Braves get approval to build new spring training complex


ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves have received final approval for a new spring training complex near Sarasota, Florida.

The team plans to break ground next month after city commissioners in North Port voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve the $100 million complex.

The facility is set to open in 2019, meaning the Braves will spend one more year at their current Disney World complex where they have trained since 1998.

The Braves' new facility will be near the Baltimore Orioles' complex in Sarasota and Tampa Bay Rays' facility in Port Charlotte.

According to financing documents, Florida taxpayers will provide about $40.4 million toward the project, plus interest. A private developer will contribute $4.7 million, with the Braves picking up the remaining $55.5 million. The team expects to offset some of its costs by selling naming rights to the 8,000-capacity stadium.

South Carolina AD says stadium water pressure issue resolved

COLUMBIA - South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner says water pressure problems that affected restrooms and concession stands at Williams-Brice Stadium have been resolved.

Tanner said there was a flow issue connected to a valve on an underground line outside the stadium during last Saturday's 23-13 loss to Kentucky.

He also says there will be several areas set up around the stadium for this Saturday's home game against Louisiana Tech where fans will be able to purchase soda, peanuts and candy to alleviate waits at concession stands.

Stafford throws 2 TDs as Lions beat Giants 24-10

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday night.