Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won their third game in a row Sunday night, knocking off Marion 10-6. The Hoppers scored eight of their ten runs in the middle three innings. Phillip Menou and Collin Massanelli each had two hits to lead the Hoppers, while Tyler Vails pitched five innings of relief to get the win. The Hoppers are now 16-7 and have a three and a half game lead on Fulton.
The Hoppers travel to Fulton tonight to meet the hottest team in the league in the Railroaders, who have won eight games in a row.
Elsewhere last night in the OVL: Madisonville shut out Owensboro 9-0.
Tonight in the OVL: Madisonville plays at Marion.
A reminder the Hoppers game with Madisonville Tuesday night will be played at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. First pitch takes place at 7:05.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a series with Dayton Sunday with a 20-10 win at Bowling Green Ballpark. Game two of the series is this evening.
The Nashville Sounds also won a slugfest 13-12 over the Iowa Cubs. The two teams play again this evening at Greer Stadium in Nashville.
Major League Baseball’s All Star game will have two players from the region in it this year. New York Mets pitcher RA Dickey who played at the University of Tennessee and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, who played for Vanderbilt, have been chosen for their respective league’s teams. The game is July 10th in Kansas City.
As of Sunday, Belmont University is an official member of the Ohio Valley Conference in all sports. Belmont is now the 12th member of the league, the most the conference has had at one time in its 65 year history. Belmont comes to the OVC from the Atlantic Sun conference. Also as of Sunday, SIU Edwardsville is now post season eligible in all sports.
NHL: One of the more popular players of the Nashville Predators will be changing uniforms. The Tennessean reported Sunday free agent forward Jordin Tootoo has signed a three year contract with the rival Detroit Red Wings. Tootoo was drafted by the Predators in 2001 and played his entire career in Nashville.
Meanwhile, the Predators reportedly made a substantial offer to free agent defenseman Ryan Suter on the first day of free agency Sunday. Agent Neil Sheehy tells the Tennessean Suter could make a decision as early as today. The Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild have reportedly all made offers for Suter’s services.
Champions Tour Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished 8th at the Constellation Players Championship Sunday. Perry fired a 68 Sunday finishing six strokes behind winner Joe Daley. Paducah’s Russ Cochran also had a 68 and tied for 30th at one under par.
The Hoptown Hoppers extended their winning streak to two games with a 6-0 win over the Owensboro Oilers Saturday night in Owensboro. The Hoppers now have a three game lead over Fulton, who defeated Marion by the score of 6-4. The Hoppers host Marion in a 7:05 game this evening. The game was to originally be a 2:05 start, but was changed due to the heat. The official Hoppers pre game show airs at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the Ohio Valley League this evening: Owensboro travels to Madisonville.
OVL Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers are off this evening, but have a three game lead over Madisonville and lead Fulton by 3 ½ games. The Hoppers return to action Saturday night at Owensboro and will be home Sunday evening to play Marion. First pitch for that game is at 7:05, with the Hopper pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Tonight in the OVL: Fulton plays Madisonville for the second straight night at Lohaus Field in Fulton, while Owensboro welcomes Marion.
Major League Baseball this afternoon has the Chicago Cubs hosting Houston, with St. Louis hosting Pittsburgh this evening, along with Atlanta welcoming Washington and Cincinnati plays at San Francisco.
Several media reports out of Georgia say Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell was arrested early this morning on three weapons charges, two of them felonies. The arrest resulted from a vehicle checkpoint near the Georgia campus. One of the handguns was reported to have an altered serial number.
Three passengers in the vehicle were not arrested. It’s also reported Crowell is still jailed and has been suspended from the team. Crowell was Georgia’s leading rusher last season and was the SEC 2011 Freshman of the Year.
The NBA’s top draft pick, former Kentucky basketball standout Anthony Davis, received another honor Thursday. Davis was named the Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year. Davis will now take his wares to the NBA and play for the New Orleans Hornets.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers snapped a two game losing streak with a 5-1 win at Owensboro Thursday night.
The Hoppers got a three run triple in the top of the 7th inning from Brett Pirtle that broke up a 1-1 tie and a complete game pitching performance from Phillip Menou, who struck out eight and walked one to improve to 2-1 this season.
The win moved the Hoppers to 14-7 and a three game lead on Madisonville, who lost to Fulton 6-1. The Railroaders are now in third with an 11-11 record after winning their sixth consecutive game.
The Hoppers are off today and will play at Owensboro again tomorrow night, before returning home to host Marion Sunday evening at 7:05.
Tonight in the OVL--- Marion plays at Owensboro and Fulton hosts Madisonville.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a series with Lansing losing 8-3, with game two tonight at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Nashville Sounds lost at Round Rock 4-2, with the series finale this evening.
Golf: The Pepsi Junior Tour played Thursday at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club.
Jack Gardner won the Boys 17-18 division with a 74, Dayton Jones was second with 75 and Cameron Allen tied for third with 77.
Tadd Switzer was second in the Boys 15-16 division with a 79, Dylan Henderson was third with 80 and TJ Janes tied for fourth with 81.
Austin Knight won the Boys 13-14 division with a 77, Granger Greenwell tied for third with 79.
Champions Tour: Franklin’s Kenny Perry fired a two under par 68 at the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh, Pa. Perry trails leader Bruce Vaughan by four strokes. Vaughan fired an opening round 64. Paducah’s Russ Cochran fired a one over 71.
Web.com Tour: Murray State golfer Patrick Newcomb of Benton fired a one over 73 in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing Championship in Newburg, IN Thursday. Newcomb trails leader Omar Uresti by eight strokes. Uresti opened with a seven under par 65.
PGA Tour: Bo Van Pelt opened with a three under 67 and leads a trio of golfers including Vijay Singh by one stroke after the first round of the AT and T National at Congressional Golf Club in Washington, DC.
NBA Draft: It was a big night for Kentucky basketball at the NBA Draft. As predicted, Anthony Davis went first to the New Orleans Hornets, with Michael Kidd- Gilchrist going second to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Terrence Jones was selected 18th by the Houston Rockets, with Marquis Teague selected 29th by the Chicago Bulls, Doron Lamb 42nd by the Milwaukee Bucks and Darius Miller also picked in the second round by New Orleans.
Three members of Vanderbilt’s team were also selected in the NBA Draft, with two of them going in the first round. John Jenkins was the 23rd pick and is headed to Atlanta, Festus Ezeli was the 30th pick by the Golden State Warriors and Jeffery Taylor was selected 31st by the Charlotte Bobcats.
NHL: The Tennessean reports the Nashville Predators will bring back defenseman Hal Gill next season. Gill has signed a two year deal worth $4 million total. Gill was acquired in a trade with Montreal last February.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans game at San Diego September 16th has been changed from a 3:15 to a 3:25 start time.
The Hoptown Hoppers will try to stop a two game losing streak as they play the Owensboro Oilers in Owensboro this evening. First pitch is at 7 pm. Two of the hottest teams in the Ohio Valley League play tonight in Madisonville, as Fulton takes its five game winning streak to Elmer Kelley Stadium to face the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates who have won three in a row. The Pirates trail Hoptown by two games, with Fulton and Marion 3 ½ games back.
Major League Baseball this evening includes the Atlanta Braves hosting Arizona and the Cincinnati Reds begin a west coast swing at San Francisco.
Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen is auctioning off the jersey he wore when he threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Steiner Sports is holding a news conference today to announce the auction which will take place this fall. A jersey catcher Yogi Berra wore in that game was auctioned for $600,000 in 2010.
WPSD reports former Paducah Tilghman and University of Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell has been hired as quarterbacks coach at Campbellsville University. The Jacksonville Jaguars offered Cantwell a contract last week to be the third string QB, but wouldn’t guarantee three quarterbacks on the 53 man roster. Cantwell was on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad the last two seasons. Cantwell, who will be reunited with his former high school coach Perry Thomas, is Tilghman’s all time passing leader with over 7,200 yards and 70 touchdowns.
Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure which requires coaches and university employees to report cases of abuse. Quinn says the law is designed to further protect children and young people from sex and child abuse. Illinois lawmakers introduced the measure in response to the scandal involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
CatsPause.com reports Kentucky has added its 7th football verbal commitment for the class of 2013. Winter Park, Florida High defensive back Blake McClain made his announcement Wednesday. McClain chose Kentucky over Illinois, Pittsburgh and South Florida.
The city of Atlanta is looking to be a player in college football’s playoff system. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Atlanta Sports Council will make a bid to host the national championship game one or more times and probably a bid by the Chik-Fil-A Bowl to be a regular rotating site for one of the two semifinal games.