Author: Mikesportz

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the Top 10 candidates for the 2024 Cheryl Miller Award, and Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson has once again made the list. Jackson, a 6-foot-2 fifth-year player from Detroit, Mich., was selected to the top 10 for the third time in her career. She was a top-five Cheryl Miller Award finalist in 2022-23 as a senior and advanced to the top 10 in 2020-21 as a sophomore. Named after the three-time Naismith Player of the Year and Class of 1995 Hall of Famer, the annual award, in its…

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It’s never easy when international athletes uproot their entire lives to come to the United States. They are leaving behind friends and family to travel to an entirely different world in order to succeed in their sport. It’s a move that South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso made four years ago when she first left her home country of Brazil to play high school and college basketball in the U.S., and it sure has paid off.

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Rafael Nadal swept past Leo Borg, son of tennis great Bjorn Borg, to advance to the second round of the Bastad Open on Tuesday as he builds towards the Paris Olympics. It was Nadal’s first singles match since the 38-year-old fell in the opening round at Roland Garros on May 27, and he eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win in wet conditions. Both Nadal and the 21-year-old Borg, currently ranked 461 in the world, were wild card entries to the Swedish clay-court tournament.

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LOS ANGELES — It was an ambush by Jarren Duran, who belted James Paxton’s third pitch of the game over the fence in center for a two-run homer to give the Red Sox a boost they truly needed after losing the first two games of the three-game series at Dodger Stadium in agonizing fashion. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, the Dodgers had a much more emphatic ambush in store, and Kutter Crawfordendured the brunt of it.

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MINNEAPOLIS — I wouldn’t seem to be the target audience for “Charlie Hustle & the Matter of Pete Rose.” My battling average during one excruciating year of Little League was 0.000. I’d rather watch “The Bad News Bears” than the World Series. But great sports documentaries are always about more than sports. “Hoop Dreams” (1994) consistently pivoted toward frank discussion on race and class. “When We Were Kings” (1996), which chronicles the heavyweight bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, captures the best and worst of the mid-’70s. “Tiger” (2021), an unvarnished profile of Tiger Woods, showed how loneliness can…

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Tony Vitello is never one to hold back an ounce about what he’s feeling. The Tennessee Vols’ skipper is going to send whatever is going on in his head straight through his mouth without any alteration or filter. But hey, that’s why his players love him. That’s why the fans love him. And that’s why the media loves covering him. He’s fun. He’s fiery. He stands up for his guys. And he gives great quotes. On Sunday night, he did all of those while a member of the broadcast team on MLB Network during night one of the MLB Draft.…

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The Tennessee basketball program has shifted to more of a transfer portal approach to roster building, but elite prep recruits will always be coveted — and the Vols are in on at least one for the 2025 cycle. Five-star guard Darius Adams is set for a visit to Knoxville in September. As London reports, Adams will also take looks at Michigan State, NC State, Alabama, UConn and Notre Dame. The 6-5 shooting guard is the 17th ranked player in the class of 2025, per 247Sports. He’s the fourth-ranked shooting guard prospect in the class and the second-ranked player in the…

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Tennessee center Tamari Key shoots against Alabama at the SEC Tournament at Bon Secours Arena in Greenville, S.C., on March 8, 2024. (Photo credit: Mackenzie Harris/SEC) On Tuesday, Tennessee fifth-year Tamari Keyannounced she would retire from college basketball and would not take her COVID year with the Lady Vols. And although Key won’t put on the orange jersey again, fans are grateful for the time they had, as this season alone wasn’t a guarantee. “Thank you for an amazing five years and all the unconditional love and support that you have shown me. I have found a forever home and…

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Tennessee made another big splash on the recruiting trail on Saturday, landing four-star receiver Travis Smith Jr. out of Georgia. Smith was once thought of as a Georgia lean, but a final Tennessee official visit seemed to seal the deal for the Volunteers. Smith checks in at 6-4, 200 pounds. The Atlanta product ranks 113th nationally in the class of 2025, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He’s the 16th ranked receiver in the class and the 14th ranked player out of the state of Georgia. On3 is much higher on Smith, ranking him as the 59th overall player in the…

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