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Staff changes under Will Muschamp have not yet been discussed, says Gus Malzahn

al.com — AUBURN, Alabama -- Staff changes may be on the way, but moves are not expected to be made until after Auburn plays Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will be given the freedom to build his own staff, but potential moves have not yet been discussed between Gus Malzahn and the former Florida coach, Malzahn said Friday.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @bmarcello: Staff changes under Will Muschamp have not yet been discussed, says Gus Malzahn ow.ly/GdTEL

Dec 20, 2014

Staff changes under Will Muschamp have not yet been discussed, says Gus Malzahn ow.ly/GdTEL

Oxford police investigating double homicide at motel

al.com — OXFORD, Alabama -- Oxford police are investigating the death of a man and a woman at a motel off Interstate 20. Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said Cordeira Romye Maxwell, 24, of Ohatchee, and Misty Renea Lopez, 23, of Oxford, were pronounced dead at 11 p.m. Capt. L.G.

Grissom's Cameron Thomas, Wilson's Cele Moon highlight All-Tennessee Valley Cross Country Team

highschoolsports.al.com — BOYS RUNNER OF THE YEAR CAMERON THOMAS, GRISSOM HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Grissom cross country coach David Yates has seen a lot of impressive runners during his 34 years leading the Tigers' program. And he believes Cameron Thomas is the complete package. "Cameron's best asset is his intelligence," Yates said.

Explosive Iron Bowl? Bruce Pearl's arrival? Amari Cooper's Heisman bid? What were state's biggest sports stories of 2014?

al.com — It has been an eventful sports year in the state of Alabama. With a few days to go in 2014, we've seen surprising hirings, historic retirements, championships, record-setting performances, tragedies and seismic announcements. What 2014 sports stories stand above all the rest?
Dec 20, 2014

Explosive Iron Bowl? Bruce Pearl's arrival? Cooper's Heisman bid? What where state's biggest sports stories of 2014? al.com/sports/index.s…

Police warn Hoover residents to be vigilant after possible kidnapping attempt

al.com — HOOVER, Alabama---Police are warning residents to be watchful after a possible kidnap attempt Friday, Dec. 19. According to a release, officers were called to the Highland Crest neighborhood around 1 p.m. after a 12-year-old girl was possibly kidnapped while riding her bike.

A look at the under-rated players who'll make a difference in Alabama's Sugar Bowl semifinal

al.com — TUSCALOOSA, Alabama ― In the last three days, we've looked at freshmen, offensive and defensive game changers. For Part 4 of our examination of the Sugar Bowl semifinal, we turn to the unheralded players who'll take the field New Year's evening in New Orleans.
Dec 20, 2014

A look at the under-rated players who'll make a difference in Alabama's Sugar Bowl semifinal. ow.ly/GdLRM

Dec 20, 2014

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Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson returns to practice 'ahead of schedule' after knee surgery

al.com — AUBURN, Alabama -- Carl Lawson is back, but it's incorrect to assume Auburn's star defensive end is returning to action any time soon. The injured sophomore practiced for the first time since the spring on Monday, but he will not play in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @bmarcello: Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson returns to practice 'ahead of schedule' after knee surgery ow.ly/GdPpC

Dec 20, 2014

Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson returns to practice 'ahead of schedule' after knee surgery ow.ly/GdPpC

Dec 20, 2014

Auburn will decide whether or not to make Jonathan Wallace's position change permanent after Outback Bowl s.al.com/iVMRO1

Powderly shooting victim dies, homicide under investigation

al.com — Birmingham police are investigating the shooting death of a man shot in the Powderly area last week. According to a press release, Birmingham resident Walter Cook was shot several times on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Police responded to the shooting around 9 p.m.

Oak Mountain's Cole Stidfole leads the way on the 2014 Birmingham News All-Metro Cross Country team

highschoolsports.al.com — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Oak Mountain's Cole Stidfole will be back. The sophomore led most of the way at the 2014 Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 7A State cross country championship meet last month at Oakville Indian Mounds State Park in Oakville, but wound up in third place.

Faith Academy 59, Wenonah 32: Rams run away with Steele City Invitational win

highschoolsports.al.com — By on December 19, 2014 11:56 PM, updated December 20, 2014 7:03 AM HOMEWOOD, Alabama -- Faith Academy placed four players in double-digit scoring, with RJ Mhoon and Roderick Williams tallying 15 apiece, in a 69-32 victory over Wenonah in Friday's opening round of the Steel City Invitational.
Dec 20, 2014

Will Muschamp's arrival leaves Auburn's defenders preparing for change once again s.al.com/4CraEAX

Tuscaloosa County 60, Grissom 45: Pope comes through in Wildcats' victory

highschoolsports.al.com — By on December 19, 2014 9:12 PM, updated December 20, 2014 7:07 AM Cletrell Pope scored 13 of his 15 points in the final quarter as Class 7A No. 8 Tuscaloosa County broke open a close game to beat Class 7A No. 6 Grissom 60-45 in the Steel City Invitational at Samford's Seibert Hall.

Cody Parkey kicks it up a notch in the NFL

al.com — Cody Parkey had a good career as a place-kicker at Auburn. But if you read the Tigers' record book, you'll see the names of other kickers instead of his. Al Del Greco, Scott Etheridge, Wes Byrum, Damon Duval, Philip Yost, Neil O'Donoghue and John Vaughn all kicked their way to records for Auburn.

Dre Kirkpatrick makes the most of starting opportunity with Cincinnati Bengals

al.com — Cincinnati cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is likely to be back in a backup role when the Bengals host the Denver Broncos on Monday night. The former Alabama standout has been battling an Achilles tendon problem, and Terence Newman and Adam Jones seem to be over injuries that sidelined the former and limited the latter on Sunday.
Dec 20, 2014

Roll Tide. Alabama ranks among the top in alternate version of the College Football Playoff top 25 s.al.com/UqE79CE via @aldotcom

Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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