The Paducah Sun and WPSD-TV report Lone Oak football players Joeshawn Starks and Bronson Owen have transferred to Paducah Tilghman. Both have made eligibility requests to the Kentucky High School Athletics Association. Starks sat out all of last season due to disciplinary reasons. Tilghman football coach Randy Wyatt expects both players to clear and hopes to have an answer in the next couple of weeks.
There are several interleague games in Major League Baseball this evening including the Atlanta Braves at the New York Yankees, Cincinnati at Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox playing each other.
The Hoptown Hoppers have a half game lead on Marion heading into tonight’s game at Owensboro. First pitch is at 7 pm. Other action in the Ohio Valley League this evening has Fulton at Madisonville.
While we’re on the Hoppers, they will play Madisonville in a doubleheader when the teams meet July 14th at Elmer Kelley Stadium. The games will start at 4 pm. The doubleheader is due to a lost game early in the season due to the untimely death of Madisonville player Reid Rizzo.
The College World Series continues today in Omaha. Florida faces Kent State in an elimination game at 4 this afternoon, followed by SEC rivals Arkansas and South Carolina at 8 this evening.
LaDainian Tomlinson is set to announce his retirement from the NFL today. Tomlinson will sign a one day contract with the San Diego Chargers, then make his retirement official. Tomlinson leaves as the NFL’s 5th all time leading rusher. He was fifth overall selection by the Chargers in the 2001 NFL draft and played in San Diego until he was released in 2010. Tomlinson spent his last two seasons with the New York Jets.
Yahoo! Sports reports Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks has turned down a three year contract extension. Brooks’ current contract runs out after the NBA Finals. He was offered a three year extension worth just under $11 million according to league sources. Brooks and his agent will resume negotiations after the season. The Thunder trail Miami 2-1 with game four of the finals tomorrow night in Miami.
Hoppers Baseball: Hoptown split a weekend series with Fulton, winning Sunday night at Lohaus Field 3-2. Will Hammock pitched 7 innings, giving up four hits, striking out six to get the win. Tyler Vails got his second save of the season. Fernando Tanaka had three hits, with Nolan Fisher and Seth Bancroft each getting two hits in the victory.
The Hoppers are now 8-4 on the season and still hold a half game lead over Marion. The Hoppers are back in action tonight at Owensboro at 7. Tonight’s other OVL action also includes Fulton travelling to Madisonville.
High School Baseball: The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association East/West All Star games will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Louisville. According to a story in the Kentucky New Era, Christian County junior Logan Patterson will play for the West Stars in games Tuesday, while Hopkinsville’s Clayton Smithson will play on the Senior West Stars team in games on Wednesday.
College Football: The Bowling Green Daily News reported Sunday Western Kentucky has picked up a commitment for its 2013 class. Senior to be defensive tackle Marcus Adams announced Saturday his plans to come to the Hill.
Adams is out of Tri Cites Georgia High School. The 6-3 270 pound Adams chose Western over Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss and TCU. He is the third commitment for the 2013 class.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has added three commitments to its 2013 class. Linebacker Nigel Bowden of Macon, GA, defensive back Darrius Sims from Memphis and defensive tackle Sean Spencer of Newnan, GA announced over the weekend their plays to play for the Commodores next season.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds defeated Omaha 4-1 Sunday to salvage a series split. The Sounds are off today before beginning a series with Oklahoma City Tuesday night.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods finished the first half of the Midwest League season with a 9-3 win over Fort Wayne Sunday. The Hot Rods have off until they play at the Dayton Dragons on Friday.
Hoppers Baseball: After spotting Madisonville a 5-0 lead, the Hoptown Hoppers scored six runs in three of their last five at bats to defeat the Pirates 6-5 at Colonel Field. Brad Sevenish went 4-5 for the Hoppers, but it was Jake Sandlin’s infield single in the bottom of the 9th that gave the Hoppers their 7th win of the season to go with three losses.
The Hoppers are back in action this evening, hosting Fulton on Rotary Club night at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with the exclusive Hoppers pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
A number of former and current Hopkinsville High football players and supporters were on hand Friday afternoon for the dedication of the football block house to former Tiger head coach Fleming Thornton.
Thornton coached the Tigers from 1962-76 and had a record of 109-52 and 7, with two state championships in 1965 and 66. Those teams went 27-0 over the two year period. Thornton, who came to Hopkinsville from South Carolina, also won three state championships in the Palmetto State.
College Basketball: Yahoo! Sports reports projected top draft pick Anthony Davis formerly of Kentucky has selected the Wasserman Media Group to represent him in his contract negotiations. Davis is expected to be the top pick of the NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
ESPN.com reports Florida and Georgetown will play this coming season on an aircraft carrier. The game on November 9th will be one of three to be played on an aircraft carrier this coming season.
US Open golf: Three time champ Tiger Woods, 2003 Open winner Jim Furyk and 2001 PGA champion David Toms are tied atop the leaderboard heading into today's third round of the US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco. They are each at one under par, leading a quartet of golfers by two strokes.
The Hoptown Hoppers have a chance to reclaim first place in the Ohio Valley League with a win this evening against Madisonville. First pitch for Military Appreciation Night is at 7:05, with the exclusive Hopper pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Hoptown is a half game behind leader Marion, who faces Owensboro this evening.
Hopkinsville High School is naming its football blockhouse in honor of legendary coach Fleming Thornton today. The ceremony will take place at the school at 4 pm.
The College World Series begins in Omaha today with Stony Brook taking on UCLA and Florida State meets Arizona.
Louisville basketball recruit Terry Rozier said on Twitter that he expects to be eligible to play for the Cardinals next season. The Lexington Herald Leader reports there had been speculation Rozier did not meet the academic requirements to be eligible for next season.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak tells the Tennessean top draft choice Kendall Wright will not participate in next week’s three day mini camp. Wright, a rookie out of Baylor, strained his right shoulder while diving for a Jake Locker pass during organized team activities on Thursday. Wright was to have the shoulder examined today.
Major League Baseball interleague action tonight has St. Louis hosting Kansas City, Atlanta hosting Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs have a matinee game against the Boston Red Sox. The Cincinnati Reds are at the New York Mets in the lone National League game.
The scene shifts to Miami for game three of the NBA Finals Sunday. Last night, the Miami Heat evened the series with Oklahoma City at one game apiece with a 100-96 win.
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.