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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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BASEBALL

It definitely wasn't the weekend the Tigers were looking for, that's for sure. Auburn couldn't get the bats going at all in Pensacola and came away from the Cox Diamond Invitational winless.

BASKETBALL

Speaking of bad weekends, whew boy. The ladies started things off right Thursday with a win in the SEC Tournament, but then couldn't defeat the South Carolina women in Game 2 Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the men started hot and then collapsed the rest of the first half in Starkville against Mississippi State. It's been a strange phenomenon that has happened too many times this season. Auburn outscored MSU in the second half, but the big first half deficit meant that it was too little, too late. The Tigers will face Tennessee in the first game of the SEC Tournament.

GYMNASTICS

Now for some good news! The gymnastics team went up to Athens and hit their highest road score in school history, scored 197+ for the fourth time in a row, and on top of that knocked off Georgia in Athens for the first time in school history. That's a pretty good way to wrap things up, I'd say. You can see some ESPN highlights from the meet, here.

SOFTBALL

The Softball team struggled against Indiana early Friday night, but once they got going, they never looked back. After falling down 7-0, the Tigers scored 44 unanswered runs over the course of the weekend to sweep the Wilson/DeMarini Classic. You can watch some highlights as ESPN looks back at some of the best plays in SEC Softball for the weekend.

EQUESTRIAN

The #1 Tigers faced a tough test against the 3rd ranked Texas A&M Aggies. It came down to a tie-breaker, but Auburn prevailed to continue its winning ways.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Auburn's divers are heading to the final qualification even before the NCAA Tournament, this week. They'll be in Atlanta for the Zone B Diving Championships.

TENNIS

As if knocking off #14 Texas A&M last Thursday wasn't a big enough upset for the ladies, they then followed that up with a bigger upset of #9 LSU! The women's team is rocking along, right now.

FOOTBALL

WarRoom Eagle continues his fun "Zone Read Between the Lines" series with a bit about Gus Malzahn's new sports car and what it may mean for Auburn football.

Kevin Steele met with the press for the first time this spring - and, I believe, the first time since he was hired - to discuss Auburn's defense and how it is coming along after three practices. There are some good little nuggets in there about who is playing where and who hasn't played at all this spring for some reason or another.

We've mentioned before that Kamryn Pettway has been getting some time at running back. It looks like he's hoping to be there more often than just a little bit, as he's hoping to be the replacement for Peyton Barber.

Carlton Davis may be even more physical and better as a sophomore than he was as a freshman, and if that becomes the case, he's definitely going to have a great year in 2016.

Because it seems they hope for any bad news regarding Auburn (see their tweets about whether Duke Williams would be a pro day), AL.com reached out to T.J. Neal to see if he may change his mind about transferring now that Illinois has fired their previous coach and hired Lovie Smith. It seems he's all Tiger.

In "not so great" news, former running back Tre Mason was arrested for drug and traffic charges the other day. The "and" is very important, as some early headlines were very misleading and made it look like "drug traffic charges," which is much more serious than what actually happened.