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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Lexi Thompson birdied 4 of her last five holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. The 18-year-old Thompson, second last year behind Stacy Lewis, had eight birdies and a bogey on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves are ready to put their suitcases away and take their first look at the lineup they envisioned before the season. General manager Frank Wren says Jason Heyward is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Friday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters has undergone the second major elbow operation of his career and will miss the rest of the season. The Braves say the left-hander had Tommy John surgery Thursday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints signed defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui to a 2-year deal Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Aaitui is entering his third year as a pro out of UNLV. He was on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad for part of the 2011 season, then spent the 2012 preseason with Miami and the New York Jets.
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