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MLS Next Pro team coming to Huntsville

The first professional tenant of the new Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville will be a MLS Next Pro team, which will be affiliated with the Nashville Soccer Club. The announcement came on Tuesday from the City of Huntsville and Nashville SC.

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Dream comes true for female sumo wrestler with tour of Birmingham Zoo

Estonia's Eva-Maria Raudsepp had never seen a giraffe and understood American zoos often have them, so could she see one before leaving Birmingham? 

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U.S. and Canada battle for the gold medal in World Games lacrosse

Canada has been the most dominant team during the first four days of the World Games men’s lacrosse competition at PNC Field on the UAB campus. The Canadian team outscored four opponents, 95-37, and don’t have a winning margin under double digits.

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Ukraine athletes endure through difficult times

The pain was evident without words. Tears overcame Ukrainian Sumo wrestler Alina Duzhenko for a moment, before she got her chance to speak. Four other Ukrainian athletes sat nearby inside the World Games media center, waiting to tell their stories, staring numbly into the group of reporters and World Game officials. Once they got their chance to speak the words tumbled out for about 45 minutes.

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Mullinax birdies final hole to win Barbasol Championship

Trey Mullinax won the rain-delayed Barbasol Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, holing a 15-foot putt from the edge of the 18th green to beat Kevin Streelman by a stroke.

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Flag football takes the big stage with the help of the NFL

Both times, the game-winning touchdown was delivered to the back corner of the end zone. Neither one offered an inch to spare. Oh, the perks of playing on a big stage. We’ll let Vanita Krouch, the starting quarterback for the U.S. in the women’s flag football competition at the World Games, explain.

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Summer work for Andy Kennedy and UAB basketball in full swing

Four weeks of summer practice are in the books. Four more weeks remain before the UAB basketball team transitions into the fall semester. Andy Kennedy likes what he sees thus far.

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Sold out crowd entertained by Sumo wrestling at Boutwell Auditorium

All in all, it was excellent entertainment. And the best news that was just part of a spectacular afternoon and evening of Sumo action, in front of a sold-out crowd of approximately 3,500, as part of World Games 2022.

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U.S. and Canada lacrosse teams take a back seat in World Games openers

The United States and Canada had the most dominant victories on the opening day of the men’s lacrosse competition in the World Games. Yet, neither were the most compelling story on a steamy Friday at PNC Field on the UAB campus. That honor went to an Ireland team that didn’t play and a Haudenosaunee Confederacy team that lost by double digits.

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Five-star DL Peter Woods commits to Clemson

Thompson High defensive lineman Peter Woods announced on Thursday that he committed to Clemson. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Woods could play either tackle or end in college. Woods had nearly 40 scholarship offers, according to On3 Sports. He recently trimmed the list to Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Jackson State.

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Birmingham welcomes World Games with party at Protective Stadium

A large crowd wedged their way into Protective Stadium seats, corridors and luxury suites to party for a few hours during the opening ceremonies for the World Games. It was a splashy ending to the day before the world begins competing in Birmingham.

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Spectators encouraged to arrive early for World Games Opening Ceremony

The World Games 2022 kicks off with Thursday’s Opening Ceremony at Protective Stadium in Birmingham.

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Auburn women aviation teams finish 2nd and 4th in national air race competition

“This year’s race presented us with extreme highs and lows, allowing all three Auburn teams to celebrate what went well, laugh about what didn't go well and become closer than ever. This year’s race showed us exactly how much we can handle, as well as our strengths,”. said Elizabeth Moorman

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Birmingham welcomes world to town during World Games 2022

More than 3,600 athletes from over 100 countries are in town for nearly two weeks to compete in the 11th edition of the World Games. Santa Clara, Calif. hosted the inaugural World Games in 1981. It hasn’t been held in an U.S. city since arriving in Birmingham. Planning began about the same time the most recent World Games ended in July of 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

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UAB lands football commitment from Mobile DB

On Monday, Bryant Vincent secured a commitment from defensive back Christopher Bracy of Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal. It was the first commitment since Vincent became the program’s interim head coach. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bracy, whose brother, Reggie, is a safety at Iowa, announced the news on Twitter.

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Birmingham wins USFL title in another fourth-quarter comeback

Backup quarterback Alex McGough delivered the unexpected and linebacker Scooby Wright did what was expected from him by being in the right place at the right time.

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USFL discovering Birmingham's reputation as a "foodie" town

“It’s a great food town. … When you talk about a midsize city in this country, I’ve never really been anywhere that has what Birmingham provides. I’m a fan of the little neighborhoods outside of downtown – they are like what we have in Dallas.”

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Ray Melick: Saban never says anything without knowing what he wants to happen

When the most successful football coach in college history accused Texas A&M and Jackson State of (legally) buying players, he did so with a purpose.

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