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Guarding against sudden cardiac arrest in the young

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- He was already six feet tall at only 12-years-old. But Jeremy Nelson's father Herbert said he didn't necessarily want his son focused on basketball alone.

"He told me once he wanted to be a basketball player," Nelson said. "I told him never want to be a basketball player; you want to be something else, and if along the way your talents allow you the opportunity to go to college to become a professional, it's another ball game."

That attitude led Nelson's daughter to a full ride playing basketball for Notre Dame. Jeremy Nelson seemed to be on the same track, until he took a rest during an all star game in January. His father said he seemed like a perfectly healthy kid, and had even played three games already that day.

"He just kind of slid out of the chair, at that point that was one of the worst days of my life," Nelson said.

Jeremy was dead, it was sudden cardiac arrest.

Parraz powers G-Braves to series sweep

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- The Gwinnett Braves (4-0) utilized a pair of solo home runs by designated hitter Jordan Parraz to complete the sweep of the Charlotte Knights (0-4) on Sunday afternoon. Parraz went 2-for-3 with clouts in the fourth and sixth innings to lead Gwinnett to a 6-2 win in front of 5,204 fans at Coolray Field.

No G-Brave homered more than once in a home game at Coolray Field in 2012, but Parraz became already the second Gwinnett hitter to do so this season. Ernesto Mejia homered twice in game one of the doubleheader against the Knights on Saturday night.

The G-Braves got off to another great start, scoring twice in the bottom of the second inning. Third Baseman Joe Leonard doubled in Todd Cunningham, who singled to start the frame. After a groundout advanced Leonard to third, he came around to score on wild pitch by Knights' starter Simon Castro.

Weekend street closures and event parking/travel tips

Weekend street closures and event parking/travel tips

ATLANTA -- With hundreds of thousands of people planning to attend events in the City over the next four days, transportation officials have released a list of street closures, as well as parking suggestions and travel tips. The following comprehensive information was collected from the Atlanta Police Department, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and MARTA.

A.P.D. - The Atlanta Police Department reminds the public of heavy traffic volume in Downtown Atlanta from April 4th-8th , centered around the Final Four basketball tournament and related events around the Georgia Dome.  The Department is urging event-goers and others who must travel into Downtown to consider taking MARTA, or other alternative modes of travel to decrease volume. 

Searching for a story and finding a Knight

ATLANTA, Ga. -- On Friday afternoon Jeff Hullinger was assigned a 'simple' task by producers after the afternoon editorial meeting.

The task was to "find something interesting and something unusual" relating to the Final Four weekend festivities. Hullinger obliged.

He checked every venue, shook hands and spoke with an abundance of out-of-towners and this video chronicles his sporting journey.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 High School Baseball Poll is here. This week, there are more changes with a new name at the top this week.

Loganville returns to the top spot this week, followed by East Coweta, Milton, Lambert, and East Paulding.

Eagle's Landing Christian is next with Blessed Trinity, McEachern, Gainesville and Marietta completing the Top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 High School Baseball Poll is computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively 11AliveNews

Rain forces Gwinnett Braves to postpone home opener

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Due to the rainy weather, the Gwinnett Braves have postponed Thursday night's season opener at Coolray Field.

The team will take on the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 Friday evening with a t-shirt giveaway and fireworks.

Saturday will feature a doubleheader with the Knights, beginning at 5:05 p.m.

Gwinnett man accused of killing roommate arrested in Fla.

Gwinnett man accused of killing roommate arrested in Fla.

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County man was arrested in Florida after going on the run late last week.

Stephen O'Reilly is accused of killing his roommate, 28-year-old Brent Francis, on Mar. 30 at the home they shared on Hurndon Road in unincorporated Snellville.

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Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said Francis was stabbed multiple times and was able to tell officers that O'Reilly had attacked him before he was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Investigators eventually found O'Reilly, 24, driving the victim's Toyota Camry in Pensacola, Fla. He was arrested Monday and is being held in the Escambia County Jail awaiting extradition to Gwinnett County.