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Tough Non-Conference Schedule Awaits Lady Razorbacks

Tough Non-Conference Schedule Awaits Lady Razorbacks

Posted on 30 July 2015 by Allen

Arkansas

University of Arkansas women’s basketball coach Jimmy Dykes promised a tough non-conference schedule and he has delivered as the Razorbacks face four teams from last year’s NCAA Tournament in 2015-16.

The University of Texas, South Dakota State, Oregon State and Rutgers highlight the 13-game non-conference slate as Dykes moves into his second season at the helm. This season, Arkansas takes on six opponents away from their home arena with three true road games and three games at neutral sites. The Razorbacks were a perfect 6-0 in non-conference games away from Bud Walton Arena last season.

“We’ve put together a non-conference schedule that will test us and show both our strengths and weaknesses,” Dykes said. “This is exactly the kind of schedule I need to prepare for the always-tough SEC schedule in January. “It is a great balance with different kinds of teams, all of whom have unique skills that will challenge us. We have an extremely young team with eight newcomers and they will have to grow up quickly during the fall before we face the rigors of the SEC schedule.”

The season opens with an exhibition game against Missouri Southern Nov. 8. The Lady Lions are a familiar opponent for the Razorbacks in exhibition action with Arkansas winning six consecutive contests.

The first regular season game sees Arkansas host Southeastern Louisiana Nov. 13, in a game that is slated as the team’s Elementary Day, so fans can expect an early tip.

Arkansas continues hosting Sam Houston State Nov. 15, before facing the first of four NCAA Tournament teams in South Dakota State Nov. 18. That game is in Brookings, S.D. The Lady Jackrabbits upset Arkansas in Bud Walton Arena in the team’s first overtime game of the year and went on to earn a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They were eliminated by No. 3 seed Oregon State in the first round.

Arkansas hosts Tulsa in a rematch from last year’s 64-53 road win for the Razorbacks on Nov. 23, before hitting the road for the San Juan Shootout, a Thanksgiving tournament where they face Louisiana-Lafayette and Oregon State. Lafayette tallied 16 wins last year and returns most of its roster while Oregon State was a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the second round. The Beavers had wins over powerhouses North Carolina and Stanford last season.

The Razorbacks open December with Missouri State, a team Arkansas defeated on the road, 59-50, last season. The Lady Bears had 18 wins a year ago. The third NCAA Tournament team on the non-conference schedule welcomes Arkansas to New Jersey, Dec. 6, when the Razorbacks travel to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were 23-10 last year with a 64-52 win over Arkansas in BWA. They advance to the second round defeating Seton Hall and falling to UConn.

December continues with a home game with Oral Roberts followed by a trip to Bulter before the Razorbacks face Texas in Oklahoma City, Okla., as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge Dec. 20. The Longhorns are quickly climbing back into the ranks as one of the top teams in women’s basketball.

Last season, Texas reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament and they return 13 players including four seniors from a year ago.

The non-conference schedule wraps up with home games against Mississippi Valley State Dec. 28, and New Orleans Dec. 30.

For more information on Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.

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2015-16 ARKANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

DATE DAY OPPONENT

Nov. 8 Sunday Missouri Southern (exhibition)

Nov. 13 Friday Southeastern Louisiana

Nov. 15 Sunday Sam Houston State

Nov. 18 Wednesday @ South Dakota State

Nov. 23 Monday Tulsa

Nov. 27 Friday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (San Juan Shootout)

Nov. 28 Saturday vs. Oregon State (San Juan Shootout)

Dec. 2 Wednesday Missouri State

Dec. 6 Sunday @ Rutgers

Dec. 10 Thursday Oral Roberts

Dec. 13 Sunday @ Butler

Dec. 20 Sunday vs. Texas (@ Big 12/SEC Challenge in Oklahoma City)

Dec. 28 Monday Mississippi Valley State

Dec. 30 Wednesday New Orleans

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Cumberland Softball inks California native Abatti

Cumberland Softball inks California native Abatti

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Nipomo, Calif., native Gianna Abatti to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 academic year.

Abatti played the last two seasons at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., playing in 41 games as a freshman, hitting three home runs and registering 20 RBIs. She missed 20 contests this past season with an injury but posted a .424 on-base percentage with eight RBIs and one homer in limited action.

AHC won back-to-back conference championships and finished 61-19 overall during Abatti’s two seasons.

She was a two-time All-League selection at Nipomo High School and won multiple league championships for the Titans at NHS. She is the daughter of Janna Abatti.

Abatti joins Imani Torregano (Laurel, Md.) in this year’s recruiting class.

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Auburn picked to win SEC at SEC Media Days

Auburn picked to win SEC at SEC Media Days

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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The competitiveness of the Southeastern Conference was showcased in the annual media voting at SEC Media Days, as for the first time in the 23-year history in the poll, media were divided on divisional champion and overall SEC Champion. By a narrow margin, the Auburn Tigers were picked by media in attendance to capture the 2015 SEC Championship. Auburn received 96 SEC Championship votes, while the Alabama Crimson Tide was close behind with 80. The Georgia Bulldogs were third with 28 votes.

Alabama, however, was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 1,405 total points, while Auburn was second with 1,362. Alabama received 92 first-place votes in the West, while Auburn collected 108. The Crimson Tide won the Western Division vote due to receiving just three votes for fourth place or lower in the Western Division, while Auburn received 26 such votes. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,498 points, including 166 first-place votes. Tennessee was second with 1,231 points and 36 votes to win the division, while Missouri was third with 1,196 total points. The two-time defending East representative in the SEC Championship game also received 20 votes to win a third consecutive division title.

Five times since 1992 the SEC Media Days predicted champion has proceeded to win the SEC Championship, including Alabama last season.

The preseason All-SEC Team will be announced on Friday.

WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School
Points

Alabama (92)
1405

Auburn (108)
1362

LSU (10)
870

Arkansas (6)
821

Ole Miss (3)
732

Texas A&M (4)
628

Mississippi State (2)
482

EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School
Points
Georgia (166)
1498

Tennessee (36)
1231

Missouri (20)
1196

South Carolina (1)
830

Florida (1)
768

Kentucky (1)
534

Vanderbilt
243

SEC CHAMPION
School
Points

Auburn
96

Alabama
80

Georgia
28

LSU
9

Ole Miss
3

Arkansas
3

Texas A&M
2

Tennessee
2

Mississippi State
1

Florida
1

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Ray Borg vs Geane Herrera added to UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Ray Borg vs Geane Herrera added to UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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UFC Fight Night 73 is less than a month away and the UFC has added another match to the card. Geane Herrera will make his UFC debut against Ray Borg in Nashville.

Herrera is an impressive 8-0 and defeated Josh Rave at RFA 25 in April in his last outing. “La Pulga” is a known as a finisher. In his eight professional fights only one has gone to a decision.

Borg has won his last two in the octagon after dropping his debut to Dustin Ortiz last April. “The Tazmanian Devil” can get himself into the mix at featherweight if he can leave Nashville with a victory.

UFC Fight Night 73 will take place on August 8, in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. The main card and prelims will air live on Fox Sports 1. Former UT linebacker Ovince St. Preux will headline against former #1 contender Glover Texeira.

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Sounds Rally Late, Lose in Extras

Sounds Rally Late, Lose in Extras

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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The Nashville Sounds lost 7-5 in 10 innings to the Omaha Storm Chasers in front of a sold out First Tennessee Park in their first game after the All-Star break.

Dayan Viciedo started the scoring for the Sounds, driving Joey Wendle in from first with an opposite field triple. The home team would then load the bases the following inning and tally another run, going up 2-0.

The game remained that way until the fourth inning when Barry Zito ran into trouble. Keyed by four hits and a costly error from Nate Freiman, Omaha sent all nine batters to the plate and opened up a 4-2 advantage over the Sounds.

Nashville sliced the lead in half in the fifth inning, posting four consecutive hits to start the frame. Wendle picked up his 39th RBI of the season, driving in Niuman Romero. Craig Gentry would tie the game up the following inning, bunting Carson Blair home to knot the game up at four and securing Zito a no-decision. The veteran southpaw surrendered just two earned runs over six innings, notching his team-leading 11th quality start of the season.

Brett Eibner started the top of the ninth with a double off of Sounds reliever Brock Huntzinger and was bunted over to third. He then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Whit Merrifield.

The Sounds did not go down without a fight however. After Romero lined out, Gentry and Wendle registered base hits. Gentry would score on a wild pitch to tie the game. Wendle attempted to go to third when Francisco Pena’s throw went wide of pitcher Scott Alexander, but was thrown out by Balbino Fuenmayor.

Huntzinger struggled in the top of the tenth, walking the first two batters he faced. Ryan Cook came in and threw a wild pitch to Pena allowing the runners to advance and forcing Cook to intentionally walk the bases loaded. Cook would get Brett Eibner to strikeout, but then conceded a two-run single to Moises Sierra. The Sounds would go down in order in the tenth.

The Sounds and Storm Chasers will resume the series tomorrow night at First Tennessee Park. Sounds win-leader Zach Neal (7-3, 3.63) will be on the mound and will face Miguel Almonte who will make his Triple-A debut. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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Mobley and Eyckmans named All-American

Mobley and Eyckmans named All-American

Posted on 15 July 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University senior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley and senior offensive lineman Brett Eyckmans have been named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.

Mobley and Eyckmans were key offensive components of an EKU football team that went 9-4 and reached the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014.

Mobley was named a first team preseason All-American by STATS. As a junior, the native of Powell, Tennessee earned 2014 OVC Offensive Player of the Year accolades after leading the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing (1,491 yards) and rushing touchdowns (20). His rushing total was the sixth most in a single season by an EKU player. Mobley set a program record and equaled an OVC mark when he scored six touchdowns in the win over Murray State on November 15.

The 5-11, 215-pound back produced a league-high eight 100-yard rushing games in 2014. His 20 rushing touchdowns were the third most in OVC single-season history.

Mobley is one of only three OVC players named first team preseason All-America by STATS, joining Murray State kick returner Pokey Harris and Jacksonville State defensive back Jermaine Hough.

This is Mobley’s second preseason All-America honor this summer. He was named to Athlon Sports’ preseason team on June 25.

Eyckmans earned third-team preseason All-America honors from STATS. The 6-4, 290-pound left tackle started all 13 games for the Colonels last fall and was named first team All-OVC after opening several running routes for Mobley and company. He was the leader of an offensive line that helped Eastern average 220.5 yards-per-game on the ground last year.

Eyckmans, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, was voted EKU’s offensive lineman of the year by his teammates at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Eyckmans is one of four OVC players on the third team, joining Southeast Missouri wide receiver Paul McRoberts and kicker Ryan McCrum and Eastern Illinois linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill.

In all, nine players from the OVC were selected to STATS’ Preseason All-America team.

Mobley, Eyckmans and the rest of the EKU football team open the 2015 season on Thursday night, September 3, with a home game against Valparaiso.

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MTSU Football picked to finish 5th in C-USA

MTSU Football picked to finish 5th in C-USA

Posted on 15 July 2015 by Allen

Head coach Rick Stockstill

Middle Tennessee was picked to finish third in the East Division of C-USA in the 2015 Preseason Media Football poll released by the conference office Wednesday.

The poll was conducted by a panel of media members that cover C-USA schools.

Middle Tennessee was selected third in the East behind favorite WKU and Marshall. Florida Atlantic was picked fourth, followed by FIU, Old Dominion and Charlotte.

Louisiana Tech was the favorite of media voters to reach the C-USA title game for the second straight year. The Bulldogs were picked ahead of second-place Rice and UTEP. Southern Miss, North Texas and UTSA rounded out the media poll.The league’s 11th annual Championship game, pitting the champions of the East and West divisions, will be held Saturday, Dec. 5. The Blue Raiders will open the 2015 season at home against Jackson State Sept. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM.

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Kirkland and Tretola Named To Outland Trophy Watch List

Kirkland and Tretola Named To Outland Trophy Watch List

Posted on 15 July 2015 by Allen

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Arkansas offensive linemen Denver Kirkland and Sebastian Tretola have been named to the Outland Trophy watch list, given annually to the nation’s best interior lineman. The list was announced Friday by the Football Writers Association of America.

Kirkland enters the 2015 campaign with 21 consecutive starts and has played all 25 games of his two-year career. The junior played more than 750 snaps at right guard last season and graded out at 79 percent while allowing just one sack. He was penalized only three times throughout the entire 2014 campaign. Kirkland will move to left tackle this year where he will be tasked with protecting the quarterback’s blind side.

Tretola started the final 11 games of the 2014 season at left guard after he transferred to Arkansas from Iowa Western CC. He played more than 690 snaps and did not allow a sack, averaging a grade of 79 percent, tied for the second-highest mark on the team. The senior also launched a Heisman campaign after he threw a 6-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal against UAB.

Kirkland and Tretola were part of the largest offensive line in the nation in 2014 – averaging 328.4 pounds per player. The Razorback offensive line was bigger than any starting unit in the NFL. It paid dividends as Arkansas led the Southeastern Conference in fewest sacks allowed (14). Kirkland and Tretola also helped pave the way for Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins to run for 1,000 yards each, the only duo in the FBS to top the 1,000-yard mark.

Denver Kirkland’s Preseason Awards
- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Sporting News All-American (first team)
- Athlon All-American (fourth team)
- Phil Steele All-SEC (second team)
- Athlon Sports All-SEC (second team)

Sebastian Tretola’s Preseason Awards
- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Athlon All-American (second team)
- Athlon Sports All-SEC (first team)
- Phil Steele All-SEC (third team)

The winner of the 70th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 10 for the first time from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

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Zajac signs with Kansas City

Zajac signs with Kansas City

Posted on 15 July 2015 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee redshirt junior pitcher Brandon Zajac has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals, according to Blue Raider Head Coach Jim McGuire.

Zajac signed the free agent deal earlier this week and has reported to the Arizona Rookie League, where he will spend the summer working out and going through rehabilitation.

“I got a phone call from the scout with the Royals, and I jumped on the opportunity,” Zajac said. “I wanted the opportunity to play professional baseball and when this came along I figured it was time.”

Zajac spent his two seasons at Middle Tennessee on the disabled list. He did not play in 2014 or 2015 due to injury after transferring from Cleveland State Community College, where he was the TCCAA Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore.

“I’m excited for (Zajac) to get the opportunity to sign professionally,” McGuire said. “He has had some misfortune with injuries the last couple years. The Royals like his talent and wanted to get him in their organization. They are going to continue with Brandon’s rehabilitation with the goal of having him ready to pitch by spring training.”
Zajac said he will spend the remainder of the summer, as well as fall and winter, working his way back to being 100 percent healthy.

“Right now I am in Arizona and all I do is rehab and work out,” said the 6-foot-5 left-hander. “I have a little ways to go before I start throwing again. I wasn’t sure this would happen but when I got the phone call I knew what I wanted to do. I wasn’t about to risk another injury and never have another chance to play professional baseball. As much as I love Middle Tennessee, this is something I had to do.”

Zajac was previously drafted twice. He was selected in the 23rd round by the San Francisco Giants following two strong seasons at Cleveland State. He was drafted with the first pick of the 28th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, following a stellar prep career at Walker Valley High School.

Zajac is the sixth Blue Raider to be selected into professional baseball this year, joining former teammates Nathan Foriest, Johnathan Frebis, Ronnie Jebavy, Heath Slatton and Ryan Stephens.

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Sounds Routed 12-3 In Memphis To Enter All-Star Break

Sounds Routed 12-3 In Memphis To Enter All-Star Break

Posted on 12 July 2015 by Allen

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The Memphis Redbirds legged out 13 hits, including six for extra bases, during a 12-3 rout of the Nashville Sounds on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park in the final game before the All-Star break.

With the loss, the Sounds (41-50) dropped three of five to their cross-state rivals in the series and finished the road trip with a 4-5 record.

Memphis left-hander Tyler Lyons (6-4) picked up the victory by twirling his seventh quality start of the year, holding Nashville to two runs on five hits while fanning six over his seven innings of work.

Max Muncy opened the day’s scoring when he homered for the second straight day, crushing a two-run homer to right off Lyons in the top of the second inning. Dayan Viciedo (2-for-3), who preceded Muncy with a single and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, also scored on the longball, Muncy’s fourth of the year as a Sound.

Nashville finished with 12 home runs on their nine-game road trip and have belted 14 big flies in July, the club’s best monthly total of the year (with 16 games left to play before August).

Memphis jumped out to a 4-2 lead with a four-run third against Sounds starter Nate Long. After the Redbirds pieced together three consecutive one-out singles to etch across the first run, right fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker smashed a two-out, three-run homer to right off the Nashville right-hander to put the home team on top, a lead they would never relinquish.

The Redbirds stretched their lead to 6-2 in the fourth on a two-run Travis Tartamella single off Long (1-2), who was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs on seven hits over his five frames of work.

Memphis shortstop Greg Garcia plated Rafael Ortega with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly against Sounds reliever Aaron Kurcz, which extended the ‘Birds advantage to 7-2.

After Alex Mejia’s two-out RBI double in the seventh inning chased Kurcz from the contest, Memphis tacked on four more runs against Ryan Cook in the eighth. Stephen Piscotty mashed a two-run homer to left-center, the infielder’s 11th roundtripper of the season, and Nick Martini added a two-run double.

The Sounds closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth against an inefficient Keith Butler, who issued four walks in the frame including a four-pitch, bases-loaded free pass to Craig Gentry with two outs to force in the afternoon’s final run.

The Sounds enjoy the next three days off during the Triple-A All-Star break before resuming play with a 7:05 p.m. home contest at First Tennessee Park on Thursday evening, when they welcome the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA-Royals) to Music City. Left-hander Barry Zito (6-7, 3.60) will toe the slab for the Sounds in Thursday’s opener of a four-game series. Omaha has not announced its starting pitcher for the contest.

Outfielder Jason Pridie will represent Nashville and the Pacific Coast League during Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb. The 7:00 p.m. CT contest will air locally on 102.5 The Game as well as nationally on the MLB Network.

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Conor McGregor ufc 189

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Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes UFC 189 Fight Video

Posted on 11 July 2015 by Allen

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The UFC’s top trash talker, Conor McGregor went toe to toe tonight with the #1 contender Chad Mendes for the UFC interim featherweight title in Las Vegas at UFC 189.

The UFC had built the event around McGregor vs champ Jose Aldo but an unfortunate rib injury kept Aldo from fighting. Mendes was inserted into the main event two weeks ago and the promotion still kept the bout as the main event of the evening despite Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald being on the show as the co-main event.

Did McGregor back up all his trash talk or did Mendes leave Vegas with the belt?

Check out the video below.

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Brandon Doughty Named To 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List

Brandon Doughty Named To 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List

Posted on 09 July 2015 by Allen

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WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty has been named to the 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List, an award given to America’s College Player of the Year, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday morning.

Doughty, the reigning Conference USA MVP who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in December, becomes the third WKU player to land on the Maxwell Award Watch List in the past five seasons. Former All-Americans and current NFL running backs Antonio Andrews (2013) and Bobby Rainey (2011) both garnered the recognition entering their final seasons at WKU.

He is one of 80 FBS players recognized on the Maxwell Award Watch List and one of only 16 players from a Group of Five program on the preseason list. Doughty is one of 31 quarterbacks recognized and joins running backs Kenneth Dixon (LA Tech), Devon Johnson (Marshall) and Aaron Jones (UTEP) as Conference USA representatives.

Doughty led the nation with 4,830 passing yards and 49 touchdowns in 2014 while leading the Hilltoppers to an 8-5 record and their first FBS bowl win in program history. His 49 scoring tosses established a C-USA single-season record and ranked sixth all-time in FBS history. Doughty enters 2015 as the nation’s active career leader in passing yards (7,800) and touchdown passes (63).

He was the driving force behind a season-ending five-game winning streak, which was highlighted by a Popeyes Bahamas Bowl victory over Central Michigan and a road triumph at previously undefeated No. 19 Marshall. Doughty set an FBS record for touchdown passes in a road game with eight against the Thundering Herd and followed up that performance with 486 yards and five touchdowns in the bowl win.

Behind Doughty’s arm, WKU ranked No. 2 nationally in passing offense and No. 4 in total offense in 2014. The Hilltoppers are primed for another explosive season with Doughty under center and four of his top five receivers returning from an offense that broke 49 school records last fall.

Doughty is the second WKU player to be honored on a preseason watch list in 2015, joining redshirt junior center Max Halpin, who was named to the Rimington Award Spring Watch List in May.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced November 2, 2015, while the three finalists for the award will be unveiled November 23, 2015. The winners of the 2015 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 10, 2015. The formal presentations of this award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2016.

Season Tickets Now Available: Season tickets begin at just $75 per person and are now on sale through the WKU Ticket Office. New for 2015 is the “Big Red Family Plan” – a four-pack of reserved seats for just $150, or just $37.50 per person for the entire season, less than $8 per game for reserved seating inside Houchens-Smith Stadium. Call 1-800-5-BIG-RED or visit WKUSports.com to lock in tickets today.

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Ian Clark to begin NBA Summer League with Denver

Ian Clark to begin NBA Summer League with Denver

Posted on 09 July 2015 by Allen

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Former Belmont University men’s basketball All-American Ian Clark (’13) begins year three in the National Basketball Association this week.

Clark will represent the Denver Nuggets in NBA Summer League action from Las Vegas. The Memphis, Tennessee native rejoined his teammates Monday, opening the first of a four day mini-cap at the organization’s training facility.
Denver begins summer league play Friday, July 10 versus Atlanta. The Nuggets will also face Sacramento (July 12) and Miami (July 13) before the format shifts to tournament play.

Las Vegas brings back positive memories for Clark, as two years ago for the Golden State Warriors he took the basketball world by storm. Authoring a remarkable story of perseverance and faith, Clark scored a then-record 33 points in the championship game against Phoenix en route Most Valuable Player honors.

Clark played the 2013-14 campaign with the Utah Jazz, before splitting last season between Utah and Denver.
Among Clark’s summer league teammates is 2015 first round draft choice Emmanuel Mudiay.

Bruin fans can follow Ian during NBA Summer League here.

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EKU annouce 2015-16 Women’s Basketball Schedule

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EKU annouce 2015-16 Women’s Basketball Schedule

Posted on 09 July 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts released the Colonels’ 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday.

EKU will travel to eight states and face teams from 10 conferences, two of which (Western Kentucky and Tennessee State) played in the NCAA Tournament and five of which (Richmond, East Tennessee State, Missouri State, Wright State and UT Martin) played in the WNIT in 2014-15.

“A goal of ours this season is to be competitive against those caliber teams,” Roberts said. “Those tough games early on will only make us better as we get prepared for OVC action.”

The Colonels open the season by hosting Georgetown College on Friday, November 13. They immediately hit the road to play at Richmond on Sunday, November 15. The Spiders defeated EKU, 70-56, last year in McBrayer Arena. They finished the year 19-14 and beat Stetson in the first round of the WNIT before falling to Duquesne, 48-47, four days later.

After hosting Western Carolina on Saturday, November 21, EKU will again hit the road to play Miami (Ohio) in Oxford on Tuesday, November 24. The Colonels defeated the RedHawks in both 2012-13 and 2013-14. The two teams did not play last year.

Eastern will close out November by hosting East Tennessee State on Friday, November 27. The Buccaneers went 21-12 last year and lost to North Carolina State, 73-58, in the first round of the WNIT.

The Colonels will run a veritable gauntlet to open December. They open the month by travelling to Springfield, Missouri to face Missouri State on Saturday, December 5. The Lady Bears went 18-15 last year and reached the WNIT. EKU will then host Wright State at McBrayer Arena on Sunday, December 13. Wright State won 25 games last year and also reached the WNIT.

On Wednesday, December 16, Eastern will travel to Bowling Green to face Western Kentucky. WKU set a Conference USA record for wins in a season last year (30) and nearly upset Texas (66-64) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. EKU and WKU have not met since November 14, 2009.

Following the in-state showdown versus Western Kentucky, EKU will travel to the Sunshine State to play in the Gator Holiday Classic from December 20-21 in Gainesville, Florida.

The Colonels will close out the month of December by hosting Davis & Elkins College on Wednesday, December 30.

EKU will open conference play on the road at Austin Peay on Saturday, January 2. Other conference highlights include hosting traditional OVC power and 2014-15 WNIT participant UT Martin on Thursday, January 7 and hosting defending OVC champion and 2014-15 NCAA Tournament participant Tennessee State on Saturday, February 13.

The Colonels will wrap up the regular season on the road at Tennessee Tech on Saturday, February 27.

The OVC Tournament is scheduled for March 2-5 in Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.

“The OVC schedule will be grueling, as it is every year,” Roberts added. “But, I believe we have a talented enough team to emerge from the crowd and be the ones cutting down the nets in Nashville come March.”

EKU returns its top two scorers from a team that went 9-17 last year. Junior Michaela Hunter averaged 14.8 points-per-game and 6.3 rebounds-per-game, while senior Shameekia “Polly” Murray was named second-team All-OVC while averaging 14.0 points-per-game and 4.4 rebounds-per-game.

11/8/2015 Ohio Valley University (Exhibition) Richmond, Ky. TBD
11/13/2015 Georgetown College (Ky.) Richmond, Ky. TBD
11/15/2015 University of Richmond Richmond, Va. TBD
11/21/2015 Western Carolina University Richmond, Ky. TBD
11/24/2015 Miami University (OH) Oxford, Ohio TBD
11/27/2015 East Tennessee State University Richmond, Ky. TBD
12/5/2015 Missouri State University Springfield, Mo. TBD
12/13/2015 Wright State University Richmond, Ky. TBD
12/16/2015 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Ky. TBD
Gator Holiday Classic
12/20/2015 TBD Gainesville, Fla. TBD
12/21/2015 TBD Gainesville, Fla. TBD
12/30/2015 Davis & Elkins College Richmond, Ky. TBD
1/2/2016 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, Tenn. TBD
1/7/2016 University of Tennessee at Martin Richmond, Ky. TBD
1/9/2016 Southeast Missouri State University Richmond, Ky. TBD
1/14/2016 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Ill. TBD
1/16/2016 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, Ill. TBD
1/20/2016 Murray State University Richmond, Ky. TBD
1/23/2016 Tennessee Tech University Richmond, Ky. TBD
1/27/2016 Jacksonville State University Richmond, Ky. TBD
1/30/2016 Morehead State University Richmond, Ky. TBD
2/3/2016 Tennessee State University Nashville, Tenn. TBD
2/6/2016 Belmont University Nashville, Tenn. TBD
2/13/2016 Tennessee State University Richmond, Ky. TBD
2/17/2016 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, Ala. TBD
2/20/2016 Morehead State University Morehead, Ky. TBD
2/24/2016 Belmont University Richmond, Ky. TBD
2/27/2016 Tennessee Tech University Cookeville, Tenn. TBD

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Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
LSU 28 Wisconsin 24

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