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By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:37

Last week, on the eve of his very first NFL training camp, Marcus Mariota was ready to jump right in and make an impact.

The former Oregon quarterback is aware of the tremendous expectations for the upcoming season. That comes with the territory of being the second overall pick in the draft.

“My expectations for myself will probably be higher,” Mariota said. “That's just who I am and for me if I don't have that mentality and that goal set high, I’m not going to come close to it. I have always had high expectations for myself and I’m going to do my best to achieve it.”

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 11:54

Josef Newgarden is the first name on everyone's list as the IndyCar Series season nears its end and teams and drivers start to tend to their 2016 affairs. Chatter emerged last week that the Hendersonville native has met with Chip Ganassi about the possibility of joining the IndyCar powerhouse, which has won 10 series championships. On Sunday's broadcast of the Honda Indy 200 from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, NBCSN's Robin Miller said it will be hard for CFH Racing to keep the two-time 2015 race winner who sits eighth in the points with two races to go.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 06:29

When the Tennessee Titans opened training camp last week, wide receiver Justin Hunter if anyone had questions about his current legal situation they should ask his lawyer.

Monday, his lawyer gave some answers.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 06:12

Josh Richardson, Tennessee’s leader in points, assists and steals last season, signed a three-year contract with the Miami Heat on Monday.

It is a fully guaranteed pact for 2015-16 and partially guaranteed for the final two years. The Heat drafted the 6-foot-6 guard in the second round (40th overall) of the NBA draft in June.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 17:13

Ed “Too Tall” Jones will be the honoree at the 17th Annual John Merritt Classic.

Tennessee State University recently announced the plan to honor one of its football program’s all-time greats. A basketball scholarship brought him to campus but coach John Merritt eventually convinced him to play football.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 09:21

Five stories to read today...

From Puck Daddy: "Why trading Shea Weber finally makes sense for Nashville"

Former Tennessean beat man Josh Cooper says if the Predators are ever going to trade their captain, now's the time.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 05:15

Move over Atkins and Paleo there’s a new diet in town: The Jurrell Casey diet.

Nothing about it is traditional. Not even the results.

“Honestly I eat whatever I please,” Casey said Thursday during the Titans training camp press conference. “I just make sure to workout hard and stay in shape as I do it.”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 05:10

David Poile is not interested in love at first sight.

The Nashville Predators general manager believes in a professional courtship, if you will. His theory is that it takes time for two parties to get to know one another, to trust one another, to believe in one another.

There comes a time, though, when commitment is the best option.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 05:05

Jocquez Bruce planned to be a blueshirt at the University of Tennessee this fall. Instead, he’ll be a Blue Raider.

The freshman wide receiver out of South Doyle agreed over the weekend to walk on at Middle Tennessee State. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, which confirmed the player’s plans with his former high school coach, Bruce will get a scholarship from MTSU in January.

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.