falcons in 2008. Ryan most recently voiced his support on Sunday by wearing CHOA “I feel really honored...
Georgia Tech jumps into bowl practice

Georgia Tech jumps into bowl practice

Georgia Tech began preparations for Kentucky and the TaxSlayer Bowl Tuesday, the first of two practices this week as players begin final exams on Thursday. “It seems like it’s been forever since we were out there, so it was good to get back out there, get started,” coach Paul Johnson said. The Yellow Jackets enjoyed a nine-day respite without practice since the win over Georgia Nov...

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Tech commit Jaytlin Askew on his official visit to Tech

Tech commit Jaytlin Askew on his official visit to Tech

Even before 3-star cornerback Jaytlin Askew officially visited Georgia Tech on Friday, Tech already felt like home. The senior from Douglasville, Ga. has been to Tech’s campus many times and is ready to move in when he enrolls in school in January. “I literally (live) 15 to 20 minutes from there, but the trip was different because this was the first time I got to be around...
Snitker confident Dansby’s ready to handle hitting 2nd in lineup

Snitker confident Dansby’s ready to handle hitting 2nd in lineup

OXON HILL, Md. – Dansby Swanson has played less than two months in the big leagues, but the Braves shortstop was so impressive that manager Brian Snitker is confident he could handle the responsibility and potential pressure that goes with hitting second. “Absolutely,” Snitker said Wednesday during the manager’s media session at the Winter Meetings. “I think Dansby can...
Bazemore to miss two games with right knee soreness (updated)

Bazemore to miss two games with right knee soreness (updated)

The Hawks will be without starter Kent Bazemore for the next two games as the guard/forward deals with right knee soreness. Tim Hardaway Jr. will start in place of Bazemore for Wednesday’s home game against the Heat and Friday’s road game against the Bucks. The injury concern is the second change to the Hawks starting lineup in as many games. Thabo Sefolosha replaced Kyle Korver beginning...
Freddie Burden savors All-ACC honors

Freddie Burden savors All-ACC honors

Georgia Tech center Freddie Burden’s final season as a Yellow Jacket has concluded well. The senior from Statesboro was named to ESPN’s All-ACC team Tuesday, a week after he was named to the media’s All-ACC third team. “Huge accomplishment,” Burden said Tuesday following Tech’s first bowl practice. “One of the things you pride yourself on. I dedicated this...
Where’s Alabama’s Allen among Heisman finalists?

Where’s Alabama’s Allen among Heisman finalists?

See, Jonathan Allen does carry the ball – here stepping over Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight on the way to a touchdown return of a fumble.
Georgia Tech's Gator Bowl history

Georgia Tech's Gator Bowl history

Georgia Tech returns to Jacksonville, Fla., for its eighth trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly known as the Gator Bowl. Tech is 24-19 overall in its bowl history, dating back to its first bowl appearance in the  When they face Kentucky at 11 a.m. Dec. 31 in Jacksonville, the Jackets will make the Gator Bowl their most frequent bowl game. They are 3-4 in the nation's sixth oldest bowl game. This...
NFL bets you may not want to make

NFL bets you may not want to make

Game Thread: Heat at Hawks

Game Thread: Heat at Hawks

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov.
Cover 9@9: Falcons should sit Julio Jones with turf toe

Cover 9@9: Falcons should sit Julio Jones with turf toe

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov talk about the spot the Falcons are in facing the Rams in week 14 and how Julio Jones’ turf toe will impact things in Los Angeles.
Leadoff: Where is Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s halo board?

Leadoff: Where is Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s halo board?

Stadium general manager Jenkins offered this timeline: “We’re targeting a June completion for the stadium. We’ll be loading equipment and furniture and training people in July. And we’ll be rocking and rolling in August with events.” Another guest, chief technology officer “I can tell you it’s going to be hundreds of truck loads...
Scott scores four points in D-League assignment game

Scott scores four points in D-League assignment game

Hawks reserve forward Mike Scott had four points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of an NBA Development League assignment game with the Delaware 87ers on Tuesday night. The Santa Cruz Warriors won the game, 116-102, played in Newark, Delaware. Scott came off the bench and also had one block and one turnover. He was 2 of 7 from the field and 0 of 4 from 3-point range. He is expected to play at least...
Mallex might return to Triple-A in 2017 to continue development

Mallex might return to Triple-A in 2017 to continue development

OXON HILL, Md. – Braves officials like the speed and outfield versatility that Mallex Smith could give them as a fourth outfielder next season, but they also believe he would benefit from playing on a regular basis after missing much of his rookie season with a broken thumb. As long as the Braves’ starting outfield trio of Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis is healthy, 23-year-old...
Paul Johnson on transfer trend: ‘Kids have such a sense of entitlement’

Paul Johnson on transfer trend: ‘Kids have such a sense of entitlement’

As might be expected, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson shed no tears for the three players who have elected to transfer from the school to play elsewhere. Johnson spoke Monday following the Yellow Jackets’ first bowl practice in response to the transfers of B-back Marcus Marshall, cornerback Dorian Walker and linebacker Emanuel Bridges, calling out the entitlement that he perceives among players...
Braves’ Teheran to pitch for Colombia in World Baseball Classic

Braves’ Teheran to pitch for Colombia in World Baseball Classic

OXON HILL, Md. – The Braves say they’re “all in” on the World Baseball Classic, while also admitting at least some consternation about Julio Teheran pitching in the March event. Teheran will compete for his native Colombia in the international tournament, one of 24 major league All-Stars who were among 30 players announced as confirmed participants by the WBC this week, and...
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