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BOSTON (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points, Derrick White scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 125-117 on Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Celtics improved to 24-3 at home and won their seventh straight over the Hawks.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Samuel Tabe scored 20 points as South Alabama beat Georgia Southern 78-65 on Wednesday night. Tabe added seven rebounds for the Jaguars (11-13, 4-8 Sun Belt Conference). Julian Margrave scored 15 points while finishing 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tolu Smith scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Mississippi State cruised to a 75-62 victory over Georgia on Wednesday night. Josh Hubbard added 14 points for Mississippi State (15-8, 4-6 SEC). Shakeel Moore chipped in with 11 points and KeShawn Murphy had 10. Cameron Matthews scored nine points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Hubbard, Moore and Murphy combined for seven of Mississippi State's nine 3-pointers.

ATLANTA (AP) — Raheem Morris wants to make the most of his second opportunity as the Atlanta Falcons' coach. That means helping the Falcons achieve something they couldn't during what he called the most painful loss of his career. Morris was named Atlanta's coach on Jan. 25. His first news conference on Monday came on the seventh anniversary of the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead and losing the Super Bowl 34-28 to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots when Morris was an Atlanta assistant.

ATLANTA – Atlanta has been selected to host eight World Cup matches in the summer of 2026. Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta will be the site for five group stage matches, a round of 32 contest, a round of 16 match and a semifinal, the international soccer organization FIFA announced Sunday.

DJ Horne scored 26 points, Jayden Taylor added 21 and North Carolina State pulled away early in the second half to beat Georgia Tech 82-76 on Saturday night.

 Collin Murray-Boyles scored 16 points, Josh Gray added 15 off the bench and South Carolina pulled away for a 72-62 win over Georgia on Saturday.8

Trae Young had 32 points and 15 assists and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Phoenix Suns 129-120 on Friday night.

CLEVELAND, Ga.  – The Truett McConnell University disc golf team is set to begin its inaugural season on Saturday at Auburn University, where the Bears will compete in a two-day, three-round tournament at the Spring Villa Park in Opelika, Ala.

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Christyon Eugene scored a career-high 28 points to propel Troy to an 84-63 victory over Georgia Southern on Thursday night.

ATLANTA (AP) — Terence Harcum scored 22 points as Appalachian State beat Georgia State 81-71 on Thursday night for its seventh straight win.

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Beh Johnson hit a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to lift Bellarmine to a 96-95 win over Kennesaw State on Thursday night.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn.  – On Wednesday, the Truett McConnell University men's basketball team traveled to compete in an Appalachian Athletic Conference match-up against Milligan University, where the Bears fell to the Buffaloes, 96-71. TMU falls to an overall record of 9-12, 7-10 AAC, while MU rises to a record of 9-10, 9-8 AAC.

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jaden Seymour's 20 points helped East Tennessee State defeat Mercer 54-49 on Wednesday night. Seymour added six rebounds for the Buccaneers (11-11, 3-6 Southern Conference). Ebby Asamoah added 14 points while shooting 5 for 11, including 4 for 8 from beyond the arc, and he also had six rebounds.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mark Sears said the key to No. 24 Alabama's second-half recovery on offense was strong play on defense. Sears scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:09 remaining, and the Crimson Tide recovered from a slow start to beat Georgia 85-76 on Wednesday night.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Raheem Morris added two new members to his staff Wednesday, while announcing that he's keeping seven members of the previous staff. Morris appointed Jay Rodgers as defensive line coach and Steve Scarnecchia as chief of staff for coaching operations.

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks knew the Los Angeles Lakers would be a bit weary after playing 24 hours earlier in Houston. So they came out running and gunning, handing LeBron James and the Lakers their second double-digit loss in as many nights. Young scored 26 points, knocking down his first six attempts from 3-point range, and the Hawks raced past Los Angeles 138-122 on Tuesday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Sturdivant told his Georgia Tech teammates a visit from No. 3 North Carolina meant it was time to pull out the “big boy drawers.” Naithan George responded with the biggest play of the game. George scored a go-ahead, left-handed layup with 7.7 seconds remaining and Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 74-73 on Tuesday night to end the Tar Heels' 10-game winning streak.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Claude Felton, the media liaison for Georgia athletics whose 45-year career at the university spanned from Vince Dooley to Kirby Smart, is retiring on Wednesday. Felton has served in the roles of sports communication director, associate athletic director and, most recently, the senior associate athletic director.

Members of the U.S. Olympic figure skating team learned late Monday they will receive gold medals now that Russian skater Kamila Valieva has been disqualified for doping at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee received word that the IOC would award the gold to the U.S. for the team competition, which was thrown into turmoil after Valieva's positive test from six weeks before the competition was revealed.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Raheem Morris began assembling his staff on Monday, appointing Zac Robinson as offensive coordinator and Jimmy Lake to run the defense. Both assistants followed Morris from the Los Angeles Rams, where the new Atlanta coach served as defensive coordinator before he landed the Falcons' job last week.

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs are heading to Las Vegas with a chance for a rare repeat while facing the San Francisco 49ers in a Super Bowl rematch from four years ago. The Chiefs beat Lamar Jackson and the No. 1-seeded Baltimore Ravens 17-10 in the AFC championship game Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years. A few hours later, Brock Purdy rallied the No. 1-seeded 49ers to a 34-31 victory over the Detroit Lions in the NFC title game.

ATLANTA (AP) — Saddiq Bey dunked in a Trae Young miss with 1.1 seconds left to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 126-125 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. It was the fifth straight loss was for the short-handed Raptors. The Raptors had taken a one-point lead when a Young turnover in the backcourt led to a Scottie Barnes dunk with seven seconds remaining.

There’s something about the 2026 Olympics course in Cortina that brings the best out of American skier Jacqueline Wiles.

Mylyjael Poteat and Lynn Kidd scored 18 points apiece and Virginia Tech cruised to a 91-67 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

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