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Cowboys spoil home opener for Titans and new coach Whisenhunt

Titans

After an impressive season-opening win on the road in Kansas City last week, the Tennessee Titans (1-1) came out flat against the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) on Sunday and the result was a spoiled home debut – the first for head coach Ken Whisenhunt.



In the first half, the Titans rush defense was very ineffective, allowing Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to look unstoppable. Murray racked up 115 yards in the first half to help power the Cowboys to a 16-0 halftime lead. By game’s end he had amassed 167 total yards on 29 carries with one touchdown.

"He ran hard and he ran downhill,” Dallas head coach Jason Garret said of Murray.

  • Written by Christopher Hope
  • Category: Original

‘Classic’ matchup golden, even when its silver

Classic

As rivalries go, the annual clash between Jackson State University (JSU) and Tennessee State University (TSU) is, well, a “Classic” – literally.

The two teams of Tigers have battled 48 times, including 24 times in the Southern Heritage Classic. They will face off for their 25th “Classic” matchup on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

When the game kicks off at 6 p.m., JSU will be in full pursuit of ending a two-game losing streak in the yearly encounter. Each team comes into the game with multiple strong points.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Memphis 63 Austin Peay 0: When It Rains, It Pours

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The 2014 Memphis Tigers football team refused to let rain ruin their opening-game matchup against the Austin Peay Governors on Saturday (Aug. 30) as they poured it on early and often rallying a 63-0 win.  
 
The Tigers scored on their opening possession on a two-yard Sam Craft run that capped off a nine-play 60-yard drive.  They continued to put on a show for the faithful fans of Tiger Nation as they pounced on Austin Peay primarily through their run game.  Memphis scored five rushing touchdowns in the first half including two by sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch, who tied his season total from last season making two in the first half.   Lynch was able to get his receivers involved early connecting with seven different targets and totaling 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  

Memphis vs UCLA – the four ‘PAWS’

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After the Memphis Tigers football team’s lopsided 63-0 victory over the lowly Austin Peay Governors (APSU) who went 0-12 last season, the hopeful squad will take on the No. 11 UCLA Bruins this Saturday at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles.  
 
Tigers head coach Justin Fuente, who addressed the media in his weekly press conference on Monday, said he was proud of the way Memphis played last week and took care of business.

Tiger Basketball wraps up Canadian exhibition tour

Tiger Basketball

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team wrapped up its Canadian exhibition tour on Tuesday (Aug. 19th) after a second loss to the Carleton University Ravens 92-60. The Tigers finished four games in four days splitting the tour 2-2.

After a rigorous 10-round team practice schedule as permitted by NCAA rules, Memphis departed for Canada on Aug. 15 and returned to the bluff city on Wednesday (Aug. 20).

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

A swing in the right direction

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The First Tee of Memphis – a program designed to combine etiquette with the game of golf – incorporates life skills through golf while creating an all-inclusive, future-oriented environment.
 
What is golf?
 
Ask anyone familiar with the sport and they may give you the formal definition – “a game played on a large open-air course, in which a small hard ball is struck with a club into a series of small holes in the ground, the object being to use the fewest possible strokes to complete the course.”
  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Claude Humphrey: First native Memphian in the NFL Hall of Fame

Claude
Ever wonder what the face of a native Memphian would look like in the NFL Hall of Fame? Well it resembles the face of Lester High School graduate and Tennessee State University alumnus Claude Humphrey. 
 
Humphrey spent 11 years of his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons and the last four with the Philadelphia Eagles. And you can bet he will mention all of this in his acceptance speech on Saturday (Aug. 2) during the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio. 
  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Building a legacy of Lawsons

Lawsons
No stranger to many sports-minded Memphians, Keelon Lawson’s headline count has ratcheted up in recent weeks.
 
The former boys’ basketball head coach at Hamilton High School is now an assistant coach for the University of Memphis men’s basketball program, Tigers head coach Josh Pastner announced last Wednesday (July 16).
 
Lawson’s sons – four deep – are newsmakers also. Two of them already have committed to play for the Tigers. In a win-win deal, Lawson gets to take his coaching to the next level as his sons keep their talent in their hometown and under his watchful eye.