It appears a four team playoff is the preferred format to determine college football’s national champion. Commissioners of the BCS conferences and Notre Dame’s athletics director met Wednesday in Chicago. There was no definitive conclusion on playoff structure, access and location of games. Commissioners will report to their league presidents before meeting again in Chicago June 19-20, with a BCS presidential oversight committee to meet in Washington June 26th.
The shooter who killed two former Auburn University football players last weekend was to appear today for a brief court hearing in Opelika, AL. Desmonte Leonard faces three counts of capital murder in the shootings deaths of three people which included Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips last Saturday. Leonard turned himself in Tuesday following a three day manhunt.
Major League Baseball this afternoon has Cincinnati hosting Cleveland and Chicago hosting Detroit. Tonight’s games include St. Louis hosting the Chicago White Sox.
Game two of the NBA Finals is tonight as Oklahoma City hosts Miami, with the Thunder leading the series 1-0.
Hoppers Baseball: The Marion Bobcats scored six times in the second inning in defeating the Hoptown Hoppers 10-3 in Ohio Valley League play last night. The Hoppers were held to just four hits including one by former UHA standout Kyle Barbee, who also pitched an inning and struck out three. Jason McDonald was charged with the pitching loss.
Marion and Hoptown are tied atop the OVL standings at 6-3. The Hoppers return home tomorrow night to host Madisonville on Military Appreciation Night. 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: For the second straight night, Fulton and Owensboro played extra innings with the Railroaders taking an 8-7 decision in 11 innings.
Tonight’s games: Owensboro is at Madisonville and Fulton is at Marion.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods beat West Michigan 4-2, with the finale of the series this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Nashville Sounds beat Memphis 5-4 and open a series with Omaha tonight at Greer Stadium.
Golf: The Go Junior Golf series played at Western Hills on Wednesday.
9 hole division play: Hopkinsville’s Caitlyn Shelton finished second in the Girls 11-12 division with a 53. Hunter Traughber finished second in the Boys 11-12 division with a 49. Chandler Todd Campbell finished first in the Boys 13-15 division with a 42.
18 hole division play: Hopkinsville’s Jessica Shelton won the Girls 13-15 division with a 91, Dacie Bolton was second with 101.
Boys 16-18 championship saw Dayton Jones win by five strokes by scoring 72.
Dylan Henderson won the Boys 13-15 championship with 78, Austin Knight was second with 83, Tadd Switzer was fourth with 85, Wade Perry and TJ Janes tied for fifth with 86, Grant Stamper had 89, Trace Altman and Hendley Traughber each had 91, Jay Camp 96 and Wesley Kennedy 110.
Horse Racing: The Courier Journal reports beginning next year, Churchill Downs will determine the 20 horses who will run in the Kentucky Derby based on a points system. The system will be implemented this fall with points from selected races used as criteria in entering the Derby. Two year olds will be able to earn points to run in the Derby based on designated races.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have signed offensive lineman Jon Cooper. Cooper spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oklahoma in 2009.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: The first place Hoptown Hoppers are back in action this evening at Marion. The Hoppers—who have won their last four games—will send Jason McDonald to the mound against the Bobcats.
Owensboro and Fulton meet again this evening in Fulton. The Railroaders beat the Oilers last night.
MLB: A full slate of interleague games on the schedule again this evening include St. Louis hosting the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati entertains Cleveland, Atlanta hosts the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs take on Detroit.
Webster County High School has hired two new coaches this week. The Madisonville Messenger reports former Christian County assistant football and Madisonville head baseball coach Scotty Vance will become the new Trojans football coach. This is Vance’s first football head coaching job. He replaces Hays Browning who resigned after a 1-9 season last year and is the third Trojan football coach in as many seasons.
The Henderson Gleaner reports there will also be a new girls’ basketball coach at Webster County. Parker McAlister, who has been an assistant boys coach at Madisonville and Hopkins Central, replaces Christina Whitsell, who resigned after six seasons in March.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won their fourth game in a row last night, rallying to defeat the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates 3-2. The Pirates struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, which held up until the Hoppers scored three times in the bottom of the 8th.
Jake Sandlin’s two run double gave the Hoppers the lead, then Bobby Clark had a sacrifice fly to bring home the third run. The Pirates loaded the bases and scored a run in the 9th, but former Christian County pitcher Kyle Spencer hung on to get his first win of the season. Spencer struck out five in relief of starter Will Hammock.
Former UHA standout Matt McGowan went 1-2 with a double which began the 8th inning rally.
The Hoppers are atop the Ohio Valley League at 6-2 and play at 5-3 Marion this evening.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: Fulton beat Owensboro 7-3, with those two teams playing again this evening in Fulton.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds were shut out 2-0 at Memphis, with the two teams playing again this morning to wrap up the series.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated West Michigan 6-2, with the teams playing a matinee at Bowling Green Ballpark this afternoon.
Golf: Princeton’s Emma Talley won the collegiate girls division of the West Kentucky College Showcase which concluded Tuesday at Drake Creek Golf Club in Ledbetter. Talley followed up her opening round 68 with a 71 for a two day total of 139 and a three stroke victory. Trigg County High golfer Nick Choate won the boys high school division by eight strokes.
College Football: Austin Peay has hired an assistant coach with experience at three Division One schools as its new defensive line coach. Pat Donohoe will take over for Ryan Taylor who resigned earlier this spring. Donohoe inherits a defense that returns all four starters on the line, but had only six quarterback sacks and allowed almost 200 yards a game last season.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have cut tight end Daniel Graham. Graham signed a three year, $8.5 million deal last season, with a $2 million signing bonus. Graham caught only two passes for 25 yards in the 2011 season. Releasing Graham freed up $2 million dollars for the upcoming season.
OVL Baseball: The first place Hoptown Hoppers return to action tonight hosting the Tradewater Pirates on Salvation Army Night at Colonel Field. First pitch at 7:05, with pre game at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL tonight: Fulton plays at Owensboro.
College World Series: The field is set for the College World Series which begins Friday in Omaha. Stony Brook meets UCLA, while Arizona battles Florida State in the opening day of games.
Saturday has Kent State—who upset Oregon to reach the CWS—meets Arkansas, while Florida meets two time defending champion South Carolina.
The tournament is double elimination, with the two schools remaining playing a best of three series to determine a champion beginning June 24th.
MLB: Interleague action has St. Louis hosting the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati entertains Cleveland, Chicago hosts Detroit and Atlanta meets the New York Yankees.
A Los Angeles newspaper reports Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has reportedly agreed to a five year contract extension. The report indicates it’s a five year deal worth $85 million that will leave him in Los Angeles through the 2017 season.
NBA: Game one of The Finals takes place tonight as Oklahoma City hosts Miami. The teams split their two games during the regular season with each winning on its home floor.