FRIDAY IS HOOPALOOZA DEADLINE
Today is the deadline to get your tickets for Racer Hoopalooza. Former MSU coach Cal Luther will speak as the event honors his 1964 team that was the first NCAA Tounament team from Murray State. Other speakers include Bennie Purcell, assistant coach on the 1964 team and Jim Jennings, the star of that 1964 team. Racer greats Isaiah Canaan and Popeye Jones will also speak. RacerHoopalooza gets underway August 7 with a reception and banquet in the CFSB Center. Other activities include a golf scramble the following morning at the Murray Country Club and time for former Racer players to play pick-up games in the Center. Anyone wanting to attend can call Associate AD Steve Harrell at (270) 809-3430.
REPORT: WALL INVITED TO VEGAS
AllKentuckyHoops.com brings us an ESPN.com report that former Kentucky star John Wall has been invited and will attend Team USA camp next week in Las Vegas. Sources said that USAB has wanted Wall in camp for weeks and merely wanted to make sure that the Wizards’ All-Star was able to play at full capacity after a longer-than-expected season before making it official. Wall will join DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried at the camp. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo have assembled a group of 19 players to audition in Las Vegas, from which they will pick a final 12-man roster to represent the United States in FIBA’s inaugural World Cup of Basketball starting Aug. 30 in Spain.
TSU COACH HIRES ASSISTANTS
Tennessee State men’s basketball coach Dana Ford announced the hiring of assistants Randy Peele and Pierre Jordan on Wednesday. Peele becomes Ford’s associate head coach after 29 years of coaching experience at seven different universities including Saint Michael’s, Tennessee-Martin, Campbell, UNCG, Winthrop, Virginia Tech and most recently, Georgia Southern. Jordan played basketball for Florida State and Georgia Tech from 2008 to 2013 and was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams at Florida State, helping the Seminoles advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history in 2009.
MURRAY TWC VIEWERS GETTING SEC NETWORK
ESPN, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks reached an agreement yesterday for carriage of the SEC Network when the channel launches on August 14. The network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets ahead of Kentucky's televised exhibition basketball games in the Bahamas next month. The network will also carry the Cats season opener against UT Martin. With the addition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million households nationwide. As of now, Direct TV is the only major provider that has not reached an agreement.
CARDINALS VISIT WRIGLEY
After a travel day Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals are in the Windy City today to open a three-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Joe Kelly is slated to take the mound for St. Louis, while Chicago counters with Travis Wood. The Cardinals are looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Airtime today is 2:10 on WNBS.
MILLER GETS SATURDAY NOD
Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller will make his return to the starting rotation tomorrow. The right-hander served a short stint in the bullpen, but the Cards have elected to move him back into the rotation and he will start Saturday against the Cubs. Carlos Martinez is moving back to the pen.
LARUSSA TO HALL
Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is set to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. His plaque will have no team logo, however, as he didn't want to slight the White Sox or A's, whom he also managed during his 33 seasons as a big league skipper.
The Memphis Redbirds lost 3-2 to the Omaha Storm Chasers last night on Pete Kozma's throwing error in the 10th inning. Scott Moore homered for Memphis, which split the four-game series with Omaha. Eric Fornataro took the loss. The Redbirds open a weekend series at Iowa tonight at 7:05.
RAMS BEGIN CAMP
The St. Louis Rams are set to hold their first full practice of training camp today at Rams Park. Veterans arrived in camp yesterday while the rookies have been on hand working out since Tuesday. The Rams will open the preseason on Friday, August 8th at home against the New Orleans Saints.
LEVITRE TO MISS SOME CAMP TIME
Titans guard Andy Levitre is recovering from surgery to have his appendix removed. According to "The Tennessean," he's expected to miss two-weeks of training camp, which kicks off today. Levitre was reportedly evaluated by doctors on Wednesday after experiencing discomfort and underwent laparoscopic surgery on Thursday.
NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The NFL is suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games without pay following his offseason arrest on assault charges. Even though Rice avoided prosecution after he was charged with assaulting his now-wife Janay at an Atlantic City casino, the NFL said he violated the league's personal conduct policy. Rice is also being fined an additional game check. He will be eligible for reinstatement following the season-opening games against the Bengals and Steelers.
The Super Bowl champs might have their first bit of controversy on their hands. Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and close friend of Marshawn Lynch said on the NFL Network the running back was planning to hold out. ESPN confirmed the report. Lynch has two years left on the four-year deal he signed and wants more guaranteed money this season. Seattle's first day of training camp is today.
The Clippers biggest star is trying to exert some power. Chris Paul told ESPN.com if Donald Sterling still owns the team when the 2014-2015 NBA season starts, he would consider sitting out. Paul already talked about the possibility with head coach Doc Rivers and will discuss it with LA's other two big name players, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Sterling is trying to hold up the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer in the courts.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins in the fold. The former Kansas star has been signed to a contract, preventing him from being traded for 30 days.
Wiggins has been mentioned as a possible trade piece with Minnesota for Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love. Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in his first and only season with the Jayhawks.
The Minnesota Twins are canceling an upcoming Hall of Fame induction for former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. The moves comes after he was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife. The Twins were scheduled to honor Knoblauch in a ceremony on August 23rd at Target Field. The team says it has no plans to reschedule at this point.
MLB National League
Philadelphia Phillies 2, San Francisco Giants 1
Miami Marlins 3, Atlanta Braves 2
San Diego Padres 13, Chicago Cubs 3
Milwaukee Brewers 9, New York Mets 1
MLB American League
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Boston Red Sox 0
New York Yankees 4, Texas Rangers 2
Oakland Athletics 13, Houston Astros 1
Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota Twins 2
Kansas City Royals 2, Cleveland Indians 1 (14 inn)
Detroit Tigers 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 4
Baltimore Orioles 4, Seattle Mariners 0
No Games Scheduled
New York Liberty 84, Seattle Storm 80 (OT)
Phoenix Mercury 93, Los Angeles Sparks 73
>>FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)
MLB National League
------ 4:05 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
7:05 p.m. - Arizona Diamondbacks at Philadelphia Phillies
7:10 p.m. - Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds
7:35 p.m. - San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
8:10 p.m. - New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers
8:40 p.m. - Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies
10:15 p.m. - Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
MLB American League
7:05 p.m. - Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
7:10 p.m. - Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
8:05 p.m. - Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
8:10 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
8:10 p.m. - Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals
10:05 p.m. - Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10:10 p.m. - Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners