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Washington County defense puts shutout string on the line against Pike County

highschoolsports.al.com — With three all-state players and one honorable mention selection returning, Washington County coach Chris Wilson thought his 2014 defense would have a chance to be pretty good. Boy was he right. The Bulldogs have allowed just 47 points all season and recorded six straight shutouts entering Friday's regular-season finale against Class 3A Pike County.
Oct 31, 2014

From @BenThomasPreps | How many shutouts in a row does Washington County have? Really ... that many?: ow.ly/DC91B #alpreps

Walmart announces holiday sales & program expansions for 2014 holiday shopping

blog.al.com — Walmart released some of their plans for holiday shopping including Black Friday. The retailer will offer more than 20,000 Rollbacks in a variety of departments including grocery, toys, electronics and more. Starting Nov. 3 there will be 24 hour holiday cyber savings events on www.walmart.com. Starting Sunday, Nov.
Oct 31, 2014

Walmart announces holiday sales & program expansions for 2014 holiday shopping blog.al.com/bargain-mom/20…

Sometimes it is your duty as an American NOT to vote

al.com — People are quick this time of year to tell you it's your duty as an American to vote. Your duty. They are wrong. They will tell you - time after time after time -- that failure to exercise your right to vote is a sacrilege and a sin, a disservice to those who fought and died at Bunker Hill and Gettysburg, at Normandy and Khe Sanh and Fallujah.
Oct 31, 2014

#PopeFrancis is 'like one of the fellas,' says Protestant pastor from Mobile, who lunched with pontiff s.al.com/yx0xlBK via @aldotcom

Oct 31, 2014

From the Pulpit: What's the role of Christianity in America? s.al.com/cUlJPuL via @aldotcom

See every football score from Thursday's Week 11 action around the state

highschoolsports.al.com — McGill-Toolen 35, Foley 31 Murphy 56, Alma Bryant 7 Gardendale 55, Pelham 38 Minor 27, Pinson Valley 9 Northridge 28, Walker 21 Saraland 50, Blount 9 Spanish Fort 35, Citronelle 0 Etowah 40, St. Clair County 14 Fairfield 21, Sidney Lanier 0 J.O.
Oct 31, 2014

Looking for an @AHSAA_Football or @AISAonline score from Thursday night? See the complete list: ow.ly/DC2cD #alpreps

INDYCAR unveils its 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, including Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

al.com — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- INDYCAR announced the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today featuring 17 race events, two new race venues and a total of six ABC and 13 NBCSN event broadcasts. The diverse calendar of events - which features six ovals, six road courses and four temporary street circuits - includes 13 markets making a return to the calendar from 2014, including Birmingham's Barber Motorsports Park.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @solomoncrenshaw: INDYCAR unveils its 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, including Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. ow.ly/DAXRJ

Oct 30, 2014

INDYCAR unveils its 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, including Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. ow.ly/DAXRJ

Ole Miss, Auburn similarities make it 'so much better' to prepare for Tigers, says Rebels coordinator

al.com — AUBURN, Alabama -- Ole Miss didn't quite know what to expect when it traveled to Auburn last season. The Tigers were undergoing an identity change and Gus Malzahn waited until the Rebels came to town to reveal his re-tooled offense.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @bmarcello: Ole Miss DC Dave Wommack on Nick Marshall: I think he has improved as a passer. I don't think he's a polished passer. ow.ly/DAhie

Oct 30, 2014

Ole Miss DC Dave Wommack on Nick Marshall: I think he has improved as a passer. I don't think he's a polished passer. ow.ly/DAhie

Oct 30, 2014

Chatted with Ole Miss DC Dave Wommack for a few minutes today. Here's his take on NIck Marshall, Auburn O: al.com/auburnfootball…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @bmarcello: Ole Miss, Auburn similarities make it 'so much better' to prepare for Tigers, says Rebels coordinator ow.ly/DAhie

Oct 30, 2014

Ole Miss, Auburn similarities make it 'so much better' to prepare for Tigers, says Rebels coordinator ow.ly/DAhie

Class 6A championship: John Carroll Catholic sweeps Pelham in all-Birmingham final

highschoolsports.al.com — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - John Carroll Catholic coach Ginny Massa already had a volleyball state championship ring from her playing days in 1996 at John Carroll. After her team swept Pelham today to add a second ring to her collection, she said she couldn't compare the two titles.
Oct 30, 2014

Class 6A championship: John Carroll Catholic sweeps Pelham in all-Birmingham final - al.com. ow.ly/DASk3

Oct 30, 2014

John Carroll takes home 6A volleyball title, beating @PelhamAthletics (with photo gallery): ow.ly/DAP2Q #alpreps

Mark Ingram shoulders load again for New Orleans Saints

al.com — After New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 on Thursday night to take over the top spot in the NFC South, Saints coach Sean Payton had a succinct description of running back Mark Ingram's performance: "Real impressive."

NFL 2014: 5 things you need to know from the New Orleans Saints' 28-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers

al.com — The New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Thursday night to improve to 4-4 for the NFL season. Here are five things of note about the game: 1.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @RobinsonCarol: 19-year-old charged with capital murder in Center Point shooting s.al.com/cCGpRqI via @aldotcom

Oct 30, 2014

19-year-old charged with capital murder in Center Point shooting s.al.com/cCGpRqI via @aldotcom

Todd Gurley's 4-game suspension upheld by NCAA; will return Nov. 15 vs. Auburn

al.com — The NCAA announced late Thursday that it had upheld the four-game suspension for Georgia running back Todd Gurley , meaning he won't be eligible to return until Nov. 15 against Auburn. Membership committee upholds Todd Gurley suspension upon appeal. He will be eligible to play Nov. 15.
Oct 31, 2014

Todd Gurley's 4-game suspension upheld by NCAA; will return Nov. 15 vs. Auburn | ow.ly/DBoDc

Photo storybook: Best of Thursday’s volleyball state championships

highschoolsports.al.com — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The digs, the dinks, tears of joy and sadness, dog piles and loads of incredible talent captured the attention from large crowds at today's Elite Eight volleyball state championships at the Birmingham Crossplex. Halloween brought out the costumes for some while others simply cheered and stomped, and what's up with the cowboy boots from the men of John Carroll?
Oct 31, 2014

Look back at the best photos from the 2014 @AHSAA_sports volleyball championships: ow.ly/DC1NN #alpreps @mtnbrookhs

Lilith Fair on a boat? Birmingham's Emmylou Harris among artists playing on 'Women Who Rock' cruise

al.com — Think of it as a floating Lilith Fair. More than 20 music acts, all of them female, are on the lineup for Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock. The cruise, Nov. 4-8, features Emmylou Harris, Heart, the Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Skylar Grey, Mindi Abair, Estelle, Thao of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and former "American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta.

Class 4A championship: Danville beats Jacksonville to secure Hawks' first state titlet

highschoolsports.al.com — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Danville coach Spencer Cole remember sitting in the bleachers during a tournament 13 years ago and talking volleyball with Jacksonville coach David Clark. "He probably doesn't even remember," Cole said. "I was a nobody." Cole isn't a nobody anymore - not after leading Danville to its first volleyball state championship.
Oct 31, 2014

Danville wins state volleyball title (with photo gallery): ow.ly/DBmPS #alpreps

Ole Miss' landshark defense might be best Auburn faces all season

al.com — AUBURN, Alabama -- Dave Wommack has seen some good defenses in his time. The veteran defensive coordinator is in his ninth year as an assistant coach in the SEC, but the Ole Miss unit he's leading this year is the best he has coached yet. "Well, it is in the SEC," Wommack told AL.com.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @bmarcello: Ole Miss' landshark defense might be best Auburn faces all season ow.ly/DAuuL

Oct 30, 2014

Ole Miss' landshark defense might be best Auburn faces all season ow.ly/DAuuL

GBHS Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular: Elaborate costumes, lots of dogs, people, fun

al.com — There was an entire family of sock monkeys at Avondale Brewing Co. Thursday night for the third Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary's Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular, and that paid off for the sock monkey family. The monkeys won the group costume contest hands down. But the sock monkeys weren't the only elaborate costumes on display.