December 5, 2016

Macey Turley scored 21 points and Alexis Burpo added 19 as Murray High defeated Franklin County 70-60 Sunday afternoon at the Marshall County Hoopsfest in Draffenville. Brittany Lawson added 15 points with 5 three-pointers as the Lady Tigers knocked off last year’s Sweet 16 runner-up and improved to 2-0. Murray returns to action Tuesday night when they host Hopkinsville in a 6 pm game. The Tiger boys will host Graves county at 7:30 in the second game of a twinbill. Both games will air on WNBS.

The Murray High boys opened the season with a 74-72 loss to Martin Westview and the Calloway County boys downed St. Mary 59-44 at the Murray Bank Tipoff Classic at Jeffrey Gymnasium on Saturday. In the Laker win, Kamden Price led the 2-0 Lakers with 17 points. In the Tigers loss, Preston English scorched the nets for 34 points but Chargers made 14 treys to secure the two-point win.

Calloway County’s girls traveled to Mayfield Friday and left with a 36-33 win over the Cardinals to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Lady Lakers return to action Tuesday night when they join the boys in hosting McCracken County at Jeffrey Gymnasium.

Evansville turned 21 Murray State turnovers into 24 points and went on to an 82-77 win over the Racers in women’s basketball action at the CFSB Center on Sunday afternoon. Murray State shot 54% from the field in the first half in building as much as an eight point lead, but 13 turnovers allowed the Purple Acs to tie the game at 40 at the half. Evansville began the second half by making 8 of 10 from the field, building as much as a 13 point lead before a late Racer rally cut the lead to 3. Ke’Shunan James and LeAsia Wright led MSU with 17 points each, while Abria Gulledge added 16. Evansville improved to 2-5 on the season while the Racers slipped to 4-4. The Racers are off until Saturday when play a noon game at Northern Kentucky. In other OVC women’s games:

Tennessee Tech 55, Northern Kentucky 40
Southeast Missouri 107, Stephens College 59

Murray State wiped out a three-point halftime deficit by shooting 55% in the second half to rally past Detroit Mercy for an 86-76 win Saturday night at the CFSB Center. Jonathan Stark led Racers with 27 points, Terrell Miller added 19, and Damarcus Croaker posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Trailing by 11 with 3:57 left in the first half, the Racers finished the half with a 13-5 run.
The Racers improved to 4-4 and are off until Saturday afternoon’s game with Evansville at 3 pm in the Ford Center.

UT Martin 108, Boyce College 64
Eastern Illinois 90, Illinois-Chicago 76
Samford 81, Jacksonville State 77
Indiana 83, Southeast Missouri 55
Tennessee Tech 98, Crowley’s Ridge 51

Marquette 89, Georgia 79
South Carolina 70, FIU 54
Mississippi State 82, Georgia State 60

East Tennessee State 85, Limestone 57
Cincinnati 85, Bowling Green 56

Asia Durr scored seven points in overtime, including a key free throw with 10.3 seconds remaining to help No. 7 Louisville edge No. 17 Kentucky 69-67 in women’s basketball action on Sunday.

The Murray State volleyball team’s season came to an end Friday night with a first round loss to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. The Racers led wire-to-wire to take the first set 25-21, becoming the first team in program history to win a set in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins, however, would rally to win the final three sets of the match, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-9. The loss snapped the Racers’ 15-match winning streak which was the second-longest streak in program history. MSU finishes the season 23-9. Three-time OVC Player of the Year Scottie Ingram closed her career with 24 kills and tallied her 24th double-double of the season by adding 14 digs.

The Murray State women’s track & field team opened the 2016-17 indoor season with an appearance at the Vanderbilt Opener in Nashville. The Racers saw Tamdra Lawrence, Taylor McCammon and Norma Abdur-Rafia place first, fourth and seventh in the 60-meter event. Lawrence was the winner with a time of 7.62 seconds. In the 200-meter run, Lawrence posted a time of 24.46 and placed fourth. Tia Weston posted a seventh place finish in the 800-meters. Her time of 2:16.7 is ninth all-time at Murray State. In the high jump, Murray State’s Hope Tewes and Jabreuna Brimlett each earned a share of fourth place with a leap of 5-feet 1 inch.Rebekah Priddy and Meagan Smith placed sixth and seventh in the 3000-meter run with times of 10:22.05 and 10:24.06. Priddy’s time is 10th all-time at MSU. The Racers’ squad in the 4×400-meter relay placed sixth with a time of 3:50.4. The Racers come back to action in 2017 when they again compete at Vanderbilt in the Commodore Invitational on January 13.

CLASS A: Beechwood 21, Hazard 14
CLASS 2A: Christian Academy 24, Danville 6
CLASS 3A: Belfry 52, Central 31
CLASS 4A: Johnson Central 48, Franklin-Simpson 0
CLASS 5A: Bowling Green 70. Pulaski County 22
CLASS 6A: Trinity 56, Lafayette 21

College Bowl Selections were made on Sunday. In the College Football Playoffs, Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson, with the winners meeting to decide the national championship. The 9-3 Louisville Cardinals will face the 7-4 LSU Tigers on December 31 at 11 am in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The 7-5 Kentucky Wildcats will play 8-4 Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl on New Year’s Eve. 10-3 Western Kentucky will play December 20 in the Boca Raton Bowl against 8-4 Memphis.

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are this week just outside of Washington, D.C. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and executives from other clubs will meet to discuss potential trades and free-agent signings. It wraps up Thursday with the Rule 5 Draft…Pitcher Seth Maness is a free agent. The Cardinals elected not to tender a contract to the right-hander on Friday, putting him out on the open market. Maness went 2-and-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 29 relief appearances last season before elbow surgery in August.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice on the power play to lift the Flyers past the Predators 4-2 at the Bridgestone Arena. Michael Raffl gave Philly the lead for good with a late second period goal. Chris VandeVelde shut the door with an empty net goal in the final minute. Steve Mason made 30 saves in the fifth straight win for the 14-10-and-3 Flyers. Calle Jarnkrok and Colin Wilson lit the lamp for Nashville, which fell to 11-9-and-4. Juuse Saros made 24 saves in defeat.

The Grizzlies are in the Big Easy tonight facing off with the New Orleans Pelicans. Memphis is 13-and-8 after earning a home win over the Lakers on Saturday. The Pelicans are 7-and-14. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

The Titans are back to work following their bye week. Tennessee is tied with Houston for the AFC South lead as each team is 6-and-6. The 5-and-6 Colts visit the Jets tonight. The Titans will face the Denver Broncos at home on Sunday.

The field for this year’s College Football Playoff is set. Top-ranked Alabama faces fourth-ranked Washington in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Second-ranked Clemson clashes with number-three Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. Both semifinal games are December 31st.

Patriots star Tom Brady is the winningest quarterback in NFL history. Brady snapped a tie with former rival Peyton Manning with yesterday’s 26-10 win over the Rams. Including the postseason, Brady has captured 201 career victories.

Thomas Rawls rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks smoked the Panthers, 40-7, in Seattle. The ‘Hawks sit alone atop the NFC West at 8-3-and-1. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was benched by head coach Ron Rivera for the opening series for a dress code violation.

The Cowboys are going to the playoffs for the 32nd time in team history. Dallas clinched a spot in the postseason with Washington’s 31-23 loss to Arizona. The 11-and-1 Cowboys can capture the NFC East title with a win over the Giants this week on “Sunday Night Football”.

Veteran slugger Matt Holliday is heading to New York. Multiple reports say Holliday has agreed to a one-year, 13-million-dollar deal with the Yankees. The 36-year-old hit 20 home runs with the Cardinals last year.


New England Patriots 26, Los Angeles Rams 10
Kansas City Chiefs 29, Atlanta Falcons 28
Detroit Lions 28, New Orleans Saints 13
Chicago Bears 26, San Francisco 49ers 6
Cincinnati Bengals 32, Philadelphia Eagles 14
Baltimore Ravens 38, Miami Dolphins 6
Denver Broncos 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Green Bay Packers 21, Houston Texans 13
Oakland Raiders 38, Buffalo Bills 24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28, San Diego Chargers 21
Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Giants 14
Arizona Cardinals 31, Washington Redskins 23
Seattle Seahawks 40, Carolina Panthers 7

Orlando Magic 98, Detroit Pistons 92
Oklahoma City Thunder 101, New Orleans Pelicans 92
New York Knicks 106, Sacramento Kings 98
Indiana Pacers 111, Los Angeles Clippers 102

Montreal Canadiens 5, Los Angeles Kings 4 (SO)
Carolina Hurricanes 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (OT)
Detroit Red Wings 4, New York Islanders 3 (OT)
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Nashville Predators 2
Winnipeg Jets 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Minnesota Wild 2, Edmonton Oilers 1 (OT)
Calgary Flames 8, Anaheim Ducks 3

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
#3 North Carolina Tar Heels 95, Radford Highlanders 50
#10 Indiana Hoosiers 83, Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 55
#23 South Carolina Gamecocks 70, FIU Golden Panthers 54

Hero World Challenge (at Nassau, Bahamas)
1. Hideki Matsuyama -18
2. Henrik Stenson -16

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

8:30 p.m. – Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets

7:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers
7:30 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
7:30 p.m. – Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets
7:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder at Atlanta Hawks
8:00 p.m. – Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls
8:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans
8:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets
8:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets at Dallas Mavericks
10:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. – Indiana Pacers at Golden State Warriors

7:00 p.m. – Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins
7:00 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 p.m. – Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals
7:00 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Columbus Blue Jackets

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
8:00 p.m. – #21 Iowa State Cyclones host Omaha Mavericks
7:00 p.m. – #24 Syracuse Orange at Connecticut Huskies