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Chen stellar as O's blank Braves

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven shutout innings on Sunday and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set at Turner Field.

Chen (7-2) allowed six hits, one walk and struck out two to earn the win. He threw 70 of his 101 pitches for strikes. Darren O'Day, Troy Patton and Pedro Strop combined for a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson collected his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Steve Pearce scored on a balk for the Orioles, who have won seven of their last eight contests.

Randall Delgado (4-7) pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs on three hits over eight innings to go with six strikeouts. Andrelton Simmons added a pair of hits in the loss for the Braves, losers in six of their last seven games.


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Debate Over Transportation Tax

ATLANTA -- On July 31, Atlantans will decide their transportation future.   They will be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects and improvements over the next ten years.

Supporters say the money is not only vital to ease regional congestion, they say the region's financial future depends on it.   They vow it will create jobs and make it easier to get to those jobs.

Opponents question whether the money is allocated well.  They wonder what happens after ten years.  Some don't want money to go to MARTA.  Others are distrustful of government.

Sunday morning, two men on opposite sides of the issue shared their viewpoints on 11Alive Weekend Morning News.   Dave Stockert, CEO of Post Properties, is chairman of the metro Chamber's Transportation Policy Committee.   He is pushing for passage of the Special Local Option Sales Tax.

Committee formed to find next UGA president

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A 22-person search committee has been formed to find a successor for retiring University of Georgia president Michael Adams.

Adams plans to step down next June, and members of the search committee were announced Friday.

Larry Walker, a former state legislator and current member of the University System Board of Regents, will chair the committee. The Board of Regents oversees the state's 35 postsecondary education institutions.

The committee includes six other regents, UGA administrators and professors, and representatives of the UGA Foundation, the UGA Alumni Association, the UGA Staff Council, the UGA Student Government Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Dooley to be honored by Marines

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Legendary former University of Georgia head football coach and athletics director Vince Dooley will be inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

The University of Georgia says Dooley will be inducted in the hall on July 27, 2012, in Quantico, Va.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame honors Marines who have excelled on and off the athletic playing field.

Dooley, a former Marine captain, was head football coach at UGA from 1963-1988 and director of athletics from 1979-2004. He guided Georgia to the 1980 national championship and six SEC championships, and took his teams to 20 bowl games.

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UGA police chief: Boy molested another boy at summer sports camp

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia's police chief said Wednesday that a young boy sexually molested another young boy inside a campus dorm room where they were both staying while attending one of UGA's summer sports camps.

The chief, Jimmy Williamson, said the incident occurred late Sunday night or early Monday morning inside Russell Hall, where dorm rooms each accommodate two people.

According to the police report, one of the boys complained that the other boy made physical contact with "intimate parts of the juvenile's body without consent."

The boy immediately told an adult, UGA police were called in, and investigators met with both boys and both sets of parents.

Williamson said the victim's parents then asked him to drop the case, which he did, although he reported the incident to the state for possible follow-up.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Incoming UGA Freshman Named Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year

ATHENS, Ga. - Incoming freshman softball player Geri Ann Glasco was named the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year it was announced on Wednesday at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Softball Classic in Roma, Ga. Glasco became both the first softball player from Georgia and thefirst Georgia signee to be named the National Softball Player of the Year. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to the ESPYS inJuly.