St. Louis FC of United Soccer League Championship will host Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Soccer Park in Fenton in the round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
FC Cincinnati, which defeated USL Championship’s Louisville City FC 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday night, is a first-year MLS squad that previously competed in the USL. FC Cincinnati has a 4-0-1 record against STLFC in USL action.
On Tuesday at Lindenwood University, STLFC won 2-1 over the MLS’ Chicago Fire, a four-time Open Cup champion, to earn the local club’s first trip into the Open Cup quarterfinal round. (Joe Lyons)
Last CWS shot for Florida State coach: Florida State’s Mike Martin improbably has one last chance to capture a College World Series title that has eluded college baseball’s winningest coach during his 40-year career.
Martin, 75, is retiring at the end of the season. His final team earned one of the last four at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament and is on a six-game win streak.
He will be coaching in the College World Series for the 17th time when Florida State (41-21) faces Arkansas (46-18) on Saturday night in Omaha, Neb. The opening game features Michigan (45-20) against Texas Tech (44-18).
“For me to say that winning a national championship doesn’t mean that much to me, that would be a bunch of bull,” Martin said. “Obviously anybody that’s coaching wants to win a national championship. But I also understand the nuances of baseball. Anything can happen.” (AP)
Calipari gets 10-year extension: Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has signed a 10-year contract extension through 2029 worth $86 million that includes an option in the sixth year to step down and become a special assistant to the athletics director or university representative.
The 60-year-old Calipari and the school previously announced an agreement to a long-term deal in April.
The Hall of Fame coach is 305-71 at Kentucky and won the 2012 NCAA championship among four Final Four appearances. Calipari thanked AD Mitch Barnhart and others in a release on Thursday and added, “There is no other place I want to be.” (AP)
Chiefs sign Butker to extension: The Kansas City Chiefs signed kicker Harrison Butker to a five-year contract extension Thursday, locking up the former Panthers practice squad player through the 2024 season.
The 23-year-old Butker is 62 of 69 on field goals and 93 of 97 on extra points in two seasons.
The Chiefs have been busy solidifying what they believe is their core group, signing offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension on Wednesday. (AP)
Other NFL news: The Lions traded tight end Michael Roberts to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick. ... Less than three years after entering the league as an undrafted rookie, Kenny Moore II was rewarded by the Colts with a four-year deal that will keep their top three cornerbacks together through 2021. ... The Jets signed cornerback Mark Myers and waived safety John Battle. (AP)
Top-seeded Zverev upset in Germany: German qualifier Dustin Brown upset top-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open.
The 170th-ranked Brown, who is best known for beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2015, next plays Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, who defeated Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-4 at the grass-court tournament. (AP)
Maximum Security returns to racing: Maximum Security is heading back to the races. The colt, who two months ago crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified, was among six 3-year-olds entered Thursday for the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday in Oceanport. N.J. Maximum Security drew the No. 2 post position and was made the overwhelming 1-2 favorite. Luis Saez is back in the saddle. (AP)