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Messenger Sports Briefs for April 19

Messenger Sports Briefs for April 19
Briefly

Underwood judged
as Strikeforce winner

The final verdict went in favor of Obion Central graduate Zach Underwood.
The 26-year-old professional mixed martial arts fighter defeated Hunter Worsham via unanimous judges decision at Saturday’s “Strikeforce” event in Nashville.
Underwood’s fight was not among those shown on CBS as all three of the scheduled live bouts went the distance, forcing the MMA broadcast to run longer than originally advertised.
With the victory, Underwood is now 7-2-1 as a professional fighter.

TCA’s Washington
commits to Alabama

Trinity Christian Academy football standout Jabriel Washington has verbally committed to play at Alabama.
Washington, a junior who has starred as a quarterback, receiver and defensive back during his prep career, chose the Crimson Tide after visiting the school’s spring football game on Saturday.
According to published reports, Washington had more than 20 scholarships from football programs throughout the nation.
Washington totaled 343 yards and all four TCA touchdowns last season as the Lions handed Union City one of just two losses in the Tornadoes’ Class A state championship campaign.
The two teams will meet this year at War Memorial Stadium.

C.J. big Titans’ deal
nearly impossible

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson may want a long-term extension, but team officials say current labor rules tie their hands on issuing such a contract for now.
Titans’ General Man-ager Mike Reinfeldt said new rules tied to the NFL’s labor dispute make giving the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year a big new deal nearly impossible.
Johnson, drafted 24th overall in 2008, made $385,000 in 2009 when he rushed for a league-leading 2,006 yards. Johnson is scheduled to make $550,000 in 2010.
the third year of his original $12 million contract.

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