Three former Vols voted to the Pro Bowl
Manning was the only unanimous choice and Patterson, who made the list as a kick returner, is the only rookie on the first team.
Hall of Fame
Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Cooperstown is Braves Country!
Player warned and then fined
The NBA gave J.R. Smith a warning – and then a $50,000 fine when he ignored it. The league penalized the New York Knicks guard again Wednesday, this time for ”recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” after he tried to untie an opponent’s sneaker for a second time in two games.
Smith untied Mavericks forward Shawn Marion‘s shoe while they were standing next to each other during a free throw attempt at Dallas last Sunday and was warned not to repeat the act by the league office, but the reserve guard then tried it again on Greg Monroe during a free throw attempt – with league disciplinarian Rod Thorn in attendance.
Smith was suspended without pay for the first five games of the season, costing him about $253,000 of his $5.6 million salary, after violating terms of the league’s anti-drug program. He was then fined $25,000 in November for using hostile and inappropriate language toward the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings on his Twitter account.
Jordan McRae named Player of the Week
After averaging 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in wins over Virginia and Tusculum College, Tennessee senior Jordan McRae has been named the SEC Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
The award marks the second SEC weekly honor of the season for McRae, as he previously garnered the award Nov. 25. It’s also the second such honor of his career.
Coach Martin’s opening statement at press conference
“I thought our guys did a great job in the last three games. Most important – protecting our home court. Playing better on both ends of the floor, trying to get the numbers both offensively and defensively, where we think they could and should be. Just a good all-around effort. But I think that is what happens offensively when you make shots, have good spacing, do a better job in cutting. Shooting the ball well brings a lot of confidence, enthusiasm. Somehow guys manage to play a little bit better on defensive side of the ball, so that is always good. But we have had probably two good weeks of practice and guys getting better. I think that is always a good sign for me as a coach when you have guys who don’t play a lot, then get opportunities to play, they go in and play like they have played before, continue to compete and play hard, have enthusiasm. Another thing we talk about, be ready when your number is called. I think D’Montre Edwards and Derek Reese have been two great examples of that, being ready to play when your number is called.