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    Virginia Tech’s offense is enjoying a second-half surge that has the Hokies in control of their ACC Coastal Division hopes. The Hokies (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will play for their fourth straight ACC win when they visit Georgia Tech (2-7, 1-5) on Saturday. Virginia Tech is chasing Virginia in the Coastal Division, Georgia Tech is last in the division. Virginia Tech can earn a spot in the ACC championship game by winning its last three games. The Hokies play Pittsburgh and Virginia the next two weeks. Common threads to Virginia Tech’s resurgence are an improved running game and the move to sophomore Hendon Hooker as the starting quarterback. The Hokies are 4-0 in games started by Hooker. The Hokies have rushed for at least 153 yards in each of Hooker’s four starts. Coach Justin Fuente said added experience by two freshman starters on the offensive line, center Bryan Hudson and right guard Doug Nester, have helped the offense. “We haven't done anything really new schematically,” Fuente said. “I do believe our execution level has increased and our techniques have gotten better.” Georgia Tech has lost back-to-back games against Pitt and Virginia by a combined 15 points following an overtime win at Miami. The young Yellow Jackets are rebuilding on offense around freshman quarterback James Graham and sophomore running back Jordan Mason. After completing only 3 of 13 passes with an interception in the 20-10 loss to Pitt, Graham completed 15 of 22 passes for career-best totals of 229 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 33-28 loss at Virginia. First-year coach Geoff Collins said Graham admitted he didn’t prepare properly the week before playing Pitt. “He struggled a little bit, learned from it, which is a positive, and came back last week in the week getting ready to play Virginia with one of the top defenses in the country and prepared like you're supposed to prepare,” Collins said. The Yellow Jackets were expected to need time as players recruited for former coach Paul Johnson’s spread option attack adjusted to a pro-style offense. “I just want a full game out of the offense, passing the ball around and running around, a complete game where there aren't too many mistakes,” Mason said. FOR BUD The Hokies have pledged to send retiring defensive coordinator Bud Foster out in style. They seemed to have moved closer to that goal with last week’s 36-17 victory against then-No. 22 Wake Forest. That win came with the emotions of Bud Foster Day before a sellout crowd. The visit to a different atmosphere at Georgia Tech may be a difficult challenge. HOME TO STAY The Yellow Jackets will close their season with three straight home games. They complete their ACC schedule on Thursday night against North Carolina State before facing state rival No. 5 Georgia on Nov. 30. It’s the first season Georgia Tech has closed with three straight home games since 1991. HELP FOR HOOKER Hooker, who replaced mistake-prone Ryan Willis, provides a blend of passing and running, though he’s not quite a pure dual-threat player. Hooker has benefited from having Damon Hazleton back at wide receiver. Hazleton missed two games and most of a third with am injury. He still leads the Hokies with 22 receptions, including six for touchdowns. AIR JACKETS Georgia Tech ranks last in the ACC with 150.8 yards passing per game. Hope for improvement is based on Graham and another freshman, wide receiver Ahmarean Brown. Graham has TD passes to Brown in three straight games. GROUNDED FOR SUCCESS The recent upswing by Virginia Tech’s running attack is important. The Hokies, who ran for 228 yards last week against Wake Forest, are 15-3 under Fuente when netting at least 200 yards on the ground. They are 25-6 when rushing for at least 150 yards under Fuente. ___ AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr. contributed to this report. ___ More AP college football: http://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • NBA fans will soon be able to look up at the big videoboard above the court and get a different look at that deep Trae Young 3-pointer early in the first quarter. Or see a different perspective of that monstrous Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk. In a reversal of roles, NBA teams are bringing the video game experience back to the live action — one arena at a time. The Atlanta Hawks Friday will become the fifth NBA team to unveil significant financial investments into new 360-degree replay technology designed to eventually give fans the power to change the way they see the game. “It's the wave of the future,” said Hawks vice-president of live experience Joe Abercrombie, who says the technology also is “one more thing to give people a reason to come” to the arena. The Bucks, Mavericks, Pacers, Wizards and now the Hawks are using the technology to package and replay highlights in the arena during games. The Bulls, who host the 2020 All-Star game, are scheduled to come online next month. “It’s very nice. I especially like that up-above view,” said Allen Hazlett a fan from New Berlin, Wisconsin, after seeing the new technology at Thursday night’s Bulls-Bucks game in Milwaukee. “I think it’s an added benefit for the fans. For those that aren’t here all the time, to see that, I think, really ups the fan experience for them. I don’t think people realize until you go somewhere else and you don’t see it how lucky we are to have this arena. Everything here is state of the art.” The six teams have joined NBA partner Intel, which provides the technology for the new video replays. The process begins with 38 5K video cameras strategically located around arenas. The high-tech cameras work together, bringing 360-degree replays to in-game video boards, TV broadcasts and fans’ devices through social media. It’s the latest effort by teams to entice ticket-buying fans to come to new and renovated NBA arenas. Atlanta spent almost $200 million to renovate State Farm Arena; Milwaukee last year opened its $477 Fiserv Forum. “For us it was really a no-brainer,” said Matt Pazaras, the Bucks’ senior vice president for business development and strategy. “There's nothing like seeing a Giannis dunk live, and if we can supplement that experience with this technology, great. But if people are experiencing the Bucks wherever they are, hours away or thousands of miles away, we can still make the experience better.” NFL fans already have seen 360 replays on TV. Those replays start from the traditional side camera before swinging around to bring the viewer behind the quarterback. Not that the NFL was first in line. Gamers have been manipulating all-angle replays for years. Video game-savvy kids may roll their eyes when their parents come home from NBA games eager to share their stories about their first looks at 360-degree replays. Those video games were designed to mimic the real games. Now it’s time for some role-reversal. Rich Green, Intel’s director of sports, said popular video games Madden NFL 19 and NBA 2K20 “have camera angles and if you do replays, you can spin the camera around.” Added Green: “Now we're going to have that in live games. Now they can watch their favorite player and follow just him. It increases their level of engagement.” The new technology isn’t just for the fans. Coaches and scouts can make use of the enhanced replays to improve player evaluations. “I think the future of this is going to weigh heavy for basketball operations and player development,” Abercrombie said. Players now have better tools to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Abercrombie said players who take dozens of shots in a practice can now study their shooting form in a new way. “Players have asked 'Can I shootaround and you take a look at the way I'm shooting and I want to spin around and take a look at the way I'm releasing,'” he said. “You think about traditional coverage of a game, there's only four angles. Two on the floor and two up. “When you think about 360 view and repetitive shooting over and over again, they can say 'Oh, I see where my tendencies are.'” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, a former executive at Turner Entertainment, says TV sports leaders have dreamed for years of the day fans could control the way they watch a game. “We’ve been reading for years that 'You can be the director,'” Koonin said. “Actually, you can do that with this. The capabilities are unbelievable. ... We think it's the next generation of sports media.” Green said there is more to come as new ways to utilize the technology will be found that are not yet possible. Green said such high-tech terms as “voxels” — similar to pixels in the 3D age — and “volumetric video” will become common. He said fans will be able to follow a game from the viewpoint of their favorite player. “How you watch a play could be completely different from how I watch it based on how we control what angle we want to see,” Green said. “That's why we're just scratching the surface.” ___ Associated Press freelancer writer Rich Rovito in Milwaukee contributed to this report. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sport
  • A jury has acquitted two Georgia men of murder charges in a drug house shooting after defense lawyers argued they opened fire in self-defense. Jurors in Columbus on Wednesday found Andrew Joshua Scarborough and Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Meade not guilty in the 2017 shooting death of 19-year-old Dieondre Murphy. According to the Ledger-Enquirer, prosecutors argued the defendants lured Murphy to a house where people gathered to use drugs on the pretense of buying a gun from him. They say the men then shot Murphy while robbing him of the gun. Defense attorneys claimed Murphy pulled guns on Meade and Scarborough to rob them, and Scarborough shot Murphy in self-defense. Scarborough and Meade were jailed for two years awaiting trial. ___ Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com
  • A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a man found buried in a shallow grave just weeks earlier. WTOC-TV reports 24-year-old Hollis Bryant entered the plea Thursday in Toombs County Superior Court. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Bryant was accused of killing 26-year-old Brandon Colson. Colson was found dead on Oct. 24 in a makeshift grave with large trees laid over it. The Lyons man had been missing for weeks. Another man, 19-year-old Israel Williams, also faces felony murder charges in the case. Investigators say Colson borrowed money from Williams and efforts to collect the debt led to the killing. Colson was shot and then his body burned. Prosecutors say they don’t know who actually shot Colson. ___ Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/
  • A Yale University graduate student is constantly watching his phone as he waits for news on his mother, who is detained and could be deported to Honduras, a country where he says she won’t get the medical treatment she needs as a survivor of stage-four cancer. Cristian Padilla Romero, a 24-year-old doctoral student, created an online petition asking for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release his mother, and raised more than $39,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for her legal and medical needs. His mother, Tania Romero, has been in a Georgia detention center since mid-August. “She is not doing well. We are asking for her release so she can see a doctor,” said Padilla Romero. An ICE spokesperson said that due to privacy restrictions, the agency is unable to comment on Romero’s case. The student claims his mother was taken to an unknown airport Sunday night but was then returned to Irwin County Detention Center, in Ocilla. The account couldn’t be confirmed with ICE. Padilla Romero, a Ph.D student in Latin American history, faces an uncertain future himself: He is part of a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which shields young immigrants from deportation. The Trump administration wants to end the program. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on it Tuesday after federal courts had ruled in favor of preserving it. Yale students and officials have expressed support for Padilla Romero, contacting members of Congress and helping him write public statements. Lynn Cooley, the dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, wrote a guest column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that said sending Romero back to Honduras, where she won’t have adequate medical treatment, “is inhumane.” “The Romero family reminds us that this is a country built on the hard work and intellectual abilities of immigrants,” wrote Cooley. “We should not block access to the resources that make them, and all of us, better.” Padilla Romero said he traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and spoke with staff of U.S. senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumental, both Connecticut Democrats, about his mother’s case. His online petition has more than 37,000 signatures. He said he has also been in touch with the office of Rep. Lucy McBath, a Georgia Democrat. Her office did not answer a message seeking comment. Romero, 48, arrived in the United States in the 1990s and lived in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta. Over the years she worked as a housekeeper, a dishwasher, and also in construction to help support three daughters and Padilla Romero, the student said. In August, she was stopped for a speeding violation near Atlanta. She had no driver’s license, and police alerted ICE. Padilla Romero said ICE issued a removal order for Romero in 2008 based on her failure to show up for scheduled hearings in immigration court. The student said, however, that he obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act request that show Romero never received the notices advising her to appear in court. In 2016, Romero was diagnosed with stage-four oral cancer, the student said. After her detention in August, a lawyer filed a request for a stay of deportation, based on her fragile health. Padilla Romero said ICE denied it. The lawyer also filed a motion to reopen her case, which was denied in October by an immigration court in Atlanta. The Romero family is now appealing to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Padilla Romero arrived in the country at the age of 7, after crossing the border with relatives, he said. Through scholarships, he entered Pomona College in Claremont, California, and graduated in 2018. Now, at Yale, he is taking a break from his studies to focus on his mom, he said. “My teachers have been very accommodating,” he said. “I am hopeful because we have a lot of support.”
  • Georgia and Auburn are appropriately old-school for one of the Deep South’s oldest rivalry. They run far more frequently than they throw, have terrific defenses and are especially adept at clamping down on opponents’ ground games. The vintage formula has worked quite well heading into the fifth-ranked Bulldogs’ visit Saturday to the 13th-ranked Tigers. It has worked well enough, in fact, for Georgia (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) to position itself for a potential run into the College Football Playoffs. The Bulldogs are fourth in the CFP rankings and can clinch a third consecutive SEC East title with a win over Auburn (7-2, 4-2), which has a chance to play the spoiler role against both Georgia and No. 4 Alabama. The Tigers’ only losses have been competitive games on the road to No. 11 Florida and No. 1 LSU. “That’s going to be old-fashioned SEC football,” Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown said. “We’re going to go out there and we’re going to play SEC football. You know, there may be tricks here and there, but it’s going to be straight line up and see who’s got the muscle.” De’Andre Swift leads a Georgia running game that ranks fourth in the SEC. Defensively, the Bulldogs are the first FBS team in 20 years to navigate the first nine games without allowing a rushing touchdown and rank in the top five in scoring, run and total defense. JaTarvious Whitlow had been pacing the league’s No. 2 running game for Auburn and is expected to return from a knee injury that limited him to only three rushes in the past three games. The Tigers’ biggest strength is a defensive line led by Brown and end Marlon Davidson. Both offenses have stayed relatively grounded offensively in a time when even Alabama and LSU have gotten pass-happy. “This is a team very similar to ours of being able to run the ball,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “They’re committed to the run and want to find different ways to do it. They’ve always done that well.” Georgia, which has won 14 of the last 18 meetings, has shut out three of its last four opponents since a double-overtime loss to South Carolina. Some other things to know about the Georgia-Auburn showdown: HOME DISADVANTAGE Both teams have a winning record on the road in a rivalry that dates back to 1892. Georgia is 16-12-2 in Auburn and the Tigers are 18-15 in Athens. This is the 124th meeting; only Wisconsin-Minnesota (128 meetings entering this season) have played more among active FBS series. PICKENS RETURNS Wide receiver George Pickens was a longtime Auburn commitment before the five-star prospect flipped to Georgia. Now, the freshman is second on the team with 29 catches for 389 yards and has four touchdowns. 'I have definitely talked to Pickens about this week,” fellow Bulldogs receiver Tyler Simmons said. “Just because I know he was committed there for a minute. I know his emotions are going to be going wild. I know we are going to need him to make some big plays. Just telling him to stay level headed. Just hone in on the details and do what you know how to do. Don't try to do anything extra. Don't try to do anything outside of your job. Just do your job.' SHUTOUTS Georgia hasn’t had four shutouts in a season since 1976. The three shutouts are already the Bulldogs’ most since 1981. Auburn hasn’t been shut out since failing to score against either Georgia or Alabama late in the 2012 season. Those games helped seal coach Gene Chizik’s fate, and led to Gus Malzahn’s hiring. RUNNERS Auburn is hoping leading rusher JaTarvious Whitlow is ready to return from a knee injury. Freshman D.J. Williams emerged as a solid Plan B in his absence most of the last three games. But the biggest star runner in the game is Georgia’s Swift, who needs just 79 yards to reach 1,000. FRONT LINES One key matchup will be Georgia’s offensive line — led by left tackle Andrew Thomas — against an Auburn defensive line anchored by Brown and Davidson. The Bulldogs starting five average 6-foot-5, 328.6 pounds. Brown has four sacks and Davidson 5.5 with a combined 17 tackles for loss. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • These Georgia lotteries were drawn Thursday: 02-03-04-05-07-08-09-16-17-18-21-24 (two, three, four, five, seven, eight, nine, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-four) 05-06-07-08-10-11-13-14-16-19-20-24 (five, six, seven, eight, ten, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, sixteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-four) 01-02-03-09-10-11-12-16-17-18-22-24 (one, two, three, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-two, twenty-four) 03-05-06-07-08-09-10-11-14-19-20-23 (three, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, fourteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-three) 0-0-1 (zero, zero, one) 4-8-9 (four, eight, nine) 5-4-0 (five, four, zero) 7-1-6-6 (seven, one, six, six) 5-2-9-1 (five, two, nine, one) 2-8-3-0 (two, eight, three, zero) 06-29-33-44-56, Cash Ball: 4 (six, twenty-nine, thirty-three, forty-four, fifty-six; Cash Ball: four) 11-26-28-34-41 (eleven, twenty-six, twenty-eight, thirty-four, forty-one) Estimated jackpot: $150,000 3-9-9-6-7 (three, nine, nine, six, seven) 3-2-2-2-8 (three, two, two, two, eight) 05-10-12-16-21-41 (five, ten, twelve, sixteen, twenty-one, forty-one) Estimated jackpot: $1 million Estimated jackpot: $178 million Estimated jackpot: $70 million
  • The winning numbers in Friday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Morning' game were: 02-03-05-13-14-17-18-19-20-22-23-24 (two, three, five, thirteen, fourteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four)
  • Channel 2 Action News has learned a man and two young girls were hit while waiting for a school bus in Forsyth County.  The teenage driver told deputies he was approaching the bus but then realized he was 'too close to the bus' and decided to drive around it to the right, even though the bus' lights were flashing.  Deputies said the driver went onto the sidewalk, hitting the man and two sisters, a first and fourth-grader, on a driveway.  The fourth-grader was thrown into a ditch. All three people were rushed to the hospital.  We're headed to the scene and working to learn the conditions of the man and the children, for LIVE updates on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. The teen driver was taken into custody and is being questioned. Charges are pending. TRENDING STORIES:   Garrett loses cool, hits Steelers QB with helmet in brawl Rare three-antlered deer photographed in Michigan Cobb woman shot children multiple times before shooting self in chest, autopsies reveal 'This is a good example of why it's important that your head needs to be in the game when you drive a car because that school bus has precious cargo. On the school bus, and getting on the school bus, and it's sad for everybody,' said Forsyth Cpl. Doug Rainwater.  The bus was on its way to Haw Creek Elementary School. 20 other children were on the bus.
  • DeKalb County police are investigating after an 'aggressive panhandler' was shot and critically injured overnight outside a popular Ethiopian restaurant.  The panhandler was shot in the stomach near the A.M.T. Cafe on North Indian Creek Drive. We are told by @DeKalbCountyPD there are reports of a shooting here at AMT Cafe. They are putting the crime scene tape up now and we are waiting to talk to the PIO to get more information. This is on N Indian creek drive pic.twitter.com/50CAIy1NPI — Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) November 15, 2019 Police have not located the shooter, but hope surveillance footage from the restaurant and other nearby businesses will help them piece together what happened. A clerk at a nearby QuikTrip told Channel 2's Lauren Pozen a man ran into the gas station shortly after the incident and told them his friend had been shot. The injured person was taken to a hospital, where they remain in critical condition, authorities said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article .