Messenger Sports Briefs for October 7

Messenger Sports Briefs for October 7

United Way scramble
to take place at night

A four-person night golf scramble presented by United Way of Obion County is set for Oct. 16 at Goodyear Wingfoot Golf Course.
Registration for the event is to begin at 5 p.m. and entrants are encouraged to bring their own flashlight.
The cost for a team to enter the nine-hole scramble is $250.
For more information, contact Kurt Baggett at 225-9216 or Tommy Gurley at 335-1618.

Ex-UT Martin hurler
signs with Braves

Former UT Martin pitcher Wes Alsup took the first step towards his boyhood dream just days ago when he signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Alsup, who pitched for the Skyhawks the last two seasons, had spent his summer pitching for the Joliet (Ill.) JackHammers in the nine-team independent Northern League.
In 15 appearances at UTM this spring, Alsup went 1-0 with seven saves. Alsup regularly hit 95-98 miles per hour on the radar gun.

Vols rising earlier
to prep for Georgia

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley wasn’t too happy with how the Volunteers played in their first early kickoff. He’s trying to get them a little better prepared for their second one.
With the players on fall break this morning, Dooley moved practice time up to 11:30 a.m. to get the Vols acclimated to the 11:21 a.m. kickoff they’ll be faced with Saturday at Georgia. Tennessee kicked off at 11:21 for what turned out to be a double-overtime win against UAB on Sept. 25.
At least one Vol likely won’t play against the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-3). Senior placekicker Daniel Lincoln hurt his groin late last week, and Dooley says he won’t use him in the game unless he’s 100 percent.
Sophomore offensive tackle Dallas Thomas, who hurt his ankle at LSU last Saturday, has practiced this week, but Dooley isn’t sure if he’ll play.

Ex-Titan QB Simms
due in court today

NEW YORK (AP) — Free-agent quarterback Chris Simms caught a pass on his last court date, but his timeout is over.
The former Tennessee Titans backup quarterback and son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms is due in a New York City court today for a hearing and possible trial in his drugged-driving case.
Simms, his agents and his lawyers didn’t respond to messages this week.
Police say the 29-year-old Simms slurred his words and told them he’d been smoking marijuana before being stopped at a Manhattan checkpoint on July 1. He has denied saying that.
Charges include a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired by drugs.
A judge excused him from an August court date, amid Titans training camp. The team released him last month.

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