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Christine Troyke

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Gladiators sign forwards Southern, Lee

Gwinnett also signs RPI forward Lee

After three seasons playing in Europe, Dirk Southern is coming back to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

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GGC women to be tested early, often in second season

Five top 35 teams in the first seven games is one way to find out just how ready the Georgia Gwinnett College women are for their first season as a playoff-eligible program.

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Bigger, faster Grizzlies gear up for tougher second season

GGC, which went 14-2-2 last season, has 13 returning and 13 new players.

Moore back home for rare game in Atlanta

Despite being the opposition, Maya Moore got a noticeable cheer as she was introduced at Philips Arena on Tuesday.

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Gladiators get big boost with signing of Bloodoff

The Gwinnett Gladiators don’t have many players officially rostered for the 2013-14 season, but they got a big addition today.

Duluth's Phoenix U14 team geting national title rings

For one more afternoon, the Atlanta Phoenix U14 bantam major team gets to savor its national championship together.

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Falcons suffer injuries on cusp on preseason opener

Throughout the offseason, in OTAs and many times during training camp, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith emphasized the need for the team to stay healthy.

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Emmett to replace Wroblewski as Gladiators head coach

The Gwinnett Gladiators will have a new coach for just the third time, but second in the last three years. Head coach John Wroblewski has been hired as an assistant with AHL Rochester. His assistant, and former Gladiators defenseman, Rick Emmett will replace him.

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Gladiators renew affiliation with NHL's Coyotes

Gwinnett, Phoenix work together for third straight season to develop young prospects

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Falcons' Jones zeroed in on team success, not personal accolades

Half of the Atlanta Falcons’ dynamic duo at wide receiver, Jones worked hard in the offseason to keep making strides in his young career.

Free learn to play hockey kids clinics offered in Duluth

Kids can get a taste for most sports without parents having to fork out a ton of money. Hockey isn’t one.

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Falcons' Gonzalez geared up for one last shot at championship

Tony Gonzalez made a commitment to his son, Nikko, a year ago. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was more than willing to accommodate his future Hall of Fame tight end when it came time to keep those promises.

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Falcons, Ryan agree to extension worth more than $100 million

Team works out one of league's richest deals to lock up the franchise quarterback

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Gladiators sign blueliners Krogh, Narbonne

Gwinnett starts building 2013-14 roster with Krogh, Narbonne

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Mahre ready for national challenge

Mahre ready for national hockey team trials

Fresh off eighth-grade year at GAC, teen aims to make splash at national team trials

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Bixby, voice of Gladiators, leaving after 10 years for AMS

The original voice of the Gwinnett Gladiators, who started with the franchise before it relocated to Duluth a decade ago, is leaving. Dustin Bixby, the team's primary radio broadcaster and director of media relations, was hired by the Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this month.

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12-year-old not letting blindness keep her out of pool

McClain Hermes, churning through the water, speeds toward a cement wall.. Her Hamilton Mill swim coach, Holly Isserstedt, stands at the end of the lane with a cane in her hand. A tennis ball, covered in the dull gray of duct tape, stuck to the end of it

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Yellow Dog Project gains local support

Buford's Woods promotes initiative to help dogs with aggression issues

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Central's Fernandez first two-sport athlete at GGC

Soccer player also jumped on opportunity with tennis team this past school year

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Flande, G-Braves hold off Bisons in 4-3 win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Yohan Flande found his groove and Joey Terdoslavich's 18th homer of the year proved to be the decisive run as the Gwinnett Braves beat Buffalo 4-3 on Tuesday.. Flande was 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA in his previous four outings, but held the Bison at bay for 6

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Smith in good mood as Falcons wrap minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Sans pads, it's difficult to get a true read on where some Atlanta Falcons players stand in the competition for roster spots.. But head coach Mike Smith was cheerful about the direction things are going on the last day of minicamp Thursday at the team's training facility

Gladiators release 2013-14 schedule

The Gwinnett Gladiators will open their 11th season at home for the first time in four years, playing division rival Greenville on Oct. 18.

Gladiators send Murovich, Donald, Llewellyn to Orlando

Deal completes trade that brought Ryan Ginand to Gwinnett

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Trufant among young Falcons getting valuable reps

First-round draft pick Desmond Trufant practiced with the Atlanta Falcons for the first time Tuesday at OTAs. Trufant missed the last two weeks of the voluntary workouts while finishing school at the University of Washington.

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Falcons' Ryan talks offense, brushes off contract questions

For the first time in his pro career, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan has a new center.

Gladiators deal rights to Sinkewich to San Francisco

The Gwinnett Gladiators traded the ECHL rights to defenseman Russ Sinkewich to the San Francisco Bulls to complete the trade that brought forward Justin Bowers and defenseman Sacha Guimond to Gwinnett on Jan. 14.

G-Braves late push falls just short against Rochester

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves have been pretty good at rallies in the last few weeks.. Six of their last eight wins have been on comebacks.. Instead of adding to that Tuesday, despite a good push, the G-Braves' fell just shy and lost for the fifth time in the

Gladiators release protected list

The Gwinnett Gladiators protected list, released Monday, includes 11 players.

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Heavy competition expected in several spots on Falcons defense

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The acquisition of veteran free agent Osi Umenyiora added another layer of depth at defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons.. That position is shaping up to be a hot spot of competition, but far from the only one.. "This is probably going to be the most competitive

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Massaquoi prepared for challenge of second season with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Jonathan Massaquoi lined up against fellow defensive end and Troy alum Osi Umenyiora for a drill during OTAs on Wednesday at the Atlanta Falcons' complex in Flowery Branch.. Umenyiora, a 10-year veteran and two-time Super Bowl champ, kept trying to get Massaquoi to jump early

G-Braves win at home for first time in nearly a month

Gwinnett splits its doubleheader with Louisville on Monday at Coolray Field

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Garcia, GAC roll into state soccer finals

NORCROSS -- The bouncy opening bars of the Fratellis' "Chelsea Dagger" rang out early and often as the Greater Atlanta Christian girls rolled into the state finals.. The top-ranked Spartans' goal celebration song went off three times in the first eight minutes en route to a 7-0 victory in

Peek's last-second goal propels Mill Creek girls to thrilling win

HOSCHTON -- The Mill Creek girls had a plan and stuck to it.. Put the ball in the hands of sophomore Maddie Peek and run the clock down to its last ticks.. Peek finally found an opening and buried the game-winning goal with 8.4 seconds left to beat Roswell

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Parkview girls win title-worthy clash with Collins Hill

LILBURN -- Skillful parries. Precision passing. Diving fingertip saves. Shutdown defense.. It all more than lived up to a top-5 matchup.. In the end, No. 3 Parkview prevailed again against No. 4 Collins Hill, getting two quick goals with less than 18 minutes left in regulation to seal a

G-Braves' offensive woes continue in another loss

Gwinnett's skid reaches nine straight after setback to Pawtucket

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Higginbotham, Wolves prevail in 9th to extend series

BUFORD -- Austin Upshaw launched a high fly ball to deep center that was shagged cleanly for the second out of the ninth inning.. As soon as it was, Nick Wilhite was on his horse from third. As he did, the throw from the outfield bulleted toward third base.. Seconds

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Central boys shut down perennially powerful Walton

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Coming off a disappointing finish to the region season and playing against perennially powerful Walton, the Central Gwinnett boys soccer team was determined not to look back with any regrets.. The Black Knights got back to the style of play that served them so well this season and

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Araya leads Longhorns to first playoff win

Andrea Araya had a hat trick and led the Lanier Longhorns to a 4-0 win over LaGrange in the program's first playoff game Tuesday.

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North girls unseat Mill Creek at region golf tournament

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With another Yang in the lineup, North Gwinnett's girls golf team is back on top.. Freshman Christina Yang shot a low-round 72 and the Bulldogs won the Region 7-AAAAAA title on a drizzly Wednesday at Northwood Country Club.. The last time North took home the region

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Grayson boys win fourth straight region golf title in playoff

SNELLVILLE -- Shawn Chong walked up the hill to the clubhouse grinning.. It was an uncharacteristic show of emotion from the Brookwood sophomore. For good reason.. Chong shot an even-par 72 on Summit Chase's course Tuesday and propelled the Broncos into a playoff with Grayson for the Region 8

Grizzlies grow through adversity in first season

Georgia Gwinnett College softball coach Kat Ihlenburg knew it was going to be a tough start to the season.. She was right.. The weather played the biggest role, first delaying the opening of the Grizzlies sparkling new field and then by wreaking havoc on the schedule Ihlenburg so carefully constructed

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Confident Gladiators play rest of series in Cincy

The Gwinnett Gladiators are prepared to settle in in Cincinnati.. They left early Tuesday morning for Ohio with the intention of being there for a while.. The Gladiators split the first two games of the best-of-seven conference semifinal series with the Cyclones, coming back from a Game 1

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Gladiators even series with 3-0 shutout of Cyclones

The Gladiators scored twice with the man advantage and beat the Cyclones 3-0 with a concerted 60-minute effort in Game 2 of their conference semifinal series.

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Gladiators can't hold off Cyclones in third

After grinding out two tight and testy periods, the Gwinnett Gladiators allowed Cincinnati to get into the run-and-gun style that has served it so well this season.

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Gladiators only get two home games in semifinals

The format for the Gwinnett Gladiators' conference semifinal series against Cincinnati is drawing the ire of the faithful.

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Broncos sweep rival for region tennis titles

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Against an old rival, Brookwood's tennis teams added to the program's rich history Wednesday.. The boys and girls both swept Parkview 3-0 to win the Region 8-AAAAAA title on a warm afternoon at Rhodes Jordan Park.. Closed out by a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles

Phoenix bring home national title to Duluth

Down a goal in the second period of the national semifinals, Seth Johnston hammered home a feed from Michael Leon.. It was the spark the Atlanta Phoenix U14 bantam major team needed to bury Nashville and go on to win the national championship in Charlotte, N.C., 10 days ago.. The

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Middle school girl relentless in pursuit of hockey dream

The long sweep of a black ponytail obscuring her jersey number makes Madison Mahre easy to find on the ice.. So does her height. She's a head taller than most of her teammates.. More importantly, she stands out with her strong, smooth strides and exceptionally mature decision-making.. Madison Mahre

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Lackey sisters fuel Norcross tennis team

Finding a court is really the only thing that keeps the Lackey sisters from playing tennis. Because they're never lacking partners.

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Unselfish Hallberg uses speed to lead Hawks

If Mill Creek lacrosse head coach Brian Williamson has any complaint about Emily Hallberg, it's that she's too unselfish sometimes.. "When I have to get onto her, it's not because she's doing something wrong," Williamson said. "It's encouraging her to be more aggressive, to take the shots more often