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March 25, 2017 - 4:45 am

HAWKS-BUCKS

Streaking Bucks beat Hawks 100-97, tie for 5th in East

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-97 on Friday night.

The Bucks, who have won 11 of 13 games, moved into a tie with Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have lost six straight.

Atlanta had one last chance to tie before Ersan Ilyasova missed a contested 3 from the right wing with 0.2 seconds left with fans at the Bradley Center screaming "Fear the Deer!"

Bucks fans are hoping their team can return to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year.

Dennis Schroder had 28 points for the Hawks.

JAGUARS-GOODMAN

Jaguars sign DE Malliciah Goodman to back up Calais Campbell

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed defensive end Malliciah Goodman.

Goodman has appeared in 37 career games with 11 starts, getting 29 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Goodman was originally selected by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. He spent his first three seasons (2013-15) with the Falcons. He appeared in one game for Seattle last season before returning to Atlanta and playing in two games for the Falcons.

Goodman is expected to back up newly signed veteran free agent Calais Campbell. Goodman replaces veteran Tyson Alualu, a 2010 first-round draft pick who signed with Pittsburgh.

CLEVELAND ST-FELTON

Cleveland State hires former Georgia coach Dennis Felton

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland State has hired former Georgia coach Dennis Felton.

He succeeds Gary Waters, who retired after 11 seasons with the Vikings. Felton has also coached at Western Kentucky and spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Tulsa.

At Georgia, Felton led the Bulldogs to the SEC Tournament title in 2008 and an NCAA Tournament berth. As Western Kentucky's coach from 1998-03, Felton guided the school to six straight conference championships and three consecutive NCAA appearances.

Waters left following his second straight nine-win season. The mid-major Vikings have been stung by transfers of talented players.

New Cleveland State athletic director Mike Thomas praised Felton's recruiting ability and believes he will be an "outstanding leader" for the players and community.

Felton will be introduced at a news conference Monday.

NASCAR-DALE JR-600

Dale Jr prepares for 600th race after creating own legacy

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — While Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepared for his 600th NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend, he couldn't help thinking about his first time.

He still recalls his conversation with Tony Eury Jr., his cousin and crew chief, as he sat on that starting grid in Charlotte in 1999.

"I remember telling Tony that I would switch with him for a million dollars so he could do this instead of me," Earnhardt recalled Friday with a chuckle. "Because I was scared to death. ... I was overwhelmed with the weight of the situation, and how much attention it was getting, and it made it really hard to soak in and enjoy it, I guess.

"We just wanted to do so well and not fail. It was fun. It was a wild time."

The son of racing royalty once felt crushed by expectations, yet he persevered and established his own legacy in the sport. Along with being NASCAR's most popular driver for most of his career, Junior has 26 victories, 252 top-10 finishes and two Daytona 500 trophies in his first 599 races.

"I just wanted to drive," the 42-year-old Earnhardt recalled. "I wanted to race cars for a living. I wanted to do it well enough to be able to afford to make a living doing it. I didn't have vision or assume that I was going to make all of the money and success that we have made, but all I really wanted to do was to do it long enough so I didn't have to get a real job."

Earnhardt has done it effectively and consistently for 17 straight years. Only 24 drivers in NASCAR history have started 600 races, and Earnhardt would love to celebrate his entry into the club Sunday with his first win on the well-aged asphalt at Fontana, where he has typically run well for most of his storied career.

Earnhardt hasn't won a race since late 2015, and he has never won at Fontana in 24 starts despite finishing second twice and landed inside the top 12 in six consecutive outings at Auto Club Speedway.

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