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NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina, announced Tuesday they are expecting twin girls in a YouTube video produced by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into the video. Russell mentions they will be girls at the 2:28 mark.

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The couple already have a 1-year-old son named Noah.

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Russell had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. The seven-time All-Star and former MVP is expected to miss preseason and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The Thunder's first game is Oct. 16 at Golden State.

Georgia football 2019 schedule announced

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Georgia football’s 2019 schedule announced

Go ahead and clear your fall Saturdays for 2019, as Georgia’s 2019 football schedule has been announced.

The season begins on Aug. 31 when Georgia opens the season against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

In week 2, Georgia hosts Murray State for the first home game. On Sept. 14 Georgia welcomes Arkansas State to Sanford Stadium, before hosting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sept. 21.

There are two bye weeks, as Georgia gets one after Sept. 28 and the other is before theGeorgia-Florida game,  Oct.  26 (so go ahead and start planning this weddings). The Florida game is set for Nov. 22, and will once again be played in Jacksonville.

Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt Sept. 7 MURRAY STATE Sept. 14 ARKANSAS STATE Sept. 21 NOTRE DAME Sept. 28 Open Date Oct. 5 at Tennessee Oct. 12 SOUTH CAROLINA Oct. 19 KENTUCKY Oct. 26 Open Date Nov. 2 vs. Florida (Jacksonville) Nov. 9 MISSOURI Nov. 16 at Auburn Nov. 23 TEXAS A&M Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech

The Bulldogs draw Texas A&M and Auburn from the SEC West. Georgia visits on Auburn on Nov. 16. Georgia will host Texas A&M on Nov. 23, which marks the first time that Texas A&M will play Georgia as a member of the SEC.

The other SEC home games include South Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri. The other two road games are Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Georgia wraps up the season on Nov. 30 when it visits Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Should Georgia win the SEC East, the Bulldogs will play in the SEC Championship game on the following Saturday, which is Dec. 7.

How Georgia players did in the NFL

Week 2 is now in the books in the NFL, and once again a number of former Bulldogs had standout performances.

Two UGA greats had three touchdown games, as AJ Green of the Cincinnati Bengals caught three touchdown passes in a 34-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He finished the game with five catches for 69 yards.

Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams also had three touchdowns, as his all came on the ground. He finished the game with 19 carries for 42 yards.

As for the top defensive player of the week, Shawn Williams of the Bengals forced two second half turnovers, as he intercepted Joe Flacco and later forced a fumble that ended up sealing the game for the Bengals.

Here’s a look at how some other notable Bulldogs did over the weekend

  • Geno Atkins, Defensive tackle, Cincinnati Bengals: Five tackles, including two sacks, and four quarterback hurries for the Bengals.
  • Chris Conley, Wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs: Two catches for 17 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown for the Chiefs in their win over the Steelers
  • Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions: 34-of-53 for 347 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers
  • Nick Chubb, Running back, Cleveland Browns: Two carries for 14 yards for the Browns.
  • Sony Michel, Running back, New England Patriots: 10 carries for 34 yards and one catch for seven yards
  • Leonard Floyd, Outside linebacker, Chicago Bears: Three tackles, one pass defense and fumble recovery in Chicago’s 24-17 win over Seattle.
  • Roquan Smith, Inside linebacker, Chicago Bears: Made his first career start and led the team in tackles with seven, including a pass defense.
  • Jordan Jenkins, Outside linebacker, New York Jets: Jenkins had a 12-yard sack for the Jets, and added a forced fumble that he also recovered.
  • Lorenzo Carter, Outside linebacker, New York Giants: Carter recorded three tackles and a quarterback hit in Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys.

In total, 35 former Bulldogs were on an NFL roster for week 2.

Make sure to come out to Marlow Tavern’s on Thursday

Want to talk some Georgia football with the DawgNation experts ahead of Georgia’s big game against Missouri? Well DawgNation has you covered.

On Thursday, DawgNation’s Brandon Adams and Mike Griffith will be at the Marlow’s in Brookhaven (3575 Durden Dr NE #301, Atlanta, GA 30319) to take your questions and talk about Georgia football.

Also, if you entered the Marlow’s Tavern DawgNation Invasion to LSU contest, the winner will be announced LIVE! If you haven’t entered, visit  DawgNation.com by the 20th and click on DawgNation Invasion in the menu to enter. The Georgia-LSU game figures to be one of the games of the college football season so this is definitely something you’ll want to get in on.

Wear your Red & Black and get a FREE appetizer with your entree purchase.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. so come on by, have a bite to eat and talk some Georgia football with us. You’ll be able to talk about all sorts of things, whether it be Jake Fromm, Justin Fields or Kirby Smart. These events are always a great time and this one will be as well.

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After another big win, Georgia moves up to No. 2 in AP Poll

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Another dominant win for the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, and the Bulldogs move up in the AP Poll to No. 2. Georgia also came in at No. 3 in this week’s Coaches Poll.

Following Georgia’s 49-7 victory over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, the Bulldogs did not move up in the poll, as it remained at No. 2 for another week. Alabama once again came in at No. 1 after it thrashed Ole Miss and Clemson still moves to  No. 3 after beating Georgia Southern.

Ohio State came in at No. 4 after a 40-28 victory over TCU and Oklahoma still sits at No. 5. The big upset of the week came when formerly No. 6 Wisconsin lost at home to BYU. The Badges tumbled all the way to No. xx.

Georgia is one of four SEC teams ranked in the top 10. LSU joined Auburn’s spot as the LSU Tigers moved up after a 22-21 victory. LSU is now No. 6 and Auburn is No. 9. Mississippi State comes in at No. 14 while Texas A&M joins the rankings at No. 22.

As for Georgia’s next opponent, the Bulldogs hit the road to take on the unbeaten Missouri Tigers. Missouri pulled out a 40-37 road win over Purdue on Saturday night. Kickoff for that game is set for noon on Saturday. The game will be played in Columbia, Mo., and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Below you can see the rest of the AP Poll Top 25 for week 4.

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Report Card: Improvements still to be made despite Georgia’s third straight blowout

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ATHENS — The highlight of Kirby Smart’s postgame press conference Saturday came when the coach was asked to address the “spat” that occurred between two Georgia defensive players.

Rather than deny or downplay that it happened, Smart had a little fun with it.

Kirby Smart said this dust-up between #UGA defenders Brenton Cox and D'Andre Walker was about "Love." The tough kind, apparently. #Dawgs pic.twitter.com/2yurq1uAUZ — Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) September 16, 2018

Asked what precipitated the shoving match between freshman Brenton Cox and senior D’Andre Walker, Smart grinned and said, “Love.”

“They love each other,” he continued. “Sometimes when you’re playing football you have spats. So sometimes when you care about somebody so much and you want them to do something right, you encourage them to do right. What they did, we’ll handle internally. It’s not a big deal. They’re both over it and I respect both of them. They’re great kids and I’m proud of the way it was handled and the way they both have fire.”

Smart never revealed what actually triggered the confrontation, but he  that the heated exchange was actually a good thing. He compared it to an incident that occurred between some Alabama players right there in Sanford Stadium when Smart was the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator in 2015.

“One of the best teams I’ve been around sat in that stadium right there when I was at Alabama and about killed Reuben Foster because he gave up an 80-yard run to Nick Chubb,” said Smart, referring to a game the Tide won in Athens, 38-10. “I knew then that we had a special defense. Well, today showed me some fire and grit that, regardless of the score, the standard’s here. If you don’t play to the standard, you’re going to be called out.”

Not clear about Saturday’s skirmish was which party was enforcing the standard, but the inference was that it was the senior.

Regardless, with the Bulldogs’ 49-7 win over Middle Tennessee State, No. 3-ranked Georgia improved to 3-0 and continues to look like the dominant team it was predicted to be this season. But no sooner did the Bulldogs bench all their starters and put the finishing touches on their day, than LSU went out and beat Auburn and Alabama went to Oxford and humiliated Ole Miss 62-7.

So, clearly, to be everything the Bulldogs want to be this season, their standards have to be very high. And it’s to that standard that they shall be graded on Saturday’s performance.

Based on that, here’s how Georgia did:

Offense: B

The Bulldogs had 382 total yards and 217 rushing — by halftime. It was at that point that quarterback Jake Fromm and most of Georgia’s offensive skill players took a seat for the day. But there were some concerning moments hidden between the many explosive plays.

Georgia’s No. 1 offensive line gave up two sacks, one of which could have and probably should have resulted in a safety or defensive touchdown. The Bulldogs were flagged a season-high seven times, including twice for holding and twice for false starts.

Again, Georgia produced its first 100-yard rusher of the season in Elijah Holyfield, who had a 66-yard run, and also had a 65-yard pass and another 56-yard run. But for every explosive play the Bulldogs had, they also had a dud.

Defense: B

Middle Tennessee State managed only 288 yards on 68 offensive plays, an average of 4.23 yards per play. That’s a pretty good day’s work. But there were moments of concern.

Especially disconcerting was the 41-yard TD pass by the Blue Raiders. Quarterback Brent Stockstill hit wide receiver Patrick Smith on a quick out in the right flat, then got great blocks from C.J. Windham and Gatlin Casey to turn what should’ve been a short gain into a 41-yard touchdown.

Pressuring the passer continues to be problematic for the Bulldogs. For the second time this season, they exited a game without recording a quarterback sack. They have just one on the season. Smart contends too much is made of that stat, but they also weren’t credited with a hurry. It is paramount Georgia figures out how to affect the passer before it gets to Columbia, Mo., next Saturday.

Special teams: A

If we included minuses, there would be one here. Georgia was penalized four times on kicks, twice for offsides on kickoffs and twice for holding. It blemished what was otherwise an exceptional day.

Mecole Hardman finally broke through and recorded the punt-return touchdown he has so cruelly eluded him. He went straight up the cut with a 70-yarder midway through the second quarter.

Rodrigo Blankenship did not have a field goal attempt but continued his touchback streak despite kicking off into the wind several times. He added eight Saturday to make him 23-of-23 for the season.

Punter Jake Camarda booted another 55-yarder, but that one also rolled into the end zone. That’s four touchbacks on the season. That’s the same number Cameron Nizalek had all last season.

Coaching: B

Again, the Bulldogs were flagged for penalties seven times and generally weren’t as sharp as we’ve seen them this season. But Georgia managed to put together a fairly focused effort despite facing an overmatched non-conference opponent in a game that was moved up more than seven hours two days before it was scheduled to be played.

Overall: B

It was good, not great. The fact is, all of Georgia’s goals remain intact and Bulldogs’ seem reasonably healthy physically and mentally as they prepare for a challenging road trip to Missouri. The Tigers improved to 3-0 when they defeated Purdue 40-37 on a last-second field goal in West LaFayette, Ind.

 

 

 

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge sets world mark in marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a world record in the marathon Sunday, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds, ESPN reported.

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Kipchoge, 33, an Olympic champion, broke the previous world record set in 2014 by 1:18 to become the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours, 2 minutes.

"I lack words to describe this day," said Kipchoge, who also won the Berlin Marathon in 2017.

Improving the world record by 78 seconds was the largest improvement to the marathon world record since 1967, when Derek Clayton shaved 2:23 off the time, The Guardian reported.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2:18:11, ESPN reported. That was a women’s record for Berlin and the fourth fastest time in women’s marathon history, The Guardian reported. Only Paula Radcliffe, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba have run the women’s marathon in faster times. Mizuki Noguchi of Japan set the previous record 13 years ago, The Guardian reported.

UGA vs. Middle Tennessee State kickoff time changed

The University of Georgia vs. Middle Tennessee State football game on Saturday September, 15th has become the latest event to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, which is on track to effect weather across the Southeast the next several days. 

Kickoff was scheduled for 7:15pm on Saturday but has instead been rescheduled for NOON to accommodate travel for those in areas that will be affected by the storm. 

The latest track of Florence has it moving into the Carolinas sometime in the next day or so, and then potentially making a turn towards Georgia as the storm weakens over land. While wind gusts are expected, no hurricane force winds are expected in Georgia, but outer rain bands could bring with them several inches of rainfall along with gusty winds at times. 

Statement from UGA:

“After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all constituencies involved including fans, support staff, and law enforcement, the Saturday Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium.”

 

The game will be televised on ESPN News and will stream live on the ESPN app.

 

The University of Georgia encourages fans to support disaster relief efforts through the Red Cross by texting “REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or going online to

 

https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-florence-donations.html/

 

Colin Kaepernick's 'I'm With Kap' jersey sells out in hours

New jerseys supporting Colin Kaepernick are sold out hours after being announced for presale, and he’s still a free agent in the NFL.

USA Today reported that Kaepernick announced that jerseys with “#IMWITHKAP” across the front were up for presale Monday. They have the athlete and activist’s number, 7, on the back, as well as his last name.

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Kaepernick posted on Twitter that a portion of proceeds for the limited edition jerseys, which sold for $99.99 in youth sizes and $174.99 in adult unisex sizes, will benefit the Know Your Rights Camp. The campaign, founded by Kaepernick, raises awareness on self improvement and education and provides instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in varying situations.

Hours after the announcement was made, Kaepernick said in a follow-up tweet that the jerseys were instantly all out of stock, adding that all profits would now go to Know Your Rights Camp.

This is the latest in activism and awareness work for Kaepernick. He is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the brand’s “Just Do It” campaign, and appeared in a commercial for the brand that aired during the NFL season opener game Thursday. Since the campaign was announced, online Nike sales are up 31 percent, despite a number of boycotts across the country.

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UGA at Missouri kickoff time announced

If you're traveling to Columbia, Missouri on September 22nd, go ahead and start finalizing those UGA Football tailgate plans. 

The No. 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs will kickoff against the Missouri Tigers in the Show Me State at 12 p.m. ET on Faurot Field. The game will be televised on ESPN. 

The Bulldogs have not lost in Columbia since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012, when Georgia welcomed the newcomers to the conference on their field with a 41-20 victory. The most recent trip resulted in a much closer 28-27 victory which included a fourth down conversion for a TD late in the game in 2016. 

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