Sports

September 1, 2015

DODSON UPDATE
With Thursday’s 6pm season opener against Kentucky Wesleyan fast approaching, Murray State head football coach Mitch Stewart continues to await a decision on the status of Memphis transfer Mark Dodson. FBS players who transfer to FCS schools like Murray can usually play immediately, but Dodson was at Ole Miss before he was at Memphis. Although he didn’t play or participate in football for the Tigers, per NCAA rules, players transfering back-to-back years four-year schools must sit one year. Stewart said they are asking for a waiver to allow him to compete, and they home it comes today or tomorrow.. While Stewart may not know the eligibility status of transfer Mark Dodson, he does know that Auburn transfer Elijah Daniel is good to go. The defensive tackle was a force in fall camp, and Stewart will be happy to let him loose on another team. You can hear the Racer football game Thursday night, beginning with the pregame show at 5:30 on Froggy.

RACER VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS HONORED
Murray State’s Kristen Besselsen and Sam Bedard have been named the ADIDAS OVC Offensive Player and Setter of the Week, respectively for their performances over the weekend for the Racers at the Catamount Volleyball Classic. Besselsen, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, led the Racers with 34 kills and a .413 hitting percentage. Bedard averaged 11.67 assists per set and also set-up a Racer offense that hit .276 in their three victories. Bedard had 39 assists in MSU’s season-opening win over Fresno State and in the win over host-Western Carolina – Bedard recorded her first double-double of the season with 32 assists and 15 digs. MSU returns to action this weekend as it travels to Seattle for matches against 10th-ranked Washington on Friday and Buffalo Saturday.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Mayfield 6, St. Mary 0
Tilghman 3, Trigg County 3
Caldwell County 4, Union County 2
Christian County 7, Lyon County 5

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Tilghman 10, Crittenden County 1
St. Mary 7, Mayfield 3
Caldwell County 2, Christian County 1
Hopkins Central 3, Lyon County 3

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Livingston Central 3, Mayfield 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-15)
CCA 3, Hickman County 1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-13)
Fulton City 3, Union City 2 (11-25, 25-13, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14)
Fulton County 2, Lake County 0 (25-12, 25-19)
Fulton County 2, Lake County 0 (25-21, 25-13)

AP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS
CLASS A
1. Beechwood
2. Pikeville
3. Paintsville
4. Russellville
5. Fairview
6. Raceland
7. Paris
8. Campbellsville
9. Hazard
10. Bellevue

CLASS 2A
1. Mayfield
2. DeSales
3. Murray
4. Danville
5. Lexington Christian
6. Louisville Christian
7. Somerset
8. Owensboro Catholic
9. Newport Central Catholic
10. Covington Holy Cross

CLASS 3A
1. Boyle Co.
2. Belfry
3. Corbin
4. Lexington Catholic
5. Elizabethtown
6. Central
6. Paducah Tilghman
8. Russell
9. Bell Co.
10. Caldwell Co.

CLASS 4A
1. South Warren
2. Johnson Central
3. Ashland Blazer
4. Franklin Co.
5. North Oldham
6. Collins
7. John Hardin
7. Scott
9. Hopkinsville
10. Bourbon Co.

CLASS 5A
1. Bowling Green
2. Owensboro
3. Highlands
4. Pulaski Co.
5. Anderson Co.
6. North Laurel
7. Southwestern
8. Greenwood
9. Fern Creek
10. North Bullitt
10. Bullitt Central

CLASS 6A
1. Trinity
2. Male
3. St. Xavier
4. Scott Co.
5. Manual
6. Cooper
7. Lafayette
7. Simon Kenton
9. Ryle
10. Central Hardin

REPORT: EKU SNUBBED BY SUN BELT
According to SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey, the Sun Belt will announce today taht Coastal Carolina will join the league for the 2016-2017 seasons. The Chanticleers beat out Eastern Kentucky for the open Sun Belt slot, meaning that the Colonels expected jump from FCS to FBS football will be delayed. Coastal Carolina, located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has won three straight Big South Conference titles.

TOPPERS LOSE GLASCO
Western Kentucky forward Phabian Glasco ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left leg and will be out for up to six months. Glasco is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday. The 6-foot-7 junior averaged 12.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Connors State College in Oklahoma last year. He played at Central Arkansas the year before. The Toppers could play Murray State in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida during Thanksgiving week. The teams are in opposite brackets for that event.

CARDINALS RALLY PAST NATS
The Cardinals scored five runs in the seventh inning to power them to an 8-5 victory over the Nationals at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong and Jason Heyward each went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty both added an RBI single in the Cards’ third win in-a-row and eighth in nine games. Kevin Siegrist improved to 6-and-1 in relief of John Lackey. Trevor Rosenthal closed it out for his 42nd save. The Cardinals clash with the Nationals again tonight at Busch Stadium. It’s the second of their three-game series, with Marco Gonzales making his first Big League start of the year against Washington’s Joe Ross, who is 5-and-5. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. The Pirates are in town starting Friday. Airtime tonight is 6:20 on WNBS.

REDBIRDS LOSE
The Memphis Redbirds couldn’t overcome a four-run fifth inning from the Zephyrs as they lost, 5-4, at AutoZone Park. Arturo Reyes gave up all five runs in six innings to slip to 0-and-3. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Xavier Scruggs each plated a run for Memphis, which has dropped five of six. The second of the four-game series is tonight at 7:05 p.m.

CARDS TO HOST BLUES NIGHT
There will be more than a hint of blue at Busch Stadium for a Cardinals-Reds game later this month. The Blues have teamed up with the Cards to host a Blues theme night at the ballpark. The Cardinals will wear Blues-inspired batting practice jerseys before their game against Cincinnati.

ST. LOUIS RAMS UPDATE
The Rams have one final preseason game this week to try and work out the kinks. They host the Chiefs on Thursday night. St. Louis is 0-and-3 in exhibition play following Saturday’s 28-14 home loss to the Colts. Running back Tre Mason will sit out with a hamstring injury.

FUENTE SUSPENDS SIX
Memphis will be without six of its players to start the season. Head Coach Justin Fuente announced six players will be suspended for their roles in the team’s postgame brawl with BYU at last year’s Miami Beach Bowl. Senior linebacker Leonard Pegues got the worst of the punishment, being forced to sit out the opener against Missouri State Saturday as well as the first half of next week’s game at Kansas. Defensive lineman Isadore Outing is suspended for one game and four players were given a half-game suspension.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Tom Brady’s “deflategate” fate is now in the hands of a federal judge. Richard M. Berman said Brady and the league have failed to work out a settlement over his four-game suspension and he will make a ruling most likely either today or tomorrow, but most certainly before the end of the week.

Kirk Cousins will be under center when Washington opens the season against the Dolphins. Head coach Jay Gruden has selected Cousins over Robert Griffin the Third. Gruden says this is “Kirk’s team”.

The Bills have also decided on their starting quarterback. Head coach Rex Ryan has selected Tyrod Taylor over Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel. The four-year pro has never previously started a regular-season game.

Everett Golson is the new starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles. Head coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday that the Notre Dame transfer would start Saturday’s season opener against Texas State.

Serena Williams needed less than a half an hour to advance at the U.S. Open. Williams won after her opponent retired with an injury 27 minutes into the match. Williams is looking to become the first woman to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988.

MONDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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St. Louis Cardinals 8, Washington Nationals 5
Miami Marlins 4, Atlanta Braves 0
New York Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Cincinnati Reds 13, Chicago Cubs 6
Colorado Rockies 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, San Francisco Giants 4 (14 inn)

MLB American League
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Boston Red Sox 4, New York Yankees 3
Tampa Bay Rays 6, Baltimore Orioles 3
Cleveland Indians 4, Toronto Blue Jays 2
Houston Astros 8, Seattle Mariners 3
Oakland Athletics 11, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5

MLB Interleague
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San Diego Padres 7, Texas Rangers 0

WNBA
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No Games Scheduled

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
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3:10 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (G1)
7:10 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
7:10 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets
8:05 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
8:10 p.m. – Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers
8:15 p.m. – Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
8:40 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (G2)
10:10 p.m. – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

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

MLB Interleague
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10:10 p.m. – Texas Rangers at San Diego Padres

WNBA
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7:00 p.m. – Atlanta Dream at New York Liberty
7:00 p.m. – Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever