High School Baseball: Hopkinsville travels to Russellville, Fort Campbell entertains Houston County, TN, Trigg County welcomes Madisonville, Todd Central goes to Springfield, TN, Caldwell County at Hopkins Central, Lyon County at Crittenden County, Graves County at Lone Oak, Marshall County hosts Murray, Mayfield hosts St. Mary, Livingston Central at Heath, Henderson County hosts Owensboro, Calloway County goes to Henry County, TN.
High School Softball: 7th ranked Christian County hosts Madisonville, Hopkinsville goes to Russellville, University Heights hosts Logan County, Fort Campbell is at Hopkins Central, Trigg County welcomes Crittenden County, Todd Central hosts McLean County, Caldwell County hosts Lyon County.
Livingston Central at Murray, Webster County goes to Henderson County, Muhlenberg County at Grayson County, Calloway County is at Marshall County, Mayfield hosts Fulton County in a doubleheader, Paducah Tilghman at Hickman County, Graves County hosts Ballard Memorial,
College Basketball: The Kentucky New Era reports former Christian County player Nick Riley will play his last two collegiate years for Division Two Fort Hays State College in Kansas.
Riley was a member of the 2011 state championship Colonel team, who originally signed with Nesdai Junior College in Minnesota. Riley played one season there before transferring to Northwest Technical College in Kansas last year, where he averaged almost 11 points, 6 ½ rebounds and four assists last season.
A member of Louisville’s national championship team announced Wednesday he will return for his senior season. Russ Smith was the Cardinals leading scorer at 18.7 points per game. Smith said after much deliberation, he decided it was best to come back for his senior year and get his degree.
Coach Rick Pitino said when Smith leaves Louisville, he will be remembered as one of the most successful Cardinal players.
College Baseball: Austin Peay won a doubleheader over Evansville 3-1 and 3-2. Former Christian County pitcher Cole Isom started the first game for Evansville, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs-2 earned on five hits. Isom struck out five and walked seven in taking the loss. Isom is now 2-5 on the season.
College Softball: 19th ranked Kentucky avenged an earlier loss to Louisville in defeating the 8th ranked Cardinals 2-1. UK ended Louisville’s 15 game win streak. Former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner went 0-3 in the game.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods were unable to sweep Fort Wayne last night, falling 3-2. The Hot Rods open a three game series with the Burlington Bees at Bowling Green Ballpark this evening.
Following an off day, the Nashville Sounds open a four game series with the Memphis Redbirds this evening at Greer Stadium.
NHL: The Nashville Predators begin their final road trip of the season with a game in Detroit against the Red Wings this evening. First puck drops at 6:30.
NFL: The 2013 draft begins tonight in New York and as it does, Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster is playing out mock drafts in his head. Webster tells the Tennessean he’s still not sure what players he will draft. The Titans have the 10th overall pick in the first round.
The University of Louisville national champion basketball team will have one of its standouts return for his senior season. Russ Smith announced at a news conference this afternoon he will come back and help defend the national title.
Smith was the Cardinals leading scorer this past season at 18.7 points per game. Smith’s father had said following Louisville’s win over Michigan that he would turn pro. The younger Smith said at the news conference he wanted to be the first in his family to graduate from college.
Coach Rick Pitino said when Smith leaves U of L, he will be remembered as one of the most successful Cardinal players ever.
High School Baseball/Softball: Pairings for the Forcht Bank/KHSAA State Baseball and the Rawlings/KHSAA State Softball tournaments were announced Tuesday.
Baseball: The 2nd region winner will play the 14th region winner Monday June 3rd at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, with game time to be announced later. Also on that day, the Region 3 winner would play the 12th region winner.
The 4th region winner plays the 7th region winner on Tuesday June 4th, with the 1st region winner to play the 5th region winner. Times will be announced later.
The quarterfinals will be played Wednesday June 5th and Thursday June 6th, with the semi finals Friday June 7th and the final on Saturday June 8th.
Softball: All first round games will be played Thursday June 6th at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro. The 2nd region winner meets the 3rd region winner at 7 pm, with the 1st region winner playing the 5th region winner and the 4th region winner plays the 13th region winner at 5 pm. The tournament continues with winner and loser bracket games on Friday June 7th, with the championship game to be played Saturday June 8th.
MLB: Games this afternoon include Cincinnati hosting the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis at Washington and Atlanta at Colorado.
NBA: There’s three more playoff games are on tap this evening, starting with the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder looking to build off a lopsided Game 1 win over the Houston Rockets. The Atlanta Hawks will try to pull even with the Indiana Pacers, while the nightcap features the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. San Antonio won the opener of that series on Sunday.
High School Softball-Tuesday scores: 7th ranked Christian County scored 12 of their 13 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings in downing Hopkinsville 13-0. Kalan Alder had three hits and four RBI to lead Christian County, while Maggie Glass and Alexis Sumner combined to allow Hopkinsville just one hit, an infield single by Bailey Downs. Christian County improved to 18-5/2-0 in district play, while Hopkinsville went to 1-14/1-2 in district competition.
Elsewhere: Lyon County defeated Trigg County 6-1, Hopkins Central over Dawson Springs 13-2, Livingston Central run ruled Crittenden County 12-0 in 6 innings, Madisonville edged Henderson County 6-5, Union County shut out Webster County 12-0, Marshall County defeated Murray 5-1.
High School Baseball-Tuesday scores: Hopkinsville edged University Heights 4-3 in 8 innings to sweep the 8th district series between the teams. The wins put the Tigers into a first place tie with Christian County in the 8th district race as both teams are now 3-1 in district play.
Elsewhere: Franklin Simpson defeated Logan County 5-1, Trigg County run ruled Lyon County 21-1 in five innings, Caldwell County edged Mayfield 3-2, Hopkins Central won a pair of games over Dawson Springs 10-0 in 5 innings and 6-0, Madisonville won a slug fest with Crittenden County 15-11, Livingston Central over Union County 6-1, Henderson County defeated Webster County 10-1, Owensboro Catholic over Muhlenberg County 7-3.
High School Tennis: University Heights defeated Henderson County’s boys and girls teams Tuesday. The Blazers won 6-3, while the Lady Blazers won 5-4.
College Basketball: Former Kentucky player Nerlens Noel met with reporters Tuesday and says he has no regrets about his brief Wildcat career. Noel says his torn ACL—repaired surgically six weeks ago—is doing well and he hopes to be able to play by Christmas time. Noel did say it was a hard decision to leave for the NBA, but said Coach John Calipari prepared him well to move to the next level.
The Leaf Chronicle reports Austin Peay has landed another prospect for its junior college laden recruiting class. Washington DC native Edward Dyson is coming to Clarksville, via Cloud County Community College in Kansas. The 6-4 Dyson averaged 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds last season.
College Baseball: In a game that took 6 hours and 3 minutes to complete and lasted 18 innings, Western Kentucky got a walk off home run from Trevor Lowe in the bottom of the 18th to defeat Kentucky 3-2.
Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman got the start, going 5 1/3 innings allowing a run on four hits, walking two and striking out four in 93 pitches. The game is believed to be the longest in the history of WKU baseball and the longest in Division 1 this season.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods got a 12-6 win over Fort Wayne Tuesday morning at Bowling Green Ballpark. The teams are scheduled to close out the series with a 7:05 game this evening.
The Nashville Sounds dropped the series finale with Omaha 7-1 Tuesday. The Sounds are off today, before opening a series with the Memphis Redbirds tomorrow night at Greer Stadium.
NHL: The Nashville Predators ended the home portion of the season with a 4-3 win over Calgary at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators close out the shortened season with road games at Detroit Thursday and Columbus Saturday.
College Football: The Sporting News has ranked the top coaches in college football. Alabama’s Nick Saban is first, followed by Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Chris Petersen of Boise State, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and Brian Kelly of Notre Dame rounding out the top five.
Louisville’s Charlie Strong is 19th, Western Kentucky’s Bobby Petrino is 20th and new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is 90th. The rankings are based on a number of factors including wins, championships, recruiting and future potential.
College Basketball: WDRB-Louisville reports University of Louisville guard Russ Smith may announce tomorrow whether he will return for his senior year or go to the NBA.
Smith’s father had said after Louisville won the national championship his son would not return next year, but coach Rick Pitino said a couple of days later there was a “50-50” chance Smith would return next season.
ESPN reports the NCAA Board of Directors will talk about reducing the shot clock in college basketball next month. The board will vote May 2nd on shortening the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds. The NCAA Basketball rules committee then would have to vote on the measure. If it’s approved, there would be at least a transition or experimentation year before the rule would go into effect.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds continue their series with the Chicago Cubs this evening at Great American Ballpark, while St. Louis plays Washington and Atlanta and Colorado play a day-night doubleheader in Denver.
NBA: Playoff action continues tonight as Miami hosts Milwaukee in game two of its Eastern Conference series, with Boston and New York also playing game two. The Heat and Knicks hold 1-0 leads in their series.
Denver has a 1-0 lead on Golden State as they play game two of their Western Conference series this evening.