College Basketball: The final weekend of the season begins later today with the men’s National Semifinals in Atlanta. The Louisville Cardinals are a 10 ½ point favorite against Wichita State, a team that busted many brackets. The second semifinal has Michigan taking on Syracuse, with the Wolverines a two point favorite. Pre game coverage of today’s games begins at 2:30 this afternoon on News/Talk WHOP.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino was announced as one of this year’s class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday. The 60-year-old Pitino has led three different schools to the Final Four and is making his 7th Final Four appearance this weekend. The 2013 class will be introduced before Monday’s national championship game. Formal induction will take place in September.
Richard Pitino was introduced Friday as the new men's basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. He takes over for Tubby Smith, who was fired last week after six seasons with the Gophers. The 30-year-old Pitino was head coach at Florida International this past season, leading the Golden Panthers to an 18-14 record.
The Women’s Final Four National Semifinals take place tomorrow night in New Orleans, with Louisville facing California and Notre Dame taking on Connecticut. Coverage of both games begins at 5 on News/Talk WHOP.
High School Baseball- Friday scores: Christian County lost a pair of games, 3-0 to Avon, IN and to Ballard High 5-2. Trigg County also lost a doubleheader 9-6 to Caldwell County and 11-7 to Crittenden County.
Today’s game: Hopkinsville travels to West Creek.
High School Softball-Friday’s scores: No scores from the Christian County, Hopkinsville or Todd Central games from the Play It Again Sports Classic were available on the KHSAA website.
Today’s games: Christian County, Todd Central and Hopkinsville are all in action at the Play It Again Sports Classic in Clarksville. Russellville hosts Clinton County in the 4th region All A Classic.
College Baseball: Austin Peay won its 6th straight game with a 7-3 win over Tennessee Tech. The win also made Governors coach Gary McClure the winningest coach in Ohio Valley Conference history with 777 wins. The series continues this afternoon in Clarksville.
Murray State lost the opener of its OVC weekend series at Eastern Illinois 6-3. Game two of the series is this afternoon.
Western Kentucky fell in Sun Belt action at Arkansas State 6-0. Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman pitched 1 and 2/3 innings of relief allowing 1 hit, 1 run which was unearned, walked two batters and struck out one. Game two of the series is this afternoon.
Major League Baseball: The Cincinnati Reds had a big night in a 15-0 win against the Washington Nationals. The Reds clubbed six home runs in the game as Homer Bailey got his first win of the season.
Other National League games of note saw San Francisco slip by St. Louis 1-0, Atlanta beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1.
The Reds and Nationals play game two of their series this afternoon in Cincinnati, St. Louis plays at San Francisco this afternoon and Atlanta hosts Chicago this evening.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost at South Bend 6-3. The teams play game three of their series this evening in South Bend.
The Nashville Sounds fell to the New Orleans Zephyrs 12-0. Game three of the series is this evening in Nashville.
NHL: The Nashville Predators wrap up a three game home stand this afternoon against the Chicago Blackhawks. First puck drops at 2 in Bridgestone Arena.
PGA Tour: Billy Horschel has the lead heading into today’s third round of the Valero Texas Open. Horschel stands at eight under par, leading a trio by two strokes which include Charley Hoffman who stand at six under par. Former world number one Rory McIlroy is among seven golfers that are tied for 5th place at five under par.
LPGA Tour: Inbee Park had six birdies Friday en route to a 67 to take a one shot lead into the third round at the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Park’s two day total of 137 is one shot better than Lizette Salas and two strokes ahead of two golfers.
NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson won the pole Friday for Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson’s fastest lap was at 98.4 miles per hour. It marks the third time in 23 starts he has been on the pole at Martinsville. Brian Vickers will start second Sunday, with Joey Logano third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth.