Race Thompson Has Career Day in Indiana’s Win Over Providence

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Indiana had a need and Race Thompson filled it nicely in the Hoosiers’ 79-58 blowout victory over Providence on Monday in the first round of the Camping World Maui Invitational.

Worried about rebounding with a new three-guard lineup, Thompson answered the bell for Indiana, scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers past a good Friars team that can contend in the Big East. It was the first career double-double for the redshirt junior from Plymouth, Minn.

“I was flabbergasted at the way they manhandled us on the offensive glass,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “Give the Thompson kid credit; he had a career game against us. We pride ourselves on defensive rebounding and they got 15 offensive rebounds against us. That just doesn’t happen to us. 

“But give them credit. They played harder than we did. It was just a bad game for the Friars.”

With the win, Indiana advances to the semifinals to take on No. 17-ranked Texas, a 78-76 winner over Davidson in the first round. The game is at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 

The two other first-round games — North Carolina vs. UNLV and Stanford vs. Alabama — were scheduled for Monday night at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center. 

The tournament was moved from Hawaii because of travel concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indiana (2-0) entered the game as a two-point favorite and was expecting a battle from the big and physical Friars (1-1), but the Hoosiers took control early and never looked back. Thompson had 11 first-half points and Indiana won the rebounding battle by eight. Indiana never trailed after Providence’s first basket of the game.

The Hoosiers also made their free throws, which was an issue during their season-opening win over Tennessee Tech. After shooting 10-for-22 in the opener, they made 7-of-8 in the first half in building a 17-point lead. Thompson was 3-for-4 himself

Indiana struggled from three-point range early, but got a nice boost from Al Durham early in the second half. He hit back-to-back three-pointers right after a mini-run by Providence. Durham, a senior co-captain, finished with 19 points. Providence never got closer than 10 points in the second half.

“Al played with poise and confidence, and Al showed he’s a very capable finisher,” Miller said. “He made some big threes, made his free throws. We need that from him.”

Indiana center Joey Brunk missed his second straight game with a sore back. Miller said he could have played if it was February or March, “but we’re trying to get to February and March,” he said. “I think he’ll be available if things continue to progress in this tournament.” 

Miller said the only number on Thompson’s stat line that he didn’t like where the 35 minutes he played. “Too much. Way too much,” said. “We were kind of riding him for a bit there, and then Jerome Hunter wasn’t able to help much with all the fouls. We can’t have that. 

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Lewis Hamilton To Miss First Race Of F1 Career After Testing Positive For Covid-19

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Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is the latest sports star to test positive for coronavirus and is currently self-isolating after experiencing mild symptoms, his Mercedes team announced on Tuesday, meaning he will sit out this Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain—the first absence of his F1 career.

Key Facts

Hamilton’s diagnosis comes days after he won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

His Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said in a statement that the sports star was tested three times last week, each time testing negative, including on Sunday.

“However he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had tested positive,” the statement read.

A test and subsequent retest revealed the positive result, with Hamilton, 35, self-isolating with mild symptoms and being “otherwise fit and well.”

Hamilton’s illness comes after the driver self-isolated in March, although experienced no symptoms, following an event he attended after which two people tested positive.

What To Watch For

Mercedes is set to announce a replacement driver for Sunday’s race in due course. With the season’s final race in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 13, it remains to be seen whether Hamilton will test negative in time to take part.

Big Number

87,000. That’s how many coronavirus cases have been recorded in Bahrain, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Key Background

Hamilton’s illness comes amid a triumphant world championship season that has seen him claim his seventh world title in Turkey on Nov. 15. That puts the world’s best ever racing driver alongside Michael Schumacher in terms of world title wins. But the star alluded to some challenges during Sunday’s race, particularly the physical element of the track: “I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn’t really quite sure how it would play out at the end,” he said. Hamilton now makes three F1 drivers to have tested positive during the 2020 season along with a number of F1 staff, while at least 10 Grand Prix races have been cancelled or postponed as a result of pandemic lockdowns.

Tangent

Sunday’s race also saw Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean escape a life-threatening crash with minor burns, after his car crashed at high speed into the track’s barriers, split in half and burst into flames. He is set to be discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

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In Big 12 college football title race, not all losses count the same

Oklahoma State has had some heartbreaking Bedlam losses recently: 48-47 in 2018, 62-52 in 2017, overtime in 2012.

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The Cowboys also have had some let’s-get-this-over-with Bedlam losses: 41-13 a week ago, 58-23 in 2015, 27-0 in 2009.

Doesn’t really matter how you lose, they all count the same. Until they don’t.

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And they might not all count the same in 2020. In this crazy season, it might come down not just to whether you won or lost, but how many you lost by.



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The Big 12 football race hits the homestretch, with just two Saturdays left before the championship game. Consider this scenario:

Oklahoma wins out to finish 7-2. The Sooners will be a big favorite at home over Baylor and solid favorites at West Virginia.

Oklahoma State wins out to finish 7-2. The Cowboys will be solid favorites at TCU and at Baylor.

West Virginia wins at Iowa State. Not likely, but possible. The Mountaineers are playing much better.

Texas loses at Kansas State. Not likely, but possible. Longhorns offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi, a projected first-round draft pick, has left the team to concentrate on the NFL draft.

If those events happen, the Big 12 title game participants will be determined by margin of victory.

We would have a three-way tie for first among Oklahoma, Ohio State and Iowa State at 7-2, and each would be 1-1 against the other tied teams.

We would have a three-way tie for fourth among West Virginia, Kansas State and Texas, and the first-place teams would each be 2-1 against the fourth-place teams, which is the next criteria.

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first-place teams would have beaten the seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and 10th-place teams.

Which brings us down to point differential. Iowa State beat OU 37-30, OSU beat Iowa State 24-21 and OU beat OSU 41-13. So the Sooners would be plus-21, the Cyclones plus-four and the Cowboys minus-25.

Setting up an OU-Iowa State title game.

The message is clear in college football. Never take your foot off the gas. Run up the score as much as possible.

I don’t like margin-of-victory criteria any more than you do, but I don’t have an easy answer for the Big 12. Round-robin schedule, top two teams play for the title? Unbreakable three-way ties are bound to arise once a decade or so.

The Big 12 twice had memorable three-way ties in the divisional days and relied on the Bowl Championship Series records to break the

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Marc Gisin ends ski race career 2 years after serious crash

ENGELBERG, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss skier Marc Gisin announced the end of his racing career on Monday, saying he had not fully recovered from a serious crash two years ago.

In December 2018, Gisin was placed in a medical coma to be treated after hitting the snow hard at a jump on the Saslong course at Val Gardena, Italy.

“I put absolutely everything in my rehabilitation to come back from this injury once again and tried to give my body and especially my brain the time it needed to recover,” Gisin wrote on his Instagram account. “But my body won’t take it anymore.”

The 32-year-old Gisin is from a storied ski racing family. His sisters Dominique and Michelle won Olympic gold medals at, respectively, the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Gisin, who placed 21st in men’s downhill at Pyeongchang, got his best World Cup results at the toughest race — fifth places in 2016 and 2018 at Kitzbühel, Austria.

He also sustained a head injury at Kitzbühel in 2015 when crashing out in a super-G race.

Gisin said Monday his race awareness was still affected and “will not allow me to ski the way I want to” ahead of the first speed races of the new season.

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How Northwestern’s loss impacts Ohio State, Big Ten, College Football Playoff race

Ohio State, which was ranked No. 4 in the first set of College Football Playoff rankings this week, canceled its game Saturday against Illinois because of positive COVID-19 tests within the team.   

The Buckeyes have paused team activities and their hopes of reaching the Big Ten championship game for a fourth consecutive season have taken a hit because of the conference’s games-played standard for qualifying for the game.

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None of that might matter. Michigan State did the Buckeyes a huge favor by knocking off No. 8 Northwestern 29-20 on Saturday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 5-1, leaving Ohio State (4-0) as the lone unbeaten team left in the Big Ten.  

What does the result mean for the conference race and the College Football Playoff rankings over the next two weeks? We take a closer look: 

Northwestern isn’t out yet

The Wildcats can still clinch the Big Ten West championship with victories against Minnesota and Iowa the next two weeks. Their head-to-head victory over Wisconsin last week remains the key.  

That said, Northwestern missed a chance Saturday to clinch its spot in the Big Ten championship game, and a drop out of the top 10 in the second set of College Football Playoff rankings is inevitable.

The Wildcats fell behind early, Peyton Ramsey threw three interceptions and the Spartans took advantage of those mistakes. 

Northwestern faces more obstacles than the Buckeyes in making the four-team playoff. In their case, a Big Ten championship does not necessarily clinch a spot. Cincinnati would have a strong argument over Northwestern in that scenario. 

Ohio State has two B1G options  

The best scenario for the Buckeyes will be to play against Michigan State and Michigan the next two weeks and clinch a fourth straight berth in the Big Ten championship game.  

Northwestern would be the likely opponent, and Ohio State beat the Wildcats 45-24 in the 2018 Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes would be playing for a guaranteed Playoff berth in this game, however.  

If the Buckeyes are unable to meet the six-game requirement for the Big Ten championship game because one or both games against Michigan State and Michigan are canceled, then Northwestern’s loss means that’s not a deal-breaker. There are no other unbeaten teams remaining in the conference.  

Ohio State could, in theory, also play Wisconsin or Iowa on championship weekend in a division crossover game if it does not qualify for the Big Ten title game, and the victory would likely carry similar weight with the College Football Playoff committee. Expect the Buckeyes to get some leeway because of the COVID-19 issues. 

The Buckeyes are in if they win 

What if Ohio State does not meet the six-game requirement? When the Big Ten made the decision to play in 2020, commissioner Kevin Warren acknowledged the season was a “fluid situation.”   

This is Ohio State, the three-time defending conference champion. The Big Ten could waive the six-game requirement to make the Big Ten championship game

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Is China winning the new space race?

China has been the only country to land on the Moon for over 40 years – since the Soviet Luna program. Its recent Chang’e missions (1-4) demonstrated that China could not only orbit and land on the Moon, but also successfully operate a rover. On November 24, the Chinese National Space Administration launched Chang’e 5 – the latest in the series.



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China’s Yutu 2 rover, as seen by the Chang’e 4 lander on the far side of the moon.

This mission to collect and return samples is impressive. Recent failed landings on the Moon by an Israeli privately funded mission and the Indian Vikram lander show just how challenging such missions still are.

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So is this solely a case of China using space exploration to show the world that its new scientific and technological capabilities rival those in the west? And if so, what are the consequences?

The mission

Chang’e 5 (named after the Chinese goddess of the Moon) is intended to collect samples from Mons Rümker, a 70km-wide, 500 metre- high dome made of basalt in the Oceanus Procellarum Mare region of the Moon’s nearside.

The plan is to then bring back 2kg of drilled and scooped samples to Earth. If the mission succeeds, planetary scientists will be able to test some key theories about the origin of the Moon and the inner Solar System’s rocky planets, which date back to the Apollo era

The age of a rocky body can be estimated based on its density of craters. The longer a body has existed, the more debris will have bombarded its surface. But it isn’t a very precise measurement. Estimates of the age of Mons Rümker and its surrounding area, derived from the number of impact craters on it, have ranged from over 3 billion to 1 billion years.

The absolute age of returned samples will be determined with radiometric dating. This is a method of dating geological specimens by working out the relative proportions of particular radioactive isotopes (elements with more or fewer particles in the atomic nucleus than the standard substance) that they contain. This will help us better understand how crater density corresponds to age. And that can then be used to improve crater-density age models of surfaces on the Moon and Mars, Mercury and Venus.

The new space race

Few would argue with the fact that the rise of China’s space program – which involves satellites, human missions and a space station planned for 2022 – has been rapid and successful. But it has competition. The US-led Artemis Program has set an aim to return humans to the Moon by 2024, which would notably be before any Chinese taikonaut landing.

The European Space Agency also has its own plans for the Moon, including the European Large Logistics Lander EL3, which aims to deliver a 1.3-tonne lander with new scientific

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Smartsheet sets sail in round-the-world race with female skipper, and its first sports sponsorship

In taking on its first sports sponsorship, Bellevue, Wash.-based collaborative work management company Smartsheet chose an athlete, sport and event which all key on buzzwords well suited to inspiring its own workforce and customers.



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British sailor Pip Hare and her yacht which is partially sponsored by Bellevue-based Smartsheet. (Instagram Photos via @piphareoceanracing )

Determination. Problem-solving. Resilience.  

Pip Hare will need all of that and more as she sails around the world by herself in the non-stop Vendée Globe yacht race. She’s doing it in a boat that is partially sponsored by Smartsheet, whose name is emblazoned on the craft’s foresail.

The 24,296-mile race — billed as the greatest in the world and the “Everest of the seas” — started Nov. 8 in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. It has featured female skippers just seven times since 1989. Hare is among six women competing this year against 27 men.

“This is Smartsheet’s first sports sponsorship because we were deeply aligned and believed in her mission,” a company spokesperson told GeekWire on Wednesday. “Her determination to challenge the industry norm, compete in the Vendée Globe and show the world a new way continues to inspire our team.”

Smartsheet has a web page dedicated to learning more about Hare, a 46-year-old English yachtswoman who says that she wanted to compete in the race “because it’s one of the toughest sporting events on the planet” and she knows she’s “capable of a hell of a lot more than anybody ever thinks when they look at me.”

Smartsheet has also built a dashboard on its own platform to track Hare’s progress. The dashboard includes a real-time competition map where fans can track Hare’s location on the course against other racers. Statistics also allow a deeper dive on such things as speed, weather conditions, Hare’s health metrics and first-hand insights into what she is experiencing.

On Wednesday, Hare was currently 23rd out of 32 racers.



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Smartsheet, which went public in 2018, now has approximately 84,000 domain-based customers that use the company’s software for project management and other collaborative work. While the race is its first sports sponsorship, Smartsheet points to a few sports-related companies that already rely on its platform, including Burton Snowboards, Spartan Race, and Arc’teryx.

And Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader offered up his own brand of seaworthy inspiration a few years ago at GeekWire Startup Day when he shared 14 tips for smooth sailing in business.

The company isn’t shying away from using the extreme nature of the Vendée Globe race and Hare’s story to sell a hardcore brand of business grit, saying on one of its websites that the sponsorship is dedicated to anyone who dares to dream.

“This race is about Pip refusing to accept the limitations placed on her. Instead, she will take the helm and let her determination drive her,” Smartsheet wrote. “It is this spirit,

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Moths strike out in evolutionary arms race with sophisticated wing design

Moths strike out in evolutionary arms race with sophisticated wing design
Composite image of the moth Antheraea pernyi (top) and the butterfly Graphium agamemnon (bottom) showing photographs on the left and ultrasound echo image (tomography) on the right. Note how moth wings have weaker echoes (acoustic image) than butterfly wings. Credit: Simon Reichel, Thomas Neil, Zhiyuan Shen & Marc Holderied

Ultra-thin, super-absorbent and extraordinarily designed to detract attention, the wings of moths could hold the key for developing technological solutions to survive in a noisy world.


As revealed in a new study published today in PNAS, researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered the precise construction of moths wings that have enabled the species to evade its most troublesome predator in a 65 million-year-old evolutionary arms race.

Using an array of analytical techniques, including airborne cross-sectional imaging, acoustic-mechanics and refractometry, the team from Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences found that the very thin scale layer on moth wings has evolved extraordinary ultrasound-absorptive properties that provide stealth acoustic camouflage against echolocating bats.

What makes the team’s discovery even more remarkable is that they have identified the first known naturally occurring acoustic metamaterial. A metamaterial traditionally describes an artificial composite material engineered to display physical properties that surpass those available in nature. Naturally occurring metamaterials are extremely rare and had previously never been described in the world of acoustics.

Moths strike out in evolutionary arms race with sophisticated wing design
False-colour 3D representation of a 0.21 mm x 0.28 mm wing section of the moth Lasiocampa quercus showing structure, diversity and arrangement of base scales (orange) and cover scales (blue and yellow). Credit: Simon Reichel, Thomas Neil, Zhiyuan Shen & Marc Holderied

Earlier this year, behavioural acoustics and sensory ecology expert Dr. Marc Holderied and his co-researchers reported how deaf moths had evolved ultrasound absorbing scales on their bodies that allowed them to absorb 85 per cent of the incoming sound energy that bats use to detect them.

The need to survive meant that moths evolved a 1.5mm deep scale protective barrier that acts as a porous sound absorber. Such a protective barrier would not work on the wings though, where the increased thickness would hinder the moths’ ability to fly. A key feature of acoustic metamaterials is that they are much smaller than the wavelength of sound that they are acting on, allowing them to be much thinner than traditionally constructed sound absorbers.

In this latest study, the Bristol team, led by co first authors Dr. Thomas Neil and Dr. Zhiyuan Shen, reveal that moths have gone one life-saving step further, creating a resonant absorber that is 100 times thinner than the wavelength of the sound it absorbs, thus enabling the insects to maintain their lightness while reducing the potential for bats to detect the echoes of their wings in flight.

By examining the sophisticated cross-sectional images of sound captured using ultrasound tomography, the team discovered that moth wings have evolved to make a resonant absorber that is effective protection against echolocating bats. The findings could significantly bolster the efforts of material scientists, acousticians and sonar engineers to design bio-inspired sound

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Higher education groups ask Biden to reverse Trump orders on Title IX reform, critical race theory

Groups representing colleges and universities have urged President-elect Joe Biden to “move quickly” and undo many of President Trump’s orders that affect higher education policy, including Title IX reform and critical race theory.

In a letter from the American Council on Education, which was signed by 46 higher education groups, President Ted Mitchell wrote that the incoming Biden administration should remove the new Title IX mandate for a live hearing with cross-examination in cases of sexual assault on campus.

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Mitchell said the requirement “could have a chilling effect on the willingness of survivors to come forward and raises serious concerns about retraumatization.”

The groups also called for the repeal of Trump’s Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping – an order that banned certain race and sex-based training from federal contractors, the military, federal agencies, and recipients of federal grants.

Grant recipients include many universities that have embraced critical race theory training, a view that asserts certain institutions are inherently racist and that race itself is used by White people to further their own interests at the expense of people of color.

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The order also states that it does not ban the affected institutions from “promoting racial, cultural, or ethnic diversity or inclusiveness” and adds that critical race theory topics are fair game for academic instruction if discussed without endorsement.

However, Mitchell called the order “sweepingly overbroad” and said it “has chilled the implementation of critical diversity training programs that ensure more respectful and productive work and learning environments.”

The groups also praised Biden’s plans to reinstate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields around 650,000 young immigrants from deportation.

DACA currently serves as a protection for young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, also referred to as Dreamers, to allow them to legally study, work, and remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Trump ended new enrollment for the program in 2017.

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Among other points, the groups also asked President-elect Biden to reinstate the Obama-era guidance that allowed institutions to consider race in admissions decisions and to drop a lawsuit against Harvard University which claims the Ivy League school imposes a “racial penalty” on Asian Americans.

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Heisman Watch 2020: Top Contenders in Race for College Football’s Biggest Honor | Bleacher Report

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    The SEC Championship Game is shaping up to be one of, if not the, most important games to the Heisman Trophy race. 

    Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask is putting up numbers comparable to 2019 Heisman winner Joe Burrow and has a chance to dethrone the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 19. 

    If Trask outduels Alabama quarterback Mac Jones in that contest, he could secure one of the most coveted pieces of hardware in college football. 

    Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence of the Clemson Tigers will have a say in the final Heisman discussions as well with ranked opponents and conference championship games ahead on their respective schedules.

    Unless something drastic happens in the final month of regular-season play, the award should be handed out to a quarterback for the fifth straight year. 

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    Trask has been the most explosive quarterback of the four Heisman candidates. 

    The Florida quarterback has thrown for at least four touchdowns in each of his six appearances. He ranks first in the FBS with 28 touchdown passes. 

    His fast start to the season is comparable to the numbers produced by Burrow in the LSU Tigers offense in 2019.

    ESPN’s Bill Connelly pointed out that both players had 148 completions and just three interceptions in that span. Trask has a slight advantage in passing yards and touchdowns. 

    Trask’s production should be sustainable up until the SEC Championship Game, as the Gators face four unranked teams before making a trip to Atlanta to face Alabama. 

    Florida’s next four opponents have a combined 7-17 record, so the Gators could be in line for a few more double-digit victories. 

    If Trask continues to put up high totals, his Heisman candidacy will improve, but it could all come down to his performance against Alabama.

    If he places the Gators in the College Football Playoff with a dominant showing against the No. 1 team in the nation, Trask could earn a good amount of first-place votes. 

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    Jones’ totals against Alabama’s two ranked opponents put him in the mix to win the Heisman.

    The junior from Florida produced over 400 passing yards and four touchdowns in the victories over the Georgia Bulldogs and Texas A&M Aggies. 

    If he leads the Crimson Tide to a SEC championship with similar numbers, Jones will make a legitimate case to be the Heisman winner. 

    Before he gets to Atlanta, Jones needs to thrive against Alabama’s remaining regular-season opponents to remain in touch with Trask, Fields and Lawrence. 

    After they host the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, the Crimson Tide host the Auburn Tigers, who enter Week 12 at No. 23 in the AP Top 25, in their final ranked matchup before the SEC Championship Game. 

    A year ago, Jones threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns in an Iron Bowl loss that cost Alabama a shot at the national championship.

    If Jones avoids the turnovers he

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