WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanner Roark pitched seven innings, Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth hit fourth-inning home runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the winless Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory. Roark, who moved up a day when scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg was scratched due to illness, allowed four hits and three walks. Pitching on five days of rest, Roark (1-1) struck out four and left after 100 pitches. The Braves (0-8) are off to their worst start since opening the 1988 season with 10 losses.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Major League Baseball has placed Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera on administrative leave after he was arrested when a woman accused him of assault at a hotel outside Washington. The Braves announced the change in a statement Wednesday, saying the team is “extremely disappointed and troubled.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a seemingly half-hearted showing in their final regular-season game, the Atlanta Hawks lost 109-98 to a bunch of backups for the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and wound up with the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
After the game, a person familiar with the decision said Washington coach Randy Wittman has been told he will not be back. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced by the team.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has added shot-blocking specialist Kamera (KAM’-eh-rah) Harris to its roster. The Lady Volunteers announced Wednesday they had signed Harris, a 6-foot-3 center from Hampton, Georgia.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele, the nephew of former NBA standout Dikembe Mutombo, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Florida State. Kabengele, a 6-foot-9 forward from Burlington, Ontario, averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds this past season at Don Bosco Prep in Crown Point, Indiana. He also had offers from Wisconsin, Georgetown, Kansas State, Georgia and Boston College.