SPORTS

WNBS Sports, February 27, 2015

LAKERS GO OT TO CLAIM 4TH DISTRICT TITLE
Calloway County rallied from four down with 2:12 left in regulation to force overtime and win the 4th District Tournament Championship 49-45 over Murray High at Taylor Gymnasium. The Lakers Parker Adams led all scores with 15 points, including all 6 of Calloway County’s points in overtime. The Lakers used a stingy defense to force the Tigers into a 1-11 night from three point range, and they had some help forcing the extra frame thanks to Murray’s 2-11 showing at the free throw line. The Lakers shot 50% from the field to 40% by Murray, and they outrebounded the Tigers 30-28. Tre Hornbuckle led Murray with 15 points. The Lakers head to the First Region Tournament 26-3, while the Tigers are 21-9. Saturday morning at 10 on WNBS and Froggy, you can hear the First Region Tournament Pairings Special with Travis Turner live from the CFSB Center. In other boys action Thursday night:

5th District
Trigg County 40, Crittenden County 37 (Championship)

GIRLS DISTRICT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES
1st District
Carlisle County 48, Fulton County 36

2nd District
Paducah Tilghman 54, McCracken County 30

3rd District
Graves County 71, Ballard Memorial 43

RACERS TIE OVC WINNING STREAK REOCRD
Cam Payne scored 22 points and Jarvis Williams added 17 as Murray State Racers honored their three seniors and extended the nation’s second-longest win streak to 23 with a 65-57 victory over Eastern Illinois last night at the CFSB Center. Racer seniors Jonathan Fairell, T.J. Sapp and Jarvis Williams played their final regular season game at the Bank and were honored before and after the game. The Racers led by as many at 17 in the second half before EIU rallied to cut the lead to 6 with less than a minute to go. But a pair of free throws by Payne gave the Racers the victory, making Head Coach Steve Prohm the fastest Racer coach to 100 wins.

MSU’s 23-game win streak ties the Ohio Valley Conference record that was set by the Racers’ team in 2011-12. The 25-4 Racers are now 15-0 in OVC play are are just one win away from becoming just the 5th OVC team to go unbeaten in league play. They will try to do that tomorrow night at 6 when they play at UT Martin in a 6pm game. Airtime is 5:30 on Froggy.

OVC GAMES
Eastern Kentucky 63, Jacksonville State 57
Austin Peay 64, SIUE 61
UT Martin 69, Tennessee State 52
Morehead State 86, Tennessee Tech 73

SEC
Vanderbilt 73, Tennessee 65

REGIONAL INTEREST
WKU 71, Florida Atlantic 68

SATURDAY OVC GAMES
Jacksonville State at Morehead State 5:00 p.m.  (OVC Digital Network)
Tennessee State at Belmont                    5:00 p.m.  (CBS Sports Network)
Murray State at UT Martin                      6:00 p.m.  (OVC Digital Network)
Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri      6:00 p.m.  (OVC Digital Network)
Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky 6:00 p.m.  (OVC Digital Network)

Eastern Illinois and SIUE are idle Saturday

RACER WOMEN CLOSE AT UTM
The Murray State women’s basketball team will travel to Tennessee on Saturday where they will face UT Martin in a 4pm game that will being the season to a close for the Racers. In program history, MSU is 22-25 in the last game of the regular season. The Skyhawks look to become just the sixth team in league history to finish the regular season undefeated in OVC play. Airtime for the game is 3:45 on WNBS.

RACER BASEBALL FACES DAYTON
Murray State baseball will return to action this weekend in Emerson, Georgia when they face Dayton in a 3-game series begining tonight. The Racers will also play tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon. Murray enters the weekend series with a 2-5 record.

RACER SOFTBALL GOES SOUTH
The Murray State softball team will not play in the Tennessee Classic, but will play this weekend against other teams that were victims of cancellations. Due to snow in Knoxville, the Tennessee Classic was canceled, so they will head south to Alabama for the Sand Dollar Snow Classic is made up of teams that had to abandon previous plans and travel to Gulf Shores for the weekend. Along with the Racers’ three opponents, Wright State, Alabama A&M and Bradley, OVC foes Eastern Kentucky and Belmont are also taking part in the event.

EIU HOSTS OVC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS
The Murray State track and field team travels to Charleston, Illinois for the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships, hosted by Eastern Illinois at Lantz Fieldhouse. The championship will take place both Friday and Saturday. Tennessee State comes into the Championship as last year’s winner. Murray State is looking for its first indoor title since 1992.

RACER RIFLE MAKES NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Murray State rifle team was selected to compete in the 2015 NCAA National Rifle Championship, Mar. 13-15 in Fairbanks, Alaska, the governing body announced on Thursday. Thursday’s selection will mark the 29th appearance by the Racers in the championship and they are currently tied with host Alaska-Fairbanks for the second-most all-time. West Virginia leads the way with 32 all-time selections to go along with a NCAA record 16 titles. Joining Murray State in the field of eight teams this season will be fellow OVC member Jacksonville State, reigning national champion West Virginia and the host Nanooks. Rounding out the Racers’ competition will be Air Force, TCU, Kentucky and Nebraska, led by first-year head coach and Racer alum Ashley Rose-McAllister.

WCS MAKES ROBERTSON LIST
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has named Kentucky junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein a finalist for the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy, to be presented to the association’s national player of the year. Cauley-Stein is one of 14 finalists for the award, which will be presented at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Among the finalists are five seniors, six juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. Cauley-Stein, a junior, is averaging 9.4 points – the second most of any UK frontcourt player – and 6.4 rebounds. Kentucky hosts Arkansas at 3pm Saturday.

JONES PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Recently dismissed Louisville guard Chris Jones is pleading not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy. According to his arrest warrant, two different women identified Jones as the suspect. He’s been released on home incarceration. Attorney Ryan McCall says his client is not a flight risk. Jones allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old female Saturday night after the Cardinals’ game against Miami. Jones was let go from the team on Sunday. Louisville plays at Florida State at 11am Saturday.

CARDINALS SPRING UPDATE
The Cardinals continue spring training workouts today in Jupiter, Florida. It’s the third day of full-squad workouts after position players reported to camp on Tuesday. Pitchers and catchers arrived last week. The Cardinals’ first Grapefruit League game is a week from today against Miami and you can hear it on WNBS. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is due to rejoin the team today in Florida. He flew back to St. Louis and met with a specialist yesterday to get his sore abdomen checked out. Manager Mike Matheny says it’s just a strain and Wainwright should be good in four or five days.

RAMS RELEASE LANGFORD
The Rams are parting ways with defensive tackle Kendall Langford. The Rams released the 29-year-old Thursday, saving six-million-dollars in salary cap space. Langford had 25 tackles and one sack last season. He notched eight sacks in three seasons with the Rams overall.

ROOS RETIRING
Titans tackle Michael Roos is retiring from the NFL. He made the announcement yesterday on social media. Roos was drafted in the second round from Eastern Washington in 2005 and spent his entire ten-year football career in Nashville. Titans President Tommy Smith thanked Roos for his “outstanding play” and called him a player you could count on year after year.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
A federal judge is overturning the appeal ruling against suspended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The former NFL MVP was suspended in November after pleading no contest to child abuse charges for disciplining his four-year-old son with a tree branch. The NFL says it will now review this latest decision.

The NFL is appealing a federal judge’s ruling in the Adrian Peterson case. The league tells Pro Football Talk it disagrees with the decision to overturn Peterson’s denied appeal and will have this latest ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The former NFL MVP will head back to the commissioner’s exempt list throughout the remainder of the proceedings.

Injured Bulls star Derrick Rose will have knee surgery today. The team says he will have all or part of his torn meniscus removed. This is the second time Rose has torn the meniscus in his right knee, with the first being in November of 2013. He also tore the ACL in his left knee back in May of 2012. The Bulls feel there is still a chance Rose could return to play this season.

LeBron James went off for a season-high 42 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to power the Cavaliers past the Warriors 110-99 at Quicken Loans Arena. Kyrie Irving put up 24 points while Kevin Love tallied 16 points and eight boards in Cleveland’s fifth win in six games. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just 31 points on 10-of-30 shooting in the loss.

The Atlanta Falcons are releasing Steven Jackson after two seasons with the team. Jackson joined the Falcons after nine seasons with the Rams. He gained over 12-hundred rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 27 games during his Falcon tenure. The move creates 3.75-million-dollars in salary cap space.

>>THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Cleveland Cavaliers 110, Golden State Warriors 99
Phoenix Suns 117, Oklahoma City Thunder 113 (OT)

NHL
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Minnesota Wild 4, Nashville Predators 2
St. Louis Blues 2, Winnipeg Jets 1 (SO)
Buffalo Sabres 6, Vancouver Canucks 3
New York Rangers 4, Arizona Coyotes 3
Montreal Canadiens 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Florida Panthers 0
Ottawa Senators 1, Los Angeles Kings 0
Detroit Red Wings 3, San Jose Sharks 2

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
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#2 Gonzaga Bulldogs 59, San Diego Toreros 39
#7 Arizona Wildcats 82, Colorado Buffaloes 54
#12 Utah Utes 83, Arizona State Sun Devils 41
#21 SMU Mustangs 66, Memphis Tigers 57
Minnesota Golden Gophers 96, #25 Michigan State Spartans 90 (OT)

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

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers
7:00 p.m. – Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers
7:30 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
7:30 p.m. – New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons
7:30 p.m. – Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks
7:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets at Houston Rockets
8:00 p.m. – Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans
8:00 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves at Chicago Bulls
9:00 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets
10:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings
10:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils
7:00 p.m. – Calgary Flames at New York Islanders
7:00 p.m. – Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning
8:30 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars
10:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
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No Games Scheduled

PGA
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The Honda Classic (at Palm Beach Gardens, FL)