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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies edged out a 7-6 victory over Braves yesterday. B.J. Upton hit his first long ball of spring training to give Atlanta a late lead, but Darin Ruf connected for game-ending homer with two outs in the ninth inning.

NEW YORK (AP) — Ray Williams, the former New York Knicks guard who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists in 10 seasons in the NBA, died yesterday. He was 58. Williams was drafted by the Knicks in 1977. He averaged 16.4 points in five seasons in New York and went on to play for New Jersey, Kansas City, Boston, Atlanta and San Antonio.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) —Gonzaga's coaching staff has 2,614 combined career victories at all levels, and 71 NCAA tournament appearances. That prowess will be on display today when No. 5 seed Iowa State faces 12th-seeded Gonzaga and No. 4 seed Georgia meets 13th-seeded Montana in the first round. The winners will meet Monday night.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — NASCAR's most popular driver seems to be getting a whole lot closer to some important victories during his start to the year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is second in the standings through four races, trailing Brad Keselowski by nine points heading into tomorrow's race at Fontana.

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