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ATLANTA -- Kelly Johnson keeps coming through in clutch situations for the Mets.Its extra sweet for Johnson when those hits come against his former Braves teammates.Johnsons pinch-hit double drove in the go-ahead run in New Yorks four-run eighth inning, and the Mets rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Atlanta 6-4 on Friday night for their sixth straight win.Right now things are falling our way, Mets manager Terry Collins said.Curtis Granderson, who hit a two-run homer in the sixth, had a run-scoring single to tie the game. Johnsons double down the right-field line off rookie right-hander Maurico Cabrera drove in Asdrubal Cabrera.The surging Mets lead St. Louis by a half-game for the second NL wild card and are a half-game behind wild card leader San Francisco, which won 7-6 in 12 innings at Arizona.The defending NL champions (75-66) have won 15 of 19 to match their season high at nine games over .500.Johnson was traded from Atlanta to the Mets on June 8 and has twice made the Braves pay for the move. His pinch-hit homer in the 11th inning gave the Mets a 1-0 win over Atlanta on June 25.Johnson said there is a little bit of extra satisfaction in delivering big hits against the Braves, who also traded him to the Mets last season.Its just because this is the place you debuted and you come home, Johnson said. This was the first team, so you like to come back and kind of show off a little bit and have some success. Its a little sweeter, I guess.Julio Teheran and the Braves led 4-0 after five innings.A fielding error by Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson and two walks from Maurico Cabrera (3-1) loaded the bases to set up the Mets big eighth inning.Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. After the single by Granderson and double by Johnson, Jose Ramirez hit pinch-hitter Michael Conforto in his shin with a pitch to force in another run.Hansel Robles (6-4) worked a scoreless seventh. Jeurys Familia pitched around Adonis Garcias leadoff double and a two-out walk to Nick Markakis in the ninth for his major league-leading 48th save.Matt Kemp homered and Markakis had a two-run single for last-place Atlanta, which has lost four straight.Mets rookie Robert Gsellman allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.The six-game winning streak is the Mets second-longest of the year. They won eight straight from April 22-30.TEHERAN STUNG BY LINERTeheran extended his streak of scoreless streak against the Mets to 29 2/3 innings over two seasons before giving up Grandersons homer in the sixth. It came after Teheran was hit on his right forearm by Cespedes liner.Its OK. Its a little bit sore, Teheran said. Good thing I was able to escape. It got my skin. ... I dont think (the homer) was because I got hit. I just made a mistake.STREAKS ON AND OFFGranderson has homered in four consecutive games, the longest streak of his career. ... Freddie Freemans fifth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Ender Inciartes hitting streak ended at 18 games. The two began the night with the longest active streaks in the majors.TRAINERS ROOMMets: 2B Neil Walker had season-ending back surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disk. Walker announced plans for the operation on Sept. 1. ... RHP Jacob deGrom (sore forearm) played catch in the outfield before batting practice but hasnt thrown off a mound since his last start on Sept. 1.Braves: Infield prospect Ozzie Albies will undergo surgery next week for a broken right elbow. Albies, 19, was injured while fouling off an inside pitch for Double-A Mississippi. The Braves hope Albies is ready for spring training.UP NEXTMets: RHP Bartolo Colon was moved up one day to start on Saturday instead of Seth Lugo, who had a blister develop in his last start. The blister has popped and Lugo is scheduled to start on Sunday. Colon (13-7, 3.22) is 9-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 13 career starts against the Braves.Braves: RHP John Gant (1-3, 4.70) will look for his second win overall, and second against the Mets. He allowed only one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings during a 5-1 win on June 17 at New York, which traded him to the Braves last year. Luis Aparicio Jersey . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. 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Cheap Stitched White Sox Jerseys .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the leagues objection to the states House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state.In a statement, the league said it hopes to reschedule the game for Charlotte in 2019.Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the?Charlotte Hornets?have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change, the league said. We have?been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community -- current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.The statement said the league will announce an alternate venue for next years event in the coming weeks.The Vertical reported Thursday that New Orleans had emerged as a front-runner to host the 2017 All-Star Game.?Several other NBA cities have become options, including Chicago and New York/Brooklyn, sources told ESPN. Louisiana, Illinois and New York all have specific state protections that dont allow for discrimination against LGBT people, with specific legislation passed this year.Los Angeles will host the 2018 All-Star Game.North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory reacted to the NBAs decision with a statement that said multiple groups had misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina for months.American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process, he said.Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said she was deeply disappointed the HB2 bill caused the NBA to move Februarys game.All-Star Weekend would have provided an excellent opportunity to further showcase our great and welcoming city, she said in a statement. Charlotte has shown its commitment to equal rights and inclusion and will continue to promote those values.Stephen Curry, who grew up in Charlotte because his father, Dell, played for the Hornets, told SportsCenter that he was disappointed the city wont host the game but understood commissioner Adam Silvers position.?What really hurts, Curry said, is just I know how much that would have meant to the city.We support [the decision], he added, but at the end of the day, I love Charlotte. I love the city.New York Knicks forward?Carmelo Anthony?also said he feels bad for the city.Aside from all the politics, I feel bad for MJ [Hornets chairman Michael Jordan] because I knew what that was going to do for the city of Charlotte, Anthony told ESPN. It was definitely going to boost everything. For him being able to bring All-Star Weekend to Charlotte. I feel bad for him and for the NBA too. We as players didnt think it was going to get to this. Its unfortunate.Added Kevin Durant via Twitter:?The bill, also called The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which was signed into law earlier this year by McCrory, requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. The law applies only to bathrooms in government buildings, public schools and public universities. It does not apply to private universities, such as Duke. Private companies are allowed to implement any policy they choose.A provision of the original bill also excluded gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide anti-discrimination protections. McCrory recently signed legislation that restored the states original nondiscrimination protections removed by HB2.Multiple NBA sources told ESPN that Golden State Warriors chief operating officer Rick Welts, who is openly gay, gave an impassioned and well-received sspeech at the owners meetings last week in Las Vegas, effectively explaining the wider impact of HB2 and how many people it might affect around the NBA community, especially in an All-Star Weekend scenario.ddddddddddddBefore Team USA practice in Las Vegas on Thursday, and before the NBA announced its decision, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George told ESPN: Im huge on keeping your word. Im not necessarily saying its bad for the NBA to move it. Charlotte is a growing city, and the Hornets have picked that program up. Its a shame its possible that wed take that away from them.Turner Sports, which broadcasts the All-Star Game and the festivities associated with All-Star Weekend, said in a statement that it agreed with the NBAs choice.?We fully support the NBAs decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game and all of the weekends events originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, the statement said. Laws to the contrary go against our fundamental belief of equality and inclusion for all individuals.ESPN, which has a broadcast contract with the NBA but will not televise the game, also said it supports the decision.ESPN has demonstrated a strong commitment to inclusion, it said in a statement. The NBAs decision is one which we fully support, emphatically illustrating that the league clearly stands for inclusion as well.While the All-Star Game will be moved, the league said in its statement that the Hornets operating in Charlotte is not a problem.It is also important to stress that the City of Charlotte and the Hornets organization have sought to provide an inclusive environment and that the Hornets will continue to ensure that all patrons -- including members of the LGBT community -- feel welcome while attending games and events in their arena, the NBA said.The Hornets and Jordan also released a statement.We understand the NBAs decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season, it read. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so. With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.Before the announcement, North Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson, D-Mecklenburg County, told ESPN that the NBA moving the All-Star Game from Charlotte is a $100 million hit to the city of Charlotte and the state. A lot of that money would go to schools, health care and roads. Weve sacrificed all of that for Gov. McCrorys social agenda. He would rather pander to his base than fix an obvious mistake that has major consequences.Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in North Americas four recognized major team sports when he played for the NBAs Brooklyn Nets in the 2013-14 season, tweeted his praise for the league.Not all leagues are ready to pull games out of North Carolina, however.ACC commissioner John Swofford told ESPN on Thursday that, as of now, the league will keep its December football championship in Charlotte. He did say that the conference will revisit the discussion in October.Other major sporting events in Charlotte next year include a Sprint Cup race in May and the PGA Championship in August. State Sen. Joel Ford, D-Mecklenburg County, said he believes the NBAs decision will have a trickle-down effect.Im anticipating, from a lot of discussions Ive had with executives and professionals, that the NBA was the tip of the spear, he said. If the NBA took the All-Star Game away, [it is] going to put pressure on other professional sports franchises.The PGA of America, which hosts the PGA Championship, released a statement Thursday night, saying, Since the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte is a private facility not subject to all of the provisions of HB2, at the 2017 PGA Championship we plan to allow spectators to use the restroom that conforms with their gender identity or gender expression.As we look to future events, our willingness to consider coming back to the State of North Carolina will be severely impacted unless HB2 is overturned.Information from ESPNs Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne, Brian Windhorst, Andrea Adelson and Andy Katz was used in this report. Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Stitched NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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