Alabama football: Nick Saban challenges student-athlete workload, NCAA staff regulations; Basketball tops Ottawa

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Nick Saban Says

Nick Saban took to the podium on Thursday afternoon after the first week of fall camp. He responded, indirectly to Josh Rosen’s thoughts on student-athlete overload by saying football has always been a challenging time commitment, but is also worth it for athletes who use their talent to earn a shot at a degree. And in traditional Saban fashion, he took aim at the NCAA’s rules regarding staff size, which he seemingly believes should be unlimited. 

In other Alabama headlines…

Buckle up

Missing three top contributors because of injury, the Alabama basketball team beat the University of Ottawa 81-71 in a Thursday exhibition. Junior point guard Avery Johnson Jr. scored 15 points to lead Alabama. Junior forward Donta Hall was 5-for-5 from the floor and scored 11 points with 8 rebounds.

Built by Bama

Bud Cauley finished the first day of the PGA Championship in Charlotte, N.C., at 2-under-par, tied for eighth place and just 2 strokes off the lead, thanks in part to chips like this:

Cauley will be in the first group off the tee on Friday at 6:20 a.m. CT.

Justin Thomas finished 2-over-par on a tough day all around at the Quail Hollow Club. Thomas missed half of the fairways in play, and finished 6 shots off the lead. He salvaged his round with a birdie on the final hole, and tees off  Friday at 12:15 p.m. CT.

In the NFL, Cleveland Browns WR Richard Mullaney pulled in this impressive deep ball from QB Deshone Kizer in the exhibition game against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.


In the Major Leagues, Tommy Hunter got his second win of the season by pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings, including 3 strikeouts, as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1.

Around the Capstone

Sprinter Jereem Richards won the bronze medal in the 200 meter dash at the IAAF World Championships, chasing down three runners ahead of him in the stretch to place third with a time of 20.107 seconds. Remarkably, Richards said he slipped out of the starting blocks, which cost him time in his first drive.

Golfer Lauren Stephenson is into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She posted a 4-and-3 and a 5-and-4 win in the round of 64 and 32, respectively, on Thursday, and will tee off at 3:50 p.m. CT on Friday against Chia Yen Wu of Taipei.

The women’s soccer team beat Middle Tennessee 2-0 in a preseason friendly. They open the season Aug. 18 against Jacksonville State at 7 p.m. CT.

The women’s tennis team released its 2017-18 schedule. 

Get hype

The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game released this hype video for the opener they have dubbed the greatest of all time.

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