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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Georgia sports news from The Associated Press

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons opened training camp with "a sense of urgency." The Falcons are looking to bounce back from a 4-12 record. It was the first losing season of coach Mike Smith's six-year tenure. Smith said he wanted to see more intensity from the very first day of training camp, and he liked what he saw yesterday.

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has approved plans to issue up to $397 million in public bonds to finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves in the city's northern suburbs. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard II overruled 12 legal objections brought by residents.

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks have signed power forward Adreian Payne, the team's first-round pick last month. The 6-foot-10 Payne, from Michigan State, was the 15th overall pick. Payne averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds while starting all six games for the Hawks' Las Vegas summer league team this month.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have waived wide receiver Darius Johnson. The team announced the move yeseterday, just hours before players took the field for the first practice of training camp. He was signed as a college free agent before the 2013 season.

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