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.
One afternoon game in Major League Baseball has Cincinnati hosting San Diego. The St. Louis Cardinals are at Colorado this evening, with the Atlanta Braves hosting Miami once again.
Former major league slugger Jose Canseco has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Canseco filed his petition Tuesday. He is still in baseball at age 48 playing for the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am league. The six time All Star has had a myriad of problems since admitting he used performance enhancing drugs in 2005.
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.
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly changing hands. ESPN reports Randy Lerner has sold the franchise to James Haslan, III for more than one (b)illion dollars. Haslam is president of Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and brother of Tennessee governor Bill Haslam. The sale will have to be approved by a majority of NFL owners.
College Football: LSU and Alabama will start the 2012 season as the two top teams in the USA Today pre season coaches poll. LSU will be first, followed by Alabama, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina and Arkansas in the top 10. A total of seven SEC teams are ranked in the top 25.
Former University of Louisville basketball guard Chris Smith has signed a free agent contract with the NBA’s New York Knicks. Smith is the younger brother of current Knick guard JR Smith. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed.
Chris Smith averaged almost 10 points a game in two seasons at Louisville and helped the Cardinals to the Final Four last season.
College Football: The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the University of Georgia has contacted 19 Penn State football players about transferring. Thus far, six players have left Penn State’s program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including running back Silas Redd who announced Tuesday he is going to Southern California.
Auburn Undercover.com reports on its website former Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike will not be with the Tigers as they began fall camp Wednesday. Pike graduated high school early and participated in spring drills at Auburn, however he was arrested in June on a public intoxication charge and sent home.
Card Chronicle.com reports Trinity High School’s Ryan White has changed his college commitment. White had committed to Louisville in February, but now is headed for Vanderbilt. White is ranked by Scout.com as the 15th best cornerback in the nation. He is considered as one of the top five seniors in Kentucky.
Two internet sources indicate Kentucky has picked up another football commitment for 2013. 247 sports.com and Rivals.com report wide receiver Deangelo Yancey from Atlanta has committed to the Wildcats. Yancey, who caught 28 passes for 561 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, is the 12th member of the 2013 recruiting class.
Florida State cornerback Greg Reid has been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules. Coach Jimbo Fisher did not provide details in a statement, however Reid was arrested last month for marijuana possession. Florida State opens its season against Murray State September 1st.
NHL: The Nashville Predators will place individual game tickets for the 2012-13 season on sale Saturday at 10 am at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators will also host an open house that includes the popular used equipment sale, locker room tours, an open skate on the ice at Bridgestone Arena and a pro shop sidewalk sale.
The Predators play their regular season home opener against the St. Louis Blues Saturday, October 13th.