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Justin Upton reportedly headed to San Diego

Atlanta Braves slugger traded for prospects

Outfielder Justin Upton, in the last year of his contract, is heading west for prospects, sources are saying.

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Georgia Bulldogs begin preparations for Belk Bowl

Bulldogs have lost three of last four bowl games

Based on recent history, coach Mark Richt will be on the lookout for any signs that his team isn’t ready to compete against the Louisville Cardinals, a team that has a lot more to gain than the Bulldogs.

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Big Ben leads Pittsburgh Steelers to 27-20 win over Atlanta Falcons | PHOTOS

Ben Roethlisberger throws for 360 yards in Steelers’ victory

The Falcons (5-9) slipped out of first place in the abysmal NFC South and ensured themselves a second straight losing season, but Atlanta can still make the playoffs by winning its final two games against division rivals New Orleans and Carolina.

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Atlanta Falcons encouraged heading into matchup with Pittsburgh Steelers

Falcons encouraged after last Monday’s loss at Green Bay

If the Falcons are feeling positive about a loss, just imagine what kind of high the Steelers must be on after they won an impressive 42-21 victory at Cincinnati that pulled them within a half-game of division-leading Bengals in the jumbled AFC North.

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Sugar Bowl will have classic coaching matchup

Saban’s Tide will meet Urban’s Buckeyes

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are hardly strangers, their history framed by a pair of classic Southeastern Conference championship games.

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Alabama Crimson Tide wins SEC football title again

Top-ranked Tide pulls away in fourth quarter

Missouri made it a one-score contest in the third quarter, but Alabama (12-1) put up three touchdowns over the final 15 minutes to lock up its spot in college football’s inaugural playoff.

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Paul Johnson's Way works just fine for Georgia Tech

Johnson and the Jackets relish the underdog role

The No. 12 Yellow Jackets (10-2) will face defending national champion Florida State (12-0), a team that has gone more than two years without a loss.

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Georgia Tech looks to claim biggest prize of season

Jackets meet Seminoles in ACC championship game

The Yellow Jackets (10-2) will face No. 2 Florida State (12-0) in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night at Charlotte, North Carolina, a rematch of the 2012 title won by the Seminoles 21-15.

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Julio Jones leads Atlanta Falcons past punchless Arizona Cardinals

Wide receiver hauls in 10 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown

The Falcons (5-7) dominated against a team that had given up less than 300 yards in each of its four previous games.

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Georgia Tech upsets Georgia in overtime thriller

Jackets top Bulldogs for first time since 2008

The rivals combined for three fumbles at the 1-yard line and three blocked kicks.

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More on the line than just bragging rights

2014 has been memorable for both Georgia and Georgia Tech

Both teams are having seasons to remember, transforming what is often nothing more than a provincial showdown into a game taking its place alongside more prominent national rivalries such as Alabama-Auburn and Michigan-Ohio State.

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Familiar issues continue to haunt Atlanta Falcons

Team has another fourh quarter meltdown in loss to Browns

The Atlanta defense couldn’t stop Brian Hoyer and the Browns, giving up four straight completions before Billy Cundiff kicked a 37-yarder on the final play for a 26-24 victory.

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Atlanta Falcons fall to Cleveland on last-second field goal

Bill Cundiff drills 37-yard field goal as time expired

With another fourth-quarter meltdown, Atlanta dropped to 0-7 against teams outside its division.

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Matt Ryan becomes more vocal as Falcons' losses pile up

Despite strong numbers, Ryan and Falcons are still struggling

Atlanta has won just seven of 25 games over the past two seasons, including a 3-6 mark this year.

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Georgia Bulldogs still have plenty of play for

Team anxious to put last week’s loss behind

The No. 17 Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) are still right in the thick of things in the SEC East, though now they need Missouri to lose one of its three remaining league games.

Gurley receives four-game suspension from NCAA

Gurley receives four-game suspension from NCAA

ATHENS— The NCAA said Wednesday that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

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SUPER BOWL XLVII: 49ers DB Culliver bashes gays at Media Day on Tuesday --- then backs down from comments Thursday

Not many even knew who Chris Culliver was before Super Bowl Media Day, but following his crude and inflammatory anti-gay remarks, it has been a week the 49ers' cornerback would like to forget.

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SUPER XLVII: Moss: I’m ‘greatest’ receiver ever — but afterthought to 49ers

Always known to speak his mind, 49ers receiver Randy Moss does just that Tuesday at Super Bowl Media Day, saying quite a few things that's likely to ruffle some feathers --- even on his own team.

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Oh, so close

The Falcons build a 17-0 lead, but can’t hang on and fall to the 49ers, 28-24, in the NFC title game Sunday in Atlanta.

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Let's do this!

It all comes down to this for the Falcons and 49ers, who will battle in Atlanta today for the NFC title and a spot in the Super Bowl against either the Patriots or Ravens.

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The new Matty Ice

Matt Bryant’s 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left lifts the Falcons to a 30-28 win against Seattle in the NFC divisional game and now meet the 49ers.

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Now ... or never?

Sure-fire Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez says this is his last season --- and the Atlanta Falcons would love nothing more than to send him out with the lone item missing on his stellar resume: a Super Bowl ring.

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Falcons trying to avoid the 'D' word heading into Sunday

The 'D' word would be drought -- as in the playoff winless "drought" the Atlanta Falcons' franchise is in --- heading to Sunday's divisional showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Finally, a true classic

Will tonight’s BCS title game between Notre Dame and Alabama live up to the hype that has been building for more than a month?

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COLUMN: Sports can help lead us down a better path

In wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., AP sports columnist Paul Newberry writes about sports and the comfort it can bring.

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PREVIEW: Falcons look to rebound, host Super Bowl champ Giants today

The Atlanta Falcons can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs today with a win against the Giants and some help.

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Falcons moving past ugly loss

Atlanta is ready to rebound from its dismal loss Sunday to division rival Carolina, but the good news is that this is only the second time this season the 11-2 Falcons have had to try to bounce back.

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COLUMN: Time for college players to demand justice

National AP Columnist Paul Newberry is tired of major colleges making millions of dollars off its football players --- and he says it's time for the unpaid student-athletes to fight back.

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Texas A&M’s Manziel, UGA’s Jones headline All-SEC team

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is a unanimous choice for the Associated Press Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year, and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones edges South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney for the defensive player of the year award. (ADDS: Complete All-SEC team)

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Opportunity lost

Georgia will not be playing for its first national title since 1980 after it squanders a late lead Saturday in the SEC Championship, then falls victim to curious play calling at the end of the game with a chance to win as the Bulldogs lose, 32-28, to Alabama, which will now play Notre Dame for the BCS title.

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SEC CHAMPIONSHIP --- PREVIEW: Is it now or never for Richt?

Not to say Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will never win a national title if the Bulldogs don’t beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game to secure their spot in the BCS big one against Notre Dame, but no one’s denying that today in Atlanta is the best chance he’s had in his 11 years in Athens to turn the tables, change the guard — and finally end the Crimson Tide’s dominance. (ADDS: breakout on matchup between best friends, former UGA star Mike Bobo of Thomasville vs. Bainbridge's Kirby Smart)

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SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Alabama, Georgia Ds ready to prove who’s best

The winner of Saturday’s SEC Championship game between UGA and Alabama may come down to which team’s stellar defense comes up biggest — and they both know it.

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Shooting for #7

The SEC’s string of six BCS national titles in a row will get a chance to stay alive when the winner of Alabama-Georgia plays Notre Dame in Miami after the New Year for a shot at seven straight.

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Here we go again

There always seems to be something big at stake for both programs when Georgia and Georgia Tech meet, and it’s no different today when the in-state rivals square off at high noon in Athens for year-long bragging rights — and a whole lot more.

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Bulldogs: Rest of nation will take notice of us as BCS contenders eventually

Outside of the Peach State, no one is talking much about Georgia’s chance to reach the national title — and that’s just fine by the Bulldogs.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Falcons trying to fix flaws; Steelers bring back Plax

Atlanta might have the best record in the NFL, but after a loss and several shaky wins, the team understands it has tons of room for improvement. (ADDS: items on Falcons OL being suspended for PEDS, signing replacement)

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Richt: We’ve got our chance

Losses late Saturday by No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon have opened the door for the Bulldogs to sneak into the national title game.

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Falcons win, survive Ryan’s five-pick, nightmare game

Matt Ryan has a game to forget Sunday, but because every other area of Atlanta’s game was sound, the Falcons are able to eke out a 23-19 win against the Cardinals and improve to 9-1.

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Camilla's Scott-Wesley catches first career TD in UGA win as Bulldogs benefit from losses by nation's top 2 teams

The No. 5 Bulldogs take care of business Saturday against in-state FCS opponent Georgia Southern, 45-14, then spend the rest of the evening scoreboard-watching as previously unbeatens No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both fall.

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PREVIEW: Falcons look to rebound from first loss vs. Cardinals today

The Falcons will try to rebound at home today from their first defeat of the season last week against the Saints as they face the struggling Arizona Cardinals.

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Murray on facing No. 3 Florida: I can win the big game

For all he’s accomplished and records he’s broken since arriving in Athens, Aaron Murray still doesn’t have that signature win — a fact he hopes to change come Saturday in Jacksonville when UGA faces the No. 3, unbeaten Gators.

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Williams’ teammates fire back: We’re not soft

Following Damascus native Shawn Williams’ comments about the UGA defense being “soft” that seemed to be directed at two players in particular, those players fire back Wednesday.

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Favorable schedule keeping UGA in SEC title conversation

Thanks to some shrewd scheduling by Georgia, the Bulldogs are still very much alive to win the SEC East — but it must first beat bitter rival Florida on Saturday afternoon.

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Jackets looking at second half as whole new season

Georgia Tech wants a do-over after a disastrous first half of the season that featured only two wins — and a bunch of gut-wrenching losses.

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6-and-OOOOhh!

Matt Bryant kicks a 55-yard field goal with one second remaining in the game to lift Atlanta to a 23-20 win against Oakland.

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PREVIEW: Smith, Falcons on verge of elite company with Raiders up next today

If the unbeaten Falcons defeat the Oakland Raiders today, Mike Smith would tie Americus’ Dan Reeves as the winningest coach in Atlanta Falcons history.

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Kicking Carolina

Matt Bryant’s 40-yard field goal with five seconds left gives the Falcons a 30-28 win against Carolina, and keeps Atlanta unbeaten at 4-0.

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Man among boys

Georgia LB Jarvis Jones is already the frontrunner for national defensive player of the year — and possibly the Heisman — after dominating in the early part of the season.

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Braves sweep Nationals with 5-1 victory, cut lead in NL East to 5 1/2 games

The Braves did it again, beating Washington for the third game in a row late Sunday to earn a sweep and cut the Nationals lead in the NL East race down to 5 1/2 games.

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MNF fireworks

The Falcons and Matt Ryan face Peyton Manning and the Broncos tonight in what could be an offensive showcase of quarterbacks.

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