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Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

01-03-05-06-08-09-14-16-17-19-21-23

(one, three, five, six, eight, nine, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-three)

Gun control advocates take aim at the Georgia Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) - Hundreds of anti-gun protesters have descended on the Georgia Capitol, fighting through drizzling rain to lobby the legislature for stricter gun laws.

Led by the advocacy group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the gathering was joined Wednesday by several Democratic lawmakers including House Minority Leader Bob Trammell of Luthersville.

Mallory Harris, a 22 year-old senior at the University of Georgia in Athens, addressed the crowd about the effect gun violence was having on young people. She said she was part of a post-Columbine generation that saw horrific school shootings as almost routine occurrences.

The group pointed to several pieces of pending legislation they would like to see passed, including measures they say would strengthen the background-check system and keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

NASCAR heads to Atlanta with a Daytona 500 hangover

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Austin Dillon is still celebrating his Daytona 500 victory and Bubba Wallace is relishing his sudden breakout as NASCAR's newest star.

Denny Hamlin? Well, he's in the middle of another feud, and it's only the second week of the season.

NASCAR moves from the Daytona 500 this weekend to Atlanta Motor Speedway with a bit of a hangover from the biggest party of its season.

Hamlin earned a call to the NASCAR hauler for a comment he made last week on the "Barstool Sports" podcast in which he claimed 70 percent of NASCAR drivers take the prescription drug Adderall to help with concentration.

Adderall is on NASCAR's banned substance list without a doctor prescription.

Hamlin claimed it was a joke made on an irreverent podcast, but Wallace didn't let it go after nudging Hamlin for second place in the Daytona 500. The two raced door-to-door to the finish, and Hamlin has repeatedly said the contact cut his tire.

But after his historic second-place finish - Wallace was the first black driver in the Daytona 500 field since 1969 - he took a shot at Hamlin for the final lap racing that in Hamlin's mind went too far.

"He might need to take some Adderall for that one," Wallace said on the Fox broadcast after he climbed from his car.

Told of the crack in his post-race news conference, Hamlin again maintained Wallace's contact had cut his tire. He didn't respond to the Adderall mention and exited the room.

Once outside the media center, he bumped into Wallace, and the two had a brief but heated exchange.

Public sentiment is on Wallace's side - few fans have forgiven Hamlin since he wrecked Chase Elliott at Martinsville last fall - and Hamlin angrily took to Twitter to tell his side of the story.

Hamlin late Tuesday night called his Twitter critics "idiots," and explained he had no beef about the ending of the race. His problem was the final question of his news conference, when he was asked for a response to Wallace's remark.

"I had no issue until not only did he place blame on me but then went on to make personal comments about myself. I left the media center and saw Bubba 30 secs later," Hamlin posted in a series of tweets.

"Anyone who wouldn't take offense to the stupid things that was said has absolutely no backbone. I have one," he concluded.

Wallace was dubious of Hamlin's take on the last-lap racing on Sunday night, but believed the two would move on to Atlanta and be fine. He did, however, wonder if he was going to be kicked out of the Hamlin-led recreational basketball and golf leagues.

Turns out, though, that it wasn't just NASCAR that was annoyed with Hamlin's Adderall assessment.

Kevin Harvick used his Tuesday night SiriusXM show to note plenty of drivers are upset with Hamlin.

"Those 70 percent of drivers he referred to are mad," Harvick said. "Whether he thinks it was an off-the-cuff comment and something he meant to say or not to say, it still offended most everybody in the garage. If you're going to play around, joking and think it's not something that everybody is going to take offense to. I think he's probably seeing that nobody really appreciated it and it put everybody in a bad spot."

Angry drivers are just one of many things to keep an eye on at Atlanta.

There are so far only 36 cars entered for Sunday's race, which would make it the smallest field in decades. Only 39 cars competed at Atlanta last year, and that was the smallest field in 20 years.

NASCAR had allowed a maximum 43 cars starting in 1998, and hit that number until only 42 cars showed up at a 2014 race in Kentucky. Under the charter system, with only 36 cars guaranteed spots in the field, NASCAR cut the field to a maximum of 40 each week.

But the bulk of the purse goes to the chartered teams, and it's a financial burden for "open" cars to show up every week and fight for the remaining four slots in the field.

The new charter system meant that only 40 cars tried to make the Daytona 500, which made the qualifying races pointless because no driver was battling for a spot in the field. Asked about the small car counts at Daytona, NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell said the series prefers a strong entry list over backmarkers and field fillers.

"I think it is one of the best fields we've had, it's deep," O'Donnell said. "In the future, would we like to see more? We probably would. But when you look across all of sports now, the idea of sending someone home with a major sponsor, it just doesn't happen in sports today. It's not just a reality for NASCAR, it's all motorsports, and sports in general."

Team owner Roger Penske also wasn't bothered by the field size.

"What we need is the continuity with all the same drivers and cars running across the whole season," he said. "I think this is really a sign of the times, and that's the way it's going to be."

And, keep an eye on the Toyota teams, especially Martin Truex Jr.

The most dominating manufacturer of 2017 came up empty at Daytona, and Truex, the defending series champion, led just four laps in three races. Toyota drivers did not win a single Cup event at Daytona.

But Atlanta at 1.54-miles is in Truex's wheelhouse, and he won seven races on intermediate tracks last year. Truex's average finish last year in 11 races at 1.5-mile tracks was second.

"While Daytona is the biggest and most prestigious race to win, the season actually starts at a downforce track," Truex said. "Atlanta should give us a good indication how we fare against the competition."

So, yeah, NASCAR rolls its show into Atlanta with everyone mad at Hamlin, Wallace out to prove he's the real deal and Truex and the Toyota camp trying to reclaim their footing.

Buckle up, it's going to be a long season.

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More AP Auto Racing: https://racing.ap.org/

US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal advisory panel on Wednesday recommended a new vaccine against hepatitis B.

The vaccine, called Heplisav-B, was licensed for use in the U.S. in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.

Hepatitis B vaccines have been in childhood shots for decades. But vaccination also is recommended for adults at high risk of infection, including people who inject drugs, health care workers and jail inmates.

The new vaccine made by Dynavax Technologies Corp. is for adults and uses an additive that boosts the body's immune response. It is given in two shots over a month. Experts hope that will improve vaccination rates, because other vaccines are given in a harder-to-complete regimen of three doses over six months.

Before it was licensed in November, a study found an unexpected number of heart attacks in people who got the vaccine. Dynavax is doing follow-up studies on possible side effects.

The hepatitis B virus can damage the liver and is spread through contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Cases have been rising, a trend linked to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, researchers found older vaccines falter in diabetics and older adults.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices endorsed the vaccine during a meeting in Atlanta. The government usually adopts its recommendations.

Attorney wants confession in Colts player's death thrown out

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A judge is being asked to throw out a confession from a Guatemalan man living illegally in the U.S. who's charged in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.

The attorney for 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala filed a motion Tuesday in Marion County court, arguing that Orrego-Savala's statements to a state trooper after the Feb. 4 crash shouldn't be allowed because he wasn't first read his rights.

Orrego-Savala faces four felony charges for the Indianapolis crash that killed Jackson and his driver, Jeffrey Monroe. Prosecutors say Orrego-Savala had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent. Authorities say Orrego-Savala was deported from the U.S. in 2007 and 2009 and was back in the country illegally.

His next court hearing is set for March. 27.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were:

5-8-6-8-8

(five, eight, six, eight, eight)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were:

7-2-7

(seven, two, seven)

Alabama women trying to snap SEC's longest tourney drought

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama women's basketball team has a shot at ending a 19-year NCAA Tournament drought.

The Crimson Tide (17-10, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) enters the final week of the regular season riding a three-game winning streak that has nourished those hopes.

A program that made the NCAA field annually from 1992-99 hasn't been back since, easily the SEC's longest absence.

"That's why you coach, that's why you play, is to compete in March and get to the postseason," fifth-year Tide coach Kristy Curry said. "That's why we're here. We're here to take this program back to a tournament it hasn't been to in 19 years. What a story it would be, especially for our senior class and for our fans. It's been a long drought. Most of our kids weren't even born at that time."

Alabama can't count on a bid yet. But the final week includes two games against Top 25 teams with chances for resume-building wins even before the SEC tournament.

No. 19 Georgia visits Thursday night and Alabama plays at No. 24 LSU on Sunday. Two wins would secure the Tide's first winning league mark in 20 years.

"When you look at past years in the SEC, 6-10, 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 have all gotten in," Curry said. "The most important thing that is within our control is just continue to win. Our focus is just to win the next game, and that's Georgia."

The Tide has made strides under Curry, a former Purdue and Texas Tech coach. But the program had a long way to go after winning just 29 league games in the 11 seasons before Curry's hiring in 2013

Alabama won 22 games last season - the most since the 1997-98 season - but went 5-11 in the league and was relegated to the WNIT. That still ended a five-year postseason drought.

Alabama has bolstered its NCAA case lately with wins over Mississippi, No. 15 Tennessee and Auburn after dropping four games in a row.

Led by point guard Jordan Lewis, forward Ashley Williams and leading scorer Hannah Cook, Alabama has dominated the fourth quarter by a combined 52-29 in the past two games.

Williams had double-doubles in each of the past two games to earn SEC player of the week honors. Lewis scored 14 fourth-quarter points at Tennessee.

The Tide had been 0-22 in Knoxville before that 72-63 victory. Two years ago, Alabama ended a 42-game winning streak to the Lady Vols.

"The response after the Tennessee game says a lot about where this basketball team's mind-set is at, especially with a win Sunday against a really good Auburn team," Curry said. "I think coaches always worry about a letdown but this group has great mind-set right now that the next game is all that matters.

"We have a sense of urgency and purpose about what we need to do. We know what we need to do. I'm really proud of their approach right now."

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were:

9-4-4-5

(nine, four, four, five)

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