|SPORTS UPDATE 5/17/12|
ESPN.com’s Andy Katz is reporting Murray State University’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to be part of this year’s Charleston Classic, to be played in Charleston, South Carolina November 15-18.
Coach Steve Prohm chose the Charleston tournament over the NIT Season Tip Off in which the Racers would have had a first round game at Kansas State. Prohm says the Racer program chose the Charleston Classic because it reportedly offered a bigger payoff and guaranteed the Racers three games against quality competition.
The Charleston field includes Southern Illinois, Baylor—who lost to Kentucky in this past season’s NCAA tournament, Boston College, Colorado, Dayton, St. John’s and host Charleston. Baylor is the favorite in the tournament, with the Races to likely be seeded second or at least third in the tournament.
Old Dominion University has announced it is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association to join Conference USA beginning with the 2013-14 school year. ODU currently is a member of Football Championship Subdivision and will move to Football Bowl Subdivision when making the jump to C-USA. Old Dominion is the second school to leave the CAA this week.
The Courier Journal reports Owensboro Catholic basketball standout Becca Greenwell is in Colorado Springs, Colorado trying out for the USA Women’s U17 World Championship team. Greenwell, who missed her junior year this past season because of a knee injury, is one of 33 players at the tryouts.
Twelve players will be selected for the team that will defend its 2010 title at the FIBA U17 World Championships August 17-26 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
A couple of matinee games in Major League Baseball this afternoon have Cincinnati at the New York Mets and St. Louis at San Francisco. Tonight has Philadelphia at the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta hosts Miami.
Major League Baseball’s All Star Game is returning to New York next year. The 2013 Mid Summer Classic will be at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. It will be the first time the Mets have hosted the All Star game since 1964.
Two games in the NBA Playoffs tonight have Miami at Indiana with the series tied at one and the LA Clippers at San Antonio where the Spurs lead 1-0.
Stanley Cup playoff action has Phoenix at Los Angeles with the Kings leading 2-0.
From the NFL, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is not happy with the way contract negotiations are going. Appearing Wednesday on a talk show with WWL Radio in New Orleans, Brees said the negotiations have been extremely frustrating and should not have been this difficult.