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    EDITOR'S NOTE: This original Tae Crowder story continues a special series in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau profiling homegrown talent from the state of Georgia. To access the other HomeGrown Talent articles, please visit the series hub on DawgNation.com. The eye black can tell the Tae Crowder story. Or at least kick it off. Crowder's eye black is the 2019 model. It no longer requires a big jumbo marker.The strip of black adhesive allows the wearer to write on that strip. He has done so often in his breakthrough senior year. It could convey his struggle and pain, but he chooses hope instead. It is limited, though. It cannot trace the position changesbefore he settled in during his fifth season in Athens. He now patrols the middle of Georgia's nationally-rated defense. Yet his season is not an example of one of the oldest guys on the team finally being good enough. It is more like he is finally being great. The Harris County High alum (Hamilton, Ga.) did soak up four previous seasons of how the Georgia staff sculpts and molds its ILBs, including three under Kirby Smart. Now, he's finally earned the starting reps. That's a good story, but this takes a speed turn towards the exceptional with the way he's played this fall. His recent selection as a Butkus Award semifinalist jacks up the degree of difficulty with his climb a great deal. That Butkus recognition places the first-year starter among the top 12 linebackers in college football. How does one go from four career starts to a Butkus semifinalist? What powers such a sharp hairpin turn in his football career? Check the film each week. Then check his eye black. These scripts in white ink have been seen this fall: '#LLB 4s up' 'Phillippians 4:13' His head coach could start his story there, too. His proud inside linebackers coach knows what those things mean. So does his buddy up in Chicago. That's the one who is younger than him and yet somehow he is the one who is already in his second NFL season. Crowder just never gave up. Never. He just never walked back his dream to play for Georgia. That's what impresses his family the most. 'LLB 4s up' is for his lost older brother. It means Long Live Big.If his brother Cortez Johnson, Jr. was still alive today, he would still just be 23 years young. Everyone knew him as 'Big Man' and not as Cortez Johnson.When Crowder makes a play, that is for him. It was inspired by him, too. 'Every time I make a big play I thank God and I just think about him every time,' Tae Crowder said. When he said that, he took a breath. Pausing his train of thought to point to the initials 'LLB' that are also tattooed across his chest and neck. 'This tat is all him,' he said. 'I feel like where ever I go, then he is with me.' Tae Crowder: Coming up out of the mud The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior has made a statement with his fifth season in Athens. Check the timeline. 2015: Rated as a 3-star and the nation's No. 221 WR 2015: Was the No. 175 prospect in Georgia and No. 1868 overall (247Sports Composite) 2015: Almost signed with Georgia Southern. 2015: Redshirted. Slated to play RB at Georgia. 2016: Moved to ILB. Played in one game 2017: 15 games played. No starts. Recovered a big Rose Bowl squib. 2018: 15 games played. 4 starts. That's one for every year on campus up to that point. 2018: Really started to get his career 'up out of the mud' as he likes to say 2019: Started in all nine games. Second on the team in tackles. 2019: From WR to RB to Butkus Award Semifinalist. In the midst of that progression, his world was rocked. Crowder lost his older brother.That's why Crowder chose to write 'LLB 4s up' across his eye black for the Notre Dame game. The year was 2017. It was a traffic accident. Crowder was with his older brother the day before it happened. The biggest question here will not be why he did not transfer out while he waited for his turn. It is how he kept his head up as he waited for his time at Georgia. I didn't come this far, just to come this far Tae Crowder 4 (@TaeCrowder) August 5, 2017 That tweet was from back in 2017. His personal faith had been tested, but it was still strong. It is represented by that Phillipians 4:13 verse. The wait and the grind to get to the 2019 season feels to him like it was worth the wait. 'It is just a great feeling, man,' he said after the Notre Dame game. 'I just thank God for it each and every day.' That unbreakable spirit comes from his mother, Felicia. She raised him as a single parent. That set the example. Those who know her and her son wearing that 'Dirty 30' Georgia jersey describe them as two of the most positive people in this world. Crowder already had that spirit about him. When he lost his brother, it just lent even more fuel to his will he was going to make it. Eventually. Those who know him best clearly believe that. Tae Crowder: What 'LLB' will always mean to him Crowder is from Pine Mountain. That part of the state might hold as many Auburn fans as it does Georgia Bulldogs. This week's game will be another special one as it is played closer in proximity to his roots. He grew up a Bulldog. That '4s up' part of that hashtag is a local thing. If you hear someone from that part of Georgia say '4s up' it is meant to convey they are from Pine Mountain. There's a reason why he also wears that bible verse beneath his eyes on gamedays. It reads: ' I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' His older brother was hit by a car. He was on a motorcycle. 'Right where we would hang out every day,' Crowder said. 'It was crazy. I was actually at school. It was on a weekend when it happened. It was just crazy.' The two were so close, but they were just half-brothers. It didn't lessen the bond. They were always together, but they were actually like night and day. Tae was the one who really liked sports. Georgia's digital storytellers released a video this week about Crowder. It included the hardship of his brother's passing. He called it one of the biggest challenges of his time at UGA. It was. More than he lets on in that video. Some members of his family still 'can't speak on it' because it makes them so emotional. Who We Are | Tae Crowder 'I'm from Georgia, and I just take full pride in it.' pic.twitter.com/X5u43DLZ1Z Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 14, 2019 When Crowder got the call with the tragic news, he was stunned. He didn't want to believe it. So he didn't allow himself to. 'Then you get that second call and it just confirms it,' he said. He was with him just two days earlier. Crowder left to go back to Georgia for workouts on that Saturday. 'It happened that Saturday night,' he said. 'I was with him that whole week before that. That Thursday and Friday.' Crowder's deep voice has some Rick Ross tones to it. But that was a moment where a few of his deep raspy octaves cracked a little bit. He got the 'LLB' script tattoed across his neck maybe a month or two after that happened. It was necessary. Cathartic. He's been playing to honor him and his memory ever since. 'Yes, sir,' he said. 'To honor him. No doubt. It showed me I had to go. It showed me I had to grind. I took a loss in my family. It taught me to cherish every moment. You just don't know when your day like that will come.' He still thinks of how his brother motivated him during his senior year of high school ball. 'My senior year all he wanted to see me do was shine,' Crowder said. 'When I go back and watch the film of my senior year, he was always behind me. He was always putting a hand on my helmet. He was always with me on and off the field. It was just a special bond we had.' When he lost his brother, the Georgia program was there for him. 'The team was there for me, 'Crowder says in that video. 'The coaches were there for me. They let me come back when I was comfortable. I came back a week later just because I wanted to get better with the team and I used him as my motivation.' He didn't start playing linebacker until the end of his redshirt sophomore year. 'Another challenge I had was just coming home each day not knowing if I was going to ever play,' Crowder said. 'I didn't know if I still had a love for the sport. I just put my head down and went to work.' Kirby Smart: His view on the Tae Crowder story Rewind this year back to Rocky Top. The head coach of the Georgia team was beaming about Crowder's scoop-and-score TD. Eric Stokes forced the fumble. Crowder claimed it and hauled it for 60 yards for the final points of the 43-14 win. Smart knows what Crowder has gone through so he used the moment to crack a little joke about that ultimate havoc play. 'I told him he was probably the slowest guy on the field by the time he got to the end zone,' Smart said. 'He looked like a turtle finish.' Want to watch a game a little differently? Want to know who the good dudes really are? Watch what happens when a Bulldog makes a big play. Do his teammates swallow him up in hugs and helmet slaps they are so happy for him? With Crowder, his teammates all dap him up. They know. Who he is. What he has worked and waited for. They are just like Big. His team loves it when their Dirty 30 shines, too. It was not an easy transition for Crowder at the ILB spot. It was hard. As it should be. A young man doesn't just put on some magic eye black and shoot out of a cannon to make that big tackle for loss he had against Notre Dame. He had nine tackles that night. Crowder came up with another 12 stops in that tough South Carolina loss. 'The first couple times he played he didn't like contact, he wasn't into that, but he's come so far, and he's such a great story in college football for perseverance and sticking it out and staying and looking to see what he's done,' Smart told the Georgia beat reporter pool this year. 'It's pretty awesome when you think about that.' Remember that eye black? Crowder was tested early in his Georgia career. He was determined to prove that he could go on and do all things. It includes being rated as the nation's No. 1868 football player coming out of high school. It means still making impact plays after waiting for your fifth season in the SEC. It steeled him after a position change. Crowder played in just one game in his first two years at Georgia. 'I've known Tae since the eighth grade, he was a receiver, he got [a] scholarship super late, he came to be a running back, he was going to Georgia Southern, and then he ends up a Georgia,' Kirby Smart said earlier this year. 'I can still remember the first time we practiced I thought this kid is a good athlete, he's just not going to play running back here.' Now, he's a Butkus semifinalist. Amazing. When he sees his name on the back of that jersey now, it means something to him. 'Because I am from Georgia and I just take full pride in it,' he said. The young man with the 'LLB' underneath his eyes certainly seems worthy of another set of initials. It would be the hallowed 'DGD' label that DawgNation has for players who truly reflect the Bulldog spirit . With what he's endured to finally make plays for Georgia, Crowder is a Damn Good Dawg if there ever was one. Georgia's Homegrown Talent: The DawgNation series Down South Georgia Boy: How Richard LeCounte III kicked off the Kirby Smart era Homegrown: From Rodrigo Blankenship to 'Hot Rod' status at Georgia Brian Herrien: Why he embodies the Georgia Bulldog spirit Trey Hill: From Homegrown to the center of the Bulldog offense Homegrown: The twists and turns in Quay Walker's road to UGA The Eric Stokes storyline will read more like 'UGA-grown' Charlie Woerner: Homegrown from a Bulldog family Jake Fromm: From Little League to duck holes to the face of a program Andrew Thomas develops quickly into a hometown here at UGA Warren McClendon: Family roots run 44 years deep for this Georgia family D.J. Daniel: Likely impact defensive back took a longer route to Athens Travon Walker: Expect big things on the line from 5-star freshman Dominick Blaylock: Talented freshman WR found a homegrown fit in Athens Nolan Smith: From 'Baby Boy' to a long-awaited Bulldog in Athens The post Homegrown: The hard LLB' to DGD' road for Tae Crowder at Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia and Auburn would both prefer to run the football on first down, but the reality is neither is likely to establish any sort of consistency in the run game. It won't be for lack of effort or opportunity. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play the No. 12-ranked Tigers (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a game that has 'slugfest' written all over it. RELATED: Georgia injury report for Auburn Field position football, they call it, with Georgia using the run game to neutralize a fierce Auburn pass rush and project QB Jake Fromm from big hits. Auburn, meanwhile, looks to use its RPO package and tempo to put freshman legacy QB Bo Nix in the best possible situations and keep the Bulldogs' assignment-sound defense off balance. Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn have matched up several times, and while Smart has gotten the better of the Tigers' head coach more times than not, there's always some trepidation. 'Gus has always had a lot of different things,' Smart said. 'They've got different tempos, formations, they've got different groupings. There's just a lot to prepare for. a lot of offense, at the end of the day. 'You've got to be careful that you don't overload the kids with too much and paralyze them.' Georgia will be counting on its seniors and most experienced players to lead the way, but two freshmen have the potential to determine the outcome. Here are 7 Georgia football players to watch at Auburn RB D'Andre Swift Swift's yards per game have been dropping off as the competition has increased, though it's worth noting he broke his longest run of the season (47 yards) against Missouri. Swift broke Auburn's back in last season's game, rushing for a career-high 186 yards on 17 carries, but it's highly unlikely the junior approaches those numbers this season. Swift can, however, prove a difference maker as a receiver out of the backfield provide Jake Fromm has time to find him. QB Jake Fromm Remember that bit about how you can't go broke taking a profit? It was Fromm's way of saying how effective it is to take what the defense is giving. Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele ranks among the best in the nation, so Fromm can expect his first and second options to be off the board, so Saturday afternoon will require some heady play and careful decision making from the Georgia quarterback. Expect Fromm to use his legs often, to escape pressure and also to scramble for first down yardage. MLB Monty Rice Rice, an Alabama high school product, said there will be plenty of familiar faces on the Auburn football team. It's important he makes this game personal, because there's a feeling the Tigers' players more than 35 from Georgia are investing more emotion into the rivalry. Rice is a tone-setter at linebacker, giving the Bulldogs extra bite when he's playing at his best. Rice needs to contribute to forcing turnovers more often, however, as UGA has been sorely lacking in that area with just 10 takeaways second fewest in the SEC. TE Charlie Woerner The senior tight end is one of just four players on offense to start every game, though he has just 6 catches for 35 yards. This is a game for Woerner, a likable fan-favorite, to make a difference and live up to his celebrated name. Woerner will be charged with pivotal perimeter blocking duties and pass protection responsibilities, but he'll also be key in the huddle and in the ears of the many teammates who respect him. PK Rodrigo Blankenship There aren't any other collegiate kickers in the nation with Blankenship's fan following, nor are there many kickers with the senior's talents. Points will be at a premium at Jordan-Hare Stadium, and Blankenship will need to be at his best under pressure. Another Blankenship overtime miss this season would likely knock UGA out of the College Football Playoff picture. WR George Pickens The former Auburn commit and Hoover High School product will be in the spotlight, as much for his ability and need to produce in the pass game, as his back story. Pickens' temperament is well-known, and Georgia will need the freshman to show poise and stay in control against a Tigers' secondary that will have it out for him. Pickens has the talent to lift Georgia to victory, provided he's assignment sound and lined up properly on each snap. OLB Azeez Ojulari Only a redshirt freshman, Ojulari has become a trusted playmaker in the Georgia front seven, equally adept at playing the run and pass. Ojulari leads the Bulldogs with 5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks. It was Ojulari who had the first sack on Kyle Trask in Georgia's impressive 24-17 win over Florida in Jacksonville two weeks ago. It will likely be Ojulari who sets the tone again at Auburn. Georgia football stories from DawgNation Homegrown special: Richard LeCounte holds special place Will Muschamp discusses Georgia and Alabama UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post 7 Georgia football players to watch vs. Auburn, slugfest pending appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball will continue its season-opening basketball home stand Friday night with what's shaping up as another high-flying track meet. The Bulldogs (2-0) lead the SEC in scoring at this early juncture of the season on the strength of Anthony 'Antman' Edwards' lead-leading 26.5 points per game average. Edwards will likely be shooting, quite literally, to match the feat of Georgia and NBA All-Time Great Dominique Wilkins, who scored more than 20 points in each of this first three games as a freshman in 1979. Bulldogs coach Tom Crean, who has a complete makeover on his hands with 10 new players in his second season leading Georgia, has warned his young team about the brand of ball the Hornets look to trap them into playing. 'They press, they defend, they switch, they play extremely fast on offense and want to get out in transition, they want to attack the rim,' Crean said at his media availability on Thursday. 'They mix up their defenses to play a lot of zone. They'll get into us. 'They will absolutely get into it. It's a good test for us to come back and have to be a lot better than what we were the other night, especially when it comes to our defense, when it comes to our defensive transition.' The Bulldogs marched up and down the floor to the tune of a 95-86 win over The Citadel on Tuesday night, committing an astonishingly low 8 turnovers while owning a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers. The Hornets don't figure to be as giving, and Georgia isn't as likely to get away with another poor rebounding effort. The Citadel out-rebounded UGA 43-36 on Tuesday night a point junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds indicated didn't sit well with the head coach. 'We don't have Nic (Claxton) or Derek (Ogbeide) on the floor, so we are just trying not to get out rebounded on the court,' he 6-foot-8, 235-pound Hammonds said. 'I think it falls on me a lot, I am a junior, I have to know how to rebound, which I do.' Christian Brown, a 6-foot-6 freshman and part of Crean's Top 10 2019 signing class, said Thursday Crean has gotten the message across. 'He emphasized that the most: Rebound, rebound, rebound,' Brown said. 'That's what he wants. If we can't get a board, then we can't get the ball. That's what he wants us to do the most.' DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage UGA drops The Citadel, Anthony Edwards scores 29 Anthony Edwards having fun, but Tom Crean expects more Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball: Bulldogs bracing for Delaware State, Rebound, rebound, rebound' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their bullpen by signing Will Smith on a three-year, $39 million contract. Smith will join his former setup man, Mark Melancon in Atlanta. All of a sudden, the Braves have one of the deepest bullpen’s in the MLB that will be highlighted by Smith, Melancon, Shane Greene, Darren O’Day and Luke Jackson. Smith was one of the hottest names on the trade market around the deadline this year, but the San Fransisco Giants refused to trade their closer. At the age of 29, Smith earned his first All-Star nomination this year with the Giants. Smith’s career stats 410.2 ip 49 saves 26 wins 3.53 era 1.247 whip 115 era+ 3.29 fip 494 k Smith was the best closer in baseball this past season, leading all National League pitchers in Win Probability Added (5.6), which was an entire point better than Hyun-Jin Ryu (4.5), who finished with the second-best WPA for NL pitchers. Smith’s 2019 stats 65.1 ip 34 saves 6 wins 0 losses 2.76 era 1.026 whip 152 era+ 3.23 fip 96 k 29.2 k-bb% 88.7 lob% 42.0 gb%
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,073 (Nov. 14, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart matches wits with Auburn's Gus Malzahn. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart might have something to prove vs. Gus Malzahn Beginning of the show: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is respected as a top defensive mind, but he hasn't always gotten the better of his head-to-head matchups with Auburn's Gus Malzahn. I'll discuss on today's show why the backstory between Smart and Malzahn is another compelling plot line in UGA's game with Auburn. 10-minute mark: I discuss the latest on 4-star tight end Theo Johnson. 15-minute mark: Mr. College Football Tony Barnhart joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The rich history of UGA's rivalry with Auburn A look at how tough a matchup Auburn is for the Bulldogs What to make of the College Football Playoff selection committee ranking UGA fourth Tuesday night Whether UGA can win a national championship as a defensive-led team 25-minute mark: I discuss wide receiver Lawrence Cager's status for Saturday. 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Auburn reportedly installing new LED lights at season's end, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp's comparison between UGA and Alabama and former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoop's comments about possibly returning to college coaching. 35-minute mark: I share Smart's response to a question about UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman possibly being a candidate to become Arkansas head coach, and I preview the weekend's top games. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart might have something to prove vs. Gus Malzahn appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia-Auburn game almost always has some stakes attached to it. These two teams have had a few memorable battles, especially when both teams enter the game ranked. In 2017, Auburn took a sledgehammer to Georgia's unbeaten season, winning 40-17. Then just weeks later, Georgia returned the favor by beating Auburn 28-7 in the SEC championship game to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. There's also the Prayer at Jordan-Hare in 2013 and the famous black-out game in 2007. And this year's contest between the No. 4 Bulldogs and No. 12 Tigers figures to be no different. ESPN's Heather Dinich labeled this Saturday's game between the two sides as the biggest remaining SEC game on the slate. Bigger than LSU-Texas A&M and Alabama-Auburn. This largely has to do with how a potential defeat would affect the College Football Playoff discussion. Dinich called a two-loss SEC champion Georgia the 'worst-case scenario' for the SEC. As for the best case for the conference, Dinich said it would be a one-loss Georgia beating an unbeaten LSU in the SEC Championship game. That likely opens the door for getting two SEC teams into the College Football Playoff, regardless of what happens in other conferences. If the scenario mentioned above happens, it would leave Georgia, LSU and Alabama all with one defeat. That does potentially allow for some to make a case that Alabama should be in the College Football Playoff. But ESPN's Paul Finebaum would actually side with Georgia over Alabama in that scenario. 'I also think beating LSU would be significant. In the end, you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to side with the SEC Champion,' Finebaum said. 'Georgia would've found a way to get there and Alabama didn't do that.' Related: Handicapping Georgia football bowl game options heading into key November stretch Georgia only needs a win this weekend to officially punch its ticket to Atlanta. If the Bulldogs do so, it would be the first time the program has been to three consecutive SEC Championship games. Georgia is most likely to face LSU. The two teams have played for the SEC championship three times, with LSU winning two of those contests. As for Georgia's current College Football Playoff ranking, Georgia came in at No. 4 in this week's poll. But there are a host of contenders who also have arguments to be the No. 4 team at the moment. Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde explained that the reason for the Bulldogs having the best argument for that spot is because Georgia has the best wins. 'Nobody vying for the fourth spot has two better victories than the Bulldogs (8-1), who beat Florida on a neutral field and Notre Dame between the hedges; six wins by 21 points or more, and an average victory margin of 23.6; 10 Power 5 opponents,' Forde wrote. Forde did also point out that among the teams vying for the No. 4 slot, no one has a loss worse than Georgia's 20-17 home loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Georgia and Auburn kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will air on CBS. Georgia beat Auburn 27-10 last year when the game was played in Athens. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football injury report: Bruised Bulldogs hungry for opportunities 5 questions with Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello on heated' Georgia rivalry Kirby Smart has a chance to answer a major question if Georgia football can get an SEC West road win Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings Will Muschamp compares, analyzes Georgia-Alabama team strengths Kirby Smart: No difference' for Georgia in wake of No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking The post What the national media is saying before Georgia plays Auburn appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia team captain Tyler Simmons spelled it out where players' attitudes toward injuries are concerned at this stage of the season. 'You can either sit out and miss those opportunities,' Simmons said, 'or you can go and do what you can do.' Simmons is an example of the latter, playing with a shoulder brace since the third game of the season even now that he's no longer returning punts or being targeted with multiple passes. RELATED: Tyler Simmons role now limited, but senior continues to lead and contribute For center Trey Hill, mobility will surely be limited after spraining his left ankle in the 27-0 win over Missouri. Hill was already playing with his right ankle heavily taped. Coach Kirby Smart insisted Hill was fine on Tuesday, however. 'Trey has been fine,' Smart said. 'He's taken all the reps and done everything.' South Carolina's defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw made Hill not look so fine on Oct. 12, and this Saturday it's future NFL starter Derek Brown chomping at the bit to attack the center of the Georgia offensive line. The Bulldogs' line has been deemed one of the nation's 10 best by the Joe Moore Award committee after finishing among the three finalists the previous two seasons. But only left tackle Andrew Thomas has started every game, and the line has not yet made a convincing case that it's the best in the nation. Auburn, with what's regarded as the SEC's best defensive front and quite possibly the best in the country will provide the ultimate challenge. Georgia right guard Ben Cleveland was nominated by the school for the SEC's offensive lineman of the week award, which is more telling in some ways than the fact that he won it. Cade Mays has split starting duties with Cleveland at right guard, so it's fair to speculate if Mays will continue to play center in place of Hill even if Hill is cleared. Mays left the Missouri game after his ankle was 'rolled up on,' but he said in the postgame press conference he's fine and he was featured on Georgia's Game Day show this week. He's just a sophomore, but @cade_mays has already played every position across the OL. How would he rank them? : Sat at 10am on @wsbtv! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/AvZpfSRuyf Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) November 14, 2019 Receiver Lawrence Cager has continued to play despite having a separated shoulder. Cager has been taking reps in practice this week and has shown he can be effective even when he's at less than 100 percent. Smart indicated earlier in the week that senior defensive back Tyrique McGhee was not back at practice after re-injuring an already surgically repaired foot. McGhee has brought a savvy veteran presence and the versatility to play cornerback or safety. Georgia football injury report WR Lawrence Cager (shoulder) probable WR Tyler Simmons (shoulder) probable OL Cade Mays (ankle) probable C Trey Hill (ankle) questionable LB Channing Tindall (unknown) questionable DB Tyrique McGhee (foot) doubtful QB D'Wan Mathis (head) out WR Tommy Bush (groin) out OL Justin Shaffer (neck) out Georgia football stories from DawgNation Homegrown special: Richard LeCounte holds special place Will Muschamp discusses Georgia and Alabama UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Georgia football injury report: Bruised Bulldogs hungry for opportunities appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia's season goals are likely riding on the outcome of its game at Auburn, the Bulldogs with no margin for error amid a heated College Football Playoff race. Kirby Smart is keeping the focus strictly on the Tigers and the pending battle at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. It's affectionally known as 'The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry,' but it also ranks among the most bitter. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1) and the No. 12 Tigers (7-2, 4-2) recruit against one another and its abundantly clear the coaches are not favorites of one another. Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello, however, is a friend of DawgNation's and provided some deep insight into Auburn football for Georgia fans this week. Here are five questions with Marcello, who handles the beat on The Plains for 247Sports for the Auburn Undercover Website. For the latest on Auburn sports, follow Marcello on Twitter. 1. Gus Malzahn is known for his offensive innovation, where is Auburn strongest and weakest on offense, and how far along is Bo Nix? BM: Auburn's weak point is along the offensive line, where inconsistency has plagued the Tigers also season. The second weak spot might just be quarterback, where Bo Nix has shown signs of brilliance but also has been pretty average for the most part. The good news for Auburn is Nix is a much different quarterback at home than he is on the road (63.5 vs. 48.5 completion percentage) but that will be challenged against the best defense he has faced all season (Georgia). I really like Auburn's receivers, and I believe the coaching staff needs to find a way to get them more involved, particularly speedster Anthony Schwartz He has world-class speed and might be an Olympian in a few years. They need to utilize him as much as possible in the passing game, but also on jet sweeps, end-arounds and reverses. Auburn has to stretch every defense sideline to sideline and goal line to goal line. Schwartz is the only player on the roster who can do that. 2. The Tigers' defense is filled with veterans, what are Auburn's strengthsand weaknesses at each level? BM: The Auburn defensive line is the strength of the entire team. The combination of Derrick Brown in the middle demanding double teams and collapsing the quarterback's pocket has been tremendous. Defensive end Marlon Davidson has been the star pass rusher. The two are great friends and constantly poke fun at each other for being 'fat,' which has made for some funny stories through the season as they have combined to win five (!) defensive lineman of the week awards in the SEC this season. They'll have to play their best to give the Tigers a chance Saturday. With Brown being from Georgia, I don't see him lacking for motivation. Auburn's secondary has been fine, but there's room for improvement. I think cornerback Noah Igbinoghene has a future in the NFL. Safeties Daniel Thomas and Jeremiah Dinson, both seniors, haven't let many balls go over their heads this season and both have been tremendous in run support. The biggest thing for this defense is its open-field tackling. It helped slow LSU's offense earlier this season and it needs to continue during this tough stretch against the Bulldogs and Alabama. 3. There's been plenty of discussion about how these teams matchup, why or why not are the Tigers a tough matchup for Kirby Smart's version of Georgia football? BM: Auburn's defense is a tough matchup for any offense. Just look at what the Tigers did at LSUin October. They held LSU to four touchdowns under its average. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele introduced a 3-1-7 scheme that confused LSU and put a lot of pressure on Joe Burrow to deliver highly-accurate passes, which he did for the most part, but Auburn made fantastic stops in the open field. 4. The Alabama-Auburn rivalrygets its fair due, how is the Tigers' rivalry with Georgia different? BM: This rivalry seems a bit more heated from a players' perspective, particularly on the Auburn side, because many players hail from Georgia. I'm not sure it's a betterrivalry, all around, than the Iron Bowl, but it's in the same neighborhood. This is something that has obviously been built organically over the years, but for it to truly be personal, the players have to be invested. And with players from both states on both rosters, it's about pride and as one Auburn player put it today, going home to your brother and tell him you beat them. 5. Malzahn has been workingwith a freshman QB and beat a Top 10 Oregon team and stayed even with No. 1 LSU. How importantis this game to his future, and why do some fans seem so intent on pushing the job security issue and hampering the team's ability to recruitin doing so? BM: Everywhere I've been, and I'm sure you would agree one some basis, the fan bases have been incredibly loyal and passionate. They can also be their own worst enemy because of their love for the program and the desire to for their football programs to be the best they possibly can be. You couple that with the old saying that a head coach loses 10 percent of the fan base for every year he's on campus (well, save if you're winning national titles), and Gus Malzahn is near that tipping point after nearly seven years as the head coach and an additional three years as the offensive coordinator. Malzahn has been part of Auburn football for the majority of the last 11 years, and with that comes stability but also the ability to easily identify weaknesses and strengths. Fans feast upon those things, and when a strong, powerful, cash-rich group is not happy with the coach, it makes it easier for fans to jump on the hate train as well. My simple question to people is this, which always brings about heated debate: who can Auburn hire? Who will be more successful? Who will lead Auburn to two SEC Championship games, a national title appearance, two New Year's Six bowl games in six years? Only two SEC West teams have reached the SEC title game since Malzahn has been on campus: Alabama and Auburn. That will change this season with LSU, but you get my point. Sometimes the grass is not always greener, but like listening to someone snore for a few minutes in the middle of the night, even the most beautiful creature during the day can seem like something else entirely if you choose to focus on the things that irk you rather than the attributes that make you happy. Success can be fleeting, especially in the SEC. For Auburn to do what it has done under Gus Malzahn in this era with Nick Saban across the state has been, well, remarkable. Maybe there's a better coach out there who could work under these circumstances and take Auburn to the playoff every two to three years, but can you point them my direction? And would they take the job? I understand frustration. It's fandom. It's why college football is great. But let's have some perspective here, too. Georgia football stories from DawgNation WATCH: How Tyler Simmons has shown leadership, resilience Will Muschamp discusses Georgia and Alabama UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post 5 questions with Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello on heated' Georgia rivalry appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Georgia football bowl projections heading into the home stretch Georgia football will be playing in a bowl game this year. Even if the Bulldogs somehow lose their final three regular-season games, Georgia will still finish 8-4. Of course, the Bulldogs will be aiming to finish much higher than that. Should the Bulldogs win one of their final two SEC games, Georgia will play in the SEC championship game. And as Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings told us, Georgia is very much still in the playoff discussion. To stay in the top four Georgia must win out, which would include wins over No. 12 Auburn and No. 1 LSU. But those options are still on the table, however unlikely that might be. So with only a handful of options still on the table, let's look at where Georgia may end up playing in December (or January). The 2019 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Dec. 28 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Atlanta How Georgia gets there: Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Have Ohio State lose a game but still win the Big Ten. Hope the committee values Georgia's wins over Clemson's potential unbeaten record. Why it might happen:This is the dream scenario. This is one of the two College Football Playoff games and it will be played in Atlanta. Georgia would need a lot of chaos to move up to the No. 1 spot, but college football is a sport built on chaos. Ohio State has losable games against Michigan and Penn State. Clemson struggled with North Carolina earlier this year and plays a 7-2 Wake Forest team this weekend. To quote Kevin Garnett, ' ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.' Why it might not:Even if this is supposed to be a neutral site game as well as the site of the SEC championship game it won't be if Georgia is playing in it. And I highly doubt the College Football Playoff committee is going to want to reward an unbeaten Ohio State or Clemson by matching them up against a one-loss SEC champ Georgia in the Bulldogs' backyard. Seeing as how Atlanta is much closer to Clemson, S.C., and Columbus, Ohio, that would likely be the first choice for either of the schools. And as illustrated in the 'how Georgia gets there' section, the Bulldogs would need to win out and have quite a bit of chaos happen. Chances of playing in this game:5 percent Related: If Georgia football wants to win beat Auburn, it starts with blocking Derrick Brown The 2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl: Dec. 28, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Glendale, Az., How Georgia gets there:Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Why it might happen: This is the other College Football Playoff game. If Georgia wins out, it seems clear the committee is going to put them in the College Football Playoff. And given that Georgia would have a head-to-head win over LSU, the committee probably puts the Bulldogs ahead of the Tigers and makes them the No. 3 team. The most likely scenario here would be Georgia playing an unbeaten Clemson, assuming the Tigers and the Buckeyes also win out. Why it might not happen: Did you see what LSU did this past weekend? To quote Marcus Spears, 'They went into Bryant-Denny and put 46 points on the board.' And even before that Georgia has to get past a tough Auburn team. Kirby Smart's record against SEC West teams on the road is not what you want going into this game. But Georgia has beaten the likes of Florida and Notre Dame already, making this the more likely of the two College Football Playoff scenarios. Chances of playing in this game:20 percent *Of note here: ESPN's Playoff predictor gives Georgia a 25 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff The 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl: Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. in New Orleans How Georgia gets there: Georgia is the highest-ranked SEC team not to make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: Georgia would have to get to the SEC championship game with an 11-1 record to LSU and then lose that game. But that's only half the battle. To get to New Orleans, Georgia would need the College Football Playoff committee to decide that Alabama is one of the four best teams in the country. That would mean it likely needs a two-lose PAC 12 champion as well as possibly a two-loss Big 12 champion. There's also the chance that Georgia loses to Auburn, beats Texas A&M and then beats LSU in the SEC championship game to finish. That gets very murky though, and it's not a guarantee that Georgia would be ranked above the Crimson Tide. There's also a scenario where Auburn beats Alabama and Georiga 10-2 Auburn team would be a very compelling Sugar Bowl pick. Why it might not happen: It would need a whole lot of chaos, as outlined above. There's no way a two-loss Georgia team that fails to win the SEC championship is ranked above a one-loss Alabama team. Chances of playing in this game:2 percent The 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl: Dec. 30, 8 p.m., Miami Gardens, Fla. How Georgia gets there: Georgia beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech but loses to LSU. Georgia would also finish behind an Alabama team that does not make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: This is by far the most likely scenario in play. Just going by likely Vegas odds, this is how many will likely predict the Georgia season to finish. Assuming LSU, Clemson and Ohio State win out, a big assumption to be sure, and Oregon and Utah meet in the Pac-12 title game with one-loss each, those are your most likely four playoff teams. Georgia would likely get picked for this game, given the Bulldogs haven't played in the game since 1960 and there might be some interest to attend the bowl game in South Florida. Why this might not happen: Beating Texas A&M and Auburn is no easy task. There is also the chance that the Orange Bowl could choose a two-loss Michigan to play in the game if the Wolverines are able to beat the Buckeyes at the end of the season. Chances of playing in this game:70 percent The Georgia football misses the SEC championship game scenario How Georgia gets there: The Bulldogs lose to Auburn and Texas A&M. Florida beats Missouri, thus putting the Gators into the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs very likely drop out of the top-10 and likely find themselves trending towards say the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. That game would be played on Jan. 1 and would pit Georgia up against a Big Ten or ACC team. Why it might happen: Auburn and Texas A&M are good teams! Anything can happen, as evidenced by Georgia's loss to South Carolina earlier this season. Why it might not happen: Georgia is also a good team, and will likely be favored in both games. Chances of this happening: Let's say 3 percent to get to an even 100. 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  • Jalen Kimbercould be the most under-the-radar All-American on the Georgia commitment board for this cycle. The most vicarious DawgNation readers might not know his story chapter and verse, but they should. He has a Purple Heart recipient in his immediate family. Another Kimber once completed a full 26.2-mile marathon when he was six years old. That is the real-life stuff that balances out all the known elements about how well he can play football. Here's the speed read: He will enroll early in January to resupply the talent in Kirby Smart's secondary. When he chose Georgia he saw no need to draw out his process, he knew Georgia just felt like home . He committed to UGA and took a victory lap official visit back on G-Day. Kimber ranks as the No. 6 cornerback and No. 84 overall recruit (247Sports Composite) among the national ratings for 2020. He was a steady climber up the recruiting rankings this year. When he chose UGA, he was only slotted as the nation's No. 16 cornerback prospect. The Bulldogs only have a handful of commitments that hold the same promise he does. He's currently the seventh-highest rated recruit in the 2020 class. The program only has commitments from two defensive players which rate higher than Kimber does currently. Georgia coach Kirby Smart has told him they'd like to see him report to Athens at around 175 pounds. There's no pressure there with that. The Bulldogs would rather him retain the type of elite athleticism and speed he displayed below rather than show up with bad weight. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior is the definition of an elite athlete. Check out his testing numbers below from The Opening finals this summer. His testing rating is in the Nick Chubb and Nolan Smith lane from that event. First day at the opening in the books. pic.twitter.com/hyYyVEn95X JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) July 2, 2019 Kimber was presented with his All-American Bowl jersey on Tuesday. It was a special moment before the entire Mansfield Timberview High School community. What stood out to him about that? 'Just being able to be a part of something great,' Kimber said. 'Not many people get to do this so I am just cherishing everything really.' Kimber has wanted to be in the All-American Game for quite some time. 'It was from the time I did the FBU [Football University) camp I wanted to do it,' he said. 'When I found out about it, that was something that I wanted to play in and really be a part of.' RELATED: The Jalen Kimber 'Boogieland' DawgNation feature story reflects a promise made and a promise kept to a beloved fallen member who has since passed on Jalen Kimber: His senior season so far Kimber and his Wolves are 6-4 on the season. The first game of their playoffs in Texas is on Thursday. He played all over the secondary in off-season camps. Kimber was a slot corner in some elite events and at safety in others. He's bounced around during his senior year, too. 'For the first five games this year I was playing safety because our starting safety got hurt,' he said. 'But I'm back at cornerback now so. I'm just following the best receiver since it is the playoffs now. Just following the best man and locking him down.' His true calling might be at cornerback. He has the size, length and athleticism to log a lot of time there in the Georgia secondary. He will also be on campus in less than 60 days. Kimber will play in the All-American Bowl on January 4th. Then he flies to Athens to join the UGA program the next day. 'Just getting prepared for it,' he said. 'Just starting a new life really. Just ready to take in everything these last few months and get ready for college.' He cites his father, Art Kimber, as a person that has made a difference in his life up to this point. 'Just being a mentor,' Jalen Kimber said. 'Just being there for me every step of the way and always pushing me to be the best and to be at my best. Just to work hard through everything really.' Jalen Kimber: Locked into being a Bulldog Kimber is not the type to go hard in the paint to recruit guys to join him. He wants to play with great players, but he is not over-the-top with it. That's just not his personality. 'I just hope we finish strong,' he said. 'Either we jump up in the rankings more or just stay where we are at. Just finish strong really.' That said, he would still love to play with 5-star CB target Kelee Ringo. Ringo is the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect for 2020. If Ringo winds up in Athens, it will be exciting for Kimber to see what they can do to QB ratings in the SEC. 'I'm really motivated by that,' Kimber said. 'Because that could be one of the best duos in college football if we are both able to play on that stage.' He's gotten to know the Georgia class as a whole through camp showcases, campus visits and from the 2020 commit group text thread. With all those interactions, he said a future Georgia quarterback really stands out. That would be 4-star Carson Beck. That was the name he brought up of a future teammate who has really impressed him. 'Mostly Carson,' he said. 'It starts with the quarterback. He's the leader and I got to watch him at The Opening and stuff like that. I feel like he is one of those guys and one of those really good guys.' When recruiters try to ask about any chance of considering any school other than UGA, he has a go-to response. 'I don't turn them down,' he said. 'Because I like to keep relationships positive. I don't ever want to burn any bridges or anything like that. But I'm really locked down with Georgia and 100 percent committed. I just tell them that and don't try to burn any bridges.' Jalen Kimber: It comes full circle with the All-American Bowl If he comes across as a polished young man, then that is as it should. His father displayed one of the most detailed and efficient methods for organizing the data that comes at recruits 100 miles per hour on recruiting trail. Especially with the many recruiting trips than an elite prospect will endure. Art Kimber, a former athlete, is now a driven professional. But that's the way his whole life has gone. He was somehow able to complete a full marathon of 26.2 miles at six years of age. 'Five hours, eight minutes and five seconds exactly,' he said. The son is a reflection of the father. That works between Jalen and his father. It also relates to Art and his father. Jalen's grandfather, Art Sr., is a two-time Purple Heart recipient. His military file includes a pair of Vietnam service medals, a Bronze Star, and a Presidential unit citation. Jalen is motivated to 'make it' in football. A lot of his peers do feel the same way, but he has a personal promise to keep. It goes back to his roots in Chicago and a very special lady. That was his beloved grandmother Renee Kimber. That's why he works so hard to be great. 'For my grandmother,' he said earlier this year. 'She passed three years ago right before I moved down to Texas. I made a promise to her. I am going to keep it. That is the main reason why I play football.' He grew up in an environment that wasn't so positive. That was the description he used. Football was a way out. That's what his grandmother wanted it to be for him.She wasn't a football fan but simply favored athletics as an outlet to escape those circumstances. 'She passed but I am still going to uphold that promise and do everything I can,' he said. 'That's my family and my grandfather still lives out there.' He will say a prayer before every game. 'Then I will look up to the sky and talk to her,' he said. Kimber is a unique member of the All-American Bowl family. He was named the MVP at his first 'FBU' camp back in Chicago. He went on to be named an Eastbay All-American from the 'FBU' circuit. He played in the All-American Bowl Freshman All-American Game back in 2017. It goes back to that sixth-grade day. That's when he first head about the All-American Bowl. It was known as the U.S. Army All-American Game back then. 'He said Dad I am going to play in that game one day' as soon as he heard about it,' Art Kimber said. The fact he lives in Texas in the Dallas Metro area has allowed him to attend that game, too. 'He's been to that game three times to watch it and now he gets to play in it,' his father said. Check out the DawgNation conversation with Kimber from this summer below. The post Prized Georgia CB commit Jalen Kimber is officially an All-American appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • A jury found Roger Stone guilty Friday of obstruction, giving false statements to Congress and tampering with witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. >> Read more trending news  The verdict came on the second day of jury deliberations. Stone had denied any wrongdoing and framed the charges as politically motivated. Update 12:20 p.m. EST Nov. 15: Jurors found Stone guilty Friday of all seven counts against him, including one charge of obstruction, one charge of witness tampering and five charges of making false statements connected to his pursuit stolen emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman set a February 6 sentencing date for Stone, Fox News reported. Until then, Berman allowed Stone to be released on his own recognizance. Stone, who did not take the stand during his trial, is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The president slammed the jury's verdict Friday, questioning in a tweet whether Stone fell victim to 'a double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country.' Original report: Jury deliberations in the case against Roger Stone, a political consultant and confidant of President Donald Trump, extended into a second day Friday after jurors failed to reach a verdict on whether he lied to Congress about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election. Jurors asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson two questions Thursday during their six hours of deliberations, Reuters reported. The questions were about what was considered testimony in the case and a request for a clarification of the charges, according to the Courthouse News Service. Authorities arrested Stone in January on charges brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller, who headed the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Stone was charged with obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kravis said Stone lied to protect the Trump campaign from embarrassment and scrutiny in its quest for emails hacked by Russian officials and disseminated by WikiLeaks, according to The Washington Post. Attorneys for Stone claimed he never intentionally deceived Congress and that he was simply wrong in his testimony after committee members unexpectedly peppered him with WikiLeaks-related questions. 'There was nothing illegal about the campaign being interested in information that WikiLeaks was going to be putting out,' defense attorney Bruce S. Rogow said, according to the Post. 'This is what happens in a campaign. … It happens in every campaign.' In testimony, several witnesses highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about the more than 19,000 emails the U.S. says were hacked by Russia and then provided to WikiLeaks. Former campaign CEO Steve Bannon reluctantly testified last week and told jurors Trump's campaign saw Stone as an 'access point' to WikiLeaks. He said Stone boasted about his ties to the anti-secrecy group and its founder, Julian Assange. Bannon said campaign officials tried to use Stone to get advanced word about hacked emails damaging to Trump's rival in the 2016 presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rick Gates, who served as a campaign aide for Trump, told jurors Stone asked him in June 2016 for the contact information of Trump's son-in-law and then-senior campaign adviser, Jared Kushner. Stone wanted to 'debrief' him on developments about the hacked emails, Gates said. Stone has proclaimed his innocence and accused Mueller's team of targeting him because of his politics. He could face up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A newborn’s body was found on a pile of rocks on the side of the road Tuesday night, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  The infant was found lying in the fetal position with the umbilical cord still attached in freezing temperatures, News12 reported. Investigators are interviewing the child’s mother. Charges have not been filed and there have been no arrests, WPVI reported. Her identity has not been released. 
  • Roger Stone was one of the key figures of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, accused fo trying to contact WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential race, NBC News reported. Stone was found guilty of all charges he faced including making false statements to Congress and obstruction of justice. Stone's lawyers said that any misstatements their client made to lawmakers were unintentional, the Washington Post reported shortly after his arrest. Who is Roger Stone? Stone was born in 1952 and was raised in Lewisboro, New York. His mother was a newspaper writer and his father was a well digger. Stone started his conservative leanings when a neighbor gave him a book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” written by Barry Goldwater. It was given to him before he turned 13. Shortly after, he started working on the mayoral campaign for William F. Buckley Jr. in New York on weekends in 1965, The New Yorker uncovered in an article published in 2008.  He attended George Washington University but didn’t graduate because he got into politics, working with Republican candidates for more than 40 years, according to The New Yorker. >> Read more trending news  He was only 19 when Watergate happened, and he, under the name Jason Rainier, made contributions to Pete McCloskey, who was challenging President Richard Nixon for the Republican nomination. Stone, as Rainier, made the contributions through the Young Socialist Alliance and then released the receipt to a newspaper to show that McCloskey was a left-wing candidate, according to The New Yorker. Stone also hired another person to work in  George McGovern’s Democratic presidential campaign. Both events were uncovered during the Watergate hearings in 1973. He lost a job on the staff of Republican Bob Dole because of the hearings and started the National Conservative Political Action Committee, which backed Republicans Chuck Grassley in Iowa and Dan Quayle in Indiana. Stone also worked twice on the Republican presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan -- once in 1976, when Reagan didn’t win, and again in 1980, when he did -- then as political director for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, The New Yorker reported. After Reagan took office, Stone stayed in the private sector, creating a political consulting and lobbying firm that went under different names, including Black, Manafort, Stone & Atwater.  The firm worked for corporations like Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to lobby former co-workers in the Reagan campaign who held jobs in the administration. It also served clients like Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, The New Yorker found. Focusing more on political campaigns as a solo entity instead of lobbying as part of a group, Stone worked as a senior consultant for the successful campaign of George H.W. Bush and worked three campaigns for Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter. He also ran unsuccessful campaigns for Dole’s 1996 quest for president. He was brought in when the 2000 presidential recount started in Florida. He played the political game on radio stations in southern Florida, saying that the recount was Al Gore’s left-wing power grab, The New Yorker reported. His efforts, along with other Republican assets, empowered George W. Bush’s Republican supporters to protest the second recount. Stone wanted, and got, the recount in Miami shut down in what became the “Brooks Brothers riot,” The Washington Post and The New Yorker reported. Stone also worked on  the younger Bush’s re-election campaign. It is believed documents obtained by CBS News that showed that Bush got out of military service for Vietnam were actually fake and that Stone was the person who created the documents, The New Yorker reported. Stone was one of President Donald Trump’s panel of long-time advisors, The Washington Post reported. He was connected to Trump when the now-president floated the idea of running in 2000.  Then, Trump said, “Roger is a stone-cold loser,” who “always takes credit for things he never did,” according to The New Yorker. Despite the harsh words then-private sector member Trump had for Stone, he used Stone for his campaign not once, but twice, teaming up in 2011 when Trump toyed with, but eventually decided against a presidential run. They went their different ways in August 2015, the Times reported.  But who pulled the plug on Stone’s tenure on the Trump campaign? Stone said he resigned and Trump’s campaign officials said he had been fired, The New York Times reported. Trump said of the firing, “I hardly ever spoke to the guy; he was just there. He played no role of any kind,” the Times reported in 2015. But Stone was listed on Federal Election Commission filings as being on the campaign payroll and he used Twitter to defend Trump during the campaign, according to the Times. What is his connection to Trump? Stone has been scrutinized for having ties to WikiLeaks by using an associate as an intermediary between himself and people associated with WikiLeaks, CNN reported. Stone spoke about having “back channel communications” with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, during the campaign. Stone later said the “back channel” was really a New York radio host, Randy Credico, who allegedly shared only information gleaned from interviews with Assange, CNN reported. Stone also predicted releases of information by WikiLeaks in the final days of the campaign between Trump and his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, CNN reported.  Stone said in a column for Breitbart, the website run by former Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon, that it wasn’t the Russians who hacked the servers containing the emails leaked by WikiLeaks, but it was actually a hacker who went by the name Guccifer 2.0.  >>Read: Russian hackers indicted: Who is Guccifer 2.0? Here are 15 things to know Despite Stone’s assertions in the column, some have linked Guccifer 2.0 to Russian web services, Foreign Policy reported.  In July 2016, the Times reported that intelligence agencies had “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the email leaks and that Guccifer 2.0 was in reality an agent of the Russian military intelligence service, or GRU. Mueller’s team is investigating whether there were other connections between Stone and WikiLeaks. That connection could come in the form of Jerome Corsi, another associate of Stone’s who said this week that he expects to be indicted by Mueller for “giving false information to the special counsel or to one of the other grand jury,” CNN reported. If Corsi’s prediction comes true, he could face charges from perjury to making false claims and even obstruction of justice, all related to false statements he made about his alleged connection between WikiLeaks and Stone, CNN reported. Stone, however, said he was truthful in previous testimony before a congressional panel. >>Read: 12 Russians indicted: Here’s what the DOJ says happened “My attorneys have fully reviewed all my written communications with Dr. Corsi,” Stone wrote in a statement to CNN. “When those aren’t viewed out of context they prove everything I have said under oath regarding my interaction with Dr. Corsi is true.” Stone went on to write, “I stand by my statement to the House Intelligence Committee and can prove it is truthful if need be. I have passed two polygraph tests administered and analyzed by two of the nation's leading experts to prove I have (been) truthful.” >>Read: 12 Russians indicted: Military officials accused of hacking DNC, stealing voter info Corsi said Stone warned that there would be trouble for Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta after Corsi published an article for InfoWars. After Stone’s statement, WikiLeaks released thousands of hacked emails from Podesta, CNN reported.  >>Read: WikiLeaks emails: FBI investigates, Podesta claims he was targeted by Russian hackers Stone tweeted “it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel” six weeks before WikiLeaks published the emails, The Washington Post reported. >>Read: Julian Assange: WikiLeaks source was 'not the Russian government' Stone said he did not tell Trump that WikiLeaks was going to release the hacked emails and denied working with Russia, CNN reported. But Stone did say in a recent opinion piece for The Daily Caller, that he emailed Bannon during the campaign, CNN reported. Stone, in the column, clarified that the information he shared with Bannon was publicly available. Stone said the statements he made during the campaign were exaggerations or tips only and that he didn’t know details of WikiLeaks’ plans before the document drops, the Post reported.
  • The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is testifying Friday in the second public hearing in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news  Marie Yovanovitch will appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to answers questions about her time as ambassador in Ukraine and how she believed she was driven out of that position by Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer. The hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. ET, will be broadcast live on CSPAN, CNN, Fox News and other cable news channels. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, (D-California), and the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, (R-California), will question Yovanovitch in 45-minute segments each then committee members will have five minutes each to question Yovanovitch. Watch the live stream of Friday’s hearing here Live updates The hearing has resumed 12:22 p.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The hearing has resumed and Republicans are asking questions. In a break 10:45 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The hearing has been suspended for a short recess for House members to vote.  Trump tweets, Yovanovitch defends herself  10:30 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019: Schiff read a tweet from Trump this morning disparaging Yovanovitch’s service. Trump said that “everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.” Schiff asks if she wants to address the tweet. Yovanovitch answered, “I don’t think I have such powers,” but went on to say that her work “demonstrably made things better, both for the US and for the countries I’ve served in.” Fearing a tweet 10:24 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Goldman asks Yovanovitch if she was given a vote of support from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. She said she was not. He asked if she knew why not. She said the department feared that the president would post a tweet contradicting any support. ‘Devastated' by Trump's Ukraine call 10:15 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019: Yovanovitch said she was “shocked” and “devastated” by the White House memo on Trump’s call with Zelensky. The transcript included the phrase that Yovanovitch is “bad news.” “A person who saw me actually reading the transcript said the color drained from my face,” Yovanovitch told Daniel Goldman, a former federal prosecutor with the Southern District of New York who is the counsel for the Democrats. She said Trump’s comment that she was “going to go through some things,” in his call with Zelensky, “felt like a vague threat.” ‘Big hit for morale’ 10 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019: Schiff asked Yovanovitch how her recall was received by colleagues in the State Department. Yovanovitch said, 'Well, it's been a big hit for morale, both at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and also more broadly in the State Department.' She also that it’s fair to say that her firing affected morale of other ambassadors. Yovanovitch's opening statement 9:33 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Yovanovitch is giving her opening statement, talking about the sometime dangers of foreign service. She opened her statement by recounting her family’s history. They fled the Soviet Union. She says she has served in several “hardship” posts as a diplomat.  She talked about her work in Ukraine. 'Not all Ukrainians embraced our anti-corruption work. Thus, perhaps, it was not surprising, that when our anti-corruption efforts got in the way of a desire for profit or power, Ukrainians who preferred to play by the old, corrupt rules sought to remove me. What continues to amaze me is that they found Americans willing to partner with them and, working together, they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of a U.S. Ambassador. How could our system fail like this? How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government?' She says she never tried to work against Trump or for Clinton. She said she has never met Hunter Biden but did know former Vice President Joe Biden. Nunes’ turn 9:20 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Rep. Nunes is speaking now. He says five of the members of the Intelligence Committee voted to impeach Trump before he ever made the July 26 phone call. He complains that the Democrats met secretly with the whistleblower and that Republicans have been threatened if they try to find out the person’s name and release it. He also said Democrats went after nude photos of Trump. He is reading the just-released transcript into the record. The hearing has begun 9:10 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Schiff is giving his opening statement. He is praising Yovanovitch’s qualifications and her anti-corruption work in Ukraine. He's asking why Trump wanted to recall Yovanovitch from her post. Phone call transcript released 9:05 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The White House has released the transcript of the first phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That phone call took place in April. This is not the phone call the whistleblower reported on. People are getting to their seats 9 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: House Intelligence Committee members, the press and spectators are coming into the room for the start of the hearing. $3 million in donations 8:55 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced on Thursday that the Trump campaign raised more than $3 million on Wednesday during the first public impeachment hearings. A case of bribery? 8:47 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, accused Trump of bribery. Pelosi pointed out at her weekly press conference that bribery is “in the Constitution” as a reason for impeaching a president. Yovanovitch has arrived 8:38 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Yovanovitch has arrived at Capitol Hill with her attorneys and is entering the building. One public hearing and two in private8:35 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: While Yovanovitch will testify in public Friday, David Holmes will appear before the committee afterward in a closed-door session. Holmes is a State Department employee who claims to have overheard a phone conversation about Ukraine between Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, and Trump. On Saturday, Mark Sandy, an office of Management and Budget official, will testify before the committee in private. Sandy will be the first OMB official to agree to testify before the committee. How the hearing will go 8:15 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The hearing will be conducted in the same way as Wednesday’s hearing with William Taylor and George Kent was conducted. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-California, and the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-California, will question Taylor and Kent in 45-minute segments each. Those 45 minutes can be delegated to the staff lawyers or other committee members. After the extended 45-minute periods, the committee will go back to its usual format of five-minute rounds of questions for committee members. Let’s get started 8 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Good morning and welcome to live updates from the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. The hearing begins in an hour, at 9 a.m. ET. Live updates coming 6 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Live updates of Marie Yovanovitch's testimony will begin at 8 a.m. ET. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. ET [Summary]
  • A brake fluid leak on certain Nissan cars and SUVs could lead to risk of fire prompting the automaker to recall about 394,000 vehicles in the United States. >> Read more trending news  An antilock brake actuator pump can leak onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires. Because of the risk, Nissan recommends owners park the vehicles outside and away from buildings if the antilock brake light is on for more than 10 seconds.  The recall covers 2015 to 2018 Nissan Murano SUVs, 2016 to 2018 Maxima sedans and 2017 to 2019 Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the second recall for some of the same vehicles. In 2018, Nissan dealers inspected parts but did not replace the pumps if fluid wasn’t leaking. Dealers will now replace pumps on all of the vehicles. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
  • An Arkansas paramedic is charged with felony theft after authorities allege she cut a 1.7-carat diamond ring off a dead patient’s finger last month and pawned it for $45. Lisa Darlene Glaze, 50, of Hot Springs Village, is charged with theft by receiving and misdemeanor transfer of stolen property to a pawn shop, according to Garland County court records. Arrested Monday, she has since been released on $4,500 bond. >> Read more trending news  The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs reported that Glaze, a paramedic at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, was one of the paramedics who attended to Gloria Farrar Robinson on Oct. 16 when the 72-year-old Whie Hall woman suffered a medical emergency. A probable cause affidavit obtained by the newspaper stated Robinson was taken to CHI St. Vincent, where she later died. After Robinson died, her personal effects were given to her husband, identified in her obituary as Leonard Robinson, and her sister, Alesia Massey. Massey asked Glaze about three of Robinson’s rings that were missing. Glaze “did not answer her and walked away,” according to the affidavit. Robinson’s husband and sister went to Fuller Hale South Funeral Home in Pine Bluff two days later to make funeral arrangements, at which time they were given a bag with two of the missing rings, the Sentinel-Record reported. A 1.7-carat diamond, gold solitaire ring was still missing. The ring, which was adorned with a marquise-cut diamond, had been cut off Robinson’s finger, according to the affidavit. On Oct. 24, eight days after Robinson died, Glaze went to Hot Springs Classic Guns and Loan with a marquise-cut, solitaire diamond ring with a gold band. She sold the ring, which the pawnshop worker noted had a cut in the band, for $45, the court documents allege. Glaze used her driver’s license for identification during the transaction, the Sentinel-Record reported. Five days after the sale, a Montgomery County investigator went to the pawnshop and took photos of the ring, sending the images to Robinson’s husband and sister. Both identified the ring as belonging to the deceased woman, the affidavit said. The pawnshop employee who bought the ring identified Glaze in a photo as the woman who sold the piece of jewelry, the Sentinel-Record reported. Massey, Robinson’s sister, retrieved the ring from the pawnshop and had it appraised. The ring was determined to be worth nearly $8,000. Robinson’s son, Ben Ellis, castigated Glaze in a Facebook post Wednesday, calling her an expletive before questioning her care of his dying mother. “You stole my mother’s rings off her hands after she died?” Ellis wrote. “Did you let my mother die so you could steal her jewelry?” A woman named Diane McAlister offered Ellis her condolences. “Gloria was a wonderful, hardworking person. She respected everyone,” McAlister wrote. “I hope this person is prosecuted to the highest degree.” According to her obituary, Robinson worked as a payroll officer at Southeast Arkansas College for more than 20 years. Glaze has been placed on administrative leave with pay by the hospital, which issued a statement to the Sentinel-Record about the case. “CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs places a priority on the safety and well-being of our patients and our healing ministry is committed to their security while in our care,” the statement read. The hospital is continuing to cooperate with the investigation, officials said. If convicted, Glaze faces up to 10 years in prison on the felony theft charge and up to a year in county jail for the charge of selling stolen property to the pawnshop, the newspaper said.