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The Week in Review

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We give a hearty salute to the Grizzlies, who lost to the Utah Jazz in the first-round NBA playoff series.

Now it’s time for the players to rest, the front office to regroup and the season dissection to begin. Before you know it, the NBA draft lottery and the draft itself will be upon us (that would be June 22 and July 29, respectively).

Newly crowned NCAA champion Rachel Heck, who won four state titles before going to Stanford, played in the U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished tied for 35th (alongside the likes of two-time major champion Lydia Ko).

We’re starting to look to the fall and football. That’s right. Football. St. Benedict has a new coach, turning to alum Joey Magnifico, who also played tight end at the University of Memphis.

The pandemic wreaked havoc on football recruiting, so another former Tigers player, Christian Johnson, has become part of the effort to help local high school players with a 7-on-7 league and get some of their talents on tape.

Memphis 901 FC got its first win of the season. One more road game, and then the home opener on Wednesday, June 16.

You know what else is opening up? Our social calendar. Get vaccinated! – Sports editor Elaine Sung

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Zach Kleiman touches on Justise Winslow situation, Jonas Valanciunas explains the infamous jacket and Dillon Brooks shows off his cards playing skills. 

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The Grizzlies’ season is finished following the blowout loss; Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant each score 27.

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Stanford freshman enters major on a five-tournament winning streak.

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Magnifico was also a walk-on tight end for the Memphis Tigers.

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Former Memphis DL Christian Johnson formed 901Phenom during the pandemic for high school players who had no teams.

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Team will be shorthanded for Saturday’s visit to Group F leader Indy Eleven, but coach Ben Pirmann has high hopes, especially for Andre Reynolds and Brecc Evans.

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Cameron Kinley, who just graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, had signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Buccaneers.

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Vice president of basketball operations was key part of drafts that brought in Morant, Clarke, Bane and Tillman.

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Yes, the Utah Jazz bounced the Grizzlies out of the playoffs Wednesday. But their 20th season in Memphis will go down as one of the most promising in franchise history.

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