OVL Baseball: There’s only one game scheduled in the Ohio Valley League this evening as Fulton hosts Marion. The regular season champion Hoptown Hoppers return to action tomorrow night hosting Owensboro at Tiger Field. Game time is 7:05, with pre game coverage on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds open a West Coast swing in San Francisco against the Giants this evening, with pre game at 8:45 on News/Talk WHOP. Other games in the National League include Atlanta meeting the NY Mets, with the Chicago Cubs at Arizona.
College Football: The Ohio Valley Conference is holding its Football Media Day in Nashville today.
Eastern Illinois is the choice of the league’s coaches and sports information directors to win the league this season, with Murray State tied for 6th with Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay under new coach Kirby Cannon picked last.
Murray State running back Jamal Berry and wide receiver Walter Powell were named to the OVC pre season all conference team offensively, along with Austin Peay offensive lineman Ben Stansfield.
No Murray State or Austin Peay player was named to the pre season all conference defensive team, but Murray State’s Walter Powell was named as return specialist.
College Basketball: University of Louisville senior point guard Russ Smith is a member of the U-S team playing in an international competition in Europe this week. The team—called The East Coast All Stars—is competing against foreign players on national teams from Belarus, Estonia and the Slovak Republic Thursday through Saturday at the 2013 Four Nations Cup in Estonia.
Golf: Phil Mickelson’s win at the British Open Sunday moved him to second in the World Golf Rankings behind Tiger Woods. Rory McIlroy fell to third this week, with Nashville native Brandt Snedeker ranked 7th this week.
The British Open win also finds Mickelson second on the PGA Tour money list with $4.8 million. Tiger Woods leads the way with $6.1 million, with Brandt Sndeker fourth at $3.8 million.
NFL: The New York Jets' quarterback competition can officially begin. Second round pick Geno Smith signed his contract today, just three days before the full squad reports to training camp in Cortland, N.Y. Smith is expected to compete with incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting role this season. The Jets selected the West Virginia product with the 39th overall pick in April.
Sources tell ESPN Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is facing a four game suspension for violation of the NFL’s drug policy. The case is reportedly being appealed and it’s uncertain what direction the case will go. Miller had 18.5 sacks last season for the Broncos.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III announced on Twitter today he plans to practice when the Redskins open training camp on Thursday. The Washington Post had reported Griffin was to be evaluated Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on his torn ACL and LCL in his right knee.
NFL Network reports Griffin will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin camp, but won’t initially take part in team drills, but instead in 7 on 7 drills.