Fri04182014

Sports

MIAA crowns champions at FedExForum

11TiaWottenTSD-600With city titles on the line, as well as bragging rights, the Memphis area AA and AAA teams walked into FedExForum in hopes of exiting as MIAA City Champions on Saturday.

The crowd was a little scarce at the start of the Mitchell vs Trezevant game that tipped off around 5:45 pm. Mitchell wasted no time in setting the tone, jumping out to an early lead and was up 21-9 after the first quarter. The Tigers went on to defeat the Bears 73-59 for the AA crown.

Gavin Robinson was named MVP for the Tigers.

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Revamped Grizz flash sign of chemistry

Grizz-T-Prince-400Fans were wondering how long it would take for new players Tayshaun Prince, Austin Day and Ed Davis to gel with the "grit and grind" philosophy of the Memphis Grizzlies in the post Rudy-Gay era.

With back-to-back wins at home, the Grizzlies (32-18) are getting back on track to running a tight offense and making important defensive plays that add up to wins.

On Friday (Feb. 8), the Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 99-93, sweeping the series. Despite Warriors' guard Stephen Curry's 32 points and David Lee's 26 points, the Grizzlies came out victorious. Marc Gasol led the way recording his ninth double-double of the season, with 20 points and 11 rebounds. NBA All-Star Zach Randolph pitched in 16 points and 12 rebounds, hitting his thirtieth double-double of the year.

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Which Tiger team will show up on Saturday?

TigersTulsa-600If someone wanted to make excuses for the University of Memphis Tigers, they could say, "Well, it was a road game." Sure it was, but coming off last Saturday's 94-64 victory over Tulsa, a more worthy adversary, Memphis' most recent victory was far from an inspiring performance.

On the road in Dallas, the Tigers came away with a very unimpressive win (60-52) against a middle of the road C-USA opponent – Southern Methodist University – on Wednesday night.

SMU's Mustangs only had the lead once in the game and it was during the first few minutes of the contest. Yet, the Tigers allowed the Mustangs to hang around late in the game.

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Grizz lose back to back amid hunt for consistency

Grizz-400The Memphis Grizzlies are trying to work their way back to grit-and-grind basketball and apparently it's going to take some time.

After back-to-back losses and the All-Star Game break looming, the Grizzlies are a team experiencing the pain associated with attempting to regroup and grow on the fly.

On Wednesday, Memphis suffered a 103-92 loss on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. The day before (Feb. 5), the Phoenix Suns took them down (96-90) at the FedExForum.

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Grizz players, execs and fans groove at gala for St. Jude

Grizz-Zac-Alex-Rice-600The thought of Glen – a former patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a huge Grizzlies fan – brought tears to the eyes of many at the Fourth Annual Grizz Gala at the Gold Strike Casino Resort last Saturday.

The annual fundraiser was designed with children such as Glen in mind. Glen recently lost his bout with cancer, a sobering fact noted in a letter read to the crowd during the event. One couple agreed that they would celebrate the rest of the night for Glen and his life.

Sold out for the second consecutive year, the blue-tie affair gave fans the opportunity to join the Grizzlies in one of the team's ongoing expressions of community giving.

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Tigers plow over Tulsa as streak continues

Tigers-DJ-Blocks-600As of late, winning has been the routine for the University of Memphis Tigers basketball squad. So when the Tigers knocked off Tulsa last Saturday (Feb. 2), it wasn't a shocker.

Memphis' latest victory was its twelfth in a row as the Tigers continued to roll through their conference schedule. However, the margin of the win (94-64) surely turned a few heads. Just to put it into perspective, over the Tigers' previous four triumphs they only won by a combined 29 points.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane isn't exactly a push over. They came into the game with a winning record (12-9, 4-3 C-USA), and they have often given Memphis problems. But to say the Tigers were firing on all cylinders this past weekend would be an understatement.

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Grizzlies win amid changes and new faces

Grizz-Austin-Daye-600With the arrival of new players and the departure of familiar faces, the Memphis Grizzlies are a team in transition. That means fresh attention to blending and bonding on and off the court.

Three new players suited up on Friday and were ready to compete as Memphis faced the Washington Wizards (11-34). Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye all clocked minutes as the Grizzlies defeated Washington 85 to 76.

Prince and Day were acquired from the Detroit Pistons and Davis from the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. The deal put Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi in Raptors' uniforms.

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Fun tweets #Blackout @ SB 47

EdReedBlackout-600The jokesters of Twitter had plenty to snicker about during Sunday's Super Bowl won by the Baltimore Ravens. The year's most-watched sporting event, interrupted by a 35-minute delay in the third quarter, may forever be known as the #Blackout Bowl.

The bizarre interlude seemed to energize the San Francisco 49ers and the Twitterverse, which until then had been complaining about the one-sided game.

Twitter said its volume of chatter spiked during the blackout, reaching 231,500 tweets per minute. In total, there were 24.1 million tweets posted about the game and its halftime show, said Twitter in a blog post. By the beginning of the second half, Twitter said its volume of tweets had already surpassed last year's total for the whole game.

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Rudy Gay no longer a Grizzly

Rudy-Gay-Kobe-Bryant-600In the past two weeks, talk among NBA followers and Memphis Grizzlies' fans have centered around forward Rudy Gay and trade rumors.

Well, it's no longer a rumor!

A three-team deal late Wednesday sent Gay to the Toronto Raptors.

When the smoke cleared, Gay was gone, along with reserve center Hamed Haddadi, with three players – the most notable being small forward Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons – now added to the Grizz grind squad.

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Tigers rolling through C-USA

IMG-DJ-Stephens-7644-600For the University of Memphis Tigers' basketball team, the 2012-13 season is into the "grind" of the conference schedule. Memphis only has 11 games remaining in the regular season and 10 off those are against C-USA opponents.

So far during their campaign, the Tigers have had no real problem shredding their conference foes. They recently improved to 6-0 in C-USA and appear to be on cruise control coming down the stretch.

Last Saturday (Jan. 26), Memphis defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd 73-72 at the FedExForum. Three days before, the Herd had been thoroughly embarrassed (102-46) at the hands of the University of Southern Mississippi and they were determined to not have a repeat effort as they took the court this past weekend.

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A Grizz night out helps senior with career choice

sportscareer-1-600Many perceive a high school student's senior year to be one of the most fun and enlightening times of a person's life. This special year is supposed to be a period of profound memories and in most cases that's just the way it turns out.

I'm a senior and I can tell you that the final year of high school is also a year of great decisions. We have to decide on schools, majors and occupations. Experience and passion greatly affect the decisions.

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Grizz end home stand with loss to Hornets

Grizz-Defense-600The New Orleans Hornets will soon be the New Orleans Pelicans. This has absolutely nothing to do with the team defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at FedExForum 91 to 83.

It's irrelevant because the New Orleans team has carried on with business as usual winning eight of their last 12 games and they used Memphis to add to their stat sheet.

The Grizzlies ended a four-game home stand against the Hornets after beating the Brooklyn Nets (101-77) and the Los Angeles Lakers (106-93).

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D.J.’s worth the price of admission

Tigers2-600Memphis head coach Josh Pastner drew some immediate media backlash after asserting that D.J. Stephens of the Tigers will go down as one of the top five greatest players in Memphis basketball history.

The comment came this past weekend and Pastner has changed his stance slightly, saying that Stephens might not be top five, strictly judging on basketball talent. But in terms of energy and effort, D.J. is definitely at the top of the list, he maintains.

Pastner is also convinced that Stephens will go down as one of the most beloved Tigers. Regardless of where you stand on the debate, it is impossible to watch D.J. Stephens compete and say that he didn't leave it all on the court. He plays so hard that he has been held out of practice since October 21 because Pastner doesn't want to risk him getting injured.

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