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Grizz owner defends front office shake-up with new hires

Grizz owner defends front office shake-up with new hires
Memphis owner Robert Pera says he made changes in the Grizzlies' front office this offseason to make sure the organization is headed in the direction he wants it going.
 
Pera discussed his decision to keep Chris Wallace as his general manager along with other moves in the shake-up Friday during a press conference. It was just his fourth press conference with local reporters since taking over the Grizzlies as controlling owner in November 2012. He covered a variety of topics in a 30-minute session.

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Claude Humphrey: First native Memphian in the NFL Hall of Fame

Claude Humphrey:  First native Memphian in the NFL Hall of Fame
Ever wonder what the face of a native Memphian would look like in the NFL Hall of Fame? Well it resembles the face of Lester High School graduate and Tennessee State University alumnus Claude Humphrey. 
 
Humphrey spent 11 years of his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons and the last four with the Philadelphia Eagles. And you can bet he will mention all of this in his acceptance speech on Saturday (Aug. 2) during the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio. 

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

TSU’s Tigers ready to follow up best season in decades

TSU’s Tigers ready to follow up best season in decades
NASHVILLE — Tennessee State has high expectations coming off its best season in almost 30 years, thanks largely to a very stingy defense that takes after the Tigers' best tradition.
 
The Tigers, who have produced such NFL players as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Richard Dent and Ed "Too Tall" Jones, ranked in the top 10 nationally in 2013 for total defense, scoring defense and turnovers gained.
Coach Rod Reed said preseason Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the year Anthony Bass and defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick both deserve such an honor. Bass had 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, and Fitzpatrick led all of Division I nationally with eight interceptions.

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LeBron ‘Freak of Nature’ James

LeBron ‘Freak of Nature’ James
Some weeks ago immediately following the NBA Finals we said, “If you believe LeBron James is a physical freak of nature in terms of size, speed, agility and ability, then break on down, give him props and acknowledge that he’s also an intellectual freak of nature with maturity, savvy, leadership and communication skills that greatly transcend his age, background and educational attainment.”
 
Did we hit the nail on the head or not?

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Building a legacy of Lawsons

Building a legacy of Lawsons
No stranger to many sports-minded Memphians, Keelon Lawson’s headline count has ratcheted up in recent weeks.
 
The former boys’ basketball head coach at Hamilton High School is now an assistant coach for the University of Memphis men’s basketball program, Tigers head coach Josh Pastner announced last Wednesday (July 16).
 
Lawson’s sons – four deep – are newsmakers also. Two of them already have committed to play for the Tigers. In a win-win deal, Lawson gets to take his coaching to the next level as his sons keep their talent in their hometown and under his watchful eye.

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