Western Kentucky University has announced the start times for its home football games in the 2012 season. The Hilltoppers will meet Austin Peay September 1st at 6 pm, along with Southern Mississippi at 6 pm on September 22nd.
Western will celebrate homecoming against Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns on October 20th at 3pm, then host Middle Tennessee on November 1st at 6pm. The Thursday evening game will be televised by ESPNU. The Hilltoppers will host Florida Atlantic at 3 pm November 10th and North Texas November 24th at noon.
CBS Sports.com reports two current Sun Belt members will be among six schools that are reportedly set to join Conference USA. Florida International and North Texas are among the schools reportedly joining CUSA along with former Sun Belt members Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and Charlotte. Texas San Antonio is also reportedly joining CUSA beginning in 2013.
The new additions would give the league 14 members, all of which play football except for Charlotte, who plans to start its football program in 2013. Sources say the formal announcement could come as early as Friday.
ESPN reports Butler University will be leaving the Horizon Conference to join the Atlantic 10 beginning in 2013-14. Butler would replace Temple who is heading to the Big East Conference. Butler was the national runner up in college basketball in 2010 and 2011.
College Basketball: CBS Sports.com reports Xavier transfer Mark Lyons has made two visits to Kentucky in as many days. Lyons has Kentucky on his short list of schools where he would like to transfer along with Kansas and Arizona. Lyons left the Xavier program after a falling out with Coach Chris Mack. Lyons would have one year of eligibility remaining.
Renaldo Wooldridge, set to graduate from the University of Tennessee in May, is planning to play one last season for Southern California next year. CBS Sports.com reports Wooldridge has a year of eligibility remaining after being limited to eight games because of an ankle sprain during his junior year.
MLB: The St. Louis Cardinals will retire the number 10 worn by former manager Tony LaRussa later this month. The ceremony will take place before a game with the Atlanta Braves May 11th. LaRussa retired after leading the Cardinals to their second World Series title last year. He left baseball third all time in managerial victories. LaRussa’s number will be the 12th retired by the Cardinals.
Games tonight include St. Louis hosting Pittsburgh, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta entertains Philadephia.
NBA: Three games on the playoff schedule this evening. Indiana is at Orlando with the series tied a game apiece. Out west, Utah is at San Antonio, where the Spurs lead 1 game to none and the Memphis Grizzlies host the LA Clippers down 1-0 in the series.
NHL: Two games tonight including Nashville hosting Phoenix trailing 2-0, with the game at 8 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Also the New York Rangers are at Washington with the series tied at a game each.
PGA Tour: Gary Woodland will miss this week’s Wells Fargo championship which begins tomorrow as he continues to recover from a wrist injury. Woodland suffered the injury during the third round of the Masters. Woodland says he plans to return next week for the Players Championship. Russell Knox will replace Woodland in this week’s field.