Wednesday, September 2
Nicolino, Bour lead Marlins to 7-1 win over hapless Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Nicolino pitched seven scoreless innings, Justin Bour hit a three-run homer, and the Miami Marlins beat the hapless Atlanta Braves again, winning 7-1 Tuesday night.
Nicolino (3-2) shut down the Braves with help from a pair of double plays. Atlanta lost for the 14th time in 15 games, including the last seven in a row, but at least avoided its second straight shutout when A.J. Pierzynski drove in a run with a two-out single in the eighth off Erik Cordier.
The Braves have been outscored 110-40 during their most recent skid. Manny Banuelos (1-3) made his first start in more than a month coming off the disabled list. He lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and three runs.
Hector Olivera made his major league debut for the Braves. The touted Cuban defector went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Rodgers ties career high with 23 points, Liberty beat Dream
NEW YORK (AP) — Sugar Rodgers made five 3-pointers and tied a career high with 23 points to help the New York Liberty beat the Atlanta Dream 80-75 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Matee Ajavon made a layup with 24 seconds remaining to get Atlanta within one. But Tanisha Wright answered with two free throws and, after Shoni Schimmel's missed 3-pointer, made two more with one second left.
The Liberty's Epiphanny Prince hit a 3-pointer with 2:34 left in regulation to tie it at 67, and neither team scored again in the fourth.
Tina Charles added 17 points for New York (21-8), which is one win shy of matching the franchise record set in 2010.
Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta (12-18) with 25 points after not starting for a second straight game.
Schimmel made back-to-back 3-pointers, followed by a three-point play, during Atlanta's 14-2 run to start the third quarter for a 51-43 lead.
Jake Matthews, Brooks Reed to miss Falcons' preseason finale
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has ruled out left tackle Jake Matthews and linebacker Brooks Reed for this week's preseason finale.
Matthews, the No. 6 overall draft choice last year, is sidelined with an injured back.
Reed, Atlanta's top free agent signee with $9 million guaranteed, is nursing a groin injury and will get a second medical opinion. Quinn says it's too early to say if surgery is a possibility.
Receiver Roddy White, who's recovering from elbow surgery last month, also won't play Thursday when the Falcons (1-2 preseason) host Baltimore (1-2).
Quinn wasn't ready to project whether cornerback Desmond Trufant (shouder), running back Devonta Freeman (hamstring and receiver/special teams ace Devin Hester (toe) will play against the Ravens.
Hawks to retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks will retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season, about two months after he is enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging center, spent five seasons with the Hawks. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says few players matched the impact Mutombo made "as a player, man and humanitarian."
Mutombo's number will be retired on Nov. 24, when the Hawks play the Boston Celtics. His hall of fame enshrinement is set for Sept. 11.
Mutombo, who played with the Hawks from 1996-2001, ranks third in franchise history in blocked shots and rebounds per game. He ranks second in NBA history in blocks.
Dominique Wilkins (21), Lou Hudson (23), Bob Pettit (9) are the only other players whose numbers were retired by the team.
Panthers cut WR Boykin, CB White to trim roster to 75
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have waived wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and waived-injured former starting cornerback Melvin White.
The team also waived safety Robert Lester, defensive tackle Kenny Horsley and wide receiver De'Andre Presley, and waived-injured defensive tackle Micanor Regis on Tuesday. Also, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was placed on injured reserve.
Boykin was signed earlier this offseason as a free agent after spending three years with the Green Bay Packers. His best season came in 2013 when he caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns, but was released by the Packers after catching just three passes in 2014.
White had started 17 games over the past two seasons for Carolina and had 83 tackles, 11 pass breakups and three interceptions.
Benjamin tore his ACL last month in practice.