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Baseball Tournament Blankets Metro Atlanta

MARIETTA, Ga. - - The NFL is no doubt America's top spectator sport, but there's evidence all over north Georgia that teenagers still love to play baseball.

Iowa based Perfect Game is currently conducting its largest baseball tournament ever here, utilizing over 40 fields from as far north as Cartersville and as far south as Newnan.  There are 281 teams playing in the 16 and under event, coming from all over the United States and one team from the Dominican Republic.

"This is the top event in the country" says Mike Mancour, whose son plays on a Nashville based team.  The most stunning thing about the numbers involved, is the fact that this is just one of four events in the area in recent weeks.

The 18, 17, and 15 and under events are done, and those tournaments had numbers around and over 200 as far as teams competing. The contingent of coaches and families means each team brings as many as 60 people to the area.

High achievers pick colleges farther from home

(USA TODAY) -- The smarter your kid, the farther from home he or she may go to college.

The higher students score on a standardized college entrance exam, the more distance they may put between home and their college choice, a new study shows. A similar link exists between the education level of the student's parents: The more educated the parents, the farther from home their son or daughter tends to venture, the study finds.

The results don't necessarily mean high-scoring students can't wait to get out from under their parents' thumbs. The findings are "less about miles traveled and more about opportunity," says Steve Kappler, an assistant vice president for ACT, the testing company based in Iowa City that released the findings Tuesday. "The higher your score, the more opportunities you have. Students with more money have more opportunity. ... They have the ability ... to hop on an airplane and go check out a school."

54-year-old Kennesaw woman found safe

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Police reported Sharlene Sylvia Carter was found safe and sound Tuesday afternoon.

She had been reported missing July 9 from the Social Security Administration office on Franklin Road.

Four draft picks opt to attend Georgia

Four draft picks opt to attend Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- Three members of Georgia's latest baseball recruiting class along with rising senior pitcher Patrick Boling will be wearing Bulldog red and black in 2014 after passing on a chance to sign a professional contract.

Seven Bulldog signees plus three student-athletes from the 2013 club were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft this past June, and teams had until Friday to sign their draft picks.

Pitcher Robert Tyler (Baltimore, 28th round), outfielder Stephen Wrenn (Atlanta, 28th round) and shortstop Michael Bell (Miami, 37th round) look to be key contributors for the Bulldogs over the next few years after choosing to honor their commitment to the University of Georgia. Also, the return of the versatile Boling (Washington, 32nd round) bolsters the pitching staff.

Braves sign top 13 selections from 2013 draft

ATLANTA -- To coincide with the July 12th signing deadline, the Atlanta Braves signed their top 13 draft selections, including 26 of their top 27 from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Overall, the 40 draftees included 19 pitchers (14 right-handed, five left-handed), seven outfielders, 10 infielders and four catchers. Atlanta selected 17 high school players, while the remaining 23 players drafted were chosen out of college.

Norman the Scooter Dog breaks world record

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Our local friend Norman the Scooter Dog has done it - he broke the world record.

PHOTOS | Norman the Scooter Dog breaks the world record
VIDEO | Norman breaks world record

He had to make the ride in less than 30 seconds, and he finished in just under 21. 

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11Alive's Jaye Watson is there now with the winner, along with about 100 people who cheered Norman on. 

PHOTOS | Norman the scooter dog visits 11Alive

'Miracle man' cheer coach recovering after major brain injury

ATLANTA -- It is hard to look at photos of the way Chris Gage used to look, mainly because of how he looks now.

However, despite being barely able to speak and walk, Gage "has made major, major, major improvement," according to his cousin, Brittany Johnson.

Gage was an energetic cheerleading coach in Cobb County. He was on his way to the gym on May 13 when, police say, he was T-boned by a car going 72 miles an hour -- a car that had also just ran a red light.

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The other driver, 52-year-old Patricia Evans, was arrested Wednesday.