Tuesday 18th January 2022

Sports Update for 1/10/22

Community Event Planned Monday To Celebrate Murray State-Missouri Valley Conference Partnership

Murray State University will hold a community event Monday (Jan. 10) at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky, to celebrate the Racers joining the Missouri Valley Conference.
Doors to the CFSB Center open at 11 a.m. Monday for a free event beginning at noon. Fans should enter the CFSB Center through Gate B. The community event features comments from MSU and MVC officials, videos of great Racer moments and a chance to take selfies on stage. Limited commemorative posters will also be available.
Officially licensed gear from the Murray State/MVC team shop is now available online for purchase. The sale is open through Jan. 24. after which, the orders will be fulfilled and sent. Many items are available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes. Visit GoRacers.com/MVCgear.

Racers Grind Out Victory at SIUE

Playing their first game in nine days, MSU handled the Cougars to improve to 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference
The Murray State Racers scored a 74-69 victory over the SIUE Cougars at the First Community Arena in Edwardsville, Illinois Saturday afternoon.
The Racers (12-2) moved to 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference as they played their first game since Dec. 30. The Racers begin a stretch of six games in two weeks Thursday when they welcome the Tennessee State Tigers to the CFSB Center for a women’s and men’s doubleheader at 5 p.m./7p.m.

Racers Rout TTU In Cookeville

MSU shot a season-high 58.0-percent in the game
The Murray State women’s basketball team rebounded from last week’s loss to Tennessee Tech by thrashing the Golden Eagles in the rematch, 70-45, Saturday night at the Eblen Center in Cookeville. With the win, Murray State is now 10-4 on the season and 2-1 in OVC play.

Titans Beat Texans, Clinch AFC’s Top Seed

(Houston, TX) — The Titans are locking up the AFC’s top seed for the first time in 14 years. Ryan Tannehill threw for four touchdowns as Tennessee knocked off the Texans 28-25 in Houston. The victory secured the Titans a first-round bye and home field advantage through a potential AFC Championship game. Tennessee fended off a late comeback attempt from Houston to close the season at 12-and-5. Davis Mills threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Texans, who capped the year at 4-and-13. Houston was held scoreless in the first half, before cutting things close in the second.

Balanced Grizzlies Take Down Lakers

(Los Angeles, CA) — Six Grizzlies scored in double figures in their 127-119 win over the Lakers in LA. Desmond Bane led Memphis with 23 points, followed by Jaren Jackson Jr. with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Star point guard Ja Morant had 16 points and seven assists as the Grizzlies improved to 28-and-14. Memphis has won a franchise-record nine straight games. LeBron James was fantastic yet again with 35 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Memphis hosts the Warriors tomorrow night.

College Hoops Roundup

On Saturday, number-18 Tennessee lost to number-21 LSU 79-67 in Baton Rouge and 13th-ranked Kentucky topped Georgia 92-77 at home. Also on Saturday, Louisville lost to Florida State 79-70 in Tallahassee.

Preds Riding Winning Streak, Host Colorado Tomorrow Night

(Nashville, TN) — The Predators beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona. That win gave Nashville four wins in a row. The Preds will have a chance to make it five in a row tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville is 23-11-and-2 and leads the Central Division with 48 points.

Blues Stun Stars In Final Minute

(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues scored twice in the final minute of the third period to stun the Stars 2-1 in St. Louis. Ryan O’Reilly tied the game at one at 19:13, and Jordan Kyrou scored the game-winner 18 seconds later. Jordan Binnington stopped 26 shots in the win. St. Louis has won four-of-five. The Blues host Seattle on Thursday

High School Hoops Round-up

The Murray High Boys beat Madisonville North Hopkins, 71-65 on Saturday. They open up play in the All-A tonight on WNBS with airtime at 5:30. The Lady Tigers take on Hickman tonight at 6 in the All-A.
Calloway boys picked up a win in the 2A tournament with on win over Webster County, they play Hopkinsville central tonight, airtime 7:30 on WBZB.

SUNDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NFL
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Cleveland Browns 21, Cincinnati Bengals 16
Detroit Lions 37, Green Bay Packers 30
Minnesota Vikings 31, Chicago Bears 17
Washington Football Team 22, New York Giants 7
Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Indianapolis Colts 11
Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Baltimore Ravens 13 (OT)
Tennessee Titans 28, Houston Texans 25
New Orleans Saints 30, Atlanta Falcons 20
Buffalo Bills 27, New York Jets 10
San Francisco 49ers 27, Los Angeles Rams 24 (OT)
Miami Dolphins 33, New England Patriots 24
Seattle Seahawks 38, Arizona Cardinals 30
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41, Carolina Panthers 17
Las Vegas Raiders 35, Los Angeles Chargers 32 (OT)

NBA
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Brooklyn Nets 121, San Antonio Spurs 119 (OT)
LA Clippers 106, Atlanta Hawks 93
Washington Wizards 102, Orlando Magic 100
Toronto Raptors 105, New Orleans Pelicans 101
Minnesota Timberwolves 141, Houston Rockets 123
Denver Nuggets 99, Oklahoma City Thunder 95
Dallas Mavericks 113, Chicago Bulls 99
Golden State Warriors 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 82
Portland Trail Blazers 103, Sacramento Kings 88
Memphis Grizzlies 127, Los Angeles Lakers 119

NHL
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St. Louis Blues 2, Dallas Stars 1
Anaheim Ducks 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 (SO)

NCAA Men’s Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
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#13 Ohio State Buckeyes 95, Northwestern Wildcats 87
#23 Wisconsin Badgers 70, Maryland Terrapins 69

PGA
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Sentry Tournament of Champions (at Maui, HI)
1. Cameron Smith (-34)
2. Jon Rahm (-33)
3. Matt Jones (-32)

National Sports Headlines

Raiders Down Chargers In OT, Clinch Playoff Spot

(Las Vegas, NV) — The Raiders are clinching the final berth of this year’s playoff field. Las Vegas defeated the Chargers 35-32 in an overtime Sunday Night thriller. Daniel Carlson nailed a 47-yard field goal as OT expired to send his team to the playoffs. Derek Carr tossed two touchdowns to help the Raiders return to the postseason for the first time since 2016. The 10-and-7 Raiders will face the Bengals in the Wild Card round. Justin Herbert threw for three TD’s, one of which tied the game at the end of regulation. Los Angeles finishes the season 9-and-8 and was eliminated.

Alabama Battles Georgia In CFP Title Game

(Indianapolis, IN) — It’s another all-SEC clash as Alabama battles Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship tonight in Indianapolis. The top-ranked Crimson Tide go for the title repeat after knocking off Cincinnati in the semifinals. The third-ranked Bulldogs beat Michigan in the semis to advance and setup a title game rematch from 2017. Georgia will be hoping for a different outcome this time around after losing in overtime to ‘Bama, which has won six of the last 12 national championships overall.

Steelers Playoff Bound

(Baltimore, MD) — The Steelers are going to the playoffs. Pittsburgh defeated the Ravens 16-13 in Baltimore in overtime after Chris Boswell kicked a 36-yard field goal. Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown and an interception in the win. T.J. Watt tied NFL single-season sack record with 22.5, joining Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. Chase Claypool caught a score for Pittsburgh, which is going to the playoffs at 9-7-and-1 after the Colts and Chargers lost. Latavius Murray rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown in the loss for Baltimore, which finishes the season 8-and-9.

Warriors Top Cavaliers In Thompson’s Return

(San Francisco, CA) — Klay Thompson is back for the Warriors. Thompson scored 17 points as the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 96-82 in San Francisco. It was Thompson’s first appearance on the court in two-plus years. Stephen Curry scored 28 in the win for Golden State. Lamar Stevens led the Cavaliers with 17 points in the loss.

Jaguars Stun Colts

(Jacksonville, FL) — The Jaguars are playing the role of spoilers. Jacksonville stunned the Colts 26-11 at home to end the regular season. Trevor Lawrence threw for two touchdowns in the win. Marvin Jones Jr. caught a touchdown for the Jaguars, who finish the season 3-and-14 and will pick first overall in the NFL Draft. Carson Wentz threw a touchdown and interception in the loss for the Colts. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 77 yards. Indianapolis misses the playoffs at 9-and-8.

NFL Playoff Schedule Set

(Undated) — The NFL postseason schedule is set and it features the first-ever Monday Night Football playoff game. The action kicks off Saturday with the Raiders battling the Bengals in Cincinnati, followed by the Patriots visiting the Bills. Three games are on the slate Sunday with the Bucs and Eagles getting things started in Tampa. The 49ers will then face the Cowboys in Big D. Sunday wraps up with the Steelers clashing with the Chiefs in KC. The first-ever Monday playoff game will feature the Cardinals and Rams in Inglewood.

Jaguars Get #1 Draft Pick Despite Win

(Jacksonville, FL) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are locking up the number-one overall pick in the NFL Draft for the second straight year. The Jags knocked the Colts out of the playoffs with a 26-11 home win over Indy, but Jacksonville still got the top pick after the Lions beat Green Bay. The Jags finish a league-worst 3-and-14. Detroit ends the year 3-13-and-1. The Houston Texans will have the third pick, followed by the Jets and Giants.

Report: Yankees Affiliate Hires First Female Manager

(Undated) — The New York Yankees are making a historic hire. According to The Athletic, Rachel Balkovec will manage the Low-A team for the Yankees this season, making her the first female manager in pro ball. The newest skipper of the Tampa Tarpons joined the Yankees organization as a minor league hitting coach in 2019. The 34-year-old was a minor league strength and conditioning coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2011 to 2015. Balkovec caught for Creighton before transferring to New Mexico where she graduated in 2009.

Cameron Smith Wins Tournament Of Champions

(Kapalua, HI) — Cameron Smith is celebrating a win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions after setting the all-time record for a PGA Tour event at 34-under par. Smith shot a 64 in the final round and finished with a score of 258. Jon Rahm finished in second place one stroke behind Smith at 33 under. Matt Jones finished in third place at 32 under. Patrick Cantlay rounded out the top four after shooting 26-under par.

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