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    Bria Holmes scored 17 points and the Connecticut Sun routed the Atlanta Dream 98-69 on Friday night for their third straight victory. Jasmine Thomas added 14 points, Jonquel Jones has 12, Alyssa Thomas 11 and Morgan Tuck 10. The Eastern Conference-leading Sun (12-6) were 11 of 26 from 3-point range and shot 49% overall to win for the 15th time in their last 16 home games. Brittney Sykes scored 26 points for the last-place Dream (5-13). Elizabeth Williams had 12, and rookie Maite Cazorla added a career-high 10. The Dream shot 38%, were 7 of 23 from 3-point range and were outrebounded by 12.
  • Bentley 0-8 0-0 0, Breland 1-2 0-0 2, E.Williams 5-7 2-2 12, Montgomery 3-8 0-0 7, Sykes 7-15 9-12 26, Billings 0-2 0-0 0, Cazorla 2-4 5-7 10, Coffey 2-7 2-2 8, Gulich 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 22-58 18-23 69. A.Thomas 5-8 1-1 11, C.Williams 4-11 0-0 8, J.Jones 4-11 4-7 12, J.Thomas 5-6 2-2 14, Stricklen 3-6 0-0 8, Anigwe 0-0 0-0 0, B.Jones 4-6 0-0 8, Banham 1-4 0-0 3, Hiedeman 2-5 2-2 7, Holmes 6-13 2-4 17, Tuck 4-8 0-0 10. Totals 38-78 11-16 98. 3-Point Goals_Atlanta 7-23 (Sykes 3-6, Coffey 2-3, Cazorla 1-3, Montgomery 1-5, Gulich 0-1, Bentley 0-5), Connecticut 11-26 (Holmes 3-5, J.Thomas 2-3, Tuck 2-4, Stricklen 2-5, Hiedeman 1-2, Banham 1-3, J.Jones 0-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Atlanta 29 (Coffey 7), Connecticut 41 (J.Jones 9). Assists_Atlanta 11 (Sykes 4), Connecticut 24 (C.Williams 5). Total Fouls_Atlanta 14, Connecticut 20. Technicals_Montgomery. A_6,733 (9,323).
  • An Atlanta police officer saved a child whose mother accidentally locked her in a hot car. Channel 2’s Michael Seiden obtained body camera video from the officer, showing him shattering the woman's window to get to the child. It happened July 10 in the parking lot outside the Publix in The Peach shopping center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. 'It was really hot outside, and when I looked in the window, I could see the child was clearly in distress,' Officer Ronald Stoddard, with the Atlanta Police Department, said.  TONIGHT AT 11, we’ll show you video of more saves in cases like this on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat.  TRENDING STORIES: Downpours, lightning, gusty wind moves through metro Atlanta 19-year-old found shot, killed in Clayton County 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee
  • Police say a 12-year-old girl was shot in the neck when someone opened fire on a home in Henry County on Thursday night. Layla Kendall was visiting a friend when someone knocked on the door and then shot into the home with an assault-style rifle, police said. Family members told Channel 2's Matt Johnson that Layla had to have three surgeries but is expected to survive. Prayers up for 12 y/o Layla Kendall. She was shot in the neck last night when someone opened fire on a house while she was there visiting a friend in Henry County. Layla is at a hospital now, recovering. Gathering details now for a report @ 11. #Nightbeat pic.twitter.com/voS67GebH8 — Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) July 19, 2019 Police say the shooters were in a dark gray BMW, but they have not been able to identify the suspects or determine a motive for the shooting. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with the girl's expenses. The amazing coincidence that likely save this 12-year-old's life, for the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. TRENDING STORIES: Man escapes home during SWAT standoff, runs into nearby woods 19-year-old found shot, killed in Clayton County 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee  
  • The Wall Street Journal says Equifax will pay around $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. The Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said the settlement could be announced as soon as Monday. Equifax declined to comment. The report says the deal would resolve investigations by the FTC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and most state attorneys general. It would also resolve a nationwide consumer class-action lawsuit. Spokesmen for the FTC and the CFPB didn't immediately return messages seeking comment Friday night. The breach was one of the largest affecting people's private information. Atlanta-based Equifax did not notice the attack for more than six weeks. The compromised data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver license numbers and credit card numbers. The company said earlier this year that it had set aside around $700 million to cover anticipated settlements and fines.
  • A pregnant African American lawmaker in Georgia said she was verbally attacked in a supermarket Friday by a middle-aged white man who used profanity, called her vulgar names and told her to 'go back where you came from' as her 9-year-old daughter looked on. Rep. Erica Thomas, a Democrat from Austell, said the man was irate that she was in an express line with too many items. Thomas said she was in a line for customers with 10 items or less because she cannot stand for long periods of time. 'And this white man comes up to me and says, 'You lazy son of a bitch,'' Thomas said, sobbing as she described the confrontation in a Facebook video . 'He says, 'You lazy son of a bitch; you need to go back where you came from.'' Thomas said she was stunned by his anger. 'I said, 'Sir, you don't even know me. I'm not lazy. I'm nine months pregnant.'' Thomas said she never identified herself to the man as a public official. She said she was so taken aback by his actions that she didn't think to try to record them. The incident came days after President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen of color, including U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, should go back to the 'broken and crime infested' countries they came from. In Thomas' video, she alludes to Trump's attacks on Omar. Thomas never mentions Trump's name but says, 'There's so much hate in this world and it's being incited by our president every single day.' Thomas told The Associated Press that it appeared the man had already paid for his groceries when he approached her. 'He ran up on me and just verbally assaulted me,' she said in the AP interview. At one point, Thomas said, the man told her 'You people are ignorant.' Thomas said a store employee at some point approached the man and told him to leave. She said she believes store employees were slow to respond to the assault. She said the incident happened at a Publix store in Mableton. A phone and email message requesting comment from Publix in Georgia did not receive an immediate response Friday evening. Thomas told the AP she notified police and that she would seek store video of the incident.
  • Former Tennessee assistant Mickie DeMoss has joined new Georgia Tech women's basketball coach Nell Fortner as chief of staff. The 63-year-old DeMoss brings 43 years coaching experience to the Yellow Jackets. DeMoss served on Vanderbilt's staff last season, working in offensive analytics, following stints as an assistant at Louisiana State and Louisiana Tech, her alma mater. DeMoss was an assistant and associate head coach under Tennessee's Pat Summitt for 20 years, from 1985-2003 and 2010-12. She was Florida's first full-time coach from 1979-83 and was Kentucky's coach from 2003-07. DeMoss was an assistant coach with the WNBA's Indiana Fever in 2012 and 2013. The Fever won the 2012 WNBA championship. Fortner was hired on April 9 to replace MaChelle Joseph as coach. ___ For more AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • A Channel 2 Action News/Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found Georgia Tech’s head men’s basketball coach did not disclose information or provided misleading statements to NCAA investigators amid a recruiting investigation. This comes despite a warning from the NCAA that misleading statements or anything short of full disclosure could cost Josh Pastner his job. Pastner’s statements come in a nearly four-hour recording that was never supposed to be made public. It was a part of a November  2017 NCAA investigation that eventually cleared Pastner of wrongdoing, but its recent release is tied to evidence in a defamation suit Pastner filed against Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley. Pastner did not disclose the existence of thousands of recruiting-related text messages tied to him, his wife, Bell and others, nor details of the couples’ close relationship, including holiday and home visits in Atlanta and Arizona where Bell and Pendley reside. Instead, Pastner likened his relationship to Bell to a Make-A-Wish Foundation, cancer charity case and said he’d never given him access to the locker room. Numerous photos and home videos show Bell inside the Georgia Tech locker room and interacting with players there and during practices, as well as at his Arizona home. Text messages from discovery in the case include recruiting talk between Pastner’s wife, Bell and others. The AJC first obtained a copy of the recording. All of this comes amid a new recruiting violations probe centered around Bell and a former Tech assistant  basketball coach. Neither the NCAA nor Georgia Tech would address the recordings, citing an ongoing investigation. But a spokesperson for Tech noted the school stands by an independent investigation clearing Pastner of sexual misconduct. They also referenced the new probe, saying, “In addition, Coach Pastner is not a named individual in the NCAA’s notice of allegations we received in the spring of 2019.” An assistant town prosecutor in Oro Valley , Arizona charged Bell and Pendley  with misdemeanor offenses tied to witness tampering and intimidation in the sex assault case. They’re largely based off a squabble between the two in 2018 jailhouse recordings where Bell suggested Pendley concocted the sex assault claims. TRENDING STORIES: Man escapes home during SWAT standoff, runs into nearby woods 19-year-old found shot, killed in Clayton County 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee On May 9, Pendley’s attorney dropped her as a client. It’s unclear whether she has secured representation in the case since then. The charges were filed in March of this year,  the same day Pastner’s attorneys sent Bell’s attorney a letter demanding they dismiss their case. According to court records, Pastner’s attorneys then attempted to delay the defamation trial, in one instance citing the couple’s pending criminal charges. The motion was recently denied, and the case is scheduled for a late August trial, according to Arizona court records. In a statement regarding the recordings, Pastner’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, focused on the couple, andtheir legal troubles and highlighted Pastner as a victim at the center of  their charges. “Whether Bell was ever in the locker room or around the team is irrelevant and trivial compared to the crimes that have been committed against Josh,' Tompsett wrote.   He went on to call the news coverage of Pastner’s case inaccurate, misleading, and doubted Channel 2's Nicole Carr’s “interest in the truth.” “I find it disgusting and offensive that you, the AJC and WSB-TV continue to give air to Bell’s and Pendley’s malicious efforts to damage Josh and his family.” In another statement, Bell’s attorneys, Justin Niedzialek and Jeremy Zarzycki, addressed the the recent charges in the civil case, calling the basis for the case “erroneous and flawed” as the basis for Pastner’s civil defense. They said they’re confident he’ll be exonerated. “Throughout that misdemeanor case, the prosecutor leading these charges has had extensive contact with Josh Pastner's defense team,” it reads, in part. “Mr. Pastner's attorneys have directly supplied much of the information that has formed the basis of the state's case in Oro Valley. Further, Mr. Pastner's attorneys have been consistently involved with the prosecution throughout these proceedings.”
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Evening' game were: 0-4-0 (zero, four, zero)
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Evening' game were: 5-1-3-6 (five, one, three, six)