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    The WNBA Atlanta Dream’s “Faith and Family Game Night” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Philips Arena. The Dream will first matchup against Tina Charles and the Connecticut Sun for a 3 p.m. game. Immediately following the game, Stellar Award Winner DeWayne Woods will host the “Faith and Family Extravaganza” featuring Pastor Wess Morgan, Stellar Award nominee; Pastor Kim Burrell, Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award winner, and Bridgett Campbell-Croft, Gospel Music Award winner. For tickets call 1-877-977-7729 or visit AtlantaDream.net.

     

    Swiss Olympic Team Expels Player For Racist Tweet

    LONDON (AP) – Switzerland footballer Michel Morganella has been expelled from the London Olympics for posting a racist message on Twitter.

    The 23-year-old defender is the second Olympic athlete kicked off a team for offensive Twitter comments. Greece dropped triple jumper Voula Papachristou last week after she posted a comment mocking African immigrants.

    Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said Morganella is being stripped of his Olympic accreditation ahead of Switzerland’s August 1 final group match against Mexico.

    He “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people,” Gill said through a translator at a news conference on July 30.

    Morganella posted an offensive and threatening message aimed at South Korean people after the Swiss team lost 2-1 to South Korea on July 29.

    The Swiss daily Le Matin published images of a tweet from the player’s account (at)morgastoss. The account has since been deleted.

    Wisconsin Running Back Montee Ball Attacked

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Five men attacked star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball near campus on Aug. 1, inflicting head injuries serious enough to send him to the hospital, authorities said.

    The men jumped Ball as he was walking down a street on the edge of campus around 2:15 a.m., according to a police report. Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season as a junior, was taken to a hospital with head injuries, police said.

    Ball had a stellar season last year, scoring 39 touchdowns to tie Barry Sanders’ NCAA record. He finished the year with 1,923 yards rushing and 2,229 all-purpose yards, second in Wisconsin history only to Ron Dayne’s 2,242 yards in 1996. Ball capped the season by rushing for 164 yards and a touchdown in the Badgers’ 45-38 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

    Hawks Send Green To Clippers In Sign-And-Trade Deal

    The Atlanta Hawks recently completed a sign-and-trade transaction that sends Willie Green to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis, it was announced by President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry. The move also creates a trade exception for the Hawks.
    Schortsanitis was selected by the Clippers in the second round (34th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft.

    Green played in 53 regular season contests for Atlanta in 2011-12, averaging 7.6 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per game in 17.4 minutes per game.

     

    Gala Sponsored by Professional Football Players Mothers Assoc.
    The Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA) will host its 15th annual semi-formal gala on Sat., July 14 at the Westin Hotel-Buckhead in Atlanta.
    The PFPMA, which promotes the positive image of professional football players by volunteering, hosting and supporting charitable events, will begin the evening with a VIP reception from 7-8p.m., followed by dinner, and entertainment featuring Comedian Arlen “Griff “Griffin who has appeared on BET’s Comic View and was an opening act for the King and Queens of Comedy. Other celebrities who will be in attendance include Master Speed Painter D. Westry, KHicks Urban Ballroom Dance Group, music by D.J Youngblood of Kiss 104.1 for a night of dancing, raffles, giveways and a silent auction.
    Proceeds raised from this event will benefit the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children and toiletry gift bags will be donated to the Marietta Youth Detention Center.
    Tickets are $125. For further information please visit our website at http://www.pfpma.org. To purchase tickets, VIP tables, or to become a sponsor, or to make a donation, please call Chris Johnson at 814-321-6820

    Atlanta Hawks Hire  Wilcox As Assistant GM
    The Atlanta Hawks have recently named Wes Wilcox as Assistant General Manager, according to President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry.
    Wilcox comes to the Hawks from the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was most recently Director of Player Personnel, as well as serving as General Manager of the Cavs’ NBA Development League team, the Canton Charge.
    He joined the Cavaliers in 2003, and held the roles of advance scout, college scout and pro personnel scout.
    Wilcox got his NBA start in 2001-02 as an intern with the Miami Heat in their scouting/video department, before moving to New Orleans as the Hornets’ video coordinator in 2002-03. He is a graduate of Cal-State Fullerton, and he and his wife Larisha have a son, Noah.

    Defensive Lineman Vauchard Goodridge headlines a trio of Clark Atlanta University Panthers including Kemuel Lawrence and Saldedeem Major named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Preseason All-Conference Second Team as voted by the SIAC football coaches association and announced at its annual football luncheon this week.

    Goodridge, who led the conference in tackles for losses with 20, ranked seventh on the team in total tackles (35) and second in sacks with four. Averaging 35 yards per punt, Lawrence placed fifth in the conference among other punters while also hitting 6-of-12 field goals. Although Major, a 6-3 tight end, sat out last season he has shown great skill and leadership in spring training.

    The Panthers open their season Sept. 1st, against the University of West Alabama in a 6 p.m., contest at Panther Stadium.

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