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Friday’s Sports in Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt men’s basketball has cost coach Bryce Drew his job. Vanderbilt went 9-23 and was the first team in 65 years to go winless in the Southeastern Conference. Drew had a 40-59 record in three seasons with the Commodores. The announcement by […]
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Harden scores 57, but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Harden scored 57 points but the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted Houston 126-125 in overtime Wednesday night, handing the Rockets only their second loss in the last 14 games. Mike Conley scored 35 points for Memphis and Jonas Valanciunas had a career-best 33, including the game-winning free throw with less than a […]
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‘Grateful’ Lady Vols look to avoid early tourney exit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is breathing a sigh of relief after receiving one of the last at-large spots in this year’s women’s NCAA Tournament to remain the only school to play in every tourney in the event’s 38-year history. Now that they’re in, the Lady Vols are looking to avoid an early exit. That […]
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Martin scores 21 to lift Memphis over San Diego 74-60 in NIT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jeremiah Martin had 21 points as Memphis topped San Diego 74-60 in the NIT first round on Tuesday night. Tyler Harris had 16 points for Memphis (22-13). Kyvon Davenport added 16 points and three blocks. Olin Carter III had 17 points for the Toreros (21-15). Tyler Williams added 11 points and […]
Tags: News, Sports, San Diego, Memphis, Martin, Tenn AP, Tyler Harris, Jeremiah Martin, Tyler Williams, Toreros, Kyvon Davenport, Olin Carter III

Rinne, Preds blank reeling Maple Leafs 3-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne shut out Toronto for the second time this season and Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals to give the Nashville Predators a 3-0 win over the slumping Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Nashville won its third straight and Toronto lost for the fourth time in five […]
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Manziel confident as he begins his latest football comeback

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Manziel says he remains confident in his ability to play football “at any level” as the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner attempts another comeback, this time with the Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express. An introductory news conference was held Tuesday in Memphis for Manziel, who agreed over the weekend to […]
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Grizzlies’ C.J. Miles likely out for remainder of season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward C.J. Miles is expected to miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left foot over the weekend. Miles left a 135-128 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday due to left foot soreness. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that an MRI revealed a stress reaction. The 6-foot-6 […]
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Predators’ Austin Watson gains reinstatement from NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has earned reinstatement from the NHL as he enters the follow-up phase of the league’s substance abuse program. The league announced Monday that Watson had been returned to available status. Watson began the season on suspension and was suspended again Jan. 29 as he entered the […]
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Tennessee seeking consistency after up-and-down weekend

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee heads into the NCAA Tournament seeking to regain the consistency that lately has been missing. If the sixth-ranked Volunteers have any chance at earning their first Final Four berth in school history, it needs to happen quickly. “March is a different vibe,” Tennessee forward and Southeastern Conference player of the […]
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Tim McGraw, CeCe Winans to perform during NFL Draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The stars of the gridiron will meet the stars of Music City when the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, Tennessee, in April. The NFL announced Monday that Grammy-winning country star Tim McGraw will perform a free outdoor concert on April 26 and Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans will sing the National […]
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Cincinnati defeats Houston 69-57 for AAC title

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jarron Cumberland had 33 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 24 Cincinnati past No. 11 Houston 69-57 for the championship of the American Athletic Conference on Sunday. Cane Broome finished with 15 points and Tre Scott added 12. It was the second straight conference tournament title for the Bearcats (28-6), […]
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No. 22 Auburn routs 8th-ranked Tennessee 84-64 for SEC title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bryce Brown scored 19 points in the first half, and the Auburn Tigers won their first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship since 1985 by routing eighth-ranked Tennessee 84-64 on Sunday. No. 22 Auburn (26-9) hadn’t played in this game since 2000, and the fifth-seeded Tigers won their fourth game in as many […]
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Davis, defense help No. 11 Houston hold off Memphis 61-58

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Davis Jr. scored 17 points and No. 11 Houston weathered a late Memphis rally to defeat the Tigers 61-58 in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday. Jeremiah Martin led Memphis with 23 points, most of them from the free throw line, as he made only 5 […]
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No. 24 Cincinnati beats SMU in American quarterfinals

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When it came to the final minutes of a close game, No. 24 Cincinnati had enough energy to finally pull away and advance to the American Athletic Conference semifinals Jarron Cumberland had two late three-point plays and finished with 26 points to help the Bearcats beat SMU 82-74 on Friday night. […]
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McDuffie scores 34 to lead Wichita St. past Temple 80-74

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Markis McDuffie had a career-high 34 points plus 12 rebounds as Wichita State topped Temple 80-74 in the American Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night. McDuffie hit 12 of 13 foul shots. Dexter Dennis had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Wichita State (19-13). Shizz Alston Jr. had 20 points […]
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No. 8 Vols top Mississippi State 83-76 in SEC quarterfinal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and No. 8 Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 83-76 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Friday night. The third-seeded Volunteers (28-4) advanced to a Saturday semifinal with No. 4 Kentucky (27-5), the second seed in this tournament. Tennessee lost 86-69 at Kentucky on Feb. 16 to […]
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No. 4 Kentucky easily beats Alabama 73-55 at SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Herro scored 20 points and the fourth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats started their quest for a fifth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title by beating Alabama 73-55 Friday night in the quarterfinals. With a heavy contingent of Big Blue Nation on hand, the Wildcats (27-5) improved to 17-2 all-time at this tournament against […]
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No. 22 Auburn beats South Carolina 73-64 in SEC quarterfinal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jared Harper scored 27 points and No. 22 Auburn showcased its record-setting 3-point attack to beat South Carolina 73-64 on Friday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The fifth-seeded TIgers (24-9) won their sixth straight to advance to a Saturday semifinal against No. 8 seed Florida (19-14). The Gators eliminated the top […]
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Davis scores 22 to lead No. 11 Houston past UConn 84-45

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Davis Jr. scored 22 points and No. 11 Houston defeated UConn 84-45 in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday. Galen Robinson Jr. finished with 16 points, missing only one of his eight shots. Nate Hinton added 15 points for Houston (30-2), the tournament’s top seed. Houston […]
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Florida hits 3 with second left to upset No. 9 LSU 76-73

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer with a second left, and Florida rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to upset ninth-ranked LSU 76-73 Friday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals. The SEC regular-season champs had one last chance as Will Reese threw the ball deep to Naz Reid, who […]
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Wichita State rolls past East Carolina 73-57 in AAC tourney

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Markis McDuffie registered 15 points as Wichita State beat East Carolina 73-57 in the American Athletic Conference Tournament first round on Thursday night. McDuffie made 11 of 12 free throws. Jaime Echenique had 14 points and nine rebounds for Wichita State (18-13). Dexter Dennis added 13 points. Asbjorn Midtgaard had 10 […]
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LSU clears guard Javonte Smart to play in SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — LSU guard Javonte Smart will play for in the Southeastern Conference Tournament after missing the Tigers’ regular-season finale because his name surfaced in reports of a wiretapped phone call that resulted in coach Will Wade’s suspension. School officials say Smart has fully cooperated in a “joint inquiry” with LSU and the […]
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McMurray scores 27, SMU beats Tulsa 74-65 in AAC tourney

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jahmal McMurray had 27 points as SMU defeated Tulsa 74-65 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday night. McMurray made 9 of 11 foul shots. Ethan Chargois had 12 points for SMU (15-16). Jarrey Foster added 10 points and eight rebounds. Feron Hunt had seven rebounds […]
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Mississippi State routs Texas A&M 80-54 at SEC tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamar Peters scored 15 points, and Mississippi State routed Texas A&M 80-54 Thursday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs (23-9) now have won seven of their last nine with their second win over Texas A&M in six days. Mississippi State beat the Aggies by 92-81 […]
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Alabama rallies to beat Ole Miss 62-57 in SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Petty stuffed in a putback with a minute left to put Alabama ahead for good as the 10th-seeded Crimson Tide rallied and kept their postseason hopes alive Thursday with a 62-57 Southeastern Conference Tournament victory over Mississippi. Alabama snapped a three-game skid by producing its biggest comeback of the season, […]
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Martin’s 21 leads Memphis over Tulane 83-68 in AAC tourney

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jeremiah Martin had 21 points as Memphis defeated Tulane 83-68 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday. Martin made 12 of 15 foul shots. He added seven assists. Kyvon Davenport had 17 points and seven rebounds for Memphis (20-12). Mike Parks Jr. added 14 points and […]
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No. 22 Auburn shakes off Missouri 81-71 at SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Auburn guard Bryce Brown had to wait until his senior season to experience a victory at the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Now he and his teammates want more. Brown scored all 17 of his points in the second half, and No. 22 Auburn beat Missouri 81-71 Thursday in the second round of […]
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Receiver stuck with Titans’ deal even after Patriots’ push

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Adam Humphries, Tennessee has been a potential destination for months because of his Tampa Bay connection with Titans general manager Jon Robinson. Not even a late push by the New England Patriots could sway him to walk away from his deal with the Titans. Even considering how much success wide […]
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Hot-shooting UConn defeats South Florida 80-73

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Christian Vital 25 points and UConn used accurate-shooting to build a double-digit lead and then hold on for an 80-73 victory over South Florida in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday. Jalen Adams added 19 points and six rebounds for UConn (16-16), which moves on to […]
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Texas A&M keeps Vanderbilt winless in SEC with 69-52 win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Savion Flagg scored 17 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, and 11th-seeded Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt 69-52 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament to keep coach Billy Kennedy around for at least another game. Texas A&M (14-17) snapped a two-game skid in a […]
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