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    Baseball players may get a little more sleep when traveling after Sunday night games next year. ESPN plans to announce it will move up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. EDT. The network intends to make the announcement on Monday at the winter meetings, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the announcement had not yet been made. Philadelphia hosts Atlanta in the first Sunday night game next season on March 31, the second game of a television doubleheader that begins with Texas playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Among other Sunday night games next year will be a World Series rematch between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston at Fenway Park on July 14, three games between the Red Sox and New York Yankees (June 2 and Aug. 4 in the Bronx, July 28 in Boston) and the Little League Classic with Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs playing Aug. 18 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. ESPN started the 'Sunday Night Baseball' telecast in 1990, and it developed in a showcase time slot. It nearly always is the only game scheduled for that time. But players who had to travel after games complained they reached the next city at dawn, disrupting their sleep schedules ahead of the next series against an opponent that usually has more rest. Major League Baseball has been more cognizant of player health issues in recent years. As part of the collective bargaining agreement that started in 2017, baseball scheduled earlier start times for many weekday games on getaway days beginning last season. MLB also is nearing an announcement on broadcast coverage for its first games in Britain, between the champion Red Sox and the Yankees on June 29 and 30. Fox is likely to televise the Saturday game and ESPN the Sunday game, the person said. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Sunday named Alfonso Cuaron's deeply personal drama 'Roma' best film of the year, adding to the acclaimed film's steadily mounting honors. Cuaron's black-and-white film, a Netflix release, has been cleaning up many of the top prizes of awards season. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and likewise topped the New York Film Critics Circle. 'Roma' is widely expected to land Netflix its first best-picture nomination at the Academy Awards. The Los Angeles critics , which announced their awards on Twitter, also awarded best cinematography to Cuaron. But it notably deviated from the 'Roma' drumbeat in the directing category. Instead, Debra Granik ('Winter's Bone') was named best director for her off-the-grid father-daughter drama 'Leave No Trace.' Critics groups can influence the larger Oscars race, which has thus far struggled to elevate a likely female filmmaker contender, a sore point for some considering the wealth of options (including Chloe Zhao for 'The Rider' and Marielle Heller for 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?') and the historic male dominance of the category. On Thursday, the Golden Globes named an all-male field of directing nominees for the fourth time in a row, a record that has drawn increasing criticism. The LA critics named Olivia Colman ('The Favourite') best actress and Ethan Hawke ('First Reformed') best actor. Hawke was also the New York critics' choice and the winner at last month's Gotham Film Awards. Best supporting actor went to Steven Yeun for Lee Chang-dong's existential thriller 'Burning,' which was also the group's runner-up for best film. Taking best supporting actress was Regina King for Barry Jenkins' James Baldwin adaptation 'If Beale Street Could Talk.' The critics also named Sandi Tan's 'Shirkers' best documentary, the upcoming comic-book adaptation 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' best animated film and Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty's script to 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' best screenplay. Other winners included Nicholas Britell for his score to 'If Beale Street Could Talk,' Hannah Beachler for the production design on 'Black Panther' and Joshua Altman and Bing Liu for editing 'Minding the Gap,' the documentary about friends in a small Rust Belt town in Illinois. The critics will hand out their awards in a ceremony on Jan. 12. They will also honor Japanese filmmaker and animator Hayao Miyazaki — co-founder of Studio Ghibli and the maker of animated classics like 'Howls Moving Castle' and 'My Neighbor Totoro' — with their career achievement award.
  • A former Miss Kentucky was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts in Kanawha County, West Virginia, after she was caught sending nude photos of herself to a former student, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  Ramsey Bearse, 28, now a middle school science teacher outside Charleston, admitted to sending the photos to a 15-year-old ex-student after his parents found the photos on his phone and called authorities, according to The Associated Press. Bearse was the student’s teacher when he attended Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. “She is currently suspended from her teaching position,” according to a Facebook post from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. After her arraignment on the felony counts, Bearse was released on a $10,000 bond. The charges carry a maximum fine of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, The Washington Post reported. It’s unclear if Bearse may have sent explicit photos to other students. The sheriff’s office urged anyone with additional information on the Bearse case or similar cases to contact authorities. >> Trending: Playboy playmate under fire for posing nude on sacred New Zealand volcano The University of Kentucky graduate won the Miss Kentucky pageant and competed in the Miss America pageant in 2014 under her maiden name, Carpenter. Bearse, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, used her Miss America platform four years ago to raise awareness of the disease.
  • In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film 'Aquaman' arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters. For the second week in a row, no new wide releases opened in North American theaters, allowing Disney's animated sequel to again lead domestic ticket sales with $16.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The top six films at the box office were all unchanged. Universal's 'The Grinch,' still a major draw in its fifth weekend, trailed in second with $15.2 million. But the weekend's biggest new arrival was in China, where Warner Bros.' 'Aquaman' debuted with $93.6 million in ticket sales. That marked a new opening-weekend record for both Warner Bros. and DC in China. Considering the checkered recent history of DC films ('Justice League,' ''Suicide Squad'), the big launch in China was a promising sign for the spinoff starring Jason Momoa. 'Adding to the success of 'Wonder Woman,' this is a really solid performance and portends big numbers for North America in two weeks when it opens,' said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. 'This is a movie, along with 'Mary Poppins Returns' and 'Bumblebee' and other movies, that's going to give December that boost that a 'Star Wars' movie would give us.' 'Aquaman' will expand to 40 international countries next week and arrive in North American theaters Dec. 21. 'Aquaman' wasn't the only big-budget holiday season release receiving a lift this week. Paramount's 'Transformers' prequel 'Bumblebee' played a one-night sneak preview in 326 theaters nationwide ahead of its Dec. 21 release. Paramount declined to share ticket figures but domestic distribution chief Kyle Davies said theaters were mostly sold out. Perhaps more importantly, the film directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld aided its word of mouth with largely glowing reviews — a rarity for the 'Transformers' franchise. Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns,' due out Dec. 19, also helped its cause with four Golden Globe nominations Thursday, including best picture, comedy or musical, and acting nods for Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The feel-good interracial road trip period tale 'Green Book' fared even better at the Globes (five nominations, including best picture, comedy or musical, and acting nods for Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen) and had good results at the box office to show for it. In its fourth week of release, 'Green Book' held with a rare 0 percent drop, earning $3.9 million in 1,181 theaters. It has grossed $20 million in total. Yorgos Lanthimos' comic period drama 'The Favourite' continued to pick up steam. The acclaimed Fox Searchlight release, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, expanded into 91 theaters over the weekend to gross $1.4 million ($15,000 per theater). A more traditional royal drama, 'Mary Queen of Scots,' also opened strongly in limited release. The Focus Features title, starring Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I, debuted in four theaters with a robust $50,045 per-theater average. Lis Bunnell, president of distribution for Focus, said the film's modern spin 'made it resonate with audiences in a powerful way paralleling so much of what is still going on today for women.' Also opening in limited release were 'Ben Is Back,' the family addiction drama with Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges (a $20,243 per-theater average in four theaters), and the caustic pop music critique 'Vox Lux,' with Natalie Portman (a $27,000 per-theater average in six theaters). To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's 'Schindler's List,' Universal re-released the Holocaust epic in 1,029 theaters. But it failed to turn out large crowds, grossing a modest $551,000. Next weekend, the box office is expected to be significantly busier with the release of 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,' ''Once Upon a Deadpool' and Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' and 'Mortal Engines.' Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. 1. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet,' $16.1 million. 2. 'The Grinch,' $15.2 million ($25.9 million international). 3. 'Creed II,' $10.3 million ($5.2 million international). 4. 'Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald,' $6.8 million ($22 million international). 5. 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' $6 million ($29.2 million international). 6. 'Instant Family,' $5.6 million ($1.7 million international). 7. 'Green Book,' $3.9 million. 8. 'Robin Hood,' $3.6 million ($7.5 million international). 9. 'Possession of Hannah Grace,' $3.2 million ($4.8 million international). 10. 'Widows,' $3.1 million ($4.5 million international). ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore: 1. 'Aquaman,' $93.6 million. 2. 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' $29.2 million. 3. 'The Grinch,' $25.9 million. 4. 'Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald,' $22 million. 5. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet,' $18 million. 6. 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms,' $8 million. 7. 'Robin Hood,' $7.5 million. 8. 'A Cool Fish,' $6.9 million. 9. 'Door Lock,' $5.3 million. 10. 'Creed II,' $5.2 million. ___ This version corrects Ali's first name, Mahershala not Maheshala. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP
  • Actor Eddie Murphy is a father for the 10th time. The Associated Press reported Dec. 3 that the 57-year-old actor and his fiancee, Paige Butcher, welcomed a baby boy. >> Read more trending news  Murphy’s publicist said in a statement for the couple that Max Charles Murphy was born Nov. 30 and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. His middle name is a tribute to Murphy’s older brother, late comedian Charlie Murphy, who died of leukemia in 2017 at age 57. Related: Eddie Murphy to be father for the 10th time, expecting second child with girlfriend Paige Butcher Max is the second child for Butcher. She gave birth to her first child, 2-year-old daughter Izzy, in 2016. Murphy and Butcher have been together since 2012. Murphy had his first child, a son named Eric, in 1989 with ex-girlfriend Paulette McNeely. His second child, Christian, 27, was born in 1990 when Murphy was dating Tamara Hood. He has five children with his ex-wife, Nicole Mitchell: Bria, 28, Miles 25, Shayne, 23, Zola, 18, and Bella, 16. He also has an 11-year-old daughter named Angel with Mel B of the Spice Girls. The actor’s publicist said Max and Butcher are doing well.
  • Michelle Williams is no longer engaged. People reported the former Destiny’s Child singer, 38, called off her engagement to pastor and pro sports chaplain Chad Johnson, 41. The two announced their engagement in April. Williams initially announced the news in her Instagram Story on Friday. She released her new single “Fearless” that day and was reposting positive responses to the song. >> Read more trending news  “I still remain fearless,” she wrote in white text on a black background. “I guess I still remain single! Things didn’t work out. The healing that needs to take place is a must! I don’t wanna destroy another relationship. Blessings to him, his family and ministry. #FEARLESS” The post has since been deleted.  Williams and Johnson met in March 2017 at a spiritual retreat hosted by Elevate International, a Christian nonprofit organization founded by Johnson.  Related: Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams engaged to pastor Chad Johnson A year later, they were engaged, but Williams, who has publicly shared her struggle with depression, broke up with Johnson twice in three months while going through a depressive episode. Williams entered a treatment facility for a week, which was also documented on “Chad Loves Michelle,” the couple’s reality TV show on OWN. The couple also underwent intense premarital counseling and individual therapy, some of which was seen on the show. By Saturday night, Williams posted another message on Instagram Stories about the breakup. “To @elevateint, and everybody in leadership that I met through @chadjohnson77, his family and friends. I am so sorry that I couldn’t be what I desired to be to your leader. To the young ppl (and some old ones) that were hopeful and inspired by the love we had, I’m so sorry that I let you down! We were very public with our relationship, I felt it on my heart to say sorry! Chad is an awesome man with an awesome ministry and future!” Williams is currently on Broadway in the revival of “Once On This Island.” “Chad Loves Michelle” has two more episodes in its eight-episode run. Johnson has not publicly commented on the split.
  • The daughter of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' writer Frank Loesser is firing back against critics who are giving the holiday classic a frosty reception this year. >> ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ removed from radio station’s playlist Susan Loesser, 74, spoke to NBC News last week, defending the 1944 song against claims that it normalizes date rape. 'Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody,' she said Thursday. 'Way before #MeToo, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song. I would get annoyed because it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. But ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time.' >> Read more trending news  Her comments came just days after a Cleveland radio station pulled the song from its playlist, saying some of its lyrics now seem inappropriate. Although the roles are occasionally reversed, the duet usually features a woman singing, 'Say, what's in this drink?' and, 'The answer is no,' as a man urges her to stay. >> Listen to the song here 'Absolutely, I get it, but I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time,' Susan Loesser, whose father died nearly 50 years ago, told NBC News. 'People used to say, 'What's in this drink?' as a joke,' she continued. 'You know, this drink is going straight to my head, so what's in this drink? Back then, it didn't mean you drugged me. ... It was a different time.' Read more here.
  • Aquaman' star Jason Momoa isn't afraid to boogie down. The self-described Saturday Night Live 'super-nerd' delighted fans on the comedy show this week, kicking off his hosting gig with a hilarious musical moment. >> Read more trending news  After a pink-clad Momoa introduced himself ('I am so muscular to be hosting 'Saturday Night Huge'') and wowed a lovestruck Aidy Bryant by opening a pickle jar, cast members Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd tried to convince him that Parliament's 1978 hit 'Aqua Boogie' would make a great 'Aquaman' theme song. Although Momoa seemed unconvinced, that didn't stop him from singing the tune and showing off some dance moves.  >> Click here to watch
  • Royalty, Real Housewives and the fathers of two Kardashian babies were among the celebs that fanned out across Miami for a week of glamorous parties toasting the world's best artists during Art Basel. Less than 24 hours after announcing she was splitting from her husband, Cardi B was spotted Wednesday night partying at 24/7 ultra-club E11EVEN MIAMI, sporting long, rainbow streaked hair and a skin-tight black dress. She grabbed the microphone and sang along when the DJ played her hits, including 'Bodak Yellow' and 'Drip,' which features her ex, Offset. G-Eazy and Travis Scott also gave separate performances at the all-night club over the weekend. Neither Kylie Jenner nor Kanye West were with Scott when he performed on top of the DJ booth and asked the crowd to put away their cell phones so they could enjoy the moment. And at the private upstairs club at Casa Tua, Basel regular Leonardo DiCaprio hung out with U2's Bono at a late-night karaoke party where Paris Hilton and Serena Williams danced to Beyonce's 'Formation.' Downstairs at the exclusive Italian restaurant, Princess Eugenie hosted an intimate seated dinner for the London-based art gallery Hauser & Wirth where she serves as director. On Thursday night, Jennifer Lopez was spotted getting cozy with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at Prime 112 restaurant. And over at the former Versace Mansion, Creed 2 star Tessa Thompson hosted a party to announce the finalists of Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series' annual arts competition. Guests included BlacKkKlansman actress Laura Harrier, singer Teyana Taylor and former NBA champion Kevin Garnett. The girls did a quick photo shoot in Donatella Versace's former quarters. Art Basel Miami Beach, the prestigious extension of the annual contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland, didn't officially open until Thursday, but the fair has become so popular that it's spawned dozens of others around Miami along with star-studded parties days in advance. One of the biggest draws of the week was at the RC Cola Factory in Wynwood, where rappers Kanye West and Lil Wayne gave surprise performances to honor late rapper XXXTentacion for the posthumous release of his album Skin. Kanye brought down the house as he performed their new song 'One Minute' with the late rapper who was gunned down in South Florida this year. Lil Wayne performed again at an intimate party for Republic Records at the Confidante Hotel, telling the crowd he hoped they were having so much fun during the over the top week of parties that they 'don't make it back to where you're from because you just don't want to leave here.' On Saturday night, Pharrell teamed up with American Express Platinum for a private beachside concert at the swanky 1 Hotel South Beach. One of the things he loves most about Art Basel is the way it brings 'the curious youth here to see what it is you can do when you grow older if you continue to hone in on art in the way that you love it,' he said. 'I love being in an environment that fosters creativity.' The 'Happy' singer's new restaurant, Swan and Bar Bevy, proved to be one of the hottest reservations of the week. Kanye West dined there with Kim Kardashian's bestie Jonathan Cheban. Rocker Lenny Kravitz joined Pharrell one night and Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono were also seen enjoying a quiet dinner together. In South Beach, music producer Swizz Beatz' No Commission was again a magnet for big name celebs. The two-day event with Bacardi featured performances by Meek Mill, Fat Joe and A$AP Ferg at night. By day, The Dean Collection gives artists free space to exhibit their work, along with a rare deal that gives 100 percent of sales directly to the artists as part of his No Commission theme. The art aficionado, who is married to Alicia Keys, has talked about his desire to promote starving artists. Celeb supporters included supermodel Adriana Lima who was an eyeing a piece by artist Jamel Shabazz, saying it had an 'old school' feel that she thought would inspire her in her home gym when she's working out. Also spotted around town were Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel, Brooke Shields, and actress Rosario Dawson. The late night crowd headed to nightclub Rockwell, which teamed up with 1OAK for a three-night pop-up that included performances by hometown rapper Rick Ross. He brought Meek Mill onstage and the two performed their new song 'What's Free.' 'Last year this time Meek Mill was in prison. Right now he's got the album of the year,' Ross said. Courvoisier also hosted an after-hours bash in Wynwood to close out the weekend Saturday that featured art installations and a performance by rapper and avid art collector 2 Chainz. 'I get a few pieces here every year for my studio or my homes,' he said. 'I enjoy discovering new art. I enjoy discovering new artists.' ___ This story corrects Cardi B song to 'Drip' and that Taylor is a singer, not a model.
  • Author Jon Krakauer has filed suit over a musical adaptation of his 1996 book 'Into the Wild.' The Boulder Daily Camera reported Friday Krakauer originally agreed to let playwrights Nikos Tsakalakos and Janet Allard use his name and the book title but changed his mind because he objected to their script. The lawsuit asks a judge to stop the playwrights from using his name and the title. His attorneys say the agreement allows him to withdraw permission. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 30 in state court in Boulder, where Krakauer lives. The newspaper says the playwrights didn't respond to requests for comment. 'Into the Wild' recounts Christopher McCandless' death in the Alaska wilderness. Krakauer's lawsuit also names the Christopher Johnson McCandless Memorial Foundation, which had also agreed to the adaptation. ___ Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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  • The players bounced up and down on a hastily erected stage in the middle of the field, confetti falling all around as they hoisted the championship trophy. It's a familiar scene at the end of any season. Only this time, a team from Atlanta was doing the honors . The title drought in over in the A-T-L. Josef Martinez and Franco Escobar scored goals, Brad Guzan came up with a couple of clutch saves and Atlanta United gave the city its first championship since 1995 with a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final Saturday night. Cheered on by the largest crowd in franchise history, United captured the crown in just its second season to set off a huge celebration in a city that has known so much sporting heartbreak. Owner Arthur Blank lifted a trophy and got soaked with champagne — less than two years after his other team, the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, squandered a 25-point lead in an epic Super Bowl collapse. 'My first night in my new house in Atlanta, I went to bed at halftime of the Super Bowl,' defender Jeff Larentowicz said. 'I woke up and I read the headlines and I couldn't believe what I saw.' Now, United had written a new headline. Champs . 'Hopefully, we can transcend that past,' Larentowicz said, 'and move on to a new future for the city.' Martinez, capping the greatest goal-scoring season in MLS history, put United ahead in 39th minute. Escobar added an insurance goal in the 54th, turning the final minutes into a raucous, flag-waving celebration and sending coach Tata Martino out with a title in his final game as coach. He's reportedly headed to Mexico to take over as that country's national coach. 'If I had to choose the way to leave somewhere, this is the best way,' Martino said. 'This is the way I wanted it to happen.' Atlanta reveled in its first title since the Braves won the 1995 World Series — a gap of 8,442 days, for those counting. 'Most of us aren't from here, so we don't know the pain that they've been through,' said United captain Michael Parkhurst, who finally broke his own drought after playing on four runner-up teams. 'I'm just happy that we could come through for them tonight. I know there were a lot of anxious and stressed-out fans.' After a surprising run in the playoffs, the Timbers were denied their second MLS championship after winning the cup in 2015. They prevailed on the road at Dallas, Seattle and Kansas City before coming up short in Atlanta. 'I'm extremely proud of the work we've had the entire season,' coach Giovanni Savaarese said. 'To be able to get to the MLS Cup, we played a lot of difficult teams.' Since major league sports came to Atlanta in 1966, the only other team to win a championship in one of the five major sports also came on the soccer pitch. The Atlanta Chiefs claimed the title in the North American Soccer League's inaugural season in 1968. While that team laid the groundwork, Atlanta United carried the sport to unprecedented levels in North America. The team shattered the MLS attendance record a year ago in its first season, and then took the mark even higher by averaging more than 53,000 per game this year — a level of support that would fit right in with the Premier League or La Liga. The crowd of 73,019 on Saturday easily eclipsed the previous record for an MLS Cup — 61,316 at New England's Gillette Stadium in 2002. Almost as soon as the final whistle blew, a victory parade through the streets of Atlanta was announced for Monday. Queen's 'We Are The Champions' blared throughout Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'The first goal is always going to be massive one way or the other,' Guzan said. 'The second one really broke their backs.' United kept the ball in Portland's end of the field much of the first half. It seemed only a matter of time before Atlanta broke through. Appropriately enough, it was Martinez. Portland tried to clear the ball, but a sliding tackle by Parkhurst sent the ball rocketing back toward the Timbers net. Martinez managed to win possession from Jeremy Ebobisse at the top of the area, leaving the most prolific goal scorer in league history all alone against goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. It was no contest. Martinez, the league's MVP and Golden Boot winner after scoring 31 goals during the regular season, cut to his right to escape the sprawling keeper, easily sliding the ball into an open net to send the packed house into an uproar. 'I was feeling a lot of pressure before the game,' said Martinez, who added four more goals in the playoffs. 'My neighbors were putting flags all around my house and pushing notes under my door.' The Timbers finally created a scoring chance in the 42nd minute. Looking to atone for his mistake, Ebobisse slipped in behind the defense and was all alone in front for a cross. His header was right on the mark, but Guzan dove to his right to punch it away with both hands. It was Portland's only shot of the opening half. The Timbers created far more opportunities over the final 45 minutes, but couldn't get it past Guzan. Escobar was the one who finished off the Timbers . MVP finalist Miguel Almiron sent a free kick into the box, where Martinez managed to get a head on it. His attempt was heading wide of the net, but Escobar slipped free at the far post to deliver a sliding goal. The defender's second score of the playoffs doubled his goal output for the entire regular season. 'It's not every day you get to win a title,' Guzan said, speaking for an entire city. 'To be a part of this is truly special.' ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry ___ For more AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Robert Barbiarz of Winder is arrested and booked into the Hall County jail, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. From the Hall County Sheriff’s Office...  On December 5, 2018, Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Rian Babiarz, 17, of Winder, during the course of a theft investigation.   Between early and mid-November 2018, Robert Babiarz worked for a company that was doing remodeling at the home of the victim in this case which is located in the 2100 block of Elysian Circle.   On November 15, 2018, the homeowner (victim) discovered she had jewelry missing. She called 911. The approximate value of the jewelry which was stolen was estimated to be worth $ 196,000.00.   The contractor who employed Babiarz was cooperative with Investigators who quickly identified Robert Rian Babiarz as a suspect in the theft.   Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Babiarz for Theft by Taking (F) on November 16, 2018.   Mr. Babiarz was arrested without incident and booked in at the Hall County Jail. Bond has not been set at this time.    Investigators have recovered the majority of the stolen jewelry and returned items to the victim in this case.   This incident remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
  • The trial of one of the men accused of murdering two correctional officers is one step closer. On Thursday, a judge heard evidence of what could be included in Donnie Rowe's case.  Rowe sat at the table with his defense team, wearing a white jumpsuit and orange Crocs. Prosecutors say he and Ricky Dubose killed Sgts. Chris Monica and Curtis Billue in June of 2017. At times during Thursday's hearing, Channel 2's Lauren Pozen saw Rowe take notes, especially when prosecutors played his interview with FBI agents after he and Rowe were captured in Tennessee. The judge wouldn't allow us to play the video for you, but we were able to use a screenshot of it.  The FBI agent who questioned Rowe told the court he was very forthcoming. At one point in the interview we watched, Rowe breaks down in tears. He told the special agent he had met Dubose six months prior to the attack on the prison bus whilethey were being transferred. Rowe says multiple rounds were fired, striking one of the officers directly in the head.  We also heard testimony from the sheriff of Putnam County, who arrived on the scene moments after the attack. He described it as chaotic. He spoke with many inmates, who told him what they saw.  'I obviously was looking for the most information I could get to apprehend these people as quickly as I could. It was clear to me who they were, it was clear to me the crimes that occurred and that was my focus,' says Sheriff Howard Sills.  The judge did not rule on Thursday what will and will not be allowed into evidence. That will be decided at another hearing date next month. The families of the victims were also in court, at times holding back tears. Pozen spoke with Denise Billue, whose brother was Curtis Billue. She said it is very difficult for her to be here, but she shows up for her brother.  'Our faith is sustaining us. It keeps us strong. In the end, everything is going to work out. We believe in the judicial system, but we also believe in the process,' she said.    

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  • ATHENS — SEC legend Tim Tebow has been right about Georgia football most of the season, and that’s why his concerns about the Bulldogs having an Alabama hangover in the Sugar Bowl are alarming. After all, Tebow predicted Georgia QB Jake Fromm would bounce back after the LSU loss, and T ebow said freshman Justin Fields could ultimately be an answer for the Bulldogs in short-yardage situations. And now Tebow says Georgia coach Kirby Smart will be challenged to get his No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (11-2) motivated to play No. 15-ranked Texas (9-4) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. Tebow said allowing the SEC Championship Game to ‘slip through their fingers’ in the 35-28 loss could damage morale. “Now for the time leading up to the game, where’s your motivation? Where is your edge? Where is that fire?” Tebow said in a 247Sports story. “That is something that the leaders of Georgia really have to lock in and say, ‘Hey you know what? We’re playing for pride. We’re playing a big program in Texas.’ “But a lot of these guys are going to say, ‘Listen, we don’t care about Texas. We care about Bama. We let that one get away. Now we’re going to play the 15th-ranked team in the country?’ “ Tebow said. “It’s like the motivation isn’t there, so I’m a little bit nervous about this game. And Kirby Smart has to do a really good job of disciplining his players, locking in, focusing.” Smart has been in a similar situation before and seen championship caliber teams at Alabama fall flat in the postseason, most notably, in the Tide’s 2009 Sugar Bowl loss to Utah. Smart, however, said he doesn’t feel this Georgia team is apt to allow the disappointment of losing to Alabama to break its will to play up to the program’s standard. “This is a much younger team than any of those Bama teams,” Smart said. “A lot of those kids, this will be their first or second time in a big-time bowl environment, which we’re still getting accustomed to that. “ Indeed, 68 percent of Georgia’s roster is freshmen and sophomore. “So these guys aren’t quite as experienced at that kind of bowl environment as maybe those Alabama teams that didn’t play as well as we probably should have,” Smart said. Tebow also added his list to the many who believed Georgia should have been granted a spot in the four-team College Football Playoffs. “ I thought Georgia was one of the top few best teams in the country,” Tebow said, ”should have been in the College Football Playoff.” Smart said lessons will be learned and the Bulldogs will be ready to step into the future. “There’s also the opportunity to move forward with really a young team,” Smart said. “and a chance to go on a national stage where our fans, I know, follow us to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game.” DawgNation Georgia football Sugar Bowl Kirby Smart and Tom Herman clash again in Sugar Bowl, now as head coaches Georgia football coach Kirby Smart believes Bulldogs will bounceback Some interesting Sugar Bowl numbers via Brandon Adams Georgia football double-digit favorite over Texas in Sugar Bowl Texas named Georgia football opponent in 2019 Sugar Bowl CFP Chairman explains why Georgia football was left out of CFB Playoffs 3 Georgia football players get Senior Bowl invites Mel Tucker will be hard to replace, when or if he leaves Georgia football     The post Tim Tebow: Georgia football challenged to find motivation for Texas appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The players bounced up and down on a hastily erected stage in the middle of the field, confetti falling all around as they hoisted the championship trophy. It's a familiar scene at the end of any season. Only this time, a team from Atlanta was doing the honors . The title drought in over in the A-T-L. Josef Martinez and Franco Escobar scored goals, Brad Guzan came up with a couple of clutch saves and Atlanta United gave the city its first championship since 1995 with a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final Saturday night. Cheered on by the largest crowd in franchise history, United captured the crown in just its second season to set off a huge celebration in a city that has known so much sporting heartbreak. Owner Arthur Blank lifted a trophy and got soaked with champagne — less than two years after his other team, the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, squandered a 25-point lead in an epic Super Bowl collapse. 'My first night in my new house in Atlanta, I went to bed at halftime of the Super Bowl,' defender Jeff Larentowicz said. 'I woke up and I read the headlines and I couldn't believe what I saw.' Now, United had written a new headline. Champs . 'Hopefully, we can transcend that past,' Larentowicz said, 'and move on to a new future for the city.' Martinez, capping the greatest goal-scoring season in MLS history, put United ahead in 39th minute. Escobar added an insurance goal in the 54th, turning the final minutes into a raucous, flag-waving celebration and sending coach Tata Martino out with a title in his final game as coach. He's reportedly headed to Mexico to take over as that country's national coach. 'If I had to choose the way to leave somewhere, this is the best way,' Martino said. 'This is the way I wanted it to happen.' Atlanta reveled in its first title since the Braves won the 1995 World Series — a gap of 8,442 days, for those counting. 'Most of us aren't from here, so we don't know the pain that they've been through,' said United captain Michael Parkhurst, who finally broke his own drought after playing on four runner-up teams. 'I'm just happy that we could come through for them tonight. I know there were a lot of anxious and stressed-out fans.' After a surprising run in the playoffs, the Timbers were denied their second MLS championship after winning the cup in 2015. They prevailed on the road at Dallas, Seattle and Kansas City before coming up short in Atlanta. 'I'm extremely proud of the work we've had the entire season,' coach Giovanni Savaarese said. 'To be able to get to the MLS Cup, we played a lot of difficult teams.' Since major league sports came to Atlanta in 1966, the only other team to win a championship in one of the five major sports also came on the soccer pitch. The Atlanta Chiefs claimed the title in the North American Soccer League's inaugural season in 1968. While that team laid the groundwork, Atlanta United carried the sport to unprecedented levels in North America. The team shattered the MLS attendance record a year ago in its first season, and then took the mark even higher by averaging more than 53,000 per game this year — a level of support that would fit right in with the Premier League or La Liga. The crowd of 73,019 on Saturday easily eclipsed the previous record for an MLS Cup — 61,316 at New England's Gillette Stadium in 2002. Almost as soon as the final whistle blew, a victory parade through the streets of Atlanta was announced for Monday. Queen's 'We Are The Champions' blared throughout Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'The first goal is always going to be massive one way or the other,' Guzan said. 'The second one really broke their backs.' United kept the ball in Portland's end of the field much of the first half. It seemed only a matter of time before Atlanta broke through. Appropriately enough, it was Martinez. Portland tried to clear the ball, but a sliding tackle by Parkhurst sent the ball rocketing back toward the Timbers net. Martinez managed to win possession from Jeremy Ebobisse at the top of the area, leaving the most prolific goal scorer in league history all alone against goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. It was no contest. Martinez, the league's MVP and Golden Boot winner after scoring 31 goals during the regular season, cut to his right to escape the sprawling keeper, easily sliding the ball into an open net to send the packed house into an uproar. 'I was feeling a lot of pressure before the game,' said Martinez, who added four more goals in the playoffs. 'My neighbors were putting flags all around my house and pushing notes under my door.' The Timbers finally created a scoring chance in the 42nd minute. Looking to atone for his mistake, Ebobisse slipped in behind the defense and was all alone in front for a cross. His header was right on the mark, but Guzan dove to his right to punch it away with both hands. It was Portland's only shot of the opening half. The Timbers created far more opportunities over the final 45 minutes, but couldn't get it past Guzan. Escobar was the one who finished off the Timbers . MVP finalist Miguel Almiron sent a free kick into the box, where Martinez managed to get a head on it. His attempt was heading wide of the net, but Escobar slipped free at the far post to deliver a sliding goal. The defender's second score of the playoffs doubled his goal output for the entire regular season. 'It's not every day you get to win a title,' Guzan said, speaking for an entire city. 'To be a part of this is truly special.' ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry ___ For more AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATHENS — Georgia basketball doesn’t take the court for another game until next Saturday, but when the Bulldogs do, you can bet junior Tyree Crump will be a focal point. Crump, a junior from Bainbridge, had a breakout game in Georgia’s 92-75 win over Texas Southern on Monday night, and more figures to be ahead for the Bulldogs’ long-distance sharpshooter. Georgia coach Tom Crean indicated Crump is precisely the sort of open floor player needed to make his uptempo game work. It didn’t take long for Crean to notice him. “I think early on when I got here you could tell there was a lot to his game that could improve,” Crean said. “There’s a lot of room for upside with him.” Crump might not have been the best fit for previous Coach Mark Fox’s deliberate style. But as much as Crean recognized Crump’s talents and abilities, Crump was immediately charged up by his new basketball coach. “He came in and he said ‘We want to play fast and we want to shoot three,’   and my eyes got big and my ears got big and I thought this is the perfect offense for me,” Crump said. “So we tried to listen to everything he said, and it’s carrying over into the season.” The Bulldogs will bring a 5-3 record into next Saturday’s 6 p.m. home game against No. 20 Arizona State in Stegeman Coliseum. The Sun Devils already have beaten one SEC team, winning at Mississippi State on Nov. 19 by a 72-67 count. Arizona State will put its perfect 7-0 record on the line on Saturday when it plays No. 6-ranked Nevada at noon. Crean indicated he’ll keep looking to get Crump free for more shots in the offense. “We want to move him, get him off screens, get him lost in the defense,” Crean said. “There becomes a comfort level that you have in a game like tonight, and he did a good job of playing through fatigue.” Crump is shooting 46.2 percent beyond the 3-point arc (18-of-39), significantly better than the next best player who has at least 10 attempts, Rayshaun Hmmonds (6-of-15). For all that Crean is trying to instill in Georgia basketball, it ultimately comes down to the time players are spending in the gym on their own to perfect their shot. It’s clear Crump is doing his work, and therefor he’ll be getting more opportunities moving forward. Here’s a look at others 3-point shooting percentage who have attempted 10 or more 3-point shots and how many minutes they average: Tyree Crump, 19.9 minutes, 18-of-39, 46.2 percent Rayshaun Hammonds, 24.5 minutes, 6-of-15, 40.0 percent Teshaun Hightower, 17.5 minutes, 7-of-25, 28.0 percent Nicolas Claxton, 27.5 minutes, 4-of-15, 26.7 percent William Jackson, 17.9 minutes, 4-of-17, 23.5 percent Georgia basketball’s Tyree Crump & Derek Ogbeide   DawgNation Georgia basketball Bulldogs get hot-shooting night from Tyree Crump, rip Texas Southern Guards play well off bench in Georgia basketball win over Kennesaw State Tom Crean says Georgia basketball has ‘long ways to go’ after Cayman Classic Georgia basketball sloppy in loss to Georgia State  Clemson too much for Georgia basketball in Cayman Classic Georgia basketball dominant in win over Illinois State Georgia gets fun-filled win over Sam Houston State The post Georgia basketball guard Tyree Crump 3-point output leads Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart isn’t expected to move too fast on filling the Bulldogs’ vacancy for a defensive coordinator, and with good reason. This is Smart’s first time having to replace a coordinator hire since taking over as Georgia’s head coach before the 2016 season, and it presents a different sort of challenge that few heads coaches have proven they can handle with consistent success. Coaching staff continuity is most often one of the most important factors to a program’s sustained success. Former Georgia defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mel Tucker, who was hired as Colorado’s head coach on Wednesday, will indeed be very difficult to replace. Smart and Tucker d eveloped former 3-star prospect Deandre Baker into a Thorpe Award winner and built a secondary that slowed a historically successful Alabama pass attack last Saturday. Tide coach Nick Saban provided some insight into how he has been so successful maintaining success even while having to replace coordinators almost annually. “ I think that you love continuity on your staff, but I always look at this as a challenge and an opportunity to add new energy, new enthusiasm, new ideas to your staff,” Saban said Wednesday night in Atlanta. “We don’t change our program. We don’t hire people to come in and be independent contractors and do what they want to do. They sort of have to buy into what we do, but the new ideas, the new energy and enthusiasm that they bring is always very helpful to improving our program.” Smart had a front row to that sort of philosophy while coaching at Saban’s side for 11 years at LSU, with the Miami Dolphins and at Alabama from 2007-15. Smart helped the Tide coaching legend develop the program through a time of several coaching and staff hires. The Bulldogs’ program has its own unique personality in several respects, but there are aspects of the framework that are similar to what Smart helped Saban build at Alabama. Georgia appears on the verge of creating its own dynasty with 68 percent of its roster freshmen and sophomores this past season. Smart and his program beat two of the four current CFB Playoff teams head-to-head last season (Oklahoma and Notre Dame) and led or were tied with defending national champ and current No. 1-ranked Alabama for 281 of the 290 plays in the past two games with the Tide in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Indeed, the Bulldogs narrowly missed the CFB Playoff despite having to replace several key pieces from last season’s CFB Championship Game runner-up squad. RELATED: Kirk Herbstreit says CFP Committee let politics keep Georgia out So the defensive coordinator/secondary coach hire is as big of a decision as Smart has faced. “You know, I always say there’s a lot of books written about how to be successful,” Saban said. “There’s not many written on how to stay successful.” Smart has indicated that he might be inclined to promote from within if not hire a coach he’s already familiar with, though he’ll likely conduct a national search before deciding anything. “I think continuity is critical to recruiting success, (and) I know that the recruiting success that I’ve had as an assistant coach was because I was able to have the same area for a long time, you build relationships, you know people, you get to know them,” Smart said last November. “When you jump around from job to job, sometime’s that’s hard to do. I think our university and our support structure here has done a great job of helping us keep our coaches who are really good assets. “I mean, let’s be honest, we recruit well because of the assistant coaches we have. When you recruit well and get good young men in here, you can have a successful program. I think continuity is important, but I do think change is inevitable. It’ll happen. It’s happened to us every year.” Georgia football coordinator search Early list of names to consider for Georgia football DC opening Colorado announces Mel Tucker as new head coach Towers Take: Mel Tucker did excellent work for Bulldogs Mel Tucker expected to finalize Colorado deal very soon Whenever Mel Tucker leaves, he’ll be tough to replace The post Georgia’s Kirby Smart has insight to handle pivotal coordinator coaching search appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Nick Saban is standing behind his words that Georgia is one of the four best teams in the nation, even after he voted the Bulldogs’ No. 5 in the final Coaches’ Poll. Saban, whose Tide overcame two turnovers and a two-touchdown deficit to beat the Bulldogs 35-28 last Saturday, was asked at the CFB Playoff press conference in Atlanta Wednesday night about his final ballot. “ Well, I do think they’re one of the top four teams in the country but I didn’t think they were going to get in the playoff with two losses,” Saban said. “So I voted the teams that I thought had the best chance to get in, but I do think after playing Georgia they were one of the best four teams in the country.” There were plenty of people who agreed, including ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who went so far as to say the CFP Committee allowed politics to keep the Bulldogs out of the playoffs even though they knew Georgia was one of the four best. Indeed, the Bulldogs have led or been tied with No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Alabama 118 minutes and 54 seconds of 120 minutes and 281 of 290 plays of the past two meetings in the national championship game and SEC title game. Saban, who said after last Saturday’s game, “I sure as hell don’t want to play them again,” suggested the CFP Committee   saw last Saturday’s game as a loser-out game. “What this basically indicates is the SEC Championship game was a playoff game,” Saban said. “You know, the 1 and 4 team in the country played, and it was a heck of a game, and they played a great game, and they have a great team, and I think they’re one of the best four teams in the country, and that’s no disrespect to any of the people that are here, but I didn’t think they had a chance to get in with two losses.” CFP Committee chairman Rob Mullens said the two losses — compared to Oklahoma’s one loss — is not what kept Georgia out of the College Football Playoffs. “ Our job is to pick the four best teams, so it really wasn’t about number of losses,” said Mullens, who prior to getting his current job as the athletic director at the University of Oregon was the deputy director of athletics at Kentucky. “Obviously when you’re looking at the resume, you can see that they’ve got two and others have one, but again, their two losses are against highly ranked teams. It’s really about trying to get the four best teams.” Mullens is one of five current athletic directors on the 13-person committee, along with Ohio State’s Gene Smith and new members Todd Stansbury (Georgia Tech), Scott Stricklin (Florida) and Joe Castiglione (Oklahoma). While Saban suggested the committee wasn’t going to take a conference championship game loser, Mullen indicated that had nothing to do with the decision. “ The conference piece is out of it, that’s really not a part of it,” Mullens said. “We’re looking at — there were some people who felt they were the fourth best team, and even some that felt they were unequivocally felt they were the fourth best team. But after all the dialogue, the debate, the intensity, you put it to a vote, and the vote didn’t have them as unequivocally the fourth best team. In fact, it had them ranked No. 5.” Saban, when asked if his vote suggested the four best teams didn’t make the playoffs, made it clear he voted in the four teams he thought would make the playoff. “When we played Georgia I thought they were one of the best four teams in the country,” Saban said. “That doesn’t mean that they’re any better than the teams that are here, and I voted for the four teams that are here.” Georgia football’s great CFB Playoff debate Kirby Smart on CFP Playoff: ‘Every year it’s going to be different’ criteria ESPN analyst goes on epic rant after Georgia football left out of playoffs Nick Saban states Georgia one of top four teams in the nation after SEC title game CFP Chairman defends leaving Georgia football out Kirby Smart lobbying for CFB Playoff spot after loss Chip Towers: Committee got it right by leaving Georgia out of playoffs Closer look at Georgia football vs. Oklahoma statistically Georgia football one of best teams, and it doesn’t matter ‘Protocol’ cited as reason Georgia left out of College Football Playoff The post Nick Saban’s revealing explanation of why he voted Georgia football No. 5 appeared first on DawgNation.