The Hoptown Hoppers close out the home portion of the regular season tonight hosting the Owensboro Oilers. It’s Michael Venable-State Farm Insurance night, with those who are Michael Venable customers who show their insurance cards receiving a free ticket, with those who bring school supplies for the Family Resource Center receiving half price tickets for $2.50.
It’s also Fan Appreciation tonight at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere this evening in the Ohio Valley League: Fulton travels to Marion.
Major League Baseball action this evening has St. Louis at Milwaukee, Cincinnati hosts Arizona, Chicago Cubs host Miami and Atlanta welcomes San Francisco.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Joey Votto is to undergo surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Votto suffered the injury sliding into third base in a game against San Francisco June 29th and will be sidelined 3-4 weeks.
LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent surgery Monday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee, which will force him to miss the upcoming London Olympics. He is being replaced on the roster by former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis. Clippers officials say Griffin is expected to make a full recovery and return for pre season drills this fall.
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips and players Matt Smith, Larry Warford and Collins Ukuwu will face the media tomorrow as SEC Football Media Days are underway in Birmingham.
Syracuse University and the Big East Conference have agreed to a date when the Orange athletic program can leave the conference. July,2013 Syracuse can exit to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is a year earlier than allowed in the Big East bylaws.
Syracuse will also have to pay $7.5 million to leave, which is $2.5 million more than in the Big East bylaws. The University of Pittsburgh will also leave the Big East for the A-C-C, however, the Panthers departure date is uncertain at this point.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers saw a four game win streak come to an end last night, falling to the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates 7-2.
The Hoppers were outhit 12-6 in the contest, with Matt McGowan having two hits including a home run in the 9th inning. The Hoppers are now 23-11 on the season, and still hold a 4 ½ game lead on Fulton heading into tonight’s regular season home finale against Owensboro.
It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the game which begins at 7:05, with the Hoppers pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: It took almost four hours to play, but Fulton defeated Owensboro 15-9 in Fulton. Fulton is now 18-15 on the season in second place, while Owensboro is in the basement at 12-23.
Tonight in the OVL: Fulton travels to Marion.
High School Basketball: The Madisonville Messenger reports Madisonville will begin searching for a new boys basketball coach following the resignation last week of Marty Cline. Cline resigned to take an assistant principal’s position at the high school. Cline was 66-44 in his four seasons as Maroons coach.
High School Football: The TSSAA voted Monday to keep its playoff system the same for the next three years. The Tennessean reports there will still be six state champions, despite a proposal from the state association to reduce the champions crowned. Currently, the state plays in three regular season classes, with those split for the post season. The format will remain in place through at least the 2016 season.
College Football: Western Kentucky is picked fourth in the Sun Belt Conference pre season poll announced during the Sun Belt media day held Monday in New Orleans. Florida International was picked as the favorite, followed by Arkansas State and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns. Western opens the 2012 season hosting Austin Peay September 1st.
Game times have been announced for Kentucky’s first three football games. The Wildcats play Louisville Sunday September 2nd at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2:30, Hopkinsville time, with the Kent State game September 8th at 6:30 and the Western Kentucky game September 15th at 6 pm. You can hear Kentucky football throughout the season on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Tennessee’s game with Florida September 15th, which is normally an afternoon game, will be moved to a 5 pm Hopkinsville time kickoff on ESPN, with CBS showing as its season opener Alabama and Arkansas on that date with a 2:30 air time.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive says he plans to stay as commissioner. In a pre media day interview in Birmingham, Slive tells the Associated Press he plans to stay a couple of more years. Slive’s contract was to expire July 31st, five days after turning 72.
Tonight's(7/14) Hoptown Hoppers games at Madisonville have been cancelled. No make-up has been be announced.
The Hoppers next game will be Sunday night at 7:00pm at Fulton.
The Hoptown Hoppers are back in action this evening at Colonel Field, hosting Madisonville on Christian County Animal Shelter night. Bring dog or cat food or cat litter and receive a $2.50 ticket. Pre game coverage for the 7:05 first pitch begins at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other action in the Ohio Valley League tonight has Owensboro at Marion.
Major League Baseball tonight includes St. Louis opening a series with Miami at Busch Stadium, Atlanta at Philadelphia, Chicago Cubs at New York and Cincinnati at San Diego.
Princeton’s Emma Talley is playing her second round at the US Women’s Open at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Talley began the day one over par following an opening round 73 Thursday.
West Kentucky Star.com reports Graves County High School will not host the Touchstone Energy All A 1st region boys and girls basketball tournaments next year. Graves County athletic director Doug Gloyd says the tournament causes conflicts for both the basketball and wrestling teams. Paducah Tilghman has reportedly expressed an interest in taking over hosting the tournament.
Pre season accolades are beginning for Murray State senior quarterback Casey Brockman. Lindy’s College Football pre season magazine has Brockman as a pre season All American in FCS. Brockman could break a number of school records in his upcoming senior year. Murray State is also ranked pre season number 18 in Lindy’s FCS poll. The Racers open the 2012 season September 1st at Florida State.