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Jameis Winston overcame a rough first half to guide the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles to a 42-31 win over the number-25 Louisville Cardinals, who squandered a 21 point lead at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.  It's the 24th straight win for FSU.  Winston ended with 401 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions for Florida State, which remains perfect at 8-and-0 and 5-and-0 in the ACC.  

McCracken County 41, Christian County 24

1st Region Championship
McCracken Co. Ballard Mem. (25-8, 25-15, 25-10)

2nd Region Championship
Christian County 3, UHA 0  (25-16, 25-15, 25-11)

Fulton County at Murray (Airtime 6pm on WNBS)
Calloway County at Trigg County 
Caldwell County at Mayfield
Crittenden County at Fulton City 
Marshall County at Graves County 
Union County at Hopkins County Central 
Franklin-Simpson at Hopkinsville 
Apollo at Madisonville-North Hopkins 
Webster County at McLean County

The KHSAA says the Hopkinsville football team has forfeited three victories this season for using a player "determined not to be on grade level as required by the bylaws." The player participated in the Tigers' first five games this season, including a 75-14 win over Calloway County  Those games now will be recorded as 1-0 losses for the Tigers, whose record dropped from 6-3 to 3-6. As a result, Calloway County's record improved to 3-6. According to the KHSAA, Hopkinsville self-reported the violation.

Regional bragging rights are on the line Saturday when UT Martin visits The Track to battle Murray State. In his eight games against the Racers, Skyhawks head coach Jason Simpson has seen his team go 7-1, including a win at Stewart Stadium two years ago where the teams combined for 15 touchdown passes and broke several FCS records. The teams recruit many of the same players and there are not a lot of secrets in UTM defensive schemes according to Racer head coach Chris Hatcher. Airtime Saturday is at 12:30 on Froggy. Also, bring a new unwrapped toy to the Towing for Toys Drive and get a free general admission ticket. Also in the OVC Saturday:

Eastern Illinois at Tennessee Tech
Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State
Austin Peay at Jacksonville State
SEMO is idle

After a strong performance last Saturday against the nation’s best team, the University of Kentucky football team begins the final leg of its 2014 season - which includes three of its last four games on the road - with a trip to face Missouri. Missouri enters the game with a 6-2 overall record, including a 3-1 mark in Southeastern Conference play. You can see the game Saturday at 3pm on the SEC Network

Last night at the CFSB Center, the Murray State Racer basketball season got a rousing start at Racer Mania. Both the women’s and men’s teams were introduced to an enthusiastic crowd and both teams had the chance to show off their skills in a short scrimmage. But there was much more to this event. A highlight video from last season was played on Racer Vision and the students had the chance to shoot in a three-point contest with the MSU players. The Racer Basketball teams even did their own dance number. The evening was full of prizes and fun. At the end each team posed for photos and signed autographs as the schedule posters were offered to the fans. The Racer men host Freed-Hardeman in exhibition action next Thursday at 7pm, and then they will join the women's team for an opening night doubleheader on November 14. 

The Murray State soccer team will finish the Ohio Valley Conference regular season tonight at 7 at UT Martin. The Racers enter the game with a chance to grab the third seed in next week’s OVC Tournament. The Skyhawks are are 6-2-1 in OVC games and have not lost a home game this season.  MSU’s Julie Mooney enters the game needing a goal to set a new single-season scoring mark. She has 13 goals currently and tied with Theresa Reedy who had 13 in 2004.

The Murray State volleyball team will go up against Jacksonville State Friday night at 7 p.m. before going toe-to-toe against Tennessee Tech Saturday at 6 p.m. Both matches will take place at Racer Arena. The Racers continue to be in national rankings both as a team and individually. As a team, MSU ranks 12th in digs per set (17.35), and 19th in match W-L percentage (.818). ndividually, Sam Bedard ranks 38th in assists per set (10.95) and 108th in total assists (810). Ellie Lorens ranks 43rd in digs per set (4.80) and totals digs (361).

The St. Louis Cardinals are exercising the 2015 option on pitcher John Lackey.  The 36-year-old right-hander will earn the league minimum 500-thousand-dollars after making 15.25-million each of the last three seasons.  Lackey was acquired from Boston at the trade deadline and his contract had a clause allowing for a league-minimum option after missing the entire 2012 season due to elbow surgery.  He went a combined 14-and-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 31 starts. 

The Memphis Grizzlies are back on the court tonight against the Indiana Pacers.  Memphis won its season opener 105-101 on Wednesday against the Timberwolves.  The Pacers also enter at 1-and-0 following a 103-91 victory against the 76ers.  

LeBron James didn't have the best return to Cleveland as the Cavaliers lost 95-90 to the Knicks.  James posted 17 points but had eight turnovers in defeat.  Kevin Love added 19 points and 14 rebounds in his debut for the Cavs.  Carmelo Anthony scored a game-best 25 points in the win. 

Drew Brees went 24-of-34 for 297 yards and a touchdown to lead the Saints to a 28-10 win over the division-rival Panthers.  Brees also chipped in with a rushing TD while Mark Ingram carried the ball 30 times for 100 yards and a pair of scores.  New Orleans picked up its first road win of the season and now leads the NFC South at 4-and-4.  Carolina fell to 3-5-and-1 with its third straight loss. 

Georgia running back Todd Gurley will have to sit out two more games after the NCAA upheld its suspension on Thursday.  Gurley has already missed two games due to receiving money for autographed memorabilia.  He can come back November 15th against Auburn. 

Embattled slugger Alex Rodriguez is back with the Yankees.  His one-year drug suspension officially expired with the end of the World Series on Wednesday.  "A-Rod" has been taken off baseball's restricted list and reinstated to the Yankees' 40-man roster.  The 39-year-old missed all of last season while serving a suspension for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. 


New Orleans Saints 28, Carolina Panthers 10 

Washington Wizards 105, Orlando Magic 98 
Minnesota Timberwolves 97, Detroit Pistons 91 
New York Knicks 95, Cleveland Cavaliers 90 
Dallas Mavericks 120, Utah Jazz 102 
Los Angeles Clippers 93, Oklahoma City Thunder 90 

Boston Bruins 3, Buffalo Sabres 2 (OT) 
New Jersey Devils 2, Winnipeg Jets 1 (SO) 
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Los Angeles Kings 0 
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Ottawa Senators 4 (SO) 
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3 
Florida Panthers 2, Arizona Coyotes 1 
Minnesota Wild 4, San Jose Sharks 3 (SO) 
St. Louis Blues 2, Anaheim Ducks 0 
Colorado Avalanche 5, New York Islanders 0 
Vancouver Canucks 3, Montreal Canadiens 2 (OT) 

NCAA Top-25 Football  ("USA Today" Rankings) 
#2 Florida State Seminoles 42, Louisville Cardinals 31 

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

  7:00 p.m. - Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers 
  8:00 p.m. - Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls 
  8:30 p.m. - Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks 
10:00 p.m. - Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings 
10:00 p.m. - San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns 
10:30 p.m. - Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers 

  7:00 p.m. - Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets 
  7:30 p.m. - Los Angeles Kings at Detroit Red Wings 
  8:30 p.m. - Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars 
  9:00 p.m. - Nashville Predators at Calgary Flames