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By J.D. Considine | February 22, 1996
Everybody knows that Lionel Richie was in the Commodores before making his name as a solo artist. But what people often forget is that there has always been more to the Commodores than Lionel Richie. He played only a minor role in the band's breakthrough hit, "Machine Gun," and stayed in the background for "Brick House" while drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange did the singing. Nor did the band's career screech to a halt when Richie left, as "Nightshift" -- recorded with replacement singer J. D. Nicholas -- not only topped the R&B charts but earned the group a Grammy.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
This week 37 years ago, three members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash in Mississippi, Reggie Jackson hit three consecutive home runs in a game, tying Babe Ruth's record and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive. 10. "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')," Johnny Rivers This simple song about, you know, slow dancing in the middle of the night, was Rivers' last big hit in America. The song's composer, Jack Tempchin, penned the similarly mellow Eagles hit "Peaceful Easy Feeling.
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By EARL SCHUBERT | November 13, 1992
With a well-earned victory behind it, practice this week for the spirited and newly confident Navy football squad was practically enjoyable as they prepared for their home encounter tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with the Commodores of Vanderbilt University.Defeating this academically oriented institution for its second win will not be easy. Vanderbilt won again in its conference last week by beating Kentucky, 20-7.In the three meetings between the schools, the first of which was in 1907 in Nashville, Navy has a win and two ties.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
The comments former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin made about the criteria he uses in choosing his assistant coaches at Vanderbilt came as a surprise to me. I always thought Franklin, like a lot of college coaches, was a used car salesman, not a sexist. If you haven't heard, the second-year Vanderbilt coach was chatting up a Nashville radio talk show when the subject of assistant coaches came up. Instead of saying something like, “I took the best guys off Ralph Friedgen's staff and cost him his job,” Franklin said, “I've been saying for a long time, I will not hire an assistant until I've seen his wife.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2004
The women's lacrosse postseason ended with unexpected quickness for Loyola yesterday, and the circumstances surrounding visiting Vanderbilt's 5-4 first-round, upset victory at Geppi-Aikens Field were anything but typical. The fourth-seeded Greyhounds, who were appearing in their 13th NCAA Division I tournament, barely had the ball throughout a first half owned by both defenses. Yet, Loyola (14-4) took an unusual, 1-0 halftime lead, then seemed to create crucial breathing room by adding two goals to start the second half.
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By Josh Robbins and Josh Robbins,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 21, 2004
ORLANDO, Fla. - North Carolina State's Marcus Melvin and Vanderbilt's Matt Freije torment opponents the same way. At first glance, they appear best suited to playing underneath the hoop, where they can use their tall frames and their strength to pile up rebounds and second-chance baskets. But, in reality, the 6-foot-8 Melvin and 6-foot-10 Freije do much of their best work on the perimeter, raining down jump shots over their defenders. "Both teams have some of the same personnel," Melvin said.
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By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
It should come as little surprise that No. 13 Vanderbilt seemed right at home in Sunday's women's lacrosse game against host Johns Hopkins. Fielding 13 players from Maryland, including 10 from the Baltimore area, the Commodores boasted more local talent than the Blue Jays and brought a large and vocal contingent to Homewood Field to drive the point home. In the end, they had plenty to cheer about. Vanderbilt rallied by opening the second half with seven of nine goals, taking the lead for good on a pair of unassisted scores by senior Katherine Denkler to hand Hopkins a 14-13 loss.
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February 16, 2012
Natalie Wills , Vanderbilt Senior, Kent Island, Goalie The St. Mary's graduate played a huge role in getting the unranked Commodores off to a big start Sunday, when she held No. 4 Duke to just five goals, the Blue Devils' lowest offensive output in two years. In the 7-5 victory, Wills stopped seven of 12 shots and had an interception, leading a defense that did not allow a free-position goal and held Duke scoreless on four of five situations in which the Commodores were a man down.
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February 26, 2008
No. 1 Tennessee @No. 18 Vanderbilt 9 P.M. [ESPN] The Volunteers (25-2, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) just clawed to No. 1 by beating rival Memphis and now have to play at Vanderbilt (23-4, 8-4). In January, Tennessee beat the Commodores by 20, but Vanderbilt has a six-game winning streak.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2004
Michelle Allen can point to the exact moment she and her Vanderbilt women's lacrosse teammates turned into national championship contenders. Immediately after a 14-13 double-overtime loss to Hofstra on May 4, the Commodores realized their season could be headed for an abrupt end. "At that moment we were either going to give up and concede the season or we were going to fight for a chance to win our conference and go on," said Allen, a senior midfielder and...
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
Each week, The Baltimore Sun publishes a Q&A with an area college lacrosse player to help you become more acquainted with the player and his/her team. Today's guest is Vanderbilt senior midfielder Ally Carey, a John Carroll graduate and The Sun's 2008 Female Athlete of the Year. She leads the No. 18 Commodores (7-5) in goals (22), points (31), draw controls (60) and caused turnovers (12) and is their all-time leader in draw controls with 223. The All-American is a member of the U.S. national team.
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From Sun staff reports | March 29, 2012
No. 17 Navy proved its resilience Wednesday night. Coming off a 20-8 loss to top-ranked Northwestern on Sunday, the Mids women's lacrosse team (11-2) opened with a big run and won, 15-5, over California. After trading goals in the opening six minutes, the Mids scored four straight to take a 5-1 lead. Jess Fellows scored on a free-position shot to end the spurt with 5:48 left in the first half. The Golden Bears (4-5) scored the next two before Navy went on an 8-0 run that spanned both halves.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Maryland, which has been quietly seething over its strongly held belief that Vanderbilt improperly made contact with quarterback Danny O'Brien, has filed a complaint against the Commodores football program. At the same time, Maryland told O'Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson that they are free after all to transfer to Vanderbilt - or any other school - if they wish. Maryland said the three players were being given “a full release from the football program with no transfer restrictions.” The implication is that Maryland decided it didn't want the players - whose earlier release terms limited their transfer options - to be stuck in the middle of a dispute between the Terrapins and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.
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February 16, 2012
Natalie Wills , Vanderbilt Senior, Kent Island, Goalie The St. Mary's graduate played a huge role in getting the unranked Commodores off to a big start Sunday, when she held No. 4 Duke to just five goals, the Blue Devils' lowest offensive output in two years. In the 7-5 victory, Wills stopped seven of 12 shots and had an interception, leading a defense that did not allow a free-position goal and held Duke scoreless on four of five situations in which the Commodores were a man down.
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By Matt Vensel | August 22, 2011
One-time Maryland "coach in waiting" James Franklin is now the head football coach at Vanderbilt, where he recently decided to give his team a break from practice by taking them bowling. When he announced it, the team went crazy. No one went more bonkers than Franklin himself. Thankfully, we have video of it. Unreliable sources tell me that Maryland football coach Randy Edsall tried a similar motivational ploy, but “Let's go get crew cuts!” didn't have the same appeal as “Let's go bowling!
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2011
Ronald Reagan was president. People were fighting to save whales. The first CD player came out. "Come on, Eileen" was all over the radio while "Rocky III" beat up the box office. Time Magazine named "the computer" man of the year. It was 1982, and here in Baltimore that summer, a festival called Artscape debuted. This year the event, now a city tradition, is paying an irreverent tribute to its roots by sending a bit of the festival back in time. Throughout the three-day festival, the stretch along Charles Street near Pennsylvania Station will be known as "1982 on the Charles Street Bridge.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | April 2, 1993
ATLANTA -- At the first day of practice this season, Vanderbilt women's basketball coach Jim Foster showed his team a videotape he considered to be profane.The footage was of last year's Commodores team and there were 15 clips of players being knocked to the court by their opponents.The message Foster intended to impart was clear: Either the Commodores would get tougher or they'd have no shot at a championship.The message got through and the Commodores (30-2) rode it all the way through a No. 1 ranking, the Southeastern Conference tournament championship and a berth in tomorrow's first game of the Final Four against Texas Tech.
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By Matt Vensel | August 22, 2011
One-time Maryland "coach in waiting" James Franklin is now the head football coach at Vanderbilt, where he recently decided to give his team a break from practice by taking them bowling. When he announced it, the team went crazy. No one went more bonkers than Franklin himself. Thankfully, we have video of it. Unreliable sources tell me that Maryland football coach Randy Edsall tried a similar motivational ploy, but “Let's go get crew cuts!” didn't have the same appeal as “Let's go bowling!
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2011
He was a famed seaman — a prodigy who won a congressional medal at 18, fought in three wars and ended up commanding the 44-gun USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," as it tracked slave ships off the coast of Africa. The reputation of Commodore Isaac Mayo was unassailable, and so were his credentials as a local gentleman as he settled in on the family plantation in southern Anne Arundel at age 67. But if Mayo expected to spend his latter days in comfort, he misread the volatility of his times.
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By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
It should come as little surprise that No. 13 Vanderbilt seemed right at home in Sunday's women's lacrosse game against host Johns Hopkins. Fielding 13 players from Maryland, including 10 from the Baltimore area, the Commodores boasted more local talent than the Blue Jays and brought a large and vocal contingent to Homewood Field to drive the point home. In the end, they had plenty to cheer about. Vanderbilt rallied by opening the second half with seven of nine goals, taking the lead for good on a pair of unassisted scores by senior Katherine Denkler to hand Hopkins a 14-13 loss.
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