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Jeff Hodges could hardly bring himself to watch. His son, Lee Hodges, was closing in on his first Korn Ferry Tour victory and Jeff was “an absolute wreck.”

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Defending Southeastern Conference and national champion LSU will host Missouri and visit Vanderbilt in its expanded Southeastern Conference schedule, while Alabama will visit Mizzou and host Kentucky in league play revised by the coronavirus pandemic.

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High school basketball players were among the more fortunate, as they were able to complete their season before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closing of schools and suspension of school sports

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Thursday is the first day high school teams in Alabama are allowed to practice in full pads, and it has become a tradition at Athens High School to abide by that rule as quickly as possible with a midnight practice.

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Things haven't been what we previously thought of as normal for a long time. That version of normalcy ended in mid-March when schools, businesses and sports were shut down due to COVID-19.

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Coaches and players in Athens and Limestone County have been working out this summer with fingers crossed that the fall season would begin on time.

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Athletes are most often recognized for things they do on the field, but several Calhoun Comunity College athletes were recently honored for great things they accomplished in the classroom.

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Normally, this time of year is one of excitement and anticipation. The high school football season is a month away, and college football begins at the end of August, with NFL starting up the following week.

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BIRMINGHAM — Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame's 52nd annual induction ceremony will be held virtually Saturday, Aug. 1, in lieu of the previously scheduled induction banquet.

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MADISON — The Rocket City Trash Pandas were supposed to be enjoying their inaugural season in Madison, but that will have to be put off until 2021 after the Minor League Baseball season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sports leagues are beginning to start up after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the way those leagues will be covered by the media will be much different.

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Lee Hodges’ hot restart to the Korn Ferry Tour continued this past weekend, as the Ardmore native earned his third Top-20 finish in four tournaments since the tour restarted after a three-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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When it comes to youth or high school sports, nobody has a bigger role than that of the coach. The coach is somebody that not only teaches youngsters how to play the game, but also can teach life lessons and act as a role model for them.

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FLORENCE — Una, the beloved female mascot of the University of North Alabama, died Tuesday morning after a brief illness at the George M. Carroll Lion Habitat on the UNA campus. She was 17.

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When the 2020 high school baseball season was canceled in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local players weren’t sure when they would be able to play again.

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Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey said the words so many athletes, coaches and fans have been waiting for since the high school season shut down in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic: There will be high school sports this fall.

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TUSCALOOSA (AP) — The University of Alabama football team released an emotional video on Thursday speaking out against racism and ending with the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic following months of acrimony.

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After having its spring season cut short after only a couple of practices and games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cottontown United soccer club of Athens is ready to get back on the field.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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We are in a day and age where political and social issues have become front and center. The sports world is no stranger to that, either. In fact, many athletes and sports leagues are doing what it can to push the conversation forward.

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In a normal year, the Athens Swim Team has well over 100 athletes training to compete in swim meets both in Athens and across North Alabama and southern Tennessee.

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The Athens High School girls basketball team may have taken a morning off from doing its normal summer workouts Thursday, but it didn't mean they took the morning off. They just did a different kind of work.

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NEW YORK (AP) — After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players' association, Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television.

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When sports around the world ground to a halt in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people longed for the day when they would once again be able to turn on their television and watch a live sporting event.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players' union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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MADISON — More than two months after the Rocket City Trash Pandas were supposed to begin their inaugural Minor League Baseball season, baseball will finally be played at Toyota Field in Madison. But the Trash Pandas won't be playing.

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A 15-week break between tournaments didn't bother Lee Hodges too much. The Ardmore native put together four strong rounds to post a sixth-place finish at the Korn Ferry Tour's Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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