Sports

June 26, 2015

THUNDER CHOOSES PAYNE
Former Murray State standout Cam Payne become the highest drafted player in Racer history last night when he was taken with the 14th pick of the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The big moment came at 8:14 pm when Payne’s name was announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.  The reaction from those gathered in the CFSB Center for an NBA Draft Watch party was compared to an NCAA Selection Sunday reaction. Head Coach Matt McMahon called it one of the best events that he has been a part of at Murray State, calling the support of Cam and his family really special. Payne is Murray State’s 22nd overall NBA pick in program history. Payne will go down as one of the top players to suit up for the Racers and he did all of his heroics in only two seasons. As a sophomore in the 2014-15 season, he was the leading scorer in the OVC at 20.2 points per game and 13th in NCAA D-I. His 6.0 assists per game ranked 13th. He scored 707 points to become the second player at Murray State to reach 700. Payne’s 209 assists made him the second to reach 200 and he was only three off the record. According to KenPom.com, Payne was third ranked nationally in efficiency.

SIX CATS DRAFTED, TOWNS #1
Karl-Anthony Towns went Number One in the NBA draft and five other Kentucky Wildcats have also been drafted. Towns was expected to go in the top two and will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Willie Cauley-Stein was chosen at Number Six by the Sacramento Kings. Trey Lyles went to the Utah Jazz at Number 12. Devin Booker will go to the Phoenix Suns at Number 13. Andrew Harrison was picked at Number 44 by Phoenix and then reportedly traded to Memphis. Dakari Johnson was picked by the Oklahoma City Thunder at Number 48. Aaron Harrison was not drafted. Six players being drafted ties a record set by Kentucky in the 2012 draft.

TWO CARDINALS DRAFTED
Two former University of Louisville basketball players were drafted into the NBA. Terry Rozier will play for the Boston Celtics. He was selected Number 16 in last night’s draft. Montrezl Harrell was picked at Number 32 and will go to the Houston Rockets. Also, a Louisville native was chosen Number Two. D’Angelo Russell will play for the Los Angeles Lakers. He attended Central High School in Louisville.

CARDINALS SWEEP MARLINS
Lance Lynn fired six scoreless innings as the Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Marlins with a 5-1 win in Miami. In his first start since June 7th, Lynn scattered two hits and four walks while striking out six to improve to 5-and-4. Pete Kozma went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in the win. The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium tonight to begin a nine-game homestand. They play the Cubs in the first-of-three tonight, with John Lackey opposing Chicago’s Jake Arrieta. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. Airtime is 6:20 on WNBS.

PROSPECT TO FUTURES GAME
The Cardinals are sending a minor league prospect to the upcoming Futures Game in Cincinnati. Single-A Palm Beach pitcher Alex Reyes has been named to the World roster. The World will take on a team of U.S. prospects in the July 12th contest at Great American Ball Park.

REDBIRDS BLANKED BY NASHVILLE
The Redbirds suffered a 5-0 loss to Nashville at AutoZone Park. Redbird starter Tyler Lyons got chased early, giving up eight hits and four runs in three innings. Memphis managed just four hits in the rubber match of the three-game set. The Redbirds host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox tonight.

NEW NAME FOR LP FIELD
LP Field is being renamed. Officials announced yesterday that LP Field will become Nissan Stadium. The name change is expected to go into effect for the upcoming football season. The stadium will host all of the Titans’ games, Tennessee State University games, and the Music City Bowl.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The Timberwolves made Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns the top-overall pick in the NBA Draft last night. The 19-year-old Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in his only season with the one-loss Wildcats. The Lakers didn’t make anyone wait long for the first surprise of last night’s draft. LA passed on Duke center Jahlil Okafor in favor of Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell. Okafor went third to the Sixers, leading the Knicks to take Latvia’s Kristaps Porzingis fourth.

LaMarcus Aldridge’s days with the Portland Trail Blazers are apparently over. ESPN cites a source close to Aldridge that says there’s a “99.9 percent chance that he’s out of Portland.” The four-time All-Star has spent his entire nine-year career with the Blazers.

It’s win or go home as Team USA takes on China in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup tonight. The Americans advanced in the knockout round with a 2-0 victory over Columbia. The sides are meeting for the first time since the U.S. beat China in the 1999 Final.

THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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New York Mets 2, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Chicago Cubs 0
Colorado Rockies 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
San Francisco Giants 13, San Diego Padres 8
Washington Nationals 7, Atlanta Braves 0
Cincinnati Reds 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (13 inn)
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Miami Marlins 1

MLB American League
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Chicago White Sox 8, Detroit Tigers 7
Baltimore Orioles 8, Boston Red Sox 6
Oakland Athletics 6, Texas Rangers 3
Houston Astros 4, New York Yankees 0

MLB Interleague
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No Games Scheduled

WNBA
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San Antonio Stars 76, Phoenix Mercury 71
Minnesota Lynx 76, Seattle Storm 73

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – NHL Entry Draft (at Sunrise, FL)

MLB National League
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7:05 p.m. – Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
7:05 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:10 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets
7:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins
8:15 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
10:10 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
10:15 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants

MLB American League
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7:05 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles
7:05 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays
7:08 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
7:10 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
8:10 p.m. – New York Yankees at Houston Astros
10:05 p.m. – Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10:05 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics

MLB Interleague
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8:10 p.m. – Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers

WNBA
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7:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Sparks at Connecticut Sun
7:00 p.m. – Chicago Sky at Indiana Fever
7:30 p.m. – Washington Mystics at Atlanta Dream
8:00 p.m. – New York Liberty at Tulsa Shock

PGA
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Travelers Championship (at Cromwell, CT)