DALLAS (AP) - Dennis Schroder scored 28 points in his first game as the front man for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Junior's solid Dallas debut, beating the Mavericks 117-111 in the opener. Smith scored his first NBA points on an alley-oop dunk to open the Dallas scoring and finished with 16 points and 10 assists.
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) - Tom Brady's expectations for himself have been high from the moment he made his first NFL start back in 2001. It reached its latest high watermark this past February when he became the most-decorated Super Bowl quarterback in NFL history, after leading the Patriots to a historic comeback win over the Falcons to earn his fifth ring.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Mired in a bit of a slump, Matt Ryan prepares to face the team that dealt the Atlanta Falcons so much heartache in the Super Bowl. By any standard, the NFL's reigning MVP has slipped significantly from his stellar performance in 2016. Now, he's headed to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl rematch.
(AP) - The NCAA says at least two dozen Division One basketball programs are taking advantage of a waiver that allows teams to play an extra exhibition game if the proceeds go to disaster relief. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told The Associated Press via email that the governing body is aware of 24 programs that have elected to take part in one of the games.
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