Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: One of baseball’s — and Atlanta’s — all-time greats, Hank Aaron, has died at age 86. AJC honors area football players. Falcons announce hiring of new coordinators. NFL conference championships on Sunday; Super Bowl is Feb. 7.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: One of baseball’s — and Atlanta’s — all-time greats, Hank Aaron, has died at age 86. AJC honors area football players. Falcons announce hiring of new coordinators. NFL conference championships on Sunday; Super Bowl is Feb. 7.

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.

 

 

Hank Aaron has died, the third loss the Braves have suffered in recent weeks (Phil Niekro, Don Sutton).


The AJC has posted the 2020 All-State team. Local breakouts below (thanks, John McClellan); statewide wrap up here.

  • 6A Honorable Mention—Bryant Wilkinson of Rome
  • 5A First Team—Devonte Ross and Evan Slocum of Cartersville and Cole Speer of Calhoun Honorable Mention—Sam Phillips of Cartersville and Christian Lewis and Jerrian Hames of Calhoun
  • 4A First Team—C.J. Washington and Jayden Johnson of Cedartown
  • 3A First Team—Javin Whatley of Rockmart
  • 2A Honorable Mention—DJ Rogers and Dawson Duncan of Pepperell
  • A Private First Team—Davis Watson and Harrison Allen of Darlington

NFL

Championship round:

  • NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs, 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Fox.
  • AFC Championship: Buffalo Bills vs.Kansas City Chiefs, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 7.

On CBS. From Tampa. 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons:  Head Coach Arthur Smith is busy putting together his coaching staff together and on Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons’ new coach made a number of critical hires, including his three coordinators. Smith announced that Dean Pees, Dave Ragone and Marquice Williams will be joining him in Atlanta as coordinators. He also said the wide receivers coach Dave Brock has been retained from the Falcons’ previous coaching staff. Both Pees and Ragone were previously linked to Smith in earlier reports as possible coordinators. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first reported that Pees, a longtime defensive coach who has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning defenses in his career, “will be joining Smith’s new staff in Atlanta in some capacity.” Pees will take over as the Falcons defensive coordinator and Ragone has been named the offensive coordinator. During his introductory press conference, though, Smith said that he would be the play-caller on offense. “We’ll take our time,” Smith said. “We’ve interviewed multiple people for coordinator spots and staff, and like I said, we will take our time. We want to be adaptable. That will be a big thing here. We will play to the strengths of our team but we want to be flexible and adaptable, and that’s one thing we are looking for schematically as we go through this process of hiring coaches.” Expanded report.


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

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