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Mets-Braves series finale postponed due to rain

ATLANTA (AP) - The final game of the four-game series between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves has been postponed because of rain.

Rain began falling at SunTrust Park late Sunday morning and was forecast to continue through the afternoon and night.

The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on May 28.

There was no immediate announcement on how the teams' pitching plans will be affected by the postponement. Zack Wheeler was scheduled to start for the Mets, who are off on Monday before opening a three-game series at St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Mike Foltynewicz was scheduled to start for the Braves, who open a four-game series at Cincinnati on Monday night.

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Mets-Braves series finale postponed due to rain

ATLANTA (AP) - The final game of the four-game series between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves was postponed because of rain on Sunday.

Rain began falling at SunTrust Park late Sunday morning and was forecast to continue through the afternoon and night.

The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on May 28.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said the rainout will give his players a well-timed rest - even though he was hoping his team could build on momentum gained from Saturday night's 4-3 last at-bat win.

"We've still got seven days before we have an off day, so it will be good to give everybody an extra day," Snitker said.

Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who was scheduled to start for the Braves, will have his start pushed back to Monday night, when Atlanta opens a four-game series at Cincinnati. Snitker said no starter will be skipped; others in the rotation also will be pushed back one day.

The Mets also will push back their scheduled starting pitcher, Zack Wheeler, to Tuesday night, when New York opens a three-game series at St. Louis. The Mets are off on Monday.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard will start against the Cardinals on Wednesday, filling the rotation spot originally planned for Matt Harvey. The Mets announced on Saturday that Harvey, struggling with a 6.00 ERA, is moving to the bullpen.

The unscheduled day off was well-timed for at least two Mets players.

Manager Mickey Callaway already planned to rest slumping right fielder Jay Bruce and third baseman Todd Frazier on Sunday.

Callaway said Frazier "got spiked pretty good" at third base on Saturday night. Callaway said Frazier's toe was "throbbing pretty good."

Bruce is hitting only .194 with one homer.

"We decided before the game (Saturday) we were going to give him a day off so he could have two in a row," Callaway said of Bruce. "Just let him relax a little bit for a couple days."

Bruce was 2 for 12 in the first three games of the series.

"He's in a spot right now where he's trying to figure things out and that's never a comfortable spot to be in," Callaway said. "... Jay Bruce is a really good player. He'll bounce back. He's been through this before as everybody has. He'll end up turning it around."

The Braves won two of three against the Mets for their first home series win in the NL East rivalry since June 19-21, 2015, when they won three straight.

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Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

02-03-04-05-06-07-08-12-13-16-19-23

(two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, twelve, thirteen, sixteen, nineteen, twenty-three)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were:

1-9-9-8-2

(one, nine, nine, eight, two)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were:

6-2-1-8

(six, two, one, eight)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were:

4-3-2

(four, three, two)

Atlanta Falcons draft capsule

26. ATLANTA FALCONS (11-7)

LAST SEASON: After reaching Super Bowl previous year, Falcons finished third in NFC South and were knocked out of playoffs in second round by eventual champion Philadelphia. Offense, which led league in 2017, looked bit out of sync with new coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Falcons are hoping for more productivity now that Sarkisian has year under belt. Young defense continued to improve, though defensive end Vic Beasley slipped from 15 1-2 sacks to five. Tak McKinley, who had six sacks in rookie season, will have to take on even bigger pass-rushing role after Adrian Clayborn left in free agency.

THEY NEED: DT, WR, FB, LB, OG, DE, TE.

THEY DON'T NEED: QB, RB, OT, CB, S, PK, P.

POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan; G Isaiah Wynn, Georgia; DT Taven Bryan, Florida; DT Da'Ron Payne, Alabama; WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama; WR D.J. Moore, Maryland; TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina.

OUTLOOK: Falcons feel good about starting lineup but have some holes to fill, most notably at defensive tackle with Dontari Poe moving to division rival Carolina. Receiver Taylor Gabriel also departed, making it easier for opponents to focus on Julio Jones unless Falcons land another playmaker on outside. Brandon Fusco was signed in free agency to bulk up interior of offensive line, but Falcons could still use another guard to push for playing time. There's no fullback on roster after team decided not to re-sign Derrick Coleman, creating another vacancy that could be filled in later rounds. General manager Thomas Dimitroff is known to wheel and deal on draft day, and bounty of big men on both sides of line could prompt him to trade down for extra picks.

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Georgia agency reports progress in state's rape kit backlog

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab is making progress in a years-long effort to test thousands of backlogged sexual assault evidence packages, authorities said.

The agency's goal is to clear out the old rape kits by the first of next year, allowing it to then concentrate on new criminal cases coming in for analysis.

"We see a light at the end of the tunnel," Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said.

The push to test a backlog of almost 10,000 sexual assault kits began after 1,351 untested rape kits were discovered in storage in 2015 at Grady Memorial Hospital, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported .

The 2016 Georgia Legislature responded by passing a law requiring all Georgia law enforcement agencies to send stored rape kits to the GBI headquarters in Decatur for testing. Eventually those numbered 2,476, which was in addition to the old evidence packages from Grady.

The lab already had more than 5,400 evidence kits from sex crimes prior to 1999 that had not been processed because the technology did not exist at the time, the Atlanta newspaper reported.

Also, the lab was logging in an average of 250 new sexual assault kits each month.

"We're in this position because the system failed, but I am encouraged we've taken action to fix it and we're making progress. But it never should have happened in the first place," said state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, one of the sponsors of the 2016 legislation.

The backlog has since been cut by more than two-thirds and is now less than 2,900. The GBI has contracted with an outside lab to process the older cases while the state's 50 scientists and technicians focus on new cases.

"I'm pleased, but when there is still a third outstanding it's hard to jump up and down with joy," said state Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, one of the sponsors of the legislation that required law enforcement to submit rape kits to the GBI.

GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Sunday:

01-04-06-07-09-11-16-17-18-21-22-24

(one, four, six, seven, nine, eleven, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-four)

Estimated jackpot: $96 million

Estimated jackpot: $158 million

Mega Millions

Powerball

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were:

01-04-06-07-09-11-16-17-18-21-22-24

(one, four, six, seven, nine, eleven, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-four)

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