SPORTS

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

RACER SOCCER TRAVELS TO EIU/SIUE
The Murray State soccer team is back in Ohio Valley Conference action with a pair of games this weekend. The 5-1-1 Racers head into the two-game road swing with a 1-0 league mark after winning at SEMO last week. The Racers face Eastern Illinois at noon tomorrow, and then face SIU Edwardsville on Sunday at 1 pm. Both games will air on the OVC Digital Network. Following the two-game weekend for the Racers, MSU will be back at Cutchin Field for the first time this month to take on Tennessee Tech on September 28, which is one of five sports events on Family Weekend.

RACER VOLLEYBALL VISITS UTM/SEMO
The Murray State volleyball team opens up OVC play at UT Martin at 6 pm tomorrow. The 6-6 Racers will look to avenge a loss in Martin last season. Murray State currently has the top two kills leaders in the OVC. Junior Rachel Giustino averages 4.20 kills per set, the only player in the OVC to be above four, while Dacia Brown is second in the conference at 3.80. The Skyhawks are coming off a trip to Arizona last weekend where they fell to the Wildcats, UC Davis, and New Mexico State. UTM enters the match 6-7. The Racers will also play at 8-5 SEMO at 2pm Saturday.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TONIGHT
VOLLEYBALL: Calloway County at Murray High
GIRLS SOCCER: Murray High at Mayfield
GIRLS SOCCER: Tilghman at Calloway County
BOYS SOCCER: Murray High at Mayfield

FRIDAY FOOTBALL GAMES
Russellville at Murray
Calloway County at Madisonville-NH
Caldwell County at Paducah Tilghman
McCracken County at Daviess County
Mayfield vs. Corbin (Clarksville, TN)
Apollo at Graves County
Christian County at Marshall County
Greenfield at Fulton County
Fulton City at Clarksville Academy
Union County at Crittenden County
Trigg County at Fort Campbell

BRAVES AVOID CARDS SWEEP
Freddie Freeman belted a two-run homer to help the Braves beat the Cardinals 7-3 and avoid the sweep at SunTrust Park. Jack Flaherty gave up five runs and didn’t make it out of the fifth for the loss. Harrison Bader drilled a solo homer in the fifth for St. Louis, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and are clinging to the second NL Wild Card spot. The Cards are off today before beginning a three game set at home against the Giants tomorrow…Cardinals’ postseason tickets go on sale today. Fans can begin purchasing tickets for potential wild card and NLDS games held at Busch Stadium at noon. They will be sold online, by phone, and at the Busch Stadium box office.

SOUNDS TO BECOME RANGERS AFFILIATE
A press conference is set for today to announce a four-year deal between the Nashville Sounds and the Texas Rangers. The Player Development Contract with the Rangers comes after the Sounds announced on Monday that its four-year affiliation with the Oakland Athletics was over. The Rangers are the eighth different major league team to be affiliated with the Sounds since the franchise began in 1978.

VOLS SNAG 5-STAR COMMIT
Tennessee has gained a commitment from five-star guard Josiah James. Head coach Rick Barnes originally offered the Charleston, South Carolina native a scholarship when he was 13 years old. James also received scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, and Louisville. The Volunteers now have three commits in the class of 2019.

TITANS UPDATE
The Titans are gearing up for their matchup with the Jaguars on Sunday in Jacksonville. Tennessee may be without starting quarterback Marcus Mariota for the second game in-a-row. Mariota is still experiencing discomfort in his right elbow from an injury suffered in week one against the Dolphins. The Titans are 1-and-1.

PREDS UPDATE
The Predators return to the ice tomorrow to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Nashville. After tomorrow’s contest, the Preds will head to Tampa to visit the Lightning on Saturday. Nashville is 2-and-0 so far in the preseason, while Tampa Bay has gotten off to an 0-and-2 start.

BLUES UPDATE
Tyler Bozak scored two goals late in the third period as the Blues rallied to beat the Wild 3-2 in Des Moines. Samuel Blais also lit the lamp for St. Louis in the first frame. The Blues are home tomorrow night to face the Columbus Blue Jackets. They begin the regular season October 4th at home against Winnipeg.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The Thursday Night Football spotlight shines on the Jets and Browns this week as they battle in Cleveland. The Jets look to bounce back from Sunday’s loss at Miami. Gang Green is 1-and-1. The Browns are also looking to rebound from a loss at New Orleans in Week Two. Cleveland is 0-1-and-1 after tying the rival Steelers in Week One.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says star wide receiver Antonio Brown is being disciplined for missing Monday’s team meeting. Tomlin says the two had an extended talk on Tuesday, but did not divulge details of the conversation. Brown apparently missed Monday’s meeting for personal reasons, but is expected to play Monday at Tampa Bay.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is concerned his knee injury might get worse if he continues to play. He says he hopes the knee improves as the season goes on, but understands that might not be the case. Rodgers sprained his left knee in a Week One win over the Bears. He played with a large brace in Sunday’s tie against Minnesota.

With training camp just around the corner, Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota. ESPN reports his preferred trade destinations are the Nets, Clippers or Knicks. Butler wants to go to a team that can sign him to a five-year max deal next summer. He played six years in Chicago before being traded to Minnesota last season.

WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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Atlanta Braves 7, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Philadelphia Phillies 4, New York Mets 0
Milwaukee Brewers 7, Cincinnati Reds 0
San Diego Padres 8, San Francisco Giants 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 9, Chicago Cubs 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Colorado Rockies 2

MLB American League
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Minnesota Twins 8, Detroit Tigers 2
Tampa Bay Rays 9, Texas Rangers 3
New York Yankees 10, Boston Red Sox 1
Baltimore Orioles 2, Toronto Blue Jays 1
Cleveland Indians 4, Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle Mariners 9, Houston Astros 0
Oakland Athletics 10, Los Angeles Angels 0

MLB Interleague
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Kansas City Royals 1

NHL Preseason
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Boston Bruins 3, Calgary Flames 1 (at Beijing, China)
Philadelphia Flyers 6, New York Rangers 4
Carolina Hurricanes 6, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Ottawa Senators 1
Florida Panthers 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Detroit Red Wings 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (OT)
St. Louis Blues 3, Minnesota Wild 2 (at Des Moines, IA)
Calgary Flames (ss) 4, Vancouver Canucks 1

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:20 p.m. – New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

MLB National League
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7:05 p.m. – New York Mets at Washington Nationals
7:10 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Miami Marlins
7:35 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

MLB American League
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3:35 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
7:05 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
7:07 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
7:10 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
7:10 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

MLB Interleague
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No Games Scheduled

NHL Preseason
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7:00 p.m. – New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders
7:00 p.m. – Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens (at Quebec City, Quebec)
7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings
8:00 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
9:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers
10:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Kings (ss) at Vancouver Canucks
10:00 p.m. – San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks
10:30 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings (ss)

PGA
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Tour Championship (at Atlanta, GA)