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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Alabama sports news from The Associated Press

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ATLANTA (AP) - Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double off A.J. Ramos, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 Wednesday for their ninth win in 12 games. Aaron Harang allowed one run and six hits in six innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk, raising his ERA from 0.70 to 0.85.

ATLANTA (AP) - The Indiana Pacers are heading to a place where they haven't had much success. The Pacers have won only twice in Atlanta since December 2006, though one of those victories wrapped up their playoff series against the Hawks a year ago. The Hawks swiped the home-court edge with a stunning win in the opener, and the series is tied 1-1.

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons will open the season hosting NFC South rival New Orleans on Sept. 7 and have prime-time games against Tampa Bay and Green Bay. That's according to the schedule released Wednesday by the NFL.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Richard Petty is scheduled to return to the race track this weekend for the first time since the March 25 death of his wife, Lynda. The seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver missed races at Martinsville, Texas and Darlington as he mourned.

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