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May 5, 1996 | Kenneth Turan
This tale of seething conflicts aboard an American submarine on the eve of nuclear war is strictly by-the-numbers, but hardly ever are traditional elements executed with such panache. "Crimson Tide" is one of the rare times when a whole mess of commercial elements are thrown together and everything works out for the best. It's capped by taut performances by stars Denzel Washington (left) and Gene Hackman (right).
December 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
This is it. The important time of the season has begun for UCLA. The Bruins open Pac-12 Conference play next Sunday against USC, and in the final pre-conference tuneup for new Coach Steve Alford's team Saturday night, UCLA scored the final eight points to pull out a 75-67 win over a quick and athletic Alabama team at Pauley Pavilion. Center Tony Parker made two tiebreaking free throws with 56 seconds left after rebounding a missed three-point shot by Norman Powell, and Parker got a key rebound with 43 seconds left on a miss by Alabama guard Trevor Releford.
September 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Virginia Tech hung on for three quarters playing Beamer Ball. Alabama's superiority could not be denied in the fourth. Score another big season-opening win for the Crimson Tide. No. 5 Alabama overcame a 98-yard kickoff return, two costly turnovers and several silly penalties, finally wearing down No. 7 Virginia Tech in the final quarter for a 34-24 victory Saturday night. It was another rousing start of a season at the Georgia Dome for the Crimson Tide, which began a national title run in Atlanta last season by thumping Clemson.
December 27, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
VS. ALABAMA When: 7 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: ESPN2; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 10-2, Alabama 5-6. Update: Alabama's only win against UCLA came at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 28, 1983, two days after legendary Crimson Tide football coach Bear Bryant died. Alabama sophomore Retin Obasohan, from Antwerp, Belgium, leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks ninth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 2.8. UCLA has more assists than turnovers in all 10 of its wins.
January 8, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Eryk Anders wouldn't have been there for Alabama if his father wasn't around when he needed someone most. After the Crimson Tide linebacker didn't play during Alabama's Independence Bowl victory over Colorado in 2007, his father pleaded with him to stick with the program. Hours later, Gayle Anders died of an apparent heart attack. His father's words still resonating more than two years later, the senior made one of the biggest plays in Alabama's 37-21 victory over Texas on Thursday night at the Rose Bowl in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Exhibiting uncharacteristic caution, reputed high rollers Bob Toledo and Phil Snow cleaned house, cashed in and cleared out before Alabama checked its pockets. Toledo, the UCLA coach, and Snow, the Bruin defensive coordinator, love to gamble. Toledo likes trick plays and long bombs. Snow likes blitzes and stunts. But key to the Bruins' 20-17, season-opening victory over the Crimson Tide on Saturday were Toledo's patience and Snow's restraint.
October 21, 2001 | Associated Press
The fourth quarter belonged to Casey Clausen and Travis Stephens. Clausen and Stephens capped big games with late one-yard touchdown runs as No. 11 Tennessee defeated Alabama, 35-24, at Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday. Clausen was 21 of 28 for 293 yards and two scores while Stephens racked up 33 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns for the Volunteers (4-1, 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference). "With the game on the line, we needed to step up and make plays," Clausen said.
January 2, 1997
Some coaches would use the emotional pull of their final game as a motivational tool for their players. But not Alabama's Gene Stallings, retiring after the Outback Bowl victory over Michigan. "As I was telling the players . . . a lot had been said about maybe winning the game for me," he said. "And I wanted that to be the absolute furthest thing from their minds. I said, 'The only way you can embarrass me is to not play hard.'
December 26, 1997 | Staff and Wire Reports
Alabama running backs Dennis Riddle, Ed Scissum and Curtis Alexander gave the Blue-Gray college all-star game at Montgomery, Ala., a homespun flavor Thursday, each scoring touchdowns to lead the Gray to a 31-24 victory. Stephen F. Austin receiver Mikhael Ricks had six receptions for 106 yards, including a diving catch on a desperation pass at the end of the first half.
January 11, 1990 | From Associated Press
As expected, Gene Stallings, who played and coached under Alabama legend Paul (Bear) Bryant, today was named head coach of the Crimson Tide with a promise to "carry on the tradition." Stallings, who coached at Texas A&M and in the NFL before his firing last season by the Phoenix Cardinals, was joined at a news conference by a gathering of former Alabama stars, including Lee Roy Jordan and Bart Starr.
November 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Katherine Webb is an Auburn graduate who will be cheering for bitter rival Alabama during the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Of course, that's because she's dating Crimson Tide star quarterback AJ McCarron. But don't expect that to matter much to fired-up Tigers fans who might not take too kindly to the famous model switching sides on them. “Honestly, I don't know what to expect,” Webb told USA Today. “AJ just in his protective nature, we talked about it (Wednesday)
November 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The last title chase in Bowl Championship Series history has been narrowed to three undefeated teams and a few one-loss teams still clinging to hope. Previously undefeated Baylor and one-loss Oregon stepped aside this weekend with humiliating road losses to Oklahoma State and Arizona. Unbeaten Ohio State and one-loss Auburn happily filled the standings vacuum but still need help in the next two weeks. Alabama and Florida State remained firmly entrenched in the top two spots in Sunday's release of the BCS standings.
November 3, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
November has always been "argument month" so what are we waiting for? Alabama's best non-league win came against an unranked Virginia Tech team coming off losses to unranked Duke and Boston College. The Crimson Tide also scheduled Colorado State, Georgia State and Chattanooga. Oregon played Nicholls State, Virginia and terrible Tennessee. Florida State signed up for Nevada and Bethune Cookman thinking Florida would provide a stiff test at season's end. Florida is 4-4. Ohio State's card included Buffalo, San Diego State, California and Florida A&M, and now the Buckeyes want us to consider their national-title case?
October 26, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Nick Saban , people trainer. The coach tells Alabama fans to sit and stay, they sit and stay. Saban made news in the days leading up to Saturday's game against Tennessee when he complained about the Crimson Tide's late-arriving and early-leaving student fans. "Everybody else should have the same sort of commitment" as the people in his program, Saban said during his radio show Thursday. "You don't have to do the work all week, you don't have to practice, you don't have to come in at 7 in the morning and leave at 11 at night, you don't have to do any of that stuff.
October 26, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
EUGENE, Ore. -- How good is Oregon? The Ducks are playing UCLA here tonight at Autzen Stadium, but a lot of us were looking south to Alabama for a comparison. The question "How would Oregon do against Alabama?" can't be answered until the schools play. Fans and experts have long wondered how the Ducks' up-tempo offense would fare against the Crimson Tide's defensive power? We can only get a glimpse of a possible matchup through a common opponent: Tennessee. Oregon trounced Tennessee at Autzen, 59-14, on Sept 14. Oregon led 59-7 after three quarters.
October 2, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Stanford and Oregon continue to form a Pac-12 sandwich around Alabama after combining for 110 weekend points as the Crimson Tide held Ole Miss pointless. Oklahoma has moved up 12 spots since opening day in a rebuttal to Rankman's preseason evaluation. Notre Dame, one win from the Bowl Championship Series title last season, is out of the poll but can take the No. 22 away from Arizona State by putting a fork in the Sun Devils on Saturday. Maryland and Texas Tech were a combined 8-0 in the September instructional league and have earned call-ups to the 25-rankings roster.
February 8, 1998
Just wear black? Not when you can step out blazing like Yasmine Bleeth's tank or Suzy Parker's kisser.
October 4, 1990 | From Associated Press
Bear Bryant died in 1983, but his legend lives on in Alabama. With the Crimson Tide off to a miserable 1-3 start under Gene Stallings, Alabama fans have been yearning for the good old days when Bryant won five national championships. A Montgomery radio producer has even written a song called "Diggin' Up Bear," which talks about bringing Bryant back from the grave.
September 19, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
As if Mack Brown didn't have enough on his mind. . . . Texas' beleagured coach, who is trying to save a season and maybe his job after a 1-2 start, can add a new worry to his list: Texas might already be looking to replace him. The Associated Press has reported that a regent for Texas reached out last January to see if Nick Saban might be interested in the Texas football job. The AP reports a regent, Steve Hicks, and a former regent,...
September 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Charles Barkley has a dilemma. The basketball Hall of Famer played his college ball at Auburn, which automatically makes him a fan of any team playing Alabama in any sport. But that could change Saturday when the Crimson Tide faces Texas A&M. While that may seem unfathomable, Barkley does have a solid reason. He just can't stand Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel. "Johnny Manziel, he's doing something I never thought was possible. He's going to make me root for Alabama this weekend," Barkley said in a radio interview on Tuesday.
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