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4:03 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

As Atlanta United FC Is Unveiled, Soccer Fans Celebrate

Todd Jackson looks at a shirt with the new Atlanta United FC logo during a party at which the name of the MLS soccer expansion team was announced.
Credit Branden Camp / Associated Press

 

With soccer a hot topic around the country the last few weeks, Atlanta fans had plenty of reasons to cheer on the local front.

On Tuesday, two days after the U.S. won the Women’s World Cup, the official name, logo and team colors of the new Atlanta Major League Soccer franchise were unveiled.

Atlanta United FC won’t play its first game until 2017, but 5,000 fans turned out in Midtown Atlanta for this week’s announcement.

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Commentary
1:02 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Atlanta's New Soccer Team Could Be Symbol For Unity

A fan attends an event Tuesday at which Atlanta United FC was announced as the name of the new soccer team.
Credit Branden Camp / AP Photo

    

Soccer fans still have to wait about a year and a half before they will be able to go to a match to see Atlanta's pro team at the new downtown stadium. But when owner 

Arthur Blank officially unveiled the team's new name – Atlanta United FC – and its new logo at a rowdy event Tuesday, and the crowd of 4,000 fans could not have been more excited!

When it comes to sports in Georgia, frenzy is usually associated with college football or NASCAR ... maybe the Falcons, the Hawks or the Braves.

But soccer?

Well all that is beginning to change.

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Sports
7:44 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Atlanta United FC Unveils Logo, Team Colors

Atlanta United FC unveiled its logo on Tuesday.
Credit Atlanta United FC

Atlanta United FC is ready for its close-up.

Officials with the 22nd franchise in Major League Soccer unveiled the team’s logo and colors on Tuesday.

“When we announced the club in 2014, I promised three things: to put a winning team on the field, to provide a great match day experience for our fans, and to entrench this club into the community. We’re on our way to fulfilling those promises, and I look forward to sharing the excitement of building this club with our incredible supporters,” team owner Arthur Blank said.

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Sports
10:39 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Team Africa Wins Peachtree Cup At AJC Peachtree Road Race

Team Africa beat Team USA to win the Peachtree Cup in an annual 10-kilometer run in Atlanta.

The first-place finish by Daniel Salel and a strong showing by Team Africa's three female runners cemented its win Saturday in the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The winners will earn a $42,000 prize.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the six members of Team Africa had the fastest combined time of 3:06:29. Team USA clocked in second at 3:07:35, followed by Team Europe at 3:09:49. The members of Team Asia finished the course in 3:15:58.

Sports
9:20 am
Mon July 6, 2015

US Team Captures Women's World Cup Title In 5-2 Rout

The U.S. Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver.
Credit Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

  
Team USA sits atop the women's soccer world after the Americans' third World Cup crown, but first since 1999.

In an offensive explosion rarely seen in soccer, the Americans scored four goals in the opening 16 minutes -- three on a hat trick by Carli Lloyd -- and routed Japan 5-2 for the Women's World Cup crown. That avenged a loss in the 2011 final when Japan won on penalty kicks. It was the highest-scoring final in Women's World Cup history.

"We just made history," Lloyd said moments after the win. "I was on a mission."

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A Closer Look
6:21 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Barefoot Running Gaining Traction, But It's Not For Everyone

Barefoot running is growing in popularity and, when it comes to natural running, there's a long list of victorious runners who have competed sans shoes, and even an Olympic champion.
Credit Chris Hunkeler / flickr.com/chrishunkeler

Runners, take your mark, get set, go!

Thousands of people are preparing for the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race this weekend on Independence Day in Atlanta.

While most participants are wearing the usual running gear, like sneakers or jogging shoes, spectators might be surprised to see a few marathoners running barefoot – nothing between their feet and the pavement.

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Sports
3:59 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Hawks' DeMarre Carroll Says He's Going To The Raptors

Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is leaving the team for the Toronto Raptors. In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Carroll (5) during the first half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs May 20 in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

DeMarre Carroll is leaving the Atlanta Hawks to join the Toronto Raptors.

Carroll tweeted a picture of himself with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey on Wednesday and announced that he is headed to Toronto. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that it's a four-year deal worth $60 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been announced. NBA rules prevent the deal from being signed until July 9.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Fate Of Atlanta Hawks Still Unclear With New Team Ownership

It would be ideal if the lead owner of the Hawks called Atlanta home. An owner who has deep roots in a community is less likely to move the team somewhere else. Tony Ressler, the new principal owner of the Hawks, is a Los Angeles businessman.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

The new principal owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Tony Ressler, closed the deal on the city's professional basketball team on June 24. At his first press conference, 24 hours later, the Los Angeles businessman said the team would now speak with one voice ... a marked contrast to the past owners, the Atlanta Spirit Group.

Atlanta has welcomed Ressler with open arms. He enters the scene as the new lead owner of the Hawks, without baggage and with great hopes.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Tony Ressler Announced As Atlanta Hawks' Main Owner

Atlanta Hawks new owner Tony Ressler speaks during a news conference to announce the sale of the NBA basketball team to an ownership group led by Ressler Thursday in Atlanta.
Credit Todd Kirkland / Associated Press

The NBA board of governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Hawks to an ownership group led by billionaire Tony Ressler.

Along with the operating rights to Philips Arena, the Hawks were sold for $850 million. The NBA announced Wednesday's sale closing.

Former NBA star Grant Hill is part of Ressler's group, which includes New York investor Rick Schnall, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and her husband Jesse Itzler, co-founder of Marquis Jet.

The Hawks parted ways Monday with general manager Danny Ferry after buying out the last two years of his contract.

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Sports
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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A Closer Look
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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Sports
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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Sports
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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Sports
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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A Closer Look
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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State
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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Sports
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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A Closer Look
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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A Closer Look
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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Sports
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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Sports
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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Hawks
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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Sports
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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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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Sports
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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Sports
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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