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Improved Tigers fall to Duke’s Blue Devils

Improved Tigers fall to Duke’s Blue Devils

With several seasons of not-very-good football a glaring part of the University of Memphis Tigers' recent past, it was noteworthy that Tiger Lane was teaming with tailgating grounds fans ready to see Memphis take on the Duke Blue Devils at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium this past weekend.

Going into the season's opening game, there were some tangible reasons for optimism. The Tigers finished last season with three straight wins and looked like a much-improved team. And under the direction of second-year head coach Justin Fuente there has been a very positive buzz building around the program over the off season.

Memphis's transition from Conference USA to the new American Athletic Conference (a collaboration of the dissolved Big East and a few other programs from around the country) has been another source of excitement for the Tiger faithful.

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‘Respect the Haven’

‘Respect the Haven’

The slogan at Whitehaven High School is "Respect the Haven" but someone who felt like being disrespectful spray-painted Fairly Bulldogs and FHS on the schools newly renovated field and track before last Friday's football game.

The audacity was disheartening to many, including Memphis Police Department officer J.E. Kirkwood, who viewed it before the Eagles took on the Bulldogs.

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  • Written by Christopher Hope
  • Category: Original

Rhythm & Blue Tailgate ready for kickoff

Rhythm & Blue Tailgate ready for kickoff

The 2nd Annual Rhythm & Blue Community Tailgate – hosted by The Redwing Group, LLC in partnership with The University of Memphis – will be held on Tiger Lane, Lot 12 on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Rhythm & Blue Community Tailgate is a community engagement initiative created by The Redwing Group and is a part of the U of M's official tailgate festivities that kick off the Tigers' season with the game against the Duke University Blue Devils.

The pre-game event is loaded for fun and will include:

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Report says NBA’s Lamar Odom used crack cocaine

Report says NBA’s Lamar Odom used crack cocaine

NBA player Lamar Odom has had problems with drug use since the early days of his NBA career. But if TMZ reports are true, the problem could be more intense than the marijuana use to which he has admitted in the past. Odom could be addicted to crack cocaine.

TMZ broke the story ... Lamar has gone off the rails with drug use ... which is the principal cause of the crisis in his marriage to Khloe Kardashian. As we reported Lamar went to a rehab facility a year ago this month and stayed for 3 weeks before bailing -- and we're told the problem was crack.

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High school football is back and rocking

High school football is back and rocking

Memphis is a basketball town, and after hitting four high school football fields in two and a half hours, I have fresh evidence that Memphis loves its football too.

Memphis-area high school football was in full effect Friday night as the 2013 season got underway. Attendance was high at the four games I attended, with pumped-up fans already in mid-season form.

Melrose, with its legendary Orange Mound community support on display, wasted no time making a statement to MAHS by going into halftime with a 32-2 halftime lead. It was a halftime that featured a Melrose band that had the crowd grooving. The MAHS offense never got on track as Melrose romped 42-2.

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  • Written by Christopher Hope
  • Category: Original

From Grizzlies to Titans in a flash

From Grizzlies to Titans in a flash

I've photographed a ton of NBA games shooting the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum but I'd never trained my camera on an NFL field before Saturday night (Aug. 24).

The venue was LP Stadium, the Nashville home of the Tennessee Titans. I picked up my media credentials at will call and thought back to my first NBA assignment, feeling a few this-is-a-totally-different experience butterflies.

I went through the security check and picked up a media vest to enter the field. As I walked through tunnel the Titans were exiting the locker room. I grabbed my camera and snapped away, capturing their helmet-butting ritual.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough
  • Category: Original

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