Sports

May 22, 2015

1ST REGION SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT(at Graves County)
MONDAY GAMES
10:00 AM Ballard Memorial vs Marshall County
12:00  PM McCracken County vs Carlisle County
2:00  PM Murray High vs Graves County
4:00  PM Hickman County vs Tilghman

1ST REGION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT(at Marshall County)
MONDAY GAMES
10:00 AM Hickman County vs Marshall County
12:30  PM McCracken County vs Graves County
3:00  PM Ballard Memorial vs Tilghman
5:30  PM Calloway County vs Carlisle County

JAMES WINS OVC FEMALE AWARD
UT Martin sophomore forward Ashia Jones has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year for 2014-15 in voting by the league’s athletics directors and sports information directors. Jones became the second player in UT Martin women’s basketball history to earn All-American honors this season while also being named OVC Player of the Year and helping the Skyhawks to a perfect 16-0 Conference record and OVC regular season championship. This season she averaged 23.4 points per game, which led the OVC and ranked fourth nationally. Jones will receive her award at the League’s annual Honors Brunch on May 29 in Nashville.

PAYNE WIN OVC MALE ATHLETE HONOR
Murray State sophomore point guard Cameron Payne was named as the Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2014-15 in voting by the league’s athletics directors and sports information directors. Payne will be honored at the OVC’s annual Honors Brunch on May 29 in Nashville. The OVC Female Athlete of the Year award will be announced Friday. His award marks the 39th time the OVC has handed out a top athlete award since it began in 1977. This is the third time in the last five years that the OVC Male Athlete of the Year has gone to a men’s basketball player. Payne becomes the ninth Murray State student-athlete to win the OVC honor and the first since Isaiah Canaan in 2012.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCORES
1st District Championship
Hickman County 5, Carlisle County 0

2nd District Championship
McCracken County 6, Tilghman 0

5th District Championship
Trigg County 6, Lyon County 2

7th District Championship
Caldwell County 3, Madisonville 0

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SCORES
1st District Championship
Hickman County 4, Carlisle County 3 (8 innings)

2nd District Championship
McCracken County 4, Tilghman 1

5th District Championship
Crittenden County 2, Lyon County 1

OVC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES
Jacksonville State 8, SIUE 5
Morehead State 4, Tennessee Tech 3
Belmont 7, Southeast Missouri 2

LOUISVILLE LOSES IN ACC TOURNEY
Zack Erwin had a season-best 11 strikeouts and Clemson beat Louisville 7-2 on Thursday at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament. Louisville will have a day off on Friday before closing pool play against Florida State on Saturday at 10 am.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES
Alabama 4, Missouri 3
Florida 11, Auburn 2
Texas A&M 6, Vanderbilt 1
LSU 10, Arkansas 5

UK RELEASES NON-CONFERENCE SLATE
Kentucky has released its non-conference basketball schedule for next season. They open at home November 13-14 against Albany and NJIT respectively before meeting defending national champion Duke on November 17 in Chicago. Kentucky follows with home games against Wright State, Boston and Illinois State sandwiched around a November 27 meeting in Miami against South Florida. The Wildcats face UCLA on December 3 and will host Eastern Kentucky December 9. The Wildcats will host Arizona State on December 12 and meet Ohio State on December 19 in Brooklyn, New York. They will host Louisville December 26, and then travel to Kansas on January 30.

PRATT AND CONWAY QUALIFY FOR NCAA PRELIMS
Murray State’s Tonia Pratt and Ashley Conway have qualified for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championship which will be held May 28-30. Pratt and Conway will compete in the East region that will be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The qualifiers out of the East and West region will advance to the NCAA Championships beginning June 10 in Eugene, Oregon. Pratt qualified in the shot put, discus, and hammer throw. Conway qualified in the long jump.

SMITH WINS DR. Q EVENT
Jordan Smith successfully defended his title in the 55th annual Dr. John Quertermous Invitational Golf Tournament last weekend at the Murray Country Club. Smith shot an opening round 65 to lead the championship flight and then shot a 69 on Sunday for final score of 134, which was four strokes better than Hunter York. Brock Simmons was third with a 139. Chasten Howard took home top honors in the first flight with a 3-under par 141. In the second flight Danny Ham shot a 155 to beat Jackie Dowdey by two strokes. In the third and final flight, Ryan Flota won with a 176. Smith is a recent graduate of Murray State University where he played for the Racers earning All-OVC First Team honors this season.

METS BLANK CARDINALS
The Cardinals managed just two hits in a 5-0 loss to the Mets in New York. Jacob deGrom struck out 11 over eight innings of one-hit ball and Lucas Duda homered twice for the Mets. Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter had singles for St. Louis, which settled for a four-game split. Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia was a bit wild, but otherwise effective in losing his season debut against the Mets. He walked five but gave up just five hits and two runs in seven innings. The Cardinals and Royals renew their I-70 rivalry tonight in Kansas City. It’s a battle of first-place teams, with Lance Lynn slated to oppose the Royals’ Chris Young in the opener of the three-game set. Airtime tonight is 6:15 on WNBS.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Steph Curry and James Harden went blow for blow as the Warriors clipped the Rockets, 99-98, in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals. Harden couldn’t get a shot off on Houston’s final possession as the clock ran out in the fourth. Curry scored 33 points to help Golden State take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game Three is in Houston on Saturday.

Cavaliers star LeBron James and league MVP Stephen Curry are unanimous selections for the All-NBA First Team. Pelicans center Anthony Davis is on the First Team for the first time in his career. Rockets guard and MVP runner-up James Harden and Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol round out the squad.

Simon Despres’ goal with 54.2-seconds left in the second period held up as the Ducks clipped the Blackhawks 2-1 in Game Three at the United Center. Anaheim takes a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven set. Game Four is Saturday in Chicago. Tonight, the Rangers look to even things up with the Lightning in Game Four of the East finals in Tampa.

The NFL is suspending Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for the first game of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The penalty comes after a May 2014 traffic stop in Alabama in which he was charged with drug possession and paraphernalia.

Denver Broncos veteran defensive lineman Antonio Smith is under investigation for child abuse. TMZ reports a Fort Bend County, Texas district attorney is investigating whether to file charges against Smith. Denver television station 9News.com reports the Broncos are aware of the situation and are gathering information. If charged, Smith could face suspension.

THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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New York Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Miami Marlins 6
Colorado Rockies 7, Philadelphia Phillies 3
San Francisco Giants 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Atlanta Braves 10, Milwaukee Brewers 1
Chicago Cubs 3, San Diego Padres 0

MLB American League
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Baltimore Orioles 5, Seattle Mariners 4
Detroit Tigers 6, Houston Astros 5
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4
Texas Rangers 3, Boston Red Sox 1
Tampa Bay Rays 3, Oakland Athletics 0
Cleveland Indians 5, Chicago White Sox 2

MLB Interleague
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No Games Scheduled

NBA Playoffs
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Golden State Warriors 99, Houston Rockets 98
(Warriors lead best-of-seven West final, 2-0)

NHL Playoffs
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Anaheim Ducks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1
(Ducks lead best-of-seven West final, 2-1)

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
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7:05 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
7:05 p.m. – New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:35 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves

MLB American League
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7:05 p.m. – Texas Rangers at New York Yankees
7:07 p.m. – Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays
7:08 p.m. – Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers
7:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Boston Red Sox
7:10 p.m. – Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays
8:10 p.m. – Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

MLB Interleague
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7:05 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians
7:10 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Miami Marlins
8:10 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals
8:10 p.m. – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
9:40 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks
10:10 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers

NBA Playoffs
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8:30 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks
(Cavaliers lead best-of-seven East final, 1-0)

NHL Playoffs
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8:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning
(Lightning lead best-of-seven East final, 2-1)

PGA
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Crowne Plaza Invitational (at Fort Worth, TX)