Messenger Sports Briefs for May 4

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 4
Briefly

‘United’ tennis event
announces its dates

The United Way of Obion County Tennis Tournament is scheduled for May 13-15.
Play is open to athletes of all ages in both singles and doubles.
Entry fee is $14 per person for each event entered plus a can of yellow Penn or Wilson USTA-approved tennis balls per event entered. The first 50 applicants for play will receive a T-shirt.
The tournaments will take place at the Union City Middle School courts.
For more information, contact David Harris at 796-1929 or Jason Adcock at 819-0583.

Big Bethel lineman
drafted by Bills

Bethel University’s Michael Jasper was drafted Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
The 6-foot-4, 390-pound offensive guard from Mt. Juliet was the 245th pick of the draft.
Jasper ran a 5.38 forty at his Pro Day at 394 pounds.
He is reportedly down to 378 pounds now.
Jasper topped out at over 400 pounds as a lineman for the Wildcats.

UTM softball game
washed out by rain

UT Martin’s softball doubleheader with Middle Tennessee State University Tuesday at Bettye Giles Field was canceled because of rain.
The Skyhawks (31-20 and 17-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference play) will close out their regular season Saturday and Sunday at home against Tennessee Tech.
The two teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday has been designated as ‘Never Quit’ Day in recognition of the foundation of the same name that promotes breast cancer awareness in memory of former UTM player and graduate assistant coach Lori Pearson.
The Messenger will publish a feature on the foundation on Thursday.

Titans’ QB Simms
has friend on side

NEW YORK (AP) — A childhood friend of Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms has told a jury the player wasn’t smoking marijuana before being pulled over in New York City.
Friend Charles Granatell testified Tuesday he’s the one whose smoking created a marijuana smell.
The 30-year-old Simms is on trial on a misdemeanor charge of driving while high.
A police officer says Simms was “zombie”-like and said he’d been smoking marijuana. Simms denies it.
He says the officer misunderstood him when he said Granatell had been smoking the drug.
Simms started his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. His father is former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms.

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