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Paul Newberry

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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.

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Falcons rebound from loss to Saints, beat Titans at home

Falcons running back Michael Turner’s big day leads Atlanta to a clutch win Sunday against the Titans that could just be the turning point in what’s been an up-and-down season so far.

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Falcons try to rebound vs. Titans; Edwards breaks silence on struggles

One week after the missed fourth down call heard ’round the NFL, the Falcons are eager to move on at home today vs. the Titans, while defensive star Ray Edwards finally breaks his silence with the media and explains why he's worth the $30M that Atlanta gave him, despite a lack of production this year.

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Streaking Georgia knows how close it is to SEC Championship game

If Georgia can beat Kentucky on Saturday at home --- and all signs point to the Bulldogs will -- they'll meet the SEC Western Division champ for the conference title.

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Bulldogs 45, Tigers 7: 8 straight -- and counting -- for UGA

After a dreadful 0-2 start, the Georgia Bulldogs have now won eight games in a row after Saturday's 45-7 romp against bitter rival Auburn -- a victory that was highlighted by sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray surpassing Matthew Stafford's single-season passing touchdown record.

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Streaking Bulldogs close in on SEC title -- but rival Tigers stand in their way

Georgia is two conference wins away from representing the SEC East in the title game, and first the Bulldogs must get past bitter rival Auburn today.

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Suspension over, Crowell returns for UGA

Isaiah Crowell will return from suspension Saturday just in time to lead UGA into an SEC battle with Auburn.

Peach State football

Georgia football fans can get ready for a huge week as Georgia, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Falcons all face big games.

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No. 1 LSU wins FG battle with No. 2 'Bama, 9-6, in OT

Late Saturday night, No. 1 LSU kicks a short field goal in overtime, topping No. 2 Alabama, 9-6, to stay unbeaten and on track for a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

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No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama: It's college football's Super Bowl

Based on past history in these showdowns, no matter who plays in the BCS Championship, Saturday's No. 1 vs. No. 2 duel between LSU and Alabama will go down as the game of the year.

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Jackets moves back into AP Top 25 with huge win

Georgia Tech's upset victory against previously unbeaten No. 6 Clemson didn't just end the Yellow Jackets' two-game losing streak, it may have turned their entire season around.

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Georgia Tech bounces back, shocks Clemson, 31-17

Georgia Tech comes back from back-to-back losses and upsets No. 6 Clemson, 31-17, to all but wipe out the Tigers' national title hopes as Tevin Washington runs for 176 yards to lead the Yellow Jackets.

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Ga. Tech stands in No. 6 Clemson's way of history-making perfect year

Georgia Tech and No. 6 Clemson may be headed in opposite directions as of late, but the Yellow Jackets hope to not only right their ship tonight at home in the ACC duel, but play the role as ultimate spoiler of the Tigers' amazing unbeaten season.

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Georgia Tech's special teams not so special

For anyone wondering where to point for Georgia Tech's last two losses, look no further than its struggling special teams.