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Team USA’s four-goal victory Wednesday night in the group stage of Copa America felt a little flat. It was exciting just for the fact the 2-0 loss to Colombia in Friday’s opener was still so fresh.

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Bearden coach Mark Blevins doesn’t remember the first time we met, which is fair. It wasn’t a monumental moment, just a brief conversation in the hospitality room at the district tournament that Bearden was hosting.

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It’s been the stuff from which legends are born. Greenbacks season has had enough odd twists and turns to inspire a Homeric adventure, the kind of moments Hollywood wouldn’t have to embellish to keep the audience riveted. Through it all, the 46 players with an ad hoc coaching staff have had …

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Deep in the bowels of The Daily Times Sports Collection, Information and Dissemination Command Center a lot of events come across the radar screens. In the mass of basketball tournaments, league signups, team car wash notices, hiking, running cycling, pancake breakfasts, kickball standings a…

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There’s the sound of gnashing teeth and piles of pulled out hair blowing like early fall leaves across the river. There’s a bit of a pop in the step and smiles over on this side of the river, at least around the Maryville College campus.

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Heritage coach Tim Hammontree put the humble sports editor on the spot in the aftermath of the Mountaineers’ victory over Gibbs two weeks ago.

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For a coach that’s always put the spotlight near the bottom of his priority list, Mike Rader either has a knack for these things or the football fates watching over his career have a certain perverse sense of humor.

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The heat acclimation period for high school football in Tennessee opens today. For the next week teams can practice in shoulder pads and helmets in preparation for next week, when practice in full pads can begin.

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If anyone needed another testament to the need for a fuel rewards card and a suitcase to appreciate this Tennessee basketball team’s potential it was duly written in UT’s rally against Vanderbilt in Nashville and certified with the Vols spending another day in the SEC tournament.

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There’s a new captain and a new course correction for the Maryville College football team, but the change has been, if not seamless, at least as smooth as a post Signing Day coaching change can be reasonably expected to go.

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There isn’t a recap of the Maryville-Alcoa game included in the commemorative section chronicling the runs to the championship game. It’s not an accident, it’s by design.

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As UT players paraded the Tennessee flag around the open end of Dudley Field Saturday evening before settling for a rendition of ”Rocky Top” in front of orange stands stained here and there with black attire, it felt like old times.

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With the wraps almost on this USA South football season, and effectively it is for those teams returning to league play in 2015, there’s one glaring issue on the horizon for the conference to address. Respect.

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Alcoa’s 2015 football schedule made the rounds Thursday and was floating around on social media by late afternoon, proudly displaying the fact that for the first time in a decade the Tornadoes will be playing all of the other three teams that call Blount County home.

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As Christopher Newport University left the field Saturday after celebrating in the wake of victory and claiming the USA South title it was the end of an era. Many will not miss the Captains all that much.