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Braves trade Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr.

Blockbuster comes on eve of Atlanta's season opener

In a blockbuster trade on the eve of Opening Day, the revamped San Diego Padres acquired closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Atlanta received outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin and two minor-leaguers, right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck.

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Tiger Woods will compete in the Masters

Woods made the announcement Friday that he will play next week

Tiger Woods has been on hiatus since February, but feels he is ready for the Masters.

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Mike Minor's injury leaves Atlanta Braves with two rotation openings

Top three starters are Julio Teheran, Alex Wood and Shelby Miller

Veterans Wandy Rodriguez and Eric Stults are competing for starting spots along with youngsters Mike Foltynewicz, Manny Banuelos and Cody Martin.

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Atlanta Braves outfield positions suddenly up for grabs

Nick Markakis and Melvin Upton, Jr. could miss first part of season

Melvin Upton, Jr. began feeling discomfort a few days into camp, but was shocked to end up in a cast after doctors discovered inflammation in a bone behind the ball of his left foot.

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Atlanta Hawks get routed by Toronto Raptors at home

The Raptors have won four of the last five meetings

Lou Williams knocked down seven 3-pointers en route to 26 points off the bench as visiting Toronto downed Atlanta for the third time this season.

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Position battles at Atlanta Braves’ spring training

Several positions are up for grabs, including pitching

The Atlanta Braves’ future looks brighter than a few months ago, but there are low expectations from industry insiders for this year’s team.

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Atlanta Hawks rebound with win over Wizards

Hawks 105, Wizards 96

After its win streak was snapped at 19 Monday, the Atlanta Hawks resume the magic with a win over the Washington Wizards.

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Atlanta Hawks use big fourth quarter to top Portland

Hawks make it franchise-best 18th straight victory

Al Horford added 17 points and eight boards while Kyle Korver scored 16 for the Hawks, who used a 36-25 advantage in the fourth to erase a deficit.

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Atlanta Braves sign veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes

Outfielder likely to be part of left-field platoon

Jonny Gomes has a .244 career batting average and .335 OBP with 155 homers and 500 RBIs in 1,108 games over parts of 12 seasons with five teams.

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Atlanta Braves sign Kelly Johnson to minor league deal

Johnson was one of original “Baby Braves” in 2005

Kelly Johnson hit .215 with a .296 OBP and seven homers in 297 plate appearances last season with the Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles and played four positions — three in the infield and left field.

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Atlanta Braves prospects list shuffled by multiple trades

Braves have acquired several top prospects in trading frenzy

Five of the reshuffled top 10 players by Baseball America were acquired in recent trades.

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Al Horford leads Atlanta Hawks past Toronto Raptors

Hawks win 11th straight game

The Atlanta Hawks, who lost to the Raptors twice early in the season, recorded their 10th straight road win, extending a team record.

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Todd Bowles, Teryl Austin set for second interviews with Atlanta Falcons

Bowles considered to be leading candidate

Todd Bowles has been on the Falcons’ radar from the outset of the coaching search, but couldn’t interview until the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs.

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Atlanta Braves trade for lefty pitching prospect Ricardo Sanchez

Sanchez rated the Angels’ No. 3 prospect by Baseball America

The Braves believe Ricardo Sanchez has top-of-the-starting-rotation potential, though his major league arrival could be several years away.

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Several express interest in buying Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks go on the market in a few days and there’s already interest in the franchise

The Atlanta Hawks will officially be on the market in a matter of days, with a 100 percent stake in the franchise available, and several prospective buyers have already expressed an interest.


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