July 2012 Archives
- NFL News:Peyton Manning tries to quiet arm strength concerns
- ESPN The Magazine: You're not the boss of me (Arian Foster)
- ESPN: Expectations high for Criner and Moore
- Nashua Telegraph: Stallworth takes long way back to Patriots
- KCChiefs.com: Camp Notebook: Eric Berry barely skips a beat
- NOLA.com: Saints are down two starting cornerbacks after Jabari Greer pulls groin
- ESPN: 2008 top draft picks (Jerod Mayo)
Take a look at how your former Vols did last weekend:
- Copeland Helps Tiger-Cats To Comeback Victory
The Tiger-Cats outscored the Roughriders 21-2 in the fourth quarter using three touchdowns to eke out a 35-34 victory. Hamilton is now 5-2 on the season.
- Stampeders Fall To Lions 34-8
- Hefney and Blue Bombers Defeat Eskimos For First Win
Led by Hefney who notched a team high four tackles in the game, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and held Edmonton to just one point in the fourth quarter to earn its first win of the season, 23-22.
- Denver Post: Woody Paige: Peyton Manning new leader of Broncos' arms race
- ESPN: Arian Foster and a unicorn
- Houston Chronicle: New vegan Arian Foster looks in great shape
- Tuscon Citizen: Broken arm motivates Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams
- ESPN Boston: Stallworth happy to lend a hand
- Wichita Eagle: Chiefs' ACL club gets through first day OK (Eric Berry)
- NOLA.com: New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer turns in play of the day
- Forth Worth Star Telegram: Jason Witten, Cowboys teammates proud to sign for the military
- Comcast SportsNet New England: Hightower quickly learning the Patriot Way (Jerod Mayo)
- NorthJersey.com: School's in session for former Don Bosco QB Matt Simms
- Akron Beacon Journal: Browns: Montario Hardesty finally healthy
Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 30, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first.
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.
Note: Played in the singles qualifying at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger over the weekend, losing to Romana Tedjakusuama in the first round ... Off last week.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of July 30, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 229 (-12)
Doubles: 160 (-11)
Note: Finished up the regular season with the Orange County Breakers in World TeamTennis ... Won his final seven singles matches to lead the Breakers to an 8-6 record and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The WTT playoffs will be held Sept. 14-16 in Charleston, S.C. ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger.
Singles: 266 (+12)
Doubles: 228 (+41)
Note: Reached the doubles final of the $50,000 Lexington Challenger with Rhyne Williams, their first career Challenger final ... Lost to top-seeded John Peers and Austin Krajicek 6-1, 7-6 in the title match ... Reached second round of singles ... Off this week.
Singles: 288 (+3)
Doubles: 271 (+50)
Note: Reached the doubles final of the $50,000 Lexington Challenger with Tennys Sandgren, their first career Challenger final ... Lost to top-seeded John Peers and Austin Krajicek 6-1, 7-6 in the title match
Singles: 1283 (-12)
Doubles: 198 (+14)
Note: Reached the quarterfinals in doubles at this week's Oberstaufen Challenger in Germany, again playing with Nima Roshan ... Gained 131 doubles points in July to return to the top 200 for the first time since November 2011 ... Off this week.
On July 29, we wish Happy Birthday to women's swimmer Kirstyn Colonias.
After reaching the doubles semifinals of their last two Challenger events together, former Vols Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren will play for their first Challenger doubles title Saturday evening in Lexington, Ky.
Here are stories from the media on the tour:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT practice digs: New facility's layout enhances its appeal
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley developing "gold standard" training facility
- GoVols247: 'Gold standard' facility on display
- GoVols247: Photos: Dooley shows new facility
- Inside Tennessee: New facility has 'wow' factor
- Volquest: Volquest tours new facility
- Volquest: Video: More on new facility
Also from the media:
- GoVols247: Dooley: Vols earned brief break
- Denver Post: Record crowd watches Peyton Manning's Broncos training camp debut
- SunSentinel: Can Miami's linebackers carry the Dolphins defense? (Kevin Burnett)
- NFL News: Aubrayo Franklin, San Diego Chargers agree to terms
- NFL News: Arian Foster, Texans RB, generates stir by going vegan
- AZCentral.com: Arizona Cardinals' Dan Williams reports to training camp in shape
- WRDW TV:Deon Grant continues to be a role model for kids
- Boston.com:Top position battles we'll be watching (Donte' Stallworth)
- NOLA.com: New Orleans Saints top 25 countdown, Jabari Greer, No. 6
The Davidson County Chapter of the UT Alumni Association invites you to the 46th Annual UT All Sports Picnic at Lipscomb's Allen Arena on Thursday, July 26th! Doors open at 5:30 CT for autographs, silent auction, and a barbeque dinner with all the fixins from Stroud's Barbeque.
The program hosted by the Voice of the Vols, Bob Kesling, begins at 7:00 PM. Scheduled speakers include UT President Dr. Joe DiPietro, Athletic Director Dave Hart, Coaches Dooley, Warlick, Serrano, Weekly (Ralph and Karen), and more! Many UT fans consider this event to be the kickoff to football season, and it is going to be a great night for all VOL fans in the Nashville area.
Visitwww.2012allsportspicnic.eventbrite.com to buy your ticket today. (Tickets are $20, UT letterman are free, kids 6 and under are free)
All proceeds go to an endowed scholarship for Davidson County high school students to attend UT. Six local students received the scholarship last year, and the scholarship fund is growing every year.
Collection grows along with the SEC's expansion
ESPN Consumer Products, in collaboration with the Southeastern Conference, will bring back the "SEC on ESPN" apparel collection this week at over 120 Dicks Sporting Goods stores throughout the Southeast. Originally launched in 2011 as a men's and women's t-shirt line, this year's collection has grown to include sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, and headwear.
Inspired by the conference's achievements, traditions and rivalries, as well as ESPN's dedication to being the home of college football, the collection features bold colors and large logos from each of the 14 schools and gives fans a new way to show their passion for college football, SEC style.
The "SEC on ESPN" collection will be sold throughout the Southeast at Dick's Sporting Goods stores, the Official Sporting Goods Sponsor of the SEC, and at select on-campus bookstore locations. The product will also be available online at DSG.com, ESPNShop.com and SECStore.com. ESPN Consumer Products teamed with Weezabi (apparel partner) and Top of the World (headwear partner) for the collection, which will include new graphics and styles being released through the college football season.
"The 'SEC on ESPN' apparel and headwear collection is a natural extension of the high-quality SEC programming our network provides," says Matt Novoselsky, director, licensing, ESPN Consumer Products. "Fans can demonstrate their passion for their schools and their conference though our stylish apparel."
The collection will include tees and headwear from every SEC school, including the two new additions to the SEC. Schools consist of: University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Texas A&M, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, University of Missouri, Mississippi State University, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
"The 'SEC on ESPN' collection is another example of how we can further enhance the SEC on ESPN brand and our partnership with ESPN," says Charlie Hussey, Assistant Commissioner for Marketing and Licensing. "We believe that the collection is a great way to give our fans a new way to demonstrate their passion for the conference, their schools and college football."
About ESPN Consumer Products
ESPN Consumer Products serves the fan and reflects the assets and equity of ESPN. ESPN Consumer Products oversees the development of product lines under the ESPN and X Games brands. The X Games Consumer Products is a full line of action sports-themed products designed for the action sports fan and enthusiast, product lines include lifestyle apparel, sporting goods and protective gear. IMG Licensing serves as the exclusive ESPN consumer products licensing agent in North America.
About the Southeastern Conference (SEC)
The Southeastern Conference was formed in 1933 and consists of 14 member institutions: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The league currently sanctions championship play in nine men's sports and 11 women's sports. Its headquarters has been located in Birmingham, Ala., since 1948. For more on the conference, visit www.SECDigitalNetwork.com
Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 23, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first.
Note: Last week, reached the quarterfinals at the $10k Knokke (Belgium) Futures and reached the doubles semifinals with Belgium native Elyne Boeykens ... Off this week.
Note: Lost in the first round of the $10k Evansville (Ind.) Futures but reached the doubles finals with Stanford's Mallory Burdette ... Off this week.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of July 23, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 217 (-6)
Doubles: 149 (0)
Note: Playing for the Orange County Breakers (3-6) in World TeamTennis, an eight-team pro tennis league in the U.S. ... Season finishes this week with four matches with coverage on UTSports.com ... Listed to play the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger next week.
Singles: 278 (-5)
Doubles: 269 (+15)
Note: Lost in the opening round of the $50k Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger this week ... Playing the $50k Lexington (Ky.) Challenger this week and faces Canadian Philip Bester in the first round ... Seeded fourth in doubles this week with Rhyne Williams.
Singles: 291 (+11)
Doubles: 321 (+23)
Note: Last week reached the quarterfinals of the $50k Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger, beating top-seeded Dudi Sela in the opening round ... Playing the $50k Lexington (Ky.) Challenger and faces fifth-seeded Jamie Baker of Great Britain in the first round ... Teaming up in doubles with Tennys Sandgren.
Singles: 1271 (-9)
Doubles: 212 (+29)
Note: Reached the finals of the Ponzan Challenger in Poland last week with fellow Australian Nima Roshan ... Seeded fourth in doubles at this week's Oberstaufen Challenger in Germany, again playing with Roshan ... Has gained 116 doubles points in July.
Singles: 1140 (-12)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.
Doubles: 556 (-3)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.
- Watch highlights here: Bucks-Bulls Highlights
Here are some stories touching on Harris' strong play:
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Recent draft picks show their value in win
- RealGM.com: Bucks Dominate Bulls In Finale 113-68
- Brew Hoop: Summer League 2012 | Bucks 113, Bulls 68
With the Memphis Grizzlies, Cameron Tatum scored three points in 10 minutes as his squad dropped their summer finale to the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-91. In four summer league games, Tatum averaged 3.8 point and 1.8 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.
Vols coach Derek Dooley will be at the ESPN Studios on Monday, get the rundown of his day.
Here are the latest stories on the football team from the media:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Opening opponent already has UT's attention
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Ex-Vol Leaverton leaving Sen. Corker's team
- GoVols247: Louder Bray learning to lead
- Volquest: Vols provide a helping hand
- Volquest: November hurt catalyst for change
- WRCB Video feature on Tyler Bray: VIDEO: Tyler Bray talks about Peyton's expectations
Also in Las Vegas, Tobias Harris continues to star with the Milwaukee Bucks as he netted 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the narrow 88-87 win over the Celtics. Harris hit two free throws with 5.9 seconds left to secure the win. Check out lots of Harris highlights here. The Bucks play the Bulls on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Here are some media stories mentioning Harris:
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Young forward duo lead Bucks to another win
- ESPN.com: Rapid Reaction: Bucks 88, Celtics 87
Big day for birthdays in the Tennessee athletics world on July 20. Celebrating are recently graduated softball utility player Shelby Burchell and basketball guard Cameron Tatum, who is playing with the Memphis Grizzlies Summer League Team.
After a sluggish start, the 2012 USA Basketball Women's National Team (3-0) erased an 11-point deficit and rode a 21-0 run to an eventual 88-63 win over Great Britain in an exhibition contest on Wednesday night in Manchester, England.
Former Lady Vols Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker were once again in the starting lineup for the USA. In 19 minutes of action, Parker knocked down three of six shots from the field and nailed both of her free throw attempts to finish with eight points in a very balanced scoring attack. She added four rebounds and three steals to the cause as well.
Catchings, meanwhile, finished with six points and six boards for the American side in 27 minutes on the hardwood. Displaying her typical versatility and tenacity, she also kicked in five assists and four steals for Team USA.
The USA Women's National Team will next travel to Istanbul, Turkey, where it will take part in its final exhibition contests prior to the Olympic Games. The Americans will play Croatia on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday.
This afternoon, Lady Vol soccer alum Sarah Van Sickle was named an Under Armour "What's Beautiful" contestant winner.
Van Sickle, whose goal was to, "restore and instill hope, self-esteem, and confidence to at least 225 to 250 women of all ages, sizes, and races," did the very thing she set out to do.
To learn more about Sarah and her dream of helping women everywhere, check out last month's utsports.com article on her.
A pair of birthdays for Tennessee student-athletes on July 18. Celebrating are soccer senior soccer forward Alexis Owens and women's track & field runner Kianna Ruff.
After defeating Brazil, 99-67, in an exhibition game in Washington, D.C., on Monday night, the USA Basketball Women's National Team is in Manchester, England, preparing for the another contest.
At 2:10 p.m. Eastern time (7:10 p.m. local) on Wednesday, the Americans will battle Great Britain in another exhibition game. The meeting, set for Manchester Arena, will be televised on ESPN2 and shown online on ESPN3.
Former Lady Vols Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker started as forwards for Team USA in Monday night's rout over Brazil. Catchings tallied eight points on four-of-seven shooting and added three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a pair of blocks in 20 minutes of action. Parker, meanwhile, chipped in four points, six boards, three assists, a steal and a block in 17 minutes of duty.
To read more about the USA Basketball Women's National Team,
see a photo gallery or view quotes from Catchings and Parker, please click on
the link below. There's also a link for live stats for Wednesday's match-up.
Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 16, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first.
Note: Last week, lost in the second round of qualifying at the $25k Zwevegem (Belgium) Challenger but made the quarterfinals in doubles ... Playing this week at the $10k Knokke (Belgium) Futures.
Note: As a qualifier last week, reached the second round of singles last week at the $50k Wakima (Wash.) Challenger ... Also made it to the doubles semifinals to achieve a career high in both singles and doubles ... Playing this week in the $10k Evansville (Ind.) Futures.
Saturday's MatchWorld Women's Cup competition between Canada and New Zealand brought lots of excitement to pre-Olympic play in Switzerland. Team Canada, and former Tennessee soccer great Rhian Wilkinson, defeated the Kiwis of New Zealand, and 2012 soccer signee Hannah Wilkinson, 2-0.
Follow the links below to see the full recaps from both sides of the pitch...CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM
Canada will face Brazil on July 17th for their final match of the MWWC 2012. Likewise, New Zealand will look to finish the pre-Olympic tournament strong as they face Columbia, also on the 17th.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of July 16, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 211 (-1)
Doubles: 149 (-2)
Note: Playing for the Orange County Breakers (2-2) in World TeamTennis, an eight-team pro tennis league in the U.S. ... Season continues for two more weeks ... Matches on Tuesday vs. Boston and Friday vs. Washington will be streamed live with commentary on WTT.com ... Both matches start at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Singles: 273 (-7)
Doubles: 282 (-6)
Note: Off last week ... Playing this week at the $50k Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger and faces wild card Christian Harrison in the first round.
Singles: 302 (-23)
Doubles: 344 (-5)
Note: Off last week ... Playing this week at the $50k Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger, drawing top-seeded Dudi Sela in the opening round.
Singles: 1262 (-4)
Doubles: 241 (+44)
Note: Points added for winning a $15k Futures in Germany and also reaching the semifinals of the Scheveningen Challenger in The Netherlands last week ... Playing this week at the $35k + H Ponzan Challenger in Poland.
Doubles: 551 (+9)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Planning to play Illinois Challenger swing next month.
Instead, she left disappointed, without a team uniform but bearing something far more valuable: The drive to make a difference for females in athletics.
A little over five decades later, that same little girl, now Joan Cronan, in the twilight of a career of making a difference for females in athletics, stood at a podium introducing her final coaching hire at the University of Tennessee. Ironically, it wasn't a new leader of a women's sport. It was Dave Serrano, Tennessee's new baseball coach.
To read more of the feature about UT's Joan Cronan, written for the SEC Digital Network by Brian Rice, please go to the link below:
- SEC Digital Network: SEC 40/40: Cronan's Career Fueled By Being Denied Opportunity
The American squad will take on Brazil at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time at the Verizon Center in D.C. ESPN2 will televise the game as well as the men's tilt between the USA and Brazilian National Teams that follows at 8 p.m.
The practices and exhibitions are preparing the U.S. women's squad for action in the upcoming Olympic Games in London. Catchings, who played for the American side in 2004 and 2008, will be trying to win her third gold medal. Parker is seeking her second gold, having played on the winning squad in 2008.
- USA Basketball Press Release: USA Basketball Women's National Team Kicks Off Training Camp
- USA Basketball Schedule: 2012 USA Basketball Women's National Team Schedule & Results
- USA Roster/Bios: 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team Roster/Bios
- Knoxville News Sentinel: If even needed, more courage comes from Pat Summitt
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Trotter EmbracesThird Olympic Team Appearance
2012 NBA Summer League Schedule
(COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.)
Saturday, July 14
New York *
Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Thomas & Mack Center
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 22
* - Broadcast live on NBA TV
The 2011 SEC Athlete of the Year John-Patrick Smith is winding down his first week of World TeamTennis as a member of the Orange County Breakers.
Below are some samples of media clips pertaining to Summitt, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and the 2012 ESPYs.
- ESPNW (Video Replay): Summitt Receives Arthur Ashe Award
- Yahoo! Sports: Pat Summitt's ESPYs moment is reminiscent of Jim Valvano's famous speech
- bleacher report: Pat Summitt: Arthur Ashe Courage Award Is Great Honor for Legendary Coach
- NESN: Pat Summitt Vows to 'Keep on Keepin' on' Upon Receiving Arthur Ashe Award at ESPYs
- Denver Post: Peyton Manning presents Pat Summitt tribute at ESPY Awards
- Huffington Post: Pat Summitt ESPY Tribute, Speech: Ex-Tennessee Coach Receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award
- AARP Blog: Pat Summitt presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award
- nextgen JOURNAL: ESPYs Honor College Sports Heros Who Inspire Nation
- Rant Sports: ESPYS Tribute To Pat Summitt Will Move You To Tears
Tennessee soccer fans should take note of these matches as former Volunteer great Rhian Wilkinson of Canada will face 2012 soccer signee Hannah Wilkinson of New Zealand tomorrow in Switzerland.
You can read more about the two Tennessee soccer member's journey to the 2012 London games HERE.
Saturday's match will mark the 10th international meeting between Canada and New Zealand. The event will take place at 10 a.m. EST and can be seen in Canada on Eurosport World or followed on Twitter at @CanadaSoccerEN and @NZ_Football.
Each team will play matches against two opponents and the squad with the most points will be crowed champion of the Match World Women's Cup. Check utladyvols.com for a recap of the match tomorrow.
The storied Stokely Athletic Center -- where the "Ernie and Bernie Show" drew sellout crowds in the mid-1970s, the Lady Vols played their first championship season in 1987, and Elvis Presley performed three months before his death -- will move a step closer to demolition today.
University of Tennessee officials will ask the State Building Commission at its monthly meeting in Nashville for approval to raze the 54-year-old gymnasium, which would be replaced with a parking lot.
Read this Knoxville News Sentinel story on the building, which was home to so many major moments: UT takes steps toward razing Stokely Athletic Center and Photo Gallery.
But former Half Hollow Hills West standout Tobias Harris wants to make sure the 40-plus kids who attended his camp two weeks ago or those who will attend his next one Aug. 20-24 learn more than just jump shots, dribble-drives and post moves. "Just trying to have the kids take care of business -- work hard, have fun, go to class, do all the right things, stay on the right path," said Harris, the 6-8 Bucks small forward who travels from workouts in Milwaukee toLong Island to run the Tobias Harris School of Business Basketball Camp at Half Hollow Hills East.
Read the full story on the former Vols star Tobias Harris in Newsday: Tobias Harris runs camp that goes beyond basketball
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of July 9, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 210 (+88)
Doubles: 147 (+10)
Note: Jumped to a career-best No. 210 after winning his first career singles Challenger title at the $50k Winnetka Challenger, beating Ricardas Berankis 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) ... Also reached the finals of doubles with John Peers ... Playing the next three weeks with the Orange County Breakers in World TeamTennis, starting tonight.
Singles: 279 (-11)
Doubles: 368 (+29)
Note: Won his first round of the Winnetka Challenger ... Reached the doubles semifinal with Tennys Sandgren at Winnetka to move up to a career best in the doubles rankings ... Off this week ... Playing next week at the $50k Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger.
Singles: 266 (+22)
Doubles: 276 (+40)
Note: Reached first career singles quarterfinal at the Winnetka Challenger, stunning top-seeded Benjamin Becker in his opening match ... Advanced to the doubles semifinal with Rhyne Williams ... Off this week ... Playing next week at the $50k Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger.
Doubles: 285 (+28)
Note: Won a $15k Futures doubles title in Germany ... Off this week.
Doubles: 560 (-64)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.
Singles: 1130 (+54)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.
While some athletes are getting their "game face" on, DeeDee Trotter puts on her "glitter face."
She turned heads at the U.S. Olympic Trials as much for her second-place finish in the women's 400 meters as for the explosion of color around her right eye and down her cheek.
To continue reading about the former Lady Vol standout in USA TODAY'S "100 Olympic hopefuls in 100 Days" series, please go to: Three-time Olympian Trotter brings style to the 400
- GoVols247 continues its summer series with a look at the man they call 'Tiny': Second-Year Surge: Tiny Richardson.
On July 4, we wish Happy Birthday to junior rower Ashley Fichthorn.
- knoxnews.com: PrepXtra Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Emily Yarnell
60 Days To Kickoff: General Neyland's 7th Maxim - Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes. #Vols-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) July 2, 2012