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    U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday released a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. >> Read more trending news The report was released around 11 a.m., weeks after Mueller completed his investigation. President Donald Trump hailed the report as a victory over his critics. >> Mueller Report: Read the report Barr just released Update 6:45 p.m. EDT April 18: The Justice Department said it will provide Congress with a second version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that has fewer redactions in the coming two weeks. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in a letter to lawmakers Thursday that the Justice Department will make the report available to House and Senate leaders, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the judiciary and intelligence committees. Each lawmaker can also have a staff member present. Boyd said the report will be provided in a secure reading room at the Justice Department next week and in a secure room in the Capitol the week of April 29. The unredacted material will include classified information and material involving private citizens who were not charged. It won’t include secret grand jury information. Update 3:45 p.m. EDT April 18: Mueller’s report shows the Russian-based Internet Research Agency worked not only in Trump’s favor but also in favor of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who ran for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination before losing to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The company’s attempt to boost Sanders’ candidacy first surfaced last year, after authorities charged more than a dozen people and three companies with interfering in the election, The Washington Post reported. According to the newspaper, IRA operators were instructed not to harm Sanders’ reputation. “Main idea: Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary [Clinton] and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them),” Mueller quoted IRA operators as saying. Update 2:55 p.m. EDT April 18: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler said Thursday that he will issue a subpoena to get the full Mueller report and the underlying materials from Barr after the attorney general released a redacted version of the report. “Contrary to public reports, I have not heard from the Department (of Justice) about receiving a less-redacted version of the report,” he said Thursday in a statement. “Because Congress requires this material in order to perform our constitutionally-mandated responsibilities, I will issue a subpoena for the full report and the underlying materials.” Barr is scheduled to testify before the committee May 2. Update 2:25 p.m. EDT April 18: Kellyanne Conway, who serves as counselor to the president, told reporters Thursday that Mueller’s report was inaccurate in its description of Trump’s reaction to the special counsel’s appointment. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupre: Mueller: Trump obstruction failed because aides refused orders to undermine Russia probe According to Mueller, the president 'slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm (expletive).’' However, Conway said she was in the room when Trump learned about the appointment and that she “was very surprised to see” Mueller’s report on it, CNN reported. “That was not the reaction of the president that day,” she said. Update 2 p.m. EDT April 18: Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement Thursday that the special counsel’s report showed “no collusion, no obstruction.” “While many Democrats will cling to discredited allegations, the American people can be confident President Trump and I will continue to focus where we always have, on advancing an agenda that’s making our nation stronger, safer and more secure.” Despite the vice president’s claims, Mueller declined to answer the question of whether Trump obstructed justice in his actions related to the Russia probe. “Now that the Special Counsel investigation is completed, the American people have a right to know whether the initial investigation was in keeping with long-standing Justice Department standards -- or even lawful at all,” Pence said. “We must never allow our justice system to be exploited in pursuit of a political agenda.” Update 1:45 p.m. EDT April 18: In a joint statement released Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Barr and Mueller reached conflicting conclusions on the question of whether the president obstructed justice. “The differences are stark between  what Attorney General Barr said on obstruction and what Special Counsel Mueller said on obstruction,” the statement said. “As we continue to review the report, one thing is clear: Attorney General Barr presented a conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice while Mueller’s report appears to undercut that finding.” In his report, Mueller declined to answer questions surrounding whether Trump obstructed justice in his efforts to tamp down on the Russia probe, which authorities said he saw as a direct challenge to his presidency. Update 1:40 p.m. EDT April 18: In the report released Thursday, Mueller said his team’s investigation was sometimes hampered by the use of applications that “feature encryption or that do not provide for long-term retention of data or communications records” and the deletion of communications relevant to the probe. “In such cases, the Office (of the Special Counsel) was not able to corroborate witness statements through comparison to contemporaneous communications or fully question witnesses about statements that appeared inconsistent with other known facts,” the report said. “Accordingly, while this report embodies factual and legal determinations that the Office believes to be accurate and complete to the greatest extent possible, given  these identified gaps, the Office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on (or cast a new light)the events described in the report.” Update 1:20 p.m. EDT April 18: Mueller said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted in an interview that her comments to the news media after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey were “not founded on anything.” In response to a reporter’s question about FBI support for Comey after his May 2017 dismissal, Huckabee Sanders said at news briefing that, “We’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things.” 'The evidence does not support those claims,' according to the Mueller report. Update 1:15 p.m. EDT April 18: The House Intelligence Committee invited Mueller to testify next month after Barr released a redacted version of his 448-page report Thursday. “To discharge its distinct constitutional and statutory responsibility, the Committee must be kept ‘fully and currently informed’ of the intelligence and counterintelligence findings, evidence, and implications of your investigation,” committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff said in a letter to Mueller dated Thursday. “This requires that the Committee receive comprehensive testimony from you about the investigation’s full scope and areas of inquiry, its findings and underlying evidence, all of the intelligence and counterintelligence information gathered in the course of the investigation.” The House Judiciary Committee has also asked Mueller to testify. In a letter sent Thursday, committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler asked Mueller to appear before the panel by May 23. Update 12:45 p.m. EDT April 18: Brad Parscale, manager of the 2020 Trump presidential campaign, hailed the release of Mueller’s report Thursday and repeated the president’s calls for an investigation into the investigators. “President Trump has been fully and completely exonerated yet again,” Parscale said in a statement. “Now the tables have turned, and it’s time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever.” In the report released Thursday, Mueller said the FBI launched an investigation into whether Trump campaign officials were coordinating with the Russian government in July 2016. The investigation came after authorities said then-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos suggested to a representative of a foreign government that “the Trump Campaign had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the Campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.” Update 12:35 p.m. EDT April 18: Mueller said Trump attempted to influence the investigation into Russian election meddling. Mueller said his efforts “were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede his request.” Mueller’s report details instances by several officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former White House counsel Don McGahn and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, ignoring or refusing Trump’s requests to interfere in the investigation. Update 12:15 p.m. EDT April 18: When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump in May 2017 that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian election meddling, the president 'slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm (expletive).'  Trump blamed Sessions for the appointment, according to Mueller. 'Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency,' Trump said, according to the report released Thursday. 'It takes years and years and I won't be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.' Speaking Thursday at an event at the White House, Trump said, “this should never happen to another president again.” Update 11:45 a.m. EDT April 18: In the report released Thursday, Mueller said his team considered Trump’s written responses to questions in the Russia probe to be inadequate, but they decided against subpoenaing the president because of the delay such a move would cause to the investigation. Other revelations from the report include: Mueller said Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn in June 2017 to call the acting attorney general and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest. Trump previously denounced reports of the call as “fake news.”  Members of Trump’s staff might have saved him from more dire legal consequences by refusing to carry out orders they thought were legally risky, according to The Washington Post.  Mueller made clear in the report that “Russia wanted to help the Trump campaign, and the Trump campaign was willing to take” the help, the Post reported. However, investigators were unable to establish that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government. Update 11:30 a.m. EDT April 18: In his report, Mueller shared the reasoning behind his decision not to answer the question of whether the might have president obstructed justice. Mueller’s team scrutinized 10 episodes in which Trump sought to seize control of the Russia probe, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey, his directive to subordinates to have Mueller fired and efforts to encourage witnesses not to cooperate.  The president’s lawyers have said Trump’s conduct fell within his constitutional powers, but Mueller’s team deemed the episodes were deserving of scrutiny to determine whether crimes were committed. Update 11:25 a.m. EDT April 18: President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was “having a good day” following the release of the Mueller report. “This should’ve never happened,” Trump told a crowd gathered at a Wounded Warriors event at the White House, according to CNN. “I say this in front of my friends — this should never happen to another president again. This hoax — it should never happen again.' Trump’s attorneys hailed the report as “a total victory for the president” in a statement released to CNN. “The report underscores what we have argued from the very beginning - there was no collusion - there was no obstruction,” the statement said. “This vindication of the President is an important step forward for the country and a strong reminder that this type of abuse must never be permitted to occur again.” >> The Mueller report: What is in it, when will it be released, what will happen next? Update 11 a.m. EDT April 18: Barr has released a redacted version of the Mueller report, which is 448 pages long. >> Mueller report: Read the transcript of William Barr's remarks Update 10:55 a.m. EDT April 18: President Donald Trump was expected to deliver remarks Thursday morning at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride as lawmakers and the public await the release of Mueller’s report. However, by 10:55 a.m., Trump had yet to appear for the event. Update 10:30 a.m. EDT April 18: In a letter sent Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler asked Mueller to testify before the panel no later than May 23. Nadler released his letter to Mueller minutes after Barr spoke with reporters about the report, which is expected to be released Thursday. Barr told reporters he had “no objection to Bob Mueller testifying.” “It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings,” Nadler said. Update 10:20 a.m. EDT April 18: Barr said he plans to release a less-redacted version of Mueller’s report to several congressional committees on Thursday “in an effort to accommodate congressional requests” for Mueller’s full report. “These members of Congress will be able to see all of the redacted materials for themselves -- with the limited exception of that which, by law, cannot be shared,” Barr said Thursday morning at a news conference. “I believe that this accommodation, together with my upcoming testimony before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, will satisfy any need Congress has for information regarding the special counsel’s investigation.”    Update 10:05 a.m. EDT April 18: At a news conference Thursday morning, Barr said it will be important to view President Donald Trump’s actions in context. “President Trump faced an unprecedented situation,” Barr said. “As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office, and the conduct of some of his associates. At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion.” Barr said the Office of the White House Counsel has reviewed the redacted version of Mueller’s report but that Trump declined to assert privilege over it. Trump took to Twitter after Barr spoke to highlight that there was 'No collusion. No obstruction.' Update 9:50 a.m. EDT April 18: Mueller’s report details two main efforts sponsored by Russian government officials to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, Barr said Thursday morning at a news conference ahead of the report’s release. The report details efforts by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with ties to the Russian government, to “sow social discord among American votes through disinformation and social media operations,” Barr said. It also details efforts by Russian military officials connected to the GRU, “to hack into computers and steal documents and emails from individuals affiliated with the Democratic Party.” “The special counsel found no evidence that any Americans -- including anyone associated with the Trump campaign -- conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the IRA in carrying out this illegal scheme,” Barr said. Update 9:15 a.m. EDT April 18: President Donald Trump called the Mueller investigation 'The Greatest Political Hoax of all time!' in a series of tweets posted Thursday ahead of the release of the report. >> Mueller report: Trump tweets 'presidential harassment' ahead of redacted report's release “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” he wrote in a subsequent tweet. Trump has frequently criticized the Mueller investigation, framing the probe as a political “witch hunt” aimed at harming his presidency. Original report: Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Mueller’s report to Congress between 11 a.m. and noon Thursday before sharing the report on the special counsel’s website, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Battle lines clear as D.C. awaits redacted Mueller report Mueller completed his investigation late last month, 22 months after he launched his probe at the direction of the Justice Department. The investigation was frequently lambasted by President Donald Trump as a “witch hunt” aimed at undermining his presidency. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • It may be special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report , but the spotlight Thursday belonged just as much to the attorney general who made it public. The report had not yet been released when William Barr, by turns testy and defensive, took the Justice Department podium to face questions about the now-concluded probe. He was there not only to detail the main conclusions of Mueller's investigation but also to explain his handling of the report following a reputation-bruising month that has fueled skepticism from Democrats about whether the attorney general is functioning as a Donald Trump loyalist. 'It seems puzzling for someone with a long career at the department,' said Arun Rao, a former federal prosecutor in Maryland who served under Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. 'Particularly today, his behavior seems to be more of an advocate for a client rather than representing the department.' At his press conference, Barr stressed a half-dozen times that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a point Trump has seized on to try to claim vindication. He acknowledged that Mueller closely scrutinized the president for obstruction of justice but said he and Rosenstein disagreed with some of Mueller's legal theories. He also praised the White House's cooperation with the investigation and appeared to justify the president's anger over it, saying Trump 'faced an unprecedented situation' and people must bear in mind the context. '(T)here is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks,' Barr said. He gave a terse 'no' when asked by a reporter if he was concerned that it might be improper to hold a news conference before the report was public. He brushed off questions about whether he was protecting the president, saying he wasn't sure what the basis was to say he was being generous to Trump. A Justice Department official familiar with Barr's thinking said Barr simply wanted to confront head-on questions that he knew were lingering, including about the redaction process and interactions about the report between the Justice Department and the White House. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions, said Barr was following through on his commitment at his January confirmation hearing to be as transparent as possible by releasing a lightly redacted version of the Mueller report even though the regulations don't require any such disclosure. Skepticism of Barr's approach to Mueller's investigation mounted last month when he condensed the 448-page report into a four-page summary letter that Democrats said glossed over the special counsel's more damning evidence against Trump. Last week, he echoed Trump's own rhetoric by saying he believed his presidential campaign had been spied on and that he would investigate the origins of the investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. His press conference on Thursday was held without Mueller or members of his team and, critics charged, enabled Barr to place his own spin on the report's main findings before the American public even got a chance to see the document. Those actions have escalated partisan anxiety about Barr's trustworthiness and taken a toll on the standing of a Justice Department veteran who won over some skeptical Democrats with a smooth confirmation hearing at which he pledged independence and transparency. Congressional Democrats have demanded to hear from Mueller himself, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer citing a disconnect Thursday between Mueller's obstruction findings and the way Barr portrayed them. Barr signaled his own skepticism of the investigation even before he took office with an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department in which he criticized Mueller's obstruction of justice inquiry. But his appointment nonetheless won bipartisan support, especially coming after the selection of Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general who was attacked by Democrats as an unqualified Trump insider. At his confirmation hearing, Barr defended Mueller as a longtime friend who would never involve himself in a 'witch hunt' like the president has said. But his tone toward the investigation shifted in recent weeks as he learned more and more about Mueller's findings. He raised eyebrows at a congressional hearing last week when he said he believed the president's campaign had been spied on, likely a reference to a secret surveillance warrant the FBI obtained to monitor the communications of a former Trump campaign associate. The person familiar with his thinking said that Barr, who early in his career worked for the CIA, did not mean the word in a pejorative sense and was referring to intelligence collection activities. He also changed his take on the 'witch hunt' question, saying it was all a matter of perspective and that someone who feels unfairly investigated would inevitably dislike the feeling. Frank Montoya, a former FBI supervisor, said he had given Barr the benefit of the doubt but was concerned by the ways in which Barr's thinking appeared to align with Trump's. 'He can't not know that we're in highly partisan times,' Montoya said of Barr. 'To throw fuel on the fire the way that he does, all that it does is reinforce the idea that Trump is right.' ____ Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAP ___ For complete coverage of the Mueller report, go to https://www.apnews.com/TrumpInvestigations
  • A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein eliminated 17 claims against the once powerful movie mogul who has been accused by women in several lawsuits of seeking to trade his influence in Hollywood for sexual favors. Weinstein also faces trial in state court on criminal sexual assault charges. The judge also reduced the number of named plaintiffs from 10 to four and dismissed all other defendants. The women had alleged they were attacked from 1993 to 2011. Weinstein has denied engaging in any nonconsensual sex. Elior Shiloh, an attorney for Weinstein, said in a statement that his lawyers agree with Hellerstein's dismissal of most of the claims and will 'explore all options' to get the final claim thrown out too. Attorney Elizabeth Fegan, representing the women, said the judge ruled correctly that Weinstein should face the sex-trafficking allegation 'that he used his power to deceive and manipulate women, knowing he intended to sexually abuse them.' 'We are disappointed that certain claims were dismissed and plan to file an appeal,' she said. The lawsuit first filed in late 2017 had sought to represent 'dozens, if not hundreds' of women who say they were isolated and attacked by Weinstein. Unspecified damages were sought. The lawsuit had also named companies and employees as defendants, saying they functioned together like an organized crime group to facilitate Weinstein's meetings with young women. Hellerstein said he was dismissing all defendants except Weinstein because the lawsuit had insufficiently shown that they assisted, supported or facilitated sex trafficking. Other claims were dismissed because the alleged assaults occurred too long ago and lawyers had not adequately explained why they were not brought within a time period set by law. Lawyers for the women said the delay resulted because defendants made hush payments to victims, told victims to stay quiet, sent threatening text messages, forwarded victim complaints to Weinstein and retained lawyers to blacklist victims and intimidate journalists. 'These actions, although reprehensible, did not use fraud, misrepresentation, or deception to prevent plaintiffs from filing suit,' Hellerstein said. Weinstein was ousted from the movie company he founded after a barrage of sexual harassment and assault allegations started becoming public in October 2017. Weinstein's lawyers argued it wasn't fair to let aspiring actresses equate Hollywood's casting couch with a brothel. But Hellerstein wrote that the sex-trafficking law is appropriate if victims are enticed into sexual acts with false promises of career advancement.
  • Shane Lowry was convinced his game was on the rise, despite his poor scoring. He finally showed that Thursday in the RBC Heritage, shooting a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead. Trey Mullinax, Daniel Berger, Luke List, Ryan Moore and Ryan Palmer were tied for second. Top-ranked Dustin Johnson, coming off a second-place tie at Masters last week, rallied with two birdies in his final seven holes for a 68, leaving him three shots back. Lowry had not broken 70 in a stroke-play event since a 67 in the third round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am in early February on his way to missing the cut. The Irishman missed three more cuts in the past five weeks, including going 78-73 to end his Masters after two rounds. Things changed for Lowry at Harbour Town Golf Links, where he birdied three of his first six holes. He made three more birdies on his back nine. 'My scores haven't been great as of late,' Lowry said. 'But I felt like I've been playing OK. So maybe this is a reward for the perseverance.' Palmer drove the green on his final hole, the par-4 ninth, and was about 12 feet away from catching Lowry with an eagle. But the putt slid 2 feet past and he tapped in for a birdie. A group of eight, headed by Patrick Cantlay, was two strokes back at 67. Cantlay finished ninth at the Masters helped by a 64-68 weekend. Johnson led 12 players tied for 15th . The tournament, which typically struggles to attract a quality field the week following the Masters, was packed with star power with11 of the world's top 30 players entered. A couple, however, showed that fatigue that comes from a grueling, pressure-filled week at Augusta National. Xander Schauffele, ninth in the world, followed up his tie for second last week with an even-par 71 at Harbour Town. Seventh-ranked Francesco Molinari , who held a two-stroke lead at Augusta with seven holes left, struggled to a 3-over 74, which was also his final round score at the Masters. Masters winner Tiger Woods, who has played in just one RBC Heritage in 1999, was off. Molinari said his challenge this week was to find a spark to pick him back up after his Masters letdown. Instead, 'I made too made too many unforced mistakes,' he said. 'But it is what it is.' Lowry, whose only PGA Tour win came in 2015 at the WCG-Bridgestone Invitational, got things going quickly on his second hole, the 11th, when he put his approach to 19 feet and made the birdie putt. He stuck an iron to 8 feet on the next hole and made that, too. Lowry stuffed his third shot to 3 feet on the par-5 15th for a third birdie. Lowry closed things off in style on No. 9 with a 8 footer for a sixth birdie in the bogey-free round. Lowry had a similarly strong first round of 66 the only other time he played here in 2017 before ballooning to a 75 in round two and eventually tying for 44th. He discovered then that patience around Harbour Town is a virtue. Lowry acknowledged he tried to force things after his hot start two years ago and paid the price. His plan for Friday? 'Just try and stay patient,' he said. 'It's nice to shoot a good score and it's my first good score in a few weeks,' he said. 'So just enjoy that.' Johnson seemed stuck in a par-heavy funk before birdies on 12th and 15th holes. It was the fourth time he has broken 70 in his past five rounds here. Johnson was born in Columbia and played college golf at Coastal Carolina near Myrtle Beach. He was happy to have a solid showing in front of friends and family. 'It's a really nice week. The golf course in in great shape,' he said. 'My whole family comes down for this week. I think they enjoy it.' ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Evening' game were: 03-04-07-08-11-13-17-19-20-21-23-24 (three, four, seven, eight, eleven, thirteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-four)
  • Authorities are investigating claims that a local reality TV star ran up a bar bill and left without paying, then nearly ran over the manager in the parking lot. According to an incident report obtained by Channel 2’s Michael Seiden , officers were called to Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar on Edgewood Avenue just before midnight Wednesday.  The general manager, Robyn Brown, told police a woman -- later identified as Tresure Price from 'Love & Hop Hop Atlanta' -- came into the bar just after 11 p.m. and ordered drinks for her party. Brown claims Price left without paying her bill. A copy of the bill obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows they ordered 11 drinks and their bill was less than $110. JUST IN: Love & Hip-Hop ATL star @IAmTresureP accused of ditching $100 bar tab @HaroldsChickAtl. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/n4685KCM3m — Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) April 18, 2019 Brown also told police that the manager on duty chased Price and her group into the parking lot. According to Brown, Price almost hit the manager with her vehicle as she drove away. Police said they’ll review surveillance video of the incident.
  • Now this is what the Washington Nationals were looking for when they plunked down $140 million to add Patrick Corbin to the rotation. Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win with Washington, and the Nationals beat the punchless San Francisco Giants 4-2 Thursday in the deciding matchup of a three-game series. Signed to a six-year contract in December after pitching for six seasons in Arizona, Corbin started three games without a decision with his new team. In this one, the Nationals staked him to an early lead that he easily made stand up. 'It feels great to get my first win here as a Nat,' the lefty said. 'It seemed like every inning I was able to make pitches and get ahead of guys.' Corbin (1-0) struck out nine, walked one and a hit a batter over 7 2/3 innings against a struggling San Francisco offense that came in with a .208 average. The lone hits against the 29-year-old were a fifth-inning double by Evan Longoria and a two-out RBI double by Erik Kratz in the eighth. After Kratz broke up the shutout, Corbin exited to cheers from most of the 26,085 fans at the weekday afternoon game in the nation's capital. 'I still felt strong at the end,' he said. Kyle Barraclough entered and retired pinch-hitter Buster Posey. Sean Doolittle worked the ninth, giving up three hits and a run while earning his second save. The Giants had problems with Corbin's fastball and the strike zone of plate umpire Ryan Additon. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy was tossed in the fifth inning and left fielder Brandon Belt was ejected in the seventh after he threw down his helmet in disgust over a called third strike. 'I probably said something. It wasn't very nice,' Belt said. For the Giants, it was an unfortunate case of subtraction by Additon. 'As big leaguers we make adjustments. He's got to do the same thing,' Belt said. 'We put too much into this game to have at-bats taken away. That's a tough pill to swallow.' Asked about the third strike that got him ousted, Belt said, 'At no point was it a strike. That's the tough thing.' Bochy, who was ejected after arguing a fifth-inning called strike on Belt, said, 'It was frustrating for some of those hitters. That zone was too big. Belt had no chance.' There were a combined 23 strikeouts in the game, 12 of them called. San Francisco starter Drew Pomeranz (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven but walked three. After the Giants went down in order to start the game, Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom half for a 1-0 lead. San Francisco is the only team in the majors that hasn't scored in the first and is 6 for 63 (.095) in the inning. In the third, Anthony Rendon extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a two-out double and scored on a double by Juan Soto. Wilmer Difo hit a solo shot in the fourth, and Pomeranz was lifted after issuing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth. TRAINER'S ROOM Giants: Tyler Austin started at first base after missing six games with inflammation in his right elbow. Asked if he was concerned about the elbow, Bochy replied, 'To be honest, yes. That's why he's not in left field.' Nationals: Victor Robles showed no ill effects after crashing into the wall Wednesday night chasing a HR by Gerardo Parra. 'We checked on him last night. He was jumping around, actually, saying he was fine,' manager Dave Martinez said. ... Martinez is looking for a proper balance for Doolittle, who has pitched in nine of Washington's first 17 games. 'You can't burn him out right now. We have to make sure we're careful with him so we have him in August and September.' CAPS FAN Martinez showed up to his pregame press conference wearing a hat that read, 'ALL CAPS,' a show of support for the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. 'I think they're doing well. They've got their boxing gloves going right now,' Martinez said, punching the air with both fists. In a Game 3 loss to Carolina, Caps star Alex Overchkin got into a fight with rookie Andrei Svechnikov, who ended up in concussion protocol. UP NEXT Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.12 ERA) helps San Francisco opens a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday night. Nationals: RHP Annibal Sanchez (0-1, 4.86) returns to his roots in the opener of a three-game set in Miami on Friday. Sanchez began his career with the Marlins, going 44-45 in 133 games from 2006-11. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A New York man was arrested after authorities said they found a gun concealed in a DVD player that the man was trying to take through airport security. >> Read more trending news  One of the man’s checked bags triggered a security alarm Saturday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement. Officers opened the bag and found a DVD player inside. When officers further inspected the DVD player, they found that a 9 mm handgun wrapped in aluminum foil was inside, the TSA said. Port Authority police arrested the man, who is from Elmhurst, New York, and was on his way to Mexico. He faces weapons violations charges.
  • Police say rapper Qamar Akee Williams, known as Q Money, was arrested in metro Atlanta on murder charges after turning himself in Thursday.  Williams is accused of shooting and killing Calvin Alexander Chappell in Decatur on April 15.  Williams, of Ohio, was taken into custody in DeKalb County and is behind held on a felony murder charge. Police say he shot Chappell with a handgun at a Decatur home earlier this week.  It's unclear what led to the shooting.  Police said Williams was arrested without incident.  TRENDING STORIES: Police: Fight between two women at Kroger leads to shooting Bar claims reality TV star ditched bill, almost ran over employee Be weather aware: Strong storms, possible isolated tornadoes moving in  

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  • A body found in an Athens river earlier this week has been positively identified.  From the ACCPD:  The Athens-Clarke County Coroner has positively identified the deceased individual located in the Middle Oconee River as 54-year-old Emory Odell Findley of Athens. Findley was reported missing on March 29, 2019. The ACCPD will continue investigating the circumstances surrounding Findley’s death. The ACCPD asks that anyone with information about this incident to contact Det. Johnson at 706-613-3330, ext. 522 or Paul.Johnson@accgov.com . 
  • The Atlanta Business Chronicle says Atlanta’s loss will be Jackson County’s gain: Shenandoah Growers is reportedly closing its operation in Atlanta and moving to Jefferson. The company has posted ads for several job openings, including packers, drivers, and office staffers.  Shenandoah Growers is headquartered in Harrisonburg Virginia. Shenandoah grows organic herbs in indoor greenhouses using bionic growing methods. It has locations around the country. There was no immediate word exactly how many jobs will be created in Jackson County. 
  • Channel 2 Action News is getting you ready for a strong storm system headed our way. Our Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologists have been tracking this storm system for more than a week, as it moves across the country.  The system has already produced strong storms in Texas Thursday morning. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said that the system, with possible severe storms, will move into north Georgia overnight.  Temperatures will drop after the storms move out Friday. High temperatures on Saturday will be in the upper 50s. Drier weather settles into the area next week. 
  • Samantha Joye, an internationally recognized University of Georgia marine scientist who studies the complex interplay between microbes and large-scale ecological processes in the oceans, has been named Regents’ Professor, effective July 1. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the title Tuesday at its meeting in Savannah. Joye is Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences in the department of marine sciences, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Regents’ Professorships are bestowed by the Board of Regents on faculty members whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting. “Dr. Joye combines a commitment to rigorous and innovative science with a passion for sharing research-based knowledge with the public,” said Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Libby V. Morris. “She is an inspiration to students at the University of Georgia and to countless aspiring marine scientists across the nation and beyond.” Joye’s work explores the deep ocean and the impact of biogeochemical, ecological and environmental factors on microbes and other marine life. She has pioneered new methods of quantifying environmental factors such as microbial metabolism and geochemical signatures in extreme conditions by visiting the deepest parts of the ocean in manned submersible and remotely operated vehicles. With 160 peer-reviewed publications and 14 book chapters, Joye’s research has been cited more than 10,000 times, placing her among the top researchers in her field, and she has been awarded nearly 40 public and private research grants since 1997. Her current grants include funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “Joye is a force of nature, driven by insatiable curiosity and apparently endless energy. She holds herself, her students and colleagues to the highest standards of thoroughness, rigor and integrity. As a person, a professor and a scientist, she is a powerful role model for both men and women,” Bess Ward, William J. Sinclair Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University, wrote in a nomination letter. “She is a truly distinguished member of the faculty of the University of Georgia.” After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion created the largest marine oil spill in history, Joye spearheaded the formation of a team of multidisciplinary researchers from across the nation to determine the environmental impacts of the hydrocarbon inputs on the Gulf of Mexico’s biome. The Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) consortium, which brings together researchers from 16 institutions across the United States, continues its work today and has resulted thus far in 34 seagoing expeditions and more than 110 publications and 300 presentations. “Joye directs not only her own top-flight research program in marine sciences at UGA, but also a top-flight consortium … ECOGIG is truly transforming the way we think about the Gulf and its relationship to the myriad of hydrocarbon springs on its seafloor,” Jeffrey Chanton, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Research Professor and John Widmer Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University, wrote in his nomination letter. “In addition to her impressive scientific contributions, she has made heroic efforts to communicate science to the general public while mentoring the next generation of scientists.” In addition to thousands of press interviews with media outlets from National Geographic to the New York Times, Joye has engaged in various projects with artists to translate science to the public, including a current partnership with painter Rebecca Rutstein that was featured at a recent Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities conference at UGA. Joye recently collaborated with artist Jim Toomey of the popular “Sherman’s Lagoon” comic strip to create an award-winning short film series entitled “The Adventures of Zack and Molly,” which highlights the importance of healthy oceans. In addition, Joye’s research has been featured in two documentaries, “Black and Blue: Beneath the Gulf Oil Disaster” and “Atlantis Revealed: Where the Oil Went,” and her work has been filmed for the BBC’s “Blue Planet” series.   Joye is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the American Academy of Microbiology and a Sustaining Fellow of the Association for Sciences for Limnology and Oceanography. She has testified before Congress numerous times on the impact of the oil spill and is a recipient of a Distinguished Service Award for Education and Outreach from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service. She received a Faculty Achievement Award from the Southeastern Conference in 2015 and a Creative Research Medal from the University of Georgia in 2008. The Regents’ Professorship includes a $10,000 salary increase and is granted for an initial period of three years, which may be renewed. No more than one Regents’ Professorship is given in any year at UGA.
  • Fresh off his first season as Georgia Bulldogs basketball coach, Tom Crean speaks this morning in Atlanta: Crean keynotes the Terry College Third Thursday breakfast session, taking place this morning at the Synovus Community Room in Atlanta.    Coach Crean will be back in Athens to speak tonight at the Classic Center, taking part in the annual Steak and Steak fundraiser hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — Georgia coach Tom Crean gave an assist to the Bulldogs’ fans after landing the No. 7-ranked signing group in the 2019 class. McDonald’s All-American Anthony “Antman” Edwards, the nation’s No 1-ranked shooting guard coming out of Holy Spirit Prep School in Atlanta, chose UGA in part to stay close to his loved ones. RELATED: Georgia lands Fab Four in Top 100 class, Crean says ‘we’re not done’ But Edwards was also inspired by the Bulldogs’ 98-88 upset over eventual NIT champion Texas in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, Crean revealed. Many viewed it as Crean getting Sugar Bowl revenge on the Longhorns’ program. But Edwards also attended the game that day, and the energy that the capacity crowd brought to Stegeman Coliseum played into the elite prospect’s decision making. RELATED: Georgia basketball rips Texas 98-88 amid electric environment “I think win or lose in that game, the atmosphere was incredible, and there was a lot of passion and juice,” Crean said at his spring signing day press conference on Thursday. “The fact we did win and score those kinds of points against a team like that was helpful. “But the atmosphere in this situation was probably one of the biggest determining things.” Georgia basketball set a single season attendance record despite an 11-21 finish, and the Texas game was one of seven sellouts. The Bulldogs’ top recruits, like the fans, took note of the grit and resiliency Crean was building in close losses to NCAA teams like Auburn (78-75), Ole Miss (72-71), LSU (83-79) and Mississippi State (68-67). “Building that level of resiliency, and building that level of toughness, and that level of belief and care, that’s the same thing you’re trying to get across to recruits,” Crean said. “The fact that people could see the way we were competing and coming back time and time again, when it didn’t go as well, they see this is a team that’s improving. “We try to get across to them that we’re not recruiting to try to get in the hunt — we’re not trying to recruit to get a little bit better — we’re recruiting to be all the way in.” The Georgia basketball fans did their part as Crean and his staff was doing theirs on the recruiting trail, and it helped lead to the highest ranked recruiting class in program history. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean The post WATCH: Tom Crean credits Georgia basketball fans with assist for Top 10 class appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS —  I called James Banks Thursday morning. You’d have thought I was talking to a kid on Christmas morning about the awesome gift he’d just opened under the tree. “Oh, man, I’m excited. I’m ecstatic. I’m beyond ecstatic,” said Banks, star of Georgia’s 1983 Final Four basketball team. “I’m as excited as I was when we went to the Final Four, and I’m not being facetious about that.” Banks I’d barely gotten my question out of my mouth — what’d you think about the Bulldogs landing The Antman? — when Banks launched into this enlivened soliloquy. “Great player. Great kid. The real deal,” Banks said of the nation’s No. 2-rated overall prospect, also known as Anthony Edwards. “Can get to the rim anytime he wants to. He’s a pro for sure.” Banks went on. He said he wasn’t excited just about Antman. It was about the 2019 recruiting class overall. It was about second-year coach Tom Crean. “I really think he’s got this program heading in the right direction,” Banks said. It would appear so. Georgia’s 2019 class is currently ranked No. 7 nationally. Edwards, a 6-foot-4 guard who’s considered the No. 1 overall recruit in America by a 247Sports.com, is obviously cream of the crop. But the Bulldogs also signed three other Top 100 players. On Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period for basketball, they added No. 62-ranked Christian Brown, a 6-foot-6 forward from Oak Hill Academy. They’re added to a list that already included Jaykwon Walton and Toumani Camara, who signed with the Bulldogs during the early signing period in November. Both 6-6 wings, they’re ranked 69th and 96th, respectively, in 247Sports’ composite. It’s sum total of that group that has Banks pumped. It reminds him of what the Bulldogs did in the early 1980s under coach Hugh Durham. Everybody remembers that Georgia signed Dominique Wilkins during that time. The man who would become known as “The Human Highlight Film remains the greatest recruit the Bulldogs have ever signed, Antman included (for now at least). But that was not the greatest recruiting class Georgia would sign. That would be the 1980 group that Durham landed the year after Wilkins’ arrival that catapulted the Bulldogs to that incredible run in 1983. “Derrick Floyd was an All-American; Lamar Heard was an All-American; Terry Fair was the No. 1 player in the state,” said Banks, who was also a McDonald’s All-American coming out of Atlanta that year. “So that was the nucleus of that team. Of course, Dominique had gotten there the year before us. But Coach Durham sold us on starting a tradition instead of being part of a tradition. We all bought into that, and that gave us a nucleus of good guys, good people first, but outstanding players. Coach Crean is following that same formula.” Banks said he’s trying not to get ahead himself, but he sees similar potential in this group. The Bulldogs expect to have 6-11 forward Nicolas Claxton back next year, as well as 6-8 Rayshaun Hammonds and 6-9 Amanze Ngumezi. Add this class of multi-skilled, outside-shooting, ball-handling, rim-rattling prospects led by Edwards, and Banks sees Georgia becoming immediately competitive on national level. And not just for a minute, mind you, but for a while. “I really like Coach Crean,” said Banks, a 14-year European pro who now coaches girls’ basketball at Athens Academy. “I really like what he’s doing and how he’s doing it. I like his spirit, his energy, his passion about what he’s doing. He’s just really doing things the right way. He’s doing a wonderful job of recruiting this state and recruiting period. You could say I’m a Tom Crean fan.” Banks said Crean has reached out to and embraced former lettermen like himself, past players who experienced great basketball success at Georgia. Crean is the keynote speaker tonight at The Classic Center for the annual Steak & Steak Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Athens. Floyd, also of that ’83 team, is the director of operations for that organization. The event is sold out. Banks said he made an impromptu visit to one of the Bulldogs’ practices earlier this year. He said Crean stopped the workout and had the entire team come over to shake his hand and thank him for what he did for Georgia basketball. “That’s why I’m so excited, to be honest with you,” Banks said. “I think Coach Crean and his staff are committed to making this program great and embracing anything and everything he can to make that happen.” A collection of former high school All-Americans helped lift Georgia to its one and only Final Four appearance in 1983 in Albuquerque, N.M. (UGA file) Of course, that starts and ends with getting great players. And while Georgia has always signed talented basketball players, like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Trey Thompkins and Jarvis Hayes, it’s the ability to land several at a time and get them to blend together and play well as a team that translates into winning on a high level and competing for championships That’s what Georgia has done whenever it has had its pockets of success over the years. The run to the Sweet 16 under Tubby Smith in 1996 started with the core group of Shandon Anderson, Terrell Bell, Pertha Robinson and Carlos Strong. Same for the 1990 SEC Championship team, led by Rod Cole, Litterial Green, Alec Kessler and Marshall Wilson. A cynic might point out that even the great Wilkins didn’t lift the Bulldogs to a championship. It was only the year after Wilkins left early for the pros that Georgia won the SEC Tournament and made the run to the Final Four. Edwards is, of course, the closest the Bulldogs have had to Wilkins in terms of can’t miss pro potential. Right now, before he has even stepped foot the UGA campus, Edwards projects to be an NBA lottery pick in 2020. Sometimes such expectations can overshadow a team and/or throw it out of balance. To some degree that happened with Wilkins, who might take 20 or 25 shots a game. But Banks said he has spent a lot of time studying and watching Edwards, and he thinks he different. “From everything I’ve seen, (Edwards is) a great team player,” Banks said. “He obviously can shoot and score, but he handles the ball so well and passes so well and can do a lot of other things to make everybody on the team better.” The biggest key to success, Banks said, is going to be the coaching and leadership of Crean. And in Crean, Banks believes. “That’s all about the coach, and Crean knows how to handle that,” Banks said. “He did a wonderful job with Dwayne Wade and Victor Oladipo. He’s coached guys who could flat out play the game. He knows how to coach them into being a great teammate and making their teammates better. That will help Antman become a great pro. I have the utmost confidence in coach Crean getting it done in that aspect. He’s done that before.” Meshing together is what Georgia did so well that magical season of 1982-83. With the point guard named Vern Fleming from New York City leading the way with 16.9 points per game, the Bulldogs had four players average in double figures and they pretty much beat all comers on the backboards. That got landed them an SEC Tournament championship and got them past the likes of St. Johns and North Carolina on the way to the 1983 Final Four in Albuquerque, N.M. With Antman out front and Crean on the sideline Banks thinks such heights are possible again. The key, he said, is in the blending. “Players in the locker room, they always know who’s that dude,” Banks said. “We were some dudes, but we knew who the dude really was. You practice with those guys every day, so there’s no mistaking that. Antman is that dude. But it’s got to be about the team and playing for one another and that’s where leadership comes in.” Banks said he thinks Georgia now has “the dude” and “the coach.” “So I can’t wait,” Banks said, almost giddy now. “I’m excited. I hope I don’t have to miss a game this year ’cause I really think this is gonna be a lot of fun.” Take a look at this “Day in the Life of Anthony Edwards” video below and you’ll get an idea of the kind of player Georgia is getting. The post James Banks, star of Georgia’s 1983 Final Four team, among the many with ‘Antman Fever’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football will hold it’s annual G-Day Game, a spring intrasquad scrimmage. The Bulldogs are coming off an SEC East Division title and an 11-3 season. Georgia is among the favorites to win the national championship in 2019 with third-year quarterback Jake Fromm returning, along with a 1,000-yard rusher in D’Andre Swift. The Bulldogs also feature an offensive line that’s challenging to rank among the best in the nation, and perhaps recent modern era football history. RELATED: Georgia O-Line work in progress, but also, work of art Georgia has 14 early enrollees. Many of those players are competing for prominent roles this spring, including the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2019 class Nolan Smith (OLB), and the No. junior college signee in the class (Jermaine Johnson). What time is the Georgia G-Day Game? Time: The Georgia football G-Day Game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Location: The game is at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. What TV Channel is the G-Day Game on? The game will be televised by the SEC Network. Who are the G-Day TV commentators? The  SEC Network commentators assigned are Maria Taylor, Matt Stinchcomb and Greg McElroy. Tom Hart will handle the play-by-play. How can I listen to the G-Day Game? The game will be broadcast on WSB 95.5 FM, 750 AM, WNGC 106.1 FM  along with other Georgia Bulldog Sport Network (IMG) radio affiliates. Scott Howard is on the play-by-play call, Eric Zeier is the color analyst, and Chuck Dowdle is the sideline reporter. Georgia G-Day Game live updates For live updates and information on the game via Twitter, follow  DawgNation writers: Chip Towers  @ChipTowersDN Jeff Sentell @JeffSentell Connor Riley @KConnorRiley Brandon Adams @DawgNationDaily Mike Griffith  @MikeGriffith32  Georgia football spring stories Defensive lineman Justin Young emerges from relative obscurity Kirby Smart looks for more out of safety Richard LeCounte Jake Fromm leads freshman QB D’Wan Mathis WATCH: Georgia lineman Ben Cleveland 100 percent after broken leg Receiver Demetris Robertson more comfortable in offense  Outland Trophy candidate Andrew Thomas all business Azeez Ojulari having strong spring at outside linebacker   The post Georgia football G-Day Game 2019: Time, TV channel, radio information appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia baseball looks to put the momentum gained from its historic 20-inning win over Clemson to use against Missouri. RELATED: Slap-happy Georgia outlasts Clemson, 3-2 The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (30-8, 10-5) host the No. 21-ranked Tigers (26-12-1, 7-7-1) at 6 p.m. on Thursday (TV: ESPNU). “They just beat LSU in a series, and they are playing with some confidence,” UGA coach Scott Stricklin said. “So it’s going to be a tough one, for sure.” The Bulldogs will put Golden Spikes Award Award candidate Emerson Hancock (6-2, 1.18 ERA) in the circle against Missouri left-hander Jacob Cantleberry (3-2, 3.97 ERA) at Foley Field. Georgia enters the weekend tied with Mississippi State atop the SEC, enjoying their best season since the 2009 team was 31-7 at this stage of the season. UGA leads the SEC with a 2.67 ERA and .981 fielding percentage and is tops in the country in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.8). Georgia Baseball Notes • The Thursday night game against Missouri is one of only three remaining Georgia baseball home dates with tickets remaining. The other two are May 16 and May 17 for Alabama. • Georgia’s second game against Missouri at 7 p.m. on Friday is sold out, and the teams will conclude the series at noon on Saturday. Student admission is first come, first serve, until their held block is full. • The all-time series between Missouri and Georgia is tied 9-9, the Bulldogs sweeping the Tigers last season in Columbia. Georgia baseball Baseball Bulldogs look for sweep of Clemson Georgia back on track, tops Tennessee 7-1 Georgia baseball fights to avoid sweep in Knoxville Bulldogs suffer series opening crazy loss at Tennessee Georgia baseball puts No. 2 ranking on line at Rocky Top Miraculous recoveries spark Bulldogs baseball program Bulldogs sting Yellow Jackets in 12-2 blowout at Foley Field   The post No. 5 Georgia baseball braces for No. 21 Missouri: ‘going to be a tough one’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia softball needed a win desperately on Wednesday night at Jack Turner Stadium. Georgia Tech rolled into town at the perfect time. The No. 16-ranked Bulldogs (31-14) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-0 win over the Yellow Jackets (27-20). It was Georgia’s 12th straight win in the rivalry series dating back to 2012. “That’s pretty awesome for these seniors,” said UGA coach Lu Harris-Champer, who collected her 1,100th career win. “They went through their whole careers being successful in the series, and I’m proud of them for that.” Champer was also proud of junior pitcher Mary Wilson Avant (9-4), who tossed a one-hitter, and leadoff hitter Ciara Bryan who connected with her first career grand slam. Ciara Bryan hit a grand slam Wednesday night / Kristin M. Bradshaw Bryan’s blast highlighted a six-run fourth inning for Georgia, the Bulldogs batting around in the order. “I was attacking the zone,” said Bryan, who was 3-for-4 at the plate including her ninth home run of the season. “I was in my stride, and if the pitch was there, I was ready to hit it.” Senior Alyssa DiCarlo, arguably the best hitter in the nation with 20 home runs this season and a .413 batting average, sparked that inning with a lead-off single. It was also DiCarlo who drove in the first run of the night, lifting a sacrifice fly to right field to score Bryan from third in the first inning. “I was just trying to hit something into right field, either in the gap or in that area of the field,” DiCarlo said. “I just have to do my job, whatever I’m asked to do.” Georgia returns to action at 6 p.m. on Friday at Jack Turner Stadium for the first of a three-game series against No. 8-ranked Tennessee.   The post No. 16-ranked Georgia softball wins 12th straight over Georgia Tech, 7-0 appeared first on DawgNation.