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Silverbacks won't play in 2009

Citing economic troubles and the potential of a Major League Soccer team coming to the area, the Atlanta Silverbacks announced Tuesday that the men's professional team will not play in the 2009 season.

"This was an extremely difficult decision that was prompted by the dynamic events in our economy and the soccer community," Silverbacks general manager Michael Oki said in a news release.

Last month, Falcons owner Arthur Blank submitted a bid to MLS for an expansion team that would begin play no earlier than 2011. Gwinnett and Cobb counties are believed to be the likeliest locations for a team. The Silverbacks play at a location off Northcrest Road at Interstate 85 in DeKalb County.

Colts release Greene from practice squad

Ravaged by injuries, particularly in the defensive backfield, the Indianapolis Colts signed a handful of new players on Wednesday and released former Georgia and South Gwinnett star quarterback David Greene from the practice squad.

The Colts signed two defensive backs, a tight end and a wide receiver, forcing them to open practice squad spots. Greene signed with Indianapolis, his fourth NFL team, in September. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks, the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.

UGA women's golf signs Gwinnett trio

The University of Georgia women's golf team built an all-Gwinnett class in the early signing period with Emilie Burger of Hoschton, Kendall Wright of Suwanee and Abby Johnson of Buford.

Burger led Mill Creek to the Class AAAAA state title last season by winning the individual championship. Wright, who is home-schooled, has won six junior titles over the past two years. Johnson, who has played both basketball and golf at Buford, was fourth in the AA state tournament in 2007.

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Final 4 coming back to Atlanta

ATLANTA - The Final Four is coming back to Atlanta.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that Atlanta was among five cities awarded the final and semifinals of the men's tournament for the period from 2012 to 2016. The Georgia Dome will host the 2013 event.

This will be the fourth time the Final Four has been held in Atlanta. It was played at the old Omni in the 1970s and has twice been contested at the Georgia Dome, in 2002 and again in 2007.

Also awarded future Final Fours: New Orleans in 2012, Dallas-Fort Worth in 2014, Indianapolis in 2015 and Houston in 2016. All will be held at domed stadiums.