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Bluff City Classic operators vow to regroup

bluffcityclassic"Devastated" is part of the self-description that Bluff City Classic organizer Stanley Blue used to convey the way he feels about the decision to cancel play in the high-profile Memphis summer basketball league.

Safety concerns have sidelined the long-running league that was only two weeks into this summer's scheduled competition.

On July 5, more than 1,000 fans and players left The LeMoyne-Owen College gym in the 800-block of Walker and encountered a crime scene.


End of an Era: Hall of Famer Verties Sails Jr. steps down

vertis-sails-jrLegendary Southwest Men's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Verties Sails Jr. has retired ending a 33-year coaching career at the college.

Sails' retirement was effective June 30. He led the Saluqis to a 709-276 record, 16 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) championships and 10 region championships and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament appearances.


Tony Wroten Jr. is a draft choice with pedigree

newGriz-Tony Wroten JrThere's a new guy in town and hopefully he is the end of season after season of guard trafficking by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Less than a full 24 hours after 19-year-old combo guard Tony Wroten Jr. was selected as the No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft (June 28), Wroten, who played one year at the University of Washington, was in Memphis being introduced to applause.

"He's from a quite accomplished athletic family," Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace said, referring to Wroten's parents who were seated front row with his two sisters.


New faces, different gym = more of good thing for Bluff City Classic

BluffCityClassic-1The time has come for the Bluff City Classic, Memphis' premier summer basketball league featuring a balanced mixture of NBA players, college athletes and overseas greats. And it has new faces and a new home – the gym floor at The LeMoyne-Owen College.

Marresse Speights, Memphis Grizzlies' center and power forward, got into mix Wednesday (June 27 as the Classic moves through week two.

"I only finished with 14 points," Speights said after the game.


Lady Tigers land MTSU transfer, Central High alum

Jamila AjanakuThe University of Memphis women's basketball team added another local talent to the roster Tuesday as Central High School alum Jamila "Mimi" Ajanaku has decided to transfer to the Tigers from Middle Tennessee.

"Mimi was the first recruit I sat with when I took the Memphis job," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "Unfortunately for us, she was so far down the road with Middle Tennessee in recruiting. When she contacted us about returning home for family reasons, it gave us a tremendous opportunity.


Reliving ‘The Dream Team’

DreamTeamby Earl Austin, Jr.
NNPA News Service

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of "The Dream Team" – the great collection of athletes in the history of sports.

Yeah, I said it. The 1992 United States Olympic men's basketball team was the best team ever put together in any sport at any time. Period.


Grizz sale no reason for alarm, says mayor

Grizz yell-600x434As elevator speeches go, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has one ready and well-tested for the myriad Memphis Grizzlies fans who want to know his perspective on whether the team they have grown to love will stick around.

The uneasiness about the future ratcheted up on Monday morning when fans woke up to news that Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley had reached a deal to sell the team to tech-business owner and "billionaire" Robert Pera for a reported $350 million.


Boxing world stunned by Bradley-Pacquiao decision

Pacquiao Bradley600x434(NNPA) – Boxing fans around the world were shocked as Timothy Bradley defeated superstar Manny Pacquiao June 9 for the WBO Welterweight title by way of a split decision from the judges.

Analysts and fight fans were surprised that the 28-year-old California native was credited with winning the fight on even one judge's card, let alone winning over two judges to claim perhaps the most controversial recent decision.


Historic Joe Frazier Gym on endangered list

by Donald Hunt
NNPA News Service

The building where Philadelphia boxing great Joe Frazier trained for his big fights has been named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The annual list spotlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage according to the association. More than 230 sites have been on the list over its 25-year history and, in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.


African-American racer rolling with the flow

DarrellWallace-Racer400x304by Leland Stein III
Real Times News Service

Since it was race weekend in the Motor City, it is appropriate to recount that an African-American male is breaking barriers in one of the most segregated sports – NASCAR.

The young African-American driver is Darrell Wallace Jr. He said he's gotten a lot of support from the racing community, but he's also had to deal with some prejudice.


Thunder adjusting to NBA Finals

by Ron Matthews and Nick Gallo

It was no surprise the young Thunder got out to a bit of a slow start in Game 1 of Oklahoma City's first ever NBA Finals, but the Thunder shook off a slow start to erase a 13-point deficit to get a 105-94 series-starting victory.


Historically black Alcorn State hires white football coach

alcorn-state-jay hopsonAlcorn State has hired Jay Hopson as its football coach, making the former Memphis defensive coordinator the first "non-black" head coach in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, according to the school.

The school announced the hiring Monday, holding a news conference on the lawn of the school president M, Christopher Brown II's home.


Was the NBA Lottery fixed?

by Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley
NNPA News Service

The New Orleans Hornets came away as the big winners in the National Basketball Association (NBA) this past week, securing the top overall selection in the summer's NBA Draft.

Conspiracy theorists have popped up everywhere around the league, noting how ironic it is that the Hornets, a team currently owned by the league, came away as draft lottery winners when their 13.7 percent chance of winning the lottery was nearly 12 percentage points less than Charlotte (25 percent) and nearly six percent less than the Washington Wizards (19 percent).