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Martinez, Thigpen Interviews On Sports Animal

Tennessee assistant coaches Willie Martinez and Tommy Thigpen have been guests on Sports 180 on Sports Animal this week. If you missed their interviews, listen back here:

NPF Games On CBS Sports Network


Fans interested in following Tennessee softball alums Monica Abbott, Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman during the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch season are in for a treat! The NPF will air 14 regular-season games and four postseason games on CBS Sports Network.

CBS Sports Network will televise games on Monday and Tuesday in prime time beginning July 7. The 18-game package will triple the league's previous television coverage.

"We are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports Network to deliver our premier level of competition to a national audience on a regular basis," NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said. "We know there is a significant television fan base for fastpitch softball and we look forward to entertaining those folks along with many new fans with our summer of coverage."

CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage on Monday, July 7 and will air games for seven consecutive weeks. The network will air six games in four days from August 11-14 to cap the 2014 regular season. The NPF Championship series will be televised with one "pool play" game on August 20 and all three championship games on August 21-22, marking the first time the Championship Series Finals have been televised in their entirety.

The telecast team of Eric Collins and Barbara Jordan will deliver the action for all 18 games.

Abbott and Renfroe pitch for the Chicago Bandits. Shipman plays for the USSSA Pride.

CBS Sports Network channels in Knoxville:
AT&T Uverse 643, 1643
Charter 303, 813
Comcast 744, 1721
DirecTV 221
Dish 158

2014 NPF Schedule on CBS Sports Network:
July 7 USSSA Pride at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 8 USSSA Pride at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 14 USSSA Pride at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
July 15 USSSA Pride at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
July 21 Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride 7:00 PM ET
July 22 Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride 7:00 PM ET
July 28 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 29 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 4 Pennsylvania Rebellion at Akron Racers 8:30 PM ET
Aug. 5 Pennsylvania Rebellion at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 11 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 8:30 PM ET
Aug. 12 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 13 Akron Racers at Chicago Bandits 7:30 PM ET
Aug. 14 Akron Racers at Chicago Bandits 8:00 PM ET
Aug. 20 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Pool Play 9:00 PM ET
Aug. 22 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 1 8:00 PM ET
Aug. 23 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 2 2:00 PM ET
Aug. 23 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 3 4:30 PM ET

Happy Birthday - July 2: Arcamuzi, Darr, Moore

On July 2, three student-athletes celebrate their birthday, rowing team alum Nikki Arcamuzi, senior punter Matt Darr and junior midfielder Mackenzie Moore. Happy Birthday!

Park Renamed In Butch Jones' Father's Honor

Work continued on June 23 at the renovated park in downtown Saugatuck that will be dedicated to former police Chief Lyle Jones on Wednesday. Jim Hayden/Sentinel staff

Congrats to Coach Butch Jones and his family as JONES PARK was dedicated on Wednesday morning in honor of Butch's late father Lyle in their hometown of Saugatuck, Michigan. Lyle served as the Saugatuck's police chief from 1968-1993. 

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Stewart Goes 2-for-5 In USA's International Opener

Photo: In his first game against international competition on Tuesday, Christin Stewart went 2-for-5 for Team USA as the Americans tied Chinese Taipei, 5-5 in Cary, N.C., last night. Stewie is hitting .485 to lead Team USA's Collegiate National Team!

Have you voted for him today as USOC Athlete of the Month? 

In the U.S. Collegiate National Team's first international competition of the summer, Tennessee's Christin Stewart went 2-for-5 as Team USA tied Chinese Taipei, 5-5, in 10 innings. 

Stewart is leading the CNT in batting with a .485 average, going 16-for-33 in play thus far. He also leads in hits (16), doubles (7), homers (2), slugging percentage (.879) and RBI (11). 

BOX SCORE: Box score

The Collegiate National Team continues its series against Chinese Taipei at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. The two squads will square off in game three on July 3 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., and again on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Abbott Looking Sharp In NPF Action

Week 5 of the NPF season featured another four-game series in Round Rock, Texas, between Monica Abbott's and Ellen Renfroe's Chicago Bandits and Madison Shipman's USSSA Pride.

The Pride took the first two games on June 26-27, but the Bandits answered with a doubleheader sweep on June 28. Renfroe started in the circle in the first game, tossing three innings with two earned runs and one strikeout as Chicago took a 6-3 win. Abbott enjoyed her best performance of the season in the second game of the doubleheader, tossing a 12-strikeout, seven-inning shutout that gave the Bandits a 3-0 victory.

The two teams featuring Tennessee's alums will meet again in a four-game series July 31 to Aug. 3 in Rosemont, Ill.

Happy Birthday - June 30: Boyer, Dibblin, Foreman

On June 30 three student-athletes celebrate their birthday, pole vaulter Kathryn Boyer, swimmer Ross Dibblin and sophomore defensive back Malik Foreman

KathrynBoyer RossDibblin MalikForeman

Giving Back, Witten Holds 12th Annual Camp

An annual tradition made its way to Elizabethton's Dave Rider Field on Saturday afternoon as hometown hero Jason Witten hosted his 12th annual Score Foundation Football Camp.

This year the free camp saw more than 1600 kids pre-registered for the two-session day.

"It's awesome to come back and it's another opportunity to give back," said Witten. "It's awesome to see how this camp has grown. It's special. I can think back of many years sitting on this field and a lot of great memories, not just as a player, but growing up as a ballboy and everything that took place before I started player here. The kids love the camp and its always humbling to see how many from this area come and how many travel in for it."

Read more from TriCitiesSports.com: Giving Back, Witten Hosts 12th Annual Football Camp

Photo by Allen Greene Photography.  

Stokes Meets With Memphis Media

A day after being drafted by his hometown team, the Memphis Grizzlies, Jarnell Stokes met with the media about living out his lifelong dream of playing with the Grizz. Here's a look at the coverage on Stokes and fellow draft pick Jordan McRae, who was headed to Philadelphia on Friday. 

McRae will meet with the Philadelphia media on Saturday at 11 a.m. The presser will be streamed live on Sixers.com

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

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