Pairings for the 2nd region baseball and softball tournaments are to be announced early this afternoon at Webster County. WHOP Sports Director Todd Hamilton will be at the drawings and will have a full report on the WHOP family of stations and websites later this afternoon.
WPSD-TV reports Murray State University nearly has its 2012-13 basketball schedule completed, with 27 of 29 games scheduled. Coach Steve Prohm says the Racers are still looking for two opponents, with the stipulation on the home and home series being the first game is to be played in Murray this coming season.
Three schools are being mentioned to fill the two slots. They are Virginia Commonwealth, North Texas and Illinois State.
Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports Kentucky will not meet Georgetown in this coming’s season’s SEC/Big East basketball challenge. ESPN’s Andy Katz had speculated the two teams would play. However, rumors are circulating Kentucky could play Notre Dame in the event.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee today. Berkman injured his knee fielding a throw in a game last weekend at Los Angeles and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Major League Baseball tonight has St. Louis hosting Philadelphia in game two of a weekend series, Cincinnati opens a weekend home series with Colorado, Atlanta hosts Washington and the Chicago Cubs are in Pittsburgh.
In the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, New York is at New Jersey for game six of the Eastern Conference final. The Devils lead the series 3-2.
7th district championship: Hopkins Central edged Madisonville 3-2 Thursday evening.
Pairings for the 2nd region baseball and softball tournaments will be announced this afternoon at Webster County High School. WHOP Sports will be at the drawings and will report results later today.
College Baseball: Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 5-1 at the SEC Tournament Thursday afternoon. The 43-15 Wildcats have an off day today and will face either LSU or Mississippi State Saturday. The Tigers and Bulldogs play an elimination game today.
Vanderbilt defeated Florida 2-1 and have earned an off day today and will play in the semifinals Saturday against either Florida or South Carolina who play an elimination game today.
Western Kentucky lost for the second straight night at the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Bowling Green 5-3 to South Alabama. The Hilltoppers play their final pool play game Saturday night against Louisiana Monroe.
Austin Peay lost to Southeast Missouri 4-3 in its first game at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Jackson, TN. The top seeded Governors meet either Jacksonville State or Eastern Kentucky in an elimination game at 3 today. The Gamecocks and Colonels open today’s play with an elimination game at 1.
Horse Racing: Doug O’ Neill—the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another—has received a 45 day suspension from the California Horse Racing Board for one of his horses in 2010 having an excessive level of carbon dioxide.
However, the punishment will not start before he saddles the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the June 9th Belmont Stakes. I’ll Have Another is attempting to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first in 34 years
PGA Tour: Kentuckian Steve Flesch turned in a three over par 73 at the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas Thursday. Zach Johnson fired a bogey free six under par 64 and has a one shot lead over Byron Nelson Invitational winner Jason Dufner and three others heading into today’s second round.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry had a four over 75 and Paducah’s Russ Cochran fired a two over 73 at the first round of the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, MI. Roger Chapman is the leader at three under 68. John Cook is one shot back, with five golfers two shots off the lead.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated Great Lakes 12-3 Thursday night, with the finale of the series this evening.
The Nashville Sounds defeated Las Vegas 7-6 and open a four game series against Round Rock tonight at Greer Stadium.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports an attorney for University of Tennessee Lady Vols media relations director Debby Jennings was given less than four hours by athletics director Dave Hart to decide to retire or be fired for insubordination earlier this month.
Attorney David Burkhalter represents Jennings and said he sent a letter to Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek earlier his month to resolve the issue amicably. Burkhalter advised Jennings she could sue the school for discrimination and retaliation over internal complaints of gender and age discrimination. Jennings was told May 15th to retire or be fired after 35 years of service with the Lady Vols athletics programs.
The New York Daily News reports the Steinbrenner family is considering selling the storied New York Yankees. Several baseball and financial sources say the family is considering selling after the record sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers recently. Yankees president Randy Levine is downplaying the rumors. The late George Steinbrenner bought the team from CBS for $8.8 million in 1973.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports St. Louis Cardinals placed first baseman Matt Carpenter on the 15 day disabled list Wednesday. Carpenter suffered a tear of his right oblique during the first inning of Tuesday night’s game with San Diego. Carpenter is the fifth player and third first baseman to go on the DL in the last seven days.
Baseball tonight includes St. Louis hosting Philadelphia and Atlanta wraps up a series at Cincinnati.
Miami and Indiana meet in game six of their NBA Eastern Conference semi final in Indianapolis, with the Heat leading the series 3-2.
High School Baseball
For the third time in as many years, Hopkinsville is the 8th district champion after defeating Christian County 7-3 at Colonel Field Wednesday night.
The Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the first, saw Christian County rally in the third with three runs and then put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning.
Rashad Lewis led the Tigers with three hits in four at bats, while senior Hutton White fired a two hitter and struck out 10 in picking up the pitching win for the 17-14 Tigers. Dixon Craft took the pitching loss for the Colonels whose lone hits came from David Smith and Jonathon Grabara. Christian County heads to the regional tournament 19-19.
The All District team was also announced following the game.
Christian County was represented by Clayton Baker, Logan Daniel, Logan Patterson and David Smith.
Fort Campbell was represented by Pedro Hernandez, Braxton Lewis and JD Swails
Hopkinsville placed Josh Denton, Rashad Lewis, Clayton Smithson and Gant Unfried on the team.
UHA was represented by Darian McCombs, Ryan P’ Pool and Jacob Stevens.
Elsewhere: Caldwell County won the 7th district championship with a 4-2 win over Madisonville and Henderson County shutout Union County 6-0 in the 6th district championship.
High School Softball
Christian County won its eighth straight 8th district title with a 7-0 win over University Heights. The Lady Colonels got home runs from winning pitcher Jasmine Matchen, Malena Whipple and Lauren Hobson in getting the win. UHA’s lone hit came from Meagan Gallup, while Makenzi Miles took the pitching loss. Christian County heads to the regional tournament next week 29-7, while UHA is 21-13.
The All District team was announced following the game.
Christian County was represented by Maggie Glass, Lauren Hobson, Jasmine Matchen and Malena Whipple.
Fort Campbell was represented by Allie Alfield, Jenna Ammerman and Brittany Gossett.
Hopkinsville was represented by Erin Ganley, Skyler Grant and Mallory Smithson.
UHA representatives were Makenzi Hamby, Chelsea Cansler, Sydney Davenport and Lexi O’ Daniel.
Today’s game: Madisonville meets Hopkins Central in the 7th district title game.
Pairings for the regional tournaments to be played next week will be drawn Friday afternoon at Webster County High School. Webster County will host the 2nd region softball tournament, while Henderson County hosts the 2nd region baseball tournament.
College Baseball: The Kentucky Wildcats will meet Mississippi State today in the SEC tournament in Hoover, AL. Last night, the Bulldogs defeated top seed LSU 3-2.
Vanderbilt defeated South Carolina 3-2 and will meet Florida this evening.
Western Kentucky lost to Florida Atlantic 4-3 at the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Bowling Green. The Hilltoppers face South Alabama this evening.
Austin Peay faces Southeast Missouri in its first game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament this evening in Jackson, TN. SEMO defeated Jacksonville State 4-1 Wednesday.
Louisville beat Pittsburgh 8-4 in its first game of the Big East tournament and will meet Connecticut this evening.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari outlined some of the upcoming basketball games this season and next Wednesday. The Courier Journal reports Baylor, who the Wildcats defeated in the NCAA tournament this past season, will come to Rupp Arena to replace Indiana on the schedule. The Wildcats in return will play Baylor in a men’s and women’s doubleheader in the 2013-14 season at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
Calipari also said the series with North Carolina will resume in the 2013-14 season and he is talking with Duke coach Mike Kzryzewski about a multi year, neutral site game to be played at the best facilities around the country. Calipari added the Wildcats are working on a game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the 2013-14 season.
College Football: The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the Tennessee program has suspended tight end Cameron Clear indefinitely after his arrest Tuesday night. Clear was taken into custody by University of Tennessee police after he was arrested in front of Neyland Stadium using a stolen laptop which belonged to another athlete. Five student athletes were robbed of items over the weekend. Clear is out of jail on bond.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds defeated the Las Vegas 51’s 5-3 last night, with the series finale tonight in Las Vegas.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a three game set at Great Lakes with a 6-5 loss. Game two of the series is this evening.
Golf: The Christian County Chamber of Commerce Braggin’ Rights golf tournaments have been played the last two days at the Links at Novadell.
The Tuesday winning team was the Links at Novadell team who fired a 53. Ray Cobb, Phil Bader, Mitchell Moore and Tyler Jones were on the winning team.
The Wednesday winning team was Music Central with a 50 score. Team members included Ben Higgins, Wayne Thomas Rick Scott and Mike Hester.
PGA Tour: Kentuckian Steve Flesch is in the field for the Crowne Plaza Invitational which begins today at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX.
The 73rd Senior PGA Championship begins today at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI. Franklin's Kenny Perry and Paducah native Russ Cochran are in the field.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Western Kentucky’s women’s basketball program has received a commitment for 2013. Lexington Dunbar junior guard Kierra Muhammad made her announcement today. Muhammad averaged 10.2 points per game for the Lady Bulldogs last season.
The Sun Belt Conference was to hold a teleconference today announcing UT-Arlington will become the 12th member of the conference. The Mavericks will join the Belt in the 2013-14 school year. They are currently a member of the Western Athletic Conference and will become the 10th school when they join the Sun Belt to play football. Currently the school is exploring bringing football back after it disbanded the sport in 1985.