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Historic Church Rejects City Buyout

One of two historic Atlanta churches near the site of a proposed new NFL stadium has rejected the city's initial offer for its land. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city offered $13.5 million, but the Friendship Baptist Church countered with $24.5 million.

Radio Hosts Mocked Ex-Player, Fired

A station official says the cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease.

Georgia Tech, Georgia Athletes Passing Muster

Georgia Tech has earned its highest score on the NCAA's Academic Progress Report and Georgia has improvements in 10 sports, including men's basketball.

NBA Fines Hawks For Tampering

The Atlanta Hawks and two other teams have been fined an undisclosed amount by the NBA for tampering. A league spokesman says a memo was sent to teams informing them of the penalties, but didn't say which clubs were punished or provide the amount of the fines.

New Faces At Ga. Pigskin Preview

There were some new faces at Tuesday's Pigskin Preview at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. The annual gathering of head college football coaches from across Georgia has grown with the addition of three new programs in recent years.

Ex-NBA Guard Charged In Fatal Accident

Authorities say former NBA All-Star Daron "Mookie" Blaylock has been charged with vehicular homicide in a head-on crash in suburban Atlanta.

Mercer Will Join Southern Conference

Mercer University is leaving the Atlantic Sun Conference. The school's athletic teams will compete in the Southern Conference starting in the fall of 2014. The Thursday afternoon announcement means Mercer will begin offering athletic scholarships for football.

NFL Loans Falcons $200M

NFL owners have approved a $200 million loan for construction of a new stadium in Atlanta. The Falcons received the money Tuesday at the NFL's spring meetings. The multipurpose stadium could cost as much as $1 billion.

Hawks Considering Coach Options

More than a week after getting bounced from the NBA playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks are still trying to figure out who's going to coach them next season.

Book Explores Wildcats' Slump

Training for the fall football season begins today for the Valdosta High School Wildcats. The historically dominant team has fallen on hard times in the last decade. It's not living up to its former glories and a book published last year provides some insight.

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