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    Tom Crean and the Georgia basketball program are now looking for a new assistant coach after Joe Scott's departure to become the head coach at Air Force. Scott served as an assistant to Crean in each of the last two seasons. This will be Scott's second stint as the Air Force head coach, as he previously served in the role from 2000-'04. 'I would like to thank Nathan Pinefor the opportunity to return to the Academy, as we pursue our common goal of reenergizing Air Force basketball,' Scott said in a statement. 'Thank you to our Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, members of the search committee and everyone else at the Academy connected with the search process.It was a first-class operation all the way.' Scott also has head coaching stops at Princeton and Denver as well. He has a 235-240 record in his 16 seasons as a head coach. The Georgia basketball team went 16-16 in Crean's second season, but it did end with a win over Ole Miss in the SEC tournament. The season was canceled before the completion of the 2020 season due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This is the second straight season that Crean will have had to replace an assistant, as Amir Abdur-Rahim was hired last offseason to be the head coach at Kennesaw State. He was replaced on staff by John Linehan. In other recent Georgia basketball news, the Bulldogs saw both Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Edwards is widely expected to be a high lottery pick, with some even expecting him to be the top pick in the draft. Hammonds though does have the option of still returning to school for what would be his senior season. The post Georgia basketball assistant Joe Scott to become Air Force head coach appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Prior to this past weekend's Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Georgia track standout Matthew Boling had only run the 200-meter dash just once in his illustrious track career. So when he ran in the event this past week for the first time in his collegiate career, he naturally set the school record in the event and ran the fourth-fastest time in the event this season at the NCAA level. Boling's 20.66 topped the 20.77 time in the event which had been previously held by Torrin Lawrence, who set the mark back in 2009. Related: Georgia track star Matthew Boling sets school record at Tyson Invitational Boling was named theSEC Track & Field Freshman Of The Week for his efforts. It is the second time this year he's won the award. The postseason begins for Georgia with the SEC Indoor Championships which will be on Feb. 28 and 29. The event will take place in College Station, Texas, which is Boling's home state. Georgia baseball to take on Kennesaw State The Georgia baseball team came away with a sweep of the Richmond Spiders this past weekend, and now sit at No. 5 in the D1Baseball.com poll and No. 7 in the Baseball America rankings. The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday night when they visit the Kennesaw State Owls. They also enter the contest with a 3-0 record, after picking up wins over Cincinnati, St. John's and Saint Peter's. Georgia will be starting redshirt freshman Garrett Brown, while the Owls will have right-handed pitcher Luke Tolbert throwing. Georgia won both games against Kennesaw State last season. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3, which you can find by clicking this link. This weekend, the Bulldogs host Santa Clara for a four-game series at home. Men's Golf team takes third in first team tournament of the spring In the first team tournament of the spring season, the Georgia men's golf team finished in third place, behind Georgia Tech and Oklahoma. The Bulldogs finished the tournament 18-under, with Sophomore Trent Phillips finishing a team-best 8-under. He shot a final-round 5-under 66, which was the lowest score of the day. He placed fourth overall in the tournament. Georgia's next tournament takes place from March 1 through 3, as the Bulldogs will play in the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate. More Georgia sports stories from around DawgNation Georgia basketball braces for Auburn team bringing must-win' mentality to sold-out Stegeman Coliseum Georgia football fills a significant need by adding Clemson to 2021 schedule Georgia football schedule in 2021 adds Clemson in neutral site opener Georgia football coach Kirby Smart on playing Clemson in Charlotte: completely new experience' Georgia football podcast: ESPN suggests 2020 could be rebuilding' year for UGA Latest Mel Kiper Jr. 2020 NFL Mock Draft has Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift as first round teammates Why George Pickens might be the biggest winner in new Georgia football offense The post Georgia sports roundup: Matthew Boling takes home another award, baseball visits Kennesaw State appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs figure to have one of the top baseball teams in the country this season, a year after posting a 46-17 record and 21-9 mark in SEC play. The Bulldogs ended the season as a national seed for the NCAA Tournament but lost twice to Florida State in the regionals. Georgia was ranked No. 7 by Baseball America to open the 2020 season, with only Vanderbilt at No. 1 and Florida at No. 4 having higher rankings among SEC teams. Vanderbilt is the defending national champion. Georgia was ranked No. 5 by D1baseball in its preseason rankings. The Bulldogs bring back seven starting position players from last season's team, led by shortstop Cam Sheppard. But the strength of the team once again figures to be the pitching staff, as Georgia boasts starters Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox. Both starters are expected to be first-round draft picks in the 2021 MLB Draft. The Bulldogs start their season on Feb. 14, as they host Richmond for a three-game series in Athens. Georgia begins SEC play on March 13 when it visits the Florida Gators. Another Preseason Top 10 #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/xTawFyTEzP Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) January 20, 2020 Gym Dawgs post season-best effort in win over Iowa State The Georgia Gym Dawgs posted one of the top scores of the season on Monday, as they scored a 197.325 to beat visiting Iowa State. Georgia is one of only eight teams to reach a score that high. With the win, Georgia now moves to 1-1 on the season. 'This meet definitely builds confidence,' head coach Courtney Kupets Carter said. 'They are a strong team. They need to stay within themselves, take it one event at a time, one routine at a time. They're really taking that to heart and you can see the difference in this team. I'm proud of them and now we have to carry this momentum into this weekend.' As a team, Georgia posted 49.200 on vault, a 49.275 on bars, a 49.400 on the balance beam and 49.450 on the floor routine. Georgia returns to action this coming Saturday, as it will travel to Fort Worth, Texas to compete in the Metroplex Challenge against Alabama, Oklahoma and Denver. When we win, we hit the studio! Studio 48 is named in honor of this, the 48th GymDog team in UGA history. #GloryGlory | #Studio48 | #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/viSQ23fpDH Georgia Gymnastics (@UGAGymnastics) January 20, 2020 Men's Tennis earns season-opening win over Kennesaw State The No. 19 Georgia men's tennis team picked up a win in its first dual match of the season, as the Bulldogs took down visiting Kennesaw State 8-1 on Monday. The Bulldogs won all four doubles matches to take the early lead before cruising to victory in the singles portion of the match. 'We played really well up and down the lineup today,' head coach Manuel Diaz said. 'Kennesaw State is a much improved team from last year and made us work hard. I thought our guys came out with great energy and intensity. This is a great group of guys. They make it a lot of fun, and I feel like they are getting better every single day.' Georgia's Phillip Henning, ranked No. 12 in the country, picked up an easy 6-2,6-0 win in singles on court three. No. 57 ranked Trent Bryde played on court one for Georgia and earned a three-set victory. The Bulldogs return to action on Jan. 25 when they play the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss., as a part of the ITA Kick-Off. Win #1 Now, ready for more #GoDawgs | #KeepBuilding pic.twitter.com/GkEFZPsmCL Georgia Tennis (@UGAtennis) January 20, 2020 More Georgia sports stories from around DawgNation Social media reacts to Georgia football landing 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff Kirby Smart orchestrates amazing reinvigoration of Georgia football Kirby Smart recognizes his offense needs to change after latest Georgia football coaching moves Georgia football adds offseason excitement, QB stars endorse Todd Monken Georgia football coach Kirby Smart hires Buster Faulkner to offensive staff Georgia football winners and losers following addition of offensive coordinator Todd Monken The post Georgia sports roundup: Baseball to begin season in top 10, Gymnastics posts season-best effort appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The “most important” part of the season may not begin until next Saturday, but Georgia men’s basketball will attempt to end its non-conference slate on the right note Sunday evening. Considering the Bulldogs face an opponent they lost to last season, the team’s final game of the 2018 calendar year against UMass is rather important too. In order to win, Georgia will be aiming for more activity on the defensive end. The Bulldogs (7-4) play the UMass Minutemen (7-5) at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens (TV: SEC Network). All season long, first-year coach Tom Crean has preached active defense. The No. 1 recipe to that is what he calls “deflections.” ”I was told a long time ago – and I don’t think you can say it any better – deflections are barometer of active defense,” Crean said following the victory against Sam Houston State. “It’s any type of activity on the ball. It’s a finger tip, a hand, blocked shots, chargers, a steal. That’s what we’re aiming for. I want our team at a deflection-to-turnover ratio of 3.5-to-1. To me, that is an optimal number.” The Bulldogs keep track of Crean’s created deflection stat, and like so many other important statistical categories, sophomore Nicolas Claxton leads the team with 105 deflections. Claxton also leads the Bulldogs in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game. UMass won the only previous meeting in this series, beating Georgia last season, 72-62, at Mullins Center in Amherst, MA. The Bulldogs enter Sunday having won four of their last five after losing their final two games of the Cayman Islands Classic. In their last game, the Bulldogs defeated in-state rival Georgia Tech, 70-59, at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Georgia is 5-1 at home this season. UMass also possesses seven victories in 2018-19, but the Minutemen have alternated wins and losses each of the last seven games. They edged Fairleigh Dickinson in their last game, 85-84, on Dec. 21. The Minutemen recently played Temple as well, losing to the Owls, 65-63. Georgia also lost to Temple, 81-77, in the second game of the season. That’s the only opponent Georgia and UMass have in common during the 2018-19 season. DawgNation Georgia basketball Georgia basketball’s Tom Crean: Through lends of friend and mentor Tom Izzo WATCH: Georgia basketball rising star Nicolas Claxton a gift that keeps giving WATCH: Tom Crean shares surprising Georgia basketball history, daunting challenges ahead Georgia basketball beats Georgia Tech 70-59, wins fourth straight in rivalry Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean embraces showdown at Georgia Tech WATCH: Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean preaches winning ways to Bulldogs UGA learns its lesson from Tom Crean, holds off Oakland rally 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 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 looking for more active defense in non-conference final against UMass appeared first on DawgNation.
  • EAST LANSING, Mich. — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is no stranger to rebuilding programs, and no one knows that better than College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo. Izzo, who has led Michigan State to a national championship along with seven Final Fours and 13 Big Ten titles, remembers making Crean his first hire when he took over the Spartans’ program 23 years ago. RELATED: Tom Crean shares shocking UGA history “Tom Crean helped me build this thing, he was phenomenal,” Izzo told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and DawgNation in an exclusive interview. “I had gotten Time hired as a graduate assistant (1989, when Judd Heathcote was still ahead coach), and as soon as I got this job, he was the first guy I went after. “I knew he was a relentless worker, good recruiter, a very good Xs and Os guy, and he was driven.” Crean has show those qualities to Bulldogs fans already this season with Georgia off to a 7-4 start including last Saturday’s impressive 70-59 road win at Georgia Tech and the 76-74 near-miss against a Top 20-ranked Arizona State team earlier this month. RELATED: Georgia gets key road win at Georgia Tech Current situation Izzo has taken note of Crean’s early success after taking over a downtrodden Georgia basketball program that has been to the NCAA Tournament just once in the past seven years. “I’m glad he’s not in my conference, but I’m also glad he’s back in it,” Izzo said. “I think people there will enjoy him, and I think he’ll build it, they just have to give him a little time and let him get all the people in there he needs.” Izzo said Georgia can build a basketball program alongside its championship caliber football program, much like he has been able to do at Michigan State and Florida and Ohio State have done. “I think this is a football school 1A, and 1B, it’s a basketball school, Florida got to be the same,” Izzo said. “Ohio State is probably a little more football, but it’s a pretty good basketball school. “There’s no reason at Georgia you can’t do that. I know there’s players in the State of Georgia. Atlanta, it’s like Chicago an Detroit, lots of people recruiting the city, but the players are there.” Football background Crean, like Izzo, has an innate love of football that works to his advantage at the college level. “Tom is smart and he has a lot of good football friends, pro and college, and he uses football to help him in basketball,” Izzo said. “I think he’ll do that at Georgia, because I think he’ll get along with the football guys. “I don’t think there will be jealousy because he’s been brought up a football guy.” Indeed, Crean is married into the Harbaugh family, and maintains close relations with Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens football coach John Harbaugh. Just as Izzo is a regular at Michigan State football games, driving through the parking lots on a golf cart and visiting with fans each Saturday of the Spartans’ home games in East Lansing, Crean has made himself available at the Bulldogs’ home football games. “I think why he’ll be successful there is he can coach, he’ll demand some things,” Izzo said, “but importantly, I think he’ll embrace football, where a lot of coaches get jealous of it.” Back then Izzo remembers the characteristics Crean help instill at Michigan State that have led to the Spartans becoming a national basketball power. “In football terms, he’s an incredible offensive coordinator, and he has a very good offensive mind,” Izzo said. But he has the base to be a great defensive coach, like he was here.” Izzo’s programs are known for their defensive prowess and physical rebounding nature. “Tom brought some of that rebounding here every bit as much as I did,” Izzo said. “This program was team built — Tom, BG (Brian Gregory) and Stan Heath. But Tom was absolutely instrumental in helping me build this thing. “That’s why I’ll always appreciate what he’s done for me.” Competing with Crean When Izzo says he’s glad Crean isn’t in the same conference, he’s referencing the rivalry the two coaches built after Crean took over and re-established Indiana basketball. “He did an unbelievable job at Indiana, and I think he had to rebuild it,” Izzo said. But in that state, it’s 19 years after Bob (Knight) was there, and there’s still people talking about him. There’s been a couple guys who have been there since Bob Knight, but nobody has really replaced him if you know what I mean, and Tom was the closest thing. “But it was ugly from Day One, he had to deal with the (NCAA) issues that were there, and then he had the wrath from the Bob Knight fans, so I think that was hard on Tom,” Izzo said. “That’s unfair for any coach, just like it will be unfair for the guy that follows Mike Krzyzewski.” Georgia, however, offers Crean a unique opportunity. “You know, even when he was at Marquette going to that Final Four, there were still some Al McQuire whispers around that program,” Izzo said. “Georgia, in a lot of ways he gets to build his own program, and the canvas blank there and he gets to paint his own portrait,” Izzo said, “ and he gets to put his mark on that program, because it’s not like he’s replacing a legend.” What’s next Izzo wants to see Crean do well at Georgia, because he believes he has earned it. “Here’s what I know for sure: I know he’s a phenomenal working recruiter,” Izzo said. “He’s a very good basketball coach, and he’s a very attention-to-detail guy.” “ Crean’s intensity is unmistakable, and he’s already made it clear he wants the Bulldogs basketball program on an accelerated path to success. Izzo believes the year Crean spent away from coaching will serve him well as he build his brand in Athens. “He did a great thing last year in that he got away, he visited a lot of programs, and he had a chance to sit back and evaluate,” Izzo said. “When you’re in this job, you’re on the treadmill and you never get off. But he got to sit back and say, ‘how did this guy handle that, or that guy handle this.’ He got to hear how other people think about other people and look at things constructively. “It gives you a better perception of who you are.” Izzo believes Crean was sometimes misunderstood at Indiana because of the ever-present pressure and speculation that comes with the Indiana job post-Knight. “I think now at Georgia, he has to take things one step further,” Izzo said. “He needs to let himself enjoy the people around him. “I’ll be shocked if he’s not very, very successful there.” DawgNation Georgia basketball Georgia wins 4th straight in Georgia Tech rivalry WATCH: Tom Crean preaches winning ways to UGA UGA learns its lesson from Tom Crean, holds off Oakland rally  Georgia’s Tom Crean makes quick history with Tech win 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 The post Georgia basketball’s Tom Crean: Through lens of friend and mentor Tom Izzo appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean knew he had something special in sophomore forward Nicolas Claxton just two practices into taking over as the Bulldogs head coach last March. “It’s the second workout and I’m watching him, and we’re starting to work on going with the other hand, and I thought ‘he can be really good with this,’ “Crean said after Claxton came off the bench to record his fifth double-double of the season and lead a 70-59 win over Georgia Tech. RELATED: Claxton steps up in clutch, leads win over Yellow Jackets ‘I was watching film and seeing what he was comfortable with, but also, what can we work on with him that’s gong to stretch his confidence, and to stretch his conference you’r going to stretch his game,” he said. “We started putting him on the perimeter more, working with his shooting, forcing him to go right, dropping his shoulder, having to guard guards.” Georgia has essentially created a monster, as the 6-foot-11 Claxton leads the SEC in rebounding (10.1 per game) and blocked shots (34), while also ranked amount league leaders in assists (17th), scoring (21st) and free-throw percentage (30th). Nicolas Claxton prepares to block shot/Photo courtesy UGA sports “I think Claxton is really good, he’s a pro,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. “He hit a big shot today, and he’s long.” Claxton’s 6-foot-11 frame alone creates problems, but Crean notes how his skill and athleticism have him ascending quickly. “He’s got tremendous agility, he moves his feet extremely well,” Crean said. “We’re really comfortable with him guarding one to five, and he’s a shot maker. “He’s a joy to work with, and he’s really just scratching the surface.” Crean knows a pro when he sees one, having coached NBA stars Dwayne Wade at Marquette and Victor Oladipo and Yogi Ferral at Indiana. Claxton, a 3-star prospect out of Greenville, S.C., had a handful of offers before choosing Georgia. It’s clear he has clicked quickly with his new head coach and the Bulldogs uptempo scheme. “Coach Crean and the staff are very demanding, the pace is a lot faster,” Claxton said. “We’re still adjusting to it, and we’re enjoying it. Everybody is having a lot more fun out there. Games, practices, walk-throughs, everything, it’s always uptempo.” Claxton’s mere presence is a game changer on both ends of the floor, his skills and shooting range forcing teams to defend the Bulldogs differently, while on defense he alters shots around the rim. The son of former Georgia All-SEC performer and NBA draft pick Charles Claxton (7-foot, 265 pounds), Nicolas said he always believed he would grow into his game. “I knew I could do this, I feel I have more left in the tank, once I get my shots falling, just continue to stay confident working in the gym,” Nicolas Claxton said. “I’m trusting the process and enjoying it, day by day.” Nicolas Claxton in SEC basketball ranks (through 12-22-18) • 1st in blocks, 34 • 1st in rebounding, 10.1 per game • 17th in assists, 2.6 per   game • 21st in scoring, 12.6 points per game • 30th in free-throw percentage, 68.1 percent Georgia forward Nicolas Claxton DawgNation Georgia basketball Bulldogs make it 4 straight over Yellow Jackets Georgia makes surprising history with Georgia Tech win WATCH: Tom Crean preaches winning ways to UGA UGA learns its lesson from Tom Crean, holds off Oakland rally Tom Crean positive about Georgia basketball modest start 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         The post WATCH: Georgia basketball rising star Nicolas Claxton a gift that keeps giving appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean basked in the moment of historical significance Saturday afternoon, a statistic so sweet he kept it secret until after beating Georgia Tech. RELATED: Georgia basketball beats Georgia Tech, 70-59 “There was only four seniors in the 113 years of this rivalry that had swept the series, now we had five (today) to make that nine, that’s unbelievable,” Crean said. “Obviously we didn’t put that out, no sense giving anything to the bulletin board, right? “When I first heard that I said, ‘don’t tell anybody, let’s keep that secret.’ The players knew it, through.” The Georgia players played like it, too, staving off one Yellow Jackets rally after another, different players raising their games at different times, particularly sophomore Nicolas Claxton (13 points, 13 rebounds). Crean was proud of the entire time, noting how they battled back after dropping a heartbreaking 76-74 defeat to Arizona State after leading that game by 18 last Saturday. The Bulldogs (7-4) were up by as many as 16 on Georgia Tech (6-5) and didn’t trail throughout the action. Still, challenges are ahead for Georgia, with the Bulldogs getting a grueling draw to start the SEC season: at No. 3 Tennessee (Jan. 5) Vanderbilt (Jan. 9) at No. 7 Auburn (Jan. 12) No. 19 Kentucky (Jan. 15) Florida (Jan. 19) at LSU (Jan. 23) at Arkansas (Jan. 29) South Carolina (Feb. 2) at Alabama (Feb. 6) Ole Miss (Feb. 9) “The Ken Pom (ratings) have us going 0-10 to start the SEC, right?” Crean said. “I mean, when you base it on numbers, so what do I know?” Georgia ranked 113th in the Pomeroy Ratings (KenPom.com) following its win over Georgia Tech (103rd). The Bulldogs return to action at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 against UMass (TV: SEC Network). The Minutemen are 7-5 and No. 140 in the Pomeroy Ratings. The five current Georgia seniors who have never lost to Georgia Tech — Derek Ogbeide, Mike Edwards, E’Torrion Wilridge, William “Turtle” Jackson and Connor O’Neill — joined the four before them: James Banks and Vern Fleming (1980-84) and Gerald Crosby and Richard Corhen (1981-85). Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean   DawgNation Georgia basketball WATCH: Tom Crean preaches winning ways to UGA UGA learns its lesson from Tom Crean, holds off Oakland rally 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 The post WATCH: Tom Crean shares surprising Georgia basketball history, daunting challenges ahead appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA —Georgia basketball made it four in a row over Georgia Tech on Saturday, pulling away for a 70-59 win. Nicolas Claxton recorded his fifth double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Teshaun Hightower (12), Rayshaun Hammonds (11) and Tyree Crump (10) also hit double figures in scoring for the Bulldogs (7-4). The Yellow Jackets (6-5) dropped to 5-2 at home with the loss in front of the sold-out crowd at McCamish Pavilion. RELATED: Georgia coach Tom Crean embraces rivalry with Georgia Tech The 6-foot-11 Claxton stepped up big in the clutch for Georgia, which never trailed in the game in evening its record to 1-1 in true road contests this season. Claxton threw down an authoritative follow-up dunk at the 3:26 mark to give the Bulldogs a 53-47 lead, and he followed up with a 3-point shot to make it 56-47 and send many fans to the exits. Georgia Tech trailed by 10 at halftime but rallied at the start of the second half with a 7-0 run, pulling to 29-26 on Moses Wright’s conventional 3-point play. The Yellow Jackets had it down to two at 34-32 with 14:47 left on a   pair of Jose Alverado free throws. Georgia held strong, however, as coach Tom Crean expertly turned to his bench. Amanze Ngumezo answered with a dunk for the Bulldogs, and E’Torrion Wilridge hit a pair of free throws. A pair of Claxton free throws at the 13:39 mark made it 40-33 and capped a much needed 6-1 run. The Bulldogs pulled away minutes later when a Claxton tip-in spurred a 6-0 run that pushed the lead to double-digits and triggered Tech coach Josh Pastner to call timeout with his team trailing 46-36 and 8:27 left. Georgia Tech had one last comeback in it, drawing to within four points with 3:59 left before Claxton took over. Georgia led by as many as 16 points in the first half before taking a 29-19 lead into the break. The Bulldogs were without Claxton most of the first half after he picked up his second foul and was pulled form the action at the 16:14 mark with the teams deadlocked 2-2. Crean re-entered Claxton at the 7:51 mark and Georgia caught fire, his presence appearing to open up the floor as the Bulldogs scored the next five baskets in the midst of a 13-0 run. A Hammonds’ 3-pointer made it 25-9 at the 3-minute mark, the Bulldogs in position to blow open the game. Georgia Tech came to life when Wright hit a baseline jumper and followed with a layup in transition after a Hightower turnover. Two more Bulldogs’ turnovers contributed to an 8-2 run that brought the Yellow Jackets to within 10 on Michael Devoe’s drive in the closing seconds. UGA won last season’s game in Athens by an 80-59 count, but Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 105-89. Georgia basketball returns to action at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 at home against UMass before opening the SEC portion of the schedule at Tennessee on Jan. 5. DawgNation Georgia basketball WATCH: Tom Crean preaches winning ways to UGA UGA learns its lesson from Tom Crean, holds off Oakland rally 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 The post Georgia basketball beats Georgia Tech 70-59, wins 4th straight in rivalry appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean has taken the approach to embrace the rivalry with Georgia Tech. Crean, unlike some coaches, makes no attempt to downplay the significance of rivalry games. “The most important thing in those types of (rivalry) games are they are obviously huge and circle in red,” Crean said on Friday. “The greatest fear as a coach is to not let your players get out of character in that game. “Everybody wants to be the hero in that game, and it doesn’t work that way.” The Bulldogs (6-4) play the Yellow Jackets (6-4) at noon on Saturday in McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta (TV:ESPNU). Both teams are coming off wins. Georgia beat Oakland 81-69 on Tuesday. Georgia Tech scored a 69-65 win at Arkansas on Wednesday. Crean has experience in several high-profile rivalries, from his days as Tom Izzo’s lead assistant in the Michigan State rivalry with Michigan, to his head coaching rivalries at Marquette (Wisconsin) and Indiana (Purdue). “You are aware what games mean more to the players and more importantly, the fans, (and) this is obviously one of them,” Crean said. “We have got to do a good job on lay them the right way, which is use loosely, but I mean what is the game giving us. “We want to run and get out and go, but if they want to create a more slower pace, then we’ve got to deal with that as well.” The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 at home this season. The game between the teams on Saturday is a sellout. The Bulldogs won last season’s game in Athens by an 80-59 count, led by since-departed star Yante Matey’s 24 points and six rebounds. Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 105-89, but Georgia has a 13-10 edge since the teams starting playing alternately on each other’s campuses in 1995-96. The Bulldogs have won the past three meetings, but prior to that the Yellow Jackets had won four in a row. DawgNation Georgia basketball WATCH: Tom Crean preaches winning ways to UGA UGA learns its lesson from Tom Crean, holds off Oakland rally 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 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 coach Tom Crean embraces showdown at Georgia Tech appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Tom Crean is best known as a coach and teacher of basketball, but the philosophy he’s planting in his Georgia players is just as important as he looks to rebuild the program. One of Crean’s lessons was on display on Tuesday when his Bulldogs held off a late Oakland rally for an 81-69 win at Stegeman Coliseum on a night his team was running out of energy after to emotionally challenging practices. RELATED: Georgia basketball puts down its foot, holds off Oakland “Something I’ve always carried with me since I’ve heard it, from pastor Charles Stanley from Atlanta (First Baptist Church) … he said ‘disappointment is inevitable, but discouragement is a choice,” Crean said Tuesday night. “I was at Marquette when I first saw that, but I’ve always tried to apply that in my own life and with my team.” Georgia was a disappointed team after blowing an 18-point lead and losing to No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday, and Crean knew it. The former Marquette and Indiana coach also knew how to get his team over the defeat and ready to compete again. “The team was down the other night with that loss, they knew they had opportunities, and they’ve went at it the last two days, because we had to get it out of our system and get over it,” Crean said. “We got better … and the bottom line is we found a way tonight. “The game is always giving you something, and tonight it was the lane and the free-throw line.” Georgia (6-4) was 19-of-26 shooting at the line and out-scored Oakland 28-18 in the paint and 18-7 on second-chance points. Nicolas Claxton recorded his fourth double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Rayshawn Hammonds had his first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. But it was guards William “Turtle” Jackson and Teshaun Hightower meeting with the media, both players explaining how the discipline and mindset Crean has brought made the difference. “We really just focused on what (Crean) was saying,” said Hightower, who ran the point much of the game and scored 16 points. “We just have to stick to the game plan and talk on defense.” Jackson, who hit four 3-pointers as UGA raced to a 27-10 lead, said it came down to following Gran’s plan. “We felt we brought a lot of energy, and we listened to Coach Crean and executed,” Jackson said, asked the difference between Saturday night’s meltdown and Tuesday night’s victory. The Bulldogs return to action at noon on Saturday at Georgia Tech (TV: ESPNU). Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean   DawgNation Georgia basketball UGA learns its lesson from Tom Crean, holds off Oakland rally 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 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 preaches winning ways to Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • More than 6 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.7 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Sunday, May 31, continue below: U.S. surpasses 104,000 deaths Update 3:55 p.m. EDT May 31: The United States has surpassed 104,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus. The U.S. has the highest number of cases and the highest number of deaths worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University, 104,081 people have died in the U.S. Second to the U.S. is the United Kingdom with 38,571 deaths. The U.S. also leads in the number of COVID-19 cases reported: 1,779,853. Second to the U.S. is Brazil with 465,116 cases reported. Rwanda reports first COVID-19 death Update 3 p.m. EDT May 31: Rwanda has reported the country’s first coronavirus-related death. A statement by the nation’s Ministry of Health said the man who died was a 65-year-old truck driver who had recently returned to Rwanda after living in a neighboring country for an unspecified amount of time. Health officials said the patient died due to severe respiratory complications after receiving treatment at an intensive care unit at a COVID-19 facility. According to Johns Hopkins University, Rwanda has 359 reported cases of the novel coronavirus. China reports only two new cases of COVID-19 Update 2:50 p.m. EDT May 31: China reported two new cases of COVID-19 in the country Sunday, noting that one of the two people was a German traveler. China has banned most foreigners from entering the country to try to prevent the introduction of new infections, but agreed to allow the two German flights to bring back businesspeople as it tries to revive economic growth after the coronavirus shutdowns. No new domestic cases have been reported for a week. India’s coronavirus cases increasing significantly Update 1:35 p.m. EDT May 31: India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country. Confirmed infections have risen to 182,143, with 5,164 fatalities, including 193 in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday. Data shows the number of infections increasing exponentially in recent days. Only six countries have reported more coronavirus cases than India. There are concerns that the virus may be spreading through India’s villages as millions of jobless migrant workers return home from cities during the lockdown. Experts warn that the pandemic is yet to peak in India. Crowds return to St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Francis Update 8:48 a.m. EDT May 31: Crowds returned to St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis resumed his traditional greeting from his window, CNN reported. It was the first time the pontiff has addressed a live audience since the lockdown in Italy began three months ago. Francis said he hoped people would “have the courage to change, to be better than before and to positively build the post-pandemic world.” Tourists were absent and only a few hundred people gathered. They wore masks and adhered to social distancing to listen to Francis, CNN reported. US coronavirus cases surpass 1.7M, deaths top 103K Published 12:05 a.m. EDT May 31: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.7 million early Saturday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,747,085 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 102,836 deaths. The hardest-hit states remain New York with 369,660 cases and 29,710 deaths and New Jersey with 159,608 cases and 11,634 deaths. Massachusetts, with 95,512 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,768, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 118,917. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Six other states have now confirmed at least 50,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 109,509 cases, resulting in 4,136 deaths • Pennsylvania: 75,697 cases, resulting in 5,537 deaths • Texas: 62,675 cases, resulting in 1,652 deaths • Michigan: 56,969 cases, resulting in 5,464 deaths • Florida: 55,424 cases, resulting in 2,447 deaths • Maryland: 52,015 cases, resulting in 2,509 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia and Connecticut each has confirmed at least 42,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 34,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 21,000 cases; Iowa and Arizona each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 17,000 cases; Mississippi and Rhode Island each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska and Missouri each has confirmed at least 13,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 11,131; Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,493; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • Seattle news station KIRO-TV captured video of a woman stealing a treat from a Cheesecake Factory location in the midst of riots following protests over the death of George Floyd. After several hours of peaceful gatherings and marches earlier Saturday, Seattle police said the crowd turned violent, throwing bottles, setting fires, breaking windows and looting businesses in the downtown area. Rioters, many wearing masks, looted and vandalized stores, including Nordstrom and Old Navy. Windows of the Cheesecake Factory were also smashed, and people were seen throwing bottles of alcohol outside. A KIRO-TV news crew that was recording footage of the scene captured footage of a woman wearing a mask walking away from the restaurant carrying an entire cheesecake on a serving tray. She also appeared to be carrying a wine glass and a champagne flute. The footage of the woman quickly gained traction on social media, where people tried to make light of the chaos. “She seems polite about it,” one Twitter user wrote. “With everything going on, sometimes you have to take a moment to treat yourself,” another person wrote. “It would have gone to waste otherwise,” someone responded. Others said the video made them laugh or smile in the midst of what has been a stressful week.
  • Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? If you’re Clint Eastwood, there is plenty to feel lucky about. As an actor and director, Eastwood has been a presence in American movies for six decades. Eastwood turned 90 on Sunday. Whether he was a lone drifter in spaghetti westerns or rogue cop Harry Callahan, Eastwood has always had a presence. Eastwood was born May 31, 1930, in San Franciso. He was raised in Oakland, and before becoming an established movie star he played Rowdy Yates in the television western, “Rawhide.” But it is on the big screen where Eastwood made a sudden impact. According to Rolling Stone, Pauline Kael described Eastwood as “six feet four of lean, tough saint, blue-eyed and shaggy-haired, with a rugged, creased, careworn face that occasionally breaks into a mischief-filled grin.' In keeping with Eastwood’s stoic persona, his birthday celebration was supposed to be low-key. “We’re just going to do a family thing -- very, very calm, very mellow,” his 34-year-old actor son Scott told “Access Hollywood.” “We’ll sneak a cake in there, definitely. He probably won’t like it.” Eastwood has won five Academy Awards, with two films that won both Best Picture and Directing -- Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). His fifth Oscar was the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995. Here is a look at five of Eastwood’s more memorable films: “A Fistful of Dollars' (1964): The first of a trio of westerns shot in Italy, Italian director Sergio Leone was persuaded to used Eastwood despite coveting Henry Fonda, James Coburn or Charles Bronson for the role of the Man With No Name. Eastwood is eerily intimidating with his poncho, his intense cigar-chewing and his fast trigger finger. “Fistful” was followed by “For a Few Dollars More” in 1965 and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in 1966. The latter movie is considered the best of the trilogy, with Lee Van Cleef cast as the “Bad” and Eli Wallach playing an amoral “Ugly” character. You know who was “Good.' “Dirty Harry” (1971): Eastwood was defined by the macho, .44-magnum toting police inspector in San Francisco. His character was so memorable in this Don Siegel film that Eastwood reprised the Callahan character in four more films -- “Magnum Force (1973), “The Enforcer” (1976), “Sudden Impact” (1983) and :”The Dead Pool' (1988). In “Dirty Harry,” Eastwood hunts down a serial killer named Scorpio, and utters the famous line with a sneer: “You’ve got to ask yourself a question. ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” “Play Misty for Me” (1971): This marked Eastwood’s directorial debut, a film in which he plays a disc jockey in Northern California who picks up a woman at a bar (Jessica Walters). She is the same woman who calls the radio station where Eastwood works and requests the Errol Garner song, “Misty.” Far from being a macho character, Eastwood played a victim as the woman’s obsessive behavior nearly turns fatal. “Every Which Way But Loose” (1978): Rarely did anyone ever make a monkey out of Eastwood, but a beer-swilling orangutan named Clyde did just that in this comedy. Eastwood is able to punch out bad guys and deliver wise-cracking punchlines. “Right turn, Clyde” became a mantra for fans, and the film led to a sequel, 1980′s “Any Which Way You Can.” “The Mule”(2018): Only Eastwood could look intimidating as an 88-year-old. He plays Earl Stone, an out-of-business horticulturist who agrees to drive a truck to a town near the Mexican border. He later discovers he is hauling narcotics for a Mexican drug cartel. Eastwood plays senior citizens well, as “Gran Torino,' “American Sniper” and “Trouble With the Curve” prove. He might be old, but the icy stare remains. Other movies of note: “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” and his latest work, “Richard Jewell.” So, make his day and wish Clint Eastwood a happy birthday.
  • Target will close dozens of its locations nationwide - including two in metro Atlanta, due to ongoing protests and destructive rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In Georgia, two locations in Buckhead will temporarily close.  The chain’s headquarters are based in Minneapolis, where Floyd’s death occurred while in police custody.  now former officer Derek Chauvin is charged in Floyd’s death.   “We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country. At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores. We anticipate most stores will be closed temporarily. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal,” the company said in a statement. Target says employees at the closed stores will be paid for up to 14 days during store closures, including coronavirus pay, and also have the chance to work at other stores. From Channel 2 Action News: During the first night of protests Friday, Atlanta firefighters worked to put out a fire started in the back of the Target at 2539 Piedmont Road. Atlanta fire officials say fireworks were set off in multiple locations as well. Atlanta firefighters worked to put a second fire that happened in a storage room Saturday night. The department can’t say for sure right now if it’s arson, but fire investigators are on the way to see. Atlanta Battalion Chief Kendale Mitchell said part of the building may have been left unsecured from Friday’s protests. “This store was broken into earlier when we were experiencing the protests and the store hasn’t been fully secured all the way. I think they have security on site but may or may not. It’s undetermined if it was a break in at this time or not,” Mitchell said.    
  • Police departments in metro Atlanta on Sunday were preparing for more possible protests that would round out a weekend of demonstrations resulting in hundreds of arrests along with damage to storefronts and shops.  Gwinnett County police, which encountered protesters Saturday at the mall Sugarloaf Mills, said the department is only aware of “the potential for protests” to happen Sunday in Lawrenceville.  “The police department will have an increased presence across the county today and into the night,” spokeswoman officer Ashley Wilson said.  Two police cars were damaged and four people were arrested in Saturday’s protest in Gwinnett, the agency said.  See the AJC’s complete coverage of the Atlanta protests here. Lawrenceville Mayor David Still told the city’s Facebook followers that police are preparing for the potential of activity to crop up Sunday and into Monday. While Lawrenceville supports the right to protest, Still said those gatherings “must be peaceful and respectful.”  “We will not tolerate any destruction of property or any acts of violence,” the mayor’s message reads. “Therefore, the Lawrenceville Police Department will utilize all resources available to protect our city.” The bulk of protest activity on Saturday was in Atlanta, where widespread property damage was reported and more than 150 people were arrested. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has extended the city’s nighttime curfew to run from 9 p.m. to sunrise on Monday.  READ | Georgia to deploy more National Guard troops ahead of new planned protests In Alpharetta, officers were on guard Saturday for the possibility that Avalon, the popular mixed-use shopping destination, would be the target of protest activity.  Alpharetta Department of Public Safety officials said Sunday on the agency’s Facebook page that officers worked with Avalon, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies to stave off any threats of violence.  Spokesperson Jim Cheatham said the department is still “monitoring the situation and are prepared to take steps as needed.”  “As of right now, we do not have any information as to something happening at a location in Alpharetta,” he said. “This could change at any moment and we are monitoring.” Avalon said Sunday that it didn’t experience any issues, and that the development continues to work with Alpharetta police to prepare for any protests that could make their way to the area. Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss said the police department has more officers working and the department is working closely with management at Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in the event protesters show up at the mall.  About 30 people also demonstrated Saturday in downtown, and Moss said those were “peaceful and there were no issues.”  
  • — Phil Collen, guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard, recently surprised a group of high school students who were tuned in for a virtual music lesson. Collen partnered with Yousician, a music education company, to join a Zoom class for music students at Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, New York. The 13 students didn’t know the British musician would be joining their lesson, Patch.com reported. Collen started by performing his band’s 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me.' He then allowed the students to play their own renditions of the hit song and offered feedback. Collen also talked about his music journey and offered advice to the aspiring musicians: “It really comes down to putting the effort in, practicing and getting the technique down,' he said. “It’s all a learning curve. You gotta be you.” According to Patch.com, the students were granted free access to the Yousician platform to continue developing their musical skills over the summer. The students will also receive a free signed Def Leppard shirt.