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    Georgia basketball squandered a 20-point lead in the second half at Missouri on Tuesday night, losing its fourth game in a row, 72-69. 'We have witnessed a meltdown,' UGA play-by-play man Scott Howard said, encapsulating the game on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network. Anthony Edwards recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, playing the full 40 minutes before the crowd of 8,451 Mizzou Arena and an SEC Network television audience. Edwards, however, came up short on the final play of the game when his 3-point shot attempt from the wing went off the front of the rim just before time expired. The Bulldogs (11-9, 1-6 SEC) led 59-39 with 13:33 left when Edwards, who was 9-of-24 shooting including 3 of 12 beyond the arc, hit a 3-pointer. Georgia, playing without injured point guard Sahvir Wheeler (ankle), appeared to be in control of the game against the Tigers (10-10, 2-5) at Mizzoui Arena, on the verge of outscoring an SEC opponent in the second half for the first time this season. Instead, Missouri rallied behind Xavier Pinson moments later. Pinson, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, sparked the rally in full with a 3-pointer that ignited a 23-4 run. 'I told my team, momentum is always up for grabs,' Crean said on his post-game radio show. 'We did not guard as well in the second half, we didn't guard the dribble as well, and we had some guys that really struggled tonight.' Georgia failed to score a field goal for more than seven minutes during the Tigers' run, missing seven shots during that stretch. Senior Reed Nikko , a 6-foot-10 post, hit a pair of free throws with 2:20 left to put Missouri up 66-65, the Tigers' first lead since a 14-13 lead led than nine minutes into the game. But Nikko's biggest play of the night came with 8.6 seconds left and Missouri clinging to a 71-69 lead, when he blocked an Edwards' shot at the rim. UGA fouled immediately, but Mitchell Smith split a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three, leading to Edwards' final trey attempt of the night. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with the win despite Edwards recording his first 20-point scoring outing since he went for 26 in an 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15 in Athens. Senior Tyree Crump scored 13 points and Toumani Camara added 12 for the Bulldogs, who out-rebounded Missouri 32-31 and went 17 of 21 from the free-throw line to Missouri's 16-of-21 effort from the charity strip. Georgia junior Rayshaun Hammonds, who entered the game as the team's second-leading scorer, took just one shot missing it and had only two rebounds in his 33 minutes on the floor. The Bulldogs held a 42-30 lead at the half on the strength of 52-percent shooting and a 21-13 rebounding advantage through the first 20 minutes. Edwards scored the first 14 of his points in the first half, 5-of-12 shooting while pulling down five rebounds. Crump had 11 first-half points, coming off the bench midway through the first half to hit a pair of free throws and consecutive 3-pointers that ignited a 22-3 run. Rodney Howard's jumper closed the Bulldogs' pivotal surge by scoring a basket from in the paint, giving UGA its largest lead of the game to that point at 35-17 at the 4:53 mark. Georgia returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday against Texas A&M (10-9, 4-3) at Stegeman Coliseum. The Aggies won at Tennessee, 63-58, on Tuesday night. DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Meltdown' in Missouri, Georgia squanders 20-point lead to lose fourth straight appeared first on DawgNation.
  • With 247sports releasing their final rankings of the 2020 recruiting cycle, the 2020 recruiting rankings have been given one less update for this cycle. The 247Sports Composite rankings have been re-updated and Georgia will once again be bringing in one of the top classes in the country. With a little over a week until National Signing Day, Georgia has the No. 2 class in the country per the 247Sports Composite, sitting just behind Alabama. The Bulldogs have four 247Sports Composite 5-star prospects, which is the second-most in the country. Only Clemson has more. And the Bulldogs aren't done yet with their 2020 recruiting class, as the Bulldogs still have room to add players to their top-class ahead of signing day, such as bringing in another talented running back like either 5-star prospect Zach Evans or 4-star prospect Daijun Edwards. Look for Georgia to possibly add another defensive back as well to the class. Below you can find the recruiting rankings for each Georgia football signee, committed recruit and a possible target for the 2020 class. Georgia football 2020 signees recruiting rankings Kelee Ringo, 5-star cornerback from Scottsdale, Ariz.: No. 4 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 7 in 247Sports rankings, No. 8 in ESPN rankings, No. 7 in Rivals rankings, No. 1 ranked cornerback. DawgNation story on Ringo: Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog. Jalen Carter, 5-star defensive tackle from Apopka, Fla.: No. 18 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 9 in 247Sports rankings, No. 12 in ESPN rankings, No. 49 in Rivals rankings, No. 4 defensive tackle. DawgNation story on Carter: Jalen Carter feels he can play a Tyler Clark-type role as a freshman. Darnell Washington: 5-star athlete from Las Vegas(will play tight end at Georgia): No. 23 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 34 in 247Sports rankings, No. 19 in ESPN rankings, No. 32 in Rivals rankings, No. 2 ranked athlete. DawgNation Story on Washington: Darnell Washington: The family side of his early signing period decision. Mekhail Sherman: 4-star linebacker from Washington D.C.: No. 32 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 74 in 247Sports rankings, No. 18 in ESPN rankings, No. 39 in Rivals rankings, No. 2 ranked outside linebacker. DawgNation story on Sherman: Mekhail Sherman's linebacker play highlights what we learned at Under Armour All-American Game. Tate Ratledge: 4-star tackle from Rome, Ga: No. 37 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 62 in 247Sports rankings, No. 74 in ESPN rankings, No. 12 in Rivals rankings, No. 3 offensive tackle. DawgNation story on Ratledge: Tate Ratledge uses Herschel Walker pic to reaffirm commitment to UGA. Kendall Milton*: 4-star running back from Clovis, Calif: No. 53 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 88 in 247Sports rankings, No. 96 in ESPN rankings, No. 29 in Rivals rankings, No. 7 ranked running back. DawgNation story on Milton: Kendall Milton: Elite RB signee chose Athens over All-American experience this week. Marcus Rosemy: 4-star wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: No. 54 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 91 in 247Sprots rankings, No. 45 in ESPN rankings, No. 71 in Rivals rankings, No. 8 ranked wide receiver. DawgNation story on Rosemy: Marcus Rosemy, Arian Smith explain what they're bringing to the Georgia football wide receiver room. Arian Smith: 4-star wide receiver from Lakeland, Fla.: No. 58 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 42 in 247Sports rankings, No. 25 in ESPN rankings, No. 147 in Rivals rankings, No. 9 ranked wide receiver. DawgNation story on Smith: Arian Smith and Kirby Smart: The big news the day after that L' versus LSU. Jermaine Burton: 4-star wide receiver from Calabasas, Calif: No. 81 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 57 in 247Sports rankings, No. 99 in ESPN rankings, No. 126 in Rivals rankings, No. 15 ranked wide receiver. DawgNation story on Burton: Jermaine Burton has made his college decision. Jalen Kimber*: 4-star cornerback from Arlington, Texas: No. 104 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 70 in 247Sports rankings, No. 84 in ESPN rankings, No. 209 in Rivals rankings, No. 8 ranked cornerback. DawgNation story on Kimber: Jalen Kimber: The stories you haven't read yet about the UGA early enrollee Chad Lindberg: 4-star offensive tackle from League City, Texas: No. 140 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 377 player in 247Sports rankings, No. 57 in ESPN rankings, No. 178 in Rivals rankings, No. 13 ranked offensive tackle. DawgNation story on Lindberg: Even before hiring Matt Luke, Chad Lindberg knew he was the guy' for Georgia football. Major Burns: 4-star safety from Baton Rouge, La.: No. 180 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 240 in 247Sports rankings, No. 79 in ESPN rankings, Unranked nationally per Rivals, No. 7 ranked safety. DawgNation story on Burns: 4-star safety Major Burns is going to be a Bulldog. Nazir Stackhouse: 4-star defensive tackle from Atlanta: No. 247 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 338 in 247Sports rankings, No. 242 in ESPN rankings, No. 225 in Rivals rankings, No. 27 ranked defensive tackle. DawgNation story on Stackhouse: Get to know new 2020 DL commit Nazir Stackhouse Carson Beck*: 4-star quarterback from Jacksonville, Fla.: No. 248 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 233 in 247Sports rankings, No. 234 in ESPN rankings, Unranked in Rivals rankings, No. 9 ranked pro-style quarterback. DawgNation story on Beck: Carson Beck: Can he win games early on in his career at Georgia?. Justin Robinson*: 4-star wide receiver from Mcdonough, Ga: No. 296 player in 247Sports composite rankings, No. 270 in 247Sports rankings, Unranked in ESPN rankings, Unranked in Rivals rankings, No. 48 ranked wide receiver. DawgNation story on Robinson: Georgia early enrollee Justin Robinson revels in being a 3-time state champion. Warren Brinson*: 4-star defensive tackle from Bradenton, Fla.: No. 308 player in 247Sports composite rankings, No. 359 in 247Sports rankings, Unranked in ESPN rankings, No. 235 in Rivals rankings, No. 31 ranked defensive tackle. DawgNation story on Brinson: WATCH: The midyear enrollees for Georgia football are on campus in Athens. Austin Blaske: 3-star offensive tackle from South Effingham, Ga: No. 359 player in 247Sports composite rankings, No. 356 in 247Sports rankings, Unranked in ESPN rankings, Unranked in Rivals rankings, No. 40 ranked offensive tackle. DawgNation story on Blaske: Austin Blaske makes an emotional decision to commit to Georgia. Devin Willock: 3-star offensive tackle from Paramus, NJ: No. 905 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 736 in 247Sports rankings,Unranked in ESPN rankings, Unranked in Rivals rankings, No. 68 ranked offensive tackle. DawgNation story on Willock: Georgia adds 6-foot-6 OL commit Devin Willock to 2020 class. Jared Zirkel: kicker from Kerrville, Texas: Unranked in 247Sports Composite rankings, ESPN and Rivals rankings. No. 5 ranked kicker in the country per 247Sports. DawgNation story on Zirkel: Georgia lands its next kicker in Texan Jared Zirkel *Denotes prospect has already enrolled Georgia football 2020 commits recruiting rankings Broderick Jones: 5-star offensive tackle from Lithonia, Ga., No. 11 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 30 in 247Sports rankings, No. 9 player in ESPN rankings, No. 5 player in Rivals rankings, No. 2 offensive tackle. DawgNation story on Jones: Broderick Jones: Did that official visit solidify his Georgia commitment? Jones will announce his final decision on Feb. 5. Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas and Illinois are the finalists. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger: 4-star center from New Orleans: No. 59 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 76 in 247Sports rankings, No. 68 in ESPN rankings, No. 83 in Rivals rankings, No. 1 ranked center. DawgNation story on Van Pran-Granger: Sedrick Van Pran-Granger: All-American OL still feels comfortable' as a Georgia commit. Van Pran-Granger will announce his decision on Feb. 5. Georgia, Alabama and Florida are his finalists. DawgNation's Jeff Sentell offers his quick-hitters on latest recruiting rankings Jermain Burton falls to No. 15 WR is likely a byproduct of missing the A-A game. That is of no concern to this fella. No. 81 overall. Smith rises to the No. 9 WR nationally. No. 58 overall. Ringo rises to the nation's No. 4 overall prospect Darnell Washington falls to No. 23 overall Kimber rises to No. 8 corner Sherman loses a star and falls to No. 32 overall. Still the nation's No. 2 OLB. Van Pran-Granger rises to the nation's No. 1 center and No. 59 overall prospect. Rises some 50-something slots. Bulldogs move up to No. 2 nationally in the 247Sports Team Composite ratings. Behind Alabama. Now ahead of Clemson. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football podcast: It's fun to see George Pickens getting some national attention Georgia sports round-up: 2 Baseball Bulldogs named preseason All-Americans Broderick Jones: Did that official visit solidify his Georgia commitment? Georgia basketball Coach Tom Crean plans physical showing at Missouri WATCH Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley: Key to Jamie Newman being The Guy' Georgia football announces 2020 G-Day date, start of spring practice The post Where every Georgia football 2020 commit and signee finished in final recruiting rankings appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia fans can mark their calendars for April 18, as that will be when the Bulldogs will take the field to participate in the 2020 version of G-Day. The Georgia football Twitter account put out the news on Tuesday afternoon. Coming Soon #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/r0Nenc3zPH Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) January 28, 2020 Georgia also revealed it will start spring practice on March 17. The April 18 date is one week after the Masters, which has been the recent tradition for Georgia. The game will give fans a first look at some of the incoming players, such as quarterback Jamie Newman, as well as recruits like running back Kendall Milton. A time for the start of G-Day has not yet been announced. *More details will be added to this story as it develops. The post Georgia football announces 2020 G-Day date, start of spring practice appeared first on DawgNation.
  • 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. 1,119 (Jan. 28, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what the national media is saying about UGA wide receiver George Pickens. Georgia football podcast: It's fun to see George Pickens getting some national attention Beginning of the show: Georgia wide receiver George Pickens' breakout performance in the Sugar Bowl seems to have earned him some national attention. Pickens was mentioned among Heisman contenders in the latest odds from the Las Vegas SuperBook ( via Brett McMurphy) and Pickens got a mention in a recent ESPN article that touched on UGA's national title hopes. I'll discuss more about what the new-found fame could mean for Pickens on today's show. 10-minute mark: I discuss how new UGA quarterback Jamie Newman's expectations for the upcoming season compare to other SEC quarterbacks. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Connor Riley joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Whether expectations are higher this season for Newman or new offensive coordinator Todd Monken Whether Newman has been subjected to too much hype since transferring to UGA How Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart will fill the open coaching position And a look at how UGA running back Zamir White could fit into Monken's plans 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Bo Pelini returning to LSU as defensive coordinator, Florida reportedly adding a former five-star wide receiver from the transfer portal and a look at Tennessee fans' excitement about five-star running back Zach Evans' weekend visit. 35-minute mark: I react to some big talk from Florida coach Dan Mullen. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. NOTE: IF you missed Monday's show, a link to the broadcast can be found below. The post Georgia football podcast: It's fun to see George Pickens getting some national attention appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia baseball figures to have one of the top teams in the country this upcoming season, as the Bulldogs are a fixture in the top-10 polls in just about every preseason poll. And a big reason for that is because of Georgia's pair of aces in pitchers Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox. Hancock is entering is junior season after going 8-3 with 1.99 ERA as a sophomore, while Wilcox earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC squad after working out of the bullpen and making the occasional start. Like the Georgia team, those two both enter the season with great expectations. Both pitchers were named to the Baseball America Preseason All-Americans . Hancock was named to the first team, while Wilcox earned a spot on the third team. Baseball America also declared that Hancock has the best change-up in the country and added that there is the expectation Hancock will be the first pitcher taken in the 2020 MLB Draft. The Bulldogs open the season on Feb. 14, when they host the Richmond Spiders for a three-game series. Georgia Women's Tennis earns win over Notre Dame The Georgia Women's tennis team came away with a 5-2 victory over Notre Dame in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The win means Georgia will advance to ITA Indoor National Championships. The No. 3 Bulldogs won the event last season, giving them the indoor national title in the process. Against the Fighting Irish, the Bulldogs got off to a quick start thanks to winning the doubles point behind two 6-0 victories. In the singles portion, Georgia earned wins from No. 17 Katarina Jokic, No. 19 Lea Ma, No. 56 Meg Kowalski and Elena Christofi. Georgia also picked up a 7-0 win over Michigan State on Saturday, giving it a 2-0 record on the season. The Bulldogs have two matches this week, as they visit Georgia Tech on Thursday before hosting Clemson on Saturday at home. The national team indoors will start on Feb. 5 and conclude on Feb. 10 and will be held in Chicago. Men's Tennis splits weekend matches On the men's side, the Bulldogs split their two matches this weekend in Starkville, Miss. Georgia got off to a winning start on Saturday in the ITA Kick-Off as it took down Mississippi State 4-1. But on Sunday, the No. 19 Bulldogs came up just short against the No. 15 South Carolina Gamecocks. Georgia fell 4-3 in a tightly contested match. 'Our kids fought incredibly hard and pushed us to the brink of victory but, in the end, we could not close this one out,' Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. 'All the credit goes to South Carolina. They earned it. We will need to take this loss as motivation and learn from it.' Georgia did win the doubles point and got wins in singles from Phillip Henning and Blake Croyder. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks will meet again on March 15, as the two teams will play in Columbia. The Bulldogs will also travel to Georgia Tech this weekend, as the two teams play in Atlanta on Sunday. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Broderick Jones: Did that official visit solidify his Georgia commitment? Georgia basketball Coach Tom Crean plans physical showing at Missouri WATCH Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley: Key to Jamie Newman being The Guy' Realistic expectations don't exist for Georgia football quarterback Jamie Newman Following James Coley departure, we'll learn a lot about the importance of South Florida to Georgia football Georgia football podcast: Examining how Todd Monken might use Zamir White and UGA's RBs Georgia's Malik Herring rated top returning D-lineman in SEC, spearheads dominant front The post Georgia sports round-up: 2 Baseball Bulldogs named preseason All-Americans appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Broderick Jones took his official visit to Georgia this past weekend. That took place after two other officials to Arkansas and Illinois. It precedes a likely fourth and final official to check out Auburn this weekend. How did things go for him at UGA? Where do things stand? I wouldn't expect a lot of quotes to come from Jones regarding his recent trip to Athens. But the 5-star OT recently shared his review of that trip via his social media account. Thanks UGA for a great weekend! #stillcommitted @Dawgs247 @DawgNation #GoDawgs Broderick Jones (@millionairemov3) January 27, 2020 The 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior from Lithonia High School was recently reranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 5 overall prospect for 2020. He is also rated as the nation's no. 2 OT and No. 15 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite scale pending a final 247Sports evaluation this week. DawgNation was able to piece together a few elements from his trip by reaching out to a few sources close to the situation. A major part of the weekend was getting to see the entire academic layout at Georgia. His previous trips have always been athletics-related or focused around a game trip. Jones is an accomplished athlete in two sports, but a few stories about his trip to Lumberjaxe in Athens indicate he is not a 5-star in the axe-throwing department. ( That is an axe-throwing spot in Athens. Think darts and bullseyes. Just with axes.) Jones continued to build bonds with some of his fellow commitments to the program. Georgia signee Tate Ratledge and Georgia commitment Sedrick Van Pran-Granger were also on that trip. The current players on the team made a point to show he was wanted and needed, too. They were very welcoming and not standoffish. Jones was not treated as a rival for playing time. His relationships with Van Pran-Granger and 5-star signee Darnell Washington have continued to expand since that trip. A lot has been made of Sam Pittman and Matt Luke in this recruitment and that transition. But don't discount the work behind-the-scenes of two familiar names. That's Georgia Director of Player Development Jonas Jennings. This isn't anything new here as both Jennings and his assistant director, Fernando Velasco, have related well to Jones well during his entire recruiting process. Jennings was able to go on the road and visit Jones at Lithonia while Georgia was reshuffling its on-field assistant coaches over the last two months. The tone of this visit was not described as a 'solidify' or 'reaffirm' or 'stock up' visit. It wasn't the way it came across. It was more of an overall 'getting to know' and 'getting comfortable' visit. It was more about the culture of UGA and the entire football program. What's a better way to explain that? How about a trip to to see family for Sunday dinner? Does one expect that to be over-the-top amazing? With family, there is no need to size up every moment. This last statement is simply a personal reading of the green. A lot is being made about the threat that Auburn poses to Georgia this weekend with that last official. I'm not in the crystal ball business but that's never really felt tangible here. Especially since his week at the Under Armour All-American Game. Anything can happen with these young men, but I'm not so certain that Auburn is the top threat to flip his Georgia commitment. Sam Pittman and Arkansas might be closer to threatening Auburn as his No. 2 school than the Tigers are to overtaking UGA. That said, he has not shut down his recruitment. There are reports out there that point to that being the case. That does not match up with what I'v been hearing. Jones has wanted to go through a full recruiting process as a senior. He's been committed to Georgia since at least April of 2018 if not longer than that. He's certainly worked hard and earned the right to choose how he wants his personal recruiting process to go. Broderick Jones: A different type of source about his ability Wallace Corker is the basketball coach at Lithonia High School. He has his hands on the wheel of a 22-1 basketball team that is currently rated No. 1 in the Georgia High School Association's Class 5A poll. He told DawgNation that Jones averages about eight points and 10 rebounds per game for Lithonia's Bulldogs. 'He makes a tremendous difference on the inside,' Corker said. 'He gives us a big advantage on the inside on a lot of teams in our region. There are not a lot of people who can match up to his size.' It is quite difficult to move Jones out of the paint. 'A lot of the basketball has helped him in football,' Corker said. 'He's getting down the floor well right now. He's being a lot more vertical. Very agile. He makes so good moves. He finishes strong and is not out-of-control at all. He's really a decent basketball player. If he spent a lot of time with it, he probably could have been a decent college basketball player if not for football.' In his estimation, Jones is actually better on the offensive end. That's because he runs the floor like a power forward. Not a big post. Especially not a 285-pound big man. 'He's a better offensive player,' Corker said. 'He'll block a shot or two but he gets above the rim. He plays above the rim and is doing really well for us there.' Here's a simple restatement of fact for proper context. Corker is describing the nation's No. 2 OT that tipped the scales at about 300-305 pounds in the fall when he wasn't running up and down the floor everyday for the No. 1 basketball team in Class 5A. 'When he wants to score, he will get up and down the floor,' Corker said. Jones had one of his best games when Lithonia's star point guard Eric Gaines was down. Gaines recently picked up an offer from Georgetown. 'The best game for him was the Southwest Dekalb game when the Gaines kid was down,' Corker said. 'Eric Gaines was down. So he stepped up and controlled the paint. We also had Georgia and Auburn's football coaches there to kind of watch. So I think he kind of showed out a little bit.' Corker said Jones averages about 1-2 blocks per game. He could have mentioned that time Jones hit back-to-back three-pointers against Statesboro earlier this year as his best game, but he did not. Even though the big man drained a pair of treys on back-to-back trips down the floor. 'He gets about one block per game and he gets some assists as he passes the ball very well,' Corker said. 'He's actually a very smart basketball player. He's about 285 right now I guess, but he really gets on the floor. He will dunk on you.' Most of those flushes come while Jones catches the ball while running the alley for Lithonia High. He's a key cog for one of the best teams for Lithonia High School in quite some time. And we also have to remind ourselves that he is a 5-star football prospect and an Under Armour All-American. 'The big thing is we just don't see a guy that big that moves the way he moves at that size and is under control,' Corker said. 'He doesn't get a lot of charges. Knows how to control his body. Really good kid to coach. We haven't matched up well with anybody that can match his size and actually Broderick defends very well on the perimeter.' 'He guards the guards on the perimeter. I've seen him get down and sit down and move his feet very well. We've given him some threes, but he doesn't have a green light. I give him one from time to time. Just depends on the flow of the game and how it is going. I will give him a three or two. Broderick can shoot. He can actually shoot the basketball from the outside and actually wants to spend more time behind the three-point line than he does.' He hasn't taken many of those, but Corker said that Jones is shooting at least 30 percent from beyond the arc for Lithonia. The sum of all the moving parts of that conversation does boggle the mind: Defending guards with his feet. Shooting threes. Running the floor. Playing above the rim and under control. That's what a future 320-pound SEC left tackle should be doing on the basketball court in high school. The post Broderick Jones: Did that official visit solidify his Georgia commitment? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia basketball team arrived in the 'Show Me State' on Monday night intent on being prepared to show Missouri a new brand of physicality. Bulldogs' coach Tom Crean said playing that style of basketball, with toughness, will be needed against Coach Cuonzo Martin's Tigers at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Columbia (TV: SEC Network). 'W e've got to deal with [Missouri's] physicality, because they're a very physical, aggressive basketball team,' Crean said on Monday before the team practiced and flew to Missouri. 'We've got to defend their guards and definitely have to be able to continue to run our offense, because of that physicality and the way they help and recover.' Georgia (11-8, 1-5 SEC) will be looking to snap its season-long three-game losing streak against Missouri (9-10, 1-5). The Tigers rank 33rd in the nation and second in the SEC in scoring defense, opponents averaging just 62.3 points per game against them. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are fourth in the SEC in scoring with 76.7 points per game. The improved health of freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler figures to be key, as he has been battling back from an ankle injury suffered in the 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15. ' He's got to push the ball better, (and) we have to get out and go,' Crean said. 'We have to get him flying up the court and doing a better job with that. There's no doubt about that and when he does, he's really good. That's what we have to have. 'Push it, throw it ahead, get it back, attack, get his confidence back making layups. Continue if it's not there keeping the ball alive, don't try to force a shot, keep it alive, keep it moving. Hopefully his confidence will come back to him.' Tempo, spacing and ball movement are all near the top of the priority list for the Bulldogs. But on Tuesday night, it starts with toughness. 'At the end of the day we've got to get some loose balls, we've got to get some guys that will put their body on the ground, be quick, react quicker, and that's part of it,' Crean said. 'You want to make this your career and it doesn't stay your career very long if you're not aggressive if you're not tough, you're not physical, if you don't have a mindset for winning. That's what it is.' DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards hits 'Freshman Wall' like no other Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Georgia basketball Coach Tom Crean plans physical showing at Missouri appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Former Georgia quarterback and SEC Championship Game MVP (2005) D.J. Shockley knows all about offseason competition, drawing from his days playing with David Greene under Mark Richt. Shockley, recently speaking with WSB on the Bulldogs Game Day show, discussed how pivotal it is that incoming grad-transfer quarterback Jamie Newman will be present for spring drills. 'You've got some young guys who have already been there,' Shockley said. 'Stetson Bennett has already been there. D'Wan Mathis is coming off his injury, he has been there, he's been a part of the system. 'So (Newman) is going to need this time to really dive into that playbook and understand all the nuances of it.' The Bulldogs hired new offensive coordinator Todd Monken to replace James Coley earlier this month. Coley left for Texas A&M last Friday, opening up a spot on the staff many expect newly hired analyst Buster Faulkner to fill. RELATED: Football stars endorse new Georgia hire Todd Monken Monken has been active on the recruiting trail since his hire, but with the start of a dead period fast approaching (Feb. 3), Kirby Smart and his staff could have time to crunch some Xs and Os. RELATED: Terry Bowden shares thought on drop-back to dual-threat QB flip Georgia will likely retain some of its base offense, but there are sure to be plenty of twists. Monken, an 'Air Raid' pass scheme expert, will bring part of his playbook and look to maximize UGA'sdual-threat quarterbacks. Mathis, Bennett and incoming freshman Carson Beck all have good mobility. And then there's Newman who rushed for 574 yards and 6 TDs last season, including a 50-yard run. Of Newman's 180 attempts, 128 were designed runs, per PFF advanced metrics. The former Wake Forest quarterback was recently tagged among the top five Heisman Trophy favorites, and PFF ranks him the third-best quarterback returning in the nation behind Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence. 'Joe Burrow (was) far and away the highest-graded quarterback throwing to a tight window, but Newman is second and third isn't anywhere near him,' PFF penned earlier this month. 'He also limited his uncatchable pass rate to the fourth lowest. 'Newman has some rushing ability and has seen the eighth-most designed rushes for a quarterback (128). While some may say it's his rushing that can be his greatest weapon, it's clearly his arm.' But the key where Georgia is concerned is that Newman is already on campus and working out with his teammates. 'So him being here early,' Shockley said, 'I think, gives him an opportunity to be the guy.' Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley With Jamie Newman already on campus in Athens, @DjShockley3 says spring practice will be huge for him to prove he can be 'the guy'! : Sat at 11am on @wsbtv! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/5Z7ND86mUG Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) January 27, 2020 DawgNation Georgia football Malik Herring spearheads dominant defense ESPN details how Georgia might win national title Georgia offseason has produced fascinating offensive change UGA recruiting in South Florida affected by James Coley departure Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post WATCH Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley: Key to Jamie Newman being The Guy' 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. Expectations already sky-high for new Georgia football quarterback Jamie Newman Jamie Newman hasn't been on the Georgia campus for more than a month. He's still growing accustomed to new names, faces and places in Athens after transferring from Wake Forest. And yet, there are those expecting or asking for the graduate transfer quarterback to be a Heisman candidate and/or completely fix the Georgia offense. He hasn't even taken a snap in practice yet, much less be named the starting quarterback for Georgia. The latter may not publicly happen prior to the start of Georgia's season, given Georgia head coach Kirby Smart loves to play things close to the vest. But even if Smart had gone ahead and named Newman the starter, the hype he's already getting wouldn't be any different. On Monday, Newman found himself among the list of Heisman front runners for the 2020 season. The SuperbookUSA gave Newman 14-to-1 odds to take home college football's most prestigious award. The only players with better odds are Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler. His odds were even with three-year Texas starter Sam Ehlinger and better than the likes of Alabama's Najee Harris and Notre Dame's Ian Book. Related: Georgia football QB Jamie Newman ranked among Top 5 Heisman Trophy favorites Newman had an encouraging season in 2018 at Wake Forest. He threw for 26 touchdowns while adding six more rushing touchdowns and 574 yards on the ground. He ran an RPO heavy system at Wake Forest that didn't exactly suit his best skills, which includes his deep passing ability. And the new offense that will be tailored by offensive coordinator Todd Monken should make better use of that attribute. In his time in the NFL, Monken's offenses specifically the one he called plays for in Tampa Bay in 2018 was known for its vertical passing game. And based on the comments of some of the past quarterbacks that Monken has worked with, the new offensive coordinator will put Newman in a real position to succeed. 'Coach Monken sees the game through the quarterback's eyes,' current Miami Dolphin Ryan Fitzpatrick said. 'He is aggressive and calls a game based on the strengths of his players.He does a great job of teaching and instilling confidence in the entire unit.' Newman will be playing with more talent at Georgia then he did at Wake Forest. He'll get to play with a possibly dominant wide receiver in George Pickens and a very promising running back in Zamir White. And the Georgia defense once again figures to be one of the best in the country. But for Georgia to get where it needs to go the Bulldogs will need Newman to get more out of the Georgia offense in 2020 than Jake Fromm did with D'Andre Swift, Andrew Thomas, Lawrence Cager and others in 2019. A season ago, with all of those aforementioned talents, the Bulldogs finished 49th in the country in scoring offense. That isn't good enough for a team with national title expectations, which is why James Coley is at Texas A&M and Monken is now the architect of the Georgia offense. And it will be on Newman to execute Monken's gameplans. The two will have to get on the same page quickly, as Georgia opens the season against Virginia and then in the third week of the season, Georgia travels to Alabama. The Bulldogs haven't beaten the Crimson Tide since 2007. Newman will have to do what Georgia greats like Fromm and Aaron Murray were not able to do, and Newman will be asked to do it in what could be his third start in a Georgia uniform. Beating Alabama though won't just be enough to meet expectations for Newman. Again, Georgia has national championship goals and to get there Georgia will have to win the SEC East, likely the SEC championship and then two College Football Playoff games. Though as ESPN's Alex Scarborough explained it, this is all made easier if Newman can only bring Georgia's offense into modern times. 'QuarterbackJamie Newmanneeds to be a wake-up call for a far-too-conservative Bulldogs offense,' Scarborough wrote. 'Jake Frommdid all he could in his three seasons as the team's starting quarterback, but he couldn't change the plays that were called. 'Maybe Newman, a transfer from Wake Forest with true dual-threat ability, will force that change and finally bring this offense into the 21st century.' Related: ESPN lays out a simple case for how Georgia football can win a national championship next season Even Odysseus would think this quest is a bit daunting. And this is all on a player, though talented, who has only just gotten to Georgia. Defining what might be a successful season for Newman is impossible. If Georgia goes 8-5, like Wake Forest did last season, it will be an abject failure. Getting to double-digit wins won't be enough and winning the SEC East likely won't satisfy anyone either. The list of Georgia quarterbacks who have won the SEC this century includes just three names. And if Newman joins them, but doesn't exercise 40-years of championship demons, Newman's time at Georgia will be seen as more of the same. Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts and Fields all showed this year that transfer quarterbacks can do great things in a short amount of time at a program. And Newman very well may go on to do some of the things that those players were able to do in the 2019 season. But there's already immense pressure on the shoulders of Newman. Perhaps more so than that of Burrow, Hurts and Fields. Smart and those around the Georgia program would call that pressure a privilege. It's also clear there's a tremendous burden on his shoulders as well. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Following James Coley departure, we'll learn a lot about the importance of South Florida to Georgia football Georgia football podcast: Examining how Todd Monken might use Zamir White and UGA's RBs Georgia's Malik Herring rated top returning D-lineman in SEC, spearheads dominant front Anthony Edwards struggles against Ole Miss, Georgia basketball hits three-game skid Georgia football changes continue, another staff member leaves for Texas A&M Barrett Carter: Elite 2021 LB felt 'ready to play at Sanford Stadium' on latest visit Dawgs on Twitter GO DAWGS!! Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) January 27, 2020 Committed to the G!! #GODAWGS @CoachSchuUGA @GeorgiaFootball @KirbySmartUGA @CoachMattLuke @Mansell247 @ChadSimmons_ pic.twitter.com/ZqPyha1QWY Weston Lee Wallace (@Weston_wall212) January 27, 2020 19 in a Row seems crazy! #DawgsInTheLeague https://t.co/5SL0y09Yzw Dan Lanning (@CoachDanLanning) January 28, 2020 Making a lot of process it won't be long! #KeepBuilding pic.twitter.com/0nqteybiv7 Georgia Tennis (@UGAtennis) January 27, 2020 Good Dawg of the Day Sled Dogs! pic.twitter.com/9u4r3JCVwj Dogs are the best people (@_TheBestDogs) January 27, 2020 The post Realistic expectations don't exist for Georgia football quarterback Jamie Newman appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. The play sheet today calls for another chance to see where elite junior LB Barrett Carter is at after a recent visit. Barrett Carter should be seen as one of those 'must-have' prospects for Georgia in the 2021 cycle. The rising senior from North Gwinnett High School has already been an in-state priority for his class for some time. But this is beginning to be go time for prospects like Carter as they start taking those big research unofficial visits necessary before getting their arms around a future college decision. Carter was at Georgia earlier this month for a 'Junior Day' visit. He followed up that trip with an outing to see Georgia Tech on Saturday and Clemson on Sunday. That trip to Athens was another beneficial experience. For starters, it was the first time he'd ever tried on the Georgia uniform for the typical recruit photo shoot.He did not describe the experience in common tones. 'I felt like I was ready to play at Sanford Stadium,' Carter said. 'To be honest. I'm kidding, but well no I am not kidding. It was really cool having the savage pads on. It was just really cool.' He aims to wear No. 1 in college, but he understands the deal. The way he looks at that is another example of why he is seen as an intelligent and highly-instinctive defender. 'For a freshman to wear that number, uh, that is pretty rare,' Carter said. 'But that's my goal. I want to wear No. 1 in college.' When he left Georgia, there was a clear thing on his mind. 'Just how much of a priority that they made me feel that day,' Carter said. 'It felt like I was on my official visit to Georgia. Like just all of the coaches, I am talking about the assistants, the player personnel guys, the head coach and everybody was just showing me love. That was huge to me. That stuck out the most out of everything.' Barrett Carter: How he might fit into the 2021 class Carter rates as a 4-star recruit for 2021 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He's slotted as the nation's No. 6 OLB and No. 100 overall recruit, but his game film and reputation befits a much higher rating. RELATED: The first get-to-know DawgNation profile on Barrett Carter He's being recruited by UGA to be an ILB for assistant Glenn Schumann. Georgia has not yet signed a true ILB in the 2020 class after picking up Rian Davis, Nakobe Dean and Trezmen Marshall in 2019. South Georgia ATH D.J. Lundy is still being recruited to play ILB for the 2020 class , but the Bulldogs will also see at least Monty Rice exhaust his eligibility after the 2020 season. Georgia 4-star DB commit David Daniel is the veteran commit of the 2021 class. Carter said Daniel has already been communicating with him about staying home. What is the biggest pull for Carter to Georgia at this time? 'That's the home team,' he said. 'That's the biggest thing. It is close to home and its really not a big difference I would say from my high school. I feel like I am at my high school when I am at Georgia. So I would say the home feeling there. For sure.' When Carter got out of the car in the parking lot for that visit last weekend, he immediately felt at ease. Coach Todd Hartley was there to greet him, among many other members of the program. 'My girlfriend was there,' he said. 'They were talking to her. They were talking to my parents. All the coaches were just very friendly. That was just amazing to me.' Carter took part in the unofficial NBA 2K21 tournament among the recruits. He paired up on the sticks with his North Gwinnett teammate for that event. That is 4-star CB Jordan Hancock. Hancock is also a player to watch in-state with the Bulldogs in the 2021 class, too. The Carter-Hancock duo was felled by Tate Ratledge and his friend in the second round of that event. It was interesting to see Carter played with a digital Magic Johnson in the 2-on-2 'Blacktop' event. Hancock chose Giannas Antetokounmpo. Ratledge played with the Miami Heat Lebron James and his good friend had Bill Russell. Those two wound up winning that tournament. Carter also discussed his decision timeline. 'Right now it is before senior year but that can change at any point in time but I would just say before senior year,' he said. 'It could be later or it could be earlier but my answer right now is before my senior season.' Carter said he finished his 'Junior Day' visit talking in Kirby Smart's office along with his friends and family. Before that, there was a film breakdown session with another highly regarded in-state LB prospect and his potential position coach. 'It was me, Smael Mondon and coach [Glenn] Schumann in his office breaking down film and where they see us and stuff like that. Then we talked to coach [Dan] Lanning, too. We connected with them a lot.' Carter said he met Mondon for the first time on that visit. The North Paulding 4-star rates on the composite scale as the nation's No. 3 OLB and the No. 37 overall prospect for 2021. If Georgia could pair those two up in the 2021 class, that would be an ideal restock at ILB. Current ILBs Channing Tindall and Quay Walker are set to exhaust their eligibility after the 2021 season, if not sooner than that. It depends on them having strong junior years. Carter finished his 2019 season in the state semifinals for a North Gwinnett team which wound up 12-2. He had 49 solo tackles and 76 total stops. Those totals will also include nine sacks. He's a nouveau LB prospect that does speed and agility training with DBs, rates as an OLB and yet his best fit might be at ILB. That's why he can cover tight end and slot receivers and look like an adept safety in doing so. He does not have the length to be the prototype edge defender at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, but that's likely his only scouting limitation. He has that 'it' factor. Carter can wear a signature pink mouthpiece on the field and make every play that comes his way while doing it. If North Gwinnett would have beaten Lowndes in the semifinals this year, the thinking was that Carter was athletic enough to draw the assignment of covering Marietta 5-star WR/TE Arik Gilbert all night. That's why Carter can be a three-down LB on Saturdays. When asked to point to the player he takes the most from regarding his own game, Carter's answer was Clemson All-American LB Isaiah Simmons. He's not at that level yet, but Carter can be that versatile multi-task defender that Simmons was featured at so effectively on the college level. In terms of all that, the fit at UGA would not even as a traditional downhill gap-filler. 'They move the inside backers around,' Carter said. 'It is not just straight inside, but we would be moved around.' The post Barrett Carter: Elite 2021 LB felt 'ready to play at Sanford Stadium' on latest visit appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • Florida's St. Augustine Police Department said they are searching for the suspect who robbed a group of children at gunpoint at a popular park. The robbery happened at Project Swing park on Saturday around 9:30 p.m. Several signs at the park read, “For your safety, park is closed from dusk to dawn.” According to the report, the victims, whose ages are redacted, were sitting at the tables in the middle of the park when a man approached them and demanded money. In the report, one of the victims said the suspect pointed the gun into his chest when he told him he didn’t have any money. Police said the man took $16 from one of the victims before he tried to grab a backpack from the other. The victims told investigators when the suspect tried to take the backpack, they ran towards the parking garage for help. Detectives said the suspect took off running in the opposite direction toward Ketterlinus gym. By the time police responded, the suspect was gone. Investigators said they found a bag believed to belong to the suspect near the tennis courts next to the park. It was sent to the lab for DNA testing. Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to call the police department.
  • A 77-year-old man was punched in the face as he walked into a grocery store in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and now police are looking for the person responsible. It happened at the Kroger on Braselton Highway, and it all started in the fire lane in front of the store. It happened at the Kroger on Braselton Highway, and it all started in the fire lane in front of the store. The victim, who did not want to be identified by name, said on Jan. 23 around 4:30 p.m. he pulled up, saw someone parked there, and on his way inside the store, he said, “You're not supposed to park here.” Police said surveillance video shows a woman, who was in the parked car in the fire lane outside, go in the store, walk up to the victim and say something. Officials said a man who was with her then assaulted the 77-year-old man. “And the next thing I know, this jerk comes around and just cold-cocks me right flat on the floor,” the victim said. Witnesses told police they couldn’t believe it happened. The suspect took off and police are still looking for him now. There’s video of the assault that Kroger cameras recorded, but investigators said they’re not releasing it yet because the case is still open. “I had no idea he was even in the place until he came round in front and punched me,” the victim said. The incident is a reminder to shoppers that you may want to tell police when someone is doing something illegal instead of saying something to that person. You never know what they are going to do.
  • A bill sponsored by Utah Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, would restrict people from purchasing a hunting license if they aren’t up to date on child support payments. The “Fishing and Hunting Restrictions for Nonpayment of Child Support” House bill would prohibit “the issuance of a license, permit, or tag related to fishing or hunting if an individual is delinquent in child support.” According to KUTV, the bill would affect anyone who owes more than $2,500 in child support. Once a person is no longer behind on their child support payments, they can obtain a hunting license. If the bill passes, it will go into effect in the summer of 2021.
  •  For the first time, NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal opened up about the death of his former teammate and friend, Kobe Bryant. Bryant, his daughter 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed Sunday when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in Calabasas, California. O’Neal’s comments came at the start of TNT’s pregame show, as he sat on the court at Staples Center along with the rest of the network’s studio team. TNT was supposed to televise a doubleheader, but the NBA canceled the Lakers-Clippers game that was scheduled to be the nightcap because the Lakers organization is still too devastated after the death of Bryant and his daughter. I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while,” O’Neal said. Shaq said he was working out with his son and nephew, when another nephew walked into the room crying and showed him the phone. “I snapped at him,” O’Neal said. “I said, ‘Get that out of my face.'” O’Neal said he thought it was a hoax at first, and then he started getting phone calls from friends and other fellow basketball players. “Forty-seven years old, I’ve lost two grandmothers … lost my sister. And now I’ve lost my little brother,' O’Neal said. O'Neal and Bryant teamed to help the Lakers win three straight championships from 2000-02, but they occasionally feuded and O'Neal was traded to Miami in 2004. He would win another title there, while Bryant would win two more with the Lakers. O’Neal said his heart broke even more when he learned who else was on the chopper. “It’s sort of like a triple stabbing to the heart because after you cry and wonder about that, then I get back on the internet – Rick Fox is on the (helicopter). So now, I’m sick even more,” O’Neal said. “And then the final blow, his lovely daughter was with him on the helicopter.” They eventually patched up their relationship and O'Neal said they texted frequently, though he said he hadn't actually seen Bryant since the final day of his career in 2016. O'Neal said he told Bryant to score 50 points and Bryant instead scored 60. O’Neal said Bryant even checked in with his son Shareef, who underwent heart surgery in December 2018. “Shareef called me, devastated, and said Kobe just texted me to check and see how he was doing. And he used to do that from time to time,” O’Neal said. O’Neal said this year’s NBA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be a solemn event. “The fact that we’re not going to be able to joke at his Hall of Fame ceremony. The fact that we’re not going to be able to say, ‘Ha, Ha. I got five. You got four.’ The fact that we’re not going to be able to say, ‘If we had stayed together to get 10,’ those are the things we can’t get back,” O’Neal said. O'Neal's comments were his first that were televised since Bryant's death. He had previously only posted on social media and spoken on a podcast. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • Last week, the head of a Chinese government expert team said that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people avoid travel to China. Here are some tips for travelers who may be making their way to or from China or other destinations:  Check the CDC website for updates on the outbreak The CDC has a dedicated page that is kept up to date with travel information to China, impacted transportation in China and status of medical care in the country. Maintain good personal hygiene According to The New York Times, passengers should avoid touching their faces and practice proper coughing etiquette, such as coughing or sneezing into an arm instead of your hands or the environment. The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used when soap is not available. The Times also reminded travelers that seatbacks and tray tables are wiped down by ground crews, but cleaning them again with a disinfecting wipe is recommended. Lastly, try to keep a safe distance from anyone who appears to be ill. If you are seated next to someone who may be ill, you can ask a flight attendant to reseat you. Please note that they may not be able to accommodate the request. Do I need a mask while traveling? Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine in Vanderbilt University’s division of infectious diseases, told CNN that the benefit of masks may be impractical. “The scientific basis showing that people in the community wearing masks actually has any benefit is very thin and questionable,” Shaffner told CNN. Schaffner also told CNN that U.S. travelers who are traveling only within the United States should not be as concerned about the virus. Other noteworthy tips Henry Harteveldt, of Atmosphere Research, told USA Today that travelers should consider keeping air vents open above the seat to improve ventilation but also noted that he aims them away from his body. USA Today also suggested bringing tissues with you to use to avoid touching door handles when you use the bathrooms on flights. Book a window seat. A study published in 2018 concluded that the window seat is more likely to keep a passenger away from people who might be sick because it is furthest from the aisle where more people move through the cabin. What are other countries doing in response to the outbreak? Many countries are checking the temperatures of arriving airline passengers and adopting precautionary quarantine procedures in response to a new virus. India, Nigeria, Japan and the United States are some of the countries where airport screening procedures were in place. Below are some of the public health measures in multiple countries intended to prevent a repeat of the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, which started in China and killed nearly 800 people (Source:The Associated Press, Jan. 21, 2020) MAINLAND CHINA China’s often-secretive Communist government was blamed for making SARS far worse by initially hiding information and blocking the work of the World Health Organization. This time, leader Xi Jinping has called for tough measures and said “party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people’s lives and health first.” At the airport in Wuhan, the temperatures of departing passengers were checked and outbound tour groups were banned from leaving the city. Virtually everyone in a public role, from traffic police officers to bank tellers, is wearing a protective face mask. JAPAN Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged officials to step up quarantine checks at airports and other entry points, and Japan will require visitors arriving from Wuhan to fill in health forms. HONG KONG The semiautonomous city is one of the most popular destinations for mainland Chinese. It has stepped up surveillance and ordered more cleaning and disinfecting for planes and trains from Wuhan, as well as for train stations and the airport. Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung said authorities are ready for a worst-case scenario and are on extremely high alert. A lack of information and low levels of vigilance were blamed for Hong Kong becoming the second-hardest hit area by SARS after mainland China in the early 2000s. As in much of mainland China, Hong Kong residents favor traditional markets where live poultry and other animals are sold. The government advises people against visiting such markets or touching animals or their droppings. SOUTH KOREA South Korea reported its first case of the virus in mid-January, in a Chinese woman who works at a South Korean company. At Incheon International Airport near Seoul, the only airport in South Korea with direct flights from Wuhan, two special gates are designated for passengers from the city and ear thermometers are used to check their temperatures. Arrival halls are being sprayed with disinfectant twice a week, up from once a week previously, and escalator handrails, elevator buttons and other sensitive surfaces are wiped with disinfectant twice a day. NIGERIA Nigeria’s government says health authorities at points of entry are on alert for cases of coronavirus arriving in Africa’s most populous country. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control asked that travelers from Wuhan report to a medical facility and the center if they feel ill. China is Africa’s top trading partner. South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases said anyone with a severe respiratory illness should be tested if they have traveled to Wuhan within two weeks or had close physical contact with a coronavirus patient or treatment at a facility where a confirmed case has been reported. There were more than 200,000 Chinese workers in Africa as of the end of 2017, not including numerous informal migrants such as traders and shopkeepers, according to the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. INDIA India will expand thermal screening of passengers arriving from China, including Hong Kong, to seven airports from the current three. In-flight announcements before arrival will direct passengers with a fever or cough who have traveled to Wuhan in the previous 14 days to declare themselves to health authorities. Thermal screening will begin in Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin, and continue in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA Singapore will expand temperature screening at Changi Airport, one of Asia’s busiest travel hubs, for all travelers on flights arriving from China beginning on Wednesday. The health ministry said individuals with pneumonia and a history of travel to Wuhan within 14 days of the onset of symptoms will be isolated in a hospital as a precautionary measure and investigated. Neighboring Malaysia has also beefed up screening at Kuala Lumpur’s airport. Deputy health Minister Lee Boon Chye said staff are being trained to handle possible cases. “If a case emerges, then we may have to take more drastic measures, but for now, we hope we can nip it at the entry point,” Lee told reporters. BANGLADESH Bangladesh civil aviation authorities have ordered airport managers to start screening incoming passengers from China. A.H.M. Touhid-ul Ahsan, director of the main Shahjalal International Airport, said doctors at the airport would look for fevers, coughs, breathing difficulties and sore throats. The country’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research will be notified of any passengers with symptoms for further examination, he said. AUSTRALIA Brendan Murphy, Australia’s chief medical officer, said biosecurity staff and state health officials in New South Wales are meeting flights from Wuhan and are distributing pamphlets printed in English and Chinese to all passengers. The pamphlets describe symptoms of infection and ask people to identify themselves if they are experiencing any. RUSSIA Russia’s Healthcare Ministry described the virus as a biological hazard, with Deputy Minister Sergei Krayevoy saying the virus was a “striking example” of the biological threats Russia faces. The Russian public health service, Rospotrebnadzor, said it had developed a testing kit that would allow labs to detect the new coronavirus quickly. Russia is one of the three most popular tourist destinations for people from China, according to Russian officials. They estimate that about 2 million tourists from China visited Russia in 2018. ITALY The Italian Health Ministry says passengers making direct and indirect flights from Wuhan, China, to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport will be checked for potential signs of the virus. People with suspected infections will be quarantined at an infectious disease hospital in Rome, the ministry says. No cases have been reported so far. Posters at the airport advise travelers to consider delaying trips to the Wuhan area and if they do go there, to avoid touching animals or uncooked animal products. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Associated Press journalists Moussa Moussa in Canberra, Australia, Kim Hyung-jin in Seoul, South Korea, Cara Anna in Johannesburg, South Africa, Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Daria Litvinova in Moscow, and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report. xxx
  • It is a sad time. I need to have a pity party and go get some of my friends...let's go cry a minute.' That's Carol, one of the many dedicated and loyal customers of Life Grocery, the natural and organic foods and products store in Marietta. Carol's been a customer for 20-plus years. There's also Richard, who's been a customer even longer - since the 1980's. 'This was the original and only health food store where you could get organic groceries. It's very sad.'  On a Monday in the last week of January, the store along Roswell Rd. between the Big Chicken and the 120 Loop was busy. Busier than normal. A good bet that had lots to do with deep discounts at Life Grocery, as the store was closing its doors by the end of January.   'People are coming in, wanting to say goodbye. It's the end of an era,' store general manager Ronnie Hudson tells WSB Radio. It's been emotional for her too. She's been with the co-op business since the mid 90's and admits there will be a void as the doors close for good.  Life Grocery was founded by Life University students when Gerald Ford was president - back in 1976. Hudson says the business was one of the pioneers in the natural, organic food market, 'there weren't options back then...we were the template.' Stores like Life and some other early ones set the stage for what came years later - an explosion in the organic/natural food space, now dominated by major players like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and others. Life Grocery's reasons for closing are many says Hudson. 'The main distributor that we use, Whole Foods is their priority. So sometimes we can't even get our whole orders full.' Not only competition though. Aging equipment has also been an issue, rising costs, and location has played a part Hudson says. Life Grocery sits in an aging strip mall. Whole Foods used to be across the street. But when it left for a better location, Hudson says some of her customers told her, they'd forgotten about Life.  Still, in the store's final hours of existence Monday, longtime customers were stopping in for their last purchases. Hudson was exchanging hugs with many of them. 'The emotions at this point, even from our customers, has been so touching, heartbreaking, heartwarming. It feels good to know that people have appreciated what we have.'