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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Branson Robinson, who showed his potential to emerge as a lead running back in 2023 for No. 1 Georgia by rushing for two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 2022 national championship game win over TCU, will miss this season after suffering a ruptured patellar tendon. Coach Kirby Smart announced Wednesday that Robinson, a sophomore, suffered the injury on Tuesday.

The NCAA rule change that drew the most notice in the offseason might go mostly unnoticed by fans once the college football season is underway. For the first season since 1967, the clock will continue to run, as it does in the NFL, when a team makes a first down on a play that ends inbounds rather than stopping until the chains are set and the referee signals ready for play. The exception is during the last two minutes of the second and fourth quarters.

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Texas A&M quarterback Haynes King has claimed the starting job at Georgia Tech. Coach Brent Key announced Tuesday that King will start the Sept. 1 opener against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Louisville. “We feel like he gives us the best chance in the first game to go out and play the game we want to play,” Key said.

Two-time defending national champion and No. 1 Georgia had the most players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America team announced Monday. They include tight end Brock Bowers, center Sedrick Van Pran, defensive back Malaki Starks and linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves placed right-handed pitcher Yonny Chirinos on the 15-day injured list Monday with elbow inflammation. The move, made retroactive to Sunday, cleared room on the roster for right-hander Allan Winans, who was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to start the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets.

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is adding a second golf component to his business empire by purchasing one of six teams in Tiger Woods' high-tech TGL league scheduled to launch in January. Blank, who also owns MLS Atlanta United and the PGA Tour Superstore, said he was drawn to the league's potential to attract new golf fans with its interaction of tech and live action in a prime-time weekly format. Each of the six teams will have three PGA Tour players.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Giants showed some resiliency that has been missing lately on the road. After the Giants allowed the tying run to score on an error in the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Joc Pederson's bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning forced in Michael Conforto and gave San Francisco a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Maxie Baughan, a College Football Hall of Famer from Georgia Tech and a nine-time Pro Bowler in the NFL, has died. He was 85. The Philadelphia Eagles said Baughan died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Ithaca, New York. Baughan, who spent six seasons with the Eagles, was surrounded by family members when he passed away, according to the team.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Carson Beck will open the season as No. 1 Georgia's starting quarterback as the Bulldogs begin their quest for a third straight national championship. Coach Kirby Smart named Beck the starter on Saturday, and the announcement was not a surprise. Beck was the top backup for Stetson Bennett in 2022 and ended spring practice atop Georgia's depth chart.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lionel Messi scored early in regulation and converted the first shot in penalty kicks as Inter Miami beat Nashville SC 10-9 on penalties in the Leagues Cup final on Saturday night. Messi scored midway through the first half, his 10th goal in seven games since joining Inter Miami — all in the Leagues Cup competition — as his new team claimed its first trophy.

SYDNEY (AP) — Spain won its first Women’s World Cup title less than a year after a player rebellion, holding off England 1-0 on Sunday after Olga Carmona’s first-half goal. The victory made La Roja the first team to hold the under-17, under-20 and senior world titles at the same time. Spain is the fifth winner in nine editions of the Women’s World Cup and joins Germany as the only other nation to win both the men’s and women’s tournament.

ATLANTA (AP) — Eddie Rosario normally expects to need more than one pitch to pick up San Francisco right-hander Tyler Rogers' submarine delivery. On this night, however, Rosario wasn't waiting. Rosario had four hits, including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Damar Hamlin has little more to prove to Bills coach Sean McDermott in the third-year safety’s bid to resume his football career after a near-death experience during a game at Cincinnati in January. “From my non-medical standpoint, I think he’s checked all the boxes as far as that goes,” McDermott said on Thursday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Charlie Morton recorded 10 strikeouts in six innings, Eddie Rosario hit a two-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat New York 2-0 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep and give the struggling Yankees their first losing record of the season.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech's string of four consecutive losing seasons may have made Brent Key's 4-4 record after taking over for Geoff Collins last season look promising to some observers. Key wasn't impressed. The former Georgia Tech lineman and offensive assistant who took over as interim coach before landing the full-time job wants to make it clear he's aiming higher than .500.

ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Elder pitched seven brilliant innings in a combined one-hitter, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Marcell Ozuna went deep and the Atlanta Braves cruised past the reeling New York Yankees 5-0 on Tuesday night. After an 11-3 romp in the series opener, the Braves wasted no time jumping on Luis Severino (2-8), whose dismal season has been marred by atrocious numbers in the first inning.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — It wasn't easy for A.J. Terrell to watch his Atlanta Falcons teammates enjoy their big plays on defense in last week's 19-3 preseason win over the Miami Dolphins when he and the other regulars couldn't join in the fun. Falcons starters were held out of the preseason opener but will have their first opportunity in Friday night's second preseason game against Cincinnati.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves recalled infielder Vaughn Grissom from Triple-A Gwinnett ahead of their game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. Grissom, who lost out for the starting shortstop job during spring training, was promoted after the Braves placed second baseman Ozzie Albies on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia isn't ready to talk about a historic three-peat. Not just yet, anyway. The Bulldogs showed no signs of complacency while capturing their second straight national title, and maintaining that edge will be essential to becoming the first school in the poll era to make it three in a row.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves gave New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone “a little peek into where you're trying to get to.” That peek revealed a concerning gap between the Braves, who own the majors' best record, and the last-place Yankees. Max Fried allowed two runs in his first home start in more than three months, Nicky Lopez had three hits and three RBIs in a fill-in role, and the Braves beat the Yankees 11-3 on Monday night.

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies was held out of the lineup for Monday night's game against the New York Yankees, his first missed start of the season. Albies was pulled from the Braves' 7-6 loss at the New York Mets on Sunday with cramping in his left hamstring. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Albies was “still feeling it a little bit” on Monday. Nicky Lopez is the fill-in starter at second base.

Georgia will begin its drive for an unprecedented college football championship three-peat as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press preseason Top 25. The Bulldogs received 60 of 63 first-place votes in the poll released Monday to easily outpoint No. 2 Michigan, which received two first-place votes and has its best preseason rankings since being No. 2 in 1991. The Wolverines' Big Ten rival, Ohio State, is No. 3 with one first-place vote.

Ronald Acuña Jr. is on pace to create an entirely new club for baseball's top power-and-speed threats. Acuña stole his 55th base Sunday night in Atlanta's 7-6 loss to the New York Mets. The star outfielder also has 26 home runs. No player has ever reached 30 homers and 60 steals in the same season.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons waived 2022 starting linebacker Mykal Walker in a surprise move Sunday. On Friday night, Walker started and had four tackles in the Falcons' 19-3 preseason win at Miami. Falcons coach Arthur Smith did not play most of his projected starters against the Dolphins.

Stetson Bennett passed for 191 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL action for the Los Angeles Rams in a 34-17 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Bennett and Max Duggan suited up for their …

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