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Blunt Force Trauma Killed Football Player

Authorities say a high school football player who died after a scrimmage suffered blunt force head and neck trauma. An investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office says 16-year-old Deantre Turman fractured a vertebra in his upper spinal cord during a preseason scrimmage Friday night.

FAMU Band Will Return To Field Sept. 1

Florida A&M University's Marching 100 will return to the field Sept. 1 in Orlando, nearly two years after it was suspended because of a hazing-related death. New band director Sylvester Young made the announcement Thursday as the band practiced.

Kennesaw Football Seats Sell Early

Kennesaw State University officials say they've reached a milestone for football ticket sales since the school announced it was launching an NCAA Division I program earlier this year. Spokesman Al Barba says Kennesaw State University has sold more than 1,000 season ticket deposits for the school's inaugural 2015 season.

Conyers Man Dies In Stadium Fall

Authorities identified a fan who fell more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform at Atlanta's Turner Field as 29-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office early Tuesday released the man's identity and said an autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

First Look At New Mercer Football Team

The NCAA Division I Bears are scheduled to play Reinhardt University at the end of the month in what will be their first game since Mercer put football on hold for World War II.

A New Voice For Georgia Tech

Brandon Gaudin has been named to replace Wes Durham as Georgia Tech's play-by-play announcer. Gaudin, who had been the lead voice in broadcasts for Butler University's football and men's basketball broadcasts, is the choice of Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski to replace Durham, who left for a TV opportunity. Durham, the voice of Georgia Tech for 18 years, will continue to serve as the play-by-play announcer on Atlanta Falcons' broadcasts.

Atlanta Reaches Falcons Stadium Deal

Mayor Kasim Reed says Atlanta has reached a $19.5 million preliminary deal to buy the property of one of two churches needed to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. Reed said Tuesday that the deal must still be ratified by officials at Friendship Baptist Church.

Falcons Break Off Stadium Talks With Church

A state agency negotiating for land to build a new NFL stadium has broken off talks with one of two churches in its path. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority informed Mount Vernon Baptist Church in a letter that it is "officially terminating negotiations" and "abandoning its efforts" to purchase the church's property on the southwest edge of downtown Atlanta.

Ga. Southern Studying Football Concussions

Georgia Southern University officials say the school is using a $385,000 grant to study the impact of concussions on football players. University President Brooks Keel said Thursday that the school was the recipient of a grant from the National Institutes of Health and is using technology called the Helmet Impact Telemetry System.

Georgia Southern Studies Concussion Risks

Georgia Southern University officials say the school is using a $385,000 grant to study the impact of concussions on football players.

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