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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Manziel is Johnny on the spot in Hoover

The more attention that Texas A&M star QB Johnny Manziel receives these days — some of it good, but much if it bad — the more the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy begins to feel like a mega-celebrity rather than a 20-year-old college athlete.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Georgia-South Carolina game time, TV schedule set; UF coach Muschamp takes shot at former coach Meyer

The Georgia-South Carolina football game Sept. 7 in Athens has been set for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised on ESPN, the SEC announced Tuesday. (ADDS: note on Georgia WRs Mitchell, Bennett being named to Biletnikoff Watch List)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Freeman won’t play in All-Star game; McCann takes his place

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman's thumb injury is keeping him out of his first All-Star game, but Braves catcher Brian McCann will take his place in this week's Midsummer Classic. (ADDS: Gattis called up; B.J. Upton to DL)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Braves’ Schafer out longer than anticipated with stress fracture

Jordan Schafer is going to be out six weeks with a stress fracture. (ADDS: Jason Heyward, Justin Upton update)

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Story of attack on ex-MLB star Benson by wife in Atlanta takes bizarre twists

Anna Benson’s plans to attack her husband — former MLB pitcher Kris Benson — this past Sunday at the Atlanta apartment they once shared included a bullet-proof vest, an ammunition belt with several rounds, a Batman knife, a police baton and a revolver.

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Teague on decision to leave Hawks: I’m not part of team’s new direction

Jeff Teague was a huge bright spot on the up-and-down Hawks the last couple of seasons, but he clearly didn’t fit into the revamped plans of Atlanta’s new coach or GM.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Braves hoping Heyward’s hamstring strain isn’t serious; Gattis begins rehab assignment

Jason Heyward was re-evaluated Friday and thinks his hamstring strain suffered in Thursday’s win vs. the Reds won’t require a trip to the DL.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA gears up for crucial 'Dawg Night'; voice of Yellow Jackets lands with Fox Sports South

One of Georgia’s most crucial recruiting events of the every year takes place this weekend in Athens, while Wes Durham reveals the job he left Georgia Tech for.

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GEORGIA TECH NOTEBOOK: Former Deerfield nemesis Smelter going back to football at Ga. Tech

DeAndre Smelter was a beast in football and baseball at Tattnall Square before signing with Georgia Tech’s baseball program, but now he’s ready to knock off the rust and return to the gridiron.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: J. Upton suddenly feeling pressure as Braves’ lead shrinks; McCann shares NL POW honors

Justin Upton initially made Arizona wish it hadn’t gotten rid of him after his fast start to the season for the Braves, but his recent slide is showing why the Diamondbacks were so willing to cut him loose.

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Bulldogs counting on veterans to lead defense

Georgia has four returning starters on defense, and it’s out of that group where a star could emerge.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Atlanta's players sick of Puig-mania

The Braves express their disgust with national media pushing for Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig to receive the final All-Star roster spot over more established stars, such as Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. (ADDS: Notes on Terdoslavich, Gattis, Beachy)

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Millsap excited to join Hawks

Former Jazz forward Paul Millsap had plenty of options as a free agent this summer, but the ex-Louisiana Tech star decided on the Hawks — and he couldn’t be happier with his new team.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: New Big 3 keep Atlanta's bullpen elite

Luis Avilan, Jordan Walden and trusty closer Craig Kimbrel are pacing Atlanta’s bullpen, which leads the major leagues with a 2.68 ERA. (ADDS: Notes on Justin Upton, Chipper Jones)

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Kimbrel only Brave named to NL All-Star team

Rosters for next week’s MLB All-Star game are announced, and the Braves just have one representative, closer Craig Kimbrel.

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Long-time Hawk forward Smith signs with Detroit

After spending nine years in a Hawks uniform and becoming a staple of the franchise, free agent forward Josh Smith has decided to sign with the Detroit Pistons.

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Korver agrees to multiyear deal with Hawks

Kyle Korver was courted by several teams during free agency but decides to return to the Hawks, who give him a multiyear deal Wednesday.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Johnson thrives batting eighth

Chris Johnson is one of Atlanta’s most productive hitters and balances out the Braves’ lineup by hitting eighth in the batting order. (ADDS: Note on Wood's bunting; injury report)

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Sources: Ex-Patriot Hernandez was a ‘loner’ off field

Several sources inside the Patriots locker room are revealing that Aaron Hernandez, who is charged with first-degree murder, kept to himself away from the field.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Four years later, Schafer finds his place in Atlanta

Jordan Schafer is making the most of his second chance with the Braves and is turning into one of the team’s best options off the bench.

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UGA’s Caldwell-Pope pleased to be with Pistons

Former Georgia star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was selected No. 8 by the Pistons in last week’s NBA Draft, is welcomed to Detroit and is getting used to his new-found fame in the Motor City.

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Hawks to meet with free agent Howard this week

Free agent center Dwight Howard met with the Rockets early Monday and will discuss his future with several other teams — including the Hawks — before deciding where to take his talents.

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Gonzalez: First-place Braves have room for improvement

The Braves have a solid grip on first place in the NL East after 82 games, but manager Fredi Gonzalez is hoping the final 80 are even better.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Uggla still working through vision issues

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was diagnosed with astigmatism in the spring and has been testing different contact lenses during the season.

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Hawks hope draft improves foreign relations

Brazilian Lucas Nogueira and German Dennis Schroeder — the Hawks’ first two draft picks last week — are just the latest international players to be selected by Atlanta.

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Chipper: Dream realized watching number retired

Chipper Jones calls his final moment in the sun at Turner Field “surreal” after having his No. 10 jersey retired Friday before the Atlanta Braves’ game against Arizona.

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NBA NOTEBOOK: Hawks go across the pond, land 7-footer, German star; UGA's Caldwell-Pope ready to get started in Detroit

Atlanta ends up with a star German point guard and a Brazilian 7-footer after wheeling and dealing on draft day. (ADDS: note on Ray Allen agreeing to return to Miami Heat)

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J. Posey aims to remain healthy, sharpen skills during Ohio summer league

After overcoming a back injury during his junior season at Lee County and then shining as a freshman for UGA, the next step for Jess Posey is to sharpening his skills while playing for the Lima Locos collegiate summer league team in Ohio.

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Toddler shot outside supermarket

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NBA DRAFT: Pressure’s on for Ferry to build Hawks into power

The beginning of the new look for the Atlanta Hawks and new GM Danny Ferry starts in New York tonight at the 2013 NBA Draft.

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NBA DRAFT: Hawks looking for talent in second round

Atlanta will pick 17th in Thursday's first round of the NBA Draft, but the real value could be found in the second round and beyond.

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FALCONS NOTEBOOK: Ex-UGA star Dent ready to make impact for Falcons — every down; Reynolds in battle for starting spot

Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent says he’s ready to be a starter, and if that means never coming off the field, he’s just fine with that, too. (ADDS: note about Ex-Falcons great Deion Sanders being inducted into Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame; Michael Vick returning to Georgia, speaking in Milledgeville)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Walden dominating as of late; Schafer gets silent treatment; Upton's hand hurting

Since returning from the disabled list May 29, reliever Jordan Walden has made 10 straight scoreless appearances, walking only one and striking out 10 in 9 1/3 innings.

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HAWKS NOTEBOOK: Budenholzer gets to work in Atlanta after crushing NBA Finals loss with Spurs

Josh Smith was a solid pick at No. 17 nine years ago, but and that’s where they’ll pick at again Thursday.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Braves put Pena on DL, recall Janish; Beachy struggling to return

Ramiro Pena will take a brief rest to nurse a shoulder injury, paving the way for Paul Janish to be called up from Triple-A.

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FALCONS ROUNDUP: Davis aiming for ATL's backup QB role; new RB Jackson hopes to find playoff, Super Bowl glory with Falcons

Dominique Davis has looked good in his second year with the Falcons, and he hopes this year’s minicamp ends with a nod to be the backup QB, while Steven Jackson has barely sniffed the playoffs in his stellar career, and he hopes that changes with Atlanta.

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Braves may have found root of Uggla’s struggles

Atlanta may finally have to an answer as to why Dan Uggla’s slumping again this year: He’s experiencing blurred vision and may have to have Lasik surgery.

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HAWKS NOTEBOOK: Atlanta weighs options on Johnson, Teague

Whether forward Ivan Johnson and point guard Jeff Teague will return to the Atlanta Hawks next season remains to be seen. (ADDS: Note on summer league, free agency and coaching additions)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: No. 1 pick Hursch signs; $5 ticket deal offered to rain-out fans

Jason Hursch, the 31st overall pick out of Oklahoma State, signs for $1.7M with the Braves this week and will begin his career in Single-A ball in Rome.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Gattis put on DL with strained oblique

Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis and his powerful swing will be sidelined for 15 days after he strained an oblique muscle checking his swing. (ADDS: Note on SS Simmons)

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UGA NOTEBOOK: Georgia's depth in secondary being tested

A preseason injury to cornerback Reggie Wilkerson has left Georgia’s secondary razor thin. (ADDS: Baseball coach Stricklin adds to staff; former hoops star Edwards to enter HOF)

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FALCONS NOTEBOOK: TE Gonzalez named PFWA Good Guy

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez becomes the first non-quarterback to be given the Good Guy Award since 2007. (ADDS: Falcons' new stadium envisioned; team signs new TE; Trufant goes back to school)

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Falcons’ Koetter finally has control of offense

Dirk Koetter relied on QB Matt Ryan last year during his first season as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, but Koetter is becoming more comfortable calling plays on his own entering his second season in Atlanta.

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Tiger’s major slide reaches 16 after U.S. Open disaster

Tiger Woods’ last major championship victory came in 2008, and many are wondering if the greatest player of this generation will ever win another.

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Boy, 7, wounded in shooting

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: No structural damage for Beachy; Wood might get first start

With Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy scratched from Tuesday’s game, rookie left-hander Alex Wood might get his first start for Atlanta.