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1. WGC Sets Dates For FedEx St. Jude Invitational -

The inaugural WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held July 25-28, 2019, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday, July 10. The tournament, which will take place at TPC Southwind, marks the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

2. WGC Sets Dates for Inaugural FedEx St. Jude Invitational -

The inaugural WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held July 25-28, 2019, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday, July 10. The tournament, which will take place at TPC Southwind, marks the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

3. Former Redbird Jacob Wilson Makes Appearance in Triple-A All-Star Game -

Jacob Wilson could be forgiven for doing something a bit out of the ordinary this past weekend. Like stepping to the plate encased in bubble wrap, or every piece of body armor in his dugout, or maybe a suit of medieval armor.

4. Bank of Bartlett Eyes An Expanded Footprint to Meet Consumer Demand -

Bank of Bartlett will soon consolidate its two Germantown branches into one enhanced location at Poplar and Kirby, and is eyeing Midtown and Arlington as areas for additional brick-and-mortar branches.

5. WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Set for July 25-28, 2019 -

The inaugural WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held from July 25-28, 2019, the PGA TOUR announced Tuesday. The tournament will be held at TPC Southwind and will mark the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

6. Last Word: River Museum Review, Tigers' Blended Family and Oxford Crackdown -

It’s not the Gulf. It’s Lake Pontchartrain that draws the crowds on Mud Island. The Riverwalk replica of the Gulf of Mexico’s neighbor that is. A few adjustments is all it took to return authorized wading to the area at the end of the scale model of the Mississippi River. The river park is changing as it continues to make its way through the annual season from the summer and into the fall.

7. Sports Notebook: Casspi a Potential Help to Grizzlies With Outside Shooting -

After the NBA Draft, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace was asked what the team still needed. He didn’t hesitate with his answer: more shooting.

8. Grizzlies Use No. 4 Overall Pick on Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. -

The Memphis Grizzlies used their No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft to select Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and fans who came to FedExForum for a watch party reacted with a mix of cheers and boos.

9. Last Word: Draft Done, New Beale Moves and New Elvis -

Well, this is off to a rocky start. Jaren Jackson Jr. indicated he didn’t want to come to Memphis until minutes before the Grizz used their number 4 pick in Thursday evening’s NBA draft to select him and reverse years of bad history in draft selections. That was a lot to ask for in the pick of the youngest player in the draft at 18 years of age. But that’s what drafts in the NFL and NBA have come to be about – big moments, declaring victory and celebrating all before anything pans out.

10. Memphis Women’s Hoops Adds 2 Coaches to Staff -

University of Memphis women’s basketball head coach Melissa McFerrin has announced the hiring of Amy Stephens and Michele Savage to the Tigers coaching staff. This will be Stephens’ second stint with Memphis after spending the 2013-14 season as McFerrin’s associate head coach. Both Savage and Stephens will assume an associate head coach title.

11. Southwind’s New GM Poised to Put His Exclamation Point on Next Tournament -

The stories all told of how Dustin Johnson’s 177-yard slam dunk 9-iron shot ended the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s 61-year run with a thundering exclamation point.

12. Carpenter Talks Strikeouts, Coaching and the State of Baseball -

Of all the starting pitchers that followed Bob Gibson to the mound in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform, perhaps none came as close to matching Gibson’s fierceness as Chris Carpenter did. In nine seasons with the Cardinals, he won a Cy Young Award, a franchise-high 10 playoff games, and was part of two World series-winning teams (2006 and 2011) and four National League pennant-winning clubs.

13. Around Memphis: June 11, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

14. Garcia Blisters Final Racing Segment to Claim His First Victory -

They got heat. They got history. But for most of 3,000 or so fans who made their way to steamy Memphis International Raceway Saturday, they got a welcome dose of NASCAR. And they want more.

As the 95-degree temps faded into twilight, Ruben Garcia Jr. of Mexico went from patience to pounce mode in his Max Spiegel Toyota to capture the Memphis 150 presented by AutoZone.

15. Last Word: Big River Summer, AuthenticAfrican Revealed and 100 North Main -

It’s the month that doesn’t have a festival with its name in the title, the month after the month that does have a festival bearing its name. It’s the month of heat and sun and heat lightning, lightning bugs and tourists and no school. Baseball before the All-Star break, politics past one set of primaries but before the other midterm primaries, budget seasons and the difference between the unrestricted fund balance and the restricted fund balance and patio society underneath the ferns. Welcome to June.

16. Expansion Golden Knights Shine a Light on Hope -

Las Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley had a plan. It was an ambitious plan, but not a crazy plan. His expansion NHL team would strive to make the playoffs in three years and capture the Stanley Cup in six.

17. Cavs Need Road Win for LeBron To Make 8th Straight NBA Finals -

And so now it’s LeBron James vs. the Boston Celtics and their home-court advantage in what is now a best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals.

James scored 44 points and became the NBA’s all-time leader in postseason baskets made as the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 4 111-102 to even the series at 2-2. Neither team has won on the road in this series, which now shifts back to Boston for Game 5. If LeBron is to make the NBA Finals an eighth straight time, his team will have to find a way to win a road game.

18. Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo' Win Big At Blues Music Awards -

Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo' and Rick Estrin are among the winners of this year's Blues Music Awards.

The annual awards celebrating blues music were handed out Thursday in Memphis. Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' won the album of the year and contemporary blues album awards for their collaboration on TajMo.

19. Penny Mania -

Derek Jett was coming home from a business trip on the West Coast and making a connection at the airport in Dallas. It was football season, and because it was football season (and not basketball season), he was wearing his University of Memphis cap.

20. New Incentive Targets Sewer Woes For Developers -

With certain areas of the city such as the Fletcher Creek drainage basin nearing peak-hour capacity, the city of Memphis is teaming up with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to help ensure that impending sewer issues do not hamper future development.

21. Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo' Win Big at Blues Music Awards -

Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo' and Rick Estrin are among the winners of this year's Blues Music Awards.

The annual awards celebrating blues music were handed out Thursday in Memphis. Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' won the album of the year and contemporary blues album awards for their collaboration on TajMo.

22. Tigers Face South Alabama in Tennis Friday as NCAA Tournament Begins -

Getting to the NCAA Tournament has become no big deal for the University of Memphis tennis squad. Coach Paul Goebel’s Tigers (18-5) will open tournament play for the sixth time in seven years Friday in Starkville, Mississippi, with a first-round match against South Alabama (14-9). That kind of consistency is what new Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway and his squad can only dream about, for now.

23. AutoZone Liberty Bowl to be Played on New Year’s Eve -

The 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be played at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, and carried on ESPN. Last season, the University of Memphis appeared in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for the first time after winning the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, but losing to UCF in the league title game.

24. Week Ahead: May 7-13 -

Happy Monday. This weekend is the one between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, but there are still Memphis in May International events to attend. Great month to be in Memphis!

25. Tigers' WR Anthony Miller and LB Genard Avery Selected in NFL Draft -

Two former University of Memphis football players were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft and a third signed as a free agent.

Wide receiver Anthony Miller was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears at number 51 overall, and linebacker Genard Avery was taken in the fifth round, at number 150 overall, by the Cleveland Browns.

26. RegionSmart Summit Brings Out Best of the Mid-South -

Though the Mid-South is made up of a many different neighborhoods, cities and even states, many of the ties that bind the region together were on display at the third annual RegionSmart Summit.

The Thursday, April 26 conference held at the Halloran Center for the Performing Arts & Education, featured a convening of the are area’s mayors followed by a trio of national speakers all with the intent to strengthen the intra-regional dialogue.

27. Last Word: The City's Windfall, Chandler Parsons' Knees and Keith Sykes on Flying -

When you think of economic engines that drive the Memphis economy there are a lot of corporate names past and present that come to mind. One further down the list is the Memphis Defense Depot in southeast Memphis more than 20 years after the Army closed up shop. Along the stretch of Airways near Memphis International Airport are the blue collar neighborhoods built by the hub for Army supplies that located here in the early 1940s on 4.2 million square feet of land.

28. Musician, Songwriter Sykes Joins Ardent as Chief Manager -

Longtime songwriter, touring artist and studio owner Keith Sykes has joined Ardent Studios as chief manager, bringing more than 40 years’ experience in the music industry. More than 100 of Sykes’ songs have been recorded by other artists – including John Prine, Rosanne Cash and George Thorogood – and have sold more than 25 million records worldwide. In addition, he once played in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and co-wrote the 1979 hit “Volcano” with Buffett.

29. Buying Local -

Don’t be surprised this weekend to come across customers at Burke’s Book Store posing in front of a “selfie station,” taking pictures of themselves at the 143-year-old Midtown institution to post and share with their friends.

30. Hardaway and Tigers Get Two More Signees -

University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has added two more players to his roster. Shooting guard Antwann Jones signed with the Tigers after being released from his national letter of intent with Texas A&M. Isaiah Maurice signed after playing one season at Kansas State and one season at South Plains junior college.

31. Two Memphis Cooks Compete for WFC Title -

Two Memphis cooks will go head-to-head with eight other food category champs in Bentonville, Arkansas, this weekend to see whose dish is worthy of the event’s ultimate title and grand prize.

32. Prospect Lomax Signs With Memphis Tigers -

Guard Alex Lomax (East High School) officially signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, April 11, to play for Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.

33. Doubleheader -

These days, Craig Unger calls himself the “corporate guy.” After all, he is now president of both the Memphis Redbirds and the United Soccer League (USL) team that will share AutoZone Park with the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A club beginning in 2019.

34. Prospect Lomax Signs With Memphis Tigers -

Guard Alex Lomax (East High School) officially signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, April 11, to play for Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.

35. One City, One Team: When a Memphis sports entity succeeds, everyone wins -

On the occasion of the home opener for the reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park, new Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Predictably, he received a standing ovation just for walking out to the pitching mound.

36. Grizzlies Set to Pick in Top Five; Bickerstaff’s Future Cloudy -

On Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies will play their last game of this difficult season at Oklahoma City. They are on track to finish with the second-worst record in the NBA and to have just under a 20 percent chance in the NBA Lottery to wind up with the overall No. 1 pick.

37. Around Memphis: April 9, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

38. Events -

Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis, is underway through Sunday, April 8, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. More than a dozen interior design team have created custom “vignettes” within a chic gallery showroom, with special presentations each day. Single-day tickets are $20.  Visit artsmemphis.org for details and hours.

39. April 6-12, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

2008: The University of Memphis Tigers play Kansas at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, for the NCAA men’s basketball championship. The Tigers, led by coach John Calipari and Derrick Rose in his one and only year of college basketball, lose 75-68 in overtime. It marks the first time the Tigers have played in the NCAA championship since the 1973 finals won by UCLA, and it is Calipari’s first time back at the championship since his University of Massachusetts team won in 1996.
The NCAA stripped UMass of that title after star player Marcus Camby admitted he took money and other gifts from an agent during the season. The Tigers’ entire 2008 season was vacated by the NCAA after its investigation concluded Rose had someone else take his SAT to attend the University of Memphis. By then, Calipari had left Memphis to become Kentucky’s head basketball coach.

40. Redbirds Redux? -

So what do the Memphis Redbirds do for an encore after an historic 2017 season? “For an encore, hopefully do it again,” said infielder Patrick Wisdom. “That’s what encore means. Get to 100 wins. That’d be nice.”

41. Events -

Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis, is underway through Sunday, April 8, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. More than a dozen interior design team have created custom “vignettes” within a chic gallery showroom, with special presentations each day. Single-day tickets are $20. Visit artsmemphis.org for details and hours.

42. King's Children See New Movements, Same Challenges 50 Years After Mountaintop -

The bright and multi colored lights at Mason Temple Church of God In Christ gave way for a few minutes Tuesday, April 3, to a single white spotlight on the empty pulpit of the South Memphis church and a recording of part of the speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered from the pulpit 50 years ago Tuesday.

43. Redbirds Again Will Have Multiple Top Prospects -

Tuesday was Media Day at AutoZone Park for the reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds. And some of the players who helped win that title were back; others likely will be.

The only constant in minor league baseball, after all, is the ever-changing roster. Pitcher Jack Flaherty, 22, was ticketed to begin the season with the Triple-A Redbirds. But when the Cardinals placed veteran Adam Wainwright on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, that opened a starting role for Flaherty; he was slated to get the ball Tuesday night, April 3, at Milwaukee.

44. Baseball Tigers to Retire Ron McNeely’s Jersey -

Continuing a tradition started by head coach Daron Schoenrock in 2005, the University of Memphis baseball team will retire the jersey of two-time All-American Ron McNeely prior to the Saturday, March 31, game against UCF at FedExPark.

45. Tigers' Softball Freshman AAC Player of the Week -

University of Memphis freshman designated player Kendall Lee has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week after helping lead Memphis to a 4-1 week, including a 2-1 mark to open AAC play against Wichita State. This is the first-ever conference honor for Lee and the third time this season Memphis has had a player earn the title of Player of the Week.

46. Tigers Softball Player Named AAC Player of the Week -

University of Memphis freshman designated player Kendall Lee has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week after helping lead Memphis to a 4-1 week, including a 2-1 mark to open AAC play against Wichita State. This is the first-ever conference honor for Lee and the third time this season Memphis has had a player earn the title of Player of the Week.

47. Not Ready to Retire, Tubby Smith Lands at High Point -

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Tubby Smith isn't ready to retire, so after being fired by Memphis he was looking for employment. High Point needed a men's basketball coach and soon Smith got a call from his alma mater.

48. Baseball Tigers to Retire Ron McNeely’s Jersey -

Continuing a tradition started by head coach Daron Schoenrock in 2005, the University of Memphis baseball team will retire the jersey of two-time All-American Ron McNeely prior to the Saturday, March 31, game against UCF at FedExPark.

49. Tubby May Land at Alma Mater High Point -

For a change, the breaking news isn’t about Penny Hardaway getting a new job. This time, it might be Tubby Smith.

Hardaway, of course, made the headlines last week when the University of Memphis, as expected, hired him to replace Smith.

50. Penny Hardaway Expected to Become Memphis Coach First of Week -

The University of Memphis is expected to formally announce former Tiger great Penny Hardaway as the new men’s basketball coach early this week, now that Hardaway has finished coaching East High School in the state tournament.

51. Making Art Work -

After he’d finished his part in a Memphis Symphony Orchestra performance a few weeks ago that included Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin, guest violinist Charles Yang came out on stage and did something unexpected.

52. Smith Out as Tigers Basketball Coach, No Word on Replacement -

As expected, the University of Memphis and head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith parted ways on Wednesday, March 14.

The University of Memphis issued a brief statement Wednesday, but provided no information on Smith’s possible replacement.

53. Milwaukee Bucks Send Grizzlies To 18th Consecutive Loss -

The longest losing streak in the history of the Memphis edition of the Grizzlies stretched to 18 games with a 121-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at FedExForum on Monday, March 12.

This latest loss also marked the Grizzlies’ seventh straight defeat at home. Memphis now stands at 18-49, the worst mark in the NBA. Milwaukee got 24 points from Khris Middleton and 20 from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol’s 17 points. Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore each finished with 16 points.

54. Milwaukee Bucks Send Grizzlies to 18th Consecutive Loss -

The longest losing streak in the history of the Memphis edition of the Grizzlies stretched to 18 games with a 121-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at FedExForum on Monday, March 12.

This latest loss also marked the Grizzlies’ seventh straight defeat at home. Memphis now stands at 18-49, the worst mark in the NBA. Milwaukee got 24 points from Khris Middleton and 20 from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol’s 17 points. Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore each finished with 16 points.

55. Tigers’ Martin Named To All-AAC Second Team -

University of Memphis junior guard Jeremiah Martin was named to the American Athletic Conference second team Monday, March 5, following a breakout season in which the former Mitchell High star led the conference in scoring.

56. HoopsHD Selects Martin As AAC Player of the Year -

University of Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin, who led the American Athletic Conference in scoring this season, was named the league’s player of the year by HoopsHD.

Martin earned all-conference second-team honors Monday, March 5, in voting conducted by the league’s 12 coaches. Martin averaged 18.9 points during a season shortened in the final weeks by a broken left foot.

57. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

58. HoopsHD Selects Martin As AAC Player of the Year -

University of Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin, who led the American Athletic Conference in scoring this season, was named the league’s player of the year by HoopsHD.

Martin earned all-conference second-team honors Monday, March 5, in voting conducted by the league’s 12 coaches. Martin averaged 18.9 points during a season shortened in the final weeks by a broken left foot.

59. 3 Elite Teams Favorites in AAC Tournament -

The American Athletic Conference Tournament tips off on Thursday, March 8, In Orlando, Florida, and the field will include two teams in the Associated Press Top 15 and a third in Top 25.

Yet, the mantra before play begins is that while there is separation between No. 8 Cincinnati, No. 11 Wichita State and No. 21 Houston from the other nine teams in the conference, upsets are possible.

60. Tigers’ Martin Second-Team All-AAC Selection -

University of Memphis junior guard Jeremiah Martin was named to the American Athletic Conference second team Monday, March 5, following a breakout season in which the former Mitchell High star led the conference in scoring.

61. Last Word: Corker & Blackburn, More Frost and Dale Watson's Move to The Haven -

It's possible around City Hall these days to get your RFQs mixed up with your RFPs. And there is a difference in requests for qualifications and requests for proposals. Usually RFQs come before RFPs – but there are exceptions – loopholes. The latest RFQ out of City Hall – album title or t-shirt slogan? – is for the adaptive reuse of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

62. Notebook: Memphis WR Anthony Miller Creating a Buzz -

Anthony Miller, the walk-on who became a record-setting receiver at Memphis, is listed as the seventh-best wideout available for the upcoming NFL Draft, according to walterfootball.com.

63. The NCAA Will Get You, Depending on Who You Are -

For decades, Memphis and Louisville were fierce rivals. As opposite as Cardinal red and Tiger blue. If you rooted for Memphis State, you even loved the irony of the Louisville coach’s name: Denny Crum. Yeah, that about said it.

64. No. 23 Houston Major Test for Tigers; Memphis WR Miller Creating a Buzz -

Employing a zone defense, Tubby Smith’s Tigers have won two straight games to get the University of Memphis back to .500 (7-7) in the American Athletic Conference. But their defense will have to reach a new level if the Tigers are to stay with the No. 23 Houston Cougars at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at FedExForum.

65. Tigers’ 2018 Football Slate Includes Trip to Missouri -

The 2018 University of Memphis football schedule is out and includes seven home games, five on Saturdays, and a road trip to Columbia, Missouri, to play Barry Odom’s Missouri Tigers.

66. Case, Vance Bringing 'Rise of the Rest' Startup Fund to Memphis This May -

The co-founder of America Online is coming to Memphis this May with his investment fund to hear pitches from local startup companies and award $100,000 in seed funding to one of them.

Steve Case, the chairman and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm Revolution, and venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance are leading the second leg of the current Rise of the Rest bus tour. Rise of the Rest is also the name of the seed fund.

67. Sports Executives Enjoying ‘Glory Years’ of Memphis Sports -

With sports clicking on all cylinders in Memphis and a new professional team on the horizon, these days could really be seen as the glory years of Memphis sports.

That was the observation of Jason Wexler, president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, who was one of four panelist Thursday, Jan. 25, at Newmakers: Memphis Sports, part of The Daily News’ Seminar Series.

68. NBA Coaches Often ‘Interim’ -

In one sense, maybe just about every NBA head coach not named Gregg Popovich should have the word “interim” in his job title. Certainly in Memphis the position of head coach is a lot closer to being an adjunct member of the faculty rather than a tenured professor.

69. Social Media Valuable Tool For FESJC, Sports Teams -

Earlier this week FedEx St. Jude Classic tournament director Darrell Smith put an offer out on Twitter to a noted entertainer with local ties: “Hey @jtimberlake, I know you have a couple shows in PA after Memphis, but feel free to come on back the next Wednesday, June 6, for our pro-am. Got a spot if you want it. #HushYall.”

70. Zealous and Growing Fan Base Heralds Soccer’s Return to Memphis -

They can be heard down the hall, or down the block. Roaring. Cheering. Chanting, often nonsensically, at the top of their lungs at whatever hour their beloved teams are playing on TV. Always in uniform – with the proper hats, jerseys – and scarves. Do not forget the scarves.

71. What a Kick -

Peter Freund is a baseball guy. Grew up on the New York Yankees. Today, not only is he principal owner of the Memphis Redbirds, he owns stakes in other minor league teams through his Trinity Baseball Holdings and even has a small slice of the Yankees. But make no mistake, he is a businessman. And it was the businessman in him that was convinced to bring a United Soccer League (USL) team to Memphis and AutoZone Park for the 2019 season.

72. Memphis Hilton Sale, New FedEx Hub Building Highlight Busy Week -

939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $31 million

Sale Date: Jan. 3, 2018

Buyer: Linchris Hotel Corp.

Seller: Davidson Hotels and Resorts

73. Crosstown Concourse Earns LEED Platinum Designation -

Crosstown Concourse has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, with Crosstown believed to be the largest such historic adaptive reuse project anywhere to win this certification.

74. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

75. 'F' is for Fraud -

Just before the winter break, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had a lot of questions for the Shelby County Schools system. She had just read a 258-page report from an independent investigation of the school system’s grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High School.

76. Crosstown Concourse Earns LEED Platinum Designation -

Crosstown Concourse has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, with Crosstown believed to be the largest such historic adaptive reuse project anywhere to win this certification.

77. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

78. Crosstown Concourse Earns Prestigious LEED Design Award -

Crosstown Concourse has won a significant design award – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, with Crosstown believed to be the largest such historic adaptive reuse project anywhere to win this certification.

79. OU Guard Young an Intriguing Lottery Prospect; Tigers Win; Conley Vows Return -

Do you have Trae Young fever? Does just considering the possibility of the freshman Oklahoma Sooners point guard in a Grizzlies uniform inspire a rapid heartbeat, cause you to break out in a sweat, and dream of a massive turnaround as soon as next season?

80. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

81. College Football Playoff Imperfect, But Entertains -

Go ahead, make the case. Central Florida went undefeated, was clearly the class of the Group of 5.

Went into Atlanta and beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl 34-27.

And Auburn, playing at home, beat both teams that are in the Jan. 8 national championship game – Georgia (in the regular season, not in the SEC championship game) and Alabama.

82. A New View -

People tend to rely on the new year mark as a time to make resolutions and look ahead. But it also provides a chance to reflect upon and recognize how much we and our environment have changed in just a short year.

83. Could Liberty Bowl Become Regular Destination for Memphis Tigers? -

The record books will forever note that on Dec. 30, 2017, in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Iowa State defeated the University of Memphis 21-20 in the Tigers’ first appearance in the game.

But while the game itself represented the ending to a special season that saw the Tigers go 10-3, win the American Athletic Conference West Division and nearly go undefeated at home (7-1), it also might have marked a beginning.

84. So Close ... Tigers Fall 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The last drive and the last hope ended with record-setting Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson flinging a fourth-and-10 pass toward wideout Phil Mayhue on the sideline. They didn’t connect.

85. So Close ... Tigers Fall 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The last drive and the last hope ended with record-setting Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson flinging a fourth-and-10 pass toward wideout Phil Mayhue on the sideline. They didn’t connect.

On a day when Iowa State tied the AutoZone Liberty Bowl record with six sacks in a 21-20 victory, Ferguson’s final pass came under duress.

86. Worth the Wait -

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

87. His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing -

When his visitor was about to leave, Orlando Tubby Smith had one more story. About a time his father had given him an assignment on the family farm in Maryland. 

Tubby was one of 17 children. He had older siblings and younger siblings. He also, at age 12 or 13, already had a sense for what it was to lead and manage.

88. Auction of Elvis Artifacts To Feature Jewelry, Gifts -

The earliest known Elvis Presley concert poster and jewelry Presley gave the wife and son of his personal physician are among the highlights of next month’s Auction at Graceland.

The auction, set for Jan. 6 during the annual birthday celebration at Graceland, will feature 271 lots of rare Elvis artifacts. As with past Graceland auctions, all the items are owned by third-party collectors and are researched and certified by Graceland Authenticated. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives are owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.

89. Auction of Elvis Artifacts to Feature Jewelry, Gifts -

The earliest known Elvis Presley concert poster and jewelry Presley gave the wife and son of his personal physician are among the highlights of next month’s Auction at Graceland.

The auction, set for Jan. 6 during the annual birthday celebration at Graceland, will feature 271 lots of rare Elvis artifacts. As with past Graceland auctions, all the items are owned by third-party collectors and are researched and certified by Graceland Authenticated. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives are owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.

90. Touting a Win-Win Partnership -

Joann Massey, director of business diversity & compliance and Title VI coordinator for the city of Memphis, speaks to media and supporters at the groundbreaking celebrating the partnership of PeroxyChem and the Maynard C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant. In partnership with the city, PeroxyChem’s new production plant will save the city money in sewer treatment costs, while also creating local jobs with a particular focus on hiring minority-owned subcontractors.

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91. Improving Tigers Will Get Tested Facing Louisville in Madison Square Garden -

Already, the Memphis Tigers had survived to beat Northern Kentucky by two points, Mercer by two points (in double-overtime) and Samford by one point. All on their home floor at FedExForum.

So with score tied 45-45 vs. Albany midway through the second half, the Tigers looked to be on their way to another one-possession outcome. But after junior guard Jeremiah Martin anticipated a pass by Albany’s Joe Cremo and intercepted it like a safety reading the quarterback’s eyes, Martin raced down the court for a dunk that gave Memphis a 53-48 lead with 6:30 left in the game.

92. Memphis, Norvell Agree To New Five-Year Deal -

Not only does it appear Mike Norvell will be on the sideline to coach the University of Memphis in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it looks like he will be staying on afterward.

93. Worth the Wait -

Just since 1995, the University of Southern California has stayed home to play in the Rose Bowl more than a half-dozen times. Steve Ehrhart, executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, couldn’t help but look at that with a bit of envy.

94. Memphis and Norvell Agree to New Five-Year Deal -

Not only does it appear Mike Norvell will be on the sideline to coach the University of Memphis in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it looks like he will be staying on afterward.

95. FedEx Reportedly Looking To Move PGA Event -

John Feinstein, author of “A Good Walk Spoiled” and the host of a PGA Tour radio show by the same name, was perhaps playing spoiler when he said on his radio show that FedEx wants to bring one of the four annual World Golf Championships to Memphis.

96. Last Word: Lake District Recycling, The New First and The AAC 'Glass Ceiling' -

The U.S. Senate vote on a tax reform plan is now set for 10 a.m. our time Friday morning following more debate in D.C. that began Thursday as the trigger provision to raise tax rates if economic growth from the proposed tax cuts doesn't materialize was ruled out of order by the Senate parliamentarian. This was the provision on which the support of U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee hinged. And Corker is leading a group of deficit hawks whose block of votes is considered crucial in what happens to a proposal that was being reshaped as midnight approached. Here's Politico with comments from Corker as of late Thursday

97. For AAC Football Teams And Coaches Glass Ceiling is Real -

Recently, UCF coach Scott Frost was talking about what a great job he has, and why he came to Central Florida in the first place. High on the list was all the talent in the state of Florida. And Orlando, he said, is a great place to live.

98. Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch -

For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.

It’s the only loss Memphis (10-1) suffered all year. The Tigers took out two Top-25 teams (at the time the games were played) in UCLA and Navy. Yet they were not really competitive against UCF, which is undefeated at 11-0 heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando (ABC-TV).

99. College Football Playoff Rankings Undergo Shuffle -

Clemson (11-1) is at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings and Auburn (10-2) is now No. 2 after a decisive victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

Oklahoma (11-1) holds down the third spot, with Wisconsin (12-0) fourth. The top four teams after next weekend will get into the College Football Playoff.

100. FedEx Reportedly Looking To Move PGA Event -

John Feinstein, author of “A Good Walk Spoiled” and the host of a PGA Tour radio show by the same name, was perhaps playing spoiler when he said on his radio show that FedEx wants to bring one of the four annual World Golf Championships to Memphis.