The Titans’ 37-3 victory over the Dolphins gave them their first victory at Miami since 2004. The Titans had won only one time in their previous six trips to Sun Life Stadium, including losses in the most recent three games at the venue. The 34-point win marked their largest margin of victory since they won 47-7 against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 13, 2009. The 34-point victory was their largest on the road since a 47-10 final score at Detroit on Nov. 27, 2008.
TITANS DON’T ALLOW A TOUCHDOWN: The Dolphins managed only a 40-yard field goal against the Titans. The last time the Titans did not give up a touchdown in a game was in a 30-3 win at Carolina on Nov. 13, 2011.
OPPONENT’S THIRD-DOWN PERCENT LOWEST SINCE 2008: The Titans defense limited the Miami offense to two conversions on 13 third-down attempts. The 15.4 percent conversion rate was the defense’s best since Nov. 27, 2008, when they did not allow a conversion on 11 third-down attempts by the Detroit Lions.
TIME OF POSSESSION VICTORY: The Titans won the time-of-possession battle 33:13 to 26:47. They had their largest time of possession since holding the ball for 33:23 against Tampa Bay on Nov. 27, 2011. The Dolphins game was the Titans’ second time in 2012 to win time of possession (Oct. 11 against Pittsburgh).
TITANS PLUS-FOUR IN TAKEAWAYS FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS: The Titans forced four total turnovers by the Dolphins—three interceptions and one fumble—without committing a turnover themselves. The last time the Titans were plus-four or better in turnovers was Oct. 18, 2010 at Jacksonville.
FIRST-QUARTER SHUTOUT: For the first time in 2012, the Titans did not allow their opponent to score in the first quarter. Previously, their opponents’ low output was three points by the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 28.
DEFENSE GIVES UP THREE POINTS IN FIRST HALF: The Titans defense gave up only three first-half points for the second time in three weeks. They also accomplished the feat on Oct. 28 against the Indianapolis Colts. In the first half, the defense forced three total turnovers and limited the Dolphins to one conversion in eight attempts on third down.
SECOND-HALF SHUTOUT: The Titans defense did not allow the Dolphins to score in the second half, marking the team’s first shutout in the second half of a game since Dec. 5, 2010 against Jacksonville.
LOCKER BACK IN STARTING LINEUP: After missing the last five games with a left shoulder injury, second-year quarterback Jake Locker was back in the starting lineup for the Titans. Locker initially injured the shoulder in the season opener against New England (Sept. 9), re-injured it on Sept. 30 at Houston and had not played since then.
LOCKER EFFICIENT IN WIN: In his second career win as a starter, Jake Locker only completed nine passes on 21 attempts, but his 122 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions gave him a passer rating of 93.8. It was the second-best passer rating in his five career starts.
LOCKER’S RUSHING FIRST DOWNS KEY: Quarterback Jake Locker tied his career high with 36 rushing yards on four attempts against the Dolphins. Three of his runs resulted in first downs, including one on third-and-one (four yards) and one on fourth-and-two (five yards). Additionally, three of his four carries, including a 20-yarder, occurred during scoring drives.
MULTIPLE TOUCHDOWNS FOR LOCKER: Jake Locker’s nine-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright and 26-yard touchdown toss to Jared Cook gave him his third career game with two touchdown passes. He previously accomplished the feat on Nov. 20, 2011 at Atlanta and on Sept. 23, 2012 against Detroit. Locker now has 10 career touchdown passes, including six in 2012.
JOHNSON’S FOURTH 100-YARD GAME OF THE SEASON: Chris Johnson carried the ball 23 times for 126 yards (5.5 avg.) and one touchdown. He reached the 100-yard rushing mark while still in the third quarter. It marked the 32nd 100-yard rushing game of his five-year career and his fourth of 2012. All four of those efforts have come in the last seven weeks.
JOHNSON FIRST TO GET 100 YARDS AGAINST DOLPHINS IN 23 GAMES: Chris Johnson became the first player to rush for 100 or more yards against the Dolphins defense in 23 contests. The Dolphins entered the contest ranked third in the NFL in 2012 against the run.
CHRIS JOHNSON SCORES FOURTH TOUCHDOWN OF 2012: In the first quarter, Chris Johnson started to the right, changed direction, and then scored on a 17-yard run. It was Johnson’s fourth rushing touchdown of 2012 and his 42nd career rushing touchdown.
JOHNSON HITS 8,000 SCRIMMAGE YARDS: In the second quarter, Chris Johnson recorded an eight-yard reception. The catch put him over 8,000 career scrimmage yards, as he joined Eddie George, Earl Campbell and Ernest Givins as the only players in franchise history to reach the mark.
WILLIAMS REACHES 1,000: Damian Williams’ 15-yard reception in the first quarter put him over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career.
WRIGHT NOW FIFTH IN TEAM HISTORY IN ROOKIE RECEIVING: Rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright caught one pass against the Dolphins—a nine-yard touchdown grab. It gave the first-round pick 43 receptions this season, tied with Chris Johnson’s 2008 output for the fifth-highest reception total in franchise history among rookies.
LOCKER-TO-WRIGHT TOUCHDOWN: In the first quarter, Jake Locker completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright. It was Wright’s fourth career touchdown reception and marked the second time this season the young quarterback-receiver duo connected for a score.
COOK NOTCHES CAREER TOUCHDOWN NUMBER SEVEN: In the third quarter, tight end Jared Cook scored his seventh career touchdown and his third touchdown of 2012 on a 26-yard pass from Jake Locker.
McCOURTY FORCES AND RECOVERS FUMBLE: In the first quarter, cornerback Jason McCourty stripped the ball from running back Reggie Bush and also recovered the fumble. McCourty notched his third career forced fumble (first of 2012) and his second career fumble recovery (first of 2012).
EACH STARTING LINEBACKER RECORDS AN INTERCEPTION: The Titans received three interceptions by their starting linebackers—one each by second-year middle linebacker Colin McCarthy, second-year strongside linebacker Akeem Ayers and rookie weakside linebacker Zach Brown.
PICK-SIX BY McCARTHY: In the second quarter, linebacker Colin McCarthy intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass that was initially tipped by fellow linebacker Akeem Ayers. McCarthy, who recorded his second career interception (first of 2012), caught the ball and raced 49 yards for his first career touchdown. It was the team’s first interception for a touchdown since Jordan Babineaux’s 97-yarder at Cleveland on Oct. 2, 2011.
BROWN NOTCHES FIRST INTERCEPTION: In the fourth quarter, rookie linebacker Zach Brown recorded his first career interception, stepping in front of a Ryan Tannehill pass. Brown returned the ball 47 yards to help set up a Titans field goal.
AYERS INTERCEPTION: Late in the second quarter, second-year linebacker Akeem Ayers notched his first career interception on a pass from Ryan Tannehill that was intended for Anthony Fasano. The takeaway led to a Titans field goal.
MARKS SACK: In the third quarter, defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks dropped Ryan Tannehill for an eight-yard loss. Marks was credited with his first sack of 2012, which gave him 2.5 in his four-year career.
KERN’S NET AVERAGE FIFTH IN TEAM ANNALS: Brett Kern averaged 52.0 yards on four punts with three placed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. His net average of 48.0 yards against the Dolphins ranks fifth all-time for the team (since 1976 with a minimum of four punts), and it was also the second-best net average of his career (48.6 agaisnt San Diego on Sept. 16.
KERN RECORDS CAREER LONG: In the first quarter, Brett Kern recorded a 71-yard punt to set a new career long. His previous career long was 68 yards, set against Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 2010.
BIRONAS MAKES THREE: Rob Bironas made all three field goal attempts and all four extra point attempts against the Dolphins. It marked the 29th time in his career he made three or more field goals in a game.
BIRONAS SETS A RECORD: In the first quarter, Rob Bironas’ 230th consecutive successful PAT gave him a franchise record for the most consecutive extra points made. He moved past Al Del Greco, who held the record with 229 consecutive PATs.
TITANS INACTIVES: The Titans’ seven inactives against the Dolphins were quarterback Rusty Smith, safety Al Afalava, linebacker Xavier Adibi, guard Kyle DeVan, tackle Byron Stingily, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins and defensive tackle DaJohn Harris.
The Titans cared much more about substance than style Sunday, but wound up getting a combination of both in a 37-3 trouncing of the Dolphins in fashionable Miami.
Jake Locker returned to the lineup with a healed left, non-throwing shoulder and showed fast and fresh legs and an ability to improvise when he held onto the ball and fired it to receivers.
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Locker capitalized on great field position after the first of four Dolphins turnovers with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright for a 7-0 lead with 6:49 remaining. The next snap Locker took, however, was even more improbable. Locker got his feet caught with Chris Johnson on a play fake and fell to the ground. He sprung to his feet and shifted through defenders to turn what would have been a significant loss into 20-yard gain.
“It wasn’t pretty at times but we found ways to move the chains and that’s the name of the game,” said Locker, who avoided a blitzer and gained five yards on a fourth-and-2 play that set up Tennessee’s second touchdown.
“That’s why we’re excited about him,” Munchak said. “He made some plays a lot of quarterbacks couldn’t make, especially early when we went for it on fourth-and-2. We knew coming in that there would be some plays here and there, just to get him used to playing against live contact for the first time in six weeks. He played hard. I think the players rallied around him like we thought they would.”
Locker rushed four times for 36 yards and also extended passing plays in the second half that resulted in a 28-yard pass to Kenny Britt and a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook on third-down plays during the Titans’ first possession of the second half that consumed more than eight minutes of the third quarter, put Tennessee up 31-3 and left little hope for the Dolphins.
Locker was 4-for-5 for 69 yards on that drive and 9-for-21 for 122 yards with the two TD passes and no interceptions for a 93.8 passer rating for the game, which he left early in the fourth quarter with the game in hand.
“It wasn’t perfect, but we talked about it before the game, our goal wasn’t to come out and play perfect football, it was to play winning football,” Locker said. “I thought that our defense put us in great situations all game, and we were able to put some drives together offensively and put points on the board.”
Munchak said Locker didn’t change his playing style in response to the shoulder injury he first suffered in the season-opener and hurt again Sept. 30. Locker hadn’t played in game action since that game against the Texans, but showed little, if any, hesitancy in any situation Sunday.
“I think you saw a very courageous guy today,” Munchak said. “I think that’s what he’s all about. That’s what we saw when we drafted him. He’s a competitor. His health is the least of his concerns when he’s playing football. He wants to find a way to win. He wants to make plays. He’s smart. When he ran, he slid. He does a great job with that.”
JOHNSON HAS ANOTHER BIG DAY
Johnson rushed 23 times for 126 yards and a spectacular touchdown on a play that appeared to be destined to lose yards because it was well defended.
Johnson took the handoff and went to the right, halted when he saw no room, created space and reversed course across the field before cutting through a path cleared by Michael Roos and Kenny Britt for a 17-yard TD and a 14-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first quarter.
“I was trying to hit the hole and I saw color,” Johnson said. “I tried to bounce outside and I saw color again. Instead of me just dropping and taking a 1 yard loss, I was just trying to make a play and those guys up front kept grinding and gave me an opportunity to come back to the outside and score.”
Locker, who caught up with Johnson to celebrate after the play, said it was a “great run.”
“He didn’t have a whole lot on the front side and he was able to bounce it all the way backside and was able to find a crease and scored the touchdown for us in a big situation,” Locker said. “It was a great run and a great effort by him and it was a good job upfront of continuing to block and to get the receivers downfield making key blocks to spring him.”
Johnson became the first player to have more than 100 rushing yards against the Dolphins in their previous 22 games and recorded his third 100-plus yard tally in as many games against Miami. It was the 32nd 100-yard game of his career and fourth this season.
The Dolphins entered the game ranked third in the NFL with 83.9 rushing yards allowed per game, but allowed 177 rushing yards on 37 carries by the Titans.
“I think he’s showing, and the run game is showing, what we thought it would be,” Munchak said. “This year it’s much better. Much improved. It’s a credit to those guys sticking with it and not getting down on people who were trying to get them down. You know, trying to blame someone. We did a great job of staying together with the run game and realized we were much better than the numbers were showing. And now (Johnson’s) getting opportunities and the numbers are much better. I think he’ll finish with six-strong weeks.”
MCCOURTY FORCES, RECOVERS FUMBLE
One week after the Titans suffered from five turnovers against Chicago, they forced four and committed zero against Miami.
Jason McCourty started the storm when he stripped Dolphins running back Reggie Bush and snagged the ball has he fell to the ground. The forced fumble (third of his career) and fumble recovery (second of his career) erased a third-down conversion run by Bush and gave the Titans the ball at the Miami 28-yard line. Johnson followed with a 21-yard run to set up the Titans’ first TD.
“That’s demoralizing for an offense, third down they pick it up, we create a fumble, and now it’s our ball and now we’re going into score,” McCourty said. “Offense did a great job today on all our turnovers, capitalizing; they did a great job staying on the field.”
MCCARTHY NABS INT, SCORES TD
Colin McCarthy recorded his second career interception and his first touchdown when he picked off a pass by Ryan Tannehill that Akeem Ayers tipped at the line of scrimmage.
McCarthy quickly secured the ball and rumbled down the Miami sideline, punctuating the play with a dive across the goal line.
“It was great. I have a lot of family, friends, guys I went to school with here at the game and to get a touchdown and pick six, it was good,” McCarthy said. “It was a homecoming. I knew if I came down here, I had to make some plays in front of the old stadium I used to play in back in college.”
What made the play even more remarkable was that McCarthy had been forced to the sideline because of aggravating a season-long ankle injury three plays earlier. The injury occurred on the final play of the first quarter, and McCarthy delivered the interception on a third-and-1 play.
McCarthy has battled a high ankle sprain he suffered in the season-opener that caused him to miss four games and was limited in practice again last week but didn’t want to miss an important moment in his return to the stadium where he played home games while at the University of Miami.
AYERS, BROWN ADD INTS
Ayers and rookie Zach Brown, who started with McCarthy at the linebacker spots, also recorded interceptions against the Dolphins.
Ayers recorded his first career interception to give the Titans the ball at the Miami 23 with 1:51 left before halftime, and Tennessee followed by adding a field goal from Rob Bironas and a 24-3 lead at the break.
Brown also recorded his first career interception when he cleanly caught a Tannehill pass at the Tennessee 16 and returned it 47 yards to the Miami 37 to lead to another field goal.
“All three linebackers had interceptions, which was fun to see,” Munchak said. “And that’s what you need. We saw what turnovers do. Our defense got four. We didn’t give up any. In a lot of areas we played some good football.”
KERN BOOMS CAREER LONG
Brett Kern helped flip field position for the Titans after their first possession stalled with a career-long 71-yard punt.
The Dolphins failed to field the kick and it took a good bounce for Tennessee before trickling out of bounds at the Miami 15-yard line for a net of 71 yards. Kern’s previous career high was a 68-yarder against Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 2010.
Kern finished the day with four punts for 208 yards (52 yards per punt) and a career-best net average of 48 yards and pinned three of his four punts inside the Miami 20.
JACKSONVILLE, Ala.—Despite a record-setting performance by quarterback Jake Ryan, Austin Peay State University could not stave off a Jacksonville State comeback as it fell to the Gamecocks, 38-23, Saturday in Ohio Valley Conference play at JSU Stadium.
APSU fell to 1-9 on the season, 0-7 in the OVC while Jacksonville State Improved to 6-4 and ended OVC play at 5-3.
Ryan, a senior from Knoxville, completed 40-of-61 passes—both APSU records—for 375 yards and three TDs. But it was Jacksonville State, stung by two first-half Ryan TD passes, taking control in the third quarter. Trailing 16-14 at halftime, the Gamecocks reeled off 21 unanswered points.
The Govs attempted to recover in the fourth quarter when Ryan hooked up with running back Reco Williams for a spectacular nine-yard TD catch. But the Govs also had two other drives deep into JSU territory stopped on fourth-down defensive plays.
The Governors jumped out on top in the first quarter. After JSU intercepted a tipped Jake Ryan pass on APSU’s opening possession, the Gamecocks drove inside the APSU 10-yard line. But the Govs forced a fumble and APSU recovered at the four-yard line.
Methodically, the Govs marched down the field, using 10 plays to get to the JSU 24-yard line. Ryan then found freshman Mikhail Creech on a crossing route. He then forced a pair of JSU defenders to miss tackles while diving into the end zone to give APSU a 7-0 lead. The 96-yard drive was APSU’s longest this season.
The Govs defense forced JSU to punt on its next possession. Again the Govs and Ryan, using the short passing game and Terrence Oliver and Williams runs, marched from their 32 to Jacksonville 20 when Ryan hooked up with favorite target Devin Stark on a crossing route which saw the senior receiver dive I into the pylon to give the Govs a 14-0 lead.
JSU changed momentum when reserve quarterback Coty Blanchard connected with Allen Bonner for 71 yards to the APSU seven. Two plays later the Gamecocks scored to cut the deficit in half.
After the Govs were stifled on their next possession, the Washaun Ealey Show kicked off. He carried the ball five, four in succession including a TD, to tie the game at 14 with 7:46 left in the half.
Govs’ kicker Stephen Stansell failed to convert on two field goals less than 35 yards in the final minutes of the half. But the Govs were able to take the lead into intermission when JSU saw a snap sail over its punter’s head into and out of the end zone for a safety, allowing APSU to take a 16-14 halftime advantage, its first intermission lead in an OVC game since the conference opener at Tennessee State in Week 3.
But the Govs could not maintain the momentum to start the second half.
Ryan finished game completing passes to nine different receivers, including eight apiece by Stark, Terrence Oliver and Williams. Freshman Mikhail Creech had seven.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team dropped its first match of the season at the Dunn Center Saturday afternoon 3-0, as they couldn’t overcome Ohio Valley Conference regular-season champion Morehead State by scores of 25-13, 25-22, 25-19.
Despite the loss, Austin Peay (17-15, 10-6 OVC West) enters next week’s OVC championship tournament as the fourth overall seed and will face fifth-seed Tennessee State in the opening round on Thursday in Morehead, Ky., at 4:30 p.m.
“It really doesn’t matter who wins the regular season it’s who wins three matches and wins the tournament championship,” Austin Peay coach Taylor Mott said. “Everyone goes back to 0-0 on Thursday and we have as good a chance as anyone to win the tournament.
“I just hope we can get to the championship match and see what happens.”
To reach the championship game, Austin Peay will need to play better than they performed on Saturday, as the Lady Govs struggled passing the ball; which led to problems with their setting and offensive attack against a much taller Morehead State (24-6, 16-0 OVC East)
“We did do some really good things, but then we would turn around and give up some easy points,” Mott said. “It’s hard to get into a rhythm when you do that. We played hard throughout, we just didn’t play throughout.”
It didn’t take long for Morehead State, who extended the nation’s longest winning streak out to 22 matches; while also becoming the eighth team to go through OVC play undefeated and the first since 2006 to accomplish the feat, to get off to a quick start.
Austin Peay scored the match’s first point, but the Lady Eagles scored nine of the next 11 points behind the play of Courtney Smith to go up 9-3.
But the Lady Govs only hit for a .129 attack percentage in the opening game — with seven errors and two service errors — on its way to a 25-13 setback.
“If you look at the stats, we had almost the same number of kills as they had,” Mott said. “But then you look and we had twice the number of errors and serve errors. Against a good team like Morehead State you can’t do that and expect to win.”
Austin Peay would come out much better in Game 2, jumping out to a 8-2 lead behind two kills each from senior Nikki Doyle and junior Lauren Henderson, but the Lady Eagles kept cutting into the Lady Govs lead – finally tying the game 19-19.
The two teams would trade the next six points before Morehead State closed out the game with three straight points for the 25-22 win.
In the third game, Austin Peay would keep the Lady Eagles close throughout the game, but the Lady Govs were never able to take the lead – with Morehead State closing out the match with a six-point win.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Henderson led Austin Peay with a 12-kill, .611 attack percentage performance, while Doyle added 10 kills and 12 digs in her final home match.
Morehead State’s Ellie Roberson led all hitters with 19 kills at a .417 attack percentage.
Austin Peay returns to action at the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Championship, which runs Nov. 15-17.
The entire tournament will be available for free on the OVC Digital Network.
2012 OVC Volleyball Championship Schedule
Thursday, November 15 – First Round – Morehead, Ky.
Match 1 – No. 3 Belmont vs. No. 6 Eastern Illinois – 11 a.m.
Match 2 – No. 2 Southeast Missouri vs. No. 7 Jacksonville State – 1:30 p.m.
Match 3 – No. 4 Austin Peay vs. No. 5 Tennessee State – 4:30 p.m.
Match 4 – No. 1 Morehead State vs. No. 8 UT Martin – 7 p.m.Friday, November 16 – Semifinals – Morehead, Ky.
Match 5 – Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner – 4:30 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner – 7 p.m.Saturday, November 17 – Championship – Morehead, Ky.
Match 7 – Match 5 winner vs. Match 7 winner – 6 p.m.
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MIAMI (AP) — The Tennessee Titans’ defense finally found a way to stop the other team: by forcing turnovers.
Colin McCarthy returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, one of four takeaways that led to 20 points, and Tennessee beat the Miami Dolphins 37-3 Sunday.
The Titans came into the game on pace to set an NFL record for points allowed in a season, but they stymied Miami by intercepting Ryan Tannehill three times and recovering a Reggie Bush fumble to set up a touchdown.
The home loss was the most lopsided for Miami since 1968.
Tennessee (4-6) rebounded from a 51-20 defeat a week ago against the Bears that prompted owner Bud Adams to put the organization on notice. Last week the Titans trailed 28-2 after one quarter; this week they led 21-0 after 16 minutes.
Two benchings by coach Joe Philbin failed to shake the Dolphins (4-5) out of their malaise. Bush spent the rest of the first half on the sideline after his early fumble, and guard Richie Incognito sat briefly after committing a costly personal foul penalty.
With 20 minutes left, the stands were two-thirds empty, and the only remaining drama was whether Chris Johnson would become the first rusher to gain 100 yards against Miami in the past 23 games. He reached the milestone late in the third period and finished with 126 yards in 23 carries and one score.
Jake Locker, back after missing five games with a dislocated non-throwing shoulder, went only 9 of 21 for 122 yards, but threw for touchdowns covering 9 yards to Kendall Wright and 26 yards to Jared Cook.
Locker also ran for three first downs and helped Tennessee convert nine of 18 third- and fourth-down situations.
The Titans didn’t commit a turnover after totaling five a week ago. Linebackers McCarthy, Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown intercepted passes by Tannehill.
The tone was established early, when Jason McCourty recovered a fumble by Bush at the Dolphins’ 28, and Tennessee converted the turnover into a touchdown.
The Titans even turned pratfalls into big plays. Locker tripped as he dropped back to pass and fell 10 yards behind the line, then rose and scrambled to transform the broken play into a 20-yard gain. Four snaps later, Locker converted a fourth down with another scramble, and Johnson then scored on a 17-yard run for a 14-0 lead.
Tannehill’s six-week streak without an interception ended at 107 passes when Ayers deflected a throw to McCarthy, who sprinted along the sideline to score for a 21-0 lead. Ayers made his first career interception to set up a field goal for a 24-3 halftime lead.
There was no letup in the second half by the Titans, who opened the third period with an eight-minute, 85-yard touchdown drive.
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA — As expected, Michael Bourn has rejected the Braves’ qualifying offer. Friday’s procedural move guarantees that the Braves will receive Draft pick compensation if Bourn signs with another club.
Bourn stands as one of the most attractive options in a relatively thin free-agent market this year. If he does opt to sign with another team, the Braves will receive a selection during the compensation round, which separates the first and second rounds of the 2013 Draft.
The signing club will lose a first-round pick unless it is one of the Draft’s first 10 selections. In that event, the club would lose its second-round selection.
There was certainly no reason to think Bourn would accept the qualifying offer, which was a one-year deal worth $13.3 million. With the Phillies, Nationals and Reds believed to be among his top suitors, he could receive a five-year contract worth approximately $80 million.
While the Braves will continue to evaluate the possibility of re-signing Bourn, they are looking at a number of other options on the free-agent and trade markets. They have a little more than $25 million to spend with a rather narrow focus.
If a third baseman is not available, Martin Prado will move to third base and the Braves will attempt to acquire two outfielders this winter.
While Josh Hamilton will likely be too expensive, B.J. Upton, Nick Swisher or Bourn appear to be the outfielders the Braves could most likely land via free agency. Angel Pagan aided his cause with a strong postseason. But he is viewed as a secondary piece who will likely return to the Giants.
Bourn hit .274 with a career-high nine home runs, 42 stolen bases and a .739 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) this past season. On the downside, he batted .225 with a .335 on-base percentage after the All-Star break and struck out 155 times as a leadoff hitter.
To put that in perspective, Dan Uggla set the Braves franchise record with 156 strikeouts in 2011 and then broke his own record with 168 strikeouts this past season.
Bourn has proven to be one of the game’s top basestealers and defensive outfielders over the past few years. But with his 30th birthday approaching in December, there could be some concern about his potential production during the latter years of a five-year contract.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference unveiled its ninth annual men’s basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams, tipping off another great season of SEC men’s basketball.
Ten different schools are represented on the two teams with Tennessee having three selections while Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky have two selections each. In all, 36 different players received votes for the coaches’ teams.
The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men’s Basketball Coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.
A list of the 2013 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows.
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown
Trevor Releford, Alabama G 6-0 195 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
BJ Young, Arkansas G 6-3 180 So. St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida G 6-2 190 Sr. Pompano Beach, Fla.
Patric Young, Florida C 6-9 249 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia G 6-5 205 So. Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky F 6-10 228 Fr. Everett, Mass.
Phil Pressey, Missouri G 5-11 175 Jr. Dallas, Texas
Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee F 6-7 260 Sr. Madison, Wis.
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas F 6-7 240 Jr. Newport News, Va.
Alex Poythress, Kentucky F 6-7 239 Fr. Clarksville, Tenn.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU F 6-9 256 So. Cleveland, Miss.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss F 6-9 225 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss F 6-7 240 Sr. Irmo, S.C.
Trae Golden, Tennessee G 6-1 205 Jr. Powder Springs, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee F 6-8 270 So. Memphis, Tenn.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M G 6-5 212 Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
CLARKSVILLE – The Red Squad used a seven-run sixth inning to win Austin Peay State University baseball’s Red-White World Series with a 10-0 Game 5 victory, Saturday, at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Red Squad won the series, 3-2.
Red Squad starter Kacy Kemmer and White Team starter Zach Hall combined for a pitcher’s duel through five innings. Hall was winning that duel as he allowed six base runners through five while Kemmer allowed eight base runners during that span.
The Red Squad broke through in the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Shortstop Reed Harper delivered the game-winning RBI with his RBI double that drove home second baseman Jordan Hankins. Leftfielder Austin Atwell, first baseman Michael Davis and designated hitter Wesley Purcell each added RBI. Right fielder Rolando Gautier ended the rally with a two-run single, putting the Red Squad up 7-0.
Kemmer retired the White Team in order in the sixth. The Red Squad added to its lead courtesy Davis’ three-run home run to set the final score. Red Squad reliever A.J. Gaura retired the side in order in the seventh to end the series.
Kemmer (2-0) picked up his second victory of the series with six scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing eight hits.
Davis finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBI and a walk, the only Red Squad batter to record a multi-hit outing.
Hall (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four hits over 5.1 innings. Shortstop Kevin Corey and center fielder Cody Hudson each had two hits to lead the offense.
The Red-White World Series concludes the Governors fall practice season. They now begin looking ahead to the opening day of the 2013 season – a 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 contest against Iowa.
Red-White World Series
||5 p.m. (CDT), Friday, Nov. 2
||Red won, 2-0
||11 a.m. (CDT), Saturday, Nov. 3
||White won, 7-6
||1 p.m. (CST), Sunday, Nov. 4
||Red won, 7-3
||4 p.m. (CST), Thursday, Nov. 7
||4 p.m. (CST), Friday, Nov. 8
||Red won, 10-5
| RRewed Team
|Red Team Coaches: Joel Mangrum and Derrick Dunbar
||White Team Coaches: Gary McClure and Joe Lincoln
|RHP Lee Ridenhour
||RHP Casey Delgado
|RHP A.J. Gaura
||LHP Zach Hall
|RHP Kacy Kemmer
||RHP Jared Carkuff
|RHP Hunter Lindley
||RHP Don Whitson, Jr.
|RHP Tyler Rogers
||RHP Brian Krolikowski
|IF Jordan Hankins
||IF Kevin Corey
|OF Rolando Gautier
||IF Jake Walters
|C/IF Matt Wollenzin
||IF/OF Craig Massoni
|C Michael Davis
||C P.J. Torres
|OF Dylan Riner
||IF/OF Kyle Schlatter
|OF Austin Atwell
||OF Cody Hudson
|OF Wesley Purcell
||OF Tommy Hager
|IF Brett Carlson
||OF Matt Meadows
|IF Jarrett Plunkett
||IF Mason Dillon
|IF Reed Harper
||C Britte Underwood