Hoppers Baseball: Phillip Menou pitched a complete game, one hit shutout as the Hoptown Hoppers downed Marion 6-0 Thursday night. Marion’s lone hit came on a single by Tyler Hannahs in the top of the 3rd inning.
Jake Sandlin had three hits and drove in four runs for the Hoppers, with former UHA standout Matt McGowan going 1-3. The Hoppers improved to 18-8 with the win and will face the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates tonight at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
The Fulton Railroaders saw their win streak improve to 10 games with an 8-5 win over Owensboro. However, Fulton remains three games behind the Hoppers in the Ohio Valley League standings.
Elsewhere tonight in the OVL: Owensboro travels to Marion.
US Women’s Open golf: Princeton’s Emma Talley fired a one over par 73 at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin Thursday. Talley trails co leaders Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and rookie Lizette Salas by four shots. The trio all shot three under 69. Second round action takes place today.
PGA Tour: Franklin’s Kenny Perry and former UK golfer Steve Flesch stand at even par after the first round of The Greenbrier Classic. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker is at one over par, with JB Holmes tied for 5th at five under, two strokes behind leader Vijay Singh.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky University’s Michael Bradley is on his way to Vincennes University after the NCAA denied Western’s appeal of an earlier decision to allow him to play this season.
Bradley transferred from Connecticut, where he had not played the last two seasons, to Western to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Chattanooga, TN. The NCAA first declined Bradley’s request to receive a hardship, which Western appealed.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Thursday Hilltopper walk on Spence Sheldon was arrested Thursday morning on public intoxication charges. Sheldon played only three minutes in seven games last season. The school had no comment on Sheldon’s arrest.
The University of Kentucky will play Transylvania University in an exhibition game November 5th at Rupp Arena. The two teams played last season for the first time in 100 years, with UK getting a 97-53 win.
College Baseball: Middle Tennessee will be searching for a new coach. The Tennessean reports Steve Peterson has retired after 25 seasons as the leader of the Blue Raiders. The 60 year Peterson had 791 wins as coach, including nine appearances in the NCAA tournament.
NHL: The Tennessean reports Nashville Predators restricted free agent Shea Weber has declined arbitration with the team. This means any team can sign Weber to an offer sheet. Predators officials have said they would match any other team’s offer to keep Weber.
Meanwhile, Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn has filed for arbitration. He signed a one year $2.5 million deal last summer.
OVL Baseball: Following a rainout in Marion last night, the Hoptown Hoppers will face Marion this evening at Colonel Field at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Fans are asked to bring non perishable food items for Branch Outreach Food Bank, with those bringing items to receive a $2.50 ticket for the game.
Elsewhere in the OVL this evening—Owensboro plays at second place Fulton.
Major League Baseball this evening has the St. Louis Cardinals hosting Colorado again, Chicago at Atlanta, Cincinnati is at San Diego.
The Courier Journal reports a federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of Karen Sypher, who was found guilty of trying to extort Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. The US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Sypher’s attorneys advanced no arguments of merit on appeal. Sypher is serving a seven year prison term in Florida.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Western Kentucky has picked up its fourth football commitment for 2013. Justin Martinez is an 6-3, 235 pound offensive lineman from St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie, FL.
First round play is underway at the US Women’s Open Golf Championship at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Princeton’s Emma Talley is playing today and will tee off just after 2 Hopkinsville time.
At Wimbledon today, sixth seeded Serena Williams won in straight sets over second seed Victoria Azarenka, while Agnieszka Radwinska also won her match in straight sets. The two will play in the women’s final Saturday.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers game at Marion scheduled for last night was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 21st in Marion.
The same two teams play this evening at Colonel Field at 7:05 on Branch Outreach Food Bank Night. Fans are asked to bring non perishable food items and receive a $2.50 ticket. Coverage with the official Hoppers pre game show begins at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the Ohio Valley League: Owensboro won its second game in a row, defeating Madisonville 4-1.
The OVL standings show Hoptown leading at 17-8, with Fulton—who has won nine games in a row—three games back at 14-11, with Madisonville third 4 ½ games back, Marion fourth 6 ½ games back and Owensboro is nine games back.
High School Softball: The Kentucky New Era reports Lacey Briscoe has resigned as Trigg County’s softball coach. Briscoe was hired in 2010 to coach the Lady Wildcats. She hopes to join Christian County’s softball staff according to comments in the KNE article.
Golf: The US Women’s Open begins today at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Among those in the field is Princeton’s Emma Talley, who is playing in her second consecutive Women’s Open. Talley tees off just after 2 this afternoon.
The PGA Tour moves to White Sulphur Springs, WV for The Greenbrier Classic which begins today. Franklin’s Kenny Perry, former UK golfers Steve Flesch and JB Holmes along with Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker are in the field.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Arkansas coach John L. Smith is facing bankruptcy. The former University of Louisville coach made several real estate investments in Kentucky which went bust. Smith says he may declare bankruptcy during the upcoming season. Smith was hired at Arkansas in April, after revelations surfaced concerning former coach Bobby Petrino who hired his mistress in the football program and gave her $20,000 in gifts.
The Tennessean reports Nashville is interested in hosting college football’s national championship game when the playoff system begins following the 2014 season. Nashville Sports Council and Franklin American Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey says they would like to get in the mix unless parameters are put in place to keep it from occurring. One factor which may keep Nashville out of contention is the lack of an indoor stadium.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are without another outstanding player as Ryan Suter signed a 13 year 98 million dollar contract with the Minnesota Wild Wednesday. The Predators will now turn their focus to resigning captain Shea Weber, who is a restricted free agent and finding a replacement for Suter.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the series opener at Fort Wayne 8-1, with game two this evening. The Nashville Sounds won the first of a five game series in Memphis 6-4, with game two set for this evening.
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Hoppers Baseball: It took 11 innings, but the Hoptown Hoppers defeated Madisonville 8-3 at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs.
The game was tied 3-3 in the 9th inning, before the Hoppers scored five times in the top of the 11th to get the win. No other information was available on the Ohio Valley League website. Hoptown is now 17-8 on the season and leads idle Fulton three games and Madisonville by four games in the OVL race.
Other action last night saw Owensboro hand Marion its fourth straight loss 8-3.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown travels to Marion for the first of a two game series, while Madisonville travels to Owensboro.
Golf: Christian County 2012 grad Jonathon Grabara finished tied for 3rd in the Boys 17-18 division at the Kentucky Junior Amateur championship which concluded Tuesday in Fort Knox.
Grabara fired a final round 72 to finish at 146. Hopkinsville High grad Dayton Jones fired his second consecutive 77 to finish tied for 18th at 154. Jack Gardner tied for 22nd with a 155. Cameron Allen finished tied for 38th with a two day total of 161.
TJ Ferry finished tied for 5th in the Boys 15-16 division with a two day score of 147.
College Basketball: The Kentucky New Era reports former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger basketball player Ashlee Cole is signing a scholarship with Wentworth Military College in Lexington, MO.
Cole averaged 10.6 points and 9.6 rebounds her senior year in leading Hopkinsville to the 2nd region championship and a quarterfinal round appearance in the Girls Sweet 16.
Austin Peay has released its women’s basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season. The Lady Governors will play seven teams that played in the post season in 2012. The Lady Govs open the season at UAB Friday November 9th, before opening the home portion of the schedule with Louisville on Thursday, November 15th.
The Lady Govs will open Ohio Valley Conference play at Southeast Missouri January 5th and open the home portion of OVC play against Murray State January 12th.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has made a change on its men’s basketball staff. Coach Kevin Stallings announced Tuesday he will promote Dan Cage to director of basketball operations and reintroduce recruiting duties to coach Tom Richardson’s role.
Vandy also announced women’s coach Melanie Balcomb has received a two year contract extension which will take her through the 2016-17 season. Balcomb is the second longest tenured women’s coach in the SEC behind Georgia’s Andy Landers.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has landed another commitment for 2013. Fort Lauderdale University School safety Jalen Battle became the 9th commitment for the Wildcats. Battle chose Kentucky over a number of schools and is the fourth commitment from Florida.
College Baseball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky baseball coach Gary Henderson has signed a new contract. Henderson has received a five year deal worth $2.1 million plus incentives. Henderson led Kentucky to a school record 45 wins in the 2012 season.
College Softball: Murray State has hired Kara Amundson as its new softball coach. Amundson was an assistant for the Lady Racers the last two seasons.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have announced their training camp schedule. The Titans will report to Baptist Sports Park July 27th, with the first workout July 28th.
Fans can watch workouts beginning July 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Titans will have a public workout with the Atlanta Falcons on August 6th in Dalton, GA.
NHL: Nashville Predator free agent Ryan Suter still has not decided if he will stay with the Preds or go to another NHL team. Teammate Shea Weber is a restricted free agent and he would like to know Suter’s decision as well.
Reports out of Minneapolis indicate Wild representatives met with Suter Tuesday and reports out of Detroit indicated Red Wing representatives did the same. Minnesota, Detroit and Philadelphia are reportedly on the short list along with the Predators.
Suter’s agent told the Tennessean in an email last night no decision would be forthcoming.
The Hoptown Hoppers look to get back on the winning ways this evening as they meet the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. First pitch for the game is at 7:05.
The Hoppers lead idle Fulton by 2 ½ games. Other action in the OVL tonight has Owensboro taking on Marion.
Major League Baseball this evening includes the St. Louis Cardinals hosting Colorado, Chicago Cubs at Atlanta and Cincinnati at Los Angeles.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto is considering appealing his snub for the upcoming All Star game in Kansas City. National League manager Tony LaRussa said he left Cueto off the roster because he was starting on Sunday before the Midsummer Classic next Tuesday. Cuteo’s agent has reportedly contacted the MLB players association about filing a grievance.
Meanwhile, Reds outfielder Joey Votto might miss the All Star game next Tuesday in Kansas City. CBS Sports.com reports Votto is still bothered by a lingering sore left knee. Votto missed only his third start of the season on Monday and says he doesn’t want to risk banging up the knee more because of the All Star game.
The New Orleans Times Picayune reports suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his wife Beth have filed divorce papers. The proceedings reportedly began in Texas last week. Payton was suspended for a year by the NFL for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, which is costing him some $5.5 million dollars in salary this season.