Cards trade for Cleveland's Masterson
While still trying to swing a trade for an ace pitcher, the St. Louis Cardinals hedged their bet by acquiring Justin Masterson of the Cleveland Indians. In return, the Indians received outfield prospect James Ramsey. Yet, even with the arrival of Masterson, a high-ranking Cardinals' executive said the Cardinals still remain in the hunt for David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays or Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox. Masterson, a free agent at the season's conclusion, has been a huge disappointment for Cleveland this season, with a drop in velocity. He was their opening-day starter, but is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA. He is currently on the DL with a sore right knee, but was scheduled to start Friday against the Texas Rangers. Masterson has been crushed by left-handers this season, yielding a .330 batting average while right-handers are hitting .214.
Errors + lack of capitalization = Frustrating start to series as Friars edge Birds
Jedd Gyorko singled in Yangervis Solarte with the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth inning and Tyson Ross and the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Tuesday night. Ross, a first-time All-Star, won his third straight start by holding St. Louis (56-49) to one run and four hits in six innings, while stranding runners on third in back-to-back innings. He struck out seven, including fanning the side in his last inning. It was the eighth time Ross (10-10) went six-plus innings and allowed two or fewer runs, the second-longest such streak in the majors. Gyorko returned Monday from a 44-game stay on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis. His run-scoring single to left off Lance Lynn came just as it seemed the Padres would strand two runners. Lynn's (11-8) six innings pitched was marred by throwing errors from Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday, that attributed both unearned runs scoring. Solarte homered into the short porch in right with two outs in the seventh off of Jason Motte. It was his second with the Padres (47-59) and eighth overall. Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his third save. Trying to find some consistency in the win column, the Cards will look to Joe Kelly (2-1, 3.90 ERA) on Wednesday as he duels with Jesse Hahn (6-2, 2.12 ERA). Pregame at 8:15 pm, first pitch at 9:10 pm on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.
Cardinals, Pierzynski agree to deal
For A.J. Pierzynski, the opportunity for a fresh start with a perennial contender was too good to pass up. Pierzynski on Saturday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, choosing them from among several suitors, 10 days after being released by the Boston Red Sox. The veteran catcher didn't divulge what other teams showed interest in him, but said playing for a contender was a priority. Pierzynski, 37, now with his sixth team in 17 seasons, spoke with St. Louis manager Mike Matheny before signing and expressed his desire to continue playing and willingness to accept whatever role was best for the team. The Cardinals have been looking for a steady presence behind the plate since All-Star Yadier Molina went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 9. Molina underwent surgery on July 11 and is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.
Area student places in National Rodeo
Rylen Sutherland of Marshall County recently competed in the National Junior High Rodeo Finals in Des Moines, Iowa and received numerous honors. Sutherland cracked the top-20 in the short go event, ranked 14th nationally in Goat Tying, and along with Haley Faust from Cynthiana, finished 18th nationally in Ribbon Roping. Additionally, Sutherland's horse Dee received the award for Professional's Choice for National Elite Equine Athlete Reserve Champion, which netted Sutherland a $500 scholarship. Dee also ended up in 4th place for AQHA Horse of the Year.
Three Bluegrass stars picked in NBA Draft
Three former collegiate basketball players from the Commonwealth are now apart of the big leagues as the 2014 NBA Draft comes to a conclusion. First, the University of Kentucky saw both "one-and-done's" go in round number one. Julius Randle, 6'9", 250 lbs, PF, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the seventh overall pick. Randle averaged 15 PPG and 10.4 RPG as a freshman with the Wildcats in leading them to the national championship game. His former teammate, 6'7", 203 lbs, SG James Young, will now become his archrival as the Boston Celtics took him with the 17th overall pick. Young averaged 14.3 PPG during his freshman campaign while making 41 percent of all shots, and 35 percent behind the line. Finally, only one of three possible University of Louisville Cardinals were taken in the 2014 Draft as PG Russ Smith, 6'1", 160 lbs, will be going to the Philadelphia 76ers as the 17th pick of the second round, 47th overall. Smith averaged 18.2 PPG and 4.6 APG in his senior season with the Cards, which culminated in a Sweet Sixteen exit to the Wildcats. The two other potential UofL candidates to become undrafted free agents are Luke Hancock and Chane Behanan. The number one overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers was standout Kansas freshman, Andrew Wiggins, 6'8", 197 lbs, SF/SG.
Murray State unveils new athletic logos
Murray State University unveiled an updated athletic identity and branding initiatives, highlighted by a primary logo that will be very familiar to Racer fans, but noticeably fine-tuned and user-friendly across a wide variety of platforms and applications (as seen above). In addition, the university is introducing a number of secondary marks and a unique typography that will allow the athletic brand to grow and capitalize on the popularity of the Racers. The marks were designed by nationally recognized firm Joe Bosack and Co. The University Store on Murray State's campus will have apparel and other merchandise with the new logo in stock by July 1.
Racers accept bid to play in inaugural Challenge in Music City
The Murray State Racers men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Challenge In Music City in Nashville, Tenn., at Municipal Auditorium. The three-day event, Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30), includes the Racers, Drake, Portland and Valparaiso. The format for the Challenge In Music City is round-robin with each team getting in three games. The Challenge in Music City also means the Racers will get to play three games at the site of the OVC Tournament that is played in March at the downtown arena. The schedule calls for the Drake Bulldogs and Valparaiso Crusaders to meet in the first game (Nov. 28) at 5:00 pm, with the Racers meeting Portland in the second game. Day two (Nov. 29) has the Portland Pilots and Drake meeting in the 5:00 pm game with Murray State facing Valparaiso in the late game. Day three (Nov. 30) will match Portland and Valparaiso in a 1:00 pm tip, with the Racers meeting Drake afterwards.
Calipari, Kentucky agree to $52M extension
John Calipari and the University of Kentucky have agreed to a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension. Calipari has led the Wildcats to a national championship, three Final Fours and four Elite Eight appearances in five seasons as the Kentucky men's basketball coach. He was the subject of great speculation during the Wildcats' 2014 run to the national championship game as a number of NBA head coaching positions came open. Calipari's total compensation from the school will rise to $7 milllion, from the $6.5 million he will get for the 2014-15 campaign. Under Calipari's prior terms, he was scheduled to make $5.2 million in 2014-15. Calipari's pay is set to increase to $7.25 million in 2016-17, $7.75 million in 2017-18 and then $8 million for each of the deal's final three seasons. The revised deal eliminates all of the on-court team performance bonuses for which Calipari had been eligible. He will remain eligible for a $50,000 annual bonus if the team's NCAA Academic Progress Rate figure is at least 950. Kentucky did increase the value of retention bonuses. If Calipari remains in his position as Kentucky's coach on July 31, 2016, he will receive $1.6 million. Those bonuses increase by between $150,000 and $500,000 each year through 2021.
Tennessee Titans take six in 2014 NFL Draft
The 2014 NFL Draft is over and the Tennessee Titans have filled key positions under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. With the 11th pick, the Titans picked up 6'7", 308 lbs OT Taylor Lewan from Michigan. The 2nd round, 54th overall pick stuck on the offensive side of the ball with Bishop Sankey, a 5'9" 209 lbs RB from Washington. The Titans did not have a pick in the third round, but added two defensive juggernauts in the 4th round with 6'4" 322 lbs DT DaQuan Jones from Penn State being the 112th pick and 5'11" 196 FS Marqueston Huff from Wyoming coming in at pick 122. The only Kentucky Wildcat of the draft went to Tennessee in the 5th round as 6'1" 246 lbs ILB Avery Williamson was pick 151. Finally, the Titans added some protection for QB Jake Locker with a top-pick from the SEC in 6th rounder Zach Mettenberger at 6'5" and 224 lbs. The LSU QB was pick 178.
UofL star Bridgewater drafted by Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings failed to trade back into the first round to draft quarterback Johnny Manziel, but were able to jump back up to nab Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the Vikings tried to trade with the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 22 to draft Manziel, but the Cleveland Browns made a better offer. The Vikings rated the Texas A&M signal-caller as the top quarterback on their board, according to team sources. It could be a failed trade that makes Vikings fans wince with every Fran Tarkenton-esque play Johnny Football makes in Cleveland. "I was just able to establish relationships with Rick Spielman, the GM, coach (Norv) Turner, the offensive coordinator, and Scott (Turner), the quarterbacks coach," Bridgewater told NFL Media's Deion Sanders. "So I felt very comfortable that I was going to end up in Minnesota, someway, somehow." Several teams believed that Bridgewater was the most NFL-ready quarterback, despite some question marks. His college tape was better than other quarterback prospects. Also, Adrian Peterson running the ball won't hurt a young quarterback one bit. Bridgewater could take a proverbial redshirt season behind Matt Cassel as he learns Turner's offense. The Vikings might have whiffed on Manziel, but Bridgewater was a great consolation prize for a franchise still trying to get over the missed Ponder pick. Bridgewater was the last draft pick of the first round.
HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
Football: West Kentucky All-Stars 24 Southern Illinois All-Stars 15 Final (6/14)
KHSAA STATE FINALS
Baseball: St. Xavier 5 Simon Kenton 2 Final (6/7)
Softball: Scott Co. 7 McCracken Co. 6 Final (6/7)
KHSAA STATE SEMI-FINALS
Softball: McCracken Co. 5 Male 4 Final (6/7)
Softball: Scott Co. 4 Male 2 Final (6/7)
Baseball: Simon Kenton 11 South Laurel 1 Final (6/6)
Baseball: St. Xavier 13 North Bullitt 4 Final (6/6)
KHSAA STATE QUARTER-FINALS
Softball: McCracken Co. 10 Mercy 3 Final (6/7)
Softball: Male 6 McCracken Co. 5 Final (6/6)
Softball: Scott Co. 6 Apollo 5 Final (6/6)
Baseball: Simon Kenton 1 Hazard 0 Final (6/5)
Baseball: South Laurel 4 South Warren 1 Final (6/5)
Baseball: North Bullitt 4 Conner 3 Final (6/5)
Baseball: St. Xavier (L'Ville) 6 Johnson Cen. 3 Final (6/5)
KHSAA STATE FIFTH ROUND
Softball: McCracken Co. 13 Madisonville-NH 5 Final (6/6)
Softball: Mercy 6 Apollo 0 Final (6/6)
KHSAA STATE FOURTH ROUND
Softball: Madisonville-NH 4 Ashland Blazer 2 Final (6/6)
Softball: Mercy 4 Green Co. 2 Final (6/6)
KHSAA STATE THIRD ROUND
Softball: Madisonville-NH 11 South Laurel 1 Final (6/6)
Softball: Ashland Blazer 12 Highlands 0 Final (6/6)
Softball: Green Co. 8 Anderson Co. 5 Final (6/6)
Softball: Mercy 8 George Rogers Clark 0 Final (6/6)
KHSAA STATE SECOND ROUND
Softball: Male 3 Mercy 2 Final (6/6)
Softball: McCracken Co. 10 Anderson Co. 0 Final (6/6)
Softball: Apollo 12 Highlands 2 Final (6/6)
Softball: Scott Co. 6 South Laurel 0 Final (6/6)
Softball: Madisonville-NH 8 Greenwood 2 Final (6/6)
Softball: Ashland Blazer 1 Johnson Cen. 0 Final (6/6)
Softball: Green Co. 10 Estill Co. 9 Final (6/6)
Softball: George Rogers Clark 2 East Jessamine 1 Final (6/6)
KHSAA STATE OPENING ROUND
Softball: Male 16 Greenwood 1 Final (6/5)
Softball: Mercy 4 Madisonville-NH 0 Final (6/5)
Softball: McCracken Co. 7 Ashland Blazer 0 Final (6/5)
Softball: Anderson Co. 9 Johnson Cen. 1 Final (6/5)
Softball: Apollo 3 Green Co. 2 Final (6/5)
Softball: Highlands 4 Estill Co. 1 Final (6/5)
Softball: Scott. Co. 8 East Jessamine 3 Final (6/5)
Softball: South Laurel 5 George Rogers Clark 2 Final (6/5)
Baseball: North Bullitt 6 Elizabethtown 5 Final (6/3)
Baseball: Conner 12 Boyd Co. 0 Final (6/3)
Baseball: Johnson Cen. 8 Tates Creek 4 Final (6/3)
Baseball: St. Xavier (L'Ville) 2 Union Co. 1 Final (6/3)
Baseball: Simon Kenton 2 Southwestern 1 Final (6/2)
Baseball: Hazard 5 McCracken Co. 1 Final (6/2)
Baseball: South Warren 4 Daviess Co. 0 Final (6/2)
Baseball: South Laurel 4 Scott 1 Final (6/2)
1ST REGION TOURNAMENT FINALS
Baseball: McCracken Co. 4 St. Mary 0 Final (5/28)
Softball: McCracken Co. 7 Graves Co. 0 Final (5/29)
2ND REGION TOURNAMENT FINALS
Baseball: Union Co. 6 Christian Co. 0 Final (5/29)
Softball: Madisonville-NH 10 Livingston Cen. 9 Final (5/28)