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Updated: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:14:12 EST

NATIONALS-BRAVES

Strasburg pitches 2 scoreless inning for Nationals

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut for Washington, but Phil Gosselin took advantage of Nationals rookie manager Matt Williams defensive shift in the eighth inning to give the Atlanta Braves an 8-4 victory Tuesday.

Gosselin hit a bases-loaded triple to a vacated right field — Williams had ordered a five-man infield with one out and the game tied. The Braves added a fourth run in the inning and won for the first time in eight games this spring.

Strasburg, coming off October surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, allowed one hit and needed only 15 pitches — 11 strikes. Justin Upton singled with one out in the second inning, but was erased on a double play.

Washington's Ian Desmond was 3 for 3 with a homer, double and stolen base. The first-inning double was the only hit in three innings off Braves starter Kris Medlen.

T25-GEORGIA TECH-SYRACUSE

No. 7 Syracuse stunned 67-62 by Georgia Tech

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech stunned struggling No. 7 Syracuse 67-62 on Tuesday night.

Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost three of four coming into the game and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending three weeks at No. 1.

Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.

It was the second straight home loss for Syracuse and cost the Orange a great chance to lock up a high seed in the conference tournament next week.

It was the final home game in the careers of seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita, and it was one they will long remember — for all the wrong reasons despite Fair's 28 points, which matched his career high.

Daniel Miller had 15 points and Robert Carter Jr. added 12 for Georgia Tech.

GEORGIA ST-ARKANSAS ST

Georgia State beats Arkansas State 79-76 in OT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Manny Atkins, who finished with a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, made two free throws with 12 seconds left to force overtime, where Georgia State came away with a 79-76 victory Tuesday night.

Arkansas State's Melvin Johnson III hit a 3-point jumper with 3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 69 and send it into overtime.

Curtis Washington made a free throw, Atkins hit a jump shot and Ryan Harrow made a layup to give Georgia State (23-7, 16-1 Sun Belt) a 74-69 lead to start the overtime period.

ASU (17-11, 9-7) held a 64-59 lead with 2:29 left in regulation following a Johnson 3-point jumper. Ryan Harrow made a layup with 37 seconds left to give Georgia State a 67-66 lead.

Johnson led the Red Wolves with 19 points and Kirk Van Slyke added 18.

ASUN-JACKSONVILLE-MERCER

Mercer takes down Jacksonville 85-64

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Anthony White Jr. scored a career-high 29 points and second-seeded Mercer topped No. 7 seed Jacksonville 85-64 Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup of the Atlantic Sun tournament.

Bud Thomas hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to give Mercer (24-8) a 16-8 advantage and the Bears never let the lead slip to fewer than five points the rest of the way.

White scored 20 second-half points to keep Jacksonville (12-18) at bay. Jacksonville closed to within 53-48 in the second half but White responded with a pair of free throws before Thomas' fifth 3 of the night extended the lead back to double digits at 58-48.

Thomas scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Jakob Gollon had 10 points. Langston Hall added 10 assists.

Vince Martin led Jacksonville with 17 points. Jarvis Haywood added 15 and Keith McDougald had 10.

Mercer will play third-seeded USC Upstate in the tournament semifinal on Thursday.

FALCONS-PETERS

Falcons re-sign DT Corey Peters to 1-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed Corey Peters, one of the team's three defensive tackles who were unrestricted free agents, to a one-year contract.

The Falcons' other free-agent defensive tackles are Jonathan Babineaux and Peria Jerry.

Peters, a third-round pick in 2010, had his 2013 season end with a right Achilles injury on Dec. 23 that required surgery. He has started in 53 of his 56 games.

He made 15 starts in 2013, when he set a career high with five sacks and had 48 tackles. He has nine career sacks.

Peters was chosen the Falcons' 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Terms of the one-year contract were not immediately released.

FALCONS-SNELLING RETIRES

RB Snelling retires after 7 seasons with Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons running back Jason Snelling has retired, ending his seven-year career.

Snelling was a seventh-round pick from Virginia in 2007 and spent his full career with the Falcons. Most of his playing time came as a backup — both at fullback and running back. He also was a strong receiver.

The 30-year-old Snelling rushed for 1,420 yards with eight touchdowns and caught 168 passes for 1,249 yards and nine touchdowns.

Snelling, from Tom River, N.J., said in a statement released by the team on Tuesday that he is retiring to spend time with his family.

In 2013, Snelling had 44 carries for 164 yards with one touchdown and 29 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns. He set his career high with 614 yards rushing in 2009.

DREAM-EDWARDS

Dream hires Edwards as assistant coach

ATLANTA (AP) — Five-time Olympian and Hall of Famer Teresa Edwards has agreed to become an assistant coach for the Atlanta Dream.

Edwards is a former coach of the ABL Atlanta Glory and assistant coach and interim coach for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. The former Georgia All-American also was an assistant with the Minnesota Lynx.

Edwards, enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2011, will work under coach Michael Cooper.

Dream general manager Angela Taylor says Tuesday that Edwards has had "a tremendous impact" on the growth of women's basketball in Georgia "and beyond."

Edwards says she is grateful "to be back on the hardwood."

Edwards won four gold medals and one bronze medal in the Olympics.

GEORGIA ST-ARK-LITTLE ROCK

Georgia State at Ark.-Little Rock game postponed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Georgia State at Arkansas-Little Rock women's basketball game has been postponed due to wintry weather conditions in Arkansas.

UALR announced Tuesday that the Georgia State team is unable to make the drive to Little Rock for Tuesday night's game because of icy road conditions on Interstate 40 between Little Rock and Memphis.

The game is now scheduled for Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center.

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