Sunday 19th September 2021


The draw for the Region 1 Baseball Tournament at McCracken County High School was held yesterday. The tournament begins at 10 am Saturday with Marshall County facing Hickman County followed by McCracken County and Mayfield at 12:30. At 3 pm, it is Graves County taking on St. Mary, with the Calloway County vs Carlisle County game rounding out the opening round. The semifinals will be held Monday at 5 and 7:30 with the championship game set for Tuesday at 6.

The pairings for the Region 1 Softball Tournament will be announced once the 2nd District Tournament Championship game is played between McCracken County and Paducah Tilghman. Yesterday’s draw was ruled void. According to KHSAA rules, no draw may take place until all district tournament games have been played.

Southeast Missouri State has won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 2020-21 school year. It marks the first Cup title for Southeast Missouri since the award began in 2008-09. The Redhawks were in first place after the 2019-20 winter championships before the remainder of the year was canceled due to the pandemic and the honor was not awarded. The Redhawks finished with 119.0 points, 7.5 points better than second place Belmont. Murray State finished fourth with 109.5 points.

The Memphis Grizzlies’ season is over after a 126-110 Game Five loss to the Jazz in Utah. Ja Morant had 27 points and 11 assists and Dillon Brooks also scored 27. Donovan Mitchell had a great game for Utah with 30 points and 10 assists, and Rudy Gobert finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds.

The Dodgers scored eleven first inning runs en route to a 14-3 win over the Cardinals in LA. Carlos Martínez got the loss after giving up ten runs in less than an inning of work. Paul Goldschmidt and Dylan Carlson each homered for St. Louis, which dropped two of three in the series. The Cards host the Reds tonight, with airtime at 6:20 on Classic Hits WNBS AM and FM.

In the minors, the Memphis Redbirds lost 7-0 to the Toledo Mud Hens in Memphis. Zack Thompson allowed just two runs in his start for Memphis but reliever Garrett Williams surrendered four earned runs in the final two innings. The Louisville Bats beat the St. Paul Saints 6-2 in Louisville. The Bats were held scoreless until the eighth inning when they scored six runs to secure the win. Nashville won at Charlotte 7-4

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is reacting to the retirement of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski who announced yesterday that next season will be his last. Calipari said Krzyzewski’s excellence has pushed all other coaches and his name is synonymous not only with Duke, but with college basketball. Duke and UK are scheduled to play each other in November at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Horse trainer Bob Baffert is being suspended from Churchill Downs in Kentucky for two years. News of the suspension that takes effect right away following another positive drug test by Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit. The suspension means Baffert or any trainer employed by his group can’t enter a horse in any race at Churchill Downs.

Former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch is on the 2022 College Football Hall Of Fame ballot. Couch was the 1998 SEC Player of the Year and twice finished in the top ten in Heisman voting. He set seven NCAA records, 14 SEC records and 26 program records as QB of the Wildcats.

OVC Champion Southeast Missouri is the No. 4 seed in the Oxford Regional of the NCAA Baseball Championship and will play #1 seed Ole Miss on Friday night. Florida State and Southern Miss will also play on Friday in the Oxford Regional. It marks the third-straight tournament the OVC champion has been sent to Oxford. Three years ago Tennessee Tech, who received an at-large selection, won the Oxford Regional by defeating Ole Miss. Tennessee hosts a regional which includes Duke, Liberty, and Wright State. Vanderbilt also hosts a regional that includes Georgia Tech, Presbyterian and Indiana State. The Volunteers’ games are sold out, beginning with the opener against Wright State.

Legendary Duke men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski is retiring after this upcoming season. The five-time national champion head coach called the day a “celebration” for he and his family. Krzyzewski also took the Blue Devils to 12 Final Fours. The university announced assistant coach and former Duke player Jon Scheyer will take over the position.

Three teams are moving on in the NBA Playoffs. The 76ers dispatched the Wizards 129-112 in Game Five in Philadelphia. The 76ers will face the Hawks, who picked up a 103-89 win over the Knicks in Game Five at MSG. Also moving on is the Jazz, who defeated the Grizzlies 126-110 in Game Five at Salt Lake City. The Mavericks hold a 3-2 series lead after a 105-100 win over the Clippers in Los Angeles. Tonight, the Suns will look to eliminate the Lakers in Game Six in LA, while the Nuggets will look to eliminate the Trail Blazers in the sixth game of their series in Portland.

The Boston Celtics are announcing major changes to their leadership roles. General Manager Danny Ainge is retiring from the organization and Head Coach Brad Stevens will take his place as President of Basketball Operations. Ainge is the only Celtic in franchise history to win a championship as both a player and a general manager. The Celtics will start the search for a new head coach immediately. Ainge will continue to work with the team on transition planning through the upcoming offseason.

Mikko Rantanen scored at the 2:07 mark of overtime to lift the Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Golden Knights in Denver. Philip Grubauer made 39 saves in the win for Colorado as they take a 2-nothing lead to Las Vegas. The Canadiens scored three in the first period on their way to a 5-3 win over the Jets in Winnipeg in Game One. Jake Evans scored an empty-net goal and then was the victim of a vicious hit by Mark Scheifele, that led to the forward being taken off the ice on a stretcher. Tonight, the Bruins will look to bounce back against the Islanders in Uniondale while the Hurricanes go into desperation mode as they’re down two-games-to-none against the Lightning as the series shifts to Florida.

The Buffalo Sabres have hit the jackpot. Buffalo won the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery and ensured the right to pick first overall. The NHL’s newest expansion franchise, the Seattle Kraken, moved up to the number two spot. The Anaheim Ducks will pick third overall. Michigan hockey star Owen Power could be in line to be the top overall pick.


MLB National League
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds (PPD RAIN)
Chicago Cubs 6, San Diego Padres 1
New York Mets 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 6
Washington Nationals 5, Atlanta Braves 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 14, St. Louis Cardinals 3

MLB American League
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians (PPD RAIN)
Baltimore Orioles 6, Minnesota Twins 3
New York Yankees 4, Tampa Bay Rays 3
Houston Astros 2, Boston Red Sox 1
Oakland Athletics 6, Seattle Mariners 0

MLB Interleague
Toronto Blue Jays 6, Miami Marlins 5
Colorado Rockies 6, Texas Rangers 3

NBA Playoffs
Philadelphia 76ers 129, Washington Wizards 112
(76ers win best-of-seven East first round series, 4-1)

Atlanta Hawks 103, New York Knicks 89
(Hawks win best-of-seven East first round series, 4-1)

Utah Jazz 126, Memphis Grizzlies 110
(Jazz win best-of-seven West first round series, 4-1)

Dallas Mavericks 105, LA Clippers 100
(Mavericks lead best-of-seven West first round series, 3-2)

NHL Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens 5, Winnipeg Jets 3
(Canadiens lead best-of-seven North second round series, 1-0)

Colorado Avalanche 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2 (OT)
(Avalanche lead best-of-seven West second round series, 2-0)

No Games Scheduled

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All Times Are Eastern)

MLB National League
12:20 p.m. – Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves
7:05 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:40 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers
8:15 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
9:45 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
10:10 p.m. – New York Mets at San Diego Padres

MLB American League
1:05 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
2:10 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
8:10 p.m. – Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
8:10 p.m. – Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
9:38 p.m. – Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

MLB Interleague
3:10 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Colorado Rockies

NBA Playoffs
8:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers
(Nuggets lead best-of-seven West first round series, 3-2)

10:30 p.m. – Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers
(Suns lead best-of-seven West first round series, 3-2)

NHL Playoffs
7:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins at New York Islanders
(Best-of-seven East second round series tied, 1-1)

8:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning
(Lightning lead best-of-seven Central second round series, 2-0)

7:00 p.m. – Las Vegas Aces at New York Liberty
10:00 p.m. – Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury
10:30 p.m. – Indiana Fever at Los Angeles Sparks

The Memorial Tournament (at Dublin, OH)