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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

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BRAVES NOTES: Venters to see James Andrews about elbow

The Braves know that they will have to open the season on Monday without Jonny Venters in their bullpen. They still don't know how long he will be missing, though.. Both the Braves and Venters are hoping for the best.. The left-handed reliever will be visiting noted sports surgeon

Terdoslavich among four Braves sent down

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joey Terdoslavich re-established his prospect status this spring, but his hot hitting wasn't enough to win a roster spot with the Braves.. Terdoslavich, who hit .395 in 26 Grapefruit League games, was sent to the minors on Monday along with fellow outfielder Jordan Parraz

Rehabbing McCann uncertain of future

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brian McCann's spirits naturally rise on the good days and fall on the bad ones. Rehabbing from major surgery always provides those highs and lows.. But what really appears to be troubling the catcher is the not knowing, both about his immediate and his long

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Simmons returns to Braves with red-hot bat

Shortstop made a great showing in the World Baseball Classic

BRAVES NOTES: Simmons shining for Netherlands in WBC

News and notes from the Atlanta Braves' spring training

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Report: Nets interested in Hawks' Smith

The Brooklyn Nets are trying to acquire forward Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks.. A source told ESPN that the two sides have recently talked but a deal is not yet close.. The Nets are reportedly willing to trade power forward Kris Humphries and shooting guard MarShon Brooks to get

Mahan tied with Knox for lead at Pebble Beach

Hunter Mahan, who has long relished playing golf on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, birdied five of his first seven holes on the way to a share of the first-round lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday.. The 30-year-old American fired a sparkling 6-under

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Arrival of Upton brothers boosts Braves' optimism

The Atlanta Braves are looking ahead, not back. In the process, they hope to match at least some of their success from the 1990s and early 2000s.. Gone is the retired Chipper Jones, part of the Braves' record streak of 14 consecutive division titles.

Ravens fans celebrate Super Bowl win

Tens of thousands of Baltimore Ravens fans dressed in purple and black cheered, sang and danced during a celebration of their team's Super Bowl victory.. After a ceremony in front of City Hall that featured brief remarks from head coach John Harbaugh, the parade streamed past the Inner Harbor on

Austin invited to spring camp

Tampa, FL - Tyler Austin has been invited to his first spring training at the professional level. The former Heritage stand out told MILB.com he will be invited to the New York Yankees’ spring camp next month in Tampa.

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Falcons' Ryan out of Pro Bowl with sprained shoulder

Smith says quarterback would have played in Super Bowl in two weeks had Atlanta won vs. 49ers

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