The Southern Illinois men's basketball program will play in the inaugural Sunshine Slam Tournament at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida, from November 8-10, 2019. SIU will play three games in three days and will face UTSA, Delaware, and Oakland. Every game will be streamed through FloSports.

WLEX LEXINGTON, KY — Both Cullan Brown and Case Cochran continued to climb up the leaderboard at the Barbasol Championship on Saturday afternoon. Brown, who is competing in his first professional tournament as a amateur, shot a 67 in Saturday’s third round. The Lyon County alum and Kentucky freshman had five straight birdies on the front nine, and put him…

NASHVILLE, TN — For the sixth-straight year a panel of media covering the Ohio Valley Conference have conducted a Preseason Football Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 15 voters from around the league cast a ballot on who they thought would be the 2019 football favorites and preseason players of the year. The OVC will…

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Defending Southeastern Conference champion Alabama is the favorite to once again beat Georgia in the title game in a preseason media poll. The Crimson Tide was selected by 203 of 260 voters this week at SEC media days in results released Friday. Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the championship game last season, received 49 first-place…

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) – J.T. Poston shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship. Poston birdied six of the first eight holes at rain-softened Keene Trace, bogeyed the par-3 ninth and added five more birdies on the back nine for his lowest score on the PGA Tour. Winless on the tour,…

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) –  Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee have a new offensive coordinator and more 300-plus pound blockers. The Volunteers are hoping that combination and an experienced quarterback in Jarrett Guarantano help kick-start one of the Southeastern Conference’s least productive offenses. Pruitt hired Jim Chaney from Georgia to run an offense that finished last in the league in both total…

MARTIN, TN — Ryan Leaf is most famously known for his tumultuous short career in the NFL and battles with substance abuse and legal issues. However, Leaf is now making it his mission to spread his powerful message to help others. On Friday afternoon, Leaf spoke to several hundred on the campus of UT Martin. Leaf spoke about his battles…

PADUCAH, KY — On Monday, Lyon County alum Cullan Brown received the phone call of a lifetime granting him a sponsors exemption into this yearsBarbasol Championship. It will be the first ever professional tournament for Brown, who most recently finished his freshman year with the University of Kentucky golf team “It was one of mainly shock,” Brown said about getting…

Murray State University staff along with Racer Athletics’ coaches and administrators spent Monday night in Mayfield as part of the first “Racers Roadshow” of the summer. The Roadshow is a two-week tour of the region giving a chance for MSU to go visit fans, students, and alumni in their hometowns. Murray State Athletics Director Kevin Saal says the first stop…

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Jared Lorenzen, a husky left-handed quarterback who set multiple Kentucky passing and offensive records before backing up Eli Manning on the New York Giants’ Super Bowl-winning 2007 team, has died. He was 38. A release from the school said Lorenzen’s family announced his death on Wednesday, but did not specify a cause or where he died….

ATLANTA – Unable to work out for NBA teams before the NBA Draft because of a knee injury he suffered in February vs. Missouri, Kentucky men’s basketball forward Reid Travis will get his opportunity to show NBA teams what he can do during the NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks. Travis and the Hawks will begin NBA Summer League play July…

BENTON, KY — Filling the room at the Stilley House Assisted Living Community in Benton on Thursday, were some very special people for Barney Thweatt. “I’ve never been as surprised in my life ever,” Thweatt said. Family and old friends came to celebrate Thweatt, who has been inducted into numerous high school basketball halls of fame, as June 27th was…

(AP Photo/John Peterson) OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts, Vanderbilt knocked out Michigan ace Karl Kauffmann in the fourth inning, and the Commodores won the College World Series with an 8-2 victory in Game 3 of the finals Wednesday night. Vandy (59-12) won its second title in its four CWS appearances, all since…

MARTIN, TN — Although just 16-years old and heading into his sophomore year at Martin Westview, Ty Simpson is one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the country. “I never knew I would be in Nick Saban’s office with national championship rings,” Ty said. “Or in Lincoln Riley’s office with Jordan shoes or the Heisman Trophy.” Simpson has 21…

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Pat DeMarco chopped a grounder over third base in the ninth inning to give Vanderbilt its first lead and the Commodores beat Louisville 3-2 on Friday night to advance to the College World Series finals. The No. 2 national seed Commodores (57-11) will play Michigan in the best-of-three finals starting Monday night. Vanderbilt last played in…

MURRAY, KY — Over 300 Murray State fans packed the ballroom at Murray Country Club on Thursday night as they watched former Racer Ja Morant be selected 2nd overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Draft. Morant became the highest draft pick in school history, surpassing Cameron Payne who was selected 14th overall in 2015 by Oklahoma City. With…

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte Hornets selected power forward PJ Washington from Kentucky with the 12th overall pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Washington averaged 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season for John Calipari’s Wildcats. Washington boasts a 7-foot-3 wingspan and improved his shooting last year after returning for his sophomore season with the…

MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat selected Kentucky sharpshooter Tyler Herro with the 13th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. Herro was a 36 percent shooter from 3-point range in his lone college season for the Wildcats, and went 87 for 93 from the foul line. He was picked as the SEC’s newcomer of the year, and the…

The Memphis Grizzlies used the #2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft to select Murray State’s Ja Morant. Morant is the highest-ever draft pick in Murray State history. As a sophomore, Morant became the first college player in history to average at least 20 points and ten assists for an entire season. He’s also the first consensus All-American in…

Murray State’s Ja Morant has spent the last couple of days in New York City going through all the pomp and circumstance proceeding tomorrow’s 2019 NBA Draft. But you have to wonder how he’s going to sleep tonight knowing that tomorrow his life will change forever. Wednesday in Brooklyn was Media Day at the Draft. Morant got to deal with…

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Two Louisville relievers survived anxious moments to hold Auburn to two runs over five innings and the Cardinals eliminated the Tigers from the College World Series with a 5-3 win Wednesday, completing a game suspended by rain one day earlier. The No. 7 national seed Cardinals (50-17) improved to 32-1 all-time when scoring five or more…

Groundskeepers roll out the tarp during a rain delay in an NCAA College World Series baseball game between Auburn and Louisville, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Louisville-Auburn game at the College World Series has been suspended until Wednesday afternoon because of rain. The Cardinals led Auburn 4-1 after the fourth…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Bellarmine University, a private Catholic college in Louisville, is moving to NCAA Division I and joining the Atlantic Sun Conference. The move will elevate most of the university’s athletic programs to Division I status beginning in the summer of 2020. Bellarmine president Susan Donovan says the move is part of the university’s strategic plan, which includes…

FULTON, KY — Last year while on vacation, Austin, Texas native Stephanie Hazlewood made a quick stop at Lohaus Field in Fulton, Kentucky. The reason, it was the same field that her father, Newt Seacrest, played on when he was a member of the Fulton Railroaders back in the 1940’s. Hazlewood was asked to throw out the first pitch at the…

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Austin Martin homered on Reid Detmers’ first pitch of the game and he went deep again in the seventh to break a tie in Vanderbilt’s 3-1 victory over Louisville on Sunday in the College World Series on Sunday. Drake Fellows came off a poor outing in the super regionals to pitch seven strong innings and help…

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a 10-year contract extension through 2029 worth $86 million that includes an option in the sixth year to step down and become a special assistant to the athletic director or university representative. The 60-year-old Calipari and the school previously announced an agreement to a long-term deal in April. The 11th-year…

The 2019 Murray State Athletics Hall of Fame class includes nine new members. The class consists of tennis coach Connie Keasling (1984-87, 1992-11); football’s Rob Hart (1995-99) and Austin Lane (2006-09); Stevon Roberts (1990-93) and Siebert Straughn (1989-02) of men’s track & field; women’s track & field sprinter Alexis Love (2009-13); former basketball standout De’Teri Mayes (1996-98); Morgan Hicks (2001-04)…

Every four years, college basketball teams get the opportunity to take a summer trip out of the country to play a few exhibition games. In 2011 and 2015, the Murray State Racers traveled to Canada. This summer, they’re headed to The Bahamas. Murray State will compete in three exhibition games against Bahamas Select teams on August 9, 10, and 11…

Former McCracken County baseball standout Rook Ellington is transferring from the University of Kentucky to the State College of Florida, a junior college in Bradenton, Florida. In his freshman season with UK, Ellington played in 23 of their 55 games, but only got 18 at-bats for the season, collecting four hits. Ellington’s dad Kip says this move will give his…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Bobby Miller carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the ninth inning, Justin Lavey had three RBI and the Cardinals beat East Carolina 12-0 on Saturday to win the NCAA super regional and reach its fourth College World Series since 2013. Miller (7-1) hit Chandler Jenkins with a pitch to start the ninth before Thomas Francisco…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Danny Oriente and Jake Snider each knocked in three runs and Reid Detmers held East Carolina to five hits in seven innings in Louisville’s 14-1 blowout win in Friday’s first game of the NCAA Tournament super regional. Hitless for 3 1/3 innings against Pirates ace Jake Agnos (11-3), the Cardinals (48-16) erupted for four runs off…

CHICAGO (AP) – Cole Hamels threw eight innings of three-hit shutout ball, Javier Báez hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs topped the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Friday. The Cubs have won four of five since being swept in a three-game series at St. Louis last weekend. The Cardinals opened a season-high 10 game road trip that will…

We are now just two weeks away from the 2019 NBA Draft, and all signs still point to Memphis using the #2 overall pick on Murray State’s Ja Morant. Murray State head coach Matt McMahon says he’s always been a fan of the NBA Draft. He said one of his favorite parts is the stories of the players, seeing where…

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) – Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche has received a contract extension. DeBauche has a rolling contract that now runs through the 2024-25 academic year. OVC officials approved the contract extension last week during the league’s spring meetings. DeBauche (pronounced De-Bush) was named commissioner on July 29, 2009. She had been working at the NCAA for seven…

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA announced the schedule for the eight super regionals in the baseball tournament Tuesday, with overall No. 1 seed UCLA set to open at home against Michigan on Friday night. The best-of-three super regionals begin either Friday or Saturday. The winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, with the opener set for June…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Alex Binelas’ walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Trey Leonard and top-seeded Louisville edged Illinois State 4-3 in an NCAA regional final on Monday, sending the Cardinals to their fifth Super Regional in the past six seasons. After committing an error in the top of the ninth for an unearned run that…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Danny Oriente had three RBI with a two-run homer in the third inning and a run-scoring sacrifice fly that helped top-seeded Louisville beat Illinois-Chicago 5-3 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament Louisville regional. The No. 4 Flames (29-22) homered in the first two innings and led 3-0 entering the bottom of…

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Murray State sophomore basketball guard Ja Morant has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2018-19 in voting by the league’s athletics directors and communications directors. Morant will receive his award at the League’s annual Honors Brunch on May 31 in Nashville. The Female Athlete of the Year (Belmont guard Darby…

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Dan Metzdorf threw a three-hitter, Jake Alu drove in three runs and Boston College beat top-seeded Louisville 5-1 on Wednesday to earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. The 12th-seeded Eagles (31-26) won twice in two days to advance from their three-team round-robin pool into Saturday’s semifinals. BC beat eighth-seeded Clemson 7-5 a…

CHICAGO (AP) – Grant Williams, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, says he’s staying in the NBA draft rather than returning for his senior season at Tennessee. Williams shared his decision Friday with the Stadium sports network at the NBA combine, saying he feels confident in himself and his game after receiving feedback from teams and he is…