ESPN.com’s Andy Katz is reporting Murray State University’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to be part of this year’s Charleston Classic, to be played in Charleston, South Carolina November 15-18.
Coach Steve Prohm chose the Charleston tournament over the NIT Season Tip Off in which the Racers would have had a first round game at Kansas State. Prohm says the Racer program chose the Charleston Classic because it reportedly offered a bigger payoff and guaranteed the Racers three games against quality competition.
The Charleston field includes Southern Illinois, Baylor—who lost to Kentucky in this past season’s NCAA tournament, Boston College, Colorado, Dayton, St. John’s and host Charleston. Baylor is the favorite in the tournament, with the Races to likely be seeded second or at least third in the tournament.
Old Dominion University has announced it is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association to join Conference USA beginning with the 2013-14 school year. ODU currently is a member of Football Championship Subdivision and will move to Football Bowl Subdivision when making the jump to C-USA. Old Dominion is the second school to leave the CAA this week.
The Courier Journal reports Owensboro Catholic basketball standout Becca Greenwell is in Colorado Springs, Colorado trying out for the USA Women’s U17 World Championship team. Greenwell, who missed her junior year this past season because of a knee injury, is one of 33 players at the tryouts.
Twelve players will be selected for the team that will defend its 2010 title at the FIBA U17 World Championships August 17-26 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
A couple of matinee games in Major League Baseball this afternoon have Cincinnati at the New York Mets and St. Louis at San Francisco. Tonight has Philadelphia at the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta hosts Miami.
Major League Baseball’s All Star Game is returning to New York next year. The 2013 Mid Summer Classic will be at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. It will be the first time the Mets have hosted the All Star game since 1964.
Two games in the NBA Playoffs tonight have Miami at Indiana with the series tied at one and the LA Clippers at San Antonio where the Spurs lead 1-0.
Stanley Cup playoff action has Phoenix at Los Angeles with the Kings leading 2-0.
From the NFL, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is not happy with the way contract negotiations are going. Appearing Wednesday on a talk show with WWL Radio in New Orleans, Brees said the negotiations have been extremely frustrating and should not have been this difficult.
High School Baseball: Christian County hosts Hopkins Central, University Heights goes to Trigg County, Hopkinsville travels to Marshall County, Fort Campbell at Todd Central, Russellville at Warren Central, Logan County goes to Butler County, Henderson County at Crittenden County, Union County at Daviess County and Muhlenberg County at Grayson County.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville hosts Bowling Green, Trigg County entertains Russellville, Madisonville at Crittenden County and Union County at Daviess County.
Christian County is ranked 6th in the latest Kentucky Softball Coaches Association Top 25. Allen County Scottsville is first again this week, with Greenwood second, Owensboro Catholic 8th, Bowling Green 14th, Reidland 15th, Livingston Central 17th, Heath 19th, Lone Oak 20th, Hopkins Central 23rd and Marshall County 25th.
High School Tennis: The KHSAA State tournament begins today in Lexington. Mallory Perkins of Hopkinsville High is in the girls singles field, along with the Lady Tigers doubles team of Maggie and Annie B. Wetzel. Hopkinsville’s Grey Campbell is in the boys singles competition.
NFL: The Tampa Tribune reports former Christian County and West Virginia standout Keith Tandy signed a four year contract earlier this week. Tandy was taken in the 6th round by the Bucs in the recent NFL draft. The Bucs also signed Tandy’s former West Virginia teammate and roommate Najee Goode. Goode, who also signed a four year deal, was a fifth round pick. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The Tennessee Titans have signed third round draft pick Mike Martin. The defensive tackle was a three year starter at Michigan who had 172 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks in his career. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Tennessean reports Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt had what was termed minor arthoscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday. General Manager Ruston Webster says the procedure will help Britt return to the field sooner. Britt tore both the ACL and MCL in a game last season against Denver. Britt had been experiencing swelling in the knee, with Webster saying the procedure would set Britt back a couple of weeks at the most.
Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby runner up Bodemeister has been installed as the 8-5 favorite to win Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The Bob Baffert trained horse will start in the number 7 post position. Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another is in the number nine post with morning line odds of 5-2 for the 137th run of the Blackeyed Susans.
College Baseball: Ohio Valley Conference action today has Austin Peay meeting Tennessee Tech, Murray State opens a three game set at Reagan Field against Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky opens a three game series with Middle Tennessee.
Minor League Baseball: Following an off day, the Nashville Sounds open a series at the Tuscon Padres this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated Dayton 4-1, with game two of the series this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Golf: The PGA Tour stop this week is the HP Byron Nelson Classic at TPC Las Colinas. Kentuckian Steve Flesch is in the field.
Kentucky All-American Anthony Davis talks with WHOP Sports director Todd Hamilton in top photo and with Mayor Dan Kemp and Judge-Executive Steve Tribble in bottom two photos.
Princeton’s Emma Talley will play in this year’s US Women’s Open Golf Championship. The Princeton Times Leader reports Talley qualified for this year’s event during play Monday at Bellingham Golf and Country Club in Bellingham, Washington. Talley shot two rounds of 71 for a 142 total. This year’s US Women’s Open will be held at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin June 5-8.
Talley played in last year’s US Women’s Open and missed the cut by three strokes. Talley will play her collegiate golf this fall at the University of Alabama.
Christian County is ranked 6th in this week's Kentucky Softball Coaches Association Top 25. Allen County Scottsville is 1st, Greenwood 2nd, Owensboro Catholic 8th, Bowling Green 14th, Reidland 15th, Livingston Central 17th, Heath 19th, Lone Oak 20th, Hopkins Central 23rd and Marshall County is 25th.
A preliminary hearing has been set for June 4th for former Kentucky basketball player Michael Porter. The 25-year-old Porter was arrested Tuesday on sexual abuse and sodomy charges. Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports there is only one victim, a 14-year-old girl Porter met at a church function in 2009. The report also indicates the two engaged in consensual sex acts when she was 14 and 15.
Porter entered a not guilty plea to the charges and was released to a third party after posting a 22-thousand dollar bond. The court ordered Porter to wear an ankle monitor and not to leave the state.
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will join his teammates in workouts after signing his tender offer from the club. Welker, who was slapped with the franchise tag in March, will earn $9.4 million this season. Welker led the NFL with 122 receptions for a Patriots record 1,569 yards and a career best nine touchdowns last season.
Major League Baseball tonight has Cincinnati at the New York Mets, Atlanta hosts Miami, Chicago opens a series with Philadelphia and St. Louis at San Francisco.
Two games in the NBA playoffs have Boston at Philadelphia, where the series is even at a game apiece and the LA Lakers at Oklahoma City, where the Thunder lead the series 1-0.
One game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has New Jersey at the New York Rangers, with the Rangers leading the series 1-0.
High School Baseball: Calloway County defeated Hopkinsville 6-1, Fort Campbell over Lyon County 4-1, Russellville over Caverna 20-0 in 4 innings, St. Mary defeated Trigg County 9-1.
High School Softball: Greenwood shutout Christian County 7-0, Todd Central over Hopkinsville 5-1, University Heights defeated Dawson Springs 12-2 in 6 innings, Hopkins Central edged Muhlenberg County 3-2, Madisonville over Butler County 3-1, Webster County over Crittenden County 23-9 in 5 innings,
Former University of Kentucky basketball player Anthony Davis was at Patriot Chevrolet Tuesday afternoon. Davis was presented a key to the city of Hopkinsville by Mayor Dan Kemp and Christian Judge Executive Steve Tribble. Those involved with bringing Davis to Hopkinsville did not allow the media to do any interviews with him.
College Football: Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was selected to the National Football Foundations College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday. Fulmer was 152-52-1 during his 16 years as Vols coach. Fulmer was among 17 to be inducted which included coaches R.C. Slocum and Jimmy Johnson.
Austin Peay senior wide receiver Devin Stark was named Tuesday to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for Football Championship Subdivision. Stark had 53 receptions for 627 yards and seven touchdowns in the 2011 season. The Memphis native was one of 39 wide receivers named to the list.
College Baseball: Murray State defeated 2nd ranked Kentucky 7-2, Belmont slid by Austin Peay 4-3, Western Kentucky over Eastern Kentucky 17-7.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds defeated Reno 9-7 Tuesday at Greer Stadium. The Sounds have an off day today before opening a series Thursday at Tuscon.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated South Bend 5-4 Tuesday and open a series with Dayton this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.