We know the weekends are a busy time, and you might not get a chance to keep up with your Atlanta sports news like you want. Well, don’t worry, we got you covered. Here is a look at what you might have missed over the weekend.
Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) shoots a lay up during the 2013 NBA All-Star skills challenge at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Poor Showing for Teague
Atlanta Hawks lone representative in the NBA All-Star Weekend was point guard Jeff Teague who participated in the skills challenge. Teague clearly showed problems being on the big stage, struggling to make it through almost every station, including missing multiple jump shot attempts and a layup after the final drill before he finally finished in last place with a time of 49.4 seconds. Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard won the contest with a time of 29.8
Chipper Jones Joins Braves During Spring Training
The recently retired Atlanta Braves third baseman can’t stay away from the team for very long, as he joins a long list of former Braves to become instructors during spring training.
Falcons FB Michael Cox Honored At Gala
The Atlanta Falcons fullback Michael Cox and his wife were honored Saturday, along with Senator Pat Vance, at the fifth annual Kenneth R. Arthur “Have a Heart for Kids” gala at the West Shore Country Club in Camp Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Cox were honored for their work as role models for kids.
Arthur Blank Says Team Doesn’t Want To Move Location
Following Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay’s remarks on Wednesday about the team looking to move to the suburbs, team owner Arthur Blank said in a statement that the team does not want to move out of the downtown Atlanta area, and the idea that they may is an answer to a worst case scenario.
Braves Sign Louis Nunez
The 26-year-old Luis Nunez, who tied the Chattanooga Lookouts’ single-game RBI record last July 4th, has been signed as a minor league free agent by the Atlanta Braves for 2013. Nunez hit .257 with 11 home runs and 65 RBIs while playing six different positions for the Chattanooga Lookouts last season.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech Men Beat Get Back In The Win Column
The Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team (14-10, 4-8) grabbed their second road win in the ACC on Saturday as they beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 57-56. Tech was led by Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt with 16 points, and Freshman Robert Carter Jr.’s two free throws with 1.87 seconds remaining in the game. He also contributed with 10 points, and Junior Daniel Miller had 15 points to go along with 5 blocks. The Jackets will finish their three games in six day stretch on Tuesday as they take on UNC at home.
Georgia Tech Baseball Starts Season With Sweep
Georgia Tech’s baseball (3-0, 0-0)team got the 2013 season started off with style, sweeping the Akron Zips(0-3, 0-0)over the weekend. On Friday, Senior Buck Farmer struck out 14 over 8 innings in the 3-0 shutout. On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets were led by a 4-4 game from Junior Daniel Palka, including a homerun and 3 RBI, in route to a 10-3 win. Sunday, Freshman Matt Gonzalez knocked in the go ahead run, giving the Yellow Jackets a 5-3 victory, and completing the weekend sweep. They will take on Georgia State on Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium, before starting a weekend series against St. John’s.
Georgia Tech Women Grab Win On The Road
The Georgia Tech women (11-14, 4-10) took to the hard court against ACC foe NC State (13-13, 5-9), coming away winners, 79-70. Sophomore Sydney Wallace knocked down four threes on her way to a team high 26 points. Junior Tyuanna Marshall added 22, and freshman Roddreka Rogers grabbed a career high 16 rebounds. Georgia Tech opened the game on a 12-3 run, and never looked back, doubling their lead to 24-6 by the under-12 media timeout.
Georgia Tech’s softball team wins the first three games of the Georgia Tech Classic over the weekend. They started off the weekend by defeating Miami of Ohio 10-8 and Marshall 7-6 on Friday, followed by another 6-4 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday before losing twice to Indiana, 4-1 on Saturday and 10-2 on Sunday. Men’s Tennis picks up a sweep of a double header on Saturday, beating Mercer 7-0 and North Florida 6-1 to improve to 3-4 on the season. Men’s golf finished fourth in the Puerto Rico Classic.
Georgia State Panthers
Panthers’ MBB Ruin George Mason’s Homecoming
Georgia State (14-14, 9-6) traveled north to play George Mason(15-11, 8-6) on their Homecoming day, only to dominate the game, winning by a score of 78-60. The Patriots led, 24-22, when the Panthers scored 16 straight over 2½ minutes, scoring on 10 straight possessions. With the game settled by halftime, George Mason’s Homecoming crowd headed for the exits after the Panther’s opened up a 27 point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Freshman R.J. Hunter had 25 points and junior Devonta White had 23 for the Panthers, who shot 62 percent in the first half and made seven of their first 10 three-point attempts.
GSU Offense Shows Up For Baseball Team
GSU’s baseball team scored a combined 39 runs in three games during their first series of the year. They went 2-1 over the weekend against Butler, rallying to win Friday night 12-8, blowing Butler out Saturday, 17-8, but dropped the series finale on Sunday, 10-8, after their rally came up just short. They will take on Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Softball Goes 3-1 in Panther Invitational
The GSU softball team knocked off Northern Kentucky 10-5 in five innings, followed by a 16-15 loss to Presbyterian College in a game that went 9 innings on Saturday. They finished the tournament on a high note on Sunday, beating Northern Kentucky a second time, 8-2, followed by a win over Oakland, 10-2.
The GSU women’s tennis team lost to no. 21 ranked Florida State over the weekend, 5-2, following a win against UCF. The men’s team lost to Nebraska, 4-3, following a victory against ETSU on Friday.
Former Bulldog Alec Ogletree Arrested For DUI
Alec Ogletree’s agent released a statement through Profootballtalk.com on Sunday, saying, “Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona. After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him for DUI. Although Alec regrets this incident terribly, he is thankful that there was no accident and that no one was hurt. Because this matter is still pending, we cannot comment further publicly at this time.” Ogletree was suspended for four games in 2012 for violation of the team’s substance abuse policy.
Former Bulldog Travis Leslie Wins MVP
Former Bulldog forward Travis Leslie won the MVP award in the NBA D-League All-Star Game over the weekend. Leslie, who is currently playing for Golden State farm team Santa Cruz Warriors, had 19 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes of play, leading the “Prospects” to a 139-125 over the “Futures.”
Bulldogs Drop Overtime Game To Ole Miss
Georgia’s men’s basketball team (12-13, 6-6) squandered an 8 point lead with 3:30 left against Ole Miss on Saturday, then got blown out in overtime. The Rebels were led by Marshall Henderson, who scored 25 points, 19 of which came in the second half and overtime, while the Bulldogs wasted the efforts of sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope, who picked up his 4th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Bulldog Women Pick Up Win Against Florida
The 13th ranked Lady Bulldogs (21-4, 9-3) snuck past Florida (15-11, 4-8) Sunday, using every bit of Jasmine Hassell’s third straight double double to win 62-57. Hassell scored 16 points and had a career high 16 rebounds in the victory.
Baseball Gets Lift From Sophomore
Sophomore Jared Walsh made his pitching debut in the ninth and struck out the side plus added a home run Friday to lead Georgia to a thrilling 6-5 win over Georgia Southern in their season opener Friday night. They dropped the next two games of the series 3-2 on Saturday, and 11-2 on Sunday.