SPORTS

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

RACERS SWEEP UT MARTIN
Ja Morant had 30 points and dished out 9 assists as Murray State topped UT Martin 85-75 last night at the CFSB Center. Darnell Cowart had 22 points and 13 rebounds while Shaq Buchanan added 11 points, helping Murray State improve to 22-4 overall and 13-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers remain tied for first place with Belmont with three games remaining. Craig Randall and Quinten Dove each had 19 points to lead the Skyhawks. The Racers continue this week’s home stand tomorrow night against Southeast Missouri. Airtime is set for 7 pm on Froggy 103.7

Macey Turley scored 21 points and Janika Griffith-Wallace added 19 as the Murray State women’s basketball team held off UT Martin for a 76-73 win last night at the CFSB Center. Eveyln Adebayo contributed 18 points and 12 rebouds, and Lex Mayes added 13 points as the Racers overcame 25 turnovers with stellar defense holding the Skyhawks to 38% shooting from the field and 21% beyond the arc. Adebayo’s 17th double-double established a new Murray State single-season record. The Racers return to the CFSB Center for a 5 pm game tomorrow against Southeast Missouri. Airtime is set for 4:30 on 1340 WNBS.

THURSDAY’S MEN’S CBB RESULTS
Belmont 99, Eastern Illinois 58
Austin Peay 83, SEMO 70
Jacksonville State 65, Morehead State 64
SIUE 85, Tennessee State 84
Eastern Kentucky 67, Tennessee Tech 66
Northern Kentucky 76, Youngstown State 69
Cincinnati 60, UCF 55

CATS HOST AUBURN, CARDS AT VIRGINIA
In other men’s college hoops action tomorrow, fourth-ranked Kentucky faces off with Auburn at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats are 22-and-4. Number-five Tennessee heads to Baton Rouge to face 15th-ranked LSU. The Vols sit at 24-and-2. Number-22 Louisville faces a tough test at home against third-ranked Virginia. The Cardinals are 18-and-9.

THURSDAY’S WOMEN’S CBB RESULTS
Belmont 98, Eastern Illinois 57
Jacksonville State 68, Morehead State 57
Tennessee Tech 77, Eastern Kentucky 57
SIUE 66, Tennessee State 55
Austin Peay 56, Southeast Missouri 54
(4) Louisville 71, Virginia 49
(16) Kentucky 65, (13) South Carolina 57
(21) Texas A&M 79, Tennessee 62
Alabama 84, Vanderbilt 65
(2) Gonzaga 92, Pepperdine 64
(7) Michigan 69, Minnesota 60

THURSDAY’S DISTRICT TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Murray High claimed a pair of Fourth District Tournament championships last night at Calloway County’s Jeffrey Gymnasium. In the girls game, Lizzie Curtis buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer as Murray High defeated Marshall County 43-41. Parker Greer led the Lady Tigers with 14 points while Curtis added 11. The Murray girls will take a 25-3 record into next week’s Region 1 Tournament. They will play either Wednesday or Thursday. In the boys game, Hunter Utley scored 18 points and Grant Whitaker chipped in with 14 as Murray High defeated Marshall County 59-46. The Murray boys improved to 15-12 and will play either Monday or Tuesday in the Region 1 Tournament. The tourney draw is set for Saturday.

GIRLS SCORES
THIRD DISTRICT
Graves County 53, Mayfield 31

FOURTH DISTRICT
Murray High 43, Marshall County 41

BOYS SCORES
FIRST DISTRICT
Carlisle County 60, Fulton County 58

SECOND DISTRICT
McCracken County 43, Paducah Tilghman 35

THIRD DISTRICT
Mayfield 79, Graves County 78 (3OT)

FOURTH DISTRICT
Murray High 59, Marshall County 46

FIFTH DISTRICT
Lyon County 54, Crittenden County 40

SEVENTH DISTRICT
Madisonville NH 72, Caldwell County 60

RACER WOMEN TAKE 2ND AT OVC INDOOR MEET
It was a historic day for the Murray State track and field team at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships as the Racers went home with three individual titles en route to a second place finish overall. Tamdra Lawrence won gold in the 60 meters and 200 meters with Hilary McAdam claiming gold in the 800 meters. Murray State finished with 107.5 points while Tennessee Tech won the event with 119. Eastern Kentucky claimed the men’s title with 129 points.

RACER BASEBALL SERIES BUMPED TO SUNDAY
Due to expected rain, Murray State baseball’s weekend series against Miami Ohio has been rearranged. The Racers and RedHawks will begin the series with a 1 pm doubleheader on Sunday with a single game set for noon on Monday.

RACER SOFTBALL AT NC STATE INVITE
Murray State softball will be in Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend as part of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Crabtree Invitational. The Racers begin play at 10 am Saturday against UMBC. The 4-6 Racers will play Georgia Southern on Sunday and North Carolina State on both Sunday and Monday.

PREDS WIN
Roman Josi tallied a goal and assist as the Nashville Predators nipped the Kings 2-1 in Nashville. Kyle Turris notched a power play goal in the first period before Josi padded the lead in the second. Pekka Rinne tallied 28 saves in the victory. The Preds are back atop of the Central Division with 77 points and host Colorado tomorrow.

BLUES STREAK ENDS
The St. Louis Blues’ franchise-record, 11-game winning streak is over following a 5-2 loss to the Stars in Dallas. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 19 saves for the Blues, who lead Dallas by four points for third place in the Central Division. The Blues return home to play the Bruins tomorrow afternoon.

CARDINALS ON WNBS THIS WEEKEND
The St. Louis Cardinals play their first exhibition game tomorrow against the Marlins. Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty are expected to pitch in the Grapefruit League opener at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. St. Louis will be the road team. The Cardinals will host the Washington Nationals on Sunday. You can heaer both games, with airtimes set for 11:55 am on 1340 WNBS.

GRIZZLIES RETURN TO ACTION TONIGHT
The Memphis Grizzlies are back in action tonight as they host the L.A. Clippers. The Grizz have not played since February 13th due to the All-Star break. Memphis sits at 23-and-36 on the season and has some ground to make up if it wants a shot at the playoffs.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The Lakers rallied from 19 down to beat the Rockets 111-106 in Los Angeles. LeBron James had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who are two-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot in the West. James Harden had 30 points for Houston to extend his streak to 32 consecutive games with at least 30 points.

Top-ranked Duke is getting some good news regarding star big man Zion Williamson. The freshman center is day-to-day with a Grade 1 knee strain, which is the least severe. Williamson hurt his knee when he slipped and busted through one of his shoes in the first minute of play in Wednesday’s loss to rival North Carolina.

The Padres will introduce infielder Manny Machado today. The two sides have finalized a 10-year, 300-million-dollar contract, the largest free-agent deal in American sports. It includes an opt-out after five years and a partial no-trade clause. Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, 275-million-dollar free-agent deal in 2007 had been the largest.

Broncos quarterback Case Keenum didn’t see the trade for Ravens QB Joe Flacco coming. He tells the Sports Spectrum podcast he was definitely shocked and disappointed after signing a two-year deal to be the starter last offseason. Denver finished 6-and-10. The Flacco trade won’t become official until March 13th.

Rory McIlroy is atop the leaderboard after the first round of the WGC-Mexico Championship. He carded an eight-under 63 Thursday in Mexico City. Dustin Johnson is one shot back in second at minus-seven. Justin Thomas and Matt Kuchar are both at five-under. Tiger Woods shot an even-par 71.

THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Philadelphia 76ers 106, Miami Heat 102
Cleveland Cavaliers 111, Phoenix Suns 98
Portland Trail Blazers 113, Brooklyn Nets 99
Milwaukee Bucks 98, Boston Celtics 97
Los Angeles Lakers 111, Houston Rockets 106
Golden State Warriors 125, Sacramento Kings 123

NHL
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Carolina Hurricanes 4, Florida Panthers 3
San Jose Sharks 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 0
Minnesota Wild 4, New York Rangers 1
New Jersey Devils 4, Ottawa Senators 0
Washington Capitals 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Montreal Canadiens 5, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Buffalo Sabres 1 (SO)
Nashville Predators 2, Los Angeles Kings 1
Dallas Stars 5, St. Louis Blues 2
Edmonton Oilers 4, New York Islanders 3 (OT)
Arizona Coyotes 3, Vancouver Canucks 2 (OT)

MLB Cactus League
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Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (PPD)

PGA WGC-Mexico Championship (at Mexico City, Mexico)
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1. Rory McIlroy (-8)
2. Dustin Johnson (-7)
T3. Justin Thomas (-5)
T3. Matt Kuchar (-5)

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets
7:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors
7:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic
7:00 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at Indiana Pacers
7:30 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves at New York Knicks
7:30 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies
8:30 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks
9:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators
7:30 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings
7:30 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks
9:00 p.m. – Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames
10:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights

MLB Grapefruit League
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1:05 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays

MLB Cactus League
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3:10 p.m. – Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners (at Peoria, AZ)

MLB Exhibition
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1:05 p.m. – Northeastern University at Boston Red Sox (at Fort Myers, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Southeastern University at Detroit Tigers (at Lakeland, FL)

College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
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9:00 p.m. – #19 Iowa Hawkeyes vs Indiana Hoosiers
7:00 p.m. – #24 Buffalo Bulls vs Kent State Golden Flashes

PGA
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WGC-Mexico Championship (at Mexico City, Mexico)