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.
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.