Fournette overcomes hardships, excels in SEC

By (Marquis Munson) By Marquis Munson | Contributing Writer
Leonard Fournette has been through the storm to become one of the best players in college football.In his sophomore season, the LSU Tigers running back has become one of the most talented backs in the SEC. However, growing up in New Orleans and impacted by Hurricane Katrina may have been the hardest battles Fournette has ever had to go through.Fournette was raised in the 7th Ward of New Orleans. He was only 10 years … [Read more...]

Kentucky's Lewis looks to past as motivation

By (Marquis Munson) Kentucky's senior nose guard Melvin Lewis may be a big guy, standing at 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 332 pounds, but it was his big heart toward adversity on and off the field that was the story at last week's SEC Media Days in Hoover.Lewis grew up in Compton, California, one of the oldest cities in Los Angeles County and one of the most violent cities in Southern California. Known as the home of gangster rap and two of the most violent gangs in the … [Read more...]

LSU brings back some quarterback experience

By (Kelly Ward) HOOVER — LSU's 8-5 season was not up to standards.Head coach Les Miles said there were a number of factors involved in the year, including youth at quarterback and losing valuable juniors. Every year, the team loses a solid portion of the senior class to the NFL.“But what we've done and tried to do is we lose juniors, we're going to recruit to that void, and we've been pretty successful in the fact that we've brought some of those guys in and they've played … [Read more...]

Treadwell likely to return for Ole Miss season opener

By (Kelly Ward) HOOVER — Ole Miss was a different team without wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.Treadwell suffered a season-ending injury in the final minutes of Ole Miss' 35-31 loss to Auburn. He broke his leg as he fumbled the ball, which Auburn recovered in the end zone.“For it to happen like it did, adversity is certainly a teaching tool, but that next week, I don't know — I tried everything in the world, but I didn't sense that we could rebound from it,” head coach Hugh … [Read more...]

Arkansas' winning season a launching point

By (Kelly Ward) HOOVER — While Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema made comments about the Razorbacks' win over Texas in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl that went viral Wednesday at SEC Media Days, he kept his speech tamer for print media.That didn't mean he wasn't going to take a shot at South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier who commented that teams like Arkansas and Tennessee were doing cartwheels over a 7-6 record.“And from day one, Coach Spurrier has been awesome to my wife … [Read more...]

Alabama soccer adds booster club

By By Kelly Ward | Managing EditorBefore the U.S. women's national team put on a scoring clinic against Japan in the 2015 Women's World Cup final Sunday evening, the Alabama Soccer Stadium opened its doors to families and fans for the opportunity to kick the ball around on the field.When the game started, some children kept playing, but most in attendance turned their attention to the screen to see the USWNT claim its third World Cup title and its first since 1999.First-year … [Read more...]

McCleney, Traina, and Team USA beat Japan 6-1 in softball world cup final

By (Kayla Montgomery) By Kayla Montgomery | Staff ReporterWhile the U.S. women's national soccer team was taking home its third World Cup title, USA Softball defeated Japan 6-1 in Irvine, California to win its eighth World Cup.The team featured two Alabama athletes. Senior centerfielder Haylie McCleney is in her second year with the team, and former pitcher Jaclyn Traina has been with the team for three seasons.Sunday's championship was the seventh meeting between USA and … [Read more...]

Carli Lloyd impresses in WWC final

By (Shemaiah Kenon) No World Cup finalist has ever won the World Cup with more than two goals, until Carli Lloyd of the U.S. Women's National Team scored three goals in the first half in Sunday's final against Japan. “I've dreamed of scoring a shot like that,” said Carli Lloyd on scoring a hat trick against Japan that resulted in the United States becoming the first country to win three World Cups. This is the second time in the Women's World Cup where the United States … [Read more...]

SEC coaches to headline media days starting Monday

By (Kayla Montgomery) It's finally here.Monday marks the beginning of football season. The Southeastern Conference starts off its media days with the brand new commissioner Greg Sankey.Here's a schedule of who will be representing each school and when. Make sure to follow @CWsports for updates during the week.Monday, July 13:11:30 a.m. –2:20 p.m.Auburn TigersCoach: Gus MalzahnStudent‐athlete: Quarterback Jeremy JohnsonLast Season: 8-5 (4-4 SEC)vs. Alabama Nov. … [Read more...]

Durand assists in local tournament

By (Kayla Montgomery) As the Fourth of July holiday draws near, countless people will trade the boardroom for board shorts, dress shoes for water skis and office supplies for River Rats and Coppertone, preparing to spend the holiday weekend at the nearest lake. University of Alabama junior Russell Durand will spend his holiday on the water as well, assisting with the Pro Ski Tour's Malibu Cup in Tuscaloosa.The weekend is one of few this summer where Durand is not competing … [Read more...]