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#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/28/14)

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A few current Vols are in action this week. Rising senior Hunter Reese and sophomore Jack Schipanski are playing at the Decatur (Ill.) Futures, as is recent grad Jarryd Chaplin.

Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 28, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 172 (+6)
Doubles: 78 (+6)
Note: Qualified for the BB&T Atlanta Open, his second ATP event to qualify for this year. He lost in the first round but the 12 points for qualifying was enough for a new career high ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger. 

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 240 (-23)
Doubles: 345 (+29)
Note: Lost in first round of singles and reached doubles quarterfinals at the $50,000 Lexington Challenger ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 274 (-26)
Doubles: 206 (0)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 933 (+3)
Doubles: 502 (-66)
Note: Off last week ... Playing this week at the ITF Futures event in Pontedera, Italy.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/27/14)

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In just five weeks, the Vols will take to Neyland Stadium for the first time in 2014, opening the season vs. Utah State on Aug. 31. The Sunday night game will mark the team's debut on the SEC Network.

Here's a look at the latest coverage of Team 118:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Former UT Vols reflect on time at Tennessee
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Freshmen figure to factor in UT Vols' D-line mix
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Curt Maggitt's 'presence' on the rise
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tough schedule old news for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Temper hopes for legacy freshmen
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' All-Star candidates: Offense

Happy Birthday - July 26: Nagy, Monroe, Upson and Gilbert

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On July 26 we celebrate a trio of birthdays of current Tennessee student-athletes, junior golfers Michael Nagy and Michael Monroe, and sophomore rowing coxswain Taylor Upson


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Also celebrating today is former Tennessee baseball player Buddy Gilbert. The Knoxville native, who turns 79 today, played professionally with the Cincinnati Reds organization and is a member of the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.

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Heron Takes 12th at FINA World Cup Event

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Tennessee freshman David Heron finished 12th in a close field Thursday at the FINA Marathon World Cup event at Lac St. Jean in Canada. 

Heron finished the 10K open water race in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 7.2 seconds.

Fifteen of the 26 competitors swam the course in under two hours. Andreas Waschburger of Germany won in 1:56.44.9. 

Heron will return to pool competition in two weeks with the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, Calif.

He has spent most of the summer excelling in open water races. He placed fifth in both he 5K and 10K at the USA Swimming Open Water Championships in June. 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/24/14)

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On Wednesday afternoon, defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen spoke with Jimmy Hyams and John Wilkerson on The Sports Animal. 

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Check out today's stories on the Tennessee Football program:
Chattanooga Times Free Press - Tennessee Vols have 'brand' new line
In his debut with New York following Tuesday's trade from San Diego, #VFL Chase Headley delivered a game-winning single to left field in the 14th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over Texas at Yankee Stadium. 
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Headley arrived in the Yankees dugout straight from the airport on Tuesday evening, entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He was hitless in his first three at-bats, but made an immediate impact on the field with a leaping grab at third.

Headley later told MLB.com: "There's a lot of nerves there, but I kind of stepped out of the box and I thought to myself, 'Why not? Why wouldn't this day go this way?' I was able to enjoy it."

Tuesday's matchup with the Rangers also produced another moment for #VFL J.P. Arencibia, who smashed a game-tying home run in the 13th frame against New York. He went 1-for-6 on the night as the Rangers' starting first baseman, marking his fifth game since being called up on July 18. 

Check out the rest of the media coverage on Headley and his walkoff debut here, along with Arencibia's homer:

Butch Jones on ESPN Radio with Ivan Maisel

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LISTEN Back to Butch Jones on ESPN Radio with Ivan Maisel 


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On Tuesday, the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
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Check out the rest of the details:

Head Coach Butch Jones also visited Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday and took part in the ESPN 'Car Wash'.
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Listen back to Butch Jones on ESPN Radio during his visit: ESPNU College Football w/ Ivan Maisel

Here's a look at the most-recent media coverage regarding the 2014 Vols, as well as the six legacy freshmen:

Neyland Named 'Loudest Stadium' In SEC

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According to the website TheBuckeyeNut, Neyland Stadium is the "Loudest Stadium" in the SEC and third loudest in the nation behind Penn State and Virginia Tech. 

Here's a look at the Top 15
1. Penn State (Beaver Stadium)
2. Virginia Tech (Lane Stadium)
3. TENNESSEE (Neyland Stadium)
4. Wisconsin (Camp Randall Stadium)
5. Georgia (Sanford Stadium)
6. Florida State (Doak Campbell Stadium)
7. Oregon (Autzen Stadium)
8. Texas A&M (Kyle Field)
9. Colorado (Folsom Field)
10. Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
11. Michigan State (Spartan Stadium)
12. Auburn (Jordan-Hare Stadium)
13. LSU (Tiger Stadium)
14. Florida (Ben Hill Griffin Stadium)
15. Ohio State (Ohio Stadium)


#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/21/14)

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Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 21, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 178 (-4)
Doubles: 84 (-3)
Note: Played World TeamTennis last week as a substitute for the Austin Aces, going 1-1 in singles and 1-1 in men's doubles. Austin went 1-1 in the two matches ... Playing final round of qualifying singles and main draw doubles with Chris Guccione this week in the Atlanta ATP 250 event.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 217 (-16)
Doubles: 374 (+59)
Note: Reached second round singles and doubles semifinals last week at the $50,000 Binghamton Challenger ... Playing this week at the $50,000 Lexington Challenger ... Both tournaments are part of the USTA qualifying event for a main draw wild card to the U.S. Open. 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 248 (-24)
Doubles: 206 (-14)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 936 (-3)
Doubles: 435 (-3)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

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