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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Greg Williams Jr.'s 21 points helped Louisiana defeat Georgia Southern 94-87 on Saturday night. Williams was 6-of-14 shooting, including 4 for 10 from distance, and went 5 for 6 from the line for the Ragin' Cajuns (18-4, 8-2 Sun Belt Conference). Jordan Brown added 20 points and Terence Lewis II had 16. The Ragin' Cajuns picked up their eighth straight victory.

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, coming off the team's fifth consecutive NL East title, signed a contract extension on Friday that runs through the 2025 season. Snitker, 67, guided the Braves to the 2021 World Series championship before the team won 101 games last season. Snitker said Saturday he is excited about the future of the Braves, who have locked up many core players to long-term deals despite losing shortstop Dansby Swanson and first baseman Freddie Freeman as free agents in back-to-back offseasons.

First, he cried with joy and shared the news with his family. Then, Thiago Almada needed to catch a plane. Quickly. The Atlanta United midfielder was called up to Argentina's World Cup squad as an injury replacement mere days before the team's opening game. "I was a little surprised. The call made me cry," he said. “Then the first thing I did was tell my family and then I had to travel that night.” After a whirlwind campaign in Qatar that ended with Argentina lifting the game's most prestigious trophy, Almada has returned for his second season with Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Chris Youngblood scored 19 points as Kennesaw State beat Austin Peay 84-57 on Thursday night. Youngblood added five rebounds for the Owls (16-6, 8-1 Atlantic Sun Conference). Demond Robinson scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds.

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Nighael Ceaser had 23 points in Texas State's 70-67 win against Georgia Southern on Thursday night. A pair of Tyren Moore free throws pulled Georgia Southern within 69-67 with 11 seconds left, but he then missed a 3-pointer to end it.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Conference Carolinas Board of Directors has voted unanimously in favor of the addition of Shorter University as the 15th member of the NCAA Division II conference. “We are extremely excited about this historic announcement for Conference Carolinas,” Commissioner Chris Colvin said.

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Terence Harcum scored 21 points as Appalachian State beat Georgia State 71-59 on Thursday night. Harcum added five rebounds for the Mountaineers (12-10, 5-4 Sun Belt Conference). Donovan Gregory added 16 points while going 5 of 14 from the floor, including 1 for 3 from distance, and 5 for 6 from the line, and he also had seven rebounds and five steals. Christopher Mantis was 5 of 8 shooting (4 for 6 from distance) to finish with 14 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Trae Young felt right at home in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. The high-scoring Atlanta Hawks guard grew up in nearby Norman, Oklahoma, and played his one season of college ball at the University of Oklahoma.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No limits, no excuses, no regrets. No. 24 Clemson has followed its preseason motto all the way to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers, predicted to finish 11th back in October, continued their surprise ACC run with a 72-51 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. PJ Hall scored 17 points and Brevin Galloway had 14 as Clemson (17-4) moved to 9-1 halfway through league play.

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Rolen sat with his son in the parking lot outside Indiana's Bloomington South High School in 2018, waiting to coach grade-schoolers in basketball and listening on the radio for results of his first appearance on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot. “`Dad, I think you're getting in,'” Rolen recalled 10-year-old Finn predicting.

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