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    A New York man is accused of turning off the lights in a store’s cooler and telling a Jewish co-worker standing inside that she was “in the gas chamber now,” WNBC reported. >> Read more trending news  William Sullivan, 21, of Saugerties, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated harassment, WABC reported. Sullivan also has been fired from the Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston where the alleged incident occurred March 11, the Daily Freeman reported. Sullivan was in the store cooler with Sarah Shabanowitz, 18, when he allegedly turned out the lights and made an anti-Semitic remark, WNBC reported. Shabanowitz’s mother, Jackie Winder Shabanowitz, wrote on Facebook that 'Sarah went to management, they told her not speak about (it), removed her from produce, which she has been (in) for a year, and put her on the register.” Sarah Shabanowitz released her own statement, WABC reported, saying she was 'horrified' by the incident and the store's response. She has since quit working at the store, the Daily Freeman reported. 'The way Mother Earth treated me was wrong. Not just Will, but management and the ownership. No one did anything to make me safe,' Sarah Shabanowitz wrote. 'No one took this seriously. Instead, management ordered me to keep quiet.  “I will not be quiet. No one should be subjected to anti-Semitism or racism or sexism at work.'  Mother Earth posted a pair of apologies on its Facebook page, saying it was sorry for “the immense upset that has occurred.” 
  • An explosion has been heard in the Somali capital, scene of frequent attacks by Islamic extremist fighters. Witnesses said Saturday the blast was heard near the headquarters of the Somali intelligence agency in Mogadishu. Somali police didn't immediately provide more information. The Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab frequently carries out suicide bomb attacks targeting public places and government offices.
  • The French government vowed to strengthen security as yellow vest protesters stage a 19th round of demonstrations, following last week's riots in Paris. Authorities banned protests from the capital's Champs-Elysees avenue and central areas of several cities including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice in the south, and Rouen in western France. New Paris police chief Didier Lallement, who took charge following last week's protests, said specific police units have been created to react faster to any violence. Authorities also deployed soldiers to protect sensitive sites and allow police forces to focus on maintaining order during the protests. In Paris, yellow vests issued calls for a gathering on Trocadero plaza, next to the Eiffel Tower, and a demonstration from the south of the capital to Montmartre neighborhood.
  • Everything was set for Zion Williamson's starring turn on the biggest stage in college basketball. The Duke megastar made his NCAA Tournament debut some 90 miles away from his high school, in front of what was essentially a hometown crowd, with a CBS camera dedicated to his every move. Too much hype for a freshman? Not this one. Williamson, as expected, had a spectacular showing and proved once again he's the most prolific player in the game right now. He scored 25 points in an explosive performance to lead top-seeded Duke to an 85-62 win over North Dakota State in Friday night's first round game. 'Wow,' the 18-year old said he thought to himself in his hotel room a day before the debut, 'I'm really here.' His debut will go down as one of the strongest in recent memory, and his second-half show was a dazzling display of the talents that have him projected as the top player in the NBA draft. RJ Barrett led Duke with 26 points and 14 rebounds, and combined with Williamson they made for an unstoppable 1-2 freshman punch. Barrett and Williamson gave Duke two players with 20 or more points in their NCAA Tournament debuts for the first time since Mark Alarie and Johnny Dawkins did it in 1984. But this was Williamson's show and he could not be contained in the second half as Duke turned a tight early contest into a runaway in the first round of the East Region. Williamson was disappointed in the Blue Devil's sluggish first half as Duke led just 31-27 at the break. Teammates were in his ear, he said, telling the star to 'be me.' When that happens, there's no one in college basketball like Williamson. He opened the half by driving on two defenders for a layup that drew a foul. He missed the free throw but Williamson answered with a monster slam. The highlight, though, came moments later on Williamson's breathtaking dribble-behind-his-back-after-chasing-down-his-own-steal layup. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman outran 5-11, 190-pound Vinnie Shahid of North Dakota State for the ball after he tipped it for a steal. Williamson then dribbled behind his back, briefly losing and regaining his balance with a hand on the floor. That cleared room for Williamson to get to the lane and go up and under for a layup. Just like that, the Blue Devils were up 40-27 and cruising. The Bison (19-16) never recovered. 'In the second half, we played beautiful basketball,' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Barrett said Duke, which starts four freshmen, may have been overly excited about the NCAAs. When they settled down and began to play, Barrett said, things came easier. The Blue Devils (30-5) will face No. 9 seed UCF on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16, setting up a match of game's most captivating player in Williamson with college basketball's tallest player in the Knights' 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall. Shahid led the Bison with 20 points. North Dakota State coach David Richman knew Duke had the potential for a backbreaking run that would put his team on its heels. Shahid was as awed by Williamson as everyone else. 'Probably one of the best athletes I've seen with my own eyes,' he said. Still, Richman's spunky team held a 25-24 lead late in the opening half. That was when the Blue Devils settled for too many jump shots, Krzyzewski said, giving North Dakota State the chance to hang around. Once Williamson got going, Duke showed why it is the top overall seed in this tournament and why CBS is dedicated to following Williamson's journey. Duke was expected to pick up where it left off last week when it won its 21st Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title. Williamson was electric in the conference tournament — he went 13 of 13 from the field in a quarterfinal win over Syracuse — and became the first freshman to win both ACC player of the year and tournament MVP. Now on the big stage with the 'Zion Cam' tracking his every move, Williamson was active early with a driving basket and a monster block on the other end. Then a crazy thing happened — the Blue Devils struggled to score. They missed 3-pointers and close-in shots, mid-range jumpers and driving layups and found themselves trailing the Summit League Tournament champions 16-12 midway through the half. Barrett and Reddish rallied Duke toward the end — Barrett had three straight baskets — and Jordan Goldwire's 3-pointer with a minute left sent Duke into the locker room with the lead. Williamson's early highlight came with the game tied at 16 as he took a pass on the baseline a few feet from the rim, rose up and put down a power jam. The sold-out crowd at 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena watched it unfold and drew in a collective breath before exploding at the result. Williamson played high school basketball in Spartanburg, 90 miles away. BIG PICTURE North Dakota State: The Bison closed the season strongly simply to make the NCAAs. With a 15-15 record before the conference tournament, the Bison won three straight to win the Summit League Tournament. They then defeated North Carolina Central 78-74 on Wednesday night's First Four matchup. Duke: The Blue Devils had a sluggish start to the first — and probably only — NCAA Tournament for many of its freshman stars. But their ability to turn up the intensity will serve them well going forward, particularly if they hope to chase a sixth national title under coach Mike Krzyzewski. TURNING UP THE D North Dakota State shot 41 percent in the opening half, a number that dropped to 31 percent the final 20 minutes as Duke dug in on defense. The Blue Devils had 17 points off turnovers to just eight for the Bison. LEFTIES Barrett and Williamson were asked if part of their tight bond is because both are left-handed. After a moment, Barrett said, 'I guess it's cool for sure,' when his coach, Mike Krzyzewski piped in, 'Being right-handed is cool, too.' UP NEXT Duke will move on to face ninth-seeded UCF on Sunday. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/MarchMadness and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • An Oregon teen emerged unscathed from a car after he drove it off a cliff at a state scenic viewpoint Friday afternoon, The Oregonian reported. >> Read more trending news  The car plunged 150 feet and damaged a historic wall at Ochoco Wayside State Park before crashing, Prineville police said. The car was destroyed, the newspaper reported. According to a police account, the teenager, who was alone in a 2000 Mazda Sedan, drove the vehicle off the cliff in a “non-accidental” incident, The Oregonian reported. He was transported to a local hospital, the newspaper reported.
  • The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a 'caliphate.' Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a third of both Syria and Iraq, ended with a last stand by several hundred of its militants at a tiny Syrian village on the banks of the Euphrates near the border with Syria. Here are the key moments in the rise and fall of the Islamic State group: ___ April 2013 — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of al-Qaida's branch in Iraq, announces the merger of his group with al-Qaida's franchise in Syria, forming the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and expanding his reach into neighboring Syria. ___ 2014 January — Al-Baghdadi's forces overrun the city of Fallujah in Iraq's western Anbar province and parts of the nearby provincial capital of Ramadi. In Syria, they seize sole control of the city of Raqqa after driving out rival Syrian rebel factions, and it becomes their de facto capital. ___ February — Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri disavows al-Baghdadi after the Iraqi militant ignores his demands that IS leave Syria. ___ June — IS captures Mosul, Iraqi's second-largest city, and pushes south as Iraqi forces crumble, eventually capturing Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit and reaching the outskirts of Baghdad. When they threaten Shiite holy sites, Iraq's top Shiite cleric issues a call to arms, and masses of volunteers, largely backed and armed by Iran, join militias. ___ June 29 — The group renames itself the Islamic State and declares the establishment of a self-styled 'caliphate,' a traditional model of Islamic rule, in its territories in Iraq and Syria. Al-Baghdadi is declared the caliph. ___ July 4 — Al-Baghdadi makes his first public appearance, delivering a Friday sermon in Mosul's historic al-Nuri Mosque. He urges Muslims around the world to swear allegiance to the caliphate and obey him as its leader. ___ August — IS captures the town of Sinjar west of Mosul and begins a systematic slaughter of the tiny Yazidi religious community. Women and girls are kidnapped as sex slaves; hundreds remain missing to this day. ___ Aug. 8 — The U.S. launches its campaign of airstrikes against IS in Iraq. ___ Sept. 22 - The U.S.-led coalition begins an aerial campaign against IS in Syria. ___ 2015 January — Iraqi Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, drive IS out of several towns north of Mosul. In Syria, Kurdish fighters backed by U.S. airstrikes repel an IS onslaught on the town of Kobani on the border with Turkey, the first significant defeat for IS. ___ April 1 — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces retake Tikrit, their first major victory against IS. ___ May 20 — IS captures the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, where the extremists later destroy archaeological treasures. ___ 2016 Feb. 9 — Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi after months of fighting and at enormous cost, with thousands of buildings destroyed. Almost the entire population fled the city. ___ June 26 — Fallujah is declared liberated by Iraqi forces after a five-week battle. ___ July 3 — IS sets off a gigantic suicide truck bomb outside a Baghdad shopping mall, killing almost 300 people, the deadliest attack in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. ___ Oct. 17 — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces the start of the operation to liberate Mosul. ___ Oct. 21 — IS militants and sleeper cells stage a wave of attacks with suicide blasts in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least 80 people in an attempt to divert attention from Mosul. ___ Nov. 5 — The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launch Operation Euphrates Wrath, the first of five operations aiming to retake Raqqa, starting with an encircling of the city. ___ 2017 Jan. 24 — Al-Abadi announces eastern Mosul has been 'fully liberated.' ___ Feb. 19 — Iraqi forces begin the assault on western Mosul, taking the city's airport and nearby military base within four days. ___ May 10 — SDF captures the strategic Tabqa dam after weeks of battles and a major airlift operation that brought SDF fighters and their U.S. advisers to the area. The fall of the dam facilitated the push on Raqqa, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. ___ June 6 — SDF fighters begin an attack on Raqqa from three sides, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. ___ June 18 — Iraqi forces launch battle for Mosul's Old City, the last IS stronghold there. ___ June 21 — IS destroys Mosul's iconic al-Nuri Mosque and its 12th century leaning minaret as Iraqi forces close in, according to Iraqi and coalition officials. __ July 10 — Iraqi prime minister declares victory over IS in Mosul and end of the extremists' caliphate in Iraq. ___ Oct. 17 — SDF takes full control of Raqqa after months of heavy bombardment that devastates the city. ___ September-December —Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air power and Iranian forces, recapture IS territory on the western bank of the Euphrates River, seizing the cities of Deir el-Zour, Mayadin and Boukamal on the border with Iraq. ___ 2018 Aug. 23 — IS leader al-Baghdadi resurfaces in his first purported audio recording in almost a year; he urges followers to 'persevere' and continue fighting. ___ Sept. 10 — SDF launches a ground offensive, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, to take the last territory held by IS in Syria's eastern province of Deir el-Zour. ___ 2019 February-March — SDF besiege IS in the village of Baghouz, the last scrap of land the group holds. The advance stalls as some 30,000 civilians, mostly families of IS members, are evacuated from the pocket over the course of weeks. March 23 — SDF declares the complete capture of Baghouz and the end of the Islamic State group's territorial 'caliphate.
  • A second week has begun of efforts to find and help tens of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of southern Africa. Members of the Indian and South African militaries are joining aid groups in flying over stretches of central Mozambique as they look for signs of life and people in need. No one knows how many people are missing. More than 600 people are confirmed dead in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Aid workers say that number is certain to rise as flood waters recede. The shattered Mozambican city of Beira and other communities are now home to crowded displacement camps, both organized and informal. With communications badly affected by the cyclone and some families separated in the chaos, a program aimed at reunification is now underway. 'Every day we discover that the destruction left by Cyclone Idai is worse than we imagined,' Hicham Mandoudi, the International Committee of the Red Cross's head of sub-delegation in Beira, said in a statement. 'We are deeply concerned about remote communities that are cut-off by flooding and landslides and are yet to receive any humanitarian assistance. More rain is expected to come, which will compound the suffering of people who have already lost everything.' Mozambique's government has formally requested assistance from the international community, the U.N. humanitarian office said, opening the door to further aid efforts. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday appealed for stepped up support for victims of Idai, saying the U.N. and its humanitarian partners are scaling up the response but 'far greater international support is needed.' The U.N. chief said in a statement that 'with crops destroyed in the breadbasket of Mozambique more people are at risk of food insecurity in all three countries.' Beira, the city at the center of aid efforts for Mozambique, still can only be reached by land or sea. Local fishermen have joined the rescue efforts, ferrying stranded people about 50 or so at a time to the city's beach or port. With mobile phone communications struggling to return, some residents have lined an overpass known for having a better chance of receiving a signal. Prices of food and other basic items are doubling, even tripling. People wait in line outside stores, let in one by one in an effort to prevent looting. Throughout the region, emergency air efforts focus on spotting stranded people and communities in the hope of dropping aid or plucking those in dire need to safety. There are signs of life in the inundated landscape, even smoke from some cooking fires. As waters recede, however, aid workers expect the death toll to rise as bodies are found. With water and sanitation systems largely destroyed, waterborne diseases are also a growing concern.
  • A Massachusetts man is alive thanks to the quick response from two police officers. At around 5:50 a.m. Friday, Rockland Police responded to a call for a man suffering severe injuries at the National Coating Corp. The company provides commercial and industrial solvent and water capable coating and saturation services. >> Read more trending news  At the scene, responding officers found a 66-year-old Pembroke man sitting in a chair surrounded by a pool of his own blood. His left arm had been severed at the elbow. A co-worker applied a makeshift tourniquet by using a T-shirt, but the man was still losing a large amount of blood. Officers used a tourniquet kit to apply a pressure to the wound and stop the bleeding. The man was then transported by ambulance to a hospital in Weymouth, where he was in stable condition. He was later taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and is expected to survive. Preliminary investigation shows the man was working on a machine when suddenly his arm got caught in the gears, effectively severing part of his arm. 'I want to commend both our officers who responded and immediately took action that likely saved this man’s life,' Rockland Police Chief John Llewellyn said. 'Our officers never know what they are going into when they respond to an incident. Which is why it is crucial to keep the medical supplies and tourniquet kits in our cruisers and properly train our officers how to apply medical aid when necessary.' 'Every second counts with an injury like that and thankfully it looks like this man is going to survive, thanks in part to the two officers and our EMTs who responded to the scene. Great job by everyone involved,' Rockland Fire Chief Scott Duffey said. 
  • A Jordanian prince and the family of a slain 3-year-old boy and were among those who visited a New Zealand mosque Saturday when it reopened for the first time since a terrorist killed dozens of people there. Hundreds of people stopped at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch to lay flowers or pray after police removed a cordon and those running the mosque decided to reopen. Inside the mosque, there were few signs of the carnage from eight days earlier. Crews had replaced windows that worshippers smashed in a desperate attempt to escape when the attacker mowed them down during Friday prayers. Bullet holes were plastered over and painted. There wasn't time to replace the carpet, which was pulled out and buried because it was soaked in blood. Shagat Khan, the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, said they hadn't planned to open the mosque so soon but when they saw the crowds gathering after the police cordon was removed they decided to allow people to enter in managed groups 'so the mosque will be alive again.' 'Those who lost their families are of course quite emotional,' he said. 'And those who were present here during the incident, of course the memories come back. The flashbacks.' The gunman killed a total of 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, in the nation's worst terrorist attack. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in the attacks and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on April 5. Abdullahi Ibrahim Diriye, the uncle of the youngest victim of the shooting, 3-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim, visited the mosque with the boy's father. Diriye said he helped lift the boy's coffin to a gravesite Friday as Mucaad's mother wept. The coffin was very light with such a young child inside, he said. 'Always he was a happy boy, and he liked every person he met, not only Muslims,' Diriye said. Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, who traveled to New Zealand to pay his respects, hugged a man at the entrance of the mosque and told him to 'be patient.' 'He was crying deeply from his heart for a loved one he had lost,' the prince later explained. 'And I was saying, this is God's will, be patient. Because only through patience can you endure.' Prince Hassan said in the Middle East there have been wars every decade. 'To feel that this form of violence and cruelty is visited on you, living in this idyllic part of the world, is deeply, deeply moving,' he said. Human dignity is being assailed on all fronts by extremists, he said, and people need to stand together as human beings. Officials say four Jordanian nationals died in the attack, while a 4-year-old Jordanian girl is also recovering in an Auckland hospital. Jereeth Abdeen, who was visiting from Auckland, said a friend of his escaped the attack. He said he found it hard to walk through the mosque, especially after glimpsing the gunman's livestream of the attack after it was sent to him on social media before quickly closing out of the link. 'It's terrible,' he said. 'Nobody should do that in this world.' Abdeen said he took some comfort that those killed were in a holy place and were about to pray. 'The sad thing is the way they died,' he said. 'But our belief is they will be in paradise.
  • Philadelphia 76ers (47-25, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (25-48, 12th in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia into a matchup with Atlanta. He ranks fourth in the NBA scoring 27.5 points per game. The Hawks are 13-33 against Eastern Conference opponents. Atlanta is fourth in the league with 11.6 offensive rebounds per game, led by John Collins averaging 3.6 offensive boards. The 76ers have gone 28-16 against Eastern Conference opponents. Philadelphia leads the Eastern Conference with 27 assists. Ben Simmons leads the 76ers with 7.8. The Hawks won 123-121 in the previous meeting between these two teams on Jan. 11. Kevin Huerter led Atlanta with 29 points and Jimmy Butler led Philadelphia with 30 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Taurean Prince leads the Hawks with 2.2 made 3-pointers and averages 13.2 points while shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc. Vince Carter is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers and 10.4 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Embiid has averaged 27.5 points and 13.8 rebounds for the 76ers. Simmons has averaged 7.6 assists and scored 18.2 points over the last 10 games for Philadelphia. LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 7-3, averaging 113 points, 51.4 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Hawks: 4-6, averaging 114.5 points, 48.7 rebounds, 26.6 assists, eight steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Hawks Injuries: Alex Poythress: out (right ankle sprain), Omari Spellman: out (left ankle), Miles Plumlee: out (left knee pain). 76ers Injuries: Furkan Korkmaz: out (torn right meniscus). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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  • The man accused of helping burn the body of a south Georgia teacher asked for forgiveness as he was sentenced.  Bo Dukes was found guilty Thursday of lying to authorities in the Tara Grinstead case. Dukes' attorney didn't want to speak to Channel 2’s Tony Thomas as he walked out of court Friday following sentencing, but he sent Thomas an email that read, “While we appreciate the jury’s service we do not agree with the verdict reached and are weighing all appellate options.” That statement was greatly different than Dukes’ tone inside court.  [READ: Who is Tara Grinstead?] “I was more interested in self-pity and self-preservation than doing the right thing for Tara and for you. I pray for your forgiveness,” Dukes told the court Friday morning.  Grinstead’s family stared at Dukes as he directed his comments at them.  For years, Dukes had lied to investigators as they tried to solve Grinstead’s disappearance from Irwin County in 2005.  RELATED STORIES: Leaked confession reveals motive behind Tara Grinstead's murder, GBI says Judge considers removing gag order in Tara Grinstead case Man accused of murdering former beauty queen talks about alleged 'confession' Dukes said his friend, Ryan Duke, killed her, and that he then helped Duke move and burn her body in a pecan field. “He watched whole communities in turmoil because Tara was missing,” Grinstead’s stepmother, Connie Grinstead, said. “He did nothing. He just went on living his life, not caring about the pain he caused others.” Connie Grinstead spared no words as she asked the judge to give Dukes the maximum sentence of 25 years, and he did. [READ MORE:  Bo Dukes, charged in Tara Grinstead case, in custody after 5-day manhunt, police say ] “I just can't quite wrap my head around what was done,” said Judge Robert Chasteen. Dukes' mother stood up for her son but admitted he had problems. She asked for rehabilitation. Dukes also faces charges in neighboring Ben Hill County, where Grinstead’s body was burned, and in Houston County on unrelated charges. “I want each of you to know I am truly remorseful. Thank you,” Dukes told the court. The man charged with the actual killing of Tara Grinstead, Duke, faces a trial starting April 1.
  • The 2019 Alumni Weekend is underway at UGA: activities that began Thursday continue today and tomorrow at the University of Georgia. From the University of Georgia master calendar… The UGA Alumni Association wants to welcome alumni back to Athens and make them feel like students again. Come back to campus, relive the glory days with friends and loved ones, and experience what it's like to be a student in Athens today.Registration covers: * Thursday: Orientation Dinner with President Jere W. Morehead * Friday: Classes, meals, reception at Wall & Broad and TEDxUGA * Saturday: Commencement Brunch The University of Georgia’s curriculum committee meets today: it’s a 3:30 session at New College on Herty Drive in Athens. 
  • Georgia track and field’s Elija Godwin has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Freshman of the Week following his performance at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, according to a league announcement.   Godwin, a native of Covington, Ga., and graduate of Newton High School, is the Bulldogs’ first outdoor weekly award winner following the first collegiate outdoor meet of his career.   Godwin clocked a career best 10.47 into -0.4 wind to be the top 100-meter dash finisher in the 33-man field. This finish ranks No. 13 nationally (No. 8 nationally for wind-legal times under 2.0 meters/second), makes him the No. 4 freshman nationally and the No. 3 SEC performer in 2019. He returned to win the 200m with a 20.90, which is his fastest time of 2019 and second best of his career, to move to No. 3 nationally (No. 2 for wind-legal times) as the country’s top freshman and No. 2 competitor from the SEC.   Georgia trains through the coming weekend before splitting squads to the Florida Relays (March 28-30) and Raleigh Relays (March 29-30).
  • Barrow County Commissioners meet in a special session today: they’re scheduled to vote on a proposal that would place an ambulance station at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow in Winder. It’s a plan to end a dispute between the Barrow County government and the city of Winder over who provides ambulance service inside the Winder city limits. This morning’s Commission meeting is set for 8:15 in Winder.  The Franklin County School Board is sending to the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association the list of 32 candidates who have applied to be the next school superintendent in Carnesville. The Board is looking to replace Wayne Randall, who will retire at the end of the current school year. Randall was told by the Board that his contract would not be renewed.  The Hall County city of Oakwood is getting a new top cop: Tim Hatch is now the police chief in St. Mary’s; he’ll take over in Oakwood, replacing former Chief Randall Moon, who retired last month. Hatch’s resume’ includes time on the force with the University of Georgia campus police department and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. 
  • The Georgia football team held its second practice of spring drills on Thursday on the Woodruff Practice Fields.   The Bulldogs practiced for approximately two hours in helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts. The practice was No. 2 of what is expected to be 15 during the spring, which will culminate with the annual G-Day Game on Saturday, April 20. The Bulldogs will return to the practice fields on Saturday.   Senior Charlie Woerner was asked how the transition is going for the tight ends with him as the elder statesman following the departures of Isaac Nauta and Jackson Harris and with the addition of new tight ends coach Todd Hartley.   “Things have started well,” Woerner said. “Day 2 is done, and we’re looking as good as we can two days in. I think we’re pretty far ahead on our installs. It’s a lot different (in the tight ends room), but it’s fine. We have a really good group, a lot of good guys in the room. It feels like it’s my time and I’m ready to have a big year, but I don’t feel any pressure. All I can do is my best for this team.”   Junior Jeremiah Holloman also finds himself in a potential leadership role on and off the field among the receivers since the Bulldogs said goodbye to the likes of Terry Godwin, Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman, and Ahkil Crumpton.   “I feel like our whole room can step in and contribute,” Holloman said. “We have guys just waiting for a chance. I stepped in last year and made an impact (with 24 catches for 418 yards and five touchdowns), and we have plenty of guys like that. We have a load of guys capable of going out there and competing and making plays.”   On Wednesday, all 32 NFL teams were in attendance as the Bulldogs eligible for next month’s draft participated in Pro Day drills.   The G-Day Game is slated for Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.

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  • ATHENS — Controversial college football coach Lane Kiffin is coming to Georgia as a guest speaker for Kirby Smart’s coaching camp next week. The camp figures to have it all with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on  hand to talk football along with the entertaining Kiffin. Kiffin, as usual, is in the national headlines this offseason, commenting on the NCAA transfer portal and some of its unintended consequences. According to the Palm Beach Post, Kiffin says players entering the portal is “a sexy thing to do,” and he suggests it will have an adverse affect on college football. “You’re gonna see rosters around the country that are not at 85 (scholarships) and they won’t be able to get to 85. So what do you do if you have 25 seniors and 10 guys transferring?” Kiffin said in the Palm Beach Post article. “That’s 35 off your roster, but you’re capped at 25. “I think you have an issue and that’s really opposite of what has been the new thing to do, which is player safety and getting more players on the field so players don’t play as many snaps. And now, this portal is making that go backwards.” Georgia lost two valuable freshmen in the NCAA portal, freshman quarterback Justin Fields and tight end Luke Ford. Kiffin, who lost a quarterback to transfer after his Florida Atlantic team went 5-7 last season, said some players get in the transfer portal to get attention. “I can get in this portal so I can get some attention — we’re in a generation of just wanting attention no matter what — so now, I can go in this (portal), get an article written about me, and get re-recruited because I don’t like exactly how something’s going,” Kiffin said. The irony, of course, is that Kiffin knows how to get attention better than perhaps any coach in the country. Kiffin’s one-year tenure as a head coach in the SEC was filled with headlines, from his controversial departure from Tennessee after just one season, to the NCAA investigation he triggered that put a cloud over his successor, Derek Dooley. Smart coached on the same Alabama staff with Kiffin in 2014-15, serving as the defensive coordinator while Kiffin was the offensive coordinator.     The post Lane Kiffin discusses ‘sexy’ NCAA portal leading up to Georgia football camp appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football practice No. 2 is in the books, the Bulldogs still working to establish a new identity and new leaders. There weren’t many clues in the open portion of practice on Thursday, but Kirby Smart will talk on Saturday and provide more insight into how he sees the Bulldogs developing. The early sentiment is this UGA team could throw the ball more, but it won’t come at the expense of being able to run the football. DawgNation reporters give their early takes on how Georgia is evolving in what will be Smart’s fourth season at the helm. Mike Griffith & Chip Towers   Georgia football practice headlines Kirby Smart sheds light on James Coley’s ‘balanced’ philosophy J.R. Reed puts NFL dreams on hold for title run Georgia football injury updates, Zamir White status James Coley ‘likes to throw more’ than Jim Chaney Offensive line, Brian Herrien look the part Complete Georgia early enrollee roster numbers   The post WATCH: DawgNation observations from Georgia football spring practice No. 2 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — The qualifier remains that “Georgia is going to be Georgia,” but it’s starting to sound more and like the Bulldogs are going to throw the football more in 2019. The Georgia players are all excited about James Coley taking over the offense from Jim Chaney. The consensus is that more of the playbook will be used, and more balls will fly through the air. The Bulldogs had the heaviest run ratio of any non-option team in 2017, and last season Georgia lead the SEC in rushing. But Coley could be a game-changer calling plays. “His first instinct would be to throw,” Bulldogs senior tight end Charlie Woerner said Thursday. “Just knowing him, every G-Day game (Coley) is the offensive coordinator on one team, and Chaney is the other, and you look at the stats and it’s a lot more pass-heavy on Coach Coley’s team than Chaney’s. “Chaney is just a little more old-school running the ball, which I didn’t mind that either, but (Coley) likes to throw more than Chaney.” Junior receiver J.J. Holloman agreed following Thursday’s practice. “I’m confident that he will throw the ball a lot more, and we’ll have more explosive plays to look forward to,” said Holloman, UGA’s leading returning receiver. Junior tailback D’Andre Swift is a returning 1,000-yard rusher and the Georgia offensive line is a powerful group capable or road-grading most any opponent. But Swift is also adept at catching the football out of the backfield, and that offensive line is talented in pass protection. Perhaps most importantly, Jake Fromm is a third-year starting quarterback, and Holloman said that factors in as much as Coley. “It’s a mix of both, (Fromm) having all the experience he has,’ Holloman said, “and Coley opening the playbook and making a lot of things happen.” Mecole Hardman is headed to the NFL, but the speedy junior receiver said he, too, expects more passing in the UGA offense. RELATED: NFL WR steal could be Georgia’s biggest loss “Probably a little more passing, I think Coley will bring a title bit more of that,” Hardman said after his pro day workout on Wednesday. “But they definitely are going to run the ball. “You got Swift back, Zamir (White) coming back from injury , (James) Cook here, and they just signed another running back, so it’s going to be a similar offense, we’ll play our brand of football, but probably a little bit more finesse, a little bit more passing there was well. I’m excited for Coley, I know he’s gong to do big things.” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday the updated definition of “balance” has less to do with run-pass ratio and more to do with the ability to do both effectively. “People think balance means 50/50 — balance is not 50/50,” Smart said. “Balance is being able to run the ball when you have to run the ball and being able to throw the ball when you have to throw the ball. “So can you do both? Yes, you can be successful at both. That might be 70-30 one game and then 30-70 the other way the next game.” Georgia TE Charlie Woerner   The post Georgia TE Charlie Woerner: James Coley ‘likes to throw more than (Jim) Chaney’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia has updated its roster to include all of the early enrollees football numbers with the Bulldogs this spring. The numbers are as follows: 2 QB D’Wan Mathis 4 LB Nolan Smith 7 DB Tyrique Stevenson 11 LB Jermaine Johnson 12 LB Rian Davis 13 QB Stetson Bennett 14 DB DJ Daniel 15 LB Trezmen Marshall 16 DB Lewis Cine 17 LB Nakobe Dean 60 OL Clay Webb 70 OL Warren McClendon 88 TE Ryland Goede 90 DL Tramel Walthour To recap, there were also number changes since last season: RB James Cook: No. 4, previously No. 6 WR Matt Landers: No. 5, previously No. 15 S Otis Reese: No. 6, previously No. 17 CB Divaad Wilson: No. 8, previously No. 16 OLB Azeez Ojulari: No. 13, previously No. 38 OLB Adam Anderson: No. 19. previously was No. 56 The post Complete Georgia football early enrollee roster numbers appeared first on DawgNation.