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Children's Healthcare hosts workshop for soccer coaches

• Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's sports medicine department is hosting a seminar for local soccer coaches Saturday regarding injury prevention and management. The event is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the T.W. Briscoe Park main office in Snellville.

The workshop will address common soccer injuries as well as post-injury management and prevention. Featured speakers include Stephanie Martin, co-surgical director of CHOA sports medicine, and Scott McInturff, physical therapist and clinical site lead at CHOA's Snellville location.

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Thrashers sign '05 pick LaVallee

• ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers signed 2005 fourth-round pick Jordan LaVallee, 20, to a three-year contract on Monday.

LaVallee, a forward who is a native of Corvallis, Ore., scored 19 goals with 18 assists in 37 regular-season games in the 2005-06 season for Quebec of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

LaVallee (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) led the team to the Canadian Hockey Leagues Memorial Cup Championship, notching 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 23 playoff games.

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Barbaro walks outside, grazing on grass

• PHILADELPHIA - How's this for a breath of fresh air? Barbaro is enjoying daily outings outside his intensive care stall to pick his own grass, enjoy the warm weather and stretch his recovering legs.

Barbaro stepped outside his ICU stall and started daily walks on a grassy area near the unit last week for the first time since having catastrophic injuries in the Preakness nearly three months ago. The Kentucky Derby winner, also recovering from a severe case of laminitis on his left hoof, continues to show signs he's on the road to recovery.

Clemson, Leggett agree to new contract

• COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett has signed a new five-year contract, putting to rest speculation about whether the school's longtime coach would remain with the Tigers.

The school said additional terms of the deal won't be released until the contract is approved by Clemson University administrators. Leggett says the contract, which gave him a raise, runs through 2011 and replaces his previous deal, which would've run out after next season.

Seau to retire

• SAN DIEGO -Junior Seau retired from the NFL on Monday after 13 seasons as the live-wire leader of his hometown San Diego Chargers and three less-productive years with the Miami Dolphins.

The 37-year-old Seau celebrated practically every tackle and sack with a trademark fist pump during a career in which he established himself as one of the NFL's greatest linebackers and helped San Diego reach its only Super Bowl. During his best years he seemed to cover more turf than a groundskeeper's tarp, and was rewarded with 12 Pro Bowl selections.

- From staff, wire reports