Thursday, July 2
Rookie Wisler, Braves end drought against Nationals, 4-1
ATLANTA (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe hit back-to-back homers in a four-run fourth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Wednesday night to end a streak of nine straight losses in the season series.
Rookie Matt Wisler allowed one hit in 5 1-3 scoreless innings to make up for a loss to the Nationals in his last start. Wisler had a run-scoring single in the big fourth inning, his first career hit.
Wisler (2-1) overcame five walks in his rematch against Nationals' right-hander Doug Fister (3-4), who allowed four runs in six innings.
Pierzynski hit a two-run homer to right field off Fister before Uribe followed with his shot over the wall in center.
The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 9 minutes by rain.
AP source: Hawks reach agreement to re-sign Paul Millsap
ATLANTA (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign free agent power forward Paul Millsap.
The person says the agreement is for a two-year deal with a player option for a third year that makes the contract worth $58.9 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be finalized until July 9.
Re-signing Millsap, an All-Star in each of his two years with the Hawks, was an offseason priority that gained added importance after another key starter, forward DeMarre Carroll, agreed to a deal with Toronto.
Millsap averaged 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds as the Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.
Millsap also had strong interest from Orlando, according to reports.
AP source: Hawks finalizing deal for Spurs' Splitter
ATLANTA (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deals says the Atlanta Hawks are finalizing a trade for San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter.
The person says the Spurs and Hawks have agreed on the trade but the remainder of the deal is being finalized. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound Splitter averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this season. He started in 35 of his 52 games.
Splitter has two years remaining on his contract and will earn $8.5 million in the 2015-16 season and $8.3 million in 2016-17.
The Hawks lost forward-center Pero Antic, who is returning to the Euroleague, and forward DeMarre Carroll has agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with Toronto.
Chevrolet becomes 3rd major sponsor of Daytona Rising
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chevrolet is the latest sponsor of Daytona International Speedway's redevelopment project.
The American automaker announced a multi-year deal Wednesday to become one of five major sponsors of Daytona Rising, the $400 million facelift taking place at NASCAR's most famous track.
Chevrolet will have naming rights to one of five fan injectors at Daytona. Toyota and Florida Hospital already agreed to sponsor two injectors, leaving two naming-rights deals to be struck before the makeover is complete in January.
The redesigned entry will include more than 20,000 square feet of new vehicle displays for Chevy as well as a fan engagement experience that spans four concourse levels. Chevrolet also will have branding rights for one of the "neighborhoods" located near its injector. Each football field-sized neighborhood will feature retail and dining areas.
Woods returns to The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Tiger Woods is looking to avoid another dubious footnote at The Greenbrier Classic.
When play gets started Thursday on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, Woods will try to steer clear of missing the cut in consecutive tournaments.
That hasn't happened to Woods since 1994, when he failed to advance to the weekend in all three PGA Tour events he entered.
Woods has broken 70 only twice in 16 rounds this season. At the U.S. Open two weeks ago, he posted the highest 36-hole score of his pro career.
Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson is the highest-ranked player in the Greenbrier field at No. 3 in the world. Others in the top 20 at The Greenbrier are J.B. Holmes, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen.