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xpect, coach Dan Majerle said about a team missing three starters. I was happy with how we started off. ..MILTON, Ga. -- With Alabama getting set to play in the final of the NCAA mens golf championship for the second year in a row, coach Jay Seawell got a good-natured call from Nick Saban. Obviously, the Crimson Tides football coach knows a thing or two about winning national titles. "He asked, Do you want me to come over and coach your team?" Seawell said Sunday, breaking into a big smile. "I was like, Sure. Youve got a better record in championships than I do." No need. The Tide did just fine without Sabans help. Showing again its more than just a football school, Alabama won its first national title in mens golf with a dominating 4-1 victory over Illinois in match play Sunday. This championship was especially sweet for a team that lost to Texas in last years final. "Its been a long 365 days," Seawell said. "But that just makes it more special. It makes you appreciate it more." Bobby Wyatt got the Tide off to a rousing start in the first match at Capital City Clubs Crabapple Course north of Atlanta, winning the first seven holes on the way to a 6-and-5 blowout of Thomas Detry. Alabama didnt have to sweat it in the final match, either, as Cory Whitsett went 5-up by the turn and cruised to a 4-and-3 victory over Alex Burge. The middle three matches were much tighter -- each of them all-square at one point coming down the stretch, giving Illinois a glimmer of hope at improbably pulling out its first national title. But Trey Mullinax, after squandering chances to pull ahead with three-putts at the 14th and 16th, two-putted from 60 feet for a par at the 18th for a 1-up victory over Charlie Danielson. The Illinois player missed the green with his approach, chipped up to about 10 feet, but rolled the putt past the right lip of the cup for a bogey. When Mullinax knocked down his 3-footer, a huge roar went up from the predominantly Alabama crowd that could be heard by the other groups still on the course. After that, it ended quickly. When Burge missed a 15-foot par putt at the 15th, he conceded Whitsetts short bogey attempt to end that match. Up ahead on the 16th green, at essentially the same time, Scott Strohmeyer rolled in a 3-footer for par to beat Brian Campbell 3-and-2. "Roll Tide!" someone in the gallery shouted. Wyatts strong start helped calm his teammates. They knew the Tide already had one point in the bag, which meant the other four players merely had to split their matches. "Hes a really streaky player," Whitsett said. "When he gets hot, hes really hot. No one can beat him when hes firing on all cylinders." Even so, Wyatt never envisioned being 7-up as he walked off the seventh green. "It doesnt get any better than that," he said. "I just had to keep my head down, keep plugging along. I wanted to get to the finish as early as possible." Thomas Pieters, the 2012 individual champion, earned the Fighting Illinis lone point with a 1-up victory over Alabamas top-ranked player, Justin Thomas. That wasnt nearly enough to halt the Tide, which had been on a mission ever since the bitter loss to Texas a year ago. Alabama lost to the Longhorns 3-2 when, on the final hole, Whitsett came up short of the green and missed a birdie chip, then watched helplessly while Dylan Frittelli rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to give Texas the crown. "I remember kneeling beside my bag," Whitsett said. "Its the worst Ive ever felt on a golf course." This was the best. "Pure joy," Whitsett said. The victory came nearly five months after Alabama routed Notre Dame in college footballs championship game, giving the school its third national title in four years in the sport that dominates most of the attention on campus. But the Tides athletic success goes far beyond the gridiron. Over the last two academic years, Alabama has also captured national championships in womens golf, softball and gymnastics. "We are a football school. No doubt. We dont have a problem with that," Mullinax said. "But I know the coaches on campus dont feel were just a football school. Weve got a lot of great athletes at Alabama. Were a great athletic school." The start of the match was moved up two hours because of the threat of an approaching storm, which was expected to hit the Atlanta area around mid-afternoon. There was no rain during the match, which ended just before noon under partly sunny skies. While Alabama was the nations second-ranked team, the Fighting Illini was a surprising finalist. They stunned top-seeded California 3-2 in the semifinals when Pieters defeated individual champion Max Homa on the second extra hole of their match. But Illinois couldnt pull off another upset. "Alabama had an edge to it today," coach Mike Small said. "We were up against a buzz saw." While the Fighting Illini has a bright future after sending out a lineup that included two freshmen and two sophomores, theyll have to make do next season without their top player. Pieters, a native of Belgium, had already announced his junior season would be his last before he turns professional. He broke down in tears after coming so close to adding a team title to the individual championship he won in 2012. "I dont think a lot of people expected us to be in the national championship," Pieters said. "We thought we could do it. We worked so hard to get to this moment. Its a shame we didnt get it done today. But Alabama played really, really well." Custom Kings Jerseys . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. Custom Kings T-shirts . JOHNS, N. . MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session, which was announced Monday. The league has discussed placing its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. Wholesale Custom Kings Shirts . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. Cheap Kings Jerseys . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. WASHINGTON -- Ivo Karlovics big serve carried him to a second consecutive final at age 37, earning a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fifth-seeded American Steve Johnson at the Citi Open on Saturday.The 6-foot-11 Karlovic, a Croatian seeded 13th at the hard-court tournament, saved all five break points he faced in the semifinals. He has won all 43 of his service games this week.This is my game. This is my strength, Karlovic said in an on-court interview. I will never run like he does.He broke Johnson in the third game of each set, each time right after saving break points on his own serve.Its definitely frustrating when you have chances, you dont take them, and you lose your focus for a second and you lose serve, said Johnson, who eliminated top-seeded John Isner in the quarterfinals. And thats the margin when you play a guy (like) Ivo, (who) pretty much only has a serve.Karlovic will face No. 2-seeded Gael Monfils of France or No. 7 Alexander Zverev of Germany in Sundays final.Last week, at the grass-court tournament in Newport, Rhode Island, Karlovic became the oldest man since 1979 to win an ATP singles title.I believe its (because of) hard work and also because I didnt begin very young, said Karlovic, who was 21 when he turned pro. Im not as used up as my age would suggest.This has been something of a resurgence for the man whose biggest victory was a first-round upset of defending champion Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2003. Since losing his first six matches of 2016, Karlovic has gone 16-7.Much of his success is based on his serve, which comes at opponents from way up high and gets quite a bounce on Washingtons hard courts, especially in the July heat.In the 25 years that ATP service stats cover, Karlovic leads the tour with more than 11,000 career aces and by winning 92 percent of his service games. He began Saturday averaging 22 aces per match at the Citi Open and finished the semifinal with 14, including a pair on the lastt two points at 134 mph and 132 mph.ddddddddddddJohnson serves well, too, and he came into the semifinal having held in all 32 of his service games in the tournament, saving 7 of 7 break points.Those streaks did not last long against Karlovic, who isnt necessarily known for his prowess as a returner.In Johnsons second service game, less than 15 minutes into the match, he missed a shot at deuce to hand over a break point and angrily smacked a ball into the stands. Then, with both men at the net, Karlovic lunged for a backhand volley winner to go up 2-1.A game earlier, Karlovics first on serve, represented perhaps Johnsons best chance to steal a break.Struggling to see the ball on his toss because of a bright sun that brought the temperature near 100 degrees, Karlovic double-faulted three times, helping create two break points. But Karlovic erased the first with a 130 mph service winner, then came up with this sequence after the second: 130 mph ace, 128 mph service winner, 109 mph service winner.Similarly, in the second set, Karlovic broke right after saving a break point created by a double-fault. This time, Karlovic went up 2-1 by delivering a cross-court forehand return winner, followed by a down-the-line backhand return winner.When Johnson held a pair of break points at 15-40 in the next game, Karlovic responded by hitting three consecutive aces, then a service winner to hold for 3-1. And he was on his way.After the match, Johnson took to Twitter to respond to some of the meaner messages he received about his loss. Among Johnsons choice phrases: Learn English so we know what you are trying to say and you are an idiot.Asked at his news conference about the exchanges, Johnson said he doesnt take it seriously, whatsoever and considers those sending pointed messages his way useless human beings. ' ' '

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