The 2012 high school volleyball season begins for the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers this evening as they travel to Russellville. Also in action this evening: Trigg County meets Webster County, Hopkins Central hosts Daviess County, Crittenden County is at McLean County.
Tickets are on sale for $5 for Christian County’s football games in the Montgomery County Jamboree Saturday night in Clarksville. The Colonels meet Ravenwood High School at 7:15 and Northeast at 8 pm at Governors Stadium at Austin Peay.
Hopkinsville hosts Owensboro in its lone scrimmage Friday night at Hopkinsville High, with the regular season to begin next week.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports the University of Kentucky has returned more than 2,000 of its allotted tickets for its season opening football game at Louisville on September 2nd.
A news release sent out by Louisville says those tickets will be on sale for Cardinals season ticket holders beginning tomorrow morning. The tickets will be $50 each with a maximum of four tickets sold per account.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips says he won’t likely make a decision about the Wildcats starting quarterback until after an August 18th scrimmage game. Max Smith, Morgan Newton and true freshman Patrick Towles are among those battling for the starting job.
CBS Sports.com reports that Kentucky coach John Calipari is the sixth underrated coach in college basketball. The survey finds Fran Dunphy of Temple is the most underrated, with Belmont coach Rick Byrd third in the poll. Kansas coach Bill Self is ranked fourth, while West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is ranked 8th.
Major League Baseball this evening has St. Louis hosting San Francisco, Cincinnati at Milwaukee, Atlanta at Philadelphia and the Chicago Cubs at San Diego.
The US Women’s basketball team won in the quarterfinal round of the London Olympics defeating Canada 91-48. Diana Taurasi led five US players in double figures with 15 points. The Americans will play either Austraila or China in the semifinals.
Golf: The 2012 Kentucky Open begins today at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron and several local golfers are in the field. Hopkinsville’s Mitchell Moore, Paul Sansom of Russellville and Tyler Mitchell of Cadiz are among those competing in the event.
University Heights golf teams were in action Monday.
Boys: UHA played at Lakeshore Golf Club and tied with Madisonville at 157, with Hopkins Central third with 166. The Blazers were led by Tadd Switzer 37, Austin Knight 38, Cameron Allen 39, Hendley Traughber 43 and Adam Stone 44.
Girls: The Lady Blazers lost to Madisonville 79-104 at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club. Anna Moore led the Lady Blazers with 43.
Former University Heights and University of Tennessee basketballer Scotty Hopson says the international game is much different than the game in the US. Hopson says he will workout for several NBA teams in the next few weeks. If there are no takers, Hopson says he plans to return to play again in Greece.
College Football: Austin Peay opened its fall camp Monday, with two players who missed last season happy to be back on the field. The Leaf Chronicle reports Dontavious Brown and Tremond Robinson suffered season ending injuries during last year’s fall camp. The Governors will put the pads on for the first time Friday and have a scrimmage game next week.
The Tennessean reports Nashville has been asked to bid on the Champions Bowl, which features teams from the SEC and the Big 12. The new bowl will take place after the 2014 season on New Year’s Day. Nashville Sports Council president Scott Ramsey says it’s flattering they have been asked to bid, but doesn’t know if they will. Dallas and Atlanta have also expressed interest in the game, with the bid deadline set for August 22nd.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons held a joint workout Monday in Dalton, GA. The Tennessean says Titans coaches were pleased with the offensive play overall, even if the workout did not shed light on if Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker should be the starting quarterback.
Hasselbeck was 13 of 17 with two interceptions, while Locker went 10 of 14. The Titans play their first pre season game Saturday at Seattle.
Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt met with NFL officials in New York Monday over his latest off field incident. The Titans wide receiver was picked up on DUI charges at Fort Campbell last month. No decision on whether Britt will be punished was made.
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.