Sports TV listings for Friday March 2

AUTO RACING2 p.m.: Fox Sports 1, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Pennzoil 400, practice, at Las Vegas3 p.m.: Fox Sports 1, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Boyd Gaming 300, practice, at Las Vegas5 p.m.: Fox Sports 1, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Boyd Gaming 300, final practice, at Las Vegas6 p.m.: Fox Sports 1, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Stratosphere 200, qualifying, at Las Vegas7 p.m.: Fox Sports 1, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Pennzoil 400, qualifying, at Las Vegas9 p.m.: Fox Sports 1, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Stratosphere 200, at Las Vegas (prerace show at 8:30 p.m.)COLLEGE BASEBALL3 p.m.: Network Extra, Yale at Virginia3 p.m.: Network Extra, Liberty at North CarolinaCOLLEGE HOCKEY10 p.m.: CBS Sports Network, Miami of Ohio at DenverGOLF6 a.m.: Golf Channel, European PGA Tour, Tshwane Open, second round, at Waterkloof, South Africa (same-day tape)7:30 a.m.: Golf Channel, European PGA Tour, Tshwane Open, second round, part II, at Waterkloof, South Africa2 p.m.: Golf Channel, PGA Tour, WGC-Mexico Championship, second round, at Mexico City7 p.m.: Golf Channel, Champions Tour, Cologuard Classic, first round, at Tucson, Ariz. (same-day tape)Midnight: Golf Channel, LPGA Tour, HSBC Women's Championship, third round, at Singapore5 a.m. (Saturday): Golf Channel, European PGA Tour, Tshwane Open, third round, at Waterkloof, South AfricaMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL1 p.m.: MLB Network, Preseason, Boston vs. St. Louis4 p.m.: MLB Network, Preseason, Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Angels (same-day tape)8 p.m.: MLB Network, Preseason, N.Y. Mets vs. Houston (same-day tape)Midnight: MLB Network, Preseason, Kansas City vs. San Diego (delayed tape)3 a.m. (Saturday): MLB Network, Preseason, L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox (delayed tape)MEN'S BASKETBALLNoon: Big Ten Network, Big Ten quarterfinal, Michigan State vs. Wisconsin, at New York2:30 p.m.: Big Ten Network, Big Ten quarterfinal, at New York5 p.m.:, Southern Conference tournament, first round, VMI Continue Reading

Box: Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) 63, Webster Groves 60

1 2 3 4 Final Webster Groves 14 13 18 15 60 Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) 10 20 20 13 63 Overall League Pts For/Avg Pts Against/Avg Webster Groves 7-6 1-0 775/60 778/60 Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) 2-1 0-0 171/13 169/13 Webster Groves Pts FG 3FG FT FL Courtney Ramey (#13, 6-4, G, Sr.) 21 7-7 0-6 7-8 4 R.J. Wright (#2, 6-2, G, Sr.) 14 1-3 3-5 3-3 1 Ray Adams (#10, 6-3, G, Jr.) 14 1-1 4-9 0 4 Carte'Are Gordon (#23, 6-8, C, Sr.) 7 3-7 0 1-1 4 Jacobie Banks (#33, 6-0, G, So.) 3 0 1-1 0 3 Amorey Womack (#11, 6-1, G, Jr.) 1 0-1 0-4 1-2 4 Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) Pts FG 3FG FT FL Darius Garland (#10) 34 11-12 2-8 6-7 2 Cam Johnson (#22) 10 4-7 0 2-2 2 Sid Green (#24) 9 0 3-4 0 0 B.J. Davis (#3) 3 0 1-2 0 0 Chase Fuller (#33) 2 1-1 0-1 0 0 Nathan Clifton (#45) 2 0 0 2-3 0 Devyn Curtis (#35) 2 1-2 0 0-1 4 Michael Archie (#15) 1 0-1 0 1-2 2 Continue Reading


MIAMI - Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer no longer has to worry about the possibility of "for sale" signs popping up on his front lawn or listen to angry talk-show callers speculating how many games he needs to win to keep his job. Knoxville can be tough when you go 5-6 and haven't beaten a Top 10 team since 2000. But the 23nd-ranked Vols wiped out all of last season's negative energy when they rolled to a 35-18 victory over ninth-ranked California at Neyland Stadium on Saturday in what had to be the most impressive victory by any team this weekend. "I think we felt disrespected and talked bad about since last year," quarterback Erik Ainge said. "We'd expect nothing else after going 5-6 at the University of Tennessee." Ainge, who suffered through a frustrating sophomore season in which he completed just 45.5% of his passes while platooning with Rick Clausen, looks like he has gotten back his confidence and passing touch. The junior from Hillsboro, Ore., completed 11 of 17 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns, two of them to Robert Meachem, as the Vols scored 35 straight points against an overhyped team that Lee Corso of ESPN picked to win the national title. It was enough to give Ainge, the nephew of Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge, back his swagger. "This was more than just Tennessee vs. Cal," he said. "It was the South vs. the West, the Southeastern Conference vs. the Pac-10." Ainge is David Cutcliffe's reclamation project. Cutcliffe - a one-time student assistant under Bear Bryant at Alabama - was the brains behind Tennessee's record-setting offense from 1993 through 1998, coaching quarterbacks Heath Shuler and Peyton Manning into NFL first-round draft picks. While he was there, the Vols were 63-11 and won two SEC titles. Cutcliffe was also the offensive coordinator in 1998 when the Volunteers won the national championship, but never got to coach in the title game. Cutcliffe was hired away by Ole Miss to become its head coach that December. He Continue Reading


GREENSBORO, N.C. - Chris Lofton wasn't the first option for Tennessee on what turned out to be the biggest shot of his life. "The first option was Andre (Patterson)," said Tennessee's Dane Bradshaw. But when Bradshaw couldn't get a clear look at the Vols' 6-7 senior on the inbounds, Plan B had Lofton's name written all over it. "I was able to get Chris on a curl," Bradshaw said. "Major Wingate (15 points) set him a pretty good screen and opened him up just enough." Just enough for Bradshaw to find Lofton deep in the right corner, with Winthrop's Torrell Martin practically in his hip pocket. But Lofton let fly over Martin's outstretched hand and when the shot found nothing but net with 0.4 seconds to play, No. 2 Tennessee had escaped what would have been a monumental upset at the hands of No. 15 Winthrop and come away with a 63-61 victory yesterday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tennessee (22-7), which had dropped its previous four NCAA games to lower-seeded teams, will face No. 7 Wichita State in a second-round Washington, D.C., Regional game tomorrow. "Coach (Bruce Pearl) just called a simple play that he made up in 30 seconds," said Lofton, who had shot just 4-of-13 before his game-winner and finished with 12 points. "I didn't get a real clear look. I just saw the goal and fired it up there." Winthrop (23-8) had one last chance to send the game into overtime. But the Eagles' inbounds pass smacked off the backboard at the far end, ricocheting off the hands of Patterson (12 points) before winding up in the hands of Winthrop's Craig Bradshaw. Bradshaw's short jumper missed, but the shot might not have counted had it gone. Officials after the game said they would have had to review the last play because the clock should have started once the ball hit Patterson and it did not. Afterward, Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall likened Lofton to another great shooter from these parts. "I'm not saying he's J.J. Redick," Marshall said. "But he's in the Continue Reading

Republicans’ letter to Iran ‘ignores 2 centuries of precedent in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy’: John Kerry

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday ridiculed as "quite stunning" an open letter to Iran's leaders from 47 Senate Republicans warning that any nuclear deal needs their approval to stay in effect beyond 2016. "To write to the leaders in the middle of a negotiation and suggest that they're going to give a constitutional lesson is quite stunning," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "This letter ignores two centuries of precedent in the conduct of U.S foreign policy," added Kerry, who is leading tense bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program. Kerry was interrupted by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the panel chairman, who said the secretary of state had been "making a speech" for more than five minutes during a question-and-answer session that had to move on. Later, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) labeled as "nonsense" what he called "the indignation and breast-beating" over the letter, which he signed. Risch said any Iran deal would amount to a treaty, which the U.S. Senate would have to approve. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a possible GOP presidential hopeful who's wary of overseas interventions, said he signed the letter largely to signal President Obama to "obey the law" and "not go around Congress because you can't get your way." The flare-up came during a hearing about U.S. moves against ISIS terrorists and the Obama administration request for a formal congressional approval to use military force against them. The administration already believes it has legal authority to essentially do what it desires and is now doing. The issue at hand is whether a formal declaration of support by Congress is needed or has any geopolitical relevance. Kerry said, "A full and formal expression of this Congress' backing would dispel doubt that Americans are united in this effort." Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Continue Reading

QUITE A CROWD AT CH. 2 NEWS . Ryan lost in on-air crush

Promos for WCBS/ Ch. 2's early morning newscast promise more news, more weather, more traffic reports and half the commercials. What they don't pitch, but what you also get, is more people on screen at a time than any other newscast in town can muster. And that's not a good thing. There are so many people on the air at some points that it looks more like "The McLaughlin Group" than a newscast. Also, watch for any length of time, and it becomes clear that because there are so many people, there is no real focus and no on-air leader. Anchors Mario Bosquez, Shon Gables and Jim Ryan alternate reading news stories, so no one dominates. Factor in a weathercaster - either Dave Price or Audrey Puente - and traffic correspondent Vanessa Alfano, who often appear on air with all three anchors, and you've got a crew large enough to field a team for the Knicks. Ryan, who left WNYW/Ch. 5 with great fanfare last May and joined Ch. 2 a few months later, is the odd man out in this mix. He adds little substance to the show, beyond serving as a foil for Price's on-air antics. It's not Ryan's fault. Since joining Ch. 2 in September, he has turned into the TV equivalent of an appendix, adding nothing. But that's the station's fault. Rather than force Ryan to sit at the desk, why not use his knowledge of news and the city in other ways? Let him in when needed, rather than have him an odd man out, fighting for airtime. Surely, there's no rule that a local newscast has to have just two anchors on the screen. And there's nothing wrong with trying something new. But after five months of this crew, it's clear that two anchors are better than three. A big day today for Al This morning, Al Roker notches 10 years on the No. 1-rated morning show. "It's hard to believe," Roker said of anniversary. Asked about milestones along the way, he cited personal markers, such as deaths in his own and on-air colleagues' families, as well as the births of their children. "These are the Continue Reading

Mike Huckabee’s co-author on 2 books accused of child molestation in multiple lawsuits: report

The man who co-authored two books with 2016 presidential candidate and self-styled social conservative Mike Huckabee has been accused of child molestation in two different lawsuits, a new bombshell report alleges. John Perry, a prominent conservative author who also penned a book with Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, faces allegations that he molested two different girls under the age of 14, according to the suits, which were unearthed by Buzzfeed News. According to Buzzfeed, which cited Perry's divorce papers, Perry's ex-wife alleged that the conservative Christian author "admitted sexual abuse" of a minor when they were married. Perry neither denied or admitted guilt to the alleged act in the divorce proceedings, Buzzfeed reported, but a 2012 police investigation later concluded that the allegations "were sustained." A spokesperson for the Nashville, Tenn., police department told Buzzfeed that the "alleged sexual battery was reported to have occurred when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14," but that Perry was not prosecuted for the alleged crime because the statute of limitations had already expired by the time the police were notified. A separate suit against Perry alleged that he molested another girl when she was 11. The abuse, Buzzfeed said, citing the suit, extended to when the girl turned 13. The suit, brought by a former parishioner of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Perry's former employer in Nashville, also claims that the church covered up the alleged abuse. Perry co-wrote "Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America," in 2009, and "Character Is The Issue," in 1997, with Huckabee, who announced his second bid for the White House last month. Huckabee, a former pastor and Fox News commentator, has fashioned himself a social conservative and could face serious blowback from the latest set of allegations made against his former collaborator. The former Arkansas Continue Reading

Tenn. sheriff blasts thousands of uninsured drivers’ personal information on Facebook

A Tennessee sheriff has outed thousands of uninsured drivers, blasting their personal information on Facebook, in an attempt to get the "fugitives" to surrender. More than 2,500 law-breaking Memphis motorists, who have outstanding warrants for violating the state's proof of insurance law, are named in a document posted Tuesday on the Shelby County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page. Their full names, addresses and birth dates are also listed. “It’s more or less a modern day wanted poster,"  Sgt. Matthew Keaton, who is behind the massive disclosures, told the Daily News. "It's all public information."  "I don’t want our street units out actively seeking these people. I want our street units out seeking felony crimes and major offenders," he added. "I’m hoping people recognize they have a warrant and turn themselves in." Drivers must carry a minimum auto liability policy, according to Tennessee law. Motorists who fail to comply face up to 11 months, 29 months in jail -- and a $300 fine under tougher penalities approved in new legislation, which goes into effect July 1. The warrants are for misdemeanors, but some date to 2005, Keaton said. Most of the drivers listed also have multiple other traffic-related charges, he added, and have failed to show up in court. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Tenn. death row inmate appears on dating website thanks to smuggled cell phone

He's not the guy you'd want to take home to mom. But one death row inmate — convicted of murdering three people, including his mother — appears to be looking for love and drugs in all the wrong places after posting an ad on a popular dating website. Stephen Hugueley's tattooed mug was recently unearthed on social media site Mocospace, showing the 47-year-old killer in photos taken from his Tennessee prison cell apparently with a smuggled smartphone, WSMV-TV reported. In addition to posing for photos and making nearly 80 online friends while locked inside Nashville's Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, the conniving jailbird appears soliciting for drugs and illegal contraband from the outside. "Would u like 2 earn an extra grand or so each week? NO SEX OR NUDITY INVOLVED. however it is ILLEGAL," read a post under his username "deathrowprisoner68." The post, since taken down, goes on to list prices for someone willing to smuggle in a $25 cell phone, a pound of tobacco and an ounce of marijuana. Hugueley, who in addition to murdering his mother in 1986 was convicted of killing a prison counselor and a fellow inmate, expressed zero remorse for his actions when reached by WSMV in a jailhouse interview. "I will not apologize for any of the crimes I've committed, never," the Swastika-marked inmate said. "I requested anger management; they said I didn't have a problem with anger. My response was well, I know a couple people you can dig up and ask them." A spokeswoman for Tennessee's Department of Corrections, reached by the station, called smuggled cell phones an "ongoing problem that every corrections agency is aware of and diligently working against." "The TDOC continues to be proactive by countering the issue with available technology and continuing to seek out additional methods. The agency also aggressively pursues criminal prosecution against anyone who Continue Reading

Iran nuke deal, Loretta Lynch confirmation on docket as Congress returns from 2-week break

Congress reconvenes Monday after a two-week recess, and plunges immediately into a fierce debate over how to control Iran’s nuclear program. Lawmakers also will decide whether to confirm a new attorney general and whether to stabilize payments for Medicare treatments. Some things to know about issues facing Congress: ——— CONGRESS’ ROLE IN IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL Tuesday’s hot spot will be the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which plans to take up a bill requiring President Barack Obama to give Congress a voice in any deal on Iran’s nuclear program. Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says Congress must be allowed to review a final agreement and, if it chooses, bar the president from lifting certain economic sanctions against Iran. Obama has threatened to veto the bill. He says it would undermine his ability to negotiate the strongest possible pact. Obama hails the pending accord, saying it would keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon for at least a decade, by requiring international inspections of facilities and by limiting Iran’s ability to enrich uranium. Obama is urging lawmakers to reject or modify Corker’s bill, but some senior Democrats support it. Corker’s allies say they are close to a two-thirds majority in support, the threshold needed to override a president’s veto. Secretary of State John Kerry planned to brief House members on Monday night and senators Tuesday morning ahead of the committee session. The multinational negotiations with Iran are among the nation’s most contentious and partisan debates. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strenuously opposes the proposed agreement, saying it would do too little to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. ———— A NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL The Senate seems ready to end a long delay by confirming federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as Continue Reading