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Georgians go for gold at Gay Games

Atlanta participants in the 2010 Gay Games

There won’t be as many athletes marching behind the Team Atlanta banner when Gay Games VIII opens in Cologne, Germany, but participants say the spirit of camaraderie and competition remains strong.

Some 160 athletes from Atlanta participated in the last Gay Games, held in Chicago in 2006. Thanks in large part to the longer distance — and therefore increased costs and vacation time requirements — only about 30 will make the trek to Germany for this year’s Games, which get underway July 31 and run through Aug. 7.

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Gay Games bound

Join the Atlanta Rainbow Trout water polo team for a beer bash before they head off to Germany

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Hotlanta Softball hosts Big Peach tournament

Softball player at the 2009 Big Peach Softball Tournament

Take a bite out of the Big Peach. Or at least try to hit one out of the park.

It’s that time of year again when the Hotlanta Softball League hosts its annual Big Peach Softball Tournament, with teams coming from as far as Houston and New York to play in the competitive, but fun, tournament.

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Atlanta Bucks rugby team is Bingham Cub bound

Atlanta Bucks Rugby

Just prior to heading to Minneapolis to participate in an international tournament in mid June, members of the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club are bringing out their roller skates for a benefit to raise money for the trip.

The Shiny Rugby Balls roller disco party June 12 will be the final fundraiser before the team heads to the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, a.k.a. the Bingham Cup.