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Charles Odum

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Georgia suspends Crowell, two other RBs

The Bulldogs will be without three running backs -- Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and freshman Ken Malcome -- on Saturday against New Mexico State after all three were suspended Tuesday for failing drug tests, according to a source.

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Falcons hope Snelling can take over at fullback

The Atlanta Falcons are hoping Jason Snelling, who has played running back in the past, can help them at the fullback position.

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UGA's Richt wears emotions on his sleeve after 'big' win against Florida

Normally reserved Georgia coach Mark Richt came clean Sunday, calling the Bulldogs' win against Florida -- to snap a three-game skid in the series -- one of the biggest wins of his entire coaching career.

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Meruelo says he has 'ample resources' to buy Hawks

California pizza king Alex Meruelo -- the prospective new owner of the Hawks -- says that despite some speculation, he has "ample resources" to purchase the NBA franchise.

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Gator nightmare

Georgia coach Mark Richt faces the hated Florida Gators, who are 8-2 against Richt's Bulldogs, when the rivals meet on Saturday in Jacksonville.

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Smith gives Falcons week of rest after recent two-game winning streak

Falcons coach Mike Smith is so pleased with his team's recent turnaround that he told players on Monday they could take the entire week off during Atlanta's bye week this week.

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Jaybo making No. 1 Eagles go

Former Georgia Tech signee Jaybo Shaw left Atlanta and took his talents to Statesboro, where he has led Georgia Southern to an unbeaten record and No. 1 ranking among FCS schools.

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'The sky is not falling' on Georgia Tech

After last week's 24-21 loss to Virginia and the inevitable descent down the polls, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson insists his team has a good attitude and is focused on Saturday's game against Miami.

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Two UGA players -- including Early County grad Williams -- suspended for halves

Former Early County star Shawn Williams and Kwame Geathers will sit out of the first half of Georgia's game against Florida on Oct. 29 due to incidents in the Bulldogs' 33-28 win against Vanderbilt.

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Richt's 'Dream Team' paying off for Bulldogs

Georgia coach Mark Richt's freshmen class "Dream Team,'' is a big reason the Bulldogs are one of the hottest teams in the SEC.

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Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets ready to hoop it up

With college basketball just around the corner, Georgia and Georgia Tech both have holes to fill in their programs.

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What happened?

The Falcons race out to a 14-0 lead Sunday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, then completely fall apart on both offense and defense as Atlanta gives up 25 unanswered and gets embarrassed at home, 25-14, by Green Bay to fall to 2-3.

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Phew!: Ga. Tech survives against Maryland

Maryland makes a late charge Saturday against Georgia Tech, which sees its high-powered offense sputter, but nonetheless the No. 13 Yellow Jackets get the win and move to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in ACC play.

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Georgia Tech hosts Maryland, on verge of 6-0 start

The Yellow Jackets likely won't get much resistance from a struggling Maryland squad today when the Terps roll into and try to stop Georgia Tech from rolling to a 6-0 start.

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Jackets not content with 5-0 start

Georgia Tech players still feel that even though their team is unbeaten and ranked No. 13 in the country, they've yet to be tested, and they won't be satisfied until they are -- and pass that test like an undefeated Top 25 team should.

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WNBA FINALS: Dream on verge of being swept tonight by Lynx

Atlanta reached the WNBA Finals last year and lost, and now are one defeat away from being swept out if they can't come up big tonight at home in Game 3 against Minnesota.

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Georgia, MSU face off in one heck of a crossroads game

Mississippi State is winless so far in SEC play, while Georgia has one conference victory, but can't afford another loss as the two square off today at high noon in Athens in a must-win game for both.

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Georgia's 'D' awakens at just the right time

The 3-4 defensive scheme run by Georgia has been criticized often since being installed last year, but it's been the defense that's now getting most of the credit for the Bulldogs' last two wins.

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Falcons look for more offense

Falcons coach Mike Smith is so disappointed in the way his offense has played that he is considering changing his scheme and possibly members of his offensive line.

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Ex-Early County star Williams embracing ever-changing role with UGA

Is he a linebacker, or is he a safety? That remains up in the air for former Early County and current Georgia star Shawn Williams, who heads into Saturday's game against Ole Miss as a defensive captain -- but without having a set position.

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It's a bumby road ahead for Bulldogs

Georgia is entering the meat of its season, a five-game stretch against SEC teams, including four on the road, a scary notion for coach Mark Richt, whose teams are 1-7 on the road over the past two years.

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Matty Ice-tough

Falcons QB Matt Ryan draws a lot of praise from coach Mike Smith after Ryan's gutty performance against the Eagles on Sunday night.

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Georgia beats up on Coastal Carolina, gets into win column

After two tough losses to start the season, Georgia gets a much-needed 59-0 victory Saturday with a home romp against Coastal Carolina.

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Mets bully Braves, 12-2

The Braves are now just 3.5 games ahead of St. Louis for the NL Wildcard

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Winless UGA set to face 1st non-ranked opponent

After opening up the season with losses to Boise State and South Carolina, Georgia has room to breathe with a home game against Coastal Carolina today.

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Crowell to start in backfield

Isaiah Crowell, a freshman from Columbus, has 178 rushing yards in Georgia's first two games and Bulldogs coach Mark Richt calls him "a very special back."

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Bulldogs hoping Crowell is UGA's next 'Herschel'

Bulldog Nation is giddy over freshman running back Isaiah Crowell, hoping that by his senior year he can become as great -- or greater -- than UGA's greatest rusher of all time and lone Heisman Trophy winner, Herschel Walker.

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UGA understands: If you can stop star RB Lattimore, you can stop S.C.

Georgia didn't stop South Carolina star RB Marcus Lattimore last season, and he ran all over the Bulldogs for 187 yards and two scores -- en route to a 17-6 Gamecocks win.

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Richt reacts to hot-seat talk

Saturday's season-opening loss to No. 5 Boise State ratchets up the pressure on Georgia coach Mark Richt just one game into the Bulldogs' 2011 campaign -- a harsh reality Richt addresses Tuesday.

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Dodgers rally from 5-run deficit, beat Braves 8-6

The Dodgers erase a 5-0 deficit and score five runs in the seventh to come back to beat the Braves, 8-6, on Friday night.

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Hudson, Braves top Nationals, 5-2

Tim Hudson gave up just one run over five innings to help the Braves' ailing rotation, and Brian McCann and Chipper Jones both hit home runs as the Braves beat the Nationals, 5-2, on Thursday.

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Braves beat Nats and acquire Diaz from Pirates

Former Brave Matt Diaz is back with Atlanta, and Derek Lowe hit his first-career home run and combined with three relievers to throw a three-hitter in Wednesday's 3-1 win against the Nationals.

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Nationals hit 4 homers, beat Braves, 9-2

The Nationals blast away with homers and rock Braves ace Jair Jurrjens on Tuesday for a 9-2 win in Atlanta.

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Long offseason for Ga. Tech

Last season's losing record left a bad taste in the Yellow Jackets' mouths and Thursday's season opener against Western Carolina cant come soon enough.

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UGA's Geathers emerging as star for Bulldogs' defense

Kwame Geathers, UGA's likely starting nosetackle, and his stellar football pedigree are fitting in just fine in Athens.

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Georgia's Murray surrounded by new skill players

Stars from last year's UGA team -- including receivers A.J. Green and Kris Durham and running backs Caleb King and Washaun Ealey -- are gone, and a new crop of young talent must step up for the Bulldogs.

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Ga. Tech's Sims making best of move from QB to RB

Sophomore David Sims, a former quarterback, is competing with Preston Lyons, Charles Perkins and Richard Watson for the Yellow Jackets' B-back position in Georgia Tech's spread-option running game.

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Untouchable

The Braves continue their dominance of the NL West's top teams by sweeping the Diamondbacks on Sunday, which followed Atlanta taking two of three from San Francisco.

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Uggla smashes two HRs as Braves dump Diamondbacks, 8-1

Dan Uggla's tear continues as the Braves' slugger blasts his 28th and 29th home runs Saturday to help lead Atlanta in a thrashing of the Diamondbacks at Turner Field, 8-1.

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Room to Groh

Al Groh, in his second year as defensive coordinator with Georgia Tech, says he expects his unit to be much improved compared to last season when the defense struggled mightily at times.

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Delgado shines, Prado wins it in 11th for Braves

Randall Delgado takes a no-hitter into the seventh for the Braves on Tuesday as Atlanta needs extra innings to beat Giants, 2-1.

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Injuries to Falcons' defense give Jerry more reps

In the next Falcons preseason game, Peria Jerry will see more playing time due to injuries to the defense, giving the former first-round draft pick yet another shot to prove his worth,

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Meruelo buys Hawks, becomes first Hispanic owner

Cuban Alex Meruelo agrees to buy the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and become the league's first Hispanic owner, although the deal still must be approved by the NBA.

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Freddie Fireworks

Braves superstar rookie Freddie Freeman jacks two home runs Monday night to beat the Rockies in the teams' NL series opener after two weeks of Interleague play.

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Hinske's 3 hits lead Braves past Astros, 3-2

Eric Hinske had three hits, including a tie-breaking single in the seventh, and the Atlanta Braves used a makeshift lineup to beat the Houston Astros 3-2 on Monday night.

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With Crowell intact, Georgia completes 'Dream Team'

Top-rated RB Isaiah Crowell of Carver, Columbus, made Bulldog fans quite happy Wednesday when he chose Georgia over Alabama --- giving coach Mark Richt arguably his greatest recruiting class ever during his tenure. (ADDS: full breakout list of UGA's signing class)

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Gettin' Thrashed

The Thrashers are on course for their second playoff berth in franchise history this season, but you wouldn't know it by the team's pitiful attendance -- 28th out of 30 teams, to be exact -- and overall lack of fan support in Atlanta. (EDITS: adds breakout on Atlanta taking over first place in the East Division Monday night with a win on the road vs. the Maple Leafs)

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UGA-GEORGIA TECH NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs TE Charles next big star in Athens?

With A.J. Green expected to leave for the NFL after this season, all eyes are turning to tight end Orson Charles to be the Bulldogs' next big-play star.

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Dogs relying on special teams to beat Tech

The resurgent UGA offense and defense will have to keep playing well to beat Georgia Tech on Saturday, but this week in practice the special teams for the Bulldogs has had extra emphasis placed on it heading into the showdown.

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Georgia Tech can block UGA's path to bowl

Georgia Tech became bowl-eligible this weekend with its win against Duke, and now the Yellow Jackets can prevent their bitter rival Georgia from reaching the same point with a victory Saturday in Athens.