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Trae Young era begins for Hawks, who have a lot riding on him

Trae Young era begins for Hawks, who have a lot riding on him

Trae Young’s first NBA game is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. He will start at point guard for the Hawks against the Knicks. It’s the first game of a long season for Young, but it’s also the beginning of an era.  It’s not exactly right to say that the franchise’s future is riding on Young becoming a star. It’s not exactly wrong, either.
Freeman set to have sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia 

Freeman set to have sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is scheduled to have core/sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia, according to the Vincera Institute.  William C. Meyers, is one of the leaders in core/sports hernia injury surgery, founded the institute.   The Falcons placed Freeman on injured reserve on Tuesday, with a hope that he could return later in the season.
Young Bulldogs defensive linemen impressing Kirby Smart

Young Bulldogs defensive linemen impressing Kirby Smart

Although there weren’t a lot of bright spots in No. 8 Georgia’s loss to LSU on Saturday, there were several less-seasoned Bulldogs who saw increased playing time in the game and made a favorable impression on coach Kirby Smart, who emphasized that the only way to get better – and move up the depth chart -- is through hard, smart work.
Cover 9@9: Hooper coming on strong 

Cover 9@9: Hooper coming on strong 

1. Hooper a weapon?: Tight end Austin Hooper stepped up and turned in his second consecutive strong game against the Buccaneers last week. “I thought it was another excellent performance by Austin Hooper,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Sometimes when certain coverage may go to one player, other opportunities are there. He is certainly nailing them.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons and Giants ready for MNF showdown 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons and Giants ready for MNF showdown 

In the 84th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the two things the Falcons must do to save their season -- run block and stop missing tackles. Also, we take a look at the New York Giants, who are a hot mess at 1-5 and appear to be on the brink of a disastrous season.
Braves GM: Don’t read too much into Teheran not starting in NLDS

Braves GM: Don’t read too much into Teheran not starting in NLDS

Julio Teheran started the past five opening days for the Braves. Yet when they returned to relevancy, he was nowhere to be found. Teheran didn’t start against the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. The Braves rolled with Mike Foltynewicz, Anibal Sanchez, Sean Newcomb and opted to bring back Foltynewicz on short rest for Game 4, in which the team was eliminated.
WR Kalani Norris is Georgia Tech’s 16th commit

WR Kalani Norris is Georgia Tech’s 16th commit

Georgia Tech received the 16th commitment for its 2019 signing class Tuesday, from wide receiver Kalani Norris from Miami, Fla. Norris, listed at 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds, is a three-star prospect (247 Sport composite). Norris, a senior at Columbus High, reported other offers from South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, N.C. State and Pitt, among others.
5 Georgia Tech observations at the open date

5 Georgia Tech observations at the open date

Before the season began, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson spoke with typical confidence about his team’s prospects for the season ahead. Speaking at the team’s media day prior to the start of the preseason, Johnson said he went into every season – this one included – thinking that his team had a chance to win every game.
Week 9 Roundup

Week 9 Roundup

The biggest game—and most dramatic ending—came with Blessed Trinity’s 21-20 overtime victory at Flowery Branch. The host Falcons rallied two touchdowns back to force overtime at 14-14. Blessed Trinity scored on the first possession of the extra period for the go ahead 21-14.
Film review report card: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 29 

Film review report card: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 29 

After reviewing the coaches’ film, it’s grading time for the Falcons’ play in their 34-29 win over of the Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After the offense couldn’t run out the clock, the Bucs made it interesting until the final rugby-style lateral play failed at the buzzer.
Injuries continue to mount as Freeman headed to injured reserve 

Injuries continue to mount as Freeman headed to injured reserve 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who’s been battling knee and groin injuries, is headed for injured reserved, the team announced on Tuesday. Freeman is set to have groin surgery and will miss at least eight games. He would be eligible for a return in Week 16. He could return for a potential late-season playoff push if the Falcons can rebound from a poor 2-4 start.
Five things to know as Falcons look ahead to Giants

Five things to know as Falcons look ahead to Giants

For the second game in a row, the Falcons will face a well-rested team. The Falcons (2-4) defeated the Bucs after their bye week and will face the Giants (1-5) on Monday Night Football after they last played on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Giants, under first-year coach Pat Shurmur, have dropped three straight games and are mired in controversy after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Atlanta United: Last two games are must-wins

Atlanta United: Last two games are must-wins

Rested and recharged after a rare weekend off, Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst said they are approaching the regular season’s final two games as must-wins. The team leads New York Red Bulls by one point in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
Falcons sign place-kicker Tavecchio 

Falcons sign place-kicker Tavecchio 

The Falcons signed Giorgio Tavecchio to fill-in while kicker Matt Bryant recovers from a strained hamstring on Tuesday. Tavecchio was originally signed on Aug. 27 to kick for the final exhibition game as the team sat Bryant and punter Matt Bosher.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game on Monday against the Giants.
Leading rusher: UGA running backs in the NFL

Leading rusher: UGA running backs in the NFL

The University of Georgia has an impressive contingent of running backs in the NFL. Todd Gurley is currently the league’s leading rusher. Here is a look at how Gurley and three other running backs are faring this season.
Michael Vick will make Atlanta Legends coaching debut against Orlando

Michael Vick will make Atlanta Legends coaching debut against Orlando

Michael Vick will make his coaching debut as the Atlanta Legends’ offensive coordinator Feb. 9, 2019, in Orlando. The Alliance of American Football team will begin its 10-week regular season against College Football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier, the league announced Tuesday.
5 things to know about Ryan, Jones and records

5 things to know about Ryan, Jones and records

With a 2-4 record, the Falcons will continue to work on improving during their injured-riddled season. The Falcons next play the N.Y. Giants (1-5) Oct. 22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons are 2-3 in their last five meetings against the Giants. Here are 5 things to know: The Falcons at 2-4 have an improbable road to the playoffs.
Blank on the passing of Paul Allen 

Blank on the passing of Paul Allen 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the passing of Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen:  “Paul’s legacy and impact on all of us will not only be remembered for his teams’ success on the field and court, but for the lives he has touched along the way,” Blank said in a statement issued by the team.
VOTE: Who was the Braves’ MVP this season?

VOTE: Who was the Braves’ MVP this season?

The Braves’ youthful roster had a number of contributors to make the postseason in 2018. But who stood out among them all? Who would be your pick for the team’s most-valuable player? Here are your choices: • Freddie Freeman led the team in batting average (.309), on-base percentage (.388), , hits (191) doubles (44), and RBIs (98).
Why Mike Smith, defensive man, is again out of work

Why Mike Smith, defensive man, is again out of work

Falcons fans will recall Mike Smith once saying – I imagine Mike Smith has regretted saying it every day since – that sacks were overrated. If you’re wondering why a man with a reputation as a good defensive coach has gone 10 consecutive seasons without presiding over a top 10 defense … well, that might be your answer.
Falcons hoping to build off second win of season 

Falcons hoping to build off second win of season 

It wasn’t an instant classic, but Sunday’s 34-29 win over Tampa Bay at Mercedes-Benz Stadium provided a bit of relief for coach Dan Quinn and the Falcons. The team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including excruciating home losses to New Orleans and Cincinnati.
Brian Snitker’s near life-long trek with Braves continues

Brian Snitker’s near life-long trek with Braves continues

Braves manager Brian Snitker embodies the baseball lifer. A long-time minor league coach, the journey seems all worthwhile now. It was being absent from family for weeks, months. Lengthy nights on the bus, sometimes enduring flat tires or breakdowns that’d require spending the night in a stranger’s machine shed.
Braves part ways with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez

Braves part ways with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez

Chuck Hernandez won’t be returning as Braves pitching coach in 2019, the organization announced Monday. Hernandez, 57, held the position the past two seasons following Roger McDowell’s departure. He’s the only coach not returning to manager Brian Snitker’s staff. “It’s more of a directional thing,” general manager Alex Antopoulos said.
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has strained hamstring 

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has strained hamstring 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said kicker Matt Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game on Monday. “Matt Bryant strained his hamstring,” Quinn said on Monday. “That will likely knock him out of this week. (Running back Devontat) Freeman is dealing with a groin from the Pittsburgh game. That will likely knock him out this week.
Report: MRI on Ridley’s injured ankle ‘pretty clean’

Report: MRI on Ridley’s injured ankle ‘pretty clean’

Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had a MRI of his injured ankle and it was “pretty clean,” according to a NFL Media report on Monday. Ridley left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. Ridley had three catches for 47 yards before leaving. He entered the game leading the Falcons in touchdown catches with six.
Young gets nod as Hawks starting point guard

Young gets nod as Hawks starting point guard

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been reluctant to name his starting point guard, but he did so without hesitation Monday.  Rookie Trae Young will start his first regular-season NBA game alongside expected starters Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Vince Carter and Alex Lin. The Atlanta Hawks face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Wednesday to open the 2018-19 season.  Young, the No....
A good sign: The Braves are changing pitching coaches 

A good sign: The Braves are changing pitching coaches 

The team that won its division by eight games and finished fifth among National League clubs in ERA has dumped its pitching coach. That was the big news from a state-of-the-offseason briefing at SunTrust Park on Monday. (Well, that and manager Brian Snitker’s new two-year deal with a club option for a third season, but we all knew that was coming.
Falcons have real shot at playoffs. They showed winning formula against Bucs.

Falcons have real shot at playoffs. They showed winning formula against Bucs.

The Falcons ended their losing streak at three games Sunday with a victory over the Buccaneers. The Falcons (2-4) still are last in the NFC South, but do they have a realistic chance to make the playoffs?  It’s improbable, but not outlandish. Winning the division is a long shot but, after Sunday’s games, FiveThirtyEight.
Brian Snitker agrees to 2-year contract extension with Braves

Brian Snitker agrees to 2-year contract extension with Braves

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms on a two-year contract — with a club option for the 2021 season — with manager Brian Snitker. Snitker has managed the Braves since being named interim manager on May 17, 2016, replacing Fredi Gonzalez. He has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons.
Ryan on surpassing Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list

Ryan on surpassing Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s third touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman in the fourth quarter of the 34-29 win over Tampa Bay moved him past Joe Montana on the NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list. Ryan now has 274 career touchdown passes and is 16th all-time.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Somber mood after win over Bucs 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Somber mood after win over Bucs 

In the 83rd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons coach Dan Quinn, quarterback Matt Ryan and free safety Damontae Kazee discuss the, 34-29, victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons improved to 2-4 on the season, but may have lost kicker Matt Bryant to a hamstring injury.  Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D.
Almirola sizzles while Elliott wrecks at Talladega

Almirola sizzles while Elliott wrecks at Talladega

This was not a victory for heart health. Nor was it a particularly good day for those who spent the last five years waiting for Danica Patrick to drive the No. 10 car to a gender-bending appearance in Victory Lane. But this is Talladega. If you want sport that is in any way socially redeeming, a big, old-school Southern racetrack probably isn’t the first place you should look.
What Falcons players said after win over Bucs 

What Falcons players said after win over Bucs 

On the third quarter: “They slowed us down a little bit in the third quarter.” On practice: “I starts with the preparation. We have to figure out how we wanted to practice and that carried over and helped us in the game. We were competing against one another in practice. We got into it a little bit with some of the guys. It’s got chippy.
What Matt Ryan said about win over Bucs 

What Matt Ryan said about win over Bucs 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 34-29 win over the Bucs on Sunday:  On how he feels about the win: “Feels good. Obviously, we put in the hard work during the week and prepared ourselves in order to get a win. It feels good. It was hard fought, obviously, division games are always going to be like that.
What Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after win over Bucs 

What Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after win over Bucs 

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the 34-29 win over the Bucs on Sunday:  Opening Statement: “It’s good to see everybody. I thought the team this week and the focus and energy were really on point. We took them all the way through the week from Wednesday on.
Near fights in practice led to win over Bucs

Near fights in practice led to win over Bucs

The Falcons’ frustration from the losing spilled over into practice last week. “We were competing against one another in practice,
Falcons defense finally rises up

Falcons defense finally rises up

Those Falcons fans who came to Mercedes-Benz Stadium looking for evidence, any evidence, that their team could get stops instead immediately saw the same old thing.  The Buccaneers easily moved 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive with lots of short passes, one long run and little resistance. The Falcons could not cover, and they could not tackle.
Five things we learned in Falcons’ 34-29 win over Bucs

Five things we learned in Falcons’ 34-29 win over Bucs

Quarterback Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes to lead the Falcons to a 34-29 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons improved to 2-4 on the season. The Bucs dropped to 2-3.   Ryan completed 31 of 41 passes for 354 yards. He finished with a 125.5 passer rating.
Problem solving awaits Georgia Tech in open date

Problem solving awaits Georgia Tech in open date

In coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, Georgia Tech had played back-to-back games without turnovers only twice before the Yellow Jackets had no giveaways against Bowling Green and Louisville. The Jackets had also fumbled just twice in those two games after dropping the ball 14 times in their first four games.
Young getting grasp of Hawks offense ... and those 30-footers

Young getting grasp of Hawks offense ... and those 30-footers

That’s the thing about a 30-footer – they are almost always wide open. Trae Young knows it. The Hawks rookie point guard hit a game-winning shot from well past the 3-point line last week for an exhibition win against the Spurs. Much focus has been – and will be – on Young’s shooting when the NBA regular season begins Wednesday.
Ryan ties Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown passing list 

Ryan ties Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown passing list 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed two touchdown passes in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers to move into 15th place on the NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list. He is tied with Joe Montana at 273.
Georgia falls to No. 8 in AP poll

Georgia falls to No. 8 in AP poll

Georgia fell to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll for Week 8 released Sunday. Georgia fell from No. 2 after a lopsided 36-16 loss at LSU on Saturday, their first defeat of the season. The Bulldogs fell to No. 6 in the Coaches poll. Georgia has a week off before its showdown with No. 11 Florida. 1. Alabama (7-0), 1,524 points 2. Ohio State (7-0), 1,457 3.
Calvin Ridley  declared out of game with ankle injury; Sanu out, too 

Calvin Ridley  declared out of game with ankle injury; Sanu out, too 

Falcons rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley left Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with an ankle injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He was later declared out for the game. Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu left the game with a hip injury in the third quarter.  His return was questionable. Also, defensive tackle Jack Crawford left the game with a neck/head injury.
Inactives: Buccaneers at Falcons 

Inactives: Buccaneers at Falcons 

Running back Devonta Freeman, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and defensive end Derrick Shelby were declared out of Sunday’s game by Falcons coach Dan Quinn on Friday. Freeman also has a groin injury to go with his foot injury. Cornerback Justin Bethel (knee) fully participated in practice.  Jarrett has an ankle sprain. Shelby also has a groin injury.
Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

The Falcons are dedicating today’s game against Tampa Bay to Dylan Thomas, who died from injuries suffered in a Pike County High School football game on Sept. 28. Thomas’ family and teammates will be part of the flag crew during pregame activities.
Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

The Falcons are dedicating today’s game against Tampa Bay to Dylan Thomas, who died from injuries suffered in a Pike County High School football game on Sept. 28. Thomas’ family and teammates will be part of the flag crew during pregame activities.
After LSU, a sobering question: Is Georgia really that good?

After LSU, a sobering question: Is Georgia really that good?

The difference between Georgia’s first loss in 2017 and its first loss in 2018 comes down to two words, and no, those two words are not Roquan Smith or Sony Michel or Nick Chubb. Those two words: Notre Dame.  Georgia won in South Bend by a skinny point on Sept. 9, 2017.
Five things to know before today’s Bucs at Falcons’ kickoff 

Five things to know before today’s Bucs at Falcons’ kickoff 

Here are five things to know before today’s Buccaneers (2-2) at Falcons (1-4) kickoff at 1 p.m. at Mercedes Benz Stadium. 1. Injury report: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (sprained ankle) and defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin) have been declared out for this game. 2.
What Georgia Tech players said after the Duke game

What Georgia Tech players said after the Duke game

Comments from Georgia Tech players Anree Saint-Amour, Lamont Simmons, Malachi Carter, Jerry Howard, Tre Swilling and Kenny Cooper following the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Duke Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium: “We’re going into a bye week so we’ve got a lot of time to sit on this loss and get ready for the next game.
12 notes from Georgia Tech’s loss to Duke

12 notes from Georgia Tech’s loss to Duke

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson railed at his offensive line for “stupidity” in changing blocking assignments incorrectly at the line of scrimmage. Offensive linemen often have the freedom to change blocking assignments based on what they see at the line, and in this case Johnson said the changes proved counterproductive.

Saturday football, softball and volleyball scores

On the football field, Americus-Sumter scored all of their 9 points in the first half of their game against Northside-Columbus. The Panthers allowed Northside to fall into the end zone in the third, but held on strong to claim the 9-7 win. After being down 21-10 at the half, Fitzgerald battled back and shut out Thomasville in the second half to win 36-21.
No. 2 Georgia brought to earth by LSU in road loss

No. 2 Georgia brought to earth by LSU in road loss

The power went out on Georgia at the team hotel Saturday morning. LSU turned the lights out on the Bulldogs’ undefeated season later in the day.  The 13th-ranked Tigers pulled off a 36-16 upset before a capacity crowd of 103,321 in Death Valley.
What Paul Johnson said after the Duke game

What Paul Johnson said after the Duke game

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s comments following the Yellow Jackets’ 28-14 loss to Duke on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium: “Just really frustrated. I’m frustrated we didn’t play particularly well in the first half on offense especially on some short-yardage stuff. We couldn’t seem to convert. I thought we’d made some good adjustments at halftime.
Well, Georgia finally got tested. It flunked big-time

Well, Georgia finally got tested. It flunked big-time

Remember us saying Georgia needed a test? (No? Well, we did.) Here’s a gentle suggestion to Kirby Smart and his Bulldogs: Next time, study harder.  The nation’s No. 2 team came to Death Valley and acted as if it had never lifted a No. 2 pencil. The Bulldogs, who had trailed for 15 seconds over their first six games, never led Saturday.
Georgia Tech stymied by Duke in homecoming loss

Georgia Tech stymied by Duke in homecoming loss

Full of momentum and humming with efficiency, Georgia Tech was stopped cold by Duke on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets, who had threshed their previous two opponents for 129 points and 1,086 yards, were muted by the Blue Devils in a 28-14 homecoming defeat at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Two starters out for Georgia Tech

Two starters out for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech will be without two offensive starters for its Saturday game against Duke. Wide receiver Jalen Camp and right tackle Andrew Marshall were not listed on the depth chart prior to the game, replaced by Stephen Dolphus and Bailey Ivemeyer, respectively.
Hawks waive Hunter, two others

Hawks waive Hunter, two others

The Hawks waived C.J. Anderson, R.J. Hunter and Thomas Robinson on Saturday. The moves brings the roster to 17 players, which includes the two-way contracts of Jaylen Adams and Alex Poythress. The team can have a maximum of 15 players on the roster, so Adams and Poythress will be sent to the team’s G League affiliate in Erie, Pa., when the league begins.
Week 9 Friday Night Roundups

Week 9 Friday Night Roundups

Marietta won a nail-biter against visiting McEachern, snapping a 10-game losing streak against the Indians with the 28-27 victory — and putting Coach Hockman’s quest for his 100th win with McEachern on hold for another week.
Hawks lose to Heat, finish 2-3 in preseason

Hawks lose to Heat, finish 2-3 in preseason

Jeremy Lin scored 20 but the Hawks lost to the Heat 119-113 Friday night in Miami. It was the final preseason game for the Hawks, who finished 2-3. Alex Len scored 14, Kent Bazemore added 13, Trae Young and Tyler Dorsey both had 11 and Alex Poythress finished with 10 for the Hawks. Young went 4-for-9 from the field and had five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers.
14 Georgia Tech notes that may interest you

14 Georgia Tech notes that may interest you

Things you may not know about Georgia Tech prior to its Saturday homecoming game against Duke. 1. Team members were quite eager to wear the new navy pants that they’ll wear Saturday to go with the white jerseys with blue numbers. It’s believed to be the first time that Tech has ever worn that color pants in team history. The increased number of combinations has been received well.
Georgia-LSU: TV, online, radio information

Georgia-LSU: TV, online, radio information

Georgia will face its second ranked opponent of the season Saturday when it travels to the SEC’s version of Death Valley. LSU is ranked No. 13 and could represent the first of four consecutive ranked opponents the Bulldogs will face. (The next three on the schedule are current-No. 14 Florida, No. 18 Kentucky and No. 21 Auburn.
Georgia Tech-Duke: TV, online, radio information

Georgia Tech-Duke: TV, online, radio information

Consecutive victories against Bowling Green and Louisville propelled Georgia Tech back to the .500 mark entering Saturday’s homecoming game against Duke.  Tech (3-3, 1-2 ACC) steamrolled both of their latest victims -- 63-17 and 66-31. A victory in this game would leave the Yellow Jackets at .500 in ACC games.
Falcons’ punt-team goals: block better, and block out blocks

Falcons’ punt-team goals: block better, and block out blocks

Falcons fans likely would be pleased and not surprised to see special-teams coach Keith Armstrong on the field working with Eric Saubert and Foyesade Oluokun on punt protection before practice even began. They were trying to right the wrongs on the right side. It might be surprising to know, though, that that was nothing new for a punt squad that hasn’t exactly been sterling.
Explaining the simplification of Georgia Tech’s offense

Explaining the simplification of Georgia Tech’s offense

One of the more intriguing elements of Georgia Tech’s option offense is its potential to break a huge gain out of a seemingly pedestrian triple-option play or toss to an A-back. When blocked and executed right, any play in coach Paul Johnson’s playbook can gash a defense.
Hawks’ Kent Bazemore is last man standing

Hawks’ Kent Bazemore is last man standing

Kent Bazemore is the last man standing. Four seasons ago, the 2014-15 Hawks were a 60-win team and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. It seems like so long ago. One by one each player left in different ways.
Beasley: ‘playoffs hopes are slim’

Beasley: ‘playoffs hopes are slim’

After starting the season poorly, the Falcons know that their playoff clock is ticking. “With the sense of our record being 1-4 right now, playoffs hopes are slim,” defensive end Vic Beasley said. “But ... we are still in control of our own destiny. We have to go out there and perform.”  The Falcons face the Buccaneers (2-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
Injury report: Freeman, Jarrett and Shelby declared out of Bucs’ game

Injury report: Freeman, Jarrett and Shelby declared out of Bucs’ game

Running back Devonta Freeman, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and defensive end Derrick Shelby were declared out of Sunday’s game by Falcons coach Dan Quinn on Friday. Freeman also has a groin injury to go with his foot injury. Cornerback Justin Bethel (knee) fully participated in practice.  Jarrett has an ankle sprain, while Shelby also has a groin injury.
Atlanta United’s Garza returns to training

Atlanta United’s Garza returns to training

Atlanta United’s Greg Garza returned to training with the team for the first time Friday since sustaining a shoulder injury May 20. Garza, a 27-year-old fullback, underwent surgery on the shoulder less than two weeks later.  The team posted on Twitter on Friday that Garza was the first one out for the morning session.
Collins to miss start of Hawks’ season

Collins to miss start of Hawks’ season

The Hawks will be without John Collins for at least the first three games of the regular season with a left ankle injury. He is expected to be out at least 10 days. Collins had an MRI exam Monday that revealed mild inflammation and soreness in his left ankle. He underwent a non-surgical procedure that day, described as an injection by a person familiar with the situation.
Falcons plan an open roof for Sunday’s game

Falcons plan an open roof for Sunday’s game

The Falcons plan to open the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Sunday afternoon’s game against Tampa Bay. That is subject to change based on weather conditions, the team noted in announcing its plan Friday.
QB corner: Matt Ryan on the Bucs 

QB corner: Matt Ryan on the Bucs 

Here are three questions with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the Buccaneers:  On how the Falcons will try to put last week behind them and move forward against Tampa Bay: “We have to. Obviously, we didn’t play the way that we’re capable of, and that’s disappointing.
Georgia in another high-profile showdown with LSU

Georgia in another high-profile showdown with LSU

In its 31st meeting with LSU, Georgia finds itself in another Top 25 matchup against the Tigers.  On Saturday, No. 2 Georgia will travel to Baton Rouge to face the No. 13 Tigers (3:30 p.m., CBS; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB). The game will mark the eleventh time since 1987 that the teams met with both ranked.
David Cutcliffe raves about TaQuon Marshall, once a Duke recruit

David Cutcliffe raves about TaQuon Marshall, once a Duke recruit

As Duke coach David Cutcliffe has prepared his team this week to face Georgia Tech, his knowledge of Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall is deeper than it is for most opponents. Back when Marshall was a quarterback at Harris County High, Duke was among the schools recruiting him. Cutcliffe offered his praise for his one-time target on Wednesday.
On the hot seat: Will the defense start defending a blade of grass?

On the hot seat: Will the defense start defending a blade of grass?

The Falcons’ revamped defense, which has given up five touchdowns in each of the past three games and leads the NFL in points allowed, will attempt to slow the Buccaneers in a big NFC South game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons (1-4) and Bucs (2-2) are struggling mightily on defense, in part because of varying degrees of injuries.
Ridley, Jones bond over workouts, bowling 

Ridley, Jones bond over workouts, bowling 

Julio Jones hosted the Falcons’ wide receivers on a bowling night out Monday. The group, including Jones and his understudy Calvin Ridley, went to unwind, get their minds off of the team’s 1-4 start and bond as a group away from the team’s facilities.  “I just took him out bowling the other day,” Jones said. “He didn’t tell you we went Monday.
X-factor: Will Falcons stop Winston from extending plays 

X-factor: Will Falcons stop Winston from extending plays 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is set to return to the starting lineup against the Falcons in a big NFC South game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   Winston came off the bench in the 48-10 loss to the Bears after serving his three-game suspension under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
Hawks upsize video boards in remade arena

Hawks upsize video boards in remade arena

When architects first presented designs for the renovation of what was then called Philips Arena, they proposed placing four video boards in the corners of the building instead of hanging a customary board above the court.  “We told them, ‘Wow, that’s really interesting; that’s engaging; that’s aggressive,’” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin recalled.
Braves confident in Ozzie Albies’ development

Braves confident in Ozzie Albies’ development

As the Braves surged in the second half, their second baseman was a borderline offensive liability. Ozzie Albies was the MVP of April. He mustered a franchise-record 22 extra-base hits that month, eventually knocking 20 homers before the midseason break. He just missed starting the All-Star Game, but made the roster nonetheless.
How to watch: Week 7 college football, with TV times, network, streaming

How to watch: Week 7 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.  » Michael Cunningham: Predictions for LSU-UGA/Tech-Duke » Thursday, Oct. 11 7:30pm, Georgia Southern at Texas State, ESPNU 7:30pm, Texas Tech at TCU, ESPN » Friday, Oct.
Super Bowl countdown: NFL in town for planning

Super Bowl countdown: NFL in town for planning

A large delegation of NFL staffers and contractors convened in Atlanta for a series of meetings this week as the countdown continues to Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  More than 100 people with responsibility for various aspects of the Super Bowl spectacle participated in the planning meetings Monday through Wednesday.
Falcons try to crank up run game

Falcons try to crank up run game

Were the Falcons about to play a fantasy football game rather than the Buccaneers on Sunday, the offensive game plan might be easy to figure out.  Tampa Bay (2-2) has been awful against the pass, ranking last in the NFL while allowing 358 yards per game through the air, while the Bucs stand No. 4 against the run, where they’re giving up just 87.8 yards per contest.
5 things to know before Georgia Tech-Duke

5 things to know before Georgia Tech-Duke

In what was once a one-sided series, but now has become a competitive rivalry, Georgia Tech and Duke will meet Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium with plenty on the line. From 1990 through 2013, the Yellow Jackets were 22-2 against the Blue Devils, but Duke’s emergence under coach David Cutcliffe has reversed the tide.
Undefeated reigning champs pay visit to AAAA’s undefeated newcomer

Undefeated reigning champs pay visit to AAAA’s undefeated newcomer

Defending state champion Blessed Trinity (6-0, 2-0) will travel northeast this Friday night to battle Flowery Branch (6-0, 2-0), its new Region 7-AAAA adversary.  Flowery Branch got bumped down from Class AAAAA in the offseason, a result of the GHSA’s mid-year reclassification cycle.
Julio Jones has 10-game touchdown drought

Julio Jones has 10-game touchdown drought

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has gone 10 regular season games without catching a touchdown pass. Jones last touchdown catch was in the 26-13 win over the Rams in the wild-card round of the playoffs on Jan. 6, 2018. He last regular-season touchdown catch was against Tampa Bay in a 34-20 win on Nov. 26, 2017. He caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan against the Bucs.
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