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    A lawyer for the family of Shamima Begum, who left London four years ago while still a minor to join the Islamic State group, says the U.K. government plans to revoke her British citizenship. Attorney Tasnime Akunjee tweeted Tuesday that the family is 'very disappointed with the Home Office's intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship.' He said the family is 'considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision.' Begum ran away with two friends in 2015, when she was 15, and traveled to Syria. Now 19, she says she has given birth to a baby and wants to come home. The case has reignited a debate in the U.K. about how to deal with citizens who joined IS but now want to return. The Home Office declined to comment.
  • Authorities in Haiti said Tuesday that five U.S. citizens are among eight men who have been detained with automatic weapons and other arms, and they are investigating whether anyone authorized their entry into the country. Prosecutor Paul Eronce Villard said the seven foreigners and one Haitian were arrested on Sunday in the capital of Port-au-Prince while traveling with the weapons in cars without license plates. Villard declined further comment, but said they are scheduled to appear in court soon. Police spokesman Michel-Ange Louis-Jeune told The Associated Press that the men told police they were on a 'mission,' but refused to say anything else except that they would call their unidentified bosses. He said the men were in two cars and that when they were being detained, a third car showed up with an unidentified man who pressured police to release them. Louis-Jeune said he had no further information. A U.S. State Department spokesperson confirmed that U.S. citizens had been arrested and that the government was seeking consular access as soon as possible. 'Due to privacy considerations, we are unable to comment further,' the spokesperson stated, referring all questions to Haiti's police. The arrests follow more than a week of violent demonstrations by Haitians demanding that president Jovenel Moise resign amid rising inflation and allegations of corruption. There were no protests on Tuesday, and schools, businesses and government offices have slowly been reopening.
  • Officials in the French city of Marseille say a knife-wielding man has been shot dead after he allegedly attacked several people on a major street. French media report at least two pedestrians were injured in the knife attack that took place late Tuesday afternoon, but none of their lives were considered to be in danger. An official with the regional administration said there was no reason yet to think the attack was terror-related but information was sketchy. The official could not confirm the identity of the attacker or the nature of the attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.
  • The Latest on events condemning anti-Semitism in France(all times local): 6:15 p.m. Israel's prime minister is urging European leaders to speak out against anti-Semitism after what he called the 'shocking vandalism' of Jewish graves in France. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office on Tuesday that 'Eighty Jewish graves were desecrated with Nazi symbols by wild anti-Semites.' Netanyahu called on the leaders of France and Europe needed to take a strong stand against anti-Semitism, which he called 'a plague that endangers everyone, not just us.' He continued: 'It must be condemned wherever and whenever it rears its head.' ___ 4:25 p.m. A Jewish cemetery in a small French town where vandals defaced gravestones has become another example of the anti-Semitic acts that are the subject of nationwide protest marches. Swastikas were spray-painted overnight on about 80 gravestones at the cemetery in Quatzenheim, a small Alsace town. Just hours ahead of the marches in Paris and other cities, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the cemetery and said he felt shame at the sight of the defaced gravestones. He called the vandalism 'absurd stupidity' and promised local Jewish community representatives the French government 'will take action.' ___ 9:10 a.m. Marches and gatherings against anti-Semitism are taking place across France following a series of shocking anti-Semitic acts. Answering a call from political parties, thousands of protesters and several government members are expected to take to the streets Tuesday. The upsurge in anti-Semitism in France reached a climax last weekend with a torrent of hate speech directed at prominent philosopher Alain Finkielkraut during a march of yellow vest protesters. The assault came days after the government reported a huge rise in incidents of anti-Semitism last year. In other incidents this month, swastika graffiti was found on street portraits of Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, the word 'Juden' was painted on a bagel restaurant and trees planted at a memorial honoring a young Jewish man tortured to death in 2006 were vandalized.
  • A top European Union official criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday for election campaign posters alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants. Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said when it comes to spinning the truth in political campaigning 'this is something in a completely different universe.' The Hungarian government says its new campaign — launched ahead of May's European Parliament election — is meant to inform citizens about 'Brussels' plans to encourage immigration.' 'Everyone has the right to know which are the current proposals fundamentally threatening Hungary's safety,' the government said. In Hungary, posters have gone up focusing on EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros. According to the poster, EU leaders, who Orban says are carrying out instructions from Soros, 'are launching experimental immigration projects with African countries; want to introduce mandatory settlement quotas; want to reduce financial assistance for countries opposed to migration.' A post on the Hungarian government's Facebook page showed a similar poster but with other claims — 'They want to introduce mandatory settlement quotas; they want to weaken the border protection rights of the member states; they would facilitate immigration with migrant visas.' Timmermans said the EU and Juncker were actually at the forefront of reinforcing the EU's external borders. Juncker asked rhetorically what he was supposed to do about Hungary's campaign. 'You can't really act against lies,' Juncker said Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany. Juncker underlined his support for throwing Orban's Fidesz party out of the center-right European People's Party group in the European Parliament. 'I don't think the conservatives in Hungary represent Christian democratic values in any way,' he said. 'There is no overlap at all between Mr. Orban and me ... so I am of the opinion that his place is not in the European People's Party.' Orban's zealous anti-immigration policies allowed him to win his third consecutive term in April and have also won him populist admirers across Europe. In late 2015, at the height of the migrant crisis, Orban had razor-wire fences erected on the country's southern borders with Serbia and Croatia to stop migrants. Last year, Hungary further tightened its migration and refugee laws, making it nearly impossible for any asylum-seekers arriving at Hungary's borders to have their asylum claims approved. The policies have been widely condemned by the United Nations and rights groups. Soros, who Orban sees as a key ideological foe, has been the target of government smear campaigns in previous years that critics say are based on anti-Semitic tropes. Orban denies any anti-Semitic aspect to the anti-Soros campaigns. ___ Pablo Gorondi reported from Budapest, Hungary. Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.
  • The European Union on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down. The agreement among negotiators from the European Parliament and member nations says such emissions for new trucks will have to be 30 percent lower by 2030 compared with today's levels. Heavy trucks carry over two-thirds of freight across the 28-nation bloc. EU Commissioner Arias Canete said the standards 'will help tackle emissions, as well as bring fuel savings to transport operators and cleaner air for all Europeans.' The rules will still need to be formally endorsed but are not expected to pose any political problems after Tuesday's deal. The EU also has such standards for cars and light vans. Under the tentative deal, emissions from new trucks will have to be 15 percent lower by 2025 moving to 30 percent five years later. Fines would apply to producers who failed to comply. The move is also part of the EU's plan to cut emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050 in an attempt to avoid catastrophic global warming. The EU is the first major economy to set its sights on achieving climate neutrality in the next three decades. The plan is far more ambitious than the national targets set so far by many of the EU's 28 nations. Greens legislator Bas Eickhout called it a 'great success that the EU is taking action for the first time on CO2 emissions' for trucks. He added that it will help spawn cleaner technologies 'and the development of greener alternatives that in the end will also benefit the industry.' The ACEA car producers association said it was concerned about 'the highly ambitious' targets and urged authorities to roll out refueling infrastructure to cope with alternative power sources like hydrogen or electricity.
  • Human rights advocates met Tuesday in Paris to discuss potential strategies leading industrial nations could employ to reduce violence and discrimination against women. French President Emmanuel Macron named 35 advocates to give the Group of Seven recommendations, France took over the G-7's presidency on Jan. 1, and Macron has said he wants gender equality to be a main focus. The advocates are addressing three main topics: combating violence against women, promoting girls' education and women's entrepreneurship. Participants include three Nobel Peace Prize winners: Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. Actress Emma Watson, a United Nations goodwill ambassador on gender equality issues, also is part of the group. During their meeting with Macron at the Elysee Palace, group members left an empty chair for human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is imprisoned in Iran. Sotoudeh has fought against laws that discriminate against women and represented women who removed their headscarves in protest last year. Macron said France was financing a 120-million euro ($136 million) fund to help women's rights movements across the world, especially in developing countries. The other G-7 countries are Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K.
  • A Tanzanian judge has sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was labeled the 'ivory queen' to 15 years in jail after she was convicted of smuggling about 700 elephant tusks. The PAMS Foundation, a conservation group supporting Tanzanian efforts to curb wildlife crime, says the conviction Tuesday of Yang Fenglan shows that Tanzanian authorities are serious about cracking down on trafficking. The case against Yang, who was arrested in 2015, was viewed as a major test of Africa-wide efforts to hold key trafficking figures accountable for the mass killing of elephants to supply ivory to illegal markets, including in China. In Tanzania alone, the elephant population declined by 60 percent to 43,000 between 2009 and 2014, according to the government. Officials there say some herds are recovering.
  • An afternoon avalanche swept up skiers as it rumbled across a slope at a popular Swiss Alps ski resort, sparking a hurried search that rescued four people and extended into the night for others who might still be buried, authorities said. Nearly 250 rescue workers, medical team members, police officers and military personnel backed by eight helicopters and a dozen search dogs were deployed after the avalanche on Plaine Morte, a mountain in the town of Crans-Montana, officials said. One person was in critical condition after being extracted from the chunky snow that had spilled over the Kandahar ski slope, Commander Christian Varone of the Valais regional police said at a news briefing. Three others were 'superficially' injured, Varone said. Roughly half of the 840-meter-long (920-yard) avalanche made a direct hit across the ski slope, he said. 'Witnesses told us other people could be buried under the layer of snow. For that reason, we are continuing our search with considerable means,' Varone said. He did not elaborate or take questions from reporters. 'What's important for the intervention teams is that we do everything we can to verify whether or not people remain buried under the avalanche. That's our main priority,' he said. 'The second is to take care of the families of the injured the best that we can.' Valais police spokesman Steve Leger explained later by phone that police were not providing estimates of how many people might be trapped under the snow. Earlier, local newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported that Crans-Montana Mayor Nicolas Feraud had said between 10 and 12 people were buried in the avalanche. But in a subsequent email to The Associated Press, Feraud said the situation was evolving. Resort operator CMA said an alarm sounded shortly before 2:30 p.m., minutes after the avalanche hit. Valais prosecutor Catherine Seppey said authorities were investigating what triggered the avalanche, citing weather conditions or skier behavior as possibilities. Switzerland's Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research had put the risk of an avalanche in the area at level 2, which is relatively low on its 5-point scale. Michele Vizzino, who manages the La Violette restaurant near the gondola that runs up to the peak, said he heard the avalanche but didn't see it. Video from the site showed skiers on the slopes above a trail of lumpy snow after the avalanche. The avalanche comes ahead of a weekend women's World Cup event involving top skiers such as Switzerland's Lara Gut on the Mont Lachaux run at Crans-Montana. Event spokesman Hugo Steinegger said two companies of Swiss military forces — totaling about 180 people — who had been deployed for the races were quickly dispatched to the avalanche site to help with the rescue. He said the avalanche was not expected to affect the start of the event, which begins with training runs on Thursday.
  • Russian lawmakers have approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using smartphones on duty, a move intended to block leaks of sensitive information on social media. The bill approved by the lower house Tuesday also forbids servicemen to post photos, videos and information about themselves, other soldiers and their relatives on the internet. The new legislation formalizes restrictions on using smartphones and tablets earlier ordered by the Defense Ministry. The move follows the publication of open source stories about the fighting in eastern Ukraine between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces, and about the Russian military campaign in Syria. The reports relied on social media posts by servicemen and their relatives to document Russian losses and to offer details of the fighting that often contradicted Moscow's official accounts.

Local News

  • From the Athens-Clarke County Police Dept... After more than two months following the disappearance of Derrick Ruff and Joshua Jackson, ACCPD reminds the public that we need their help to locate the missing men. ACCPD continues to investigate the case as a Missing Persons incident. ACCPD has investigated hundreds of leads and last week, ACCPD detectives spoke to multiple persons of interest. Today, ACCPD is releasing a photo of a vehicle of interest in the case. This surveillance photograph, taken on the night that Derrick and Joshua are believed to have gone missing, was obtained from a Lawrenceville area shopping center and shows an early 2000’s grey Jeep. Detectives ask anyone with information about this vehicle or the whereabouts of Jackson and Ruff to contact Lt. Derek Scott at 706-613-3888, ext. 329 or Derek.Scott@accgov.com . A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the location of Joshua and Derrick. The Crime Stoppers Tip Line is 706-705-4775.
  • Joni Taylor coached the Lady Dogs to an 22-point win over Ole Miss last night. She gave birth this morning. Drew is 6 lbs 8 ounces and 20 inches long and Taylor tot No. 2. From UGA Sports Communications... Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball head coach Joni Taylor and her husband Darius welcomed their second child — Drew Simone Taylor — at 7:29 a.m. Tuesday in Athens.    Drew is 20 inches long and weighs 6 pounds, 8 ounces and both she and Joni are resting well. She is the Taylor’s second daughter. Jacie Elise Taylor was born on Nov. 3, 2016.    “Darius and I feel so blessed to be the parents of such a sweet little girl, and I know Jacie is thrilled to be a big sister,” Taylor said. “I can’t express how much joy Drew has already brought to our family. We want to thank everyone in the Georgia community for your prayers and encouragement during this happy season of our lives. I am thrilled that Drew will be surrounded by so many special people, and that she will be a part of the Bulldog family.”    Coach Taylor led Georgia to a 78-56 win against Ole Miss Monday evening, less than 12 hours before giving birth. Plans for her return to the Georgia bench will be announced at a later date.     Associate head coach Karen Lange will assume head coaching duties during Taylor’s absence. 
  • Labs and research support spaces across campus will be getting an upgrade, thanks to a $1.5 million presidential initiative that seeks to build on the university’s dramatic growth in research activity.   Presidential renovation funds have been distributed to nine schools and colleges and will be used to upgrade labs and replace core equipment that enables faculty members to conduct research and be more competitive in seeking grant funding. Proposals were solicited from deans and chosen based on links to college and university strategic priorities, as well as implications for faculty recruitment efforts and grant funding opportunities.   “To advance the research mission of the university and attract and retain outstanding faculty, we must support state-of-the-art facilities that assist the faculty with their groundbreaking work,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “I am pleased the institution has been able to help several faculty with critical needs, thanks to this initiative.”   In the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, an upgrade to an insectary that will be used to rear mosquitoes will enable Regents’ Professor and National Academy of Sciences member Michael Strand and several of his colleagues in the department of entomology to expand their research on infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. “We’re going to be able to do a whole series of experiments that we currently can’t do,” Strand said, adding that the upgraded facility opens up new opportunities for grants.   Upgrades to the Sensory Evaluation and Product Development Lab in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences will enable assistant professor Ginnefer Cox to develop and evaluate new food product formulations more efficiently while also giving students hands-on experiences and facilitating industry partnerships. “This new space is going to have equipment that helps train students to be the next product developers,” Cox said. “The upgrades also create more opportunities to collaborate in research with food companies, which opens up opportunities for students to interact with them and obtain internships and permanent employment.”   In the department of physics and astronomy, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, renovation funds will aid in faculty recruitment by modernizing an outdated laboratory. “We’re really excited to have received this funding,” said department head Phillip Stancil. “The space has been unused for the last several years, and with this renovation it’ll be ready for a new experimentalist to move in.”   Other schools and colleges that have received funding through presidential renovation funds are the College of Engineering, College of Environment and Design, Odum School of Ecology, College of Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.   Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Libby V. Morris noted that the lab renovation funds come at a time when sponsored research awards have increased by 34 percent over the past five years. It also coincides with recruitment initiatives that will bring up to 25 new faculty members to campus.   “Research activity at the University of Georgia has grown significantly in recent years, with strategic investments in faculty and facilities enabling discoveries that point the way to a healthier and more promising future,” Morris said
  • Athens-Clarke County Commissioners meet tonight: it’s a 6 o’clock agenda setting session at City Hall in downtown Athens. Appointments to the Athens-Clarke County Community Tree Council are up for discussion.  As this year’s session of the Georgia legislature nears the halfway mark, there is an afternoon meeting of the Clarke County School Board’s Government Relations Committee: it starts at 4:30 at the HT Edwards Building on Dearing Extension in Athens.  There is an evening meeting of the Board of Directors for the Morton Theatre Corporation: it’s a 6:30 session at the Morton on Washington Street in downtown Athens.  Oconee County Commissioners hold a town hall meeting tonight: it is set for 6 o’clock in the Community Center at Oconee Veterans Park.  Madison County’s Planning and Zoning Board meets at 6:30 this evening in Danielsville.  This afternoon’s Gainesville City Council session is underway at 5:30 at the Public Safety Complex in Gainesville: Phase II of the city’s downtown utilities improvement project headlines the Council’s business agenda.
  • Forecasters say the rain that is expected to start falling this afternoon will usher in several days of wet weather for Athens and northeast Georgia, with the potential for serious flooding later in the week, most likely Wednesday night into Thursday.  Channel 2 Action News Meteorologist Brad Nitz says “I've revised the totals down slightly, but flooding remains a concern.” Athens could receive two to three inches of rain, while northwest Georgia is in line to receive between four and six inches. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS – Their average age is 40. Most of them played college football at places like Arkansas Tech and Texas Southern. Three of them didn’t play college ball at all. They are the 10 full-time coaches who will be assisting Georgia head coach Kirby Smart for what’s expected to be a championship run in the 2019 football season. It’s an interesting mix of youth and experience and it features a surprising lack of actual on-field, Division I playing experience. The makeup of the Bulldogs’ staff came more into focus after roles and salaries were revealed last Friday in response to open records requests from media outlets. Smart has yet to offer comment or answer questions about his new staff. Here’s some factoids to consider as we take a closer look at the group: Not that it matters, but two of Georgia’s three coordinators did not play college football themselves. Neither offensive coordinator James Coley nor co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann played ball beyond high school. Recently hired tight ends coach Todd Hartley also didn’t play college football. He was a student assistant coach while attending UGA as an undergrad. Only running backs coach Dell McGee played major college ball. He was a wide receiver and defensive back at Auburn from 1992-95 and played briefly in the NFL. New defensive backs coach Charlton Warren played as a defensive back at the Air Force Academy. The rest of the staff were small-college football players. Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning played linebacker at tiny William Jewell College, an NAIA program at the time. Heralded offensive line coach – and newly-appointed associate head coach — Sam Pittman also played NAIA ball. He was an All-American lineman at Pittsburg State in Kansas. Special teams coordinator Scott Fountain played at Samford, receivers coach Cortez Hankton played at Texas Southern and defensive line coach Tray Scott played at Arkansas Tech Georgia’s staff also is not extremely deep on experience. Pittman, 57, and Fountain, 52, have been around the longest. They’ve logged 32 and 31 years, respectively, in the college game. Many people don’t realize that Pittman was once a head coach. He spent two seasons as head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, three overall. Today he is considered one of the most successful recruiters of offensive linemen in the country. When broken down into experience as actual on-field, college assistant coaches, the average length of service for members of Smart’s staff is a relatively low 11.5 years. The 28-year-old Schumann has the least, entering his fourth year as inside linebackers coach for the Bulldogs. He was a volunteer analyst as an undergraduate student at Alabama, then a graduate assistant and, finally, a director of player development and personnel for two years before following Smart to UGA. Hartley (7), Hankton (7), Lanning (6), McGee (6) and Scott (6) all have less than eight years experience as well. Most of Georgia’s coaches spent a good bit of time coaching high school ball before moving into the college ranks. Fountain and McGee were high school head coaches before breaking into college as analysts. Pittman was also a high school head coach. Coley and Lanning each were high school assistant coaches before getting their breaks as analysts, or quality control specialists. Smart lost a combined 56 years of college and pro coaching experience off his staff when coordinators Jim Chaney and Mel Tucker left to accept new jobs after last season. Tucker became head coach at Colorado while Chaney accepted a $650,000-a-year raise to make a lateral move to Tennessee. That resulted in Smart paying $375,000-a-year less for his assistant coaches. Chaney’s addition along with the hiring of Derrick Ansley as defensive coordinator and Tee Martin as wide receivers coach and some other staff moves mean that Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is now paying his staff $800,000 more than Georgia is ($6.045 million). That’s primarily due to coordinator pay. Chaney ($1.6 million), Ansley ($1 million) and Chris Rumph ($805,000) all have multiyear contracts and make $3.4 million annually between them. Georgia’s three coordinators are due $2.25 million in the next year. It’s not yet known if they signed multiyear deals, but three-year deals are standard operating procedure in the business. What’s it all mean? Not much at the moment. Smart’s doing just fine, thank you very much. He is a combined 10-3 against Georgia’s four primary conference rivals of Auburn (3-1), Florida (2-1), South Carolina (3-0) and Tennesssee (2-1). He is, of course, 0-2 vs. Alabama. The post Georgia Bulldogs’ 2019 football staff is short on experience, long on potential appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia Athletic Association board members will be briefed on the progress of efforts to add a new football-dedicated building to the Butts-Mehre Athletic Complex when it holds its annual winter meeting on Wednesday. In a conference call with members of the board’s facilities and development committee Monday morning, Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed that a status report will be provided on the latest multi-million dollar project to come on line since Kirby Smart became the Bulldogs’ head coach in 2016. McGarity said Georgia is in the process of selecting engineers and architects for the project, which is expected to be erect a building in the space between the Spec Town Track & Field grandstands and the Payne Indoor Athletic Facility. As DawgNation reported six months ago, such a facility is expected to carry a price tag of more than $50 million. Fundraising efforts are already underway. Since Smart’s arrival on campus in January of 2016, Georgia has built and dedicated a $30 million indoor practice facility and $65 million locker room and recruiting area underneath the West grandstand at Sanford Stadium. Since the fall of 2015, members of Georgia’s relatively new Magill Society have pledged donations totaling nearly $100 million to cover the cost of those projects. Board members will also be briefed on an upcoming project to improve the lighting at Sanford Stadium, McGarity said. The majority of the focus on facilities updates on Wednesday will be on construction of a new grandstand for the Henry Feild Stadium courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, McGarity said. Cost for that project is now expected to exceed $8 million. The board will also be briefed on plans to erect a new six-court indoor tennis facility for the complex. “That will be the only action item on Wednesday,” McGarity said. To date, none of the monies raised from the Magill Society have gone toward tennis. That is the sport Magill oversaw for decades before his death in 2014 at the age of 93. Board members will also be briefed on an ongoing $3.1 million equestrian project that will include a 7,000-square foot clubhouse at the team’s facility in Bishop. The post Expansion of Georgia Bulldogs’ football complex to be discussed at UGA athletics board meeting appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — As many as three outgoing Georgia football players have been projected as first-round NFL Draft picks by different analysts at different times. But there’s always one Bulldog on the first-round list — Deandre Baker. That didn’t change on Monday when the Georgia Thorpe Award winner surfaced as the No. 20 overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Mel Kiper’s latest first-round mock draft on the ESPN Insider pay site. RELATED: Georgia opens with 10 on NFL Draft boards Kiper has Baker as his second-highest rated cornerback in the draft behind LSU’s Greedy Williams, who he forecasts will go to Denver at No. 10. Earlier this month, NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter opened eyes when he projected both Baker and tailback Elijah Holyfield to be selected in the first round. Reuter, in a Feb. 5 three-round NFL mock draft, had four Bulldogs listed: Deandre Baker, No. 24 overall, Oakland Elijah Holyfield, No. 30 overall, Green Bay Riley Ridley, No. 35 overall, Oakland Isaac Nauta, No. 62 overall, New Orleans Ridley was at one point projected as high as the first round — at No. 32 — by NFL.com writer Daniel Jeremiah. WATCH: Riley Ridley coached up by NFL legends Jeremiah and fellow NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein recently penned an article on which one player each team should keep an eye on. The Baltimore Ravens were advised to keep an eye on speedy Georgia receiver Mecole Hardman, as “the buzz is starting to build in personnel circles.” The San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile, should watch for Ridley, according to the story: “The Niners need another big target at wide receiver with size and toughness for Kyle Shanahan’s scheme. Ridley’s college production was just OK, but there were plenty of mouths to feed in the Georgia offense. Ridley might be a fit for San Francisco as a Day 2 option, provided he shows ball-tracking ability and some route acumen in Indianapolis.” Projections from one analyst to another vary, as they each do their own evaluations and rely on different NFL sources. Kiper, for example, doesn’t have Holyfield, Ridley or Nauta ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions in the upcoming draft. It’s all talk for now, and NFL Draft projections are sure to get a thorough shaking up after the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The combine testing runs from March 1-4. Georgia will have eight players at the combine, seven taking part in on-field testing. Outside linebacker D’Andre Walker had sports hernia surgery on Jan. 16 in Birmingham, Ala., and is rehabilitating. Walker hopes to be healthy enough to take part in the Bulldogs Pro Day for NFL scouts on March 20.     The post Georgia football favorites Elijah Holyfield, Mecole Hardman generating NFL Draft buzz appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Nicolas Claxton’s All-SEC campaign continued Saturday night against No. 19 LSU, the sophomore leading Georgia in scoring and assists. The Bulldogs played the Tigers tight in a hard-fought 83-79 defeat before the sold-out Stegeman Coliseum crowd, and Claxton had everything to do with it. RELATED: Georgia battles LSU in bitter 83-79 defeat “We had no answer for Claxton,” said LSU coach Will Wade, whose team has won 14 of its past 15 games. “He played great.” Indeed, Georgia out-scored the Tigers by nine points when Claxton was on the floor. Problem was, the six minutes the 6-foot-11 forward didn’t play, LSU outscored the Bulldogs by 13. Wade credited Georgia coach Tom Crean with creating match-up problems throughout the game with personnel substitutions. LSU struggled to get a handle on how to defend Claxton. “When he’s hitting those mid-range turnarounds, it’s very tough to guard him,” Wade said. “We put Skylar (Mays) on him, one of our guards, and they posted him, and we put our big guys on him, and they took him on the perimeter and he was driving and he was spinning. “We just didn’t have very good coverage on him. They exploited the mismatch.” Claxton converted a conventional three-point play despite being triple-teamed with 5:30 left, pulling Georgia within 71-70. But Claxton couldn’t get his shot to fall with the game on the line in the final seconds. Claxton’s layup was uncharacteristically off-target after Crean called time out to set up the play with the Bulldogs down 82-79 and 29.5 seconds left. “I was supposed to drive and make the layup,” Claxton said. “So, we executed the play right, I just came up short on the layup.” Claxton is one of only four players in the Division I ranks who leads his team in all five major categories: points (12.8 per game), rebounds (9.0 per game), assists (53), blocks (64) and steals (31). Claxton, the SEC’s overall leader in rebounding and blocked shots, just wants to get back in the win column. “I would say it’s progress, us just playing our hardest for the whole 40 minutes, not coming out in the second half and being in a drought,” Claxton said. “At the end of the day, we did not want a moral victory. We wanted to come out and get the win.” Georgia dropped to 10-15 and 1-11 in SEC with the loss. The Bulldogs play host to Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Georgia basketball players LSU coach Will Wade Georgia basketball boxscore   The post WATCH: LSU won, but ‘had no answer’ for Georgia basketball star Nicolas Claxton appeared first on DawgNation.