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MISS THIS WEEK
PUBLISHER/EDITOR I.J. Rosenberg
GENERAL MANAGER Bob Houghton
MANAGING EDITOR Stephen Black
“The Fletch” explores comments about the Falcons
from local and national media members.
ART/CREATIVE DIRECTOR DJ Galbiati
BUSINESS MANAGER Marvin Botnick
SALES Mark Mayo, Mike Nale
BEAT WRITERS Josh Bagriansky (Falcons), Stephen Black (UGA), Rachel Bowers, sports editor of “The Red and
Jason Boral (Thrashers), Dave Cohen (Georgia State),
Ricky Dimon (Tech), Rajesh Gupta (Hawks),
Fletcher Proctor (Braves), Brian Jones (Preps)
5 Black”, shares insight into how things are
going in Athens.
STAFF WRITERS Joe Deighton, Foster Lander, Brian Jones,
Krissy Wade, Jennifer Sugarman
Reporter Brian Penter looks into the
CONTRIBUTORS Alex Ewalt, Tad Arapoglou, Dean Zindler,
Zander Lentz, Kevin Dankosky, Mitch Evans, Matt Judy, Tony
Schiavone, Richard Diamond, Joe Haines, Brian Katrek, Chris Dimino,
7 Hawks coaching search and breaks
Mike Bell, Matt Stewart, Fred Kalil, Nick Cellini, Phillip Leopold, the candidates down
Dave Marshall, Greg Smith, Steak Shapiro, Mike Cather, Beau Bock,
Hal Lamar, Chris Cotter, Roy Hickman, Dave Cohen, John Olah,
4 Stephenplay of “Spin Cycle”,
1 In this week’s the Braves, who have
Jeff Woolverton, Chris Voss, Bob Rathbun, Courtney Capps,
Bill Hartman, Chuck Dowdle, Shannon Alderman, Dan Kamal,
Dennis Scott, C.C., Hal Lanier, Jeff Batten, Micah Hart, Ben Wright, Black admires the
Alan Vasquez, Andrew Vedlitz, Brian Jones recent
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won 11 of their last 17 games.
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Atlanta media debate most valuable Falcon; local media not harsh
T he Falcons have not been getting the love
on a national scene like last season, but
Brandon Adams of 790 The Zone does like
“The Falcons are healthier, and better. I just
think there are two teams in the division better
right now — unless Matt Ryan has a Drew
case. The teams in Atlanta tend to be protect-
ed and shielded from harsh criticism, often
seeking out other forms of media to voice dis- CAN YOU BELIEVE...
one Falcon in particular: Roddy White. Said
Adams of White recently on Brandon and
Brees-type year. I don't think he has one of
those in him ... yet. Not many quarterbacks
pleasure when “slighted” by one form.
Perhaps if the coaches/athletes were held to a
...HE SAID THAT?
Woolvy, “Roddy White is the best player on do.” NFC South rivals Carolina checked in at higher standard by the media maybe… “In fact, it (Rick Sund’s wikipedia
the Falcons.” Adams would go on to claim that No. 8 and New Orleans at No. 5. Everything turned out OK…sort of. entry) makes him sound rather like
White is the most underrated player in all of
an itinerant house-sitter.” That was
Atlanta sports. This is a bold statement, con- ATLANTA MEDIA SOFT? … WREN DEFENDS MOVES …
sidering that White has made Pro Bowls in the I had a chance to sit down with Braves Finally, Frank Wren was interviewed the AJC’s Steve Hummer, describing
past and was given a huge contract extension closer Billy Wagner and the topics ranged from recently by the AJC’s Jeff Schultz and, in the what Rick Sund’s Wikipedia page
by the team before last season. The team must his fast-approaching retirement to his post- article, Wren defended the Mark Teixeira trade said about the Hawks GM. I am all
agree with Adams but perhaps he is right. Do career plans, Atlanta’s young arms and finally, from 2007. Said Wren in the interview, which
for going a creative route for a story
the fans appreciate White like they should? I the Atlanta media. I asked Wagner about the originally ran in April but was referenced last
doubt the holdout caused any fans to really difference closing a game in Atlanta versus week in a piece about Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s but Wikipedia? Anyone can go on
brew up hatred toward White considering last closing a game in Philadelphia or Boston or inability to throw the ball back to the pitcher: there and put what they want for
year’s holdout ended well before any presea- New York, previous stops for Wagner in a Hall “The Teixeira trade hasn’t impacted us at all. If that. Now if his NBA.com page said
son games were even threatening to begin. of Fame-caliber career. Wagner’s answer was a you look at the players we gave up, I’m not sure that, then that would be something
very honest opinion from someone that has it’s had any effect on the major league club.”
EXPERT CONSULTATION … dealt with the New York media frenzy as well Wren went on to argue that the team had to report. But not Wikipedia.
I went to one of our Falcons beat writers as the Philadelphia media zoo. Yunel Escobar ahead of Elvis Andrus in the
here at Score Atlanta for verification on “As far as the criticism and the hype, organization’s shortstop depth chart as well as As far as Feliz, yes, he’d be nice to have in
Adams’ comment that White is the best Dirty you've got more newspapers and broadcasters Brian McCann ahead of Saltalamacchia at the pen, but consider this: if the Braves had not
Bird. Brian Jones, who has spent countless that can talk about you [in those other places]. catcher. Wren also noted that Neftali Feliz pulled the trigger on that deal and stayed away
weekends up in Flowery Branch in his career, It's definitely easier here because you don't would just be in the Braves bullpen, much like from Tex, then those prospects may have
disagrees with BA. “I think Michael Turner is have to deal with a lot but as far as on the he is in the pen for Texas. (Atlanta gave up a encouraged Frank Wren to trade for Jake Peavy
better when healthy. But Roddy is up there.” field, it is still the same.” Wagner was openly few pitchers too that haven’t really amounted before the 2009 season. The asking price that
Speaking of Jones, last week on Score Atlanta saying what every sports fan in Atlanta knew. to anything more than 20 wins in 2+ seasons.) was leaked to the San Diego media if you
Sports Sunday on Sports Radio 790 The As a member of the Atlanta media, I find The Braves felt the team was one bopper remember was starting pitcher Tommy Hanson,
Zone, Jones said that Matt Ryan is looking as it hilarious when a hard-line is taken against away from a playoff run or two, and GM-at- shortstop Yunel Escobar and at least another
sharp as ever, firing passes with zip and a coach or athlete and the person in question the-time John Schuerholz pulled the trigger. prospect, perhaps first baseman Freddie
encouraging his teammates like a true leader. raises such a stink because he/she feels that Let me first say that I remember what I wrote Freeman. Imagine if that trade had gone down
“He’s as good as I’ve seen him yet,” Jones he/she is being treated unfairly. Paul Hewitt a few paragraphs ago about the media pro- because the Braves believed that Feliz and
proclaimed on the show, before predicting a recently cried that Mark Bradley of the AJC tecting the local teams, but I agree with Andrus could have just stepped in? These
Pro Bowl year and a playoff berth for Atlanta. was personally attacking him when Bradley Wren. Andrus has only this year been the full- prospects likely would have been used to maybe
Peter King of Sports Illustrated sadly did wrote a few columns asking if it was time for time shortstop and while a slick fielder, he acquire a left fielder or another first baseman,
not concur with Jones. In his offseason Early a change. Mike Bell of 790’s Pollack & Bell cannot hit like Escobar. Salty is having trou- but it is hard to fault the Braves for pulling the
Look NFL Power Poll, King has the Falcons constantly harps on this point, saying that if ble throwing the ball back to the pitcher and trigger on a deal that seemed like a no-brainer
as the 16th best team in the league, which the athletes and/or coaches think THIS water is in the minors, as Schultz so humorously that everyone was on board with at the time.
would put them just out of the playoffs. is hot, don’t ever venture to Boston or reported. (He compared him to Rube Baker Proctor can be reached at
The esteemed NFL writer said of Atlanta, Chicago. I agree with Bell and Wagner in this of the Major League 2 movie.) firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fitting in a challenge for women in sports writing; Murray’s calmness a possible issue
a 5-foot-5 blonde college female
I’m shovefilledhigh heel in the door trying Murray was battling two others for the post- the most of spring practice, leaving just four
with quote-hungry dudes
sporting their loafers and mustaches.
At most press conferences, I stand out
spring No. 1 quarterback slot.
The Bulldogs are searching for an in-
house leader who will provide the motivation
for teammates to keep their noses clean, stay
scholarship receivers available for reps.
The rising junior is the oldest of the
wideouts that dot Georgia’s roster and must
accept the leadership role to push his team-
like Tim Tebow at a Playboy Mansion party. out of local strip clubs (see Trent Dittmer) mates in practice and on the field.
But thus far in my young career, His playmaking ability is endless
I’ve been able to crash the party. and his potential to dominant corner-
My older brother commandeered backs and safeties is infinite. Green
the TV remote growing up and and his counterpart Tavarres King
watched every show from Cold make for dangerous weapons in the
Pizza (now First Take) to PTI to Georgia offense that Murray must
NFL Live. And I contracted his utilize from the first kickoff between
love of sports. the hedges to the last down of the
Now I find myself analyzing end of the season.
Georgia’s new 3-4 defensive
scheme, spewing out the differ- OBEDIENCE SCHOOL …
ences between “Mike” and “Sam” Mark Richt must hate the color
in said scheme and brainstorming yellow.
the next feature I’ve been assigned. The number of punishments hand- Joe Johnson and the rest of the Atlanta
I’m in my second year as a ed out for causing penalty flags to
college journalist and fifth year fly last season must have been too Hawks are awaiting word from general
in the business. I’ve worked my high to count. manager Rick Sund to learn who their
way up to being the sports editor But the Bulldogs did it to them-
at “The Red & Black,” a five- selves. Georgia made that little yel- next head coach will be in the wake of
day, independent student news- low flag fly 105 times, giving away Mike Woodson’s dismissal. Johnson is
paper serving the University of TAKING CONTROL: UGA wideout A.J. Green (pictured) will be a prime target 878 yards to opponents. Those less- a free agent who will soon be weighing
Georgia community. than-mediocre statistics stuck the
That puts me smack dab in for starting quarterback Aaron Murray this fall. Will Murray, a redshirt fresh- Bulldogs at No. 107 in yards penal- offers from both the Hawks and other
the middle of the Bulldog Nation, man, be able to lead veteran teammates such as Green during voluntary sum- ized last season. NBA franchises. See Brian Penter’s
reporting every flinch I see. mer workouts? Photo courtesy of Rob Saye. Here you go (insert opponent
here), we’ll just give you a few pre- report on page 7 to read more about
IS MURRAY FIT TO LEAD? … cious yards and a yellow flag as a the Hawks' coaching search. Above
As quarterback Aaron
Murray sports a seamlessly stress- CATCH I.J. ON SUNDAYS parting gift.
The Bulldogs have to clean up
their play. They can’t flinch at the
photo is courtesy of DJ Galbiati.
free attitude about leading a
Bulldog squad that is returning 10 ‘The Bulldogs have to clean up their play. They can’t flinch at the line of scrimmage. They line of scrimmage. They can’t play most other coaches this day and age, has had
offensive starters from last sea- can’t play sloppy football. They compete in the toughest league in the country and if they sloppy football. They compete in the his share of bumps in the road with his play-
son’s lineup, the freshman has the give an inch, the Floridas and the Alabamas of the country will knock them in the mouth toughest league in the country and if ers, but this spring has been like a feeding
task of putting together Georgia’s they give an inch, the Floridas and frenzy on his players’ mistakes.
voluntary summer workouts. and make them look like a high school JV squad on ESPN’s Not Top-Ten Plays. ’ the Alabamas of the country will Maybe he said enough is enough and
That means the Tampa, Fla., native will and get comfortable in the film room dissect- knock them in the mouth and make decided to crack the whip.
be in charge of more than 80 teammates, ing opponents. them look like a high school JV squad on But these distractions have got to be
most of whom are older and have put more ESPN’s Not Top-Ten Plays. eliminated come September. They will do
Murray is going to be under a micro- Georgia’s off-the-field issues have been nothing but cause the Bulldogs to lose sight
hours into the program than Murray. scope, even more than he already is. piling up since ex-Bulldog Montez Robinson
Simply put, where’s the fire, Aaron? of finishing the drill.
Of course, it’s good to be cool, calm Welcome to the big stage, my fellow was dismissed at the beginning of April. While the Bulldogs work out the kinks
Hopefully, those issues have come to a
and collected, but Murray’s inheriting per- classmate. It’s going to be a tough road, to
say the least. halt because the Athens jail hasn’t housed and clean up their acts, hopefully before the
haps the most highly-publicized and highly- any Bulldogs as of late. big and bad Louisana-Lafayette Ragin’
scrutinized job at UGA, outside of the head Though Murray has his job cut out for Cajuns come stomping into Athens, I will
him, he has A.J. Green down field just wait- While Richt heads into the summer try-
coaching position. ing to make sure workouts are in order and continue to crash this whirlwind of an indus-
Murray’s inheriting a physically healthy ing for the touchdown passes to start pour- his players are getting in game shape, he try and try not to lose my high heels in the
squad. But it’s a mentally tattered team who’s ing in like a Peyton Manning to Marvin must be getting worry lines on his forehead midst of those loafers and mustaches.
seen four teammates arrested, three kicked Harrison combination. the size of the Grand Canyon because of I.J. Rosenberg will return the cheap
off and one indefinitely suspended — all in The 6-foot-4 flanker headlines a young these off-the-field problems. seats next week. Bowers can be reached at
the matter of a few months. All the while, receiving corps that was injury-plagued for The 50-year-old head coach, just like email@example.com.
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WOODY OUT: After a disappoint- THE SEARCH BEGINS: Thrashers THUMBS UP TO THUMBS DOWN TO
ing showing in the NBA Playoffs, general manager Rick Dudley inter-
former Hawks head coach Mike viewed Scott Arniel of the Manitoba WEEKLY HONORS FALSE PROMISES
Woodson is looking for another job Moose for the Thrashers head coach-
as his contract was not renewed. ing spot. You may not know the name,
Woody did a solid job building this but he was one of the best coaches in
team into a playoff contender, but the AHL and was named league coach
it’s time for a new voice. of the year in 2009.
AVERY INTERVIEWED: There SMART JACKETS: Five Georgia
Tech teams were honored by the
were reports on Tuesday that for-
mer Dallas Mavericks head coach NCAA for being in the top 10 percent
Avery Johnson interviewed for the academically. Baseball, men’s cross
vacant Hawks job. Johnson would country, golf, women’s cross country
be a great addition, but it would and volleyball had a high APR which
cost the Hawks $4 million a year, stands for Academic Progress Rate. Martin Prado Lane Kiffin
which is asking a lot. Great job, Yellow Jackets! The Braves second baseman contin- The former Vol head coach was on
GWINNETT RULES SOCCER: ues his amazing run and last week he HBO’s “Real Sports” on Tuesday.
MARTIN MADNESS: The It was a great weekend for was awarded for his efforts by being Kiffin said leaving Knoxville after just
Braves have one of the best second
basemen in the game in Martin Gwinnett County as the Collins Hill named National League player of the one year was all about business and
Prado, as he was named NL player of boys and the North Gwinnett girls week. Prado drove in 11 runs during did not say that Tennessee was his
the week last week after hitting .367 soccer teams each won the Class
5A state title. It was Collins Hill’s the week which led the majors and dream job. I think it’s safe to say that
with 11 RBIs. Maybe the rest of the also hit his first grand slam.
Braves should find out what Prado is second consecutive title while Kiffin won’t be hanging out in the
eating for breakfast every day. North Gwinnett won their first in Volunteer state any time soon.
school history. Falcons rookies
BACK TO CAMP: The Falcons It was time for the young Falcons to show their Mike Woodson
were back at work, but this time it
WILLIAMS GETS EXTREME: This is a surprise to very few, but Woodson will
stuff as the team opened the first rookie mini-
Greenville head coach Jeremy
was the rookies that had to be back Williams, who is suffering from camp under head coach Mike Smith. One of no longer be the Hawks head coach as his con-
at Flowery Branch for rookie mini- ALS, was on the TV show “Extreme the players that stood out was cornerback tract was not renewed. He had a good run, but
camp. This is a good way to show Makeover, Home Edition” on with the Hawks getting swept in the second
the younger talent how to do things Dominique Franks who had an interception
Sunday and his entire house got a during the seven-on-seven drills. round of the NBA playoffs for the second con-
the Falcons way and it should help major upgrade. Williams is a secutive year, it was time for a change.
them when OTA’s start on Tuesday. brave coach who exemplifies
everything right in sports. Jeremy Williams
A DREAM SEASON: The The Greenville High School head football Amare Stoudemire
Atlanta Dream tipped off their sea- KIFFIN SPEAKS: One coach coach has been through a lot this past year, After Game 1 of the Western Conference
son on Saturday defeating San who exemplifies everything wrong suffering from ALS. But he was able to finals, Phoenix Suns forward Amare
Antonio and then beating Indiana on in sports is Lane Kiffin, who was on Stoudemire said that Lakers forward
Sunday. With the combination of share his story with the world as he was on
HBOs “Real Sports” on Tuesday Lamar Odom was lucky in his 19-point,
forward Angel McCoughtry and talking about why he left Tennessee. ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” which aired on 19-rebound performance. How did
guard Erika de Souza, the Dream I’m not a Tennessee fan, but I’m Sunday. His house got a complete Stoudemire do? He did have 23 points, but
should be a contender for the glad to see the Vol nation hire a makeover and all the renovations were paid the Lakers were able to keep him off the
Eastern Conference title. quality person like Derrick Dooley. for by the town of Greenville. boards with only three rebounds.
CRUNCHING THE SANITY
NUMBERS TIGER STILL OVERSHADOWING GOLF
Mike Woodson’s reg- Another week, and still no new coach Villegas, Rory McIlroy, Anthony Kim,
206-286 ular season record in
his six seasons as
Hawks head coach
for Tiger. He went a while between Butch
Harmon and Hank Haney, so I don’t
see him in a huge hurry on one
hand. But, Tiger’s game hasn’t
and now Adam Scott have all won this
year as well. We all expect Tiger will
be back to his winning ways soon.
But plenty of the game’s biggest
“You have to sit back, put closure
to the season with your players.
Talk to them. Take a few days
Woodson’s playoff been sharp this year and he names have taken advantage of or a week off where you don’t
11-18 record. Twelve of
those losses were on
may be ready for a change. …
Those getting caught up in the
Tiger Woods soap opera are
missing a great season. Ernie
this absence. Here’s hoping
they don’t fade when Tiger
finds his stride again.
Brian Katrek can be heard on
get emotionally involved with
your decision making. I’ve
always done that.”
Seasons in which Woodson Els and Jim Furyk have both 790 The Zone’s “On The Green
2 led the Hawks to a winning
won twice, and Phil Mickelson
won the first major of the year.
Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Stricker, Camilo
with Brian Katrek” Sundays from
8-9 a.m. and can be reached at
- Hawks general manager Rick Sund
on making personnel decisions
right after the season
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Finding right man for Hawks head job main component to teams’ future
six increased regular-sea-
After winyears ofback-to-back Eastern PRESSURE COOKERthe job will be under and a half beforedidn’t exactlygeneral manager 09 season.Raptorstoto back-to-back playoff
son totals, three consecutive play-
… being fired, posting a 53-69
record. In Casey’s defense,
Kevin McHale stock the cup-
Prior that season, Mitchell had
vastly more pressure than Woodson was when appearances, including a division champi-
Conference semifinal appearances, and he first came to Atlanta in 2004. The new board with talent while he was there. Casey is onship in 2006-07. He was named the 2007
leading the Hawks to their best record in coach will be expected to turn a team talent- a George Karl protégé, serving as an assistant NBA Coach of the Year. The Raptors have
13 years, Mike Woodson will not be ed enough to win 53 regular-season games for Karl when he was with the Seattle struggled since Mitchell’s firing, and one
returning to Atlanta in 2010-11 as head into a true NBA championship contender. In Supersonics. It was there that Casey got to man’s trash could become another man’s
coach. This means that the Hawks are in know Sund, who was the Sonics’ general man- treasure if the Hawks hire Mitchell. If
the market for a new leader. a summer that could perhaps shape the NBA
landscape for the next decade, the first big ager at the time. Because of this relationship, Mitchell could win in Toronto, many believe
test for the Hawks will be replacing Woodson many believe Casey is the favorite for the he would thrive in Atlanta. And at 6-foot-6,
with a championship-caliber coach. After Hawks job. In addition to knowing Sund, the former NBA player could earn Josh
that, they will have to decide whether to Casey would be cheaper than a big name like Smith’s respect, a key factor that the Hawks
retain free agent (and all-star) Joe Johnson or Avery Johnson or Byron Scott, and thus would are looking for in their new head man.
to use the money elsewhere. The new coach allow the Hawks to spend more money to re- Dan Majerle: When it comes to the NBA
will be a key determinant in attracting big- sign Johnson or bring in another marquee free nicknames department, perhaps only Shaquille
name free agents, such as Johnson. agent. The downside to Casey is that he is an O’Neal can match Dan Majerle. “Thunder
Despite Woodson’s success with a fran- unproven head coach on a team that wants to Dan,” “Downtown Dan,” “Dan the Man,” and
chise that had been one of the NBA’s cellar compete for NBA championships. “Dan the Tan,” were all names used to describe
dwellers upon his arrival, many believed he Avery Johnson: Now a muppet-voiced the fan favorite in Phoenix, where Majerle
was not the right man to lead the Hawks to a analyst for ESPN/ABC, Avery Johnson has had starred during his NBA playing career.
championship. In each of the past two seasons, NBA success as both a player and coach. Majerle’s career included being known as both
the Hawks escaped the first round (needing Known as the “Little General” for his size and a rim-rocker and then a sniper, as he got older.
seven games to do so each time), but looked leadership as a player, Johnson helped lead the He became the first ever player to start on the
San Antonio Spurs to the 1999 NBA champi- All-Star team but not his own team (when he
like Apollo Creed versus Ivan Drago in the was the Suns’ sixth man in 1992). Majerle
Eastern Conference semifinals when playing onship. He eventually took over the Dallas
Mavericks head-coaching job in 2005 and had would retire a three-time All-Star before joining
Cleveland in 2009 and division foe Orlando the Suns again as an assistant coach in 2008.
this season. The Magic series was a partic- immediate success. In 2006-07, Johnson led Though Majerle has never been a head coach,
ularly disheartening event that showed the the Mavericks to the NBA Finals and was Hawks fans have good reason to want Dan to be
Hawks were a step below being a con- named the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year. In the their man. Majerle would bring the Suns’ fast-
tender, as their rivals from Disney World team’s second full season under Johnson, the paced, wide-open style of play to Atlanta, which
battered Atlanta in four games by a Mavericks posted a 67-15 record, the best in the could flourish with athletes like Josh Smith, Al
record-setting margin of 101 points. That NBA. However, they were stunned in the first Horford and Jamal Crawford. Still, the question
was the final straw for Woodson as far as round, losing in six games to the Warriors. is whether Sund and the Hawks would risk hir-
management was concerned. After being eliminated in the first round again ing a man with no head coaching experience to
“Sometimes in this business, change the next year, Johnson was let go as the lead a team that wants to win now.
makes some sense, and sometimes the Mavericks head coach. Many believe Johnson
players need to hear a new voice,” gener- would be a good fit for the Hawks. He demands OTHER NAMES …
al manager Rick Sund told Hawks.com. respect as his nickname suggests, and he If the next Hawks head coach doesn’t
showed a lot of promise while in Dallas. Yet, come from one of the four names above, here
A LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES … the Mavericks canned Johnson for the same are some other candidates to keep an eye on:
Dwane Casey: Sources said the reason the Hawks let go of Mike Woodson — Tyrone Corbin, Byron Scott, Larry Drew,
Hawks asked for permission to speak inability to win when it counts most. Tom Thibodeau and Mike Woodson (hey, cra-
with current Mavericks assistant coach Sam Mitchell: In perhaps one of the zier things have happened).
Dwane Casey on the Hawks’ coaching most confusing firings in NBA history, the Photo of Avery Johnson courtesy of NBA
vacancy. Casey was the Minnesota Toronto Raptors got rid of Sam Mitchell as Photos/Getty Images. Penter can be reached
Timberwolves head coach for a season their head coach after an 8-9 start to the 2008- at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Woodson leaves behind pieces, momentum for his successor in Atlanta
fter a second-round defeat to the Orlando
A Magic in a manner that left critics and fans
holding the team in not-so-flattering esteem,
unmotivated and ill-prepared during the Orlando
series. Despite Atlanta’s shortcomings, Woodson
isn’t all that bad of a coach and will get an
around, the Hawks are a team looking to take
the next step through trades and free agency.
At the forefront of early coaching rumors is
not-so-memorable playoff performance
against Milwaukee and Orlando, many
question his ability to lead the team past the
the Hawks seemed destined for some personnel opportunity to prove himself again in the NBA. Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey. The second round. Johnson is unquestionably an
changes in the offseason. It didn’t take long for He just wasn’t the right fit with the Hawks. former Kentucky Wildcat has head coaching outstanding talent and players like him are
general manager Rick Sund to make that notion After six years, which is an eternity in experience, albeit it less than two years as he few and far between in the NBA. Johnson,
a reality as head coach Mike Woodson’s contact today’s professional coaching market, led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a record who is 28 years old, still has good years ahead
expired without an extension. On Friday, Woodson’s ability to reach the team just went of 53-69 between 2005-2007. His best attrib- of him and, with the right surrounding cast,
Woodson was informed he would not be part of stale. Sometimes players need a new voice ute might be his ability to develop players. He he can make a team great. A four-time all-star
the Hawks’ future, ending a six-year tenure which is why Sund made the decision to part has worked overseas in Europe and Japan and and an All-NBA talent, it will be very diffi-
which saw as many ups as it did downs. ways. He’ll have some impressive notes on his was one of the main coaches of Dallas’ sum- cult to replace him if he leaves.
resumé, as he increased the team’s win total mer league operations. As a player, Casey Though questions abound about the
STUMBLING WHEN IT COUNTS … from 13 to 53 in his six years in Atlanta. was an outstanding guard especially on the future of the Hawks, there is still a lot of room
Though Woodson posted a better record in collegiate level. He could be just the right fit for improvement amongst the players who
the in each regular season as head coach, he THE FRONT-RUNNERS … as the Hawks begin to mold Jeff Teague into will return. As for the new coach, a system
faced harsh critics in the postseason, save for the Finding a replacement for Woodson a starting point guard, a position that could may make this team competitive with the best
first round during the 2007-08 season when should prove to be a much more challenging definitely use an upgrade next season. in the Eastern Conference, because even
Atlanta took Boston to seven games as an eighth task than when he was hired six years ago. Once a new coach is selected, the tough though 13-win seasons are long gone, no one
seed. His latest exploits would have been diffi- Though he was regarded as one of the top task for Sund will be putting together a roster, deserves to witness another performance like
cult for anyone to recover from after allowing an assistants in the league, Woodson entered an which has the potential to be very different the debacle against Orlando.
undermanned Milwaukee squad to take his team organization that was rebuilding for the sec- come opening day. Obviously, the biggest Gupta can be reached at
the distance. Then, his Hawks looked seemingly ond time in less than five years. This time piece to the puzzle is Joe Johnson. After a email@example.com.
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10 I SCORE ATLANTA Get In The Game!
Dream begin regular season 2-0
After twothe Santhirdlosses, the Atlantaand the
kicked off its
season with consecutive
Antonio Silver Stars
quarter points. Meadors also was pleased
with the small yet energetic crowd of 7,337
at Philips Arena.
defending Eastern Conference champion “They were loud, and anything we did—
Indiana Fever on back-to-back nights. they were into it,” said Meadors. “Their
knowledge of our game was incredible and
OPENING NIGHT … there were a few timeouts where players
In San Antonio Saturday, Iziane Castro- could hardly hear what we were saying.”
Marques led the way with 23 points, includ- Erika de Souza tallied 14 points and 11
ing two-straight layups in a quick run to open rebounds for the Dream, while Indiana’s
the second half. Tamika Catchings led all scorers with 18.
“We just tried to set the tone from the
beginning, and we did a good job just try- ON THE DOCKET …
ing to get steals, rebound and run,” said Next up on the schedule for Atlanta is a
Castro-Marques. home date with the new-look Connecticut Sun
Forward Angel McCoughtry chipped in Friday, May 21. A year after finishing 16-18
20 for the Dream and keyed an 11-1 first and next-to-last in the Eastern Conference, the
quarter run with seven points that put Atlanta Sun traded all-star Lindsay Whalen to the
up to stay. The Dream outrebounded San Minnesota Lynx for the No. 1 overall pick in
Antonio 55-44, and forced 21 turnovers the 2010 WNBA draft and used that windfall
despite being a relatively undersized team. to select former UConn center Tina Charles.
Atlanta likely will get even more of a boost Connecticut also traded for Kelsey Griffin,
once forwards Sancho Lyttle and Erika de the No. 3 overall selection out of Nebraska.
Souza, who both returned late from seasons In her first career game, the 6-foot-4
in Europe, are able to practice with the team. center turned in a 17-point, 10-rebound effort
Lyttle chipped in 16 points while de Souza to help the Sun easily handle the Chicago Sky
added 11 and 15 rebounds. in a 74-61 win. Meadors is well aware of
Connecticut’s roster changes and all the fresh
QUICK TURNAROUND … talent the Sun have brought in.
One night after the starters carried the “To me, it’s going to be a really tough game
load in San Antonio, the Dream returned home and I look for them to be in the playoffs again
on weary legs to face Indiana and received either this year or next,” she explained. “They’re
major contributions from unusual sources. not as big as we are inside, but they’re talented at
“One thing that we have is balance and every position with Renee Montgomery at point
we don’t have to rely on one person. Saturday guard and Charles at center.”
against Indiana, because of the travel, we had The Dream have had nearly a week off in
to rely more on our second unit and they real- between games, so Meadors expects her
ly, really played well. We had valuable contri- squad to be rested and ready to go.
butions from Kelly Miller, Allison Bales, and Chamique Holdsclaw signed a three-year
they did a fantastic job of bringing energy,” deal with the Dream before last season in
Dream head coach Marynell Meadors said. an effort to make her return to the
Guard Armintie Price totaled 14 WNBA. Despite knee problems, the
points off the bench, while Bales fin- former Tennessee star averaged
ished with eight points, six blocked 13.9 points per game and gave
shots and three steals. Bales’ play in the Atlanta a much-needed veteran
post and on the defensive end caught presence at the forward spot. Just
Meadors’ eye. three days before this year’s training
“She was really active on defense camp, however, Holdsclaw request-
with her hands and she definitely ed a trade—a move that shocked
gave Indiana some matchup everyone in the Atlanta organization.
problems. That’s why she “She never told me why
made the team,” Meadors she wanted to be traded—it was a
explained. big surprise to me,” Meadors
Bales’ defensive explained. The Dream are in
work in the paint helped the process of trying to trade
the Dream hold the the disgruntled star.
Fever to just four fourth “Within the next couple
days we might have some-
thing worked out. The prob-
lem is that most teams don’t
have salary cap space so
they will have to release a
player, but we’re trying to
work with whatever team
really wants her.”
Photo of Iziane Castro-
Marques is courtesy of
DJ Galbiati. Lander
can be reached at
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Woody should resurface quickly Debut of feature isJohn Hollinger (ESPN.com NBA Hawks-heavy
his week we are debuting a new piece
Tways with head coach Mike Woodson All of the team’s weaknesses were Tthat will be in this very same spot each writer): “Boos raining down after (Joe
he Atlanta Hawks decided to part shooting or making one pass.
after six years. There’s no denying that the exposed during the playoffs, and week until, hopefully, eternity. This space Johnson) miss drops him to 5-for-15.
team is in a much better position today Woodson's inability or unwillingness to will be devoted to tweets from Atlanta Haven’t seen one ‘please stay’ banner.
than they were when Coach Woodson make adjustments likely played a large sports figures and national sports figures Not exactly C-Webb in Sacto here.”
arrived, but it became painfully obvious role in him being made available to the mentioning Atlanta on twitter.com. Al Horford (Hawks forward/cen-
during the 2009-10 NBA playoffs that it job market. Although by the time the Former editor and Score legend Tad ter): “Hello everyone I been missing on
was time to make a change. Every team postseason rolled around, any attempts to Arapoglou proposed the idea, we fell in twitter. Just wanna thank my fans for all
has a ceiling and, for the Atlanta Hawks change something they had been doing love with it and are running with it. the support during the season, there’s a
as currently constructed, that ceiling is the for the previous six months/six years Bill Simmons (ESPN columnist): lot of work ahead... For the team and
second round. Coach Woodson utilized would have been futile anyway. Of “Didn't take a ton from Game 1. Thanks hopefully we can go to the next level.
course, the team’s shortcomings are not to Atlanta, Orlando came into Rd. 3 Again thanks for the support”
defensive and offensive schemes that rusty-sloppy-entitled. Like going from
worked fine during the regular season, solely the fault of Woodson, but as we all rookie level to All-Madden.” Sean Weatherspoon (Falcons rookie
but had little success in the postseason. know, coaches are hired to be fired. It’s Michael Moore (former UGA and LB): “Ready to get to the AtL to kick it
Defensively, he preferred – or was easier to replace the coach than it is to current Detroit Lions WR): “Everyday with the 2010 Atlanta Falcon rookie
forced – to switch everything just to replace the players. The NBA is full of I just sit and think of how blessed I am to class! Classic characters in this group lol”
hide the perimeter defenders who were retreads, so surely Woodson will find be in the position I’m in...it’s crazy to be Jason Heyward (Braves rookie
not very good. It put a lot of pressure on another coaching job somewhere. While living what was once a dream...” OF): “Fight through pain and never put
the team’s two best defenders, Horford he would be a good candidate for a team Steve Holman (Hawks radio urself above the game. It means the most
and Smith, and pulled them out of the that's rebuilding, he’d probably be better man): “I have seen 6 coaches come and to those around u. (TEAM & FAMILY)”
paint where they are most effective. suited to coach a veteran team consider- go with the Hawks. You all may have Trey Thompkins (UGA forward):
Offensively, there was rarely any ball or ing his distrust of rookies and young play- any opinion you want, just remember “Twitter World, don’t expect anymore
player movement, which meant the ers. Wherever he ends up, he can take sol- families and kids are affected too.” interesting tweets from me and
opposing team didn’t have to work that ace in the fact that he helped return the AJCHawks (Atlanta Journal- @TLeslie... Don’t ask why but there
hard to stop them. It’s fairly easy to Atlanta Hawks to respectability. Constitution Hawks beat): “Hawks’ will be NONE ANYMORE!!!!”
defend when you know the person who C.C. can be reached at total losing margin of 101 largest in This tweet came in wake of a new
brings the ball across half-court is either firstname.lastname@example.org. NBA history for 4-gm sweep” team rule banning excessive use of twitter.
Falcons hold rookie minicamp for first time under Coach Smith
to Todd Reesing, and was quickly May 17 at the Capital Grille in
F or the first time in his three years
as Atlanta Falcons head coach,
Mike Smith hosted newly-acquired
Bryant during that time. The 6-foot,
192-pound Franks left OU after his jun-
ior season, and most draft experts
moved to receiver as a sophomore
where he had an instant impact.
Buckhead. The event raises money for
the Children’s Miracle Network,
rookies for a four-day minicamp. The believed he was a sure-fire first rounder Meier’s junior and senior seasons which benefits Children’s Healthcare
practices took place on May 17-18 had he stuck around for one more year. were something to write home about of Atlanta. The dinner, which raised
and 20-21 at Falcons Headquarters in There were some questions about as he totaled 199 catches, 2,030 yards $194,000 last year, also featured close
Flowery Branch. his technique and mental fortitude in the and 16 touchdowns. Despite spending to 40 Falcons players.
pre-draft process. But if he can make up just two full years at wideout, that was “It’s exciting to come together as a
DRAFTEES MEET … ground in those areas and learn the enough to set the school record for team and help an extremely worthy
Of course the biggest name of the defense quickly, he could easily be com- receptions, and also is eighth in Big cause,” he said. “Following the success
participants is first-round pick Sean peting for playing time with the likes of 12 history. Like Franks, Meier has a of last year’s event, I have even higher
Weatherspoon. But the camp also gave Brent Grimes and Chris Owens come chance to make some noise as he expectations this year.”
the coaching staff a chance to work training camp. adjusts to the NFL. Meanwhile, defensive tackle
with a host of other first-year players Another intriguing prospect is Also participating in the camp Jonathan Babineaux received an award
that they acquired via the draft and Kerry Meier, who left the University of will be offensive lineman Mike for his excessive volunteer work with
free agency. Kansas as one of the most decorated Johnson, versatile UNLV lineman Joe children in homeless shelters and foster
Among them is fifth rounder players in the program’s history. A fine Hawley and former Montana safety homes over the past year. Babineaux
Dominique Franks, a wild card in a sec- athlete, Meier’s college career began Shann Schillinger. received the award at the 18th Annual
ondary that will look very different than under center for Mark Mangino’s team, Celebration of Excellence, a ceremony
last year’s version. The Oklahoma alum as he set a KU freshman record by IN THE COMMUNITY … that honors the achievements of the
nailed down All-Big 12 selections in his throwing for 13 touchdowns to go along Smith was busy off the field dur- state’s foster care youth in education.
final two seasons as a Sooner, covering with 1,193 yards in eight starts. He ing the minicamp as well, hosting his Bagriansky can be reached at
the likes of Michael Crabtree and Dez would lose the job the following season Huddle Up for Miracles dinner on email@example.com.
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12 I SCORE ATLANTA Get In The Game!
Braves feast on Brewers, D-Backs; Cox tweaks batting order for the better
The Atlanta great length onatthishave been fromSeveralthree-run later, bomb.toMcLouth not my main goal when I gomatch, the he said. walk-offTuesday as CabreraBraves tookfrom a
Braves road woes
the team smoked Milwaukee Miller Park unloaded a
the four-time all-star’s
In Sunday’s rubber
knot the offense was back, whacking four home runs David Wright error and pinch-runner Brent
last week by a combined score of 28-7. The game at 4-4. In the top of the ninth, Billy off of Diamondback pitching in a 13-1 romp. Clevlen trotted on with the winning run.
Braves pitching staff threw well but the bats Wagner allowed a run to cross, temporarily Starter Tim Hudson allowed one run on just
waking up was the bigger story of the three- giving Arizona the lead. In the bottom of the three hits while striking out six in eight innings IN OTHER NEWS …
game sweep. In the finale, Brooks Conrad ninth, Eric Hinske started the rally with a of work. Hudson was also hot at the plate, Bobby Cox has juggled the lineup a
hit his second home run in as many days solid base hit. Omar Infante bunted the pinch going 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Prado hit a touch with positive results thus far. Cox
and totaled four RBIs. Jason Heyward runner over while reaching himself as the leadoff home run and would add another later, moved Prado into the leadoff spot and the
scored three times and the Braves as a team pitcher misplayed the ball. After a McLouth going 4-for-6 on the day with three RBIs and second baseman has responded, crushing a
notched five doubles. sac bunt to move the runners to second and two runs. Troy Glaus and Hinske each added a leadoff bomb Sunday against Arizona.
third, Melky Cabrera was intentionally home run with Glaus chipping in three hits and Heyward was penciled into the No. 2 hole
FAMILIAR FACES … walked, loading the bases for Martin Prado. two RBIs total. Hinske notched four RBI in after hitting No. 3 twice against Milwaukee
The Braves returned to Turner Field with The new leadoff hitter lofted the game-win- Sunday’s finale. Yunel Escobar and Jason while Chipper Jones sat out with an injury. …
a boatload of momentum though things ning hit down the right-field line to plate two Heyward both scored twice. Prado was named National League Player of
looked bleak in the team’s first game against runners, giving the Braves the 6-5 win. The Braves then began a two-game the Week after going 11-30 with three home
Arizona. With former Braves Kelly Johnson On Saturday, not much went right for series with division-rival New York after runs, one grand slam and a game-winning hit
and Adam LaRoche dotting the Atlanta as Tommy Hanson allowed five runs Arizona left town. Derek Lowe pitched game to boot. … Matt Diaz (thumb surgery) was
Diamondbacks lineup, Atlanta fell behind 4-0 in seven innings in an 11-1 win for Arizona. one and provided a quality start, allowing just placed on the DL last weekend while the
in game one. Brian McCann led off the Hanson did strike out 10 Diamondback hit- three runs on four hits in seven innings, but team promoted Brent Clevlen.
Braves half of the seventh with a solo home ters, however. the offense wouldn’t back him as Atlanta lost Proctor can be reached at
run and the offense seemed to be catalyzed “It's good to get the strikeouts, but that's 3-2. Hinske was 3-for-4 with a home run. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball squad clinches spot in conference tournament; softball season over
The tournamentsecuringforonehas felt pretty coachour players, our in the win. “I am so broke the&record of 85weekendPanthersclose Berryhill Georgia State in thetoNCAA’s.closed
Panther baseball team
of the four happy for everyone
some time now from
Greg Frady after set by Bradley Logan
our organization, during the 2008 season. The
coaches, all the peo- William Mary this as they
out the season with a 3-0 loss Hofstra at the
but it wasn’t until this past weekend that it ple who support us, all the way up to the out the regular season. CAA tournament in Hempstead, NY. They
became official after they won two of three administration and president’s office. finished the season with 37 wins which gives
against Northeastern. Everyone takes a lot of pride in seeing our TRACK MAKES NCAAS … them four straight seasons of at least 30 wins.
The Panthers won Friday night’s opener baseball team be successful and we want to Georgia State’s Janel Blancett and In men's golf, senior Tom Sherreard was
10-7 behind the pitching of Aidan Francis and represent the university well. To return to Tamika Kinchen each earned top four fin- selected to compete as an individual in the
timely hitting by Daniel Blaustein. They were Wilmington this year is extra special since ishes in the 800- and 5,000-meter runs, NCAA Regionals. He will play in the NCAA
not as fortunate Saturday as the Huskies only four teams will qualify.” respectively, to pace the Panthers at the Southeast Regional, May 20-22 in Alpharetta,
pulled out a 9-7 win. Then, on Sunday, Ryan The CAA baseball tournament will be Georgia Tech Invitational held last week- Ga. at the Capital City Club.
Moore pitched a complete game six-hitter held May 27-29 in Wilmington, N.C. end. The Panthers will now turn their atten- Dave Cohen is in his 27th season as the
with eight strikeouts en route to a 10-4 win. During Saturday’s game Mark Micowski tion to the NCAA East Preliminary Round “Voice of Georgia State Basketball and
Georgia State improved to 31-20-1 overall went 3-for-5 at the plate, collecting his 87th that will be held in Greensboro, N.C., on Baseball on WRAS-FM (88.5) and works on
and 14-6-1 in the CAA. hit of the season and establishing a new May 27-29. Along with Blancett and the football radio crew at Furman University
“It feels great,” commented head school single-season hits record. Micowski Kinchen, Kendra LaFleur and Yolanda in Greenville, S.C.
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14 I SCORE ATLANTA Get In The Game!
Braves playing winning baseball; Hawks narrowing down list
he Braves have continued their hot streak,
T as they took two of three from Arizona
and split with the Mets in two series over the
said the former Arkansas Razorback. “I don’t
care. I can play all four corners. I do whatever
I can do to help the team win whenever I’m on
coach Mike Woodson was let go. Casey, a
former Kentucky star, was head coach for
Minnesota briefly during the 2005-’06 and
past week. Atlanta is getting solid pitching the lineup card.” 2006-’07 seasons. He was fired for ques-
from its starters and is now getting the bats With that type of selfless outlook, Braves tionable reasons during the 2006-’07 cam-
going as well. Since losing nine in a row in fans can look to Hinske getting more and more paign by general manager Kevin McHale.
April, Bobby Cox’s boys have reeled off 11 at-bats. Bobby Cox has always had a soft spot Casey is also no stranger to the Hawks job,
wins in their last 17 games. for utility players who will do almost anything as he was interviewed and was thought to
During a win over the Mets Tuesday night, to help the team, and Hinske is the best exam- have been strongly considered by then-
the Braves showed the resiliency and oppor- ple of this in recent memory. Hawks GM Billy Knight for the job before
tunistic spirit that has kept them afloat this sea- While the Braves are still struggling to Woodson was hired.
son, breaking a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the make any ground on the steady Phillies, they The Hawks consistently improved under
ninth for a walk-off victory at Turner Field. are rounding into form and can look forward to Woodson’s guidance, so it will be interesting
Unheralded starter Kris Medlen battled New being in the thick of the wildcard race come to see how the franchise fares under a new
York ace Johan Santana through the sixth
inning and gave Atlanta a chance to win.
September if this keeps up. head man. However, the team did seem to hit
a ceiling in the playoffs, as they were elimi- SCORE ATLANTA
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light on the attitude that he has had in helping the first interview, Dallas assistant Dwane Johnson, Atlanta’s next coach will not have
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Tech baseball wins series against Miami Mr. Basketball commits to Foxhounds
Two ofwentatop three baseball teams in thea good.Georgia aTech (42-10,forseasonadded anoth- Mr. Basketball to the state of Georgia has Everyone isandhadfeelwiththe we of going here.
head-to-head last weekend as
Miami paid visit to Georgia Tech for
So it’s huge win
er win in Tuesday’s home
the UGA basketball right now,
finale, dis- squad. Marcus Thornton, a forward for momentum we
can keep the
highly-anticipated conference showdown. missing Georgia State 9-3 behind Plagman’s We’re excited about this opportunity.”
The Yellow Jackets came out on top in the 17th and 18th home runs of the year. The Westlake High School, made the pledge to
three-game series by taking last Friday’s Jackets are wrapping up their regular season play for the Bulldogs Wednesday.
opener and Sunday’s finale. this weekend at Boston College. Thornton committed to the Dawgs over SWEPT AGAIN …
In Game 1 at Russ Chandler Stadium, Alabama, Texas and Georgia Tech. He had The Diamond Dawgs were swept again in
Tech scored 14 unanswered runs en route to a TENNIS SEASONS END … been committed to Clemson prior to Oliver SEC play, this time by the hated Florida Gators.
14-3 victory over the Hurricanes. Deck Both the men’s and women’s tennis The team has now lost 13-consecutive confer-
McGuire (7-3) picked up the win by striking teams saw their 2010 campaigns come to an Purnell leaving the Tigers for DePaul.
out nine batters and allowing only four hits end last weekend in the NCAA tournament. ence games. However, the Bulldogs lost two
and one run in seven innings of work. In the Lexington regional, the men rolled GOLF MAKE NCAAS … one-run decisions on the weekend against the
Miami (38-13, 19-8 ACC) bounced back over Binghamton 4-1 but did not have Chris Haack’s two-time national champi- No. 4 Gators. On Sunday, Florida scored seven
Saturday with a 9-2 victory. A Burnette two- enough against host Kentucky in the next on men’s golf squad will continue its postsea- runs in the sixth inning during a 9-3 victory.
run shot in the fourth inning cut the hosts’ round, who prevailed 4-1. son this weekend at the NCAA South Central “We played great for 26 of the 27 innings
deficit to 4-2, but that was all Tech could The women eased past Austin Peay 4-0
muster over the course of nine innings. in their opener before falling to Ole Miss Regional in Bryan, Texas. The top-eight teams this weekend and that one inning got away from
One day later, the Yellow Jackets used by the same score. Georgia Tech wrapped will advance to the NCAA Championships in us today,” said Georgia coach David Perno.
both their bats and their arms to pull out a up its season with a 19-10 record. Ooltewah, Tenn., on June 1-5. Georgia fell to 14-36 overall and 3-22 in
series-clinching 6-3 win. Nonetheless, tennis continues next week in “I don't feel like the time off will affect us conference play. The Dawgs will host
“It’s the most important series of the Athens for Irina Falconi, who is the No. 1 at all,” Haack said. “It gave the guys an oppor- Kentucky (29-23, 12-15) this weekend in the
year, so far,” senior Jay Dantzler told player in the nation and No. 1 seed in the
RamblinWreck.com after Game 3. “To win a singles NCAA tournament. tunity to really zero in on the last couple of regular season finale.
series against [Miami], especially where Dimon can be reached at weeks of school and their finals, then they were Black can be reached at
we're at in the ACC right now, it's always firstname.lastname@example.org. able to turn all of their attention to golf. email@example.com.
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