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Nats beat Braves to close in on East title
ATLANTA (AP) — A strong and healthy Stephen Strasburg has the Washington Nationals feeling optimistic about their postseason chances. Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. The Nationals can clinch the division by beating the defending champion Braves on Tuesday night. Strasburg said his team’s focus is on the much bigger picture. “It’s not just one win (Tuesday),” Strasburg said. “It might be to go to the playoffs, but that’s not o...
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Davis in 2nd at Montevallo
Lee Flames in second place after Round 1
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Falcons desperate to get more pressure on QBs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — When a quarterback drops back to pass against the Atlanta Falcons, there’s no need to worry about getting sacked. Or even taking a hit. The Falcons are the only team in t...
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On Tap 9-16
Tuesday, Sept. 16 GOLF Lee (M) at Montavello Invitational, Calera, Ala. SOCCER Cleveland at East Hamilton, 5 Polk County at Tellico Plains, 5 Ooltewah at Walker Valley, 5:30 Bradley Central at Sodd...
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Local Notes
BASEBALL CSCC TOURNAMENTS The 15-under tournament will be held Sept. 27-28. The deadline for entry is Sept. 20. There be four games of pool play with an eight-team limit. The entry fee is $300 and ...
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Short stay at party for AJ and Almirola
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship. They knew it, too, when they arrived ...
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Titans: Adversity in home opener largely self-inflicted
NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey is so upset with himself that he has posted grades of his play against Dallas on the wall beside his locker. He plans to keep that as a const...
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Worley shows his toughness against tough Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. — Justin Worley walked into the postgame interview room in under Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium much the way he carried himself throughout the game he had just completed: ...
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Blue Raiders win

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Dallas spoil Whisenhunt’s home debut
Murray picks way for 167 yards through Titans defense NASHVILLE (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys avoided an 0-2 start by bouncing back in a big way thanks to a dominating performance from DeMarco Murray a...
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Keselowski opens Cup Chase with Chicago win
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — With a daring drive through the middle, Brad Keselowski showed how badly he wants to win another championship. Keselowski used a three-wide pass of Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick...
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Bengals lose Green, but beat Falcons
CINCINNATI (AP) — Without receiver A.J. Green on the field to make a big play, Andy Dalton called out to his running back whenever he was in a bind. Somehow in all the commotion, Giovani Bernard he...
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Volunteers grow up a bit in loss to Oklahoma Sooners
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Tennessee grew up on Saturday night. The Volunteers lost 34-10 at No. 4 Oklahoma, but they battled in the second half and put some pressure on the Sooners. “I see progress ever...
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On Tap 9-15

Polk problems persist by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor

Local Notes

Rhea Eagles corral Mustangs by ERNIE HARRIS Banner Correspondent

On Tap 9-14

Flame runners claim top spot at Vanderbilt by Lee Sports Information