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Second wild card still senseless

Pointed questions about the implementation of the second wild card don’t faze outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig — a fringe benefit one supposes, of Selig being the creator of the wild card as a mode of entry into the MLB postseason.

Braves want next GM to restore team’s direction

Citing the need to return to the “Braves way,” Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz dismissed Frank Wren as the club’s general manager Monday with a week left in the team’s disappointing season.

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Devin Hester sets return record as Atlanta Falcons pound Tampa Bay Buccaneers | PHOTOS

Devin Hester danced like Deion Sanders on his way into the NFL record book, and the Atlanta Falcons routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

Changes expected after team’s late-season collapse

Because they have four games against the Pittsburgh Pirates next week, the Braves are clinging to the faint hope that they might be able to grab the National League’s final wild-card spot.

American football back in London with extra game

The NFL roadshow rolls into London again next week for the first of three games designed to build its international fan base and lay the foundations for a team in the British capital.

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Gattis illness opening door for Braves rookie Bethancourt

The Braves are getting a good look at rookie Christian Bethancourt, the team’s catcher of the future.

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The Atlanta Braves' new stadium will be SunTrust Park | PHOTOS

The new Atlanta Braves' home in Cobb County was officially named Tuesday in an announcement by the club and SunTrust

Braves skidding at worst time of year

ARLINGTON, Texas — Teams go through bad stretches over the course of the season … that’s baseball.

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Braves keep playoff hopes alive with 6-2 win

Aaron Harang gave up one unearned run in seven innings and Justin Upton drove in three runs with two late hits as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington 6-2 Nationals on Wednesday to salvage the finale of the three-game series between the National League East opponents.

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Homecoming for Braves 2B Gosselin

The series in Washington is like a homecoming for Phil Gosselin, 25, a second baseman for the Atlanta Braves.

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Falcons OT Matthews’ ankle: No structural damage

The Atlanta Falcons were relieved to learn Monday that X-rays were negative on the left ankle of prized rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews, who limped to the sideline during Sunday’ 37-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Civil rights leader decries ‘culture of racism’ at Atlanta Hawks

Civil rights leaders said on Monday they wanted to meet with Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin to discuss their concerns about pervasive racism at the organization after the team’s owner admitted to making racially insensitive remarks about fans.

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Falcons to put last year behind them against Saints in season opener

The Atlanta Falcons would rather forget that the 2013 season happened and will be quick to turn the page when they host the New Orleans Saints in the season opener on Sunday.

Braves aim to finish road trip strong

The Atlanta Braves finish their upcoming nine-game road trip against the pitching-poor Texas Rangers at hitter-friendly Arlington.

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Rookie helps Braves snap slump

The Atlanta Braves’ struggling offense badly needed a boost and rookie catcher Christian Bethancourt supplied it.

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