March 1, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It used to be the Phillies and Mets - sparring via sound bites across the state - that fueled the National League East preseason trash talk every spring. Then the Washington Nationals rose from the basement of the division and Jayson Werth, a longtime veteran of the division, took over Jimmy Rollins' old role as the NL East's primary provoker. Werth made waves when he called his Washington team the "most complete team" he has played on, and again this week when he said the Phillies, not the Braves, were the Nationals' chief competition within the division.
November 12, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - The Atlanta Falcons can forget about perfection, thanks to their resurgent rivals from the City that Care Forgot. Of all the teams to end Atlanta's unbeaten run, it had to be the New Orleans Saints. And it had to be a memorable, drama-filled game that left the Falcons frustrated by the 1 meager yard they could not get to take a lead inside the final 2 minutes of a 31-27 loss Sunday. "It's very frustrating," said Falcons coach Mike Smith, who is 2-7 against the Saints and 49-15 against the rest of the NFL in his four-plus regular seasons as Atlanta coach.
April 16, 1994 |
The Atlanta Braves didn't take batting practice outdoors yesterday at Wrigley Field. So they waited until the game started. The Braves hit five homers, including three straight in the first inning, had 24 hits and set team records with 19 runs and 46 total bases. The result: a 19-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta's 10th victory in 11 games. "It was a windy day at Wrigley Field. I've been there before," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "An eight-run lead with the wind blowing out is not much.
November 30, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead, and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory Thursday night. The Falcons (11-1) moved to the brink of clinching the NFC South and dealt a big blow to the Saints (5-7) and their fading playoff hopes. William Moore had two of the five interceptions, which were the most of Brees' career. Brees had thrown a touchdown pass in 54 consecutive games.
January 18, 2013 |
Who: San Francisco (2) at Atlanta (1) When: Sunday, 3 p.m. TV: Fox29 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews) Radio: WIP 94.1-FM (Dave Sims, James Lofton, Tony Boselli) Point spread: 49ers -4 Over/under: 49 Last meeting: Matt Bryant kicked the game-winning field goal as the Falcons beat the visiting 49ers, 16-14, on Oct. 3, 2010. The most memorable play was Roddy White forcing a fumble after Nate Clements made what seemed like a game-sealing interception.
May 14, 2011
ATLANTA - As a part of the ceremonies for Civil Rights Game weekend, the Phillies and Braves will wear throwback uniforms for two consecutive days. On Saturday, the Phillies will wear gray Philadelphia Stars jerseys with navy blue caps to honor the Negro League team. Then on Sunday, it's the powder-blue uniform with maroon hats from 1974. That was the year Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career home run record. - Matt Gelb
October 2, 2002 |
Perhaps you've heard. Barry Bonds has been barely noticeable when it comes to the postseason. He's hitting .196 in 27 playoff games. So the day before Bonds and the San Francisco Giants were to meet Atlanta in Game 1 of their best-of-five series, it was left for Giants manager Dusty Baker to discuss Bonds' history. Bonds wasn't available to reporters. At first, Baker said "not really" when asked if he had any idea why Bonds had flopped in the postseason. The miserable statistics include one home run in 97 at-bats.
December 17, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The Falcons sent a message to all the skeptics with a resounding victory Sunday over the defending Super Bowl champions. Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns passes as the defense handed the New York Giants their first regular-season shutout since 1996 in Atlanta's 34-0 win. Julio Jones caught a couple of scoring throws from Ryan, who broke his own franchise records for completions and passing yards in a season. The Penn Charter grad finished 23 of 28 for 270 yards. The Giants, meanwhile, were 0 for 3 on fourth down and missed a short field goal.
October 25, 2012 |
THE LEGIONS of Eagles fans who are not sure what to expect out of their defense this weekend are not alone. The Falcons don't have much of an idea, either. "It's a lot like a first game of the year," Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan said. "There will be some similar things to what they've done in the first 6 weeks of the season. I'm sure they will have a wrinkle or two for us; some things that are a little bit different. We'll just have to adjust and adapt to it during the game.
March 12, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez could not recall which expletive he used Sunday when his No. 1 starter, Kris Medlen, darted from the mound to the clubhouse, then Monday to an MRI tube. There were fears that Medlen, a 28-year-old Tommy John survivor, had suffered another serious injury to his right arm. The Braves harbored faint optimism Monday as they prepared for a Grapefruit League game against their rival Phillies. Gonzalez coped with six words. "Thank God we signed Freddy Garcia," he said.