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ATLANTA (AP) — Adonis Garcia hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Addison Reed in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets for the fourth straight time in a week, 4-3 Thursday.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As the faithful chanted a Muslim prayer in unison, dignitaries and fans stood shoulder to shoulder to honor a man who used his celebrity to push for peace among races, religions and cultures.

ATLANTA — The first quarter of their season was basically a disaster, but the Braves have made significant progress these past two weeks including a win Monday against baseball’s hottest team.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Despite the fog, the rain and an undefeated Kentucky Derby winner to contend with, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux knew the best route to the Preakness winner's circle with Exaggerator — stay inside and wait.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New coach Kirby Smart never doubted Georgia's fans would fill Sanford Stadium for his first spring scrimmage.A crowd of 93,000-plus showed up to cheer the Bulldogs and get an early glimpse of freshman quarterback Jacob Eason.Hundreds of fans were turned away at the gate fo…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if the Atlanta Braves are 0-6 for the first time in nearly 30 years, manager Fredi Gonzalez decided he didn't want his players moping around in a silent clubhouse.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Mallex Smith had an eventful major league debut Monday night after being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, getting his first hit but leaving after getting cut on the face while being thrown out trying to steal second base.

ATLANTA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Matt den Dekker, recalled from the minors earlier in the day, had a tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run seventh inning that led the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 3-1 Wednesday night for an opening two-game sweep.

The bottom? Las Vegas. Easter Sunday, 2014. Jeff Francoeur was looking and feeling like a career minor-leaguer, a miserable Crash Davis playing outfield for the El Paso Chihuahuas, which wasn’t on his bucket list, nor even his, “It can’t possibly get so bad that I resort to this” list.

  • PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — In the tunnel leading to the dugout at the Atlanta Braves spring training stadium, there's a picture of John Smoltz being inducted into the Hall of Fame, right above a photo showing Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine holding their Cooperstown plaques.

  • By David O’Brien The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Dansby Swanson will share a locker with fellow shortstop prospect Ozzie Albies at spring training, the projected future of the Braves’ up-the-middle defense getting acquainted in close quarters for at least the opening weeks of camp.

  • By David Scott The Charlotte Observer (TNS)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The subject of testing had just been broached at a recent Hendrick Motorsports team meeting. A test at a distant NASCAR track was scheduled for an upcoming “off” week, when the organization’s four drivers otherwise had no official responsibilities.

ATHENS, Ga. — Kirby Smart didn’t make a grand entrance. The man that so many Georgia fans had come to see just walked out of the stairwell, briefly acknowledged the huge cheer, then put on a microphone and commenced with the interview.

It has been 46 years since the Cardinals fired Harry Caray, and it was 18 years ago this month that he died. But Caray’s legacy lives on, and MLB Network looks back on the remarkable career of the one-of-a-kind baseball broadcaster in a fine one-hour documentary that is set to debut at 8 p.m…

  • By Mark Bradley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

This early-bird special bears a different look. For two years running, the reigning national champ — Florida State coming off 2013, Ohio State after last season — has been the easy choice as next season’s No. 1. Well, there’s an easy choice for 2016, and it’s not crowned-again Alabama.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson has announced the hiring of Buster Faulkner as the Red Wolves' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Faulkner spent the past five seasons as an assistant at Middle Tennessee, the past four seasons as offensive coordin…

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ATLANTA (AP) — Japan honored former home run king Hank Aaron with one of its highest awards on Thursday, saying he is a symbol of its close relationship with the United States and their shared love of baseball.

  • JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Rich Rodriguez hears it all the time. He could be at the grocery store, gas station, a restaurant and inevitably someone will come up to him with a suggestion for a play or a new scheme.

  • By Matt Vensel Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)

Kicker Blair Walsh faced the music a little bit ago after missing what could have been a game-winning field goal from 27 yards out with 26 seconds left in today’s stunning 10-9 loss to the Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium.

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