Sunday 19th September 2021

Sports Update for 9/2/21

Racers Open 97th Season With Mississippi Valley
Hood & Co. look to build on momentum from last year’s 5-2 campaign

Tonight, the Murray State football team will kick-off one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory. After a 5-2, second-place finish in his first season in Murray, fans are eager to see what head coach Dean Hood has in store for 2021.

That game can be heard tonight on Froggy 103.7 with voice of the racers Neal Bradley, air time is at 6:30.

Cards Split DH With Reds

(Cincinnati, OH) —  The Cards split a day-night seven-inning doubleheader with the Reds in Cincinnati.  Paul Goldschmidt hit a pair of home runs and drove in three to lead St. Louis to a 5-4 win over the Reds in game one.  Génesis Cabrera earned the victory.  Nick Castellanos homered twice, including a grandslam, as Cincinnati took game two in dominant fashion, 12-2.  J.A. Happ suffered the loss after giving up seven runs in one-inning.  The Cards trail the Reds by two-and-a-half games for the second National League Wild Card spot.

Racers Soccer Travels to Florida for Two Matches

Murray State will take on Florida Atlantic and Florida International This Weekend

 Murray State Women’s Soccer will travel to Boca Raton, Florida for a match against the Owls of Florida Atlantic on Friday at 7 PM. Following Friday’s bout, the Racers will travel 59 miles south to play against the Florida International Panthers on Sunday at 12 PM.

Two Grit and Grind Legends are going to be recognized

(Memphis, TN)  —   The Grizzlies announced that they will retire Zach Randolph and Tony Allen’s jerseys.  Randolph will have his number-50 jersey retired on December 11th and Allen will have his number-9 jersey retired on January 28th.  Randolph and Allen helped Memphis make it to the Western Conference Finals in 2013.

Titans Announce Practice Squad, Cut Barkley

(Nashville, TN)  —  Titans GM Jon Robinson must have been a busy man yesterday.  Tennessee announced its practice squad and released quarterback Matt Barkley yesterday.  The Titans claimed offensive lineman Corey Levin off waivers from the Jets in a corresponding move with Barkley.  The most notable names on Tennessee’s practice squad are wide receivers Dez Fitzpatrick and Mason Kinsey and former Alabama tight end Miller Forristall.  The Titans also announced that Cole Banwart was placed on the COVID-19 List

National Stories

Mets Acting GM Zack Scott Facing DWI Charges, Won’t Be Traveling With Team

(White Plains, NY)  —  New York Mets acting General Manager Zack Scott is facing DWI charges after being arrested in White Plains.  The Mets have released a statement saying they’re surprised and disappointed, adding Scott won’t be traveling with the team during their upcoming road trip as they determine the next steps.  Scott was reportedly found sleeping inside of his car near the federal courthouse in Downtown White Plains around 4:15 yesterday morning, after which he allegedly refused a breathalyzer.  He’s due in White Plains City Court on Thursday.  The news comes amid a tumultuous week for the Mets, after infielders Javy Baez and Francisco Lindor apologized for using a “thumbs-down” celebration in an effort to “boo” the team’s fans.

Nationals VP Bob Boone Resigns Over Vaccine Requirement

(Washington DC)  —  COVID-19 vaccine requirements are continuing to have an impact in the sports world.  Washington Nationals vice president Bob Boone resigned from his position because he did not want to follow the organization’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all non-uniformed employees.  The 73-year-old Boone has been with Washington since 2005.  Boone was a catcher with the Phillies, Angels and Royals from 1972 to 1990 and made four All-Star Games in his career.  He is the father of former MLB players Aaron Boone and Bret Boone.

Saints Moving First Game To FL Due To Ida

(New Orleans, LA)  —  Hurricane Ida is forcing the New Orleans Saints to move its home opener.  The team was set to start the season in the New Orleans Caesars Superdome, but the storm cut power and water to much of the city.  It was announced that, instead, the Saints will play the Packers in Jacksonville, Florida.  The team’s next two games are on the road, and it’s expected that they will be back home on October 3rd to play the New York Giants.

Colts GM Says There Are ‘Consequences’ For Unvaccinated Players

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  Many Colts players are deciding not to get the COVID-19 vaccine to this point, and Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard is not a fan.  Ballard said Wednesday that he believes everyone should get vaccinated for COVID-19 and that there are “consequences” for not being vaccinated.  This issue is top of mind for Ballard because quarterback Carson Wentz, center Ryan Kelly and wide receiver Zach Pascal were placed on the COVID-19 list on Monday after coming in close contact with a team staffer who tested positive.  Their additions to the Colts COVID-19 List are an indication that those three are unvaccinated, since NFL protocols state that vaccinated players are only placed on the list if they test positive.  Multiple other players were placed on the list at some point during training camp.  The Colts open the season with a home game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 12th.

Giants To Retire Michael Strahan’s Number

(East Rutherford, NJ) — The New York Giants are honoring one of the all-time greats with the retirement of Michael Strahan’s number 92.  Former teammates surprised Strahan on Good Morning America yesterday to reveal that his number will be retired by the team.  Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Jessie Armstead all appeared on the single-season sack king’s show wearing his jersey in recognition of the retirement set for November 28th.  Strahan retired after 15 years in blue with a Super Bowl championship.

NBA Teams Will Have To Comply With Vaccine Laws

(New York, NY)  —  Some NBA teams are being affected by recently passed vaccination laws in New York City and San Francisco.  Members of the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors will have get vaccinated in order to play games at their home courts.  This comes as both NYC and San Francisco passed laws that will require anyone at large-scale events to have some level of COVID-19 vaccination, unless there is an approved medical or religious exemption.  The law doesn’t include members of visiting teams who come to play at Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center or Chase Center.  The NBA put out a memo Wednesday informing the teams that they must comply with the recently issued laws as they take effect in September and October.

Hawks Sign Capela To 2-Year Extension

(Atlanta, GA)  —  The Atlanta Hawks are locking down their big man for the near future.  ESPN reports center Clint Capela is signing a two-year, 46-million dollar extension to stay in Atlanta.  The deal will keep the 27-year-old with the Hawks through the 2024-25 season and comes after both Trae Young and John Collins signed contract extensions earlier this summer.  Capela led the NBA with 14.3 rebounds per game and averaged a career-high 2 blocks a game last season.  He ranked second among NBA players in defensive real plus-minus, trailing only Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in that category.

College Football Week One Rolls On

(Undated)  —  It’s time for traditions, big hits, highlight passes, tailgates, and fight songs.  College football Week One resumes tonight and continues on through the weekend.  Things kick off tonight, when fourth-ranked Ohio State visits Minnesota.  24th-ranked Coastal Carolina will be in action tonight against The Citadel.  This weekend, number-two Clemson will square off against fifth-ranked Georgia in Charlotte, while 17th-ranked Indiana and number-18 Iowa clash in Iowa City.  Top-ranked Alabama will battle 16th-ranked Miami in Atlanta.  Other games include, 13th-ranked LSU at UCLA, 23rd-ranked Louisiana at 19th-ranked Texas, and Arizona and BYU looking to hit a jackpot in Las Vegas.

US Open Day Three Roundup

(Flushing, NY)  —  The US Open is officially underway as the best tennis players in the world compete in New York.  On the men’s side, second-seeded Daniil Medvedev [[ med-veh-duhv ]] won in straight sets to advance to Round Three.  Number-3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas [[ seet-see-paas ]] was strong with a four-set win over Adrian Mannarino.  Americans Marcos Giron and Brandon Nakashima were both ousted from the tournament on Wednesday.  On the women’s side, Sloane Stephens was victorious in the much-anticipated showdown with fellow American Coco Gauff.  Stephens pulled out a two-set sweep to advance to the Third Round.  Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka advanced after her opponent, Olga Danilovic withdrew with an illness.  Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka each won in straight sets to move into Round Three action.

PGA Tour Finale Tees Off In Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA) — Dustin Johnson looks to defend his Tour Championship title starting today at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.  Patrick Reed returns to play after being hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia last week.  Reed tees off the tournament with Billy Horschel.  The winner of last week’s BMW Championship, Patrick Cantlay, begins his quest for another tournament victory with Tony Finau.  Cantlay starts the tournament at ten-under, Finau is eight-under, DeChambeau is seven-under, Jon Rahm is six-under, and Cameron Smith closes out the top five starting positions at five-under par.


MLB National League
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Cincinnati Reds 4  (F/7)
Arizona Diamondbacks 8, San Diego Padres 3
Cincinnati Reds 12, St. Louis Cardinals 2  (F/7)
Milwaukee Brewers 5, San Francisco Giants 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Atlanta Braves 3
Miami Marlins at New York Mets  (Postponed)
Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals  (Postponed)

MLB American League
Seattle Mariners 1, Houston Astros 0
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4
New York Yankees 4, Los Angeles Angels 1
Boston Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay Rays 2
Detroit Tigers 8, Oakland Athletics 6
Cleveland Indians 5, Kansas City Royals 3  (F/11)

MLB Interleague
Colorado Rockies 9, Texas Rangers 5
Chicago Cubs 3, Minnesota Twins 0
Chicago White Sox 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 3