No. 15 Tennessee edges No. 24 Kentucky 61-59

Lamonte Turner scored 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining, Admiral Schofield followed with a dunk off a turnover and No. 15 Tennessee edged No. 24 Kentucky 61-59 on Tuesday night for its sixth consecutive victory. The Volunteers ran down the shot clock in the final minute before Turner fired from long range for the go-ahead basket in a tight game featuring 17 lead changes and 13 ties. Kentucky's attempt to go ahead resulted in a turnover in the lane leading to Schofield's dunk with 4 seconds left for a 61-58 lead. "I knew it was good," said the sophomore guard, who was 4 of 7 from behind the arc. "I gave up an and-1 and maybe a tip-in rebound, so when I hit it I was kind of like, 'I had to do something, I was losing the game.' It was more of an even feel when I hit the shot." Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made the first throw with 1.3 seconds left and intentionally missed the second, but Tennessee came up with the rebound as time ran out. The joyous Vols (18-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) came away with just their fifth Rupp Arena victory and first since 2006 while handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss. "Scoring was hard to come by, and we just stayed with it defensively," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "We stayed in it and were able to get it at the end." Jordan Bowden had 13 points and Schofield 12 for the Vols, who won a game in which both teams shot 42 percent. Quade Green and Gilgeous-Alexander each had 15 points for Kentucky (17-7, 6-5). BIG PICTURE Tennessee: For the third time during their winning streak, the Volunteers didn't have to shoot well to win the game. More impressively, they were efficient and stay poised in a hostile environment where they had lost their last 10 visits — especially Turner, who came off the bench to make 6 of 10 from the field including a clutch basket. Kentucky: The Wildcats battled but seemingly couldn't stop the Volunteers every time they managed to grab a Continue Reading

Confederate statue painted pink in Nashville, but owner will leave vandals’ handiwork intact

A pink Confederate statue? That’s what drivers on Interstate 65 in Nashville see after vandals splashed paint earlier this week on a privately owned statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. The owner of the property and the statue of the KKK leader told the Tennessean newspaper that he’s fine with the new hue and plans to keep it. “They’ve been trying to figure out how to cover it up,” said Bill Dorris, who owns the sculpture and the property on which it stands. “I do think they chose a good color.” Dorris said that the bright pink would “show up real good,” and that he had no plans to remove the paint. The statue was erected in 1998 and depicts a horse on its hind legs carrying the Confederate leader on its back as he wields a pistol. WHICH CONFEDERATE STATUES WERE REMOVED? A RUNNING LIST Across the country, communities are grappling with whether to remove various monuments to the Confederacy. More than 25 cities have already relocated or removed Confederate statues. The statue in Nashville has been vandalized before. Last fall, for instance, someone placed a sign that read, “Trump 2016, Make Amerikkka Continue Reading

At least 3 reportedly wounded in shooting at Tennessee mall; 4 detained

At least three people were wounded and four people were detained after a shooting at a Tennessee mall Tuesday night, Fox 13 Memphis reported. The shooting occurred at around 7:10 p.m. outside the Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis, police said. Four people, including two men and two women were detained, according to authorities. The three victims were taken to local hospitals in non-critical condition, according to Fox 13 Memphis. The shooting forced the mall to close early as police launched their investigation. The station reported that a gun was recovered in a parking lot near JC Penney, but it was still unclear whether the weapon was related to the shooting. Continue Reading