Isaac Burns Murphy is one of the greatest jockeys ever, and it can be argued that he is in fact the greatest.
By Murphy's calculation, he won 628 of his 1,212 starts in a career that lasted from 1875 to 1895. The 44 percent winning percentage is the best of all time, and is a record that is nearly impossible to beat. In later years his count number was recalculated, changing his numbers to 530 wins in 1,538 rides, putting his win rate at 34 percent, which is still outstanding.
Murphy was born on a farm near Frankford, Ky., in 1861. His father was a bricklaying free black man and his mother worked as a laundrywoman. While fighting in the Civil War for the Union Army, his father died in a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp. Shortly after, Murphy's mother moved their family to Lexington, Ky., to live with her parents.
As the University of Memphis Tigers have shown thus far, the conference-play stretch of their schedule is not all that menacing. They own an 8-0 record in C-USA play, even though the latest two games pitted them against formidable foes, Southern Mississippi and Central Florida.
With the end of the regular season rapidly approaching, these games had C-USA championship implications riding on them. A couple of wins would validate Memphis' win streak, but a slip-up would put the Tigers in a tough spot with only a handful of games left.
First up was a trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on USM (Feb. 9). Memphis had beaten the Golden Eagles 18 out of the last 19 times they had met, but USM had a 23 home game winning streak on the line.
The Memphis Grizzlies head into the All-Star break with a 33-18 record after a win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday – their third straight home victory.
The 108-101 victory at FedExForum leaves the Grizzlies undefeated this season (16-0) when scoring 100 points.
Lately, it's all been about team chemistry.
Atlanta (CNN) -- In the end, the Braves are keeping with tradition - as in the signature 'A' that is the team's logo.
MLB.com posted a photo of the new navy blue batting practice caps with a red and white scripted 'A.' The team will wear those hats at spring training, which starts Tuesday.
The Braves said a decision on the batting caps had not been made yet when a potential design was leaked several weeks ago. That design drew ire for its "screaming Indian" logo.
With city titles on the line, as well as bragging rights, the Memphis area AA and AAA teams walked into FedExForum in hopes of exiting as MIAA City Champions on Saturday.
The crowd was a little scarce at the start of the Mitchell vs Trezevant game that tipped off around 5:45 pm. Mitchell wasted no time in setting the tone, jumping out to an early lead and was up 21-9 after the first quarter. The Tigers went on to defeat the Bears 73-59 for the AA crown.
Gavin Robinson was named MVP for the Tigers.
Fans were wondering how long it would take for new players Tayshaun Prince, Austin Day and Ed Davis to gel with the "grit and grind" philosophy of the Memphis Grizzlies in the post Rudy-Gay era.
With back-to-back wins at home, the Grizzlies (32-18) are getting back on track to running a tight offense and making important defensive plays that add up to wins.
On Friday (Feb. 8), the Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 99-93, sweeping the series. Despite Warriors' guard Stephen Curry's 32 points and David Lee's 26 points, the Grizzlies came out victorious. Marc Gasol led the way recording his ninth double-double of the season, with 20 points and 11 rebounds. NBA All-Star Zach Randolph pitched in 16 points and 12 rebounds, hitting his thirtieth double-double of the year.
If someone wanted to make excuses for the University of Memphis Tigers, they could say, "Well, it was a road game." Sure it was, but coming off last Saturday's 94-64 victory over Tulsa, a more worthy adversary, Memphis' most recent victory was far from an inspiring performance.
On the road in Dallas, the Tigers came away with a very unimpressive win (60-52) against a middle of the road C-USA opponent – Southern Methodist University – on Wednesday night.
SMU's Mustangs only had the lead once in the game and it was during the first few minutes of the contest. Yet, the Tigers allowed the Mustangs to hang around late in the game.