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Alabama secondary optimistic for 2014

In an offseason where Alabama coach Nick Saban has preached about re-establishing the Crimson Tide’s identity, the secondary is surely one of the areas he has in mind.

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English Premier League a worthy watch

Are you ready for some football? No, not that one, the other one.

College football is just over a week away and NFL preseason is in progress, but it’s the kind across the pond that’s already rockin’ and rollin’.

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UA baseball team looks to even series

There are only a few schools that have routinely given Alabama baseball coach Mitch Gaspard’s teams trouble over his 10-year head coaching career. One of those schools is Southern Miss, a team that Alabama will play for the second time this season and the 100th time in school history Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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Tide bats rally late in game to down UAB

No. 8 Alabama did just that with UAB Wednesday night, defeating the Blazers 5-2 at Regions Field. The win comes just one week after the Crimson Tide dropped a 2-1 decision to UAB at Sewell-Thomas Stadium last Wednesday.

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UA wins series over Tigers

Courtesy of freshman Casey Hughston’s double, the No. 9-ranked Alabama baseball team had its fifth walk-off hit of the season to clinch a 4-3 victory and the series against Auburn at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Sunday.

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Baseball team looks to continue recent success

Alabama continued its late-inning dramatics this season with a walk-off double from freshman Casey Hughston in a series-clinching 4-3 victory over Auburn at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Sunday.

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Alabama downs Auburn in game 2 of 3-game series

Before the seventh-largest crowd in Sewell-Thomas Stadium history, No. 9 Alabama held on late in the ninth inning to take down Auburn, 4-1, Saturday night to even the three-game series.

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Crimson Tide looks to revamp defensive line

Though Alabama’s defensive lines in Saban’s base 3-4 defensive scheme are generally more responsible for freeing up space for other teammates to make plays than making the plays themselves, the unit’s statistical production came nowhere close to meeting standards last season.

Alabama falls to Auburn in first game of rivalry series

For the sixth time this season and the second game in a row, No. 9 Alabama fell by a score of 2-1 Friday night against Auburn at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 0-2 since it moved into the top 10 in the national polls.

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Alabama baseball team hits with more power

Collectively, Alabama has 20 home runs, 51 doubles and a .387 slugging percentage this season, ranking them third, fifth and sixth in the Southeastern Conference, respectively. Last season as a whole, the Crimson Tide hit 26 home runs (10th in the SEC), 85 doubles (8th SEC) and had a slugging percentage of .344 (13th SEC).

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Baseball team makes first SEC trip to College Station

One week after playing Ole Miss, a top-10 team, and three weeks since playing Kentucky, one of the top offenses in the nation, the University of Alabama baseball team will travel to Texas A&M this weekend, where it will face one of the toughest crowds in college baseball.

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Baseball team wins 5th straight

On Tuesday night, the recipe held true. Alabama used a three-run inning in the third to reach its magic number in a 3-2 win over Louisiana-Monroe at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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Tide wins 2-game sweep over Alcorn State

The Crimson Tide baseball team scored double-digit runs for the second consecutive night in a 12-0 win over Alcorn State at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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White’s walk-off blast claims SEC series win for Alabama

For the third time in four weekend home series, Alabama claimed a three-game set with a walk-off winner, this time from a two-run home run from sophomore shortstop Mikey White in a 5-3 victory in the second game of a doubleheader against No. 20 Kentucky Saturday.

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Tide to take No. 20 Kentucky

The Crimson Tide baseball team will take on No. 20 Kentucky this weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in what can be best described as a true offense versus defense matchup.

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‘The Joe’ sees amended rules for right field seating

New guidelines imposed on the right field seating area in last weekend’s Alabama baseball series will take effect for the remainder of the season, according to a statement released by the University of Alabama athletic department Saturday.

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Alabama makes history in sweep of Delta Devils

The Crimson Tide completed its first series sweep of the season with a 3-0 win over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday afternoon. It was the third straight shutout win for Alabama, which hasn’t been done in program history since a three-game set against Marion Institute in 1912.

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Alabama throws 9-inning no-hitter in 7-0 win over MVSU

Justin Kamplain, Jay Shaw and Geoffrey Bramblett combined to throw the first nine-inning no-hitter for Alabama in 72 years in the Crimson Tide’s 7-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State Saturday afternoon.

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Nick Eicholtz to pitch in Capital City Classic

Eicholtz, a freshman right-handed pitcher from Odessa, Fla., will start Tuesday in the sixth annual MAX Capital City Classic against Auburn in Montgomery in a game the Crimson Tide has never won.

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Freshmen play key roles on team

On a veteran-laden squad that returns 21 players in all from last season’s NCAA Regional team, seven of the 10 true freshmen on the Alabama’s rosters have already seen the field this year for the 4-2 Crimson Tide.

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Wass hits walk-off to claim series

Wade Wass hit a pinch-hit single on the final at bat of the game for the second week in a row to give No. 21 Alabama a 3-2 walk-off win in 10 innings in the series finale against Stephen F. Austin on Sunday afternoon.

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Hughston’s two-homer debut boosts Alabama to big win

Hughston, a freshman making his first career start, hit leadoff home runs in the second and seventh innings – both over the right field wall – to power No. 21 Alabama to an 8-0 win Saturday afternoon.

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Alabama bats go cold in 2-1 defeat

The No. 21 Crimson Tide baseball team fell 2-1 in 13 innings in Game 1 of its three-game set against Stephen F. Austin at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Friday night.

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Shaw to help recruit, coach Tide

Elisha Shaw is just like any other Alabama football recruit in the Nick Saban era. He’s big, he’s fast, and he’s one of the best players in the nation at his position. He’s committed, he’s excited, and he’s ready to get to work.

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UA baseball team sees expectations rise for 2014 season

Alabama, which comes into this season ranked No. 21 in both the Baseball America and Perfect Game USA preseason polls, will officially be able to put last season behind them with a good start to the 2014 season this weekend at home against Saint Louis.

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Alabama baseball reloaded for 2014 season

At this time last year, the Alabama baseball team was in disarray. The Crimson Tide was coming off its worst season in recent memory and didn’t know what to expect.

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Men’s golf recruits new coach to team

There are five head coaches currently employed by The University of Alabama that have led their programs to a national championship, but there is only one non-head coach at Alabama that’s done the same at another school.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Auburn

A Q&A with Will Gaines, sports editor of the Auburn Plainsman at Auburn, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 Iron Bowl showdown against the Tigers in Auburn.

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Across the Country – Week 14

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 14 of the 2013 college football season.

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Auburn turnaround increases Iron Bowl anticipation, stakes

One year after a disastrous 3-9 campaign, which included an 0-8 mark in SEC play, the now No. 4 Tigers sit at 10-1 (6-1 SEC), a near flawless one-season turnaround that has set the stage for an Iron Bowl showdown with both SEC West and national title implications on the line against top-ranked Alabama.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Chattanooga

A Q&A with Adam Stephens, sports editor of the University Echo at Chattanooga, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 non-conference matchup against the Mocs in Tuscaloosa.

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Across the Country – Week 13

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 13 of the 2013 college football season.

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Alabama explodes in second half to defeat LSU, 38-17

The No. 1 Crimson Tide outlasted No. 13 LSU 38-17 Saturday night to keep its national championship hopes alive in what is annually one of the team’s biggest potential roadblocks.

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Behind Enemy Lines: LSU

A Q&A with Chandler Rome, sports editor of the Daily Reveille at LSU, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 showdown against the Tigers in Tuscaloosa.

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Across the Country – Week 11

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 11 of the 2013 college football season.

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David Pollack, Tom Rinaldi answer questions prior to Alabama-LSU game

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is in Tuscaloosa this weekend, ahead of the Alabama-LSU showdown on Saturday night. The Crimson White caught up with two of the show’s stars, David Pollack and Tom Rinaldi, to discuss how LSU can beat Alabama, AJ McCarron’s Heisman chances and an inside look at Nick Saban.

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Norwood poses challenge for LSU defense

But before Alabama could even get into a position for T.J. Yeldon to score, it was Kevin Norwood who helped march the Tide down the field, catching passes on three straight plays – all for first downs – from quarterback AJ McCarron on a five-play, 72-yard drive that began with 1:34 left in the fourth quarter.

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Harassment in professional sports should be taken more seriously

We have all witnessed it, partaken in it or, in some cases, been the victim of it. Yes, bullying exists and always will. Don’t be fooled though; it’s not just limited to elementary and middle school. It happens in sports, too, even at the highest level.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Tennessee

A Q&A with David Cobb, sports editor of the Daily Beacon at Tennessee, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 Third Saturday in October matchup against the Volunteers in Tuscaloosa.

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Across the Country – Week 9

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 9 of the 2013 college football season.

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Oregon students selling “We Want Bama’ T-shirts

But winning the title game will only be half the battle for many Oregon students, who made it clear which team in particular they hope to face in Pasadena on Jan. 6, with “We Want Bama” T-shirts hitting the school’s campus this past week.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Arkansas

A Q&A with Haley Markle, sports editor of the Arkansas Traveler at Arkansas, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 SEC matchup against the Razorbacks in Tuscaloosa.

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Across the Country – Week 8

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 8 of the 2013 college football season.

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Despite struggles, World Cup needs Mexico

Having already punched their ticket as the top team out of CONCACAF for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, the USMNT had absolutely nothing to play for entering its final World Cup qualifier in Panama. Win, lose or draw, nothing was going to change for the Stars and Stripes – but their result would help decide the fate of their most bitter rival, Mexico, whose World Cup aspirations were still on the line heading into the last qualifying match.

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UA men’s golf remain undefeated to start 2013-14 season

The top-ranked Crimson Tide captured its second straight tournament to start the season Tuesday, finishing with a score of 11-under-par 829 at the 2013 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the Old Overton Country Club.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Georgia State

A Q&A with David Norwood, sports editor of the Signal at Georgia State, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 non-conference game against the Panthers in Tuscaloosa.

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Across the Country – Week 6

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 6 of the 2013 college football season.

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Champions Plaza honors Patterson, other UA coaches

Sarah Patterson had a lot of dreams as a 23-year-old gymnastics coach hired fresh out of Slippery Rock State College by legendary Alabama football coach and then-athletics director Paul “Bear” Bryant in the summer of 1978. Since then, she’s lived out many of those dreams, but at the same time there was always something she never thought was possible.

Behind Enemy Lines: Ole Miss

A Q&A with David Collier, sports editor of the Daily Mississippian at Ole Miss, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 SEC opener against the Rebels in Tuscaloosa.

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Across the Country – Week 5

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 5 of the 2013 college football season.

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Alabama struggles in 31-6 win over Colorado State

Despite struggling to establish a rhythm for much of the game, No. 1 Alabama defeated Colorado State 31-6 Saturday night, but it didn’t come as easily as expected.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Colorado State

A Q&A with Quentin Sickafoose, sports editor of the Collegian at Colorado State, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 home opener against the Rams in Tuscaloosa.

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Across the Country – Week 4

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 4 of the 2013 college football season.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Texas A&M

A Q&A with James Sullivan, sports editor of the Battalion at Texas A&M, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 revenge game against the Aggies in College Station.

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Across the Country – Week 3

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 3 of the 2013 college football season.

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Seawell moving forward after first national title

When the Alabama men’s golf team won its first national championship in school history this past June, head coach Jay Seawell knew he helped create a lasting memory that he would hold on to for life. He was at the top of the sport, but he knew he would soon be starting back at the bottom again.

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Bale will fail to meet expectations at Real Madrid next to Ronaldo

Bale, a 24-year-old winger who was named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year with Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League in England last season, makes the move to Real Madrid on a world-record transfer fee of €100 million or $132 million.

While no one doubts Bale’s talent and ability, the question many are asking remains the same: Is he really worth that much?

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Behind Enemy Lines: Virginia Tech

A Q&A with Jacob Emert, sports editor of the Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech, ahead of Alabama’s 2013 season opener against the Hokies in Atlanta.

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Across the Country – Week 1

A look at a few of the best and most important games across the country during Week 1 of the 2013 college football season.

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Waters previews 2013-14 XC/T&F season

The Alabama fall sports coaches spoke with the media Monday at a luncheon setup by the university’s athletics communications department. Dan Waters, head coach of the Alabama cross country and track & field programs, sat down with The Crimson White to answer questions about his coaching philosophy and his program moving forward.

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Assistant coach feels confident entering 3rd year

Adam Tribble had an idea of what he wanted to do with his life soon after he began his running career on the varsity cross country team in eighth grade. Unlike many young athletes, though, it wasn’t to turn professional.

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Pursley previews 2013-14 swimming and diving season

The Alabama athletics communications department held a luncheon at the Cypress Inn in Tuscaloosa Monday to allow media to speak with the Crimson Tide fall sports coaches. The Crimson White was able to catch up with Dennis Pursley, head coach of the Alabama swimming & diving team, there for a preview of the team’s upcoming season.

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Alabama to play Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

The Alabama baseball team will conclude its nonconference road schedule with a midweek trip to Hattiesburg, Miss. on Wednesday to play the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park.

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Offensive line shines in spring game

After losing three-fifths of last season’s offensive line this offseason, Alabama’s new front five proved it may not be a weakness after all heading into next season.

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Expectations at an all-time high for current Alabama team

When the Alabama Crimson Tide kicks off its 2013 campaign against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Aug. 31, it won’t just be the start of a new season, but the beginning of an opportunity to win yet another national championship.

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Alabama baseball team to face UAB Blazers

The Alabama baseball team returns home to face the UAB Blazers in a midweek, non-conference matchup Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. inside Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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Tide avoid sweep with big SEC win

After dropping the first two games of the series, No. 22 Alabama picked up its biggest win of the season on Saturday, topping No. 9 Arkansas, 5-0, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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Tide to host No. 9 Razorbacks

The No. 22 Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team continues its six-game home stand with a three-game series beginning Thursday against the No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. First pitches are set for Thursday at 7:05 p.m. on ESPNU, Friday at 6:35 p.m. and Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

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Roberts, Smith push UA to 9-1 victory with home runs

Third baseman Kenny Roberts and first baseman Austen Smith hit a pair of three-run home runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding 6-1 lead for the Crimson Tide en route to a 9-1 victory Tuesday night against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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Tide looks to continue winning after spring break performances

As students return for classes this week in Tuscaloosa, so does the Alabama baseball team, which will begin a six-game home stand when it plays host to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Baseball Stadium.

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Tide to face Bulldogs in Birmingham

The University of Alabama baseball team will travel to Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday to face the Samford Bulldogs at Joe Lee Griffin Field at 6 p.m.

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Tide ends five-game losing streak with 4-2 win against Tigers

After recording less than five in three straight losses coming into the game, the Crimson Tide bested that total with six, which proved to be just enough to put them over the top in a 4-2 victory against the Memphis Tigers Wednesday.

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Baseball team falls in 1st of 2-game series against Memphis

The Alabama baseball team struggled again at the plate Tuesday, falling 6-0 to the Memphis Tigers in game one of a two-game series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The loss gives the Tide (8-8) its eighth loss in the last 10 games – a far cry from the 6-0 start to begin the season.

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Alabama baseball team to face Memphis in midweek series

After dropping seven of its last nine games, including its last four, the Alabama baseball team will look to reverse its losing skid this week against the Memphis Tigers. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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Baseball team heading to take on Cardinals

The University of Alabama baseball team travels to Louisville, Ky. this weekend to play against the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals in its second road series of the season. First pitches are set for Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Brett Booth leads Tide from plate

Booth, a starter at either catcher or third base since his freshman year in 2010, has been a pleasant surprise both at the plate and behind it, helping lead the Tide (8-4) to its best start since the 2011 campaign.

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Tide to face rival Auburn Tigers

The Alabama baseball team will travel to Montgomery, Ala., March 5 to play the Auburn Tigers in the fifth annual Capital City Classic at Riverwalk Stadium.

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Tide’s win avoids weekend sweep

After two straight games of struggling at the plate, the Alabama baseball team’s bats came to life Sunday afternoon with a 12-6 victory over the Tulane Green Wave.

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Baseball team to host Green Wave

After posting their fourth come-from-behind victory of the season against Samford Tuesday, the Alabama baseball team will complete their four-game home stand with a three-game series against the Tulane Green Wave this weekend.

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Tide baseball defeats Southern Miss

The Alabama baseball team continued its hot start to the 2013 campaign holding off No. 21 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in a 10-8 win Tuesday night.

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Grant preps team for matchup against UGA

Following a bounce back win against LSU on Saturday, the Alabama men’s basketball team will travel to Athens, Ga., Tuesday night to take on a red-hot Georgia Bulldogs team.

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Women’s golf must find way to replace Brooke Pancake

Pancake was an invaluable asset to the Crimson Tide during her four-year career at Alabama. A four-time All-SEC selection and a three-time All-American, she is the most decorated player in the program’s history having also won the 2012 Honda Award as the top collegiate women’s golfer in the nation and numerous Academic All-American honors.

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Women’s golf set to tee off a new season

The Alabama women’s golf team will compete in their first tournament of the season this Sunday at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

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Under Potter, Tide ready to defend national title

With the Alabama women’s golf team set to tee off their season this Sunday in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the entire program finds itself in unusual territory, but nobody feels it more than head coach Mic Potter.

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Alabama golfers trying to live up to last year

After a second-place finish in the Liz Murphey Fall Preview, the Alabama women’s golf team wraps up its fall season at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational this weekend from Oct. 28-30 at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.

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