Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome Braves open up six tonight vs. Asheville at State Mutual Stadium. Atlanta Braves in Philly. Saban’s contract extended until 2028 at Alabama. Hawks vs. ’76ers tonight.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome Braves open up six tonight vs. Asheville at State Mutual Stadium. Atlanta Braves in Philly. Saban’s contract extended until 2028 at Alabama. Hawks vs. ’76ers tonight.

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.

When Ernie ‘The Kman” Studard asks, the answer is… “K Time!” Ernie and the Braves are back this week for six against Asheville beginning at 7 tonight. Photo by Mills Fitzner.


The Rome Braves . Media release: The Rome Braves lost their first series of the season in last week’s trip to Bowling Green. The Braves won just one of six matchups against the Hot Rods and fell in each of the last five contests in the Bluegrass State. Rome (15-15) is now tied for second place in the High-A East and sit four games behind division-leading Bowling Green.

Starting Pitcher of the Week: Bryce Elder found a way to cool down the Hot Rods offense on Thursday night. For his efforts, he earns his first Starting Pitcher of the Week honor. Elder pitched six innings, giving up just five hits. He surrendered no earned runs and struck out ten batters. The Texas product has a 2.84 ERA in 31.2 innings pitched on the season. Elder now has 41 strikeouts in six starts for Rome.
Relief Pitcher of the Week: For the second consecutive road trip, pitcher Indigo Diaz has earned Relief Pitcher of the Week honors. Diaz earned his league-leading third save of 2021 in Tuesday night’s victory. The former Michigan State Spartan then pitched two scoreless innings in Sunday’s series finale. Diaz has been Rome’s best relief option so far, recording a 0.59 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. The Vancouver, B.C., Canada native has struck out 34 batters and allowed just one earned run in nine appearances on the season.
Offensive Hitter of the Week: Kevin Josephina was on a tear last week in Kentucky. After finishing the first month of the season with a .270 batting average, the veteran infielder found a way to raise that mark by .043 points in the road trip to Bowling Green. Josephina hit home runs on Tuesday and Wednesday and finished the series by going 9-for-20 with two homers, two doubles, four runs scored, two runs batted in, and one stolen base. The Willemstad, Curacao local has the second highest average on the team (.313) with three home runs, 13 runs, and ten RBIs.
  • Up next:  Tonight at State Mutual Stadium vs. the Asheville Tourists (7 p.m. first pitch tonight through Friday; 6 p.m Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday).
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photos return Wednesday
  • Roster moves:

Atlanta Braves off Monday.

  • Next:   At Phillies tonight through Thursday (7:05 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 1:05 p.m. Thursday).
  • Roster: 


Nick Saban’s contract extended through February 2028. Media release: University of Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Monday that head football coach Nick Saban and the University have agreed to a contract extension.

The new agreement will extend his current contract by three seasons to eight years and keep him in charge of the Crimson Tide football program through at least February 28, 2029. The base salary and talent fee of $8.425 million for the current contract year will increase annually throughout the length of the contract. There will also be a contract completion benefit of $800,000 payable at the end of the 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 contract years.

“Terry and I are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career,” Saban said. “Our family calls Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama home, it’s a place where our roots now run deep. This agreement gives us the chance to continue to impact the lives of the young men and their families who choose to play football and get an education at Alabama. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, Chancellor St. John, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the whole University community for their support.”

Saban is entering his 15th season and has led his Alabama teams to six national championships over the last 12 years, along with seven Southeastern Conference championships and a record of 170-23 (.881). In his six national championship seasons at Alabama, his teams have gone 21-2 against top-10 opponents. Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Poll for at least one week for 13 straight years, which broke the record of seven established by Miami (1986-92). Saban’s 127 (127-12, .914) wins over the past decade are the most for any Football Bowl Subdivision school during a 10-year span in the Associated Press poll era (since 1936).

Some dates to remember for local, state college teams:




Wednesday: Dellinger Dash in Cartersville. Register. Second annual Dellinger Dash is a 3k (just shy of 2 miles) and for the kids, a “lake lap” (about a quarter-mile). Awards for adult groups, and all kids receive awards for completing the lap.

Saturday: Cave Spring Festival Road Race. Join us June 12 for the 5k , mile or walk. Afterward peruse the arts festival, free with your T-shirt, experience historical attractions, unique culinary and gift experiences . Try the trails, swim or ride the creek, tour the cave or just relax in the cool and beautiful Rolater Park.  For more: 706 331 9753.

June 19: A Race to Remember benefits A Night to Remember Foundation and is a Peachtree Roadrace qualifier. Register here. This  5k travels along the beautiful Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers. Starting and Finishing at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk, Heroes or Villains costumes encouraged.

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