Despite the rain, Cards break out the broom and clean up the mess in sweep of Cincy
Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep. Reds starter Johnny Cueto (15-7) was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings, and his seven-game winning streak ended. The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept the Reds at home for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008. Cincinnati (61-66) has lost 10 of 12, with Cueto getting the two wins. Jon Jay had three hits, scored twice and was plunked by a pitch for the sixth time in six games for St. Louis (69-57). He is batting .514 (18 for 35) during a 12-game hitting streak, and has been hit by a pitch a majors-leading 16 times. Lynn (14-8) gave up four singles and was set to pitch the eighth leading 5-0 before a 58-minute rain delay ended his outing. The Reds scored three times in the ninth, and Trevor Rosenthal got two outs for his 37th save in 42 chances. Brandon Phillips got his first hit of the series, a single in the Reds seventh for the 1,500th of his career. Pinch-hitter Kris Negron had an RBI infield hit in the ninth. Cueto had numerous mound conferences with catcher Bryan Pena and was pulled after walking Lynn on four pitches to load the bases with none out in the sixth. Cueto had been 7-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his previous eight starts, including 3-0 this month. But matched his shortest outing of the year and season high with four walks, plus hit two batters. Jay singled and scored on Matt Holliday's double in the third. Jay reached on a two-out infield hit in the fifth, leading to Peralta's three-run double. It's a "Happy Flight" for the Birds on the Bat as they head to the City of Brotherly Love for a weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies (56-71). Friday's game one match-up will feature Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.40 ERA) against Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.90 ERA). Pregame at 5:10 pm, first pitch at 6:05 pm on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.
Oh so close! Cats see Bahamas sweep slip away late as Dominican's edge UK in finale
Kentucky got another test Sunday as it concluded its exhibition series in the Bahamas. UK lost 63-62 when the Dominican Republic's Jack Martinez hit a fade-away in the lane with 3.4 seconds left. After scoring, he turned toward UK Coach John Calipari and brought a hand to his throat. UK did not score in the final 4:30. UK finished with a 5-1 record as part of the Big Blue Bahamas Tour where the won their games by an average of 20 points. UK led 59-48 with less than seven minutes to go. UK rallied to a 36-29 halftime lead. With less than eight minutes left in the first half, the Cats trailed 24-17. Both teams shot 40 percent from the field as Tyler Ullis led the Cats with 16 points while the Dominican's saw Liz Victor pour in 19 points. The true story in the Cats loss was fatigue and missed free throws. Kentucky was playing their 6th game in eight days, including a 12 point win against the Dominican's on Friday. Additionally, UK only went 11-for-16 from the line while the Dominican's chalked up a 14-for-17 mark.
Locker shines while bench dims as Saints rally to edge Titans in New Orleans
Jimmy Graham caught two touchdown passes, celebrating both with now-banned celebratory dunks over the goal post, and the New Orleans Saints earned a 31-24 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Friday night. With star quarterback Drew Brees resting his sore abdomen, Luke McCown started for New Orleans (2-0) and threw both of Graham's scores. Ryan Griffin also had two TD passes for New Orleans. Titans starter Jake Locker was 8 of 10 for 75 yards and a TD to Justin Hunter. Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger passed for his first two TDs as a pro, but was also intercepted once as the Titans (1-1) turned the ball over five times. The Titans will stay in the NFC South for the third of four preseason games as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons (1-0). Kickoff at 6:00 pm.
UK Alumni Basketball game cancelled
Kentucky has canceled its alumni charity basketball game on August 24 because several former key Wildcats are unavailable. The school said in a release that former UK players DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are participating with Team USA, while John Wall has a commitment in China. The release also said the game was canceled out of respect to Indianapolis Pacers forward Paul George and players' unease over his leg injury sustained during camp earlier this month. Kentucky coach John Calipari said in the release that while there were enough former Wildcats to field a team, "it was becoming increasingly difficult to secure enough members for the non-UK team." Anyone was has purchased a ticket for the game will be getting a full refund.
Cards send Kelly, Craig to Boston, get Lackey, prospect in return
The St. Louis Cardinals are sending starting pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox for starting pitcher, and two-time world champion John Lackey, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network. Lackey, 35, has a 3.60 ERA, 7.6K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 0.98 HR/9, and 46.9 percent groundball rate in 137 1/3 innings this year. Lackey is under contract for only $500,000 next season thanks to a creative vesting option that was triggered by his elbow reconstruction. Additionally, the Cardinals received a minor-league pitching prospect in lefty Corey Littrell, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2012 after being a four-year starter for the University of Kentucky.
Cards trade for Cleveland's Masterson
The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Justin Masterson of the Cleveland Indians. In return, the Indians received outfield prospect James Ramsey. 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. Masterson has been crushed by left-handers this season, yielding a .330 batting average while right-handers are hitting .214.
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.
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.
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HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
Boys Soccer: Apollo 9 Dawson Springs 1 Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: Graves Co. 5 Calloway Co. 0 Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: Logan Co. 7 Hopkins Co. Cen. 1 Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: Lyon Co. 6 Mayfield 1 Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: Marshall Co. 3 Tilghman 0 Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: Murray 2 Madisonville-NH 1 Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: Owensboro Sr. 1 Henderson Co. 0 Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: St. Mary 5 Ballard Mem. 0 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Caldwell Co. 5 Ft. Campbell 3 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Calloway Co. 11 Trigg Co. 1 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Christian Co. 6 Muhlenberg Co. 0 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Hopkinsville 5 Henderson Co. 0 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Madisonville-NH 10 Dawson Springs 0 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Mayfield 7 Lyon Co. 1 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: St. Mary 5 Ballard Mem. 1 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Union Co. 4 Crittenden Co. 3 Final (8/19)
Girls Soccer: Webster Co. 4 Hopkins Co. Cen. 1 Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Calloway Co. 2 Fulton City 0 (25-14, 25-14) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Carlisle Co. 3 Mayfield 0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-8) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: CCA 3 Tilghman 0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-12) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Daviess Co. 3 Hopkins Co. Cen. 0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-12) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Henderson Co. 3 Webster Co. 0 (25-6, 25-5, 25-5) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Madisonville-NH 3 Ft. Campbell 1 (25-7, 25-27, 25-13, 25-18) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Marshall Co. 3 Hickman Co. 0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-4) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: St. Mary 3 Fulton Co. 1 (25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 25-15) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Todd Co. Cen. 3 Hopkinsville 2 (12-25, 27-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13) Final (8/19)
Volleyball: Union Co. 3 Crittenden Co. 0 (25-10, 26-24, 25-23) Final (8/19)
Boys Soccer: Christian Co. 1 UHA 0 Final (8/18)
Boys Soccer: McCracken Co. 10 St. Mary 0 Final (8/18)
Boys Soccer: Trigg Co. 6 Ft. Campbell 1 Final (8/18)
Girls Soccer: Caldwell Co. 7 Trigg Co. 0 Final (8/18)
Girls Soccer: McCracken Co. 8 St. Mary 0 Final (8/18)
Girls Soccer: Union Co. 9 Dawson Springs 2 Final (8/18)
Volleyball: Fulton City 2 Mayfield 0 (25-12, 25-22) Final (8/18)
Volleyball: Graves Co. 3 CCA 1 (25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21) Final (8/18)
Volleyball: Livingston Cen. 3 Tilghman 0 (25-19, 25-4, 25-23) Final (8/18)
Volleyball: Madisonville-NH 3 Webster Co. (25-13, 25-14, 25-13) Final (8/18)
Volleyball: Marshall Co. 3 Ballard Mem. 1 (25-19, 15-25, 25-23, 26-24) Final (8/18)
Volleyball: Muhlenberg Co. 3 Hopkinsville 1 (25-23, 25-15, 19-25, 25-17) Final (8/18)
Volleyball: Murray 3 Carlisle Co. 0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-13) Final (8/18)
Volleyball: West Creek, Tenn. 3 UHA 1 (25-14, 25-11, 22-25, 25-18) Final (8/18)