Over halfway into the 2013 campaign, the University of Memphis football team has been competitive in each and every week. Yet through seven games, the Tigers have only been able to tally one win.
So is head coach Justin Fuente satisfied with their improvement?
"In a lot of ways, we should sit back and say 'look at the progress.' It's encouraging to get close. It's a lot better than where we were last year. We were getting our doors blown off left and right," said Fuente during his weekly press conference.
Miami Dolphins' coaches reportedly asked the offensive line's leader, Richie Incognito, to toughen up teammate Jonathan Martin, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Incognito, who is currently suspended from the Dolphins for bullying Martin, may have taken those instructions too far.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Incognito was given his missive after Martin had missed a voluntary workout last spring. Incognito is reported to have left threatening voicemails and text messages, including one calling the player a racial slur.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless was scoreless for three quarters. Suddenly, he couldn't miss.
Bayless and the Grizzlies rallied, got in a defensive mindset and erased a six-point deficit late fourth in the quarter. The cohesiveness down the stretch led to a 95-88 victory on Monday night at FedExForum against the winless Boston Celtics. Bayless poured in 15 points in the final quarter.
"I got rhythm," Bayless said. "I played so bad I missed three layups in the first half. I had to figure something out. You know it just kind of worked out and I was able to make some shots and make up for the bad stuff I did in the first half."
The Grizzlies (1-2) begin a three-game home stand tonight when the Boston Celtics (0-3) visit the FedExForum.
On Wednesday (Nov. 6), New Orleans marches into Memphis, with Golden State challenging the Grizzlies on Saturday (Nov. 9).
Headed into Wednesday night's game against Cincinnati, the University of Memphis knew at least three things: they would have their hands full against the Bearcats (5-2); the game would get air time on ESPN2; and a victory would do measures for the national identity of the Tigers (1-5).
Well, two out of three isn't bad, as Memphis rallied late but could not overcome Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1), falling 34-21 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Memphis won the toss and elected to defer. On its first drive, Cincinnati faced a 4th and 2 deep in Memphis' territory and decided to try and assert its will. They failed.
The Grizzlies kick off the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday in San Antonio against the Spurs. One of the annual signs that the season is about to get underway unfolded at the FedExForum on Wednesday.
The 12th annual Tip-Off Luncheon featured a silent auction and other auctions, with the benefits going to St. Jude Hospital. Several Memphis Grizzlies were on hand to interact with fans.
On Saturday, Darrell Wallace Jr. raced his way into cyber-encyclopedias and history books.
The 20-year-old is the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and the first in a half-century. He won the truck series race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, the Associated Press reports. Driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Wallace defeated Jeb Burton.
Wendell Scott won in December 1963 in Jacksonville, Fla., in a race that is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels, according to the AP.