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Former Bulldog Kibwe Johnson To Represent U.S. At Olympic Games

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Former Georgia thrower Kibwe Johnson punched his ticket to his first Olympic Games after winning the hammer on the first day of the Olympic Trials at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., on Thursday.

This is the only event of the Trials that will be held outside Eugene, Ore. The rest of the Trials will be at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Johnson, who is now competing for Nike/New York Athletic Club (NYAC) after suiting up for the Bulldogs in 2000, launched an opening attempt of 244 feet, 1 inch, which would have also clinched the victory, before letting go of his top throw on his fifth attempt. Johnson's fifth throw measured 245-11 to top Chris Cralle (243-11) for the win.

Expected to join Johnson in London at the Games is AG Kruger instead of Cralle. Kruger, like Johnson, had an "A" qualifying mark going into the Trials and finished third with a mark of 242-6 on Thursday.

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Kenny Rogers' retreat going to highest bidder

NICHOLSON, Ga. -- For the right price, you can live like a celebrity right here in metro Atlanta.

Grammy Award-winner Kenny Rogers' luxury estate will hit the auction block on June 26. 

The artist and entertainer used to escape the hustle and bustle of the city at his 5,600-square-foot Polynesian-inspired home in Nicholson, outside Athens.

Ga. shrimper invents net to save turtles

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A Georgia shrimper has received federal certification for his invention that helps sea turtles and other marine animals caught in shrimping nets to escape more easily.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has approved the device invented by Sinkey Boone for use in the national shrimp fishery. Boone worked in collaboration with the University of Georgia's marine extension service and the Georgia Sea Grant.

The net includes a giant escape opening for sea turtles, finfish, sharks, rays and crabs to free themselves once they are caught in a shrimping net.

The device was tested aboard a UGA research vessel in Brunswick. Results showed a dramatic reduction in other marine life getting caught in the net while the number of shrimp increased.

Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in May

Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in May

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in April.

The rate was 9.5 percent in May 2011.

Clarke County's unemployment rate in May 2012 was 6.8 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures early Thursday.

They say the rate increased because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not.

Officials also say there were 269 new layoffs in profession and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

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Braves outslug Yankees in home run derby

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Yankees, 10-5, in a game that featured nine home runs.

Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado and David Ross also homered for the Braves, who won the final two contests of this three-game set.

Tommy Hanson (8-4) got the win despite giving up four runs on five hits over five-plus innings. He allowed four home runs.

Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter hit solo homers for the Yankees, who have lost two in a row after winning their previous 10. Curtis Granderson added an RBI.

Phil Hughes (7-6) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 frames. He gave up a career-high four homers and now leads the American League in home runs allowed with 19.

Coming into Wednesday's game, Yankees starters had tossed at least six innings in each of their last 19 games.


UGA's Farmer Selected To Play For USA National Team

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia shortstop Kyle Farmer has been selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, the organization announced Tuesday.

Farmer, an Atlanta native and three-year starter, will be part of the 22-man Team USA squad that will report this week to their training complex in Cary, N.C. The team's season begins Monday, June 25 and lasts a month with trips to Cuba and The Netherlands highlighting the 2012 schedule.

"This is something I've always wanted to do, to play for Team USA, and I'm really excited about getting to be a part of the team," said Farmer. "It's going to be a lot of fun, playing baseball and being around guys from other teams and seeing how they approach the game and the same goes for teams from other countries. My dad was on a team that won a gold medal.

Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

ATHENS, Ga. -- The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is offering three free nighttime gardening seminars this summer.

The "Gardening at Night" events will include lessons on weeding, watering and harvesting heirloom vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants by the light of the rising moon. They also will include discussion on lunar planting and plant lore.

The two-hour seminars begin at 6 p.m. on June 26, July 24 and Aug. 21. Participants are asked to meet at the Heritage Garden Gazebo each of those evenings.

The state botanical garden is located in Athens. It's operated by the University of Georgia.