ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia officials say Russ the bulldog has been promoted as the school's new mascot.
Director of Athletics Greg McGarity announced Thursday on the school's website that Russ will assume the title of Uga IX, the 8-year-old bulldog who is the half-brother of Uga VII.
Russ served two terms as interim mascot for the Bulldogs, filling in for the final two games following the November 2009 death of Uga VII, and the first six games in 2010. Russ made an appearance at the 2010 Liberty Bowl to replace an ill Uga VIII.
Russ became the interim mascot after Uga VIII died in February 2011.
Official ceremonies will be held before the Sept. 15 game between Georgia-Florida Atlantic at Sanford Stadium in Athens.
SANDERSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - During the first weekend of August, three separate muggings happened in Washington County.
Luckily, a few residents were already working to bring a women's self-defense class to Sandersville.
During her 20 years of marriage, WSNT-AM radio host Nancy Craig never really thought about how she would defend herself, because her husband was always by her side.
Then the couple had a divorce. Craig realized she'd taken having someone to protect her for granted.
That's when she contacted Tommy Brantley, owner of Brantley Soo Bahk Do Karate School in Sandersville, about starting up a women's self-defense class.
"Women need to have a little knowledge of, if they're attacked, how to get out of the situation," says Brantley. "Especially if somebody is physically hurting them."
The radio station teamed up with Brantley to start a 6-week class for women in the community, which teaches them how to ward off an attacker.
"It's amazing what weapons you do have on your body and he (Brantley) has really been showing us everything we have on our body to use to get out of tight situations," says Craig.
"They're going to learn awareness, and just being aware in their surroundings," says Brantley. "Naturally, if somebody grabs them or attacks them, I've taught them the different weapons of the body and what areas of the body to attack."
"Hitting in the nose, hitting on the neck, punching them in the ear," says Craig.
Brantley says all he can do is teach knowledge. It's up to the ladies to gain the confidence needed to defend themselves through his classes.
"I had one lady to start and within two classes her confidence level had gained and you could just see more confidence in her face and in her reaction," says Brantley.
Craig says she's thankful to have someone in the community like Brantley who can teach women how to successfully defend themselves.
"The way the world is right now, and the way people are losing their jobs, it makes you feel safer," says Craig.
The radio station is working with Brantley's school to give free classes to victims of violence.
The classes are held on Monday nights at 6 on a 6-week basis. The cost for the class is $55.
For more information about the class or to find out how you can get involved, call Nancy Craig at (478) 552-5182.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - With their new owners watching, Chase Headley and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 Wednesday for their ninth win in 10 games.
Headley hit a two-run single and left-hander Eric Stults won his fourth straight decision as the Padres took two of three from the Braves, who lead the NL wild-card race.
The third generation of the O'Malley family was introduced at a news conference earlier Wednesday, promising to run the Padres in the same first-class manner that Walter and Peter O'Malley once ran the Dodgers.
The new ownership group includes Peter O'Malley's sons, Kevin and Brian, and nephews Peter and Tom Seidler. It also includes San Diego businessman Ron Fowler, the executive chairman who has been designated as the team's control person. The group bought the Padres for $800 million from John Moores.