Friday, April 29
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics Thursday night. Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each added 15 points for the Hawks, who earned their first playoff series win over Boston since the St. Louis Hawks beat the Celtics in the 1958 Finals. Atlanta blew the game open with a 39-point third quarter in which it shot 74 percent from the field.
BOSTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves ended an eight-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Thursday night as Nick Markakis had three singles, a double and three RBIs. Mallex Smith doubled twice and had an RBI single for the Braves, who remain a big league-worst 5-17 this season.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears took Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick in Thursday's draft after trading up two spots in a deal with Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-6, 244-pound Floyd is long and elusive off the edge and could put up bigger numbers in Chicago than he did in college.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have continued to build their defense by selecting Florida safety Keanu Neal with the 17th overall pick in the NFL draft. Neal will have a chance to compete for a starting job as the Falcons look to replace veteran strong safety William Moore, who was released.