NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (3-5) host the Chicago Bears (6-1) in a regular season game this week for the first time in eight seasons. Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CT on Sunday, Nov. 4.
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The Bears, who currently lead the NFC North Division, made their only previous non-preseason appearance at LP Field on Nov. 14 2004, when they outlasted the Titans in overtime by a final score of 19-17. In 10 total regular-season outings, the series is tied 5-5, including a 21-14 Titans win at Soldier Field in 2008.
This week’s game will be televised regionally on FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV FOX-17. Thom Brennaman will handle play-by-play duties while Brian Billick provides analysis. Laura Okmin is the sideline reporter.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
The Titans had an opportunity to improve their winning percentage to .500 last week at LP Field against the Indianapolis Colts. However, the division-rival Colts thwarted their efforts and left Nashville with a 19-13 overtime victory.
In the loss, running back Chris Johnson rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries, marking the fourth time in five weeks Johnson exceeded 90 rushing yards. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, starting for the fourth straight week due to Jake Locker’s left (non-throwing) shoulder injury, was an efficient 22-of-29 for 236 yards, no interceptions and a 23-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright. Hasselbeck’s passer rating of 110.7 gave him 20 career regular-season games with a passer rating of 110 or greater.
On defense, the Titans got an interception and a blocked field goal from safety Michael Griffin. Additionally, they sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck twice—once by linebacker Akeem Ayers and once on a combined effort by defensive ends Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan.
However, Luck directed the Colts 80 yards down the field on the first possession of overtime, and his final pass of the day went for a 16-yard touchdown by running back Vick Ballard.
Led by head coach Lovie Smith, the Bears have the NFL’s seventh-ranked defense and the league’s top rushing defense. They were tested last week against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field but earned a last-second 23-22 win. Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to give the Bears their sixth win of the season.
The Bears came back from a 19-7 deficit with less than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Davis, and then cornerback Tim Jennings returned an interception 25 yards for a score. Gould booted his game-winner after the Panthers briefly reclaimed the lead.
Cutler is scheduled to make his first regular-season appearance in Nashville since leaving Vanderbilt University as the school’s all-time leading passer. He set Commodore records in most major passing categories, including touchdown passes (59) and passing yards (8,697). Two of his teammates, wide receiver Earl Bennett and cornerback D.J. Moore, also attended Vanderbilt.
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK DRIVE
Prior to the game, fans are encouraged to participate in the annual Second Harvest Food Bank food drive by dropping off non-perishable items at one of several collection sites near the entrances of LP?Field. Among the most-needed items are canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, pasta, cereal, and canned soups and stews.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will play three in-season tournaments, including games against five teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Softball Championship, to highlight its 2013 slate, released Thursday by first-year head coach Stephanie Paris.
The Lady Govs, who finished 19-31 and 10-20 in Ohio Valley Conference play in 2012, will participate in tournaments at Auburn (Feb. 9-10), Evansville (March 2-3) and Louisville (March 8-10) during the season’s first four weeks of the season. Among the teams featured in the tournament fields will be Louisville, Auburn, Illinois State and Miami (Ohio), all whom played in the postseason last season.
“A couple of the tournaments Senior Women’s Administrator (Cheryl) Holt confirmed before I accepted the job,” Paris said. “The Louisville tournament she confirmed the week before I got hired and the Auburn tournament was already in place, it wasn’t confirmed, but I had all of the information that the coach sent me so we confirmed it.
“As for the Evansville tournament, the coach (Mark Redburn) is a good friend of mine and he asked if we wanted to get in it after I got the job.”
Sandwiched in-between these early tournament appearances will be a road doubleheader at Trevecca (Feb. 16) and a home-opener versus Alabama A&M (Feb. 26).
The Lady Govs will also have non-conference doubleheader at home versus Lipscomb (March 13) and a road single game at Middle Tennessee (March 27).
Austin Peay opens OVC play, March 16-17, at Cheryl Holt Field versus Eastern Illinois, with other home conference games versus Morehead State (April 6), Eastern Kentucky (April 7), SIU Edwardsville (April (13-14) and Southeast Missouri (April 27-28).
Road OVC games for Austin Peay will be against Jacksonville State (March 23), Tennessee Tech (March 24), Tennessee Martin (March 29-20), Belmont (April 20), Tennessee State (April 21) and Murray State (May 4-5).
“The conference is going to be the highlight of our competition,” Paris said. “I think we have a chance to do better than they have been doing here, because they are buying into what we’re doing here and moving in the right direction.”
The OVC Championship tournament will be at the home of the regular-season champion, May 8-11.
“Right now I’m focused on the direction of the program here,” Paris said. “I think the last fall series against Memphis the girls really showed signs of competing well, not giving in and just being a little bit more relaxed.
“We’re just trying to get them focused on some of the little things we’re trying to do and change here.”
Clarksville High’s season came to an end with its 2-1 loss to Siegel in a Class AAA Girls State Soccer Tournament first round game.
The Lady Wildcats (19-5) end their season as the District 10-AAA regular season champion, the District 10-AAA Tournament champion, the Region 5-AAA champion and the Section game winner.
Siegel got on the board first on Cheyenne Moultry’s unassisted goal at 19:02 in the first half.
Clarksville tied it in the second half on a Penalty Kick by Ella Baggett at 60:42.
But Siegel knocked in the game winner on Madison Louk’s unassisted goal at 78:56.
Siegel 2, Clarksville 1
|Siegel 2, Clarksville 1
SHOTS: Siegel – 4; Clarksville – 7.
SAVES: Siegel – 4 (Dale Steinagle); Clarksville – 1 (Melia Correa).
FOULS: Siegel – 6; Clarksville – 8.
CORNER KICKS: Siegel – 2; Clarksville – 2.
GOALS: Siegel – Cheyenne Moultry (19:02, Unassisted); Clarksville – Ella Baggett (60:42, Penalty Kick); Siegel – Madison Louk (78:56, Unassisted).
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Junior forward Tatiana Ariza was named Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a school-record four Austin Peay State University women’s soccer players were named 2012 All-OVC teams, the conference office announced Wednesday following a vote of OVC coaches and women’s soccer sports information directors.
Ariza and her sister Natalia were named to the first-team, while senior Emily Perkins and junior Haylee Shoaff earned second-team honors. Southeast Missouri’s Hayley Abbott was named Defensive Player of the Year, while UT Martin’s Saphyra Coombs-James taking Freshman of the Year and Skyhawks coach Phil McNamara earning Coach of the Year honors.
Ariza scored 12 goals and tallied seven assists this season, leading the Lady Govs with 31 points in just 17 games after returning from duty with the Colombian National Team at the 2012 London Olympics. She scored nine goals and assisted on three others in conference matches, propelling Austin Peay to a second-place finish and first-round bye in this week’s OVC Tournament in Martin, Tenn.
After winning the program’s first-ever OVC Freshman of the Year award in 2010, Ariza has now become the first to take home conference Offensive Player of the Year honors as well. In addition, she becomes Austin Peay’s first three-time first-team All-OVC selection.
“Tatiana has had a great season so far,” said head coach Kelley Guth. “It’s a great honor for her to represent the conference as Player of the Year.”
Her sister Natalia joined Tatiana on the first-team. Another Olympian, Natalia returned to Clarksville in a more defensive role this season, playing an exemplary midfield and sliding back to defender as needed. She assisted on three goals this season. She’s now a two-time first-team all-conference honoree (2010); she was second-team All-OVC in 2011.
“I think everyone knows that Natalia is a crucial part of our line-up,” Guth said. “She adopted a more defensive mentality this year, and has done such a great job all season. We wouldn’t have been as good this year without her.”
Perkins, the current OVC Player of the Week, continues to rack up accolades in her final season. She was named to the All-OVC second team as a forward, tallying four of her seven goals and five of six assists in conference play. She tied with Tatiana Ariza for the OVC lead with four game-winning goals this season.
“Perkins has been outstanding all season long,” Guth said. “She’s come up so huge creating scoring opportunities, for herself and her teammates, down the stretch.”
Shoaff rounded out the quartet of Lady Govs to earn accolades. The Coral Springs, Fla., native was nearly unbeatable in OVC play, posting six shutouts and 53 total saves in 10 conference matches. Her 93 saves this season are fourth-most in school history, and her six shutouts are tied for second-most all-time. She’s the first Lady Govs goalkeeper to earn all-conference honors since Sarah Broadbent in 2005.
“She has developed confidence throughout the season,” Guth said. “She has improved in the areas we needed her to improve and has been commanding in the box.”
This is the first time in Austin Peay history that four Lady Govs have been selected All-Conference; three have been chosen on six occasions, most recently last year.
“These awards are not just recognition of individual players, but a testament to our team,” Guth said. “They allowed our players to do their jobs the best they could and get recognized.”
Austin Peay begins the quest for its first-ever OVC Tournament title, 7 p.m., Friday, when they face the winner of Thursday’s first-round battle between Eastern Kentucky and SIU Edwardsville.
2012 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAMS
(As selected by OVC women’s soccer coaches and sports information directors)
2012 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tatiana Ariza, Austin Peay
2012 OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hayley Abbott, Southeast Missouri
2012 OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Saphyra Coombs-James, UT Martin
2012 OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Phil McNamara, UT Martin
GK – Mariah Klenke, UT Martin
D – Ashley Reveiz, UT Martin
D – Hayley Abbott, Southeast Missouri
D – Emily D’Italia, Eastern Kentucky
D – Lauren Fant, Eastern Kentucky
MF – Hannah McGowen, UT Martin
MF – Natalia Ariza, Austin Peay
MF – Veronika Pribyslavska, Murray State
F – Tatiana Ariza, Austin Peay
F – Saphyra Coombs-James, UT Martin
F – Nikki Donnelly, Eastern Kentuck
GK – Haylee Shoaff, Austin Peay
GK – Jennifer Pelley, SIUE
D – Ashley Streid, Eastern Illinois
D – Kourtney Price, SIUE
D – Ali Bauer, Southeast Missouri
MF – Alyssa Curtis, UT Martin
MF – Cassidy Sherman, SIUE
MF – Michelle Auer, SIUE
F – Kristin Germann, Eastern Illinois
F – Kelsey Bright, Jacksonville State
F – Ellie Iaciofano, Tennessee Tech
F – Emily Perkins, Austin Peay
(12 players named to the second team due to a tie)
Saphyra Coombs-James, UT Martin
Kelsey Bright, Jacksonville State
Jennifer Pelley, SIUE
Renee Kertz, Southeast Missouri
Mikala Ferguson, Eastern Kentucky
Ashley Reveiz, UT Martin
Cassidy Sherman, SIUE
Hannah Miller, Eastern Illinois
Kelsey Gomez, Morehead State
Katie Proud, Belmont
Paige Luehmann, Southeast Missouri
The City of Clarksville’s three community centers will adjust their hours of operation this November to accommodate students in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and their holiday schedule. The Kleeman, Crow and Burt-Cobb Centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 6 and Monday, November 12 as students will be out of school for Election Day and Veterans Day. Centers will also be operating on the 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule on Wednesday, November 21 during the Thanksgiving holiday. However, Centers will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
The Indoor Aquatic Center at New Providence, located at 166 Cunningham Lane, will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, Monday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 21. The inflatable obstacle course, “The Aqua Run Wibit,” and the “AquaClimb” climbing wall will be available on both days. Wristbands are required for access to these features. Cost of wristbands is $2 for all day access, with the exception of “Wibit Wednesdays” in which access is free each Wednesday. Tuesdays are “Dollar Day” at the pool when patrons are charged only $1 for admission. The pool will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Additionally the Parks & Recreation Main Office, located at 102 Public Square, will be closed Monday, November 12, Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Veterans Day as well as Thanksgiving.
For a complete list of Clarksville’s community centers and programs they have to offer, please visit www.cityofclarksville.com.
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