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1st Region Championship
Marshall County 2, McCracken County 1

2nd Region Championship
Hopkinsville 4, Christian County 2

2nd Region Championship
Madisonville-NH 1, Henderson County 0

2nd District Championship
McCracken Co. 3, CCA 0  (25-5, 25-11, 25-15)

Following a narrow loss to Caldwell County last week, Murray High is on the road at Madisonville-North Hopkins tonight. The 6-2 Maroons are ranked 7th in the latest 4A AP poll while the Tigers are ranked 8th in the 2A poll.   Airtime is 6pm with kickoff set for 7pm on and 1340 WNBS. In other games tonight:

Marshall County at Daviess County
McCracken County at Henderson County
Graves County at Hopkinsville
Tilghman at Webster County
Mayfield at Russellville
Fulton City at Fulton County
Crittenden County at Caldwell County
Fort Campbell at Trigg County
Massac County at Ballard Memorial

Saturday afternoon, Calloway County hosts North Bullitt at 2pm in a special Senior Day for the Lakers at Jack Rose Stadium. 

Murray State steps outside the conference on Saturday to host Kentucky Wesleyan in a 3pm game at The Track. The Panthers come into the game at 4-3 and much better than last year's 0-11 squad. The Racers are 2-0 all-time against the Panthers with both games taking place at The Track. MSU picked up a 53-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan in 1999 and then a 66-10 victory in 2009. Airtime for Saturday's game is 2:30 on Froggy 103.7.  In other OVC games Saturday:

Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois
Southeast Missouri at #18 Eastern Kentucky
Austin Peay at UT Martin
Tennessee Tech at #6 Jacksonville State

5-2 Kentucky will battle top-ranked Mississippi State in Saturday's nationally televised homecoming showdown. After six games of doing many things right, Kentucky took a step back in the 41-3 blowout loss at LSU. Saturday will mark the 15th time in program history that Kentucky has faced the No. 1 team in the nation, holding a 3-11 record all-time in those games. The game airs on CBS with a 2:30 kickoff. In other SEC games:

Vanderbilt at Missouri
Alabama at Tennessee
South Carolina at Auburn
Ole Miss at LSU
UAB at Arkansas

Louisville is off this week as the Cardinals get some extra time to prepare for next Thursday's home tilt against Florida State. 2-4 Western Kentucky is at home tomorrow for a 3pm game against Old Dominion. 

The 16-4 Murray State volleyball team hosts SIU Edwardsville tonight at 7 and Eastern Illinois at 11am Saturday at Racer Arena. The Racers are in first place in the OVC and will be looking to bring in a record crowd to Racer Arena tonight through a promotion called Operation 1,024 where they try to eclipse the largest Racer Arena crowd for volleyball which was 823 on November 7, 2006. Free t-shirts and pizza will be provide for tonight's action. 

The Murray State soccer team will play at Austin Peay tonight at 7:00 and then will close out the home portion of the schedule on Sunday at 1 pm  against Belmont at Cutchin Field. Sunday's match is MSU Senior Day as the Racers say goodbye to seven seniors. 

The Tennessee Titans  are going with rookie Zach Mettenberger as the starting quarterback  moving forward. The Titans are 2-5 this season and preparing  to face  the Houston Texans this  Sunday. In  limited action this season, Mettenberger has completed 2-of-5 passes for 17 yards with an interception. You can hear Sunday's game at 11:30 am on 1130 WOFC. On 1340 WNBS, it's Baltimore at Cincinnati at 11:30 am, and Green Bay at New Orleans at 7:00 in the Sunday night game. 

The Rams head to Kansas City on Sunday to take on the Chiefs.  The Rams are coming off a 28-26 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks that has them at 2-and-4.  The Chiefs beat the Chargers this past Sunday to even their record at 3-and-3. 

The Cardinals have two players named as finalists for Gold Glove Awards this season.  Pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina are among three players picked at each position in each league.
The winners will be announced on November 4th. 
Peyton Manning threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders as the Broncos cruised past the Chargers 35-21 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  Sanders ended with nine catches for 120 yards, while Juwan Thompson had a pair of rushing scores for the Broncos, who lead the AFC at 6-and-1.  Philip Rivers had 252 yards with three TDs and two interceptions for San Diego, which slipped to 5-and-3. 

Duke Johnson accounted for 286 yards of  total  offense with two  touchdowns to lead the Miami Hurricanes to a 30-6 win  over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday. Johnson  rushed for  249 yards  with 
a touchdown  and also  finished with  37 receiving  yards and a  score for Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC), which has won three of its last four. 

The Royals and Giants resume the World Series tonight with Game Three in San Francisco.  The best-of-seven series is tied at a game apiece after splitting the first two in KC.  Games Four and Five are also in San Francisco tomorrow and Sunday before the series potentially returns to KC. It will be a matchup of veteran right-handers on the mound tonight at AT&T Park.  Thirty-five-year-old Jeremy Guthrie starts for KC, while 39-year-old Tim Hudson takes the hill for San Francisco.  The last outing for both Guthrie and Hudson was 10 days ago during their respective LCS. First pitch is set for 7:07 pm. 

Future Hall of Famer Steve Nash could be seeing his career come to an end.  The Lakers announced the point guard will miss the upcoming season due to nerve damage in his back.  He is 40-years-old and this is his third year with Los Angeles.  Nash won two MVP awards with the Suns.  This was going to be his 19th year in the NBA.  

John Hart is the new president of baseball operations for the Braves.  He took over as interim general manager on September 22nd when Frank Wren was fired after the Braves were eliminated from playoff contention.  The deal runs through 2017.  Hart joined the Braves last November as a senior adviser and had also been working as an analyst for MLB Network. 

The NCAA is investigating Syracuse University's men's basketball and football programs.  ESPN reports the school allegedly provided extra benefits and had academic issues dating back 10 years.  The university will go before the Committee on Infractions October 30th and 31st.  The report says no football allegations have occurred since 2009.  The basketball program is facing allegations for about a two to three year time frame. 


Denver Broncos 35, San Diego Chargers 21 

MLB Playoffs 
No Games Scheduled 

NCAA Top-25 Football  ("USA Today" Rankings) 
#17 East Carolina Pirates 31, Connecticut Huskies 21 

NBA Preseason 
Indiana Pacers 88, Charlotte Hornets 79 
Detroit Pistons 109, Philadelphia 76ers 103 
New Orleans 88, Dallas Mavericks 85 

Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 
New York Islanders 3, Boston Bruins 2 
Detroit Red Wings 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT) 
Vancouver Canucks 4, St. Louis Blues 1 
Minnesota Wild 2, Arizona Coyotes 0 
Calgary Flames 5, Carolina Hurricanes 0 
Los Angeles Kings 2, Buffalo Sabres 0 
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, San Jose Sharks 4 

>>FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE  (All times are Eastern) 

MLB Playoffs 
  8:07 p.m. - Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants 
                   (Best-of-seven World Series tied, 1-1) 

NCAA Top-25 Football  ("USA Today" Rankings) 
10:00 p.m. - #7 Oregon Ducks at California Golden Bears 

NBA Preseason 
  7:00 p.m. - Dallas Mavericks at Orlando Magic 
  7:30 p.m. - New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors  (at Montreal, Quebec) 
  8:00 p.m. - San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets 
  8:00 p.m. - Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies 
  8:00 p.m. - Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls  (at St. Louis, MO) 
  9:00 p.m. - Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz 
10:00 p.m. - Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers  (at Las Vegas, NV) 
10:30 p.m. - Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors 
10:30 p.m. - Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers 

(End of Preseason) 

  7:00 p.m. - Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils 
  8:00 p.m. - Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 
  9:00 p.m. - Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche 
  9:30 p.m. - Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers 
10:00 p.m. - Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks