Author: CW Sports Staff

Nick Saban, Alabama players offer opinions on NFL anthem protests

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) Alabama head coach Nick Saban insisted he is just a football coach during his press conference on Monday afternoon when asked about the current political climate overlapping with football. Saban still managed to give his opinions on the events that took place across the NFL yesterday. “I don’t keep up with all that stuff as much as maybe everybody else does, especially during the season, especially when we’re playing games,” Saban said. “To me, some of the things that we do in our country when I grew up, they were unifying events and it’s a little painful to see that those things are not so right now.” On Sunday afternoon, players across the NFL took a knee, locked arms, or just stayed in the locker room during the national anthem. While certain players have been doing this for over a year, the increase in protests came in response to comments President Donald Trump made at a rally in Alabama in support of Luther Strange. Trump said he would love for NFL owners to respond to anthem protests by saying, “Get that son of a b**ch off the field right now.” Although Alabama players are not on the field during the anthem, some agree with what is going on in the NFL currently. “I support what they’re doing because I understand and everything,” Linebacker Anfernee Jennings...

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Harris, Pierschbacher take home weekly SEC awards

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) Two Alabama players took home weekly awards from the SEC. Running back Damien Harris earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week, while Ross Pierschbacher was recognized as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Harris and Pierschbacher were both crucial in Alabama’s historic performance on the ground on Saturday. In a 59-0 win over Vanderbilt, the Crimson Tide rushed for 496 yards against one of the country’s top statistical defenses. Harris was especially productive, running for a career-high 151 yards and three touchdowns. Harris’ three scores passed his touchdown total for the entire 2016 season. Alabama’s 496 yards was the highest rushing total Alabama has had under Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide outgained the Commodores 677-78 and had 38 first downs. It was Alabama’s second-highest offensive total in school history. Alabama will face Ole Miss at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN on Saturday. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Women’s tennis closes out Rice Invitational

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ben Boynton) The Alabama Crimson Tide women’s tennis team closed out its weekend Sunday in the Rice Invitational at the George R. Brown Tennis Center in Houston, Texas with a pair of players winning their competition flights. Sophomore Jacqueline Pelletier won 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 for the Flight 4 title in her first tournament with Alabama after transferring from St. Mary’s. Senior Smith Hinton rallied in her final match to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and win the Flight 3 title. Junior No. 37 Andie Daniell won in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 over No. 45 Lindsey Hodge of Rice to finish out her weekend and give the Crimson Tide a 3-3 record on Sunday in singles play. Alabama finished the tournament 12-6 in singles play. The Crimson Tide started off strong on Friday, going 6-0 in singles. Daniell, Pelletier and Hinton won in straight sets, and sophomore Luca Fabian won in straight sets with tiebreaker wins in both sets. Sophomore Kimberley Gintrand won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, and freshman Kylie Moulin won her Alabama debut 6-3, 7-5. Alabama went 1-2 in doubles play to open the tournament, with Pelletier and freshman Kylie Moulin winning 6-3 for the Crimson Tide’s only doubles point of the day. On day two, Alabama had Pelletier, Moulin, and Hinton each win their second matches. Moulin and Hinton won in straight sets for the second...

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Soccer comes up short against No. 6 Florida

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ben Stansell) Alabama is still searching for its first SEC win of the season after being shut out 3-0 by No. 6 ranked Florida on Sunday in Gainesville. Staying true to character, Alabama came out of the gates firing against the Gators, earning two corner kicks and putting a shot on goal within the first ten minutes of action. Alabama’s early scoring attempts were thwarted by Florida’s keeper, who helped keep Alabama scoreless throughout the game by recording five saves. Although Alabama was unable to capitalize on its scoring opportunities for the remainder of the first half, Coach West Hart went into halftime confident in his team’s ability to win the game due to Alabama’s dominant possession of the ball in the first stanza. “I felt we played well in the first half. Going into the locker room, we were confident that we could win this game,” Hart stated. “We had more possessions, territory and chances, but UF came out in the second half with some energy and put us on our heels.” Florida wasted no time finding pay-dirt in the second half, scoring two back-to-back goals within the first six minutes after play resumed. The Gators solidified their lead by scoring again in the 76th minute to go up 3-0. Alabama continued to create scoring opportunities in the second half, outshooting Florida, 10-9 overall, but a...

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Volleyball falls to Ole Miss on the road

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) After losing in straight sets to Georgia on Friday night, Alabama’s volleyball team got off to a better start on Sunday afternoon against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. It won the first set 25-18, however the Rebels won the next three sets to take the match, 21-25, 24-26 and 22-25. With the loss, Alabama (11-4) fell to 0-2 in SEC play. Ole Miss (9-5) won it’s first game in SEC play, bringing them to 1-1. Sophomores Ginger Perinar and Hayley McSparin led Alabama with 13 kills a piece and freshman Christine Jarman was not far behind with her 12 kills. Junior Quincey Gary led Alabama’s defense with 22 digs and freshman setter Meghan Neelon collected her third double-double of the season with 40 assists and 15 digs. The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 8-3 lead in the first set and expanded it’s lead to as much as seven points. Alabama closed out the set on a 5-2 run to pull ahead early. Although Alabama lost the next three sets, they competed in every set. The second set had the biggest score differential, with Ole Miss winning the set by four points. Alabama returns home for it’s next match on Wednesday to host Arkansas (11-3, 1-1 SEC) at 7 p.m. at Foster Auditorium. The Crimson Tide will host Missouri (8-7, 1-1 SEC) on Sunday at...

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