Road-tested Tigers now ready for final home game

The University of Memphis has sealed a regular season conference title and a first round bye in the C-USA tournament. With three games remaining on the schedule, the Tigers are merely playing for seeding in the NCAA tournament.

After a big let down on the road last week against Xavier, Memphis knows that another loss from this point forward could substantially affect the number in front of its name when the brackets are filled. And with back-to-back road games against UCF and UTEP still left, the Tigers had to be focused to come away with wins.


Mitchell back to state after sectional win

Mitchell-1-600The Mitchell High School gymnasium had the atmosphere of a NBA playoff game during the TSSAA Class AA sectional on Monday.

With music, cheerleaders, majorettes, the dance team AND the pep band in attendance to help create havoc, the Tigers (23-7) defeated visiting Liberty Tech from Jackson, Tenn. by 17 points – 59 to 42. The victory cleared the way for Mitchell's advance to the state championship game for the second consecutive year.

The Tigers' defensive pressure and balanced scoring from their big three helped to turn back a late rally by Liberty, which cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth period.


Sports Faceoff: Should Joe Flacco be the NFL’s highest paid QB

Joe Flacco trainingCamp-400A Super Bowl run and a few wins against stellar quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and prize rookie Andrew Luck will certainly do something to a National Football League (NFL) resume. But should it make you the highest paid signal caller in the league?

Joe Flacco's agent certainly thinks so. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback recently agreed to a six-year agreement worth $120 million, making him the highest paid signal caller in NFL history.

While Flacco's career stats are certainly solid, are they worth $20 million a year? Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.


Grizz comeback leaves Dallas feeling ‘punked’

Grizz-Mike-Conley-600During the first half of their game Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks the Memphis Grizzlies looked and played more like "The Get Along Gang" than the grit-and-grind squad that area fans have come to love.

The FedExForum absorbed 16,041 fans for the game and when it was done, Memphis had defeated Dallas 90-84. The Mavericks made sure the Grizz worked for it.

The Grizzlies did not score a field goal until halfway through the first quarter. Austin Daye scored on a jump shot, adding to Tony Allen's points from free throws. By the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks led 38-19, with Daye's 10 points pacing Memphis.


Tigers need to do more than ‘win’ to beat stereotype

Josh-Pastner-600Most of us would agree that stereotypes are generally a bad thing. It's not a good practice to assume things about people or situations without knowing all the details. Even with this being said, many people have to fight preconceived notions on a daily basis.

If sterotypes are generally false, then why would people still choose to believe them? It's because although deep down stereotypes tend to be overblown exaggerations about a large group of people, sometimes – repeat sometimes – there is still a kernel of truth.

For example, everyone has heard the "dumb jock" stereotype. Now, are all athletes idiots? Certainly not. Are there some meatheads among the group? You betcha!


Title in the bag, Tigers have shot at undefeated C-USA

Tigers-Dunk-time-600After the University of Memphis Tigers defeated Southern Mississippi 89 to 73 and wrapped up the C-USA conference title Saturday, head coach Josh Pastner decided to use the words of Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.

"(The) best teams have to go through some adversity," Izzo said after his Spartans lost to No. 1 Indiana.

Memphis hasn't seen the same type of adversity as the No. 4 Spartans, who dropped another game last night to Ohio State. Pastner was referring to the losses early in the Tigers' season.


Tigers put wins 16 and 17 in their on-a-streak bag

Tigers-Good-Steal-600Over the weekend, the University of Memphis Tigers handled the Marshall Thundering Herd with relative ease (71-59). Considering Memphis only beat Marshall by one point at home earlier this season, the one-sided affair might have been a surprise to some folks.

However, with the Tigers overall level of play over the last two months it shouldn't have caught anyone of guard.

Fresh off their 16th victory in a row, the Tigers returned to action against the Houston Cougars last night at the FedExForum. The Cougars brought a winning record (15-9) overall into the match up, yet they had only managed to win 4 of their 11 games in C-USA competition. The Tigers were a perfect 11-0 and moved up in the Top 25 polls for the second time in as many weeks (21st AP/19th USA Today).


Ridgeway nets 15-AAA crown

HSbasketball-1-600The Southwind Jaguars' gym was filled with screaming, foot-stomping fans for Tuesday night's District 15-AAA matchup between No. 1 Ridgeway and No. 2 Southwind.

The game was a rematch of a Feb. 8 contest that ended with Southwind defending its home court with a 82-70 victory. We owe them because they beat us last time we played them," said Robert Miller.

The first half was disastrous for Ridgeway. Numerous turnovers had head coach Wes Henning shaking his head.Amazingly, the Roadrunners only trailed 28-23 at the break.


Zbo’s All-Star Game Weekend

DSC 0656-600The 62nd NBA All-Star Weekend concluded on Sunday night (Feb. 17) with the West defeating the East in a 143-138 victory at Toyota Center.

Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph, making his second All-Star appearance, played 13 minutes and finished with six points and five rebounds.

"Everybody was cheering each other on. It was great. It was definitely competitive," Randolph said.


One of the greatest jockeys of all time

Isaac Burns MurphyIsaac Burns Murphy is one of the greatest jockeys ever, and it can be argued that he is in fact the greatest.

By Murphy's calculation, he won 628 of his 1,212 starts in a career that lasted from 1875 to 1895. The 44 percent winning percentage is the best of all time, and is a record that is nearly impossible to beat. In later years his count number was recalculated, changing his numbers to 530 wins in 1,538 rides, putting his win rate at 34 percent, which is still outstanding.

Murphy was born on a farm near Frankford, Ky., in 1861. His father was a bricklaying free black man and his mother worked as a laundrywoman. While fighting in the Civil War for the Union Army, his father died in a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp. Shortly after, Murphy's mother moved their family to Lexington, Ky., to live with her parents.


Tigers eye C-USA perfection and more!

Joe-600As the University of Memphis Tigers have shown thus far, the conference-play stretch of their schedule is not all that menacing. They own an 8-0 record in C-USA play, even though the latest two games pitted them against formidable foes, Southern Mississippi and Central Florida.

With the end of the regular season rapidly approaching, these games had C-USA championship implications riding on them. A couple of wins would validate Memphis' win streak, but a slip-up would put the Tigers in a tough spot with only a handful of games left.

First up was a trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on USM (Feb. 9). Memphis had beaten the Golden Eagles 18 out of the last 19 times they had met, but USM had a 23 home game winning streak on the line.


Grizz ride good chemistry flow into All-Star break

Tyreke-Evans-400The Memphis Grizzlies head into the All-Star break with a 33-18 record after a win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday – their third straight home victory.

The 108-101 victory at FedExForum leaves the Grizzlies undefeated this season (16-0) when scoring 100 points.

Lately, it's all been about team chemistry.


Braves reject 'screaming Indian' logo

BravesOkLogo-500Atlanta (CNN) -- In the end, the Braves are keeping with tradition - as in the signature 'A' that is the team's logo. posted a photo of the new navy blue batting practice caps with a red and white scripted 'A.' The team will wear those hats at spring training, which starts Tuesday.

The Braves said a decision on the batting caps had not been made yet when a potential design was leaked several weeks ago. That design drew ire for its "screaming Indian" logo.