Buck, Wheeler lead Mets to 7-4 win over Braves
NEW YORK (AP) — John Buck drove in three runs and Zack Wheeler beat the Atlanta Braves for the second time in seven major league starts, sending the New York Mets to a 7-4 victory Thursday.
Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd three hits apiece for the Mets, who gained a four-game series split. But the news wasn't all good for New York: Eric Young Jr., a spark in the leadoff spot since arriving last month, was pulled with pain in his right knee.
One day after top pitcher Tim Hudson sustained a season-ending ankle injury when Young accidentally stepped on him, the NL East-leading Braves caught another tough break. This time, it was a missed call by the umpires that helped the Mets score three times in the sixth and led to the ejection of Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Braves' Tim Hudson (broken ankle) out for season
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle, leaving the Atlanta Braves without the leader of their pitching staff as they make a push for the pennant.
The team says Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides. The right-hander was injured Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets inadvertently stepped on the back of Hudson's right leg while the pitcher was covering first base.
Atlanta placed Hudson on the 15-day disabled list Thursday and recalled left-hander Alex Wood from Triple-A Gwinnett to start against the Mets. Wood was set to pitch in place of Paul Maholm, who has a bruised left wrist.
Falcons, Ryan agree on 5-year contract extension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.
Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said Thursday that the deal was being finalized as Ryan led the offense through practice Thursday on the first day of training camp.
A person familiar with the situation says Ryan's extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million guaranteed. The person says Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal had not been announced.
Ryan, 28, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.
Georgia's Kolton Houston finally cleared by NCAA
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has received a boost for 2013 as offensive lineman Kolton Houston finally has won his long battle for eligibility.
Houston was granted reinstatement by the NCAA on Thursday following three years under suspension for an anabolic steroid he was given for shoulder surgery.
Houston was declared ineligible in January of 2010, his first semester at Georgia, following routine NCAA drug testing which detected the banned substance, 19-norandrosterone. The substance continued to show up in Houston's system in subsequent tests.
He has two years of eligibility remaining and could petition for a third year. He was projected as a starting right tackle had he been eligible entering the 2012 season.
Houston says he "broke down and cried for about 30 minutes" after finally receiving clearance by the NCAA.
Top-seeded John Isner advances in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner barely avoided an upset Thursday night in the Atlanta Open, outlasting 19-year-old wild-card entry Christian Harrison 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals.
Harrison, ranked 373rd in the world, fought off three match points before the 22nd-ranked Isner closed it out with the last two of his 29 aces.
Isner will play James Blake on Friday. Blake beat eighth-seed Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 6-2.
Harrison broke Isner's booming service game just once, but it came at a critical time as Isner double-faulted to give Harrison the second set point. Isner broke Harrison only once as well, to take a 6-5 lead in the third when Harrison's forehand return from the baseline found the net.
Earlier, Christian's brother, 21-year-old Ryan Harrison beat fourth-seed Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-3 after trailing 1-4 in the first set.
Indy 500 champ Tony Kanaan chasing history
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Now that Tony Kanaan has an Indianapolis 500 title, he has a new goal — becoming the first driver in speedway history to win races in two different series.
The Brazilian IndyCar racer took his first laps in a Grand-Am car during Thursday's practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kanaan isn't the first to try the feat. Indy pole winner Ed Carpenter and Wade Cunningham both won the Freedom 100, but have been winless in the 500. Juan Pablo Montoya won his 500 title as a rookie in 2000 and has been a regular at the Formula One and NASCAR races at Indy since then but has not returned to Victory Lane. Montoya will get his next chance this weekend in the annual Brickyard 400.
Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:15:16 EST
Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:15:16 EST