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    Josef Martinez scored a first-half goal, Miguel Almiron converted a penalty late in second-half stoppage time, and Atlanta United kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic off the scoreboard in a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night. Brad Guzan got the shutout for Atlanta, which is 5-0-1 since getting blown out by Houston in its season opener. Until the closing minutes, Ibrahimovic got few chances to make a difference in his fourth appearance for the Galaxy, who are 2-2-0 with a pair of 2-0 losses at home since his arrival. Ibrahimovic played the entire game for the first time in MLS. A sellout crowd of 25,846 at StubHub eagerly anticipated late-game Zlatan magic while the Galaxy surged in the final minutes. Ibrahimovic scored three goals in his first three games for LA, including two game-winners. Instead, Atlanta's defense barely held on against a late-game onslaught led by Ibrahimovic, playmaker Romain Alessandrini and Giovani Dos Santos, who came on as a 66th-minute substitute for his first game action with his new Swedish teammate. A few minutes after referee Baldomero Toledo declined to award a penalty when Ibrahimovic was pushed in the box, Toledo gave a penalty when Romario Williams went down in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Almiron scored his fourth goal of the season, infuriating the Galaxy and their bench. Jonathan Dos Santos was a late scratch from the Galaxy's starting lineup after apparently getting hurt during warmups, and his team suffered defensively in his absence. Atlanta's formidable speed was too much for the Galaxy early on, with coach Tata Martino's team dominating possession and Almiron repeatedly shredding the Galaxy defense. Martinez missed a penalty in the first half, putting his shot off the post. Two minutes later, he jumped on the rebound of Julian Gressel's shot off the post and slotted home the sixth goal of another outstanding season for the Venezuelan forward. Giovani Dos Santos entered in the second half for his first appearance since March 11, and the Galaxy generated multiple strong chances from that point. The Mexican star had missed nearly six weeks with a hamstring injury. Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham made saves on Martinez and Ezequiel Barco midway through the second half. Alessandrini was his usual playmaking force for the Galaxy, but the French winger struggled to find Ibrahimovic with his long crosses. Moments after Ibrahimovic wasn't awarded a late penalty, Ola Kamara headed a free kick over the bar.
  • Kijana Knights would probably like to find whoever was responsible for determining he wasn't good enough to make the basketball team, and thank them. What may have felt like failure and rejection for Knights, a sophomore on the Newton track and field and cross country teams, actually paved the way for greater success and accolades. Knights was recently named the Positive Athletes Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year for South Metro Atlanta. The award, given by Positive Athletes Georgia, takes into account both academic and athletic prowess. Knights submitted his resume, which highlights a 3.83 grade point average and an aspiration to attend Army West Point to run track and prepare for a career in military service, and it apparently caught the selection committee's attention. 'They must've seen that I was good both on the track and in the classroom to give me the award,' Knights said. 'It felt good. I feel like it's validation of the work I've put in the past two years that I've been in high school.' Knights launched his track career after a failed basketball tryout — something he now says was a positive in retrospect. 'At first I didn't make the basketball team, but I was still running just to get fit,' Knights said. 'I was doing two miles every day during the time of tryouts. But when I didn't make it, I was thinking that I'm already running a lot, so I should be able to do track.' For the Rams' track team, Knights runs the 3200, 1600 and 800 meters. So far his personal bests include a time of 5:20 in the mile and 12:15 in the 3200. And to be sure, he's not planning to make a comeback attempt at trying out for the hoops squad. He's found a home on the track that he believes will prepare him for even more. 'I'm planning to do track for all four years I'm in high school,' he said. 'And hopefully I'll be able to attend Army West Point to run track there as well.' But it's not just about athletics for him. Knights said he wants to major in civil engineering and be an armor officer in the Army. He has a passion to serve his country that's been passed on from his parents Herlene and Ronald Knights. 'My mom and dad came to this country as immigrants from Guyana, South America around 1986,' Knights said. 'And just to see how this country has helped them, it inspires me to want to give back to this country in that way. From what they told me, it was hard back in that time for them to get into this country. And a lot of things had to happen between then and now for me to be where I'm at.' And Knights isn't about to take any of it for granted. 'My parents had to work hard,' he said. 'And to see what they've accomplished makes me grateful to live in this country. Here, you have the freedom to do what you want. The freedoms we have in this country, a lot of other countries don't have. You can choose what you want to do and where you want to go in life.' For Knights, that destination includes him being the best student-athlete he possibly can, which leaves time for little else. 'Besides school and track, I like to play video games sometimes,' he said. 'But mostly running takes up all my time. I'm running like four 10-mile runs and 12-mile runs every week. And then cross country starts as soon as school starts, so it's a year-round thing. But I love what I do.' ___ Information from: The Covington News, http://www.covnews.com/
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 0-8-1-0 (zero, eight, one, zero)
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Night' game were: 4-0-7 (four, zero, seven)
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 01-13-17-27-38 (one, thirteen, seventeen, twenty-seven, thirty-eight) Estimated jackpot: $534,000
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the 'Powerball' game were: 40-50-54-62-69, Powerball: 19, Power Play: 2 (forty, fifty, fifty-four, sixty-two, sixty-nine; Powerball: nineteen; Power Play: two) Estimated jackpot: $142 million ¶ ___ ¶ Online: ¶ Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
  • A pair of perfectly placed ground balls helped the Atlanta Braves pull off an unexpected win over the New York Mets. Johan Camargo tripled home the tying run, then scored on Ender Inciarte's bunt single as the Atlanta Braves scored twice in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to beat New York 4-3 Saturday night. It a took a rare game-tying triple in the ninth inning by Johan Camargo and a better walk-off bunt by Ender Inciarte off New York closer Jeurys Famila, who entered the game unscored upon and tied for the major league lead with eight saves. A crowd of 41,396 that was the largest of the season at SunTrust Stadium saw starters Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran each pitch seven scoreless innings. After they left, the bullpens wilted. Familia (1-1) issued a leadoff walk to Dansby Swanson and Camargo followed with a grounder right of second base that rocketed past diving second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and snaked between outfielders Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce to right-center field the wall. That tied the game. Camargo held when pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki singled off the glove of Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, and after Familia struck out pinch hitter Charlie Culberson, Inciarte went to plate planning to swing away. 'I was going to swing the bat ... ' Inciarte said. 'Once I walked into the box and I saw Camargo at third, I always tell the runners be ready, I might bunt at any time.' Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was at medium depth, and after Inciarte punched the ball at him with too much speed for Familia to field, the throw to the plate was too late to get the sliding Camargo. 'We had an idea he might do that. That's a really tough play to defend,' said Mets manager Mickey Callaway. 'You just have to hope he pops it up or something.' Each starting pitcher allowed just four hits. DeGrom struck out 10 and Teheran fanned six. Atlanta lefty Sam Freeman replaced Teheran to start the eighth and Wilmer Flores, pinch-hitting for deGrom, drew a walk. Jose Reyes followed with his third hit, a perfect bunt. Conforto followed with a grounder to third base and Camargo threw to second, where Ozzie Albies tried to turn a double play. But Albies dropped the ball and, a video replay reversed the call and ruled all runners safe. With the bases loaded, Atlanta righty Shane Carle came on to face the right-handed Yoenis Cespedes, who flied out before Cabrera hit a two-run single. Jay Bruce added an RBI single. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double off Jerry Blevins in the bottom of the eighth. Jesse Biddle (1-0) went one inning for the win in his debut. 'This is a good win for our club, to beat this team like that,' said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker. 'It's got to give our club confidence. TRAINER'S ROOM Mets: LHP Jason Vargas, who signed a two-year contract with New York in February after playing most recently for the Royals, is expected to make a final rehabilitation start Monday for Triple-A Las Vegas and then join the Mets' starting rotation. He has been out since surgery to remove a small bone in his non-pitching hand. Braves: C Tyler Flowers, who has been sidelined since straining an oblique on opening day, is working with Triple-A Gwinnett. If all goes well, he may rejoin Atlanta as soon as next weekend. DODGING A BOMB Biddle's first big league game was exciting . . . and scary. With two outs and a runner on in the top of the ninth, Cespedes launched a ball down the left field line and third-base umpire Dan Iassogna signaled home run. After replay, the ball was called foul and he Cespedes grounded out. 'I don't want to say that my heart rate was ever too high when I was out there because I was trying to stay calm, and then he hit the ball and it popped my ears with how hard it was,' Biddle said. 'They called it fair, and that's when my heart started racing. I'm glad they got the call right.' ROSTER MOVE The Braves selected the contract of Triple-A RHP Miguel Socolovich from Gwinnett, and sent righty Josh Ravin to Triple A Gwinnett. UP NEXT Mets: Right-hander Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.77 ERA) will make his fifth career start in Atlanta, where he is 2-1 with a 1.93 although this will be his first start in SunTrust Park. Braves: Righty Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.53) will make his third start against the Mets since joining the Braves in 2015 and hope for better. In a relief appearance and two starts against New York, he's 0-1 with a 10.45 ERA in 10.1 innings vs. the Mets.
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Night' game were: 02-03-04-05-06-09-12-19-21-22-23-24 (two, three, four, five, six, nine, twelve, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four)
  • E_Inciarte (2), Albies (4), C.Perez (1). DP_Atlanta 1. LOB_New York 8, Atlanta 8. 2B_F.Freeman 2 (8). 3B_Camargo (1). SB_Conforto (1), Jo.Reyes (1), Inciarte (7), Swanson (2). CS_Inciarte (2). WP_Blevins. Umpires_Home, Jeremie Rehak; First, Gerry Davis; Second, Pat Hoberg; Third, Dan Iassogna. T_3:07. A_41,396 (41,149).