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Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Running Backs

Running back Devonta Freeman is set to make $1.838 million in 2017, but would like a contract extension. The team is not expecting any issues despite rumblings from Freeman’s representation that surfaced at the Super Bowl. While the Falcons hope to continue the blend of Freeman and Coleman, the did draft running back Brian Hill in the fifth round. He’ll have to beat out Terron Ward while...


Matt Ryan stars in Gatorade’s new campaign ‘Make Defeat Your Fuel’

Matt Ryan stars in Gatorade’s new campaign ‘Make Defeat Your Fuel’

Sometimes greatness is preceded by failure. In Gatorade’s new campaign spot, “Make Defeat Your Fuel” released Tuesday (video above), iconic professional athletes including Michael Jordan, Peyton and Eli Manning and Serena Williams reveal their greatest failures which ultimately became fuel for their greatest victories. The commercial ends with the memorable scene of Atlanta...
Hardaway Jr. a restricted free agent as Hawks extend qualifying offer

Hardaway Jr. a restricted free agent as Hawks extend qualifying offer

The Hawks extended a qualifying offer to Tim Hardaway Jr. on Monday officially making the shooting guard a restricted free agent. The move was expected and gives the Hawks flexibility regarding Hardaway’s contract. Hardaway would have been an unrestricted free agent had the Hawks not made the qualifying offer. Now, the Hawks have the right of first refusal and can match any offer sheet that...
Pitch command no issue for Braves prospect Newcomb so far

Pitch command no issue for Braves prospect Newcomb so far

Braves lefty pitching prospect Sean Newcomb walked too many batters in Triple-A. seems logical he will walk even more in the big leagues. Major league hitters may not know his tendencies but that’s more than offset by their superior talent and plate discipline. But it hasn’t worked out that way so far for Newcomb, who is walking a substantially lower percentage of batters than he did at...
Dwight Howard to Charlotte: ‘I got a lot left in the tank’

Dwight Howard to Charlotte: ‘I got a lot left in the tank’

CHARLOTTE – For the second time in less than a year, Dwight Howard was staging one of those buoyant, welcome-to-town press conferences Monday. This being his fifth team in seven years, and his third in three, Howard was nothing if not polished. The Cirque du Dwight comes with a very experienced ringmaster. In 2016, his welcome was quite the production, held at a south Atlanta rec center in the...
Hawks got desired combo-guard skills in selecting Dorsey

Hawks got desired combo-guard skills in selecting Dorsey

No need for Tyler Dorsey to be offended. The Hawks may have cancelled a predraft workout with the sophomore shooting guard from Oregon earlier this month. Still, the team selected him with the 41st overall pick in last week’s NBA Draft. Go figure. “That’s how the process goes,” Dorsey said after an introductory press conference with fellow draftees John Collins and Alpha Kaba...
Blank: Falcons could reach deal with Freeman ‘fairly soon’

Blank: Falcons could reach deal with Freeman ‘fairly soon’

Falcons owner Arthur Blank is confident that the team will reach a contract extension with Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman “fairly soon.” Blank commented about Freeman’s contract situation while making an appearance on The Dukes and Bell Show on 92.9 The Game, the team’s flagship radio station, on Monday. “As far as number 24 is concerned, I think Freeman, actually...
Two young players shining for Atlanta United

Two young players shining for Atlanta United

Atlanta United finished Saturday’s 1-0 win over Colorado with a right fullback who had all of three appearances in MLS, and a right midfielder who had all of five. The fact that Anton Walkes and Brandon Vazquez were in the game in the crucial final minutes wasn’t necessitated by injuries or red cards. Gerardo Martino wanted them in the game, and they could become pivotal role players in...
Always listen to mom: Collins will keep No. 20 in NBA

Always listen to mom: Collins will keep No. 20 in NBA

John Collins wore No. 20 with Wake Forest. He will wear No. 20 with the Hawks. The uniform decision wasn’t as easy as it might seem. There was a valuable lesson learned by the Hawks first-round draft pick. Always listen to mom. Collins was introduced at a press conference in Atlanta on Monday along with second-round picks Tyler Dorsey and Alpha Kaba. Following the event, Collins was presented...
The worst pains of rebuilding are now behind the Braves

The worst pains of rebuilding are now behind the Braves

Hello, second place. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik) After 75 games last season, the Braves were 26-49, holders of last place in their division (17 ½ games out of first) and owners of the second-worst record in the majors.
What making the junior national team could mean for Okogie, Tech

What making the junior national team could mean for Okogie, Tech

Before he left for tryouts for the U.S. U19 national team, Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie said it would mean everything to him to make the team. He grew up watching his favorite NBA stars such as Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry wear American colors in international competition, and imagined himself one day doing the same. “An opportunity like this, you can’t just take it...
Early lines have Bulldogs as underdogs in biggest games of 2017

Early lines have Bulldogs as underdogs in biggest games of 2017

The Georgia Bulldogs finished the 2016 season 8-5 and 2nd in SEC East. While they notched key wins over North Carolina, South Carolina and Auburn, their losses included a barn-burner against Tennessee; an offensive misstep at Jacksonville against the Gators; and a shocking flub at home against state rival Georgia Tech. The team returns offensive starters Jacob Eason, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel...
Should the Hawks reunite with Pachulia?

Should the Hawks reunite with Pachulia?

Zaza Pachulia of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.
Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

With a new offensive coordinator and position coach, what will Matt Ryan do for an encore to his MVP season in 2017? The Falcons’ franchise quarterback turned 32 on May 17 and appears set to enter the prime of his career. Ryan, who arguably had his worst and best seasons the past two seasons under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, has a new offensive coordinator in Steve Sarkisian. &ldquo...
How did players from Georgia do in MLS last week?

How did players from Georgia do in MLS last week?

How did players with ties to Georgia do in MLS last week? Mark Bloom, fullback, Atlanta United, Marietta Made the 18 but didn’t play in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United and didn’t make the 18 for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Colorado. - Andrew Carleton, midfielder, Atlanta United, Powder Springs Didn’t make the 18 in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United and didn&rsquo...
Former UGA player suspended for March DUI

Former UGA player suspended for March DUI

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was suspended for two games in the 2017-2018 season for pleading guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in March, the NBA announced on Friday. A former University of Georgia standout from Greenville, Ga., Caldwell-Pope is the second Piston to be suspended this offseason after Reggie Bullock was suspended for the first five games of the...
Former Brave Keith Lockhart’s son hospitalized after hit in face with baseball

Former Brave Keith Lockhart’s son hospitalized after hit in face with baseball

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports. Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in the face, breaking his nose. Jason...
Brewers blank Braves as Teheran struggles again at home

Brewers blank Braves as Teheran struggles again at home

Braves right-hander Julio Teheran’s fastball velocity is down a tick, hitters don’t swing and miss it a lot and when they make contact it’s a fly ball a relatively high percentage of the time. All of those things have been true for a while with Teheran but now he’s playing home games at SunTrust Park, where pitchers with that profile can find trouble. The Brewers are the latest...
Still work to do as Hawks determine direction of franchise

Still work to do as Hawks determine direction of franchise

It’s time to get back to work. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk gave his charges in the front office the weekend off after the long days and nights leading up to and through Thursday’s NBA Draft. The pace does not slow after the brief respite. The free agency period begins this week. The Hawks also have an entry in the Las Vegas Summer League in two weeks that will include all six...
Fox Sports Southeast to air Hawks draftees, Howard press conferences

Fox Sports Southeast to air Hawks draftees, Howard press conferences

Fox Sports Southeast will televise two live press conferences of interest to Hawks fans on Monday. The network with televise the Hawks’ introductory press conference of their three draft picks at 11 a.m. That will be followed by the Hornets’ introductory press conference for the Dwight Howard, acquired in a trade with the Hawks last week, at noon. The Hawks will introduce picks No. 19...
Guzan, Johnson called up for Gold Cup

Guzan, Johnson called up for Gold Cup

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Lilburn native and goalkeeper Sean Johnson were named to the U.S. men’s national team for the upcoming Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is a tournament featuring national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. It begins July 7 and ends July 26. The U.S. will open against Panama on July 8. It will play Martinique on July 12 and Nicaragua on...
Matt Kemp returns to Braves lineup

Matt Kemp returns to Braves lineup

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing two games because of a sore left hamstring. Kemp initially wasn’t in the lineup announced by the Braves but was added later in place of Danny Santana. Kemp left Thursday’s game because of what the Braves said was tightness in his left hamstring. Kemp sat out a game on June 16 because of soreness in the same hamstring...
Braves have shot at Atlanta record for runs scored in June

Braves have shot at Atlanta record for runs scored in June

With five games remaining in June the Braves are within distance of the Atlanta franchise record for runs scored in the month. The Braves have scored 128 runs over 23 games in June, tied with the Diamondbacks for fourth-most in the majors. The 1976 Braves hold the Atlanta franchise record for runs scored in June with 159 over 29 games. The Braves rank sixth in the majors for June batting average (...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Player ratings

Player ratings for Atlanta United following Saturday’s 1-0 win against Colorado at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 8: Punched away a corner in the first minute. … Came off his line for a big block to deny Josh Gatt in the 40th minute. … Saved a point-blank header in the game’s final second. … Team would have lost if not his two big saves...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: By the numbers

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 1-0 win against Colorado on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: 1 Assist for Brandon Vazquez this season after he notched one on Saturday. - 3 Shutout this season for Atlanta United. - 5 Wins at home for Atlanta United. - 5 Crosses for Colorado. - 7 Sell outs for Atlanta United this season. - 7 Goals for Josef Martinez this season after...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: What was said

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s 1-0 win against Colorado on Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: GERARDO MARTINO On Josef Martinez’s Goal: “Whenever Josef is on the field, we have expectations that he is capable of scoring and he has skills and chances inside the box that few forwards in the world have so it’s a welcome return for our team...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Man of the match

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Man of the match

My choice for Atlanta United’s man of the match following Saturday’s game against Colorado at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: JOSEF MARTINEZ Striker Why: He scored his second goal in league play since returning from a thigh injury. The goal, his seventh in MLS, came in his first start since returning. The strike came in the 67th minute on an assist from Brandon Vazquez. Quote...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: 5 observations

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: 5 observations

Thanks to a 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday, Atlanta United enters the second half of the MLS season in the sixth and final place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. A goal from Josef Martinez on an assist from Brandon Vazquez lifted Atlanta United to the win at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Decatur’s Alec Kann preserved the victory with a save of a point-blank header in...
Atlanta United defeats Colorado

Atlanta United defeats Colorado

A goal from Josef Martinez on an assist from Brandon Vazquez lifted Atlanta United to a 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Alec Kann preserved the win with a save of a point-blank header in the game’s final seconds. After missing on two chances to take a lead in the first half, the Rapids tried a bunkering approach in the second half as Atlanta...
Another Phillips homer lifts Braves over Brewers

Another Phillips homer lifts Braves over Brewers

Brandon Phillips gave the Reds his OK to trade him to his hometown team this year. That decision is working so well for Phillips that he hopes the Braves will keep him around after this season. Phillips’ go-ahead, two-run home run in the third inning Saturday sent the Braves on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers at SunTrust Park. It was the third consecutive game with a homer for the...
Atlanta United starting 11 vs. Colorado: Big news

Atlanta United starting 11 vs. Colorado: Big news

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s game against Colorado at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, continuing his consecutive streak of starts Right fullback Anton Walkes, making his first MLS start this season. He replaces Ty Mears. Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Right fullback Greg Garza Holding midfielder Carlos Carmona...
‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp so far hasn’t been able to pull off the difficult balancing act of letting his nagging hamstring injury heal while continuing to play. Kemp was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Saturday. He left Thursday’s game because of what the Braves said was tightness in his left hamstring. “It’s not serious; it’s just something that&rsquo...
Collins the latest connection between Hawks, Wake Forest

Collins the latest connection between Hawks, Wake Forest

There is a connection between the Hawks and Wake Forest that goes beyond first-round draft pick John Collins. Some good. Some painful. There has been more of the good recently, for sure. However, there are vexing memories for many Hawks fans that involve the university and several twists of fate. Perhaps Collins can be the salve that finally closes slow healing wounds. Hawks fans still cringe. Just...
Dream defense unable to slow Sky in 82-78 loss

Dream defense unable to slow Sky in 82-78 loss

Returning from a lackluster road trip and hosting the slumping Chicago Sky, the Atlanta Dream needed some home cooking on its annual Pride Night. It didn’t get it. The Dream’s offense couldn’t keep pace in an 82-78 loss Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta (5-6) has lost five of its last six games. “Tough game to lose,” Dream coach Michael Cooper said. “But...
Braves win with key plays by rookies Swanson, Camargo

Braves win with key plays by rookies Swanson, Camargo

It was like old times Friday for Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and third baseman Johan Camargo. The pair played infield for Double-A Mississippi last season and are doing it with the Braves now that Camargo is getting regular playing time. Each made superlative defensive plays to hold off Brewers rallies during the 5-4 Braves victory at SunTrust Park. “Both those young guys on that side of...
Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

If only Matt Adams hadn’t gone on his galoot-free diet and had reported to the Braves looking like he was smuggling grapefruit in his uniform. Were only he the typical left-handed masher that he appears to be at first glance, mindlessly pumping baseballs into the shift and either hitting home runs or taking a seat. Then we wouldn’t be going through all this hullabaloo right now. Freddie...
12 things we learned about the Falcons this offseason

12 things we learned about the Falcons this offseason

Shortly after releasing the team for the summer, Falcons coach Dan Quinn and team officials went to Washington, D.C. to visit to various military related places. It was a busy and compacted offseason for the Falcons, who reached the Super Bowl for just the second time in franchise history. After suffering the most devastating loss in the history of the game, losing 34-28 after building a 28-3 lead...
Phillips big early, rookie infielders huge late in Braves’ 5-4 win

Phillips big early, rookie infielders huge late in Braves’ 5-4 win

Hours after unveiling a new Braves T-shirt bearing his likeness and showcasing his Stone Mountain roots and proud ATLien status, veteran Brandon Phillips had a home run and two RBIs to help his squad and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz take a lead on the way to continuing their recent surge in a series-opening win against the Brewers. But it was a pair of rookie infielders, shortstop Dansby Swanson and third...
Former Norcross star Diamond DeShields leaving Tennessee to be a pro

Former Norcross star Diamond DeShields leaving Tennessee to be a pro

Former Norcross High School star Diamond DeShields will not return to the Tennessee women's basketball team for a final season. DeShields, a daughter of former major-league baseball player Delino DeShields, would have been a redshirt senior. "Diamond has opted to forego her final collegiate season,” Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said in a school release. “She earned a degree...
Braves’ multiple rain delays becoming a bit tiresome

Braves’ multiple rain delays becoming a bit tiresome

The season isn’t even half over, and the Braves already had eight rain delays, the most in the National League, including three in the four-game series against the Giants that ended Thursday at SunTrust Park, where the last two games of the series ended after midnight. And there was a good chance of rain for Friday night’s home series opener against the Brewers at SunTrust Park. &ldquo...
Dwight Howard reflects on time with Hawks in unofficial farewell

Dwight Howard reflects on time with Hawks in unofficial farewell

In an unofficial farewell before heading to Charlotte, Dwight Howard seemed disappointed, yet overridden with a sense of spiritual optimism. Surrounded by family and friends in his hometown, Howard accepted the Spirit of the League Champion award from the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Friday. Howard’s off-the-court work has never been questioned. Through the D12...
Hawks’ summer league roster taking shape with 13 players

Hawks’ summer league roster taking shape with 13 players

The Hawks entry in next month’s Las Vegas Summer League is starting to take shape. The roster currently consists of 13 players. More could be added before the tournament begins next month. The entire draft classes from last year and this year are scheduled to be part of the team, with Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry, Isaia Cordinier, John Collins, Tyler Dorsey and Alpha Kaba currently on the...
Freeman cleared to swing bat, could start rehab stint in 7-10 days

Freeman cleared to swing bat, could start rehab stint in 7-10 days

After having his left wrist examined again Friday, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman was cleared to start swinging a bat and hopes to begin a rehab assignment in seven to 10 days, reiterating his intention of playing in a July 6-9 road series against the Nationals leading into All-Star break. That’s three weeks ahead of an original 10-week estimate for Freeman’s recovery following his left-wrist...
Kemp out of Braves lineup with sore hamstring

Kemp out of Braves lineup with sore hamstring

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp was out of the lineup for Friday’s game against the Brewers after he left the previous night’s game because of what the team said was tightness in his left hamstring. Manager Brian Snitker said Kemp told him he would be available to pinch hit. Kemp left Thursday’s victory over the Giants after hitting a single in the fifth inning. The Braves placed Kemp...
Atlanta United’s best defense? Offense

Atlanta United’s best defense? Offense

Atlanta United’s fullbacks will attack when the team hosts Colorado on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Gerardo Martino touches his chest in a small display of passion when he explains why presumed starters Greg Garza and Tyrone Mears will be up the field, sometimes higher than the midfielders, when Atlanta United (6-7-3) has the ball. “That would be like being a traitor...
Ender Inciarte unveils Braves T-shirt design

Ender Inciarte unveils Braves T-shirt design

Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte on Friday unveiled a T-shirt he designed along with Muideen Ogunmola of the ’47 brand. The shirt includes images and colors inspired by the flag of Inciarte’s home country, Venezuela, with illustrations on the sleeve that represent memories of his late father. The shirt also depicts Inciarte after he hit the first home run at SunTrust Park and his ...
Brandon Phillips unveils Braves T-shirt design

Brandon Phillips unveils Braves T-shirt design

Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips on Friday unveiled a T-shirt that he designed along with Muideen Ogunmola of the ’47 brand. The shirt includes an image of Phillips, a native of Stone Mountain, in his Braves uniform doing the “making it rain” gesture. It also includes depictions of what Phillips said are some of his favorite memories from childhood: the Stone Mountain Park...
AJC Peachtree Road Race latest milestone in Kimberly Flowers’ journey

AJC Peachtree Road Race latest milestone in Kimberly Flowers’ journey

Roughly 16 months and 113 pounds ago, Kimberly Flowers struggled to get out of chairs, to walk up the stairs. On July 4, she’ll participate for the first time in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Flowers has been an accountant at Howard Brothers in Duluth for the past 17 years. But she was fighting an internal war: She weighed 307 pounds. For the second consecutive year,...
Memphis Grizzlies add St. Francis grad after NBA Draft

Memphis Grizzlies add St. Francis grad after NBA Draft

Kobi Simmons wasn’t one of the 60 basketball players to hear his name called Thursday night during the NBA Draft, but he’ll still get a shot at making the league. After going undrafted, Simmons — an Alpharetta native and graduate of St. Francis High School – signed a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski. It seems that...
Wounds in Hawks’ front office may be mending

Wounds in Hawks’ front office may be mending

John Collins answers questions during an interview after he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the 19th pick during the NBA draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York.
Collins gets odds in 2017-18 Rookie of the Year

Collins gets odds in 2017-18 Rookie of the Year

Hawks first-round draft pick John Collins was one of 12 draftees with odds to win the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year as listed by Bovada. Collins, the No. 19 pick, is listed with 20-to-1 odds. Here is the list: Lonzo Ball: 5/2 – No. 2 Ben Simmons: 3/1 – No. 1 (last year) Markelle Fultz: 5/1 – No. 1 De”Aaron Fox: 7/1 – No. 5 Josh Jackson: 9/1 – No. 4 Jayson Tatum...
Hawks draft Collins after his rapid rise

Hawks draft Collins after his rapid rise

Maybe John Collins surprised himself. Maybe not. Collins entered Wake Forest as a three-star recruit two years ago. He averaged just 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14 minutes a game as a freshman. That was just the beginning. Collins took a huge step forward and averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 27 minutes as a sophomore. He earned All-ACC first-team and ACC Most Improved Player honors. The...
Fans react: Hawks draft Wake Forest’s John Collins

Fans react: Hawks draft Wake Forest’s John Collins

With the No. 19 overall pick in Thursday night’s 2017 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Wake Forest power forward John Collins. Collins, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds last season with the Demon Deacons. “We’re very excited to add John to the Atlanta Hawks,” Hawks general manager and head of basketball operations Travis Schlenk said....
Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Colorado

Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Colorado

Atlanta United’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United on Wednesday, combined with rules governing the U.S. Open Cup, which the team will play in again next Wednesday, means the predicted 11 for Saturday’s game at Colorado may be a bit of a mess. I didn’t know this until someone pointed it out on social media, but in the U.S. Open Cup, “professional teams may have no more than 5 foreign...
Atlanta United: 3 questions about Colorado

Atlanta United: 3 questions about Colorado

Atlanta United (6-7-3) will host Colorado (5-9-1) on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Atlanta United is 4-2-0 at home this season, and Colorado is 0-6-0 on the road. John Meyer (@johnmeyer), who covers the Rapids for the Denver Post, answered three questions ahead of the game: A: Having compiled the second-best record in the league last year, the Rapids suffered some gut-wrenching...
Braves Kemp, Phillips leave game with injuries

Braves Kemp, Phillips leave game with injuries

Braves outfielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) and second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) each left the game Thursday after suffering injuries. The team said both players are day-to-day. Phillips said he tweaked his left groin while swinging and missing at a pitch during his second at-bat of the fifth inning. He drew a walk, ran from first to third base on Nick Markakis’ single and scored on Danny...
Cordinier arrives in Atlanta, will play summer league

Cordinier arrives in Atlanta, will play summer league

Isaia Cordinier, the Hawks’ second-round pick from last year, arrived in Atlanta on Thursday and will play in the team’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League next month. Cordinier, the 44th overall pick, played in his native France last season for Olympique Antibes of the Pro A League. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he expects draft picks John Collins and Tyler Dorsey from this...
Braves get 8-run inning, then hang on to beat Giants, 12-11

Braves get 8-run inning, then hang on to beat Giants, 12-11

Jaime Garcia had his second bad start in a row for the Braves on Thursday night, but by 12:30 a.m. it had become a footnote, overshadowed by a fifth-inning avalanche of Atlanta offense and some shaky Atlanta defense and bullpen work as the Braves nearly blew all of a six-run lead lead. They hung on for a 12-11 win against the San Francisco Giants, who are a shadow of that franchise’s recent...
Chattahoochee High alum drafted by San Antonio Spurs

Chattahoochee High alum drafted by San Antonio Spurs

Jaron Blossomgame, a Chattahoochee High grad and former Clemson forward, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs at pick No. 59 in the NBA draft. Blossomgame considered entering the draft last year before electing to stay in school. He said he worked out for 13 teams, including the Spurs, before Thursday. In the one-and-done era, college seniors typically slip. Five years at Clemson provided the &ldquo...
Hawks select Oregon’s Dorsey in second round (updated)

Hawks select Oregon’s Dorsey in second round (updated)

The Hawks selected Oregon shooting guard Tyler Dorsey with their first second-round pick, No. 41 overall, in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Dorsey, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore, averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season. He shot .423 (88 of 208) from 3-point range, a strength. Dorsey raised his draft profile with an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 23.8 points...
Surprise, Hawks able to select Wake Forest’s Collins at No. 19

Surprise, Hawks able to select Wake Forest’s Collins at No. 19

The Hawks didn’t expect John Collins to be available. He was. So, they quickly selected the sophomore power forward from Wake Forest with the No. 19 pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday. “Our philosophy is going to be best player available,” general manager Travis Schlenk said. “We had him ranked in the top 15. He was on the board. We went with him.” Collins, 6-foot-10,...
De’Aaron Fox goes to Sacramento Kings at No. 5

De’Aaron Fox goes to Sacramento Kings at No. 5

The Sacramento Kings added Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox with the fifth pick in the NBA draft. Fox is a high energy, defensive-minded guard who reportedly impressed teams with his fiery play. While his shot is a work in progress, Fox’s athletic ability makes him as tantalizing a prospect as any in this class. Facing fellow point guard Lonzo Ball, selected second by Los Angeles, in...
Phoenix Suns select Josh Jackson fourth overall

Phoenix Suns select Josh Jackson fourth overall

The Phoenix Suns added another piece to their young core, taking Kansas forward Josh Jackson with the fourth pick in the NBA draft. Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3 assists at Kansas. Jackson is cut from a similar cloth of fellow former Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins. Jackson is among the best pure athletes in the class. While his jump shot is concerning, he showed signs of life down the stretch...
‘Big City’ Adams has surprised many, but not one Braves slugger

‘Big City’ Adams has surprised many, but not one Braves slugger

While Freddie Freeman has been on the disabled list recovering from a fractured left wrist, Matt Kemp and Matt Adams, the first baseman acquired via trade from St. Louis to fill in for Freeman, have continued to give the Braves a powerful 1-2 punch in the middle of the order, with Adams hitting fifth behind Kemp. Each had a two-run homer in Wednesday’s 5-3 win against the Giants, Kemp&rsquo...
Boston Celtics draft Jayson Tatum with third pick

Boston Celtics draft Jayson Tatum with third pick

The Boston Celtics, having passed on the opportunity to pick first in the 2017 NBA draft, selected Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third pick. Tatum is highly regarded by scouts for his isolation scoring prowess. Tatum is a classic one-on-one type player, coincidently compared often with former Celtics forward Paul Pierce. While not an excellent shooter, Tatum has an advanced offensive repertoire...
Los Angeles Lakers select UCLA’s Lonzo Ball second overall

Los Angeles Lakers select UCLA’s Lonzo Ball second overall

The Los Angeles Lakers, as expected, selected UCLA product Lonzo Ball with the second pick in the NBA draft. Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 assists while guiding the Bruins to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament in his only season in Westwood. Ball drew praise for controlling an up-tempo and excelling as a passer. Ball and his outspoken father, LaVar, had been vocal about their desire to see...
Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall

Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Fultz, considered the consensus top prospect by most draft outlets, averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists in his lone season with the Huskies. Washington has had back-to-back top eight draft choices, with Marquese Chriss going eighth to Phoenix in 2016. Philadelphia acquired the first pick from...
Schlenk: Several teams showed ‘significant interest’ in Howard

Schlenk: Several teams showed ‘significant interest’ in Howard

The Hawks had several teams show “significant interest” in Dwight Howard before the team traded the center to the Hornets on Tuesday. New general manager Travis Schlenk insisted the move does not signal a rebuild. Schlenk said three or four teams inquired about Howard when he first took the job and began speaking to other teams around the league. “When I first got the job, one of...
Kemp likes Braves’ team chemistry and late-innings resilience

Kemp likes Braves’ team chemistry and late-innings resilience

When Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning Wednesday, it was the veteran slugger’s first walk-off homer since 2012, but the third walk-off win for the Braves in a five-day span. The Braves, a team still five games under .500 (33-38), had the distinction of leading the majors with 12 wins in their final at-bat. “It just shows the fight that we have,” Kemp said. “We&rsquo...
Jace Peterson returns to Braves with ‘confidence back’

Jace Peterson returns to Braves with ‘confidence back’

Utility man Jace Peterson returned to the Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday looking to repeat his feat of June 2016. Back then Peterson rejoined the Braves after a stint in the minors and played well enough that he stayed with the big-league club for the rest of the season. “Last year, same kind of scenario, I got back up here and was able to put some good at-bats together,” Peterson...
With Camargo surging, Braves send down Ruiz

With Camargo surging, Braves send down Ruiz

Johan Camargo’s emergence didn’t leave much playing time for Rio Ruiz so the Braves sent Ruiz to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. Ruiz, 23, has started 21 games this season at third base but had made just three starts since June 14. The lefty batter was hitting .175 with a .264 on-base percentage. “It’s not going to do him any good at his age and where he’s at in his career...
Despite perception, Dwight Howard is Hall of Famer

Despite perception, Dwight Howard is Hall of Famer

The past five years haven’t been great for Dwight Howard’s career. Despite putting together many very good seasons, the overall perception of Howard has sunk since he left Orlando in 2012. While with the Magic, Howard was dominant and even carried an underwhelming roster to the 2008 NBA Finals. But due to locker room drama and some bad relationships with media, many fans have viewed Howard...
Tech freshman Kaleb Oliver’s family beats 1 in 56,000 odds

Tech freshman Kaleb Oliver’s family beats 1 in 56,000 odds

Hope Oliver rested comfortably in her family room, a space decorated with several photos of her four children. On the television in the corner, the Nashville Predators were in the process of squaring the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece, a contest taking place about 15 miles north of the Olivers’ home. With her youngest child, Kaleb, about to leave for Georgia Tech on a football scholarship...
Atlanta United must regroup ahead of Colorado

Atlanta United must regroup ahead of Colorado

Atlanta United has only two training sessions to try to analyze and correct the individual mistakes that contributed to Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United. The Five Stripes will host Colorado on Saturday in the fifth match of a busy stretch of eight games in 25 days. “Sometimes you can correct mistakes and sometimes you can’t. After the game in Chicago and in between the game against...
Baseball stars who have changed positions

Baseball stars who have changed positions

As the Braves continue to consider moving All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman to third base, here’s a look back at other players who have transitioned to other fielding positions.
Newcomb retires 13 straight, but still winless

Newcomb retires 13 straight, but still winless

For a rookie who didn’t know he was starting until late Tuesday afternoon and then got caught in a storm delay moments before first pitch, Sean Newcomb didn’t look flustered. In fact, he looked just the opposite. After a 75-minute rain delay Wednesday night, Newcomb threw six innings of one-run ball against San Francisco. While the Braves recorded a 5-3 walk-off win in the 11th inning...
Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

At the clang of the bell marking the end of the school day, third-grader Dikembe Mutombo grabbed his schoolbooks and loped across the wide street in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to the American Embassy, his movements as graceful as a gazelle. His friends, always three strides behind, were in hot pursuit, all eager to see the latest American movie shown free daily. But...
Draft Day Thread: Best player available? (updated)

Draft Day Thread: Best player available? (updated)

The first-round draft board from a year ago. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)   UPDATE: The Hawks selected Wake Forest sophomore power forward John Collins with the 19th pick.
Wounded officer Crystal Griner throws out first pitch at Congressional softball game

Wounded officer Crystal Griner throws out first pitch at Congressional softball game

After being released from the hospital for injuries sustained during the Congressional baseball practice shooting, Capitol Police special agent Crystal Griner threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Griner was one of two officers injured while responding to a gunman who began shooting at the GOP baseball team during a practice...
What Millsap max contract looks like with new salary-cap projection

What Millsap max contract looks like with new salary-cap projection

Multiple reports surfaced Wednesday night that NBA teams have been informed that the 2017-18 salary cap is now projected to be $99 million. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that a memo was sent to teams with the adjusted figure. That is a $5 million increase from last season, but a $2 million decrease than the once projected $101 million. Four-time All-Star power forward Paul Millsap of the Hawks...
D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: What was said

D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: What was said

What was said by Atlanta United’s players and coaches following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United: (Quotes are provided by the teams) Atlanta United Gerardo Martino “We made many mistakes tonight, especially individual marking mistakes and against D.C., it’s obvious that those mistakes have cost us in both games. They were individual mistakes and I think you’ve seen...
D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: 5 observations

D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: 5 observations

There’s something about playing the black and red of D.C. United that doesn’t agree with the red and black of Atlanta United. For the second time this season, D.C. United defeated Atlanta United. After knocking them off 3-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in April, D.C. United beat Atlanta United 2-1 on Wednesday at RFK Stadium in heat and humidity better suited for a sauna than a soccer game. &ldquo...
LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

The countdown to the College Football Playoff national championship game in Atlanta reaches a milestone today: 200 days to go. On Jan. 8, the college football championship will be decided at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, marking the first time the sport’s champion will be crowned in Atlanta. Two hundred days may seem like a lot of time. For event organizers, it’s not. The Atlanta Football Host...
Home ballpark quirks help Braves beat Giants

Home ballpark quirks help Braves beat Giants

The Braves beat the Giants on Wednesday night with some help from the quirks of their new ballpark. Matt Kemp sneaked a walk-off homer over the fence in right field in the 10th after Tyler Flowers hit a home run that bounced off the top of the short left-field wall in the seventh. The Braves weren’t apologizing for getting some favorable breaks at SunTrust Park. “Other teams have taken...
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