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The Jumbo Package │ 02.26.13

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To start a new win streak, Crimson Tide must avoid negative mindset after loss

Alabama has a chance to start another winning streak tonight when it plays the Samford Bulldogs at home. If the Tide shows up with a good attitude, ready to put the loss behind them, it could be the start of another win streak. However, if the Tide still has its mind in Boca Raton, Fla., then it could experience yet another loss.

Gutierrez likely to miss next gymnastics meet

Gutierrez competes on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise for the Tide and has been a strong competitor for much of the season. She landed awkwardly on her ankle during her first tumbling pass in the floor exercise Friday. "Sometimes ankle sprains can be five days, sometimes it can be five months," head coach Sarah Patterson said. "My experience is you just don’t know until you see how a person responds."

Tides looks to win in 4-game series after 1st season loss

"They’re very competitive. They play with really good energy, good focus each day, and that’s a good sign as we move forward into the season," he said. "Just the team overall, I like where they’re at. I like their focus; I like the way they play the game. And if they continue to do that, it’s going to be a team that’s just going to continue to get better as we move through the season."

Alabama football offers several scholarships, including one to eighth-grader |

Dylan Moses, a prospect for the class of 2017 from University School in Baton Rouge, La., will enter his freshman season this fall. The 6-1, 215-pound athlete was clocked last summer at the LSU camp at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. LSU offered last summer. Alabama offered during his visit this past weekend.

Loss to Auburn still resonates with Alabama basketball team |

Last time, we got outplayed in a lot of areas," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said Monday. "I thought that was in the effort department. We did not perform to the best of our abilities ... and it ended up being a double-figure game."

Would more shots from Trevor Releford give Alabama a better shot at winning? |

"I’ve said this before: When he’s locked in, he’s as good as any guard in our league or across the country," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said Monday, the day before a 6 p.m. CST home game against Auburn (9-18, 3-11). "Here lately, he’s really been playing his best basketball, and we need him to continue."

Alabama looking for another quality start as it plays host to Samford on Tuesday |

"That was kind of the theme for us ... going into the weekend," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said."Charley Sullivan really led the way Friday and gave us a quality start, and then Jon Keller did the same on Saturday, and Spencer Turnbull pitched well on Sunday. ... What you saw out of our starters were they were going five or six innings, and that's really where they should be after two weeks."

Damion Square says 'Greatest Show on Earth' at Alabama has him prepared for NFL |

Yes, practice. "It's me and D.J. Fluker going head to head. It's Barrett (Jones) and Jesse (Williams) going head to head. It's Quinton (Dial) and Chance (Warmack) going head to head," Square said Saturday. "We go out there and try to beat each other. Those guys are the best of the best."

Did Johnny Manziel's lawsuit create a loophole to pay athletes? |

Per the ESPN report: "The corporation set up for Manziel in December cannot capitalize off the quarterback until his NCAA eligibility has expired or he leaves after next season to go into the NFL draft, but can take action to further its claim of ownership of 'Johnny Football.'"

Scarbinsky: When will Alabama and Auburn hoops both have something to celebrate again? |

Is the future bright, as Tony Barbee optimistically/outrageously predicted for his Auburn program after a 31-point loss to Florida that would be eclipsed as his worst defeat with the Tigers seven days later? Or are we still reduced to silver linings, like Anthony Grant leading Alabama to three straight winning SEC records for the first time since the mid-1990s - while missing the NCAA Tournament two of those three years? - Injuries hamper Alabama players at NFL Combine

"A guy with a bad shoulder will still run. A guy with a bad ankle will still bench press. I don't think the NFL clubs mind at all if a guy is coming off surgery and just can't perform physically," Shonka said. "Barrett Jones, for instance, he's just not ready and nobody would have a problem with that. When you have a guy who is healthy, or seems to be pretty healthy, who doesn't want to do some things, that can raise some eyebrows sometimes."