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Tailgate spots at Tiger Lane go on sale Friday for 2013 SH Classic

10shclassic-200Tickets and tailgating spots for the Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx will go on sale Friday (July 12) at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations.

The Southern Heritage Classic featuring Tennessee State University and Jackson State University is set for Sept. 14.

To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, go on line at www.ticketmaster.com or visit a local Ticketmaster location.

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Kobe Bryant unfollows Dwight Howard

bryant-howard-070913-575tcLakers fans aren't the only ones displeased with Dwight Howard's decision to leave and join the Rockets. Shortly after Howard's decision was announced, ex-teammate Kobe Bryant unfollowed Howard on Twitter.

He offered an explanation in one single tweet..

I wish d12 the best honestly. I just find it hard to follow players that wanna kick my teams a-- #thatsjustme

Serena stunned at Wimbledon

tennis-serena-williams-500The seeds just can't stop tumbling out of Wimbledon and on Monday it was the turn of world No.1 and five-time champion Serena Williams to experience that sinking feeling.

The American crashed out of the grass court grand slam in the last-16 following a shock defeat by Germany's Sabine Lisicki – her first reverse in 34 matches.

Favorite for the title, Williams lost the opening set 6-2 before roaring back to level a pulsating contest by taking the second 6-1.

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‘Hard way’ Joerger ready to grit and grind as Grizz new head coach

coach-David Joerger-2-600Saying he came up "the hard way" – 10 years in the minor leagues – David Joerger made his Memphis debut as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.

During a press conference at the FedExForum, Joerger, who had been an assistant to Lionel Hollins, said his minor-league experience ran the gamut – from being the general manager and head coach to lining up the halftime entertainment and picking up the towels.

"I have an appreciation for being in the NBA," said Joerger, "and I have an appreciation for being in this position."

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Maria Sharapova: Let’s talk about Serena’s married boyfriend

M-sharapova-S-williams-400While tennis star Serena Williams is busy apologizing for her comments around the Steubenville rape case, it seems she also targeted her old rival Maria Sharapova during a recent Rolling Stone interview. In response to Williams calling her boring, Sharapova released a few jabs of her own during a pre-Wimbledon press conference on Saturday, according to the New York Post.

"At the end of the day, we have a tremendous amount of respect for what we do on the court. I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that's just getting attention and controversy," Sharapova said.

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When it’s the Reign, ‘serious ballers’ try to stand out

ABA-3-600Sidney Adkins, head coach of the ABA's Bluff City Reign, approaches tryouts for the team looking for players that will fit into a winning mix.

That was the case again last Saturday (June 8) during a tryout-session at Carver High School.

"(We're) looking for guys with good defense skills," said Adkins, "and if the guys are good, team-concept players."

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Parting (with OUR Coach) is such sweet sorrow

Hollins-bowling-600How do you really say goodbye to someone who has meant so much to so many?

What words could really comfort the man who endured the losing seasons of the then-Vancouver Grizzlies, but yet came back to coach the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Championship?

How does new ownership really explain to the loyal legion of Grizz Nation how "differing views" turned into the non-renewal of a contract and the firing of a coach?

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Hollins’ exit leaves many with sick feeling

Lionel-Hollins-600That warm, fuzzy feeling that many Memphians had about the Grizzlies historic run to the NBA's Western Conference Finals gave way to a knot in the stomach on Monday.

The condition change came with news that Lionel Hollins is out as head coach. According to Jason Levien, CEO and managing partner of the Grizzlies and FedExForum, there was a "thorough internal process" before Hollins was let go.

Hollins' contract officially expires at the end of the month.

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More than sports in the lesson plan at Orange Mound Community Center

trophy-1-600Children's smiles, fidgets and careful steps greeted me last Sunday (May 26) at the Orange Mound Community Center (OMCC) Athletic Appreciation Banquet.

A number of children and their families walked into the ballroom at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis full of anticipation. They came to celebrate the theme, "Hard Work Pays Off".

The children (ages five to 16) had worked hard, on and off the court. Extended family and surrogate mothers and fathers were all in the mix ready for the celebration. The pride was evident.

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Do we really believe or is it just bluff?

IGrizz-The-Fans-600For the past month or so, Memphis, and perhaps the entire Mid-South has been on a fantastic ride called the Grizzlies 2013 Playoff run! It was as thrilling as any carnival ride ever brought to the Delta or Mid-South fairs, wrought with ups, downs, twists and turns. There were comebacks from two games down, overtime victories, overtime losses, dagger threes and powerfully throw down dunks, thrilling victories and disappointing defeats.

Through it all something great happened.

Born was something more exciting, more potentially impactful and certainly more important – this community came together, embraced its identity and stood proudly on the world stage exclaiming, "We Believe!" and "We Don't Bluff" as we "Whooped" every "Trick" the opposition threw at us (at least until the San Antonio series, where the Spurs opened up a can of whoop trick on us.)

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Best Ever!: Grizzlies 2013 Season in Review

Grizz-1-600"It's painful to watch," said Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

"It's an awful situation that we're in," Grizz guard Tony Allen said.

Those were responses after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, which marked the ninth playoff ever for the Grizzlies. The team was hoping to make history. They wanted to defeat the Spurs in Game 4 to keep the run going. They wanted to win Games 5 and 6 and 7 to move on to battle for a championship.

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No miracle ending for the Grizz as Spurs sweep

Grizz-Tony-Parker-600There will be no miracle on Beale Street. At least not the one that Memphis Grizzlies faithful had hoped – even if ever so faintly – would begin Monday night with a Game 4 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the FedExForum.

Teams that have led 3-0 in a seven-game series in the NBA Playoffs have never lost (107-0). Grit and grind loyalists believed. But it was just wishful thinking.

The Western Conference Finals victory – a well-earned one – went to the San Antonio Spurs 93-86, who now advance to the 2013 Finals against the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the defending champion Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. The win secured San Antonio's fifth Western Conference title and their second sweep of the 2013 Playoffs.

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Shaq Goodwin gets Team USA shot

Shaq-Goodwin-600University of Memphis rising sophomore Shaq Goodwin has accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC), the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee announced Wednesday.

Players selected after training camp will represent the United States at FIBA U19 World Championship June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.

If Goodwin is selected, it would be the fifth-straight year a Tiger played on a Team USA squad. Goodwin played for the U18 team in 2012 and joined Joe Jackson (U19, 2011) and Adonis Thomas (U17, 2010; U16, 2009) in representing the U.S. in international competition.

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