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Charles Odum

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Atlanta Falcons hope hip injury won't sideline Julio Jones

Jones had 11 catches for team-record 259 yards in loss to Packers

If Julio Jones can’t return, it would be a big blow to Atlanta’s hopes of winning the NFC South division.

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Marcus Thornton helps lead Georgia past Colorado

Kenny Gaines injured in Georgia’s 64-57 victory

Georgia (5-3) scored the final 12 points of the first half and continued the run with the first two baskets of the second half.

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Julio Jones’ big day leads Falcons

Career day keep Falcons in playoff hunt

Julio Jones’ career-best game helped lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 29-18 win over Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in an improbable matchup of first-place teams.

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Cards look to regroup on road against Falcons

NFL divisional leaders meet in Georgia Dome

Atlanta (4-7) is 0-7 against teams outside the South, but beating division opponents has been enough to keep the Falcons on top.

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Matt Ryan’s two highest interception totals have been against the Arizona Cardinals

Ryan said he must learn to overcome previous games with Cards

Matt Ryan threw a combined nine interceptions with only one touchdown as the Falcons somehow split the games with Arizona the last two years.

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Georgia Tech, Georgia QBs direct potent offenses

Both teams can put up impressive offensive numbers

Georgia (9-2) ranks seventh in the nation with its average of 43.3 points per game, while Georgia Tech (9-2) is tied for 13th at 37.8.

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Hutson Mason on record accuracy pace for Georgia

Mason completed 10 of 12 passes against Charleston Southern

He has completed 68.4 percent of his passes, a school-record pace for Georgia, which moved up one spot to No. 8 in Sunday’s AP Top 25.

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Georgia Bulldogs score early and often to pound Charleston Southern

Bulldogs score on first offensive play against Bucs

Georgia plays No. 17 Georgia Tech next week in each team’s final regular-season game.

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Georgia will be hard core Tennessee fans - for just one night

Bulldogs need Tennessee to beat Missouri to win SEC East

The Bulldogs also would make the SEC title game if Missouri loses to Arkansas next week.

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Georgia Tech rolls past Clemson

Clemson’s loss gives FSU ACC Atlantic title, while keeping Tech’s Coastal Division hopes alive

Cole Stoudt threw three interceptions after replacing starter Deshaun Watson at quarterback, including one Chris Milton returned 62 yards for a touchdown.

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Georgia Tech, Georgia open with rivalry basketball game

Tech returns one starter while Bulldogs return experienced team

Scheduling conflicts made Friday night the only choice for the annual state rivalry game generally held in December or January.

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Clemson to test Georgia Tech’s strong running game

Jackets, Tigers hope to protect ACC Championship hopes

The No. 24 Yellow Jackets are second in the nation in rushing, while the No. 18 Tigers are second in total defense and fourth against the run.

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Georgia's Todd Gurley to make return this week

Gurley will enter crowded backfield

Now that Todd Gurley is returning for No. 16 Georgia against No. 9 Auburn this week, it’s no lock he’ll even be a starter.

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Georgia Tech defense looking to continue upward trend

Jackets allowed just 22 yards rushing in last week’s victory

Coach Paul Johnson said he is looking for the defense to add more momentum to the turnaround today at North Carolina State.

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Georgia's run defense given crushing reality check

Saturday's loss left Georgia wondering if they can stop any team’s rushing attack

Florida rushed for 418 yards, the second-most ever allowed by Georgia and it was a shocking reality check for a Georgia defense which had ranked second in the Southeastern Conference against the run.

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Justin Thomas, Synjyn Days help Georgia Tech rip Virginia

Days tops 100 yards rushing for second straight game

Synjyn Days set a career high with 110 yards rushing in last week’s 56-28 win at Pittsburgh and then topped that total on 24 carries against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

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Georgia Tech running up big offensive numbers

Jackets have topped 600 yards in back-to-back games

Coach Paul Johnson said Tuesday a renewed commitment to his spread-option attack is a key to the strong production.

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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.