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ATLANTA (AP) — Astros starter Framber Valdez marvels at how talented Yordan Álvarez is. He watched for the second consecutive night as Álvarez delivered a big blow against the Atlanta Braves.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum, which closed after a chunk of concrete fell from the roof in early March, will reopen in time for the next college basketball season. The school announced Thursday that an extensive structural review conducted by several engineering firms has been completed.

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young was showered with chants of “overrated!” after two dismal games in Boston. The Atlanta star will need to find his playoff groove at home if the Hawks are going to have any chance of knocking off the Celtics. Young shot just 35% (14 of 40) during a pair of double-digit losses that put the Hawks in an 0-2 hole heading into Game 3 in Atlanta.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons finally had some money to spend, and they used it to make a big splash in free agency. Now comes the draft, where the Falcons hope to fill a few more holes and firmly establish themselves as a playoff contender.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Struggling Juan Soto homered and Nick Martinez pitched seven strong innings as the San Diego Padres beat NL East-leading Atlanta 1-0 Wednesday to snap the Braves' winning streak at eight. The Braves, who had the longest active winning streak in the majors, were shut out for the first time this season.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Spencer Strider and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies and Sean Murphy each hit an impressive homer for the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, who beat the struggling San Diego Padres 8-1 Tuesday night for their eighth straight win. It's the longest active winning streak in baseball and the second-longest overall after Tampa Bay's 13 straight wins to open the season.

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 29 points and an emphatic dunk to end a clinching late run and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-106 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Derrick White added 26 points and seven rebounds, and Jaylen Brown scored 18 points. Boston outscored Atlanta 64-40 in the paint.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Wearing a red cap and a Buffalo Bills pullover, safety Damar Hamlin sat down at the podium and declared he’s ready to resume playing football. “This event was life-changing, but it’s not the end of my story,” Hamlin said Tuesday, speaking at a news conference at the team’s facility for the first time since he went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field during a game at Cincinnati four months ago.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Max Fried held sputtering San Diego in check for five innings in his return from the injured list, and Austin Riley hit a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres 2-0 Monday night for their seventh straight win. The Padres were shut out for the second consecutive day and the third time in eight games. They've lost six of eight since taking three of four in Atlanta from April 6-9.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried was activated from the 15-day injured list to start Monday night against the San Diego Padres, who took him in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft. Fried was placed on the IL after leaving his opening-day start against Washington with a strained left hamstring. He allowed one run and four hits over 3 1/3 innings in that game.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vaughn Grissom hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, Ozzie Albies homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Sunday for a series sweep. Grissom's RBI single came after Albies hit a one-out double. Albies went 2 for 4, including his 376-foot solo homer to right field in the fourth for his fifth RBI of the series. Matt Olson hit a two-run triple in Atlanta's three-run third.

BOSTON (AP) — Joe Mazzulla has been navigating an opportunity he’s always wanted, but never expected to have this soon. Along the way, the Celtics coach hasn’t strayed too far from what put him in this position in the first place. “As big as this is, I still think it comes down to the most simple of the details,” Mazzulla said this week. “Just having a plan. Executing that plan.”

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia is headed to the injured list after tests on Thursday revealed a microfracture in his left wrist. Arcia suffered the injury in Wednesday night's 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Arcia was hit on the wrist by a 97 mph fastball from Reds right-hander Hunter Greene in the second inning. Arcia left the game in the third, and the Braves said initial X-rays were negative.

ATLANTA (AP) — Eddie Rosario led off the eighth inning with a tie-breaking home run and the Atlanta Braves beat Cincinnati 5-4 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series and extend the Reds' frustrations in close games. Rosario's first homer of the season landed in the Braves' bullpen behind the centerfield wall, breaking a 4-4 tie.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Harrick Jr., who played at Pepperdine and worked as an assistant basketball coach at Georgia and several other schools, has died. He was 58. Harrick Jr. died Tuesday at his home in San Marcos after battling a glioblastoma brain tumor for 2 1/2 years, according to UCLA. The school, where his father Jim Sr. coached the Bruins to a national championship in 1995, announced his death Wednesday.

MIAMI (AP) — Trae Young scored 25 points, Clint Capela grabbed 21 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks grabbed the No. 7 in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Miami Heat 116-105 in a play-in tournament game Tuesday night. Dejounte Murray added 18 points for the Hawks, who avenged a five-game Round 1 loss to Miami last season and earned an East first-round matchup with Boston that will start Saturday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Olson and Ozzie Albies homered and the Atlanta Braves overcame a rocky season debut by Kyle Wright to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Tuesday night. Michael Tonkin (1-1) earned his first win since 2016 by pitching three scoreless innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts, in relief of Wright. The 33-year-old Tonkin pitched for Minnesota from 2013-17 before finally earning his way back to the majors this year.

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan is expected to miss up to three months after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Saturday's 1-1 draw at New York City FC. Atlanta announced the length that Guzan likely will be sidelined, 10 to 12 weeks, on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime college assistant Tasha Butts was hired as the head coach of Georgetown’s women’s basketball team on Tuesday. Butts has been at Georgia Tech since April 2019, serving as an associate head coach and an assistant coach. Before that, Butts spent eight seasons at LSU. She also coached worked at UCLA and Duquesne.

ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Murphy hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Monday night. Murphy blasted the first pitch from Derek Law (0-2) to center field for his third hit of the game, driving in designated runner Austin Riley. Atlanta snapped a three-game skid.

Former Atlanta Braves baseball star Sid Bream will speak at a Christian men's conference in Jasper, Alabama, later this month. Bream’s famous game-winning slide against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series propelled the Braves to the World Series.

Padres rout Braves 10-2

ATLANTA (AP) — Nelson Cruz isn't eager to talk about his age. The slugger just wants to produce whenever he's in the lineup, and he is proving he still belongs in the major leagues. Cruz hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 10-2 on Sunday night for their third consecutive victory.

four-shot deficit in the morning chill and finishing in fading sunlight as the fourth Spaniard to become a Masters champion. Rahm closed with a 3-under 69 to pull away from mistake-prone Brooks Koepka. He won by four shots over Koepka and 52-year-old Phil Mickelson, who turned in a tournament-best 65. He is the oldest runner-up in Masters history.

BOSTON (AP) — Payton Pritchard finished with his first career triple-double with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 120-114 on Sunday in a matchup of mostly reserves in the regular-season finale for both teams. Derrick White was the only regular starter to play for Boston. In his 82nd game and starting for the 70th time, he played five minutes, going 1 of 2 on 3-point attempts.

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud has been placed on the seven-day injured list after sustaining a concussion in a collision at the plate. D'Arnaud, a first-time All-Star last year, was injured Saturday when he was hit in the head as San Diego's Rougned Odor ran in standing up in the fourth inning. He left the game in the top of the sixth and was replaced by Sean Murphy.

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