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Bruce Levenson is leaving. Can Danny Ferry possibly stay? (Johnny Crawford/AJC) Bruce Levenson is leaving. Can Danny Ferry possibly stay? (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

When first the Atlanta Hawks’ owners were squabbling over a general manager, it was semi-comical. In 2005, Billy Knight wanted to send Boris Diaw and two draft picks to Phoenix in a sign-and-trade for Joe Johnson; Steve Belkin thought that was too much to give and refused to grant his blessing. The whole thing wound up in a Massachusetts court — yielding the famous photo of Knight refusing Belkin’s proffered handshake — and led to the other owners deposing Belkin as NBA governor and holding what amounted to a pep rally for Knight on the floor of Philips Arena.

This is different. This isn’t amusing in any way. This involves racist language and could well cost Danny Ferry, who 36 hours ago was seen as this franchise’s shining light, his job.

Zack Klein of Channel 2 WSB reported last…

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Atlanta Falcons blog: Atlanta football news

FLOWERY BRANCH — Wide receiver Eric Weems, who made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player while with the Falcons, was re-signed by the team on Thursday.

Weems was recently released by the Chicago Bears.

The Falcons waived wide receiver Jabin Sambrano.

Weems, 5-foot-9. 195 pounds, was originally signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Bethune-Cookman following the 2007 NFL draft.

He played five seasons with the Falcons before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2012.

Weems set a franchise record for the longest kick return touchdown in Falcons history with a 102-yard return at Tampa Bay

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CBS Atlanta

I hope you have been watching HBO Hard Knocks. The third episode last night took us more inside the organization. I don’t know how you can not see who the clear leader of the this team is? It’s Matt Ryan he wants to win, and has the desire to be the best and throughout this episode its very clear that he has his teammates trust and they listen to him. Matt Ryan was extremely bothered by the team’s performance in last Saturday’s 32-7 exhibition loss to the Houston Texans and rightfully so.

In the locker room afterward, Ryan asked for each player to get their “mind right so we can go out there and have a good week of work and go play the way we’re capable of.” I left out a couple of “F” bombs.

The guy that steals the show is Defensive line coach Bryan Cox as he…

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CBS DC

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — While watching the final offering of the Nationals and Braves three-game series today, you’re likely going to hear a lot about Bryce Harper doing his part to reignite the rivalry between the two clubs.

The reason being: Harper dragged his foot across the Braves ‘A’ as he made his way to the batters’ box late last night early this morning, an act he insisted after the game was unintentional.

With one out in the top of the second inning, Harper, entering the batter’s box from the visitors’ dugout on the third base line, appeared to stutter-step as he neared the ‘A’ — located directly behind where the umpire would stand — cocking his right foot outward and dragging it along the ‘A,’ causing some dirt to brush over it.

Here are a few separate angles.

Harper would single on a slow roller to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, and later…

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Get The Picture

Here’s what ESPN has to say about its top rated player in the SEC this season.

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
Coaches, players and sports writers can agree on at least one thing: Gurley is a beast. At SEC media days, nearly every player surveyed by ESPN called Georgia’s lead tailback the most intimidating player to tackle in the league. Reporters, meanwhile, made Gurley a first-team All-SEC choice, awarding him the second-most votes overall. If he can stay healthy, he’s the league’s best shot at winning the Heisman Trophy. With 2,374 yards in the past two seasons, only Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah has more career rushing yards entering 2014.

Man, I sure hope we get a full and healthy year out of him.  Go out with a bang, Todd.

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Atlanta Falcons blog: Atlanta football news

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey after his daughter put on his gold jacket for the first time on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com) Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey after his daughter put on his gold jacket for the first time on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

CANTON, Ohio — Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey was emotional after receiving his gold jacket at the Canton Civic Center on Friday night.

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey waving to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com) Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey waving to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

“I love it,” Humphrey said when asked how his jacket felt.  “I’m glad it took so long. I get to enjoy it a little bit more.”

Humphrey, 70, who had a 22 year wait to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was concerned how he would hold up under all of the activities.

“I’m great,” Humphrey said. “I’m feeling great.”

The enshrinement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday…

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Atlanta Falcons blog: Atlanta football news

Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow knocks over a tackling dummy running a drill during team practice on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Flowery Branch. (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com) Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow knocks over a tackling dummy running a drill during team practice on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Flowery Branch. (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow has gone from undrafted rookie to signal-caller on a NFL defense in a little over a year.

With Sean Weatherspoon out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Worrilow will be the unit’s signal-caller. He’ll have the green dot on his helmet.

Worrilow spent a lot of time in the weight room this offseason in an attempt to get stronger. He also reviewed the film on every snap from last season to see what worked for him and to analyze where he needs to make some adjustments.

“We want to come out with a lot more energy and make a statement that we are a lot tougher,” Worrilow said.

He is still able to pick Weatherspoon’s brain…

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