Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers host the Madisonville/Tradewater Pirates this evening at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Field. First pitch for Edgewood Baptist Church night is at 7:05, with the official Hoppers pre game show on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
The Hoppers lead Madisonville by three games in the OVL standings, with Dubois County and Owensboro sitting tied for second place 2 ½ games back. Owensboro travels to Marion this evening, while Dubois County goes to Fulton.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds close a two game interleague series at Oakland this afternoon, with pre game coverage at 2:05 on News/Talk WHOP. Other interleague action tonight has Atlanta at Kansas City and St. Louis taking on Houston. National League action includes the Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee.
NCAA: The NCAA has placed Oregon's football program on probation for three years and taken away a scholarship for recruiting violations under previous coach Chip Kelly.
The NCAA's Division I Infractions Committee released a report on Wednesday that found Kelly and the university failed to monitor the program. The NCAA has been looking into Oregon's recruiting practices since questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to a Houston-based recruiting service. The agency had a connection with an Oregon recruit.
It also placed an 18-month show-cause order for Kelly, which would require schools wishing to hire him to appear before the infractions committee to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures. Kelly left Oregon this year to become the head coach of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been released from the team after he was taken into custody by police today. The team says it's disappointed one of its players was arrested in connection with the case and feels Hernandez’s release is the "right thing to do." Team officials are also expressing sympathy for the family of the victim.
Meanwhile, there's no indication of what charges are being brought against Hernandez. The homicide victim, Odin Lloyd, was found dead nine days ago. Reports have linked Lloyd with Hernandez on the night of his death.
Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Auswar Walcott was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in Northern New Jersey.
Authorities told The Bergen Record that Walcott punched Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen's Club closed early Sunday morning. Police say Jones, who is from New York City, is in critical condition. Walcott is being held on $500,000 bail. The Browns said in a statement that they are "aware of the situation."
Walcott was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia last month. This isn't the first time Walcott has been arrested. In January 2011, he faced charges of assault and battery from a fight while he was at Virginia. Walcott was suspended from the team but was reinstated after charges were dropped.