SPORTS

WNBS Sports, April 24, 2015

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SCORES
Marshall County 11, Calloway County 3
Murray High 11, Hickman County 4
Carlisle County 19, Mayfield 0 (5)
Tilghman 3, Graves County 2
McCracken County 17, St. Mary 0 (3)
Lyon County 3, Trigg County 0
Livingston Central 4, Caldwell County 0

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCORES
Marshall County 2, Murray High 0
Calloway County 8, Mayfield 1
Carlisle County 3, South Fulton 2
South Fulton 17, Carlisle County 3
Trigg County 11, Todd Central 3
Caldwell County 14, Hopkins Central 4 (5)

RACER SPRING GAME TODAY
Murray State’s Spring Practice wraps up tonight with the annual Spring Football game at 5pm at Stewart Stadium. Tailgaiting begins at 2 pm, and then the fun begins at 3:30 with be the “Fastest Friday in Kentucky Greek Games”, which will include 10 Minute-To-Win-It games. Then, head Coach Mitch Stewart will incorporate a pair of flag football teams made up of students, providing a way for the defense to get points on the board.

FIRST PLACE SEMO INVADES MURRAY
Baseball is back as Murray State returns to Reagan Field this weekend after a nine-game road trip over the past two weeks. The Racers are in Murray for the first time since April 8, and will try to snap a 10-game losing streak when first place Southeast Missouri comes to town for a three game set. The all-time series is tied between the Racers and Redhawks at 52-52-1. Tonight’s begins at 6, with Saturday’s game at 2pm and Sunday’s at 1pm.

OVC MEN’S GOLF TOURNEY BEGINS
The Murray State Men’s golf team is in Alabama for the Ohio Valley Conference Championship which begins today and runs through Sunday in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Senior Jordan Smith leads the Racers into the OVC Championship with the ninth scoring average in the league of 72.8. MSU also lines up Duncan McCormick, Brock Simmons, Jared Gosser, and Preston French. MSU has won four championships all-time since the first OVC event was played in 1949 with the last one coming in 2010 under Head Coach Eddie Hunt who is in his 14th season at the helm of MSU Golf. After Friday’s first round, the OVC squads gather for the awards banquet when the annual OVC honors will be announced.

SOFTBALL WELCOMES AUSTIN PEAY
The Murray State softball team will host Austin Peay in a three-game series that begins with a 1pm Saturday twinbill. Austin Peay comes to Murray 9-31 overall and 5-16 in league play, but still in the hunt for one of eight spots in the OVC Tournament. The Racers are 29-16 overall and 14-7 in the OVC. On Saturday, the Racers will “Celebrate Life” by wearing different colored warm-up shirts that corresponds with a cause they are close to and Celebrate Life Bingo will be played for prizes. On Sunday, Alexa Becker, Katie Bunch, CheyAnne Gaskey, Molly Hargrove, Mo Ramsey and Mallory Richardson will be honored before the game as part of Senior Day.

CARDS GET TRANSFER, ADD WILLARD
Drexel transfer Damion Lee has announced he will attend Louisville and will be immediately eligible. The 6’6 guard was the nation’s fourth-leading scorer last season, averaging 21.4 points per game. Also, Ralph Willard has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff. Willard has served as head coach at Western Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and Holy Cross and has previously coached with Rick Pitino on three occasions, including at Kentucky.

CAT COMES BACK
Kentucky coach John Calipari announced that Alex Poythress will be returning for his senior season. Calipari made the announcement yesterday. Poythress played in eight games last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

RACER TRACK AND FIELD AT ASU
The Murray State Track & Field Team will travel to Arkansas State for the A-State Red Wolves Open on Friday and Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The meet will begin on Friday at 3 p.m. with the hammer throw. The long jump and javelin are the only other field events taking place on Friday. The track events begin with the 200m at 5:45 p.m. and also include the 800m invite, 3000m steeplechase and 5000m. On Saturday, the field events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the shot put and discus directly following the event. The running events begin at 11 a.m. with the 4x100m relay and are on a rolling schedule.

CARDS BEAT NATIONALS
Matt Adams singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and the Cardinals went on to beat the Nationals 4-1 in Washington. Michael Wacha outdueled Max Scherzer for seven innings, allowing just five hits and one run to improve to 3-and-0. The Cardinals now move on to Milwaukee to continue their road trip against the Brewers. Carlos Martinez takes the mound in the series opener for St. Louis while the Brew Crew hands the ball to Matt Garza. Airtime tonight is 6:15 on WNBS, with first pitch set for 7:10.

BOURJOS BACK
Outfielder Peter Bourjos is expected to rejoin the Cardinals tonight for their series in Milwaukee. The 28-year-old has been away from the club on paternity leave this week. His wife, Ashley-Grace, gave birth on Monday to their son Maxton Christopher Bourjos.

OMAHA NIPS MEMPHIS
The Redbirds rally in the top of the ninth fell short as they lost to the Storm Chasers, 6-5, in Omaha. Alex Mejia grounded out with the tying run on second. Memphis is 5-and-9. The finale of the four-game series is tonight at 7:05 p.m.

BLUES AT MINNESOTA TONIGHT
The Blues and Wild play a pivotal Game Five of their first-round playoff series tonight at Scottrade Center. Faceoff is at 8:30 p.m. The Blues evened the best-of-seven matchup at two with a 6-1 win at Minnesota in Wednesday’s Game Four. The Wild host Game Six on Sunday.

MEMPHIS AT PORTLAND ON SATURDAY
The Grizzlies try to keep it rolling tomorrow night squaring off the Trail Blazers in Game Three of their best-of-seven, first-round series at the Moda Center. Memphis jumped out to a 2-0 lead taking care of business at home in the first two games in dominant fashion. Game Four is also in Portland on Monday.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The Warriors pulled off a stunning comeback to headline Thursday night’s first-round action. Golden State erased a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to grab a 123-119 overtime win against the Pelicans in New Orleans. It was the third-largest fourth quarter postseason comeback in NBA history.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. He got 37 first-place votes and 333 total points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to edge Golden State’s Draymond Green. Green actually got more first-place votes with 45, but 317 total points to finish a close second. Leonard is the first Spurs player to win the award since David Robinson in the early 1990’s.

Don’t look for UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie to bolt to the NBA. ESPN reports Ollie has told people close to him on campus that he is staying with the Huskies and won’t pursue the vacant Oklahoma City Thunder job. CBSSports.com earlier reported that Ollie had removed himself from consideration for the OKC opening. The Thunder just fired head coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday after missing the playoffs.

Two teams avoided elimination in the Stanley Cup Playoffs yesterday. Filip Forsberg recorded a hat trick to lead the Predators to a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks in Nashville. Chicago heads home with a 3-2 series lead. Vancouver also kept its season alive with a 2-1 home win over Calgary. The Lightning and Red Wings series is now tied at two and the Capitals took a 3-2 advantage on the Islanders. The Rangers and Canadiens can both advance to the next round with wins in their respective series’, while the Wild and Blues battle in Game Five to try to take a 3-2 lead.

It may be the first month of a long season, but tempers are already flaring in the AL Central. Five players were ejected following a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday’s Royals-White Sox game in Chicago. Starting pitchers Yordano Ventura and Chris Sale, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez and Chicago hurler Jeff Samardzija were all ejected for their parts in the melee.

THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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St. Louis Cardinals 4, Washington Nationals 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Chicago Cubs 4
Miami Marlins 9, Philadelphia Phillies 1
New York Mets 6, Atlanta Braves 3
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Cincinnati Reds 2
Colorado Rockies 2, San Diego Padres 1
San Francisco Giants 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (10 inn)

MLB American League
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New York Yankees 2, Detroit Tigers 1
LA Angels of Anaheim 2, Oakland Athletics 0
Toronto Blue Jays 7, Baltimore Orioles 6
Tampa Bay Rays 2, Boston Red Sox 1
Kansas City Royals 3, Chicago White Sox 2 (13 inn)

NBA Playoffs
Cleveland Cavaliers 103, Boston Celtics 95
(Cavaliers lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 3-0)

Chicago Bulls 113, Milwaukee Bucks 106 (2-OT)
(Bulls lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 3-0)

Golden State Warriors 123, New Orleans Pelicans 119 (OT)
(Warriors lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 3-0)

NHL Playoffs
Nashville Predators 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2
(Blackhawks lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 3-2)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Detroit Red Wings 2 (OT)
(Best-of-seven East quarterfinal tied, 2-2)

Washington Capitals 5, New York Islanders 1
(Caps lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 3-2)

Vancouver Canucks 2, Calgary Flames 1
(Flames lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 3-2)

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

MLB National League
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7:05 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
7:10 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
7:10 p.m. – Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
8:10 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
8:40 p.m. – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
9:40 p.m. – Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
10:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

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

MLB Interleague
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7:05 p.m. – New York Mets at New York Yankees

NBA Playoffs
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7:00 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks
(Rockets lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 2-0)

8:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards
(Wizards lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 2-0)

9:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
(Best-of-seven West quarterfinal tied, 1-1)

NHL Playoffs
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7:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers
(Rangers lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 3-1)

7:00 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens
(Canadiens lead best-of-seven East quarterfinal, 3-1)

9:30 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues
(Best-of-seven West quarterfinal tied, 2-2)

PGA
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Zurich Classic of New Orleans (at Avondale, LA)