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    Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to state police during a probe of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse — the fourth person other than the imprisoned ex-campus sports doctor to face criminal charges related to the scandal. Simon, who stepped down earlier this year, was asked by investigators in May if she was aware of any investigation involving Nassar before 2016. She said she knew in 2014 that a sports medicine physician was the subject of review. The charging document, however, says she knew it was Nassar. It also accuses her of falsely stating that she was unaware of the nature of the sexual misconduct complaint that was being investigated. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from Simon's attorney. If convicted, Simon faces up to four years in prison. She is the third former university official to face criminal charges related to Nassar's serial molestation of young female athletes under the guise of treatment. In Texas, a grand jury indicted a former sports medicine trainer. Numerous other people have lost their jobs or been sued. Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains U.S. Olympians. Nassar, 55, last year pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting nine victims and possessing child pornography, and his sentences equate to life in prison. ___ For more stories on Larry Nassar and the fallout from his years of sexual abuse of young women and girls: https://www.apnews.com/LarryNassar
  • Hall of Fame linebacker and former NFL coach Mike Singletary is back on the sidelines at a private school in Texas while at the same time preparing to coach the Memphis entry in the new Alliance of American Football league. Singletary talks to PodcastOne Sports Now about how it is often difficult for star players to become successful coaches, and what he's doing to try and change that. Singletary tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg that he is excited about the new league, which starts play in February. He said the talent level should be near the NFL, with many players who just missed making it into the NFL eager to get on board in the AAF. Singletary also said he is heartened by the way his former team, the Chicago Bears, is playing and said one player is really making the difference. Singletary said getting Khalil Mack from the Raiders has been the key to a defense that it keeping the Bears in almost every game. Litke and Dahlberg talk about star players who have joined the coaching or front office ranks and how success has mostly eluded them. There is also talk about the Woods-Mickelson exhibition match, two curling scandals, and a big championship win by a soccer team in Las Vegas.
  • Katie Ledecky was honored as the top female swimmer for the sixth straight year, while Ryan Murphy took home three prizes at USA Swimming's Golden Goggles awards. Ledecky and Murphy were honored Monday night In New York for their performances at 2018's biggest meet, the Pan Pacific Championships. The 21-year-old Ledecky won five medals at Pan Pacs , including repeat gold-medal performances in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyle events. Also this year, she lowered her own world record in the 1,500 free at a meet in Indianapolis. Murphy was the big winner with three Golden Goggles awards : male athlete of the year, male race of the year for his 100 backstroke victory at Pan Pacs and relay performance of the year for his part on the winning 4x100 medley relay team in Tokyo. He shared the relay award with Andrew Wilson, Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian. 'I came into tonight totally not expecting that,' Murphy said. 'One of the things that I feel like I've done over the years is right after I've had accomplishments, I've kind of looked to what's next. So it is a little bit interesting to come back here and be able to take a deep breath while we're in super hard training and look back on the summer.' Following up his three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 23-year-old Murphy dominated Pac Pacs by winning the 100 back in 51.94 seconds — the third-fastest time in history — and taking gold in the 200 back in a personal best of 1 minute, 53.57 seconds. He also swept all three backstroke events at the national championships. 'It's a really good reminder of why we're training so hard right now and what the benefits can be,' Murphy said. Ledecky is a five-time Olympic gold medalist who figures to be among the big stars at the 2020 Tokyo Games. She noted the Golden Goggles event benefits the USA Swimming Foundation, which offers free swim lessons focused on child safety and financial support to the U.S. national team. 'It's a great honor and it's always so much fun at Golden Goggles to celebrate the success of Team USA for the summer and the USA Swimming Foundation for all that they've done to save lives and build champions,' said Ledecky, who turned pro this year after two stellar seasons at Stanford. 'It really is a great event that raises a lot for a great cause.' Other award winners: — Female race of the year: Kathleen Baker, 100 backstroke at Phillips 66 National Championships. — Breakout performer of the year: Michael Andrew. — Coach of the year: Greg Meehan. — Perseverance Award: Micah Sumrall. ___ For more AP Olympic coverage: https://www.apnews.com/OlympicGames and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Blues will be casting a wide net in their coaching search. General manager Doug Armstrong fired Mike Yeo after Monday's 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Craig Berube is the interim coach while Armstrong assembles a list of candidates for the permanent job. 'There's going to be experienced head coaches on that list,' he said at a news conference Tuesday. 'There's going to be European head coaches on that list. College head coaches on that list. Junior head coaches. We're not going to minimize or limit the scope that we're going to look at.' Armstrong also did not rule out former St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville, who was fired recently by Chicago. He added that's unlikely a permanent coach will be hired this season. 'It's possible. I'm not sure it's probable,' Armstrong said. 'It's not something that we're going to give updates on. This hockey team's job is to win games and it's my job to support this team.' To that end, Hall of Famer Larry Robinson will assist Berube for three weeks to a month because of the inexperienced assistants. The 67-year-old Robinson won a Stanley Cup while coaching the New Jersey Devils. 'I think having Larry come in to give Craig someone to talk to who's been there, done that is good for him,' Armstrong said. Armstrong fired Yeo about two hours after the team's third shutout loss in four games. It was their fourth loss in five games. The scoreless streak is more than seven periods. At 7-9-3, the Blues are last in the Central Division. Their 17 points rank next to last in the NHL, ahead of only Los Angeles. 'The talk I had with him last night was that we had to make a change,' Armstrong said. 'I plan to get back to Mike later and thank him and reassure him that he's paying for the sins of myself and the entire organization. It's very unfortunate.' The Blues fell one point short of making the playoffs last season and entered this season with hopes of a deep playoff run. They acquired center Ryan O'Reilly in a trade from Buffalo. Armstrong also signed forwards Tyler Bozak, Patrick Maroon and David Perron. 'Ultimately, it comes back to our record,' Armstrong said. 'When he came in, he was able to jell the team and we went on a nice run. We won a playoff round. We had a good feeling about ourselves. That carried over to the next 25 games of the season. Then we hit a rut in December and quite honestly we haven't gotten out of it.' Berube, a 52-year-old former player, joined the Blues in June 2017. He coached the team's then-AHL affiliate — the Chicago Wolves — to a 44-19-13 record and a division title during the 2016-17 season. Berube is a midseason replacement for the second time, having succeeded Peter Laviolette with the Flyers three games into the 2013-14 season. In two seasons there, he had a 75-58-28 regular-season record. The Flyers made the playoffs during the 2013-14 season but lost in the first round. 'Mike's a good friend of mine,' Berube said. 'I loved working with him and coaching with him. We've got to move forward and get better. That's the plan. We've definitely got to instill some confidence back in this hockey team. It's a good hockey team. We've got good players.' While offering no definite plans, Berube has some ideas on how to get the team playing better. 'I don't think it's anything massive. I think it's tweaks here and there,' Berube said. 'We're going to demand ... and that starts in practice. I'm demanding but I'm fair.' Yeo joined the Blues after five seasons with Minnesota. The Wild made the playoffs in three of Yeo's four full seasons. He was fired 55 games into 2015-16. He was to have replaced Ken Hitchcock following the 2016-17 season, but Armstrong fired Hitchcock. On Tuesday, Hitchcock was appointed coach the Edmonton Oilers after the firing of Todd McLellan, the fourth NHL coaching dismissal this season. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP--Sports
  • J.R. Smith's bumpy-but-never-boring stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over. The team said Tuesday that the disgruntled forward, who had requested to be traded earlier this season, 'will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future.' The Cavaliers will try to trade Smith. He will make $14.7 million this season, and $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for next season is guaranteed. For now, the 33-year-old Smith is without a team and that seems to suit him just fine. He has been dismayed with his reduced role as the Cavaliers rebuild in their first season since LeBron James left for the second time as a free agent. Smith's unhappiness had created another distraction in a stormy season for Cleveland, which is a league-worst 2-13 and has been blown out numerous times. The Cavaliers fired coach Tyronn Lue last month following a 0-6 start, and the team has been riddled with injuries, the most prominent to All-Star forward Kevin Love, who remains out indefinitely following foot surgery. Smith's departure comes a day before James makes his return to Cleveland for the first time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Smith came to the Cavaliers in a trade from the New York Knicks in 2015. While his play has been inconsistent, he was a major contributor on Cleveland's 2016 championship team. He made two 3-pointers early in the second half of Game 7 as the Cavaliers rallied to win and become the first team in league history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit. With Smith gone, the Cavaliers have just three players — Love, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye — left from their title team. Before the Cavs won the championship, Smith already had become a favorite with Cleveland fans. He seemed to endear himself further to many by remaining shirtless during the team's victory parade through the city's streets. However, Smith's support eroded some during last year's Finals when he lost track of the score in Game 1 and dribbled out the final seconds of regulation, depriving the Cavaliers a chance to steal a win. Cleveland wound up losing in overtime and got swept by the Warriors. Smith is averaging a career-low 6.7 points this season. He has averaged 10.3 points in 255 games with Cleveland over the past five seasons. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Editor’s Note: From time to time, the staff at DawgNation will answer direct questions from readers about subjects pertinent to UGA football. This installment reflects a very popular reader and viewer question that has come up numerous times. Disclaimer: This blog post would have been a good candidate for the sarcasm or the satire font. If there was such a thing.    Mecole Hardman, Jr. is easily one of the fastest Bulldogs on the team. He might be the fastest. Especially over a span of just 15 yards. Mecole Hardman Jr. is always the first Bulldog through the banner for every home game. Why? (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Is that why he’s always the first one through the black “Power G” banner prior to every home game? DawgNation deems this to be the time to unravel this mystery. We’ve proposed that question to three sources with strong internal knowledge of UGA football. Hard hitting. Deep Dives. On-the-record sources. That’s the play call for this topic. We will not be denied on short yardage for this one. Was that part of some secret wink-wink deal he made with Kirby Smart when committed and signed back on National Signing Day in February of 2016 ? Is it now a Bulldog tradition? Superstition? Is that why the Bulldogs have not lost a home game since Georgia Tech in 2016? First and foremost, let’s go to the source himself. DawgNation: Why are you always the first one through the banner every week?  Mecole Hardman: I don’t know. I think last year….Well, my freshman year Dom (Dominick Sanders) used to go through it and then I kind of fell into ‘I wanted to do it’ and I wanted to be the first one to come through it and every since then I don’t know whatever I started but I have always wanted to be the first one to go through it. Nobody has ever come to me and said ‘I’m going to go through it first’ and I guess I’ve done took that role to go through it. It is really hard to open [up] than they think it is. Like the banner. You just can’t run through it. You have got to like really open it so. I like the job. I like doing it so I am going to keep doing it. DawgNation: What if somebody said they want to do it? What would you say?  Mecole Hardman: It would have to be a senior. It would have to be a senior next week [for the Georgia Tech game] for a senior to go through it before me. That’s the only way.  J.R. Reed on Mecole Hardman’s banner-busting ways  J.R. Reed represented the Bulldogs at SEC Media Days. He’s the veteran of veterans on the team. His current streak of 26 straight starts leads the team. That is second only to Lamont Gaillard and his 39-straight starts. He was asked that question about Hardman’s role as the banner buster on this team. Hardman was rated as the nation’s No. 1 athlete coming out of Elbert County and the small city of Bowman in the class of 2015. DawgNation: Why is Mecole Hardman always the first Bulldog through the banner?   J.R. Reed: (Laughing.) That’s just Mecole. That’s something that Mecole likes to do. He likes to be the first one. At everything. It is a Mecole thing. That’s the only thing you can say about that. DawgNation: Hardman said that he’d let a senior go ahead of him next week for Senior Day at the Georgia Tech game. What do you think about that?  J.R. Reed: (Laughing. Again.) Oh, I don’t know about that. I’m pretty sure someone could bully Mecole out of the way to go first if they wanted to. (Laughing.) But I think he wants to go first and I don’t think anyone wants to fight him about that. I don’t have a problem with him jumping out first. I don’t really care who jumps out of the banner first before the game.  Has anyone challenged Mecole Hardman on this banner thing?  We’ve researched this topic. Clearly. The third source we spoke to unearthed that there was a “Beat Mecole to the Banner” movement during that magical 2017 season. Of course, it was a plan that could have only been devised by the specialists. The kicker-punter-holder-long snapper clan is known to come up with certain diabolical schemes of this nature. As it turns out, we have rare visual evidence that Mecole Hardman was not the first Bulldog through the banner for the Kentucky home game during the 2017 season. Hardman was mere steps behind the senior. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Former Georgia punter Cameron Nizialek shared the Intel here. His brilliant Ivy League undergrad degree was a part of the tactics to this caper. It does sound rather elementary. “He’s just the fastest guy,” Nizialek said when asked why Hardman always runs out first. “And he runs [out there] before everybody else.” That was the genesis of that plan during the 2017 season. “We had a couple of the specialists last year try to be the first ones out,” Nizialek said. “We got up to the front and he just ran past us. He’s just the fastest guy and from then I was the last guy out after that. Because I didn’t want to deal with it.” I’m not sure that any “Ask DawgNation” topic can be covered as thoroughly as this one. We have gotten down to the very Marianas Trench of this one. There you go, DawgNation. Now you know. The post Ask DawgNation: Why is Mecole Hardman the first Bulldog through the banner? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs walked out of Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles late Monday night confident that they could beat the Rams if they should get a rematch in the Super Bowl. If only they don't have to beat themselves, too. For all the positives the Chiefs did during their 54-51 shootout loss to the Rams — and there were plenty — the glaring mistakes overshadowed them. Patrick Mahomes tossed a trio of interceptions, lost a pair of fumbles and was sacked three times. The defense gave up too many big plays. Harrison Butker missed an extra point. And the Chiefs were penalized 13 times for 135 yards. Yet the Chiefs still led the Rams in the fourth quarter in a record-setting, back-and-forth offensive bonanza. They still had a chance to beat one of the NFL's top teams on the road. So yes, they walked away with a loss. But also with a lot of confidence. 'I mean, the fact that we were in this game with three scoring turnovers, we gave them 21 points off turnovers and they're a good team,' Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley said. 'If we can eliminate those penalties, and those turnovers, this game is a different game. If we can score off those drives, it's a different game. It all comes down to being disciplined and executing.' The Chiefs (9-2) had done that most of the season. They only had eight turnovers over their first 10 games, and while penalties have been a constant problem, they had been able to overcome them. That all changed under the bright Monday night lights. Los Angeles linebacker Samson Ebukam returned Mahomes' first fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter. He returned an interception 25 yards for another score in the third. And two interceptions in the final minutes scuttled any chance of setting up Butker for a tying field goal. 'You go back in a game like this, heck, I wish I would have called some different plays. We can all do better,' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. 'We can learn from this in a lot of different ways. We've got to look at it individually, even though we talk team, and that helps us become a better team when we do that and be real with ourselves.' The Chiefs will have a bit of extra time for that self-assessment. They returned to Kansas City for their bye week, giving them an opportunity to reflect and recover. There were plenty of positives to reflect upon in Los Angeles, too. — Mahomes threw for 478 yards, the second-most in franchise history, and matched his own club record with six touchdown passes. His quarterback rating just edged that of Rams counterpart Jared Goff, while his TD total set a record for a game on Monday night. — Tyreek Hill had a career-high 10 catches for 215 yards and two TDs. It was the second-highest yardage total in Chiefs history, trailing only Stephone Paige's 309 yards against San Diego in 1985. — Tight end Travis Kelce also had 10 catches for 127 yards and a score, extending his streak of games with a reception to 74 — the third-longest in franchise history. — Kareem Hunt ran for 70 yards while catching three passes for 41 yards and a score. That made him the first player since Lenny Moore of the Baltimore Colts in 1961 to have seven touchdowns through the air and on the ground in his team's first 11 games. There are dozens more statistical superlatives from Monday night's game, and indeed, from the first 11 games of the season. But perhaps the most important fact is that Kansas City's two losses have come on the road against powerhouses in the Rams and Patriots, the Chiefs remain on top of the AFC West and have the No. 1 seed in the playoffs still firmly in their sights. If the Chiefs want that rematch with the Rams in the Super Bowl, the one they are confident they can win, earning a playoff path through Arrowhead Stadium will be paramount down the stretch. 'You wanted to go win that game going into the bye week against a good team like that, a playoff team. But at the same time we still control our own destiny,' Mahomes said. 'We can go out there and win football games after the bye week. It's kind of like that reset, get your body right and come back with that mentality that we're gonna win and we can still get home-field advantage hopefully.' ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Around the Dawg House will bring you daily updates from what people and publications are saying about Georgia,  from inside and outside of Athens. Deandre Baker a finalist for best defensive back award Georgia senior cornerback Deandre Baker has been one of the nation’s best defensive backs this season. He’s done an incredibly effective job of locking down his side of the field, and is a big reason Georgia has one of the best pass defenses in the country. On Wednesday, Baker was recognized for his outstanding season as he was named one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given out to college football’s top defensive back. The other two finalists for the award were LSU defensive back Greedy Williams and Notre Dame’s Julian Love. The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 6 at ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. On the season, Baker has 2 interceptions and 27 tackles, along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His counting stats would likely be much higher if teams targeted him more often in pass coverage. He’s limited a number of the SEC’s best receivers including South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, Missouri’s Emmanuel Hall and Vanderbilt’s Kalija Lipscomb. Baker likely won’t be tested this weekend against Georgia Tech and its triple option. But if the Bulldogs are going to beat No. 1 Alabama in the SEC championship game on Dec. 1, the senior defensive back will likely play a very big role. ESPN ranks UGA-Georgia Tech game in terms of playoff importance There are a number of games that are critically important to the College Football Playoff. There No. 4 Michigan visiting No. 10 Ohio State. There’s No. 3 Notre Dame playing its last game of the season against USC. And there’s the Iron Bowl between No. 1 Alabama taking on Auburn. ESPN’s Heather Dinich ranked the big rivalry games this weekend, and had the Georgia-Georgia Tech game ranked No. 6. Georgia winning won’t do much for its College Football Playoff chances a loss would make things very interesting for the Bulldogs and for Alabama. “If Georgia loses to Georgia Tech, but beats Alabama to win the SEC title, it could become the first two-loss team to finish in the top four in the playoff era,” Dinich said. “Or … the SEC could be left out in favor of Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oklahoma. A Georgia Tech win would also entirely change the perception of an Alabama loss to Georgia in the SEC championship, decreasing the chances that the Tide sneak in as the SEC runner-up.” The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets kickoff at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will broadcast on SEC Network and on the radio on WSB 750 AM/95.5 FM. Georgia has not beaten Georgia Tech at home since 2012, as the Bulldogs have lost the last two times in Athens. Best stories from around DawgNation Justin Fields named SEC Freshman of the week, earns high praise from national media WATCH: Georgia football WR Demetris Robertson breaks silence, Kirby Smart weighs in Making the case for why Georgia Tech is Georgia’s most important rival Georgia football freshman OG Jamaree Salyer impresses Kirby Smart, grades high Georgia cruises to victory against Illinois State in Cayman Islands Classic opener WATCH: Georgia football coach Kirby Smart downplays added pressure for offensive efficiency Justin Fields named SEC Freshman of the week, earns high praise from national media Georgia football podcast: Former player explains why Kirby Smart will be ready for Georgia Tech Georgia coach Kirby Smart: LB Monty Rice doubtful, OL Cade Mays questionable   The post Deandre Baker named a finalist for Jim Thorpe Award appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Dwyane Wade is back with the Miami Heat after missing nearly two weeks for the birth of his daughter. Wade went through Miami's gameday shootaround and will play Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. He said his wife and their daughter are doing well, which allowed him to feel comfortable to resume his season. 'I'm going to obviously miss them,' Wade said. 'It was tough leaving my little girl and my wife, but I've got to get back to work and I'll see them again soon.' Wade was away from the team for about two weeks because of the birth of his daughter. Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade welcomed Kaavia James Union Wade into the world on Nov. 7. Wade had been in Los Angeles with them since then, and flew back to Miami on Monday. His return is most certainly welcome in Miami. The Heat went 2-5 in his time away, falling to 6-10 this season. They'll play Tuesday without guards Goran Dragic (knee), Tyler Johnson (hamstring) and Dion Waiters (ankle recovery from last season). 'There's a human element to this business and to the game and it is the most important thing,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'The connection, your spirit, your emotions, everybody getting on the same page, and just seeing Dwyane back here with the guys there was a tangible boost in the energy today in the shootaround.' Wade is Miami's third-leading scorer this season at 14.3 points per game. He was in his best stretch of the season when he got the call that his daughter was coming a few weeks earlier than planned. He said he felt the frustration level his team was going through during their current slide, and he tried to keep in touch via texts and phone calls. Wade kept up conditioning while in Los Angeles, but knows it'll take a little time to get back to the level of a few weeks ago. 'I was so excited for my daughter to come, but I was like, 'Baby, you know, your dad was playing in a rhythm. You could have waited a little while,'' Wade said. 'I was just getting my legs under me, but great things happened to make me miss time, and now I'm back.' The baby was born via a surrogate, which is one of the reasons why Wade felt taking a brief paternity leave was necessary. Parents of surrogate-carried babies are told the first few days after the birth are critical to forging deep bonds with their child. Lots of skin-to-skin contact and talking to the baby helps with the bonding. So Wade needed time, and the Heat supported the plan. 'So much of this league is mood of the team and confidence,' Heat guard Josh Richardson said. 'With him back, we're definitely a lot more confident moving forward.' Union-Wade — who revealed she had nine miscarriages in her 2017 book 'We're Going to Need More Wine' — has taken time off work to bond with the new arrival. She's been filming an upcoming project in Los Angeles, and when she's back on the set, Kaavia James will be close by. 'She was working right up until we got the call,' Wade said. 'When she goes back, my daughter will be going back to the set with her. Her trailer is fit for everything, the baby's safety, everything. So our baby will be there with her when she's at work.' Wade strongly considered retirement during the offseason because of the baby's arrival, not making the decision to return until just before training camp in September. He questioned whether it was fair to his wife and their family to still be playing and traveling while raising a baby. He also wondered if he could handle being away from his daughter for long stretches. 'We went through a lot to get here,' Wade said. 'My family had to come first right now.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Edmonton Oilers fired coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock with hopes of reviving a team languishing in sixth place in the Pacific Division. McLellan was in his fourth season behind the Oilers' bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster and the Oilers were just 9-10-1 entering their game Tuesday night at San Jose. 'It's tough to pinpoint what we need, but we're all to blame here,' McDavid said following the morning skate. 'This obviously isn't on Todd at all. It's on us as players. That's just how the business works sometimes. We got to wake up here.' McLellan is the fourth coach to be fired already this season, following John Stevens in Los Angeles, Joel Quenneville in Chicago and Mike Yeo in St. Louis. The Oilers have lost six of their last seven games and only the Blues and Los Angeles Kings are below them in the Western Conference standings. 'I felt it was time to make a change,' general manager Peter Chiarelli said. 'Obviously we're in a rough patch here. We're leading into American Thanksgiving. It's a bit of a template for making the playoffs. I felt I was seeing some things that I had seen last year after not seeing them for quite a fair bit this year, and these recurring themes, I wanted to nip them in the bud.' The 66-year-old Hitchcock announced his retirement in April after a 22-year coaching career, which included a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. He had two stints in Dallas as well as head coaching stops in Philadelphia (2002-2006), Columbus (2006-2010) and St. Louis (2011-2017). The Edmonton native is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with an overall record of 823-506-88-119 (.603 winning percentage). He has guided teams to eight division titles and twice to the best record in the NHL. 'It's definitely going to be tough,' said forward Kyle Brodziak, who played for Hitchcock in St. Louis. 'It's always an adjustment. Guys will have to get used to different styles. Hitch is a hard coach, He's going to be tough on guys and demand a lot. We have to be ready to produce and face the music for sure.' St. Louis made the playoffs in each of Hitchcock's five full seasons, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2016. The Blues abruptly fired Hitchcock in February last year, cutting short what was already going to be his last season in St. Louis. He returned to Dallas after 14 seasons elsewhere, with the hope of getting the Stars back to the playoffs but a late-season slump kept them out for the second straight year and the eighth time in 10 seasons. In April, Hitchcock sounded as if he was ready to retire for good. 'I have contemplated this since our last game and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over,' Hitchcock said then. Hitchcock's playoff record is 86-82, and he also has an extensive background with Team Canada, which he led to a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship. He was an assistant when Canada won Olympic gold in 2002, 2010 and 2014. In Edmonton, there is plenty of blame to go around for the lackluster start by a top-heavy roster led by McDavid and fellow center Leon Draisaitl. General manager Peter Chiarelli traded winger Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson in June 2016, and then signed forward Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract a few days later. Hall won the Hart Trophy as league MVP last season, while Lucic has two goals in his last 66 games. Edmonton has also allowed 3.30 goals per game, second worst in the Western Conference. 'He's always had very good defensive teams,' Lucic said about Hitchcock. 'We need to come together as a group no matter who the coach is. I don't know him very well, but you hear a lot of things about him and what his philosophy is. So, excited to see what he can bring to this group.' Hitchcock becomes the seventh coach for the Oilers since the team fired Craig McTavish at the end of the 2008-09 season, following Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins, Todd Nelson and McLellan. ___ AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report. ___ Full AP NHL coverage: http://apne.ws/knlt47s

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  • Editor’s Note: From time to time, the staff at DawgNation will answer direct questions from readers about subjects pertinent to UGA football. This installment reflects a very popular reader and viewer question that has come up numerous times. Disclaimer: This blog post would have been a good candidate for the sarcasm or the satire font. If there was such a thing.    Mecole Hardman, Jr. is easily one of the fastest Bulldogs on the team. He might be the fastest. Especially over a span of just 15 yards. Mecole Hardman Jr. is always the first Bulldog through the banner for every home game. Why? (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Is that why he’s always the first one through the black “Power G” banner prior to every home game? DawgNation deems this to be the time to unravel this mystery. We’ve proposed that question to three sources with strong internal knowledge of UGA football. Hard hitting. Deep Dives. On-the-record sources. That’s the play call for this topic. We will not be denied on short yardage for this one. Was that part of some secret wink-wink deal he made with Kirby Smart when committed and signed back on National Signing Day in February of 2016 ? Is it now a Bulldog tradition? Superstition? Is that why the Bulldogs have not lost a home game since Georgia Tech in 2016? First and foremost, let’s go to the source himself. DawgNation: Why are you always the first one through the banner every week?  Mecole Hardman: I don’t know. I think last year….Well, my freshman year Dom (Dominick Sanders) used to go through it and then I kind of fell into ‘I wanted to do it’ and I wanted to be the first one to come through it and every since then I don’t know whatever I started but I have always wanted to be the first one to go through it. Nobody has ever come to me and said ‘I’m going to go through it first’ and I guess I’ve done took that role to go through it. It is really hard to open [up] than they think it is. Like the banner. You just can’t run through it. You have got to like really open it so. I like the job. I like doing it so I am going to keep doing it. DawgNation: What if somebody said they want to do it? What would you say?  Mecole Hardman: It would have to be a senior. It would have to be a senior next week [for the Georgia Tech game] for a senior to go through it before me. That’s the only way.  J.R. Reed on Mecole Hardman’s banner-busting ways  J.R. Reed represented the Bulldogs at SEC Media Days. He’s the veteran of veterans on the team. His current streak of 26 straight starts leads the team. That is second only to Lamont Gaillard and his 39-straight starts. He was asked that question about Hardman’s role as the banner buster on this team. Hardman was rated as the nation’s No. 1 athlete coming out of Elbert County and the small city of Bowman in the class of 2015. DawgNation: Why is Mecole Hardman always the first Bulldog through the banner?   J.R. Reed: (Laughing.) That’s just Mecole. That’s something that Mecole likes to do. He likes to be the first one. At everything. It is a Mecole thing. That’s the only thing you can say about that. DawgNation: Hardman said that he’d let a senior go ahead of him next week for Senior Day at the Georgia Tech game. What do you think about that?  J.R. Reed: (Laughing. Again.) Oh, I don’t know about that. I’m pretty sure someone could bully Mecole out of the way to go first if they wanted to. (Laughing.) But I think he wants to go first and I don’t think anyone wants to fight him about that. I don’t have a problem with him jumping out first. I don’t really care who jumps out of the banner first before the game.  Has anyone challenged Mecole Hardman on this banner thing?  We’ve researched this topic. Clearly. The third source we spoke to unearthed that there was a “Beat Mecole to the Banner” movement during that magical 2017 season. Of course, it was a plan that could have only been devised by the specialists. The kicker-punter-holder-long snapper clan is known to come up with certain diabolical schemes of this nature. As it turns out, we have rare visual evidence that Mecole Hardman was not the first Bulldog through the banner for the Kentucky home game during the 2017 season. Hardman was mere steps behind the senior. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Former Georgia punter Cameron Nizialek shared the Intel here. His brilliant Ivy League undergrad degree was a part of the tactics to this caper. It does sound rather elementary. “He’s just the fastest guy,” Nizialek said when asked why Hardman always runs out first. “And he runs [out there] before everybody else.” That was the genesis of that plan during the 2017 season. “We had a couple of the specialists last year try to be the first ones out,” Nizialek said. “We got up to the front and he just ran past us. He’s just the fastest guy and from then I was the last guy out after that. Because I didn’t want to deal with it.” I’m not sure that any “Ask DawgNation” topic can be covered as thoroughly as this one. We have gotten down to the very Marianas Trench of this one. There you go, DawgNation. Now you know. The post Ask DawgNation: Why is Mecole Hardman the first Bulldog through the banner? 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. Deandre Baker a finalist for best defensive back award Georgia senior cornerback Deandre Baker has been one of the nation’s best defensive backs this season. He’s done an incredibly effective job of locking down his side of the field, and is a big reason Georgia has one of the best pass defenses in the country. On Wednesday, Baker was recognized for his outstanding season as he was named one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given out to college football’s top defensive back. The other two finalists for the award were LSU defensive back Greedy Williams and Notre Dame’s Julian Love. The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 6 at ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. On the season, Baker has 2 interceptions and 27 tackles, along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His counting stats would likely be much higher if teams targeted him more often in pass coverage. He’s limited a number of the SEC’s best receivers including South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, Missouri’s Emmanuel Hall and Vanderbilt’s Kalija Lipscomb. Baker likely won’t be tested this weekend against Georgia Tech and its triple option. But if the Bulldogs are going to beat No. 1 Alabama in the SEC championship game on Dec. 1, the senior defensive back will likely play a very big role. ESPN ranks UGA-Georgia Tech game in terms of playoff importance There are a number of games that are critically important to the College Football Playoff. There No. 4 Michigan visiting No. 10 Ohio State. There’s No. 3 Notre Dame playing its last game of the season against USC. And there’s the Iron Bowl between No. 1 Alabama taking on Auburn. ESPN’s Heather Dinich ranked the big rivalry games this weekend, and had the Georgia-Georgia Tech game ranked No. 6. Georgia winning won’t do much for its College Football Playoff chances a loss would make things very interesting for the Bulldogs and for Alabama. “If Georgia loses to Georgia Tech, but beats Alabama to win the SEC title, it could become the first two-loss team to finish in the top four in the playoff era,” Dinich said. “Or … the SEC could be left out in favor of Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oklahoma. A Georgia Tech win would also entirely change the perception of an Alabama loss to Georgia in the SEC championship, decreasing the chances that the Tide sneak in as the SEC runner-up.” The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets kickoff at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will broadcast on SEC Network and on the radio on WSB 750 AM/95.5 FM. Georgia has not beaten Georgia Tech at home since 2012, as the Bulldogs have lost the last two times in Athens. Best stories from around DawgNation Justin Fields named SEC Freshman of the week, earns high praise from national media WATCH: Georgia football WR Demetris Robertson breaks silence, Kirby Smart weighs in Making the case for why Georgia Tech is Georgia’s most important rival Georgia football freshman OG Jamaree Salyer impresses Kirby Smart, grades high Georgia cruises to victory against Illinois State in Cayman Islands Classic opener WATCH: Georgia football coach Kirby Smart downplays added pressure for offensive efficiency Justin Fields named SEC Freshman of the week, earns high praise from national media Georgia football podcast: Former player explains why Kirby Smart will be ready for Georgia Tech Georgia coach Kirby Smart: LB Monty Rice doubtful, OL Cade Mays questionable   The post Deandre Baker named a finalist for Jim Thorpe Award appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart has allowed transfer Demetris Robertson to talk publicly this week, permitting him to take part in a school video featuring the Bulldogs’ receivers. “I feel like the room is a family,” said Robertson, who transferred back to his home-state school after winning FWAA Freshman All-American honors at Cal before an injured derailed his sophomore season. “Coach (Cortez) Hankton shows the way, he’s the leader of the room, he shows us how to be men, how to be good football players,” Robertson said. “He doesn’t take it lightly on us in practice, he gets on us in practice if we mess up, it doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or senior or a veteran he expects us to play at that high standard.” Robertson caught 9 passes in a game against USC two years ago, but he has yet to catch even one pass this season for No. 5-ranked Georgia (10-1) as it marches into its regular-season finale against Georgia Tech (7-4) at noon Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The speedy Robertson, who many expected to be an impact player, opened the season with a 72-yard touchdown run in the opening game against Austin Peay. RELATED: ESPN analyst sees Robertson as “huge” addition to Georgia Since the opening game, Robertson has three carries for 37 yards and two dropped passes — juggling a ball out of bounds in the 36-16 loss at LSU, and allowing what would have been a 33-yard touchdown pass from Justin Fields against UMass to go through his hands in the end zone. To date, 18 players have caught a pass this season for the Bulldogs, including nine receivers. But Robertson has only been thrown to twice. Several Georgia receivers have emerged under Hankton this season, most notably Jeremiah Holloman and Tyler Simmons. But Hankton has yet to get the best out of Robertson, who had 50 catches for 767 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman at Cal after coming out of Savannah Christian. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart weighed in on Robertson following the 66-27 win over UMass, explaining the high expectations placed on the former 5-star and Freshman All-American were “outrageous.” “H e had a good week of practice, he had some high GPS numbers coming off the break he’s had where he wasn’t practicing when he was injured,” Smart said, referring to the three games Robertson missed on account of what was widely reported to be a concussion. “He was running really fast so we thought it would be a good game for him to get involved and do some things,” Smart said. “He continues to work, he works really hard, he had the bomb, and then he had the speed sweep, and he was in on some other plays.” Smart indicated earlier in the season that Robertson’s late arrival to Georgia — he missed spring drills — put him behind returning players in terms of conditioning and strength. Smart made it clear he likes the direction Robertson’s season is heading, even if it has been quiet from a statistical standpoint. “D-Rob is a hard worker, guys,” Smart said. “He keeps working and getting better. He’s in a talented room, and I’m glad D-Rob is on our team, he’s a great kid that works hard every day. The expectations some of you guys have or fans may be outrageous, but D-Rob is a great kid that works hard every day.”     “Whenever we’re on the field, we know it’s go time. We honor that and respect that. We know that those are things that are going to separate us from other teams.” Watch as we go behind the scenes with the @FootballUGA receivers. pic.twitter.com/OeJegJoSrH — Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) November 17, 2018 DawgNation Georgia football stories Another former 5-star freshman emerging for Dawgs on O-Line Tech, Georgia agree that hedge destruction should cease Kirby Smart downplays offensive pressure, but Jake Fromm knows Nick Chubb and Sony Michel predict Georgia will beat Alabama Georgia opens up as surprisingly big favorite over Georgia Tech Tyler Simmons latest UGA receiver to emerge from deep room Georgia football players react to Justin Fields breakout performance Bulldogs bring No. 5 AP ranking into rivalry game with Georgia Tech Former SEC national title coach explains why option so devastating   The post WATCH: Georgia football WR Demetris Robertson breaks silence, Kirby Smart weighs in appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Montrezl Harrell doesn't mind trailing on the road when the Los Angeles Clippers still have a chance in the fourth quarter. 'It definitely builds your character,' he said. 'We got the ball to the guys we wanted to get the ball to. We keep playing. We keep fighting.' Harrell had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams added 16 points and a season-high 11 assists, and the Clippers rallied past the struggling Atlanta Hawks 127-119 on Monday night to win their fifth straight game. Tobias Harris scored 24 points and Mike Scott had a season-high 18 on six 3-pointers for the Clippers, who erased a 15-point deficit in the second half for the second consecutive game. The Clippers, playing without second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, improved to 11-5. At this point last season, after winning in Atlanta, they were 5-11. Trae Young scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half, and Taurean Prince had 21 points for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 3-14 and have lost eight in a row. 'I know everybody in Atlanta wants us to win now,' Young said. 'It's tough because we're right there. It's just that finish, and we're going to get it done.' Los Angeles trailed 87-72 in the third quarter, but went on a 20-4 run to take a 97-96 lead early in the fourth. Young lost the ball on the Atlanta end, and Williams whipped a pass across the baseline to Scott for a 3 that prompted the Hawks to call a timeout. Atlanta quickly regrouped, taking the lead back when Prince, who missed the previous two games with an Achilles injury, dunked on the ensuing possession. A 3-pointer by Alex Len put the Hawks up by five. It was all Los Angeles from there. Scott hit a 3 off an assist from Williams to give the Clippers the lead for good with 4:08 remaining. Williams fed Harrell for a strong reverse layup and a three-point play, and Harrell followed by knocking away Young's pass before Scott hit another 3 to make it 117-110. Williams, in his 14th season and second with the Clippers, knows his younger teammates depend on him to set the tone as the leader off the bench. 'I've seen a lot in this league,' he said. 'I have probably been in every single position that you could be in. Whether it's being almost an All-Star, starting or coming off the bench, I have a lot of experience, and when I talk, guys listen.' Gallinari was sick and unable to play for the first time this season. Avery Bradley started in his spot after missing the last six games with a left ankle sprain, finishing with five points in 20 minutes. The Clippers have won seven of eight. Atlanta has dropped 12 of 13. Harris scored 12 points in the first period, but the Hawks were ahead by five entering the second. Young gave Atlanta its biggest lead at eight with a fast-break layup. Los Angeles went on a 15-3 run to take a 50-44 lead on Patrick Beverley's fast-break layup before the Hawks' 14-3 run put them up by seven on DeAndre' Bembry's free throws. Harris ended the first half with a long 3 that made it 64-61. 'We keep putting ourselves in holes, which is too dangerous,' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. 'This is a really fun team to coach.' SOLID RETURN John Collins, in his second game back for Atlanta after missing the first 15 this season with a left ankle injury, had 18 points, six assists, three rebounds and five fouls in 21 minutes. Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce had Collins on a limit of playing in bursts of 3-4 minutes before coming out. HURTING Hawks forward Omari Spellman started but left after four minutes with a bruised right hip. POOR TIMING Beverley was called for a technical in the third after disputing a foul call with official Courtney Kirkland, and Atlanta scored the next 11 points to take an 87-72 lead. Early in the fourth while he was on the bench, Beverley and Rivers made gestures of disbelief that Kirkland called a foul on Scott even though Len had his arms around him. Beverley did not return to the game. UP NEXT Clippers: Visit Washington on Tuesday. Hawks: Host Toronto on Wednesday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports