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Georgia's 12-win season marred by losing SEC title

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Georgia's 12-win season marred by losing SEC title

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia players are still talking about how close they came to playing in Monday night's national championship game.

Sure, Tuesday's 45-31 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska was nice, but it wasn't for the national title. The Bulldogs are still feeling the aftershocks from their 32-28 loss in the Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama last month that ended with Georgia on the Crimson Tide's 5-yard line.

Quarterback Aaron Murray said that loss won't be forgotten.

``Obviously the loss was tough, to come that close to winning the SEC championship and then being able to play for the national championship,'' Murray said. ``I know it probably lingered in some of our minds but the best thing to do after a loss is to get back out there and play and to get a victory.''

Murray said No. 6 Georgia's win over Nebraska ``definitely eased the pain'' from a game ``everybody will remember forever just because it was so close and it came down to the last play.''

Coach Mark Richt said the loss to Alabama left the Bulldogs with something to prove against Nebraska.

``We wanted to win this game to prove, to ourselves really, that we are one of the better teams in the country,'' Richt said.

Georgia (12-2) became only the third team in school history to reach 12 wins. Now some of the team's biggest names must decide if they will enter the NFL draft.

Murray, who threw five TD passes against Nebraska, linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree and other juniors must decide if they will enter the NFL draft.

Jones is widely projected as a high first-round selection. He had two first-half sacks to give him a school record 14.5 for the season, breaking David Pollack's old mark of 14 in 2002.

Richt said he wanted the juniors to take their time and ``make their heart be in their decision.''

``If these guys choose to stay, I'm thrilled obviously, but if they choose to go I'm their No. 1 fan ether way because I just want what's best for them,'' Richt said. ``I can't say what's best for them. They have to figure out for themselves. They're grown men now.''

Murray, a fourth-year junior, already has graduated and played this season as a graduate student. He said the bowl game would not play a role in his decision.

``I think I'm going to sit down with my parents, draw up the pros and cons and go from there,'' Murray said as he sat beside Jones during postgame interviews.

``Jarvis and I are blessed to be in this position to make the tough decision.''

Georgia overcame injuries to receivers Michael Bennett and Marlon Brown to finish with the most points in school history. The win over Nebraska was Georgia's eighth game with at least 40 points. It scored a school-record 529 points and averaged 37.8 points, another school record.

A pair of freshman running backs, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, surpassed the most optimistic expectations. Gurley led the Bulldogs with 1,385 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, including 125 yards and one touchdown against Nebraska. Marshall had 759 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

Murray's 3,898 yards passing set another Georgia record, topping Eric Zeier's 3,525 yards in 1993.

Murray regrouped after two early interceptions against Nebraska. He had 36 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions for the season.

``I'm real proud of Aaron and the job he did,'' Richt said. ``He had a couple things go not exactly the way he wanted them to go. He had a couple picks early and just hung in there, very resilient, and finished.''

Georgia began the season with Ogletree and three other defensive starters suspended by Richt.

The defense regrouped for a 17-9 win over previously undefeated Florida. The game followed a challenge from senior safety Shawn Williams, who said the defense was playing soft.

Georgia held Nebraska to seven second-half points. Ogletree had 13 tackles, three for losses, and a sack. Williams had 11 tackles and a blocked punt.

Richt said more new stars will emerge after players graduate or leave early for the NFL.

``You just don't know who's ready to be the next guy to step up and make a play,'' Richt said. ``We have an outstanding recruiting class going right now. I can't get into particulars but I think we're going to have a big class and we're going to have an exciting class when it comes to talent.''

Georgia's only other 12-win seasons were in 1980 (12-0) when it won the national championship and 2002 (13-1) when it won the SEC championship.

There was no championship this season, but Murray savored his first bowl win. Georgia's last bowl win came in 2009.

``The big thing was just getting the bowl win,'' Murray said. ``It's special. Coach Richt said it, how good it feels to walk in after the bowl game and not see the seniors with their heads down. To walk in with people hugging and celebrating and jumping up and down is an unbelievable feeling.''

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Washington's NFL team hires DC attorney who'll reportedly 'conduct a deep dive' into past culture

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Washington's NFL team hires DC attorney who'll reportedly 'conduct a deep dive' into past culture

Washington's NFL team has hired an attorney to "conduct a deep dive" into its own culture, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

That culture has come under serious scrutiny over the past few days. Here are the full details from Schefter, which he tweeted about on Thursday afternoon:

Wilkinson's hiring is just the latest development in what's become a very tense stretch for Dan Snyder's franchise. 

Monday's announcement that the team would be retiring its previous name and logo has since been overshadowed by talk of a looming Washington Post story that's expected to uncover some serious issues within the organization.

The story, however, has yet to be released, despite the building rumors about its contents. The delay has been attributed to the need for lawyers to get involved, and now, that's obviously happening.

Last weekend, two front office executives, Alex Santos and Richard Mann II, were let go. Then, on Wednesday, longtime radio play-by-play man Larry Michael retired from his position.

Wilkinson's bio can be found here

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Here's how MLB will experiment with crowd noise at Nationals games

Here's how MLB will experiment with crowd noise at Nationals games

Crowd noise made its way into Nationals Park on Wednesday. It’s not the only place, and it will continue.

Major League Baseball teamed with the video-game maker MLB The Show to pull together audio which can be used during fan-less games across the league in 2020.

Its initial use received good reviews from Nationals players, according to Davey Martinez. All sides were also working to temper the volume in an empty, echoing stadium. Sounds on the field come across different than in the dugout. The Nationals players asked for the crowd noise to be turned down later in their intrasquad game on Wednesday. Everyone was pleased once that happened.

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Martinez said they plan to use the fake noise throughout the season.

Here are the details from an MLB spokesperson of how the crowd-noise experiment will work:

  • All Clubs will use ambient and reactionary background audio to create crowd noise during the 2020 season.
  • MLB is providing each team with an array of crowd sounds and a touchpad device that can be integrated into their ballpark sound system to help manage the playing of these sounds. The crowd sounds will be audible to on-field personnel and during television and radio broadcasts.
  • Clubs will begin to use and test the sounds during Summer Camp workouts and exhibition games to be prepared for the start of the season.
  • The crowd backgrounds and reactions provided to the Clubs are all derived from exclusive, original source audio recorded by MLB The Show developers at MLB regular season games. The audio was meticulously edited into sound cues used in MLB The Show 20, with a focus on authentically replicating crowd sound and behavior. Selected content was then further refined for real-time playback over ballpark audio systems and allows for around 75 different effects/reactions to be used during a game.
  • The crowd sounds will work in conjunction with stadium announcers, walkup music and in-stadium video to replicate the in-game experience as closely as possible.
  • Clubs can use a different audio provider if they choose, but all will be provided the MLB system.
  • The Home team will operate and manage the playing of crowd sounds, as they do with other audio and video content. Clubs will be required to project the type and volume of audio in a way that otherwise mimics the sounds that would have been present in the park had fans been in attendance.
  • With the energy of fans in attendance being a key element missing from games right now, MLB developed these audio enhancements to help improve the in-game experience for both players and personnel at the ballpark as well as fans watching and listening at home. In the event fans are permitted in ballparks, we will revisit audio policies for those games.

 
Is it fans? No. Is there a, “Nats, Nats, Nats, Woooo!” chant when they score? No.

Is it an improvement over the silence pervading the park during prior workouts? It is.

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