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Roddick holds off No. 1 seed Isner at Atlanta Open

No. 4 seed Andy Roddick beat top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the semifinals of the Atlanta Open on Saturday night. Roddick will play Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who knocked off No. 8 Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-3, for his 32nd ATP World Tour title.

Fish withdraws during Atlanta second round

ATLANTA -- After withdrawing from the Atlanta Open, Mardy Fish was just thankful he wasn't hurt more seriously.. Fish stumbled to his left while trying to return a drop shot in the second set and his left ankle appeared to buckle as he got near the steel net post.. "I

Soeda, Ebden, Russell advance at Atlanta Open

ATLANTA -- Eighth-seeded Go Soeda of Japan overcame a nearly three-hour rain delay to beat Belgium's Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Atlanta Open on Tuesday night.. Matthew Ebden of Australia held off qualifier Sergei Bubka of Ukraine 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, and Michael

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Braves, Heyward win 6th in a row

Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves were patiently waiting to see if the New York Mets' bullpen would crack. In the eighth inning, the Braves got their wish.

Sheets to debut for Braves on Sunday against Mets

Ben Sheets is ready to return to the majors for the first time in two years. Capping a long comeback from elbow surgery, the former Milwaukee ace will start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday against the New York Mets.

Woman pleads not guilty to explosives charges

GAINESVILLE -- A Georgia woman pleaded not guilty Friday to federal explosives charges, and her attorney said he believed prosecutors misinterpreted her anti-government Facebook postings and were too aggressive in going after her.. "I think that's very likely," federal public defender Jake Waldrop said. "I think in today's

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Braves beat Nationals as Strasburg succumbs to 104-degree heat

ATLANTA -- Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts and the Atlanta Braves overcame 104-degree heat to beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Saturday.. Strasburg (9-3) left after just three innings because of weather-related issues. He didn't return to begin the

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Young, bullpen help Arizona beat Braves

Chris Young hit a tiebreaking homer against Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the Braves on Thursday night.

McCoughtry leads Dream to 70-58 win over Indiana

A sore left knee is keeping Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry from playing at full capacity. Even though the WNBA's scoring leader is still the focal point of the Dream, McCoughtry wonders if her knee will hurt for the rest of the season.

Pondexter, Carson lead Liberty past Atlanta 73-60

Cappie Pondexter had 14 points and a season-high 13 assists and Essence Carson added 14 points in the New York Liberty's 73-60 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night.

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Braves one-hit by Hammel in 5-0 loss

ATLANTA -- Jason Hammel pitched a one-hitter for his first career shutout, allowing only Jason Heyward's two-out single in the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Saturday night.. There have already been five no-hitters in the majors this season, including three

McCoughtry scores 31 as Dream rout Sparks

ATLANTA -- Angel McCoughtry scored 31 points and Lindsey Harding added 18 to help the Atlanta Dream cruise to a 92-59 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night, snapping the Sparks' five-game winning streak.. Sancho Lyttle had 13 points and rookie Aneika Henry grabbed nine rebounds for the Dream

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LB Sean Weatherspoon ready to emerge in Atlanta

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is already the vocal leader of Atlanta's defense.. Now he wants to take his game to the field.. Preparing for his third NFL season, Weatherspoon is still trying to prove he was worth a 19th overall draft pick, but he believes a perfect opportunity

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Falcons use screens to spread field

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Atlanta Falcons are installing a new aerial attack, one that emphasizes screen passes.. No one is likely to benefit more than receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White.. For the first time since coach Mike Smith took over in January 2008, the Falcons are emphasizing the screen

Prince takes charge in Sky's win over Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Epiphanny Prince hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and scored eight of her career-high 33 points in overtime to help the Chicago Sky rally for a 94-92 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday night.. Angel McCoughtry went 17 of 17 from the free

McCoughtry, Harding lead Atlanta rout of Liberty

Angel McCoughtry knew the Atlanta Dream couldn't afford another slow start to the season. The Dream dropped their first three games and nine of their first 12 last season before advancing to the WNBA finals for the second straight year.

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Konz impresses on 1st day of rookie camp

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Coach Mike Smith likes what he's seen from one of the Atlanta Falcons' two high-profile rookie offensive linemen.. Peter Konz, a second-round draft pick from Wisconsin, looked the part of a potential NFL starter as the Falcons opened a three-day rookie minicamp Friday.. Unfortunately

Falcons owner Blank leads volunteer initiative

ATLANTA -- Just two miles west of the Georgia Dome, the Atlanta Falcons are bringing hope to one of the city's most troubled ZIP codes.. Falcons owner Arthur Blank joined 180 volunteers from his family businesses on Thursday to improve conditions in a neighborhood -- "The 30314" -- that has

Teague, Smith pace Hawks' win over Detroit

ATLANTA -- Jeff Teague tied a career high with 24 points and had a season-high 11 assists, and Josh Smith added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks held off the Detroit Pistons for a 101-96 victory on Friday night.. The Hawks have won two straight

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Smith, Teague leads Hawks past Charlotte

ATLANTA -- Josh Smith was delighted to watch the fourth quarter from the bench.. "It was real important," he said. "It just feels good to get some rest and watch them play a little bit.". Smith scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat

Tech endures spring growing pains

Not that he was surprised as the Yellow Jackets wore pads and hit each other for the first time this spring, but head coach Paul Johnson saw plenty of areas for improvement in a live practice at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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Hawks beat Jazz in NBA's first 4OT game since 1997

ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson was exhausted by the time the Hawks and Utah Jazz had dragged each other into a fourth overtime -- in Atlanta's third game in three nights, no less.. "It was unbelievable," he said. "I just had to laugh it off. I've never played in

Smith scores 30 as Hawks hold off Nets

Josh Smith had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 93-84 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

Mitchell hopes to help Georgia on offense, defense

ATHENS -- Malcolm Mitchell doesn't lack confidence that he can star at receiver and cornerback for Georgia.. Two days into spring practice, Mitchell is getting more comfortable in his switch to cornerback despite a considerable language barrier of sorts.. "Terrible," Mitchell said with a smile Wednesday night. "I didn't

Falcons quiet to begin NFL free agency

Three days in, the Falcons are still waiting to make their customary offseason free agency splash.

Tech's Hill aims to impress NFL

ATLANTA -- Former Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill hopes he's getting closer to becoming a high pick in the NFL draft.. After creating a buzz by running the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds at the NFL scouting combine two weeks ago, Hill caught all 12 passes thrown to him

DeCoud to sign new deal with Falcons

ATLANTA -- Free safety Thomas DeCoud plans to sign a new contract with the Atlanta Falcons.. Terms of the deal were not announced by DeCoud or the team in public statements released Tuesday.. "Thanks for all the congratulations, everyone," DeCoud told his followers on Twitter. "Looking forward to taking

Smith scores 30 in Hawks' 97-90 win over Thunder

Josh Smith scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague added 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped Oklahoma City's seven-game winning streak with a 97-90 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night.

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Caldwell-Pope sparks Georgia past Gators

ATHENS -- Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, Gerald Robinson added 15 and Georgia snapped No. 12 Florida's three-game winning streak with a 76-62 victory Saturday.. The Gators, who never led in the game, trailed by double digits most of the second half. They whittled the lead to

Smith scores 22 to lead Hawks over Magic

Josh Smith scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks snap a three-game skid with an 83-78 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

Henry's 24 points leads Ole Miss past Georgia 66-63

Bulldogs fall to 1-4 in SEC with loss

New defensive coordinator to keep Falcons in 4-3

Mike Nolan has no plans to switch the Atlanta Falcons to a 3-4 scheme in his first year as defensive coordinator.

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Smith's double-double pushes Hawks past Raptors 93-84

Josh Smith scored 28 points and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds and Joe Johnson added 27 points to help the Atlanta Hawks win their third straight game with a 93-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

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Koetter eager to help Falcons' offense thrive

Koetter believes the Atlanta Falcons already have the pieces they need to become an elite offense. Now it will be his job as offensive coordinator to make Atlanta reach that level.

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Smith scores 25 to lead Hawks over Bulls

Josh Smith was embarrassed at how easily the Atlanta Hawks let Derrick Rose dominate them earlier in the week. That wasn't the case against the Chicago Bulls star on Saturday night.

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Lofton believes Atlanta linebackers will persevere

Curtis Lofton isn't worried that the Atlanta Falcons have depth issues at linebacker entering the playoffs

Falcons focus on Tampa Bay and not playoffs

Atlanta looking to close regular season with victory

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Ryan hopes Atlanta offense finds consistency

Now that the Atlanta Falcons have played their worst game of the season, quarterback Matt Ryan is looking for a complete turnaround.

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Falcons' Smith takes little delight in making playoffs

Coach Mike Smith has led the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs in three of his four seasons. Right now, he couldn't care less.

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Falcons' Smith takes little delight in making playoffs

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Coach Mike Smith has led the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs in three of his four seasons.

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Matt Ryan, Falcons feeling confident after another win

ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan likes how the Atlanta Falcons are playing with two games left in the regular season.

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Matt Ryan, Falcons feeling confident after another win

Atlanta inching closer to playoff berth after clinching another winning season

Julio Jones still feeling his way with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Julio Jones is ready to give the Atlanta Falcons another breakout game.. The NFL's No. 6 overall draft pick will have another chance Sunday when the Falcons (7-5) visit Carolina (4-8), but Jones believes he's barely tapped his potential in his rookie season. Injuries to both hamstrings

Kilpatrick carries Bearcats past Georgia

UGA leads early before fading in Big East-SEC Challenge

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Atlanta CBs Franks, Owens ready for big challenge

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta needs Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens to step up at cornerback.. Starter Brent Grimes, an alternate Pro Bowl pick in 2010, had minor surgery Thursday on his right knee that will sideline him for two to four weeks. Franks and Owens say not to worry, they're

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Smith keeps it simple for his Falcons team

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith worked two full-time jobs before joining his family for dinner on Thursday.. The event-filled Thanksgiving was a non-stop whirlwind that included practice and meetings at the Falcons' training complex in Flowery Branch and community service 50 miles south in downtown

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Edwards eager to prove he belongs with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Ray Edwards longs to prove that the Atlanta Falcons were wise to sign him to a $30 million contract.

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Edwards eager to prove he belongs with Falcons

Big free agent signee disappointed with production thus far

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Atlanta's Smith still accepting blame for OT loss

Everyone seems to be playing Monday Morning Quarterback with Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.

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Atlanta's Smith still accepting blame for OT loss

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Everyone seems to be playing Monday Morning Quarterback with Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.