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    Attorneys for beleaguered quarterback Colin Kaepernick came to an agreement Friday with the National Football League to resolve a collusion grievance. >> Read more trending news  “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances,” representatives for both sides said in a released statement. “The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.” In 2016, Kaepernick spurred a movement when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against social and racial injustices. He has not played a game in the NFL since that year. He brought a lawsuit against the league for collusion in 2017.  In 2018, Kaepernick became the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” ad campaign.  The ad featured a close-up, black-and-white image of Kaepernick with the words: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
  • California's governor and attorney general say they will probably sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra made the announcement Friday in the state capital. Becerra says there is no emergency at the border and Trump doesn't have the authority to make the declaration. Trump declared a national emergency earlier in the day to fulfill his promise of completing the border wall. The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets. The announcement was immediately met with resistance from members of Congress. California has repeatedly challenged Trump in court. Becerra has filed at least 45 lawsuits against the administration.
  • Amazon's breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. Officials in Newark, New Jersey, one of the 18 finalists that Amazon rejected in November when it announced plans to put its new headquarters in New York and northern Virginia, sent a giant heart that read, 'NJ & Newark Still Love U, Amazon!' Representatives of other jilted suitors, such as Chicago and suburban Maryland, tried to get Amazon's attention and say they're still interested in a relationship, too. The love notes came even though Amazon said it doesn't plan to pick a new city to replace New York, where the HQ2 project was supposed to produce 25,000 jobs. Instead, the company said it will spread some of those jobs around at other Amazon sites in the U.S. and Canada and expand its existing New York offices. But why woo a company that says it's not interested? For one, the allure of potential jobs is just too much to pass up for many politicians, said Nathan Jensen, a University of Texas government professor who has criticized how economic development incentives are used. And even if Amazon spurns them, this is a low-risk way for politicians to show they are looking out for their constituents. 'The 'losing' cities can continue to publicly talk about everything they are doing for HQ2 even if they know they don't have a shot. If they know HQ2 isn't coming, there is no real cost to doing this,' Jensen said. More than 230 municipalities in North America competed for HQ2, taking part in a months-long bidding war that Amazon eagerly fomented. Cities offered billions in inducements. In New Jersey, state and local governments put $7 billion in incentives on the table as part of the Newark bid. New York ultimately won the competition by promising nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and grants in addition to access to the nation's media and financial capital and its educated workforce. But on Valentine's Day, Amazon abruptly canceled the project after running into fierce opposition to those incentives from lawmakers and political activists on the left. That shows that the company cared little about getting community input, said Richard Florida, an economic development expert. 'After searching across 200 plus communities and identifying NY (and greater DC) as the places it needed to be, it pulls out as soon as local residents and politicians question the billions in incentives it does not need and asks it do more for the community,' Florida said in an email. Florida and Jensen predicted some cities will now begin to push back when companies seek tax subsidies. But Greg LeRoy, executive director of the nonpartisan think tank Good Jobs First, said there is little likelihood that will happen any time soon. 'Look, this is deeply learned behavior,' LeRoy said. 'There's an 80-plus-year history to this tax-break-industrial complex.' In the meantime, the mayor of Warren, Michigan, posted online about his town being available. Upstate New York cities, like Rochester, made it clear they, too, are open for business. 'Nassau County welcomes your investment and would like to discuss siting your project here,' state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat, told the company. ___ Associated Press writer David Klepper in Albany, New York, contributed.
  • Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL. In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said: 'For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.' Kaepernick's lawyer tweeted an identical statement. Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The new leader of the nation's largest sheriff's department on Friday will further limit when inmates in Los Angeles County jails can be transferred to U.S. authorities for deportation. The department will reduce the number of misdemeanor charges that can trigger an inmate's transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. She could not immediately say which misdemeanor charges would no longer qualify. Under its so-called sanctuary law, California already limits which crimes can trigger the transfer of someone held in a county jail to federal deportation agents. The Los Angeles County sheriff's department is now further reducing the list of misdemeanors and timeframes that qualify. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva — who won an upset victory last year — previously said he would bar ICE agents from entering department facilities to conduct civil immigration matters. That directive took effect this month, Nishida said. Previously, federal immigration agents would interview inmates suspected of being in the country illegally while they were still in jail. Thomas P. Giles, acting field office director for ICE's enforcement and removal operations in Los Angeles, said in a statement that the changes would encourage criminal activity by immigrants without legal status. He said agents would keep making arrests elsewhere in the community of those suspected of being in the country illegally. Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said she welcomed a reduction in the number of misdemeanor charges that can lead to deportation. She said immigrants convicted of crimes already serve their sentences and the question is whether deportation is an appropriate enhancement for the offenses committed.
  • President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fund his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress passed a bipartisan border security bill that offered only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he had sought. >> Read more trending news  White House officials confirmed Friday afternoon that Trump also signed the spending compromise into law to avoid a partial government shutdown. Update 2:30 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump has signed a bill passed by Congress to fund several federal departments until September 30, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday afternoon to The Associated Press. Update 12:35 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, accused Democrats of playing partisan politics in refusing to fund Trump’s border wall. “President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest,” McConnell said. Democrats have repeatedly voice opposition to the border wall, which critics say would not effectively address issues like drug trafficking and illegal immigration, which Trump purports such a wall would solve. Update 11:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, condemned what they called “the president’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist.” “This issue transcends partisan politics and goes to the core of the founders’ conception for America, which commands Congress to limit an overreaching executive. The president’s emergency declaration, if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers, inconsistent with our founders’ vision,” the statement said. “We call upon our Republican colleagues to join us to defend the Constitution.” Update 11:10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump said he’s expecting the administration to be sued after he signs a national emergency declaration to fund the building of wall on the southern border. “The order is signed and I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden.  “I expect to be sued -- I shouldn’t be sued,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden. “I think we’ll be very successful in court. I think it’s clear.” He said he expects the case will likely make it to the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court. “It’ll go through a process and happily we’ll win, I think,” he said. Update 10:50 a.m. EST Feb. 15: “I’m going to sign a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”  >> National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports Update 10:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump will declare a national emergency and use executive actions to funnel over $6 billion in funds from the Treasury Department and the Pentagon for his border wall, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported. “With the declaration of a national emergency, the President will have access to roughly $8 billion worth of money that can be used to secure the southern border,” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a call before the president’s announcement. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: White House: Trump using national emergency and executive actions for border wall Update 10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump is expected on Friday morning to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden on the southern border after White House officials said he plans to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall. Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 14: At 10 a.m. on Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden about the southern border. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Congress passes border deal as Trump readies emergency for border wall The White House announced earlier that Trump will declare a national emergency that would enable him to transfer funding from other accounts for additional miles of border fencing. Update 9 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The House easily approved border funding plan, as President Donald Trump prepared an emergency declaration to fund a border wall. The bill also closes a chapter by preventing a second government shutdown at midnight Friday and by providing $333 billion to finance several Cabinet agencies through September. Trump has indicated he’ll sign the measure though he is not happy with it, and for a few hours Thursday he was reportedly having second thoughts. Update 4:30 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The government funding bill that includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border wall, passed the Senate with a 83 - 16 vote. The bill will go to the House for a final vote Thursday evening. Update 4 p.m. EST Feb. 14: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the border he’s making an “end run around Congress.” “The President is doing an end run around the Congress and the power of the purse,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who reserved the right to lead a legal challenge against any emergency declaration. Pelosi said that there is no crisis at the border with Mexico that requires a national emergency order. >> Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency? She did not say if House Democrats would legally challenge the president. But Pelosi said if Trump invokes an emergency declaration it should be met with “great unease and dismay” as an overreach of executive authority. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon that the White House is “very prepared” for a legal challenge following the declaration of a National Emergency. Update 3:15 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Donald Trump is going to sign a border deal and at the same time issue a national emergency declaration. The compromise will keep departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico.  The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a statement confirming that Trump intends to sign the bill and will issue “other executive action - including a national emergency.” An emergency declaration to shift funding from other federal priorities to the border is expected to face swift legal challenge. Update 12:40 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he and his team were reviewing the funding bill proposed by legislators. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline. Trump has not definitively said whether he’ll sign the bill if it passes the legislature. The bill would fund several departments, including Agriculture, Justice and State, until Sept. 30 but it includes only $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border. Trump had asked Congress to provide $5.7 billion in funding. Update 9:55 a.m. EST Feb. 14: The more than 1,600-page compromise, made up of seven different funding bills, was unveiled early Thursday. It includes $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border and over $1 billion to fund other border security measures. If passed, the bill would prevent a partial government shutdown like the 35-day closure that started after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise in December.  >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Five tidbits from the border security funding deal in Congress President Donald Trump has given mixed signals in recent days over whether he plans to sign the bill or not. He’s told reporters in recent days that a second government shutdown as federal workers continue to dig out from the last closure “would be a terrible thing.” However, Adam Kennedy, the deputy director of White House communications, told NPR that the president “doesn’t want his hands tied on border security.” 'I think the president is going to fully review the bill,' Kennedy said. 'I think he wants to review it before he signs it.' Original report: President Donald Trump is expected to sign the deal lawmakers have hammered out to avoid a second shutdown, CNN is reporting. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Trump hints at ‘national emergency’ to funnel money to border wall On Tuesday, Trump said he was “not happy” with the spending plan negotiators came up with Monday night, CNN reported. That deal includes $1.375 billion in funding for border barriers, but not a concrete wall, according to Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree. “It’s not doing the trick,” Trump said, adding that he is “considering everything” when asked whether a national emergency declaration was on the table. He said that if there is another shutdown, it would be “the Democrats’ fault.” Trump also took to Twitter later Tuesday, claiming that the wall is already being built. >> See the tweet here The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Germany's foreign minister on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade measures as creating a 'lose-lose' situation and defended Europe's attempts to keep a nuclear deal with Iran alive after the unilateral American withdrawal. Heiko Maas fired back after harsh criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence of some of Washington's closest European allies. Maas told a conference of world leaders and top diplomats and defense officials that Germany, Britain, France and the European Union as a whole were committed to preserving the 2015 deal meant to prevent Iran from obtaining a bomb. 'Without it, one thing is clear, the region would be no safer but instead a step closer to an open confrontation, with all of the implications that would have on Europe's own security,' he said. The comments at the Munich Security Conference came the day after Pence, at a conference in Warsaw, accused the three European NATO allies of trying to 'break' American sanctions on Iran and called on them to pull out from the nuclear deal. 'The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region and the world the peace security and freedom they deserve,' Pence said. The U.S. withdrew unilaterally last year from the deal offering Iran incentives in exchange for limiting its nuclear capability and re-imposed tough sanctions, leaving the Europeans, as well as China and Russia, scrambling to try and keep it alive. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also defended the deal, saying that the bloc would do whatever possible to keep it alive. 'We believe it is fundamental and crucial to our security, and a fundamental pillar for the nuclear non-proliferation architecture globally,' she said. In Paris, France's foreign affairs ministry issued a statement in response to Pence's call, saying that the country was standing by its commitment to the implementation of the Iran deal. Iran wasn't represented in Warsaw, but Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in Munich for the weekend meetings. He told NBC's 'Today' show in comments broadcast Friday that even if the U.S. wanted to renegotiate the nuclear deal, he wouldn't trust the Trump administration to honor any new agreement. 'Why should we negotiate?' he said. 'Why should we trust President Trump that he would abide by his own signature?' The U.S. and Europe have been at odds over a host of other issues, including American criticism that Germany and other allies are shirking their NATO obligations by not spending enough on defense budgets — something Pence is expected to again emphasize in a speech Saturday in Munich — and European concerns over new tariffs levied by Washington as well as its decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. Initially, Europeans took a wait-and-see approach to see how things would play out with Trump, but have been recently taking a more aggressive stance in pushing back. Maas said that Germany has 'no interest in a division of the West,' but he said the U.S. needed to work with its partners to seek multilateral solutions to international issues, like the rising power and influence of China. He singled out Trump's tariffs on steel, saying they had cost jobs in the U.S., raised the cost of steel and are threatening jobs in Europe. 'For me, it's a classic case of lose-lose,' he said. He rejected the suggestion that Germany wasn't doing its part internationally, noting several military deployments but also other engagements. 'We actively promote much closer cooperation in all policy areas, from security, trade and digital to climate and the environment,' he said. 'But I also say very clearly, for us security is not measured solely in increasing defense budgets.' ___ Geir Moulson in Berlin, and Sylvie Corbet in Paris, contributed to this report.
  • The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Day' game were: 02-03-05-06-09-11-13-14-18-19-20-22 (two, three, five, six, nine, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-two)
  • The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail(all times local): 2:10 p.m. Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California is in Charleston, South Carolina, making her second trip to the state since announcing her 2020 presidential campaign. Ahead of a North Charleston town hall on Friday, Harris visited Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ for lunch, where she ordered whole hog, collard greens and cornbread. Speaking to reporters after lunch, Harris said she will vote in favor of the Green New Deal, Democrats' plan to combat climate change. Harris says that the underlying principles behind the plan are 'sound and important' and that President Donald Trump is engaged in 'science fiction instead of science fact.' While in South Carolina, Harris said she earlier visited the church known as Mother Emmanuel, where nine black members were fatally shot during a 2015 Bible study session. ___ 12:50 p.m. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling President Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border 'inappropriate' and says Trump manufactured a crisis to justify the move. Gillibrand, a Democratic presidential candidate, said during a visit to New Hampshire that the only national emergency 'is the humanitarian crisis that President Trump has created at our border from separating family from children and treating people who need our help inhumanely.' Trump declared a national emergency on Friday that allows him to bypass Congress and use billions of dollars from other agencies to build the wall. Congress approved far less money than Trump had sought, and the move drew bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill. Gillibrand visited a coffee shop in downtown Concord before stopping to listen to a homeless man, Kevin Clark, play a song by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), 'Father and Son.' She praised his singing and gave him a hug before heading off to a consignment shop, where she bought a vase and a small plate. ___ 11:35 a.m. Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris are visiting early voting states on Friday that will be critical to securing the Democratic nomination next year. Gillibrand is in New Hampshire to participate in a walking tour of downtown Concord before visiting businesses in Dover and meeting members of the LGBT community in Somersworth. New Hampshire is home to the nation's first presidential primary. Harris is in South Carolina, where she'll hold a town hall in North Charleston. The South Carolina primary is the nation's first-in-the-South contest and is a crucial test of African-American support.
  • The parents of a Titusville infant are accused of starving their son in a disturbing case of child neglect. Investigators said the couple's 5-month-old weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces after weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at birth.  The baby is in a hospital and the child's parents are in the Brevard County Jail. This baby's father seemed to question the accuracy of the child's medical reports. The investigator who was contacted by the Department of Children and Families on Wednesday said the baby was clearly malnourished. His ribs were visible, his eyes sunken and the priority was getting the child medical attention. >> Read more trending news  His parents are charged with neglect with great harm and could face additional charges. Titusville police said 20-year-old Julia French and 31-year-old Robert Buskey knew their 5-month-old son wasn't thriving, but they failed to do anything about it. According to court documents, the infant was lethargic and had difficulties maintaining his temperature and sugar due to dehydration and malnourishment. Since Wednesday night, the child has gained a half a pound just by being given fluids. Titusville police said the family's physician had provided orders regarding the child's nutrition and the child was improving on an organic formula. “At one point, when the child was doing good and healthy and gaining weight, he was on an organic formula and they changed it on their own,” said Detective Lauren Watson with the Titusville Police Department. Police said the couple was feeding the child a potato-based mash and there may be long-term medical issues as a result of the malnourishment. “I've never seen a child to this level, this close to possible death,” Watson said. Police said the couple described themselves as vegan but couldn't explain why they stopped using the organic formula. Their infant is in DCF custody.

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  • A bipartisan border security bill that raced through both chambers of Congress on Thursday won over several Georgia Republicans along the way.  The spending deal, which would set aside nearly $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall and stave off another government shutdown through September, prompted “yes” votes from four Georgia Republicans.  One of the more notable votes in favor came from Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue, an immigration hawk who has often sought to pull his White House ally to the right.  Perdue visited the Texas border earlier this week and said his experience there underscored the need for additional spending on barriers and other resources.  All five of the state’s Democrats opted to support the plan, bucking some House progressives who rejected the compromise.  Seven Georgia Republicans voted against the compromise. Most said it did not include enough money for the wall, and others griped about the lack of money for Hurricane Michael cleanup.  “Our nation is facing a very real crisis, and this bill does not go far enough to secure our border and stop the influx of illegal immigration and deadly drugs that are pouring into our country, nor does it provide the much needed disaster assistance for Georgia farmers who were devastated by Hurricane Michael last October,” said Evans Republican Rick Allen.  Several opponents also complained about the condensed timeframe under which the 1,000-plus-page bill was considered. Lawmakers voted on the compromise less than 24 hours after the bill text was released.  Tom Graves of Ranger was Georgia’s only representative on the border negotiating committee. He was also the only member of the 17-member panel who refused to sign off on the legislation before it was released.  “I hoped that this would be a transparent process, with vigorous debate and an outcome that improved the security of our country. Instead, we discovered that Democrats had already written a bill before our first meeting,” Graves said.  The measure ultimately passed the House 300 to 128, hours after it cruised through the Senate 83 to 16. Trump was expected to sign the legislation, as well as take other executive actions that would allow him to circumvent Congress for additional wall money.  The announcement prompted loud criticism from many Democrats, including Lithonia U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.  “It’s a sad day for the nation when one man can falsely claim there is a national emergency simply to untangle himself from a political problem of his own making,” he said.  How lawmakers voted:  YES Republicans: U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue. U.S. Reps. Drew Ferguson of West Point and Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville Democrats: U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop of Albany; Hank Johnson of Lithonia; John Lewis of Atlanta; David Scott of Atlanta NO Republicans: U.S. Reps. Buddy Carter of Pooler; Austin Scott of Tifton; Doug Collins of Gainesville; Jody Hice of Monroe; Barry Loudermilk of Cassville; Rick Allen of Evans; Tom Graves of Ranger
  • You'll want to pack an umbrella for today -- and keep it handy for the next week.  We've been warning you that a long stretch of rain is coming and it'll likely begin later today. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Karen Minton said areas could see 6 to 8 inches of rain in north Georgia before it's all over next week.  [DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's Weather App for severe weather alerts] There could be flooding for rivers and creeks and some other low-lying areas that could be difficult to travel through.  We're using the most advanced weather technology to show you when the rain will move into your area, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said that it's very possible that, with some minor interruption, the wet weather pattern will last into March.
  • University of Georgia graduates, for the second year in a row, are employed or attending graduate school within six months at a rate of 96 percent—11.7 percent higher than the national average. Of those students: 63 percent were employed full time; 19 percent were attending graduate school; and Approximately 12 percent were self-employed, interning full time or were employed part time. “UGA students continue to excel in their post-graduate endeavors, and the consistency of statistics from last year to this year demonstrates that the university is providing career readiness skills through professional programming, academics and experiential learning,” said Scott Williams, executive director of the UGA Career Center. Nearly 3,000 unique employers hired UGA graduates from business to government, nonprofit to education. Some of the top employers for the Class of 2018 include Amazon, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot and Teach for America. Of those full-time professionals, 58 percent were employed before graduation, a 3 percent increase over the Class of 2017, and 98 percent were hired within six months of graduation. Graduates landed in 47 states and 31 countries in the six months after graduation with 69 percent accepting employment within the state of Georgia. Top out-of-state destinations span the country and include cities like Austin, Texas and New York City. Of the 19 percent of graduates who are pursuing additional education, some of the top graduate or professional schools they will attend include Georgetown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University and Columbia University. The UGA Career Center calculates the career outcomes rate each January by leveraging information from surveys, phone calls, employer reporting, UGA departmental collaboration, LinkedIn and the National Student Clearinghouse. The preceding data is based on the known career outcomes of 8,130 graduates from the Class of 2018.
  • There is a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for this afternoon in Jackson County: the ceremonial start of work on a new Jackson County Agricultural Center is set for 12:30. The $4 million facility is slated for construction off County Farm Road in Jackson County.  Jackson County officials say the Ag Center will be designed to host a variety of agricultural shows and other events. There is some talk of eventually holding the Jackson County fair at the new facility. 
  • Georgia Lady Bulldog sophomore guard Que Morrison hit a running layup to tie the game at 53-53 in the fourth quarter, but the South Carolina Gamecocks pushed past the Lady Bulldogs in the final minutes for the 65-57 final Thursday evening at Colonial Life Arena.    Georgia was plagued by a free-throw discrepancy that featured a 9-of-11 mark for the Lady Bulldogs compared to a 21-of-26 clip for the Gamecocks. Georgia also shot 39 percent from the floor, including just five made field goals in the fourth quarter.    “Like I told our team, an ugly win is a win, but a good loss still counts as a loss,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “We missed so many open shots and sent them to the free-throw line 26 times. This was a night we thought we could capitalize and we did not. It’s very disappointing.”   A 9-0 run midway through the first quarter put the Gamecocks up 11-7 in the early going. South Carolina led by as many as eight, but thanks to a Que Morrison 3-pointer, the Lady Bulldogs were close — 19-14 — at the end of the first frame.    Jenna Staiti scored five-straight points to open the second period, but baskets by Alexis Jennings and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan kept the Gamecocks in control at 26-21 with 4:26 remaining before the half.   Georgia held the Gamecocks without a field goal over the final four minutes as South Carolina led, 29-25, at the break. Gabby Connally and Staiti led the Lady Bulldogs with five points a piece in the first 20 minutes.    The Gamecocks outscored the Lady Bulldogs 7-2 to open the second half, but an and-one by Taja Cole and two buckets from Staiti helped Georgia cut the nine-point lead to just four at 42-38. South Carolina hit its next four shots and led 53-46 going into the fourth quarter.    Back-to-back field goals by Cole and a running layup by Morrison tied the game at 53-all with just under seven minutes to go in the game.    Georgia went cold and could not hit shots the rest of the way as South Carolina held on for the win.    Next up, Georgia returns home to face Ole Miss on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. 

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  • ATHENS — Rain or shine, the Georgia Bulldogs’ 2019 baseball season will get underway on Friday. It appears they will see a little of both before the opening three-game series concludes. The Dayton Flyers of Ohio are in town for a three-game series. Showers expected to enter the area Friday evening have moved up Friday’s first pitch at Foley Field two hours to 3 p.m. As of now, Games 2 and 3 are scheduled Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. But UGA may try to squeeze in a doubleheader earlier Saturday if more bands of rain come through Saturday night as expected. Scott Stricklin enters his sixth season as Georgia’s baseball coach amid the program’s highest expectations in years. (Kristin M. Bradshaw/UGA) Regardless of when and how the season gets started, it is a formidable Georgia team with high expectations that will take the field for coach Scott Stricklin, who enters his sixth season as the Bulldogs’ skipper. Thanks to the return of 25 lettermen, eight pitchers and seven position starters, Georgia comes in carrying preseason rankings as high as No. 9 (by D1Baseball.com) and as low as 15 (by Baseball America). Led by preseason All-American Aaron Schunk and opening day starter Emerson Hancock, those players formed the core of a a Georgia team that compiled a 39-21 record a year ago and hosted an NCAA Regional final as a No. 8 national seed. The plan is to build on that this season. “We have a lot of experience, which is what people are looking at first and foremost,” Stricklin said on Thursday as he readied the Bulldogs for a new season. “We have a lot of guys who have played a lot of innings in our league and a lot of guys with postseason experience. That’s huge, moving forward. Talent’s one thing, depth is another thing, but experience can trump all of those and I feel like we have all three.” There is one area of significant loss, however, and it’s an important one — power. The Bulldogs will be missing 41 home runs and 147 RBI from the middle of last year’s lineup. Designated hitter Michael Curry (13 HRs, 53 RBI) turned pro after his junior season, All-American outfielder Keegan McGovern graduated (18-50) and first baseman Adam Sasser (10-44) was dismissed from the team for yelling racial epithets at a Georgia football game last fall. But the Bulldogs feel confident they can sufficiently replenish their power numbers while leaning hard on strong pitching and defense. With the exception of first base, the rest of the infield returns intact after setting a school record and finishing ninth in the nation in fielding percentage (.979). Second baseman LJ Talley (2B, second team), catcher Mason Meadows ( second team) and third baseman/closer Schunk all received preseason All-SEC votes by league coaches. Both Mason and junior shortstop Cam Shepherd posted a school fielding records at their respective positions. Meanwhile, Patrick Sullivan will take over at first base. The redshirt junior from Sandy Springs played in 27 games last season primarily as a late-game, defensive replacement for Sasser. The hope for Sullivan is along with the improved defense he’ll be able improve on a .204 career batting average. “Patrick actually won the job two years ago and then came down with mono and missed the entire season,” Stricklin said. “He’s a guy that’s been the mix the entire time. Defensively he’s as good as there is, the best defensive first baseman I’ve ever had. He has some power, too. I wouldn’t be shocked if Patrick has a really good season.” Georgia hopes it can further replenish the power quotient with the addition of graduate transfer John Cable. Cable, who hit .373 with 12 home at Darton Junior College, hit .349 at the University of New Orleans last year before being sidelined with a torn hamstring. “We’ve got to make that up, but I think you’re going to see a more balanced lineup,” Stricklin said. “You might not see guys with 13 and 19 home runs, but hopefully you’ll see a bunch of guys with eight to 10. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had more home runs as a team than we did last year. Ten or 11 of our guys have home run potential.” That’d be quite an accomplishment for Georgia. The Bulldogs’ 64 home runs and 352 last year were the most in 10 seasons. No bones about it, though, this is a team that will reply on pitching and defense. Hancock, the right-hander who led he Bulldogs as a freshman last year, will be the Friday night starter again. Junior Will Proctor will get the call Saturday, followed by and junior Tony Locey on Sunday. The midweek starter is expected to be sophomore left-hander C.J. Smith and everybody is eager to get a look at freshmen Cole Wilcox, who was ranked No. 37 on the Baseball America Top 500; and and fellow right-hander Jack Gowen. Schunk will again come off third base to close games, a routine that resulted in 8 saves and 31 strikeouts in 30 innings last year. “I would put our infield defense up with anybody in the country,” Stricklin said. “I think it’s that good.” It won’t be any easier in the SEC, of course. Three conference teams are ranked ahead of Georgia in preseason polls — No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 2 LSU and No. 6 Florida — with two of them housed in the same division. Fortuitously, all three of those teams have to come to Athens. But there are two months to go before Bulldogs need to worry about that. First comes Dayton, and hopefully more sunshine and clouds than rain. The post No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs will rely on pitching, defense to get back into NCAA tourney appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Jacob Eason. He’s the guy I find myself thinking about more and more these days. It’s not because we’ll finally get to see the former Georgia quarterback play again this fall, but it is related to that. It’s because in this age of transfer portals and rubber-stamp eligibility waivers, I’m left to wonder, why not Eason? I mean, consider Eason’s situation: He comes to UGA from all the across the country in Washington; he starts as a true freshman; he does everything he’s told to do; he starts the first game as a sophomore; he gets hurt in said game; he comes back a few weeks later but loses his starting job because the backup has come in and played better; Eason sticks with his team through its run to the national championship game; then he announces at season’s end that he intends to transfer back home. Jacob Eason (10) never started another game for Georgia after a minor knee injury sidelined him in 2017. Jake Fromm (background) has started every game since. (Nate Gettleman/DawgNation) If ever there was somebody who probably should have been granted immediate eligibility, shouldn’t it have been Jacob Eason? But he wasn’t. Eason was told he’d have to sit out via the NCAA’s antiquated Division I transfer rule. So he was admitted to Washington but remained sidelined for another year behind Jake Browning. Meanwhile, we just witnessed the the transfer of Justin Fields. Comparatively, his move from Georgia to Ohio State was no more problematic than rearranging lawn furniture. First, Fields announced he was leaving UGA, then he confirmed that Columbus, Ohio, was his destination. Tate Martell, the Buckeyes’ reported quarterback in waiting subsequently announced that he’s leaving Ohio State, then Ohio State announced that Fields’ eligibility waiver request for 2019 was approved. There are a few problems with judging what to make of all this. First and foremost is the lack of transparency. The NCAA’s “transfer portal,” such as it is, is protected by Federal privacy laws such as FERPA and HIPAA. So it’s not like us journalists, or you, alumni and fans, can go in there and review the circumstances and make sure everything was on the up-and-up. No, we’re left to assume and speculate. That is, unless there is somebody directly involved — say the student-athlete or his family — who is willing to divulge exactly what the nature of his waiver requests. So far, I’ve haven’t encountered any of those. We were left to believe that Fields, after he announced his intent to transfer, was going to claim racial discrimination based on the documented event of slurs being directed at him by a another student-athlete who was subsequently dismissed from his team. That was based on the initial news account written USA Today’s Dan Wolken, citing sources. But then Fields came out with a statement after his eligibility had been approved saying that his waiver was based on nothing of the sort. “In my silence, people began to speculate, and the story took on a life of its own,” Fields said in his first and likely last statement on the matter. “”Now that this matter is concluded, I would like to clarify some facts. I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.” So what was the actual basis of Fields’ transfer request? I reached out to UGA to try to find out. Alas, I could not. I was told that’d have to come from Ohio State’s end. You can probably guess which it when I reached out to the Buckeyes. Yep, and around and around we went. But then I did some more digging and, as it turns out, the whole pretense for what is required for a a student-athlete to transfer is so vague that he he leaves the actual reasons for doing so pretty much moot. Turns out, it really doesn’t take anything terrible or awful for athletes to be granted immediate eligibility moving from one FBS program to another. According to the new bylaw that was enacted just this past October, a student-athlete need only be academically and athletically eligible, receive no opposition from the school they’re leaving and — here’s the important part — show “the transfer is due to documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete.” What possible mitigating circumstances could Fields have documented for the NCAA? All I could think of him saying is, “I wanted to play quarterback for Georgia, but then I got there and a guy named Jake Fromm was playing the same position as me and he played better than me. So I want to go to Ohio State because they told me I could have the job if I went there.” But we’ll never know what he actually said. That information is protected by FERPA and attorney-client privilege. Fields was represented in his transfer by Arkansas trial lawyer Thomas Mars, who has become the leading advocate for the transfer rights of student-athletes. “The rule passed last April is intentionally very vague,” Mars told ESPN.com in a recent examination of the transfer portal phenomena. “Who knows what mitigating factors or circumstances means?” Well, Mars probably does, but he’s not saying. The results have been pretty predictable. According to that same ESPN report, more than 1,400 student-athletes are currently in “the portal.” It’s clogged to bursting. Which brings is back to Eason. If anybody had a complaint, I’d think it could be him. Back in the day (there I go again) there used to be sort of an unwritten policy that most coaches went by in which a front-line starter such as Eason who was sidelined because of an injury would be given back his position upon his return. Obviously, Kirby Smart doesn’t subscribe to that policy, nor should he, necessarily. For, while that policy as been around for ages, so has the one that says, “don’t be Wally Pipp.” Pipp, as the story goes, was a power-hitting first baseman for the New York Yankees who allegedly asked to sit out a game in 1925 because he had a headache. He was replaced in the lineup by Lou Gehrig, who went on to play in a record 2,130 consecutive games. Here’s the other side of that story people don’t see to ever cite: While Pipp never played first base for the Yankees again, he did play another three years for the Cincinnati Reds. That’s right, he hopped into the transfer portal and played elsewhere. I reached out to Eason and the University of Washington to find out whether he made any attempt to appeal the NCAA’s Division I transfer policy that required him to sit out last season. Of course, the Huskies already had an established quarterback in Jake Browning, so Eason’s services weren’t sorely needed. But what if Browning had been injured his senior year this past season? What if Washington found itself in desperate need of a quarterback? As it was, Eason wasn’t an option. But as it is now, any quarterbacks transferring into UW since last season ended will be able to step in right away next season. And the Huskies find themselves down two quarterbacks now as Amandre Williams transferred to Montana State in 2018. In the meantime, the Bulldogs have no cause to complain. After all, they were one of the precedent-setters when it comes to this domino-tumble of transferring. Lest we forget, Demetris Robertson, came in from Cal and played straight away. Turns out that wasn’t quite the difference-making move many predicted. Then again, it’s still up to players to make the plays wherever. Maybe D-Rob will, too. The post Thinking of former Georgia QB Jacob Eason as NCAA’s ‘transfer portal’ roars on appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and current Major League Baseball stars teamed up last Saturday in Athens to raise money for perhaps Athens’ most-favorite charity, Extra Special People.  ATLANTA, GA— (February 11, 2019) On Feb. 9, Georgia’s Lt. Governor, Geoff Duncan, and several other MLB players were guest judges for Extra Special People (ESP) Big Hearts at Bat. The line-up included Duncan, who played for the Florida Marlins early in his career before being elected as Georgia’s Lt. Governor. Kyle Farmer of the Cincinnati Reds, Gordon Beckham formerly with the Atlanta Braves and now with the Detroit Tigers, Brooks Brown formerly with the Colorado Rockies, and Trevor Holder of the San Diego Padres were also guest judges. “ESP is making dreams come true for kids with special needs, and I was honored to be a part of the inspirational night,” Farmer, who also played in two World Series’ for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said. “I’m excited to see kids of every ability have the chance to step up to the plate and play the sport I love.” “One of the best parts about being lieutenant governor is having the opportunity to find out about organizations like ESP and the huge impact they have on a community and the joys they bring to people’s lives,” Duncan said. In its 12th year, ESP’s Big Hearts pageant showcases kids of all abilities as they perform for thousands of guests in Athens, Ga. This year, money was raised to build a Miracle League baseball field and sports complex. Through generous donations at Big Hearts at Bat, ESP reached the $1.1 million mark of a $1.4 million campaign goal. The Miracle League sports complex will bring the magic of baseball to kids of all abilities in Northeast Georgia. Additionally, funds were raised at the pageant and silent auction to send hundreds of kids to summer camp. “Big Hearts at Bat was focused on bringing to life the dream of typical kids and those with special needs playing alongside one another, no longer benching those who have different abilities,” said Laura Whitaker, ESP Executive Director. “Our Miracle League sports complex will be for everyone—a fully-accessible baseball field, making it possible for every child to play America’s favorite pastime, as well as a playground and splash pad for everyone in the community.” ESP is committed to fostering genuine friendships and memorable moments between all citizens who want to play and aims to see the bases loaded at the newly-constructed complex by Spring of 2020. About Extra Special People Extra Special People, Inc., (ESP), a 501 (c)(3) is a nonprofit serving families and children with special needs in the 26-county area surrounding Watkinsville, Ga., since 1987. With ever-expanding after-school programs, weekend clubs, an eight-week long summer camp and family resources, ESP now reaches more than 425 children, with an ongoing dream of reaching every Northeast Georgia family that has a need and a desire to help their special child grow and thrive. Contributing to this dream was the addition of 70 acres in Jackson County in December 2014. Camp Hooray will one day continue the ESP mission by hosting overnight camps, weekend retreats and events for children and families of all abilities. About The Miracle League The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. The first Miracle League field opened in Conyers, Ga., in April 2000. Now there are more than 300 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico and Canada, serving more than 250,000 children and adults. Miracle League is not only partnering with ESP for the first local field in the Athens area, but will also be a part of the expansion of Camp Hooray, an innovative, state-of-the-art camp for individuals with disabilities.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart is about as comfortable with his quarterback situation as any other position on the team, and he said so on national television last week. “ Any position you look at on your football team, you are concerned about depth,” Smart said on the SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum Show last week. “If a coach tells you he’s not worried about depth, he’s probably lying. “We’re concerned about depth at every position across the board.” No doubt, Georgia saw how quickly depth could come into play last season. It likely cost the Bulldogs the SEC championship and another College Football Playoff appearance. RELATED: Kirby Smart provides fascinating insight into football future Senior outside linebacker D’Andre Walker was enjoying an MVP performance when he went down with an injury at the start of the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs were leading Alabama 28-21 at the time, but with Walker out on account of a groin injury, UGA didn’t have another player that could provide both pressure and containment at the position. That led to former Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts coming off the bench and rallying Alabama to a win .Hurts bought time with his scrambles that likely wouldn’t have been there with UGA’s sacks leader in the game. The  good news at that OLB position is that even if Walker’s former backup — Brenton Cox —  moves to the defensive line, as some have projected, UGA has major talent rolling in. Both 5-star signee Nolan Smith and junior college transfer Jermaine Johnson have the size and talent to compete immediately and find their way on the field. Quarterback, obviously, draws a great deal more attention that the linebacker position. But the SEC Championship Game served as evidence of the importance of every spot on the team, as Smart suggested. Georgia lost a talented quarterback when Justin Fields elected to transfer to Ohio State, where he was recently granted a waiver for immediate eligibility. But the Bulldogs likely avoided what would have been a high-profile controversy that, based on recent tweets from current and former players, had the potential to divide the locker room. Smart addressed the QB depth issue by flipping former Buckeyes’ commit Dwan Mathis and adding former walk-on back-up QB Stetson Bennett to the class. RELATED: Georgia recruit Dwan Mathis ‘team player who wants to win championships’ “We are excited about the two young men that entered our program mid-year,” Smart said. “We know a lot about Stetson because he’s been in our program, he’s played in a spring game with 93,000 people at it. I have great expectations for him.” Bennett’s one year as a junior college player and experience with the UGA scout team is somewhat offset by his frame (6-foot, 172 pounds) and arm strength. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Mathis, on the other hand, has great physical ability and must learn the offense to be effective. “ Dwan has been a kid who has been like a sponge,” Smart said. “He’s getting here and has done great academically and we’re excited to see what he does this spring.” Returning quarterback and team captain Jake Fromm recently said he has been impressed with all of the incoming players.   The post Georgia football coach Kirby Smart talks quarterbacks, depth concerns appeared first on DawgNation.
  • A total of 524 University of Georgia student-athletes received a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher for the fall 2018 semester and were named to the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll for the fall term.    Out of the 524 on the honor roll, 10 student-athletes garnered Presidential Scholar honors for finishing fall semester with a 4.00 GPA or higher while taking 14 or more hours. This year’s list of Presidential Scholars includes: women’s swimmers Ellie Crump (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Jordan Stout (St. Louis, Mo.); women’s tennis player Elena Christofi (Athens, Greece); equestrian riders Jessica Blum (Gormley, Ontario), Sarah Finkel (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Emma Mandarino (Bedminister, N.J.) and Alexis Mougalian (Richland, Mich.); baseball player Ryan Avidano (Peachtree City, Ga.).    Eleven Georgia student-athletes completed the 2018 fall semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA, including: women’s track and field members Jessica Drop (Durham, Conn.), Samantha Drop (Durham Conn.), Kayla Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Tiffany Yue (Lawrenceville, Ga.); baseball player Christian Ryder (Acworth, Ga.); equestrian rider Stella Martin (Marietta, Ga.); soccer team members Mollie Belisle (Atlanta, Ga.) and Caroline Chipman (Atlanta, Ga.); softball player Amanda Ablan (Lawrenceville, Ga.); women’s swimmer Eva Merrell (Newport Beach, Calif.); volleyball player Kendall Glover (Phoenix, Ariz.).   In addition, 133 student-athletes on the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll received Dean’s List honors, earning a 3.50 GPA or higher while take 14 or more hours. These students are: baseball players Timothy Elliott* (Loganville, Ga.), Riley King (Lawrenceville, Ga.), CJ Smith (Royston, Ga.) and Cole Tate (Bishop, Ga.); football team members Rodrigo Blankenship (Marietta, Ga.), Patrick Bond* (Milton, Ga.), Tommy Bush (Schertz, Texas), Tyson Campbell (Plantation, Fla.), Owen Condon* (Oklahoma City, Okla.), JT Dooley (Dallas, Texas), Edward Ferguson (Athens, Ga.), Jackson Harris (Columbia, Tenn.), Prather Hudson (Columbus, Ga.), Kearis Jackson (Fort Valley, Ga.), Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker, Ga.), Peyton Mercer (Twin City, Ga.), Miles Miccichi (Atlanta, Ga.), Cameron Moore (Alpharetta, Ga.), Josh Moran (Alpharetta, Ga.), Hugh Nelson (Powder Springs, Ga.), Jack Podlesny (St Simons Island, Ga.), Bill Rubright (Atlanta, Ga.) and Charlie Woerner (Tiger, Ga.); men’s golf athletes John Catanzaro (Gadsden, Ala.), Jack Larkin (Atlanta, Ga.), David Mackey (Bogart, Ga.) and Davis Thompson (Auburn, Ala.); men’s swimmers Andrew Abruzzo (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), Blake Atmore (Alpharetta, Ga.), Teagan Cheney (Danville, Calif.), Jack Dalmolin (Cumming, Ga.), Luke Durocher (Fredericksburg, Va.), Jackson Ford (Johns Creek, Ga.), James Guest (Baie-D’urfe, Montreal), Caleb Harrington* (Knoxville, Tenn.), Colin Monaghan (Gainesville, Ga.), Colin Riley (Marietta, Ga.), Billy Rothery (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Keegan Walsh (Lawrenceville, Ga.); men’s tennis players Sam Dromsky* (Augusta, Ga.), Walker Duncan*(Atlanta, Ga.), Robert Loeb* (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Alexander Phillips (Peachtree City, Ga.); men’s track and field athletes Quinton Burden* (Atlanta, Ga.), Tyler Fox (Suwanee, Ga.), Jeramey Hampton (Suwanee, Ga.), Michael Hans (Watkinsville, Ga.), Tyler Jones (Bogart, Ga.), Michael Malkowski* (Baltimore, Md.), Samuel Milton* (Alpharetta, Ga.), Jonathan Pelham (Lagrange, Ga.), Ryan Peppenhorst (Cumming, Ga.), Davis Stockwell (Atlanta, Ga.), Nicholas Yanek* (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Ziggy Zoller (Atlanta, Ga.); equestrian riders Madison Anger (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Grace Bridges (Carthage, Texas), Colleen Bridges* (Eatonton, Ga.), Kaitlin Dierks (Bothwell, Wash.), Madeline Fiorante* (Tigard, Ore.), Samantha Gastelum* (Coto De Cazi, Calif.), Kendall Gill* (Leesburg, Ga.), Isabelle Heckler*(Colts Neck, N.J.), Lauren Hull (Canfield, Ohio), Sydney Hutchins (Westlake Village, Calif.), Kathryn Jernick* (Peconic, N.Y.), Kathryn Kramer* (Menlo Park, Calif.), Miller Lantis (Corunna, Mich.), Margaret Lemons* (Salt Lake City, Utah), Sara Lewis* (Washington, Ind.), Mckenzie Maloney (Atlanta, Ga.), Jaden Olson* (Parker, Colo.), Catherine Ray (Berwyn, Pa.), Annalise Reed (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Carly Reinsel (Alpharetta, Ga.), Kadie Sanford* (Cumming, Ga.), Alexa Schwartz (Boca Raton, Fla.), Natalie Stoyko* (The Woodlands, Texas), Graysen Stroud* (Snohomish, Wash.) and Alison Tritschler (Southport, Conn.); women’s golf athlete Kelsey Kurnett (Alpharetta, Ga.); gymnasts Alexa Al-hameed (Ames, Iowa), Rachel Dickson (Canton, Mich.) and Megan Roberts (Toronto, Canada); Soccer players Ashley Andersen (Clifton, Va.), Anna Bougas (Grayson, Ga.), Kerri Cook (Greshman, Ore.), Kerry Manion (Westlake Village, Calif.) and Isabella Ponzi (Alexandria, Va.); Softball players Mary Wilson Avant* (Macon, Ga.), Kylie Bass (Gray, Ga.), Jordan Doggett (McDonough, Ga.), Alysen Febrey (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Savana Sikes (Douglasville, Ga.); women’s swimmers Caroline Aikins (Cumming, Ga.), Katherine Aikins (Cumming, Ga.), Olivia Anderson* (Mississauga, Ontario), Mckensi Austin* (Castle Rock, Colo.), Donna Blaum (Fayetteville, Ga.), Portia Brown* (Broadview Heights, Ohio), Olivia Carter* (Greensboro, N.C.), Callie Dickinson*(Virginia Beach, Va.), Allison Greene* (Tallahassee, Fla.), Kelliann Howell (Moultrie, Ga.), Addison Kelly (Jefferson, Ga.), Katherine Parker (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Sandra Scott (Midway, Ga.) and Julia Von Biberstein (Atlanta, Ga.); women’s tennis players Annette Goulak* (Oak Park, Calif.) and Meg Kowalski (Chicago, Ill.); women’s track and field athletes Emma Bagwellm (Alpharetta, Ga.), Imani Carothers* (Harvey, Ill.), Emily Doherty (Athens, Ga.), Yanely Gomez (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Ansley Heavern* (Dunwoody, Ga.), Courtney Long* (Acworth, Ga.), Emma Maisel (Cumming, Ga.), Tairyn Montgomery* (Los Angeles, Calif.), Marie Therese Obst (Oslo, Norway), Amber Tanner* (Brentwood, Tenn.), Grace Tavani (Roswell, Ga.), Mary Terry* (Norcross, Ga.) and Chelsea Zoller (Atlanta, Ga.); volleyball players Sydney Gilliam (Hendersonville, N.C.), Mallory Hernandez (Fishers, Ind.), Katie Houser (Winchester, Va.), Anna Kate Karstens (Hattiesburg, Miss.), Sarah Lagler-Clark (Mississauga, Ontario), Sage Naves (Agoura Hills, Calif.), Kayla Rivera (Ventura, Calif.) and Claire Rothenberger (Aurora, Ill.).    Lastly, 116 Georgia student-athletes capped the fall 2018 term with 3.00-3.49 GPAs. These individuals include: baseball players John Cable (Roswell, Ga.), Riley Crean (Athens, Ga.), Justin Glover (Buford, Ga.), Emerson Hancock (Cairo, Ga.), Randon Jernigan (Brunswick, Ga.), Zac Kristofak (Marietta, Ga.), Mason Meadows (Roswell, Ga.), Darryn Pasqua (Rocky Face, Ga.), Will Proctor (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Aaron Schunk (Atlanta, Ga.), Cameron Shepherd (Duluth, Ga.), LJ Talley (Folkston, Ga.), Connor Tate (Bishop, Ga.) and Cole Wilcox (Chickamauga, Ga.); men’s basketball athletes Connor O'Neill (Roswell, Ga.) and Ignas Sargiunas (Kaunas, Lithuania); football players Trey Blount (Atlanta, Ga.), Latavious Brini (Miami Gardens, Fla.), Matthew Downing (Alpharetta, Ga.), John Eager (Valdosta, Ga.), Warren Ericson (Suwanee, Ga.), John Fitzpatrick (Atlanta, Ga.), Sean Fogarty (Savannah, Ga.), Jake Fromm (Warner Robins, Ga.), Daniel Gothard (Dunwoody, Ga.), Mecole Hardman (Bowman, Ga.), Palmer Henderson (Valdosta, Ga.), Garrett Jones (Albany, Ga.), David Marshall (Thomaston, Ga.), Jordon McKinney (Dalton, Ga.), Isaac Nauta (Buford, Ga.), Christopher Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Channing Tindall (Columbia, S.C.), Steven Van Tiflin (Saginaw, Mich.), D'andre Walker (Fairburn, Ga.), Payne Walker (Suwanee, Ga.) and Blake Watson (Roswell, Ga.); men’s golf team members Will Kahlstorf (Watkinsville, Ga.), Calum Masters (Headland, Ala.) and Trevor Phillips (Inman, S.C.); men’s swimmers Alexander Bemiller (Atlanta, Ga.), Aidan Burns (Saratoga, Calif.), Charles Clifton (Nashville, Tenn.), Bradley Dunham (Hoschton, Ga.), Clayton Forde (Louisville, Ky.), Joshua Getty (Marietta, Ga.), Kevin Miller (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Gregory Reed (Roanoke, Va.); men’s tennis athletes Alex Diaz (Athens, Ga.) and Jan Zielinski (Warsaw, Poland); men’s track and field athletes John Bradley (Duluth, Ga.), Alejandro Collins (Peachtree City, Ga.), Denzel Comenentia (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Johannes Erm (Tallinn, Estonia), Elija Godwin (Covington, Ga.), Jonathan Raines (Macon, Ga.), Nathaniel Reichard (Duluth, Ga.), Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Austin Sprague (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Karel Tilga (Tartu, Estonia); women’s basketball players Donnetta Johnson (Queens, N.Y.), Que Morrison (Riverdale, Ga.) and Caliya Robinson (Marietta, Ga.); equestrian members Kathryn Anderson (Knoxville, Tenn.), Charlotte Anguiano (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Courtney Blumer (Monroe, N.C.), Emily Clark (Castle Rock, Colo.), Addy Cullum (Cayce, S.C.), Madeline Epstein (Miami, Fla.), Chaney Getchell (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Anna Hutlas (Shreveport, La.), Lexie Lane (Canton, Ga.), Emily Leins (Mclean, Va.), Alyssa Luckhardt (Saline, Mich.), Sarah McDonald (Asheville, N.C.), Madison Newman (Wellington, Fla.), Lila Owens (Winter Park, Fla.), Taylor Staton (Cumming, Ga.), Catherine Sullivan (Locust Valley, N.C.), Shaelyn Vering (Scribbler, Neb.) and Danielle Walawender (Seaville, N.J.); women’s golf athletes Gabriela Coello (Maracay, Venezuela) and Bailey Tardy (Peachtree Corners, Ga.); gymnasts Sterlyn Austin (Thomasville, Ga.), Samantha Davis (Cranford, N.J.), Marissa Oakley (Huntersville, N.C.) and Alyssa Perez-Lugones (Duluth, Ga.); soccer players Liz Brucia (Westfield, N.J.), Keely Cartrett (Suwanee, Ga.), Kristen Edmond (Suwanee, Ga.), Shelly McQuaid (Roswell, Ga.), Hale Otto (McKinney, Texas), Daria Stan (Augusta, Ga.) and Cecily Stoute (Atlanta, Ga.); softball athletes Tyler Armistead (Butler, Ala.), Lacey Fincher (Tanner Williams, Ala.), CJ Landrum (Fort Worth Texas), Madison McPherson (Plains, Ga.), Justice Milz (Kearney, Mo.), Keara Napoli (Alpharetta, Ga.), Shelby Suplee (Cumming, Ga.), Jacqui Switzer (Grayson, Ga.) and Janice Webb (Demorest, Ga.); women’s swimmers Veronica Burchill (Carmel, Ind.), Mary Claire Cardwell (Madison, Ga.), Sofia Carnevale (Mississauga, Ontario), Caitlin Casazza (High Point, N.C.), Danielle Della Torre (Watkinsville, Ga.), Alexis Glunn (Marietta, Ga.), Courtney Harnish (York, Pa.) and Freida Lim (Singapore, Singapore); women’s tennis players Lordes Carle (Daireaux, Argentina), Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, Okla.), Katarina Jokic (Novi Grad, Basnia) and Vivian Wolff (Atlanta, Ga.); women’s track and field athletes Tara Davis (Agoura Hills, Calif.), Skylar English (Dacula, Ga.), Sakari Famous (Pembroke, Bermuda), Katie Jackson (Auburn, Ala.), Makenzi Kopp (Jacksonville, Ga.), Sterling Lester (Marietta, Ga.), Titiana Marsh (Chester, Va.), Nicole Pachuta (Watkinsville, Ga.), Marisa Petit (Braselton, Ga.), Bailey Weiland (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jayda Woods (Cold Spring, Minn.); volleyball players Majesti Bass (Conyers, Ga.), Meghan Donovan (St. Louis, Mo.), Dalaney Hans (Marietta, Ga.) and Rachel Ritchie (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.).