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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sees offense coming together

Matt Ryan has leaned heavily on backup T.J. Yates to learn new offense

T.J. Yates played for the Houston Texans for three seasons and ran the offense that’s being installed by new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

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Georgia Tech faces mandate to improve defense

Two goals are a top 10 ranking and maintained status as a takeaway leader

With eight starters back and defensive linemen Jabari Hunt-Days and Kenderius Whitehead plugged into the depth chart after being sidelined last season, the Jackets have the manpower to accomplish it.

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Jameis Winston impresses in Bucs workout

Near-capacity crowd watches quarterback perform well

After a rather sloppy performance in the rain at the University of South Florida on Saturday night, Jameis Winston was arguably as sharp and accurate as he’s ever been in a Bucs uniform.

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Matt Kenseth took chance on fuel at Pocono and won

Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. all ran out of fuel in the closing laps

When the three drivers ahead of Matt Kenseth ran out of fuel, it vaulted him from a solid top-five finish to a surprising win, his second of 2015.

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Ohio State preseason No. 1 in coaches poll

Auburn seventh, Georgia ninth, Georgia Tech 17th

Competition is always fierce in the Southeastern Conference, which has eight ranked teams in the preseason poll, including five of seven teams in the SEC West Division.

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Robert Kraft rips NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Patriots owner apologizes to team’s fans

Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick held a press conference Wednesday morning to address Roger Goodell’s decision regarding their star quarterback’s punishment as the Patriots’ veterans report to training camp.

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Re-tooled Atlanta Falcons offense missing few pieces

Falcons concerned about offensive front

The Falcons are still counting on key players to rebound from major surgeries as the players report today and hold their first practice Friday.

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Third baseman Adonis Garcia packing punch for Atlanta Braves

Youngster has shown power since being called up from Gwinnett

Adonis Garcia hit a total of 55 home runs over his final three seasons in the top league in Cuba but hadn’t shown that kind of power since leaving the country.

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LORAN SMITH: Remembering the past

Bear Bryant had a way with his players

Bear Bryant’s advantage over so many of his competitors was his ability to get his players ready to play mentally and to gain the edge psychologically.

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NFL upholds Tom Brady's four-game suspension

Tom Brady’s attorneys expected to take case to federal court

With Tuesday’s ruling by Roger Goodell, Tom Brady is currently slated to miss the Patriots’ first four regular-season games: the Sept. 10 home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sept. 20 at the Buffalo Bills, Sept. 27 at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oct. 11 at the Dallas Cowboys before the team’s Week 5 bye.

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FSU's Dalvin Cook won't practice until legal matter is resolved

Running back is facing misdemeanor battery charges

Coach Jimbo Fisher told ESPN Radio on Tuesday that Cook’s misdemeanor battery charges — for allegedly punching a woman in the face several times — must be settled before he’s welcome at practice.

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Kyle Busch will make history with another NASCAR victory

His run could also make a good comeback story

For the first time since his extraordinary comeback following injuries in February, Kyle Busch declared himself to be happy with his life’s situation in the post-race victory ceremonies at Indy, where he was joined by his wife and infant son.

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Georgia Bulldogs have fun with QBs at UGA Day

Quarterback still a question mark for coaches

Aside from quarterback, there will be at least one noticeable change on offense: New offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will most likely call plays from the sideline, as he did the past nine seasons in the NFL.

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Nick Markakis returns to Baltimore to a warm welcome

Atlanta Braves outfielder makes first return to city where he played for nine seasons

The Orioles drafted Nick Markakis in the first round of the 2003 draft out of Young Harris College and he played right field for them from 2006 to 2014.

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Arizona Cardinals hailed for hiring NFL's first female coach

Jen Welter will be a coaching intern during training camp this year

Jen Welter, who has a Ph.D. in psychology, joins the Cardinals’ staff after playing for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.

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Xtreme Whippets 99 captures national championship

16U travel softball team went 10-1 in tournament

The championship run included victories over teams from Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio and Missouri.

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Albany Dizzy Dean 9U All-Star team finishes second at World Series

Tournament concluded last week

The tournament featured 22 of the top teams from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany Dizzy Dean 10U All-Stars fall

Team loses twice on Monday to finish fifth at World Series

ADDS: Albany State releases cross country schedule; Miami Heat trades Zoran Dragic; Boston pulls out of 2024 Olympic bidding

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John Smoltz thanks 'an army' of supporters during Hall of Fame speech

Smoltz's speech lasted 29 1/2 minutes on Sunday

Part of an elite class with multi-Cy Young Award winners Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez and 3,000-hit-club member Craig Biggio, John Smoltz became the third member of the Braves Big Three pitching dynasty inducted in a two-year span.