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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Georgia sports news from The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Thomas hit 5-iron to 6 feet for an eagle on 18th hole at the Tour Championship on Friday and moved one step closer to a $10 million bonus. Already a five-time winner and a major champion this year, the eagle gave Thomas a 4-under 66 and a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Webb Simpson going into the weekend at East Lake.

ATLANTA (AP) - Kurt Suzuki homered twice, Nick Markakis drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Friday night. Sean Newcomb (4-8) won his second straight start, allowing two runs, four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Suzuki, who shares the Atlanta catcher's job with Tyler Flowers, hit his career-high 18th homer in the seventh and has 14 homer and 28 RBIs in 38 games since the start of July.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons will be without three starters Sunday when they face the Detroit Lions in a matchup of unbeaten teams. Linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., right tackle Ryan Schraeder and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw were all ruled out by coach Dan Quinn. None of them participated in practice this week after being injured in a 34-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Who's the best team in the Southeastern Conferences once you get past top-ranked Alabama? The answer should be a bit more apparent after a Saturday night between the hedges. In a game between unfamiliar rivals sharing little beyond a nickname, No. 11 Georgia hosts No. 17 Mississippi State in an early season showdown that will help shake out the balance of the power in the SEC.

ATLANTA (AP) - The mystery of who will start at quarterback for Pittsburgh in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Georgia Tech hasn't been a concern for Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson. Max Browne, a graduate transfer from Southern California, started the first three games for the Panthers. Ben DiNucci could be the choice against Georgia Tech.

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