SPORTS

NOVEMBER 14, 2019

RACER WOMEN DOWN MVSU FOR FIRST WIN
Laci Hawthorne scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Murray State defeated Mississippi Valley State 72-66 last night in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Macey Turley had 18 points to go along with 7 assists. Cekeya Mack also had a big night for MSU scoring 9 points, pulling down 5 boards, and recording 4 blocks. Macie Gibson rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Racers with 10 points. The Racers will face 10th ranked Mississippi State tomorrow night at 7 in a game that airs on 104.5 WBZB and the SEC Network.

RACER VOLLEYBALL DEFEATES AUSTIN PEAY
The Murray State volleyball team took down Austin Peay in five sets last night in the First Financial Bank Battle of the Border at Racer Arena. Rachel Giustino and Rachel Holthaus combined for 54 of the teams’ 73 kills. The Racers are now 17-10 overall and 11-4 in the OVC and will wrap up the regular season at home Saturday at 4 pm against Morehead State.

SETTLE AMONG TWO MSU WBB SIGNEES
Charlee Settle of Calloway County High School signed her letter of intent yesterday to play basketball at Murray State. The 6-1 forward is a four-time Paducah Sun All-Purchase Team selection and is the reigning Paducah Sun All-Purchase Player of the Year. Heading into her senior year, Settle currently has 2,147 points and 1,297 rebounds over four seasons with the Lakers. She averaged 23.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a junior. The Racers also signed JUCO transfer Jalexis Russell, a 5-10 guard from Florence, Alabama, She comes to the Racers from Gadsden State Community College. Through two games for the Cardinals this season, Russell is averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Racers are expected to sign two more over the next week.

RACER MEN INK FOUR
The Murray State men’s program announced four signees including 6’6 guard Jackson Sivills of McCracken County High School in Paducah. As a junior, Sivills averaged 20 points per game and became McCracken County’s all-time scorer with 1,270 points. He is also McCracken County’s all-time rebounder. At the end of the season, Sivills was named Kentucky All-State, is a candidate for this year’s Mr. Basketball, and was selected to play in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series. Also signing was 6’2″ guard Dionte Blanch of Tarpon Springs, Florida who averaged 21.7 points per game as a junior at East Lake where he was a Florida All-State selection. 6’6″ forward Ja’Queze Kirby of Hazelhurst, Georiga inked with the Racers after averaging 23 points and 16 rebounds a game as a junior at Jefferson Davis High School. Rounding out the signing class is 6’8″ forward Nicholas McMullen of Greensboro, North Carolina. As a junior, McMullen scored 14 points per game and pulled down nine rebounds per game at Ben Smith High School.

WEDNESDAY’S MEN’S CBB RESULTS:
Louisville 91, Indiana State 62
UT Martin 98, Western Illinois 91
VCU 84, (23) LSU 82
Middle Tennessee 96, Mars Hill 82

WEDNESDAY’S WOMEN’S CBB RESULTS
Western Kentucky 77, Belmont 46
SEMO 79, Arkansas State 67
Illinois 76, Austin Peay 62
SIUE 85, Evansville 74
Loyola Chicago 67, Eastern Illinois 51
Kentucky 67, Stetson 48

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
Ja Morant made a layup with seventh-tenths of a second left to lift the Grizzlies past the Hornets 119-117 in Charlotte. Morant finished with 23 points and 11 assists for his first double-double. The Grizzlies host the Jazz tomorrow night and the Nuggets on Sunday.

TITANS UPDATE
In Tennessee Titans roster news, the Titans have signed former Vanderbilt running back Khari Blasingame and waived running back Rod Smith. The Titans get a bye this week before hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.

HOCKEY ROUNDUP
The Nashville Predators start a three-game homestand on Saturday against the Blackhawks. Nashville looks to snap a three-game slide after falling to the Canucks 5-3. The Preds host the Jets on Tuesday and they’ll get a rematch with the Canucks a week from today. The St. Louis Blues are at the Blue Jackets tomorrow night. St. Louis snapped a seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Mets starter Jacob deGrom and Astros starter Justin Verlander are the 2019 MLB Cy Young Winners. DeGrom won the NL version of the award for the second straight year, while Verlander also gets his second AL Cy Young after prevoiusly winning with Detroit in 2011. Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole, while the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu was second in the NL.

MLB Awards Week wraps up with the Most Valuable Player tonight. Awards will be handed out today. The National League finalists are the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich, who won last season. The American League finalists are the Angels’ Mike Trout, the Astros Alex Bregman and the A’s Marcus Semien.

The Steelers head to Cleveland to clash with Browns tonight on Thursday Night Football. Pittsburgh has won four in a row to get back in the playoff hunt at 5-and-4. The Browns snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Buffalo on Sunday for their first home win. Cleveland is 3-and-6 overall. The Steelers are 15-2-and-1 against the Browns since 2010.

Confusion is clouding free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s workout, which is set for Saturday in Atlanta. ESPN reports the NFL has refused to provide a list of teams attending. “Kap’s” former teammate Eric Reid says the whole thing feels like a “PR stunt.” The Broncos, Lions, Redskins, Patriots and Dolphins are among teams that will reportedly be on hand.

The Jets may have the second-worst record in football, but head coach Adam Gase is keeping his job. That’s what team CEO Christopher Johnson said yesterday, adding that Gase will also return for the 2020 season. Gase has guided the Jets to a 2-and-7 record this season, and is 25-and-32 all-time as a head coach. He previously coached the Dolphins.

WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Memphis Grizzlies 119, Charlotte Hornets 117
Orlando Magic 112, Philadelphia 76ers 97
Houston Rockets 102, LA Clippers 93
Boston Celtics 140, Washington Wizards 133
Minnesota Timberwolves 129, San Antonio Spurs 114
Toronto Raptors 114, Portland Trail Blazers 106
Los Angeles Lakers 120, Golden State Warriors 94

NHL
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New York Islanders 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 4
Ottawa Senators 4, New Jersey Devils 2
Washington Capitals 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (SO)
Dallas Stars 3, Calgary Flames 1
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Vegas Golden Knights 3

College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches’ Poll)
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#5 Louisville Cardinals 91, Indiana State Sycamores 62
#16 Ohio State Buckeyes 76, #10 Villanova Wildcats 51
#12 Texas Tech Red Raiders 103, Houston Baptist Huskies 74
VCU Rams 84, #24 LSU Tigers 82

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:20 p.m. – Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

NBA
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6:00 p.m. – Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers
8:00 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks
8:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – LA Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans
9:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns
10:30 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers
7:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning
7:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres
8:00 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild
9:00 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers
10:00 p.m. – San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks
10:00 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
10:30 p.m. – Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings

College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches’ Poll)
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8:30 p.m. – #1 Michigan State Spartans vs #13 Seton Hall Pirates
7:00 p.m. – #6 Florida Gators vs Towson Tigers
8:00 p.m. – #17 Arizona Wildcats vs San Jose State Spartans
10:00 p.m. – #20 Saint Mary’s Gaels vs Long Beach State Beach