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Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship to assist Muhlenberg County students attend Murray State

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts has endowed the Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship for students from Muhlenberg County to attend Murray State University beginning this fall. The Yonts family includes five Murray State graduates in various disciplines spanning more than 40 years. Mayor Yonts graduated from Murray State in 1971. Brent graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1971 and...

No letdown for Stoops, Wildcats in dominating victory over Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was coming off the biggest win of the Mark Stoops era and could have easily overlooked Murray State on Saturday. It didn’t happen. The Wildcats took the Racers seriously and showed no signs of a letdown following last week’s 27-16 win over Southeastern Conference foe Florida, the team’s first victory over the Gators in more than three decades. Kentucky...

Stoops sees no sign of a letdown going into Murray State encounter

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden races toward the end zone during Kentucky’s win over Florida last week. Kentucky hosts Murray State Saturday at noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops doesn’t see any signs of a letdown from his team going into Saturday’s non-conference encounter against Murray State. Coming off a highly-emotional 27-16 victory...

Stoops ready to move past Gators as Cats shift attention to Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is used to a short memory and the Kentucky coach is ready to put aside his team’s upset win at Florida last weekend in Gainesville. The Wildcats broke a 31-game losing streak to the Gators with a 27-16 victory Saturday, ending more than three decades of misery against Florida, despite three near-misses during the past five years. Stoops received calls, text...

Kentucky baseball team defeats Murray State 4-1 to notch fifth consecutive 30-win season

Evan White and Zach Reks hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning, and Kentucky got solid pitching from starter Zach Logue as the Wildcats beat Murray State 4-1 in a rain-shortened, eight-inning game on Tuesday night at Brooks Stadium. With the win, Kentucky (30-23) has now notched at least 30 wins in five straight seasons, the longest such streak in school history. The UK baseball team defeated...

Kentucky baseball team travels to Murray State for its final midweek game of the season

The Kentucky baseball team will take on the Murray State Racers Tuesday evening in Paducah at Brooks Stadium for its final midweek matchup of the regular season. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. Kentucky (29-23, 13-14 Southeastern Conference) will take on Murray State (25-27, 13-14 Ohio Valley Conference) for the 23rd time, with the Wildcats leading the series all-time with a 17-6 record. The teams...

Pair of late free throws allow Murray State to hang on, top Eastern Kentucky men in thriller

In a matchup befitting two of the more successful Ohio Valley Conference programs, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell to visiting Murray State, 75-71, in a back-and-forth affair on Wednesday night at McBrayer Arena. With 51 seconds to play in the game, senior Jarelle Reischel drained a corner three-pointer to give the Colonels a 71-70 lead. The Racers answered with a three...

Murray State Racers advance to quarterfinal round in CollegeInsider.com Tournament

Murray State’s Jarvis Williams helped take the Racers to the quarterfinal round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. (Photo by Tab Brockman from Murray State)   The Murray State Racers won their second game in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament with an 86-62 win over the Omaha Mavericks at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.   Playing their first home non-Ohio Valley Conference post-season...

Murray State Racers face Missouri State Bears in first CollegeInsider.com Tournament game

The 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament has paired the Murray State Racers in a road game with the Missouri State Bears in the opening round on Wednesday, March 19.   The Racers (18-11) will face the Bears (20-12) at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo., in a 7:05 p.m. tip. Tickets are available through Murray State Athletics by calling (270) 809-3000 or by going on-line at www.GoRacers.com.   The...

Bracketology update: Kentucky rising,
but SEC seems stuck at three teams

After No. 18 Kentucky’s loss to LSU on Jan. 28, the Wildcats were not in a good way. They were 15-5, they had lost two out of three SEC road games, and a trip to Missouri—where the Tigers rarely lose—was next on the schedule. It was the closest Kentucky basketball had felt like last season since, well, last season. Kentucky’s chance at a top seed seemed equally as likely or unlikely...

Bracketology update: Kentucky rising, but SEC seems stuck at three teams

After No. 18 Kentucky’s loss to LSU on Jan. 28, the Wildcats were not in a good way. They were 15-5, they had lost two out of three SEC road games, and a trip to Missouri—where the Tigers rarely lose—was next on the schedule. It was the closest Kentucky basketball had felt like last season since, well, last season. Kentucky’s chance at a top seed seemed equally as likely or unlikely...

Bracketology updates beginning to come in,
No. 14 Wildcats projected to be a No. 4 seed

It’s late January, and projections for the NCAA tournament are starting to roll in. Invites to the Big Dance will be given less than two months from now—Selection Sunday is March 16—and, as such, bracketology updates with the intent to project how the selection committee will act are beginning to hit home. It’s not that bracketology updates weren’t happening earlier or weren’t...

Bracketology updates beginning to come in, No. 14 Wildcats projected to be a No. 4 seed

It’s late January, and projections for the NCAA tournament are starting to roll in. Invites to the Big Dance will be given less than two months from now—Selection Sunday is March 16—and, as such, bracketology updates with the intent to project how the selection committee will act are beginning to hit home. It’s not that bracketology updates weren’t happening earlier or weren’t...

Eastern Kentucky falls to 1-2 in OVC play with wire-to-wire home loss to Murray State

Visiting Murray State University never trailed on its way to a 77-64 victory over the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team Wednesday in McBrayer Arena.   This marked EKU’s (10-6, 1-2 OVC) first home loss of the season (5-1) and Murray State’s (8-7, 3-0) first road win (1-6).   The Racers scored 14 of the first 17 points in the contest and never looked back. Eastern Kentucky...