BENNETT LIKES RACER RECEIVERS
The football season begins for Murray State Thursday night when they host Union at Stewart Stadium in a 7pm game. Earlier this month, South Alabama transfer CJ Bennett was named the starting quarterback. Bennett played sparingily last year for the Racers, but he watched Walter Powell set Racer receiving records on his way to being a 6th round pick of the Arizona Cardinals. Bennett says with Powell gone, the other receivers have benefited by stepping up their game to another level. Airtime tomorrow night is 6:30 on Froggy and Froggy 103.com
LOUISVILLE CELEBRATES OPENER
The University of Louisville is inviting the community to help celebrate its move into a new conference. The ACC Opening Weekend activities begin tonight with a kickoff party at Captain's Quarters. Events are scheduled daily up to Monday night's football opener against Miami at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. You can hear the game at 6:30 Monday on WNBS. More information is online at GoCards.com.
LAST NIGHT FOR GREER
After 37-years, the Nashville Sounds are saying goodbye to Greer Stadium. Tonight is the final home game of the regular season. Meanwhile, tickets for potential 2014 Pacific Coast League playoff dates at Greer Stadium go on sale this morning.
TWO TEAMS JOIN TRIGG HALL
Trigg County High School has announced their fourth Athletic Hall of Fame class. Athletes, coaches, and contributors to athletic programs at Trigg County were considered for induction to the hall of fame, based on criteria that includes, but is not limited to, athletic accomplishments, contributions to the athletic program, community impact, and citizenship. The 2014 HOF inductees are the 1971 and 1972 state championship football teams. The Hall of Fame class will be honored at Trigg County's football game with Marshall County on Friday night.
CARDS DON'T LIKE IKE
Pinch-hitter Ike Davis belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 5-2 in the middle of a three-game set at PNC Park. Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk plated a run each to tie the game in the seventh for St. Louis, which has dropped three of five. Seth Maness suffered the loss. The Cardinals and Pirates play the finale of their three-game series today at PNC Park. Adam Wainwright goes after win number-16 as he opposes Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke, who is 5-and-3. First pitch is at 11:35 a.m. Airtime 11am on WNBS.
ROBINSON TO DL
Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson is on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left shoulder. It happened while sliding into second base during Monday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. Outfielder Randal Grichuk was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take his spot on the roster.
Audry Perez blasted a two-run shot to help guide the Memphis Redbirds to a 9-6 win over the visiting Fresno Grizzlies. Xavier Scruggs and Luis Mateo each chipped in two RBI as Memphis won its third straight game. David Aardsma improved to 3-and-0 with the win and Jorge Rondon notched his 10th save. The two teams wrap up their four-game series tonight.
CARDS SEND 7 TO FALL LEAGUE
The Cardinals are sending seven players to the Arizona Fall League. St. Louis will be represented on the Peoria Javelinas by pitcher Mitch Harris, Tyrell Jenkins, Chris Perry and Samuel Tuivailala, catcher Cody Stanley, infielder Jacob Wilson and outfielder Charlie Tilson in October.
REPORT: TITANS LOOKING FOR KICKERS
According to The Tennesean, Kickers Jay Feely and Rian Lindell are scheduled to work out for the Titans today. Feely is a 13-year veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who released him on Monday. Lindell is a 14-year veteran, was 23-of-29 last season with Tampa Bay after 10 seasons with the Bills. The Titans are looking for the right man to replace Rob Bironas who was released in March.
RAMS MAKE MOVES
The St. Louis Rams continue to trim players as Saturday's final 53-man roster limit approaches. To get down to Tuesday's 75-man limit, they placed quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve. They also released safety Matt Daniels and defensive end Sammy Brown. The Rams close out the preseason tomorrow night at Miami. The Rams are 1-and-2 in preseason play. They open the regular season September 7th against the Vikings.
FALL BALL REGISTRATION
Online registration for Murray Youth Baseball Softball Association’s Fall Ball league for boys and girls ages 5-10 is now open on the league website at www.playballmcc.com. Fall Ball is a Sunday-only instructional league focusing on easing the transition for players moving from tee ball to machine pitch to live arm play. Fall Ball will begin on September 14 and will run through October 19. Practices and games are held on Sundays only. Registration is $30 per player and will be open until September 9 or until capacity in each league is reached. Each player will receive a Fall Ball team shirt as part of the registration fee. To register visit the MYBSA website at www.playballmcc.com and follow the registration instructions, or call the Parks Department office at 270-762-0325.
NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Roger Federer and Serena Williams cruised to first-round victories at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. Federer rolled to a straight-set win over Australia's Marinko Matosevic while American John Isner dropped fellow countryman Marcos Giron in three sets as well. Fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer needed four sets to get by Damir Dzumhur. Williams took out 18-year-old American Taylor Townsend in straight sets. The two-time reigning champion is the top seed. Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic, and Eugenie Bouchard were also straight-set winners on the women's side. The first big upset of the tournament went to 15-year-old American wild card CiCi Bellis, who stunned 12th-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.
Michael Sam's NFL dream is still alive. The rookie defensive end has survived the St. Louis Rams' first round of roster cuts as teams got down to the 75-man limit Tuesday. The former Missouri Tigers star is trying to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL team.
The NFL is coming down on the Super Bowl champs for rules violations. ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll have both been fined for violating the league's offseason no-contact rules. The Seahawks will also lose two minicamp practices next year.
The New England Patriots are parting with six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins. The Pats are sending the guard to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick. The 32-year-old Mankins started in 130 games in his career.
The Seattle Mariners are rewarding general manager Jack Zduriencik with a multi-year extension. The team announced the move as it eyes its first postseason appearance since 2001. Zduriencik has held the position since October 2008 when he replaced Bill Bavasi.
USA Basketball is headed to the FIBA World Cup with an unblemished exhibition record. Team USA trounced Slovenia 101-71 in Tuesday's final exhibition before the tournament begins this weekend. The Americans open play on Saturday afternoon against Finland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are showing off new big man Kevin Love. The All-Star forward was formally introduced on Tuesday after being acquired from Minnesota over the weekend in a three-team trade involving Philadelphia. Love did not commit to signing a long-term deal in Cleveland.
MLB National League
------ Pittsburgh Pirates 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Washington Nationals 3
New York Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 2
Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati Reds 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 5
San Diego Padres 4, Milwaukee Brewers 1
San Francisco Giants 3, Colorado Rockies 0
MLB American League
Baltimore Orioles 4, Tampa Bay Rays 2
Boston Red Sox 11, Toronto Blue Jays 7 (11 inn)
Detroit Tigers 5, New York Yankees 2
Cleveland Indians 8, Chicago White Sox 6 (10 inn)
Kansas City Royals 2, Minnesota Twins 1
Houston Astros 4, Oakland Athletics 2
Seattle Mariners 5, Texas Rangers 0
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8, Miami Marlins 2
No Games Scheduled
Chicago Sky 81, Atlanta Dream 80
(Sky win best-of-three Eastern semifinals, 2-1)
>>WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)
MLB National League
------ 12:35 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:05 p.m. - Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
7:10 p.m. - Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
7:10 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
9:10 p.m. - Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres
9:40 p.m. - Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
10:15 p.m. - Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
MLB American League
3:40 p.m. - Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
7:05 p.m. - Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
7:07 p.m. - Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
7:08 p.m. - New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers
8:10 p.m. - Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
8:10 p.m. - Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
8:10 p.m. - Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
10:05 p.m. - Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim