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A Closer Look
4:39 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Kennesaw State Football Coach Ready For First Season

Former Georgia Tech assistant and University of Georgia player Brian Bohannon was hired two years ago by Kennesaw State to launch the program as the head coach.
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Spring football practice is wrapping up at colleges across Georgia, and at Kennesaw State University in Cobb County, the drills and scrimmages have taken on some special meaning.

The Owls are preparing for their first season of football this fall, and Kennesaw State is the latest college in the South to add the sport.

On Saturday, they will finish spring drills with their first-ever Black and Gold game. That event gets underway at 1 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium near the KSU campus.

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A Closer Look
5:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

'The Voice Of The Hawks' Steve Holman On The Team’s Amazing Season

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, right, checks out a photo on Hawks broadcaster Steve Holman's phone.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

The Atlanta Hawks have surprised nearly everyone in the basketball world this season.  

They are on the verge of breaking the franchise record for wins in a season; they hold the top playoff seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference; and they are regularly beating teams with much bigger reputations.  

The man providing play-by-play on radio has been setting records of his own.  

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A Closer Look
8:04 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

GSU Sportscaster Dave Cohen Highlights Panthers' NCAA Miracle

Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter cuts the net after defeating Georgia Southern 38-36 in the NCAA college basketball championship of the Sunbelt Conference tournament in New Orleans on March 15, 2015.
Credit Bill Haber / Associated Press

The men's basketball team from Georgia State University stunned and thrilled the nation on March 19 with a come-from-behind win over Baylor in the final seconds of their NCAA tournament game in Jacksonville, Florida.  

The Panthers, the 13 seed in their region, toppled the three seed Baylor Bears, 57-56, on a long 3-point shot by R.J. Hunter. He's the son of Panthers head coach Ron Hunter. Georgia State's veteran radio play-by-play broadcaster Dave Cohen spoke with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on the March 20 edition of "A Closer Look."

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Sports
4:14 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Georgia State Upsets Baylor In Last-Second Comeback

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter (22) celebrates with fans as he leaves the court after he made the game-winning shot against Baylor in the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament.
Credit Rick Wilson / Associated Press

 

R.J. Hunter's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

With Ron Hunter, his father and coach, working the sideline in a rolling chair less than a week after tearing his left Achilles tendon celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference championship, R.J. shrugged off a poor shooting performance to come through when his team needed him most.

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Sports
12:55 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

March Madness Looks Different For Georgia Teams

Georgia State coach Ron Hunter cuts down the nets after the Panthers earned a playoff berth in the NCAA Tournament. They''ll be playing Baylor Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville, Florida.
Credit Bill Haber / Associated Press

When the NCAA men’s basketball tournament starts on Thursday, a local team will be in action that hasn’t been there for a while.

And when the women’s tournament tips off on Friday, one of the most familiar names in the game, also hailing from the state of Georgia, will be noticeably absent.

For the first time since 2001, the Georgia State University Panthers are competing in the men’s field. When they take on the Baylor Bears in Jacksonville, Florida, Thursday afternoon, coach Ron Hunter will be strolling the sideline in unusual fashion.

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Sports
5:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Georgia Schools Encouraged By Senate To Buy 'Safer' Football Helmets

The Georgia Senate wants players to have one with at least a four star rating by Virginia Tech standards.
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State senators want to prevent young football players from getting brain injuries. The Georgia Senate recently passed a bill that calls on schools to provide players with safer helmets.

Currently, student athletes in Georgia use all kinds of football helmets. But the Georgia Senate wants players to have one with at least a four star rating by Virginia Tech standards.

The standards were developed by the university in 2011 after testing more than two dozen football helmets for impact. A four star rating is considered “very good.”

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Sports
12:12 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Comcast, Braves Announce Partnership For SunTrust Park

Comcast announced today they will be an anchor tenant in a multistory office building beside SunTrust Park.
Credit Atlanta Braves

 

The Atlanta Braves have announced Comcast will provide voice, video and high-speed internet at its new SunTrust Park and a 60-acre area around the facility.

The Braves plan to move into their new facility, now under construction in Cobb County, for the 2017 season.

Comcast's all-fiber network will extend through the new park as well as shops, restaurants, an office tower, hotel, an entertainment venue and residential units.

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Sports
5:17 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Andy Landers Retiring After 36 Seasons As Georgia Women's Coach

Landers is retiring following a season in which he recorded his 850th career win with the Lady Bulldogs.
Credit Jessica Hill / Associated Press

 

Andy Landers is retiring following 36 seasons as the only full-time coach in the history of the Georgia women's program.

Landers is retiring following a season in which he recorded his 850th career win with the Lady Bulldogs. Georgia lost nine of its last 11 games to finish 19-12 following a strong start to the season. Georgia was 17-3 before losing several players to injuries and illness.

Landers was named Georgia's coach in 1979 and built a national power. Georgia ranks No. 2 nationally with 31 NCAA Tournament appearances 522 weeks in the Top 25.

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Sports
12:18 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

March Madness Makes Millions For Some, Excitement For Others

Kentucky and UGA are among the schools taking part in March Madness this year.
Credit James Crisp / Associated Press

Brackets, beer and bragging rights. 

Those are a few of the things linked to March Madness, which leads to big business for universities.

“March Madness is huge.  It has just grown phenomenally over the past 10 to 20 years,” says sports analyst Tim Darnell.

About 140 million people across the country are expected to be tuning in to see student-athletes represent their universities.

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Sports
5:46 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Firm Hired To Design Bridge Near New Braves Stadium

This is an early concept drawings of the proposed bridge over Interstate 285.
Credit Cobb County

Cobb County commissioners have hired a Los Angeles firm to design a bridge over Interstate 285 to aid with transportation needs for the new Atlanta Braves stadium.

The bridge would allow pedestrians – and, potentially, buses – to cross from a parking deck at the Cobb Galleria to a mixed-use development surrounding SunTrust Park.

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NASCAR
2:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Jimmie Johnson Pulls Away For Another Atlanta Sprint Cup Win

Jimmie Johnson greets fans as he is introduced before the start of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on Feb. 22, 2015. Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday.
Credit John Raoux

Jimmie Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps to go, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Johnson, a six-time Cup champion, started near the back after failing to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues. But the No. 48 Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track at the end of the weekend, cruising across the finish line a comfortable 1.803 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick.

Sunday's win was the 71st victory of Johnson's career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile trioval south of Atlanta.

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A Closer Look
6:00 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

NASCAR: You Have To Be There

Marcelle English covers NASCAR and when she visited ''A Closer Look,'' she talked about the sport's diversity programs.
Credit Ali Guillory / WABE

All racing eyes will be on Atlanta this weekend.

Last weekend, driver Kyle Busch was injured in a crash at Daytona International Speedway. He suffered a compound fracture to his lower right leg and a fracture in the middle of his left foot.

Once again concerns about safer barriers around the entire track have surfaced.

Marcelle English is an experienced sports reporter who has covered the Olympics, the NBA and the NFL, among others. An African-American woman, she's also a NASCAR fan.

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Atlanta Falcons
6:27 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Atlanta Falcons Release Running Back Steven Jackson

The Atlanta Falcons have cut running back Steven Jackson.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

    

There's a new vacancy in the Atlanta Falcons' backfield.

The team announced it has released running back Steven Jackson.

The 6-foot-2-inch veteran joined the team when he signed as a free agent in 2013.

During his two seasons with the Falcons, Jackson racked up 1,250 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

This cut saves the Falcons nearly $4 million against the salary cap.

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Sports
4:01 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Offering Refunds Due To Winter Storm

The Atlanta Hawks are offering refunds for those who couldn't make it to the game Wednesday night due to the weather.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

The Atlanta Hawks said the team is offering refunds to people who couldn’t make it to the game Wednesday night due to the weather. While most of Atlanta hunkered down during a storm warning, the game went on as planned against the Dallas Mavericks at Philips Arena.  

The Hawks won in a 104-87 victory, but the game did experience a short delay. There was a leaking roof during the first quarter. Concession stands were also limited because some employees stayed home. 

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A Closer Look
8:48 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Dominique Wilkins, AKA 'The Human Highlight Film,' Is Flying High With Hawks

Dominique Wilkins spoke with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studio.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Dominique Wilkins scored over 26,000 points while playing in the NBA.  

On Tuesday, Wilkins sat down with WABE's "A Closer Look" hosts, Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer, to talk about his current role as executive with the Atlanta Hawks. But he also reminisced about his days on the court with the Hawks, going toe-to-toe against Larry Bird in the playoffs, getting roughed up by Darryl Dawkins and trying to emulate Julius Erving as a young kid.

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Basketball
7:06 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Send Fourth Player To NBA All-Star Game

Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver (26) and Al Horford (15) battle Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker, right, and Marcin Gortat, of Poland, rear, for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, March 1, 2013, in Phoenix. Korver is the fourth Atlanta Hawk to go to the 2015 NBA All Star Game.
Credit Matt York / Associated Press

And then there were four...

The Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver is going to suit up for the Eastern Conference All Star team.

The 33-year-old California native replaces Miami's Dwayne Wade, who is unable to play in the game due to injury.

Korver joins fellow Hawks Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague.

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Basketball
6:33 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Atlanta Hawks To Honor Former Player Dominique Wilkins With Statue

Former Atlanta Hawks player Dominique Wilkins smiles during a news conference in Atlanta Oct. 18, 2000, where it was announced the team will retire his number. A statue of Wilkins will be unveiled next month.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

The “Human Highlight Film” will soon be set in stone.

The Atlanta Hawks are honoring former star Dominique Wilkins with a statue.

The granite sculpture will be nearly 14 feet tall and weigh about 19,000 pounds, according to NBA.com.

The public unveiling of the statue will be March 6 at Philips Arena.

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Sports
7:33 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Fred McGriff Returns To The Atlanta Braves

Fred McGriff is back with the Atlanta Braves full-time, as an instructor and scout.
Credit Julio Cortez / Associated Press

The Crime Dog gets back to where he once belonged.

Former Atlanta Braves slugger Fred McGriff has been hired as a special assistant for the team’s baseball operations department.

The 51-year-old McGriff spent five of his 19-seasons with the Braves.

Braves officials say McGriff will serve as an instructor during spring training and then will work as a scout during the regular season.

The Braves’ bats need a boost.

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Breaking
10:36 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Atlanta Falcons Agree To 5-year Deal With Seahawks' Quinn

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talks to reporters after practice Jan. 7, 2015, in Renton, Washington.
Credit Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

A person familiar with the negotiations says Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has agreed to a five-year deal to become the Atlanta Falcons coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal has not been publicly announced by the team. The Falcons are expected to introduce Quinn as their coach on Tuesday.

The Falcons exercised patience while waiting for Quinn, who could not be offered a job until after Seattle's 28-24 Super Bowl loss Sunday night to the New England Patriots.

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Atlanta Falcons
9:29 am
Mon February 2, 2015

NFL Investigating Atlanta Falcons For Allegedly Boosting Crowd Noise

The NFL is investigating the Falcons to see if artificial crowd noise was pumped during games.

The Atlanta Falcons might have needed some help when it was time to "rise up."

The National Football League is investigating the team to see if artificial noise was pumped throughout the Georgia Dome during Falcons games.

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Super Bowl
8:02 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Patriots Beat Seahawks 28-24 For Fourth Super Bowl Win

Fireworks are seen over the field at the end of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots won 28-24.
Credit Morry Gash / Associated Press

Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns and Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson's pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left, helping the New England Patriots hold on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 Sunday night for their fourth Super Bowl title.

The Patriots had lost three straight Super Bowls since winning three in four years a decade ago.

The 37-year-old Brady led them back, hitting Julian Edelman with two minutes and two seconds left for his 12th career Super Bowl touchdown pass, breaking Joe Montana's record.

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Atlanta Hawks
6:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Hawks Fans Are Packing Philips Arena, But Will They Stay?

The team warms up in front of some of its youngest fans.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

Flash back to right before the season started. The Hawks were in crisis mode.

Majority owner Bruce Levenson bowed out after a two-year-old email he wrote surfaced. In it, he blamed lagging ticket sales on black fans scaring away white fans.

In the midst of that fallout, General Manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence after audio surfaced of him reading a prepared scouting report about then-free agent Loul Deng, in which he said of Deng, “He has a little African in him.”

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Sports
6:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Fans Hope Atlanta Hawks’ Winning Streak Will Bring In New Devotees

After Monday’s 93-82 win against Detroit, the Atlanta Hawks are 34-8, are first in the Eastern Conference and have posted more wins than any other team in the league.
Credit Mark Runyon / flickr.com/BasketballSchedule

Cornelius Walker believes 2015 will be the Atlanta Hawks’ year.

“Aww man, this is crazy,” he says standing outside Philips Arena before Monday’s game. “I love it. I love it.”

Walker isn’t talking about winning an NBA championship; though, for the record he thinks this is the year for that, too. Walker says this is the year the Hawks bring in ─ and keep ─ a local fan base.

“I love that the city is supporting the Hawks, and they’re going to do good things this year," he says.

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Sports
11:54 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Is There Room For A Women's Professional Soccer Team In Atlanta?

An investment group has plans to bring another women's soccer team to Atlanta. Here, United States' Abby Wambach, left, fights for the ball with Brazil’s Bruna Benites, right, during a 2014 final match of the International Women's Football Tournament at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil.
Credit Eraldo Peres / Associated Press

An investment group is looking to start a new professional women’s soccer team in Atlanta. Atlanta has seen one women’s soccer team fold twice, so what makes this different?  

Atlanta already has a women’s soccer team. They’re called the Lady Silverbacks. But what Atlanta doesn’t have is a major league women’s soccer team.

Trey Brantley is trying to change that.

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College Football
2:53 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Georgia Assistant Coaches Tracy Rocker, Bryan McClendon Given New Titles

Tony Casillas, right, a 1982-85 Oklahoma middle guard, and Tracy Rocker, a 1985-88 Auburn defensive tackle, second from right, join the 2004 College Football Hall of Fame Class at a National Football Foundation announcement in New York on Dec. 7, 2004.
Credit John Marshall Mantel / Associated Press

Georgia coach Mark Richt has given promotions to assistants Tracy Rocker and Bryan McClendon.

Rocker, the defensive line coach, has been named associate head coach. McClendon, the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, was named assistant head coach.

Rocker's new title came after his first season at Georgia, following three years as defensive line coach for the NFL Tennessee Titans. Rocker, a former Auburn standout, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Sports
2:55 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Atlanta Falcons Approve $45K Seat Licenses

Prime, 50-yard line seats at the Georgia Dome will go on sale for $45,000 on Monday.
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Lifelong Falcons fan Terry Whitehead’s done the math, and she estimates her four season tickets will cost her over $94,000 at the new stadium.

“94? That’s out of our reach, and that’s out of our intelligence. Who does that?” said Whitehead.

Someone will, the Falcons hope. The new Personal Seat Licenses, or “PSLs,” mean you own your seat for 30 years. Right now the best spots, near the 50-yard line, are going for $45,000.

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Sports
11:20 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Officially Up For Sale

The Atlanta Hawks announced today that the entire basketball team is up for sale.
Credit Mark Runyon / flickr.com/BasketballSchedule

The Atlanta Hawks officially announced today the entire basketball team is up for sale.

In a statement released Thursday, the Hawks said its three ownership groups have unanimously approved a plan to sell 100 percent of the team’s stakes, along with the Philips Arena operating rights. The sale will begin immediately.

The team has retained Goldman Sachs & Co. and Inner Circle Sports LLC to oversee the sale of the franchise and its assets.

Reports that the owners had planned to sell all of the team’s rights surfaced earlier this month.

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Sports
5:27 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Atlanta Falcons Hunting for New Head Coach

The hunt for a new Atlanta Falcons head coach is underway.

The Dirty Birds need a new leader to help them "rise up" from the ashes.

Mike Smith ─ the winningest head coach in Atlanta Falcons history ─ was fired at the end of this football season.

On Tuesday, Rex Ryan, who was recently let go by the New York Jets, had an interview with the Falcons. 

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Sports
2:44 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

John Smoltz Inducted Into the Baseball Hall Of Fame

John Smoltz lifts his hat to the crowd as he heads to the dugout during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at a Major League Baseball game April 22, 2008, at Turner Field in Atlanta. Smoltz reached his 3,000th career striking out during the inning.
Credit Gregory Smith / Associated Press

John Smoltz has made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Writers Association of America elected the former Atlanta Brave on Tuesday along with fellow pitchers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. Former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio will also be inducted into the 2015 class this spring.  

Smoltz is the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history with 200 career wins as a starting pitcher and 150 career saves as a reliever.          

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Sports
4:44 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A Memorable 5:44 Interview from 2014: KSU President Dr. Dan Papp on NCAA Rules Changes

Dr. Dan Papp, president of Kennesaw State University
Credit Kennesaw State University

  At the turning of the year, we're getting a second listen to some of the more memorable 2014 interviews from "The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer" on All Things Considered.

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