OVL Baseball: The first place Hoptown Hoppers are off today following an 18-8 win over Owensboro last night.
Action this evening has Madisonville at Fulton and Owensboro at Marion.
The Hoppers have a 4 game lead on Fulton, third place Madisonville is 6 games behind, with Owensboro 8 games back, Dubois County 8 ½ games out with Marion the last place team in the league.
MLB: The first half of the season has concluded, with the 84th All Star game at New York’s Citi Field tomorrow night. Tonight, the Home Run Derby takes place. David Wright of the host Mets is the captain of the National League squad that also features Colorado's Michael Cuddyer, Washington's Bryce Harper and Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez.
The American League participants are headed by captain Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and also include Detroit's Prince Fielder, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes and home run leader Chris Davis, who has already blasted 37 for Baltimore.
B.J. Upton's miserable first season in Atlanta now includes a stint on the disabled list. The Braves placed the slumping outfielder on the 15-day DL Sunday with a right adductor strain. Upton, a high-priced free-agent addition, is batting a paltry .177 in 84 games this year. The Braves filled the roster spot by activating rookie Evan Gattis from the DL.
College Football: As Western Kentucky begins its final year in the Sun Belt Conference, the Hilltoppers were picked fourth at the Sun Belt Media Day in New Orleans. Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns and Louisiana Monroe tied as the pre season favorites. Newcomers Texas State, South Alabama and Georgia State were picked numbers 6-8 respectively.
WKU running back Antonio Andrews and offensive lineman Sean Conway were named to the All Sun Belt pre season offensive team, with linebacker Andrew Jackson and defensive back Jonathan Dowling named to the pre season offensive team, with Jackson selected as the defensive player of the year.
Antonio Andrews was also named as a member of the All Sun Belt special teams for his role as a return specialist.
Kentucky Sports Radio reports Kentucky’s season opening football game with Western Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville on August 31st will be on the ESPN family of networks. ESPN News will air the game which kicks off at 6 pm. The game can be heard on Lite 98.7, with Countdown to Kickoff from the Big Blue Sports Network on the air at 4:30.
The Danville Advocate-Messenger reports two transfers to Kentucky are trying to appeal to become eligible this season. Chris and Demetrious Davis have filed with the NCAA to try to play for the Wildcats this year. The brothers left the University of Pittsburgh shortly after Paul Chryst was hired as coach. Both were redshirted last season.
The players’ father Chris says even if they are not eligible to play this season, things will be fine. The elder Davis says he is really impressed with new coach Mark Stoops and members of the UK coaching staff.
Golf: Tiger Woods will begin the pursuit of his fourth British Open Championship on Thursday afternoon along with former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and former Open champ Louis Oosthuizen.
Phil Mickelson, runner-up for a sixth time at the U.S. Open and coming off a victory on Sunday at the Scottish Open, will play with No. 2 Rory McIlroy and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.
Other notable groupings: Tom Watson , Nick Faldo and Fred Couples; U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, defending Open champ Ernie Els and Nashville native Brandt Snedeker ;a group of long hitters are paired together in Bubba Watson, Nicolas Colsaerts and Dustin Johnson; and Masters champion Adam Scott is paired with Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry became the ninth Champions Tour player to win consecutive majors Sunday in winning the US Senior Open. Golfweek reports Perry had said during practice rounds that driving and putting would be the key to winning at Omaha Country Club. Perry had the best driving average in the tournament at 300.5 yards and tied Willie Wood for the fewest putts with 113.