Today in the A: August 12th

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Dream win their franchise record 21st game

Even with the season ending injury to star Forward Angel McCoughtry, the Dream keep on rolling. Saturday afternoon, Atlanta won their 5th straight and 14th out of 15 with a 92-82 victory over Dallas. The win solidifies the Dream’s 2nd place standing heading into the final three games of the season. With a home playoff game looking likely, the city needs to come out and run with the Dream!

Braves fall 4-2 at home

A night after exploding for 10 runs, the Braves offense couldn’t keep pace as alumni weekend continued. After several strong outings, Jesse Biddle surrendered three runs in the 8th in what was the difference in the game. Atlanta falls to 63-51 on the season and drops to a game behind Philly for the Division lead. The two teams finish out the series this afternoon at SunTrust Park.

 

Come back tomorrow and everyday for another edition of Today in the A!

 

Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil

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The Dream is Still Alive

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The Atlanta Dream faced off against the Los Angeles Sparks and defeated them 79-73. This was the first game without one of their star players in Angel McCoughtry as she was injured in the game prior to this versus the Las Vegas Aces. Later on, it was reported that Angel McCoughtry had suffered torn ligaments in her knee and she will be out for the season.

This comes as a huge blow for the Dream as this was McCoughtry first season back since taking last season off to deal with nagging injuries. The Dream undoubtedly have enough depth to deal with this loss in their lineup but one thing you can’t replace is her leadership. Someone is going to have to replace her scoring ability in the starting lineup because she was one of Dream’s top scorers this season.

Enter Tiffany Hayes who earlier this week signed an extension and has been tearing it up all season. Since entering the league in 2012 she has been the yin to McCoughtry’s yang. Now with McCoughtry out it is time for Tiffany Hayes to become the alpha for the Atlanta Dream.

Hayes is averaging 17.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game in 28.5 minutes per contest. Those numbers are sure to increase when the playoffs begin for the Dream. She has been stellar in each game this season and if the league hasn’t taken notice yet they will when the playoffs start.

Brittney Sykes will take McCoughtry’s place in the lineup as she deals with her injury. Sykes has been playing extremely well as one of the first players to come off the bench this season.

The Dream are 20-10 on the season and look to increase that win total in their final 3 games of the regular season. They clinched a playoff spot with their win versus the Aces Tuesday. Head coach Nicki Collen has one of the best records by a rookie coach since the league began. She certainly has the Atlanta Dream looking and playing like a contender.

The Dream take on the Dallas Wings Saturday at 2 PM in what will be their final home game of the regular season. If you want to see some exciting basketball look no further than the Atlanta Dream as they are one of the hottest teams in the WNBA right now. The Atlanta Dream are 2nd in WNBA standings will have a bye when the playoffs begin. Be sure to support our Atlanta Dream as they keep showing us why they are here to stay.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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Today In The A: August 6th

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Teherán Helps Himself Get The Win With A Solo Shot

With the Braves down 3-0 to the Mets last night, everyone thought it would be another game where Julio Teherán struggled and would get the loss. That however all changed with a 5th inning solo homer hit by….that’s right Julio himself, his first career homer in. It was a beautiful swing and the ball carried to deep left field over the wall.

The Braves fought back thanks to an Inciarte homer in the 7th and an Acuña RBI in the top of the 9th, but the Mets rallied in the 9th to tie the game at 4-4. Nick Markakis then stepped up to the plate, and does what he does best in clutch situations. Another extra base hit, this time being a solo homer, and also being the game winner.

Braves won the game 5-4 and took three out of 4 games from the Mets in New York. The Braves have now won five of their last six games and will travel to Washington for a four game sees against the Nationals, including a double-header on Tuesday.

Atlanta Dream Remain Atop In The East

The Atlanta Dream are red-hot right now winning 11 of their last 13 games, and holding down 1st place in the East at 18-10, tying their best record in franchise history through 28 games.

Last night they beat Maya Moore and the Lynx 86-66 in Minnesota. Tiffany Hayes contributed with 28 points, and Angel McCoughtry had 11 points with 8 rebounds. Bentley also gave the Dream 19 points off the bench.

  • It’s a good time to be on the Atlanta Dream right now, as they sit 1.5 games ahead of Washington with 6 games to go in the season. The Hawks, Braves, Falcons, and United are very exciting to watch, but the Dream are catching many eyes of basketball fans around the country.
  • Coming Up

  • Aces vs Dream- August 7th
  • Braves vs Nationals (double-header)- August 7th

Come back tomorrow, and everyday for another “Today in the A”!

Ryan Andrews | @Ry_And1

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Living the Dream PT. 2 w/ Head Coach Nicki Collen of the Atlanta Dream

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After I spoke with Monique Billings, Dan Goldberger approached me again and asked if I wanted to speak to the coach. That was more than fine since I had become calm after speaking with Monique. Being that this is her first season as head coach of the Atlanta Dream I had a lot of questions for her as well. The following is the result of my conversation with her.

Q1. What is the difference between this team and the teams you have coached before?

A. Easily the most talented team that I have coached. I was in the college game for a lot of years. I think our talent is as good as anybody in the league.

Q2. Was it a plan to bring in the veterans that you brought in?

A. I think we identified after I took the job between [with the gm and I (find gms name) and I we just identified positions that we thought we needed. With Sancho Lyttle being a free agent and Tamara Young being a free agent we knew had an opportunity to turn the roster over.

We knew we needed depth at the point and so we pursued the best free agent point guard which was Renee Montgomery. The same with Breland we just thought she was a huge part of hour future. We decided it was Jessica Breland or bust when it came to power forwards because there was a bunch of power forwards available but we thought she was the best in terms of fit and long-term solution. 

Sancho was a great player in Atlanta but it felt like that she was wrapping up her career and didn’t know how long she had. We felt like we signed Breland to a 3-yr contract knowing that we were then really settled at that position going forward

Q3. What was the plan at the draft this year?

A. We didn’t have a first-round pick because of the trade that was made last year right before the trade deadline for Imani and Tamara young. We really knew were really wanted to go depending on who dropped out of the bottom of the first-round.

Once we got Angel back, Tiffany Hayes, and Brittney Sykes we had a really good balance of wings. We felt like the ability to move Bria Holmes allowed us to get 15 and two picks. I always wanted to take Kristy Wallace and it made it a lot easier than with at 15 with Monique Billings that gives us great depth and athleticism.

Then to be able to stash away a player like Kristy Wallace, where we had depth at the point with Layshia and Renee at the time but Kristy was a really good future pick. She is certainly someone who could have been a late first-round pick if not for her injury.

Big shout out to coach Nicki Collen for taking the time out to speak to me. Make sure you go out and support the Atlanta Dream as they take on the Chicago Sky at 7 PM on Friday.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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Today in the A: August 1st

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Braves run home!

Final: Braves 11, Marlins 6

The Braves continued their winning streak yesterday and ran home with their third win in a row.

Tonight at 7:35 PM, fans will watch in high hopes that the Braves will win against the Marlins a second time and continue their winning streak with a fourth straight win.

Atlanta Dream fall short

The Atlanta Dream fell short of the Mystics last night with a final score of 71-86.

Although it was a tough loss, these women are still bringing fire on the court.

Coming up tonight

The 2018 MLS All-Star game will be hosted by Target tonight. The best of MLS will face Juventus during the All-Star match at 7:30 PM in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

If you’re unable to make it to tonight’s game, there are many other ways to celebrate in the Atlanta area.

Celebrate with fans alike by joining in the All-Star week festivities. Read below!

MLS Digital HQ presented by Wells Fargo

August 1st

Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET

Where: Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, NW

Cost: Free


eMLS All-Star Challenge presented by Wells Fargo ( MLS Digital HQ)

August 1st

Time: 1 PM -4 PM ET

Where: Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, NW

Cost: Free


Soccer Celebration presented by Scott

August 1st

Time: 3:00 PM – 7 PM ET

Where: Georgia International Plaza

Cost: Free


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August 1st

Time: 6:30 PM ET

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Cost: Ticket to All-Star game required

For complete details about today’s events, visit mlssoccer.com

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Living the Dream: Interview with Monique Billings of the Atlanta Dream

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I had the opportunity to attend the Atlanta Dream‘s practice Sunday before their game against the Washington Mystics Tuesday at 7:30 PM.  The Dream is looking to win their 9th straight game. I attended the practice along with Kacy Sager who is a Freelance writer/Renaissance woman, stat team for Turner Sports, and daughter of the late Craig Sager. Big shout out to her for helping me with this opportunity.

I was approached by Dan Goldberger who is the director of Digital Media/Marketing for the Atlanta Dream. He greeted me and promptly asked, “Who would you like to speak to today?” It was at this moment that I realized that I had not thought of exactly one player to speak to. “May I speak with Monique Billings?” I asked as she is one of my favorite players on the team and also their 1st selection in the 2018 WNBA draft.

This moment became real for me as soon as I noticed she was walking over as my heart started to race. I have to admit I was nervous at first but she helped calm me down by sitting with me and talking. The following is the results of our conversation.

Q1. With this being your first year in the WNBA how have you adjusted to the WNBA lifestyle?

A. I would say the biggest adjustment has been adjusting to the tempo of the game. Its fast everyone is fast, everyone plays good, everyone plays fast. I’m already a fast player but that sometimes doesn’t work to my advantage because you have to be fast and in control. I had to learn the tempo and learn how to match that.

Q2. Are you from California?

A. Yes, I am from California. I’m from Corona which is an hour south of UCLA.

Q3. What are the biggest differences between California and Georgia?

A. There is no beach! That’s the biggest difference because I love the beach. We just had the all-star break and I went to the beach. I would say that’s probably the biggest difference. Also, the weather too because it’s muggy and it rains here a lot so that’s another difference.  The culture is also different, in California, they are kind of laid back and here it’s southern hospitality and everyone is nice so it has its plus and minuses.

Q4. Did you have to adjust to your WNBA minutes?

A. Yes, I did have to adjust to not playing as many minutes as I did in college but I want whats best for the team. Right now we are winning so whatever I need to do for my team, how many minutes that is, I’ll be ready when my numbers called. 

Big shout out to Monique Billings for taking the time out to speak to me. I really hope you do well in your career and ill be running with the dream tonight!

As I noted previously, the Atlanta Dream take on the Washington Mystics at 7:30 PM tonight at the McCamish Pavilion. Make sure you show up and show out for your Atlanta Dream!

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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Today in the A: July 24

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope everyone has a little extra pep in their step today after seeing the Braves steamroll the Marlins yesterday 12-1! The Braves provided the only sports entertainment for us Atlantians yesterday but it sure brought a smile to all of our faces.

The Braves were led by Charlie Culberson’s 4 hits and 3 RBIs yesterday as he continues to swing a hot bat. Freddie Freeman continued his MVP campaign by blasting his 17th homer of the season and driving 2 as he finished the day 2-5.

Sean Newcomb got back on track after a couple rough outings. He pitched 6 strong innings allowing just 1 run and striking out 5. The bullpen combined for 3 scoreless innings as that was another positive takeaway from yesterdays game.

The Braves are back in action early today at 12:10pm because the team is headed back to Atlanta after the game to begin a 4 game series with the Dodgers on Thursday. Julio Teheran will be getting the ball trying to outduel Wei-Yin Chen.

Over in LA our Atlanta Dream will look for their 8th straight win as they take on Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks. The Dream and Sparks have the 2nd and 3rd best records in the WNBA respectively.

Join us tomorrow for Today in the A for a recap of today’s events and what is hppenig tomorrow!

Bret Anderson: @Bret_A27

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