JSU taps Brent to coach men’s basketball

JSU-Wayne Brent-600Wayne Brent was named as the seventh head coach of the Jackson State Tigers on Monday during a press conference at the Jackson State University Sports Hall of Fame.

After welcoming Brent to JSU, Director of Athletics Dr. Vivian L. Fuller presented him with a jacket and shirt bearing the university's logo. Brent thanked God, his family and the university administration before laying out his plans for JSU.

"There are certain goals that I have set for this program. I want to give guys a chance to dream," Brent said during Monday's news conference, adding that he'd like the team to reach the NCAA Tournament in the next few years.


Tiger regains No. 1 ranking

S014481456-Tiger-600Tiger Woods regained the No. 1 spot in the world golf rankings, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday in Orlando, Florida.

Woods won the tournament for the eighth time, tying Sam Snead for the most times winning one event in a career.


Tiger Woods at Arnold Palmer Invitational: Live Score, Results from Final Round



Tiger Woods is heading into the home stretch at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

With a win today, Woods will firmly establish himself as the favorite for the Masters and move into the top spot of the Official World Golf Rankings, usurping Rory McIlroy. A win would also be an incredible eighth triumph at Bay Hill, tying Sam Snead for the most wins at a single tournament.

Live Leaderboard from Arnold Palmer Invitational, via

Birdie for Tiger at 16; he moves to -3 for the day. Woods is -14 and leads by three.

Follow along with our live updates throughout the day.

Not enough green to help Celtics defeat Grizz and Beale Street blue

Grizz-zbo-600There was a sea of green in a den of blue in FedExForum on Saturday night. The Boston Celtics were in town to face the Memphis Grizzlies in front of a sold-out crowd. Celtics fans traveled from nearby cities to see their still-favored Eastern conference team.

But neither the Celtics nor their fans could hold off the Memphis Grizzlies, who won the game 110-106 without All-Star Marc Gasol. The seven-foot center re-aggravated an abdominal tear the night before when Grizzlies fell to the New Orleans Hornets on the road. The injury was originally sustained on March 6 when they faced the Portland Trailblazers.

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said his game plan going without Gasol was to be quick and share the ball.


Louisville tops NCAA dollar rankings too

University-logos-600The University of Louisville heads into the NCAA tournament at the top of the rankings in more ways than one. It's the college basketball king of revenue and profits.

The school, which also has the No. 1 ranking in the March Madness tournament, earned a profit of $26.9 million from its men's basketball program last year, according to figures that schools have to file with the Department of Education and analyzed by CNNMoney. That's about 60 percent more than the $16.9 million profit at the University of North Carolina, whose men's hoops team had the second largest profit.

Louisville turned that profit on revenue of $42.4 million. Syracuse came in second with $25.9 million in revenue.


Grizz out-grind OKC

Grizz-1-600Once upon a time, two young NBA teams formed a rivalry. The Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder were under the radar for quite some time.

But in the emergence of a new age in the Western Conference they were on the rise, fighting for top-shelf spots. The NBA world watched as the two teams started to seriously rumble with the well-known teams. Then came the 2011 playoff battle that spilled into a Game Seven, with the Grizzlies sent home in the second round.

Memphis and OKC faced each other once again in FedExForum on Wednesday. No it wasn't the playoffs, but it was a high-profile game with playoff-like intensity. This time around, the Grizzlies defeated the Thunder in overtime, 90-89, with starting guard Mike Conley leading the way.


Tiger Woods confirms he’s dating Lindsey Vonn – ski champ

Tigerdating-600So, the cat's out of the bag.

Golfing great Tiger Woods confirmed a very loosely kept secret Monday: that he and six-time reigning World Cup downhill skiing champion Lindsey Vonn are an item.

On his Facebook page, Woods wrote: "This season has been great so far and I'm happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that's happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes."


Tigers to tangle in the Midwest regional; could face MTSU

18TigersCrawford-600The band is warming up and the Tigers have laced their shoes. It's time to dance! The University of Memphis looks geared to win its first NCAA tournament game with Josh Pastner as head coach.

After securing the C-USA Tournament title on Saturday morning in Tulsa in a heart-pounding game not reflected by the final score (91-79), the Tigers learned Sunday evening that they were grouped in the Midwest region.

Memphis will take the floor on Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich. (time to be announced) to take on the winner of a play-in game between Middle Tennessee State and Saint Mary's. The Tigers look to have a decisive advantage against either team, especially when the extra game for the opponent is taken into account.


Southwest lands Newell and Lurry on All-TCCAA team

SW-newell-400Five Southwest men's and women's basketball players were voted all-conference by coaches in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association, including first team selections Marshun Newell and Teneisha Lurry.

Newell, a 6'3"sophomore swingman from Middle College High, averaged 18 points per game this season and led the Saluqis with 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He scored double figures in all but one of the games he played, with as many as 20 points eight times, and a career-high of 28 points against Motlow State.

Also one of the team's top rebounders, Newell recorded four double-doubles and grabbed a career-high of 13 boards against Dyersburg State. In addition, he had a near triple-double against Mid-South with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.


Should Bulls’ superstar Derrick Rose return this season?

IMG-D-Rose--Jan2011-600Nearly one year after suffering a horrific ACL tear, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been cleared to return to the NBA. But after an offseason rehab campaign fueled by heavy media coverage, Rose still isn't ready to suit up for Chicago.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are steamrolling competition as the Eastern Conference leaders, the Indiana Pacers control the NBA's Central Division – with Chicago a close second – and with every game that Rose misses, the window might be closing on a possible Finals appearance for the Bulls. However, the Bulls' faithful are still hopeful for a deep run in the Eastern conference playoffs with Rose at the helm but should the injured Bulls star bother to return this season?


‘Perfect’ Tigers roll UAB; next challenge: C-USA Tournament

Tigers-DJ-600The stat sheet told the story – Joe Jackson: 17 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds, 6 steals; U of M Tigers 86, UAB Blazers 71.

A once heated rivalry between the two C-USA competitors has cooled over the years, but neither Jackson nor his Tiger teammates needed the rivalry factor for any added stimulation to get the job done at the FedExForum last Saturday. The victory sealed the Tigers' unblemished run through the C-USA regular season, as they notched a perfect 16-0 record.


First transgender MMA fighter goes public

fallon-fox-600Born a man, Fallon Fox became a woman through surgery and then trained to fight in mixed martial arts.

Now that she has won her first two bouts -- both in the first round -- she has gone public as a transgender fighter, the first on record in a popular sport that some consider as the successor to boxing.

"The reaction has been positive," said Fox, 37, who revealed her story recently to Sports Illustrated after a journalist with another publication began to investigate her private surgery. "It's just some people, some of society doesn't get it yet. And this is what we're trying to do now is to inform people and let them know about transgender athletes."


Grizz stage another comeback, this one with key men down

Grizz-1-600After the Memphis Grizzlies split a two-game road trip by losing to the Miami Heat and defeating the Orlando Magic, they eased past the Portland Trailblazers with a 91-85 victory at FedExForum on Wednesday night.

It was another comeback – the 10th when trailing by 17 or more since the start of the 2009 season. The Grizzlies (40-19) went into the half on the short end of a 50-38 score.

Grizz guard Tony Allen said going into the locker room they knew what they had to do.