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Jakob Milani

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor

Jakob Milani is all about sports. He joined the staff of The Murray State News in 2020 as a sports writer, assigned to women's basketball, and by fall 2021 was named Sports Editor. He is a dedicated lover of all things Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears related, and loves to talk about all things sports. He is a co-host of "The Iron Grid" podcast with fellow sports writer Ronan Summers, and only ever watches ESPN in his down time. Aside from sports, Jakob also has a passion for music and baking. His favorite artists include Nirvana, Travis Scott, and Queen. His favorite item to bake is cheesecake.

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Junior Cayson Conner chases after Drake Bulldog Taylor McAulay.

Best Athlete: Cayson Conner

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
February 23, 2024
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Members of the team get to together during a game.

PREVIEW: Baseball looks to take MVC crown

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
February 17, 2024
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The crowd celebrates JaCobi Woods buzzer beater three-point shot.

Ellington scores 23 in Racers’ win over Missouri State

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
February 14, 2024
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Junior forward Nick Ellington puts up a layup.

Wood’s buzzer beater gives Racers win over Evansville

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
February 10, 2024
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An overview shot shows all the Greek organizations at the Greek Night basketball game.

[Photo] PHOTOS: Greek Night

Rebeca Mertins Chiodini, Photo Editor
February 7, 2024
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Junior forward Nick Ellington shoots a layup against an Illinois St. defender.

Mens basketball suffers ‘gut wrenching’ loss

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
February 2, 2024
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Former Murray State linebacker Quincy Williams after being drafted by the Jaguars in 2019.

Former Racer receives NFL All-Pro honors

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
January 25, 2024
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Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics.

Murray State finds new head football coach

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
January 10, 2024
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Head Coach Dean Hood leads the Racers out before the last home game of the season.

Murray State head football coach retires

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
January 1, 2024
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Fellow players help up junior guard Brian Moore Jr. after he scores.

Racers end losing streak with win over Bradley

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
December 1, 2023
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The Racers’ starting lineup prepares to be announced before the game.

Basketball looks to take MVC crown

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 30, 2023
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VIDEO: The Racer Review

Jakob Milani, Co-EIC/Sports Editor
November 15, 2023
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Senior guard Shawn Walker goes up for a dunk.

Ellington, Walker lead way in Racers’ first game

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
November 10, 2023
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Fans cheer at a 1988 game in Racer Arena.

The History of Racer Arena

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-in-Chief/Sports Editor
November 2, 2023
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Junior guard JaCobi Wood drives past a Valparaiso defender to score in the first round of the MVC tournament.

PREVIEW: Men’s team sets high expectations

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-in-Chief/Sports Editor
November 2, 2023
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Cover of Drakes most recent album. Courtesy of Drakes Instagram.

The News Reviews: ‘To All the Dogs’

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor in Chief/ Sports Editor
November 2, 2023
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Senior guard Quincy Anderson puts up a tough shot against a pair of Brescia defenders.

Racers win historic Racer Arena game against Brescia

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
November 1, 2023
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Junior Outside Linebacker Chris Hill Jr. walks off the field after a loss.

Racers lose to Bison, losing streak extends to four

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
October 28, 2023
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Sophomore quarterback DJ Williams shoves off a defender.

PREVIEW: Racers head north to face North Dakota State

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
October 27, 2023
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Junior wide receiver Taylor Shields makes a jumping catch.

Tight battle ends in defeat for Racers

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
October 21, 2023
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Sophomore quarterback DJ Williams shoves off a defender.

PREVIEW: Racers look to bounce back against Missouri State

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
October 19, 2023
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Sophomore Quarterback DJ Williams

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Sophomore quarterback DJ Williams scrambles for a large gain.

Racers’ homecoming spoiled by Salukis’ offense

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
October 17, 2023
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Redshirt junior running back Cortezz Jones rushes toward Indiana State defenders on his way to a first down.

PREVIEW: Football hosts SIU for Homecoming

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 12, 2023
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Redshirt sophomore quarterback DJ Williams tucks the ball and runs for a first down.

Commentary: Offense shines, defense falters

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 12, 2023
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Sophomore tight end Cole Rusk makes a catch and runs for a touchdown.

PREVIEW: Football prepares for top-25 matchup

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
October 5, 2023
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Junior running back Cortezz Jones breaks a tackle on his way to the end zone against Middle Tennessee State. Photo courtesy of David Eaton/Racer Athletics.

PREVIEW: Murray State takes on the MVFC

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
September 28, 2023
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Fans get seated for the Racers 2022 family weekend game.

How teams become family at Murray State

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
September 28, 2023
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Sophomore quarterback DJ Williams (center) runs out for the Racers first game against Presbyterian College.

[Photo] From down and out to back on top

Jonah Morgan, Staff Writer
September 21, 2023
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Junior running back Cortezz Jones breaks a tackle for a big gain.

Football finishes non-conference slate with loss

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
September 16, 2023
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Senior quarterback Eric Phoenix (center) walks off the field after a failed third down conversion.

Racers’ defense unable to stop Louisville

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
September 7, 2023
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Sophomore running back QDaryius Jennings rushes passed a defender on a big rushing gain.

Preview: Football heads east for in-state matchup

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
September 7, 2023
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The Racers take the field for a home game during the 2022 season. Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics.

Preview: Football hosts 1,000th game

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
August 31, 2023
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Sophomore quarterback DJ Williams steps back in the pocket against Texas Tech University. Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics.

Preview: Football’s road through the MVFC

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor-In-Chief/Sports Editor
August 24, 2023
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Junior right-handed pitcher Malik Pogue recorded four strikeouts against SEMO as the Racers defeated the Redhawks 5-0. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini.

Pitching carousel shuts out Redhawks

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
May 4, 2023
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Sophomore infielder Carson Garner hits a home run to give the Racers an 8-7 win over the North Alabama Lions on Tuesday, April 25. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Garner’s homer caps mid-week victory

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
April 27, 2023
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Sophomore infielder Riley Hawthorne gets a hit to bring the winning run home against Alabama A&M. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Baseball splits pair of one-game matchups

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
April 20, 2023
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Senior outfielder Seth Gardner had two of the Racers seven hits in their 8-7 loss to the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Tuesday, April 11. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Baseball comeback falls short on the road

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
April 13, 2023
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Sophomore infielder Riley Hawthorne catches a pop-fly against the SEMO Redhawks on Tuesday, April 4. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Win over SEMO elevates baseball over .500

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
April 6, 2023
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Graduate outfielder Brennan McCullough makes the last catch in the fifth inning. McCullough recorded three hits and a home run against the Austin Peay Governors on Tuesday, March 28. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Baseball swings for the fences in rivalry game

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
March 30, 2023
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Junior outfielder Cade Sammons hits a single to bring junior infielder Drew Vogel home, giving the Racers a 1-0 lead. The Racers defeated the Northern Alabama Lions 9-6 on Tuesday, March 14. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Baseball swings its way to road victory

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
March 16, 2023
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Junior guard Quincy Anderson puts up a layup against Valparaiso. Anderson finished the game with 18 points against the Beacons. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini.

Racers shoots the lights out against Beacons

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
March 3, 2023
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Junior catcher Taylor Howell hits a home run in the first inning in game two against Kent State. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Kent State sweeps Racers in two games

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
March 2, 2023
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Murray State players huddle around to watch a Senior Night video on the jumbotron following their victory over Valparaiso on Sunday, Feb. 26. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Basketball prepares for the “madness”

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
March 2, 2023
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Sophomore guard Brian Moore breaks down on defense against an Indiana State defender. Moore is averaging 8.5 points per game this season, including a career high against Belmont. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Basketball looks to finish season with win

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
February 23, 2023
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Sophomore infielder Carson Garner gives sophomre outfielder Dustin Mercer a high-five after scoring for the Racers against the Skyhawks. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Hot bats fail to save baseball from 1-3 start

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
February 23, 2023
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Sophomore forward Kenny White Jr. blocks a shot against the Redbirds in their previous meeting. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Men’s basketball holds on versus Illinois State

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
February 15, 2023
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Junior forward DJ Burns puts up a tough layup on his way to 7 points for the Racers against the Drake Bulldogs. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Racers struggle ahead of final stretch

Jakob Milani, Sports Edior
February 9, 2023
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Sophomore guard Brian Moore Jr. scored a career high 25 points in the Racers win over Belmont on Wednesday, Feb 1. Photo courtesy of David Eaton/Racer Athletics.

Racers narrowly escape Belmont at home

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
February 2, 2023
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Sophomore guard Brian Moore Jr. led the Racers with 19 points in their loss to Southern Illinois on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Photo by Rebeca Mertins/The News.

Murray State vs SIU: a rivalry reborn

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
January 26, 2023
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Freshman forward Justin Morgan puts up a three pointer against Indiana State on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Racers defeated the Sycamores 82-73. Photo by Rebeca Mertins/The News.

Murray State basketball remains in tight MVC race

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
January 26, 2023
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Sophomore guard JaCobi Wood averages 12.3 points per game this season, scoring 23 points against Texas A&M, and 24 points against the University of Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of David Eaton/Racer Athletics

Basketball returns home for historic MVC match

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
December 1, 2022
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Junior forward DJ Burns scored a Murray State career high 20 points in the Racers win over Lindsey Wilson. Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics.

Men’s basketball dominates in home opener

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
November 17, 2022
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Freshman running back Cortezz Jones breaks a tackle on his way one of his two touchdowns against Robert Morris. Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics.

Football scores another win at home

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
November 17, 2022
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Qui Yasuka aka Suki Baby is on the album cover for ‘Her Loss’ released on Friday, Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy of @champagnepapi on Instagram)

‘Her Loss’ sparks Drake’s redemption arc

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
November 10, 2022
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Junior guard Rob Perry tries to put up a tough layup against St. Louis on Monday, Nov. 7. Photo courtesy of David Eaton/Racer Athletics.

Men’s basketball starts with a loss

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
November 10, 2022
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Sophomore running back Demonts Witherspoon taes the handoff from sophomore quarterback Jayden Stinson. Photo by Rebeca Mertins-Chiodini/The News.

Football gets in the win column

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
November 3, 2022
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Freshman quarterback Lucas Maue (No. 4) ran in two touchdowns on Saturday, Oct. 22. Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Racer Athletics.

Football’s historic fall continues

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
October 27, 2022
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Sophomore quarterback Jayden Stinson completed 50% of his passes and threw for a touchdown against the Austin peay Governors on Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Racer Athletics.

Football loses Battle of the Border

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
October 20, 2022
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Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Racer Athletics
Sophomore quarterback Jayden Stinson (No. 8) threw five interceptions in the Racers’ 45-16 loss to UT Martin on Saturday, Oct. 8. Photo courtesy of Davie Winder/Racer Athletics.

Football’s struggles continue at home

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
October 13, 2022
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Sophomore linebacker Cade Shuppard (#58) recorded five tackles, including a sack, in the Racers’ loss to EIU on Saturday, Sept. 24. Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Racer Athletics.

Football loses first conference game

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
September 28, 2022
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The team runs drills to start its first practice of the 2022-23 season. Photo by Jakob Milani/The News.

Mens basketball holds first official practice

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
September 28, 2022
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Freshman running back Jawaun Northington rushed for 71 yards against Ball State. Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Racer Athletics.

Football hosts EIU for Family Weekend

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
September 21, 2022
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Sophomore linebacker Cody Goatley recorded five tackles against Ball State University. Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Racer Athletics.

Football takes third loss against Ball State

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
September 21, 2022
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Freshman quarterback Lucas Maue made his first collegiate start against the Gamecocks on Saturday, Sept. 10. Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/RacerAthletics.

Football drops first home game

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
September 14, 2022
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