A Closer Look
3:25 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

GSU Professor Not Surprised By Military Marketing At Games

Soldiers with the Georgia National Guard stand on the field before a NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons in November 2010.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Defense has paid the Atlanta Falcons more than any other NFL team to market the U.S. military at sporting events.

The team has made more than $1 million over the past four years. That was more than any other team received from the Department of Defense.

After criticism of the military marketing campaign at football games, Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a statement.

“This is no different than any other sponsorship agreement in that it is structured to fit a business need,” he said. 

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A Closer Look
6:46 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Atlanta High School Track Team Revels In Winning State Title

The Lady Jaguars of Maynard Jackson High School won the Georgia Class AAA girls state track championship last week in Albany, Georgia.
Credit Courtesy of Atlanta Public Schools

It has been 25 years since a team from a south Atlanta high school has won a state championship in any sport.

When the girls track team from Maynard Jackson High School captured the Georgia High School Association Class AAA title last weekend, it was the realization of a more recent motivation.

A year ago, the Lady Jaguars finished fourth in the state, and were left feeling unsatisfied.

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8:08 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Beat Wizards 82-81 In Game 5

Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford celebrates after the Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 82-81 in Game 5 of the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs Wednesday in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

Al Horford snatched away an offensive rebound and dropped in the winning basket with 1.9 seconds left after Dennis Schroder's drive to the basket was blocked by John Wall, giving the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks an 82-81 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Atlanta Sounds
9:37 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Atlanta Area Coach: 'This Is Not Just Baseball. This Is Life.'

Atlanta area youth travel baseball coach Kenny James works on defensive plays with his team of 10 year olds.
Credit Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

For many American kids — and adults — nothing says spring like the sound of a bat connecting with a baseball.

Kenny James knows this sound well. He’s a former professional baseball player who played with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for two years. But for over a decade now, James has been a professional travel youth baseball coach.

In this Atlanta Sound, we walk onto the field with Coach James and his team, the K. J. Lions. 

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5:48 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Falcons, Ga. Sports Big Draw For National Guard Ad Dollars

The Atlanta Falcons were paid $150,000 in advertising fees from the National Guard in fiscal year 2015.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

The National Guard is putting up big bucks to advertise to sports fans in the Atlanta area, and it’s not just with the Falcons.

The National Guard spent more than $4 million in advertising with professional sports leagues, high schools and colleges this past year. A good chunk of that – $438,900 – was spent in Georgia.

The National Guard's Major Earl Brown says sports are a great way to reach their target demographic of 17 to 24-year-olds. 

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A Closer Look
3:51 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Rogue Warriors, Monkey Kings Battle In Gaming Tournaments

Tucker High School senior Phong Le teaches Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer how to play the online multiplayer video game “League of Legends.”
Credit Charles Jones / WABE

Online multiplayer video game competitions, also known as esports, have grown more mainstream over the past decade. Last month, the channel ESPN2 even aired a tournament of the game "Heroes of the Storm." A genre of the games used in esports known as multiplayer online battle arenas, or MOBAs for short, usually involve a sort of fantasy battlefield, where players fight as avatars, or "champions."

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6:43 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Brady Suspended, Patriots Fined $1M In NFL 'Deflate Gate'

New England quarterback Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in what's being called the NFL's ''Deflate Gate'' controversy.
Credit Associated Press

The National Football League suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks Monday as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game.

The league also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers believed to have carried out the plan, including one who called himself "The Deflator."

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A Closer Look
5:03 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Atlanta Sports Roundup: Hawks Resume Playoffs Fight And More

Washington Wizards guard Ramon Sessions (7) loses the ball as he goes up for a basket against Atlanta Hawks forward Pero Antic (6) during the first half of game two in the second round of an NBA playoff series basketball game, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

The Atlanta Hawks continue their second-round NBA playoff series Saturday as a new ownership group settles in.

That was among the topics discussed on “A Closer Look” Friday with Fox 5 contributor and Atlanta sports personality Sam Crenshaw. 

The Hawks are tied 1-1 with the Washington Wizards, who may be playing without All-Star guard John Wall. Wall has five fractures in his left hand and wrist from an injury in Game 1. 

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Video Gamers In Georgia Compete In Front Of Live Studio Audience

Team SoloMid came in second place during the SMITE Spring Finals Championship at the Hi-Rez Studios in Alpharetta. They won $17,500 in prize money.
Tasnim Shamma WABE

There’s a new, lucrative industry that has found its way to Georgia: electronic sports (e-sports). It’s competitive video gaming, and it’s attracting a growing audience.

The state's first e-sports studio ─ Hi-Rez Studios in Alpharetta ─ hosted the SMITE Spring Finals on April 25 to 26. 

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A Closer Look
2:54 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Boxing’s ‘Fight Of The Century’ Hype Reaches Crescendo

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao are expected to earn in excess of $100 million each in Saturday's fight in Las Vegas.
Credit Chris Carlson / AP Photo

Old-school boxing fans may disagree, but Saturday’s highly anticipated welterweight championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is being dubbed the biggest event in the history of the sport.

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A Closer Look
4:57 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

As NFL Draft Starts, Financial Advisor Urges Long-Term Plans

The money for NFL players is good, but the average career lasts only three years.
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The money top rookies earn in the National Football League is eye-popping, and the temptations to spend it quickly are hard to resist.

But Jason Pace, an Atlanta-based financial adviser whose clients include professional football players, says that the eight- and sometimes nine-figure contracts signed by some of best players taken in the NFL draft can be a mirage.

“The first thing we do is tell them to slow down,” Pace said on “A Closer Look.” His goal is to help educate his clients and to “make them good stewards of their money.”

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NFL Draft
7:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Atlanta Falcons Prepare For Future With NFL Draft

The Atlanta Falcons ended the 2014-2015 season with more losses than wins.
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The Atlanta Falcons ended last season with a six-and-10 record.

Head coach Dan Quinn hopes to change that by making improvements to the roster with strong picks during Thursday's NFL Draft.

Atlanta-based sports analyst Tim Darnell says getting a defensive lineman needs to be a priority.

“Someone who can rush the passer because that obviously has just been the biggest drawback to the Falcons over the past several years,” he says. 

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A Closer Look
6:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Poll Finds Bostonians Not Excited About 2024 Olympic Bid

The Olympic torch at the site of the old Olympic Stadium is still standing as a reminder of the city's 1996 Olympic Summer Games.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

Next summer marks the 20 year anniversary of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Atlanta was the last American city to host the summer games, but Boston wants to change that.

Boston organizers are preparing to launch a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but a majority of city residents do not support the effort. A poll by Boston’s NPR station WBUR found more than 50 percent of registered voters oppose the campaign.

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7:32 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Brooklyn Nets Beat Atlanta Hawks, Tie Series At 2-2

The Atlanta Hawks were beat by the Brooklyn Nets in game four of the NBA playoff series Monday. In this photo Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) goes to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends in the first half of an NBA playoff basketball game April 19, 2015, in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

Deron Williams rebounded from two dismal games with 35 points, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, tying the series at two games apiece.

The Nets, just 38-44 in the regular season, won the second straight in the series and moved two victories from becoming the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 — only the fourth since the first round became best-of-seven.

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A Closer Look
4:34 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

What's Behind The Atlanta Hawks' $850M Price Tag

As the NBA playoffs got underway, the new ownership group of the Atlanta Hawks was revealed.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press


During Wednesday night’s Atlanta Hawks home playoff win, the team confirmed what had been reported earlier in the day:

The city’s franchise in the National Basketball Association had been sold to a new ownership group led by private equity billionaire Antony Ressler.

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7:57 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Atlanta Hawks, Antony Ressler Reach Deal For Team's Sale

The Atlanta Hawks and billionaire Antony Ressler have reached a deal for the sale of the team.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

A group led by billionaire Antony Ressler has agreed to purchase the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

The team announced the deal Wednesday night during the first half of the Hawks' playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets.

The sale price was not released. But a person familiar with the deal, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the two sides did not reveal that information, said Ressler's group would pay $850 million.

Former NBA star Grant Hill and Spanx founder Sara Blakely are part of the group.

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5:39 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Don Sutton To Be Inducted In Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame

Broadcaster Don Sutton is being inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame.
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Don Sutton is getting into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame.

The induction is scheduled for July 20 at Turner Field’s 755 Club.

"Don has been an integral part of the Braves family for decades, and is most deserving of this honor," Braves President John Schuerholz said in a statement on the Braves website. "Generations of Braves fans have been wowed by his knowledge and charmed by his ability to bring life to the broadcast. He is undoubtedly beloved throughout Braves Country."

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8:20 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Hold Off Brooklyn Nets 99-92 In Game 1

The Atlanta Hawks beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-92 Sunday. Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) goes to the basket as Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends in the first half of an NBA playoff basketball game in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

Kyle Korver scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks held off the pesky Brooklyn Nets 99-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series Sunday night.

The Hawks led nearly the entire game and pushed the margin as high as 16 points, but the Nets kept coming back.

Finally, Jeff Teague dropped in a floater coming off the left wing, giving Atlanta a 95-89 lead. Joe Johnson missed a 3-pointer from the corner for Brooklyn, and Teague made a pair of free throws with just under a minute remaining to essentially seal it.

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A Closer Look
3:58 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Atlanta Organization Encourages Girls To ‘Get Sporty’

Sporty Girls, Inc. is an organization that works with minority girls to participate in non-traditional sports.
Credit Courtesy of Sporty Girls Inc.

The Women’s Sports Foundation issued a report in 1998 called “Sport and Teen Pregnancy.” It was the first comprehensive study that tied athletic participation to a reduced risk of teen pregnancy.

Teen pregnancy can pose extra health risks to both the mother and baby and it can cause substantial social and economic costs for both the teen and her parents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While sports is not the entire solution to combating teen pregnancy, research shows it can make a difference.

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6:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

World's Fastest Drummers Do Battle In Atlanta

The current world record is held by Tom Grosset of Toronto, Canada. He is able to perform 1,028 strokes in one minute.
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More than 300 drummers from around the country are competing in the World’s Fastest Drummer Southeast Championship, sponsored by Church's Chicken. It's being held for the first time in Atlanta.

There are two categories – fastest hands and fastest feet. The two winners will move on to the national championship, which will be held during the National Association of Music Merchants show in Nashville this summer. 

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2:49 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

NFL's 'Rooney Rule' Provides Path For Minority Head Coaches

Todd Bowles joined the New York Jets earlier this year to become the fifth minority head coach in the NFL.
Credit Julio Cortez / Associated Press

The National Football League will start its annual draft on April 30. And this year, for the first time in 50 years, the NFL draft won't be in New York City. It will be held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

The NFL has introduced a lot of change in recent years ─ from the adoption of more protective rules to reduce concussions, to the recent announcement of its first full-time female referee. But one tweak is aimed at changing the makeup of the people who call the shots on the sideline. It's known as the "Rooney Rule."

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10:50 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty Of Murder

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013.
Credit Brian Snyder, Pool / Associated Press

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home.

At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

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10:20 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Coca-Cola Signs 4-Year Soccer Sponsorship Deal

Coke has signed a four-year sponsorship agreement with Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation.
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The Coca-Cola Company is "kicking it" with professional sports.

The Atlanta-based soft drink giant has signed a four-year sponsorship agreement with Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation.

Coke replaces its long-time rival, PepsiCo Inc. as the MLS’ official non-alcoholic drink.

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8:01 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Golfer Jordan Spieth Wins Masters, Ties Record Score

Bubba Watson helps Jordan Spieth put on his green jacket for the second time after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Augusta, Georgia.
Credit Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Jordan Spieth has been fitted for a green jacket after completing one of the greatest performances in Masters history.

The 21-year-old Spieth closed with a 2-under 70 to win his first Grand Slam title by four strokes over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. His lead never shrank below three shots in a final round that allowed him to finish 18-under, tying the Masters record score set by Tiger Woods in 1997.

Spieth was in line to break the 72-hole record until he missed a five-foot par putt on the final hole.

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A Closer Look
3:14 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Sale Could Mean A Move, But Analyst Says No

The Atlanta Hawks play the Brooklyn Nets at Philips Arena in January. Friday marks the deadline for two California groups bidding to buy the Atlanta Hawks team.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

Friday is the deadline for final bids on the Atlanta Hawks. The professional basketball team now has an estimated value of a $1 billion, according to the Sports Business Journal, although just six months ago that number was significantly less.

The two potential buyers of the team are both based out of California leading to speculation about theprospects of a Hawks move.

But Atlanta sports writer Brian Jones thinks an out-of-state move for the Hawks is unlikely.

"No matter who buys the team, they’re going to keep them in Atlanta," Jones said.  

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A Closer Look
2:49 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

AJC’s Mark Bradley Analyzes Atlanta Braves' Upcoming Season

The Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins in a three game sweep kicking off the Braves 2015 season. The team's home opener is 7:35 p.m. Friday at Turner Field.
Credit Joe Skipper / Associated Press

The Atlanta Braves play their home opener at 7:35 p.m. Friday against the New York Mets at Turner Field. 

The Braves kicked off the 2015 season with a three game sweep of the Miami Marlins.

But right before the season started, the Braves traded pitcher Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to the San Diego Padres.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Mark Bradley joined Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on "A Closer Look" to talk about the big trade, the team's pitching prospects for 2015 and more.

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6:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Atlanta Hawks May Sell For More Than $1 Billion

The Atlanta Hawks will accept final bids on Friday for individuals or groups to buy the team. In this photo, Atlanta Hawks' Dennis Schroder, of Germany, practices on the court Jan. 25, 2015.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press


The final bids for the Atlanta Hawks are due Friday. According to the Sports Business Journal, only two bidders remain.

The team is expected to sell for $1 billion. But what does the sale mean in the short term for Atlanta basketball? Analysts say … not much.

There’s a lot of speculation about the potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks.

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7:37 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Players Released After Arrest In New York

Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball players Pero Antic, left, in hat, and Thabo Sefolosha, right, leave a courthouse in New York, Wednesday. The players have been released after their arrest on charges they blocked officers from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland.
Credit Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

Two Atlanta Hawks players have been released after their arrest on charges they blocked officers from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of a fellow NBA player.

Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested early Wednesday outside the club 1Oak in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Police say they tried to stop officers after Indiana Pacers player Chris Copeland was stabbed.

The players' attorney Alex Spiro says his clients committed no crime.

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11:08 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Two Atlanta Hawks Players Arrested In New York

Police say Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic, left, and Thabo Sefolosha, right, were arrested for obstructing a crime scene in New York.
Credit AP Photo, File


Authorities say Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub after an argument.

Police say the victims were hospitalized Wednesday with minor injuries. Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said in a statement the team's thoughts are with the injured. Police say the player was stabbed in the abdomen, his wife slashed in the arm and across the breast.

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12:09 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Golfer Adam Scott Back To The Long Putter For Masters

Golfer Adam Scott of Australia say he will not use the Masters tournament as a time to work on his putting.
Credit Reinhold Matay / Associated Press

Golfer Adam Scott says the Masters is too important to keep experimenting with the short putter.

Scott says he will be going back to the long putter he has used the last four years, including his Masters victory two years ago. The anchored stroke used for the long putter will be banned in 2016, and Scott showed up in Florida with a conventional putter to prepare for the change.

The results were mixed. He tied for fourth at Doral. He missed the cut for the first time in nearly three years at Innisbrook. And he missed his share of short putts at Doral.

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