March 8, 2013 |
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks couldn't have been less ready to play than they were at the beginning of Wednesday's game against the 76ers. It was sort of understandable as Atlanta had just returned home from a six-game road trip, which it had split, but had lost the final three. Wednesday was the Hawks' first game at home in almost 2 weeks and it showed from the opening jump. Their first 10 possessions consisted of six missed shots and four turnovers. And yet, with all that sloppiness and seemingly little desire to compete, the Sixers could only jump out to an eight-point lead.
March 2, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If the Phillies were to pen the perfect script for the month of March, it would include Roy Halladay toying with hitters like it was 2010, Chase Utley playing through the spring schedule uninterrupted, Jimmy Rollins leading Team USA to a World Baseball Classic title and Ryan Howard mashing Grapefruit League pitching. In February, Howard did a fine job auditioning for that role. Howard hit his first home run of the spring...
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.
March 1, 2013 |
In February, Howard did a fine job auditioning for that role. Howard hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday, a solo, opposite-field shot off of Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, to help the Phils beat the Braves 10-5. Howard also doubled, finishing the day 2-for-3 with two RBI. "He was totally relaxed and stayed on the ball, went with it," manager Charlie Manuel said of the home run. "The ball was out away from him and he just stayed on it, went with it. " Howard, who missed the entirety of the spring schedule and the first 3 months of last season recovering from left Achilles' surgery, has started in all six games this spring.
February 20, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an employee of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group, Daniel Keeney of DPK Public Relations confirmed Sunday night. Al Haase, president and CEO of AGC, issued a statement early Sunday that, while not referring to Hundley by name, called reports of behavior by one of its executives on recent personal travel "offensive and disturbing" and said he "is no longer employed with the company.
February 8, 2013
Former 76ers star Allen Iverson has lost his $4.5 million Atlanta mansion to foreclosure, according to TMZ. The gossip website says Iverson allegedly defaulted on a $1.2 million mortgage and tried to prevent an auction but failed. Iverson sold his six-bedroom Gladwyne mansion for $2.6 million in 2010. The Denver Post reported in 2011 that his Colorado home went into foreclosure after he stopped paying the mortgage while owing well over $2 million. The 38-year-old Iverson, who last week declined an offer from the D-League Texas Legends, reportedly has a trust fund worth $32 million that he is prohibited from touching until he turns 55 and draws a $1 million yearly stipend.
January 31, 2013 |
ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. - A massive storm system raked the Southeast on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes and dangerous winds that overturned cars on a major Georgia interstate and demolished homes and businesses, killing at least two people. In northwest Georgia, the storm system tossed vehicles on Interstate 75 onto their roofs. The highway was closed for a time, and another main thoroughfare remained closed until crews could safely remove downed trees and power lines. WSB-TV in Atlanta aired footage showing an enormous funnel cloud bearing down on Adairsville, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, as the storm ripped through the city's downtown area.
January 24, 2013
The Atlanta Hawks snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 104-92 win Wednesday night over the Charlotte Bobcats. Josh Smith had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Korver added 21 for the Hawks, who led most of the way by a comfortable margin. Charlotte cut the lead to seven with 5 minutes and 40 seconds remaining, but that would be it. Howard leaving L.A.? In yet another setback for the sinking Lakers, word is that a disgruntled Dwight Howard may not be staying in Los Angeles.
January 21, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Make way, Joe Montana and Steve Young. Colin Kaepernick is leading a brash new group of 49ers to the Super Bowl. Frank Gore scored a pair of second-half touchdowns Sunday, and San Francisco, after falling behind by 17-0, pulled off a record rally for a 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome. Former Penn Charter star Matt Ryan completed 30 of 42 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns for Atlanta, but couldn't pull off a comeback the way he did two Sundays ago against Seattle.
January 18, 2013 |
THE ATLANTA Hawks took a fast-paced approach to ending their worst slump of the season: Run, run and then run some more. Jeff Teague had a career-high 28 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the short-handed Hawks beat visiting Brooklyn, 109-95, on Wednesday night to stop the Nets' seven-game winning streak. The Hawks, who had lost six of seven, played without leading scorer Josh Smith. The forward was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for "conduct detrimental to the team" following an incident in practice Tuesday.