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3-game home stand for Grizz

grizz-Foul-6544-600The Grizzlies (1-2) begin a three-game home stand tonight when the Boston Celtics (0-3) visit the FedExForum.

On Wednesday (Nov. 6), New Orleans marches into Memphis, with Golden State challenging the Grizzlies on Saturday (Nov. 9).

 

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Freshman follies continue to plague Tigers

Brandon-Hayes-TD-6031-600Headed into Wednesday night's game against Cincinnati, the University of Memphis knew at least three things: they would have their hands full against the Bearcats (5-2); the game would get air time on ESPN2; and a victory would do measures for the national identity of the Tigers (1-5).

Well, two out of three isn't bad, as Memphis rallied late but could not overcome Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1), falling 34-21 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Memphis won the toss and elected to defer. On its first drive, Cincinnati faced a 4th and 2 deep in Memphis' territory and decided to try and assert its will. They failed.

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Tip-Off Luncheon signals Grizz season opener almost here

grizzIMG-Auction-6024-600The Grizzlies kick off the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday in San Antonio against the Spurs. One of the annual signs that the season is about to get underway unfolded at the FedExForum on Wednesday.

The 12th annual Tip-Off Luncheon featured a silent auction and other auctions, with the benefits going to St. Jude Hospital. Several Memphis Grizzlies were on hand to interact with fans.

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After Mustangs and before Bearcats, Tigers seek way up

Tigers-Fumble-600After this week, the University of Memphis Tigers will have reached the halfway point of the 2013-14-football campaign. Most would agree the Tigers have made steady progress throughout the year.

The improvement noted, Memphis (1-4) took on the Southern Methodist University Mustangs and found the Tigers' strength – defense – under siege at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium last Saturday (Oct. 19).

Translation: Two steps forward encountered three steps back and ultimately resulted in a 34-29 setback.

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Griz work to purge ‘preseason sloppiness’

Griz-1-600With four preseason games left, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to cut down on turnovers and careless mistakes.

The "preseason sloppiness" will cease, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said on Tuesday after the team defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 102-99 at FedExForum.

Now 2-2, the Grizzlies entered the game averaging 20 turnovers but only turned the ball over 13 times. They played without Mike Miller, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos, Tayshaun Prince, Willie Reed and newly-signed guard Andre Barrett. The team will play its next three tilts on the road before finishing the preseason against Houston on Oct. 25 at FedExForum.

Against Milwaukee, Quincy Pondexter topped his career single-game high of 17 points, leading all scorers with 24 points in his first start of the season.

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Tigers looking to get over the hump

Tigers-D-600An underdog going up against the Cougars in Houston last weekend, the University of Memphis football Tigers had been steadily improving and the thought of a victory wasn't beyond the realm of reality.

The Tigers clearly believed that, holding a 15-10 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the "Big Blue Nation,"the Cougars rallied handing the Tigers (1-4) a 25-15 setback, their fourth loss this season.

For Memphis, it was the second time in as many games in conference competition that the Tigers had the lead late in the game and couldn't come away with a win. After a chaotic finish, Memphis stumbled the week before against UCF after edging ahead early in the fourth quarter.

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Tigers regroup, prepare for Houston

TigersJumping-400t"It was a hard-fought battle."

"It didn't turn out the way we wanted to."

"That was a tough football game against a really good program."

"We came up a little bit short but I was awfully proud of the way our kids continued to fight and battle and play for each other."

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Life After Lionel

Joerger2-600After making it to the Western Conference Finals – a punctuation mark on the franchise's best season ever – the Memphis Grizzlies are back in training camp with their starting five.

They have a new head coach, Dave Joerger, who served as defensive coordinator under former head coach Lionel Hollins.

They've brought back sharpshooter Mike Miller, who earned championship experience with the Miami Heat after an earlier stint with the Grizz.

They've acquired a new down-low force in Kosto Koufos, beefing up the frontcourt and providing much-needed back up to All-Star center Marc Gasol.

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Dramatic heave, reception lift Titans to win

titans 1-400After starting the season with two road games, the Tennessee Titans on Sunday were on home ground as they faced off against the San Diego Chargers, who were flying high after a big victory over Philadelphia.

The Titans franchise had not beaten the Chargers since 1992 when the Titans were then doing business as the Houston Oilers. That drought ended with a stellar performance from Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Locker threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left and the Titans rallied to beat San Diego 20-17 at LP Field in Nashville.

The catch was Hunter's first NFL reception and the timing couldn't have been better.

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Mike Conley Bowl n’ Bash set for Saturday

5thbowlnbash-400The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl 'n Bash benefitting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center is scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 28) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes at 1576 S. White Station Rd.

"We hope the community will join the fight against sickle cell by participating in this fundraising event," said Conley, the Grizzlies starting point guard. "This is a fun way to bring awareness to a very serious disease."

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Southaven wins penalty-filled game over Mitchell, 31-13

image-600In Mitchell High School's loss on Saturday to Southaven High School, the Tigers – and their head coach – at times looked worse than the score indicated.

The Tigers, who wound up on the short end of a 31-13 thumping, were once penalized in the second quarter for calling their "fourth" timeout when three is the limit per half. It was a bad display of football all around, with an enormous amount of unsportsmanlike, delay of game and holding penalties.

At one point in the second quarter, after yet ANOTHER infraction, Mitchell coach Nathan Cole yelled at the refs, "We didn't come here for this!"

 

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No joke – Tigers blow out ASU

TD-Brandon-Hayes-600As an elderly woman was making her way out of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, she asked, "What do you do when you win?" It was a joke of sorts.

The University of Memphis Tigers started the season 0-2. And after letting a close game against Middle Tennessee State University slip away (Sept. 14), the Tigers were left searching for their first victory of the year.

So it's no surprise that many were shocked when Memphis recorded a lopsided victory against the Arkansas State Red Wolves this past weekend (Sept. 21). Memphis wasn't favored to win the game, but it wasn't unimaginable to believe the Tigers could pull out a W. But a 31-7 rout of an Arkansas State team with a high-powered offense wasn't a scenario that any serious prognosticator would have predicted.

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Tigers look for the measure of progress

Coach-Justin-Fuente-600For the University of Memphis football Tigers, Saturday is measuring day. Time to get a handle on how much progress has been made since the last encounter head coach Justin Fuente and the Tigers had with Duke's Blue Devils.

The two teams strap it up on Saturday – the first game of the year for the U of M and the second for Duke. Last year, as Fuente recalled, the Blue Devils "out gained us in every aspect of the game. We're looking forward to seeing how far we've come."

This year's Tigers have continued to battle through, he said.

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