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    A fugitive has been captured near Atlanta after escaping from the same Alabama jail twice within a three-week span and then tying up and robbing people while on the run, authorities said early Wednesday.Shane Anthony Vernon, 27, was taken into custody late Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, just east of Atlanta, the Coosa County Sheriff's office in Alabama said. Vernon had been the focus of a nationwide manhunt.The inmate's most recent escape happened Sunday afternoon, Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson said.He had been allowed out of his cell to use the inmate telephone system and noticed that a guard had failed to properly secure a door in the area, Wilson said. He went through that door and gained access to the ceiling, and then breached four security doors and fled the facility, the sheriff said.Vernon then broke into a home in Rockford, Alabama, where he tied up and robbed the residents and stole their 2016 Ford Fusion, Wilson has said.After abandoning that vehicle, he broke into another home Monday in Wetumpka, Alabama, where he sat in a chair and waited for the homeowner to arrive, Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told the news site Al.com. He then kidnapped the homeowner and drove with him to Douglasville, Georgia, just west of Atlanta, Franklin said.Early Tuesday, the homeowner was let go and went to a gas station for help, authorities said. 'All indications are that he is OK,' Franklin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Vernon had previously escaped Oct. 29 by forcibly removing his restraints and running while being booked into the county jail, authorities said. He was recaptured the next day after that escape.Vernon was being held in the Alabama jail on multiple felony charges, including burglary and auto theft, before his latest escape.Early Wednesday morning, he was being held in the DeKalb County Jail in Decatur, Georgia. He was booked into that facility at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, jail records show.
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  • No. 7 Georgia (10-1, CFP No. 7) at Georgia Tech (5-5), Saturday, noon ET (ABC) Line: Georgia by 11. Series record: Disputed. Georgia leads 65-41-5 but doesn't recognize two Georgia Tech victories during World War II, when the Yellow Jackets used players from a naval officers' training program based on campus. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Bulldogs can't afford a second straight loss to Georgia Tech if they want to stay in the running for the College Football Playoff. Georgia has already clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 2. Georgia Tech needs a major upset to ensure bowl eligibility, though the school was still trying to line up a 12th game to make up for a hurricane-related cancellation against Central Florida. KEY MATCHUP Georgia's front seven vs. Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall. Throughout the season, the Bulldogs have set aside a bit of time each Monday to work on Georgia Tech's unique triple-option offense, which ranks fourth nationally in rushing. A year ago, Georgia did a decent job against the run (226 yards) but surrendered two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets pulled out an improbable 28-27 victory in the final minute. Marshall (1,074 yards rushing) is the one who makes the offense go, but he'll be facing a stout Georgia defense led by linebackers Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy. PLAYERS TO WATCH Georgia: RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are coming off a dynamic performance against Kentucky, combining to rush for 238 yards and five touchdowns. Georgia Tech: P Pressley Harvin III ranks first among true freshman and 22nd overall with a 43.8-yard average. He's dropped 16 punts inside the 20, and 60 percent of his kicks have not been returned. FACTS & FIGURES Georgia has won eight straight games at Bobby Dodd Stadium, with its last loss coming in 1999. ... For only the second time in school history, Georgia Tech has a pair of 1,000-yard runners in a season. In addition to Marshall, B-back KirVonte Benson has gained 1,009 yards on the ground. ... Since an 11-win season in 2014 that included an Orange Bowl victory, Georgia Tech is just 17-18. ... The Bulldogs have won 11 games in a season nine times. ... Georgia Tech hasn't beaten Georgia in back-to-back years since a run of three straight victories from 1998-2000. ___ More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Night' game were:02-04-05-06-09-11-12-17-18-20-22-23(two, four, five, six, nine, eleven, twelve, seventeen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-two, twenty-three)
  • Dexter McClanahan scored 17 points off the bench with four 3-pointers, Isaiah Felder and Alante Fenner added 16 apiece, and Savannah State held off Alabama State 101-97 in the mainland edition of the Cayman Islands Challenge on Tuesday night.The Tigers (2-4) led 45-36 at halftime, but Alabama State (0-6) surged out of the break with a 61-point second half.Fenner was 10 of 10 at the foul line as Savannah State converted 24 of 34 on two dozen Alabama State fouls.Jacoby Ross led Alabama State with a career-high 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting with five 3-pointers. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers and converted a three-point play to slice Savanah State's lead down to 87-86 with 3:22 left in the game.After a Hornet turnover, Savannah State scored nine of the game's final 15 points.Reginald Gee added 19 points, connecting on four of seven 3-pointers, and the Hornets made 15 of 33 from behind the arc.
  • Mike Hughes and Tookie Brown each had 17 points, Montae Glenn had a double-double and Georgia Southern earned a spot in the Gulf Coast Showcase title game with a 78-75 win over Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday night.Glenn had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 12 rebounds and Ike Smith had 12 points and matched Brown's eight rebounds for the Eagles (5-0).The game featured 28 lead changes and 15 ties. Georgia Southern's biggest lead was seven with 3½ minutes left in the first half. The Kangaroos (2-4) never led by more than four.Isaiah Ross, who scored 16 points, gave UMKC its last lead, 73-71, on a 3-pointer with 4:21 to play. Hughes ended a three-minute Georgia Southern drought with a jumper that tied it with 1:41 remaining. Jared Hamilton had a steal and knocked down the go-ahead jumper at 1:14. An offensive foul on Ross, the Roos' third-straight turnover, produced a free throw by Brown at 21 seconds. Ross cut it to one with a layup at seven seconds, ending a dry spell of 4:14, but Hughes finished it with a pair of free throws.UMCKC hit 12 of 28 3s to 6 of 18 for Georgia Southern but the Eagles had a 45-28 rebounding advantage.
  • Miami made a small but potentially significant move up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four. Wisconsin and Auburn remained next up behind the top four in a week when the top half of the selection committee's rankings were mostly unchanged. Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Southern California followed in the same order as they did last week. Over the next two weeks, every team in the top nine will play another team ranked in the committee's top 25, including four games matching top playoff contenders. The Crimson Tide will play at Auburn on Saturday to decide a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship on Dec. 2. The winner plays Georgia. The Atlantic Coast Conference championship will match Clemson and Miami on Dec. 2, and Wisconsin and Ohio State play in the Big Ten championship. Miami's move comes after rallying to beat Virginia last Saturday. Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said Miami is showing characteristics of a championship team. 'When you get down the way Miami did to Virginia two times, once in each half, and you have the poise and the ability to come back and win in a convincing manner, that is special,' said Hocutt, the Texas Tech athletic director. The Hurricanes (10-0) play at Pitt Friday and now seem better positioned to get into the playoff even with a loss to Clemson, depending on how things play out in other conferences. Central Florida came in at No. 15 and Memphis is 20th, the highest ranked teams from outside the Power Five. The American Athletic Conference rivals could meet in the league title game in two weeks if UCF beats USF on Black Friday, setting up a game that would likely send the winner into a New Year's Six bowl. ___ HOW DOES THIS PLAY OUT? On championship Saturday, the selection committee gathers at the Dallas-area resort hotel where it holds its weekly meeting to watch games together. When the games are done, Hocutt and his crew of 12 experts dig into the results and put together their final, and only truly meaningful, top 25. Will it be a late night at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine or will the committee members be able to uncork a bottle of wine during the second half of the ACC title game? A lot depends on Alabama. The Crimson Tide could essentially eliminate two other playoff contenders in Auburn and Georgia. The Tigers have no shot if they don't win the Iron Bowl and the SEC title. Georgia at 11-2 with a loss in the conference title game could still have a flicker of hope to be the second SEC team in the playoff, but would need a lot of help. At 13-0, the Crimson Tide would be seeded No. 1 and heading to New Orleans to play in the Sugar Bowl semifinal. Easy. If Alabama loses the Iron Bowl or wins that and loses the SEC championship game, it means the committee will likely be ordering up a couple extra pots of coffee instead of a nice pinot noir. The SEC champion is pretty much a lock to get in. But what to do with Alabama at 11-1 or 12-1? The Crimson Tide has been the most dominant team all season, rarely challenged on the field. Nick Saban's Tide, loaded with five-star recruits and future high draft picks, will always pass the eye test. Alabama's best wins now are against LSU and Mississippi State, both 8-3. Alabama is the only team to make the playoff all three seasons. Is the committee prepared to leave the Tide out? The next team that can help clear things up for the committee is Wisconsin. The committee is not thrilled with the Badgers' schedule, but Wisconsin can get a marquee victory in the Big Ten title game — as long as Ohio State takes care of Michigan on Saturday. At 13-0 and with a conference championship, the committee can replace the ACC championship loser with Wisconsin in the top four. Wisconsin can also eliminate Ohio State and its 31-point loss to Iowa. A Wisconsin loss to Ohio State — or Oklahoma losing to TCU in the Big 12 title game — opens to the door to consideration of two-loss teams that could bring Notre Dame and USC back into the discussion. The committee could be weighing two-loss conference champions against one-loss teams with no titles. Last year Ohio State was the latter and got in on the strength of three victories against top-10 teams. No contender can match that without winning its conference this season, which could make the decision much tougher this time. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25