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This time, grand slam dooms Alabama as Michigan sends Tide to WCWS losers' bracket |

A grand slam sent Alabama to Oklahoma City. Now another put the Crimson Tide a game away from an early trip home. Michigan's Lauren Sweet sent a fourth-inning offering high into the cool night's sky, keying the Wolverines' 5-0 win over No. 6 Alabama. The Tide now faces No. 2 Oregon at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game. The Ducks lost 7-1 to UCLA in the last game ending at 1:08 Friday morning.

That game was only 5-0; I honestly don't know how it wasn't worse. And, after drawing Oklahoma in the Supers and the team I think will win it all in the first round, a surprise in the losers' bracket, Oregon, greets 'Bama Not ideal, at all.

Softball Boasts Four NFCA All-Americans - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

For the fourth time in the last five years, four Alabama players have been named NFCA All-Americans, announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Wednesday. Haylie McCleney was named to the First Team, Alexis Osorio was named to the Second Team while Demi Turner and Marisa Runyon were named to the Third Team.

McCleney's glove took her to first-team all-American status. No word on the National Freshman of the year. I thought Osorio may have sewn it up last weekend before being shelled last night.

New Alabama secondary coach Mel Tucker knows the expectations in Tuscaloosa |

It's the No. 1 question Mel Tucker has gotten since coming to Alabama and he's gotten it in the strangest places. "I go to a gas station and I'm going to buy something," Alabama's new defensive backs coach said Wednesday night. "I pull out my credit card. I hand it to the person and they look and say, 'Oh, you're Mel Tucker? Are you going to teach those boys how to look for the ball while the ball's in the air?'

Well, Mel, are you?! Seriously, people that ask that question don't understand how press coverage works. Your head is almost never going to be looking for the ball -rather, you read the receiver's body as he attempts a reception. Then again, maybe the man-press isn't the best idea in modern chuck-n-duck offense? I don't see Saban abandoning that part of his beloved scheme though.

T.J. Yeldon doing a 'nice job' preparing for big role in Jacksonville Jaguars' more balanced offense |

Jacksonville hopes to ease the burden on its young quarterback by putting a greater emphasis on its rushing attack under new offensive coordinator Greg Olsen. "There is a heavier emphasis on the run game, even in our individual (drills) using the garbage cans and things like that that are out there," Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley told reporters at a press conference after the Jaguars' first OTA workout on Tuesday.

JAX is very happy with their shiny new toy, and has revamped the offense to show it off.

Giants 90-man roster breakdown: Safety Landon Collins should play key role - Big Blue View

During Wednesday's OTA practice Collins lined up as one of the two starting safeties alongside Cooper Taylor. Nat Berhe sat out with a calf injury. Watching both the offense vs. defense and the position drills it was obvious that Collins is the smoothest and most natural safety the Giants have in terms of his movement skills. Whatever the role, Collins almost certainly will be playing full-time for the Giants in 2015.

You've got to read the comments to this one. I never thought I'd see a fanbase so psyched about a safety. That said, Collins has just about played himself into a starting role in the OTAs.

SEC to 'substantially' increase fines for rushing fields | College Football

Only five of the league's 14 schools — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State and Texas A&M — have not incurred fines since the policy went into effect on Dec. 1, 2004.

Florida, Alabama, Georgia I get. Texas A&M, I understand somewhat. But Mississippi State acting like they've been there, a team that has won exactly nothing in 120 years, should make the LSUs and Auburns of the world feel deep shame.

SEC football: Mike Slive's Legacy | FOX Sports

As Slive talked about what the conference meant to him he began to cry. The man who had just turned 70 years old and had never even been to an SEC campus before he was 62 had, late in his life, fallen in love all over again. But Slive didn't want everyone to know that the conference had moved him to tears.

This is a fantastic piece of writing. Ignore the byline, read it for the words. When Travis focuses his mind on writing about the SEC, something which he does care deeply and passionately about, then you see why he was such a hot commodity 7-8 years ago - the man can write.