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Georgia LB Jarvis Jones heading to pros

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Georgia LB Jarvis Jones heading to pros

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) After returning to Georgia for the chance to win a championship, All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones is headed to the pros.

Jones informed the school Friday that he won't be returning for his senior season, a decision that was expected almost as soon as he announced a year ago that he was returning to the Bulldogs. He is projected to be one of the top picks in the NFL draft after leading the nation with 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for losses and seven forced fumbles, even while missing two games with injuries.

``This has been a difficult decision, and one that I have talked over with my family and coaches,'' Jones said in a statement released by the school. ``I think this decision comes at the right time for me and my family and I look forward to seeing what the next level holds for me. Go Dogs!''

Jones wasted no time making a decision, announcing his plans just three days after a 45-31 victor over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Georgia native started his career at Southern Cal, but sustained a neck injury during his freshman year. He transferred back home, sat out a season, then joined the Bulldogs in 2011.

He started all 26 games he played over the last two seasons and finished with 28 sacks, the third most in school history. He also had 44 tackles behind the line, 155 total tackles, nine forced fumbles and an interception.

``I will always appreciate the chance Georgia gave me after my injury at Southern Cal,'' Jones said. ``There is nothing like the Bulldog fans and I will forever be proud to wear the `G.'''

After leading the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for losses (19.5) as a third-year sophomore, Jones could have entered the draft. But he and several other top defensive players, including safety Baccari Rambo, opted to stay for another season, hoping to lead the Bulldogs to a championship. They came agonizingly close, losing to No. 2 Alabama in a classic Southeastern Conference title game that came down to the final play.

If the Bulldogs had pulled out the victory, they would have earned their first SEC crown since 2005 and faced top-ranked Notre Dame for the BCS championship in Miami.

Jones bounced back from the bitter defeat, closing his college career in style with two sacks and eight tackles in the win over Nebraska. That performance gave him the school record for both sacks and tackles behind the line in a season.

He was a finalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, Butkus and Lott awards.

Georgia will have some major holes to fill on defense next season. Junior linebacker Alec Ogletree announced immediately after the Capital One Bowl that he was going pro, and the Bulldogs also will lose three key seniors: Rambo, safety Shawn Williams and nose tackle John Jenkins.

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Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

If you were a fan of the NBA's new format for the All-Star game, which featured a target score to decide the winner instead of a clock, you might be in luck. 

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the NBA is likely to use the target score format again in next year's All-Star game. The NBA's president of league operations Byron Spruell told Lowe it's a 'good assumption' we see this format again. 

In its maiden voyage, the target score was a smashing success. The NBA has struggled to make the All-Star game entertaining and intense enough for the best players in the world to try. By adding 24 points onto the leading team's score at the end of the third and saying, "First one to this number wins," it sparked the competitive fire in the league's biggest stars and made for an unforgettable basketball moment. 

The target score is very similar to the "Elam Ending," created by Ball State University professor Nick Elam. The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event held over the summer, has used the Elam Ending for the last two years.

Chris Paul suggested using the format in the All-Star game to commissioner Adam Silver, and now the target score ending has a chance at making it to the G-League. 

Lowe also includes in the story that the NBA will discuss using the target score system in the G-League, the league's developmental league. However, concerns about making G-League play too different from play in the NBA make it unlikely for a full adaptation of the target score system. 

Spruell did say a possible first step would be using the system at the annual G-League Showcase, which usually takes place in December. 

To go even further down the rabbit hole of hypothetical changes to NBA games, the NBA will also reportedly discuss using target scores in the elimination rounds of a midseason tournament. In late December, the NBA propose massive schedule changes to the league's owners including shortening the regular season to 78 games and introducing a midseason tournament. 

The owners still have to approve the changes before any target scoring system can be implemented. 

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A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

Dwayne Haskins learned a lot in his first go-round in the NFL, including just how much work is required to be a successful starting QB and how intense a typical season with the Redskins can be.

He also was exposed to the dark reality of taxes for the first time, which are far scarier than even the most devastating opposing pass rush.

In a video for GQ Sports and their "My First Million" series, Haskins discussed how he, well, spent his first million dollars as a pro. It's an epic tale, one filled with wild stories and useful lessons — including the following relatable take.

"Taxes are no joke, bro," he said.

The biggest choice the first-rounder made for himself was to pick out a custom-made Bentley that cost him $250,000. He loves it and calls it "my baby" and the "Batmobile." He's also now out of the vehicle-purchasing game for a while because of it.

"I'm not buying no more cars," Haskins said. "Not a very great investment to buy cars."

Next up for the passer was to take care of his mom, so he paid for a house that totaled about $750,000. 

"Being able to just, 'Hey mom, I've got a surprise for you, here's a house,'" Haskins recalled. "Definitely made those 14-plus years of hard work worth it."

So, that's all, right? Those two items add up to a million, so we're done here? 

Well, the house isn't technically for Haskins, so therefore, it doesn't take up room on his ledger. So the story continued.

The 22-year-old committed about $70,000 to jewelry and has about $5,000 to $7,000 set aside for a vacation to the Bahamas he's got planned for next month. He also has an estimated $10,000 in murals at his place and spent about $40,000 on clothes, including some suits to wear on game day and to events.

Then, there was a rookie dinner, where he had to treat his offensive linemen to a meal. Those guys didn't go the salad route, either.

"Of course they ordered all the appetizers, all the steaks they can get," he said. "They do not want to go to Applebee's. They want to go to the best steak place they can find... I'll do it again if I have to."

For a guy who didn't have to pay for much in college aside from a car note and maybe some bills at the library, it was quite a transition into adulthood and moneyhood. He's taken steps to hire a financial adviser and put his earnings into "different buckets," though, and seems confident he'll be in good shape for a long time.

Plus, if he excels in the coming seasons, there'll be plenty more millions coming his way. And by then, he won't be surprised when a lot of that goes to taxes.

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