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podcasts: Never Played the Game

The “Never Played the Game” podcast is hosted by WSB-TV Sports Director Zach Klein.

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Episode 86 - Bruce Heppler - Head Golf Coach at Georgia Tech

Topics: Zach visits with the 9-time ACC Coach of the year and finds out how someone with a CPA working in Salt Lake City, goes on to be a member of the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. From recruiting Tiger Woods.. to the pranks from Matt Kuchar.. to never winning a National Title.. Bruce Heppler delivers.
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Episode 85 - Georgia Tech Quarterback TaQuon Marshall

Topics: Zach sits down with the Yellow Jackets senior quarterback and discuss his decision to go to Georgia Tech over Duke.. his demanding class schedule... the rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs and winning the ACC this season..'Rockin Rings' and playing in the Final-4 Playoff

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Episode 84 - Pod Stays, Jeff Schultz Leaves the AJC

Topics: Schultzy has decided to break up the band. After nearly three decades in Atlanta, Jeff Schultz has moved on from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Why he felt the time was right for the next chapter in his career and how Zach plans to dominate and entertain the podcast without him :)

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Episode 83 - Alex Anthopoulos - Atlanta Braves General Manager

Topics: Zach and Jeff visit with 1st year Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on his journey from a former HVAC owner in Canada to MLB Executive of the Year. Alex opens up on the death of his father, paying his way to 'Scouting School', leaving a dream job as GM of the Toronto Blue Jays, receiving the call to interview for the Braves and how long it will take to bring Atlanta a World Series title.

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Episode 82 - Braves Hot Start, Falcons Draft, Julio Jones Disappears and did Bud Quit on the Hawks

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the surprising start by the Braves who closed out the month of April as the National League's highest scoring team. Were the Falcons correct in drafting Calvin Ridley, a wide receiver in the 1st round? What to make of Julio Jones deleting his Falcons memories from his social media accounts and did Mike Budenholzer quit on the Hawks?

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Episode 81 - Thomas Dimitroff - Atlanta Falcons General Manager

Topics: Zach and Jeff visit with Atlanta Falcons General Manger right before the 2018 NFL Draft. The two ask TD about: Mowing the lawn by day for the Cleveland Browns and watching film with Scott Pioli at night. Why the NFL combine can hurt more than it helps How many players are realistic for the Falcons at #26 Why are quarterbacks so hard to evaluate How close was he to being fired a few years ago His relationship with Head Coach Dan Quinn His passion for cycling and helping those in Atlanta

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Episode 80 - Masters 2018 Preview with Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Topics: Zach and Jeff preview the 2018 Masters with Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The best hole.. the best food..the best Masters tradition... who will win? Plus.. if Tiger Woods get another green jacket, will it be a bigger story than Jack Nicklaus' victory in 1986?

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Episode 79 - Atlanta Braves 2018 Preview -

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the 2018 Braves season, but before they look ahead, they must revisit the end of 2017 when the franchise parted ways with then GM John Coppolella. Jeff spoke with Braves CEO Terry McGurik about what went down. Plus, the expectations for Dansby Swanson and when will future Hall of Fame infielder (Jeff's words) Ronald Acuna make his big league debut.

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Episode 78 - March Madness: Crean in at UGA, Legend of Ron Hunter and UMBC with greatest upset ever?

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the wild opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament - For the first time ever, one regional failed to have a top 4 seed make it to the Sweet 16. Plus, was UMBC's win over #1 UVA the greatest upset in Soprts.. and is Tom Crean the right fit at Georgia?

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Episode 77 - Mark Fox out at Georgia - NCAA Tournament breakdown and why we love Ron Hunter and GSU

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the firing of Mark Fox as Georgia's basketball coach. Who should replace him in Athens. What about GSU's Ron Hunter? Plus, a look at NCAA Tournament bracket and the return of Tiger Woods

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News

  • Two Walmart clerks in Florida are accused of marking down video games to $1 and reselling them at a higher price, defrauding the store out of nearly $5,000, the Tampa Bay Times reported. >> Read more trending news  Seth Jackson Lulow, 19, of New Port Richey, and Dominic Haydin McGhee, 20, of Holiday, were arrested Friday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The two men face charges of scheming to defraud, according to arrest records. Lulow also faces charges of dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership. Lulow was being held in lieu of an $87,500 bond, according to arrest records. McGhee was released after posting $5,000 bail. Lulow is accused of stealing $3,795.41 worth of video games on eight occasions between April 1 and April 23 at a Walmart in New Port Richey, WTSP reported. He was caught on surveillance video working with McGhee, who is accused of stealing $771.65 worth of video games, the television station reported. Both men were seen on surveillance cameras marking down games. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lulow would change the prices of the games in a back room and later buy them at a self-checkout station, the Times reported.  Lulow allegedly told deputies that after buying the games, he would sell them to local game shops, the newspaper reported. On at least one occasion, McGhee allegedly met Lulow and other person and brought a box of marked down games to a checkout lane, where they sold the games to each other, according to the Times. McGhee also marked down 22 games and sold them to friends, the newspaper reported.
  • Billionaire Robert F. Smith gave Morehouse scholars the ultimate graduation gift when he vowed to eliminate the student debt of the entire Class of 2019.  >> Read more trending news  The technology investor, who received an honorary doctorate from the HBCU, made the surprise announcement during the institution’s Sunday morning commencement. The gift has been estimated to be worth up to $40 million Related: Billionaire Robert F. Smith, Morehouse commencement speaker, to pay off class of 2019's student debt “On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re going to put a little fuel in your bus,” he said during his speech. “This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.” Want to learn more about the businessman? Here are five things you should know. 1. He began his career in technology as a teenager. Smith, who grew up in Denver, developed an interest in the tech field in high school. When he was a junior, he landed an internship at Bell Labs by calling the company every week for five months until he got a position, according to The Washington Post. During his summer and Christmas breaks, he worked on computers.  “I got hooked on technology,” he told the publication in a 2016 interview. “The excitement of figuring a complex problem out creates a eureka moment. It’s one of the best moments in life.” 2. Smith is an Ivy League graduate.  Smith earned his degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, where he became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He later snagged his master of business administration degree from Columbia Business School in 1994. 3. He has topped the Forbes list of the world’s black billionaires.  The investor, who now lives in Austin, is the nation’s richest black man, according to Forbes. He’s worth approximately $5 billion. The 56-year-old made his fortune through the private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, which he founded in 2000. According to the company’s website, Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of more than $46 billion and oversees a portfolio of more than 50 software companies Before launching Vista, he worked an investment banking job at Goldman Sachs for several years, where he worked on tech mergers and acquisitions for brands such as Apple, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, eBay and Yahoo.  >> On AJC.com: Morehouse to use $1.5 million earlier gift from Smith on scholarships and a new park 4. The philanthropist has made several major donations throughout his career.  Before the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened, he pledged a $20 million gift to the facility, according to the Smithsonian. The donation has allowed the attraction to become a hub to archive photographs from institutions like other museums, funeral homes and more.  In 2016, he, along with the Fund II Foundation, gifted Cornell University with $50 million for its chemical and biomolecular engineering school. And ahead of his graduation speech at Morehouse, he donated $1.5 million to the school for scholarships and a new park.  5. He’s a husband and father.  In 2015, he married Hope Dworaczyk. John Legend, Seal and Brian McKnight reportedly sang at their wedding. Dworaczyk is a model, TV host and reality television personality. The 34-year-old is the host and co-producer of “Inside Fashion,” a series on Canada’s E! network. She has also made appearances on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and Fox’s “The Choice.” >> On AJC.com: Robert Smith is one of the world’s 13 black billionaires The couple has two sons together. Hendrix Robert Smith was born in 2014 and Legend Robert Smith was born in 2016. Their names pay homage to two of Smith’s favorite musicians, The Washington Post said. He also reportedly has three other children from a previous marriage.
  • New cellphone video appears to show a Florida substitute teacher body slam a student while breaking up a fight between at least two students. >> Watch the news report here Witnesses told ActionNewsJax that this happened Monday at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville. ActionNewsJax spoke exclusively with Towyhia McAffee, who says her 15-year-old son was the one tackled. “You slammed my son,” she said. “You picked him up and slammed him.” She said her son is the teen shown wearing a cast in the video. “Do you intend to make any kind of complaint?” ActionNewsJax reporter Russell Colburn asked. “Absolutely,” she said. >> Read more trending news  Last week, after at least five recent allegations of teachers hitting students came into the ActionNewsJax newsroom, Colburn sat down with superintendent Dr. Diana Greene to discuss training. “Is there ever a situation where a teacher would want to put their hands on a student?” Colburn asked. “There should never be a situation where a teacher wants to put their hands on a student, unless they are preventing they are preventing that student from hurting themselves or hurting someone else,” Greene said. Duval County Public Schools policy does state the teacher 'must act reasonably given the circumstances when they intervene.' McAffee said that didn’t happen here. “Something needs to be done about that,” she said. “That’s not right.” ActionNewsJax followed up with DCPS on this specific case for more information on the teacher and what may have led up to the fight, but officials said that because fighting is a student disciplinary situation, they won’t provide details or comment further.
  • Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton was taken into custody this morning by the FBI, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshal’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bret Williams, Barnes’ attorney, said federal authorities arrested her at her home this morning despite previous offers from Barnes to turn herself in.  “I just think that was unnecessary because this is somebody’s aunt,” Williams said. “That’s their prerogative, but they’re just making a show out of it.” Williams  said he expects his client to have an initial court appearance later today. No further details on Sutton’s arrest or the charges she faces are available at this time. She has been under investigation for years, and has been the subject of a series of subpoenas that both she and the county had received from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. Reached on her cell phone last week, Sutton would not say if she had spoken to federal agents and refused to discuss why she may be the target of an investigation. Channel 2 Action News was the first to report on Sutton’s arrest. Her attorney, Bret Williams, told the station that his client has done nothing wrong and 'has always stood ready and willing to face any allegations against her regarding her unblemished time.” Sutton received a subpoenae earlier this year that demanded campaign and banking records going back to 2012. It's unclear if today's arrest is related to that.  In 2014, an AJC investigation found that Sutton paid her then-boyfriend $34,000 in public dollars, most of it for political advice during her first two years in office. That same year, the Ethics Board investigated complaints that Sutton had used her county purchasing card for personal expenses. While that investigation was pending, DeKalb voters in 2015 approved changes to the Ethics Code that allowed private groups to appoint members to the Ethics Board. Sutton filed a lawsuit saying those changes were unconstitutional, and the investigation of her actions was put on hold. Barnes left office in 2017 after losing a re-election bid. This report will be updated.
  • A father in Tuscumbia, Alabama, surprised his daughter’s entire second-grade class with a field trip to her favorite place. But Jeremy Smith’s little girl wasn’t among the kids jumping and laughing at the town’s local trampoline business, Sky Zone. Jaleia Smith died in September after the family was involved in a car crash, WHNT reported. Weeks before the crash, Jaleia and her friends celebrated her 8th birthday at the same Sky Zone. >> Read more trending news  So, to remember his daughter, and to thank the school and students for everything they have done for him this year since Jaleia’s death, Jeremy Smith treated all 111-second grade students at G.W. Trenholm Primary School to a surprise field trip to the trampoline business, WHNT reported. Her friends still miss the little girl. “[We] try to have as much fun as we can, but sometimes we can’t have as much fun as we would have if she was here,” Mia Awwad told WHNT.  Jaleia’s friends have tried to keep her memory alive too over the past school year. They retired her student number and planted a tree in her memory. They also left messages to Jaleia on the chalkboard in her classroom, according to WHNT.
  • Sisters Hailey and Hannah Hagor of North Carolina spent the weekend selling lemonade to pay off their classmates’ lunch debt. >> Watch the news report here >> Fired lunch lady was 'dishonest,' didn't follow rules, food vendor says Student lunch debt at Southwood Elementary in Davidson County is up to $3,100. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  “There's one family that owes $800,” the girls’ mother, Erin Hager, said. “I don't know how many years worth that is, but it's a big deal.' >> Read more trending news  The girls also sold chili, hot dogs and chips. >> See the girls' Facebook page here More than $40,000 is owed to schools across Davidson County.