Former University Heights and University of Tennessee basketball standout Scotty Hopson says numerous NBA teams are showing interest in him and he will be working out for some of them in the next few weeks. Hopson would not say what teams he’s talking to, but says if it does not work out, he will return overseas to play next season. Hopson is back in town for a few days after playing this past season in Greece.
Major League Baseball action this evening has St. Louis hosting San Francisco, Cincinnati at Milwaukee, Atlanta at Philadelphia and the Chicago Cubs continue their West Coast swing at San Diego.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is in New York today meeting with NFL officials about his recent DUI arrest at Fort Campbell. Britt had his first disciplinary meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last year and promised to clean up his behavior after eight run ins with the law since being drafted in 2009. Britt who is rehabbing from three knee surgeries since last fall, is currently on the physically unable to perform list.
Austin Peay is having its first day of fall football workouts today, while its first game opponent Western Kentucky is reporting to fall camp. The Governors and Hilltoppers will play September 1st in Bowling Green.
Sports Illustrated writer Rob Dauster has offered ten breakout players for the upcoming college basketball season, with two of them in Kentucky. Dauster says Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer and Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear are on the list. Both will be sophomores this coming season.
Tee times have been set for the first two days of the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at The Ocean Course at Kiwah Island. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker will play with Zach Johnson and Luke Donald the first two days, with tee times at 12:30 Hopkinsville time Thursday afternoon and at 7:20 Friday morning.
Defending champ Keegan Bradley will play with Tiger Woods and Martin Kaymer the first two days, while Phil Mickelson is paired with Padraig Harrington and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.
The 2012 Kentucky Open begins tomorrow at the Traditions Golf Club in Hebron. Murray State senior to be and US Amateur qualifier Patrick Newcomb is among those in the field.
Former University Heights and University of Tennessee basketball standout Scotty Hopson is back in town for a few days after playing professionally in Greece. Hopson—who celebrates his birthday on Wednesday—says he enjoyed his experience.
Hopson says he will be trying out for several NBA teams in the next few weeks, but says if that doesn’t pan out, he will likely return overseas. Hopson was a member of the UHA team that played in the 2008 Boys Sweet 16.
Golf: Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club had its men’s club championship this weekend.
TJ Ferry won the Championship flight with a 135 total, which included a course record 62 on Saturday.
Chip Miles won the 1st flight on the third playoff hole with a birdie after tying JP Blane at 151.
Tyler Perry won the 2nd flight, defeating Mike Stevenson on the second playoff hole with a par after the two finished tied at 163.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry tied for third at the 3M Championship outside of Minneapolis, this week’s Champions Tour stop. Perry finished with a 201 total, tied with Olin Browne. Bernhard Langer was the winner with a 198 score.
High School Football: The season is fast approaching and area teams have scrimmage games scheduled for later this week. The Hopkinsville Tigers are scheduled to play Owensboro Friday night, while Christian County travels to play in the Montgomery County High School Football Jamboree Saturday night at Austin Peay.
The Colonels will play Ravenwood High School at 7:15 Saturday, then face Northeast at 8 pm.
College Football: Austin Peay opened its fall camp Sunday. The Governors return 58 lettermen, including 18 starters from a team which went 3-8 in the 2011 season. Austin Peay was picked 9th in the Ohio Valley Conference pre season poll. The players will go through a series of meetings this morning, then practice for the first time this afternoon.
Western Kentucky begins its fall camp today in Bowling Green. The Hilltoppers, who just missed a bowl game last season, will open their season against Austin Peay September 1st.
Kentucky had day two of its fall camp Sunday. Coach Joker Phillips tells the Courier Journal the Wildcats were much improved with their tempo and execution.
Louisville had its first day of practice Sunday. The Courier Journal reports former Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike, who was dismissed from Auburn’s football team over the summer, will be transferring to the Cardinal program. Coach Charlie Strong says the 6-6 Pike will move from quarterback to tight end.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports they recently received a letter stating that Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart is no advocate of women’s sports. The letter came from former Florida State softball coach JoAnne Graf who says Hart was a bully to women directly and indirectly. Graf was FSU’s softball coach from 1978-2008 and says Hart was threatened by strong, independent women.
NFL: Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is scheduled to meet with league officials today in New York. Britt was charged with driving under the influence July 20th as he attempted to pass through a security gate at Fort Campbell. It was Britt’s 8th run in with police since 2009 and could face a suspension for his latest incident. Britt is currently on the physically unable to perform list as recovers from knee surgery.
Meanwhile, the Titans are holding defensive end Dave Ball out of practice because of concussion like symptoms and his condition is being monitored because of a history of concussions.
The Tennessean also reports rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright collided with cornerback Tommie Campbell while running a route in practice Sunday. Wright had his left knee looked at and returned to practice later.
The Titans and Atlanta Falcons will have a joint practice today in Dalton, GA.
High School Golf: University Heights finished third in the Madisonville North Hopkins Invitational Saturday. The Blazers had a team score of 327, with Austin Knight leading the way with a 75 and defeating Union County's Stephen Zehr in a playoff for individual medalist. Other Blazer scores saw Tadd Switzer shoot 77, Cameron Allen 79, Hendley Traughber 96 and Adam Stone 97.
Western Kentucky University has its first ever Olympic gold medal athlete. Former swimmer Claire Donahue was on the US 4x100 relay team that took the gold medal at the London games. Donahue is the second WKU athlete to win an Olympic medal.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said following today's practice at LP Field that center Eugene Amato is done for the season. Amato suffered a torn triceps injury in practice Thursday. Meanwhile, Fernando Velsaco is taking reps at center, with Kevin Matthews expected to return from a concussion sometime next week.
The NFL pre season begins tonight with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio as the New Orleans Saints meet the Arizona Cardinals. Coverage at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Madisonville North Hopkins High School has a new baseball coach. Scott Marks, who last coached at Hopkinsville High, will take over the Maroons program. Marks also previously coached at South Hopkins and Hopkins Central according to the Madisonville Messenger. Marks replaces Aaron Clark who resigned after going 18-14 this past season.
Major League Baseball action this evening includes the St. Louis Cardinals opening a weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium, Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh, Atlanta welcomes Houston and the Chicago Cubs are at Los Angeles.
College Basketball: Louisville is among eight teams playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis Holiday basketball tournament Thanksgiving weekend in the Bahamas. The Cards will play Samford in a first round game November 15th at the Yum Center before heading to the tropical paradise to meet Northern Iowa November 22nd.
Other teams besides the Cards and Northern Iowa in the field are Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth and Stanford.
College Football: Kentucky’s Joker Phillips met with the media this morning as the Wildcats are back for fall camp. Phillips talked of a number of topics including the hunger and dedication of this year’s team, and that the quarterback and running back positions will be very competitive.
Phillips also announced cornerback Marcus Caffey is ineligible for the upcoming season. Phillips offered no further comment other than to say Caffey will practice with the team and Martavius Neloms will return to cornerback this season.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt defensive end Thad McHaney is ending his football career for medical reasons. Coach James Franklin confirmed Thursday McHaney will no longer be on the team. During the off season, McHaney had a situation where there was tingling and numbness in his hands. The diagnosis came to light last week and Franklin says the decision was made at that time.
NFL: Tennessee Titans center Eugene Amano suffered triceps injury during a collision in team drills last night. Coach Mike Munchak says Amano will be evaluated and is expected to be sent for an MRI.
News Channel 5-Nashville reports former Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck will announce his retirement from the NFL today. The announcement will be made at an afternoon news conference at Baptist Sports Park. Bulluck spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Titans and last played for the New York Giants in 2010.
High School Basketball: The Kentucky New Era reports Heritage Christian Academy has named a new boys coach. Ricky P’ Pool has been named to replace Darryl Hallmark. P’Pool had been an assistant at University Heights for the last three years. HCA went 16-2 last season.
College Basketball: University of Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland was arrested early Thursday morning on driving on a suspended license, having no registration and other charges.
However, the Lexington Herald Leader reports UK is researching whether the arrest was made due to a clerical error. Strickland had been arrested on a DUI charge in 2010 and had gotten his license reinstated in 2011.
The story further says Strickland was stopped outside of Memphis in 2007 on DUI and other traffic offenses. It was learned at that time Strickland had a suspended license from Maryland. He pleaded guilty to the charges in Tennessee in 2008.
College Football: The University of Kentucky opens fall camp today. The Wildcats are hoping for much improvement from their offense, which averaged just 259.8 yards a game last season. However, the offense had lots of injuries and lots of youth. The Wildcats open the season September 2nd at Louisville.
When Tennessee opens its fall camp today, coach Derek Dooley will have more bodies and competition than at any time during his brief tenure. The Vols open their season August 31st against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Western Kentucky has learned another of its football games will be televised this season. The November 10th home game with Florida Atlantic will be on the Sun Belt TV Network package, with game time moving from 3 pm to 12 noon. In all, seven WKU games will be televised this season. The Hilltoppers open fall camp Monday.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have signed former Murray State wide receiver Marcus Harris. Harris spent part of last season on the Detroit Lions practice squad. Harris was an undrafted free agent in 2011. Harris ended his collegiate career as the Racers all time leader in receptions and receiving yards and second in touchdowns.