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Georgia officers fatally shot man who had an airsoft gun

Mar. 10, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say seven police officers in Georgia shot and killed a man who charged at them with what they later learned was an airsoft gun. Athens-Clarke County Police said they were called to a home Friday night about and armed man. Police said the officers demanded 34-year-old Thomas...

Author's books dive into Georgia's underwater farms, towns

Mar. 9, 2019 3:13 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A woman has written a book about the towns and farms engulfed by water to create man-made lakes in north Georgia, such as Lake Allatoona. Lisa Russell, a Dalton High School graduate, teaches at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Kennesaw State University, The Athens Banner-Herald...

Georgia's Hammonds has surgery to repair fracture in foot

Mar. 7, 2019 4:30 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds, the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, has had surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot. The surgery Thursday came after Hammonds missed Georgia's 64-39 loss to Missouri on Wednesday night. Following the game, coach Tom Crean...

Geist leads Missouri past poor-shooting Georgia, 64-39

Mar. 6, 2019 10:12 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Missouri finally generated momentum in the Southeastern Conference with back-to-back wins near the end of its mostly disappointing season. Georgia's search for its first back-to-back SEC wins ended with an ugly loss described by its top scorer as a dud. Jordan Geist scored 18 points and...

Wyatt helps rally No. 11 Kentucky women past Georgia 58-53

Mar. 3, 2019 3:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tatyana Wyatt scored 17 points and Rhyne Howard and Jaida Roper hit clutch 3-pointers down the stretch Sunday as No. 11 Kentucky held off Georgia 58-53 in their final game of the regular season. The Wildcats (24-6, 11-5 Southeastern Conference) scored the first nine points of the fourth...

Okeke hits 3-pointer to lead Auburn past Georgia 78-75

Feb. 28, 2019 12:57 AM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Inbounding the ball from the baseline with hardly any time left on the shot clock, Auburn didn't have a lot of options. So, the Tigers threw it up to Chuma Okeke and hoped for the best. The sophomore forward came through. Okeke hit the winning 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining and...

Georgia coach returns to bench 2 days after giving birth

Feb. 21, 2019 11:38 PM EST

ATHENS, Georgia (AP) — Georgia women's basketball coach Joni Taylor was on the bench Thursday night, just two days after giving birth to her second child and her team gave her a gift. Taylor gave birth to Drew Simone Taylor on Tuesday, the morning after she coached a 78-56 victory over Mississippi. Not one...

Weatherspoon's late FT lifts Mississippi State past Georgia

Feb. 20, 2019 10:01 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A small stuffed bulldog toy tossed onto the court with the game tied and 0.5 seconds remaining was just the break Quinndary Weatherspoon and Mississippi State needed. Weatherspoon was already at the free-throw line before officials penalized Georgia with a technical foul for the fan's...

Georgia AD Greg McGarity given 1-year contract extension

Feb. 20, 2019 5:57 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has been given a one-year contract extension. The extension through June 2020 came in a unanimous vote by the Georgia athletic association's board of directors Wednesday. McGarity began his stint as Georgia's AD in 2010. Georgia football coach...

Georgia basketball coach Joni Taylor gives birth to girl

Feb. 19, 2019 12:38 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Joni Taylor has given birth to a girl less than 12 hours after leading the Lady Bulldogs to a victory. The Bulldogs said in a release Tuesday that Taylor is resting comfortably with her second child, Drew Simone Taylor. Her husband Drew and their older daughter Jacie...