SPORTS

February 24, 2017

RACERS FALL AT SEMO
Denzel Mahoney scored 14 points to lead six Southeast Missouri State players in double figures and the Redhawks beat Murray State 82-69 on Thursday night, sweeping the season series against the Racers for the first time since 1946. The Redhawks can clinch a share of the West Division title with a win over Austin Peay on Saturday and clinch outright with a win and a UTM loss to the Racers. If both tie, a coin toss will decide the #2 seed in the OVC Tournament since both would be tied with 8 division wins. Bryce Jones led Murray State with 18 points while Jonathan Stark and Terrell Miller each added 17. The loss snapped the Racers string of consecutive seasons with 10 or more OVC wins at 13, and put the Racers record of 29 consecutive winning seasons in jeopardy. However, Murray State made the eight-team OVC Tournament field with Austin Peay’s loss at UT Martin. The Racers are now 14-15 overall and 8-7 in the OVC. They will close out the regular season at UT Martin tomorrow night at 6. The Racer women play UTM at 4. Both games air on FROGGY with coverage beginning at 3:45 pm Saturday.

REGIONAL INTEREST MEN’S SCORES
Eastern Kentucky 68, Jacksonville State 65
UT Martin 76, Austin Peay 72
Morehead State 73, Tennessee Tech 68
Georgia 60, Alabama 55
Charlotte 83, WKU 77
Cincinnati 87, Memphis 74
Lipscomb 85, Kennesaw State 74

SATURDAY GAMES
Florida at Kentucky, 1:00 pm, (CBS)
Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky, 1:00 pm, (American Sports Network)
Jacksonville State at Morehead State, 3:15 pm, (OVC Digital Network)
Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri, 4:15 pm, (OVC Digital Network)
Tennessee State at Belmont, 5:00 pm, (OVC Digital Network)
Murray State at UT Martin, 6:00 pm, (OVC Digital Network)
WKU at Old Dominion, 6:00 pm, (ESPN3)
Eastern Illinois at SIUE, 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Midwest)

SUNDAY GAME
Syracuse at Louisville, 1:00 pm, (CBS)

REGIONAL INTEREST WOMEN’S SCORES
Kentucky 78, Mississippi State 75 (OT)
Louisville 66, Virginia 55
Tennessee 74, Florida 70
Vanderbilt 66, Arkansas 64
WKU 75, Charlotte 74

GIRLS DISTRICT TOURNAMENT SCORES
Maddie Waldrop scored 16 points and Macey Turley added 12 as Murray High blew out Marshall County 61-25 to claim the Girls Fourth District Tournament Championship on Thursday night at Conder Gym in Draffenville. With the win, the Lady Tigers improved to 23-5 and will advance to next week’s Region 1 Tournament as one of four winners. Waldrop and Turley were joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Lex Mayes and Brittany Lawson. Alicia Hornbuckle and Jacie Spann of Calloway County also made the squad. In other girls games last night:

1st District Championship
Carlisle County 61, Fulton County 44

2nd District Championship
McCracken County 69, Paducah Tilghman 35

5th District Championship
Crittenden County 36, Lyon County 30

7th District Championship
Hopkins County Central 54, Madisonville 53

8th District Championship
Hopkinsville 53, Christian County 41

BOYS DISTRICT TOURNAMENT SCORES
Kamden Price made 18 of 19 free throws and finished with 30 points to lead Calloway County to a 70-58 win over Marshall County in the Boys Fourth District Tournament championship game on Thursday night at Conder Gym in Draffenville. Jonah Brannon added 19 points for the Lakers who improved to 21-10 with the win and will go into next week’s Region 1 Tournament as one of four district winners. You can find out the draw for all of the Region 1 teams on the 1-hour Road to the Sweet 16 show, broadcast live from the CFSB Center at 9 am Saturday on WNBS and FROGGY. Making the All-Tournament team for the Lakers were Kamden Price, Christian Adams, Jeremy Darnell, and Peyton Johnson. Zach Flener and Preston English of Murray also made the squad. In other boys games last night

1st District Championship
Hickman County 65, Fulton County 41

3rd District Championship
Graves County 55, Mayfield 49

6th District Championship
Henderson County 77, Webster County 59

8th District Championship
Hopkinsville 62, Christian County 61

RACER BASEBALL HOSTS BUFFALO
The Racer baseball team will open their 2017 home slate with a three-game set against Buffalo beginning with a 3 pm game today. MSU will play 26 games at Reagan Field this season, including 11 non-conference matchups. The Racers are coming off a 4-0 opening weekend down south and are receiving votes in the NCBWA top-30 poll. This will be the first-ever matchup between the Racers and the Bulls.

RACER SOFTBALL IN BIRMINGHAM
Off to the best start in program history, the Murray State softball team will look to continue its winnings ways this weekend at the Samford/UAB Classic in Birmingham, Alabama. The joint-hosted tournament will see games played on two campuses with Friday and Sunday games being played at Samford’s Bulldog Softball Field and Saturday games being played at Mary Bowers Field. Opponents for the five-game stretch include both host teams, Iowa State and Indiana. The Racers begin action against Samford at 3 pm today.

CAM PAYNE TRADED TO BULLS
The Bulls and Thunder brokered a deal before yesterday’s trade deadline. Chicago sent Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick to Oklahoma City in exchange for former Racer Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow. Payne joins former Racer Isaiah Canaan on the Bulls roster.

BASEBALL ON THE RADIO THIS WEEKEND
The Cardinals begin playing spring games tomorrow in Florida. They kick off the Grapefruit League exhibition campaign against the co-tenant Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. St. Louis will be the road team. Luke Weaver will start for the Cards. The teams will rematch on Sunday. Hear both games this weekend at 11:55 on WNBS.

CARDS WITH TEAM-BUILDING EXERCISE
Looking to create more harmony on the roster and in the clubhouse, the Cardinals went through a team-building exercise on Thursday. They went to Legends of Xscape in West Palm Beach, where pitchers, hitters and different cultures were divided up to better get to know one another.

WACHA AND LYNN GET STARTS MONDAY
Two pitchers looking to reestablish themselves after injuries will be on the mound Monday. Michael Wacha will face the Red Sox in Fort Myers and Lance Lynn will pitch against the Nationals in Jupiter. Mike Mayers will get the start in Sunday’s game against the Marlins in Jupiter.

MEMPHIS RETURNS TO ACTION; SIGNS DOUGLAS
The Grizzlies return from the All-Star break with a two-game losing streak starting tonight. Memphis faces the Pacers. The Grizz are 34-and-24. Indiana is 29-and-28…The Grizzlies have signed guard Toney Douglas for the rest of the season. He’s averaged 5.5 points and 2.3 assists per game over his two 10-day contracts.

NASHVILLE DOUBLES COLORADO
Filip Forsberg recorded his second straight hat trick as the Predators doubled up the Avalanche 4-2. Viktor Arvidsson also lit the lamp to help Nashville complete a five-game season sweep of Colorado. Pekka Rinne made 20 saves in the win. Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has dropped four straight and eight of its last nine. Jeremy Smith stopped 25 shots in his second NHL start.

BLUES AT CHICAGO ON SUNDAY
The Blues are back on the ice Sunday against the Blackhawks in Chicago. St. Louis has lost consecutive games to Buffalo and Florida on the heels of a six-game winning streak. The Blues are third in the Central Division with 67 points. Nashville holds the top wild card with 67 points.

NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The NBA trade deadline is in the books. Indiana’s Paul George and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler are staying put after neither were moved before the deadline. The Bulls did trade Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson to the Lakers, while the 76ers sent Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks.

DeMarcus Cousins and the new-look Pelicans were no match for the Rockets in a 129-99 loss in New Orleans. Cousins collected 27 points and 14 rebounds in his Pelicans debut. Lou Williams scored a team-high 27 off the bench in his first game with Houston.

Gonzaga is a win away from a perfect regular season. The top-ranked Bulldogs slammed San Diego 96-38 last night. Gonzaga, which is 29-and-0 on the year, closes out the season at home against BYU tomorrow night.

The field is set for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin will start on the second row following last night’s Can-Am Duels at Daytona. Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. clinched spots on the front row last Sunday.

The NFL preseason will kick off with the Cowboys. Dallas will clash with the Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The game is being moved to a Thursday after field issues forced the cancellation of last year’s exhibition affair.

THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Portland Trail Blazers 112, Orlando Magic 103
Detroit Pistons 114, Charlotte Hornets 108 (OT)
Cleveland Cavaliers 119, New York Knicks 104
Houston Rockets 129, New Orleans Pelicans 99
Sacramento Kings 116, Denver Nuggets 100
Golden State Warriors 123, LA Clippers 113

NHL
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Calgary Flames 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
New York Islanders 3, Montreal Canadiens 0
New York Rangers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (SO)
Nashville Predators 4, Colorado Avalanche 2
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Arizona Coyotes 3
Boston Bruins 4, Los Angeles Kings 1

Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
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#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs 96, San Diego Toreros 38
#4 Arizona Wildcats 90, USC Trojans 77
#5 UCLA Bruins 87, Arizona State Sun Devils 75
Ohio State Buckeyes 83, #15 Wisconsin Badgers 73
#16 Cincinnati Bearcats 87, Memphis Tigers 74
#18 Saint Mary’s Gaels 78, Pepperdine Waves 49

MLB Exhibition
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Detroit Tigers 8, Florida Southern Mocs 0 (at Lakeland, FL)
Boston Red Sox 9, Northeastern Huskies 6 (at Fort Myers, FL)
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Tampa Spartans 0 (at Clearwater, FL)

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers
8:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder
8:00 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls
8:00 p.m. – Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks
9:00 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets
10:30 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at LA Clippers

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals
7:30 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Carolina Hurricanes
7:30 p.m. – Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers
8:30 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars

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

MLB Grapefruit League
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1:05 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers (at Lakeland, FL)
1:05 p.m. – New York Mets at Boston Red Sox (at Fort Myers, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees (at Tampa, FL)
7:05 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins (at Fort Myers, FL)

MLB Cactus League
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3:05 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants (at Scottsdale, AZ)

MLB Exhibition
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3:05 p.m. – Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers at Milwaukee Brewers (at Maryvale, AZ)

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