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KNOXVILLE — When he landed in California to train with renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield in May, Josh Dobbs expected he'd pick up some pointers to become better at the position.

Georgia's football team will begin preseason camp today with the same primary objective as always under 14th-year coach Mark Richt: winning the Southeastern Conference's East Division for the right to play for the league championship.

Vanderbilt went 9-4 for a second consecutive football season last year, with receivers Jordan Matthews and Jonathan Krause having a lot to do with that.

KNOXVILLE — Marquez North is an easy pick to be the breakout star for Tennessee's football offense in 2014, but the sophomore receiver hardly sees himself as a star just yet.

The braces hugging both their right knees, worn mostly for precaution, are the only reminders.

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Tickets for the the inaugural Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff Classic on Aug. 21 at Finley Stadium, matching the McCallie and Cleveland high school football teams, are on sale now at www.timesfreepress.com/kickoff. Tickets cost $8 in advance and will be $10 on the day of the game.

Bubba Simmons has resigned his position as athletic director at the McCallie School and has accepted the job as principal at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga. Jeff Romero, who was an assistant director of communications at McCallie, has been hired to succeed Simmons and will be interim AD for the upcoming school year.

Jeff Baughman was recently hired as volleyball coach at Central High School.

Gordon Lee High School junior Julianna Spradlin of the Set for Life Volleyball Club has been chosen as one of the eight recipients in the United States of the 2014 Athleader Award from the Junior Volleyball Association and the National College Scouting Association.

As someone who loves high school football, I look forward to the area tour each year. So for the 15th consecutive year, on the first day Tennessee teams are allowed to practice in full pads, I tried to visit as many area schools as possible.

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Three days before his 29th birthday, Daniel Prevett takes over today as Tennessee Temple University men's basketball coach.

The United States youth fly-fishing team including Mason Sims from Chickamauga, Ga., completed a wire-to-wire victory Thursday in the World Championships in Poland with all five competitors finishing in the top seven individually.

EPB Fiber Optics announced Wednesday that it has arranged to televise the Chattanooga Football Club's national final Saturday night. The National Premier Soccer League championship match in Harrison, N.J., is scheduled to start about 9:30 with Chattanooga FC facing the undefeated New York Red Bulls under-23 team.

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We are big believers in more national holidays, and if we can't celebrate International Beer Day, then the terrorists have won. What's our Rushmore of beers? We'll nominate Bud Light and Duff in honor of Homer Simpson.

KNOXVILLE — Just in case you needed another reminder of why life isn't fair, we use today's press ink and newsprint to focus on University of Tennessee senior defensive lineman Jordan Williams.

Gang, the mailbag is on the horizon, and we know you have questions. Fire.

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw would have welcomed a little help from the umpires in the ninth inning, if only to end the game a bit sooner. When he didn't get it, the Dodgers' ace finished off the Braves on his own.

The Chattanooga Lookouts have entered the now-or-never part of their season.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Chattanooga Lookouts scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and beat the Huntsville Stars 4-1 in Southern League baseball Wednesday night.

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The United States youth fly-fishing team including Mason Sims from Chickamauga, Ga., completed a wire-to-wire victory Thursday in the World Championships in Poland with all five competitors finishing in the top seven individually.

Matthew Mahle had no need for a rabbit's foot or a four-leaf clover on Wednesday.

Lee University is hooking up with casting crowns.

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INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.

JOLIET, Ill. — Chase Elliott held off Trevor Bayne to win the Nationwide Series stop at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night.

LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish.

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