Cards get swept right off the "Cobb" as bats stay lifeless in finale with Rays
Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Rays' seventh straight win. Cobb (6-6) blanked the Cardinals on five hits over seven innings. It was the fourth time he has thrown at least seven innings without an earned run this season. Cobb missed 50 games last season with a concussion after he was hit near the right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer. Jake McGee pitched the ninth inning for his ninth save in 10 opportunities. The Cardinals (54-47) only real chance of scoring came in the sixth inning after Matt Carpenter hit a lead-off double, only to be thrown out at home on a grounder from Matt Holliday with only one out. On any other night, Lance Lynn (11-7) would have had a start most would be proud of, 6 1/3 innings with two runs earned on six hits, but not when the Cardinals themselves on mustered five hits all night. Cobb also had his bat working as he drove in the first run of the night in the first inning as a double brought home Yunel Escobar in what would be the deciding factor. The Rays have won 25 of their last 36 games and are 13-4 in July. On June 29, they had the worst record in the majors and have passed 11 teams since. Tampa Bay (49-53) completed its road trip at 5-0 and its eight-game road winning streak ties the franchise record set twice. It's a day off the Birds as they fly to the north side of Chicago for a three-game frame with the Cubbies (41-57) that begins on Friday. The pitching match-up will feature Joe Kelly (2-1, 2.84 ERA) against Travis Wood (7-9, 5.12 ERA). Pregame at 2:10 pm, first pitch at 3:05 pm on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.
Movert claims $4K Modified money at KLMS
For the third time in three appearances at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Matt Mevert dominated the Modified feature Saturday night to claim big prize money. The Steeleville, Ill., driver outran Nick Hoffman and added to the victories he scored on June 14 and June 28 in races that paid $3,000 to win. Saturday night's win paid $4,000. Other winners on the program included Tim Brown, who won for the second week in a row in Late Model; Jeff Walston in Pro (Crate) Late Model; and Mike Hodges in Stock Car.
Molina suffers thumb injury, Cards sign Kottaras as replacement
St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his right thumb that will require surgery. Molina, who could miss eight to 12 weeks, was injured when he planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into third base in the second inning of a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He caught another half-inning before he was taken out for a pinch hitter in the third inning, and he had an MRI which showed the damage. Molina said it would take five weeks for the thumb to heal after surgery and then he'd begin a rehab program. Therefore, the Cardinals have claimed veteran catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians. Kottaras has low batting averages and struggles to throw out base-stealers, but his combination of power and plate discipline is elite among catchers and his career .741 OPS is well above average for the position. He's topped a .700 OPS every season since 2010, posting a combined .330 on-base percentage and .420 slugging percentage during that time.
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)