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Paul Newberry

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Cano homers as Yankees beat Braves 8-3

Zoilo Almonte homered and threw out a runner from right field, Francisco Cervelli began his pitch to win the catching job, and David Phelps threw two scoreless innings as New York defeated the bumbling Atlanta Braves 8-3 in its spring training opener Saturday.

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NEWBERRY: Evan Gattis wanders his way back to baseball

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Spring training is all about those on the fringes.. The phenoms looking to make their mark. The geezers trying desperately to hang on. The never-heard-ofs attempting to pull off the camp of their lives. For some reason, that warm Florida sun (Arizona sun works, too

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UGA's new class more about depth than stars

The Georgia Bulldogs had a lot of prospects to show off Wednesday. Just not some of the names the fans wanted to see.

UGA can't hold off No. 8 Gators

No. 8 Florida shook off a sluggish first half and romped past another Southeastern Conference opponent, beating Georgia 64-47 on Wednesday night behind 17 points from Scottie Wilbekin.

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NFC championship: Two teams, different perspectives

ATLANTA -- The Falcons are well aware of just how desperate this city is for its first Super Bowl championship. Mike Peterson sees and hears it everywhere he goes.

McClure rarely noticed but in middle of everything

When Todd McClure was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, they had just made it to the Super Bowl for the first time.

New Tech AD says he's committed to ACC

Mike Bobinski is still a couple of months away from officially becoming Georgia Tech's athletic director. He's already talking up the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Bryant keeps coming through for Falcons

When Matt Bryant is on the sideline, fully aware the game might be decided by his right leg, he'll drape a towel over his head to shut out the world.

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No more 2nd chances for Falcons' Gonzalez

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Tony Gonzalez has no intention of pulling a Ray Lewis before retirement.. There won't any lining up with the defense for the final play. Certainly there won't be anything resembling the Baltimore linebacker's trademark dance.. "You don't want to see me dance," Gonzalez joked Thursday, chuckling

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Falcons eager to end playoff drought

The Atlanta Falcons know what it takes to win in the regular season. When it comes to the playoffs, that's another story.

Will coming college playoff finally take down the SEC?

Roy Kramer remembers all the fretting when the Southeastern Conference launched its own championship game two decades ago.

Falcons look to scuttle losing streak vs. Giants

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off their worst performance of the season. This is when they're usually at their best.

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Falcons secondary gets boost from backups

FLOWERY BRANCH, -- Robert McClain was one of those offseason signings that hardly anyone notices.. A seventh-round draft pick, he had already been cut by two teams when he caught on with the Atlanta Falcons.. The 5-foot-9 cornerback turned out to be a steal.. McClain has been

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Georgia eager to carve out new legacy against Alabama

The national championship could be decided with a dream matchup between two of college football's most storied programs: Notre Dame vs. Alabama. Of course, Georgia might have something to say about that.

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Stout defenses meet in SEC championship

ATHENS -- Alabama lost a bunch of stars to the NFL, yet it's hard to tell much difference. The Crimson Tide still has the nation's top-ranked defense.. There was never any shortage of talent at Georgia, where all the best defensive players decided to remain in college for another

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Murray focuses on UGA's hopes, puts off NFL talk

Aaron Murray has already received some lofty praise, should he decide to enter the NFL draft. That discussion will have to wait, however.

NEWBERRY: SEC needs to be flagged for soft schedule

Christian Robinson is a competitor. Naturally, the Georgia linebacker would like to see how the Bulldogs stack up against the best teams from around the nation.

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Falcons must address flaws for deep playoff run

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons are tied for the best record in the NFL. They have a comfortable lead in their division. They've already clinched another winning season.. Nothing much to complain about, right?. Not exactly.. For a team that has built such a lofty mark, the NFC-leading Falcons

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No. 5 Georgia adjusts for Southern's triple-option

With an eye on the scoreboard and the BCS standings, No. 5 Georgia will step out of its normal routine for a couple of weeks to play a pair of throwback teams.

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Falcons aren't resting on success

They sound like idle words, even for a team with the NFL's best record. Everyone is being evaluated on a weekly basis. No one's job is safe. If someone isn't performing up to expectations, they can be replaced..Well, the Atlanta Falcons weren't kidding.

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James' 21 leads Heat past Hawks 95-89

ATLANTA -- LeBron James scored 21 points, including the clinching jumper with 13.6 seconds remaining, and Miami knocked off the Atlanta Hawks 95-89 on Friday night for the Heat's fourth straight win.. Jeff Teague hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Hawks rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth

A football life comes to an end for Bill Curry

ATLANTA -- As a commuter train rumbled by, Bill Curry strolled around the practice field on a chilly Georgia morning, wearing a blue stocking cap and barking out instructions on his megaphone.. "Field goal team," he instructed. "Be ready to kick.". A few minutes later, the final practice

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8-0 Falcons try to play down talk of perfection

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Todd McClure can tell this is becoming a special season for the Atlanta Falcons, just from all the extra time he's spending on the phone.. He's getting hit up for tickets. And extra tickets. And anything with a signature on it.. "I guess it comes with the

Alabama-LSU: Another showdown in epic rivalry

BATON ROUGE, La. -- OK, so maybe it's not the Game of the Century.. No disputing it's the game of the year.. Nothing new about that.. Alabama-LSU has undoubtedly become the greatest rivalry in college football, supplanting Michigan-Ohio State, Florida-Florida State and any of those other annual

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After changes, this isn't same old Hawks

ATLANTA -- No one can say this is the same ol' Atlanta Hawks.. Tired of one year blending into the next, with little progress in either direction, the Hawks decided to take a dramatically different path heading into this season. Joe Johnson was traded. So was Marvin Williams.. Atlanta was

Murray gets another shot at signature win

ATHENS -- Aaron Murray manages to stay upbeat, even during the tough times.. If the Georgia quarterback is feeling any pain, he hides it well.. "Fake it until you make it, I guess," Murray quipped this week, managing to roust one of those familiar smiles.. While in the midst

Two struggling ACC teams look for much-needed wins

ATLANTA -- Well, someone's got to win.. Georgia Tech has lost three straight games, a skid that prompted coach Paul Johnson to fire his defensive coordinator in the middle of the season. Boston College is mired in a four-game skid, a stretch that has really turned up the heat

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Falcons savor NFL's last perfect record

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Then there was one.. The Atlanta Falcons (6-0) woke up Monday as the NFL's last unbeaten team, the distinction all to themselves after Green Bay knocked off Houston the night before. They'll be able to savor their status, too, with a bye coming up and nothing on

Ga. Tech looks for a do-over after dismal start

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is starting over after a dismal start to the season.. The Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) return from an off week with a new defensive coordinator and a simplified scheme that coach Paul Johnson hopes will produce a lot more stops.. Despite averaging nearly

Falcons coach Mike Smith moving into heady company

ATLANTA -- Mike Smith gets noticeably uncomfortable when the spotlight is on him.. Well, he better get used to it.. The Atlanta Falcons coach is starting to keep some heady company.. He's got one of the best winning percentages in NFL history at this point in his career, right up

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Once-downtrodden Falcons now among NFL's best

ATLANTA -- During their dismal first season, the Atlanta Falcons' mascot -- a real bird -- apparently decided he had seen enough bad football.. So, he picked up and left. Just flew away.. For the better part of the next four decades, plenty of Atlantans probably wished they could've followed

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Once-downtrodden Falcons near top of NFL

ATLANTA -- During their dismal first season, the Atlanta Falcons' mascot -- a real bird -- apparently decided he had seen enough bad football.. So, he picked up and left. Just flew away.. For the better part of the next four decades, plenty of Atlantans probably wished they could've followed

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Unbeaten Falcons dominating the turnover battle

FLOWERY BRANCH -- When the Atlanta Falcons gather in the meeting room at the beginning of each week, they can always count on coach Mike Smith jotting one thing on the board.. Turnover margin.. Smith has made that a priority during his five years as coach, and the Falcons are

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Ryan stirring MVP talk with start

Falcons quarterback off to the most impressive early season of his five-year career

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Versatile Bulldog offense putting up big numbers

With apologies to A.J. Green, Georgia would rather have plenty of options. The Bulldogs hope to keep mixing things up when they face Vanderbilt tonight.

Georgia, Vandy remember wild end

ATHENS -- Todd Grantham has been known to yell and curse and throw things -- and that's when dealing with his own players.. So it was no surprise to them when Georgia's fiery defensive coordinator got into it with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin after a game last season.. "We see

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Throwing error in 9th sends Braves over Nationals

ATLANTA -- Kris Medlen struck out a career-high 13 and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals when Andrelton Simmons scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning Friday night.. Simmons reached on an infield single against Sean Burnett (1-2) and scurried to

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Georgia tries to avoid Arkansas-like upset

If Georgia was planning to take the week off, coach Mark Richt merely had to throw out two words to get his players' attention. Louisiana-Monroe.

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Georgia's Jones never relishes success for long

ATHENS -- Coming off perhaps the greatest game of his college career, Jarvis Jones could've savored all the accolades.. Instead, he wanted to go over what he did wrong.. There wasn't much to quibble about after the linebacker for No. 7 Georgia demolished Missouri. Two sacks. Two forced fumbles. The

Georgia defense getting 2 suspended players back for Florida Atlantic

ATHENS -- No one was more relieved than Sanders Commings when Georgia got through its first two games unscathed.. Now, he's ready to start doing his part.. Commings, a versatile player who can start at either cornerback or safety, has completed a two-game suspension after being charged during the

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Falcons lose Grimes to torn Achilles

Atlanta's depth at cornerback takes a huge hit

Falcons' Gonzalez excited about return to K.C.

Tony Gonzalez's phone blew up as soon as the NFL schedule came out. There it was, for everyone to see -- the very first game of what he expects will be his final season. Gonzo is going home.

Georgia heading to Missouri on a 'business trip'

ATHENS -- Tavarres King will be snapping a few pictures when he trots onto Faurot Field.. He always does before he plays in a stadium for the first time.. "I love going to new places," the Georgia receiver said Tuesday. "I love looking at new things.". This is

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Ellington, Hopkins lead No. 14 Clemson past Auburn

Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins set a school record with 13 receptions and No. 14 Clemson opened the season with a 26-19 victory over Auburn on Saturday night.

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Lee pitches Phillies past slumping Braves

Cliff Lee got some rare run support. That's all he needed. Lee threw five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the slumping Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday.

Next NASCAR tantrum is usually just around the turn

Emotions will be running high again Sunday in Atlanta race

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Edwards looks to boost Chase chances in Atlanta

Carl Edwards sounded downright giddy after a practice session Friday, not at all like someone who's in danger of missing out on a chance to race for his first Cup title.

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Falcons want more than just playoffs

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have made a habit of reaching the playoffs.. That's not good enough anymore.. A few days after the Falcons were routed by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a wild-card game last season, owner Arthur Blank summoned general manager Thomas Dimitroff

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Schmitt goes back to school after Olympic stardom

ATHENS -- From Olympic star to just another college student.. For Allison Schmitt, there was hardly any time to savor her breakout performance at the London Games, where she won a total of five medals in swimming. She had to get back to Georgia for the start of her senior

Georgia Tech looking to tighten up on defense

ATLANTA -- The triple-option offense gets most of the attention at Georgia Tech.. The Yellow Jackets know their title hopes will likely depend on what they do on the other side of the line.. While the Atlantic Coast Conference school has piled up big rushing totals during Paul Johnson's