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  • After his shot at the NFL ended, former University of Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera is working on his next dream— the WWE. An alum of North Clayton High School in Atlanta, Herrera was one of 40 athletes who participated in a WWE tryout last week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., according to the WWE. Herrera, who was named second-team All-SEC during his senior season, was drafted by Indianapolis Colts the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but was released on Aug. 10, 2016 after playing in three games as a rookie. Herrera also has stints with the Tennessee Titans and the Washington Redskins. In his four seasons as a Bulldog, Herrera started 43 games and recorded 334 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions.

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  • Last week UGA athletics did something that, given the proximity to the season, struck more than a few of its constituents as quite remarkable: It let fans know that football season tickets were still available. That wasn’t all. UGA also reduced the buy-in minimum for fans who wanted to renew their tickets. It worked. The remaining season tickets, about 600 total, were lapped up within days by Bulldog fans. That amounted to 55,000 out of 92,000-plus seats for each game at Sanford Stadium in 2017. Still, the lag time and the reduction in renewal requirement would indicate that Georgia’s home schedule, and perhaps some other factors, had an effect. Georgia has six home games this year and none of the opponents are projected top 25 teams: Appalachian State (Sept. 2), Samford (Sept. 16), Mississippi State (23), Missouri (Oct. 14), South Carolina (Nov. 4) and Kentucky (Nov. 18). “That could be part of that; I don’t know what the full cause is,” said Tim Cearley, UGA associate athletic director for tickets. “But, yes, we were thankfully able to meet all the Hartman Fund demand anyway. We didn’t turn any donors away. (And) the bigger takeaway is we have sold out. That’s encouraging.” The Hartman Fund is the vehicle through which donors can buy season tickets. The donation gives one the right to then purchase season tickets. And the more you contribute the better your seats tend to be. This year donors with at least 550 priority points (a point for every dollar donation) who contributed at least $275 per seat last year can automatically renew their tickets. That’s drastically lower than last year ($1,201 points who contributed at least $250 per seat). Another factor may have been the Bulldogs coming off an 8-5 record, which head coach Kirby Smart acknowledged was “disappointing.” Ticket prices also increased this year: The face-value cost of a ticket rises to $50, up from $45 last year and $40 in 2015, where the price had been since 2008. And the required donation to the Hartman fund has also increased in 2017. Finally, there’s also what pro and college teams are facing nationwide: The difference between the game experience and at home. In Georgia’s case, many fans have complained about the state of the bathrooms at Sanford Stadium, which led the athletics department to say it will take action. So UGA sent out the e-mail last Thursday saying that season tickets were available, first to Hartman Fund donors, and then to the public. Over what Cearly said was two or three days, all the season tickets were purchased. In fact, Cearley said that the only remaining tickets to be sold by UGA would be returns from other schools. That doesn’t include the secondary market, such as Stub-Hub, where tickets are still available and usually are. “In terms of us coming through and delivering through on the season ticket end, we’ve come through with that process,” Cearley said. Georgia sold out every home game last year, the first with Kirby Smart as head coach, It finished ninth nationally and fifth in the SEC with an average attendance of 92,746. In addition to it being beginning of the Smart and Jacob Eason era, there were home games against Auburn, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

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Sporting News ranked the top quarterbacks in college football for the 2017 season. Six SEC signal callers topped in the Top 25.
Georgia’s players compete against each other in the annual spring football scrimmage in Athens on April 22, 2017. 
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  • Bob Stoops will retire as head football coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners after 18 years, according a release from the university on Wednesday. The university said Stoops is 'the winningest coach in Oklahoma history' and has an overall record of 190-48. >> Read more trending news He led the Sooners to the national championship in 2000. Stoops will remain as special assistant to the athletics director. University officials said Stoops is the only coach to win the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and national championship. They said he accumulated more wins in his first 18 seasons than any coach in the game's history. According to a statement from the University President David L. Boren, he will be succeeded by current offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. The statement said Stoops, 56, believed it was the appropriate time to conclude his time coaching in Norman, Oklahoma. Below is an excerpt of a statement from Stoops, obtained by the Associated Press and provided by OU: “After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I've decided to step down as the head football coach. I understand there has been some speculation about my health. My health was not the deciding factor in this decision and I've had no incidents that would prevent me from coaching. I feel the timing is perfect to hand over the reins. The program is in tremendous shape. We have outstanding players and coaches and are poised to make another run at a Big 12 and national championship. We have new state-of-the-art facilities and a great start on next year's recruiting class. The time is now because Lincoln Riley will provide a seamless transition as the new head coach, capitalizing on an excellent staff that is already in place and providing familiarity and confidence for our players. Now is simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition. ... “I'm especially thankful for being able to coach so many talented young men over my 18 years here. It has been so rewarding to see these players come to OU and mature over a four- or five-year career, and not just on the field. To play a small part in their growth is what I will always cherish the most. None of my success would have happened without the best fans in the country. I can't tell you how much I appreciated the 110 consecutive home sellouts. The passion of our fan base is unmatched, and their support has played a huge role in not only home games, but road games and all 18 of our bowl games, as well. ... “The coaching life is like a relay race and I'm thankful for my turn and am confident as I pass the baton. Carol and I intend on staying in Norman - it is our home. I will be available to Coach Riley and the athletic department in any manner. Thank you all for a lifetime of memories we shared together of 10 conference championships, the 2000 national championship, strong relationships with players and coaches, and the great Oklahoma football fans. Boomer!”
  • DESTIN, Fla. — The SEC and its football coaches discussed the possibility on Tuesday of going to a 14-week season every year, with an eye on giving teams two bye weeks per season. Some years there are two bye weeks anyway, based on the calendar, but most of the time every team only gets one bye week. The current discussion revolves around making it more permanent. It would involve moving up the season, as the SEC championship and National Football Playoff selection appears locked into the first weekend in December. The potential new calendar discussed with coaches and athletics directors, according to commissioner Greg Sankey. “We’ll see where that lands,” Sankey said. The meetings last until Friday, when the presidents meet and vote.                            by Taboola  Sponsored Links  Promoted Stories After Losing 220lbs Rebel Wilson Is Gorgeous Now!WeightLossGroove The Surprising Truth About Credit Card InterestThe Simple Dollar She Had No Idea Why the Crowd Was CheeringKiwi Report Celebrities Who Have Been Called Out For Being Bad In BedHooch                           Get Breaking News Fast!    Download the new SEC Country app.                                        Get the latest SEC News   Don't miss breaking news!Sign up for the SEC Country SEC Newsletter!           Enter Email Address                            
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  • There is light at the end of the prolonged wet and/or cloudy spell we have been going through. As I’ve been advertising on the radio for a few days now a prolonged dry spell is expected to begin Sunday and last through next Thursday, with modest thunderstorm chances returning Friday and next weekend. By the way, from this long distance, 4th of July weather looks pretty typical for the Metro, very warm and humid with around a 30% chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm. But first things first. We are still in a warm very deep moist tropical air mass. And while we get to see some sun today and tomorrow, we are not done with rain just yet, nor the threat of an isolated severe storm or small, weak tornado. Listen for details on the weather today this weekend and next 5 days on the radio in my reports for updates. Or check wsbradio.com at Click on the MellishMeter on the WSB Radio homepage for my 5 day forecast in writing anytime on any digital device. Due to the tropical nature of the air in place, more heavy downpours are likely in spots late today and overnight into tomorrow and that’s on already saturated soils, so a FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued for all of Metro Atlanta north of Griffin. Take note that trees may fall in the wet root zones without new rain or without high wind. Also bear in mind that in tropical systems lightning and thunder is often at a minimum, even in storms capable of producing damaging straight line winds or a tornado, so you may get little or no warning. You can see what’s left of Tropical Storm Cindy and the approach of a front from the north. MID-DAY FRIDAY: FRIDAY END OF DAY: FRIDAY EVENING: SATURDAY AM: END OF DAY SATURDAY: SUNDAY MORNING: HIGHEST FLOODING RISK FRIDAY: Flash Flood Watch 2pm Friday-8pm Saturday FRIDAY SEVERE WEATHER RISK:   TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 9PM Atlanta time: The remnants of Cindy will push eastward, and interact with shear axis/weak convergence boundary through Saturday. This shear axis/weak convergence zone will slowly sag south across the metro area through Saturday, serving to focus areas of precipitation. As with any tropical system, the potential for severe weather will exist. Especially for isolated tornadoes within any rain-bands. Areas roughly along and west of the Interstate 85 corridor will have the best potential for any severe weather through tonight. However, if good heating occurs across southern areas today, an isolated severe thunderstorm is not out of the question there, too. End of day Friday predicted (simulated) radar from a couple models: A welcome change is headed our way in the long term as drier air moves into the region, with lower than normal temperatures continuing and lower than normal humidity moving in with a less than normal rain odds Sunday through next Thursday. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @MellishMeterWSB
  • Family and friends are preparing for the funeral for a 16-year-old killed in a crash in Cherokee County. Police said a 17-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel on Hightower Road and traveled into an embankment and hit a tree. Mahlon Thornton died at the scene. The driver has a broken arm. Family members said Mahlon and his friend had been up all night fishing Sunday into Monday. 'They stayed up all night fishing. They were tired and they were probably going pretty fast,' said Cynthia Decker, Mahlon's guardian. Mahlon moved in with Decker three years ago. TRENDING STORIES: Sheriff reduces jail time for Georgia inmates who saved officer Police: Woman attacked at gas pump, turns tables on would-be robbers Homeowner stabbed to death during home invasion 'I'm going to miss that hug in the morning and that hug at night and that hug before he left,' she said. Deputies are still investigating the crash. 'I just want these kids to understand they're not invincible. They gotta rest. They gotta take care of themselves,' Decker said. Mahlon's parents said they forgive the driver. 'No blame, no blame. It could have easily been Mahlon driving,' said the victim's mother, Jenelle Thornton. Mahlon's funeral is Saturday in West Cobb. His family said they are finding comfort through faith. 'Our ministry has just begun because of this event. This will reshape us. We have no idea how to comprehend,' the victim's father, Wayne Thornton said.
  • A mother wanted on child cruelty charges out of Snellville has been arrested in Tennessee.  Savion Piotter already had DFCS cases pending against her in New York and DeKalb County. Snellville Police Det. Deann Green took out arrest warrants against her last week for drugging her four kids with Benadryl in an effort to control them, keeping them out of school for the last year and refusing to seek medical care for them.  When an officer showed up at her Snellville duplex with a caseworker, a 3-year-old answered the door and an 8-year-old subsequently shut and locked it in the officer’s face. Piotter skipped town with the kids before police could return with the warrant.  “I was able to ping her cell phone… and located it in Tennessee. I coordinated with Knoxville Police Department and they were able to locate her in the hotel in that area and make an arrest,” Green tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.  The four children were placed in DFCS custody and will be brought back to Georgia along with Piotter who Green plans to extradite.  Asked why Green was able to locate Piotter when others haven’t been able to, “My big thing is to keep track of kids and make sure they’re safe and in good condition. So, I wanted to make sure they didn’t slip through the cracks,” she says.
  • The man seen on Facebook Live posing with a gun and what appears to be drugs in front of his child is now in jail, police said. Jakeeco Milton, 25, was arrested Thursday for violation of probation. ActionNewsJax first showed the Facebook Live video of Milton posing with a gun in front of his child on Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Milton is behind bars after police say he violated his probation. It comes after he posted a Facebook Live video, in which he is seen with a gun and possibly drugs in front of his child. Family members told ActionNewsJax they are happy Milton is locked up. Court records show he has felony convictions for resisting an officer and battery in a detention facility. He and the child’s mother have four children together and one on the way. Family members said the couple and the kids bounce around from motel to motel. Both the State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families are investigating the incident. 
  • Two giant pandas from China have landed safely in Berlin where they are being welcomed by the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador. Men Meng and Jiao Qing were treated like royalty on their 12-hour-flight from Chengdu in southwestern China — their entourage included a Berlin veterinarian, two Chinese zookeepers and traveling press. 'They slept a bit, munched on their bamboo and nibbled on some cookies,' veterinarian Andreas Ochs told reporters at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport shortly after the arrival on Saturday. The German capital is going nuts over the cute bears, which will first be presented to the public at the zoo on July 6. Berlin's last panda, Bao Bao, was sent in 1980 as a gift from then-Chinese leader Hua Guofeng to West Germany's chancellor, Helmut Schmidt. Bao Bao died in 2012.
  • Lauren Hutton is going to be this year's honoree at the 20th annual Maine International Film Festival. The 73-year-old actress, model and producer will be awarded the Mid-Life Achievement Award next month in Waterville, Maine. Festival programmer Ken Eisen told the Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2u03TZ6) that Hutton was part of what he described as a golden age of American filmmaking in the 1970s and that she broke the rules for aging by modeling nude at age 61. She'll receive the award July 20 at the Waterville Opera House where her movie 'American Gigolo,' also starring Richard Gere, will be shown. ___ Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/