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Avery Johnson Agrees to Become the New Head Coach at Alabama

NBA via New Jersey Nets(NEW YORK) -- After a two-year hiatus, former NBA Coach of the Year Avery Johnson is getting back into coaching. Johnson has agreed to become the head coach at Alabama.

Johnson last coached during the 2012-2013 season for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. A sixteen-year NBA veteran, Johnson most recently served as an analyst for ESPN.

He has never coached at the collegiate level, but he won 60 games with the Dallas Mavericks twice during his time in the NBA coaching ranks.

Johnson will take over an Alabama team that started the season off well but wound up finishing 19-15 with a second-round NIT exit.

Alabama wound up firing former head coach Anthony Grant after six seasons in which he went 117-85.

In seven seasons in the NBA, Johnson went 254-186, good for a .577 winning percentage.

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Alabama Basketball Fires Head Coach Anthony Grant

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While many college basketball teams around the country are prepared to participate in the NCAA Tournament, Alabama has fired head coach Anthony Grant.

Grant spent six seasons at Tuscaloosa, and won at least 20 games in three of those seasons. He took them to three NIT Tournaments and one appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The team started this season strong, going 12-3, but they wound up finishing the season at 18-14.

"In this business we are ultimately judged by wins and losses on the court and, for a variety of reasons, we haven't made satisfactory progress in that area," Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement. "We have a great university, and an excellent athletics program that has expectations for all of our teams to meet the highest standards in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

Alabama plays Illinois on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT Tournament, but no interim coach has been named yet.

Overall, Grant went 117-85 as Alabama's head coach.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Rose Bowl: (2) - Oregon 59 (13-1) -   (3) Florida State 20 (13-1) 

Sugar Bowl: (4) Ohio State 42 (13-1) - (1) Alabama 35 (12-2)

Cotton Bowl: (8) Michigan State 42 (11-2) - (5) Baylor 41 (11-2)

Outback Bowl: (18) Wisconsin 34 (11-3) - Auburn 31 (8-5)

Citrus Bowl: (16) Missouri 33 11-3) - (25) Minnesota 17 (8-5)

NHL: Washington Capitals 3 (19-11-7, 45pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (25-11-2, 52pts)

Los Angeles Kings 3 (19-12-8, 46pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (21-12-3, 45pts)

NBA: Chicago Bulls 106 (23-10) - Denver Nuggets 101 (13-20)

Sacramento Kings 110 (14-19) - Minnesota Timberwolves 107 (5-26)

NCAA Top 25: Evansville 52 (11-2) - (23) Northern Iowa 49 (11-2)


SEC Championship Game Preview

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- Top-ranked Alabama will take on the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide remain in the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, and head coach Nick Saban wants his team to remain focused.

"This is a new season," Saban said on Monday. "We look forward to the challenges of the future, what we need to do to get ready to play a very good team in the SEC Championship game."

"The SEC Championship game is a great opportunity for our players," Saban continued.  "It's a great competitive venue, one of the most exciting games that I've had the opportunity to compete in."

The Tigers are averaging 28.6 points per game and Alabama is only giving up 16.9.

Head coach Gary Pinkel knows it'll be a challenge against the Crimson Tide offense, especially since Missouri is 7-1 in their SEC games this year.

"Alabama's got a very good football team," Pinkel said. "Nick's done a great job with that program and we're going to play a very potent offensive team and obviously a very good defensive team."

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Auburn Fires Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a 55-point loss to arch rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Auburn has decided to let go of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.

"At this time I felt it was best for our program to make a change with our defensive coordinator," Head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "Ellis is a true professional and I would like to thank him for his contributions at Auburn."

"This is part of the business and I totally understand," Johnson said in a statement. "I did think we were good in several areas, but overall it wasn't good enough. I'm disappointed for our players, but this is a results business. I want to thank Coach Malzahn and Auburn for the opportunity the last two years."

This is a major coaching shake up to a staff that helped take the Tigers to the BCS national championship game last season.

In 2014, Auburn is allowing 26.1 points per game, which is 10th in the SEC. They also ranked ninth in total defense as they are giving up 388.7 yards per game.

Johnson joined Malzahn's staff back in December 2012.

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Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Alabama is hoping to avoid another shocking defeat to Auburn this year in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

In the final play of last year's game, Chris Davis returned a missed field goal by Alabama for a 100-yard touchdown run, stunning top-ranked Alabama.

Head coach Nick Saban said Monday that this is what the game is all about.

"We all kind of remember what happened," he added. "I think that it was very disappointing to all of us here, not just the last play, but the last five minutes of the game, that we never finished the game like we needed to and it was a tough way to lose a game."

"The Iron Bowl is one of the greatest rivalries in college football and means a lot to people in the state, regardless of which side you're on," Saban continued.  "As a competitor it's a great opportunity because this game has had a lot of significance over the last few years."

Alabama currently sits in the number one spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Meanwhile, Auburn is 4-3 in their SEC matchups this year and are 8-3.

"Their offense is one of the most productive in the country," Saban said. "They got a very good scheme. [Auburn quarterback] Nick Marshall does a fantastic job of executing that on the field."

Marshall has tossed 15 touchdowns this year and thrown for 1,859 yards.

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(4) Alabama Defeats Tennessee, 34-20

iStock/Thinkstock(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Crimson Tide junior wide receiver Amari Cooper had nine receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns as (4) Alabama (7-1; 4-1 SEC) rolled past Tennessee (3-5; 0-4 SEC), 34-20 on Saturday night.

Alabama opened the game, scoring 27 unanswered points, capped off by a 28-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Blake Sims.

Tennessee would cut the Crimson Tide's lead 27-17 with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs connected with junior wide receiver Von Pearson on nine-yard t-d pass. But that’s as close as the Volunteers would get as Alabama would score on their next drive courtesy of 28-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Derrick Henry.

For Alabama offensive coach Lane Kiffin, it marked the first-time he returned to Neyland Stadium since leaving as head coach of the Volunteers in 2009 for the same position with Southern California. In his lone season at Tennessee, he went 7-6 and 4-4 in the SEC.

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SEC West Dominates New AP Poll

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the latest Associated Press college football poll, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) reached a new level of dominance. Four of the top five teams in the country all reside in the SEC, the first time a single conference can boast such a feat.

Mississippi State (6-0) remained the number one team in the land while Ole Miss (7-0) remains third. Alabama (6-1) jumped up to fourth in the poll, thanks to a 59-0 rout over then 21st-ranked Texas A&M, with Auburn (5-1) rounding out the top-five.

The lone team not from the SEC in the top-five is Florida State (7-0) of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Seminoles held off Notre Dame on Saturday, which dropped to seventh with the loss.

The Oregon Ducks (6-1) sit at sixth in the nation while the Irish (6-1) dropped two spots to seventh. Michigan State (6-1), Georgia (6-1), and TCU (6-1) finish out the top-10 teams.

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Stanford all fell from the AP Top-25 Poll after week seven.

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Nick Saban: Show Our 'Best' Against Texas A&M

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Seventh ranked Alabama (5-1) will host No. 21 Texas A&M (5-2) in a huge SEC matchup on Saturday.

Alabama's offense has struggled the last three games and the team is coming off a 14-13 win over Arkansas last weekend.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban understands the expectations this team has and is preparing them for another tough game.

"We're going to certainly have to be at our best to do a good job of trying to get them stopped, and also to control the ball on offense so they don't have it all the time," Saban said. "Those things are really critical in a game like this."

Texas A&M won last year's showdown in a 49-42 slugfest and Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin was asked about his favorite memories at Tuscaloosa.

"We've had two great football games, games that really went down to the last play," Sumlin said on Tuesday. "We won one and lost one. Going back over there, it's a great atmosphere, a great crowd, a loud place. They've got a tremendous amount of pride in their program and they should, with the number of national championships and the number of wins."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 37 (2-0) - Citadel 12 (0-2)

(2) Alabama 41 (2-0) - Florida Atlantic 0 (0-2)

(3) Oregon 46 (2-0) - (7) Michigan State 27 (1-1)

(4) Oklahoma 52 (2-0) - Tulsa 7 (1-1)

(5) Auburn 59 (2-0) - San Jose State 12 (1-1)

Virginia Tech 35 (2-0) - (8) Ohio State 21 (1-1)

(9) Texas A&M 73 (2-0) - Lamar 3 (1-1)

(10) Baylor 70 (2-0) - Northwestern State 6 (0-2)

(11) UCLA 42 (2-0) - Memphis 35 (1-1)

(12) LSU 56 (2-0) - Sam Houston State 0 (1-2)

(14) USC 13 (2-0) - (13) Stanford 10 (1-1)

(15) Mississippi 41 (2-0) - Vanderbilt 3 (0-2)

(16) Notre Dame 31 (2-0) - Michigan 0 (1-1)

(17) Arizona State 58 (2-0) - New Mexico 23 (0-2)

(18) Wisconsin 37 (1-1) - Western Illinois 3 (1-1)

(19) Nebraska 31 (2-0) - McNeese State 24 (0-1)

(20) Kansas State 32 (2-0) - Iowa State 28 (0-2)

(21) South Carolina 33 (1-1) - East Carolina 23 (1-1)

(21) North Carolina 31 (2-0) - San Diego State 27 (1-1)

(23) Clemson 73 (1-1) - South Carolina State 7 (1-1)

(24) Missouri 49 (2-0) - Toledo 24 (1-1)

(25) Louisville 66 (2-0) - Murray State 21 (1-1)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 2 (67-75) - New York Mets 1 (67-75)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (66-75) - Washington Nationals 1 (79-61)

Oakaland Athletics 4 (80-61) - Houston Astros 3 (62-80)

New York Yankees 6 (73-67) - Kansas City Royals 2 (78-62)

San Francisco Giants 5 (78-64) - Detroit Tigers 4 (77-65)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (69-74) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (82-59)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (72-68) - Chicago Cubs 3 (64-77) -11 Innings (Resumption of Friday night's game)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (73-68) - Chicago Cubs 0 (64-78)

Cleveland Indians 3 (73-67) - Chicago White Sox 1 (63-78)

Atlanta Braves 4 (74-68) - Miami Marlins 3 (68-72) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Angels 8 (86-55) - Minnesota Twins 5 (61-81)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (78-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (74-68)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (80-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-83)

Boston Red Sox 4 (63-79) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (72-69)

Colorado Rockies 7 (58-84) - San Diego Padres 6 (66-75) - 12 Innings

Seattle Mariners 4 (78-63) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-89)


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