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BRAVES-METS

Harang shuts down Mets; Braves avert 4-game sweep

NEW YORK (AP) - Aaron Harang allowed four hits in seven innings, and the Atlanta Braves used early offense against Bartolo Colon to beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Thursday night and avert a four-game sweep.

The Braves snapped a four-game losing streak and ended the Mets' season-best, four-game winning run. New York hasn't swept a four-game set from Atlanta since July 1989.

Harang (9-6) won his fourth straight start and fifth game in six outings, topping the Mets for the second time this season in three appearances - allowing a total of two runs. He struck out two and walked four.

Craig Kimbrel worked out of an eighth-inning jam and got four outs for his 28th save in 32 opportunities. Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman and Ramiro Pena all had two hits.

HAWKS-SEFOLOSHA

Hawks announce deal for Thunder G/F Sefolosha

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks opened free agency by formally announcing the signing of swingman Thabo Sefolosha.

The three-year, $12 million contract was agreed to last week but could not be announced until Thursday.

Sefolosha, a native of Switzerland, reached agreement after the Hawks cleared more than $15 million in salary cap space by trading guard Lou Williams and the draft rights to Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira for Toronto forward John Salmons. The Hawks could have about $11.5 million for additional signings if they pay the $1 million buyout of Salmons' $7 million salary.

The 6-foot-7 Sefolosha averaged 6.3 points as a starter in 61 games last season for Oklahoma City. The guard-forward is known as a strong defender but his 3-point percentage fell from 41.9 percent in 2012-13 to 31.6 percent.

HALL OF FAME

College Football Hall of Fame opening Aug. 23

ATLANTA (AP) - The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will open on Aug. 23.

The date was announced Thursday.

The opening of the 94,000-square-foot facility was timed to coincide with two games at the Georgia Dome to begin the college football season: Mississippi vs. Boise State on Aug. 28, followed two days later by Alabama vs. West Virginia.

The hall was previously located in South Bend, Indiana, but was plagued by poor attendance. Five years ago, the National Football Foundation announced a deal to move it to Atlanta, on a site near the Georgia Dome and overlooking Centennial Olympic Park.

Also Thursday, the foundation announced a lead sponsor for the facility, which will be known officially as the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

PHELPS COMEBACK

Phelps a bit miffed that he's not going faster

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps figured he would be swimming faster by now.

His coach believes he's right on schedule.

Phelps will get a final tuneup before the national championships when he competes in a special meet at the University of Georgia, featuring Ryan Lochte and some of the world's top swimmers.

Beginning Friday, Phelps will swim three events in three days, another important step in showing how fit he is since coming out of retirement.

Coach Bob Bowman says he's pleased with Phelps' progress and sees no reason why he can't eventually come close to some of the times he put up in the prime of his career. But Phelps is a bit miffed that he's not going faster, only now realizing how difficult it is to return from a long layoff.

SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

No players taken in NFL's supplemental draft

NEW YORK (AP) - None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday.

League spokesman Michael Signora says in an email that all four players - New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead - went undrafted and are now free agents.

The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance at entering the NFL. Teams submit picks and are awarded players if their bid - for which round they would take that player - is highest. Teams then lose the corresponding pick in next year's draft.

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