Roll Tide Nation

Unofficial Alabama Crimson Tide Fan Site

10 NFL draft prospects who boosted their stock at the Combine

The NFL Combine, fairly or not, can make or break a player’s draft stock. A bad workout can send someone hurtling, but a good one can turn a Day 2 pick into a first-rounder and a top-20 pick into a top-10 selection.

Which prospects stood out the most in Indianapolis this year? Here are ten players who helped themselves significantly with their on-field showings at the NFL Combine.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Murray did not work out at the NFL Combine, but he didn’t really need to. He has bigger hands than Baker Mayfield and measured up at 5-foot-10 and 1/8. It’s nitpicking over size, but Murray seems to be tall enough. The question at this point is not whether he’ll be picked in the first round, but instead whether he’ll go first overall. He certainly seems to have solidified his standing just ahead of Dwayne Haskins as the favorite to be the first quarterback off the board, even if his interviews led to some negative reviews.

Continue reading
0
  6 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

6 Hits
0 Comments

Major-conference tournament sleepers

There's still a little time left before college basketball's Championship Week, a pleasant prelude to the NCAA Tournament.

By now we know who the favorites are in the major conference tournaments: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. But what about the underdogs, teams on the bubble or those squads we still can't quite figure out? All have shown glimpses of being worthy of an invite to the Big Dance at some point this season but still likely have some work left to be done.

The college basketball postseason is one of the most exciting times of any sports season, and the conference tournaments get it all started. So here's a look at 10 major-conference sleepers or under-the-radar programs that might be poised for a deep or surprising run in their respective tournaments.

AlabamaThe Crimson Tide are an NCAA Tournament bubble team at the moment, so a nice run during the SEC Tournament would reinforce their case. Alabama already has wins over Kentucky, Mississippi and Mississippi State, so it should not be intimidated by anyone. Plus, the Tide have an impressive one-two scoring punch in Kira Lewis Jr. and Donta Hall. Don't forget: It's also easy to get motivated to play for coach Avery Johnson, meaning Alabama is certainly a team to watch in the postseason.

Baylor It looked as if the Bears would be in trouble when big man Tristan Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury in early January. However, Baylor is 10-4 minus Clark, with wins over ranked Texas Tech and Iowa State. The Bears overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Texas in overtime this week, so it's possible they can be a factor in the Big 12 Tournament — especially, if 6-foot-7 swingman Mario Kegler stays hot.

Continue reading
0
  7 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

7 Hits
0 Comments

Likely top-five pick Quinnen Williams needs finger surgery after combine

Alabama product Quinnen Williams is almost certainly going to be selected in the first five picks of the 2019 NFL Draft. However, this week the defensive tackle won’t do the bench press at the combine due to a finger injury that will require surgery afterward.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media shared this news on Wednesday afternoon.

In no way should this negatively affect Williams’ draft stock. His power on the gridiron is well-documented.

The former Alabama star could potentially be selected as high as No. 1 or No. 2 overall if the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers stand pat and don’t trade down.

The Morning Bark Newsletter. Emailed daily.

You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Continue reading
0
  6 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

6 Hits
0 Comments

Updated roster weights for Tide players are telling

Alabama football has published its annual roster update and the listed weight changes for some players are strong clues to their 2019 contribution. The newly updated Alabama football roster shows weight changes for quite a few players. The changes are in both directions with added and lost weight. Not every change is significant but several […] Alabama Football: Updated roster weights for Tide players are telling - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  33 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

33 Hits
0 Comments

Tagovailoa favorite to win Heisman next season

9:59 AM ETEmailprint

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won't be sneaking up on anyone this year.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has opened odds on the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner with Tagovailoa as the favorite at +250, followed by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at 3-1. Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma), Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Adrian Martinez (Nebraska) are tied for the next-best odds at 6-1, followed by Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor at 15-1.

"It was close between Tua and Lawrence," Ed Salmons, vice president of risk at The SuperBook, told ESPN. "But we felt Tua wants to finish what he should have won last year."

Last year, Tagovailoa opened as the third favorite at 10-1 odds to win the Heisman at the SuperBook. He became the favorite in August before Nick Saban even declared him the starter, and after an incredible season was as high as a -750 favorite at some New Jersey sportsbooks heading into the SEC championship game.

But an impressive performance by Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (opened 20-1) in the Big 12 title game helped him capture the Heisman.

Continue reading
0
  30 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

30 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama Basketball: Tide with SEC road win and most important is how

The Alabama basketball road win over South Carolina was important but even bigger was how the Crimson Tide won. After the game, Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson complimented South Carolina. Avery said the Gamecocks played like a NCAA Tournament team. The television announcers observed the second-half felt like a NCAA Tournament game. This season Alabama basketball […] Alabama Basketball: Tide with SEC road win and most important is how - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  26 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

26 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama Basketball: Tuesday afternoon NCAA Brackets update

Alabama basketball clings precariously to a possible NCAA Tournament bid. Check out the latest projections from the top Bracketologists. They are all must-wins now as Alabama basketball has no margin for failure. A win tonight in Columbia, SC would boost the Tide’s chances. it would have another added benefit. If the SEC is to get […] Alabama Basketball: Tuesday afternoon NCAA Brackets update - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  25 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

25 Hits
0 Comments

Kicking Woes a Thing of the Past for Alabama Football?

With the top-ranked kicker in the 2019 recruiting class and the addition of two new special teams assistants to the Alabama Football family, the kicking troubles that have plagued the Tide since the infamous Kick Six may be a thing of the past. For several years, Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama has held its […] Kicking Woes a Thing of the Past for Alabama Football? - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  24 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

24 Hits
0 Comments

NFL Combine begins and draft profiles for Tide stars

The NFL Draft process begins in earnest on Tuesday at the annual Combine. Former Alabama football players seek to enhance their status before the NFL Draft in April. The NFL Combine begins Tuesday In Indianapolis. The first group of multiple day arrivals includes former Alabama football players Jonah Williams, Ross Piersbacher, Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs. Eleven […] Alabama Football: NFL Combine begins and draft profiles for Tide stars - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  25 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

25 Hits
0 Comments

Alabama Basketball: Avery learns, we hope and Tide alive in NCAA Bubble

Has Avery Johnson come out of a long learning curve as Alabama basketball battles the Bubble Zone again while Tide fans watch and wonder? Avery Johnson may or may not have learned something from the Vanderbilt win. Only eight members of the Alabama basketball squad played against the Dores. One of those players, Daniel Giddens […] Alabama Basketball: Avery learns, we hope and Tide alive in NCAA Bubble - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  22 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

22 Hits
0 Comments

Bubble Watch: Under .500 might not be a problem in 2019

9:45 PM ETEmailprint

Editor's note: The NCAA tournament Bubble Watch has been updated through games of Sunday, Feb. 24.

If there's one question we here at Bubble Watch receive more than any other, it is this:

"Why isn't my team in Bubble Watch instead of Team X?" Here, Team X always, without fail, refers to a team that has a sub-.500 record in major-conference play.

Let's be even more specific. As of the moment, the following teams would all be in the tournament if the selection were held today, according to Joe Lunardi's latest bracket:

All of these teams are carrying sub-.500 records in conference play, and Bubble Watch mainstays Minnesota and Clemson, perched right on Lunardi's cut line, are similarly underwater in their league games. How is this happening?

Continue reading
0
  30 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

30 Hits
0 Comments

Reports: Rangers ship Hayes to Jets for Lemieux

11:06 AM ETEmailprint

The New York Rangers have traded center Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets for a 2019 first-round draft pick, winger Brendan Lemieux and a conditional pick, according to multiple reports.

Hayes is expected to plug in on Winnipeg's second line alongside Patrik Laine; this is the second consecutive year the Jets have secured a second-line center at the trade deadline. Last season, Winnipeg acquired Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues -- a move that helped the Jets reach the Western Conference finals.

Lemieux, 22, is a son of longtime NHL player Claude Lemieux. He has nine goals and two assists in 44 games this season.

The Jets were believed to be in on Ottawa Senators center Mark Stone, but the price tag was too high.

Hayes, 26, has 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points in 51 games this season while averaging a career-high 19:27 a night. He has been a regular in the New York lineup since 2014-15. Hayes has two goals and eight assists in 34 playoff games.

Continue reading
0
  31 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

31 Hits
0 Comments

'Last Chance U' coach resigns after Hitler text

10:36 AM ETEmailprint

Independence Community College football coach Jason Brown, featured on Season 3 of the popular Netflix series "Last Chance U," resigned Sunday after allegedly telling a German player on the team, "I am your new Hitler."

Brown posted his resignation letter Sunday night on Twitter, writing "it would be nearly impossible to stay here." He referred to a story last week in the Montgomery County Chronicle, which reported a text message exchange between Brown and freshman player Alexandros Alexiou, who had posted the texts on social media.

Referring to disciplinary points that Alexiou had accrued for missteps, Brown allegedly wrote, "410pm on field u German f---. u have 17 points toward your 25 points ... u got an extra point for not hanging the lion poster as instructed I'm your new Hitler figure out your life."

Brown also threatened to take away Alexiou's scholarship during the Feb. 12 exchange.

ICC president Dan Barwick told KOAM television in a statement that the college did not condone Brown's language and was investigating. Barwick said he had addressed the incident with Brown, who "fully understands that his language was not appropriate."

Continue reading
0
  34 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

34 Hits
0 Comments

Not often a 14-1 team returns in rebuilding mode

Alabama football fans always think of seasonal transitions as a reloading process. This time Nick Saban has called it a rebuild … sort of. For many Alabama football fans, it is heresy to suggest a Nick Saban team ever needs a rebuild. Whatever the outcome of a season, the prevailing perspective is just reload and […] Alabama Football: Not often a 14-1 team returns in rebuilding mode - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
0
  33 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

33 Hits
0 Comments

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

9:00 AM ETEmailprint

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
  17 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

17 Hits
0 Comments

Yanks ink Hicks to 7-year extension through '25

10:24 AM ETEmailprint

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?Games137YesHR27YesRBIs79YesRuns90YesWAR4.7Yes-- 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
  19 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

19 Hits
0 Comments

Sarri must punish Kepa for Carabao Cup outburst

10:05 AM ET

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
  16 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

16 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
  15 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© AllRightsRetainedByTheOriginalAuthor

15 Hits
0 Comments

Power Rankings: Circle these games over the final two weeks

7:00 AM ETEmailprint

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
  15 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

15 Hits
0 Comments

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

6:43 AM ETEmailprint

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
  16 Hits
  0 Comments

Copyright

© CopyrightRetainedByOriginalAuthor.

16 Hits
0 Comments