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Biddle wins in long-awaited debut: A story of perseverance

Jesse Biddle finally made it. Eight years after being a first-round draft pick and four years after his last Top-100 prospect ranking. After a litany of ailments and procedures ranging from plantar fasciitis and whooping cough to a torn lat muscle and Tommy John elbow surgery. After 10 different minor-league and winter-league teams ranging from the Williamsport Crosscutters and Indios de Mayaguez...


CDC researcher Cunningham remembered for work ethic, passion

CDC researcher Cunningham remembered for work ethic, passion

Timothy Cunningham loved his little sister so much, he took her to “show and tell” at his elementary school, telling his classmates she made him feel warm and fuzzy inside. Theirs was an inseparable bond, despite the eight years between them. On Saturday, Tiara Cunningham told hundreds gathered inside a Morehouse College chapel that her brother was her best friend, the one whom she confided...
Five observations from Georgia’s G-Day game

Five observations from Georgia’s G-Day game

Georgia completed spring football practice in front of more than 80,000 fans Saturday as the Black team defeated the Red team 21-13 in the annual G-Day intra-squad game at Sanford Stadium.  Touchdowns on the Black squad’s first two possessions of the third quarter stretched a 7-6 halftime lead to 21-6. The Red squad narrowed the margin with a touchdown in the final two minutes of the game...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

For those keeping track, the Blue team bettered the White team 24-14 in Georgia Tech’s annual spring game Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. In the score kept by coach Paul Johnson, the most important statistic was zero serious injuries suffered. “He said, ‘The most positive thing was that at the end of the scrimmage, everybody came out healthy,’” linebacker Tre&rsquo...
After 42 years in state institutions, woman seeks a home of her own

After 42 years in state institutions, woman seeks a home of her own

Lucretia Felder was 2 when social workers placed her in foster care. Soon she moved on: to group homes, to a residential school for intellectually disabled children, to a “retardation center” for adults. She spent time in one state psychiatric hospital, then another, then one more. She went to jail. Finally, she ended up in a medical prison, an inmate never convicted of a crime. Georgia...
Personal Journeys: A force for change

Personal Journeys: A force for change

A transgender crime fighter has found quiet acceptance in a rural Georgia community. Anna Lange's life may have changed, but her job and her community remained steadfast.
Atlanta-based SunTrust says data on 1.5 million customers tapped

Atlanta-based SunTrust says data on 1.5 million customers tapped

Atlanta-based SunTrust on Friday said it feared that a now-former employee had wrongly accessed basic information about 1.5 million customers. The company became aware in late February that the person – an employee at the time – had access to confidential information including names, addresses, phone numbers and some account balances. However, the pool of data that had been accessed did...
Delta pushes for anonymity in second airport opposition

Delta pushes for anonymity in second airport opposition

In the protracted fight over creating metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport in Paulding County, supporters of the idea have long alleged that Delta Air Lines is funding lawsuits filed by residents challenging that effort. Delta says it’s no secret that it opposes the commercialization of the Paulding airport, 38 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, because it wants to protect...
Keeping schools safe: ‘Not everyone can do this job’

Keeping schools safe: ‘Not everyone can do this job’

Donald Rene remembers April 20, 1999 very well. Like most school police officers, he prays that the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado on that date are never copied at his school. He and many like him say that incident changed the dynamics of school safety forever. When he first started working in schools, administrators didn’t want officers looking like police. “We had to...
Torpy at Large: Feds target Kasim Reed, but is that all there is?

Torpy at Large: Feds target Kasim Reed, but is that all there is?

One must remember that the DeKalb County corruption scandal a few years ago started with a grease trap. In 2011, a fats, oil and grease inspector fessed up to taking kickbacks from restaurant owners. Prosecutors suspected there was more to it and investigated. They ended up convicting CEO Burrell Ellis on unrelated charges that resulted from an investigation that pivoted and looked into election fundraising...
This Life: Atlanta a hot spot for sugar daddies willing to pay college tuition

This Life: Atlanta a hot spot for sugar daddies willing to pay college tuition

We’ve known for some time that Atlanta is considered a hub for sex trafficking. But who knew metro Atlanta is also known for having an abundant number of, ahem, sugar daddies — older men seeking the companionship of college-age women? According to SeekingArrangement.com, Georgia ranks sixth in the country, behind places like Arizona, Philadelphia and New York. Over the past few years,...
Complete coverage of the Tex McIver murder trial

Complete coverage of the Tex McIver murder trial

Wealthy. Connected. Successful. Tex and Diane McIver seemed to have it all. That was until Tex shot Diane in the back as the couple rode in their SUV on a September evening in 2016. The prominent attorney says it was a terrible accident; prosecutors call it murder.
Milton adds country club to landscaper’s duties

Milton adds country club to landscaper’s duties

The Milton City Council has amended its contract with Tri Scapes Inc. to have the company take on the maintenance of the newly acquired Milton Country Club in addition to sports fields and Bell Memorial and Providence parks. The council increased the contract work by Tri Scapes by $72,000 to provide for the maintenance of the 139-acre country club; raised the contract cap from $300,000 to $550,000...
Sandy Springs OKs $607K for more police cameras, gear

Sandy Springs OKs $607K for more police cameras, gear

Assured of the “complete success” of last year’s deployment of 72 body-worn cameras for its police officers, the Sandy Springs City Council has approved acquiring 20 more body cameras as well as 110 in-car cameras to replace an older camera-in-vehicle system. Axon Enterprises Inc. (formerly TASER International) also will provide 17 TASER units, City Manager John McDonough said in...
Alpharetta orders new shades for North Park bleachers

Alpharetta orders new shades for North Park bleachers

The Alpharetta City Council has awarded a $55,993 contract to Hasley Recreation Inc. to replace eight shade structures on Fields 1 through 4 at North Park. The city had partnered with the Alpharetta Youth Softball Association to buy and install the shades over the North Park bleachers in the late spring of 2016, splitting the $27,400 cost 50-50, staff said in a report to the council. Since then, weather...
Atlanta United 2, L.A. Galaxy 0: Five observations

Atlanta United 2, L.A. Galaxy 0: Five observations

Maybe it was a defense that completely shut down Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the best goal scorers in soccer history. Maybe it was an offense that at one point had what was believed to be at least a 40-pass sequence in the first half. Maybe it was the way that Atlanta United seemed to toy with the Los Angeles Galaxy at times. Whatever the reason, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said his team...
Five things about Braves’ comeback, walk-off win Saturday vs. Mets

Five things about Braves’ comeback, walk-off win Saturday vs. Mets

Ender Inciarte’s bunt single scored Johan Camargo from third base in the ninth inning to give the Braves an improbable, unconventional 4-3 win over the Mets Saturday, their second walk-off win of the season and first since opening day. It was their first walk-off win when the Braves trailed entering the ninth inning since they got two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Marlins on Sept...
Atlanta United 2, L.A. Galaxy 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 2, L.A. Galaxy 0: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Saturday’s 2-0 win against the L.A. Galaxy at Stubhub Center: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Forced to stop just one shot, he nevertheless was pressed into action to scoop up a few through balls and crosses. His distribution was solid and he dealt with the aerial threats that were Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ola Kamara.  Right wingback Julian...
Concert review and photos: Pink flies high with dazzling return to Atlanta

Concert review and photos: Pink flies high with dazzling return to Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene (This review was originally posted at 1:25 a.m. on April 22, 2018) Think what you want about Pink, but don’t doubt her integrity – as a musician, a performer, a humanitarian. She’s as real as it gets. So yeah, you try this while singing. Pink apparently has no problem! Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC On Saturday night, Pink returned to Atlanta for...
Game-Ender bunt for bold Inciarte

Game-Ender bunt for bold Inciarte

    The Braves didn’t hang their heads, they refused to slink away after making mistakes in a three-run Mets eighth inning that gave the division leaders a 3-0 lead. And Ender Inciarte didn’t become conservative or conventional after getting caught stealing third base in the sixth inning – he was safe, but came off the bag – on a play many will consider reckless,...
Atlanta United tops Galaxy, now unbeaten in 6

Atlanta United tops Galaxy, now unbeaten in 6

Goals from Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron were enough to lift Atlanta United past Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the L.A. Galaxy 2-0 on Saturday at Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif. Atlanta United (5-1-1) is unbeaten in its past six, with five wins, and will host Montreal on April 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Five Stripes have 16 points and remain in second in the East, one point behind NYCFC. In a...
Kim Zolciak likely departing ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ yet again

Kim Zolciak likely departing ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ yet again

Posted Sunday, April 22, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Here we go again. Kim Zolciak is not coming back to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” after a short-lived part-time stint season ten, according to Us magazine. Five years ago, Zolciak walked out on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” sick of the drama and hating...
What Braves said about stirring comeback win over Mets

What Braves said about stirring comeback win over Mets

The Braves fell behind 3-0 after making costly mistakes in a three-run Mets eighth inning, but then rallied behind Freddie Freeman’s two-run double in the eighth, Johan Camargo’s tying RBI triple in the ninth and Ender Inciarte’s surprising walk-off RBI bunt singe for a 4-3 win.  Here’s what some of the Braves had to say about the effort: “I feel like I’ve...
Politicians’ portrayal of teachers shifts with … politics

Politicians’ portrayal of teachers shifts with … politics

In most political debates about education, teachers are excoriated as selfish or exalted as selfless. Either they care only about the money or care nothing about it. Those archetypes emerged in the recent red state revolts in Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Arizona in which teachers marched out of schools and into statehouses to demand change. Some got it. West Virginia teachers won a 5 percent...
UGA concludes spring practice with G-Day game at Sanford Stadium

UGA concludes spring practice with G-Day game at Sanford Stadium

The Georgia Bulldogs hit the field for the final time this spring at the G-Day intrasquad game Saturday in Athens. Check out the photos from today’s festivities and find out who were the five players who stood out for the Black team in its 21-12 victory over the Red team at Sanford Stadium.
Kirby Smart has made even a dull spring game at Georgia a big deal

Kirby Smart has made even a dull spring game at Georgia a big deal

Five months after its last home game in Athens (Kentucky, flattened), four months after its first SEC championship in 12 years (Auburn, smothered), three months after the pass-the-paperbags-we’re-hyperventilating carnival ride through the college football playoffs (Oklahoma, tipped. Alabama … DAMN’T!), Georgia played a little football Saturday. It wasn’t a real game. It was...
Believe it or not, one rating system has Braves at No. 1 ahead of Red Sox

Believe it or not, one rating system has Braves at No. 1 ahead of Red Sox

The scorching-hot Red Sox were 17-2 before Saturday and widely regarded as the best team in baseball. But one respected statistical website had the Braves, not Boston, at the top of its analytics-based ranking system. Let us explain. Baseball-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) comes up with a theoretical average number of runs that a team is better (or worse) than an average team, and...
Flowers set for rehab assignment, Suzuki handling heavy workload

Flowers set for rehab assignment, Suzuki handling heavy workload

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers could rejoin the Braves at some point during their coming road trip, but first he’ll spend some time with the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers. Flowers, who strained an oblique on opening day, will begin a rehab assignment with the Stripers on Monday at Rochester (N.Y.). He’ll stay with the Triple-A team for that entire series through Wednesday, then catch a homestand...
Ravin designated, Socolovich brought back from Triple-A

Ravin designated, Socolovich brought back from Triple-A

Braves reliever Josh Ravin was designated for assignment Saturday and replaced by right-hander Miguel Socolovich, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett. The impetus for the move was not performance but circumstances – the Braves wanted a fresh reliever capable of going multiple innings if needed Saturday night, and Ravin wouldn’t have been available after working the final...
Social media reacts to neo-Nazi rally in Newnan

Social media reacts to neo-Nazi rally in Newnan

On Saturday, the National Socialist Movement, a far-right hate group that celebrates Adolf Hitler’s birthday, gathered for a rally at a park in downtown Newnan. » RELATED: LIVE UPDATES: Neo-Nazi rally planned Saturday afternoon in Newnan About 25 neo-Nazis showed up and anti-fascist demonstrators as well as hundreds of police officers were also on site. Although the group is...
LIVE UPDATES: Neo-Nazi rally met by counterprotesters, police in Newnan

LIVE UPDATES: Neo-Nazi rally met by counterprotesters, police in Newnan

5:15 P.M.: As the neo-Nazi demonstration began wrapping up shortly after 5 p.m, the counterprotesters began shouting, “Shut it down” and “Time’s up, go home.” The drumbeat grew louder as the demonstration lingered past its 5 p.m. deadline. » RELATED: How social media reacted 4:55 P.M.: National Socialist Movement leader Jeff Schoep, in a loud...
Alpharetta cops: DUI suspect reached 143 mph on Ga. 400 during chase

Alpharetta cops: DUI suspect reached 143 mph on Ga. 400 during chase

An Alpharetta officer was injured in a crash early Saturday at the end of a high-speed chase that began on southbound Ga. 400, police said. At one point, the driver being pursued was clocked at 143 mph, spokesman Howard Miller said. The suspect was identified as 49-year-old John Bolling, Miller said. Other agencies also were involved in the chase for Bolling, who was taken into custody and...
ICYMI: Three big stories that metro Atlantans were checking out this week

ICYMI: Three big stories that metro Atlantans were checking out this week

A GRAND LADY’S TIES TO GEORGIA: Former first lady Barbara Bush died at age 92 on Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. The Bush family matriarch — wife of a president and mother of a subsequent president — had been hospitalized numerous times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For much of her life, Barbara Bush had Georgia...
Clear day, then clouds; rain later in weekend

Clear day, then clouds; rain later in weekend

Today: Sunny to partly cloudy. High: 72 Tonight: Cloudy. Low: 54 Tomorrow: Showers turning to steady rain. High: 64 Metro Atlanta is in for another weekend of mixed weather. Saturday should feature enjoyable spring conditions, but things will begin changing later in the day. Then, well, keep the rain gear handy, according to Channel 2 Action News. “A beautiful start to the day...
Concert review and photos: Bon Jovi romps through classics at Philips Arena return

Concert review and photos: Bon Jovi romps through classics at Philips Arena return

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ten songs into a two-hour-plus romp, Bon Jovi went back to the very beginning. Amber lights created a halo around David Bryan’s curls as he tapped out the signature opening of the band’s first hit, 1984’s “Runaway.” David Bryan, in his usual spot. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC There was no way Jon Bon Jovi, 56, was going to...
Braves reliever Ravin makes no excuses for 12th-inning mistake

Braves reliever Ravin makes no excuses for 12th-inning mistake

Josh Ravin was activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier Friday and hadn’t pitched in a major league game since March 31, but the big reliever rejected that as an excuse for what happened in the final inning of a 5-3, 12-inning loss to the Mets on Friday at SunTrust Park. Ravin hit Mets reliever Robert Gsellman with a pitch to start the inning, and Gsellman ended up scoring the winning...
West Forsyth repeats as team champion, North Oconee’s Schoenherr wins all-around at gymnastics state meet

West Forsyth repeats as team champion, North Oconee’s Schoenherr wins all-around at gymnastics state meet

Last year’s GHSA gymnastics championships ended with West Forsyth dethroning Buford after a three-year reign. On Friday night at Ola High School in Henry County, the Wolverines won their second team state title in a row. West Forsyth held off Buford by only 1.124 points to win the 2017 title, but this time the Wolverines bested second-place North Oconee by 3.85 points to secure back-to-back...
Braves quotes after 12-inning loss to Mets

Braves quotes after 12-inning loss to Mets

The Braves got a first-inning homer from Ozzie Albies off Noah Syndergaard but mustered just two runs in the next 11 innings and lost 5-3 to the National League East-leading Mets at SunTrust Park. “Average. I didn’t have everything at all times, but I did go out and make some pitches, give us a chance to win.” “With everything I’ve been doing, just having a little better...
Spanking still allowed in Georgia, U.S. schools

Spanking still allowed in Georgia, U.S. schools

To spank or not to spank: That debate is once again in the headlines. The Tennessee Legislature on April 17 passed a bill that bans the spanking of disabled children at public schools. If signed into law, the measure would bar school officials from using corporal punishment on kids with disabilities, unless their parents give written approval. A report released last month by the state comptroller&rsquo...
Raising black student enrollment at UGA still a challenge

Raising black student enrollment at UGA still a challenge

Amalie Rosales asked a group of African-American students at a University of Georgia reception in Atlanta a question that reflecting concerns about what she will face as an incoming minority student. “How do you view diversity on campus?,” asked Rosales, 18, a senior at Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County. Freshman Caleb Kelly, a panel member at UGA’s reception to recruit minority...
A first look at Georgia Tech’s new defense is not discouraging

A first look at Georgia Tech’s new defense is not discouraging

Two Georgia Tech fans walk into a bar. They’ve just witnessed another come-from-ahead loss. One Techie says, “If only this team could play defense ...” The other says: “Are we allowed to do that?”  Apologies for going Bad Henny Youngman on you, but the continuing saga of Paul Johnson and the abject scorn for his defense had become almost funny. His offense would...

Friday spring scores

Adairsville 19, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 12 Alexander 8, South Paulding 2 Appling County 7, Fitzgerald 0 Athens Academy 14, Clarke Central 2 Bainbridge 7, Madison County 5 Blessed Trinity 2, West Hall 0 Blessed Trinity 4, West Hall 3 Calhoun 3, Haralson County 0 Cambridge 7, Pope 6 Cedartown 9, Rockmart 2 Chestatee 10, George Walton Academy 4 Coahulla Creek 4, Sonoraville 0 Coffee 6, Northside-Warner...
Photos: Georgia Tech spring game

Photos: Georgia Tech spring game

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets concluded spring football practice Friday with their spring game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Check out the photos from Friday’s game at Grant Field.  Here’s more from Georgia Tech football: - Nate Woody’s progress report at end of spring practice - Georgia Tech introduces Adidas gear - Complete coverage of Georgia Tech on myajc.com
Teacher removed from Atlanta school after alleged fight with student

Teacher removed from Atlanta school after alleged fight with student

A teacher was removed from the classroom Friday following an alleged fight with a student, Atlanta Public Schools confirmed.   The fight happened at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta, APS spokesman Ian Smith said.  Smith said the teacher was temporarily removed from the school pending an investigation. The teacher’s identity was not released.   “Safety...
Analytics have helped Braves improve their defense

Analytics have helped Braves improve their defense

Soon after Alex Anthopoulos was hired away from the Dodgers to be the new Braves general manager in November, he brought Alex Tamin from the Dodgers to oversee an analytics department that would be significantly larger than the Braves ever used before. A department operating with a bigger budget and producing much more information that would be supplied on a daily basis to manager Brian Snitker and...
2 more arrested in alleged armed robbery, gambling house on KSU campus

2 more arrested in alleged armed robbery, gambling house on KSU campus

It was supposed to be a friendly wager over a game of NBA 2K18.  Instead, what transpired was an armed robbery at an illegal gambling house operated out of a Kennesaw State University football player’s on-campus apartment. After a week-long investigation, authorities arrested two more people — Justin “Pimp Juice” Mosley and Issiah “Swipe” Hightower —...
Lawsuit: Cobb jail guard kept job despite pattern of inmate abuse

Lawsuit: Cobb jail guard kept job despite pattern of inmate abuse

In jailhouse footage, the guard is seen pushing the inmate to the ground, where he lies, screaming in pain, his hip broken, as staff drift in and out, attempting to pull him to his feet and at one point taunting him.  Denis Quinette of Marietta, then 60 years old, had been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting. He remained on the floor for nearly an hour before paramedics arrived with a gurney...
Cops: ‘Irate’ man shot at woman who cut in front of him on I-20 in DeKalb

Cops: ‘Irate’ man shot at woman who cut in front of him on I-20 in DeKalb

Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly shot at a woman police say cut in front of him on I-20 West in DeKalb County.  The suspect and victim were merging onto the interstate from the Columbia Drive exit when the woman passed him in her Nissan Altima, DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said.  “The suspect became irate and pulled around the victim and fired into the victim's...
Man unhappy with no jail time for driver charged in his wife’s death

Man unhappy with no jail time for driver charged in his wife’s death

More than a year after a driver was charged with hitting and killing a woman as she walked her dog, the victim’s husband likely will see the case come to a conclusion. But Bill Stovall of Gwinnett County is not happy about the probable outcome, Channel 2 Action News reported. Tiffany Hayes, the driver, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide and other charges, the news station...
Sims optioned to Gwinnett, Ravin activated from DL

Sims optioned to Gwinnett, Ravin activated from DL

The Braves activated reliever Josh Ravin from the 10-day disabled list and optioned Lucas Sims back to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday as the bullpen shuffle continued. The move came one day after Sims faced six Mets batters in the seventh inning of his season debut and recorded one out, allowing two hits, three runs and three walks, including consecutive walks before he was replaced. He gave up a homer...
Police seek person of interest in beating death at DeKalb motel

Police seek person of interest in beating death at DeKalb motel

DeKalb County police have a person of interest in a deadly beating at a motel. But investigators don’t know his name or location.  Early Thursday, a 35-year-old man was allegedly in an altercation with the person of interest, according to Lt. Lonzy Robertson. About 6 a.m., officers were called to the United Inn and Suites on Memorial Drive on a report of a fight.  “Right...
Participants fewer, passion same in new metro Atlanta student protests

Participants fewer, passion same in new metro Atlanta student protests

A handful of schools across metro Atlanta participated in National Walkout events Friday, with activities and messages that varied in shape, scale and focus, on topics from gun control to police brutality. The events were held Friday to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, when two students opened fire inside their Littleton, Colo., high school, killing 13 before killing themselves...
Man convicted of murder flees courtroom before verdict 

Man convicted of murder flees courtroom before verdict 

A man accused of killing a 19-year-old nearly seven years ago fled the Fulton County courthouse before the verdict was read, the district attorney’s office said.  Verlaine Laguerre, 26, disappeared Friday afternoon before jurors convicted him of killing Matthew Hardeman, Fulton district attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said in a news release. A jury also convicted Laguerre’s accomplice...
Police investigate murder-suicide in Tulsa 

Police investigate murder-suicide in Tulsa 

Oklahoma police are investigating a murder-suicide in Tulsa after a 44-year-old man reportedly shot and killed a 34-year-old woman before turning the gun on himself. Officers said the investigation began around 11 p.m. Saturday when officers were called to investigate a missing person. The woman's husband reportedly told police that she had disappeared. Police said someone called them after seeing...
Penn State spring game 2018: Grading Nittany Lions’ performances in all phases

Penn State spring game 2018: Grading Nittany Lions’ performances in all phases

Despite all the annual excitement surrounding college football spring games, it’s imperative to remember these are glorified public practice sessions. Each program takes a different approach, and Saturday was Penn State’s turn as Nittany Lions coaches and players returned to the field at Beaver Stadium. Attempting to understand the intricacies of a live-action football...
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock calls Auburn’s Jeff Holland ‘interesting player’ in NFL Draft

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock calls Auburn’s Jeff Holland ‘interesting player’ in NFL Draft

AUBURN, Ala. — Heading into the 2018 NFL draft, analysts don’t quite know what to do with former Auburn football star Jeff Holland. As a junior last season, Holland produced at a high level with 10 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Pro Football Focus had Holland down for 65 total quarterback pressures, which is the most among any Power 5 edge defender in the draft...
Former Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown’s good luck charm is… a foxtail

Former Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown’s good luck charm is… a foxtail

Sometimes, you just need a little bit of good luck. That’s certainly the case for former Oklahoma Sooners left tackle Orlando Brown. But Brown’s lucky charm isn’t a rabbit’s foot, or a horseshoe, or a wishbone, or any of the other common good luck charms.   Rather, his is a bushy black and white foxtail, as he detailed to NewsOK.com&rsquo...
Dallas Morning News experts predict Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson to be top non-QB player in Big 12 for 2018

Dallas Morning News experts predict Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson to be top non-QB player in Big 12 for 2018

The Big 12 conference will be without some of its biggest names from last season this fall. Oklahoma quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will have moved onto the NFL, as will have Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, among others. Even with those two passers gone, it’s still likely that a quarterback will emerge as the top player in the Big...
Details into Tennessee’s stealthy meetings with incoming graduate transfer QB Keller Chryst

Details into Tennessee’s stealthy meetings with incoming graduate transfer QB Keller Chryst

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t saying much about individual players this spring because he didn’t want to mislead anyone. Especially at quarterback. Pruitt said Saturday afternoon what most have suspected from the time Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst announced he was headed to Knoxville: The QB spot is going to stay...
Jarrett Guarantano vs. Will McBride: Charting every Tennessee QB throw in 2018 Spring Game

Jarrett Guarantano vs. Will McBride: Charting every Tennessee QB throw in 2018 Spring Game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Saturday marked the final time Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride had the stage to themselves. Tennessee’s top two quarterbacks on the depth chart had all spring to impress the coaching staff without interference from Stanford transfer Keller Chryst or incoming freshman JT Shrout. Guarantano was the clear winner of the day, both individually...
G-Day is fun, but it’s not always a good indicator of Dawgs’ coming season

G-Day is fun, but it’s not always a good indicator of Dawgs’ coming season

Georgia football fans have a history of getting all excited about the backup quarterback on the basis of that glorified scrimmage known as G-Day. No doubt, a lot of fans walked out of the Black team’s 21-13 victory Saturday excited about freshman Justin Fields, just as, a year ago, many left G-Day buzzing about another freshman early enrollee, Jake...
Louisville hosting prolific UNC-Asheville transfer MaCio Teague

Louisville hosting prolific UNC-Asheville transfer MaCio Teague

The Louisville Cardinals and new coach Chris Mack are still scouring the transfer market in search of guard help and UNC-Asheville’s MaCio Teague is a prolific scorer who could certainly fill a need. Teague is on campus for an official visit on, according to a report from Jody Demling from Inside The Ville. The sophomore guard announced his intent to transfer earlier...
Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

One crowded Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, led Nashville resident James Shaw Jr. to the restaurant where a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning, killing four people. Shaw acted quickly to disarm the gunman and toss the rifle over the counter at the Antioch restaurant, an action police said saved several lives, The Tennessean reported. Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University...
Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on defense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on defense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Penn State completed spring practice Saturday with its Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium, but position battles will continue into the summer for Nittany Lions players. Coach James Franklin and his staff stress the importance of establishing a highly competitive culture, and high-level recruiting has helped enhance talent across the depth chart. Penn State, coming off a second...
5 Nebraska players who delivered breakout performances this spring

5 Nebraska players who delivered breakout performances this spring

With a new coaching staff in town, the opportunity presented itself to several members of the Nebraska football program to stand out. In turn, some Nebraska players took advantage of the clean slate to make names for themselves. Most of the breakout candidates wound up being newcomers, too. That being said, there’s a good chance a sizable portion of the contributions...
Penn State’s Mac Hippenhammer on being 2-sport athlete: ‘It’s a lot of going back and forth’

Penn State’s Mac Hippenhammer on being 2-sport athlete: ‘It’s a lot of going back and forth’

During Penn State’s annual Blue-White spring game on Saturday, wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer hauled in 2 touchdown catches to help the Blue team win by a final score of 21-10. The two receptions marked the redshirt freshman’s first two touchdowns catches at Beaver Stadium. However, while Hippenhammer impressed on the football field on Saturday and throughout...
5-star T Devontae Dobbs called out Chase Young — and it earned him an Ohio State offer

5-star T Devontae Dobbs called out Chase Young — and it earned him an Ohio State offer

BELLEVILLE, Mich. — It may be hard to fathom that 5-star offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs was once a relative unknown in the recruiting world, but it wasn’t too long ago that the 6-foot-4, 270-pound standout was showing up at camps hoping to land offers from major programs. These days, Dobbs is ranked as a top 10 recruit and the No. 1 tackle in the country by the...
Texas set to host out-of-state CB Chester Kimbrough for official visit

Texas set to host out-of-state CB Chester Kimbrough for official visit

Coveted New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton cornerback Chester Kimbrough hasn’t visited the Texas Longhorns since last summer.   That will change in the coming weeks, as the elite Louisiana product has scheduled an official visit to Texas for May 4, per a report from 247Sports’ EJ Holland. Among a handful of cornerback prospects whom Texas is in pursuit...
Notre Dame receives commitment from blue-chip NJ DE Howard Cross III

Notre Dame receives commitment from blue-chip NJ DE Howard Cross III

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish received their third commitment in as many days in the Class of 2019, with New Jersey defensive end Howard Cross III announcing his pledge on Sunday morning. Cross published a statement declaring his commitment to the Irish on his Twitter account. In it, he thanked his coaches at St. Joseph’s, teachers, classmates and his family...
Oklahoma spring game turnout was among the best in the nation

Oklahoma spring game turnout was among the best in the nation

Spring football may be nothing more than a controlled scrimmage with vanilla play-calling, fourth string quarterback sightings and running clacks, but that certainly doesn’t deter the fans from flocking to spring games en masse.   With annual spring games serving as the first and final public appearance from each team before each season, it shouldn’t ...
What we learned — and didn’t learn — from the LSU spring game

What we learned — and didn’t learn — from the LSU spring game

BATON ROUGE, La. — In a clean and tidy world, the LSU spring game would have provided us with all the answers for the questions that surrounded the Tigers as they headed into spring practice. Alas, it is a very messy world. Many, many things remain unresolved about this team, the most important of which is who will start at quarterback. Still, we were able to glean a...
5 breakout performers from Penn State’s 15 spring practices

5 breakout performers from Penn State’s 15 spring practices

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State wrapped up spring practice on Saturday in front of an estimated crowd of 71,000 in Beaver Stadium and in the process continued to show flashes of what’s ahead. The Nittany Lions will end the spring semester within the next two weeks and shortly after that the players will be in a next cycle of training, this one taking them all the...
Nebraska football: What we learned about the Huskers this spring

Nebraska football: What we learned about the Huskers this spring

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s spring game has officially come and gone, which means a new chapter in coach Scott Frost’s first year has arrived. With only one practice scheduled left on the spring schedule for Monday, the Huskers are now preparing for summer conditioning and player-led practices. Before that all begins, the last few weeks have provided plenty...
Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter

Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter

Some fast thinking by a Waffle House patron in Antioch, Tennessee, saved numerous lives after a man opened fire at the restaurant, The Tennessean reported. Police said the suspected shooter, believed to be Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House. James Shaw Jr., 29, was sitting in the Waffle House when the gunman opened fire, The Tennessean...
The truth about Tennessee QB situation: Details on Keller Chryst’s stealthy meetings emerge

The truth about Tennessee QB situation: Details on Keller Chryst’s stealthy meetings emerge

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t saying much about individual players this spring because he didn’t want to mislead anyone. Especially at quarterback. Pruitt said Saturday afternoon what most have suspected from the time Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst announced he was headed to Knoxville: the QB spot is going to stay...
Notre Dame doing what’s right and not easiest at quarterback

Notre Dame doing what’s right and not easiest at quarterback

The Notre Dame quarterback competition is effectively over. Barring catastrophe, it appears Brandon Wimbush will be the starting quarterback against Michigan on Sept. 1. After being benched in the Citrus Bowl in favor of Ian Book, who went on to lead the Irish to victory, Wimbush was given every opportunity to retain the job to the surprise of many. However, it’s the...
Top performers, recruiting notes from Louisiana Bootlegger Invitational

Top performers, recruiting notes from Louisiana Bootlegger Invitational

MANDEVILLE, La. — Air Raid defeated the host Louisiana Bootleggers to win the 2018 installment of the invitational at Pelican Park on Saturday. The tournament was chock full of elite prospects from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and across the southeast. That included several targets on LSU’s 2019 and 2020 recruiting boards and others coveted by schools across the...
Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on offense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on offense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Penn State completed spring practice Saturday with its Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium, but position battles will continue into the summer for Nittany Lions players. Coach James Franklin and his staff stress the importance of establishing a highly competitive culture, and high-level recruiting has helped enhance talent across the depth chart. Coming off a second straight...
CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

Jake Tapper doesn’t seem to get rattled easily. He’s got a TV anchor’s unflappable poise and immovable hair, and radiates an almost eerie calm when a dozen explosive stories break during his daily CNN show. He’s weathered relentless online attacks from the right for his interrogations of Trump administration officials, and seemed unruffled when the president attacked him as...
California man stabbed to death while dining with daughter on lap

California man stabbed to death while dining with daughter on lap

A California man eating at a steakhouse with his daughter on his lap was stabbed to death Wednesday when a homeless man allegedly walked up and attacked him, CNN reported. Anthony Mele Jr. 35, died Thursday, but his 5-year-old daughter was not hurt, the Ventura Police Department said. Mele was dining at the Aloha Steakhouse, a beachside restaurant in Ventura, CNN reported. He was taken to a hospital...
When lights came on, Arkansas linebacker Hayden Henry shined

When lights came on, Arkansas linebacker Hayden Henry shined

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis isn’t much for bragging on individual players. He very obviously will try to avoid doing so when speaking with the media. Chavis couldn’t help himself, though, when he was recently asked about standout performers in the Hogs’ spring game. He had to bring up sophomore Hayden Henry....
Kirby Smart lauds ‘sideline-to-sideline’ play of Georgia linebacker Monty Rice

Kirby Smart lauds ‘sideline-to-sideline’ play of Georgia linebacker Monty Rice

ATHENS – Informed of the gaudy number that was posted next to his name on the final stat sheet from G-Day, Georgia linebacker Monty Rice just shrugged and sighed. Others might’ve been impressed to see 14 tackles posted there. Rice wasn’t. “Nah, because I missed a few assignments that I feel like cost the team,” said Rice, who started at Will linebacker for...
Michigan LBs coach Al Washington puts defensive coordinator Don Brown on Mount Rushmore

Michigan LBs coach Al Washington puts defensive coordinator Don Brown on Mount Rushmore

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan football team completed its fourth week of preseason camp, and while practices remain closed, we’ll fill you in on what we’ve learned. Our rundown this week includes how linebackers coach Al Washington regards defensive coordinator Don Brown, what some of Michigan’s players and coaches are doing instead of going to France...
Wisconsin football: A look at Badgers’ post-spring practice defensive depth chart

Wisconsin football: A look at Badgers’ post-spring practice defensive depth chart

Wisconsin’s defense has been dominant in recent seasons thanks to veteran leaders with multiple years in the program. The Badgers’ re-tooled defense will look much different in 2018, but the expectations remain the same. Wisconsin loses seven starters from one of the best units in the country, including three of four starters in the secondary. Here’s a look...
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