Thursday Roundup: Bulldogs open practice; Braves take Padres out

With Roddy White holding out and missing Falcons training camp, second-year wide receiver Harry Douglas was making the most of his chance, working as the No.2 receiver. Yesterday fate dealt a cruel hand to Douglas as he was forced to leave the field with an apparent left knee injury. Atlanta head coach Mike Smith said after practice that it was too early to know anything and the team would wait until doctors could check out the knee to assess the damage, which should happen Thursday. Douglas reeled in 23 receptions last season for 329 yards and one touchdown. He also returned a punt for a score. Meanwhile Dicky Lyons, whom the team signed Tuesday was cut Wednesday after just one practice.

How do you follow a game where you tied your season-high in hits en route to a 9-2 road win? You pound out 14 more seventeen hours later to win 6-2 and take the three-game road series. The Atlanta Braves received six solid innings from rookie Tommy Hansonas the rookie scattered five hits and two runs, both coming in his final frame of work. Garrett Anderson gave the Braves the early lead and Nate McLouth would drive two home in the contest. Martin Prado, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann all registered at least one RBI to spot Hanson the 6-0 lead. Jones and McLouth both recorded three hits while Ryan Church and Prado finished with two apiece. The Braves now face the LA Dodgers in a four game series beginning tonight after LA took two of three from Atlanta last week.

There will be no Arena Football in Gwinnett Arena, Phillips Arena or any arena in 2010 as the AFL has suspended operations indefinitely. The league issued a press release stating that, despite an agreement with the players, the owners don’t believe the league can be profitable and will likely file Chapter 7. The AFL had been around for 22 years before cancelling the 2009 season.

Finally, the University of Georgia Bulldogs began summer practice yesterday not projected to be the No.1 team in the country and many preseason publications have the Dawgs in the mid-teens. One website however has Georgia in its top five. Collegefootballnews.com put UGA in at No.5, behind Florida, USC, Oklahoma, and Texas. LSU is picked as No.7 with Oklahoma State, Georgia’s first opponent, at No.8. Georgia Tech comes in at No.21.

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