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Patrick Swanson / August 08,2022

Scouting the Globe 2022: The Five Best Prospects From Georgia

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We’re scouting the globe once again to check out some of the top MMA prospects across the planet. This time out, we take a look at Georgia, which has become a hotbed of mixed martial arts talent in recent years.
Our original Scouting the Globe series singled out the following five prospects from Georgia:

  • Ilia Topuria is ranked #15 at bantamweight in the UFC.
  • Guram Kutateladze who is 1-1 in the UFC.
  • Zviad Lazishvili who was recently released by the UFC.
  • Levan Chokheli is signed with Bellator and is 1-2 for them.
  • Amiran Gogoladze who fights on the Contender Series this season.

Here’s who we’ve singled out in 2022.

Welterweight, Amiran Gogoladze (14-2)

Gogoladze is a highlight-reel finisher both on the feet and on the mat. He is extremely slick on the mat, especially off his back. He’s a sharp submission hunter and that shows with three submission victories by three different submissions.
Gogladze will utilize a lot of feints on the feet which set up the eventual finish. He throws a dangerous head kick and is just very tricky and explosive. He has flaws with his takedown defense but isn’t a guy you want to be caught slipping by.
Gogoladze is just 24 so if his defense tightens up he’s going to be a nightmare at 170.

Patrick Swanson / July 13,2022

As rising MLB draft prospect and Georgia Tech commit, Calvert Hall star Lamar King Jr. seeing hard work pay off

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The daily routine for graduated Calvert Hall baseball star Lamar King Jr. starts in the batting cage at 7:30 in the morning.
For the 18-year-old Perry Hall resident, a first-team All-Metro catcher and Georgia Tech commit, a typical week also includes four days of lifting weights, three days focusing on conditioning and two days of yoga to improve his flexibility.
If it appears to be a demanding grind, King thinks otherwise.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s like my happy place — hitting, the gym and baseball in general. So it’s fun for me and I don’t feel like it’s work. It’s things I love to do.”
With the hard work serving as his foundation, King has put himself in an excellent spot.
He can continue on with his plans to play at Georgia Tech, which has produced a lengthy list of quality catchers, including former Orioles star Matt Wieters and current top prospect Kevin Parada. Or, with expectations of being selected high in the Major League Baseball draft that starts Sunday night, he might be ready to pursue his lifelong dream of turning pro.
“It’s exciting. We’re just going to see what happens in the draft and then we’re going to put all the options on the table and pick what’s the best fit for me at this time,” King said.
A varsity player since his freshman year, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound King took his game to a higher level in a senior season that raised his draft stock. He batted .506 with 14 home runs and 38 RBIs as the Cardinals finished with a 17-6 mark in longtime coach Lou Eckerl’s final season.
ESPN baseball analyst Kiley McDaniel, a former pro scout, ranks King at No. 102 in his list of the Top 300 prospects for the 2022 draft.

Patrick Swanson / March 05,2022

Georgia falls to Missouri in regular season finale

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Despite an opening offensive flurry, the University of Georgia men’s basketball team fell to Missouri, 79-69, in its regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
Senior Braelen Bridges led Georgia (6-25, 1-17 SEC) in scoring with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, along with a team-high five rebounds. Sophomore Kario Oquendo tallied 17 points, while graduate Aaron Cook racked up 16 points. For the game, the Bulldogs shot 44.9 percent from the field.
“We weren’t physically aggressive, and we didn’t have a high level of compete and physicality on the glass,” said Georgia head coach Tom Crean following the game. “When that happens, it’s indicative of where our defense is at…It’s unfortunate because this is still a very winnable game all the way to the end.”
Georgia’s offense opened the afternoon on a tear, converting on each of its first 10 shot attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers from Oquendo and junior Jaxon Etter. After going down 16-2 four minutes into the game, Missouri (11-20, 5-13 SEC) started to cut into the lead, reducing the deficit to seven by the second media break. The Bulldogs responded with a three from senior Noah Baumann off a steal from Cook, bringing their lead back to double figures.
The Bulldogs were also able to work their way into the bonus early, fortifying their advantage with consistent trips to the foul line and going up 14 with five minutes to play. Despite Georgia’s scoring, the Tigers benefitted from the boards, hauling in nine offensive rebounds and scoring 13 second-chance points in the first half, leading to a 9-2 run near the end of the first. However, a layup from Oquendo in the closing seconds gave Georgia a 39-30 lead at the half.

Patrick Swanson / February 26,2022

Tennessee can add history to Georgia record

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Attention: Auburn is past tense. Tigers’ pregame floor dance atop “Tennessee” at Thompson-Boling Arena struck me as somewhere between dumb and disrespectful. It certainly didn’t intimidate the Volunteers.
That was Saturday. Georgia is now what matters, Tuesday evening in Athens.
The Bulldogs and coach Tom Crean are 1-15 against SEC foes, 6-23 overall. One more loss will seriously impact their discomfort. It would stick them with the worst winning percentage since 1956.
Descriptive quote: “Apathy is the albatross around this program’s neck.”
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There was a touch of irony in Saturday’s Georgia loss to Florida. Phlandrous Fleming had 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Gators. Phlandrous grew up four miles from the Georgia campus.
Fleming was the 2017 Georgia 5A player of the year at Athens Cedar Shoals High but went virtually un-recruited. Previous Georgia coaches told him his offensive skills were not good enough for the Southeastern Conference. He went to Charleston Southern, enjoyed a 1,500-point career, won first-team all-Big South honors and was twice defensive player of the year.
Fleming grad-transferred to Florida. Sixty-six relatives and friends welcomed his homecoming.
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A few days ago, I told you about the Spyre Sports Group and the $25 million it hopes to raise for Tennessee athletes’ name, image and likeness.
So soon we see how far behind are the Volunteers.

Patrick Swanson / January 11,2022

Jameson Williams Knee Injury. Torn ACL, MCL in Alabama vs Georgia National Championship Game

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Jameson Williams Knee Injury. Torn ACL, MCL in Alabama vs Georgia National Championship Game

All right, so hey guys. What's up? It's Stephen Dunn, I'm a holistic physical therapist here in Westlake Hills, Texas. We're about three or four miles from downtown Austin. Today, I want to go over a knee injury that was sustained in the national championship game between Georgia and Alabama a couple days ago by a guy by the name of Jameson Williams, who was definitely an impact player. So we're going to watch this video and I'm going to explain what happened and how it happened and a little bit of that so let's watch the video.Okay, so here we are at the video. What we're going to watch is a live version and a replay version of #1, the receiver for Alabama catching the ball. When he catches the ball he places his left foot down to plant, to cut to the right. He's going to try to make a juke and when he makes that move, it's a non-contact injury, meaning no one touched him. It injured in the position that he was in and what happened is his knee goes into this angle called a valgus angle. This means his knee is coming in and his foot is going out and I'll explain that in a little more detail in a moment.Let's watch the play and let me warn you if you're squeamish and don't like to see injuries or nasty things, then don't watch this part of the video. It can make you have a little bit heebie jibbies...There's the catch, plant, boom. Down. Done and it’s his left knee... now watch in slow motion and you'll be able to see very clear when he injure it. When I was watching this live I knew he was out with significant injury and slow motion confirmed it. And by the way, I'm a huge LSU fan, Geaux Tigers!

Patrick Swanson / December 31,2021

Five reasons to watch Alabama-Georgia national title game

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Five reasons to watch Alabama-Georgia national title game

Five reasons to watch Alabama-Georgia national title game

Patrick Swanson / December 30,2021

Angry Dawgs: No. 3 Georgia beats No. 2 Michigan 34-11 in CFP

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — With one overwhelming half at the Orange Bowl, No. 3 Georgia showed that a humbling loss to Alabama did not break the Bulldogs.
In fact, it might have made them even stronger.
Stetson Bennett threw three touchdown passes, Nakobe Dean led an angry defense and Georgia returned to its dominant ways, beating No. 2 Michigan 34-11 on Friday night to advance to the College Football Playoff championship.
Georgia (13-1) earned a rematch with Southeastern Conference nemesis Alabama (13-1) in the title game Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.
It was a little less than a month ago the Crimson Tide rolled through the Bulldogs, shattering their air of invincibility after a 12-0 regular season in which they were hardly challenged.
If there was any question about whether the damage from that 41-24 setback would linger, the Bulldogs answered them quickly.
Georgia became the first team in the eight-year history of the CFP to score on each of its first five possessions and led 27-3 at halftime.
Michigan (12-2) entered its first playoff appearance off a milestone season, having ended a long drought against rival Ohio State on the way to winning the Big Ten.
“Let’er rip,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told ESPN moments before kickoff.
The Bulldogs most certainly did, playing like a team out to prove a point.
Georgia scored touchdowns the first two times it had the ball, moving it at will against Heisman Trophy runner-up Aidan Hutchinson and the Michigan defense.
Bennett found freshman tight end Brock Bowers free in the flats for an 8-yard touchdown pass to cap an 80-yard opening drive.

Patrick Swanson / December 19,2021

Georgia outlasts Western Carolina, 85-79

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ATHENS, Ga. – Holding off a game effort from Western Carolina, the University of Georgia men’s basketball team topped the Catamounts, 85-79, before 7,271 spectators Monday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.
Sophomore Kario Oquendo led Georgia (5-6) with 21 points on 6-for-13 shooting, with senior Braelen Bridges pitching in with 17 points. Senior Noah Baumann led the Bulldogs with a career-high 11 rebounds, while graduate Aaron Cook also set a new career best with 12 assists to go with 13 points. For the night, the Bulldogs shot 44.6 percent from the field, including a 47.1 percent clip in the second half.
“For us, we adjusted,” said Georgia head coach Tom Crean following the game. “We had a really good finish to the game with the scoring. They were mixing defenses, and our guys were really active and playing through it. I’m proud we got this one under our belt now because I didn’t like our confidence at all on Saturday night. I thought our confidence came alive in this game.”
Georgia started fast, running out to a 10-3 lead in the opening three minutes before a short drought helped Western Carolina (6-6) narrow the margin to four. However, the Bulldogs found success from beyond the arc, returning to a double-digit lead thanks to consecutive triples from Ridgnal. As the half wore on, the Catamounts continued to cut into the Bulldog lead, making it a three-point game with 3:40 play after running off an 8-2 run.
In need of a timely bucket, Georgia found one with a 3-pointer from sophomore Jabri Abdur-Rahim coming out of the final media timeout. Western Carolina again countered with scores on three of its final four possessions, sending the teams to the locker room with Georgia leading 35-33.

Patrick Swanson / November 26,2021

Mountaineer football shuts down Georgia Southern 27-3, celebrates Senior Day

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Mountaineer football shuts down Georgia Southern 27-3, celebrates Senior Day

App State took down Georgia Southern 27-3 on Senior Day at The Rock Saturday, completing its first perfect season at home since 2018. 
“That was emotional. Those guys have done a lot for Appalachian State,” head coach Shawn Clark said. “They’ve given their all for the last five and six years.”
Senior Day activities preceded the game, where 28 seniors and super seniors were recognized for their careers wearing the Black and Gold. Seven Mountaineers closed out their sixth year in Boone with their 34th home victory and 62nd career victory, including defensive lineman Tommy Dawkins Jr., quarterback Jacob Huesman, offensive lineman Baer Hunter, defensive back Kaiden Smith, defensive lineman Caleb Spurlin, kicker Chandler Staton and receiver Jalen Virgil.
Mountaineer football shuts down Georgia Southern 27-3, celebrates Senior DaySuper senior receiver Malik Williams celebrates his first quarter touchdown with junior offensive linemen Isaiah Helms, left, and Damion Daley, right. (Max Correa)
“It’s really cool to call this place home for not only the last five years but for the rest of my life,” Hennigan said. “I’m indebted to this university forever, and I can’t wait to see the growth and the progress this program continues to make.”

Patrick Swanson / October 29,2021

Florida vs. Georgia score, takeaways: Gators pounded by No. 1 Dawgs as more questions arise

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Anticipation over the first start of redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Richardson’s career fizzled before 30 minutes were played in the 2021 edition of the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party. That’s bound to happen when three second-quarter turnovers turn a tooth-and-nail battle into a blowout that eventually led to a 34-7 win for the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs over the Florida Gators.

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