Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton is on the air at 5:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP. You’ll hear previews of the Christian County/Henderson County and Hopkinsville/Trigg County football games.
Then at 5:40 also on News/Talk WHOP, the Cincinnati Reds play game three of their series with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds trail the NL Central leading Pittsburgh Pirates by 3 ½ games, while St. Louis is 2 games behind.
Other National League action includes Atlanta and the NY Mets which is already underway and the Chicago Cubs meet Miami also this afternoon.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods begin play this evening in the Midwest League playoffs hosting the Fort Wayne Tin Caps in the first of a best of three series. Games 2 and 3(if needed) are Thursday and Friday in Fort Wayne.
College Basketball: Louisville coach Rick Pitino is preparing for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Pitino will be part of a seven member class to be enshrined Sunday in Springfield, MA. He will be introduced by Dick Vitale and Hubie Brown and says he plans to stay within the five minute limit given for speeches.
Pitino has taken three different schools to the NCAA Final Four and led Louisville to the national championship last season.
NFL: The New York Jets have announced rookie Geno Smith will start the season opener Sunday against Tampa Bay. Even though Mark Sanchez has outplayed Smith the last two weeks of the pre season, ESPN New York reports Sanchez’s bruised shoulder will keep him sidelined this week.
Buffalo Bills rookie E.J. Manuel will be the starting quarterback for Sunday's season opener against New England. Manuel's status for Week 1 was in question after he underwent left knee surgery in mid-August.
He played the first two preseason games before having the minor procedure. Manuel returned to practice on Sunday and passed a number of tests over the past two days, allowing Bills coach Doug Marrone to make the decision. Buffalo selected Manuel with the 16th overall pick in April's draft.
The 2013 season begins tomorrow night with the Baltimore Ravens playing at Sports Authority Field in Denver against the Denver Broncos.