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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.

Jeanne Crawford knows how risky the Scenic Highway bridge across the Incline Railway can be.

The past week has been a whirlwind of emotions for Connie Carpenter Phinney.

As a major sponsor for USA Cycling and the title sponsor for the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga, Volkswagen of America has done a lot to help this country's best cyclists compete.

The mother of injured pro cyclist Taylor Phinney posted on social media that he had undergone a second surgery Wednesday at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga to repair his left leg, which was broken Monday in an accident on Lookout Mountain during the USA Cycling national championship road race.

Breanne Nalder isn't a well-known bicycle racer.

The cyclists in Chattanooga over the weekend for the USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships displayed the beauty of their sport at its highest levels, crowning new national champions before thousands of spectators.

When you think about an average guy, in many ways Eric Marcotte is the definition of the term.

One national title was not enough for Alison Powers this weekend.

BMC Racing’s Taylor Phinney, winner of the USA Cycling men’s time trial championship Saturday in Chattanooga, was injured coming down Lookout Mountain in the national road race championship Monday.

Alison Powers made history on the streets of Chattanooga on Monday morning.

Eric Marcotte of SmartStop Pro Cycling outsprinted teammate Travis McCabe to win the men's road race title at the USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga on Monday.

BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney, winner of the USA Cycling men's time trial championship on Saturday in Chattanooga, crashed hard on Lookout Mountain in Monday's men's national road race championship.

It's unlikely that anyone will be ignoring Fred Rodriguez when he comes to the starting line this afternoon as the defending men's road race champion at the 2014 USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championships.

The Chattanooga Football Club bounced back from Saturday's loss to the New Orleans Jesters with a 1-0 win over Pensacola City on Sunday.

It's been a long time since Alison Powers has stood atop the podium in a national championship time trial, and she was ready to reclaim the Stars and Stripes jersey she won in 2008 in Greenville, S.C.

Taylor Phinney brought a lot of pressure into Saturday's race at the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championships at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant — literally carrying some of it in a box.

The USA Cycling Professional Road Race and Time Trial Championships began Saturday morning with a group of inspiring athletes competing on the roads around the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney won the men's national time trial title on Saturday at the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga at the Volkswagen plant.

Alison Powers of United Health Care Pro Racing put in a powerful ride Saturday afternoon to with the women's time trial at the USA Cycling Professional Championships at the Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga.

For professional cyclist Carmen Small, the past year has been pretty big.

The focus of American cycling returns to Chattanooga starting today as the city welcomes the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships back in the second year of a three-year contract to host the event.

Taylor Phinney has been “the next big thing” in American cycling for half a decade, and he’s not even 24 years old.

The hundreds of cyclists buzzing around the streets of downtown Chattanooga this weekend will make navigating through the heart of the city a little bit tricky.

The women cyclists made history in 2013 in Chattanooga, and they’re back for more.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball program needed just one year to return to glory (borrowing the catch phrase from football) and its usual spot at the top of the Southern Conference.

After perhaps a quicker-than-expected return to the top of the Southern Conference, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team now gets to take on the cream of the crop in the Southeastern Conference.

The start time for tonight's U.S. Open Cup soccer match between Chattanooga FC and Wilmington Hammerheads at Finley Stadium has been moved up an hour to 6:30 p.m. because of storms expected in the area later this evening.

A transportation funding bill advancing in Washington, D.C., could have a negative impact on such initiatives in Chattanooga, and 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is the target of national advocates in town this week.

The Chattanooga Football Club men's soccer team got the 2014 season off to a good start this past Saturday with a 2-0 road win over the Georgia Revolution, but CFC will bring an entirely different level of American soccer competition to Finley Stadium this Wednesday.

There's an old saying in baseball and softball that says good pitching will beat good hitting, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team proved its truth Saturday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team capped an unbeaten run through the Southern Conference tournament with a 4-3 win over tourney host UNC Greensboro to capture the program’s first tournament crown and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament since 2011.

Katie Henderson and Sarah Beth Roberts wasted little time showing why they were named to the All-Southern conference softball team on Wednesday.

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