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40 Years Ago Today

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40 years ago today, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th home run, eclipsing the previous career record held by Babe Ruth. Many consider Aaron to be the last clean Home Run King, thanks to all of the questions surrounding Barry Bonds and performance-enhancing drug use.

The video of Aaron breaking the record is below.

Report: MLS to add team in Atlanta

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A Major League Soccer expansion franchise is coming to Atlanta.

An announcement is scheduled for April 16 in Atlanta, a person with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. The Atlanta team would become the 22nd franchise in MLS and would open play in 2017, which is also when the new $1 billion downtown stadium is scheduled to open.

The story goes on to report that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been pursuing a team in the pro soccer league. The stadium mentioned above is the new Falcons’ stadium. This would be the 22nd team in the MLS.

Currently, the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL play soccer in the Georgia capital.

Report: Ray Rice knocked his fiancee out

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The Baltimore Sun broke the story that Ray Rice was arrested and released on his own recognizance after a domestic incident. Rice’s Baltimore attorney described the altercation as “very minor.”

Rice has also retained counsel in Philadelphia. A Ravens spokesman said Rice and his fiancee returned home together. Rice’s Baltimore attorney said the fiancee was charged and released as well. Atlantic City Police have not commented or released the police report. Revel Casino security also declined to comment.

However, Deadspin reports that:

According to our tipster, though, word at the Revel early Saturday morning was that a woman—presumably the fiancée—had spit on Rice and that in retaliation, he uppercut her, knocking her completely unconscious.

Flashback: Flacco called a NJ Super Bowl “retarded”

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Here’s what Joe Flacco had to say in 2013:

The Ravens quarterback made his first bad pass of the week when he used a derogatory term to rip the idea of next year’s cold-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in his home state of New Jersey.

“I think it’s retarded,” Flacco said at yesterday’s press conference before catching himself. “I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”

Flacco later apologized.

Group wants Danny Ford to return to coaching at Francis Marion

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The Florence Morning News reported that William Breazeale, an alumnus of Francis Marion University and the son of a founding faculty member, has put together a committee to look at bringing football to the Florence school.

Breazeale says that a committee member knows former Clemson and Arkansas head coach Danny Ford and they would like for him to come out of retirement to help start a football program at the school. Breazeale and the committee are attempting to gauge interest from FMU students, alumni, and other sports fans in the area.

So far, Breazeale has run into a brick wall at the school, which has no interest in meeting with him or discussing the creation of a football program. An unnamed university official cited costs for academic operating expenses and the large expense of a new stadium as factors. Breazeale has suggested that a local stadium be refurbished and shared with a local school district.