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    ATLANTA (AP) - Josef Martinez scored his 27th goal to tie the MLS season record and help Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday. Julian Gressel set up Martinez's scoring opportunity with a steal in the Crew's half of the field. He passed it up to Martinez, who broke down a pair of defenders before finishing with his left foot from the top of the penalty area in the 31st minute. With nine games left in the regular season, Martinez matched Roy Lassiter (1996), Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (2014) for the season record. Hector Villalba scored in the 76th minute to give Atlanta (15-4-6) a 2-1 lead, driving in from midfield and cutting a left-footed shot back into the right corner. Martinez laid it off to Miguel Almiron, who finished from the top of the penalty arc to cap the scoring in the 82nd minute. Gyasi Zardes tied it at 1 with a one-hopper from 25 yards out in the 50th minute for the Crew (11-8-6).
  • ATLANTA (AP) - DJ LeMahieu and the Colorado Rockies are quite comfortable on the road. Even against baseball's best teams. LeMahieu homered, German Marquez pitched seven solid innings and the Rockies closed out their first four-game sweep in Atlanta with a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday. Colorado improved to 30-16 since June 26, and each of those 46 games came against teams with winning records at the time. The Rockies are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston and Atlanta, facing the Astros and Braves on the road. 'Yeah, it's tough teams but we're definitely not nervous or scared to play anyone with our team,' LeMahieu said. 'We all know we have a really good team here. It makes it easy to show up at the park.' LeMahieu put Colorado in front with his third-inning drive to left field . He has hit nine of his 11 homers on the road, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the 10th inning of Saturday night's 5-3 win. 'No explanation,' LeMahieu said when asked about his road success. 'Just kind of random, I guess.' Rockies manager Bud Black said his team, battling Arizona for the NL West lead, is playing 'good, all-around clean baseball,' but still can hit better. Atlanta's four straight losses, tied for its longest streak of the season, followed a five-game winning streak. 'In this business, every time you think you have something figured out, you get kicked right in the teeth,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Marquez (11-9) won his fourth straight road decision. He allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked one. 'Hopefully we can keep this rolling all the way to the World Series,' Marquez said through a translator. Marquez allowed a run in the first when Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Johan Camargo's single. He then threw four straight scoreless innings before Camargo's single in the sixth drove in Freeman again. Trevor Story led off the second with a tying homer off Atlanta's Anibal Sanchez (6-4) into the Colorado bullpen behind the left-field wall. Following LeMahieu's homer in the third, David Dahl doubled and scored on Nolan Arenado's single. Sanchez struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and five hits. Wade Davis gave up a one-out single to Inciarte but had three strikeouts in the ninth for his NL-leading 35th save. Colorado's only previous sweep in Atlanta was a three-game series from Sept. 12-14, 1997. TRAINER'S ROOM Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn (left shoulder inflammation) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He has been out since July 7. 'It's going to be a lengthy rehab assignment,' Black said, adding Dunn will need 'multiple outings.' Braves: LHP Sam Freeman (left shoulder inflammation) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. LHP Kolby Allard was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. STREAKS END Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was 0 for 4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. His team-record streak of reaching safely in nine consecutive plate appearances leading off a game also ended with his fly ball to center in the first. WEST WOES The Braves fell to 9-18 against the NL West this season. They are 40-19 against NL East teams. ROAD KINGS The Rockies improved to 37-29 away from Coors Field. They have won their last four series in Atlanta; the Braves won two of three in Colorado from April 6-8. UP NEXT Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-5, 4.39 ERA) tries to bounce from a rough outing at Houston when he gets the ball in the opener of a three-game series against visiting San Diego on Tuesday night. The Rockies are 16-5 at home since July 2. Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA) starts when Atlanta opens a seven-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Monday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATHENS — An injury was the lead story coming out of Georgia’s second scrimmage, and the rest of the attention went to Kirby Smart’s displeasure with his quarterbacks. Meanwhile, questions persist about an unproven Bulldogs’ defense that’s trying to replace seven departed starters, including SEC Defensive Player of the Year Roquan Smith. It’s fair to say the most legitimate area of concern is the interior defensive line and the inside linebacker positions, particularly against the run. Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker identified both of those areas this fall, most recently after the first scrimmage on Aug 11. The head coach still doesn’t sound convinced Georgia is adequate in that area. “I don’t know if we tested it enough, you know what I mean? The intent of today was ….   we wanted to throw the ball, get some timing,” Smart said, asked Saturday if the front seven had shown improvement. “Less what I call 11-on-11 car pile ups, you know what I mean. Less bodies on bodies because we did that last scrimmage. I don’t know if we made our run goal or not. I’ll have to wait and see the numbers but we didn’t run it a whole bunch.” Elijah Holyfield ran wild on the Georgia defense a week ago, and Brian Herrien was featured cutting through the defense in a video released by the team this week. RELATED: Watch Georgia junior tailback shred Bulldogs’ first-team defense Smart didn’t sound settled on any starters up front, talking about committees on the defensive line and at linebacker. “We do defensive line by committee so if you’re asking me who’s on the committee, there’s like eight guys on the committee,” Smart said, declining to single out any defensive linemen for praise. “There’s a bubble there on D-line where we’ll probably travel eight, nine, 10 depending on special teams and there’s some guys right on that threshold.” Asked about inside linebacker, Smart again provided the “committee” answer. “It’s by committee,” Smart said. “They make mistakes, but Quay Walker and Channing Tindall are fighting tooth and nail. “Juwan Taylor has had a good camp, so between Monty [Rice], Natrez [Patrick] and Tae [Crowder].” Smart said Patrick and Jaden Hunter have battled injuries in fall camp, but both took part in the second scrimmage. Georgia Scrimmage Two coverage • Kirby Smart displeased with Georgia QBs Jake Fromm, Justin Fields • 3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White injury • UGA underclassmen shine in otherwise sloppy Scrimmage Two • Georgia football injury report: Zamir White knee, others sidelined • Reporters aren’t the enemy of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart • Fired-up Kirby Smart goes after reporters • Internet reacts to Zamir White knee injury  • Several players back in action for Scrimmage Two Mike Griffith & Chip Towers discuss Scrimmage 2   Georgia Scrimmage One coverage 3 Georgia football players who need a strong first scrimmage Senior linebacker out of doghouse, leading scrimmage drill work Georgia coach weighs in on quarterbacks’ scrimmage performance Kirby Smart declares hard-hitting scrimmage a tie No free pass for dynamic incoming WR transfer Demetris Robertson WATCH: Elijah Holyfield rips through first-team defense in scrimmage Heart of Georgia football defense tested, Kirby Smart analyzes 3 key players Georgia football injury report: key senior sidelined with knee injury Kirby Smart identifies soft spot on defense after scrimmage Mike Griffith & Chip Towers open practice observations   The post Georgia football defense: Kirby Smart indicates unsettled front seven ‘committee’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football is under the microscope after one of its most heralded recruits, freshman running back Zamir White, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Saturday. The attention has to do with White’s celebrated status as the No. 1-ranked tailback in the 2018 class, and the fact he was practicing with a knee brace eight months after undergoing surgery. RELATED: Watch Kirby Smart get fired up at press conference Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart, a former two-time All-SEC safety at Georgia, explained what led to White’s injury in Saturday’s scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. “ He was covering a punt, and it was a non-contact injury,” Smart said. “There was nobody really around. He and Mark Webb were kind of holding each other up.” It’s not hard to envision: The   players’ arms locked up, White trying to shed a block, Webb carrying out his assignment to hold him up, White tries to use lower body strength to cut, perhaps break loose, and when planting the torque from the upper-body lock up leads to a torn ligament. That’s very unfortunate, but that’s part of football. Sometimes no amount of conditioning can prevent such injuries as ligament damage. Here are three takeaways from what became a controversial injury 1. The injury is not controversial White had been cleared for full contact meaning Georgia’s medical staff had determined the right knee that was operated on last November had been rehabilitated satisfactorily. White was wearing a knee brace as a precaution, and also to help the young back regain confidence in the surgically repaired knee. Saturday’s injury was to White’s previously healthy left knee. Further, as Smart pointed out, it has become common for high-profile players to be a part of special teams’ units. RELATED: A look at Georgia football two-back set circumstances Special teams is often a separator in winning and losing a football game, in terms of execution as well as missed penalties. 2. White was fighting to make the travel squad White was indeed a 5-star prospect worthy of his acclaim. But in the Aug. 4 open practice, it was clear that his time away from football had taken a toll. White did not appear as explosive, quick or powerful as in his high school film footage. Further, in talking to Georgia defensive players, White was not the first, second, third or sometimes fourth back mentioned when asked who had impressed. RELATED: Monty Rice raves about Little [James] Cook Georgia’s backfield is deep and talented, and D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and James Cook all looked better. Smart points out only 70 players can travel to road games. A player’s ability to make the travel team is often determined by his ability to contribute on special teams. White was likely trying to “make the bus” as Smart likes to say, and the Georgia coaches were giving him an opportunity by placing him on a special teams unit. 3. Business as usual moving forward White’s injury, while unfortunate, will not send oddsmakers in Las Vegas scrambling to adjust the Georgia football betting line for point spreads or season win total. The top three spots on the Bulldogs’ depth chart at tailback does not change. Further, Smart will not change how he coaches, and the competition at Georgia for a spot on the bus will not decrease. The number of healthy 5-star players on the Bulldogs roster is down from 21 to 20. But Smart means it when he says the stars a player received in recruiting mean nothing in the meeting rooms or on the depth chart. RELATED: Georgia 5-star receivers getting outplayed in practice To make the 70-man travel squad, a player is going to have to find a way to contribute to the team, and special teams will continue to be an available avenue. Further, White’s case serves as evidence that even the No. 1-ranked tailback prospect in the 2018 signing class has to compete for playing time on a championship caliber team. Georgia Scrimmage Two coverage • Kirby Smart displeased with Jake Fromm, Justin Fields • UGA underclassmen shine in otherwise sloppy Scrimmage Two • Georgia football injury report: Zamir White knee, others sidelined • Reporters aren’t the enemy of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart • Fired-up Kirby Smart goes after reporters • Internet reacts to Zamir White knee injury  • Several players back in action for Scrimmage Two Mike Griffith & Chip Towers discuss Scrimmage 2 X Georgia Scrimmage One coverage 3 Georgia football players who need a strong first scrimmage Senior linebacker out of doghouse, leading scrimmage drill work Georgia coach weighs in on quarterbacks’ scrimmage performance Kirby Smart declares hard-hitting scrimmage a tie No free pass for dynamic incoming WR transfer Demetris Robertson WATCH: Elijah Holyfield rips through first-team defense in scrimmage Heart of Georgia football defense tested, Kirby Smart analyzes 3 key players Georgia football injury report: key senior sidelined with knee injury Kirby Smart identifies soft spot on defense after scrimmage Mike Griffith & Chip Towers open practice observations The post 3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White knee injury appeared first on DawgNation.
  • As usual at this time of year, with preseason practice taking place in Athens, the talk turns to Georgia football whenever more than one Dawgs fan gathers. That’s certainly the case with the King brothers, and in recent get-togethers we’ve discussed how we think the coming season will play out. Like most of Bulldog Nation, we’re looking for Kirby Smart’s Dawgs to pick up where they left off last year. Of course, my brother Jon predicts an undefeated season and national championship every year. Last year, he came awfully close to being right. Kirby Smart leads a team with a tremendous amount of talent, but quite a few new starters. This year, my other brother, Tim, who normally is a bit more circumspect in his season prediction, cast aside any caution and actually was first out of the gate with his own prediction that Georgia will win the natty. (I’ll share my own season prediction below.) As for other things we see happening this season, until Saturday’s unfortunate ACL injury, brother Tim also was predicting that Zamir “Zeus” White would be the No. 1 tailback by the third game. I thought that sounded a bit too optimistic for the freshman, especially since I believe we saw enough last season of projected starter D’Andre Swift to know he is the real deal. Even with White now gone for the season, I think we’ll see more of a tailback-by-committee rotation than last year, when Nick Chubb and Sony Michel dominated most of the carries. I think Elijah Holyfield will be the second tailback in most of the time, but I expect Brian Herrien and speedy freshman James Cook also to be regular on-field presences. Cook likely will be targeted as a receiver out of the backfield quite a bit, just as Swift was last year. There’s also been a lot of discussion of quarterback, of course. I think Jake Fromm keeps the starting job, but we get to see plenty of highly touted freshman Justin Fields in relief, and maybe occasionally a run-pass option package in the red zone. Other predictions: While Mecole Hardman and Terry Godwin are always big-play threats, and California transfer Demetris Robertson is a big addition to the Dawgs, I think Riley Ridley will continue his late-season surge from last year and become Fromm’s go-to possession receiver, filling the role formerly filled by Javon Wims. Receiver Riley Ridley came on strong late last season. Can he pick up where he left off? (University of Georgia) Overall, I think the offense may have to carry the defense in the early part of the season (a reverse from last year), as Mel Tucker works to rebuild after losing seven starters from last year’s lineup, including All-American Roquan Smith and nose guard John Atkins, who did a fine job of clogging up the middle. The defensive situation is not as dire as it might look on the surface, though, because Tucker was able to play a lot of folks last season, so there’s a good bit of returning experience, led by Natrez Patrick. But, if I’m going to pick a likely stand-out player in the front seven, I think it will be sophomore linebacker Monty Rice, who started one game (Missouri) last year. I expect big things from defensive lineman Tyler Clark, too. As for special teams, I think the placekicking game will remain a strength, thanks to the big leg of Rod Blankenship, but punting could be a lot more of an adventure this season (unfortunately). Handicapping Georgia’s schedule TOUGHEST GAME: My brother Jon sees South Carolina and Florida as the toughest games on the schedule, but I’m thinking that, at this point, Auburn is likely to be the biggest challenge the Dawgs face this season. On the plus side, the game is in Athens, where Auburn hasn’t performed particularly well in recent years. PREDICTION: Really, Georgia should be favored to win every game except, possibly, this one. I’d say this is the possible regular-season loss. NEXT LEVEL DOWN: Everybody, especially the national football press, seems to be pointing to South Carolina as a potential road loss for Georgia, but I have a sneaking suspicion that LSU will wind up being the tougher game (Saturday night in Baton Rouge). Yes, the road trip to play the Gamecocks in Columbia does come early in the season (second game), which probably will see the Georgia defense still developing, but I figure Smart and his staff already are keying on that one, so a good game plan should counter any early-season deficiencies. Another early road trip that could prove tricky is Missouri, with Drew Lock against Georgia’s still-developing secondary an iffy proposition. However, Derek Dooley will be calling the plays for Mizzou (something he’s never done before), and the Tigers probably still won’t have a defense. Monty Rice (32) and Tyler Clark (52) look like possible standout players for the Georgia defense. (Andy Harrison/UGA) PREDICTION: Georgia wins all three, though one of them could be uncomfortably close. JACKSONVILLE:  Again, a lot of national press already is on the Dan Mullen bandwagon, expecting a quick turnaround at Florida. The Gators definitely have a lot of talent, and they’re likely to have more of an idea what to do with it than last year, but the lack of a reliable QB remains a rather large obstacle for them. PREDICTION: Georgia makes it two in a row. NEXT LEVEL DOWN: Georgia Tech, with its tricky offense, always is a challenge, but, even if they’re looking ahead to the postseason, you can bet the Dawgs will have it drilled into their heads that the Jackets can’t be allowed to notch a third-straight win in Athens. Kentucky, with a running game led by Benny Snell, looks like the toughest of the remaining conference games. Jeremy Pruitt didn’t inherit a lot of talent at Tennessee, so I don’t think the Vols will be back yet, and Vanderbilt doesn’t look like much of a threat, either. PREDICTION: Georgia sweeps these games. EASIEST GAME: That, of course, will be the opener against FCS opponent Austin Peay, a game that will be a less taxing for the Dawgs than an intrasquad scrimmage. The rest of the nonconference schedule — Middle Tennessee and UMass — shouldn’t be much tougher. PREDICTION: We see a lot of Fields at QB, and the bench empties in the third quarter of all these games. MOST IMPORTANT GAMES: For the Dawgs’ SEC East hopes, that’s obviously South Carolina and Florida. After those two, the road trips to LSU and Missouri loom large. Can Jake Fromm lead his team to the playoffs for a second straight season? (David Weikel/UGA) PREDICTED SEASON RECORD: I think Georgia once again will have an 11-1 regular season record (with the single loss coming either in a conference road game or, more likely, to Auburn). Still, I see the Dawgs winning another SEC East title. Beyond that, my crystal ball is murky. I’m thinking next season looks like a much better bet for a national title, though I certainly hope my brothers prove to be on the money about this year. Speaking of which, brother Tim predicts the toughest game this season will be the SEC Championship vs. Bama. He sees the Dawgs winning that one by 10, and, then, it’s on to the College Football Playoff, which ESPN figures Georgia has a 46 percent chance of making — ranking behind only Clemson (67 percent chance) and Alabama (47 percent chance). In the playoff, Tim figures “the Dawgs beat Washington in a dog fight, Clemson beats Bama or ‘Wishconsin,’ and the Dawgs win the national championship over Clemson by 17.” There you have it, the King brothers’ early take on the 2018 season. What are your predictions? The post Georgia football 2018: Toughest games and other predictions appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — We’re not the enemy. That’s just a friendly reminder from your longtime local sports correspondent. And when I say “we,” I’m referring to that mass of entities that now all get lumped into the one generalized description of “the media.” It seems like no matter what we do, the media get criticized for being a bunch of meddlers just trying to get up into everybody’s business. And, of course, nobody wants us meddling in their business. That is, until everybody else wants to know what is actually going on. Then people want to know, you know, the truth. Like the Zamir White injury, for instance. As the whole world knows now, Georgia’s heralded freshman running back tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during Saturday’s scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. It was his second ACL tear in less than a year. It happened early in what UGA presented as a “closed scrimmage.” But it wasn’t truly a closed scrimmage. Actually, there were probably about 1,500 people in the 92,000-seat stadium watching it. About 1,100 members of the Magill Society — an elite donor group that gives money to the football program — were there. They were joined by players’ parents, families and friends, a few NFL scouts, some former Georgia players and coaches, and other “friends of the program.” Us media members were there for a few minutes, too. Seven to be exact. That’s how much observation time we were allotted for the scrimmage. Well, not really the scrimmage. Just the warm-up portion, where players are running through position drills and doing nothing of consequence. Georgia doesn’t want us to see any actual competitive 11-on-11 action because … Well, I don’t why. I guess because they think we’ll report that they spent a long time working on a double-reverse pass that day or that they were rehearsing a new field-goal formation that they’re going to run a fake out of. Of course, we’d never report something like that. Back in the day, when we used to watch every minute of every practice every day, we’d usually write that this guy looked good, or that guy did, or maybe that a fight broke out between so-and-so. But it was always — always! — taboo to report what teams were working on strategically. Everybody understood that. Then, of course, there were always injuries. The difference then was there wasn’t the instant outlet of social media. But even then, it was understood that we needed to talk to the head coach — or often, the head trainer — to get the full story on what was wrong with somebody we saw go down and how long they might be out. Back to Saturday’s scrimmage, I’m not sure what the actual elapsed time was, but it couldn’t have been more than minutes before I first heard that Zamir White had hurt his knee and it “appears to be serious.” The first hint was shared by a colleague who saw it reported by one of his trusted commenters in the chatroom of a fan site. That prompted me to check my Twitter feed. And, yep, there it was. People everywhere were asking about it, and some were tweeting to me directly for information. I then went into the DawgNation forum and, sure enough, there was somebody else saying they’d heard White got hurt and they wanted to know if it was as bad as it appears. No sooner than I do that than my phone rings. It’s a person I know and trust who was there and had seen the whole thing happen. He said, yes, White had injured his “other knee,” that “it looks bad” and it’d been done while White was covering a punt. I was tempted to go ahead and report it. But what if my friend had seen it wrong? What if it “looked bad” but actually wasn’t serious? I decided to hold off. Smart has asked reporters before to wait until after practice to ask about any injuries. It’s a request — not a law, mind you — but I abided by it in this instance. And so did everybody else on the beat. As far as I know, nobody in the press corps — aka, “the media” — reported it. We waited until after practice to ask Smart about it. Of course, we were ripped for it when we did. By now I’m sure you’ve heard Smart’s rant. We posted it on our website for you to see. “It’s really not fair that all you guys run out there and throw stuff out there and we don’t have a chance to talk to his parents,” Smart said. “We’ve talked about that in here before. If you ask me about it after practice, that’s fair. That’s not fair for that kid’s mom to find out about it from somebody talking and texting from someone in here.” I tried to interject at this point that nobody in the press had reported anything, that only people who allegedly had seen it happen during the scrimmage were talking about it on social media. But Smart cut me off. “Yeah it was all over; I got it Chip,” Smart said. “But you asked about it. So I’m sure you guys sent something out. Next.” Nope, we didn’t send out anything. Next. My DawgNation co-hort, Mike Griffith asked the next question. “I’m new to the beat,” he said. “I don’t know the policy, but were there people in attendance?” Smart: “Oh, yeah, absolutely there were people there and I’m sure they said something about it. That’s not a problem. The only problem is if it comes from in here and the question is, ‘is that normal for him to be on punt? I mean is that a fair question? Is it a fair question, I’m asking y’all? If you watch football it’s probably not a fair question.” Well, yes, actually that is a fair question. We’re all well aware that Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift were on the punt coverage team for Georgia last season, and did quite well at it. But it does seem reasonable to ask if a running back who is still wearing a knee brace from his last ACL surgery should be covering punts in scrimmage eight months after going under the knife. But that wasn’t even the point here. We were just trying to confirm the facts. Was Zamir White injured and, if so, to what extent? Speaking of Georgia’s policies, this may come as a surprise to some, but we as sports reporters actually have some policies as well. The Football Writers Association of America — of which I’m a member — has a set of guidelines they ask the schools we cover to adhere to. Increasingly, those guidelines are ignored by almost every football program, especially those that reside in the SEC. Let’s check in and see how Georgia’s doing these days on those FWAA recommended guidelines: 1. Players (eligible and playing in varsity games) who are requested should be available to media during Mondays and Tuesdays of game week (minimum). HALF-CHECK. Players are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but not of reporters’ choosing. And freshmen are never available. 2. The defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator should be available to media once a week during the season (at a minimum) and once a month during the off-season (minimum). NO. Georgia makes coordinators available once in the preseason, and then not again until postseason bowls. 3. Freshmen who play should be available to media. NO. Like I said, Georgia’s policy is no freshmen are available for interviews. That was the case even for 14-game starting quarterback Jake Fromm last year. Until, that is, the SEC Championship Game. The conference demands an open locker room for interviews after the game, as do the organizers of the College Football Playoffs. 4. If former players and/or boosters are allowed into scrimmages or practices, the media should not be excluded from those same scrimmages or practices. NO. And Georgia has several who cross lines here. Former coach Jim Donnan attends and then does a weekly podcast on UGASports.com. Hall of Fame place-kicker Kevin Butler is employed by IMG Georgia to do the postgame radio show and a Sunday morning call-in show. Heck, he was on the coaching staff last year and did that. 5. Coaches should be available to media on their campuses at least once a week during the season for no less than 30 minutes. They also should be made available after practice each day for updates on the team. Weekly telephonic press conferences do not count toward these times. HALF-CHECK. Smart is available every Monday in a press-conference environment but not the other days. He does more in the preseason. 6. A “no cheering in the press box” statement should be made in the press box before the beginning of each half of play. In addition, SID’s should make every attempt to keep the press box quiet and escort disruptive individuals to the exits. CHECK. Georgia adheres to this one, as does every press box I’ve ever been in. 7. Requests for quotes from key players injured in a game should be granted by the home SID and his staff. NO. Wasn’t aware of this one. I might ask for this this season. Pretty much every player after every game has to get treatment so otherwise they can use this excuse every time. It’s a rough sport, you know. 8. FWAA member(s) should help the each SID with requests for players to be interviewed after a game. Any player who has played (and is not injured) and is not made available for interviews will be so noted by FWAA observers. The FWAA recommends open locker rooms after games, but short of this, any player who plays in a game and is not injured, upon request, should be made available to the media. HALF-CHECK. UGA always circulates player-request list in the press box in the fourth quarter of games. But, again, they bring only who they internally approve, and never a freshman. Please don’t read into this that I am upset or even disgruntled. I’ve come to expect the treatment we get from these institutions. This is, after all, the hate-on-media age. I’ve learned to work around it and do my job to the best of my ability. But the bottom line is, we’re not the problem. We’re not the ones out there blurting out rumor and innuendo. That’d be the guy posting in a chatroom under a pseudonym who claims to be “close to the program.” That’d be all those anonymous Reporters aren’t the issue. We all want to be first, but it’s more important that we be right. Our names are above our stories and our reputations are on the line. The post Reporters aren’t the enemy when it comes to coverage of your Georgia Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - After four at-bats, DJ LeMahieu was still looking for his first hit and felt he hadn't made good contact. He was just saving his best swing for extra innings. The Colorado Rockies struck for three runs with two outs in the ninth inning before LeMahieu homered over the center field wall in the 10th Saturday night in a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. LeMahieu's drive off Luke Jackson cleared the 400-foot mark - the deepest part of the park. 'I hadn't really hit the ball hard all night,' he said. 'I was just trying to get on base.' Carlos Gonzalez followed with a double and scored on Nolan Arenado's single to complete a frustrating blown save for fill-in closer A.J. Minter. Minter came in with a 3-0 lead to begin the ninth and retired the first two Colorado batters. But the Rockies followed with four straight hits, including a two-run double by Ian Desmond and a tying single by pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra. Minter has been Atlanta's closer since Arodys Vizcaino went on the disabled list last month with shoulder trouble. Braves trainer George Poulis visited Minter on the mound early in the ninth to examine a cut on Minter's left thumb. Minter said a fingernail caused the cut on his second pitch. 'It had nothing to do with the outcome of the game,' Minter said, adding the blown save was 'just pretty pathetic on my part. My job was to come in and get three outs, especially in a three-run game, and I didn't get the job done.' Braves manager Brian Snitker described Minter, a rookie, as 'still a work in progress' while mastering the command of pitches. 'It hasn't been great for a few outings, really,' Snitker said. 'He has continued to make pitches and not give in and get through it.' LeMahieu hit his 10th homer with one out in the 10th off Jackson (1-1). The Braves stranded a runner at third base in the ninth when Adam Ottavino (5-2) struck out Dansby Swanson to end the inning. Wade Davis pitched the 10th for his 34th save. The Rockies have won the first three games of the four-game series to stay close to NL West-leading Arizona. The NL East-leading Braves remained one-half game ahead of second-place Philadelphia. Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz gave up four hits in seven innings and struck out nine. Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Antonio Senzatela with two outs in the third inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. had three hits and a walk, scored twice and stole a base. Acuna singled, stole second and scored on Freddie Freeman's single off Bryan Shaw in the eighth. TRAINER'S ROOM Rockies: INF Pat Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to clear a roster spot for Senzatela, who had been on the 10-day disabled list since Aug. 5 with right shoulder inflammation. Braves: Snitker said LHP Max Fried (left groin strain) will make another rehab start before he's able to return to Atlanta. He allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. LEADOFF MAGIC Acuna extended his Atlanta franchise-record streak to reaching safely in nine consecutive plate appearances leading off a game when he singled in the first inning. He has four homers, three singles, one walk and a hit by pitch when leading off games over that span. RECORD CROWD There was occasional light rain but no delay following an afternoon of sometimes heavy downpours. Despite the threatening weather, the sellout of 42,143 set a SunTrust Park record. UP NEXT Rockies: RHP German Marquez (10-9, 4.51) is coming off a win over Justin Verlander and the Astros in Houston on Tuesday. He is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA since June 30 and is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five road starts. Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 3.07) will try to extend his perfect career record against the Rockies. Sanchez is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in six career starts against Colorado. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart was displeased with quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Justin Fields following Saturday’s scrimmage. It was a departure from the norm from Smart, who has complimented Fromm and Fields at each turn this offseason. RELATED: Kirby Smart pleased with quarterbacks in first scrimmage “There was a little more passing situations involved,” Smart said, discussing Scrimmage Two at Sanford Stadium. “We didn’t have really good timing in the passing game. That could be attributed to two things: Either we played better on defense, or we’re just not where we need to be in the passing game.” Smart has said one element of the Bulldogs’ offense will be an ability to run the football. Some speculated sophomore Jake Fromm might be able to open up the offense more with a year of experience. Smart might not be ready to turn him or incoming freshman Justin Fields loose. “Today I was not real pleased with either guy,” Smart said in what was at times a fiery post-scrimmage press conference in the Butts-Mehre Football Building. “I didn’t think either one of the guys played exceptionally well today, maybe we put too much on them, maybe asked too much of them today. WATCH: Kirby Smart gets fired up in Georgia football press conference “Because we didn’t go out there and [run] 3 yards and a cloud of dust, we said, ‘let’s open it up a little bit. Let’s throw it around a little bit and see how they do.’ I didn’t think that was great.” Smart characterized the second scrimmage as “sloppy,” though he was pleased with the effort and determination of his players on yet another steamy afternoon. “I thought the offense was kind of sloppy in the passing game with both groups, but I liked the fight and the demeanor all the way through the situations,” Smart said. “We did fastball, and we did two-minute. We did third down, and we did move-the-field, and the kids just kept fighting and competing. “Pleased with the competition, but we still have a ways to go to get to the point where I think we can have a really good football team.” Georgia opened the season No. 4 in the preseason Top 25 rankings according to the Coaches’ Poll. The AP Top 25 and FWAA Super 16 polls have yet to be released. RELATED: Zamir White torn ACL headlines Georgia football injury report Smart’s focus is completely on the Bulldogs. The team lost 5-star freshman tailback Zamir White to what is likely a season-ending ACL injury in Saturday’s scrimmage.   The post Georgia football coach Kirby Smart displeased with Jake Fromm, Justin Fields’ scrimmage appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Saturday was not a good day if you’re a Georgia Bulldogs fan. In practice, 5-star running back Zamir White, who had previously torn his ACL, went down with a non-contact injury. Head coach Kirby Smart later confirmed that White had indeed torn his ACL, his second in less than a calendar year. The news quickly reverberated throughout the college football community. White was the No. 1 overall running back in 2018 recruiting cycle and widely expected to be a contributor for Georgia in this upcoming season. Here are just some of the reactions to the White news. Damn, this is rough https://t.co/oTwnO7bDRP — The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) August 18, 2018 Ouch. Georgia's five-star freshman RB. https://t.co/sAWbJkRbl3 — Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 18, 2018 Awful news out of Athens. https://t.co/DUHlhPgUTW — Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) August 18, 2018 Bad news for #UGA & it’s 5-Star freshman RB https://t.co/9v8fg6MaNr — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 18, 2018 Zamir White tearing his ACL sucks. Sucks even more when you find out he turn it on special teams… SPECIAL TEAMS. I love Kirby Smart but you’ve got to question the decision of putting a player who’s already recovering from an ACL injury as gunner on special teams. — . (@UGAFootballLife) August 18, 2018 The news on Zamir White is sad, and I know he’ll have successful recovery. In the meanwhile, who does GA cross-train at RB as another able tailback? — Noah Portnoy (@NPortnoy12) August 18, 2018 Awful news hearing about Zamir White. Hoping he comes back strong next year — Michael Fahmy (@mikejf0796) August 18, 2018 With White all but done for the season, a bigger load will fall on D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and the rest of Gerogia’s running backs. White was the No. 9 overall player in the 2018 class and was likely going to play a pivotal role in replacing both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Swift is the team’s leading returning rusher, as he ran for 618 yards last season on just 81 carries. In addition to White, Georgia did bring in 4-star running back James Cook in the 2018 class, who is already impressing in practice. Cook is the younger brother of former Florida State, Dalvin Cook. The injury was to White’s left knee, which is not the same knee he injured at the end of his senior season in high school. White had been cleared to practice. Smart confirmed that the injury happened while White was practicing on special teams. The Georgia coach was not to happy when he was questioned by the media about why White would be playing special teams, and cited past example such as Sony Michel and Derrick Henry playing special teams. Georgia begins its 2018 season in two weeks, as the Bulldogs take on Austin Peay at home. That game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Georgia’s second game of the season is against South Carolina, and that game will be played in Columbia, S.C. The post Internet reacts to devastating news that Zamir White suffers second torn ACL appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • ATLANTA (AP) - Josef Martinez scored his 27th goal to tie the MLS season record and help Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday. Julian Gressel set up Martinez's scoring opportunity with a steal in the Crew's half of the field. He passed it up to Martinez, who broke down a pair of defenders before finishing with his left foot from the top of the penalty area in the 31st minute. With nine games left in the regular season, Martinez matched Roy Lassiter (1996), Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (2014) for the season record. Hector Villalba scored in the 76th minute to give Atlanta (15-4-6) a 2-1 lead, driving in from midfield and cutting a left-footed shot back into the right corner. Martinez laid it off to Miguel Almiron, who finished from the top of the penalty arc to cap the scoring in the 82nd minute. Gyasi Zardes tied it at 1 with a one-hopper from 25 yards out in the 50th minute for the Crew (11-8-6).
  • ATLANTA (AP) - DJ LeMahieu and the Colorado Rockies are quite comfortable on the road. Even against baseball's best teams. LeMahieu homered, German Marquez pitched seven solid innings and the Rockies closed out their first four-game sweep in Atlanta with a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday. Colorado improved to 30-16 since June 26, and each of those 46 games came against teams with winning records at the time. The Rockies are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston and Atlanta, facing the Astros and Braves on the road. 'Yeah, it's tough teams but we're definitely not nervous or scared to play anyone with our team,' LeMahieu said. 'We all know we have a really good team here. It makes it easy to show up at the park.' LeMahieu put Colorado in front with his third-inning drive to left field . He has hit nine of his 11 homers on the road, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the 10th inning of Saturday night's 5-3 win. 'No explanation,' LeMahieu said when asked about his road success. 'Just kind of random, I guess.' Rockies manager Bud Black said his team, battling Arizona for the NL West lead, is playing 'good, all-around clean baseball,' but still can hit better. Atlanta's four straight losses, tied for its longest streak of the season, followed a five-game winning streak. 'In this business, every time you think you have something figured out, you get kicked right in the teeth,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Marquez (11-9) won his fourth straight road decision. He allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked one. 'Hopefully we can keep this rolling all the way to the World Series,' Marquez said through a translator. Marquez allowed a run in the first when Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Johan Camargo's single. He then threw four straight scoreless innings before Camargo's single in the sixth drove in Freeman again. Trevor Story led off the second with a tying homer off Atlanta's Anibal Sanchez (6-4) into the Colorado bullpen behind the left-field wall. Following LeMahieu's homer in the third, David Dahl doubled and scored on Nolan Arenado's single. Sanchez struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and five hits. Wade Davis gave up a one-out single to Inciarte but had three strikeouts in the ninth for his NL-leading 35th save. Colorado's only previous sweep in Atlanta was a three-game series from Sept. 12-14, 1997. TRAINER'S ROOM Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn (left shoulder inflammation) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He has been out since July 7. 'It's going to be a lengthy rehab assignment,' Black said, adding Dunn will need 'multiple outings.' Braves: LHP Sam Freeman (left shoulder inflammation) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. LHP Kolby Allard was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. STREAKS END Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was 0 for 4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. His team-record streak of reaching safely in nine consecutive plate appearances leading off a game also ended with his fly ball to center in the first. WEST WOES The Braves fell to 9-18 against the NL West this season. They are 40-19 against NL East teams. ROAD KINGS The Rockies improved to 37-29 away from Coors Field. They have won their last four series in Atlanta; the Braves won two of three in Colorado from April 6-8. UP NEXT Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-5, 4.39 ERA) tries to bounce from a rough outing at Houston when he gets the ball in the opener of a three-game series against visiting San Diego on Tuesday night. The Rockies are 16-5 at home since July 2. Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA) starts when Atlanta opens a seven-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Monday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATHENS — An injury was the lead story coming out of Georgia’s second scrimmage, and the rest of the attention went to Kirby Smart’s displeasure with his quarterbacks. Meanwhile, questions persist about an unproven Bulldogs’ defense that’s trying to replace seven departed starters, including SEC Defensive Player of the Year Roquan Smith. It’s fair to say the most legitimate area of concern is the interior defensive line and the inside linebacker positions, particularly against the run. Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker identified both of those areas this fall, most recently after the first scrimmage on Aug 11. The head coach still doesn’t sound convinced Georgia is adequate in that area. “I don’t know if we tested it enough, you know what I mean? The intent of today was ….   we wanted to throw the ball, get some timing,” Smart said, asked Saturday if the front seven had shown improvement. “Less what I call 11-on-11 car pile ups, you know what I mean. Less bodies on bodies because we did that last scrimmage. I don’t know if we made our run goal or not. I’ll have to wait and see the numbers but we didn’t run it a whole bunch.” Elijah Holyfield ran wild on the Georgia defense a week ago, and Brian Herrien was featured cutting through the defense in a video released by the team this week. RELATED: Watch Georgia junior tailback shred Bulldogs’ first-team defense Smart didn’t sound settled on any starters up front, talking about committees on the defensive line and at linebacker. “We do defensive line by committee so if you’re asking me who’s on the committee, there’s like eight guys on the committee,” Smart said, declining to single out any defensive linemen for praise. “There’s a bubble there on D-line where we’ll probably travel eight, nine, 10 depending on special teams and there’s some guys right on that threshold.” Asked about inside linebacker, Smart again provided the “committee” answer. “It’s by committee,” Smart said. “They make mistakes, but Quay Walker and Channing Tindall are fighting tooth and nail. “Juwan Taylor has had a good camp, so between Monty [Rice], Natrez [Patrick] and Tae [Crowder].” Smart said Patrick and Jaden Hunter have battled injuries in fall camp, but both took part in the second scrimmage. Georgia Scrimmage Two coverage • Kirby Smart displeased with Georgia QBs Jake Fromm, Justin Fields • 3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White injury • UGA underclassmen shine in otherwise sloppy Scrimmage Two • Georgia football injury report: Zamir White knee, others sidelined • Reporters aren’t the enemy of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart • Fired-up Kirby Smart goes after reporters • Internet reacts to Zamir White knee injury  • Several players back in action for Scrimmage Two Mike Griffith & Chip Towers discuss Scrimmage 2   Georgia Scrimmage One coverage 3 Georgia football players who need a strong first scrimmage Senior linebacker out of doghouse, leading scrimmage drill work Georgia coach weighs in on quarterbacks’ scrimmage performance Kirby Smart declares hard-hitting scrimmage a tie No free pass for dynamic incoming WR transfer Demetris Robertson WATCH: Elijah Holyfield rips through first-team defense in scrimmage Heart of Georgia football defense tested, Kirby Smart analyzes 3 key players Georgia football injury report: key senior sidelined with knee injury Kirby Smart identifies soft spot on defense after scrimmage Mike Griffith & Chip Towers open practice observations   The post Georgia football defense: Kirby Smart indicates unsettled front seven ‘committee’ appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football is under the microscope after one of its most heralded recruits, freshman running back Zamir White, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Saturday. The attention has to do with White’s celebrated status as the No. 1-ranked tailback in the 2018 class, and the fact he was practicing with a knee brace eight months after undergoing surgery. RELATED: Watch Kirby Smart get fired up at press conference Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart, a former two-time All-SEC safety at Georgia, explained what led to White’s injury in Saturday’s scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. “ He was covering a punt, and it was a non-contact injury,” Smart said. “There was nobody really around. He and Mark Webb were kind of holding each other up.” It’s not hard to envision: The   players’ arms locked up, White trying to shed a block, Webb carrying out his assignment to hold him up, White tries to use lower body strength to cut, perhaps break loose, and when planting the torque from the upper-body lock up leads to a torn ligament. That’s very unfortunate, but that’s part of football. Sometimes no amount of conditioning can prevent such injuries as ligament damage. Here are three takeaways from what became a controversial injury 1. The injury is not controversial White had been cleared for full contact meaning Georgia’s medical staff had determined the right knee that was operated on last November had been rehabilitated satisfactorily. White was wearing a knee brace as a precaution, and also to help the young back regain confidence in the surgically repaired knee. Saturday’s injury was to White’s previously healthy left knee. Further, as Smart pointed out, it has become common for high-profile players to be a part of special teams’ units. RELATED: A look at Georgia football two-back set circumstances Special teams is often a separator in winning and losing a football game, in terms of execution as well as missed penalties. 2. White was fighting to make the travel squad White was indeed a 5-star prospect worthy of his acclaim. But in the Aug. 4 open practice, it was clear that his time away from football had taken a toll. White did not appear as explosive, quick or powerful as in his high school film footage. Further, in talking to Georgia defensive players, White was not the first, second, third or sometimes fourth back mentioned when asked who had impressed. RELATED: Monty Rice raves about Little [James] Cook Georgia’s backfield is deep and talented, and D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and James Cook all looked better. Smart points out only 70 players can travel to road games. A player’s ability to make the travel team is often determined by his ability to contribute on special teams. White was likely trying to “make the bus” as Smart likes to say, and the Georgia coaches were giving him an opportunity by placing him on a special teams unit. 3. Business as usual moving forward White’s injury, while unfortunate, will not send oddsmakers in Las Vegas scrambling to adjust the Georgia football betting line for point spreads or season win total. The top three spots on the Bulldogs’ depth chart at tailback does not change. Further, Smart will not change how he coaches, and the competition at Georgia for a spot on the bus will not decrease. The number of healthy 5-star players on the Bulldogs roster is down from 21 to 20. But Smart means it when he says the stars a player received in recruiting mean nothing in the meeting rooms or on the depth chart. RELATED: Georgia 5-star receivers getting outplayed in practice To make the 70-man travel squad, a player is going to have to find a way to contribute to the team, and special teams will continue to be an available avenue. Further, White’s case serves as evidence that even the No. 1-ranked tailback prospect in the 2018 signing class has to compete for playing time on a championship caliber team. Georgia Scrimmage Two coverage • Kirby Smart displeased with Jake Fromm, Justin Fields • UGA underclassmen shine in otherwise sloppy Scrimmage Two • Georgia football injury report: Zamir White knee, others sidelined • Reporters aren’t the enemy of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart • Fired-up Kirby Smart goes after reporters • Internet reacts to Zamir White knee injury  • Several players back in action for Scrimmage Two Mike Griffith & Chip Towers discuss Scrimmage 2 X Georgia Scrimmage One coverage 3 Georgia football players who need a strong first scrimmage Senior linebacker out of doghouse, leading scrimmage drill work Georgia coach weighs in on quarterbacks’ scrimmage performance Kirby Smart declares hard-hitting scrimmage a tie No free pass for dynamic incoming WR transfer Demetris Robertson WATCH: Elijah Holyfield rips through first-team defense in scrimmage Heart of Georgia football defense tested, Kirby Smart analyzes 3 key players Georgia football injury report: key senior sidelined with knee injury Kirby Smart identifies soft spot on defense after scrimmage Mike Griffith & Chip Towers open practice observations The post 3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White knee injury appeared first on DawgNation.