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Grizzlies snap home opener losing streak with Gasol in charge

Grizzlies snap home opener losing streak with Gasol in charge

The Memphis Grizzlies were down by three in the second quarter. All-Star center Marc Gasol caught a pass from Vince Carter and made one of his two dunks of the night. The crowd of 17,731 screamed as Gasol swung from the basketball goal before dropping to his feet.

With forceful scores in the paint and his jumper, Gasol poured in a career-best 32 points and added nine rebounds in 37 minutes in the season-opening victory (105-101) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum on Wednesday (Oct. 29) night.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

NCAA announces graduation success rate; releases Federal Graduation Rate report

NCAA announces graduation success rate; releases Federal Graduation Rate report

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA on Tuesday released the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) Report. For a second straight season, the University of Memphis graduated 84 percent of its student-athletes for the 2007 cohort against a Federal Graduation Rate of 59 percent for the same period.

The FGR accesses only first-time full-time freshmen and only counts them as an academic success if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period. The GSR differs from the FGR in that it adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students (in specific cases) to the sample. This allows the GSR to more accurately look at student-athlete successes by taking in to account the full variety of participants in NCAA Division I and tracking their individual outcomes. For example, the FGR for the 2007 report takes in to consideration just 84,053 student-athletes in NCAA Division I. The GSR for that same period (2004-2007 entering classes) tracks 93,637 college athletics participants, an 11.4 percent difference.

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Shifting roles for Grizz rookies as season begins

Shifting roles for Grizz rookies as season begins

In the NBA, the end of the preseason signals the beginning of a lot less playing time for most of the league’s rookies. There will be no bucking of that trend by the Grizzlies as the 2014 season kicks off this week.

“It’s going to be tough for the young guys to break into the rotation,” said Memphis head coach Dave Joerger after the Grizzlies wrapped up the preseason with a 104-98 loss to the Miami Heat at the FedExForum on Friday. “They are aware of that. …”

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Texans beat down Titans

Texans beat down Titans

NASHVILLE – J.J. Watt takes the NFL very seriously, so he gave Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger a reminder that this isn’t high school by mocking the first-time starter with a pretend selfie.

Watt celebrated and sent his message after coming up with two sacks, a batted pass he nearly picked off and a forced fumble as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-16 Sunday for a win in the franchise’s 200thgame.

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Grizzlies derail Cavs’ road-victory effort

Grizzlies derail Cavs’ road-victory effort

One is the number of times that you will see the Memphis Grizzlies on national television during the regular season. And for that you can blame, disparage and/or scream at the NBA.

Described by many as a ‘super-star driven’ league, the NBA – outside of Memphis – just doesn’t generally view the Grizz’s grinders as superstars with national TV appeal, local opinion notwithstanding.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Against all odds: The King brothers

Against all odds: The King brothers

It’s been almost 50 years since Charles and Tony King became the first and only black siblings to play on the same professional football team with the Buffalo Bills in 1967 of the then American Football League.

Charles, a defensive back was a high draft pick in 1966 and his brother Tony, a flanker and multi-position player joined him on the Buffalo Bills team in 1967, thus making them the first black siblings to play on the same team.

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