Sat04192014

Sports

What do Dwight Howard, Peyton Manning and Diana Nyad have in common?

neuroband 600Professionals and amateurs alike have discovered a new technology, Neurobands, to optimize their performance on the field and alleviate pain from current and prior injuries.

Developed with the help of a 16-member team of physicians, trainers and other specialists, Neurobands mimic contractions that stimulate neuron pathways in specific muscles so they continuously adjust muscle balance to keeping the skeleton in alignment.

"Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who's had repeated neck and back injuries and multiple surgeries, now has eight therapeutic shirts with built-in Neurobands and wears them pretty much every day," says Bill Schultz, who brought the technology to market via his company, AlignMed, www.alignmed.com.

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Tigers bounced – no kicked – from AAC Tourney

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The buzz about the University of Memphis' debut in the inaugural American Athletic Conference was short-lived, with the debut degenerating into a cameo appearance.

In front of 13,801 fans at FedExForum on Thursday night, the Tigers (fifth-seeded) took a beating from the fourth-seeded University of Connecticut Huskies.

The final score was 72-53 and it didn't feel that close.

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AAC Tourney crown up for grabs

Tournament 600The inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament is being played out in Memphis, with University of Memphis fans hopeful that their fifth-seeded Tigers can claim the tourney championship.

With Cincinnatti, Louisville, SMU and UConn seeded ahead of them, the Tigers are especially happy to have what amounts to home court. Whether it proves to be an advantage will start to show on Thursday when Memphis takes on UConn in a game set to be shown on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

Memphis fans will need no prodding to get up for UConn. The Huskies took both games from the Tigers, with Memphis falling short in an overtime challenge at the FedExForum.

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Grizz roll on with home-court winning streak

grizzblazer 600One game at a time. That's how the Memphis Grizzlies are taking it. And it's showing up in the Grind House, aka FedExForum.

Notching their seventh-straight home win with seven more home games left in the regular season, the Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday (109-99).

The Grizzlies are back to playing tough defense and they've developed a fierce second unit that's garnering more and more playing time.

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Tigers rack up All-American Athletic Conference honors

tigersallamerican 600University of Memphis' Shaq Goodwin and Joe Jackson earned All-American Athletic Conference second team honors, the league office released Tuesday. Memphis was one of four teams to have two players receive all-conference distinction.

Freshman Austin Nichols was the lone unanimous selection to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team.

It is the third-straight season that the Tigers placed two or more players on the all-conference squads. Nichols' honor gave Memphis an all-rookie/freshman team selection for the 11th time in the last 14 seasons.

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Tigers cap regular season with comeback win over SMU

seniorday 600On Senior Day, the University of Memphis reaped huge dividends from its departing class as the Tigers beat back the SMU Mustangs 67-58 at the FedExForum on Saturday.

"In the second half, the senior guards would not let us be denied," said head coach Josh Pastner. "This win will keep us in the top 25 for the entire season. This is a great feat in itself. Not too many programs stay in the top 25 the whole season."

The nationally televised game was punctuated by ear-ringing energy, with Tigers finding a way to overcome a 30-26 deficit at the half.

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Richard Sherman: NFL’s proposed N-word ban ‘almost racist’

nwordban 600The NFL Competition Committee has been engaged in talks since last Friday, discussing a variety of issues important to the league. One such matter is the proposed 15-yard penalty on players using the "N-word" on the field. Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman is against banning the word, calling the potential rule "almost racist" in an interview.

According to Sports Illustrated's MMBQ, there remains a chance that the N-word ban may not go into effect, but there could be a higher focus on language during games by officials. As it stands, the committee will weigh the option of referees giving players a warning before issuing any deeper penalties.

Sherman, the outspoken defensive player and All-Pro, feels such a ban is unnecessary. The Stanford graduate and Compton native shared his thoughts with MMBQ in his typical brash fashion.

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Grizz top Cavaliers after digging a first-half hole


mike 600Two teams came together on Saturday (March 1) after coming off back-to-back games. The Memphis Grizzlies had just lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-107 on the road. The Cleveland Cavaliers had rolled over the Utah Jazz.

So, with Memphis looking to avoid two consecutive losses and Cleveland playing well as of late, something had to give. For a while, it seemed as if it would be the Grizzlies, who had a seriously cold first half before rallying for a 110-96 victory, with forward Zach Randolph leading the way.

"I thought it was more that he (Zach Randolph) decided to establish himself," said Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown. "In the first half we were the ones who were more physical. We were the ones that were hitting first.

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Memphis beat Louisville – enough said!

tigerscardinals 600It's just not something you normally associate with winning a basketball game, but then it wasn't just a basketball game. It was Louisville, as in rival, as in defending national champions, as in national television, as in the team the University of Memphis needed to beat after laying an egg against Houston in the previous game on the road.

"Completing the regular season sweep over Louisville is huge for this team and the city," said head coach Josh Pastner after the Tigers (22-7, 11-5) upset the No. 7 Cardinals 72-66 at the FedExForum on Saturday (March 1).

"Sweeping Louisville is huge for us, and means a lot for the city," said guard Chris Crawford, whose sharp shooting included a dagger-like three-pointer with the game in the balance in the waning moments.

 

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GRIZZ TRACK: L.A.’s three-point outburst not enough to beat Grizzlies

grizzlaker 600A different day and a different pace but still a win for the Memphis Grizzlies as they outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers after a strong first half, ending up on the winning side of a tight 108-103 game on Wednesday (Feb. 26th) at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies had just split back-to-back games, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers at home on Friday (102-96) then losing to the Charlotte Bobcats on the road on Saturday 89-92.

The last time the Los Angeles Lakers were in town All-Star Kobe Bryant got injured. Bryant hasn't returned. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have welcomed back defensive-minded guard Tony Allen for his third game.

 

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Everyone is asking the wrong questions about the Ray Rice video

RayRice 600"PSA of the day ... If you spit in a man's face, you deserve to get knocked out. Man, woman or child. Period!"

This was a friend's Facebook status on the day the news broke that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, had both been charged with simple assault after they were involved in a domestic dispute while visiting an Atlantic City casino over Valentine's Day weekend. Rumor had it that Palmer had spit on Rice, and Rice had reacted. To what degree he reacted was anyone's guess, at that time. Rice's lawyer initially—and in hindsight, bafflingly—described the event as a "very minor physical altercation," as if there were some way for a couple to lay hands on each other that wasn't bad.

Good ole TMZ came through with footage of the aftermath to that dispute. "Very minor?" Hardly. Grainy video showed Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee from the elevator and discarding her facedown on a carpeted hallway. He seems not to want to be bothered, and even more so when he is approached by hotel security. As the woman comes to, he drags her around some more, seemingly annoyed. The first thing I wondered is, what happened to her?

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Openly gay player Jason Collins makes NBA history

jasoncollins 600Jason Collins not only became the NBA's first active openly gay player Sunday afternoon by signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, but he also appeared in his first game against the Los Angeles Lakers later that same day, ESPN reports.

"I don't have time to really think about history right now," he told ESPN shortly after inking his short-term deal. "The pressure is playing in an NBA game tonight, and last time I played in an NBA game was last April," Collins said. "So I think that's enough pressure right there."

The 35-year-old center entered with 10:28 to go in the second quarter and received a round of applause from the Staples Center crowd.

 

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Grizz outlast Clippers for a keep-pace victory

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Every NBA win is important, especially amid a dogfight for playoff position in the Western Conference. So Memphis' 102-96 victory at the FedExForum on Friday night was satisfying.

But, add in the detail that the win was at the expense of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers and a satisfying win gets an upgrade to sweet.

The Grizzlies-Clippers rivalry is punctuated by prickliness. Friday night's confrontation came with L.A. ranked among the Western Conference's top four teams and Memphis in a scruff with Phoenix, Golden State and Dallas to finish among the top eight teams that will battle for conference supremacy in the playoffs.

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