Hudson carted off with injury, Braves top Mets 8-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hudson took a shutout into the eighth inning before getting spiked at first base and carted off the field during the Atlanta Braves' 8-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons all homered off an ineffective Jeremy Hefner (4-8) to help the Braves' bats break loose after scoring only four runs in their previous three games. But the nasty-looking injury to Hudson is a huge concern, leaving the NL East leaders without a veteran winner who was on a roll.
Hudson (8-7) was working on a four-hitter when Eric Young Jr. hit a grounder that was knocked down by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman's toss at the bag just before Young arrived, and the speedy outfielder stepped on the back of Hudson's lower right leg, near his Achilles, driving the pitcher's right ankle awkwardly into the ground.
Braves RHP Hudson to have surgery on broken ankle
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hudson needs surgery on his broken right ankle, an injury that leaves the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves without one of their top pitchers.
Hudson got hurt while covering first base Wednesday night against the New York Mets when Eric Young Jr. stepped on the back of his lower leg. The 38-year-old right-hander was carted off the field in obvious pain.
Hudson had X-rays at Citi Field and the Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down. It's unclear how long he will be out or whether he'll be able to pitch again this season.
Falcons, CB Desmond Trufant agree on contract
ATLANTA (AP) — The Falcons and Desmond Trufant have agreed to multi-year deal and the rookie cornerback will report to training camp on time.
Atlanta announced the deal Wednesday but didn't release terms of the contract. However, a person familiar with the situation says it's a four-year, $8.16 million contract — of which $4.3 million is guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms had not been announced.
Players are required to report to dorms by 5 p.m. Wednesday at the team's training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga.
Atlanta traded up eight spots in a deal with St. Louis to draft Trufant out of Washington. He is the leading candidate to start at right cornerback, but will have to beat out second-round pick Robert Alford.
Mardy Fish falls in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Mardy Fish took a hit in his gradual return to full-time tennis Wednesday night in the Atlanta Open, falling 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Michael Russell in a rain-delayed first-round match that began Tuesday.
It was only Fish's fourth match since the U.S. Open in September when he withdrew before a fourth-round match against Roger Federer because of an irregular heartbeat.
Ranked No. 13 in the world last July, the sixth-seeded Fish — the Atlanta Open winner in 2010 and '11 - fell to 1-3 this season. He's ranked No. 63 after his first match since losing in a lower-level ATP Challenger tournament in April.
Seventh-seeded Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the quarterfinals with a deceivingly difficult 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over wild-card entry Rhyne Williams. Hewitt trailed 2-6 in the tiebreaker before winning six straight points, and only broke serve in the second set in the deciding game.
McCoughtry, Bentley lead Dream past Sun
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points, Alex Bentley added 17 and the Atlanta Dream snapped a four-game losing streak with a 74-65 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday night.
Tina Charles finished with 14 points and a season high 16 rebounds for Connecticut (4-12), which has lost three straight and dropped to 1-7 on the road.
Atlanta held the Sun to 20 points in the first half, the lowest output by an opponent in the Dream's six-year history. The previous low was 21 two years ago at Seattle.
The Dream (11-5) took their first double-digit lead with 1:15 left in the first on McCoughtry's runner. McCoughtry padded the lead to 22 in the final minute of the second.
Erika de Souza had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which improved to 8-0 at home.
US GIRLS' JUNIOR
Tardy, Lee advance in US Girls' Junior
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Qualifying medalist Bailey Tardy and defending champion Minjee Lee won their opening matches Wednesday in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
The 16-year-old Tardy, from Norcross, Ga., won the final two holes with pars to beat Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., 1 up at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
The 17-year-old Lee, from Australia, topped Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas, 5 and 4. Lee won the Australian Women's Amateur in January.
Departing Mountaineers, Eagles chasing SoCon title
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Appalachian State and Georgia Southern coaches say they'll play for a Southern Conference title this season, even if both are ineligible to win the crown in their final seasons in the league before moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
The schools have won or shared championships in the Football Championship Subdivision league a combined 22 times since 1986, yet both will play the season with more than the 63 scholarships allowed by FCS. That means they can't officially win the SoCon title or participate in the NCAA FCS playoffs.
That's not stopping Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield or Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken.
Satterfield and Monken say if their teams finish on top after full conference schedules, they'll celebrate and cherish a championship just like they've always done.
Clemson's Boyd leads preseason all-ACC team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason all-league team.
The ACC on Wednesday announced its preseason all-league team following a vote of 65 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Boyd was voted the league's preseason player of the year earlier this week after winning the ACC player of the year award in 2012.
He appeared on 59 ballots and is one of three Tigers on the team along with receiver Sammy Watkins and kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Clemson is the ACC's preseason favorite for just the second time since 1991.
Florida State had a league-best six players selected while North Carolina placed four players on the team.
Miami running back Duke Johnson appeared on 58 ballots while Watkins was on 57.
Created: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 05:15:14 EST
Updated: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 05:15:14 EST