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No. 8 Bulldogs Register Another Shutout

ATHENS, Ga. -- Five Georgia pitched combined on a seven-hit shutout of Savannah State Tuesday at Foley Field, beating the Tigers 5-0.

The Bulldogs (8-0) have thrown back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1986. Freshman David Sosebee made his first career start and pitched two innings in a planned staff day. Georgia's 10-hit attack was led by freshman Hunter Cole and junior Kyle Farmer, both of whom had two hits and a RBI in four at-bats.

Georgia's bullpen saw a lot of action, with freshman Jarrett Brown, redshirt freshman Jay Swinford and freshman Luke Crumley all pitching two innings, while junior Jesse Scott contributed one inning. Georgia's staff tallied four strikeouts and just two walks.

UGA's Hill Heads To World Cup Qualifier In Panama

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia sophomore defender Nikki Hill wrapped up pre-tournament camp in Costa Rica this week and is headed to Panama with the Canadian U20 women's soccer team to participate in the 2012 CONCACAF championship March 1-11.

The squad made its final round of cuts this week following camp, with Hill making the roster of 20 players. The CONCACAF tournament serves as the qualifier for the U20 World Cup set for this August in Japan, with the top three teams advancing.

Hill and the Canadian U20s will take on Haiti on Thurs., March 1, Jamaica on Sat., March 3, and Mexico on Mon., March 5. The semifinals are scheduled for March 9 and the championship final will take place on March 11.

As Georgia's starting left back in 2011, Hill played in all 21 games with 18 starts, and logged her first career goal vs. Ole Miss on Oct. 9 in Athens.

UGA's Jarvis Jones Named Collegiate Player Of The Year

ATLANTA -- Georgia football outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was named Collegiate Player of the Year at the seventh annual Atlanta Sports Awards at the Fox Theatre Monday in Atlanta.

One of nine awards given away to athletes, coaches and sports alumni, the honor comes to Jones after being named a Butkus Award finalist, winner of the CFPA Elite Linebacker Trophy and an All-American for his efforts in the 2012 season.

UGA's Meredith Mitchell Named SEC Player Of The Week

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia senior Meredith Mitchell was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals in her final two games at Stegeman Coliseum last week.

Mitchell helped the Lady Bulldogs defeat Ole Miss and LSU to complete the regular season with a 22-7 overall record and an 11-5 SEC mark. Georgia wrapped up the No. 3 seed in SEC Tournament with those victories.

"I'm very happy for and proud of Meredith," head coach Andy Landers said.  "She's had a very solid season, and I would guess any senior playing their final home games would dream about performing the way Meredith played."

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ATHENS | Heat-related football deaths triple

ATHENS | Heat-related football deaths triple

ATHENS, Ga. -- Researchers who analyzed the heat-related deaths of 58 football players nationwide found the numbers dramatically increased in recent years, and that most deaths have occurred during morning practices. 

University of Georgia researchers analyzed a detailed database of weather conditions such as temperature and humidity and the height, weight and position of the high school and college players who died.

The researchers found that about one player per year was dying in the mid-1990s. The study found that by 2009, the number had tripled to about three per year.

Researcher Andrew Grundstein says he was surprised that more than half the deaths occurred during morning practices, when temperatures are generally cooler. But he said the research found that it's often very humid the morning, which increases heat stress on players.


Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Publix have teamed up for the 13th year in a row to offer scholarship money to high school seniors throughout Georgia.

Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have maintained good grades and strong community involvement throughout their four years of high school.

In order to qualify, a student must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and must have plans to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2012.

For more information or to apply, visit braves.com/scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 21. All applicants will receive a free Braves promotional item while supplies last.

Banks Offering Incentives to Sellers in Short Sales

Banks Offering Incentives to Sellers in Short Sales

If you or someone you know is facing the loss of their home you should know that lenders are now, more than ever, offering incentives to Sellers to complete a short sale. Homeowners should speak with their lender to see which programs they qualify for.The most common incentive program is HAFA. Sponsored by the government, HAFA will give eligable homeowners $3000 at closing to help with moving and other expenses. It also protects the Real Estate Professional's commission and forgives the Seller of the debt. The homeowner will receive a 1099-C for tax purposes.

For individuals not eligable for HAFA some lenders are offering alternatives. One example of this is Bank of America's co-op program for sellers. They will allow up to $2500 to the Seller at closing to help with expenses.