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ATLANTA -- This was merely an annoyance for Alabama, a chance to add another trophy to its overflowing cases. Air Max 97 Negras . The Crimson Tide did just enough things wrong to give Nick Saban something to complain about over the next month, but in the end it was another dominating victory for the nations top-ranked team.Florida coach Jim McElwain was certainly impressed after his No. 15 Gators took a 54-16 whipping in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. He called it Sabans best team yet in a dynasty that shows no signs of stumbling.I dont see a lot of weaknesses, marveled McElwain, Sabans offensive coordinator from 2008-11. Theyve really accumulated a lot of speed at some spots where they were always big.Alabama (13-0, No. 1 CFP) unleashed all its weapons against the overmatched Gators, scoring off an interception and a blocked punt in the first half, snuffing out their last gasp with a goal-line stand, and wearing down Florida at the end with a dominant running game.The Tide now heads to the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row, most likely returning to Atlanta for a semifinal game on Dec. 31. Alabama will be seeking its second straight national title and its fifth crown in the last nine years. Saban already has five national titles , counting his first at LSU, and is one shy of Bear Bryants record for the most by any coach.Challenging his players, Saban said they have a chance to do something to create a legacy for this team. Thats something they should think about, how important that is, what they are willing to do to do it. Because all the teams you play from here on out are really, really good.The Crimson Tide bolted to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, despite being held to minus-7 yards and no first downs. Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown, and Josh Jacobs went 27 yards for a score with a blocked punt. A field goal was set up by another pick -- one of three thrown by Florida quarterback Austin Appleby in the first half.The Tide led 33-16 at halftime and iced the victory with scoring drives of 98 and 91 yards, sparked by a goal-line stand that finished off the last gasp by the Gators (8-4, No. 15 CFP). It was most points surrendered by Florida since a 62-24 loss to Nebraska in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.A 24-point underdog , the Gators marched the length of the field on their opening possession, the first touchdown given up by the Tide in more than 17 quarters. They had another long TD drive near the end of the first half to give themselves a glimmer of hope.It wasnt perfect, said Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, who was named the games MVP. We had to persevere, overcome some hard times.The last of those hard times came when Florida drove to the Crimson Tide 1 in the third quarter. Jordan Scarlett attempted to leap over the line on third-and-goal, but he never got off the ground. Rashaan Evans, who took over after Shaun Dion Hamilton went out with a likely season-ending knee injury, blew by his blocker and slammed the running back for a 1-yard loss.Appleby then threw incomplete in the back of the end zone on fourth down, giving the Tide all the momentum.Alabama finished with 174 yards rushing in the second half. The bulk of the carries went to bruising sophomore Bo Scarbrough, who had two short touchdown runs and finished with 91 yards on 11 carries.We just wanted to do what we do best, and thats run the ball, Scarbrough said.THE TAKEAWAYAlabama: Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts wasnt all that sharp, completing 11 of 20 passes for 138 yards, and the Tide will want to clean up some busted plays that led to big losses. But thats merely nitpicking. This team is the clear favorite heading into the playoff.Florida: The Gators must address their offensive woes after another shaky performance. Developing a quarterback is McElwains top priority. Thats something weve got to do, sooner than later, he said.BLOCK PARTYDuring a wild sequence in the first quarter, each team scored off blocked kicks on back-to-back plays.Jacobs TD came after Derrick Gore blocked a punt, giving Alabama a 16-7 lead. But when Adam Griffiths extra-point attempt was swatted down by Jabari Zuniga, David Reese scooped up the ball and went the length of the field to give the Gators a 2-point conversion.POLL IMPLICATIONSAlabama will remain No. 1 in The Associated Press poll, as well as the College Football Playoff rankings. Florida can expect to drop at least four or five spots.UP NEXTAlabama: Projected to meet the No. 4-ranked CFP team in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.Florida: Two straight blowout losses probably cost the Gators a shot at the Sugar Bowl. More likely, they will settle for either the Dec. 31 Citrus Bowl or the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .---For more AP college football coverage: www.collegefootball.ap.org Air Max 97 Silver . 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But for his BMC Racing team, his achievement will have provided them with a much-needed boost after a rocky start as the Tour heads toward the Pyrénées this weekend.The United States-registered team, which is racing with a two-pronged attack featuring by American Tejay van Garderen and Australian Richie Porte as co-leaders, was one of the first in the peloton to see their Tour compromised when Porte lost 1:45 to his main rivals due to a flat tyre inside the last five kilometres of Stage 2.While BMC team president Jim Ochowicz said the teams focus on a Van Garderen-Porte bid for Tour glory has not changed, there was no doubting that Portes time loss was a blow. But, to their credit, Porte and the team did not drop their heads.The 31-year-old Van Avermaet was justifiably ecstatic for pulling off his double coup. I was happy with the stage win last year, now a stage win and yellow jersey, he said. It is a once in a lifetime for me. I am going to enjoy it as much as possible tomorrow.Van Avermaet, a one-day classics specialist, is not considered a threat to the likes of defending Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky) or Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar). But the Belgian now leads the Tour by 5:11 over Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (FDJ) in second and 5:13 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third.Barring disaster in Thursdays 190.5-km Stage 6 from Arpajon-sur-Cère, Van Avermaet should take a lead into the Pyrénées on Friday, when the 162.5k-m seventh stage from LIsle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle includes the first category climb Col dAspin near the finish.Van Avermaet made his winning move with 17km go on the second category Col du Perthus, dropping Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), who, until then, had worked well with his fellow Belgian when they found themselves together as the last survivors of an original nine-rider breakaway that formed early in the stage.We were the strongest guys in the break I think, Van Avermaet said. We made the race hard. We made the gap big. Then we saw the peloton was not coming back on the steep climb. I felt pretty good and I just went on my own and was strong enough to go to the line.Van Avermaet finished 2:34 clear of de Gendt. In third, at 5:04, was Polands Rafael Majka (Tinkoff) and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha). Air Max 97 Silver. . Three seconds later, 18 riders, including Froome and all his rivals bar Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), crossed the line. Contador finished 33 seconds behind Froome, after losing touch on the last climb with less than six kilometres to go. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), the Tour leader heading into Wednesday, was dropped inside the last 35km on the third-to-last climb, the second category Pas de Peyrol.Porte, who along with Van Garderen also finished in Froomes group, welcomed the feel of hills under his wheels for the first time in the Tour, telling ESPN: It sort of clears out the bunch. It makes it not so stressful. It was the first real proper GC [general classification] day.Porte lauded Van Avermaets feat. Thats an incredible day for the whole team. I guess it is going to lift us as well. We didnt expect it this morning. Its good.For Tejay and I to have Damian [Caruso] there [as well] as the last man there shepherding us, thats a good sign for our team.While it was a great day for BMC, it wasnt so positive for Tinkoff, as Contador continued to show that he has not fully recovered from his heavy crashes in Stages 1 and 2. The Spaniard even indicated that, should he still struggle in the Pyrénées, he might have to surrender his hopes of racing for overall classification and go for stage wins instead.Today would have been different if I had been in my normal condition, so I had to get through it the best I could, Contador said. Sky and Movistar were going hard. I have to take on this Tour different than we had planned. I hope to recover for the Pyrénées; if not, well, well have to look for a moment in the Alps. There was a little bit of disorganization, but we cant get too carried away about that. The legs are not working, thats the problem.I was putting everything into the pedals. I have to be realistic, and this Tour is going to be more difficult than I would have liked, and well just have to take it day by day. ... I am always the most optimistic of anyone, and I will also fight to the end, and keep trying to do something beautiful in this Tour, but my body needs time to recover. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '