July 5, 2016
WALDROP CHOOSES UTM
On Thursday’s edition of the Travis Turner Show on WNBS, Murray High All-State Center Maddie Waldrop verbally comitted to attend UT Martin. The 6′ 2” incoming senior was second team AP All-State last year and helped lead the Lady Tigers to the All-A Classic State title and a Sweet 16 Final Four finish. Waldrop averaged 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for that 35-2 team. Waldrop is having surgery this week for an ACL injury she sustained during a team camp game last month. Her recovery period will be a minimum of six months.
SEYMOUR LEAVES MSU
A full roster for Murray State men’s basketball coach Matt McMahon didn’t last long when the Racers announced Friday that Justin Seymour is leaving the team. Coach McMahon said Seymour informed him of his desire to move closer to home to be near his family. Seymour has already earned his degree from Murray State, and can play immediately for a team with one season of eligibility remaining. Seymour’s departure leaves the Racers with one open roster spot for the 2016-17 season.
RACER VOLLEYBALL RELEASES SCHEDULE
The two-time defending OVC Champion Murray State volleyball team has released its 2016 schedule. The Racers will play 28 matches total in the fall, including 12 non-conference matchups and 16 in OVC play. Eight matches will be played at Racer Arena, all in conference play. The Racers will play in four tournaments in 2016 and also have a non-conference tilt at Southern Illinois. The Racers open the season at the IPFW Invitational on August 26 in Fort Wayne, Indiana when they play IPFW, Ball State and Youngstown State. The following weekend, the Racers travel west to play in the Oregon Tournament where they will face Oregon, Cal-Davis, and San Diego State. MSU begins its OVC title defense September 23 in its home opener against UT Martin. It will be the first of three consecutive home matches to begin conference play for the Racers. The OVC Tournament begins November 17 and will be played on the campus of the regular season champions. The Racers are looking to host the tournament for the third consecutive season.
HUMPHRIES BACK FROM MANNING CAMP
Murray State quarterback KD Humphries is back on campus after participating in the 2016 Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Humphries told GoRacers.com that he had a great time and thanked the Manning family for inviting him, calling it an important learning experience. Coming into his senior season with the Racers, Humphries is one of the top signal callers in the nation. In 2015, he led the nation in FCS passing with 3,778 yards. With the Racers camp set to open in early August, the Racers quarterback is looking forward to it. The 2016 season opens September 3 when the Racers play at Illinois.
PIRATES DOWN CARDINALS
Gregory Polanco homered twice to lead the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Carlos Martinez allowed three runs in seven innings to fall to 7-and-6 with the loss. Matt Carpenter drove in both St. Louis runs with a single in the fifth and a double in the ninth. The Cardinals play the Pirates again tonight. It’s the second of their four-game series at Busch Stadium, with first pitch at 7 p.m. Mike Leake will start for St. Louis. The Cards are two games out of an NL wild card spot. Airtime tonight is 6:20 on WNBS.
Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham could be headed to the disabled list. He was a late scratch from yesterday’s game against the Pirates with a stiff right shoulder. Pham was hurt while diving for a ball on Sunday but didn’t alert the training staff until just before Monday’s game.
ALL-STAR ROSTER REVEAL IS TONIGHT
Rosters for Major League Baseball’s upcoming All-Star Game will be revealed tonight. The Cardinals’ Yadier Molina was neck-and-neck with the Giants’ Buster Posey for the starting National League catching spot when the latest tabulation were released last week.
MEMPHIS DOWNS NASHVILLE
Alberto Rosario’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Memphis Redbirds at 2-1 win over the Nashville Sounds. Breyvic Valera plated the other run for Memphis, which improved to 40-and-43. The second of the three-game series is tonight.
NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Kevin Durant is shocking many in the basketball world and joining the Warriors. Durant said in a letter posted on “The Players’ Tribune” that the Warriors offered him the greatest potential for his contribution and personal growth. He had spent his entire career with the Oklahoma City franchise.
The fallout from Kevin Durant’s decision came fast. The Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer to Harrison Barnes, who is poised to sign with the Mavericks. The Vertical also reports Golden State will trade center Andrew Bogut to Dallas.
Pau Gasol is going back to the Western Conference. The Vertical reports Gasol and the Spurs have agreed to a two-year, 30-million-dollar contract. Meanwhile, the same publication reports Tim Duncan is “leaning strongly” towards retiring.
The Mets rallied from a 6-0 deficit for an 8-6 win over the Marlins in New York. Yoenis Cespedes capped the comeback with a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth. The Mets have won five straight.
MLB National League
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Milwaukee Brewers 1, Washington Nationals 0
Chicago Cubs 10, Cincinnati Reds 4
San Francisco Giants 3, Colorado Rockies 1
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Atlanta Braves 2
New York Mets 8, Miami Marlins 6
San Diego Padres 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
MLB American League
Tampa Bay Rays 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2
Boston Red Sox 12, Texas Rangers 5
Chicago White Sox 8, New York Yankees 2
Oakland Athletics 3, Minnesota Twins 1
Houston Astros 2, Seattle Mariners 1
Cleveland Indians 5, Detroit Tigers 3
Toronto Blue Jays 6, Kansas City Royals 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Baltimore Orioles 5
No Games Scheduled
TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)
MLB National League
2:20 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
7:05 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals
7:05 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
7:10 p.m. – Miami Marlins at New York Mets
8:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
9:40 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks
10:15 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
MLB American League
7:07 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays
7:10 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox
7:10 p.m. – Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
7:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tampa Bay Rays
8:10 p.m. – New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox
8:10 p.m. – Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins
8:10 p.m. – Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
10:10 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Dodgers
7:00 p.m. – Seattle Storm at Atlanta Dream
8:00 p.m. – Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx
8:30 p.m. – Phoenix Mercury at Dallas Wings