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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.

Former NFL safety Easterling dies at 62

Former NFL safety Easterling dies at 62

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling has died. He was 62.

Mary Ann Easterling said her husband died on Thursday. He was one of seven former players who filed a federal lawsuit in Philadelphia in August over the league's handling of concussion-related injuries, the first potential class-action lawsuit of its kind.

PHOTOS | Notable deaths in 2012

Easterling played for the Falcons from 1972 to 1979 and was the centerpiece of the team's "Gritz Blitz" defense in 1977 that set an NFL record for fewest points allowed in a season.

Easterling's wife said he went on to start a successful financial services company in Richmond, Va. But she said he suffered from insomnia, depression and other mental issues from the repeated hits.

Richmond Police have ruled the death a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound. 


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.

Spring baseball season for Hall County children ready to start

Flowery Branch --  The Field of Dreams Spring Baseball Season starts on Tuesday, March 27. This group will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for six weeks. Please note that we will not meet on April 3.

The league is open to school aged children with all levels of physical and developmental abilities. Cost is $5 per player.

League play takes place at the Phil Niekro Field of Dreams, located in Alberta Banks Park.

Please call 770-965-7140 for more information. 

Field of Dreams Spring Season
Alberta Banks Park
5575 Jim Crow Road
Flowery Branch, GA 30542

FLOWERY BRANCH | Ryan, Falcons feeling confident

FLOWERY BRANCH | Ryan, Falcons feeling confident

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Ryan likes how the Atlanta Falcons are playing with two games left in the regular season, particularly now that his team can rest this weekend while other NFC playoff contenders compete.

PHOTOS | Roddy White and the Atlanta Falcons defeat the Jaguars

Atlanta (9-5) has won four of five and closes the regular season with games at New Orleans on Dec. 26 and at home against Tampa Bay on Jan. 1. The Falcons seem poised to make consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in their 46-year history.

Following Thursday's 41-14 rout of Jacksonville, the Falcons are brimming with confidence even though they're coming off consecutive wins over teams with a combined 8-19 record. Atlanta ripped off 65 consecutive points from the start of Sunday's third quarter at Carolina to the 2:12 mark of Thursday's third quarter.