Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers begin play in the Ohio Valley League playoffs tonight at Marion. The Hoppers have won 8 of the 10 meetings this season, but have a 3-2 record in Marion. Josh Tanski gets the ball for the Hoppers tonight, with first pitch from Guess Field at 7.
Pre game coverage begins at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
The other semi final series has Madisonville hosting Fulton at 7 this evening at Elmer Kelley Stadium.
MLB: Several matinee games in both the American and National League this afternoon including Chicago at Pittsburgh and Atlanta at Miami. Tonight, St. Louis hosts Los Angeles and Cincinnati is at Houston.
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed pitcher Cole Hamels to a six year, $144 million contract extension. The deal takes Hamels through the 2018 season. It’s the second largest contract for a pitcher, just behind the $161 million deal for the Yankees CC Sabathia.
The Miami Marlins continued their fire sale today, trading infielder Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four player deal. The Dodgers also picked up left handed reliever Randy Choate while shipping Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough to Miami.
College Basketball: CBS Sports.com reports the schedules for the Southeastern Conference are not as originally thought. This means that Kentucky and Florida are not permanent rivals as first thought, nor does it appear that Tennessee and Vanderbilt are permanent rivals as sources say the two teams do not play a home and home series next season. Word is that Tennessee may now be paired with Kentucky.
The Clarion Ledger reports Mississippi State’s top returning point guard Jacoby Davis tore his ACL in a workout and will be lost for the upcoming season.
The Syracuse Post-Herald reports Syracuse basketball player Mookie Jones will not return next season. Jones—who had been suspended for cyberbullying says he will not return, saying eligibility issues will keep him from returning. Jones, who missed most of his freshman season with a hip injury, was suspended for a year after a 20-year-old female claimed Jones posted unflattering characterizations of her on his Facebook page.
New Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said at the league’s football media days they are not interested in further expansion. After West Virginia and TCU were admitted to replace Missouri and Texas A&M, there was speculation other schools, including Louisville, were being considered for membership.