SPORTS

September 29, 2016

RACERS MEET GOVS ON SATURDAY
In the first football meeting dubbed, Battle of the Border, rivals Austin Peay and Murray State meet Saturday on Clarksville with both teams looking to crack the win column for the first time this season. Austin Peay’s lone OVC victory over the past 24 games came in 2014 at home against Murray State. But the Racers have won seven of the last eight against the Governors including a 34-18 homecoming win a season ago. Despite losing last week at 18th ranked Eastern Illinois, the Governors put up 35 points, and that got the attention of Murray State head coach Mitch Stewart. Kickoff Saturday is 4pm at Fortera Stadium, and coverage begins at 3:30 on Froggy.

OMLI NAMED CAMPBELL SEMIFINALIST
Murray State defensive back Toby Omli has been named as a semifinalist for the 2016 William Campbell Trophy. Candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. 156 football student-athletes were named as semifinalists, with Omli being just one of two OVC honorees. Omli is majoring in engineering physics and currently boasts a 3.82 GPA in addition to averaging 4.8 tackles per game for the Racers. The Campbell Trophy recognizes one individual each year as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Finalists will be announced on November 1, and each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.

FOLK HONORED BY OVC
Murray State’s Moa Folke is the Co-Ohio Valley Conference Golfer of the week a day after she won the Chris Banister Golf Classic in Glencoe, Alabama. The junior from Sweden helped the Racers to the title at Silver Spring Golf Club as she carded scores of 71-74-70. Her five-shot win was her first since winning the OVC individual title last spring at the end of her sophomore season. She currently has a 74.5 stroke average, tied for seventh in the OVC after two events. Folke shared the award with Eastern Kentucky’s Elsa Moberly.

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER TONIGHT
BOYS
Calloway County at Marshall County

GIRLS
Calloway County at Marshall County
Murray High at McCracken County

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TONIGHT
Calloway County at Marshall County
Christian Fellowship at Murray

HIKUTINI WINS MACKEY HONOR
Louisville tight end Cole Hikutini has been named the John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week. Hikutini is the third-leading receiver on the team, and tied a career-high with four receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday’s in a 59-28 win at Marshall. The Cardinals visit Clemson this Saturday in a game you can hear at 7pm on WNBS.

HORTON TO TRANSFER
University of Kentucky junior running back Mikel Horton has requested a transfer. UK officials confirmed that Horton is no longer with the team but will finish out his semester at Kentucky. Last season, Horton rushed for 318 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries. Horton played in three games this season with three carries for 12 yards.

REDS NIP CARDINALS
Mike Leake was outdueled by Anthony DeSclafani as the Cardinals lost 2-1 to the Reds at Busch Stadium. Adam Duvall singled in Cincinnati’s two runs, while St. Louis scored its lone run on Matt Adams’ double-play ball in the fifth. Leake gave up two runs in five innings to fall to 9-and-12. The Cardinals are one game out of the second NL wild card with four to play. The Cardinals and Reds close out their four-game series tonight at Busch Stadium. Alex Reyes takes the mound for St. Louis, while 14-game winner Dan Straily starts for Cincinnati. First pitch is at 6:15 with airtime at 5:20 on WNBS.

MEMPHIS TRAINING CAMP RESUMES
Training camp resumes for the Grizzlies today under new head coach David Fizdale. Memphis opens preseason action on Monday at home against the Magic. The regular season tips off on October 26th against Minnesota.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY
In college football action this weekend, #3 Louisville visits #5 Clemson in a 7pm game you can hear on WNBS, Kentucky is at top-ranked Alabama at 6pm Saturday, #11 Tennessee travels to face 25th-ranked Georgia for a 2:30 game. Vanderbilt is at home against #23 Florida in an 11 am kickoff, and Western Kentucky hosts Houston Baptist in a 6pm game.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Week Four of the NFL season kicks off with the Bengals battling the Dolphins tonight in Cincinnati. Each team is 1-and-2 on the season. In college football tonight, seventh-ranked Houston is home to clash with UConn.

The Red Sox are American League East champions. The BoSox captured the division crown when the Orioles rallied for a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays. It turned out to be a huge rally as the Red Sox blew a 3-0, ninth-inning lead en route to a 5-3 loss to the rival Yankees later in the night.

The Mets are closing in on a playoff spot. New York’s magic number now stands at two following a win over the Marlins and losses by the Giants and Cardinals. The Mets have a game-and-a-half lead on the Giants for the top NL wild card. St. Louis is a game behind San Francisco for the second spot.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is dealing with a hairline fracture in his knee. The injury was revealed yesterday after Bryant reportedly missed an MRI and team meetings on Monday and Tuesday. Bryant was reportedly fined for the absences and his status for Sunday’s game against the 49ers is unknown.

Tim Tebow’s baseball career is off to a strong start. The former NFL quarterback hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first career instructional league game in Florida. Tebow signed a minor league contract with the Mets earlier this month.

WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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Arizona Diamondbacks 3, Washington Nationals 0 (6 inn)
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Chicago Cubs 4
Atlanta Braves 12, Philadelphia Phillies 2
New York Mets 5, Miami Marlins 2
Cincinnati Reds 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Colorado Rockies 2, San Francisco Giants 0
San Diego Padres 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 5

MLB American League
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Seattle Mariners 12, Houston Astros 4
New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 3
Baltimore Orioles 3, Toronto Blue Jays 2
Detroit Tigers 6, Cleveland Indians 3 (5 inn)
Kansas City Royals 5, Minnesota Twins 2
Chicago White Sox 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Los Angeles Angels 8, Oakland Athletics 6

MLB Interleague
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Texas Rangers 8, Milwaukee Brewers 5

NHL Preseason
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Detroit Red Wings 5, Boston Bruins 1
Philadelphia Flyers 2, New Jersey Devils 0
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Chicago Blackhawks 0
Colorado Avalanche 4, Dallas Stars 2
Vancouver Canucks 5, Edmonton Oilers 3
Los Angeles Kings 6, Anaheim Ducks 1

WNBA Playoffs
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Minnesota Lynx 113, Phoenix Mercury 95
(Lynx lead best-of-five semifinals, 1-0)

Los Angeles Sparks 95, Chicago Sky 75
(Sparks lead best-of-five semifinals, 1-0)

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:25 p.m. – Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

MLB National League
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1:05 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals
7:05 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:10 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
7:15 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
9:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
10:15 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants

MLB American League
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1:10 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
7:05 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
7:07 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
7:15 p.m. – Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
8:10 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox
10:10 p.m. – Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

MLB Interleague
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No Games Scheduled

NHL Preseason
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7:00 p.m. – Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 p.m. – New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers
7:30 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens
7:30 p.m. – Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 p.m. – Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs
8:00 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets

Top-25 College Football (“USA Today” Rankings)
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8:00 p.m. – #7 Houston Cougars host Connecticut Huskies

WNBA Playoffs
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No Games Scheduled