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Charles Odum

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Potential UGA starting lineman Houston dealing with bizarre eligibility issue

A steroid given to Kolton Houston two years ago following a shoulder surgery continues to show up in his system in drug tests, despite the fact Georgia claims there has been no re-use. (ADDS: notes about Branden Smith being placed on Hornung Watch List; Vasser being suspended)

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Braves see seven-game win streak snapped by lowly Marlins

Ben Sheets came into Wednesday’s start against 3-0 overall with a 0.50 ERA, but after he was rocked in the first inning for five hits and three runs by Miami, the Braves never recovered.

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LATE MONDAY: Braves get starting pitcher Maholm, slugger Johnson from Cubs before trade deadline

Atlanta promised a deal before the trade deadline, and late Monday it put one together, acquiring a pitcher and an outfielder from the Cubs in exchange for Arodys Vizcaino, a top prospect who had season-ending Tommy John surgery in April, and Jaye Chapman.

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Heyward homers as Braves win, finally end Monday curse

Atlanta beats up on woeful Miami for its first win on a Monday all season, snapping a streak of 16 straight losses.

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Medlen to replace Jurrjens in Braves' rotation

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez announces that Kris Medlen is coming out of the bullpen and replacing Jair Jurrjens in Atlanta's rotation, beginning Tuesday against the Marlins.

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Minor Ks nine, leads Braves past Phillies, 2-1

The Braves keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East and remain four games back, thanks to Mike Minor’s eight brilliant innings on the mound Saturday.

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Ryan driven to improve in 5th season with Falcons

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 0-3 in his career in the playoffs — including a disappointing 24-2 setback last season against the Giants — and enters training camp ready to achieve more than merely regular-season success.

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Braves snap two-game-skid, beat Giants, 3-2

Homers by Freddie Freeman and David Ross on Thursday afternoon help Atlanta avoid being swept by the Giants at home.

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Braves blanked by Giants, 9-0, after Posey’s monster night

After going a combined 1-for-11 in his first trip to Turner Field two years ago, then missing last year's Giants visit to the Braves due to injury, Leesburg's Buster Posey has a huge night Tuesday --- 3-for-5, 5 RBI --- to lead San Francisco past Atlanta, 9-0.

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Players are excited about new-look Hawks

The players on the Atlanta Hawks are excited about the moves new GM Danny Ferry has been making to overhaul the team.

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Hawks’ top draft pick Jenkins signs, then shows off jump shot

Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins officially becomes an Atlanta Hawk on Tuesday when he signs his contract, then wows the team in practice with his sharp-shooting.

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Braves rookie Simmons atones for mistake, blasts HR to beat Orioles, 4-2, end losing skid

Rookie Andrelton Simmons hits a two-run homer to beat Baltimore and end Atlanta’s four-game losing streak Friday.

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Cinderella Man

Braves starter Brandon Beachy is one of those diamonds in the rough, an overlooked player who is now the big league ERA leader.

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Behind the 8-ball

The Braves’ losing streak reaches eight after an 8-2 loss to the Cardinals on Monday.

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Braves lose sixth straight

Atlanta's season-long slump continues, thanks to first-place Washington, which will go for a sweep tonight. (ADDS: Update on Chipper being placed on DL)

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Falcons Smith likes leaner look of Massaquoi

The Atlanta Falcons are impressed with rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Massaquoi, who is lighter and better.

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Disappointing Hawks have tough decisions to make during offseason; Atlanta co-owner Gearon fined $35K for comments about refs, Garmett

On paper, the Hawks may be the most talent-rich team in the NBA, but after three years of lackluster playoff performances, there’s a chance the entire team — from the front office, to the players to the coach — could be blown up this offseason.

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Delgado gets zero run support as Phillies blank Braves

Randall Delgado had a great start for Atlanta on Thursday in the series finale against Philadelphia, but it’s all for naught as the Braves fall, 4-0.

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Braves open series vs. Phils with 4-2 loss

The Braves squander several chances Tuesday to win Game 1 of the series with their NL East rivals.

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Pirates cool off red-hot Braves at Turner Field, 4-2

The Braves were 6-1 at home before Saturday, but the Pirates' bullpen kept Atlanta's bats quiet in the late innings and held on, 4-2.

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Eagles deal Pro Bowl CB Samuel to Falcons

The Falcons trade a seventh-round draft pick to the Eagles for Asante Samuel — one of the top defensive backs in the NFL.

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Falcons looking to trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Samuel

Atlanta doesn't have a first-round draft pick, but the Falcons still might make a huge addition this week by trading for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel.

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Dancin' in the rain: Braves mash Mets during wet series finale

The Braves move to 7-5 on the young season after slapping around the Mets during a rainy, 14-6 rout Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

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Feeling Chipper

Chipper Jones has a big day and the Braves beat the Brewers, 7-4.

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Get well soon

The Eastern Division’s second-place Hawks have adjusted well without injured All-Star center Al Horford in the lineup, but they’re still holding out hope he can return before the end of the season.

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Beachy leading Braves' youth movement

The Braves' pitching roster is getting younger and younger all the time with Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran becoming the new faces of Atlanta's bullpen.

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From professional hothead to rising Hawks star: The Ivan Johnson story

After bouncing around the minor leagues for years due to developing a reputation for losing his temper, Atlanta big man Ivan Johnson, 27, is about as old as an NBA rookie can come — but he seems to have finally found a home with the Hawks.

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Georgia Tech braces for NCAA decision on infractions

Georgia Tech administrators are unsure how extreme or minor the NCAA will view the multiple recruiting infractions the college sports governing body claims were committed by the school.

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Sun burned

Steve Nash celebrates his birthday early, dropping in 24 points to lead the Suns past the Hawks, 99-90, Monday night in Atlanta.

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Georgia gets its guy, after all

Lowndes LB Josh Harvey-Clemons faxes in his paperwork to UGA early Thursday morning, dispelling rumors he may switch his commitment.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Georgia Tech lands 6-6, 255-pound DE Kallon from across the pond

England native Francis Kallon is the prized recruit Wednesday of Georgia Tech's signing class, which experts don't rate very high. (ADDS: Georgia Tech's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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Without true home court, Ga. Tech men’s hoops struggling through terrible season

The Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team’s lack of a home gym — which draws a shockingly sparse crowd for every home game — seems to be adding fuel to the fire of Georgia Tech’s dismal season, which has the program just 8-12 overall and last in the ACC.

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Braves GM Wren addresses team's quiet offseason

For all the Braves fans who wanted a big offseason blockbuster trade or signing by Atlanta, but have yet to see one with spring training just a few weeks ago, GM Frank Wren says don’t worry — it’s all part of his master plan.

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Falcons make curious hire of Jags' Koetter as new O-C

Atlanta makes Jacksonville O-C Dirk Koetter its new offensive coordinator Sunday, despite the fact Koetter's Jaguars were ranked last in total offense and passing last season.

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Take that, Tampa!

Roddy White becomes Atlanta’s all-time leading receiver Sunday as the Falcons avenge an ugly 16-13 loss earlier in the year to Tampa Bay with a 45-24 home rout of the Buccaneers in their regular-season finale, setting up a wild card showdown next week in the Big Apple with the New York Giants, who beat the Cowboys late Sunday night to win the NFC East.

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McCalebb, Mason to share carries for Auburn

Suspended running back Mike Dyer has given Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason chances to step up in Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl.

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Hawks ready to soar into the real season

The Hawks bring back many of the same old familiar faces, but they have a new look about them as they begin the NBA season.

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Falcons can wrap up playoff spot by beating Saints

The Saints have already clinched a playoff spot, but the Falcons can also secure a spot in the postseason and keep their hopes of winning the division alive with a win Monday night in New Orleans.

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It’s Teague time

If Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague can play this year the way he did in the playoffs, he could be a key to Atlanta’s season.

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Back on the job

Falcons coach Mike Smith was at practice Monday night, after being checked out of a Charlotte hospital, where he was examined for a “non-emergency” matter.

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Decisions, decisions

When No. 18 Georgia plays in the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl against No. 12 Michigan State, there’s no telling who will be the Bulldogs’ starting running back as injuries continue to hamper top rushers Isaiah Crowell, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas.

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Ryan has Falcons rolling after slow start

The wins haven't always been pretty, but thanks to Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense, Atlanta has won five of its last six games heading into Sunday's showdown on the road with AFC top dog Houston.

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UGA NOTEBOOK: Defense leads Bulldogs' resurgence; Georgia prepares for Tech; Munson family announces funeral to be after Dec. 3 title game

The nation's fourth-ranked defense seems to only be getting better as Georgia heads into this weekend's showdown with Tech.

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Bulldogs eye ninth straight win, first SEC East crown since 2005 today vs. 'Cats

After an 0-2 start, an amazing turnaround for the Bulldogs can be completed today if Georgia can close out its SEC schedule with a win against Kentucky at home for its ninth win in a row that will secure a spot in the conference championship game.

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Richt: Time has come for Bulldogs to 'finish the drill'

The Bulldogs are one win away from clinching a spot in the SEC Championship game, and that's a place not many expected them to be after an 0-2 start -- that is, not many outside of head coach Mark Richt.

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Falcons RB Turner wants more carries

Michael Turner is more than ready to carry the load for the Falcons' run game, which has been splitting time with other backs this year.

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First place in NFC South on line when Falcons, Saints meet today

In what's becoming one of the NFL's best rivalries, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons meet today for the first time this season with the top spot in the NFC South Division on the line.

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Hokies run all over Jackets, nix Tech from ACC title race

Georgia Tech was ahead and cruising, 26-21, late Thursday against Virginia Tech, then an inexplicable penalty on defender Jeremiah Attaouchu keeps a Hokies drive alive as Va. Tech runs off 16 straight points for a 37-26 win to eliminate the Jackets from the ACC Championship race.

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Depleted Georgia missing top four RBs vs. New Mexico State

The oddsmakers sure don't think Georgia missing its run threat will make a difference today against 3-5 New Mexico State as Georgia enters its second-to-last non-conference game a huge 33 1/2-point favorite.

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Target practice: UGA's Murray spreading ball around to WRs

For the first time in a while, the Georgia Bulldogs are enjoying plenty of depth at the receiver position, giving sophomore QB Aaron Murray his choice of targets.