A little love for the local pros

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It’s a good day for a handful of local professional athletes. Even better for us, as the sports pages were full of news about the local hotties we love to call our own:

ginepri_robby_blog2.jpgROBBY GINEPRI: The hunky 25-year-old tennis player and Kennesaw resident has had his ups and downs on the pro tennis circuit. Six weeks ago, his ranking dropped to No. 171 – a huge fall for someone who had ranked as high as 15th in the world. Recently, he’s reached the semifinals in three consecutive Association of Tennis Professionals events and moved up to 91st as he heads into the Pacific Life Open, which opens Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif., the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. For more (shirtless) photos, check out this post at TennisServedFresh.com.

AL HORFORD: The sensation from the Atlanta Hawks is a leading contender for horford_al_blog.jpgRookie of the Year honors as the ajc_horford_blog2.jpgteam battles to hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The AJC breaks down why the Hawks will or won’t make the playoffs. The piece includes a sweet photo of Horford hugging Solomon Jones from behind. I couldn’t find the photo online, so a scan of the image will have to do.

harrington_joey_blog2.jpgJOEY HARRINGTON: The bench-warmer-turned-starter-turned-fired-now-rehired quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons has had a tough week. A tough year, in fact. Brought to the team last year to back up Michael Vick, he took the starting job when Vick’s career went to the dogs – literally. His mediocre performance – never mind the other anemic pieces of the Falcons offense – caused him to lose the starting job. Last week, the Falcons fired him to make room in the salary cap only to rehire him yesterday. He signed a restructured, two-year contract that pays him just under $4 million, according to the AJC. Now there’s no need for the For Sale sign on his Virginia Highland home. And gay fans so happy to see the hunky QB arrive last year can breathe a little easier.

UPDATE: The AJC corrected their initial report from Wednesday and it seems Harrington signed a one-year contract worth $1 million. How’s that for a lukewarm endorsement from the Falcons?

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