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Graduation speaker pledges to pay class of 2019 student debt

May. 19, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist says he will provide grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College - an estimated $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year's commencement speaker, made the announcement Sunday morning while...

Freeman's HR lifts Braves to 4-3 win over Brewers in 10th

May. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman marveled at Austin Riley's continued hot start and then showed the new kid how to end a game with flair. Freeman led off the 10th inning with a home run into the right-field seats , lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The...

Braves release Venters 1 year after NL Comeback Player award

May. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jonny Venters, the left-hander whose comeback from his third Tommy John surgery helped him win the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award last year, has been released by the Atlanta Braves. The 34-year-old Venters had a 17.36 ERA after giving up nine earned runs in 4 2/3 innings covering nine...

Swanson leads HR derby as Fried, Braves beat Brewers 12-8

May. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The return of Ronald Acuña Jr. to the leadoff spot has helped to spark Atlanta's offense. A barrage of home runs also makes a difference. Max Fried allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, Dansby Swanson hit a drought-breaking, three-run homer and the Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers...

Falcons sign first-round draft choice Lindstrom

May. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed first-round draft pick Chris Lindstrom to a four-year contract. Lindstrom, the first guard drafted in the first round by the Falcons since Bill Fralic in 1985, was the last of Atlanta's seven picks to sign. The former Boston College standout and...

Mexican cartel drug trafficker sentenced in Atlanta

May. 16, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The head of the U.S. arm of the cocaine transportation and distribution network of Edgar Valdez-Villareal, also known as La Barbie, has been sentenced to federal prison for trafficking cocaine and money laundering. In a news release Thursday, U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said U.S....

The Latest: Player sees if he can make preps-to-pros leap

May. 16, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the NBA draft combine (all times local): 5:15 p.m. North Carolina State signee Jalen Lecque hopes to convince NBA teams he is ready to make the preps-to-pros jump. A gifted guard known for soaring dunks that have made him a social media sensation with 343,000 Instagram...

Austin Riley homers in MLB debut, Braves blank Cardinals 4-0

May. 15, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — When Austin Riley connected with the pitch, his father was watching from the concourse at SunTrust Park. Mike Riley knew it was good contact, but he couldn't tell how far the ball went. Then he looked toward the outfield. "As soon as I saw the outfielders not move," the elder Riley said, "I...

Braves' Austin Riley homers in first big league game

May. 15, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves gave another top prospect his shot. Austin Riley wasted no time taking advantage of the opportunity. Riley homered on his second at-bat in the big leagues, launching a high fastball from Michael Wacha deep into left-field seats to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead over St. Louis in the...

Kemp calls for indicted insurance commissioner to resign

May. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp called for the resignation of Georgia's insurance commissioner Wednesday after he was indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering that stem from alleged crimes that preceded his election. Kemp, in a letter to fellow Republican Jim Beck, asked...