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Hawks give 4-year extension to new starting PG Schroder

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks signed point guard Dennis Schroder a four-year contract extension worth $70 million, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday.

The deal extends Schroder's contract through the 2020-21 season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Hawks did not release details when announcing a new four-year deal.

The Hawks committed to Schroder by trading Jeff Teague to Indiana in the offseason and added to the commitment with the deal that matches the four-year contract given to small forward Kent Bazemore in the offseason.

Schroder, 23, spent the last three seasons as Teague's backup. He set career highs with his averages of 11 points and 4.4 assists last season. The Hawks are 11-5 in his 16 career starts.

"Over the past three years, we have watched Dennis grow into an elite competitor and an emerging, two-way player," said Hawks coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer in a statement released by the team. "We look forward to his continued development and are excited to make this long-term commitment."

Schroder announced the deal on his Twitter account.


The Latest: Pastner expects tough 1st season at Georgia Tech

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Josh Pastner says Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski tried to prepare him for the worst when he agreed to become the Yellow Jackets coach.

Pastner, who spent the past seven years as Memphis' coach, said his AD warned him there was a "good chance" the Yellow Jackets could go winless in league play during a rebuilding project.

"This year will be new to me," Pastner said. "And listen, my athletic director when he hired me, he told me we might not win a game in ACC play. ... It's going to take some time. The great thing is in basketball, you sign a couple of guys, you get a little lucky here and there, next thing you know you start moving up the league standings.

"But in this league, there's no gimmes, that's for sure."


With Coleman hurt, Freeman ready to handle Falcons' RB load

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have relied heavily on a 1-2 punch at running back.

Devonta Freeman may have to carry the load for a while.

Tevin Coleman is hobbled by a hamstring injury, keeping him out of practice Wednesday and raising doubts about his status for Sunday's game in Atlanta against the Green Bay Packers.

The Falcons (4-3) already juggled the 53-man roster to bolster their depth in the backfield, promoting Terron Ward from the practice squad and signing another NFL-tested running back, Stevan Ridley.

But Freeman figures to get most of the carries if Coleman can't go.

"You know how the NFL is," Freeman said with a shrug. "Next man up."

Coleman, who was hurt in last weekend's overtime loss to San Diego, will likely be rehabbing his injury the rest of the week. Coach Dan Quinn isn't ready to rule him out against the Packers.

"We don't know the extent of where Tevin's injury will be," Quinn said. "We'll take it all the way through the week and then make our determination."

The coach is optimistic that Coleman won't be out for an extended period.


Brooking, Hearst part of 8 to be inducted to Georgia Hall

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia Tech and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking and former Georgia and NFL running back Garrison Hearst are part of an eight-member 2017 class of inductees into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The class announced on Wednesday will be honored on Feb. 25 at the Macon City Auditorium.

The class also includes former Georgia Tech and NBA basketball star Matt Harpring, current Georgia tennis coach Manuel Diaz, former Georgia women's golf coach and administrator Liz Murphy, track and football standout Willie Gault, former Georgia golfer Laura Coble and longtime NFL center Jeff Saturday, a four-time All-Pro selection with the Colts.

The eight were selected by the Hall of Fame's Honors Court.