Roll Tide Nation

Unofficial Alabama Crimson Tide Fan Site

NHL trade deadline central: Rankings, grades, news and more

print

The trade deadline for the 2018-19 NHL season is on Monday, Feb. 25. Luckily for you, we've got all angles covered as general managers around the league look to bolster their team for a Stanley Cup run, or maximize their assets looking ahead to the draft and free agency this summer.

Scroll through to find trade target rankings, grades, the latest news and more, and be sure to bookmark: We'll keep this updated through the Feb. 25 deadline with our final thoughts on all of the moves.

More: Trade tracker | Trade Grades

Feb. 25

10:54 a.m. ET: Center Kevin Hayes to the Jets.

The deal:

Continue reading
0
  50 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

50 Hits
0 Comments

Yanks ink Hicks to 7-year extension through '25

print

The New York Yankees have signed Aaron Hicks to a seven-year extension that will keep the outfielder under contract through the 2025 season.

The deal, announced Monday, also includes a club option for the 2026 season.

Career high?
Games137Yes
HR27Yes
RBIs79Yes
Runs90Yes
WAR4.7Yes
-- ESPN Stats & Information

The Yankees did not disclose financial terms, but Hicks will make $70 million over the first seven years, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

"He's a big part of this team and a big part of our success ... I always love playing by him," said Yankees OF Aaron Judge. "To hear he got seven years, we'll be playing together for a long time."

The deal, which will start this year, was first reported by the YES Network.

Continue reading
0
  63 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

63 Hits
0 Comments

Sarri must punish Kepa for Carabao Cup outburst

If the world's most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, starts for Chelsea against Spurs on Wednesday, it will confirm what we have long suspected about player power at Stamford Bridge.

Let's be quite clear about this. Kepa is lucky that his contract was not torn up after openly defying his manager, Maurizio Sarri, and refusing to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. Those of us who have been watching football for half a century have never seen anything like it. It was shambolic, amateurish and so unfair on Sarri given his current shaky predicament at the club.

The goalkeeper acted like a spoilt kid in an under-8 game, and his claim that it was all a "misunderstanding" is frankly laughable. Kepa had twice gone down suffering from cramps and Sarri wanted to replace him with Willy Caballero as the penalty shoot-out loomed.

ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule

ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list.

Continue reading
0
  46 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

46 Hits
0 Comments

Jumbo Package: Positive trend toward home-and-home series leaves hole in 2024-25

Happy Monday, everyone. It was a successful weekend on the diamond, as the women swept five games and the men took two of three. Unfortunately the struggling Gym Tide dropped another meet, this time in Lexington. It seems likely that they miss the Super Six team finals for the second consecutive season after making it in 23 of the preceding 25.

Men’s basketball got an important win against a winless Vandy squad and now has a four game season to determine its postseason fate. The women’s team is likely headed nowhere with a 12-15 mark following a senior night loss to Georgia.

Cecil Hurt chimed in on Alabama football’s trend toward home and home scheduling.

Whether the trip to West Virginia has anything to do with the fact that Nick Saban will turn 75 during the 2026 season, and might like a sentimental trip to his home town (Monongah, where Saban grew up and played high school football, is about 25 miles southwest of Morgantown), isn’t certain. You can read between the lines but the distance from today until 2026 is so great that I couldn’t even read the lines, much less between them.

Alabama has three neutral site games left over the next three years, starting with this year’s opener against Duke in Atlanta. Whether the market for such games is saturated or not remains to be seen.

Continue reading
0
  53 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

53 Hits
0 Comments

Power Rankings: Circle these games over the final two weeks

print

There are officially less than two weeks until the end of the regular season, and there's a race shaping up to nab the final 1-seed -- and the last couple of spots in the top five of the Power Rankings. Duke is in pretty good shape with its résumé (assuming Zion Williamson returns soon); Virginia has lost only twice all season (both times to Duke) and is 9-0 in its other Quadrant 1 games; and Gonzaga has won 18 straight, hasn't had a game within single digits since Dec. 15 and appears unlikely to lose before the NCAA tournament. Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State all still have shots to move up.

While conference tournaments also will play a major role, what remaining regular-season games will help determine the pecking order of the top-tier teams in the Power Rankings?

Kentucky at Tennessee (Saturday): Tennessee seemed to be in great shape a couple of weeks ago, but the Volunteers are now locked in a three-way tie for first place in the SEC, and their lack of high-level wins outside of Gonzaga is more noticeable. Kentucky likely has to win in Knoxville or win the SEC tournament to remain a 1-seed in Joe Lunardi's latest bracket (and the top four in the Power Rankings).

Duke at North Carolina (March 9): Will Williamson be back by then? Carolina hammered the Blue Devils last week without Williamson, and the Tar Heels are one of the hottest teams in the country. If they beat Duke again and then make a deep run in the ACC tournament, can they jump the Blue Devils? Their combination of wins over Duke and Gonzaga is unparalleled (besides Duke's two wins over Virginia).

There should be no asterisk on North Carolina's victory in Durham. The Tar Heels are the real deal.

Continue reading
0
  44 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

44 Hits
0 Comments

How Yasiel Puig has -- and hasn't -- moved on with the Reds

print

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig had already broken in a red glove by the time his new team conducted its first full workout here last week. The cleats, the duffel bag, the batting gloves -- all red, flowing in perfect harmony with the Cincinnati Reds uniform that he will don for at least the next five months, perhaps even a bit longer.

"By the way," Puig said, starting to smile, "this is my color. I love red."

Any traces of Puig's tumultuous time with the Los Angeles Dodgers have faded by now, but only by way of appearance. The Dodgers remain a very noticeable presence in Puig's thoughts, acting mostly as a source of motivation in a quest to prove that he can -- and, no matter what the numbers say, always could -- hit those damn lefties.

He is, in spite of lingering bitterness, thankful for the time, thankful for the experiences, thankful for the fans and, yes, thankful for the color.

Blue, Puig announced, is his second favorite.

Continue reading
0
  47 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

47 Hits
0 Comments

Where Le'Veon Bell fits: We put together potential contract offers

print

Le'Veon Bell is expected to reset the market for running backs when he hits free agency next month. Which teams are interested, and what could his contract look like?

We asked NFL Nation reporters to make their best offer -- on behalf of the teams they cover -- to the former Pittsburgh Steelers back, who sat out the entire 2018 season because he wanted a long-term contract.

We came up with three teams likely to make offers for Bell, and each has the cap space -- and need -- to sign him. There are also five teams popularly linked with pursuing Bell who our reporters think will get running back help elsewhere.

The offers below are based on what each reporter believes their team's front office would offer Bell next month. We then had senior NFL writer Mike Sando take on the role of Bell's agent and pick the best offer for his client. Check out his decision here.

Jump to the offers and verdict:
GB | HOU | NYJ | Verdict

Continue reading
0
  42 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

42 Hits
0 Comments

Sources: Dodgers re-enter Harper sweepstakes

print

The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-entered the Bryce Harper sweepstakes and are interested in a short-term deal with the free-agent slugger, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

The Phillies absolutely want Harper. But does he want them? It's time for a final answer.

As Harper's new deal approaches the finish line, the intrigue only begins for the free agent and his primary suitor. Who else in baseball will be feeling the heat this season?

1 Related

Harper is seeking a long-term deal and, despite being unsigned just over a month before the start of the season, has given no indication that he is willing to change that demand, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Continue reading
0
  43 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

43 Hits
0 Comments

‘Sizzle’ versus ‘Stuff’ across college football

Pedal to the metal offensive attacks are the trend in college football and Alabama football has not been left behind in relying on explosive offense. In the national aversion to defense-first football, Alabama football has shed its reputation for old-school offense lacking in explosive play potential. Sometimes lost in admiring the trend is most high-powered attacks […] Alabama Football: ‘Sizzle’ versus ‘Stuff’ across college football - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
0
  41 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

41 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama Basketball: Tide ends skid dropping Vandy in T-Town

Alabama basketball ended a skid and notched a win Saturday night beating the SEC win-less Vanderbilt Commodores in Tuscaloosa. One win does not cure all ills but Alabama basketball stopped a slide and edged forward Saturday with win No. 16 on the season. The Crimson Tide took down the weakest team in the SEC, the […] Alabama Basketball: Tide ends skid dropping Vandy in T-Town - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
0
  34 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

34 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama S Deionte Thompson underwent surgery

One of the NFL Draft’s top defensive back prospects will be sidelined for a while. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that Alabama safety Deionte Thompson had surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his wrist.

Unsurprisingly, it’s unlikely that Thompson will be able to participate in the NFL Scouring Combine, which takes place next week. Fortunately, Rapoport says the safety isn’t facing any long-term issues stemming from the injury.

Along with Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram and Delaware’s Nasir Adderley, Thompson was considered to be one of the top safety prospects in the upcoming draft. The 22-year-old had a hot start to the 2018 campaign, with some pundits giving the safety a first-round projection. However, a rough second half of the season hurt his draft stock, and this most recent surgery could bump him back even further. While Thompson has the ability to be a starting-caliber NFL player, he may not be selected until the third day of the draft.

During his first full season as a starter, the six-foot-two, 196-pound senior finished with 79 tackles, six passes defended, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. He had primarily served as a backup during his sophomore and junior seasons at Alabama.

0
  36 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

36 Hits
0 Comments

12 figures who will define the 2019 NFL offseason

The 2019 NFL offseason will be defined by some blockbuster trades, a few high-profile free agents changing teams and a draft that’s about as wide open as any we’ve seen in the past.

The backdrop here are those individuals who will define these events once the calendar turns to March.

Multiple general managers are in position to change the fortune of their teams. One specific owner has a ton of work to do in order to keep his proud franchise relevant. Meanwhile, multiple veterans could change the dynamic around the NFL for next season.

It’s in this that we look at 12 figures who will define the 2019 NFL offseason.

John Dorsey, general manager, Cleveland Browns

Continue reading
0
  42 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

42 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama's 2019 recruiting class is so good it will make you sick

Nick Saban is on another level, folks. Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class was ranked No. 1 by 247Sports, and it’s easy to see why.

In fact, the program’s latest list of signees is so impressive all you Crimson Tide haters might feel inclined to rush to your nearest waste basket or toilet to throw up.

The big picture: With an average rating of 0.9438, the Alabama 2019 recruiting class has only one 3-star player out of 15 enrollees.

Saban landed two 5-star players at premium positions — offensive tackle and defensive end.Of the remaining 13 signees, just one is a 3-star player.That one player is placekicker Will Reichard, who is No. 1 at his position nationally.

But there’s more: The Crimson Tide also have 12 other players who have signed letters of intent. All 12 are 4-star players.

The bottom line: If you were hoping to see Saban’s empire finally crumble after watching Clemson route the Crimson Tide in the title game, think again.

Tua Tagovailoa is back again for another season and should be better than ever.Last year’s recruiting class was ranked No. 5 nationally, and Alabama’s 2020 recruiting class is projected to be No. 1.
0
  32 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

32 Hits
0 Comments

Report: Dolphins already targeting Tua Tagovailoa ... for 2020

The Miami Dolphins have a lot of work to do this offseason in order to become relevant following a disappointing 7-9 season in 2018.

While fans in South Beach are thinking short term, owner Stephen Ross apparently has his sights set on 2020.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Ross and Co. are already targeting Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the 2020 NFL Draft.

“We keep hearing that owner Stephen Ross really, really likes Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and that getting a high 2020 draft pick is the priority,” Jackson reported on Wednesday.

In order for this to come to fruition, the Dolphins are looking to potentially add another first-round pick for the 2020 NFL Draft. If that’s the case, moving down from the 13th spot in April’s draft could make a ton of sense.

Continue reading
0
  34 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

34 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama's Quinnen Williams to buy grandma a new car with first NFL paycheck

Alabama star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is about to become a very rich young man as he prepares to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

Projected to be a top-five pick, his first NFL contract is going to be flush with guaranteed cash.

The young man already knows what he wants to spend his first paycheck on, too, and what his mind is set on is incredibly sweet.

“I think I’m going to buy my grandma a car,” he said in an interview with TMZ Sports. Williams also said he wants to buy her some jewelry because she doesn’t really wear any.

The ‘Bama star lineman said his grandmother has been very tight with cash, but his impending NFL paychecks are going to change all that.

Continue reading
0
  41 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

41 Hits
0 Comments

Report: Jalen Hurts had visit with Miami coaches

Jalen Hurts is having himself quite a weekend.

The Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback is seeking a new college football program as a graduate transfer and has begun his process of evaluating teams. He visited with Maryland on Friday, Oklahoma on Saturday, and Sunday was his day in Miami.

According The Athletic’s Manny Navarro, Hurts met with Miami’s coaches and had dinner at Prime 112, a posh Miami steakhouse.

Navarro says Miami believes they have a 50-50 chance of landing Hurts.

Hurts spent three seasons at Alabama — starting two national championship games for the Tide. He has passed for 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his career.

Continue reading
0
  36 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

36 Hits
0 Comments

Steve Sarkisian reportedly will return to Alabama

Steve Sarkisian is headed back to a familiar place, according to a report.

Sarkisian was offered the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive coordinator position and reports on Friday indicated the sides were close to a hire. However, a day later reports said Sarkisian would not be Arizona’s offensive coordinator.

Instead, ESPN’s Dianna Russini says Sarkisian is headed back to Alabama to rejoin Nick Saban’s staff.

Sark was with Alabama as their offensive coordinator for the 2016 season before leaving to take the Falcons offensive coordinator job after Kyle Shanahan was hired by the 49ers. Sarkisian was fired after two seasons on the job and had another chance to continue as an NFL OC, but he apparently liked an offer from Saban more.

Saban needs to rebuild his offensive coaching staff after losing offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to Maryland, and the likely OC replacement, Dan Enos, to Miami.

Continue reading
0
  33 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

33 Hits
0 Comments

Why we needed the Kick Six

This is probably not going to be a popular opinion, but when Alabama football went down to Jordan-Hare and was shocked by a near-improbable play that immediately went down in the annals of sports history, a chain of events was set in motion that led us to this moment. It was a blessing, you know. […] Alabama Football: Why we needed the Kick Six - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
0
  298 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

298 Hits
0 Comments

Most compelling matchups in college football Week 13

Rivalries galore dominate the storylines in Week 13’s edition of the most compelling matchups across the college football landscape.

There are several games where the top teams in the College Football Playoff hierarchy are in danger of toppling. While some upsets are far likelier than others, the raw emotion and competitive fire associated with these guaranteed annual meetings create an intangible X-factor where, frankly, anything is possible.

All of this makes these forthcoming matchups all the more tantalizing to dive into.

No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Continue reading
0
  200 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

200 Hits
0 Comments

How Auburn attacks the Crimson Tide

Iron Bowl expectations are heavily leaned towards an Alabama football blowout. However, I expect this Auburn team to use a gameplan that has shown effectiveness against the Tide this season. What if I told you that the teams that had the most success against Alabama football this year ran the football? It would be surprising […] Alabama Football: How Auburn attacks the Crimson Tide - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
0
  215 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

215 Hits
0 Comments