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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:


(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:


(four, three, two)

Atlanta Falcons draft capsule


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.



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:


(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


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:


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

Martinez, Almiron lead Atlanta past Zlatan's Galaxy, 2-0

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Josef Martinez scored a first-half goal, Miguel Almiron converted a penalty late in second-half stoppage time, and Atlanta United kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic off the scoreboard in a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.

Brad Guzan got the shutout for Atlanta, which is 5-0-1 since getting blown out by Houston in its season opener.

Until the closing minutes, Ibrahimovic got few chances to make a difference in his fourth appearance for the Galaxy, who are 2-2-0 with a pair of 2-0 losses at home since his arrival. Ibrahimovic played the entire game for the first time in MLS.

A sellout crowd of 25,846 at StubHub eagerly anticipated late-game Zlatan magic while the Galaxy surged in the final minutes. Ibrahimovic scored three goals in his first three games for LA, including two game-winners.

Instead, Atlanta's defense barely held on against a late-game onslaught led by Ibrahimovic, playmaker Romain Alessandrini and Giovani Dos Santos, who came on as a 66th-minute substitute for his first game action with his new Swedish teammate.

A few minutes after referee Baldomero Toledo declined to award a penalty when Ibrahimovic was pushed in the box, Toledo gave a penalty when Romario Williams went down in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Almiron scored his fourth goal of the season, infuriating the Galaxy and their bench.

Jonathan Dos Santos was a late scratch from the Galaxy's starting lineup after apparently getting hurt during warmups, and his team suffered defensively in his absence. Atlanta's formidable speed was too much for the Galaxy early on, with coach Tata Martino's team dominating possession and Almiron repeatedly shredding the Galaxy defense.

Martinez missed a penalty in the first half, putting his shot off the post. Two minutes later, he jumped on the rebound of Julian Gressel's shot off the post and slotted home the sixth goal of another outstanding season for the Venezuelan forward.

Giovani Dos Santos entered in the second half for his first appearance since March 11, and the Galaxy generated multiple strong chances from that point. The Mexican star had missed nearly six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham made saves on Martinez and Ezequiel Barco midway through the second half. Alessandrini was his usual playmaking force for the Galaxy, but the French winger struggled to find Ibrahimovic with his long crosses.

Moments after Ibrahimovic wasn't awarded a late penalty, Ola Kamara headed a free kick over the bar.

Georgia teen uses track success to prepare for service

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Kijana Knights would probably like to find whoever was responsible for determining he wasn't good enough to make the basketball team, and thank them.

What may have felt like failure and rejection for Knights, a sophomore on the Newton track and field and cross country teams, actually paved the way for greater success and accolades.

Knights was recently named the Positive Athletes Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year for South Metro Atlanta. The award, given by Positive Athletes Georgia, takes into account both academic and athletic prowess.

Knights submitted his resume, which highlights a 3.83 grade point average and an aspiration to attend Army West Point to run track and prepare for a career in military service, and it apparently caught the selection committee's attention.

"They must've seen that I was good both on the track and in the classroom to give me the award," Knights said. "It felt good. I feel like it's validation of the work I've put in the past two years that I've been in high school."

Knights launched his track career after a failed basketball tryout - something he now says was a positive in retrospect.

"At first I didn't make the basketball team, but I was still running just to get fit," Knights said. "I was doing two miles every day during the time of tryouts. But when I didn't make it, I was thinking that I'm already running a lot, so I should be able to do track."

For the Rams' track team, Knights runs the 3200, 1600 and 800 meters. So far his personal bests include a time of 5:20 in the mile and 12:15 in the 3200. And to be sure, he's not planning to make a comeback attempt at trying out for the hoops squad.

He's found a home on the track that he believes will prepare him for even more.

"I'm planning to do track for all four years I'm in high school," he said. "And hopefully I'll be able to attend Army West Point to run track there as well."

But it's not just about athletics for him. Knights said he wants to major in civil engineering and be an armor officer in the Army. He has a passion to serve his country that's been passed on from his parents Herlene and Ronald Knights.

"My mom and dad came to this country as immigrants from Guyana, South America around 1986," Knights said. "And just to see how this country has helped them, it inspires me to want to give back to this country in that way. From what they told me, it was hard back in that time for them to get into this country. And a lot of things had to happen between then and now for me to be where I'm at."

And Knights isn't about to take any of it for granted.

"My parents had to work hard," he said. "And to see what they've accomplished makes me grateful to live in this country. Here, you have the freedom to do what you want. The freedoms we have in this country, a lot of other countries don't have. You can choose what you want to do and where you want to go in life."

For Knights, that destination includes him being the best student-athlete he possibly can, which leaves time for little else.

"Besides school and track, I like to play video games sometimes," he said. "But mostly running takes up all my time. I'm running like four 10-mile runs and 12-mile runs every week. And then cross country starts as soon as school starts, so it's a year-round thing. But I love what I do."


Information from: The Covington News,

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Night' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Night" game were:


(four, zero, seven)

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