Auburn Defeats Alabama in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery

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Auburn didn’t hit the ball particularly hard at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium last night Josh Anthony hit two groundball singles, one of which didn’t leave the infield. Will Holland reached on a bunt. Daniel Robert looped a ball into left-center field. In fact, the Tiger offense actually finished last night’s game with more walks drawn (five) than hits (four). But in a 4-3 win over rival Alabama in the ninth-annual Capital City Classic — its eighth in the series — No. 17 Auburn played small ball to near perfection in front of a Riverwalk Stadium-record crowd of more than 7,600.


The Tigers’ got their first hit after Crimson Tide starter Garret Rukes had opened the game with two perfect innings. Blake Logan followed with a walk, and Alabama third baseman Connor Short, formerly of Auburn, committed a throwing error on Holland’s bunt single that allowed Anthony to score the game’s 1st run from second base. Three batters later, Robert drove both Logan and Holland home with his bloop single to put the Tigers (21-6) ahead 3-0. But Alabama clawed its way back, scoring one run in the third, fourth & fifth innings to tie the game at three. Tigers starter Christian Camacho, allowed two runs on four hits & a walk while striking out three over 3 1/3 innings. In the very next inning, Robert walked, stole second when Alabama failed to cover the second-base, moved to third on a Connor Davis flyout and scored on Anthony’s go-ahead infield single to shortstop.

Davis Daniel SEC Freshman of the Week honors

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On Sunday, Davis Daniel turned in arguably the best start of his young career, pitching six shutout innings in his first road start at Georgia.
yesterday, he was rewarded for his efforts with SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Daniel allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six Bulldogs, helping No.17 Auburn to a 4-1, series-clinching victory in Athens.
On the season, the true-freshman right-hander out of Montgomery is 2-0 with a 4.44 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.
He’s the second Tigers freshman to earn the honor in as many weeks: Second baseman Will Holland was named the SEC Freshman of the Week last week for his performance in the sweep of Florida.

State Sen. Tom Whatley says he is prepared to “go to war”!

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…over his bill to allow Opelika to expand its internet service. The Auburn Republican has filed three bills in the Alabama Legislature that would allow Opelika Power Services (OPS), which is owned by the city, to operate its telecommunications service outside of Opelika’s city limits. Whatley said he’s essentially focused on the one bill that limits OPS to Lee County. The other two bills would have allowed OPS to operate in the other counties that border Lee County. Whatley said AT&T has hired 26 lobbyists to work against the bill. State Rep. Joe Lovvorn, of Auburn, has filed a similar bill in the Alabama House of Representatives. Lovvorn said he doesn’t believe citizens in Lee County are being served. the proposal has drawn attention from a national group, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. That group, which says it’s a non-profit, non-partisan group, has spoken out against municipal broadband across the country. The president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, said municipal broadband hasn’t been able to compete with private industry & taxpayers end up with the bill for it. In Opelika’s case, Williams said, while it’s true that the city hasn’t used any taxpayer money, OPS customers are the citizens of Opelika. Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller said he expects OPS to break even on the project with-in the next year.

Auburn Network Radio Stations Win Statewide Awards

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Broadcast professionals from across Alabama attended the presentation of the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s “Best in Broadcasting Awards” on Saturday, March 25th at the Hyatt Regency in Hoover and two local Auburn Network radio stations won multiple honors.

J & R AbbyRich Perkins and Jeremy Henderson of Wings 94-3’s Rich & Jeremy in the Morning were named “Best Personality or Team” while the show received the ABBY Award for “Best Morning Show”. Rich & Jeremy in the Morning airs weekday mornings from 6:00 – 9:00 on Classic Hits Wings 94-3.

ESPN 106-7 also received multiple ABBY Awards at the ceremony. The Lunch Break, hosted by Zac Blackerby and Dana Solanon weekdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. was named “Best Sports Show”.

Zac and Riley Headshots

The ESPN 106.7 App, developed by Auburn Network Broadcast Assistant Riley Hubbard, received the ABBY for “Best Radio App”.

Both Wings 94.3 and ESPN 106.7 are sister stations of NewsTalk WANI.

Search for Auburn’s Next President Underway

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-Auburn University will select its 19th president at a called board of trustees meeting this Monday. President Jay Gogue announced in September his plan to retire as soon as Auburn selected a new president. A 14-member committee is leading the search for the university’s next president. The committee will narrow down a list of candidates until they have a final of three or four that will be interviewed by the board of trustees.

Opelika Man Charged w/Murder

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-Deangelo Edwards, of Opelika, was arrested Wednesday & charged with murder. The arrest was in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Jaquavious Strickland on Sept. 27th in the 600 block of Edmon Ave. Strickland was found dead in his home from multiple gunshot wounds. Amazingly Strickland had been shot before at the same Edmon Avenue address Sept. 15th, last year. In that shooting, Strickland received a gunshot wound to the head and was flown to Columbus to receive treatment where He recovered.

Spring Break Brings Free Parking

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Parking in downtown Auburn will be free Monday through Friday of this week as Auburn students leave town for Spring Break.
In addition to on-street parking available throughout downtown, parking can be found on and surrounding the first floor of the Auburn Municipal Parking Deck and in the Gay Street Parking lot.

One Lane on I-85 Northbound Now Open

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The Alabama Department of Transportation has opened one lane on I-85 northbound at exit 22. Traffic will be reduced at the bridge @ mile marker 25 just before the Tallassee exit. The bridge was damaged Friday due to a fatal crash. Crews have been on the scene assessing the damage & making repairs. Motorists should continue to expect delays for some time & are advised to use extreme caution & be aware of road crews.

Report on Gaming as soon as mid-April

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Montgomery — The Alabama Legislature could receive a report from the Advisory Council on Gaming as soon as mid-April, according to the council’s chairman Clinton Carter.

The council has met at least seven times since Gov. Robert Bentley created it in October.

Bentley created the council to provide recommendations to himself and the Alabama Legislature on state gambling laws in response to VictoryLand casino in Shorter reopening in September.

Bentley originally called on the council to have a recommendation by the end of January, but the council asked to be given until June 30 to review the gambling issue in Alabama.

“We’ll have to reconvene at some point and discuss movements going forward,” Carter said at the council’s meeting Thursday in the Alabama Statehouse. “Whether we consider a recommendation to the Legislature or whether we kind of just rest with a report and the pros and cons and best practices.”

Members of the council will receive an internal final summary of six options on Alabama gambling laws with the pros and cons of each, Carter said.

The report will become public at the council’s next meeting in April.

“It’s a difficult process in kind of managing this with transparency with records etcetera,” Carter said. “We all want everything as we possibly can to be open and above board. I think everybody is unanimously behind that.”

The 11-member council, made up of a mix of legislators and members of the state government, voted at its first meeting in November to open its process up to the public.

Bentley’s office said the committee was subject to Alabama’s Open Meetings Law.

The council heard from Charlie McIntyre, executive director of New Hampshire’s state lottery, for a second time at its meeting Thursday.

Committee members asked about best practices for creating and running a state lottery.

McIntyre recommended a board be created to oversee the lottery which could be answerable to the Legislature.

If the council approves its report or recommendation at its meeting in April, the Legislature may take up the council’s recommendation before the end of the current legislative session in May.

VictoryLand continues to operate in Shorter.