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Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 30

Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 30

UC-Gleason twinbill
postponed ’til Thurs.

Fans who showed up at Union City High School Tuesday night to see a District 14A twinbill between the Tornado teams and Gleason were left in the dark — literally.
A power outage caused by high winds of a storm that blew through rural West Tennessee late in the afternoon postponed the doubleheader. School officials waited more than a hour before then electing to push the games back to Thursday night at 6.
Tickets were issued to those who paid admission and will be redeemable for those fans who elect to see the rescheduled games.
Should the UC boys win in the nightcap, the locals would clinch the district’s regular season championship and the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament.

Weddle’s 25 tallies
not enough for UTM

Adam Leonard knocked down seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead visiting Eastern Kentucky to a 74-60 victory over UT Martin Tuesday night in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
UTM freshman and Union City product Marquis Weddle also made seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high 25 points.
Weddle was also responsible for five rebounds during his 40 minutes of play.
The difference in the game was that Leonard got help from his teammates, while Weddle and Lester Hudson, who finished with 15 markers, combined for 40 of UT Martin’s 60 points.
The Skyhawks return to action Thursday when they host Tennessee Tech. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Huntingdon’s Fuller
takes top OVC award

UT Martin senior and Huntingdon product Crystal Fuller was named the Ohio Valley Conference women’s player of the week for her efforts against Samford and Jacksonville State.
Fuller netted 25 points at Samford and followed that up with a career-best 35 points at Jacksonville State last week. She shot 62.1 percent from the floor and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. Fuller made a career-high 15 free throws against Jacksonville State.

Grizzlies’ forward
benched for conduct

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies suspended forward Stromile Swift for Wednesday night’s game with the Denver Nuggets for what they called conduct detrimental to the team.
Swift started serving the suspension Tuesday by sitting out practice as punishment for apparently disagreeing with Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni during Monday night’s 103-84 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Commercial Appeal newspaper reported that Swift stood and leaned over the coach before walking to the end of the bench.
He played one minute, 45 seconds during the loss, hit his only shot but picked up a foul and had a turnover. The eight-year veteran had been on the injury report as day-to-day with a sore left ankle that kept him out of the previous two games but had eight points in 16 minutes on Jan. 23 against Orlando.

Ex-Vol McDaniel
settles civil suit

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has settled a civil lawsuit lingering since his playing days at Tennessee over a fight during a pickup basketball game.
Edward Goodrich, a student at Tennessee, sued McDaniel for breaking four bones in his face when McDaniel punched him after the game at a campus gym in 2005.
Goodrich sued for $800,000 in damages. A settlement was reached Monday night, hours before the case was to go to trial. Terms were not disclosed.
McDaniel, now 23, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and served supervised probation. He decided to give up his senior season at Tennessee and enter the NFL draft after Goodrich sued in 2006.
Reynolds said McDaniel has apologized to Goodrich.
McDaniel, a Columbia, S.C., native, played in four games this season for the Jaguars before a wrist injury put the defensive tackle on injured reserve in October.

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