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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.

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.

ATHENS | Ga. considers fee to ride bikes at state parks

ATHENS | Ga. considers fee to ride bikes at state parks

ATHENS, Ga. -- Officials might soon start charging cyclists to ride on trails at three state parks in north Georgia.

The Department of Natural Resources is considering charging a $2 mountain bike trail fee at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Fort Yargo State Park in Winder and Hard Labor Creek State Park near Rutledge.

Paul Nelson, assistant director of state parks, said the parks were chosen for the possible fee because of the length of their trails.

He said the department needs to charge fees for activities like bike riding, disc golf, miniature golf and horseback riding to keep parks open and make up for state budget cuts.

A public hearing on the proposal is planned for Jan. 9 at Fort Yargo State Park.

ATHENS: Georgia defense looks to make mark against LSU

ATHENS: Georgia defense looks to make mark against LSU

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Sanders Commings wants everyone to take notice of Georgia's defense.

If that means taking a shot at No. 1 LSU before Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game, so be it.

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Commings stirred things up this week by boldly proclaiming that Georgia has a tougher D than LSU, saying "we have better players, a better coach." The Tigers shrugged it off, saying they'll do their talking on the field.

ATHENS: Dogs expect to have Crowell against LSU

ATHENS: Dogs expect to have Crowell against LSU

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Aaron Murray's four touchdown passes were enough for Georgia to beat Georgia Tech last week without much of a running game.

The quarterback said Monday No. 12 Georgia will need more balance to have a chance against No. 1 LSU in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game.

Georgia hopes to have freshman starting tailback Isaiah Crowell back this week. Crowell missed the 31-17 win over Georgia Tech with a left ankle injury. He was in uniform but appeared to be favoring the sore ankle in pregame drills.

Coach Mark Richt says he expects Crowell will play this week.

Murray said Monday that Crowell's return is "huge" to Georgia's chances of pulling off the upset.

Crowell leads Georgia (10-2) with 832 yards rushing and five touchdowns, including four 100-yard games.

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MEDIA RELEASE                           
For Immediate Release 
November 17, 2011

Contact: Mike Pilcher, VP of Communications 
North Georgia Jaycees 
706-614-0843, pilcher07@yahoo.com