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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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Bulldogs start slow, finish strong in rout of FAU

Florida Atlantic played with No. 7 Georgia for much of the first half, but then the Bulldogs scored seven unanswered touchdowns to put away the Owls, 56-20, and improve to 3-0.

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Should UGA even be concerned about FAU?

As a 42-point favorite, not many think Georgia has a chance of being upset by FAU today in Athens — but the Bulldogs are a little wary after what happened to their SEC counterpart Arkansas last week against Louisiana-Monroe.

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Medlen, Braves swat Nats, 2-1

Kris Medlen continues his tear since joining the Braves’ starting rotation, striking out a career-high 13 on Friday night to stymie the Nationals during a crucial NL East showdown.

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Falcons flying high after impressive 2012 debut

The Falcons can’t bask in their convincing 40-24 win on Sunday against the Chiefs because next up is their home opener — in prime time on Monday night — against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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Another Rockies error propels Braves to second straight 1-0 win

For the second game in a row, Atlanta only needs one run to beat the Rockies, who are shut out for the second straight day by the Braves.

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UGA NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs ready to (rudely) welcome Missouri to the SEC; Richt mum on starting RB

The Bulldogs say Tuesday that they’re looking at their game at Missouri — the Tigers’ first SEC duel — as nothing more than a “business trip.”

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Jackets’ defense gets defensive about criticism

Georgia Tech’s much-maligned defense is ready to prove its doubters wrong this season by tightening up all phases of its attack.

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Chipper’s farewell tour going even better than expected

Braves veteran star Chipper Jones reiterates Friday that while he’s still having fun this season — and most importantly, still producing — it will definitely be his last.

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Chipper, Braves pound Padres again

Kris Medlen continues to be a pleasant surprise as a fill-in starter for the Braves as he pitches a shutout Thursday -- his first career complete game -- and Chipper Jones hits two homers to lead the Braves to a 6-0 win against the Padres.

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Passing the torch

More than likely you can call it a career for Michael Phelps, who swam his last individual race at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday, going out with a gold in the 100-meter butterfly while also watching as the future of U.S. swimming — 17-year-old Missy Franklin and 15-year-old Katie Ledecky — both win golds of their own.

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Quite the splash

Led by former UGA stars Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland, the women’s 4x200 relay team picks up another U.S. gold, then Nathan Adrian pulls the upset win in the 100 free.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S.A. swimmers Franklin, Grevers capture gold

American swimming stars Missy Franklin, 17, and Matt Grevers both win gold during their finals Monday at the Summer Olympics in London, while Ryan Lochte -- once again -- struggles for the U.S. as he finishes fourth in the 200 freestyle.

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COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER OLYMPICS -- 12 days: Swimming’s greatest rivalry takes center stage in London

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps have traded victories against each other this past year, and the duo headlines America’s strong class of swimmers for the 2012 Olympics.

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Facing elimination

Boston’s aging Celtics have earned the respect of the Hawks, who face elimination tonight.

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Hawks hoping Smith can play in Game 3 vs. Celtics

Atlanta has still not ruled out Josh Smith playing tonight in Game 3 against Boston, despite the fact he's still in pain after hurting his knee in Game 2.

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Celtics' Rondo suspended for Game 2 against Hawks

Rajon Rondo's bump of an official during the end of Game 1 of the Celtics-Hawks series Sunday night garners a one-game ban Monday for tonight's Game 2.

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