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LIVE BLOG: Alabama gymnastics, national semifinals

This post will be constantly updated during Alabama’s appearance in the national semifinals hosted by UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. The Tide will be competing against the following schools: UCLA, Arkansas, Michigan, Oklahoma and Utah. The top three of those six schools will advance to Saturday’s finals, where the top three from the first heat (Florida, LSU and Georgia) will make for a pool of six teams vying for a national championship.

You can hear Rich Robinson and Leesa Davis call the action on 90.7 WVUA-FM by clicking here. The live stream can be heard on mobile devices via the TuneIn app (search 90.7 WVUA-FM after downloading the app.

Rotation Six

Alabama punched its ticket to the Super 6 with a 49.350 on the vault to make for a final score of 197.350. Alabama’s 49.350 on vault was added to a 49.275 on uneven bars, 49.275 on balance beam and 49.450 on floor exercise.

Alabama will face Florida, Georgia, LSU, UCLA and Oklahoma in the Super 6 tomorrow.

Here are the individual scores from the vault.

Kayla Williams: 9.850
Kim Jacob: 9.800
Ashley Priess: 9.800
Kaitlyn Clark: 9.900
Lauren Beers: 9.900
Diandra Milliner: 9.900

And the final team scores from the meet (those in italics advance to Satuday’s Super 6):

Alabama: 197.350
Oklahoma: 197.200
UCLA: 197.200

Michigan: 196.850
Utah: 196.200
Arkansas: 196.150

Alabama in the Individual Awards:
– Vault: Lauren Beers, Kaitlyn Clark and Diandra Milliner all tied for 3rd with 9.900s.
– Uneven Bars: Tied for 5th was Ashley Priess with a 9.900.
– Balance Beam: Kayla Williams’ 9.900 tied for 1st with Danusia Francis of UCLA.
– Floor Exercise: Diandra Milliner’s 9.95 tied for 1st with Arkansas’ Katherine Grable and UCLA’s Olivia Courtney.
– All-Around: The 39.425 from Kim Jacob was the best from the Tide, finishing tied for 5th.

Rotation Five

Alabama took to the floor exercise for its third of four events in Rotation Five. Here are the individual scores.

Ashley Priess: 9.800
Lora Leigh Frost (Decatur, Ala., native): 9.850
Lauren Beers: 9.875
Sarah DeMeo: 9.850
Kim Jacob: 9.925
Diandra Milliner: 9.95

Milliner’s 9.95 is tied with UCLA’s Olivia Courtney for the best score of the meet on the floor.

Here are the team scores with just one event left: Oklahoma 197.200, Michigan 196.850. For those with one event left: UCLA 148.025, Alabama 148.000, Utah 147.975, Arkansas 146.875.

Alabama’s situation going into the final event is as follows:
– Alabama needs a 48.85 on vault to pass Michigan, 49.2 to pass Oklahoma. A 49.2 on the vault would put Alabama ahead of Michigan, Oklahoma and Arkansas, thus in the top 3 and in tomorrow’s national championship meet.
– Alabama could also score something in between a 49.2 and 48.85 and get into the top three as long as Alabama’s score on floor exercise is more than .025 greater than UCLA’s score on uneven bars.

Rotation Four

Alabama took a bye before going to the floor exercise for Rotation Five.

Here are the team scores through Rotation Four: Oklahoma 148.050, UCLA 148.025, Michigan 147.575 and Arkansas 146.875. For those through two events: Alabama and Utah 98.500.

Rotation Three

Here are the individual scores from Alabama’s 49.275 on the balance beam.

Diandra Milliner: 9.850
Kaitlyn Clark: 9.800
Kayla Williams: 9.900
Sarah DeMeo: 9.850
Kim Jacob: 9.850
Ashley Priess: 9.825

Kayla Williams’ 9.900 on the balance beam is currently tied for the best score of the meet with UCLA’s Danusia Francis.

Alabama has now scored 49.275 on both of its first two events: uneven bars and balance beam.

Here are the cumulative standings through three rotations (all teams have taken one bye and competed in two events): Oklahoma and Alabama 98.500, Utah 98.525, Utah 98.500, Michigan 98.175, Arkansas 97.875.

For Rotation Four, Alabama will take a bye before going to the floor exercise for Rotation Five.

Reminder: the top three advance, so halfway through, Alabama looks good to move on to the national championship meet tomorrow.

Rotation Two

Alabama scored a 49.275 on the uneven bars, its first event of the night. Here are the individual scores.

Becca Alexin: 9.800
Kaitlyn Clark: 9.850
Kim Jacob: 9.875
Sarah DeMeo: 9.850
Ashley Priess: 9.900
Ashley Sledge: 9.800

Priess’ 9.900 on the uneven bars is tied for 1st on the meet with two Michigan gymnasts: Katie Zurales and Brittnee Martinez.

Team Standings through Rotation Two: Oklahoma 98.550, Michigan 98.175 for teams through two events. For teams through one: Utah 49.300, Alabama 49.275, UCLA 49.075, Arkansas 48.975.

Alabama moves to the balance beam for Rotation Three.

Rotation One

Alabama has a bye, as does Utah, and will start competition in the next rotation on the balance beam.

Standings through Rotation One: Michigan 49.400, Oklahoma 49.275, UCLA 49.075, Arkansas 48.975, Utah and Alabama 0.

Halftime Report: Alabama leads No. 1 seed Florida 28-25

Alabama is led by Trevor Lacey’s eight first-half points as the No. 4 seed Crimson Tide leads No. 1 seed Florida 28-25 in the semifinals of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Winner of this game moves on to face either Ole Miss or Vanderbilt in the SEC Championship Game.

Lacey, like fellow guard Trevor Releford, is shooting 50 percent from the floor (Lacey 3-6, Releford 2-4) as Alabama is leading the shooting battle 55 percent to 40.7 percent over the Gators. Alabama is 3-5 from behind the three-point line while Florida is 1-8.

Nick Jacobs has nine points off the bench on 4-5 shooting.

Lacey and Moussa Gueye both have four rebounds, while Jacobs has three. Alabama is outrebounding the Gators 15-11.

The Tide had three turnovers in the first five minutes of play compared to just two points, but then turned the ball over only twice in the next 15 minutes to end the first half with five turnovers. Florida had two first-half turnovers.

Florida is led by Mike Rosario’s seven points on 2-3 shooting. Erik Murphy, Patric Young, Will Yeguete and Casey Prather all have four points.

No. 1 Alabama softball drops first game of the 2013 season to No. 4 Florida

Alabama’s steady J-Train had a rare mishap Wednesday and left the opposition an easy opportunity to pass through Rhoads Stadium with a win.

Crimson Tide pitcher Jackie Traina have up six runs and nine hits in the last two innings that led the No. 4 Florida Gators to a 8-4 win over the No. 1 Alabama team that suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 22-1.

“Anytime you go into the sixth inning with a one-hitter, with a 4-2 lead, and you get the first out, it should be a win,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “And they end up with 10 hits. We have to do a better job.

“We had a few earlier mishaps. It probably should’ve been 4-1.”

Despite the disappointing performance that was ended two-thirds of an inning early, her first start that was not a complete game, Murphy was encouraged by certain things.

“She needed to get ahead, and she needed to finish them off,” Murphy said. “A couple of pitches she definitely left up, waist-high. Those were misses. That means they weren’t hitting her best pitches. When they hit her best pitch, that’s a different story.”

Murphy added the team as a whole would benefit from not the loss, but the experience as a whole.

“I’m glad we got to play them, I think it will help us down the road,” Murphy said. “We have a lot of young kids that felt that pressure for the first time. That’s what we needed, because they’re going to feel it three times this weekend, and three times next weekend. It’s good for us.”

Junior second baseman Kaila Hunt added, “We haven’t seen that good of pitching yet. For some of the younger kids just getting opportunities, that’s good for them. Especially right before SEC (play). I think it was great for us.”

Florida’s pitching was enhanced by a late pitching change, as starter Hannah Rogers had her outing ended in favor of Lauren Haeger, who pitched two hitless innings to end Alabama’s hope of a late comeback.

“They definitely complement each other because Hannah doesn’t throw quite as hard as Haegar,” Hunt said. “Only giving us two innings to adjust to the speed was a good move on their part, but we have to learn to make that adjustment as a team.”

Rhoads Stadium hosting big game Wednesday night

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide softball team will have its ranking tested Wednesday night, facing its first ranked opponent of the season when the No. 4 Florida Gators make yet another visit to Tuscaloosa. Florida will be trying to right its wrong in Tuscaloosa, going 1-3 against the Tide in Rhoads Stadium last season, including surrendering both the SEC regular season championship and SEC Tournament Championship.

The budding rivalry has created a great deal of excitement.

Noteworthy: Florida’s only loss of the season came to the ranked Missouri Tigers in extra innings, 4-3 …. Alabama holds the overall series advantage against Florida 30-23 …. Florida has a team ERA of 1.32 and has struck out 170 batters 153.2 innings pitched.

Recapping Alabama basketball’s loss to Florida

Here is the Associated Press story on Alabama’s 64-52 loss to the No. 8 Florida Gators Saturday afternoon. You can view the boxscore by clicking here.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 8 Florida showed the kind of resiliency that could come in handy in the postseason.
Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, most of them in the second half, and the Gators rallied from an eight-point deficit to beat Alabama 64-52 on Saturday.
The Gators used a 15-0 run late in the second half — fueled by Prather — to pull away from the Crimson Tide and remain unbeaten (14-0) at home.
Even though Florida won its 13 Southeastern Conference games by double digits, this one easily could have gone the other way.
“Casey, thank God, gave us good minutes,” coach Billy Donovan said. “If he didn’t play well, we probably would have had a hard time winning the game.”
Erik Murphy led Florida (23-5, 13-3 SEC) with 15 points. Kenny Boynton added 13, and Scottie Wilbekin chipped in 11.
But there’s no doubt Prather was the key. He played relentless defense and was equally impressive on the other end. With Prather leading the way, Florida outscored Alabama 23-5 over the final 10 minutes of the game.
“I was definitely trying to bring energy because we looked a little dead offensively and defensively,” Prather said.
Trevor Releford led the Tide (19-10, 11-5) with 12 points. Trevor Lacey and Nick Jacobs added 11 points apiece.
Florida made just 2 of 13 shots from 3-point range, but made up for it by making 22 of 26 from the free-throw line.
Alabama was 4 of 10 from the charity stripe.
The Tide really went cold from the field, making just two baskets after taking a 45-37 lead with 12:23 remaining.
“You’ve got to be able to manufacture some offense,” coach Anthony Grant said. “We had opportunities that we let slip away.”
Missed shots, bad passes, charges, Alabama did a little bit of everything to give up the lead on the road. It was the complete opposite of what Alabama did right during a 14-4 run that put the Tide ahead.
“Defensively, we weren’t as locked in as we during that stretch,” Lacey said.
The Gators gladly took advantage en route to clinching a first-round bye in the SEC tournament. Florida can secure the No. 1 seed by winning one of its remaining two games or having Kentucky lose later Saturday.
Donovan cared little about those accomplishments after the game. He was more concerned about his team’s problems.
Florida used a 12-0 run to open up a double-digit lead early in the game, making this look like it would be another lopsided affair.
But the Gators stopped making shots and starting giving up baskets at every turn. It was concerning for Donovan because it’s the kind of emotional letdown he has tried to rid his team of the last two years.
Instead of moving the ball and getting everyone involved, the Gators started taking ill-advised shots and trying to do too much.
“We’ve deviated from who we are and we’ve got to get back to that,” Donovan said.
Getting healthy could help.
Bench players Will Yeguete and Michael Frazier II returned from injuries but clearly weren’t at full strength. Yeguete missed six games following arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee, and Frazier sat out Tuesday night’s loss at Tennessee because of a concussion. Frazier also missed two days of practice this week with back spasms.
Neither did much against the Tide.
Yeguete missed both shots, had one rebound and one turnover in 11 lackluster minutes. Frazier missed his only shot and had a turnover in 6 minutes.
“I couldn’t get anything out of Frazier at all,” Donovan said. “And Yeguete tells me after the game that he was absolutely petrified going out there.”
Prather picked up the slack, a welcome sight for Florida since he’s been banged up all season. He missed several games because of a concussion and a few more with a high-ankle sprain.
He banged his head against the Volunteers, needed stiches above his left eye and created concern about another concussion. He passed all his baseline tests, though, and turned in one of his best performances in three years.
“I thought we were a little drained,” Donovan said. “I thought Casey, for whatever really, was really focused and locked in. … Scottie wasn’t himself. I didn’t think Kenny Boynton was himself. Patric (Young) wasn’t himself. Murphy looked a step slow. It was just one of those games where you sometimes can’t maybe put your finger on it.
“I was really, really, really disappointed in my team. Disappointed in my team that I didn’t do a better job getting them ready to play and I couldn’t have been any prouder the last 9 minutes.”

Grant: ‘We’re getting hit in the face with reality right now’

Forget the sugar coating. Anthony Grant brought it in his postgame news conference after Alabama lost its second straight game, 61-52 to Florida.

AP photo

Continued suspensions for leading scorers JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell created another vacuum in the middle for an over-matched team. Florida scored the first 16 points of the second half when Alabama missed its first 10 shots.

It’s look-in-the-mirror time in the Alabama locker room.

“We have to go to work. We have to get better,” coach Anthony Grant said. “We have to make sure our guys can understand that now. They can face reality.

“We’re getting hit in the face with reality right now. How do we respond to that? To me, that’s where we are as a team right now.”

Read the newspaper tomorrow for more of Grant’s comments. Andrew Steele also spoke after his 11-point game followed the brief suspension. In addition, Grant talked about what cause Releford issues and a practice injury to a starter that required a Tuesday trip to the dentist.

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Video of pregame warmups: See who is participating

We’re about an hour from tipoff in Coleman Coliseum. Take a look at who was involved in the pregame shoot-around a little bit ago.

I’ll give you a hint. Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele were out there. JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell weren’t.

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Florida will be shorthanded tonight as well

All the focus centered on the suspension revolving door at Alabama, but Florida won’t come to Coleman Coliseum at full strength tonight either.

The Gators will be without their top two reserves — Will Yeguete and guard Mike Rosario.

Yeguete, who averages 4.5 points a game, suffered a second concussion Saturday against Tennessee. Florida coach Billy Donovan told reporters Rosario will miss the game with a hip pointer.

Click here to read the full story from the Associated Press.

Of course Alabama will play without starters Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green. The two suspended stars are the top two scorers for the Tide who need a win for NCAA tournament shot.

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Avoiding the Arkansas/Florida hangover

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Handling success was quite an issue for Alabama football last season. It was a year ago this week when the Tide went from undefeated defending champs to a staggering giant. This is what I wrote about the issue for today’s paper:

TUSCALOOSA — A video hit the Web on Monday afternoon of Alabama’s postgame locker room Saturday night. Fresh off a convincing 38-10 beating of Florida came a spirited singing of “Yea, Alabama.”

Moments earlier saw one of the louder celebratory exits from an opponent’s home field.

Emotion was thick.

Now what?

Coming off consecutive poundings of opponents ranked in the top 15 at the time, No. 2 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) faces three straight challenges of a different variety. Top-ranked LSU won’t visit Tuscaloosa until Nov. 5, so until then, the blinders are in place.

Vanderbilt (3-1, 1-1), up first Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, has the only SEC win among the three teams remaining on Alabama’s October schedule. A road game at Ole Miss (2-3, 0-2) comes Oct. 15, followed by a visit from Tennessee (3-1, 0-1) a week later.

After crushing Arkansas 38-14 and beating Florida by four touchdowns, Alabama players have a chance to show they’ve learned how to handle success better than a year ago.

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One final video from Florida game

I’m finally all tapped out of footage from Alabama’s win at Florida on Saturday. It feels like that was two weeks ago already. Here’s a little more from the pregame, a few plays and the loud exit of the “Million Dollar Marching Band” at the end of the night. Enjoy.


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Video of Saban's post-Florida news conference

I know this is a little late, but those following my Twitter feed know it was a long and unlucky day of travel Sunday. So here is Nick Saban talking Alabama’s 38-10 win over Florida. More to come from his Monday briefing in a bit.

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Some extra photos from Florida game

Pregame action.

Take a look at the updated photo album from the trip to Gainesville while I take care of a few print responsibilities and travel.

Take a look at the album cover. It might touch a nerve, so check out the complete set.

Alabama at Florida 2011

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Tide drains the swamp, stomps Gators

AJ McCarron celebrates (Associated Press photo)

Take a look at the game story that leaked from my fingertips during and a little bit after Alabama’s 38-10 win over Florida on Saturday night.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Slow Jeff Demps. Stop Chris Rainey.

Escaping the un-Swamp-like cool Saturday night was supposed to be as simple as that for Alabama.

It did, but it wasn’t that easy. Not at first.

Surviving an early passing onslaught instead of the speed running game, Alabama countered with its brand of power-running. That and the big-play defense propelled the Tide to a 38-10 pounding of Florida on a wild night in Gainesville.

The third-ranked Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) scored 35 straight points after falling behind early when Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC) dusted off its aerial passing attack. But after Florida hit on a few big passing plays early, the Tide adjusted and the Gators lost quarterback John Brantley to a second-quarter leg injury.

By halftime, the 10th-best rushing offense in the nation had negative-three yards. Rainey and Demps were neutralized by the Alabama front line, while the running back in white had his way.

Trent Richardson rushed in triple figures for the fourth straight game with straight-ahead power running. His 181 yards came on 27 bruising carries was not just a career high, they shifted momentum back to Alabama’s favor after taking a few body blows.

Alabama coach Nick Saban, who smiled wide running through a gauntlet of Tide fans afterward, said the win “was as good as it gets.”

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Then click here for all the extras on the schedule/results page. Much more to come later today.

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Follow the Alabama at Florida action live

Alabama and Florida are about to kickoff in Gainesville and we’re here to provide all the insider knowledge of the big game.

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Hanks: "You guys haven't seen anything yet"

Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis made headlines this week when saying Alabama’s defense can expect “the kitchen sink” from the Gator offense this evening. Crimson Tide wide receiver Darius Hanks wasn’t quite as descriptive, but hinted the Alabama offense hasn’t tipped its hand just yet. Here’s my GameDay section preview story:

TUSCALOOSA — About three or four times a game, Alabama takes a swing.

Typically using a play-action fake, the Crimson Tide looks to extend the opposing defense with a deep pass.

So far, it hasn’t yielded much. Only a few have been completed, and none for touchdowns aside from Michael Williams’ 37-yarder off a fake field goal against Arkansas.

So far with first-year starter AJ McCarron behind center, the passing game has been more about nibbling at the opposing defenses. Through four games, Alabama ranks 64th in the nation, averaging 225 passing yards a game with primarily safe throws.

But keep your eyes open, receiver Darius Hanks said.

“AJ has a very big arm out there,” said Hanks, a senior. “You guys haven’t seen anything yet, I feel.”

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