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AAU Championship dreams for 3rd Grade Memphis War Eagles

AAU Championship dreams for 3rd Grade Memphis War Eagles

The quest for the 3rd Grade AAU National Championship will have the Memphis War Eagles in Orlando for the competition that begins July 30 and runs through Aug. 5.

Some four months ago, the Memphis War Eagles were simply a group of young men coming together for the very first time to play the sport they all love passionately. The 12-man squad heads to Orlando with the opportunity to complete an undefeated season.

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Sugar Ray Leonard: ‘The Big Fight’

Sugar Ray Leonard: ‘The Big Fight’

Sugar Ray Leonard captured the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and later became the first fighter to earn over $100 million over the course of an enviable career. After winning world championship titles in five different weight classes, he retired from the ring in 1997. His 36-3-1 record, includes 25 wins by knockout.

Today, Ray lives in California with his wife, Bernadette, and their children, Camille and Daniel. Here, he discusses his moving memoir, "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring."

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Girls Inc. teams with First Tee to teach golf and life skills

Girls Inc. teams with First Tee to teach golf and life skills

by Alisha Tillery
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Thirteen-year-old Sara Smith stood with her legs parted and knees bent slightly as she steadied herself and swung a shiny golf club. Smith is one of 50 rising eighth-grade girls who recently gathered at Firestone Park to show off their golfing skills, courtesy of a new partnership between Girls Incorporated of Memphis and First Tee of Memphis.

Part of the national Eureka! Program, a national Girls Inc. initiative that encourages girls' exploration in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career paths, participants are required to take swimming lessons, along with another alternative sport to learn life skills and personal development.

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Bluff City Classic operators vow to regroup

Bluff City Classic operators vow to regroup

"Devastated" is part of the self-description that Bluff City Classic organizer Stanley Blue used to convey the way he feels about the decision to cancel play in the high-profile Memphis summer basketball league.

Safety concerns have sidelined the long-running league that was only two weeks into this summer's scheduled competition.

On July 5, more than 1,000 fans and players left The LeMoyne-Owen College gym in the 800-block of Walker and encountered a crime scene.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Sports

End of an Era: Hall of Famer Verties Sails Jr. steps down

End of an Era: Hall of Famer Verties Sails Jr. steps down

Legendary Southwest Men's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Verties Sails Jr. has retired ending a 33-year coaching career at the college.

Sails' retirement was effective June 30. He led the Saluqis to a 709-276 record, 16 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) championships and 10 region championships and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament appearances.

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Tony Wroten Jr. is a draft choice with pedigree

Tony Wroten Jr. is a draft choice with pedigree

There's a new guy in town and hopefully he is the end of season after season of guard trafficking by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Less than a full 24 hours after 19-year-old combo guard Tony Wroten Jr. was selected as the No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft (June 28), Wroten, who played one year at the University of Washington, was in Memphis being introduced to applause.

"He's from a quite accomplished athletic family," Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace said, referring to Wroten's parents who were seated front row with his two sisters.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Sports

New faces, different gym = more of good thing for Bluff City Classic

New faces, different gym = more of good thing for Bluff City Classic

The time has come for the Bluff City Classic, Memphis' premier summer basketball league featuring a balanced mixture of NBA players, college athletes and overseas greats. And it has new faces and a new home – the gym floor at The LeMoyne-Owen College.

Marresse Speights, Memphis Grizzlies' center and power forward, got into mix Wednesday (June 27 as the Classic moves through week two.

"I only finished with 14 points," Speights said after the game.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Sports

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