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Charles Odum

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As optimistic as ever

For the first time in a long time, the Atlanta Braves come into spring with very few questions marks about the team from top to bottom.

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Walden excited to be a Brave

Reliever Jordan Walden may be more excited than anyone else about spring training after he was acquired by the Braves for a starting pitcher.

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New Braves catcher Laird preparing to start opening day

Gerald Laird will likely be behind the plate on opening day for the Braves while starter Brian McCann finishes his rehab from offseason surgery.

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Horford’s late jam helps Hawks edge Raptors, 93-92

The Hawks come back from a halftime hole Wednesday night against the Raptors at home and edge out with a big win, 93-92.

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Newcomer Upton already feeling at home with Braves

New Braves slugger Justin Upton, who says he can’t wait to bring a title to the Peach State, is introduced Tuesday during his first news conference in Atlanta.

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Out with the old ...?

And in with the new? That’s the question circling around Atlanta right now as plans continue to unfold for a new stadium for the Falcons.

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Long day for the Hawks: They lose Williams for season, and fall to Spurs, 98-93

The Hawks, who lost Lou Williams for the season with knee injury early Saturday, can't keep the momentum from their big win against Brooklyn on Wednesday, and lose to the Spurs, 98-93, on Saturday night. (INCLUDES: item on Williams being lost for the season with a tear in his ACL).

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Minus Smith, Hawks snap skid, smash red-hot Nets, 109-95

The Hawks, who suspended their leading scorer Josh Smith before the game, get a career-high 28 points from Jeff Teague and, after losing six of seven, come up with a surprising 109-95 win to stop Brooklyn's seven-game winning streak Wednesday night.

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Not Joshing

Josh Smith -- Atlanta's highly paid and oftentimes low-energy superstar -- is suspended by the Hawks on Wednesday afternoon for conduct detrimental to the team.

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Falcons’ focus shifts to Seahawks, NFL’s No. 1 defense

Seattle brings its top-ranked defense — which allowed just 15.3 points per game in the regular season — to Atlanta on Sunday, but Falcons QB Matt Ryan and his offense think they are up for the challenge.

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PREVIEW: Despite playoff spot clinched, Falcons look to finish regular season strong vs. Buccaneers

Atlanta — despite being locked in to the NFC’s No. 1 seed and a first-round playoff bye — is taking its business-as-usual approach into today’s regular-season finale against Tampa Bay at home.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Ryan on career-best hot streak at right time; Ex-Georgia Tech star MegaTron hones in on 2,000-yard receiving mark

Matt Ryan has thrown seven touchdown passes with no interceptions the past two weeks while completing 80 percent of his passes in two wins that locked up the NFC’s top playoff seed.

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PREVIEW: Falcons look to avenge lone loss to Saints, clinch NFC South title tonight in Atlanta

It seems only fitting that for Atlanta to lock up the NFC South title tonight, it must beat the one team it would probably least like to face: the New Orleans Saints.

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Georgia Tech faces quandary: Win ACC title and go to BCS bowl — but lose, and Jackets will have to beg NCAA for postseason spot

Georgia Tech can win the ACC title and get an automatic invite to a BCS bowl, or lose and have to petition the NCAA to allow a seven-loss team play in a bowl --- if any lower-tier bowl will have them.

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ACC CHAMPIONSHIP: FSU, Ga. Tech must shake off losses, prepare for title game

The Seminoles and Yellow Jackets limp into the ACC title game after a pair of demoralizing losses to the SEC this past Saturday.

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Ga. Tech’s Washington: I just want to finish strong

He’s been a record-setting QB for the Yellow Jackets, and now Tevin Washington would love nothing more than to close his career with one win in four tries vs. Georgia.

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Falcons on fast 9-1 start: Not satisfied

Despite owning the NFL’s best record, the Falcons are constantly trying to find ways to get even better, and that was evident recently when they parted ways with one-time star linebacker Ray Edwards, whose dismal play was even holding a 9-1 team back.

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Georgia Tech hoping star RB Smith can go vs. UGA

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson hopes when he calls Orwin Smith’s number on Saturday against rival Georgia that the Yellow Jackets’ star running back is ready to return from injury.

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Bulldogs are on the rise after Alabama loss

Georgia’s Bulldogs are on the rise in the national picture after beating Auburn and watching Alabama lose to Texas A&M.

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PREVIEW: With four starters back, UGA begins 2012-13 season at home tonight

Led by Kentavious Caldewell-Pope and three other returning starters, the Georgia men’s basketball team looks to rebound from a disappointing 15-17 season last year when it opens the 2012-13 season today in Athens.

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PREVIEW: Jackets to rely on big men Miller, Holsey in 2012-13

Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey will lead the way for the Yellow Jackets this season, which begins tonight.

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Falcons’ next challenge: stopping Brees

The Falcons may be undefeated, but this week they face New Orleans and Drew Brees, who is 10-2 against Atlanta since joining the Saints.

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With WRs Bennett, Brown out, UGA looks down its depth chart

Heading into Saturday’s huge game against Auburn, the running game may take center stage with two of UGA’s key receivers out.

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Richt to players: ‘Get your jaw set’; Bulldogs lose Brown for rest of season

Georgia coach Mark Richt tells his players there’s no letting up now with only Auburn standing between them and an SEC title game berth against Alabama. (ADDS: breakout item on Bulldogs losing receiver Marlon Brown for the rest of the season with a knee injury).

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Bring on Auburn

With Saturday’s 37-10 win against Ole Miss in the books, all that stands in Georgia’s way of a date with the SEC title game is lowly, two-win Auburn next week.

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PREVIEW: Bulldogs: We hear the whispers — but there won’t be a letdown vs. Ole Miss

All Georgia has to do is win its final two SEC games of the season beginning today with a dangerous Ole Miss team that could love nothing more than to ruin the Bulldogs’ trip to the conference championship. (ADDS: notebook item on UGA QB Murray being named finalist for Johnny Unitas Award)

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UGA defense wary of letdown vs. Ole Miss

One week after being called soft — then responding with a win vs. Florida — Georgia’s defense enters its SEC duel with Ole Miss feeling as if it still has something to prove.

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Georgia moves up in polls

After beating Florida on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs see the results as they move up five spots in the AP Top 25 poll to No. 7, and leap to No. 6 in the BCS.

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Only place to go is up

Quarterback Aaron Murray and Georgia have already forgotten about the team’s dismal performance at South Carolina and has used the bye week to sharpen every area of the Bulldogs’ game — especially the offense, which struggled mightily in a 35-7 loss to the Gamecocks the last time out.

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UGA plans to address defensive struggles during needed bye week

Georgia’s defensive lapse last week against South Carolina has the Bulldogs’ leaders on “D” working hard during the bye week to correct the mistakes.

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Georgia, Georgia Tech hoops hold tipoffs

Experience on both rosters is expected to be what takes Georgia and Georgia Tech’s men’s hoops teams to the next level this season.

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Georgia Tech looking for answers on defense

A crushing loss to Miami in overtime — followed by an embarrassing loss to lowly Middle Tennessee State — has the Yellow Jackets officially pushing the panic button in Atlanta.

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Braves make history in Chipper’s farewell

The Braves win their 23rd straight Kris Medlin start with a 6-2 victory against the Mets on Chipper Jones’ final regular season home game.

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#5, 5-0

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs hold on in a wild one Saturday to beat SEC East rival Tennessee, 51-44, to remain unbeaten at 5-0.

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PREVIEW: Falcons look to stay perfect vs. divisional foe Panthers

Matt Ryan and the Falcons put their 3-0 record on the line today against Cam Newton and Atlanta’s NFC South foe, the Carolina Panthers. (ADDS: breakout on Falcons' defense thriving on takeaways)

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Braves fall to Mets on Duda homer

Lucas Duda hits a three-run homer in the seventh to lead the Mets past the Braves, 3-1, on Friday night.

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Braves sweep Marlins as Hanson ends losing skid

Tommy Hanson wins for the first time in eight starts Thursday when he allows just two runs in a 6-2 victory against the Marlins.

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Braves keep rolling, shut out Marlins, 3-0

The Braves don't show any signs of a hangover after clinching a playoff spot on Tuesday night. They come right back and shut out the Marlins, 3-0, on Wednesday as Paul Maholm and the bullpen combine to throw a six-hitter.

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PREVIEW: Georgia Tech favored to end skid against Miami

After losing the last three in the series, Georgia Tech enters showdown with Miami as a heavy favorite.

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It's a must-win for Ga. Tech

In order to avoid falling to 1-2 overall and 0-2 to start ACC play, Georgia Tech is badly in need of a W today in its conference opener against Virginia.

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UGA's Gurley turns heads right away

After two breakout games to begin his college career, the future in Athens for freshman running back Todd Gurley looks extremely bright.

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Led by QB Lee, Georgia Tech’s new crop of stars turning heads

As the Yellow Jackets head into their ACC opener Saturday against Virginia, don’t be surprised if backup QB Vad Lee and a crop of young rising stars for Georgia Tech get more playing time than many expected.

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Yellow Jackets rebound, roll to easy win, 59-3

Former Deerfield star Tony Zenon doesn’t score in Georgia Tech’s romp of Presbyterian on Saturday night, but the 2010 Albany Herald Player of the Year does rack up more than 100 yards of offense in the win.

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Shake it off

The Yellow Jackets must quickly forget about Monday's overtime loss against Virgina Tech and focus on Saturday and Presbyterian.

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Rockies shut out Braves, 6-0

The Braves get nine hits but are shut out by the Rockies, 6-0, on Tuesday night, putting a hurting on their playoff push.

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SEASON PREVIEW: Pressure's on for UGA's Murray, defense

The Bulldogs are putting their hopes this season on the arm of star quarterback and UGA record-setter Aaron Murray, as well as their lights-out defense.

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UGA's Murray: Wait ‘till you see no-huddle attack, Part 2

Georgia QB Aaron Murray and rest of the Bulldogs’ offense is ready to run and gun again this season in the no-huddle offense.

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Braves held to three hits in 5-0 loss to Dodgers

Braves pitcher Mike Minor gives up one run in seven innings but still gets the loss Sunday against the Dodgers, who hold Atlanta to three hits.

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Ramirez’s two HRs, Sheets’ bad night sinks Braves

Ben Sheets, who had been lights out since returning to the majors with the Braves, gives up four HRs against the Dodgers in a 6-2 loss

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Braves whip Astros, close to 2 games on Nats

Thanks to another stellar start from the Braves’ Tim Hudson, Atlanta whips up on Houston on Friday night at home, 4-1, while also moving to within two games of the NL East-leading Nationals.

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