What we learned from UGA’s loss to Ga. Tech

first_imgATHENS, Ga. — There were lessons aplenty to be learned this past Saturday when the Bulldogs lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. It was an amazing game for anyone that loves hard hitting football and nasty rivalry games – that is unless you are a Georgia fan. So here is what we learned: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Domonique Noble (23) celebrates with a piece of the Sanford Stadium hedges after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime at Sanford Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated Georgia 30-24.The losses are getting harder to take: Not because of the animosity directed at the coaching staff or the length of time since Georgia won the SEC outright, but rather because of the nature of the games themselves. In 2012, Georgia came within five yards of beating the vaunted Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC Championship and a shot to play an overrated Notre Dame team for the national title. That was a gut punch. Then in 2013, the Bulldogs lost on a last second Hail Mary pass to a quarterback Richt had dismissed from the team – after coming back from a 20-point deficit on the road in which your senior quarterback made the gutsiest run of his life. That was a kick in the groin. This year the Bulldogs had to make three mistakes in 18 seconds to allow Tech to tie the game. They did. The squib kick decision, the poor coverage on the kick and then allowing a 21-yard run all combined to let Tech back into the game. This one hurt worse than when your girlfriend started dating your brother.This loss wasn’t just on Mark Richt: Yes he took the blame as a coach should, especially after snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory with his decision to squib a kickoff with a three point lead. But let’s not forget that there were two Georgia fumbles on the one-yard line. Georgia should have been up 21-0 at the half, forcing Tech to have to throw the ball in order to keep pace. The Bulldogs had one of their field goal attempts blocked in the third quarter. Also, Georgia’s offense had the ball 1st-and-goal on Tech’s 3-yard line in the fourth quarter, ran Nick Chubb three times and threw the ball twice and could not punch it in. The Dawgs settled for a field goal. Then there was the defense that gave up 399 rushing yards –and a return team error that coughed up the ball in the closing minutes. Dropped passes, missed tackles, missed blocks and special teams’ blunders should all get their share of the blame. By the way, how did they get to the 3-yard line in the example I just mentioned? Richt called Georgia’s first fake field goal in 16 years. That was a great call. It doesn’t offset the decision on the squib kick but it does illustrate how quickly, according to many fans, Richt went from genius to dolt in the span of 45 minutes.The seniors are not to blame: Ray Drew walked off the field Saturday angry, hurt and frustrated. It was impossible to tell if the few tears he shed were from sadness or anger. I’ll go with the latter as he looked like he could have spit nails. This is the guy who blocked an extra point attempt in overtime. That never happens. Not to mention Drew blocked a field goal attempt earlier in the game after Georgia Tech recovered a fumble. Drew played his heart out as did Damian Swann who had ten tackles and a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Inside linebackers Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera each had a career high 19 tackles. That is insane. And Herrera recovered a fumble that gave Georgia the chance to win the game when a younger player on the kick return team failed to field the Georgia Tech kick. Center David Andrews was mauling and fighting and often seen far down the field out in front of his running backs. And then there is Hutson Mason.Hutson Mason is the worst: Georgia lost the game because of him. His ineptitude in throwing the game ending interception should be reason to revoke his scholarship and make him pay Georgia back for five years of free tuition, room and board. Or so folks would have you believe. Never mind that he hadn’t thrown an interception since October 4. Or that he leads the SEC in fewest interceptions as well as highest completion percentage. Or that he has the second-highest quarterback ranking in the conference. No, Mason is fated to be written off by short-sighted, angry fans as the guy who cost Georgia the game. There is no mention of how he put the team on his back in the final drive of regulation, moving the offense 69 yards in the final 2:41 of the game by completing five passes, including what should have been the game winner to Malcolm Mitchell. Just as Terrence Edwards is always remembered for missing a catch against Florida — despite being the Bulldogs’ most prolific wide receiver — Mason’s chance at a story-book ending will be forgotten. Everyone will remember the interception.Freshmen are going to make mistakes: It’s easy to forget that Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are freshmen, especially this far into the season. Chubb has now rushed for over 100 yards in seven straight games, something no freshman has ever done at Georgia, including Herschel Walker. Michel has come back from a brutal shoulder injury and where most rational people would have at least some hesitation, he’s instead gone right back to playing at full speed between the tackles. Those two stepped up when Georgia needed them most, just like J.J. Green, Reggie Davis and Brendan Douglas did last year. And just like last year when those freshmen had costly fumbles against Vanderbilt, Missouri and Nebraska, the fumbles in the game against Tech affected the outcome. Everyone fumbles the ball at some point and it is not fair to blame the loss on the younger players. Chubb has only lost two fumbles in the course of his 186 carries. Rather, this is one of those painful lessons that will guarantee better ball security in the future.The future is bright. I love the silly argument that Georgia was favored in every game this year so therefore the Bulldogs should have won them all and anything less is an epic failure. My response is this: were they favored in every game before the season started? Answer: No. Georgia was favored later on for the results attained earlier in the season. The second half domination of Clemson, the shutout of Missouri just days after Todd Gurley was suspended, the drubbing of a good Arkansas team on the road – all of these wins led to higher expectations than what most fans had at the beginning of the season. If you had told the average Georgia fan before the season started that they would be looking at a possible 10-3 season despite:· Replacing the SEC’s most prolific quarterback,· Replacing the entire defensive coaching staff· Replacing two senior offensive linemen· Losing three of your four starters in the secondary in the offseason· Losing the fastest member of the secondary to a career-ending medical disqualification· Starting three freshmen in the secondary, including a walk-on· Losing the starting full back to a career-ending medical disqualification· Losing Keith Marshall again after three games· Malcolm Mitchell missing half the season· Justin Scott Wesley missing most of the season and only having two catches· Their Heisman hopeful star running back missing six games…they would have taken it.Despite all that, Georgia still should have won all their games. They had the ability. Granted the defense was new in the loss to South Carolina but the debacle in Florida was inexcusable. And as pointed out earlier, ball security would have changed the Tech game.To get back to the point, Georgia is trending upwards. The Bulldogs will return a star studded backfield, an electrifying kick returner, a breakout tight end and a talented offensive line. Year Two under Jeremy Pruitt will see some improvements on the defense which already has gone from being one of the worst pass defenses in the SEC last year to No. 3 in the nation. The Bulldogs have the No. 2 incoming recruiting class in the nation and Mike Bobo has shown he can score points in bunches. It may not feel like it after losing to Tech, but Georgia is headed in the right direction.<!–iframe–>last_img read more

Girls hoops roundup: Muskegon Heights, Reeths-Puffer and Ludington claim Tuesday victories

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Manchester City player’s special characteristics see him marked out for transfer

first_imgTurin newspaper Tuttosport is the one with a story today saying the Old Lady have four centre-forwards who they’ve been keeping an eye on.Besides Gabriel Jesus, the Serie A giants are targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, PSG’s Mauro Icardi and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.There are a few characteristics of the Manchester City player which have him marked out as a different option. Instead of a prolific goalscorer, the Brazilian is highlighted for his speed and ability to work in small spaces.Embed from Getty ImagesAnother factor which goes in Jesus’ favour is that he’s the youngest player on the list, making him the one with a bigger potential to be developed.Tuttosport says Juventus director Fabio Paratici ‘wouldn’t miss the chance’ of signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, even though there’s no information on any approaches from the Old Lady for now. It’s also not said how much the Premier League side would demand for the Brazilian.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus continues to be named as one of the targets that Juventus have for the next transfer window.last_img read more

Pakistan’s Hafeez hits ton as Australia toil on first day

first_img(Reuters) – Mohammad Hafeez marked his return to test cricket with a century as Pakistan reached 255-3 at stumps on the first day of the series-opening test match against Australia yesterday. Veteran all-rounder Hafeez, playing in his first test since 2016 and his 51st overall, frustrated Australia en route to his 10th century before being trapped in front of the wicket for 126 by pace bowler Peter Siddle in the final session.His fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq was a lot more aggressive in his knock of 76, as the first-wicket pair added 205 runs after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat on a dry wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.Australia’s attack then tightened things up after the two openers were back in the dressing room. Haris Sohail was batting on 15 with night watchman Mohammad Abbas on one at the end of the day’s play. Earlier, Australia captain Tim Paine brought on off-spinner Nathan Lyon after only eight overs and left-armer Jon Holland shortly afterwards.Holland could have had Hafeez caught in the deep for 74 but Mitchell Marsh dropped a difficult chance in the 45th over. Barring that error, Hafeez looked in full control during his 208-ball knock which contained 15 hits to the fence.Imam, meanwhile, used his feet well against the spinners and smashed seven boundaries and two sixes to notch up his second test fifty, before being caught behind by Paine off the tireless Lyon. The 30-year-old Lyon bowled 33 overs in the day. Azhar Ali departed with a little over three overs remaining, caught at mid-off by Mitchell Starc for an 80-ball 18 while trying to hit Holland out of the ground.last_img read more

U.S. Open will go ahead without fans amid COVID-19-reports

first_img(Reuters) – The United States Tennis Association will hold the U.S. Open this year without fans amid the COVID-19 outbreak even though some top players have expressed concerns about attending the tournament due to the virus, according to multiple reports. The New York Times, which both cited unnamed sources, said the USTA announce this week that it will hold the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 event in New York with the support of the men’s ATP Tour and the WTA, which runs the women’s circuit.Novak DjokovicThe USTA’s agreements with the men’s and women’s tours are “happening or almost there,” one source told Forbes. ESPN, which cited a source familiar with the plan, said the USTA is waiting for a green light from local and state health officials.“We’re following each step in the procedure that we need to with the great hope that we can announce that the 2020 U.S. Open will be played in its regularly scheduled date,” USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said in an email to Reuters. “We hope to make an announcement regarding the status of the 2020 U.S. Open in the very near future.”No professional tennis tournaments have been held since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left the sport’s calendar in tatters, and the shutdown will extend until August.Wimbledon was cancelled altogether while the French Open has been moved to September and is due to start one week after the scheduled U.S. Open men’s final. World number one Novak Djokovic and reigning U.S. Open men’s champion Rafa Nadal are among the players who have expressed concerns about attending the New York tournament.Nadal said earlier this month he would not travel to the U.S. Open in present circumstances while Djokovic said playing the event this year would be impossible given “extreme” protocols that would be in place.In mid-April the USTA said its decision on whether to hold the Grand Slam this year will be made in June, and playing it without fans is on the table but highly unlikely. The U.S. Open is held annually in New York City, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was even turned into temporary hospital to help in the battle against the virus.Last year’s edition drew an all-time attendance record of nearly 740,000 fans and the event is the engine that drives the governing USTA.last_img read more

Socios Esports launches Battle Royale sponsorship program

first_imgSocios Esports, powered by cryptocurrency company chiliZ, has committed to expanding its presence in the esports industry by launching a sponsorship programme aimed at Fortnite and PUBG teams.Nine teams have been selected for the programme by Socios Esports, fans will able to vote from their favourite team from December 3rd-17th. Each team will produce a 60-second video that serves as an introduction and will give reasoning as to why they should receive sponsorship.Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Socios Esports discussed the initiative: “This sponsorship programme represents our commitment and passion for esports. With Socios.com, and Socios Esports, our goal is to change the way esports and sports organisations connect and engage with fans. We want to both support and grow small and medium-sized teams, and in turn, help the ecosystem grow in a healthy, sustainable way.”The nine teams that will take part are 3DMAX, Barrage Esports, Conquer Gaming, Copenhagen Flames, Enclave Gaming, Endpoint, NSG, Sensei Esports, and Vexed. The top three teams will receive six-month sponsorships based on their placements in the vote. First place receives €25,000, second place gets €20,000, and third place earns €15,000.Tom Pickering, Esports Manager for Socios Esports added: “I’ve been an esports fan since the start of Quake and can remember when, despite all the challenges they faced, grassroots teams just kept on pushing forward. At Socios.com, we see the potential in many up-and-coming teams, and want to support the entire esports ecosystem by helping grassroots as well as more established teams to grow stronger foundations. Fan engagement is the ultimate goal, and with this project, it’s the fans who decide who receives the sponsorship – they get the final word.”The funds received from the sponsorship are required to be spent on each organisation’s respective Fortnite or PUBG roster, including expenses such as player salaries, coaching coasts, and marketing.Esports Insider says: With Battle Royale emerging as a popular genre in esports – whether or not the majority believe it’s as good as other genres – this seems like a good time for Socios Esports to get more involved in the industry. The teams in the programme are all smaller in size and will definitely appreciate the money – it’s nice to see them receive some support.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Milla sacked as Spain Under-21 coach after Olympic elimination

first_imgLuis Milla has been relieved of his post as Spain Under-21 coach after his side’s poor showing at this summer’s Olympic Games.Under-19 coach Julen Lopetegui will now fill the 46-year-old’s shoes and step up to take the reins of the U-21s.The former Spain international had led his nation to victory at the 2011 European Under-21 Championships, but a little over 12 months later it was a different story as La Roja were eliminated without scoring a single goal in a group that also included Morocco, Honduras and Japan.In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) moved swiftly to remove Milla from his position and confirmed the contract of his assistant, Juan Carlos Martinez Castrejo, would also not be renewed.His replacement will take charge of the U21s for their upcoming fixtures againstt Switzerland on September 6 and Croatia on September 10.Lopetegui led his side to back-to-back victories at the Under-19 European Championship in 2011 and 2012 and the quarter-finals of the 2011 Under-20 World Cup.last_img read more

John Walsh and son Callahan are ‘In Pursuit’ of bad guys on new unsolved crime show

first_imgInvestigation DiscoveryJohn Walsh is continuing the mission he started on America’s Most Wanted with his new show on Investigation Discovery, In Pursuit with John Walsh. This time, he’s bringing his son along for the ride.John and Callahan Walsh team up to bring down fugitives and find missing children with the help of viewers. Each episode of In Pursuit spotlights two unsolved crimes and will also feature two missing children, with age-progression photos and descriptions.“Getting justice is part of that recovery process,” says John, who’s first son Adam was kidnapped and killed in 1981. “Getting to know that that person who did horrible things to your family is paying for it is part of putting it behind you. There’s no closure. I will always be the heartbroken father of a murdered child. But when you find out who did it, it ends that chapter of your life.”For Callahan, following in his father’s footsteps — in both his TV work and his role at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children — was a no-brainer. He calls his dad his “role model.”“To work with my father is a blessing,” he says. “…I just really look forward to this season, going out there and helping my father catch some of these bad guys and putting them away.”Father and son both admit their line of work isn’t easy, but each solved case or recovered missing child makes it worthwhile. In particular, Callahan calls the recent Jayme Closs case, in which a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl was found safe 88 days after a violent kidnapping, a “great example of why we never give up hope.”  In Pursuit with John Walsh premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

North Korea releases photos it claims are of latest missile test

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The North Korean government released on Saturday photos of what it said is the rogue regime’s latest ballistic missile test.The government said the photos, released to North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), depict an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile, the same model launched over Japan on Friday and on August 29. The photos cannot be independently verified.The missile on Friday traveled 2,300 miles as it flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the country’s longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.The KCNA said Kim expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the “combat efficiency and reliability” of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power.Following Friday’s missile launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, “These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation … United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.”The launch is the 14th missile test conducted by North Korea in 2017. On September 3, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb, leading to sanctions being passed against the country by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Miami’s Tate Martell open to changing positions, coach Manny Diaz says

first_imgTate Martell could find himself lining up somewhere other than under center for Miami this season.The redshirt sophomore is open to changing positions after losing the Hurricanes’ quarterback battle earlier this month, coach Manny Diaz told reporters Wednesday.  “It’s like anybody else we have,” Diaz said, via the Miami Herald. “Anybody will help by doing anything that’s available, so yeah.”Martell was beaten out for the starting job by redshirt freshman Jarren Williams and Diaz said he has yet to make a decision about the team’s backup. Martell and N’Kosi Perry are in the running for that spot.  Related News Jalen Hurts tabbed as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback Ohio State names Justin Fields starting QB Wisconsin reinstates Quintez Cephus after he’s cleared of sexual assault charges QB1.— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 12, 2019“All three guys showed tremendous improvement and development,” Diaz said in a statement in mid-August. “We believe we can win with all three guys, however, we feel like Jarren has the greatest upside due to his passing ability, his instincts and his determination.”Obviously Jarren is a gifted passer. He has learned, I think, the maturity that comes with being the starting quarterback at a place like Miami. He is becoming more and more comfortable with the offense.”Martell transferred from Ohio State to Miami in January shortly after former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields decided to join the Buckeyes. The NCAA granted Martell a waiver that made him immediately eligible to play in 2019. Martell redshirted in 2017 and made six appearances as the backup to Buckeyes star signal-caller Dwayne Haskins last season, completing 23 of his 28 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown. He also added two scores on the ground. Miami is set to open the season against Florida on Saturday in Orlando.last_img read more