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ATLANTA (AP) — Manager Fredi Gonzalez is delighted with the Atlanta Braves' 6½-game lead in the NL East. Now Gonzalez wants to see his team put together more winning streaks and farther distance itself from the second-place Washington Nationals. The Braves begin a three-game home series Tuesday against the woeful Miami Marlins.

ATLANTA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Budenholzer are in Los Angeles to talk with center Dwight Howard and other free agents. Ferry and Budenholzer also plan to meet with Hawks unrestricted free agents Josh Smith and Kyle Korver on the trip.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is now a 15-team league — and it might just stay that way for a while. Commissioner John Swofford says expansion is not a topic of discussion for the ACC now, and he would "not anticipate it being in the future, but we'll see." Swofford welcomed Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame to the ACC at a news conference at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Manhattan.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Denny Hamlin was checked and cleared to drive Monday morning before taking his No. 11 car onto the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis for testing. Hamlin complained of headaches following a hard crash during Sunday's race at Kentucky.

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