Today is …
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• The Hindu had an interesting story on former Alabama soccer player Merel Van Dongen, a member of the Netherlands Women’s National Team, inviting a pair of Indian youth players to the World Cup.
• Speaking of van Dongen, she’ll be the first Crimson Tide soccer player to compete in a World Cup final. She started and played the entire semifinal when the Netherlands scored in extra time to defeat Sweden 1-0at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, France. The Netherlands will face Team USA at 10 a.m. CT Sunday.
• This has been making the rounds on social media:
• This is the definition of a tough draw in tennis. Former Alabama women’s player Alexa Guarachi and her partner Andreas Mies are in the mixed doubles field at Wimbledon, and will play in the first round on Friday. Their opponents? Serena Williams and former No. 1 men’s player Andy Murray.
• Former Alabama All-American Erin Routliffe will play in her second straight Wimbledon in women’s doubles. Routliffe and partner Madison Brengle will face Xinyun Han and Oksana Kalashnikova in the first round today (5 a.m. CT).
• Check out Bud Cauley's bunker tip:
• Four Crimson Tide swimmers will participate in the World University Games in Italy beginning today: Robert Howard (United States), Sezin Eligul (Turkey), Leonie Kullmann (German) and Zane Waddell (South Africa). The meet, which is held every two years, runs though Tuesday.
• 247Sports (paid) had a brief Q&A with Crimson Tide point guard Kira Lewis Jr., who is playing in the FIBA u19 World Cup in Crete, Greece. When asked about new coach Nate Oats, Lewis said: “He’s a great guy. It was a really good relationship from day one. He’s a guy that keeps it real with you. No messing around, he likes to get his stuff done and get out of there. Just a hardworking coach.”
• Lewis had 10 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes as Team USA defeated Latvia 116-66 in the Round of 16 at the World Cup. Next up in the quarterbacks: Russia.
• We’ll leave you with this …
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
July 4, 1950: Five former Alabama players had been named as head coaches on the high school level. Doug Lockridge took over at Valley High; Bill Caden-head assumed the duties at Coffee High in Florence; Bill Abston was the new coach at Thomaston; Bob Cochran the new football, basketball, and baseball head coach at Sandersville, Ga., and Norwood Hodges was the new football and baseball coach at Albert G. Parrish in Selma.
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
"Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don't forget them when they leave." — Paul W. “Bear” Bryant