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Tigers Morning After: Nichols jumps to third in nation in blocks per game — After registering a career-high eight blocked shots in the University of Memphis' 78-63 home win over Oral Roberts on Saturday, sophomore forward Austin Nichols has climbed to third in the nation in blocks per game (3.7).

Geoff Calkins: Justin Fuente is The CA’s Sports Person of the Year — All week long - no, all season long - Justin Fuente had worked to keep the focus purely on the task at hand. There was a simplicity in that. Just worry about the next game. He would not talk to his players about bowl games or a conference championship.

Pepsi Best of the Preps fall sports teams and finalists — Pepsi Best of the Preps is a program presented by The Commercial Appeal to recognize, promote and encourage athletics among high schools in the Greater Memphis area.

Prep results from Dec. 20 — SPAIN PARK CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT At Spain Park, Ala. Jefferson Davis-Ala. (38) - Whitlow 3, Bethune 5, Norman 11, A. Wesley 7, T. Wesley 4, Mays 2, Russell 6. CBHS (53) - Shunterio Alexander 10, Cooper Cash 2, Frederick Douglas 5, William Douglas 11, Ben Hill 2, Jacob Lyons 3, Thomas Matthews 12, J.J.

Memphis Grizzlies open hearts, wallets for stranded intern

Dec 20, 2014

RT @CAGrizBeat: Griz didn’t just buy anybody a car. Ball boy-turned-intern Brandon Henderson is one of a kind:

Memphis Tigers swat away Oral Roberts — University of Memphis sophomore forward Austin Nichols took home some of the American Athletic Conference's top hardware last season, becoming the first Tigers player since Tyreke Evans to earn league rookie of the year honors.

Memphis High School Sports News from The Commercial Appeal — Memphis Preps and High School Sports News for Memphis, Tennessee, and its surrounding communities from The Commercial Appeal.

John Varlas: Collierville standout giving back after overcoming brain tumor

Q&A with Tiger football coach Justin Fuente — Justin Fuente has led the Memphis Tigers this season to a 9-3 record, their fist conference championship since 1971 and a berth in Monday's Miami Beach Bowl. Fuente recently had a question-and-answer session with The Commercial Appeal:

Tigers Game Day: Memphis looking to build momentum — Some pregame notes and thoughts with the University of Memphis (5-4) looking to win its third straight game today when it hosts Oral Roberts (4-5) at 2 p.m. at FedExForum:
Dec 20, 2014

2 pm vs. Oral Roberts on CBS Sports Network. RT @memphissports: Game Day: Memphis looking to build momentum

Haslam praises HHS secretary for work in establishing insurance expansion — In a meeting with The Commercial Appeal's editorial board Thursday, Haslam had special praise for HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Dec 19, 2014

Haslam praises HHS secretary for work in establishing insurance expansion via @memphisnews

Dec 19, 2014

In Memphis Thursday, @BillHaslam shared more about how his health care proposal came together.

Quarrel over proposed schools settlement has roots in a missed meeting — The clash over a proposed settlement between the city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools involves tens of millions of dollars, runs more than a decade and has further inflamed City Hall's tempestuous political tenor.
Dec 20, 2014

What nudged that city/schools settlement along? Not much more than a simple scheduling error. A closer look:…

Tigers’ scoring up, but turnover woes continue — The Tigers rank 332nd out of 351 Division 1 teams in turnover percentage, giving the ball away once every four trips down the floor.

Preview: University of Memphis vs. Oral Roberts — Oral Roberts is coming off an 85-53 loss at No. 15 Oklahoma -- its most lopsided defeat since losing to Louisville by 37 points in 2009.

Michael Cohen's Morning Buzz: On Pookie Powell's meteoric improvement — In the last two games, Powell has separated himself from both Kedren Johnson and D'Marnier Cunningham to put something of a stranglehold - as much as that's possible - on the starting point guard spot for the Tigers.

Musicians, clients fondly remember late Ardent Studios founder John Fry — A memorial for Ardent Studios founder John Fry has been announced for Tuesday. Services for the noted Big Star producer/engineer and local music industry legend will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3245 Central. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with a funeral to follow at 2 p.m.
Dec 19, 2014

Reaction to death of @ArdentStudios founder John Fry; memorial set for Tuesday at St. John's Episcopal Church:…

Ardent Studios founder, Big Star producer John Fry dies — Ardent Studios founder, Memphis music industry linchpin and legendary producer/engineer John Fry has died. The 69-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest early Thursday morning at his home in Germantown and was taken to Methodist East hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the afternoon.
Dec 19, 2014

Yet another key piece of the @BigStarBand puzzle is gone. Ardent founder/producer John Fry RIP.

Dec 18, 2014

An icon of Memphis (and rock music) just died. RIP, John Fry. The number of artists who worked with him is staggering

Dec 18, 2014

RT @sterlewine: The full John Fry—Ardent Studios founder, Big Star producer, much more—obit by @BobMehr is up and you should read it…

Dec 18, 2014

So sad. Ardent Studio founder who helped mentor Big Star died today…

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Haslam on economic incentives, Memphis’ cooperation and what’s on the horizon — Near the end of Gov. Bill Haslam's visit to The Commercial Appeal's editorial board Thursday afternoon to discuss Insure Tennessee, the governor entertained questions on all sorts of topics. But perhaps the most interesting give-and-take came on a series of questions that involved a hot topic in our area in recent months: tax incentives to attract jobs.
Dec 19, 2014

Haslam on economic incentives, Memphis' cooperation and what's on the horizon

Tigers’ Burrell has green light offensively if he continues to rebound, play defense — On more than one occasion, University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner has told junior wing Trahson Burrell that he's good enough to lead the American Athletic Conference in scoring if he does two things.