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No. 1 recruit keeping options open
Falcons' Grady Jackson sues supplement maker
The veteran defensive tackle has filed a class-action lawsuit against Balanced Health Products, the maker of StarCaps diet pills. Jackson has been suspended for four games as a first-time offender of the league's steroids policy, but is currently in the appeals process.
Punt returner Jennings released
•Next game: vs. Denver. 1 p.m., Sunday, CBS, 92.9 FM.
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Ex-arena player bites off officer's fingertip
Michael Rayfield Hodges, 25, who played for the Tri-Cities Fever of arenafootball2, was being held in the Franklin County jail in Washington State, where he was evaluated by mental health professionals. Police say Hodges forced his way into a secured area at an airport and bit off the fingertip of an officer during a jail scuffle.

Horford dominates in Hawks' win over Bulls
Atlanta's second-year center/forward makes himself at home on the Chicago Bulls' home court, imposing his will early and often (27 points, 17 rebounds, 5 blocks) as the 6-0 Hawks battle their way to a 113-108 victory.
Celtics pose next challenge | All 5 starters on All-Star ballot
•Next game: at Celtics, 7:30 p.m., Tonight, SPSO / 790 AM.
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Braves' prospect Flowers blossoming
Catching prosect Tyler Flowers, 22, generated buzz with his batting-practice blasts at big-league spring training with the Braves eight months ago. He's doing it again with epic shots for the tiny crowds in the Arizona Fall League, carrying a .352 batting average with seven homers in 54 at-bats before Tuesday.
Dodgers' offer to Manny could hit $60M | Giants' Lincecum wins NL Cy Young
Ex-catcher Piazza to write memoir | More Braves/MLB news

Winning is music to the Thrashers
The intense, hard-driving electronic dance music pulsing through the team's locker room announces to anyone within 30 feet of the door that 20 very happy hockey players are inside celebrating another win.
Video: Thrashers' victory song
•Next game: vs. Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m.,Friday, SPSO; 680 AM.
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UGA players defend coordinator Martinez
Georgia has allowed 125 points the past three games, and although turnovers by the offense and blunders by special teams have contributed to the problem, the defense has compounded it.
Bulldogs' best offense
•Next game: at Auburn, 12:30 p.m., Saturday, WATL, 750 AM.
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Black Colleges: ESPN GameDay headed to FAMU
The multimedia giant will bring its popular GameDay show to the Florida A&M campus in Tallahassee this weekend, the first time the show will broadcast from the campus of an historically black university. The two-hour live broadcast precedes the MEAC showdown between the Rattlers and Hampton.

Coach disappointed Ga. Tech can't pass more
The Jackets are running the ball nearly 80 percent of the time, mainly because they cannot protect the quarterback consistently, says coach Paul Johnson. As a result, Tech has failed to take advantage of wideout Demaryius Thomas, who's averaging 16.9 yards per catch.
•Next game: vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN, 790 AM.
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No. 1 recruit stays patient about picking college
South Atlanta basketball coach Michael Reddick laughs when he talks about it now. A year ago, he looked outside his office and saw Florida's Billy Donovan, Connecticut's Jim Calhoun and USC's Tim Floyd. "They all wanted to talk to me about Derrick Favors," Reddick recalled.
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Mark Bradley: Smitty's no Belichick or Parcells, except in results.
Jeff Schultz: Why leave UNC for Rocky Top?
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