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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

Smith, Falcons are West-Coast winners

Mike Smith credits the Falcons' success on the West Coast to the performance of his players, not his travel schedule. Even so, Smith isn't about to mess with a winning formula.

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Yellow Jackets favored to end skid against Hurricanes

Al Golden says Miami's three straight wins in the series with Georgia Tech won't matter when the teams play today. Golden said this is a different, more physical Georgia Tech team.

High-scoring Georgia Tech playing like conference contender

ATLANTA -- Back-to-back lopsided wins have lifted Georgia Tech's hopes in the ACC's Coastal Division.. The Yellow Jackets have scored more than 50 points in consecutive games for the first time since 1936. Coach Paul Johnson's spread-option offense, led by senior quarterback Tevin Washington, has shown impressive

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Falcons' Ryan says Manning is master of no-huddle

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden better talk fast.. ESPN's broadcast crew may not have much time for commentary in Denver's game at Atlanta on Monday night. The Falcons are fully embracing the no-huddle offense with fifth-year quarterback Matt Ryan.

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Tech needs first ACC win against Virginia

It's only mid-September, and already Georgia Tech is feeling pressure in the ACC's Coastal Division. A season-opening loss to Virginia Tech has left Georgia Tech in a must-win scenario against Virginia today.

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SEC dominating in NFL defensive lines

ATLANTA -- The Southeastern Conference is dominating the defensive line in the NFL when it comes to rosters spots in the league. The SEC sends more defensive linemen to the NFL than any other conference -- and it's not even close.

Vad Lee earning more time at QB for Tech

ATLANTA -- Vad Lee appears to be emerging as Georgia Tech's future at quarterback.. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Tuesday he'll try to play Lee behind senior starter Tevin Washington on Saturday against Virginia.. Johnson was restrained when discussing plans for Lee in the Atlantic Coast Conference game against

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Looking to bounce back, Tech gets Blue Hose

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is expecting "a bounce-back game" when the Yellow Jackets play Presbyterian in their home opener tonight. The Yellow Jackets (0-1) had only five days to regroup after Monday night's 20-17 overtime loss at No. 15 Virginia Tech.

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Tech goes back to work on running game

The schedule left Georgia Tech only five days to move past its season-opening loss to Virginia Tech.. Paul Johnson said Wednesday more time may be needed to get past the Yellow Jackets' 20-17 overtime loss at No. 15 Virginia Tech on Monday night.

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Gonzalez, Pacheco homer, Rockies beat Braves 6-0

ATLANTA -- Carlos Gonzalez hit his second home run since July 23 to give Colorado the lead, Jordan Pacheco also homered and drove in two runs, and the Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Tuesday night.. Four pitchers combined on a nine-hit shutout. Carlos Torres (4-1), who took

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Gurley, Georgia wing by Buffalo

Mark Richt tried to treat Todd Gurley's three-touchdown debut with a casual attitude. Gurley, the freshman playing in his first college game, ran for 100 yards and returned a kickoff 100 yards for score, and No. 6 Georgia overcame a sloppy first half to beat Buffalo 45-23.

Patterson, Vols beat N.C. State 35-21

ATLANTA -- Cordarrelle Patterson scored two first-quarter touchdowns -- one a 41-yard catch, the second a 67-yard run -- and Tennessee beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night in the opening game for both teams.. Patterson, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who transferred from Hutchinson

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Tech's Perkins to start against Hokies

Collins Hill grad Charles Perkins is opening the season as Georgia Tech's surprise starting running back on Monday night at No. 16 Virginia Tech.

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NC State's plans for big year start with Tennessee

ATLANTA -- North Carolina State is looking to move to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.. For Tennessee, the first goal for 2012 is to move out of the basement in the Southeastern Conference.. Each team hopes to use tonight's Chick-fil-A Kickoff at the Georgia Dome to

Malcome, Hall are surprises for Georgia

ATHENS -- Georgia is opening its season with a backfield combination no one could have predicted a year ago. Tailback Ken Malcome and fullback Merritt Hall, a Wesleyan graduate, are the surprise picks to start.

Richt won't say if Rambo, Ogletree will play for Georgia on Saturday

ATHENS -- Two of Georgia's defensive standouts are possibly in limbo. Coach Mark Richt isn't saying one way or the other.. Richt still won't confirm whether linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo will be suspended when the No. 6 Bulldogs open their season Saturday against Buffalo.. And Richt seems

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Murray, Bulldogs have big plans for no-huddle attack

ATHENS -- Georgia's first season pushing the pace with its no-huddle offense created more than 200 additional opportunities for Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs than in 2010.. Murray says he can't wait to see what a second season in the no-huddle attack can do for No. 6 Georgia

Falcons' Turner facing possible diminished role

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Michael Turner, who has the most carries in the NFL the last four seasons, is facing the possibility of a diminished role this season.. Turner has flourished in Atlanta's run-first offense, claiming the Falcons' career record for rushing touchdowns in only four seasons.. There are new

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Cremins rallying Georgia Tech's former hoops players

ATLANTA -- Bobby Cremins is rallying Georgia Tech's old-timers for the program's new coach.. Cremins, who retired in March as the College of Charleston's coach, was back at Georgia Tech on Wednesday. Cremins said he is recruiting former players, assistant coaches and student managers to return as a show

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Falcons rookie QB Davis making big impression

Once again, Dominique Davis is the new quarterback in camp, marveling at the work of established starter Matt Ryan.

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Ramirez homers, Dodgers down Braves

Hanley Ramirez drove in four runs with two homers, including the first of three straight shots by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning Saturday night during a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

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Uggla's 3-run HR helps Braves beat Padres

ATLANTA -- Dan Uggla's three-run homer in the third inning gave Atlanta the lead and Paul Maholm threw seven strong innings to lead the Braves to a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.. The Braves remained 4-1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington, which earned

Georgia bases hopes on Murray, strong defense

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia regained its status as a SEC contender in 2011.The Bulldogs, who won the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title last season, are expecting to do more than just contend in 2012. The next step is winning the SEC championship.. A conference title could bring an even

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Hudson, Braves blank Padres

Tim Hudson combined with three relievers for a five-hit shutout, Martin Prado hit a three-run homer, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.

Stults keep Padres rolling in 4-1 win over Braves

Red-hot Padres winners of eight of 10

Falcons' Smith to start 'real evaluation process'

ATLANTA -- Mike Smith isn't thinking about the opponent as his Falcons enter their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.. There has been no game-planning in practice this week for tonight's matchup against the Ravens. Instead, the coach said he wants to use his first look at his players

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McClure setting 'best example' for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, -- The water break was over, and 35-year-old Todd McClure had his No. 62 jersey at the front of the pack of the Atlanta Falcons' offensive players returning to the field in Tuesday's practice.. For a rookie like Peter Konz, it's an important lesson. Even with

Marlins score 3 in 1st, beat Braves 4-2

ATLANTA -- Miami broke out for three runs in the first inning against Ben Sheets after scoring just three total in two losses to Atlanta, and the Marlins ended the Braves' seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.. Carlos Lee, Greg Dobbs and Bryan Petersen had consecutive

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Minor sharp as Braves edge Phillies

Mike Minor struck out nine and combined with Craig Kimbrel on a four-hitter, Jason Heyward had two hits and drove in a run, and the Atlanta Braves edged Joe Blanton and the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Saturday night.

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Ryan driven to improve in fifth season with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Matt Ryan wasn't satisfied to set a Falcons record for yards passing in a season in 2011.. He wasn't content to join Dan Marino and Joe Flacco as the only quarterbacks since 1950 to win at least 40 games in their first four seasons.. So about three

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Falcons adjusting to loss of Tatupu at linebacker

The Atlanta Falcons are making new plans at middle linebacker after losing Lofa Tatupu for the season because of a chest muscle injury.

Soeda tops Japanese teammate Nishikori in Atlanta

Go Soeda upset Olympics doubles partner Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-1 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlanta Open. The match was the first pairing of two players from Japan in an ATP quarterfinal since the Open era began in 1968.

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Braves notch big win

ATLANTA -- Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves' win against San Francisco on Thursday could prove to be their biggest of the season.. Atlanta's manager was obviously pleased the Braves avoided being swept by the Giants, but he was particularly encouraged by the way his team bounced back and regained some

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New Hawks guard Harris likes team's big makeover

ATLANTA -- Devin Harris said Wednesday he can't wait to see the new-look Atlanta Hawks.. After a busy offseason with new general manager Danny Ferry, the new-look began to take shape on Wednesday.. The Hawks announced their trades of Joe Johnson to the Nets and Marvin Williams to

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Braves hit four homers, beat Cubs 7-3

ATLANTA -- Jason Heyward and Brian McCann each hit a two-run homer in the first inning, helping Mike Minor and the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 on Thursday night.. Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco also connected for Atlanta, which salvaged a split of the four-game series

Cubs hit 3 homers, beat Braves

ATLANTA -- Bryan LaHair, Jeff Baker and Anthony Rizzo hit home runs and the Chicago Cubs continued their success against Atlanta by beating the Braves 5-1 on Wednesday night.. Paul Maholm (6-6) gave up one run on eight hits in six innings.. The Cubs have won two of the first

Braves’ Chipper Jones added to NL All-Star roster

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones on Tuesday was named to replace Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp on the NL All-Star roster.