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    Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Allen's company Vulcan Inc. said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, had returned. Allen, who was an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks Allen and Gates founded Microsoft Corp. in 1975. Microsoft's big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. decided to move into personal computers. IBM asked Microsoft to provide the operating system. The decision thrust Microsoft onto the throne of technology and the two Seattle-natives became billionaires. Both later dedicated themselves to philanthropy. Over the course several decades, Allen gave more than $2 billion to a wide range of interests, including ocean health, homelessness and advancing scientific research. .
  • Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been released from the hospital and cleared to rejoin the team in Houston before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. The Red Sox said Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. He had spent the night in the hospital for observation because of a stomach illness. Game 3 of the series is Tuesday. The 29-year-old Sale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 home loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night. The left-hander allowed two runs, walked four walks and hit a batter in four innings. His illness was announced by the team during Game 2 on Sunday night, which the Red Sox won to even the series. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Bengals' depleted defense went with an all-out blitz, hoping to push the Steelers out of field goal range. Instead, Ben Roethlisberger threw a short pass that Antonio Brown turned into a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left, and the Bengals' litany of last-second losses grew with another mindboggling finish. Brown's catch-and-run into the end zone gave Pittsburgh a 28-21 victory Sunday that evened up the AFC North and left the Bengals (4-2) trying to figure out what happens next. That final play will stick with them for a while. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Monday that he decided to blitz in hopes of pushing the Steelers (3-2-1) out of Chris Boswell's range. The Steelers trailed 21-20 and could have won with a field goal. 'We just decided to go after them,' Austin said. 'I want our guys to play aggressive, we're playing to win, and they had a good play called.' When Roethlisberger saw the Bengals had no safety guarding against a big play, he knew Brown would have a clear path to the end zone. He took the snap and quickly tossed it to Brown, who ran untouched for Pittsburgh's seventh straight win in the series. In the aftermath, the Bengals were left trying to pick up the pieces of a defense that lost numerous players and is headed to Kansas City for a game Sunday night. The Chiefs (5-1) have one of the league's top offenses and are coming off a 43-40 loss to New England. Linebacker Nick Vigil left in the first quarter with an injured left knee and is out indefinitely. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard hurt his right shoulder late in the first half and didn't return. Safety Shawn Williams left with a concussion in the third quarter. Others were in and out of the lineup with injuries. The defense starred in Cincinnati's solid start, scoring three touchdowns and finishing off three games by getting turnovers. With a chance to end the Bengals' streak of abysmal finishes against the Steelers, the defense failed to hold on. The Steelers got the ball at their 23-yard line with 1:12 left and three timeouts. Roethlisberger completed passes of 8 and 10 yards to JuJu Smith-Schuster. A holding call on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick provided a first down. Roethlisberger completed another pass that Smith-Schuster turned into a 23-yard gain and put them in field goal range with 15 seconds left and two timeouts. That play put the Steelers in position to pull it out. 'That was one there that he found the hole in the coverage,' Austin said. 'Every coverage has got a little bit of a weakness in it, and where they hit us was right behind the linebackers and just in front of the safeties.' Although Boswell has struggled this season, he has never missed a kick at Paul Brown Stadium. He had a game winner with 14 seconds left in Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff victory in 2015. He had another on the final play of a 23-20 victory last December. Austin decided to take a chance with a blitz, hoping to drop a runner for a loss or sack Roethlisberger, rather than leave Boswell in position to kick another game winner. 'I didn't want to leave it into the field goal kicker's hands and allow him because it's not every day you block a field goal,' Austin said. DEFENDING BURFICT: Coach Marvin Lewis declined again on Monday to address linebacker Vontaze Burfict's latest hit to Brown's head . Burfict hit Brown in the shoulder and helmet with his forearm as the receiver was being tackled by Shawn Williams and Jessie Bates. Brown was shaken up and left the game for a couple of plays. The officials didn't flag the play, but the NFL could discipline Burfict after reviewing it. Burfict was suspended by the league for hitting Brown in the head during the 2015 playoff game and was suspended for the start of the next season. He also was suspended for the first three games of the 2017 season for an egregious hit during a preseason game. He sat out the first four this year for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 'Everybody makes a comment on everything that 55 does,' Lewis said, using Burfict's number. 'They don't comment on anything anybody else does, so let's leave it at that.' ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them. A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles. Tre Jones looks capable of running the show at point guard. Guard R.J. Barrett has the all-around game that made him the nation's No. 1 recruit. Swingman Cam Reddish has the versatility to play four positions. Zion Williamson, at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, is capable of playing both big and small — and delivering highlight-reel dunks. 'The ultimate goal is a national championship, and as you can see, the teams that win a national championship have great chemistry with one another,' Williamson said Monday. 'They know where the ball needs to be, whose hands the ball needs to be in at what times, and they have fun with it. That's what we're building towards.' A beaming Coach Mike Krzyzewski said his starting lineup for now would include those four freshmen plus one of two returners — either Javin Delaurier or Marques Bolden — and plans to have them running the five-out motion offense, the system run by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, among other high-scoring teams. Krzyzewski, who has reason to smile, said his players 'are great movement guys — if they're making great reads, then other guys are open 'because other guys are going to react to them. ... Another guy's going to have a better shot, and ultimately that's what the five-out motion does for these teams. ... They take on their own character by the characters that they have playing it.' Barrett said the freshmen and the returners 'can play positionless basketball.' 'We're really long and athletic, so it's going to be hard for teams to score on us,' Barrett added. 'On offense, we have three guys, four guys that can just get by anybody at all times. And we have a lot of shooters, so it's going to look good for us.' Of course, this isn't the first highly recruiting class to come to Duke thinking that way. Nor is it a new phenomenon for Duke to have a freshman-packed roster, with 14 of the 16 one-and-dones in program history passing through since 2011. The Blue Devils won the 2015 national title behind point guard Tyus Jones — Tre's older brother — along with Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor. But two years after that, Duke had three more one-year players — including Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles III — but flamed out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Last year's group bore a closer resemblance to 2015, finishing a rimmed-out shot from the Final Four and losing to Kansas in a regional final. Krzyzewski is replacing the entire starting lineup from that group , four one-and-done freshmen — Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval — plus program stalwart Grayson Allen. 'All we can take away from them is the advice they give us about how it is, being a freshman at Duke, and the environments we're going to be in,' Williamson said. What the Hall of Fame coach wants from his current players is to communicate more effectively — especially on defense, where calling out screens and barking out quick instructions is vital. That was enough of a problem last season that Krzyzewski scrapped his beloved man-to-man defense in favor of a zone. 'It's kind of a nebulous thing to talk about. It's not an easy thing,' Krzyzewski said. 'The communication aspect has always been very critical for the success of our team, and it's actually why we had to change from man to zone last year, because we were never able to conquer the communication thing that man was needed. ... It almost worked to win the whole thing.' ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • The fan seen throwing beer on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill moments after he scored his third touchdown against the Patriots during Sunday night’s overtime game has been banned from Gillette Stadium, team officials said.  >> Read more trending news  It was clear through television replays that fans at Gillette Stadium were not saying nice things and were making obscene gestures to Hill, but it was also immediately clear one of them crossed the line by throwing beer directly into his face after his 75-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Hill made seven catches for 142 yards Sunday night, and the 75-yard catch tied the game at 40 with slightly more than three minutes remaining in regulation. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the Patriots organization said it had turned over the fan's identify to local law enforcement and issued 'a letter of disinvite to all future events at Gillette Stadium.' The beer toss, along with several rude gestures made to Hill, were widely derided on social media Monday morning, but Hill later reportedly began exploring legal options against the fan.  The Patriots (4-2) won 43-40 in overtime against the Chiefs (5-1).
  • Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is expected to miss the next game against the New York Giants after straining his right hamstring making a 57-yard field goal that helped Atlanta snap a three-game losing streak. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday the Falcons are going to bring in another kicker this week to fill in for Bryant. Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the team at the end of the preseason, is among the candidates. Tavecchio kicked last season for the Oakland Raiders. He made 16 of 21 field goals, including three from 50 yards or longer, and all but one extra point. The 43-year-old Bryant is one of Atlanta's most reliable offensive weapons. He has connected on all nine of his field goal attempts this season, including three from at least 50 yards. Bryant's longest kick of the season helped clinch a 34-29 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. But he immediately grabbed his hamstring, hobbled off the field and headed straight to the locker room. The Falcons (2-4) face the New York Giants (1-5) next Monday night. Atlanta is off the following week, which would give Bryant extra time to recover before the Nov. 4 game at Washington. Coach Dan Quinn showed his confidence in Bryant when he decided to go for the long field goal with 1:10 remaining against the Bucs. With the Falcons clinging to a two-point lead, a miss would've given Tampa Bay excellent field position to drive for a winning field goal. But Bryant's kick barely cleared the crossbar, giving the Falcons an edge that stood up for the victory. 'I can't say enough about Matt Bryant and the kick he had in the fourth quarter,' Quinn said. 'He's one of the toughest players I've ever coached. Not just the toughest kicker, but one of the toughest players.' His teammates certainly realize how important he is to the team's success. 'He's an amazing player,' receiver Julio Jones said. 'Every kick is the same. His preparation every game is the same.' In other injury news, running back Devonta Freeman will likely miss at least one more game, according to Quinn. He didn't play against the Bucs because of a groin injury and earlier missed three straight games with a bruised knee. This is the second straight injury plagued year for Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and one of the NFL's highest-paid running backs. Quinn isn't sure about the status of receivers Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip), both of whom had to leave Sunday's game. The coach said an extra day of recovery before facing New York in prime time could make a difference between playing and sitting. 'In the football world, a whole day is a big deal,' Quinn said. The Falcons also have been without defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (ankle) the past two games. Quinn said he'll know more about Jarrett's status when the Falcons resume practicing on Thursday after taking two days off. It's been a tough season physically for Atlanta, which already lost safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen and offensive guard Andy Levitre to season-ending injuries. Linebacker Deion Jones is on injured reserve with a foot problem, but the Falcons are hopeful he can return after sitting out the required eight games. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry ___ For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • 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 cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episode No. 803 (Oct. 15, 2018) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s handling his quarterbacks. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs Beginning of the show: Georgia lost Saturday vs. LSU and UGA quarterback Jake Fromm didn’t have a good game. This will increase calls from some fans to see more of the backup quarterback, freshman Justin Fields. There’s a debate to be had about whether Fromm or Fields is the right choice for UGA, but what isn’t debatable is that UGA coach Kirby Smart’s decision making about his quarterbacks is becoming more controversial. I’ll talk more about that subject on today’s show. 10-minute mark: I’ll share audio of Smart addressing the quarterback situation. 15-minute mark: DawgNation’s Chip Towers joins the show. Some of the topics dicussed include… Chip’s thoughts on the quarterback situation Whether the Bulldogs were guilty of abandoning the running game Saturday The strange decision to fake a field goal — which backfired on UGA and seemingly generated momentum for LSU And where UGA goes next with Florida looming in two weeks 30-minute mark: I react to the top SEC games of the weekend — including Florida’s win against Vanderbilt, Auburn’s loss to Tennessee, Alabama’s potentially costly victory over Missouri and more. 35-minute mark: I’ll talk more about why Georgia’s running backs — including Elijah Holyfield — weren’t used more Saturday despite putting up impressive stats. End of show: I update the Gator Hater Countdown and thank DawgNation for making DawgNation Invasion a fun weekend. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Alabama got quite a scare at the sight of starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the ground clutching his right knee. But the situation could have been worse — on multiple levels. The Crimson Tide got a break, Tagovailoa was able to trot off the field and apparently won't miss a practice, much less Saturday's game with Tennessee . But if the injury was more serious, top-ranked Alabama has 28-game starter and 2016 Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year Jalen Hurts in relief. It's a comforting notion. 'He led us to the national championship (game) two years in a row, shattered all kind of records, and his resume speaks for itself,' Alabama tailback Damien Harris said of Hurts. 'There's never any doubt in our minds when he has to go in and play quarterback or any other position. Jalen's a pretty special talent, a guy that you only get to play with once in a lifetime. 'I'm thankful to have lined up in the backfield with him and see him do all these kind of things.' Tagovailoa aggravated a sprained right knee in the third quarter against Missouri Saturday night. He didn't return but coach Nick Saban said he could have. The Heisman Trophy favorite didn't miss practice leading up to that game and Saban said Monday he is 'probably better this week than he was last week.' 'We'll just see how he does in practice and continue to evaluate,' Saban said. More questionable is wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who pulled a hamstring on a long catch and didn't return. Saban says he is 'day to day.' There's no doubt Alabama's offense isn't the same without Tagovailoa, who's leading the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown for 21 touchdowns without an interception. But Alabama's Plan B isn't bad either. Hurts, who also caught a pass, has played a significant number of snaps in every game and finished off the 39-10 victory . His passing rating would be third nationally but he doesn't have enough attempts. Plus, Alabama has won 26 of the 28 games Hurts has started. Hurts wound up completing 7 of 8 passes for 115 yards in Tagovailoa's absence. 'It wasn't much of a big deal because we know Jalen will come in and handle business,' wide receiver Jerry Jeudy said. Hurts, who is scheduled to graduate in December, opted to stick around instead of taking advantage of the NCAA's new transfer rule. It further endured him to Alabama fans, as evidenced by the reaction when Hurts caught a 7-yard pass from Tagovailoa. Harris brought up that support without prompting. 'I appreciate looking and seeing how much our fan base supports him and how much they've embraced him throughout this whole entire situation,' the Tide tailback said after the Missouri game.' I definitely want to say thanks to our fans for the way they support him.' NOTES: Saban said defensive lineman Raekwon Davis could miss some playing time. Davis was penalized for throwing several punches at Missouri offensive lineman Kevin Pendleton on the ground after a play. Davis apologized on Twitter for his actions. ... Tennessee's defense has its own injury issues. Starting outside linebacker Jonathan Kongbo tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Auburn and is out for the season. Starting safety Micah Abernathy didn't play against Auburn due to an ankle injury. Safety Trevon Flowers, a freshman reserve who has received ample playing time, also missed the Auburn game after breaking his collarbone during Tennessee's off week. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed to this report. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Around the Dawg House will bring you daily updates from what people and publications are saying about Georgia,  from inside and outside of Athens. National Media comes down hard on Georgia, Kirby Smart after LSU loss As just about every Georgia fan knows by now, the Bulldogs got stomped out on the road by LSU, 36-16 on Saturday. And naturally some in the national media have asked a ton of questions with regards to Kirby Smart and the Georgia football offense. Paul Finebaum went on SportsCenter on Sunday morning to explain his thoughts on what Georgia must do to get back into the playoff picture. Georgia is now the No. 8 ranked team in the country. “It’s tempting but I’m not going to,” Finebaum said on if he was going to write off Georgia. “If they can get back together again, and they did this last year after just getting eviscerated by Auburn, and almost won the national championship…What about Justin Fields? Everyone else is moving towards a younger, more mobile quarterback. Why isn’t Kirby Smart, because the schedule is going to get more problematic.” Georgia’s next two games are both on away from Sanford Stadium and both Florida and Kentucky are currently ranked opponents. As for the quarterback situation, Jake Fromm completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts while also throwing two interceptions. Fields, Georgia’s freshman quarterback, did not have a pass attempt in the loss. ESPN’s Chris Low made a similar point to Finebaum on Sunday as well. “They recovered a year ago after their loss at Auburn, but will be hard-pressed to do so again this year given some of their sloppiness and inconsistency on offense,” Low wrote. “They still have to play at Kentucky and Florida in Jacksonville. And get ready for a ton of questions about the Dawgs’ quarterback situation, too.” Both what Finebaum and Low said was pretty valid. However neither went as far as USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who stated that Alabama would never lose a game like Georgia did against LSU, while taking a shot at the UGA fan base. Alabama never loses games like that. They just don’t,” Wolken wrote. “And even though Georgia is always going to have really good players and a high blue-chip count, the combination of talent and experience that got the Bulldogs to the brink of a national title last season was not something you can replicate every year. And when you go up against other teams with really good players, especially on the road, sometimes bad stuff happens. “For a fan base that was undeservedly starting to get that invincible feeling, this was a crash back to a world of personnel problems exposed and coaching gripes empowered.” If you want to bash the football team for not being Alabama, that’s fine. No time is Alabama and the Georgia fans didn’t really compare their current run of success to what Alabama has done. But to go after the Georgia fan base just seems weird and sort of unnecessary, even if the point of his whole column is to rank how miserable each fan base is at the moment. Smart and the Bulldogs will have time to regroup following the loss as the Bulldogs are off this week, before heading to Jacksonville to take on No. 11 Florida on Oct. 27. Best stories from around DawgNation Winners and Losers from Georgia’s disappointing loss at LSU On the beat: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia’s multifaceted offense Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny Freshman report on UGA football: LSU 36, Georgia 16 Georgia takes big drop in AP Poll after loss to LSU Georgia football coach Kirby Smart saw warning signs, couldn’t avoid LSU trap LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message to send to Georgia The post What the national media had to say about Georgia after its loss to LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • DJ Khaled sure knows how to throw a party for his son. >> Read more trending news  The Miami music producer and his wife, Nicole Tuck, rented Marlins Park on Saturday for his son Asahd’s second birthday, and turned the 36,000-seat baseball stadium into a carnival. Instead of bases and a pitching mound, the stadium floor included a chair swing ride, a Ferris wheel, games and even a petting zoo, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “Although his actual bday is OCT 23rd we started early,’’Khaled wrote on Twitter, including videos of the event at Marlins Park. “ASAHD had the whole stadium!!” About 150 inner city kids and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs and Connecting Families joined the family at the party, EOnline reported.  The party also served as the official launch for Asahd’s charity program, called Asahd’s Initiative -- which is part of Khaled’s We The Best Foundation. Guests included Marlins owner Derek Jeter and Yo Gotti. Jeter presented a $100,000 check from the Marlins to Khaled’s We The Best Foundation. It was a festive day for the Asahd and his family, and perked up the normally staid Marlins ballpark. The Marlins had the lowest average attendance in the major leagues in 2018, drawing 811,104 fans for an average of 10,013 per game, ESPN reported.

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  • ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is likely to miss the next game against the New York Giants after straining his right hamstring making a 57-yard field goal. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that the Falcons are going to bring in another kicker by the time they return to practice this week. Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the team at the end of the preseason, is among the candidates to fill in for at least one game. The 43-year-old Bryant is one of Atlanta's most reliable offensive weapons. He has made all nine of his field goal attempts this season, including three from at least 50 yards. His long kick Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helped clinch a 34-29 victory. But Bryant immediately grabbed his hamstring, hobbled off the field and headed straight to the locker room. The Falcons (2-4) face the New York Giants (1-5) next Monday night. ___ For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • ATHENS — College football games between relatively evenly matched teams can often come down to a handful of plays, with momentum playing a large role in the outcome. The LSU-Georgia game on Saturday in Tiger Stadium was no different, the Bayou Bengals prevailing 36-16 over the previously undefeated Bulldogs. Both teams had their strengths, but they had also shown their deficiencies leading up to a high-profile clash that drew the largest college football game rating last weekend. LSU did a better job of exposing the Bulldogs’ weaknesses than Georgia did the Tigers. Here are the three key moments that played a large role in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game 1. Georgia’s failed fake field goal Perhaps the biggest play of the game in hindsight, as Georgia had ran the ball nine straight times for 60 yards before two incomplete passes put the Bulldogs in position for a field goal attempt. Kirby Smart said the staff knew before the game they were going to run a fake if they saw an LSU alignment they felt they could take advantage of, and the Tigers presented that look on Georgia’s second drive. “They were like 15 of 17 (88 percent) with a look that it would work on,” Smart said, explaining why the Bulldogs passed on a 31-yard field goal attempt at the 3:28 mark of the opening quarter, down 3-0. “We wanted to be aggressive.” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Georgia’s fake field goal did indeed surprise him. “ It surprised me, 10 yards to go, it surprised me,” he said. “But we always have a guy for the fake. We have eyes. And when you’re playing for the field goal block, you have to have your eyes on your man, not on the field goal kicker. Tremendous discipline.” 2. LSU’s 47-yard run on third-and-1 Tiger Stadium erupted again on the final play of the first quarter on the ensuing drive after Georgia had lost its initial momentum with the fruitless fake field goal. The game within the game was LSU’s offensive line vs. the Georgia front seven, and this was the first short-yardage battle of the game, third-and-1 at the Tigers’ 46. RELATED: Kirby Smart challenges defense to ‘knuckle up’ at LSU The Bulldogs were not gap sound, and LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed 47 yards to the UGA 7 to set up a TD that made it 10-0. It was only the second run of longer than 20 yards Georgia had given up all season. The play gave the Tigers the confidence they needed to go for it on four other fourth-and-1 situations against the Bulldogs, all of which they converted in back-breaking fashion. “At the end of the day,” Smart said, “you don’t win the line of scrimmage in this league, you won’t win the football game.” Orgeron, meanwhile, said LSU was still smarting from its 27-19 loss at Florida the week before. The Tigers coach was intent to make amends after electing to kick a field goal from the Gators’ 15-yard line on a fourth-and-inches situation in the second quarter with that game tied at 7-7.. “We were throwing out the kitchen sink, man, everything we had, we did,” Orgeron said, asked about the decision to go for it on four fourth downs against Georgia. “All week, we talked about being aggressive. I was a little pissed at myself for not going for it against Florida down there fourth and half an inch.” Third-and-6 sack in fourth quarter Georgia trailed 19-9 when it took over at the LSU 38-yard line with 14:39 remaining, Mecole Hardman having broken loose on a 27-yard punt return after the Bulldogs’ defense turned the momentum by forcing LSU to go three-and-out. RELATED: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia football A jet sweep call for Hardman was stopped for no gain, and then Justin Fields was brought in to handoff to third-string tailback Brian Herrien for 4 yards, bringing up the third-and-6 at the 34. Georgia was still within Rodrigo Blankenship’s field goal range when Jake Fromm took the snap, but the veteran QB failed to make a play — instead taking a 9-yard sack that took the Bulldogs out of field goal range. “Some of those you’ve got to escape and get rid of the ball, there’s a lot of pressures they run that are hard to pick up, and I was very concerned with that coming into the game,” Smart said. “But I didn’t think it was the protection as much as it was making decisions quicker, getting rid of the ball quicker, and at the end of the day, don’t be in third-and-long.”   LSU, its crowd still roaring from the sack, responded with a six-play, 86-yard drive to go up 26-9. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU         The post Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss appeared first on DawgNation.
  • 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 cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episode No. 803 (Oct. 15, 2018) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s handling his quarterbacks. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs Beginning of the show: Georgia lost Saturday vs. LSU and UGA quarterback Jake Fromm didn’t have a good game. This will increase calls from some fans to see more of the backup quarterback, freshman Justin Fields. There’s a debate to be had about whether Fromm or Fields is the right choice for UGA, but what isn’t debatable is that UGA coach Kirby Smart’s decision making about his quarterbacks is becoming more controversial. I’ll talk more about that subject on today’s show. 10-minute mark: I’ll share audio of Smart addressing the quarterback situation. 15-minute mark: DawgNation’s Chip Towers joins the show. Some of the topics dicussed include… Chip’s thoughts on the quarterback situation Whether the Bulldogs were guilty of abandoning the running game Saturday The strange decision to fake a field goal — which backfired on UGA and seemingly generated momentum for LSU And where UGA goes next with Florida looming in two weeks 30-minute mark: I react to the top SEC games of the weekend — including Florida’s win against Vanderbilt, Auburn’s loss to Tennessee, Alabama’s potentially costly victory over Missouri and more. 35-minute mark: I’ll talk more about why Georgia’s running backs — including Elijah Holyfield — weren’t used more Saturday despite putting up impressive stats. End of show: I update the Gator Hater Countdown and thank DawgNation for making DawgNation Invasion a fun weekend. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Around the Dawg House will bring you daily updates from what people and publications are saying about Georgia,  from inside and outside of Athens. National Media comes down hard on Georgia, Kirby Smart after LSU loss As just about every Georgia fan knows by now, the Bulldogs got stomped out on the road by LSU, 36-16 on Saturday. And naturally some in the national media have asked a ton of questions with regards to Kirby Smart and the Georgia football offense. Paul Finebaum went on SportsCenter on Sunday morning to explain his thoughts on what Georgia must do to get back into the playoff picture. Georgia is now the No. 8 ranked team in the country. “It’s tempting but I’m not going to,” Finebaum said on if he was going to write off Georgia. “If they can get back together again, and they did this last year after just getting eviscerated by Auburn, and almost won the national championship…What about Justin Fields? Everyone else is moving towards a younger, more mobile quarterback. Why isn’t Kirby Smart, because the schedule is going to get more problematic.” Georgia’s next two games are both on away from Sanford Stadium and both Florida and Kentucky are currently ranked opponents. As for the quarterback situation, Jake Fromm completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts while also throwing two interceptions. Fields, Georgia’s freshman quarterback, did not have a pass attempt in the loss. ESPN’s Chris Low made a similar point to Finebaum on Sunday as well. “They recovered a year ago after their loss at Auburn, but will be hard-pressed to do so again this year given some of their sloppiness and inconsistency on offense,” Low wrote. “They still have to play at Kentucky and Florida in Jacksonville. And get ready for a ton of questions about the Dawgs’ quarterback situation, too.” Both what Finebaum and Low said was pretty valid. However neither went as far as USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who stated that Alabama would never lose a game like Georgia did against LSU, while taking a shot at the UGA fan base. Alabama never loses games like that. They just don’t,” Wolken wrote. “And even though Georgia is always going to have really good players and a high blue-chip count, the combination of talent and experience that got the Bulldogs to the brink of a national title last season was not something you can replicate every year. And when you go up against other teams with really good players, especially on the road, sometimes bad stuff happens. “For a fan base that was undeservedly starting to get that invincible feeling, this was a crash back to a world of personnel problems exposed and coaching gripes empowered.” If you want to bash the football team for not being Alabama, that’s fine. No time is Alabama and the Georgia fans didn’t really compare their current run of success to what Alabama has done. But to go after the Georgia fan base just seems weird and sort of unnecessary, even if the point of his whole column is to rank how miserable each fan base is at the moment. Smart and the Bulldogs will have time to regroup following the loss as the Bulldogs are off this week, before heading to Jacksonville to take on No. 11 Florida on Oct. 27. Best stories from around DawgNation Winners and Losers from Georgia’s disappointing loss at LSU On the beat: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia’s multifaceted offense Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny Freshman report on UGA football: LSU 36, Georgia 16 Georgia takes big drop in AP Poll after loss to LSU Georgia football coach Kirby Smart saw warning signs, couldn’t avoid LSU trap LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message to send to Georgia The post What the national media had to say about Georgia after its loss to LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the organization has agreed to terms on a two-year contract for manager Brian Snitker. The contract does include a third-year club option for 2021.  Snitker took over as manager for the Braves in 2016 and led the team to their first National League East Division title in five years this season.  Here is the full statement from the Atlanta Braves: The Atlanta #Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season: pic.twitter.com/CsReyEyU9x — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 15, 2018 TRENDING STORIES: Georgia already topping list for flu activity in the nation President Trump to view storm damage in Georgia Atlanta police seize drugs and guns from a popular food mart Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons, including three seasons as manager for Triple-A club in Gwinnett.  The National League 'Manager of the Year' candidate, who turns 63 on Wednesday, owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. Information from our partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.