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Mercer defeats Talladega 74-50

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jalyn McCreary scored 24 points to help Mercer defeat Talladega 74-50 on Friday.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Sophomore Malik Reneau scored 34 points, setting a career high for a second straight game, to lead Indiana to a 100-87 victory over Kennesaw State on Friday night.

CHICAGO (AP) — Trae Young finished with 21 points and 13 assists but the Hawks lost to Chicago 118-113 Tuesday night. Chicago's DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, all but four of them in the second half. He had 11 in the fourth quarter, including eight in the final 2:50 to help Chicago come away with the win.

HONOLULU (AP) — Kenan Blackshear finished with 30 points and Jarod Lucas scored 20 to lead Nevada to a 72-64 victory over Georgia Tech in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday night.

ATLANTA (AP) — Taylor Heinicke provided the turnover-free leadership at quarterback Atlanta has sought all season, passing for 229 yards and a touchdown to lead the Falcons to a 29-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Darren Grainger threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more, Freddie Brock rushed for 276 yards and a score, and Georgia State rolled past Utah State 45-22 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday.

Kennesaw State falls to UNC Asheville 79-70

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Kennesaw State fell to UNC Ashville 79-70 on Saturday despite strong effort from Terrell Burden who finished with 22 points,. UNC Asheville's Drew Pember scored 21 points, hitting 2 of 7 from the field and 17 of 18 from the free throw line.

A new round of stadium construction is underway for professional sports teams across the U.S., and taxpayers will be helping to pay the multi-billion-dollar tab.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Haynes King threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score and Georgia Tech overcame a 14-point deficit to beat UCF 30-17 in the Gasparilla Bowl on Friday night. King went 7 for 13 for 87 yards and ran for 89 yards on 12 carries. Jamal Haynes had 128 yards on 18 rushes to help Georgia Tech (7-6) to its first winning season since 2018. He became the Yellow Jackets' first 1,000-yard runner since 2017.

HONOLULU (AP) — Kyle Sturdivant scored 21 points and sealed the win with a pair of free throws, capping Georgia Tech's rally from a double-digit deficit to defeat Massachusetts 73-70 at the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday night. Georgia Tech closed the game on an 18-6 run in which Sturdivant scored eight points, including the final six.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons are relying on former backup quarterbacks as the teams headed in opposite directions prepare to meet on Sunday. The Colts (8-6) have won five of six with Gardner Minshew leading the offense to move into a share of first place in the AFC South. The Falcons (6-8) have benched turnover-plagued starter Desmond Ridder for the second time this season following two straight losses.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida coach Gus Malzahn believes a victory over Georgia Tech in Friday night’s Gasparilla Bowl will do more than enable the Knights to finish with a winning record in their first season in a Power 5 conference. It also could be a springboard toward Big 12 championship aspirations in a revamped conference as Texas and Oklahoma move to the SEC next season. And, there's the expansion of the college football playoffs from four to 12 teams.

HOUSTON (AP) — Trae Young had 30 points and 14 assists as the Atlanta Hawks withstood a late charge by Houston to get a 134-127 victory Wednesday night, ending an 11-game home winning streak for the Rockets. It’s the fifth straight game in which Young has had at least 30 points and 10 assists, which is the longest such streak of his career.

The long and winding recruitment of Dylan Raiola ended early and with no drama Wednesday with the highly touted quarterback signing a national letter of intent with Nebraska. Raiola is a consensus top 10 recruit in the class of 2024 and the son of former Cornhuskers offensive lineman Dominic Raiola, but it took him a while to choose Nebraska. He was first verbally committed to Ohio State and then Georgia. His family even moved the Atlanta suburbs for him to play his final high school season.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Dallion Johnson scored 14 points as FGCU beat Georgia Southern 53-42 on Tuesday night. Johnson added seven rebounds for the Eagles (4-9). Keeshawn Kellman added 11 points while finishing 5 of 5 from the floor, and he also had five rebounds. Franco Miller Jr. was 2 of 6 shooting and 3 of 4 from the free throw line to finish with eight points.

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jalyn McCreary's 30 points and 12 rebounds led Mercer over Queens 84-65 on Tuesday night. McCreary also contributed three steals and three blocks for the Bears (5-6). Jalen Cobb added 14 points while shooting 5 for 9, including 4 for 6 from beyond the arc, and he also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Jake Davis shot 5 for 8, including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points.

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Simeon Cottle's 17 points helped Kennesaw State defeat Brescia 91-59 on Tuesday night. Cottle also had five assists for the Owls (9-3). Quincy Adekokoya scored 16 points, shooting 6 for 11, including 4 for 8 from beyond the arc. Jamel King was 5-of-10 shooting (3 for 5 from 3-point range) to finish with 13 points. RJ Johnson also had 13 points and six assists.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are removing quarterback Desmond Ridder from the starting job for the second time this season following his continued turnover woes in the team's latest loss. Taylor Heinicke was listed as the starter in the updated depth chart released by the team on Tuesday for this week's game against the Indianapolis Colts. The change was not a surprise. Ridder threw an interception in the red zone to set up Carolina's game-winning scoring drive in the Panthers' 9-7 win on Sunday.

Quarterback Dylan Raiola, one of the top high school football recruits in the country, announced Monday he will sign with Nebraska after months of being a verbal commitment to Georgia. Raiola, whose father played for Nebraska and uncle is a current assistant coach, made his announcement with a poem posted to social media.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have hired Rangers analyst C.J. Nitkowski to serve on their main television broadcast team, allowing Jeff Francoeur to spend more time with his family. Bally Sports and the Braves announced Monday that Nitkowski, who pitched for the Braves in 2004 and still lives in suburban Atlanta, will serve as play-by-play broadcaster Brandon Gaudin’s primary analyst. Francouer and Hall of Famer Tom Glavine are expected to work about 20 games each.

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young extended his recent hot streak with another double-double, scoring 31 points with 15 assists, as the Atlanta Hawks beat Detroit 130-124 on Monday night, handing the Pistons their 24th consecutive loss. “I was not going to let them break their streak against us,” Young said. The Pistons' last win came on Oct. 28 against Chicago. Detroit is two losses away from matching the NBA's longest losing streak in one season.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are teetering on the brink after one of the worst losses in franchise history, an inexplicable setback that raised questions about the fates of coach Arthur Smith and quarterback Desmond Ridder. As his third season winds down with the playoffs looking increasingly out of reach, Smith is under intense heat from a disgruntled fan base that is clamoring for a change.

First baseman Matt Carpenter was acquired by the Atlanta Braves along with left-hander Ray Kerr and $1.5 million from the San Diego Padres on Friday for outfielder Drew Campbell.

Georgia Southern will be taking on Ohio in the  Myrtle Beach Bowl on Saturday.

Falcons have a path to the NFC South title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Desmond Ridder isn't going to spend much time contemplating playoff scenarios for the Atlanta Falcons, who are part of a three-way tie for first place in the NFC South with four games remaining.

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