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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Alabama sports news from The Associated Press

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is hoping to start spreading the ball around more offensively. Quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide have been mostly throwing to Amari Cooper going into Saturday's SEC opener versus Florida. Tailbacks T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry haven't needed to do much against outclassed Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Cameron Artis-Payne wanted to prove he has speed this season and Corey Grant aimed to show his power. The two tailbacks for Auburn so far have complemented each other nicely and helped the Tigers' running game remain one of the nation's best despite losing Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason.

ATLANTA (AP) - Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. The Nationals can clinch the division by beating the Braves on Tuesday night.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton says he's been disappointed by his players' lack of situational awareness during a pair of close losses to open the season. The coach says the result has been costly pre-snap mental errors including blown pass coverages and an offside on an opponent's field goal try.

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