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Silverbacks sign new defender

Silverbacks sign new defender

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have acquired a new defender on a season-long loan.

Cristian Quiñones comes to Atlanta from his native Colombia, where he has played at professional and youth international levels.

The 20-year-old center back most recently played three seasons for the Independiente Santa Fe in the Colombian first divisions; before that, he was part of two club teams, Deportivo Cali and Independiente Medellín.

Quiñones recently represented his country at the U-15 and U-17 international levels, participating in several South American tournaments.

"We're very excited to have Cristian with us this season," said Silverbacks director of soccer Rodrigo Rios.

Atlanta Hawks launch Spanish website

Atlanta Hawks launch Spanish website

ATLANTA -- In an effort to respond to growing demand from its Hispanic audience, the Atlanta Hawks have launched a new website, Atlanta Hawks en Español.

Featuring original video content, Twitter feeds from Hispanic players in the NBA and a blog from the Hawks' Al Horford, the team hopes to expand its reach among a population that has grown 96 percent in Georgia in the past decade.

"Our goal as an organization has always been to look for ways to further engage our fans and provide a comprehensive Hawks experience for each and every one of them," said Tracy White, chief sales officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Hawks.

BEST SPOTS: To Run in the City

BEST SPOTS: To Run in the City

ATLANTA -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of best places to run for beginners, intermediate and advanced runners.

Recently, running has risen in popularity due to people discovering the different benefits it offers. Running has been proven to lessen stress, aid in weight loss and can serve as a method of meditation. According to the Seattle Times, 26.5 million people in the US run 50 days out of the year.

  • Beginners Routes

The Silver Comet Trail is known as “the only truly flat place you can run in Atlanta”. The trail starts near Mavell Road in Smyrna and runs all the way to the Georgia/Alabama line, near Cedartown and Esom. The trail is a favorite among runners searching for a leisurely stroll and good scenery.

Silverbacks sign new forward

Silverbacks sign new forward

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed forward Conor Chinn, pending approval from the United States Soccer Federation.

A third-round draft pick of the New York Red Bulls in the 2010 Major League Soccer draft, Chinn comes to Atlanta after a short stint with another MLS club, Real Salt Lake.

The 6-foot-tall La Jolla, Calif. native didn't make an appearance for Real Salt Lake this season, but he played in nine games for the New York Red Bulls in 2010.

He had a successful college career with the University of San Francisco, scoring 37 goals and recording 12 assists in 78 games.

BEST SPOTS: Golf Clubs and Courses

BEST SPOTS: Golf Clubs and Courses

BUFORD – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best golf courses in for you to take a break and tee it off while the weather is nice.

The Hamilton Mill Golf Club is a favorite among many Atlanta golfers and is known for its “panoramic views, playable Bermuda grass fairways, undulating bentgrass greens and impeccable, year round conditioning”.

The course was designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates. Members and guests enjoy the stunning par-72 course. The facility features a clubhouse with a Pro Shop and a conference room. It also features a practice center with 7,000-square-feet of bentgrass putting greens.   

Members can play 18 holes with cart at Hamilton Mill for $16-$60.

The Northwood Country Club facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia features 6,798 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par-71.

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The LAA's Copa Latina de Atlanta - June 11th

The LAA's Copa Latina de Atlanta - June 11th

On June 11th the Latin American Association will host its second annual charity soccer tournament: Copa Latina de Atlanta. The tournament will be held at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park, 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way.

The tournament is open to adult, teen and youth teams. Two games are guaranteed and all players will receive a t-shirt.

Registration Information:

Team Captains should register teams before June 3, 2011. You may register at www.thelaa.org, email smarske@thelaa.org, or call 404-471-1892.

Fees -

  • Individual teams $250
  • Youth Teams (11-14 yrs) $140
  • Corporate Sponsored Teams $350

In addition to the soccer tournament, there will be a free Family Fiesta beginning at 11 a.m.!

For further information, visit the website www.thelaa.org!