Braves cut Johnson, Janish, Martinez
ATLANTA (AP) - Second baseman Elliot Johnson, third baseman Paul Janish and right-hander Cristhian Martinez became free agents when the Atlanta Braves failed to offer 2014 contracts on Monday night.
Johnson batted .261 with 10 RBIs in 92 at-bats this year, when he earned $520,500. Janish hit .171 with two RBIs in 41 at-bats and made $725,000.
After pitching in relief on April 3 and 6, Martinez didn't appear in another game this season and had shoulder surgery in July. He had a 7.71 ERA over 2 1-3 innings and earned $749,750.
In addition, Atlanta agreed to one-year contracts with left-handed reliever Jonny Venters ($1,625,000) and infielder Ramiro Pena ($700,000). Venters didn't pitch this year and in May had elbow-ligament replacement surgery for the second time in his career.
Georgia Tech charges back to beat Illinois 67-64
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech closed the game with a 19-4 run to rally from a 12-point deficit and beat Illinois 67-64 on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, giving the Illini their first loss.
Illinois (7-1) led 60-48 before Georgia Tech (6-3) began its comeback. Marcus Georges-Hunt's drive with 1:48 remaining tied the game at 60-all. Daniel Miller's layup with 21 seconds remaining gave Georgia Tech a 65-64 lead.
Illinois forward Joseph Bertrand, who had 10 points, missed a jumper and Georgia Tech's Robert Carter Jr. sank two free throws with three seconds remaining.
Carter led Georgia Tech with 21 points and nine rebounds. Georges-Hunt had 20 points.
Rayvonte Rice scored 24 points, including 13 in the second half, to lead Illinois.
Georgia Tech became the first team to score more than 63 points against the Illini this season.
Oklahoma pounds Mercer 96-82
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Buddy Hield scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma to a 96-82 victory over Mercer on Monday.
Hield shot 6-for-11 from the floor to pace the Sooners (6-1). Ryan Spangler added 20 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Clark scored 19 points.
Monty Brown led the Bears (5-4) with 16 points. Sophomore Phillip Leonard came off the bench to post 12 points in the defeat. He was 7-for-9 from the free throw line.
Oklahoma put the game away in the second half when Hield led them on an 18-0 run. The sophomore guard scored 11 points during a four minute span and Mercer was unable to recover.
Mercer entered the game allowing only 73 points per game and holding opponents to 40 percent shooting. Oklahoma shot 30-for-59 on the night.
ACC honors FSU's Winston, Duke's Cutcliffe
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the Atlantic Coast Conference's rookie of the year and Duke's David Cutcliffe is its coach of the year for the second straight season.
The league also announced Tuesday that Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller is its defensive rookie of the year.
Cutcliffe received 62 of 65 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association after leading the 20th-ranked Blue Devils to a school-record 10 wins and a berth in the ACC championship game.
Winston had 56 votes after leading the Seminoles to a No. 1 ranking and a spot in the ACC championship game opposite Cutcliffe's Blue Devils.
His 3,490 yards passing are a conference record for rookies and his 35 touchdowns are one shy of the league's single-season record.
MLS hopes to place teams in Miami and Atlanta
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer hopes to place expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta,
MLS Commissioner Don Garber says progress is being made in both cities but deals are not yet close. Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham is leading the Miami effort, and Falcons owner Arthur Blank the Atlanta venture.
They would give the league 23 teams, one short of the league's goal to reach by 2020. Garber said Tuesday that Minneapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis and Austin, Texas, are among the possibilities for a 24th team.
Stewart says Mobil 1 renews sponsorship with team
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tony Stewart says ExxonMobil has renewed its multiyear sponsorship of both the three-time NASCAR champion and Stewart-Haas Racing.
Stewart made the announcement that Mobil 1 will continue its relationship with him and his team while hosting the year-end edition of "Tony Stewart Live" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Mobil 1 will be the primary sponsor on Stewart's Chevrolet for 11 races. Stewart missed the final four months of the season with a broken leg, but is expected to return to his car at the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
Stewart believes Mobil 1 was instrumental in Danica Patrick's historic pole-winning run for the Daytona 500, as well as Stewart and Ryan Newman qualifying in the top 10.
Swan Racing expanding to 2 Sprint Cup teams
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Swan Racing will expand to two teams in 2014 and field cars for Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt.
The expansion is another step under new owner Brandon Davis, who pledged to stop starting and parking when he took over control of the team in late 2012.
Davis used multiple drivers in his first full season of ownership, beginning with Michael Waltrip in the Daytona 500. David Stremme drove 25 races and Swan Racing closed out the season auditioning several drivers.
Kligerman and Whitt both auditioned. Kligerman drove two races with a best finish of 18th in his Sprint Cup Series debut at Texas. Whitt drove seven races with a best finish of 27th at Dover.
Swan will move into a new 25,000-square foot shop in Statesville to accommodate the expansion.
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