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Georgia officer arrested, charged with assaulting woman

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia police officer is charged with assaulting a woman while he was off duty.

Cobb County police spokeswoman Officer Sarah O'Hara said in an email that Officer Robert Lanier New was arrested Monday. News outlets report he faces a misdemeanor charge of simple battery and a felony charge of aggravated assault.

An arrest warrant says New choked and slapped a woman during sex in March. It says she cried but couldn't tell New to stop because his hands were around her throat. Police say the woman has the mental capacity of a 10- to 14-year-old girl.

Police say New also texted the woman, saying, "I am in charge, I am in control."

New was being held without bond. It wasn't immediately clear Tuesday whether he has an attorney.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:


(one, three, five, six, seven, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-one)

Hawks could turn deep supply of picks into draft-day trade

ATLANTA (AP) - As the only general manager holding three first-round picks in Thursday night's NBA draft, including No. 3 overall, Atlanta's Travis Schlenk has been a popular target for trade talk.

Overall, the Hawks have four picks in the top 34. That's more than enough depth to attract interest, but the rebuilding Hawks are even more attractive trade targets because they also have about $20 million in salary cap space. That creates more attractive options for a team needing to unload a contract in a trade.

Schlenk says he is answering every call and considering all options - including the possibility of trading up or down from the No. 3 spot.

It's an exciting time for Schlenk, who never held such a high draft pick in his previous job as assistant GM with the Golden State Warriors.

"This is the highest pick that I've been a part of," Schlenk said last week. "At Golden State, the highest pick we had was six. So it's exciting. Having the four picks, along with the third pick, we get a lot of phone calls, which is exciting as well, and we're going to go through all the options that are presented to us and make the best decision, hopefully."

He says he's comfortable with the idea of opening the 2018-19 season with four rookies.

Schlenk is planning the Hawks' future with a new coach. Former Philadelphia assistant Lloyd Pierce was hired on May 11 to replace Mike Budenholzer, now the Bucks coach.

Schlenk might use his first pick to select a forward-center to pair with 2017-18 rookie John Collins. Among players who could be available are Duke's Marvin Bagley III , Michigan State's Jaren Jackson and Mo Bamba of Texas.

Guards Luka Doncic of Slovenia, Trae Young of Oklahoma and forward Michael Porter of Missouri could be alternatives for Schlenk.

Pierce stressed defense in his first news conference in Atlanta. Schlenk said it's important to land players with balanced offensive and defensive skills.

"Obviously when you look at the best teams in the league, the majority of the time they're good defensive teams," Schlenk said. "But at the end of the day, if you're not scoring 100 points you're probably not winning, so we're going to look for guys that are two-way players, who can play defensively, but also we've got to be able to score the ball on the other end."

Bagley qualifies as that two-way talent, but he could be drafted at the No. 2 spot by Sacramento.

"I put a lot of work into this and I think I'm the best player in the draft," Bagley said after his draft workout in Atlanta last week. "I mean that in the most humble way possible, not to be cocky."

Phoenix is projected to select Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the top pick.

Jackson is an accomplished shot blocker with less polish on the offensive end. He is regarded by many to have the potential shooting skills to develop into a well-rounded NBA big man.

With point guard Dennis Schroder's future in Atlanta uncertain, the Hawks can look for talent at any position. Their wealth of picks could make it easier to take a chance on Doncic, who has the skills to play multiple positions even though his ability to create space in the NBA has been questioned by some critics.

"I've maintained all along, and I honestly believe this, we're going to take the best player," Schlenk said. "We're in a situation where we're looking to add the most talent we can, and we're going to get a good player at the third pick."

The No. 3 spot is the Hawks' highest since 2007, when they selected Al Horford at No. 3.

Atlanta also has the No. 19 and No. 30 picks in the first round and No. 34 early in the second round. Those selections give Schlenk a wealth of options, including a deal for a higher pick next year.

Schlenk said he has considered if the possibility to "trade back to collect more assets would be advantageous."


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Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were:


(six, zero, eight, four, one)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were:


(six, four, four, eight)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were:


(four, eight, zero)

Los Angeles retakes top spot in AP WNBA power poll

NEW YORK (AP) - Almost every WNBA team will go through a challenging road trip because of the FIBA World Cup in September that is compacting the season.

Atlanta is in the midst of its difficult stretch, playing in six different cities across the country in the past week and a half. The Dream, who have won three of the five games so far, will have travelled over 7,000 miles when it's over.

"It's partly self-inflicted," Atlanta coach Nicki Collen said after practice Monday in New York. "Because of our building availability at home we are on the road a lot this month."

The trip is taking its toll as guard Tiffany Hayes went down with an ankle injury in the team's loss at Indiana on Saturday. Collen herself got injured in practice Monday while jumping into a drill.

"You have to take good care of yourself with all the travelling we're doing," the coach said. "Make sure you stay hydrated, and that's something I didn't do enough of it seems."

Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, who took a year off from the WNBA last year to rest, doesn't remember the schedule being this compact during her nine years in the league, even during Olympic and world championship seasons.

"It definitely is a lot tougher than I remember," she said. "More games in a shorter period of time, but that's life in the WNBA.

The Dream isn't the only team that had a rough travel week. Connecticut headed out west and lost games in Seattle and Phoenix on consecutive nights. A difficult back-to-back for sure with the 2 1/2-hour commercial flight. Unlike NBA teams, WNBA franchises aren't allowed to charter planes because of the cost .

The Sun dropped both games and fell from the No. 1 spot in the AP power poll this week to fourth.

POWER POLL: A look at this week's WNBA poll:

1. Los Angeles (8-2): A big week from Candace Parker helped the Sparks go 3-0 with wins over Atlanta, Washington and Chicago.

2. Phoenix (10-3): The Mercury just keep rolling with eight straight victories; their big three of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner are playing well.

3. Seattle (8-3): Another pair of home victories have helped the Storm continue their great start. Seven of their 11 games have been at home so far..

4. Connecticut (7-4): Alyssa Thomas is out with a shoulder injury. The Sun hope she'll be back soon, they had a few days off after the west coast trip.

5. Washington (6-5): Won a wild game at Connecticut that saw the Mystics blow a 30-point lead before rallying to victory.

6. Dallas (5-4): Skylar Diggins and Liz Cambage are becoming a productive inside-outside duo.

7. Atlanta (6-5): The good news is that with all these June road games, July and August will bring a lot of time at home.

8. Minnesota (4-6): The Lynx rolled past New York and will look to get some momentum going with three games this week.

9. New York (3-6): A talented roster just hasn't really gotten things together yet. Tina Charles needs more consistent help on offense.

10. Chicago (3-7): The Sky lost a pair of tough games in Seattle and Los Angeles. The young team is still without star center Stefanie Dolson, who is injured.

11. Las Vegas (3-9): Bill Laimbeer's young squad had a busy week, going 2-2. A'ja Wilson is a force in the league, putting up only the second 35-point, 10-rebound performance by a rookie in league history.

12. Indiana (1-10): The streak is over as the Fever final got their first win, beating Atlanta. Now they'll look to try and get a few more victories.



Candace Parker helped the Sparks go 3-0 this week averaging 19 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Other players receiving votes were Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi.


Former WNBA coach Anne Donovan died on June 13 of heart failure. She was 56. Teams throughout the league held a moment of silence in remembrance of the Hall of Famer. The Seattle Storm, who Donovan led to a WNBA title in 2004, had a tribute video to their former coach.


Lynx at Mercury, Friday. The Mercury ended a 13-game losing streak to Minnesota earlier this year. The Lynx will try and not let Phoenix start its own winning streak in the series.


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GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Tuesday:


(four, five, eight, nine, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three)

Estimated jackpot: $175 million

Estimated jackpot: $151 million

Mega Millions


Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were:


(four, five, eight, nine, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three)

Towel-clad woman accused of stealing car, Georgia Pomeranian

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A towel-clad woman is accused of stealing a car and its passenger, a nearly 5-year-old Pomeranian named Bear.

The Gainesville Times reports Matt Sanders loaded Bear into the car Sunday and ran back inside his Georgia home for his phone. Sanders said he returned to see the unidentified woman drive off with Bear. Sanders and Bear reunited Monday.

Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco says the department received a complaint around 3 a.m. Monday about a woman with heart problems at a hotel. Officers arrived and found Bear unharmed in the room's bathroom. He says officers ran the license plate on a car outside and discovered it was stolen. He says charges are pending the woman's medical status. Hall County Sheriff's Office says it hasn't made a "determination" on charges.


Information from: The Times,

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