Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro dies at 81

ATLANTA — Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, who pitched well into his 40s with a knuckleball that baffled big league hitters for more than two decades, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, has died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday. He was 81.The Braves said Niekro died Saturday night in his…