October 8, 2015

Kristen Besselsen, Scottie Ingram and Alyssa Lelm all recorded double-digit kills Wednesday night as the Murray State volleyball team opened its 2015 home slate with a three-set sweep over Austin Peay. Set scores went 25-16, 25-21 and 27-25. The Racers improved to 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the OVC. MSU will look to extend the streak to 13 when Eastern Illinois comes to town Friday for a 7 p.m. match.

Franklin County’s CJ Jones won a four hole playoff over Lyon County’s Cullan Brown to claim medalist honors at the KHSAA Boys’ State Golf Championship at Bowling Green Country Club. Jones and Brown finished at 8-under 136 forcing the extra holes. St. Xavier won the team title by 37 shots over Franklin County. McCracken County and Marshall County tied for seventh at 619.

Eastern Kentucky’s football game against Tennessee Tech, scheduled for tonight at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond is being moved to Toyota Stadium in Georgetown. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson announced on Wednesday the closing of all EKU campuses for today and tomorrow due to a security threat on campus. This decision was made to allow law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of the continuing threat and ensure the safety of the campus community. This Georgetown facility was once the home to the Cincinnati Bengals’ Summer Training Camp. It now serves as the home to Georgetown College football.

After winning the season opener against Kentucky Wesleyan, Murray State returns to The Track Saturday in hopes of snapping a four-game losing streak in a 3pm Homecoming tilt with Austin Peay. Despite over 500 yards of offense, the Racers stalled in the Red Zone in a 27-10 loss at SEMO. Head Coach Mitch Stewart says the Racers simply need to relax and not get upset when a play doesn’t work. Coverage of Saturday’s game begins at 2:30 on Froggy.

Kentucky’s basketball players have a ways to go to impress their coach. At yesterday’s Wildcat Tipoff Luncheon in Louisville, Coach John Calipari said of this year’s team, “we stink.” He did have praise for point guard Tyler Ulis, though, saying he has 25 assists to just three turnovers in three days of practice. Calipari says early on the team will be, in his words, ugly, but he hopes Ulis is so good that the team will get by “being ugly.”

Murray State’s Brock Simmons is the OVC Male Co-Golfer of the Week. Simmons finished tied for third at the Skyhawk Classic held at Paris Landing Golf Course. The senior carded rounds of 70-66-73 to finish at 209 in a field of 73 golfers. This marks the second time in three weeks he has been named OVC Golfer of the Week. Through nine rounds this fall he ranks third in the OVC in stroke average (71.2).

Fomer Racer Cam Payne and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened the exhibition last night on the road against Minnesota. The Thunder put up 63 points in the first half in a 122-99 rout of the Timberwolves. Payne had 6 points and two assists in 10 minutes of action.

Murray State Athletics has a new home to showcase its greatest of the great with the opening of the Burton Family Hall of Champions, which will be open this Saturday from noon until 3pm. Located at the front of the CFSB Center, the Hall of Champions highlights the greatest individuals and championship teams in Racer history. The Burton Family Hall of Champions became reality after a generous gift from former Racer football player and MSU alumni Dr. Bob Burton who played for the Racers in the 1960’s. The Hall of Champions includes four interactive touch screens where fans can browse videos, photos and articles. The Murray State Athletics Hall of Fame also has a prominent place in the Hall which has 3,200 square feet of display space where championship trophies and other unique memorabilia items are showcased. The Burton Family Hall of Champions will be open for visitors three hours before every Murray State home football and men’s basketball game. Admission is free.

Calloway County at Paducah Tilghman
Christian County at Murray High
Henderson County at McCracken County
Hopkinsville at Graves County
Madisonville-North Hopkins at Trigg County

Murray High at Logan County
Warren Central at
Crittenden County

Caldwell County at Lyon County

Calloway County at Webster County
Henderson County at McCracken County
Marshall County at Owensboro
Caldwell County at Trigg County
Fulton City at Halls (Tennessee)

The Cardinals now know their National League Division Series opponent. The Redbirds will play the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-five NLDS after they beat the Pirates in the Wild Card Game last night in Pittsburgh. St. Louis will host Game One of the Division Series tomorrow night. First pitch is set for 5:45 p.m. It will be John Lackey on the mound for the Cardinals. He’ll be opposed by Cubs lefty Jon Lester, who went 11-and-12 with a 3.34 ERA. The Cardinals are 11-and-8 against the Cubs this season. Airtime Friday is 4:50 on 1340 WNBS.

The St. Louis Blues begin the 2015-16 NHL regular season tonight against the Edmonton Oilers at Scottrade Center is at 7 p.m. The Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators also raise the curtain on the season tonight in Nashville. The puck drops at 7:00.

Another bizarre story is emerging from the NBA world. According to multiple outlets, Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes got into a physical altercation with Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. The incident occurred at Barnes’ ex-wife’s home, whom Fisher is currently dating. She is Gloria Govan from the show “Basketball Wives LA.” Barnes was allegedly the one who initiated the fight. The two were once teammates on the Lakers from 2010-to-2012…The Grizzlies continue preseason action tonight as they host Israeli club Maccabi Haifa at the FedExForum.

The St. Louis Rams are prepping for Sunday’s game at Green Bay. St. Louis if facing its second straight unbeaten opponent. The Rams upset the 3-and-0 Cardinals on Sunday to even their record at 2-and-2. The Packers are off to a 4-and-0 start this season. Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey says he will appeal a nearly 87-hundred-dollar fine from the NFL for a touchdown celebration Sunday against the Cardinals. Bailey used the football as a pillow to mimic taking a nap after a touchdown catch. Head coach Jeff Fisher says he’s addressed the issue…

The 1-2 Tennessee Titans return from their bye this week to host the 2-2 Buffalo Bills in a noon kickoff at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Fans attending the Titans-Bills game are encouraged to bring donations for the The Sports Fund Play It Forward Drive. The Fund is a charitable effort dedicated to helping ensure Middle Tennessee area children have access to the opportunities sports and team membership provide.

The Cubs are moving on to the NLDS. Jake Arrieta  fired a four-hit shutout to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game in Pittsburgh. Chicago will face the Cardinals in Game One of the best-of-five NLDS in St. Louis tomorrow.

Both best-of-five American League Division Series will get underway today. The East champion Blue Jays will take on the West champion Rangers in Toronto at 2:37. The defending AL champion Royals will clash with the Wild Card Astros in Kansas City at 6:37.

Last night was Opening Night in the NHL. The Blackhawks raised their Stanley Cup championship banner and then proceeded to give up three first-period goals in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. The Canucks, Canadiens and Sharks also won.

Week Five of the NFL season kicks off tonight with the Colts taking on the Texans in Houston. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck expects to play through a shoulder injury, though he is officially listed as questionable for the Thursday night affair. Airtime tonight is at 7pm on 1340 WNBS.


MLB National League Wild Card Game
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0

Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
New York Rangers 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Vancouver Canucks 5, Calgary Flames 1
San Jose Sharks 5, Los Angeles Kings 1

NBA Preseason
Atlanta Hawks 98, Cleveland Cavaliers 96
Orlando Magic 100, Miami Heat 97
New York Knicks 100, Paschoalotto Bauru 81
Oklahoma City Thunder 122, Minnesota Timberwolves 99
Houston Rockets 109, Dallas Mavericks 82
Phoenix Suns 102, Sacramento Kings 98

WNBA Finals
No Game Scheduled

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

8:25 p.m. – Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

MLB Playoffs
3:37 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays
(Game One of best-of-five ALDS)

7:37 p.m. – Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals
(Game One of best-of-five ALDS)

NCAA Top-25 Football (“USA Today” Rankings)
9:00 p.m. – #17 USC Trojans host Washington Huskies

7:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins
7:00 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres
7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning
8:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators
8:00 p.m. – Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues
8:30 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
9:00 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

NBA Preseason
3:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics vs. Madrid (at Madrid, Spain)
7:00 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. – Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers
7:30 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons
8:00 p.m. – Maccabi Haifa at Memphis Grizzlies
9:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Denver Nuggets
10:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers (at Ontario, CA)
10:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings
10:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

WNBA Finals
No Game Scheduled

The Presidents Cup (at Songdo International City, Korea)