The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - The Pirates' hitting was very good for a change, even if their timing wasn't. On a day Ian Snell didn't figure to give the Atlanta Braves many runs, Pittsburgh's offense finally broke out.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino said the team's final mini-camp practice Sunday ended a productive three-day schedule of five practices.
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta's Chuck James held the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates hitless until Jason Bay singled in the seventh, and Scott Thorman homered twice in leading the Braves to a 9-2 victory Saturday night that extended their winning streak to five.
PORTAL - "I told (my team before Game Three);" said Portal Panther coach Tendai Haggins, "whoever makes the most errors is probably going to lose this ballgame."
METTER - Metter's first round playoff series with Jeff Davis Friday night came down to one crucial inning for the Tigers. It was an inning mired with errors and mental mistakes, an inning that likely cost Metter a chance at advancing into round two.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers dropped Game One of the first-round three-game series of the Class A State Playoffs to the Wilcox County Patriots Friday, but when it came down to elimination, Brett Rivers pitched a complete game, struck out eight, led PHS to a 7-3 victory and forced a Game Three.
PITTSBURGH - Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves end their longest streak without a homer in 24 years, and manager Bobby Cox tied Sparky Anderson for fourth place in career victories with a 4-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Kelly Johnson is sure glad he didn't take the day off.
METTER - The Metter Tigers have had a rollercoaster season. The streaky team has been fortunate, however, because the winning streaks have been a whole lot longer than the losing streaks, and they are currently riding a hot streak into the first round of the Class AA State Playoffs.
The Screven County Gamecocks have a pretty tall order ahead of them this weekend. Not only does SCHS have to travel to Blackshear, Ga. to face the Region 2-AA champion Pierce County Bears, they'll also be looking to replace their catcher.
CHICAGO - There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.
MESA, Ariz. - Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - It's some feat to turn one of the world's most storied and valuable sports brands into a mere also-ran in the space of 10 months.
CHICAGO - During a recent game at Wrigley Field, John Weber was using a pencil and scorecard to expertly track the game between his hometown Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 86-year-old retired transit worker figures he is an increasingly rare kind of baseball fan.
We are currently in a period of the year I like to refer to as golf heaven. The Masters tourney is over, the weather is beautiful, the courses aren't overrun with strangers from the northern tier of the country and green fees have returned to normalcy. It's time to get out there and embarrass myself once more.
BOSTON - "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.
PINEHURST, N.C. - Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens.
BOSTON - "I need to run."
INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Luke Donald believes he's got the right game on the right course - and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday.
ATLANTA - There's no bigger long shot in the NBA playoffs than the Atlanta Hawks.
PARIS - Rafael Nadal's mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over.
ATLANTA - Major League Soccer announced its newest team Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Get ready, Augusta National. Jordan Spieth can't wait for another chance at that green jacket.