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    Braves officials feel as though they blinked Friday, and tickets for the team’s opening day were gone. “We went through our allotment about a minute in,” Braves digital director Greg Mize tells Channel 2. “Opening night – that inventory’s gone. And same with Saturday, our second game.” Opening day at SunTrust Park is April 14 against the San Diego Padres. Fans can still get tickets to the game by purchasing a season-ticket 27-game pack. The team says a few of those are still available. “It’s really a mind shift for Braves fans. If you want to come to a game, [we’re] encouraging them to go online and get their tickets and get their parking early,” Mize says. Braves president of development Mike Plant echoes those sentiments. “Buy parking early,” he tells WSB. “At Turner Field we had 8,700 parking spaces. We are up to almost 15,000.” Parking tickets will have addresses on them, which will come in handy considering parking now stretches all along the radius of the stadium. Prices range from $18-23. Some parking will be around a 15-20 minute walk from the stadium, so shuttle services will be available. Private lots will also be popping up, and many existing lots do not open until 5:30 or 6 p.m. ET on weeknights. Officials at the park are now adding finishing touches to prep for opening day. “Our goal was always to make sure that by the time we played opening day, there was no Georgia red clay flowing down the streets,” Plant says. “And that goal’s been achieved.” Plant adds, “By opening day, every one of the roads and all the sidewalks will be open. “You might see some construction that is still on the facades, but you’re not going to see dumpsters and vehicles. It’s going to be a very safe place to come to.
  • SunTrust Park is almost, but not quite ready as developers add finishing touches. “Our goal was always to make sure that by the time we played opening day, there was no Georgia red clay flowing down the streets,” Mike Plant, president of development, tells WSB. “And that goal’s been achieved.” Plant adds, “By opening day, every one of the roads and all the sidewalks will be open. “You might see some construction that is still on the facades, but you’re not going to see dumpsters and vehicles. It’s going to be a very safe place to come to.” The team tells WSB majority of the stadium’s 41,000 seats are positioned in the shade. However, the star of the show is the battery development outside. “This is the key, heart and soul of the destination,” Plant says. The Athens-based beer company Terrapin is prepped to brew beer directly within the battery at SunTrust Park. “The food and beverage building – Terrapin taproom with Fox Brothers barbecue – will all be open by opening day,” Plant explains. While most of the restaurants will be ready by opening day, Plant and his team say you will no longer be able to bring your own food inside the stadium. “That’s kind of a norm, so as long as you make good quality [food] that’s affordable, I think everybody understands that,” Plant says. He adds, “Quality is going to be upgraded substantially here and we’re also very cognizant of cost. “You’re going to see some pretty good affordable offerings, understanding that you can’t create a reasonable ticket price and pick it up on the backside with the pricing of food and beverage.” Single-game Braves tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. ET. Opening day is April 14.
  • HOUSTON -- 51 years is a long time. 51 years ago, my dad was nine years old. Today his hair is all white. 51 years ago, my granddaddy was only a few years older than I am now. Today, his hair is basically gone. But he still makes wooden furniture, takes care of my grandmother and chases after his great-granddaughters. 51 years ago, Tom McCracken was also a young man. But that year, he bought in to the newest show in town. Rankin Smith had paid $8.5 million for an expansion NFL franchise called the Atlanta Falcons. McCracken was in. 'I'm an original season ticket holder,' Mr. McCracken told me on Saturday in Houston. 'You can't get much more loyal than that.' Nope. Especially with this team and in this city. It takes a special skill to be a Falcons fan. Or a fan of any professional team in Atlanta. There's not much happiness and not a lot of heartbreaking pain. The teams are never good enough to cut you open. Pain comes from dramatic failure to match expectations. When you have no expectations, you're never disappointed. McCracken has only missed three seasons of Falcons football in 51 years. But he has a legit excuse. 'I was there in '66 and then spent three years in service,' the 75-year-old said. 'I came back and have been a season ticket holder ever since.' There are only a few people like Mr. McCracken. To watch bad football game after bad football game. Year after year. 'It's easy (to be a fan) now as winners,' said McCracken. 'But in the old Fulton County Stadium there were 15,000 people. It was fun. You had the whole row to yourself.' Alan Satterfield is a little younger than Mr. McCracken, but was there for those craptastic years too. 'I remember when you'd leave two tickets on your car windshield and come back and there were six,' said Satterfield. It's a commitment that's never easy. But it has brought these two men, their families, and thousands of others to Houston for history's sake. Being a Falcons fan is never easy, but when your team makes it to the Super Bowl, going with them is even harder. You can't get a ticket under $2,500. Satterfield has brought his family of five to this game. You do the math. Get a calculator, because an abacus or your fingers won't cut it. 'For everybody involved,' said Satterfield, 'it's probably north of $30,000 when it's all said and done.' Alan is a CPA. He can count that high. But if you have the money, numbers here don't matter. The Falcons are in the Super Bowl. I repeat, the Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl. Satterfield has the money. He loves his family and loves his football team. He wants everyone to share. 'To be here with my family, it's a bucket list thing.' But a few million other Falcons fans will be watching the game back in Atlanta. At a bar, or at a party, or most likely by themselves or with one other loved one. This game is too serious to screw around with bean dip, appetizers and BBQ. One must be focused. The stakes are too high. Atlanta and championship don't go together. Oil and water is a more successful mix. It happens for other cities and other people and that's nice. We are polite southerners. We only wish ill-will for New Yorkers and Saints fans. We accept our fate. It's been ours for so long. Atlanta is so overlooked, it's never included in the list of most suppressed fan bases. You'd always hear people talk about Cleveland-anything fans or Cubs fans or anybody else. Never Atlanta. We aren't even good at losing. 173 seasons of professionals sports season. Baseball, basketball, football, hockey. One title. One championship parade. Thank God for the Braves. But they are also the team that has brought true pain to this city. Everything else, is just a meaningless season after another. But not now. The vibe in Atlanta these last two weeks and here in the Western Rise Up Bureau is 'this is our time.' Even the boss man agrees. 'It does from a lot of perspectives,' said Arthur Blank. It's not just football though. Atlanta is hot. Between new stadiums, great food and an award winning TV show of the name, Atlanta has never been hipper or hotter. I'm getting too worried that we are getting too confident. This certainly feels different than 1999, the last time we saw this Super Bowl stage. Maybe it was because the Falcons got lucky that Gary Anderson missed his only kick of the season. Or maybe it was Eugene Robinson's late night urges. Maybe it was because Chris Chandler was the QB. But no one in Atlanta felt as confident than they do now. Maybe we don't know how to handle it, maybe we haven't felt enough heart break to be more guarded. Or maybe the Falcons are just that good. Maybe this is truly is Atlanta's time. Matt Ryan just won the MVP award and Morten Andersen is going in the hall of fame. And yet, there's still the four time world champion Patriots on the other side. 'I'm nervous about the game,' said Satterfield. 'I've been a Falcons fan too long.' That's the sprit. But for Falcons fans of all generations, Super Sunday will be something special. Atlanta is ready for a party. Because as popular as the Braves are, no title means more to more people than this one. The Vince Lombardi Trophy in Atlanta. Can it really happen? 'Probably tears,' is how Alan Satterfield -- a grown man -- is expecting to celebrate this title. 'That's ok. I'm comfortable.' Alan's son has never seen tears from his old man. This setting will be acceptable. 75-year-old Tom McCracken doesn't seem like the crying type. But this game has a special meaning for him too. Win or lose. 'This is my last-hurrah. I might go with my son to the new dome, but it's too hard at 75. It's time to retire.' Well Mr. McCracken a lot of stars of have walked away with titles. Hopefully you can to. We might have true heartbreak awaiting us Sunday night. Or maybe, this is truly our time.
  •   The last time the Dawgs had a season this bad, it also finished in the Liberty Bowl. At least this time, Georgia will leave Memphis ringing the bell on the Liberty Bowl trophy. If you’re going to come to this part of Tennessee you might as well go home with some hardware. This 31-23 win over TCU will also edge up what is already sky-high expectations for 2017. You know, sort of like the sky high expectations for 2016. December has probably been the best month of the 2016 season. Four of Georgia’s impact juniors said they are coming back. Recruiting is going pretty great, UGA has at least at top 5 class and maybe better. At least the Dawgs finally got a win on the actual football field to close out December. “Nobody is happy with 8-5,” Kirby Smart told the UGA radio network. “Certainly not us. We know what we have to do to get better and we have to go out and do it.” Georgia did look like a better football team today, at least in the second half. The first 28 minutes though, were a bit rough. Save a 77 yard pass from Jacob Eason to Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia’s offense looked as bad and as boring as ever. Three plays in a cloud of dust. Then a short punt. Georgia had five 3-and-outs in its first seven possessions. The other two were a TD and a turnover. Wake me up when something happens. Georgia’s defense did well to hang for the TCU no-huddle ride with its offense giving it only three plays to take a break. This game had a chance to really get out of hand, until the game’s MVP made the biggest play of this bowl. With his team already up 16-7, Kenny Hill’s 45 yard run put the Horned Frogs on the verge of a blowout. Two plays later, Trenton Thompson stuffed the quarterback for the first of his three sacks, knocking TCU out of field goal range. Next drive, Sony Michel goes in for 33 yard TD catch and Georgia goes to the half down two instead of down 16. A big 14 point swing caused by Georgia’s biggest defender. “Trenton played hard all game, so disruptive and so athletic,” said Smart. “There’s no limit to how good Trenton can be if he just buys into the system, which he has done this year.” Thompson’s three sacks ties him with Marcus Howard and David Pollack for the UGA bowl record. From there, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel did the rest, with Georgia rushing for 199 yards in the second half. That’s the Georgia formula. That’s the plan. The defense makes the stops and the running game wears you out. If it were only that easy, the Dawgs wouldn’t be spending its December in Memphis. “Those two backs wear you down,” said Smart. “You tackle them in the first quarter your fresh. The fourth quarter and that’s 220 pounds of muscle coming right at you. You get tired of hitting those guys.” And Bulldog Nation will get to watch them run one more season. Reasons number one and number two as to why Bulldog fans will be expecting something more than “Liberty Bowl Champions” in 2017. The chorus has already started, as it generally does in Athens every December. All together now “next year is going to be our year.” However, It’s pretty hard to argue that Georgia has a real shot to produce. The entire defense is basically back and all (breaking news, scratch that) almost all of the offensive skill players return (McKenzie says he’s going pro). Sprinkle a bunch of recruits with a bunch of stars and all is right with the world. One problem: This team went 7-5. It was mediocre. Is it really fair to expect so much for a group that produced so little in one year? “I’m certainly confident that they will be ready,” said Smart. “They have to not read their press clippings if they are playing. And if they aren’t, they need to work harder.” The future should be bright. There was glimpses of it today, even though it’s a 7-5 team beating a 6-6 squad. Now we see what Smart can do with his “Squad 17” recruiting call. Because the honeymoon is officially over. The mulligan season is gone. Championships will be expected very soon.
  • FOURTH QUARTER 3:22 — FINAL SCORE: Georgia 31, TCU 23 3:18 — D’Andre Baker breaks up the pass on fourth down and UGA gets the ball back with 1:14 to go. 3:09 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Nick Chubb with a 13 yard run. Georgia leads 31-23 with 2:48 left. 3:08 — 5th 100 yard rushing game for Nick Chubb this year and 18th of his career. 3:02 — Trenton Thompson 3 sacks and 3.5 TFLs. A huge one on third down pushing TCU out of easy field goal range and Horned Frogs miss a 47 yarder. 2:43 — FIELD GOAL GEORGIA: Blankenship with a 30 yard field goal. UGA leads 24-23 with 13:27 left. 2:42–TCU sacks Eason on third down, Georgia will have to settle for a field goal attempt. THIRD QUARTER 2:36 — END OF THIRD QUARTER: TCU 23, Georgia 21. Instant analysis: Well Georgia is starting to move the ball a little bit now. The Dawgs had 119 yards in the third quarter, and finally got the run game going with a 48 yard run by Nick Chubb that has the Dawgs on the verge of taking the lead. Georgia scored a TD on its other drive of the quarter, but needed a fake field goal to do it. The Dawgs got the ball thanks to a big forced fumble by Lorenzo Carter who has two of the day. Georgia is still having trouble containing QB Kenny Hill who has rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries while throwing for 94. Third quarter was much more entertaining than the first two. 2:36 — Chubb with a 48 yard run, goal to go now for Georgia. 2:30 — Touchdown TCU: John Diarse with a terrific catch on a nine yard pass. TCU leads 23-21 with 2:07 left in the third quarter. 2:14 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Eason hits Javon Wims on a four yard pass. Wims first TD as a Bulldog. UGA leads 21-16 with 7:08 left in third. 2:11 — Brice Ramsey picks up the first down on a fake field goal with an 11 yard run. Eason is usually the holder. 2:07 — Great awareness by Eason to keep that play alive and run for the first down. 2:05 p.m. —  Dominick Sanders recovers a fumble after a long TCU run. Carter forced his second fumble. UGA ball at its 48. SECOND QUARTER 1:39– END OF FIRST HALF: TCU 16, Georgia 14: Instant analysis — Trenton Thompson and Lorenzo Carter have made two of the biggest plays so far for Georgia to keep the Dawgs in this Liberty Bowl. Following Kenny Hill’s longest run of the season, Thompson sacked Hill two plays later which derailed a drive that had to could have put the Dawgs in a 16 point hole. UGA answered with its best offensive drive of the day, ending with a Sony Michel 33 yard TD catch. On the following drive, a big kickoff return on the other side of mid field gave TCU another opportunity to get points, but Lorenzo Carter forced a fumble on a Kenny Hill scramble, keeping the score at 16-14. It feels like UGA’s defense is hanging on for dear life, but Georgia is actually out gaining the Horned Frogs 204-175. The Dawgs offense finally got something going in the second quarter, but it is still struggling to run the football. Nick Chubb has 13 yards on six carries, while Michel has 29 yards on seven carries. Eason is 9 of 16 for 155 yards. McKenzie is over 100 yards  for the first time since the Missouri game. “We have to run the ball, loosen things  up and get our play makers the ball,” Kirby Smart told the UGA radio network. TCU’s Hill is the game’s leading rusher with 55 yards on 11 carries. It’s been a feast or famine day for Georgia’s offense so far, with five 3-and-outs and a turnover. But the Dawgs are only down two and are keeping this fast-paced TCU offense in check. UGA might be fortunate to still be in the game, but it is still in the game. 1:39 — Blankenship misses a 53 yard field goal to end the half and it wasn’t even close. 1:36 — Carter with a big forced fumble on a Hill scramble. UGA ball at its 45 with 30 seconds left. 1:33 — Michel’s first TD catch of season. 1:32 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Michel with a 33 yd catch. Big juke and big hit for Sony to get into the end zone. TCU leads 16-14 with 1:13 in half. 1:21 — TCU misses a 41 yard field goal. UGA hanging around, down 16-7 with 5:25 left in half. Big stop for Dawgs D. 1:18 — Guess what, another 3 and out for Georgia. They got close though, but an Eason scramble came up a half yard short. TCU ball at its 35. 1:14 — UGA with 103 total yards. 75 percent of it on the 77 yard pass from Eason to McKenzie. 1:13– Touchdown TCU: John Diarse with a 10 yard catch from Hill. Frogs lead 16-7 with 9:15 left in 2nd quarter. 1:08 — Georgia burns its last time out challenging an incomplete pass by TCU. Dawgs thought it was a lateral. 1:04 — UGA drives: Four 3-and-outs, a lost fumble and a TD. TCU has three 3-and-outs. 1:01 — Fourth 3 and out for UGA. Short Ramsey punt gives TCU ball at the UGA 45. 1:00 — Chubb six yards on five carries. Long of 2. 12:57 — UGA’s defense steps up and forces a 3 and out. Dawgs ball at its 10. 12:49 — UGA only gets two yards on its first drive of the quarter. Another punt. TCU ball at its 45 FIRST QUARTER 12:44 — END OF FIRST QUARTER: TCU 9, Georgia 7: Instant analysis: Well that escalated pretty quickly. TCU went 3 and out on its first two drives with only six total yards. Then Georgia chose to punt on fourth and 1 at its own 45 and then the TCU offense clicked into  high gear. QB runs, short passes, option runs. UGA was fortunate to hold the Frogs to a field goal on a 14 play drive. However, TCU hit pay dirt two plays after an Eason fumble. The Dawgs need the offense to put together a long drive to get a breather. Outside of a 77 yard pass to McKenize, UGA’s offense hasn’t  done much. UGA has 17 yards on 9 carries. 12:42 — Touchdown TCU: Kenny Hill runs it in from the 10 yard line on a QB draw. XP hits the post, so it’s 9-7 TCU with 2 seconds left in first 12:40 — Call stands so TCU ball at UGA 21 12:39 — Eason is hit as he throws and loses the fumble. But its under review. 12:38 — TCU’s offense had UGA on skates but Dawgs bow up in red zone. Thompson had pressure on Hill to force grounding on third down. 12:37 — Field goal TCU: Hatfield hits a 40 yard FG. Dawgs lead 7-3 with 44 seconds left in first quarter. 12:25 — Dawgs cant do much with decent field pos and go 3-and-out. TCU ball at its 12 after punt, 12:22– TCU goes 3 and out again. UGA ball at its 35. 12:16 – Drive was set  up by 77 yard pass from Eason to McKenzie. Longest pass of the season for UGA and a career long catch by McKenzie. 12:17 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA. Four yard run by Michel. UGA leads 7-0 with 9:32 left in first. 12:14 — Chubb passes Todd Gurley to become the 2nd all time leading rusher in UGA history. Still a ways to go to catch you know who for No. 1 12:09 — TCU also goes 3 and out on its first drive. McKenzie hit after the punt on the UGA 13. 0-0 with 12:27 left in 1st quarter. 12:06 — Dawgs throw it on 3rd-and-1 and fails. 3-and-out for UGA. Ramsey’s punt out at TCU 35. 31 yard punt. 12:01 p.m. — TCU wins the toss and defers. Georgia ball
  • FOURTH QUARTER 3:11 — Georgia Tech plants its flag at midfield as Tech players jump up and down on the Georgia G. Dawgs blow a 13 point lead in the 4th quarter. FINAL SCORE: Georgia Tech 28, Georgia 27 3:04 — Touchdown Georgia Tech: Searcy with a 6 yd run. It was a halfback pass, but Searcy runs up the middle for the score. Tech leads 28-27 with 30 seconds left.  3:00 — 13 tackles for Roquan Smith a career high 2:53 — Eason throws an interception on a deflected pass. Jackets ball at the UGA 46. 3:39 left. UGA leads 27-21. 2:47 — Sony Michel with 168 rushing yards now a career high. 2:43 — Touchdown Georgia Tech: Jackets go 94 yards and finish with a five yard TD run by Mills. UGA leads 27-21 with 6:28 left.  2:41 –Tech now with 305 total yards. 157 rushing, 148 passing. 2:38 — Tech with 62 yards on two throws to dig out of a hole and get to the UGA 35. UGA still leads 27-14 with 8:14 left. 2:34 — Georgia can do nothing with the great field position. Dawgs go 3 and out for the first time. Tech ball at the 6. 2:27 — Tech goes for it on fourth down at midfield and David Marshall with a stop in the backfield. Dawgs ball at its 49. THIRD QUARTER 2:18 — END OF THIRD QUARTER: Georgia 27, Georgia Tech 14. Instant analysis — You could argue that Georgia should be very disappointed by leaving a bunch of points on the field in the third quarter. The Dawgs scored 13 points, but had two short field goals. However, Tech had only one third down in the third quarter and was out gained by Georgia 129-21. The talent level looked fairly even in the first quarter, but Georgia has slowly showed it’s dominance on defense as it figures out Tech’s option. Sony Michel is just a few yards away from a career high. He’s at 161 rush yards while Nick Chubb is up to 83. If this is their final game in Sanford Stadium, it’s a pretty good one. But, Tech can score two TDs in a hurry if the Dawgs make mistakes. But so far, Georgia is the better team. 2:18 — This is the second time this season Georgia has scored three times in one quarter. The other was the third quarter against Nicholls. 2:15 — FIELD GOAL GEORGIA: Blankenship hits a 32 yarder. Georgia leads 27-14 with 26 seconds left in third. 2:06 — Michel 157 rushing yards. Chubb 78. Tech’s Lynch leads with 42 yards (all on one carry). 2:04 — Georgia with 235 rushing yards (7.3 avg). Tech has 128 on the ground (6.4 avg). 2:02 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Nick Chubb with a three yard run. Georgia leads 24-14 with 7:30 left in the third quarter.  1:58 — Tech’s first three drives: TD, Punt, TD, 165 yards. Next three drives – INT, FUMB, Punt. 34 yards. 1:57 — That is the first 3 and out for either team. 1:55 — Davis on a safety blitz sacks Thomas. Big loss on third down for Tech. Jackets go 3-and-out for the first time today. UGA ball at its 33 1:51 — Dawgs have to feel a bit disappointed with another red zone field goal off a turnover. But they have the lead. 1:49 –FIELD GOAL GEORGIA: Blankenship hits a 27 yarder. Georgia leads 17-14 with 12:01 left in third quarter.  1:45 — Looks like Roquan Smith caused the fumble. 1:45 — Sanders recovers a fumble for Georgia at the GT 28. 1:43 p.m. — UGA with a good special teams play to start second half. GT ball at its 16. SECOND QUARTER END OF FIRST HALF: Georgia 14, Georgia Tech 14: Instant analysis — Yeah it’s going to be one of those Georgia-Georgia Tech games. UGA is out rushing Georgia Tech 175-115. The Dawgs have closed the gap in yards per rush, averaging exactly seven yards per carry to Tech’s 7.7. Both teams are trying to make adjustments, but the offenses are overwhelming at this point. “They had some different blocking schemes that we didn’t show our kids,” said Kirby Smart. “We made some adjustments and hopefully it helps in the 2nd half.” Georgia did improve some in the second quarter. It allowed 87 rushing yards in the first frame and 28 in the second quarter. So that’s a start. However, Justin Thomas big throw to Brad Stewart to open the second quarter was a killer to set up the second score. There’s a pretty good chance Georgia will have two 100 yard rushers again. Sony Michel is already there with 117 yards on 12 carries. Chubb has 58 yards on 13 carries. This one is sort of living up to the hype right now. Georgia is taking advantage of a weak Tech defensive line, while the Jackets are having success against a UGA defense that hasn’t faced it’s option offense much. Now, who makes the quickest corrections in the second half. 1:15 — Third pick of the season and 12 of the year for Sanders. He’s now the team leader. 1:14 — Dominick Sanders with the interception for UGA. Dawgs ball at the UGA 9 with 56 second left. 1:04 — McKenzie talks trash and is hit with a flag. So was another UGA player, but refs got # wrong. And Tech’s Austin. So it all never happened. 1:03 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Eason with a six yard pass to McKenzie. It’s 14-14 with 5:04 left in the half.  12:59 — It took until 5:51 left in the second quarter for the pushing and shoving to start. 12:58 — A Nick Chubb TD is taken off the board by a holding against Wynn. 2nd and goal back to the 12. 12:56 — Michel over 100 yards now. 9 carries for 102. 12:55 — 42 yard run by Michel on second play of the drive. His longest run of the season. Dawgs down to the 15. 12:52 — Tech has run 12 plays so far. Three of them have gone for 30 yards or more. 12:50 — Touchdown Georgia Tech: Marcus Marshall with a four yard TD run. Jackets lead 14-7 with 8:54 left in the half. 12:48 — Tech’s first pass of the game is a 64 yard play fake to Stewart. Tech down to the UGA 9. 12:45 — Georgia gets one first down on its first drive of the second quarter but is forced to punt. Tech ball at the GT 27. 12:41 — Big stop by Lorenzo Carter on JJ Green on third and one. Jackets punt. Dawgs get the ball after a touchback. FIRST QUARTER 12:35 — END OF FIRST QUARTER: Georgia 7, Georgia Tech 7: Instant analysis — This could be a very fast moving game. Georgia Tech can’t stop the Dawgs running the ball and Georgia wasn’t exactly impressive stopping Tech’s first drive either. The Dawgs are dominating the line of scrimmage, especially Brandon Kublanow who is pushing around Tech’s defensive front. However Georgia missed on points on its first drive in part because of a dropped pass by Riley Ridley and a missed FG by Rodrigo Blankenship. The Jackets are getting yards in bunches, especially on the edges. Tech rushed for 87 yards on 7 carries for an average of 12.4. UGA color analyst Eric Zeier pointed out that UGA was guarding the pitch man with its safties, leaving no one behind if they get blocked. Which they were on that first drive. The Dawgs must make adjustments or it could be a shootout. 12:32 –Rushing yards: Georgia 90 on 15 carries. Tech 75 on 4 carries. 12:30 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Sony Michel with a 10 yard TD run. It’s 7-7 with 1:28 left in first quarter.  12:23 — Great throw by Eason on a scramble to Nauta on 3rd and 12 for 35 yards to the GT 30. 12:18 — Zeier: Georgia bringing the safeties up to cover the pitch man and if Tech blocks it, there’s no one stop it. So far they are. 12:15 — Touchdown Georgia Tech: Clinton Lynch with a 42 yard TD run.  Jackets lead 7-0 with 7:28 left in first quarter. 12:10 — Blankenship misses a 42 yard FG after Riley Ridley drops a third down conversion. Dawgs can do nothing with its 1st possession. 12:09 — Chubb passes Garrison Heart as UGA’s third all time leading rusher. 12:07 — Zeier: Brandon Kublanow is owing the Tech defensive front. 12:05 — Three carries 26 yards for Chubb. 12:02 p.m. — Reggie Davis hesitates on the return in the opening kickoff and his hit at the UGA 16. 11:59 a.m. — Tech wins the toss and will defer. Georgia takes the ball.
  • Jay Black

    Jay Black is the sports director of News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB and is the statistican for the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network. He is also the producer of Atlanta's Morning News with Scott Slade. Jay is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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  • Pickens County deputies are searching for an armed fugitive.  Authorities are looking for Nicholas Bishop in the area of Priest Circle in Talking Rock.  Bishop is believed to be armed with a handgun and on foot after he abandoned a stolen vehicle around 2 p.m.  If you see him, call 911 immediately. Officials say do not attempt to approach him. - Please return for updates.
  • One more time, Doris Payne, the 86-year-old infamous international jewel thief, has pleaded guilty to the usual crime. She admitted Wednesday to stealing a necklace from Von Maur at Perimeter Mall last year, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said. Payne, who recently said she’s been dealing with a possibly cancerous tumor, was sentenced to 120 days of house arrest and three years of probation.  She was also banned from all Von Maur locations and every mall in DeKalb County. Payne, who’d been free on bond, was arrested last month for missing a court date. Shortly after the would-be appearance, she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she wasn’t medically able to attend. “I ain’t runnin’,” she said in a phone interview. “I’ve never in my life been late for court. Last month, Payne was deemed too ill to stand trial by the judge presiding over a Fulton County case stemming from a missing set of earrings at Phipps Plaza. Payne has been open about her habits of theft, which she detailed in a documentary called, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” RELATED: Huge DeKalb center with (at least) 8 popular chains is opening soon RELATED: Cop helps elderly woman who got kicked out of dentist office in DeKalb RELATED: A DeKalb family’s tale of two dead bodies and a crying baby girl Like DeKalb County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter and Instagram
  • A drunken driver destroyed a row of headstones at a historic Carrollton cemetery, causing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of damage, police said. According to police, the driver was coming down Martin Luther King Street on March 19, ran a stop sign, jumped a curb and crashed into the city-owned cemetery. The broken headstones range in date from the late 1800s to 1950. 'And what we discussed is, if one is damaged beyond repair, we'll put something back that's respectful. It's hard to replace it with the exact same item. The families aren't around anymore, so the city will take on the responsibility,' city manager Tim Grizzard said. TRENDING STORIES: Thousands of Georgians could lose food stamps next week 16-year-old in custody after hoax call about school gunman Food prices at SunTrust Park vs. Mercedes-Benz Stadium: What's the difference? The 35-year-old driver, Ray Antonio Baker, was arrested and charged with DUI. City officials said they will ask his insurance carrier to pay for the damage. 'Our plan is to go after the individual's insurance to pay for repairs. If that doesn't pay for everything, the city will certainly pick up the tab,' Grizzard said. Officials said this isn't the first time a driver has damaged headstones, but it's not a big enough problem to put up a wall. 'It's not something that has happened often enough that we need to put up a barrier. If it was a recurrent spot, we would do something,' Grizzard said. City officials said it could take weeks to repair the damage.
  • A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program. Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin argued that even though the revised ban has more neutral language, the implied intent is still there. He likened it to a neon sign flashing 'Muslim Ban,' which the government hasn't bothered to turn off. Chad Readler, a Department of Justice attorney defending Trump's executive order, told the judge via telephone that Hawaii hasn't shown how it is harmed by various provisions, including one that would suspend the nation's refugee program. Watson disagreed. Here's a look at Watson's ruling and what comes next: ___ THE PREVIOUS RULING This month, Watson prevented the federal government from suspending new visas for people from six countries and freezing the nation's refugee program. The ruling came just hours before the ban was to take effect. Watson, nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama in 2012, agreed with Hawaii that the ban would hurt the state's tourism-dependent economy and that it discriminates based on nationality and religion. Trump called the ruling an example of 'unprecedented judicial overreach.' The next day, a judge in Maryland also blocked the six-nation travel ban but said it wasn't clear that the suspension of the refugee program was similarly motivated by religious bias. The federal government appealed the Maryland ruling to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and sought to narrow the Hawaii ruling. ___ THE LATEST RULING Like his temporary order, Watson notes that Hawaii has shown the state's universities and tourism industry will suffer from the ban. A plaintiff in Hawaii's lawsuit, the imam of a Honolulu mosque, will be harmed if the ban is enforced, Watson said: 'These injuries have already occurred and will continue to occur if the Executive Order is implemented and enforced; the injuries are neither contingent nor speculative.' Government attorneys have tried to convince the judge not to consider comments Trump has made about the travel ban. 'The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has,' Watson wrote. Watson also refused to narrow his ruling to only apply to the six-nation ban, as the government requested. The ruling won't be suspended if the government appeals, Watson said. 'Enforcement of these provisions in all places, including the United States, at all United States borders and ports of entry, and in the issuance of visas is prohibited, pending further orders from this court,' he wrote. ___ WHAT'S NEXT FOR HAWAII'S LAWSUIT? Watson's ruling allows Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the ban to work its way through the courts. 'While we understand that the President may appeal, we believe the court's well-reasoned decision will be affirmed,' the Hawaii attorney general's office said in a statement. Ismail Elshikh, the imam of a Honolulu mosque who joined the lawsuit as a plaintiff, argues that he's harmed by Trump's order because it prevents his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting family in the U.S. It's not clear how Watson's ruling will affect the mother-in-law's ability to obtain a visa. The Department of Justice didn't immediately comment after Watson issued his decision. ___ DEFENDING TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER The Department of Justice opposed Hawaii's request to extend Watson's temporary order. But the department said that if the judge agrees, he should narrow the ruling to cover only the part of Trump's executive order that suspends new visas for people from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Other provisions of the order have little or no effect on Hawaii, including a suspension of the nation's refugee program, Department of Justice attorney Chad Readler said Wednesday. In an attempt to downplay the effect suspending the nation's refugee program would have on Hawaii, Readler said only a small amount of refugees have been resettled in Hawaii. But Watson questioned that reasoning by noting that the government said there have been 20 refugees resettled in Hawaii since 2010. Other parts of Trump's order allow the government to assess security risks, which don't concern the plaintiffs in Hawaii's lawsuit, Readler said. The revised order removes references to religion, he said. ___ CAN AN APPEALS COURT AFFECT THE HAWAII RULING? The president is asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put the ruling by the judge in Maryland on hold while it considers the case. The Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court will hear arguments May 8. If the court sides with the federal government, it would not have a direct effect on the Hawaii ruling, legal experts said. The Trump administration's best bet for saving the travel ban is to have the case go before the U.S. Supreme Court, said Richard Primus, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan law school. 'What a ruling in 4th Circuit in favor of the administration would do is create a split in authority between federal courts in different parts of the country,' he said. 'Cases with splits in authority are cases the U.S. Supreme Court exists to resolve.