July 29, 2015

Murray State head coach Mitch Stewart announced Tuesday the addition of Auburn transfer Elijah Daniel to the Murray State football team. The 6-2, 282 pound defensive lineman comes to Murray after appearing in all 27 games for the Tigers over the past two seasons. He is immediately eligible to play for the Racers. Daniel was dismissed from Auburn in May following an April arrest for theft and burglary. Stewart said he believes in second chances and last chances, and said he told Elijah that they are willing to give him a second chance. But Stewart said he made it clear that it is his last chance and that any further incidents like the one at Auburn would be met with an immediate dismissal from the team. Daniel said he has learned from his mistakes and vows not to repeat them, adding that he had also learned the value of not putting himself into situations that are beneath the kind of person he strives to be. Daniel was rated as a four-star prospect out of high school by all three major recruiting services.

Veteran high school coach Steve Dreher is the new boys basketball coach at Fulton City High School. The Bulldogs finished 8-19 under Jimmy Long who is now at Hickman County. Dreher is 258-169 in a 14-year high school coaching career with stops at Tilghman, Symsonia, Carlisle County, and Lone Oak. He was a three time Region 1 Coach of the Year and took Tilghman to the Sweet 16 Final Four in 1991.

Russ Yeast committed Tuesday to play college football at Kentucky. Russ is the the son of former UK wide receiver Craig Yeast. Kentucky also picked up Ohio commitments from four-star teammates James Hudson and Michael Warren. ESPN and 247Sports both rank Yeast as a four-star prospect and one of the top 300 players nationally in the class of 2017. Warren is the No. 13 running back in the class of 2017 and the fifth-best prospect from Ohio, according to 247Sports. Hudson is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 5 strongside defensive end in the class of 2017.

Rupp Arena will become more tech savvy over the next year. Lexington Center Corp.’s board of directors on Monday unanimously approved $15 million in technology upgrades including a center-hung video, audio and scoreboard by the 2016-17 Kentucky men’s basketball season. High-definition screens in 16×9 aspect ratio will replace the four LED corner screens currently in use between Wildcats games in December. Fans meanwhile will become more connected with better wireless internet, while the roof will get “major” structural improvements in an effort to lure more concerts and events. Rupp’s sports lighting will also be replaced along with its lobby video display, and the adjacent Hyatt Regency Hotel will get new exterior outdoor signs. The LCC will fund the 12-month project through bond sales beginning early next year.

The Southern Illinois football team was picked seventh in the 2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll, the league announced Monday. Offensive lineman Ethan Wirth and linebacker Chase Allen were named honorable mention preseason All-Conference. Four-time defending national champion North Dakota State was the preseason pick to win the league, followed by Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Youngstown State, South Dakota State and Indiana State. Western Illinois, Missouri State and South Dakota rounded out the picks. SIU opens the season at Indiana on September 5.

Mike Leake fired eight shutout innings to lead the Reds to a 4-0 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. St. Louis was held to four hits and was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Jaime Garcia fell to 3-and-4, giving up three runs over six innings in his first start since June 24th. The Cardinals and Reds will close out their three-game series tonight at Busch Stadium. John Lackey is the scheduled starter for St. Louis, while Cincinnati sends Anthony DeSclafani to the mound. First pitch is at 7:15, with airtime tonight at 6:20 on WNBS.

Cardinals pitcher Steve Cishek is one of 15 player nominations for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. In its third year, the award honors Feller’s legacy as the first pro athlete to enlist in the military after the 1941 attack on Peal Harbor. Finalists will be revealed later this season.

The Redbirds gave up three ninth-inning runs, but held on to beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7-6, in Memphis. Xavier Scruggs plated two runs while Dean Anna and Nike Martini both had a pair of hits and an RBI for Memphis, which has won four of five. Zach Petrick picked up the win and Sam Tuivailala closed it out for the save. The second of the four-game series is this morning at 11:35 p.m.

Rams veterans are due to report to Earth City today for the start of training camp. Rookies arrived at the Russell Athletic Training Facility on Monday. The team will hold its first official practice on Friday. The Rams will kick off the preseason slate August 14th on the road at Oakland.

The NFL is upholding Tom Brady’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension. The Patriots quarterback had appealed the penalty for his presumed role in the use of underinflated footballs in January’s AFC Championship Game. Brady’s camp is now expected to seek an injunction in federal court.

The NFL believes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone to try and hide text message evidence of his involvement in “Deflategate.” The league says Brady ordered his phone destroyed on or around the day he first met with investigator Ted Wells back in March.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry is ready to make a comeback from cancer. The 26-year-old Berry been medically cleared to practice with the team at training camp, just eight months after being diagnosed with lymphoma. He completed his final round of treatment in June.

All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon is the newest member of the first-place Nationals. Washington acquired Papelbon from the Phillies in exchange for a minor league pitcher. Papelbon has 17 saves and a 1.59 ERA in 37 appearances this season.

The Yankees cranked out 19 hits in a 21-5 thumping of the Rangers in Texas. After falling in a 5-0 hole, the Yankees exploded for 11 runs in the second inning. Chris Young hit a grand slam and plated five for the Yanks, who have a seven-game lead for first in the AL East.


MLB National League
Cincinnati Reds 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0
New York Mets 4, San Diego Padres 0
Miami Marlins 4, Washington Nationals 1
Colorado Rockies 7, Chicago Cubs 2
Milwaukee Brewers 5, San Francisco Giants 2

MLB American League
Chicago White Sox 9, Boston Red Sox 4
Kansas City Royals 2, Cleveland Indians 1
Tampa Bay Rays 10, Detroit Tigers 2
New York Yankees 21, Texas Rangers 5
Houston Astros 10, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5

MLB Interleague
Baltimore Orioles 7, Atlanta Braves 3
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Toronto Blue Jays 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Minnesota Twins 7
Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Seattle Mariners 4
Oakland Athletics 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

Indiana Fever 75, Connecticut Sun 73 (OT)
Phoenix Mercury 89, Chicago Sky 87 (OT)

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
2:20 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs
3:45 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants
7:10 p.m. – San Diego Padres at New York Mets
7:10 p.m. – Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
8:15 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals

MLB American League
12:10 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
12:10 p.m. – Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
7:10 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Houston Astros
8:05 p.m. – New York Yankees at Texas Rangers

MLB Interleague
1:10 p.m. – Pittsburgh Pirates at Minnesota Twins
3:40 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at Seattle Mariners
7:05 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Baltimore Orioles
7:07 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays
10:10 p.m. – Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Dodgers

11:30 a.m. – Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics
7:00 p.m. – New York Liberty at Indiana Fever
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx
8:00 p.m. – Atlanta Dream at San Antonio Stars