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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — – Joe Milton III threw a career-high four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to lead No. 25 Tennessee to a 48-24 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The game had several incidents late in the second quarter that led to skirmishes and six unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Milton passed for 383 yards, his top production in six seasons – three for the Volunteers and three for Michigan. Ramel Keyton caught four passes for 122 yards and two TDs to help Tennessee (8-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) end a two-game losing streak.

The Commodores (2-10, 0-8) lost their final 10 games of the season. They came into the game averaging 237 yards of total offense in their last four games, but showed improvement (223 yards through three quarters) with AJ Swann at quarterback for the first time since late September.

Swann left with an injury late in the third quarter. Vandy finished with 306 yards of total offense


When McCallan Castles caught a 10-yard TD pass from Milton, it was the seventh TD pass by a Tennessee tight end this season, the most for the Vols since 2007 when there were nine. Jacob Warren made it eight early in the second quarter. .. Swann made his first start since Sept. 23, when he was shut down because of injury and poor performance. … Late in the second quarter, with Tennessee on defense, tempers flared and the teams skirmished. Vandy coach Clark Lea was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct making it third-and-39 from the 35. On the next snap, a run, punches were thrown. Vandy’s bench cleared, but nobody was ejected. Offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were called. … Vols running back Jaylen Wright surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark. … Tennessee freshman quarterback Nico Iamaleava took over for Milton in the fourth quarter.


Vanderbilt: After a 2-0 start, the Commodores closed the season with 10 straight losses. Vandy’s offense took several steps backward as the season wore on, giving coaches and players plenty of concern over the offseason.

Tennessee: Young, returning players gave indications that the future will be bright for the Vols. Quarterback Nico Iamaleava, running back Dylan Sampson and receiver Squirrel White are three skill players who will form the foundation of the 2024 offense.


Don’t expect the lopsided win over Vanderbilt to move the needle much. With four losses, still having a spot in the Top 25 – as well as the No. 21 spot in the College Football Playoff poll – was a bit surprising.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — – Brady Cook threw for a career-high 395 yards and four touchdowns as No. 23 Missouri beat Vanderbilt 38-21 Saturday to continue the Tigers’ best start since 2013.

The Tigers (5-0) opened the Southeastern Conference portion of their schedule with their fifth straight victory. That puts them two victories from matching 2013 when the Tigers won their first seven games en route to the SEC Eastern Division title and a berth in the conference championship.

Peter Schrader ran for a TD that gave Missouri the lead for good early in the second quarter.

The Tigers outgained Vanderbilt 532-300 with the Commodores not reaching 100 yards of offense until 7:19 left in the third. Kris Abrams-Draine ended that drive with an interception in the end zone, and Austin Firestone had the game’s lone sack with 5:42 left at the Vandy 19 to set up Cook’s final TD pass.

Missouri won its fourth straight in this series and improved to 4-2 against the Commodores in Nashville. Luther Burden III finished with 11 catches for 140 yards receiving and two TDs. Theo Wease Jr. had 10 receptions for 118 yards and a TD.

Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-2) now has lost four straight overall.

Commodores coach Clark Lea started senior Ken Seals at quarterback to give sophomore AJ Swann time to heal up a bruised right elbow. Seals drove the Commodores 76 yards in eight plays and ran for a 6-yard TD putting Vanderbilt up 7-3 in the first quarter.

Missouri answered with Schrader’s TD early in the second, and Cook put the Tigers up 17-7 with a 12-yard TD pass to Wease just before halftime. Cook made it 21 straight points as he opened the third with an 18-yard TD pass to Burden for a 24-7 lead.

That put Burden over 100 yards receiving for a fourth straight game.


Missouri: Cook is blossoming this season after being questionable with an injured knee. He completed 25 of his first 29 passes, and he completed passes to eight different receivers. The junior quarterback, who hadn’t thrown for 300 yards in a game before this season, posted his fourth straight such game.

Vanderbilt: Seals hadn’t started since Nov. 13, 2021, a game he couldn’t finish because of injury. He led Vandy in passing in both 2020 and 2021 only to lose the starting job to Mike Wright last season. Wright transferred Mississippi State this past offseason.

Seals’ TD run in the first was the second of his career. He threw a 31-yard TD pass to Will Sheppard and a 45-yarder to Junior Sherrill in the fourth quarter trying to rally the Dores. Seals finished with 259 yards passing.


Missouri: The Tigers should move up at least one spot with No. 22 Florida’s loss to Kentucky.


Missouri: Hosts No. 13 LSU before a sold-out stadium.

Vanderbilt: Visits No. 22 Florida.

On Saturday, Robert Griffin III and other members of ESPN’s college football team were on location at the University of Washington to help preview the Huskies’ Week 1 matchup against Boise State. At one point, RGIII was on a boat on Lake Union. He decided to leap into the lake in honor of the start of football season.

He also made the unfortunate decision to do a split while he was jumping and tore his pants. Just ripped it right down the middle.

That man needs to go have a chat with his tailor. Although, in fairness, most pants are not designed to withstand a midair full-on split.

College football is back, baby!

Floyd Mayweather fought John Gotti III in an exhibition boxing match Sunday night and things got out of control after referee Kenny Bayless called the fight off in the sixth round. Gotti proceeded to go after Mayweather, setting off a huge brawl in the ring as their entourages joined in the action.

Just insane.

So why was Floyd Mayweather fighting John Gotti’s grandson? Do you really care? The answer, of course, is no.

It wasn’t clear why Bayless called the fight off. Mayweather seemed to be dominating but Gotti also didn’t look to be in trouble at the time. Maybe he was just as bored with the celebrity boxing exhibitions as the rest of us and decided to call it a night.

Hodding Carter III, a crusading Mississippi newspaperman who championed civil rights for Black Americans in the 1960s, and as a Carter administration official was the nation’s prime source of information on the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 and 1980, died on Thursday in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 88.

His daughter Catherine Carter Sullivan said his death, at a retirement community, was caused by complications of a series of strokes. Mr. Carter had taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill beginning in 2006.

In a career that paralleled the emergence of the New South as a region of rising racial tolerance and changing politics, Mr. Carter, a gregarious, ruddy-faced patrician with a magnolia drawl, was a journalist, author, Democratic Party reformer, national television commentator, press critic and university lecturer.

The son of the journalist Hodding Carter Jr., who won a Pulitzer Prize for editorials calling for racial moderation in the old segregated South, Hodding Carter III succeeded his father as editor and publisher of The Greenville Delta Democrat-Times and as a voice of conscience in a state torn by violence and social change during the struggles of the civil rights era.

But after 5,000 editorials and years of journalistic trench warfare, Mr. Carter took his fight into politics.

“Those of us who stayed on in Mississippi and in other places in the South were always contemptuous of short-term soldiers,” Mr. Carter told The New York Times in 1977, referring to seasonal volunteers who joined protests and registered voters. “Now the question is less dramatic for a Southerner — it’s what do you want to do for the next few years? We — the South — are on the plateau the rest of the nation wanted us to get to.”

In the 1976 presidential campaign, Mr. Carter helped engineer a narrow victory in Mississippi for Jimmy Carter, who was no relation, and was rewarded with an appointment as assistant secretary of state for public affairs. As chief spokesman for the State Department, he delivered nuanced statements on foreign policy with candor and wit, and developed a good if sometimes acerbic rapport with the diplomatic press corps.

And he became the national face of the Carter administration during the Iranian hostage crisis, which broke on Nov. 4, 1979, when militants took over the United States Embassy in Tehran and seized 52 Americans. Their captivity lasted 444 days — virtually the remainder of President Carter’s single term in office, a tenure ended by a frustrated electorate that chose Ronald Reagan for president in 1980.

For months as the crisis unfolded, Hodding Carter appeared regularly on network evening news programs as President Carter and Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance purposely remained in the background of a delicate standoff in which miscues by senior American officials might have jeopardized chances for the hostages’ release or even endangered their lives.

Colleagues in government and the news media gave Mr. Carter high marks for fielding tough questions on what was known, and not known, of the fate of the Americans. Aside from one episode in which he threw a rubber chicken at a persistent questioner, he coolly conveyed at press briefings the sensitivity of the diplomatic contretemps.

After the deadly failure of an attempt to rescue the hostages in a helicopter raid in April 1980, Mr. Vance resigned in protest, and Hodding Carter, a close associate, followed suit in early July. His family had recently sold The Delta Democrat-Times, and he did not return to Greenville.

Instead, in 1981, he became the anchor and chief correspondent of “Inside Story,” a new weekly PBS public affairs program that examined the performance of the press in society. It dealt with an ambitious range of often complicated stories, including coverage of a civil war in El Salvador, a series of murders in Atlanta, the leftist Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and the American invasion of Grenada.

Mr. Carter won several Emmy Awards and praise from most critics, who called the program thoughtful. Others called it a flawed guide to the press that did not live up to expectations. As sponsor support faded, Mr. Carter left after four years. Over the next decade he wrote for newspapers and magazines and became a prominent television political commentator, correspondent, analyst and anchor.

William Hodding Carter III, who did not use his first name, was born on April 7, 1935, in New Orleans, the eldest of three sons of Hodding Jr. and Betty Werlein Carter. He and his brothers, Philip and Thomas, grew up in Greenville, a river town where their father had founded The Delta Star and merged it with The Democrat-Times in the 1930s. It ran a weekly book page in the heartland of William Faulkner, Walker Percy and Shelby Foote.

For decades, The Democrat, as it was known locally, stood for racial moderation in the South — steady, nonviolent progress toward justice, although it considered public school integration unwise and federal anti-lynching laws unnecessary. It condemned the Ku Klux Klan, and it covered the news of racial outrages with an accuracy and impartiality that was lacking in most Southern newspapers.

Hodding Carter Jr., the publisher, who won a Pulitzer in 1946 for his editorials, was revered by many liberals and members of the journalistic fraternity but widely regarded as the most hated man in Mississippi. There were obscene calls and death threats, effigy hangings, burning crosses and boycotts against the newspaper. The brothers sometimes saw their father sitting out on the porch with a shotgun at night, awaiting an attack that never came.

Hodding III attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire but graduated from Greenville High School in 1953 and from Princeton in 1957.

In 1957, he married Margaret Ainsworth, known as Peggy. The couple had a son, Hodding Carter IV, and three daughters, Catherine, Margaret and Finn, before the marriage ended in divorce in 1978. That year, he married Patricia Derian, an assistant secretary of state for human rights. She died in 2016 at 86.

In 2019, he married Patricia Ann O’Brien, an author and retired reporter who worked in the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau and at The Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to his daughter Catherine, he is survived by his wife; his children Hodding IV, Finn Carter and Margaret Carter Joseph; his stepchildren Mike, Craig and Brooke Derian; a brother, Philip; and 12 grandchildren.

In 1959, after two years in the Marine Corps, Mr. Carter gave up plans to go into the Foreign Service and returned to Greenville. “We felt that we owed it to Dad and the paper to go back there and give it one year,” he recalled in an interview with The New York Times Magazine in 1977.

It turned into 17 years. He began as a reporter but was soon writing editorials. He eventually became editor and publisher, taking over from his father, who was losing his eyesight, resulting from a detached retina and an old Army injury that had left him blind in one eye.

The son’s early editorials were expressions of moderation similar to his father’s. But as the civil rights struggle spread across the South in the 1960s, they became more strident, condemning the brutality of the police who attacked nonviolent demonstrators and politicians who upheld white supremacy.

They were his words, but his father’s legacy.

“He had a great reputation for courage, which he deserved,” Mr. Carter said of his father in an interview with People magazine in 1981. “And yet I never knew a time when he wasn’t afraid of the consequences of what he was writing and doing. I learned from my father what courage was really about — it was being afraid, but doing what you had to do.”

Mr. Carter became increasingly active in Mississippi politics, a participant as well as a chronicler of the struggle for full Black participation. In 1964, he worked for Lyndon B. Johnson’s successful presidential campaign. He later co-founded the Mississippi Loyalist Democrats, an amalgam of civil rights advocates that edged out the state’s white party regulars at the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

After his work in the Carter administration and as the anchor of “Inside Story,” Mr. Carter wrote columns and articles for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and other publications. He also held positions with ABC, NBC, PBS and other networks. He won another Emmy and the Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentaries.

In 1994, he became a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, and from 1998 to 2005 was president of the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports excellence in journalism. In recent years, he taught leadership and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he lived.

He was the author of “The South Strikes Back” (1959), about White Citizens’ Councils formed to resist racial integration, and “The Reagan Years” (1988).

Shivani Gonzalez contributed reporting.

Only about 60 percent of participants were able to complete their third round in the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship due to an extremely frustrating yet obectively funny situation with the 308-yard, par-4 sixth at Mission Inn and Resort’s El Campeon Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

That situation?

Lining up and converting any putt was an exercise in frustration and failure.

Some more context, via Golf Channel:

The NCAA is responsible for placing the pins each round, not the course.

Also, this is the eighth time that this championship has been contested at Mission Inn.

“They should’ve known not to put [the hole] there,” said one coach, who added that there were also four questionable hole locations in Tuesday’s first round. “They just said they were sorry and they felt bad.”

Golfstat’s live scoring page, which has since erased the Round 3 stats, showed No. 6 as playing more than a shot-and-a-half over par, by far the toughest on the golf course, with 29 others (triple bogeys or worse) and, somehow, five birdies.

“I saw two of the birdies,” added the same coach. “One would’ve gone 25 yards off the green if it didn’t go in.”

So how do you fix this? Apparently by having everyone look at the Men In Black thing and erasing all memory and scores from the third round and trying it again with a more sensible pin location.

It would be a dangerous game but the PGA Tour should definitely cook up a similar situation in one of the upcoming tournaments. Would be bad for the sport and competitive balance but the meldowns would be epic.

Nigerian female sensational singer, Tiwa Savage, on Sunday night, thrilled guests at the historic coronation concert of King Charles III at Windsor Castle.

Naija News reports that the king was officially crowned on Saturday, May 6, followed by a Coronation Concert which took place on Sunday, May 7th 2023.

The coronation concert began at 8pm on the grounds of Windsor Castle as part of a three -day festivity.

It was the first time the gardens of Windsor Castle have been opened to non-other than the Royal in its 1000 year’s history.

Clad in a full green-colored taffeta fabric with an extension sweeping the stage behind her, Tiwa stunned the crowd as she performed ‘Key to the kingdom’ her hit song.

Other notable celebrities across the globe who joined Tiwa Savage to perform include, Paloma Faith, Steve Winwood, Olly Murs, Nicole Scherzinger, Lang Lang,  Steve Winwood and DJ Pete Tong, who plays his famous Ibiza classics.

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14 Million people reportedly watched Coronation Of King Charles III

More than 14 million people tuned in to watch King Charles III’s coronation on BBC television, the corporation said on Sunday May 7.


At its peak, 13.4 million watched on the main BBC One channel, with an average of 11.9 million watching the Saturday, May 6 coverage of the ceremony.

A signed version on BBC Two peaked at 1.7 million, averaging at 1.4 million, a statement from the public broadcaster read.

Saturday’s coronation, the first to be held in Britain in 70 years — was only the second to be televised, and the first to be shown in colour film.


But the figures are way lower than previous major royal occasions.

Last year’s state funeral of Charles’s mother Queen Elizabeth II attracted one of the biggest television audiences in the UK in modern times.

An estimated average audience of 26.2 million watched on TV sets alone, peaking at 28 million, including 18.5 million on the BBC.

In 2011, more than 24 million viewers watched the wedding of Charles’s son Prince William on BBC terrestrial television.

In 1997, more than 32 million viewers in the UK watched the funeral of Charles’s first wife and William’s mother, Princess Diana.


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