Tuesday, December 10 2013 2:44 AM EST2013-12-10 07:44:43 GMT
Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears. Instead, Chicago jumped right back into the playoff race. McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns,More >>
McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 2:41 AM EST2013-12-10 07:41:41 GMT
Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have completed a $60 million, four-year contract. The deal with the three-time All-Star outfielder is the team's most expensive since Sandy Alderson took over asMore >>
Granderson, who turns 33 in March, hit .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year for the Yankees, when wrist and hand injuries limited him to 61 games. He surpassed 40 homers in each of his previous two seasons in pinstripes.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 10:37 PM EST2013-12-10 03:37:18 GMT
Jerian Grant hit a late 3-pointer and scored 23 points Monday to help Notre Dame scrap out a win over Bryant, 70-59 in the second round of the Gotham Classic at Purcell Pavilion. Two days after pumpingMore >>
Jerian Grant hit a late 3-pointer and scored 23 points Monday to help Notre Dame scrap out a win over Bryant, 70-59 in the second round of the Gotham Classic at Purcell Pavilion.
Saturday, December 7 2013 2:15 AM EST2013-12-07 07:15:09 GMT
Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in the go-ahead run, and No. 20 Baylor defeated No. 3 Kentucky 67-62 on Friday night in the same building where the NCAA Final Four will be played in April. TheMore >>
Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in the go-ahead run, and No. 20 Baylor defeated No. 3 Kentucky 67-62 on Friday night in the same building where the NCAA Final Four will be played in April.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:01 PM EST2013-12-07 04:01:09 GMT
Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 43 points, including the go-ahead basket in the fourth overtime, and No. 5 Kentucky beat No. 9 Baylor 133-130 on Friday night in the highest-scoring Division I women'sMore >>
Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 43 points, including the go-ahead basket in the fourth overtime, and No. 5 Kentucky beat No. 9 Baylor 133-130 on Friday night in the highest-scoring Division I women's game in history.More >>
By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has tried to keep his football team busy and limit the distraction of the ongoing rape case.
Four former Commodores are charged with raping an unconscious woman in a campus dormitory, and Franklin's second-best receiver, suspended from the team, has been indicted as an accessory after the fact for advising someone how to cover it all up.
"I am as direct and honest with my guys as possible ...," Franklin said Wednesday. "It's an ongoing case. So it's really, for my team, there's really nothing new that's happening for them. They've dealt with this, and we're trying to heal and move forward."
Franklin used fall camp to keep the Commodores busy, but camp ended Tuesday. Still, the players didn't have time to dwell on the five men being arraigned Wednesday -- classes started Wednesday at Vanderbilt.
This easily is the biggest challenge Franklin has faced since being hired in December 2010. He's already Vanderbilt's winningest coach in nearly a century in his first two seasons, and the Commodores are coming off a 9-4 season that is their best since 1915.
He has 17 starters back from that team along with 17 seniors on the two-deep roster too.
The mantra he has preached to his Commodores is 6 seconds. Focus only about the next 6 seconds, then move on to help them concentrate energy only on what they can do at any given moment.
But this case has been hanging over his Vanderbilt team since June 29 when university officials announced that four players had been dismissed from the team and barred from coming onto the campus.
Vanderbilt announced the names of those four former players the week of the Southeastern Conference media days in July.
Cory Batey, 19 of Nashville, Tenn.; Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.; and Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif., were indicted on charges including five counts of rape each Aug. 9 during fall camp.
Franklin said after practice that night that the case "breaks my heart."
Then the ongoing investigation hit the team again when a grand jury indicted receiver Chris Boyd on Aug. 16 for allegedly advising one of the defendants how to cover up the incident. Attorney Roger May defended Boyd on Wednesday as an Eagle Scout with an impeccable reputation who has met repeatedly with investigators.
Hours after the arraignments, Franklin held a news conference to talk about the end of camp, his first depth chart of the fall and the Commodores' 2014 schedule released earlier Wednesday.
Franklin refused to discuss whether the allegations of the incident June 23 shocked him as a coach. Asked about how he keeps his Commodores focused on football amidst all the news, Franklin said eliminating distractions is one of a college coach's biggest jobs.
"In a lot of ways, I'm glad school's getting back started so now they're in a situation where it's school and football," Franklin said. "And when you go to a school like Vanderbilt, that takes up 90 percent of your day."
Vanderbilt helps kick off the college football season Aug. 29 hosting Mississippi in a nationally televised game. Franklin said coaches always are trying to make sure their team peaks at the right time both physically, mentally and emotionally.
The four former players never played a snap for Vanderbilt, though Vandenburg had been expected to be an immediate contributor as one of the top tight ends coming out of junior college.
Not having Boyd could be a key loss, allowing opponents to double-team receiver Jordan Matthews who chose to return for his senior season instead of going to the NFL.
"Whenever you lose a player, somebody has to step up," Franklin said. "That's really our mentality that somebody has to step up right now right now for our program. ... Everybody's going to have a bigger role."
Franklin said senior Jonathan Krause, listed as the starter opposite Matthews, will be counted on to help ease that pressure and has had a great camp.
"We have a lot of confidence in Jonathan Krause," Franklin said.
NOTES: Franklin named Austyn Carta-Samuels as his starting quarterback. The big battle at quarterback is for the backup spot where Josh Grady and Patton Robinette are pushing to be in that slot against Ole Miss.
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Friday, December 6 2013 1:35 PM EST2013-12-06 18:35:45 GMT
(RNN) - As the curtain falls on the BCS era, the college football championship picture is, as usual, a colossal mess. But change is in the wind and relief is in sight. Sort of. Next year the championshipMore >>
This will be the last year for the much-criticized Bowl Championship Series, which has produced college football national championship games since 1998. The new College Football Playoff will be just as controversial, but much, much more lucrative. Here's a look at what the future holds.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:18 PM EST2013-12-04 17:18:08 GMT
Rantankerous [ran-tank'uhr-us] (adjective) - A combination of rant [to speak in a wild or extravagant manner] and cantankerous [contentious, disagreeable]. The word is the only suitable description forMore >>
One year after they were forgotten and looked down upon, Missouri and Auburn provide an intriguing matchup in the SEC Championship Game.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 6:44 PM EST2013-12-03 23:44:02 GMT
Currently both versions of the Tigers are on the outside looking in at the BCS national championship. The question is if either deserves to be there after a win in Atlanta.More >>
Currently both versions of the Tigers are on the outside looking in with undefeated Florida State and Ohio State taking the top two spots in the BCS standings. The question is if either deserves to be replaced in favor of the SEC champion. More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-12-03 11:00:09 GMT
So, if you're interested in the SEC championship game and want to keep up with all the goings on in Atlanta this week, here are some 140-character factories that will keep you up to date.More >>
So, if you're interested in the SEC championship game and want to keep up with all the goings on in Atlanta this week, here are some 140-character factories that will keep you up to date with everything you need to know and humor you didn't know you needed.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 11:56 AM EST2013-12-09 16:56:24 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Employees of First Med in Wilmington said they were not allowed into work on Saturday morning, their only indication something was wrong with the company. Their suspicions wereMore >>
Employees of First Med in Wilmington said they were not allowed into work on Saturday morning, their first indication something was wrong with the company.
Monday, December 9 2013 5:49 PM EST2013-12-09 22:49:55 GMT
The latest food inspection reports from the Vanderburgh Co. Health Department for several local restaurantsRestaurants with violations:Lic's Ice Cream, 2001 Washington Avenueone non-critical violation:More >>
Vanderburgh County Food Inspection Reports More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 10:01 PM EST2013-12-10 03:01:36 GMT
Road conditions are improving across the Tri-State, but even without the visible snow and ice, the pavement could still be very slick and hazardous. Officials say roads are clearing, but with temperaturesMore >>
Road conditions are improving across the Tri-State, but even without the visible snow and ice, the pavement could still be very slick and hazardous.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:23 PM EST2013-12-09 17:23:12 GMT
(CNN) – The hiker who got caught under a rock and had to cut off his own arm to free himself was arrested early Sunday. Aron Lee Ralston, the subject of the 2010 movie, 127 Hours, was arrested in Denver,More >>
The hiker who got caught under a rock and had to cut off his own arm to free himself was arrested early Sunday.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 11:35 PM EST2013-12-10 04:35:03 GMT
The Evansville City Council on Monday night targets amateur tattoo artists. It's now illegal for just anyone to give someone a tattoo or a body piercing in the city. Some council members claimed amateurMore >>
The Evansville City Council on Monday night targets amateur tattoo artists.More >>
COLLIER COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The National Park Service is looking to the public for answers into a Florida panther found shot dead in Collier County. The panther was discovered Saturday in the Big CypressMore >>
The National Park Service is looking to the public for answers into a Florida panther found shot dead in Collier County.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:23 PM EST2013-12-10 00:23:54 GMT
A Tell City building that used to house a skating rink collapsed over the weekend and the owner is trying to salvage what he can from the debris. The old skating rink has been closed down for decadesMore >>
A Tell City building that used to house a skating rink collapsed over the weekend and the owner is trying to salvage what he can from the debris.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 9:30 PM EST2013-12-10 02:30:09 GMT
Over the weekend in Owensboro, officials with the Salvation Army were thrilled to find a gold coin in one of their red kettles. It was found wrapped up in a note that said it was from: 'Someone who lovesMore >>
Over the weekend in Owensboro, officials with the Salvation Army were thrilled to find a gold coin in one of their red kettles.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 4:53 PM EST2013-12-09 21:53:01 GMT
A former Evansville teacher was arrested after some restaurant workers say he exposed himself at a drive-thru window. Authorities tell 14 News that 42-year-old Robert Dishman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanorMore >>
A former Evansville teacher was arrested after some restaurant workers say he exposed himself at a drive-thru window.More >>
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