Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Falcons close 2020 season with 4-12 record, loss to Bucs. Hype builds for Alabama vs. Ohio State national championship on Jan. 11. Trevor Lawrence, 3 others up for Heisman on Tuesday. Updates on spring football at Shorter, Berry. Too early to talk baseball?

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Falcons close 2020 season with 4-12 record, loss to Bucs. Hype builds for Alabama vs. Ohio State national championship on Jan. 11. Trevor Lawrence, 3 others up for Heisman on Tuesday. Updates on spring football at Shorter, Berry. Too early to talk baseball?

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.

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Falcons (4-12) end season with a loss to Tom Brady, Tampa Bay by a score of 44-27.
  • What’s next: New general manager, new coach … new team?


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The 2020 Heisman Trophy will be awarded Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN. It will be a virtual ceremony. The candidates.

  • Hometown favorite Trevor Lawrence, the Cartersville High quarterback who won a national championship at Clemson in his freshman year. A junior, he’s expected to be the first pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama, Junior.
  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama, Senior.
  • Kyle Trask, QB, Florida, Senior.

Jan. 11, National Championship: Alabama vs. Ohio State, Miami, 8 p.m., ESPN.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

Rome Braves: Awaiting league designation, 2021 schedule. With the reorganization of baseball’s minor leagues, much remains to be released. Rome is now the Braves organization’s High A team (was low A, now filled by Augusta). We’re waiting to see which league Rome joins as well as the resulting schedule. Said David Cross, Rome Braves Vice President and General Manager, in a recent interview with Hometown Headlines:  “I will be honest, we do not have the details for any of these at this time. We are extremely excited and proud to be invited to serve as the High-A affiliate of the Braves’ minor league system.” Rome Braves

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