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    A lawyer for Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov says Switzerland's federal court has dismissed the IOC's appeal against Russian athletes being cleared of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Lawyer Christof Wieschemann says in a statement 'Alexander Legkov can rightly claim: 'My medals are clean!' Congratulations.' The IOC had stripped Legkov of his gold medal in 50-kilometer freestyle and silver in the 4x10-kilometer relay. An Olympic disciplinary panel ruled Legkov was part of a state-backed doping program, detailed by investigator Richard McLaren using evidence from laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov. A Court of Arbitration for Sport panel then upheld appeals by Legkov and some others, and reinstated them days before the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics opened. IOC President Thomas Bach acknowledged last May an appeal to the Swiss supreme court was likely to fail, though said it was necessary to protect 'clean athletes who have finished behind the Russian athletes who have not been declared innocent.' ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Shane Lowry won the Abu Dhabi Championship after being taken to the final hole on Saturday. The 31-year-old Lowry claimed his fourth European Tour title with a one-shot victory over South African Richard Sterne. Lowry had an overnight lead of three shots but that was quickly wiped out as the Irishman faltered and Sterne (69) played the first nine holes in 31. The pair were tied on the 18th tee of the final round, but Sterne's wayward approach to the final green saw Lowry win with a birdie for a 1-under 71. Lowry finished on 18-under 270 overall to clinch his first win since 2015 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. 'I completely thought I was gone to be honest,' Lowry told Sky Sports after being four shots behind Sterne with seven holes to play. 'I just tried to put him under as much pressure as I could. But I didn't think I had that in me today.' The wire-to-wire victory for Lowry, who tied the course record with a 62 in the first round, will lift him back into the world's top 50 and get him into golf's showpiece events in 2019. He is back playing on the European Tour after losing his U.S. PGA Tour card last year and slipping to No. 75 in the rankings. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A Michigan teen battling cancer realized a dream Friday when he practiced in goal with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, fending off shots while meeting his favorite player, The Tennessean reported. >> Read more trending news  Jacob Piros is visiting Nashville to participate in the Make-A-WIsh Foundation’s program. The 17-year-old played in goal during the Predators’ practice Friday and then had lunch with his favorite player, goalie Pekka Rinne, the newspaper reported. Piros’ cancer is in remission, and he was given special treatment while he visited the Music City. The high school goalie was introduced before the Predators’ game Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, led the team onto the ice and stood with Rinne during the playing of the national anthem, The Tennessean reported. Friday morning, Piros worked in net as Predators players Roman Josi, Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Ellis, Yannick Weber, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Hartman, Matt Irwin and RInne took shots at the teen. Piros stopped most the shots fired his way, the newspaper reported. 'I can't score on you,' Rinne said after Piros made a save. Rinne told The Tennessean that Piros’ handling of his cancer through the years was “awesome.” 'It’s a humbling feeling. It’s pretty surreal,' Rinne said. 'Last night I was upset about the game, but all of a sudden you realize how selfish it is. It’s just a hockey game. There’s a lot of other things going on in life. 'Great guy. He’s funny. Good sense of humor,” Rinne said. “It’s a great experience for me, too.' Piros was given five hockey sticks by Rinne, and he will attend Nashville’s game Saturday against the Florida Panthers with his parents, The Tennessean reported. 'It was fantastic,' Piros’ mother, Ronda Klein, told the newspaper. 'He was in his glory. He was like, 'Wow, dream come true.'
  • So far the older guys are holding court against the new generation at the Australian Open. On Saturday, 31-year-old Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. A day earlier, it was 32-year-old Rafael Nadal defeating 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. And on Sunday night, the elder statesman of the group, 37-year-old Roger Federer, faces 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in a fourth-round match at Rod Laver Arena. It will be Federer's 101st appearance on the tournament's main show court — and Tsitsipas' first. 'It's great to see new faces and it's great to see young players challenging the best players in the world,' Djokovic said. 'I salute that and I respect it a lot.' While Shapovalov and de Minaur professed to having nerves playing two of their idols, and Tsitsipas has said he expects the same against Federer, all three of the youngsters have credentials and a game that earmark them for the sport's future once the Big 3 call it a day. Tsitsipas won his first title last year and his ranking rose from 209 in 2016, to 91 at the end of 2017, to 15 at the end of last season. De Minaur won his first ATP title at the Sydney International last week and also saw his year-end rankings improve from 354 to 208 to 31 of late. Shapovalov made the semifinals at three tournaments in 2018, and his year-end rankings have soared from 250 to 51 to 27. All they need is more experience playing big matches against big players at big venues. Shapovalov got that Saturday. 'It was a little bit difficult for me in terms of it's not every day I'm playing a match against a top guy like this on a stage like that,' Shapovalov said. 'Definitely I was a little bit nervous, a little bit tight on everything, just hesitating a little bit.' The jitters went away eventually and he ended up taking a set from Djokovic. 'That's when I kind of loosened up and started playing my tennis, I just started really just enjoying myself,' Shapovalov said 'I told myself, 'Look, you're already down two sets, so just have fun out there'. That's where I felt like I really started to play my game and really showed what I can do.' 'He's definitely a guy that he doesn't give you much. That's why he's No. 1 in the world. I'm definitely mentally a little bit tired right now. Kind of want to take a nap.' Nadal was impressed with de Minaur, despite the Australian only taking seven games off him. 'He has that extra energy that the young guys have,' Nadal said. De Minaur said the match was a lesson well-learned. 'This is what you want to do,' he said. 'Now I've got to go back and get better. I have plenty of areas to work on and improve. Hopefully next time around I can have a bigger crack.' Tsitsipas gets his turn against Federer. 'I'm happy for him,' Federer said. 'He's playing so well, and I'm looking forward to the matchup with him. I think it's going to be a good one. I like how he mixes up his game and also comes to the net. So I think we will see some athletic attacking tennis being played.' The two have never played an official match, but they did face each other at the Hopman Cup exhibition event two weeks ago. 'I learned a lot since my last match with him and I know the patterns that he's using a bit better now,' Tsitsipas said. 'He's serving really well, so I'm going to have to take advantage of my returns as much as possible and be aggressive.' The bottom line for Tsitsipas is it's amost impossible for a 20-year-old to prepare sufficiently for a 20-time Grand Slam singles champion. 'Yeah, he's a legend of our sport,' Tsitsipas said. 'It will be a great day facing him.' ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Austrian skier Ramona Siebenhofer made it back-to-back World Cup downhill victories with another win Saturday, while Lindsey Vonn finished tied for ninth in the second race of her return from injury. Siebenhofer, who had her first career win in Friday's race, finished a slim 0.04 seconds ahead of Austrian teammate Nicole Schmidhofer. 'It's just amazing I did it again,' Siebenhofer said. 'There were many emotions and it was hard to focus on the race again today. ... Sure I had more self-confidence but it was hard to sleep.' Siebenhofer and Schmidhofer, who are roommates, have now claimed four of the five downhills this season. Stephanie Venier, who is also rooming in a triple with Siebenhofer and Schmidhofer, finished third in Friday's race. 'We were lying in bed eating chocolate,' Siebenhofer said. 'That was the celebration.' Added Schmidhofer, 'It was so nice and cool in the room so I thought (I) needed to join in.' Downhill world champion Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia came third Saturday, 0.51 behind, for her fourth straight podium result. Vonn made a slight bobble at the start of her run and then struggled again midway down when she got bounced around on some bumps. She finished 1.36 behind but still moved up six spots from her 15th-placed result from a day earlier. Vonn clearly wasn't satisfied with her performance, holding her arms out wide in frustration at the finish. 'I always hope to win races and when you come down and you're 1.2 off the lead it's not exactly a really positive experience,' she said. 'But at the same time of course I had fun and I love being in the starting gate and I love pushing myself. 'It's just not quite enough in these last two races. But I still have tomorrow and I still have a lot more races this season. It's just taking me a lot longer to get up and running than I expected.' Vonn hyperextended her left knee and sprained a ligament while training in November, delaying the start of her final full season to this weekend. The American needs five more wins to break the all-time World Cup record of 86 held by Swedish standout Ingemar Stenmark before she retires after races in Lake Louise, Alberta, in December. However, Vonn's right knee is permanently damaged from previous crashes. 'I definitely don't trust my right leg as I need to and I can't create the power that I need to,' she said. 'But today was a step in the right direction. Still not my best — far from my best.' Starting with the No. 3 bib, Siebenhofer increased her advantage at every checkpoint. Schmidhofer came down two racers later and was faster at the final two checkpoints but couldn't quite match Siebenhofer on the lower section of the Olympia delle Tofane course. Schmidhofer achieved the first podium result of her career in Cortina six years ago and this was her fourth podium result overall at the Italian resort — albeit without any victories. 'I like the place, the people, the slope. It's my favorite track,' Schmidhofer said, adding that she was looking forward to the world championships which will be held in Cortina in 2021. While conditions were not quite as sunny as on Friday, the entire course was used following Friday's s shortened race. German skiers Kira Weidle and Viktoria Rebensburg finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and Ester Ledecka — the Olympic skiing and snowboarding champion — placed eighth for her best downhill result of season. Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin, who sat out the two downhill races, will return for Sunday's super-G. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AndrewDampf
  • Naomi Osaka had the umpire warning her for spiking her racket in the first set, and checking on her welfare when she tumbled near the baseline in the next. The U.S. Open champion had a topsy-turvy third-round at the Australian Open on Saturday, getting within two games of elimination before finding her range against a tricky Hsieh Su-wei and winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. In her courtside interview, Osaka apologized to the crowd for getting the umpire's warning for smashing the racket, and told them to pretend it didn't happen. 'Hopefully learn from that moment,' she said later. 'I tend to keep a lot of things bottled up. I just felt like in that moment sort of releasing it was easier than just keeping it inside.' It wasn't until she was down a break in the second set that Osaka paused, smiled and figured out a way past the 33-year-old Hsieh, who plays with a double-handed grip on both sides and uses a mixture of spin and slice and drop shots. Hsieh has taken some top 10 players out of majors before, reaching the fourth round last year here after beating Garbine Muguruzu and at Wimbledon, where she beat top-ranked Simona Halep. Hsieh was one point away from a 5-2 lead in the second set, serving at 40-0, when Osaka turned her frustration into something positive and went on a roll to win five consecutive points. She lost only one more game in the remainder of the match. 'For me, it was a moment like I walked into the match knowing that she was going to do a lot of strange things, no offense,' Osaka said, smiling. 'But she was just playing so well, and I think I got overwhelmed. And then early in the second set I tried doing things that I know isn't necessarily my game. 'Then after a while, I just started thinking that I'm in a Grand Slam. I shouldn't be sad, I'm playing against a really great player, so I should just enjoy my time and try and put all my energy into doing the best that I can on every point.' Her only trip up from there was genuine. She rolled her ankle early in the game where she was serving for the second set and was sprawled on the court. Umpire Manuel Absolu called out to see if she was OK. She said no, but later signaled a thumbs-up. 'Yeah, that's just funny to me,' she said. 'He was like, 'Naomi, are you OK?' I mean, I was, but I wanted to see his reaction if I said no.' The 21-year-old Osaka's public profile has grown exponentially since she beat Serena Williams in the final in New York. She's still cultivating her image and humor is a key. So expect some more. Until the U.S. Open last September, Osaka's run at Melbourne Park last year had been her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament. She would have considered anything less than reaching the second week as a setback. 'I'm happy with how I fought,' Osaka said. 'For me, that's, like, one of the biggest things I always thought I could improve, because it sort of seems like before I would accept defeat in a way.' Osaka said she'd have to regroup quickly for her fourth-round match against No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova, who she beat in three sets in the Brisbane International quarterfinals in the first week of the season. Sevastova beat No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3. Osaka has steadily improved under the coaching of Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner of Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. But she's also open to advice from one of the greats, particularly when she's training at Chris Evert's tennis academy in Boca Raton. Asked what words of wisdom Evert had imparted, Osaka saw a chance to stir things up. 'Not that I'm, like, ragging on Sascha, but it's a bit more ... it feels like I should listen to her more, in a way, because — oh, I'm going to get so much hate — you know, because I have seen what she did, and she's also played,' Osaka said. 'So it's a little bit more believable.' Next practice session with Bajin should be fun. ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received good news this week, as his recent MRI results after cancer surgery came back clean, WROC reported. >> Read more trending news  Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls during his 11-year NFL career, underwent surgery last fall after he had surgery for oral cancer. In an Instagram post, Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, said 'We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI ... CLEAN! Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good ...' Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career from 1986 to 1996. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Maybe Roger Federer isn't as famous as we thought. Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he's try to go at the Australian Open. Rules are rules, after all. So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park ... the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all ... a man who's spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other ... and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet? A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement. In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints. Federer didn't argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members of his entourage. That's when he was allowed to proceed and go through the door. Saturday was a practice day for Federer at Melbourne Park. He is scheduled to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday. ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A former Utah State University football player was convicted of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college, The Utah Statesman reported. >> Read more trending news  Torrey Green, 25, who played linebacker at the university, was found guilty of five counts of rape, one count of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, the newspaper reported. The charges stemmed from allegations between 2013 and 2015.Green was found not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, one count of object rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping. The jury found him not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, but guilty of a lesser charge of sexual battery, the Statesman reported. “There were convictions for all six of these survivors,” Deputy Cache County Attorney Spencer Walsh told reporters after the verdicts were read. “We’re very happy about that. They were believed.” A jury comprised of five men and three women deliberated for 13 hours before reaching a verdict, the Statesman reported. Green faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced March 27, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.  
  • DeMarcus Cousins couldn't wipe the smile off his face. The usually scowling big man was back Friday night after being sidelined for nearly a year. He scored 14 points in his Warriors debut, a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. 'I felt like a kid on Christmas,' Cousins said. 'This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.' His new teammates were glad to have him, too, even if he lasted just 15 minutes before fouling out. They gave him a standing ovation when he got whistled for his sixth foul at 8:51 of the fourth. Cousins smiled and high-fived his way to the bench. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant cracked up. 'Probably the fakest love I ever received in my life,' Cousins said. Durant said: 'Hopefully that's the last time we give him a standing ovation when he fouls out.' Curry led the Warriors with 28 points, Durant added 24 and Golden State won its seventh in a row and sixth straight on the road. The Warriors shot just 9 of 37 on 3-pointers on a night when Curry made only three from long range. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missed all four of his 3-point attempts. The hours leading up to his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, were the worst for Cousins. He texted friends and talked to his brother and sister who reminded him that he's been playing basketball for years. Still, it wasn't until the ball tipped that the butterflies went away. 'My teammates made it as smooth and easy as possible,' Cousins said. 'It's a great group of guys. Nothing but love in the room.' Cousins shot 5 for 11 from the floor and finished with six rebounds and three assists. After rupturing his left Achilles tendon in a game for New Orleans he missed the rest of last season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him last July. With Cousins finally in the lineup, Golden State became the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season. 'We haven't really practiced together,' Cousins said. 'We can get a whole lot better. We've got a lot of potential.' Cousins missed his first shot but came right back with a one-handed slam off Durant's bounce pass for the Warriors' first basket. Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down. 'I'm just glad to know I can still dunk,' he said. 'That felt good.' Cousins picked up his third foul 32 seconds into the second quarter. Then he hit a 3-pointer for the Warriors' first basket of the period, bringing loud cheers from their many fans at Staples Center. Curry scored 14 of Golden State's 29 points in the third, including their final eight for an 81-72 lead. Cousins went out with a bang. He got his fifth foul just 30 seconds into the fourth and then made two consecutive 3-pointers — throwing up three fingers — that extended the Warriors' lead to 87-72. 'He looked good. He looked strong and quick,' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. 'I was really impressed.' Tobias Harris led the short-handed Clippers with 28 points in their season-worst fifth straight loss. Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied his career high with 24. Los Angeles played without injured Lou Williams, and Danilo Gallinari left with lower back spasms. 'The change of the game was in the third quarter. Them scoring off our turnovers changed the momentum of the game for us,' Harris said. The Warriors took their first double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the third when the Clippers missed their initial six shots. Golden State opened on a 14-2 run with five different players scoring, including a basket by Cousins before getting his fourth foul, to go up 66-53. Draymond Green got two technical fouls in the second quarter, the second one for swinging from the basket after a high-flying dunk that sent the Warriors into halftime leading 52-51. TIP-INS Warriors: They're in LA for five days. 'I unpacked my bag for the first time ever on a road trip,' said Kerr, who plans to catch up with friends from San Diego during the down time. ... Durant got a technical in the third. ... They've had 10 turnovers in each of their last four games. ... Lead the season series 2-1. ... G Shaun Livingston, drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 2004, visited retiring Clippers play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler before the game. ... Golden State's longest win streak of the season is eight games from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. Clippers: Had just 11 assists. ... Gallinari scored one point in eight minutes and is day-to-day. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Gallinari is unlikely to play the next couple of games. ... Williams has a sore right hamstring. He's the NBA's leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game. He missed four games last month with a sore left hamstring. ... Rivers got a technical for the second straight game. ... Patrick Beverley earned a technical while on the bench. ... The teams' last regular-season meeting is April 7. ... Coolio performed at halftime. Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner (who sat with team owner Steve Ballmer), Ellen Pompeo and Billy Crystal attended. ALL-STARS AT EVERY POSITION With Cousins joining Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green in the lineup, the Warriors became the first team since the Celtics in 1975-76 to play five All-Stars from the previous season at the same time. Boston's Jo Jo White, Charlie Scott, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and John Havlicek started two games together that season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. HE SAID IT 'I said, 'Good for him.' He has a chance to rehabilitate his image as well. It's a good spot for him. Then I thought, wow, that's not right.' — Rivers on hearing the Warriors had signed Cousins. UP NEXT Warriors: Play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday before heading East for the rest of a five-game trip. Clippers: At the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday to begin a four-game trip. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Georgia Sports News

  • For the UGA fans who wish the Bulldogs didn’t always play the Florida Gators in Florida, they’ve found an ally on the other side. Florida athletics director Scott Sticklan was asked this week what he thought about the Gators-UGA series being played in Jacksonville, as part as an extensive Q&A with Gatorsports.com’s Pat Dooley. “Jacksonville is really unique and special,” Sticklan said. “It’s something not many schools have. It would be nice to have Georgia on our campus and go to their’s, but we have to weigh that against what Jacksonville means to that series. It’s pretty important now. But you never say never.” The Georgia-Florida game has been played in Jacksonville since 1933, with the exception being a home-and-home series during the 1994 and 1995 seasons due to stadium renovations at Jacksonville. Many UGA fans approve of the Florida game always being in Jacksonville because it’s a longtime tradition, and nice vacation during the fall to go to St. Simons Island and the nearby beaches. Other Bulldog fans prefer a switch to a home-and-home series because they feel that Florida has an advantage with the game being played in the state of Georgia or they simply don’t like giving up a home game every other year, among other reasons. Are you pro-Jacksonville or not? Please post your opinion below. The post Florida A.D. likes idea of home-and-home series for Georgia-Florida appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — The Georgia basketball family is rallying around Coach Tom Crean, whose mother Marjorie passed away Thursday in Michigan. Bulldogs’ assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim said he wanted to respect Crean’s privacy at this sensitive time. But Abdur-Rahim confirmed what many of the Georgia players have already come to know and respect: Tom Crean is a man of faith and a man of great strength and resiliency. RELATED: Tom Crean dealing with pain of mother’s passing There’s no doubt Crean will be coaching with a heavy heart when Georgia (9-7, 1-3 SEC) plays host to Florida (9-7, 1-3) at noon on Saturday in a nationally-televised CBS tilt. But throughout these final times of his mother’s life in Michigan, Crean has shown exemplary leadership in Athens amidst a challenging schedule dealt him and UGA the SEC conference office. A sellout crowd will be at Stegeman Coliseum to show their support for Crean and the Bulldogs. UGA has already played the three highest-ranked teams in the SEC in Tennessee, Kentucky and Auburn — easily the most difficult early slate in the league. Georgia fans have responded, having already sold out seven games this season. It’s the most sellouts for the Bulldogs since they had eight during the 2002-03 season. Crean has been appreciative of the support, but obviously, he has also been dealing with a much more painful, personal family issue for some time. “I t’s a pretty private matter, (but) the one thing that I will say is you know Tom Crean is a really strong person,” Abdur-Rahim said. “Obviously you know that his faith is very important to him, but just watching him here over the last you know week or so, you just realize how strong of a person he is.  He’s still been able to come to practice dealing with what he was dealing with and still give guys and give our guys and our staff 100-percent effort, 100-percent focus on what we’re doing and preparing us. “I think he’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around. I’m sure it’s been difficult for him, but how he’s done it I couldn’t answer that for you.” Crean has kept the focus completely on basketball, declining to elaborate on his mother’s health after a road loss at then-No. 12 Auburn last Saturday. RELATED: Tom Crean wants more mental toughness from Bulldogs The Georgia head coach hinted that he may have to make some lineup changes to spark his team’s defensive effort and slow starts in the second half. “We know that’s been our Achilles heel this season,” Abdur-Rahim said, “so we have to make sure we do a great job of just mentally coming out with great energy you know physically being prepared to playing knowing that it’s a 40-minute game.” Georgia sophomore star Nicolas Claxton said the Bulldogs are ready to change their mental approach. WATCH: Kentucky coach John Calipari praises Nicholas Claxton “I think it is more of a mental thing, I wouldn’t really say it is a physical thing,” Claxton said. “We have to make sure to come out with the right mentality and make sure that we starting the second half with the right mindset and ready to go.” Georgia is 7-2 at home this season, with the only losses coming to ranked opponents Arizona State (No. 20) and Kentucky (No. 12). Georgia basketball assistant Amir Abdur-Rahim   The post WATCH: Georgia basketball family respects, rallies around Tom Crean leading into Florida game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Once again, Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley appears to be a wanted man. Only this time, it’s an NFL team that may be after his services. The Dallas Cowboys fired their offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on Friday, and will be searching for a new one to optimize the talents of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. And one name that was almost immediately mentioned was that of Coley by the NFL Network’s Adam Ian Rapoport. As the #Cowboys dig into possible replacements for embattled OC Scott Linehan, they have one on their current staff — TE coach Doug Nussmeier — and may look to the college game to better utilize Dak Prescott’s talents. UGA OC James Coley will receive some consideration there. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2019 Just last Friday, Coley was named Georgia’s new offensive coordinator, replacing Jim Chaney. Chaney left to become the offensive coordinator at Tennessee. Contract details for Coley’s new deal have not been announced yet. Georgia hired its tight ends coach, Todd Hartley, on Monday and released his contract details on Thursday. Coley has been with the Georgia program since 2016, starting as the wide receivers coach before moving up to quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator this past offseason. Coley is also an excellent recruiter in the South Florida area, making him a major asset for the Georgia program. Last offseason, Texas A&M tried to hire Coley to be its offensive coordinator, but he elected to remain with the Bulldogs. Related:  Terry Godwin: Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley ‘brings the juice every day’ Most of Coley’s work has come in college, but he did serve as an offensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 06, when Nick Saban ran the team. He previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Florida State and Miami, but only served as the play caller in Miami. While Georgia has filled out its offensive staff, it is still looking for a new defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. The search to fill that position has lasted longer than six weeks, as Mel Tucker was named the head coach at Colorado on Dec. 5. Best Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football staff attrition challenging Kirby Smart, leaves anxious fans watching, waiting ESPN names Georgia standout Andrew Thomas to early 2019 All-American team Georgia football podcast: UGA’s delay in hiring defensive coach starting to make more sense Terry Godwin: Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley ‘brings the juice every day’ Identifying who could be Georgia’s best under-the-radar offensive player in 2019 When should Georgia fans start to worry about the defensive coordinator hire? The post Report: James Coley mentioned as candidate for Dallas Cowboys OC job 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 episodes No. 868 (Jan. 18, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about UGA’s upcoming recruiting weekend. Georgia football podcast: UGA heads into major recruiting weekend without DBs coach in place Beginning of the show: Georgia’s expected to host a number of top recruits this weekend — incuding 4-star defensive back Kaiir Elam. However, as of Friday it still hasn’t announced a defensive backs coach. I’ll address that subject on today’s show. Eight-minute mark: UGA left tackle Andrew Thomas is generating early buzz as both an All-America candidate and a first-round draft pick. I’ll discuss why Thomas might be UGA’s most important player next season. 15-minute mark: DawgNation’s recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include… Whether UGA’s lack of defensive coaching hires is a problem The lastest on Elam Reaction to an interesting thread from the DawgNation forum on UGA’s wide receiver recruitment And a look at some fun videos involving a a new helicopter for UGA coach Kirby Smart and an impressive dunk from 2020 recruiting target, 5-star defensive end Brian Bresee. 35-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including the odd way in which former Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos was reported to have left the program, a minor NCAA violation for Tennessee that might point to a larger problem, and a Vols coach who has apparently decided to pass on a new job and promotion in order to stay with the team. 40-minute mark: I recommend DawgNation Daily listeners and viewers check out Chip Towers’ piece on running back Brian Herrien and address the reports involving former UGA defensive back Deangelo Gibbs transfer to Tennessee. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA heads into major recruiting weekend without DBs coach in place appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean lost his mother, Marjorie Crean, after her long battle with an illness. “My sister Michelle and our family are incredibly fortunate to have my mom as a mother and a grandmother,” Crean said in a school release. “Her perseverance and toughness were huge characteristics in her life, and she carried those with her until the very end,” he said. “We could never thank her enough for giving us the wherewithal and the courage to pursue our dreams with an incredible passion she instilled in each of us.” Crean traveled to Michigan last Friday to be with his 80-year-old mother, returning last Saturday to coach the Bulldogs at Auburn. Crean, in his first year as UGA’s head coach, has let Georgia know he does not plan on missing any games. The Bulldogs play host to Florida at noon on Saturday in the second of five consecutive sellouts at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia is 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the SEC with league losses to No. 3-ranked Tennessee, No. 12-ranked Kentucky and No. 14 Auburn. The defeats to the Vols and the Tigers were both on the road. Marjorie Crean is survived by her two children, Tom Crean and Michelle Dean; her daughter-in-law, Joani Crean; her son-in-law, Shannon Dean; and three grandchildren, Megan, Riley and Ainsley Crean.         The post Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean’s mother, Marjorie Crean, passes away at 80 appeared first on DawgNation.