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The Zach Randolph Show

Zbo-600It was Z-bo night at the FedExForum on Tuesday.

Literally.

It really was.

The crowd was proof and so was his finish.

Randolph led all scorers and tallied a season-high 38 points and 22 rebounds. He emerged in the fourth quarter and dominated the game in overtime during which Memphis outscored the Suns 14 to 4.

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Perfect ending for Whitehaven

Champs43-600The Rebels of Maryville High School were on the doorstep of their third consecutive TSSAA state title in Division 1, 6A going into Saturday night's championship game against the Whitehaven High Tigers at Tennessee Tech University's Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn.

In a rematch of the 2011 championship game, Whitehaven closed the door on Maryville's title hopes, emerging with a 36-35 overtime victory – the cap to a perfect 15-0 season.

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Record-breaking $5.7 million raised St. Jude Memphis Marathon

St Jude Marathon-600A record 18,500 people registered for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon held on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event surpassed its fundraising goal of $5 million, with a record $5.7 million raised to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

St. Jude is the sole charity of the event and one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

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New KIPP Memphis football program is next challenge for ‘Undefeated’ star

Courtneyundefeated-600Bill Courtney, star of the Academy Award winning documentary "Undefeated" and former head football coach of Manassas High School, announced on MemphiSport Live (MSL) Saturday (Dec. 1) that he is returning to coach high school football in North Memphis.

Courtney has agreed to take his coaching talents to charter school KIPP Memphis for their first year of varsity football.

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Grizz stay atop NBA with back-to-back-to-back wins

Grizz-Tony-steals-ballIt's post-Thanksgiving in the sports world and with one game left in November, the Memphis Grizzlies have the NBA's best record (11-2) after back-to-back-to-back home wins against the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.

The trifecta came Wednesday (Nov. 28) night with a 103-82 drubbing of Toronto. And with Detroit's lowly pistons at the FedExForum on Friday, the Grizz have a good shot to take their winning roll into December.

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‘Down goes skepticism’

BoxingGuyWhen George Foreman put Joe Frazier on his back in the first round of their epic 1973 World Heavyweight Championship boxing match, legendary sports commentator Howard Cosell knew he was watching history in the making and welcomed it with a now-classic spin.

"Down goes Frazier!" – a three-word sentence that Cosell yelled at least six times – is a sound bite for the ages. Down went the champ, along with all the doubters who thought that Foreman couldn't defeat the tough-as nails Frazier.

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State title game looms for Whitehaven Tigers

The Tigers of Whitehaven High School are one victory away from a state title after downing Mt. Juliet 41-35 last Friday.

Whitehaven (14-0) takes on No. 1-ranked Maryville (14-0) on Saturday (Dec. 1) from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

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Season-ending streak buoys Tigers

A football season that felt painfully long amid a string of losses has come to a close for a University of Memphis Tigers' football team that ended on a roll.

A 42-24 trouncing of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles last weekend (Nov. 24) improved the Tigers record to 4-8 (4-4 C-USA) on the year.

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Early ‘lack of effort’ too much to overcome for U of M women

ladytigersFacing a hungry opponent with one of your primary scorers and your starting pointing guard injured can be tough for any team.

That was the challenge for the University of Memphis women's basketball team (3-2) against Prairie View A&M (1-4) on Sunday (Nov. 25) at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers fell to the Panthers 70-58.

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Tigers net not-pretty victory

TIgersSamford-A BartonFor the University of Memphis, game two of the regular season was one they should have won, and they did. The story, however, is how the Tigers managed to "get by" a Samford Bulldogs team that seemed determined to leave the FedExForum (Nov. 17) with an upset victory.

The final score was 65-54 Memphis, with the double-digit margin courtesy of the last minute fouls by Samford that sent Tigers' players to the line to close out the game and seal the win.

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Grizzlies eight-in-a-row win streak rocked by Nuggets

Grizz-vs-NuggetsAfter the Miami Heat it was the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After Oklahoma City it was the undefeated New York Knicks.

Then it was the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Grizzlies – sporting an 8-1 record – were on top of the world. Well, not literally. Those wins put the team on top of the NBA list, leading the league with the best record overall.

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Dickson shines as Tigers outlast Illinois State

Jamila AjanakuThe University of Memphis women's basketball garnered a 76-74 win at Illinois State in the third round of the Preseason WNIT last Sunday (Nov. 18).

Tigers senior forward Nicole Dickson scored a career-high 36 points.

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‘Bones’ in hand, Tigers ready for annual ‘Black and Blue’ battle

Rivalry games frequently turn into hard-fought battles in which heavily favored teams can often be brought down to size by lesser teams because of the hype leading to the match ups.

If the annual "Battle for the Bones" game (Nov. 17) pitting the University of Memphis against rival UAB was supposed to be close, someone forgot to tell coach Justin Fuente and his Tigers. Memphis traveled to Birmingham, Ala., and absolutely manhandled the Blazers (46-9). It was 21 to 0 at the end of the first quarter and the Tigers didn't look back.

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