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Messenger Sports Briefs for Feb. 1

Messenger Sports Briefs for Feb. 1
Briefly

UC-Gleason twinbill
postponed ’till Sat.

Mother Nature flexed her muscles again — and for the second time in three days at that — on Thursday.
As a result, the Union City-Gleason District 14A basketball twinbill that had been rescheduled for Thursday was postponed until Saturday at 2 p.m., this time due to the winter weather in the area.
The doubleheader had previously been put on hold due to a power outage at the UC gym that was the byproduct of the strong winds and storms that swept through the area Tuesday evening.
Tickets that were handed out to those who paid to get in Tuesday night will be honored Saturday.
As of press time, none of the games on tonight’s slate have been postponed.
Tonight, South Fulton is set to travel to Humboldt with Union City on the road at Trenton.
Obion Central is also in action this evening at Dyer County.

Austin Peay escapes OT
with win over Racers

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Reserve Wes Channels scored 29 points, including four free throws late in overtime, to lift Austin Peay past Murray State 92-87 for the lead in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Channels also made a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in overtime for the Governors (14-9, 10-3 OVC).
His 2-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation made it 76-76, forcing overtime.
He made two free throws with eight seconds left and two more with three seconds remaining.
Murray (13-8, 9-4) had won eight straight entering the game.
Drake Reed added 19 points for Austin Peay, Fernandez Locket had 12, Todd Babington 11 and Derek Wright 10.
Tyler Holloway led Murray with 26 points, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Teammate Tony Easley had 18 points, Bruce Carter 14, Danero Thomas 13 and Ray George 12.
The Governors had a big advantage at the free throw line, making 22-of-30 to 8-of-14 by Murray.

Tennessee retires
Helton’s jersey

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Colorado Rockies star Todd Helton told Tennessee pitcher Aaron Everett it was OK to continue wearing Helton’s old jersey number, but Everett politely declined.
Helton’s No. 3 has been permanently retired by Tennessee — the first baseball number so enshrined by the Volunteers.
More than 1,300 people, including family, friends and former teammates, turned out Wednesday night to mark the occasion and honor the Knoxville native who played for Tennessee in the 1990s.
The mayor proclaimed it “Todd Helton Day” and a street was named “Todd Helton Drive.”
Everett, a junior, has worn No. 3 the past two seasons. Helton said he was fine with Everett finishing out his time at UT in No. 3, and shook his hand.
But at Helton’s banquet Wednesday, Everett was wearing No. 9.
Helton wore No. 2 as starting quarterback on the football team, until an injury gave Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning his shot at the starting job as a freshman in 1994.

Ex-Titan DT Long
in stable condition

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Rien Long remains hospitalized in stable condition following a car accident last week.
His family has asked that no details about his injuries be released.
Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch visited Long on Friday even though his former teammate was asleep at the time.
Vanden Bosch told The Tennessean that he spoke with Long’s mother and said his condition was improving but it would take a long time for him to recover.

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