First Auburn football game day looks very different amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tiger football looked far from normal today as the usual crowds packed like sardines were nowhere in sight and all of campus was eerily quiet.

  Auburn University prepares for a football season unlike any other

  Baseball is coming back in the Fountain City

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Auburn football to honor Pat Dye with helmet stickers

  Former Harris County head football coach dies at 48

Fans asked not to roll Auburn Oaks this football season

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  Sports Overtime : Week 5 Lineup

No eagle flights in Jordan-Hare stadium during Auburn’s 2020 season

  Sports Overtime Game of the Week: Hardaway at Callaway

Daniel Thomas preparing for NFL debut

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Bubba Wallace leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at season’s end

ASU football player leads equality march

ASU football player Anton Cousins Jr. hopes change comes from the march, and calls himself, “just a person doing what God wants me to do.”

'Players are tested 3 times a week’: Coach Nick Saban on COVID-19 cases

Saban said the team has had a minimal amount of players test positive, but they have had some. Saban said numbers may have increased when school started, but not significantly.

  Sports Overtime Game of the Week: Spencer at Carver

High school football is finally in full swing around the area after all those delays due to the pandemic.

Organizers, IOC trying to remove doubts over Tokyo Olympics

Several recent public opinion polls have shown skepticism from the Japanese public and the business community that the games can go on — or should go on.

Long-awaited Tua documentary rescheduled for September 12

  Sports Overtime: Week 3 sees return of high school football in Georgia and Alabama

Alabama players and coaches march Monday for lasting social change

Week 2 Sports Overtime Game of the Week: Troup at Harris County

SEC announces portion of 2020 kickoff times

9 Auburn players test positive for COVID-19

SEC to announce 2020 football schedule Monday

After months of changes and uncertainty, the SEC has announced that they will release the 2020 college football schedule Monday at 6 p.m.

SEC releases additional guidelines for health and safety

Institutions may adopt additional procedures and protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all in attendance.

  Sports Overtime: Week 2 Lineup

Sports Leader 9 is back for another week of high school football, scores, highlights and more in this week’s Sports Overtime.

AHSAA leader, state superintendent address football fans not social distancing

Many fans some games were packed together rather than social distancing. And many were not wearing masks.

Week One: Sports Overtime returns for new football season amid COVID-19 pandemic

Sports Overtime is back for a new season of high school football coverage in the Chattahoochee Valley.

  High school football returns to East Alabama

Some schools like Lee Scott Academy and Chambers Academy found ways to allow students to play sports and fans to watch games, while also enforcing social distancing.

SEC released COVID-19 guidelines, now fans have to play their part

One by one, colleges and universities have announced how many fans they’re going to allow in on game day.

Auburn announces changes to stadium capacity, tailgating for 2020 football season

Auburn University has announced updated fan policies for the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  UPDATE: Auburn, University of Georgia to have limited capacity at stadiums

University of Georgia football announces ticket sales and stadium capacity.

  Central to face Hoover in season opener on Friday

The Central Red Devils found a new opponent for the season opener on Tuesday afternoon, as the Hoover Bucs agreed to play in Phenix City this coming Friday night.

SEC releases new 2020 football schedule

The Southeastern Conference is releasing their revised 2020 football schedule Monday.

Former Alabama linebacker donates gear to Loachapoka High School

Former Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans and his foundation, the Razor Foundation, donated more than $40,000 worth of equipment to the Loachapoka football program; a gift that some of the players have never received.

East Alabama Schools dealing with limited capacity at football games

COVID-19 has forced some schools to limit the number of fans in the stands this year.

  Tigers look for another playoff run

The Eufaula Tigers are just one year removed from a second round playoff appearance. Coach Ed Rigby said the players were happy to be back on the field after a lot of time off.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

  Beulah suspends football practice for two weeks

Beulah High School suspended football practice for two weeks on Wednesday morning after a Bobcats player tested positive for coronavirus. The suspension means they were forced to cancel their first three scheduled games of the 2020 season.

  Beulah Alabama High School will have delayed start

The Beulah Alabama school announced today that football practice has been suspended for at least two weeks after a player was diagnosed with COVID-19.

ADPH: attendance likely will be ‘significantly reduced’ at high school sporting events

ADPH leaders say that six-foot distancing rule for spectators likely will significantly reduce attendance at most football stadiums and at many other sports venues.

  Blue Devils top Marion County in season softball opener

The Columbus Blue Devils topped the Marion County Eagles 4-1 in the softball season opener in a game played at Randy Jordan Field on Thursday night.

  Hamilton angler having big season on tournament circuit

It’s how Cal Culpepper spends the middle of the week these days -- prepping for another weekend on the lake. “Just getting the boat ready, rigging my rods, getting the baits I think I”m going to need for the upcoming tournament,” Culpepper said.

ACC reveals 2020 schedule: Georgia Tech to open at FSU on Sept. 12

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets found out they will open the 2020 football season on the road at Florida State on September 12 when the Atlantic Coast Conference revealed its 2020 football schedule on Thursday morning, the first of the college conferences to release their full revised plan.

Stewart County HS cancels fall sports season

Stewart County High School announced that they were cancelling their 2020 fall sports schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  AHS Tigers deal with challenges

The Auburn High Tigers come into the season facing the same challenge as everyone -- no spring practice -- as they prepare for the 2020 season.

  Kinetic Credit Union Scholar Athlete: Will Haines

Will Haines has big goals on the field for this year. He's this week's WTVM News Leader 9's Kinetic Credit Union Scholar Athlete.

SEC sets new preseason football practice guidelines

The Southeastern Conference adjusted the dates for fall training camps for SEC schools on Tuesday.The new official start date for full team practices was pushed back ten days, from Saturday to Monday, August 17.

  Parrish enters NCAA transfer portal

Former Central High Red Devil star Peter Parrish made it official, entering the NCAA transfer portal, as he seeks to move on from LSU.

AUDIO: Brees: ‘This year is going to be about something much bigger than football’

In his first media call of the season, Saints QB Drew Brees began the conversation Saturday with a statement referencing racial injustice and his controversial comments in June.

  New-look Marion County Eagles prepare for 2020

Marion County’s football program has a different look this year, as a new coach takes over. Billy Law steps into the big chair as the head coach of the Eagles.“I’ve always known how big it was and never wanted to be in this chair, and then it came about and it’s a good thing I took it,” Law said.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Weems makes MLB debut

Former Columbus High Blue Devil Jordan Weems finally reached the top after six years working his way up the minor league ladder. The 27-year old fireballer made his debut on Tuesday night in Oakland with three innings of work for the Athletics versus the Colorado Rockies.

  Gators ready to chase state title

Glenwood earned a trip to the AISA Class AAA state title game last year, but it didn’t go as planned.“We made it,” said head coach Jason Gibson. “We made it to Troy and forgot that we should have showed up and played the game.”

Report: NFL players banned from indoor night clubs during 2020 season

NFL players report to training camp July 28

  Atlanta United and head coach part ways

Atlanta United FC have parted ways with head coach Frank de Boer.

  New-look Warriors prepare for season

The Lee-Scott Warrior football program is under new management in 2020. Buster Daniel took over as head coach, the Valley Rams for the AISA.

  Patriots prepare for upcoming softball season

Brandon Jenkins and the Northside Patriots have had to kind of restart things over the past few weeks.

  Greenwave ready for move to Class 4A

Spencer High is playing in a new classification this year, and Robert Sanders said his guys are up to the challenge.

  New-look Vikings working toward a big season

The Pacelli Vikings have a new look. The brand new field turf at Deimel Field gives the kids a little extra energy.

Tuskegee Golden Tigers move forward following suspension of fall sports

The SIAC announced the suspension of fall sports last week, and Tuskegee President Dr. Lily McNair confirmed the Golden Tigers will not be playing this fall due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  Columbus community reacts to Fountain City Classic being canceled

For the past 30 years two historically black colleges and universities, Albany State and Fort Valley State, have participated in the Fountain City Classic.

Univ. of Alabama AD says they will ‘adjust’ after Pac-12 decision

The matchup between Alabama and USC Sept. 5 to kick off the season will not happen.

  Panthers ready to defend state title

The Lanett Panthers have been one of the area’s dominant football programs the past four seasons. The Panthers have racked up a 50-5 record in that time with three region titles and two state championships.

  Red Jackets get to work

Football season is getting closer and closer, and for the area prep teams that got a late start on pre-season preparations, every single day counts. The Jordan Red Jackets got their chance to begin voluntary summer workouts on Monday.

  Northside looking to turn things around

Andrew Oropeza took over the Northside football program over the winter, but with the cancellation of spring practice and then school getting scrubbed, he didn’t get a chance to actually get on the field with his guys until this week. But, he says, the delay isn’t that big of a problem.

  Tigers carry high expectations into 2020

This is the week prep football programs in Muscogee County have been waiting for. The school district gave the go-ahead and they've all gone ahead with vengeance, starting up voluntary workouts in advance of fall training camp. No one was more anxious to get started than the Carver Tigers.

  Hawks begin region title quest

Monday morning was a busy time for Hardaway Hawks head football coach Michael Woolridge. It was temperature taking time and questionnaire collecting time and introduction time for the first voluntary workout of the summer.

Washington Redskins QB suggests ‘Red Tails’ as new team name

The name “Redskins” is seen by some as a racial slur against Native Americans, and a name that people have been pushing for the team to remove for decades.

  Williams set for first season at LaFayette

A lot of new things are happening for Juan Williams, mainly dealing with COVID-19.

  Lester deals with minor league season cancellation

On Tuesday, everyone got the word. There'll be no minor league baseball season because major league teams won't be supplying the players. Players like infielder Josh Lester.

  Pierre Coffey returns to coaching at Chattahoochee County

Coffey left Spencer two years ago, and returns as coach of Chattahoochee County.

Alabama turns to homegrown celebrities to urge face mask use

Alabama is rolling out a new series of public service announcements, or PSAs, with familiar faces.

  Weems, Cobb ready to advance baseball careers

Two area baseball stars are ready to make the next steps in their careers.

  Troup Tigers look to fill big shoes in 2020

Tanner Glisson was excited for the first day of practice.“It was like the first day of school when you lay out all your clothes,” Glisson said. “You had new clothes where you went shopping and we’re excited to be back. It’s like a kid in a candy store.”

  Weems ready to head to Oakland for MLB season

Back in March, Jordan Weems was making his mark as a non-roster invitee to Oakland's spring training. He had a legit shot at earning a spot in the A's big league bullpen until things got crazy with the pandemic.

Cavaliers deal with departures as they prepare for 2020

Callaway head football coach Pete Wiggins knows there will be challenges every season."There's always been adversities that you know are going to come your way, but this has been something different," Wiggins said.

Rebels make adjustments as they prepare for season

Day one of practice looked different for Chambers Academy -- and it looks different now. They’re allowed to use equipment, so the football was flying around this week.

  MCSD Coaches ready to get back to work

The GHSA gave to go-ahead to restart football practices on June 8, but Muscogee County schools had to wait. On Monday, the school district gave the word. Programs can begin voluntary on-campus workouts on July 6.

  Columbus Regional Tennis Association hosts first tournament after months of cancelled tennis

Columbus Regional Tennis Association hosted their first tournament since activities were cancelled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talladega Superspeedway sanitizes racetrack for fans ahead of Geico 500

Friday, a professional cleaning company sanitized and cleaned all areas of the Talladega Superspeedway as they welcome fans back for race weekend