College football: Alabama routs Auburn without Nick Saban

TUSCLAOOSA, Ala. — Mac Jones passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns, highlighted by two long ones to DeVonta Smith, and Alabama rolled over rival Auburn 42-13 on Saturday without coach Nick Saban.

The Crimson Tide (8-0), who are No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, continued a dominating march through a schedule of all-Southeastern Conference games even minus their six-time national champion coach on the sideline. The No. 22 Tigers fell to 5-3.

Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and watched the game feed from home, witnessing the usual array of big plays with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, a former USC head coach, running the show.

The result was much of the same against Auburn, which suffered the second-most lopsided loss of Gus Malzahn’s coaching tenure. The only bigger margin was Alabama’s 52-21 win in the 2018 Iron Bowl.

The Crimson Tide started a string of three

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NASA gives big moon mission to Alabama company

President Trump may be leaving office, but NASA is staying on course with the president’s plan to return American astronauts to the moon. On Nov. 12, a little over a week after the election, a Huntsville, Ala., company said it has won an $85 million NASA contract modification to build key parts of two future moon rockets.

NASA awarded the contract extension to Teledyne Brown Engineering for two more of what are called Launch Vehicle Stage Adapters (LVSAs) for the Artemis II and Artemis III moon missions. The cone-shaped LVSAs connect the core section of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to its cryogenic propulsion stage, and Teledyne said they are the largest parts of the current version of SLS being built in Huntsville.

In the Artemis program NASA has developed, Artemis I would be an un-crewed launch of SLS to test the new rocket’s ability to get an Orion

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