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  1. Jalen Hurts inconsistent, but Tide finds other ways to beat Gators

    College

    ATLANTA — Austin Appleby stepped back, saw Antonio Callaway open and fired the ball. It arrived several feet behind the target, landing instead in the waiting arms of Alabama corner Minkah Fitzpatrick. And the Gators couldn't do anything to stop him. …

    Jalen Hurts, described by a teammate as “smooth the whole time,’’ celebrates after a second straight title game win over UF.
  2. No turning the Tide: No. 1 Alabama thrashes No. 15 Florida

    College

    ATLANTA — Florida coach Jim McElwain walked off the Georgia Dome turf Saturday soundly beaten by his old boss for the second year in a row.  …

    Florida Gators tight end C'yontai Lewis (80) get tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (20) and defensive back Anthony Averett (28) during the SEC championship at the Georgia Dome on Saturday December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  3. Photo gallery: University of Florida Gators vs. University of Alabama Crimson Tide

    Alleyes

    View a gallery of images as the University of Florida Gators take on the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC title at the Georgia Dome Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

    Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough (9) celebrates with fans after the SEC championship against the Florida Gators at the Georgia Dome on Saturday December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Florida Gators 54 to 16.
  4. Intensified by climate change, king tides' change ways of life in South Florida

    Environment

    FORT LAUDERDALE — In an enclave of a city known as the Venice of America, where dream-big houses look out over a maze of picturesque canals, the comparison to the Venice of Italy no longer seems so appealing. …

    Par Lundin walks through floodwaters caused by an annual so-called king tide at a construction site on Mola Avenue in Fort Lauderdale on Monday. The frequent king tides are the most blatant example of the interplay between sea level rise and the alignment of the moon, sun and Earth. Even without a drop of rain, many places in South Florida flood like clockwork. [New York Times]
  5. Captain's Corner: Incoming tide heats things up

    Outdoors

    The hot bite has been on the incoming tide. Snook and redfish have pushed out into the holes on the flats. They begin feeding as the tide starts moving inward. Chumming with live pilchards will get the fish feeding. Once set up on a hole, dump live sardines out, making sure to scatter them all around and in the hole. This can be done with a sidearm motion. Once ignited, it only takes a half-dozen or so to keep them interested. On the low water start further off the trees and ease in as the tide rises. Many of the snook we've been catching have been males. A 40 series reel, spooled with 15-pound braid tied to a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader attached to a No. 1 circle hook is used to tame these fish and give a high hook-up ratio. If there are lots of break-offs, up the leader in 5-pound increments. …

  6. Another defensive score sparks Tide

    Sports

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When Alabama couldn't shake Texas A&M in a battle of unbeaten Top 10 teams, it was Jonathan Allen's scoop-and-score defensive touchdown that effectively brushed aside the latest would-be challenger. What else?  …

    Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts gets out of bounds as Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts gives chase in the second half.
  7. Worst of Red Tide seems over in Pinellas

    Environment

    It has been a busy time for Treasure Island city workers, who in the past few weeks have cleaned up 40,000 pounds of dead fish on the city's beachfront. But public works director Mike Helfrich thinks — and hopes — the worst is over. …

  8. Captain's Corner: Tactics for fly-fishing the tides

    Outdoors

    A strong outgoing tide before daylight is perfect for fishing lighted docks and bridges. Snook, trout, redfish and baby tarpon feed actively on baitfish attracted to the lights by plankton, their favorite food. Match the baitfish size exactly using white fly patterns. Use a shock tippet of 30-pound fluorocarbon for snook and small tarpon. Low and negative tides are perfect for tailing redfish on very shallow flats. Either wade or pole the boat into casting distance, but remove your previous fly and shock tippet. A long 15-pound tippet with a size 4 crab pattern that matches the bottom will produce. As the tide comes in, trout and snook will join the redfish, so change to your dock light setup with a size 1 chartreuse over white Clouser minnow. It lets you cover more water; the hook pointed up avoids weeds and grass. …

  9. Tide LB faces gun charge

    Colleges

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama linebacker Tim Williams has been charged with carrying a pistol without a permit. Campus police arrested Williams on the misdemeanor charge at about 1 a.m. Thursday in his vehicle in a grocery store parking lot two days before the game with Kentucky.  …

    Tim Williams, who has moved into the starting lineup this season, might face internal discipline.
  10. Tide unsure if backup QB is still with team

    Sports

    Alabama coach Nick Saban said he doesn't know if backup quarterback Blake Barnett is still with the team after the redshirt freshman saw him before Wednesday's practice "with some concerns about his future." Saban said he hasn't received a final decision on Barnett's plans.  …

  11. Down 21, Tide rises to top Ole Miss

    Sports

    OXFORD, Miss. — Alabama coach Nick Saban watched his top-ranked team fall behind by three touchdowns, then come roaring back Saturday. And when his Crimson Tide looked to be in control and leading No. 19 Mississippi by 18 points in the fourth quarter, it nearly blew it.  …

    Running back Bo Scarbrough dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of Alabama’s 48-42 win.
  12. Florida's latest environmental headache: Red Tide hits Pinellas County

    Water

    Red Tide, the toxic algae that has plagued Florida's coasts since the days of the Spanish conquistadors, is making a big mess on Pinellas County's beaches this week. The sewage that was dumped into Tampa Bay could make it even worse. …

    Thousands of dead fish and other small marine life lined the beaches of Treasure Island on Tuesday.  [Les Neuhaus]
  13. News at Noon: Red Tide hits Pinellas; hotel a concern for MacDill's future; final farewell for Fernandez; Tropical Storm Matthew forms

    News

    Red Tide, the toxic algae that has plagued Florida's coasts since the days of the Spanish conquistadors, is making a big mess on Pinellas County's beaches this week. The sewage being dumped into Tampa Bay may make it worse.  …

    Thousands of dead fish and other small marine life lined the beaches of Treasure Island on Tuesday.  [Les Neuhaus]
  14. Captain's Corner: Fish the best-moving tide

    Outdoors

    At 10 a.m. the air is thick, hot and slippery and, recently, the morning tide sluggish. The general rule is fish the best-moving tide, if possible. The past week in the Gandy area the preferred tide has been incoming, and the time of day has proven to be a nonissue. The sluggish tide provided a sluggish bite on the morning trips. The afternoon trip I had on Thursday was set for a 1:30 start. As we arrived to the first spot, the tide was slowly trickling and the seabreeze produced showers around the bay and gave us a nice refreshing breeze. The tide began moving faster after about five minutes. Over the next hour or so we caught and released snook from 22 inches all the way up to 41 inches. Three fish were over 35 and two were at 30 inches, not a bad start. Don't be afraid of the bait fry, the big stuff is out there if you're looking for snook. If not, snapper are grinding hard on the fry baits. They can be found on just about any dock piling, rock pile or bridge piling around the bay. Mackerel have also been engulfing the fry and turning up their nose at the larger sardines. The terminal tackle for snook is a 40 series reel spooled with 15-pound braid attached to a 20-pound leader and a 1/0 or 2/0 circle hook. If the bait is smaller, I use a Nos. 1 or 2. Snapper same rig as above and add split shot. If the bite slows, try dropping to a 15-pound leader. For mackerel I prefer the same rig but add a 40-pound leader with a No. 1 long shank silver hook. If the toothy critters cut you off, go to 60 pound. …

  15. USF study: Water from deep in gulf may keep away red tide

    Water

    TAMPA — Beaches in the bay area may seem a little more pleasant next summer with fewer dead fish and more tourists lying on the shore. …

    Dead fish, the result of a toxic Red Tide bloom, washed up just north of Johns Pass in Madeira Beach in April.
  16. Captain's Corner: Mackerel hot on moving tide

    Outdoors

    Mackerel are chewing well on any moving tide, as long as it's moving. Some of these fierce, toothy fish are weighing between 4-6 pounds, and with every moon phase, bigger fish are funneling into the bay. Cobia are making an appearance on the markers south down near the bridge. I'm still seeing packs of three to five on the flats. They eat anything this time of year. Snook have been crushing greenbacks and threadfins on the beaches and the deep mangrove shorelines at the top of the tide an hour before and an hour after the switch of the tide. Clients have caught and released several slot and overslot snook. Snook seem to be doing well. There are lots of small fish in the 22- to 26-inch range. Redfish are feeding on the high outgoing tides and staging up around the creek mouths ambushing baits. Live greenbacks and pinfish have been excellent baits. Tarpon time is here, and there are plenty. Live and dead bait have been effective. The technique to fighting tarpon is to keep the pressure on and bow down to it the instant it jumps. The reason is the tarpon shakes its head so violently that you're trying to keep it from breaking the line. Long pumps up, then reeling down gives the fish a little breather. Long stokes should be avoided if at all possible. …

  17. How to beat Alabama? List is short, not sweet

    College

    ATLANTA — Jim McElwain hasn't sugarcoated the challenge his No. 15 Gators face in today's SEC championship.  …

    Receiver ArDarius Stewart (13), with tight end Hale Hentges, is part of Alabama’s group of gamebreakers.
  18. Captain's Corner: Strong bits for several fish

    Outdoors

    It is getting to be the time of year for negative tides and strong northeast winds really blowing the water out. Don't get discouraged by this. It will give you an opportunity to find new fishing areas. Deep troughs will also be visible. Look for troughs just off the flats that are exposed. Fish are usually piled up there. The redfish bite has been pretty consistent this week. A couple of nice schools of bull reds are running around with the mullet. If the winds are down and you are able to get offshore, then you should be pretty successful. I have been told that the mangrove snapper, hog snapper and grouper bites are really going off. Small tuna are hanging on the most popular wrecks. Mix in some kingfish action and you should have a blast. …

  19. Several roads closed in Tarpon Springs due to high tide flooding

    Weather

    TARPON SPRINGS — Several roads throughout the city have been closed following high tide Monday afternoon, according to city police. …

    Mail carrier Tracy Halesworth, of Tarpon Springs, navigates flooding on Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs as squalls of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Colin move into the Tampa Bay area on Monday. The storm prompted warnings from emergency officials about street flooding and impassable roads. Officials also warned that higher-than-normal tides could lead to coastal flooding. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
  20. Tide keeps Aggies slumping

    Sports

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Avery Johnson has already brought big wins to Alabama's program even during an up-and-down season.  …

    Alabama’s Retin Obasohan scores two of his 16 in a 63-62 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M, which has lost three straight.

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