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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.
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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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Sports
11:39 am
Wed December 31, 2014

UGA Overcomes Quarterback Injury To Win Belk Bowl

Georgia's Nick Chubb runs into the end for a touchdown against Louisville late in the second half of the Belk Bowl.
Credit Nell Redmond / Associated Press

Freshman Nick Chubb ran for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Georgia overcame an injury to starting quarterback Hutson Mason to beat 20th-ranked Louisville 37-14 in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday night.

Chubb averaged 8 yards per carry and the Bulldogs (10-3) piled up 301 yards rushing against the nation's second-best run defense.

Mason threw for 149 yards and a touchdown before leaving with blurred vision in the second quarter with the Bulldogs ahead 20-7. He was replaced by Brice Ramsey, whose primary duty was to hand the ball off to Chubb.

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Sports
5:52 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Why the Falcons Fired Mike Smith Now: A Talk with AJC Falcons Beat Writer D. Orlando Ledbetter

Smith was the most successful coach in Falcons history.
Credit Brian Blanco / Associated Press

On Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced the team had fired head coach Mike Smith, who had been with the team for 7 seasons.  

Despite two straight losing campaigns, and a bad loss that eliminated the team from this year's playoffs, Smith was the most successful coach in Falcons history.  

So why did Blank decide to fire Smith now?  And what lies ahead for other members of the front office, like general manger Thomas Dimitroff?  

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Sports
3:19 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Falcons Fire Coach Mike Smith After Second-Straight Losing Season

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speaks at a news conference announcing that Mike Smith has been fired as head coach of the football team.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons today fired head coach Mike Smith, one day after the team squandered a chance at both the division title and a playoff spot.

At a press briefing Monday, Falcons owner Arthur Blank heaped praise on Smith and his seven years with the team, referring to him affectionately throughout by his nickname, “Smitty.” Blank said parting ways with the franchise’s most successful coach was not an easy decision for him.

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Sports
10:27 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Falcons Fire Mike Smith After 2nd Straight Losing Season

Smith's ouster comes one day after a 34-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Credit Rogelio Solis / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons have fired coach Mike Smith one day after the end of his second straight losing season.

The Falcons announced the dismissal and planned a news conference for Monday. Smith's ouster comes one day after a 34-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers before booing fans at the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons went 66-46 during the regular season with Smith and won two NFC South titles.

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Business
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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