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    The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Midday' game were: 8-3-9-8 (eight, three, nine, eight)
  • The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game were: 3-4-9-0-8 (three, four, nine, zero, eight)
  • The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Midday' game were: 8-0-0 (eight, zero, zero)
  • The fear of the unknown pushed running back Elijah Holyfield into the NFL draft instead of returning for his senior season at Georgia. His slow 40-yard times make that decision look like a risky gamble in this week's draft. Holyfield was timed at 4.78 seconds in the 40 at the NFL combine. He needed to improve that time at Georgia's pro day last month but instead was even slower at 4.81 seconds. Holyfield hopes the traits he inherited from his father, former four-time boxing champion Evander Holyfield — toughness, great balance, off-the-charts work ethic — will overcome the big negative that now overshadows his draft outlook. The 40 times were so slow that some draft projections say Holyfield's best hope may be to be picked in the sixth or seven rounds or be invited to camp as a free agent. 'I try not to worry about it,' Holyfield said after the pro day workout. 'I have confidence in myself. I can play football. I might not carry the fastest 40 in the world but I can play football better than a lot of people.' Holyfield described the criticisms about his workouts off the field as 'extra talk.' 'I'm a guy who likes to play football, not all the other stuff that comes with it,' he said. Holyfield (5-10, 217) overcame his lack of speed with his strong, punishing running style last season. He ran for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Georgia's other top back, super-quick D'Andre Swift , had almost identical statistics, averaging 6.4 yards per carry while running for 1,049 yards. Holyfield broke free for a career-long 66-yarder against Middle Tennessee State but didn't score on the play. After the game, he said the advice from his father was 'trust your speed.' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Holyfield will be successful on Sundays. 'Elijah is going to be a great pro,' Smart said. 'Elijah brings a lot to a team. He brings toughness, he brings a demeanor about him. He loves the work. He was the last guy off the field every day here. He wanted to catch extra balls. He's done a tremendous job in our program and he's going to do the same thing in that organization.' Holyfield said it wasn't an easy decision to enter the draft . Ultimately, he would have faced the same questions about his lack of speed if he had waited until after his senior season. 'It was very close,' Holyfield said of his decision, adding he was swayed by 'not knowing things that can happen next season as far as injuries and doing better than I did this past season. I thought it would be a better decision for me to go to the NFL.' Just as his dad was difficult to bring down in a boxing ring, Holyfield is tough to tackle because of his balance. He is not shifty like Swift but can spin off would-be tacklers. He lost only one fumble in his three seasons. Will those strengths persuade a general manager to overlook the slow 40 time? LSU's Nick Brossette (4.72) was the only other back to run the 40 in more than 4.7 seconds at the combine. Another question is Holyfield's potential as a receiver out of the backfield — he had only five catches last season. The Atlanta Falcons need help at running back , so general manager Thomas Dimitroff had good reason to examine Holyfield closely at the combine and Georgia's pro day. 'Of course it's a concern and it depends on an organization and how high you determine that to be sort of a guiding light,' Dimitroff said when asked about the 40. 'Obviously he's a good football player. So you know we have to keep an eye on that. He's a good football player and knows how to play this game.' Smart said Holyfield would be a good pick for an NFL team. 'The stripes of a player don't change when he goes to the next level,' Smart said. 'I know he's going to convert what he's done well here into the same thing there.' ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Jury selection has begun in the trial of an aspiring agent and a former amateur coach charged with bribing big-school coaches to boost their business relationship with amateur basketball players. The trial of business manager Christian Dawkins and ex-amateur league director Merl Code began Monday in Manhattan federal court. Testimony in a trial projected to last two weeks will surround bribes paid to an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina and later Oklahoma State University, an assistant coach at the University of Arizona and an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. Those now ex-coaches have pleaded guilty to charges and await sentencing. Judge Edgardo Ramos told prospective jurors that the scandal also affected Creighton University and Texas Christian University. Code and Dawkins have pleaded not guilty.
  • Now that spring practice has ended, here's a list of Southeastern Conference players who are poised to break out this fall. Classes listed are their classes in the fall. EASTERN DIVISION FLORIDA AMARI BURNEY, LB, Soph. — Burney, a converted safety, takes over for NFL-bound Vosean Joseph at the all-important 'star' position in Florida's defense. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound sophomore can chase down ball carriers, run with receivers and blitz off the edge — the kind of versatility that will keep offenses guessing. Joseph led Florida with 93 tackles last season — nine for loss — and had five pass breakups. Burney could be even better. GEORGIA DEMETRIS ROBERTSON, WR, Jr. — This former five-star recruit started his career at California. He had four carries for 109 yards and no catches last year in his first season at Georgia but has won compliments from coach Kirby Smart this spring. The 6-foot Robertson has a great opportunity for playing time now that Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman have left school early to enter the draft. KENTUCKY JAMAR 'BOOGIE' WATSON, OLB, Jr. — Watson will be Kentucky's main edge rusher this fall now that 2018 All-America selection and SEC defensive player of the year Josh Allen has left for the NFL. Watson recorded five sacks last year to rank second on the team behind Allen's 17. Watson capped a solid spring by recovering a fumble in the spring game. MISSOURI JORDAN ELLIOTT, DT, Jr. — This Texas transfer showed his potential last year when he recorded three sacks in the regular-season finale against Arkansas and was named SEC defensive player of the week. He followed that up with a productive spring and should emerge as one of Missouri's top defensive players. SOUTH CAROLINA ZACCH PICKENS, DT, Fr. — Pickens is an early enrollee who drew rave reviews this spring. Pickens was the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 8 overall prospect in his high school class according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. He is South Carolina's most highly rated signee since Jadeveon Clowney arrived on campus eight years ago. TENNESSEE WANYA MORRIS, OT, Fr. — Morris has a legitimate shot to begin his college career as Tennessee's starting left tackle. The early enrollee spent spring practice working with the first-team offensive line. Tennessee signed two five-star offensive tackle prospects by adding Morris and Darnell Wright, who won't arrive on campus until this summer. It wouldn't be a surprise if both end up starting. VANDERBILT RILEY NEAL, QB, Sr. — Neal started 32 games at Ball State before heading to the SEC as a graduate transfer. He is competing with Deuce Wallace for the right to replace four-year starter Kyle Shurmur as Vanderbilt's starting quarterback. Neal split first-team reps with Wallace during spring practice. WESTERN DIVISION ALABAMA LaBRYAN RAY, DE, Jr. — Ray could be the Crimson Tide's next breakout defensive lineman. The former five-star recruit had 39 tackles and 2½ sacks last season and is a likely starter opposite Raekwon Davis. Alabama's defensive line must replace All-America tackle Quinnen Williams and AP second-team all-SEC end Isaiah Buggs. ARKANSAS TREY KNOX, WR, Fr. — This 6-5 freshman should provide an immediate impact for an Arkansas offense that needs more weapons with the Razorbacks coming off a 2-10 season. In the spring game, Knox caught three passes for 57 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown. AUBURN SETH WILLIAMS, WR, Soph. — The 6-3 Williams emerged as a playmaker his freshman season and appears poised for an even bigger role this year following the departures of Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton. Williams was the offensive most valuable player of the spring game, with four catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns. LSU DEREK STINGLEY JR., CB, Fr. — Stingley should continue LSU's tradition as Defensive Back U. The former five-star recruit will enter August camp as LSU's No. 1 punt returner and will compete with sophomore Kelvin Joseph for a starting cornerback spot opposite Kristian Fulton. He picked off a pass in the spring game. MISSISSIPPI ELIJAH MOORE, WR, Soph. — Moore managed to get considerable playing time during his freshman season as part of a loaded group of receivers that included A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge. Now those guys are gone and Moore will be one of the Rebels' main options. MISSISSIPPI STATE ERROLL THOMPSON, LB, Jr. — Thompson was very good last season and delivered 87 tackles, but he was a little overshadowed on a defense that also had potential first-round draft picks Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons. Now that Sweat and Simmons have departed, Thompson has a chance to move into the SEC's elite as a leader of the Bulldogs' defense. TEXAS A&M BOBBY BROWN III, DL, Soph. — Brown played well enough in a reserve role as a freshman to be named the Aggies' top defensive newcomer at the team's banquet. The 6-4, 325-pound Brown figures to take on a much a larger role this fall. Brown and returning starter Justin Madubuike should give Texas A&M a dynamic tandem at defensive tackle. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Demetris Robertson had four carries for 109 yards and no catches, not four catches for 109 yards, last year. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago. It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this year. Last year's Associated Press All-America team featured six defensive linemen or linebackers from the SEC: Alabama's Quinnen Williams, Kentucky's Josh Allen, LSU's Devin White, Mississippi State teammates Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons and Florida's Jachai Polite. All of them left for the NFL. Now a conference that prides itself on producing great defensive linemen and linebackers must find candidates to replace all the guys entering the pros. Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt doesn't expect that to be a major problem. 'There won't be a drop-off of defensive football in this league,' said Pruitt, a former Alabama defensive coordinator. 'Guys in this league recruit too well. Lots of teams have depth, so there's always elite pass rushers in this league.' The SEC's definitely losing some elite defenders. ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay did a combined mock draft last week that had Allen, Williams, White and Sweat all getting taken within the first eight overall picks and Simmons going later in the first round. But there's still plenty of talent left. Alabama's Raekwon Davis and Auburn's Derrick Brown earned second-team all-SEC honors from the AP last season. The two linemen enter the summer as legitimate All-America candidates as they attempt to lead their teams. 'That's the whole reason I came back, to teach the younger guys and just help the team (as much) as I can, to the best of my ability,' Davis said. Tennessee outside linebacker Darrell Taylor had eight sacks in 2018 - the most of any returning SEC player - but must get more consistent after collecting seven of those sacks in just two games. Texas A&M returns Justin Madubuike, who had 10 ½ tackles for loss and 5 ½ sacks last year. According to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports, Georgia signed the nation's top high school prospect in outside linebacker Nolan Smith and the No. 1 junior-college recruit in outside linebacker Jermaine Johnson. Missouri's Jordan Elliott is another player to watch. The SEC also should get breakthrough seasons from plenty of pass rushers who haven't yet made names for themselves. That happens just about every year in the SEC. 'The biggest thing that sticks out in the SEC on the front four is the athleticism,' Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead said. 'On a consistent basis, there are guys who can stop the run, rush the passer and do some unique things from a blend of size and skill that you don't find many other places.' Here are some other SEC stories to watch. NO NEW HEAD COACHES Nobody in the SEC had to worry about adjusting to a new head coach this spring. After five of the league's 14 members had new coaches in 2018, the league didn't make any head coaching changes this offseason. This shapes up as the first season since 2006 in which the SEC has no first-year coaches. FAMILIAR FAVORITES Alabama and Georgia faced off in last season's SEC championship game after the Crimson Tide edged the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff championship game a year earlier. Those two teams could meet in December again this season as they'll head into the fall as clear favorites in their respective divisions. EXPERIENCED EAST QBs Every team in the SEC East has a quarterback who has started at least 13 games. Returning starters in the East include South Carolina's Jake Bentley (32 career starts), Georgia's Jake Fromm (28), Florida's Feleipe Franks (21) and Kentucky's Terry Wilson (13). Missouri's top candidate to replace four-year starter Drew Lock is graduate transfer Kelly Bryant, who started 18 games at Clemson. Ball State graduate transfer Riley Neal, who made 32 starts at his former school, is competing with Deuce Wallace for the right to take over for four-year starter Kyle Shurmur at Vanderbilt. QB COMPETITIONS IN WEST With so many experienced quarterbacks in the East, most of the notable quarterback competitions are in the West. Auburn has freshman early enrollee Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood seeking the job. Mississippi State is choosing between Keytaon Thompson and Jalen Mayden. SMU transfer Ben Hicks worked out with Arkansas this spring and will receive a challenge from Texas A&M transfer Nick Starkel this summer. COORDINATOR MOVES SEC teams made changes at nearly 40 percent of the offensive and defensive coordinator positions during the offseason. Ole Miss made two high-profile hires by bringing in former Power Five head coaches Rich Rodriguez as offensive coordinator and Mike MacIntyre as defensive coordinator. Alabama brought back former Washington and Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator. Former Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney left for the same position at Tennessee. ___ AP sports writer David Brandt in Starkville, Mississippi, contributed to this report. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • A 22-year-old University of Georgia student was shot during an armed robbery in Athens, according to police. Athens-Clarke County police say they were called to the shooting on South Milledge Avenue near the 10 Loop just after 7:15 a.m. Monday. Shortly after, they received another call about an armed robbery at the same location. We have a reporter and photographer on the scene where police plan to hold a news conference to release more information within the next hour. WATCH it LIVE on WSBTV.com and stay with Channel 2 Action News for LIVE reports as this story develops. Channel 2 Action News obtained an email to students, faculty and staff Monday morning, in which a school official said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia State Patrol are assisting the Athens Clarke County Police Department in investigating the two armed robberies that happened just off campus. #Breaking Witnesses tell me the UGA student was shot at this off campus bus stop. They told me they heard two gunshots then ran outside and saw the victim. More at noon. — Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) April 22, 2019 TRENDING STORIES: ‘Armed and extremely dangerous': Police search for gunman who ambushed officer Church pays $120K to bail out first-time offenders for Easter ‘You told me to': Video shows Charlotte police officer kill man following orders to drop gun The student was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 'I was just laying in bed and I heard 'pow pow' and I was like 'whoa,' and it was (really) sad,' student Zac Ethridge said. 'We are deeply saddened by these tragic and shocking events,' the email said. Police are searching for a black male with dreads or twists driving an early 2000 model white Ford Mustang convertible with a tan roof.
  • These Georgia lotteries were drawn Sunday: QD-3C-7C-9H-5S (QD, 3C, 7C, 9H, 5S) 06-07-08-10-11-13-14-18-20-21-22-24 (six, seven, eight, ten, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-four) 02-05-07-11-12-13-15-16-20-21-22-23 (two, five, seven, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three) 01-03-05-08-10-11-15-17-18-20-21-22 (one, three, five, eight, ten, eleven, fifteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two) 04-05-07-08-10-11-12-15-16-17-19-24 (four, five, seven, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-four) 8-4-3 (eight, four, three) 7-2-0 (seven, two, zero) 6-7-9 (six, seven, nine) 3-7-4-6 (three, seven, four, six) 7-9-7-6 (seven, nine, seven, six) 5-8-7-7 (five, eight, seven, seven) 16-26-30-38-39 (sixteen, twenty-six, thirty, thirty-eight, thirty-nine) Estimated jackpot: $374,000 1-5-5-1-5 (one, five, five, one, five) 2-3-1-6-0 (two, three, one, six, zero) Estimated jackpot: $192 million Estimated jackpot: $150 million
  • The winning numbers in Monday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Morning' game were: 02-03-05-09-11-12-15-16-19-22-23-24 (two, three, five, nine, eleven, twelve, fifteen, sixteen, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four)