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  • ATHENS — The media and the coaches are in agreement: Georgia has the 15th-best football team in the country. Or at least that’s the preseason consensus. The Associated Press poll was releasedon Monday, and it had Georgia in the same spot as the Amway Coaches Poll that was released earlier this month. The No. 15 ranking is pretty similar to last year, when the Bulldogs were No. 18 in the preseason AP poll, and No. 16 in the coaches poll. But for the second straight year, the Bulldogs finished the season unranked in the AP poll after being ranked. (Two years ago, Georgia began No. 9 in both the AP and coaches polls.) Since 2008, the year Georgia was the consensus preseason No. 1 team, the Bulldogs have finished lower than their preseason rank six out of nine years. The exceptions were 2011, 2012 and 2014. Georgia is the highest-ranked SEC East team in the AP poll, albeit barely: Florida is No. 17 and Tennessee is No. 25.

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  • There was a little discussion about you in there, a reporter told Thomas, the freshman offensive lineman. “About me?” Thomas said, seeming genuinely surprised. Yup. Good things. Thomas just nodded, and media members — whose stop was the next floor — left. No formal interviews, as Thomas is a freshman, but the exchange illustrates why Thomas is on the verge of something fairly unusual at Georgia: starting right away on the offensive line, especially at tackle. Thomas came to Georgia from Pace Academy in Atlanta with some hype, but not as much as others. He quickly made up for it with his work ethic, which can be traced to a humility and other attributes not usually seen in 18-year-olds. When Smart was asked during that news conference what Thomas has to be capable of to start at right tackle as a freshman, the normally loquacious coach’s answer was four words long. “Maturity. He’s extremely mature,” Smart said. This is by no means an indictment of the other freshmen on the offensive line. Isaiah Wilson, the other highly touted tackle prospect, is still very much in the mix, and he, Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer have all worked hard, to hear teammates and coaches tell it. But Thomas has the best chance to earn a starting spot, either at right tackle or left guard. And if he did so in Georgia’s season opener, that would put the Pace Academy product in rarified company. John Theus was the last freshman to start at tackle, in the 2012 season opener. Prior to that the last one had been Trinton Sturdivant, at left tackle in 2007. (Theus started at right tackle.) Clint Boling started 11 games at right guard as a freshman in 2007. Cordy Glenn started 10 games at left guard as a freshman in 2008. And Ben Jones started 10 games at center that same year, in 2008. Since then Theus was the only freshman to start the majority of the season on Georgia’s offensive line. For more on Thomas’ rise head to our partners at Dawgnation.com
  • ATHENS — Now that senior Malkom Parrish is sidelined, Georgia’s secondary is the source of intrigue as far as starting spots. And a freshman is getting a long look. Richard LeCounte was getting first-team reps at safety before Saturday’s scrimmage. LeCounte also appeared to be getting a long look at Thursday’s practice. J.R. Reed, the sophomore who had been working first-team safety, was instead at star. A transfer from Tulsa, Reed was also working with the stars during Thursday’s practice. And Aaron Davis continues to work at cornerback, on the left side of Georgia’s defense. Davis had been working at star and safety until this week. All this comes after the foot injury to Parrish, apparently suffered on Tuesday, which is expected to keep the two-year starter out at least several weeks. Senior Dominick Sanders remains the first-team safety, and junior Deandre Baker is still at right cornerback. That was all in the nickel formation, which has become almost Georgia’s base defense. When the Bulldogs went to the dime during Saturday’s media viewing period, sophomore Tyrique McGhee entered as the sixth defensive back, with inside linebacker Natrez Patrick leaving the field. McGhee continues to work at second-team cornerback in the nickel formation. Freshman Deangelo Gibbs is the second-team star, and freshman Eric Stokes the other cornerback. Junior Jarvis Wilson and freshman Latavious Brini are the second-team safeties. This is Georgia’s second scrimmage of the preseason. There will be one more, next Saturday, with the season opener against Appalachian State a week later. A couple other quick notes from the abbreviated media viewing period: The offensive line appeared unchanged from practice this week. Andrew Thomas, the freshman, still at right tackle with the first team. Freshman receiver J.J. Holloman was in uniform and a helmet, but it was unclear if he was going to be participating. Holloman has been slowed this preseason with a hamstring injury. For more coverage head to our partners at Dawgnation.com

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  • There was a little discussion about you in there, a reporter told Thomas, the freshman offensive lineman. “About me?” Thomas said, seeming genuinely surprised. Yup. Good things. Thomas just nodded, and media members — whose stop was the next floor — left. No formal interviews, as Thomas is a freshman, but the exchange illustrates why Thomas is on the verge of something fairly unusual at Georgia: starting right away on the offensive line, especially at tackle. Thomas came to Georgia from Pace Academy in Atlanta with some hype, but not as much as others. He quickly made up for it with his work ethic, which can be traced to a humility and other attributes not usually seen in 18-year-olds. When Smart was asked during that news conference what Thomas has to be capable of to start at right tackle as a freshman, the normally loquacious coach’s answer was four words long. “Maturity. He’s extremely mature,” Smart said. This is by no means an indictment of the other freshmen on the offensive line. Isaiah Wilson, the other highly touted tackle prospect, is still very much in the mix, and he, Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer have all worked hard, to hear teammates and coaches tell it. But Thomas has the best chance to earn a starting spot, either at right tackle or left guard. And if he did so in Georgia’s season opener, that would put the Pace Academy product in rarified company. John Theus was the last freshman to start at tackle, in the 2012 season opener. Prior to that the last one had been Trinton Sturdivant, at left tackle in 2007. (Theus started at right tackle.) Clint Boling started 11 games at right guard as a freshman in 2007. Cordy Glenn started 10 games at left guard as a freshman in 2008. And Ben Jones started 10 games at center that same year, in 2008. Since then Theus was the only freshman to start the majority of the season on Georgia’s offensive line. For more on Thomas’ rise head to our partners at Dawgnation.com
  • ATHENS — The media and the coaches are in agreement: Georgia has the 15th-best football team in the country. Or at least that’s the preseason consensus. The Associated Press poll was releasedon Monday, and it had Georgia in the same spot as the Amway Coaches Poll that was released earlier this month. The No. 15 ranking is pretty similar to last year, when the Bulldogs were No. 18 in the preseason AP poll, and No. 16 in the coaches poll. But for the second straight year, the Bulldogs finished the season unranked in the AP poll after being ranked. (Two years ago, Georgia began No. 9 in both the AP and coaches polls.) Since 2008, the year Georgia was the consensus preseason No. 1 team, the Bulldogs have finished lower than their preseason rank six out of nine years. The exceptions were 2011, 2012 and 2014. Georgia is the highest-ranked SEC East team in the AP poll, albeit barely: Florida is No. 17 and Tennessee is No. 25.
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  • A former lottery computer programmer who admitted to rigging computers to enable him to pick winning numbers and cheat four states out of $2.2 million in several lottery games over six years was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison in Iowa on Tuesday. 'I regret my actions and I'm sorry for the people I hurt,' said Eddie Tipton, 54, the former information technology manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, a central Iowa organization that provides number-picking computers for lotteries in 33 states the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tipton's voice quivered when asked by Judge Brad McCall to speak during the sentencing hearing. After McCall issued the sentence, Tipton was handcuffed and taken away by sheriff's deputies. Under Iowa law, Tipton is likely to serve far less than 25 years — probably between three and five years, said Iowa Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand, who prosecuted the case. The Iowa Board of Parole will ultimately determine how long he's behind bars. 'I think when you're an insider who abuses your position of trust and privilege you should expect to see the inside of a jail cell,' Sand said. Tipton's attorney asked McCall to give Tipton probation in Iowa, arguing his client was unfairly being treated far more harshly than other people involved in the scheme. As part of his plea deal, Tipton also admitted to committing theft by fraud and a computer crime in Wisconsin, where he'll be sentenced Sept. 18. The agreement allows him to serve his Wisconsin sentence — likely to be three to four years — at the same time he serves the Iowa prison sentence. Tipton also agreed to repay the $2.2 million to the four states from which he rigged games and jackpots were paid, but he told McCall it's unclear how he will get the money. He said he hopes to study ministry and get a job in that field after prison. 'Hopefully you're going to get rid of that greed and gain a little common sense during your prison stay,' McCall said. Tipton helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lottery games, including some of its biggest including Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto. He worked for the lottery association from 2003 until 2015 and was its computer information security director for his last two years there. Tipton admitted in June to installing code that prompted the computers to produce predictable numbers only on certain days. Tipton said he gave the numbers to his brother, Tommy Tipton, and longtime friend Robert Rhodes and others to play and often split the winnings with them. Tommy Tipton is serving a 75-day jail sentence in Texas after pleading guilty to a theft charge. Rhodes is expected to get probation when he's sentenced on Aug. 25 for a computer crime charge. The games Eddie Tipton fixed included Colorado Lotto in November 2005, Megabucks in Wisconsin in December 2007, 2by2 in Kansas and Hot Lotto in Iowa in December 2010, and Hot Lotto in Oklahoma in November 2011. Iowa Lottery officials became suspicious and never paid the jackpot when Tipton and Rhodes tried to cash a $14 million Iowa Hot Lotto ticket bought in 2010. 'Eddie Tipton had the keys to the kingdom and those are the things we changed immediately to make sure any equipment he touched was removed and we continue to look ahead and make sure we have those checks and balances as we proceed,' Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. ___ Follow David Pitt on Twitter at https://twitter.com/davepitt ___ Sign up for the AP's weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfv
  • Two Georgia police officers were arrested Tuesday on charges related to child abuse. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 47-year-old Tracy Jones and 36-year-old Rosemary Jones were arrested in Sylvester and booked into the Worth County Jail. The GBI says it was asked to investigate allegations of the couple mistreating their adopted children. Tracey Jones, an officer with the Jacksonville Police Department, was charged with two felony counts of cruelty to children in the first degree. Rosemary Jones, an officer with the Poulan Police Department, was charged with two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of false imprisonment.
  • Peachtree City Little Leaguer Jayce Blalock, whose grand slam during a game made headlines earlier this month, is back at it again – this time at SunTrust Park. Video of the 13-year-old’s 375-foot shot into the trees during a game against a South Carolina team was viewed more than 1 million times. The Atlanta Braves tweeted videos Tuesday of Blalock hitting another 375-foot shot at SunTrust Park.  You've seen Peachtree City Little Leaguer Jayce Blalock hit a 375 foot shot in the trees. Now, he's conquered @SunTrustPark! pic.twitter.com/uTPjlu0oT6 — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 22, 2017 Upon further review, 13-year-old Jayce Blalock went mammo! Yes, 13. pic.twitter.com/oOPJfbnVLp — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 22, 2017 Here's Blalock's grand slam from earlier this month:  'They said he could hit it into the trees ...' You were saying? #LLWS pic.twitter.com/QcWJnimLnV — Little League (@LittleLeague) August 6, 2017  
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Arizona (all times PDT): 2:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is greeting service members at a Marine Corps base in the 106-degree heat of Yuma, Arizona. Trump is also signing caps with his 'Make America Great Again' campaign slogan and posing for selfies on the tarmac just steps away from Air Force One. Trump is visiting with service members after touring the base. It's a hub of operations for the U.S. Border Patrol. The president made no formal remarks while in Yuma. His next stop is Phoenix for the latest in a series of campaign rallies. The visit is Trump's first out West since he took office in January. ___ 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is reviewing equipment used by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol during a stop in Yuma, Arizona. Agents are telling Trump about a Predator drone, helicopter and boat, which are on display in a hangar at the base. Trump patted the side of the drone. Trump also is greeting dozens of border patrol and immigration and customs enforcement agents. He shook hands as they showed him everyday items, such as a fire extinguisher, that have been refashioned to smuggle drugs across the border. Trump is expected to greet Marines before heading to a campaign rally in Phoenix. ___ 2:15 p.m. A spokeswoman for President Donald Trump says he will not pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh) while visiting Arizona. Trump sparked speculation about a possible pardon when he told Fox News in a recent interview that he was considering issuing one. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters traveling with Trump on Tuesday that 'there will be no discussion of that today at any point, and no action will be taken on that front at any point today.' Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, was recently convicted in federal court of disobeying court orders to stop his immigration patrols. Immigrant rights advocates had criticized a potential pardon by Trump. ___ 3 a.m. President Donald Trump is trying to recapture the fervor that helped put him in office with a campaign-style rally in Arizona, but he's also likely to hear some protests over his immigration policies and his comments about Charlottesville. It will be his farthest trip west since taking office in January. He'll visit the Mexican border at Yuma before the political rally in Phoenix. Trump's visit comes at a sensitive time. Some Republicans are reeling after his remarks last week that 'both sides' were to blame for violence that erupted at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president also has teased that he may pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh), who recently was convicted of disobeying a court order to stop his immigration patrols.
  • A homeless man’s call to police on Monday morning ended an hours-long search for a Louisiana infant who was kidnapped and then abandoned underneath a highway overpass, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Authorities in Shreveport were called Monday morning by a homeless man who said that another man told him he had left a baby under a bridge in Minden, about 30 miles east of Shreveport, KTBS reported. The child and a man identified by authorities as 25-year-old Kyshaun Wilson had been reported missing around 3:30 a.m. Monday after Wilson left a home in Minden with the 2 1/2-month-old boy, according to the news station. KTBS described Wilson as a friend of the family who lived at the home on Columbia Street, but KSLA reported that he was not a blood relative to the boy. He was visiting the home on Sunday night and got up around midnight Monday to get the infant a bottle, according to KTBS. “For some reason unknown at this time, he walks out with the baby,” Minden police Chief Steve Cropper told the news station. Investigators told KSLA that Wilson walked for miles before he left the baby under an overpass on Interstate 20 around 3 a.m. He got a ride to Shreveport and went to Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, where he met a homeless man and confessed to leaving the infant, the news station reported. The homeless man, who was not identified, called police, who were able to find Wilson. Wilson initially denied any knowledge of the missing child, but later admitted that he had left him under the overpass, the Minden Press-Herald reported. Police found the child wrapped in a blanket and sleeping underneath the Sibley exit bridge, according to KTBS and The Press-Herald. “The scariest thing about it -- if he were able to roll off that ledge, he would have hit that concrete retaining ledge and probably would have rolled right out into interstate,” Cropper told the Press-Herald. However, he told KTBS, “the child was fine. He had only a few minor abrasions.” The baby has since been released to his mother. Cropper told the Press-Herald that Wilson was arrested on one count of aggravated kidnapping. As authorities took him to police headquarters, Wilson said that “God told me to do it,” according to the Press-Herald.
  • Sailors with ties to Michigan and Illinois are among 10 who are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he was informed by Logan Palmer's family that the central Illinois man is missing. In Michigan, April Brandon said the military informed her that her son, Ken Smith, is also missing. The USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore on Monday. Adm. Scott Swift said some bodies have been found in a flooded compartment of the warship. No other details have been released. Brandon said Smith's father, stepmother and grandfather served in the Navy. She said Smith, 22, grew up in Novi, Michigan, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, as a teen with his father. 'His father and I couldn't be prouder of our son,' Brandon said. 'He's a great kid. He's a hero.' Davis, a Republican whose district includes the Decatur area, said Palmer comes from a 'patriotic family.' He enlisted in 2016. 'Our military must do whatever necessary to minimize incidents like this and protect those who risk their lives each day in service to our country,' Davis said.