Messenger Sports Briefs for June 18

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 18

’Hounds’ latest win
is franchise’s 100th

The Union City Greyhounds celebrated a victory and a milestone after a 1-0 win over the Tradewater Pirates Tuesday night.
Union City became the first franchise in the modern-day Kitty League to amass 100 victories.
The ’Hounds return to action tonight in second and final game of their series at Tradewater.
UC then returns to Elam Stadium Thursday night to begin a three-game set with the Fulton Railroaders.
On Tuesday, Greyhounds’ starter Brad Lawrence won out in a pitching duel with Pirates’ hurler Justin Long.
Lawrence and Long both went the distance with the UC hurler allowing just three hits and four walks.
Meanwhile, Long got a dozen K’s and the loss.
At the plate, the difference was an RBI groundout by Union City High School product Nate Coleman that chased home Justin Miller in the top of the fifth.

USTA tennis league
to meet Tuesday

The USTA Mixed Doubles League will be meeting at the Union City Middle School tennis courts Tuesday.
All persons interested in playing in the league are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Margie Smith at 885-9730.

Vol forward Childress
has surgery on knee

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee reserve forward Ryan Childress has had successful surgery on his right knee.
Trainer Chad Newman said Tuesday there is no timetable for Childress’ return to the court.
Childress suffered the injury last week in a pickup game.
Newman said the player is expected to be released today from University of Tennessee Hospital.

Economy can’t slow
UT athletic donors

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Despite a shaky economy, donations to Tennessee athletics is on the upswing, athletics director Mike Hamilton said.
By the beginning of April, almost 12,000 donors had given $33.8 million to the athletic department for fiscal year 2007-08 — $5 million more than had been collected by the same time the previous year.
Donations have risen gradually from $11.5 million in fiscal year 1997-98 to $34 million in fiscal year 2006-07.
Hamilton says he didn’t think consumer confidence was shaken enough to affect fans’ decisions on donations and attending sporting events until recent months.

Memphis guard Mack
on move to play more

MEMPHIS (AP) — Guard Doneal Mack wants more playing time than he’s receiving with the Memphis Tigers, and his father says his son will be transferring once he receives his release.
The Commercial Appeal reported on its Web site last week that the 6-foot-5 guard feels it’s time to move on. Greg Mack told the newspaper that they feel it’s time to go now with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Team spokesman Lamar Chance told The Associated Press that no details of the transfer were available.
Mack averaged 12.5 minutes during the Tigers’ run to the national championship game. From Charlotte, N.C., he originally signed with Florida but was denied admission and signed with Memphis late in the summer of 2006.
Greg Mack listed Clemson, Wake Forest and LSU as possible schools for his son.

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