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Alabama football favored in all but one game in 2012, according to Golden Nugget : CW Sports

Vegas is obviously very high on Alabama, predicting 10+ point wins in all but two of Alabama’s games this year. It’s interesting that the Arkansas number is so low, given the change in coaching staff, but Golden Nugget believes there won’t be too much of a drop off. The two-point LSU spread essentially makes that game a toss up, but they give the edge to LSU, presumably, on home field advantage.

Details emerge about plans for 'Champions Plaza'; Alabama Board of Trustees will consider proposal Friday |

An agenda for Friday's meeting show the plaza would be located next to the Sewell- Thomas Stadium. The plaza will provide recognition for the University's athletic programs and also tiered seating for 600 next to the stadium. The proposed project would consist of brick and precision concrete walls and would include commemorative engravings that would highlight each team's history including National and Southeastern Conference Championships. The proposed project is also slated to have a coaches' recognition wall with plaques to honor coaches who have won national championships. Interactive video displays would allow visitors to learn more about the Crimson Tide's history and traditions within each sports, according to documents.

Crimson Tide pitcher Traina picked for Team USA |

University of Alabama All-American pitcher Jackie Traina is one of five players added to the final roster for the 2012 USA Softball national team. Traina joins 12 players previously selected to the team. She was one of 20 players who attended a selection camp to compete for a spot on the final roster.

Roster Completed For 2012 Women's National Team

The USA Women’s National team will compete in six different events in the United States and Canada. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with two exhibition stops scheduled as well as the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada on June 23 and the World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators, June 27- July 2, in Oklahoma City. For ticket information on the Title IX Game and World Cup VII as well as the tour stops in Summersville, W. Va. and Ashland, Ohio, click here. Following the World Cup, the Women’s National Team is slated to compete July 4-9 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

Tyren Jones: Alabama RB commit shoots down UGA rumors | AJC College Sports Recruiting

There are rumors that if Henry flips from UGA to Alabama, it would create a domino effect of top running backs switching schools – like you often see among QB prospects, including Jones going from Alabama to UGA. "Yes, I’ve been hearing all that stuff, and it’s just rumors," Jones told the AJC on Tuesday night. "People are trying to get me to go over to Georgia. I’m not worried about all the rumors. I’m 100-percent committed to Alabama."

Alabama women finish a school-best third in final Capital One Cup standings |

Three national championships have vaulted the Alabama women's athletics program to third place in the final Capital One Cup standings, the highest finish in school history. Stanford and UCLA finished ahead of the Crimson Tide, which led Southeastern Conference schools. LSU finished fourth and Florida finished ninth. Alabama is in fourth place in the men's standings, which will be announced after the baseball season ends with the College World Series.

Former Tide stars, Saints players in flag football game to benefit Tuscaloosa tornado relief |

New Orleans Saint and former Alabama football player Roman Harper is bringing a few friends with him to Tuscaloosa on Friday to raise money for tornado recovery. A celebrity flag football game scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Central High School's Falcon Stadium will feature former Alabama standouts, New Orleans Saints players and other guests. Former Tide players Mark Ingram, Brodie Croyle, Marcell Dareus, Tyrone Prothro, Charlie Peprah and Anthony Madison, as well as Saints Darren Sharper, Johnny Patrick, Chase Daniel and Cameron Jordan, are expected to attend. - Pepper Johnson on not getting defensive coordinator job, Dont’a Hightower and more

While it’s only been a small sample, rookie linebacker Dont’a Hightower has been impressive in the OTAs and mini-camp. Johnson was asked what kind of student Hightower had been thus far. "An excellent student," Johnson said. "This is a big compliment for Nick Saban, but I know what type of teacher he is, being up under him myself. He groomed that young man very well." Johnson said he’s gotten the impression football really means something to the kid. "He wants to learn," Johnson said. "He’s not only just listening, but asking questions, making things are sure before he goes out and demonstrates it on the field."

Barron adapting well as minicamp opens - Fox Sports Florida

"Mark's a very explosive athlete, and I think he's got a very good feel as a football player," Schiano said Tuesday after the first round of a mandatory three-day minicamp. "Call it instinct, call it eyes. He feels and sees things well," Schiano said. "And what you don't see here is what was very impressive on his college tape: He's an explosive hitter. When he hits you, you feel it. So I'm anxious to get to training camp and see him with pads on."

Day of learning for Dre at Bengals minicamp | Big C's NFL Blitz

It was a day of learning for first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick. The cornerback surrendered two long touchdowns. Wide receiver Brandon Tate broke Kirkpatrick down like a double-barrel shotgun on a double-move to break free. A few plays later receiver A.J. Green streaked past the rookie to haul in a deep pass from quarterback Andy Dalton.

Alabama will ask Board of Trustees to revise budget for Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium renovations |

The renovations will "meet current NCAA requirements, support training and recruiting and improve the overall appearance of the stadium," Lynda Gilbert, Alabama's Vice President of Financial Affairs and Treasurer, wrote in a letter to interim president Judith Bonner. Among the additions to the proposed budget are: an enclosed, air-conditioned room in the press box, the replacement of existing toilet fixtures, an additional $25,000 to the landscaping allowance and a "decorative metal fence" that will run along the Hackberry Lane side of the facility. Alabama hopes to have all of the renovations completed by the start of the 2013 track season. - HURT: Newspaper cuts are a loss for everyone

This isn't some Luddite wailing over outmoded technology, by the way. Everyone knows that digital has long ago prevailed over print. Everyone understands that instantaneous delivery rules the day, and that any media entity that hopes to survive has to adjust to that. It is about reporting, and content.