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Big 5th inning carries Braves past Nationals 9-5

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Washington's Ross Detwiler got in some much-needed work before the World Baseball Classic, while the Atlanta Braves scored five runs in the fifth on the way to a 9-5 win over their division rival Tuesday.

Detwiler pitched two scoreless innings before failing to get out of the third, allowing two runs. The left-hander gave up five hits and struck out two in a game delayed an hour by rain.

The Braves erased a 3-2 deficit against loser Ryan Perry, who allowed Jordan Parraz's homer and run-scoring singles to Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco. Brandon Mann walked Ramiro Pena with the bases loaded before Joey Terdoslavich closed the big inning with a sacrifice fly.

Atlanta starter Mike Minor gave up two runs in two innings. Dusty Hughes claimed the win.

GA SOUTHWESTERN-UCF

Central Florida downs Georgia Southwestern 65-50

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kasey Wilson scored 20 points, knocking down 5 of 7 3-pointers as Central Florida used a second-half run to beat Division II's Georgia Southwestern 65-50 Tuesday night.

Tristan Spurlock added 13 points, Isaiah Sykes had 11, and Keith Clanton's game-high 12 boards helped UCF (19-9) outrebound Georgia Southwestern 45-39.

On top 23-16 at halftime, the Knights started the second half on a 19-6 run, capped by Wilson's 3-pointer to go up 42-22 with 16:06 left to play. UCF maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way.

The Knights made 41.2 percent (14 of 34) their shots in the second half and led by as many as 23 points.

Georgia Southwestern shot just 16.7 percent (4 of 24) in the first half, and 27.3 percent (15 of 55) for the game.

Daryl Davis scored 16 points for the Hurricanes (12-13), who have lost three straight games.

GA TECH-FRESHMEN SCORERS

Georgia Tech leaning on freshmen for scoring lead

ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Gregory believes his commitment to three freshmen starters will pay off for Georgia Tech in the future.

It hasn't been easy for Georgia Tech to win this year as the only Atlantic Coast Conference team with a freshman as its top scorer.

The Yellow Jackets' two leading scorers are freshmen Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Carter Jr. Chris Bolden, a strong 3-point shooter, is the third freshman starter.

Georgia Tech, which plays Maryland on Wednesday night, has lost two straight to fall to 14-12 overall and 4-10 in the ACC. A quick turnaround is needed for the Yellow Jackets to manage a winning record in Gregory's second season as coach.

Georgia Tech hasn't had two freshmen lead the team in scoring since Javaris Crittenton and Thaddeus Young in 2006-07.

NASCAR-ALLMENDINGER-PHOENIX

Allmendinger gets back in a Cup car at Phoenix

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A.J. Allmendinger will make his NASCAR season debut this Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Allmendinger, who didn't have a ride for the season-opening Daytona 500, will drive for Phoenix Racing in the No. 51 Guy Roofing Chevrolet. It will be Allmendinger's fifth race with Phoenix Racing, which gave him a chance last year after NASCAR reinstated him following his suspension for failing a random drug test.

Allmendinger has eight previous Cup starts at the Phoenix track, where he's got two top-10 finishes. He's also won one pole and started on the front row three times.

NASCAR DAYTONA-FANS INJURED

Fans injured at NASCAR race explore legal options

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Three fans injured last weekend during a NASCAR race the day before the Daytona 500 have hired a lawyer, but some experts say they could face tough obstacles in winning damages.

Matt Morgan, the lawyer for the fans, said Tuesday that his clients are exploring a possible lawsuit. He said any potential action would focus on the safety fence used on the track at Daytona International Speedway.

Morgan says he hopes something can be worked out with NASCAR to avoid a lawsuit.

Some experts say there could be grounds for a lawsuit, and that courts have looked past liability waivers written on the backs of sporting event tickets. Others maintain a ticket is a legal contract that could be hard to overcome in a suit.

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