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Gwinnett Braves to Host High School Showcase

Gwinnett Braves to Host High School Showcase

Ten area powerhouses set to battle in five weekend games at Coolray Field

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - The Gwinnett Braves open the International League season on April 4, but fans don’t have to wait that long to catch great baseball action at Coolray Field.   On March 8 and 9, the home of the G-Braves will host ten of the top high school baseball teams in Gwinnett County for a first-ever showcase event.  The games will mark the first played at Coolray Field in 2013, its fifth season of existence.

Coolray Field has opened its doors to many high school games in the past, however, this two-day event is an expanded showcase packed with powerhouse teams and players. Six of the ten teams featured on the bill made the playoffs last season, while two of those six made it to their respective state finals game.

Harlem Globetrotters 'You Write The Rules' world tour coming to Atlanta

Harlem Globetrotters 'You Write The Rules' world tour coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Harlem Globetrotters are back at the Phillips Arena  to entertain crowds and defy expectations! Come see their tricks and flips as the Harlem Globetrotters perform stunts, dunks, and make you laugh.

The Harlem Globetrotters love seeing families laugh together during their games, and would love to see your family when they come to a city near you. 

Harlem Globetrotters "You Write The Rules" World Tour coming to Atlanta

Harlem Globetrotters "You Write The Rules" World Tour coming to Atlanta

The Harlem Globetrotters are back at the Phillips Arena  to entertain crowds and defy expectations! Come see their tricks and flips as the Harlem Globetrotters perform stunts, dunks, and make you laugh.

The Harlem Globetrotters love seeing families laugh together during their games, and would love to see your family when they come to a city near you. 

Chipper Jones to be inducted into Braves Hall of Fame

Chipper Jones to be inducted into Braves Hall of Fame

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves will honor former third baseman Chipper Jones by inducting him into the team's Hall of Fame and retiring his number.

Jones' induction ceremony will take place Friday, June 28 at Atlanta's Marriott Marquis before the Braves' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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"Chipper was a Brave from the beginning to the end of his career, and his legacy will forever live in our record books," Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz said in a statement. "There is no greater honor that we can bestow upon him than to induct him into our Hall of Fame and retire his iconic number 10."

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Former Falcon dies playing flag football

Former Falcon dies playing flag football

CHICAGO -- Arena Football League player Chandler Williams has died. He was 27.

The AFL said Sunday that Williams died while playing in a local flag football tournament in South Florida. The league did not release a cause of death.

The wide receiver was a seventh-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2007 out of Florida International. He got into NFL preseason games in four seasons but never played in a regular-season game, also spending time with the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs. Williams also played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

He caught 83 passes for 996 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading the AFL with a 23-yard kickoff return average for the Tampa Bay Storm last season.

Storm President Derrick Brooks says "we are shocked and saddened."

He is survived by his fiancee, Vanitia Harrigan, and a daughter, Tori Williams.

Silverbacks will keep their name

Silverbacks will keep their name

ATLANTA -- The Silverbacks are still the Silverbacks. After running a Decision 2012 name change campaign, the soccer club's fans voted for the team to keep its identity.

"While the results ended up being very close, the fans have voted in favor of the Silverbacks," team general manager Andy Smith said in a statement. "That's really what this campaign was all about -- getting the community involved and giving them the power to choose the direction of our professional team."

"The fans are the ones that keep us going, so allowing them to take part in such a big decision was really important to us," Smith added.

The decision to keep the team name was announced Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta.