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Atlanta Falcons fire coach Mike Smith after 6-10 season

The Atlanta Falcons have sacked head coach Mike Smith after a second straight losing season, the franchise said on Monday.

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.

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