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    Another race, another win for UGA track phenom Matthew Boling. This victory, however, was international. Boling, who expected to report to Georgia later this summer, won the 100 meters at the Pan American U20 Championships with a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 seconds. The event took place in Costa Rica on late Friday, and Boling's blistering time was no surprise after he was clocked in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds. Winning never seems to get old for Boling, who is from Houston, Texas. He became a bona-fide mainstream sports celebrity in the last four months with his viral track videos and jaw-dropping times. Boling is one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls for the 2020 Games in Japan. Matthew Boling runs a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 to win the Pan Am U20 100m title in Costa Rica. Moves into sole possession of 4th on the all-time high school list, per T&F News. pic.twitter.com/m2ATCTsKtw Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) July 20, 2019 Four words you never want to hear in a race: 'here comes Matthew Boling' Watch him in the finals tonight at Pan Ams, live on FloTrack! pic.twitter.com/gfDYdSFWrO FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 19, 2019 The post Mathew Boling: UGA track phenom turns heads in international event appeared first on DawgNation.
  • One of UGA's most promising young players on defense is Quay Walker. The sophomore is battling for the No. 1 job at inside linebacker with senior Tae Crowder and junior Monty Rice, among others. Walker has gotten himself into contention for more playing time after getting into much better shape after being in UGA's strength and conditioning program for more than a year. 'In the middle of June, we were (at Georgia) for a passing-league tournament,' said Brad Harber, who coached Walker at Crisp County (Ga.) High School. 'In the past few years at that event, Quay has been walking through the field after class, and he'll see all the guys and the coaches (from Crisp County). '(Quay) laughs at me because I tell him he's getting taller or I'm getting shorter or older. But he doesn't have trouble with his weight. I think they want him around 230 or 235. I know at one time he got up to around 240. 'To me, he looked leaner than what he was in high school. He's a physical specimen anyways. But he looked good when we saw him a (few weeks ago).' The 6-foot-4 Walker narrowly and famously signed with UGA over Tennessee. Last year as a freshman, Walker appeared in all 14 games, and was named by the Bulldogs as co-winner of Special Teams Newcomer of the Year. 'I felt confident that Quay was going to be successful I knew that going off to a big university like Georgia, there was going to be a learning curve,' Harber said. 'Quay has always been physically gifted. The big thing was learning the language at Georgia. We had the chance to watch Georgia's spring practices with some other recruits we have (at our high school), and it was nice to see Quay in the two-deep rotation.' When UGA's coaches stopped by Crisp County on the recruiting trail within the last few months, they've also given encouraging reports on Walker. His mental approach to the game is quickly catching up with his elite athletic skills. 'Just in talking with people close to the program, obviously with the football and academic workload, he's gotten more comfortable with all of that the day-to-day operations,' Harber said. 'It looks to me, outside looking in, he's starting to understand the defensive playbook better. Anytime you do that, it gives you better opportunities to get on the field to play.' Probably the only football topic on Walker's mind more than the playbook right now is the competition at his position. It will be hard to unseat Crowder, who is a fifth-year senior that is finally in position to start. Then again, it will be hard to keep Walker off the field this season after a strong showing in the spring. 'To me, it's all starting to come together his knowledge of the playbook and the system, along with playing on special teams,' Harber said. 'I think he's going to have a really good year. I would guess that he's going to get more playing time. 'It looked to me when he was playing spring ball that he was in a two-deep rotation. I know that there are a lot of elite players at Georgia right now, especially at the linebacker spot. But I see Quay as a guy who will have the opportunity to get plenty of playing time this season.' The post Quay Walker: It's all starting to come together' for young UGA linebacker appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Donaldson finally took his turn on the Atlanta Braves' list of game-ending heroes. Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half. Ronald Acu a Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases. Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson. Rodney's plan was 'get a ground ball for a double play.' Instead, Donaldson lofted a 2-0 pitch over Robles to the warning track in left-center, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington. The Braves have six walk-off wins but it was Donaldson's first game-ending hit since 2015 with Toronto. That void had not escaped his attention. 'I was actually looking at that today,' Donaldson said. Donaldson's teammates surrounded him near first base for an on-field celebration. Entering the game, Donaldson's 14 homers since June 11 were tied with Cody Bellinger for the most in the majors in that span. Donaldson, who signed a one-year, $23 million contract with Atlanta as a free agent, is hitting .255 with 22 homers. His power stroke as a cleanup hitter has given Freeman protection in the lineup. 'This is what I expect of myself,' Donaldson said. 'I'm just glad to be put in a situation where I could help the team win the ballgame.' Martinez said Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was ready in the bullpen. Martinez said he liked the matchups with Rodney against Acu a and Swanson, even though the 42-year-old Rodney rarely is asked to pitch more than one inning. 'When you're playing on the road, Doolittle comes in the game for a save,' Martinez said. 'With a tie game, if he comes in right there and we have to pinch-hit for him right away, then we're looking at who knows who?' Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances. Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out. Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Acu a's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale. Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his major league debut. Weigel will pitch in relief. ... RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett. BIRTHDAY BATTERY Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957. RARE HIT Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth. STREAKING Acu a has reached base in a career-best 26 consecutive games since June 19, the longest active streak in the majors. Donaldson's on-base streak was extended to 16 games. UP NEXT Nationals: RHP An bal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team. Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 989 (July 20, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what Georgia safety JR Reed said about the UGA defense. Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense Beginning of the show: One of the hot topics this offseason has centered around the possibility Georgia freshmen such as linebackers Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean become breakout stars this fall. UGA safety J.R. Reed didn't dismiss the possibility of that occurring when asked about the topic at SEC Media Days. However, I'll play audio on today's show of what Reed did have to say including why he thinks some players who've been on the roster for a year or more could be strong candidates to stand out this season. 10-minute mark: I discuss the possibility UGA is the most physical team in the SEC and share some of the chatter regarding that topic. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The preview of Jeff's profile of Smith and his journey to UGA An early look at why next weekend is a crucial recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs The latest on UGA running back recruiting including 5-star Kendall Milton and 4-star Tank Bigsby Thoughts on 4-star defensive tackle Timothy Smith's Alabama commitment And reaction to 4-star defensive back Avantae Williams' jab at Florida coach Dan Mullen's Jordan Brand sneakers 40-minute mark: I share some final thoughts on SEC Media Days including what could improve the event in the future. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Cole Wilcox dominated on the mound last night for Team USA only allowing one base runner, while striking out three batters over 2.2 innings of relief, helping them secure a 2-0 win while one-hitting Japan at Kizuna Stadium. This was the first time the Collegiate National Team ever played at Kizuna Stadium. Wilcox has shined all summer for Team USA as he still maintains a 0.00 era this summer. Team USA is one win away from winning the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, something the team has not done in 40 years. Team USA has lost 15-straight series in Japan.
  • ATHENS Georgia football is a consensus top-five preseason team and championship contender, but the Bulldogs only had four players recognized as first-team All-SEC selections. Alabama, meanwhile had 11 first-team All-SEC selections. The Tide was picked by 243 media members to win the SEC, Georgia received 49 votes and LSU 3, according to Friday's league release. Tailback D'Andre Swift, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, safety J.R. Reed and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship were named preseason first-team All-SEC picks according to the league's release on Friday. RELATED: 3 Georgia football takeaways from media days Quarterback Jake Fromm was one of three second-team offense picks for the Bulldogs, along with offensive guard Solomon Kindley and offensive tackle Isiah Wilson. RELATED: SEC expert breaks down Great Wall' of Georgia Georgia did not have any players on the second-team defense. Tight end Charlie Woerner and offensive guard Ben Cleveland were third-team picks on offense. Georgia had two third-team preseason All-SEC defensive picks this year, defensive tackle Tyler Clark and safety Richard LeCounte. The Bulldogs didn't have any first-team preseason offense coming out of last year's SEC Media Days. Reed and Blankenship were the only Georgia players named first-team picks last season. RELATED: Kirby Smart offense snubbed in 2018 preseason All-SEC vote Thomas and Swift were obvious selections this season. Thomas has already been named a preseason All-American and is considered among the favorites for the Outland Trophy,. Swift had 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns last season, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Reed ranked second on the team with 66 tackles last season, also recording two interceptions and two pass break-ups. Blankenship was 19 of 23 on his field goal attempt with a long of 53 yards, and 82 of his 96 kickoffs went for touchbacks. Fromm ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (171.2) last season, leading the Bulldogs to heir second straight East Division title Kindley is another part of an offensive line that paved the way for the SEC's top rushing offensive last season, the Bulldogs averaging 238.8 yards per game. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post Alabama outnumbers Georgia 11-4 on All-SEC first-team preseason list appeared first on DawgNation.
  • For the third straight year, UGA is the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC East by the media members who know the conference the best. The Bulldogs got more than 10 times the first-place votes to finish on top of the standings with 223, compared to the next closest competitor Florida at 21 votes. The voting count was released at Friday's SEC Media Days. Rounding out the rest of the first-place votes were Missouri (3), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1) and Kentucky (1). In fact, Vanderbilt was the only SEC East team that didn't get a top vote. Back to UGA: The Bulldogs have dominated the SEC East over the last two seasons, winning 13 straight games against subdivision opponents (dating back to the 2016 loss to Florida). Of course, UGA also repped the SEC in the conference the last two seasons. Expectations are sky high this year for Georgia, which seems to be the nation's consensus No. 3 team in the preseason rankings. This year's team is considered to be coach Kirby Smart's most talented roster, despite the early NFL defections. Predictions? Please post below. The post UGA picked as overwhelming favorite to win SEC East yet again appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Aaron Murray, who still holds the SEC career records for passing yards and passing touchdowns, briefly considered quitting football during his freshman season with UGA in 2010. The former Bulldogs quarterback revealed the little-known story at SEC Media Days to WJOX radio's '3 Man Front,' via Saturday Down South. It had to do with those infamous cheap shots on Murray by Auburn's Nick Fairley (captured in the below video) in the showdown between the two archrivals. 'If he did that outside the football field, he'd have been in jail for three years. That was actually the first time in my life I was like I don't know if I want to play football anymore.' I'm not kidding either,' Murray said. 'I was on the sideline, and I had six stitches; my jersey's covered in blood; I had a fractured sternum and can't feel the left side of my body. I got whiplash in my neck, and I can't really move my neck. I was like Is this really worth it? It's my freshman year, I can quit now and save myself a lot of punishment.' 'I had to sit up sleeping the next two weeks. I couldn't even lay down. It was tough.' That's not the end of the story, according to Murray. He went on tell WJOX about some brutal UGA payback on Fairley, which also went unreported at the time, courtesy of former Bulldogs offensive lineman Ben Jones: 'Ben Jones ripped the dreads off the middle linebacker's head. I'm in the huddle and have a fractured sternum (from Fairley's hit), Ben hands me the dreads in the middle of the huddle. I'm like, Ben, what do you want me to do with these?' I have to call a play in like 10 seconds. So, he sticks them in his pants, and then, at his house in Athens, he attached it to the ceiling fan.' It has been a busy summer for Murray, as he recently gotmarried in Athens, Ga. The post Aaron Murray considered quitting football after Auburn's cheap shots appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez may have found a new pinch-hitter in his team's latest win. Stephen Strasburg showed he can shine in the batter's box as well as on the mound. Strasburg had a three-run homer among his three hits and set a franchise-record for a pitcher with five RBIs, as the surging Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 13-4 on Thursday night. Strasburg's hitting made up for a so-so night on the mound, as he allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. 'Stephen wasn't as sharp as he could be but man he swung the bat really well,' Martinez said. 'He might be a pinch-hitter coming up here for the rest of these games.' Strasburg, who won the Silver Slugger Award in 2012, said he may have been a little lucky at the plate. 'It's just how crazy this game is,' Strasburg said. 'Sometimes you just run into the ball.' Strasburg is the first Nationals pitcher to drive in five runs in a game and have two hits in one inning. His homer was the highlight of an eight-run third inning that also included a two-run double by Victor Robles, an RBI triple by Adam Eaton and a run-scoring double by Anthony Rendon. The Nationals, who have won 14 of their last 18 games, cut Atlanta's lead to 5 1/2 games in the NL East by winning the opener of a four-game series. The Braves have lost three straight. Strasburg (12-4) improved to 3-0 against Atlanta this season by winning his fifth straight start. His effort on the mound was overshadowed by his career highs in hits and RBIs. Strasburg led off the third with a single to center. After the Nationals knocked rookie right-hander Kyle Wright (0-3) out of the game in the long inning, Strasburg hit Touki Toussaint's second pitch 420 feet over the Washington bullpen behind the left-field wall for an 8-1 lead. Strasburg's big night at the plate continued when he hit a two-run single off Toussaint in the fifth. All the time spent running the bases, including scoring from first on Eaton's triple, may have drained Strasburg. He was pulled in the sixth after giving up a run-scoring triple to Ozzie Albies and Brian McCann's RBI single. Nick Markakis hit a line-drive homer off right-hander Kyle McGowin in the eighth. The opposite-field shot barely cleared the left-field wall. Wright allowed seven runs and seven hits with three walks - all in the third inning - in 2 2/3 innings. Wright was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game. 'I just kind of beat myself a little bit,' Wright said. 'I think it was lack of feel with the fastball.' Rendon had three hits, including two doubles, and a walk. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (mid-back strain) played catch but did not throw in the bullpen as expected and may not start on Sunday. Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis) is on track to come off the IL and start on Sunday after throwing on Thursday. 'Talking to him, he feels really good where he's at right now,' Snitker said. DUGOUT DANCER Strasburg celebrated the homer by dancing with his teammates in the dugout . 'Stras isn't much of a dancer,' said first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. 'Maybe his wedding is the last time he danced.' ROSTER MOVES The Braves also reinstated outfielder Ender Inciarte from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-handers Bryse Wilson and Huascar Ynoa to Gwinnett. Inciarte, who had been out since May 15 with a lumbar strain, did not have a hit as he started in center field with Ronald Acu a Jr. moving to left field. Inciarte, a three-time Gold Glove winner, isn't returning to a regular job. Rookie Austin Riley has taken over in left field. 'Just filling in,' said manager Brian Snitker when asked about Inciarte's role. 'I'm not going to feel like I'm forced to get him in.' CHARLIE ON THE HILL Utility infielder Charlie Culberson made his second pitching appearance of the season with a scoreless ninth. He also recorded a scoreless ninth against San Diego on May 2. UP NEXT Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (7-5, 3.39) will face the Braves for the first time this season on Friday night. Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.71 ERA) is 6-6 with a 4.13 ERA in 21 career starts against Washington, including 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA in 2018. Teheran had been scheduled to start on Thursday night, but the start was pushed back when Wright was recalled. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Georgia offensive line is one of the most heralded position groups in the country, and that's just the way left tackle Andrew Thomas likes it. 'We like to be the driving force,' Thomas said this week at SEC Media Days. 'We want to carry the team, and that's why we work.' Thomas has been challenged by UGA coach Kirby Smart to be a vocal leader, and extolling the virtues of hard work seems to be one of the biggest ways in which Thomas seeks to fulfill Smart's wish especially given the unfinished business facing UGA. Thomas has apparently been outspoken about not letting compliments from fans and media distract his fellow linemen from the goals they've yet to achieve. 'I just remind them we haven't won the national championship. We haven't gotten to where we want to be; we haven't won the Joe Moore Award [given to the nation's top offensive line]. There's a lot of work we still need to do to be the best.' That attitude from Thomas might lead some to believe there's no room for fun among the group, but that's apparently not the case. Thomas allowed for a light-hearted moment this week when asked to share a favorite story about right guard Ben Cleveland. Thomas' story which involves Cleveland's creative usage of a knife is the subject of this edition of DN90. For what it's worth, Cleveland has been open in the past about his intent to remain true to himself even as he becomes a well-known player around the UGA campus. 'Obviously people can recognize me and stuff like that, but it's one of them things, at the end of the day, I'm still a small town kid,' Cleveland said during spring practice. 'One way or another whichever way you like it that's what I'm going to be. I'm still going to go out and fish on the weekends. I'm going to do what redneck kids do. I don't believe I'll ever change that.' UGA fans hope Cleveland stays true to his word. They don't want 'Big Ben' to ever change a fun personality on what might become a truly great offensive line. The post DN90: Andrew Thomas' Ben Cleveland story might've been the highlight of SEC Media Days appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • Another race, another win for UGA track phenom Matthew Boling. This victory, however, was international. Boling, who expected to report to Georgia later this summer, won the 100 meters at the Pan American U20 Championships with a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 seconds. The event took place in Costa Rica on late Friday, and Boling's blistering time was no surprise after he was clocked in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds. Winning never seems to get old for Boling, who is from Houston, Texas. He became a bona-fide mainstream sports celebrity in the last four months with his viral track videos and jaw-dropping times. Boling is one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls for the 2020 Games in Japan. Matthew Boling runs a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 to win the Pan Am U20 100m title in Costa Rica. Moves into sole possession of 4th on the all-time high school list, per T&F News. pic.twitter.com/m2ATCTsKtw Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) July 20, 2019 Four words you never want to hear in a race: 'here comes Matthew Boling' Watch him in the finals tonight at Pan Ams, live on FloTrack! pic.twitter.com/gfDYdSFWrO FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 19, 2019 The post Mathew Boling: UGA track phenom turns heads in international event appeared first on DawgNation.
  • One of UGA's most promising young players on defense is Quay Walker. The sophomore is battling for the No. 1 job at inside linebacker with senior Tae Crowder and junior Monty Rice, among others. Walker has gotten himself into contention for more playing time after getting into much better shape after being in UGA's strength and conditioning program for more than a year. 'In the middle of June, we were (at Georgia) for a passing-league tournament,' said Brad Harber, who coached Walker at Crisp County (Ga.) High School. 'In the past few years at that event, Quay has been walking through the field after class, and he'll see all the guys and the coaches (from Crisp County). '(Quay) laughs at me because I tell him he's getting taller or I'm getting shorter or older. But he doesn't have trouble with his weight. I think they want him around 230 or 235. I know at one time he got up to around 240. 'To me, he looked leaner than what he was in high school. He's a physical specimen anyways. But he looked good when we saw him a (few weeks ago).' The 6-foot-4 Walker narrowly and famously signed with UGA over Tennessee. Last year as a freshman, Walker appeared in all 14 games, and was named by the Bulldogs as co-winner of Special Teams Newcomer of the Year. 'I felt confident that Quay was going to be successful I knew that going off to a big university like Georgia, there was going to be a learning curve,' Harber said. 'Quay has always been physically gifted. The big thing was learning the language at Georgia. We had the chance to watch Georgia's spring practices with some other recruits we have (at our high school), and it was nice to see Quay in the two-deep rotation.' When UGA's coaches stopped by Crisp County on the recruiting trail within the last few months, they've also given encouraging reports on Walker. His mental approach to the game is quickly catching up with his elite athletic skills. 'Just in talking with people close to the program, obviously with the football and academic workload, he's gotten more comfortable with all of that the day-to-day operations,' Harber said. 'It looks to me, outside looking in, he's starting to understand the defensive playbook better. Anytime you do that, it gives you better opportunities to get on the field to play.' Probably the only football topic on Walker's mind more than the playbook right now is the competition at his position. It will be hard to unseat Crowder, who is a fifth-year senior that is finally in position to start. Then again, it will be hard to keep Walker off the field this season after a strong showing in the spring. 'To me, it's all starting to come together his knowledge of the playbook and the system, along with playing on special teams,' Harber said. 'I think he's going to have a really good year. I would guess that he's going to get more playing time. 'It looked to me when he was playing spring ball that he was in a two-deep rotation. I know that there are a lot of elite players at Georgia right now, especially at the linebacker spot. But I see Quay as a guy who will have the opportunity to get plenty of playing time this season.' The post Quay Walker: It's all starting to come together' for young UGA linebacker appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Donaldson finally took his turn on the Atlanta Braves' list of game-ending heroes. Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half. Ronald Acu a Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases. Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson. Rodney's plan was 'get a ground ball for a double play.' Instead, Donaldson lofted a 2-0 pitch over Robles to the warning track in left-center, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington. The Braves have six walk-off wins but it was Donaldson's first game-ending hit since 2015 with Toronto. That void had not escaped his attention. 'I was actually looking at that today,' Donaldson said. Donaldson's teammates surrounded him near first base for an on-field celebration. Entering the game, Donaldson's 14 homers since June 11 were tied with Cody Bellinger for the most in the majors in that span. Donaldson, who signed a one-year, $23 million contract with Atlanta as a free agent, is hitting .255 with 22 homers. His power stroke as a cleanup hitter has given Freeman protection in the lineup. 'This is what I expect of myself,' Donaldson said. 'I'm just glad to be put in a situation where I could help the team win the ballgame.' Martinez said Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was ready in the bullpen. Martinez said he liked the matchups with Rodney against Acu a and Swanson, even though the 42-year-old Rodney rarely is asked to pitch more than one inning. 'When you're playing on the road, Doolittle comes in the game for a save,' Martinez said. 'With a tie game, if he comes in right there and we have to pinch-hit for him right away, then we're looking at who knows who?' Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances. Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out. Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Acu a's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale. Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his major league debut. Weigel will pitch in relief. ... RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett. BIRTHDAY BATTERY Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957. RARE HIT Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth. STREAKING Acu a has reached base in a career-best 26 consecutive games since June 19, the longest active streak in the majors. Donaldson's on-base streak was extended to 16 games. UP NEXT Nationals: RHP An bal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team. Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 989 (July 20, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what Georgia safety JR Reed said about the UGA defense. Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense Beginning of the show: One of the hot topics this offseason has centered around the possibility Georgia freshmen such as linebackers Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean become breakout stars this fall. UGA safety J.R. Reed didn't dismiss the possibility of that occurring when asked about the topic at SEC Media Days. However, I'll play audio on today's show of what Reed did have to say including why he thinks some players who've been on the roster for a year or more could be strong candidates to stand out this season. 10-minute mark: I discuss the possibility UGA is the most physical team in the SEC and share some of the chatter regarding that topic. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The preview of Jeff's profile of Smith and his journey to UGA An early look at why next weekend is a crucial recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs The latest on UGA running back recruiting including 5-star Kendall Milton and 4-star Tank Bigsby Thoughts on 4-star defensive tackle Timothy Smith's Alabama commitment And reaction to 4-star defensive back Avantae Williams' jab at Florida coach Dan Mullen's Jordan Brand sneakers 40-minute mark: I share some final thoughts on SEC Media Days including what could improve the event in the future. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Cole Wilcox dominated on the mound last night for Team USA only allowing one base runner, while striking out three batters over 2.2 innings of relief, helping them secure a 2-0 win while one-hitting Japan at Kizuna Stadium. This was the first time the Collegiate National Team ever played at Kizuna Stadium. Wilcox has shined all summer for Team USA as he still maintains a 0.00 era this summer. Team USA is one win away from winning the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, something the team has not done in 40 years. Team USA has lost 15-straight series in Japan.