SPORTS

MARCH 27, 2019

STEELE, WHITAKER MAKE ALL-PURCHASE TEAM
Two local players are on the 10-player Paducah Sun Boys 2020 All-Purchase Team. Calloway County’s Chandler Steele averaged 14.9 points per game for the Lakers, while Grant Whitaker of Murray High averaged 18.9 per game for the Tigers. Joining them on the team are Zion Harmon and Tyler Stokes of Marshall County, Reese Anderson of Carlisle County, Jackson Sivills and Noah Dumas of McCracken County, DeQuin Donlow of Ballard Memorial, and Michael Laster and Eil Brown of Paducah Tilghman. The All-Purchase Boys Player of the Year will be announced on Sunday and the Girls Player of the Year will be announced tomorrow.

THREE RACER SIGNEES NAMED ALL-STATE
Murray State signee Jackson Sivills of McCracken County was named to the Lexington Herald Leader All-State first team along with Marshall County’s Zion Harmon. Travis Perry of Lyon County received honorable mention. Two Murray State signees are among the girls’ high school basketball players that have earned All-State honors from the Lexington Herald-Leader. Owensboro Catholic’s Hannah McKay was named Second Team All-State and Calloway County’s Charlee Settle was named Third Team All-State.

RACER VOLLEYBALL SIGNS HOLCOMBE
Murray State head volleyball coach David Schwepker yesteday announced the signing of Jalya Holcombe to the 2020 signing class. Holcombe is a right-side hitter from Belleville, Illinois and joins Alysse Cundiff, Morgan Price, Taylor Beasley, and Darci Metzger in the biggest signing class the Racers have had since 2017. Schwepker called Holcombe a tremendous athlete with a very fast arm and does a great job of understanding how to use it. Holcombe played for East St. Louis High School where she was named All-Southwestern Conference First Team along with future teammate Metzger by STLtoday.com in 2019. She helped lead East St. Louis to their first Regional title in 12 years.

HICKS OUT AT EKU
Another OVC men’s basketball player is transferring. VerbalCommits.com reported yesterday that Darius Hicks of Eastern Kentucky has entered the transfer portal. Hicks played in 20 games, and started 12 for the Colonels last season. He averaged 5.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game, which was second on the team. Hicks is a grad transfer with one year to play with immediate eligibility.

FURLOUGHS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
Churchill Downs is furloughing employees and cutting the pay of salaried workers due to COVID-19. The company says people who are affected will still receive their benefits. Locations include Derby City Gaming in Kentucky and other locations across the country. Salaried workers’ cuts will be percentage-based.

CUBS AND CARDS LONDON SERIES CANCELLED
The Cubs and Cardinals won’t be playing each other overseas this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. England-based newspaper The Sun reports organizers have canceled the London series between the two teams. The two-game series was scheduled for June 13th and 14th at London Stadium. The MLB season is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, you can hear Cardinals baseball tonight as we continue our replay of the 2011 stretch run to the World Series championship. Airtime tonight is set for 10:15 on WNBS. Also tonight, we continue our great games of the NCAA Tournament with NC State’s shocking win over Houston in the 1983 NCAA Tournament. Coverage begins tonight at 7.

BELMONT HOOPS HELPS TORNADO VICTIMS
The Tennessean reported yesterday that the Belmont Bruins men’s and women’s basketball teams wore t-shirts during the Ohio Valley Conference tournament that read, ‘Nashville Strong.’ Such exposure led to sales, along with the university’s sportswear sponsor, and department of athletics, that were compiled for a $5,000 donation for the Middle Tennessee tornado relief fund. Belmont University Athletics announced Wednesday it has donated the sum to the tornado fund through The Community Foundation of Tennessee, partnering with Under Armour and The Belmont Store to raise funds. The foundation has worked to provide aid to those affected by the tornado that swept through Middle Tennessee March 3.

TITANS PREP FOR DRAFT
The Tennessee Titans will be making draft picks next month. Multiple reports say NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a league-wide memo stating the NFL Draft will still be held April 23rd but without players present. It also threatens discipline for publicly discussing any draft-related issues.

WINSLOW HELPS FEED FAMILIES
Justice Winslow of the Memphis Grizzlies is partnering with the Mid-South Food Bank to help families in need with 14-day food boxes. The boxes will be distributed today. Winslow has yet to suit up for the Grizzlies since being acquired in a trade in February.

PREDS SIGN NOVAK
The Nashville Predators are signing forward Tommy Novak to a two-year, entry-level contract. Novak sits third on the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals in points with 42 in 60 games this season. That’s also seventh among all AHL rookies.

JONES LEAVING ILLINOIS
Another player is leaving the Illinois basketball program. Sophomore guard Tevian Jones announced he is transferring, the day after Alan Griffin did the same. Jones averaged less than a point per game this past season. He missed eight games as a freshman because of a violation of team rules.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The NFL Draft will go on with its original date. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo around the league stating the draft will keep its dates from April 23rd to 25th. According to ESPN, the memo warns of punishment for anyone that criticizes the league’s decision. The commissioner also told teams to prepare for conducting the draft process outside of their facilities, which have closed amid the ongoing coronavirus.

MLB and its players association have agreed to deal surrounding the league stoppage due to COVID-19, according to reports. Players have voted and owners are expected to ratify a deal that will cover an advance in salary for players along with the right to shorten the MLB Draft and honor full service time for 2020 if no season occurs.

Warriors superstar Stephen Curry interviewed infectious diseases expert and White House Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci via social media about the coronavirus and potential sporting events in the future. Over 50-thousand people tuned in, including former President Barack Obama. Fauci and Curry discussed different aspects of the disease and how it pertains to the country. Curry brought up how he missed the Warriors’ final two games before the league was suspended for the flu and was not tested for COVID-19.

Antonio Brown won’t be wearing a Buccaneers uniform next season alongside Tom Brady. Head coach Bruce Arians told CBS Sports that Brown isn’t a fit in Tampa. Arians stated that he knew Brown and reiterated it wouldn’t be a fit in the locker room.

Auto racing fans won’t be hearing, ‘Gentlemen, start your engines” this Memorial Day weekend. The Indianapolis 500 was postponed from a May 24th scheduled start to August 23rd because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first time since 1945 the race won’t run on Memorial Day weekend.