SPORTS

WNBS Sports, January 29, 2015

MURRAY BLASTS TOPPERS
Murray High avoided another early exit in the Touchstone Energy All-A Classic by crushing Presentation Academy 65-20 in opening round action at the Frankfort Convention Center. Maddie Waldrop paced the Lady Tigers with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Both Alexis Burpo and Elizabeth Grogan tallied 8 points for Murray who got rolling quickly according to head coach Rachelle Turner.  The Lady Tigers are now 20-2 on the year and will play Leslie County in Friday morning’s quarterfinals after they disposed of UHA 56-46 in the opening round. The Murray High boys open play tonight at 7 against Monroe County. Airtime for that game is 6pm on WNBS

RACERS HOST COLONELS THURSDAY
Murray State puts its 15-game winning streak on the line tonight when they welcome EKU to The Bank for an 8pm ESPNU televised game. At 7-0, the Racers are the only unbeaten OVC team. The Colonels have some impressive wins this season, including a 28 point road drubbing of then nationally ranked Miami, but they come to Murray losers of 3 of their last 4 games. However, Racers head coach Steve Prohm is not taking Jeff Neubauer’s defending OVC Tournament Champions lightly.  Airtime tonight is 7:30 on Froggy 103.7

OVC MEN
Morehead State 82, Austin Peay 69

JONES LEADS LOUISVILLE OVER BC
Chris Jones scored 28 points as 10th ranked Louisville defeated Boston College 81-72 on Wednesday night. Terry Rozier added 23 for the Cardinals who improved to 17-3 overall and 5-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

SEC MEN
LSU 64, South Carolina 58
Ole Miss 79, Miss State 73

MVC
Northern Iowa 59, SIU 52
Wichita State 58, Loyola (IL) 47
Drake 69, Bradley 57
Illinois State 67, Missouri State 57

CATS AT MIZZOU
Kentucky goes for a season sweep of Missouri tonight when the teams meet in Columbia for an 8pm game that airs on ESPN. Two weeks ago, the Cats dominated the Tigers in an 86-37 win at Rupp Arena.  Missouri is 7-12 overall and 1-5 in the SEC, while the Wildcats come in 19-0 overall and 6-0 in the SEC.

OVC WOMEN
Grace Lennox scored a career high 17 as Eastern Illinois defeated Murray State 75-59 in women’s action last night at Lantz Arena. The Racers scoring was led by Ke’Shunan James with 16 points, followed by Olivia Cunningham who added 13. Murray State fell to 5-16 overall, 0-8 in the OVC. They will host UT Martin Saturday. In other OVC women’s action:

Jacksonville State 73, Eastern Kentucky 53
UT Martin 64, Tennessee State 58
SIUE 87, Austin Peay 67

OVC HIRES KRAPF
Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche announced the hiring of Scott Krapf as Assistant Commissioner for Championships. Krapf will begin his duties with the OVC on February 2. Krapf joins the OVC after most recently serving as a judicial law clerk with the Indiana Superior and Circuit courts. Prior to his judicial clerkship, Krapf worked as a law clerk in the NCAA Office of Legal Affairs. He has also held positions at USA Track and Field, Indiana University and IUPUI. It was also announced that OVC Assistant Commissioner for Institutional Services Stephanie Castera has been designated as the Conference’s Senior Woman Administrator.

RAMS UPDATE
The Convention and Visitors Commission says it will take a “spectacular effort” to keep the Rams in St. Louis. Chairman Andrew Leonard made the comment at Wednesday’s meeting, saying there is no question in his mind that the Rams would rather be in Los Angeles.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
After repeatedly saying at Super Bowl Media Day that he was just there not to get fined, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch could take another hit to the wallet anyway. ESPN reports the NFL is reviewing whether Lynch violated league rules by wearing his “Beast Mode” hat while sitting at the podium. Players are not allowed to promote or wear brands that are not approved by the NFL.

The 49ers’ search for a new offensive coordinator seems to be near its end. ESPN is reporting that the Niners are expected to promote quarterback coach Geep Chryst to fill the vacancy left by Greg Roman. The promotion comes after San Francisco missed on candidates such as Lane Kiffin, Rob Chudzinski and Adam Gase among others.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is recovering from successful surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of next season. Recovery time is approximately nine months. Bryant was hurt in last Wednesday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jerian Grant racked up 23 points, 12 assists and six rebounds to lead eighth-ranked Notre Dame to a 77-73 upset win over fourth-ranked Duke in South Bend. The Fighting Irish have won five in-a-row to improve to 20-and-2 overall and 8-and-1 in the ACC. Jahill Okafor recorded 22 points and 17 rebounds to pace the Blue Devils, who slipped to 17-and-3 and 4-and-3.

All five Hawks starters finished in double digits as Atlanta ran its winning streak to 17 games with a 113-102 victory over the Nets at Philips Arena. Paul Millsap led the way with 28 points and 15 rebounds while Al Horford picked up 20 points and 10 boards. The Hawks improved to 38-and-8.

>>WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Philadelphia 76ers 89, Detroit Pistons 69
Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Portland Trail Blazers 94
Toronto Raptors 119, Sacramento Kings 102
Minnesota Timberwolves 110, Boston Celtics 98
Houston Rockets 99, Dallas Mavericks 94
Denver Nuggets 93, New Orleans Pelicans 85
Atlanta Hawks 113, Brooklyn Nets 102
New York Knicks 100, Oklahoma City Thunder 92
San Antonio Spurs 95, Charlotte Hornets 86
Los Angeles Clippers 94, Utah Jazz 89
Phoenix Suns 106, Washington Wizards 98

NHL
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New Jersey Devils 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (SO)
Washington Capitals 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 0
Los Angeles Kings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
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#8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 77, #4 Duke Blue Devils 73
#6 Arizona Wildcats 90, Oregon Ducks 56
#9 Louisville Cardinals 81, Boston College Eagles 72
#11 Kansas Jayhawks 64, TCU Horned Frogs 61
#12 Wichita State Shockers 58, Loyola (IL) Ramblers 47
#18 Northern Iowa Panthers 59, Southern Illinois Salukis 52
Purdue Boilermakers 83, #21 Indiana Hoosiers 67
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 70, #23 Miami Hurricanes 50

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

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic
7:00 p.m. – New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers
8:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies
10:30 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers
7:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 p.m. – Boston Bruins at New York Islanders
7:30 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Ottawa Senators
7:30 p.m. – Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers
8:00 p.m. – Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues
9:00 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames
9:30 p.m. – Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers
10:00 p.m. – Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
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9:00 p.m. – #1 Kentucky Wildcats at Missouri Tigers
9:00 p.m. – #3 Gonzaga Bulldogs host Portland Pilots
10:00 p.m. – #10 Utah Utes at UCLA Bruins
7:00 p.m. – #13 Maryland Terrapins at Ohio State Buckeyes