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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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After busy Winter Meetings, more deals left to be made

Baseball’s Winter Meetings invariably consist of a lot of talk and little action.

NFL touts ‘tougher’ personal conduct policy after crisis

National Football League owners on Wednesday unanimously endorsed what they called a tougher personal conduct policy following a spate of domestic violence cases involving players that harmed the league’s reputation.

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Falcons lament defense but can still fly into playoffs

Despite losing to the Green Bay Packers when a furious rally came up short Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons still control their own way to the playoffs.

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Atlanta Braves release new renderings of mixed-use development at SunTrust Park | PHOTOS

The Atlanta Braves released four new conceptual renderings of the mixed-use development surrounding SunTrust Park.

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NBA game roundup: 76ers snap 17-game losing streak

The Philadelphia 76ers avoided a dubious place in the NBA record books on Wednesday, as they snapped a 17-game losing streak with their first victory of the season in an 85-77 defeat of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Markakis and Braves agree to a four-year, $44 million deal

The Atlanta Braves found a replacement for departed right fielder Jason Heyward.

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Falcons defense looking to stop explosive Packers

Steven Jackson showed the tires haven’t completely worn down in bulldozing the Cardinals for 101 yards on 18 carries last week.

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Soft-spoken Jones playing loud role in Falcons’ revival

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones barely publicly acknowledged that he was ticked off.

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New Falcons stadium now to cost $1.4 billion, up from original $1 billion tag

The initial cost of the retractable-roof facility, which will replace the Georgia Dome in 2017, was estimated at $1 billion. That was later raised to $1.2 billion.

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Falcons take high hopes to Green Bay

What a difference a week makes. Most were ready to throw in the towel on the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 season after a woeful loss to Cleveland as head coach Mike Smith mismanaged the clock down the stretch.

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Biermann puts pressure on opposing offense

DE Kroy Biermann recorded his second full sack of the season, dragging down Brian Hoyer for a 9-yard loss. Biermann has 2.5 sacks this season and 19 in his career.

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Falcons face tough road to division title

While a 7-9 record might carry the day in the NFC South this season, there is no clear path for the Atlanta Falcons to reach that mark after they kicked away a golden opportunity to defeat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

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NFL game roundup: Brady, Patriots roll over Lions

Tom Brady, playing on the 14th anniversary of his first NFL snap, handled the top-ranked defense in the NFL and led the New England Patriots to their seventh straight win, a 34-9 rout of the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz appear on HOF ballot

Pitchers who won a combined nine Cy Young Awards and position players who earned three batting titles are among 17 new candidates on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Braves ready to trade Justin Upton

The Atlanta Braves reportedly are receiving plenty of interest from teams about outfielder Justin Upton and are intent on trading him.

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