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Georges-Hunt leads Georgia Tech past 49ers 67-66

Marcus Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 25 points, Charles Mitchell and Quinton Stephens each added nine points and Georgia Tech edged Charlotte 67-66 on Tuesday night.

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Mitchell, Georges-Hunt spark Georgia Tech past Vanderbilt

Georgia Tech forward Charles Mitchell didn’t feel the least bit intimidated by Vanderbilt’s physical front line.

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Trufant, Atlanta defense wary of Brees

Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant expects to be exhausted by the end of Atlanta’s NFC South showdown Sunday at New Orleans.

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Nolan, Falcons face tough task against Rodgers

At 5-7 and sporting the NFL’s most leaky defense, the Atlanta Falcons look like a mismatch against Green Bay star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Millsap, Teague help Hawks sink Jazz

Paul Millsap had 30 points and 17 rebounds and Jeff Teague added 17 points to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz 100-97 on Wednesday night.

Gregory looking for big turnaround at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — Coach Brian Gregory is counting on the fourth season being his best at Georgia Tech.

Falcons' Smith says job security not a concern

FLOWERY BRANCH— Coach Mike Smith isn’t shying away from criticism as the Atlanta Falcons fall apart for the second straight year.

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Georgia Tech to face Pitt without Zach Laskey

Georgia Tech has a big role to fill this week with bruising runner Zach Laskey sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Caldwell-Pope, Georgia top South Carolina in OT

The two Bulldogs gave their team reason to celebrate on Saturday as Caldwell-Pope overcame a scoreless first half to finish with 18 points in Georgia's 62-54 overtime victory over South Carolina.

Caldwell-Pope leads Georgia past Auburn 57-49

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help Georgia beat Auburn 57-49 on Wednesday night.

Caldwell-Pope leads Georgia past LSU 67-58

Associated PressATHENS, Ga. (AP) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points, Donte' Williams added 14 and Georgia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 67-58 victory over LSU on Saturday night.Johnny O'Bryant finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds as LSU (9-6, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) lost its fourth straight. The

Smith expects injured Abraham to start vs. 49ers

FLOWERY BRANCH -- It's too early for the Atlanta Falcons to know how much defensive end John Abraham will play in Sunday's NFC title game.. Abraham, the NFL's active sacks leader, made it through just 15 snaps in last week's divisional playoff victory over Seattle before aggravating a left ankle

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Caldwell-Pope struggles in loss to Mississippi St.

ATHENS-- After watching Kentavious Caldwell-Pope light up his team's zone defense in the first half, Mississippi State coach Rick Ray decided to make a defensive switch.. Ray used a man-to-man defense with Jalen Steele, who was assigned the task of guarding Caldwell-Pope in the second half

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Jones, Robiskie form tight bond with Falcons

Nearly every time Julio Jones reports to work, the second-year Atlanta receiver seeks out position coach Terry Robiskie..

Coordinators Nolan, Koetter giving Falcons balance

Last year's playoff disappointment hit so hard that Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith needed to change his staff from the top.. It seems Smith made the right decisions when he hired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator and Dirk Koetter to run the offense.

Falcons use bye week to work on themselves

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Everyone wants to know if the Atlanta Falcons can finally win a playoff game under coach Mike Smith.. The Falcons whiffed on their first three tries, but now they're back as the NFC's No. 1 seed with a 13-3 record for the second time in three years

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Falcons' White focused on postseason, not Pro Bowl

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White has gotten over his initial disappointment of missing out on the Pro Bowl for the first time in five years.

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Ryan excited Koetter staying with Falcons as coordinator

Quarterback Matt Ryan is enjoying his best season in five years with the Atlanta Falcons.. So it's no wonder Ryan was delighted to hear that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter won't be leaving to take a head coaching job with another NFL team.

Falcons' Gonzalez still considering retirement

Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.

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Caldwell-Pope, Georgia defeat Southern Cal

ATHENS -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope kept hoping that Southern Cal would keep using one man to defend him in the second half.. The Trojans didn't disappoint.. "It was shocking to me that they didn't double me," he said. "Most teams, when I'm hot like that, will try to double

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Atlanta seeks to keep Detroit's Suh away from Ryan

FLOWERY BRANCH -- As the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line sees it, there's no need to antagonize Ndamukong Suh.

Caldwell-Pope, Mann lead Georgia past Mercer 58-49

ATHENS -- Georgia coach Mark Fox is still waiting for a second and third scorer to complement Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.Several players have a chance to fill the role, and Fox credits Caldwell-Pope with working harder to improve his efficiency on offense.. "The game slows down for him a little

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Falcons' defense looking for focus vs. Giants

It didn't take long for Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to get his players' attention after last week's embarrassing loss at Carolina.

Harris, Smith lead Hawks past lowly Bobcats

ATLANTA -- Devin Harris scored 20 points, Josh Smith added 18 and the surging Atlanta Hawks beat Charlotte 113-90 on Thursday night to hand the Bobcats their 10th straight defeat.. Gerald Henderson finished with 17 points and Ramon Sessions had 16 for Charlotte.. The Hawks are 12-3 since losing three

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Falcons not impressed with NFC South title

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Atlanta Falcons aren't too impressed with winning their second NFC South title in three years.. In fact, the latest division championship hardly stirred excitement when coach Mike Smith congratulated the players on Tuesday.. "We've won the division before, so it's not that big of a deal

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Falcons: Third-down woes definitely a problem

The Falcons picked up just one first down in Thursday’s win against the Saints, and it’s an issue that’s concerning to both sides of the ball.

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Uneven Jackets try to focus on ACC title

ATLANTA -- Coach Paul Johnson knows that Georgia Tech is at a strange crossroads to a bizarre season.. If the Yellow Jackets upset No. 13 Florida State in the ACC championship game, they will earn a spot in the Orange Bowl.. If they lose, it might take an NCAA waiver

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Teague, Pachulia lead Atlanta past Clippers

ATLANTA -- Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks won their fifth straight game with a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.. Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul had 19 for

Falcons' Ryan still confident after interceptions

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hopes he never has to endure another five-interception game. It might sound too simple, but Ryan considers last week's narrow victory over Arizona as a learning experience that could have ended much worse.

Williams scores 14 in Hawks' win over Orlando

Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Orlando Magic 82-72 on Monday night.

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Biermann steps forward as starting DE for Falcons

Ray Edwards' loss is Kroy Biermann's gain for the Atlanta Falcons. Biermann took over as a starting defensive end earlier this week after the Falcons cut Edwards, but the move was a bit ceremonial.

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Turner believes Falcons can fix holes in run game

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner has heard the critics say that he's too slow and too old to convert short-yardage downs.

Falcons know they can't afford mistakes vs. Brees

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Atlanta Falcons are ready to prove they aren't defenseless against New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.. Since Brees joined the Saints in 2006, Atlanta is 2-10 in the NFC South series, and the Falcons know why.. Brees hasn't just beaten Atlanta with his right arm. His footwork

Robinson, Samuel find common ground

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson never questioned Atlanta's offseason trade for Asante Samuel.. Robinson, a ninth-year veteran in his third season with Atlanta, was the undisputed leader of the team's secondary when Samuel, one of the NFL's most talkative players, arrived last spring.. It didn't take long

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Atlanta's Ryan not interested in MVP discussions

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't like to discuss his accomplishments for more than a couple of minutes. That's nothing unusual. Ryan never says too much when asked to consider his chance to become NFL MVP.

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BYU thumps Yellow Jackets

Coach Paul Johnson needed little time to sum up what he had just witnessed in another Georgia Tech loss.

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Falcons' tight end Gonzalez thriving in his 16th NFL season

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Five games into his 16th NFL season, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez feels reborn on the football field.. It's not so much that Gonzalez leads the league with 39 catches. When the year began, Gonzalez was already the NFL's No. 2-career leading receiver.. What's making

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Turner returning to prominence for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Running back Michael Turner has found his groove and it couldn't come at a better time for the Atlanta Falcons.. The first two weeks of the season were tough on Turner, who struggled to establish some rhythm on the field and made his circumstances worse with a

Drew stressing defense for up-tempo Hawks

Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew knows his players are excited about the team's new up-tempo approach. To gain his favor, though, the Hawks must commit themselves to defense.

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Minor wins fifth straight decision for Braves

Mike Minor pitched 6 1/3 sharp innings to win his fifth straight decision, Martin Prado and Jason Heyward each had an RBI and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 2-0 on Saturday night.. Chipper Jones, who played his next-to-last regular-season game at Turner Field

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Falcons thriving on creating takeaways

First-year defensive coordinator Mike Nolan keeps putting the Atlanta Falcons in position to make big plays. The Falcons' pass rush and coverage schemes have created 11 takeaways, tops in the NFL through the first three games.

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Johnson exhorts Yellow Jackets to move past last game

Coach Paul Johnson wants Georgia Tech to forget about its Atlantic Coast Conference record and focus solely on Middle Tennessee.

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Ryan turns slight into Falcons' favor

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan still won't criticize his NFL colleagues for leaving him off a list of the league network's top 100 players this summer.. Instead, Ryan has turned that slight to his favor.. He has emerged as the NFL leader in passer rating, completion percentage

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Braves back in playoffs with 4-3 win over Marlins

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to put the Atlanta Braves back in the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

Johnson: Georgia Tech still has plenty to play for

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson says that the Yellow Jackets still have several goals in mind despite starting 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.. Johnson insists the Jackets are upbeat even though they have won just four of their last 11 games.. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Johnson

Turner's DUI, other injuries concern Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith had plenty of concerns following his team's late-night victory over Denver.. Injuries. Running game. Then he had to add Michael Turner's off the field troubles to the list.. The former Pro Bowl running back was arrested for drunken driving and speeding

Braves take unconventional 5-4 win over Nationals

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are 6-1/2 games out of the division lead with 16 games to play.

Atlanta's Mike Nolan still trying to solve Manning

FLOWERY BRANCH -- As a defensive coordinator and head coach, Mike Nolan has just one victory in seven tries against quarterback Peyton Manning.. Nolan, in his first season as coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, hopes to change his luck when Manning and the Denver Broncos visit the Georgia Dome on

Minor, Kimbrel pitch Braves to 1-0 win

Mike Minor held Colorado hitless for six innings, Craig Kimbrel earned a four-out save and the Atlanta Braves beat the Rockies 1-0 on Wednesday night. Minor (8-10) lost a no-hit bid in the seventh when Jordan Pacheco led off with a single.

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Late homers sink Braves

ATLANTA -- Erik Kratz homered in the ninth inning off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run shot off Cristhian Martinez in the 10th to help the Philadelphia Phillies rally for an 8-5 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.. Josh Lindblom (3-3) pitched a scoreless