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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Tennessee sports news from The Associated Press

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games. They brought home-court advantage with them. To guard Mike Conley, that ratchets up the pressure even more. It's time for the Grizzlies to protect the place they call the Grindhouse.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - First-year coach Ken Whisenhunt and the Tennessee Titans open the 2014 season on the road at Kansas City on Sept. 7 in a schedule that features two prime-time games. The NFL released the schedule dates Wednesday night. The Titans will host Pittsburgh on Monday night, Nov. 17, and they also visit Jacksonville Dec. 18 for a Thursday night game.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has granted guards Larry Austin Jr. and Jordan Cornish releases from their letters of intent, cutting the Volunteers' incoming freshman class in half. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak said Wednesday both players requested releases that were granted by new coach Donnie Tyndall.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Vanderbilt assistant basketball coach David Cason has joined Shaka Smart's staff at Virginia Commonwealth. Smart made the announcement Wednesday. Cason replaces Mike Rhoades, who left to take over at Rice. Cason spent the past three seasons at Vanderbilt.

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