The University of Arkansas will hold a news conference this afternoon to introduce John L. Smith as its new football coach. Smith replaces Bobby Petrino who was recently fired. Smith had been Arkansas special teams coach the last three years before becoming the head coach at his alma mater, Weber State last December.
Former University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt is working on her memoir. Summitt will collaborate with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins on the book, which will cover Summitt’s “full life journey” including her battle with onset early dementia-Alzheimer’s type. The book is expected to be out in spring 2013.
Major League Baseball: The national champion Kentucky Wildcats basketball team will be honored prior to the first pitch of tonight’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants at Great American Ballpark. Coach John Calipari and many of the players will be on hand for the event.
Other games this evening include the St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile has been nominated for NHL General Manager of the Year. It marks the third straight year Poile has been nominated for the award. This year's other nominees are Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville downed University Heights 14-4 in 5 innings. Keaton Scruggs went five innings and allowed four runs and four hits, along with striking out five to get the win. Wade Willen took the loss for UHA. Clayton Smithson was 4-4 for Hopkinsville, while Jacob Stevens hit a grand slam for the Blazers.
Christian County scored four times in the 7th inning to defeat Fort Campbell 7-2. David Smith and Clayton Baker each had two hits for the Colonels. Dixon Craft got the pitching win firing a complete game.
Elsewhere: Logan County over Warren Central 20-2 in 5 innings, Madisonville defeated Hopkins Central 4-2, Union County shutout Crittenden County 4-0.
Today’s games: 8th district action has University Heights hosting Hopkinsville, while Christian County plays Fort Campbell at Colonel Field. Todd Central hosts Logan County, Russellville at Franklin Simpson, Trigg County goes to Lyon County, Caldwell County welcomes Hancock County and Henderson County hosts Webster County
High School Softball: No report on the KHSAA website for University Heights-Fort Campbell game, Hopkinsville over Logan County 11-5, Hopkins Central got by Muhlenberg County 3-1, Edmonson County over Russellville 13-0 in 5 innings, Dawson Springs over Lyon County 12-2 in 5 innings.
Today’s games: Christian County hosts University Heights in 8th district action, Todd Central hosts Franklin Simpson, Logan County welcomes Russellville, Dawson Springs hosts Madisonville, Hopkins Central entertains Caldwell County, Trigg County is at Lyon County.
High School Football: Hopkinsville High will conclude spring practice with a Spring Practice Expo Thursday from 5-7 pm at Hopkinsville High’s practice field.
Hopkinsville native and manager of stadium tours and museum outreach event services for the St. Louis Cardinals Brian Finch was the featured speaker at Monday’s Rotary Auction kick off luncheon. Finch talked about the Cardinals run from 10 ½ games back in August last year to win the World Series and on how the players are responding to new manager Mike Metheny, saying the players have a great deal of respect for the new Redbirds manager.
The Jerry Claiborne award winners were also announced. The recipients play at least two sports and are given $1,000 scholarships to their chosen college. The recipients were Gant Unfried of Hopkinsville High and Kim Hyde of Christian County.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky basketball coach Ray Harper offered a scholarship Monday night to Sheldon Clark sophomore Justin Johnson, one of the state’s top players. Johnson got the offer following an unofficial visit to Western.
Members of Kentucky’s national championship basketball team received a surprise visitor at the Joe Craft Center Monday. Former President Bill Clinton posed for pictures with the team and the national championship trophy. Clinton was in Lexington to speak at a youth conference held in Rupp Arena.
College Baseball: Thanks to taking two games in an SEC weekend series against LSU, Kentucky is number one in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week, number two in the Baseball America poll and number three in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The 35-6 Wildcats meet Louisville this evening.
Austin Peay takes on Tennessee this evening, with Western Kentucky hosting Lipscomb this evening.
NHL: The Nashville Predators will face the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Coyotes won their series over Chicago Monday night. The best of seven series will begin later this week, with game dates and times to be announced sometime today.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated Quad Cities 10-2, with the series finale tonight in Bowling Green. The Nashville Sounds lost their 8th straight game to Omaha 6-3, with the finale of the series later this morning.
Christian County is ranked 6th in the latest Kentucky Softball Coaches Association Top 25. The poll has defending state champ Allen County-Scottsville first, Greenwood 7th, Owensboro Catholic 8th, Reidland 11th, Bowling Green 14th, Heath 19th, Hopkins Central 22nd, Muhlenberg County 23rd and Livingston Central 24th.
Bowling Green is ranked 4th in the latest Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association poll, which has Louisville Male first. Glasgow is tied for 25th this week.
Major League Baseball action tonight includes the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago to meet the Cubs, while the Atlanta Braves continue their west coast swing at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Tennessee Titans have announced quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and left tackle Michael Roos will be in Hopkinsville as part of the Titans Caravan stop next Monday, April 30th at 5:45 at O’Charley’s on Fort Campbell Boulevard. Hasselbeck and Roos will be joined by the Voice of the Titans Mike Keith and mascot T-Rac.
Brian Dawkins has decided to call it a career after 16 seasons as a safety in the NFL. Dawkins, who spent 13 years with the Philadelphia Eagles and played his last three seasons with the Denver Broncos, made the announcement on Twitter.
Dawkins was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and played in one Super Bowl with Philadelphia after the 2004 season. The 38-year-old appeared in 14 games for the Broncos last season, but was bothered by a neck injury that forced him to miss Denver's two playoff games.
High School Baseball: 8th district action today has Hopkinsville hosting University Heights and Christian County travels to Fort Campbell.
Other games: Heritage Christian hosts Aaron Academy, Trigg County entertains Livingston Central, Russellville at Allen County Scottsville, Logan County hosts Warren Central, Dawson Springs at Lyon County, Madisonville at Hopkins Central.
High School Softball: 8th district action has University Heights hosting Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville travels to Logan County, Todd Central goes to Butler County, Trigg County hosts Livingston Central, Caldwell County hosts Crittenden County, Russellville welcomes Edmonson County, Dawson Springs at Lyon County, Henderson County at Webster County.
Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones finished tied for 15th at this week’s Golfweek Junior Tour stop in Columbus Ohio. Jones fired a two day total of 161.
College Football: Kentucky concluded spring practice with the Blue-White game Saturday. Coach Joker Phillips said following the game he found a few players during the spring who can make plays and that they need to keep working this summer to become better. Kentucky opens the football season September 2nd against Louisville.
NHL: Two days after defeating the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators were in practice Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators now await to see if they will play Chicago or Phoenix in the second round.
The Coyotes have a 3-2 series lead heading into tonight’s game 6. If Phoenix wins the series, they receive home ice. If the Blackhawks pull out the series, the Predators retain home ice.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost their 7th game in a row to Omaha Sunday 2-1. The teams play again this evening in Omaha.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated Quad Cities 4-3 in the first of a three game set, with game two this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
College Baseball: West Kentucky Star.com reports Paducah’s Brooks Stadium has been named as one of the nine sites to host opening round play in the NAIA baseball tournament. This marks the second straight year Paducah will host the NAIA tournament.
Champions Tour: Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for 13th at the Legends of Golf in Savannah, Georgia. The duo finished at 22 under 194, seven shots behind winners David Frost and Michael Allen.
Today’s games: Christian County meets Lincoln County at the Steve Leach Memorial Classic, Hopkinsville travels to Henderson County.
High School Softball: Hopkins Central defeated University Heights 8-4 and Heritage Christian defeated Lakeside Christian 11-7 in 8 innings.
Pairings for the first round of the KHSAA Softball and Baseball state tournaments were announced Friday.
Softball: Region 2 will face Region 9 in its first game, Region 1 faces Region 5, Region 3 meets Region 15 and Region 4 takes on Region 11. The state tournament will be played June 7-9 at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro.
Baseball: Region 2 faces Region 8, Region 1 faces Region 3 and Region 4 faces Region 5. The state tournament will be played June 4-9 at Whitaker Bank Park in Lexington.
College Football: Kentucky concludes spring practice today with the Blue-White game at Commonwealth Stadium. You can hear the game this afternoon at 4:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky tailback Brandon Gainer is leaving the team. A UK athletic department spokesman confirmed it Friday afternoon. Gainer is the eighth player to leave the team since the end of last season. Gainer would have been a red shirt sophomore this fall and did not participate in spring practice in order to concentrate of academics.
The Tennessee Vols also conclude spring practice today with the Orange-White game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
College Basketball: The University of Pikeville announced Friday Elisha Justice will transfer from the University of Louisville to join their program. Justice, who will have two years eligibility remaining, was the 2010 Kentucky Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade Player of the Year.
Western Kentucky’s women’s team received its third commitment this week according to the Bowling Green Daily News. Kendall Noble from Perry County Central chose Western over Middle Tennessee and Xavier.
College Baseball: Austin Peay defeated Eastern Kentucky 10-9, with game 2 of the series this afternoon in Richmond. Murray State held on to beat Jacksonville State 5-4, with game two of the series this afternoon at Jacksonville State .
Western Kentucky lost to Troy 13-3. Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman took the loss. Hageman allowed six earned runs on five hits and walked seven in 4 2/3 innings. The teams play again this afternoon in Bowling Green.
NHL: The Nashville Predators eliminated the Detroit Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a thrilling 2-1 in front of a sold out Bridgestone Arena Friday night. David Legwand’s goal 13 seconds into the third period proved to be the game winner for Nashville. The Predators advance to the second round and will await to see who their opponent is.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods won a rain shortened game over Cedar Rapids 6-2. The Hot Rods conclude their series with Cedar Rapids this evening.The Nashville Sounds lost the finale of their series to Oklahoma City 2-1. The Sounds open a four game series tonight at Omaha.
PGA Tour: Neither Kentuckians Steve Flesch or JB Holmes made the cut at the Texas Valero Open. Former British Open winner Ben Curtis has a two shot lead heading into today’s third round.
Champions Tour: Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran fired a 10 under par 62 in the first round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Georgia. They trail leaders Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer by two shots heading into today’s second round.