Aug 16

S.C. State volleyball picked fourth in division

The South Carolina State women’s volleyball team was picked to complete fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division,the league announced Thursday. Defending MEAC tournament champion Hampton was predicted to win the Northern Division, while Florida A&M was selected to win the Southern Division. Hampton’s Vendula Strakova, last year’s MEAC Player of the Year, was tabbed as the 2014 Preseason Player of the Year. Howard & North Carolina A&T finished second in the North & South Divisions in 2013, respectively, & were voted to repeat as such this year. Coppin State was picked third in the Northern Division, followed by Morgan State & Norfolk State in fourth & fifth, respectively. Maryland Eastern Shore & Delaware State were voted sixth & seventh to round out the Northern Division. Bethune-Cookman was predicted to complete third in the Southern Division, while North Carolina Central & Savannah State were voted to complete fifth & sixth. The Lady Bulldogs open the 2014 season against the University of Tennessee at Martin on Aug. 29 at the Alabama State Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. Listed below are the 2014 MEAC Preseason Predicted Order of Finish & Preseason All-MEAC team. …

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Aug 16

Defenses in trouble in Texas A&M-South Carolina, 2014’s major season-opener

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The last two years of Gamecock & Aggie football have been defined by the presence of two very talented & very different football players. While both programs have become rich in talent, you know the two huge names that have mattered most. If you’d asked a Big 12 fan what the Aggies’ move to the SEC would portend, the consistent answer would have been a struggle for bowl eligibility. Then Johnny Football sprang forth like Athena from the head of Zeus & led the program on a roller coaster ride that yielded 20 wins in two seasons along with a Heisman Trophy & victories over powers such as Oklahoma & Alabama. The Gamecocks moreover saw a jump in 2011, the year Jadeveon Clowney came aboard. South Carolina had three consecutive 11-2 seasons during the freakishly athletic defender’s was on campus, their first 10-win years since 1984. Teams had to gameplan to keep Clowney from wrecking their offenses, often eliminating entire pages of their playbook or focusing constant extra blockers on him. For both the Aggies’ offense & the Gamecocks’ defense, there are huge questions to be answered in 2014 … & wouldn’t you know it? They face off in Week 1. …

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Aug 16

Butch Jones picks QB Justin Worley to lead Tennessee in 2014

Updated AUG 14, 2014 10:00p ET KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley will obtain a chance to provide senior leadership to one of the youngest offenses in the Southeastern Conference. Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced Thursday that Worley would start the Aug. 31 season opener against Utah State. Sophomores Nathan Peterman & Joshua Dobbs continue to compete for the right to serve as Worley’s main backup. “I was hoping that he would lean my way,” Worley said. “Now I’ve just received to take the opportunity & run with it.” Although each of the three quarterbacks started at least one game last season, Worley was the most experienced contender. That experience could prove essential as Tennessee replaces all of last year’s starters on the offensive line & relies heavily on newcomers in the backfield & receiving corps. “Justin’s played in big-time games,” Jones said. “He understands the environment. …

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Aug 16

Justin Worley named Tennessee’s starting quarterback

<!– google_ad_section_start –> After dragging the battle out for most of camp, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones announced that senior Justin Worley will start at quarterback when the season opens up against Utah State at home. Worley edged out sophomores Nate Peterman & Josh Dobbs for the job. Worley has the most experience of the three candidates. He has played in 17 games during his time with the program & started seven games last year before going down with a broken thumb against Alabama. Worley was inconsistent for the Vols in 2013, throwing for 1,239 yards, 11 touchdowns & 13 interceptions while completing just 56.2 percent of his passes. The Vols went 4-3 in the games Worley started. “He’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback at the University of Tennessee,” Jones said, per the Knoxville News Sentinel. “As we know, being the quarterback at Tennessee is a global position. It comes with a lot of standards & expectations for who your quarterback is. Justin’s earned the right. …

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Aug 16

5 Tennessee sites added to national register

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The registry is part of a nationwide program that coordinates & supports efforts to identify, evaluate & protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee. The new sites are: Happy Holler Historic District in Knoxville, C.C. Card Auto Company Building in Cleveland, Picardy Place Historic District in Memphis, Miller Farmstead in Carter County & Norris Dam State Park Rustic Cabins Historic District in Anderson County. For more information approximately the National Register of Historic Places or the Tennessee Historical Commission, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/history . Government Government Agencies Tennessee <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Aug 16

Tennessee names Justin Worley Vols’ starting QB

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley will obtain a chance to provide senior leadership to one of the youngest offenses in the Southeastern Conference. Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced Thursday that Worley would start the Aug. 31 season opener against Utah State. Sophomores Nathan Peterman & Joshua Dobbs continue to compete for the right to serve as Worley’s main backup. ”I was hoping that he would lean my way,” Worley said. ”Now I’ve just received to take the opportunity & run with it.” Although each of the three quarterbacks started at least one game last season, Worley was the most experienced contender. That experience could prove essential as Tennessee replaces all of last year’s starters on the offensive line & relies heavily on newcomers in the backfield & receiving corps. ”Justin’s played in big-time games,” Jones said. ”He understands the environment. …

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Aug 16

North Carolina mom charged… for cursing

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 04:26 PM CDT(CNN)- A North Carolina mom is facing charges after using a four-letter word at a grocery store. “‘Well, you’re under arrest.’ Right in front of my kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers,” recalls Danielle Wolf who was charged with disorderly conduct. Danielle remembers the night she was arrested at a Kroger in North Augusta. She says a woman shopping in the store followed Wolf & her family. “And she’s like, ‘You said the f-word.’ But, like, she said it & I’m like, ‘When did I say this to my kids?'” Wolf explains. According to the incident report, Danielle Wolf was shopping at the Kroger with her kids, going down the bread aisle when they kept squeezing the bread & that’s when she said the word that received her arrested. Krogers shopper, Amy Sawicz says, “It seems a little extreme.” (Terry Hunt, Shopper”): “We don’t guide our children in the proper way,” the opinion of another shopper, Terry Hunt. Wolf says that’s not what happened. “She’s like, you told them that they were smashing the bread, & I said, ‘No, I said that to my husband that he was smashing the bread by throwing the frozen pizzas on top of it,'” said Wolf. According to North Augusta law, disorderly conduct generally means, to “utter while in a state of anger, the the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd or obscene words or epithets.” Wolf says the woman after said she didn’t want her arrested, yet it was too late. …

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Aug 16

Local couple wants marriage certificate to say ‘North Carolina’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lawmakers in several states, including North Carolina are waiting for the Supreme Court to decide whether to uphold a recent ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage in Virginia. The same court that struck down Virginia’s ban could moreover rule on North Carolina’s ban. This comes as Charlotte is preparing for its annual pride festival. Channel 9’s Stephanie Coueignoux spoke with a local couple who said even if it means waiting, they want their marriage certificate to say “North Carolina.” “It’s actually for me, the ability to say ‘I’m her wife,’” Jenny Richeson said. Richeson married Tonya three years ago in a civil ceremony in their home state of North Carolina, & while they consider themselves married, being able to legally wed would formalize that feeling. “It would be attractive to have Mrs. Ashcraft,” Richeson said. “So, if we are going to be separate, it gives others the green light to look at us as less than. We want to be seen as same as,” said Tonya Ashcraft. …

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Aug 16

Gay marriage backers ask judge for quick NC ruling

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Gay marriage advocates want a federal judge to quickly overturn North Carolina’s ban on same-sex unions after an appeals court ruling to overturn a similar prohibition in Virginia. Federal Judge William Osteen in Greensboro has put no timeline on when he might rule over whether North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban can stay in place. The American Civil Liberties Union says in a new court filing the judge should quickly overturn North Carolina’s ban since the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that Virginia’s similar marriage ban is unconstitutional. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has said it’s “futile” to continue fighting the lawsuit. His office took no position this week on what should happen to the lawsuit yet noted North Carolina’s law is indistinguishable from Virginia’s.

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Aug 16

North Carolina loses its first game in the Bahamas

North Carolina loses its first game in the Bahamas Terrence Payne Aug 15, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT Leave a comment AP Kentucky isn’t the only team to visit the Bahamas this month. While Kentucky has moved to 4-0 on its tour, North Carolina, another projected top 10 team, began its trip with an 84-83 loss to the Providence Storm on Friday night in Nassau. Unfortunately, problems with Internet connection inside the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium led to no live stats for the contest, however, Greg Barnes of Scout affiliate, InsideCarolina.com was there to live tweet & post a game recap. The Tar Heels led, 76-68, with four minutes to play, yet the Storm were able to climb back into the game with its shooting, aided by UNC’s missed free throws. Providence took the lead off a 3-pointer with under 20 seconds to play. Barnes broke down the final moments: Ernest Saunders connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing with 18.1 seconds to electrify the local crowd of 200 & finalize the scoring. On UNC’s final possession, junior guard Marcus Paige broke his man down off the dribble & drove down the left side of the lane, yet his driving shot was off the mark. A pair of offensive rebounds & attempted putbacks off the right side failed to fall for the Tar Heels. For the final minutes, Roy Williams went with the lineup of Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, & his three freshmen, Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson & Joel Berry. Isaiah Hicks led UNC in scoring with 13. …

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