Memphis Falls To UCF

by University of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis (1-6, 1-2 C-USA) turned the ball over three times and UCF (5-2, 3-0 C-USA) scored on all three turnovers to earn a 35-17 victory over the Tigers on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Memphis forced a three-and-out of the first UCF possession, but a nine-play, 81-yard drive netted the Knights a 7-0 lead with 7:05 left in the first quarter. Latavius Murray rushed for 71 yards in the scoring drive and a 50-yard run around the right side keyed the score. Murray punched it in from one-yard on the ninth play for the score.

The Tigers answered with a six-play 73-yard drive, but UCF forced a fumble inside the five yard line to keep the U of M off the board. During the drive, Brandon Hayes rushed for a season-best 36-yard run and Jai Steibran for 22 yards, but the turnover inside the five kept Memphis behind 7-0.

Steib finished with a career-best 88 rushing yards and Hayes also recorded a career-best with 83 yards on the ground. The Tigers rushed for a season-high 240 rush yards, the most since November 27, 2009 at Tulsa when the U of M rushed for 268 yards. Overall, Memphis finished with 361 total yards, the second-highest output of the season and third time this season over 300 yards.

UCF took over on their two yard line and wasted no time in driving the length of the field to take the 14-0 lead with 3:45 remaining in the first quarter. After Murray rushed to the four, Blake Bortles completed a third down pass to Breshad Perriman for a 13-yard gain. Murray did the rest as he rushed up the middle and down the right side of the field for the 83-yard touchdown.

After piling up 97 rushing yards in the first quarter, Memphis continued the ground game with 21 more yards to set up a 34-yard field goal by Tyler Spurlock. Spurlock split the uprights with the kick and Memphis trailed 14-3 with 12:17 left in the first half. On the 13-play, 60-yard drive Steib had a 20-yard rush and a roughing the passer penalty rescued the Tigers on a third-and-17 play.

A defensive touchdown got Memphis right back in the game as Robert Steeples scooped up a UCF fumble and returned it 27 yards to cut the Knights lead to 14-10. Knights tailback Storm Johnson rushed to the right, tried to back up and go to the left side, but Mitch Huelsingtackled him for a 16-yard loss and forced the fumble.

Memphis elected to run a fake punt midway through the third quarter as Tom Hormsey scampered for 21 yards to the left side on the fake. On the next play, quarterback Jacob Karamwas intercepted on a pass inside the 10 yard line and UCF returned it to the 39. The Knights increased the lead to 21-10 with a six-play, 61-yard drive after the Tigers turnover.

A third Tigers’ turnover was costly as UCF picked up a fumble on the UCF 29-yard line and returned it 79 yards for the score. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Karam found Keiwone Malonein the middle of the field for a 17-yard gain, but Clayton Geathers stripped the ball out and A.J. Bouye picked it up and took it to the endzone to give UCF a 28-10 advantage.

Memphis missed a 44-yard field goal with 11:24 remaining in regulation and UCF took over at their 27-yard line. The Tigers rushed the UCF punter on fourth-and-22 and nearly blocked the punt, but UCF punter Jamie Boyle tucked the ball and ran around the right side for 33-yards to keep the drive alive. Six plays later, Bortles completed a six-yard touchdown pass to hand UCF the 35-10 lead.

The Tigers added a touchdown with 39 seconds remaining to set the final score of 35-17. Memphis drove the ball 57 yards on 12 plays and Karam picked up his first career touchdown rush with the one-yard rush to cap the drive.

The Tigers hit the road to face SMU on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.


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Tigers Soccer Downs South Carolina

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by University of Memphis

COLUMBIA, S.C.- Memphis (5-5-3, 1-1-2 C-USA) defeated South Carolina (4-9-2, 1-5-1 C-USA) 2-1, on Saturday. Mark Sherrodrecorded his second game-winning goal of the season as the Tigers picked up their first win in league-play.

South Carolina struck first in the waning moments of the first half. Bradeen Troyer received the ball off of a throw-in and volley finishing to the back-post to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 advantage in the 43rd-minute. Trent Rieflin and Hunter Wyer were both credited with an assist on the goal.

In the second half, Liam Collins netted the equalizer in the 60th-minute recording his first goal of the season. Collins, assisted by Adam Camillo, finished from 16-yards-out just below the crossbar to knot the game at one-all. The assist by Camillo was the freshman’s second of the 2012 campaign and the first of two in the game.

Mark Sherrod scored the game-winner and his eighth goal of the season in the 64th-minute on a one-touch from Camillo, finishing from 8-yards-out. Liam Collinswas also credited with an assist on the play; the sophomore now stands alone at second all-time in the program’s history with 23 assists.

The Tigers’ defense held strong in the second half allowing only three shots. In the 80th-minute, the Gamecocks looked to even the score when Snoopy Davidson fired a shot-on-goal, but Memphis-goalkeeper Conor Hurleywas there for the save, his 27th of the season.

The Tigers now prepare for a two-game road trip to the Sunshine State for league matches against UCF on Wednesday, October 24, followed by FIU on Saturday, October 27. For more information on the University of Memphis men’s soccer program and all Tigers-athletics please visit


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NASCAR Makes Competition Changes For 2013

Dale Earnhardt, Jr   Photo by George Walker

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Photo by George Walker

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2012) – NASCAR today announced a number of competition changes for the 2013 season, highlighted by a new qualifying format in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that places a greater emphasis on speed.

Below is a breakdown of next season’s slate of competition updates…

Qualifying Format In The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

In NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, the series will move to a 36-6-1 format where the fastest 36 cars will make the race on speed.

The next six highest ranking cars in owners points that have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and who have entered the event by the posted entry deadline will also make the field. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past Continue reading

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Memphis Women Dominate Tournament

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -The Memphis women’s tennis team wrapped up a dominant showing at the Memphis Invitational on Sunday as the Lady Tigers went 9-0 on the final day to move their overall record to 27-3 at the three-day tournament.

Memphis began the day facing Drake in doubles as the No. 31 team of Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd easily defeated Jordan Eggleston and Evy Van Genechten, 8-2. Caroline Wegner and Kelly Gray defeated Nell Boyd and Maddie Johnson, 8-3, while Liza Tymchenko and Skylar Kuykendall won against Mariel Ante and Ali Patterson, 8-4.

The Lady Tigers faced UT Martin in singles to end the tournament as Hibberd dominated Anna Winkelmann, 6-0, 6-0 to start it off for Memphis. Kuykendall handed Jessica Silva a 6-1, 6-0 loss while Wegner took down Katie McCall, 6-1, 6-2. Also in action for the Lady Tigers was Gray, who defeated Florence Nicole, 6-1, 6-1, while Tymchenko cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ivon Simic. Welcher ended the day for Memphis, posting a 6-4, 6-4 win over Anna Marie Herbold.

The Lady Tigers will travel north next week when they compete in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional in West Lafayette, Ind., from Oct. 18-21, before hosting their second fall tournament of the season on Nov. 2-4.


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Man Breaks Sound Barrier During Space Jump

Felix Baumgartner, and Austrian pilot, skydiver, and extreme athlete, jumped from a capsule tethered to a balloon 128,000 feet above the earth on Sunday. Baumgartner broke the sound barrier during his free fall, which lasted over 4 minutes, before deploying his parachute and landing softly in a field in New Mexico.

In a mission that had been planned for 7 years, Baumgartner broke 3 world records, highest manned balloon flight, highest free fall, and fastest top speed during free fall. Baumgartner reached speeds over 700 mph during his descent.

Energy drink company Red Bull was the primary sponsor of the jump, which turned out to be one of the biggest marketing events ever as the jump was carried live on television worldwide and streamed live to the internet.

The 43-year old Baumgartner’s communication contact during the flight was retired Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger, who held the previous record for free fall, 102,800 feet, set back in 1960.

Information gathered from this jump could be used by NASA to produce future escape systems for the space program. Baumgartner’s pressure suit was manufactured by the company responsible for astronaut spacesuits.

During the fall, Baumgartner went into a spin as he approached the sound barrier. He was able to maintain consciousness and correct his position rather than deploy an emergency drag chute. An out of control spin, causing Baumgartner to blackout, was one of the primary concerns of the fall.


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Bowyer Wins Chase Race In Charlotte

by Reid Spencer for NASCAR Wire Service

CONCORD, N.C.—Clint Bowyer was burned up that he didn’t have enough fuel to complete a righteous burnout.

But that was the only thing that went wrong in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Saving fuel over the final 56 laps of the closing green-flag run, Clint Bowyer snookered his Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup rivals in winning his third race of the season and the eighth of his career.

Bowyer, who won for the first time at Charlotte and the first time on an intermediate speedway, beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by .417 seconds. Jimmie Johnson, who like Hamlin and Bowyer was saving fuel over the final run, came home third. The top three finishers trimmed a significant portion off Continue reading

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Tigers Lose To East Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — Shane Carden tossed five touchdowns and threw for 308 yards as East Carolina trounced Memphis 41-7 Saturday in Conference USA action.

Despite posting minus-9 yards rushing in the first half, East Carolina (4-3, 3-1) outgained Memphis (1-5, 1-1) 236-105 before the break as the Pirates built a 17-0 advantage. Shane Carden was 16 of 21 for 245 yards with two passing scores in the half.

Justin Hardy was Carden’s favorite target, pulling in five passes for 126 yards and a score in the first half. Hardy caught just one ball in the second half — an 11-yard touchdown.

Carden’s other first-half score went to Justin Jones for 39 yards. That duo would hook up twice more in the second half, as Jones reeled in scoring catches of 14 and 4 yards.

Marcus Rucker caught seven passes for 88 yards for Memphis, which has lost seven straight to East Carolina.

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Tiger Women’s Tennis Opens Memphis Invitational With Doubles Wins

by Univ of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis women’s tennis team had a successful day on the court in doubles play against Loyola Marymount and UT Martin, going 5-1 to begin the Memphis Invitational at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

“We are improving in doubles a lot, and we just have to keep doing the uncomfortable in-pressure situations,” said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. “Today was a good day and I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

The Lady Tigers began the day facing LMU as freshmen Skylar Kuykendall and Liza Tymchenko paired up for the first time this season, dominating April Bisharat and Kristine Kouyoumjian, 8-2. The No. 31 duo of Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd picked up their first win of the season by taking down Reka Rohonyi and Tory Parravi, 8-4. Claudia Razzeto and Miya Jin handed Memphis its only loss of the day as Caroline Wegner and Kelly Gray fell to the LMU pair, 8-5.

Memphis went up against UT Martin immediately after its first round of doubles play as Kuykendall and Tymchenko cruised to an 8-1 victory over Florence Nicole and Jessica Silva. Welcher and Hibberd took down Johanie Van Zyl and Katie McCall, 8-2, while Wegner and Gray defeated Ivon Simic and Anna Marie Herbold, 8-3, to complete the sweep of the Skyhawks.

The Lady Tigers will continue play at the Memphis Invitational tomorrow morning as the team hits the court at 10:30 a.m. to face LMU in singles play. The Lady Tigers will also take on Drake in singles competition at 1:15 p.m. before ending the day with UT Martin in doubles.


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15,000 Celebrate Tiger Basketball Friday Night

by University of Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – - One sports cliché is “this is how legends are made.” On Friday night before a crowd of over 15,000 at FedExForum, University of Memphis basketball’s present and past came together to celebrate the start of the 2012-13 season and honor former Tigers hoops standouts.

The festivities began when the doors opened at 5:30 p.m. (CT) with the Memphis women’s squad practicing on the arena floor. The night’s events cranked up around 7:30 p.m. (CT) with the women’s players introductions, and then FedExForum went back in time when over 50 former men’s and women’s basketball players were recognized to resounding ovations.

After that, the arena came back to the present with the 2012-13 men’s basketball introductions, followed by an in-house fireworks display.

Sophomore Adonis Thomas took the three-point contest championship, while senior D.J. Stephens took the dunk contest title for a second-straight season.

After Friday’s Madness, both Tigers squads get back to business with practices Saturday. The men’s team tips off preseason drills with one session, while the women’s team starts two-a-day practices tomorrow.

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Logano Wins NASCAR Nationwide Race In Charlotte

by Reid Spencer for NASCAR

CONCORD, N.C.—You can call him the dominator.

Joey Logano buried the field in the final run of Friday night’s Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and won his eighth Nationwide Series race of the season in 18 starts.

Logano beat Kevin Harvick to the finish line by 2.760 seconds to win for the first time at Charlotte and the 17th time in his career. Series leader Elliott Sadler ran third and extended his advantage to 13 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who came home seventh.

Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin completed the top five.

Logano changed his racing line after losing the lead to Harvick on Lap 155. That, coupled with a loose handling condition for Harvick, proved the difference.

“I didn’t have an option,” Logano said. ‘I was getting beat, and Continue reading

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