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This will be a rough weekend for Atlanta Braves fans.

The team traded Andrelton Simmons, their popular shortstop, to the Los Angeles Angels.

This summer, football players at Northwestern University came very close to successfully forming a union — not to demand that they be paid, but to demand better scholarships and safety protocols. Had their bid succeeded, it might have changed college athletics — and, indeed, higher education — in some fundamental ways.

The DeKalb County Commission voted in August to approve the agreement with Atlanta United FC, one that would have involved a $12 million investment by the county.
Atlanta United FC

A planned $30 million soccer training complex in DeKalb County for Atlanta’s new professional team will not happen.

That is according to the DeKalb County government, which issued a news release late Friday saying the deal had broken down in the due diligence process.

The statement quoted DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May: “…After reviewing the reports with Atlanta United FC, we decided together that the numbers going into it have changed so much that proceeding would not be a responsible decision for either party, and certainly not the DeKalb taxpayers.”

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Georgia freshman Natrez Patrick and Chauncey Rivers have been suspended for Saturday's game against Kentucky following their arrests on marijuana charges early Wednesday.

Georgia confirmed the two were arrested on misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Each was released on $1,000 bond Wednesday morning, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail report.

Patrick, a linebacker, has 13 tackles in seven games. He was the top backup to starting middle linebacker Jake Ganus.

Rivers, a defensive end, has one tackle in two games.

Georgia State University fans won't have trouble finding the Panthers basketball teams.

The school's athletic department announced all home games will broadcast live on ESPN-3, according to a press release from the college.

This agreement is for both the men's and women's basketball teams.

Johnny Cueto pitched a two-hitter, Eric Hosmer drove in two more runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-1 Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

Cueto struck out four, walked three and reinforced why the Royals got the dreadlocked ace from Cincinnati in late July. The crowd at Kauffman Stadium fed off the excitable righty, standing and chanting his name.

In the longest World Series Game 1 ever, the Kansas City Royals outlasted the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings to gain the early edge in the 111th Fall Classic.

Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly that scored Alcides Escobar from third base to end it and give the Royals a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The game took 5 hours, 9 minutes. The losing pitcher was 42-year-old Bartolo Colon, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 12th before running out of luck in the 14th inning.

Baseball's World Series gets under way Tuesday evening in Kansas City as the American League Champion Royals entertain the National League champion New York Mets.

By virtue of the American League winning the All-Star Game, the Royals have the honor of hosting the first two games of the best of seven series before it shifts to New York for games 3 and 4 and, if need be. five. Should a sixth and/or seventh game be called for, they would be played back in KC.

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The Atlanta Hawks have confirmed that Kent Bazemore will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's season opener against the Detroit Pistons.

The 6-foot-5 swingman started throughout the preseason at the small forward spot that belonged to DeMarre Carroll the last two years.

When Carroll signed a $60 million deal with Toronto, Bazemore seized his chance to join a lineup that includes four All-Stars — Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver.

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Matt Ryan threw for 251 yards and a touchdown pass, and Devonta Freeman ran for 116 yards as the Atlanta Falcons held off the Tennessee Titans 10-7 Sunday.

The Falcons (6-1) bounced back from their first loss this season by grinding out a road win and overcoming two interceptions. Freeman notched his third consecutive game with at least 100 yards, and Atlanta outgained Tennessee 378-256.

With clinical efficiency, the New York Mets have swept the Chicago Cubs and are going to the World Series for the first time in 15 years. The Mets topped the Cubs 8-3 to finish a four-game sweep of the National League Championship Series in which they never trailed once in a game.

They jumped ahead of the Cubs early in the finale. Lucas Duda launched a three-run home run and Travis d'Arnaud followed with a solo shot in the top of the first to give the Mets an early 4-0 lead. Duda added a two-run double in the second to make it 6-0. Duda had five RBIs.

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Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius can leave prison and move to house arrest this week.

A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision. It came after an initial ruling to release the double-amputee athlete in August was canceled.

Pistorius was convicted of shooting his girlfriend to death in 2013.

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The New Orleans Saints have handed the Atlanta Falcons their first loss of the season.

Drew Brees threw for 312 yards and Ben Watson had 10 receptions for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown as the Saints downed the Falcons 31-21 in New Orleans. Watson's two-yard scoring grab put the Saints ahead 24-7 late in the third quarter.

Mark Ingram ran for two short touchdowns for the 2-4 Saints, and New Orleans' defense recovered three fumbles, two inside its own 20.

New Orleans native Michael Mauti blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in the first quarter.

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Unbeaten Atlanta faces struggling New Orleans to kick off the NFL weekend Thursday at the Superdome.

The Falcons are off to a 5-0 start despite trailing in the fourth quarter in four of those games. A big reason for their success is running back Devonta Freeman, who is first player since 1966 to rush for at least seven touchdowns in his first three starts to begin a career.

Atlanta's Julio Jones is listed as probable as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He leads the NFL with 43 receptions.

Sports Great Bill Curry Working Off The Gridiron For Kids

Oct 14, 2015
Courtesy Bill Curry

When it comes to inspiring quotes, perhaps there's no better place to find one than from an iconic NFL football coach like Vince Lombardi.

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary," Lombardi once said.

Legendary Georgia football coach and Super Bowl champion Bill Curry is quite familiar with Lombardi’s famous quotes and more. After all, the College Park native played for Lombardi.

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Updated at 1:09 p.m.

Steve Spurrier says he made the decision to resign as South Carolina's head coach because the team was heading in the wrong direction.

He told a news conference Tuesday: "We've slipped. It's my fault. I'm the head coach."

Spurrier was in the middle of his 11th season. The Gamecocks were 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in Spurrier's career.

He had never had a losing season in 25 previous seasons coaching at Duke (1987-89), Florida (1990-2001) or South Carolina, where he has been since 2005.

John Bazemore / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons are the first 5-0 team in NFL history to trail in the fourth quarter of four games. They rallied again Sunday, taking the lead with 24 seconds left, only to have to score again in overtime to stay perfect.

They beat the Washington Redskins 25-19 in overtime on Robert Alford's 59-yard interception return.

Whatever it takes to rally past NFC East opponents, the Falcons have done it, beating the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and Redskins. The game is not over until the clock says zeroes," Alford said. "This team ... we're always going to grind until the end."

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Bad news for Bulldog Nation.

The University of Georgia football team will have to make do for the rest of the season without Nick Chubb.

The tailback suffered what the team is calling a "significant" left knee injury during Saturday's game against Tennessee.

UGA says Chubb has severe damage to numerous ligaments and cartilage.

However, he didn't injure his ACL, which would have been much worse.

Chubb is expected to have surgery within the next two weeks. 

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The Atlanta Braves had an undeniably miserable 2015 season, winning just 65 games and losing 95.

Braves team president John Schuerholz talked about it last week during a Fox Sports South telecast.

“I’ve been here 25 year with this organization, and it’s the worst year I’ve experienced in my life with this organization and I’m sure the fans feel the same way,” Schuerholz told Fox.

But he also explained that the bad year wasn’t exactly unexpected, even though, he said he understood why fans were upset about it.

Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha (25) is shown against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA pre-season basketball game Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Atlanta.
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An NBA head coach has testified that the character of a professional basketball player on trial after a confrontation with New York City police is "of the highest order."

The Atlanta Hawks' Mike Budenholzer took the stand Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court in the trial of Thabo Sefolosha.

Budenholzer said the 31-year-old Swiss guard-forward was highly intelligent and hardworking.

Sefolosha has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.

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Jeff Teague scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-96 in the preseason opener for both teams.

J.R. Smith had 15 points and James Jones added 13 for the Cavaliers, who swept Atlanta in the Eastern Conference finals last season. LeBron James had eight points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes for Cleveland.

Al Horford scored 15 points and Kent Bazemore had 12 for the Hawks.

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The Atlanta Hawks basketball team has invited fans to see its new court surface during an open practice session this weekend.

The team has announced that fans will be able to observe a free practice session on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.

The borders of the court have been painted lime-green and dark gray to correspond with the team's newly unveiled jerseys for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The court's playing surface is similar to last season's design.

Yogi Berra will be remembered by family and friends at a private funeral in the New Jersey town where he and his wife raised their family.

But the service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair will be televised live on the Yankees' YES Network available on cable and satellite TV beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The baseball legend and American treasure known for his quirky sayings died Sept. 22. He was 90.

NBA player, Jason Richardson, brings the ball down the court in 2009 while playing for the Phoenix Suns.
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Jason Richardson is retiring after a 13-year NBA career in which he averaged more than 23 points a game for Golden State 10 years ago.

The 34-year-old swingman signed with the Atlanta Hawks in August. He played 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, his play shortened by a knee injury.

Richardson announced his retirement on Facebook, a move confirmed by the Hawks on Thursday. He says his decision was "hard and tough" but made easier by "choosing my family and my health."

Rosalie, a dog up for adoption at Dekalb County Animal Services
Dekalb County Animal Services

If the Atlanta United Football Club builds its practice facilities in DeKalb County, one of the buildings set for demolition will be the county animal shelter.

There are plans for a new shelter near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, but at least one county commissioner says it's unlikely it will be ready in time.

Commissioner Jeff Rader says the county will need to spend a lot more money than the $7 million budgeted for the new animal shelter.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson takes to the field with the team before the start of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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Football season, both college and pro, kicked off  last week. And Georgia teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, fared pretty well in their opening games.

Sports writer Brian Jones from 247Sports joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “Closer Look” to talk about the start of the season and what’s ahead this weekend.

Remembering What Made Sportscaster Milo Hamilton Great

Sep 18, 2015
 Houston Astros announcer Milo Hamilton before an opening day baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 6, 2012, in Houston.
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There are legends in sports and there are legendary sports calls.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton made one of these calls. As the Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer, he called the play in 1974 when baseball great Hank Aaron hit his historic 715th home run at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Hamilton died in Houston on Thursday. He was 88 years old.  

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Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, has died.

The Houston Astros announced the death of their longtime play-by-play man on Thursday. He was 88. A cause of death was not immediately released.

Hamilton spent 60 years broadcasting MLB games. From 1966 to 1975 he worked for WSB Radio in Atlanta and called the April 8, 1974, game when Aaron beat Babe Ruth's record to become the all-time home run leader. Hamilton later said it was the highlight of his career.

Sports Author Discusses Thoughts On ‘Deflategate,’ NFL

Sep 11, 2015
New England Patriots fans hold a sign that refers to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first half of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.
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The NFL season officially kicked off Thursday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots took on their conference rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium, ushering in the new season. The Patriots beat the Steelers 28-21.

The Patriots had a difficult post-season following their nail-biter, on-the-edge-of-your-seat Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year, in a 28-24 win.

The Atlanta Falcons prepare to play the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Atlanta.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots kicked off the NFL season Thursday night the same way they ended the last season... with a victory. The Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28-21.

The Atlanta Falcons open their season Monday night at home at the Georgia Dome when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

As football season cranks up, the Atlanta Braves season is winding down and, for some, that’s a relief.