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tennessee loses, nc state headed to sweet 16


new york (ap) — tennessee’s streak is over, n.c. state is headed to the sweet 16 for the first time in 11 years and texas a&m pulled off another record comeback.it was an eventful start to the second round.the lady vols had been 57-0 at home in the women’s ncaa tournament before sunday. sixth-seeded oregon state ended that run with a 66-59 victory.most of those victories came under late hall of fame coach pat summitt, who led the program to eight national championships. now that’s two straight seasons the lady vols were sent home before the sweet 16. that’s only happened one other time to the storied program in the 37 years it has played in the tournament.most read sports storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks“you come here wanting to win championships and the expectations are ext






sweet again: butler beats mtsu, gets back to ncaa regionals


milwaukee — kelan martin scored 19 points, and butler limited middle tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 victory saturday night to advance to the ncaa tournament regional semifinals.the bulldogs (25-8) are going to the sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, when they wrapped up back-to-back appearances in the national title game.andrew chrabascz added 15 points for fourth-seeded butler, including a 3 with 3:25 left that snapped a 7-0 run for middle tennessee to get the lead back to 62-56.the senior forward played an even more important role in leading a sterling defensive effort for the bulldogs.conference usa player of the year jacorey williams finished with 20 points, but had to work hard for nearly every bucket for no. 12 seed middle tennessee (31-5).giddy p






ask sparty: gophers have dangerous opponent in middle tennessee


the gophers drew trouble with this first-round matchup against middle tennessee.just ask michigan state. or ask one of the millions who picked michigan state to win last year’s ncaa tournament, only to trash their brackets when 15th-seeded middle tennessee bounced the spartans in round one.after pulling one of the biggest upsets in ncaa tournament history, the blue raiders came back even stronger this season. their two best players returned, and jacorey williams, a 6-8 forward who transferred from arkansas, emerged as conference usa player of the year.fifteenth-year coach kermit davis saw his team blossom, going 30-4, including 17-1 in conference usa.add it up, and it’s no wonder analyst seth davis instantly predicted another middle tennessee upset as soon as cbs unveiled the bracket, with






ask sparty: gophers have dangerous opponent in middle tennessee


the gophers drew trouble with this first-round matchup against middle tennessee.just ask michigan state. or ask one of the millions who picked michigan state to win last year's ncaa basketball tournament, only to trash their brackets when 15th-seeded middle tennessee immediately bounced the second-seeded spartans.after pulling one of the biggest upsets in ncaa tournament history, the blue raiders came back even stronger this season. their two best players returned, and jacorey williams, a 6-8 forward who transferred from arkansas, emerged as conference usa player of the year.fifteenth-year coach kermit davis saw his team blossom, going 30-4, including 17-1 in conference usa.add it up, and it's no wonder cbs analyst seth davis instantly predicted another middle tennessee upset as soon as th






tennessee earns lopsided 82-64 win over no. 3 mississippi st


starkville, miss. — tennessee hasn't had a particularly good regular season — especially by its lofty standards.but at least for one afternoon, the lady volunteers looked very much like one of the nation's elite teams in an 82-64 victory over no. 3 mississippi state on sunday. it was the program's first road win over a top-three team since 2004.now tennessee (19-10, 10-6 southeastern conference) has won three straight games heading into the conference tournament which begins on wednesday in greenville, south carolina."it re-establishes who we are," tennessee guard diamond deshields said. "it sends a message to everybody who doubted tennessee, who had anything bad to say about tennessee, who said we don't play defense or whatever the case may be."tennessee did just about everything well aga






long shots: quinnipiac beats miami 85-78 for sweet 16 berth


morgan manz scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, aryn mcclure added 15 and 12th-seeded quinnipiac is headed to the sweet 16, stunning fourth-seeded miami 85-78 in a second-round ncaa tournament game monday night.






ncaa women's tournament: oregon state defeats tennessee


tennessee lost for the first time at home in women's ncaa tournament history when marie gulich had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead oregon state to a 66-59 victory.the third-seeded lady vols had been 57-0 at home with most of those victories coming under late hall of fame coach pat summitt, who led the team to eight national championships. it's the second straight season that tennessee lost in the second round of the ncaas and will miss the sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program's 37-year tournament history.advertisementoregon state (26-7) advanced to the regional semifinals for the third straight year.the lady vols (24-8) and beavers played a close game befitting of two teams separated by only spot in the ap poll entering the tournament.lexington regionno. 1 l






ncaa women's tournament: oregon state defeats tennessee


tennessee lost for the first time at home in women's ncaa tournament history when marie gulich had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead oregon state to a 66-59 victory.the third-seeded lady vols had been 57-0 at home with most of those victories coming under late hall of fame coach pat summitt, who led the team to eight national championships. it's the second straight season that tennessee lost in the second round of the ncaas and will miss the sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program's 37-year tournament history.advertisementoregon state (26-7) advanced to the regional semifinals for the third straight year.the lady vols (24-8) and beavers played a close game befitting of two teams separated by only spot in the ap poll entering the tournament.lexington regionno. 1 l






ask sparty: gophers have dangerous opponent in middle tennessee


the gophers drew trouble with this first-round matchup against middle tennessee.just ask michigan state. or ask one of the millions who picked michigan state to win last year’s ncaa basketball tournament, only to trash their brackets when 15th-seeded middle tennessee immediately bounced the second-seeded spartans.after pulling one of the biggest upsets in ncaa tournament history, the blue raiders came back even stronger this season. their two best players returned, and jacorey williams, a 6-8 forward who transferred from arkansas, emerged as conference usa player of the year.fifteenth-year coach kermit davis saw his team blossom, going 30-4, including 17-1 in conference usa.add it up, and it’s no wonder cbs analyst seth davis instantly predicted another middle tennessee upset as soon as th






nevada rallies from 22 points down to beat cincinnati for a spot in sweet 16


clayton custer is swarmed by teammates after hitting the game-winning shot against tennessee on saturday. (ronald martinez / getty images)another ncaa tournament pray answered for loyola-chicago, and the ramblers are set to bring sister jean to the sweet 16. clayton custer's jumper took a friendly bounce off the rim and in with 3.6 seconds left, and 11th-seeded loyola beat tennessee 63-62 in a south region second-round game saturday night. custer's winner came two days after donte ingram's buzzer-beating three-pointer for loyola against miami, surely to the delight of sister jean dolores schmidt, the 98-year-old nun, team chaplain and primary booster watching from her wheelchair on a platform near the main tv cameras. 






butler looks to hold off mtsu, return to sweet 16


milwaukee — no. 4 seed butler (24-18) vs. no. 12 seed middle tennessee (31-4)second round, south region; milwaukee, wisconsin; 7:10 p.m. edt.bottom line: butler is looking for its first trip to the sweet 16 since wrapping up back-to-back runs to the national title game in 2011. but the bulldogs are no longer a mid-major darling, a title that now belongs to middle tennessee. the blue raiders could take a huge step forward in their quest for national respect by beating butler.keep it moving: middle tennessee threw minnesota off in the first round with a 1-3-1 zone look with pressure. butler coach chris holtmann said spacing and decision-making will be important when the blue raiders go to that defensive wrinkle. butler guard tyler lewis, coming off an eight-assist game in the first round aga






ncaa first round: middle tennessee 81, gophers 72


kiichiro sato – associated pressgallery: minnesota's reggie lynch (22) walks off the court after an ncaa college basketball tournament first round game against middle tennessee state thursday, march 16, 2017, in milwaukee. middle tennessee state won 81-72. (ap photo/kiichiro sato)






are white nationalist groups meeting in state parks? tennessee won't say


new tennessee legislation makes confidential "personal identifying and financial information of guests at state parks."        






raiders need two wins and lots of help for playoff berth


(click here, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)for complete oakland raiders coverage follow us on flipboard.how the raiders pursuit of a playoff berth shapes up heading in to week 14:the raiders’ chance for an afc west title evaporated over the weekend when the kansas city chiefs beat the los angeles chargers and then the raiders lost to the dallas cowboys.although the best the raiders can do is finish .500, here are the paths to the postseason, and it involves finishing in a four-way tie along with buffalo, miami and tennessee, or a five-way tie that includes the chargers but not the baltimore ravens:— the raiders finish the season with victories on the road against philadelphia and the los angeles chargers and finish 8-8.— buffalo loses its last two games on the






ncaa women's basketball recap


top performerskia nurse, connecticut: the junior guard tied an ncaa tournament record with nine three-pointers and scored 29 points monday in the huskies' 94-64 win over syracuse in the second round. courtney moses hit nine for purdue in the 2012 tournament. nurse shot 6-for-7 on threes in saturday's victory over albany, making her 15-for-19 through two rounds.alexis peterson, syracuse: finished syracuse career ranked no. 2 with 1,978 points, after scoring 25 monday night vs. uconn.asia durr, louisville: scored a team-high 25 points and surpassed 1,000 in her career for fourth-seeded louisville, which eliminated tennessee 75-64 and reached its seventh sweet 16 under coach jeff walz.by the numbers.167: tennessee's field-goal percentage (3-for-18) in the fourth quarter of its loss to louisvi






butler stops middle tennessee's run of upsets


kelan martin scored 19 points, and butler limited middle tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 victory saturday night to advance to the ncaa tournament regional semifinals. the bulldogs (25-8) are going to the sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, when they wrapped up back-to-back appearances in the national title game. andrew chrabascz added 15 points for fourth-seeded butler, including a three-pointer with 3:25 left that snapped a 7-0 run for middle tennessee to get the lead back to 62-56. the senior forward played an even more important role in leading a sterling defensive effort for the bulldogs. conference usa player of the year jacorey williams finished with 20 points, but had to work hard for nearly every bucket for no. 12-seeded middle tennessee (31-5). 






tennessee declines to cover legislative california trip


nashville, tenn. (ap) — tennessee’s republican house and senate leaders say the state isn’t paying lawmakers or staffers to attend a california legislative summit.in a letter thursday, senate speaker randy mcnally and house speaker beth harwell said the state won’t cover the national conference of state legislatures conference trip in los angeles because of california’s ban on state-paid trips to tennessee.california bans non-essential travel to states with laws deemed discriminatory against lgbt people, citing tennessee’s law letting mental health counselors refuse to treat patients based on the therapist’s religious or personal beliefs.tennessee passed a resolution urging states to “to refrain from imposing moral judgment on their sister states as california has done in order to prevent






middle tennessee works to be next mid-major powerhouse heading into ncaa tournam


murfreesboro, tenn. — the middle tennessee blue raiders have gotten downright greedy when it comes to march.they are trying to build middle tennessee into a powerhouse basketball program, rising from the ranks of mid-majors to join the gonzagas and wichita states on the ncaa landscape. the blue raiders are back in the tournament for second straight year with a gaudy 30-4 record featuring wins over two southeastern conference teams after upsetting michigan state in the tourney a year ago.“but the hardest part is the sustainability, and that’s what gonzaga and those teams have done,” blue raiders coach kermit davis said. “so we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us.”the blue raiders will try to take the another step thursday against minnesota in milwaukee as a popular pick to be the late






loyola-chicago's cinderella run continues with last-second upset of tenness


loyola got a big boost from its bench and used another collaborative effort to dispatch no. 3 volunteers.        






the tennessee/schiano fiasco: a timeline of how it went down


tennessee was on the verge of announcing greg schiano as its new coach. but vols fans, boosters and tennessee politicos were outraged.        






tennessee suffrage highlighted during program in march


knoxville, tenn. (ap) — the women’s suffrage movement in tennessee will be highlighted during a program next month at the east tennessee history center.the center in knoxville says the march 18 program is free and open to the public.a display of objects related to the suffrage movement will be on display. one of the items is a letter from febb ensminger burn of niota to her son, harry, urging him to vote in favor of the 19th amendment. burn changed his vote to “aye” and broke the tie in the tennessee legislature. that made tennessee the final state needed to ratify the amendment.the tennessee woman suffrage centennial collaborative is presenting programs in knoxville this year, memphis in 2019 and nashville in 2020.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






loyola chicago does it again, knocking off third-seeded tennessee


clayton custer is swarmed by teammates after hitting the game-winning shot against tennessee on saturday. (ronald martinez / getty images)sister jean's prayers were answered again in another heart-stopper, and the loyola-chicago ramblers are going to the sweet 16, just as they did the last time they were in the ncaa tournament 33 years ago. clayton custer bounced in a jumper with 3.3 seconds left, and 11th-seeded loyola beat sec co-champion tennessee 63-62 in a south region second-round game. custer's winner came two days after donte ingram's buzzer-beating three-pointer for loyola, surely to the delight of sister jean dolores schmidt, the 98-year-old nun, team chaplain and primary booster watching from her wheelchair on a platform near the main tv cameras. 






no. 11 seed syracuse shocks no. 3 michigan state to advance to sweet 16


syracuse used its 2-3 zone to frustrate michigan state, and got enough offense to knock out the spartans and reach the sweet 16 of the ncaa tournament.        






tennessee considers bill to declare god as source of liberty


nashville, tenn. — tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation to amend the state constitution to say that god is the source of liberties for the state's citizens.the house civil justice subcommittee voted wednesday to advance the measure sponsored by republican rep. micah van huss of jonesborough.the bill failed in the same subcommittee last month. but the panel agreed to a motion to reconsider it.the proposed addition to the tennessee constitution would read: "we recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from almighty god."amending the tennessee constitution is a lengthy process. proposed changes must pass by a majority during one two-year general assembly, and then pass by at least two-thirds in the next, and then be approved by voters in a gubernatorial electio






baylor women 9th straight sweet 16 after 86-46 win over cal


waco, texas — alexis prince and nina davis each scored 16 points and the baylor women are going to the sweet 16 for the ninth year in a row after an 86-46 win over california on monday night.davis, one of four baylor seniors, also had six rebounds and five assists in her last game at the ferrell center, where the top-seeded lady bears have won 12 consecutive ncaa tournament games. prince added five rebounds and six assists, while kristy wallace had 10 points and nine assists.baylor (32-3) took control with a 13-0 run in the second quarter, including freshman natalie chou hitting consecutive 3-pointers in a 17-second span during which coach kim mulkey emphatically pumped her fists. after a california timeout and then a missed shot, prince hit a run-ending jumper that put baylor up 35-16.kri






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southern republican governor leading free college movement


nashville, tenn. — tennessee gov. bill haslam, a republican from a deep red southern state, has emerged as an unlikely leader of the free tuition movement.the state made history three years ago when haslam pushed the passage of an education bill that offers free community college to all new high school graduates, making the volunteer state the first in the country to do so.tennessee also made the state's technical schools free to residents, no matter how long ago they graduated.now haslam is pushing for an expansion in tennessee, one that would make it the first state to offer free community college to nearly all adults who do not have a post-secondary degree or certificate.






spartans end 16-year tournament drought


east tennessee state forward david burrell (2), unc-greensboro forward jordy kuiper (32) and east tennessee state guard desonta bradford (1) scramble for control of the ball in the second half on march 5, 2018, in asheville, n.c. (kathy kmonicek / associated press)






butler stops middle tennessee's run of upsets


butler coach chris holtmann had heard enough about middle tennessee. the blue raiders were a trendy mid-major pick this year to bust ncaa tournament brackets, a role butler once assumed with regularity. this time, the bulldogs played the role of college basketball goliath, and they brought middle tennessee's feel-good story to a close. kelan martin scored 19 points, and butler played smothering defense on middle tennessee's versatile scorers in a 74-65 victory saturday night to advance to the regional semifinals. the bulldogs (25-8) are going to the sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, when they wrapped up back-to-back appearances in the national title game. “i had a coach-friend send me a clip saying we weren't good enough to beat middle tennessee. it absolutely burned me up,” holtmann






rocky toppled: clayton custer's do-or-die shot lifts loyola over tennessee and i


extending both arms as wide as they would go, loyola coach porter moser faced his adoring fans saturday night at the american airlines center and broke into a smile that really did seem bigger in texas.“i love you guys!’’ moser shouted.moser applauded the crowd and reached over a railing to join hands with his wife, megan. he hugged sister jean dolores schmidt, the 98-year-old team chaplain whose prayers were answered in loyola’s last-second 63-62 ncaa tournament thriller over tennessee. he looked up into the cheering section full of maroon and gold scarves and t-shirts, soaking in the school’s first sweet 16 appearance in 33 years.“i don’t want to leave,’’ moser said to nobody in particular.now he doesn’t have to.with 3.6 seconds left, guard clayton custer got the luckiest bounce of his b






southern republican governor leading free college movement


nashville, tenn. (ap) — tennessee gov. bill haslam, a republican from a deep red southern state, has emerged as an unlikely leader of the free tuition movement.the state made history three years ago when haslam pushed the passage of an education bill that offers free community college to all new high school graduates, making the volunteer state the first in the country to do so.tennessee also made the state’s technical schools free to residents, no matter how long ago they graduated.now haslam is pushing for an expansion in tennessee, one that would make it the first state to offer free community college to nearly all adults who do not have a post-secondary degree or certificate.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






tennessee state alum, medal of honor recipient being honored


nashville, tenn. (ap) — a tennessee state university alumnus and medal of honor recipient will be honored with a historical marker at the school’s main campus.lt. william mcbryar was a buffalo soldier who was awarded america’s highest military decoration for his actions during the cherry creek campaign in the arizona territory in 1890. his citation said he was distinguished for “coolness, bravery and marksmanship” while his 10th cavalry troop was in pursuit of apache warriors.mcbryar is one of 90 black medal of honor recipients out of 3,498 dating back to the civil war.in 1933, mcbryar attended tennessee agricultural & industrial state university to complete his degree. he graduated the next year, at age 73, with an agriculture degree. he died in 1941.most read nation & world storiesunlimi






report: dropout rates remain high at tennessee colleges


nashville, tenn. (ap) — a report by an education advocacy group has found that enrollment and retention have increased at tennessee community colleges, but dropout rates remain alarmingly high, especially among poor and minority students.the tennessean reports complete tennessee released the report wednesday. the “beneath the surface: state of higher education in tennessee” report indicates a 25 decrease in adult enrollment since 2011, among other findings.the report also highlights practices from around the country that tennessee colleges can look toward. complete tennessee executive director kenyatta lovett says schools can begin to make students’ education more hands-on, especially through internships.gov. bill haslam has said his priorities and budget in 2018 will put a spotlight on lo






oscar health is headed back to new jersey and branching out to ohio and tennesse


oscar health seems to be expanding rather than shrinking in the next year. despite worries that the affordable care act wasn’t working out for health insurance companies, oscar has filed to expand in 2018, adding the states of ohio and tennessee, expanding in texas and california and heading back to new jersey, where it pulled out at the beginning of this year.some of the expansion has to do with oscar’s new small business product, oscar for business. the startup has filed to continue selling oscar for business in the state of new york, where it started to offer the service in january then rolling on to california a couple months back. oscar tells techcrunch it will also begin offering the service in new jersey.however, the majority of the expansion seems to rest on the individual exchange






hunting and fishing licenses going on sale in tennessee


nashville, tenn. (ap) — licenses for hunting and fishing are going on sale this weekend in tennessee.the tennessee wildlife resources agency says licenses for hunting and fishing in the state will be available starting sunday.the new licenses are valid through february 2019. the 2017-2018 licenses expire feb. 28.license sales provide the primary funding for the wildlife resources agency. they can be purchased from the agency’s regional offices, its website and its app. license agents also sell the documents.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!the licenses feature recreated paintings by tennessee artist ralph mcdonald. customers may choose between his renditions of a buck or largemouth bass.a social security number is required to purchase a tennessee hunting or fishing li






sixteen tips for your ncaa tourney bracket, from marcus fuller (and family)


my daughter and everyone else is going with the most popular 5-12 upset: middle tennessee over the gophers. the rationale seems to be middle tennessee beating michigan state in the 2-15 matchup last year. sure, at least two 12 seeds have won first-round games four of the past five years, but only four times in ncaa tournament history has a double-digit seed repeated an upset the following year. advantage: gophers.daddy’s girl fell in love with the 15-2 upsets, picking both north dakota over arizona and northern kentucky to take out in-state powerhouse kentucky. only once has two 15 seeds won in the same year, when lehigh upset duke and norfolk state beat missouri in 2012. what did those teams have in common? a future nba player: lehigh’s c.j. mccollum (trail blazers) and norfolk state’s ky






the 10 most galling republican responses to the michael flynn scandal (so far)


facebook, trump news, u.s. newsthe 10 most galling republican responses to the michael flynn scandal (so far)alexandra rosenmann, alternet16 feb 2017 at 08:36 etmichael flynn’s abrupt resignation from the national security council has reignited a controversy that has followed donald trump since he was elected president, with scores of democrats calling for a special investigation into the administration’s possible ties to the kremlin. but with a few notable exceptions, those calls have largely fallen on deaf ears with a republican party that has proven time and again it is willing to accommodate scandal and disgrace so long as it doesn’t impede its exercise of power. senator rand paul even suggested the matter didn’t merit further inquiry, because it would require that republicans investig