* Anthony DeSclafani pitched eight innings and singled with the bases loaded on Sunday, helping the Cincinnati Reds wrap up their weekend dedicated to Pete Rose with a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. Until Sunday, the only thing missing from the hit king gala was a win. The Reds' top starter took care of it in front of Cincinnati's third straight sellout crowd. DeSclafani (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out five, and didn't allow a runner to reach second base. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth inning off Luis Perdomo (2-3). His first hit of the season snapped an 0-for-48 slump by Reds pitchers.
The Reds will begin a 3 game series tonight @ GABP vs the Chicago Cubs. Game time is set for 7:10 PM tonight and Tuesday and 12:35 PM on Wednesday. Each game available on AM 600 WKYH in Paintsville.
* Morehead State and basketball coach Sean Woods have agreed to a contract extension. The new deal will keep him at MSU through the 2019-2020 season. Morehead State went 23-14 and advanced to the championship series of the CBI postseason tournament in 2015-16, Woods fourth season as head coach. Woods was a star at the University of Kentucky as a player and was part of “The Unforgettables” under then head coach Rick Pitino.
* The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted five new members Friday night in Lexington. Blanton Collier, who coached Kentucky from 1954-1961 was inducted, along with former UK offensive tackle Warren Bryant. Kentucky State defensive end Council Rudolph, Louisville safety Ray Buchanan and Eastern Kentucky safety Myron Guyton are also in the class. The Blanton Collier Award was presented to Howard Schnellenberger. It is the 14th class for the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame
UK Men’s Basketball
Kentucky senior forward Derek Willis must perform community service or another court-ordered program if he hopes to have his arrest record expunged. Willis was arrested for alcohol intoxication June 12th in Boone County. Officers found the UK forward from Mt. Washington passed out in the street with the driver's side door open. Willis was charged with alcohol intoxication and later released on a $50 bond. Willis had his best season at UK during his junior season averaging 7.7 points and four rebounds and hit 44% from 3-point range.
State High School Sports
The mandated two-week Kentucky High School Athletic Association dead period started on Saturday, June 25. Coaches are not to have any contact with players and players are not allowed to work out at the school during the down time that runs through July 9. There is also to be no use of team uniforms, transportation, personnel or anything related to the program. The KHSAA website also adds:
School funds may not be expended in support of interscholastic athletics in any KHSAA sanctioned sport during this period. There is to be no communication between coaches and players during this period, including email, social media, texting, phone and all other forms. School representatives may not promote alternative activities during the Dead Period, including promotional specials by local gyms, etc. To do so implies some form of requirement to the recipient.
The intent of the period when it was passed nearly unanimously by the membership, was for it to be dead, completely. In other words, enjoy the time off folks.
UK Men’s Basketball
It was another successful evening for the Kentucky men’s basketball program at the NBA Draft as Jamal Murray (seventh, Denver Nuggets), Skal Labissiere (28th, Phoenix Suns) and Tyler Ulis (34th, Phoenix Suns) were selected in the 2016 draft on Thursday. Murray is the 11th UK player since 2010 to go in the top seven picks. Labissiere is UK’s 21st first-rounder in the John Calipari era, while Ulis will join four Wildcats in Phoenix after being selected 34th overall. In a proposed trade, Labissiere’s rights were sent to Sacramento, where he will join three former UK players. Kentucky has now had 119 players drafted 121 times in its illustrious history with 42 players selected in the opening round. In 24 seasons as a head coach, Calipari has coached 39 NBA Draft picks, including 27 first-round selections with 14 of those going in the top 10. He has had 28 selected in the last seven years as UK's head coach, including 21 coming in the opening round.
UK Women’s Basketball
Former University of Kentucky guard Janee Thompson will start her professional basketball career overseas as she has signed with the Basketball SV Halle Lions in Germany, it was announced recently. The native of Chicago, played in 119 games with 82 starts during her four-year career at Kentucky, averaging 8.6 points, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
Derek Norris hit a three-run homer that completed San Diego's sixth-inning comeback, and the NL's highest-scoring team in June rallied for a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night in a matchup of last-place teams. San Diego is 10-3 against Cincinnati in the last three seasons, its best record against any team. The game marked the beginning of the Reds' biggest weekend of the season. Hits king Pete Rose will be inducted into the Reds' Hall of Fame and his No. 14 will be officially retired. His number was cut into the grass in center field for the series. J.C. Ramirez (1-3) gave up Norris' 10th homer run for a 6-4 lead. Christian Friedrich (4-2) allowed four runs in five innings, including Adam Duvall's two-run homer. Duvall became the fourth player in the majors with 21 homers, joining Colorado's Nolan Arenado, the Chicago's Todd Frazer and Baltimore's Mark Trumbo. Fernando Rodney remained perfect in 16 save chances.
These 2 teams will continue their 4 game series tonight from GABP. First pitch is slated for 7:10 PM and available on AM 600 WKYH. The Reds will honor the 1975 World Series Champions before tonight’s game.
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