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April 03, 2017 - 4:27 am


Lopez, Nets spoil Millsap's return with 91-82 win over Hawks

NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 29 points, Jeremy Lin had 15, and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled Paul Millsap's return to the lineup by beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-82 on Sunday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 11 points for the Nets, who have won two straight games.

Dennis Schroder scored 16 points, while Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 14 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight.

Millsap returned after a seven-game absence with a left knee injury but Atlanta fell to 39-38, just a game ahead of seventh place in the Eastern Conference.


Atlanta Braves set 25-man roster for opening day

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves set their opening day roster by recalling catcher Anthony Recker to fill out the bench and assigning right-handed pitcher David Hernandez to Triple-A Gwinnett.

The team made the announcement Sunday, one day before they open the season at the New York Mets.

Recker's promotion means the Braves will carry five bench players, at least in the early weeks, when they have multiple off days.

Hernandez, a recent signee who pitched 70 games out of Philadelphia's bullpen last season, was beaten out for the final spot on the 12-man pitching staff by right-hander Chaz Roe.

The Braves placed four players on the 10-day disabled list, including hard-throwing reliever Mauricio Cabrera, who has right elbow pain.


Kansas' Frank Mason III wins another player of year trophy

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas guard Frank Mason the Third has won the James A. Naismith Trophy as the top college basketball player.

The award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club was announced Sunday in Arizona near the site of the Final Four.

Mason adds to his awards haul with the honor, having already won Associated Press player of the year on Thursday.

Mason beat out Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Hart of Villanova and Caleb Swanigan of Purdue in voting by a panel of journalists, current and former coaches, conference commissioners and former Naismith winners. Voting was conducted during the NCAA Tournament.

Mason says winning the award with Naismith's name on it brings his experience full circle because Naismith invented the game and was the first coach at Kansas.

Mason led the Big 12 in scoring and averaged 20.9 points. The Jayhawks were eliminated in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament by Oregon.


Keselowski pulls away and wins at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with 43 laps to go and pulled away to win for the first time in his career at Martinsville Speedway.

The victory was the 23rd for Keselowski, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, and his second in the first six races of this season. It made him just the eighth active driver with a victory in the top series on NASCAR's oldest and shortest oval.

Keselowski and Busch swapped the lead several times during a green flag run that began with 64 laps to go.

Keselowski had the lead coming out of a caution, but Busch quickly slipped underneath him to go back in front. Keselowski stalked him for several laps, the nose of his Ford inches from the rear bumper of Busch's Toyota.

When he finally got around Busch again, he gradually pulled away, opening a lead of nearly two seconds that helped him when he also had to navigate around lapped traffic.

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