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    Nerves? What nerves? Trevor Lawrence didn’t play like a 19-year-old true freshman as the quarterback led Clemson to the national championship with a 44-16 victory over Alabama Monday night at Levi Stadium. The moment was not too big. After watching last year’s national semifinal from his home in Cartersville, Lawrence saw Clemson fall to Alabama in the teams’ third straight CFP meeting. There would be one more time. Lawrence said he dreamed of a chance to play in such a game. “Yeah, I mean, it was just surreal,” Lawrence said when asked if the game lived up to his lofty expectations from a year ago. “So yeah, it was even better.” Lawrence became just the second true freshman starting quarterback to win a national championship, joining Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985. Clemson won it’s second national championship in three seasons, as it also beat Alabama for the title two seasons ago. Lawrence finished completing 20 of 32 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns and was never sacked. He was 8 of 11 for 240 yards with two touchdowns on third down alone, with his receivers hauling in one impressive catch after another. “The games like this you’ve got to make big plays, and the guys that we have, they definitely did that,” Lawrence said. “You just give them a chance, and they’ll come down with it. Like I said about the O-line, same thing about the receivers and running backs and everyone else. Just amazing players and really just so proud of — it took a lot to get here, but really just proud of those guys.” Not surprisingly, Lawrence was named the offensive MVP of the national championship game. Lawrence was the top recruit in the national when he came out of Cartersville High. He broke the Georgia state records for passing yards and passing touchdowns, eclipsing the marks of Deshaun Watson, who led Clemson to the national title. Lawrence was The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Player of the Year as a junior in 2016. The starting quarterback job was not handed to Lawrence when he arrived on the Clemson campus. He played behind Kelly Bryant, whom he replaced after the fourth game of the season. Bryant has since transferred. Clemson has not looked back after coach Dabo Swinney made the move. “I mean, I think some of that stuff came after, you know, but when it happened, I’m just like, OK, I’ve got to lock in this week, take it one week at a time,” Lawrence said. “We had a conversation, but we knew — the situation was I got the opportunity to start that week, and that was really it. But I feel like just trying to take it one week at a time and really everyone on our team has done that, and that’s why we’ve been so successful this year.” In the battle of young quarterbacks, Lawrence upstaged Alabama’s Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa. Clemson will have the phenom for two more seasons before he would even be eligible for the NFL draft. For now, there is a moment to enjoy the accomplishment. “That doesn’t mean as much as being able to be a part of this team,” Lawrence said. “Really it’s true, even if we didn’t go all this way and win a national championship, this has been a team that I’ll never forget for one, and it’s just been amazing, the focus and how driven this team is has been unbelievable. Just these seniors, just taking me in, and they kind of dragged me along until I got my feet under me, and they just — they’re awesome people as well as players.”
  • NEW ORLEANS — Judging from his disposition after the Sugar Bowl, it’s not surprising that Isaac Nauta had played his last game with the Georgia Bulldogs. The junior tight end stood in the locker room and fielded reporters’ questions with his eyes blood red from crying. He was still emotional, 3o minutes after the 28-21 loss to Texas had been posted. “It’s emotional,” Nauta said. “You put a lot of time and effort and emotion into it and, you know, you look around the room at all the guys and the seniors and it’s not easy losing like that.” Isaac Nauta’s announcement from his Instagram account. He said then it’d be “a couple days” before he made a final decision on whether or not to turn pro. Right on time, Nauta made that announcement via his Instagram account on Friday afternoon. “After thinking through this decision and speaking with my family and coaches, I have decided to forego my senior season and declare for the 2019 draft,” Nauta said from his account, ijay18. “I truly feel in my heart this is the best decision for me, and I’m ready to pursue another life dream of mine, playing in the NFL.” Nauta certainly did good work at Georgia. A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, he finishes his college career with 68 catches for 902 yards and eight touchdowns. He might have been under-utilized as a receiver, following a freshman year of 29 catches with a sophomore season of nine. But he had 30 this past season and finished with a career-best 430 yards. He caught just one pass for three yards in Tuesday night’s loss to Texas. Heading into the game, Nauta hinted that it wasn’t going to be production or even money for him when it came to making his NFL decision. It was all about opportunity and timing. “How’s your body feel? How long can you do it? Is graduating and getting your degree important to you? Winning the national championship,” Nauta said two days before the Sugar Bowl “There’s so much stuff that goes into it and I think that’s what makes the decision so hard. I’ve definitely felt the weight of those questions, no doubt.” Nauta likely won’t be the only junior jumping to the NFL. Safety J.R. Reed and receivers Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley are also thought to be leaning that way. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Nauta has always thought big when it comes to his football career. A Buford native, he first distinguished himself at Georgia state high school powerhouse Buford High. But he transferred to IMG Academy in Florida to further test his athletic abilities and gain notice. It worked as Nauta left IMG as a 5-star prospect and the No. 1-rated tight end in America. He chose the Bulldogs over Alabama and dozens of other scholarship offers. Nauta considered returning to be part of a 2019 team he believes will contend for the national championship. In the end, his NFL dreams and a draft class that not brimming over with elite tight ends tipped the scales on his decision. “I’m proud to be a Georgia Bulldog,” Nauta wrote. “Being here in Athens and playing between the hedges on Saturdays has been a dream come true for me. I am forever grateful for my time at the University of Georgia.” Nauta’s departure will open up the competition at tight end for snaps next season. Freshman Luke Ford, who played a lot this past season, said he’s likely going to transfer to Illinois after this season. Junior Charlie Woerner is coming back after splitting time with Nauta and collecting 11 receptions for 145 yards this season. Freshman John FitzPatrick redshirted this past season and will be joined freshman signee Ryland Goede, a 4-star prospect out of Kennesaw. “Georgia’s going to be good for a long time and is always going to have good players,” Nauta said.         The post Georgia junior TE Isaac Nauta the first Bulldog to announce he’s entering NFL draft appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — The Georgia basketball team put its foot down Tuesday night, turning back Oakland’s comeback bid in the final minutes at Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs (6-4) scored an 81-69 win over the Golden Grizzlies (4-8) before a small but spirited crowd. Georgia sophomore Nicolas Claxton recorded his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, helping the Bulldogs close out the win. Rayshawn Hammonds recorded the first double-double of his career with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 points before Oakland rallied in the second half, cutting the lead to two points at the 4:57 mark. Coach Tom Crean watched intently from the bench down the stretch, surely recalling last Saturday night’s collapse against No. 18 Arizona State. The Bulldogs led the Sun Devils by 18 points before falling at home, 76-74.     “We’ve got to learn how to finish a team off,” Crean had said. “It’s got to get better, and we have to find a way to close.” Georgia found a way on Tuesday night thanks to Claxton’s stepped up play in the final minutes. The 6-foot-11 forward proved just as formidable guarding the rim in the clutch moments. Senior point guard William “Turtle” Jackson came out of his shell in the first half, pacing the Bulldogs with 12 points through the first 20 minutes as they took a 45-34 lead into the half. Jackson, who hadn’t scored more than seven points in a game this season, finished with 14. The senior from Athens Christian School drilled his first four attempts from beyond the arc. Jackson’s shooting helped Georgia solve Oakland’s 1-3-1 zone early on to build a 27-10 lead. The Bulldogs return to action at Georgia Tech (5-4) at noon Saturday (ESPNU). DawgNation Georgia basketball Tom Crean positive about Georgia basketball modest start Georgia can’t hold 18-point lead, falls to Arizona State Bulldogs get hot-shooting night from Tyree Crump, rip Texas Southern Guards play well off bench in Georgia basketball win over Kennesaw State Tom Crean says Georgia basketball has ‘long ways to go’ after Cayman Classic   Georgia basketball sloppy in loss to Georgia State  Clemson too much for Georgia basketball in Cayman Classic Georgia basketball dominant in win over Illinois State Georgia gets fun-filled win over Sam Houston State   The post Not this time: Georgia basketball holds off Oakland rally for 81-69 win appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs will be to pick a big win at home against No. 20 Arizona State on Saturday. Below you can find information on the game time, TV channel on how to watch the game online. Georgia enters the game with a 5-3 record, having won its last two games Georgia Basketball-Arizona State: Game time The Georgia basketball game against Arizona State tips starts at 6:00 p.m. ET.  The Bulldogs have not lost at home yet, as they enter the game against the Sun Devils with a 4-0 record at home on the season. Georgia Basketball-Arizona State: TV Channel The Georgia basketball game can be seen on SEC Network. Georgia Basketball-Arizona State: How to watch online You can watch the Georgia Basketball game using the WatchESPN app. Georgia Basketball-Arizona State: How can I listen on the Radio? The Georgia Basketball-Arizona State game can be heard on the radio on WSB 750 AM. Scott Howard and Chuck Dowdle will be calling the game on radio. Georgia Basketball projected starters *Per Georgia Sports Information G: William “Turtle” Jackson, senior G: Teshaun Hightower, sophomore F: Rayshaun Hammonds, sophomore F: Nicolas Claxton, sophomore C: Derek Ogbeide, junior Georgia Basketball-Arizona State preview This will be Georgia’s first game since Dec. 3 against Texas Southern, where the Bulldogs came away with a 92-75 win. In that game, junior guard Tyree Crump scored a career-high 25 points in the win. The Bulldogs have won their last two games since losing 91-67 to Georgia State. The Bulldogs are led by sophomores Rayshaun Hammonds and Nicolas Claxton. Hammonds is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer as he averages 14.4 points per game and  6.4 rebounds a game. Claxton meanwhile is the team’s leading rebounder as he averages 9.0 per game while also chipping in 12.5 points per game. Arizona State is led by Luguentz Dort, as the freshman from Canada is averaging 22.4 points per game. Related: Tom Crean urges Georgia fans to pack The Steg on Saturday for No. 20 Arizona State Arizona State is the first ranked non-conference opponent to play in Stegeman Coliseum since 2010. In that game, the Bulldogs came away with a 73-66 win over No. 20 Georgia Tech. Georgia did drop a game against then No. 16 Clemson earlier in the season. This will be the second time that Arizona State and Georgia have met, with the first coming back in 1989. The Bulldogs take on the Yellow Jackets next Saturday in Atlanta. But before that, Georgia hosts Oakland on Tuesday. The tip for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Best stories from around DawgNation Handing out our own Georgia football awards for the 2018 season Your holiday 3-pack: Kirby the Closer, running down Bama and solving the Great 8 Debate Georgia football podcast: Some Alabama fans complain about ‘Kirby shenanigans’ in recruiting Isaiah Wilson a block of granite in Georgia Bulldogs’ offensive line 5-star Nakobe Dean breaks down Alabama and Georgia on the verge of his decision Georgia football podcast: 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood apparently likes what he’s seen from UGA’s offense DN90: Georgia football recruiting target to reveal commitment on ESPN Former Bulldog Arthur Lynch explains his incredible journey from football field to the military The post Georgia basketball-Arizona State State: Game time, TV Channel, how to watch online appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Nine months after being named Georgia’s basketball coach, Tom Crean is still campaigning hard for his new program. The Bulldogs (5-3) are getting ready to play host to Arizona State at Stegeman Coliseum, the first of a set of four tough games for the remainder of December. He knows his fledgling, young team is going to need all the help it can get against the No. 20-ranked Sun Devils (7-1), and Crean is a big believer in big crowds being a big help.           The trouble is, UGA just broke for the holiday. Fall semester exams wrapped up on Wednesday and most of the school’s 30,000 students have abandoned campus.           But that hasn’t deterred Crean. Ever the optimistic salesman, he’s stumping for a packed house for Saturday evening’s 6 p.m. tilt. “It’s important we get a sellout crowd; that’s real important to help energize us,” Crean said before the Bulldogs practiced Thursday morning. “If you beat Arizona State you’re doing something, because they’re good. They’re going to win a ton of games. They’re a legit team, if not the front-runner to win that league (Pac-12). … It’s extremely important, no doubt about it. We’re playing an outstanding team.”           That they are. The Sun Devils, who are expected to contend for the Pac-12 title this season, just lost for the first time all season and were impressive even in defeat. They led No. 6-ranked Nevada by 15 points in the first half and by 12 at halftime before finally succumbing to the Wolf Pack 72-66 in a game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As has been the case in nearly every game this season, Arizona State was led by dynamic freshman Lugunentz Dort. The 6-foot-4 freshman guard, who averages 22 a game, had 24 against Nevada, a team many are expecting to play deep into March.           Georgia doesn’t harbor such expectations right at this minute. The Bulldogs have wilted in the face of their most intense challenges to date. They offered little resistance to 16th-ranked Clemson (64-49) and Georgia State (91-67) in the final two rounds of the Cayman Islands Classic and got down by a bunch quickly before rallying to put a scare in Temple on the road (81-77).           But those games all took place out of town. The Bulldogs are home for four of the next six, starting with the Sun Devils, and home is where the W’s reside.           While it always is and will be about the team that takes the floor, Crean believes a great atmosphere can help good teams play great.           “It’s something we’ve been addressing since March 15th,” said Crean, who is 4-0 at The Steg so far. “We’ve got to have a tremendous crowd. If we’re going to build this program to where everybody wants it to be and recruit the way everybody wants us to recruit and the way we want to recruit, the atmosphere of games has to be phenomenal. It’s not just how great the music is and how wonderful the band and the cheerleaders and the dance squads are — they are. We’ve got to have people there. We’ve got to have it loud.”           So Crean is not above creating any sort of promotion to get butts in the seats. Saturday is no exception. It’s “Tacky Christmas Sweater” Night. Fans are welcomed to wear their own tacky Christmas sweaters to the game, but the first 1,000 spectators to show up will get a free tacky Christmas sweater T-shirt.           Crean brought one of the T-shirts with him to this Thursday’s press conference to discuss the Arizona State game. “I don’t think I’ll wear one, but I like it,” he said. “Very, very creative. I’ve seen some ugly Christmas sweaters before. This one’s pretty cool.”           The gimmicks are fun, but Crean knows better than anybody his squad has to play better and beat some quality opponents to keep folks coming back. Beating a team of the ilk of Arizona State would be great first step.           To do that, Georgia’s has clean up its game. Averaging nearly 17 turnovers a game, the Bulldogs can start by taking better care of the basketball. Crean also is looking for improved offensive rebounding, better free throw shooting and less fouling.           All those traits need to be present against the Sun Devils, who are averaging 14 offensive rebounds and 29 free throws a night. Controlling Dort will, of course, be a key. A Top 30 national recruit from Montreal (who spent two years playing basketball in Florida), it was Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley who beat out several basketball powerhouses for Dort’s services.           The freshman hasn’t disappointed. Equally adept at shooting 3s or driving to the basket, Dort had a 33-point game against Utah State and has scored 24 points or more in half the Sun Devils’ game. Built like a football player, he’s an equally effective on-the-ball defender.           “He’s a solid player,” said Georgia sophomore Nicolas Claxton, who is the only SEC player to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. “We’ve game-planned for him. We know he’s going to come in here and play hard. They’ll be a strong test but we’ll be ready for them.”           It won’t be easy for the Bulldogs to be sharp. Saturday will be 12 days since their last game due to final exams. But Crean has been working them hard in practice, particularly this week as testing concluded midweek.           After consecutive days of what players characterized as “very intense” practices and scrimmages, the Bulldogs are ready to play somebody else. Their hope is that their fan base will also be ready on Saturday as well.           Georgia traditionally has drawn pretty good crowds to Stegeman for SEC play, which annually begins after the New Year. But due in part to the excitement of Crean’s hire and his boundless promotional presence, the Bulldogs already have established a school record by selling out three regular-season games before the season even started. They’ve since added two more sellouts to the ledger, giving UGA its most capacity crowds for men’s basketball since the 2002-03 season.           And Georgia is drawing pretty well early on this season. It has averaged 7,240 in the four games so far, including 9,018 for the season opener against Savannah State. That was most for a UGA home opener since Dominique Wilkins’ sophomore season in 1981.           The Bulldogs could use a good, strong representation on Saturday as well. Crean believes it can make a difference. “There’s no question (Stegeman) can be a tremendously tough place to play with 10½-thousand in there and the acoustics the way that they are,” Crean said. “We’ve just got to put people in there. There’s been a lot of tickets sold. … But if we want the level of program we want here, we’ve got to have great crowds.”           The post             WATCH: Tom Crean urges Georgia fans to pack The Steg on Saturday for No. 20 Arizona State appeared first on             DawgNation.          
  • ATHENS — Georgia basketball doesn’t take the court for another game until next Saturday, but when the Bulldogs do, you can bet junior Tyree Crump will be a focal point. Crump, a junior from Bainbridge, had a breakout game in Georgia’s 92-75 win over Texas Southern on Monday night, and more figures to be ahead for the Bulldogs’ long-distance sharpshooter. Georgia coach Tom Crean indicated Crump is precisely the sort of open floor player needed to make his uptempo game work. It didn’t take long for Crean to notice him. “I think early on when I got here you could tell there was a lot to his game that could improve,” Crean said. “There’s a lot of room for upside with him.” Crump might not have been the best fit for previous Coach Mark Fox’s deliberate style. But as much as Crean recognized Crump’s talents and abilities, Crump was immediately charged up by his new basketball coach. “He came in and he said ‘We want to play fast and we want to shoot three,’   and my eyes got big and my ears got big and I thought this is the perfect offense for me,” Crump said. “So we tried to listen to everything he said, and it’s carrying over into the season.” The Bulldogs will bring a 5-3 record into next Saturday’s 6 p.m. home game against No. 20 Arizona State in Stegeman Coliseum. The Sun Devils already have beaten one SEC team, winning at Mississippi State on Nov. 19 by a 72-67 count. Arizona State will put its perfect 7-0 record on the line on Saturday when it plays No. 6-ranked Nevada at noon. Crean indicated he’ll keep looking to get Crump free for more shots in the offense. “We want to move him, get him off screens, get him lost in the defense,” Crean said. “There becomes a comfort level that you have in a game like tonight, and he did a good job of playing through fatigue.” Crump is shooting 46.2 percent beyond the 3-point arc (18-of-39), significantly better than the next best player who has at least 10 attempts, Rayshaun Hmmonds (6-of-15). For all that Crean is trying to instill in Georgia basketball, it ultimately comes down to the time players are spending in the gym on their own to perfect their shot. It’s clear Crump is doing his work, and therefor he’ll be getting more opportunities moving forward. Here’s a look at others 3-point shooting percentage who have attempted 10 or more 3-point shots and how many minutes they average: Tyree Crump, 19.9 minutes, 18-of-39, 46.2 percent Rayshaun Hammonds, 24.5 minutes, 6-of-15, 40.0 percent Teshaun Hightower, 17.5 minutes, 7-of-25, 28.0 percent Nicolas Claxton, 27.5 minutes, 4-of-15, 26.7 percent William Jackson, 17.9 minutes, 4-of-17, 23.5 percent Georgia basketball’s Tyree Crump & Derek Ogbeide   DawgNation Georgia basketball Bulldogs get hot-shooting night from Tyree Crump, rip Texas Southern Guards play well off bench in Georgia basketball win over Kennesaw State Tom Crean says Georgia basketball has ‘long ways to go’ after Cayman Classic Georgia basketball sloppy in loss to Georgia State  Clemson too much for Georgia basketball in Cayman Classic Georgia basketball dominant in win over Illinois State Georgia gets fun-filled win over Sam Houston State The post Georgia basketball guard Tyree Crump 3-point output leads Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is not ready to say the Bulldogs are an NCAA Tournament team – that’s a hypothetical , but he does like the progress he’s seen. He just hasn’t seen enough from the Bulldogs (5-3) to feel comfortable talking about postseason goals at this stage of the season. “Everything has got to get better,” Crean said after the Bulldogs scored a 92-75 win over Texas Southern on Monday night in Stegeman Coliseum. “It’s a constant evaluation of what we can do better.” RELATED: Georgia basketball stays perfect at home “We’re trying to build an identity, and that’s what it takes time for a team to learn.” Crean liked the 18 assists on the Bulldogs’ 32 made baskets, “good considering we’re not a huge assist team, because there’s so much driving,” he said. But there are still plenty of things for Georgia basketball to improve on before any sort of relevant NCAA Tournament talk. “We don’t have to make the game harder than it is, and right now we make the game harder than it is,” Crean said. “We don’t do a great job communicating, and one of the things we need to do is communicate better in that zone we were in the second half. “Right now, I’m just trying to get my team better than to worry about the NCAA Tournament, that’s way down the road.” Georgia basketball Plus-Minus The Bulldogs enjoyed their biggest margin of success with Nicolas Claxton on the floor, outscoring Texas Southern by 17 with him on the floor. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean     DawgNation Georgia basketball Guards play well off bench in Georgia basketball win over Kennesaw State Tom Crean says Georgia basketball has ‘long ways to go’ after Cayman Classic   Georgia basketball sloppy in loss to Georgia State  Clemson too much for Georgia basketball in Cayman Classic Georgia basketball dominant in win over Illinois State Georgia gets fun-filled win over Sam Houston State   The post WATCH Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean: Not ready for NCAA tourney hypotheticals appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS —Georgia basketball protected their home court on Monday night, turning back upset-minded Texas Southern at Stegeman Coliseum. First-year Bulldogs coach Tom Crean kept Georgia perfect at home (4-0) with the 92-75 victory before the crowd of 6,801. Tyree Crump led the Bulldogs (5-3) with a career-high 25 points over a Tigers’ team (3-6) that beat No. 16-ranked Oregon last Monday by an 89-84 count in Eugene. Crump, a junior guard who shares the hometown of Bainbridge (Ga.) with Kirby Smart,  was 5-of-7 shooting beyond the 3-point arc, leading a Bulldogs’ season-best 11-off-22 (.500) 3-point barrage. Crump went on a 12-0 run midway through the second half as Georgia led by as many as 25 points. Bulldogs’ senior center Derek Ogbeide had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and the 8th of his career. Sophomore Nicolas Claxton had 15 points,  nine rebounds and three blocked shots before fouling out with 2:47 remaining. Rayshaun Hammonds, UGA’s leading scorer (14.4 points per game) had 14 points and seven rebounds. It was Georgia’s first game since an 84-51 win over Kennesaw State last Tuesday, and that was very much by design. “Certainly, we weren’t going to schedule a game last (SEC football championship) weekend and it turned out to be a very smart move,” Crean said. “We left it open and we’ll do it again next year, we’ll leave that open as far as home games. “I don’t want to be coaching on a day that (Georgia football) is playing. I want to be able to watch it.“ Crean said it’s healthy for his players to watch the Bulldogs’ football team and build relationships with the players, as well. “I don’t think you can help but to get better by observing what they’re doing,” Crean said, “be around what they’re doing and being friends with those guys.” Texas Southern and Arizona State — the Bulldogs’ next opponent at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 — were two teams Crean added to the schedule when he took the Georgia job. “Arizona State, their ranking will probably grow, they just continue to improve,” Crean said. “They’re so much deeper than they were a year ago, (and) they’re very active, they can really shoot the ball. “They’re playing without Remy Martin, he’s playing but he’s not as effective yet because of his injuries, but that will be another one that will be a tremendous atmosphere, test, challenge, on that Saturday.” DawgNation Georgia basketball Guards play well off bench in Georgia basketball win over Kennesaw State Tom Crean says Georgia basketball has ‘long ways to go’ after Cayman Classic Georgia basketball sloppy in loss to Georgia State  Clemson too much for Georgia basketball in Cayman Classic Georgia basketball dominant in win over Illinois State Georgia gets fun-filled win over Sam Houston State   The post Georgia basketball stays perfect at home, turns back Texas Southern appeared first on DawgNation.
  • On a cold Georgia night, the Bulldogs men’s basketball team probably wished they were back in the Cayman Islands. Who could blame them? The low was about 45 degrees warmer in Georgetown than in Athens on Tuesday night.           But on the court Tuesday, the Bulldogs broke their thaw, snapping a two-game losing streak, which started in the Cayman Islands last week. Behind a strong performance from Jordan Harris and Tyree Crump off the bench, Georgia routed Kennesaw State, 84-51.           With the victory, Georgia improved to 4-3 this season. The Bulldogs will have almost another week off until their next game, as they will next host Texas Southern on Monday, Dec. 3.           Coming into the season, it was no secret Georgia’s strength was in the frontcourt with forwards Rayshaun Hammonds, Nicolas Claxton and Derek Ogbeide. In the backcourt, coach Tom Crean has been searching for the right combination, mixing and matching a number of different guards.           On Tuesday, the right combination proved to be Crump and Harris, who together scored 19 points, 16 of which came in the first half.           All 16 of those first-half points came during a 28-11 Georgia run over an 11-minute period. Four 3-pointers from Crump and Harris helped fuel that run, which saw the Bulldogs jump ahead by 20 points.           The two junior guards didn’t play as much in the second half, but Harris still finished with 10 points, giving him two straight games with double digits in scoring. Harris tallied 12 points in the blowout loss to Georgia State last week, but Monday was still easily his best game, as most of his points and minutes versus the Panthers came with that game out of hand.           Crump ended the night with 9 points, the second-most among Georgia’s bench, which combined to score 40 of the team’s 84 points. Crump scored his nine points with three 3-pointers.           Guards Ignas Sargiunas and Tye Fagan also played well off the bench, recording 7 and 4 points, respectively. The bench was particularly active, but the entire Bulldogs roster played with much more energy than they did against Georgia State last Wednesday. Harris and Sargiunas posted 3 of Georgia’s 8 steals, all of which seemed to lead to offensive breakouts for the Bulldogs.           Early in the first half, they were missing easy baskets, but those buckets started falling for Georgia closer to halftime. The Bulldogs hit 11-of-20 shots to end the first half.           As good as Harris and Crump were offensively, Claxton was once again Georgia’s best player. He went 6-of-11 on his way to a team-high 16 points and season-high 15 rebounds. It was his third double-double of the season.           In addition to turning steals into transition opportunities, the Bulldogs defense registered 7 blocks. They held Kennesaw State’s best player, Tyler Hooker, who entered the night as the Atlantic Sun Conference’s leading scorer, to 11 points and a 26.3 shooting percentage. He shot just 25 percent in the first half and scored only 4 points in the final 20 minutes.           Freshman forward Ugo Obineke led Kennesaw State with 12 points. Owls junior forward Bryson Lockley shot 2-of-8 but he did record a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.           Next up for Georgia is Texas Southern. The Tigers are just 2-4 this season, but they did beat Baylor and Oregon on the road. Georgia-Kennesaw State Game Notes & Thoughts After playing their first six games in 13 days, the Bulldogs will get some considerable time off in late November and early December. Including Tuesday, Georgia will play its next three games in a 19-day span, and its next five contests over a 34-day span before beginning SEC play on Jan. 5.              In retrospect, maybe the lack of rest can explain why Georgia played so poorly in its final game against Georgia State in the Cayman Islands Classic. The Bulldogs had no energy in that game, but playing every other day for a two-week period would cause a team to be physically and mentally drained. That’s something to keep in mind for Georgia’s next game because Texas Southern will play Thursday and Saturday before visiting Athens on Monday.              In the three games where Claxton has recorded a double-double, the Bulldogs are 3-0. Claxton is averaging 12.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.              Sophomore guard Teshaun Hightower was back in the starting lineup Monday. He played well defensively and rebounded well, recording 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block, but he went just 3-of-9 with 6 points. With Crump and Harris scoring more lately, it will be interesting to see if coach Tom Crean makes another change at the starting shooting guard spot next week.              With the victory, Georgia improved to 3-0 all-time against Kennesaw State. The Bulldogs last beat the Owls on New Year’s Eve in 2008. Apparently, these two like meeting on holidays, as the other previous meeting took place on Valentine’s Day in 2007.              The post             Guards off bench shine as Georgia dominates Kennesaw State appeared first on             DawgNation.          
  • The Georgia Bulldogs will be looking to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday when they host the Kennesaw State Owls. Below you can find information on the game time, TV Channel and how to watch the game online. Georgia enters Georgia Basketball-Kennesaw State: Game time The Georgia basketball game against Kennesaw State tips starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. This is Georgia’s third home game of the season, as the Bulldogs won its first two home games against Savannah State and Sam Houston State. Georgia Basketball-Kennesaw State: TV Channel The Georgia basketball game can be seen on SEC Network+. Georgia Basketball-Kennesaw State: How to watch online You can watch the Georgia Basketball game using the WatchESPN app. Georgia Basketball-Kennesaw State: How can I listen on the Radio? The Georgia Basketball-Kennesaw State game can be heard on the radio on WSB 750 AM. Scott Howard and Chuck Dowdle will be calling the game on radio. Georgia Basketball projected starters *Per Georgia Sports Information G: William “Turtle” Jackson, senior G: Tye Fagan, freshman F: Rayshaun Hammonds, sophomore F: Nicolas Claxton, sophomore C: Derek Ogbeide, junior Georgia Basketball-Kennesaw State preview Georgia returns to Stegeman Coliseum in desperate need of a win. After the Bulldogs won their first game against Illinois State in the Cayman Island Classic last week, the Bulldogs lost to Clemson and then got stomped by Georgia State 91-67. The Bulldogs are led by sophomore’s Rayshaun Hamonds and Nicolas Claxton. Hammonds leads the Bulldogs in scoring as he’s averaging 14.5 points per game. Claxton is scoring 11.5 points per game and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. Hammonds and Claxton both had career performances in the win over Illinois State, as Hammonds scored 31 points against Illinois State, while Claxton added 22 points. Kennesaw State is led by guard Tyler Hooker, who is averaging 19.4 points per game. The Owls enter the game with a 1-6 record, while Georgia is 3-3 heading into the game. The Bulldogs and Owls have met twice before Tuesday’s game, with Georgia winning both times. After Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs will return to action on Monday, Dec. 3 when the Bulldogs host Texas Southern. Best stories from around DawgNation: Does Georgia have to beat Alabama for this season to be a success? Mel Tucker’s named mentioned as possible head coaching candidate for multiple Power 5 jobs ‘Pylon Destroyer’ Elijah Holyfield helps Georgia resurrect its vaunted run game WATCH: Nick Saban: Why ‘mentally tired’ Alabama may taper prep for Georgia Georgia football podcast: UGA should embrace underdog role vs. Alabama Georgia football: Kirby Smart updates Ben Cleveland and the injury front prior to the SEC championship Nick Saban: Georgia football ‘most challenging game’ in Alabama’s quest for history Georgia Bulldogs are quite capable of taking down No. 1 Alabama, and here’s why Winners and losers from Georgia’s win over Georgia Tech Georgia’s chances for elite RB Noah Cain have spiked after his official visit The post Georgia basketball-Kennesaw State: Game time, TV Channel, how to watch online appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • A marriage proposal in a room filled with swine may not seem ideal, but a Texas man was perfectly willing to hog the attention away from the pigs Sunday morning. >> Read more trending news  Will Hussey made his “pig-posal” to Kate Jimerson at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, KSAT reported. Hussey’s marriage proposal came four years after they met at the show’s swine barn, the television station reported. Jimerson thought her family was at the Stock Show to watch her younger sister compete in the barrow show, but Hussey surprised her. 'He got down on one knee and said, 'This is where I met you four years ago. I knew then I wanted to marry you.'” Jimerson told KSAT. “So then he asked me and I started crying.” 'The Stock Show already holds a special place for both of us, so why not make it something we can tell our kids about someday,' Hussey told the television station. The couple has not set a wedding date, but they already have next year’s Stock Show on their calendar, KSAT reported.
  • When he made the announcement he was declaring a national emergency, President Donald Trump said he expected to be sued over the move. So far, a handful of activists and even state attorneys general have said they are looking at taking the president to court or have filed a lawsuit already.  Take a look at the lawsuits that are currently pending or will soon be filed. Public Citizen Public Citizen is an advocacy group that filed a suit Friday after the president’s Rose Garden announcement. The group is filing on behalf of three Texas landowners and an environmental group to block the emergency decree. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., The Washington Post reported. >>Read: Can Congress repeal the national emergency declaration? Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington hasn’t filed suit directly on Trump but instead is suing the Justice Department, claiming documents were not provided, including legal opinions and communications, related to Trump’s decision, USA Today reported. The group is using a Freedom of Information Act request submitted concerning the proposed border barrier. Center for Biological Diversity Center for Biological Diversity is an environmental group. It claims the president did not identify a legal authority to declare the emergency. The group said the wall will block wildlife from its natural habitat “and could result in the extirpation of jaguars, ocelots and other endangered species within the United States,” according to the Post. >>Read: Trump signs funding bill to avoid government shutdown, declares emergency to build border wall American Civil Liberties Union The ACLU has not yet filed but is preparing a suit that says that Trump can’t redirect the money paid by taxpayers unless it is for construction that directly supports the military, the Post reported. ACLU officials said the suit will be filed early this week, saying, “There is no emergency. Members of Congress from both parties, security experts, and Americans who live at the border have all said so. What the president is doing is yet another illegal and dangerous power grab in the service of his anti-immigrant agenda.” The group called the declaration an “abuse of power” and says it “violates the constitutional checks and balances that protect us.” >>Read the latest from our Washington Insider Jamie Dupree The ACLU is using the president’s own words against him from when he said, “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.” >> Read more trending news  California attorney general Xavier Becerra, the attorney general of California, will be joined by New Mexico, Oregon, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii and Connecticut in trying to stop the emergency declaration from proceeding. >>Read: National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports “We’re confident there are at least 8 billion ways that we can prove harm. And once we are all clear, all the different states are clear, what pots of money that taxpayers sent to D.C. he’s going to raid, which Congress dedicated to different types of services -- whether it’s emergency response services or whether it’s fires or mudslides in California or maybe tornadoes and floods in other parts of the country or whether it’s our military men and women and their families who live on military installations that might -- that might have money taken away from them, or whether it’s money taken away from drug interdiction efforts in places like California, a number of states, and certainly Americans, will be harmed. And we’re all going to be prepared,” Becerra said on ABC News’ “This Week.”  >>Read: Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency? A spokesperson for the attorney general of Colorado, Phil Weiser, said his state will also be joining the suit, KDVR reported. The spokesperson said Weiser decided that the state will be hurt if money is transferred from military installations to the wall, according to KDVR.
  • From a court watcher’s perspective it’s apparent to most that the upcoming trial of Ryan Duke, charged with the 2005 murder of South Georgia high school teacher Tara Grinstead is sure to be nothing short of a spectacle of epic proportions. We got a preview of things to come during - of all things - a bond hearing where Duke asked, for the first time in two years, to be released on bond. It wasn’t the denial of bond, nor the fact that Duke asked for bond that is particularly noteworthy. It’s what the bond hearing devolved into that raised eyebrows. Despite losing the motion, the defense unexpectedly was able to depose the lead GBI investigator on a wide range of topics in a dress rehearsal for what promises to be a most controversial trial.  To start, let’s have a look at what a bond hearing is supposed to be.  It’s uncommon for bond to be set in murder cases but it’s not unheard of. Courts are supposed to consider the following factors in making bond decisions and the burden of proof is on the defendant to show that he:  Poses no significant risk of fleeing from the jurisdiction of the court or failing to appear in court when required;  Poses no significant threat or danger to any person, to the community, or to any property in the community;  Poses no significant risk of committing any felony pending trial; and  Poses no significant risk of intimidating witnesses or otherwise obstructing the administration of justice.  Probable cause is not an issue and of course neither is guilt or innocence. A bond hearing is not a trial.  The Duke bond hearing started out as most bond hearings do. The defense called Duke’s brother to testify regarding each of the factors set out above. But then it started a downward spiral into the surreal when the prosecutor called the lead GBI case agent as a witness - presumably as a rebuttal to the defense. A state’s witness, such as an investigator, can occasionally testify - to a point - about “what happened” because that’s relevant - to a point - for the court to determine whether the person poses a danger to the community. But in this case, the testimony was literally all over the place and went into minute detail about many things that have never been heard before. The “bond hearing” was effectively transformed into a deposition - a legal luxury not normally available to a criminal defendant in Georgia.  So just what did we learn from this “bond” hearing? We learned that DNA from the bodily fluid of a police officer was mixed with the victim’s blood on some bedding and that “touch DNA” from Grinstead and Duke (along with DNA from at least two other people) was on a latex glove found outside her residence. “Touch DNA” has its own share of problems in terms of reliability and we can safely expect the defense to explore those problems at trial. Some of that other unidentified DNA from the glove could have come from Bo Dukes - the person accused of helping cover up the murder - and who the defense claims is the actual killer.  We learned there were many investigative steps that could have been taken to verify statements made by both Duke and Dukes. The defense will argue that these follow up steps point to a biased investigation. This could have a huge impact in a trial where the defense will claim that the defendants confession was a false confession.  We learned the GBI, in a breach of protocol and constitutional law, interviewed / talked with Duke twice after he had a lawyer. These interviews were undocumented in the GBI case file. They were not recorded. The DA apparently was unaware at the time that this tactic was being employed by the GBI until the defense raised it with them. The agent didn’t even sign in at the jail. We can only speculate as to why not.  On top of all this, an abundance of otherwise inadmissible evidence consisting of hearsay and innuendo managed to come out publicly at a bond hearing. Most of this wouldn’t have seen the light of day at a trial. As the prosecution correctly pointed out “hearsay” may be admissible at a bond hearing, but it still has to be reliable evidence - not a regurgitation of all the salacious rumors from 2005. And it must be relevant to the issue of bond. It may turn out that the DA made a great tactical mistake by calling their lead case agent to testify and turn this bond hearing into an evidentiary free-for-all with no apparent boundaries. At a minimum it was surely heartbreaking for friends and family of the victim to have to re-live all the pain of the last 13 years by having old wounds reopened in such painful detail.  I’ve previously written about why the venue for this trial really needs to be changed. Now more than ever the jury pool is really tainted - as if it weren’t already. Philip Holloway, WSB legal analyst, is a criminal lawyer who heads his own firm in Cobb County, Georgia. A former prosecutor and adjunct professor of criminal justice, he is former president of the Cobb County Bar Association's criminal law section. Follow him on Twitter: @PhilHollowayEsq The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 
  • Police in Kansas City, Kansas, arrested a man Sunday suspected of carjacking a vehicle, stealing the driver’s phone and taking off with two children in the car, the The Kansas City Star reported. >> Read more trending news  Police said a woman was making a delivery in the area when the suspect, armed with a rifle, took the vehicle, WDAF reported.  The woman ran to a store to call police, the Star reported. “It was as bad as you would think if someone had your kids,” the store manager, Robert Edwards, told the newspaper. “She was as stressed as you would imagine. I’m glad she got the kids back.” The two children, 4 and 7, had been taken out of the car and were found by a neighbor, who called police the Star reported. The children were not injured and were returned to their mother, the newspaper reported. According to Kansas City police, the suspect returned to the scene, leaving the original vehicle and then stole a second car at gunpoint, WDAF reported. Police were able to catch the suspect, who was driving a blue SUV, and returned it to its owner, the Star reported.
  • At the same time President Donald Trump was making a Rose Garden announcement Friday declaring a national emergency to fund a wall along the country’s southern border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced they would fight Trump’s declaration “using every remedy available.” >> Read more trending news Pelosi and Schumer did not lay out specific remedies they might employ to stop the president from diverting funds from other projects to use to construct a border wall, but several Democrats members of Congress have promised a joint resolution of disapproval aimed at repealing the declaration and stopping Trump’s plans. Would Congress be successful in passing a resolution that would hamper the president’s bid to fund border security by declaring a national emergency? It’s possible, but not likely. >>Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency? Here’s a look at what could happen. A resolution of disapprovalCongress could approve a resolution that contests the status of the national emergency Trump has declared. They can do so under the National Emergencies Act of 1976. The resolution, if passed, would stop the plan to divert money from other government programs to build the border wall. The resolution could pass with a simple majority vote in the House and Senate – 218 votes in the House and 51 in the Senate. There is a Democrat majority in the House where a resolution could easily pass. There are 48 Democrat members of the Senate. Democrats would need four Republicans to vote with them to pass a joint resolution. Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, have said they will introduce a bill in the House to block the declaration. By Friday afternoon, Castro told The Washington Post he had gathered more than 60 co-sponsors for the resolution. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, told ABC's “This Week” that she believes the Senate has enough votes for such a resolution. 'I think we do,' she said. 'Now, whether we have enough for an override and veto, that's a different story. But frankly, I think there's enough people in the Senate who are concerned that what he's doing is robbing from the military and the DOD to go build this wall.' If a resolution should pass both chambers of Congress, it would go to the president’s desk for a signature. The president would almost certainly veto the resolution, marking the first time in his term he has used the veto power. If he does veto the resolution, it would go back to Congress where it would require a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate to override the veto. In the House, 290 votes would be needed. In the Senate, the number would be 67. A lawsuit – or several of them The president has broad powers under the National Emergencies Act, so until the provisions of Trump’s declaration are made public, it’s unclear what someone could sue him over concerning the declaration. But sued he will be -- some suits are already in the works  -- and here is where those suits could come from: Congress: It’s likely that House Democrats would sue on grounds that the president overreached his powers by bypassing the power Congress has to control funding for government programs and projects. However, Democrats in Congress would have to first establish that they have the right to sue the White House, and that can be difficult since the president was given the authority to declare a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act in 1976. The House could challenge Trump's definition of an emergency, but the definition in the National Emergency Act is vague, leaving what is a national emergency pretty much up to the president. Activist groups: The American Civil Liberties Union said on Friday it plans to sue the president over what they call his “unconstitutional power grab that hurts American communities.” Landowners: Those who own land along the area where the president has proposed a border wall could file suit over the seizure of their property if that happens. However, the government is generally allowed to buy up private property for public use – such as when privately-held land is taken to make room for a freeway. The practice is called eminent domain. It is often an uphill fight for landowners. States: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has promised that he will file a suit against the White House claiming that his state will be harmed if Trump diverts funds from other projects to build a wall. He said that four other states, New Mexico, Oregon, Hawaii and Minnesota will join his state in the pending lawsuit.Nevada’s attorney general has also threatened a suit.
  • A man has been targeting dessert shops in a Texas town, committing four robberies -- two in the same business, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news  The Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop in Cypress was robbed Jan. 15, the television station reported. Surveillance cameras caught a bald man with a goatee, who walked up to the cash register, yanked it open and took the money, KHOU reported. 'I saw him and I saw what he was doing,' store manager Debra Santos told the television station. 'You just don't know people now a days. I didn't know if he had a gun or a weapon.' On Feb. 14, the bald bandit struck again, robbing a different Orange Leaf in Cypress, KHOU reported. Later that day, the man robbed Shipley’s Donuts in Cypress. The manager chased the thief, but the man sped away in a white car, the television station reported. On Feb. 16, the thief returned to the Orange Leaf he had robbed a month earlier, taking the store’s second cash register, according to KHOU.  'He said, ‘I'm sorry I have to do this,’ and he ripped the cables and took off again,' Santos told the television station. Santos said she hopes the thief’s robbery pattern will trip him up. 'I hope they catch him soon,' Santos told KHOU. 'He seems to be repetitive, so hopefully he'll have a break in his pattern and they'll catch him.