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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.

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Morse's homer in 8th lifts Nationals past Braves

Michael Morse had four hits, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning after Washington had blown a four-run lead, and the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Friday night.

Hawks draft Vandy's high-scoring Jenkins

The Atlanta Hawks selected Vanderbilt shooting guard John Jenkins with the 23rd pick in newly named general manager Danny Ferry's first NBA draft with the team Thursday night.

Jones' 2-run HR helps Braves beat Arizona 6-4

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward homered and the Atlanta Braves withstood Arizona's comeback attempt to beat the Diamondbacks 6-4 on Wednesday night.. Jones' two-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the sixth inning was his first since May 4.. Tommy Hanson (9-4) gave up three runs and seven

Ferry on the clock in first NBA draft with Hawks

ATLANTA -- Danny Ferry is on the clock for his first NBA draft with the Hawks only three days after his introduction as general manager.. Ferry, who scouted 2012 draft prospects in his former role as vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs, on Monday took over the Hawks

John Abraham happy he's back with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- For much of the offseason, it appeared John Abraham was a player the Atlanta Falcons could not afford to re-sign.. As it turned out, Abraham was someone the team could not afford to lose -- and the defensive end says Atlanta was a place he never

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Tatupu relishing his career revival with Falcons

Three-time Pro Bowler brought in to help fill free-agent loss to Curtis Lofton at middle linebacker

Simmons homers, Braves beat Orioles 4-2

ATLANTA -- Rookie Andrelton Simmons made amends for his first career error by hitting a two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat Baltimore 4-2 on Friday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak.. Brian McCann's first-inning homer off Brian Matusz

Granderson's homer completes Yankees' sweep

ATLANTA -- Curtis Granderson had a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the streaking New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night to complete their second straight three-game sweep.. Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) gave up two runs in six innings. He stranded runners

Rodriguez hits slam, Yankees beat Braves 6-4

ATLANTA -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam, matching Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig's record, and the New York Yankees scored six runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.. Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking two-run homer

Uggla’s HR powers hot Braves past Blue Jays 5-2

Tommy Hanson shut down another AL East team, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Saturday for their season-best sixth straight win.

SEC stages welcome party for Mizzou, A&M

ATLANTA -- It's not often Texas A&M fans in Georgia have the chance to pose for photos with Reveille, the collie mascot.. It's a similar rarity to see Missouri mascot Truman the Tiger high-stepping through the halls of an Atlanta hotel. LSU? Auburn? No, this is a different

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Dream's balanced scoring beats Mercury 81-65

ATLANTA -- Sancho Lyttle and Catherine Kraayeveld scored 12 points each to lead five Atlanta players in double figures Thursday night and the Dream rolled to an 81-65 victory over the Phoenix Mercury, who played without star guard Diana Taurasi.. Taurasi, the defending scoring champion and the 2009 WNBA MVP

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Braves seek better defense with switch to Simmons

ATLANTA -- When choosing between Tyler Pastornicky and Andrelton Simmons in spring training, the Braves said they opted for the more polished offensive player when Pastornicky was named the starting shortstop.. Now it's time for the better defensive player.. Simmons is expected to make his debut as the Braves' starter