SPORTS

WNBS Sports, March 27, 2015

CATS CRUSH MOUNTAINEERS
West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Junior ended up eating his own words. Top-seeded Kentucky romped the fifth-seeded Mountaineers, 78-39, in the Sweet 16 of the Midwest Region from Cleveland. The Wildcats stayed unbeaten at 37-and-0 despite only getting one-point from star big man Karl-Anthony Towns. Trey Lyles led the way with 14 points and seven rebounds. Kentucky moves on to face third-seeded Notre Dame in the Elite Eight on Saturday. West Virginia was held to 24-percent shooting from the field. Miles Junior scored zero points. Juwan Staten was the only WVU player in double figures with 14. The Mountaineers finish the season at 25-and-10.

NCAA RECAPS
Notre Dame is back in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1979. The third-seeded Fighting Irish exploded on the offensive end in the second half to dump seventh-seeded Wichita State, 81-70. ND put up 48 points in the final 20 minutes.

The Wisconsin Badgers are into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Sam Dekker posted 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the top-seeded Badgers to a 79-72 win over fourth-seeded North Carolina in the West Regional semifinals in Los Angeles.

Second-seeded Arizona avoided getting upset by sixth-seeded Xavier, 68-60, in the West Region’s Sweet 16 from the STAPLES Center. The Wildcats put the game away with a 19-to-7 run in the final seven minutes.

LOUISVILLE BATTLES NC STATE
Louisville returns to NCAA tournament action tonight. The Cardinals are in Syracuse, New York for an East Regional semifinal matchup against North Carolina State. Louisville lost to the Wolfpack last month in an ACC contest. Tip off from the Carrier Dome is scheduled for 6:37 p.m.Our coverage begins tonight at 6 on WNBS.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCORES
Marshall County 10, St. Mary 0 (5 innings)
Trigg County 8, Crittenden County 2

RACER BASEBALL SERIES ALTERED
The weekend series between the Racers and Panthers has been changed slightly. The two teams will now play the first game of the three-game set at 1 p.m. Saturday and will play a doubleheader Sunday beginning at noon. The series was originally scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The Racers enter the series 8-17 overall, and 4-5 in OVC play, while the Panthers are 0-17 including an 0-6 OVC mark.  The Racers have lost nine of their last 10 meetings against EIU and are looking for their first win in Charleston since 2011.

RACER SOFTBALL AT EIU
Murray State resumes OVC action this weekend when it travels to Eastern Illinois for a three-game set that has been moved to Sunday-Monday. The doubleheader will now be played at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by a single-game on Monday at 2 p.m. The Racers enter the weekend at 17-10 overall and 4-3 in the OVC, and on a three game winning streak. Eastern Illinois is 8-15 overall and 3-4 in the OVC.

WOMEN’S AND MEN’S TENNIS HOSTS EKU AND MOREHEAD
Murray State’s women’s tennis team will continue their home stand as they face Eastern Kentucky at 10 am today followed by Morehead State on Saturday at 10 am at Purcell Courts. This weekend’s matchup is between the teams that were picked to finish top three in the OVC. The Racers notched their sixth sweep of the season when they defeated UT Martin 7-0 at Purcell Courts on Tuesday.

The Murray State men’s tennis team will also host Eastern Kentucky today and Morehead State on Saturday with both matches getting underway at 10 a.m. MSU picked up two losses last weekend to OVC opponents SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois. Eastern Kentucky has started off conference play a perfect 4-0.

RACER TRACK AT SIU
Murray State track & field team travels to Carbondale, Illinois for the Bill Cornell Spring Classic hosted by Southern Illinois. The Racers are coming off of a big first outdoor meet hosted by the University of Alabama. Vallery Korir finished the 5000m in 17:03.37, which is now second for best at Murray State. Ali Hester found her name on two of the Murray State Outdoor Bests lists; she is fourth in the 1500m with a time of 4:38.22, and third in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:10.69. Rebekah Priddy, who also competed in the 3000m steeplechase made the All-time best list with a time of 11:59.82, which stands as eighth best. Murray State is looking to end this meet on a high note as next week they will host the Margaret Simmons meet.

CARDS LOSE TO MIAMI
Giancarlo Stanton homered and also doubled in a run as the Marlins held off the Cardinals for a 5-4 win in Jupiter. Matt Holliday went 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Redbirds. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is licking his wounds after a rough outing in his second spring start. After four scoreless innings his first time out, he gave up six hits and four runs in three-and-two-thirds innings against Miami. Wainwright is working his way back from an oblique strain. The first spring home run by new Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is in the books. He belted a solo shot off Miami’s Henderson Alvarez in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at one. It was his first extra-base hit of the spring. Heyward was acquired from Atlanta this offseason. The Cards are 10-and-8 on the spring. They host the Mets today.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Major League Baseball will be closely monitoring Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez as he returns from suspension this season. Attending Thursday’s Yankees-Rays game in Port Charlotte Thursday, new commissioner Rob Manfred said “Let me be clear about this. A-Rod” will be tested exactly like every other player who has violated the program.

Tennessee fired men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall on Friday. Athletic director Dave Hart said the decision was made after Tennessee received information regarding an NCAA investigation of Tyndall while he was the head coach at Southern Mississippi. Hart said in a statement Friday. “It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA’s infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee.”

MGM or bust for anyone hoping to take in the highly-anticipated boxing matchup between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. According to TMZ Sports, the fight’s host hotel MGM Grand is blocking rival hotels from showing the May 2nd fight. A rep for one hotel tells the website MGM has exclusive rights to the bout that allows them to black out non-MGM properties.

Tennessee offensive tackle Coleman Thomas is accused of stealing an Xbox and three video games from another student on campus. He was arrested Wednesday and has been removed from all team activities. Police say the items were stolen on March 13th and sold that same day to a nearby Game Stop.

>>THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Milwaukee Bucks 111, Indiana Pacers 107

NHL
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Nashville Predators 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Washington Capitals 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 3, New York Islanders 2
Arizona Coyotes 4, Buffalo Sabres 3 (OT)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Boston Bruins 2 (OT)
San Jose Sharks 6, Detroit Red Wings 4
New York Rangers 5, Ottawa Senators 1
Florida Panthers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Winnipeg Jets 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Colorado Avalanche 4, Vancouver Canucks 1

NCAA Tournament
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East Regional
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No Games Scheduled

Midwest Regional
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(3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish 81, (7) Wichita State Shockers 70 (at Cleveland, OH)
(1) Kentucky Wildcats 78, (5) West Virginia Mountaineers 39 (at Cleveland, OH)

South Regional
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No Games Scheduled

West Regional
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(1) Wisconsin Badgers 79, (4) North Carolina Tar Heels 72 (at Los Angeles, CA)
(2) Arizona Wildcats 68, (6) Xavier Musketeers 60 (at Los Angels, CA)

MLB Grapefruit League
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Atlanta Braves 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Detroit Tigers 6, Baltimore Orioles 4
Miami Marlins 5, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Boston Red Sox 5, Minnesota Twins 4 (10 innings)
Tampa Bay Rays 6, New York Yankees 5
Toronto Blue Jays 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
New York Mets 8, Washington Nationals 3

MLB Cactus League
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Cincinnati Reds 13, Cleveland Indians 2
Kansas City Royals 3, Seattle Mariners (ss) 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 9, Chicago White Sox 6
Milwaukee Brewers 15, Seattle Mariners (ss) 1
San Diego Padres 3, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Los Angeles Angels 8, Chicago Cubs 4
Texas Rangers 6, Colorado Rockies 3
Oakland Athletics 6, San Francisco Giants 4

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

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

NHL
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8:00 p.m. – Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild
8:30 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks
9:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers

NCAA Tournament
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East Regional
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7:37 p.m. – (4) Louisville Cardinals vs. (8) North Carolina State Wolfpack (at Syracuse, NY)
10:07 p.m. – (3) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (7) Michigan State Spartans (at Syracuse, NY)

Midwest Regional
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No Games Scheduled

South Regional
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7:15 p.m. – (2) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (11) UCLA Bruins (at Houston, TX)
9:45 p.m. – (1) Duke Blue Devils vs. (5) Utah Utes (at Houston, TX)

West Regional
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No Games Scheduled

MLB Grapefruit League
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1:05 p.m. – Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves (at Lake Buena Vista, FL)
1:05 p.m. – New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals (ss) (at Jupiter, FL)
1:05 p.m. – New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies (at Clearwater, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Minnesota Twins (at Fort Myers, FL)
1:05 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals (ss) vs. Washington Nationals (at Viera, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (at Sarasota, FL)
1:07 p.m. – Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays (at Dunedin, FL)
6:05 p.m. – Miami Marlins vs. Houston Astros (at Jupiter, FL)

MLB Cactus League
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4:05 p.m. – Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs (at Mesa, AZ)
4:05 p.m. – Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (at Mesa, AZ)
4:10 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks (ss) vs. Los Angeles Angels (at Tempe, AZ)
4:10 p.m. – Cleveland Indians vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (ss) (at Scottsdale, AZ)
9:05 p.m. – Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals (at Surprise, AZ)
10:05 p.m. – Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres (at Peoria, AZ)
10:05 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds (at Goodyear, AZ)
10:05 p.m. – San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (at Glendale, AZ)

PGA
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Valero Texas Open (at San Antonio, TX)