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Dirty Birds’ schedule offers daunting start but chance for strong finish

Dirty Birds’ schedule offers daunting start but chance for strong finish

The NFL has released its 2019 regular-season schedule. Here’s a look at what’s in store for the Atlanta Falcons Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer Game-by-game prediction Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure is predicting a 10-6 finish: Sept. 8: at Minnesota, Loss Sept. 15: vs. Philadelphia, Win­­­­­­ S­­­­ept. 22: at Indianapolis, Loss Sept. 29: vs. Tennessee, Win…More

Guard ‘Ant Man’ Edwards heads Georgia’s signing class

Guard ‘Ant Man’ Edwards heads Georgia’s signing class

FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Holy Spirit Prep’s Anthony Edwards (5), center, plays against Long Island Lutheran during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Edwards, rated as the nation’s No. 2 prospect, says he will sign with Georgia. Edwards, whose nickname is “Ant Man,” made…More

LEADING OFF: Braves need a closer, Royals-Chisox tempers

LEADING OFF: Braves need a closer, Royals-Chisox tempers

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: CLOSER NEEDED The Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after having right shoulder surgery. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to sign free agent…More

Biddle walks winning run in 10th, D-backs win over Braves 3-2

Biddle walks winning run in 10th, D-backs win over Braves 3-2

By GEORGE HENRY ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Jones managed to lay off a couple of pitches he wanted to swing at before settling in against Jesse Biddle. Biddle couldn’t find the strike zone, and Jones won the battle. “Obviously we’ve got scouting reports that say, ‘Make him throw strikes, make him throw strikes,’ ” Jones…More

Column: A Masters win more about the past than the future

Column: A Masters win more about the past than the future

By DOUG FERGUSON AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The first green jacket was all about the future. The fifth green jacket Tiger Woods won Sunday at the Masters was more about the past, best measured by a powerful celebration and enormous popularity than by any ripple effect it might have in golf. Tim Finchem was in…More

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has torn left quadriceps

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has torn left quadriceps

By JANIE McCAULEY OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps muscle that will sideline the Golden State center indefinitely, a devastating injury that the Warriors feared was serious when he went down in the first quarter of their first-round playoff loss to the Clippers. An MRI exam Tuesday morning on Cousins’…More

Walker homers leading off 9th, D-Backs beat Braves 9-6

Walker homers leading off 9th, D-Backs beat Braves 9-6

by Paul Newberry ATLANTA  — Max Fried turned in another strong start for the Braves. Then he turned it over to the bullpen — and it all fell apart for Atlanta. Christian Walker homered leading off the ninth and Arizona scored seven runs in the final three innings against the shaky Braves relievers, giving the…More

Tiger a major champion again, and race to Nicklaus back on

Tiger a major champion again, and race to Nicklaus back on

By DOUG FERGUSON AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No comeback by Tiger Woods was ever going to be complete without a major. Now the question becomes how many more he can win. So much appeal of that red shirt beneath a green jacket involved looking back at all Woods had to overcome to reach that moment…More

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft. Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his…More

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