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The Atlanta Hawks basketball team has invited fans to see its new court surface during an open practice session this weekend.

The team has announced that fans will be able to observe a free practice session on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.

The borders of the court have been painted lime-green and dark gray to correspond with the team's newly unveiled jerseys for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The court's playing surface is similar to last season's design.

Yogi Berra will be remembered by family and friends at a private funeral in the New Jersey town where he and his wife raised their family.

But the service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair will be televised live on the Yankees' YES Network available on cable and satellite TV beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The baseball legend and American treasure known for his quirky sayings died Sept. 22. He was 90.

NBA player, Jason Richardson, brings the ball down the court in 2009 while playing for the Phoenix Suns.
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Jason Richardson is retiring after a 13-year NBA career in which he averaged more than 23 points a game for Golden State 10 years ago.

The 34-year-old swingman signed with the Atlanta Hawks in August. He played 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, his play shortened by a knee injury.

Richardson announced his retirement on Facebook, a move confirmed by the Hawks on Thursday. He says his decision was "hard and tough" but made easier by "choosing my family and my health."

Rosalie, a dog up for adoption at Dekalb County Animal Services
Dekalb County Animal Services

If the Atlanta United Football Club builds its practice facilities in DeKalb County, one of the buildings set for demolition will be the county animal shelter.

There are plans for a new shelter near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, but at least one county commissioner says it's unlikely it will be ready in time.

Commissioner Jeff Rader says the county will need to spend a lot more money than the $7 million budgeted for the new animal shelter.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson takes to the field with the team before the start of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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Football season, both college and pro, kicked off  last week. And Georgia teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, fared pretty well in their opening games.

Sports writer Brian Jones from 247Sports joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “Closer Look” to talk about the start of the season and what’s ahead this weekend.

Remembering What Made Sportscaster Milo Hamilton Great

Sep 18, 2015
 Houston Astros announcer Milo Hamilton before an opening day baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 6, 2012, in Houston.
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There are legends in sports and there are legendary sports calls.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton made one of these calls. As the Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer, he called the play in 1974 when baseball great Hank Aaron hit his historic 715th home run at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Hamilton died in Houston on Thursday. He was 88 years old.  

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Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, has died.

The Houston Astros announced the death of their longtime play-by-play man on Thursday. He was 88. A cause of death was not immediately released.

Hamilton spent 60 years broadcasting MLB games. From 1966 to 1975 he worked for WSB Radio in Atlanta and called the April 8, 1974, game when Aaron beat Babe Ruth's record to become the all-time home run leader. Hamilton later said it was the highlight of his career.

Sports Author Discusses Thoughts On ‘Deflategate,’ NFL

Sep 11, 2015
New England Patriots fans hold a sign that refers to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first half of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.
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The NFL season officially kicked off Thursday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots took on their conference rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium, ushering in the new season. The Patriots beat the Steelers 28-21.

The Patriots had a difficult post-season following their nail-biter, on-the-edge-of-your-seat Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year, in a 28-24 win.

The Atlanta Falcons prepare to play the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Atlanta.
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The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots kicked off the NFL season Thursday night the same way they ended the last season... with a victory. The Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28-21.

The Atlanta Falcons open their season Monday night at home at the Georgia Dome when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

As football season cranks up, the Atlanta Braves season is winding down and, for some, that’s a relief.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands near a fence during an NFL football stretching session before practice begins at the team's facility Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/)
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Considering all of the off-season controversy surrounding the New England Patriots, it seems fitting the NFL kicks off a new season Thursday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

In the opening game of the new campaign, the current Super Bowl champion Patriots are playing host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

By now it has been well documented that Tom Brady is eligible to play in the game. The judge's ruling that cleared him to play lifted the four-game suspension handed down to Brady for his alleged involvement in "Deflategate."

 The Georgia mascot Uga takes the field before an NCAA football game against the LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga.
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The Southeastern Conference has a record 10 teams ranked in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season.

Ohio State remained a unanimous No. 1 after pulling away 42-24 at Virginia Tech on Monday night.

The SEC already held the record for most teams from one conference in the Top 25 with eight, a mark it matched in the preseason. After the conference went 12-1 to open the season, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 25 Mississippi State moved into the poll to go with the eight teams already there.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves federal court, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in New York. Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving a judg
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This story has been updated: 12:33 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down Tom Brady's four-game suspension in "Deflategate."

Goodell said in a statement Thursday that it's paramount to protect the integrity of the game and his office's responsibilities under the collective bargaining agreement with players.

The Atlanta Hawks will retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season, about two months after he is enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging center, spent five seasons with the Hawks. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says few players matched the impact Mutombo made "as a player, man and humanitarian."

Mutombo's number will be retired on Nov. 24, when the Hawks play the Boston Celtics. His hall of fame enshrinement is set for Sept. 11.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrived early to court Monday for a final face-to-face meeting before a judge rules on the "Deflategate" case.

The judge had ordered both to show up for the conference before he rules whether Brady must serve a four-game suspension imposed by the league for his role in a conspiracy to use underinflated footballs during a playoff game last season.

The NFL wants confirmation it handled the case appropriately while the NFL Players Association wants the suspension nullified.

Georgia's Nick Chubb (27) runs into the end for a touchdown against Louisville late in the second half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Georgia won 37-14. Chubb was the game's MVP.
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The 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc. and ESPN are teaming up to launch a new bowl game that will kick off the college bowl season in December. It’s called the Celebration Bowl, and it will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Dec. 19 and broadcast on ESPN.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will play the Southwestern Athletic Conference in the Celebration Bowl, which was first announced last March.

It’s one of several initiatives the 100 Black Men of Atlanta organization is working on to help improve the plight of inner-city African-American children.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speaks in front of a model of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium
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The Atlanta Falcons' future home officially has a name: Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Team owner Arthur Blank and Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. CEO Steve Cannon confirmed the naming rights deal early Monday, after news of the agreement leaked late last week. Both said the deal would run for 27 years.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal were also in attendance for the announcement.

Louise Suggs of Atlanta, Ga., member of the U.S. Curtis Cup Women's golf team, drives at the first tee during the cup matches as Birkdale, England, May 21, 1948. The U.S. team defeated the British golfers, 6 1/2 to 2 1/2.
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Louise Suggs, one of the founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, died last week at the age of 91.

The granddaughter of the owner of the Atlanta Crackers minor league baseball team, she grew up in Lithia Springs. Suggs not only helped start the first professional women’s sports organization in the world, but left behind a legacy as one of the best players in the game – regardless of gender.

On “A Closer Look,” Atlanta-based LPGA teaching pro Oneda Castillo discussed the legacy of Suggs, who in retirement lived on Sea Island.


Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the Atlanta Braves will vacate Turner Field in downtown Atlanta by the end of 2016.

Reed said in a statement on Thursday that the team notified him it would leave the field by Dec. 31, 2016 in a letter with Tuesday's date.

The Braves announced in November 2013 that they would relocate to a new stadium in suburban Cobb County. The stadium, SunTrust Park, is scheduled to open in 2017.

Ga. Olympic Track Star Working To Keep Families, Kids Fit

Aug 7, 2015
Hazel Clark leads the final leg of the women's distance medley relay during the Penn Relays track and field meet Saturday, April 29, 2006, in Philadelphia.
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She’s a three-time Olympian middle-distance runner and a seven-time winner of the USA Championship 800 meter race. Now Hazel Clark is putting those Olympic skills and experiences to work as the  executive director of the Georgia Track Club.

The club is hosting a free health and fitness event for families at the Anderson Park Recreation Center in Atlanta on Saturday.

The DeKalb Commission voted earlier that day to approve the agreement with Atlanta United FC, one that would involve a $12 million investment by the county.
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It’s official. A major league soccer complex will soon be built in DeKalb County on Memorial Drive near Interstate 285. On Tuesday, the DeKalb County Commission approved a $30 million practice facility and headquarters for Atlanta United FC.

About 200 county employees, several county commissioners, team owner Arthur Blank and members of the public celebrated the announcement.

Jason Longshore was one of those who showed up in support. He serves as chief development officer for Soccer in the Streets, a soccer organization for disadvantaged youth.

Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry, middle, shoots between Los Angeles Sparks' Erin Phillips, left, and Jantel Lavender during the second half of an WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 16, 2015.
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The second half of the Women’s National Basketball Season is underway, and while the Atlanta Dream is struggling on the court, the league has enjoyed modest growth in key business measurements.

On “A Closer Look,” WNBA president Laurel Richie, who was in Atlanta for Sunday’s Dream game against the defending champions Phoenix Mercury, said the league is a model of stability as it prepares to celebrate its 20th season in 2016.

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It's almost time for college football.

And to whet fans' appetite for Saturday afternoons on the gridiron, the College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN and the Atlanta Sports Council are hosting a Huddle-Up Luncheon to take a look at the upcoming season.

Georgia Tech kicks off the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, hosting the Alcorn State Braves at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

UGA makes its debut two days later on Sept. 5, when they entertain the ULM Warhawks at Sanford Stadium.

L.E.A.D. Ambassadors and members of the Atlanta Police Department team pose for a post practice photo.
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Members of the Atlanta Police Department, or APD, and some of the youths in the metro area will play baseball at the Safe at Home game. The sporting event is a part of an initiative called L.E.A.D., which is the country’s first instructional play program for at-risk inner city youths to lead and transform their city. 

The acronym for L.E.A.D. stands for Launch, Explore, Advise and Direct.

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Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges.

The Banks County sheriff's office says deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Scott's 20-year-old brother, Antonn, for following too closely Thursday morning on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta.

A sheriff's news release says the vehicle failed to yield for about two miles, with speeds reaching 98 mph, before it finally pulled over. Deputies say they found more than an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of MDMA, commonly called Molly.

Andy Roddick eyes the ball during his match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals during the 2012 US Open tennis tournament Sept. 5, 2012, in New York.
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Andy Roddick is taking a break from retirement to play in this week's Atlanta Open.

He is playing doubles with his friend Mardy Fish, who is getting closer to retirement himself.

The 32-year-old Roddick says Atlanta served as the "bookends" of his career. It's where he won his first tour title in 2001 and his last in 2012. He retired in 2012 and says he now feels like "the kid who's too old to go back to the high school dance."

Aerial photograph of the new Falcons stadium construction in June 2015.
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The Atlanta Falcons' new stadium may be the greenest in the country once it's finished. The team says it’s planning to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's platinum certification, the highest level of sustainable building certification.

Donald Young at the 2014 BB&T Atlanta Open
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Atlanta tennis fans are gearing up for the BB&T Atlanta Open this weekend, which draws hundreds of fans and some of the top professional players. 

A local favorite is Atlanta-based professional tennis star Donald Young.  Young was once the No. 1 junior player in the world. He made it to the fourth round of the U.S. Open in 2011.

Now he's an 11-year veteran with a career-high ranking of No. 38 in the world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals. 

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson takes to the field with the team before the start of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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Tennessee and Georgia Tech will open their 2017 seasons by facing each other Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Their prime-time matchup was announced Monday.

The Georgia Tech-Tennessee meeting is expected to be one of the first college games to take place at the new home stadium of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, which is set to open in 2017.

Although Tennessee and Georgia Tech have faced each other 43 times, this will be their first meeting since 1987. Tennessee leads the series 24-17-2.

Georgia coach Mark Richt speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.
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College football in the middle of July?

Many Southerners are enjoying beach vacations and other leisurely activities, but they’re also gearing up for the start of another season.

While the SEC’s dominance was ended last season by Ohio State’s national championship, the fanaticism over Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU and their SEC rivals is year-round.

The Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are teaming up with Live Nation to build a concert hall next to SunTrust Park in Cobb County. But it's named after a historic Atlanta venue: The Roxy Theatre. 

The Braves announced Thursday that their planned sports/entertainment complex will include an indoor concert hall that can hold 4,000 people. 

The team says the name -- The Roxy Theatre -- honors "an iconic Atlanta venue."