CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Vasyl Lomachenko beat Gary Russell Jr. in a masterful majority decision Saturday night, and the two-time Olympic gold medalist won the WBO featherweight title in just his third pro fight.
Greg Walker certainly was not the only one responsible for the Braves' offensive struggles this year. Nor should he be held solely accountable for the difficult seasons B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla had for Atlanta over the past few seasons.
There was a different feeling in the air as manager Fredi Gonzalez and a handful of his players came to Turner Field to gather their belongings on Monday morning. For the first time in five years, the Braves experienced the day after the season ended without dealing with the sadness they had felt the previous day.
Instead of defending a division crown like their predecessors once did on an annual basis, the Braves endured one of the most disappointing seasons in Atlanta history. This marked just the third time since 1990 that they did not post a winning record.
When the Braves began locking up a number of their young players this past winter, there was reason to wonder if this upcoming offseason would be rather quiet. Many months and disappointments later, there is now reason to believe it will be anything but quiet in Atlanta.