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Braves' Gattis reaching folk hero status

El Oso Blanco continues impressive play in breakthrough season

RG3's knee, relationship with coach on mend

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's right knee and his relationship with coach Mike Shanahan, each of which was damaged to an extent during the wild card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, are coming along well according to player himself.. Griffin, who needed surgery on his

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Pacers, Heat bring playoffs to life with overtime thriller

MIAMI -- The Indiana Pacers fell just short in the Eastern Conference finals opener but their gritty display pumped life into the NBA playoffs and let the defending champion Miami Heat know they have a battle on their hands.. The ease with which the top-seeded Heat have brushed aside

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Gattis provides homers in two straight Braves wins

ATLANTA -- Evan Gattis sent Tuesday night's game into extra innings with a two-out pinch-homer in the ninth inning. On Wednesday, Atlanta's improbable rookie slugger made sure that no late-game dramatics would be needed.. Gattis blasted his first career grand slam in the fourth inning to give

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Garcia sorry after his 'stupid' chicken remark

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Sergio Garcia said "sorry" 11 times and used the word "apology" on five occasions as he spoke of his regret at causing a furor by making a "fried chicken" jibe at world No. 1 Tiger Woods.. Garcia told reporters Wednesday that his comment, made at the

Revolution fall to Silverbacks 3-2 in Open Cup

CONYERS -- The GeorgiaRevolution played a fierce brand of soccer for 90 minutes Tuesday night with hopes of advancing in the U.S. Open Cup tournament, but the more experienced Atlanta Silverbacks came out on top 3-2 at the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association complex.. Midfielder Pablo Cruz scored in the 57th

Manchester City, Yankees launch new MLS team in NY

MIAMI -- The New York Yankees and Premier League club Manchester City have formed a Major League Soccer team to play in New York City starting in 2015, aiming to win over America's largest sports market to the global game.. Manchester City, owned by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi, will

San Francisco, Houston awarded Super Bowls

NEW YORK -- San Francisco and Houston were chosen on Tuesday as host cities for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls after National Football League team owners voted for the two ahead of Miami.. The San Francisco Bay Area will host the 50th Super Bowl in early 2016 at Levi's

Braves' B.J. Upton trying hard to shake slump

As younger brother Justin is surrounded by the media after another big game, B.J. Upton is ignored as he sits at the neighboring locker.. There hasn't been much positive for him to talk about this season and that wasn't supposed to be the case after the center fielder signed a

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Garcia, Leishman share lead at Masters

AUGUSTA -- Sergio Garcia and surprise package Marc Leishman seized joint control in Thursday's opening round at the Masters, though tournament favorite Tiger Woods was lurking just four shots off the pace.. On a mainly overcast day at Augusta National where there was very little wind, Spaniard Garcia and Australian

Falcons making changes on O-line

The most important pending contract situation in Atlanta is one of the NFL's worst-kept secrets. It's not expected to be long until Matt Ryan becomes the latest $100 million quarterback in the league.. That deal might not be consummated until after next season. Which means it's almost as important

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Many favorites for Nicklaus at Masters

AUGUSTA -- After having the thrill of winning the Masters a record six times, Jack Nicklaus does not get terribly excited about joining Arnold Palmer and Gary Player to hit the ceremonial first shots at the tournament.. "We kid around with each other," Nicklaus, 73, said about his annual

Smith scores 28 as Hawks topple 76ers

PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Drew challenged his players before the game to come out with a sense of urgency. Message received. The Atlanta Hawks coach watched his team build a nine-point halftime lead and then proceed to run past the Philadelphia 76ers, 124-101, Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

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More players to make weekend cut at Masters

AUGUSTA -- The Masters is widening the weekend field for this week's tournament and granting automatic entry next year to more PGA Tour winners, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said on Wednesday.. The cut for the 93-player field will be expanded by six to the top 50 and ties

G-Braves sweep doubleheader against Charlotte

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves continued their strong start to 2013 with a doubleheader sweep of Charlotte, beating the Knights 6-4 and 2-1 on Saturday night in front of 6,311 fans at Coolray Field.. The first game was a combination of pitching and hitting. Marietta native and starting pitcher David