Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Paternity leave in pro sports? Why, of course
The aftermath of a flap over New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy taking three days off around his son’s birth is heartening. We’ve learned that Major League Baseball has a 3-year-old policy covering three days of paternity leave. We’re learning that other major pro sports leagues are evolving on the issue, and we’ve heard several coaches and players come to Murphy’s defense after radio talk show hosts panned him. In a society that often emulates major sports, it’s good to know major sports are emulating society.
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Medley: Woodland's Leah Strain puts final touch on legacy with 2A player-of-year award
The 5-foot-4 senior point guard and two-time most valuable player from the Class 2A state final added one more award to her career haul Wednesday --- Alabama Sports Writers Association girls' Class 2A player of the year. She received the award in her third appearance as a finalist in the ASWA Mr. and Miss Basketball banquet, edging finalists Miracle Mayo, of Lanett, and Kasey Sparks, of Red Bay.
Apr 16, 2014 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Saks pair signs while signing good
One of the best things in sports happened at Saks High School on Tuesday. Two seniors signed national letters of intent in a lunch room full of family, friends, teachers, coaches, pastors and fellow swimmers. Mikey Monday picked the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. Elon Bush will swim for Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).
Apr 15, 2014 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Kicking in some relevance in spring games
This year’s spring games are serving up that periodic reminder of how easy it is to take the kicking game for granted.
Apr 14, 2014 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Medley: Black jersey, green light for Jenkins
Eli Jenkins has seen enough green this spring. He’s seen nothing but green since last season went red for him and the Jacksonville State team he quarterbacked three rounds deep in the Football Championship Subdivison playoffs.
Apr 13, 2014 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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White Plains beats Oxford to claim Calhoun County softball tournament title
If top-ranked White Plains goes on to win the Class 3A state title in softball this season, mark the Calhoun County tournament down as a key point. The Wildcats faced a tight game with Oxford in Friday’s winners’ bracket final. The least mistake could force them to have to play another game against Alexandria then beat Oxford twice to win the title. The pressure was on, and White Plains coach Rachel Ford had a message for her team. “I told them in the middle of that game, this is exactly the kind of pressure you’re going to face later in the year,” Ford said. White Plains won that game on the international tiebreaker then went on to beat Oxford 5-2 in Friday’s final, clinching the county title and improving to 27-5.
Apr 12, 2014 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Calhoun County softball: White Plains, Oxford advance to winners' bracket final
White Plains and Oxford each had the perfect combination Thursday in the Calhoun County softball tournament.
Apr 10, 2014 |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Union talk and blindness to its cause
As college sportsdom absorbs the shock of athletes possibly unionizing, there comes another headline that explains why some fight for it.
Apr 10, 2014 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Medley's In My Opinion: It’s a practical world; Calipari just living in it
Considering Kentucky’s NCAA tournament run, it seems a good time to write one take on one-and-done college basketball. And then I’m done.
Apr 07, 2014 |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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UPDATED Cheaha Challenge: Getting by with a little help from far-away friends (results)
The Cheaha Challenge has a way of making the world smaller, as it did for two business assocaites and friends --- one from Anniston, one from Ontario, Canada.
Apr 07, 2014 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alzate, Rivera repeat, give UHC Sweep of Sunny King pro crits
Proving once again their dominance in criterium racing, United Healthcare Pro Cycling opened the National Criterium Calendar with a sweep of the men’s and women’s pro races during Saturday’s Sunny King Criterium in downtown Anniston, with both winners repeating.
Apr 05, 2014 |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sunny King Criterium: Little kids get their turn (video)
The fast and furious cycling action in downtown Anniston on Saturday took a break for kids to race up 11th Street to the Sunny King start/finish line. Here's video of the Pre-K boys and girls races:
Apr 05, 2014 |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Team that dominated Sunny King men’s pro crit a year ago now also boasts the women’s pro winner
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s dominant show in the Sunny King Criterium men’s pro race was part of a dominant 2013 run, and the team comes to Anniston with a chance for even more domination Saturday.
Apr 04, 2014 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fabulous at 49: Anniston favorite Van Gilder still riding high headed into Sunny King Crit
Laura Van Gilder laughs at talk of wattage output as a technical measure of a cyclist’s power output. The 49-year-old pro’s power comes from a permanent source.
Apr 03, 2014 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tour cyclist Butler to try crits in Anniston after proving his pedal mettle on mountaintops
Chris Butler is 5-foot-11, 132 pounds of pure mountain cyclist, with a list of tour and stage-race successes in the United States and abroad to show for his climbing talents.
Apr 02, 2014 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Great finish, but SEC hoops still weak in 2014
SEC teams make up half of men's college basketball's Final Four, a wonderful story line for the league. That, however, doesn't change the truth of the regular season: The SEC was a weak league, from No. 4 on down.
Mar 31, 2014 |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mulkey, Pruitt and hills big winners in inaugural Canyon Climb 5-miler (video)
by Joe Medley
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Mar 29, 2014 |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
The inaugural Canyon Climb went off Saturday, with 124 of 150 registered runners braving the hills and cool, wet conditions. Heflin’s Neal Mulkey, a nurse anesthetist at Regional Medical Center, was the top overall finisher in 34 minutes and 50 seconds. Huntsville’s Brooke Pruitt, living in Anniston while husband Justin completes medical-school rotations at RMC, was the first female in 37:24.
Prep baseball: Lumpkin’s pitching leads Handley past Cleburne County
by Joe Medley
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Mar 27, 2014 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Life is good for Handley baseball when Will Lumpkin takes the mound, and life was plenty good for the Tigers against Cleburne County on Thursday.
JSU's Koegel expects long fight ahead after Northwestern ruling
by Joe Medley
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Mar 26, 2014 |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Warren Koegel never had to ponder such a question before Wednesday’s ruling by a federal agency that Northwestern University football players could unionize, but he came up with a quick answer. What if the Jacksonville State athletics director winds up seated across a negotiation table from the College Athletes Players Association representative for JSU athletes? “I’ll make sure I have an attorney,” Koegel said with a laugh.
Bates brings poetic touch to new gig at JSU
by Joe Medley
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Mar 25, 2014 |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
John Grass knew what he was getting when he hired Todd Bates, and it’s more than a familiar defensive line coach with local ties and profile as a former Alabama player. Bates is also a poet, and count Grass, his once and current boss, among those who know it.
Joe Medley's In My Opinion: UA, AU fans, enjoy week's silliness in Kentucky
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Mar 25, 2014 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabamians tired of being poster children for rabid fans in a rabid rivalry should look north this week.
Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Three teams sweet company for SEC hoops
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Mar 24, 2014 |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
What a first week of the NCAA tournament, and the biggest upset is the undefeated SEC.
UPDATED: Woodland-Calhoun Century regular Collins still pedaling along at 79 (video)
by Joe Medley
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Mar 22, 2014 |  0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Exactly 100 riders went off for the 21st annual Woodland-Calhoun Century bike ride Saturday morning, including 79-year-old regular Bob Collins.
Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Pearl already earning his AU millions
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Mar 20, 2014 |  0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Bruce Pearl has only been on the job as Auburn’s men’s basketball coach two days. He has yet to sign a recruit or coach a game, but he’s paying for his $2.2 million first-year compensation.
Joe Medley: Grass, JSU enjoying luxury of sameness
by Joe Medley
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Mar 20, 2014 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
John Grass walked into a lounge, plopped down at a table with three reporters and started talking Thursday. Formal interviews hadn’t started. It was all easy gab about the Jacksonville State spring football scrimmage just completed.
UPDATED: Joe Medley: Pearl best answer for tough job
by Joe Medley
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Mar 18, 2014 |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Jay Jacobs’ choices for a basketball coach were a slam dunk or a bunch of layups, and no layup hire would get Auburn fans to care about basketball. With the hiring of Bruce Pearl today, Auburn’s athletics director is popping the jersey after a slam dunk.
Joe Medley: Gus wants faster bus in year two
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Mar 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Fresh off producing a national runner-up finish and one of college football’s greatest turnarounds, Gus Malzahn isn’t about to step away from what brought him here. His offense goes fast, and going faster is one of his top three goals for his second spring practice at Auburn.
Joe Medley: Kiffin distant assistant for now
by Joe Medley
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Mar 15, 2014 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Kiffin’s presence and work toward whatever changes are to come in Alabama’s offense lead the spring in intrigue, and it’s not even close.
Joe Medley: Write off the season but not Grant
by Joe Medley
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Mar 13, 2014 |  0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Call Anthony Grant’s fifth season as Alabama’s basketball coach a write-off season, which is why it’s not time to write off Anthony Grant just yet.
UPDATED: Auburn fires Barbee after another one-and-done in SEC tourney
by Joe Medley
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Mar 12, 2014 |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
“I believe we should compete for championships in men’s basketball. It’s time for somebody else to have a turn. We need to find somebody to come in here and take what we have here now and put some more in and compete for SEC titles:” Auburn AD Jay Jacobs
UPDATED: Woodland's Courtney Strain says she is headed to JSU
by Joe Medley
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Mar 12, 2014 |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Call it Sister Act II. In a move highly anticipated but closely guarded, former Woodland High scoring machine Courtney Strain is transferring to Jacksonville State from Auburn to play once again alongside her sister Leah.



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