Hoppers Baseball: Following an off day, the Hoptown Hoppers are back in Ohio Valley League action hosting the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates on Military Appreciation Night. The Hoppers have already beaten the Pirates this week, winning 3-2 on Tuesday night.
First pitch at 7:05, with the Hopper pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the Ohio Valley League: Owensboro defeated Madisonville 7-2 and Marion moved into outright first place, a half game ahead of the Hoppers with a 3-1 win over Fulton.
Tonight in the OVL: Owensboro plays at Marion.
High School Football: A ceremony to rename the Hopkinsville High Football Block House in honor of legendary coach Fleming Thornton will be held today. The ceremony, which will feature several guest speakers, will take place at the Block House at 4 this afternoon.
High School Softball: The Kentucky Softball Coaches Association has announced its all state teams. Two members of Christian County’s 2nd region championship team were named to the Class 3-A first and second teams, with Maggie Glass named to the first team, Jasmine Matchen named to the second team.
College Baseball: The College World Series begins today in Omaha, with upstart Stony Brook taking on UCLA and Florida State goes against Arizona.
College Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reports University of Kentucky offensive lineman Sam Simpson is retiring because of a series of back injuries over the last year. The sophomore was listed second on the depth chart behind Matt Smith at center. He will remain as a student coach.
College Basketball: New NCAA rules have allowed coaches to work with players two hours per week during the summer, and the Leaf Chronicle reports Austin Peay coach Dave Loos says he likes what he sees from his incoming freshmen. Loos says there are some things he’s seen that are encouraging, but there is plenty of work to do.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans top draft pick Kendall Wright left practice early Thursday after straining his right shoulder diving for a Jake Locker pass during Thursday’s OTA. Wright is the only remaining pick taken in this year’s NFL draft by the Titans that has not signed. Coach Mike Munchak says Wright will sit out next week’s three day mini camp.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds opened a home stand with Omaha falling to the Stormchasers 4-2, with game two of the series this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the finale of a series to West Michigan 9-1. The Hot Rods open a series with Fort Wayne this evening.
It appears a four team playoff is the preferred format to determine college football’s national champion. Commissioners of the BCS conferences and Notre Dame’s athletics director met Wednesday in Chicago. There was no definitive conclusion on playoff structure, access and location of games. Commissioners will report to their league presidents before meeting again in Chicago June 19-20, with a BCS presidential oversight committee to meet in Washington June 26th.
The shooter who killed two former Auburn University football players last weekend was to appear today for a brief court hearing in Opelika, AL. Desmonte Leonard faces three counts of capital murder in the shootings deaths of three people which included Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips last Saturday. Leonard turned himself in Tuesday following a three day manhunt.
Major League Baseball this afternoon has Cincinnati hosting Cleveland and Chicago hosting Detroit. Tonight’s games include St. Louis hosting the Chicago White Sox.
Game two of the NBA Finals is tonight as Oklahoma City hosts Miami, with the Thunder leading the series 1-0.
Hoppers Baseball: The Marion Bobcats scored six times in the second inning in defeating the Hoptown Hoppers 10-3 in Ohio Valley League play last night. The Hoppers were held to just four hits including one by former UHA standout Kyle Barbee, who also pitched an inning and struck out three. Jason McDonald was charged with the pitching loss.
Marion and Hoptown are tied atop the OVL standings at 6-3. The Hoppers return home tomorrow night to host Madisonville on Military Appreciation Night. First pitch at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL: For the second straight night, Fulton and Owensboro played extra innings with the Railroaders taking an 8-7 decision in 11 innings.
Tonight’s games: Owensboro is at Madisonville and Fulton is at Marion.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods beat West Michigan 4-2, with the finale of the series this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Nashville Sounds beat Memphis 5-4 and open a series with Omaha tonight at Greer Stadium.
Golf: The Go Junior Golf series played at Western Hills on Wednesday.
9 hole division play: Hopkinsville’s Caitlyn Shelton finished second in the Girls 11-12 division with a 53. Hunter Traughber finished second in the Boys 11-12 division with a 49. Chandler Todd Campbell finished first in the Boys 13-15 division with a 42.
18 hole division play: Hopkinsville’s Jessica Shelton won the Girls 13-15 division with a 91, Dacie Bolton was second with 101.
Boys 16-18 championship saw Dayton Jones win by five strokes by scoring 72.
Dylan Henderson won the Boys 13-15 championship with 78, Austin Knight was second with 83, Tadd Switzer was fourth with 85, Wade Perry and TJ Janes tied for fifth with 86, Grant Stamper had 89, Trace Altman and Hendley Traughber each had 91, Jay Camp 96 and Wesley Kennedy 110.
Horse Racing: The Courier Journal reports beginning next year, Churchill Downs will determine the 20 horses who will run in the Kentucky Derby based on a points system. The system will be implemented this fall with points from selected races used as criteria in entering the Derby. Two year olds will be able to earn points to run in the Derby based on designated races.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have signed offensive lineman Jon Cooper. Cooper spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oklahoma in 2009.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: The first place Hoptown Hoppers are back in action this evening at Marion. The Hoppers—who have won their last four games—will send Jason McDonald to the mound against the Bobcats.
Owensboro and Fulton meet again this evening in Fulton. The Railroaders beat the Oilers last night.
MLB: A full slate of interleague games on the schedule again this evening include St. Louis hosting the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati entertains Cleveland, Atlanta hosts the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs take on Detroit.
Webster County High School has hired two new coaches this week. The Madisonville Messenger reports former Christian County assistant football and Madisonville head baseball coach Scotty Vance will become the new Trojans football coach. This is Vance’s first football head coaching job. He replaces Hays Browning who resigned after a 1-9 season last year and is the third Trojan football coach in as many seasons.
The Henderson Gleaner reports there will also be a new girls’ basketball coach at Webster County. Parker McAlister, who has been an assistant boys coach at Madisonville and Hopkins Central, replaces Christina Whitsell, who resigned after six seasons in March.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won their fourth game in a row last night, rallying to defeat the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates 3-2. The Pirates struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, which held up until the Hoppers scored three times in the bottom of the 8th.
Jake Sandlin’s two run double gave the Hoppers the lead, then Bobby Clark had a sacrifice fly to bring home the third run. The Pirates loaded the bases and scored a run in the 9th, but former Christian County pitcher Kyle Spencer hung on to get his first win of the season. Spencer struck out five in relief of starter Will Hammock.
Former UHA standout Matt McGowan went 1-2 with a double which began the 8th inning rally.
The Hoppers are atop the Ohio Valley League at 6-2 and play at 5-3 Marion this evening.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: Fulton beat Owensboro 7-3, with those two teams playing again this evening in Fulton.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds were shut out 2-0 at Memphis, with the two teams playing again this morning to wrap up the series.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated West Michigan 6-2, with the teams playing a matinee at Bowling Green Ballpark this afternoon.
Golf: Princeton’s Emma Talley won the collegiate girls division of the West Kentucky College Showcase which concluded Tuesday at Drake Creek Golf Club in Ledbetter. Talley followed up her opening round 68 with a 71 for a two day total of 139 and a three stroke victory. Trigg County High golfer Nick Choate won the boys high school division by eight strokes.
College Football: Austin Peay has hired an assistant coach with experience at three Division One schools as its new defensive line coach. Pat Donohoe will take over for Ryan Taylor who resigned earlier this spring. Donohoe inherits a defense that returns all four starters on the line, but had only six quarterback sacks and allowed almost 200 yards a game last season.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have cut tight end Daniel Graham. Graham signed a three year, $8.5 million deal last season, with a $2 million signing bonus. Graham caught only two passes for 25 yards in the 2011 season. Releasing Graham freed up $2 million dollars for the upcoming season.