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Falcons hold off Giants

ATLANTA—Matt Ryan is putting up MVP-like numbers—even on a team that hasn't lived up to expectations.

“Matty Ice” turned in another brilliant performance in prime time last night, throwing for 379 yards and completing his final 18 passes to lead the Atlanta Falcons to their second-straight victory—a 23-20 win over the struggling N.Y. Giants.

Flames top Rangers

NEW YORK—The Calgary Flames have had trouble winning in New York in recent seasons.

Opportunistic scoring and stellar goaltending changed that on this trip.

Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice, and back-up goalie David Rittich made 44 saves, as the Flames snapped a six-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden with a 4-1 victory over the Rangers last night.

Cora has put players first as manager

BOSTON—When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first.

It made him a success as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, again as a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League, and as bench coach for the Houston Astros during their World Series title run last season.

Elliott chasing a title of his own

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to win at NASCAR's top level.

Now that he's got that handled, the son of 1988 champion Bill Elliott is chasing a title of his own.

Elliott won at Kansas Speedway yesterday for his second victory in three races, cementing himself as a title threat late in a season in which mighty Hendrick Motorsports has lagged.

Brit, Canadian face 10 years in jail for spraying Thai wall

BANGKOK — A Briton and Canadian face up to 10 years in prison on charges of spraying paint on an ancient wall in northern Thailand, police said Friday.

Security camera footage purportedly showed Furlong Lee and Canadian Brittney Lorretta Katherine Schneider, both 23, spraying a message on the walls of the Tha Pae Gate in the northern province of Chiang Mai at around 4 a.m. Thursday.