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Paul Newberry

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Falcons try to sort out a crowded secondary

Brent Grimes tears off from one practice field to the next, leaping over a tackling pad that's about as tall as he is along the way.

Falcons hope to get Dent back Sunday

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent returned to practice for the first time since sustaining a concussion, and the team hopes he'll be fully cleared by today.

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Chipper having a glorious farewell

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones still has those glorious moments, the kind that every ballplayer cherishes, from a Little Leaguer just starting out to a 40-year-old on the way out.. When the Atlanta Braves third baseman was in the midst of his first two-homer game in more than

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Jones homers twice, Braves win 6-0 behind Medlen

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones homered twice on a night when a big crowd turned out to get his bobblehead, and the Atlanta Braves won their 15th straight game with Kris Medlen as a starter, beating the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Thursday.. Seizing the moment before a weeknight turnout of

Lochte cruises in 400 IM, Phelps 4th

Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night. Even more stunning: Phelps didn't win any medal at all.

What a race on the 1st night of Olympic swimming

LONDON -- The retiring star with more gold medals than anyone. The friendly rival who intends to be the biggest star in London.. Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte.. What a way to start eight days of swimming at the Olympic pool.. The two Americans will go head-to-head today

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Scott ties course record with 64 in first day

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Adam Scott had a chance at history.. He gladly settled for tying a course record.. Scott equaled the lowest British Open score at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, taking advantage of prime conditions to rip off eight birdies on the way to a 6-under 64

Weir qualifies for Olympics again

Amanda Weir is going back to the Olympics. The Brookwood grad and former UGA standout qualified for the summer Olympics in London on Saturday.

Upset in 200 breast: Weltz beats Shanteau, Hansen

Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau were the favorites. The race was a different matter.

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Phelps cruises in 200 fly at US Olympic trials

After a couple of epic duels with his biggest rival, Michael Phelps made this one look easy. Phelps stayed on course to swim eight events at the London Games, pulling away for a dominating win in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials on Thursday.

Round 2 goes to Phelps; Franklin denies Coughlin

OMAHA, Neb. -- Round 2 goes to Michael Phelps.. Getting back at rival Ryan Lochte, Phelps stretched out to win a thrilling 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials Wednesday night, setting up a duel in London that just gets more tantalizing with every race between the world's two

Mired in long skid, Braves shake things up

Right-hander Kris Medlen was shipped to Triple-A Gwinnett, but not for anything he's done. The Braves want him to stretch out his arm.

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Uggla, Bourn go deep as Braves snap skid

Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer, Michael Bourn also went deep and the Atlanta Braves snapped their longest losing streak in more than two years, holding off the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 Tuesday night after an eight-game skid.

A recipe to make IndyCar relevant beyond the 500

INDIANAPOLIS -- James Hinchcliffe can't understand it.. In this sports-crazed nation, there are skilled athletes who willingly get behind the wheel of exotic-looking race cars and risk their lives at more than 200 mph, yet the interest level in what they're doing 364 days out of the year

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Cancer-free Shanteau eager to focus on swimming again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At his first Olympics, Eric Shanteau was distracted by a far more important race -- beating cancer.. Now, he can focus on winning in the pool.. "I'm going to have lighter footsteps walking around the deck, that's for sure," Shanteau said, chuckling.. In Beijing, he surprisingly

Hawks worried about Smith heading into Game 3

The Atlanta Hawks are running out of players. The team learned Wednesday that forward Josh Smith has a strained tendon in his left knee, perhaps costing the Hawks another key player for their playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

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Pierce leads Rondo-less Celtics past Hawks

The Boston Celtics wiped out Atlanta's 11-point lead in the second half even without Rajon Rondo, stunning the Hawks 87-80 on Tuesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Celtics vs Hawks: 2 teams fighting for survival

ATLANTA -- Four years ago, Boston and Atlanta were in much different places when they met in the NBA playoffs.. The Celtics, a champion in the making. The Hawks, a team on the rise.. This time, they're in a similar situation: playing to stay together.. The Celtics are possibly making

Braves beat Pirates for 13th win in last 16

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves keep winning in April.. They know how important that could be in September.. Tommy Hanson allowed one run in six innings, Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones came through in a four-run seventh that broke a close game open, and the streaking Braves defeated the

Josh grows up

ATLANTA -- Josh Smith can still come across as nothing more than a big kid.. He bounces around the court with an obvious love for the game, wowing teammates and opponents with the depth of his skills.. That's the good Josh.. Then there's those times when he throws up a

Hawks center Horford definitely out for Celtics series

ATLANTA -- Al Horford had hoped to give the Atlanta Hawks a boost in the playoffs.. Now he knows that won't be possible, at least not in the opening round.. The All-Star center said Wednesday he's definitely out for the best-of-seven series against Boston, which begins this

Johnson leads Hawks to 109-102 win over Clippers

Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a wild 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, moving a step closer to wrapping up home-court in the first round of the playoffs.

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Hawks tune up for playoffs, rout Pistons 116-84

ATLANTA -- Tracy McGrady led six players in double figures and the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks built a 37-point lead in the first half on the way to a 116-84 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.. With their highest-scoring half of the season, the Hawks were

Braves knock out Santana, finally beat N.Y. Mets 9-3

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves finally beat the New York Mets, taking advantage of shaky defense to hand Johan Santana the shortest start of his career in a 9-3 victory Tuesday night.. Tyler Pastornicky's two-run double highlighted a five-run second that finished off Santana. Randall Delgado (2-0) won

McCann, Braves outslug Brewers

Brian McCann equaled a career high with four hits, including a homer and four RBIs, and Dan Uggla's broken-bat single in the eighth inning gave the Braves a wild 10-8 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Atlanta's home opener Friday night.

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Braves on bit of a roll as they finally come home

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones is back in the lineup, the team actually has a winning streak, and now it's time to go home.. Yep, things are looking up for the Atlanta Braves.. A week into a season that began with four straight losses, the Braves are slated for their home

D-Wade feeling heat for making valid point

Go ahead, bash Dwyane Wade all you want.. Call the NBA superstar unpatriotic, greedy, just another millionaire athlete who doesn't understand how good he's got it.. Then listen, really listen, to what he tried to say.. A lot of people are making a lot of money off the Olympic Games

Deng's 3-pointers lead Bulls past Hawks

Luol Deng scored 22 points and led a flurry of 3-pointers as the NBA-leading Chicago Bulls won another game on the road, blowing out the Atlanta Hawks 98-77 on Wednesday night.

Tim Tebow gets what he -- and New York Jets -- wanted

Say this about Tim Tebow: He's excited to be with the New York Jets. He sure said so -- over and over and over again.

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Tech reaches goal, No. 1 Baylor is next

As soon as the NCAA women's bracket was announced, Sasha Goodlett started getting a flood of texts from her friends.

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Chipper Jones says this will be his final season

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones says this will be his final season (With Video)

Johnson's shot sends Hawks to 103-102 overtime win over Cavs

ATLANTA -- Joe Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and knocked down a baseline jumper with 10 seconds left in overtime, giving the Atlanta Hawks a 103-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.. The Hawks rallied from 16 points down early on and

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Georgia Tech, UGA women both land No. 4 seeds in NCAA

Georgia Tech (24-8) opens March Madness against No. 13 seed Sacred Heart, while Georgia's women (22-8) open against MAAC champ Marist as the NCAA women's tournament begins on Sunday.

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Look for another Duke-UNC showcase at ACC tourney

ATLANTA -- Welcome to the Blue Devil-Tar Heel Invitational.. Sure, the official name is the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but Duke and North Carolina have turned college basketball's hallowed postseason shindig into nothing more than an exclusive showcase for the Big Two.. The ACC's powerhouse programs have divvied up

Country star Jason Aldean works out with Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jason Aldean circled the bases, touched home plate and collapsed next to the batting cage, pulling his cap over his face.. "After lunch, let's come back and do it again," Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said jokingly.. Sprawled on the ground and struggling to catch his

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At 22, Heyward looks for comeback

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jason Heyward reaches into the basket, pulls out a ball, places it on the tee and stares out toward the empty mound.. He sweeps the bat once in front of his knees, pulls it back behind his left ear, pauses briefly, then -- after slightly lifting his

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Braves Hanson back in camp, bruised but better

Coming off a shoulder injury and breaking in a new delivery, Tommy Hanson was looking for a smooth start to spring training. Instead, he wound up with a wrecked car and a knock to the head.

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Braves' Uggla intent on better start in 2012

Familiarity has second baseman feeling better this season

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Hudson looks for fresh start after surgery

Pitcher a little behind, but feeling better after back surgery

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Braves' Kimbrel eager to make up for last outing

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Craig Kimbrel is excited about his new locker in the Atlanta Braves' spring training clubhouse.. Instead of being relegated to the side of the room that is largely for rookies, backups and obscure minor leaguers, Kimbrel has switched to a prime location right next to the Braves'

Wilson, N.C. State defeat Georgia Tech 61-52

ATLANTA -- C.J. Williams scored 15 points and North Carolina State avenged a loss to Georgia Tech last month, holding off the Yellow Jackets 61-52 Thursday night.. The Wolfpack (18-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) got a typically balanced scoring attack, with three other players in double figures. Kammeon Holsey had

NBA commish expresses confidence in Atlanta Spirit

NBA Commissioner David Stern expressed confidence in the owners of the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, saying they are "way down my list of current worries.".

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Josh Smith scores 28, Hawks beat Pacers

Josh Smith scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading the Hawks to a 97-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night that snapped Atlanta's three-game home losing streak.

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Braves unveil another alternate home uniform

Hank Aaron recognized the look. Just not the feel. The Atlanta Braves unveiled a new alternate home uniform Monday that is based on the attire worn when the team moved from Milwaukee in 1966, with Aaron as its biggest star. "It's a beautiful uniform," he said during a ceremony held at Turner Field.

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Bulldogs sign 18, await word from top prospect out of Lowndes

The day started so well for Georgia. Top prospect Josh Harvey-Clemons revealed he was signing with the Bulldogs, turning a solid recruiting class into one that figured to be ranked among the nation's best. Then the drama began.

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Braves say they've moved on since epic collapse

ATLANTA -- Brandon Beachy did his best to forget what happened at the end of last season.. It all came back to him this past weekend, when the Braves pitcher was in St. Louis visiting his college roommate.. Everywhere Beachy looked, there were shirts, caps and other gear celebrating the

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QB Washington still has inside track at Ga. Tech

Tevin Washington will go into spring practice as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback, coach Paul Johnson said Friday, but the senior-to-be must prove he's still the best choice to run the triple-option

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Falcons hire Nolan to lead defense

The Atlanta Falcons hired former San Francisco coach Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator Tuesday, hoping he can toughen up a unit that has rarely ranked among the NFL elite.

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With Horford out, Hawks rout Bobcats

Josh Smith scored 30 points, Joe Johnson added 23 and the Atlanta Hawks won their first game without All-Star center Al Horford, routing the Charlotte Bobcats 111-81 on Thursday night.

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Bama dominates LSU for BCS title

The Rematch of the Century, it wasn't. Alabama romped to another BCS championship against top-ranked LSU with a smothering defensive performance, a numbing barrage of field goals and even a long-overdue trip to the end zone.