The owners of the team formerly known as the Augusta Riverhawks are betting that the third time out will be the charm for pro hockey in Macon. Team owners Bob and Diane Kerzner joined Macon-Bibb County officials and others Tuesday to formerly introduce the Macon Mayhem. The team follows the Macon Trax and the Macon Whoopee in the annals of professional hockey in Middle Georgia.
Georgia’s sports reporters got a closer look at the upcoming college football season at the annual Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon Tuesday. Mercer Bears head coach Bobby Lamb was on hand to talk about the changes to his program just up the hill from the Sports Hall. “I think the biggest challenge for us is going into the Southern Conference. Certainly the speed of the conference will be a lot different than what we played last year,” Lamb said. Mercer finished with a 10-2 record in the Pioneer League last year in what was the team’s debut season. They head into Southern Conference play with their 2013 roster plus some new transfers and some freshmen.
After a raucous scene at Tuesday night’s Cobb County Commission meeting, the ink is drying on contracts that will bring the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County. County Commissioners gave their final approval to the plan Tuesday night that will spend almost $400 million in taxpayer money on the new suburban stadium project. They say the Braves will pay some of that money back in the form of rent. A dozen supporters of the stadium move were able to speak at the evening meeting. Opponents who wanted to speak against the plan to use public dollars for the project did not have a chance.
The Atlanta Braves have released six conceptual renderings of their planned stadium and mixed- use development in Cobb County. Released Wednesday, the drawings are the first look at what the Braves plans entail. The Braves website boasts the new stadium will be more than a state-of- the- art ballpark, and will “redefine the traditional model of a ‘live, work, play’ development as a ‘play work, stay’ destination.
Red, white, and gold -- they were the original colors of the Atlanta Falcons, and now they will represent Atlanta's new Major League Soccer team. After weeks of speculation, Falcons owner Arthur Blank confirmed Wednesday evening he is founding an MLS team. MLS Commissioner Don Garber says this is part of the league's broader expansion into the Southeast. "Atlanta's one of the largest markets in North America, it happens to be the largest market without an MLS team. It's very diverse, very rich in sports tradition.”
The NCAA is considering serious sanctions against the University of Georgia swim team, but the trouble could trickle down to the rest of the athletic program. According to allegations by the NCAA, UGA’s head swimming coach Jack Bauerle made arrangements with a professor for one of his star swimmers get an “incomplete” in a course, provided that the student complete the work at a later date for a passing grade. Due to a what the NCAA described as “clerical error” the student received a passing grade for the course, instead of an incomplete.
A Major League Soccer franchise would do well in Atlanta, according to soccer commentator Ives Galarcep of the widely-read website SoccerByIves.net. "I have known Atlanta for some time to be a pretty good soccer city, a bit of an underrated soccer city," he said. Atlanta consistently ranks among the top 25 cities in generating traffic to Galarcep's website, he said, despite not currently having an MLS team.
The crack of a baseball bat is a familiar and exciting sound on spring nights in Savannah, home of the Sand Gnats. This year, that sound may be bittersweet as the Sand Gnats begin what’s most likely their last year at Grayson Stadium- the nation's oldest operating minor league ballpark and a true centerpiece of Savannah sports. Willie Smith, a diehard Sand Gnats fan known by Savannahians as “Mr. Willie” has watched the Sand Gnats for nearly 80 years.
Mercer University basketball fans are back down to earth after the Bears lost to the University Tennessee by 20 points Sunday night. Just 48 hours earlier Mercer was the talk of the sports world after upsetting Duke University in the NCAA tournament.
On paper, it didn't look likely at all. Mercer is a mid-sized private school Macon that hasn't taken part in March Madness since 1985, while Duke is one of the most storied college teams in basketball history.