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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because of the MLS schedule and FIFA calendar, several key players for Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls could be less than 100 percent for the first leg of their playoff series Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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.
While Georgia has improved in many areas since losing to LSU in October, the Bulldogs still can’t seem to overcome their red-zone woes.
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’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.
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.
Tim Green, a first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 1986, played during one of the franchise’s toughest periods, an eight-year stretch where the Falcons won only 45 games (six double-digit-loss seasons) and made just one playoff appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
SunTrust Park is a contender to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in 2021, with a decision on the site to be made early next year, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
» 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Braves are making money “at a pretty serious clip,” and team owner Liberty Media plans to stick around for a while. That was the message from company executives during an investment conference in New York on Wednesday.
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 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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Falcons released their official depth chart for the Dallas game on Tuesday. The Falcons (4-5) are set to play the Cowboys at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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.
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 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....
» 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Here’s a sampling of what was said on social media Monday after Ronald Acuna of the Braves was named National League Rookie of the Year:
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.
Given 24 hours and the expanses of their expertise and imagination, four Georgia Tech students and a fifth from Georgia State developed software for the Yellow Jackets volleyball team to better monitor its jumping performance.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.