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Runners Enjoy Wet Peachtree Road Race

Rain held off for most of the morning Wednesday as tens of thousands of runners lined up at the start of the Peachtree Road Race. The 10K course stretches 6.2 miles from Buckhead to midtown Atlanta.

Security Plans Extensive For Peachtree Road Race

Police say nearly every section of the Peachtree Road Race will be under the watch of surveillance cameras and officers from multiple agencies in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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.

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