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Reports: Braves trade OF Justin Upton to Padres

The Justin Upton trade standoff is over. After months of speculation and a variety of talks at baseball's Winter Meetings, Upton, one of the top right-handed power bats on the trade market, is on his way to the San Diego Padres, according to multiple media outlets. In return, the Braves received at least one highly rated prospect: 6-foot-4 left-hander Max Fried. Final terms of the...
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The Evolution of Paul: How Hawks' Millsap became a deep threat

ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap stepped into the paint in a recent game against the Magic at Philips Arena, setting a pick for Dennis Schroder. The Hawks point guard dribbled in, drawing defenders, and with his man having left his side, Millsap rolled toward the top of the 3-point line. Schroder kicked the ball out and the Atlanta power forward squared his feet, pulled up and cleanly drained...
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College: Confidence-pool picks for the bowls from Dec. 22 to Jan. 4

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Report: Royals sign ex-Braves pitcher Medlen to 2-year deal

ATLANTA -- What a difference a year makes. This time last winter, the Atlanta Braves and Kris Medlen were seemingly on the path to a contract extension, as a means of rewarding one of the true pillars of Atlanta's starting rotation. But a major elbow injury during Spring Training (the second of the right-hander's career) and subsequent contract non-tendering (in December) has led...
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Music City Bowl breakdown: No. 23 LSU-Notre Dame

Music City Bowl: NO. 23 LSU vs. NOTRE DAME TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 3 P.M., ESPN KEY MATCHUP The Fighting Irish limp into Nashville on a four-game losing streak and during that span have given up an average of 221.2 yards per game on the ground. Making matters worse, those performances belonged to Arizona State (57th in rushing), USC (68), Louisville (83) and Northwestern (98). None of...
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Liberty Bowl breakdown: Texas A&M-West Virginia

Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5) Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 29, 2 p.m. KEY MATCHUP In a matchup of two well-recognized Air Raid-type offenses, it's somewhat strange to focus on an area in the backfield not involving the quarterback. All the same, Texas A&M's Achilles heel is stopping the run and West Virginia features some talent at the running back spot. The...
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Fantasy Fox: QB/RB/WR/TE rankings for championship Week 16

Here are the initial rankings for fantasy Week 16 -- universally known as Championship Week -- involving quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends (standard-scoring leagues). Some of the rankings have been modified to support new developments from the NFL's official injury list. But as stated many times in this blog, I am not one to overreact to a star player listed...
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Bird is the Word Podcast: No more safety net for the Falcons

ATLANTA -- After winning three of four games directly after the bye week, the Atlanta Falcons are now 1-3 in their most recent four contests. The Falcons are currently 5-9 after losing to the Steelers, but with the shape of the NFC South still in the mix for the NFL playoffs. Atlanta, however, did fall from first place within the division with its most recent loss and the Monday...
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Independence Bowl breakdown: Miami vs. South Carolina

INDEPENDENCE BOWL: MIAMI (6-6) VS. SOUTH CAROLINA (6-6) SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 3:30 P.M. ET, ABC KEY MATCHUP Miami running back Duke Johnson ranked seventh in the country this season with 1,890 all-purpose yards (1,520 rushing yards). He ranked second in the ACC in rushing, and his worst game of the season was an 88-yard performance on the road against Virginia. Johnson will be the unquestioned...
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Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl breakdown: NC State vs. UCF

BITCOIN ST. PETERSBURG BOWL: NC STATE (7-5) VS. UCF (9-3) FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 8 P.M., ESPN KEY MATCHUP One of the best battles on the field during the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will happen when NC State is on offense and UCF is working to slow the Wolfpack down. NC State running back Shadrach Thornton finished seventh in the ACC in rushing, but really came on of late. He posted his...
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Court Vision: Hawks get back at Cavs with rout in Cleveland

Going inside the Hawks' 127-98 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday in Cleveland for their 11th victory in 12 games. 1. So ... Are the Hawks elite yet? During last Thursday's TNT pregame, Charles Barkley broke down the Eastern Conference's upper echelon teams and made no mention of the Hawks. He did give coach Mike Budenholzer a shout out, but said this team wasn't on that level....
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Braves land pitching prospect Kurcz in Varvaro trade with Red Sox

ATLANTA -- Well, it didn't take for Anthony Varvaro to find a new home. Just two days after being designated for assignment, the Braves reliever was traded to the Boston Red Sox (along with cash considerations) -- in exchange for right-handed pitcher Aaron Kurcz. The Wednesday trade announcement serves as yet another offseason component to the Braves' pitching overhaul, with Shelby...
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Miami Bowl breakdown: BYU vs. Memphis

MIAMI BOWL: BYU (8-4) VS. MEMPHIS (9-3) MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2 P.M., ESPN KEY MATCHUP Some people will sit down to watch the Miami Bowl and focus in on BYU quarterback Christian Stewart or Memphis linebacker Tank Jakes. Zoom out, however, and watch a classic football matchup: a powerful offense versus a stout defense. BYU averaged 36.2 points per game this season, only 19 teams in the...
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'15 Star-Driven Fun Facts' to ponder for NFL Week 16

FOX Sports South takes a whimsical and diverse look at 15 star-driven factoids for NFL Week 16 -- a piece that might help shape fantasy-league decisions and/or inspire more real-world and barstool debates, among friends and kind strangers: 1. Arian Foster's seven-game streak of at least one touchdown may be over, but there's still plenty of reasons to celebrate his standing as an...
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Predicting, seeding the 6-team field for the AFC playoffs, Version 3.0

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Predicting, seeding the 6-team field for the NFC playoffs, Version 3.0

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Court Vision: Hawks continue success at home with win over Bulls

Going inside the Atlanta Hawks' 93-86 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Philips Arena: THREE-POINT TAKE 1. Hawks maintain home dominance as schedule toughens Philips Arena is quickly becoming a safe haven for the Atlanta Hawks, regardless of the level of competition. With a closely contested yet convincing win over the Chicago Bulls, one of the favorites in the Eastern...
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Markakis to undergo neck surgery Wednesday

Just 12 days after new right fielder Nick Markakis finalized his four-year, $44 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, he'll undergo surgery on his neck. To ease pain that hasn't forced him to miss games, but has been a nuisance, Markakis will have fusion surgery on Wednesday to fix a herniated disc. According to the David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Markakis...
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Braves finalize Callaspo contract, designate Varvaro for assignment

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced on Monday they had finalized the deal with new infielder Alberto Callaspo, a deal that was agreed to on Dec. 9 at the winter meetings in San Diego. Callaspo and the Braves inked a one-year contract for $3 million, with $1 million in performance incentives. To make room on the 40-man roster for Callaspo, the Braves designated relief pitcher...
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Loss to Steelers shows Falcons have yet to answer playoff urgency bell

ATLANTA -- No matter what Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, this season in the NFC South has been absolutely bonkers. After the Falcons lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday, Smith was asked how he felt about the way this season has played out, and the fact that if Atlanta handles its business in its final two games it will win the division. "Nothing is odd...
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White adds to Falcons' legacy, breaks franchise record for TDs

ATLANTA -- This one was 10 seasons in the making. On Sunday at the Georgia Dome, Falcons wideout Roddy White became the franchise's all-time touchdowns leader (excluding quarterbacks), eclipsing the previous record of running back Michael Turner, who notched 61 TDs (60 rushing) for Atlanta from 2008-12. White, who tallied seven catches and 58 yards in the Falcons' 27-20 loss to the...
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Bell falls short of 200 yards, forced to share record with HOFer Payton

ATLANTA -- It's hard to lament the sole ownership of a vaunted NFL record ... when you didn't even know it existed two weeks ago. Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell was the quintessential winner in many ways on Sunday -- posting his 12th outing of 100-plus total yards, cracking the double-digit-touchdown mark for the first time in his career and scoring twice in Pittsburgh's 27-20 win...
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Fantasy: Final Sunday/Monday rankings for playoff Week 15

Here are four revised Sunday/Monday countdowns for fantasy Week 15 -- involving quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends (standard-scoring leagues). Some of the rankings have been modified to support new developments from the NFL's official injury list. But as stated many times in this blog, I am not one to overreact to a star player listed as "questionable" prior...
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One negative with Mariota's Heisman win; top 10 contenders for 2015

After Johnny Football's antics and Famous Jameis' legal woes, the Heisman Trophy needed a relief. It stood there in a room full of college football icons, no drama, no controversy in tow. Oregon's Marcus Mariota made history Saturday, becoming the school's first winner and the first born in Hawaii, but the unprecedented that the redshirt junior quarterback brought to the proceedings...
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Court Vision: Hawks' win streak stops at 9 with loss to Magic

Going inside the Atlanta Hawks' 100-99 loss to the Magic on Saturday night Orlando: THREE-POINT TAKE 1. In the NBA, 3.4 seconds is an eternity When Kyle Korver drained his 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left to play, two thoughts went through the heads of Hawks fans everywhere: First, Korver seemed to have ice water running through his veins when he launched a long 3-pointer from the...
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