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.
Southeastern Conference football coaches say they are having a difficult time tweaking their football schedules now that Missouri and Texas A&M are in the league. Coaches are trying to decide at this week’s SEC spring meeting in Destin, Florida whether to play an eight or nine game conference schedule and whether to maintain cross division rival games like Tennessee-Alabama.
However, basketball coaches are in agreement of an 18 game league schedule which would keep all 14 teams together instead of having divisional play. Teams would play everyone at least once (13 games) and have a home and home series with a designated rival.
Those rival games are Kentucky-Florida, Tennessee-Vanderbilt, LSU-Texas A&M, Georgia-South Carolina, Alabama-Auburn and Arkansas-Missouri. The other four games each season would be filled by the remaining 12 teams on a rotating basis.
South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier is again proposing giving football players at SEC schools a stipend. The NCAA is currently mulling over a proposal to give players a $2,000 stipend. Spurrier’s measure goes one step further, allowing athletes in revenue producing sports to receive between $3,500 and $4,000 for the entire year to cover expenses. Spurrier says all 14 SEC coaches agree with him on his measure in principle.
A three judge federal appeals panel in Cincinnati is hearing an appeal from Karen Sypher, convicted of trying to extort Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. The US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing the arguments today. The 52-year-old Sypher is serving a seven year sentence at a federal prison.
WPSD-TV reports University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach emeritus Pat Summitt will receive the Tigrett Award November 10th in Jackson, TN. The award, started five years ago, recognizes a Tennessean for contributions locally, nationally and abroad. The award will be presented during the 23rd annual West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation’s Charity Gala.
The Courier Journal reports Alpha will miss the final jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes June 9th. Alpha was scratched from the race after developing a fever. Alpha ran 12th in the Kentucky Derby.
San Antonio and Oklahoma City play game three of the NBA Western Conference final this evening, with the Spurs leading the series 2-0. The Spurs bring a 20 game win streak dating back to the regular season into the game.
Three games on the Major League Baseball schedule tonight: Detroit meets Boston in the American League, while Houston meets Colorado and Milwaukee meets Los Angeles in the National League.
2nd region softball championship: Christian County is returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2010 following a 14-4, 5 inning win over Henderson County.
Christian County scored early and often and pounded out 14 hits in taking the regional title. Lauren Hobson got the pitching win for the Lady Colonels, who improve to 32-7 in heading to the state tournament next Thursday in Owensboro.
Christian County will meet either Ryle or Conner who play in the 9th region championship today. Next Thursday’s game is set for 5 pm, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
The Lady Colonels placed four on the region all tournament team. They were: Maggie Glass, Jasmine Matchen, Malena Whipple and Lauren Hobson. Also named to the team from University Heights was Chelsea Cansler.
Elsewhere: Lone Oak won the 1st region title, defeating Reidland 5-4, Owensboro Catholic defeated Apollo 6-1 in the 3rd region championship game.
Today’s game: Greenwood and top ranked Allen County Scottsville meet in the 4th region championship game in Bowling Green.
2nd region baseball championship: Henderson County is returning to the state tournament in Lexington after defeating Caldwell County 3-1.
Elsewhere: Calloway County defeated Murray 10-0 in the 1st region title game, Meade County over Muhlenberg County 4-2 in the 3rd region championship and for the first time in school history, South Warren is heading to the state tournament after a 4-3 win over favored Bowling Green in the 4th region championship.
High School Basketball: Christian County has named its new basketball coach. 16 year veteran Josh Smith was introduced at a news conference Wednesday.
Smith has coached his entire career in Tennessee, at Stewart County High and Clarksville Academy where he won a state championship in 2010. Smith replaces Tyler Smithhart, who was recently named coach at Henderson County.
Hoppers Baseball: The 2012 Ohio Valley League season begins tomorrow night for the Hoptown Hoppers. The Hoppers open the season at Fulton. Last night, the players and coaches were introduced at a gathering for board members. A chance to meet the players comes Monday from 4-5:30 at the Pennyroyal Area Museum.
The Hoppers open the home portion of the season next Wednesday against Fulton at 7:05 at Colonel Field. Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com will broadcast all home games and playoff games this season.
College Basketball: After both sides declared the issue a dead deal earlier this month, the Courier Journal reports Kentucky and Indiana athletic officials reopened negotiations to continue its series May 10th.
However, Kentucky athletic officials last week rejected Indiana’s idea of playing the next two games at a neutral site court, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, then one game at Kentucky in 2014 and the 2015 game at Indiana.
Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan has been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Male Athlete of the Year. Cannan helped Murray State to the OVC championship and an NCAA tournament appearance. Cannan averaged 19 points per game this past season and had four 30 plus point performances.
College Softball: The Women’s College World Series begins today in Oklahoma City. Tennessee plays its first game at 6 this evening, taking on fellow SEC rival Alabama.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost game 2 of their series at Oklahoma City 7-2 last night, with game three this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to Lansing 6-4 in the first of a four game set at Bowling Green Ballpark. Game two is this evening.
PGA Tour: Kentucky native JB Holmes and Nashville native Brandt Snedeker are in the field for the star studded Memorial Tournament which begins today in Dublin, Ohio.
2nd region softball: Christian County’s Lady Colonels are back in the finals after an 11-2 victory over Livingston Central in semi final action. Morgan Meacham and Maggie Glass each hit home runs for the Lady Colonels. Lauren Hobson got the pitching victory for Christian County now 31-7 on the season. Livingston Central finishes 32-7.
Henderson County reached the finals with a 6-1 win over defending champion Hopkins Central. This evening at 6 at Webster County, the northern and southern Colonels play for a trip to the state tournament. The Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
2nd region baseball: Henderson County defeated Madisonville 9-1 in the first semi final, with Caldwell County getting a 1-0 victory over Union County in the nightcap. Henderson County and Caldwell County meet in the championship game at 7 this evening in Henderson.
High School Basketball: There will be a news conference this afternoon concerning a new boys basketball coach for Christian County High. It will take place at the school at 3 pm.
College Basketball: Three of Kentucky’s basketball signees have been named Parade High School All Americans. Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress make the number of Parade All Americans who have signed with Kentucky at 76.
Poythress, who played at Clarksville Northeast, also received Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball award, along with being named Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year and was named a McDonald’s All American.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky baskeball coach John Calipari’s next big idea is a football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball tripleheader. Speaking at the SEC spring meeting in Destin, FL Tuesday, Calipari said the idea would be to play a basketball doubleheader against the same school on a Friday, then football on a Saturday in a domed stadium.
Calipari also reiterated in his talk that had his 2009-10 team played a game in a domed stadium, where Final Fours are played now, they would have won the national championship. Kentucky will play a men’s and women’s doubleheader against Baylor at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in the 2013-14 season.
College Football: The Tennessean reports SEC football coaches are in agreement of a four team playoff featuring the best teams in the country and not tied to conference champions. The solidarity comes as no surprise as the SEC has won six straight championships, including Alabama’s win over LSU in the national title game back in January.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive says coaches and administrators will discuss the playoff idea during this week’s SEC meeting, with an official league decision to be announced on Friday.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports four University of Tennessee athletes reported items were stolen from their dorm rooms weeks before tight end Cameron Clear was arrested last week. The items were taken in March and April, with no arrests being made.
College Softball: Tennessee’s Lady Vols go through one final day of preparation today in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series which begins tomorrow. Tennessee meets Alabama in its opening game at 6 pm.
College Baseball: The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt University will place artificial turf at Hawkins Field. The new surface called Game Day Grass 3D featuring Astroflex is the same as Wichita State has at its facility. The $1.2 million field will be ready by next season.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods won the series finale at Fort Wayne 8-2. The Hot Rods return home to open a series against Lansing this evening.
The Nashville Sounds lost a series opener at Oklahoma City 2-0, with game two of the series this evening.