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‘Perfect’ Tigers roll UAB; next challenge: C-USA Tournament

‘Perfect’ Tigers roll UAB; next challenge: C-USA Tournament

The stat sheet told the story – Joe Jackson: 17 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds, 6 steals; U of M Tigers 86, UAB Blazers 71.

A once heated rivalry between the two C-USA competitors has cooled over the years, but neither Jackson nor his Tiger teammates needed the rivalry factor for any added stimulation to get the job done at the FedExForum last Saturday. The victory sealed the Tigers' unblemished run through the C-USA regular season, as they notched a perfect 16-0 record.

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First transgender MMA fighter goes public

First transgender MMA fighter goes public

Born a man, Fallon Fox became a woman through surgery and then trained to fight in mixed martial arts.

Now that she has won her first two bouts -- both in the first round -- she has gone public as a transgender fighter, the first on record in a popular sport that some consider as the successor to boxing.

"The reaction has been positive," said Fox, 37, who revealed her story recently to Sports Illustrated after a journalist with another publication began to investigate her private surgery. "It's just some people, some of society doesn't get it yet. And this is what we're trying to do now is to inform people and let them know about transgender athletes."

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  • Written by Michael Martinez/CNN
  • Category: Sports

Grizz stage another comeback, this one with key men down

Grizz stage another comeback, this one with key men down

After the Memphis Grizzlies split a two-game road trip by losing to the Miami Heat and defeating the Orlando Magic, they eased past the Portland Trailblazers with a 91-85 victory at FedExForum on Wednesday night.

It was another comeback – the 10th when trailing by 17 or more since the start of the 2009 season. The Grizzlies (40-19) went into the half on the short end of a 50-38 score.

Grizz guard Tony Allen said going into the locker room they knew what they had to do.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Sports

Road-tested Tigers now ready for final home game

The University of Memphis has sealed a regular season conference title and a first round bye in the C-USA tournament. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Tigers are merely playing for seeding in the NCAA tournament.

After a big let down on the road last week against Xavier, Memphis knows that another loss from this point forward could substantially affect the number in front of its name when the brackets are filled. And with back-to-back road games against UCF and UTEP still left, the Tigers had to be focused to come away with wins.

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Mitchell back to state after sectional win

Mitchell back to state after sectional win

The Mitchell High School gymnasium had the atmosphere of a NBA playoff game during the TSSAA Class AA sectional on Monday.

With music, cheerleaders, majorettes, the dance team AND the pep band in attendance to help create havoc, the Tigers (23-7) defeated visiting Liberty Tech from Jackson, Tenn. by 17 points – 59 to 42. The victory cleared the way for Mitchell's advance to the state championship game for the second consecutive year.

The Tigers' defensive pressure and balanced scoring from their big three helped to turn back a late rally by Liberty, which cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth period.

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Sports Faceoff: Should Joe Flacco be the NFL’s highest paid QB

Sports Faceoff: Should Joe Flacco be the NFL’s highest paid QB

A Super Bowl run and a few wins against stellar quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and prize rookie Andrew Luck will certainly do something to a National Football League (NFL) resume. But should it make you the highest paid signal caller in the league?

Joe Flacco's agent certainly thinks so. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback recently agreed to a six-year agreement worth $120 million, making him the highest paid signal caller in NFL history.

While Flacco's career stats are certainly solid, are they worth $20 million a year? Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.

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  • Written by Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley/NNPA
  • Category: Sports

Grizz comeback leaves Dallas feeling ‘punked’

Grizz comeback leaves Dallas feeling ‘punked’

During the first half of their game Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks the Memphis Grizzlies looked and played more like "The Get Along Gang" than the grit-and-grind squad that area fans have come to love.

The FedExForum absorbed 16,041 fans for the game and when it was done, Memphis had defeated Dallas 90-84. The Mavericks made sure the Grizz worked for it.

The Grizzlies did not score a field goal until halfway through the first quarter. Austin Daye scored on a jump shot, adding to Tony Allen's points from free throws. By the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks led 38-19, with Daye's 10 points pacing Memphis.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Sports

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