Saturday, May 18 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:21:31 GMT
The Auburn baseball team, seeded 10th, will face a familiar foe in the first round of next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament as it is set to face seventh-seeded and in-state rival Alabama on TuesdayFull Story >
The Auburn baseball team, seeded 10th, will face a familiar foe in the first round of next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament as it is set to face seventh-seeded and in-state rival Alabama on Tuesday at the Hoover Met.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:19 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:19:43 GMT
Auburn scored eight times in the fourth inning en route to an 11-6 win over No. 11 Arkansas in the regular season finale. With the win Auburn, which won its final three SEC series, two over ranked opponents,Full Story >
With the win Auburn, which won its final three SEC series, two over ranked opponents, finished the 2013 regular season 33-22, 13-17 SEC while Arkansas finished it 35-19, 18-11 SEC.Full Story >
Thursday, May 16 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-17 03:02:28 GMT
Conner Kendrick and Terrance Dedrick combined to hold No. 11 Arkansas to just five hits and kept them out of the run column for the entire night as the Auburn baseball team picked up a 3-0 win on ThursdayFull Story >
Conner Kendrick and Terrance Dedrick combined to hold No. 11 Arkansas to just five hits and kept them out of the run column for the entire night as the Auburn baseball team picked up a 3-0 win on Thursday in the series opener.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:37 PM EDT2013-05-15 22:37:32 GMT
Jerome Seagears, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising junior guard who played two seasons at Rutgers, has transferred to Auburn, head coach Tony Barbee announced on Wednesday. Auburn is petitioning to the NCAAFull Story >
Jerome Seagears, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising junior guard who played two seasons at Rutgers, has transferred to Auburn, head coach Tony Barbeeannounced on Wednesday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 12 2013 8:06 PM EDT2013-05-13 00:06:53 GMT
Damek Tomscha hit a solo home run to start the fifth and Ryan Tella hit a three-run home run with two down in the sixth as Auburn claimed a 4-1 win at Florida on Sunday afternoon. With the win Auburn wonFull Story >
Damek Tomscha hit a solo home run to start the fifth and Ryan Tella hit a three-run home run with two down in the sixth as Auburn claimed a 4-1 win at Florida on Sunday afternoon.Full Story >
The Olympic Spirit continues in London as the city hosts the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics, coming a little more than two weeks after the Olympic Closing Ceremony.
For many of the athletes preparing to compete over the next two weeks, the experience of competing on such an international stage will be a new experience. It will be a return trip for Dave Denniston, but the former Auburn swimmer will be wearing a new hat this time around as takes over as head coach for the United States Paralympic Swimming Team.
Denniston, a three-time NCAA individual champion and 15-time All-American, was a vital member of men's swimming and diving team at Auburn. He helped in leading the Tigers to the 1999 NCAA Championship, under the tutelage of assistant coach Jimi Flowers. Denniston and Flowers, who recruited Denniston to Auburn, had a close relationship throughout Denniston's time as a swimmer for the Tigers.
"Jimi had a way of lighting up a room regardless of the situation," said Denniston. "A lot of people referred to him as a walking exclamation point."
After leaving Auburn, Denniston pursued his dream of competing in the Olympics.
"Growing up in Wyoming, I learned and realized how difficult it was to become an Olympian, but that was something that stuck with me," said Denniston. "That was something I wanted to do. I really wanted to represent the United States. I wanted to wear that cap that had the American flag on the side with my name underneath it."
Denniston's dream fell short when he did not qualify at the 2004 Olympic Trials. Not dissuaded, Denniston turned his attention to 2008, but not before some downtime. That winter he took a trip with some friends to the mountains in Laramie, Wyo. That trip, however, took a turn for the worst on Feb. 6, 2005, when a sledding accident left Denniston paralyzed from the waist down.
"Life, everything, stopped for an instant - it knocked the wind out of me," said Denniston. "Once I started getting my air back, all I could get out was 'Help!' with the little bit of air I had in my lungs. I laid in the snow staring at the base of that tree thinking I was dying… At that point, I realized I really loved being alive."
That love of being alive was never more evident in the years following the accident. Denniston kept a positive outlook through his recovery and rehab. Just like his former mentor, he tried to be that exclamation point to others.
Flowers, who was very instrumental in Denniston's transition into college swimming, now stepped into that role again, this time with a slightly different focus. Flowers encouraged Denniston into looking at the different possibilities for the future and in 2007, the two began working together to prepare Denniston for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. There, Denniston was able to compete and get back into the sport he loved.
"I was giddy," said Denniston on returning to the pool. "It was like being in Disney Land."
Just as he dreamed about back in college, Denniston went to Beijing, China in the summer of 2008 with a "United States" swim cap on his head at the Paralympics.
He competed in four events, tallying three top-10 finishes and a fourth-place finish on a relay. He swam in the 50m backstroke (14th, 53.07), 50m butterfly (9th, 45.89) and 100m breaststroke (9th, 1:53.23). He also swam a 50.81 split as the breaststroke leg on the U.S. 200m medley relay that went on to finish fourth in a time of 2:43.00.
Feeling he had found his place, Denniston remained in Colorado Springs, continuing his training for the 2012 Paralympics in London. But, a career that had seen so many ups and downs took a hit on July 10, 2009. It was that day that Denniston found out that Flowers, his coach and close personal friend, had passed away following an accident while mountain climbing in Aspen, Colo.
The news was devastating to Denniston and many of the other swimmers on the Paralympic Team. Thinking it was impossible to swim for any coach other than Flowers, many thought it was time to end their careers.
In an attempt to salvage the team, Denniston sacrificed his career as an athlete and applied as the new head coach if the swimmers would, in turn, stay on the team.
"I realized that I had what people were calling 'big shoes' to fill," said Denniston. "I realized that I was replacing Jimi Flowers. This time, I saw as the result of a horrible tragedy, a huge opportunity to make a difference in other people's lives besides my own. I let go of myself a little bit and decided to become a coach for the U.S. Paralympic Team."
Denniston accepted the position in 2010 and with a reunited team, set their focus on the 2012 London Paralymics. The hours of training, hard work and time in the pool will materialize Wednesday evening as the 2012 Paralympics officially begin with the opening ceremony.
The United States won 44 total medals in swimming at the 2008, including 17 gold medals – a mark that led all countries. Leading a group of favorites in their respective events, Denniston will take the next step in filling those "big shoes" left by Flowers.
Thursday, April 25 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-25 11:03:18 GMT
(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft again airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall. Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can neverFull Story >
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.Full Story >
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:52 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:52:03 GMT
(RNN) - Spring practice in the SEC climaxes Saturday when five more teams hold their annual spring scrimmages. Interesting fact: So far the biggest attendance at a spring game this season was at KentuckyFull Story >
New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas will give us the first glimpse of their teams in Saturday's SEC spring games. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Mississippi State also give fans a break from the long college football offseason.
Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:16 GMT
Many Southeastern Conference football fans will finally get a look at their favorite teams this Saturday, April 13, and several of the annual spring games will be broadcast on TV and on the Web.Texas A&MFull Story >
Southeastern Conference fans are beginning to stir as South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all hold their annual spring football games on Saturday, April 13.Full Story >
Monday, January 7 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-01-07 11:00:08 GMT
Miami (RNN) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may well win tonight. Not a misprint.He explained that odd statement Sunday at the final news conference before theFull Story >
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may win tonight. He meant the team that takes the most chances, forces the action and sets the pace. Teams that do that make mistakes. But they cause the other guys to make mistakes, too. Full Story >
Sunday, January 6 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-06 16:52:47 GMT
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night.Full Story >
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:32:20 GMT
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill. On May 14, officers responded to the 500 block of Elberon Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Upon arrival, police located ScottFull Story >
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:47:43 GMT
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases. The suspension marks the second time the high court has suspendedFull Story >
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013Full Story >
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.Full Story >
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