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By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:59

Festus Ezeli has come a long way – literally and figuratively.

Born in Nigeria, he moved to the United States in 2004 as a 15-year-old and a year later he got cut the first time he tried out for his high school basketball team.

Now he is back in Nigeria as an NBA champion.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:57

Former Vandy ace David Price is on his way north of the border after a trade sent him from Detroit to Toronto. That's a fairly short trip, but it's a good thing Price isn't scheduled to start for the Jays until Sunday. He caught a flat tire and has been tweeting the experience.

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:44

Over at our sister blog Southern/alpha, Ayumi Fukuda Bennett has the story on the promising start of Sydney Elizabeth, a women's golf apparel company launched last year by Belmont then-student Sydney Hudson. Since launching formally online, the business has run through its inventory twice and Hudson now is working on custom gear for eight high school and college teams.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:00

This is the time of year when anything is possible.

The Tennessee Titans, having missed out on the postseason for six straight years, have yet to lose a game. Of course, they haven’t won one either.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:00

It is not clear where Josef Newgarden will race next season.

The Hendersonville native is competing on the IndyCar Series this season on a one-year contract with Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing. At 25 years old and with two victories and one runner-up finish in 2015, he could be a target for higher-profile teams in a sport desperate for more American stars.

For now, though, the first place to look for Newgarden is in first place. Through 13 races, he is the IndyCar leader in laps led this season.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 05:15

Ken Whisenhunt knows what people want to hear about how the Tennessee Titans will do this season.

“What I would like to say is we’ll be better,” the second-year head coach said Thursday. “I mean, you know better than 2-14 isn’t hard – I hope. So, be a better football team.”

Whether or not he can make that happen remains to be seen because, in terms of franchise history, he is in uncharted territory.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 05:10

The Toronto Blue Jays have been good enough this season to be in the playoff chase with 60 games remaining.

They expect David Price to make them better.

Toronto, which has not made the postseason since 1993, when it won the second of back-to-back World Series titles, traded for the left-hander out of Vanderbilt on Thursday, a move their general manager believes gives them a chance to win it all this season.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 05:05

Philip Fulmer no longer has a say in what happens with the University of Tennessee football program.

That does not mean people don’t want to hear what he has to say on the subject, though.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 14:35

Marcus Mariota did not take a stand about his desire to surf during contract negotiations with the Tennessee Titans.

In fact, the second pick in the 2015 NFL draft said Thursday he never stood on a surfboard until rumors circulated in recent weeks that his desire to take part in the water sport was a point of contention with the team.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 14:02

The University of Tennessee athletics department set a record for financial donations and membership in the Tennessee Fund reached its highest level in five years, the school announced Thursday.

UT said it received $48.4 million in cash and support in the fiscal year, which ended June 30. That broke the previous high of $47 million set in 2008.

The Tennessee Fund, the athletics department’s fundraising arm, currently has 12,954 members, the most since 2010.