SPORTS

May 26, 2016

FOURTH DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RAINED OUT
Yesterday’s 4th District Baseball Tournament championship game between Murray High and Marshall County was postponed at Reagan Field and will be played today at 5pm.

OVC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES
#4 Morehead State 3, #5 Tennessee Tech 2 (12 innings)
#3 Austin Peay 12, #6 Belmont 7

TODAY’S GAMES
11 am #5 Tennessee Tech (Home) vs. #6 Belmont
3 pm #2 Jacksonville State (Home) vs. #3 Austin Peay
7 pm #1 Southeast Missouri (Home) vs. #4 Morehead State

LOUISVILLE WINS ACC TOURNEY OPENER
Will Smith homered twice and drove in five runs and Louisville beat Wake Forest 9-5 on Wednesday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Blake Tiberi and Nick Solak also homered and Kade McClure struck out 11 in six innings to improve to 12-0 and help the second-seeded Cardinals (47-10) win their opener in pool play. Louisville is off today.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES
Vanderbilt 6, Texas A&M 5
Ole Miss 10, South Carolina 4
Mississippi State 4, Alabama 1
LSU 5, Florida 3

KORIR TO RUN IN JACKSONVILLE THURSDAY
Murray State’s Vallery Korir (pronounced career) will participate in the 10,000-meter run when the NCAA women’s track and field team east regional in Jacksonville, Florida. A sophomore from Kenya, Korir has 14 top-5 finishes in the indoor and outdoor seasons combined and must finish among the top-12 this week in a field of 47 runners. This would earn a spot in the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Oregon. Korir qualified for the NCAA’s after a pair of record-setting performances this spring.

DAMEUS NAMED OVC FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Tennessee State’s Clairwin Dameus has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year in voting by the league’s athletics directors and sports information directors. Dameus will receive her award at the League’s annual Honors Brunch on June 3 in Nashville. Dameus became Tennessee State’s first two-time Division I All-American this season, earning honors in both the long jump and pentathlon. At the NCAA Indoor National Championship the native of Boynton Beach, Florida finished sixth in the long jump and eighth in the pentathlon which helped her team finish tied for 21st in the nation. Dameus was named the Athlete of the Championship award for the third-straight year at the 2016 OVC Indoor Track and Field Championships and is the only female in OVC history to earn that award more than once. Among those nominated was Murray State volleyball’s Scottie Ingram.

JENKINS NAMED OVC MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Jacksonville State junior quarterback Eli Jenkins has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2015-16 in voting by the league’s athletics directors and sports information directors. Jenkins will receive his award at the League’s annual Honors Brunch on June 3 in Nashville.  Jenkins was named a first-team All-American and the FCS ADA National Quarterback of the Year as he helped Jacksonville State become the first OVC football team to reach the Division I Football National Championship Game since 1982. Along the way the quarterback guided the Gamecocks to its first ever No. 1 national ranking and the highest final poll finish in the program’s Division I history. The OVC Player of the Year was one of just three quarterback at the Division I level to pass for 2,700 and rush for 1,000 yards this season.

CUBS NIP CARDINALS
Carlos Martinez gave up a six-spot in the second inning and the Cardinals never recovered in a 9-8 loss to the Cubs at Busch Stadium. Randall Grichuk, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams homered for St. Louis, which lost two-of-three. Jake Arrieta improved to 9-and-0 for Chicago. The Cardinals are in the nation’s capital tonight to begin a four-game series with the Nationals. Mike Leake starts for St. Louis. He’s 3-and-3 with a 4.07 ERA. Washington sends Joe Ross to the mound. He’s 3-and-4 with a 2.70 ERA. First pitch from Nationals Park is at 6:05 p.m.

BEES STING REDBIRDS
The Redbirds held off a ninth inning rally from the Bees to pull out a 9-7 win in Salt Lake City. David Washington hit two home runs and drove in four, while Anthony Garcia hit a three-run shot. Memphis is 18-and-25. The teams wrap up the four-game series today at 1:05 p.m.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The San Jose Sharks are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. The Sharks punched their ticket to the NHL’s championship series with a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game Six of the Western Conference finals. San Jose will face the winner of tonight’s Game Seven between the Penguins and Lightning.

The Cavaliers are a win away from a second straight appearance in the NBA Finals. Cleveland ran over the Raptors, 116-78, in Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals last night. The Raptors will try to stave off elimination at home tomorrow night.

The defending NBA champion Warriors will look to avoid elimination when they host the Thunder in Game Five of the West finals tonight. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven set with a 118-94 win Tuesday.

Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 29 games as the Red Sox ripped the Rockies, 10-3. Bradley Jr. has tied Johnny Damon for the fourth-longest hitting streak in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio holds the team record of 34 games, which has stood since 1949.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo doesn’t plan on walking away from football any time soon. The 36-year-old Romo agrees with team owner Jerry Jones that he has four or five good years left in him. Romo missed 12 games last season after breaking his collarbone twice.

WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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New York Mets 2, Washington Nationals 0
Chicago Cubs 9, St. Louis Cardinals 8
San Francisco Giants 4, San Diego Padres 3 (10 inn)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
Milwaukee Brewers 3, Atlanta Braves 2 (13 inn)
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Cincinnati Reds 1

MLB American League
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Minnesota Twins 7, Kansas City Royals 5
Texas Rangers 15, Los Angeles Angels 9
Cleveland Indians 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Toronto Blue Jays 8, New York Yankees 4
Houston Astros 4, Baltimore Orioles 3
Seattle Mariners 13, Oakland Athletics 3

MLB Interleague
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Philadelphia Phillies 8, Detroit Tigers 5
Miami Marlins 4, Tampa Bay Rays 3
Boston Red Sox 10, Colorado Rockies 3

NBA Playoffs
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Cleveland Cavaliers 116, Toronto Raptors 78
(Cavaliers lead best-of-seven East final, 3-2)

NHL Playoffs
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San Jose Sharks 5, St. Louis Blues 2
(Sharks win best-of-seven West final, 4-2)

WNBA
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Minnesota Lynx 85, Phoenix Mercury 78

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
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12:35 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:05 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
7:10 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves

MLB American League
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4:05 p.m. – Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
8:10 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros
8:15 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

MLB Interleague
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1:10 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays
7:10 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at Boston Red Sox

NBA Playoffs
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9:00 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
(Thunder lead best-of-seven West final, 3-1)

NHL Playoffs
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8:00 p.m. – Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins
(Best-of-seven East final tied, 3-3)

WNBA
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7:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Sparks at Connecticut Sun
10:00 p.m. – Washington Mystics at Seattle Storm

PGA
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DEAN & DELUCA Invitational (at Fort Worth, TX)