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From the parking lot of a West Ashley strip mall store front, there are distinct sounds that cause a slight pause and a curious glance. The sign above says Grit Box Fitness. The sound emanating from the open door includes rope skipping, the thud of punches striking a heavy bag and music from…

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Gene Sapakoff column: Alabama football fans, leading on a theory grounded in Dabo Swinney’s Pelham, Ala., boyhood and his life-changing stint as a walk-on wide receiver who helped Alabama win the 1992 national championship, believe he will someday replace Nick Saban as head coach. Here is the only scenario where that happens.