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Serrano On Radio In Alaska

Tennessee baseball head coach Dave Serrano is in Alaska visiting the Vols playing summer ball in the Alaska Baseball League. On Friday night, he was a special guest on the Mat-Su Miners broadcast. 

With Serrano in attendance, Nick Senzel smacked a home run for his second game in a row, going 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Jordan Rodgers went 1-for-4 in the 4-1 win for Mat-Su. 

You can listen to Serrano starting at the 1:22:30 mark

Heron Competes at Crippen Meet of Champs

Tennessee freshman David Heron won the 1,500-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, California.

He won the race in 15 minutes, 24.82 seconds. The time is the sixth-fastest for an American this year. It is also the fastest time by a teenager or NCAA-level swimmer in 2014.  

The meet is run by the Mission Viejo Nadadores, Heron's hometown club growing up. 

Heron, who finished fifth in the 5K and 10K USA Swimming Open Water Championships earlier this month, still has a busy summer of competition ahead. He will represent the U.S. in the Lac St. Jean World Cup in Canada on July 24. He will also be among the Tennessee contingent racing at the Phillips 66 National Championships, which runs Aug. 6-10.

Shipman Doubles Off Abbott In NPF Action

On Thursday, June 26, Tennessee softball legends Madison Shipman and Monica Abbott squared off for the third time in National Pro Fastpitch action as Shipman's USSSA Pride took a 7-1 win over Abbott's Chicago Bandits.

In the bottom of the fifth, Shipman connected on a ball from Abbott high and inside for a double down the right field line. Abbott had Shipman's number entering that at-bat, as Shipman was 0-for-8 against the 6-3 lefty before the double.

Shipman recently won the prestigious 2014 Honda Sports Award for softball. Abbott won the 2007 Honda Sports Award for softball.

The USSSA Pride leads the league with a 13-4 record and the Chicago Bandits are second at 8-7. The Pride holds a 3-2 edge in the season series between the two teams. USSSA and Chicago will square off in three more games this weekend, playing Friday at 8:05 p.m. ET with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN3, WatchESPN and Cox Sports Television will broadcast all three games. Check your local listings and cable provider.

Happy Birthday - June 27: Whitelaw and Brewer

On June 27 we send Happy Birthday wishes to distance runner Austin Whitelaw and volleyball player Abby Brewer

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Inside Ja'Wuan James' Journey to Tackle

The Miami Dolphins' website 'The Finsiders' has a tremendous feature on #VFL Ja'Wuan James looking at the story behind why the team selected him with the 19th overall pick in the First Round of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Yahoo Sports: Maggitt Among Top Poised For Comeback

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Yahoo Sports is breaking down the top five defensive players poised for a comeback in 2014. No. 3 on the list is the Vols' Curt Maggitt. 

Read what Yahoo had to say about Maggitt including this comment from Coach Butch Jones: Doc Five: Top five defensive players poised for a comeback in 2014 - No. 3 - Curt Maggitt  

"It makes a big difference (to have him back). He's our leader. He brings versatility to our defense in terms of being able to put him in a 3-point stance and rush the passer, or put him in the second level of our defense at the linebacker position. He's very explosive, so to be able to get him back on the field is a big benefit for us."

Happy Birthday - June 26: Bily, Clifton, Stephens

On June 26, we send Happy Birthday wishes to recent baseball graduate Pierce Bily


 We also celebrate the birthdays of two former standouts on the gridiron: Chad Clifton and Travis Stephens. An offensive lineman, Clifton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2000 and went on to win two Super Bowls during his 12 seasons with the organization. Stephens posted the greatest single season in Tennessee running backs history when he carried 291 times for 1,464 yards in 2001. Both marks still stand as program records.


Jones, Tyndall Featured In MLive Story

Check out this tremendous feature on Tennessee's two head coaches from the state of Michigan, Butch Jones and Donnie Tyndall. MLive writer Peter J. Wallner takes a look at their separate but similar paths to Rocky Top. 

The story includes some classic photos of Jones and Tyndall as youngsters.

Happy Birthday - June 25: Slater, Shipman, Johnson

On June 25 we send happy birthday wishes to swimmer Tristan Slater, recent softball graduate Madison Shipman and former Vols basketball star Reggie Johnson

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FEATURE: Will Maddox Living Pro Baseball Dream

Maddox living pro baseball dream in Tigers' minor league system
Check out this feature on VFL Will Maddox from his hometown paper, the Gainesville Times: Maddox living pro baseball dream in Tigers' minor league system.

Here's the lede: 

Will Maddox is staying in hotels, riding from one town to another on buses and living his dream.

The former Gainesville High and University of Tennessee standout recently signed with the Detroit Tigers, after being selected in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. He started playing with the short-season Class A Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League last week.

"Being drafted was obviously a great privilege," Maddox said in a phone interview Tuesday. "It's been my dream since I was a little kid to play professional baseball, and this gives me that opportunity."

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