SPORTS

AUGUST 16, 2019

RACER VOLLEYBALL TABBED TO WIN OVC
After winning their third Ohio Valley Conference tournament in five years in 2018, the Murray State Volleyball team is once again the favorite to win the OVC championship according to the preseason poll of head coaches. The Racers were picked first followed by Austin Peay, Morehead State, Jacksonville State, and SIUE rounding out the top five. MSU’s Rachel Giustino and Becca Fernandez were also named to the Preseason All-OVC team. Both were named first-team All-OVC in 2018 with Fernandez being named OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Year while Giustino led the league in kills. The Racers will begin the 2019 campaign on August 30 when they take on Valparaiso at the IUPUI Invitational.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
McCracken County 4, Calloway County 1
Jarrett Darnell scored the Lakers only goal

Hopkinsville 2, Murray High 1
Chase Renick scored Murray’s only goal

St. Mary 1, Graves County 0
Marshall County 6, Mayfield 1
Trigg County 2, Christian County 1
Lyon County 1, Hopkins County Central 1

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Marshall County 10, Mayfield 0
Graves County 4, St. Mary 3
McCracken County 2, UHA 1
Hopkinsville 6, Paducah Tilghman 3
Trigg County 2, Todd County Central 1
Lyon County 6, Owensboro 5
Caldwell County 10, Apollo 0

KENTUCKY GAME WASHED OUT AT LLWS
Bowling Green will have to wait until today to play their Little League World Series opener. Rain washed out Thursday’s schedule. Bowling Green will battle Minnesota in the opening round.

ANDERSON IMPRESSIVE IN ARIZONA LOSS
In NFL preseason action last night the Oakland Raiders defeated Arizona 33-26. Former Racer quarterback Drew Anderson was 6-9 passing with a touchdown and a 22 yard run. Anderson is a free agent for the Cardinals who is trying to land a backup quarterback job.

REDS EDGE CARDINALS
Sonny Gray struck out 10 and tossed five scoreless innings of one-hit ball as the Reds held on to beat the Cardinals 2-1 in Cincinnati. St. Louis’ lone run came in the top of the ninth on a Kolten Wong RBI double. Michael Wacha got the loss, allowing two runs over five frames for the Cards, who had a five game winning streak snapped. The series continues tonight with Adam Wainwright opposing Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo. Airtime is set for 5:15 on 1340 WNBS,

AREA MINOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP
In minor league baseball action, Daniel Ponce de Leon threw seven scoreless innings as the Redbirds blanked the Cubs 5-0 at home. Rangel Ravelo and Harrison Bader each homered. The two teams will face each other again tonight. The Louisville Bats fell 7-4 to Lehigh Valley. The Nashville Sounds defeated Omaha 4-2.

CATS ADD WALK-ON
The Kentucky men’s basketball team will feature three walk-ons this season with the addition of guard Riley Welch, formerly of UC Irvine and College of the Desert. Welch is a 6-foot guard from Colorado and will be a junior for the 2019-20 season. He saw action in 27 games as a true freshman at UC Irvine and scored 14 points. Last season, at College of the Desert, Welch appeared in 27 games and averaged 8.2 points per game.

BRADY GIFTS VRABEL
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel received a gift from his former teammate Tom Brady. The Patriots quarterback gifted Vrabel a small trophy with the score of last year’s game between the two teams. The Titans would win the game 34-10. New England would go on to win the Super Bowl. The Titans will resume preseason action tomorrow when they host the New England Patriots. The teams have been holding joint practices as they prepare for the game.

MIZZOU TE HAS SURGERY
Missouri football will be without Brendan Scales for a while. The junior tight end underwent surgery yesterday morning for a broken bone in his foot. He suffered the injury in practice on Wednesday. Scales is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Junior and his family are doing well after escaping a plane crash in East Tennessee. Airport Manager Dan Cogan told WJHL that the Cessna Citation ran off the end of the runway and caught fire. All of the passengers, including Earnhardt, his wife and child, were able to get out and get to safety. There were no injuries.

Jay-Z is joining forces with the NFL to advise the league on its music selection and its social activism program. Jay-Z says things have changed since he rapped the lyrics “I said no to the Super Bowl. You need me, I don’t need you,” after turning down an offer to perform at the game in 2018. One of the projects the rapper’s Roc Nation entertainment company will be working closely with the NFL on its Inspire Change initiative.

Despite not playing, it was a big night for Antonio Brown. The Raiders’ receiver recovering from frostbite on his feet was able to warm up before the game. After the game he told reporters that he never threatened to retire if he wasn’t able to use his helmet. Reports previously stated that Brown refused to play if he could not wear his old helmet.

Week Two of the NFL preseason is underway. Five games were on the schedule last night with three more tonight. The Bills play the Panthers in Charlotte, the Giants host the Bears, and the Dolphins visit the Buccaneers.

Bryce Harper hit a grand slam in walk-off fashion to push the Phillies to a 7-5 win and sweep over the Cubs in Philadelphia. The Phils were scoreless until Corey Dickerson’s RBI double in the eighth made it 5-1. Harper’s slam was part of a six-run ninth. Philly is one game out of a NL wild card spot. Chicago sits just a percentage point behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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Miami Marlins 13, Los Angeles Dodgers 7
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Chicago Cubs 5
Cincinnati Reds 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
New York Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 8
San Francisco Giants 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 0

MLB American League
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Seattle Mariners 7, Detroit Tigers 2
Cleveland Indians 19, New York Yankees 5
Minnesota Twins 13, Texas Rangers 6
Oakland Athletics 7, Houston Astros 6
Los Angeles Angels 8, Chicago White Sox 7

MLB Interleague
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No Games Scheduled

NFL Preseason
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Philadelphia Eagles 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Washington Redskins 13
Baltimore Ravens 26, Green Bay Packers 13
New York Jets 22, Atlanta Falcons 10
Oakland Raiders 33, Arizona Cardinals 26

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
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7:05 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:05 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies
7:05 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals
7:10 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
7:20 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
8:40 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies
9:40 p.m. – San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks

MLB American League
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7:05 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees
7:07 p.m. – Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays
7:10 p.m. – Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
7:10 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
8:05 p.m. – Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
10:07 p.m. – Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
10:07 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels

MLB Interleague
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8:15 p.m. – New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

NFL Preseason
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7:00 p.m. – Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers
7:30 p.m. – Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7:30 p.m. – Chicago Bears at New York Giants

WNBA
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7:30 p.m. – Seattle Storm at Connecticut Sun
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky
8:00 p.m. – Washington Mystics at Minnesota Lynx
8:00 p.m. – New York Liberty at Dallas Wings
10:00 p.m. – Atlanta Dream at Phoenix Mercury

PGA
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BMW Championship (at Medinah, IL)