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ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After all the heartache and close calls, all the early exits, maybe it makes sense that a 20-year-old kid who never had been to the postseason, Juan Soto, would help the Washington Nationals finally advance.

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman had just advanced to the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs, climbed from his car and slumped to the ground, dehydrated and overcome by the heat. As he was receiving medical attention, Bubba Wallace approached him and angrily splashed liquid in Bowman’s face.

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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been almost two decades since the Atlanta Braves advanced in the playoffs. After a sluggish conclusion to another rousing regular season, they’re positive this year can be different.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have successfully navigated one-third of the season largely because of one of the Southeastern Conference’s better defenses.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans got an extra day of much-needed practice Monday after giving themselves plenty to fix after a terrible performance under the lights in Jacksonville.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and Wil Lutz supplied the accuracy and poise New Orleans needed to overcome another officiating gaffe and its defense’s late collapse.

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia (1-0) will be eager to get plenty of players into the game, especially those who didn’t make the trip to Vanderbilt for the opener last weekend, in its home matchup with Ohio Valley Conference program Murray State on Saturday in Athens.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s decision to shift $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border drew sharp pushback Wednesday from some Democrats.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has a foot injury that could sideline him all season.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway a little more than two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane that crash-landed in Tennessee and went up in flames.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team.

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BRISTOL (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It was 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt Sr. spun Terry Labonte to win a Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For the first time this preseason, the world will have the opportunity to see what Aaron Rodgers looks like in Matt LaFleur’s offense.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is a week into his 20th NFL training camp and will turn 42 on Saturday, but the New England Patriots quarterback still has boundless enthusiasm for the challenge ahead.

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Professional wrestling will be making a return to Paris with a presentation of IWWA Championship Wrestling set for 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Atkins-Porter Recreational Center, 301 S. Highland St.

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During a joint press conference Thursday in Jackson, the presidents of Bethel University, Freed-Hardeman University and Martin Methodist College announced their schools’ transfers to the Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Denny Hamlin had enough speed In his Toyota, enough confidence in his crew chief, and just enough fuel to reach the finish line. Hamlin got the win Sunday at Pocono Raceway — his fifth at the tri-oval track nestled in the mountains — but so much more could be on the horizon.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey crouched in the back of an armored truck, peered through a small window and waited for his introduction.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — While Cam Newton has been medically cleared to throw at training camp following offseason shoulder surgery, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team’s training staff will closely monitor the quarterback’s reps, and coaches will script his plays daily.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have become the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole, starting Monday night against the Miami Marlins.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Looking for a positive vibe after a disappointing season, the Atlanta Falcons instead faced scrutiny Monday over a coaching decision that would normally attract scant attention.

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Former St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Lee Smith, third on baseball’s all-time list in saves, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday, and he credited his family and Louisiana hometown for most of his success during his speech.

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BOSTON (AP) — David Price ignited an old feud Wednesday with Red Sox TV analyst Dennis Eckersley after the Hall of Fame pitcher commented about a confrontation between the men in a story by The Boston Globe this week.

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Shane Lowry of Ireland didn’t have the level of expectations or the connection to Royal Portrush like Rory McIlroy.

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kirby Smart talks about Georgia taking “that next step.” Quarterback Jake Fromm wants the Bulldogs “to get over the hump.”

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins has yet to lead an official NBA game, but he’s bringing some hardware home to Beale Street.

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kurt Busch finally beat his little brother in a head-to-head NASCAR finish and took his new team to victory lane a week after they coughed away their first win.

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankees pitcher who shocked and angered the conservative baseball world with the tell-all book “Ball Four,” has died. He was 80.

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