Tuesday, March 31
Carroll, Korver lead Hawks to 101-88 win over Bucks
ATLANTA (AP) — DeMarre Carroll scored 23 points and Kyle Korver put on quite a shooting display in the third quarter, carrying the Atlanta Hawks to a 101-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Having clinched top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are trying to maintain their playing edge while staying healthy for the final two weeks of the regular season. This wasn't pretty — they put up five airballs — but it was enough to improve to 56-18, one win away from tying the franchise record.
Korver, who has seemed uncomfortable playing with a protective mask since breaking his nose March 15, missed his first four shots against the Bucks — all beyond the arc.
Then, suddenly, he found the range.
In just 65 seconds, Korver made four straight deep jumpers. Three of them were outside the stripe, pushing what had been a five-point edge to 67-51.
Simon allows 1 run in 6 innings as Tigers lose to Braves 4-2
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Alfredo Simon allowed one run over six innings for his best start of spring training in the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Acquired from Cincinnati after going 15-10 last season, Simon gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two. He lowered his ERA to 5.56.
Yoenis Cespedes had two hits, including his fifth home run. Ian Kinsler also had two hits for the Tigers, who started the batting order expected to take the field in the opener against Minnesota on April 6.
Mike Foltynewicz, trying to earn one of the final spots in the Braves' rotation, allowed two runs and five hits in 3 2-3 innings, including Cespedes' homer. Eric Stultz finished with five scoreless innings of one-hit ball for the Braves, lowering his ERA to 1.89.
Todd Cunningham and Jace Peterson both had three hits for the Braves, and Christian Bethancourt homered.
Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's competition committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.
In statement released Monday, the league announced that the Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited.
The NFL noted the Falcons violated league rules throughout the 2013 season and into the 2014 season. The league also said the team's former director of event marketing was directly responsible for the violation and would have been suspended without pay for the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season had he still been with the club.
Georgia State's R.J. Hunter entering NBA draft
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter is entering the NBA draft after making one of the most memorable shots of the NCAA tournament.
Hunter announced Monday he will give up his final year of eligibility and plans to sign with an agent shortly. He is the son of Georgia State coach Ron Hunter.
The move was expected after R.J. Hunter won his second straight Sun Belt Conference player of the year award and led the Panthers to their first NCAA appearance since 2001.
In Georgia State's opening tournament game against third-seeded Baylor, Hunter capped a remarkable comeback by hitting a long 3-pointer that gave the Panthers a 57-56 victory. The shot sent his father tumbling off the rolling chair he was forced to use after tearing his Achilles tendon.
Stricker, out since December, plans return at Masters
UNDATED (AP) - Steve Stricker plans to return from back surgery at the Masters next week.
He has not played since the Hero World Challenge in early December. He had surgery two days before Christmas on a bulging disk in his lower back that was causing recurring hip problems.
Stricker recently returned from a week in Naples, Florida, to make sure he was fit. He tells The Associated Press on Monday he spent the last three days walking the golf course and felt good except for a little stiffness. He had planned to play the Shell Houston Open. Doctors feared two weeks in a row might be too much.
He plans a trip to Augusta National before going to Indianapolis to watch Wisconsin play Kentucky on Saturday in the Final Four.