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first_imgTUSCALOOSA – Nick Saban’s face lit up when describing the matchup Alabama’s defense will face against Arkansas’ offense, particularly its potent rushing attack.Saban considers the Razorbacks’ offense a “back to the future” approach to playing college football. It’s a challenge he and the defensive players welcome.“I never thought that I would be here as a coach, in my lifetime as a coach, that running regular, I-formation plays and running the ball out of regular two wide receivers, two backs out of the backfield, would be the anomaly of football,” Saban said. “We have not played, I don’t think, a dozen snaps of regular (3-4) defense all year long.”Arkansas’ offense features the nation’s seventh-best rushing attack at 316.6 yards per game. That’s also good for No. 1 in the SEC. On the flip side, Alabama’s rushing defense ranks No. 3 in the country, allowing just 64 yards per game. That’s also good for No. 1 in the SEC.The most rushing yards Alabama has allowed in a single game was 107 against Florida. The least amount the Hogs have gained was 153 in its season opener. Since then, the Hogs have topped 200 rushing yards in every game, with a couple of 400-plus yard games mixed in.It all starts up front. On average, the Razorbacks feature the nation’s largest offensive line, averaging 328 pounds. Saban said the Tide would count on some of its bigger defensive linemen more in this game to combat the Hogs massive offensive line.“I think they can talk all about how big they are, but really, they’re pretty good,” Saban said. “That’s what concerns me more. … They do a really good job of executing the plays they run. They really play smart, they get a hat on a hat. They’re big and strong physical people that can maul you if you don’t play with good pad level and strike and get your hands inside so you can control the block and be able to get off the block like you need to.”Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland said he’s “excited” for this type of test. Ragland said “it’s been a while, so I have to get myself mentally prepared for it, and everyone else does, too.”“They run the ball, so we’ve got to strap it up and be ready to play physical football,” Ragland said.Because of the limited game action Alabama’s defenders have played in base defense, Saban said this game will require a big adjustment. Still, he’s looking forward to the opportunity.“This is really old-fashioned, hard-nosed, Bo Schembechler/Woody Hayes kind of football,” Saban said. “That’s something that is going to be different for our players and our preparation. In fact, it’s so different during the bye week, we spent a day on trying ot review regular defense that we don’t ever seem to play. But we will play it this week.”(7) ALABAMA AT ARKANSASWHEN: 5 p.m. todayWHERE: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.RECORDS: Alabama (4-1, 1-1 SEC), Arkansas (3-2, 0-2 SEC)ON THE AIR: TV — ESPN; Radio — WXFX-FM 95.1, WDXX-FM 100.1, WTLS-FM 106.5, WTLS-AM 1300LINE: Alabama by 9last_img read more

first_imgBATON ROUGE – LSU may not be back in the mix, but at least it is in the bowl.The Tigers got bowl eligible with a dominating, 41-3 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night for their sixth win and returned to the national polls on Sunday afternoon just in time for No. 3 Ole Miss and ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday.LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) was ranked No. 23 in the USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press media poll after falling out of the polls with a 41-7 loss at Auburn on Oct. 4.“I think what is happening is this football team is coming together,” LSU coach Les Miles said after his team won its second straight game. “We are improving. We are in a position to play better, and I think this football team is looking forward to that. I think the timing is right.”The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 SEC), who are off to their best start since their only perfect season in 1962 at 10-0, will play LSU in Tiger Stadium at 6:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN, and ESPN’s College GameDay pregame show decided late Saturday to broadcast on Saturday from the Parade Grounds on the LSU campus from 8-11 a.m.LSU was chosen for GameDay’s broadcast site for the 10th time since 1996 and first time since Nov. 3, 2012, when the No. 5 Tigers lost, 21-17, to No. 1 Alabama in the final moments.LSU is 5-4 at home with GameDay, which began in ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1987 before moving to on-campus sites in 1993. The Tigers have been the visiting team when GameDay is in town another six times and won four of those, including over Alabama in Tuscaloosa 2005 and in 2011. In neutral site appearances for national championship games and season openers, LSU is 5-1. Overall, the Tigers are 14-7 with GameDay in town.The Tigers have never hosted Ole Miss for GameDay, but it has been a special season so far for the Rebels, who defeated No. 1 Alabama, 23-17, on Oct. 4 for the first time since 2003. Ole Miss will bring to Tiger Stadium its best-ever overall and SEC records. The Rebels will also enter Tiger Stadium with their highest ranking since also being No. 3 in 1963 when it was 4-0-1 on the season and beat LSU, 37-3. Saturday’s game will be the first LSU-Ole Miss pairing in which the Rebels are the higher ranked team since 1999 when No. 25 Ole Miss beat unranked LSU, 42-23, in Tiger Stadium.Ole Miss, which held Tennessee to zero rushing yards in a 34-3 win Saturday in Oxford, Miss., is No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense with 10.6 points allowed a game and is No. 8 in the nation in total defense with 290 yards allowed a game. The Rebels are fifth in the nation in turnover margin at plus-10 and are tied for first nationally with 15 interceptions. Senior cornerback Senquez Golson is second in the nation with seven interceptions. Ole Miss is also sixth in the nation in rush defense with 97.1 yards allowed a game.“They’re phenomenal,” Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said of his team’s defense after the Tennessee game. “They’re fun to watch. Before the season, I knew they were good. I didn’t know they were this good. All I have to do is take care of the ball.”Wallace has done just that as he has not turned the ball over in four SEC games and is No. 9 in the nation in passing efficiency at 163.0 on 137-of-209 passing for 1,899 yards and 17 touchdowns against six interceptions.“I’m looking forward to it. They have a spread offense and some pretty good receivers, and they’re going to compete,” LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson said.“We have to get over this win because how we practice is going to be how we play against Ole Miss,” said safety Jamal Adams.LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, who improved to 7-1 as a starter, is 60th in the nation in passing efficiency at 132.1 on 64-of-128 passing for 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns against three interceptions. He has not turned the ball over in his last three games and was 7-of-14 for 120 yards with a 32-yard touchdown to wide receiver Travin Dural Saturday.“Every game we get more and more comfortable with the offense and the guys around us,” Jennings said. “This game was a building step to getting better each week. We have to get better and get prepared for Ole Miss.”last_img read more

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first_imgAUBURN — It is increasingly sounding as though Carl Lawson will not be able to make a return this season.Lawson is not far enough along in his rehabilitation to even discuss a comeback from off-season ACL surgery.“Rehab’s going good,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said during his appearance on Tiger Talk on Monday. “We’ve not gotten to the point yet it’s good enough to talk about coming back. He’s got a bright future. I want to make sure that he’s 110 percent, for sure, ready to go, when that time comes.”Last week, Malzahn said Lawson’s return was “up in the air.”With six games remaining in the regular season No. 5 Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) is still alive for an SEC Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff despite a void of pass rush on the defensive line.There is no “cutoff point” yet for Malzahn regarding when to no longer even consider the possibility of a return for Lawson, who would lose a year of eligibility if he played.“We haven’t had that conversation yet,” Malzahn said. “He have great doctors and once they say he’s 100 percent ready to go then we can have that conversation. Until then, I’m not really going there.”Lawson, who has not been available for interviews since the injury, was in line to start at defensive end after posting 20 tackles with 7 1/2 for loss and four sacks as a true freshman last season.The Tigers are in dire need of pass rush and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is leaving no stone unturned to find a solution. He moved safety Brandon King to defensive end on passing downs to bring speed off the edge.“We need to figure out a way to put a little more pressure on the quarterback,” Malzahn said. “Ellis, that’s one of his focal points last week, to try to put more pressure on the quarterback when we’re not blitzing.”last_img read more

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter A 29-year old La Follette woman died in what authorities describe as a self motivated fatality late Tuesday night.Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Darryl Chapman outlines that the call of a blue Dodge Caravan driving into Norris Lake at a fast rate of speed came in to E-911 Dispatch at 10 pm Tuesday night.  Witnesses say the incident happened at the boat ramp at Powell Valley Marina east of La Follette.Deputies Brian Nelson and Anthony Branam were the first law enforcement personnel on the scene.  Chapman goes on to say that a private citizen dove to the bottom of the lake and managed to open one of the van’s doors.  But that was all.  He then returned to the van tying a rope to it and pulling it with a tractor to shallow water.  Chapman says that 29-year old Amanda S. Ward of Back Valley Road in La Follette was helped from the van, and then several people kept CPR going until medical personnel arrived.It was later learned by Sergeant Cody Chapman that Ward passed away at the La Follette Medical Center.CCSD Detective Lieutenant John Long assisted in the investigation and details that Ward had apparently been alone and  drove off in the van by herself.  It’s being described as a self motivated fatality.Officials cleared the scene just before 1 AM on Wednesday.Ward was arrested for Public Intoxication and Indecent Exposure last Saturday afternoon on Back Valley Road.  The arresting officer,  Corporal Gary Jeffers, described Ward as being under the influence of an unknown substance.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/15/2018-10:15AM)last_img read more

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter It’s another Ladies Day Out.    This one is “Postmark This!”  You and your friends are invited to this fun and informative event on Wednesday, September 12, at the Ball Farm Event Center from 11:15 am until 1 pm.  Karen Cumorich with Postmark La Follette will speak, music is by Pam Olivio, and Classy Threads and Catering serves lunch.  Reservations are essential.  Please call Pat at 423.562.1962.  Complimentary childcare is provided.  Sponsored by the La Follette Christian Women’s Club.  Affiliated with Stone Croft. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/31/2018-6AM)last_img read more

first_imgAs Tennova Healthcare in East Tennessee proceeds with its strategic reorganization of services, growing capacity at North Knoxville Medical Center and Turkey Creek Medical Center and enhancing services at its affiliated hospitals in Jefferson City, LaFollette and Newport, the system has begun work to end operations of Physicians Regional Medical Center and Lakeway Regional Hospital by the end of this year.All services at Physicians Regional Medical Center and Lakeway Regional Hospital will be permanently terminated as of 11:59 p.m. on December 28, 2018, subject to satisfaction of all necessary notices and regulatory requirements.“We will work with our medical staff, patients and local EMS/first responders to ensure a smooth transition of care,” said Tony Benton, chief executive officer for Tennova Healthcare in East Tennessee. “Strengthening our network and pursuing new outpatient strategies is critical to meet the needs and preferences of today’s healthcare consumers and support the way our physician partners prefer to practice. Delivering care in facilities designed to support current medical practices will best serve our patients and the community.”Physician practices in Morristown, Tennova General Surgery – Lakeway and Tennova Primary Care – Lakeway West, will remain open. The transition aligns local services with community usage as decreasing numbers of patients have come to Lakeway Regional Hospital in recent years. Inpatient services are less needed as medical advances allow more care to be provided in outpatient settings.Across the NetworkMultiple construction projects this year have grown capacity for services at the Powell and Farragut Tennova hospitals. Construction is continuing with completion projected for next summer.North Knoxville Medical Center has renovated and reconfigured existing space to add cardiac catheterization laboratories and operating rooms to help accommodate cardiac care and orthopedic, general, vascular and other inpatient surgeries from Physicians Regional. Capacity for surgery and childbirth services is being added, with construction targeted to be complete next summer.Turkey Creek Medical Center has increased the number of general medical/surgical beds, created additional operating rooms and added intensive care unit beds to accommodate increased and more complex general and cardiovascular surgical cases. Open heart surgery and neurosurgery services have been consolidated at Turkey Creek. A new cardiovascular intensive care unit is targeted to be complete in spring 2019.Enhancements are also being made at the Tennova hospitals in Jefferson City, LaFollette and Newport to strengthen medical services and provide higher acuity care, including recruitment of more providers to practice in the communities.PersonnelMany employees and physicians have already transitioned to North Knoxville Medical Center and Turkey Creek Medical Center as the services they provide moved from Physicians Regional. Job fairs are being held to help remaining employees identify positions at the North Knoxville and Turkey Creek medical centers, other Tennova hospitals or regional providers where their skills may be a good fit.“Every individual employee and physician at the hospitals is valued for their unique role in caring for patients,” said Benton. “It is through their commitment that thousands of patients have received compassionate, quality care over the years.”Winding down Physicians Regional Medical Center and Lakeway Regional Hospital will focus Tennova’s resources on enhancement of North Knoxville Medical Center and Turkey Creek Medical Center and development of new centers for services. Tennova is continuing in its work with local physician partners to pursue opportunities to develop new outpatient care sites, including the Middlebrook Pike property. The health system will announce those developments in the future as plans are finalized. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/26/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe Minnesota Wild lost 4-3 to Calgary Sunday night to fall to 29-30-10 on the season.  Minnesota is in 13th place in the Western Conference standings.  Erik Christensen scored twice for the Wild and Devin Setoguchi had 1 goal for Minnesota.  The Wild scored all 3 of their goals in the 3rd period but Calgary also had 3 3rd period goals.  Matt Hackett had 21 saves for the Wild.Minnesota will host Dallas at 7:00 Tuesday night, pregame on WJON at 6:35.last_img

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Lucknow: Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma’s impressive run at the Syed Modi International tournament came to an end after he lost in straight games to Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in the men’s singles final in Lucknow on Sunday. The 26-year-old Indian, who won two BWF Super 100 titles in Hyderabad and Vietnam this year, went down 15-21 17-21 to world no 22 Tzu Wei in a 48-minute summit clash to miss out on his maiden Super 300 crown. Sourabh came into the summit clash with a 1-1 head-to-head record, having lost narrowly to Tzu Wei at the Tong Yun Kai Cup in March this year.The Indian, who was at the court for 75 minutes during his semifinal win over Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee on Friday, couldn’t produce his best in the final as Tzu Wei claimed his first title in three years. The duo engaged in long rallies with Sourabh trailing 1-3 initially but the Indian soon managed to make it 4-3 in his favour. Sourabh waited for errors from his opponents and punished any weak returns to grab a 7-4 advantage. Tzu Wei then tried to play closer to the net and it worked as he not only drew parity at 8-8 but lead 10-8. Sourabh grabbed two points before finding the net as Tzu Wei held a slender 11-10 lead at the break.The Taiwanese shuttler dominated the proceedings after the interval and opened up a 18-13 lead after the Indian went long. Tzu Wei eventually sealed the opening game after the Indian made a judgement error at the backline. In the second game, Sourabh struggled with the length and lagged 0-5 at the start. A superb backhand shot gave him a point but Tzu Wei put a lot of power in his smashes to make life difficult for the Indian.Also Read | PV Sindhu Aims To Break Run Of Early Exits In French Open Badminton TournamentSourabh fought his way back to narrow the gap to 5-7 before a focussed Tzu Wei managed to hold on to a three-point lead at the break. The momentum shifted in Sourabh’s favour after the breather as he clawed his way back at 13-13 when Tzu Wei went wide. Tzu Wei broke the run of play with a body smash before Sourabh returned the favour and grabbed the lead for the first time in the second game at 15-14. The Taiwanese, however, again took the lead and grabbed three championship points and sealed the match when Sourabh went long again.last_img read more

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