Falcons use last day of draft to build depth on offense

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Falcons added depth on offense during the last day of the NFL draft, picking a guard, a running back and a tight end to complement a unit that led the league in scoring last season. Atlanta also added a cornerback, but Saturday was mostly about building depth around quarterback Matt Ryan, the league's MVP. Oregon State guard Sean Harlow was picked in the fourth round.

Hawks focus on re-signing Millsap following first-round exit

ATLANTA (AP) -- Paul Millsap confirmed on Saturday he "probably will opt out" of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, leaving the Atlanta Hawks to plot their future following a painful first-round exit from the playoffs. Millsap has a $21.4 million option for next season. The four-time All-Star can earn substantially more in a new long-term deal, making the opt-out decision obvious. The Hawks' win totals have slipped two straight years.

Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'

ATLANTA (AP) -- For nearly a decade, gun owners felt like they were living on pins and needles, worried about gun rights being taken away and feeling as though their way of life was scorned and under attack. All those fears disappeared the moment Donald Trump was elected president and, this weekend, National Rifle Association members gathering for the gun lobby's annual meeting are celebrating and rejoicing.

Falcons keep focus on defense, take LSU LB Riley in 3rd

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons struck familiar themes when they again focused on defense high in the NFL draft and again selected a player from Louisiana State on Friday night. The Falcons traded down, giving away their second-round pick, to select LSU linebacker Duke Riley in the third round. One year ago, the Falcons took LSU linebacker Deion Jones in the second round.

John Wall scores 42 points, Wizards knock out Hawks 115-99

ATLANTA (AP) -- John Wall had that look in his eye at morning shootaround. Bradley Beal knew it was going to be a big night for Washington's star point guard. Wall scored 42 points -- a career playoff high , with 19 coming in the fourth quarter to single-handedly hold off a furious Atlanta comeback -- and the Wizards eliminated the Hawks with a 115-99 victory Friday, capturing the opening-round playoff series 4-2.

Washington backup Jason Smith cleared to play vs. Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jason Smith is playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. The front-court reserve left the previous game with a sprained left knee and did not return. After getting extensive treatment over the last two days, he's been cleared to play.

Guns at the gun convention? Not with the president there

ATLANTA (AP) -- For the excited NRA faithful, one aspect of seeing President Donald Trump open their annual meeting Friday was a bit of a downer: No guns allowed. Guns are allowed in most public places in Georgia, including in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting this weekend. But as with most presidential appearances, firearms weren't allowed.

The Latest: Trump assures NRA he'll support gun rights

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Latest on the NRA's annual convention (all times local): 3 p.m. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his support for gun rights, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump is the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years.

Trump tells NRA: 'You have a true friend' in White House

ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump, the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience that he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaign-like speech reminiscent of his election rallies.

Falcons make 1st round move, get UCLA defensive end McKinley

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons continued their relentless effort to overhaul their defense by moving up in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night to select defensive end Takkarist McKinley of UCLA. The Falcons traded the No. 31 overall pick and this year's third- and seventh-round picks to Seattle on Thursday night to take McKinley with the 26th pick.

UPS tops Street 1Q forecasts

ATLANTA (AP) -- United Parcel Service Inc. is reporting first-quarter net income of $1.16 billion. On a per-share basis, the Atlanta company said it had profit of $1.32. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.30 per share. The package and delivery service posted revenue of $15.32 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts.

Cost cuts at Coca-Cola go deeper, including jobs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Coca-Cola's sales declined in the first quarter as it restructured its business, and the world's biggest beverage maker said it will cut 1,200 jobs starting later this year as it deepens its cost-cutting. The maker of Fanta, Sprite and Smartwater said the job cuts will come from its corporate staff around the world.

Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards 111-101, even series 2-all

ATLANTA (AP) -- In a year when the geezers are coming up big in the NBA playoffs, add another one to the list. Jose Calderon might be the most unlikely of all. The 35-year-old Spaniard, picked up on waivers late in the season, made a huge contribution to help the Atlanta Hawks pull away from the Washington Wizards 111-101 on Monday night, evening the opening-round series at 2-all.

Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards 116-98

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Hawks are back in the series, and the bad blood with the Washington Wizards shows no signs of letting up. Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 27 and Atlanta delivered an early knockout blow in a 116-98 victory Saturday, slicing the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff matchup.

Taking the plunge: US diving moves forward without Boudia

ATLANTA (AP) -- These days, the pool deck seems a little empty for the U.S. diving team. Someone's missing. David Boudia. He was the stalwart of the American program for the better part of the decade, the guy who usually came through at the biggest meets. "It's going to be weird ... not having David there," said Steele Johnson, a good friend of Boudia's and former synchronized partner.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

LGBT RIGHTS-ACC ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change The Atlantic Coast Conference has added a replacement year to contracts for North Carolina venues that lost championships when the league relocated events due to a law limiting protections against LGBT people. The ACC had pulled 10 neutral-site championships for the 2016-17 season.

Harper hits 2 HRs, drives in 5, as Nats slam Braves 14-4

ATLANTA (AP) -- Bryce Harper assumes everybody already knows the Washington Nationals will again be a team to watch in the National League. Just in case, Harper and the Nationals made the point by putting on an offensive show at the Atlanta Braves' new park. Harper had two homers, including a grand slam, among four hits and the Nationals overwhelmed Julio Teheran and the Braves 14-4 on Wednesday night. Harper drove in five runs.

The Latest: Georgia congressional race heads to runoff

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) -- The Latest on Georgia's 6th Congressional District election. (all times local): 1 a.m. Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff will meet in a runoff for a greater Atlanta congressional seat with national implications. Ossoff harnessed opposition to President Donald Trump to lead an 18-candidate ballot in the typically conservative district. But he fell short of the majority needed to win outright. Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter.