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Suzuki Superbike race headed this way this week
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The American Motorcyclist Association’s Suzuki Superbike Showdown, Road Atlanta’s premier motorcycle race, returns to the South Hall track Friday-Sunday. The event features the country’s best riders attacking the 2.5-mile oval course at speeds approaching 190 miles per hour.

The Superbike Showdown is a twin-billing event with the AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and AMA SuperSport championship races Saturday and Sunday in Braselton.

The Pro American SuperBike participants include Gainesville’s Geoff May, Jake Zemke, Tommy Hayden, Larry Pegram, Josh
Hayes, Blake Young, Ben Bostrom and John Hopkins.

Last year’s Pro Daytona SportBike champion Danny Eslick will return to defend his title. Josh Herrin, Tommy Aquino, Martin Cardenas and 2009 Moto-GT champion Mark Crozier will provide his competition.

The American SuperBike finals (20 laps) are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. SportBike races are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Saturday and 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The United Way Celebrity Golf tournament takes place Tuesday at the Innsbrook Golf Course in Helen. The title sponsor is the beneficiary of the tournament, which features autograph signings by celebrities such as former Atlanta Falcon and Atlanta Braves player Brian Jordan.

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: This week, local schools start their push for the playoffs. The top four teams in each region will qualify for the playoffs. In Region 7-AAA, teams will compete starting Tuesday at the Alberta Banks Park in Flowery Branch. Region 8-A will compete at Lakeview Academy, and Region 8-AA is at North Oconee High.

ATLANTA BRAVES: The Braves continue their west coast road swing this week with a three-game set at the San Diego Padres starting today. Jair Jurrjens will pitch today for the Braves. Jurrjens is coming off a no-decision last week against the Chicago Cubs. After a day off Tuesday, Tommy Hanson, who is coming off a loss to the Cubs last week, will pitch for the Braves on Wednesday.

After a series against San Francisco and San Diego out west, Atlanta returns home to face the Colorado Rockies in a weekend series that begins Friday.

ATLANTA HAWKS: Atlanta (51-29) can still earn as high as a No. 3 seed in the playoffs depending on the outcome of this week’s final two regulars season games. The Hawks visit the Miwaukee Bucks today, followed by the regular season finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in Atlanta.

If the regular season ended now, Atlanta would face the No. 6 seed Miami Heat (44-35) in the first round. The Heat won three of four head-to-head games against the Hawks this season. The playoffs begin April 18.
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