High School Baseball: Play begins today in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.
Action includes 4th region winner South Warren, making its first ever appearance meeting 5th region winner Central Hardin at 10 am Hopkinsville time.
Other games today have Mercer County meeting St. X, Pikeville goes against Bishop Brossart and Woodford County meets Powell County.
2nd region winner Henderson County opens play tomorrow morning at 10 Hopkinsville time against North Oldham.
High School Softball: Christian County begins play in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch Tournament Thursday afternoon at 5 against 9th region winner Ryle. Coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show from Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro begins at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
High School Soccer: Christian County High School is to have a news conference at 1 this afternoon concerning the soccer program.
Hoppers Baseball: Following an off day Saturday, the Hoptown Hoppers returned to Ohio Valley League action Sunday at Marion and lost 5-3.
Marion built up a 4-0 lead after four innings before the Hoppers scored three times in the top of the 7th on a home run by Jim Nelson. The Bobcats added a run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Former UHA standout Kyle Barbee was 0-2 in the game as Taylor Veillion took the pitching loss for the Hoppers. Both teams are 1-1 on the season.
The Hoppers are off today, but the public is invited to come and meet the team from 4-6:30 at the Pennyroyal Area Museum.
Elsewhere in the Ohio Valley League Sunday: Owensboro improved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-5, 11 inning win over Fulton.
Today’s games have Marion at Fulton and Owensboro at Tradewater.
Golf: Austin Peay golfer Brian Balthrop won the Commanding General’s Golf Tournament contested this weekend at Cole Park Golf Course at Fort Campbell.
Balthrop fired a five under par 67 Sunday for a two day total of 135 and was a three shot winner over Hopkinsville’s Rick Scott who finished three shots back at 138. Christian County High golfer TJ Ferry finished tied for fifth with a two day total of 143, while Hopkinsville’s Dayton Jones and Logan Loftus tied for 10th in the event.
College Baseball: Kentucky was eliminated in the final of the Gary regional 3-2 by Kent State, just two days after playing a 21 inning game against the Golden Flashes. Kentucky finished the winningest season in school history at 45-17.
Austin Peay was eliminated in the final game of the Eugene Regional Sunday 8-1 by host Oregon. The Governors finished the season 40-24.
Louisville lost in the Tucson regional final to host Arizona 16-3. Vanderbilt dropped the first game of the Raleigh regional final to NC State 6-5, with the final this evening. The winner gets top seeded Florida in Super Regional play next weekend in Gainesville.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have started orgranized team workouts, with the Tennessean reporting both starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and second year man Jake Locker sharing snaps with the first team offense.
Hasselbeck says he welcomes the challenges of competing with Locker for the starting position.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost 7-3 to New Orleans, with game three tonight at 7:05 in Greer Stadium.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to Dayton 5-4, with the finale of the series tonight at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Heritage Christian Academy's baseball team lost in the state finals in Georgetown to Lakeside 2-1 on Saturday. Alex Walker, Matt Johnson and Aaron Workman were named to the All Tournament Team, while Alex Walker, Nathan Workman and Jameson Murray were named to the All State team.
Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors softball team lost to Lakeside 10-6 in the semi final round. Kelly Faulkner was named to the All Tournament team, while Alden Gray was named to the All State team and was selected as KCAA Miss Softball.
High School Softball: Christian County will meet Ryle in its opening game of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch Tournament in Owensboro Thursday afternoon at 5. Ryle defeated Conner 2-1 in the 9th region championship game Saturday.
Hoppers Baseball: The game between the Hoppers and the Tradewater Pirates was cancelled Saturday night in Madisonville. The game will be rescheduled at a later date. The game was cancelled because of the tragic death of Pirate Reid Rizzo, who according to the Tradewater Pirates website, died in his sleep Saturday morning. It will be made up at a later date. The Hoppers are back in action this afternoon at Marion at 2:05.
College Baseball: Kentucky stayed alive in the Gary regional defeating Valparaiso 8-1 and will play again Sunday afternoon. Austin Peay got a 1-0 win over Indiana State in the Eugene regional and will play an elimination game at noon today. Vanderbilt scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th and defeated North Carolina State 9-8 and is a win away from making the Super Regional with a win today.
Heritage Christian Academy's baseball and softball teams continued play in the KCAA State Tournaments Friday in Georgetown.
The Warriors ended up winning their baseball game against Bluegrass Christian that was suspended from Thursday in a forefit. The Warriors will meet Lakeside in the championship game today.
Because of poor field conditions, the Lady Warriors semi final game against Lakeside was postponed Friday. The game will be played today.
Greenwood is the champion of the 4th region softball tournament as the third ranked Lady Gators defeated top ranked and defending state champion Allen County Scottsville 4-3. Greenwood moves to the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch Tournament next week in Owensboro.
Meanwhile, Christian County will learn its oppponent in next week's state tournament once Ryle and Conner complete play today in the 9th region championship.
The Kentucky New Era reported this morning Fort Campbell will be searching for a new athletics director following the resignation of Kenneth Janikowski. Janikowski has served in that role for the last two years in addition to his teaching duties. Janikowski says he wants to spend more time with his family. He was first the girls basketball coach from 2009-11.
The Princeton Times Leader reported this morning interviews for the Caldwell County boys basketball coaching vacancy will begin next week. The Tiger program is searching for a replacement to Steve Smiley, who resigned last month after three seasons as coach.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers rallied from a 9-4 deficit to defeat Fulton in the season opener last night 11-9. Hoppers starter Clayton Dulin struggled early on and the Hoppers commited a couple of early errors. Jason McDonald came on in relief and gave the Hoppers five strong innings, along with some timely hitting from Brett Pirdle and Jake Sandlin in getting the win. The Hoppers continue their season opening three game road series this evening at Madisonville.
College Baseball: Kentucky's first game in the NCAA tournament took over six hours and 21 innings, but the Wildcats lost to Kent State 7-6. The game was the second longest in NCAA tournament history. The Wildcats play in an elimination game this afternoon.
Louisville rallied from a two run deficit to defeat New Mexico State 3-2 in the first round of the Tucson regional. The Cardinals get the winner of the late game from last night between Arizona and Missouri this evening.
Austin Peay fell to Oregon in its opening game in the Eugene Regional 6-5. The Governors play Indiana State in an elimination game today.
Vanderbilt defeated UNC Wilimington 8-2 in its first game at the Raleigh regional and will face host NC State today.
College Basketball: Kentucky will face Notre Dame in the SEC-Big East challenge at Notre Dame November 29th. Tennessee will play at Georgetown November 30th and Vanderbilt hosts Villanova December 1st.
The Madisonville Messenger reports Webster County football coach Hays Browning has resigned after one season. The Trojans finished 1-9 last season with their lone win coming in their season finale against Ballard Memorial 30-22. No successor has been selected.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky will face Notre Dame in the SEC-Big East challenge this coming basketball season. The game will be played at Notre Dame on Thursday, November 29th. Other games in the SEC-Big East challenge include Tennessee at Georgetown and Villanova at Vanderbilt. Louisville will not be participating in this year's event.
The Southeastern Conference schools will be making a $100,000 donation to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement Thursday Summitt was an integral part of the SEC’s history and said the league will be forever grateful for her many contributions to the league and college baskeball.
Summitt retired as college basketball’s winningest coach after announcing last fall she had early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type.
Major League Baseball action tonight includes St. Louis at the New York Mets, Atlanta at Washington, Cincinnati at Houston and Chicago at San Francisco.
Game three of the NBA Eastern Conference final takes place between Boston and Miami, with the Heat leading the series 2-0.
High School Softball: Christian County is still awaiting to see who they will play in the Rawlings KHSAA State Fast Pitch Softball tournament next Thursday in Owensboro. Last night’s 9th region championship game between Conner and Ryle was suspended in the 6th inning due to rain and will be played tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the 4th region championship game between defending state champion Allen County Scottsville and Greenwood was suspended in the 1st inning last night because of rain and will continue this evening at Western Kentucky University.
Heritage Christian Academy’s softball team defeated North Hardin Christian 14-4 in 6 innings at the KCAA State Tournament quarterfinals last night at Georgetown College. The Lady Warriors will meet Lakeside at 5 pm central time in semi final play today.
HCA’s baseball team’s semi final game in the KCAA State Tournament against Bluegrass Christian was suspended in the 2nd inning last night with the Warriors leading 7-0. The game resumes this evening.
Hoppers Baseball: For the first time since the mid 50’s when there was Kitty League baseball in Hopkinsville, a team wearing the uniform with Hoppers across the front will return between the lines this evening.
The reborn Hoptown Hoppers of the Ohio Valley League open the regular season at the Fulton Railroaders. The Hoppers will play three road games this weekend, with other games at Madisonville Saturday night and at Marion on Sunday.
The Hoppers home opener is Wednesday night against Fulton at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, where you’ll be able to hear all home and playoff games this season, as well as worldwide at whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the Ohio Valley League this evening: Marion plays at the Madisonville Pirates, formerly known as the Tradewater Pirates.
College Baseball: The NCAA tournament begins today with regional play across the country. Kentucky meets Kent State in its first game at the Gary regional this afternoon at 3 pm. Vanderbilt will meet UNC Wilimington in the Raleigh regional at 1 pm this afternoon. Austin Peay meets Oregon in the Eugene regional at 4 pm this afternoon. Louisville meets New Mexico State in the Tucson regional at 6 this evening.
College Softball: At the Women's College World Series, Tennessee lost its opening game to SEC foe Alabama 5-3 Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Lady Vols play an elimination game tomorrow against Oregon at 1 pm.
College Football: Southeastern Conference coaches have voted to advance a plan by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to pay student athletes not only in football, but other revenue producing sports. Spurrier’s measure calls for those athletes to receive between $3,500 and $4,000.
The Tennessean reports the SEC’s athletic directors will decide today whether to bring it to the conference school’s presidents and chancellors for an official vote.
Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin is drawing some heat after a comment he made stating he would not hire a new assistant coach before seeing his wife. The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams said the comment was inappropriate and said it was not how he or Franklin really felt.
Franklin made the comment during a radio interview with a Nashville station at the SEC meetings in Destin, FL. Franklin apologized for his remark on Twitter Thursday, but told the Tennessean last night he declined further comment, letting Williams comment speak for him.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost at Oklahoma City 4-1 last night, with the series finale this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods game with Lansing was suspended due to rain at Bowling Green Ballpark. The suspended game and the regular game will take place this evening.