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.
Hoppers Baseball: For the second straight game, the Hoptown Hoppers lost to Fulton 12-4. Fulton took a 5-0 lead before the Hoppers pulled to within two at 5-3 after four. The Railroaders added four runs in the 6th and single runs in innings 7-9. The Hoppers got another run in the bottom of the 8th on a home run by Tony Mazzella.
Taylor Veillon took the pitching loss for the Hoppers, now 13-7 at the halfway point of the season. Fulton won its 5th straight game in improving to 10-11 on the season. The Hoppers have a road game this evening in Owensboro.
Elsewhere in the OVL—Madisonville won its third game in a row, defeating Marion 10-6. The Pirates are two games back of the Hoppers, with Marion and Fulton tied for third at 3 ½ back.
Tonight in the OVL—Fulton travels to Madisonville.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost again at West Michigan 7-0. The Hot Rods open a series with Lansing this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Nashville Sounds won the series opener at Round Rock 4-0. Game two of the series is this evening.
Golf: The Pepsi Junior Tour played Wednesday at Boots Randolph Golf Course in Cadiz.
Hopkinsville’s Jack Gardner finished second in the Boys 17-18 division with a three over 75, Dayton Jones was third with a four over 76 and Cameron Allen fourth with an 85.
Tadd Switzer tied for first in the Boys 15-16 division with a 79, Dylan Henderson was third with 81, TJ Janes fourth with 85. Austin Knight tied for third in the Boys 13-14 division with 77, Granger Greenwell 10th with 84.
The Pepsi Tour plays at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club today.
The Nationwide Tour has received a makeover. Beginning with the start of today’s United Leasing Championship outside of Evansville, it’s now known as the web.com tour. The new deal with web.com lasts through the 2021 season. Murray State golfer Patrick Newcomb of Benton is among those in the field.
College Basketball: ESPN says 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 NBA draft takes place this evening and all eyes surround former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis, who's expected to be taken with the first pick by the New Orleans Hornets. Also expected to be drafted high is Davis' former UK teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague and Darius Miller are also expected to be drafted.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans will be offering half season ticket packages for purchase this season. There are two different ticket plans available, with some 750 to 800 packages to be offered. Most of the seating choices are in the upper deck of LP Field. The Titans have had 134 straight sellouts at home. The Titans play Arizona in its first home pre season game August 23rd.
The Courier Journal reports Churchill Downs has cancelled its racing card for Thursday due to the expected extreme heat conditions. Churchill officials say Friday and Sunday racing will be run in the evenings, in addition to the race card for Saturday which will also run in the evening.
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.