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By: David Boclair

David Price dealt with trade rumors for more than a year.

Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays, the team that drafted him first overall out of Vanderbilt in 2007, finally dealt him.

Multiple reports just prior to the 3 p.m. (CDT) Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline said the Detroit Tigers acquired the left-handed pitcher as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Seattle Mariners.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 15:15
By: David Boclair

Mike Munchak says he would consider another opportunity to be an NFL head coach.

He is not actively seeking that opportunity, though.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 14:15
By: David Boclair

Nate Washington has been around long enough that he has learned from a lot of different position coaches.

He also has learned a lot about coaches. And as far as he’s concerned he’s never had it so good.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 13:33
By: David Boclair

A show of hands reveals a difference of opinion among Tennessee Titans quarterbacks.

Two of the four in training camp, Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger, wear a glove on their left (non-throwing) hands. The other two, Jake Locker and Tyler Wilson, do not.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:15
By: David Boclair

It’s first things first for Vanderbilt football in its first camp under coach Derek Mason.

The first game, Aug. 28 against Temple, is not one of the first things.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:10
By: David Boclair

David Poile is not crazy.

The Nashville Predators general manager effectively made defenseman Shea Weber the franchise’s cornerstone player four years ago when he named Weber captain. He reaffirmed that position two years ago when he and management matched the 13-year, $110 million offer sheet Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.

As poll of a dozen NHL executives found that others look at Weber the same way.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 16:04
By: David Boclair

Virtue is its own reward.

Winning comes with additional benefits.

Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt proved as much Wednesday when the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association named him its national coach of the year. Hunt led Cumberland to the 2014 NAIA World Series title in addition to the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament championships.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 15:34
By: David Boclair

It’s anybody’s guess. Or one team’s dream.

Preseason prognostications always are a crapshoot but they, nonetheless, have not been kind to Vanderbilt’s football team. Most forecasts have the Commodores pegged for fifth place in the SEC East even after back-to-back 9-4 seasons with bowl victories.

In their first year under coach Derek Mason, though, those within the program see their prospects for the 2014 season much differently – particularly after they saw the school’s baseball team win the College World Series earlier this year.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 15:05
By: David Boclair

Phillip Fulmer has found a way to distract himself.

The former University of Tennessee player and long-time football coach probably won’t ever distance himself from that program.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:49
By: David Boclair

Call it a Napoleon complex. Call it short man syndrome. Call it little man disease.

Whatever you call it, it’s real. Confirmation and definitions of it exist from the upper crust of academia all the way to the urban dictionary.

This definition comes the latter: “An angry male of below average height who feels it necessary to act out in an attempt to gain respect and recognition from others and compensate for his abnormally short stature.”

Playing in the NFL at 5-foot-10, Kendall Wright is decidedly a candidate. Among the 90 players on the Tennessee Titans training camp roster only three (Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington and Waymon James) are shorter. Even one of the kickers has three inches on him.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 05:15