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By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 06:02

It was not that long ago that Rex Brothers was a guy who finished games in the Major Leagues.

Now the former Lipscomb University left-hander needs to start over.

The Colorado Rockies designated the 27-year-old for assignment on Friday, which removed him from the 40-man roster.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 05:52

Apparently a, good way to get a job in television to be fired in disgrace as the University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach.

It worked for Bruce Pearl, who spent a couple years at ESPN before he got back on a bench.

Now Donnie Tyndall is giving it a try.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 05:44

In the final home game of the season Middle Tennessee State scored touchdowns on its first four offensive possessions and overwhelmed North Texas. It was the Blue Raiders’ third straight victory and sixth of the season, meaning they are now bowl eligible.

MTSU (6-5, 5-2 in Conference USA) put up 494 yards of total offense. It scored the first 21 points and the last 20 in a contest that never was close.

It only seemed fitting that on senior night, three seniors; Ed Batties, Jordan Parker, and Kevin Byard played key roles in the victory.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 14:18

Rico Richardson almost had quite a story to tell.

The Tennessee Titans wide receiver, who never has caught a pass in the NFL and has been cut four times by three teams in three years, was the primary target on the final play of Thursday’s 19-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 13:55

Vanderbilt has played its best football of the season of late. Texas A&M has played some of its worst.

What that means when they meet Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium (6:30 p.m., SEC Network) is anybody’s guess.

What seems certain is that Derek Mason’s as Vanderbilt coach is more secure than its been while Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin faces serious doubts for the first time. Still, both could use a win.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:52

Yes, they were disappointing.

Yet Butch Jones’ take on the University of Tennessee’s four losses this season is that they also were understandable, given what those four teams have accomplished this season. Plus they were motivational, given how close the Volunteers came to winning each of them.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:40

Home is where the heart is. And the fans. And the familiar surroundings.

For Belmont basketball it is not where the games are. Not at this time of year.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 11:24

Five stories to read today...

From Monday Morning Quarterback: "A Quarterback And His Game Plan, Part I: Five Days To Learn 171 Plays"

A cool feature from Peter King on how NFL quarterbacks learn a game plan. It's very intense. And there's virtual reality.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:02

Brian Orakpo is halfway there, which is farther than anyone else has gotten.

Since 1999, when Jevon Kearse registered a sack in eight straight games as a rookie, the only person who even came close to matching that run was Kearse himself. Until now.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 06:55

It is amazing how quickly things can go wrong for a team that is not accustomed (equipped maybe?) to victories.

Through the first three quarters of Thursday’s prime time game at Jacksonville, the Tennessee Titans (2-8) made a pair of goal line stands, did not allow a touchdown and did enough to build a lead.

Then, in the span of 1:19 late in the fourth quarter, they allowed a long punt return that set up the Jaguars’ go-ahead touchdown and committed their only turnover — a fumble by tight end Phillip Supernaw — that set up a Jacksonville field goal.

A last-chance drive got as far as the Jaguars’ 23 before quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked (pictured) and time expired.