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The Crossover

Out of Athens, Georgia, 960 The Ref's Sam Franco and Chris Brame hit on various topics, both local and national, dealing with sports, pop culture, and more! Hear Sam weekdays on The Morning Show from 6-10am and Chris on The Home Team from 4-7pm.

The Crossover - Episode 55

Topics: On episode 55 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia Football, Demetris Robertson's immediate eligibility, the Alabama quarterback situation, and Ronald Acuña.
Posted: August 16, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 54

Topics: On episode 54 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about UGA starting fall practice, the Urban Meyer scandal at Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh not wanting his players to eat chicken, and the moves the Braves made at the trade deadline.
Posted: August 03, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 53

Topics: On episode 53 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Julio Jones reporting to Falcons training camp on time, the expectations for the team this season, other NFL news & notes, and Vince Carter signing with the Hawks.
Posted: July 27, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 52

Topics: On episode 52 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the contract stand-off between the Falcons & Julio Jones, SEC Media Days, and Larry Fedora's hot take on concussions.
Posted: July 20, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 51

Topics: On episode 51 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame preview the upcoming college football season with a little help from the 2018 edition of Phil Steele's College Football Preview and talk about whether Georgia Football should schedule more games against in-state opponents.
Posted: June 28, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 50

Topics: On episode 50 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the Hawks drafting Luka Doncic and then trading him for Trae Young, the Braves needing to be buyers at the MLB trade deadline, and Landon Donovan cheering for Mexico at the World Cup.
Posted: June 22, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 49

Topics: On episode 49 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the Warriors and Cavs in the NBA Finals and Georgia Baseball.
Posted: June 08, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 48

Topics: On episode 48 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia Baseball heading into the postseason, the Matt Ryan and Julio Jones contract situations for the Falcons, the Braves, and the NBA Playoffs.
Posted: May 23, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 47

Topics: On episode 47 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the worst Roquan Smith takes ever from the Chicago Tribune, the NBA Conference finals, and Georgia Baseball.
Posted: May 11, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 46

Topics: On episode 46 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the NFL Draft, where the UGA players will be playing pro ball, the NBA Playoffs, and the Braves finally calling up Ronald Acuña.
Posted: May 01, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 45

Topics: On episode 45 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the upcoming G-Day Spring Game for UGA Football, the Braves start to the season, and Nick Saban vs LeBron.
Posted: April 20, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 44

Topics: On episode 44 of The Crossover, Sam and Brame talk about Patrick Reed winning The Masters and the Braves surprising start to the season.
Posted: April 10, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 43

Topics: On Episode 43 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about: the Final Four, MLB Opening Day and how the Braves will do this season, and the rule changes in the NFL.
Posted: March 30, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 42

Topics: On episode 42 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk March Madness and UGA's hiring of Tom Crean as their next Men's Basketball Coach. Sam ends the episode interviewing Atlanta United's Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu as he'll be playing for Atlanta United 2 this weekend when they make their debut at Coolray Field.
Posted: March 22, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 41

Topics: On Episode 41 of The Crossover, Sam and Brame talk about: the NFL Combine, how the UGA players that attended came out of the combine, the Falcons interest in Michael Bennett, and the NBA's possible solution to the "one and done" problem in College Basketball.
Posted: March 07, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 40

Topics: On episode 40 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Fergie's awful National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, the upcoming NFL Draft, and Georgia Baseball.
Posted: February 22, 2018

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The Crossover: Episode 39

Topics: On episode 39 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the Winter Olympics, if Matt Ryan is worth $30-million-a-year for the Falcons, and Georgia Basketball.
Posted: February 16, 2018

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The Crossover - Episode 38

Topics: On Episode 38 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about UGA's incredible 2018 signing class and the Eagles win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Posted: February 09, 2018

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The Crossover: Episode 37

Topics: On Episode 37 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about: the Falcons elimination from the NFL Playoffs, the AFC &NFC title games, and the Super Bowl matchup between the Eagles and Patriots.
Posted: January 24, 2018

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The Crossover: Episode 36

Topics: On episode 36 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame discuss Georgia's heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the National Championship Game, what's on the horizon for the Dawgs, the Falcons/Eagles playoff matchup this weekend, and the rest of the NFL Playoffs.
Posted: January 12, 2018

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The Crossover: Episode 35

Topics: On episode 35 of The Crossover, Sam and Brame talk about, well what do you think... the Rose Bowl! They also talk UCF's ridiculous claim of a National Championship and the Falcons chances against the Rams in the playoffs.
Posted: January 04, 2018

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The Crossover: Episode 34

Topics: On episode 34 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about the Falcons win over the Bucs, the NFL Playoff picture, Georgia Basketball, and whether or not MLB is screwing over Miami.
Posted: December 21, 2017

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The Crossover: Episode 33

Topics: On episode 33 of The Crossover, Sam & Brame talk about Georgia continuing to get ready for the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma, the Falcons beating the Saints last Thursday, other news from around the NFL, and Georgia Basketball.
Posted: December 14, 2017

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The Crossover: Episode 32

Topics: On Episode 32 of The Crossover, Sam and Brame talk about Georgia's first SEC Championship since 2005, the Dawgs taking on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl match-up between Clemson and Alabama, and the coaching carousel.
Posted: December 07, 2017

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The Crossover: Episode 31

Topics: On episode 31 of The Crossover, Sam and Brame talk about Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, the Tennessee coaching search, the Falcons win over the Bucs, the Giants benching Eli Manning, and the SEC Championship game.
Posted: November 30, 2017

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Georgia Sports News

  • 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.