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Falcons place Allen on season-ending IR with torn Achilles

Sep. 25, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have placed free safety Ricardo Allen on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon. Allen was carted off the field in last Sunday's overtime loss to New Orleans, becoming the third defensive starter to go down for Atlanta. Strong safety Keanu...

Inspire Brands buys Sonic burger chain for $2.3 billion

Sep. 25, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Arby's owner Inspire Brands is buying the Sonic drive-in hamburger chain. Inspire is paying $43.50 per share cash, or $2.3 billion, for Sonic, which has 3,600 restaurants in the U.S. Inspire expects the deal to close by the end of this year. Sonic will operate as a separate business unit...

Men avoid death penalty in kidnap-slaying of couple

Sep. 25, 2018 5:18 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia men have been sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison for kidnapping and killing a pregnant woman and her fiance. News outlets report 44-year-old Andre Cleveland Gay and 46-year-old Richard "Fathead" Wilson pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and killing 21-year-old Briana...

Hawks begin what expects to be long season of growing pains

Sep. 24, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Taurean Prince knows the Atlanta Hawks are about to begin one of the toughest seasons in franchise history. A year after going 24-58 — worst in the Eastern Conference — the Hawks are likely to take a step further back in the standings with an even younger team. Point guard Trae...

Georgia Gov. race: Pence sets a visit as Biden postpones one

Sep. 24, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has rescheduled a stop in Georgia with Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp that was pushed back by Hurricane Florence. Meanwhile former vice president Joe Biden has postponed a stop with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams set for Sept. 27 because of...

Falcons' Ricardo Allen out for season with torn Achilles

Sep. 24, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons starting safety Ricardo Allen will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, dealing another blow to Atlanta's already injury-ravaged defense. The team made the announcement a day after the Falcons' 43-37 loss to the Saints in overtime. Allen was carted off...

Georgia men could avoid death in kidnap-slaying of couple

Sep. 24, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia men are expected to plead guilty to kidnapping and killing a pregnant woman and her fiancé while they were out on parole for other killings. WAGA-TV reports the Fulton County District Attorney's office says Andre Cleveland Gay and Richard "Fathead" Wilson could get life in...

Little defense to be found in Saints' OT win over Falcons

Sep. 24, 2018 2:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Saints and Falcons saw much to like about their new and old stars on offense. Each team's defensive worries continue to grow. Drew Brees' 1-yard scoring run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive in overtime that lifted New Orleans to a 43-37 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The two teams combined...

Column: Tiger Woods is back, and golf is better for it

Sep. 23, 2018 8:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — They had waited more than five years for this moment. No way were those frail little ropes, strung up on flimsy poles, going to hold them back. No way were they listening to those red-shirted marshals, a bit of terror in their eyes as they pleaded futilely for everyone to come to their...

Falcons rookie WR Ridley riddles Saints for 3 TDs in loss

Sep. 23, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Calvin Ridley set a Falcons rookie record with three touchdown receptions among a bunch of big plays — in a bittersweet afternoon for the young wide receiver. After barely factoring in Atlanta's first two games, he was targeted a team-high eight times, caught a team-best seven passes...