Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons fullback Jason Snelling (44) recovers an onside kick in the second half against the Washington Redskins at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

ATL Sports Headlines, Dec. 16: Falcons Barely Beat Redskins, Braves To Sign Mark Hamilton?


Happy Monday, everyone. If you’re not still in college and on break like me… sorry. You have to work and stuff. But, that just means that I’ll have more time to scour the internet and write pieces for the site, so we can both benefit from my having a month-long Christmas vacation.

Enjoy your headlines:

Braves

Braves Sign Mark Hamilton to Minor League Deal – Andrew Sisson, Talking Chop

First reported by Chris Cotillo, the Braves have signed 29-year-old 1B Mark Hamilton to a minor league deal. Formerly of the Red Sox and Cardinals, Hamilton hit .261/.361/.463 in 335 plate appearances last season in Triple-A.

We are planning to have our own piece of analysis on this signing whenever it is confirmed by someone else. Stay tuned for that.

Atlanta Braves Top Prospect, Lucas Sims, Heading To…. – Jeff Schafer, Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves top prospect, Lucas Sims, has been a name brought up often this past week during the MLB Winter Meetings.  Teams with top pitchers seem to want one guy if they are going to be trading with the Braves and that’s Sims.

But, many reports have said that the Braves won’t trade their most-prized young talent, but they might be able to put together a package good enough to land a David Price or Jeff Samardzija without depleting their minor league system.

My guess is the Braves don’t end up trading Sims or trading for Price/Samardzija.

Falcons

5 key plays in the 27-26 win over the Redskins – D. Orlando Ledbetter, AJC

1. Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant’s pass breakup on the Redskins’ 2-point conversion try. Trufant finished the game with seven tackles (three solo), one interception, and two passes defensed. This season, Trufant set a club rookie record and leads the team with 16 passes defensed.

Falcons win a comedy of errors…barely – Jeff Schultz, AJC ($)

The Falcons and Washington played a football game Sunday, or at least some strange facsimile thereof. Genetic test results are still pending.

Hawks

Lucas Nogueira Has Suspended His Contract With the Spanish League Estudiantes–Wesley Morton, Soaring Down South

Now comes news that Lucas Noguiera has suspended his contract with the Estudiantes due to physical related issues. Essentially, that means he will not play with the team nor get paid, but can see non-club related doctors. According to reports, Lucas has done just this and requested this to seek an outside diagnosis on his knees.

Hmm… we might have to confer with Brad on this one. Brad!!!

Hawks next in Kobe’s return from torn Achilles–Chris Vivlamore, AJC ($)

Kobe Bryant limped out of Philips Arena the last time he visited the place.

Bulldogs

Murray, Herrera, Vavlas, Norman Take Top Awards At Annual UGA Football Gala – GeorgiaDogs.com

ATHENS—–Senior quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera of College Park, senior free safety Connor Norman of Duluth and junior linebacker Kosta Vavlas of Tarpon Springs, Fla., took home the top awards at the University of Georgia football annual team Gala Saturday night at the Classic Center in Athens.

Yellow Jackets 

Georgia Tech returns from break – Stan Awtrey, The Macon Telegraph

ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech basketball team was starting to show some positive signs prior to taking a break for final exams. The Yellow Jackets were beginning to show more maturity, especially toward the end of the first half in the two previous games.

Another aspect of the team’s maturity will be tested Monday night. The Yellow Jackets must find a way to shake of a little rust and respond with a positive effort against Kennesaw State, an in-state team they should be able to manhandle.

I’m actually going to be covering this game for the site tonight, so make sure you stop by for our live stream and check out the details afterwards.

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Over The Weekend From ATL All Day

I’m just going to round up some of the posts that we had over the weekend really quick if you missed them:

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