California Snowpack is Deepest in 17 years – Good News for Water Supply

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBlessed with a brilliant blanket of early winter snow, California’s snowpack is double its average for this time of year — and the deepest it’s been in 17 years.State officials delivered the good news for California’s water supply Tuesday after the first official monthly snowpack measurement of the season.(READ more at Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Alabama notes: Playoff opponent doesn’t matter for Tide

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – Alabama players wanted to bask in the SEC Championship Game victory and not worry about the playoffs Saturday night.They were still tired Sunday and looked forward to the week off.However, they were confident that they’ll be ready for the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl to begin the their four-team playoff.“It doesn’t matter who we play,” offensive tackle Austin Shepherd said. “If we play Alabama football, we can beat anybody in the nation. We just have to play to our standard, and we will be fine.”Top-seeded Alabama found out Sunday that it faces No. 4 Ohio State in one the of the semifinals.No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Florida State face off in the Rose Bowl for the other semifinal.“We’ll prepare for it,” safety Landon Collins said. “The team we play will have the same mentality as we do, so we have to be ready.”The winners move on to the national championship game on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.“If we play the Alabama way we can give anybody a run,” quarterback Blake Sims said. “Whoever is next on the schedule is, I’m ready to play.” ■ Offensive notes: Alabama ended the regular season with a flurry of offense with 504 total yards and 42 points against Missouri. Here are other points of interest out of the SEC Championship Game.The 28 first downs, 76 plays, 23 completions, four rushing touchdowns and points scored were all conference game highs for the Crimson Tide.Sims set the Alabama SEC title game record for total offense with 281 yards. He threw for 262 and rushed for 19.Junior wide receiver Amari Cooper gained 1,679 total yards this season, which is eighth-best in Alabama single-season history. His 3,443 career yards ranks 10th in Crimson Tide history.Running back Derrick Henry was used off the bench, but had a career day with 141 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. The yardage was his best effort and the carries and touchdowns tied his previous bests.Christion Jones claimed the kickoff return average record for the SEC title game at 28.3 on three returns. He topped a 27.5 average on two returns by Peerless Price of Tennessee in 1998. ■ Defensive notes: Sophomore defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson had a career game against Missouri. He had nine tackles and three for a loss of yardage. Both were his best-ever numbers.Junior safety Landon Collins had seven tackles in the game. He has had seven or more tackles in 10 of the last 14 games. ■ Special company: Alabama has won five SEC Championship Games and earned five individual MVP awards, now that Sims claimed the latest trophy.The other winners were defensive back Antonio Langham (1992), receiver Freddie Milons (1999), quarterback Greg McElroy (2009) and running back Eddie Lacy (2012). ■ Former player update: Former Alabama offensive lineman Chad Lindsay transferred to Ohio State last offseason. He’s no longer with the team due to injuries, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Sunday.“He’s given up football,” Meyer said. “He’s finishing up his schooling this semester or this month.”last_img read more