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Murray looks to get Georgia offense moving again

Murray looks to get Georgia offense moving again

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Aaron Murray's Georgia-red shirt relayed a message of reassurance:

``Keep Calm. We've got Gurshall.''

Gurshall is the nickname for No. 13 Georgia's freshmen tailback duo, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Each ranks among the Southeastern Conference's rushing leaders.

Murray says his mother made the shirt he wore to Tuesday's news conference. Asked why the shirt didn't bear his name, he smiled and said ``I wouldn't want to wear that shirt, that's why.''

The junior quarterback and the freshmen couldn't lift Georgia's offense in a 35-7 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 6. The loss ended the Bulldogs' school-record streak of five straight games with more than 40 points, and Murray's 109 yards passing set a career low.

Murray and Georgia (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) will look to regain their offensive momentum at Kentucky on Saturday.

The loss was the start to a bad week for Murray. The house he shares with teammates was egged and littered with toilet paper. His father, Denny Murray, had surgery on Monday in Tampa for thyroid cancer.

Murray said his father is ``doing well'' and is back at work.

Following a long off week, the Bulldogs finally have a chance to move past the ugly loss to the Gamecocks.

One of Murray's roommates, linebacker Christian Robinson, said he expects the quarterback to have a strong answer to his poor results at South Carolina. Murray completed only 11 of 31 passes with an interception and no touchdowns, ending a streak of at least one touchdown pass in 13 straight games.

``I can see him coming back really fast and strong and making a statement,'' Robinson said. ``That's his nature and his competitiveness. He really wants to be the best and he's going to push himself to be the best.''

Murray needs only one touchdown pass to match Georgia's career record of 72 set by David Greene from 2001-04. Greene was a four-year starter, and Murray is only midway through his third season.

There has been little talk of personal milestones this week. Murray said he is focused on getting the offense moving again as the Bulldogs try to protect their hopes of catching Florida and South Carolina in the SEC East.

``It's great to have a bye week to get the body feeling better,'' Murray said. ``But part of me wishes we had a game this past week just to get the bad taste out of our mouth and get back on the playing field and be able to compete again and not having to think about it two straight weeks.''

Coach Mark Richt said Murray needed the open week to spend time with his family following his father's surgery.

``Sometimes you just have to take off and forget about football, and that was one of those times,'' Richt said.

The loss to South Carolina was a reality check for an offense that had been on a record roll. Georgia is averaging 41.3 points per game.

``I think our guys understand we're still a very talented offense,'' Murray said. ``We went back and watched the film and saw man, we definitely could have put points on the board. We didn't execute and they did a great job defensively of making plays and stopping us. We are still very confident in our abilities. We just have to go out and play.''

Confident and motivated, according to senior receiver Tavarres King.

``We do have a chip on our shoulder,'' King said. ``We've got to play this game with an edge. Certainly we're going to play with a lot of intensity and focus and effort this week.''

The off week gave Georgia more time to adjust to receiver Michael Bennett's season-ending right knee injury. Bennett was the team's leading receiver when blew out the knee in practice the week before the South Carolina game.

Murray said the Bulldogs are deep at wide receiver with King, Marlon Brown, Malcolm Mitchell, Rantavious Wooten and Chris Conley.

``It definitely was tough to have to replace a great receiver like Michael, but we have a lot of great receivers,'' Murray said. ``We've been talking about it all camp, all season, about we're able to rotate guys in and out. So other guys just have to step up. Guys like Marlon and Malcolm, who both play his position. Those are two pretty good guys to plug in there.''

Murray said the offense needs to start strong against Kentucky (1-6, 0-4 SEC).

``I think score early, just to give us some confidence and get some momentum, especially the way we played against South Carolina, not being able to put points on the board,'' he said. ``The feel of putting that behind us, get some momentum, try to get their crowd out of the game, I think that would be huge for us offensively.''

NOTES: Mitchell, who opened the season as a starting cornerback, has not yet made a full-time move to offense. Richt said Mitchell spent most of Tuesday's practice with the defense. ``We want to keep him up to speed defensively in case we have injuries,'' Richt said. ... Linebacker Jarvis Jones has been held out with a sprained right ankle. ``We're not counting him out yet,'' Richt said, adding there is no plan to hold Jones or other players out against Kentucky in hopes they will be healthy for next week's game against Florida.

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

With Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.

Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Phoenix's Deandre Ayton, Memphis' Jaren Jackson and Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league.

Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the last year's draft.

This marks the first time since the 1984 draft that the first five picks ended up as first-team all-rookie -- the selections that year being Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley. That was the entirety of the rookie team that season; the NBA didn't start doing first- and second-team selections until 1988-89.

The Hawks had two all-rookie selections this season, with Kevin Huerter on the second team to join Young. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland's Collin Sexton and New York's Mitchell Robinson.

Rookie of the year will be announced at the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles on June 24. Doncic, Young and Ayton are the finalists.

Doncic and Young join other unanimous first-team all-rookie picks over the last decade: Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell (2018), Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric (2017), Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis (2016), Andrew Wiggins (2015), Michael Carter-Williams (2014), Damian Lillard (2013), Kyrie Irving (2012), Blake Griffin (2011) and Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry (2010).

Others receiving votes: Phoenix's Mikal Bridges, New York's Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, Minnesota's Josh Okogie, Dallas' Jalen Brunson, Brooklyn's Rodions Kurucs, Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr., Charlotte's Mile Bridges, Detroit's Bruce Brown, Sacramento's Harry Giles III, Orlando's Mo Bamba and Indiana's Aaron Holiday.

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The history of Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier's beef, explained

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The history of Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier's beef, explained

Ever since they were teammates in Chicago on the White Sox, Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier haven't gotten along. Here's a breakdown of Eaton and Frazier's beef, and how it boiled over during Monday's 5-3 loss to the New York Mets.

2016

Eaton and Frazier started their tenure with the White Sox on bad terms. The team was in the midst of a full rebuild, and Adam LaRoche retired after his son, Drake, was no longer allowed in the clubhouse.

With what appeared to be a vacuum in leadership, Eaton tried stepping up but it fell on deaf ears, particularly Frazier's.

Frazier, whose locker was next to Eaton's, called him out for being a phony according to 670 the Score. That spat led to a locker room fight.

Eaton's locker was then moved across the room from Frazier's, and the two were both eventually traded for picks and prospects.

2018

During the Nationals' visit to New York on August 26, Eaton slid hard into second base, injuring Phillip Evans on the play. The Mets challenged the play as a violation of the slide rule, but Major League Baseball's review determined the slide was allowed.

The Mets didn't take kindly to it. Pitcher Zack Wheeler drilled Eaton, and as he trotted to first base, Frazier chirped him on his way there and Eaton responded.

 “When he usually talks or chirps, usually he says it just loud enough that you can hear him but you can’t understand him," Eaton told MASN after the game. "So I’ll just leave it at that.”

2019

That brings us to Monday's 5-3 loss against the Mets. In the bottom of the third inning, as he was jogging to the dugout, Eaton got an earful from Frazier.

Eaton jawed back at Frazier, and other Nats players were ready to come to Eaton's defense before first base umpire Mike Estabrook impeded Eaton's progress toward Frazier.

After the game, Eaton unloaded. 

"I ignored him a couple times chirping coming across, but I had it to the point where I’m not going to say the saying I want to say but you got to be a man at some point," Eaton explained. "So, I turned around, had a few choice words with him. It’s funny, I was walking towards him, he didn’t really want to walk towards me but as soon as someone held him back then he was all of a sudden he was really impatient, like trying to get towards me. Just being Todd Frazier. What’s new?”

While Frazier kept quiet after the game, Tuesday he noted that Eaton should go "pay off your mortgage."

Before game time tonight, Eaton called the beef "high school stuff"

Will tonight's beef escalate during the game? Tune in at 7 p.m. to find out.

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