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Paul Newberry

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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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Hawks open playoffs against aging Celtics

The Celtics' Big Three are on their last legs and the Hawks are looking to jump on Boston early in the first round series, which tips off tonight.

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Braves smash Pirates for 13th win in last 16 games

The Atlanta pitching staff surrenders just six hits to the Pirates, and the Braves stay hot at the plate to win Friday’s game, 6-1.

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Homeward bound

The Hawks lock up home court in their first-round playoff series against Boston by winning Thursday’s season finale against Dallas.

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With no first-round pick, quiet draft ahead for Falcons

Atlanta doesn’t have a pick in the draft until late in the second round — but GM Thomas Dimitroff still thinks he can get a solid player.

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Braves best Brewers in 2012 home opener, 10-8

In a see-saw battle Friday night at Turner Field, the Braves rally to beat the Brewers in a wild one for their third straight victory.

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Brand new day for Braves

After spending a long winter trying to forget their historic collapse in September, the Braves are eager to start the season today and put the misery of 2011 behind them.

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Johnson scores 28 to lead Hawks past Lin-less Knicks

The Knicks lose for just the second time under interim coach Mike Woodson, who coached the Hawks from 2004-10 and returned to Philips Arena for the first time since replacing Mike D’Antoni on the Knicks’ bench.

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Kentucky rips Baylor to reach Final Four

Kentucky has no problem ripping Baylor, 82-70, to advance to the Final Four, where the Wildcats face Louisville next week.

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Chipper: For real this time, 2012 will be my final season

After saying recently he wasn’t sure he could even make it through this season — then backtracking a day later, saying he was only kidding — Braves veteran star Chipper Jones officially declares Thursday that 2012 will be his final professional year in the major leagues.

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Georgia Tech, UGA women both land No. 4 seeds in NCAA

Georgia Tech (24-8) opens March Madness against No. 13 seed Sacred Heart, while Georgia's women (22-8) open against MAAC champ Marist as the NCAA women's tournament begins on Sunday.

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Sweet Seminoles

Florida State makes history, winning its first ACC men’s basketball title by beating powerhouse North Carolina, 85-82, on Sunday.

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Old man Chipper still feeling young

As Braves star and elder statesman Chipper Jones nears 40 years old, he reasserts his claim at spring training that he’s still nowhere close to being ready to retire.

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Braves' 'Nasty Boy' Kimbrel ready to atone for last season's collapse

Braves star reliever and reigning NL Rookie of the Year Craig Kimbrel is ready to get back to work after Atlanta's pitching staff, Kimbrel included, helped blow a huge lead in September and miss the playoffs.

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2012 SPRING TRAINING: Hanson returns to Braves’ spring training after suffering concussion in car accident; Chipper quells talk that he's gotten fat

After getting into a car accident on his way to the Braves' spring training complex in Florida and suffering a mild concussion, starting pitcher Tommy Hanson returns to action on a limited basis Thursday.

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Hudson feeling great in return from back surgery

At age 36, and coming off back surgery, Braves starter Tim Hudson says he feeling better than ever and even jokes that he's in his "prime.'' (INCLUDES: Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson suffering a concussion from a minor car accident).

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Hawks hold off Pacers, 97-87, in key East battle

Atlanta’s three-game home losing streak is history after Wednesday’s huge win against rising East powerhouse Indiana.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Bulldogs snag Top 5 class

ESPN ranks Georgia’s 2012 signing class as No. 5 in the nation Wednesday, but it could’ve been even better had top prospect Josh Harvey-Clemons of Lowndes followed up on his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs by making it official and faxing his paperwork in, which — as of late Wednesday — he still had not. (ADDS: complete UGA signing list at end of story)

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Braves: Time to move on from 2011 late-season collapse

With workouts taking place this week at Turner Field and 2012 spring training just two weeks away, it didn’t take long before those Braves returning were asked about how they’re going to get past what happened at the end of last season.

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Tech's Johnson speaks to media for first time since Sun Bowl loss

Paul Johnson hasn’t spoken to the media in almost a month since Georgia Tech’s crushing Sun Bowl loss to Utah in overtime, but Friday he talked about the season that was and what the future holds for the Yellow Jackets.

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Virginia hammers Georgia Tech, 70-38

Georgia Tech is embarrassed by Virginia, 70-38, Thursday night as the Yellowjackets have their lowest scoring game since 1982.

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Surprise, surprise: Hawks soaring without Horford

When All-Star center Al Horford went down with a serious shoulder injury recently, many thought the Hawks were doomed, but they’ve suddenly surged to first place in the East and actually look better than ever.

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Hear them roar!

It was the No. 2 Crimson Tide — not the unbeaten No. 1 Tigers — who roared loudest Monday night as Alabama posts the first-ever shutout in a BCS game, blanking LSU, 21-0, for its second national championship in three years.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Must-see TV as LSU, ’Bama battle for title tonight

It may not have been the most popular pick by the BCS committee, but like it or not, the rematch between heavyweights No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will happen tonight in the national title game in New Orleans as a new champion of college football will be crowned.

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SEC = Simply unstoppable

No one does football better than the SEC, and that’s evident by the fact that the winner of Monday’s BCS National Championship game will mark six winners in a row for the all-mighty conference.

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Staying alive

Ryan connects with White, Jones in win over Jags

Matt Ryan throws three touchdown passes and the Falcons rip Jacksonville, 41-14 to improve to 9-5 and strengthen their hold on the wild card spot.

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Fourth straight winning season, playoff hopes at stake when Falcons host Jags in Thursday night game

It’s been just four days since the Falcons walked off the field in Charlotte, N.C., following their season-saving win against the Panthers, and now Atlanta must turn around and play in tonight’s Thursday Night Football game on the NFL Network against the Jacksonville Jaguars, hoping to win again to keep its playoff hopes alive — while securing another winning season.

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Falcons' supposed new, improved pass rush has been massive disappointment

Even with the addition of last year's sack king Ray Edwards, the Atlanta Falcons' pass rush continues to fall well short of expectations this season heading into Thursday's showdown with the Jags.

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LSU, Alabama dominate All-SEC team

Alabama’s Trent Richardson and LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu earn top honors on the 2011 All-SEC Team that’s announced Monday. (ADDS: breakout of full All-SEC First-Team, Second-Team and Honorable Mentions)

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Leaving no doubt

Unbeaten No. 1 LSU overcomes a sluggish start Saturday to lock up its spot in the BCS National Championship game with a convincing 42-10 win against No. 12 Georgia, which sees its 10-game win streak snapped.

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Nothing to lose

No. 12 Georgia and No. 1 LSU square off today in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta full-speed ahead, as the two teams — on very different paths — meet up with the Tigers having a berth in the BCS title game on the line, while Georgia needs a win to secure a spot in one of the major end-of-the-season bowl games.

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Listen up, LSU ...

LSU and its fans will go on and on about how good the Tigers' defense is, but Georgia fans have a message for the Bayou Bengals heading into this weekend's SEC Championship game in Atlanta: The Bulldogs' defense is just as good -- or better -- as any they've faced all season.

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UGA vs. Georgia Tech: It's that time of year again

No. 13 Georgia is looking to close out its regular season and head to the SEC title game with its 10th straight win today, but standing in the Bulldogs' way is bitter rival No. 25 Georgia Tech, which is searching for its biggest win of the season before heading to a bowl game.

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Georgia’s, Tech’s QBs quite different — but quite effective

Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray and Yellow Jackets signal caller Tevin Washington have both been brilliant at times this season for their teams heading into Saturday’s annual in-state rivalry showdown in Atlanta.

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Bulldog Nation mourns loss of Munson

Larry Munson, Georgia's play-by-play announcer for nearly 43 years, will forever be adored in the hearts and minds of Bulldog fans.