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The 2017 UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid will take place on Saturday, June 3 in Cardiff, Wales. Juventus and Real Madrid will square off to lift the biggest soccer club trophy in the world. Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Spanish-based Real Madrid won the title last year and a victory would give the club its third European Championship in four years and 12th overall, most all time. They are led by Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos and Marcelo, among others. Juventus, f...
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks podcast. In this episode, John Nabors discusses the chances of Arkansas winning an SEC Title in one of the three major sports of football, basketball, and baseball. SEC Country launched the Borderline Erotic Podcast on Aug. 29, 2016. It is named after the colorful way Bielema described how he felt after beating Texas in the 2014 Texas Bowl. Here is a quick rundown of some of the topics we discussed in the 180th episode ...
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama basketball’s newest members.  Avery Johnson’s prize basketball recruits are officially members of the Alabama Crimson Tide. The top recruiting class in school history officially arrived on campus on Monday, five deep. Let's give a big #RollTide to our five newcomers who are officially on campus! #BuckleUp #WelcomeToTheFamily pic.twitter.com/w1qtNV0JRL — Alabama M Basket...
Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting. Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily SpursUp Surveillance recruiting notebook right here. Earlier this spring, South Carolina sent offers to a pair of teammates from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. Both are named Jackson and in the Class of 2019. And they both ...
The 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament begins on Thursday, June 1 with the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. Three SEC teams — Florida, LSU and Texas A&M — will make the trek to ACA Hall of Fame Stadium alongside Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Oklahoma and Baylor. The Sooners took home the title in 2016. Below, find scores, live updates, schedule and results for the 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament. All times Eastern. 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament: Schedule, game times for W...
The 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament will get started on Thursday, June 1. The entire field of 64 was announced during Monday’s selection show on ESPN2. Here’s a look at the top eight seeds, which have earned the right to host during the Super Regionals (Round of 16) should they win their respective regional. No. 1 Oregon State No. 2 North Carolina No. 3 Florida No. 4 LSU No. 5 Texas Tech No. 6 TCU No. 7 Louisville No. 8 Stanford The final eight teams remaining will earn a trip to t...
The Corvallis Regional of the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament begins on Friday, June 2. Oregon State will play Holy Cross and Yale will play Nebraska in the first round of the double-elimination format. Here’s a look at the top eight seeds in the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament, which have earned the right to host during the Super Regionals (Round of 16) should they win their respective regional. No. 1 Oregon State No. 2 North Carolina No. 3 Florida No. 4 LSU No. 5 Texas Tech No. 6 TCU No. 7...
The Clemson Regional of the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament begins Friday, June 2. Clemson playes UNC Greensboro and Vanderbilt plays St. John’s in the first round of the double-elimination bracket with the winner advancing to the field of 16. The field of 64 was announced during Monday’s selection show on ESPN2. It includes eight teams from the SEC. Here’s a look at the top eight seeds, which have earned the right to be host for the Super Regionals should they win their respecti...
The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals will continue with Game 2 on Wednesday, May 31 in Pittsburgh. In Game 1, the X defeated X x-x to take control of the series.  The Predators finished off the Anaheim Ducks in six games in the Western Conference Finals. The Penguins needed double overtime in Game 7 to win the Eastern Conference Finals over the Ottawa Senators. Below find scores, live updates, schedule and results for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 2017 Stanley Cup Final: Schedule, scores for Wedn...
The 2017 NBA Finals will see the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet for the third consecutive season. The battle begins on Thursday, June 1. The Warriors are undefeated so far this postseason, sweeping the Portland Trailblazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs en route to the Finals. The Cavaliers have just one blemish, a last-second loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Below find scores, live updates, schedule and results for the 2017 NBA Playo...
The 2017 NBA Draft is set to for Thursday, June 22. This year’s class is billed as one of the deepest in recent memory with plenty of star power at the top. Washington guard Markelle Fultz is the consensus No. 1 overall pick. The Boston Celtics, via the Brooklyn Nets, have the first pick in the draft. The Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings round out the top five. We’ve compiled the SEC Country 2017 mock draft, as well as ones from Dra...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones arrives in Destin today a man on a mission. Florida’s beaches and the relaxed mindset they most often induce will have to wait, where Tennessee’s fifth-year head coach is concerned. Jones has guided Tennessee football from the depths of its darkest era — a 2-14 SEC mark in 2011-12 and Lane Kiffin induced probation — to the respectability of back-to-back Top 25 seasons. Jones said on Monday, however, that he was hired to do more, hence the staff changes an...
Sophomore sensation Sam Burns has played his final round of competitive golf as an LSU Tiger. Burns took to Twitter late Monday night to announce his intention to forego his final two years of collegiate eligibility and attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour this fall. Forever a tiger pic.twitter.com/CAJM0TbtAT — Sam Burns (@Samburns66) May 30, 2017 Burns and the Tigers fell two shots short of being one of the eight teams to qualify for the match play quarterfinals at the NCAA men’s g...
A former player under Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is returning to the Oxford sidelines under his old coach. Nick Williams, who played for the Rebels from 2010-13, has agreed to become a graduate assistant. Nick Williams, a valuable member of #OleMiss basketball from 2010-13, will return to the program as a graduate assistant next season. — Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) May 30, 2017 After a year at Indiana, Williams, a native of Mobile, Ala., joined the Rebels and was a key member of the...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide Podcast with Ryan Fowler. Today, we talk with national college football analyst, Pete Fiutak, about the upcoming season and how FSU stacks up against the Crimson Tide and more.  Topics discussed: One analyst does not like the idea of Alabama and FSU playing early in the season Pete Fiutak from College Football News talks in depth about the FSU and Alabama matchup Discussing the latest over and unders for some CFB teams Will the SEC make a...
SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Jaycee Horn is a priority defensive back target for Alabama in the Class of 2018, but the Crimson Tide still need to make up some ground in order to land the 4-star prospect from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School. Horn, the son of former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, told SEC Country at the Cam Newton 7v7 Memorial Day Tournament that Alabama is still on his mind daily, but it’s another SEC school that has the edge. “South Carolina is still on top for me,&#...
Braden Thornberry enjoyed a wet, wonderful moment Monday. The Ole Miss sophomore captured the 2017 men’s NCAA individual golf championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., after he shot a final-round 71 for a 1-under score for the day. He finished with a 277 (66-71-69-71) for the event. Thornberry trailed by a pair of strokes to Texas’ Scottie Scheffler to begin play Monday. But Scheffler shot a 78 (6-over) to finish with a 282. It marks the first time an Ole Miss golfer h...
The city of Nashville might be currently wrapped up in the hometown Predators playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, but there is already one champion that has been crowned from Music City: Vanderbilt men’s golf. The Commodores took home the national title for stroke play on Monday, finishing -13 overall and advancing to match play on Tuesday for a shot at another championship. #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/VqfTXavI0x — Vanderbilt Golf (@VANDYMENSGO...
MLS has suspended D.C. United’s Jose Guillermo Ortiz for one match for what the disciplinary committee ruled was a dive at a pivotal moment during a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, the Insider learned Monday. League officials did not immediately confirm the suspension, but an official announcement is expected ahead of United’s […]
Auburn will enter the 2017 college football season as a darkhorse candidate to compete for the national title. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they are considered underdogs in two of their first three games. Per AL.com, Gus Malzahn’s team will enter the matchup against reigning national champion Clemson on Sept. 9 in Clemson as a seven-point underdog, while a trip to another Death Valley on Oct. 14 to take on LSU in Baton Rouge, currently sees the Tigers as 4.5 points underdogs. With the arr...
LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers could be doomed against the Golden State Warriors before the 2017 NBA Finals begin. OK, “doomed” might be too strong of a word in this case. But if recent history is a reliable guide, chances are good that this won’t be a year James claims another NBA title. As it turns out, James has never won a championship in the same year Alabama has not claimed one. As you’re likely aware, Alabama came up short in its bid to claim a second c...
LSU’s Donte Jackson is at it again. Nearly three months after claiming to be college football’s fastest player, Jackson Tweeted a shockingly fast 100-meter dash time on Monday afternoon. I don't understand how people say I don't have track speed when I run 10.1 in the 100m
As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.  Malik Zaire as a recruit News broke Sunday that former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire has decided on Florida. The SEC will decide this week whether to change the graduate transfer rule that’s curre...
Four SEC programs made the cut for athletic 4-star wide receiver Kamryn Babb. Babb, rated by 247Sports’ national composite as the No. 7 wide receiver for the Class of 2018, released his top 9 choices via Twitter on Monday night. Missouri, LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss were featured in the group. Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Southern Cal also were included. Babb, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound player from St. Louis, included a note with his choices in which he said the schools were ...
Four SEC schools – Florida, Kentucky, LSU, and South Carolina – have made the top ten of 2018 4-star prospect Kwantel Raines of Aliquippa, Penn. Raines released the ten schools he is still considering on Monday night on Twitter, with the four conference schools joining the likes of Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech, among others. Top 10 #BlessUp‼️‼️™ pic.twitter.com/rtIjiozKsb — Telly Mac™ (@KwantelRaines) May 30, 2017 Raines is listed as the 123rd best pl...
Turns out, the San Francisco 49ers really, really wanted Reuben Foster. The former Alabama linebacker reportedly had a big-time supporter in Adam Peters, the 49ers vice president of player personnel. In a piece by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch, it’s discovered that Peters was a strong supporter of Foster when Peters had a conversation with John Lynch after Lynch was hired as the 49ers general manager in January. At the time, Peters was a Denver Broncos executive. Check ...
The Clemson Regional of the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament begins Friday, June 2. Clemson playes UNC Greensboro and Vanderbilt plays St. John’s in the first round of the double-elimination bracket with the winner advancing to the field of 16. The field of 64 was announced during Monday’s selection show on ESPN2. It includes eight teams from the SEC. Here’s a look at the top eight seeds, which have earned the right to be host for the Super Regionals should they win their respecti...
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We’re still several months from Signing Day 2018, but more and more soon-to-be high school seniors are cutting down their lists of scholarship offers from schools in the SEC and across the country. The latest such prospect to do so is 2018 wide receiver Bryson Jackson, who released his top 12 schools on Twitter Monday afternoon. Included in Jackson’s list are three SEC programs: Alabama, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss: ❌❌ActionJackson❌❌ pic.twitter.com/IssdFk1CAT — offici...
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri hasn’t decided his weekend plans yet. And even if he had, now wouldn’t be the time to share them. Fresh off an SEC Championship win on Sunday, Mainieri’s Tigers were named a national seed on Monday and will play host to Southeastern, Rice and Texas Southern in the Baton Rouge Regional this weekend. Regionals will begin Friday when LSU takes on fourth-seeded Texas Southern. Winners of 11 consecutive games, LSU seems to be on ...
AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn baseball team had high hopes as it entered the final month of the regular season. After taking two out of three from Mississippi State — the Tigers’ third consecutive SEC series win — Auburn was 32-14 overall and 14-7 in conference play on April 29. Led by starting pitchers Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize, the Tigers looked poised for a national seed. It looked as if Butch Thompson’s team wouldn’t just be in the NCAA Tournament, but would play N...
It took a match-set tiebreaker to finally stop senior Erin Routliffe and freshman Maddie Pothoff of the University of Alabama women’s tennis team at NCAA Tennis Doubles Championships. The tandem seeded No. 5 was topped by Ohio State’s Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase 6-7 (8-6), 6-4 and 10-7 in the  doubles national championship on Monday afternoon. Routliffe was trying to capture her third national title, having won in 2014 and 2015 with Maya Jansen. The entire match was tight. The Ala...
Tim Tebow needs your vote to become an all-star. The former Florida quarterback is listed as one four possibilities — including a write-in vote — at left field on the South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star Game ballot. Tebow, who’s hitting .221 (30-for-136) with three home runs and 14 RBIs with the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate Columbia Fireflies, is a possibility for the spot along with Greenville’s Ryan Scott, Augusta’s Jacob Heyward and any ...
It turns out Alabama won’t be the only SEC basketball program getting to know the UCF Knights in the coming years. A day after it was reported that the Crimson Tide would be starting a home-and-home series with UCF in 2017, FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported on Monday afternoon that Missouri basketball would be doing the same: Sources: Missouri, UCF to begin home-and-home series next season in Orlando. STORY @FanRagSports: https://t.co/BqJq3yJzlm — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothst...
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Nick Mingione brings it up often. He draws on a specific memory from one of the two seasons he spent at Kentucky a decade ago, well before returning to the Wildcats to take the lead gig this season. “I remember standing right there in that coaching box in 2006,” Mingione said Monday, turning and pointing toward third base at Cliff Hagan Stadium. “And I remember looking down that left-field line and seeing all the people lined up. And I remember thinking thi...
Catch the Stanley Cup Final fever, Nashville. This is an exciting time for everyone in Music City, and the Nashville Predators have become a huge source of pride for the area. On Monday, the Predators will begin the Stanley Cup Final by hitting the road to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the NHL’s championship series. To little surprise, Vanderbilt was eager to show its gold in a new, creative way Monday to mark the occasion. Check out the video below released by the school, and ...
The Corvallis Regional of the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament begins on Friday, June 2. Oregon State will play Holy Cross and Yale will play Nebraska. Here’s a look at the top eight seeds in the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament, which have earned the right to host during the Super Regionals (Round of 16) should they win their respective regional. No. 1 Oregon State No. 2 North Carolina No. 3 Florida No. 4 LSU No. 5 Texas Tech No. 6 TCU No. 7 Louisville No. 8 Stanford The final eight teams rem...
Summer is right around the corner, but South Carolina doesn’t want Jake Bentley to take his mind off what the Gamecocks can accomplish this coming fall. On Monday, South Carolina football’s official Twitter account posted a video that showcases some of the school’s past quarterbacks with highlights from their days in Columbia. At the conclusion of the two-minute video, it asks “Who’s next?” Legendary. #CarolinaMade pic.twitter.com/MXbVEyUUrW — Gameco...
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Canadian athletes triumphed both on land and at sea this weekend, bringing home medals in a number of Canadian sporting events. Here’s what went down. Canoe/Kayak – Sprint Katie Vincent brought her weekend World Cup medal count to four with three silvers and a bronze https://t.co/nmJRE8lmCy @kvincent96 pic.twitter.com/m3jXN8FE71 — Canoe Kayak Canada (@CanoeKayakCAN) May 29, 2017 Canadian paddlers dominated the water this past weekend as they took home five medals at the Can...
Kentucky moved one step closer to landing one of the elite point guards in the Class of 2018. Immanuel Quickley, a 5-star prospect rated as the No. 2 point guard and No. 9 overall recruit in the recruiting cycle, announced his top four schools via Twitter on Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Quickley from John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. is also considering his hometown Terrapins. FINAL 4 ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/TZmgX6npmy — Immanuel Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) May 29, 2017 Qui...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida drew the No. 3 national seed for the NCAA Baseball Tournament and learned its regional draw Monday during the live selection show on ESPN2. As the host and top seed in the Gainesville Regional, the Gators (42-16) will welcome No. 2 South Florida (41-17), No. 3 Bethune-Cookman (33-23) and No. 4 Marist (32-21) to McKethan Stadium with the winner of the double-elimination regional advancing to an NCAA Super Regional. Florida opens Friday at 7 p.m. ET against Marist. B...
South Carolina baseball will not be playing in the postseason this year, missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the past three years. The Gamecocks (35-25) finished the season with a final push toward making the field, winning three games in the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2004. But it was not enough to overcome a season of struggles and the Gamecocks were left on the outside looking in when the NCAA Tournament field was announced Monday on ESPN2. South Carolina wa...
Arkansas is hosting an NCAA Tournament regional at Baum Stadium for the first time since 2010. The Razorbacks were announced as one of 16 hosts Sunday night. Earlier Sunday they fell 4-2 to LSU in the SEC title game. As the No. 1 seed in the Fayetteville Regional, Arkansas will face the No. 4 seed in its opener. The four-team regional round of the NCAA Tournament uses a double-elimination format, meaning a team will be eliminated after losing two games. The winner of the Fayetteville Regional ...
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas baseball team learned its opponents Monday for the 2017 NCAA Tournament Fayetteville Regional. Missouri State, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts were announced as the three other teams in the regional during the NCAA Tournament selection show. Arkansas was named a regional host Sunday night when the NCAA announced all 16 locations for the regionals. The Razorbacks are the top seed in the tournament and will play 4-seed Oral Roberts. The 2-seed, Missouri State,...
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Canadians Milos Raonic and Françoise Abanda will be advancing to the second round of the 2017 French Open after an impressive start in Paris on Monday. Despite suffering from a fever last week, Raonic came out strong in his opener against Steve Darcis – beating the Belgian tennis player in straight sets. All Raonic needed was just 90 minutes to get past his opponent by scores of 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, hitting a total of 44 winners. This continues Raonic’s notable track record at Grand Slams, havin...
Derrius Guice has a new back tattoo, and it’s really something else. The LSU running back showed his new ink off via Instagram on Monday, and it immediately became a hot college football topic. The word “savage” is, ahem, prominently displayed across the back of the man Tigers fans hope will help guide them to the SEC Championship Game this fall. Check it out: One word to describe LSU RB Derrius Guice's new tattoo — 'SAVAGE' pic.twitter.com/4aLIa1g676 — Spo...
The LSU baseball team has earned a national seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, it was announced Monday morning. LSU qualified for the NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will host NCAA Regionals beginning this Friday from Alex Box Stadium. If the Tigers win the Baton Rouge Regional this weekend, they’ll advance and host NCAA Super Regionals from Alex Box Stadium as well. Of course, if LSU wins its Super Regional, it’ll advance to the College World Series. LSU’s three opponent...