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5:08 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Ga. Golf Legend Louise Suggs Remembered As Energetic Pioneer

Louise Suggs playing for the U.S. in 1948 in the Curtis Cup, a top amateur golfing event for women. She helped found the LPGA two years later.
Credit Horace Cort / AP Photo

 

Louise Suggs, one of the founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, died last week at the age of 91.

The granddaughter of the owner of the Atlanta Crackers minor league baseball team, she grew up in Lithia Springs. Suggs not only helped start the first professional women’s sports organization in the world, but left behind a legacy as one of the best players in the game – regardless of gender.

On “A Closer Look,” Atlanta-based LPGA teaching pro Oneda Castillo discussed the legacy of Suggs, who in retirement lived on Sea Island.

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Sports
9:59 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Atlanta Braves Notify City Of Turner Field Departure Date

The Braves announced in November 2013 that they would relocate to a new stadium in suburban Cobb County.
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the Atlanta Braves will vacate Turner Field in downtown Atlanta by the end of 2016.

Reed said in a statement on Thursday that the team notified him it would leave the field by Dec. 31, 2016 in a letter with Tuesday's date.

The Braves announced in November 2013 that they would relocate to a new stadium in suburban Cobb County. The stadium, SunTrust Park, is scheduled to open in 2017.

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A Closer Look
6:06 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Ga. Olympic Track Star Working To Keep Families, Kids Fit

Three-time U.S. Olympian Hazel Clark leads the final leg of the women's distance medley relay during the Penn Relays track and field meet in Philadelphia 2006. Clark is now the executive director of the Georgia Track Club.
Credit George Widman / AP Photo, File

She’s a three-time Olympian middle-distance runner and a seven-time winner of the USA Championship 800 meter race. Now Hazel Clark is putting those Olympic skills and experiences to work as the  executive director of the Georgia Track Club.

The club is hosting a free health and fitness event for families at the Anderson Park Recreation Center in Atlanta on Saturday.

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Sports
11:10 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Arthur Blank Celebrates Soccer Complex Deal In DeKalb

Rendering of Atlanta United FC's headquarters and soccer complex planned for Memorial Drive
Atlanta United

It’s official. A major league soccer complex will soon be built in DeKalb County on Memorial Drive near Interstate 285. On Tuesday, the DeKalb County Commission approved a $30 million practice facility and headquarters for Atlanta United FC.

About 200 county employees, several county commissioners, team owner Arthur Blank and members of the public celebrated the announcement.

Jason Longshore was one of those who showed up in support. He serves as chief development officer for Soccer in the Streets, a soccer organization for disadvantaged youth.

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A Closer Look
5:24 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

WNBA President: League Making Gains On And Off The Court

Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry is one of the WNBA's top players, and is third in scoring at 17.4 points a game.
Credit Chris Carlson / AP Photo

 

The second half of the Women’s National Basketball Season is underway, and while the Atlanta Dream is struggling on the court, the league has enjoyed modest growth in key business measurements.

On “A Closer Look,” WNBA president Laurel Richie, who was in Atlanta for Sunday’s Dream game against the defending champions Phoenix Mercury, said the league is a model of stability as it prepares to celebrate its 20th season in 2016.

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Sports
10:55 am
Mon August 3, 2015

UGA, Georgia Tech Football Teams Prepare For Big Year

College football is king in the South, and many analysts expect big years from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Credit Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

It's almost time for college football.

And to whet fans' appetite for Saturday afternoons on the gridiron, the College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN and the Atlanta Sports Council are hosting a Huddle-Up Luncheon to take a look at the upcoming season.

Georgia Tech kicks off the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, hosting the Alcorn State Braves at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

UGA makes its debut two days later on Sept. 5, when they entertain the ULM Warhawks at Sanford Stadium.

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A Closer Look
5:26 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Atlanta Police Help Inner City Youths Learn To L.E.A.D.

L.E.A.D. ambassadors, young baseball players and members of the Atlanta Police Department team pose for a post practice photo.
Credit Audra Starr

Members of the Atlanta Police Department, or APD, and some of the youths in the metro area will play baseball at the Safe at Home game. The sporting event is a part of an initiative called L.E.A.D., which is the country’s first instructional play program for at-risk inner city youths to lead and transform their city. 

The acronym for L.E.A.D. stands for Launch, Explore, Advise and Direct.

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Sports
12:59 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Hawks' Mike Scott Arrested On Drug Charges In Georgia

In this undated photo provided by the Banks County Sheriff's Office, Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball forward Mike Scott is shown. Police say Mike Scott is charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule I drug.
Credit Courtesy of Banks County Sheriff's Office / Associated Press

 

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges.

The Banks County sheriff's office says deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Scott's 20-year-old brother, Antonn, for following too closely Thursday morning on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta.

A sheriff's news release says the vehicle failed to yield for about two miles, with speeds reaching 98 mph, before it finally pulled over. Deputies say they found more than an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of MDMA, commonly called Molly.

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Sports
9:59 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Andy Roddick Takes Break From Retirement To Play Doubles

Andy Roddick eyes the ball during his match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals during the 2012 US Open tennis tournament Sept. 5, 2012, in New York.
Credit Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Andy Roddick is taking a break from retirement to play in this week's Atlanta Open.

He is playing doubles with his friend Mardy Fish, who is getting closer to retirement himself.

The 32-year-old Roddick says Atlanta served as the "bookends" of his career. It's where he won his first tour title in 2001 and his last in 2012. He retired in 2012 and says he now feels like "the kid who's too old to go back to the high school dance."

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Sustainability
5:42 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Atlanta’s New Stadiums Going Green With Sustainable Plans

The Atlanta Falcons says the team is planning to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's platinum certification, the highest level of sustainable building certification, in the team's new stadium.
Credit Courtesy of NewAtlantaStadium.com

    

The Atlanta Falcons' new stadium may be the greenest in the country once it's finished. The team says it’s planning to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's platinum certification, the highest level of sustainable building certification.

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A Closer Look
4:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Tennis’ Physical, Mental Tests According To Pro Donald Young

Professional tennis player Donald Young, pictured here at the 2014 2014 BB&T Atlanta Open, is based in Atlanta. He is scheduled to compete again at this weekend's tournament.
Credit Courtesy of BB&T Atlanta Open

Atlanta tennis fans are gearing up for the BB&T Atlanta Open this weekend, which draws hundreds of fans and some of the top professional players. 

A local favorite is Atlanta-based professional tennis star Donald Young.  Young was once the No. 1 junior player in the world. He made it to the fourth round of the U.S. Open in 2011.

Now he's an 11-year veteran with a career-high ranking of No. 38 in the world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals. 

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Sports
4:03 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Georgia Tech, Tennessee To Meet On First Week Of 2017 Season

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 Dec. 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Credit Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Their prime-time matchup was announced Monday.

The Georgia Tech-Tennessee meeting is expected to be one of the first college games to take place at the new home stadium of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, which is set to open in 2017.

Although Tennessee and Georgia Tech have faced each other 43 times, this will be their first meeting since 1987. Tennessee leads the series 24-17-2.

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A Closer Look
4:08 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

SEC Gives College Football Obsessives A Midsummer’s Fix

Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s new clean-shaven look was the subject of chatter at SEC Media Days.
Credit Brynn Anderson / AP Photo

 

College football in the middle of July?

Many Southerners are enjoying beach vacations and other leisurely activities, but they’re also gearing up for the start of another season.

While the SEC’s dominance was ended last season by Ohio State’s national championship, the fanaticism over Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU and their SEC rivals is year-round.

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Sports
1:07 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Atlanta Braves, Live Nation Team Up On New Roxy Theatre

A rendering of the 53,000-square-foot entertainment venue at its new mixed-use community adjacent to SunTrust Park.
Credit The Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are teaming up with Live Nation to build a concert hall next to SunTrust Park in Cobb County. But it's named after a historic Atlanta venue: The Roxy Theatre. 

The Braves announced Thursday that their planned sports/entertainment complex will include an indoor concert hall that can hold 4,000 people. 

The team says the name -- The Roxy Theatre -- honors "an iconic Atlanta venue."

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A Closer Look
4:03 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

As Atlanta United FC Is Unveiled, Soccer Fans Celebrate

Todd Jackson looks at a shirt with the new Atlanta United FC logo during a party at which the name of the MLS soccer expansion team was announced.
Credit Branden Camp / Associated Press

 

With soccer a hot topic around the country the last few weeks, Atlanta fans had plenty of reasons to cheer on the local front.

On Tuesday, two days after the U.S. won the Women’s World Cup, the official name, logo and team colors of the new Atlanta Major League Soccer franchise were unveiled.

Atlanta United FC won’t play its first game until 2017, but 5,000 fans turned out in Midtown Atlanta for this week’s announcement.

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Commentary
1:02 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Atlanta's New Soccer Team Could Be Symbol For Unity

A fan attends an event Tuesday at which Atlanta United FC was announced as the name of the new soccer team.
Credit Branden Camp / AP Photo

    

Soccer fans still have to wait about a year and a half before they will be able to go to a match to see Atlanta's pro team at the new downtown stadium. But when owner 

Arthur Blank officially unveiled the team's new name – Atlanta United FC – and its new logo at a rowdy event Tuesday, and the crowd of 4,000 fans could not have been more excited!

When it comes to sports in Georgia, frenzy is usually associated with college football or NASCAR ... maybe the Falcons, the Hawks or the Braves.

But soccer?

Well all that is beginning to change.

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Sports
7:44 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Atlanta United FC Unveils Logo, Team Colors

Atlanta United FC unveiled its logo on Tuesday.
Credit Atlanta United FC

Atlanta United FC is ready for its close-up.

Officials with the 22nd franchise in Major League Soccer unveiled the team’s logo and colors on Tuesday.

“When we announced the club in 2014, I promised three things: to put a winning team on the field, to provide a great match day experience for our fans, and to entrench this club into the community. We’re on our way to fulfilling those promises, and I look forward to sharing the excitement of building this club with our incredible supporters,” team owner Arthur Blank said.

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Sports
10:39 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Team Africa Wins Peachtree Cup At AJC Peachtree Road Race

Team Africa beat Team USA to win the Peachtree Cup in an annual 10-kilometer run in Atlanta.

The first-place finish by Daniel Salel and a strong showing by Team Africa's three female runners cemented its win Saturday in the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The winners will earn a $42,000 prize.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the six members of Team Africa had the fastest combined time of 3:06:29. Team USA clocked in second at 3:07:35, followed by Team Europe at 3:09:49. The members of Team Asia finished the course in 3:15:58.

Sports
9:20 am
Mon July 6, 2015

US Team Captures Women's World Cup Title In 5-2 Rout

The U.S. Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver.
Credit Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

  
Team USA sits atop the women's soccer world after the Americans' third World Cup crown, but first since 1999.

In an offensive explosion rarely seen in soccer, the Americans scored four goals in the opening 16 minutes -- three on a hat trick by Carli Lloyd -- and routed Japan 5-2 for the Women's World Cup crown. That avenged a loss in the 2011 final when Japan won on penalty kicks. It was the highest-scoring final in Women's World Cup history.

"We just made history," Lloyd said moments after the win. "I was on a mission."

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A Closer Look
6:21 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Barefoot Running Gaining Traction, But It's Not For Everyone

Barefoot running is growing in popularity and, when it comes to natural running, there's a long list of victorious runners who have competed sans shoes, and even an Olympic champion.
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Runners, take your mark, get set, go!

Thousands of people are preparing for the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race this weekend on Independence Day in Atlanta.

While most participants are wearing the usual running gear, like sneakers or jogging shoes, spectators might be surprised to see a few marathoners running barefoot – nothing between their feet and the pavement.

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Sports
3:59 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Hawks' DeMarre Carroll Says He's Going To The Raptors

Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is leaving the team for the Toronto Raptors. In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Carroll (5) during the first half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs May 20 in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

DeMarre Carroll is leaving the Atlanta Hawks to join the Toronto Raptors.

Carroll tweeted a picture of himself with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey on Wednesday and announced that he is headed to Toronto. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that it's a four-year deal worth $60 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been announced. NBA rules prevent the deal from being signed until July 9.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Fate Of Atlanta Hawks Still Unclear With New Team Ownership

It would be ideal if the lead owner of the Hawks called Atlanta home. An owner who has deep roots in a community is less likely to move the team somewhere else. Tony Ressler, the new principal owner of the Hawks, is a Los Angeles businessman.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

The new principal owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Tony Ressler, closed the deal on the city's professional basketball team on June 24. At his first press conference, 24 hours later, the Los Angeles businessman said the team would now speak with one voice ... a marked contrast to the past owners, the Atlanta Spirit Group.

Atlanta has welcomed Ressler with open arms. He enters the scene as the new lead owner of the Hawks, without baggage and with great hopes.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Tony Ressler Announced As Atlanta Hawks' Main Owner

Atlanta Hawks new owner Tony Ressler speaks during a news conference to announce the sale of the NBA basketball team to an ownership group led by Ressler Thursday in Atlanta.
Credit Todd Kirkland / Associated Press

The NBA board of governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Hawks to an ownership group led by billionaire Tony Ressler.

Along with the operating rights to Philips Arena, the Hawks were sold for $850 million. The NBA announced Wednesday's sale closing.

Former NBA star Grant Hill is part of Ressler's group, which includes New York investor Rick Schnall, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and her husband Jesse Itzler, co-founder of Marquis Jet.

The Hawks parted ways Monday with general manager Danny Ferry after buying out the last two years of his contract.

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Sports
2:07 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Announce GM Danny Ferry 'Stepping Down'

In this file photo, Danny Ferry speaks at a press conference in Atlanta in 2013. The Hawks have announced that Ferry has stepped down as general manager of the team.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

 

The Atlanta Hawks have announced that Danny Ferry has stepped down as general manager of the team, ending an indefinite leave of absence that began in August following racially derogatory comments Ferry made.

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said in a statement Monday announcing the move that Ferry is a "tremendous GM" and that he "is not a racist." Koonin added now that the Hawks have identified new owners, "the resolution of Danny's contract with existing ownership is appropriate."

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A Closer Look
4:11 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Atlanta Gets 'Swarmed' As Pro Lacrosse Team Moves To Town

Shayne Jackson, No. 32, goes airborn as he shoots.
Scott Pierson

Minnesota’s professional lacrosse team, the Swarm, is moving to metro Atlanta. It marks the first time Georgia will have a pro lacrosse team.

There’s a growing interest in lacrosse in the state and a blossoming fan base.

“There’s just a huge upside potential here … the sport is growing tremendously,” team co-owner and president Andy Arlotta said during an interview on “A Closer Look.”

“By 2016, 2017 you should have about 18,000 kids playing lacrosse here in Georgia, which is a great thing.”

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A Closer Look
4:09 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Atlanta Dream Opens Season As Contender For WNBA Title

Angel McCoughtry once again leads the Atlanta Dream as a new WNBA season tips off.
Credit John Bazemore / AP Photo

While the Atlanta Hawks were denied a chance to play in the NBA finals, another professional basketball team in the city is looking to get back to a familiar place.

The Atlanta Dream begins its eighth season in the WNBA Friday in New York, and plays its home opener Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena.

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Sports
10:00 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Atlanta Falcons' Personal Seat Licenses Go On Sale

Falcons fans can buy personal seat licenses for the new stadium starting on June 3.
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Personal seat licenses for the Atlanta Falcons are now up for grabs.

PSLs are a one-time charge that give buyers ownership of a specific seat in the stadium. Prices for the licenses range from $500 to $5,500.

It's become a popular form for financing new sporting venues, like the one the Falcons will soon be calling home.

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Sports
1:10 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Blatter Says He Will Resign As FIFA President

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who was just re-elected Friday, says he will resign amid a growing corruption scandal.
Credit Tsafrir Abayov / Associated Press

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.

The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term Friday, two days after a corruption crisis erupted and seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress.

Speaking at a hastily arranged news conference Tuesday, Blatter says "this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football."

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Sports
6:05 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Georgia's First Professional Lacrosse Team Is From Minnesota

A National Lacrosse League game with the Philadelphia Wings visiting the Minnesota Swarm at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2006. The team is moving to Georgia in January.
Credit Bobak Ha'Eri / Wiki

The Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team is moving to Georgia.

Starting next year, the state’s first professional lacrosse team will be playing in the Gwinnett Center and changing their name to the Georgia Swarm.

In lacrosse, players wear helmets and run around with long sticks. These lacrosse sticks have a pouch at the end of them to catch a small rubber ball. The more times you can score the ball into the other team’s goal, the more points you win.

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A Closer Look
4:10 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Face Major Decisions After Playoffs Exit

The Hawks' hopes of getting to the NBA finals were demolished by LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
Credit Tony Dejak / AP Photo

After a record-setting season, the Atlanta Hawks were brutally swept out of the NBA playoffs this week by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On “A Closer Look,” Atlanta sports journalist Sam Crenshaw assessed what went wrong in the Eastern Conference finals and what the team has to do to stay among the league’s elite.

Several free-agent signings are likely – Hawks starters DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap will be in the market – but Crenshaw thinks some of the most important decisions will be made in the front office.

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