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Weekend Predictions: Jackets and Falcons win, Georgia fattens up on cupcake

After a great run earlier in the season, Weekend Predictions has settled into reliable mediocrity. That puts me one up on the Falcons, who ended their winning streak with whatever that was in Cleveland last weekend.  The worst part about that debacle is the Falcons took me down with them. They’d convinced me they are a good team. I’m not the only one they hoodwinked but, after nine...


Atlanta United’s Martino has a good thing - but next challenge beckons

Atlanta United’s Martino has a good thing - but next challenge beckons

Gerardo Martino has it knocked in Atlanta. The town loves him. His team, Atlanta United, is on to the MLS conference finals in just its second year of existence. The very team he midwifed – no, more than that, the franchise that bears strands of his competitive DNA – has just been named the most valuable property in the league by Forbes.
5 questions with a Virginia beat writer

5 questions with a Virginia beat writer

Georgia Tech and Virginia will meet Saturday at Bobby Dodd for the first 41 time, including annually since 1982. The Cavaliers are 7-3, their most wins since the 2011 season. They’ve lost four in a row at Grant Field, however. For an insider’s perspective, UVA beat writer Mike Barber offers his knowledge for AJC readers.
John Collins likely to make season debut Saturday

John Collins likely to make season debut Saturday

John Collins is expected to make his season debut Saturday after the Hawks power forward was upgraded to probable on the team’s injury report ahead of a game at the Pacers. Collins has been out all season after he suffered left ankle soreness during the preseason. He received an injection early in the process and has continued rehabilitation.
The story of Georgia Tech’s sideline prop, the relay baton

The story of Georgia Tech’s sideline prop, the relay baton

Derrick Moore has delivered pregame devotions and pep talks to the Georgia Tech football team for years. He has learned that not everything sticks. “I’m never sure of anything I put out there, if they’re going to take it,” said Moore, Tech’s character-development coach. “You’re dealing with 18-to-22-year-olds.
No time for a reunion with Cowboys

No time for a reunion with Cowboys

Jack Crawford and Terrell McClain will get back together with the ‘Boys on Sunday, sort of, when the Falcons reunite with the Dallas Cowboys, but those Falcons defensive linemen aren’t looking at the reunion as special.
Deion Jones will not play against the Cowboys 

Deion Jones will not play against the Cowboys 

Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones, who suffered a broken foot in the season opener Sept. 6, was declared out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys by coach Dan Quinn on Friday. Kicker Matt Bryant will return to action.  “(Jones) is close, but he’s not there yet,” Quinn said. “Matt Bryant is ready to roll.
This NOT just in: Matt Ryan is a top-shelf quarterback

This NOT just in: Matt Ryan is a top-shelf quarterback

The odds are against the Falcons making the playoffs, but let’s say they do. (They’ll need to beat Dallas here Sunday; let’s say they do that, too.) Should they qualify, it would mark their third consecutive postseason appearance. Know how many times in their history they’ve done that? Once – from 2010 through 2012.
Road to Super Bowl LIII: Host committee sees work to do but no red flags

Road to Super Bowl LIII: Host committee sees work to do but no red flags

The chief operating officer of the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee acknowledges he’s surprised at times by how fast the countdown clock seems to be ticking toward the big game.  But with less than 80 days to go until Feb. 3, Brett Daniels adds, preparations are on schedule.  “I feel good,” Daniels said Thursday.
Where to watch, listen or live stream Cowboys at Falcons 

Where to watch, listen or live stream Cowboys at Falcons 

What you should know about Sunday’s NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys (4-5) and the Atlanta Falcons (4-5): - Time: 1 p.m. - Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium. - TV: Fox: Play-by-Play: Kevin Burkhardt. Color Analysis: Charles Davis. Field reporter: Pam Oliver. - Local Radio:  92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play: Wes Durham. Color Analyst: Dave Archer.
Falcons plan to open roof for third consecutive home game

Falcons plan to open roof for third consecutive home game

The Falcons plan to open the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the team said Friday.  That would mark the Falcons’ third regular-season home game this season – and the third in a row – under an open roof.
Atlanta United getting healthy for MLS playoffs

Atlanta United getting healthy for MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s players are getting healthier in a hurry ahead of the coming playoff series against the New York Red Bulls. Manager Gerardo Martino on Friday said that midfielders Jeff Larentowicz (muscle injury) and Andrew Carleton (flu) would return to training Friday. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe (hamstring) and fullback Chris McCann (quad strain) may return next week.
Martino: I’m still under contract with Atlanta United

Martino: I’m still under contract with Atlanta United

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino  said Friday that he had no comment on more reports, as well as MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s verification, about him agreeing to a contract to become Mexico’s next manager. “I have nothing new to say about that,” he said. “I did see what Don Garber said yesterday.
Falcons seek to rebound against stout Cowboys’ defense

Falcons seek to rebound against stout Cowboys’ defense

The momentum the Falcons the amassed during their three-game win streak was squandered with a dreadful loss to the Browns last week. Now, the Falcons (4-5) find themselves in rebound-mode again and set to face the Cowboys (4-5), who are also trying to find their way this season.
List: Maxwell’s championship odds for each remaining team

List: Maxwell’s championship odds for each remaining team

Here are the odds of each team winning the state championship, according to the computer Maxwell Ratings. Grayson’s odds of 7.1 mean that the Rams are given roughly a 7-to-1 chance of winning Class AAAAAAA. Teams given a better than 50-50 chance (Colquitt County, Lee County and Irwin County) have odds below 1.0.
Jake Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa and the 2020 NFL Draft

Jake Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa and the 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft is still a long way off, but that didn’t stop one NFL draft expert from giving UGA quarterback Jake Fromm some early praise. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report noted that the Bulldogs sophomore is at the same level as Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who many expect to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Hawks drop sixth in a row to Nuggets, Paul Millsap

Hawks drop sixth in a row to Nuggets, Paul Millsap

Former Hawk Paul Millsap scored 18 as the Nuggets crushed Atlanta 138-93 Thursday night in Denver. It was the sixth loss in a row for the Hawks (3-12). Hawks rookie Trae Young, the fifth pick in the 2018 NBA draft, had another rough night. Young was 2 of 11 from the field, 0 of 4 on 3-pointers, and finished with just six points. He had five turnovers and five assists.
Trufant, Alford battling through rough patches

Trufant, Alford battling through rough patches

Back in 2013, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was a visitor to the Falcons’ training camp. He granted Desmond Trufant’s request to wear his No. 21 jersey and gave his general blessing to Trufant and Robert Alford, who were taken 22nd and 60th in the 2013 draft.  They were struggling that day, but Sanders contended that both would be just fine. He was right.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finishes 4th in MVP voting

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finishes 4th in MVP voting

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finished fourth in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award Thursday. Ballots were cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with two writers representing each league city. Ballots were submitted prior to postseason play.
5 things to know before Georgia Tech-Virginia

5 things to know before Georgia Tech-Virginia

With wins in five of the past six games, Georgia Tech seems fully ready for a matchup that should test them on offense and defense. Virginia has a star at quarterback, playmakers on defense and a coach who has tangled plenty with option offenses, including the one operated  by coach Paul Johnson.
Falcons’ Matt Bryant fully participates in practice

Falcons’ Matt Bryant fully participates in practice

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant fully participated in practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained right hamstring, according to the team’s official injury report.  Bryant has been out since making a 56-yard field goal against the Buccaneers on Oct. 14. “He’ll take his normal allotment,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said before practice.
AAAA Second Round Preview

AAAA Second Round Preview

Eight intriguing second round matchups will unfold tomorrow night, and championship contenders bolster both sides of the bracket. Here’s what to watch for in each matchup Woodward Academy faces undefeated Mary Persons for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Falcons on the lookout for Zeke

Falcons on the lookout for Zeke

When Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel left his weekly news conference, you knew who was on his mind because even though he already had answered questions on multiple topics, as he exited the room, he blurted out, “Ezekiel.” Ezekiel Elliott is coming to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time.
Braves’ Ronald Acuna hits home run against Japan in All-Star series

Braves’ Ronald Acuna hits home run against Japan in All-Star series

The Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a home run but the MLB All-Stars lost to Japan for the fifth time in a six-game international series Thursday in Nagoya, Japan. Acuna, who was name the National League Rookie of the Year Monday, went deep in the eighth against Yu Sato.  Acuna was 2-for-5 but had two strikeouts. He finished the series with a .208 average.
Watch: Jake Fromm praises offensive line after performance against Auburn

Watch: Jake Fromm praises offensive line after performance against Auburn

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm had only good things to say about the Bulldogs’ offensive line after their performance in a win over Auburn last week.  “Those guys are doing an incredible job,” Fromm said. “Just keep doing what you’re doing, keep playing physical. Keep grinding on these guys.
Georgia State punter named Ray Guy Award semifinalist

Georgia State punter named Ray Guy Award semifinalist

Georgia State punter Brandon Wright was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented to college football’s most outstanding punter.  Wright is the first Georgia State player to be a semifinalist for any major college football award. The punter ranks third in the nation in gross and net punting, averaging 48.6 yards a punt and a net of 43.12 yards.
Owls remember challenge of Jacksonville State defense entering SunTrust Park game

Owls remember challenge of Jacksonville State defense entering SunTrust Park game

Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon thinks Jacksonville State is without a doubt the best team the Owls have faced in program history.  In last season’s game in Jacksonville, Ala., the Owls — who averaged 30 points last season — were limited to 17 points by the constricting Gamecocks defense in a narrow KSU victory.
Falcons’ Deion Jones made it through first practice back without issue

Falcons’ Deion Jones made it through first practice back without issue

Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones inched closer to playing against the Cowboys on Sunday.  “He did well,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “He was limited in terms of reps. We’ll add some more to that today. The good news was that there was no setbacks from a pain standpoint. It went well.
Former Falcon Jalen Collins signed to Colts’ practice squad

Former Falcon Jalen Collins signed to Colts’ practice squad

Jalen Collins, a one-time second-round pick of the Falcons who recently completed serving his fourth suspension, was signed to the Colts practice squad.  The Colts released quarterback Phillip Walker from the practice squad to make room for Collins. Collins, 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, played in 24 career games (eight starts) with the Falcons (2015-17). He compiled 43 tackles (40 solo), 2.
How to watch: Week 12 college football, with TV times, network, streaming

How to watch: Week 12 college football, with TV times, network, streaming

Here are the TV times, networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Friday and Saturday. All times are EDT, and all TV information is for the Atlanta TV market.  » Friday, Nov. 16 9pm, Memphis at SMU, ESPN2 10pm, No. 25 Boise State at New Mexico, CBS Sports Network » Saturday, Nov. 17 Noon, Pitt at Wake Forest, Fox Sports South 12:20pm, N.C.
Expect the unexpected in late stages of CFP race

Expect the unexpected in late stages of CFP race

The road to the College Football Playoff could be straightforward from here: If Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan keep winning, they’re in, and everyone else is out.  But there’s still plenty of time for twists, turns and detours to complicate the journey.  “Over the next two weeks or so, something unexpected will happen.
Georgia State men’s soccer wins Sun Belt, advances to NCAA Tournament 

Georgia State men’s soccer wins Sun Belt, advances to NCAA Tournament 

Georgia State men’s soccer team won its first-ever Sun Belt regular season and conference tournament title on Sunday and advanced to the 2018 Division I Men’s College Cup.  The Panthers’ first-round NCAA Tournament match is tonight at Charlotte. Georgia State claimed the title after defeating Georgia Southern 4-2 in the deciding match.
Playoffs? Not out of question for 4-5 Falcons

Playoffs? Not out of question for 4-5 Falcons

Think the 4-5 Falcons are out of the playoff hunt? Think again. Since 1990, seven teams that were 4-5 after nine games still made the postseason. The Falcons will try to keep their playoff hopes alive Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
How to follow Georgia, nation’s other top teams on social media

How to follow Georgia, nation’s other top teams on social media

» Georgia maintains its No. 5 spot in latest rankings Want to know what’s going on with the top teams in the College Football Playoff rankings off the field? Here are the certified Twitter accounts for the College Football Playoff
Three key matchups: Cowboys at Falcons 

Three key matchups: Cowboys at Falcons 

NFL coordinators talk about the matchups within the game. If Falcons linebacker Deion Jones plays, his matchup with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would be a key to the game. But since Jones’ status is up in the air, it didn’t make the cut.  Here are three key matchups to keep an eye on when the Cowboys (4-5) play the Falcons (4-5) at 1 p.m.
What Matt Ryan had to say as Falcons try to rebound from loss to Browns 

What Matt Ryan had to say as Falcons try to rebound from loss to Browns 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say to the Atlanta media on Thursday:  On the challenge this week getting ready for Dallas: “Yeah, their defense presents a number of challenges. They’re playing really well. Their front four is one of the better front fours in the league. They get after the passer really well. They get after the run.
Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz finishes 8th in Cy Young voting

Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz finishes 8th in Cy Young voting

It isn’t the same as the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. winning rookie of the year or Brian Snitker receiving the manager of the year award, but pitcher Mike Foltynewicz had an impressive result in voting for the National League Cy Young Award, which recognizes the best pitcher in each league. Foltynewicz finished eighth in the voting in the NL, which used 431 pitchers in 2018.
Georgia Bulldogs finding success in two-minute offense

Georgia Bulldogs finding success in two-minute offense

Although the Georgia offense has had its challenges inside its opponents’ 5-yard line, the Bulldogs have proved to be quite potent with two minutes remaining in the first half.  Against Florida on Oct.
Collins nearing return, status upgraded

Collins nearing return, status upgraded

John Collins is not back yet. But he is getting close. The Hawks power forward, who has not played this season due to a left ankle injury, has been upgraded to doubtful for Thursday’s game the Nuggets. He has been listed as out all season. Collins suffered the injury during the preseason and has missed all 14 games for the 3-11 Hawks.
Injury report: Bryant, Shelby held out of practice

Injury report: Bryant, Shelby held out of practice

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (right hamstring) and defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, according to the team’s official injury report in advance of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
What Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had to say about Falcons

What Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had to say about Falcons

Here’s what Dallas coach Jason Garrett had to say to the Atlanta media in a conference call on Wednesday:  On the big win in Philly: “Obviously, it was an important game for us. Division games on the road are always critical. You and I both know that every one of them are important.
‘Guys like Cheyenne and Melvin are invaluable’

‘Guys like Cheyenne and Melvin are invaluable’

Melvin Davis and Cheyenne Hunt sat side by side in the Georgia Tech communications office this week for an interview, two teammates and friends relishing a 4½-year ride that is about to come to an end. They are rarities in the culture of the Tech football team, walk-ons who have seen scant playing time but stuck it out through five seasons.
Jones back on active roster, ‘close’ to return

Jones back on active roster, ‘close’ to return

Deion Jones can’t wait to smack around some poor running back again. “Close,” Jones said on Wednesday when asked for a percentage on when he would return from a broken foot.  The Falcons’ defense, which has been ravaged by injuries this season, could receive a major boost from the return of the Pro Bowl middle linebacker.
Braves Manager of the Year: ‘The best is yet to come’

Braves Manager of the Year: ‘The best is yet to come’

At the other end of the awards spectrum from where Ronald Acuna and his Rookie of the Year plaque reside, there you’ll find Brian Snitker, the overnight sensation 40 years in the making. This baseball awards season the Braves certainly had it all covered, from the 20-year-old Acuna to the 63-year-old Snitker, with a trove of Gold Gloves in between.
Is the UGA-Florida Cocktail Party headed for last call?

Is the UGA-Florida Cocktail Party headed for last call?

Here’s what Kirby Smart told reporters after Georgia announced the scheduling of home-and-home sets with Texas (in 2028/2029) and Clemson (2029/2030): “When you come to Georgia, you want to play against the best. And I’ve always believed in playing Power 5 opponents. … Georgia people will travel. They want great games. They want home-and-homes.
Georgia State punter becoming game-changer for Panthers 

Georgia State punter becoming game-changer for Panthers 

Georgia State punter and placekicker Brandon Wright is becoming a game-changer for the Panthers on special teams.  Wright ranks third in the nation in average yards per punt with 48.6 yards, helping Georgia State sit third nationally in net punting, entering Saturday’s game at Appalachian State (2:30 p.m.; ESPN-plus, online only).
Cover 9@9 - Campbell: ‘We didn’t take them seriously’ 

Cover 9@9 - Campbell: ‘We didn’t take them seriously’ 

  1. Praise for Campbell: Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is thoughtful and articulate when answering questions from the media.  He speaks his mind and tells the truth.  That’s all he was doing in a post game interview with David Archer on 92.9 The Game, the team’s flagship radio station, on Sunday.
Cristian Pache might be next Braves star, but they’re willing to wait

Cristian Pache might be next Braves star, but they’re willing to wait

Cristian Pache dashed from center field and abruptly crashed into the wall attempting to catch a fly ball. Pache remained on the ground for a moment. He stayed in the game, drawing a walk and scoring a run in the ensuing frame. The shock from slamming into the border was only a temporary suppressor. Peoria defeated Surprise 4-2 on that Nov. 9.
How James Banks can help Georgia Tech this season

How James Banks can help Georgia Tech this season

Georgia Tech’s potential trajectory for the season changed about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. That’s when coach Josh Pastner learned from the athletic department’s compliance office that center/forward James Banks’ application for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the NCAA had been granted.
A busy day for Georgia Tech’s James Banks

A busy day for Georgia Tech’s James Banks

When James Banks woke up Tuesday morning, his plan was to try to get better. With his teammates on the road for a game against Tennessee, that was the duty for the Georgia Tech post man as he was sitting out the season as a transfer from Texas. Banks got in a heavy weightlifting workout in the morning and was training again in the afternoon.
How the Georgia Bulldogs have improved since loss to LSU

How the Georgia Bulldogs have improved since loss to LSU

Just over a month ago, Georgia’s football team was undefeated but facing an arduous task: four consecutive games against ranked opponents.  The stretch looked even more daunting when the Bulldogs lost the first of those games by 20 points at LSU on Oct. 13, leaving virtually no margin for error to achieve their high goals for the season.
Calvin Johnson continues fight against pancreatic cancer 

Calvin Johnson continues fight against pancreatic cancer 

Former Detroit Lions and Georgia Tech star wide receiver Calvin Johnson will host his “Going Purple” bowl-a-thon event, which is a fundraiser to help strike out pancreatic cancer, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Midtown Bowl. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Are Dak Prescott and the Cowboys legitimate? 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Are Dak Prescott and the Cowboys legitimate? 

In the 90th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, our pal Clarence Hill -- we just call him ‘Chill’ -- from the Forth Worth Star-Telegram stops by to discuss the season the Cowboys are having and the future of quarterback Dak Prescott.
MLS Power Poll: Atlanta United remains team to beat

MLS Power Poll: Atlanta United remains team to beat

  It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego. Last week: 3. Result: Advanced to Eastern Conference finals by defeating NYCFC.
Trae Young has rough night as Hawks fall to Warriors

Trae Young has rough night as Hawks fall to Warriors

There’s bound to be games like this when you are a rookie in the NBA. But hopefully they will be few and far between for the Hawks’ Trae Young. Young, the fifth pick in the 2018 draft, scoring just four points in a 110-103 loss to the league champion Golden State Warriors Tuesday night in Oakland.
UGA coach Smart: ‘We’re running out of people’

UGA coach Smart: ‘We’re running out of people’

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart says his team is “running out of people” on the offensive line this week. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (9-1) host UMass (4-7) at 4 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB) in a game that should enable Smart and his staff to utilize plenty of players.
In James Banks’ debut, Georgia Tech falls to No. 5 Tennessee

In James Banks’ debut, Georgia Tech falls to No. 5 Tennessee

In James Banks’ Georgia Tech debut, he and his teammates struggled against a superior opponent on its home court with a predictable result. Up against No. 5 Tennessee, the Yellow Jackets were a low-functioning group on offense and lost 66-53 to the Volunteers Tuesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena. “I was proud of our guys’ effort.
Georgia Bulldogs hold their spot in new playoff rankings

Georgia Bulldogs hold their spot in new playoff rankings

Perhaps the College Football Playoff selection committee could have skipped its two-day meeting in Grapevine, Texas, this week.  The committee unveiled its latest set of rankings Tuesday night, a carbon copy of last week’s through the top 10 spots. Georgia remained No.
Brian Snitker wins NL manager of the year

Brian Snitker wins NL manager of the year

Braves skipper Brian Snitker won National League manager of the year, the league announced Tuesday night. Snitker oversaw one of MLB’s most pleasant surprises, his Braves winning 90 games and claiming the National League East title. Seventeen of the 30 first-place votes went to Snitker. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell finished second with 11 votes. Colorado’s Bud Black was third.
Tech didn’t quit, and now Paul Johnson has Yellow Jackets on right path

Tech didn’t quit, and now Paul Johnson has Yellow Jackets on right path

Win two of its final three games, which will include a bowl, and Georgia Tech will finish the 2018 season with a winning record. That’s after they started 1-3. But is a winning season really all the Yellow Jackets should expect?  The better question, as always, is: according to whose expectations? Not Paul Johnson’s expectations, according to Paul Johnson.
Kennesaw State set to baptize SunTrust Park in ways of football

Kennesaw State set to baptize SunTrust Park in ways of football

They began this season at the site formerly known as Turner Field. They’ll end the regularly scheduled part of their program at SunTrust Park. So, there’s the new Kennesaw State football recruiting pitch: “Come to KSU – it’s a Big South championship wrapped in a baseball fantasy camp.
A look at the Second Round pairings

A look at the Second Round pairings

There are 16 teams remaining that will be fighting for a spot in the quarterfinals this week, and there are intriguing matchups up and down both sides of the bracket. Here’s a look at what each team did in the first round, and what they will be up against this round.  Woodward Academy defeated Carver-Columbus 55-40 in the first round.
Film-review report card: Browns 28, Falcons 16 

Film-review report card: Browns 28, Falcons 16 

Here are the grades, after reviewing the film on gamepass.nfl.com, for the Falcons after their embarrassing 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Run offense: The Browns bottled up the Falcons’ running game. After taking a 28-7 lead in the third quarter, the Falcons were forced to pass. Tevin Coleman rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries.
Georgia Tech’s James Banks receives waiver to play immediately

Georgia Tech’s James Banks receives waiver to play immediately

One game into the season, Georgia Tech received word Tuesday that transfer James Banks will be able to play immediately. Banks, a Decatur native, received an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA after transferring from Texas in May. He otherwise would have had to sit out one season. Banks, a 6-foot-8 forward/center, is eligible to play in Tuesday night’s game at Tennessee.
UGA QB Fromm embracing challenges, silencing critics

UGA QB Fromm embracing challenges, silencing critics

Georgia sophomore Jake Fromm has operated under more pressure than arguably any quarterback in the nation the past two seasons. But Fromm — 20 years old, seemingly going on 35 — shrugs off critics who question him despite his 21-3 record and gaudy 67.5 completion percentage.
Atlanta United’s Martino named MLS Coach of the Year

Atlanta United’s Martino named MLS Coach of the Year

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino was voted as the MLS Coach of the Year in results released by the league Tuesday. Martino, 55, received an average of 33 percent of first-place votes from the media, players and clubs to edge LAFC’s Bob Bradley (22 percent) and Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes (11 percent). Under Martino, Atlanta United has become one of the more exciting clubs in MLS....
Ex-UGA QB weighs in on upcoming Georgia-Alabama matchup

Ex-UGA QB weighs in on upcoming Georgia-Alabama matchup

» How to get SEC Championship game tickets Georgia is still weeks away from playing Alabama as the two sides won’t meet until the SEC Championship game Dec. 1 in Atlanta. But that hasn’t stopped some from looking ahead to the big matchup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - and what the Bulldogs will have to do to pull the upset against the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
A quick look at the Dallas Cowboys

A quick look at the Dallas Cowboys

The Falcons know the clock is ticking on their once promising season. The Falcons (4-5) have a key conference matchup with the Cowboys (4-5) that could have playoff implications at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons could move up in the NFC playoffs race and get the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys with a victory.
Brandon Adams explains his improvement at nose tackle

Brandon Adams explains his improvement at nose tackle

Georgia Tech nose tackle Brandon Adams let what would have been his first career sack slip out of his reach Saturday. Near the end of the first half of the Yellow Jackets’ win over Miami, Adams quickly got into the backfield but quarterback N’Kosi Perry escaped his grasp to scramble for an 8-yard gain.
Acuna ‘honored’ to be named Rookie of the Year

Acuna ‘honored’ to be named Rookie of the Year

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna woke up in Japan to news he had been named National League Rookie of the Year.  Acuna was a runaway choice for the award over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds.  “I’m just flattered, I’m so honored,” Acuna said through an interpreter from Hiroshima. “My career is just starting.
Five things to know about Cowboys-Falcons matchup

Five things to know about Cowboys-Falcons matchup

The Falcons (4-5) are on the fringes of the NFC playoff race and are in a must-win situation against the Cowboys (4-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons would move up in the NFC playoffs race and get the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys with a victory.
5 things to know about Julio Jones’ journey to 10,000 yards

5 things to know about Julio Jones’ journey to 10,000 yards

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones reached the 10,000-receiving yard mark in his 103rd career game Sunday, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach that mark. Here are five things to know about the 8-year veteran’s journey to 10,000: Through 103 games, Jones has more than 40 games of 100 yards or more receiving. He had nine alone in 2015, a Falcons franchise record.
Ronald Acuna, rookie of the year. Soon: Ronald Acuna, MVP

Ronald Acuna, rookie of the year. Soon: Ronald Acuna, MVP

We need to be careful. Not every hotshot winds up in Cooperstown. We note Joe Charboneau, gone from the majors two years after being named the American League’s 1980 rookie of the year, or Chris Coghlan, the 2009 NL ROY who finished with a career WAR of 0.2, but why look afar for cases to cite? As a hitter, Jason Heyward’s rookie year remains his best. Dansby Swanson hit .
UGA basketball: Runway mishap grounds Dogs in S.C.

UGA basketball: Runway mishap grounds Dogs in S.C.

Tom Crean’s first road trip as Georgia’s basketball coach didn’t get off to a flying start. Due to a runway mishap at Anderson (S.C.) Regional Airport, the Bulldogs were unable to get off the ground Monday night on their charter flight to Philadelphia, where they are to face Temple on Tuesday night.
3 reasons why Georgia’s odds of beating Alabama keep improving

3 reasons why Georgia’s odds of beating Alabama keep improving

Georgia football is looking more and more like a legitimate national championship contender, improving its odds of beating Alabama each week. First things first, Coach Kirby Smart has challenged his players to maintain their intensity for non-conference cupcake UMass in what amounts to the final dress rehearsal of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network; 95.5 and AM-750 WSB). The No.
Ronald Acuna wins NL Rookie of the Year

Ronald Acuna wins NL Rookie of the Year

- The buzz on social media after Acuna named NL Rookie of the Year Braves’ star outfielder Ronald Acuna has been named the 2018 National League rookie of the year, the league announced Monday.  He topped fellow outfielder Juan Soto of the Nationals 114-89. Acuna garnered 27 first-place votes while Soto had two. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was the third finalist.
Deion Jones activated, eligible to return against Cowboys 

Deion Jones activated, eligible to return against Cowboys 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was not very enthusiastic about the potential return of Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones for this week’s game. The Falcons (4-5) play the Cowboys (4-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.    “We’ll have the same format that we had last week,” Quinn said on Monday.
Quinn wants more speed and energy after disappointing loss to Browns 

Quinn wants more speed and energy after disappointing loss to Browns 

Dan Quinn just more colorful language to describe the Falcons’ mood after a lackluster and season-threatening loss to the Browns. After getting steamrolled by Cleveland Sunday, 28-16, the Falcons returned to practice Monday and started their attempt to move on from the embarrassing loss. After reviewing the film with the staff and meeting with the players, Quinn had a clear plan.
Jalen Johnson honored by ACC

Jalen Johnson honored by ACC

After a standout performance against Miami Saturday night, Georgia Tech linebacker Jalen Johnson was named ACC linebacker of the week on Monday. Johnson was credited with eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Yellow Jackets’ 27-21 win over the Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It followed Johnson’s nine-tackle game against North Carolina last week, which was a career high.
Why the 4-5 Falcons are only half a team

Why the 4-5 Falcons are only half a team

The giddiness over winning three in a row was understandable. Winning three in a row beats the heck out of losing three in a row, which these Falcons had already endeavored to do. But two of those three victories came at home against teams that are a collective 4-13, and one thing you could say about Dan Quinn’s Brotherhood is that it hasn’t lately lost to a bad team. Now it has.
Smart provides injury update on offensive linemen

Smart provides injury update on offensive linemen

Georgia coach Kirby Smart updated the health of his offensive linemen including Kendall Baker and Ben Cleveland on Monday. Baker limped off the field Friday with a leg injury and was replaced by Cleveland, who has suffered with an injury to his left fibula this season.
Georgia Bulldogs rally for ‘fun-filled’ win over Sam Houston State, 75-64

Georgia Bulldogs rally for ‘fun-filled’ win over Sam Houston State, 75-64

ATHENS — Technically it was a first-round game of the Cayman Island Classic. Never mind that it was 45 degrees outside of 54-year-old Stegeman Coliseum and the Georgia Bulldogs’ opponent was Sam Houston State. Didn’t matter. The Georgia Bulldogs played as though they were hosting a tropical luau.
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