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Tex McIver’s release from jail expected next week

Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver is likely to be released on bond from jail next week, providing him a four-month respite from incarceration before his murder trial begins March 5, his attorney said Friday. “The time will help Tex,” said lead defense attorney William Hill. Hill said McIver, 74, has lost upwards of 30 pounds and developed a persistent rash during his six...


More than 75,000 sign petition to close pet grooming business after dog dies

More than 75,000 sign petition to close pet grooming business after dog dies

More than 75,000 people have petitioned the City Council and Georgia Department of Health to shut down a dog grooming salon in Cumming. Read more: Pet grooming owner charged after customer’s dog dies On Oct. 7, Michelle Louise Root, the owner of Paw’sh Paws in Cumming, was charged with cruelty to animals after an incident at her salon which resulted...
Warner Robins beefs up its support for Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm

Warner Robins beefs up its support for Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm

Once you’ve had your name in lights in the butcher’s display, right between the chuck shoulder roast and the jalapeno cheddar burgers, what is left for a young man to accomplish?   The Fromm – as in Jake Fromm, the freshman quarterback for the No. 3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs – is a premade hamburger with bacon, swiss and mushrooms. Just the way he prefers his burgers...
Carstarphen: APS should be part of city’s Emory annexation

Carstarphen: APS should be part of city’s Emory annexation

Atlanta Public Schools should expand with the growing city limits, the superintendent said Friday, in a reaffirmation of the district’s stance about the city of Atlanta’s proposed annexation of the area around Emory University. “We anticipate that the public and the community will understand that we are a district that wants to grow with our city. We don’t want to be a separate...
Game thread: Hawks at Hornets

Game thread: Hawks at Hornets

The Hawks traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets in June. (AP Photo) When/where: 7 p.m. today, Spectrum Center, Charlotte TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Miles Plumlee (quad) is out; DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) is questionable. Hornets— INJURY REPORT: @hornets vs. ATL 10/20 Batum (L Elbow) &...
Atlanta officer helped talk woman off interstate overpass

Atlanta officer helped talk woman off interstate overpass

When Atlanta police Officer Lisa McGhaw got the call about a suicidal woman at an overpass near Moreland Avenue, she rushed straight to the scene.  McGhaw had successfully helped another person in a similar situation — and this time would be no different.  “The sole thought process was to get her to safety,” she said.  “The ledge was pretty steep, but I...
2017 Voter Guide: Henry County

2017 Voter Guide: Henry County

Name: Steve E. Hutchison (i)   Name: Wayne Selman   Name: Shawn Black   Name: Stephanie G. Bodie Age: 41 Residence: Southern States Profession: Volunteer with many organizations What experience will help you in office? I have volunteered for many years with various organizations. I have set budgets for PTO, Girl Scouts, and other groups I have worked with...
2017 Voter Guide: Cherokee County

2017 Voter Guide: Cherokee County

  Name: Sandy "Sandra" McGrew (i) Age: 65 Residence: Ward 1 Profession: Retired What experience will help you in office? As the incumbent I realize that every issue is different with its own brand of challenges. Flexibility and ability to communicate with people is key. What issue got you into this race? My desire to continue the projects we've started in Canton...
Pizza joint Al Forno’s now open in Midtown and other Atlanta food news from the week

Pizza joint Al Forno’s now open in Midtown and other Atlanta food news from the week

Pizza at Al Forno / Photo by Taylor Wallace These are the biggest dining, cooking and food stories of the week: The new pizza spot from the owner of Bocado, Bocado Burger and AMER is now open. Located at 27 12th St. NW, Al Forno’s will serve up made-to-order but uncooked gourmet pizza delivered to your house or available for pickup at Al Forno’s...
2017 Voter Guide: Marietta City School Board

2017 Voter Guide: Marietta City School Board

Name: Arthur Vaughn Age: 48 Residence: Battleview Subdivision Profession: Executive Director - Morehouse School of Medicine What experience will help you in office? I would bring the perspective of a parent with a longstanding history of service to the school system and the community to the board of education. I would also bring the experience of someone with a doctorate in higher...
Cobb jury indicts man in case of dead Iraq War vet Chase Massner

Cobb jury indicts man in case of dead Iraq War vet Chase Massner

About 2½ months after his arrest, James Bradshaw Clement was formally charged Thursday in the case of formerly missing Kennesaw veteran Chase Massner, Cobb County court records show. Clement was indicted by a grand jury on charges of concealing a death and making a false statement to police. This comes about a month after officials identified using dental records that it was Massner&rsquo...
Milton councilman improperly used email addresses from city

Milton councilman improperly used email addresses from city

A Milton city councilman who is running for re-election has been reprimanded by the city manager for using email addresses obtained as part of a veterans program to invite residents to political events. Bill Lusk, who was first elected in 2006, said he sent invitations to a meet-and-greet to his entire email contact list, which included residents who corresponded with him about a program to erect...
Coke rejects charges of deceit in Diet Coke’s name

Coke rejects charges of deceit in Diet Coke’s name

A lawsuit has been filed against Coca-Cola charging the company with falsely advertising Diet Coke — allegations that the company vehemently rejects. The plaintiffs say that, instead of aiding in weight loss, the drink actually promotes weight gain and – worse – triggers other health problems, according to a report in Top Class Actions, a website that covers legal efforts pegged...
DeKalb schools has new plan to make up class time lost during Tropical Storm Irma

DeKalb schools has new plan to make up class time lost during Tropical Storm Irma

The DeKalb County School District will keep its extended school day schedule through the month of November to make up time lost because of Tropical Storm Irma. The school district announced Friday that students would remain in school for an additional 20 minutes through Nov. 30. The district already implemented the extended class day for October.  Spokesman André Riley said lengthening...
Why do parents kill their children? Georgia deaths spur questions

Why do parents kill their children? Georgia deaths spur questions

For most, the thought of killing one’s own child is unfathomable. Yet, last Friday Lamora Williams allegedly put her two young sons inside an oven and turned it on. Two days earlier, a Newton County father was charged with murdering his 15-day-old daughter, who died of blunt force trauma to the head. Last month, a 44-year-old Gwinnett County man was charged with killing his 3-month-old...
New principals named for 2 Gwinnett high schools

New principals named for 2 Gwinnett high schools

Two Gwinnett County high schools will have new principals soon. Eric R. Davidson is being promoted from associate principal to principal at Duluth High School. Davidson is replacing Anthony Smith, who is taking a job as assistant superintendent for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Davidson has been associate principal at Duluth since 2015. He started with the district in 1997 as a science teacher at...
Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin So Fresh & So Green, Green IPA

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin So Fresh & So Green, Green IPA

On Saturday, Terrapin Beer Co. will once again host its annual Hop Harvest Festival at the brewery in Athens. As always, the festivities will feature the release of this year’s limited edition So Fresh & So Green, Green IPA, made with fresh-picked, whole leaf “wet hops” from the recent harvest. In addition, there will be live music, food vendors, and a big selection...
Paul Johnson: ‘We’d like to throw the ball more’

Paul Johnson: ‘We’d like to throw the ball more’

It might have at first struck listeners as dissonant, but during his radio show Monday night, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said that he wants to throw the ball more. Given how much Johnson is identified with the Yellow Jackets’ run-based option attack, the idea that Johnson wants to throw the ball more might seem counterintuitive. But, thus far, the Jackets, who face Wake Forest Saturday...
Gwinnett students kept inside after bear spotted near school fence

Gwinnett students kept inside after bear spotted near school fence

Jones Middle School students were kept inside Friday after a bear was spotted near the Buford-area campus, according to a letter sent to parents. The bear was seen near a campus fence early Friday morning by a student and a parent. Students were immediately taken inside. A school resource officer looked for the bear outside, but couldn’t find it, according to the letter sent by Principal Memorie...
Book fest boasts 17 days of literary treats

Book fest boasts 17 days of literary treats

For two weeks in November, the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta occupies the sweet spot between major publishers’ fall release dates and the start of the gangbusters-for-books holiday shopping season. But even in its 26th year, it’s not as easy as it sounds arranging 45 authors and almost as many genres into a schedule that guarantees festival-goers...
Atlanta mayoral candidates tap city vendors, businesses for donations

Atlanta mayoral candidates tap city vendors, businesses for donations

The federal investigation into pay-to-play contracting at Atlanta City Hall hasn’t shut down the steady flow of cash from city vendors to the campaign accounts of people trying to succeed Kasim Reed and become the city’s 60th mayor. Companies and individuals with a stake in city business have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the major candidates, according to an analysis of...
Bob Whitfield off the Regular Guys on The Fan 2 on 1230/106.3

Bob Whitfield off the Regular Guys on The Fan 2 on 1230/106.3

Bob Whitfield spent less than three months on the Regular Guys on 1230 but David Dickey hopes to find him a new gig on 1340 next year. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Friday, October 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Less than three months ago, the newly revamped Regular Guys led by Larry Wachs included former NFL player ...
Golden Eagle sets an opening date off the Beltline’s Eastside trail

Golden Eagle sets an opening date off the Beltline’s Eastside trail

The interior of Golden Eagle / Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee Less than a week after the opening of its sister spot, Muchacho, Golden Eagle has set at opening date for the end of the month. The restaurant will open in its Reynoldstown location at 904 Memorial Drive on Oct. 30. The latest concept from Michael Lennox, the owner of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Golden Eagle will serve as an...
Nick Cannon gets wild in Atlanta with live version of hit MTV show

Nick Cannon gets wild in Atlanta with live version of hit MTV show

Nick Cannon and the Wild N’ Out crew are headed to Atlanta for “ Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N’ Out Live,” a live version of MTV hit show of the same name . For 10 years, Wild N’ Out has been an MTV staple, helping to launch the careers of some of the best known names in comedy including Kevin Hart, Katt Williams, Mike...

Opinion: Ethics at the heart of Atlanta’s mayoral race

There are certain things in life you just know to be true. Our local sports teams will probably let you down in the end. A Facebook political rant is bound to change approximately zero minds. And conservatives aren’t the target audience in Atlanta’s mayoral elections. It’s OK; we know the deal going in. If you lean Republican but live in perhaps the bluest part of Georgia &mdash...
2017 Voter Guide: Fayette County

2017 Voter Guide: Fayette County

Name: Scott Stacy (i)   Name: Rich Hoffman Age: 73 Residence: Downtown Fayetteville Profession: Self Employed Owner Hoffman Tire Pros What experience will help you in office? If elected I will bring to bear experience and relationships gained over 40 years as a successful businessman living and working in the heart of our city. As a resident you can count on me to uphold and...
3 keys for Georgia Tech against Wake Forest

3 keys for Georgia Tech against Wake Forest

Georgia Tech will go for its fourth win of the season against Wake Forest Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Yellow Jackets are trying to forget the crushing loss to Miami last Saturday and look forward with hopes of competing for the ACC Coastal Division title. To beat Wake Forest, here are three objectives for the Jackets. 1. Handle Wake Forest’s run game In losses the past two games, Wake...
The Masquerade staying put at Underground Atlanta long term

The Masquerade staying put at Underground Atlanta long term

The new Masquerade. Photo: Elena de Soto Posted Friday, October 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on Melissa Ruggieri’s AJC Music Scene blog Melissa is on vacation so I’m helping her out with breaking news: The Masquerade, the long-time gritty concert venue, has decided to stay put at Underground Atlanta. Management has signed a long-term lease that will last at least ten years, said ...
Sarkisian knows Falcons’ offense needs more than just ‘more chances’

Sarkisian knows Falcons’ offense needs more than just ‘more chances’

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and quarterback Matt Ryan acknowledge the offense needs to be better than it has through five games. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) It’s the week coming off a collapse in the season coming off a collapse. So naturally, many are seeking a scapegoat. Matt Ryan, the NFL’s best quarterback and MVP in 2016, already has almost as...
Georgia Tech tries to improve end-of-half defense

Georgia Tech tries to improve end-of-half defense

As expected after Georgia Tech gave up more than half its points in the final minute of each half, the two-minute defense has been a major topic of discussion all week after a 25-24 loss to Miami on Saturday.  The Hurricanes marched 77 yards in nine plays -- taking just 1:47 -- at the end of the first half. They scored with 12 seconds remaining to make the score 14-13 in favor of Tech after the...
Georgia Capitol Hill remake could include road closings, new annex

Georgia Capitol Hill remake could include road closings, new annex

State officials are planning the next phase of Capitol Hill renovations, which could include closing and rerouting streets, building a new multi-story annex, replacing an old overhead bridge and doing a historic remake of the statehouse.It also could eventually mean moving 3,000 state employees out of a troubled Peachtree Street tower.
APS superintendent dives into state of district -- highlighting progress, achievement gaps

APS superintendent dives into state of district -- highlighting progress, achievement gaps

Nobody can say Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen doesn’t go all in. The superintendent, hired in 2014 to lead the roughly 50,000-student district, has shown a flair for the theatrical during her annual State of the District addresses.  Friday, she continued that tradition. The district transformed an empty, cavernous swimming pool at Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy...
Sugar can fuel cancerous cells, study says

Sugar can fuel cancerous cells, study says

Different types of foods have been linked to cancer, including saturated fats and processed meats. Now scientist say sugar can fuel the disease, too.  Researchers from universities in Belgium recently conducted a nine-year experiment, published in Nature Communications, that revealed how sugar stimulates the growth of tumors.  They explained that healthy cells receive energy through...
These Georgia school districts will teach more computer courses

These Georgia school districts will teach more computer courses

Atlanta Public Schools is among several Georgia school districts that will benefit from a National Science Foundation grant for computer science education. The $300,000 will help Wiregrass Technical College, Douglas County Schools, Ben Hill County Schools, Brooks County Schools, and Thomas County Schools pilot computer science classes that “ensure diverse participation in computer...
Tech’s Sylvester Ogbonda is highly improved but first needs to heal

Tech’s Sylvester Ogbonda is highly improved but first needs to heal

Georgia Tech forward Sylvester Ogbonda could be the Yellow Jackets’ most improved player from last year to this season. He just needs to be healthy enough to show it. Ogbonda impressed teammates and coach Josh Pastner with his dedication to improving in the offseason. However, a recent collection of injuries has kept him off the practice court and slowed his progress. After suffering a high...
Homecoming 2017: A look at metro Atlanta traffic, weather

Homecoming 2017: A look at metro Atlanta traffic, weather

Throw a football in almost any direction this weekend, and it will probably land at a homecoming event. Thousands of college graduates are making their annual pilgrimages back to metro Atlanta for football, tailgating, parties and nostalgia. And that could make the metro area’s always challenging traffic even worse.  So here’s a quick view of some top homecoming events, and ways to...
One of metro Atlanta’s first game bars is closing next month

One of metro Atlanta’s first game bars is closing next month

The Fetty Guac burger is new on the menu at Battle & Brew. / Photo from the Battle & Brew Facebook page It’s game over for a popular Atlanta bar and restaurant. Battle and Brew, one of Atlanta’s first gaming bars , announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing Nov. 5: The spot, which opened at 5920 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in 2005, offered a variety of...
2-story ‘Star Wars’ replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

2-story ‘Star Wars’ replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

PARMA, Ohio — A two-story, “Star Wars”-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state. Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker. He built it with his carpenter...
What’s ailing the Falcons and Ryan? They’re not as good on first down

What’s ailing the Falcons and Ryan? They’re not as good on first down

Since winning the NFC crown, the Falcons are 3-3. Just sayin. (Curtis Compton/AJC) We’ve spent much of the week discussing the Atlanta Falcons, who are 3-2 , and Matt Ryan, whose passer rating of 87.3 ranks 20th among NFL quarterbacks . (His rating last season, when he was MVP, was a league-best 117.1. His rating...
One man guiding the conversation about cheerleaders taking a knee during the national anthem 

One man guiding the conversation about cheerleaders taking a knee during the national anthem 

Who is Rep. Earl Ehrhart and why did he get involved in when Kennesaw State University cheerleaders took a knee during the national anthem? He called KSU President Sam Olens to vent his ire when he heard about the event. Some call Ehrhart the 20th member of the Board of Regents.  He regularly uses his political power to influence policies he doesn’t like at Georgia’s colleges and...
The Jolt: Why Georgia should worry about a Mississippi senator’s health

The Jolt: Why Georgia should worry about a Mississippi senator’s health

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. AP file /Rogelio V. Solis It sounds a little strange, but the fate of Georgia’s long-running water rights battle with Alabama and Florida could hinge on the health of a frail 79-year-old U.S. senator from Mississippi. Let us explain. Thad Cochran, a seven-term Republican from the Magnolia State, is the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations...
Megyn Kelly tries dancing for ratings

Megyn Kelly tries dancing for ratings

Megyn Kelly’s slot of the “Today” show desperately needs a ratings boost after less than a month on the air. On Thursday, Hoda Kotb, the ever-upbeat popular “Today” host from another hour, appeared as a guest. They chatted. They danced. They tried to get the audience on its feet dancing, too. Critics hated the moment. “I’ve never been so embarrassed,&rdquo...
Alpharetta workshop to update parks master plan

Alpharetta workshop to update parks master plan

Alpharetta residents are invited to weigh in on the future of recreation and parks in the city at a community workshop later this month. The Recreation and Parks Department has scheduled the meeting for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. The purpose is to update the Recreation and Parks Master Plan 2025, “to encompass changes that have occurred and to create a road...
Kimball House owners to open seafood concept at Krog Street Market

Kimball House owners to open seafood concept at Krog Street Market

  The Luminary will turn into a new project from the team behind Kimball House. / AJC file photo The team behind Kimball House is joining the tenant list at Krog Street Market. Business partners Matt Christison,  Miles Macquarrie, Bryan Rackley and Jesse Smith have signed a lease to assume the space formerly occupied by Eli Kirshtein&rsquo...
Sandy Springs streamlines food truck rules

Sandy Springs streamlines food truck rules

Food trucks will be allowed to operate in commercial, mixed-use and Perimeter-zoned properties in Sandy Springs under changes to the zoning ordinance approved by the City Council. “The demand for mobile food units has grown, and our process to regulate food trucks on private property through our special events permitting process was time-consuming and cumbersome for both the business owner and...
Gwinnett names new principals for Lanier and Duluth highs

Gwinnett names new principals for Lanier and Duluth highs

The Gwinnett County Board of Education tapped two current assistant principals as the new leaders of Duluth and Lanier high schools. Eric R. Davidson, currently the associate principal at Duluth High, will move up to principal as current principal Anthony Smith assumes an assistant superintendent position at the district level. Christopher Martin, associate principal of Collins Hill High School, will...
Notre Dame LB Greer Martini (knee) out vs. USC

Notre Dame LB Greer Martini (knee) out vs. USC

Notre Dame linebacker Greer Martini will miss Saturday’s game vs. USC due to having surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his knee, the team announced. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes Martini, a co-starter at the buck linebacker spot alongside junior Te’von Coney, will be able to return for the Irish’s next game on Oct. 28 vs. visiting N.C. State...
TCU to sport LaDainian Tomlinson helmet stickers for homecoming game vs Kansas

TCU to sport LaDainian Tomlinson helmet stickers for homecoming game vs Kansas

The No. 4 Horned Frogs are going all out in paying tribute to TCU-great LaDainian Tomlinson during the team’s homecoming game against Kansas on Saturday. According to a Twitter post from TCU football, the Horned Frogs will sport “Congrats LT” helmet stickers on Saturday honoring the former All-American running back who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall...

Georgia prison guards charged with assaulting inmates

Three prison guards were charged with felonies for allegedly beating up two inmates, according to indictments returned this week in Johnson County. The rare indictment contained no details of the alleged attacks at Johnson State Prison earlier this year or what prompted the assaults. The state Department of Corrections also declined to provide details of the incidents because they are still under...
EXCLUSIVE: Commitment video for All-American OT Richard Gouraige

EXCLUSIVE: Commitment video for All-American OT Richard Gouraige

TAMPA, Fla. — Richard Gouraige is ready to decide on a school after announcing his finalists this week. The 4-star offensive tackle reveals his college choice below in an exclusive commitment video with SEC Country. Clemson and Florida are the finalists for the Under Armour All-American. “It’s a huge relief off my shoulders,” Gouraige said. “I...
Michigan blowing out Penn State would not surprise analyst Anthony Herron

Michigan blowing out Penn State would not surprise analyst Anthony Herron

Penn State enters its most-anticipated home game of the season as 9.5-point favorites over Michigan. And most people who are picking the Wolverines to win think the game would still be a close call. That’s not the case with Anthony Herron of the Pac-12 Network. Herron was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday afternoon, and when the Penn State-Michigan game...
Coaching rumors: CFB insider identifies who Ole Miss could target as its next coach

Coaching rumors: CFB insider identifies who Ole Miss could target as its next coach

Ole Miss will be looking for a coach that will help lead the Rebels back to a SEC contender despite current NCAA sanctions and possibly more to come. While the position is not consider in the upper echelon when it comes to SEC head coaches, the Rebels should be able to hire someone solid. One college football insider has a list of names, including two Power 5 coaches, that...
Green Bay Packers put QB Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve

Green Bay Packers put QB Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is officially on injured reserve. The Packers announced on Friday that they made the move, one day after Rodgers had surgery on a broken collar bone in his throwing shoulder. Rodgers suffered the injury after taking a hit from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on Sunday.   The post Green...
Gwinnett man convicted of kidnapping woman from Walmart, raping her

Gwinnett man convicted of kidnapping woman from Walmart, raping her

A man has been convicted of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint from a Gwinnett County Walmart  parking lot and raping her, the district attorney’s office said.  Emmanuel Brandon Dupree, 23, was convicted of rape, kidnapping and aggravated sodomy on Oct. 19 after a four day trial. The victim, a 24-year-old woman, was at a Walmart on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road around 11 p.m. getting cookie...
Florida teacher accused of having sex with girl, 15, multiple times at school

Florida teacher accused of having sex with girl, 15, multiple times at school

An Oviedo, Florida, teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Kealing said Jaclyn Truman, 30, had sexual contact last year with a 15-year-old Paul J. Hagerty High School student multiple times at school. “Investigators conducted a recorded interview...
Kansas enlists outside law firm for basketball review

Kansas enlists outside law firm for basketball review

The Kansas Jayhawks aren’t taking any chances with their basketball program review. Kansas has enlisted an outside law firm to help with the NCAA-mandated review of its basketball program. Bond, Schoeneck & King, a law firm based in Overland Park, Kan., will assist the Jayhawks, according to Matt Tait of KUsports.com. “In light of the NCAA’s request...
Severe weather threat looming ahead of TCU-Kansas game on Saturday

Severe weather threat looming ahead of TCU-Kansas game on Saturday

It was just one week ago that TCU football encountered multiple weather delays at Kansas State. Mother nature could rear her ugly head once again on Saturday when the Horned Frogs host the Kansas Jayhawks. As of Friday, Fort Worth weather forecasts called for a 90 percent chance of rain at some point Saturday evening, with severe thunderstorms possible in the area. TCU and...
Steelers S Mike Mitchell receives two fines for illegal hits against Chiefs

Steelers S Mike Mitchell receives two fines for illegal hits against Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell will be out close to $60,000 because of fines for illegal hits against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was originally reported that he would be fined nearly $49,000 for a late hit against Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, that he was flagged for during the game. That hit will actually only cost him just over $9,000. Mitchell’s big fine...
Clemson has work to do during for open weekend

Clemson has work to do during for open weekend

Clemson is going to be sitting at home Saturday while other teams are in action thanks to a bye week. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a time to sit around and do nothing. You should take advantage of the extra time to get off your feet and take a break, but if anything, it provides ample opportunity to examine the areas you went wrong in the first part of the year...
Kirk Herbstreit on Saquon Barkley comparisons: ‘I think he’s in his own category’

Kirk Herbstreit on Saquon Barkley comparisons: ‘I think he’s in his own category’

It’s inevitable for the top players in college to draw comparisons. And while many experts think Saquon Barkley is the best running back since Ezekiel Elliott or Adrian Peterson or Reggie Bush, Kirk Herbstreit thinks Barkley is too unique to be compared. Herbstreit, an ESPN analyst, was asked about Barkley comparisons Friday when he met with reporters the day before College ...
Kentucky football: Wildcats run defense faces biggest test at Mississippi State

Kentucky football: Wildcats run defense faces biggest test at Mississippi State

We tackle the best question asked by Kentucky fans every day. If you’d like to submit a question, tweet to Kyle Tucker  here and Joe Mussatto  here. Look for the Question of the Day every Monday through Friday.  Kentucky will be in the same place Saturday at Mississippi State as it was in its last road game at South Carolina — as...
Assessing Florida’s win probabilities for its final 5 games

Assessing Florida’s win probabilities for its final 5 games

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first half of Florida’s season closed on a down note with back-to-back stinging losses at home as the Gators fell to LSU and Texas A&M by a combined 3 points. There are plenty of what if’s to digest as a result. What if the Gators had made the game-tying extra point against LSU? What if they had been able to get an extra first down ...
Bad break: 5-star UGA commit Justin Fields has played his last football game

Bad break: 5-star UGA commit Justin Fields has played his last football game

Justin Fields, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback prospect for 2018, has played his last game for the Harrison Hoyas. Fields, the 5-star UGA commit, did break the right index finger of his throwing hand Thursday night against Dalton. He is out for the remainder of the season. That will effectively make him the most athletic QB coach in the state for the remainder of the 2017 season....
Vikings LB Anthony Barr gives his opinion of the Aaron Rodgers hit

Vikings LB Anthony Barr gives his opinion of the Aaron Rodgers hit

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hit Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week. The two slammed to the ground, then Barr jumped back up. Rodgers did not. The All Pro quarterback had a broken right collarbone. He had surgery on Thursday and is likely out for the season. People have been saying it was a dirty hit, and Barr has heard those opinions. He strongly disagrees...
Patriots WR Chris Hogan had a simple, clear response when asked about rib injury

Patriots WR Chris Hogan had a simple, clear response when asked about rib injury

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan is not concerned about his rib injury that has kept him limited in practice throughout the week. During the Patriots Week 6 win against the New York Jets, he took a shot to the ribs from New York Jets safety Marcus Maye. He told reporters on Friday that he feels “good,” and when asked if he will play on Sunday against...
Penn State football: Notable Nittany Lions recruiting battles vs. Michigan during James Franklin era

Penn State football: Notable Nittany Lions recruiting battles vs. Michigan during James Franklin era

The battle between Penn State and fellow Big Ten powerhouse football programs extends beyond the field. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin routinely competes against conference rivals in the pursuit of top recruits. Franklin, hired by Penn State in January 2014, has taken part in his fair share of showdowns with Michigan, on and off the field. While he’s in search of...
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield named 247Sports’ No. 1 player in college football

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield named 247Sports’ No. 1 player in college football

Oklahoma senior Baker Mayfield is the top player in the country, according to 247Sports’ updated college football player rankings. The Heisman hopeful took over the top spot previously held by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. He also surpassed Florida State safety Derwin James and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Mayfield is on a tear this season. He led Oklahoma to a major...
Mason Rudolph named nation’s 10th best player

Mason Rudolph named nation’s 10th best player

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has been thrown around as a Heisman Trophy candidate. He’s No. 16 in the nation in completion percentage, No. 19 in completions per game and second in total offense. In a conference with the brash and talented Baker Mayfield, the quieter Rudolph has more than held his own. 24/7 Sports named Rudolph the No. 10 player in the country on Friday...
Police: 2 arrested after leaving baby in car to commit burglary

Police: 2 arrested after leaving baby in car to commit burglary

Authorities arrested a man and a woman on charges of burglary and child endangering after they were accused of leaving a 1-year-old child in a vehicle while they robbed a woman. Butler County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 600 block of Granada Avenue in Lemon Twp. at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a burglary. The woman at the home told deputies that an unknown man came...
Funeral set for DeKalb girl, 4, as police seek driver who killed her

Funeral set for DeKalb girl, 4, as police seek driver who killed her

Funeral arrangements are set for Lun Thang, the 4-year-old Clarkston girl who died in what police are calling a hit-and-run while she walked to school. Wages and Sons’ Stone Mountain chapel is hosting the service Saturday at 4 p.m., the funeral home’s website said. Meanwhile the search is on for the driver who allegedly hit her outside DeKalb County Schools’ Indian Creek...
Florida coach Jim McElwain gets creative building depth charts each week

Florida coach Jim McElwain gets creative building depth charts each week

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Florida coach Jim McElwain builds his depth chart each week, it is beginning to look more and more unlike anything he probably initially envisioned. First there was the season-ending injury to Marcell Harris, a fifth-year senior safety who suffered a torn Achilles tendon before fall camp. Harris was Florida’s leading returning tackler and...
Pink says former rival Christina Aguilera once tried to punch her

Pink says former rival Christina Aguilera once tried to punch her

On Thursday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” pop singer Pink said fellow “Lady Marmalade” singer Christina Aguilera tried to punch her once while they were in a club. During a game of “Plead the Fifth,” Pink was asked about making amends with Aguilera in tweets in August. “We were super young and super new at the whole thing...
Louisville donor reportedly pulling $6 million pledge to athletics due to Tom Jurich’s firing

Louisville donor reportedly pulling $6 million pledge to athletics due to Tom Jurich’s firing

Tom Jurich was the nation’s highest-paid athletics director, but after Louisville fired him Wednesday, it looks like the university could stand to lose money. Tim Sullivan of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Friday that Max Baumgardner, a Louisville donor, instructed his attorney to change the terms of his charitable trust, which would have allocated...
Auburn football podcast: Tigers look to improve against Arkansas

Auburn football podcast: Tigers look to improve against Arkansas

Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. On the show Friday, Blackerby is joined by SEC Country’s Lauren Shute to preview Auburn’s matchup this weekend against Arkansas. On episode 50, the experts discuss the team’s leadership, the relationship between coaches ...
Greg Sankey on 2 SEC teams making CFP: ‘There’s a lot of football that remains to be played’

Greg Sankey on 2 SEC teams making CFP: ‘There’s a lot of football that remains to be played’

With two SEC teams, No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia, ranked in the top three in both polls heading into the second part of the season, there is already a lot of talk on whether the conference will be able to get two teams into the College Football Playoff. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said he is used to that discussion. “We’re used to a lot of conversation in October...
WATCH: LSU previews Ole Miss game with cheesy video featuring Mike the Tiger and a landshark

WATCH: LSU previews Ole Miss game with cheesy video featuring Mike the Tiger and a landshark

It’s fair to wonder what LSU’s video department was going for with this video ahead of Saturday’s game between the Tigers and Ole Miss Rebels. If it was meant to be an intentionally amateur-ish and joking depiction of one mascot fishing for another, they nailed it. If it was meant to be a somewhat serious ‘we’re really gonna get ya&rsquo...
Italian town offers people $2,350 to move there

Italian town offers people $2,350 to move there

The views are picturesque from the panoramic terraces of the homes winding atop each other. The Baroque architecture and maze of alleyways through the medieval town of Candela, in Italy’s Puglia district, were once part of a thriving tourist destination with a robust population of more than 8,000 people in the 1990s. Now, about 2,700 people live there. Nicola Gatta, mayor of Candela, came up...
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