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The National Arena League Unveils NAL Championship Trophy

TROPHY TO BE DISPLAYED IN JACKSONVILLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

1/1trophy Show Caption Hide Caption The National Arena League unveiled their 2017 National Arena League trophy. The trophy will be given to the 2017 NAL Champions, a title that will be determined on July 10, 2017 at the National Arena League Championship game. The game will be held in Jacksonville, Florida between the Columbus Lions (10-3) and the Jacksonville Sharks (12-1)….

Auburn Hosts USTA Women’s Pro Classic

NATIONALLY RANKED AND COLLEGE PLAYERS COMPETE FOR $25,000 PRIZE

Twenty years ago, Travis Debardelaben was a nationally ranked tennis player. “I played on the circuit back in 1997 and played some fairly notable people in the juniors,” he said. Now a tennis coach and mentor, Debardelaben helps run events like the Auburn Women’s Pro Classic. It’s a week of tennis that features college and nationally ranked players trying to…

Nova, War Eagle VII, Sidelined for 2017 Football Season

NOVA DIAGNOSED WITH CARDIOMYOPATHY AND WILL NOT FLY DURING PRE-GAME EVENTS

Auburn’s beloved icon, Nova, War Eagle VII, will not fly during pre-game events during Auburn’s 2017 football season after Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty diagnosed the 18-year-old golden eagle with cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart. Spirit, a bald eagle, will assume pre-game flight duties during the season, said Southeastern Raptor Center Director Dr. Jamie Bellah. Following…

Alabama’s TJ Simmons Announces Decision to Transfer

SIMMONS IS A WIDE RECEIVER AND SPENT TWO SEASONS WITH THE CRIMSON TIDE

1/1TJ Simmons Announces Transfer Show Caption Hide Caption A third Alabama football player has left the team since the end of Spring. On Sunday, wide receiver TJ Simmons announced on his Twitter account that he’s transferring to West Virginia. Simmons saw some playing time this Spring after he recorded 82 receiving yards and a touchdown in their annual A-Day game….

Lions Earn Trip to NAL Title Game With Win Over Lehigh Valley

COLUMBUS WILL PLAY JACKSONVILLE IN INAUGURAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Columbus Lions have a chance to win an indoor football championship for the third year in a row. The Lions are headed to the inaugural National Arena League Championship after beating Lehigh Valley in the first round of the playoffs. The 52-50 win Friday night marked the first time ever that Columbus had beaten Lehigh Valley on their home…

Raiders’ Carr Signs Richest Contract in NFL History

OAKLAND QUARTERBACK SET TO BRING IN $25 MILLION PER YEAR

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finalized a five-year contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the team through the 2022 season. Carr tweeted that an agreement had been reached to add five years to his current rookie deal that expires after this season. The contract will be worth $125 million, according to a person familiar with…

Pacelli Names Brent Benefield Head Baseball Coach

FORMER ALL-BI-CITY PLAYER AT HARDAWAY IN 2001

Pacelli has announced the hiring of 33 year old Brent Benefield as head baseball coach. “We are excited to welcome Coach Benefield to the Viking family,” says St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School Athletic Director Buster Connally. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program.” The school released the following statement: Thirty-three-year-old Brent Benefield graduated from Hardaway High School in 2002….

Lions Prepare to Open Playoffs Friday Night

LOST IN LAST MINUTE TO LEHIGH VALLEY IN REGULAR SEASON

After wrapping up a 9-3 regular season the Lions are set to open the postseason on the road Friday when they take on Lehigh Valley. Earlier this season the Lions dropped a heart breaker to the Steelhawks 60-54. Kickoff for Friday night is set for 7:00pm.  

Fulmer Named Special Adviser to UT President

Part-time job will pay former coach $100k per year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has hired former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer as his special adviser for community, athletics and university relations. DiPietro announced the hiring Tuesday. The part-time job will pay Fulmer $100,000 per year, plus a monthly allowance of $2,500 to cover expenses not reimbursed by the school. He will also receive…

$192 Million Renovation Begins on Philips Arena

$110 million to be generated from car rental tax

ATLANTA (AP) — A $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, has begun a day after funding was approved by the Atlanta City Council. About $110 million for the renovation will be generated from the car rental tax collected at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and other sites. An additional $32.5 million will come from the city’s sale…