Monday, August 3
Peterson, Teheran lead Braves past Phillies 6-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jace Peterson had three hits, including a three-run home run, and Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Chris Johnson, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Lavarnway all had an RBI for the Braves, who snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak while winning for just the second time in the last 15 road games to avoid a four-game series sweep.
Ryan Howard had two hits, one a double, for the Phillies, who lost for just the third time in 15 games since the All-Star break.
Teheran (7-6) earned his first road win since his season debut on April 6 at Miami.
Dupree scores 27 points to lead Mercury past Dream, 71-68
ATLANTA (AP) — Candice Dupree scored a season-high 27 points and DeWanna Bonner had a steal and hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to help the Phoenix Mercury hold off the Atlanta Dream 71-68 on Sunday.
Atlanta (7-13), after trailing by as many as 18 in the first half, pulled to 67-66 when Damiris Dantas made a layup with 42 seconds left.
Angel McCoughtry came up with a steal on the other end but Bonner stole it back near midcourt and Leilani Mitchell's two free throws gave Phoenix (12-7) a three-point lead with 13 seconds to play.
Aneika Henry's putback of McCoughtry's missed 3-point attempt made it 69-68 with 0.5 seconds left and Bonner's free throws capped the scoring.
Monique Currie scored 14 points, and Mitchell added 10 for Phoenix. Bonner had a season-high 10 rebounds and five assists.
McCoughtry led Atlanta with 16 points.
SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Coaches around the Southeastern Conference have had to do a little extra homework on opposing coordinators during the offseason.
The SEC will have 14 new coordinators this season, including Vanderbilt coach/defensive boss Derek Mason. In typical SEC style, some have been spare-no-expense hires.
Defensive coordinators Will Muschamp of Auburn and John Chavis of Texas A&M are each making at least $5 million over the next three years at their new jobs.
They'll draw bigger paychecks than dozens of FBS head coaches last season, including more than new Florida head man Jim McElwain made at Colorado State.
Auburn's Gus Malzahn says "there are some of the best minds in all of college football in our league, and you've got to prepare for that."
John Isner wins Atlanta Open for 3rd straight year
ATLANTA (AP) — John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday at Atlantic Station.
The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta in five of the past six years and is 20-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles.
Baghdatis, who appeared to suffer a right leg injury late in the first set of his 12th ATP final and first since 2011, scored just two points against 18 Isner serves in the second set.
The 6-foot-10 Isner ripped 13 aces to push his four-match total to 90. He won 27 of 28 points on his first serves and 9 of 11 points on his second serves.
Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final for their record 107th title, beating Gilles Muller and Colin Fleming 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-3.
Matt Kenseth stretches his fuel and steals a win at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Matt Kenseth stretched his fuel and zipped past the fading leaders in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.
The 400-mile race came down to fuel and which cars had it — and which ones didn't. Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were all inside the top five in the final five laps when they ran out of fuel.
Busch failed in his bid to become the ninth driver since 1972 and the first since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight Cup races.
Kenseth won for the first time at Pocono. With Busch's recent dominance, Kenseth made it five wins in the last six races for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.
Truex was 19th, Logano 20th, and Busch 21st. Busch remained outside the top 30 in points, the second marker he needs to hit to qualify for the Chase.