Bulldogs get bye week to prepare for Gamecocks

The Georgia Bulldogs returned to practice on Monday afternoon for a 90-minute session in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, their first on-field workout since last Saturday’s decisive victory over No. 16 Clemson. With an open date this weekend, the Bulldogs were able to focus on addressing issues against the Tigers instead of preparing for their next opponent.

“We tried to correct mistakes,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We’re trying to get better every day. We have a lot of things to correct. Knowing you have two open dates, it’s not bad to have one right now prior to a really good Eastern Division foe. It’s a good time for this.”

Georgia conducted meetings and a conditioning session on Monday...

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Bulldogs fan day set for 8-24

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With the 2014 Mississippi State football season inching closer, Bulldog supporters can meet this year’s team at the annual Fan Day celebration on Sunday, Aug. 24. This year’s event will be held inside the newly renovated and expanded Davis Wade Stadium.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the event running from 5-7 p.m. This year’s activities, which allow for fans to see the expanded stadium and conveniently fit into the football team’s practice schedule, will once again be open to the public, family friendly and free for all in attendance. Fans are asked to enter through the West and North Main gates.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Scott Field and, as part of the fanfare activities, individuals can take a tour of the new Gridiron Club in the north end zone...

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4 Star LB Baker picks Gators over Buckeyes

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The Gators went into Ohio and took the best linebacker into the state back to the Swamp with them. 4 star linebacker Jerome Baker chose Florida over the Buckeyes, Seminoles, Volunteers, and many others to commit to Will Muschamp on Friday. The 6’1 205 lb prospect will look to finish up his high school career with Benedictine this fall.

Longhorns beat Dores 4-0

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Senior right-handed pitcher Nathan Thornhill was dominant for eight scoreless innings and the offense struck for four runs in the first two innings to carry Texas to a 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt Friday afternoon.

The Longhorns (46-20) will square off with Vanderbilt (48-20) again Saturday at 7 p.m. in a winner-take-all matchup to advance to the championship series beginning on Monday.

Pitching was again the story for Texas, which became the first team since Oregon State in 2006 to post back-to-back shutouts in the College World Series. It was also Texas’ 10th shutout all-time in the CWS, tied with Arizona State for the most all time.

Thornhill (9-3, 1.51) was magnificent throughout his eight innings, yielding only five singles and one walk while striking out five Commodores...

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WKU to play Bama in 2016

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The University of Alabama and Western Kentucky announced today that they will play a 2016 non-conference football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide and Hilltoppers will meet on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. It will be the third meeting between the two programs, all since 2008. Alabama is currently 2-0 against Western Kentucky, posting a 35-0 victory at home in 2012 and a 41-7 triumph in 2008.

It will likely be a one-sided affair when the two teams meet but I’m sure WKU will get a pretty good payday for showing up and losing big.

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Missouri Football and UT Men’s Hoops win SEC Sportsmanship Awards

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The Missouri football team, Tennessee men’s basketball team, Georgia equestrian team and the women’s golf coaches of the Southeastern Conference are recipients of the seventh annual SEC Sportsmanship Awards, the conference office announced Thursday.

The four groups were chosen by a vote of the SEC Directors of Athletics. The Mizzou Tiger football team and Volunteer men’s basketball team tied for the male award while the Bulldog equestrian team and the women’s golf coaches of the conference tied for the female honor.

“Sportsmanship, civility and social responsibility are marks of character that last a lifetime,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive...

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Gus Mazahn picks up Stagg Coaching Award

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Auburn’s Gus Malzahn will pick up his Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award on May 30th at the Auburn Athletics Complex. The United States Sports Academy announced Malzahn its 2014 winner in February for “outstanding achievement as a coach.”

Malzahn helped lead Auburn to the SEC championship and a spot in the BCS title game.

The United States Sports Academy says the winner of its award “should exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.”

Malzahn also won these national coach of the year awards for his 2013 success: the Bobby Bowden Award, the Bear Bryant Award, the Eddie Robinson Award, Home Depot Award, Liberty Mutual Award and was named coach of the year by the Associated Press and the Sportin...

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Kentucky advances in SEC Tournament with Walk-Off Single in 12th

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Zach Arnold bounced a single to the left side of the drawn-in infield, scoring Matt Reida with the walk-off run, lifting Kentucky to a 12-inning marathon win over No. 17 Mississippi State, advancing UK to the Southeastern Conference Tournament Semifinals, on Thursday night in front of 8,501 at the Hoover Met.

Reida led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a double, his second of the game, and after a walk from pinch hitter Dorian Hairston and an intentional pass to Austin Cousino, the bases were loaded for Max Kuhn. MSU reliever Preston Brown got Kuhn to strike out swinging, bringing Marcus Carson – who had pinch ran for A.J. Reed in the ninth inning – to the plate. UK turned to Arnold, a sophomore reserve catcher, to pinch hit...

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Miss State gets former Wolverine kicker McGrath

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Former Michigan walk-on kicker JJ McGrath has decided on Mississippi State after leaving the Wolverines after his freshman year. McGrath tweeted the news yesterday.

McGrath will likely compete right away for the starting job as the Bulldogs were only 10 for 21 on field goal attempts. The former Wolverine did not play at all last year and will likely be eligible to play in 2014...

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Florida has 3 selected on last day of Draft

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Three former University of Florida football players were selected on day three of the 2014 NFL Draft. Defensive back Jaylen Watkins was selected with the first pick of the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker Ronald Powell was taken in the fifth round by the New Orleans Saints and offensive lineman Jon Halapio was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round.

They join defensive lineman Dominique Easley (first round, New England) to total four Gators drafted in 2014.

Watkins is the 13th Gator all-time selected by the Eagles, and will join former UF receiver Riley Cooper in Philadelphia. With Watkins’ selection on Saturday, UF has had three defensive backs selected in the last two drafts — Matt Elam and Josh Evans were taken in 2013...

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