ATL Sports Headlines, Dec. 13:


Dec 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Gregory celebrates from the sidelines in the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Hank McCamish Pavilion. Georgia Tech won 67-64. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. It’s been a pretty slow week because of the lack of basketball and college football, but we are still chugging along. Check out today’s headlines:


Braves make strides at quiet Winter Meetings–

"Instead of attempting to make a big splash by pursuing David Price or Jeff Samardzija, Wren spent this week pursuing less flashy options that could fortify a roster that will include many of the same key players that helped the Braves notch 96 victories and cruise toward the National League East title this past season."

Braves leave meetings without moves, but not without optimism–AJC ($)

"LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —The Braves were one of the few teams to leave the Winter Meetings on Thursday without making a significant trade or free-agent signing. In fact, they made no move at all."


Falcons have no plans to get Davis some QB work–AJC

"“That’s game-to-game, we don’t have any plans right now,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Wednesday. “Again, there are certain players on our team that we think are definitely the best players for us to go out and have a chance to win and the quarterback position is one of them.”"

Tony Gonzalez Injury: Veteran Tight End Practices Again–The Falcoholic

"Tony Gonzalez is on the field and practicing. That’s what you need to know first, because it’s possible that these are the last three games of Gonzalez’s career. It’s still a joy to watch the man practice his craft."


Schroder has near double-double for Jam–AJC

"Rookie Dennis Schroder had 16 points and nine assists for the host Bakersfield (Calif.) Jam in a 112-106 loss to the Santa Clara Warriors in NBA Development League action Thursday."

John Jenkins, Dennis Schroder struggle in Bakersfield loss–Peachtree Hoops

"The most concerning part of Jenkins night is his continued transformation from an efficient shooter to a volume scorer. Jenkins finished with a team-high 18 points but was just 6-18 from the field and 2-10 from three-point range. He did escape without a turnover in 38 minutes while finishing with four rebounds and three assists."


Leonard Floyd Named To SEC All-Freshman Team–

"Floyd led all SEC freshmen in the regular season with 6.5 sacks. The Eastman, Ga., native has started seven games in his rookie season and has registered 47 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss. He leads the team with 22 quarterback pressures."

Monster year for new UGA target–AJC

"The high school coach of Nate “Touchdown” Brown is not big on hyping up his players.But what else can he say about Brown’s senior year?“He’s had a monster year for us at receiver,” North Gwinnett’s Bob Sphire said."

Yellow Jackets

Men’s Basketball: Why Brian Gregory Will Bring Georgia Tech Back to Prominence–Yellow Jacked Up

"Coaching basketball in the ACC can be equated to coaching football in the SEC. The pressure is on full-time with constantly having to face national powerhouse teams such as Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State, along with the newest additions of Syracuse and Notre Dame. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were once listed among those names, and under the leadership of Brian Gregory, they are on their way back."

5 (possible) reasons Thomas didn’t make All-ACC–AJC

"Georgia Tech safety Jemea Thomas looked like an All-ACC safety this season. So how did he not even make honorable mention on either the media or coaches teams?A few possible explanations."