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Tigers could use a kick-start

Tigers could use a kick-start

by J.R. Moorhead
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Over 39,000 fans filled the stands last Saturday (Sept. 1) to get their first glimpse of the newly renovated Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the 2012 Memphis Tigers football team. Halfway through the third quarter, however, this first take was cut short for many because of a storm front that rolled through bringing lightening that forced a 90-minute delay.

That's not to say the entertainment stopped. With field security in hot pursuit, many students took turns running onto the field and sliding head first across the Memphis emblem at the fifty-yard line.

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Tigers face climb to respect as college football returns

Tigers face climb to respect as college football returns

by J.R. Moorhead
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

What's the worst time of the year for sports fans? Many would say the doldrums that are post-NBA finals excitement and mid-season baseball coupled with being able to smell football in the air. This year, sports lovers were able to soothe their pain with the Summer Olympics.

Still, the wait for college football season to begin was still weighing heavy on their minds. It's like that feeling they used to get as children the night before Christmas. Now, they are all grown-up and today (Aug. 30) is their new favorite holiday. And it doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice because FOOTBALL IS BACK!

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Elliot Perry spices Celebrity Sports Breakfast

Elliot Perry spices Celebrity Sports Breakfast

by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

A breakfast of fried chicken, waffles, eggs and juice mixed with a guest appearance by Quincy Pondexter of the Memphis Grizzlies and spiced by a verbal challenge from Elliot Perry helped make for a hearty case of outreach at the annual Celebrity Sports Breakfast last Saturday (Aug. 25).

This year's annual sports breakfast was held on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) in the newly renamed Bruce Hall/Jerry C. Johnson Gymnasium. As usual, it was a key element of the 2012 Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports weekend, benefiting the United Negro College Fund and the college.

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Coach ‘T’ makes the cut

Coach ‘T’ makes the cut

by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

When Steve Harvey's new daytime TV talk show debuts Sept. 4, former Memphis-area high school football coach, Tim Thompson, is scheduled to make a guest appearance – as an author. Here he talks with The New Tri-State Defender about his new book – "The Locker Room" – and how he hooked up with Harvey.

Tri-State Defender: Coach 'T,' what do you say to people who still doubt you and your ability after taking lack luster programs at several schools – Westwood, Melrose, Fayette-Ware (Fayette County) – and turning them around?

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New Tigers coach out to change football culture

New Tigers coach out to change football culture

by J.R. Moorhead
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

After a disappointing 2011 campaign, the University of Memphis injected change into the football program.

The biggest news of the off-season was the announcement that the Tigers would be joining the Big East Conference. Many had embraced the notion that Memphis might miss out on a bid to a bigger conference during all the conference shifting and realigning,

Another change, more directly pertaining to football, was the replacement of head coach Larry Porter with new head coach Justin Fuente.

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Dwight Howard emerges as new face of Lakers

Dwight Howard emerges as new face of Lakers

by Kenneth Miller

From Watts to South Central, to Inglewood, to Hawthorne and beyond, Lakers fans are rejoicing in the acquisition of superstar big man Dwight Howard joining the storied basketball franchise.

It is one of those moments that sort of transcends your normal sports story. Not as important as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assassination or the presidential election of Barack Obama, but you remember where you were when you heard about it.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: Sports

Middle school football jamboree – 10 minutes and visions of glory

Middle school football jamboree – 10 minutes and visions of glory

by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

One 10-minute period – that's all the football teams in the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) middle school, season-opening jamboree were given as they tried to lay claim to who at least looks like they might be a formidable opponent and/or "the team to beat."

Fairgrounds Stadium played host for the 2012 version of the annual event last Friday and Saturday (Aug. 10-11).

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