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He’s back. Eleven months have passed since Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United and, in between, we got a couple of commercials for bookmakers, a global roadshow in multiple languages to remind us he was still special, some technical analysis in TV studios and talk of wanting to join a club with “structural empathy.” That’s your starting point. Those two words: “structural” and “empathy.” Will Mourinho get this at Tottenham now that he has replaced Mauricio Pochettino?

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As far as structure is concerned, despite praising not just Tottenham’s “great structure” but the “dynamic of the structure” at his cheery unveiling to the press on Thursday, Mourinho will get what he had at Manchester United, where executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held control, unless something radical happens in North London: He’ll be working for an owner who never speaks and sits an ocean away (Joe Lewis), plus a big boss in Daniel Levy who runs the club, micromanaging transfers and budgets. And not much else, in the sense that there is no Director of Football or Head of Recruitment to act as a buffer between the manager and the top.

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As for empathy, suffice to say it’s not a word often associated with Levy, his new Woodward. Levy is routinely depicted as a shrewd, ruthless negotiator, relentlessly looking for value. It’s a neat contrast with the profligacy of his previous boss — whether it be Alexis Sanchez’ paycheck or Romelu Lukaku’s fee — but it’s also a different way of doing business.

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Photos revealed on Twitter show ousted Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino leaving a note thanking his former players.

Ex-Spurs assistant Jesus Perez posted the photos on Thursday which shows Pochettino writing on a whiteboard that read: “Big thanks to you all. We can’t [sic] to say goodbye… You will always be in our [hearts].”

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The Argentine was sacked on Tuesday with the club hiring Jose Mourinho as his replacement the next day.

The photos are the first public acknowledgement by Pochettino since his sacking.

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At his first news conference following his appointment on Wednesday, Mourinho paid tribute to Pochettino and said the outgoing manager will find another top job.

“I have to speak about Mauricio,” Mourinho said. “I have to congratulate him for the work he has done. This club will always be his home. This training ground will always be his training ground. The door will always be open for him.

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“He will find happiness again. He will find a great club again. He will have a great future.”

Pochettino has been previously linked to clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich — although none of those jobs would be immediately available.

Mourinho’s new deal at Spurs runs until the end of the 2022-23 season. Sources have told ESPN that the deal is worth around £15 million a year.

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Woodward is (or at least was when Mourinho was at Old Trafford) the guy who buys the priciest ingredients in an attempt to bake the best pie and then looks to grow it; Levy is the guy who doesn’t like to share his pie and looks after every single crumb.

But look at it another way: Perfect fits are exceedingly rare in the highest echelons of football. If you take over a team in mid-season, it’s usually going to be a club in distress. It will usually be in distress because your new employers made some very poor choices and you have to trust that they will make better decisions going forward.

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There is no question here that while Mauricio Pochettino bears some of the responsibility for what went wrong at Tottenham — the most damning statistic: 25 points from 24 league games dating back to February — and was effectively waiting to leave since the summer, which no doubt hurt Spurs’ performance, fingers of blame have to be pointed upstairs.

It’s easy to be desensitised because it has been a running theme for so long, but it’s simply unconscionable for a club to find itself with four starters — Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld — out of contract next summer and Danny Rose, who wants to leave, in contractual limbo. While it’s true that Pochettino made a point of pushing out various recruitment figures at the club (Franco Baldini and Paul Mitchell) to arrive at a situation where it was just him and Levy calling the shots, it’s equally true that the buck stops with Levy.

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When a player is underperforming, you sell. When a player is running down his contract, you either sell or extend it. These are basic tenets of running a club. It’s what Spurs used to do very well — this is the club that got around £60 million ($80m) for Kevin Wimmer, Nabil Bentaleb, Benjamin Stambouli, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho — but it’s what they were seemingly incapable of doing over the summer. Offers came in for every one of the “Tottenham Four” named above but partly due to indecision (from both Levy and Pochettino), partly due to an incorrect belief that they could get more and partly due to disagreements on potential replacements, they all stuck around.

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There’s nothing uncommon about an NFL player with Dade County roots. What’s uncommon about Edison High graduate Pete Athas, a Miami resident who died June 28 at 67 from lymphoma, is he played three times as many NFL seasons as he did college games.

Athas walked on at Tennessee in 1966, played two games for the freshman team (freshmen weren’t eligible until 1972), then quit the team in disinterest. He married Becky Henry in 1967 and, needing a job, began playing in the Continental Football League for the Orlando Panthers. Athas racked up 19 interceptions in two Continental League seasons.

The Panthers coach, Jimmy Garrett, later became a Dallas scout and the New York Giants defensive coordinator. That led to Dallas making Athas a 10th round draft pick in 1970 and the Giants signing the Hackensack, NJ native as a free agent in 1971.

Athas would make 13 interceptions in four seasons with the Giants, returning one for a touchdown. He played for Minnesota and Cleveland in 1975 and closed his career with New Orleans in 1976.

He’s survived by his wife and a son, Pete Athas, Jr.

Pete Athas, who had a brief tenure at Tennessee on the 1966 freshman team and later played six seasons in the National Football League, died June 28 in Miami from lymphoma. He was 67.

A native of Hackensack, N.J., and a graduate of Edison High School in Miami, Mr. Athas walked on at Tennessee, but left the squad in the fall of his freshman season.

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(CNN)A year after a Hoover, Alabama, police officer killed Emantic “E.J.” Bradford Jr. at a mall on Thanksgiving, Bradford’s family is E.J. Junior suing the yet-to-be-named police officer for wrongful death.

Bradford’s mother, April Pipkins, filed the lawsuit against the unnamed policeman and the city of Hoover Friday, alleging that the officer did not follow his training, violated department policy by not turning on his body-worn camera, failed to issue verbal commands before opening fire and did not verify whether Bradford posed a threat before killing him.
The slain 21-year-old’s family says he was at Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb with his cousin and friends the night of Thanksgiving 2018 when, police allege, Erron Martez Dequan Brown began shooting. Possessing a permit to carry a weapon, Bradford pulled out his gun and was helping people escape when the unnamed Hoover police officer working as mall security shot him, they say.
The suit, which also alleges Fourth and 14th Amendment violations, excessive force among them, seeks a jury trial and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.
City confident there’s no wrongdoing, it says
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a report in February calling the shooting “justified” and saying he would not be presenting the case to a grand jury. It was his understanding, he said, that the US Department of Justice had no plans to initiate a civil rights case against the officer, either.
The city has repeatedly stood by the officer and issued a statement last week through city attorney Phillip Corley saying it would continue to defend him.
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“The many allegations made against the city of Hoover in the days and weeks following the incident are false. After all evidence is presented, no wrongdoing by the city or any of our officers will be shown,” the statement said.
Responding to the family’s complaint that prosecutors had withheld certain evidence from the family — a matter about which the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union in March joined the family in suing the city and Marshall — the city said it has produced all the information it can produce.
Because of the investigation into Brown, who is charged with attempted murder in the shooting, neither the city nor Marshall can release the other requested records, the city statement said.
Did officer tell Bradford to drop gun?
Upon learning in February his son’s killer would not be charged, Bradford’s father, a former law enforcement official, vowed that the case was not over.
“You think I’m going to let it go?” he asked reporters at the time. “As a black man, it’s wrong.”
One key to the case will be whether police at the mall identified themselves as law enforcement and ordered Bradford to drop his weapon.
Marshall’s report quoted two unidentified witnesses, both employees of stores in the mall, saying they heard police tell Bradford to put down his gun.
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One said she saw Bradford take an “aggressive stance” and heard an officer tell him “literally three times” to drop his gun, while another witness said she heard the officer say, “Drop your weapon, drop your weapon sir, put your weapon on the ground.”
The officer, however, didn’t relay this information in two statements, one taken minutes after the shooting, the second a week later, the report said.
“I observed an armed suspect quickly moving towards the two males standing near the railing,” the officer said in his second statement. “The suspect was advancing on the two males and had a black handgun in his right hand. I fired my duty weapon at the armed suspect to stop him.”
The report concludes the officer “was unable to provide verbal commands to E.J. Bradford before firing his weapon due to the quickness of the event and the immediate threat Bradford posed.”
The lawsuit filed last week claims that the officer “admits that he never gave Bradford any verbal warnings or commands from which he could further assess and verify Bradford’s status as either (a) an innocent civilian and/or first responder, or (b) a credible threat.”
Lawsuit cites officials’ shifting accounts
Another key will be the changing narrative that authorities delivered to the public following the shooting. At first, police said an officer killed Bradford after he shot Brian Wilson, 18, and fled. Later, officials said witnesses and forensic tests indicated Bradford may have been involved in an altercation but had not likely fired the shots that injured WIlson and 12-year-old Molly Davis.
Officials again changed the story to say Bradford had brandished a weapon, only to recant the word brandish. They corrected the statement to say that Bradford had a gun in his hand, which “immediately heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers.”
Bradford went to the mall with his cousin and two friends, his family says.
Bradford went to the mall with his cousin and two friends, his family says.
The family’s lawsuit emphasizes that Alabama is an open carry state, meaning residents are permitted to carry visible guns in public, and that Bradford had pistol and concealed carry permits, which allowed him to carry a handgun obscured from public view.
Still, the lawsuit says, Bradford was shot three times, with the bullets landing beneath his ear, at the base of his neck and above his buttocks, an independent medical review commissioned by the family showed.
Erron Brown, 20, was arrested in Georgia days after the incident and charged with attempted murder in Wilson’s shooting, police said. Brown’s attorney has said video will clear his client. No charges have been filed in the shooting of the 12-year-old.
Attorney, ACLU say race a factor
The officer who shot Bradford was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, but once he was cleared by Marshall, Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato said the lawman was in the process of returning to work and that the city would pay for his legal defense in any civil proceedings.
“We will defend our city, and we will defend our police officer,” he told reporters in February, adding that he would not identify the officer because investigators determined he had committed no crime.
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Bradford family attorney Ben Crump has said the officer shot Bradford because he was black — “In this case, it looks very much like the officer’s reasoning was ‘black man plus gun equals shoot’” — while the ACLU has suggested race was a factor in Marshall’s investigation.
“The decision to evade a grand jury mimics the (darkest) patterns of injustice woven throughout Alabama’s sad history of race relations,” Crump said.
Added ACLU policy analyst Dillon Nettles, “The attorney general’s characterization of E.J. Bradford as a ‘threat’ that needed ‘eliminating’ reveals how little regard the attorney general has for the life of this black man.”

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Harris Funeral Home is celebrating 28 years of serving the community by assisting outstanding local students. The Harris Funeral Home Memorial Scholarship program, now in its 19th year, helps students reach their educational goals.

Each recipient is awarded a $500 scholarship to be applied toward any education-related cost, as is chosen by Cornelia Johnson, Teresa Smith and Harriet Billups of the Harris Funeral Home Scholarship Committee.

To date, more than $55,000 have been awarded to area students. This year’s three recipients are:

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Curtis is a 2019 graduate of Auburn High School. The son of Sarah McMillian plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design and major in Film and Television, with an eye toward a career in filmmaking and composing.

Celeste Frazier
Celeste graduated from Opelika High School in May 2019. The daughter of Monica Frazier is looking forward to becoming a part of the Alabama State University family. She plans to major in Computer Science, with a possible career as a system analyst.

Erica Echols
Erica graduated from Loachapoka High School in May 2019. The daughter of Kendra Ward and Eric Patterson plans to attend Chattahoochee Valley Community College and major in Public Safety, with the desire to one day become an emergency medical technician.

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The Hancock College men’s basketball team has scored points at a spectacular clip this young season.

It did not take the Bulldogs long Friday night to show why.

Nailing shots from all over Victor Valley back court, the Bulldogs had 15 points in the first five minutes. The Bulldogs eventually beat the over-matched Rams 100-70 in the 5th annual Home Motors Tournament that the Bulldogs are hosting this weekend at Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.

Hancock is 4-1. Victor Valley is 0-3.

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The Bulldogs, Hancock sophomore center Mayowa Akinsanya said, work fast but they are also willing to make the extra pass.

“That’s what makes our offense so special,” he said.

“When you make the extra pass, good shots can turn into great shots. We have guards who can make the outside shot, and we have consistent bigs.”

All 12 Bulldogs who played Friday night scored, and four were in double figures.

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Freshman Pioneer Valley graduate Nick Chapman, a reserve guard, scored a game high 17 points for Hancock. Chapman was 6-for-11 from the field and he made half of his 10 3-point tries.

Mike Mensah, another Hancock reserve, finished with 15 points. Starters Grant Johnson and Xavier Cooper had 13 and 11 points respectively.

Jacob Hatch had 16 points for the Rams, who actually scored at a decent rate after not getting a basket until the 12:36 mark of the first half.

Tryvon Rome had 12 points for the Rams. Eric Figueroa and Keionte Reese finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Hancock margin reached 40 points, 90-50, at one point in the second half.

Kyle Harding, a 6 foot 2 freshman who graduated from Our Savior Lutheran in Long Island, New York, is Hancock’s starting point guard. He said directing Hancock’s swift offense doesn’t faze him.

“I’m used to playing for teams that play fast,” said Harding. “All the teams I played for growing up in New York played fast.

“We have a lot of versatility on offense. All our guards can dunk.”

Tyson Aye is in his sixth year as Hancock’s coach. His teams typically play fast. But not THIS fast.

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“We have a very talented group of players who can score from a lot of places on the floor,” he said.

“It’s fun to coach. It’s exciting to watch.”

Hancock will play Yuba at 5 p.m. Saturday in another tournament game. In early games Friday, Yuba beat Las Positas 94-86 and Cypress edged Santa Barbara 59-57.

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Nipomo 50, Santa Maria 33
Makennah Simonson led three Nipomo players in double figures, and the Titans ran their record to 4-0 with a 60-33 win over former Ocean League rival Santa Maria at Nipomo Friday night.

Simonson scored 14 points for the Titans. Kat Anderson had 13 and Leah Miller added 11.

Nipomo shared the Ocean League girls basketball title with Pioneer Valley last year. Both have since been moved up to the Mountain League.

Grace Gutierrez scored nine points for Nipomo Friday night. Honnalee Kennedy put in eight. Alyson Cramer had three points, and Shantille Simonson scored two.

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Butler Snow, the fast-growing Am Law 200 firm concentrated in the Southeast, will expand in Baton Rouge when all 17 lawyers from KSWB join the firm Jan. 1.

With the lateral group, Butler Snow will grow its office in the Louisiana capital to 24 lawyers, making Baton Rouge its fifth largest location.

Don Clark, chairman of 385-lawyer Butler Snow, said the firm was looking to beef up in Louisiana, and the KSWB lawyers are a good match.

He said the existing Butler Snow lawyers in Baton Rouge suggested initiating talks with the KSWB group, and discussions have been going on for about six months. The two firms’ Baton Rouge offices are located in the same building, and KSWB senior partner Lee Kantrow said they will combine in his firm’s larger office after the first of the year.

“We were targeting Baton Rouge and New Orleans. We still hope to expand in New Orleans as well,” said Clark, who will step down as chair at the end of the year.

He said the firm is engaged in “ongoing discussions” with lawyers in both New Orleans and in Dallas, but is also eyeing growth in Denver and the Carolinas. The firm was included in the Am Law 200 this year with a debut ranking of 155.

In addition to Kantrow, the lawyers joining Butler Snow in Baton Rouge include Connell Archey, Sidney Blitzer Jr., Diane Crochet, Keith Fernandez, Jennifer Aaron Hataway, George Holmes, Lee Kantrow, Jacob Kantrow, W. Scott Keaty, Allena McCain, Julie McCall, Joshua McDiarmid, John Miller, Randal Robert, David Rubin, Bob Tucker and Richard Zimmerman Jr.

Kantrow, whose father founded KSWB in 1933, said the move to Butler Snow will benefit his firm’s clients, because of Butler Snow’s broad range of practice areas and its network of offices.

Butler Snow, founded in Jackson, Mississippi, has 27 locations.

KSWB’s practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, corporate, litigation, real estate, employment law, estate planning, succession work and health care, according to Kantrow. He declined to identify the group’s clients, but said they include hospitals, large medical practices, accounting practices, industrial companies and private equity firms.

Kantrow said the firm has been approached many times about potential combinations, but this was the first time a deal made sense.

“The more we had discussions, the more we thought there was a fit of cultures, fit of professional standards [and] dedication of professional service,” he said.

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PHOENIX — A group of students is suing the Maricopa County Community College District after it eliminated the football program from its schools.

The lawsuit alleges that canceling the football program amounts to racial discrimination because the majority those affected are minority students.

“Growing up, I didn’t have much, but I had football. That’s kind of the only thing that helped me stay in school, and want to do good in school,” Jerone Davison, a player for Mesa Community College.

Community college was a step to something bigger—Division I football, maybe the NFL.

“So taking this away from me—it’s going to be hard because I don’t know what I’m going to do after this year. I haven’t talked to any schools, no schools have talked to me,” said Darius Glover, who also played for MCC.

But to some players, it’s way more than money.

“My dad’s in jail. I don’t want to go to jail and…it keeps me in school and keeps my head in a good place and keeps me in the right mindset,” said MCC player Stevie Maddox.

“My brother’s in prison and I don’t want to go that route,” said Andre Adams.

Adams played one year at Phoenix College and planned to go to Howard in two years.

Then, last year, the Maricopa County Community College District decided to cut all junior college football programs, saying they couldn’t afford them.

“We were just in the room, we had a team meeting and they just told us they’re cutting the program,” Adams said.

Now, Adams says he’s worried he’ll follow his brother to prison.

“He played football too. He was a good athlete too, but, you know, he kept getting in trouble and—like he’s my older brother—usually his life Jerone Davison planned out how mine was going,” Adams said.

Attorney Phil Austin said there is a disproportionate impact on African-American students.

“African-American students are 10 times more likely to be negatively affected than non-African-American students. This kind of disparity cannot stand and is illegal,” Austin said.

Maricopa Community Colleges issued a statement saying in part:

“We understand the disappointment of these young men with our decision to eliminate our football programs. We have great respect for the nearly 350 student athletes impacted by this decision, including these eleven. We believe our decision in this matter was necessary and in the best interest of our students and system.”

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The Elephant in the Room

With the dust seemingly settled from Roger Eason Tua Tagovailoa’s hip injury, it’s up in the air as to whether or not he’ll be walking across a Vegas stage in late April 2020 to greet a smiling Roger Goodell.

So, what does that do to Jake Fromm’s draft stock?

Jake Fromm is a virtual lock to not only declare for the 2020 NFL Draft, but to be one of the first QB’s selected. Georgia fans ought to start saying their goodbyes, making their peace with the legend that was @JakefromStateFromm

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If there’s one connection there, it’s that in a typical insurance-like manner, Jake Fromm didn’t lessen his draft stock over the course of this season. Not a loud year, not a quiet year, but enough of a presence to be the conductor of a powerhouse football train that is UGA. There are those that like to downplay an athlete’s ability or effectiveness by pointing to “all the talent surrounding him.”

But that’s a paradoxical argument. And I don’t buy it.

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Jake Fromm was in attendance at the 2019 NFL combine, along with his teammate Andrew Thomas. Tua was there too, along with Travis Ettienne and Jonathon Taylor.

Why? I’ve been saying all along there’s something they’re not telling us…

Actually though, Adam Rittenburg of ESPN broke a story last year highlighting the NCAA’s Elite Football Symposium.

Launched in 2017, (it) provides high-profile college players information they need for the NFL transition, while shielding them from the combine spotlight. Held at NCAA headquarters, located several hundred yards from the hub of combine activity, the event puts players through three days of meetings about agents, money management, NFL contracts, scouting, social media and branding, and other topics. – Rittenburg

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t take my parents to a senior home until I actually wanted them to live in one. But like Jake Fromm, your day is coming, mother.

Fromm’s maturity along with his effectiveness as a decision-maker combine for a juicy QB prospect that many of today’s GM’s would find worthy of throwing an early-round pick at.

From the outside looking in, the timeline of Tua Tagovailoa’s injury paints a picture that leads most to the conclusion that Fromm will be off the board by the end of the 2nd round.

There has been on average three QB’s taken in the first round since 2010. With Herbert and Burrow virtual locks to go off the board first, Fromm’s resume and body of work beg consideration for QB3 in the 2020 NFL draft.

Bulldog Maven spoke with an NFL scout who bundled Fromm into the 2nd-tier of QB’s available in next year’s draft, with the likes of Jalen Hurts, and Jacob Eason. Both of whom have lost starting jobs at the D1 level, one to Fromm himself.

“I think he should definitely come out this year because his stock is as best as it’s going to get. Also, next year he’ll be fighting an uphill battle with Lawrence and Fields leading the 2021 crop.” – NFL Scout

The South Carolina Hiccup

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Fromm finished this game 28-51 for about 300 yards, with a TD to go along with his 3 picks.

One of the interceptions was the result of immediate interior pressure, but I guess you could always take a sack. One was due to a dropped pass right off the hands of his receiver.

On this play, (8:45) #5 Matt Landers didn’t seem to realize the down and distance. 3rd and 3, and he ran a 7/8 yard curl, whereas if he ran a 4-yard curl, Fromm’s ball was in the perfect spot for a 1st down.

These three picks make up the totality of Fromm’s interceptions in his 2019 campaign. Granted, he’s no Anthony Gordon, who’s averaging a smooth 430 yards and 50 attempts per contest. But when Deandre Swift is tote’n that thang behind Andrew Thomas and Co., why raid the air when you can pillage the ground?

The Case for Fromm’s Return in 2020
Fromm held himself largely responsible for the double-overtime loss against South Carolina on October 12th. And due to that loss, Georgia’s case for a playoff birth is reliant on what is sure to be an absolute bloodbath of an SEC championship.

Some may remember Fromm’s introduction to the national scene, long before arriving in Athens, he was featured on QB1: Beyond the Lights, a documentary series that gives the nation a glimpse into the life of prolific high school quarterbacks during their senior season of high school football.

Fromm’s Houston County team was coming off two straight semifinal losses in the GHSA state playoffs his sophomore and junior seasons.

During an episode, Fromm is sent to a doctor’s office following an August practice in South Georgia. For the third straight season, Jake struggled with full-body cramps due to overworking himself and lack of hydration. As Fromm is seen receiving a Sodium IV drip to re-hydrate at the end episode, they close with Jake giving a quote that reveals his true character and provides the strongest argument for him staying another year in Athens.

“My senior season really means a lot to me. We lost in the third round the last two seasons. You get to watch some of your best friends cry on bus rides home ’cause we lost in the third round, again. Quite honestly, I’m tired of it. So, I’m trying to do all I can do to win a state championship. To make that dream come true.”

Fromm’s had a similar path his first two seasons as a Georgia Bulldog. Ample success in the regular season followed by heartbreaking losses in the postseason.

If he does come back, it won’t be because his stats or arm strength didn’t warrant a top pick. It’ll be because Jake Fromm always places his teammates before himself.

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When Arthur creator Marc Brown returned home after dinner out with his wife Monday night in New York, he arrived to a flood of emails alerting him he was “blowing up” social media.

“I wondered what was happening. I started to get emails from family and friends about ‘You’re blowing up Twitter!’” Brown told CBC News on Tuesday afternoon.

Brown’s long-running PBS kids’ show — centred on the anthropomorphic aardvark of the title — had kicked off its 22nd season on Monday. The season premiere episode revolves around the wedding of Mr. Ratburn, whose impending nuptials Arthur and his friends attempt to derail in a case of mistaken identity.

The episode ends with a revelation: that their grade-school teacher is gay.

Both the inclusion of an LGBT character as well as the kids’ “no big deal” reaction within the episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” drew praise from many on social media.

“I started to read some of the comments from people and it just made me feel great,” Brown said.

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Whether it’s dealing with asthma, being in a single-parent family, welcoming an adopted sibling or figuring how to react when a grown-up is diagnosed with cancer or Alzheimer’s, the show’s goal has always been to reflect the reality of what kids are facing, said Brown, who also wrote and illustrated the Arthur books the animated series is based on.

“With Arthur, we have an opportunity to deal with all kinds of characters. We go into their lives and we want to see how they’re connected with their families,” Brown said, adding that Arthur characters are inspired by people he knew growing up (including a real-life schoolteacher who inspired Mr. Ratburn).

“Art reflects life. Life reflects art. And I think that kids need to see what’s happening in the world.”

Marc Brown says the characters seen in Arthur are based on real people from his childhood in Erie, Penn., including a grade-school teacher who inspired Mr. Ratburn. (CBC)
It’s not the first time the Arthur universe has incorporated LGBT relationships. In a 2005 episode of the spinoff series Postcards from Buster, which mixed animation with live-action footage, Arthur’s bunny best friend visits family-run farms in Vermont. The parents of the kids featured are shown to be two lesbian couples.

At the time, the episode sparked major controversy, with public broadcaster PBS announcing it would not distribute the instalment to its stations and then-secretary of education Margaret Spellings complaining about public money being used to promote alternative lifestyles. Dozens of PBS affiliates elected to air the episode anyway.

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On Tuesday, PBS released a statement addressing the social media reaction to “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.”

“PBS KIDS programs are designed to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation. We believe it is important to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS KIDS every day,” the public broadcaster said in the statement.

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One of the great things about television is how it can offer parents the opportunity to explore different kinds of stories with their children and then expand upon and discuss what they’ve seen, Brown said.

“I had a wonderful friend in Fred Rogers [of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood] …. What he taught me was how to use television to be helpful to kids and families. That’s kind of where I come from and that’s what we try to do with the show.”

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Football-wise, the Georgia Bulldogs have it all – except a national championship of recent vintage, and that could be subject to change. They’re great at recruiting. They’re great at banking donations. They’ve again gotten good at winning games. Heck, they’ve got Jeremy Pruitt’s precious indoor practice facility, though that hasn’t helped Jake Fromm in the rain, has it?

The Bulldogs have become serial overdogs. They’ve lost six games over three seasons, two in overtime. They’ve won the SEC East three years running. They’ve been favored in every game this season. They’re favored by four touchdowns against Georgia Tech. Sometimes, though, the team that has nearly everything doesn’t get enough credit for doing a small thing. Today we attempt to right that tiny wrong.

When it comes to Clean Old-Fashioned Hate, the Bulldogs almost never trip over themselves. A Georgia team ranked among the nation’s top 15 has never lost to an unranked Tech. A Georgia team with an Atlanta game awaiting the week after it plays the Yellow Jackets has been made to sweat in the battle for the Governor’s Trophy only once. (Speaking of which: Couldn’t they have thought of something with a bit more pizzazz? The Chattahoochee Shootout? The Old Oaken Peach?)

Seven times the Bulldogs have faced Tech knowing they’re bound for the SEC championship game. (This will make eight.) The margins of victory in those games – 44, 17, 7, 14, 32, 31 and 24. That’s an average spread of 24.1 points. And how, you ask, have the Jackets fared against Georgia when they were headed to the ACC title tilt? Lost by three, lost by six as a 9.5-point favorite, lost by 32.

In contemporary times, Tech-Georgia has come to mean far more to Tech. When Paul Johnson’s 2009 team, probably his best, was beaten by a 6-5 Georgia that had just lost to Kentucky, he harrumphed that his program “had bigger fish to fry.” (Those Jackets would beat Clemson, a title later vacated.) Johnson’s claim was something of a tough sell, given that the song “Ramblin’ Wreck” includes the cheery sentiment: “To hell with Georgia.”

Indeed, that’s Tech’s little saying. One son/daughter of George P. Burdell asks, “What’s the good word?” Another responds: “To hell with Georgia.” (Which is technically four words, but never mind.)

The enmity, at least in latter days, isn’t quite mutual. Among Georgia’s rivals, Tech lags Florida and Auburn, though the Jackets might have drawn ahead of Pruitt’s Tennessee. We say again: Tech folks stew about Georgia every day of every year; Georgia folks stew about Tech only in those years when they deem the Jackets a clear and present danger.

No, it wasn’t always thus. Tech under Bobby Dodd beat Georgia so often that, after the Bulldogs won 7-0 in 1957 to snap an eight-year losing skid, the touchdown-making Theron Sapp was christened “The Drought-Breaker.” (A huge photo of Sapp’s touchdown graces the Sanford Stadium press box.)

Vince Dooley, whom Techies cannot abide, changed everything. He went 19-6 against the Jackets. Ray Goff didn’t beat many teams, but he was 5-2 against Tech. Mark Richt was 13-2, the losses coming by three points and in overtime. Kirby Smart is about to be 3-1. The only Georgia coach since Dooley to have a losing record versus the Jackets was Jim Donnan (2-3). He was fired because of it.

Conventional wisdom has long held that Tech alums would be satisfied to beat Georgia once every three years. The Jackets have gone 14-41 against the hated mutts since 1963, which means they’ve averaging a win every 3.9 years. (A loss Saturday would make it a flat 4.0.) With Georgia in the ascendancy under Smart and Tech beginning a rebuild under Geoff Collins, it’s tough to imagine when the Jackets’ next win will arrive. Maybe 2022?

Chan Gailey worked six non-losing seasons and went 0-for-Georgia. (He was fired because of it.) Paul Johnson, fryer of fish, did better, winning three times in 11 seasons, which was one win per every 3.6 years. Tech hasn’t beaten Georgia at Bobby Dodd Stadium this century, which sounds wrong until you tick off the games in your head and think, “That’s really true.” (If you ask Georgia fans, who still turn purple at the mention of 1999 and the unseeing Al Ford, Tech hasn’t beaten the Bulldogs in Atlanta since 1989.)

This is supposed to be a rivalry, but many years – most years – it doesn’t feel like one. In a rivalry, you’re supposed to Throw The Record Book Out The Window. The ledger of Clean Old-Fashioned Hate sits undisturbed on its dusty shelf. Bulldog old-timers who recall the Drought and its Breaker still take nothing for granted, but to everyone else it has become Georgia’s game to lose. It mightn’t lose it again for a while.

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Labour has announced plans to slash rail fares by 33% and simplify ticket prices for part-time workers if it wins the election on 12 December.

The party also wants to make train travel free for young people under the age of 16 and build a central online booking portal with no booking fees.

The proposal is part of broader plans by the party to nationalise the UK’s train system.

Conservative Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the plan was “desperate”.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have also pledged to improve transport.

“Privatisation has created one of the most complex, exploitative and expensive ticketing systems in the world,” said Andy McDonald, Labour’s shadow transport secretary.

“Labour will scrap the bewildering and outdated fares and ticketing system that discriminates against part-time workers, discourages rail travel and excludes the young and low-paid.”

Labour says nationalisation – which it plans to achieve within five years of coming to power – will allow fares to be capped and improve the reliability of services.

The Conservatives’ Mr Shapps said: “This is another desperate attempt from Labour to distract from their inability and unwillingness to be straight with people on where they stand on Brexit, and the fact they would raise taxes on low and middle-income workers across the country.

“You simply cannot trust [Jeremy] Corbyn to deliver what he claims. His ideological plans would wreck our economy, cost people their livelihoods and with the help of Nicola Sturgeon, would waste the whole of next year on two more chaotic referendums.”

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By Katie Prescott, BBC weekend business correspondent

In keeping with their proposals to nationalise the railways, Labour’s plans to significantly cut fares would see a reverse in the direction of travel for policies on train fares since privatisation.

Since 1995, successive governments have tried to move the day-to-day cost of running the railways onto fare-payers and away from the taxpayer. At that time, it used to be split 50/50 – now it’s more like 75% on the shoulders of the passenger.

The argument goes that by raising fares in line with the Retail Prices Index inflation figure each year, government spending on the railways can be reserved for investment in infrastructure.

Announced just two days after the average train fare rise of 2.7% was published, and coinciding with major industrial action on several lines in the run-up to Christmas, Labour’s proposal for a significant cut to fares could prove popular with commuters.

The future of ticketing and rail fares is just one of the issues being looked at by a major review into the UK’s railways due to report after the election.

It is led by Keith Williams, the former boss of British Airways, who is particularly interested in how innovation in aviation fares and ticketing could be applied to the railways.

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Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have pledged to freeze peak-time and season ticket train fares for the next five years and cancel the 2.7% rise in rail tickets from 2 January 2020. They also plan to complete the HS2 high-speed rail link.

And the Conservatives are pledging to improve transport links as part of a £3.6m Towns Fund.

They have also promised to give more funding to local combined authorities to improve bus and train services and put £500m into reversing cuts to the railway network made in the 1960s.

The Brexit Party’s flagship transport policy is scrapping the HS2 rail project – a goal it shares with the Green Party.