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Top sports stories for Jacksonville State, Samford and UNA in 2022

Rich Rodriguez leads the Gamecocks to an ASUN title, UNA football makes a change at the top and Chris Hatcher's Samford program has best season in school history.

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Jelly Walker and his UAB teammates return to form in a dominating C-USA win over UTSA on Saturday

Jelly Walker scored 31 points with a season-high seven 3-pointers in the 90-67 win over UTSA.

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Young leads the Crimson Tide to a sweet Sugar Bowl victory

Alabama put an end to their season and 2022 with a dominant performance, beating Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl 45-20.

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Alabama athletics: A year in review 2022

Another year is in the books and it was another positive year for the University of Alabama athletic department.

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Auburn athletics: A year in review

It was a long and eventful year for Auburn athletics. Sometimes labeling the year as a success or failure is the way to go, but a season of Auburn athletics can rarely be classified as that, so eventful just seems right. But what were some of the biggest stories for the Tigers during 2022, and could there be more of the same in 2023?

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Top sports stories for South Alabama and Troy in 2022

Troy's Jon Sumrall and South Alabama's Kane Wommack lead their teams to success on the football field.

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Top sports stories for UAB in 2022

Bill Clark leaves, Trent Dilfer arrives and Andy Kennedy delivers.

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UNA starts quickly and holds off Jacksonville State in the ASUN Conference men's basketball opener for both teams

KJ Johnson and Will Soucie lead the way as UNA scores the first 15 points of the game and eventually emerges with a road conference win over Jacksonville State.

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UAB moves forward in Conference USA play with a home game against UTSA on Saturday

UAB turns its attention to UTSA after escaping with double overtime win over UTEP in Conference UAB men's basketball play on Thursday.

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Report: Auburn gets boost with two defensive backs returning

With a recruiting class that addressed the defensive front in need of depth and talent, Auburn will also be getting some help on the back end of the defense with two veteran cornerbacks returning to the Plains. According to a report from Justin Hokanson of AuburnLive, D.J. James and Nehemiah Pritchett will be back in the orange-and-blue for the 2023 season.

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Jacksonville State and UNA face off in the ASUN Conference opener

Jacksonville State is the defending ASUN men's basketball champ.

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Troy and South Alabama begin Sun Belt Conference men's basketball play with road losses

Troy's late game surge came up short while South Alabama never got going as both teams began conference play with a loss.

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Sugar Bowl: Five things to look for

Saturday December 31, the #5 Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Big 12 champions, #9 Kansas State Wildcats in the 89th annual Sugar Bowl, the first ever meeting between the two schools.

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UAB finds a way to grind out a double overtime win over UTEP at Bartow Arena

UAB trailed for 41 minutes in Thursday's C-USA game against UTEP, but the Blazers found a way to lead when it counted the most.

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Auburn officially announces hiring of Marcus Davis as wide receivers coach

Marcus Davis joins the staff after a one-year stint at Georgia Southern, where he served as the wide receivers coach under Clay Helton.

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Tough task for Troy in the Sun Belt Conference opener at Southern Miss

It's time for Troy to turn to the next chapter with the beginning of Sun Belt Conference play.

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UAB continues Conference USA play at home against UTEP

UAB, which is 10-2, looks to improve to 2-0 with a home game against UTEP on Thursday night.

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Alabama opens up conference play with big road win

On Wednesday, another difficult opponent was put in front of Alabama, and once again they responded.

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Samford begins Southern Conference with a victory over Mercer

Samford snapped a seven-game losing streak with a team effort in the victory over Mercer.

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Auburn survives in first SEC contest of the season

On Wednesday, Auburn’s defense once again showed up in a huge way and saved the Tigers following another night of issues on the offensive end.

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Holton Ahlers' record-setting night leads East Carolina to a victory over Coastal Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl

Colton Ahlers throws for five touchdowns and rushes for another in East Carolina's Birmingham Bowl victory.

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Alabama strengthens tight end position with Maryland transfer CJ Dippre

Last week Nick Saban brought in an impressive group of talent during the early signing period, and Tuesday morning he got his first transfer portal commitment from Maryland tight end CJ Dippre.

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The Samford men's basketball team limps into Southern Conference play but still is considered one of the favorites to challenge for a title

Samford coach Bucky McMillan's team is fighting through injuries and illness as Southern Conference play begins.

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Buffalo holds off Georgia Southern in Montgomery's Camellia Bowl

Buffalo quarterback Cole Snyder leads the way in Camellia Bowl win over Georgia Southern.

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Analysis: Alabama has paid less for Saban since his arrival than Auburn has for coaches in same time period

Has the University of Alabama actually saved money by employing Nick Saban as its head football coach while also making him among the highest-paid coaches in the nation?

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East Carolina taking advantage of the chance to return to a bowl game

East Carolina looks to capture the program's first bowl victory since 2013 in Tuesday's Birmingham Bowl against Coastal Carolina.

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Coastal Carolina playing one final game with Grayson McCall at quarterback

Quarterback Grayson McCall leads Coastal Carolina into Tuesday's TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl against East Carolina.

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