SPORTS

AUGUST 4, 2019

RACERS HONORED BY PHIL STEELE AS PRACTICE BEGINS
Murray State senior linebacker Anthony Koclanakis led eight Racers as Phil Steele and DraftScout.com recently published its 2020 Preseason All-America and All-OVC teams. Koclanakis was named as a third-team All-American and was joined by seven of his teammates on the preseason all-conference squad. Koclanakis, wide receiver LaMartez Brooks, punt returner Malik Honeycutt, defensive lineman Scotty Humpich, and long snapper Chandler Moody all earned first-team marks from Steele and company. Kicker Zaden Webber followed on the second team, while linebacker Alec Long and offensive lineman Levi Nesler were named to third team. In addition, Honeycutt was also named to the third team at kick returner, as well as at all-purpose. Yesterday, the Racer football team conducted its first practice of fall camp, following the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Head Coach Dean Hood was impressed with what he saw.

GRIZZLIES FALL AGAIN
Jaren Jackson Junior scored 22 points but the Grizzlies fell 109-99 to the Pelicans in Orlando. Grayson Allen had 17 points for Memphis while Ja Morant added 11 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. The Grizzlies are 32-and-36 and will face the Jazz tomorrow.

CARDINALS SERIES WITH TIGERS POSTPONED BY COVID-19
The four-game series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Comerica Park from today through Thursday, has been postponed. The Cardinals have had 13 members of the organization test positive for COVID-19 in the last week, including seven players and six staff members. The Club has been in quarantine since Thursday, and will stay in Milwaukee and their personnel will continue to be tested daily. The tentative plan is for the team to resume its regular schedule on Friday against the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis.

AREA HOCKEY ROUNDUP
The Nashville Predators will look to even up their Best-of-Five Stanley Cup Qualifier with the Arizona Coyotes today. Nashville and the Coyotes will compete in Game Two in Edmonton. The Predators trail the series 1-0 after falling 4-3 in Game One. The Blues are preparing for their upcoming Round Robin game against the Golden Knights. St. Louis is looking to bounce back after a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the final second on Sunday.

TITANS SIGN WILSON
The Tennessee Titans have finally agreed to terms with their first-round pick, Isaiah Wilson. The Georgia offensive tackle will reportedly receive a four-year deal worth over 11 million dollars with a signing bonus just a shade under six million. Wilson is the last first-round pick to sign a contract.

PONS COMING BACK FOR VOLS HOOPS
The Tennessee Vols will have a key member of the roster return for next season. Forward Yves Pons has decided to withdraw from the upcoming NBA Draft and will return to school next season. Pons was SEC Defensive Player of the Year this past season for the Volunteers. He averaged 10.8 points per game.

GOVERNORS HIRE MARKUSON
Austin Peay interim head football coach Marquase Lovings announced the addition of two full-time assistant coaches, and one is a familar face to Racer fans. Thirty-five-year coaching veteran Mike Markuson will take over as the APSU Governors’ offensive line coach, replacing Eddy Morrissey, who departed in June to pursue other professional opportunities. It will be the second stint in Clarksville for Markuson, who previously was on the Austin Peay State sidelines during the 1990 season. Markuson was also an assistant at Murray State from 1993-96 and at Eastern Illinois in 2014.

ILLINOIS ATHLETES TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
23 Illinois athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus. The school announced that 18 of those 23 were football players, who tested positive since returning for workouts in June. The school says it has tested 164 athletes weekly as it resumes voluntary workouts. The positive test rate was less than 1.9 percent.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
DJ LeMahieu, Brett Gardner and Gio Urshela all homered to power the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Phillies in the Bronx. Gerrit Cole pitched six innings of one-run ball to move to 3-and-0 on the season. The Yanks have won seven straight and lead MLB at 8-and-1.

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says a false sense of security led to a coronavirus outbreak on his team. The Yankees legend says the entire traveling party got a little too comfortable and lax about protocols. Miami is scheduled to return to play tonight at Baltimore after more than a week of postponements.

The Braves will play the rest of the season without starting pitcher Mike Soroka. The 23-year-old right-hander tore his right Achilles tendon during Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Mets in Atlanta. Soroka was hurt breaking toward first base after making a pitch to the Mets’ J.D. Davis in the third inning.

The NFL and the Players’ Association have resolved all of their issues surrounding the changes to the 2020 collective bargaining agreement. Multiple reports say the new deadline for players to opt out of the season is 4 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. The league’s annual drug testing window begins Friday.

The Big 12 is planning to play a 10-game football schedule this fall. Conference presidents and chancellors have approved a format that features nine Big 12 games and one non-conference matchup for each team. Every Power 5 conference has now come up with a coronavirus-adjusted schedule model.

MONDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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New York Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 2
Colorado Rockies 7, San Francisco Giants 6
San Diego Padres 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4

MLB American League
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Oakland Athletics 11, Seattle Mariners 1

MLB Interleague
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Cincinnati Reds 3, Cleveland Indians 2
New York Yankees 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Minnesota Twins 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Chicago White Sox 6, Milwaukee Brewers 4
Chicago Cubs 2, Kansas City Royals 0
Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals (PPD/coronavirus)

NBA (at Orlando, FL)
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Toronto Raptors 107, Miami Heat 103
Indiana Pacers 111, Washington Wizards 100
Denver Nuggets 121, Oklahoma City Thunder 113 (OT)
New Orleans Pelicans 109, Memphis Grizzlies 99
Philadelphia 76ers 132, San Antonio Spurs 130
Los Angeles Lakers 116, Utah Jazz 108

NHL
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Carolina Hurricanes 4, New York Rangers 1
Winnipeg Jets 3, Calgary Flames 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Washington Capitals 2 (SO)
Vegas Golden Knights 5, Dallas Stars 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
Edmonton Oilers 6, Chicago Blackhawks 3

WNBA (at Bradenton, FL)
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No Games Scheduled

>>TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
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7:05 p.m. – New York Mets at Washington Nationals
7:10 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins (PPD)
8:40 p.m. – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
9:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

MLB American League
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6:40 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
9:10 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
10:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners

MLB Interleague
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2:10 p.m. – Pittsburgh Pirates at Minnesota Twins
6:05 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees (PPD)
6:10 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds
6:10 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at Detroit Tigers (PPD)
7:10 p.m. – Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves
7:35 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Baltimore Orioles
8:10 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee Brewers
8:15 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs
9:10 p.m. – Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks

NBA (at Orlando, FL)
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1:30 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks
2:30 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings
4:00 p.m. – Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers
6:00 p.m. – Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers
6:30 p.m. – Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
9:00 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers

NHL
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12:00 p.m. – Florida Panthers at New York Islanders
2:30 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators
4:00 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs
6:45 p.m. – Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets
8:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers
10:45 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks

WNBA (at Bradenton, FL)
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6:00 p.m. – Dallas Wings at Chicago Sky
7:00 p.m. – Phoenix Mercury at Atlanta Dream
9:00 p.m. – Connecticut Sun at Seattle Storm