ATLANTA (AP) - Frank Wren is facing a dilemma that general managers covet but also dread. The Atlanta Braves must make room in an already deep rotation as Brandon Beachy is almost set to return from elbow surgery. Beachy was perhaps Atlanta's top starter when his 2012 season ended as he led the National League with a 2.00 ERA. Wren said Thursday the difficult part of the decision is moving a starter to the bullpen.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree is settling in with the St. Louis Rams. The 30th overall pick in the NFL draft performed well in camp last month and also shined this week during workouts. The 6-foot-2, 242-pounder from Georgia turned heads with several big plays on Tuesday and Thursday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Quarterback Cam Newton says if Carolina Panthers are to be successful this season their running backs need to be more involved in the offense. Newton says that means a concerted effort to get the backs involved early in games and "let those guys do what they do."
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson University officials say that the famed Howard's Rock at Memorial Stadium has been vandalized. Football players touch the rock before they run down the hill during the team's entrance into "Death Valley" stadium. A university statement says the rock was vandalized sometime June 2 or 3. Police are investigating.
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