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HAMMOCK: New book profiles Ezzard Charles, Gwinnett’s heavyweight boxing champion

One of the greatest heavyweight boxers of his era, Lawrenceville native Ezzard Charles finally gets a book about his life and career

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Durham snaps Gwinnett streak with 5-3 victory

LAWRENCEVILLE — Blake Snell, who has risen to Tampa Bay’s No. 2-ranked prospect, drew plenty of attention when he started the season with 46 consecutive scoreless innings.

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Braves limited to just four hits in 2-0 loss

BALTIMORE — Right-hander Chris Tillman extended his winning streak to six games and the Baltimore Orioles got a pair of homers from Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy to complete a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night.

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Newcomers could breathe life into Falcons’ defense

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons are hoping that a mixture of returning players and several newcomers will improve the league’s worst defense.

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Archer's Kobe Smith picks Kentucky

Senior Archer nose tackle Kobe Smith annoced via Twitter that he was committed to the University of Kentucky Wednesday night.

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Rangers and Phillies finalizing trade for SP Cole Hamels

In a report broke by’s T.R. Sullivan and confirmed by’s Jon Heyman, the Texas Rangers were close to acquiring Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, and it appears the deal will be finalized Wednesday night and will be announced officially early Thursday.

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Kraft rips commissioner, calls Brady's ban 'unfathomable'

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft harshly criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, calling it “unfathomable.”

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Rose 'excited' for title defense at new venue

Justin Rose has produced sparkling form over the past three months after a slow start to the PGA Tour season and says he is “excited” about his title defense at this week’s Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Virginia.

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Rory McIlroy pulls out of Bridgestone Invitational

LONDON — Fears about Rory McIlroy’s participation in the U.S. PGA Championship increased on Wednesday after the injured world number one withdrew from next week’s PGA Tour event, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Excitement building for Discovery football

LAWRENCEVILLE — With a pair of acclimation practices under its belt, the Discover High School football team is just days away from its first full-pads practice of the fall.

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Wieters walk-off homer beats the Braves in the 11th

BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run that gave the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves in an interleague match-up Monday night.

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Royals make noise with Cueto deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals were quiet at the trading deadline last year and advanced to the World Series.

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Mexico dominates Jamaica in the Gold Cup Final

PHILADELPHIA — Mexico spoiled Jamaica’s first trip to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final with a dominant 3-1 triumph on Sunday that gave them a record seventh Cup title.

Vikings sign former Georgia kicker Blair Walsh to extension

MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings signed kicker Blair Walsh to a contract extension Sunday.

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Gordon leaves Indy with bad finish, great memories

INDIANAPOLIS — A Lap 50 crash, after Clint Bowyer spun in front of him, knocked Jeff Gordon for a loop in Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard, his last race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

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Busch takes Brickyard 400 for 3rd consecutive Sprint Cup win

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Kyle Busch claimed his first Brickyard 400 victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Although it was his first win, Sunday’s event brought Busch his third-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and his fourth in the last five races.

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Rehabbing Perez sharp as G-Braves complete sweep

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Atlanta Braves planned to have Williams Perez make at three or four rehab starts with Gwinnett.

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Australia's Day wins Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Jason Day spoiled Canadian hopes of a first home-grown winner in 61 years at the Canadian Open with a one-stroke victory on Sunday.

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Wisler strong again as Braves beat Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — When pitcher Matt Wisler was acquired by the Atlanta Braves as part of the six-player trade with the San Diego Padres on April 5 that sent ace closer Craig Kimbrel west, many fans viewed it as yet another salary dump for a rebuilding team.

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Short-handed G-Braves beat Charlotte again

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves won a game against Charlotte on Friday night despite having their bench reduced to one position player and using a couple others in unusual spots.

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Collins Hill's Moore named MVP as she led the West to victory in the WNBA All-Star game

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx scored 10 of her team’s final 12 points to finish with a game-high 30 and lead the Western Conference to a 117-112 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Braves waste another stellar Miller start

ST. LOUIS — Shelby Miller’s luckless string continued Saturday night for the Atlanta Braves, as did Carlos Martinez’s breakout season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Kyle Busch passes Blaney on last lap to win The Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS — With a relentless charge that forced Ryan Blaney into a mistake on the final lap, Kyle Busch grabbed the lead with a half-lap left at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and took the checkered flag in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

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Parkview wideout Tyler Fleetwood commits to Miami University (Ohio)

Parkveiw senior wide receiver Tyler Fleetwood verbally committed to Miami University (Ohio) late Thursday night.

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