Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Quinn, general manager out as Falcons fall to 0-5; Morris named interim coach. John McClellan’s high school picks; latest state rankings. UGA holds at no. 3 in AP Top 25. Braves vs. Dodgers tonight at 8 on Fox. Community sports updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Quinn, general manager out as Falcons fall to 0-5; Morris named interim coach. John McClellan’s high school picks; latest state rankings. UGA holds at no. 3 in AP Top 25. Braves vs. Dodgers tonight at 8 on Fox. Community sports updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.


0-5 start ends Falcons’ tenure of Dan Quinn, GM Thomas Dimitroff: The Atlanta Falcons announced Sunday night that general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn have been relieved of their duties, effective immediately.

Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay has assumed day-to-day oversight of football operations in the interim and will assist Arthur M. Blank, Falcons owner and chairman, in the search for a new general manager and head coach. Under the direction of McKay, Dimitroff’s current responsibilities will be handled by current members of the football operations staff for remainder of 2020.

An interim head coach is expected to be announced today.

“Decisions like these are very difficult, but the previous two seasons and start to this one have been especially hard for me because of the deep love, admiration and respect I and my family have for Dan, Thomas and their families,” said Blank. “For many years, they have represented me, our team, organization and Atlanta with class, commitment and all the passion you would want in the leaders of the team. But as everyone knows, this is a results business and I owe it to our fans to put the best product we can on the field. We have poured every resource possible into winning and will continue to do so, but the results of late do not meet our standard or what I’ve promised our fans. Therefore, we will install new coaching and personnel leadership of the Atlanta Falcons at the appropriate time.

“Our finish in 2019 earned an opportunity to show that momentum could be continued and built upon, but that has clearly not happened,” Blank continued. “And overall, the last 3-plus seasons have fallen short of my commitment to Atlanta and to our fans everywhere. I want them all to know that my commitment to winning has not wavered and I will continue to provide every resource possible to that end.” Expanded report.

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Falcons (0-5) fall 23-16 to Carolina Panthers. The Atlanta Falcons dropped their first division game of the season and remain winless after losing to the Carolina Panthers (3-2) 23-13 on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta was in great position to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter, driving down to the Carolina 5-yard line before quarterback Matt Ryan threw an interception in the back of the end zone. The Panthers responded after the interception, marching 76 yards and setting up a short field goal for kicker Joey Slye to make it a two-score game and a 23-13 lead for Carolina, which took precious minutes off the clock on the drive. The loss comes on a day when Todd Gurley had his best game as a member of the Falcons. Looking much like the All-Pro he was with the Rams, Gurley had chunk play after chunk play on the ground, highlighted by a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that made him the fourth-fastest player to reach 75 career touchdowns. Gurley finished his afternoon with 14 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown, he also caught four passes for 29 yards. Expanded report.
  • Next: At the Vikings, 1 p.m. Sunday, Fox. Radio: 92.9 FM The Game.

HIGH SCHOOL

John McClellan’s high school picks: Big games for Rome, Darlington, Unity, Rockmart. Cartersville, Cedartown should cruise.  McClellan

AJC high school rankings for the week of Oct. 11: Click here for list.

  • 5A: Cartersville (4-1) holds at no. 4.
  • 5A: Calhoun (4-1) rises one to no. 5.
  • 3A: Rockmart (3-1) rises two to no. 7.
  • 1A private: 4-1 Darlington stays at no. 10.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL (games on Saturday):

The Associated Press Top 25 for Sunday, Oct. 11: Click for entire list

  • Top five: Clemson is no. 1 followed by no. 2 Alabama, no. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Notre Dame and no. 5 North Carolina.
  • Other SEC: Florida is no. 10, Texas A & M no. 11, Auburn is no. 14, Tennessee no. 18.
  • Other ACC: Miami is no. 13,  Virginia Tech, 23.

Georgia Tech at home vs. Clemson, noon, ABC or ACC Network. Georgia Tech

Georgia at Alabama, 8 p.m., CBS. Georgia / Alabama


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves vs. Dodgers in the National League Championship Series starting tonight at 8 on Fox. 

  • Best-of-seven series with the winner going to the World Series vs. the American League champ.
  • MLB playoffs: The Braves’ NLCS starting pitchers:
  • Game 1:  @MaxFried32
    Game 2:  @ian_anderson15
    Game 3: @Kyle_Wright44

NBA

L.A. Lakers surge past Miami Heat to win NBA crown. MVP? LBJThe Lakers


COMMUNITY SPORTS

Saturday: The POWERADE Power Dash 5K and Walk set for Saturday, Oct. 17, at Ridge Ferry Park comes with some pandemic protocols, included ‘waved’ starts for walkers and runners; virtual option, too. What to know

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