Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs
UCMS falls to Halls
in WTAC games

Union City came up just a little short at Halls.
Two points short.
Both Golden Tornado middle school teams dropped close West Tennessee Athletic Con-ference decisions at Halls on Thursday night, 41-39 in the girls’ game and 36-34 in the boys’ contest.
Union City won the B-girls’ game, 27-7.
The Lady Twisters staged a huge second-half comeback after trailing by 18 points at the half only to fall short.
Chynia Hyde had a double-double for UC as she scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Chante Deberry added 11 points and three rebounds for UC, now 3-4 in the league.
Tykesha Vaughn had points and seven rebounds, and Caroline Chism pulled down 12 rebounds to aid Union City’s cause.
The Twister boys led 9-8 after one period and was tied at 15-all at the half in a game that was close all the way. Halls led 26-25 after three periods.
Taj Reid had 10 points, Quentrail Polk scored his nine points on three 3-pointers, and Joe Wiggins had seven points for UC.
The Tornado boys are now 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
Union City will return to action Jan. 5 at home against Three Oaks.

Nashville arena keeps
Bridgestone name

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bridgestone Arena will remain the name of Nashville’s downtown arena through 2019.
The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced Thursday a five-year extension of naming rights for the arena.
Besides Predators’ games, the arena is used for the annual Country Music Association awards show, basketball tournaments, concerts and other events.
It opened in 1996 as the Nashville Arena, then it was renamed the Gaylord Entertainment Center and Sommet Center.
Bridgestone Americas is based in Nashville.

Cards tab vet lefty
for bullpen duty

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Left-handed reliever J.C. Romero has agreed to a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 35-year-old spent last season between Philadelphia and Colorado, going 1-0 with a 4.01 ERA in 242⁄3 innings over 36 games.
Romero ended the 2011 season with Colorado after beginning the year with Philadelphia. He was released by the Phillies in June, by the Nationals in July and by the Yankees in August, spending time in the Washington and New York minor league systems.
Romero has a 34-28 career record with a 4.07 ERA, winning the World Series with Philadelphia in 2008. He leads lefties in games pitched from 2002-11 with 633.

ESPN spends $500M
on more NCAA titles

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has agreed to a $500 million deal with ESPN to broadcast the championships in many of its sports through the 2023-24 school year.
The contract announced Thursday gives the company international rights to the men’s basketball tournament. It continues the network’s U.S. coverage of the women’s basketball tourney and the College World Series for baseball and softball.
Published in The Messenger 12.16.11

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