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1  Discussion / Politics / George Clooney storms out of Sin City dinner over Obama barbs on: Yesterday at 04:57:36 PM
President Obama has a loyal supporter in George Clooney. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the politically minded Oscar winner abruptly exited a dinner with hotel and casino mogul Steve Wynn after the two had a heated argument over the commander-in-chief.

"He called the president a [rhymes with 'glassbowl'] ... that is a fact," Clooney emailed the paper via his publicist. "I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said, 'Your friend is [a glassbowl].' ... At that point I told Steve that HE was [a glassbowl] and I wasn't going to sit at his table while he was being such a jacka--. And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts."

Concludes the A-lister, "It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character."

This all happened during dinner two weeks ago at a restaurant inside Wynn's Encore hotel. Clooney was in Sin City to promote his Casamigos tequila brand at the Wine &Spirits Wholesalers of America convention."There were nine people at that table ... so you can ask them," adds George. "Steve likes to go on rants."

Indeed he does, because his version of events is, not surprisingly, quite different from George's.

Wynn, a vocal Obama critic and generous GOP campaign donor, tells the paper that tempers flared after a CAA agent at their table told a joke about Mikhail Gorbachev, causing Clooney to have "a hissy fit."

Things supposedly didn't improve when the topic moved to healthcare reform.

"I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel's back," he says. "When he's drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president."

Actually, Clooney can claim a pretty close relationship with the president, who two months ago hosted the actor and his "Monuments Men" co-stars at a White House screening of the movie.

"He is a good man, and a good friend," Obama said of George in 2012. "A wonderful guy."

In an ungentlemanly move, Wynn blamed the blow-up on Clooney's downing of tequila shots, although considering he was in town to promote his hooch, doing shots seems like it would be a requirement.

According to Wynn, "He got up and said, 'I don't have to listen to this [expletive] stuff. … Clooney's fun to be with when he's sober. If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don't stay late. Everybody who's in my business, the casino business, knows to take actors with a grain of salt."

2  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Car Bursts Into Flames, Nearly Feeding Family to Lions on: April 21, 2014, 07:58:02 PM
A mother her young children faced an agonizing choice on a recent visit to a safari park in England, when their car burst into flames in the middle of a lion habitat.

Helen Clements and her two young kids, visiting the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, England, Friday, had to make a split-second decision whether to take the chance that the flames didn't reach them before help arrived, or trust themselves to the mercy of the lions outside.

"You're stuck and you can't control and you can't do anything about it," Clements said.

Other tourists in the safari park couldn't believe what they were seeing.

Bad day for someone @Longleat ! And we were in the lion enclosure #notagoodtimeforabreakdown pic.twitter.com/YcEuPIiPEW

- Hannah (@MissLight20) April 18, 2014


Clements said she tried to get out and her son tried to run off, but the park rangers stopped them.

"They were shouting at us get back in the car, do not get out the car and it's a situation - what do you do?" Clements said.

Fortunately for her and her children, the rangers rushed in and got her out just in the nick of time.

"Literally as he opened the door we just jumped into his vehicle," she said.

"(There's) always a ranger with their eye on the animals and a ranger there to assist the family," Longleat Safari Park marketing director Alex Lloyd said. "That training kicked into action and all worked well, so the first ranger stayed close by the lions whilst the second ranger was able to relatively freely get the family out of the vehicle."

Everyone was scared but they were all safe, Clements said.

"Why couldn't it be in the flamingos or the camels?" she said. "But no, it had to be in the lion enclosure." Video...
3  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State's Glen Stanley on: April 20, 2014, 10:15:13 PM
I sure hope this guy make it in the pros.  He really helped our defense out the second half of the season. You could see the difference. A hard hitter and also move to the ball quickly.
4  Discussion / Sports Forum / Chick-fil-A Bowl will restore ‘Peach’ to its name on: April 18, 2014, 11:09:48 AM
By Tim Tucker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After an eight-year absence, Peach is returning to the name of Atlanta’s college-football bowl game.

Chick-fil-A Bowl officials are planning a news conference for Monday to announce that the bowl’s name will revert to Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Gary Stokan, president of the bowl, confirmed the plan today exclusively to the AJC.

“It got down to what is our history, what is our heritage, what is our tradition and how can we pay homage to that in our name,” Stokan said.

“We undertook research to find out what is the best name and how it fits with the bowl. That’s how we got back to Peach. We felt it was important to the fans, to the staff and to the volunteers who have committed to the bowl through the years. So we paid homage to the history and the tradition of the bowl.”

At the press conference, bowl and Chick-fil-A officials also are expected to unveil more plans regarding the game’s elevation from a mid-tier postseason event into a high-profile part of the new four-team College Football Playoff.

The Atlanta game was founded in 1968 as the Peach Bowl, which remained the event’s sole name for three decades. The name was expanded to Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in 1997 when the Atlanta-based restaurant chain became the bowl’s first title sponsor. Peach was dropped from the name in 2006 in return for more sponsorship money from Chick-fil-A.

The change back to Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl stems from last April’s decision by College Football Playoff organizers to make the Atlanta bowl one of six rotating sites of national semifinal games.

The playoff organizers stipulated that the Atlanta bowl’s name would have to become more in sync with the other five in the semifinal rotation, all of which include a traditional moniker as well as a corporate sponsor: Allstate Sugar Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl Presented by Vizio.

At the time, speculation immediately surfaced that Peach would rejoin the name, but bowl officials later tested other options that would satisfy the playoff’s naming requirements. They ultimately determined that Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl made the most sense.

“At the end of the day, the preponderance of our board was supportive when this name was listed against any other name that was put on the board,” Stokan said.

As part of the playoff, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host a national semifinal game once every three years. It will have a semifinal game for the 2016, 2019, 2022 and 2025 seasons. In other years, the bowl will match two highly rated teams in a non-playoff game.

The bowl will be played in the Georgia Dome through the 2016 season and is scheduled to move into the new retractable-roof Falcons stadium when it opens in 2017.
5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State baseball finishes SIAC slate unbeaten on: April 14, 2014, 03:21:44 AM
ALBANY — Another Sunday, another sweep.

This time it wrapped up a perfect conference record for the Albany State baseball team.

The Rams finished a three-game sweep of Paine with a 6-2 victory on Sunday to close their SIAC regular-season schedule a perfect 20-0. It was also the 16th overall win in the last 17 games for the Rams, who are now 28-15 overall.

Former Worth County star Allen Fender was dazzling again on the mound, throwing seven innings and striking out five.

Reise McDaniel and Allen Hardy each had two RBIs to lead ASU at the plate, where the Rams scattered seven hits as a team.

The Rams jumped ahead 2-0 in the second inning with a pair of runs, but Paine pulled to within one in the fourth inning and trailed by just a run until ASU broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning.

ASU plays again Tuesday at home against Armstrong Atlantic and travels to Columbus State on Wednesday. The Rams will be the East Division’s No. 1 seed SIAC tournament April 24 in Ozark, Ala.http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2014/apr/13/albany-state-baseball-finishes-siac-slate-unbeaten/?sports
6  Discussion / Sports Forum / Sweep! Sweep! Sweep! on: April 13, 2014, 08:18:00 PM
Albany State baseball sweeps Paine

ALBANY — JP Bernard needed just 82 pitches to help Albany State jump start its doubleheader against Paine College Saturday afternoon at Hamp Smith Stadium.

Ryan Latner and the Rams’ offense did the rest. Latner went 3-for-3 with a double and helped Albany State to a 4-2 victory in the first game of an SIAC doubleheader.

Then, the Rams overcame a one-run deficit in the second game, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to cruise to a 6-2 victory and a sweep.

Albany State (27-15, 19-0 SIAC) will go for its 20th conference victory this afternoon when they meet Paine in the SIAC finale at 1 p.m.

Joseph Virgo’s pinch-hit double in the fifth inning helped ASU overcome a 2-1 deficit.

Andrew Bacon earned the victory in the second game to improve to 7-3 on the season, while Theo Tramontana earned the save.

The Rams made the most of their six hits in Game 2.

Bernard sparkled in the first contest, allowing just three hits to run his record to 7-3.
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / BRIEFS: Albany State baseball rallies to beat Valdosta State on: April 10, 2014, 07:12:23 AM
Albany State baseball rallies to beat Valdosta State

VALDOSTA — The Albany State baseball team scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday to rally past Valdosta State for a 10-6 victory and win for the 20th time in the last 23 games.

ASU starter Jonatan Galan was yanked in the first inning after walking four and allowing four runs with just one out, but relievers Sam Fielding and Theodore Tramontana combined to allow two runs and six hits the rest of the way as ASU mounted its comeback.

Robert Latner and Joseph Virgo led the Rams with two RBIs, while Ryan Latner, Jacob Campbell, Allen Hardy, Sable Gilliard and Jeromy Arrington all drove in one run. The Rams (26-15) finished the regular season 2-1 against Valdosta State (21-15).

ASU, which is undefeated in the SIAC, returns to conference play Saturday with a doubleheader at home against Paine College.


Lady Rams belt eight homers in sweep of Clark Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Albany State softball team knocked out eight home runs Wednesday in a doubleheader sweep of SIAC foe Clark Atlanta.

The Lady Rams won the first game, 13-6, and then rode ace Alexa Lopez’s one-hitter in the second game to an 11-0 victory.

Chelsea Hicks threw Game 1 for the Lady Rams but also led Albany State’s attack at the plate with two hits, a homer and six RBIs. Anria Peterson and Chaconna Marks also hit homers in the opener.

In the second game, Jadea Taylor smacked two home runs and Marks added her second homer of the day.

ASU (18-20, 15-3 SIAC) plays again today in a doubleheader at Valdosta State.

8  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Plans Underway to Divide FAMU-Florida State College of Engineering on: April 07, 2014, 10:45:54 AM
This is how they let the PWC come into our own backyard and offer Degree programs instead of giving us that opportunity by strengthening our programs.

Columbus college to offer doctorate program in Lee County

LEESBURG — Lee County's public school system and Columbus State University have entered into an agreement for CSU education professors to teach in Leesburg a group of system educators pursuing CSU’s education doctorate.

A memorandum of understanding for CSU to serve this Leesburg-based cohort of students pursuing the Ed.D. in curriculum and leadership will be signed during a ceremony and reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Lee County Board of Education board room at 126 Starkville Ave. North in Leesburg.

9  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State baseball clinches SIAC top seed on: April 06, 2014, 01:14:56 PM
Golden Rams sweep doubleheader against Tuskegee

Posted: Apr 05, 2014 11:55 PM EDT

By Harrison Sanford - email

Albany State used a 5-run sixth inning to cruise to an 8-0 win over Tuskegee Saturday afternoon.

They followed that up with a 8-4 win in the second game.

They will wrap up the series Sunday at 3:00 pm.


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10  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State baseball clinches SIAC top seed on: April 06, 2014, 01:11:58 PM
ALBANY — As soon as Ryan Latner tackled Andrew Bacon just off the infield grass, Albany State pitcher John Paul Benard knew exactly where he wanted to be.

“I had to get on the bottom of the pile,” Benard said. “I had to be on the bottom.”

He made it — and eventually so did the rest of his Albany State teammates, piling on top of Latner and Bacon in celebration after sweeping a doubleheader against Benedict and clinching the East Division’s top seed in the SIAC tournament later this month.

The Rams (25-15, 17-0) remained undefeated in the conference
11  Discussion / Sports Forum / Has Wisconsin been kissed by the Tony Romo curse? on: April 06, 2014, 11:07:35 AM
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, like many, is an avid college basketball fan being spotted in the stands during SMU and Duke games this season.

Only problem, both of those teams' good seasons ended early, with SMU not even qualifying for the tournament, settling for the NIT despite a 27-10 record, and Duke seeing a first-round exit against No. 14-seed Mercer.

So is there a Romo-jinx?

Wisconsin lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to Kentucky in the national semifinals on Saturday after Romo reportedly declared to CBS Sports' Greg Anthony that he was rooting for the Badgers.
It is no surprise that the quarterback was pulling for the Wisconsin; Romo grew up 90 minutes away from Madison in Burlington, Wis.

Romo might want to shy away from picking college basketball teams next season.

Follow Shawn Ramsey on Twitter: @ShawnPRamsey

12  Discussion / Sports Forum / T'ville's Cherry signs with FVSU on: April 01, 2014, 07:21:38 AM
By Jake Wallace - email
 THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville star running back Mario Cherry is headed to the next level.

Cherry tweeted, then confirmed to WALB, he has signed with Fort Valley State University.

The former Bulldog running back was named the 2013 Region 1-AA Offensive Player of the Year by the region's coaches.

Cherry rushed for over 1600 yards in 2013, leading the Dogs to the region's number two seed in the state playoffs.

Cherry says he will have his signing ceremony at the school at a later date.

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13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State beats Valdosta State on: March 27, 2014, 08:42:37 PM
Albany State scored six runs on five Valdosta State errors to knock off the Blazers, 7-4, Tuesday in Albany.

Reise McDaniel gave the Rams the lead for good with a bases-clearing double in the 4th to break a 3-3 tie.

McDaniel finished 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Rams offensively.

Jared Arrington picked up the win for ASU, while VSU's Ethan Bornstein took the hard luck loss.

Bornstein went 2.2 innings without giving up a hit or earned run for the Blazers.

Albany State travels to Morehouse for a three-game series this weekend, while the Blazers head to Augusta for a Wednesday showdown with Georgia Regents.

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14  Discussion / Sports Forum / ASU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rams add former Mitchell County star WR, could lose on: March 25, 2014, 01:20:45 PM
ALBANY — The long list of former Mitchell County stars to join the Albany State football team got even longer this spring with the addition of Yancey Burns, the Eagles’ leading receiver as a senior in 2011.

But just as Burns, who was a member of The Herald’s 2011 All-Area team and spent the last two seasons at Division II Newberry (S.C.) College, is stepping on the ASU football field, fellow former Mitchell County star receiver Jaquan Williams is on his way off.

Williams, who had the second most receiving touchdowns (3) at ASU as a freshman last season, is academically ineligible this spring and did not play in last week’s scrimmage. The rising sophomore will be left off the 2014 roster this fall if his grades don’t improve by the end of the spring.

“As a student-athlete that’s part of the deal, and nobody knew that more than him,” ASU coach Mike White said. “He is a young kid, and a lot of times when you get to college you don’t focus on what’s important. Now he’s got some catching up to do.”

Last year, Williams caught 10 passes for 143 yards and three scores and was a key member of a WR unit that was headed by Jessie Atkins — yet another former Mitchell County star receiver.

Atkins led ASU in receiving the last two seasons and finished with 51 catches for 661 yards and eight touchdowns last year as a junior. Counting Williams, the Rams now have five Camilla natives, including defensive linemen Grover Stewart and Anthony Brown.

“That’s nice to have those guys from the same school,” White said. “They are very familiar with each other. We probably have more players from Mitchell County than any other school.”

Burns, ASU’s newest Camilla native, did not have a catch in last week’s scrimmage, and White said the Eagles’ former go-to receiver still needs to prove himself on the field for the Rams. As a senior at Mitchell County, Burns led the Eagles with 44 catches for 817 yards and 14 touchdowns and signed a scholarship with Newberry College, where he was redshirted in 2012 and barely saw the field in 2013.

“The jury is still out to see how much Yancey will contribute on the field, but I do know he has very good hands and catches the ball well,” White said. “He has the whole offseason to get up to speed on the offense and see how he can contribute.”

Other key returning receivers are Tevin Isom (12 catches, 211 yards, 2 TDs), Devonta Osborne (19-200-0) and Lenard Walker (10-156-2).

EVALUATING FILM: After viewing film from Thursday’s Blue and Gold spring game, White said he and his coaching staff were disappointed in several areas, including pass rushing, pass protection and making reads on both sides of the ball.

“We thought we were further along at correcting some of our mistakes from the season,” White said.

The biggest positive White took from the scrimmage was the play of Rams who will likely be stepping into starting roles next season for the first time, including offensive lineman Danny Bunch and defensive backs Cedric Ashe and Ryan Selby.

“It was great to see some of those guys stepping up, and it was great to see Danny get back in there,” White said about Bunch, a 6-foot-5, 380-pound left tackle who played for the Rams in 2011 but had been academically ineligible the last two seasons. “Some of those guys who stepped in for those seniors we lost did a good job. That probably was the bright spot.”

REPLACING TOTTEN: Rams quarterback coach Willie Totten left for Division I Alabama A&M in January, and White is waiting to hear final budget numbers before replacing the legendary coach.

“That’s not what we are actively doing right now. It’s something that will probably be addressed later this summer,” White said.

Between 20 and 30 coaches have expressed interest in the position, which was held by Totten for one season. Before joining the ASU staff, Totten had been away from football after stepping down as head coach at Mississippi Valley State in 2009. His legacy at MVSU spanned three decades and started with his playing days in the 1980s when he set more than 50 Division 1-AA passing records with the help of Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.

“We were really lucky to get Willie, and he really, really helped us,” White said. “I hated that he had to go, but that’s the way it is. The good thing is that we can take our time and make a good decision (for his replacement). We just hope we can get a guy that can fill the void that Willie left.”

15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State sweeps Tuskegee behind Fender’s complete game on: March 24, 2014, 07:11:00 AM
ALBANY — It was a typical Sunday afternoon for the Albany State baseball team, which meant one thing for the Golden Rams — don’t forget the broom.

After ASU finished off a three-game sweep of Tuskegee with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory, Clayton Roach knew exactly where to find it.

“We always keep the broom on standby,” said Roach, an ASU junior who grabbed the broom from the dugout and started sweeping. “That’s our motto. Sunday sweep.”

It was the fourth straight Sunday the Rams swept a three-game SIAC series to improve to 12-0 in the conference, and it gave ASU its 12th victory in its last 14 games. And just like every other sweep for ASU this season, this one was controlled by the Rams’ starting pitchers.

Former Worth County star and Herald Player of the Year Allen Fender threw all nine innings on Sunday and allowed just one hit in the final six frames, giving the Rams their ninth straight complete game against an SIAC opponent.

“I had to apologize to the (bullpen) after the game,” ASU coach Kenyan Conner said with a laugh. “I told them, ‘I know you all want to play, but we are winning and you have to tuck in your pride and stay with us.’ ”

Fender struggled to find command in the first three innings, but eventually the left-hander settled in and dominated Tuskegee’s lineup. He got stronger with every one of his 137 pitches and ended with nine strikeouts, one walk and six hits.

“He always starts slow. As the game goes he gets stronger, and that’s been his M.O. all year,” Conner said of Fender. “They started out on top, but we weren’t worried because we knew (Fender) would get stronger and make adjustments on the mound.”

Once Fender got his footing right on the mound, he took over.

“I was trying to get used to the mound,” he said. “It didn’t hold together because it didn’t get enough sun on it (Saturday). Once I found a spot on the rubber, it was all good from there.”

Fender gave up a leadoff hit in the second inning to Cameron Duncan, who eventually came around to score the game’s first run on a Russell Cornin RBI single. Tuskegee’s Danny Barnes added another run in the third inning on a double steal to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the ASU bats were having trouble finding holes in the Tiger defense, and Tuskegee starter Chris Emerson was perfect through the first 3 2/3 innings before former Westover star Jacob Campbell reached base on an error, which was followed by Uwen Udofia picking up ASU’s first hit to score Campbell and cut Tuskegee’s lead in half.

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