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Custis highlights Tech's smaller class

Paul Johnson shrugged when told Georgia Tech's signing class didn't excite the national experts. Then he found a positive spin.

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Braves' Laird preparing to start

ATLANTA -- Gerald Laird is not letting anything interfere with his time getting to know the Braves' pitchers.. Laird said he turned down an invitation to represent Mexico in the World Baseball Classic because he needs to work with Atlanta's pitchers the full spring training. He even reported for informal

Justin Upton finds new home in Braves' lineup

Fredi Gonzalez sat down and started writing out projected lineups last week as soon as he heard the Braves had traded for Justin Upton.. It didn't take long. The manager says making out lineups just got easier.

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Georgia Tech starts fast to rout Wake Forest 82-62

Shiloh grad Robert Carter Jr. scored a career-high 20 points, including seven in Georgia Tech's 16-0 run to open the game, and the Yellow Jackets beat Wake Forest 82-62 on Saturday for their first Atlantic Coast Conference win.

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Hawks, Korver take down Celtics in 2OT

ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver scored 27 points and the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 27-point deficit in the first half to beat Boston 123-111 in double-overtime on Friday night, handing the Celtics their sixth straight loss.. Jeff Teague had 23 points for Atlanta before fouling out in the first

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Braves' McCann aiming to be ready for opening day

Brian McCann would like to be behind the plate on opening day and beat the projections which have him missing the start of the season.

Parker, Spurs hold off hobbled Hawks

Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

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Falcons say 49ers' Kaepernick poses new challenge

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Michael Turner's trademark high-pitched laugh filled the Falcons' locker room.. Asked about San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Turner grinned Thursday and said "I'm glad I'm not on defense."

Teague has career-high 28, Hawks stop Nets 109-95

ATLANTA -- Jeff Teague had a career-high 28 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks beat Brooklyn 109-95 on Wednesday night to stop the Nets' seven-game winning streak.. The Hawks played without leading scorer Josh

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Virginia Tech beats Georgia Tech in OT

ATLANTA -- NCAA scoring leader Erick Green scored 28 points and Virginia Tech rallied for a 70-65 overtime victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday to end a four-game losing streak.. Green, who averages 24.6 points per game, had only 8 points in the first half but helped lead the

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Falcons try to end playoff woes vs. Seahawks

ATLANTA -- It's 2010 all over again for the Atlanta Falcons.. Just like two seasons back, the Falcons finished 13-3 in the regular season. Once again, they have the top seed and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.. This time, they vow they're mature enough to make the most

Harris has 24 as Hawks rally past Jazz, 103-95

Devin Harris scored a season-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a second-half deficit of 15 points to beat the Utah Jazz 103-95 on Friday night.

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Ole Miss crushes Pitt 38-17 in BBVA Compass Bowl

Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes and Mississippi beat Pittsburgh 38-17 in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday to complete an impressive turnaround under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.

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Georgia's 12-win season marred by losing SEC title

Georgia players are still talking about how close they came to playing in Monday night's national championship game.

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Tech finally finds defense in postseason

Georgia Tech gave up more than 40 points in six regular-season games before enjoying a postseason defensive turnaround that boosts hopes for next season.

Falcons taking business-as-usual plan against Bucs

Falcons starters are not expecting a short day against Tampa Bay today just because they've clinched home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

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Swinney again has Clemson on verge of 11 wins

Dabo Swinney again has Clemson on the verge of an 11-victory season, a milestone reached by only three teams in school history.

Falcons' Ryan closing regular season on hot streak

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons disagree with the idea they have little to play for in Sunday's final regular-season game against Tampa Bay.

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Falcons determined to avoid letdown against Lions

Thursday was an ugly, rainy day at Atlanta's practice facility -- a perfect setting for the Falcons to be reminded they can make sure they don't play another game outdoors this season.

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Durant, streaking Thunder beat Hawks, 100-92

Kevin Durant set a season high with 41 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks 100-92 on Wednesday night for their 12th straight win.

Safety DeCoud sets pace for Falcons with 6 INTs

FLOWERY BRANCH -- After Asante Samuel intercepted Eli Manning's first pass on Sunday, the cornerback approached Falcons teammate Thomas DeCoud, who leads the team in interceptions.. DeCoud says Samuel joked "'I'm about to catch you."'. Not so fast.. "I said `OK, but just wait,"' DeCoud said. "I ended

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Div. II title game an escape for Valdosta State's Cochran

Valdosta State quarterback Cayden Cochran and his family have had to be incredibly resilient heading into the Division II national championship game.

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Georgia still recovering from 'toughest loss'

ATHENS -- Less than two weeks after Georgia finished 5 yards away from a berth in the national championship game, it's still tough for some players to shift their focus to their Capital One Bowl matchup with Nebraska.

Gee lifts Cavaliers past Hawks, 113-111

Alonzo Gee scored on a putback with less than 1 second remaining, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night

Falcons look to end skid in series against Saints

ATLANTA -- On the verge of clinching their division before December, the Atlanta Falcons don't look so dominant when their longest, most intense rival is on the field with them.. The New Orleans Saints have won four straight and 11 of 13 in the series, including a 31-27 home win

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Falcons have chance at redemption vs. Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Some Atlanta players seem uncertain about who gave the Falcons' their lone loss of the season.. Did the Saints beat Atlanta, or did the Falcons beat themselves in their 31-27 loss at New Orleans on Nov. 11?. Receiver Roddy White was dismissive of the Saints after the

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Washington leads Tech past Duke 42-24

ATLANTA -- Tevin Washington passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Georgia Tech to a 42-24 win over Duke on Saturday.

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Duke, Georgia Tech trying to remain in ACC chase

Duke and Georgia Tech will report to Bobby Dodd Stadium as flawed teams with championship hopes. After today's game, one of the two teams will still have a shot at playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

Murray, No. 5 Georgia claim SEC East title

AUBURN, Ala. -- Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for more than 100 yards and No. 5 Georgia overwhelmed Auburn 38-0 on Saturday night, sending the Bulldogs back to the SEC championship game.Georgia (9-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) was

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Murray's four TDs lead Georgia past Ole Miss 37-10

ATHENS -- One of Mark Richt's oldest trick plays gave Georgia the lift it needed to remain on track for a shot at the SEC title.. Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and No. 7 Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi 37-10 on Saturday and move one win

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No. 7 Georgia wary of letdown vs. Ole Miss

ATHENS -- Tavarres King scoffs at the idea Georgia players could have difficulty playing with the same intensity in today game against Mississippi that they showed in last week's upset of then-No. 3 Florida.. The 17-9 win over the Gators gave No. 7 Georgia control of the Southeastern Conference's

New-look Hawks set to face Rockets

ATLANTA -- An offseason of change led to a preseason of experiments for the Atlanta Hawks.. Finally, coach Larry Drew must decide on a starting lineup.. The Hawks open their season tonight against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Drew hasn't announced a starting lineup from the long list of

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Falcons' Weatherspoon to miss Dallas game

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, one of the leaders of the Atlanta Falcons' defense, will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right ankle injury.. Weatherspoon, second on the team in tackles and sacks, injured the ankle in Sunday's 30-17 win at Philadelphia.. Coach Mike

Georgia Tech hoops to lean on big men Miller, Holsey

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's big men may be the team's best hopes for improved scoring in coach Brian Gregory's second season.. The Yellow Jackets were 11-20, including a 4-12 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, in Gregory's debut. Georgia Tech ranked 313th in the nation by scoring only about 60

Fox's Bulldogs boast improved depth, experience

ATHENS -- Coach Mark Fox has a long list of reasons his Georgia team should be better this season.. "We have more pieces this year," Fox said. "We're a deeper basketball team. We're more athletic than we were, we're a more physical group and certainly a more experienced group

Tech, BYU to match similar kicking woes

There may be some nervous coaches on each sideline today if Georgia Tech and Brigham Young have to rely on late field goals. The teams' kickers have struggled in recent weeks.

Peters makes 2012 debut for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Atlanta Falcons, the NFL's last unbeaten team, were rested and closer to full strength on Monday in their return from their bye week.. Defensive tackle Corey Peters, a starter the last two seasons, returned for limited activity in his first practice this season. Peters, on the

Murray pulling for Florida to help Georgia in SEC East race

ATHENS -- Aaron Murray isn't asking Georgia fans to wear Florida's orange and blue on Saturday. He's not expecting to see Bulldogs fans doing the Gator chomp.. All the same, the quarterback said Georgia fans can cheer for Florida against South Carolina on Saturday, if only for that one day

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McCann expects to be 'completely healthy' in '13

ATLANTA -- Brian McCann's agent said Wednesday the Braves catcher expects to be "completely healthy" for the 2013 season following surgery on his right shoulder.. McCann's rehabilitation could last six months, so his status for the opening month of next season is uncertain. The Braves, meanwhile, must decide this month

Murray looks to get Georgia offense moving

ATHENS -- Aaron Murray's Georgia-red shirt relayed a message of reassurance:. "Keep Calm. We've got Gurshall.". Gurshall is the nickname for No. 13 Georgia's freshmen tailback duo, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Each ranks among the Southeastern Conference's rushing leaders.. Murray says his mother made the shirt he

Georgia's struggling defense missing 'swag'

ATHENS -- Bacarri Rambo believes Georgia's defense has too much talent to be giving up so many points.. NFL draft experts agree.. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones No. 1 on his 2013 NFL draft board. Scouts Inc.'s projected first round includes four members of

Losses trump TDs for Georgia Tech's Tevin Washington

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's defensive breakdowns and two-game losing streak have overshadowed quarterback Tevin Washington's scoring spree.. Washington ranks second in the nation with 11 rushing touchdowns for Georgia Tech, which plays at No. 15 Clemson on Saturday. He leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring.. There has been

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Hawks not expecting 1 player to replace Johnson

Long list of newcomers to fill void includes former South star Lou Williams

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Mets beat Braves on Duda homer

ATLANTA -- Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the seventh gave New York the lead, Jonathon Niese pitched seven strong innings for his third straight win and the Mets beat Tim Hudson and the Braves 3-1 on Friday night.. The Braves, who have wrapped up at least a wild-card

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No. 5 Bulldogs, Vols match high-scoring attacks

Derek Dooley has good credentials when it comes to Georgia football history. As the son of former longtime Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, Derek Dooley was 12 when the Bulldogs won the 1980 national championship.

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Hanson earns elusive win, Braves beat Marlins

ATLANTA -- David Ross and Andrelton Simmons raced home on left fielder Bryan Petersen's costly error, sending Tommy Hanson and the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.. Hanson (13-9) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for his

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Chipper Jones relishing final homestand in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- With one last trip to the postseason assured -- albeit maybe for just nine innings -- Chipper Jones is relishing the final days of his last season.. Atlanta, which clinched a wild-card spot on Tuesday night, is still chasing the Nationals in the NL East. That's not

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Prado homers, Braves beat Marlins 3-0

ATLANTA -- The Braves showed no hangover from their champagne celebration, beating Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night as Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.. The win came one night after Atlanta clinched at least an NL wild-card berth with Tuesday night's

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Bulldogs' Mitchell spending more time at receiver

ATHENS -- Georgia's high-scoring offense could feature a new weapon on Saturday against Tennessee.. Malcolm Mitchell, the Bulldogs' second-leading receiver last season, has been a starting cornerback this season. That may soon change. He worked only on offense on Tuesday.. Coach Mark Richt said Mitchell will practice with

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Police say Falcons' Abraham intoxicated when arrested

ATLANTA -- The police officer who arrested Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham said Abraham was "obviously intoxicated" as he refused requests to leave an area taped off by firefighters and police on Monday night.. In a police report released on Tuesday, Officer Christopher Blaise of the Atlanta police department