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Braves players are soccer fans

The World Cup match between the Netherlands and Spain was playing on televisions in the Braves’ clubhouse and shortstop Andrelton Simmons was the most interested observer.

Simmons is a native of Curacao, which is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He twice celebrated scores by the Netherlands by running through the clubhouse shouting “Gooooal!”

The Netherlands went on to defeat Spain 5-1 in a group play match.

Braves right-hander Julio Tehran also was showing his World Cup pride. He had the soccer jersey of his native Colombia displayed prominently in his locker stall.

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Kennesaw State football decision deferred

Kennesaw State’s quest for football may have to wait for at least one more month.

Kennesaw State asked the State Board of Regents at today’s meeting to approve an increase in student fees of $100 per semester to support a new football team and other Title IX efforts.

However, a Regents’ subcommittee recommended earlier today that the plan receive further study. The Regents are scheduled to meet later today and could decide to go ahead and review the plan, or follow the committee’s recommendation. Ken Bernard, who chairs the finance committee, referred questions to Regents spokesman John Millsaps. It is not uncommon for proposals to receive further scrutiny before reaching the Regents. KSU President Dan Papp said that his university will work with the Regents, but declined to answer any other questions.

Kennesaw State’s proposed increase would bring the total earmarked to athletics to $251 per semester. Multiplied by the university enrollment of more than 24,000, the …

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Bryan brothers to compete at BB&T Atlanta Open

The 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open will be held July 20-28, a week later than it was held this year.

The change was partially necessary because the ATP approved an event to be held in Bogota, Colombia next year from July 15-21. Tournament organizers think the move will strengthen their field because the BB&T will be the only hard-court event in the world that week as players prepare for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 26.

The BB&T, which will be played at Atlantic Station, has also secured a commitment from the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, one of the must successful tandems in tennis history.

The Bryans finished the 2012 season as the top-ranked doubles team for the fourth consecutive year and eighth time in their history. They have won 82 doubles titles, including 12 Grand Slam championships. Their most recent title came at the U.S. Open and set the record for titles held in the Open era, formerly held by Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge.

“We are extremely proud to bring the …

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Atlanta’s MLS hope may rest on new stadium

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said Atlanta’s hopes of one day getting an expansion franchise rest on a new stadium. Talking to reporters during a “state of the league” call on Monday ahead of Saturday’s championship game between Los Angeles and Houston, Garber said he and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who in the past expressed an interest in starting a team in Atlanta, have had several discussions recently about the league, soccer and the city.

Right now, Garber said there’s simply no place for a team to play.

“The Falcons are looking to replace the Georgia Dome, so we wouldn’t want to play there,” Garber said. “There isn’t a college facility that makes sense. We respect what the Silverbacks have done, but that facility would be too small.

“What we’ve been focused on is should the public sector and private sector in Atlanta come together and get a new facility for the Falcons, it would allow us to continue our discussions …”

Garber is watching the ongoing debate …

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Silverbacks will stay the Silverbacks

The Silverbacks’ new name will be … the Silverbacks.

After the Atlanta soccer franchise held a contest in which fans could vote on the team’s new name, Silverbacks prevailed over Chiefs, the nickname of the city’s first team, and Atlanta FC. More than 5,000 votes were cast, with the Silverbacks winning in what was described as a close margin.

The new name was unveiled at a party Thursday night.

While the name will remain the same, the team’s logo may change. For the next two weeks, fans can design and submit their own logo through the team’s facebook page. The logo that receives the most “likes” will compete against a logo that the Silverbacks are having designed, as well as the current logo. Those three will be posted on the Silverbacks website where fans can vote to decide the winner, which will be announced in January.

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ATL welcomes narrowed field of title game bidders

Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan described himself as “pleasantly surprised” by a report Monday that only six cities — Atlanta among them — will be considered as possible hosts for college football’s championship game at the end of the 2014 season.

Stokan and other Atlanta organizers announced their intention to bid for the title game several months ago, immediately after the BCS commissioners adopted a four-team playoff beginning with the ‘14 season.

According to Monday’s ESPN report, which cited unnamed sources, Atlanta’s competition for the Jan. 12, 2015, game will be limited to Pasadena, Calif. (site of the Rose Bowl), Glendale, Ariz. (Fiesta Bowl), New Orleans (Sugar Bowl), Miami (Orange Bowl) and Arlington, Texas (Cotton Bowl).

The report said the BCS won’t consider additional bidders for the title game in the first season of the playoff in order to “expedite the process” but will open the bidding to all cities, as originally planned, for the second season of the …

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Baseball investigating homophobic slur worn by ex-Brave

The stickers worn by Yunel Escobar contained a homophobic slur.

The stickers worn by Yunel Escobar contained a homophobic slur.

Major League Baseball is investigating former Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar after he wore a sticker containing a homophobic slur written in Spanish during a game.

Escobar, now with the Blue Jays, wore the sticker as eye black Saturday against the Red Sox. Players wear eye black to reduce glare but Escobar’s had words written on it.

The message was first noticed by a fan who took a photo of it from behind the Toronto dugout and posted it on photo-hosting site Flickr.

Click here if you want a translation of the slur. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

The Blue Jays released a statement Monday night, saying: “The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.”

The Jays will hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and Escobar is expected to …

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Clemson knocks off Auburn in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

An offseason of “you won the ACC, but about that Orange Bowl” was wiped out in one night for No. 14 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

Tajh Boyd passed for 208 yards, Andre Ellington rushed for 231 and Clemson’s defense made stops when it needed to lead the Tigers to a 26-19 victory over Auburn.

“This puts a lot of wind in our sails as we kick the season off,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “But this is just the beginning. All we did was accomplish our first goal, which was to win the opener.”

Clemson won the ACC last year, its first conference crown in 20 years, but all its players and coaches heard about was the 70 points it allowed in the Orange Bowl to West Virginia in the Tigers’ next game.

Swinney was defiant during the offseason that the Tigers had nothing to apologize for.

But they did have something to prove.

Brent Venables was brought in from Oklahoma to lead the defense and Clemson went to work. The results showed against …

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Tennessee has no problem with N.C. State

It took 38 seconds for Tennessee to show there’s a chance “Rocky Top” may be heard at the Georgia Dome again in December.

The Volunteers scored 16 points in 38 seconds in the first half and used that momentum to defeat N.C. State 35-21 on Friday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in front of 55,529 attendees.

Playing without Calhoun’s Da’Rick Rogers, and appearing not to need the troubled wide receiver who was dismissed from the team last week, quarterback Tyler Bray and the Volunteers had no trouble doing most anything it wanted offensively against what is supposed to be one of the better defenses in the ACC. Bray passed for 332 yards and two TDs, outdueling N.C. State’s Mike Glennon (288 yards, one TD, four interceptions), and the Vols shredded the Wolfpack for 526 yards.

“It was a great game,” Bray said. “We haven’t won here since the National Championship. This was great for the state of Tennessee.”

The victory snapped a six-game losing streak …

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Former Falcon Brooking signs with Broncos

Former Falcons and Georgia Tech linebacker Keith Brooking has signed with the Denver Broncos.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

The 14-year pro played the last three seasons in Dallas after an 11-year career in Atlanta.

Brooking, 36, played in all 16 regular season games for 11 consecutive years but he started just three games last year with the Cowboys, when he was supplanted by Sean Lee.

Brooking recorded 34 tackles in 2011, his lowest total since his rookie season.

“We had him in for a workout and thought he looked outstanding,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

More NFL news:

— 38-year-old Terrell Owens agreed to a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

– Veteran safety Brodney Pool, signed in the offseason by the Cowboys to improve their secondary, was cut just a week into camp.

– Tebowmania turned into Wrestlemania at the New York …

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