Kyle Ringo

  • Tennessee gets Smokey new look in alternate uniforms

    Kyle Ringo at Dr. Saturday11 mths ago

    There have been plenty of uniform tweaks and changes in the college football offseason. Some good, some not so inspiring.

    The University of Tennessee and adidasUS unveiled TECHFIT ShockWeb alternate uniforms in a Smokey color few associate with the school but that is in the Vols' color scheme. These are some of the better new uniforms we've seen this year.

    The Tennessee state outline is used above player names on the back and the famous checkerboard pattern in the end zones at Neyland Stadium is used in the orange jersey numbers. The Vols will wear their traditional orange underneath in a base layer that also uses the checkerboard pattern.

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  • Resilient Kevin Ware already rehabilitating gruesome leg injury, encouraging others

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 yr ago

    Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware is already beginning to rehabilitate his broken right leg suffered in the NCAA tournament.

    Ware tweeted a photo of himself riding a stationary bike today with a message quoting fellow injured basketball star Kobe Bryant's Facebook message last week. The tweet from Ware proved poignant in light of the bombings later in the day at the Boston Marathon.

    Ware regularly uses his Twitter account to share inspiring messages for more than 177,000 followers, most of whom began to follow him after he suffered a horrific injury in an Elite Eight win over Duke.

    we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. we endure and conquer. #mambamentality…

    — Kevin Ware (@_billionairebev) April 15, 2013

    Ware underwent surgery several weeks ago to repair a compound fracture of his right tibia and had a rod inserted into his leg. He sat court side at the Final Four and cheered on his teammates as they won the national title against Michigan in Atlanta.

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  • They’re partying in the streets in Louisville celebrating the Cardinals’ third national title

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 yr ago

    Louisville won its third men's basketball national title in the Georgia Dome on Monday, beating Michigan 82-76, and back home fans took to the streets to celebrate.

    Based on early reports from the Louisville media, it appears Cardinals fans weren't following in the footsteps of Kentucky fans who burned couches and overturned cars a year ago when the Wildcats beat Louisville in the Final Four to advance to the 2012 national title game.

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    That might change as the party continues into the night.

    Louisville fans might want to save a little energy. They could have another celebration Tuesday night when the Louisville women take on Connecticut in the women's national championship game.

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  • Rick Pitino wins two-sport exacta with Louisville on the hardwood, Goldencents on race track

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 yr ago

    Few athletes or coaches have enjoyed the kind of day Louisville coach Rick Pitino experienced Saturday when he coached his Cardinals to a victory in the final four, advancing to the national title game, while a horse he co-owns named Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby, earning a spot in next month's Kentucky Derby.

    Louisville is the favorite to win it all as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but Goldencents went off at Santa Anita at 6-1 odds.

    The Cardinals overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to rally and beat Wichita State. Goldencents held off a late charge from race favorite Flashback to earn his victory in the 11/8-mile race in 1:48.76.

    Goldencents is trained by Doug O'Neill, who trained 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another.

    Pitino has named three horses after players on this season's Louisville team, including Russdiculous (named after guard Russ Smith), Siva (named after guard Peyton Siva) and Gorgui (named after center Gorgui Dieng).

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  • Michigan saves the day for the Big Ten beating Florida to reach first Final Four since 1993

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 yr ago

    Michigan might have been voted least likely to succeed from the Big Ten Conference when the NCAA tournament began two weeks ago.

    The Wolverines struggled down the stretch of the regular season and lost in ugly fashion to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament. But they regrouped and found the offensive mojo that led them to a No. 1 ranking earlier in the year and blew away Florida 79-59 Sunday in the Elite Eight.

    The Wolverines advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 1993 and the days of the Fab Five.

    [Related: Michigan backup provides heady play in Elite Eight victory]

    The victory is a measure of redemption for the Big Ten, which sent seven teams to the tournament with the other six falling short of the Final Four. The Big Ten has been considered the strongest conference in the nation all season.

    Freshman guard Nik Stauskas provided the spark, scoring 19 points in the first half and finishing with 22, tying his career high.

    Stauskas hadn't scored 20 points in a game since scoring establishing that career mark on Dec. 1 against Bradley.

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  • Whiff? The Big Ten is in danger of missing the Final Four completely after dominating the season

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 yr ago

    It's up to you Michigan.

    The overall strength of the Big Ten Conference has been one of the major story lines of this college basketball season, but after Ohio State lost in the West Region final Saturday night to upstart Wichita State, the Big Ten is in danger of being shut out of the Final Four.

    So much for all the hubbub earlier this week about a possible All-Big Ten Final Four.

    Michigan is the last Big Ten team remaining from seven that played in the Round of 64 and four that advanced to the Sweet 16. The Wolverines, a team many believed was ripe to be upset early entering the tournament, must beat Florida on Sunday to capture the South Region and advance to their first Final Four since those Fab Five guys made history in the early 1990s.

    [Related: Band of castoffs has Wichita State in the Final Four]

    If the Wolverines come up short -- they are the underdog -- as fellow Big Ten Sweet 16 teams Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan State did, some will be tempted to label the conference as overrated.

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