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By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 09:24

Five things to read today...

From On The Forecheck: "Shea Weber May Have Started Declining"

Is Preds' captain Shea Weber on the downslope of his career? Probably. But that's not all that bad:

Many would argue that the Predators would do well to trade Weber away for a true King's Ransom that they could receive in return, which they most definitely would. However, with $52 million already paid out, why do it?

Weber may be on the decline, no longer in the prime of what could easily be a stellar career, but that doesn't take away the fact that he's still one of the better defenseman in the league right now.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 05:25

Dansby Swanson’s professional career is off to a rough start. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft was hit in the face during a simulated game Thursday at the Arizona Diamondbacks extended spring training facility.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 05:20

Donnie Tyndall did not simply allow NCAA violations to take place during his two seasons as coach at Southern Miss.

He was an active participant in more than half of the seven significant violations investigators say took place, according to a notice of allegations sent to Southern Miss on Friday.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 05:15

Jack Dougherty said there was only one opinion that matters about when it is best for him to turn pro.

“I guess it’s whenever I think I’m ready,” he said during the recent Nashville Predators prospect camp. “There’s obviously a lot of outside influences, whether it be Nashville or other people who want to see me move on. But ultimately it’s my decision.

“Whenever I think I’m ready to take the step to the professional level I’m not going to be afraid. I want to play in the NHL. I want to play hockey for a living.”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 05:10

Regardless of which conference MTSU called home at the time, all four members of the 2015 Blue Raider Sports Hall of Fame class were considered the conference’s best at the time.

Running back Kippy Bayless, second baseman Josh Renick, sprinter Mardy Scales and golfer Brett Alexander were named to the Hall of Fame.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 05:05

When it comes to his job, the best thing Andrew East can do is make sure no one notices him.

The former Vanderbilt long-snapper took a decidedly different approach with his personal life.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 13:17

Dansby Swanson says that one of the most important lessons he learned during his three years as a Vanderbilt baseball player was to listen.

In particular, the first pick in the 2015 MLB draft wrote in an entry Friday on The Players Tribune, it is best to heed the advice of those who experiences exceed yours. The program established by coach Tim Corbin not only makes it easy to understand the benefits of doing so, it provides easy access to those exact types of resources.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:54

Mike Ribeiro is an easy guy to dislike – and one a lot of NHL fans actually do.

Or so says Yahoo.com’s Greg Wyshynski, who offered his take on the “10 most loathsome players in the league” Friday.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 05:10

Marcus Mariota is more than just a quarterback.

The Tennessee Titans’ rookie is a brand. A successful one, at that.

The second overall pick in this year’s draft has yet to play an NFL game but was ninth in the NFL Players Association report on merchandise sales for the first quarter of 2016, released Thursday. He was tops among the three rookies on the list (No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston was 10th), one of seven quarterbacks in the top 10 and the only Tennessee player among the top 50.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 05:05

That didn’t take long.

After one appearance that consisted of one inning pitched, the Chicago White Sox promoted Carson Fulmer to their High-A affiliate at Winston-Salem.

He started for Winston-Salem on Thursday and threw two shutout innings. He struck out three and allowed one walk and one hit in a 3-2 victory.