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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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C4 •THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL•WEDNESDAY,SEPTEMBER24,2014 The Nashville Sounds severed ties with the Mil- w aukee Brewers, owner F rank Ward said Tuesday, b ecause he felt the Sounds could find a major league a ffiliate more committed to winning. Ward said the Oakland A’s franchise fits that description. On Tuesday, Ward and A’s general manager Billy Beane signed a player dev elopment contract that puts Oakland’s Pacific C oast League affiliate in N ashville and the new F irst Tennessee Park for the next four seasons. The Sounds affiliation with the Brewers, which began in 2005, expired at the end of theseason. “The biggest thing was winning,” Ward said when asked why he decided not t o re-sign with Milwau- k ee. “Let me just say that I h ave great respect for (Brewers general man- a ger) Doug Melvin and everything he’s accomplished. But winning is very key to us, and the A’s bring that to us after winning (Pacific Coast League) 11division titles; they are committed to w inning.” Ward was attracted to a p hilosophy that Beane s ays trickles down into t he A’s farm system. “We consider winning at this level (Triple-A) as a major part of the relation- ship, a major part of development,” Beane said. “It’s one thing to say it, but it’s another thing to do it.” In the 15 years the A’s Triple-A affiliate was in Sacramento it made the playoffs 11times, won four Pacific Coast League championships and two Triple-A World Series. Sacramento ended its affiliation with the A’s at the end of the season. “The best record in Triple-A during the time period we were in there was s omething we promised t he city of Sacramento, a nd we delivered on it,” Beane said. “And it’s s omething we expect to deliver here in Nashville. We recognize the importance that the team means to the community, and part of that is making sure that it’s a good team. I reiterate that commitment w e have to the fans, the city, to Frank, to every- b ody else involved with t he Sounds.” Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 and on Twitter at @MikeOrganWri- ter. SOUNDS Sounds pick A’s for ‘commitment to winning’ JAE S. LEE / GANNETT TENNESSEE A's General Manager Billy Beane, left, shakes hands with Sounds owner Frank Ward after both signing the agreement during a press conference at Omni Hotel. Oakland to be affiliate next year By Mike Organ Gannett Tennessee NASHVILLE— Titans rookie running back Bishop Sankey played a far m ore significant role in last Sunday’s loss to the Bengals than he did in the first two games. H e led the team in s naps, carries and yard- a ge – despite a holding p enalty against an offensive lineman that nullified a22-yard gain. But coach Ken Whisenhunt was cautionary when a sked if Sankey’s perform ance might merit more playing time for the first running back selected in the 2014 draft. “ He’s got good vision, a nd he looks to have good m ovement skills,” he said. “What I didn’t like is attention to detail with him. If he can get the attention t o detail better, his reps will increase.” S pecifically, Sankey struggled with footwork at times during training camp and the preseason. The former University of Washington standout oc- c asionally took off-target tracks to the quarterback, w hich resulted in some awkward handoffs – and s ome fumbles. “ There were a couple o f handoffs where he’s not doing it the right way and it almost was a fumble,” Whisenhunt said of Sank ey’s play against the Bengals. “When he gets t hose things correct, then he’ll have the opportunity to get more playing time.” Sankey played a grand total of 14 snaps in the first two games, carrying e ight times for 33 yards. But he saw far more act ion against the Bengals, playing 29 of the 69 offen- s ive snaps and carrying 10 t imes for 61yards. O n the first Titans’ drive of the second half, he carried five times in a row for 42 yards before t he holding call negated what would have been his l ongest carry of the year. It’s hard to see Sankey’s playing time going anywhere but up, assuming he can correct the flaws in his footwork and m inimize the chance of turnovers. TITANS Whisenhunt details rookie Sankey’s needs GEORGE WALKER IV / THE TENNESSEAN Titans running back Bishop Sankey is stopped during the third quarter against the Bengals last Sunday. By John Glennon Gannett Tennessee er and five-defensive back formations, and they find ways of getting the ball loose in both. “The thing I have been very impressed with their defense is their turnover conscience,” Jones said. “Ball disruptions, they do a great job o f creating turnovers and playing with a hard edge. It’s going to be a great challenge.” T ennessee has actual- l y caused more turn- o vers than the Bulldogs t his season, but Jones doesn’t see his defense as quite as disruptive. The Vols have three interceptions this season and t hree fumble recoveries. B ut all of the fumble recoveries have come on special teams thanks to two fumbled punts and a f umbled kickoff return. T hey rank a respectable 3 7th nationally in total defense, allowing 343.0 yards per game. They rank second in the coun- try in third-down def ense, allowing opponents to convert on just 23.3 percent. But the Vols have at times lost the field posit ion battle, especially in their 34-10 loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 13, and Jones sees turnovers as a way to change that. “We have a period in practice that’s for that,” Jones said. “But I’m not quite seeing the fruits of our labor. I’m not seeing t he investment in time really (manifest) itself on game day, and that’s what we need to see. We n eed to see the inordi- n ate amount of time we t alk about, we practice b all disruptions. We have to do a better job of that.” Jones said the Vols could change that by putting more of an emphasis o n making sure there are m ultiple defenders swarming ballcarriers, allowing one or more to try to knock the ball loose w hile someone else m akes the tackle. He also w ants his pass rushers to make more of an effort to get in the quarterback’s field of vision when they can’t get all the way to h im for a sack. “You look at a lot of interceptions, they’re generated off of tipped footballs,” Jones said. “And y ou may not even tip the football, but what you do is you impede the vision of the quarterback and he has to reset more in the pocket, so there’s so much that goes in to it, we have to practice it and we have to live it every snap. It has to be in our D NA of our defense.” But one thing he doesn’t want to do is surrender the strong points t he Vols already have. W ith a few exceptions — i ncluding some of the big p lays sprung by Oklahoma — the Vols have been very good at tackling in the open field, and Jones doesn’t want Tennessee t o sacrifice making the t ackle for going for the ball. But going for the turnover still has to be part of t he mentality, Jones said. “ That’s our job and w e’ve just got to get the ball back to our offense,” cornerback Cameron Sutton said. Continued from Page C1 Vols ing success, which means the team is having suc- c ess.” The line’s strength is its middle with left guard C aleb Lafleur, Cale at center and right guard Jimmy Schwager. Those three have started multiple seasons. “ I think it’s those three inside guys that give you stability right there,” B lackman coach Philip Shadowens said. “They u nderstand the communi- c ation and can communi- c ate to our tackles. “It’s the best inside three I’ve ever coached in the years I’ve been doing it. They have a level of confidence that they play the game with. They don’t d oubt what they are supposed to do. They all three can pull, including our c enter now. When our two guards pull, they are devastating blockers.” Left tackle Matt Wilkins started part of last s eason. Right tackle J.R. Bolenis the largest of the line (6-foot-6, 325 pounds). H e replaced the graduated Caleb Singleton. W hile the offensive l ine’s role may be behind t he scenes, they share in the celebrations. They often can be seen lifting teammates up in the air after a touchdown. “We’re assigned different guys,” Schwager ad- m itted. “We choose different guys each week. “I’ll probably have J auan and Charlie this week. We like doing it because we like to celebrate with them. “And we like having o ur picture taken. It’s a pretty cool picture.” Contact Tom Kreager at 615-2785 168 or Follow h im on Twitter @Kreager. Blaze 1920 East Main Street Murfreesboro, TN 37130 615-890-3583 Includes Cole Slaw, White Beans and Hushpuppies! Dine-In Only & No Sharing Please. — WEDNESDAY ONLY FROM 4PM-8PM — ALL YOU CAN EAT CATFISH $ 9 99 plus tax ONLY TN-0000994980 Try our new Nacho Cheese with Pulled Chicken or Pork. MANCHESTER— Central Magnet golfer Jordan Reynolds shot an 8-over 8 0 to open the two-day Class A/AA state tournament on Tuesday. Reynolds, a junior making his first a ppear- ance at state, was even t hrough his first six holes a t WillowBrook Golf Club. B ut Reynolds, who o pened on the back nine, d ouble bogeyed No. 16, then bogeyed No. 17 and 18 t o make the turn at four u nder. R eynolds is tied for 2 9th entering Wednes- d ay’s final round. There a re 72 boys golfers comp eting. C hristian Academy of Knoxville’s Davis Shore leads the tournament with a 7-under. He leads Notre Dame’s Reese Scobey by three shots. C AK leads the boys tournament with a 304. CPA is second at 307. Signal Mountain leads the girls with a 164. CPA and Milan are tied for second a t 169. Milan’s Arianna Clemmer leads the girls and s hot par 72 for the first round. She leads by two strokes over CPA’s Siarra Stout. CLASS A/AA STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT Reynolds shoots 80 in opening round DNJ Sports Report Reynolds Continued from Page C1

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