KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bruce Pearl asked his Tennessee players at halftime if they were enjoying playing together. He didn’t give them a chance to answer.
“I answered the question before they had the chance,” Pearl said, “and that was, ‘Hopefully not, because we did not do anything as a team to enjoy the basketball.’”
No. 20 Tennessee bounced back from that lackluster first-half play with the help of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Wayne Chism to beat Georgia 69-60 on Wednesday night.
IMBODEN — Josh Limbaugh drilled a contested 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to send the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves and Cotter Warriors to overtime in the first round of the Class 2A-2 District Tournament here Wednesday night.
The Timberwolves dominated the overtime period and won 62-54. It was tied at 50 at the end of regulation.
The game was decided at the free-throw line. Cedar Ridge netted eight of eight in the extra period and held Cotter to jut one field goal.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods will speak publicly Friday for the first time since his bizarre, Thanksgiving night car accident, beginning what his agent called “the process of making amends” for the sex scandal that sent him into hiding for three months.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The U.S. Olympic team came into the day with high expectations and surpassed those lofty goals, marking their best day ever in Winter Games history with six medals — half of them gold.
The six medals were the most in one day by the U.S. at a Winter Olympics, topping the five earned Feb. 20, 2002, in Salt Lake City.
The big names justified the hype, and then some: Lindsey, Shani and Shaun won in convincing fashion. And their less-heralded counterparts were just as impressive.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Mark McGwire is back in the major leagues.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ new batting instructor showed up early today, the reporting date for pitchers and catchers. McGwire arrived at Roger Dean Stadium toting a couple of bags and received applause from a handful of autograph seekers as he climbed out of an SUV.
He asked a group of reporters, “Where do I go?” and mistakenly turned into the media room before finding the correct door. He didn’t take any questions.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank to finalize the 2010 tournament schedule, secretary Colin Patterson said.
“We want everybody to be there that can be there,” Patterson said.
Dues of $35, the same as last year, will also be accepted at the meeting.
Rules will remain the same as in 2009. According to club bylaws, any rules changes have to be approved the year prior to the season they take effect, and no one suggested any changes last year, Patterson said.
IMBODEN — Cedar Ridge swept the junior high division titles of the 2A-2 District Tournament here Tuesday night, and they did it in convincing fashion.
The Junior Lady Timberwolves whipped the Salem Junior Lady Greyhounds 36-22 as Haley Hix scored 13 points, Chelsea Hendrix added 10 and Tasha Lovell chipped in nine.
The Junior Lady T-wolves finished with a 14-5 record.
WYNNE — Led by senior guards Alex Davidson and Rachel Shellenberger, the Batesville Lady Pioneers held off the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets for a 58-45, 5-A East District high school basketball victory here Tuesday night.
The Lady Pioneers led 17-7, 28-18 and 40-29 at the quarter breaks, but it got interesting late.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — These kids from Kentucky are growing up fast.
The second-ranked Wildcats showed they learned their lessons from their only loss of the season and got a preview of the intensity of postseason basketball, beating Mississippi State 81-75 in overtime on Tuesday night in one of college basketball’s most hostile arenas.
STUTTGART — The Southside teams need to add on one more win to extend the school’s basketball season into another week.
In 4A-2 District first-rounders here Monday night, the Southerners thumped the Clinton Yellowjackets 58-31 and the Lady Southerners rallied by the Marianna Lady Trojans 34-28. A victory tonight for either team will clinch a spot in a region tournament.
The Yellowjackets had beaten the Southerners twice in the regular season. This time, after a close first half, the Southerners broke away with a 24-5 advantage in the third quarter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Scots lost their 10th straight game and their ninth straight TranSouth Athletic Conference decision here Monday night as the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans rolled to a 94-63 win.
Lyon (5-20, 1-12) has not won a league game since Jan. 16 and is 1-7 in its last eight games against the Trojans. TNU (18-8, 9-4) has won four of its last five contests.