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#VFL Ovince Saint Preux Set For UFC 174 On Saturday

Former Tennessee football player Ovince Saint Preux will compete in his 21st fight at UFC 174 on Saturday night in Vancouver at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. He will take on Ryan Jimmo in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division. 

OSP is 15-5 in his career and has won his last four matches. Here's a breakdown of his match: UFC PREVIEW and a preview in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Ovince St. Preux seeks fifth straight victory in UFC.

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Happy Birthday - June 13: Kahala Schneider

On June 13 we send Happy Birthday wishes to rising junior rower Kahala Schneider.


Happy Birthday - June 12: Erik Ainge

On June 12 we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols quarterback Erik Ainge.


Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/12/14)

Get the latest on the men's basketball right here in the Tennessee Update. 

PEARL1.JH#4252.JPG SPORTS 09/03/05 NEWS SENTINEL PHOTO BY JOE HOWELL Reggie Johnson, left, and Dale Ellis, center, talk with Ray Mears, seated,  Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

- In the Knoxville News Sentinel, Mike Strange has a wonderful feature on VFL Reggie Johnson, who bridged the gap between Bernard King and Dale Ellis:  Reggie Johnson was quite a bridge between King and Ellis.

- Also in the Knoxville News Sentinel, check out a story on the Rocky Top League, which includes many current and former Vols: UT newcomers will have chance to make their names known in Rocky Top League

- Also, Donnie Tyndall talked about the Rocky Top League: VIDEO

- The Maryville Daily Times had this story on the Rocky Top League: UT coach says Hubbs will miss Rocky Top League

- The Tennessean and Chattanooga Times Free Press have these stories on the Vols season-opener:

- The Daily Beacon takes a look at the Vols' summer camps: Summer basketball camps allows team to give back

Happy Birthday - Warlick, Petersen and Maddox

On June 11, we send Happy Birthday wishes to women's basketball head coach Holly Warlick, recent swimming graduate Sam Petersen and baseball player Will Maddox who has just signed with the Detroit Tigers.


Stokes Works Out For Hometown Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger laughs with Memphian and former Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes following a pre-draft workout for the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
Former Tennessee basketball star Jarnell Stokes worked out for his hometown Memphis Grizzlies on Monday as he continues to prepare for the NBA Draft. 

Stokes spoke about how playing for the Grizzlies would be a dream come true.  "I grew up watching them. I was a season-ticket holder in the nose bleed just three years ago," Stokes, the former Tennessee forward, said following a pre-draft workout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. "It's surreal right now being able to work out for them."

Here's a look at media coverage: 

- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Jarnell Stokes Video

VFL Matt Duffy Slams 3 HRs for OKC RedHawks

Former Vols standout Matt Duffy made history on Monday night with the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks as he slammed three home runs in a 6-2 win over Salt Lake. Duffy became the sixth player in RedHawks history to hit three homers in a game. 

- MiLB.com Video: Duffy slugs third homer

Duffy hit solo home runs in the second, fourth and eighth innings for the third multi-home run game of his career. He also homered Sunday in Omaha and now has four homers in the past two games.

The RedHawks infielder became the second player in the PCL to hit three homers in a game this season, following Tacoma's Jabari Blash, who did it June 3 against El Paso.

Duffy had struggled early on with OKC since being promoted to the Astros' top affiliate. He was just 2-for-23 prior to Sunday's action. Since then he has hit four homers and raised his average to .194 with the four home runs and seven RBIs. Duffy hit .302 with Corpus Christi before being recalled in late May. 

Happy Birthday - June 10: Ariel Massengale

Happy Birthday to rising senior point guard Ariel Massengale.

Happy Birthday - June 9: VFL Craig Colquitt

On June 9, we celebrate the birthday of Knoxville native and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Craig Colquitt. The VFL played for the Vols from 1975-1977 before being drafted by the Steelers in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Craig is the the father of current NFL punters and former Vols, Dustin and Britton Colquitt. Dustin, a Pro Bowler in 2012, plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Britton currently plays for the Denver Broncos. Craig's nephew, Jimmy Colquitt, was also an All-American punter for the Vols. 


VFL Andy Simunic Signs With G-Braves

Former Tennessee baseball star Andy Simunic has signed with the Gwinnett Braves, the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate

Simunic, 28, was the 17th round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2008 June draft out of the University of Tennessee. He batted .276 with 59 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs, 161 RBIs and 64 stolen bases over parts of seven seasons in the Astros' organization. Simunic played 30 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, batting .263 (25-for-95) with five doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs and one stolen base. He was released by the Astros on June 1.

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