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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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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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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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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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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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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10:17 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Ex-UGA Coach Dooley's '57 Auburn Ring Turns Up In Pawn Shop

The 1957 championship ring belonging to former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, right (shown in 2010 with former Auburn coach Pat Dye) has been found. Dooley won the ring as an assistant coach at Auburn. It was stolen from his Athens home in 2011.
Credit Josh D. Weiss / Associated Press file


Former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley has reclaimed something he thought he'd never see again: The national championship ring he won while working as an assistant coach at Auburn University in 1957.

The ring was stolen from Dooley's home in Athens, Georgia, in 2011, and Dooley thought it was gone for good.

But the Athens Banner-Herald reports the ring showed up in a pawn shop last week in Athens.

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9:32 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Hawks Looking For 'Continuity' After Historic 60-Win Season

Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) during the second half in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs May 22 in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

The Atlanta Hawks have cleaned out their lockers, met with the coaches, and headed off for summer vacation.

The players were at Philips Arena on Thursday for their final meetings after a historic 60-win season. Even though it ended with a four-game blowout by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference final, no one was hanging their heads two days after the final contest.

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6:19 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Author Attempts To Debunk The ‘Monstrous’ Myths Of Ty Cobb

Baseball legend and Detroit Tigers great Ty Cobb slides into base in this undated photo. Cobb stole 96 bases during the 1915 season and retired with a stunning career record.
Credit Tigers Archives / AP Photo/Tigers Archives

Considered by some as the greatest baseball player who ever lived, the myths surrounding baseball legend and Georgia native Tyrus Raymond Cobb, better known as Ty Cobb, are almost as epic as the man himself.

He’s been accused of hating northerners, various religions, African Americans and anyone else who was different from him.

He’s also been accused of hating his teammates as well as opposing team members. He’s been criticized for his aggressive behavior on and off the field, his attitude and his drive and ambition.

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4:07 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Look To Rebound After Game 1 Loss To Cleveland

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) reacts to play against Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press


Don’t panic, Atlanta.

You’ve seen this before.

That’s what veteran Atlanta sports journalist Sam Crenshaw said on “A Closer Look” after the Atlanta Hawks dropped Game 1 of the Eastern Conference championship series Wednesday night.

The Hawks, who fell 97-89 to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena, haven’t been this far in the playoffs since 1970.

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3:06 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Agent: Hawks' Carroll Has No Structural Damage In Knee

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) during the first half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Wednesday in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

DeMarre Carroll's agent says an MRI on Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and Carroll is hoping to play for the Hawks by Friday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Mark Bartelstein told The Associated Press on Thursday that Carroll has only a knee sprain and "maybe a little" bone bruise.

Carroll celebrated the news on his Twitter feed.

Bartelstein says Carroll will receive treatment for the soreness Thursday and Friday in hopes of playing against Cleveland in Game 2.

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8:19 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers Win Game 1 Against Atlanta Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, speaks with an injured Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) as Carroll is helped of the court during the second half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs Wednesday in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press


LeBron James scored 31 points and J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

Intent on bringing Cleveland its first NBA title, James sealed the victory with a soaring dunk in the final minute. But Smith was the one who ignited the Cavaliers, going 8 of 12 from 3-point range.

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6:23 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

For The Atlanta Hawks, The NBA Playoffs Mean Big Money

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, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

Wednesday is the first game of the Hawks’ playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Whether or not they can beat the team led by LeBron James, the Hawks are still making a lot of money.

By some estimates, each home playoffs game makes a team about $1 million, according to Joe Perez, an assistant editor with Sports Business Daily.  

“A lot of that is coming from the ticket revenue,” Perez said. “A lot of that’s coming from purchase of merchandise and other concessions.”

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6:35 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Hope To Clip LeBron James, Cavaliers

The Atlanta Hawks face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the next round of the NBA postseason.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

The Atlanta Hawks look to keep soaring in the NBA postseason.

But to do so, they will have to keep LeBron James, the game's biggest star, under wraps.  The Hawks host James' team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, at Philips Arena Wednesday night.

"I'd really like to see the Hawks play inside-out, get into the lane, pass the ball around and find their wide open shots," says Craig Sager Jr., the managing editor of Score Atlanta.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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