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On most Friday evenings in the fall, high school football takes center stage in the Tennessee Valley, but this Friday the Samantha Green Show was the star attraction at Hixson High School.

Sports fans who are customers of EPB Fiber Optics can now get their sports fix on the go, after the Chattanooga-based television and broadband internet provider allowed customers access to the WatchESPN service this week.

Chattanooga has made huge strides over the past few decades to become a more sophisticated and culturally diverse urban metropolis, supporting a variety of unique culinary styles and restaurants.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Jim Foster gathered his team Sunday afternoon on the practice court at the Lawson Center to open preseason practice. Foster told his players he thinks they can be very good — especially on defense — but that he will expect a lot of them in the coming weeks as they prepare to host Villanova in the Mocs' season opener Nov. 14.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A lackluster effort from quarterback Jameis Winston and the Florida State offense allowed kicker Roberto Aguayo and the defense to star in a 43-3 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson freshman Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Clemson posted its first shutout in six years, defeating North Carolina State 41-0 on Saturday.

The NFL's injury epidemic began even before any preseason games were played, with Sean Lee and Kiko Alonso going down.

Hixson senior running back Marshall Cooper had no trouble revealing the secret to the Wildcats' unbeaten start in District 6-AA play so far this season.

  • Oct. 4th, 2014  |
  • By By Greg Thompson

Ellen Conley, of Stone Mountain, Ga., competed in her first full Ironman in Chattanooga on Sunday, and the 23-year-old finished first in her age group and was at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Monday morning to claim her spot in the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Injuries while training to compete in triathlons unfortunately are common, but Mike Biddle of Ooltewah has an injury story from the lead-in to Sunday's Ironman Chattanooga that's hard to top.

Sunday was a day of firsts in Chattanooga. The city hosted its first-ever Ironman Chattanooga, with about 2,400 people taking on the 2.4-mile swim, 116-mile bike and 26.2-mile race throughout the city and Walker County in North Georgia.

One week ago today, Trevor Wurtele was standing on the start line preparing to begin a long day at Ironman Lake Tahoe in California.

Starting about 7:30 this morning, thousands of athletes will step onto a temporary pier on the Tennessee River just over two miles upstream from downtown Chattanooga. The morning air will be charged with nerves, excitement, perhaps even fear.

By the end of today's inaugural Ironman Chattanooga, one voice will be ringing in the ears of the more than 2,500 athletes attempting to complete the 144.6-mile course.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball player Ansley Chilton is already putting her education as a special educaton major to work in a practical way.

Professional cyclist Lucas Euser will be honored this week by the United States Olympic Committee for actions that have nothing to do with his racing skills -- and he's fine with that.

Following the cancellation of the Ironman Lake Tahoe 70.3 and 140.6 triathlons that had been scheduled for Sept. 22, an email posted on Facebook indicates that 100 more spots in this weekend's Ironman Chattanooga will be made available to athletes who had registered for the Lake Tahoe event.

The Southern Conference announced Wednesday the formation of the SoCon Digital Network to provide online access to league atheltic events, including those by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga teams.

Covenant College senior Beth Burgess and freshman Margaret Fitch were USA South cross country runners of the week for the second time in a row, and three other athletes from the Lookout Mountain school joined them with weekly honors Monday.

Ironman Chattanooga has a message for competitors: Go. Don’t stop.

Rock/Creek Outfitters has been involved in promoting events that encourage its customers to get out and use the products for sale at the company's retail stores.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team will feature a lot of younger players for the upcoming season after losing six seniors from the 2014 Southern Conference champions, but the new-look Mocs will not get a break in the level of competition.

The Signal Mountain Eagles earned their wings Friday night. Or at least they certainly winged it.

  • Aug. 30th, 2014  |
  • By By James Beach

The 2014 Southern Conference volleyball season gets under way with a new look, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga team hopes to take advantage following a disappointing 2013 campaign.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team kicks off the season with a lot of inexperience but more players than the group that went winless in the Southern Conference and 5-14 overall in 2013.

Despite a weather forecast that calls for temperatures in the mid-90s, bicycler racers from 15 states will be converging on Chattanooga this weekend to compete in the Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster has brought in a familiar face to help him in his second season with the Mocs.

As the landscape of college athletics changes with the NCAA granting more autonomy to the power conferences, smaller programs such as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga must look for ways to remain relevant and competitive.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic department announced a three-year partnership with FSG Bank on Thursday, making FSG Bank the official bank of Mocs athletics.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga vice chancellor and athletic director David Blackburn was not surprised by the vote by the NCAA board of directors giving more autonomy to the five biggest athletic conferences, but the decision raised more questions about where schools such as UTC will stand if the changes are upheld.

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.

In recent years, Chattanooga has been fortunate to welcome several new and exciting eateries to the city, giving more options to diners and bringing trendy new spaces to the once-barren downtown food scene.

American pro cyclist Tejay Van Garderen spoke for many of the riders after Friday's stage wrapped up the first week of the Tour de France.

The sound you heard coming from northern France early Wednesday was a decisive Boom — Lars Boom, to be exact.

The dog days of summer have forced some changes to this weekend's mountain bike race, which is part of a race series run by the Chattanooga chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association.

Today was supposed to be so very different for Taylor Phinney.

Just over 70 years ago, the Allied forces of World War II crossed the English Channel from Britain to liberate France on D-Day, but this year the forces of professional cycling are heading in the opposite direction.

DAYTON, Tenn. — And then there were 12.

DAYTON, Tenn. — As conservation director for B.A.S.S., Gene Gilliland has a very important job this week at BASSfest, and the fish should be thankful for his work.

DAYTON, Tenn. — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Lance Geren is a Tennessee Volunteers fan when football season comes along, but when he's fishing he bleeds blue and gold.

Skylar Hamilton didn't get off to the the start he wanted in the first two days of the Bassmaster BASSfest competition on Chickamauga Lake, but the 19-year-old from Dandridge, Tenn., made the most of a second chance Friday on Nickajack Lake.

DAYTON, Tenn. — The second day of BASSfest on Lake Chickamauga was kind to some and unkind to others.

Taking a bite of a Little Debbie Swiss Cake Roll and crossing the finish line at the Ironman triathlon have this much in common: Both are sweet.

McKee Foods will be signing on as the main sponson for the Chattanooga Ironman triathlon, which will begin a five-year run in the Scenic City this fall.

While the focus of the first two days of BASSfest in Dayton, Tenn., is focused on the pro anglers out on Lake Chickamauga, on Friday much of the activity will be centered around the Dayton Boat Dock and everyday fishermen looking to get better.

The Bassmasters Elite Series returns to Chickamauga Lake starting today, bringing some of the top professional anglers in the country to compete in the series' first-ever BASSfest at Dayton, Tenn.

The Southern Conference softball tournament will return to Chattanooga in 2015, the league announced at the end of spring meetings Friday.

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