SPORTS

November 16, 2017

BUTLER CRUSHES RACERS IN HOME OPENER
Butler rolled out to a 19-7 first-quarter lead and went on to spoil the home opener for Murray State with an 88-59 win yesterday afternoon in women’s basketball action at the CFSB Center. The Bulldogs built a 38-18 lead at the half behind torrid shooting from the field and a cold shooting first half by the Racers. Tori Shickel led all scorers with 29 points. Murray State was led by 21 points from Keshunun James, despite struggling from the field with a 6-17 day including and 1-7 beyond the arc. Bria Bethea added 15 points and Jasmine Borders scored 12. Butler scorched the nets for 61% shooting from the field while the Racers made just 33% and 19% from three-point range. The Racers were also outrebounded 40-28. The Racers did force Butler into 22 turnovers but converted those into only 11 points. James had 7 of the Racers 21 turnovers, which Butler converted to 28 points.  The Racers are back home Saturday for a 6 pm game against Northern Kentucky. That game will air at 5:30 on 1340 WNBS.

OTHER OVC WOMEN’S SCORES
Morehead State 120, Brescia 41
Eastern Kentucky 62, Western Carolina 59
Belmont 74, IPFW 42
Jacksonville State 93, Stillman 38

OVC MEN’S SCORES
UT Martin 74, North Carolina Central 57
Buffalo 81, Jacksonville State 76
Austin Peay 109, Oakland City 50
Western Illinois 56, Eastern Illinois 54
Valparaiso 94, SIU Edwardsville 69

REGIONAL INTEREST SCORES
WKU 83, Kentucky Wesleyan 53

RACERS PUT TRIO ON ALL-OVC VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Murray State’s Rachel Giustino and Rachel Holthaus were named First Team All-OVC and Katirah Johnson was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-OVC last night at the OVC Volleyball Tournament banquet in Clarksville. Giustino led the Racers and the league in kills per set this season with 4.11 and had 18 double-doubles. Holthaus averaged 2.54 kills per set in conference play despite missing four matches due to injury. Her .350 hitting percentage ranked third in the OVC. Johnson becomes just the third OVC Freshman of the Year in program history. Johnson averaged 2.10 kills per set during conference play and her .367 hitting percentage was the second-best in the league. The trio and the rest of the third-seeded Racers look to defend their OVC Tournament title as they begin tournament play at 11 am today against the No. 6 seed Jacksonville State. Austin Peay’s Ashley Slay was named Player of the Year and the Governor’s Taylor Mott was named OVC Coach of the Year.

GRIZZLIES LOSE TO PACERS
Marc Gasol missed a three-pointer with three seconds left that would have tied the game for Grizzlies as they fell to the Pacers, 116-113, at FedEx Forum last night. Gasol led the Grizzlies with 35 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Tyreke Evans finished with 18 points and nine dimes as the Grizz lost their third-straight game. Memphis hosts Houston on Saturday.

PREDS AT MINNESOTA TONIGHT
The Predators hit the road tonight as they face off with the Minnesota Wild in Saint Paul. The Preds are riding a season-high five-game win streak. Nashville is 10-5-and-2 on the year, while Minnesota sits at 8-7-and-2. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

CATS AND CARDS PREP FOR FRIDAY GAMES
Kentucky seek a bounce-back win tomorrow against East Tennessee State. Kentucky fell to Kansas on Thursday and sits at 2-and-1 on the young season. Tomorrow’s matchup starts a stretch of five straight home games for the Wildcats…The Louisville Cardinals are back in action tomorrow night when they host Omaha. The Cards are 1-and-0 after a season-opening win over George Mason on Sunday. Interim head coach David Padgett picked up his first victory since being named the replacement for the fired Rick Pitino.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
In college football action this weekend, Murray State closes out the season at Southeast Missouri. With a win, the Racers could tie Eastern Kentucky for fourth place in the OVC standings. Kentucky hits the road to face seventh-ranked Georgia. The Wildcats are 7-and-3. Louisville welcomes Syracuse to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Cards sit at 6-and-4. Tennessee plays host to number-20 LSU. The 4-and-6 Vols will play their first game under interim head coach Brady Hoke, who replaced the fired Butch Jones this past Sunday.

TITANS AT PITTSBURGH TONIGHT
The Titans seek their fifth straight win as they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight on “Thursday Night Football.” Tennessee sits at 6-and-3 after consecutive win over the Colts, Browns, Ravens and Bengals. The NFL and broadcaster NBC will utilize a SkyCam for the primary viewing of tonight’s game. Both teams will also wear their Color Rush uniforms, with Tennessee sporting a full sky blue look, down to the cleats.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The future is becoming the now for the 76ers. Joel Embiid made history in their 115-109 win over the Lakers in LA. He became the first player in history to record 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks. Ben Simmons just missed a triple-double with 18 points, 10 assists, nine boards and five steals. Philadelphia swept its LA trip to move to 8-and-6.

The NBA’s two longest winning streaks square off tonight in Boston. The Warriors face the Celtics in a battle of the best of the Western and Eastern conferences. Golden State has won seven straight to get to 11-and-3. Boston has won 13 in-a-row since an 0-and-2 start. Steph Curry is probable after missing the Warriors’ last game.

The Indians’ Corey Kluber and Nationals’ Max Scherzer are Major League Baseball’s Cy Young Award winners this season. Kluber claimed his second career American League honor, beating out fellow finalists in Boston’s Chris Sale and the Yankees’ Luis Severino. Scherzer won in the National League for the second straight year. It’s his third career Cy Young.

UCLA is suspending the three basketball players who were accused of shoplifting in China. Head coach Steve Alford says LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley are on indefinite suspension while they go through the university’s disciplinary review process. They will not travel with the team nor will they suit up for home games. UCLA beat Central Arkansas in overtime last night.

WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Washington Wizards 102, Miami Heat 93
New York Knicks 106, Utah Jazz 101
Atlanta Hawks 126, Sacramento Kings 80
Minnesota Timberwolves 98, San Antonio Spurs 86
Cleveland Cavaliers 115, Charlotte Hornets 107
Indiana Pacers 116, Memphis Grizzlies 113
Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Chicago Bulls 79
Toronto Raptors 125, New Orleans Pelicans 116
Milwaukee Bucks 99, Detroit Pistons 95
Portland Trail Blazers 99, Orlando Magic 94
Philadelphia 76ers 115, Los Angeles Lakers 109

NHL
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Detroit Red Wings 8, Calgary Flames 2
Chicago Blackhawks 6, New York Rangers 3
Anaheim Ducks 4, Boston Bruins 2

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#9 North Carolina Tar Heels 93, Bucknell Bison 81 (PK80 – Campus Game)
#10 West Virginia Mountaineers 98, American University Eagles 64
#15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 107, Niagara Purple Eagles 81
#18 UCLA Bruins 106, Central Arkansas Bears 101 (OT) (Hall of Fame Classic)
Creighton Bluejays 92, #20 Northwestern Wildcats 88 (Gavitt Tipoff Games)
#22 Saint Mary’s Gaels 76, Cal State Fullerton Titans 57
#23 Seton Hall Pirates 84, Indiana Hoosiers 68 (Gavitt Tipoff Games)

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:25 p.m. – Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers

NBA
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8:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders
7:00 p.m. – New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators
7:30 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens
8:00 p.m. – Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets
8:00 p.m. – Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild
9:00 p.m. – St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers
9:00 p.m. – Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche
10:00 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks
10:30 p.m. – Florida Panthers at San Jose Sharks
10:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins at Los Angeles Kings

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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10:00 p.m. – #5 Arizona Wildcats host Bakersfield Roadrunners
7:00 p.m. – #7 Florida Gators host North Florida Ospreys
7:00 p.m. – #12 Miami (FL) Hurricanes host Florida A&M Rattlers
7:00 p.m. – #13 Cincinnati Bearcats host Coppin State Eagles
7:00 p.m. – #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish host Chicago State Cougars
8:30 p.m. – #17 Xavier Musketeers at Wisconsin Badgers

PGA
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The RSM Classic (at Sea Island, GA)