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By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 16:15

It was considered one of the most memorable games of the University of Tennessee’s 2014 football season.

And the Volunteers did not even win.

So there’s a chance the whole ‘Checker Neyland’ thing can be a bigger success the second time around.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 13:56

Not every member of the Chicago Blackhawks was thrilled with goalie Scott Darling’s unexpected star turn against the Nashville Predators in this year’s NHL playoffs.

Antti Raanta, the third string goalie during Chicago’s run to a third Stanley Cup in six years, actually rooted against him and his team.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 13:31

Even at 5-foot-8 – or perhaps because he is so small – C.J. Sanders has managed to stand out on the Notre Dame football team.

And he has done so before he has played his first game.

Coach Brian Kelly said this week that Sanders, a true freshman, would be the starting punt returner for the Fighting Irish when they open the season Saturday against Texas (6:30 p.m., NBC).

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 13:05

Mookie Betts hardly is the first player to make it to the Major Leagues at an early age. Not many youngsters make it look so easy, though.

In his first full Major League season, the 22-year-old Overton High School graduate has a .274 average with 13 home runs and a team-high 17 stolen bases. His 30 doubles and eight triples also are the most by any Boston player this season.

“He’s very rare,” Boston interim manager Torey Lovullo said, according to the Boston Globe. “He’s very rare at this age, with this confidence, and with his aptitude.”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 12:47

Rex Brothers is back in the Major Leagues and has a lot of backing from his coach.

The Colorado Rockies recalled the former Lipscomb University pitcher for the second time this season. A full-time Major Leaguer for the previous three seasons he has spent most of 2015 in Class AAA trying to work through control problems.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 05:05

Derek Mason believes he gains a competitive advantage because he won’t publicly name a starting quarterback in advance of Vanderbilt’s season opener.

It’s not that the uncertainty makes it more difficult for Western Kentucky’s defense to prepare. It’s that the silence makes it easier for the top two Commodores’ quarterbacks, sophomores Wade Freebeck and Johnny McCrary, to get ready for Thursday night’s game at Vanderbilt Stadium (7 p.m., SEC Network).

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 21:15

Former Vanderbilt football players Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey are due back in court next week for a status hearing in advance of their new trial.

Judge Monte Watkins ordered the hearing Tuesday so that prosecutors and defense attorneys can update him on the progress of the case, according to WKRN-TV (Ch. 2).

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 20:49

Justin Hunter was in a Virginia Beach, Va. courtroom Tuesday but a key defense witness was not.

As a result, the Tennessee Titans wide receiver’s trial on misdemeanor assault charges was continued until Sept. 15, two days after the team opens the regular season.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 20:29

The TSSAA legislative council redefined financial aid Tuesday in a vote that likely will create greater separation between public and private schools.

The council approved five proposals, including one that classified work-study as financial aid.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:50

If it seemed there were times during games last season that Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason was not sure what to do — let’s be honest, there definitely were times it seemed that way — perhaps this is the reason.

Even though the second-year coach has added the role of defensive coordinator to his duties for 2015, Mason said Tuesday he feels better prepared for whatever happens in a game because of a recent discovery he made in his personal football library.