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Second-half ‘punch’ sends Vols past Santa Clara; Kansas is next

knoxnews.com — LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Josh Richardson called for a huddle in the HP Fieldhouse hallway. Tennessee trailed hot-shooting Santa Clara at the half, and the senior guard and captain felt responsible for providing some encouragement. "I pulled the guys together and said, 'Everybody knows we play better in the second half every game,'" Richardson said.
Nov 27, 2014

Second-half ‘punch' sends #Vols past Santa Clara; Kansas is next shar.es/1XK9j3

Vandy eager to play after worst loss in 20 years

knoxnews.com — NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason seems to have gotten the attention of his Commodores coming off the program's worst loss in 20 years. Mason spent two weeks focusing on Mississippi State treating the game as a bowl, and his Commodores wound up being thumped 51-0.

On day for counting blessings, readers come first

knoxnews.com — When I count my blessings on Thanksgiving, readers are always high on the list. As much as I enjoy writing and covering sports, no aspect of my job is more gratifying than the give-and-take with readers. I wish I could list every email exchange with every reader.
Nov 26, 2014

John Adams: When I count my blessings on Thanksgiving, readers are always high on the list. knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/col…

Nov 26, 2014

"On day for counting blessings, readers come first." @johnadamskns gets sappy on Thanksgiving shar.es/1XzHeb

Tennessee basketball battles NCAA distraction, staff changes as Orlando Classic begins

knoxnews.com — ORLANDO, Fla. - Tennessee men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall attempted to direct the attention toward the game. Yet even he acknowledged the presence of the word coaches dread - distractions. "It's just been one of those weeks," Tyndall said. "You get through some adversity. You face the distractions, hit it right between the eyes."

Vols may get look at different bowl system

knoxnews.com — Tennessee heads into Saturday's game (TV: SEC Network, 4 p.m.) at Vanderbilt (3-8, 0-7 SEC) on the verge of returning to the postseason for the first time since 2010. All the Vols (5-6, 2-5) have to do is defeat their in-state rival, something they've done 71 times in their last 84 tries.

Studies affirm dogs have human-like feelings and responses

knoxnews.com — Many dog owners have long held the position that their canines feel complex emotions similar to humans, while skeptics have maintained that dogs aren't capable of such feelings - or at the very least, that it can't be proven that they do.
Nov 26, 2014

Studies affirm dogs have human-like feelings and responses ow.ly/EXOKP

Lady Vols fall at Chattanooga

knoxnews.com — CHATTANOOGA - Chattanooga again turned McKenzie Arena into a house of horrors for Tennessee. The host Mocs stormed to a 16-point halftime lead and held on down the stretch for a 67-63 women's basketball upset of the Lady Vols on Wednesday night. Freshman Keiana Gilbert led Chattanooga (4-2) with 27 points.
Nov 26, 2014

Lady Vols lose at Chattanooga. Quiet bus ride back to Knoxville. knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/bas…

Croom out, Crowder back in practice

knoxnews.com — Tennessee just finished its Wednesday practice in preparation for Saturday's game (TV: SEC Network, 4 p.m.) against Vanderbilt (3-8, 0-7 SEC). Full coverage later, but first, some updates. -- Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jason Croom fell to the ground while running a route in a passing drill on Tuesday and took several minutes to get back up even though he had made no contact with any other player.

Tyndall says Vols hitting distractions head-on

knoxnews.com — Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall said Wednesday that the team is hitting the latest distraction "right between the eyes" and moving on. Addressing the media at Pratt Pavilion before the team leaves for a tournament in Orlando, Fla., Tyndall said he couldn't comment on the resignation Monday of assistant coach Adam Howard.
Nov 26, 2014

Tyndall meets with media, says Vols hitting distractions head-on. knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/bas…

Nov 26, 2014

#Vols coach Donnie Tyndall met the media this morning. Updates from @StrangeMike44 shar.es/1XkJXC

Site near downtown slated for apartments

propertyscope.knoxnews.com — A vacant lot on Hill Avenue is slated for development as apartments. Stephen Austin, of Greensboro, N.C.-based Evolve Development, said Wednesday that his firm is planning a 172-unit project called Evolve CityView at the northeast corner of Historic Preservation Drive and Hill Avenue. The site will include four four-story buildings.

Mike Strange: No easy solutions if NCAA hits Donnie Tyndall

knoxnews.com — The Donnie Tyndall era of Tennessee basketball got off to a flawed start the day he was introduced. When he signed his memorandum of understanding April 22, Tyndall mistakenly dated his signature 2012. If athletic director Dave Hart or chancellor Jimmy Cheek, who also signed the MOU, noticed, they didn't correct it.
Nov 25, 2014

@Strangemike44 No easy solutions if NCAA hits Tyndall. (Had to columnist to switch from football to basketball) knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/col…

Nov 25, 2014

.@Strangemike44 has documented a lot of coaching turbulence at Tennessee. His take on Donnie Tyndall. shar.es/1Xx8r0 #Vols

Rapist charged in attack on jail guards

knoxnews.com — An accused serial stalker convicted of raping one woman after allegedly twice failing to rape two more is now charged in a violent attack on Knox County Sheriff's Office guards for seizing his stash of drink mix packets.

Josh Flory: Chris Whittle listing New York estate for $140 million

knoxnews.com — The Scope doesn't typically cover the real estate scene in the Hamptons, but this week is an exception. On Nov. 19, The Wall Street Journal reported that an 11.2-acre estate called Briar Patch that includes 1,156 feet of water frontage on Georgica Pond, in East Hampton, N.Y., will be listed for $140 million.

Blackberry Farm plans brewery in Maryville

knoxnews.com — Blackberry Farm is beefing up its brewing activity - and extending its reach beyond the farm. The Walland resort has been brewing beer on-site since 2011, but it is currently putting the finishing touches on an off-site brewing operation in downtown Maryville, its first production facility outside the farm grounds.
Nov 26, 2014

Blackberry Farm is putting the finishing touches on an offsite brewery in downtown Maryville. ow.ly/EViqU pic.twitter.com/gI9PJLizlf

Reasons for resignations of Tennessee basketball’s Adam Howard, R.J. Rush remain unclear

knoxnews.com — ORLANDO, Fla. - During his first day as a Morehead State graduate assistant in 2009, Adam Howard helped a staff member load a moving truck, completed hours of office work and babysat for his new boss, Donnie Tyndall. It was an unglamorous start to a coaching climb that elevated Howard from errand runner to Tyndall's right-hand man.
Nov 25, 2014

@Ben_Fred is in Orlando to write a story on UT basketball still in Knoxville. Staff departures still unexplained. knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/bas…

Google Fiber files franchise application with state

knoxnews.com — Google Fiber has applied for a franchise authority certificate in Tennessee, signaling the company is moving forward with plans for gigabit speed Internet in Nashville. The company announced in February it would begin scoping out Nashville and 33 other cities nationwide for fiber expansion, saying a decision would be made by year-end.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @ConorDougherty: Two weeks after AT&T delayed plans to offer Gig Internet in Nasville, Google Fiber files for franchise application. htt…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ConorDougherty: Two weeks after AT&T delayed plans to offer Gig Internet in Nasville, Google Fiber files for franchise application. htt…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ConorDougherty: Two weeks after AT&T delayed plans to offer Gig Internet in Nasville, Google Fiber files for franchise application. htt…

Nov 25, 2014

Two weeks after AT&T delayed plans to offer Gig Internet in Nasville, Google Fiber files for franchise application. knoxnews.com/business/googl…

Maryville, Fulton working to finalize home/away series on football field

knoxnews.com — Those wanting to see Fulton High School's football team take on Maryville might get their wish in 2015 and 2016. The two Tennessee football powers are close to finalizing a mega matchup that would take place in Week 2 the next two seasons. Maryville coach George Quarles and Fulton's Rob Black both confirmed the news late Tuesday.

Protesters peacefully take to the streets in Knoxville

knoxnews.com — Theotis Robinson Jr. thought the country would be past this by now. A Knoxville veteran of the civil-rights movement in the 1960s who became one of the first black undergraduate students admitted to the University of Tennessee, Robinson joined more than 100 demonstrators who marched through downtown Tuesday in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., decision.