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Lance "W"ynn continues hot streak with arm and bat in recording league-leading win
Lance Lynn won his fourth straight start and delivered an RBI double after yet another error by Washington, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored three unearned runs to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 Saturday. Tony Cruz drove in two runs for the Cardinals (11-7), who have won nine of the last 10 games between the teams. St. Louis took control with a three-run second inning fueled by third baseman Anthony Rendon's throwing error, capped by Lynn's first career extra-base hit. The Nationals, in their first season under former Gold Glove third baseman Matt Williams, are averaging more than an error per game and lead the majors in miscues. Lynn (4-0) gave up one run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in becoming the NL's first four-game winner. After the right-hander lost his control in the sixth, Kevin Siegrist retired Danny Espinosa on a two-out fly ball with the bases loaded. Trevor Rosenthal worked the ninth for his fifth save, but not without difficulty. Washington (10-8) put runners on second and third with one out, and Kevin Frandsen drove in a run with a groundout before Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth on three pitches. Espinosa homered for the Nationals, but he was the only player to get past first base against Lynn until the sixth. Zimmermann (1-1) allowed four runs, only one of them earned, in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two. The Cards will look for their first four-game series win Sunday as Shelby Miller (1-2) will look for his second win-in-a-row against "The Phenom" Stephen Strasburg (1-2). First pitch at 12:35 pm on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.
James Young to enter NBA Draft, Marcus Lee to stay for sophomore season
Kentucky freshman James Young is one-and-done at Kentucky, opting officially to leave school after one year and pursue an NBA career. "My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the next step to the NBA," Young said in a statement. "I've learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from coach and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support." Young also thanked teammates and Kentucky fans. Young's NBA prospects were good before signing at Kentucky, but in the preseason his stock rose especially high. During the 2013-14 UK campaign Young hit 82 3-pointers at a 42.6-percent clip. He averaged 14.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. On the flip side, freshman forward Marcus Lee will return to the Kentucky men's basketball program for the 2014-15 season. "I've really enjoyed my college experience and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year." The 6-foot-9 forward was called upon in Kentucky's Final Four run and he answered the call with a 10-point, eight-rebound, two-block performance in the Elite Eight against Michigan. He finished the tournament shooting 70 percent from the field and was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team. "I'm excited for Marcus and think he's barely scratched the surface of what he's capable of," head coach John Calipari said. "In addition to his athleticism and the energy level he brings, the experience he gained in the NCAA Tournament this year will be immeasurable for us next season."
Murray High releases boys basketball coach
Murray High School is looking for a new boys' basketball coach. Murray Independent Schools Superintendent Bob Rogers said Joey Adair was let go Monday. Adair went 38-36 over his three seasons as Murray's head coach. His best season was this past year when the Tigers went 15-11. Rogers said Adair will stay on as a teacher. The head coaching position was posted Wednesday and Rogers said he is hoping to hire the best coach available.
KHSAA releases realignment of football districts for 2015
Here is the proposed Kentucky high school football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons for district one teams. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Board of Control still must give final approval of the alignment at its meeting on May 12. Class A - Crittenden County, Fulton City, Fulton County, Russellville; Class AA - Ballard Memorial, Mayfield, Murray, Webster County; Class AAA - Caldwell Co, Fort Campbell, Paducah Tilghman, Trigg County, Union County; Class AAAA - Calloway County, Hopkins County Central, Hopkinsville, Logan County, Madisonville-North Hopkins; Class AAAAA - Apollo, Christian County, Graves County, Marshall County, Owensboro; Class AAAAAA - Daviess County, Henderson County, McCracken County, Muhlenberg County, Ohio County.
Cauley-Stein to return to Kentucky, while Harrell will stay at Louisville
Willie Cauley-Stein announced that he is passing on the chance to enter the NBA draft and intends to be back in uniform at Kentucky next season. The 7-foot center averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks this past season before suffering what turned out to be a season-ending right ankle injury against Louisville in the Sweet 16 and sitting out the remainder of the NCAA tournament. "I'm proud to say I'm coming back for my junior year," Cauley-Stein said on Twitter. "I still have an empty spot to fulfill and in no rush to leave the best fans in the USA!" Between Cauley-Stein, sophomore-to-be Marcus Lee and incoming freshmen Karl Towns and Trey Lyles, Kentucky will have at least four former McDonald's All-Americans 6-foot-9 and taller next season. And the frontcourt would only get stronger if 7-foot freshman Dakari Johnson and 6-foot-8 sophomore Alex Poythress were also to come back. Meanwhile, Montrezl Harrell announced his surprising decision to stay in school via Twitter. Wrote the sophomore in a tweet that included a picture of himself in a Louisville uniform., "Been on my mind heavy but I love the feeling of being a Louisville Cardinal [and] I will be wearing this for the next year." The return of Harrell is a surprise because he likely would have been selected in the middle of the first round had he turned pro. He averaged 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds during a breakout sophomore season and tallied double-doubles in six of his final 11 games, helping Louisville finish 31-6 and reach the Sweet 16.
First weekend back at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway a success for Calvert City
Tanner English won the UMP Late Model feature race Saturday night as Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway reopened after three years of inactivity. English, who resides in Benton, led all the way in the 20-lap main event. Troy English of Calvert City, won the Pro (Crate) Late Model feature. Trent Young of Hopkinsville won the Modified feature. Tony Cruse of Paducah captured the Stock Car feature. The 3/8-mile dirt oval opened under new ownership with a field of 64 cars in four divisions.
Cardinals extend GM Mozeliak's contract
The St. Louis Cardinals extended the contract of general manager John Mozeliak for two years through the 2018 season. Mozeliak, 45, has been with the Cardinals organization for the last 19 seasons, the last six as GM. During Mozeliak's tenure, the Cardinals have been to the postseason four times, winning two National League pennants, and a World Series in 2011. The Cardinals have also been recognized twice by Baseball America as the organization of the year (2011 and 2013). "I think what we've been able to accomplish here is something we all take a lot of pride in, but we also know every year is a new year and every year has new challenges," Mozeliak said. "I think that's the exciting thing about working with this group. It's innovative, it's creative and it's not looking back. It's about looking forward." Mozeliak has negotiated contracts to keep several key players under team control, including Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter. Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt said he thought the time was right to extend Mozeliak. "Given where we are and how the organization's doing, it was appropriate for us to do it," DeWitt said. "It was pretty hectic during spring training and the first part of the season, so we felt it was appropriate to do it now. "We really didn't have a lot of discussions. I met with him when we opened the season in Cincinnati. I talked to him about it at that time and we did it pretty quickly."
Calipari to speak at Paducah's Carson Center
University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari is scheduled to speak June 22 at Paducah's Four Rivers Carson Center. Tickets go on sale May 2 through the Carson Center's box office. Log-on to www.thecarsoncenter.org or call (270) 450-4444. Two local charities, Easter Seals of Western Kentucky and The Carson Center will receive a percentage of the proceeds. Fans will have the opportunity to hear him speak about basketball, leadership, teamwork and the importance of family. Fans can also pick up his latest book, "Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out."
Chris Johnson officially released by Titans
Running back Chris Johnson has been released by the Tennessee Titans. "As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans," general manager Ruston Webster said in a release. "Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our team. We have had an open dialogue with Chris' agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. "We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us." The lightning-fast Johnson was one of the league's most dynamic and explosive playmakers early in his career. He ran for 2,006 yards in 2009 and is one of only six players to run for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons. But Johnson averaged a career-worst 3.9 yards a carry and didn't have a run longer than 30 yards in 2013. He was scheduled to make $8 million in 2014. The Titans found the combination of sinking production and high cost to be unpalatable and are expected to draft a running back to work with Shonn Greene and free-agent addition Dexter McCluster out of the backfield. Johnson was the 24th selection in the 2008 draft out of East Carolina. After three seasons, when he ranked as one of the league's best values, he sold himself as a "playmaker" who shouldn't be constrained by the values placed on running backs, and after a training camp holdout in 2011, he got a four-year, $54 million contract. He's made $31 million over the past three years. The Titans save $4 million with the move and will carry $4 million in dead money.
HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
Baseball: Christian Co. 2 Hopkinsville 1 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Crittenden Co. 3 Trigg Co. 2 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Graves Co. 2 Logan Co. 1 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Henry Co., Tenn. 3 Calloway Co. 2 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Livingston Cen. 15 Dawson Springs 1 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Madisonville-NH 10 Webster Co. 0 Final (4/18)
Baseball: McCracken Co. 4 Memphis University School, Tenn. 0 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Tilghman 4 Marshall Co. 3 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Union Co. Cen. 12 Hopkins Co. Cen. 9 Final (4/18)
Softball: Graves Co. 12 Apollo 2 Final (4/18)
Softball: Graves Co. 7 East Jessamine 5 Final (4/18)
Softball: Henderson Co. 11 Ryle 0 Final (4/18)
Softball: Madisonville-NH 9 Christian Academy-L'Ville 5 Final (4/18)
Softball: Madisonville-NH 7 Marshall Co. 4 Final (4/18)
Softball: Marshall Co. 6 Warren East 3 Final (4/18)
Softball: McCracken Co. 5 Franklin-Simpson 2 Final (4/18)
Softball: McCracken Co. 8 Bullitt East 0 Final (4/18)
Softball: Muhlenberg Co. 14 Calloway Co. 3 Final (4/18)
Softball: Union Co. 6 Assumption 4 Final (4/18)
Softball: Union Co. 12 Grayson Co. 2 Final (4/18)
Softball: Crittenden Co. 3 Caldwell Co. 0 Final (4/18)
Softball: Hopkins Co. Cen. 15 Trigg Co. 1 Final (4/18)
Softball: Murray 10 Fulton City 0 Final (4/18)
Softball: Tilghman 17 Pope Co., IL 4 Final (4/18)
Softball: Webster Co. 8 Lyon Co. 5 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Marshall Co. 5 Calloway Co. 0 Final (4/17)
Baseball: Graves Co. 12 Tilghman 1 Final (4/17)
Baseball: Henderson Co. 12 Madisonville-NH 0 Final (4/17)
Baseball: Mayfield 5 Union Co. 4 Final (4/17)
Baseball: South Fulton, TN 6 Carlisle Co. 5 Final (4/17)
Baseball: Trigg Co. 5 Stewart Co., TN 2 Final (4/17)
Baseball: Union City, TN 11 Fulton City 3 Final (4/17)
Softball: Christian Co. 2 Calloway Co. 0 Final (4/17)
Softball: CFS 12 Fulton Co. 1 Final (4/17)
Softball: Henderson Co. 6 Union Co. 0 Final (4/17)
Softball: Hopkins Co. Cen. 8 Caldwell Co. 3 Final (4/17)
1ST REGION ALL "A" CLASSIC
Baseball: St. Mary 6 Murray 2 Final (4/16)
Softball: Ballard Mem. 5 Carlisle Co. 0 Final (4/17)
Softball: Ballard Mem. 9 Hickman Co. 6 Final (4/16)
Softball: Murray 18 Mayfield 3 Final (4/16)
Softball: St. Mary 22 Fulton Co. 0 Final (4/16)
Softball: Carlisle Co. 15 CFS 0 Final (4/15)
2ND REGION ALL "A" CLASSIC
Softball: Livingston Cen. 7 UHA 0 Final (4/18)
Baseball: Caldwell Co. 3 Crittenden Co. 0 Final (4/16)
Baseball: Lyon Co. 13 Dawson Springs 3 Final (4/16)
Softball: Livingston Cen. 11 Dawson Springs 0 Final (4/17)
Softball: UHA 11 Crittenden Co. 3 Final (4/17)
Softball: Livingston Cen. 14 Caldwell Co. 0 Final (4/15)
Softball: UHA 7 Lyon Co. 2 Final (4/15)
Baseball: Apollo 7 Hopkinsville 3 Final (4/16)
Baseball: Henderson Co. 2 Christian Co. 0 Final (4/16)
Baseball: UHA 12 Ft. Campbell 2 Final (4/16)
Softball: Madisonville-NH 9 Hopkins Co. Cen. 1 Final (4/16)
Baseball: Marshall Co. 3 Calloway Co. 1 Final (4/15)
Softball: Hopkinsville 5 Webster Co. 3 Final (4/15)