The Hoptown Hoppers close out a brief two game home stand this evening hosting the Marion Bobcats, who are a half game behind the Hoppers in the Ohio Valley League standings. First pitch at 7:05, with pre game at 6:50 from Colonel Field on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and world wide at whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL this evening: Madisonville travels to Owensboro.
Five games on the Major League Baseball interleague schedule today and tonight, including an afternoon game as St. Louis is at Detroit.
While we’re on the Cardinals, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports souvenir World Series rings are in high demand. The Cardinals hosted a replica ring night back in April, when the Cardinals and others were presented with their World Series rings and fans in attendance received replicas. Now, there will be a second ring night to be held on July 6th, which has caused ticket prices for that game to skyrocket.
At the College World Series in Omaha, three games are on the schedule today. Wednesday’s Kent State-South Carolina game was rained out and will be played first today, with the loser to be eliminated. The winner will play Arkansas later tonight. The second afternoon game has Florida State going against Arizona, with the Seminoles facing elimination if they lose today.
Ohio Valley Conference member Jacksonville State will be banned from next year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament. The Gamecock program is one of ten that will not be allowed to participate because of poor academic results. Also on the list is the first BCS institution to face the penalty, Connecticut.
A four team playoff system in college football to determine a national champion is one vote away from reality. The BCS commissioners Wednesday reached a consensus on a model for the four team, seeded playoff system. The agreement needs approval from the BCS presidential oversight committee next week to be official.
US Open golf champion Webb Simpson says he will not play in next month’s British Open. Speaking to reporters Wednesday before the start of this week’s PGA Tour event in Cromwell, CT, Simpson said he does not want to miss the birth of his second son.
The British Open is to be contested at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s July 19-22, around the time Simpson’s wife is expected to give birth.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers had 16 hits enroute to a 13-1 win over Owensboro Wednesday night. The Hoppers got three hits each from former UHA standout Matt McGowan, Brett Pirtle and Nolan Fisher, while Jason McDonald allowed three hits and one run over six innings to get his third win of the season.
The 10-4 Hoppers hold a half game lead on Marion, who comes to town tonight. First pitch at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the OVL: Marion routed Fulton 11-1. Tonight’s other action sees Owensboro hosting Madisonville.
Golf: At the Kentucky State Amateur Championship at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Murray State golfer and Benton native Patrick Newcomb continues to lead the way after firing a 67 Wednesday. Newcomb has a two day total of 135 and holds a two stroke lead. Tyler Mitchell of Cadiz had a 71 Wednesday and is tied for third place at 139. The final round takes place today.
Princeton native and University of Alabama freshman to be Emma Talley won her first match in the match play portion of the 112th National Amateur Championship in Monroe, MI Wednesday. Talley defeated Meredith Fairbairn of Canada 1 up to advance to the round of 32 to face Morija Jutanugarn of Thailand today.
Several local junior golfers competed in the GO Junior Golf series event held at Lakeshore Golf Club in Madisonville Wednesday.
Dacie Bolton won the Girls 13-15 championship, Hunter Traughber finished 5th in the nine hole Boys 11-12 division with 56, Chandler Campbell won the 13-15 Boys nine hole division with a 45.
TJ Janes won the Boys 13-15 championship with 73, which included four birdies on the back nine enroute to a two under 34. Tadd Switzer was second with 76, Austin Knight third with 80, Hendley Traughber 5th with 89, Trace Altman sixth with 92, Grant Stamper 7th with 94 and Dylan Henderson 8th with 95.
College Basketball: Austin Peay has released its 2012-13 basketball schedule. The Governors will open the season at home on Friday November 9th against Samford. Other games include the Governors playing in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge at Western Kentucky November 13th and at DePaul November 17th before going to Cancun to meet Western Carolina and Howard November 20th and 21st.
The Governors will play at Memphis December 8th, and play in the Dr. Pepper Classic in Chattanooga December 28th and 29th. The Governors open Ohio Valley Conference action at UT Martin January 3rd and host Morehead State in the first home OVC game on January 9th.
Murray State invades the Dunn Center January 12th, with the return game at the CFSB Center February 2nd.
The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team has added a junior college transfer. The Courier Journal reports 6-2 power forward Jelleah Sidney comes to Lexington after playing one season for Chipola College in Florida. Sidney was the team’s leading scorer at 11.8 points per game. The New York native will have three seasons of eligibility left.
NHL: Nashville Predator Mike Fisher was honored during the NHL Awards last night in Las Vegas with the Foundation Award which recognizes community service. The three other finalists, Shea Weber for the Norris Award, Pekka Rinne for the Vezina Award and David Poile for general manager of the year were also finalists.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck reportedly had a bounty on him when he played for the Seattle Seahawks in a playoff game against New Orleans in 2011. Hasselbeck says he doesn’t know what to believe and is not following the reported development closely.
The Hoptown Hoppers return to Ohio Valley League action this evening hosting Owensboro at 7:05. The Hoppers have a half game lead on Marion heading into the game, which you can hear at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
If you bring school supplies to tonight’s game, those items will be given to the Family Resource and Youth Services Center and receive a $2.50 ticket.
Elsewhere in the Ohio Valley League this evening has Fulton at Marion.
Major League Baseball has a couple of afternoon interleague games including Atlanta at the New York Yankees. Tonight’s action includes Cincinnati at Cleveland, St. Louis at Detroit and the Cubs and White Sox in Chicago.
Another elimination game is on tap for the College World Series in Omaha today. Kent State goes against two time defending champion South Carolina. The winner this evening will meet Arkansas Thursday. Last night, Florida State stayed alive with a 4-1 win over UCLA and will meet Arizona Thursday.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is unhappy and wants out of Minneapolis. Multiple sources including the Minneapolis Star Tribune say Harvin wants a trade. Harvin is in the fourth year of a five year contract. Harvin had minor shoulder surgery in the off season.
Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova have been installed as the top seeds for Wimbledon, which begins next Monday at the All England Club in London.
OVL Baseball: Following an off day, the Hoptown Hoppers return to action tonight hosting the Owensboro Oilers. First pitch at Colonel Field at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the OVL: Marion inched closer to first place Hoptown with a 13-2 win over Owensboro. The Bobcats, now 9-5 are a half game behind the Hoppers. Madisonville won its third game in a row, defeating Fulton 8-5 in 11 innings.
Tonight in the OVL: In addition to the Hoptown-Owensboro game, Fulton travels to Marion.
Golf: Two Pennyrile area golfers are among four tied for the lead following the first round of the Kentucky State Amateur Championship at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville. Trigg County’s Tyler Mitchell and defending champion Patrick Newcomb are among a quartet who fired an opening round three under par 68. Round two takes place today.
Princeton’s Emma Talley is playing in the 112th National Amateur Championship this week at the Monroe Golf and Country Club in Monroe, Michigan. The Princeton Times Leader reports Talley shot rounds of 77 and 75 the last two days in stroke play. The University of Alabama freshman to be plays Meredith Fairbairn of Canada in match play today.
College Basketball: Tickets for University of Kentucky basketball games will get a little pricier next season. During Tuesday’s Board of Trustees Athletics Committee meeting, the board voted to raise single game ticket prices by $7 for upper level seating and $10 in the lower levels of Rupp Arena.
The committee approved higher donation requirements to the K-Fund for season ticket holders, who will see ticket prices go up $5 per game. Athletic director Mitch Barnhart says the price increases are necessary to offset escalating costs.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans and safety Michael Griffin have agreed to terms on a five year contract. The Tennessean reports the deal is worth $36 million, with $15 million guaranteed and a $9 million signing bonus. The five year veteran was tagged as the franchise player back in March.
NHL: The National Hockey League presents its annual awards this evening. Nashville Predator captain Shea Weber is up for the Norris Award for the league’s top defenseman, Pekka Rinne is up for the Vezina Award for top goalie, David Poile is up for general manager of the year and Mike Fisher is a nominee for the NHL’s Community Service award. The event takes place in Las Vegas.
The Hoptown Hoppers are off today, but hold a one game lead over Marion in the Ohio Valley Baseball League following an 11 inning 7-6 win at Owensboro last night. The Hoppers return to action tomorrow night hosting Owensboro at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Tonight in the OVL: Owensboro hosts Marion and Madisonville travels to Fulton.
There’s an elimination game today at the College World Series in Omaha, as UCLA meets Florida State, with the winner to play Arizona Thursday.
Major League Baseball interleague action tonight includes St. Louis at Detroit, Cincinnati at Cleveland, Atlanta at the New York Yankees and the battle of Chicago between the Cubs and White Sox.
College Football: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced Monday safety Dakotah Tyler has returned to the team. Upon completion of summer school courses, Phillips says Tyler will be able to play this season. Tyler will be a junior eligibility wise after sitting out the 2011 season for personal reasons. Tyler saw action in the last 11 games in the 2010 season.
One of the many college football bowl games is getting a new sponsor. CBS Sports.com reports the Champs Sports Bowl will now become the Russell Athletic Bowl. Teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East will play December 28th in Orlando, Florida. The new four year sponsorship runs through 2015.
College Basketball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports University of Kentucky basketball tickets are going up $5 per seat and boosting required donations for priority seating. Single game ticket prices are increasing to $50 for lower level seating and $42 for upper level seats. K fund tickets will increase about $455. The increases are expected to bring in $3.5 million, to help offset rising costs.
Mike Brey will continue as the Notre Dame men's basketball coach for the next 10 years, agreeing to a new contract that will keep him with the Fighting Irish through the 2021-22 season.
Financial terms of the new deal, which takes effect on July 1,were not disclosed. Brey owns a record of 260-132 since becoming the head coach at Notre Dame in July of 2000. He is a three-time Big East Coach of the Year and has guided the Irish to eight NCAA Tournament berths in his 12 seasons.