Mar 27, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Derek Reese (left) stretches with center Rawane Ndiaye (right) during practice for the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Vols Lose Backup Center

From The Tennessean

Tennessee men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall says reserve center Rawane “Pops” Ndiaye has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and won’t play again for the Volunteers.

Tyndall confirmed Friday via text message what was first reported by Knoxville radio station WNML.

Ndiaye, who is listed as 6-foot-10 and 275 pounds, would have been a senior this season.

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From The Tennessean

News that Diamond DeShields is relocating to Tennessee from North Carolina is a major coup for Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick.

DeShields averaged 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Tar Heels last season and was the consensus Freshman of the Year in women’s basketball. She must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules but has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

DeShields is the kind of player that can help return Lady Vols basketball to the top tier of the game.

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New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has full clearance to participate in organized team activities as his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle on Oct. 13 has progressed nicely.

“Right now I’m doing everything,” Mayo said Monday during an appearance at the team’s Community MVP event in which owner Robert Kraft presented $200,000 to 26 different New England-based non-profit groups.

Mayo stopped by the event and posed for pictures with award recipients after the team’s seventh organized team activity. He left open the possibility that he could be limited in some form when pads come on, but seemed optimistic about his recovery.

“Right now it’s passing camp, there isn’t any banging or things like that, but right now I’m feeling good,” he said.

Read more at ESPN

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