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Pigskin Pickin’: UGA goes 12-0, Tech 8-4; Clemson wins it all

Our annual Memorial Day college football predictions begin with what might seem double-talk. On that convoluted note, away we go. > Georgia won’t be quite as good as it was last year. Georgia will finish its regular season undefeated. The 2017 Bulldogs were 11-1 against a schedule that took them to South Bend, Ind., and Auburn, Ala. The remainder of Georgia’s road was, to borrow from...


Football: Starr’s Mill finds plenty of potential QBs in spring workouts

Football: Starr’s Mill finds plenty of potential QBs in spring workouts

The Starr’s Mill football team had players and assistant coaches scattered to different sports for much of spring practice. But that’s OK with coach Chad Phillips, who believes guys shouldn’t be limited to one sport and encourages participation in spring activities. So as far at spring football, Phillips said, “We made the most of it.” The Panthers sustained some big...
Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof will be open for 10 days as work nears finish

Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof will be open for 10 days as work nears finish

Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s retractable roof, which has been closed for all but two events, will be open for 10 days beginning Tuesday as part of what is being called the final phase of work on its automation.  That means Atlanta United’s next home match, June 2 against Philadelphia, is slated to be played with the roof open, regardless of weather.  Following the 10-day period...
Atlanta United players say they must respond better to in-game adversity

Atlanta United players say they must respond better to in-game adversity

Two of Atlanta United’s most-experienced players said the team needs to better handle adversity in games if they want to remain contenders for the MLS Cup. Their thoughts were expressed after Atlanta United was beaten by New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Sunday in a game that featured several controversial calls made using the Video Assistant Referee and replay system. Two of the calls -- a goal disallowed...
Day 4 baseball championship recaps: Parkview, Lovett capture titles to wrap up season

Day 4 baseball championship recaps: Parkview, Lovett capture titles to wrap up season

The prep baseball season ended Thursday night with a Game 3 finals win by Lovett over Westminster in Class AAA and a doubleheader sweep by Parkview over Mill Creek in Class AAAAAAA. It was Lovett’s ninth baseball state title all-time and Parkview’s seventh. Parkview took two hotly contested games, the first in eight innings, from Mill Creek to win the championship on its home field. In...
Watch: What a difference a year makes for the Braves

Watch: What a difference a year makes for the Braves

On May 24, 2017, a year ago, the Braves lost to the Pirates and fell to 20-24. Freddie Freeman had a fractured wrist and was on the disabled list and the Braves’ infield that day included Matt Adams at first base, Brandon Phillips at second base, Jace Peterson at shortstop and Rio Ruiz at third base. Things sure have changed. The Braves are 29-19 on May 24, 2018. Watch the video above to see...
Gabe Kapler had a plan for Braves offense - and it worked

Gabe Kapler had a plan for Braves offense - and it worked

Gabe Kapler said he had a plan against the Braves’ “dangerous lineup,” and whatever his Phillies executed worked. Kapler’s first series as a manager, the opening three games of the season against the Braves, went so poorly some were questioning if he would make it past the All-Star break. On May 24, he has the Phillies a half-game out of first place after taking two of three...
Hawks draft workout report: Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova

Hawks draft workout report: Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova

Donte DiVincenzo starred in the 2018 NCAA championship game, when he came off the bench to score 31 points and lead Villanova to victory. The game highlighted DiVincenzo’s athletic ability and shooting ability, two attributes that make him an NBA prospect, but he already had shown that during two seasons at Villanova.  “I think it helped me,” DiVincenzo said of his title-game...
Can Ivy League education prepare one for anything - including Falcons OTAs?  

Can Ivy League education prepare one for anything - including Falcons OTAs?  

You don’t necessarily expect to go to a Falcons offseason training session and join into a conversation with a pre-med biology degree-holder from Brown and a Yale economics grad. Oh, there have been a few Ivy Leaguers who have well and truly risked their Intelligence Quotients by plowing into the NFL pile. To name a few, past and present: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard); running back...
Moore’s pre-NBA draft workouts include stop with hometown Hawks

Moore’s pre-NBA draft workouts include stop with hometown Hawks

Doral Moore believes he is ready for the next step of his basketball career. That would be as a professional. The 7-foot-1 center, who is from metro Atlanta, declared for the NBA draft after three seasons at Wake Forest. Moore hired an agent as an early-entry candidate and will remain in the draft pool. Moore had a pre-draft workout with the Hawks on Thursday. He worked out for the Wizards on Tuesday...
Hawks player season review: Antonius Cleveland

Hawks player season review: Antonius Cleveland

Antonius Cleveland was still rehabbing from ankle surgery when the Hawks signed him to a 10-day contract Feb. 22.  “We view him as a long-term play,” general manager Travis Schnlenk said at the time. “He’s got some upside. He’s got some work to do this summer.”  It turned out that Cleveland returned to play four games (42 minutes) for the Hawks, who...
Hawks add two assistant coaches

Hawks add two assistant coaches

The Hawks added two more assistants, Marlon Garnett and Chris Jent, to new coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff.  Garnett joins the Hawks after serving two seasons as an assistant/player development coordinator with the Suns. He previously was a player-development assistant and video coordinator for one season with the Spurs, following a long career playing internationally. Garnett played alongside...
How dumping Matt Kemp might affect the Braves’ upgrade plans

How dumping Matt Kemp might affect the Braves’ upgrade plans

In a laudatory post regarding the local nine – title: “The Resounding Success of the 2018 Braves” – Matthew Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus offers one caveat amid the kudos: The offseason dual salary dump with the Dodgers might crimp the Braves’ style in the very short term. Writes Trueblood:  “By swapping Matt Kemp for (Brandon) McCarthy and (Adrian)...
Atlanta United will host Charleston in U.S. Open Cup

Atlanta United will host Charleston in U.S. Open Cup

Atlanta United will host Charleston Battery in the U.S. Open Cup for the second consecutive year. The game will be played at Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium on June 6. The U.S. Open Cup is an annual tournament that started in 1914. It features amateurs, semi-professional and professional teams. Atlanta United went 1-1 in last year’s Open Cup. The Five Stripes defeated Charleston...
Georgia Tech kicker Shawn Davis cleared to return

Georgia Tech kicker Shawn Davis cleared to return

Georgia Tech kicker Shawn Davis shared his good news with Twitter followers Wednesday, announcing that he had been medically cleared to begin kicking again. Davis, a walk-on from Union Grove High, tore his ACL in the Miami game in October while covering a kickoff. “Finally got cleared to start kicking again today after 7 months of knee rehab,” Davis wrote on his account. Davis was expected...
If NFL wants anthem issue to go away, then take a page from NBA

If NFL wants anthem issue to go away, then take a page from NBA

The most liberal, socially active professional sports league in the country is the NBA, a league that has a rule that players must stand for the national anthem. So those criticizing NFL owners for relatively caving to a knucklehead in the White House and his lemmings by passing a rule that mandates players also must stand for the anthem – or stay in the locker room -- are missing the point...
Leadoff: Blank wins Sports Executive of the Year award

Leadoff: Blank wins Sports Executive of the Year award

Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank flew to New York to attend Wednesday night’s 11th annual Sports Business Awards show, and he’ll bring home one of the night’s big prizes.  Capping a prestigious event that drew about 900 people from the sports business industry to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, Blank won the Sports Executive of the Year award over four other...
Day 3 baseball championship recaps: Pope, Jefferson take titles in Rome

Day 3 baseball championship recaps: Pope, Jefferson take titles in Rome

The Class AAAA and AAAAAA finals series concluded Wednesday night at State Mutual Stadium in Rome. Jefferson won 6-3 in Game 3 of the AAAA championship to give the Dragons their first baseball state title, and Pope exploded in the final inning to pull away from Allatoona 10-2 as the Greyhounds took back-to-back crowns in AAAAAA. Jefferson batted around in the opening inning of the Class AAAA decisive...
Luiz Gohara gets mixed results in emotional first start

Luiz Gohara gets mixed results in emotional first start

Luiz Gohara’s first start of the season was brief, but meaningful. Gohara pitched four innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking four in a 4-0 road loss to the Phillies on Wednesday. He exited after 78 pitches. “I felt pretty good since the first inning to the last inning,” he said. “Just competing and doing my best out there for the team and for the wins. It...
What Braves said after losing series in Philadelphia

What Braves said after losing series in Philadelphia

The Braves couldn’t solve the Phillies’ pitching in three games at Citizens Bank Park this week. They were shut out for the second time in three nights, with Jake Arrieta and the Phillies winning 4-0 Wednesday to take two out of three. The Braves scored three runs in the series, all of which came on Tuesday night. Here’s what the Braves said after the game: On Luiz Gohara: &ldquo...
Braves have no answer for Arrieta, drop series to Phillies

Braves have no answer for Arrieta, drop series to Phillies

The Braves offense nor defense backed up Luiz Gohara in his first start of the season. Gohara lasted four innings, striking out six and walking four in a 4-0 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. It was the Braves’ first series loss to the Phillies in four opportunities. Jake Arrieta was brilliant in his first start against the Braves as a Phillie. The righty went 6 2/3 scoreless...
Braves don’t have timetables for returns of Soroka, Ramirez

Braves don’t have timetables for returns of Soroka, Ramirez

The Braves have no timetable for the returns of starter Mike Soroka and reliever Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was placed on the disabled list April 18 with shoulder inflammation. He was shut down after two abysmal outings in which Ramirez allowed nine runs and walked five in 1-1/3 innings. He has a 17.05 ERA in 6-1/3 innings this season. But he had a 3.19 ERA in 62 innings last season. Ramirez recently threw...
Braves again give Sean Newcomb extra day of rest

Braves again give Sean Newcomb extra day of rest

Sean Newcomb has excelled with an extra day’s rest, so the Braves will continue to accommodate. Manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that the Braves would switch Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb this weekend in Boston. Teheran will start in the series opener Friday, with Newcomb going the next day against his native state’s team. Mike Foltynewicz will pitch the finale. The Braves are off...
Hoskins, Kingery enjoy facing Braves, impressed by Albies and Acuna

Hoskins, Kingery enjoy facing Braves, impressed by Albies and Acuna

Much like the Braves are building around young pillars Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies, the Phillies are orchestrating their future around Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery. And the difference at the top of the National League East so far is one pairing’s success against the other’s growing pains. Hoskins burst onto the scene in August, hammering a record 11 home runs in his first 18 games...
Voting opens Thursday for MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Voting opens Thursday for MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Supporters of MLS can begin voting Thursday for which of the league’s players they want to see on the All-Star team that will play Juventus in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 1. Voting can be done on the MLS app. Voting will also open online June 8-20. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the game. Three Atlanta United players participated in last year’s All-Star game against...
More than 40K tickets sold for MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

More than 40K tickets sold for MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for this summer’s MLS All-Star game featuring Juventus at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will be played Aug. 1. Juventus is the most successful club in Italy. It recently won Serie A, Italy’s top division, for a record 34th time. It has 55 domestic trophies and won 11 international tournaments. Mercedes-Benz Stadium can seat more...
Falcons sign fullback Ricky Ortiz 

Falcons sign fullback Ricky Ortiz 

The Falcons signed fullback Ricky Ortiz and waived cornerback Joseph Putu on Wednesday. Ortiz, who played at Oregon State, was signed as a rookie free agent by Baltimore after the 2017 draft. He was on the Ravens’ practice squad last season.  Ortiz, who’s 6-foot and 230 pounds,  was used mostly as a blocker in college.  Putu was a reserve defensive back, but played on special...
Oh, say have we seen an anthem solution? As good as any, we guess

Oh, say have we seen an anthem solution? As good as any, we guess

After the better part of a year, the roiling anthem debate has been “solved.” The NFL owners did so Wednesday at their spring meeting, arriving at what shall forever be known as The Atlanta Compromise.   I don’t know why we would look to a league that has such trouble defining what a catch is to lay out the perimeters for a complex subject like patriotism. But here we are...
Region 5-AAAA Breakdown

Region 5-AAAA Breakdown

The countdown to Region 1 continues. This week, I’m highlighting Region 5. Links from each of the previous region previews will be provided in each upcoming preview. Region 5: Cartersville, Cedartown, Central-Carroll, Chapel Hill, LaGrange, Sandy Creek, Troup Cartersville has won six consecutive region championships, with five perfect regular seasons, two state titles and an incredible...
Strong APR scores for Georgia Tech, though men’s basketball dips

Strong APR scores for Georgia Tech, though men’s basketball dips

Four Georgia Tech varsity teams earned perfect 1,000 scores in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, which measures eligibility, graduation and retention for scholarship athletes by sport. Of Tech’s 15 varsity sports, 11 outscored the national average for their sports, including the football team at 980 (national rate: 968). The score is an average of single-year scores over a four-year period...

Updated baseball: 7A series moved to Parkview, rest to Rome

Except for the highest classification, all remaining games in the high school baseball best-of-three championship series will be played at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, the GHSA has announced.  Weather issues this week and the lack of other available sites led to the move to Rome, where the weather forecast is better than for other parts of the state in the next couple of days.  The Class...
Football: A productive spring at Warner Robins

Football: A productive spring at Warner Robins

It was a good spring at Warner Robins, where last year’s state runner-up escaped without major injuries and began to find some players to plug in to replace those who graduated.  “A lot of guys stepped up,” coach Mike Chastain said. “We’re going to be a little younger this year and we’ve got a good ninth grade class that we think could be special.” Warner...
NFL wants anthem protesters to stay out of sight. Will this work?

NFL wants anthem protesters to stay out of sight. Will this work?

It’s not a problem, anymore. At least until it’s a problem again. It’s not a problem, anymore. At least until NFL players en masse feel compelled to exercise their First Amendment rights in public view and not hidden in the shelter of a locker room, as the league’s commissioner and owners and image consultants prefer. Because kneeling or looking “disrespectful”...
LOOK: NFLPA responds to new NFL national anthem policy 

LOOK: NFLPA responds to new NFL national anthem policy 

NFL owners announced a new national anthem policy Wednesday during the owners meetings in Atlanta. The new policy requires players to stand if they are on the field for the national anthem, however the policy does give the players the option to stay in the locker room.  If players or team personnel kneel during the national anthem, the team is subject to a fine.  » More: Read...
Five things we learned from Manuel today 

Five things we learned from Manuel today 

Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel spoke to the media on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say on five key topics: 1. On tackling presentation.  The Falcons are ahead of the curve with teaching the proper tackling drills. He showed several big hits where the Falcons led with the shoulder and not their helmet. He also showed several clips of them teaching the technique is slow...

Greater Atlanta Christian shows no signs of slowing down heading into 2018

Greater Atlanta Christian has been a powerhouse in Class AA and Class AAA football for the past four seasons, and it would be remiss to think the metro Atlanta program won't factor in 2018.The Spartans have repeated as region champions each year since 2014. In the past 10 years, GAC has been to the championship game twice, the semifinals three times and the second round twice. Last season, the Spartan...
Josh Pastner outlines Anthony Wilkins’ responsibilities

Josh Pastner outlines Anthony Wilkins’ responsibilities

When he began his search for a new assistant coach, Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner already knew Anthony Wilkins, the Tulane assistant who he hired last week. Pastner said he interviewed him two years ago when he was hiring his original staff. “I think Anthony is going to do a great job,” Pastner told the AJC. Pastner noted two facets of the job that are important to him with assistants...
Memo to the Braves: The National League is there to be seized

Memo to the Braves: The National League is there to be seized

The Braves moved into first place May 2. They’ve been there since. They’ll be there when they leave Philadelphia. Their lead has never been more than 1-1/2 games, which is what it was as of Wednesday morning, but it remains a lead.  It’s not as if the Braves sit atop a division of mediocrities. The Mets occupy fourth place in the National League East; they’d be leading...
Hawks player season review: Jaylen Morris

Hawks player season review: Jaylen Morris

Rookie wing Jaylen Morris suffered an ankle injury against the Bulls on March 11, hours after the Hawks had signed him to a second 10-day contract. He wouldn’t play again this season, but the Hawks signaled their desire to keep him around for the summer by signing him to a non-guaranteed contract for 2018-19. Morris played just 98 minutes for the Hawks but flashed defensive potential during...
What makes new Tech assistant Anthony Wilkins ‘really, really good’

What makes new Tech assistant Anthony Wilkins ‘really, really good’

Apparently, Anthony Wilkins’ app game is pretty strong. That’s one reason (among several) why a colleague is so high on Wilkins, hired last week by Georgia Tech and coach Josh Pastner as an assistant coach. Recently, Wilkins, then still working for Tulane, crossed paths with Andy Fox, who is the director of operations at Louisiana Tech but previously was an assistant coach with Wilkins...
Roger Goodell’s statement on national anthem policy

Roger Goodell’s statement on national anthem policy

The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country -- one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and...
NFL owners adopt new policy on national-anthem protests

NFL owners adopt new policy on national-anthem protests

NFL owners adopted a new policy Wednesday aimed at ending – or at least concealing from public view – player protests during the national anthem before games.  The policy, approved by the owners at the league’s spring meetings in Atlanta, will require players who are on the field to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” However, the policy will provide...
Beasley looks comfortable back at defensive end 

Beasley looks comfortable back at defensive end 

Vic Beasley, whose sack total fell from an NFL-leading 15.5 to five last season, looked sleek and comfortable back at left defensive end during the team’s open OTA session Tuesday. After playing six games at linebacker last season and two games injured, Beasley will be move back to the spot where he led the league in sacks and earned All-Pro status during the 2016 season.  “Man,...
NFL owners award Super Bowls to Arizona, New Orleans

NFL owners award Super Bowls to Arizona, New Orleans

The Super Bowl will return to New Orleans for the 11th time and to Arizona for the fourth time. NFL owners voted unanimously at their annual spring meetings in Atlanta on Wednesday to award the 2023 Super Bowl to Glendale, Ariz., and the 2024 Super Bowl to New Orleans. Also on Wednesday, the owners chose Nashville as the site of next year’s NFL draft. New Orleans last hosted the Super Bowl in...
Liberty Media touts Braves’ ‘incredible turnaround’ to stockholders

Liberty Media touts Braves’ ‘incredible turnaround’ to stockholders

Liberty Media chairman John Malone cheered the Braves at the company’s annual stockholders meeting Wednesday. “I think the Atlanta Braves are having an incredible turnaround,” Malone told stockholders in Colorado. The Braves, currently in first place in the National League East after four consecutive losing seasons, have been owned by Liberty Media since 2007. Malone said the...
MLS Week 13: Ranking the games

MLS Week 13: Ranking the games

1. Columbus at Sporting KC, 6 p.m. Sunday. A win will vault the Crew atop the East. Who would have thunk that? 2. Dallas at Toronto, 8 p.m. Friday. Two teams that are underperforming but still have the potential to win the MLS Cup. Does it start here? 3. NYCFC at Houston, 8:55 p.m. Friday. Houston at NYCFC … not a great game. NYCFC at Houston should be a fantastic game and full...
Braves pleased with Acuna’s adjustments through first month

Braves pleased with Acuna’s adjustments through first month

Ronald Acuna is no longer scorching the baseball earth, but the Braves are pleased with the progress he’s made throughout his first month in the bigs. The Braves’ No. 1 prospect was called up April 25 and joined the Braves in Cincinnati. He blasted his first homer and day later. Acuna hit .326 across his first 11 games. But the 20-year-old has slowed since May 5, hitting .184 (9-for-49)...
Cover 9@9: Allen wants long-term deal, too 

Cover 9@9: Allen wants long-term deal, too 

1. The Falcons’ money train. The Falcons have paid quarterback Matt Ryan. Julio Jones has reportedly taken notice of the shifting wide receiver market. The Falcons have said they want to address left tackle Jake Matthews and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett next. Then, there’s the matter of free safety Ricardo Allen. The team has tendered the restricted free agent at the second-round level...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Here’s how to make Julio Jones happy 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Here’s how to make Julio Jones happy 

In the 58th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, head coach Dan Quinn and defensive end Vic Beasley drop by. Quinn discusses Julio Jones’ situation and, after crunching the salary cap numbers, we offer a resolution to spruce up Jones’ contract. Beasley discusses his move back to defensive end, exclusively.    Listen (then subscribe, rate and review):  Subscribe...
Leadoff: How the NFL will change kickoffs this year

Leadoff: How the NFL will change kickoffs this year

Kickoffs will be different in the NFL this year after team owners adopted a series of rule changes Tuesday that are designed to preserve the play by making it safer.  At their spring meetings in Atlanta, owners approved on a one-year basis the changes proposed by the league’s competition committee in consultation with special-teams coaches.  The changes will be reassessed after the...
State golf roundup: Mill Creek, North Gwinnett capture top classification

State golf roundup: Mill Creek, North Gwinnett capture top classification

The Mill Creek boys defended their title in the Class AAAAAAA golf championship, while the North Gwinnett girls won their first title in the state’s highest division.  Mill Creek, led by Georgia Tech commitment Luka Karaulic, was awarded the victory when the second round was rained out at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. The Hawks shot 13-over, with Karaulic shooting 71, J.T. Smith shooting...
Albies, McCarthy help Braves protect first place vs. Phillies

Albies, McCarthy help Braves protect first place vs. Phillies

The Braves will retain first place for another day. Behind Ozzie Albies and Brandon McCarthy, they won a 3-1 barnburner against the Phillies on Tuesday. Albies put the Braves ahead with a solo homer in the third. They tacked on another run in the fifth after two Phillies throwing errors and added an insurance run in the ninth when Ronald Acuna’s single scored Albies.  McCarthy was...
Brandon McCarthy’s velocity increases as he rebounds from early May struggles

Brandon McCarthy’s velocity increases as he rebounds from early May struggles

Whatever’s responsible for Brandon McCarthy’s two-game rut appears to have passed. McCarthy pitched 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday, allowing one run in the Braves’ 3-1 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The veteran has been sharp in his past two starts, allowing two runs across 11 2/3 innings with 13 strikeouts against four walks. It’s lowered his ERA to 4.67, but that...
Braves quotes after bounce-back win in Philly

Braves quotes after bounce-back win in Philly

After being shut out on Monday, the Braves grinded out a 3-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday. Brandon McCarthy provided 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Ozzie Albies was a force, knocking a solo homer in the third and scoring an important insurance run in the ninth. Here’s what the Braves said after the win, which ensured they’ll leave Philadelphia retaining first place: On Ozzie Albies...
Day 2 baseball championship recaps

Day 2 baseball championship recaps

Three of Tuesday's four baseball finals series were affected by rain, with the Class AAAAAAA doubleheader between Parkview and Mill Creek rescheduled from UGA's Foley Field to Rome's State Mutual Stadium on Thursday at 1 p.m. Both the Class AAAAAA Allatoona-Pope series at Rome and the Class A-Private Tattnall Square-Prince Avenue series at Macon were delayed but completed their doubleheaders. Gordon...
Arthur Blank expects agreement on NFL players standing for anthem

Arthur Blank expects agreement on NFL players standing for anthem

The first day of the NFL owners meetings did not pass without some modicum of progress. The league approved hedge-fund billionaire David Tepper as the Carolina Panthers’ new owner, therefore officially vaporizing sexual and racial dinosaur Jerry Richardson, who arrived and departed the owners’ meetings at a Buckhead hotel more quietly and more stealthily than most creatures from the Jurassic...
NFL meetings open in Atlanta with approval of Panthers sale

NFL meetings open in Atlanta with approval of Panthers sale

NFL owners welcomed a new member to their ranks at the league’s spring meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday, voting unanimously to approve hedge-fund manager David Tepper as the owner of the Carolina Panthers.  The meetings will continue Wednesday, with the issue of player protests during the national anthem expected to generate more discussion and two future Super Bowl sites expected to be...
Former Braves player Jose Bautista goes 1-for-3 in first game with new team

Former Braves player Jose Bautista goes 1-for-3 in first game with new team

The Braves did not have room on their roster for struggling veteran outfielder/third baseman Jose Bautista but the New York Mets do. The Mets signed Bautista to a one-year major league contract and he started in left field Tuesday night against the Marlins. Bautista doubled in his first at-bat but struck out in his other two plate appearances. The Braves released the 37-year-old Bautista Sunday...
Photos: Matt Ryan, Falcons working hard at OTAs

Photos: Matt Ryan, Falcons working hard at OTAs

Julio Jones isn’t around but quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Devonta Freeman and the other Falcons are working hard at organized training activities this week in Flowery Branch. Check out a photo gallery (above) from the AJC’s Curtis Compton. The Falcons open exhibition play on August 10 against the Jets and begin the regular season on September 6 when they play the Super...
Flaherty starts at 3B vs. Phillies righty, not Camargo

Flaherty starts at 3B vs. Phillies righty, not Camargo

Johan Camargo was the Braves’ everyday third baseman. Until he wasn’t. Two days after general manager Alex Anthopoulos released veteran Jose Bautista and declared Camargo the Braves’ regular third baseman, he was out of the lineup Tuesday in Philadelphia. But the logic was sound: Flaherty is 3-for-4 against Phillies starter Vince Velasquez. He’s doubled and launched a three-run...
Updates on rehabbing Mike Soroka, Anibal Sanchez

Updates on rehabbing Mike Soroka, Anibal Sanchez

Rehabbing Braves pitchers Mike Soroka and Anibal Sanchez won’t return for at least another week. Sanchez, who’s missed over a month with a hamstring injury sustained April 18 during workouts. He made his first rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, getting pounded for eight runs across 3-2/3 innings. “Numbers weren’t good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. &ldquo...
Stage set for Gohara’s first start: Beat the Phillies in Philadelphia

Stage set for Gohara’s first start: Beat the Phillies in Philadelphia

An emotional six months has led Luiz Gohara to his first start of the 2018 season. Gohara’s father died in his arms in December. His mother is battling an illness in Brazil, where Gohara will join her after his outing Wednesday. The 21-year-old lefty entered spring training the favorite for the Braves’ fifth starter job. But he didn’t take the mound once in Florida, stalled by groin...
Five things we learned from OTAs on Tuesday 

Five things we learned from OTAs on Tuesday 

Here are five things we learned at OTAs on Tuesday: 1. Julio Jones update. Coach Dan Quinn gave a full Julio Jones update, and we wrote an article on that. Click here for that story. 2. Knapp on hand. New quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp has been working with his position group. “Greg has been a significant addition for us, not just his knowledge at the quarterback position, at these times...
Hawks’ John Collins voted to NBA All-Rookie team

Hawks’ John Collins voted to NBA All-Rookie team

Hawks center John Collins was voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team, the league announced Tuesday.  Collins, the No. 19 overall selection in the 2017 draft out of Wake Forest, was one off the more efficient and productive rookies in the league while playing 74 games (26 starts). He is the first Hawks player to be selected to the 10-man All-Rookie team since Al Horford was a first-team...
One place where Tech football ranks in the top 10 - overachieving

One place where Tech football ranks in the top 10 - overachieving

Here’s something even Paul Johnson, who doesn’t like many things, will enjoy. Rivals has ranked the Power 5 programs according to NFL draftees produced vis-à-vis actual results over the past decade. Georgia Tech lands among the top 10 overachievers. And why would Tech’s coach enjoy that? Because overachieving is always a function of coaching.  Duke is the nation&rsquo...
Considering life for Georgia Tech after Josh Okogie

Considering life for Georgia Tech after Josh Okogie

For Georgia Tech and the coming season, the bottom line is that, with Josh Okogie officially headed to the NBA, it looks a bit grim. Consider that the 2017-18 team was 13-19 overall and 6-12, and now consider that three of the four best players on that team (Okogie, Ben Lammers and Tadric Jackson) won’t be on the team. That trio accounted for 56 percent of the Yellow Jackets’ scoring and...
More Blank on Julio Jones: ‘Work will be done’ 

More Blank on Julio Jones: ‘Work will be done’ 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank made a brief comment on the Julio Jones situation to the media as he climbed into his SUV after a morning finance-committee meeting at the NFL spring owner’s meeting in Buckhead on Tuesday.  "It's just a process we have to go through," Blank said.  The van departed quickly, but Blank will be back for meetings this afternoon. After the meeting,...
Hawks player season review: Andrew White III

Hawks player season review: Andrew White III

Andrew White III was one of several young players to get a chance with the Hawks this season when injuries thinned their depth on the wing. White signed a “two-way” contract Jan. 15, spent the next month with Erie in the G League and then went on to play 209 minutes over 15 games for the Hawks (179 of them non-garbage time, according to Cleaning the Glass). Overall, White was an inefficient...
Search for quarterback takes Georgia Tech to Texas

Search for quarterback takes Georgia Tech to Texas

Texas is not a state where Georgia Tech typically goes looking for talent. For the 2019 recruiting class, though, the Yellow Jackets are trying to lure a quarterback out of a high school that has come to embody the culture of Texas high-school football. Tech is among many schools rushing to offer a scholarship to quarterback Peyton Powell from Permian High in Odessa. Powell announced his offer...
Falcons don’t expect Julio Jones until minicamp

Falcons don’t expect Julio Jones until minicamp

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has discussed wide receiver Julio Jones’ contract situation with him, but doesn’t expect Jones back with team until the mandatory minicamp in June.  “I know the topic of Mr. Julio Jones is on a number of people’s mind,” Quinn said Tuesday after the second organized team activity (OTA). “I want to let you know that Julio and I speak regularly...
Dikembe Mutombo to receive NBA’s Sager Strong Award

Dikembe Mutombo to receive NBA’s Sager Strong Award

Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo will be awarded this year’s Sager Strong Award on June 25, Turner and the NBA announced Tuesday. Mutombo will be the second recipient of the award, named after former Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager. NBA player and coach Monty Williams received the inaugural award in 2017. The Sager Strong Award is presented to an individual who embodied courage, faith,...
Melvin Hunt agrees to join Hawks’ coaching staff

Melvin Hunt agrees to join Hawks’ coaching staff

The Hawks have reached an agreement with Melvin Hunt to join coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff as an assistant, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.  The hiring is expected to become official later Tuesday. Hunt will be the first assistant coach to be hired for Pierce’s staff since he was named Hawks head coach May 11.  Hunt has been a Mavericks assistant coach for...
Lacrosse season wrap-up

Lacrosse season wrap-up

Welcome to the final blog post of the 2017-18 school year. It has been a blast covering Class AA football and basketball, and A-5A and 6A-7A lacrosse. I look forward to doing so again in 2018-19. And congratulations to the four lacrosse state champions, who were crowned on Saturday at Kennesaw State. The champions are: Lambert Longhorns (6A-7A) Milton Lady War Eagles (6A-7A) Blessed Trinity Titans...
Leadoff: Look at what the power rankings say about Braves and Phillies now

Leadoff: Look at what the power rankings say about Braves and Phillies now

The national perception of the NL East – and especially of the Braves and Phillies – has shifted dramatically.  Four different sets of weekly “power rankings” – ESPN’s, USA Today’s, Bleacher Report’s and CBS Sports’ -- pegged the Braves as MLB’s fourth best team entering this week. All ranked the Phillies among the top 10 teams, ranging...
MLS Power Poll: Week 12

MLS Power Poll: Week 12

It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego. 1. New York Red Bulls (7-3-0) Last week: 2. Result: 3-1 win at Atlanta United. I wish the Red Bulls and Atlanta United could play without officiating....
Day 1 baseball championship recaps: Loganville, Benedictine sweep for state titles

Day 1 baseball championship recaps: Loganville, Benedictine sweep for state titles

The GHSA baseball state championships got underway Monday night at four locations throughout the state, with Class AAAAA, AAAA, AAA and AA beginning their championship series. Two series ended in doubleheader sweeps, and two will go to decisive Game 3s on Wednesday. Loganville held on in Game 2 to win 3-2 and sweep Buford for the Class AAAAA championship, their fourth state title all-time, all since...
5 takeaways from Braves’ loss to Phillies on Monday

5 takeaways from Braves’ loss to Phillies on Monday

The Braves dropped an uneventful 3-0 game to the Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. The victory pulled the Phillies to within a half-game of the National League East lead, held by the Braves. The Braves failed to score one day after 10 runs crossed the plate, including six in the ninth inning. Takeaways from the game: 1. Mike Foltynewicz was messy early, but managed to give the Braves...
Champs in good shape after first round of state golf tournaments

Champs in good shape after first round of state golf tournaments

  Defending champions are faring well after the first round of the state golf championships. A half-dozen teams are in first or second place after 18 holes. The tournaments will be completed on Wednesday.    Boys Class AAAAAAA: Defending champion Mill Creek holds a four-shot lead after the first day at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie behind a 1-under 71 from Georgia Tech signee Luka...
Braves quotes after shutout loss to Phillies

Braves quotes after shutout loss to Phillies

A day after scoring 10 runs, the Braves offense was quieted by Nick Pivetta and the Phillies in a 3-0 loss at Citizens Bank Park on Monday. Nick Williams hit a fence-scraping solo home run off Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning. Aaron Altherr’s pinch-hit two-run shot off Shane Carle provided insurance in the seventh. Here’s what the Braves said after the game: “Overall it was...
Braves offense silent in loss to Phillies in series opener

Braves offense silent in loss to Phillies in series opener

Maybe the Braves exhausted all their offense in Sunday’s six-run ninth inning. After rallying from a 9-4 deficit a day before, the Braves’ bats were silenced by Nick Pivetta in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday. It moved the Phillies within a half-game of the Braves for the NL East lead. The Braves are still 6-4 against their eastern rivals on the year. Mike Foltynewicz...
PRO answers questions about Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls

PRO answers questions about Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls

The Professional Referee Organization answered questions about refereeing decisions made during Sunday’s game between Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Yes, the (replay system) was properly used as all incidents in the Attacking Possession Phase (APP) are checked leading to a goal, penalty or Denial of Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO) red card. On the play...
Braves unfazed with increasing national attention

Braves unfazed with increasing national attention

Welcome back to the national radar, Braves. Their six-run ninth-inning comeback against the Marlins on Sunday further shifted them into the spotlight, a place they haven’t been in quite some time. A National League-best 28-17 record will do that for you. The Braves were national darlings for so long: TBS showed them across the country, everyone knew Hall of Famers such as Chipper Jones, John...
Listen: Stunning 9th-inning rally exemplified best of these Braves

Listen: Stunning 9th-inning rally exemplified best of these Braves

The Braves used a spectacular six-run ninth-inning rally to pull out a 10-9 win against the Marlins on Sunday, clinching the series and maintaining the National League’s best record before they headed to Philadelphia to start a six-game trip. The NL East-leading Braves play three against the second-place Phillies, who come in 1 ½ games back, and three at Boston, which has the majors&rsquo...
Anibal Sanchez shelled in rehab start with Gwinnett

Anibal Sanchez shelled in rehab start with Gwinnett

Anibal Sanchez originally was scheduled to pitch at extended spring training in Florida, but he joined Triple-A Gwinnett instead and started Monday against Durham. It didn’t go well: He lasted 3-2/3 innings, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits. Sanchez walked three and struck out five. Sanchez has been on the disabled list over a month after injuring his hamstring during pregame warm-ups...
Braves and Phillies are renewing their rivalry, and it’s here to stay

Braves and Phillies are renewing their rivalry, and it’s here to stay

Braves manager Brian Snitker stood on the field yelling in disgust during the third inning of a game against the Phillies on March 31. The usually serene Snitker was visibly frustrated to unprecedented levels when Phillies manager Gabe Kapler stalled the game so that reliever Hoby Milner, who wasn’t warmed up, could enter the game. The behavior resulted in Snitker’s second ejection of...
Hawks seek to add Mavs assistant Melvin Hunt to Lloyd Pierce’s staff

Hawks seek to add Mavs assistant Melvin Hunt to Lloyd Pierce’s staff

The Hawks are working on an agreement to add Mavericks assistant Melvin Hunt to new head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person said a deal had yet to be reached as of early Monday evening. The New York Times first reported that the Hawks and Hunt are in discussions. Hunt has been with the Mavericks for the past three seasons...
NFL owners convene in Atlanta to potentially discuss new rules, anthem protests

NFL owners convene in Atlanta to potentially discuss new rules, anthem protests

NFL owners will meet in Atlanta this week, tackling topics that range from player protests during the national anthem to changes in kickoff rules.  Owners and other top executives of the 32 NFL teams will attend the league’s annual spring meetings at a Buckhead hotel Tuesday and Wednesday.  There’s a lot of business on the table for the meetings, including the expected approval...
Could money change Julio Jones - or our perception of him?

Could money change Julio Jones - or our perception of him?

  Nothing is quite so corrosive as money. It can eat away at marriages and dissolve the iron bonds of old friendships. The question these days around a certain Flowery Branch facility is: Can it break up a Brotherhood? There is the persistent but unconfirmed belief – no one has actually spoken aloud on the subject – that Julio Jones is unhappy with his contract. His quarterback just...
Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart named ACC player of the year

Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart named ACC player of the year

Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart, projected to be selected early in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in June, was named the ACC player of the year in a vote of the conference’s coaches. The announcement was made Monday. Bart, a junior from Buford High, goes into the ACC tournament this week in Durham, N.C., leading the ACC in batting average (.368), on-base percentage (.481)...
5 stats to know about the Phillies, the Braves’ next opponent

5 stats to know about the Phillies, the Braves’ next opponent

The Braves’ primary competition in the National League East has been the Phillies, a team ascending the standings similarly. With both teams propelled by youth and little salary commitment, the next era of the rivalry might be only beginning. They meet again in Philadelphia beginning Monday night. The Braves have taken six of nine games against the Phillies thus far. A few numbers about the...
Georgia Tech’s NCAA baseball hopes hinge on this week’s ACC tournament

Georgia Tech’s NCAA baseball hopes hinge on this week’s ACC tournament

To make the NCAA tournament, there’s more work to do for Georgia Tech at the ACC baseball tournament that begins Tuesday. How much work is unclear. The No. 8 seed Yellow Jackets will have two pool-play games in Durham, N.C., beginning Tuesday at 11 a.m. against No. 12 seed Pittsburgh. They play Friday against top-seeded North Carolina at 3 p.m. At 31-25 and No. 46 in RPI, Tech almost certainly...
Josh Okogie is leaving Tech, which is bad news for Josh Pastner

Josh Okogie is leaving Tech, which is bad news for Josh Pastner

It was another Georgia Tech basketball coach – Paul Hewitt, to be precise – who said that, once a player makes himself eligible for the NBA draft, it takes a lot for him, even if he hasn’t retained an agent, to retrace those steps. Hewitt’s rationale: “They get into the process and start looking at everything the NBA way,” which is, you’d have to agree, rather...
Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie staying in NBA draft

Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie staying in NBA draft

Josh Okogie arrived at Georgia Tech from Shiloh High in 2016 as a three-star prospect, rated the 11th-best prospect in the state of Georgia by one service and unrated in another. No other ACC team saw fit to offer him a scholarship. He leaves in considerably higher regard. After earning third-team All-ACC honors this past season and then standing out at the NBA draft combine this past weekend, Okogie...
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