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Kevin Ware cuts down championship net

Kevin Ware cuts down championship net

ATLANTA -- Monday was a huge night for the University of Louisville.

The team defeated the University of Michigan 82-76 to win this year's NCAA Championship.

Rick Pitino became the first coach in history to lead two different schools to the title. He gave a lot of credit to one athlete who didn't play a minute in Atlanta -- Rockdale County's Kevin Ware.

The injured guard, who suffered a compound fracture in his leg during the Midwest Regional final against Duke, was on the bench for both of Louisville's Final Four wins.

And he was on the court at the end for the traditional ritual of cutting down the nets.

Atlanta police move to stop vending before Final Four

Atlanta police move to stop vending before Final Four

ATLANTA -- As Atlanta prepares to host the NCAA Final Four tournament, police officers converged on several parts of downtown to enforce a ban on vending on public property.

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Atlanta police said officers were at several areas popular with vendors shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday to enforce the ban. Sites included the Five Points area near a main commuter train station; Woodruff Park and areas around Turner Field.

Police say the action was prompted by a December court decision involving Atlanta city ordinances on vending.

Gwinnett Braves announce non-profit partnership series

Gwinnett Braves announce non-profit partnership series

Non-Profit Partnership Series to Return in 2013

Gwinnett Braves to continue helping local organizations raise awareness, funds for their causes

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves announced plans Tuesday to continue their Non-Profit Partnership Series for the 2013 season.  Introduced in 2012, the series is an all-inclusive program that allows multiple organizations who volunteer for a common cause to rally together on themed nights that correspond with the Gwinnett Braves Grant Program.  The goal is to help local organizations raise awareness and funds for their causes all season long.

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

Atlanta-area residents win Publix Ga. Marathon

Atlanta-area residents win Publix Ga. Marathon

ATLANTA -- Sunday's Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon was an enormous success, with more than 16,000 racers running up and down the streets of Atlanta.

A local resident won first place in the marathon. Malcolm Campbell of Marietta earned a time of 2:26:11. He improved upon his time of 2:31:26 in the Atlanta Marathon last October, where he finished second.

"It was a tremendously challenging course," Campbell said after Sunday's race. "The weather was a huge help for the runners today."

Jill Horst of Rome won her second consecutive Publix Georgia Marathon women's first place with a time of 2:54:24.

Atlanta resident Andrew Heath placed first in the half marathon with a time of 1:09:55. Justyna Mudy of Rome won the women's half marathon at 1:18:50.

Commuter Dude dunks with Harlem Globetrotters

Commuter Dude dunks with Harlem Globetrotters

ATLANTA -- The Harlem Globetrotters will perform two shows in metro Atlanta this Saturday.

Tuesday morning, 11Alive's Commuter Dude headed to Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta to dunk with players Flight Time and Tiny, who at 7 feet 8 inches is the tallest Trotter in history.

The Trotters will perform Saturday at Philips Arena at 1 p.m., and at the Arena at Gwinnett Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $27 to $157 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Celebrate March Madness® Mondays at the World of Coca-Cola

Celebrate March Madness® Mondays at the World of Coca-Cola

ATLANTA – As NCAA® Final Four® excitement builds in Atlanta, the World of Coca-Cola is celebrating March Madness® with a slam dunk of an offer. Every Monday in March, the Atlanta attraction is offering $10 general admission tickets for NCAA® March Madness® Mondays. These tickets are available online at www.worldofcoca-cola.com/march-madness.htm and at the World of Coca-Cola ticket windows.

When:                 March 4 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. entry)