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The Week in Review

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Last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol left us with images seared on our brains, and it touched even the sports world, which usually can provide a respite, however brief.

But Collierville basketball coach Scott Robinson had a personal connection to what transpired, and our columnist, Geoff Calkins, tells the story.

Out of the darkness, though, are two stories that inspired: An 8-year-old boy who found a unique way to thank the people at St. Jude, and a Memphis nonprofit organization devoted to criminal justice reform that received a $200,000 grant from the NFL.

Back to the sports world: The Grizzlies are persevering through an injury-riddled start to the season, Memphis quarterback Brady White won a prestigious national award, and the Tigers basketball team has spent 17 days without game action because two of its opponents had COVID-19 issues. The hope is the Jan. 14 game against SMU at FedExForum will take place.

In these chaotic, heartbreaking times, hold on to hope that things will get better.

Which also means … wear those masks! (Think of them as nose warmers.) - Sports editor Elaine Sung

 
 
Calkins: Collierville coach mourns fallen Capitol Hill police officer, who studied at U of M
 

Scott Robinson, the basketball coach at Collierville High School, became close with Howard Liebengood at Memphis. He sent Liebengood a text after the Capitol was attacked. Now Robinson is mourning his friend.

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Calkins: An 8-year-old St. Jude kid with a lesson for these times
 

Jonah McCoy, 8, is a patient at St. Jude. He could teach us a thing or two. 

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Tigers' Brady White wins William V. Campbell Trophy
 

The Memphis quarterback adds the “academic Heisman” to his already loaded résumé.

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Calkins: Brady White is the greatest winner to call the Liberty Bowl home
 

For White and the Liberty Bowl, it was love at first sight. On Saturday, White plans to bid farewell with another win. 

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Grizzlies get the motor going late, come out with 101-91 win
 

Grizzlies, facing Cavaliers for the second time in five days, were led by Dillon Brooks (21 points, seven rebounds).

Related story: Box score: Grizzlies 101, Cavaliers 91

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Calkins: Times they are a-changin', as the NFL throws its support behind Just City
 

The NFL has granted $200,000 to Just City as part of the league’s social justice initiative. The money is important – but so is the message the money sends.

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Herrington: Grizzlies evaluate roster, stay alive while awaiting stars’ return
 

Chris Herrington: The absence of Grizzlies’ stars provides a chance to observe the trends of some players who are in outsized roles.

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For rookie Xavier Tillman Sr., it's the little things
 

Xavier Tillman Sr. will have an expanded role to fill if Jonas Valanciunas misses time due to health and safety protocols. 

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Friday preps: MAHS hands Briarcrest its first loss
 

Charter school eyes state tournament after missing opportunity in 2020. 

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Memphis officially announces Drew Svoboda as special teams coordinator
 

The Tigers are bringing in Rice special teams coach Drew Svoboda.

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Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr.: Injuries can't dull their enthusiasm, towel waving, high-fiving
 

While recovering from his ankle injury, Ja Morant has purposely asked to sit close to the floor so he can bring the energy off the bench to his teammates. 

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Memphis 'keeping the pressure on' amid 17-day layoff
 

The Tigers are hoping to get a game during that span, but in the meantime, it’s a chance to work on their new offense.

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