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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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Sports
8:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Will Big-League Soccer Make It in Atlanta This Time?: A Talk with the Washington Post's Steve Goff

Washington Post sports writer Steven Goff, who covers the world of soccer in his "Soccer Insider" blog.
Credit Washington Post

  On or around April 16, 2014, Major League Soccer is expected to announce that Atlanta will be awarded an expansion franchise, to begin play in 2017 in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.  Falcons owner Arthur Blank is the major force behind the courtship of MLS.  But Atlanta has had big-league soccer franchises before, including two bearing the name the Atlanta Chiefs, and two versions of the Atlanta Beat women's team.

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Twitter Remembers!
4:56 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Atlanta and U.S. Celebrate Aaron's Anniversary with Tweets

Screenshot of an Atlanta Braves tweet celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hank Aaron's homerun number 715. The actual tweet is embedded below.
Credit Atlanta Braves

All of Atlanta and, indeed, the entire country, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of a monumental sporting event: Hank Aaron's record-smashing home run number 715.  

And where better to celebrate than on Twitter?  

As part of the party, here's our quick review of some of the tweets we've seen and enjoyed today. We especially like the Vin Scully quote that appears at the end.

If you want to follow along, just search Twitter for hashtag terms like #Hank715, #aaron, and #braves.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kentucky To Play UConn In NCAA Final

Connecticut center Amida Brimah (right) dunks the ball in front of Florida guard Kasey Hill during the second half of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game on Saturday. UConn won 63-53.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 12:46 am

Eighth-seeded Kentucky will face seventh-seeded UConn in an unlikely NCAA title matchup Monday with the highest combined rankings in tournament history. Neither team was even in the tournament last year.

UConn roared past Florida, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, and Kentucky pulled off a one-point thriller in the final seconds over second-seeded Wisconsin.

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Sports
6:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

This Day in History: Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth's Home Run Record

Hank Aaron connects on his 715th career home run.
Credit Bud Skinner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tuesday is April 8.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 40 years to that date in 1974, we'd witness one of the great moments in baseball history.

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, eclipsing a record that had been held by Babe Ruth since 1935.  Recently, Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisited the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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Sweetness And Light
3:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field

Paycheck Players: Love of the game may no longer be enough motivation for college athletes.
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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:04 pm

For many decades, baseball had a reserve clause, which essentially tied a baseball player to a franchise in perpetuity. The statute fell into legal jeopardy, and a few wise men amongst the owners said, maybe we ought to toss these players a bone, before we blow the whole scam.

But the owners were arrogant and stood pat, and, soon enough, the reserve clause, kit and caboodle, was outlawed as, essentially, un-American.

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The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Tiger Woods Will Miss The Masters After Back Surgery

Tiger Woods last month at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla. His back has been hurting him.
Robert Duyos MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:16 pm

Tiger Woods' quest to win another of golf's "major" tournaments has been put on hold.

Woods announced on his website Tuesday morning that "he has undergone a successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. The surgery was performed Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich."

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Atlanta Braves
8:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Next Year is Here: What Can We Expect from the 2014 Atlanta Braves?

I.J. Rosenberg, President of Score Atlanta
Credit Score Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves will begin their 2014 regular season on Monday, already hampered by injuries.  The pitching staff has lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery for the entire year, while injuries and surgery will delay the start of the season for Mike Minor, Gavin Floyd, and Jonny Venters.  

So, who's left?  That's a question WABE's Steve Goss posed to I.J. Rosenberg, president of the weekly sports page, Score Atlanta, and former long-time Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

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Sports
8:51 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Dayton Sends Third-Seeded Syracuse Home Early In NCAA Tourney

Syracuse's Trevor Cooney (No. 10) shoots between Dayton's Devon Scott (second from left) and Dyshawn Pierre (right) as Khari Price (left) watches during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday.
Bill Wippert AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 12:02 pm

In an NCAA men's tournament that has surprised many with early upsets, the University of Dayton kept the run going by taking out third-seeded Syracuse 55-53 on Saturday.

As SBNation reports, the win puts the Dayton Flyers into their first Sweet 16 since 1984.

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Sports
8:12 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Mercer Bears Bust Brackets with NCAA Tournament Upset of Duke: A Talk with Mercer's President

In this photo from Mercer's basketball website, point guard Langston Hall (a Chamblee High School graduate) celebrates during Mercer's 78-71 upset win over Duke in the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Credit Mercer University

On Friday, March 21, 2014, the Mercer University men's basketball team shocked nearly everyone, when they upset perennial powerhouse Duke, 78-71, in the NCAA tournament.  

One person who insisted he was not at all surprised was Mercer's president, Bill Underwood.  

In a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer shortly after the victory, Underwood said it demonstrated the school's commitment to blend high academic achievement with outstanding athletics.

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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
6:31 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Huge Upset: Mercer Bears Best Duke Blue Devils

Mercer Maniacs, a group of super-fans, follow the Bears to every game.
Credit Mercer Maniacs

 The latest upset in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a Georgia connection.

This afternoon Macon’s Mercer University upset perennial powerhouse Duke University: 78-to-71.

More than 300 Mercer students made the trip to Raleigh, NC, for the game.

Sophomore Thomas Hannah is one of the “Mercer Maniacs,” a group of Mercer super-fans. He spoke to WABE just moments after the Bears’ win, telling us, “It’s hard to put into words what feeling we have right now. Just the school spirit, the pride, the excitement: everything is just incredible.”

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Sports
10:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

In Sports, There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hustle

Pete Rose swings for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1985 season. Rose, aka "Charlie Hustle," famously ran to first base even when he was given a walk.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:32 am

Surely, "hustle" is the single most beloved word associated with sport. As color is to rainbows, as chocolate to the palate, as sweet nothings to love, hustle is to sport.

Hear it now:

Hustle up!
Hustle down the line!
Show us more hustle!

And oh, my, how often are you gonna hear this in the weeks ahead during March Madness: They gotta hustle back on defense. That, apparently, is the only way human beings can properly get back on defense.

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Sports
10:04 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Is There A Method To Your March Madness?

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin and his teammates are among the teams thought to have a strong chance of winning this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Are the Gators your pick?
Curtis Compton MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:45 am

The odds are that somebody in your office or shop is trying to get you to toss a few bucks into the pool and fill out the brackets for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which gets underway tonight. Fans of the women's championship might also be after you.

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Sports
12:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Hank Aaron Turns 80

Credit David Barasoain

Today marks the 80th birthday of one of the Atlanta Braves most famous baseball players, Hank Aaron. From 1954 to 1976, he played as an outfielder for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves as well as the Milwaukee Brewers.

Aaron still holds many baseball records, including runs batted in,  extra base hits and total bases. However, he is probably best remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record back in on April 8th, 1974.  

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Sports
5:49 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Atlanta Braves Aces Headed to Baseball Hall of Fame

Tom Glavine
Wikipedia

The Baseball Writers Association of America has announced the 2014 class of inductees for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

It will include former Atlanta Braves ace pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.

It just seems fitting that Maddux and Glavine will be inducted at the same time.

The two are considered among the greatest Braves pitchers and during a time in the 1990’s both were dominant in the league.

Greg Maddux is 8th on major league baseball’s all-time wins list.

He has 355 wins.

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Sports
6:33 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Atlanta Falcons Tight End Tony Gonzalez Set to Play Final NFL Game

Sunday's game day program is devoted to Tony Gonzalez
Credit Craig Sager Jr.

This Sunday at the Georgia Dome fans will witness the end of a remarkable career.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will play in his final NFL game as the team takes on the Carolina Panthers.

And as WABE’s Rose Scott reports he is widely considered the best ever at the position.

Sunday’s game day program will be devoted to Tony Gonzalez.

He’s a shoe in for the pro football hall of fame; Gonzalez’s brief time with the Falcons has mirrored his entire career as a leader on and off the field.

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Sports
10:46 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Atlanta Braves Plan Move To Cobb County In 2017

Credit Atlanta Braves

Update at 4:18 p.m.

Former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner, whom the current Turner Field is named after, says he hopes the Braves, “will be happy in their new location and continue their winning ways.” Also in his statement, Turner has not been involved with the team’s decision making since 2001.

Here’s his full statement:

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Sports
6:17 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Atlanta Dream Swept Out of WNBA Finals For Third Time

Atlanta forward Angel McCoughtry and Dream team have yet to win a game in three WNBA finals appearances.
Credit Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

A week of heartbreaking losses continued for Atlanta sports fans.

Last night the Atlanta Dream lost to the Minnesota Lynx in game 3 of the WNBA finals 86 to 77.

It was the team’s third appearance in the championship series and it was the third time the team was swept in the finals.

Minnesota didn’t change a thing heading into the game.

They dominated the Dream in games one and two.

The Lynx jumped out to an early lead on the Dream and it appeared another blowout was on the way.

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1-2 Against L.A. Dodgers
4:41 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Braves Face Play-Off Elimination Tonight

The 1-2 Braves try to stay alive in the play-offs tonight. They meet the Dodgers in L.A. at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

It’s do or die, down to the wire: pick your cliché. The Atlanta Braves must win tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers to stay alive in the post-season.

13-6 last night. In a word: ouch.

The Braves have to bring it home tonight just to get the chance to bring it back home to the Ted.

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Sports
6:20 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Atlanta Braves Preparing for Playoffs

The Atlanta Braves are getting back to where they once belonged.....the postseason.
Credit Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves begin their playoff run with a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

The Braves made it to the postseason nearly 20 times over the past two decades, but they've only won a single World Series, in 1995.

Could this be the year?

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Sports
6:44 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Braves Are Tops in National League East

It's a happy Atlanta Braves team in the locker room after winning the National League East.
Credit mlb.com

There’s still one week left in major league baseball’s regular season.

But there won’t be concerns about the Atlanta Braves making the playoffs.

That’s because the team has clinched the National League East division.

There will be no September collapse as in the past when the Braves had a stranglehold on the top spot in the N.L. East and then it dissipate like a cigarette in the rain.

Sunday while the Braves were beating the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals were losing to Miami.

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Sports
6:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Falcons Fans React To New NFL Bag Rules

  Fans flocked to the Georgia Dome Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons’ first home game, and with that came the big roll out of the NFL’s new rules on bags.

The policy officially began during preseason, but Sunday was the first time the majority of fans encountered the new rules requiring all bags larger than a hand purse be clear and 12-by-12-by-6 inches or smaller.

Season ticket holder Gina DeFazio said she received an email about the new rules and a free bag in the mail, courtesy of being a season ticket holder.

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Falcons
6:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Falcons' First Home Game Comes With New Bag Policy Roll Out

The Atlanta Falcons play their first home game Sunday at 1 p.m. against the St. Louis Rams at the Georgia Dome, and with that comes the big roll out of the NFL’s new rules on bags.

The stadium rules require all bags larger than a hand purse be clear and 12-by-12-by-6 inches or smaller.

Georgia Dome’s Jason Kirksey said the dome and the Falcons have been sending out emails and using social media to inform fans.

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