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Steelers release ex-UGA star, WR vet Hines Ward

Former UGA great Hines Ward is officially released Wednesday by the Pittsburgh Steelers after an unproductive season.

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Falcons seeking speed infusion

With the draft approaching, first-year head coach Dan Quinn has been pleased with the re-tooling of the Atlanta Falcons’ roster this offseason.

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Braves’ Gonzalez concerned about rotation’s lack of innings

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez initially struck his usual optimistic tone Thursday afternoon when he was asked about the inability of Braves starting pitchers to pitch deeply or effectively into games.

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Braves LHP McKirahan suspended 80 games

Atlanta Braves left-handed reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drug use.

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Braves’ Freeman hitting better than average suggests

There’s more to Freddie Freeman’s batting average than meets the eye.

NBA playoff picture: Celtics clinch despite being idle

One of just six NBA teams that were idle Monday, the Boston Celtics enjoyed the league’s best night.

Hawks’ Sefolosha says police caused injury

Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha pointed to police as the cause of a season-ending leg injury suffered last week during an incident that ended with his arrest.

NBA playoff picture: Bulls improve seeding with win

The Chicago Bulls improved their chances of remaining in the top half of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket thanks to an 89-78 road win over the Miami Heat on Thursday.

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Union probing police tactics in Sefolosha arrest

The National Basketball Players Association is investigating police tactics surrounding the arrest and ensuing season-ending injury of Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha.

Stults a diamond in the rough for Braves?

Left-hander Eric Stults, who will make his Braves debut on Friday on the same night Atlanta plays its home opener, is grateful for the opportunity.

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New Braves Markakis, Grilli instrumental on opening day win

Newly acquired Nick Markakis drove in two runs, including the game-winner, as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Monday’s Opening Day game at Marlins Park.

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MLB notebook: Padres acquire Kimbrel in trade

In a blockbuster trade on the eve of Opening Day, the revamped San Diego Padres acquired closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

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Braves season preview: Tough times ahead?

Atlanta Braves players kept insisting throughout spring training that they weren’t conceding anything this year despite the team’s offseason rebuild toward a new ballpark in 2017.

Falcons fined $350K, lose draft pick over fake crowd noise

The Atlanta Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will lose a 2016 draft pick for pumping artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome over the last two seasons.

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Uggla trying to win job with Nationals

Veteran second baseman Dan Uggla realizes there is not a lot of margin for error if he is going to make the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day roster.

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NBA roundup: Westbrook’s triple-double lifts Thunder over Hawks

Guard Russell Westbrook posted 36 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 123-115 comeback victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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