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Millsap leads Hawks past Smith and Pistons, 93-85

ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap, signed in the offseason to replace Josh Smith, had 19 points to steal the spotlight in Smith's return to Atlanta, leading the Hawks to a 93-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Smith, who signed with Detroit after nine seasons with the Hawks, had 11 points while shooting 5 of 15 from the field.

The Hawks pulled away after leading 66-64 through three quarters. Jeff Teague scored 18 points and DeMarre Carroll had 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks was ejected with 2:36 remaining after complaining to an official during a timeout.

Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 21 points. Rodney Stuckey had 18 before fouling out in the fourth quarter.


Braves unveil stadium entertainment district plan

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have announced plans to build a $400 million entertainment district near the team's new stadium in Cobb County.

Braves Executive Vice President Mike Plant told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday that the entertainment district plan was a key component of the team's decision to build a new $672 million stadium in suburban Atlanta.

Plant says the district will likely be developed vertically instead of being spread out and calls for retail, restaurants and bars leading up to the stadium.

Plant says the team may choose to develop the land on its own, or send out a request to developers.

The newspaper reports that the entertainment district would be funded by the Braves and a potential development partner.

The Braves expect to leave Turner Field in 2017.


Oliver, Sibert lead Dayton past Ga. Tech 82-72

ATLANTA (AP) — Devin Oliver and Jordan Sibert each scored 20 points, Vee Sanford added 15 and Dayton beat Georgia Tech 82-72 on Wednesday night.

Dayton (4-0) maximized its chances on Georgia Tech's 19 miscues to outscore the Yellow Jackets 33-6 on turnovers.

Daniel Miller finished with 20 points and Marcus Georges-Hunt had 16 for Georgia Tech (3-1).

Sibert, a junior transfer from Ohio State, began his career at Dayton with a buzzer-beating 3 that gave the Flyers a victory over Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in the opener.

Over the last seven seasons, the Flyers have won 20 of their last 39 games against major conferences. Beating Georgia Tech gave Dayton, which plays in the Atlantic 10, five straight wins over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.


Injuries play key role for winners, losers in ACC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — With the possible exception of Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles, nothing has had more of an impact on the Atlantic Coast Conference standings this season than injuries.

North Carolina, Maryland and North Carolina State are among the teams that have had to overcome the loss of their starting quarterback. Florida State, in contrast, has flourished behind Winston, their offensive leader, and has avoided serious injury on either side of the ball.

As a result, the second-ranked, undefeated Seminoles have victimized their ACC opponents with a string of distributed lopsided defeats.

One of Florida State's most impressive wins this season was a 51-14 rout at Clemson. The Tigers were without junior cornerback Garry Peters in that game, but Clemson for the most part has been healthy this season.


Several talented QBs wrapping up careers in SEC

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — SEC fans should enjoy all the top-notch quarterbacks while they can because many of the great signal callers in the league won't be around for long.

A.J. McCarron, James Franklin, Aaron Murray, Connor Shaw and Zach Mettenberger are wrapping up their careers, and this could also be the last month to see Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel play in college. All but Franklin, who has been slowed by an injury, are semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback.

Mettenberger isn't sure that quarterback play will drop off in the league next year. He says: "No one thought that Johnny Manziel would do what he did last year, so who knows."


NGA Tour partners with Great Lakes Tour

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The NGA Tour has reached agreement with the Great Lakes Tour that organizers say will give players on both circuits more opportunities to compete.

The NGA Tour said the Ontario-based tour would be rebranded as the NGA Great Lakes Tour and would be sanctioned by the National Golf Association starting in 2014.

The Great Lakes Tour, which operates pro events throughout Ontario, Canada, is the first developmental tour outside of the United States to be sanctioned by the NGA. The agreement will let top points leaders from the NGA Great Lakes Tour receive complimentary membership and full-exempt status onto the NGA Tour's main Pro Series.

The Pro Series is made up of 18 to 21 events running from February until September at courses throughout the Southeast.