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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Larry Johnson Jersey . -- Tennessee ended a two-game skid decisively enough to give its top players an early rest before its toughest challenge of the season.Jaime Nared and Mercedes Russell each scored 16 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter Wednesday in the 22nd-ranked Lady Volunteers 86-36 blowout of Tennessee State.Diamond DeShields also got to rest for most of the fourth quarter as the Lady Vols (4-2) tuned up for Sundays home game with No. 4 Baylor.It was just a good little opportunity for us to come out and make it strictly about us, DeShields said. We knew we were the better team tonight. We knew we were going to win by a lot of points, but honestly it wasnt even about that. It was just about us.When youre playing a Baylor, you dont have as many opportunities to make mistakes. Everythings got to be flowing the right way if you want to come out on top of a team like that, so for us I think it was just important for everybody to work on whats been going wrong the last two games.The Lady Vols were back home for the first time since Nov. 13 after going 1-2 during a three-game road stretch that included consecutive losses to Penn State and Virginia Tech.Tennessee utilized its height advantage to avoid its first three-game losing streak since February 1986. The Lady Vols outrebounded Tennessee State 61-38 and outscored the Lady Tigers 48-12 in the paint.We didnt play anywhere near the way were capable of playing, and I give Tennessee all the credit, Tennessee State coach Larry Joe Inman said. When we say `tall order, literally they were a tall order.Nared and DeShields each posted double-doubles, with Nared having 16 points and 10 rebounds while DeShields added 15 points and 10 rebounds.Kortney Dunbar had 13 points and nine rebounds. Alexa Middleton had nine points and 11 assists. Schaquilla Nunn added eight points and 15 rebounds.Maxine Beard scored seven points to lead Tennessee State (1-5).THE TAKEAWAYTennessee State: The Lady Tigers continued their shooting slump by going 5 of 22 from 3-point range and 8 of 43 from inside the arc. Tennessee State is shooting 35.3 percent overall and 26.1 percent from 3-point range amid a grueling early-season schedule featuring plenty of teams from bigger conferences. Tennessee States five losses have come against Xavier, Oklahoma State, UNLV, Wisconsin and Tennessee.Tennessee: The Lady Vols responded to their two-game skid by shuffling the lineup. Sophomore guard Meme Jackson made her first career start for Tennessee and Nunn was back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench for two of Tennessees last three games. They replaced the injured Reynolds as well as Middleton, who moved into a reserve role.INJURY NEWSTennessee was playing without usual starting point guard Jordan Reynolds, who hurt her hamstring Sunday at Virginia Tech. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick expressed confidence that Reynolds would be available Sunday against Baylor.Tennessee State played without injured guard/forward Imani Davis, who was averaging 11.7 points per game.HONORING GATLINBURGTennessee participated in pregame warmups wearing special T-shirts with the word Gatlinburg over the Lady Vols logo to honor victims of the wildfires that have killed seven people and have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains area.Warlick said she spoke this week with Lisa McGill Reagan, a Lady Vol from 1976-79 who lost her home in the fire.Ive lived here pretty much all my life and Ive never seen anything so devastating thats close to home, Warlick said.NEXT UPTennessee State: At Lipscomb on Dec. 11.Tennessee: Hosts No. 4 Baylor on Sunday. Tony Gonzalez Womens Jersey . -- About a third of the way through the regular season, the Washington Wizards are at . Christian Okoye Jersey . The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors. http:///...mpson-chiefs-jersey/ . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Ryan Fitzpatrick has had a rough few months, and thats probably an understatement.Sure, the quarterback got a big payday after a long contract stalemate when he received a one-year, $12 million deal to re-sign with the New York Jets on the eve of training camp in July.Things have gone mostly downhill since, though. Fitz Magic has fizzled.Small talk has replaced playoff talk these days, including pleasantries about how his sprained left knee is coming along.Im good, thank you, Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. I think with my injury, time is going to continue to heal it and make it feel better. I thought we had a good day of work today, just in terms of getting out there and guys putting the work in. I think our plan so far, is a really good one. I feel good about this week.Fitzpatrick, who turned 34 on Thanksgiving, is getting the start against Indianapolis on Monday night with coach Todd Bowles still focused on trying to win games with his 3-8 squad rather than peek at the future.Many fans and media think its time to turn to Bryce Petty, who filled in for Fitzpatrick against Los Angeles on Nov. 13 and didnt exactly light things up in a 9-6 loss. The seasons over, the detractors say, so why not just throw Petty in there for the final stretch?Bowles said Monday that there will be time for that, without revealing what his game plan is. Well, it could be as early as next week at San Francisco, which means Fitzpatrick could be benched for a second time this season -- and then be a free agent looking for a job in the offseason.Until then, though, Fitzpatrick is focused on building off a solid performance against New England last Sunday in a 22-17 loss. Fitzpatrick went 22 of 32 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, one to Brandon Marshall and the other to Quincy Enunwa, with an offense only slightly resembling the one that set the franchise mark with 5,896 yards last season.I think we did some good things through the air, Fitzpatrick said. Theres some stuff that maybe we missed and we didnt get to, but a lot of that comes down to me putting it in a position to have those guys make plays. The touchdown to Quincy, (he) just went up there and made a play. The touchdown to Brandon was just one on one, Im bigger than you, make a play. Just giving those guys opportunities and giving them throws that they can go up and do that, but they seem to come in bunches.Once you get one or two of those and the confidence gets going, thosee seem to come in bunches, so hopefully that will continue. Juan Thornhill Womens Jersey. Fitzpatrick has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that came after he put up a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes and got the Jets within a win of the playoffs. His three fourth-quarter interceptions in the season finale at Buffalo ended that pursuit.He came back with some unfinished business and his return was celebrated by teammates and a large portion of the fan base. He helped beat the Bills in Week 2 of this season, and was the AFC offensive player of the week. The Jets were 1-1 at that point, and things were looking up.The next week, Fitzpatrick was intercepted six times at Kansas City.He never really shook off that performance, was benched five games later, but returned when Geno Smith was lost for the season with a knee injury. Two weeks later, Fitzpatrick sprained his knee and sat while Petty got his chance -- but Bowles went back to Fitzpatrick last Sunday and announced Monday that the veteran would get another chance this weekend .Many members of the same fan base that cheered his re-signing have turned on Fitzpatrick, as well as on other veterans such as Darrelle Revis and Muhammad Wilkerson, who have become the disappointing faces of another lost season.Fitzpatrick insists the Jets remain confident, no matter what anyone is saying outside the facility.Its a day-to-day thing, he said. I thought today we had a really good practice, just in terms of flying around. Especially after a tough loss, you kind of never know how its going to be. But I think we put that behind us and just trying to fly around, and work hard, and thats what we did today. So hopefully we keep that up throughout the week.The feeling inside the locker room has been a common theme this season, especially as the losses have piled up. The Jets have had to fight frustration -- and the growing sentiment by outsiders that theres nothing left to play for this year.Its kind of been a broken record the last few weeks, but being professionals, Fitzpatrick said. Coming in and doing your job every day. Thats the important thing and especially for some of the older guys that have been through stuff like this. Just setting a good example and showing the young guys the way.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
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