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Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 2

Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 2

When Calvin Johnson retired from the Detroit Lions in 2016, he was 30 years old. That’s a pretty long retirement. The Georgia Tech great has filled the time with purpose, lending more time to his foundation, starting a consultancy for former athletes, working with receivers from the pro to high-school levels and spending more time with family. Johnson has a 4-year-old son, Caleb, and married...
Looking at pro prospects for Ben Lammers, Tadric Jackson

Looking at pro prospects for Ben Lammers, Tadric Jackson

While former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie is hoping to become the school’s 19th first-round NBA pick Thursday night, teammate Ben Lammers is hopeful for a spot on an NBA summer-league team. Former guard Tadric Jackson has a chance to be on a summer-league team as well, coach Josh Pastner said. “Some NBA teams have called about him and asked about him,” Pastner said of Lammers....
Leadoff: Who the mock drafts say the Hawks will select tonight

Leadoff: Who the mock drafts say the Hawks will select tonight

  It’s NBA Draft day.  The draft begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Hawks have the third pick and two more picks later in the first round, Nos. 19 and 30.  Here’s a glance at how seven mock drafts we surveyed project the Hawks’ first-round selections:  > CBS Sports has the Hawks taking Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic with the third pick. Gary Parrish writes:...
Southern Fried Soccer: Chicago 1, Atlanta United 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Chicago 1, Atlanta United 0

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 1-0 loss to Chicago in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Braves’ Gohara makes start for Gwinnett in Triple-A

Braves’ Gohara makes start for Gwinnett in Triple-A

Braves prospect Luiz Gohara gave up five hits and two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings is his first Triple-A start since being sent down to the Gwinnett Stripers Wednesday night in Lawrenceville. Gohara (0-3) had seven strikeouts and a walk and threw 69 pitches. The Braves decided Gohara was better off pitching more as a starter in Gwinnett rather than serving mop-up duty for the big-league team. Gohara...
Chicago 1, Atlanta United 0: Player ratings

Chicago 1, Atlanta United 0: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Chicago in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 7: Save on the line in the 17th minute. ... Finished with two saves, according to the official boxscore, which is wrong. He had at least three. Distribution was good. Right fullback Sal Zizzo, 6: Created one chance and handled...
Atlanta United sets U.S. Open Cup attendance record, loses game

Atlanta United sets U.S. Open Cup attendance record, loses game

For the second consecutive season, Atlanta United failed to advance past the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup. A goal from Nemanja Nikolic was enough to push Chicago past the Five Stripes 1-0 on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of a record crowd. With a chance at winning their first trophy over after two tournament games, Atlanta United will turn its attention back to MLS, where it leads...
Dustin Peterson searches for ‘rhythm’ he rode to the big leagues 

Dustin Peterson searches for ‘rhythm’ he rode to the big leagues 

Dustin Peterson’s first major-league appearance lasted around 48 hours, but those two days with the Braves represent a fraction of the right fielder’s aspirations.  “It was awesome,” he said before suiting up for the Gwinnett Stripers’ game against the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday. “It was everything I expected. My family got to make it out. My brother, who...
Hawks center Dedmon exercises contract option for 2018-19

Hawks center Dedmon exercises contract option for 2018-19

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has exercised his contract option for next season, according to a person with knowledge of his decision. The option is worth about $7.2 million. Dedmon signed with the Hawks as a free agent last summer after opting out of a contract with the Spurs that would have paid him $3 million in 2017-18. He had a $6 million base salary with the Hawks last season and earned another...
How Josh Okogie became a candidate to be a first-round pick

How Josh Okogie became a candidate to be a first-round pick

When Georgia Tech’s season came to an end in the first round of the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., it seemed a foregone conclusion that Yellow Jackets guard Josh Okogie would return for his junior season. After the game, he spoke of his plans for summer workouts and the next season. His coaches, too, expected him to be back. That was March 6. “I think he was planning to come back,&rdquo...
Acuna to begin rehab assignment soon

Acuna to begin rehab assignment soon

As the denizens of Braves Country eagerly await the return of phenom Ronald Acuna, the energizing rookie outfielder went through a third consecutive day of rigorous injury-rehab workouts Wednesday at the team’s spring-training camp outside Orlando. The big news: He’s much closer to returning, probably no more than a day or two from starting a minor-league rehab assignment that would be...
Braves fans not impressed with game experience on Facebook 

Braves fans not impressed with game experience on Facebook 

Atlanta Braves fans were generally unhappy before the Braves-Blue Jays game aired Wednesday exclusively on Facebook Watch. They weren’t too thrilled following the online broadcast either. Rate your experience: Fans took to Twitter to express their opinions on the streaming service immediately after the stream concluded on Wednesday.  The Braves fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4. 
Hawks GM Schlenk under pressure to hit on first big ‘swing of the bat’ in NBA draft

Hawks GM Schlenk under pressure to hit on first big ‘swing of the bat’ in NBA draft

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk often refers to picks in the NBA draft as “swings of the bat.” He wants as many as possible to increase his chances of hitting on a superstar talent who can help lift the Hawks to championship contention.  The Hawks are still in the early stages of executing Schlenk’s plan. But during Thursday night’s draft, Schlenk will be under more...
Sanchez runs into nemesis, Braves fall to Blue Jays

Sanchez runs into nemesis, Braves fall to Blue Jays

 TORONTO – After the surging Braves snapped the Blue Jays’ seven-game winning streak Tuesday, Anibal Sanchez got knocked around by a nemesis and outpitched by Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the finale of the brief two-game series.
Braves’ other Freeman needed this one

Braves’ other Freeman needed this one

  TORONTO – As much as the Braves needed a good, long outing from Sam Freeman on Tuesday, he probably needed it more. For peace of mind, confidence – whatever you want to call it. He came through with his best outing in what has been an inconsistent season for the veteran left-hander following a career-best performance in 2017. Freeman pitched a season-high 2 1/3 innings – one...
Dwight Howard is again getting traded, maybe for the last time

Dwight Howard is again getting traded, maybe for the last time

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Charlotte Hornets are trading Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets. This shocks ... well, no one.  If you’re keeping score, Howard will be working on his sixth organization since 2012, his fourth since 2016. The player who styled himself as Superman has become Disposable Man. It’s the same everywhere he goes: He arrives saying...
Options for Hawks with No. 19, 30, 34 picks in draft

Options for Hawks with No. 19, 30, 34 picks in draft

The Hawks have four selections in Thursday’s NBA draft with much of the attention on the first – the No. 3 overall pick. However, they will also added to the roster with two other first-round picks, Nos. 19 and 30, and a high second-round pick at No. 34. “As I’ve said in the past, certainly not scared of adding four rookies to our team next year,” Hawks general manager...
Phillips enjoying career season in Gwinnett, not dwelling on potential promotion

Phillips enjoying career season in Gwinnett, not dwelling on potential promotion

Evan Phillips walks off the field a couple of hours before the first pitch at Coolray Field, batting practice slowly winding down, and takes a few steps down into the dugout.  Then he notices a reporter waiting — not just waiting, but waiting for him. “No one really talks to me,” the 23-year old relief pitcher said with a surprised tone. That seems perhaps more apt for...
Family has made Tech freshman Justice Dingle ‘top of the line’

Family has made Tech freshman Justice Dingle ‘top of the line’

Justice Dingle picked Georgia Tech for many of the reasons that football prospects often do. He liked the coaching staff, particularly his area recruiter Andy McCollum and coach Paul Johnson. Coaches valued him highly and made clear their plan for him as a Yellow Jackets linebacker. He has family in the Atlanta area and in neighboring South Carolina. The strength of a Tech degree was appealing. &ldquo...
The Hawks face a blue-sky draft: Almost anything is OK

The Hawks face a blue-sky draft: Almost anything is OK

Written by Kris Kristofferson, recorded by Janis Joplin and appropriated by Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead, the song “Me and Bobby McGee” is known mostly for this line: “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” I’ve never been sure as to the accuracy of that sentiment, but it does kind of apply to the Hawks.  The tanking Hawks have pared their...
Braves fans unhappy today’s game will appear on Facebook, not local TV

Braves fans unhappy today’s game will appear on Facebook, not local TV

The Atlanta Braves-Toronto Blue Jays game Wednesday will not be broadcast on any television network.  The 12:37 p.m. game will be live-streamed exclusively on Facebook Watch as part of Major League Baseball’s deal with the social media platform to live-stream one game per week this season.  » Click here: Watch Braves-Blue Jays Live Fans on Twitter were quick to share...
One year later, Dwight Howard traded again

One year later, Dwight Howard traded again

Dwight Howard has been traded again. The center lasted one season with the Hornets after the team agreed to trade Howard to the Nets on Wednesday. The Nets will receive center Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash in a deal that will be finalized after the July 6 NBA moratorium. ESPN first reported the trade. The move comes exactly one year after Howard, from Southwest Atlanta Christian...
Cover 9@9: Realistic expectations for rookie Calvin Ridley 

Cover 9@9: Realistic expectations for rookie Calvin Ridley 

1. Realistic Ridley: What are the realistic expectations for Falcons first-round pick Calvin Ridley?  Maryland’s D.J. Moore was the first wide receiver selected in the draft. He went 24th to Carolina. Two picks later, the Falcons selected Ridley.   The Falcons were pleased with Ridley’s offseason. “Comfort wise he probably came in a little bit ahead of the curve,&rdquo...
Delving into Falcons’ Julio Jones free summer

Delving into Falcons’ Julio Jones free summer

In the 62nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we take a flight through the Julio Jones free-zone, discuss the killing off of the Friday Night Lights event during training camp, the wide receiving corps and realistic expectations for rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. » Listen: D. Led’s Interview with ESPN Charlotte’s “The Wake Up Call.” ...
Leadoff: Why today’s Braves game isn’t on TV

Leadoff: Why today’s Braves game isn’t on TV

You won’t find Wednesday afternoon’s Braves-Blue Jays game on Fox Sports South or Fox Sports Southeast or any other TV network.  The game will be exclusively shown on Facebook Watch, the social media giant’s platform for shows, as part of MLB’s deal to live-stream one game per week this season – generally Wednesday afternoon games – to a global online...
Camargo leads bottom-of-the-order barrage

Camargo leads bottom-of-the-order barrage

It says something for how much deeper and balanced this Braves lineup is that the top five spots in their batting order Tuesday night accounted for just three hits, one run and two RBIs in an 11-4 rout against the Blue Jays. The bottom four did the heavy lifting in this one, each having multi-hit games led by third baseman Johan Camargo’s 4-for-5 outburst from the No. 9 spot in the order...
What Soroka, manager said about rookie’s Canadian homecoming

What Soroka, manager said about rookie’s Canadian homecoming

TORONTO -- Braves rookie pitcher Mike Soroka made his fifth major league start and his first in his Canadian homeland.  The Calgary right-hander matched career-highs with eight hits and four earned runs allowed in 4 2/3 innings, but did minimize the damage in a few innings and the Braves gave him plenty of defensive and offensive support in an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays. Here’s what Soroka...
Camargo grand slam propels Braves toward 11-4 rout of Blue Jays

Camargo grand slam propels Braves toward 11-4 rout of Blue Jays

Another young Braves pitcher learned Tuesday that it’s not easy pitching in front of so many family members and friends for the first time in a major league game, but Mike Soroka needn’t worry. His squad had his back. Johan Camargo went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and hit a second-inning grand slam to get the Braves rolling early in an 11-4 win against the Blue Jays to open a two-game interleague...
Allard playing waiting game, as call-up looms

Allard playing waiting game, as call-up looms

If you didn’t know any better, you might think Kolby Allard was just another laid-back West Coast guy without a care in the world. “He’s a Cali kid, surfer bro, all that,” Gwinnett Stripers reliever Evan Phillips said. To this point, his career has followed a trajectory that plays into that narrative, too.  He was the 14th overall selection in the 2015 draft straight...
Foltynewicz likely to start Sunday; whither McCarthy?

Foltynewicz likely to start Sunday; whither McCarthy?

 Veteran starter Brandon McCarthy is with the Braves, and they don’t plan to have him start him again until at least before next week, but that doesn’t mean he’ll move to the bullpen. At least not before Friday. Braves manager Brian Snitker said McCarthy would not be available to pitch out of the bullpen during a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday against the Blue Jays because...
Anthopoulos Q&A: Back in Toronto with first-place Braves

Anthopoulos Q&A: Back in Toronto with first-place Braves

Braves first-year general manager Alex Anthopoulos is a native Canadian who worked for the Blue Jays from 2003 through 2015, serving as general manager for the final six seasons of that period, including the 2015 season when Toronto won the American League East and ended a 22-year postseason drought.  After turning down a lucrative five-year extension offer from the Blue Jays and going to the...
No stars, no problem for Tech commit Demetrius Knight

No stars, no problem for Tech commit Demetrius Knight

Demetrius Knight wasn’t bothered by not having a recruiting ranking from the likes of 247 Sports and Rivals, per se. But the quarterback from Strong Rock Christian School in Henry County acknowledged he got a little down seeing other quarterbacks he knew with rankings and stars by their names. “I wasn’t sure I had any (stars), but I tried not to think about that and tried not to...
Beat writers mock draft: My picks for the Hawks

Beat writers mock draft: My picks for the Hawks

The Boston Globe conducted an NBA mock draft with beat writers making first-round picks for the teams they cover. No trades allowed, so I made all three Hawks selections: Nos. 3, 19 and 30. Here are the results: The Suns believe Ayton fits as a modern-day center. — Scott Bordow, The Arizona Republic The Kings could go several ways, and Porter’s upside intrigues them. &mdash...
Hawks have eight choices with No. 3 draft pick

Hawks have eight choices with No. 3 draft pick

The Hawks essentially are on the clock in the next step of the organization’s rebuild. The franchise has four selections in Thursday’s NBA draft, including the third overall pick. The decision on whom to take with the lottery pick could change the fortunes of the franchise – for the good or bad. The last time the Hawks had the No. 3 pick was 2007, when they selected Al Horford and...
Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 1

Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 1

Saturday night brought Georgia Tech legend Calvin Johnson back near campus, as he hosted his annual fundraising dinner Saturday night at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center for his Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation. The black-tie dinner honored the recipients of scholarships, a focal point of the non-profit’s services. The foundation awards $4,000 scholarships to six college-bound students...
Anthopoulos is the Canadian who’s had greatest impact on Braves

Anthopoulos is the Canadian who’s had greatest impact on Braves

Mike Soroka, one of the more visible and promising young figures in Canadian baseball, will take the mound for the Braves tonight in a homecoming of sorts when he faces the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. But as terrific as Soroka has been so far in his fledgling career, the bigger impact on this Braves team has come from another young (relatively speaking) Canada native. The man who’ll be sitting...
Braves-Blue Jays will appear on Facebook on Wednesday, not local TV

Braves-Blue Jays will appear on Facebook on Wednesday, not local TV

The Braves and Blue Jays will be showcased Wednesday as MLB’s Facebook Watch game of the week. Facebook and MLB entered an expanded partnership before the 2018 season that included one game broadcast a week, allowing fans across the globe to watch American professional baseball.  » Click here: Watch Braves-Blue Jays Live Wednesday’s game will be exclusively on Facebook...
What are the realistic expectations for the player the Hawks draft at No. 3?

What are the realistic expectations for the player the Hawks draft at No. 3?

The Hawks own the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft Thursday. They hope to find a franchise player, but how realistic is it for them to do so?  To get an idea, we can look at some historical data about players selected with the No. 3 overall pick. In 2014 FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver analyzed drafts to estimate the number wins produced by players at each draft position.  Silver studied...
Schultz: Time for Hawks to move on from Dennis Schroder

Schultz: Time for Hawks to move on from Dennis Schroder

There are two absolutes about every major pro sports draft. One is that every team has a plan. The other is that no team builder is going to tell you his plan. When a general manager speaks publicly, he will alternate between lies and half-truths, and by half-truths I mean half-lies and half-decipherable substances, the verbal equivalent of Spam. Here are the undeniable facts about the Hawks and Thursday&rsquo...
Memorial service to be held for former Woodward coach Stallings

Memorial service to be held for former Woodward coach Stallings

A memorial service for former Woodward Academy wrestling and football coach Johnny Stallings will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Woodward Academy Main Gymnasium. Visitation with the family will be held in the adjacent Tyler Brown Student Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Stallings, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame and the Macon Sports Hall of Fame,...
Atlanta United ready for U.S. Open Cup fifth round

Atlanta United ready for U.S. Open Cup fifth round

United will attempt on Wednesday to do something it didn’t do last year: advance to the sixth round of the U.S. Open Cup. On a humid night in southern Florida, Atlanta United was bounced by Miami, an NASL team that was dominating its league, 3-2 on a goal in the last minute in the fifth round of last year’s tournament. This year, Atlanta United will play in the comfortable confines of...
The Nats land Kelvin Herrera. The Braves could’ve used him

The Nats land Kelvin Herrera. The Braves could’ve used him

Stephen Strasburg is still on the disabled list and Bryce Harper is still hitting .212, but the Washington Nationals got better Monday. (Even on a day when they technically split with the Yankees, though the first game was a resumption of a suspended one.) The Nats remain 3½ games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, but they have the closer they’ve lacked … oh...
Leadoff: Look at new renderings of Braves’ spring training facility

Leadoff: Look at new renderings of Braves’ spring training facility

As construction continues on their future spring-training home in the southwest Florida city of North Port, the Braves released updated architectural renderings that show new details of what they’re building.  The renderings show fans seated on a long grass berm beyond left field; a group space, similar to SunTrust Park’s “Below the Chop,” just beyond the right-field...
Five things about Braves vs. Blue Jays, Soroka vs. Garcia

Five things about Braves vs. Blue Jays, Soroka vs. Garcia

Braves rookie Mike Soroka, a 20-year-old Canadian, will pitch in Rogers Centre for the first time as a professional Tuesday when he faces Blue Jays left-hander Jaime Garcia, a former Brave, in the opener of a two-game series. Here are five things to know about the pitching matchup and the brief series, the only two road games for the Braves amid a 14-game stretch. 1. Soroka, who’ll have family...
QB Demetrius Knight is Georgia Tech’s eighth commitment

QB Demetrius Knight is Georgia Tech’s eighth commitment

Georgia Tech picked up its third commitment in the past five days as quarterback Demetrius Knight of Strong Rock Christian School claimed a place in the Yellow Jackets’ 2019 recruiting class. Knight made his announcement via Twitter on Monday. Knight is the eighth prospect to commit to Tech and the first quarterback. Knight, listed at 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, is a decidedly under-the-radar...
Switchable big men available for Hawks in draft fit NBA trend

Switchable big men available for Hawks in draft fit NBA trend

The NBA’s pace-and-space offensive revolution is essentially complete, with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors as the undisputed masters of the form. Counters to the pace-and-space vary, but Golden State also might also be the best at executing a defensive strategy to slow it: switch every ball screen.  The league long ago embraced stretch bigs who can shoot 3-pointers...
Tech to use eye-tracking technology in concussion protocol

Tech to use eye-tracking technology in concussion protocol

Georgia Tech will begin using an eye-tracking technology as part of its concussion management program. The company, SyncThink, made the announcement Monday. The Eye-Sync technology uses a modified virtual reality goggles to measure and detect visual-tracking impairments in less than a minute. Visual-tracking impairment is often a symptom of a concussion. The technology can be used on the field and...
Fans, media react to Braves’ continued success

Fans, media react to Braves’ continued success

Life is good in Braves Country right now. Behind six hitless innings from Julio Teheran on Sunday, the Braves won 4-1, improving their record to 42-29 and extending their lead in the NL East to 3.5 games. It may only be mid-June, but their sustained success has fans and sports writers wondering what could be of this season: That boost has also helped the Braves in all-star voting:
Braves’ Markakis now leading All-Star vote-getter among NL outfielders

Braves’ Markakis now leading All-Star vote-getter among NL outfielders

The Braves continue to dominate the National League All-Star voting.The leading vote-getter among NL outfielders is now Nick Markakis. The Braves outfielder has 1,173,653 votes and surpassed the Nationals’ Bryce Harper (1,002,696) in the latest voting update released by Major League Baseball on Monday. Markakis was third among outfielders in the initial release of balloting results. The 34-year...
Mike Soroka makes second debut in Canada return

Mike Soroka makes second debut in Canada return

Mike Soroka first took the Rogers Centre mound when he was 15. Only five years later, he’ll do so again this time as a major leaguer. The Braves play a two-game series in Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday, and their top pitching prospect will start game one. Soroka hails from Calgary, in western Canada. But his best and earliest memories at a professional ballpark were in Toronto. “Even...
UGA greats Chubb, Michel begin NFL journeys in minicamp

UGA greats Chubb, Michel begin NFL journeys in minicamp

Former UGA running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are off and running as they begin their careers in the NFL. Both recently participated in minicamps and displayed some of the skills that helped them to become the duo with the most rushing yards in FBS history.  - Video: Chubb, Michel among 6 UGA players selected in NFL draft Chubb, now wearing No. 31, ran drills alongside veteran Carlos Hyde...
Joey Bart signs for record bonus with Giants

Joey Bart signs for record bonus with Giants

Former Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart received a $7.025 million signing bonus, which is more than just a lot of money. It’s also reportedly the largest upfront bonus that a position player has ever received in the history of the Major League Baseball draft. Bart was selected No. 2 overall by the San Francisco Giants earlier this month. Jim Callis of MLB.com reported that Bart’s bonus was...
Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, where could he land?

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, where could he land?

When word came out that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio, social media erupted with possible destinations. Leonard, when healthy, is one of the best players in basketball, and his move could change the complexion of talent in the NBA. Bookmaker.eu offers these odds who who’s most likely to draw Leonard’s service:  Los Angeles Lakers: 1/2  San Antonio Spurs...
This burgeoning rotation could carry the Braves into October

This burgeoning rotation could carry the Braves into October

A month into the season, we wondered if the Atlanta Braves’ rotation could approximate the level of what had become an outstanding everyday eight. Here’s what that rotation just did on the homestand that ended Sunday – worked 36 innings while yielding 17 hits (eight against Brandon McCarthy) and two earned runs (both against McCarthy) and issuing six walks against 38 strikeouts. ...
UGA fans sound off on stadium’s new scoreboard

UGA fans sound off on stadium’s new scoreboard

Who says there’s an offseason for UGA football? The season opener is 75 days away, but there was a buzz on social media last week about the back of the new scoreboard at Sanford Stadium.  That’s right, the back of the scoreboard.  The updated design received mixed reviews from fans on Twitter. 
Martino mum on Remedi-to-Atlanta United report

Martino mum on Remedi-to-Atlanta United report

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he read a report tying the club to midfielder Eric Remedi, but at the moment “there’s nothing to comment on.” “But I read the same thing,” he said. Remedi is a 23-year-old Argentinian who plays as a defensive midfielder for Banfield in his native country. The club is reportedly set to pay $2 million for the player. There are...
Atlanta United’s Martinez status for U.S. Open Cup not decided

Atlanta United’s Martinez status for U.S. Open Cup not decided

Josef Martinez’s status for Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup against Chicago will be decided soon, according to manager Gerardo Martino. Martinez, who leads MLS with 14 goals, suffered a broken nose while scoring during last week’s 2-0 win at Columbus. Martino said they weighing possibly using the Venezuelan on Wednesday in the fifth round of the tournament, which will be played...
Donovan’s ad met differently by Atlanta United’s players

Donovan’s ad met differently by Atlanta United’s players

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino downplayed the controversy surrounding an advertisement featuring Landon Donovan expressing support for Mexico, the United States’ biggest rival in soccer, in the World Cup. Donovan is considered one of the greatest players in U.S. history. He has 157 appearances for the U.S. men’s national team and scored 57 goals. He was named the U.S. Soccer Athlete...
Parkview sophomore named Gatorade girls soccer player of year

Parkview sophomore named Gatorade girls soccer player of year

Nieva Gaither of Parkview is the Gatorade Georgia girls soccer player of the year. Gaither, a 5-foot-3 sophomore forward, led the Panthers to a 23-1 record and the Class AAAAAAA championship this year. Gaither scored 37 goals and passed for 10 assists, including one of each in Parkview’s 2-0 win over Milton in the title game.  Gaither recorded at least one point in all 24 games with 11...
Braves also have a Julio question: Is Teheran about to prove his worth?

Braves also have a Julio question: Is Teheran about to prove his worth?

So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation guy for a long time,” according to then-general manager...
Tony Amerson explains commitment to Tech

Tony Amerson explains commitment to Tech

With an offensive scheme similar to what he plays in at the high-school level, running back Tony Amerson from Montgomery, Ala., found Georgia Tech to be a fit worthy of his commitment. “It’s a good fit,” said Amerson, who committed in early June. “I looked at some of the film of some B-back players in the day, like classic B-backs, and it fits me, the way I run.” Playing...
Atlanta United: 5 things to know this week

Atlanta United: 5 things to know this week

Here are five things to know about Atlanta United this week: 1. The team enters Week 17 still atop the Supporters’ Shield standings in MLS with 33 points. Josef Martinez leads the race for the Golden Boot with 14 goals. Atlanta United also leads the league in goals scored (33) and is tied for second in goal difference (plus-14). It is also dominating the All-Star voting, which closes 11:55 p...
U.S. Open even better second time around for Koepka  

U.S. Open even better second time around for Koepka  

Brooks Koepka is U.S. Open champion. Repeat, Brooks Koepka is U.S. Open champion. Just in case you didn’t get the message the first time, when Koepka went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin in 2017 and bludgeoned the Open field, he showed up at Shinnecock Hills Sunday and, in a little different method, did it all over again. OK, we get it.  Mr. Koepka is also Mr. Clutch. He also is the first defending...
Five things to know about the Braves’ series win over Padres

Five things to know about the Braves’ series win over Padres

The Braves took three of four from the Padres this weekend before three sell-out crowds, completing a 5-1 homestand. Two consecutive wins pushed the Braves a season-high 13 games over .500. Here’s what to know about the Braves’ recent success: 1. This weekend gave the Braves a little separation from the Nationals atop the National League East. The Braves hold a 3.5-game lead, their best...
USGA makes it right for U.S. Open final round

USGA makes it right for U.S. Open final round

If the United States Golf Association ran football, there would be days the goalposts would be moved up into the corner endzone seats. And pitched at the jaunty angle of a cool kid’s cap. If the USGA took over baseball, outfield fences would be built like bellows and move in and out according to that day’s starting pitchers.    Heaven knows how LeBron James would react when...
Teheran pitches six no-hit innings, Braves beat Padres again

Teheran pitches six no-hit innings, Braves beat Padres again

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective. That’s all the Braves could’ve asked for Julio Teheran’s return to the mound. Teheran pitched six no-hit innings in the Braves’ 4-1 win over the Padres on Sunday. He was relieved by Shane Carle after throwing 95 pitches. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list June 5 with a thumb contusion. His velocity had dipped into...
Kurt Suzuki hit in head, leaves game in second inning

Kurt Suzuki hit in head, leaves game in second inning

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was hit in the side of his head by a swinging bat and had to leave Sunday’s 4-1 win against the Padres. Suzuki stayed down for a couple minutes after being struck by Raffy Lopez’s backswing. Lopez struck out on that swing to end the Padres’ half-inning. Suzuki was removed as a precaution and is day-to-day, according to the team. “I’ve never...
Charlie Culberson, Braves have been perfect match

Charlie Culberson, Braves have been perfect match

Charlie Culberson was a tossed into a salary dump trade last December. He was the smallest piece of a big-name exchange that the Braves and Dodgers orchestrated with finances in mind. The Rome native has now given the Braves three wins via timely home runs. After almost playing his way off the roster in April, he’s starting – and excelling – for a first-place team. Culberson went...
Braves lineup: Albies rests, Swanson leads off

Braves lineup: Albies rests, Swanson leads off

The Braves tried a new lineup mix for Sunday’s finale against the Padres. Second baseman Ozzie Albies is resting for the first time this season. The move gives him consecutive off days, and three in a five day span with no games Monday and Thursday. Albies, who leads National League second baseman All-Star voting, hit a wall recently. He’s batting .172 (17-for-99) over his last 23 games...
Braves send Luiz Gohara to Triple-A

Braves send Luiz Gohara to Triple-A

After pitching just three times this month, the Braves optioned Luiz Gohara to Triple-A on Sunday. Manager Brian Snitker acknowledged Saturday that the team was considering its options with their prized lefty. Gohara’s made one start since joining the club in early May. “He’s not pitching regularly,” Snitker said. “He needs to. There’s a balance between that and...
Ronald Acuna will work out in Florida prior to rehab assignment

Ronald Acuna will work out in Florida prior to rehab assignment

The next step in Ronald Acuna’s rehab process will be Orlando. Acuna, who participated in his rehab’s most important base-running drills Saturday, will head to the team’s spring training facility when the Braves travel to play Toronto on Tuesday. “He’ll get all the defensive reps and probably face some live pitching,” manager Brian Snitker said. “They&rsquo...
What Braves said after shutting out Padres

What Braves said after shutting out Padres

The Braves extended their hold on the National League East to 2.5 games with Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Padres. Sean Newcomb pitched six scoreless and Charlie Culberson’s fifth-inning homer proved the difference. Here’s what the Braves said afterward: On Newcomb: “It was really good. How he doesn’t panic, stays pitch-to-pitch and goes to work. It’s really good...
Johnson stumbles backward into a four-way U.S. Open lead

Johnson stumbles backward into a four-way U.S. Open lead

What a lovely day for a kick to the groin.  The bright blue sky over Shinnecock Hills on Saturday was painted in delicate wisps of white. The breeze fresh and cool. A virtual Long Island Iced Tea for the soul.  Ah, but the assembled U.S. Open golfers were in no mood for reverie. They were too busy trying to stop the bleeding all over their scorecards. Dustin Johnson would be the first to...
Newcomb, Culberson lead Braves to win in front of record crowd

Newcomb, Culberson lead Braves to win in front of record crowd

Every team wants a pitcher that it knows will stop or prevent a losing skid. The Braves appear to have found one in Sean Newcomb. The 25-year-old left-hander fired off six shutout innings in the Braves’ 1-0 win over the Padres on Saturday. And Newcomb, who threw 84 pitches, likely would’ve gone deeper had it not been for a 25-minute rain delay. He finished with seven strikeouts against...
Braves give Foltynewicz extra rest, place him on DL

Braves give Foltynewicz extra rest, place him on DL

The Braves placed Mike Foltynewicz on the 10-day disabled list with right-triceps tightness, retroactive to June 13. Foltynewicz left his start Tuesday after 73 pitches with triceps tightness. He said he began feeling it after his previous start. The Braves weren’t sure Foltynewicz would be ready to make his next start. He threw a bullpen session Saturday afternoon before the team’s announcement...
Mickelson stages bizarre, moving experience at U.S. Open

Mickelson stages bizarre, moving experience at U.S. Open

On his 48th birthday Saturday, Phil Mickelson was like a kid again. That’s not necessarily a good thing, not when it means behaving at a major championship the way you might when the ball just won’t go through the clown’s mouth during your putt-putt party.  Mickelson shot 81 in the third round of the U.S. Open, the one major championship he never will own. Even more surprisingly...
Braves evaluating options with Luiz Gohara

Braves evaluating options with Luiz Gohara

The Braves are trying to achieve a perfect balance between contending and still developing their youth. Luiz Gohara, one of their top pitching prospects, might be the best example. Gohara, 21, has drawn the short stick in a season in which plenty of Braves have received some good luck. He missed spring training with groin and ankle injuries, pushing him a month behind his teammates. Gohara didn&rsquo...
Ronald Acuna after base-running drills: I’m ready to go

Ronald Acuna after base-running drills: I’m ready to go

Ronald Acuna’s most vigorous afternoon of agility testing went well, according to his reaction afterward. Acuna participated in full base-running drills Saturday afternoon. Bench coach Walt Weiss and first-base coach Eric Young Sr. were among those coordinating the workout. He greeted manager Brian Snitker with a smile as he left the field. Snitker asked if he was ready, and Acuna yelled he...
Sean Newcomb strives to achieve All-Star dream

Sean Newcomb strives to achieve All-Star dream

Sean Newcomb is realizing his ace potential sooner than most expected. And his rapid development may ticket him for the All-Star game in Washington next month. Newcomb, 25, had a 2.92 ERA with 74 strikeouts against 35 walks through fourteen starts entering Saturday. He extended his brilliance with six shut-out innings in the Braves’ 1-0 win over the Padres. He’s exceeded even an optimist&rsquo...
Hawks draft workout report: Moritz Wagner, Michigan

Hawks draft workout report: Moritz Wagner, Michigan

My lasting image of Moritz Wagner at Michigan was watching him abuse my Louisville Cardinals in the 2017 NCAA Sweet 16. Louisville coach Rick Pitino inexplicably stuck with a switching defensive scheme even as Wagner methodically blew by every smaller defender who tried to check him on the perimeter and finished at the rim over late help.  That was one example of how Wagner was more than just...
Braves quotes after Friday night loss to Padres

Braves quotes after Friday night loss to Padres

The San Diego Padres snapped the Braves’ three-game winning streak Friday night in front of a sold-out SunTrust Park. The visitors went up 7-3 after scoring five runs in the seventh inning and tacked on two more in the ninth to bring up the final 9-3 score. “More than anything, I think. It was just one of those nights. There was a series of things that just didn’t go our way.&rdquo...
Brandon McCarthy not thinking of upcoming rotation crunch

Brandon McCarthy not thinking of upcoming rotation crunch

Brandon McCarthy might be fighting for his spot in the Braves’ rotation. McCarthy persisted through 5-2/3 innings Friday, allowing two runs in a 9-3 loss to the Padres. But box score notwithstanding, the evening was a struggling, yet gutsy, outing for McCarthy “I thought I could’ve been better overall,” he said. “First inning I wanted to make sure I kept us in it and...
Braves unravel in seventh, lose messy game to Padres

Braves unravel in seventh, lose messy game to Padres

The Braves’ sold-out crowd Friday night was treated to a plethora of baseball’s oddities, including an increasingly rare home-team loss. The Padres derailed the Braves’ perfect homestand, using a seventh-inning rally to win 9-3. It was only San Diego’s third win in Atlanta in its past 16 attempts. It wasn’t easy reached the conclusion, with no shortage of reviews and...
Dustin Johnson is dusting ’em at U.S. Open

Dustin Johnson is dusting ’em at U.S. Open

The most exclusive residence on this tony part of Long Island is the little patch of red on the U.S. Open scoreboard reserved for every golfer under par. That’s where Dustin Johnson, your leader through two rounds at Shinnecock Hills, lives. And no one else. There high above the scuffling masses, he is totally alone with his thoughts, which admittedly appear to be as uncomplicated as an old...
Fans pack SunTrust Park for Braves versus Padres

Fans pack SunTrust Park for Braves versus Padres

Southern hospitality is alive and well at SunTrust Park as the Braves’ faithful flocked to The Battery Atlanta to support the hometown team Friday night. The Braves will face off against the San Diego Padres in the second game of the series at 7:35 p.m., and the support was evident early on as standing-room-only tickets were offered five hours before the first pitch.  While starter Sean...
Braves homestand has been kind to Ender Inciarte

Braves homestand has been kind to Ender Inciarte

The Braves have had success despite receiving little from their Mr. Consistent of the past two seasons. Gold-glove center fielder Ender Inciarte traditionally is a slow starter. While the Braves sit No. 1 in the National League East on June 15, Inciarte has just began showing signs of breaking out of his slump. Inciarte has a hit in each of the past four games. He doubled and launched a behemoth of...
5 things to know about the Braves rotation

5 things to know about the Braves rotation

The Braves became the second National League team to 40 wins on Thursday night, and they’ve done it behind one of baseball’s best rotations. Here are the numbers: 1. The starting rotation is 27-16 with a 3.35 ERA overall (373-2/3 innings). Its ERA is the fourth-lowest in the majors. 2. The starters have been especially effective at home. They haven’t allowed an earned run over the...
Georgia Tech fan day set

Georgia Tech fan day set

Georgia Tech will hold its annual fan day on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The event will run from 4-6 p.m. Yellow Jackets players and coaches will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos in advance of the 2018 season. This year, it will also be one of the first opportunities for fans to purchase Georgia Tech Adidas gear. Season-ticket holders will be allowed 30 minutes of exclusive...
Listen: Hawks draft talk with Peachtree Hoops

Listen: Hawks draft talk with Peachtree Hoops

I joined Brad Rowland of Peachtree Hoops for the Locked on Hawks podcast. We talked about what the Hawks may do in next week’s NBA draft, including potential trades. 
Anchors aweigh: Woods misses U.S. Open cut

Anchors aweigh: Woods misses U.S. Open cut

The good ship “Privacy” is free to lift anchor this weekend, departing Sag Harbor for a more southern port. Its owner, Eldrick Woods, the golfer formerly known as Tiger, will have no further use of it here in the vicinity of the U.S. Open. Perhaps, somewhere along its journey, a burial at sea would be in order. Certainly, there is a putter that deserves an unceremonious drowning. Needing...
Atlanta United dominating MLS All-Star voting

Atlanta United dominating MLS All-Star voting

Atlanta United supporters are stuffing the digital ballot box for MLS All-Star voting. In running totals released by the league on Friday, eight Atlanta United players are among the top vote-receivers at their respective positions. Polls will close 11:55 p.m. PST on June 20. The All-Star game will be Aug. 1 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team will be managed by Atlanta United&rsquo...
Atlanta United’s Martinez suffers broken nose

Atlanta United’s Martinez suffers broken nose

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez is day-to-day after suffering a broken nose after scoring in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Columbus. The team confirmed the injury, suspected by manager Gerardo Martino, on Friday. The availability of the striker, who leads MLS with 14 goals, will be determined by how much pain he is experiencing. Atlanta United will host Chicago on Wednesday in the U...
He’s Freddie Freeman, and he’s the franchise foundation

He’s Freddie Freeman, and he’s the franchise foundation

We first came to know him as the (slightly) lesser half of a tandem. Freddie Freeman was the Braves’ second pick in the 2007 draft; Jason Heyward was the first. They would become minor-league roommates. By 2010, Heyward was Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect; Freeman would top out at No. 17 the next year. Heyward’s first home run came off Carlos Zambrano on opening day in 2010 and...
With ‘Love to Liv(e)’, family and friends to honor Olivia Roberts at AJC Peachtree Road Race 

With ‘Love to Liv(e)’, family and friends to honor Olivia Roberts at AJC Peachtree Road Race 

Olivia Roberts’ generosity and sense of purpose knew no bounds. It wasn’t confined to her high school; she actively sought out those who were less visible — perhaps eating lunch alone, or didn’t have anyone to talk to — and made sure they knew they mattered. When she was trying to encourage relatively shy kids in a larger group, for example, Olivia would tell them &ldquo...
Falcons training camp dates set, several practices open to public

Falcons training camp dates set, several practices open to public

The Falcons will open training camp on July 27, the team announced on Friday. The camp will run through Aug. 4 with selected dates open to the public. The team reports on Thursday, July 26.  Practices are open to the public on Friday, July 27; Saturday, July 28; Monday, July 30; Wednesday, Aug. 1; Thursday, Aug. 2; Friday, Aug. 3; Saturday, Aug. 4. Gates will open to the public at 8:20 a.m. for...
Even with Julio Jones absent, Falcons say offseason program was a success

Even with Julio Jones absent, Falcons say offseason program was a success

Before spreading out to cities around the country, the Falcons gathered in the far corner of their practice field one last time.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn told the team, which was minus its four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, that they had the “finest” offseason he’d ever been associated with before dismissing them on Thursday.
Sanchez has been godsend for Braves, but future is unclear

Sanchez has been godsend for Braves, but future is unclear

When the Braves scooped Anibal Sanchez off the unemployment line in mid-March, they were blunt about their intentions. “We brought him in to get a look, see where he’s at,” manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s a depth piece. I mean, who knows? He might make our club. We’ll evaluate. He’s in shape.” In a season not lacking pie-in-the-sky headlines, Sanchez...
Tech has seventh commitment in South Carolina ATH Jalon Calhoun

Tech has seventh commitment in South Carolina ATH Jalon Calhoun

Georgia Tech’s recruiting class for 2019 grew by two Thursday, as Jalon Calhoun, a quarterback from Greenville, S.C., offered his commitment. Calhoun, who is being recruited as an athlete out of Southside High, followed the commitment announcement of Ahdarrious Gee, a linebacker from Crisp County. Calhoun made his announcement on Twitter. Calhoun had reported his scholarship offer from...
Braves quotes after winning series opener vs. Padres

Braves quotes after winning series opener vs. Padres

The Braves topped the Padres at SunTrust Park on Thursday, 4-2, marking their third win in three tries during this homestand. Here’s what the Braves said afterwards:
Sanchez pitches gem, Braves hang on to beat Padres

Sanchez pitches gem, Braves hang on to beat Padres

The last time the Braves were 12 games above .500, they were 2013 National League champions. A lot’s changed since the days of Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel and the Upton brothers gracing Turner Field. But the rebuild that jettisoned the aforementioned names has put the Braves where they haven’t been in nearly a half-decade. The Braves, with some help by a phantom hit by pitch, defeated...
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