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    TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2007


    Prothro's latest surgery should improve his range

    The University of Alabama announced Monday that wide receiver Tyrone Prothro underwent another surgery on his left leg and ankle.

    Surgeons performed the procedure to remove scar tissue in the injured area in order to increase his range of motion, according to a university release.

    Prothro suffered a compound fracture of his leg and ankle in the fourth quarter of Alabama's 31-3 victory over Florida in 2005. He hasn't played since, and the latest surgery is his third since getting hurt.

    The 5-foot-8, 178-pound Prothro spent a month in the hospital because of an infection following the initial surgery, which placed a rod in his leg.

    Prothro caught 58 passes for 863 yards and five touchdowns during 2003-05. In 2005, he had 691 all-purpose yards in five games, including 325 receiving, 193 kick return, 81 punt return and 41 rushing.

    He has one year of eligibility remaining.

    Ole Miss sets mark against Tide: When Alabama lost 15-9 on Sunday to Ole Miss, the CrimsonTide hadn't allowed that many runs since a 16-8 loss to Houston in the 2003 NCAA regionals.

    The 20 hits given up by the Tide were the most since Texas A&M matched that in a 16-5 win over Alabama in the same 2003 regional.

    In some good news for the Tide, outfielder Emeel Salem went 1-for-4 to increase his on-base streak to 40 games, which dates back to last season. He has reached base in all 27 games this season for Alabama (17-10, 3-3 SEC).

    Women's golf, Bloomberg showing improvement: The Alabama women's golf team finished in fourth place this past weekend at the Liz Murphey Intercollegiate Classic in Athens, Ga.

    Auburn won the tournament, shooting 29-over par in three rounds. The Tide finished 46-over.

    Tide freshman Helena Bloomberg shot a three-round total of 219 to finish sixth individually. It was her first top-10 finish in collegiate play.

    "Helena playing this well gives us four players in our lineup with top-10 finishes, which is important for confidence and putting together a solid team," Alabama coach Mic Potter said. "She had a couple of bogies at the end of the final round, but she was really solid, and that bodes well for us."

    Softball falls at LSU: The No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide softball team left 12 runners on base on Sunday in a 3-0 loss at No. 9 LSU.

    Alabama lost two of three in the weekend series. After taking the first game of a Saturday doubleheader 6-0, the Tide lost the nightcap 5-4. This marks the first time this season that the Crimson Tide (31-3) had lost consecutive games.

    Men's tennis loses to top-ranked Georgia: No. 1-ranked Georgia handed the No. 11 Alabama men's tennis team its third straight loss Sunday 5-2.

    The Crimson Tide (13-5, 3-2) lost the doubles point and couldn't recover. Billy Mertz and Javier Bes were the only two Tide players who won their singles matches.

    Alabama lost to Tennessee 5-2 on Friday and to Notre Dame 4-1 in the Blue Gray National before that.

    Women's tennis loses fifth straight: The Crimson Tide women's tennis team lost to No. 31 Tennessee 7-0 on Friday and at No. 1 Georgia 6-1 on Sunday.

    Alabama's lone point against the Lady Bulldogs came through doubles. The Crimson Tide is 5-8 and 1-3 in the league.

    Tide track team excels: Alabama's Kayla Natale won the pole vault competition at the Alabama Relays on Sunday in Tuscaloosa.

    Natale won with a height of 11 feet, 9.75 inches, which was six inches higher that the second-place finisher. Jason Dixon qualified for NCAA regionals in the discus competition with a throw of 169-11.

    More good news came the track team's way last week when coach Harvey Glance was selected to be an assistant coach for the 2008 United States Olympic track and field team.

    An Olympic gold medal winner in 1976 in the 4-by-100 relay, Glance was the head coach for the U.S. track team in the 1999 Pan-American Games.

    Josh Cooper Josh Cooper
    DAILY Sports Writer

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