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A first look at Georgia Tech’s new defense is not discouraging

A first look at Georgia Tech’s new defense is not discouraging

Two Georgia Tech fans walk into a bar. They’ve just witnessed another come-from-ahead loss. One Techie says, “If only this team could play defense ...” The other says: “Are we allowed to do that?”  Apologies for going Bad Henny Youngman on you, but the continuing saga of Paul Johnson and the abject scorn for his defense had become almost funny. His offense would...
UGA concludes spring practice with G-Day game at Sanford Stadium

UGA concludes spring practice with G-Day game at Sanford Stadium

The Georgia Bulldogs hit the field for the final time this spring in the G-Day intrasquad game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Check out the photos from today’s festivities and find out who were the five players who stood out for the Black team in its victory over the Red team. - Also: More coverage of UGA on ajc.com.
Flowers set for rehab assignment, Suzuki handling heavy workload

Flowers set for rehab assignment, Suzuki handling heavy workload

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers could rejoin the Braves at some point during their coming road trip, but first he’ll spend some time with the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers. Flowers, who strained an oblique on opening day, will begin a rehab assignment with the Stripers on Monday at Rochester (N.Y.). He’ll stay with the Triple-A team for that entire series through Wednesday, then catch a homestand...
Ravin designated, Socolovich brought back from Triple-A

Ravin designated, Socolovich brought back from Triple-A

Braves reliever Josh Ravin was designated for assignment Saturday and replaced by right-hander Miguel Socolovich, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett. The impetus for the move was not performance but circumstances – the Braves wanted a fresh reliever capable of going multiple innings if needed Saturday night, and Ravin wouldn’t have been available after working the final...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

For those keeping track, the Blue team bettered the White team 24-14 in Georgia Tech’s annual spring game Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. In the score kept by coach Paul Johnson, the most important statistic was zero serious injuries suffered. “He said, ‘The most positive thing was that at the end of the scrimmage, everybody came out healthy,’” linebacker Tre&rsquo...
Braves reliever Ravin makes no excuses for 12th-inning mistake

Braves reliever Ravin makes no excuses for 12th-inning mistake

Josh Ravin was activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier Friday and hadn’t pitched in a major league game since March 31, but the big reliever rejected that as an excuse for what happened in the final inning of a 5-3, 12-inning loss to the Mets on Friday at SunTrust Park. Ravin hit Mets reliever Robert Gsellman with a pitch to start the inning, and Gsellman ended up scoring the winning...
West Forsyth repeats as team champion, North Oconee’s Schoenherr wins all-around at gymnastics state meet

West Forsyth repeats as team champion, North Oconee’s Schoenherr wins all-around at gymnastics state meet

Last year’s GHSA gymnastics championships ended with West Forsyth dethroning Buford after a three-year reign. On Friday night at Ola High School in Henry County, the Wolverines won their second team state title in a row. West Forsyth held off Buford by only 1.124 points to win the 2017 title, but this time the Wolverines bested second-place North Oconee by 3.85 points to secure back-to-back...
Braves quotes after 12-inning loss to Mets

Braves quotes after 12-inning loss to Mets

The Braves got a first-inning homer from Ozzie Albies off Noah Syndergaard but mustered just two runs in the next 11 innings and lost 5-3 to the National League East-leading Mets at SunTrust Park. “Average. I didn’t have everything at all times, but I did go out and make some pitches, give us a chance to win.” “With everything I’ve been doing, just having a little better...

Friday spring scores

Adairsville 19, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 12 Alexander 8, South Paulding 2 Appling County 7, Fitzgerald 0 Athens Academy 14, Clarke Central 2 Bainbridge 7, Madison County 5 Blessed Trinity 2, West Hall 0 Blessed Trinity 4, West Hall 3 Calhoun 3, Haralson County 0 Cambridge 7, Pope 6 Cedartown 9, Rockmart 2 Chestatee 10, George Walton Academy 4 Coahulla Creek 4, Sonoraville 0 Coffee 6, Northside-Warner...
Photos: Georgia Tech spring game

Photos: Georgia Tech spring game

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets concluded spring football practice Friday with their spring game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Check out the photos from Friday’s game at Grant Field.  Here’s more from Georgia Tech football: - Nate Woody’s progress report at end of spring practice - Georgia Tech introduces Adidas gear - Complete coverage of Georgia Tech on myajc.com
Analytics have helped Braves improve their defense

Analytics have helped Braves improve their defense

Soon after Alex Anthopoulos was hired away from the Dodgers to be the new Braves general manager in November, he brought Alex Tamin from the Dodgers to oversee an analytics department that would be significantly larger than the Braves ever used before. A department operating with a bigger budget and producing much more information that would be supplied on a daily basis to manager Brian Snitker and...
Sims optioned to Gwinnett, Ravin activated from DL

Sims optioned to Gwinnett, Ravin activated from DL

The Braves activated reliever Josh Ravin from the 10-day disabled list and optioned Lucas Sims back to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday as the bullpen shuffle continued. The move came one day after Sims faced six Mets batters in the seventh inning of his season debut and recorded one out, allowing two hits, three runs and three walks, including consecutive walks before he was replaced. He gave up a homer...
Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for their vacancy

Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for their vacancy

The Knicks will interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer for their vacant head coach position this weekend, according to a person with knowledge of New York’s plans. Budenholzer talked to the Suns this week about their open head coach position before deciding to withdraw from consideration Thursday.  Budenholzer declined to comment Friday.  His continued interest in other coaching jobs...
5 updates from Georgia Tech’s spring practice

5 updates from Georgia Tech’s spring practice

Georgia Tech concludes its spring practice Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium with its annual spring game, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Before the game, five updates from the Yellow Jackets’ four weeks of practice. The first-string offense and second-team defense are on the blue team, and first-string defense and second-string defense on the white team. First strings will play each...
Spring football: breaking down the new-look Class AA

Spring football: breaking down the new-look Class AA

The new GHSA reclassification will kick in next school year and it impacts Class AA. The number of schools in AA will increase from 63 to 66 — though not all of those schools have football programs — and AA will both lose and gain some schools.  Perhaps the most notable program to leave AA is Benedictine, which won two of the last four state titles. That they remained in AA after...
Georgia Tech introduces Adidas gear, word mark, gold shade

Georgia Tech introduces Adidas gear, word mark, gold shade

When Georgia Tech’s athletic department sought to create a uniform word mark for its uniforms, gear and the like, the process looked back and up. Back into the school’s history and up to its iconic Tech Tower. The new word mark, debuted Friday through the athletic department’s website and social media and in the form of new Adidas merchandise, took its inspiration from the lettering...
Hawks player season review: Dennis Schroder

Hawks player season review: Dennis Schroder

Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Dennis Schroder was the lead player for the Hawks for the first time since the team drafted him in 2013. Schroder played 2,078 minutes in 67 games, and his 30.4 usage rate tied for sixth-highest in the NBA. The six players with equal or higher...

Baseball: Region champions and their tournament history

Baseball’s regular season concludes this weekend, and the state tournament begins Thursday. Here’s a look at the likely (or definite) region champions and their state-tournament history.   1 – Lowndes (19-9, 8-2) edged Colquitt County (18-9, 7-3) win the region. The Vikings are a frequent state-playoff team with eight quarterfinal-or-better finishes the past 20 years....
5 things about Braves’ start after Thursday’s win over Mets

5 things about Braves’ start after Thursday’s win over Mets

Five things about the Braves after their 12-4 rout of the division-leading New York Mets on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at SunTrust Park: 1. The Braves lead the majors with 70 runs in 10 home games. They have a National League-best 104 runs in 18 games overall, the second Braves team in the Atlanta era to reach 100 runs in the first 18 games and first since the 1999 team had...
Class AAAAAA football: 10 highest-rated senior prospects for 2018 season

Class AAAAAA football: 10 highest-rated senior prospects for 2018 season

Class AAAAAA could claim one of the nation’s top high school football players during the 2017 season. Harrison quarterback Justin Fields finished as the No. 2 senior prospect nationally, behind only Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Fields had his season end prematurely when he suffered a broken finger in October in a victory against Dalton, but he has long since recovered and is currently...
Chick-fil-A becomes title sponsor of College Football Hall of Fame

Chick-fil-A becomes title sponsor of College Football Hall of Fame

Chick-fil-A has extended and expanded its sponsorship of the College Football Hall of Fame, gaining a more prominent placement in the facility’s name.  The downtown Atlanta attraction will change its name to the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, which is less cumbersome than its previous full name: the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.  The new...
VOTE: How many games will Falcons win in 2018?

VOTE: How many games will Falcons win in 2018?

The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2018 season against the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of last season’s NFC Divisional Playoff Game. » Game-by-game breakdown: 2018 Falcons schedule The Eagles are already favored to win the first game. Atlanta will play its three divisional rivals within the first six weeks of the season. How will they do? » Mark...
Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle 

Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle 

The Falcons’ board is set for the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The question is not if the Falcon will select a defensive tackle, it’s when they will do so.  The Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle with the departure of starter Dontari Poe. He signed with the Panthers in free agency. The top two defensive tackles in the draft, Washington&rsquo...
Leadoff: Will 78,000 seats be enough for Georgia’s G-Day game this time?

Leadoff: Will 78,000 seats be enough for Georgia’s G-Day game this time?

Sanford Stadium’s seating capacity will be temporarily reduced to about 78,000 for Saturday’s G-Day game because of ongoing construction that will close nine sections of west end-zone seats for the day, according to UGA executive associate athletic director Josh Brooks.  That still sounds like ample capacity for a spring-football intra-squad game, right?  Even if it is well...
Braves’ quotes after Thursday’s 12-4 win against Mets  

Braves’ quotes after Thursday’s 12-4 win against Mets  

What some Braves said after their 12-4 win against the Mets in a series opener Thursday night at SunTrust Park. Matt Wisler gave up two hits, one run and no walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings and Preston Tucker had two doubles and five RBIs for the Braves to raise his total to 18, tied with Bryce Harper for the National League RBI lead. “It was my first time starting since I had one...
Braves’ Wisler makes most of sudden opportunity in win against Mets

Braves’ Wisler makes most of sudden opportunity in win against Mets

Matt Wisler was an elite prospect when he pitched eight superb innings to beat the Mets in his major league debut June 19, 2015. Since then his career ventured off-course, down some bumpy roads, his wheels spinning in Triple-A and Wisler pretty much slipping from the collective consciousness of the Braves’ fan base. But he got a chance to start a major league game Thursday for only the second...
Hawks coach Budenholzer no longer seeking Suns job

Hawks coach Budenholzer no longer seeking Suns job

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer withdrew from consideration for the Suns’ head coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday night.  Budenholzer interviewed with Suns officials this week after the Hawks gave him permission to do so. He’s under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons after coaching them for the past five.  ESPN first reported Budenholzer&rsquo...

Thursday spring scores

Adairsville 6, Calhoun 0 Appling County 11, Jenkins 0 Arabia Mountain 12, Columbia 1 Baconton Charter 3, Early County 1 Burke County 11, Baldwin 0 Byne Christian 19, Sherwood Christian 4 CFCA 16, Cross Pointe 1 Chamblee 12, Miller Grove 6 Chattooga 12, Model 1 Commerce 4, Riverside Military 3 Dade County 22, Gordon Central 1 Druid Hills 15, Henry County 0 East Laurens 6, Treutlen 4 Fannin County 7...
Falcons schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

Falcons schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

The Falcons’ 2018 schedule was released on Thursday night and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter broke down each opponent for the upcoming season. After the exhibition schedule, the Falcons will play at the Eagles in a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoff game to kick off the NFL season. Friday, Aug. 10 at Jets, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17...
The Falcons’ schedule is tough at the start and finish. Maybe too tough

The Falcons’ schedule is tough at the start and finish. Maybe too tough

With this schedule, a well-coached team might win 10 games. When last we saw the Atlanta Falcons, they were not a well-coached team. If that latter part changes, this club could dream realistic dreams of playing host to the Super Bowl. If it doesn’t, I doubt they’ll make the playoffs.  The kneejerk response is to say the Falcons could be pretty darn good and still start 0-3 &ndash...
Trust Thomas Dimitroff to draft for Falcons? Here’s why you should

Trust Thomas Dimitroff to draft for Falcons? Here’s why you should

Has Thomas Dimitroff redeemed himself? Eleven drafts into his gig the Atlanta Falcons’ general manager, the son of a former coach and longtime scout, the former kid who cut grass and lined the field as a member of the Cleveland Browns’ groundscrew, has certainly come a long way. » Jeff Schultz: Time to forget Falcons’ past Before the 2018 NFL Draft, the Falcons exec...
Sanchez injury not as severe as thought

Sanchez injury not as severe as thought

Anibal Sanchez’s hamstring injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as initially feared, and the veteran Braves pitcher might not miss more than a couple of weeks. So said Braves manager Brian Snitker on Thursday, a day after Sanchez crumpled to the ground while running sprints during pregame warm-ups.  When Sanchez had to be carted off the field with his right leg in an air cast Wednesday...
Braves hope to retain Lane Adams after Thursday DFA

Braves hope to retain Lane Adams after Thursday DFA

The Braves designated outfielder and pinch-hit extraordinaire Lane Adams for assignment Thursday to make room on the active roster for starter Matt Wisler. Anibal Sanchez’s strained his hamstring Wednesday, requiring the Braves to call on a spot-starter to fill his spot. Adams, 28, was out of options and is subject to waivers. If he clears waivers, the Braves can outright him to Triple-A Gwinnett...
Freeman unbroken, unwavering: He’s back in lineup

Freeman unbroken, unwavering: He’s back in lineup

Before he left SunTrust Park late Wednesday, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman told team officials that as long as his left wrist wasn’t broken, he was going to play Thursday. He played Thursday -- and played well. The Braves, their fans and their best player all breathed a sigh of relief after X-rays and other tests showed no fracture in Freeman’s wrist from the pitch that hit him in the...
Undefined roles benefiting Braves bullpen

Undefined roles benefiting Braves bullpen

Modern baseball philosophy has trended away from once-unwavering thoughts of committing relievers to specific innings. The Braves aren’t an exception. The bullpen, walks notwithstanding, has been a team strength through 17 games. The current eight-man group owns a 1.35 ERA with 56 strikeouts across 54 appearances. It’s surrendered just one homer. Their ERA balloons to 3.09 overall in 67...
If Reed never takes off Masters green jacket, who’d really blame him?

If Reed never takes off Masters green jacket, who’d really blame him?

It has been less than two weeks since Patrick Reed won the Masters, and already all the other sport coats in his closet are green with jealousy. Just not green enough. In case you didn’t know it, Reed outlasted Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth at Augusta National. It was in all the papers. But need further proof? Just check out Reed about any time he leaves the house. Chances are he’ll...
5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s spring game

5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s spring game

Georgia Tech will conclude spring practice Friday with its annual spring game, starting at 7 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The primary objective for coach Paul Johnson will be to make it through the game with no injuries, but for fans (and media) who are getting their first glimpse of the 2018 Yellow Jackets, there is plenty to observe and glean. The Jackets, coming off a disappointing 5-6 season in...
Remember when Falcons’ Dimitroff was in trouble? Yeah, not anymore

Remember when Falcons’ Dimitroff was in trouble? Yeah, not anymore

Before allowing visitors into his Chamber of Secrets, Thomas Dimitroff walked in, closed the door behind him, digitally whitewashed the walls of his office of all depth charts and player rankings, cleaned his desk, turned off his computer screen and flipped the two big screens to a Falcons’ screensaver and, I think, the Food Network. It’s draft week. NFL general managers and coaches are...
Dimitroff ready to move up for right player 

Dimitroff ready to move up for right player 

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn tinkered with the team’s digital draft board on Thursday. The NFL Draft is less than a week away and final preparations are being made. Dimitroff wouldn’t reveal the rankings or how much a player was shifted up or down on the ordered list.  The Falcons currently hold the 26th overall pick in the draft, which is set for Thursday...
Super Bowl Q&A: NFL seeks ‘wow factors’ around Atlanta game

Super Bowl Q&A: NFL seeks ‘wow factors’ around Atlanta game

Even since the last time Atlanta hosted the Super Bowl in 2000, the event has grown considerably, turning into a 10-day series of festivities that draw combined crowds of up to 1 million people. Popular attractions surrounding the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston included an out-of-this-world experience: a virtual-reality ride to Mars. And the 2018 Super Bowl festivities in Minneapolis included zip-line...

2018 GHSA gymnastics state meet preview

This year’s GHSA Gymnastics State Championship will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sport’s inaugural season in Georgia. And this Friday, April 20, all qualifying teams will compete at Ola High School in Henry County to show off their skills on the balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor exercise. Throughout the past 50 seasons of GHSA girls gymnastics, 17 different schools have...
Sanford Stadium’s new video board debuts on G-Day

Sanford Stadium’s new video board debuts on G-Day

Fans attending Georgia’s G-Day football game Saturday will get a first look at Sanford Stadium’s new and upsized video board. The 52-foot-high, 100-foot-wide screen has been installed behind the west end zone and will be in use for the first time at the spring intra-squad game.  The large screen is a small part of a $63 million construction project that will add a new locker room...
Sizing up Albies’ start to 2018: Wow

Sizing up Albies’ start to 2018: Wow

There is a slightly dated quote from a baseball executive regarding a diminutive second baseman that rings so clearly today that it almost hurts the ears. “He’s an anomaly,” the exec told the New York Times. “He’s tough to explain, other than the fact he works as hard or harder than anyone, he’s got freakish hand-eye skills, he loves baseball and he wants to be...
Hawks player season review: Taurean Prince

Hawks player season review: Taurean Prince

The departures of Thabo Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway from last season’s Hawks team opened a major role on the wing for Taurean Prince. Prince proved to be durable in his second pro season with 82 starts and 2,464 minutes played. Only seven other NBA players started every game this season.  Prince emerged as a legitimate high-volume 3-point shooter in his second pro season, which is a...
Will Barco start and where will he play for Atlanta United?

Will Barco start and where will he play for Atlanta United?

Jeff Larentowicz, who has seen a lot in his 363 regular-season appearances in MLS, knows exactly where teammate Ezequiel Barco will play this weekend: “In Los Angeles, for Atlanta United,” he said. Ha! But two questions dominating Atlanta United conversations this week ahead of Saturday’s game against the Galaxy are: Will Barco start? What position will he play? Barco, the most expensive...
Nate Woody’s progress report at end of spring practice

Nate Woody’s progress report at end of spring practice

In his first spring practice at Georgia Tech, new defensive coordinator Nate Woody had a couple of key players out with injury (safeties A.J. Gray and Jalen Johnson). The defensive line personnel isn’t quite exactly what he wants. And he could use a few more linebackers. But he expressed his pleasure over what he had overseen in 14 practices with the Yellow Jackets. “Outstanding,&rdquo...
Braves see ‘higher ceiling’ for Mike Soroka as strikeouts pile up

Braves see ‘higher ceiling’ for Mike Soroka as strikeouts pile up

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos knew he was inheriting one of the game’s promising young arms when he took the job in November. But Mike Soroka might be even better than he thought. Soroka has made three starts with Triple-A Gwinnett, posting a 2.87 ERA with 20 strikeouts against just two walks in 15-2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .237 against the 20-year-old. “I think if anything...
Braves GM Anthopoulos explains why Acuna is still in minors

Braves GM Anthopoulos explains why Acuna is still in minors

In the eyes of many, Ronald Acuna is the best player in Triple-A. Now he has to prove it. At least, that’s what Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos would like to see before promoting him to the big-league club. Acuna has slashed .182/.294/.273 in 11 games with Gwinnett. He’s struck out in 17 of 44 at-bats (39 percent) entering Thursday. “What I’ve been told is that he&rsquo...
Football: New coach Andrews brings different approach to Walnut Grove

Football: New coach Andrews brings different approach to Walnut Grove

They’re virtually starting over at Walnut Grove, where former Grayson assistant Robert Andrews was hired to turn the fortunes around at the youngest school in Walton County. Andrews was the head coach at Bowdon for the last three season, where he went 14-19. But Andrews was looking to return to a larger school; he’d spent seven seasons as an assistant at Grayson and two other years at...
Falcons ‘do not anticipate’ single-game ticket sales

Falcons ‘do not anticipate’ single-game ticket sales

The NFL will announce its 2018 schedule Thursday night, an occasion that might make some Falcons fans wonder about ticket availability.  Here’s the answer from the team: Yes on season tickets. No on single-game tickets.  “We do have a select number of season tickets available in varying categories, including club (seats) and upper level,” a Falcons spokeswoman said...
Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split

Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split

The Hawks have basically told one of the best coaches in franchise history, “If you want to go, go. We’ll even open the door for you.” Mike Budenholzer, who has two years and a reported $13 million remaining on his contract, has basically told the Hawks, “I think I can do better.” In so many ways, this makes no sense. Welcome to the world of sports, egos and, most of...
Leadoff: Two Braves and three ex-Braves ranked among MLB’s top 100 players

Leadoff: Two Braves and three ex-Braves ranked among MLB’s top 100 players

Freddie Freeman is the 25th best player in Major League Baseball. Ender Inciarte is the 98th best.  At least that’s where they stand in an ESPN ranking of MLB’s top 100 players, unveiled this week.  ESPN said the rankings are based on a poll of about 40 “MLB writers, analysts, contributors and insiders.” Ballots went out in late February/early March.  Freeman...
What to expect, see at Tech’s spring game

What to expect, see at Tech’s spring game

Georgia Tech will holds its annual spring football game Friday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It marks the second-straight year that the Yellow Jackets’ final scrimmage of the spring will be played under the lights. The game will feature the first-string offense and second-string defense on one team and second-string offense and first-string defense on the other. New defensive coordinator Nate Woody&rsquo...
What Braves said after 7-3 series-clinching win over Phillies

What Braves said after 7-3 series-clinching win over Phillies

The Braves defeated the Phillies 7-3 Wednesday at SunTrust Park, earning their third-straight series win to start a season for the first time since 2000. The bigger story, however, was first baseman Freddie Freeman exiting in the eighth after being hit on the wrist by a Hoby Milner pitch. He appeared to be hit at or near the same spot he was hit last season, when a pitch broke his wrist and kept him...

Wednesday spring scores

BaseballArabia Mountain 19, Columbia 0Archer 9, Shiloh 2Athens Academy 8, Oglethorpe County 2Atkinson County 14, Wheeler County 8Bainbridge 7, Tift County 6Bowdon 7, King's Ridge 6Brookwood 4, Parkview 3Cambridge 10, Dunwoody 9Carrollton 12, Rome 7Centennial 1, Northview 0Chamblee 15, Miller Grove 4Commerce 4, East Jackson 2Decatur 10, North Springs 6East Paulding 6, Kell 2Eastside 18, Salem 0Effingham...
Freddie Freeman hit on hand by pitch, exits game

Freddie Freeman hit on hand by pitch, exits game

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Wednesday’s game against the Phillies after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch from Hoby Milner. Freeman was hit in the same spot where Aaron Loup’s pitch hit him a season ago, breaking his wrist and sidelining him for seven weeks. Freeman immediately went to the dugout and met with trainer George Poulos. Charlie Culberson ran for him at...
‘Tech gold’ to be revealed Friday

‘Tech gold’ to be revealed Friday

As the official start date of Georgia Tech’s partnership with Adidas approaches, the athletic department will reveal one element of its branding campaign with the shoe company Friday. “Tech gold,” the shade of gold that the athletic department will use for apparel, uniforms and other branding elements, will debut on the department’s website and on social media. The athletic...
Braves place Jose Ramirez on DL following two poor outings

Braves place Jose Ramirez on DL following two poor outings

The Braves placed right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation. Ramirez, once one of the more reliable arms in the bullpen, has had back-to-back disastrous appearances. The first came in Chicago on Saturday, when he was tagged for five runs in the Braves’ meltdown that turned a 10-2 lead into a 14-10 loss. The second occurred Tuesday...
A roller-coaster journey finally lands Jesse Biddle in the bigs

A roller-coaster journey finally lands Jesse Biddle in the bigs

Two freak obstacles and a surgery later, Jesse Biddle has made the major leagues. The Braves recalled Biddle from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, with struggling right-hander Jose Ramirez placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. It gives the Braves three lefties in the bullpen. The team liked what it saw from Biddle, a first-round pick by his hometown Phillies in 2010, in spring...
Why Georgia Tech’s spring game won’t be broadcast

Why Georgia Tech’s spring game won’t be broadcast

Georgia Tech has broadcast its past four spring games online, but will not do so this year. The reason is that the athletic department has committed to using its in-house production capabilities to an online broadcast of the softball team’s home game against North Carolina, which also is being played Friday evening. At the least, coach Paul Johnson wasn’t protesting the decision. &ldquo...
Tyler Flowers could play rehab game this weekend

Tyler Flowers could play rehab game this weekend

The Braves are encouraged by Tyler Flowers’ progress while he recovers from a left-oblique strain. Flowers was placed on the disabled list March 30 after leaving the game the day before with an oblique strain. Manager Brian Snitker said his catcher was ahead of schedule Monday. But he said he’s even further along than they thought Wednesday. Snitker said two days ago that Flowers could...
Johan Camargo rejoins Braves following sudden 25-man roster opening

Johan Camargo rejoins Braves following sudden 25-man roster opening

The Braves reinstated Johan Camargo from the disabled list Wednesday. He was placed on the DL on March 26 after injuring his left oblique thirteen days earlier. A 25-man roster spot was opened for Camargo when starter Anibal Sanchez strained his right hamstring during pregame sprints.  Camargo, 24, was expected to be the team’s starting third baseman before he was stalled with injuries...
Braves GM excited by potential of Jose Bautista signing

Braves GM excited by potential of Jose Bautista signing

Alex Anthopoulos and Jose Bautista are reunited with the Braves, with the general manager taking a flier on one of his former All-Stars. The Braves signed Bautista to a one-year minor-league deal Tuesday. He reported to extended spring training in Florida, and the team will determine which affiliate he’ll report to when he’s up to game speed. Bautista was announced as a third baseman,...
High praise accorded Tech receiver Stephen Dolphus

High praise accorded Tech receiver Stephen Dolphus

During practice Monday, Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall gave Stephen Dolphus what constitutes probably the highest compliment he could have offered the sophomore wide receiver. In a passing drill, Dolphus had to choose a route based on defensive coverage. He could run a “go” route, streaking straight down the field, or a comeback, hitting the brakes and cutting back in Marshall&rsquo...

Boys soccer playoff favorites as  regular season comes to a close

The boys soccer playoffs are a week away, and teams across the state are jockeying for positioning. Some of the regions have been decided, but many spots are up for grabs in the last week of the regular season.The best teams across the state have made a charge to the top of the polls and could threaten with a deep playoff runs. In the eight classifications, only one defending-champion, Meadowcreek...
Godfather: Falcons held private workout for Fort Hays State’s Nathan Shepherd

Godfather: Falcons held private workout for Fort Hays State’s Nathan Shepherd

The Falcons’ top personnel men and coaches went to Hays, Kansas to hold a private workout for defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd.  “Their whole group went up to Fort Hayes State to work out Nathan Shepherd is what they did,” said “Godfather” Gil Brandt, a NFL analyst for Sirius XM NFL radio, on Wednesday.  “I think that’s what they are looking for...
The Braves sign Jose Bautista to a minor-league deal - to play 3B!

The Braves sign Jose Bautista to a minor-league deal - to play 3B!

This is fascinating. The Atlanta Braves have signed Jose Bautista, one of the best power hitters of the past decade, to a minor-league contract. But that’s not the fascinating part. This is.  Per the Braves’ release: “He has reported to Atlanta’s extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He will play third base.”  Bautista, known as Joey Bats...

Week 9 lacrosse rankings

In boys Class 6A-7A, No. 1 Lambert picked up another pair of wins, topping Forsyth Central 19-3 and dominating Cambridge 15-1. The Longhorns have now outscored their 14 opponents by 179 goals this season with an incredible 212-33 advantage in goals. No. 2 North Gwinnett topped Collins Hill 12-6, Northview 12-4 and No. 5 Johns Creek 3-1. No. 3 Centennial picked up a solid 16-13 win over Class A-5A...
In this draft, the Falcons’ biggest need is on offense

In this draft, the Falcons’ biggest need is on offense

Credit where it’s due: Through the ongoing influx of young talent, the Falcons have brought their defense, which not so long ago was a swinging gate, up from oblivion. The 2017 Falcons were ninth among NFL teams in yards against. It marked only the second time since 2007 – and the first since 2012 – this club had cracked the top 10 in total defense.  Two problems here. First...
Three reasons Suns job could be more desirable for Hawks coach Budenholzer 

Three reasons Suns job could be more desirable for Hawks coach Budenholzer 

At first glance, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s interest in the Suns job doesn’t make much sense besides the franchise being located three hours from his hometown.  Budenholzer doesn’t want to be part of a long-term rebuild with the Hawks, but why would he exchange one tanking team for another? After surviving the dysfunction of the Hawks’ previous ownership, why would...
Oh, what an unflappable Foltynewicz could mean to Braves

Oh, what an unflappable Foltynewicz could mean to Braves

It wasn’t Folty’s fault. He started Tuesday night’s extra-inning loss to Philadelphia, could have gone deeper into the game but threw too many pitches in vain and was long gone by the time Jose Ramirez was the drum major to a parade of Phillies runs in the 10th. If you have closely watched Mike Foltynewicz pitch for the Braves for much of these past three seasons, you know this was...
4 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

4 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

Georgia Tech is down to its final two spring-practice workouts of the year. The Yellow Jackets practice Wednesday and then will play under the lights at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday night in the annual spring game. Some notes and updates on the Jackets. Injuries have thinned out depth on the offensive line this spring. Center Kenny Cooper is out with an unspecified injury and will not take part in...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ 2018 draft board is set 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ 2018 draft board is set 

In the 52nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the Falcons’ draft board. The Falcons have the 26th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which is set for April 26 through 28 in Arlington, Texas. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has traded up in the first round of four of his 10 drafts since joining the team in 2008. He’s traded up for left tackle Sam Baker...
Cover 9@9: Sanu ready to move on from loss to Eagles

Cover 9@9: Sanu ready to move on from loss to Eagles

1. RECONCILED LAST SEASON: At least the Falcons don’t have to spend this offseason addressing the Super Bowl collapse, but they still had to reconcile a tough loss to Philadelphia that ended with them sputtering on the 2-yard line in a 15-10 defeat to a backup quarterback.  The Eagles then parlayed the win into a Super Bowl victory and Nick Foles went on to win the championship game&rsquo...
Falcons schedule to be released Thursday

Falcons schedule to be released Thursday

The NFL will release its schedule for the 2018 season on Thursday. The home and away opponents for the Falcons were determined after the regular-season in January. Here is a reminder of what the schedule will look like before dates and times are announced. Home: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore...
Walks bite Braves relievers again, Ramirez cites shoulder tightness

Walks bite Braves relievers again, Ramirez cites shoulder tightness

No other major league bullpen has issued as many walks as the Braves’ pen. And no Atlanta reliever has as many walks as Jose Ramirez after he walked three more at a most unfortunate time for his team Tuesday night, in the 10th inning against the Phillies. Ramirez walked the leadoff hitter on four pitches in the 10th inning of a 1-1 game, gave up a two-run, two-strike, two-out double, then allowed...
What Braves said after 5-1 extra-innings loss to Phillies

What Braves said after 5-1 extra-innings loss to Phillies

The Braves have lost twice to the Phillies in five games, with both losses coming in extra innings. Mike Foltynewicz’s solid start went to waste with the Braves dropping a 5-1 game to the Phillies in the 10th inning Tuesday at SunTrust Park.  The teams went to extras tied at 1. The Phillies scored four times off Braves reliever Jose Ramirez, who allowed five runs against the Cubs on Saturday...
Phillies rally past Braves in 10 innings

Phillies rally past Braves in 10 innings

Braves relievers played with fire once too often Tuesday night, getting away with leadoff walks in the eighth and ninth innings. But not the 10th, when Rhys Hoskins’ two-out, two-strike, two-run double off Jose Ramirez broke a tie and sent the Phillies to a 5-1 win at SunTrust Park. Ramirez gave up another walk and another two-run double to Maikel Franco before the inning was through. After...

Tuesday spring scores

Adairsville 12, Bremen 2 Alexander 11, Mays 2 Alpharetta 10, Johns Creek 0 Aquinas 1, Mt. de Sales 0 Archer 13, Shiloh 1 B.E.S.T. Academy 12, Therrell 9 Baconton Charter 7, Terrell County 2 Blessed Trinity 8, West Hall 2 Bryan County 6, Vidalia 5 Calhoun 11, Coahulla Creek 0 Central Gwinnett 10, Discovery 2 Chapel Hill 4, Cedartown 3 Chestatee 12, Rabun County 2 Claxton 18, New Hampstead 8 Clinch...
Braves pitcher Blair has shoulder surgery

Braves pitcher Blair has shoulder surgery

Braves right-hander Aaron Blair had surgery on his pitching shoulder Tuesday, a procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews and termed successful by the team.  He had a capsule tear and Andrews did a clean-up of the subscapularis, which is part of the rotator cuff. Blair will miss the entire 2018 season. Blair, a former first-round draft pick, began the season on the Triple-A Gwinnett roster and...
Dansby Swanson hid frustration in 2017, now has come back strong

Dansby Swanson hid frustration in 2017, now has come back strong

At no point last season did Dansby Swanson fling his helmet across the dugout in disgust, or scream something at the first person who asked, “What’s wrong?” or make an obnoxious technicolor mess of the post-game buffet, even though he, like most mortals, probably had a “little Dansby” on his shoulder saying, “Do it!” Because that just wouldn’t be...
As Braves, Phillies improve, NL East might erase laughing-stock status

As Braves, Phillies improve, NL East might erase laughing-stock status

The National League East might not be so bad after all. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman coined it the “toughest” five-team grouping in baseball just before opening day. That triggered laughter and witty responses, and deservingly so after the division had just one team that exceeded 77 wins a year ago. The Nationals coasted to a first-place finish with 97 wins, a whopping 20 games...
Hawks will play in Utah Jazz Summer League

Hawks will play in Utah Jazz Summer League

The Hawks will compete in the Utah Jazz Summer League in July before they depart for the Las Vegas Summer League. The Hawks will be one of the four teams in the Jazz Summer League and will play three games early in the month. An official announcement has not been made on the entrants or the schedule. The other teams are believed to be the Jazz, Spurs and 76ers. The Hawks replace the Celtics, who recently...
Snitker on Acuna: ‘He’ll let us know when he’s ready’

Snitker on Acuna: ‘He’ll let us know when he’s ready’

If they’re sick and tired of answering questions about the status of prospect Ronald Acuna, then Braves players and manager Brian Snitker aren’t coming right out and saying it. They’re just keeping the answers a little brief, for the most part. Polite, but brief. Asked again by a reporter Tuesday about Acuna and when baseball’s consensus No. 1 prospect might make his major...
Enough about offense: Braves pitching has hit its stride, too

Enough about offense: Braves pitching has hit its stride, too

The Braves’ starting rotation was excellent throughout the spring. After an uninspiring first-time through to start the regular season, its rediscovering that form.  Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz, Brandon McCarthy, Sean Newcomb and Anibal Sanchez are proving a fruitful starting five.  “I kind of feel like if those guys are pitching a majority of our innings, we’re going...
Jones plans to build on breakthrough Pro Bowl season 

Jones plans to build on breakthrough Pro Bowl season 

Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones, in just his second season in the NFL, had a breakthrough campaign in 2017. He led the team with 138 tackles and three interceptions while being named the first-alternate to the Pro Bowl. He played in the game after the Panther’s Luke Kuechly withdrew because of injury. Jones is already planning an encore.  He was one of the 27 Falcons players running...
Falcons sign two defensive tackles and cornerback 

Falcons sign two defensive tackles and cornerback 

The Falcons signed former Seattle defensive tackle Garrison Smith on Tuesday. The team also signed defensive back Tyson Graham and defensive tackle Justin Zimmer. Smith, who is from Atlanta’s Douglass High and played at Georgia, was not tendered by Seattle as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason. The 26-year old was listed at 6-foot-1 and 295 pounds last season. He has played in eight...
Kratz happy with first Atlanta United start this season

Kratz happy with first Atlanta United start this season

Atlanta United was in the suburbs of what they call “Kratz Country,” that area on the soccer pitch that if there’s a free kick to be taken and Kevin Kratz is on the field, everyone knows he is going to take it. And it’s likely going to be on goal. The result of hours of practice. But the suburbs aren’t downtown, so three Atlanta United players stood over the ball...
Trout, Harper, Altuve: None was better than Albies in his first half-season

Trout, Harper, Altuve: None was better than Albies in his first half-season

  While many Braves fans and media anxiously await the arrival of wunderkind Ronald Acuna, the youngest player in the major leagues currently plays for the Braves and is having one of the greatest first half-seasons in a career that you or me or anyone else will ever see. Yes, what Ozzie Albies is doing is not just really good, it’s shockingly good. In fact, the only negative, so to speak...
Football: Artificial turf just became the majority in 7A

Football: Artificial turf just became the majority in 7A

Coweta County announced last week that its three high schools – Newnan, East Coweta and Northgate – will move forward on plans to have artificial turf on their football fields this fall. Cost will be $5.4 million and includes track and other renovations, according to The Newnan Times-Herald. That follows news in January that five Cherokee County high schools – Cherokee, Creekview...
Girls soccer: McIntosh faces challenging final week of regular season

Girls soccer: McIntosh faces challenging final week of regular season

The McIntosh girls soccer team, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA and the defending state champion, begins a rugged final week of the regular season when it hosts No. 2 Veterans on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Chiefs, who have won 11 state titles, including five in the past seven seasons, are 13-1-1 and have allowed just six goals this season, including two in their only loss, a 2-1 setback against Class AAA...
Lacrosse in brief: Week 9

Lacrosse in brief: Week 9

Each week, we’ll take a look at four of the state’s top teams — two from the boys’ side, two from the girls — and see how they’re doing at this point in the season. Here are the latest AJC rankings. Now, let’s move on to the four featured teams. Lassiter Trojans (8-4)Upcoming matches: at No. 10 Etowah (11-3) on Wednesday; at North Paulding (4-8) on Friday...
Why small improvement in Minnesota pick could be big for Hawks

Why small improvement in Minnesota pick could be big for Hawks

The Timberwolves were 36-25 on Feb. 23, good for the fifth-best record in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical model projected Minnesota to finish 48-34, sixth-best in the NBA. If that’s how it turned out, the Hawks’ pick from the Timberwolves via trade would be No. 25 overall.  But the next night, Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler suffered a knee injury that required...

Week 9 boys soccer rankings

Walton overtakes Norcross as the team to beat in the state’s highest classification. The Raiders moved past Milton and Lassiter last week, both 4-1 victories, to stake their claim to the top spot. Norcross suffered a 2-1 loss to Lakeside on March 27 before reeling off victories over Parkview and Etowah on March 29 and April 13, respectively. Grayson, previously fourth, made the move up to third...

Week 9 girls soccer rankings

Lassiter is in the driver’s seat of the state’s highest classification following victories over Allatoona and Walton last week. Parkview is second again this week with Mill Creek taking the No. 3 spot following Milton’s drop from third to fourth. Peachtree Ridge, previously No. 6, jumps to No. 5 this week following Forsyth Central’s fall to sixth. Johns Creek is leading Class...
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