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Atlanta Braves to meet with free agent pitcher Jon Lester

Lester interested in playing in Atlanta

Jon Lester is being pursued by at least a half-dozen teams, with the Cubs, Blue Jays and his longtime former team, the Red Sox, expected to engage in a bidding war that some believe will push the price tag closer to $25 million annually.

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Saints fan steals football intended for female Bengals fan | VIDEO

After Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham scored a touchdown in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints, he casually tossed the ball to the only Bengals fan he saw. It was a woman wearing an A.J. Green jersey.

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Falcons hold on to top Carolina

Atlanta moves into first-place tie in NFC South with New Orleans

Matt Bryant’s 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put Atlanta ahead for good, and the Falcons withstood a late Carolina rally.

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Matt Ryan becomes more vocal as Falcons' losses pile up

Despite strong numbers, Ryan and Falcons are still struggling

Atlanta has won just seven of 25 games over the past two seasons, including a 3-6 mark this year.

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Buster Posey mystery guest at Lee County Chamber of Commerce dinner | PHOTOS

Buster Posey makes appearance at Lee Counting meeting

As promised, a special homegrown guest arrives at a Lee County Chamber dinner.

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Atlanta Braves could go rebuild mode

Club will look hard at more starting pitching

The Braves’ offseason priority is to acquire a couple of pitchers who could step into their rotation, and they’re positioned better to do that via trades than free agency.

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Victory rekindles Atlanta Falcons' postseason hopes

There's still a lot of winning left for team to do, but Sunday's victory was a start

Beating the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17 on Sunday may not guarantee they’ve resolved all of their issues, however it was exactly what the team needed coming off an open date that allowed more time than usual to stew over blowing a 21-point lead in a loss to Detroit two weeks ago.

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Falcons’ Roddy White not smiling much these days

Last year has been tough for Falcons’ wide receiver

Difficulties on and off the field have affected Roddy White, who seemed to wear a constant smile from the time Atlanta drafted him in the first round of 2005 through the Falcons’ 13-3 season of 2012.

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Atlanta Braves make $15.3 million qualifying offer to Santana

Pitcher has week to accept or decline offer

If Ervin Santana takes the offer, he’d be the Braves’ highest-paid player in 2015, but with a salary not out of line for a pitcher of his ilk.

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Atlanta Hawks hoping to win back fans

After a tumultuous offseason, team pulling out all stops

Aware the team needed to make amends, management pulled out all the stops Saturday, giving away T-shirts, a $10 voucher for future tickets and a performance by rapper T.I.

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Atlanta Falcons’ promises fall flat in 2-6 record

Team has bye this week before visiting Tampa Bay on Nov. 9

Coach Mike Smith insists his team has the players and schemes to make a playoff run, but the Falcons (2-6) have dropped five straight and are on course to finish 4-12 for the second straight year.

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New Atlanta Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer excited, ready for challenge

Hitting coach helped turn Blue Jays’ offense around

In their only season under Kevin Seitzer, Blue Jays hitters were fourth in the American League in runs (723) and average (.259), second in OPS (.736) and homers (177), and third in OBP (.323) and slugging percentage (.414).

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Prater's late field goal sends Detroit Lions past Atlanta Falcons

Lions erase 21-point halftime deficit

Matt Ryan threw two first-quarter touchdown passes but Atlanta (2-6) lost for the fifth consecutive time.

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Atlanta Falcons not ready to throw in towel on season

Injuries on offensive front have slowed the team

Wide receiver Julio Jones believes he can be available early against a lot of man-to-man coverage.

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Who stays in Atlanta Braves outfield among Uptons, Heyward?

Braves will explore options in outfield

With Justin Upton and Jason Heyward eligible for free agency after next season, with B.J. Upton two years into a five-year, $75.25 million contract the Braves are desperate to shed, there’s a chance that at least one or even two of them could be moved this offseason.

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