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Alabama NFL roundup: Safety first in Washington’s defeat of Dallas - AL.com
On the seventh Sunday of the NFL's 2020 season, 38 Alabama alumni got on the field.
The Washington Football Team ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 25-3 on Sunday. The victory gave Washington two wins for the 2020 NFL season, but at 2-5, its only one-half game out of the lead in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles lead the division with a 2-4-1 record. The Cowboys dropped to 2-5 after losing their second in a row since quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a broken ankle. And on Sunday, backup Andy Dalton was knocked out of the game. Washingtons game started in fitting NFC East fashion. Washington lost a touchdown pass to video review, then was stuffed on fourth down at the Dallas 1-yard line. But the field position worked to Washingtons benefit when Landon Collins caused Dalton to fumble on a safety blitz. Although Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz recovered the loose football, he was tackled by a former Alabama teammate of Collins', Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, for a safety and the first points of the game and of Allens career. Washington has more Alabama alumni on its roster than any other NFL team, and four former Crimson Tide standouts started for Washington on Sunday. But Washington might have one fewer former Alabama star moving forward. Collins was injured in the second quarter on Sunday, and he was carted to the locker room. Washington offered no official word on Collins' condition after the game, but news reports indicated he had sustained an Achilles tendon injury that could be season-ending. LANDON COLLINS TO MISS REST OF NFL SEASON, REPORTS SAY Collins made four tackles before he left the field. Allen had two tackles in the game. Washington has an open date for Week 8 and returns to the field against another NFC East rival, the New York Giants, on Nov. 8. The Giants have a 1-6 record and play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Week 8 Monday night game. The Cowboys play Philadelphia in next weeks Sunday night game, so when Washington returns, it still will be one-half game out of first in the division or it will be 1.5 games behind. Allen and Collins were among the 38 former Alabama players who got on the field on the seventh Sunday of the NFLs 101st season. Seven other former Alabama players were at the Dallas-Washington game: · Washington defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne) made one tackle. · Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 80 yards. Cooper had started every game in which hed played since the start of the 2018 season. But he wasnt on the field for Dallas' first snap on Sunday as the Cowboys opened with a three-tight-end formation with Noah Brown as the wide receiver. · Trevon Diggs started at cornerback for the Cowboys. Diggs made two tackles and broke up two passes. · Washington wide receiver Robert Foster was designated as a game-day inactive. Washington signed Foster off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad last week, and he still is clearing the COVID-19 requirements needed to join the team. · Washington linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Carver-Montgomery) played but did not record any stats. · Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at defensive tackle for Washington. Payne made one tackle. · Cam Sims started at wide receiver for Washington. Sims caught a 22-yard pass in his second NFL start. In the other Sunday games: Detroit Lions 23, Atlanta Falcons 22 · James Carpenter started at left guard for the Falcons. · Lions defensive lineman DaShawn Hand made four tackles and forced a fumble. · Julio Jones (Foley) started at wide receiver for the Falcons. Jones caught eight passes for 97 yards. · Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones) started at linebacker for the Lions. Ragland made four tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, in his first start of the season. · Calvin Ridley started at wide receiver for the Falcons. Ridley caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Ridley scored on a 4-yard reception as Atlanta took a 14-7 lead with 29 seconds left in the first half. But the Detroit got a 50-yard field goal on the last snap of the first half. Ridley caught a 2-point conversion pass after the Falcons' TD with 64 seconds left in the game as Atlanta took a 22-16 lead. But Detroit scored a touchdown on the last snap of the game. · Lions running back Bo Scarbrough (Northridge) was designated as a game-day inactive. Scarbrough came off injured reserve on Saturday. Cleveland Browns 37, Cincinnati Bengals 34 · Bengals cornerback Tony Brown played but did not record any stats. · Ronnie Harrison started at safety for the Browns. Harrison led Cleveland with nine tackles. He also recorded his first sack of the season, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble. Harrisons fumble recovery came at the Cincinnati 33-yard line and set up a field goal for the Browns' first points of the game with 1:21 left in the first quarter. · Jonah Williams started at left offensive tackle for the Bengals. Williams left the game because of a neck injury and did not return. · Jedrick Wills started at left offensive tackle for the Browns. · Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery) started at weakside linebacker for the Browns. Wilson made four tackles and broke up a pass. Green Bay Packers 35, Houston Texans 20 · Texans quarterback AJ McCarron (St. Pauls Episcopal) did not play. · Packers punter JK Scott averaged 51.8 yards on four punts and had a punt blocked for the second time in his career. Scott had a 62-yard punt returned 19 yards to the Houston 40-yard line (but moved back to the 16 because of a holding penalty), a 47-yarder downed at the Houston 2-yard line, a 57-yarder returned 14 yards to the Houston 33 and a 41-yarder for a fair catch at the Houston 38. The blocked punt gave the Texans the football at the Green Bay 22 and resulted in a fourth-quarter field goal. Buffalo Bills 18, New York Jets 10 · Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) started at defensive end for the Jets. Williams made four tackles, recorded one sack and registered three quarterback hits. Williams has three sacks this season, exceeding the 2.5 that he had as a rookie last year. · Bills running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne) was designated as a game-day inactive. Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Tennessee Titans 24 · Steelers defensive end Isaiah Buggs was designated as a game-day inactive. · Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) started at inside linebacker for the Titans. Evans made five tackles and broke up a pass. · Minkah Fitzpatrick started at free safety for the Steelers. Fitzpatrick made five tackles as Pittsburgh emerged as the NFLs only undefeated team by giving Tennessee its first loss of the season. · Steelers center J.C. Hassenauer played but did not record any stats. · Derrick Henry started at running back for the Titans. Henry ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and caught two passes for minus-3 yards. Henry scored the games final touchdown on a 1-yard run with 10:13 left to play. Los Angeles Chargers 39, Jacksonville Jaguars 29 · Chargers long snapper Cole Mazza handled the snaps on four punts, four extra-points kicks and three field-goal attempts. · Chargers nose tackle Damion Square made three tackles, including his first sack since the 2018 season. · Cam Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Jaguars. San Francisco 49ers 33, New England Patriots 6 · Damien Harris started at running back for the Patriots. Harris ran for 58 yards on 10 carries and caught a 12-yard pass. · Anfernee Jennings (Dadeville) started at linebacker for the Patriots. Jennings made six tackles. He entered the game with five in his NFL career. · Forty-Niners safety Jared Mayden played but did not record any stats in his NFL debut. Mayden has spent the season on San Franciscos practice squad and was elevated to the active roster on Saturday. Kansas City Chiefs 43, Denver Broncos 16 · Kareem Jackson started at strong safety for the Broncos. Jackson made two tackles in the NFLs first snow game this season. · Jerry Jeudy started at wide receiver for the Broncos. Jeudy caught two passes for 20 yards. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45, Las Vegas Raiders 20 · Josh Jacobs started at running back for the Raiders. Jacobs ran for 17 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 14 yards. In Jacobs' previous 18 NFL games, his career-low output had been 34 rushing yards. · Henry Ruggs III (Lee-Montgomery) started at wide receiver for the Raiders. Ruggs caught two passes for 35 yards and had a 10-yard run. Arizona Cardinals 37, Seattle Seahawks 34 (OT) · Kenyan Drake started at running back for the Cardinals. Drake ran for 34 yards on 14 carries and caught a 7-yard pass. Drake was taken by cart to the locker room in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return to the game. · Dre Kirkpatrick (Gadsden City) started at cornerback for the Cardinals. Kirkpatrick made 10 tackles and broke up a pass. Kirkpatrick tied his single-game high for tackles, established when he had 10 against the Cardinals while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 29, 2015. · Jarran Reed started at defensive tackle for the Seahawks. Reed made three tackles. · Deionte Thompson started at safety for the Cardinals. Thompson made three tackles and registered a quarterback hit. Week 7 started with Philadelphia Eagles' 22-21 victory over New York Giants on Thursday night. Week 7 concludes on Monday when the Chicago Bears visit the Los Angeles Rams at 7:15 p.m. ESPN will televise the game. FOR MORE OF AL.COMS COVERAGE OF THE NFL, GO TO OUR NFL PAGE Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
Miami QB change surprises Tua Tagovailoa, shocks Ryan Fitzpatrick - AL.com
The Dolphins have named the former Alabama All-American as their starting quarterback.
When Tua Tagovailoa told his parents on Tuesday that the Miami Dolphins had decided to start him at quarterback, he said they were excited, but skeptical. They didnt believe me for a little bit, Tagovailoa said. I think my dad kind of joked about it. Hes like, After two plays, after two throws, they want to put you in now? Although the Dolphins used the fifth selection in the NFL Draft on April 23 to obtain Tagovailoa, the former Alabama All-American didnt make his NFL debut until 2:27 remained in Miamis sixth game of the season -- Sundays 24-0 victory over the New York Jets. Tagovailoa took five snaps, completed both his passes and figured when Miami came out of its bye week to play the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1, hed still be the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. You never know when your opportunity is given, Tagovailoa said during a Wednesday press conference. "When Coach Flo (Brian Flores) called me, I thought it was like any other call. We usually watch film on Tuesdays, and so I thought he was calling because he wanted me to come up and watch some film. I usually get with him to watch film, but it was different. I just think that you need to be ready every time. Opportunities come and when they come, youve got to take them and run with them. DOLPHINS COACH EXPLAINS DECISION TO PROMOTE TUA TAGOVAILOA TO STARTING QUARTERBACK Tagovailoa wasnt the only one surprised by the quarterback change. Fitzpatrick was, too, even though he knew it was going to happen at some point. I was shocked by it, Fitzpatrick said during a Wednesday press conference. "It definitely caught me off-guard. It was a hard thing for me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart was just heavy all day. It was heartbreaking for me. Weve talked in the past, me and you guys, about how Im the placeholder and this eventually was going to happen. It was just a matter of kind of when, not if. It still just broke my heart yesterday. It was a tough thing for me to hear and to now have to deal with, but Im going to do my best for it. Knowing that he got the job at Fitzpatricks expense took some of the joy out of the promotion for Tagovailoa. I was very excited, Tagovailoa said. "Thats news that I think anyone would love to hear, being named the starter at any position. But at the same time, I also felt for Fitz as well, and me and Fitz had a conversation just about all of this. But like Ive continued to say, although it kind of hurts me in a way to see Fitz hurt, Im just very, very lucky to have someone like Fitz in my corner regardless of the situation were in right now. I hate to say it like this, but it is like this: Its like a father-and-son thing. A 16-year veteran, Fitzpatrick has started games for eight NFL teams, including 19 since joining the Dolphins before the 2018 season. About a month from his 38th birthday, Fitzpatrick said he couldnt help but wonder after being benched if his 145th NFL start on Sunday would turn out to be his last one. Is this it? Fitzpatrick said. Was that my last game as an NFL player in terms of being a starter and going out there and playing? You just kind of go through all those different scenarios. Ive been a starter. Ive been benched all kinds of different ways, but this one more so than any of them -- I think this organization and what weve been through the last year and a half, this was kind of the first place other than Buffalo where I just felt fully committed and invested and felt like it was my team, and so to have that, I think thats a lot of the reason my heart was so heavy yesterday. But thats the direction that the organization is going, and Ive just got to accept it. Tagovailoa also was reflective after the news. His first NFL start will come 15 days short a year from the crushing end of his career at Alabama, when he went down with a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture against SEC West rival Mississippi State. Its definitely been a journey, Tagovailoa said. I definitely think of that injury when I got hurt and then the process leading up to being able to walk, being able to do football drills, being able to just do things in general. I definitely do reflect on that process that I went through, and Im definitely blessed to still be here and able to play the game I grew up dreaming to play. The Dolphins are making their quarterback change after winning their past two games to reach 3-3. Thats one game out of the lead in the AFC East for a franchise that has been to the playoffs once in the past 11 seasons and twice in the past 18. My goals are to do whatever I can do to help this team become successfully, especially our offense, Tagovailoa said. Everyone knows Fitz has done a tremendous job. I dont know. I just feel like Im definitely lucky. Im blessed to be in the situation Im in where I can continue to learn from a guy like Fitz, and then also having the mind of (offensive coordinator) Chan (Gailey), him helping kind of put me in the offense, I guess, in like a good situation. I think thats whats going to be important the next couple of the weeks and the entire season. Fitzpatrick said despite his disappointment, he will be in the rookies corner all the way. This profession is interesting in that I basically got fired yesterday, Fitzpatrick said, "and then my day of work today consisted of me in Zoom meetings listening to the guy that fired me, locked in a spaced-out room with my replacement for four hours. There arent a whole lot of jobs that are like that. But I know how difficult it is to play the quarterback position, and I know that that room is so important to the guy thats playing in terms of everybody having your back and pulling in the same direction, so todays a day to digest a little bit and well get away for the bye a little bit. But once this thing starts up again, Ive got to do my best for Tua to help him out because theres two separate situations here. One is Tua. And I want him to do well. I think hes a great kid, and I think he has a really bright future. And the other one is my feelings and just kind of what Im going through, and that has to be separate from when I walk into this building and help him out. Tagovailoa said the working with the veteran had gotten him ready to be an NFL quarterback. I think with having someone like Fitz, you dont just think, like, within what you know, Tagovailoa said. You start thinking of what other people are doing, the defense, how they align, stack formations, how fronts can dictate coverages, just things that I didnt really need to worry about in college, I think of now. And it really is about the little things. Its just, like I said, its just really a big blessing that I have someone like him, and its not like it stops here. Its a continuous competition with Fitz, and whats so cool about it is that I can continue to grow and continue to learn from him through this process. Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1. MORE NFL: · Dolphins coach explains decision to promote Tua Tagovailoa to starting quarterback · Another 200-yard game, another Player of the Week Award for Derrick Henry · Injury shelves Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett · Falcons add Shyheim Carter to practice squad · Washington Football Team set to add another former Alabama player · Dolphins to start Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback after bye · Philadelphia Eagles to continue to explore Jalen Hurts' role · If the sky is falling in New England, Cam Newton says he has an umbrella · Kenyan Drake, Dre Kirkpatrick pace Cardinals' rout of Cowboys · Tampa Bay trades for former Troy standout · State NFL roundup: Philip Rivers triggers Colts' comeback · Auburn NFL roundup: Cam Newton making no excuses · Alabama NFL roundup: Derrick Henry runs for 212 yards in Titans' overtime win · Why did Tua Tagovailoa return to the field alone after his NFL debut? · Check out Tua Tagovailoas first NFL pass · See Jamel Dean intercept Aaron Rodgers, score his first NFL touchdown · Watch Cam Sims score his first NFL touchdown · Check out Derrick Henrys 94-yard touchdown run · Watch Minkah Fitzpatricks return to the end zone
Hurricane Sally: Photos, damage; Flora Bama, The Hangout, Gulf Coast Zoo - al.com
More photos, damages from Hurricane Sally.
Cleanup continues after Hurricane Sally pounded the Gulf Coast. Sally, the first hurricane to make landfall in Alabama since Hurricane Ivan in 2004, has tracked north from the Alabama coast and into Georgia. At least one death in Orange Beach has been blamed on the storm. Widespread damage and flooding was reported in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Mobile. There are widespread power outages and many schools in south Alabama are closed. Tourists are banned from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the Fort Morgan Peninsula until Sept. 27 and cleanup and recovery continues. The Holmes Bridge on Highway 59 crossing the Intracoastal Waterway is closed until further notice, except for residents and property owners with valid hurricane reentry passes. Here are the latest photos, videos of storm damage and recovery:
Georgia ICE detention center accused of performing mass hysterectomies on immigrants - AL.com
Democrats seized on the most explosive allegations in the nurse’s complaint — that a gynecologist called the “uterus collector” was performing “mass hysterectomies” — in declaring they would investigate the matter.
Leading congressional Democrats reacted furiously Tuesday to lightly-substantiated claims that immigrants held at a detention center in Georgia are undergoing questionable hysterectomies. In a complaint filed Monday, a nurse alleges that the Irwin County Detention Center performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records. Democrats seized on the most explosive allegations in the nurses complaint that a gynecologist called the uterus collector was performing mass hysterectomies in declaring they would investigate the matter. A follow-up news conference Tuesday in Atlanta provided little information to substantiate the claims. Lawyers for the nurse, Dawn Wooten, refused to release her full statement that she made to the Department of Homeland Securitys Inspector General. She declined to take questions after reading a statement that made no reference to mass hysterectomies or did not quantify how many of the procedures were performed on immigrant women at the facility. The doctor is not named in the complaint. Wooten worked full-time as a licensed practical nurse at the immigration jail until July, when she was demoted. Democrats were quick to jump on the allegations after spending the last three years condemning the Trump administrations treatment of immigrants, including the separation of families and the detention of children in squalid conditions at the border. If true, the appalling conditions described in the whistleblower complaint including allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on vulnerable immigrant women are a staggering abuse of human rights, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said the panel is conducting an ongoing investigation about the conditions at ICE contractor facilities and will be examining these new and incredibly serious allegations. It was unclear to Wooten if women knowingly consented to the operations. She said nurses raised concerns about the doctor. Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy just about everybody, Wooten said in the complaint. Hes even taken out the wrong ovary on a young lady. The facility in Ocilla, about 200 miles south of Atlanta, houses men and women detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service and Irwin County. Its run by the private LaSalle Corrections, a Louisiana company. ICE said it does not comment on matters before the inspector general but that it takes all allegations seriously. That said, in general, anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any fact-checkable specifics, should be treated with the appropriate skepticism they deserve, the agency said in a statement. Wooten spoke little about the hysterectomy allegation during the news conference, instead focusing on her concerns that the facility wasnt testing detainees for COVID-19, that the detention center wasnt being sanitized, and that little protective equipment was available for employees. While the 27-page complaint filed by advocacy group Project South quotes unidentified detainees extensively, it also includes detailed comments from Wooten. The complaint says Wooten was demoted after missing work with coronavirus symptoms, which she believes was retaliation for raising questions about COVID-19. I know I was demoted because I raised questions about why, Wooten said during the news conference. I was told not to tell officers that there were detainees they dealt with day in and day out that were positive. Wooten said the number of detainees infected was much higher than reported because there was no active testing and not all cases were reported, according to the complaint. The New York Times reported in June that inmates engaged in protests because of concerns about poor COVID-19 protections. Wooten is quoted as saying the sick call nurse sometimes fabricated seeing detainees in person when they hadnt and that she saw the nurse shred a box of detainee complaints without looking at them. She said nurses ignored detainees reporting COVID-19 symptoms. If detainees reported a fever, nurses would put them on an over-the-counter cold medication for seven days without testing them for COVID-19, she said. Wooten said the facility declined to use two rapid-testing COVID-19 machines that ICE purchased for $14,000 each. No medical staff had been trained on them and she saw the machines used only once. LaSalle Corrections did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Monday. As of Sunday, 42 detainees at the facility had tested positive for the virus, according to ICE. Nationwide, 5,772 detainees were positive.
Second stimulus check: Republicans unveil coronavirus relief bill; Is second stimulus included? - al.com
Republicans unveil a new stimulus package.
The Senate is expected to vote on a new stripped-down coronavirus relief package this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the targeted proposal focuses on some of the very most urgent healthcare, education and economic issues. It does not contain every idea our party likes. I am confident Democrats will feel the same. Yet Republicans believe the many serious differences between our two parties should not stand in the way of agreeing where we can agree and making law that helps our nation, McConnell said in a statement. The bill includes $300 a week for expanded unemployment insurance benefits through the end of the year and $257 billion for a second round of the small-business focused Paycheck Protection Program. The bill also includes $105 billion for schools and $16 billion for expansion of coronavirus testing. The GOP proposal does not include another round of direct stimulus payments to Americans. The previous round of stimulus payments included up to $1,200 pers person and $2,400 per family, plus $500 per dependent, and both parties had indicated they wanted another round to be part of a second relief plan and those negotiations are continuing. The revamped bill is expected to cost about $500 billion. The measure would need 60 votes to pass, something deemed unlikely. Republicans are aiming to present a solid front, however, with backing from 51 GOP Senators. Democratic leadership have deemed the bill a non-starter. Senate Republicans appear dead-set on another bill which doesnt come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere. This proposal is laden with poison pills Republicans know Democrats would never support, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. McConnell said the vote could occur as soon as Thursday.
Watch tearful Kirk Herbstreit deliver social justice speech: ‘It’s not OK.’ GameDay makes SEC picks - AL.com
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit didn't hold back Saturday during the season debut of ESPN's "College GameDay."
A crying Kirk Herbstreit made an emotional speech Saturday during the season premier of ESPNs College GameDay when discussing the impact of 2020 events on the Black community. The show also made predictions on the SEC West and East races and even debated the seasons start time. However, Herbstreits emotional comments left Maria Taylor, as well as others on screen, in tears. I was talking to David Shaw, the head coach of Stanford, he shared a quote to me and it reminded me ... from Benjamin Franklin: Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as to those who are. The black community is hurting. If youve listened, (youve heard) the word empathy and compassion over the last four months. How do you listen to these stories and not feel pain and not want to help? You know what I mean? Its like wearing a hoodie, putting your hands at 10-2 (on the wheel). Oh god, I better look out. Im wearing Nike gear, like what? What are we talking about? You cant relate to that if youre white but you can listen and try to help because this is not OK. Its just not. We gotta do better man. We gotta lock arm and arm and be together. In a football locker room, thats gone. We gotta do better. The GameDay crew also shared their picks on the SEC West and East races. I really felt Georgia all along, but I think with (Jamie) Newman opting out and JT Daniels stepping in, Im going with Kyle Trask (at Florida), Herbstreit said. Im going with the Florida Gators over Georgia in the SEC East. Lee Corso disagreed. I disagree. I go Georgia. They got a new quarterback, but they got 16 returning starters, Corso said. Desmond Howard sided with Herbstreit and the Gators. As far as the West, it is all about Alabama. I still like Alabama to win the West; so, Im going with Roll Tide, Howard said. I agree with you, Desmond, Corso said. They have Texas A&M and Georgia at home. Theyre hungry. Alabama Roll Tide. Auburn is a forgotten team, but Im with the boys here. Alabama is still the team to beat in my mind. Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.
New restrictions coming to Alabama campus, Greek houses amid ‘significant’ COVID increase - AL.com
The University of Alabama will be announcing new restrictions Friday afternoon.
Changes are coming to the University of Alabama COVID-19 plan three days into the new semester. The school on Friday announced a moratorium on in-person student events along with restrictions on Greek houses just before 5 p.m. All events will be paused for 14 days, according to a document obtained by AL.com. And with fraternity and sorority houses, only residents can enter the buildings other than members picking up grab-and-go meals. Access to common rooms in the houses is now restricted. A hastily called meeting with student leaders outlined some concerning trends with the return of students on campus. Lead by UAs vice president for Student Life Myron Pope, the meeting with a few dozen students from various organizations focused on the spread of COVID-19 among students. AL.com received a copy of the audio from the meeting in which Pope said we have seen a significant increase in the number of students who tested positive in the past week. Theres also the issue of quarantine space on campus. The university has 450 dorm beds set aside to isolate those who tested positive, but they are going fast. We are not at capacity right now but if we increase at the rate we did this week, give us a week and a half well be at full capacity, Pope told the student leaders. RELATED: Alabama students explain fears, excitement and if return to campus will really work Alabama officials announced a positivity rate of less than 1 percent among students who were tested during the reentry process. Those numbers have risen significantly. Just in the last few days as weve tested at Coleman Coliseum and the Student Health Center, weve seen the numbers jump up from 1 percent to 4 percent to 5 percent, Pope said in the meeting with student leaders. And in one particular case, I think it was Coleman Coliseum (Thursday), actually it might be the Student Health Center, we saw 29 percent of the students who tested were positive. A lack of quarantine space is part of the issue that led to the University of North Carolina moving to online learning after a week on campus. Pope later in the meeting said they had 200 bed available on the Alabama campus. Considering some of the trending that were seeing, Pope said. Its not looking good. Classes began Wednesday for a fall semester unlike any other and there have been issues along the way. University president Stuart Bell sent a letter to students, faculty and staff previewing the new restrictions before they were announced. The expected rules and behaviors of all students and student organizations have been clearly defined, the letter read in part. While we are appreciative to those who have taken these expectations seriously, I am deeply disappointed that those guidelines are not being followed by each and every member of our student body. The Friday news came after an eventful week in Tuscaloosa beginning with Sundays sorority bid day. Photos of crowded bars went viral after Crimson Tide football player Chris Owens and athletics director Greg Byrne expressed frustration. Gallettes bar owner Jeff Sirkin took to Facebook to say they did nothing wrong with how they operated. This story will be updated. Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.
Kirk Herbstreit gives SEC pick; Rece Davis, Greg McElroy others react to SEC schedule drop - AL.com
College football analysts give their takes as the SEC revealed the fall football schedule on Monday.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey called Mondays college football schedule reveal another step in the journey. For starving fans and analysts alike, it was the first real nibble of college football in what has been a fat-free diet of opinion and speculation leading up to the fall. Now, they have something to sink their teeth into and feast. It didnt take long for college football analyst to dive into schedule. ESPN GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who joined the SECs broadcast, pointed out what struck him at first glance. The thing that stood out to me was (Alabama coach) Nick Saban would have a lot of former assistant coaches, he said. He has four of them back-to-back-to-back. (Oct. 3 Texas A&Ms Jimbo Fisher, Oct. 10 at Ole Miss Lane Kiffin, Oct. 17 Georgias Kirby Smart, Oct. 24 at Tennessees Jeremy Pruitt). Alabama doesnt necessarily have an easy road to get to the championship. " Meanwhile, the league - he said - didnt do Dan Mullen any favors. I dont know who set this up, but what about the Florida Gators? Herbstreit asked. On paper, Florida is a team you can make a strong argument that they have a team that can compete with Georgia. They pick up LSU and Texas A&M in West with everyone else they play in the East, so it becomes that more daunting for Dan Mullen and the Gators. For Rece Davis, it is all about how the season starts and ends. The bookends were the things that jumped out to me, Davis said on the SEC Networks broadcast. First, new coaches getting baptized into the league. (Missouris Eli) Drinkwitz getting the Tide, (Arkansas) Sam Pittman getting the (Georgia) Dawgs. (Mississippi States Mike) Leach going to visit LSU. (Ole Miss) Lane (Kiffin) getting Gators, albeit at home. Then, if you go to the end of the schedule, a lot of people are going to look at Alabama-Auburn as the penultimate week, but if you look at the following week, you have a lot of implications for wins and loses. Alabama and LSU have games in the West they can manage, but Auburn and Texas A&M have each other. That will be a lot more difficult way to finish if they are in the middle of it." SEC analyst and former Alabama defensive back Roman Harper called the Week 1 warm-ups. Harper said Alabamas games in Week 4 against Georgia and Week 6 against Mississippi State are potential problems. Originally, he said, he didnt think Georgia would be ready for the Tide in what was supposed to be a Week 2 matchup. But now, playing them in Week 4, Georgias offense with Jamie Newman is going to understand who they are personality-wise offensively. Defensively, Georgia is going to be stout, and I think they are going to give Alabama all types of problems. I think this is going to be the scariest game on the schedule for Alabama, especially when they play them and how they play them. He also believes Mississippi State will be one of the biggest test for Alabamas secondary. Meanwhile, SEC analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy points to the Week 7 matchup between Florida and Georgia on Nov. 7. We know how important this game is for both Georgia and Florida, he said. Both teams bring back an awfully amount of talent. He added the game will likely decide the SEC East again. Still, despite the schedule, Herbstreit predicts some familiar faces in the SEC Championship Game. I feel Bama would be the team in the West, he said. I love LSU and coach (Ed) O (Orgeron), but I think they lost a lot there. I would favor Bama even though that schedule looks tough. I was sneaky wanting to pick Florida with all the Georgia hype. The schedule makes me nervous. I have Georgia and Bama with Bama prevailing and winning the SEC. Here is some of the other reaction to the schedule news: Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.
Neck gaiters may be worse than no mask at all, study suggests - AL.com
A study out of Duke University showed that the popular neck gaiter face coverings made of thin, synthetic fabrics were not effective in blocking the kind of droplets that carry COVID-19, but most cloth or surgical masks did.
One popular style of face covering may not be doing much to limit spread of the coronavirus, according to a study out of Duke University. The researchers found that while most of the cotton, cloth or surgical-style masks tested were effective at limiting the amount of respiratory droplets a person expelled while talking, the neck gaiter or neck fleece actually resulted in more small droplets being expelled. We attribute this to the fleece, the textile, breaking up those big particles into many little particles, Martin Fischer, an associate research professor at Duke said in a news release. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person mostly through respiratory droplets that we all expel out of our mouths when we talk, sneeze, cough or breathe heavily, according to most experts. Fischer said its possible that releasing more small droplets through a thin mask is worse than expelling larger droplets with no shield at all. [The smaller particles] tend to hang around longer in the air, they can get carried away easier in the air, so this might actually be counter productive to wear such a mask, Fischer said. Its not the case that any mask is better than nothing. There are some masks that actually hurt rather than do good. However, some have said that conclusion is premature and we dont have enough information to declare that those masks do more harm than good. Slate news director Susan Matthews points out that the researchers tested only a single subject with the gaiter-style mask, increasing the chances that the mask simply didnt fit, or that there was some other issue with either the mask or the test subject. The subject also only repeated the short phrase stay healthy, people, 10 times for each mask. The subject did not speak in different volume levels, cough, sneeze or simulate other conditions like heavy breathing during exercise. Gaiter masks are very popular among runners because of their lightweight construction and looser fit. A study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from July found that gaiters were more effective than other types of masks at catching droplets from a simulated cough, but that study used snug-fitting homemade gaiters made of tightly woven fabric with a metal nose-piece and elastic to ensure a good fit. Matthews also notes that we dont know whether a person expelling a higher number of small droplets is more likely to spread the disease than a person producing fewer, larger blobs of virus-laden spittle. The findings of the Duke team were published online last week in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed journal. Fisher and the team at Duke tested 14 different kinds of masks using cardboard, laser lights and a cell phone camera, as you can see in the short video below. The subject repeats the same phrase into the contraption, first with no mask, then with the different styles of masks to see which were most effective. The laser makes the droplets coming out of a persons mouth visible and the camera records those droplets to be counted. The team found that surgical masks, as well as cotton, cloth and polypropylene masks were effective in blocking the droplets from being spread when the subject spoke in a normal voice. The best-performing masks were the medical-grade N95 masks -- without valves -- used by medical professionals. The neck fleece (Mask #11 in the photo above) actually resulted in more droplets being counted. The bandana reduced the number of droplets by about half, the others reduced the droplet count to 20 percent or less of the mask-less count. One of the researchers told The Washington Post that the gaiter that tested poorly was made of a lightweight, polyester spandex material, marketed as a breathable item for outdoor sports activity. If you can see through it when you put it up to a light and you can blow through it easily, it probably is not protecting anybody, Warren S. Warren, a co-author of the paper told the Post. N95 medical masks with valves performed about as well as cotton masks, with the researchers noting the valves were designed to keep droplets from entering the mask from the outside, not to stop the person wearing the mask from expelling droplets that others could then breathe in. The overall takeaway from the paper is clear, however. While some masks perform better than others, most masks are effective at reducing the droplets that spread the coronavirus. Wearing a mask is a simple and easy way to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Eric Westman, a Duke physician who worked with Fischer to design the experiment, said in a news release. About half of infections are from people who dont show symptoms, and often dont know theyre infected. They can unknowingly spread the virus when the cough, sneeze and just talk. If everyone wore a mask, we could stop up to 99% of these droplets before they reach someone else. In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral medicine, its the one proven way to protect others as well as yourself. This study was designed as a proof-of-concept of the researchers technique to measure droplet spread. The researchers say further research is needed to test different masks under a variety of conditions, such as speaking at different volumes, or coughing and sneezing. We certainly encourage everyone to wear a mask, but we want to make sure that when you wear a mask and you go to the trouble of making a mask, you make one or wear one that actually helps not just you but helps everyone, Fischer said.
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to help people struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. The order, however, does not include another round of stimulus payments. Trumps executive order includes: the suspension of payroll taxes; $400 a week in federal unemployment payments (a $200 cut from the previous $600); deferrals on student loan payments through the end of the year; and efforts to minimize evictions at federal housing. The president signed the order after Congress failed to reach a compromise on a broader coronavirus relief package. Both Republicans and Democrats have indicated they are in favor of another round of stimulus payments. The last stimulus provided $1,200 for individuals earning up to $75,000 and $2,400 for married couples filing jointly who earned up to $150,000, with amounts reduced based on incomes of $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers. The stimulus also provided $500 for each qualifying child. The decision on a second stimulus wasnt included in Trumps order and must come through Congress, either as stand-alone legislation or as part of a broader bill. Both parties have plans that include direct payments U.S. residents but are far apart when it comes to how much will be spent GOP proposing a $1 trillion package compared to $3 trillion for Democrats. In other words theres no official second stimulus payment yet. Here are the latest coronavirus headlines: U.S. tops 5 million COVID-19 cases The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has topped 5 million. Data collected by John Hopkins University shows 5,036,387 coronavirus cases in the U.S. with 162,851 deaths. According to tracking by CNN, it took the U.S. 99 days to reach 1 million cases, 43 days to hit 2 million, 28 days for 3 million and 15 days to surpass 4 million on July 23. The number has jumped to 5 million in 17 days. Five states account for more than 40% of U.S. infections California, Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia. Georgia 7-year-old dies of coronavirus A Georgia 7-year-old with no known underlying conditions has died from coronavirus. The boy is the youngest person in the state to die from COVID-19. Authorities said the boy was infected with the disease after attending a Savannah, Georgia church service where he was in contact with two senior members of the congregation who were also stricken with the virus and later died. The boy reportedly suffered a seizure while showering and was rushed to the hospital where he later died. New Yorks testing positivity rate falls to record low New Yorks COVID-19 testing positivity rate has fallen to its lowest level so far during the pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the positivity rate is now .78%, after hovering around 1% since early June. The states positivity rate peaked at nearly 47% in April before testing became widely available. New York state reported 515 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths in the state on Saturday with the number of ICU patients 131 the lowest since March 16.