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The raising of a Hall of Famer: For Chipper Jones, the perfect upbringing

How would you, from scratch, make a Hall of Fame switch-hitter? How would you construct not only one swing that would hold up against the oncoming freight train of a major league fastball, but also its mirror image on the other side of the plate?  Albert Einstein, somewhat of an expert on the subject, once determined that, “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple...


Stephens, Keys play U.S. Open rematch in Atlanta

Stephens, Keys play U.S. Open rematch in Atlanta

The BB&T Atlanta Open will start with a rematch of last year’s U.S. Open final. That’s right. The ATP men’s event kicks off with a women’s exhibition match Sunday night featuring Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys on Stadium Court at Atlantic Station. The two met in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open final in a match won by Stephens.  The BB&T Atlanta Open is the only ATP...
Falcons training camp: Eight practices open to public 

Falcons training camp: Eight practices open to public 

The Falcons open the 2018 training camp as players report to the Flowery Branch headquarters on Thursday and the first practice is held on Friday. Eight of the practices at camp, which runs from Friday to Aug. 4, are open to the public. Here is the schedule of open practices: Friday: Practice at 9:20 a.m., gates open at 8:20 a.m. Saturday: Practice at 9:20 a.m., gates open at 8:20 a.m. Sunday*: Practice...
Braves being cautious with Albies, remains day-to-day

Braves being cautious with Albies, remains day-to-day

Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies was out of the lineup Sunday, as expected, and remains a day-to-day case. Albies left Friday’s game against the Nationals in the third inning as a precaution due to right hamstring tightness. He appeared injured after doubling in the first inning, but went on to steal third and score on Freddie Freeman’s ground out. Charlie Culberson, who entered for...
Five things to know about the Braves on Sunday

Five things to know about the Braves on Sunday

The Braves and Nationals are hoping to squeeze in the series finale at Nationals Park on Sunday, though inclement weather has that in question. Saturday’s game was already rained out. Mike Foltynewicz will oppose Max Scherzer at 1:35 p.m. if the rain doesn’t impede. Here’s what to know entering the Braves’ second game since the All-Star break. 1. The Braves have beaten the...
Weather allows Braves to re-adjust rotation

Weather allows Braves to re-adjust rotation

Saturday’s rainout eliminated the Braves’ need for a fifth starter on Tuesday. The Braves were expected to choose between Max Fried and Luiz Gohara, likely Fried, for a game at the Marlins. They’ll instead use Julio Teheran. Sean Newcomb, who was scheduled to pitch Saturday, will start Monday against the Marlins. All-Star Mike Foltynewicz was still scheduled to pitch the series finale...
Carleton impresses in first MLS start for Atlanta United

Carleton impresses in first MLS start for Atlanta United

The image that Andrew Carleton will carry from his first start in MLS is “Atlanta United 3, D.C. United 1.” The 18-year-old native of Powder Springs played an integral part in that victory. In his 65-minute shift and though not given credit in the boxscore, Carleton played a part in two of Atlanta United’s goals. “I definitely feel like I could’ve done more,&rdquo...
Atlanta United 3, D.C. United 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, D.C. United 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Saturday’s 3-1 win against D.C. United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7.5: Nothing he could do to stop D.C. United’s first goal. ... And then really not much to do after that because D.C. put just one more shot on frame. Right fullback Franco Escobar, 7.5: Yamil Asad did absolutely nothing down the D.C.’s left...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, July 23

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, July 23

Greetings, Yet Another Atlanta Monday. If you think you’re getting us down, what with your sky-high humidity and your long work week looming, guess again. There are plenty of things going on in and around town today that are guaranteed to elevate our spirits and maybe even stimulate our collective brain cells a bit. All we have to do is get off the couch and go do them. Here are three irresistible...
Atlanta United’s Barco out as disciplinary measure

Atlanta United’s Barco out as disciplinary measure

Ezequiel Barco committed an act of indiscipline, which is why he was left out of the 18 for Saturday’s 3-1 win against D.C. United, according to Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino. Martino wouldn’t say what Barco did, but that it wasn’t related to on-field performance.  Barco will not play against Montreal on July 28. Martino said he’s not sure when Barco will next...
Martinez’s three goals lift Atlanta United past D.C. United

Martinez’s three goals lift Atlanta United past D.C. United

Three more goals from Josef Martinez set a new MLS record and lifted Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez has a league-leading 22 goals this season, and the hat trick moved him atop the league’s career list in that category, with six. He accomplished the feat in only 42 games.  Atlanta United, which had an attendance of...
Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

The Hawks did make a free-agent signing after all. The Hawks have agreed to a deal with free-agent center Alex Len, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal will be for two years and $8.5 million. The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will be fully guaranteed. The Hawks have not announced the deal. It likely won’t be made official until after the agreed-upon three-team...
Atlanta United’s Martinez is MLS hat trick leader

Atlanta United’s Martinez is MLS hat trick leader

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez got a record, got a win, but he said he’s still not happy. “I’m always mad,” he said. Martinez may have been playing to the cameras, but he became the MLS all-time leader in hat tricks when he posted his sixth Saturday, giving Atlanta United a 3-1 win against D.C. United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez accomplished the feat in 42...
Carleton will make first MLS start for Atlanta United

Carleton will make first MLS start for Atlanta United

Andrew Carleton will receive his first start in MLS as part of Atlanta United’s (12-4-5) starting 11 for Saturday’s game against D.C. United (3-7-5) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Carleton is in for Barco, who didn’t make the 18. Carleton, a native of Powder Springs, was the team’s first Homegrown signing. Additionally, Eric Remedi is in the 18. He recently was signed by the team...
Braves-Nationals game postponed; makeup date TBD

Braves-Nationals game postponed; makeup date TBD

Saturday’s Braves-Nationals game was postponed because of inclement weather, the Nationals announced roughly five hours before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start. Sean Newcomb was set to face Gio Gonzalez in the second meeting of a three-game set. The Braves won Friday night 8-5, behind an offensive outburst from leadoff man Ronald Acuna. Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to oppose Max Scherzer in the...
Hawks waive Antonius Cleveland

Hawks waive Antonius Cleveland

The Hawks waived Antonius Cleveland on Saturday. Cleveland had a non-guaranteed contract worth $1.378 million. The move will help the Hawks complete the three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers agreed upon Thursday involving Dennis Schroder. Cleveland appeared in four games with the Hawks last season. The guard averaged 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes. He also was a part of the Hawks&rsquo...
Braves’ Ronald Acuna looks right at home in leadoff spot

Braves’ Ronald Acuna looks right at home in leadoff spot

Ronald Acuna captured the imaginations of Braves fans Friday night, showcasing the five-tool potential that made him baseball’s top prospect. Acuna reached base four times, including a double and a homer, and added two steals in an 8-5 win in Washington; one that dropped the Nationals below .500 at 48-49. The Braves have tried and failed with several combinations atop the order. Acuna presented...
Offense, leadoff hitter Acuna push Braves past Nationals

Offense, leadoff hitter Acuna push Braves past Nationals

Maybe the Braves’ offense really did need the All-Star break. Or just Ronald Acuna hitting leadoff. In their first game back, the bats tagged Stephen Strasburg for six runs, and the Braves beat the Nationals 8-5 Friday at Nationals Park. Braves manager Brian Snitker decided to hit Acuna first in the order, the latest attempt to solve the team’s top-of-the-lineup woes. For at least...
Ozzie Albies exits early in Friday’s Braves game

Ozzie Albies exits early in Friday’s Braves game

Second baseman Ozzie Albies exited the Braves’ 8-5 win over the Nationals Friday in the third inning. Albies sustained a right-hamstring injury after doubling in the first inning. He then stole third and scored on a Freddie Freeman ground out. The Braves announced he left the game as a precaution. “He’s OK. The right hamstring was tight,” manager Brian Snitker said. &ldquo...
Zach Britton, Braves could be fit - depending upon price

Zach Britton, Braves could be fit - depending upon price

The Braves are back in a pennant race, and it’s no secret they’re looking for bullpen help. Rumors will rev up with the trade deadline 11 days away. The Orioles already sold the market’s most coveted asset, star Manny Machado, sending him to the Dodgers for five players, only one of whom was a top 100 prospect. That shouldn’t end the Orioles’ selling. They could soon...
Fried, rather than Gohara, likely to get nod Tuesday

Fried, rather than Gohara, likely to get nod Tuesday

The Braves are leaning toward starting Max Fried on Tuesday in Miami. Luiz Gohara, once presumed the likelier candidate, had a spotty start with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, allowing four runs on seven hits in 4-1/3 innings. His velocity was up and down, according to manager Brian Snitker. “It spiked a little bit, but not consistent where you’d like to see it,” he said. &ldquo...
Acuna leads off as Braves adjust lineup to start second half

Acuna leads off as Braves adjust lineup to start second half

In an effort to rejuvenate the offense to open the second half, Braves manager Brian Snitker placed rookie Ronald Acuna atop the team’s lineup Friday. The Braves opened the second half with a series in Washington, a pivotal meeting for them and the Nationals, who sit five games behind the Braves and 5-1/2 out of first place in the National League East. Acuna led the team off, with Ozzie Albies...
A matter of wounded pride: Julio Jones versus the Falcons 

A matter of wounded pride: Julio Jones versus the Falcons 

Pride is at the heart of this. Among humans, it often is. The NFL’s best receiver awakes one morning to find he’s the NFL’s seventh-highest-paid receiver, this on a team that just made its quarterback the league’s highest-paid player and last year minted the highest-paid running back. (Never mind that this same receiver was, as of 2016, the highest-paid at his position.) ...
How Paul Johnson (and TaQuon Marshall) see the new redshirt rule

How Paul Johnson (and TaQuon Marshall) see the new redshirt rule

Support for the new NCAA rule regarding redshirting was a no-brainer for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and his ACC coaching colleagues. In June, the NCAA enacted a rule change regarding redshirting – players can play up to four games in a season and still use a redshirt. Previously, if a player was on the field for one play, that constituted use of one of his four seasons of eligibility. At...
Atlanta United flattered by Miami interest in VP

Atlanta United flattered by Miami interest in VP

Though Miami’s interminable search for a stadium is ongoing, the hopeful MLS expansion club is reportedly trying to hire Paul McDonough, vice president of Atlanta United. Five Stripes president Darren Eales, in a statement from the club, said Miami’s interest in McDonough is a “positive reflection of the club,” but pointed out that McDonough is under contract through 2022...
From one Hall-of-Famer to another: Hank Aaron reflects on career, Chipper Jones induction

From one Hall-of-Famer to another: Hank Aaron reflects on career, Chipper Jones induction

It was Hank Aaron who convinced the Braves to draft Chipper Jones. What led him to believe, at a young age, that Chipper was going to be a Hall of Famer? WSB Radio’s Jay Black and Chris Camp sat down with the baseball legend to discuss his answer to that question, and many more on topics including the Braves’ success during the first half of the season and his take on the crop of young...
Atlanta United hopes more players in box will beat bunker

Atlanta United hopes more players in box will beat bunker

Though Atlanta United leads MLS in goals scored (43), manager Gerardo Martino has said they could have more if more players would attack the penalty box. This lamentation came after last week’s 1-1 draw with Seattle, a game in which Atlanta United missed a few scoring chances in front of the goal and missed a few more because there wasn’t someone on the end of crosses for tap-ins. &ldquo...
12 Bulldogs chosen by media for preseason All-SEC

12 Bulldogs chosen by media for preseason All-SEC

In a vote of SEC media who attended the conference’s annual media days this week, held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, 12 Georgia Bulldogs were chosen either first-team, second-team or third-team preseason All-SEC.  Defensive backs Deandre Baker and J.R. Reed and place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship were the headliners, as each was a first-team selection.  Five Bulldogs...
Media vote: Alabama, Georgia to play for SEC title in 2018

Media vote: Alabama, Georgia to play for SEC title in 2018

The SEC media gathered in Atlanta for the SEC Media Days this week cast their votes in the direction of Alabama and Georgia to decide the SEC title in the coming season. The voting media also chose Alabama to prevail as SEC champs. Alabama received 193 votes to win the title. Georgia was second, with 69 votes. The teams would meet Dec. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the SEC Championship game. They...
How Hawks spent $20 million this offseason and what it means going forward

How Hawks spent $20 million this offseason and what it means going forward

The Hawks wanted to collect salary cap space and draft assets as part of their on-going rebuilding effort. They have both - in abundance. Now, what they do with that collection to turn the franchise back into a contender and how fast it can be done remains to be seen. Hold on to your seats, this could still be a bumpy ride for a while. After a 24-win season in 2017-18, the Hawks entered the offseason...
Braves’ TV ratings are at a five-year high

Braves’ TV ratings are at a five-year high

The Braves resume play after the All-Star break with their local TV ratings at a five-year high.  The Braves’ 91 telecasts on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast before the break averaged a 3.09 rating in the Atlanta TV market, up 51 percent from a 2.04 rating through the same number of games last season.  The average local TV audience for Braves games this season is about 75...
The SEC media poll: There’s Bama and UGA and ... Missouri?

The SEC media poll: There’s Bama and UGA and ... Missouri?

As if four days of the SEC’s media convocation weren’t enough, the no-success-without-excess league delayed the announcement of the results of its preseason poll until Friday morning, presumably to heighten the suspense. In this case, the mission was not accomplished. The voting only underscored what we already knew: The SEC has gotten itself horribly skewed.  Alabama is picked to...
Francoeur believes Braves will make his job interesting through September

Francoeur believes Braves will make his job interesting through September

Those who might believe that the Braves were leaking a little oil entering the All-Star break – that shiny slick left behind the eight losses in their past 11 games is a clue – may want to take their concerns to Jeff Fancoeur. Not that he’s the mechanic who can fix the problem. His playing days were done following the 2016 season, having worn eight different uniforms in a dozen seasons...
Atlanta United ready to take on Rooney, D.C. United

Atlanta United ready to take on Rooney, D.C. United

Wayne Rooney needed just 32 minutes in last week’s 3-1 win over Vancouver to show why D.C. United agreed to pay him a reported $13 million. One assist. Four shots. Good vision. Nice passing in a playmaking/striker role in his debut with the MLS original. It was reminiscent of his heyday with Manchester United, before wear and tear on the legs, and the churning roster of talent, turned him into...
Falcons’ offense hopes to get its groove back in 2018

Falcons’ offense hopes to get its groove back in 2018

The Falcons’ offense, which hopes to rebound in 2018, didn’t have its top weapon over the offseason. Four-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro wide receiver  Julio Jones did not participate in the team’s offseason program in a contract dispute. The team informed Jones there will be no new deal this year and is hopeful he will report to training camp. Jones did recently workout...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line 

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line 

Falcons center Alex Mack, who was voted second-team All-Pro last season, is the anchor of the offensive line. “We’ve grown a bit since I first showed up,” said Mack, who was signed as a free agent in 2016. “But really, you want to see that, every day, every season, just getting better, one day at a time.” The Falcons, who report for training camp on Wednesday, are hoping...
NFL, players agree to halt new anthem policy for now, seek resolution

NFL, players agree to halt new anthem policy for now, seek resolution

The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four...
Braves’ Luiz Gohara struggles, Austin Riley stands out in Gwinnett loss

Braves’ Luiz Gohara struggles, Austin Riley stands out in Gwinnett loss

Left-hander Luiz Gohara,  a candidate to start for the Braves against the Marlins Tuesday, allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Gwinnett Stripers Thursday night. The Indianapolis Indians ended Gwinnett’s five-game winning streak, taking the finale of a four-game series 10-3 at Coolray Field. Gohara, 1-4 in Triple-A, threw 91 pitches. He had a walk and four strikeouts...
In first-ever Georgia Tech-Louisville matchup, plenty of familiarity

In first-ever Georgia Tech-Louisville matchup, plenty of familiarity

In anticipation of its first-ever matchup with Georgia Tech, Louisville has gone about the same processes as most of the Yellow Jackets’ longtime competitors. Namely, getting a head start on preparing for coach Paul Johnson’s spread-option offense, even though the Cardinals and Jackets won’t meet until Oct. 5, the sixth game of Louisville’s season (as well as Tech’s)...
A sign of the times: The Hawks trade for Carmelo - to dump him

A sign of the times: The Hawks trade for Carmelo - to dump him

The Atlanta Hawks are trading for Camelo Anthony– so they can cut him. This tells us all we need to know about Anthony, once a big deal, and the Hawks, who are systematically removing every trace of the Danny Ferry/Mike Budenholzer years, not that many remained. (The move was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Esteemed colleague Chris Vivlamore reports that the transaction...
This chasing Clemson is just getting exhausting

This chasing Clemson is just getting exhausting

  It’s kind of a kick to see how people deal with dominance, as long as you’re not the one getting rolled. Take all those in the ACC chasing Clemson. There are different approaches to dealing with this particular orange overlord, now that it has won three consecutive conference titles. And it’s the overwhelming favorite to win a fourth outright, which no one in the history of...
Hawks deal Schroder to Thunder in three-team trade

Hawks deal Schroder to Thunder in three-team trade

The at-times tumultuous tenure of Dennis Schroder with the Hawks is over. In a move that has been all but certain for weeks, the Hawks parted ways with Schroder as part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the situation. In addition to sending their starting point guard to the Thunder, the Hawks will send forward/center Mike Muscala to the...
Braves players unconvinced they need big trade

Braves players unconvinced they need big trade

For the first time in a long time, the Braves were popular at the All-Star game. The team has exceeded expectations. It’s propelled by Freddie Freeman, an MVP favorite; Nick Markakis, exemplifying that it’s never too late to have a career year; and a conglomerate of youthful energy. They’re a half-game out of first place in the National League East, trailing the Phillies, a team...
Georgia-South Carolina will be a ‘hot’ matchup between familiar faces

Georgia-South Carolina will be a ‘hot’ matchup between familiar faces

When Georgia and South Carolina take the field for a crucial SEC East matchup in Week 2, it will be something akin to a family reunion.  Kirby Smart and Will Muschamp’s friendship dates to the 1990s, when both wore the red and black. A couple of years later, their lives intersected when Smart joined Muschamp on Valdosta State’s coaching staff. The two joined forces again four years...
Syracuse’s Dino Babers offers ‘no baloney cheese’ in praise of ACC

Syracuse’s Dino Babers offers ‘no baloney cheese’ in praise of ACC

Syracuse beat ACC champion and College Football Playoff participant Clemson last year and still finished 4-8. That might have something to do with Syracuse coach Dino Babers’ assessment of the ACC. “This conference is no joke,” Babers said Thursday at the ACC Kickoff. “People talk about other conferences. I’ve been in the Big Ten. I’ve been in the Pac-12. I&rsquo...
Hawks waive guard Jaylen Morris

Hawks waive guard Jaylen Morris

The Hawks waived Jaylen Morris on Thursday. The agent for the shooting guard asked for his release to pursue other opportunities after being told Morris would not be on the team’s opening day roster. The shooting guard appeared in six games for the Hawks last season. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.3 minutes.  Morris was on the Hawks’ entry in the recently...
Auburn hopes for a different result in Atlanta this time

Auburn hopes for a different result in Atlanta this time

After closing last season with back-to-back losses at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – the first to Georgia in the SEC Championship game, the second to Central Florida in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Auburn’s football team will return to the same venue to open this season.  The Tigers will face Washington in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game Sept. 1, a notable matchup for several reasons...
Alabama players embrace new coaches

Alabama players embrace new coaches

After losing a handful of coaches that included former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Nick Saban was faced with the task of filling the holes in his staff.  It’s not an unfamiliar situation. Many of Saban’s past protégés left Alabama for the NFL or head coaching jobs at other FBS programs. At this point, the players are...
Malzahn, Auburn players believe defensive line will be a strength

Malzahn, Auburn players believe defensive line will be a strength

After finishing in the top 15 in total defense a season ago, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn believes his defense could be even better in 2018. “I really feel like our strength, once again, will be our front seven, like it was last year,” Malzahn said Thursday at SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame. “And I think big picture-wise, we have a chance to be as good defensively...
Atlanta United’s Barco in a slump? No, says Martino

Atlanta United’s Barco in a slump? No, says Martino

Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco has one goal and one assist in his past nine games. Is he in a slump? Is the weight of the $15 million price tag weighing him down? Does the criticism on social media and from analysts on mlssoccer.com matter? The answer to those questions, according to manager Gerardo Martino, is no. “I understand that in the U.S. there’s a big influence of statistics...
The SEC has many sons of Saban. Maybe one will even beat him

The SEC has many sons of Saban. Maybe one will even beat him

If we learned anything from the SEC’s Media Days – of which there are four days’ worth, so the league can Just Brag More – it’s that the “S” and “E” could stand for Saban Envy. Even the schedule told us so.  On Monday, we heard Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M. On Tuesday, Kirby Smart of Georgia. On Wednesday, Jeremy Pruitt of Tennessee. On Thursday...
Auburn’s Dontavius Russell feels Georgia rivalry is more than football 

Auburn’s Dontavius Russell feels Georgia rivalry is more than football 

For Auburn defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, the Deep South’s oldest rivalry goes beyond football.  It extends 121 miles past Athens and reaches his hometown in Carrollton, where he’s surrounded by Georgia fans.  “That rivalry does mean a little more because I’m from Georgia,” he said Thursday. “Not necessarily because of the team. Just because I have...
Willie Taggart: FSU didn’t handle adversity well in 2017

Willie Taggart: FSU didn’t handle adversity well in 2017

To new Florida State coach Willie Taggart, the struggles of the 2017 Seminoles weren’t because of injuries or a talent shortage, but rather a lack of perseverance. It was a pointed appraisal of the team, then under the leadership of former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, now at Texas A&M. “We were a very talented football team, one of the most talented football teams out there,” Taggart...
Derek Mason to Vandy’s detractors: ‘Watch out’

Derek Mason to Vandy’s detractors: ‘Watch out’

On the morning of Day 4 of the marathon that is SEC Media Days, the monotony begins to overwhelm. There are few questions that haven’t been asked, hardly any voices that haven’t been heard, scarce narratives left unpursued. Then Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason walks in — voice booming, arms gesturing — and attention perks up. “Nobody’s talking about (cornerback) Joejuan...
Jackets ‘excited,’ ‘antsy’ for Adidas gear

Jackets ‘excited,’ ‘antsy’ for Adidas gear

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall got a peek at some new Adidas apparel Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff. He liked what he saw. “Oh, man, I cannot wait,” Marshall said. “I saw the gloves (Wednesday) when we were doing that little photo shoot, and, I mean, they’re amazing.” Anticipation for the arrival of Adidas gear, as well as the opening of the new locker room, is...
Noel Gillespie named head coach of the Erie BayHawks

Noel Gillespie named head coach of the Erie BayHawks

Noel Gillespie was named head coach of the Erie BayHawks, the Hawks G League affiliate, the team announced Thursday. Gillespie, 40, spent the past two seasons as head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets G League affiliate.  “We are really excited to welcome Noel to the BayHawks family,” BayHawks general manager Derek Pierce said in a statement. “Noel is a well-respected...
Photos: SEC Media Days, Day 4

Photos: SEC Media Days, Day 4

The final day had Auburn, Vanderbilt and South Carolina at the podium.
Atlanta United’s Martino again critical of VAR, MLS refs

Atlanta United’s Martino again critical of VAR, MLS refs

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino didn’t seem to ready to forgive the Professional Referee Organization after general manager Howard Webb said on Wednesday that the crew working Sunday’s game against Seattle missed a penalty call that may have helped the Five Stripes. “If he didn’t see the kick of de Jong, then he’s not going to see the penalty on (Chris) McCann...
Braves plan to ‘top off’ new spring training facility Friday

Braves plan to ‘top off’ new spring training facility Friday

The Braves plan to celebrate a construction milestone on their new spring-training facility in southwest Florida with a “topping off” ceremony Friday morning.  Although much work remains to be done, the ceremony at the construction site in North Port, Fla., will mark the installation of the last steel beam atop the stadium and signal significant progress on the $125 million project...
Falcons tell Jones there will be no new contract this year

Falcons tell Jones there will be no new contract this year

Julio Jones won’t get a new contract as the Falcons are days before reporting to training camp. Will the All-Pro wide receiver show up after he elected to stay away from all team activities this offseason? We’ll know on Wednesday. The Falcons informed Jones they will not give him a desired raised, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed. The Falcons have not budgeted for a renegotiation...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Tight end 

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Tight end 

If Falcons tight end Austin Hooper had stayed in school at Stanford and took a redshirt year, he’d just be entering his first year in the NFL. But he came out after his true junior year and was just 21 years old. He had a decent rookie year as a backup, but showed that he and his game needed to mature last season as he took over the starting spot. The Falcons will give him a shot to grow as...
Bulldogs don’t win ESPY for best game of 2018

Bulldogs don’t win ESPY for best game of 2018

The Georgia Bulldogs did not receive an ESPY Award for their thrilling win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, but winning the game was probably enough for UGA fans. The U.S. women’s hockey team’s victory over Canada in the Winter Olympics was picked as the best game of 2018 at the ESPYs Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The Houston Astros’ win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game...
Dodgers, not Phillies, land Manny Machado in trade

Dodgers, not Phillies, land Manny Machado in trade

Good news for Braves fans. Orioles star Manny Machado won’t be going to the Philadelphia Phillies, the team the Braves trail by a half-game in the NL East standings. The Los Angeles Dodgers landed the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night. The Orioles received five prospects: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon...
Why Brant Mitchell loves Quez Jackson ‘to death’

Why Brant Mitchell loves Quez Jackson ‘to death’

Georgia Tech freshman linebacker Quez Jackson appeared on the preseason two-deep depth chart that was released Wednesday, just one of six freshmen to be included on the 45-player chart. At the ACC Kickoff, Tech linebacker and captain Brant Mitchell offered his endorsement of Jackson’s ability, including a significant comparison. “I love Quez to death,” Mitchell said. &ldquo...
Tech’s Paul Johnson holds his ground like his team holds the ball

Tech’s Paul Johnson holds his ground like his team holds the ball

It should come as zero surprise that even in this age when college football coaches are swapped in and out like so many zip drives, Paul Johnson is beginning his second decade at the same program. After all, he always has been big – real big – on time of possession. Come to think of it, he is like one of his Georgia Tech possessions. The ones that never end. The ones that not only give...
How TaQuon Marshall plans to improve passing from 2017

How TaQuon Marshall plans to improve passing from 2017

The score was 28-20 in Georgia Tech’s favor over Virginia with just under 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter. On a second-and-9 from the Tech 29, quarterback TaQuon Marshall dropped back to throw a play-action pass to A-back Qua Searcy, running a wheel route down the left sideline. There were two problems with what happened next. Marshall hung the ball in the air, giving safety Quin Blanding...
Mizzou QB Drew Lock reflects on his first UGA game

Mizzou QB Drew Lock reflects on his first UGA game

Drew Lock has fond memories of his time in Athens. That is where he got his first road start as Missouri’s quarterback, and he remembers it quite well. “The Floyd guy that plays for the Bears was coming off the edge screaming at me,” he recalled, referring to former Georgia linebacker and first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd.  The game itself wasn’t exactly noteworthy...
Missouri excited to have Vince Dooley’s son as offensive coordinator

Missouri excited to have Vince Dooley’s son as offensive coordinator

When offensive coordinator Josh Heupel left Missouri to become the head coach at University of Central Florida, coach Barry Odom went to consult quarterback Drew Lock. And why not? Lock, one of the top signal-callers in the SEC, seems destined to be a first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. He has the gaudy stats, the prototypical stature and the charisma to shine at the next level. And in...
Photos: Tech’s TaQuon Marshall, Paul Johnson speak at ACC Media Days

Photos: Tech’s TaQuon Marshall, Paul Johnson speak at ACC Media Days

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall was front and center at ACC media days Wednesday in Charlotte. Jackets coach Paul Johnson also spoke, as did former Georgia coach Mark Richt, who’s now at Miami. Click through a photo gallery above to see the scene. ACC media days continue and conclude Thursday. Georgia Tech opens the season on Sept. 1 with a home game against Alcorn State.
Update on Kenny Cooper’s injury status from Paul Johnson

Update on Kenny Cooper’s injury status from Paul Johnson

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was hopeful Wednesday about the return of center Kenny Cooper from a foot injury suffered near the end of spring practice. “He could play in the first game, it’s possible he could miss a game or two,” Johnson said at the ACC Kickoff. “All indications are he’s ahead of schedule and the rehab’s going good.” Cooper is an important...
Saban offers update -- but no hints -- on Alabama quarterback battle

Saban offers update -- but no hints -- on Alabama quarterback battle

Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed the elephant in the room before anyone else could. “I think the No. 1 thing that you want to talk about is the quarterback controversy that you’d like to create, that you’ve already created, that you’re going to continue to create,” Saban said Wednesday at the SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame. “And I will tell...
Matt Ryan on Forbes’ list of top celebrity earners for 2018

Matt Ryan on Forbes’ list of top celebrity earners for 2018

Matt Ryan more than made the cut for the highest-paid celebrities in the world, according to Forbes. The publication released its annual list of the top 100 paid celebrities for 2018 and it included Ryan, the Falcons quarterback, as the highest-paid NFL player. According to the publication, Ryan is No. 29 with at an estimated earnings of $67.3 million. The figure included his recently signed contract...
Alabama has issues. It also has Nick Saban, who handles all issues

Alabama has issues. It also has Nick Saban, who handles all issues

It’s good to be King Crimson. When the 2018 college football season ends – Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. – there’s a real chance that Alabama will have its sixth title in 10 years. But even the king can’t control the vagaries of real life, and here’s the reality in Tuscaloosa:  Bama has two quarterbacks good enough to start anywhere, but only one can start...
Tennessee’s Pruitt ‘excited to get this era started’

Tennessee’s Pruitt ‘excited to get this era started’

Perhaps no SEC team is more eager to turn the page to a new season than Tennessee, which last year went winless in the league (0-8) for the first time in school history and then went through a tumultuous search for a new head coach.  The Volunteers finally hired Jeremy Pruitt, but not before changing athletic directors mid-search, and now they’re banking on their first-time head coach to...
Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald dubs Sanford ‘loudest college football stadium’ 

Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald dubs Sanford ‘loudest college football stadium’ 

When Nick Fitzgerald stepped on the field at Sanford Stadium in September, he was fulfilling a childhood dream of playing for the Bulldogs. Just not the Bulldogs he originally envisioned. Dressed in maroon and white, the Georgia native looked like a different breed from the team he supported growing up.  Now the starting quarterback at Mississippi State, Fitzgerald largely was overlooked before...
Fans react to lesson Mark Richt passed on to Jeremy Pruitt 

Fans react to lesson Mark Richt passed on to Jeremy Pruitt 

It’s been three years since Jeremy Pruitt graced the sidelines of Sanford Stadium, but he can’t escape questions about his time in Athens.  Even while sporting a bright orange tie and a “Power T” pin, Tennessee’s newest head coach was asked about his relationship with Mark Richt. Pruitt danced around the question at first, mentioning a handful of previous coaches...
Moorhead inherits talented Mississippi State team, eyes contention in Year 1

Moorhead inherits talented Mississippi State team, eyes contention in Year 1

Three years ago Joe Moorhead was at Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, representing Fordham. On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh native stepped to a shiny podium underneath a mega-projector that boasted his name, to the left of a banner that read “It Just Means More,” in front of hundreds of media members sitting at tables on a turf football field. “Not to take away from...
Pruitt instilling ‘player-led’ team in first year at Tennessee

Pruitt instilling ‘player-led’ team in first year at Tennessee

Jeremy Pruitt and Eli Wolf remember the story a bit differently. Pruitt thought Wolf was a manager or trainer on first glance. Wolf told Pruitt he was a player — a tight end, in fact. “I said, ‘Really?’ Pruitt recalls asking. ‘You can block one of these SEC guys or somebody?’ ” Wolf insists he responded affirmatively. Pruitt’s recollection has a bit...
Atlanta pacing to set MLS All-Star Game record

Atlanta pacing to set MLS All-Star Game record

Ticket sales are approaching 65,000 for the MLS All-Star game featuring Juventus at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Sales are trending to make it the largest crowd in the game’s history, surpassing the 70,728 sold for the MLS All-Star game featuring Mexican star Javier Hernandez and Manchester United in Houston in 2010. NBC Sports reported on Wednesday that Cristiano Ronaldo may not travel...
Hawks-Thunder talks involving Anthony may be on again to include Schroder

Hawks-Thunder talks involving Anthony may be on again to include Schroder

The Hawks and Thunder had preliminary talks two weeks ago about a trade that would involve Carmelo Anthony coming to Atlanta, but those discussions were never serious. That might have changed. After the Hawks acquired point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with the Nets, taking $13.8 million of their available $20 million in cap space with his salary and trade kicker, there is a report that the teams are...
Freddie Freeman a Vegas favorite for NL MVP at halfway point

Freddie Freeman a Vegas favorite for NL MVP at halfway point

The Braves open the second half of their season Friday in Washington. They sit at 52-42, a half-game behind the Phillies for the National League East lead. Many would consider the Braves, along with those Phillies and perhaps the Mariners, as baseball’s most pleasant surprises. Entering the second half, the Braves have the ninth-best odds to win the World Series, according to MyBookie.AG. Freddie...
Atlanta United tied for most reviews this season

Atlanta United tied for most reviews this season

Atlanta United is tied with Orlando for having the most reviewed plays in MLS this season. Both teams have had 10 reviews, though Orlando City has played two fewer games (21-19), according to information provided by the league. LAFC and Sporting KC are tied for second with eight each. Atlanta United has played 11 games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and all of the reviews were in those games. That total...
Nkemdiche holds youth camp while plotting NFL breakthrough season

Nkemdiche holds youth camp while plotting NFL breakthrough season

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is excited about returning home to host a football camp while planning for an NFL breakthrough season. The free youth camp will be held on Saturday at Grayson High in Loganville. Nkemdiche, 23, the former number one recruit in the nation and first-round pick of the Cardinals, has a message for the youth and for his NFL doubters.  “Collectively...
Georgia Tech adds Rod Rook-Chungong to staff

Georgia Tech adds Rod Rook-Chungong to staff

Georgia Tech has hired another former Yellow Jackets player to its staff, former defensive lineman Rod Rook-Chungong. He began work recently as a staff assistant. Rook-Chungong, who started 27 games and graduated at the end of the 2016 season, will assist the defensive coaching staff with game-plan coordination and scouting. After graduation, Rook-Chungong took a sales job with Mondelez (formerly...
Photos: SEC Media Days, Day 3

Photos: SEC Media Days, Day 3

Mississippi State, Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri scheduled Wednesday.
Georgia Tech depth chart released

Georgia Tech depth chart released

Georgia Tech revealed its two-deep depth chart going into the preseason in its media guide with no great surprises. A few observations: 1. Nathan Cottrell evidently made enough strides in the spring to earn a co-starting spot with Qua Searcy at one of the A-back spots alongside Clinton Lynch. Searcy has started 17 games in his three seasons at Tech, including all 11 games last season. 2. Jahaziel...
‘No talk about expansion,’ College Football Playoff exec says

‘No talk about expansion,’ College Football Playoff exec says

College Football Playoff officials continue to have no inclination to expand the event beyond four teams, the CFP’s executive director said Wednesday at SEC Media Days.  “There is no talk about expansion among the university presidents and the conference commissioners who sit on our boards,” Bill Hancock said at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. “The CFP works...
Changes possible to MLS video review after missed penalty cost Atlanta United

Changes possible to MLS video review after missed penalty cost Atlanta United

You saw it. The Video Assistant Referee did not. A missed call that denied Atlanta United a penalty kick in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium may result in a change in the VAR  booth used in MLS games. The issue for the league in reviewing plays is that the television feed is not consistently monitored. While viewers could see a clear foul, the referee did not....
Dream’s Angel McCoughtry named 2018 WNBA All-Star 

Dream’s Angel McCoughtry named 2018 WNBA All-Star 

Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry earned her fifth WNBA All-Star selection Tuesday. After taking the 2017 season off to rest, McCoughtry has averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and 1.4 steals through 22 games in her return to the Dream. McCoughtry will be the sole representative from the Dream on the 2018 all-star roster after three Dream players— former point guard Layshia...
Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan’s Camp Brotherhood held at new venue in California 

Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan’s Camp Brotherhood held at new venue in California 

1. Camp Brotherhood goes West: Now, it has been three straight offseasons that the Falcons have gathered for a players-only camp. This year, because of the birth of quarterback Matt Ryan’s twins and him doing his father duties, the camp was a little later and at a different venue. The last two were in South Florida and held before the offseason program started. The latest one was held...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s impact on VAR

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s impact on VAR

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares a long conversation with Howard Webb of the Professional Referee Organization and the go-to guy for all questions related to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and replay system being used in MLS. They discuss three important moments during Atlanta United’s 1-1...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Champions are made in the offseason 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Champions are made in the offseason 

In the 65th episode of the Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and wide receiver Calvin Ridley stop by to help wrap up the offseason. We asked them about the notion that champions are made in the offseason and how they felt after their first offseason with the Falcons. Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the ...
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