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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Tyler OConnors stats were fine, and Michigan State won.The night still could have been a lot better.OConnor threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and the 12th-ranked Spartans held off upset-minded Furman 28-13 on Friday. OConnor went 13 of 18 with an interception in his second career start, but Michigan State let the Paladins hang around for a while in the opener for both teams.I try to do things 100 percent right all the time, and I dont think I did that today, OConnor said. A wins a win, were OK with it, but we have a lot of things we have to fix up. We stopped ourselves more than they stopped us, we think.OConnor, a fifth-year senior, is taking over as Michigan States No. 1 quarterback after spending the past three seasons backing up Connor Cook.Michigan State was merely serviceable on offense for most of the night, and that was good enough against Furman. LJ Scott ran for 105 yards and a touchdown.Down 21-13, Furman took over at the Michigan State 44 with 11:49 remaining after OConnors pass was intercepted. But P.J. Blazejowskis pass was picked off on the very next play -- linebacker Andrew Dowell made a diving, one-handed grab to give the Spartans the ball back.OConnor threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Lyles with 4:55 remaining to make it 28-13.Were down by eight points and weve got the ball at midfield, Furman coach Bruce Fowler said. Thats a pretty good spot for us to be in against a Big Ten opponent. Well see if we build on it.The Spartans have won 18 home openers in a row.THE TAKEAWAYFurman: Blazejowski and Reese Hannon were listed together atop the depth chart at QB, but it was Blazejowski who got the call, with Fowler going with the junior over his fifth-year senior. Blazejowski went 15 of 30 for 123 yards with an interception, and the Paladins looked better offensively as the game progressed.P.J. did a good job. He got some experience but he was pretty good with the football, Fowler said. The guy made a heck of a play on the interception.Michigan State: The Spartans were underwhelming after scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. Michigan State split carries fairly evenly between LJ Scott, Madre London and Gerald Holmes last season, but on Friday it was Scott who did most of the work. London had only five carries and Holmes didnt have any.Michigan State had 10 penalties for 120 yards, which was part of the reason the Spartans had trouble putting the game away earlier.I think the key to anything is how you handle disappointment or how you handle some things that dont go right for you, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. Were not going to lose our mind over there. Were going to keep coaching and coach for the next play.CONNECTIONOConnors top target was fifth-year senior Monty Madaris, who caught five passes for 85 yards. Madaris had only seven catches in his career prior to this game.KEY NUMBERSFurman: The Paladins had 15 yards of offense in the first quarter and 211 after that. They finished with 18 first downs, only one fewer than Michigan State. Furman had the ball for 11:47 in the third quarter.Michigan State: The Spartans held Furman to field goals on two of its three trips to the red zone.POLL IMPLICATIONSMICHIGAN STATE : This wasnt a particularly stylish win for the Spartans, but a few teams above them have tough openers, so Michigan State could move in the ranking if theres any upheaval in the top 10.UP NEXTFurman: The Paladins can be pleased with their effort against the defending Big Ten champions. They play at The Citadel next weekend.Michigan State: The Spartans have an open date -- and a lot to work on -- before playing at Notre Dame on Sept. 17.Weve got two weeks to fix any problems we have and get ready for Notre Dame, Dantonio said. 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Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents. ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran insisted he wasnt too tired after making his first start in eight days. Interim Braves manager Brian Snitker thought the long delay likely affected his ace.His stuff wasnt as crisp, velocity was down, Snitker said. I think they looked at him after the game, and it was just fatigue more than anything.Teheran gave up a double to Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson to blow a one-run lead in the fifth, and the bumbling Braves put on a clinic of bad baseball in the eighth inning of a 9-5 loss on Saturday night.Atlanta, the major leagues worst team, let Philadelphia score four runs in the eighth without a hit.Hunter Cervenka issued four walks, Ryan Weber hit a batter and two infielders committed an error to bring a chorus of boos from the fans.Hellickson (8-7) allowed nine hits, three runs and one walk and struck out two in 5 2/3 innings. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in his last seven starts despite getting chased when Anthony Reckers RBI single cut the lead to 5-3.Hellickson was pulled because his right hand was sore after jamming it on a foul ball he hit earlier in the game.Teheran (3-9) allowed five hits, three runs, one walk and struck out four in five innings. He left his last start, a no-decision at Colorado on July 22, with tightness in his right lat.Teheran blamed his pitch selection -- a breaking ball to Hellickson -- more than fatigue as the game wore on.Its just normal things that happen in the game, he said. Well wait and see how I feel tomorrow, but today I didnt feel anything.Philadelphia went up 5-2 in the sixth against Eric OFlaherty on Freddy Galvis two-run single. Odubel Herrera missed a chance to add on when OFlaherty struck him out with the bases loaded.Its been a recurring theme for the Phillies, who began the night with a .145 average with runners in scoring position and 72 stranded runners over their last eight games.Atlantas bullpen had pitched 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless iinnings, but that stretch ended with a thud.dddddddddddd Cervenka threw just five of 21 pitches for strikes and walked in a run in one-third of an inning.With Weber pitching, two runs scored on third baseman Adonis Garcias fielding error. Shortstop Erick Aybar then booted a grounder to load the bases before Weber hit Aaron Altherr with a pitch to make it 9-3.That one inning got away from us, Snitker said. We were right there. We couldve kept the game (close). A couple of tough plays that didnt go our way.The Braves took a 2-1 lead in the third on RBI singles by Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia.The Phillies made it 1-0 in the second. Ryan Howard doubled to begin the inning and lumbered home from second on Cameron Rupps RBI single.Atlanta scored twice in the eighth.SPLASHY MOVEThe Braves swung a big trade to address their woeful offense -- and add some spark heading into next season- by acquiring pricey slugger Matt Kemp and $10.5 million from San Diego for troubled outfielder Hector Olivera.Atlanta had tried for several months to deal Olivera following his April 13 arrest on domestic violence charges. He is eligible to play again in the major leagues on Tuesday following his 82-game domestic violence suspension. The Padres plan to designate Olivera for assignment when he comes off the restricted list Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced.Despite arthritis in both hips, Kemp could boost the weakest offense in the major leagues. Atlanta ranks last in runs scored and homers.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-12) has a 3.83 ERA but leads the NL in losses. He is 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta.Braves: Snitker has yet to decide on a Sunday starter. ' ' '