As an elderly woman was making her way out of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, she asked, "What do you do when you win?" It was a joke of sorts.
The University of Memphis Tigers started the season 0-2. And after letting a close game against Middle Tennessee State University slip away (Sept. 14), the Tigers were left searching for their first victory of the year.
So it's no surprise that many were shocked when Memphis recorded a lopsided victory against the Arkansas State Red Wolves this past weekend (Sept. 21). Memphis wasn't favored to win the game, but it wasn't unimaginable to believe the Tigers could pull out a W. But a 31-7 rout of an Arkansas State team with a high-powered offense wasn't a scenario that any serious prognosticator would have predicted.
Forty years after rising to the top of the boxing world and outdueling Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton lost his final fight – a battle following a stroke – at a Nevada medical facility, a friend said.
He was 70 years old when he died Wednesday at a Veterans Affairs' medical facility in Henderson, Nev., according to Gene Kilroy, who had managed Ali and more recently visited Norton as he recovered from a stroke.
While some younger people may know him best as the father of former Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ken Norton Jr., the elder Norton was one of the most prominent figures in all of sports during the 1970s – in large part because of his consistently great bouts with Ali.
The Tennessee State defense forced six turnovers as TSU knocked off Jackson State, 26-16, in the 24th Annual Southern Heritage Classic.
Redshirt sophomore running back Telvin Hooks was named the game's Most Valuable Player, rushing for 92 yards on 16 carries for an average of 5.8 yards per carry. Senior Tim Broughton added 95 yards rushing on 19 touches.
JSU outgained Big Blue 367 yards to 285, but TSU's defense accounted for 198 yards via interception returns and added a score.
Keith Ellis Lee was a prominent member of the dominant Jackson State University men's track and field team. From 1973 to 1978, Lee and his teammates all but ruled the track and field landscape in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Next month, Lee, who later became a celebrated Air Force veteran, will be among 13 people inducted in the JSU Hall of Fame.
From the moment he stepped onto the JSU campus, Lee a fierce competitor and a winner. As a freshman, he advanced to the NAIA finals in the 880-yard dash, where he lowered his personal best time to 1:50.8. As a sophomore, he started running cross country, which helped him in track and field as he again lowered his 880 time (1:50.2).
For the University of Memphis football Tigers, Saturday is measuring day. Time to get a handle on how much progress has been made since the last encounter head coach Justin Fuente and the Tigers had with Duke's Blue Devils.
The two teams strap it up on Saturday – the first game of the year for the U of M and the second for Duke. Last year, as Fuente recalled, the Blue Devils "out gained us in every aspect of the game. We're looking forward to seeing how far we've come."
This year's Tigers have continued to battle through, he said.
If you could upload the energy of a SEC championship football game and download it in Memphis, Christian Brothers High School could easily have registered as the destination address on Friday night.
The top-10 showdown between No. 7 CBHS and No. 3 Southaven prompted major pre-game tailgaiting on the campus grounds. Inside the stadium, fans were entertained with a marching band, pep band, deejay and eight male students with letters painted on their bodies spelling B-R-O-T-H-E-R-S.
Yes, the fans in purple were rowdy and ready to get the game started against their foes from across the state-line; maybe a little too rowdy. The game could be watched live from Christian Brothers' web cam site. Once on the web page, the sub-heading read, "The Purple Wave takes on the Southaven Crackheads."
In order for No. 1-seeded Serena Williams to take home her fifth U.S. Open title, she had to beat No. 2-seeded Victoria Azarenka and, it seemed, another opponent. As ESPN reports, Azarenka wasn't giving Williams problems as much the weather at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
After one miss, Williams declared, "I can't play in this wind." After blowing a big lead and dropping the second set, Williams chucked her racket toward the sideline, and it bounced back onto the court.