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Skyhawks fall to Oklahoma State 1-0

Posted on 16 September 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s soccer team could not overcome a second half goal in its attempt to upset Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma State on the road Sunday afternoon, falling to the Cowgirls 1-0.

The Skyhawks (4-3) dropped their third consecutive game by a combined three goals while being held scoreless through the first three games of the current six game road trip. Forwards Rianna Jarrett, Ellie Myrick and Ashlie Watson each tallied two shot attempts on the day, but the game’s lone shot on goal came from senior Alyssa Curtis.
Senior goalkeeper Mariah Klenke got the start between the posts, tallying eight saves in 90 minutes of play. Klenke allowed one goal on 14 shot attempts by the Cowgirls.

Oklahoma State (2-6) was paced by the play of Madison Mercado who scored the game’s winning goal in the 66th minute. Courtney Dike led the team with six shot attempts on the day, including four attempts on goal. Goalkeeper Medina Rosa tallied one save in 90 minutes of play.

The Cowgirls came out as the aggressors, winning the shot battle 14-7 on the afternoon while also tallying 12 corner kicks. OSU fired its first shot attempt just 43 seconds into the match, but Klenke would tally her first of five first half saves.

OSU would fire three shot attempts in the final five minutes of the first half, but Klenke would once again come up strong between the posts, tallying three saves to preserve the scoreless tie going into the halftime break.
The scoreless match would not last at the dismay of the Skyhawks. Allie Stephenson would find Mercado with a cross into the box before the striker tapped the ball into the goal in the 66th minute. The goal was Mercado’s second of the season.

The Skyhawks would nearly find the much needed equalizer in the 77th minute off of Watson, but her attempt would hit off the post before a Myrick rebound attempt sailed high to extinguish the team’s final scoring opportunity.
UT Martin will look to reverse the tide when they return to action on Friday, Sept. 19 when they travel to Kennesaw State at 6 p.m.

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Bowles receives OVC honors

Bowles receives OVC honors

Posted on 15 September 2014 by Allen

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It was announced this afternoon that University of Tennessee at Martin junior libero Chelsea Bowles won the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week award.

This marks the third career OVC Defensive Player of the Week accolade for Bowles, who also brought home the honors on Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 of last season.

A 5-4 native of Louisville, Ky., Bowles was at the forefront of the UT Martin defensive attack this weekend at the Skyhawk Invitational. She scooped up 53 digs in three matches, boasting a 5.89 dig per set average over nine sets.

In the Skyhawks’ 3-1 win over Western Carolina on Saturday, Bowles accumulated a season-best 30 digs in four sets – marking the third time in her career that she had tallied at least 30 digs in a match. She also added 14 digs (in three sets) against Valparaiso later that evening while posting nine digs in two sets against Drake on Friday.

Bowles ranks third on the team with 70 digs on the season (3.68 per set) while seeing time in 19 sets (six matches). For her career, she has amassed 857 digs which ranks just 50 shy of current teammate Emily Keaton for 10th place all-time in UT Martin volleyball history.

The Skyhawk volleyball team wraps up their four-game homestand tomorrow (Sept. 16) when they host Southern Illinois. First serve from Skyhawk Fieldhouse is set for 6 p.m.

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Bulldogs prepare for Troy

Bulldogs prepare for Troy

Posted on 15 September 2014 by Allen

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The No. 13-ranked Georgia football team returned to the Woodruff Practice Fields on Monday with a 90-minute workout in shorts.

The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 SEC) will step out of conference again this week as they entertain Troy (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt). The game will kick off at noon and will be televised on the SEC Network.

Monday’s practice was the first since the Bulldogs dropped a 38-35 decision to South Carolina last Saturday.

“Nobody likes to lose, but I didn’t see anyone hanging their heads out there today,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “The guys got right back to work and were focused today on what they needed to do. Troy is a fine opponent with talented players on both sides of the ball. We’ve got to work hard this week on our fundamentals and continue to correct our mistakes.”

Richt said the captains for the Troy game will be center David Andrews and tailback Todd Gurley on offense, defensive lineman Toby Johnson on defense, and tailback Sony Michel on special teams.

In other news, it was announced on Monday that the Georgia-Tennessee game on Sept. 27 in Athens will be televised by ESPN with kickoff set for noon. Georgia is 31-30-1 on ESPN all-time, including this season’s victory over Clemson.

Georgia and Troy have met only once in history, with the Bulldogs posting a 44-34 win in 2007 in Athens. Richt is 53-10 overall and 36-1 in Athens against non-conference opponents.

All four of Georgia’s regular-season non-conference foes will come to Sanford Stadium this year. Georgia opened the season by defeating Clemson. Following the Trojans’ visit, the Bulldogs will end the regular season against Charleston Southern on Nov. 22 and Georgia Tech on Nov. 29.

This season, the Trojans are 0-3 after falling to UAB, Duke and Abilene Christian. Troy is averaging 20.7 points game and is giving up 40.0 each contest. Brandon Burks is the Trojans’ leading rusher with 104 yards, while Chandler Worthy (157 yards) and Burks (121 yards) each have 12 catches. Brandon Silvers, who shares quarterback duties with Dontreal Pruitt, has gone 48-for-72 for 509 yards and one touchdown. On defense, Femi Odaibo has two interceptions.

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Robinson earns SEC honors

Robinson earns SEC honors

Posted on 15 September 2014 by Allen

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Senior offensive tackle Corey Robinson has been selected as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts in South Carolina’s 38-35 win over No. 6 Georgia on Saturday, it was announced today.

Robinson, a 6-8, 344-pounder from Havelock, N.C., was instrumental in the Gamecocks’ generating 447 yards of offense against the Bulldogs, including 176 on the ground and 271 through the air. The fifth-year senior graded out at 86 percent while giving up no pressures or sacks. He recorded 11 knockdown blocks including three pancakes. When the Gamecocks needed to ground out yards late in the game, most of the plays went to the left side, manned by Robinson and senior All-America guard A.J. Cann.

Robinson becomes the second Gamecock to earn SEC weekly honors this season, joining placekicker Elliott Fry, who was recognized for his efforts against East Carolina.

Robinson, Fry and the rest of the No. 14/16 Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) will travel to Nashville this weekend to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores (1-2, 0-1 SEC) in an SEC Eastern Division matchup. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the contest will be televised nationally on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Maria Taylor on the sidelines.

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Breaking down TSU vs Jackson State

Breaking down TSU vs Jackson State

Posted on 12 September 2014 by Allen

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#22 Tennessee State Tigers (1-1, 0-0 OVC) vs. Jackson State Tigers (2-0, 0-0 SWAC)
Saturday, Sept. 13 • 6:00 p.m. CT
Liberty Bowl (61,008) • Memphis, Tenn.
TV: none
Live Stats: www.TSUTigers.com
Series Record: Tennessee State leads 25-20-2
Last Meeting: Tennessee State won 26-16 (9/14/13)
Tennessee State Last Week: L, 27-21 at Alabama State
Jackson State Last Week: W, 59-0 vs. Virginia-Lynchburg

Tennessee State and Jackson State meet in the 25th annual Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis on Saturday night. This marks the 21st year in a row (and 23rd overall) that the teams have squared off in this Classic which began in 1990 (the two other games were between TSU and Mississippi Valley State and Grambling). Tennessee State had won seven-straight in the series until Jackson State pulled off wins in 2010 and 2011, but since TSU has claimed victory in each of the last two years. In last year’s game Jackson State took a 10-9 lead early in the third quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Deising. But TSU would counter with a touchdown late in that period to go ahead for good and win 26-16. Among the scoring was a 50-yard interception return by All-American Daniel Fitzpatrick. Tennessee State rushed for 174 yards on the night, with Telvin Hooks finishing with 92 yards and Tim Broughton adding 91. Clayton Moore passed for 126 yards and rushed for 64 yards for Jackson State. Tennessee State is 13-11 all-time in the event while Jackson State is 9-13. The all-time series between the two schools is at 25-20-2 in favor of Tennessee State.

Tennessee State suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling behind 24-2 at Alabama State before seeing its furious rally coming up just short (27-21). TSU scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and had 207 of its 432 yards of total offense in that period. Quarterback Michael German set a school record with 61 pass attempts; he completed 26 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off three times. German now ranks second in TSU history for career completions (471), third in attempts (829) and fifth in yardage (6,229). Newcomer Tom Smith, who had four rushing touchdowns the first week of the season, ran for 70 yards in this contest and ranks 20th nationally in rushing (110.5 yards/game). Weldon Garlington hauled in a game-high eight receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown; the receptions and yards were both career-highs for Garlington. Reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year Anthony Bass had a safety in the game to go along with seven tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Seniors Daniel Fitzpatrick and Nick Thrasher each had 11 tackles while De’Ante Saunders had his first interception of the season. As a team TSU is third nationally in passes intercepted (4) and second nationally in turnovers gained (7).

After ranking No. 14/16 in last week’s FCS polls, the Tigers slipped to No. 22 in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls this week.

Jackson State is off to a 2-0 start under first year head coach Harold Jackson after wins over Florida A&M and Virginia-Lynchburg. Jackson is a former JSU All-American wide receiver who took over as head coach after a standout career as a NFL player and coach. As a NFL player he was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and led the NFL in receiving yards in each 1969 and 1972. After 10 years as a NFL assistant coach he also had stints at Kentucky and Baylor and most recently with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. In the season-opening 22-17 win over FAMU, DeSean McKenzie hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass as time expired to lift the team to the five-point victory. A week later the victory came a little easier as JSU out-gained Virginia-Lynchburg 430 to 94 yards as the game was never in doubt. In two games this season quarterback La Montiez Ivy has completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns while Rakeem Sims has run for a team-high 165 yards and two scores.

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Tennessee High School Football Scores Week 1

Tennessee High School Football Scores Week 1

Posted on 30 August 2014 by Allen

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East Union, MS 39 , Middleton 8
Hillsboro at Christian County, KY
Jackson Academy, MS 41 , St. Georges 26
Jo Byrns 35 , Lancaster Christian Academy, TN 0
Kossuth, MS 20 , McNairy Central 0
Madison Academy, AL 45 , Maplewood 12
Olive Branch High School, MS 37 , Raleigh Egypt 6
Southaven, MS 35 , Trezevant 34
West Creek at Hopkinsville High School , KY

East
Anderson County 38 , Austin-East 0
Baylor 34 , Knoxville Webb 7
CAK 47 , Powell 13
Campbell County 64 , Lynn Camp, KY 0
Chattanooga Central 24 , Polk County 0
Chattanooga Christian 43 , Lookout Valley 0
Chuckey-Doak 24 , South Greene 17
Clinton 51 , Seymour 14
Cloudland 46 , Happy Valley 14
Cookeville 30 , Cleveland 23
Copper Basin 29 , Hayesville, NC 26
Cumberland Gap 18 , North Greene 14
Daniel Boone 33 , Cherokee 20
David Crockett 37 , Unicoi County 14
Dobyns Bennett 38 , East Hamilton 7
Ensworth 55 , Brainerd 7
Gibbs 49 , Grainger 14
Greenback 34 , Gatlinburg-Pittman 21
Hardin Valley 53 , Karns 21
Harriman 34 , Sunbright 7
Hixson 35 , South Pittsburg 12
Kings Academy 49 , Hancock County 14
Knoxville Carter 49 , Cocke County 14
Knoxville Catholic 61 , Coalfield 0
Knoxville Central 31 , Jefferson County 17
Knoxville Fulton 84 , Bearden 0
Knoxville Grace 19 , Kingston 7
Knoxville Halls 35 , Union County 33
Loudon 31 , Lenoir City 10
Marion County 48 , Bledsoe County 14
Maryville 41 , Alcoa 14
McCallie 49 , McMinn County 6
McMinn Central 43 , Boyd Buchanan 20
Midway 27 , Whitwell 6
Morristown East 35 , William Blount 24
Morristown West 21 , Greeneville 14
Notre Dame 34 , East Ridge 20
Oak Ridge 13 , Farragut 0
Oakdale 28 , Pickett County 6
Oneida 14 , Hampton 8
Open at Claiborne County
Open at Johnson County
Open at Knoxville West
Open at Pigeon Forge
Open at Sequatchie County
Open at Sevier County
Open at Sullivan Central
Red Boiling Springs at Sale Creek
Rockwood 49 , Wartburg Central 6
Science Hill 56 , Elizabethton 34
Signal Mountain 35 , Tyner 0
Soddy-Daisy 43 , Red Bank 30
South Doyle 55 , Heritage 14
Sullivan East 54 , Unaka 0
Sweetwater 28 , Meigs County 14
Tellico Plains 22 , Andrews, NC 21
Tennessee High 35 , Sullivan South 28
Tri-Cities Christian School, TN 28 , Jellico 14
Volunteer 41 , Sullivan North 7
Walker Valley 42 , Sequoyah 22
West Greene 56 , Cosby 20

Middle
Blackman 42 , Brentwood 21
Brentwood Academy 43 , Liberty Magnet 19
Centennial 28 , Nashville Overton 21
Clarksville Northwest 32 , Todd County Central, KY 8
Clay County 14 , East Robertson 6
Columbia 40 , Dickson County 27
Columbia Academy 42 , Huntland 21
CPA 42 , Hillwood 28
Creek Wood 34 , Cheatham County 14
Davidson Academy 28 , Whites Creek 20
Eagleville 9 , Watertown 0
East Nashville 36 , Glencliff 0
Father Ryan 28 , BGA 20
Fayetteville 55 , Richland 6
Forrest 35 , Cascade 21
FRA 21 , Goodpasture 7
Franklin 39 , Clarksville Northeast 0
Franklin County 47 , Lebanon 33
Giles County 43 , Lawrence County 23
Grundy County 54 , Chattanooga Grace 14
Harpeth 30 , Montgomery Central 21
Hendersonville 51 , Hunters Lane 0
Hickman County 38 , Wayne County 34
Independence 31 , Marshall County 25
Jackson County 28 , Cannon County 6
LaVergne 27 , Wilson Central 21
Lewis County 41 , Collinwood 22
Lipscomb Academy 31 , Greenbrier 14
Livingston Academy 34 , White County 7
MBA 42 , Hamilton 6
McGavock 47 , Rossview 21
Middle TN Chr. 32 , Zion Christian 7
Moore County 37 , Cornersville 20
Mt. Juliet 31 , Antioch 13
Nashville Christian 51 , Ezell-Harding 10
Oakland 35 , White Station 14
Ooltewah 24 , Siegel 20
Open at East Hickman
Open at Friendship Christian
Open at Mt. Juliet Christian
Open at Station Camp
Page 33 , Summit 7
Pearl Cohn 59 , Kenwood 7
Pope John Paul 21 , Lincoln County 17
Ravenwood 41 , Clarksville 7
Rhea County 42 , Coffee County 6
Riverdale 42 , Bradley Central 7
Rogers, AL 28 , Loretto 14
Scott County 35 , Cumberland County 0
Shelbyville 38 , Warren County 28
Silverdale 38 , Community 21
Smith County 38 , Gordonsville 6
Smyrna 41 , Cane Ridge 7
Spring Hill 36 , Mt. Pleasant 32
Springfield 17 , Gallatin 14
Stewart County 62 , Houston County 12
Stewarts Creek 34 , Tullahoma 14
Stone Memorial 35 , DeKalb County 17
Stratford 35 , Howard 14
Trousdale County 34 , Sycamore 12
Upperman 34 , Monterey 0
Waverly 55 , Perry County 6
Westmoreland 34 , Macon County 21
White House 35 , Portland 6
White House Heritage 41 , Clarksville Academy 21
York Institute 48 , Oliver Springs 0

West
Adamsville 42 , Bolivar Central 9
Arlington 24 , Collierville 17
Bartlett 48 , Douglass 6
Briarcrest 54 , Carver 12
Camden 35 , Fairview 20
CBHS 28 , Germantown 7
Chester County 19 , South Gibson 12
Cordova 13 , Kirby 6
Covington 28 , Hillcrest 0
Craigmont 42 , Wooddale 18
Crockett County 56 , Jackson South Side 7
DCA 35 , Jackson Christian 0
Dyer County 19 , Memphis Overton 6
Dyersburg 39 , Haywood County 18
FACS 62 , Fayette Academy 0
Greenfield 41 , Gleason 34
Halls 34 , KIPP Academy 14
Harding Academy 38 , West Carroll 8
Henry County 31 , Beech 21
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 53 , McEwen 14
Houston 55 , Bolton 21
Jackson Central-Merry 56 , Fayette Ware 26
Jackson Northside 34 , Hardin County 31
Lake County 22 , Fulton County, KY 6
Lexington 51 , Riverside 42
MAHS 27 , Oakhaven 18
Melrose 55 , Booker T. Washington 0
Memphis Central 32 , Mitchell 0
Memphis East 47 , Westwood 0
Milan 41 , Humboldt 6
Millington 20 , Brighton 7
Munford 23 , Manassas 13
MUS 47 , Kingsbury 7
Northpoint Christian 44 , West Memphis Christian School, AR 8
Obion County 56 , MLK Prep 7
Open at Lausanne
Open at Ridgeway
Open at South Fulton
Peabody 42 , Dresden 20
Ripley 69 , Memphis North Side 0
Rosemark 36 , Tunica Academy, MS 13
Rossville 12 , Macon Road Baptist Academy, TN 0
Scotts Hill 42 , Gibson County 14
Southwind 44 , Sheffield 0
St. Benedict 35 , ECS 23
Trinity Christian 52 , USJ 14
Union City 62 , McKenzie 13
Westview 27 , Huntingdon 26
Whitehaven 35 , Fairley 6

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Sounds top Express

Sounds top Express

Posted on 30 August 2014 by Allen

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The Nashville Sounds snapped a four-game skid with a 7-4 victory over the Round Rock Express on Friday evening at The Dell Diamond.

With the victory, Nashville (75-65) stayed alive in the PCL American Conference Southern Division race. First-place Memphis held a late lead in its contest at New Orleans; with a win, the Redbirds would their magic number to one to clinch the title.

All seven Sounds runs on the night came via the longball, as Matt Clark, Logan Schafer, and Jason Rogers each went yard.

Rogers paced the Sounds’ offense with a 3-for-4 evening .The third baseman is batting .351 (34-for-97) with eight longballs during the month of August.

The red-hot Clark spotted the Sounds a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when he turned a Luke Jackson fastball into a two-run homer to right, the slugger’s 14th big fly in 50 games with the club. Rogers, who had opened the frame with a single, also scored on the blast.

Schafer tacked on a three-run blast of his own later in the frame, his third roundtripper in the last five games, to increase the visitors’ lead to 5-0.

Michael Blazek worked into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the home half of the second, striking out Josh Wilson looking for the third out to escape the inning unscathed.

The longball show continued for the Sounds in the third when Rogers launched a massive two-run bomb to left off Jackson that cleared the upper deck seats. The third baseman’s blast, which also plated Jeremy Hermida following a leadoff walk, was his 11th of the year and upped the Nashville advantage to 7-0.

Jackson (1-3) was saddled with the loss after the Sounds touched him for seven runs on seven hits in his four frames of action.

Round Rock left fielder Drew Robinson put the home team on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when he launched his first home run of the year, a two-run shot to right off Blazek that cut the lead to 7-2.

The Express got another run back in the fifth when Jared Hoying (3-for-5) led off with a triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it a 7-3 contest.

Blazek, who finished one out shy of earning wins in back-to-back outings for the first time this season, held the Express to three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Hoying struck again for Round Rock in the seventh, leading off the frame with a towering homer to right off Dustin Molleken. The outfielder’s 26th blast of the year, and second in two nights against the Sounds, cut the Nashville lead to 7-4.

Molleken (4-2) picked up the win with two innings of relief behind Blazek. Rob Wooten recorded the final four outs of the contest to notch his 13th save of the season for the Sounds.

The teams continue the series with a 4:05 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday that will consist of a pair of seven-inning games. Right-hander Billy Buckner (4-6, 6.07) will start the opener for the Sounds to face left-hander Edwar Cabrera (2-2, 4.36). Nashville has not yet announced its starter for the nightcap, when the Express will start former Sound Zach Segovia (0-1, 19.64).

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Sounds drop last game at Greer

Sounds drop last game at Greer

Posted on 28 August 2014 by Allen

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The Nashville Sounds (74-64) celebrated the team’s final regular season game in Greer Stadium history before a sellout crowd of 11,067 fans Wednesday night, but took an 8-5 loss to the visiting Sacramento River Cats.

The attendance of 11,067 marks the first sellout at Greer since 2010 and the largest Greer Stadium crowd since 2007.

Sacramento spoiled the Sounds’ party with a six-run eighth inning, in which the River Cats batted around with seven hits and a sacrifice fly, to take an 8-5 lead over Nashville.

Nashville had scored five unanswered runs to take a 5-2 lead over the River Cats, which began with when shortstop Pete Orr was hit by an 0-2 pitch from Sacramento starting pitcher Arnold Leon with two outs and the bases loaded in the home half of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, outfielder Logan Schafer crushed a home run into the Twice Daily Fan Zone beyond the wall in right field to knot the game at two runs apiece.

The Sounds took the lead on Jeremy Hermida’s two-run home run over the right-field wall in the sixth inning. The rocket, his 14th of the year, scored Sean Halton, who reached base on an error.

Nashville extended its lead to three runs when Eugenio Velez grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. Orr scored from third on the play, sliding past catcher Bryan Anderson, to avoid the double play.

But the Cats rallied to win the four-game series, 3-1, and hand Nashville only its second losing home series this season.

The Sounds loaded the bases to bring the game-winning run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Lucas May struck out swinging in the last at-bat at Greer.

Sounds reliever Rob Wooten (0-2) was charged the loss and blown save, after allowing four runs on five hits and one walk in 1/3 innings of work. Figaro pitched two scoreless frames before Wooten, but .

Dustin Molleken also saw work from the Sounds bullpen and served up 1 2/3 scoreless frames for Nashville with two strikeouts.

The loss, coupled with Memphis’ 5-4 win over Fresno, puts Nashville three games back of the Redbirds for first place in the division with six games to go.

Prior to the game the Sounds announced their team awards, naming Jimmy Nelson Sounds MVP, Dustin Molleken Community MVP, and Jason Rogers the Fan Favorite.

The Sounds will wrap up their regular season on the road in Round Rock to a six-game series against the Express (AAA-Rangers). The Sounds will send RHP Donovan Hand (4-7, 5.85) to the hill opposite the rehabbing Rangers LHP Derek Holland (1-1, 6.52). First pitch at 7:05 p.m. CT.

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Could Clay Travis jump to 102.5 The Game?

Posted on 26 August 2014 by Allen

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Nashville sportstalk lightning rod Clay Travis has been a fixture at 104.5 The Zone for five years. As many know he was trying to work out a new deal before his contract expired at the end of the week. But as of today Travis is no longer working for the station. The Zone’s parent company Cumulus Broadcasting and Travis had been negotiating for a few months but they couldn’t come to terms on a new deal. The former member of the 3HL tweeted the news earlier today.

Travis also penned a column on FoxSports to tell his side of the story which obviously ticked off the brass at Cumulus because about an hour later he was not allowed to finish out the week.

From what Travis says in his FoxSports column he was low-balled by Cumulus after being strung along for six months of negotiations. In the past few years his stock has really taken off as he is now a college football analyst for Fox Sports. He also founded a website, www.outkickthecoverage.com that has quickly become a go to for college football fans.

While Travis has become the King of Nashville sportstalk lately a lot of credit goes to George Plaster who really paved the way for his success. Plaster really is the founding father of sportstalk in Nashville and has been doing it since the early 90s. It was only after Plaster left 104.5 in 2012 that the 3HL got his old time slot in the afternoons that really made Travis into a local celebrity. When Plaster left 104.5 he wound up with Cromwell Radio and The Game. He brought his old show, SportsNight to 102.5 with his buddies (and former Zone employees) Willie Daunic and Darren Darren McFarland in to compete with Travis’ 3HL which also featured Brent Dougherty and former Titan Blaine Bishop. Since then Travis became a favorite of evening drive time listeners whose man crush on former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is legendary.

It’s been a struggle for The Game as they have been dominated in the ratings lately. In July The Zone brought in a 4.6. The Game came in with less than a quarter of their listeners with 0.9. But what if The Game could bring Travis into the fold? He even tweeted he would be back in the near future and mentioned making a decision in early 2015 about his future in the Fox article.

Could Travis be hinting at something in the works? Maybe it’s something on XM or a televised taped radio show like Paul Finebaum’s? He mentioned in his article he has had offers over the years for more money. Could he be doing something locally?

It’s likely Travis has a no-compete clause in his contract and wouldn’t be allowed to be on the air in Nashville for a while anyway. No-compete’s are usually a few months. When Plaster left Cumulus he had a six month no-compete clause and he did TV gigs until he was allowed to appear on 102.5.

If The Game could come to terms with Travis they could easily double their ratings basically overnight. Whether you love or hate him Travis is one of those guys who commands your attention. If you were to combine him with Plaster in the afternoons 102.5 could become the cool sportstalk station in Nashville.

With his popularity on the rise nationally Travis doesn’t need a radio job in Nashville to make ends meet. His website is popular enough that he could write full time if he got bored with TV. But Travis seems like the kind of guy likes a challenge and would join Plaster to quickly put a dent in The Zone’s reign on top in Nashville. The question is whether or not Cromwell has the money to get him. Cumulus has deep pockets and could easily win a bidding war if it came to that.

With the no-compete clause and his duties at Fox keeping him busy and off the air in Nashville for a few months we will have to tune in in early 2015 to see how it shakes out.

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South Carolina ranked #9 in AP Poll

South Carolina ranked #9 in AP Poll

Posted on 17 August 2014 by Allen

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The University of South Carolina football team enters the 2014 season ranked ninth in the Associated Press preseason poll, released today. The Gamecocks were also ranked ninth in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll, released earlier this month. Carolina finished the 2013 season ranked fourth in both major polls.

The Gamecocks, coming off three straight 11-2 campaigns, received 1,015 points to place ninth. Florida State garnered 57 of the 60 first place votes and sits atop the poll with 1,496 points, just ahead of Alabama (1,361), Oregon (1,334) and Oklahoma (1,324), all of which received one first place vote. Ohio State (1,207) rounds out the top 5.

Auburn (1,198), UCLA (1,106), Michigan State (1,080) are ranked sixth thru eighth, just ahead of the Gamecocks, with Baylor (966) rounding out the top 10.

The Gamecocks are slated to play five teams that open the season in the top 25 including Auburn (6), Georgia (12), Clemson (16), Texas A&M (21) and Missouri (24).

This marks the 65th-consecutive poll in which the Gamecocks have been ranked among the nation’s top-25, extending their school record. They are tied with Stanford for the fifth-longest current streak in the country, trailing only Alabama (99), LSU (82), Oregon (78) and Oklahoma (66).

This marks the first time in school history that the Gamecocks have been ranked in the AP preseason top 25 (or top 12) in four straight seasons. Only five schools – Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, South Carolina and LSU – have been in preseason AP Top 12 each of last four years.

Carolina has improved its AP pre-season poll finish in the final rankings in each of last four years:
2013 – Preseason 6 / Final 4
2012 – Preseason 9 / Final 8
2011 – Preseason 12 / Final 9
2010 – Preseason 29 / Final 22

The Gamecocks will put their 18-game home winning streak, the nation’s longest, on the line when they open the 2014 season against Texas A&M on Thursday, August 28. Game time is set for 6 p.m. ET at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be the first football game shown on the SEC Network.

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Sounds 4-2 to Isotopes

Sounds 4-2 to Isotopes

Posted on 17 August 2014 by Allen

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Despite achieving double-digit hits for the second consecutive game, the Nashville Sounds (69-59) could not muster enough runs in a 4-2 defeat to the Albuquerque Isotopes Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

Eight different Sounds recorded hits in the contest including outfielder Logan Schafer, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the top of the third. He finished the game going 2-for-5 and is hitting .362 during his current streak.

The ‘Topes got to Sounds starter Jay Jackson (0-2) in the bottom of the second when Clint Robinson and Walter Ibarra both homered to put Albuquerque ahead 3-0. The Isotopes then added another run in the bottom of the third when Robinson knocked in another run on a bases-loaded groundout.

Jackson went five innings for his longest start since joining the Sounds, allowing four earned runs on six hits while striking out six.

Nashville got on the board in the top of the fifth when Eugenio Velez scored Adam Weisenburger with a two-out double, cutting the deficit to three. Velez finished 3-for-5 on the afternoon, giving him multiple hits in five of his last seven games.

The score remained 4-1 until the top of the eighth, when Hector Gomez scored Pete Orr on an RBI double with two outs. Gomez now has 20 RBIs and 18 extra base hits in his last 40 games.

Reliever Alfredo Figaro kept the Sounds in the game with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and was followed by newcomer Billy Buckner, who retired the side while striking out two in his Sounds debut.

The Sounds will look to return to the win column on Monday when RHP Donovan Hand (2-7, 5.40) takes the hill against Albuquerque’s RHP Barry Enright (4-9, 5.58). First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m., and Jeff Hem will have the call on 102.5 The Game.

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Gamecocks work hard then have watermelon

Gamecocks work hard then have watermelon

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Allen

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The South Carolina Gamecock football team continued its preseason workouts at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds” on Friday morning.

Special teams coach Joe Robinson is pleased with the performance of his unit thus far in camp. “They’re doing really well,” said Robinson of his special team performers. “We haven’t really had to make any final decisions yet, but (placekicker) Elliott (Fry) started out in camp in the place he was last year. He’s performed very well. He’s worked on his consistency. (Return specialist) Pharoh (Cooper) has done some great things. We know what he can do. (Punter) Tyler Hull has had a really good camp too,” continued Robinson. “He’s made some adjustments and hopefully that will pay off for him because he’s worked very hard. We’re pleased with all of them.”

Robinson indicated there are several options for the kickoff duties, with incumbent Landon Ard, being challenged by Fry and newcomer Zack Cimaglia. “You’d like if you can to try to spread the load around a little bit,” said Robinson. “They’re all three working at it, but Landon has had a really good camp.”

Following practice, the Gamecocks were treated to their annual watermelon feed, provided by the South Carolina Watermelon Association.

The Gamecocks will head into Williams-Brice Stadium for a scrimmage on Saturday morning. The closed practice is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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EKU announces 2014 hall of fame class

EKU announces 2014 hall of fame class

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Allen

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The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2014 induction class features seven distinguished individuals as well as the 1940 undefeated football team. The class will be enshrined in the Keen Johnson Building on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The 2014 induction class includes: Bobby Collins (men’s basketball, 1984-88), Laphelia Doss (women’s basketball, 1994-98), James Hand (football, 1991-96), Bill Hughes (football, 1975-80), Jennifer James Reichard (volleyball (1988-91), Jamie King O’Shea (women’s cross country/track & field) and Glenn Presnell (football and golf coach/athletics director). The 1940 football team was the first team in program history to go undefeated (8-0).

Saturday’s activities begin with a noon luncheon. The group will also be recognized just prior to the Colonels’ football game against Eastern Illinois later that day at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Colonel Club office, 859-622-2046. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Sept. 30. Tickets will not be sold at the event.

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Tigers close to naming starters

Tigers close to naming starters

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Allen

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As the Tennessee State football team wrapped up its second week of practice, a handful of positions are still without concrete starters, including on the offensive line.

The Tigers have to replace departed seniors Kadeem Edwards and Demetrius Rhaney, who both were taken in the NFL Draft. As handful of current players are fighting for those two spots as well as pushing last year’s starters.

“It will be tough to replace Kadeem and Demetrius,” Line Coach Russ Ehrenfeld said. “But the young men out here have stepped it up. I am very pleased with the development of the group and their work ethic.”

The first game against Edward Waters is only a couple of weeks away, and Ehrenfeld gets a little closer to naming his starting line each day.

“Every day you lay that foundation and I am evaluating those guys every day. When it’s all said and done, I am going to put the five best guys on the field, but I don’t know who those five are at this point.”

The lineman and the rest of the TSU team will try to impress their coaches at tomorrow’s two-hour scrimmage, scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m.

Schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 16 – 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17 – Off
Monday, Aug. 18 – 9:15-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 19 – 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 9:15-11:35 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21 – 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 22 – 3:15-5:15 p.m.

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