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Ala. celebrates 3rd BCS National title in 4 years

Ala. celebrates 3rd BCS National title in 4 years

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The University of Alabama on Saturday celebrated its third BCS National Championship in four years in front of thousands of crimson- and white-clad fans.

The day began with a parade down University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa that concluded at the walk of champions outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Players, coaches and support staff walked through the plaza, which honors every national championship and SEC championship team in the Crimson Tide's illustrious history, up to a stage set up outside the stadium.

Head coach Nick Saban addressed the crowd on the sunny day, along with UA president Judy Bonner, Director of Athletics Mal Moore and BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock.

``(Saban) is the best coach, in my opinion, in the United States,'' Moore said. ``Thank God he's on our side.''

A ``2012'' etching was unveiled at the base of Saban's statue Saturday, which already had inscriptions from his previous BCS championships won in 2009 and 2011 at the school.

Saban also won the 2003 BCS championship while coaching the LSU Tigers and is the only coach to win 4 BCS titles.

Permanent team captains Damion Square, Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones were also recognized during the celebration.

``I've never been more proud of any group I've ever coached than the players and the coaches on this particular team,'' Saban said.

Radio broadcaster Eli Gold, who calls the football games on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. emceed the ceremonies. They ended with confetti, fireworks and a highlight video of Alabama's 42-14 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Jan. 7 championship game.

The game was replayed in its entirety on a large video board outside the stadium Saturday morning, as fans filed in before the festivities.

``When this year started, we knew this would be probably our most difficult challenge we've ever faced,'' Barrett Jones said. ``In college football today, repeating is something that's really hard. But this team embraced the challenge full on and we were able to achieve that.''

Several highly-touted recruits, such as linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive tackle Montravius Adams, were in attendance.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio also took in the festivities. His son, Luke, will attend Alabama in the fall as a preferred walk-on quarterback.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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