Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Commodore Banter (4/2)

Four years ago, George Smith was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, an uncommon neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. The wide receiver eventually recovered, only to injure his right arm in a shooting in Morgan House dorm in 2005.

But, Smith persevered, and teammates recently elected him as one of three captains for the upcoming season along with center Bradley Vierling and safety Reshard Langford.

"George has fought through a lot of adversity, and that's what this team is all about," Vierling said.

Smith might be as fitting a face as the Commodores have ever had, writes Maurice Patton.

The wide receiver's career has come full circle, writes Brett Hait.

The Commodores may have lost 12-8 Southeast Missouri, but Tuesday was a good day as it marked the return of All-American third baseman Pedro Alvarez. The Redhawks, meanwhile, are on cloud nine after upsetting Vandy.

ESPN's Mark Schlereth lists Alvarez as the nation's No. 2 power hitter.

Rays pitcher David Price threw the first time since straining his elbow on March 20 and said "it felt good."

Vandy golfer Jon Curran has been on fire this March, winning a tourney and earning a runner-up finish in two others.

Indiana didn't hire Kevin Stallings, but it hit a home run with Marquette's Tom Crean.

SI's Luke Winn breaks down the games of one player on each Final Four team -- Kansas' Brandon Rush, Memphis' Derrick Rose, UCLA's Kevin Love and UNC's Ty Lawson.

Vegas Watch has the Final Four odds:

UNC 33.8%
Kansas 22.4%
Memphis 22.6%
UCLA 22.1%

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