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Univ. of Georgia runner impaled by javelin hopes to return

May. 21, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A University of Georgia track athlete who was impaled by a javelin during practice says he hopes to return to the sport soon. Freshman Elija Godwin tells WSB-TV that he hopes start rehabilitation next week and be on an indoor track by later this year. Godwin was doing backward sprints...

Regents approve naming Sanford Stadium field for Dooley

May. 15, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The renaming of the field at Georgia's Sanford Stadium in honor of former longtime coach Vince Dooley has cleared its final hurdle. The Georgia Board of Regents has approved the proposal for Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. The newly named field will be dedicated at the Bulldogs' home...

Georgia man finds pet dog dead, hanged in front yard

May. 10, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man walked outside one morning this week and found his pet dog dead, hanging by its neck from a decorative pole used to display plants. The Athens Banner-Herald reports 40-year-old Marshall Lee Shubert was staying at a friend's home near Athens when his 4-year-old Chihuahua...

Georgia adds G Gresham, graduate transfer from Northeastern

May. 9, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has added Donnell Gresham, a graduate transfer from Northeastern, to its backcourt for next season. The 6-foot-2 guard started 33 games and averaged 9.7 points last season as Northeastern won 23 games and lost to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. Gresham will add experience to...

Georgia sprinter impaled by javelin, full recovery expected

May. 8, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia track athlete was expected to make a full recovery after being impaled by a javelin during practice. Freshman sprinter Elija Godwin was injured Tuesday when he and his fellow sprinters were doing backward sprints at the university's track. According to school statement, Godwin...

Former UConn guard Mikayla Coombs transfers to Georgia

May. 6, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mikayla Coombs, a guard who was the 2017 Georgia high school player of the year, is transferring from UConn to Georgia. Coombs will have two years of eligibility at Georgia and is applying for a waiver for immediate eligibility without sitting out a year. The 5-foot-10 Coombs was a...

Georgia athletic board approves naming field for Dooley

May. 3, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia athletic association's board of directors has unanimously endorsed naming the field at Sanford Stadium in honor of former longtime coach Vince Dooley. The athletic board's vote came in a teleconference meeting on Friday led by University of Georgia president Jere Morehead....

Thieves use stolen vehicles to ram gun stores, steal weapons

May. 1, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia are investigating two cases of stolen vehicles being rammed into gun stores, with thieves then making off with weapons. Athens-Clarke County police are trying to determine whether the most recent robbery last weekend is related to one two weeks ago in Loganville. The...

Former Democratic congressman running for Georgia high court

Apr. 29, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Democratic congressman John Barrow says he's running for a seat on Georgia's highest court. Barrow of Athens announced his candidacy Monday for the Georgia Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Robert Benham. Barrow joins the race a few months after losing a December runoff election...

Suspect arrested in University of Georgia student's shooting

Apr. 23, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities arrested a suspect Tuesday in the shooting of a University of Georgia student during a robbery attempt at a bus stop near campus. Zarren Garner, 20, was taken into custody in Gwinnett County on suspicion of armed robbery and aggravated assault after a sketch of the suspect...