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

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ATLANTA (AP) - Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. The Nationals can clinch the division by beating the defending champion Braves on Tuesday night.

ATLANTA (AP) - Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has left the Nationals game against the Atlanta Braves after feeling light-headed. Nate Schierholtz pinch-hit for Harper on Monday night with two outs in the fourth inning and a runner on third base.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons expect rookie left tackle Jake Matthews to play Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matthews, the No. 6 overall pick, sprained his left ankle in the season opener. He was limited during a walkthrough Monday evening, but coach Mike Smith says Matthews should be at full strength when the Falcons practice Tuesday.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is hoping to start spreading the ball around more offensively. Quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide have been mostly throwing to Amari Cooper going into Saturday's SEC opener versus Florida. Tailbacks T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry haven't needed to do much against outclassed Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss.

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