AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn receivers coach Dameyune Craig set a goal for his players a year ago: Be the nation's best group in 2014. The sixth-ranked Tigers should at least have a more dangerous receiving corps this season with top junior college prospect D'haquille Williams joining speedy deep threat Sammie Coates and Ricardo Louis.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama and LSU both placed 11 players on the coaches' preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams. The SEC teams released on Thursday had representatives from all 14 teams and half of them had seven or more selections.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlanta's decisive third inning, and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence with an 8-0 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Atlanta put it away early, sending 11 batters to the plate in the third for five runs.
ATLANTA (AP) - After taking time off to fight cancer, Michael Cooper is hoping to inspire his team to a championship in the WNBA playoffs. The former "Showtime" star is coach of the Atlanta Dream, who finished first in the Eastern Conference. They open the playoffs Friday against the Chicago Sky.
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