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ATLANTA — After months of failed legal challenges, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) appeared Tuesday before a special grand jury investigating efforts by former president Donald Trump and his allies to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss in Georgia, the latest high-profile witness in a probe that is believed to be nearing a conclusion.

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker says it ‘looks bad’ that the 2022 World Series will have zero African American players

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said it “looks bad” that there will be no US-born Black players in the 2022 World Series.

On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that there would be no US-born Black players in the World Series for the first time since 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barriers.

Baker, who is one of two Black MLB managers, was asked for his thoughts about the AP report at the Astros media day on Thursday. “Well, I don’t think that that’s something that baseball should really be proud of. It looks bad,” Baker said. “It lets people know that it didn’t take a year or even a decade to get to this point.”

SAVANNAH — With more than 30 Albany State Golden Rams football players dealing with the flu, the Golden Rams still managed to get to Savannah and beat Savannah State 31-20 Saturday afternoon.

The Rams are now 6-2 overall this season and 4-1 in the SIAC. Savannah State fell to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

Quarterback Jhaydon Sullivan, a sophomore from Winder, got the start Saturday and completed 15 of 20 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns to lead the offense. Freshman running back JaQuez Williams, from Redan High School in Atlanta, ran for 154 yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Rashad Jordan, a junior from Cedar Grove in Atlanta, caught two touchdown passes for the Golden Rams.

“We wanted to give Jhaydon a shot and see if he could jump-start the offense a little,” said ASU head coach Gabe Giardina. “JaQuez is coming off an ACL injury and he is finally healthy. We had some guys sick and he has been killing our first-team defense, so we wanted to give him a shot also. Our offensive line and tight ends played really well.”
Malik Barnes, from Mitchell County High School in Camilla, recorded two sacks and had a scoop and score fumble recovery with a seven-yard run for the touchdown. Stephan Pierre led the team with nine tackles, including a sack for a 10-yard loss.

“It was a great character win,” the coach said. “Our guys stuck together and kept believing and we were glad we got it done.”

The Golden Rams will host their final home game of the season next Saturday at the Albany State Coliseum when Morehouse College comes to town. Kickoff is planned for 2 p.m. Morehouse (0-8) lost to Benedict Saturday afternoon 35-0.

The Houston Astros are strong favorites to win the World Series, which starts Friday, and one of the team’s most famous fans is going all in on oddsmakers’ predicted outcome for the “Fall Classic.”

Flamboyant Houston furniture store owner Jim McIngvale, known as “Mattress Mack,” made a series of bets – $10 million in all – earlier this year on the Astros to win the World Series.

If the Astros do regain their MLB crown – the team’s first title came in 2017 – McIngvale will win an eye-watering $75 million, which has been widely reported would be largest payout in sports betting history.

Albany eighth-grader K.J. Acree nets scholarship offer from Dawn Staley, reigning champion South Carolina

ALBANY GA — She has barely started eighth grade and Albany resident K.J. Acree has an offer to play women’s college basketball with one of the top programs in the country.

A student at Robert Cross Magnet Middle School in Albany, K.J. (her first name is Kie’Aundria) is the daughter of Monroe High School girls basketball coach, Jennifer Acree. The 5-foot-11 (and still growing) wing is the first Class of 2027 student to receive a basketball offer from Dawn Staley, the head coach of the reigning national champion Lady Gamecocks of South Carolina, and it brought Coach Acree to tears.

Sports Forum / Albany State football prepare for FAMU
« on: September 09, 2022, 06:28:13 PM »
ALBANY, GA – Albany State football is 24 hours away from heading to Tallahassee to take on Florida A&M in an HBCU classic, and while this one is not a rivalry, head coach Gabe Giardina said some of the players see it as one.

Sports Forum / College football's highest paid head coaches for 2022 season
« on: September 05, 2022, 09:40:10 PM »
I once read that there’s no occupation in America that has less job security than that of a college football head coach. Look at Tennessee. The Volunteers are on their seventh head coach since 2009.

But the risk of being fired after just a year or two does not outweigh the reward — millions of dollars to coach college football.

Using USA TODAY’s coaching salary database, SportsNaut compiled a list of the 16 highest paid college football coaches for the 2022 season, taking into account new contracts that have been signed this offseason.

Off to College: ASU welcomes 6,000 students to campus

ALBANY — Albany State University is welcoming more than 6,000 students back to campus this week.

The university’s 11 residence halls for campus housing are expected to be at capacity with approximately 2,400 students living on both the East and West Campuses.

“The strategic focus we are placing on increasing student enrollment and retention is evident in the record number of students we are welcoming to campus this year,” Vice President of Student Affairs Terry Lindsay said in a news release. “As students return to ASU, we are committed to providing a positive campus life experience, including providing myriad resources that will help them achieve academic excellence, while balancing their health and well-being.”

More than 1,000 incoming freshmen will reside in the residence halls for the upcoming fall semester. Many of these students will be participating in University College, ASU’s new living/learning communities program. The incoming freshmen arrive one week before classes begin to participate in RAM Success Week, a week dedicated to preparing the students for their transition to higher education.

This year, students can expect a range of activities designed to increase campus life involvement, focusing largely on mental and physical health. Students are encouraged to be involved in campus life programs, build life-long friendships, and engage in academic activities.

The university invites the community to participate in the Ram Success Week by wearing ASU or blue and gold apparel throughout the week.

ASU is one of only three of the 26 USG institutions to have seen an increase in enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year and has seen a record number of applications for the fall. Classes begin on Aug. 15.

Additional information can be found at

The news of University of West Georgia student, Anna Jones, quickly hit the small town of Carrollton.

Carrollton police said her killer was West Georgia Professor, Richard Sigman.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he nearly resigned 13 months ago due to the challenges of finding a healthy work/life balance.

Speaking Tuesday at the Texas High School Coaches Association convention in San Antonio, Smart said the non-stop recruiting workload during the COVID-19 pandemic pushed him to the brink.

"I told the staff, ‘We're going to take every Monday off, because we're working every Friday, Saturday, Sunday,'" Smart said. "So last June -- the coming out of COVID June -- I was ready to step down and resign. I was done. I was done."

CAMILLA, Ga. (WALB) - From now on, whenever it’s the third Saturday in July, It’s officially Grover Stewart day.

For those who don’t know, Grover went to Mitchell County High School, Albany State University and is currently the Indianapolis Colt’s starting defensive tackle.

But even Grover was surprised by this announcement.

“I was getting a text and I was like ‘I’m working out right now. I’ll text them back later’ and I was getting calls and I was like let me see what’s going on and that’s when I found out. And I was like, man Y’all got to be playing and to have Grover Stewart day, it’s amazing,” said Grover.

Amazing might not be enough to express how his mother, Michele Stewart felt about her son getting his own day.
“I feel good Keshawn about Camilla recognizing my son on this day and I’m super excited and I’m thankful God let me experience this moment with him,” said Michele.

Mayor of Camilla, Kelvin Owens talked about what this day truly means.
“Two things come to mind, first Grover Stewart’s day represents service and I also think it represents what it means when you work hard and what could happen when you work hard. I think Grover Stewart is a prime example when you work hard,” said Owens.

Owens isn’t from Camilla originally but he said Grover’s name has been ringing bells in the city since he stepped foot in the office.

WALB’s Keshawn Ward had to ask Grover if being from Camilla and going to Albany State university makes him Mr. 229.

“You know that,” said Grover.

Copyright 2022 WALB. All rights reserved.

ATLANTA — At Wednesday’s SIAC Media Day at the College Football Hall of Fame, Albany State was predicted once again to win the conference’s East Division title and junior quarterback Dionte Bonneau was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Albany State is the defending SIAC champion and earned a berth to the NCAA Division II tournament last year, falling to West Georgia in the first round to end the season at 10-2.

“I think we’ve been picked No. 1 every year or four out of five of the last years or something like that so we put zero stock into that,” Albany State head coach Gabe Giardina said. “We’re all focused on Mississippi College, this is our first game. Preseason awards are nice, they’re for social media posts, but at the end of the day it’s about strapping it up and seeing what we can do against...

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany State held their football camp where over 100 high school prospects from South Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina had the chance to prove if they were worthy future Golden Rams.

Of course, most coaches are looking for the next big thing or the fastest man on two feet,

but head football coach Gabe Giardina is also looking for something that’s not measurable...

Ranking HBCU head football coaches isn't easy, especially when it comes to ordering the top ten coaches in the SWAC, MEAC, CIAA, SIAC, and OVC. I polled HBCU fans, media, and personalities for their opinions on "Who Are The Top 5 Most-Powerful HBCU Football Coaches in 2022" on Twitter and Facebook, then I expanded it to the top ten coaches.

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON D.C. – Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Grover Stewart has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Black College Football Pro Player of the Year presented by the NFL Players Association. Stewart is the sixth winner of the prestigious award, which is presented annually to a top professional football player who attended a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

The 2017 fourth-round pick from Albany State has emerged as one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles while serving as a key contributor for the Colts’ defensive unit. After notching career highs in tackles (53) and tackles for loss (six) during the 2020 season, Stewart continued his strong play this past year by recording 46 tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss, to go with a forced fumble and two pass deflections.

“I’m very humbled to receive the 2022 NFLPA Black College Football Pro Player of the Year because it pays respect to the many great HBCU players who came before me and paved the way,” said Stewart, who is entering his sixth NFL season. “Every time I step on the field, one of my goals is to represent HBCUs to the best of my ability. That’s why it’s an honor to be recognized in this way.”

Stewart will be recognized as this year’s honoree during the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) Induction Ceremony & Juneteenth Celebration, Presented by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, June 18 in Atlanta. The 2022 BCFHOF class features Ben Coates, Donald Driver, John “Big Train” Moody, Nate Newton, Sammy White, Roscoe Nance and William “Billy” Nicks.

Since the award’s 2018 inception, the NFLPA has recognized one active NFL player who serves as a positive influence in his community, has ties to his HBCU alma mater, exhibits good character and has performed at a high level during the most recent NFL season.

Past winners of the NFLPA Black College Football Pro Player of the Year*:
2021: Terron Armstead (New Orleans Saints)
2020: Javon Hargrave (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2019: Darius Leonard (Indianapolis Colts) and Tarik Cohen (Chicago Bears)
2018: Antoine Bethea (Arizona Cardinals)
*Denotes player’s team at the time he was honored

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