Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers game at Marion scheduled for last night was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 21st in Marion.
The same two teams play this evening at Colonel Field at 7:05 on Branch Outreach Food Bank Night. Fans are asked to bring non perishable food items and receive a $2.50 ticket. Coverage with the official Hoppers pre game show begins at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the Ohio Valley League: Owensboro won its second game in a row, defeating Madisonville 4-1.
The OVL standings show Hoptown leading at 17-8, with Fulton—who has won nine games in a row—three games back at 14-11, with Madisonville third 4 ½ games back, Marion fourth 6 ½ games back and Owensboro is nine games back.
High School Softball: The Kentucky New Era reports Lacey Briscoe has resigned as Trigg County’s softball coach. Briscoe was hired in 2010 to coach the Lady Wildcats. She hopes to join Christian County’s softball staff according to comments in the KNE article.
Golf: The US Women’s Open begins today at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Among those in the field is Princeton’s Emma Talley, who is playing in her second consecutive Women’s Open. Talley tees off just after 2 this afternoon.
The PGA Tour moves to White Sulphur Springs, WV for The Greenbrier Classic which begins today. Franklin’s Kenny Perry, former UK golfers Steve Flesch and JB Holmes along with Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker are in the field.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Arkansas coach John L. Smith is facing bankruptcy. The former University of Louisville coach made several real estate investments in Kentucky which went bust. Smith says he may declare bankruptcy during the upcoming season. Smith was hired at Arkansas in April, after revelations surfaced concerning former coach Bobby Petrino who hired his mistress in the football program and gave her $20,000 in gifts.
The Tennessean reports Nashville is interested in hosting college football’s national championship game when the playoff system begins following the 2014 season. Nashville Sports Council and Franklin American Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey says they would like to get in the mix unless parameters are put in place to keep it from occurring. One factor which may keep Nashville out of contention is the lack of an indoor stadium.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are without another outstanding player as Ryan Suter signed a 13 year 98 million dollar contract with the Minnesota Wild Wednesday. The Predators will now turn their focus to resigning captain Shea Weber, who is a restricted free agent and finding a replacement for Suter.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the series opener at Fort Wayne 8-1, with game two this evening. The Nashville Sounds won the first of a five game series in Memphis 6-4, with game two set for this evening.
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Hoppers Baseball: It took 11 innings, but the Hoptown Hoppers defeated Madisonville 8-3 at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs.
The game was tied 3-3 in the 9th inning, before the Hoppers scored five times in the top of the 11th to get the win. No other information was available on the Ohio Valley League website. Hoptown is now 17-8 on the season and leads idle Fulton three games and Madisonville by four games in the OVL race.
Other action last night saw Owensboro hand Marion its fourth straight loss 8-3.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown travels to Marion for the first of a two game series, while Madisonville travels to Owensboro.
Golf: Christian County 2012 grad Jonathon Grabara finished tied for 3rd in the Boys 17-18 division at the Kentucky Junior Amateur championship which concluded Tuesday in Fort Knox.
Grabara fired a final round 72 to finish at 146. Hopkinsville High grad Dayton Jones fired his second consecutive 77 to finish tied for 18th at 154. Jack Gardner tied for 22nd with a 155. Cameron Allen finished tied for 38th with a two day total of 161.
TJ Ferry finished tied for 5th in the Boys 15-16 division with a two day score of 147.
College Basketball: The Kentucky New Era reports former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger basketball player Ashlee Cole is signing a scholarship with Wentworth Military College in Lexington, MO.
Cole averaged 10.6 points and 9.6 rebounds her senior year in leading Hopkinsville to the 2nd region championship and a quarterfinal round appearance in the Girls Sweet 16.
Austin Peay has released its women’s basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season. The Lady Governors will play seven teams that played in the post season in 2012. The Lady Govs open the season at UAB Friday November 9th, before opening the home portion of the schedule with Louisville on Thursday, November 15th.
The Lady Govs will open Ohio Valley Conference play at Southeast Missouri January 5th and open the home portion of OVC play against Murray State January 12th.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has made a change on its men’s basketball staff. Coach Kevin Stallings announced Tuesday he will promote Dan Cage to director of basketball operations and reintroduce recruiting duties to coach Tom Richardson’s role.
Vandy also announced women’s coach Melanie Balcomb has received a two year contract extension which will take her through the 2016-17 season. Balcomb is the second longest tenured women’s coach in the SEC behind Georgia’s Andy Landers.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has landed another commitment for 2013. Fort Lauderdale University School safety Jalen Battle became the 9th commitment for the Wildcats. Battle chose Kentucky over a number of schools and is the fourth commitment from Florida.
College Baseball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky baseball coach Gary Henderson has signed a new contract. Henderson has received a five year deal worth $2.1 million plus incentives. Henderson led Kentucky to a school record 45 wins in the 2012 season.
College Softball: Murray State has hired Kara Amundson as its new softball coach. Amundson was an assistant for the Lady Racers the last two seasons.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have announced their training camp schedule. The Titans will report to Baptist Sports Park July 27th, with the first workout July 28th.
Fans can watch workouts beginning July 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Titans will have a public workout with the Atlanta Falcons on August 6th in Dalton, GA.
NHL: Nashville Predator free agent Ryan Suter still has not decided if he will stay with the Preds or go to another NHL team. Teammate Shea Weber is a restricted free agent and he would like to know Suter’s decision as well.
Reports out of Minneapolis indicate Wild representatives met with Suter Tuesday and reports out of Detroit indicated Red Wing representatives did the same. Minnesota, Detroit and Philadelphia are reportedly on the short list along with the Predators.
Suter’s agent told the Tennessean in an email last night no decision would be forthcoming.
The Hoptown Hoppers look to get back on the winning ways this evening as they meet the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. First pitch for the game is at 7:05.
The Hoppers lead idle Fulton by 2 ½ games. Other action in the OVL tonight has Owensboro taking on Marion.
Major League Baseball this evening includes the St. Louis Cardinals hosting Colorado, Chicago Cubs at Atlanta and Cincinnati at Los Angeles.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto is considering appealing his snub for the upcoming All Star game in Kansas City. National League manager Tony LaRussa said he left Cueto off the roster because he was starting on Sunday before the Midsummer Classic next Tuesday. Cuteo’s agent has reportedly contacted the MLB players association about filing a grievance.
Meanwhile, Reds outfielder Joey Votto might miss the All Star game next Tuesday in Kansas City. CBS Sports.com reports Votto is still bothered by a lingering sore left knee. Votto missed only his third start of the season on Monday and says he doesn’t want to risk banging up the knee more because of the All Star game.
The New Orleans Times Picayune reports suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his wife Beth have filed divorce papers. The proceedings reportedly began in Texas last week. Payton was suspended for a year by the NFL for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, which is costing him some $5.5 million dollars in salary this season.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers began a three game road trip in Fulton last night, but fell to the Railroaders 10-8.
Matt McGowan and Phillip Menou each had two hits for the Hoppers, with Menou hitting his second home run in as many games. Kyle Barbee went six innings in taking the loss for the Hoppers, who are now 16-8 on the season and still leading Fulton by two and a half games. The Railroaders, who have won nine in a row, stand at 14-11.
Elsewhere in the OVL: Madisonville remains in third place after beating Marion 8-7.
Tonight in the OVL: The Hoppers meet Madisonville at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. The game begins at 7:05, with fireworks to follow. Other action tonight has Marion at Owensboro.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to Dayton 3-2, with the finale of the series this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Nashville Sounds defeated Iowa 4-1, with the series finale tonight in Nashville.
Golf: Several local golfers are participating in the Kentucky Junior Amateur Championship being played at Lindsey Golf Course at Fort Knox.
Former Christian County golfer Jonathon Grabara is tied for 7th in the Boys 17-18 division with a two over par 74 after Monday’s opening round. Jack Gardner is tied for 20th after a six over par 78,
TJ Ferry is tied for 6th in the overall competition after a one under par 71, with Dayton Jones tied for 29th with a five over par 77. Cameron Allen fired an 83.
Practice rounds began Monday for the US Women’s Open, which begins Thursday at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Caldwell County grad and University of Alabama freshman to be Emma Talley is in the field for the second straight year. Talley tees off at 2:09 local time Thursday afternoon.
Former University of Kentucky basketballer Anthony Davis has suffered a left ankle sprain and must await an evaluation before he can be cleared to work out with the US basketball team.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Davis suffered the ankle sprain Saturday at the New Orleans Hornets training facility. Davis is one of several players being considered for the US Olympic basketball team. USA Basketball will announce its 12 man Olympic roster on Saturday.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday Mike Bradley is likely headed for his third university in as many months. The Chattanooga native left Connecticut for Western Kentucky and applied for a hardship to play this coming season. However, the NCAA rejected it, with Western appealing the decision.
However, Vincennes University issued a release Saturday night saying Bradley was coming to play for them. Bradley did not play for UConn his freshman season and was held out last year due to injury.
College Football: The Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday Western Kentucky has picked up a preferred walk on cornerback Jolen Briggs is out of Bartram Trail High in Fruit Cove, FL. Briggs had 43 tackles and three interceptions—including one for a touchdown during his senior season.
NHL: The Tennessean reports the Nashville Predators are still awaiting word if free agent Ryan Suter will accept their offer to remain with the team. Suter’s agent says the Predators are still “in the mix” along with Detroit, Minnesota and Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, restricted free agent Shea Weber is waiting to see if Suter returns to the Predators. According to Weber’s agent, Suter and Weber will likely command the same sort of contract whether Weber returns to Nashville or not.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: The first place Hoptown Hoppers return to action tonight, putting its three game win streak on the line against the hottest team in the OVL currently, the Fulton Railroaders. The Railroaders are 3 ½ games behind the Hoppers in 2nd place and have won eight games in a row. First pitch at Lohaus Field in Fulton is at 7 pm.
The Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates are also in action this evening at Marion.
A reminder once again, the Hoppers game with Madisonville scheduled for tomorrow night will be played at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs, with first pitch at 7 pm.
The Hoppers return home Thursday night to begin a three game home stand against Marion.
Major League Baseball tonight includes St. Louis hosting Colorado, the Chicago Cubs at Atlanta and Cincinnati at Los Angeles.
NHL: Nashville Predators fans are anxiously awaiting to see if free agent defenseman Ryan Suter signs a new contract to stay with the team. The Tennessean reports Suter was made a “substantial offer” by the Predators on Sunday. The Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings have also reportedly made offers.
Meanwhile, Jordin Tootoo is no longer a Predator after signing a free agent deal with rival Detroit. The free agent forward signed a three year deal after playing his entire career in Nashville.
The Predators did pick up a backup goalie for Pekka Rinne Sunday, signing Chris Mason to a one year, $1.5 million deal. This is the third time Mason has been a member of the Predators.
Practice rounds are underway today for the US Women’s Open which begins Thursday at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Princeton’s Emma Talley is in the field for the second straight year. The Caldwell County grad and University of Alabama freshman to be will begin her first round at 2:09 local time Thursday afternoon.