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May 07, 2017 - 4:14 am

CARDINALS-BRAVES

Leake, Carpenter, Adams pace Cardinals past Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Leake won his fourth straight decision, Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Saturday night.

Aledmys Diaz went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs to help the Cardinals improve to 12-5 since beginning the season 3-9.

Leake (4-1) allowed three hits, three runs, two walks and struck out two in seven innings. He held the Braves to just one hit before Matt Kemp doubled in the seventh and scored on Adonis Garcia's three-run homer.

Leake gave up a single to Nick Markakis in the second and retired the next 12 batters before pinch-hitter Lane Adams reached on third baseman Greg Garcia's throwing error in the sixth.

NHRA

Tony Schumacher tops NHRA Southern Nationals qualifying

COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) — Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

The Top Fuel pilot took his 82nd career No. 1 qualifier and second of the season with a 3.736-second pass at 325.45 mph.

"Couldn't be happier going into racing as No. 1," Schumacher said. "This is the only race the trophy doesn't sit on my shelf. I want to win this one. You go in No. 1 and we've got every chance in the world to win."

Courtney Force topped the Funny Car field, Bo Butner was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Eddie Kraweic led the Pro Stock Motorcycle entries.

Force raced to her fourth consecutive No. 1 qualifying positions with a pass of 3.893 at 322.65. She has 14 career No. 1s. Bo Butner had a 6.572 at 210.70, and Kraweic ran a 6.849 at 194.21.

ARCA-TALLADEGA

Justin Haley wins ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Justin Haley won the rain-delayed ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega Superspeedway in the first restrictor-plate start of his career.

Only eligible to race at Talladega after turning 18 late last month, Haley held off Andy Seuss in an overtime finish in MDM Motorsports' Number 28 Toyota.

"That was crazy," Haley said. "We had to work our way from the back. We had a battery issue and made an unscheduled pit stop and went from fourth to 30th. I've always wanted to run Talladega. I can't thank these MDM guys enough. My spotter, Kevin Hamlin, helped me through it. I didn't know what I was doing, but I listened and did what they told me, and it worked out."

Haley, from Winamac, Indiana, also won an ARCA race last year on the Illinois State Fairgrounds' dirt mile. He's racing this season for GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Spencer Davis was third in the race postponed Friday because of rain. Austin Theriault was fourth, followed by Shane Lee, Gus Dean, Bobby Gerhart, Riley Herbst, Tom Hessert and Bo LeMastus.

LIBERTY SCHIMMEL

Liberty guard Shoni Schimmel takes season off in WNBA

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty guard Shoni Schimmel will take the upcoming WNBA season off to deal with "personal issues" and hopes to return next year.

The Liberty and Schimmel released a joint statement on Saturday. Schimmel, who sustained a concussion at the end of last season, missed the start of training camp last week.

Liberty President Isiah Thomas says Schimmel has "the full support" of the organization and looks forward to "continuing to work with Shoni during her time away from the game."

Schimmel says she's grateful for the chance to attend to some personal issues and rejoin the team next year.

The 3-point specialist was picked eighth by Atlanta in the 2014 WNBA draft after leading Louisville to the 2013 NCAA final. Schimmel was traded to New York from Atlanta last season and averaged 2.1 points in 17 games.

The WNBA season starts May 13th.

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