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  • PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jake Arrieta aced up. Arrieta struck out seven in 6 2/3 sharp innings, Carlos Santana's swinging-bunt broke a scoreless tie and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday night. The Phillies took two of three to win their first series against the NL East-leading Braves in four tries and closed within a half-game of first place. Arrieta (4-2) allowed seven hits and lowered his ERA to 2.45. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner showed exactly why the Phillies are paying him $30 million this season. 'The reason we got him is because he can go through one of the best lineups in the league three times,' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. 'Never once did we feel he wasn't in control.' Even though it's only May, Kapler called it a 'big game' hours before first pitch. 'It felt a lot different,' he said. Seranthony Dominguez retired the four batters he faced after entering with runners on second and third in the seventh. Hector Neris pitched the ninth to complete the eight-hitter. Braves starter Luiz Gohara (0-1) gave up two runs and four hits in four innings in his first start of the season. 'They didn't hit him hard,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. 'Overall, he was good.' Gohara retired the first two batters in the third before Rhys Hoskins walked, Odubel Herrera reached on an infield single and Aaron Altherr walked to load the bases. Santana beat out a slow roller to third to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. That's all Arrieta and the bullpen needed. 'It's shaping up to be a good division and we have to play good ball,' Arrieta said. Arrieta escaped a jam in the second after the Braves put runners on second and third with no outs. Ender Inciarte led off with a single and Johan Camargo hit a double. But Dansby Swanson grounded out to third, Gohara struck out and Ozzie Albies bounced to first. 'That's just a situation that determines that outcome of the game for me,' Arrieta said. 'It's an opportunity to preserve the game and I was able to get past that.' Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single in the fourth, Maikel Franco had an RBI double in the fifth and pinch-hitter Nick Williams had an RBI double in the eighth. GOOSE EGGS The Phillies had two shutouts in the series, holding Atlanta to three total runs, only one of which was earned. Since 1913, it was just the eighth time Philadelphia recorded at least two shutouts and allowed one or no earned runs in a series of any length, and just the second time since 1966. The other was at Los Angeles on June 9-11, 1995. Four of the team's six shutouts this season have been against division opponents. DIVISION RIVALS The Braves are 7-5 vs. the Phillies this season, but the teams won't play again until they meet seven times in September during the final two weeks. TRAINER'S ROOM Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff will have tests on Thursday in Philadelphia before visiting a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome specialist in St. Louis about the twinges he felt in his fingers during a rehab start on Sunday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. UP NEXT Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (5-1, 1.29 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game interleague series at Boston. It'll be his first appearance against the Red Sox. Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.56 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game interleague series Friday night against Toronto. Eflin allowed eight earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut vs. the Blue Jays in 2016. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • NFL owners adopted a new policy Wednesday aimed at ending – or at least concealing from public view – player protests during the national anthem before games.  The policy, approved by the owners at the league’s spring meetings in Atlanta, will require players who are on the field to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” However, the policy will provide the option for players who choose not to stand to remain “in the locker room or a similar location off the field” until after the anthem is performed.  The owners’ action came after much controversy the past two years over some players kneeling during the anthem.  Under the policy adopted Wednesday, teams will be fined by the league if any of their players or other personnel are on the field and do not show respect for the anthem.  In turn, it will be up to individual teams whether to fine or otherwise punish their players for violations of the policy. » More: Read the new policy NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was flanked by four owners when he announced the measure in a Buckhead hotel ballroom. The announcement followed several hours of discussion by the owners about the issue during their two-day meetings here.  “Clearly our objective as a league … is that we want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” Goodell said. “We want people to stand – that’s all personnel – and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe.  “We were very sensitive to making sure we give players choices, but we do believe that moment is an important moment.” Players previously were required to be on the field for the anthem.  The owners hope their action will take attention off the controversy and return the focus to the games.  “I think it has been a good discussion internally coming up with this policy,” Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell said. “(We) look forward to getting the focus back on football, getting back to football in 2018.”  That may be wishful thinking to some degree, judging from the immediate reaction of the NFL Players Association.  The NFLPA said in a written statement that the league “chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy.’” The union said it will “challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”  “NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and, yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about,” the union’s statement said.  The union also said the policy “contradicts the statements made to our player leadership” by Goodell and NFL Management Council chairman John Mara “about the principles, values and patriotism of our league.” Asked what he would say to the union about its statement, Goodell said:  “Anything I have to say to the union, I’ll say to them directly.” Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II said the policy considered a wide range of perspectives. “Obviously, we want to continue to work with our players and make sure that they feel their point of view has been respected,” Rooney said. “Those who are not comfortable standing for the anthem have the right to stay off the field, so we’re not forcing anybody to stand who doesn’t feel that’s within the way they feel about particular subjects.  “I think that we listened to a lot of different viewpoints, including our fans, over the past year.”  Falcons owner Arthur Blank wasn’t available for comment after the owners’ vote – he was traveling to New York for a Wednesday night event -- but in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday, he expressed support for a measure such as the one adopted.  Blank has backed the players, but he nonetheless said Tuesday he thinks they should stand for the anthem and accurately predicted the NFL would adopt a policy reflecting that. In a written statement that preceded his news conference Wednesday, Goodell said: “It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.” The national-anthem issue first arose for the NFL in the 2016 season, starting as a protest by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against police brutality and racial injustice. The protests grew around the league last season. Goodell said the new policy was approved unanimously by the owners, but 49ers owner Jed York told reporters he abstained from the vote.  Other actions taken by the owners on the final day of their meetings Wednesday included awarding the 2023 Super Bowl to Glendale, Ariz., the 2024 Super Bowl to New Orleans and the 2019 NFL draft to Nashville.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episode No. 711 (May 23, 2018) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Kirby Smart making a big move on the recruiting trail. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart makes another bold move on recruiting trail Beginning of the show: Former 4-star defensive tackle Josh Belk is reportedly slated to visit Georgia  Thursday . I’ll explain on today’s show why this is another example of UGA coach Kirby Smart’s trademark aggressiveness on the recruiting trail. 10-minute mark: Former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson caused controversy when he recently said that new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is scarier for Alabama than Smart. Wilson joined Roll Tide Daily to attempt to clarify those remarks, but the result will probably leave some UGA fans still irritated. I’ll share the audio on today’s show. 15-minute mark: SEC Country’s Mike Johnson joins the show. Some of the topics covered include: How did John Parker Wilson explain his comments on Jeremy Pruitt and Kirby Smart on Roll Tide Daily? Mark Schlabach says that Kirby will be the next coach to win his first national title.  Thoughts? Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield supposedly called a truce.   Every play in the NFL with a college rival? Thoughts on the Deangelo Gibbs situation? What should be made of the Alabama quarterback controversy? 30-minute mark: I take a look at some other SEC headlines, including: Athlon releasing their pre-season all SEC team including 6 UGA players on the first-team and Florida pushing for a rule change at the spring meeting. Dawg Day Q&A: Which UGA player is most likely to receive All-SEC honors? End of show: I update the Gator Hater Countdown For the Tuesday (May 22) show, click here. For the video version of the Wednesday show, click here. For older episodes of DawgNation Daily, click  here. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart makes another bold move on recruiting trail appeared first on DawgNation.