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Abbott Helps Chicago Stay Alive In NPF Playoffs

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Tennessee softball legend and Chicago ace Monica Abbott tossed three hitless, shutout innings in relief and struck out three batters on Thursday to help the Bandits take a 4-1 victory over the Akron Racers and force a third game in their NPF Championship series semifinal best-of-three.

The Bandits, who also feature UT legend Ellen Renfroe on their roster, and the Racers will play on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. That game will feature a live radio broadcast on MSASports.net.

The winner will advance to face the USSSA Pride in the final best-of-three series for the league championship. The first game of the finals is on Friday 8 p.m. ET. A matchup between the Chicago Bandits and the USSSA Pride would feature all of the UT alums currently in the NPF. Tennessee legend and NPF Rookie of the Year Madison Shipman stars for the Pride.

With the third week of the NFL Preseason beginning, three VFLs will be in action for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers vs. Eagles, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
The Steelers will make their way to Philadelphia for this week's Thursday night game. All three VFLs, Ramon Foster, Tauren Poole and Daniel McCullers, had playing time in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Poole is questionable with a hamstring injury, but if healthy is expected to play. 


The Nashville Predators of the NHL will be the first team in it's league to host a We Back Pat night in support of Coach Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA Basketball history. The Predators will host the special game on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena.

The We Back Pat game will raise public awareness for The Pat Summitt Foundation, which is dedicated to advanced research for prevention and a cure for Alzheimer's disease. 

If bought online, a portion of the ticket sold will be donated to the foundation.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/21/14)

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The Vols will be back on Haslam Field on Thursday for the first time during fall classes at Tennessee. Take a look at the latest coverage on the team from the media in the following stories:


- The Associated Press has a feature on freshman Josh Malone, who enters his first season as a Vol with high expectations: Tennessee WR Malone ready to face expectations.

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press features strength & conditioning coach Dave Lawson: Lawson's lead: Strength coach talks Tennessee Vols' summer.

- The Times Free Press also has a story on the Vols' increased depth at tight end: UT Vols clearly better, deeper at tight end.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has various stories on Team 118: 

The Maryville Daily Times looks at freshman Jashon Robertson and rise to starter on the offensive line: UT's Jashon Robertson a quick study after position change
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Former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings was recently named the WNBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for August.

Catchings currently plays for the Indiana Fever and is in her 13th year in the league. This is her first player of the month honor for the season and the third of her career. No other Lady Vol in the WNBA has been awarded the honor this season.

In August, Catchings had an Eastern Conference high in scoring with 16.7 ppg. She ranked seventh in rebounding with 6.3 rpg and sixth in steals with 1.67 spg. Leading her team, Catchings has helped Indiana to the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.

In all In all five games so far this month, Catchings has scored in double-digits including two games with 25 or more points. Catchings scored her season high of 29 points against the New York Liberty on Aug. 10. She has scored a collective 92 points and 59 rebounds in August.

Catchings will be back in action tomorrow night, Aug. 20, against Washington at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 2.

On August 20, just three days following his No. 17 jersey retirement with the Colorado Rockies, we send Happy Birthday wishes to #VFL and 17-year Major League veteran Todd Helton! 

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Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/19/14)

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Only 12 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee! 

Butch Jones and the Vols wrapped up training camp on Monday. Read about the final practice before school starts on Wednesday: #VolReport: Camp Is In The Books.

Freshman Jashon Robertson is the subject of our feature on UTSports.com, making the move from defensive line to offensive line and making a major difference: A Big Move Pays Off For Robertson.

Starting on Tuesday night, the Vols will be featured on SEC Network with a 2014 season preview and a look back at several classic games. 

Here's a look at coverage from the media

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' defensive linemen admit to extra drive
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Schedule loaded with successful coaches
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Al Wilson's 'big heart' still inspires
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis from Vols' practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams turning heads at cornerback
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Two more Vols lose helmet stripes
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols manufacturing O-line depth

The second weekend of NFL Preseason games has concluded for former Vols in the league. Out of 38 VFLs, 33 played in games over the course of the weekend.


Among those players, starting Tennessee Titans' wide receiver Justin Hunter racked up a total of 111 yards on four receptions for two touchdowns. The Titans narrowly lost. 

 - YahooSports.com: Dose - Justin Hunter Pops Off

QB Peyton Manning
With the Broncos, Peyton Manning completed 12-14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown to shut out the 49ers.

 - CBSSports.com: Peyton Manning dominates


Sixteen VFLs started in games including Mychal Rivera of the Oakland Raiders who had two catches for 26 yards in the close win against the Lions. 

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Indianapolis 27-26 Played at DE
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 DNP
Alex Bullard OL Detroit Lions Lost to Oakland 27-26 Played at G
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 Punted five times for 195 yards
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. San Francisco 34-0 Punted three times for 127 yards
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Dallas 37-30 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Def. Atlanta 32-7 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Buffalo 19-16 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Tennessee 31-24 Played at OLB
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to New Orleans 31-24 Started at WR, made four receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. San Francisco 34-0 Played at DE
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Tampa Bay 20-14 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Tennessee 31-24 Started at FB, rushed for nine yards
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. San Francisco 34-0 Started at QB, completed 12-14 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. Philadelphia 42-35 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Chicago 20-19 Started at RG
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. San Diego 41-14 Started at LDE
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Buffalo 19-16 Played at DL
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Tennessee 31-24 Started at WR, made one reception for 14 yards
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Def. Detriot 27-26 Played at WR, caught one pass for eight yards
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Def. St. Louis 21-7 DNP
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Arizona 30-28 Started at WR, caught two passes for nine yards
Tauren Poole  RB Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Buffalo 19-16 Played at RB, rushed for seven yards, had one tackle
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 Played at OT
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to Baltimore 37-30 Played at LB
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Def. Detriot 27-26 Started at TE, made two receptions for 26 yards
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Def. Kansas City 28-16 Played at G
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Def. Detriot 27-26 Played at OL
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Def. Cincinnati 25-17 Played at QB
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Flacons Lost to Houston 32-7 Played at LB, had one reception for 13 yards
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Miami 20-14 Started at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Flacons Lost to Houston 32-7 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Tampa Bay 20-14 Started at RG
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to Green Bay 21-7 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to Vikings 30-28 Started at NT
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to Baltimore 37-30 Started at TE





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On Sunday, Aug. 17, after 17 years of Major League service with the organization, the Colorado Rockies honored longtime first baseman and #VFL Todd Helton in a pregame jersey retirement ceremony at Coors Field.

Over the course of his 17 seasons with Colorado, the former Vol played in 2,247 games and stands as the Rockies' all-time leader in hits (2,519), singles (1,521), doubles (592), home runs (369), RBIs (1,406), runs scored (1,401) and walks (1,335). A five-time Major League All-Star (2000-04), he also collected three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards as the Rockies starting first baseman.

Now a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, Helton also holds all-time career records for the Vols Baseball program with 38 homers, 147 walks as well as a school-record 23 saves from 1993-95.


Here's a look at the latest coverage on Helton and his jersey retirement at Coors Field:

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/18/14)

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The Vols will be back in action on Monday after an off-day on Sunday as Butch Jones and Team 118 are just 13 days from the 2014 kickoff vs. Utah State. 

On Saturday, 40,000 Fans Came Out To The Vols Open Practice. If you missed any of the coverage check out this story: Fans Set Tone For Vols Under The Lights.




Here's the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' Worley steady as crowd watches
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones not sweating position battles
- Knoxville News Sentinel:  Williams turning heads at cornerback




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