WASHINGTON - Perhaps all Felipe Lopez needed was a little rest.
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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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL's most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36.
NEW YORK - More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL's handling of players accused of crimes.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.
The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to be vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column.
The months of September and October are considered by many deer hunters to be the pre-game warm-up for the "real season" when the rut begins.
Tom Watson didn't appear to be kicking himself.
ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday he has already talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks and expects a sale of the team to move quickly after racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry.
MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL, an approachable superstar with an inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser's dream.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-"Redskins" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill.
WINDEMERE, Fla. - Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach, or even swing a golf club.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Star running back Adrian Peterson returned to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, insisting he is not a child abuser and wanting "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child" after he was charged with a felony in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Screven County's first trip to the Lowcountry was a good one for the Gamecocks (3-0), who brought home a 38-14 win over the Wade Hampton Generals.
An arrest warrant was issued Friday for star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted in Texas on a charge of child abuse for using a branch to spank his son. His team benched him for this weekend's game against New England.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders Wednesday, prompting one of the group's leaders to say his community was greatly offended.