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Braves win and the champagne is on ice

The champagne is on ice. The Phillies punched. The Braves counter-punched. And the latter was a near-knockout blow. The Braves scored five times in a wild seventh inning, capped by a two-run single by Johan Camargo, for a 6-5 victory Friday night at SunTrust Park. The win reduced the Braves’ magic number to clinch the National League East to two over the Phillies. They can earn their first trip...


No move from power forward for Hawks’ Collins

No move from power forward for Hawks’ Collins

John Collins has been a power forward much of his basketball career. It appears he will remain in the role as he begins his second NBA season with the Hawks. Under head coach Mike Budenholzer, the power forward and center were described as interchangeable positions as there was an emphasis on spacing and the 3-point shot.
No Vizcaino tonight, but back-to-backs getting closer

No Vizcaino tonight, but back-to-backs getting closer

Arodys Vizcaino was not available to the Braves out of the bullpen for Friday night’s game against the Phillies. After pitching a perfect eighth inning in a key win Thursday night, the goal is to get the closer to pitch back-to-back days before the end of the final homestand of the regular season and, hopefully, for the postseason. Vizcaino returned from the 10-day disabled list on Sept.
Woods, Tour Championship making ratings waves

Woods, Tour Championship making ratings waves

You wonder why golf coverage is so Tiger Woods-centric? Need a reminder other than a simple overhead shot at this Tour Championship, where some of the biggest weekday crowds in memory have gathered? Then listen to the Golf Channel ratings for Thursday’s first round.
Sean Newcomb out of Braves rotation - for now

Sean Newcomb out of Braves rotation - for now

Sean Newcomb is out of the Braves rotation. For now. The left-hander was skipped from a scheduled start Saturday during this week’s final homestand of the season. Braves manager said the young pitcher will work out of the bullpen for now and the situation re-evaluated following an off day Monday before a regular-season ending six-game road trip.
Buyer’s market for Georgia Tech-Clemson tickets

Buyer’s market for Georgia Tech-Clemson tickets

The good news for Georgia Tech’s ticket office is that student tickets for Saturday’s game against No. 3 Clemson have sold out. The bad news for the ticket office is that demand for tickets in the rest of Bobby Dodd Stadium is considerably lower. As of Friday, the lowest-priced ticket available on Stubhub was $32. The average price for sold tickets as of Thursday was $48.
For Markakis, this is what Braves’ rebuild has been all about

For Markakis, this is what Braves’ rebuild has been all about

This is what the Braves’ rebuild has been all about. Just ask Nick Markakis. He’s been here for much of it. Markakis is in his fourth season with the Braves, after nine with the Orioles, after signing as a free agent in 2014. After winning 96 games in 2013 – the last time the Braves reached the playoffs – the win totals were 79, 67, 69 and 72. Here are the new Braves.
Falcons’ new/old blocker is a quiet, brainy guy

Falcons’ new/old blocker is a quiet, brainy guy

Things will be different Sunday when the Falcons strap up and charge at the Saints, but maybe not that much, really, at least for Wes Schweitzer – the ultimate, uber-smart plodder. He’ll just keep doing what he does, like Forrest Gump kept running across the country, although he’ll have you know that his changes in ZIP code matter not.
Falcons’ Kazee fined $10,026 for hit on Cam Newton 

Falcons’ Kazee fined $10,026 for hit on Cam Newton 

Falcons free safety Damontae Kazee was fined $10,026 for the hit he put on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Friday.  He became the third Falcons player to be fined this season. Grady Jarrett was fined ($20,054) for his hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and tight end Eric Saubert was fined ($10,026) for a face-mask penalty against the Eagles.
What two coaches with Georgia Tech ties had to say about Clemson

What two coaches with Georgia Tech ties had to say about Clemson

Among the challenges that Georgia Tech faces Saturday is this: Not only are the Tigers absurdly talented on the defensive line, but it’s also a group that is well-prepared to face the Yellow Jackets’ option offense. Take it from the perspective of former Tech B-back and 2013 team captain David Sims, now the running backs coach at Furman. Sims got an up-close look at No.
Drew Lock’s arm, experience pose challenges for Bulldogs

Drew Lock’s arm, experience pose challenges for Bulldogs

Pinpointing a weaknesses in Missouri’s offense is difficult, and that’s largely thanks to senior quarterback Drew Lock. Averaging 9.4 yards per pass and totaling 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, Lock should continue to put up big numbers as Georgia travels to Missouri’s Memorial Stadium on Saturday, but the Bulldogs will be challenged to limit that success.
5 questions with a Clemson beat writer

5 questions with a Clemson beat writer

In advance of Georgia Tech’s Saturday afternoon matchup with No. 3 Clemson at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Clemson beat writer Grace Raynor of the Post and Courier of Charleston (S.C.) provided the AJC with her insights into the Tigers. Among other things, Raynor was named the co-sports writer of the year for the state of South Carolina by the National Sports Media Association.
Tired Atlanta United ready to host Real Salt Lake

Tired Atlanta United ready to host Real Salt Lake

Definitely not rested, but certainly ready, Atlanta United will host Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. More than 70,000 are expected to be at the game. The roof should be open for only the second time this season.
Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. RSL

Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. RSL

In this edition of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses the factors that he thinks may affect Gerardo Martino’s stay as manager of Atlanta United.
Falcons’ Julio Jones back at practice Friday 

Falcons’ Julio Jones back at practice Friday 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has a calf injury, was limited at practice Friday, per the team’s official injury report.  The Falcons (1-1) are set to play the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Where to watch, listen to Saints vs. Falcons

Where to watch, listen to Saints vs. Falcons

What you should know about Sunday’s NFL NFC South game between the Falcons and the Saints: - Time: 1 p.m. - Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium - TV: Fox Sports:  Play-by-Play: Sam Rosen. Color Analysis: Cris Carter. Sideline: Sara Walsh. - Local Radio:  92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play: Wes Durham. Color Analyst: Dave Archer. Sideline: John Michael.
QB corner: What Matt Ryan had to say about the Saints 

QB corner: What Matt Ryan had to say about the Saints 

Here are three questions with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the Saints: On which team is he preparing to see – a team playing man or zone: “I mean we’ll be prepared for a lot of different things. One of the things that their scheme has is multiple looks whether it’s in the front seven or in the backend.
Lin progressing; Pierce won’t name starting point guard

Lin progressing; Pierce won’t name starting point guard

Lloyd Pierce smiled at the attempt to tip his hand. The Hawks coach is not saying who will be the team’s starting point guard when the 2018-19 NBA season begins. Or perhaps he doesn’t know yet. On the roster are veteran Jeremy Lin and first-round draft pick Trae Young.
X-factor: Falcons must slow down Kamara, Thomas 

X-factor: Falcons must slow down Kamara, Thomas 

The Falcons must contend with the Saints’ dynamic offense which features running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Mike Thomas when the 1-1 teams play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   With running back Mark Ingram out on suspension (performance-enhancing drugs), Kamara, who led Norcross High to a state title, and Thomas are putting up computer game-type numbers.
On the hot seat: Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley 

On the hot seat: Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley 

The Falcons (1-1) hope to discover their pass rush when they face the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons haven’t mounted much of a pass rush this season, and defensive end Takk McKinley, who’s tied for the team lead with two sacks, will be slowed by a groin injury if he plays.  Also, reserve Derrick Shelby has a groin injury.
Three key matchups: Saints at Falcons 

Three key matchups: Saints at Falcons 

Here are three key matchups for when the Saints (1-1) face the Falcons (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Saints LDE Cam Jordan vs. Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder Matthews: In the last meeting, a Saints 23-13 victory on Dec. 24, Jordan moved around the line and had two sacks, two tackles for losses and four quarterback hits.
Braves deserve the East, in part because nobody else does

Braves deserve the East, in part because nobody else does

The Braves led the National League East by two games at the close of business Aug. 31. They now lead by 6-1/2 games and are positioned to clinch the National League East with two more victories this weekend. Credit them for doing what needed doing, even as they’ve had a three-game losing streak and a four-game skid in September, a month that has seen them go 11-8.
Rash of injuries to test Falcons’ roster depth

Rash of injuries to test Falcons’ roster depth

The Falcons are getting ready to find out, over the course of the 2018 season, if they have quality depth along their roster. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Falcons lost four starters – two with season-ending injuries. 
Falcons brace for 98th meeting with Saints

Falcons brace for 98th meeting with Saints

The Falcons made major progress from the season opener Sept. 6 to the victory over the Panthers on Sunday. They decreased their penalties from a league-high 15 to 2, improved red-zone scoring from 1-of-5 to 4-of-4 and found their rushing attack. The Falcons (1-1) will be challenged to another leap forward in Week 3, when they host the New Orleans Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m.
Braves move closer to NL East title by beating Phillies

Braves move closer to NL East title by beating Phillies

The Braves’ biggest late-season series in five years got off to a good start Thursday night at SunTrust Park.  The Braves broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning on back-to-back doubles by Dansby Swanson and pinch-hitter Lucas Duda, added four runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 in a meeting of the top two teams in the National League East.
A raucous day at Tour Championship: Woods, Fowler jump to share of lead

A raucous day at Tour Championship: Woods, Fowler jump to share of lead

Rickie Fowler was in mid-dissection of his quite-fine 65 on Thursday, when just over his shoulder there came a mighty roar from the 18th green. You just got company atop the leaderboard, young man. Your thoughts? “I don’t know who it was,” he said. Really? You have no clue? “No.” There is no roar quite like a Tiger Woods roar.
‘Huge series’ arrives at SunTrust Park for Braves, Phillies

‘Huge series’ arrives at SunTrust Park for Braves, Phillies

For many weeks, this series has been circled on the Braves’ schedule.  It arrived Thursday and continues through the weekend: the Braves vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park in a late-season collision of the top two teams in the National League East. 
Big bopper Woodland learning to love short game, too 

Big bopper Woodland learning to love short game, too 

Gary Woodland has been a bomber pilot since he turned pro in 2007. But it’s not the showy length of the tee that brings him comfort at the end of the day. “Putting makes everything better,” he said Thursday. “I sleep better. I eat better. Everything is better when you make putts.
Dedmon, Anderson not cleared for Hawks training camp

Dedmon, Anderson not cleared for Hawks training camp

The Hawks will be without Dewayne Dedmon and Justin Anderson when training camp begins next week as each returns from an injury. Dedmon suffered an avulsion fracture in his left ankle during a workout on Aug. 27. The injury was discovered following an X-ray and MRI exam. The center was placed in a walking boot following the diagnosis. Following a re-evaluation, Dedmon no longer needed the boot.
Week 6 Softball Rankings

Week 6 Softball Rankings

Following two losses, which ended a 52-game winning streak, East Coweta fell from the top to No. 4. Mill Creek debuts at the top of the classification this week. North Gwinnett is second, Grayson holds the No. 3 spot and Lowndes is fifth. In Class AAAAAA, Allatoona is the top-team again this week following its victory over Kennesaw Mountain on Monday.
Week 6 Volleyball Rankings

Week 6 Volleyball Rankings

Tuesday night, a face-off between top-ranked Walton and second-ranked Lassiter resulted in a 3-0 sweep by the Raiders to keep them at the top of class AAAAAAA. The Trojans will get an opportunity to bounce back against a tough Marist team this Thursday. Following a strong win against Fellowship Christian, Lambert went on to lose 2-0 to Walker.
Class AAAA: What to watch for Week 6

Class AAAA: What to watch for Week 6

Last season, Columbus snapped its head-to-head eight-game losing streak and defeated Carver-Columbus for just the second time in 14 tries with a 36-13 win at Columbus Memorial Stadium. While it was a huge victory for the school (and the 50-year-old rivalry), it was Carver-Columbus that took the No.
Falcons’ Julio Jones, McKinley, Shelby and Freeman miss practice 

Falcons’ Julio Jones, McKinley, Shelby and Freeman miss practice 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was in a group of five players who did not practice Thursday, per the team’s official injury report. Jones plans to play against the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He likely will be listed as questionable in Friday’s final injury report of the week.
Weekend Predictions: Falcons top Saints, Georgia wins big at Mizzou

Weekend Predictions: Falcons top Saints, Georgia wins big at Mizzou

Well, look at that, it turns out the guy you thought is clueless about football might just know what he’s doing. Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had a good weekend, too.  Weekend Predictions is feeling a little cocky after going 11-4 against the spread in Week 4. A comeuppance is inevitable, of course, but I’ve got to boast every chance I get.
Falcons seek better pass rush, particularly from defensive line

Falcons seek better pass rush, particularly from defensive line

It’s no secret that the Falcons’ chances of beating the Saints on Sunday will improve if defenders consistently pressure quarterback Drew Brees, and the Birds figure to have even better odds if they can get after their NFC South nemesis with minimal blitzing.
Georgia Tech addressing water-filling station shortage

Georgia Tech addressing water-filling station shortage

Georgia Tech has made adjustments for fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium in advance of Saturday’s game against Clemson (3 p.m., WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News). The athletic department has added 54 points of access for water bottles and also added 13 fans and misters to help fans cool off. For the season opener against Alcorn State on Sept.
Kennesaw State return man Isaac Foster sees benefit of redshirt season

Kennesaw State return man Isaac Foster sees benefit of redshirt season

Redshirt freshman Isaac Foster looked like a lightning bolt as he returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown Saturday in his yellow-and-black Kennesaw State uniform during the Owls’ home opener against Alabama State. After the game, Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon was still grinning thinking about Foster’s speed.
How to watch: Week 4 college football, with TV times, network, streaming

How to watch: Week 4 college football, with TV times, network, streaming

Here are the TV times, networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All times are EDT, and all TV information is for the Atlanta TV market. » Thursday, Sept. 20 7:30pm, Tulsa at Temple, ESPN » Friday, Sept.
What Tech defensive players see after three weeks

What Tech defensive players see after three weeks

Georgia Tech’s defense is a long way from how new defensive coordinator Nate Woody wants it. Players have to learn and absorb far more of the scheme than what they’ve been taught. Recruits that fit the positions have to be signed. As coach Paul Johnson put it, “We’re in the infant stages of putting the stuff in.
Damontae Kazee bracing for fine from the NFL 

Damontae Kazee bracing for fine from the NFL 

Falcons free safety Damontae Kazee likely will hear from the NFL on Thursday about a fine for the hit he put on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday.   “Next question,” Kazee said Wednesday when asked if he’d heard from the league office.  He’s likely to become the third Falcons player to be fined this season.
What Drew Brees had to say about the Falcons 

What Drew Brees had to say about the Falcons 

The Atlanta Falcons (1-1) face the New Orleans Saints (1-1) in an early NFC South division game Sunday (1 p.m, FOX) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Here’s what Saints quarterback Drew Brees had to say during his Wednesday press conference with the New Orleans media:  “Completions are good right? Those are positive plays. Trust and confidence in the guys I’m throwing to.
Exclusive: Name, logo revealed for new pro football team in Atlanta

Exclusive: Name, logo revealed for new pro football team in Atlanta

The Atlanta franchise in the new Alliance of American Football, which will kick off its inaugural season in February, will be named the Atlanta Legends. “Atlanta makes legends — that’s what the city does,” league co-founder Charlie Ebersol said. “It does it historically, it does it in terms of sports.
Atlanta United completes two important rallies

Atlanta United completes two important rallies

Atlanta United’s present and future weren’t looking as great at 12:35 a.m. Thursday as they did before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Around that time Wednesday an ESPN reporter said that Gerardo Martino wasn’t going to exercise the option on his contract and would leave as manager of the the club at season’s end.
Nightmare scenario sparks Atlanta United to win

Nightmare scenario sparks Atlanta United to win

What has been described as the nightmare scenario, the Video Assistant Referee and replay system used in a few soccer leagues around the world came true on Wednesday in MLS at Avaya Stadium. And that nightmare may result in Atlanta United eventually achieving one of its dreams after rallying to win 4-3 at San Jose Wednesday.
Atlanta United offers Gerardo Martino contract

Atlanta United offers Gerardo Martino contract

Gerardo Martino said after Wednesday’s 4-3 win against San Jose that he has a received a formal contract proposal from Atlanta United to extend his stay as the team’s manager. “It’s something we are going to analyze very seriously and take our time deciding,” he said.
Atlanta United roars back to defeat San Jose

Atlanta United roars back to defeat San Jose

Atlanta United, arguably the best team in MLS, needed 95 minutes to put away San Jose, arguably the worst team in MLS, 4-3 on Wednesday. And it was a game that changed on one of the weirdest moments in the league this season.
Watch: Stats say Braves are better than Phillies

Watch: Stats say Braves are better than Phillies

The Braves and the Phillies begin a four-game series Thursday night at SunTrust Park. The teams play again in a three-game series in Philadelphia Sept. 28-30. The seven games will help decide which is the best team in the NL East Division this season. Right now, the standings say the Braves are, by 5 ½ games. The stats say it too.
Paul Johnson: Ball security ‘not rocket science’

Paul Johnson: Ball security ‘not rocket science’

Georgia Tech has fumbled six times this season, two each by quarterback TaQuon Marshall and A-back Qua Searcy, one by A-back Clinton Lynch and one by walk-on A-back Josh Blancato. It is a concern for coach Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday matchup with No. 3 Clemson approaches. “We’ve got to hold onto the ball,” coach Paul Johnson said.
Injury status remains unclear for Bryan, Marshall

Injury status remains unclear for Bryan, Marshall

The availability of Georgia Tech offensive linemen Will Bryan and Andrew Marshall for the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday matchup with No. 3 Clemson remained uncertain after the team’s Wednesday practice. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said “we’ll know (Thursday)” about both players.
Matt Ryan says Falcons look to keep up ‘momentum’ against Saints 

Matt Ryan says Falcons look to keep up ‘momentum’ against Saints 

The Atlanta Falcons (1-1) face the New Orleans Saints (1-1) in an early NFC South division game Sunday (1 p.m, FOX) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan shares his thoughts on what to expect: On preparing for the Saints and how it went Wednesday:
What Sean Payton had to say about the Falcons 

What Sean Payton had to say about the Falcons 

Here’s what Saints coach Sean Payton had to say in a conference call with the Atlanta media Wednesday: On the two different games the Saints played against the Bucs and Browns: “I think the best word would be ‘inconsistent.’ I think early in the season defensively, Week 1, we struggled with Tampa Bay.
Morehouse hires former NBA lottery pick, UGA star as assistant coach

Morehouse hires former NBA lottery pick, UGA star as assistant coach

After retiring from playing basketball three years ago, Jarvis Hayes is ready to become a full-time coach. The former Georgia Bulldog star played in the NBA and in Turkey, Russia, Israel, Italy, Romania and Qatar. When the ball stopped bouncing, he coached AAU for a bit and also worked for NBA TV and the SEC Network.
Toussaint pitches. Freeman hits. The Braves stop the rot

Toussaint pitches. Freeman hits. The Braves stop the rot

The Braves play a 162-game schedule, each game counting as one. In the grand scheme, Game No. 152 carried no more weight than Game No. 52. But in the here and now – here being SunTrust Park after four wretched losses, now being September – this felt …  “Huge,” said Bobby Cox, who won 14 consecutive division titles as Braves manager.
At Clemson, Georgia Tech grad Graham Neff flourishes

At Clemson, Georgia Tech grad Graham Neff flourishes

Graham Neff’s office contains the usual mementoes that one might expect from the workspace of a Georgia Tech grad. They include both of his diplomas (bachelor’s in civil engineering and an MBA), a Tech football helmet, a Buzz bobblehead doll and a Coke bottle commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ 1990 national championship.
In absence of Neal, Richards gets expanded role in secondary

In absence of Neal, Richards gets expanded role in secondary

As the Falcons attempt to replace strong safety Keanu Neal, Jordan Richards figures prominently in their plans.   The Falcons were looking for backup safety help when they made the trade with the Patriots to land Richards, a former second-round draft pick, on Aug. 31.
Julio Jones misses practice with calf injury

Julio Jones misses practice with calf injury

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed practice with a calf injury Wednesday, according to the team’s official injury report.  Jones  was a surprise addition to the injury report. He played 48 of 63 offensive snaps (76 percent) in the 31-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Jones was limping a little bit after the game in the locker room.
Woods learns that a man’s gotta know his limitations

Woods learns that a man’s gotta know his limitations

Tiger Woods is back at the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. Much excitement greets him. But even he will tell you that this is not same Tiger Woods who has passed this way in the past. This Woods sounds like any other middle-aged guy dealing with the encroachments of age and aches. A very humanized Tiger Woods – granted that process was sped up by spinal fusion surgery.
Finau picks himself up at Masters, makes long walk to Tour Championship 

Finau picks himself up at Masters, makes long walk to Tour Championship 

When last Tony Finau was in Georgia, he was filming his instructional video, “How to Turn Joy to Pain in Just One Brutal Step.” Remember the Par-3 Contest at the Masters? Remember Finau bursting into one of the great spontaneous celebrations after his hole-in-one? He’s running down the fairway, galloping with glee like a puppy let off its leash.
Braves avoid sweep at home against Cardinals

Braves avoid sweep at home against Cardinals

No one told the Braves they were at home Wednesday. The offense produced, the bullpen protected a lead and jollification was abound. “It’s nice to know what winning feels like again,” first baseman Freddie Freeman said. Touki Toussaint, in his fourth start, was tasked with the stopper role. He played it well, keeping the Cardinals at bay into the sixth inning.
Ex-Gainesville star Deshaun Watson not fazed by racist comments

Ex-Gainesville star Deshaun Watson not fazed by racist comments

Former Gainesville High School star Deshaun Watson, now an NFL standout with the Houston Texans, says he’s not worried about a racist online post by an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: "You can't count on a black quarterback," in the comment section of an article.
Panthers ready to return home for final non-conference game of season

Panthers ready to return home for final non-conference game of season

After two consecutive road games, Georgia State quarterback Dan Ellington and the Panthers are ready to return home, hosting Western Michigan at Georgia State Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Georgia State is 1-2 overall on the season after consecutive road losses to N.C. State and Memphis after the team’s season-opening win over Kennesaw State in August.
Tiger Woods is back at East Lake. Can he really win again?

Tiger Woods is back at East Lake. Can he really win again?

I was a golfer before I’d ever heard of Tiger Woods — the pro at the local muni took pity on the skinny teenager with empty pockets — but Tiger Woods made me a golf fan. It started when Woods famously dominated Augusta as a 21-year old in 1997, another early signal that the kid might be something special.  Those were the days.
Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. San Jose

Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. San Jose

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares interviews with Atlanta United’s Gerardo Martino, Eric Remedi and Ezequiel Barco ahead of Wednesday’s game against San Jose at Avaya Stadium.
Here’s a guide to four busy days in Georgia sports

Here’s a guide to four busy days in Georgia sports

Listen up local sports fans, the next four days will be action-packed with championship golf to high school football. The Braves could put the finishing touches on a division title before the weekend is over. Tiger and Phil are in town, and Drew Brees will be here shortly. Here’s a guide to the some of the top events over the next four days: - Braves vs.
Kennesaw State announces kickoff time for SunTrust Park game 

Kennesaw State announces kickoff time for SunTrust Park game 

Kennesaw State’s matchup with Jacksonville State at SunTrust Park will kick off at 3 p.m. Nov. 17, KSU announced Wednesday.  Tickets for the final game of the Owls’ regular season are on sale through Ticketmaster and start at $20. Premium seating is available starting at $95.   The Owls (2-1) host Clark Atlanta on Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Elijah Holyfield’s role in UGA offense was worth the wait

Elijah Holyfield’s role in UGA offense was worth the wait

Elijah Holyfield knew what he was getting into. He knew when he signed with Georgia as a highly recruited prospect in 2016 that the Bulldogs’ incumbent tailbacks might keep him on the sideline for a while.  “Coming in, everybody says, ‘Yeah, I want to come in and start,’” Holyfield said this week.
Even by Atlanta standards, it would be hard for Braves to lose NL East

Even by Atlanta standards, it would be hard for Braves to lose NL East

Math heavily favors the Braves winning the National League East. Of course, it also favored the Falcons up 28-3, and the Bulldogs up … Anyway, the Braves carried a 5-1/2 game lead into play Wednesday. They defeated the Cardinals, 7-3, to avoid a sweep. The Phillies faced the Mets later that night.
In a big game, the sliding Braves turn to ... Touki Toussaint

In a big game, the sliding Braves turn to ... Touki Toussaint

I’m not backing off my prediction. (Actually, it’s one prediction made a half-dozen times, but who’s counting?) The Braves are not – repeat, ARE NOT – going to blow this. But they do need to start winning again posthaste.  The past four games have marked the nadir of these Braves. They’ve been outscored 32-12.
Paul Johnson previews Clemson game

Paul Johnson previews Clemson game

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson previewed Saturday’s game against No. 3 Clemson at his weekly news conference. Among his thoughts about Clemson, his team and the game ahead: “This week will be a tremendous challenge. This might be as talented a team as we’ve played since I’ve been here.
UGA dominant in all-time series vs. Missouri

UGA dominant in all-time series vs. Missouri

Georgia will put a pair of winning streaks on the line Saturday when it faces the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo. (Noon, ESPN; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB). The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will look for their fourth straight win of the 2018 season, and their fifth straight in the series with the Tigers (3-0, 0-0 SEC).
Georgia Tech still in chase for Buford star Marcus Watson

Georgia Tech still in chase for Buford star Marcus Watson

Georgia Tech target Marcus Watson, a four-star guard from Buford High, provided good news for the Yellow Jackets Tuesday evening. Watson, perhaps the highest priority prospect for Tech coaches, included the Jackets in his final four, along with Oregon, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Watson is scheduled to make his official visit to Tech this weekend.
Cover 9@9: Coleman ran with power, speed against Panthers 

Cover 9@9: Coleman ran with power, speed against Panthers 

1. Run Coleman run: With the play of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith, the Falcons don’t have to rush running back Devonta Freeman back from his knee contusion. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Freeman is “day to day.” It’s been reported that Freeman will be out two to three weeks. Under the two to three scenario, he’ll miss the Saints game and maybe the Bengals game.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look ahead to the New Orleans Saints 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look ahead to the New Orleans Saints 

In the 76th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we look at the Falcons’ injury situation and ponder whether Wes Schweitzer is ready to take over at left guard after a sketchy season as a starter at right guard in 2017.
MLS Week 30: Ranking the games

MLS Week 30: Ranking the games

Atlanta United at San Jose, 11 p.m. Wednesday and Real Salt Lake at Atlanta United, 7 p.m. Saturday. Atlanta United should pick up six more points and really put pressure on Red Bulls in the chase for the Supporters’ Shield. Toronto at New York Red Bulls, 5 p.m. Saturday. See above. Toronto must win to keep alive its slim hopes of reaching the playoffs.
Braves’ skid reaches four after another loss to Cardinals

Braves’ skid reaches four after another loss to Cardinals

The Braves’ losing streak reached four games with Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to the Cardinals. It dropped them to .500 (38-38) at SunTrust Park. It gave up precious ground in the National League East. Hey, at least they had seven walk-free innings. Until two came around to hurt them in St. Louis’ four-run eighth. In all, this short stretch will probably be a blip on the radar.
Freshman Michael Devoe out with toe injury

Freshman Michael Devoe out with toe injury

Georgia Tech freshman guard Michael Devoe injured the big toe on his right foot last week in practice and has been in a walking boot. The amount of time he will be sidelined is undetermined, but he will be in the walking boot for three more weeks. Tech starts preseason practice next week. The Yellow Jackets’ first game is November 9 against Lamar.
Falcons release official depth chart for Saints’ game 

Falcons release official depth chart for Saints’ game 

With Andy Levitre out for the season, Wes Schweitzer isprovi the proverbial next man up at left guard for the Falcons. Schweitzer lost the starting right guard battled to Brandon Fusco and was the backup swing guard. Levitre was placed on injured reserve with a torn tricep on Tuesday.
Film Review report card: Falcons 31, Panthers 24

Film Review report card: Falcons 31, Panthers 24

Here are the grades, after reviewing the film on gamepass.nfl.com, for the Falcons from their 31-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Run offense: Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith proved to be a lethal combination. Things started slowly with Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly shutting things down.
What to know about the Braves on Tuesday

What to know about the Braves on Tuesday

Anibal Sanchez and the Braves enter Tuesday trying to snap a three-game skid and hand the Cardinals their first loss at SunTrust Park (4-0). Here’s a rundown before the game: 1. The Braves have lost 13 of 17 at home, falling to 38-37 in Atlanta. They own the 10th best home mark in the National League, complemented by the best road results (45-30).
Amid walkfest, Braves hit bump - don’t sweat it just yet

Amid walkfest, Braves hit bump - don’t sweat it just yet

The Braves have a walking problem, but there’s still little reason to overreact to a brief rut.  From distressed social-media postings to the questions manager Brian Snitker faced in Tuesday’s pregame, there’s been a level of exaggerated concern about the Braves’ latest slump, if it can even be called such.
Roll Titleist: Could there be a little Nick Saban in Justin Thomas?

Roll Titleist: Could there be a little Nick Saban in Justin Thomas?

It’s September in the South, a time when it’s all about the rankings. Justin Thomas lights up when he talks about No. 1. And, no, that’s not Bryson DeChambeau, who sits atop the FedEx Cup points list this week at the Tour Championship at East Lake. While Thomas comes from a great golf school, it’s worth noting that Alabama plays a little football, too.
Good injury luck runs out for Dan Quinn’s Falcons

Good injury luck runs out for Dan Quinn’s Falcons

The Falcons enjoyed remarkably good injury look over Dan Quinn’s first three seasons. They ranked second-, sixth- and second-best in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Games Lost metric, which accounts for the role of the players who miss games and includes those who take the field with reported injuries.  That good luck has run out for Quinn’s Falcons.
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