OVL Baseball: Although the Hoptown Hoppers were off Monday, the Fulton Railroaders gained a half game on the Hoppers following an 8-4 win over Madisonville. The Railroaders are still in second place 3 ½ games behind Hoptown, with third place Madisonville 6 ½ games behind. Fourth place Owensboro defeated Marion 12-9, with the Oilers now 7 ½ games back.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown travels to Owensboro for a doubleheader which begins at 5 pm. Other games have Dubois County at Madisonville for a doubleheader, with Marion hosting Fulton.
The Hoppers will return to Tiger Field Wednesday night to host Marion, with first pitch at 7:05. Pre game coverage begins at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and whopam.com.
College Football: Western Kentucky was picked fourth at the Sun Belt Media Day in New Orleans on Monday. 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 defensive 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.
This is the last year the Hilltoppers will be in the Sun Belt, as they are going to Conference USA next year.
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.
For the second straight year, Kentucky running back Josh Clemons will not be eligible to play due to injury. An MRI on Monday found that Clemons suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a workout on Friday. Clemons missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his knee.
The Danville Advocate-Messenger reported Monday 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.
Former Kentucky running back and Hopkinsville native Artose Pinner has published his first children’s book. The 35-year-old’s book called Willville will be in bookstores in the next couple of months. The book is about a character named Will Power who battles adversities and finds a way to continue believing in himself and continuing to pursue his dreams. The book is geared for children ages 4-8.
Austin Peay has hired a new receivers coach. A news release from the school Monday stated Josh Richards is joining new coach Kirby Cannon’s staff. The two men worked together for five years when Cannon was head coach at Missouri Rolla.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt University has identified the four members removed from the team following an investigation of reported sex crimes. The four are: 19-year-old Cody Lamont Bailey of Nashville, 20-year-old Brandon Vandeberg of California, 19-year-old Brandon Eric Banks of Maryland and 18-year-old Jaborian McKenzie of Mississippi.
The university and Nashville Metro police have been tight lipped about the investigation which began last month. Neither police nor the university have indicated what the players involvement is in the crimes and no arrests have been made.
College Basketball: Austin Peay released its women’s basketball schedule Monday. Coach Carrie Daniels Lady Governors open the season at Western Kentucky November 9th, with the home opener November 15th against Arkansas State. The Lady Governors will also face last year’s national runner up Louisville December 14th at the KFC Yum Center.
Austin Peay opens Ohio Valley Conference play against Southeast Missouri January 4th in Clarksville.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino says the national champion Cardinal basketball team will visit the White House. Pitino told WHAS Radio Monday the team will make its congratulatory visit on July 23rd.
Golf: Several area junior golfers played in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event Monday at the Links at Novadell.
Cameron Allen won the Boys 17-18 division event with an even par 72.
TJ Janes finished second in the Boys 15-16 division with a one over par 73, Tadd Switzer was third with a 74, with Dylan Henderson and Austin Knight tying for fourth with a 75. Jay Camp was 8th with an 80.
Dacie Bolton finished second in the Girls 13-15 division with an 83, Jessica Shelton was third with 93.
NHL: The Tennessean reports former Nashville Predator forward Blake Geoffrion has retired at the age of 25. Geoffrion did not want to be specific on Monday, but said doctors told him brain trauma suffered after fracturing his skull last season in an American Hockey League game as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs has led to his retirement. Geoffrion spent two seasons in Nashville and was traded in 2012 to the Montreal Canadiens.