The Hoptown Hoppers close out a brief two game home stand this evening hosting the Fulton Railroaders. This will be the 6th meeting of the season, with the Hoppers 2-3 against the Railroaders. Taylor Veillon is scheduled to start this evening’s 7:05 first pitch, with the official Hoppers pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Elsewhere in the Ohio Valley League this evening: Madisonville takes on Marion. Madisonville is currently three games behind the Hoppers, with Marion in third place at 3 ½ games back.
There are several matinee games today in Major League Baseball including Cincinnati hosting Milwaukee, the Chicago Cubs host New York, with St. Louis at Miami and Atlanta hosting Arizona this evening.
ESPN reports Kentucky basketball is nominated for four ESPY awards. The nominations include Best Team, John Calipari as Best Coach and Anthony Davis as Best Male College Athlete and Best Breakthrough Athlete. The award winners will be announced July 11th.
The Courier Journal reports Churchill Downs has cancelled its racing card for Thursday due to the expected extreme heat conditions. Churchill president Kevin Flanery says he will be in contact with National Weather service forecasters before determining what will happen with the final three days of the Spring meet, which concludes Sunday.
Larry Bird has officially stepped down as president of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. He has been replaced in the position by former Pacers executive Donnie Walsh. The team also named former Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard as the new GM. Bird said he was leaving the post in part due to health reasons. He will continue to work with the team through tomorrow night’s NBA Draft, but will take at least a year off before deciding on his next project.
Hoppers Baseball: A record crowd of 546 saw the Hoptown Hoppers fall to Madisonville 10-4 last night at Colonel Field.
The Hoppers scored first with a single run in the bottom of the first, before Madisonville scored four times in the top of the second on five straight walks by starter and losing pitcher Jason McDonald. Jake Sandlin and Kaleb Brown each had two hits for the Hoppers, with Matt McGowan going 0-4 and Kyle Barbee 0-3.
Madisonville moved to 10-9 with the win, while the Hoppers are 13-6. The Hoppers lead the Pirates by three games and Marion by 3 ½ games.
Tonight, the Hoppers host Fulton on Christian County Cares 2015 Youth Baseball night. All youth in their baseball or softball jerseys will be admitted free. First pitch at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: Owensboro got a 3-0 no hit shutout of Marion. No other details of the game were available on the OVL website.
Tonight in the OVL: Madisonville plays at Marion.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost to Albuquerque 7-3 in the series finale. The Sounds play this evening at Round Rock.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost for the second straight night at West Michigan 13-11, with the series finale this evening.
Golf: The Pepsi Junior Tour continued its western Kentucky swing Tuesday at Paxton Park in Paducah. Hopkinsville’s Jack Gardner won the Boys 17-18 division with a two over 73, with Dayton Jones third with 78 and Cameron Allen tied for fourth with 83.
Tadd Switzer finished tied for fourth in the boys 15-16 division with 83. Austin Knight tied for third in the boys 13-14 division with 82. The Pepsi Tour plays today at Boots Randolph Golf Course in Cadiz.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Louisville’s Stephen Van Treese will remain on the Cardinal team. The 6-8 forward from Indianapolis was granted his release June 6th, but decided after thinking of transferring to another Division One school and having to sit out a year, he would apply for a medical redshirt. Van Treese played in three games last season, before a pattellar tendon injury ended his season.
Olympics: The Leaf Chronicle reports two members of Austin Peay’s women’s soccer team will play in the London Olympics. Natalia and Tatiana Ariza will play for the Columbian team making its first ever appearance in the Olympics. They are the first athletes to represent Austin Peay in Olympic competition.
Meanwhile, former Western Kentucky swimmer Claire Donahue will be on the US swimming team in London. Donahue grabbed the second spot in the 100 meter butterfly during the US Swimming Trials last night in Omaha.
The first place Hoptown Hoppers are back in Ohio Valley League action this evening hosting the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates at Colonel Field at 7:05, with the official Hoppers pre game show beginning at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and world wide at whopam.com.
Marion, who trails the Hoppers by 3 ½ games is back in action this evening against Owensboro.
Major League Baseball action tonight includes St. Louis at Miami, Cincinnati hosts Milwaukee, Atlanta welcomes Arizona and the Chicago Cubs host the New York Mets.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have all but ruled out that Matt Kemp will participate in next month’s All Star game in Kansas City. The outfielder is recovering from a hamstring strain which has kept him out of the Dodgers lineup since May 31st. Kemp, however, has the blessing to participate in the Home Run Derby the day before the Midsummer Classic if he chooses.
The Indianapolis Star reports Larry Bird is set to resign as president of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Team owner Herb Simon is expected to meet with Bird to plan his exit from the Pacers. Speculation is that Bird’s departure is due to former Pacers executive Donnie Walsh returning to the franchise, however, in what role is not known at this time.
NASCAR points leader Matt Kenseth is leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. Kenseth did not disclose a reason for leaving Roush, but will be replaced in the Sprint Cup series by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kenseth has run all but one of his 452 races with Roush.
The 11 BCS commissioners and Notre Dame officials are presenting their proposed playoff plan for college football to the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee today in Washington, DC. A member of the committee says the plan calls for a 12 year cycle that would incorporate six bowl games as part of a rotation to host national semifinal games every two years. The plan calls for four teams to play in the semi finals, with the two winners to meet for the national championship.
The Hoptown Hoppers return to Ohio Valley League action tonight hosting Madisonville at Colonel Field at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
It’s Edgewood Baptist Church night at the game, and fans are asked to bring non perishable food items for Impact Ministries, with those making donations receiving a ticket for $2.50. Fans are also asked to bring lawn chairs if they like this evening in anticipation of a large crowd.
The Hoppers also announced Monday that the game with Marion on Sunday July 1st has been changed from a day to a night game. The game will start at 7:05 Sunday evening.
Last night in the OVL: Hoptown’s lead over Marion increased to 3 ½ games after the Bobcats lost to Fulton 7-6. Fulton extended its current winning streak to four games. Elsewhere, Madisonville defeated Owensboro by an 11-5 score.
Tonight in the OVL: Owensboro travels to Marion.
Golf: The Pepsi Junior Tour began its western Kentucky swing Monday at Madisonville Golf and Country Club.
Hopkinsville’s Dayton Jones won the boys 17-18 division with a four over par 75, Cameron Allen finished tied for second with 76, Jack Gardner finished tied for fourth with 78.
Tadd Switzer won the boys 15-16 division with a one under par 70, TJ Janes finished fourth with 85, Dylan Henderson finished sixth with 93.
Austin Knight finished tied for first in the boys 13-14 division with a two over 73, while Granger Greenwell finished 5th with an 85.
The Pepsi Tour continues its swing in the region today at Paxton Park Golf Course in Paducah.
Kentucky state amateur champion Patrick Newcomb of Murray State won a spot in this week’s United Leasing Championship Nationwide Tour event in Newburgh, Indiana. The Benton native won a six way playoff during qualifying Monday in Boonville IN with an eight under par 63. Hopkinsville’s Mitchell Moore just missed qualifying after shooting a 65, which included a double eagle on the last hole.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari said during Monday’s Southeastern Conference summer teleconference the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M will make the talent and depth in the SEC even stronger. Calipari also predicted seven teams from the SEC will make next year’s NCAA tournament. Only four, including the national champion Wildcats made this year’s tournament.
Also during the teleconference, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin and Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings said they would miss the twice yearly guaranteed games with Kentucky. The additions of Missouri and Texas A&M , the league went from a 16 to a 18 game conference schedule. Each team was given a permanent rival that they play home and home each season. Kentucky got Florida, despite the fact Tennessee lobbied to be the permanent opponent.
CNBC reported Monday that projected number one NBA draft pick Anthony Davis has trademarked the phrases “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow”. The former Kentucky player said he doesn’t want anyone else to capitalize off of those phrases.
One of Austin Peay’s basketball returnees has been ruled academically ineligible. Justin Blake will not return for his final season according to a news release from the school. The Dyersburg, TN native played less than 13 minutes a game for the Governors last season.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the world’s largest video boards in an outdoor stadium will be ready to go when the Tennessee Titans meet Arizona in their first home pre season game August 23rd. When completed, the two video boards will be 157 feet long by 54 feet in height. The Dallas Cowboys have the largest screens, with two panels in Cowboys Stadium measuring 160 by 72 feet.
The Hoptown Hoppers return to Ohio Valley League action tomorrow night hosting Madisonville at Colonel Field at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
It’s Edgewood Baptist Church night at the game, and fans are asked to bring non perishable food items for Impact Ministries, with those making donations receiving a ticket for $2.50.
Tonight in the OVL: Owensboro goes to Madisonville and Marion is at Fulton.
Major League Baseball tonight has St. Louis at Miami, Cincinnati hosts Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs host the New York Mets.
Arizona is one win away from being college baseball’s national champion. The Wildcats defeated two time defending champion South Carolina 5-1 Sunday night in game one of the College World Series final in Omaha. Arizona is seeking its first national title since 1986. Game two of the three game series is this evening.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky football has landed two verbal commitments for the class of 2013. Coach Joker Phillips received verbals over the weekend from Prattville Alabama High kicker/punter Austin MacGinnis and offensive lineman Ramsey Meyers from Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, Florida.
College Basketball: Kentucky Sports Radio.com reported on its website Sunday evening Kentucky and Marshall will reportedly play a basketball game this coming season. The game is scheduled for sometime around Christmas at Rupp Arena and will be televised by ESPN.
Louisville and Florida International have scheduled a basketball series that will match Rick Pitino against his son Richard, who formerly worked for his dad as an assistant at U of L. The first of the three game series will be played in Miami December 19th. FIU will repay the visit to Louisville in the 2013-14 season with the final game in the 2014-15 season. The deal is contingent on both coaches remaining at their respective schools.