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Retractable roof won’t be ready when Falcons stadium opens

Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s retractable roof won’t be ready for action when the Falcons open their new $1.5 billion home next month. Construction delays have thrown “mechanization” of the roof behind schedule and will force the stadium to debut with the roof closed, Steve Cannon, CEO of Falcons parent company AMB Group, said Tuesday. Cannon said the organization doesn’t know...


Dream overcome 18-point first-half deficit, beat Mercury 99-91 in OT

Dream overcome 18-point first-half deficit, beat Mercury 99-91 in OT

In a historical game from Layshia Clarendon, the Atlanta Dream took down the Phoenix Mercury 99-91 in overtime on Tuesday. The Mercury completely controlled the first half, but Atlanta used the help of its hometown fans in a momentous third period that brought it all the way back from an 18-point deficit. “I told them at the half, we’ve got to limit their 3-point attempts, we’ve...
Blair to start Wednesday; Sims, Medlen are options going forward

Blair to start Wednesday; Sims, Medlen are options going forward

PHOENIX – The Braves have recalled Aaron Blair from Triple-A to start Wednesday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks, manager Brian Snitker confirmed late Tuesday after Atlanta’s 8-3 win at Chase Field. It would have been Jaime Garcia’s rotation turn Wednesday but the left-hander was traded Monday to the Twins. Blair was flown to Los Angeles last week to take Garcia&rsquo...
Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

  This is the room that houses the controls for the hypothetically retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which may work some time in 2017. (Jeff Schultz/jschultz@ajc.com) The chief of communications for Falcons owner Arthur Blank emerged from the room, closed the door behind him and delivered the verdict. “You can’t go in there,” Brett Jewkes...
Christopher Eubanks shines on Atlanta Open’s College Night

Christopher Eubanks shines on Atlanta Open’s College Night

Christopher Eubanks is becoming a BB&T Atlanta Open staple. Highlighting “College Night,” Eubanks defeated Californian Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-4. “It was incredible,” he said. “I can’t really put it into words. Being able to play in the tournament in my hometown is already hard to put into words, but to come out with a win is just, in front of the crowd, it was electric...
Isner tries to rebound after last year’s Atlanta Open upset

Isner tries to rebound after last year’s Atlanta Open upset

John Isner is looking to reclaim his throne atop the BB&T Atlanta Open this week. Isner returns to the event he’s won a tournament-best three times. He’s the No. 2 seed behind fellow American Jack Sock. “It’s great to be back,” Isner said. “Of course, (I have) a lot of very good memories here in Atlanta. I’ve played well here in this tournament’s seven-year...
5 position battles to watch in training camp

5 position battles to watch in training camp

The defending NFC champion Falcons report for duty Wednesday. The Falcons, who are eager to put the crushing 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI behind them, will hold their first practice Thursday.  “I feel that we have a really good communicative understanding about what we are looking for, from this football team,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff...
Falcons good enough to avoid breakdowns, make title run again

Falcons good enough to avoid breakdowns, make title run again

Coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have made a strong team in the Falcons’ front office and there’s no reason to believe the team can’t make it back to the Super Bowl. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Sports executives are not unfamiliar with being thrown under a bus, but it was a departure for Thomas Dimitroff last week when he found...
Video: Tour new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with D. Led

Video: Tour new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with D. Led

Take a tour of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter (who got kicked out of the coaches’ lounge) on Tuesday. There’s also a picture of the open roof, which apparently, will not be open for some of the early games. Enjoy. 
How much should the Falcons pay Freeman?

How much should the Falcons pay Freeman?

December 18, 2016, ATLANTA: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman spikes the ball scoring his second of three touchdowns for a 28-7 lead over the 49ers during the second quarter in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com FLOWERY BRANCH — Let’s play general manager. How much should the Falcons pay running back...
Behold! Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Behold! Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The good people with Atlanta United and the Atlanta Falcons (yes, I put United before the Falcons), gave us good and wise media folks a tour of $1.5 billion stadium on Tuesday. There’s no truth that, like a car, the stadium devalued as soon as it was used, though it may get knocked down a hunny thou or so just because of the quality of the tour’s clientele. Anyway...
Breaking down the Jackets: B-back

Breaking down the Jackets: B-back

Of the various reasons that Georgia Tech has to be optimistic about the 2017 season, the B-back position is high on the list. As a freshman in 2016, Dedrick Mills won the job in the preseason and, at least on the field, was everything that coach Paul Johnson could have wanted. Mills ran the ball low to the ground with tackle-breaking power. He was a relentless force near the goal line. He excelled...
Falcons won’t be able to open stadium roof for first games

Falcons won’t be able to open stadium roof for first games

The retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be in the closed position when the new Falcons stadium debuts next month and for an undetermined period of time beyond that, the CEO of Falcons parent company AMB Group said today. Steve Cannon said construction delays have the project behind schedule on fully mechanizing the roof. Therefore, he said the roof will be closed when the stadium opens...
Here’s why the Braves traded Jaime Garcia – asset acquisition

Here’s why the Braves traded Jaime Garcia – asset acquisition

Jaime Garcia, grand slammer. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Maybe you read the particulars of Monday’s trade and thought, “Total dud.” The Atlanta Braves traded a member of their big-league rotation and a catcher who’d played a little in the majors for a prospect not listed among Minnesota’s top 20. I understand that reaction: Fans like to think their team won a trade...
Year 2 effect: Why Kirby Smart hopes history repeats itself

Year 2 effect: Why Kirby Smart hopes history repeats itself

Athens - As former Georgia quarterback David Greene remembers it, Mark Richt’s first season as Georgia’s coach in 2001 was marked by players and coaches still trying to figure each other out, players trying to learn a new system, and people being mentally and physically exhausted well before the season was over. Then came Year 2: a five-win improvement, an SEC championship, a Sugar...
Southern Fried Soccer: Who is atop my MLS Power Poll?

Southern Fried Soccer: Who is atop my MLS Power Poll?

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan, right, makes a save on a shot by Orlando City’s Jonathan Spector (2) at Orlando City Stadium on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson recaps his weekly Power Poll in today’s edition of the podcast, Southern Fried Soccer. [soundcloud...
Video: Check out the Falcons locker room inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Video: Check out the Falcons locker room inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The Atlanta Falcons new locker room is impressive. In a video posted on the Falcons’ Twitter account on Tuesday morning, fans are taken on a tour of the new locker room inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium which is a major upgrade from where the Dirty Birds spent the last several seasons. The Falcons will break in their new locker room on Aug. 26 when they play the Arizona Cardinals in the third...
Countdown to Camp: Day 2 – What makes Julio Jones so great?

Countdown to Camp: Day 2 – What makes Julio Jones so great?

Here’s Falcons receiver Julio Jones’ spectacular catch that nearly saved the Falcons from their Super Bowl collapse. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter his third season with the team. FLOWERY BRANCH &mdash...
Dickey exits early, D’backs roll to 10-2 rout of Braves

Dickey exits early, D’backs roll to 10-2 rout of Braves

PHOENIX – After R.A. Dickey gave up four runs without making it out of the fourth inning in the knuckleballer’s shortest outing this season, Sean Rodriguez gave the Braves a chance in the fifth with a long two-run pinch-hit homer to cut Arizona’s lead in half. But their comeback hopes evaporated in a barrage of extra-base hits off Matt Wisler to start Arizona’s sixth inning...
Must-see: Freddie Freeman’s line-drive snag

Must-see: Freddie Freeman’s line-drive snag

Freddie Freeman made his 11th start at third base (since transitioning from first on July 4) Monday in Arizona. Freeman’s defensive prowess at first was well known. At third, it’s getting there. In the bottom of the fourth, the Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock stepped up to the plate with 2 outs and a man on first. Pollock slapped R.A. Dickey’s fifth pitch -- an 83-mph fastball --...
Tommy Paul upsets Hyeon Chung at BB&T Atlanta Open

Tommy Paul upsets Hyeon Chung at BB&T Atlanta Open

For those who waited out the thunderstorms, Tommy Paul delivered an exciting match to the fans Monday night. Some three hours after it expected to be finished, Paul beat seventh-seeded Hyeon Chung in three sets in the first day of the BB&T Atlanta Open. As the underdog playing in his home country, Paul got the most support from the crowd of any player on Monday and received a huge standing ovation...
Inciarte gets a rest for just 2nd time in 98 games

Inciarte gets a rest for just 2nd time in 98 games

PHOENIX – And on the 98th day, Ender Inciarte got a rest.  For only the second time all season, the Braves’ All-Star center fielder was out of the lineup Monday. Manager Brian Snitker said it was only coincidence that it came in the series opener against Inciarte’s original team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I just kind of feel like he needs a day (off),” Snitker said...
Weather knocks back opening round of BB&T Atlanta Open late into night

Weather knocks back opening round of BB&T Atlanta Open late into night

After a brief delay during the opening matches starting at noon, a big storm knocked the BB&T Atlanta Open schedule back a couple hours before any singles matches got under way Monday night. Opening tournament play on the Stadium Court were Purav Raja and Divij Sharan competing in doubles against Treat Huey and Robert Lindstedt. The first weather delay of the day came early in the match but Raja and...
Braves wouldn’t have traded Garcia if playoff spot were realistic

Braves wouldn’t have traded Garcia if playoff spot were realistic

The Braves traded starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Minnesota Twins Monday. (AP photo) If the dark underworld of social media is any indication, Braves fans are not happy about the trade that sent starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Minnesota Twins for an obscure young pitcher with the most confusing name in the history of the world (Huascar Ynoa. I copy/pasted from the...
7 things to know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

7 things to know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Nearly every aspect of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a massive project birthed in early 2010, has commanded Atlanta’s attention for years. And with the inaugural football game scheduled for Aug. 26, excited fans won’t have to wait much longer to experience it for themselves. Meanwhile, here are seven things you should know about the city’s new shiny, monstrous...
5 bold predictions for the Falcons offense 

5 bold predictions for the Falcons offense 

After reaching Super Bowl LI, the Falcons’ offense will be expected to remain near the top of the league in 2017. “Our focus is not on the past,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Monday. “It’s on moving forward and I know that’s a cliché.” The Falcons report for training camp on Wednesday, with the first practice scheduled for Thursday...
Georgia Tech sets preseason schedule

Georgia Tech sets preseason schedule

Georgia Tech released the entirety of its pre-ACC schedule Monday, a 12-game slate that includes four games against power-conference opponents. That includes rival Georgia (in Athens Dec. 19) and the Yellow Jackets’ season opener in Shanghai against UCLA Nov. 11. The two other power-conference teams that the Jackets will face in coach Josh Pastner’s second season are Tennessee (Dec. 3...
Braves trade Garcia, Recker to Twins for pitching prospect

Braves trade Garcia, Recker to Twins for pitching prospect

PHOENIX – The Braves traded pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Twins on Monday, sending the left-hander along with catcher Anthony Recker and a small amount of cash to Minnesota in exchange for 19-year-old pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa. Ranked as a top-25 prospect in the Twins organization, the hard-throwing Ynoa is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound right-hander who went 0-1 with a 5.26 ERA in six rookie-ball...
Julio Jones set to return to action

Julio Jones set to return to action

Falcons two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s recovering from offseason foot surgery, is set to return to the field during training camp.  The Falcons report on Wednesday and the first practice is Thursday. Jones will likely be limited.   “He’s healed up very, very well,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We are ready for him to...
Falcons remain optimistic about reaching new deal with Freeman

Falcons remain optimistic about reaching new deal with Freeman

Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff remains optimistic that the team can reach an amicable contract extension with Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman.  “Devonta, right now, we’ve had some good conversations over the offseason,” Dimitroff said on Monday at a community service appearance at East Lake YMCA. “I’ve talked to him on the field a number of times....
Dwight Freeney appears to be only last-resort option for Falcons

Dwight Freeney appears to be only last-resort option for Falcons

The Falcons may have more talent and depth on the defensive line depth chart than any team since at least the 2004 season (the Patrick Kerney/Rod Coleman-led front) or possibly 1998 (the Super Bowl team in which four starting linemen — Chuck Smith, Lester Archambeau, Travis Hall and Shane Dronett — combined for 29.5 sacks).       ...
Falcons hope McKinley’s ready for third exhibition game

Falcons hope McKinley’s ready for third exhibition game

Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley, who’s recovering from shoulder surgery, will be “limited” at the start of training camp, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons are hoping that McKinley, who was selected with the 26th overall pick in the draft, will be ready to play in the third or fourth exhibition game. “We don’t have the exact date...
Asking yet again: Should the Braves trade Julio Teheran?

Asking yet again: Should the Braves trade Julio Teheran?

Julio Teheran after another home run. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) Baseball-Reference’s home page for the 2017 Atlanta Braves includes the photos of the team’s 12 most valuable players as rated by B-Ref WAR. Not pictured: Julio Teheran. Of the five pitchers taking turns in the Braves’ rotation, their Opening Day starter has been – again by...
Falcons are making push to get Freeman deal done

Falcons are making push to get Freeman deal done

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and his staff plans to work “full time” on getting a contract extension done with Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman. He wouldn’t rule out having...
Video: Dimitroff discusses Devonta Freeman negotiations

Video: Dimitroff discusses Devonta Freeman negotiations

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals to tie the game 7-7 during the first quarter Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Here’s the training camp schedule: Wednesday, July 26th — Team Reports for Camp Thursday, July 27th — Practice: 9:30 a.m. &ndash...
A buyer for the Braves? Without Kershaw, LA might need J. Garcia

A buyer for the Braves? Without Kershaw, LA might need J. Garcia

A medical conference. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) A good thing might have happened to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Clayton Kershaw, who’d started against them, left after two innings with tightness in his back. The good thing wasn’t that the Braves went on to beat the Dodgers — they didn’t, though they did forge a tie againstKenley Jansen, who hadn&rsquo...
Countdown to Camp: Day 3 – What will MVP Matt Ryan do for an encore?

Countdown to Camp: Day 3 – What will MVP Matt Ryan do for an encore?

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan after OTAs on Thursday, June 1 2017. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter his third season with the team. FLOWERY BRANCH — Quarterback Matt Ryan, the first NFL most valuable player...
Venus Williams returns to Atlanta, edges Bouchard in exhibition

Venus Williams returns to Atlanta, edges Bouchard in exhibition

The first women’s match in BB&T Atlanta Open history featured one of the most well-renown names in sports. Venus Williams, 37, faced Genie Bouchard, 23, in an exhibition match on Sunday at Atlantic Station, kicking off the week-long men’s event. Williams won the match, 6-4, 7-6. The second set went into a tie-breaker (7-4). It was Williams’ first match in Atlanta since a 2004 exhibition...
Braves tie on Adams’ 3-run HR in 9th, but lose to Dodgers in 10th

Braves tie on Adams’ 3-run HR in 9th, but lose to Dodgers in 10th

LOS ANGELES –The Braves shocked the Dodgers and closer Kenley Jansen with a three-run ninth inning Sunday capped by Matt Adams’ two-out homer that erased a 4-1 deficit and sent the game to extra innings at Dodger Stadium. But the Dodgers have the best record in the majors for a reason, and they won 5-4 on Logan Forsythe’s bases-loaded walk-off single in the 10th inning against Jim...
Kershaw faces Braves only 2 innings, leaves with back tightness

Kershaw faces Braves only 2 innings, leaves with back tightness

LOS ANGELES— The Braves didn’t have to face Clayton Kershaw for long Sunday after the Dodgers ace left the series finale against Atlanta following the top of the second inning with right low-back tightness. After Kershaw bounced a breaking ball to Tyler Flowers on a 2-0 pitch with two outs in the second inning, the left-hander threw a fastball on the next pitch for a called strike, then...
5 bold predictions for the Falcons defense 

5 bold predictions for the Falcons defense 

New leadership could push the Falcons defense up in the overall rankings in 2017. The Falcons, who report for training camp on Wednesday, will return 10 of the 11 players who started in Super Bowl LI, but will be under the direction of new defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel. Manuel is moving over from defensive backs coach and will replace Richard Smith. Also, Bryant Young was hired to replace...
Surprise family visit eases Matt Kuchar’s heartache of losing British Open

Surprise family visit eases Matt Kuchar’s heartache of losing British Open

It was a heartwarming moment that soothed the heartache. Matt Kuchar had The Open’s famed Claret Jug in his sights for only briefly. As it left his grasp on the 18th green, he saw familiar faces that weren’t supposed to be there. Kuchar’s wife, Sybi, and their two sons had flown to Southport, England, to surprise him as he made a run at his first major. “I talked to them last...
Dickey knows trades are possible, hopes they’re not disruptive

Dickey knows trades are possible, hopes they’re not disruptive

LOS ANGELES – R.A. Dickey knows how well the Braves have played for the past 2 ½ months and especially since mid-June despite a toughening schedule, and the veteran knuckleballer hopes they can avoid any potential disruptions and keep it going. But Dickey also knows that fellow starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and others could be traded at any time between now and the July 31 non-waiver...
Kuchar the next Tech golfer to win British Open – until Spieth goes nuts

Kuchar the next Tech golfer to win British Open – until Spieth goes nuts

Jordan Spieth, right, receives congratulations from Matt Kuchar after closing out his British Open victory. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) Jordan Spieth has just won his third different major title four days before his 24 th birthday, the kind of accomplishment that once again puts him in elite company. He keeps hobnobbing with the swells of the game, pretty soon...
Southern Fried Soccer: U.S. wins and I met a lost man from Portugal

Southern Fried Soccer: U.S. wins and I met a lost man from Portugal

Clint Dempsey celebrates his record-tying 57th international goal in Saturday’s Gold Cup semi-final. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson recaps the U.S. men’s national team’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica in the semifinals of the Gold Cup, goes through Saturday’s MLS action and recalls meeting a very lost man from Portugal...
Countdown to Camp: Day 4 – Deion Jones to follow up All-rookie season

Countdown to Camp: Day 4 – Deion Jones to follow up All-rookie season

Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Deion Jones (45) works on his kick blocking skills during an NFL football practice Friday, July 29, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter his third season with...
Teheran gives up 3 homers, remains winless against Dodgers

Teheran gives up 3 homers, remains winless against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Julio Teheran was unbeaten on the road before Saturday, even winning twice in games in which he allowed multiple homers. But those were against the Angels and Reds, not the team with the majors’ best record, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up three bases-empty home runs Saturday, and this time Teheran and the Braves couldn’t overcome that long-ball deficit in a 6-2...
Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Lucas Sims pitched seven shutout innings Saturday as the Gwinnett Braves beat the Indianapolis Indians 2-1 in Lawrenceville. Sims (7-4) gave up just three singles. He struck out nine and walked one. Sims, who earned his first win since June 26, leads the International League in strikeouts. He has a 3.75 ERA. Ozzie Albies hit a 403-foot home run, his ninth of the season, for Gwinnett. That ties...
Braves’ Newcomb looks to get back on track Sunday vs. Dodgers

Braves’ Newcomb looks to get back on track Sunday vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Braves prospect Sean Newcomb had a 1.48 ERA and .202 opponents’ average in his first four major league starts in June, pitching at least innings and allowing six or fewer hits in each of those games while issuing more than two walks just once and giving up one or no runs three times. But in three starts since, Newcomb has an 11.37 ERA and .393 opponent’ average, has...
Phillips misses second start with hamstring tightness

Phillips misses second start with hamstring tightness

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Phillips had a .478 average and seven extra-base hits in a six-game hitting streak since the All-Star break, so no one wants the veteran second baseman to get back in the lineup more than he does. He missed his second consecutive start Saturday with hamstring tightness, but Phillips he planned to play Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers. “I told (manager...
Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

The Hawks claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers Saturday. The guard/forward was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday. The Hawks were looking to add another wing to the roster and saw Brussino as a fit by being a young player with upside they can work with as a project. The 6-foot-8 Brussino appeared in 54 games with the Mavericks last season as a rookie. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9...
Fun facts, video and more about Jaime Garcia’s historic home run

Fun facts, video and more about Jaime Garcia’s historic home run

Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia hit a grand slam in a 12-3 win over the Dodgers Friday night in Los Angeles. Garcia’s blast made history. Here’s some fun facts about his feat: -- Garcia became just the second Atlanta Braves pitcher to hit a grand slam in franchise history. Tony Cloninger hit two, yes two, in one game on July 3, 1966 at San Francisco.  --García is just the fifth...
Braves architect Schuerholz gets his Hall of Fame due 

Braves architect Schuerholz gets his Hall of Fame due 

Who shall honor the baseball general manager? When every fantasy team owner believes his or her own eye for talent is 20/10. And every caller to sports talk radio figures it possible to trade sand for Waterford crystal, if only you were astute enough. When sportswriters gather, like buzzards in a tree, presuming a fatal mistake is just one move away.  Upon joining the Braves as GM in October...
7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

Just two weeks remain until Georgia Tech convenes for the start of preseason camp, and about six weeks until the season opener against Tennessee in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In the meantime, here are seven stories worth a read from this past week. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — KeShun Freeman doesn’t want to go through 2015 again, certainly not as a senior. In 2015, the Georgia Tech defensive...

Southern Fried Soccer: Recapping Atlanta United’s win over Orlando City

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson recaps Atlanta United’s 1-0 win over Orlando City on Friday, and has a few things to say about the behavior of the fans and the lack of a response by the Lions. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/334314089" params="visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=640&maxheight=960" ...
Countdown to Camp: Day 5 – Neal looking to make big leap

Countdown to Camp: Day 5 – Neal looking to make big leap

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 26: Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn ...
Garcia (grand) slams Wood as Braves blast Dodgers, 12-3

Garcia (grand) slams Wood as Braves blast Dodgers, 12-3

LOS ANGELES – The Braves came close to trading Jaime Garcia on Thursday. Former Brave Alex Wood surely wishes they would have. Garcia pitched seven strong innings and hit a fifth-inning grand slam off previously unbeaten Wood that gave the Braves a 9-0 lead on the way to a 12-3 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium, where they’ve won the first two in a four-game series against a team that...
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: 5 observations

Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: 5 observations

It still may not be a rivalry, according the players and managers for Atlanta United and Orlando City, but Friday’s first meeting got the series off to a cracking start. Hector Villalba’s goal-of-the-year candidate from at least 25 yards lifted the Five Stripes to a 1-0 win over the Lions on Friday. It capped a week that included an infamous billboard, a fun tifo with a Walking...
A look at the Falcons’ 90-man roster entering training camp

A look at the Falcons’ 90-man roster entering training camp

If the Falcons are going to remain at the elite level in the NFL, the offense must continue to play spectacularly while the defense must make major strides. The Falcons are counting on the “Beasley-Jarrett Factor” to help improve the defense at key positions. The hope is that three rookie starters — strong safety Keanu Neal, middle linebacker Deion Jones and strongside linebacker...
Kris Medlen, Lane Adams stand out in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Kris Medlen, Lane Adams stand out in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Lane Adams hit two homers and drove in four runs as the Gwinnett Braves beat the Indianapolis Indians 9-3 on Friday night in Lawrenceville. Other highlights from the game: Gwinnett starter Kris Medlen pitched five innings, allowing two unearned runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked one but did not get a decision. His ERA stands at 5.15. Gwinnett’s Ronald Acuna went 2-for-5 with...
Jaime Garcia still a Brave for now, and set to face Dodgers

Jaime Garcia still a Brave for now, and set to face Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – A day after the Braves seemed close to finalizing a trade to send Jaime Garcia to the Twins, the left-hander was back in the clubhouse Friday afternoon, going over Dodgers hitters with catcher Tyler Flowers as Garcia prepared for his scheduled start in the second game of the series. The Braves and Twins hadn’t reached an agreement after all and were still in trade discussions...
Phillips out of Braves lineup with hamstring tightness

Phillips out of Braves lineup with hamstring tightness

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Phillips was out of the Braves lineup Friday against the Dodgers, the night after right hamstring tightness forced the veteran second baseman to leave in the sixth inning of a 6-3 series-opening win at Dodger Stadium. “Sore,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Phillips’ condition. “I think he can still kind of feel it a little bit, didn’t...
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: Player ratings

My player ratings from Atlanta United’s 1-0 win at Orlando City on Friday: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Making his first start for the expansion team, he punched away a corner in the 26th minute. ... Smothered a hard shot by Carlos Rivas in the 36th minute. ... Got down to his right to make a finger-tip save to deny a Jonathan Spector header in the 39th minute. ... Denied Spector again in the 64th...
Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Matthew Kaminski has been the organist for the Atlanta Braves since 2009. He’s played his tunes plenty of times at Turner Field, but when the Braves packed up and moved to Cobb County for SunTrust Park, so did he. His popularity has grown for playing distracting and funny songs as the opposing batters approach the plate, like theme songs from “The Office” or “Veggie Tales...
Braves’ Suzuki on bereavement list, reliever O’Flaherty released

Braves’ Suzuki on bereavement list, reliever O’Flaherty released

LOS ANGELES – The Braves released veteran left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty on Friday to open a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Anthony Recker, who was brought up from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill in for a few days while catcher Kurt Suzuki is on the bereavement list. Suzuki hit a big two-run homer for the Braves in Thursday’s 6-3 win against the Dodgers, then left the team...
The Falcons head to camp trying to get past a loss like no other

The Falcons head to camp trying to get past a loss like no other

The agony of defeat. (Curtis Compton/AJC) The Atlanta Falcons report for training camp this week bearing a historic tag: They came closer to being Super Bowl champs than any team that didn’t win the Super Bowl. They didn’t trail in regulation that star-crossed night in Houston. Indeed, they led by what is now the famous partial score in NFL annals – 28-3....
Cheap food prices won’t help Falcons’ fans who can’t afford PSLs

Cheap food prices won’t help Falcons’ fans who can’t afford PSLs

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, right, with team president Rich McKay, announced “fan first” menu pricing in 2016 but the cost to get into a Falcons’ game in 2017 is hardly “fan first.” (Brant Sanderlin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution) When it comes to a business’s most important areas, marketing and sales, the Falcons understand they are in a position...
About 6,000 PSLs remain for sale as Falcons season nears

About 6,000 PSLs remain for sale as Falcons season nears

Five weeks from the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons say they have slightly less than 6,000 personal seat licenses still to sell. Michael Drake, the Falcons’ senior vice president and chief revenue officer, expressed confidence that the PSLs will sell out and said there will be no single-game tickets available for purchase directly from the team this season. Drake said that as of...
Kennesaw State unveils new basketball court design

Kennesaw State unveils new basketball court design

After weeks of online teasing, Kennesaw State University has unveiled the new design for the hardwood of its Convocation Center. Crews have been sanding down the court used for basketball and volleyball, repainting the floor with a new design and resealing the surface, the school said. The Friday reveal shows the design has changed from the traditional owl logo to the school’s newer look...
Kaleb Oliver picked Tech over Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze

Kaleb Oliver picked Tech over Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze

Georgia Tech freshman safety Kaleb Oliver had a decision to make this past winter — Tech or Ole Miss? The decision to become a Yellow Jacket looked considerably wiser Thursday evening following the resignation of Rebels coach Hugh Freeze after findings of personal misconduct, reportedly including a call to an escort service. Oliver withdrew his commitment to Mississippi State in January after...
Where Braves rank among America’s favorite baseball teams

Where Braves rank among America’s favorite baseball teams

Despite back-to-back losing seasons and the passing of a decade since their games were last nationally televised on TBS, the Braves still rank high among America’s favorite baseball teams.  A new poll,  commissioned by FiveThirtyEight.com and released Thursday, asked self-described baseball fans across the U.S. to name their favorite MLB team. Ten percent selected the...
Ask the Coastal: What Georgia Tech players stuck out to you?

Ask the Coastal: What Georgia Tech players stuck out to you?

At the ACC Kickoff last week in Charlotte, N.C., the AJC asked a series of questions of Georgia Tech’s opponents in the Coastal Division. In the final series of answers, Coastal players identified Yellow Jackets players who stood out to them in their games against Tech. Bryon Fields, cornerback, Duke “The quarterback, Justin Thomas, was really good. He gave us some fits defensively.&rdquo...
Phelps vs. shark: Man, is he overmatched

Phelps vs. shark: Man, is he overmatched

You’re next mission, should you choose to accept it, Mr. Phelps. (Discovery Channel via AP) Having exhausted all intraspecies competition, Michael Phelps is supposed to race a shark Sunday as part of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” “Phelps vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy,” is one of the working titles. After “Phelps vs. Shark: It&rsquo...
Countdown to Camp: Day 6 – Schraeder a mainstay at right tackle

Countdown to Camp: Day 6 – Schraeder a mainstay at right tackle

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) lines up against Atlanta Falcons tackle Ryan Schraeder (73) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter...
Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Orlando City

Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Orlando City

Who will start for Atlanta United in Friday’s game at Orlando City? The biggest, and perhaps most anticipated change, is Brad Guzan in goal. Manager Gerardo Martino confirmed that on Tuesday. The fullbacks will be Anton Walkes and Greg Garza. The centerhalves will be Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and Michael Parkhurst. The holding midfielders will be Carlos Carmona and Jeff Larentowicz. The attacking...
Suzuki on bereavement list, Recker called up to fill in

Suzuki on bereavement list, Recker called up to fill in

LOS ANGELES – Kurt Suzuki hit a big two-run homer for the Braves in Thursday’s win against the Dodgers, then the veteran catcher left the team to attend his grandfather’s funeral this weekend in Hawaii, where Suzuki is from. While Suzuki is on the bereavement list through the weekend, Anthony Recker has been called from Triple-A Gwinnett to back up catcher Tyler Flowers for the remaining...
Braves win series opener, snap Dodgers’ 11-game streak

Braves win series opener, snap Dodgers’ 11-game streak

LOS ANGELES – No team in the past century had a better 35-game stretch than the blistering-hot Dodgers brought into their series opener against the Braves on Thursday night, but the Braves probably figured that meant the Dodgers were due for a defeat. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and led 6-1 after four innings on the way to a 6-3 victory at Dodger Stadium, snapping the Dodgers&rsquo...
Freeman back in lineup, but still feeling under the weather

Freeman back in lineup, but still feeling under the weather

LOS ANGELES – Freddie Freeman was back in the Braves lineup Thursday night against the Dodgers, but that didn’t mean the slugger was fully recovered from the flu symptoms that forced him from Wednesday’s game against the Cubs in Atlanta after the fourth inning. Freeman said he felt “terrible” on the long team charter flight to Los Angeles and he still had body aches before...
Hugh Freeze out at Ole Miss for wrong reasons — but at least he’s out

Hugh Freeze out at Ole Miss for wrong reasons — but at least he’s out

Former Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze speaks during the Southeastern Conference’s annual media gathering, Thursday, July 13, in Hoover, Ala. (AP photo) Hugh Freeze is out of a job. Just not for the right reasons. It’s not because of the 21 NCAA allegations of misconduct against current or former member of the football coaching staff, which he oversees. It&rsquo...
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze resigns, reportedly called escort service

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze resigns, reportedly called escort service

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has resigned, bringing a stunning end to a five-year tenure that saw a Sugar Bowl victory, but also a wide-ranging NCAA investigation into rules violations. His ultimate downfall came after school officials investigated Freeze's phone records and found misconduct. "In our analysis, we discovered a pattern of conduct that is not consistent with our expectations as the...
With Hugh Freeze out, Ole Miss has to ask: Was it worth it?

With Hugh Freeze out, Ole Miss has to ask: Was it worth it?

Hugh Freeze is no longer on the hot seat, as it were. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Hugh Freeze built a very good football team. He built it on shifting sand. Even when Freeze and Ole Miss were gracing New Year’s Six bowls, the widespread belief was that his program was subject to immediate collapse. The collapse has come. Ole Miss just announced that Freeze has resigned as coach...
Braves near deal to trade Garcia

Braves near deal to trade Garcia

The trade deadline nears and the Braves were finalizing their first significant move Thursday night, working on a trade to send left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Twins for a minor leaguer, a person familiar with the situation said. Garcia, 31, is 3-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 17 starts in his only season with the Braves, who got him from the Cardinals in a Dec. 1 trade for three fringe prospects. The Braves...
Let sale begin: Braves appear close to dealing Jaime Garcia

Let sale begin: Braves appear close to dealing Jaime Garcia

Braves starting pitcher Jaime Garcia, shown here against the Houston Astros on July 5 at SunTrust Park, is expected to be traded by the team. If Las Vegas posted odds on Braves’ players most likely to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, pitcher Jaime Garcia would top the list — and he likely would be listed at less than even money now. The...
Matt Ryan amazed by new stadium’s giant video board

Matt Ryan amazed by new stadium’s giant video board

“Oh my god!” We expect many will have the same reaction as Matt Ryan did upon first seeing the giant video board above the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium. “I can’t get over how big this stadium is,” Ryan exclaims during a tour of the nearly completed facility. (See video above)   Falcons fans will get their first peak inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Atlanta...
There’s one Atlanta team in serious playoff contention — it plays soccer

There’s one Atlanta team in serious playoff contention — it plays soccer

Atlanta United players celebrate with Hector Villalba following a goal against New York City FC earlier this season. (Miguel Martinez/Mundo Hispanico) As the Braves being their slow fade from the playoff race and the front office formulates potential rosy narratives for the trade deadline, there’s another Atlanta franchise performing well above expectations. It&rsquo...
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