High School Baseball: Christian County and Hopkinsville play the first of a two game 8th district weekend series this evening at Colonel Field. First pitch is at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP.
There’s been a time change for the Saturday game of the series to be played at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Stadium. First pitch will take place at 6, with the Heritage Bank pre game show airing at 5:45 on News/Talk WHOP.
Other games today have Fort Campbell at Stewart County, TN, Caldwell County at Union County, Livingston Central hosts a doubleheader with Todd Central and Lyon County, Hopkins Central hosts Webster County, Trigg County plays Murray, Marshall County meets Crittenden County and Graves County hosts Grandview, MO in the Dinger Bats Wood Bat Classic.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville hosts Hopkins Central, Christian County meets Northeast and Portland, TN at a tournament in Clarksville, Fort Campbell hosts Crittenden County, University Heights meets Menifee County at the Lyndel Potter Memorial Tournament in Pikeville, Logan County hosts Muhlenberg County, Todd Central at Barren County, Russellville goes to Metcalfe County. Caldwell County hosts Trigg County, Dawson Springs hosts McLean County, Union County welcomes Marshall County, Lyon County goes to Livingston Central.
High School Basketball: Madison Central’s Allen Feldhaus, Jr. has been named the Courier Journal Boys Coach of the Year. It’s the second straight year Feldhaus has won the award, matching his father, who won the award in 1982 and 1986 while he coached at Mason County. The younger Feldhaus led Madison Central to its first state title this season.
College Football: Multiple sources reported Thursday University of Nebraska running back Braylon Heard will transfer to Kentucky. Heard—currently a sophomore at Nebraska—visited Kentucky two weeks ago. Last year, Heard scored three touchdowns in a reduced role in the Huskers offense.
Kentucky has its Blue-White spring game tomorrow evening at Commonwealth Stadium, with coverage beginning at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Basketball: There seems to be a question on whether Louisville’s Russ Smith will turn pro or return for his senior year. Earlier this week, Smith’s father said there was no reason for his son to return to Louisville, however, that tune was a little different Thursday.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told Louisville radio station WKRD in an interview there’s a “50-50” chance Smith returns next season. Pitino says Smith is confused right now about what he wants to do and didn’t want his dad saying he was turning pro.
Louisville women’s coach Jeff Walz tells the Courier Journal he has no plans to leave the Cardinals program. It’s been rumored that Walz was a possible candidate for the Ohio State job, but he put that to rest Thursday. Walz just completed his sixth year and led Louisville to its second national runner up.
The Courier Journal reports the Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams will be the grand marshals of this year’s Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. The event will take place May 2nd in downtown Louisville.
College Baseball: Austin Peay opens a weekend Ohio Valley Conference series at Southeast Missouri, while Murray State hosts Jacksonville State. Western Kentucky opens a Sun Belt series hosting Troy this evening.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods game with West Michigan was rained out Thursday night, with the two teams playing a doubleheader at 5:35 this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Nashville Sounds game with Oklahoma City was also rained out Thursday night. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 28th in Nashville. The Sounds open a eight game road trip this evening at Omaha.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening, hosting the Dallas Stars. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops at 7 pm.
Meanwhile, three Predators players seasons are over. The Tennessean reports center Paul Gaustad and wing players Colin Wilson and Gabriel Bourque will under go season ending surgeries. Wilson and Bourque will have shoulder stabilization surgeries according to general manager David Poile, while Gaustad will have a torn meniscus repaired in his knee.
NFL: Tennessee Titans wide receiver/kick returner Mark Mariani says he will return from surgery last year. Mariani suffered a compound fracture in his left leg in a pre season game against the Arizona Cardinals last August.
Mariani tells the Tennessean after sitting out the entire 2012 season, he’s more motivated than ever to return this season.