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Time announces Person of the Year finalists

Time announces Person of the Year finalists

Time announces Person of the Year finalists
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President Donald Trump speaks about on his decision to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Time announces Person of the Year finalists

President Donald Trump might be Time’s Person of the Year.

Or it might be Kim Jong Un.

Or Colin Kaepernick.

Or the #MeToo Movement.

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Despite Trump’s recent tweet suggesting he’d passed on the honor, the magazine hasn’t declared who makes the cut but is releasing its short list.

See Time’s full list here.

Trump, who was named POTY in 2016, joins Amazon/Washington Post chief Jeff Bezos, Chinese President Xi Jinping, special counsel Robert Mueller, film director Patty Jenkins, the Dreamer movement and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as finalists this year.

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According to Time, here is the list of Person of the Year candidates, and why they made the cut: 

Jeff Bezos

Bezos is the CEO of Amazon and became the richest man in the world in 2017, worth $100 billion as of November.

The Dreamers

They are the thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration has said it plans to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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Patty Jenkins

Jenkins directed the smash hit “Wonder Woman.” She is the first female director to break the $100 mark in an opening weekend. She’s been tapped to direct the film’s sequel.

Kim Jong Un

Un, the leader of North Korea, has been threatening the United States while nuclear war, launching test intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months, that if successful, could hit the U.S. He has also been trading harsh words and insults with President Trump.

Colin Kaepernick

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback started taking a knee during the national anthem as a protest against racism that has spread, not only througout sports, but to schools and private life. His silent protest has morphed into a commentary by many across the country against President Trump.

#MeToo Movement

The hashtag MeToo trended after allegations against mega-producer Harvey Weinstein came to light. Since then, allegations against other big names in Hollywood and entertainment have cost many high-powered men their jobs, multiple media outlets have reported. MeToo allowed women, and men, to join forces on social media to show that they too were victims of sexual harassment.

Robert Mueller

Mueller was named special counsel investigating the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia and its quest to influence the 2016 presidential election. So far four people have been charged and the investigation continues.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has cracked down businessmen and members of the royal family who have been accused of corruption, according to Time.

Donald Trump

Trump was named the magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016. Since taking office,

he “has spent his first year in the Oval Office attempting to dismantle the work of the Obama administration, from health care to immigration policy, environmental regulations to tax reform, all while continuing to spark feuds and controversy with an unfiltered Twitter feed,” Time notes.

Xi Jinping

President of China, Xi Jinping, is considered one of the country’s most powerful leaders ever. He was granted a second five-year term and has been added to the Communist Party’s constitution, Time reported.

Time will make the announcement Wednesday morning as to who is it’s Person of the Year.

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Georgia Sports News

  • Georgia has landed a commitment from 4-star strong defensive end Bill Norton out of Christian Brothers HS in Memphis. Norton announced his decision to commit to the Bulldogs on Sunday evening on Twitter. Committed to the University of Georgia ⛓ #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/EgPRlr98S2 — Bill Norton (@willienorton33) March 18, 2018 At 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, Norton is ranked the No. 8 strong defensive end in the 2019 class and No. 77 overall player in the nation, per 247Sports national composite rankings. The post 4-star DE Bill Norton commits to Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Two days after signing a minor-league deal with the Braves, Anibal Sanchez was tossed into fire against the defending world champions. He went four innings and allowed two runs against an Astros lineup featuring several regulars. He struck out two and walked one on 55 pitches (37 strikes). Sanchez was expected to debut on Sunday, though not as a starter. Scott Kazmir was scratched because of a freak minor jaw injury, putting the team’s newest acquisition out there from pitch one. “Everything came out good,” said Sanchez, who made his first start of the spring after two relief appearances with the Twins. “Especially considering I’d had two weeks, a week-and-a-half since I’d pitched in a game. Command-wise, it was right there. Communication with (catcher Kurt) Suzuki was there.” Never miss a minute of what’s happening with the Braves. Subscribe to myAJC.com
  • Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs are the favorite in the SEC East again in 2018. But, with the Dawgs having to replace a number of key starters, fans naturally have questions and concerns as spring practice begins Tuesday. Replacing all those tackles by Roquan Smith is a concern for the coming season. (John Kelley/UGA) You don’t lose talent such as  Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Roquan Smith, Davin Bellamy and Javon Wims without it having some impact on your program. Yes, the Dawgs are deep in young players, some of whom already have gotten a good bit of game experience. Still, expecting the 2018 team to pick up right where the 2017 national championship runners-up left off might be a tad unrealistic. That’s not to downplay Georgia’s chances of making it back to the College Football Playoff. If Smart and his staff find the right pieces to replace the holes in their starting lineup, another run like last season is possible. That process begins, and the position battles commence, on Tuesday. However, the work won’t be completed until summer, when most of the eye-opening freshman talent Georgia has signed arrives. In the meantime, we’ll get our first taste of the 2018 Dawgs on April 21 at the G-Day game in Athens. After a bit of an attendance drop-off last year following his spectacular 93K G-Day debut in 2016, Smart once again is urging Georgia fans to fill Sanford Stadium for this spring scrimmage, and that seems likely to happen on the heels of a very successful campaign. Looking ahead, my biggest concerns about the 2018 team are replacing the starting linebackers and rebuilding the secondary. Georgia will be without more than half its starters from a very good 2017 defense, including Roquan (who has earned first-name status with Bulldog Nation), Bellamy, Trenton Thompson, Lorenzo Carter, Reggie Carter, John Atkins and  Dominick Sanders. As my buddy Joel put it: “ My biggest concern can be summed up in four words: Roquan Smith is gone.” I don’t think we can expect anyone to be the “next Roquan” anytime soon, but the return of sometime starter Natrez Patrick, still not confirmed, would loom large. Other linebackers in the mix include Monty Rice, Walter Grant, Juwan Taylor, former tailback Tae Crowder, Nate McBride and Jaden Hunter. Plus, a couple of 4-star signees, Quay Walker and Otis Reese, could get a look once they’re on campus this summer. In the secondary, an occasional problem area for Georgia last season, Georgia returns the two strongest players, Deandre Baker and J.R. Reed, but the Dawgs will have to replace Sanders, Aaron Davis and Malkom Parrish. In at least one of those spots, though, it’s likely we’ll see an upgrade. Among those in contention will be returnees Tyrique McGhee, Richard LeCounte and Jarvis Wilson, plus, hopefully, Deangelo Gibbs, whose playing status remains uncertain, as he currently isn’t enrolled. You also can bet that 5-star signee Tyson Campbell will get a look once he arrives. As for the defensive line, Georgia played a lot of folks last year, so the departure of Thompson and Atkins shouldn’t be a major problem. Tyler Clark, Julian Rochester, Jonathan Ledbetter, Malik Herring and David Marshall look like the early favorites to start. Also in contention is DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, and an incoming freshman, big Jordan Davis (6-foot-5, 330 pounds), no doubt will get some snaps. D’Andre Swift appears likely to be Georgia’s starting tailback. (Andy Harrison/UGA) My next biggest concern is how much the running game will be affected by the loss of Chubb and Michel. The Dawgs are again stacked at tailback, but the experience level will drop quite a bit. Probable starter at tailback is speedy D’Andre Swift, who was used quite effectively last year as a runner and receiver, with Elijah Holyfield the likely thunder to Swift’s lightning. Brian Herrien also will get some carries in the tailback-by-committee arrangement, and, come fall, highly regarded freshmen Zamir White and James Cook will provide depth. (White already is enrolled, but he’s rehabbing a torn ACL, so we probably won’t see much, if any, of him this spring.) This time last year, the offensive line was one of my chief worries, and what we saw at G-Day only exacerbated those qualms, but, once the season arrived, OL play generally was much improved. The Dawgs lose Isaiah Wynn, but Andrew Thomas, Lamont Gaillard, Kendall Baker, Ben Cleveland and Solomon Kindley lead the returnees, plus redshirt freshman Isaiah Wilson will get a chance. More mix-and-match shuffling on the line is likely, especially in the spring, and we could wind up seeing a freshman earn a starting spot, as we did last year with Thomas. Early enrollee Cade Mays and Jamaree Salyer, who’ll arrive this summer, seem like the most likely candidates. The Dawgs also will have to replace Wims’ production at wide receiver. Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley (who stepped up in the game against Alabama) look like the top choices, with Ahkil Crumpton, Tyler Simmons and J.J. Holloman also in the mix. The Dawgs’ tallest receiver, Matt Landers (6-foot-5), also could be a handy target for Jake Fromm. Speaking of Fromm, although I’m sure there’ll be a healthy quarterback competition during spring practice, I fully expect him to hold on to the starter’s position come fall. Too much is made, generally, of how backup quarterbacks do in the G-Day game. Still, it will be fun to see how 5-star early enrollee Justin Fields looks this spring, especially since he’s more of a dual threat than Fromm. And, during the season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see special packages introduced for Fields, especially in the red zone. Despite spring competition, Jake Fromm is likely to remain starting quarterback. (Caitlyn Tam/UGA) The big question to me on offense is whether coordinator Jim Chaney will take some pressure off Fromm and the young running backs by calling more passes to his talented roster of tight ends, who mostly were ignored last season. Swift has the potential to be as good as Michel, but he’s not there yet. And Holyfield isn’t Chubb. Maybe one of the freshman backs will make a big splash, but, in the meantime, the offense will need more weapons. And tight end Isaac Nauta, in particular, is too good to be left out of the passing game, as he mostly was last year. Still, I’m like my son when it comes to Georgia throwing to its tight ends: I’ll believe it when I see it. A somewhat lesser concern for me is replacing reliable one-year starter Cameron Nizialek at punter, but incoming freshman Jake Camarda looks very promising. A more intangible concern, expressed by my brother Tim, is whether the 2018 team will play “with the same intensity and desire as last year’s team. I think, overall, they will have more talent and athletic ability; I just hope there’s no letdown.” Despite his concerns, though, Tim expects another special season — maybe even the best ever. As he put it: “15 & 0 baby!!” How about you? Will Tom Crean’s enthusiasm be contagious? If Tom Crean can elicit from Bulldog Nation the sort of enthusiasm he showed at his introductory press conference, we could be entering a new and exciting era of Georgia basketball. New basketball coach Tom Crean showed plenty of enthusiasm in his UGA debut. (Steffenie Burns/UGA) Crean might have been Georgia’s second choice to replace Mark Fox as coach — and the unrequited courtship of Thad Matta was a tad awkward for UGA — but I like the way Greg McGarity aimed high, opened the purse strings, and didn’t waste any time moving on to Plan B. Georgia still got a high-profile “name” coach with postseason experience at major programs. I think Crean is a good hire. Yeah, he was a little over the top at his extroverted Athens debut, but he’ll probably calm down a bit once he’s on the job. And, I certainly wouldn’t object to having some passion and energy injected into the Georgia basketball program. Maybe his established track record, and that enthusiasm he showed, will help salvage Georgia’s recruiting class, once ranked No. 1 in the nation but then decimated by the declining fortunes of Fox. One thing’s for sure, with Crean’s emphasis on offense, games at the Steg should be entertaining. The post Dawgs look to replace key starters as spring practice opens appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia does not enjoy the history or fan support of the previous two programs that Tom Crean took over. And yet the team Crean inherits at Georgia is almost certainly the best of the three he has taken over. Crean’s debut as a head coach was at Marquette, which had gone 14-15 he was hired. His first two teams won just 15 games, then in Year 3 they won 26 and the next year they won 27 and made the Final Four. (It helped that Dwyane Wade joined in Year 3.) At Indiana, Crean took over a roster that was depleted and a program that had just been hit by the NCAA with three years of probation. Those first three years saw win totals of 6 (the fewest in school history), 10 and 12. Then Cody Zeller arrived and things took off for Crean and Indiana. It may not take as long at Georgia. Yes, the Bulldogs lose Yante Maten, the AP SEC Player of the Year. (And a player who chose Georgia over Crean and Indiana four years ago, as Crean pointed out Friday.) They also lose starting small forward Juwan Parker. But as long as there’s no attrition — and that’s always a possibility with a new coach — Georgia is due to return 59.5 percent of their scoring and 68.9 percent of their rebounding. The players who return also account for 72 percent of the 3-pointers Georgia made last season. “We’re going to shoot the 3,” Crean said. “We’re not going to lead the country in attempts. But I certainly hope we can lead the country in percentage.” Mark Fox was not fired by Georgia because his teams didn’t win. They just didn’t win enough. They were 18-15 in his last season, a fifth straight year of winning 18 or more games. The loss of Maten and Parker, and a coaching change, will affect continuity. But Crean appears to know that there is a potentially strong nucleus of players. And potentially a strong player or two on the way. Crean specifically mentioned Nicolas Claxton, the lanky 6-foot-11 freshman who showed flashes this past season. Another freshman, Rayshaun Hammonds, was a top-60 recruit last year. Point guard Teshaun Hightower, yet another freshman, came on near the end of the season, playing more minutes in several games than starting point guard Turtle Jackson. There’s also shooting guard Tyree Crump, who as a sophomore was second on the team in 3-pointers. And post player Derek Ogbeide may have had an uneven junior season, but he is a rebounding machine. “There is no question that there is talent, and there is versatility, and there’s a lot of youth inside of this program,” Crean said. “They defend, and they know how to run offense, they move the ball. I mean they’ve been well-coached. C’mon, I could go down the line there’s no doubt about that. “And getting to know them, and seeing where that versatility could go, and seeing a level of them taking that next step because there’s so much youth. Continuing to build the skills, continuing to build the shooting, continuing to build the strength and conditioning, those aspects of it. And then the real assessment: What do we need for now? Because there’s a lot of players here.” When there are coaching changes, teams often take a step back because coaches are willing to take a short-term hit in order to instill their program. Crean has a six-year contract. He doesn’t necessarily need to win right away. And his emphasis will be different from Fox, who was defense-oriented. Crean wants his teams to play good defense, but his teams were always known more for their scoring. But when asked about the short-term vs. long-term on Friday, Crean didn’t commit either way. He said he thinks he’ll have a “much better indication” in a few months after seeing how hard the players work. He also made clear he’s already been studying his new team closely. “I’m not one of those coaches to say, no we’re not looking at last year. Because we’ve already looked at last year. I’ve been watching it all year. And I’m going to do it even more so,” Crean said. “And we’re going to have a real good gauge on where they’re at based on what we see, and keep starting to put those details in to help. But the foundation is here, we’ve just got to build it up.” The post Tom Crean won the press conference at Georgia, but how quickly will he win games? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks pushed the pace and kept their composure late in the fourth quarter. The Atlanta Hawks struggled to regain their footing in the closing minutes after their best ball-handler fouled out. Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates capitalized for a 122-117 win on Saturday. Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Khris Middleton added 23 points for Milwaukee, which finished off the worst team in the Eastern Conference with a game-ending 11-5 run. 'We just trust one another, and we focused on our strengths,' Antetokounmpo said. 'Then we were able to make some shots and then get multiple stops in a row.' Two key stops late ended with lob passes downcourt to point guard Eric Bledsoe, who handed off the ball each time to teammates for easy transition buckets. The Hawks didn't have an answer after Dennis Schroder fouled out with 2:46 left. To make matters worse for Atlanta, Schroder was called for a technical foul after exchanging words with an official on the way to the sideline. Middleton hit the free throw that started the run. The Hawks looked rushed on their next two possessions with a turnover and a blocked shot. Trailing by 13 at one point, Atlanta put up a spirited fight before losing its 50th game of the year. 'It's (Dennis') sixth foul, it's a shooting foul. You compound it with getting a technical,' coach Mike Budenholzer said. 'Just giving up points when it's that close, when it's that tight. It's hard. It's a learning experience for all of us.' Taurean Prince tied a career high with 38 points on 13-of-26 shooting, while Schroder finished with 18 points. But his technical foul turned out to be a turning point in the game. 'It can't happen. I've just got to be quiet and go to the bench and be better,' Schroder said. The Bucks needed this victory to keep up in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race after an ugly loss on Wednesday at 49-loss Orlando, with the Cleveland Cavaliers up next on Monday. 'That's important at the end of the day, closing the game out and getting the win,' coach Joe Prunty said. Milwaukee had the early comeback, rallying from an 11-point deficit to take a 56-50 halftime lead after figuring out Atlanta's effective pick-and-roll game. TIP-INS Hawks: Second in the league in forcing 15.6 turnovers a game, Atlanta got Milwaukee to cough up just 12 on the night. ... Prince had averaged 28.3 points over his previous three games. ... F John Collins left in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle. Bucks: C Tyler Zeller missed the game with lingering back soreness. ... G Brandon Jennings played 17 minutes and scored two points in his first home game since being signed by his former team to a 10-day contract last week. ... Parker was assessed a technical foul late in the second quarter after appearing to get in the face of Atlanta's John Collins after dunking over the forward. Parker had 11 points off the bench in the first half on 5-of-9 shooting. FLAGRANT FOUL Collins got hurt after landing on Antetokounmpo's right leg while attempting a 3. Officials called a flagrant foul on Antetokounmpo, who said after the game there was no intent on his part. Antetokounmpo had his back turned on Collins to watch the ball, and he did not appear to move when Collins landed on Antetokounmpo's right foot. 'I think it's just the rule this year, when you are going to contest,' Budenholzer said. 'I don't think it was anything intentional by Giannis. It's just one of those unfortunate plays.' JUST JABARI Jabari Parker added 15 points off the bench for Milwaukee and tormented the Hawks with two thunderous dunks in the first half. Five weeks after returning from a knee injury, the fourth-year forward is showing that he can once again serve as Antetokounmpo's frontcourt running mate. 'I'm just playing like I'm practicing,' Parker said. 'Right now, I know where my shots are going to be. ... It hasn't been easy, but it has been working.' UP NEXT Hawks: The second stop of a six-game trip takes them to Utah on Tuesday. Bucks: Visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. ___ More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball