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Texas Hold'em tournament to benefit Neighbor in Need

Texas Hold'em tournament to benefit Neighbor in Need

ATLANTA -- Neighbor in Need will host a Texas Hold'em fundraiser in southeast Atlanta this weekend.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 30. Entry is $50; a grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card is at stake.

The tournament take place at the Glenwood at 1236 Glenwood Avenue SE.

Email neighborinneed@eaca.net to sign up.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Neighbor in Need, which provides free home repairs to low-income seniors living in East Atlanta Village.

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

Atlanta-area residents win Publix Ga. Marathon

Atlanta-area residents win Publix Ga. Marathon

ATLANTA -- Sunday's Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon was an enormous success, with more than 16,000 racers running up and down the streets of Atlanta.

A local resident won first place in the marathon. Malcolm Campbell of Marietta earned a time of 2:26:11. He improved upon his time of 2:31:26 in the Atlanta Marathon last October, where he finished second.

"It was a tremendously challenging course," Campbell said after Sunday's race. "The weather was a huge help for the runners today."

Jill Horst of Rome won her second consecutive Publix Georgia Marathon women's first place with a time of 2:54:24.

Atlanta resident Andrew Heath placed first in the half marathon with a time of 1:09:55. Justyna Mudy of Rome won the women's half marathon at 1:18:50.

Hawks sign former Ga Tech player Muhammad

Hawks sign former Ga Tech player Muhammad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have signed former Georgia Tech standout Isma'il Muhammad on the eve of training camp.

General manager Danny Ferry announced the move Monday. The 6-foot-6 Muhammad is an Atlanta native who played at Georgia Tech from 2001-05. 

The swingman has played professionally in Europe, South America, the Middle East and New Zealand. Muhammad also played high school basketball at W.D. Muhammad in East Atlanta. 

The Hawks have 19 players on their training camp roster.

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.

Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

ATLANTA -- Tee Off for Hope, the annual charity golf tournament for Atlanta's Society of St. Vincent de Paul, will be held Monday, Apr. 30 at East Lake Golf Club.

Participants in the tournament will become "Members for the Day" of the exclusive club, home to golf legend Bobby Jones. Several notable Atlantans are scheduled to attend and participate, including former UGA football coach Vince Dooley, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and 11Alive's own Fred Kalil.

Money raised by Tee Off for Hope goes to help local families struggling with hunger, poverty and joblessness. The funds support such organizations as St. Vincent de Paul's Family Support Centers and Food Recovery and Distribution Program.

To register for the tournament, visit www.svdpatl.org.

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.