Messenger Sports Briefs for June 30

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 30

UTM product Sutton
to play indy baseball

Former University of Tennessee at Martin baseball pitcher Calen Sutton signed a free agent contract Monday to pitch for the Lincoln (Nebraska) Saltdogs of Professional Baseball’s Independent League.
Sutton, a 6-3 righthander, completed his college career in May at UTM, where he thrived after joining the starting rotation midway through his senior season. He posted a 4-3 record and a 4.92 ERA in 20 games, including seven starts and three complete games.
Sutton made his debut Wednesday and said it was a rough start. “I made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage of all of them,” Sutton said. “This is a different game. I could pitch in the OVC with no trouble, but this league is above that and I have to settle down and not make mistakes.”
Sutton said his goal is to pitch in the big leagues one day. “Right now this is a stepping stone for me. I’m the young guy here so I have to learn all that I can.”

Vol standout Lofton
has two NBA choices

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Volunteer Chris Lofton is trying to choose between two teams interested in his services in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The two-time All-SEC guard from Tennessee was not selected Thursday night in the NBA draft, which was not unexpected.
Lofton’s agent, Erik Fleischer, says Lofton will pick a team to join in the Las Vegas league that begins July 11.
Of the 30 NBA franchises, 21 compete in the Las Vegas league.
Charlotte and Denver are believed to be the teams interested in Lofton. Buzz Peterson, the Tennessee coach who signed Lofton, is Charlotte’s director of player personnel.
Lofton is a native of Maysville, Ky., but was not recruited by the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville.

Candace Parker
is SEC’s top gal

KNOXVILLE — Former Tennessee Lady Vol Candace Parker is the Southeastern Conference female athlete of the year.
She was selected in a vote by the league’s athletic directors.
Parker led Tennessee to back-to-back national championships.
She chose to skip her final year of eligibility after graduating in May and was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.
Parker has amassed a number of awards.
Last Monday she was awa-rded the Honda-Broderick Cup for the nation’s top female college athlete.

Sale of Pac’s house
postponed until July

NASHVILLE (AP) — A foreclosure sale involving the home of former Tennessee Titan Adam “Pacman” Jones has been postponed until next month.
Attorney J. Phillip Jones, no relation to the football player, has been appointed trustee of the property, and his office said that the sale originally scheduled for Friday on the steps of the old Williamson County Courthouse is now set for July 28.
The office declined to say why the sale of the home on 30 acres, located in a Nashville suburb, was postponed.
Jones has defaulted on the terms and conditions of a mortgage with U.S. Bank, according to a notice of foreclosure sale published earlier this month in The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.
Tax records show he purchased the property in July 2006 for $1.5 million.
The cornerback missed all of the 2007 season while serving an NFL suspension that hasn’t been completely lifted. He was traded to the Dallas Cowboys this year.

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