Messenger Sports Briefs for March 9

Messenger Sports Briefs for March 9

OVC title threads
on sale at UT Martin

Shirts commemorating the first-ever Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship for the UT Martin women’s basketball program are now available for pre-sale.
The shirts are available in adult sizes small to 5XL and youth sizes small to XL. A short sleeve edition of the shirt is $15, while long sleeve shirts are $20 each.
A Skyhawk modified OVC Tournament championship logo is featured on the front of the shirt, while the back shows the NCAA logo with the phrase “Going to the Big Dance” above.
All interested parties can call the UTM women’s basketball office at 881-7330.

Quake baseball bash
scheduled in Lake Co.

The Quake Lake Baseball Bash is scheduled for March 31-April 3 in Tiptonville.
Tournaments will be held for numerous age groups and levels of play including T-ball, Rookie League, Minor League and Major League.
The entry fee per team is $100.
For more information, contact Glenn Scott at 442-0731.

Redbird Carpenter
feels no leg pain

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter says he didn’t feel any pain after his latest bullpen session.
Carpenter threw on the side Tuesday. It was his second session since he left his spring debut because of a strained hamstring.
Carpenter and the Cardinals say there’s still no final word on whether he’ll pitch Friday. Carpenter says there won’t be a decision until today at the earliest.
The 2005 Cy Young winner has won at least 16 games in each of the past two seasons.

Sponsor revealed
for Ky. Cup event

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Quaker State has agreed to become the title sponsor of the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Kentucky Speedway in July.
The race, the Quaker State 400, will mark the first new track to join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule since 2001.
The Kentucky Speedway is undergoing an $82 million expansion, increasing seating capacity to 106,000 from 60,000. In December, Kentucky officials approved up to $20.5 million in tax rebates over a 10-year period in anticipation of the race.
Quaker State will drop the green flag at the racetrack at 7:30 p.m., July 9.
The 400-mile event will conclude a tripleheader NASCAR weekend that opens with a 225-mile Camping World Truck Series battle on July 7 and spotlights a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event on July 8.

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