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WNBS Sports Report, December 18, 2014

RACERS CLAIM 200TH WIN AT THE BANK
The Murray State Racers won their 200th game at the CFSB Center with a 94-56 victory over Alcorn State last night. Jarvis Williams led the Racers with 22 points, while Cameron Payne scored 14 points and dished out nine assists. T.J. Sapp added 21 points, including five from long range, while Jeffery Moss scored 10 for the Racers who improved to 7-4. Although the Racers won by a large margin, it took an early timeout by head coach Steve Prohm to get the team on the right track. The Racers shot 65% from the field, 59% behind the arc, and shared the ball well. Coach Prohm was happy with the win, but stressed that the team still needs to develop its bench.

LEADING SCORER OUT FOR ILLINOIS STATE
Next up for the Racers is a Saturday afternoon game at 3 against Illinois State. The Redbirds will come to The Bank shorthanded. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a broken right hand, Redbirds coach Dan Muller told CBSSports.com on Monday night. The injury occurred Sunday during Illinois State’s victory at DePaul. The 6-foot-5 Akoon-Purcell was the Redbirds’ leading scorer through eight games, averaging 14.1 points. Illinois State is currently 6-3 after beating UT Martin last night 64-54. In other OVC games:

Green Bay 66, Morehead State 50
Campbell 70, SIUE 65

SEC MEN
NC State 83, Tennessee 72
Arkansas State 69, Miss State 55
Auburn 80, Winthrop 62

OTHER MEN’S SCORES
WKU 75, Chicago State 60

OVC WOMEN
USC Upstate 75, Morehead State 69
Eastern Kentucky 62, Alabama A&M 56
Northern Illinois 69, SIUE 47

TONIGHT’S HIGH SCHOOL GAMES
In high school basketball action tonight, Calloway County will host the Heritage Bank Hardwood Classic with games being played at Jeffery Gymnasium and Calloway County Middle School. Both the Lady Lakers and Lady Tigers will participate. Tonight, 5-1 Murray High will face Martin Westview at 6:30, followed by 0-4 Calloway County battling Dresden at 8pm. Both games will be played at Jeffery Gymnasium. The 5-1 Murray High boys host 0-5 University Heights Academy tonight at Tiger Gym. Airtime for that game is 7pm on WNBS and WWW.1340WNBS.com.

Here is the schedule of games at the Heritage Bank Hardwood Classic. 2014 Tournament Schedule C

RACER FOOTBALL SIGNS THREE
Murray State football has announced inked three mid-year JUCO players with the signing of defensive end Colin Frickey and safety Toby Omli from Butler Community College and offensive lineman Ben Luper from Fort Scott Community College. New head coach Mitch Stewart expectes all three to be able to come in immediately and have a chance to make an impact. Stewart said that to sign three players of this caliber under ideal circumstances would be speak highly of his staff, but to get this done during a transition period is a testament to how hard the coaches work and how committed to the program they are.

Colin Frickey is a 6-3, 240-pound, sophomore defensive end from Clearwater, Kansas. Frickey prepped at Clearwater High School before spending the past year at Butler CC. In 2014, Frickey racked up 44 tackle for an average of 4.4 per game. In addition, he had two sacks for 12 yards of loss and six tackles-for-loss for a total of 21 yards.

Joining Frickey in Murray, will be his Butler teammate Toby Omli, a 6-0, 200-pound, sophomore safety from Brookville, Kansas. Before arriving in El Dorado, Omli played high school ball at Ell-saline High School. Omli was a big part of the Grizzlies’ defense last season finishing fifth on the team with 70 tackles for 6.4 per game. He also had one tackle-for-loss for three yards, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. For his efforts, Omli was named as 2014 KJCCC All-Conference selection.

Ben Luper is 6-5, 280-pound, junior offensive lineman from Springfield, Missouri. Before playing the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Fort Scott, he attended and played at Lighthouse Christian High School. Luper played on an offensive line that produced the 17th most rushing yards in the NJCAA last season. The Greyhound line allowed its backs to rush for 1,899 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. For his work, Luper also earned 2014 KJCCC All-Conference honors.

DAWSON TO BE NAMED UK OC
The University of Kentucky football program now has a new offensive coordinator. The school reportedly will name Shannon Dawson to the position. Dawson has been with West Virginia since 2011. He’ll replace Neal Brown who left last month to become the head football coach at Troy University.

UK COACH RESIGNS
The assistant coach of the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is resigning because of an illness. School officials confirmed the news on Wednesday and told the “Herald Leader,” they are behind Christian Stefanopoulos throughout her journey back to good health. Stefanopoulos hasn’t said what her illness is.

MEMPHIS TOPS SPURS IN 3OT
In a crazy back-and-forth affair, the Spurs fell to the Grizzlies, 117-116, in triple overtime when Manu Ginobili missed a potential game-winning three pointer in the closing moments of the final OT. Marc Gasol led the way with 26 points and nine rebounds, including his first three of the season at the buzzer of regulation that tied the game. Zach Randolph added 21 points and 21 rebounds for Memphis, which beat the Spurs and Warriors on back-to-back nights to improve to 21-and-4. The Grizz host the Bulls tomorrow night.

MATHENY TO WEAR 26
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is switching uniform numbers. The skipper will now wear number-26 to honor a late former friend, who passed away November 10th. Matheny gave his old number-22 to new outfielder Jason Heyward, who was acquired from the Braves in a trade last month.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The University of Michigan wants 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to come back to his alma mater. Multiple reports have the school offering Harbaugh a six-year, 48-million-dollar contract to leave the pros. The 1986 Big Ten Player of the Year is under contract with the Niners through the 2015 NFL season.

The San Diego Padres may be adding a big young bat to their lineup. ESPN.com reports the Padres and Tampa Bay Rays are close to a trade that would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego for minor league first baseman Jake Bauers, pitchers Joe Ross and Burch Smith and two others. The Washington Nationals could also wind up a part of the deal.

The San Francisco 49ers are parting ways with embattled defensive tackle Ray McDonald. The 49ers have released him from his contract after reports he was served with a search warrant by police investigating a rape allegation. San Jose police went to his home Tuesday after speaking with a woman who was receiving treatment at a hospital for a possible sexual assault.

The Chicago Bears are benching quarterback Jay Cutler for their upcoming game against the Detroit Lions. ESPN reports the team will start backup Jimmy Clausen instead. Chicago has lost three straight and is in the NFC North cellar at 5-and-9. Cutler leads the league with 18 interceptions and 12 fumbles.

The Rajon Rondo trade rumors are resurfacing again. ESPN reports the Celtics and Mavericks “are in substantive discussions on a trade that would send Rondo” to Dallas. The deal would involve draft picks with at least one of them being a first rounder along with center Brandan Wright going to Boston. There would need to be other players in the deal to make the trade work from a salary cap perspective.

>>WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Memphis Grizzlies 117, San Antonio Spurs 116 (3OT)
Atlanta Hawks 127, Cleveland Cavaliers 98
Phoenix Suns 111, Charlotte Hornets 106
Dallas Mavericks 117, Detroit Pistons 106
Utah Jazz 105, Miami Heat 87
Boston Celtics 109, Orlando Magic 92
Toronto Raptors 105, Brooklyn Nets 89
Portland Trail Blazers 104, Milwaukee Bucks 97
Los Angeles Clippers 102, Indiana Pacers 100
Houston Rockets 115, Denver Nuggets 111 (OT)

NHL
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Ottawa Senators 2, New Jersey Devils 0
Boston Bruins 3, Minnesota Wild 2 (OT)
Dallas Stars 2, Vancouver Canucks 0

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
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#12 Ohio State Buckeyes 97, North Carolina A&T Aggies 55
#16 Washington Huskies 86, Grambling State Tigers 38
Cincinnati Bearcats 71, #17 San Diego State Aztecs 62 (OT)
#22 Michigan State Spartans 66, Eastern Michigan Eagles 46

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

NFL
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8:25 p.m. – Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

NBA
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8:00 p.m. – New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls
8:30 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets
10:00 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks at Sacramento Kings
10:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 p.m. – Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes
7:00 p.m. – Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:30 p.m. – Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens
10:30 p.m. – St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings
10:30 p.m. – Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
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8:00 p.m. – #2 Duke Blue Devils host Connecticut Huskies
7:00 p.m. – #5 Virginia Cavaliers host Cleveland State Vikings