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5:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Motorsports Company Wants To Build Electric Cars In Georgia

A concept drawing of the electric City Car, which would be part of the car sharing program DeltaWing Technologies wants to launch.
Credit DeltaWing Technologies

A sports car manufacturer wants to build the first electric cars in Georgia. DeltaWing Technologies is looking at a three-wheeler that could cost $15,000. 

 You can buy the vehicle for yourself, but the idea is to be a car-sharing program – like Zipcar – but exclusively for electric cars. Gary Fong is the director of communications with DeltaWing. He’s not sure when the cars will be ready, but the company first has to build a manufacturing plant in Georgia.

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Sports
10:58 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Who Knew? Falcons Lead Division Despite Only Four Wins

Falcons head coach Mike Smith during the a recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Credit Brian Blanco / Associated Press

Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons can still make the playoffs.

Right now, the team only has four wins.

Their last game, the Falcons rallied to take the lead against the Cleveland Browns, but then lost the game as the Browns kicked a field goal leaving no time on the clock.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the ending of the game left a lot of criticism against the head coach.

Forty-four seconds is how much time was left on the clock when the Atlanta Falcons took the lead over the Cleveland Browns.

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Sports
2:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Braves Outfielder Jason Heyward Traded To Cardinals for Pitcher, Minor-Leaguer

Jason Heyward, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring the winning run during the eighth inning of the baseball home opener against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
Credit Alex Brandon / Associated Press

The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

The deal was announced Monday and ends Heyward's tenure with his hometown team.

The 25-year-old outfielder never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game. This past season, he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He also won his second Golden Glove.

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Sports
2:54 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Atlanta Track Club To Expand Programs Through "Unprecedented Partnership"

Atlanta Track Club Rich Kenah, left, and Mizuno USA President Bob Puccini, right, flank 2014 Peachtree Road Race winner Christo Landry as he shows off the new Track Club singlet topped with Mizuno's logo.
Credit Lisa George / WABE

The Atlanta Track Club has a new running partner, and you have probably seen its logo before.

Athletic apparel and shoemaker Mizuno USA will become the Atlanta Track Club’s official clothing and shoe provider, effective Jan. 1, 2015, in what both sides call an “unprecedented partnership.”

In exchange, the company will sponsor some of the club’s existing programs and help start some new ones.

Neither side will say how much the contract is worth or how long it will last.

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2:37 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Atlanta Falcons Map Misses London - By More Than 1,000 Miles

The Atlanta Falcons released a map of their upcoming trip to London. The Telegraph of London, along with many Twitter followers, quickly pointed out that the map shows the team going not to London, not to England, but to somewhere near Madrid, Spain.
NFL side the Atlanta Falcons have been ridiculed after releasing a shockingly poor infographic about their trip to London. The Falcons will play the Detroit Lions at Wembley on Sunday, but hopefully any American fans making the journey won't be following this map.
Sports
1:33 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Former NBA Player Chris Webber Eyes Atlanta Hawks Ownership

Former NBA player and TNT commentator Chris Webber smiles during the NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Credit Danny Moloshok / AP Photo

    A former NBA player says he wants to buy a share of the Atlanta Hawks.

In a tweet, Chris Webber said his company, The Webber Group has contacted NBA officials to “acquire the majority interest of the Atlanta Hawks.”

But, buying a NBA team requires more than just a recognizable name, says Joe Perez of Sports Business Daily.

  “Chris Webber is the sexy name for his ownership group. In reality, Chris Webber is probably buying like five percent of the team.”

And here’s where all the numbers come into play.

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Sports
12:50 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Atlanta Braves Attendance Hits a Decade-Long Low

Turner Field ticket sales were down this season.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

  It was a disappointing season for the Atlanta Braves and it showed. 

Ticket sales for 2014 hit a low not seen in a decade.  

Less than 2.4 million fans came to Turner Field this season.

That’s about 2,400 less fans per game compared to last season’s total.

Sports analysts say it can be tough for local teams to fill up places like the Ted.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

UGA's Gurley Suspended Indefinitely

UGA running back Todd Gurley is suspended for allegedly breaking NCAA rules.
Credit Wikimedia

Bad news for Bulldog Nation.

Todd Gurley, a running back for the University of Georgia football team, is suspended indefinitely.

According to a statement on the school’s website the Heisman Trophy candidate is being benched due to an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

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Sports
5:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Atlanta Football Classic, More Than Just A Game

The South Carolina State Bulldogs will meet the North Carolina A&T Aggies for the annual event featuring historically black colleges and universities.
Credit Otis Threatt / 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc

This weekend, the 26th annual Atlanta Football Classic kicks off inside the Georgia Dome. The South Carolina State Bulldogs will meet the North Carolina A&T Aggies for the annual event featuring historically black colleges and universities.

But the annual event is more than just a game and entertainment.

Some will come for the game and others for the marching bands. And that’s exactly what organizers of the Atlanta Football Classic expect.

But, there’s another reason that comes to Bill Lamar’s mind when he sees a packed Georgia Dome.

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Sports
12:30 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Engineering a Safer Football Helmet for Atlanta and Elsewhere

Players at Georgia State University practice while wearing the Guardian Cap, a safety device for football helmets.
Stephannie Stokes WABE

Step onto Georgia State University's football field during practice and you won't be able to see GSU's blue helmets on the players' heads. 

Instead, you'll see a white padded cover, called the Guardian Cap. It's a safety device that fits over the classic hard-shell helmet and it's specially designed to soften any blows to the head that players may experience on the field. 

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Sports
5:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Disappointing Season Leads to Braves Firing General Manager Frank Wren

The Atlanta Braves decided to part ways with Executive Vice President and general manager Frank Wren.
Credit www.gasportscraze.com

The regular season is not over, but the Atlanta Braves decided to part ways with Executive Vice President and general manager Frank Wren who was fired today.

Team executives say it’s time to return to the “Braves way.”

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports there are many questions about his replacement.

September has not been kind to the Atlanta Braves.

They won just four of their eighteen games and were just swept by the New York Mets.

That officially eliminated the Braves from the post-season.

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Sports
8:55 am
Sun September 21, 2014

UGA to Hike Football Ticket Prices

  The price to attend a Univ. of Georgia football game is on the rise, as the school plans two ticket price hikes in the coming years.

The first is a $5 jump, which takes the price of a home game ticket from $40 to $45. The second increase comes in 2017, when the price grows to $50.

The annual Georgia/Florida game, held in Jacksonville, will increase by $10.

Student prices remain the same.

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Sports
8:05 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Latest Call for NFL Commissioner Resignation Comes from Metro Atlanta

Attorney Gloria Allred (center) is flanked at a news conference Wednesday in Cobb County by Kristeena Spivey and Clarence Watley. Spivey says she witnessed injuries Rasheedah Watley allegedly suffered at the hands of NFL player Brandon Marshall. Clarence Watley is Rasheedah Watley's father.
Credit Lisa George/WABE News

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred is calling for the resignation of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. This latest chapter in the story of domestic violence issues involving NFL players has an Atlanta connection.

Allred’s call for Goodell’s resignation surrounds abuse allegations in Fulton County against NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall. In 2008, Marshall’s then-girlfriend, Rasheedah Watley, got a protective order against him. The next year, an Atlanta jury acquitted Marshall of misdemeanor battery charges.

Allred called for stricter standards for NFL investigations.

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Sports
8:19 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Reed: Hawks Seek New Owner, Will Stay in City

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (front) announces the Hawks are seeking new ownership. Former Hawks player Dominique Wilkins is behind him.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday the Atlanta Hawks are looking for new ownership. The mayor made the announcement at a press conference, saying he didn't want anyone to be blindsided by the news. 

  The mayor stood with some city council members, community leaders, and former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins. Reed said city and team officials are looking to replace owner Bruce Levenson, who came under fire recently for a racially insensitive email he sent in 2012.  

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Sports
4:35 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Atlanta Braves Break Ground On SunTrust Park

Pouya Dianat Atlanta Braves/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves broke ground on a new $622 million dollar stadium and adjoining mixed-use development in Cobb County today.  The Braves also unveiled the name of the future ballpark.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron, Governor Nathan  Deal and Major League Baseball Commissioner-Elect Rob Manfred were among those taking part in groundbreaking.

Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said the stadium will offer fans the highest-quality experience possible.

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Sports
4:24 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Hawks GM Danny Ferry Taking Indefinite Leave of Absence

Credit (Photo: AP/The Atlanta Journal)

Update: Danny Ferry has released his own statement through the Hawks on his leave of absence.

"No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.

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Sports
5:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Hawks CEO Cancels Meeting With Civil Rights Leaders

Civil rights leaders hold a press conference regarding the Hawks Wednesday.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Civil Rights leaders are upset after the cancellation of a meeting they say was scheduled Wednesday morning between them and Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin. The leaders say they were supposed to meet with Koonin following recent racial remarks made by Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry and a racially charged 2012 email from Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson. The email led Levenson to announce he plans to sell his majority ownership within the team.

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Sports
6:23 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

More Atlanta Hawks Drama, GM Ferry Cited for Racial Remarks

In this 2012 WABE file photo, Danny Ferry is named the Atlanta Hawks general manager.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

There’s more fallout for the Atlanta Hawks.

After an offensive email from majority owner Bruce Levenson was revealed, now comes additional information about racial remarks from general manager Danny Ferry.

WABE’s Rose Scott has the latest.

Like all the NBA teams this off season, the Hawks were looking to add players through the free agent market.

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Sports
10:40 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Hawks Discipline GM Ferry for Racist Comments

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year.

The team did not provide any details of the discipline.

Atlanta's WSB-TV reported it obtained a letter from Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. which cites Ferry telling the ownership group that Deng "has a little African in him" and was "a two-faced liar and cheat."

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Sports
12:51 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Read Hawk's Owner Bruce Levinson's Controversial Letter

From: Bruce Levenson
To: Ferry, Danny
CC: Foreman, Todd (ucg.com); Peskowitz, Ed (ucg.com)
Sent: 8/25/2012 11:47:02 PM
Subject: Re: Business/Game ops

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Sports
11:13 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Atlanta Hawks Majority Owner Self Reports Offensive Email: Will Sell Team

The majority owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks is selling his interest in the team. Bruce Levenson says an email he sent two years was inappropriate and offensive towards the team’s African American fans.
Credit Atlanta Hawks

The majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Bruce Levenson, is selling his interest in the team.

He says an email he sent two years ago was inappropriate and offensive as it related to the Hawks’ African American fan base.

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Sports
6:34 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Falcons Open 2014 Season Against Saints in Georgia Dome

From 2010, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees chats with Matt Ryan after a game.
Credit Photo courtesty of Atlanta Falcons

The NFL season is underway after Thursday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.

Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons will kick off the season at the Georgia Dome against the New Orleans Saints.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the Falcons should improve upon last year’s four-win season.

Let’s just be honest.

Last season was awful for the Atlanta Falcons.

After the last game of the 2013 season, Head coach Mike Smith said in a press conference, which was a loss to the Carolina Panthers, the team needed to protect Ryan from being hit.

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Sports
7:49 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

It's College Football Time: A Preview of UGA, Tech, & GSU with I.J. Rosenberg of Score Atlanta

I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta
Credit Score Atlanta

  Labor Day weekend, 2014 marks the start of the college football season for metro Atlanta fans.  Georgia State broke a 16-game losing streak, while Georgia Tech prepared for a challenging season, and UGA was touted as a possible national title contender.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a preview of the season for each team from I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta.

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Sports
5:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Playing Fair? Why Some Try to Cheat School Systems

“It’s a very competitive culture particularly in the metro Atlanta for kids wanting to be in programs that are successful for recruiting purposes.” Horace Dunson, Head of DeKalb County Schools Athletics

School will be starting soon for some area districts and some high school sports practices are already underway.

The process of making sure all student athletes live in their designated school region has many systems double checking addresses.

That’s because last school year, an investigation found 85% of the Grady High School HS football team did not live in the area.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports why some go to great lengths to cheat school systems.

High school football is not just a game; it’s a culture and way of life.

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Sports
5:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Peachtree Road Race Security To Be 'Just As Tight' As Last Year

Atlanta Track Club chief Rich Kenah says security at the 45th annual Peachtree Road Race 10k will be 'just as tight' as it was last year.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

Officials with the Peachtree Road Race say security will be just as tight as it was during the race last year, which came on the heels of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Atlanta Track Club chief Rich Kenah said he’s been having ongoing discussions with the mayor’s office and various law enforcement agencies ahead of the 45th annual Independence Day 10k race.

“We have assurances we’ll have the same level of law enforcement activity and visibility that we had in 2013,” he said.

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Sports
8:35 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Peachtree Winners Will Be Americans This Year

Credit Susan Mittleman

In about a month, tens of thousands of runners will compete in the 45th annual AJC Peachtree Road Race. This year’s race is the men’s and women’s national 10K championship. That means the winners will be Americans, which hasn’t happened since 1995.

Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah says the invitational portion of the race will be different this year.

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NFL Draft
6:08 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Atlanta Falcons Draft Offensive Lineman Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews was the Atlanta Falcons' first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Credit National Football League

The 2014 NFL draft got underway in New York City on May 9th.

And with the sixth selection of the first round, the Atlanta Falcons chose a player to help keep quarterback Matt Ryan upright during the games.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports.

Jake Matthews’ job description is pretty simple.

He must protect Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Last season, that task was a problem for the team’s offensive line.

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Falcons to Explore Regional and International Naming Rights Options

Falcons officials speak during a breakfast event held in downtown Atlanta by Bloomberg News
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The Atlanta Falcons plan to look at companies both in and outside the region when they consider naming rights opportunities for its future $1.2 billion dollar stadium.

During an event held by Bloomberg News, Atlanta Falcons Chief Marketing and Revenue officer Jim Smith said the sports franchise will explore several different kinds of companies as it looks for those to partner with for stadium naming rights.

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Sports
11:23 am
Thu April 17, 2014

GOAL! Atlanta Awarded MLS Team

Fans packed the upper level of Ventanas, where the announcement was made about Atlanta being awarded a major league soccer team.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

It’s official.

In 2017 when the new downtown stadium opens, the Atlanta Falcons won’t be the only hometown team playing.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports major league soccer is expanding to the south and Atlanta is getting a team.

Everyone attending Wednesday’s announcement was in a party mood and cheered as MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement.

“On behalf of soccer fans across America, it is my pleasure to welcome the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia to major league soccer. Can’t wait 'til 2017!”

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MLS Expansion Team
6:35 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Atlanta Awarded Major League Soccer Franchise; Games To Begin In 2017

Arthur Blank (center) receives a high five from fans after announcing that a new MLS team will be coming to Atlanta. Accompanying Blank are MLS Commissioner Dan Garber (left) and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (walking behind Garber and Blank).
Credit MLS

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced today that he will be the owner of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise team being awarded to Atlanta.  The new team, yet to be given a name and a logo, will play in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium beginning in 2017.

Blank made the announcement Wednesday afternoon flanked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, and Georgia World Congress Center Authority executive director Frank Poe.  MLS streamed the announcement live (video below):

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