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New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell can be sweet when he wants to be. Mitchell has a three-book deal with Scholastic, the children's publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday. The books include a newly illustrated edition of his self-published 'The Magician's Hat,' to come out next May, and two more original works. Mitchell is a literacy advocate who founded the 'Read With Malcolm' program. With New England, Mitchell caught 32 passes last year during the regular season and another six in the Super Bowl, when the Patriots came from behind and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.
After his shot at the NFL ended, former University of Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera is working on his next dream— the WWE. An alum of North Clayton High School in Atlanta, Herrera was one of 40 athletes who participated in a WWE tryout last week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., according to the WWE. Herrera, who was named second-team All-SEC during his senior season, was drafted by Indianapolis Colts the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but was released on Aug. 10, 2016 after playing in three games as a rookie. Herrera also has stints with the Tennessee Titans and the Washington Redskins. In his four seasons as a Bulldog, Herrera started 43 games and recorded 334 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions.
Sanford Stadium Utility Work Update - Tate Drive Closing From 6/19 through 6/30, construction crews working on the utilities at the Tate drive will be performing their work at night starting at 7PM and working to 6AM. During this time, the drive to the Tate Parking Deck from Lumpkin will be closed. The entrance to the parking deck will be shifted to the ramp just south of the intersection at Baxter and Lumpkin and traffic will be directed by UGA PD. There will also be a full closure of the drive from 7pm on 6/23 through 10pm on 6/24 as the utilities are installed across the width of the drive. During the day, the drive will be re-opened.
From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. — Six home games – three each in November and December – and four road challenges anchor the Georgia Bulldogs’ 2017-18 non-conference schedule, which was announced by head coach Mark Fox on Thursday. “The goal every year is to create a non-conference schedule that 1) prepares you for SEC play and 2) gives you the strength of schedule at the end of the year to have a chance to go to postseason play,” Fox said. “I think again we’ve put one together that again should allow us to do both of those things The Bulldogs will open their campaign in the dramatically renovated Stegeman Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 10, by hosting Bryant. This summer, Stegeman is undergoing the final phase of more than $20-million in upgrades over the past several years. The arena’s inner bowl is the focus of the final portion of the project and will feature acenter-hung scoreboard, new seats, significantly upgraded sound and lighting systems and additional LED signage. “The final stage of the Stegeman renovations is finally here, which will be the most drastic stage of the project,” Fox said “Obviously, the installation of the glass and work on the concourse was significant, and the building looks different from the outside. I think the interior will look just as significantly different as the outside. I also think you’re going to see the game experience change greatly because of the center-hung scoreboard and video boards and all the other things that can be done with that will be a big upgrade for our game atmosphere and our fans.” The matchup with Bryant is the first of three home games to open the season. Georgia also will host USC-Upstate on Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday, Nov. 19. The Bulldogs will then play three games as part of the Wooden Legacy in California over the Thanksgiving break. Georgia is among the eight-team field which also includes Cal State Fullerton, DePaul, Harvard, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State and Washington State. Games will be played on Thursday, Nov. 23; Friday, Nov. 24; and Sunday, Nov. 26. Georgia will then face Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 2 before returning to Stegeman to host Winthrop on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Bulldogs will venture to UMass on Saturday, Dec. 16, before wrapping up their pre-SEC slate with dates against Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Dec., 19 and Temple on Friday, Dec. 22. Georgia’s remaining non-conference outing will be at Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 27 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Last week, the SEC announced the league’s home and away matchups for this upcoming season. Georgia will face Auburn, Florida, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee on a home-and-home basis. The Bulldogs also will host Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, while traveling to Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri and Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs will return 10 letterwinners, including five with double-digit starts, from a year ago. Consensus All-SEC forward Yante Maten headlines that list. Maten is the SEC’s leading returning scorer after averaging 18.2 ppg a year ago. Junior Derek Ogbeide is the second-leading returning rebounder in the league. He averaged 7.6 rpg last season. In addition, Georgia will welcome four freshmen to the Bulldogs’ roster. “We have a significant number of returning players – nine of our top-10 are back and we’re adding probably one of the better recruiting classes that we’ve had,” Fox said. “But obviously, experience, there’s no substitute for. Everyone is going to be a little bit different role this year because we lost a great leader (J.J. Frazier). We have a lot of guys who we understand what their abilities are and what they’re capable of and I think our chemistry remains very strong. The new guys have the advantage of learning from that experience. We’re working like a team that is very hungry and driven. Right now, we’re excited about their approach.” Stegeman Coliseum Renovation Information Stegeman Coliseum is undergoing major renovations this summer. Work began recently on Phase II of the approximately $8-million project to the Coliseum’s interior. Prior to last season, Phase I included the addition of an HD scoreboard and a dramatic mural covering the distinctive end wall of the arena’s east end. This summer, renovations include a center-hung scoreboard, new seats, significantly upgraded sound and lighting systems and additional LED signage. The current projects follow a $13-million renovation in 2010 that transformed Stegeman’s concourses, upgrading the graphics, enhancing spectator access to concessions and restrooms and adding 5,000-square feet of concourse space on each side of the arena. Those efforts won awards from both the American Institute of Architects and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Basketball Enhancement Fund Information Donations to the UGA Athletic Association's Basketball Enhancement Fund (BEF) will be accepted beginning this Thursday (June 1) through August 1. Current BEF contributors should expect renewal notices to arrive via email on June 5. BEF contributions are utilized for determining renewable season tickets and various other benefits available to Georgia Basketball supporters. The BEF has established records for both amount contributed and number of contributors in each of the past two years. The Georgia Bulldog Club is hoping for another record-setting effort and is challenging donors to contribute 110 percent of their previous donation. The minimum donation to purchase renewable season tickets is $150 per seat. A gift of $150 also will be recognized with a car decal and an invitation to a designated preseason practice of the Bulldogs. Varying levels of BEF donations are used to determine ability to purchase premium courtside seating, as well as tickets to the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Additional potential benefits associated with contribution levels include reserved parking at Stegeman Coliseum, invitations to the team's preseason and postseason banquets and pre- and in-game hospitality.
 From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS------Georgia senior pitcher Andrew Gist was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday.   Gist, a 5-10, 196-pound native of Cumming, Ga., served as Georgia’s SEC Friday night starter this past season, posting a 3-4 record and a team-best 3.80 ERA. He appeared in 17 games with 11 starts for a total of 73.1 innings as the team went 25-32 and advanced to the SEC Tournament. He clinched Georgia’ spot in the postseason when he provided a career-high eight innings in a 6-3 road win over No. 30 South Carolina. Also, he struck out a career-high 10 in six innings as part of a combined 3-0 shutout of Missouri this past April.   Gist enjoyed a two-year career with the Bulldogs after spending his first two seasons at Walters State in Tennessee. As a Bulldog, Gist went 6-6 with one save and a 4.35 ERA in 32 appearances including 17 starts. He tallied 116 strikeouts and 33 walks in 122 innings.   Georgia has a string of 44 straight seasons with at least one player signing a professional contract. In 2016, six Bulldogs were drafted and began their professional career.   The MLB draft began Monday with the first two rounds while Tuesday’s slate featured rounds three-10. On Tuesday, the Atlanta Braves in the second round selected Bulldog signee Drew Waters, an ALL-USA First Team outfielder out of Etowah High School. The draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 11-40. The MLB signing deadline for underclassmen and high school seniors selected in this year’s draft is July 15.   Bulldogs In The 2017 MLB Draft *Drew Waters, OF, 2nd Round (41st overall), Atlanta Braves Andrew Gist, LHP, 9th Round (259th overall), Tampa Bay Rays *2017 Georgia signee
From UGA Sports Communications EUGENE, Ore. --- The Georgia women’s team set a school record by taking second with the No. 1 score in team history (62.2 points) at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.   With the last day of women’s competition arriving on Saturday, meet host Oregon edged the Lady Bulldogs 64-62.2 by winning the 4x400-meter relay for 10 points in the final event of the competition. Southern California (43), Kentucky (40) and Florida (39) rounded out the top five as five different teams from the Southeastern Conference finished in the top 10.   On Friday, the Bulldog men finished with 22.5 points for sixth after sophomore Keenon Laine left Hayward Field with a tie for fourth in the high jump. Florida (61.5) captured the team title and Texas A&M (59.5), Virginia (36), Arkansas (33) and Auburn (24) made up the top five team finishers. Eight SEC men’s teams were in the top 10.   This overtook the previous best combined finish of sixth for the men and fifth for the women in 2014.   “This second-place finish is kind of bittersweet since we came within two points of winning a national championship for our women’s team,” said Bulldog head coach Petros Kyprianou. “This one will take a while to get over but I think as time passes and we look back, we will be proud of how great a year this has been. We met or surpassed school records for our men and women’s team finishes at the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets and finished the year with two finishes in the top six.    “I want to congratulate Robert Johnson and the Oregon Ducks for this title, their first at their home track. They did a great job and finished the meet like they had to. But I am very proud of how our teams fought. To complete this weekend with a win in the triple, a win in the heptathlon and a 1-2 finish in the high jump is incredible. I have said it before but this is why our student-athletes want to come to Georgia. And I hope this strengthens our tradition even more and I believe we will be in position to win this thing in the years to come.”   Georgia surged into contention with three NCAA champions on Saturday as senior Kendell Williams won her third NCAA heptathlon crown, junior Mady Fagan walked away with her first outdoor national high jump crown and junior Keturah Orji captured her third consecutive triple jump championship to highlight the meet’s fourth and final day. Also, junior Tatiana Gusin matched Fagan’s school record height in the high jump to earn runner-up honors.   Bringing no team members to compete on the track and nine to compete in six field events, the Lady Bulldogs set a meet record for points scored in the field events only (Arizona State, 59, 2008). The Georgia women also became the first group to record NCAA titles in the long, triple and high jumps in the same year.   Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., scored 6,265 to capture her third NCAA heptathlon title (2014, 2016) and her seventh national championship overall to end her career. Her final tally was the second best of her career behind her 6,402 school record at the 2016 Olympic Trials, which was also scored at Hayward Field.   Williams becomes only the third competitor in NCAA history to win at least three national heptathlon crowns. Oregon’s Brianne Theisen captured the 2009-10 championships and then the 2012 title while Arizona State’s Jackie Johnson won the 2004 crown and then three straight from 2006-08.   Georgia finished with 13 First Team All-America scorers. On Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs finished first and second in the long jump with redshirt freshman Kate Hall winning her first title and Orji reaching 22 feet for the first time in her career. True freshman Beatrice Llano unloaded a career-long hammer throw toss to take third and redshirt freshman Kayla Smith added .20 points to her team’s total by tying for eighth in the pole vault.   Senior Devon Williams scored the second-highest decathlon point total of his career on Thursday to finish second in the only men’s event of the day.    On Wednesday, sophomore Denzel Comenentia complemented his fifth-place finish in the hammer throw with another fifth-place showing in the shot put. His senior teammate, Alex Poursanidis, wrapped up his four years with the Bulldogs by earning an expected First Team All-America certificate with a seventh-place finish in the hammer.   Just as she had in the heptathlon 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m on Friday, Williams competed in the long jump for the final time in the Red and Black and ended with a personal record. Opening with a mark of 20 feet, 7 inches that also would have taken second in the event, Williams built to a 21-1.50 for 988 points. This surpassed her previous career best in the hep’s long jump of 21-1.25 set while taking second in the event and second overall at the 2015 meet.   Williams started the sixth event, the javelin, up by 215 points. By the last throw, Williams’ lead had grown with her second personal best of the day. She started with a 128-0, followed with a 133-4 and completed her series with the longest throw of her career (152-6). This earned Williams 792 points after surpassing her former personal record of 138-6 at the Olympic Trials in Eugene last summer.   Williams completed her highest heptathlon total in her career at the NCAA Championships by finishing off with a 2:26.17 in the 800m. Her finish scored her 742 points and helped complete her 306-point victory.   Orji, a native of Mount Olive, N.J., opened with a triple jump mark of 45-2.25, which would have won the title by three and a half inches. The American and collegiate record holder then traveled a wind-aided (3.3 m/s) distance of 46-10.75 and significantly widened her victory margin. Orji’s winning mark measured as the fourth-longest wind-aided effort in collegiate history.   Orji has now won five NCAA triple jump titles, including two indoors and all three outdoors.   Fagan, a native of Los Gatos, Calif., arrived at Nationals as the 2017 NCAA indoor champion and the 2016 national outdoor runner-up. On Saturday, Fagan reached her former career best of 6-2 on her third try to stay in the competition with Gusin. Fagan then followed that up with an opening clearance at a school record mark of 6-3.25.   Gusin, who hails from Orhei, Moldova, stayed clean with no misses through her first four heights, including at 6-2 which equaled her personal best. Moments later, Gusin tied Fagan’s school record of 6-3.25. However, Gusin’s clearance came on her third attempt giving her teammate top honors. This marks Gusin’s fourth First Team All-America certificate, including her second-place finish at this year’s NCAA indoor meet and a fifth-place finish at the 2015 outdoor Nationals.   Also of note, sophomore Aliyah Johnson left the Oregon campus with a Second Team All-America honors after taking 14th in the triple jump (43-0.25).   Updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams can always be found on Twitter/Instagram (UGATrack) and Snapchat (ugatrack).   Heptathlon Results     100mH    HJ    SP   200m    Day1Total Kendell Williams ^12.95 (1132 pts) 5-11.25 (991) 38-10.25 (651) 24.12 (969) 3,743 pts.      LJ   Javelin  800m  TOTAL *21-1.50 (988) *152-6 (792) 2:26.17 (742) 6,265 pts. *personal-best mark; ^season-best mark (in heptathlon); DNF-Did Not Finish; DNS-Did Not Start   Bulldog NCAA Scorers Name  Event   Finish/Mark WEDNESDAY Denzel Comenentia Hammer throw 5th/*235-4 Denzel Comenentia Shot put 5th/64-5  Alex Poursanidis Hammer throw 7th/234-4   THURSDAY Kate Hall Long jump 1st/*$22-1 Devon Williams Decathlon 2nd/8,181 pts. Keturah Orji Long jump 2nd/*22-0.25 Beatrice Llano Hammer throw 3rd/*221-2 Kayla Smith Pole vault T-8th/13-7.25 $school record  FRIDAY Keenon Laine High jump T-4th/6-11.75 SATURDAY Kendell Williams Heptathlon 1st/6,265 pts. Keturah Orji Triple Jump 1st/46-10.75 Mady Fagan High Jump 1st/*$6-3.25 Tatiana Gusin High Jump 2nd/*$6-3.25  
Logan Booker
Logan Booker is a morning show producer, news reporter, and sports writer for Cox Media Group Athens. He is a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in magazine journalism in addition to a Grady Sports Media certificate.
Dawgs begin Spring Practice today
Dawgs begin Spring Practice today
Tim Bryant
Tim Bryant is News Director for Cox Media Group Athens and also works as an anchor and reporter for WSB Radio in Atlanta. Previous stops on the dial include Augusta and Tallahassee. Tim has reported for ABC, CBS, and the Associated Press, and has provided guest commentary and analysis on stations across the US, the U.K., and New Zealand. Tim hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens. 
Stadium work closes Tate Drive
Stadium work closes Tate Drive