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    From the Hall County Sheriff’s Office:  A memorial fund benefiting the wife and children of Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon has been established at Peach State Bank Trust in Gainesville, Georgia.  The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is very grateful for the outpouring of support from members of the community, businesses, and other organizations during this time of need. 100% of all donations go directly to the family. Interested donors can make deposits in person, or at the bank’s drive-through teller line or night deposit box at the following address:  Peach State Bank & Trust 325 Washington Street Gainesville, GA 30501 Donors can also mail their donations to the following address: Peach State Bank & Trust PO Box 290 Gainesville, GA 30503-9835  Please make all checks payable to the following: Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon Memorial Fund The 28-year old Dixon was a three-year veteran of the Department, and a father of two young boys. He was  killed in a shootout after a car chase last Sunday night near Gainesville. Four 17-year old suspects are in custody and are facing charges of felony murder. 
  • The Hall County sheriff’s deputy killed in a shootout late Sunday night has been identified as Nicolas Dixon. Dixon has been with the department for three years, Sheriff Gerald Couch told reporters at a news conference. The 28-year-old was married and had two young children, Couch said. The shooting took place at about 11 p.m. after an encounter with several suspects linked to weekend car break-ins and burglaries. Several firearms were taken in the break-ins, The suspects fled in a vehicle that wrecked. Several people jumped out and started running, prompting a foot chase.  “He was out there in the darkness while most of us slept comfortably,” Couch said of Dixon. Couch said that an arrest warrant for felony murder has been issued for Hector Garcia., who was wounded in the shooting. He is believed to be the shooter, Couch said. There is an active manhunt Monday for the remaining suspects, who authorities consider to be armed and dangerous. Gainesville police, Gwinnett County police and Georgia State Patrol troopers are joining in the search. Deputies exchanged gunfire with the suspects in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue in Gainesville, according to the sheriff’s office. A description of the suspects was not available Monday morning. Sheriff’s investigators are working to interview persons of interest and other parties. One person was put in handcuffs around 7:30 a.m., but authorities have not identified him or said what connection, if any, he has to the deadly shooting.  The GBI has been called to investigate, which Hall County Sherrif’s Department spokesman Derreck Booth said is standard sheriff’s office procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting. Agents are on the scene and have blocked off one block of Highland Avenue, a narrow residential street in central Gainesville. The deadly incident is the 42nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated in 2019, a spokeswoman for the agency said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally. The slain Hall County sheriff’s deputy is the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year.
  • Athens has become the first 911 operating system in the state of Georgia to be outfitted with Uber integrations to assist local police in the safety of its users. WGAU’s Abby Jessen spoke with Athens-Clarke County Police Department Captain Keith Kelley about the implementation.  From the Athens-Clark County Police Department: Uber has expanded its 9-1-1 information sharing program to include Athens-Clarke County. With this sharing program, when a rider or driver uses the Uber in-app emergency button to contact 911 operators, key trip details that can be used to help respond to an emergency will now be transmitted automatically to 9-1-1 dispatchers in Athens-Clarke County. The ACC 9-1-1 Center is the first in the state of Georgia to have this Uber integration.  This Uber integration relies on another ACCPD partnership established earlier in the year. In January, the Athens-Clarke County 9-1-1 Center, commonly called Central Communications, partnered with RapidSOS, an emergency communications technology company. Through RapidSOS, Central Communications has access to the NG911 Clearinghouse which receives data from the Internet of Things (smartphones, connected cars, wearables, and connected homes) and securely sends the relevant data to 9-1-1 and first responders.  “In Athens-Clarke County, it is important to get help to individuals during an emergency quickly. In some cases the caller may not be able to give accurate information about their location or may not be able to communicate at all. This technology will help 9-1-1 call takers get emergency services personnel to individuals in need by more quickly pinpointing their location,” said Captain Keith Kelley with the 9-1-1 Communications Center.  Previously, riders and drivers have been able to see their GPS location and vehicle details (make, model, color, and license plate) in the app when they press Uber’s emergency button to call 9-1-1. With this new technology, those details will be sent to 9-1-1 dispatchers electronically in Athens-Clarke County.  “We believe technology can help make the roads safer. This feature is available in more than 60 cities, and we are proud to add Athens-Clarke County, to the growing list of cities and counties using this technology,” said Krishnaja Gutta, Uber Product Safety Manager. “Every second counts in an emergency, and we want to make sure Uber users have important information to get help quickly if faced with an emergency situation.' The NG911 Clearinghouse is a centralized and secure location information server that is purpose-built for Next Generation 9-1-1.  To learn more about RapidSOS and the NG911 Clearinghouse, visit https://rapidsos.com/ng911clearinghouse/.  Visit https://www.uber.com/newsroom/emergencybutton/ to learn more about Uber’s Emergency Button.
  • There is a traffic heads up for drivers in Athens, a campus construction advisory from the University of Georgia: UGA says the southbound sidewalk and bike lane on the west side of East Campus Road will be closed from the current DEP2, Computer Services, and Museum of Natural History driveway entrance up to approximately mid-block for the temporary construction office entrance concrete pour. The sidewalk on the east side of East Campus Drive will still be accessible for pedestrians.
  • Senator Bill Cowsert and state Representatives Houston Gaines and Marcus Weidower are the scheduled speakers for tonight’s meeting of the Oconee County Republican Party. They’ll recap the legislative session that ended earlier this month in a 6:30 session at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Watkinsville.  An Athens-Clarke County Commission work session is on tap for today, underway at 4 o’clock this afternoon at City Hall.  A town hall with Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle is set for 7 o’clock tonight. It’ll take place at the Depot in Winterville.  Madison County Commissioners meet tonight: it’s a 6 o’clock this evening at the Madison County Government Complex in Danielsville. Jackson County Commissioners meet at 6 at the courthouse in Jefferson. 
  • A body found in an Athens river earlier this week has been positively identified.  From the ACCPD:  The Athens-Clarke County Coroner has positively identified the deceased individual located in the Middle Oconee River as 54-year-old Emory Odell Findley of Athens. Findley was reported missing on March 29, 2019. The ACCPD will continue investigating the circumstances surrounding Findley’s death. The ACCPD asks that anyone with information about this incident to contact Det. Johnson at 706-613-3330, ext. 522 or Paul.Johnson@accgov.com . 
  • A man now sits in the Oconee County Jail for multiple counts of burglarizing cars in addition to other charges.  From the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office:  Jerod Tyron Crumbley (18) of Clarkston is in the Oconee Jail charged with 25 counts of entering auto, four counts of theft by taking, and three counts of burglary.The charges stem from his banditry on the night of 3/28 that targeted multiple subdivisions along HWY 15, HWY 53, and within Watkinsville.We're still hunting the others.Crumbley was recently sentenced in Jackson County to 10 year probation for a string of car thefts and entering autos up there. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office worked on this case with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Walton County and Monroe PD, DeKalb Police and the DeKalb Department of Community Supervision. We mean to do our best to take all these offenders into custody.
  • The Miracle League baseball field planned for Watkinsville to benefit Extra Special People is becoming much more of a reality with the addition of new corporate sponsors, bringing its $1.4M goal within reach.  From Extra Special People:  ATHENS, GA —Extra Special People announced several corporate partners who are bringing the Miracle League baseball field and sports complex to life. These generous donors include current ESP partners who are increasing their giving specifically for ESP’s new fully-accessible sports complex, as well as new sponsors dedicated to giving children of all abilities the chance to experience the game of baseball. St. Mary’s Hospital announced they will be the scoreboard sponsor of the Miracle League baseball field, set to be built at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville and opening in spring of 2020. “One of St. Mary’s core values is honoring the dignity of every person. We believe the opportunity for children with special needs to experience the joys of childhood that typical kids enjoy through physical activity, such as baseball, is a core component of our community support,” said Montez Carter, President and CEO. Golden Pantry has donated $50,000 toward the Miracle League for the concession stand, and has also agreed to provide product in perpetuity, offering a branded “mini mart” experience for players and fans at the sports complex. “One of our core values at Golden Pantry is to serve the neighborhoods where we’re located, and we couldn’t be more excited to support ESP’s Miracle League Sports Complex,” said Robert Griffith, President, Golden Pantry. “We have a unique opportunity by sponsoring the concession stand at the Miracle League field, and we’ll be turning it into a mini Golden Pantry with all of the snacks and drinks that our customers love.” Bulldog Kia, a long-time ESP supporter, is increasing their already-generous gifts in order to sponsor the Miracle League outfield with a $25,000 donation. ESP’s Miracle League complex will include construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of players and their families. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other devices while helping to prevent injuries. “The highlight of our week at Bulldog Kia is always the visit from our ESP friends and their Java Joy coffee service,” said David Kernall, Owner and General Manager of Bulldog Kia, presenting sponsor of Java Joy. “We were thrilled when the opportunity to support the new Miracle League Sports Complex arose, and we’re looking forward to cheering on our favorite Joyristas as they step up to home plate in 2019.”   Brad Akins, owner of Akins Ford in Winder, and his wife, Vanessa, long-time supporters of ESP, generously donated to support construction of one of the field’s dugouts. Akins Ford Winder and The Ford Fund also recently helped ESP secure a new van for additional transportation routes. “From Java Joy to Big Hearts, we are all-in for Extra Special People,” said Akins. “Of course we were ready to invest in our community of kids with special needs to bring them a baseball field and sports complex. They deserve nothing less.” The incredible success and generosity of individuals in the community at ESP’s recent Big Hearts at Bat banquet, Giving Tuesday and holiday campaign in late 2018 garnered more than $250,000 that will go toward the rubberized surface of the field, backstop and stadium lights, enabling kids to play into the evening hours. Additionally, these generous corporate sponsors have donated significantly to the Miracle League complex, which has now reached $1.1 million of the $1.4 million goal. 3T Sports 3Tree Realty ABB Cares through Thomas Eye Center Ashford Manor Athens Ford Athens Seed Company BankSouth Foundation Cable East East Coast Grading Oconee State Bank Prudential R&R Mobility Southern Protective Group Striplings General Store The Southern Brewing Company “Individuals with disabilities experience limitations in community spaces and face barriers that prevent them from fully participating because of inaccessible design,” explained Laura Whitaker, Executive Director of ESP. “Building a Miracle League field in our community and partnering with these incredible local businesses helps fulfill our belief that every kid deserves to play sports and thrive in an accessible space that allows them to gain confidence, improve their physical health and abilities and foster meaningful relationships with their peers.” Multiple studies show children with disabilities are excluded from peer-to-peer play at far higher rates than typically-developing children. Inclusive public play spaces are shown to eliminate these negative effects for individuals with disabilities but also create positive effects for typically-developing children and adults alike. Inclusive playgrounds, parks and community spaces promote engagement and interaction with a diversity of people both in age and ability levels, create economic and social gains for communities, increase play among kids with and without disabilities and promote overall feelings of acceptance for people with disabilities. There are still opportunities for corporate partners to step up to the plate to reach ESP’s $1.4 million goal that includes not only a baseball field for kids with special needs, but also a splash pad and playground for everyone in the community to enjoy. Naming opportunities for the field, dugout, playground and more can bring ESP’s field of dreams to life in 2019. To become a giving partner, visit www.espmiracleleague.org. ### About Extra Special People Extra Special People, Inc., (ESP), a 501 (c)(3) is a nonprofit serving families and children with special needs in the eight-county area surrounding Watkinsville, Ga., since 1987. With ever-expanding after-school programs, weekend clubs, an eight-week long summer camp and family resources, ESP now reaches more than 450 children, with an ongoing dream of reaching every Northeast Georgia family that has a need and a desire to help their special child grow and thrive. Contributing to this dream was the addition of 70 acres in Jackson County in December 2014. Camp Hooray will one day continue the ESP mission by hosting overnight camps, weekend retreats, and events for children and families of all abilities
  • The University of Georgia has named its new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.  From the University of Georgia:  S. Jack Hu, vice president for research at the University of Michigan, has been named the University of Georgia’s next senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 1.    Hu was chosen among four finalists identified through a national search to fill the institution’s chief academic officer role. Libby V. Morris, veteran administrator, scholar and director of UGA’s Institute of Higher Education, has been serving as interim provost this academic year.   “The University was fortunate to have four outstanding finalists for this most important position,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “I believe Dr. Hu possesses the unique background and experience to continue elevating our national prominence in research, innovation and graduate education while building on our superior undergraduate learning environment. I am excited to welcome him to campus this summer.”   Hu, who also serves as J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing in the College of Engineering at Michigan, oversees a robust research enterprise that spans the university’s campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint and generates annual expenditures exceeding $1.5 billion.    In addition, Hu is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board.   “I am humbled and honored to join the University of Georgia as its next provost,” Hu said. “As the birthplace of public higher education in America, the University of Georgia has a tremendous reputation for its commitment to excellence in education, research and innovation, and public engagement. I look forward to working with the campus community to build upon the university’s momentum in these important areas.”   Hu is the recipient of numerous prestigious academic awards, including the William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Gold Medal from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.     His many accomplishments at Michigan include leading the development of Mcity—an initiative focused on connected and automated transportation—into a leading public-private partnership for research. He also has led the development of international collaborations in China, Israel and Germany.   “The University of Michigan has cherished Jack Hu’s outstanding contributions for more than three decades, and I congratulate the University of Georgia community on his selection as provost,” said U-M President Mark S. Schlissel. “Vice President Hu’s innovative leadership elevated University of Michigan research to new levels of excellence, through collaborations that engaged multiple disciplines in seeking solutions to major societal challenges and an unwavering commitment to integrity and public impact.”   Before becoming vice president for research, Hu served as associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for research and graduate education in Michigan’s College of Engineering.   Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities, has worked closely with Hu, particularly in her previous role as president of the University of Michigan.   “Jack Hu is an excellent choice as provost for the University of Georgia,” said Coleman. “He is an outstanding, nationally recognized engineer who, as VP for Research at the University of Michigan, promoted interdisciplinary initiatives, nurtured innovation, promoted safety and championed integrity. His broad experience will inform and enhance the work of faculty and staff as UGA implements its vision for the future.”   The search process was overseen by a 24-member committee, led jointly by Dean of the Terry College of Business Benjamin C. Ayers and Dean of the College of Education Denise A. Spangler. The Parker Executive Search firm and UGA Search Group assisted with the search.   Morehead thanked the members of the committee for their leadership and service. “I want to extend my deepest appreciation to Dean Ayers, Dean Spangler, and every member of the search committee for their hard work and commitment to this process,” Morehead said. 
  • Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and current Major League Baseball stars teamed up last Saturday in Athens to raise money for perhaps Athens’ most-favorite charity, Extra Special People.  ATLANTA, GA— (February 11, 2019) On Feb. 9, Georgia’s Lt. Governor, Geoff Duncan, and several other MLB players were guest judges for Extra Special People (ESP) Big Hearts at Bat. The line-up included Duncan, who played for the Florida Marlins early in his career before being elected as Georgia’s Lt. Governor. Kyle Farmer of the Cincinnati Reds, Gordon Beckham formerly with the Atlanta Braves and now with the Detroit Tigers, Brooks Brown formerly with the Colorado Rockies, and Trevor Holder of the San Diego Padres were also guest judges. “ESP is making dreams come true for kids with special needs, and I was honored to be a part of the inspirational night,” Farmer, who also played in two World Series’ for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said. “I’m excited to see kids of every ability have the chance to step up to the plate and play the sport I love.” “One of the best parts about being lieutenant governor is having the opportunity to find out about organizations like ESP and the huge impact they have on a community and the joys they bring to people’s lives,” Duncan said. In its 12th year, ESP’s Big Hearts pageant showcases kids of all abilities as they perform for thousands of guests in Athens, Ga. This year, money was raised to build a Miracle League baseball field and sports complex. Through generous donations at Big Hearts at Bat, ESP reached the $1.1 million mark of a $1.4 million campaign goal. The Miracle League sports complex will bring the magic of baseball to kids of all abilities in Northeast Georgia. Additionally, funds were raised at the pageant and silent auction to send hundreds of kids to summer camp. “Big Hearts at Bat was focused on bringing to life the dream of typical kids and those with special needs playing alongside one another, no longer benching those who have different abilities,” said Laura Whitaker, ESP Executive Director. “Our Miracle League sports complex will be for everyone—a fully-accessible baseball field, making it possible for every child to play America’s favorite pastime, as well as a playground and splash pad for everyone in the community.” ESP is committed to fostering genuine friendships and memorable moments between all citizens who want to play and aims to see the bases loaded at the newly-constructed complex by Spring of 2020. About Extra Special People Extra Special People, Inc., (ESP), a 501 (c)(3) is a nonprofit serving families and children with special needs in the 26-county area surrounding Watkinsville, Ga., since 1987. With ever-expanding after-school programs, weekend clubs, an eight-week long summer camp and family resources, ESP now reaches more than 425 children, with an ongoing dream of reaching every Northeast Georgia family that has a need and a desire to help their special child grow and thrive. Contributing to this dream was the addition of 70 acres in Jackson County in December 2014. Camp Hooray will one day continue the ESP mission by hosting overnight camps, weekend retreats and events for children and families of all abilities. About The Miracle League The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. The first Miracle League field opened in Conyers, Ga., in April 2000. Now there are more than 300 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico and Canada, serving more than 250,000 children and adults. Miracle League is not only partnering with ESP for the first local field in the Athens area, but will also be a part of the expansion of Camp Hooray, an innovative, state-of-the-art camp for individuals with disabilities.
  • Logan Booker

    Logan Booker is the producer for Classic City Today on 98.7FM and AM 1340 WGAU from 6am-10am weekdays, and occasionally contributes on-air with Tim Bryant. Logan also covers the midday news on WGAU Monday-Friday. On occasion, he fills as a co-host of The Morning Show on 960 The Ref. 

    Logan has covered UGA sports since 2012, previously with Bulldawg Illustrated. 

    He is a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in magazine journalism in addition to a Grady Sports Media certificate. He was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and in addition to his current home in Bethlehem, Georgia, he spends lots of time with his dog and his boat in Lincoln County, Georgia. 

     

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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.