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Beyond the Hedges 1/17/2013

Sure, football is of year-round interest. T. Kyle King continues to bring you his retrospective look at how Mark Richt's career stacks up against his predecessors now that 2012 is in the books (Part the First, Part the Second, and stay tuned), and MaconDawg has given us a rundown on remaining recruiting targets as we quickly approach National Signing Day, but there's a lot of other UGA sports news worthy of our attention.

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Last night, our unfathomable sadness continued in men's basketball, as the Dawgs fell to favored Mizzou in a 79-62 disappointment. We are 0 for 3 in SEC play. The women's basketball team, on the other hand, is rolling. Last Thursday, Landers and the Lady Bulldogs were in Tuscaloosa and bested the Tide 95-83. Five Georgia players scored in double digits, led by Jasmine Hassell with 21. As a team, UGA made 56.3% of its field goals and 75% of its free throws. The bench provided 25 points toward the win. Then on Sunday, back in Stegeman, division rival South Carolina held Georgia to its lowest winning point total in the history of the program but fell to the Dawgs 42-40. The No. 13 Lady Bulldogs (15-2, 3-1) next travel to Fayetteville to play Arkansas tonight at 8 p.m. eastern and return home to play No. 20 Texas A&M at 5 p.m. eastern in a game televised on ESPN2.

The gymnastics squad will try to build on last Friday's road victory against Arkansas when it hosts Auburn at Stegeman tomorrow night at 7:30 eastern, and Stanford pays a visit to the Classic City Monday at 2:00 eastern. Links to live scoring are available at the official UGA athletics site, and as always, Dawg Sports bring you detailed coverage of the results. CSS has opted to televise the Auburn meet, but air time for the delayed regional broadcast hasn't been announced. Check local listings.

In the final home dual swimming and diving meet of the season, the No. 2 Georgia women topped No. 5 Texas 143-100 while the No. 12 Georgia men fell to the fourth-ranked Longhorns 132-109. Newcomer Chase Kalisz acquitted himself extraordinarily well in the loss, placing first in three events for the second straight meet: 200 butterfly (1:47.85), 400 individual medley ( 3:49.83), 200 breaststroke (1:59.290). For his efforts, Kalisz again was named SEC Male Freshman Swimmer of the Week for the second time in only his second week as a college swimmer. That streak may be difficult to maintain, but we're sure he'll try.

In pre-season baseball news, Senior shortstop Kyle Farmer has been chosen by the Braves 400 Fan Club as the Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete in the state. Among an impressive list of stats are a .313 career batting average and a UGA record-setting .970 fielding percentage in 2012. Farmer also has been recognized by the UGA Athletic Director's and SEC's Academic Honor Rolls.

And in post-UGA-career golf news, Russell Henley's first PGA win was so nice, it deserves another mention. If you haven't seen chuckdawg's excellent writeup on the win, do yourself a favor and check it out.

It's hard to believe, since I was a student at UGA when Dan Magill passed the reins of the men's tennis program to him, but head coach Manny Diaz is celebrating his 25th year at the Georgia helm. As Coach Diaz says in the five-minute linked video, "it seems like just the other day ..." Diaz was an assistant UGA coach before he became head coach and was a Bulldog player before that. It's a stellar career, and we're fortunate to have had almost 60 years of unparallelled leadership under only two head coaches. The team starts playing this weekend at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs where eight Bulldogs will join players from USC, UCLA, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and North Carolina. The first dual match of 2013 is 25 January at home against Vandy. The women's tennis team, meanwhile, will host the Georgia Invitational tomorrow through Sunday and opens dual match play against Columbia in Athens on 27 January.