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Local Roundup: Screven blanks Jackets

    BROOKLET — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks (2-0, 2-0 Region 3-AA) defeated Southeast Bulloch 4-0 Tuesday in region action.
    The Gamecocks scored twice in the first eight minutes, and scored a pair of goals in each half.
    Morgan Boswell, Rochelle Schuman and Gentri Becton each scored and had an assist.
    Kortney Gross also scored a goal, and Madyson Torres added an assist.
    Screven returns to action on the road Friday at 5:30 p.m. in region action against East Laurens.

SEB Hall of Fame nominations
    Southeast Bulloch is now receiving Athletic Hall Of Fame nominations for the April 30th 2011 Hall Of Fame Banquet.
    Nomination forms can be downloaded from the school’s athletic web site or you can pick up forms at the high school attendance office. The deadline to submit forms is February 25, 2011.

Falcons advance Stadium plans
    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are moving forward with plans for a new outdoor stadium.
    The Georgia World Congress Center Authority agreed Tuesday to a “memo of understanding” with the Falcons, the next step in negotiations to build a 65,000-seat facility just north of the team’s current home, the Georgia Dome.
    Both sides said the agreement does not mean a deal has been reached, but allows them to begin discussions about the business relationship that would be involved in whatever plan is developed.
    Falcons officials have made it clear they want a new open-air stadium, saying that is the only way to stay competitive financially. They have rejected plans for a renovated Georgia Dome or adding a retractable roof to it, pointing out that 22 teams have moved into new or completely rebuilt stadiums since the dome opened in 1992.
    Preliminary plans for a new stadium include 7,500 club seats and 110 suites, plus the ability to add up to 10,000 temporary seats. The cost is estimated at $700 million.
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, during a visit last season, made it clear a new stadium would be needed if Atlanta wants to land another Super Bowl. The Georgia Dome hosted the game in 1994 and 2000, but two bids to bring the game back to the city have been rejected.
    Officials with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which runs the current stadium as well as the massive convention center and nearby Centennial Olympic Park, have said any deal must include enough funding to maintain the Georgia Dome.
    The 70,000 indoor stadium would remain open for events such as the Southeastern Conference football championship game and college basketball’s Final Four, as well as concerts and conventions.
    If a new stadium is built, the city would have four downtown stadiums seating at least 50,000 within about 2 miles of each other. The Atlanta Braves play at Turner Field, while Georgia Tech’s football team uses Bobby Dodd Stadium.

    In Tuesday’s writeup of the baseball opener between Metter and Statesboro, Blue Devils’ centerfielder Bland Tucker was referred to as Bland Turner.
    In the story about the season opener between Portal and Southeast Bulloch, SEB’s Aaron Rowe was referenced as Steve Rowe.

    If you have a score to report, please call the Statesboro herald sports desk at (912) 489-9408.