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World News Headlines

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency security session to discuss how to respond to Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The meeting of security ministers and officials on Monday will discuss how to secure shipping in the sensitive region, which is vital to the world's oil supply. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is also expected to brief Parliament on the Friday seizure of the Stena Impero tanker, now in a heavily guarded Iranian port. Britain is considering a number of options to raise the pressure on Iran but officials say military operations are not being considered at the moment. Britain is also seeking diplomatic and operational support from key European allies in an effort to keep the Strait of Hormuz open to shipping.
  • India is ready to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon on Monday a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem. The Indian Space Research Organization said that fueling the 640-ton rocket launcher with liquid oxygen had begun in preparation for the Chandrayaan-2 mission liftoff scheduled for 2:43 p.m. (0913 GMT), a day after scientists celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put American astronauts on the moon. Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for 'moon craft,' is designed to land on the lunar south pole and send a rover to explore water deposits that were confirmed by a previous mission that orbited the moon. India's launch a week ago was called off less than an hour before liftoff due to a 'technical snag.' Indian media reports said the launch was aborted after ISRO scientists identified a leak while filling helium in the cryogenic engine of the rocket. The ISRO neither confirmed nor denied the reports, saying instead that the problem had been identified and corrected. The spacecraft carries an orbiter, a lander and a rover which will move around on the lunar surface for 14 earth days. It will take around 47 days to travel and land on the moon in September. India's Chandrayaan-1 mission orbited the moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water. India plans to send its first manned spaceflight by 2022.
  • Israeli work crews have begun demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood. Monday's demolitions cap a years-long legal battle over the buildings, which straddle the city and the occupied West Bank. Israel says the buildings were built illegally too close to its West Bank separation barrier. Residents say they have nowhere to build and getting permits to build homes legally is impossible. The demolitions, which began overnight, have already destroyed several of the more than 20 apartments in the buildings. The United Nations estimates about 20 people are believed to live in the buildings and some 350 property owners who have not yet moved in will be affected.
  • China on Monday harshly criticized a demonstration in which eggs were thrown at its office in Hong Kong and messages spray-painted on the exterior walls. The official People's Daily newspaper, in a front-page commentary headlined 'Central Authority Cannot be Challenged,' called the protesters' actions 'intolerable.' One group of protesters targeted China's liaison office on Sunday night after more than 100,000 people marched through the city to demand democracy and an investigation into the use of force by police to disperse crowds at earlier protests. Later, in a new development in the more than monthlong movement, protesters trying to return home were attacked inside a train station by assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. At least 45 people were injured, of whom 22 remained hospitalized Monday morning, including one man in critical condition, the Hospital Authority said. Another 14 people were injured as police used tear gas to clear protesters in central Hong Kong. Police said on their official social media accounts that protesters threw bricks and petrol bombs at them and attacked the police headquarters. The attack on the liaison office touched a raw nerve in China. China's national emblem, which hangs on the front of the building, was splattered with black ink. It was replaced by a new one within hours. 'These acts openly challenged the authority of the central government and touched the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle,' the government's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office said in a statement issued Sunday. The 'one-country, two systems' framework, under which the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, allows Hong Kong to maintain a fair degree of autonomy in local affairs. Demonstrators fear the pro-Beijing government in Hong Kong is chipping away at their rights and freedoms. A group of pro-China lawmakers held a news conference Monday appealing for a halt to the violence, saying it was a blow to Hong Kong's reputation and is scaring away tourists and investors. They also urged police to tighten enforcement against the protesters, whom Ip labeled as 'rebels.' 'The violent attack on the Liaison Office ... is a direct affront to the sovereignty of our country,' said Regina Ip, a former security secretary. She said the police were 'overstretched' when asked why it took at least a half-hour for police to arrive at the suburban train station where protesters were attacked. 'The police have been under extreme pressure,' she said. Video of the attacks in Yuen Long showed protesters in black shirts being beaten by men in white shirts wielding steel pipes and wooden poles. Those under attack retreated into the trains, intimidated by the gangs of men waiting for them outside the turnstiles. The attackers then entered the trains and beat the people inside as they tried to defend themselves with umbrellas. They eventually retreated. One of the men in white held up a sign saying 'Protect Yuen Long, protect our homes.' Subway passengers filmed by Stand News and iCABLE angrily accused police officers of not intervening in the attack. Stand News reporter Gwyneth Ho said on Facebook that she suffered minor injuries to her hands and shoulder, and was dizzy from a head injury. The South China Morning Post reported several people were bleeding following the attacks, and that seven people were sent to the hospital. ___ Associated Press writer Ken Moritsugu and researcher Shanshan Wang in Beijing contributed this story.
  • A 1-month-old boy born to a Salvadoran teen is starting his life at a migrant shelter in Tijuana. Milagro de Jesús Henríquez Ayala says the cramped cinderblock room she shares with about 25 other migrants is not ideal for raising her newborn son, but the 16-year-old mom says it is better than her violent homeland that she fled with her younger sister, Xiomara. The sisters are among an untold number of Central American youths who traveled without parents, accompanied only by other migrants in a caravan that crossed Mexico and landed in crime-ridden Tijuana in November. Henríquez Ayala got pregnant by a boyfriend shortly before arriving. They say they no longer seek the American dream. They now hope to build a life in Mexico.
  • President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday is to address a joint session of the Philippine Congress where his allies have greater control to press for his priorities like reinstating the death penalty and amending the pro-democracy constitution. Duterte will deliver his state of the nation address at the House of Representatives, where thousands of protesters are beginning to mass outside to call for his removal over a range of issues, including his brutal anti-drug campaign. Military and police have been placed on full alert. Authorities declared a no-fly zone over the venue and outlying areas to ensure security. Duterte, 74, took office in June 2016 and has remained hugely popular based on opinion polls despite his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs, which has sparked international alarm, and other controversial policies. More of his allies captured congressional seats in midterm elections in May, giving them a tighter grip on the legislature, especially in the 24-member Senate, which opposed some of his key legislative proposals last year. Ahead of the president's late-afternoon speech, House members met to uphold Duterte's recommendation to settle a leadership row through a term-sharing arrangement. Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, a staunchly loyal Duterte ally, is to serve as House speaker for 15 months, followed by another presidential ally, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco. 'We respect the decision of the president,' said Rep. Paolo Duterte, the president's son, during a breakfast meeting with a majority of congressmen. Last year, Duterte's speech was delayed after a leadership squabble erupted between two allies vying for the House speakership in a chaotic scene that unraveled on live TV. Duterte stayed in a holding room until the confusion was sorted out. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte would likely discuss his plans to press on with his battle against illegal drugs and criminality, corruption, communist and Muslim insurgencies and ways to sustain economic growth in his final three years in power. Other aides said Duterte may touch on a resolution adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council in a vote in Geneva two weeks ago for the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Duterte's officials have lashed out at the resolution as Western meddling in the country's anti-crime efforts. Panelo said the president was considering cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which initiated the resolution. Human rights groups, however, have lauded the resolution as crucial to helping end the drug killings and bringing perpetrators to justice. Officials have reported that more than 5,000 to 6,000 mostly poor drug suspects have died in the campaign after they allegedly fired back at law enforcers during raids. Rights groups have questioned the police reports and accused the police of committing extrajudicial killings. Monday's protests were expected to highlight outrage over the killings and Duterte's recent pronouncement that he has forged an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the country's exclusive economic zone. Critics say Duterte's action violated the constitution, which requires presidents to protect the country's territory and sovereign rights. Protesters burned a mock Chinese flag hours before Duterte's speech and wore shirts with slogans that read: 'The Philippines is ours, China get out.' Riot policemen, backed by troops, were deployed to maintain order during the main protests.
  • Papua New Guinea's prime minister said Monday his South Pacific island nation was open to investment from China, Australia and any other country that is willing to work within the country's rules. Prime Minister James Marape is making his first visit to Australia since he became leader of its nearest neighbor and former colony in May. Marape said while Australia was the biggest investor in Papua New Guinea, his government treated all investors equally. 'Whether they are from China or Australia or right across the world is inconsequential and irrelevant to us,' Marape told reporters. 'We will have an equal playing field for every investor as long as they subscribe to the rules and regulations of our country,' he said. 'Chinese investors will not receive any special treatment and preference, just like Australian investors will not receive any special favor or treatment.' Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government wanted to ensure that each of its Pacific neighbors were 'as independent and as sovereign and are in as much in charge of their future as they possibly can be.' Marape's visit comes as Australia attempts to counter China's growing influence in the South Pacific by teaming with the United States and Japan to finance infrastructure in Pacific island states that the Chinese have aggressively wooed with loans and aid. Marape said before his meeting with Morrison on Monday that China's relationship with his nation was none of Australia's business. The United States, Japan, New Zealand and Australia announced in November that they will bring electricity to 70% of Papua New Guinea's people by 2030. Only 20% of its 8 million people, mainly subsistence farmers, currently have power. Morrison announced on Monday a 250 million Australian dollar ($176 million) investment in the electrification program in the Ramu region. Marape said Papua New Guinea had no more important bilateral relationship than its relationship with Australia. Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Papua New Guinea last year when Pacific Rim leaders met in the capital Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The United States and Australia committed to redevelop a Papua New Guinea naval base on Manus Island in an agreement with the previous prime minister, prompting China to caution against 'Cold War' thinking. China reportedly wants to establish a naval base in the South Pacific. The United States is expanding its Marine Corps training hub in the northern Australian city of Darwin — 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) southwest of Port Moresby — as part of its strategic pivot to Asia. The U.S. ambassador to Australia, Arthur Culvahouse Jr., calls China's lending in the Pacific 'payday loan diplomacy.' ___ This story has been corrected to show the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit met there, not the Group of 20.
  • The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The French non-governmental organization SOS Mediterranee, partnered with Doctors Without Borders, has returned to sea with a new boat to save migrants seven months after the flag was pulled from its original ship, Aquarius. The NGO announced on Sunday that the Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking is heading to the Mediterranean with a 31-member crew. A statement said that civil society is forced to take on the job without a 'durable, shared and predictable recue mechanism' by European nations. The NGO said that at least 426 people have died since the start of the year. The Aquarius ended operations after Panama revoked its flag and Italian prosecutors ordered the vessel seized, accusing Doctors Without Borders of illegally disposing tons of contaminated waste. The organization says it assisted 30,000 migrants since 2016. ___ 6:50 p.m. Slovenia's army says 35 troops will join police in patrolling borders in the southwest of the country after increased numbers of migrants have been spotted in the area. The army said Sunday that the soldiers will bring their equipment to help the police operating in the area of the coastal town of Koper, which is near the Croatian and Italian borders. They will deploy on Monday. Koper police have reported apprehending 122 migrants on Friday after discovering several small makeshift migrant camps in a forested area. Most migrants came from Afghanistan and at least five minors were among them. Slovenia's army has taken part in border patrols alongside police since 2016 after hundreds of thousands of migrants passed through the country of 2 million while seeking to reach Western Europe.
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will urgently challenge in court a report by the country's corruption watchdog that found he misled lawmakers about a contribution to his presidential campaign. Ramaphosa has described the critical report as fundamentally and irretrievably flawed, adding that he had partial knowledge of the fundraising details of his campaign to be president of his African National Congress party. 'I knew there was money being raised and I attended and addressed some of the fundraising dinners,' said Ramaphosa. 'So there was knowledge but the knowledge was limited.' Ramaphosa said he instructed his legal team to immediately launch a judicial review of the report. The report by South Africa's public protector, a constitutionally created office that probes alleged misconduct in state affairs, said Ramaphosa 'deliberately misled' lawmakers late last year about a 500,000 rand ($34,000) campaign contribution from the CEO of a local company, Africa Global Operations, formerly Bosasa. Bosasa has been implicated in corruption allegations at a state commission currently probing graft in government and state-controlled companies. The report called on the national director of public prosecutions to investigate further. The public protector's findings are likely to add to the internal struggle between allies of Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma, who led South Africa from 2009 to 2018, when he resigned under party pressure because of widespread corruption allegations and was replaced by former deputy Ramaphosa. The public protector's report is a setback for Ramaphosa, who has vowed to address sprawling graft allegations that forced his predecessor from office and sparked national outrage. The public protector was appointed by Zuma on the recommendation of parliament and she is widely seen as aligned to Zuma and his allies.
  • Slovenia's army says 35 troops will join police in patrolling borders in the southwest of the country after increased numbers of migrants have been spotted in the area. The army said Sunday that the soldiers will bring their equipment to help the police operating in the area of the coastal town of Koper, which is near the Croatian and Italian borders. They will deploy on Monday. Koper police have reported apprehending 122 migrants on Friday after discovering several small makeshift migrant camps in a forested area. Most migrants came from Afghanistan and at least five minors were among them. Slovenia's army has taken part in border patrols alongside police since 2016 after hundreds of thousands of migrants passed through the country of 2 million while seeking to reach Western Europe.

Local News

  • Athens-Clarke County Commissioners met last night at City Hall and signed off on the list of projects that will be funded if Athens voters approve a sales tax referendum in November: the latest SPLOST is designed to generate at least a quarter-billion dollars in revenue for various Athens-Clarke County infrastructure projects.  There is a boil water advisory in place for parts of Banks County: crews are working to fix a water main off Hebron Road in Banks County.  To the delight of a good many drivers the Spout Springs Road Bridge over I-85 near Flowery Branch is reopening to traffic. The bridge and roadway project are part of the widening of I-85 from two to three lanes in both directions from I-985 to State Route 53 in Hall County. 
  • Don't put away your umbrellas anytime soon -- more storms are expected today and into the weekend.  It's been several days of afternoon thunderstorms. Storms brought a huge tree down on a family's home in DeKalb County on Thursday. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says for Friday, some people will see storms with heavy downpours, lightning and gusty wind.
  • Kirby Smart tells his players he’s not their friend during football practices.  “I’m a tyrant,” Smart said at SEC Media Days this week, acknowledging the hyperactive and energetic disposition he brings to the Georgia practice field every day.  The intensified atmosphere is undeniable, and very much by design. Smart looks to create the most game-like environment possible to have the Bulldogs best prepared for Saturday afternoons.  Fact is, Smart is one of the more calculated coaches in college football, to the extent that his words at the annual SEC media event are worth putting under the microscope.    Smart and the three players he brought with him — quarterback Jake Fromm, safety J.R. Reed and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas — shared enough specifics about this season that some conclusions can safely be drawn:    Every coach talks it to some degree, but Smart is putting his money where his mouth is when he states that the team’s 24-5 record over the past two seasons “is not enough.”    Choosing the “do more” motto indicates Smart is confident the Bulldogs will be back for a third-straight SEC Championship game appearance and have the talent to do more.  Just as important, the players have not been broken by back-to-back losses to Alabama and remain bought in.  “We look at those games where we didn’t get over the hump in the past, and we want to do more this summer,” Fromm said. “It’s taking every game like it’s our last and trying to go 1-0 every week.”  Smart had hinted at it during spring drills, and he referenced it again when addressing how he plans to compensate for the loss of the top five receivers off last season’s team.  A committee approach indicates Smart and new offensive coordinator James Coley are serious about getting freshman receivers Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens on the field early.  UGA runs a pro-style offense that’s at its best when players are interchangeable at the three receiver positions. The talents of Pickens and Blaylock are such that things will be simplified.  “I’m excited about the guys we’ve got,” Smart said. “I don’t know that you need to have a 900-yard (receiving) guy, but you better have two or three 800-yard guys, and you need to have the ability to disperse the ball.”  Coaches from the Nick Saban coaching tree, particularly those who coached defense, typically aim for efficiency over explosiveness. Smart did not allow former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to do anything that bucks the trend.  But now Fromm is entering his third season as a starter, and his greatest strength is making pre-snap reads and checking to the optimal play. To take full advantage, Smart must put more trust in Fromm and put more of the game in his hands, to the extent of having a liberal audible policy.  “Yeah, he can play in the NFL -- he’s a cerebral quarterback,. He’s what they look for in a quarterback to be able to change the protections, make decisions, distribute the ball,” Smart said. “You expect him to take on more. It’s what the people around him (on offense) can handle that’s our concern because we will have some young players, especially at wideout, that we have to bring them into it and not try to teach over their head and allow them to develop.  “He is the leader of our program, the face of our organization. Jake has an aura about him. He has a positive energy that he rubs off on the other wideouts. I think he's kind of embraced this challenge now with this young group of receivers to grow those guys.”
  •   The models hurricane forecasters use to predict the paths of storms have become much more accurate in recent years, but they still aren’t great at accurately predicting a storm’s intensity. Now, underwater gliders, operated by researchers at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, are part of a national effort to improve the accuracy of forecast models by incorporating more data from the ocean using marine robots. Two storms from the 2018 hurricane season provide examples of how quickly storm intensity can change. Hurricane Florence was predicted to be a Category 5 storm, but she weakened significantly before making landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 14. On the other hand, a month later, Hurricane Michael grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just two days and hit the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10. Hurricanes feed off heat from warm ocean waters like that found in the Caribbean, and in the Gulf Stream and shallow waters off the Southeast United States, known as the South Atlantic Bight. This can be a tremendous source of energy for developing storms. Heat is transferred between the ocean and atmosphere at the ocean’s surface, but it is important to understand the amount of subsurface heat as well. “Places where warm waters near the surface lie over cooler water near bottom, winds and other factors can mix up the water, cooling the surface and limiting the heat available to the atmosphere,” UGA Skidaway Instituteresearcher Catherine Edwards said. “Satellite data provides a nice picture of where the surface ocean is warm, but the subsurface temperature field remains hidden.” This is where autonomous underwater vehicles, also known as gliders, can collect valuable information. Gliders are torpedo-shaped crafts that can be packed with sensors and sent on underwater missions to collect oceanographic data. The gliders measure temperature and salinity, among other parameters, as they profile up and down in the water. Equipped with satellite phones, the gliders surface periodically to transmit their recorded data during missions that can last from weeks to months. “This regular communication with the surface allows us to adapt the mission on the fly, and also process and share the data only minutes to hours after it has been measured,” Edwards said. “By using a network of data contributed by glider operators around the world, the U.S. Navy and other ocean modelers can incorporate these data into their predictions, injecting subsurface heat content information into the hurricane models from below.” The 2018 hurricane season provided Edwards and her colleagues a fortuitous opportunity to demonstrate the value of glider data. Edwards deployed two gliders in advance of Hurricane Florence. One was launched off the North Carolina coast and the other farther south, near the South Carolina-Georgia state line. The gliders discovered the models’ ocean temperature forecasts were significantly off target. Edwards points to charts comparing the predictions from ocean models run in the U.S. and Europe with the actual temperatures two days before Florence made landfall. On the south side of the storm path, the models predicted that the ocean had a warm, slightly fresh layer overtopping cooler, saltier water below, but the glider revealed that the water column was well-mixed and overall, warmer and fresher than predicted. On the north side of the storm, the models predicted warm, well-mixed water, but the glider detected a sharp temperature change below the surface, with a much cooler layer near-bottom. However, the most surprising part was just how stratified the water was. “There is almost a 14-degree Celsius (approximately 25 degrees Fahrenheit) error that the glider corrects in the model,” she said. “The model and data agree near-surface, but the models that don’t use the glider data all miss the colder, saltier layer below. The model that incorporated glider data that day is the only one that captures that vertical pattern.” Not only can gliders provide a unique view of the ocean, they fly on their own, reporting data regularly, before, during and after a hurricane, making them a powerful tool for understanding the effects of storms. “The glider data is being used in real time,” Edwards said. “These real time observations can improve our hurricane forecasts right now, not just in a paper to be published a year from now.” Edwards and collaborator Chad Lembke, at the University of South Florida, had a third glider deployed in August before Florence as part of a glider observatory she runs for the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association. While it was recovered about a little over a week before Florence made landfall, the glider helped define the edge of the Gulf Stream, which is an essential ocean feature that is very hard for models to get right. “So it’s possible that the data from that glider already improved any tropical storm predictions that use ocean models and take that glider data into account, because the Gulf Stream is so important in our region,” Edwards said. Edwards works with colleagues from other institutions through the association. Together they are making plans for the 2019 hurricane season. Funded by a $220,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, they plan to pre-position a number of gliders in strategic locations to be ready for deployment in advance of incoming storms. “Gliders are like the weather balloons of the ocean,” Edwards said. “Imagine how powerful a regular network of these kinds of glider observations could be for understanding the ocean and weather, and how they interact.”
  • The Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter is scheduled to begin accepting cats again tomorrow: the shelter on Buddy Christian Way in Athens stopped taking cats earlier this month because of confirmed cases of a highly contagious animal virus. From the Athens-Clarke Co Animal Shelter…   The Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter at 125 Buddy Christian Way will not accept any cats until Saturday, July 20 due to two confirmed cases of feline panleukopenia, also called pan luke or FP. The disease is also called feline distemper or feline parv. FP is a highly contagious virus among unvaccinated cats that is common in the wild and has a high mortality rate, especially among kittens. Until July 20, only staff will be allowed in the cat area of the Animal Shelter. No volunteers or visitors will be allowed in the cat area, although the dog area of the shelter will remain open for normal operations. Although neither dogs nor humans are affected by the virus, these steps are being taken to prevent accidental exposure to the virus for cats outside of the shelter through human contact. The Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Protection Division, which regulates and licenses animal shelters, has concurred with the steps being taken. Residents seeking to surrender cats prior to July 20 should contact the Animal Shelter by phone for advice. The ACC Animal Control Division of the Central Services Department operates the animal shelter. The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday from noon - 4:00 p.m.; and Wednesday by appointment only. For more information, including updated an updated list of adoptable pets and volunteer opportunities, visit www.accgov.com/animalshelter or call 706-613-3540.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS The steam coming out of SEC Media Days involved Alabama players acknowledging the physical nature of the Tide's dogfights with Georgia each of the past two seasons. Alabama has prevailed in 26-23 (OT) and 35-28 slugfests, even as the Bulldogs have led or been tied for 281 of the 290 plays in the game. Clemson, however, apparently took exception when Tide linebacker Dylan Moses said Georgia was 'the hardest' team he'd played in his career, and Bama receiver Jerry Jeudy said UGA was 'the toughest.' The Tigers beat Alabama 44-16 in the CFP Championship Game, with FWAA Freshman of the Year Trevor Lawrence dicing up the Tide. RELATED: Tide players say Georgia, not Clemson, most physical Tigers O-Lineman John Simpson responded by saying at ACC Media Days, ' I personally feel that Notre Dame was the best team we played. Notre Dame was really good. I think Notre Dame was better than Alabama was.' The ACC Tigers might have some more hurt feelings when they learn that South Carolina linebacker T.J. Brunson agreed with Alabama's Moses, and he explained why. 'I think Georgia is a more physical team,' Brunson said. 'Clemson is, I wouldn't say a finesse, but Georgia, when they are coming in you know what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. 'Clemson is the same way, they're just not as physical, in my opinion. It's not the same type of downhill game attack. It's, I'm going to spread you out and then decide to try to gut you.' RELATED: Dabo Swinney says we should play Georgia every year' South Carolina receiver Bryan Edwards explained his view on how Georgia and Clemson are different. 'It's like comparing apples to oranges, honestly, I mean because when you look at them, Georgia is kind of a run the ball team, and Clemson kinda spreads you out, so it's kind of comparing apples to oranges,' Edwards said. 'Clemson, their D-Line was very good, and Georgia had a lot of athletes at every position.' South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley agreed, and was complimentary of the Bulldogs and the Tigers. 'How do they compare to each other? I think they are two totally different teams,' Bentley said. 'I think they are both great teams, but they have different philosophies of how they go about doing it, not that one is more right than the other. 'But they are two great teams that we have to play well against.' Former South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel said at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January he felt Georgia was 'the toughest competition' the Gamecocks faced. A look at how the Georgia and Clemson games agains South Carolina turned out could explain why the Gamecocks paid the Bulldogs as much respect as they did. The Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks 41-17, outgaining South Carolina in Columbia 473-336 after a key third-quarter offensive explosion. RELATED: Georgia breaks open tight game in South Carolina The Tigers beat the Gamecocks 56-35 in Clemson, totaling 744 yards to Carolina's 600. South Carolina LB T.J. Brunson South Carolina QB Jake Bentley South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post WATCH South Carolina weighs in: Georgia vs. Clemson toughness debate appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football will open the doors to its 'House of Payne' for fans who want to spend a few moments with players and head coach Kirby Smart from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 3. The University of Georgia announced this year's Fan Day will take place in the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility and feature a free autograph session. The line will likely start to form long before doors open at 10 a.m. Entry to the building is off Smith Street. Georgia is limiting fans to two posters per person. The posters must be the 2019 Georgia football schedule poster, and those will be distributed to the fans as they enter the building. Smart and his players are not signing any other items. Smart is also not posing for any pictures for fans, not will his players, according to the UGA release. Fans can, however, get their picture taken with UGA X at 11:30 a.m. in the Richard B. Taylor room of the Stegeman Coliseum Practice Annex. Special tickets will be required for that photo opportunity with Georgia's famous and friendly bulldog. The first 150 fans in line at the Stegeman Coliseum ticket booths when they open at 8:30 a.m. will get the special ticket coupons needed to get their picture taken with UGA. Only those with a ticket are guaranteed a photo, and the UGA release says 'to stand-by tickets will be issued.' Parking will be available in lots located behind Foley Field, along with he McPhaul Lot, the Carlton Street parking deck and South Campus parking deck. Only 50 days left #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/0cFNT0hYXT Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 12, 2019 The post Georgia football reveals details, rules and restrictions on August Fan Day' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The bulletin board material has been posted, and now it's up to the Georgia football players to change the narrative. The Bulldogs are big men on campus and around the Peach State, but the SEC Media Days preseason first team served as a reality check. The outside world doesn't believe Kirby Smart will get Georgia over the hump this season. Only 49 of the 260 voters picked the Bulldogs to win the SEC that's less than one in five. Or, to put it another way, more than four out of five college experts predict Georgia will fail to finish adequately once again, which would make them the Buffalo Bills of the SEC. Also, would you believe that for all if Smart's defensive wizardy, Georgia has had only three defensive players selected as first-team All-SEC by the league's coaches at the end of the last six years combined? Only four Georgia football players were picked by media for first-team preseason honors: Andrew Thomas, J.R. Reed, Rodrigo Blankenship and D'Andre Swift. Alabama, meanwhile, had 11 players selected for first-team honors. It's more evidence that the teams may not be that far apart on the field, but they certainly are in the world of perception. There are several Bulldogs who didn't put up numbers last season that figure to have breakout years. But today's list focuses on UGA players that did enough last season to have deserved more or better recognition on the SEC preseason teams released on Friday. Here are 6 Bulldogs who were overlooked or not given enough credit: 1. OG Solomon Kindley Yes, Kindley was a second-team preseason All-SEC pick, but he should have easily been a first-team selection. Don't be surprised if Kindley earns All-American honors this season and finds himself in the running for the Outland Trophy. RELATED: Breaking down UGA's Great Wall' 2. LB Monty Rice So maybe Rice couldn't come close to filling Roquan Smith's shoes last season, as a former UGA staffer had predicted. But part of the reason was that Rice suffered knee and ankle injuries severe enough to put him on the sideline. Rice has great character and ability, and Kirby Smart is all in on him. Plan on seeing Rice on All-SEC postseason teams. RELATED: Former UGA assistant takes anonymous shot at Monty Rice 3. DT Jordan Davis It's hard to miss a 6-foot-6, 330-pounder like Davis, especially after he earned Freshman All-American honors and dominated the snaps he played the second half of the season. But the big man was dealt a big snub. WATCH: Jumbo Jordan Davis throws down offseason dunk 4. WR Lawrence Cager OK, so he's a transfer and hasn't played a snap in the SEC. But the 6-foot-5 Cager led Miami in TD catches and average yards per catch last season, and he's now working with one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Jake Fromm. Cager is flying under the college football radar, even as NFL scouts are tuned in to him. RELATED: Lawrence Cager reunited with Georgia OC James Coley 5. S Richard LeCounte A third-team pick, really? That's what the world has come to, when the leading tackler on Georgia's defense from the season before can't even make first or second-team all-league? LeCounte will be the first to admit he got run over by Texas, but his strong offseason appears to have gone unnoticed. For now. RELATED: Richard LeCounte says lessons learned, ready to ball out 6. Tae Crowder He's not a household name, and he was still adjusting to his move from running back last season. But if anyone looked deep enough they'd see No. 30 tied for the team lead in interceptions and was second in QB pressures last season. Crowder will do a lot more this season. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts brakes on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days Kirby Smart The post 6 biggest Georgia football snubs on preseason All-SEC team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Cole Wilcox dominated on the mound last night for Team USA only allowing one base runner, while striking out three batters over 2.2 innings of relief, helping them secure a 2-0 win while one-hitting Japan at Kizuna Stadium. This was the first time the Collegiate National Team ever played at Kizuna Stadium. Wilcox has shined all summer for Team USA as he still maintains a 0.00 era this summer. Team USA is one win away from winning the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, something the team has not done in 40 years. Team USA has lost 15-straight series in Japan.
  • ATHENS Georgia football is a consensus top-five preseason team and championship contender, but the Bulldogs only had four players recognized as first-team All-SEC selections. Alabama, meanwhile had 11 first-team All-SEC selections. The Tide was picked by 243 media members to win the SEC, Georgia received 49 votes and LSU 3, according to Friday's league release. Tailback D'Andre Swift, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, safety J.R. Reed and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship were named preseason first-team All-SEC picks according to the league's release on Friday. RELATED: 3 Georgia football takeaways from media days Quarterback Jake Fromm was one of three second-team offense picks for the Bulldogs, along with offensive guard Solomon Kindley and offensive tackle Isiah Wilson. RELATED: SEC expert breaks down Great Wall' of Georgia Georgia did not have any players on the second-team defense. Tight end Charlie Woerner and offensive guard Ben Cleveland were third-team picks on offense. Georgia had two third-team preseason All-SEC defensive picks this year, defensive tackle Tyler Clark and safety Richard LeCounte. The Bulldogs didn't have any first-team preseason offense coming out of last year's SEC Media Days. Reed and Blankenship were the only Georgia players named first-team picks last season. RELATED: Kirby Smart offense snubbed in 2018 preseason All-SEC vote Thomas and Swift were obvious selections this season. Thomas has already been named a preseason All-American and is considered among the favorites for the Outland Trophy,. Swift had 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns last season, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Reed ranked second on the team with 66 tackles last season, also recording two interceptions and two pass break-ups. Blankenship was 19 of 23 on his field goal attempt with a long of 53 yards, and 82 of his 96 kickoffs went for touchbacks. Fromm ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (171.2) last season, leading the Bulldogs to heir second straight East Division title Kindley is another part of an offensive line that paved the way for the SEC's top rushing offensive last season, the Bulldogs averaging 238.8 yards per game. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post Alabama outnumbers Georgia 11-4 on All-SEC first-team preseason list appeared first on DawgNation.