Here is the latest Alabama sports news from The Associated Press
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says safety Demetruce McNeal will be back in the mix to retain his starting position for next season. McNeal missed the last five spring practices for off-the-field issues, including the A-Day game. Malzahn said Wednesday that whatever kept McNeal off the field was "between me and him" but that it's now taken care of.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David West scored 24 points and Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta 106-83 on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 playoff series lead. The Pacers have all won three home games in the best-of-seven series and are 5-0 at home this season against the Hawks.
ATLANTA (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Washington Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 Wednesday night. The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — A three-member appeals board has upheld NASCAR's penalties against Penske Racing. Team owner Roger Penske was on hand for the appeal, and has said the team was working in a gray area of the rule book when NASCAR confiscated parts from the rear suspensions of the cars for defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.