College Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery has made a huge step in his recovery from injuries sustained in a car accident in Georgia last weekend. Lowery was discharged from an intensive care unit Wednesday to a regular room. A family spokesperson says while there is no timetable, Lowery could be discharged from the hospital by the weekend.
College Basketball: The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Robert Golden, the father of former University of Tennessee point guard Trae Golden, as saying reports of academic problems which led to Golden’s leaving the basketball team are false. Earlier this week, a UT athletic department source told the newspaper that Golden’s departure was due to academic issues and repeated plagiarism. Golden’s father denied the accusation Wednesday and coach Cuonzo Martin offered few details on Trae Golden’s departure.
Horse Racing: The Lexington Herald Leader reports Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas plans to run three horses in the Preakness in Baltimore next Saturday. Lukas said Wednesday Oxbow, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby and Will Take Charge who finished 8th in the Derby will run along with Titletown Five, who finished fourth in the Derby Trial a week before the Kentucky Derby.
Gary Stevens will have the mount for Oxbow, while Will Take Charge will have Mike Smith on the mount replacing Jon Court. Julien Leparoux will ride Titletown Five.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds have an off day before opening a weekend series hosting Milwaukee tomorrow night, with pre game coverage at 5:40 on News/Talk WHOP.
Games today include the Atlanta Braves opening a weekend series later this evening at San Francisco.
NHL: Three playoff games are on the docket this evening, with two potential series ending games. Ottawa leads Montreal 3-1 in its Eastern Conference series, with Chicago leading Minnesota 3-1 in its Western Conference series. The NY Islanders and Pittsburgh are tied 2-2 in their Eastern Conference series.
PGA Tour: Former Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones is playing in a local qualifier today for the 2013 US Open. Jones is playing at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, IN.
Golf's unofficial fifth major, the Players Championship, is underway today at TPC Sawgrass. The star-filled field includes former champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Adam Scott, who is playing for the first time since capturing his first major championship at the Masters last month. Nashville native Brandt Snedeker and Danville native Josh Teater are also in the field.