Hoppers Baseball: The second highest crowd of the season of 340 saw the Hoptown Hoppers bang out 14 hits in a 13-2 win over second place Marion Thursday night at Colonel Field. Brett Pirtle was 3-3, Phillip Menou was 2-4 with a home run in leading the Hopper hitting attack.
Taylor Veillon picked up his first win of the season. The Hoppers now 11-4 lead the Ohio Valley League by a game and a half as they begin a three game road trip this evening at Fulton.
Elsewhere in the OVL: Owensboro ended Madisonville’s three game win streak with a 8-4 win. Tonight’s other game has Marion playing at Madisonville.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds defeated Oklahoma City 2-1, with the series finale tonight at Greer Stadium.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods return to action this evening, beginning the second half of the Midwest League season at Dayton.
Golf: Murray State golfer Patrick Newcomb of Benton won the Kentucky State Amateur championship for the second straight year Thursday at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville. Newcomb had a final round 71 for a three day total of 206, winning by four strokes. Tyler Mitchell of Cadiz carded a final round 74 to finish with a three day total of 213, good for a tie for 8th place.
Princeton’s Emma Talley was eliminated in the match play round of 32 at the WWGA National Amateur Championship in Monroe, Michigan. Talley was defeated by Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand 3 and 2.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports the University of Louisville announced Thursday forward Rakeem Buckles will transfer to Florida International. Buckles is expected to miss the upcoming season following surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee for the second time. In going to FIU, Buckles will be reunited with former Louisville assistant Richard Pitino and returning to his hometown.
Ohio Valley Conference member Jacksonville State will be banned from next year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament. The Gamecock program is one of ten that will not be allowed to participate because of poor academic results. Also on the list is the first BCS institution to face the penalty, Connecticut.
NHL: The Nashville Predators will open the 2012-13 season on October 12th at Detroit. The Predators return home the next night, October 13th to open the home portion of the schedule against the St. Louis Blues.
However, this schedule could change if the NHL Players Association and the NHL can’t come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, which expires September 15th. There’s a possibility a lockout could take place if there is not a new CBA.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons will hold a joint practice session August 6th in Dalton, GA. The two teams also trained together in 2004. Training camp begins July 28th.