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.
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.
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.
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 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.