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A look at the Falcons’ 2017 rookie draft class 

The Falcons are set to play their second exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field. The Falcons received major contributions from the 2016 rookie class on their way to the Super Bowl last season. The draft class had four starters on defense in strong safety Keanu Neal, nickel back Brian Poole, middle linebacker Deion Jones and weakside linebacker De’Vondre...


Paul Johnson on B-backs: ‘We’ve got guys that can play’

Paul Johnson on B-backs: ‘We’ve got guys that can play’

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson isn’t joining the fans despairing over the loss of B-back Dedrick Mills. Following his team’s scrimmage Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium, he offered confidence in Mills’ backups and his offense in the wake of Mills’ dismissal from the team for violating athletic-department policy. “You’d like to have the best player, but I&rsquo...
Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Steelers

Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Steelers

Here’s where you can find the Atlanta Falcons (0-1) at the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) game which is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field. TV:  Atlanta’s CW69 (WUPA-TV). AT&T U-Verse 1069. Charter 709. Comcast 810. DirecTV 69. Dish Network 6376. Play-by-play: Justin Kutcher. Color: Coy Wire. Sideline: D.J. Shockley. NFL Network. LOCAL RADIO: 92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play:...
Paul Johnson addresses Dedrick Mills dismissal

Paul Johnson addresses Dedrick Mills dismissal

In the wake of two suspensions last year, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson stuck by B-back Dedrick Mills, offering his belief in his character. He did so again Friday, this time at a news conference to address Mills’ dismissal from the team for a violation of athletic department rules. “He’s a good kid,” Johnson said. “I don’t think there’s a bad bone in his...
Falcons set to add backup tackle help 

Falcons set to add backup tackle help 

The Falcons agreed to terms on a one-year contract with offensive tackle Austin Pasztor on Friday, according to his agent Sanat “Sunny” Shah. The Falcons are at the 90-man roster limit and must make room by releasing a player before adding Pasztor, who’s made 43 starts and played 58 games over five seasons in the NFL. Pasztor, who’s 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds, played three seasons...
Howard, Benson top candidates to replace Dedrick Mills

Howard, Benson top candidates to replace Dedrick Mills

With Georgia Tech B-back Dedrick Mills dismissed from the team Friday for a violation of athletic-department rules, the Yellow Jackets’ next step is getting ready his replacement.  The season starts soon with the opener against Tennessee on Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The two most likely candidates to replace Mills in the starting lineup are...
5 things Dan Quinn wants to see against Pittsburgh

5 things Dan Quinn wants to see against Pittsburgh

Falcons coach Dan Quinn shared five things he wants to see against the Steelers in Sunday’s exhibition game: 1. Turnover margin. Quinn was not happy with an even ratio in the opener against the Dolphins, a 23-20 loss.  “One of the big topics for us is the ball,” Quinn said. “For us to come out in a zero turnover margin, we got two and we gave two away, that&rsquo...
5 players to watch against Pittsburgh: McKinley ready for his debut 

5 players to watch against Pittsburgh: McKinley ready for his debut 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn could hardly contain his glee after Friday’s practice. The staff gave rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley, this year’s first-round pick, a full load of practice this week and he came through with flying colors. Quinn said McKinley is likely to play in the exhibition game against the Steelers at 4 p.m. Sunday.  Quinn hadn’t conferred with McKinley...
Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills dismissed from team

Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills dismissed from team

Stunning news arrived Friday that Georgia Tech B-back Dedrick Mills was dismissed from the football team for a violation of athletic-department rules.  The school made the announcement in a news release. Mills was expected to be the centerpiece of Tech’s offense this season after having led the Yellow Jackets in rushing yards as a freshman last season. Mills was suspended twice for a total...
5 things we learned from Falcons’ practice on Friday 

5 things we learned from Falcons’ practice on Friday 

Here are five things we learned from practice on Friday: 1. Schweitzer to start. Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced that Wes Schweitzer will start at right guard for the Falcons against the Steelers on Sunday. 2. McKinley “likely” to play. Quinn said that first-round pick Takkarist McKinley is making progress and is likely to play against the Steelers. 3. Jones out. Falcons All-Pro wide...
Wes Schweitzer to start at right guard against Steelers 

Wes Schweitzer to start at right guard against Steelers 

Wes Schweitzer will start at right guard for the Falcons in the exhibition game against the Steelers this weekend, coach Dan Quinn said Friday.  “In this game at guard, we’ll start Wes and last week we started Ben (Garland),” Quinn said. “That was really by design for me heading into training camp. I knew Week 1 I was going to start Ben and Week 2 I wanted to start Wes...
Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons

Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons

Dwight Howard referred to his last several NBA seasons as a “mess” several times in a recent interview. That includes last year playing for his hometown Hawks. Howard was traded to the Hornets earlier this summer. In praise of a reunion with Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant with the Magic when Howard entered the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick and had his best seasons,...
Nearing final stretch, Braves search for 2018 contributors

Nearing final stretch, Braves search for 2018 contributors

After a 3-4 road trip, the Braves return to SunTrust Park for a nine-game homestand, their third from last stint at their new home, that begins Friday night. The latest week away was more of the same enigmatic Braves who’ve been both exhilarating and frustrating in the third season of general manager John Coppolella’s rebuild. The Braves are on a roughly 73-win pace, which would be a five-game...
College football and its Civil War symbols 

College football and its Civil War symbols 

The first season of college football ever played took place 1869 -- four years after the end of the Civil War. Former football coach  Vince Dooley -- a Civil War buff himself -- speaks (video, above) about how one Confederate Cavalry Commander, John Mosby, though college football was a brutal game and worked to abolish the game. Dooley leads the Georgia Historical Society...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday: 1. Practice schedule. The Falcons hold practice at 12:20 p.m. today.  2. Rookie watch. Take a quick look at how the rookie class is doing. 3. Game day. The Falcons are set to play the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field.  4. Poe’s story is told. There is a story associated with Dontari Poe’s upbringing...
LEADOFF: Games return today to what used to be Turner Field

LEADOFF: Games return today to what used to be Turner Field

For the first time since the Braves defeated the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 2, ballgames will be played at what used to be called Turner Field today.  Football games, that is.  The $26 million transformation of The Ted from a baseball diamond to a football gridiron, from Turner Field to Georgia State Stadium, will be on display with two high school football games in the annual Corky Kell...
Atlanta United puts the “Oh!” in locker room

Atlanta United puts the “Oh!” in locker room

Michael Parkhurst is a professional soccer veteran with more than 21,000 minutes logged and 240 appearances in MLS alone. He’s made several more in leagues in Europe. So, when asked what he wants to see in Atlanta United’s new locker room at the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium when the team sees both for the first time Saturday, his answers are a little more pragmatic than expected...
Quinn, Tomlin reunite to celebrate teaching ball 

Quinn, Tomlin reunite to celebrate teaching ball 

On the schedule, it’s only the second exhibition.  For Falcons coach Dan Quinn it is a major coaching reunion. He’ll get to take his defending NFC championship football team and play one of his closest and favorite coaches in the NFL in Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin. The Falcons are set to face the Steelers at 4 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field. Quinn and Tomlin go back to his first coaching...
NBA champion Durant doesn’t ‘respect’ Donald Trump, won’t go to White House if invited

NBA champion Durant doesn’t ‘respect’ Donald Trump, won’t go to White House if invited

NBA champion Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the Golden State Warriors are invited, according to a story on ESPN. "Nah, I won't do that," Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, told ESPN Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now." The White House has not officially extended an invitation to the Warriors, who defeated...
Paul Johnson has decided on a starting quarterback

Paul Johnson has decided on a starting quarterback

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he knew who his starting quarterback will be in the season opener. He is not tipping his hand, however. “I’ve known for awhile,” Johnson said after Thursday’s practice. Matthew Jordan, TaQuon Marshall, Lucas Johnson and Jay Jones have been competing to be the starter since the first preseason practice Aug. 4. On Monday, Johnson said that...
Inciarte homers twice, Sims gets 1st win as Braves pound Rockies

Inciarte homers twice, Sims gets 1st win as Braves pound Rockies

DENVER – Lucas Sims passed his first Coors Field test in impressive fashion to earn his first major league win, and the Braves rebounded from one of their worst losses in recent memory by powering their way to a one-sided win of their own some 15 hours later. Ender Inciarte hit two of the Braves’ four home runs in a 10-4 rout against the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, giving...
Clayborn happily elbowing his way back into action with Falcons

Clayborn happily elbowing his way back into action with Falcons

Adrian Clayborn didn’t play much in the Falcons’ first exhibition game, but the seventh-year defensive end looks forward to playing more Sunday in Pittsburgh, and he’s quite pleased to be playing at all.  Defensive line coach Bryant Young feels very much the same. Missing the Super Bowl and the NFC Championship game last season was absolutely unpleasant for Clayborn, and it...
Five things we learned at Falcons practice

Five things we learned at Falcons practice

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Here are five things we learned about the Falcons on Thursday:  1. While practicing for about one hour, 40 minutes in shorts rather than pants, the team focused on ball security and third-down situations ahead of Sunday’s exhibition game at Pittsburgh. Coach Dan Quinn said that once again, the team is not installing game plans on either side of the ball, although...
Falcons’ defense should benefit from Poe’s long journey to NFL

Falcons’ defense should benefit from Poe’s long journey to NFL

Defensive tackle Dontari Poe played for Kansas City when the Chiefs rallied to defeat Matt Ryan and the Falcons last season. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) FLOWERY BRANCH – There is a story associated with Dontari Poe’s upbringing that is more Hollywood schtick than fact. It goes that this big kid from a tough upbringing in an open sore of a neighborhood...

High-tech tickets and other gadgetry at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Great news, Atlanta Falcons and United fans. If you’re headed to a home game this season, there’s literally no way you can lose your ticket. Of course, if you don’t already have tickets and were hoping to score a deal from a scalper, you’re pretty much out of luck. “No paper tickets!” as Scott Jenkins, general...
Vizcaino making most of second chance as Braves closer

Vizcaino making most of second chance as Braves closer

DENVER – A year after Arodys Vizcaino’s promising early-season stint as Braves closer was dashed by a series of injuries, he’s back in the role and pitching as if he wants to keep the job as long as possible. He has a 2.28 ERA in 47 appearances, and since moving into the closer role this month “Viz” has been dominant, converting five of five save opportunities while allowing...
What Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say Thursday

What Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say Thursday

Some excerpts from Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s news conference before Thursday’s practice: On the practice plan:  “It’s a fun day for us where we really dedicate this time to the ball. That’s everything for us, and through the first preseason game we’re sitting at a turnover margin of zero, so not where we want to be in that aspect. “The important things...
VIDEO: Herschel Walker spotted moving son into dorm at SMU

VIDEO: Herschel Walker spotted moving son into dorm at SMU

Former University of Georgia and Dallas Cowboys running back Herschel Walker was spotted on Southern Methodist University’s campus on Thursday while moving his son, Christian, into his freshman dorm room. A photographer from Fox 4 in Dallas/ Fort Worth, Texas, spotted the former Heisman Trophy winner and spoke to him in an SMU parking lot. “I’m doing most of the work,” Walker...
Bulldogs Nauta seems serious about playing big

Bulldogs Nauta seems serious about playing big

Upon initial inspection, Georgia’s much touted tight end Isaac Nauta appears to be about, oh, a sixth-year sophomore. OK, who left the practice-field gate open and let this construction worker wander in to catch a few passes before picking up his kids at school? It’s either that or Kirby Smart is inviting some of the university’s larger non-tenured staff in for open tryouts. ...
Where Georgia Tech transfers ended up

Where Georgia Tech transfers ended up

After the 2016 season, nine Georgia Tech players, more than 10 percent of the scholarship roster, elected to transfer. All nine have found landing spots, mostly in the Southeast, and are readying for the 2017 with new teams. Offensive tackle Trey Klock, who left after earning his business degree, is the lone transfer to switch to another power-conference school. The three former Yellow Jackets at...
Fans react: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Chick-fil-A to be open for one Falcons game

Fans react: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Chick-fil-A to be open for one Falcons game

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the realization caused a stir this week.  Like all other Chick-fil-A restaurants, the Chick-fil-A inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be closed on Sundays when the stadium opens. Since the Falcons play seven out of eight home games on Sundays, the Chick-fil-A inside the stadium will be open for the Falcons’ Dec. 7 game against the New Orleans Saints...
Hawks land jersey sponsorship deal with Sharecare

Hawks land jersey sponsorship deal with Sharecare

For the first time, the Hawks will wear an advertising patch on their uniforms, beginning with the 2017-18 season.  The Hawks and Atlanta-based digital health company Sharecare have reached agreement on a five-year deal that will put the Sharecare logo on the front left shoulder of the players’ game jerseys, team and company executives told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2...
Quinn’s odds of winning coach of the year 

Quinn’s odds of winning coach of the year 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was a top candidate for the coach of the year honors last season, but The Sporting News award went to Kansas City’s Andy Reid. The Pro Football Writers of America and the Associated Press coach of the year awards went to Dallas coach Jason Garrett.  Below are the odds of Quinn winning the award this year, courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV): Bill...
Southern Fried Soccer: Talking with Atlanta United’s Bobby Boswell

Southern Fried Soccer: Talking with Atlanta United’s Bobby Boswell

March 5, 2017, Atlanta: Fans unfurl the Atlanta United FC tifo to open the action against the N.Y. Red Bulls during their first game in franchise history on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson interviews Atlanta United’s newest acquisition, centerback Bobby Boswell. [soundcloud url="https...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Thursday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Thursday

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Thursday:1. Practice schedule. The Falcons hold practice at 2:20 p.m. today. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will speak to the media before practice at 1:30 p.m.  2. Stadium tour: Stadium officials expect more than 50,000 Falcons and Atlanta United season-ticket holders to attend an open house Saturday, and the stadium will hold its official opening with...
Foltynewicz thumped early in Braves’ 17-2 loss to Rockies

Foltynewicz thumped early in Braves’ 17-2 loss to Rockies

If you want a positive spin on Mike Foltynewicz’s performance Wednesday night at Coors Field, how about this: The last time he gave up 11 hits and eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, at Washington on June 12, the Braves right-hander pitched really well in his next seven starts. If that pattern repeats, Foltynewicz should be good for most of the remainder of the season after posting a similarly brutal...
Last chance for entry into FedEx Cup playoffs

Last chance for entry into FedEx Cup playoffs

This is the final week for players to jump into the FedEx Cup playoffs and begin their journey to East Lake.  This week’s Wyndham Championship offers players one last opportunity to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. The final 125 spots – and the top 125 exempt players for the 2017-18 season – will be determined by Sunday.  There is hope. Since the FedEx Cup playoffs began...
Quinn says Devonta Freeman (concussion) could return soon 

Quinn says Devonta Freeman (concussion) could return soon 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he believes running back Devonta Freeman will finish the NFL-mandated concussion protocol over “the next couple of days” before returning to practice.  “I don’t have an update as of yet, but I’m thinking that would be soon,” Quinn said Wednesday. “It’s not going to be a long-term issue.”  Freeman was forced...
Ryan says ‘same offense’ with Sarkisian means easier transition

Ryan says ‘same offense’ with Sarkisian means easier transition

The record-breaking Falcons offense of 2016 pushed aside memories of the sputtering Falcons offense of 2015. Quarterback Matt Ryan followed what might have been his worst season with his first league MVP campaign. Coordinator Kyle Shanahan went from oft-criticized play-caller to prime head-coach candidate.  The Falcons said they were so much better on offense in 2016 because they better meshed...
Boswell happy to be with Atlanta United

Boswell happy to be with Atlanta United

Bobby Boswell was so excited to start the next chapter in his professional soccer career, he started driving his Chevy Silverado truck from Washington, where he played for D.C. United, to Atlanta and his new team, Atlanta United, before the trade was officially announced. “I always say when you start over you get a chance to energize yourself, get reinvigorated, that’s what I am,&rdquo...
Falcons sign running back Pressley to replace Daniels

Falcons sign running back Pressley to replace Daniels

The Falcons signed running back Jhurell Pressley on Wednesday after reaching an injury settlement with running back B.J. Daniels. Pressley spent time on the Falcons’ practice squad last season. The Vikings signed him following the 2016 draft, and the Packers claimed him off waivers in September. Pressley has yet to play in an NFL game. Daniels (hamstring) was in contention for the No. 3 running...
Evaluating Tech’s chances with blue-chipper Nassir Little

Evaluating Tech’s chances with blue-chipper Nassir Little

Josh Pastner likes to say that part of succeeding in recruiting is being lucky. His standby example is his alma mater Arizona, which turned around behind two unheralded recruits who ultimately led the Wildcats to the Final Four before embarking on NBA careers, Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr. Pastner will need a different sort of fortune going into the final months of the recruitment for the 2018 signing...
Morehouse, CAU players on Black College Football HOF watch list

Morehouse, CAU players on Black College Football HOF watch list

The Black College Football Hall of Fame released its watch list for its Player of the Year award on Wednesday, and the list includes two players from schools in Atlanta. Johnathon McCrary of Clark Atlanta University and David Smith of Morehouse College were featured on the list among the 50 names from HBCU football teams. At the end of the 2017 college football season, the winner of the...
Report: Louisville, Ole Miss to face off in 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Report: Louisville, Ole Miss to face off in 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Louisville will play the Ole Miss in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, according to FBSchedules.com. The two teams’ 2021 season opener will be played on either Aug. 28, Sept. 4 or Sept. 5 and the game will be broadcast on CBS or ESPN/ABC. If neither team meets in a bowl game or the College Football Playoff over the next four seasons, the 2021 Chick-fil-A...
Ranking this week’s MLS games

Ranking this week’s MLS games

Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst. Toronto (12-3-8) at Chicago (12-6-5), 8 p.m. Saturday. The two best teams in MLS face off. If Chicago wins, it opens the door for a three-team race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. 2. New York Red Bulls (12-9-2) at Portland (9-9-7), 10 p.m., Friday. The Timbers, winners of just two of past 10, are in fifth in the West...
Cover 9@9: Bosher plans to keep booming punts, kickoffs

Cover 9@9: Bosher plans to keep booming punts, kickoffs

061113 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons punter Matt Bosher gets off a punt during team practice on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Flowery Branch. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM Good morning! Welcome to The Cover 9@9 blog. It’s our weekly blog of everything you need to know about the Atlanta Falcons, the defending NFC Champions who will open the exhibition season at 7 p...
Post-Chipper Braves a carnival of change at third

Post-Chipper Braves a carnival of change at third

A meeting of noted Braves third basemen breaks out, post-game. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Next year, Chipper Jones should be the last of the 1990s Braves to join baseball’s Hall of Fame. Tempus fugit. His last-ever game – the 2012 wildcard loss to St. Louis in which he went 1-for-5 and committed a devastating error – was a nightmare. Everything before that was pretty...
LEADOFF: What we saw on latest visit to Mercedes-Benz Stadium

LEADOFF: What we saw on latest visit to Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Hundreds of media members toured Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Tuesday and saw a $1.5 billion building that looks just about ready for action.  And the action arrives soon: Stadium officials expect more than 50,000 Falcons and Atlanta United season-ticket holders to attend an open house Saturday, and the stadium will hold its official opening with a Falcons-Arizona Cardinals exhibition game Aug. 26...
Frank Broyles, remembered by Sean Bedford

Frank Broyles, remembered by Sean Bedford

Sean Bedford did not know Frank Broyles well, but was nonetheless indelibly impacted. Bedford, Georgia Tech’s two-time All-ACC center, recalled Broyles for his kindness, his air of dignity and his love for Georgia Tech. Broyles, whose surpassing career in college athletics began at Tech, died Monday at the age of 92. Bedford was a senior with the Yellow Jackets in 2010 when he first met Broyles...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday:  1. Today. The Falcons hold practice at 2:20 p.m. today. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will speak to the media before practice at 1:30 p.m.  2. Freeman update. Running back Devonta Freeman was placed in the league’s concussion protocol on Sunday and will not play against Pittsburgh on Sunday. 3. Stadium tour: Several members of...
Southern Fried Soccer: Touring Mercedes-Benz Stadium with two special guests

Southern Fried Soccer: Touring Mercedes-Benz Stadium with two special guests

August 15, 2017 Atlanta: Atlanta United President Darren Eales talks soccer during a Mercedes-Benz Stadium open house tour on Monday, August 15, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson is joined by Jason Longshore and Sam Franco to discuss a recent tour of Atlanta United’s new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
Braves capitalize on Arenado error, snap 11-game Coors Field skid

Braves capitalize on Arenado error, snap 11-game Coors Field skid

DENVER – Dansby Swanson had two hits including a two-run double and Nick Markakis hit the longest home run he’s hit in his three seasons with the Braves. But it took an eighth-inning error from a most unlikely source, Rockies four-time Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado, to help the Braves’ finally change their fortunes at Coors Field. Brandon Phillips scored the go-ahead run...
Mercedes-Benz Stadium approaches ‘finish line’ 

Mercedes-Benz Stadium approaches ‘finish line’ 

The concession stands are being stocked. The Falcons’ logo adorns midfield. There is a lot of cleanup still to do. Hundreds of media members toured Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Tuesday and saw a $1.5 billion building that looks just about ready for action. And the action arrives soon: Stadium officials expect more than 50,000 Falcons and Atlanta United season-ticket holders to attend an open house...
Before football begins: 5 teams, 5 questions (and what about Chaney?)

Before football begins: 5 teams, 5 questions (and what about Chaney?)

Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney needs improvement from quarterback Jacob Eason and the offense as a whole. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC file photo) It’s that time of year again when nobody really knows how good their football team is and coaches are going to extremes to limit media access and make sure as little information as possible gets out to evil, unicorn-blood-drinking...
N. Fulton native signs NBA G-League deal with Spurs

N. Fulton native signs NBA G-League deal with Spurs

Joining Lorenzo Brown, Malik Beasley and Kobi Simmons, north Fulton County has another player in the NBA.  ESPN reports that Jaron Blossomgame – a Chattahoochee High School graduate – agreed to a standard G-League contract with the Austin Spurs, an affiliate for the NBA’s San Antonio team.  Initial reports said Blossomgame signed a two-way deal – ...
ESPN receives backlash for fantasy auction of black players to white bidders

ESPN receives backlash for fantasy auction of black players to white bidders

During ESPN’s 28-hour fantasy marathon, which began Monday, the network aired a questionable skit involving a live auction draft, where in one scene black players were sold to bidders -- which were comprised mostly of white males. The skit garnered a lot of criticism with people pointing out, the skit appeared eerily similar to what one would have see during a slave auction.    Instead...
Historic debuts headline 2017 Corky Kell Classic

Historic debuts headline 2017 Corky Kell Classic

A 26-year tradition, the 2017 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic kicks off the new Georgia high school football season on its celebrated and ever-growing stage. For the second-straight year, the Classic features a three-day, nine-game lineup that represents schools from across the state as well as each of the GHSA’s four highest classifications. On Aug. 17, Mercer University&rsquo...
Atlanta being considered as host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Atlanta being considered as host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

The city of Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium are among 44 cities and 49 venues the United Bid Committee of the United States, Canada and Mexico has reached out to to determine interest in serving as an official host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.  The bid committee will require city leaders to provide information about each city’s transportation systems, experience hosting major sporting...
Why is Tiger Woods among favorites to win 2018 Masters?

Why is Tiger Woods among favorites to win 2018 Masters?

Tiger Woods hasn’t played in a Masters Tournament since 2015. He hasn’t played a PGA event since February.  According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released Monday, he is a 100-to-1 shot to win his fifth Masters Tournament next year at Augusta National Golf Club. About two dozen other golfers have better odds, but few have Tiger’s history at Augusta. Tiger has played at...
Can’t wait to see Joshua Dobbs in Black and Gold

Can’t wait to see Joshua Dobbs in Black and Gold

Steelers fourth-round draft pick Joshua Dobbs, who played at Tennessee and Alpharetta High. (Steelers.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Pittsburgh rookie quarterback Joshua Dobbs, formerly of Tennessee and Alpharetta High, fought through some tough times in his NFL debut on Friday. Dobbs, and the Steelers, are set to host the Atlanta Falcons at 4 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field. Dobbs, starting for...
LEADOFF: A $50 million windfall for Braves reported

LEADOFF: A $50 million windfall for Braves reported

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, an early look at Atlanta sports.  The chief executive of Braves owner Liberty Media applauded Major League Baseball’s sale of a controlling stake in its video streaming company BAMTech to Disney for $1.58 billion.  “Everything I’ve seen, which is not as complete as some, is very positive … for baseball and for the Atlanta Braves and...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday:  1. Today: The Falcons are off today. They are scheduled to return to practice at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday and start their regular-season practice routine.   2. Freeman update. Running back Devonta Freeman was placed in the league’s concussion protocol on Sunday and will not play against Pittsburgh. There is no timetable...
Teheran terrific, but Braves bullpen falters in 3-0 loss to Rockies

Teheran terrific, but Braves bullpen falters in 3-0 loss to Rockies

DENVER – Julio Teheran pitched brilliantly in the hitters’ haven that is Coors Field on Monday night, but the Braves wasted several scoring opportunities before everything went awry in an eighth inning that saw the bullpen falter and a bouncing grounder get past shortstop Dansby Swanson. Swanson’s play – initially ruled an error but changed to a hit — on a Gerardo Parra...
No national TV games for rebuilding Hawks

No national TV games for rebuilding Hawks

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s team is expected to struggle. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks face the prospect of a tough rebuilding season in 2017-18 and the NBA has determined that not many people outside of the area want to see them. The schedule released by the league on Monday  features zero Hawks games on national television broadcasts...
Official depth chart: Garland remains listed as No. 1 right guard 

Official depth chart: Garland remains listed as No. 1 right guard 

Ben Garland remains listed with the first-team at right guard in the second official depth chart released by the Falcons on Monday. Garland and Wes Schweitzer have been rotating with the first-team offense for the offseason and training camp. The Falcons must replace Chris Chester, who retired over the offseason. Falcons coach Dan Quinn and offensive line coach Chris Morgan said the battle will continue...
Report: Ric Flair out of surgery, resting at Atlanta hospital

Report: Ric Flair out of surgery, resting at Atlanta hospital

Former wrestling star Ric Flair is out of surgery and resting at an Atlanta hospital, according to the celebrity site TMZ sports. TMZ reported earlier that the 68-year-old Flair had been placed in a medically induced coma as he prepared to undergo surgery. TMZ says the issue is related to his heart. More details to come.
Cink’s trophy case now reflects winning ways on and off course

Cink’s trophy case now reflects winning ways on and off course

Stewart Cink displays his Payne Stewart Award at his home course, East Lake Golf Club. (PGA Tour photo) Golf trophies are nice and meaningful, and Stewart Cink has a gracious plenty of them decorating his Duluth home. But the trophy the 2009 British Open champion – and six-time PGA Tour winner – was holding Monday was looking like a centerpiece. It’s the one featuring the bronze...
Photos: The top left-handed QBs in NFL history

Photos: The top left-handed QBs in NFL history

Since Sunday was International Lefthanders Day, we have ranked the top quarterbacks to play the position with such a distinction. Where does former Falcon Mike Vick rank? How about Tim Tebow?
Mack, Poe were stars of training camp 

Mack, Poe were stars of training camp 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn praised several players who had strong training camps, including center Alex Mack and defensive tackle Dontari Poe. “I thought Alex Mack has thrown a great camp,” Quinn said on Monday. “He looks as quick and as strong as ever.” Tackles Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder also had strong camps. “Jake, in this last game and I know he only played nine...
Quinn happy as Falcons’ break training camp

Quinn happy as Falcons’ break training camp

The Falcons held their final practice of training camp on Monday. The players are free to leave the team facilities and return to their homes. “Our aim was to throw the best camp that we’ve had yet and I believe that we’ve done that,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Monday. “We are a lot closer to the style of ball that we like to play. We still have a lot of work to...
Fans react: Former Georgia Tech athlete Frank Broyles dies

Fans react: Former Georgia Tech athlete Frank Broyles dies

Frank Broyles, Decatur native and former Georgia Tech athlete, died Monday at age 92.  Broyles was best known for his time with the Arkansas Razorbacks, where he brought the football team to its only title. According to Arkansas Online, Broyles spent 57 years with the University of Arkansas at different levels until his full-time retirement in 2014 as a fund-raiser.  Broyles died from...
NFL Network show pays tribute to ’91 Falcons

NFL Network show pays tribute to ’91 Falcons

The NFL Network’s “Timeline” series will devote one of its five episodes in 2017 to the 1991 Falcons team that included the likes of Jerry Glanville and Deion Sanders. Atlanta finished the 1991 season at 10-6, the franchise’s best mark since they went 12-4 in 1980 and took a trip to New Orleans in the Wild Card Round where the Falcons notched the franchise’s first...
5 things we learned at Falcons’ practice on Monday

5 things we learned at Falcons’ practice on Monday

Here are five things we learned at Falcons’ practice on Monday.  1. Freeman update. Running back Devonta Freeman was placed in the league’s concussion protocol on Sunday and will not play against Pittsburgh on Sunday. 2. Jones’ is ready. All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s recovering from offseason foot surgery, announced himself in shape and ready for action. ...
The 10 best quotes of ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair’s career

The 10 best quotes of ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair’s career

With reports of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair’s hospitalization over the weekend, take a moment and read of of Flair’s best quotes. Initial reports stated Flair was hospitalized for routine monitoring, but ESPN reported on Sunday Flair had been admitted to an intensive care unit. Here are 10 of Flair’s best quotes: “I'm Ric Flair! The stylin', profilin', limousine...
Julio Jones: ‘I’m in shape. I’m ready to go’

Julio Jones: ‘I’m in shape. I’m ready to go’

Falcons All-Pro Julio Jones announced himself fully recovered from offseason foot surgery. “I’m in shape. I’m ready to go,” Jones said after practice on Monday. Jones had surgery to remove a bunion, a bony bump on his left foot that caused him to miss substantial practice time late last season. He was brought along slowly in training camp and had his plays in practice increased...
Falcons have no timetable on Freeman’s return

Falcons have no timetable on Freeman’s return

The Falcons plan to be extremely cautious with running back Devonta Freeman, who was placed in the league’s concussion protocol on Sunday. Freeman, whom the team made the highest paid player at his position last Wednesday, left practice about an hour and 20 minutes into the session with what was thought to be a “heat” related issue. He walked off the field under his own power with...
Fans react: Raiders’ Lynch, Seahawks’ Bennett take a seat during national anthem 

Fans react: Raiders’ Lynch, Seahawks’ Bennett take a seat during national anthem 

  Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat for the playing of the national anthem during Saturday’s exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals in the midst of this weekend’s white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., and resulting protests around the country. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told media when he spoke to Lynch after the Raiders game on Sunday...
Report: Ric Flair in a medically induced coma at Atlanta hospital 

Report: Ric Flair in a medically induced coma at Atlanta hospital 

Former wrestling star Ric Flair is in a medically induced coma at an Atlanta hospital as he is prepared to undergo surgery, celebrity site TMZ reports. The 68-year-old wrestling legend was hospitalized Saturday morning. TMZ says the issue is related to his heart. Soon after Flair was hospitalized, his representatives suggested that it was for “routine monitoring,” but more dire reports...
Devonta Freeman held out of Monday’s practice

Devonta Freeman held out of Monday’s practice

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman speaking to the media on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH –Running back Devonta Freeman, whom the Falcons made the highest paid player at his position last week, was held out of practice on Monday. Freeman started practice on Sunday, but left about an hour and 20 minutes in the practice. He walked...
Fans react: Wrestling icon Ric Flair hospitalized

Fans react: Wrestling icon Ric Flair hospitalized

TMZ is reporting that the ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, 68, was hospitalized over the weekend.  TMZ’s report says that Flair was hospitalized over the weekend for “routine monitoring,” however Legacy Talent Agency began asking for “your prayers,” and “well wishes,” on Sunday.  ESPN furthered the report writing that Flair was...
Will Atlanta United make the MLS playoffs? Glad you asked

Will Atlanta United make the MLS playoffs? Glad you asked

Will Atlanta United make the playoffs? If so, what seed will they earn? I broke down the playoff contenders in the MLS Eastern Conference on Monday. I think you are going to like how I think things will shake out. I’ve included what I think is the pivotal game for Atlanta United’s chances of making the playoffs for each team in each capsule. ***COMMERCIAL BREAK*** Make sure you listen...
Tech ‘in great position’ with recruit Kristian Sjolund

Tech ‘in great position’ with recruit Kristian Sjolund

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner may get his first commitment from a versatile wing player from Houston with Norwegian roots. Kristian Sjolund, a small forward whose recruiting picked up over the summer, came to Tech on Saturday for an official visit. Baylor, Ole Miss, Colorado, Washington State and Illinois are among schools hoping for official visits from Sjolund, according to his AAU coach, Stephon...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday 

5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday 

 Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Monday: 1. Today’s practice. The Falcons are scheduled to practice at 9:25 a.m. It’s the last practice of training camp. 2. Freeman update. Running back Devonta Freeman left practice early because of a “heat” related issue on Sunday. Check back later today for an update.  3. National Anthem issue. Falcons coach Dan...
Southern Fried Soccer: Recapping MLS and EPL (with your predictions)

Southern Fried Soccer: Recapping MLS and EPL (with your predictions)

The New York Red Bulls defeated Orlando City 2-0. (Orlando Sentinel) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson recaps MLS results from Aug. 12-13, as well as the opening weekend of the Premier League. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/337713086" params="visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=640&maxheight=960" width="...
Tour of millennials continue in PGA (Thomas) but Kisner gave it a ride

Tour of millennials continue in PGA (Thomas) but Kisner gave it a ride

Former Georgia golfer Kevin Kisner plays a shot from a bunker on the fifth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) CHARLOTTE – The guy who won the major on Sunday is 24 years old. The guy who won the British Open was 24. The guy who won the U.S. Open was 28. The guy who won the Masters...
Quinn on Lynch’s anthem protest 

Quinn on Lynch’s anthem protest 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was asked to address Marshawn Lynch’s decision to sit during the National Anthem in his first game with the Raiders on Saturday. “Everything with us we will try to discuss as a team,” Quinn said. “I’m sure that was the case with Marshawn Lynch, he’s a fantastic teammate. I’m sure that was one that he discussed with their guys too, knowing...
Dickey, Phillips come through as Braves beat Cardinals to end skid

Dickey, Phillips come through as Braves beat Cardinals to end skid

ST. LOUIS – When the Braves finally beat the Cardinals on Sunday, they did it by scoring multiple early runs and getting a strong performance from their starting pitcher, two elements sorely lacking during their recent slide from realistic hopes for wild-card contention. R.A. Dickey didn’t give up a run until the seventh inning and Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer for the Braves in...
What Dan Quinn had to say on Sunday 

What Dan Quinn had to say on Sunday 

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after Sunday’s practice:  Opening Statement: “It was great to be back on the field today. We had corrections that we spoke to you guys about on a conference call on Friday. We went back through and had a walk-through Friday night. The players had off yesterday and we wanted to come back out and go for it today. We had a big red...
Jones chides Campbell for his size 14 shoes

Jones chides Campbell for his size 14 shoes

Middle linebacker Deion Jones chided fellow linebacker De’Vondre Campbell for not scoring a touchdown after his spectacular interception against Miami.  “He’s been able to see everything,” Jones said about Campbell, who had offseason Lasix surgery. “We call him ‘New Vision.’ It was a great play. I told him if he didn’t wear a size 14 (shoe) he would...
Neasman took two years off before chasing his football dream 

Neasman took two years off before chasing his football dream 

After Sharrod Neasman’s high school football career was over at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla., he still loved football. But football didn’t immediately love him back. There was no cable television network at the school to show him flip around some ball caps and make his college decision.  As a matter of fact, he didn’t have any offers even after personally shopping...
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