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The Military's Naked Photo-Sharing Scandal Is Wider Than The Marines

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  • The funeral for Emily Maddox was held Monday afternoon: the 7 year-old Walton County girl, a student at an elementary school in Loganville, died last week from complications of the flu. She is among the 79 Georgia flu fatalities since the start of the ongoing flu season.  Health officials say more than 1,800 people have been hospitalized with flu in Georgia. The death of Bowman City Council member Clay Rooker appears to have been flu-related. Rooker, who was 61 years old, died after suffering a heart attack at a hospital in Augusta. He was first hospitalized in Elberton, where he was suffering from flu.
  • Investigators in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office continue to sort through details of a shooting that left two people wounded with what were described as non life-threatening injuries: three people were arrested after the shots were fired at an apartment complex off Highway 124 in Jackson County.  A North Carolina man is arrested in a manhunt that ended in Franklin County: Mikal James is 33 years old, from Charlotte. He and 28 year-old Rashad Sinclair, also of Charlotte, were arrested after a traffic stop and after James tried to run away on foot. They were booked into the Franklin County jail on drug and weapons charges. 
  • Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched his statewide bus tour Monday with a trip to a former city jail converted into a coffee shop, where he outlined a crackdown on illegal immigration. The Republican told a few dozen supporters it was “insane” that immigrants in the country illegally get healthcare coverage when “residents are getting priced out of the market.”  In a nod to Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice overhaul, he said tougher restrictions on access to insurance benefits should also be up for consideration.  “I’m all for accountability courts and helping those who need helping,” he said. “But for those who are here illegally, and not following the rules, we need to send them home.” Kemp is one of five leading Republicans in the race to succeed Deal. He faces Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, business executive Clay Tippins and state Sen. Michael Williams in the May primary.  Two Democrats – former state lawmakers Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans – are competing for their party’s nomination. After his campaign stop, Kemp said discussions with hospital executives who lament about spending millions in indigent care to people who aren’t in the country legally helped inform his policy. “I get that medical professionals have a duty to do that, but the American people are paying for it,” said Kemp, who like other Republican contenders is a critic of the Affordable Care Act. “Families are paying $2,000 a month for insurance with a $5,000 deductible. And people are fed up with that.”
  • Athens-Clarke County Commissioners will meet tonight: a 6 o’clock agenda-setting session at City Hall. Commissioners will get an update on the Oconee Rivers Greenway project. There is also more talk about County sidewalks, and proposed capital improvements for the Athens-Ben Epps Airport.  The Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission meets today: 4 o’clock this afternoon at the Government Building on Dougherty Street.  There is an afternoon meeting of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, 5:30 at the Lyndon House on Hoyt Street in Athens.  The Board of the Morton Theatre corporation meets today. It’s a 5:30 session at the Theatre on Washington Street in Athens.  The Athens Airport Authority meets this afternoon, 3 o’clock at Athens-Ben Epps Airport. Madison County’s Planning and Zoning Board meets, 6:30 tonight in Danielsville. This afternoon’s Gainesville City Council session gets underway at 5:30 at the Public Safety Complex in Gainesville. 
  • Changes are in the works at SunTrust Park for the Braves’ second season there.  Six rows of seats will be removed from two prime lower-level sections and will be replaced with four-person tables, and the stadium’s largest hospitality club will be expanded by 2,000 square feet, according to Jim Allen, the Braves’ senior vice president of corporate and premium partnerships.  > More: A look at the new seating at SunTrust Park The quick changes reflect a trend in sports venues: increasing demand for premium spaces where season-ticket holders can socialize with other fans or business associates.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — Last week, I was asked to write about what I think is Georgia’s team strength headed into spring football practice. This week, I’m being asked to share what I believe is the Bulldogs’ biggest weakness. The defense as a whole will need to reload, no doubt. But in particular, linebacker is an area of great concern for Georgia heading into 2018. There is a pile of production — not to mention, star power — to replace across the second line of Georgia’s defense. That obviously starts with the early departure of Roquan Smith for the NFL. But it extends to each of the four linebacker positions. It could be argued that the Bulldogs got all-conference-level performances at each one in 2017. Smith was the obvious catalyst. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior was the Butkus Award recipient as the nation’s top inside linebacker for good reason. Not only did he record a mind-blowing 137 tackles, but Smith also led the team in quarterback sacks (6.5) and pressures (18). Over and above that, everybody who watched knows what an impact he made on everybody else on the field. Smith’s speed and anticipation helped him get outside and force countless ball carriers to turn up field and into the defensive pursuit. His impact on the overall effectiveness of Georgia’s defense — which finished sixth in the nation in total yards (294.9 per game) and points (16.4) and eighth against the pass (168.9) — is immeasurable. Just consider what ESPN/SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy said about Smith after watching him in the SEC Championship Game. “If you are looking for an obscure candidate to put on your Heisman ballot, think about Roquan Smith,” he said. “I think he belongs; I mean it. You look at what he’s meant for Georgia. Really the last couple of games symbolized the importance of his production. I believe against Georgia Tech he had 12, 14, 15 tackles, that’s what they gave him. He might have had 25. They spied him on everything.” All of us who witnessed Smith’s play this past season probably would agree he’s a once-a-decade kind of player, if not once-a-generation. So it goes without saying that any replacement is probably going to mean a drop-off in production. We don’t know that, but we’re certainly not reckless to presume. But it goes beyond that. Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy made similar, though less dominant, contributions from their respective outside linebacker positions. People tend to focus on sack numbers, and neither Carter’s 4.5 nor Bellamy’s 5.0 get anybody particularly excited. But they were asked to do much more than that — especially Carter. They were intensely involved in controlling the run game, in which opponents managed just 126 yards per contest, and often had pass-coverage responsibilities in the flats. Meanwhile, their big-play quotient was particularly high. Carter forced 3 fumbles and Bellamy had 2 huge ones — in the SEC Championship Game and against Notre Dame. Carter led the team with 3 fumble recoveries and also executed the game-saving field goal block in overtime against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. They were simply difference makers in Georgia’s most meaningful games. In the meantime, the Bulldogs also will be in transition at the “Mike,” the other inside linebacker position. Senior Reggie Carter logged the majority of time at that position, and played well. He finished with 36 tackles while starting six games and appearing in 13. He entered the season as the understudy for Natrez Patrick, but had to man the position from midseason on due to Patrick’s disciplinary suspensions. And that’s another unanswered question heading into this spring. Will Patrick, a rising senior by eligibility, be available first for spring practice and then for the 2018 season? And if so, when? Georgia has not said whether Patrick, who underwent treatment for substance abuse and missed the Bulldogs’ last two games, will be subject to any more disciplinary suspensions. Patrick missed four games in the middle of the 2017 season for violating Georgia’s marijuana-use policy for at least the second time and then was present in another marijuana-related incident with police the night after the Bulldogs’ SEC Championship Game victory. Coach Kirby Smart has never said what disciplinary measures if any will come as a result of that, but Patrick did not play during Georgia’s College Football Playoff run. If Patrick is unavailable for any games in 2018, that means the Bulldogs’ will be missing players who accounted for 33 percent — or a third — of their tackles in 2017. Now, college teams are always losing great players. It’s the cyclical nature of the game, and the departure of these young men is not unexpected. Georgia certainly has recruited well and has replacements awaiting. Monty Rice and Nate McBride are the heirs apparent inside, with several lettermen already on board and Quay Walker and Channing Tindall coming in this latest recruiting class. Same thing with Adam Anderson, Brenton Cox, Azeez Olujari and Otis Reese joining the competition with D’Andre Walker and Walter Grant at outside linebacker. But, lest we forget, as good as Smith, Carter and Bellamy were, it took them all some time to reach the level they played at last season. And there is also some transition taking place on the defensive line, where John Atkins and Trent Thompson tied up blockers to the benefit of those who played behind them. There will probably be some growing pains for Georgia at linebacker. The Bulldogs can only hope they get through them fast. The post Linebacker a major concern for Georgia Bulldogs heading into spring ball appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — “I didn’t think the championship game was officiated very well.” That quote came from a former SEC head coach, who was among a few asked to assess the job that Big Ten officials did in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. These coaches asked not to be identified because they still have connections and interests in the business both with fellow coaches and with football officials. That request was granted in the interest of gaining unfettered opinion about what they saw unfold from an officiating standpoint when Alabama and Georgia played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Jan. 8. Any coach will tell you, “You’re going to get some bad calls” in football. That goes for any sport really. Officials are human beings like everybody else and they will make mistakes. And instant replay won’t be available to bail them out in every case. “The key is overcoming them,” they say. But that’s easier said than done when those bad calls seem to come in droves, which seemed to be the case for the Georgia Bulldogs when they faced Alabama in the title game. There were at least three calls — or non-calls — that were fairly egregious and went against Georgia in the game. All of them came in the second half, and one, in particular, was potentially devastating to the Bulldogs’ cause. The overturned blocked punt: Georgia led 13-0 when Alabama had to punt from its own 24 after its first possession of the second half. The punt was blocked by Georgia’s Tyler Simmons at the 14-yard line, but the play was quickly whistled dead. That’s the one that will forever wake up Georgia coach Kirby Smart — and Simmons — in the middle of the night. Simmons, a wide receiver by trade, was playing a defensive back role on the left side of the Bulldogs punt-return formation when the call came in for “punt block.” Simmons’ assignment is to blitz the punter from several yards behind the line of scrimmage, getting a running start before the snap of the ball. Sensing he may be crossing the line too soon, Simmons hopped in the air about the time of the snap. Replays show he hadn’t entered the neutral zone, but the Bulldogs were flagged for being offsides, Alabama was rewarded with 5 yards and then got off a 54-yard punt from the 29. “The official saw how far [Simmons] moved, so he probably thought he couldn’t help but be offsides, in his mind,” one former SEC coach said. “But he obviously didn’t realize how far off the line 87 was when he started. It was a reaction to what he thought he saw instead of actually seeing it. If you look back at it, it was just a good, well-timed play.” Said another SEC coach: “The blocked-punt call was inexcusable. They actually missed two calls on that play.” Replays show at least three Alabama players moved early on the play. So even if Georgia hadn’t been awarded possession deep in Crimson Tide territory, at the least Alabama should’ve been flagged for false start and forced to rekick from the 19-yard line. “There’s nothing in football like a blocked kick,” one coach said of the potential effect on the game. “You’re giving up at least 40 yards of field position if nothing else. It’s demoralizing to the other team. So that was huge. It’s the difference in at least 3 points and maybe more. Georgia was up pretty good at that point.” The unflagged facemask penalty: Georgia lost yardage on its ensuing offensive possession. The Bulldogs faced second-and-13 from the 33 when Jake Fromm threw a screen pass to D’Andre Swift. Swift was tackled for an 8-yard loss by Isaiah Buggs. But everybody in the stadium saw that Buggs had Swift by the facemask. Everybody but referee Dan Capron, that is.   It was an egregious miss and a potentially devastating one for Georgia since it would have had the ball first-and-10 at its own 48 rather than third-and-21 from the 25. But coaches give the officials a pass on this one as it looks like the referee was actually screened during the time Buggs actually had hold of Swift’s facemask. “Those are going to happen,” one coach said. “Everybody’s moving, and there’s so many bang-bang plays in there everywhere they’re trying to keep their eyes on. He just didn’t see it.” The Illegal Motion. Calvin Ridley hauled in a game-tying, 7-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-4 with 3:49 to play. But the receiver lined up outside of Ridley appears to have started up field before the snap of the ball. Neither the line judge nor the side judge, field judge or back judge picked it up. Had that play been called properly, Alabama should have been flagged for false start or illegal motion and backed up 5 yards, where it would’ve faced fourth-and-9 from the 12. Coach Nick Saban may have still elected to go for the touchdown but more than likely would’ve settled for a 29-yard field-goal try. Andy Pappanastos would miss a 36-yard potential game-winner at the end of regulation. “That’s another one that you just don’t know what they were thinking,” one coach said. “You’re having to make a judgment about whether they’re set or not. I guess he thought he was set.” There were at least two other major non-calls that worked in Alabama’s favor in the game, when a linebacker shoved Fromm’s head at the end of a tackle and another Alabama player punched a Georgia player. Nevertheless, these coaches don’t believe there was some sort of conspiracy for Alabama or against Georgia. They seem to think there is just an unintentional bias that naturally occurs toward the perennial championship teams in sports. “This is my experience: They get the benefit of the doubt,” a now-retired SEC coach said. “People on the Alabama side will disagree with you, but I’ve seen it. Because they’re Bama, because they’re a great team, I’m just saying, if you go back and study every game, especially the big ones, they just lean that way.” The post Yes, Big Ten officials definitely hurt Georgia’s cause in championship game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS---Down by one run in the bottom of the ninth, the Georgia Bulldogs plated two runs earning a 4-3 walk-off win in the rubber game of the 2018 season series opener against Georgia Southern Sunday at Foley Field.   Bulldogs’ starting pitcher Chase Adkins dominated the Eagle lineup turning in six innings of two-hit shutout baseball, striking out eight hitters, and walking just one. After allowing two men to reach in the first inning with two-outs, Adkins settled into a groove retiring 15 consecutive hitters before allowing a two out double in the sixth inning.   The Bulldogs struck first breaking the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mason Meadows patiently led off the inning with a walk and with two outs senior left fielder Keegan McGovern smashed a homerun over the wall in center field giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.   Georgia Southern (1-2) would respond in the top of the eighth with three runs of their own scoring on a single, hit by pitch and walk with bases loaded to take a 3-2 lead heading to the ninth inning.   Bulldog first basemen Patrick Sullivan started the rally in the final frame with a leadoff single. Pinch hitter Trey Logan reached on an error and right fielder Tucker Bradley drew a one out walk to load the bases. Keegan McGovern followed with his 100thcareer walk which tied the game, and the next batter Cam Shepherd delivered a sacrifice fly to right field deep enough to score pinch runner Cole Tate giving the Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) their first series win of the season. Zac Kristofak was the winning pitching of record recording two innings of relief, allowing no runs, striking out two.    Dawg Tracks -Cam Shepherd’s walk-off sacrifice fly gave the Bulldogs their first walk-off win since Michael Curry’s RBI single in a 1-0 win against Lipscomb on March 12th, 2016. -Michael Curry (2-for-4) had his second multi-hit game of the season. He had 18 last season. -Chase Adkins retired 15 straight batters before allowing a two out double in the sixth inning. -With his 7th inning homerun Keegan McGovern recorded his first multi-hit game of the year and is the only Bulldogs to hit safely in all three games this season. -McGovern drove in 3 Bulldog runs for his first multi RBI game of the 2018 campaign. He had three all of last season. -With the series win Georgia improves to 53-37 all-time series against the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Bulldogs have now won the last three series against Georgia Southern including two season opening series wins.   Coaches Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On today’s walk-off victory…   'Really good character win for our team. When we didn't score in the first inning I thought we got a little bit tight. Bases loaded when you don't score it's tough. Chase Adkins did a great job of keeping us in that game. He kept it scoreless and Keegan got that homerun, I wish it would've been the game winner but Zac Kristofak kept it where it was and threw a zero up in the ninth. Patrick Sullivan and Trey Logan and Tucker Maxwell all had really nice at bats and then Cam Shepherd does what he does, he barreled a ball up and Cole Tate, a freshman, did a great job of tagging up at third base. That was a really good team win, and a really good character win for our team.'    Player’s Perspective Senior RHP Chase Adkins On his dominant outing… 'I guess I felt pretty good, my mindset was there, all five of my pitches were working. When all five pitches are working it's going to be a bad day for the other team so I just like to keep the confidence going.'   On the team’s mindset after trailing heading to the ninth inning: 'It's definitely different than last year. When we came back in the dugout after Zac threw that scoreless ninth inning I think everyone in the dugout knew we were about to win. There's just a different vibe around the team.'   Next Up The Bulldogs will travel to Kennesaw Sate (1-3) to take on the Owls Tuesday at 5pm.
  • Bubba Watson was feeling low about his health and even worse about his golf. It reached a point that he wondered if he would ever win again, and he says he talked with his wife on a dozen occasions about retiring. Being back at Riviera changed his outlook and made him a winner again. Watson stayed in the game with three key putts early on the back nine, then fulfilled a playful pledge he forgot he even made on the par-3 14th by holing a bunker shot for birdie that allowed him to seize control Sunday in the Genesis Open. He never gave anyone a chance the rest of the way, closing with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Tony Finau and Kevin Na. Watson won for the first time in two years, his longest drought of the decade. He joined Lloyd Mangrum and Ben Hogan as three-time winners at Riviera. And he won for the 10th time in his PGA Tour career, an important milestone to him. 'Nobody thought that Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Florida, would ever get to 10 wins. Let's be honest,' Watson said. 'Without lessons, head case, hooking the ball, slicing the ball, can't putt, you know?' He put on a clinic at Riviera, somehow managed to keep his focus, carved shots around, over and through the trees, and he made all the right putts. Watson talks the way he hits the ball — all over the map — and he was particularly elusive about what caused him to lose so much weight last year. He says he reached close to 160 pounds, which he says affected his game and ultimately his confidence. 'I'm here. I'm healthy,' he said. 'There are people that are a lot sicker than me in this world, so the illness is nothing.' Watson, who finished at 12-under 272, moved from No. 117 to No. 41 in the world, making him eligible for the World Golf Championship in Mexico in two weeks. Na hit a wedge close to perfection from the worst angle on the reachable par-4 10th hole for a birdie and two-putted for birdie on the 11th to briefly take the lead. He fell back with consecutive bogeys from the trees and shot 69. Finau lurked all day. His last chance was an eagle putt on the 17th that stopped inches short of the hole. Patrick Cantlay had a one-shot lead going to the back nine until he ran into tree trouble on the 12th and 13th holes. The UCLA alum could do no better than pars the rest of the way for a 71 to tie for fourth with Scott Stallings (68). Phil Mickelson also was in the hunt. He was within one shot of the lead when he hit a 4-iron from a deep bunker on the 15th hole to just right of the green. But he went after birdie and watched the ball roll 20 feet down the hill, leading to bogey. Mickelson shot 68 and tied for sixth. Coming off good weeks at Phoenix and Pebble Beach, Mickelson has three straight top 10s for the first time since 2009. The biggest moment for Watson involved his desperation to find a bathroom after they teed off on the 14th. Cameron Smith, who shot 71 and tied for sixth, told him there was one off the 15th tee and he was only a couple of shots away. 'I said, 'Nah, I'm just going to hole it and go to the bathroom.' And then I holed it,' he said. His caddie, Ted Scott, mentioned before Watson stepped into the bunker that he hadn't holed out in some time, so after the ball splashed out of the sand and rolled against the pin before dropping, he turned to Scott and said, 'You called it.' Smith came over and told Watson, 'You called it.' By then, Watson had forgotten their conversation. No matter. He never came close to bogey until it didn't matter, and he holed an 8-foot par putt on the 18th. The tears began flowing moments later. 'You never know if you're going to play good again,' Watson said as his voice choked. 'You never know if you're going to lift the trophy.' It was that four-hole stretch that carried him — a 10-foot birdie putt after hitting his approach into the bunker on the par-5 11th; the 8-foot par save after coming up short on No. 12; another 8-foot save on No. 13 when another shot came up short; and the bunker shot on the 14th. 'It went real fast where I went from losing to winning,' he said. With that, he wrapped up another fun-filled week in L.A. He won Riviera with a 64-64 weekend in 2014. He won Riviera in 2016 while filming a cameo in 'Girl Meets World.' This time he made a cameo in the NBA All-Star celebrity game, which included an infamous highlight of Tracy McGrady rejecting his shot . The distractions helped. The health helped even more. As for that retirement talk? 'I was close,' he said. 'My wife was not close. My wife basically told me to quit whining and play golf. I would rather be healthy than play golf, so that's what I was focusing on. I was focusing on the wrong things. Pitiful me, not how beautiful my life was.
  • Georgia men’s basketball will play Tennessee on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in Athens. Find below the game time, TV channel and how to watch online. ATHENS ― Georgia basketball (14-11, 5-8 SEC) is fighting like mad just to get to .500 in SEC play and keep its flickering postseason hopes alive. Tennessee (19-6, 9-4) is striving to stay on top and forge a Top 4 finish in the league to set itself up for a postseason run. Both teams have only five regular-season games left in which to do it – two of them against each other. Something’s got to give. The first matchup is Saturday at UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum. And while that hasn’t exactly been a house of horrors for visiting opponents ― the Dogs are 9-3 at home ― the Volunteers are vulnerable away from Thompson-Boling Arena. They’re 6-3 in road games and lost to Alabama by 28 points the last time they ventured out of Knoxville. So, they can be had. Without a doubt, though, Georgia and coach Mark Fox need this one worse. An NCAA favorite when the season started, the Bulldogs haven’t played like an NCAA Tournament team since mid-January, dropping six of seven games. But that was before pulling off an overtime stunner over Florida on Wednesday night. The 72-69 victory was Georgia’s first in Gainesville since 2002. It was made possible only after the Bulldogs wiped out a 7-point deficit in the final 90 seconds and got a pair of 3-pointers from star forward Yante Maten in the last 15 seconds of regulation to force overtime. “Yante’s a winner,” Fox said after the game, in which Maten finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. “Most people just see him play. They don’t know him as a young man. He’s a terrific person and he’s a great Georgia Bulldog and that was obviously a great shot at the end.” The Bulldogs’ victory moved them from up to 69 from 83 in RPI. Tennessee, meanwhile, is a solid 13. SEC Network broadcasters no doubt will focus on the front-court matchup of Maten – the SEC’s leading scorer and rebounder at 19.5 and 8.7 per game – against Tennessee forward Grant Williams, the Volunteers’ leading scorer and rebounder at 16.2 and 6.0. “I’m not sure there are two better power forwards anywhere right now,” Fox said. But for the Bulldogs, it’s all about what they get out of anybody else. Five Georgia players scored in double figures against the Gators, which was an anomaly. The Bulldogs have had little in the way of consistent offense outside of Maten, who remains their only player among the top 48 scorers in the SEC. Meanwhile, Georgia hasn’t gotten nearly enough help beyond the arc. The Vols have four of the SEC’s top 20 3-point shooters and have recorded 53 more 3-point baskets than the Bulldogs’ 149. Georgia brought sophomore Tyree Crump off the bench to relieve an injured Turtle Jackson and played him 26 minutes against the Gators. He responded with three 3s and scored 13 points to provide some perimeter scoring pop and added five assists. The Bulldogs will need similar production versus the Volunteers Saturday. Georgia-Tennessee basketball: Game info, details Time: Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET Date: February 17, 2018 Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens. Records: Georgia 14-11 overall, 5-8 SEC; Tennessee 19-6 overall, 9-4 SEC. How can I watch the game? The game can be watched on SEC Network. How can I live stream the game? The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.) Projected Bulldogs starting lineup Guard: Sophomore Tyree Crump Guard: Senior Juwan Parker Forward: Freshman Nicolas Claxton Forward: Senior Yante Maten Forward: Freshman Rayshaun Hammonds What’s next for Georgia? Georgia plays South Carolina on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C. The post Georgia-Tennessee basketball: Time, TV, how to watch online (February 17, 2018) appeared first on DawgNation.