Michael Graff
Jul 6, 2022 - Sports

Demaryius Thomas' family says player had stage 2 CTE

Demaryius Thomas smiles looking down as he stands with his mother and father after a game as they smile and congratulate him
Demaryius Thomas leaves the field with his mom, Katina Smith, and dad, Bobby Thomas, after a 2016 game. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Former Georgia Tech standout Demaryius Thomas had stage 2 CTE, a degenerative brain disease associated with hits to the head, when he died in December 2021, doctors from Boston University announced Tuesday.

  • Thomas, who was 33, also suffered from seizures that began after a 2019 car crash. Doctors believe he most likely died after a seizure, the New York Times reported.
Ross Terrell
Jul 1, 2022 - Sports

How to fake it: A guide to Atlanta Hawks' trades and free agency

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks celebrating
Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images

NBA free agency kicked off Thursday night. And if you're rooting for the Hawks to bring a championship to Atlanta, they took a major step toward doing that Wednesday.

What's happening: The Hawks traded for Dejounte Murray, an all-star guard from the San Antonio Spurs.

Ross Terrell
Jun 24, 2022 - Sports

Atlanta Hawks select Duke's AJ Griffin 2022 NBA draft

AJ Griffin celebrating for Duke basketball.
Duke forward (and new Atlanta Hawks player) AJ Griffin celebrates after shooting a three-point basket. Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

With the 16th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Duke's AJ Griffin.

  • This could be a great value pick as Axios' mock draft had Griffin being selected a few spots higher at 13.

FIFA chooses Atlanta's World Cup bid

A photo of the golden FIFA World Cup Trophy
FIFA World Cup trophy is seen ahead of final preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup draw at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Atlanta, we're getting the World Cup.

FIFA on Thursday announced that Atlanta was among the 16 cities across Canada, Mexico and the U.S. that will host the 2026 men's World Cup.

Ross Terrell
May 26, 2022 - Sports

Grading the first quarter of the Atlanta Braves season

Atlanta Braves player Ronald Acuna, Jr. running
Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. snags a base hit against the Marlins this month in Miami. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves are about a quarter through their World Series title defense season.

Catch up quick: Last year, the Braves won it all for the first time since 1995.

  • This season is also the first time since 2010 that first baseman Freddie Freeman is not on the roster.

Reality check: It is notoriously hard to repeat as champions in professional sports, especially in the MLB.

Emma Hurt
May 6, 2022 - News

The politics of Georgia's transgender youth sports ban

Illustration of an elephant trunk and a donkey hoof reaching for a peach.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The Georgia High School Association banned transgender students from playing on teams that match their current gender identities this week.

It begs a question: Why would Georgia Republicans lean right again on another issue in an election year, given Georgia’s battleground state status?

Emma Hurt
May 4, 2022 - News

Georgia association bans trans athletes from high school teams that match gender identity

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Georgia High School Association voted unanimously Wednesday to effectively ban transgender students from playing on high school teams that reflect their gender identities.

Driving the news: The association, which governs athletics and activities for more than 450 public and private member high schools, voted to change its bylaws to limit a student's gender to the sex assigned on their birth certificates.

Thomas Wheatley
Mar 28, 2022 - Sports

Falcons say farewell to Matt Ryan and hello to Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota prepares to throw a football
Marcus Mariota during his Raiders days. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Last week, Matt Ryan’s 14-season reign as the Falcons quarterback came to an unceremonious end. Say hello to Marcus Mariota, who could be burdened with all our hopes, dreams and frustrations.

Driving the news: The Falcons last week signed the Hawaii native to a two-year deal after trading Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a third-round draft pick. Another signing could follow.


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