- Created on 02 April 2013
Georgia Tech guard Tyaunna Marshall was named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention on Tuesday (April 2), making her just the second Lady Yellow Jacket recognized by the AP.
It is another award in a long list for Marshall this year, as the 5-9 junior was previously named to the All-ACC First Team, ACC All-Defensive Team and WBCA All-Region.
The other Lady Yellow Jacket to be named AP All-American Honorable Mention was Kisha Ford in 1997.
"I am very pleased that [Ty] is getting the national recognition she deserves," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "This is a great honor for her, her family and this program."
Marshall was named to the All-ACC First Team and ACC All-Defensive team after averaging 18.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals in 30 games for Georgia Tech during the 2012-13 season.
The Upper Marlboro, Md., native ranks second in the conference in scoring (18.1 ppg), seventh in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and third in steals (2.6 spg). She is the only ACC player to rank in the conference's Top 10 in all three categories, the second straight season she has ranked in the league's Top 10 in all three categories.
Marshall's 37 points in a comeback win over Miami at McCamish Pavilion Feb. 24 were the most points scored by an ACC player this season. She finished the year with nine double-doubles, 10 games with at least 20 points and double-digit points in 28 of 30 games. Marshall was named ACC Player of the Week three times, which tied for the most in the conference.
In nine games against ranked opponents this year, Marshall averaged 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals. Her 542 points are the fourth-most in a single season by a player in Tech history and she climbed from outside the Top 25 to eighth on the Yellow Jackets' all-time scoring list with 1,520 career points. Marshall also became just the fifth Jacket to score at least 1,500 points and grab at least 600 rebounds during her career on the Flats.
- Created on 02 April 2013
At one point it got downright ugly – looking more like a pinball game than a basketball contest.
Nonetheless, the Atlanta Hawks managed to rise above the Cleveland Cavaliers (23-50) to register a 102-94 win at Philips Arena on Monday.
With the win, Atlanta (42-33) pulled to within one game of Brooklyn in the race for fourth place in the NBA East with seven games remaining in the regular season.
Devin Harris' 11 first-quarter points got the Hawks off to an early start, leading to a 10-point lead by the 4:02 mark in the period. But the Cavs managed to cut the lead to six by quarter's end. Harris shot 3-for-5 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line during the period.
But it was the sloppy play by both teams that set the pace for a lackluster second quarter. Despite the Cavs giving up only three points on two turnovers, and Atlanta throwing it away four times for six Cleveland points, the ball was mishandled so many times by so many players during one span, the referees were working overtime.
"That's the part of coaching that's difficult...when you go through those sloppy moments," said Atlanta Coach Larry Drew. "It could be fatigue, lack of focus or the other team. When you get in those type moments, we just have to settle down."
When the dust finally cleared, the Hawks had shot 55.6 percent from the floor compared to 52.4 percent by Cleveland. Atlanta's advantage supported an 11-point lead midway through the period, but Cleveland cut it back to five with 43.0 seconds left before halftime. Jeff Teague's 27-footer from beyond the arc gave Atlanta a 52-44 lead at intermission.
But the Cavs just wouldn't go away, pulling to within three, 58-56, with 8:16 left in the third. The Hawks then mounted an 18-6 run, led by eight more points by Harris, to end the period with an 11-point lead.
Cleveland did manage to cut the deficit to six at 8:10 in the final stanza, with 15 points coming from reserve Marreese Speights. Atlanta's Josh Smith then hit a 20-foot jumper and Harris added a running layup to squelch any hopes of a Cleveland rally.
Harris led the game with a season-high 25 points. Teague contributed 19 points and nine assists, while Al Horford added 16. Smith came close to a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for Atlanta.
Speights finished with 23 and Shaun Livingston added 14 for the Cavs.
- Created on 01 April 2013
The Atlanta Braves will open their 2013 baseball season today against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10 p.m. by recently retired Braves legend Chipper Jones.
There are several events and festivities slated around Monday's game. Making their way from Statesboro, The Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band will to perform for opening night.
"We are very fortunate to have a Georgia Southern alumnus who works for the Atlanta Braves and suggested to someone in the ticket office that Southern Pride would be great pregame entertainment." said Colin McKenzie, the director of the Southern Pride Band.
At 5:20 pm, Country music star Rodney Atkins will perform at the Fan Plaza as well as be singing the national anthem. Fans will also be treated to a jet show as four T-6s perform a flyover of the stadium.
Singing "God Bless America" in the seventh inning will be Atlanta's own opera singer Tim Miller. Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan will lead vocals over the crowd in singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at the bottom of the seventh.
The first 45,000 fans to enter today's game will receive a free Braves foam tomahawk.
- Created on 01 April 2013
Louisville's sophomore guard Kevin Ware, a New York native whose family relocated to Rockdale County, Ga., for his high school years, is recovering from the scary injury he suffered in his team's 85-63 win over Duke in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight game.
Ware underwent two hours of surgery in which his right tibia was reset, a rod was inserted in his leg and the open wound caused by the break was closed, Louisville announced. He was reportedly greeted by his teammates and the team’s NCAA tournament’s Midwest Region final trophy when he awoke from surgery.
Ware first moved to Atlanta when he was 14 years old and then settled in Rockdale County, a smaller more quiet area on the outskirts of Atlanta, where he attended Rockdale County High School. During his senior season he was named to Fayatte County's Boys 2nd Team All-Metro list.
Ware is hoping to return to Atlanta where his team will play Wichita State after advancing to the Final Four. He is expected to remain in an Indianapolis hospital until Tuesday, while doctors monitor him for signs of infection and to make sure that blood flow has been restored in his leg.
Ware’s girlfriend was with him in the ambulance as he was taken from the arena. His mother, Lisa Junior, was watching the game on TV in Conyers and admitted that she “lost it” when CBS ran a replay of the injury. As her son headed to surgery around 8 p.m., he called to say (via SI.com), “Calm down, mom. I’m okay.”
Ware’s injury seemed to galvanize the Cardinals. After seeing Ware collapse on the floor with the bone in his leg, between his knee and foot literally sticking out from his skin, the cardinals missed four of their next five shots, but came together quickly to respond.
“We won this for him. We talked about it every timeout: ‘Bring Kevin home,’ ” Pitino said. Ware went to high school outside Atlanta. “As the bone’s six inches out of his leg, all he’s yelling is, ‘Win the game.’ I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Pitino reminded his players of that at the half. “I told them at halftime, I said, ‘Guys, if we don’t get him back home to Atlanta, it wasn’t worth playing this season,’” said Pitino. “And they did it.”
- Created on 29 March 2013
Clark Atlanta University's women's 4x100-meter relay team, comprised of Cynthia Smith, Quinette Herrington, Kendra Wiggins and Jerriyauna Jarboe, sprinted to first place at the Emory Invitational on March 23.
With a time of 49:95 in the finals, the Lady Panthers won the event by first recording the best heat time of 48:85 in the qualifying round. Brenau University came in second at 50:20.
Individually, fielder Ashley Cunningham, who medaled in her third consecutive meet, finished third in the hammer throw with a 38.41-meter mark, while Quenesha Jefferson placed second (11.13 meters) in the women's triple jump.
For the CAU men's team, Trevarus West finished fourth in the 110m hurdles and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles, while Andre Archer recorded a fifth-place finish in the same event.
Next, the Panthers and Lady Panthers will compete in the Rome Invitationals in Rome, Ga., March 29-30.
(Photo: Clark Atlanta freshman Cynthia Smith (right), who was a last-minute replacement, hands off to teammate Kendra Wiggins during the 4x100-meter relay race at the Emory Invitational on March 23. The Lady Panthers recorded the best heat time of 48:85 to advance to the finals before taking first place)