Auburn sports: Football returns to practice field; basketball gets potentially good news

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Back on the practice field 

After a few days either at the beach or at home, Auburn football got back to work on Tuesday.

Practice was closed to the media (as it will be again Wednesday), but the Tigers are now closing in on their spring game.

That means the intensity will change a bit in the coming weeks. You’ll likely hear more about particular players that are standing out and learn just how much of Jarrett Stidham you’ll see come A-Day. Stay locked in to for all the news and updates to come.

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Potentially good news 

On Tuesday Auburn basketball got some news that could be very good for the 2018-19 season. The NCAA ruled Danjel Purifoy eligible following the first 30 percent of next basketball season.

According to a university spokesman, Purifoy was pleased with the news. Purifoy himself later took to twitter expressing his own excitement.

The Tigers are still a long ways away from knowing what their roster will look like come next season, but the potential is there and exciting.

Softball back at Jane B. Moore Field 

After Auburn softball earned a thrilling win over Alabama last weekend, the Tigers host Alabama State in a midweek contest Wednesday.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

Keep an eye out for team members after the game behind sections 7 and 103. That’s where the women will be signing autographs for about 10 minutes.

Baseball comes up short 

Auburn baseball hoped to hand Georgia Tech another loss, this time in Atlanta, but that’s not exactly how things unfolded on Tuesday night.

Instead the Yellow Jackets topped Butch Thompson’s team 6-4 in Georgia. Despite the loss, there were some positives. Auburn scored four runs in the last two innings and had the tying run on base in the top of the ninth.

Elliot Anderson, Ryan Watson and Corey Herndon pitched for the Tigers, holding Georgia Tech scoreless for the final 4⅔ innings. Auburn is 19-3 headed into a weekend series at Kentucky.

Tweet of the day 

Again, Danjel Purifoy had his own take on his decision.

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