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ATLANTA-- The Atlanta Rollergirls team was just ranked the number seven roller derby team in the world. It's the first time the local all-star team has cracked the top ten.

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Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. The team scores points when a designated player laps members of the opposing team. The sport is dominated by all-female amateur teams.

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The high-energy sport has been gaining popularity in recent years. There are more than 1,250 amateur leagues worldwide. The Atlanta top-ranked team has a bout (that's what matches are called in roller derby) coming up this weekend. Click here for details.

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