Two games which will decide divisional series are on the Major League Baseball schedule today. American League action has Baltimore and the New York Yankees tied at 2-2 heading into this afternoons 5th game at Yankee Stadium. Baltimore sends game one starter Jason Hammels against the Yankees CC Sabathia:
First pitch is just after 4 Hopkinsville time.
National League action has the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals tied 2-2 heading into a decisive 5th game at Nationals Park. The Cardinals David Freese talks about game 5:
Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards, while Gio Gonzalez will go for the Nationals just after 6:30 this evening Hopkinsville time.
High School Football
Christian County and Hopkinsville are both in district action this evening.
The Colonels close out district play and the home portion of the regular season hosting Graves County. Coach Steve Lovelace talks about the importance of this game:
Christian County brings a 7-1/3-0 district record into the contest, while Graves County is 5-2/2-0 in district competition. Kickoff from the Stadium of Champions at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Following an off week, Hopkinsville travels to Ohio County. Coach Mark Adam Clark says ball control will be a key for the Tigers:
The Tigers are 2-4/1-1 in district play, while Ohio County is 3-4/0-2 in the district. A Tiger win helps solidify their chances to make the playoffs. Kickoff at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 and worldwide at lite987whop.com.
Elsewhere this evening: Fort Campbell goes to Webster County, Trigg County at Heath, Todd Central at Hancock County, Caldwell County at Murray, Logan County at Barren County, Madisonville at Calloway County, Hopkins Central at Lone Oak, Crittenden County hosts Ballard Memorial, Henderson County at Marshall County.
Paducah Tilghman hosts Clarksville Northeast, Mayfield hosts Fulton County, Union County welcomes Owensboro Catholic, Bowling Green at Warren Central, Warren East at Allen County Scottsville, South Warren hosts Hart County, Greenwood hosts Apollo.
Find out tonight's winners of these games and all the contests across the state on the Kentucky High School Scoreboard show, as WHOP Sports Director Todd Hamilton joins host Bill Whitaker in the second hour on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Thursday’s High School Sports Results
7th district soccer finals at Caldwell County: Madisonville claimed both championships, defeating Caldwell County 6-2 in the boys championship and 11-2 in the girls championship.
College Football: Kawaun Jakes threw for three touchdown passes as Western Kentucky defeated Troy 31-26 Thursday night. Former Fort Campbell star Antonio Andrews rushed for 113 yards for the 5-1 Hilltoppers now 2-0 in Sun Belt play. Western has won four straight games since losing at number one Alabama and has now won 12 of its last 14 games.
Kentucky will dress 23 freshmen and sophomores on the defensive side of the ball when they play at Arkansas tomorrow. Kickoff at 6 pm, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Also in the SEC tomorrow: Vanderbilt meets 4th ranked Florida in Nashville and Tennessee meets 19th rated Mississippi State. LSU entertains South Carolina in a game you can hear at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Ohio Valley Conference action has Austin Peay at Eastern Kentucky and Murray State hosting UT Martin. Louisville meets Pittsburgh in Big East action.
The Tennessean reports Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby met in Nashville earlier this week to talk about the Champions Bowl. The new bowl would be played following the 2014 season and the two commissioners say a site for the game would likely be announced by the end of this month. Nashville did not bid on the game, but Atlanta, Arlington, Houston, New Orleans and San Antonio did submit bids.
College Basketball: Kentucky is on the way to having a historic recruiting class for 2013 after James Young announced Thursday he will play for the Wildcats next season. He is the third player to commit for 2013, joining twins Allen and Aaron Harrison.
Meanwhile as Kentucky begins practice tonight with its annual Big Blue Madness, coach John Calipari says he is looking for leaders on the team. With five newcomers, Calipari is asking Kyle Wiltjer and Ryan Harrow to step up and become the leaders.
Louisville held its tip off luncheon Thursday and coach Rick Pitino said the topic of this year’s team is humility. With a core of veterans returning, the Cardinals are ranked in several pre season publications as the number 1 or 2 team in the nation. Pitino also told the audience he had a feeling the Cards and Kentucky could meet somewhere again in the 2013 NCAA tournament. Louisville lost to the eventual national champions in last year’s Final Four.
NFL: Rob Bironas kicked four field goals, including the game winner from 40 yards as time expired as the Tennessee Titans defeated Pittsburgh 26-23 to snap a two game losing streak. Following an off week, the Titans return to action at Buffalo October 21st.
College Football: For the second time this week, Arkansas has lost another player for the season due to injury. Arkansas News.com reports Razorback defensive end Tenarius Wright is done due to a shoulder injury. Earlier this week, linebacker Alonzo Highsmith announced his season was over due to a foot injury.
Meanwhile, following practice this morning, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced defensive players Mikie Benton of Russellville, along with Ashely Lowery and Martavieous Neloms will not make the trip to Fayetteville due to injuries. Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports of the 30 defensive players making the trip, 23 are freshmen or sophomores. Pre game coverage for Saturday's game at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Basketball: Louisville coach Rick Pitino tells CBS Sports.com he no longer plans to retire in 2017. During an interview which aired Wednesday on Sirius XM, Pitino told Jeff Goodman he plans to sign a contract extension and coach as long as his health is good. Pitino had said as recently as last year, he planned to retire when his contract ended in 2017. Louisville is ranked pre season number one or number two in several publications.
MLB: All four divisional series could come to an end today. In the National League, St. Louis and Washington start things off with the Cardinals leading the series 2 games to 1.
In Cincinnati, the Reds and Giants are tied two games each. In the American League, New York leads Baltimore two games to one as the teams play tonight at Yankee Stadium, with Detroit at Oakland and the series tied two games each.
NHL: Multiple sources tell ESPN NewYork.com that the NHL Players Association is drawing up a new collective bargaining agreement proposal and the NHL is urging the union to make it. Negotiators met for five hours Wednesday with not much progress made in the ongoing negotiations. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the games cancelled through October 24th will lose the league between $240 and 250 million dollars.
NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races due to a concussion, ending his chances to win the Sprint Cup title. Earnhardt was diagnosed Wednesday and is to discuss the injury today in Charlotte. Earnhardt was injured in a 25 car pileup late in last Sunday’s race at Talladega.
Wednesday’s High School Results
8th district soccer finals: Hopkinsville’s boys and girls made it a clean sweep of the championship games. The Lady Tigers defeated Christian County 8-0, while the Tigers won over UHA 3-1.
Thursday’s High School Schedule
7th district soccer finals: Madisonville meets Caldwell County in both the girls and boys championship games with the girls game to begin at 5:30.
College Football: Following an off week, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to go 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play at Troy University this evening. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 heading into the contest, while Troy is 3-2 on the season.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee coach Derek Dooley plans to be at practice today. Dooley missed yesterday’s practice following hip surgery Tuesday and will coach from the coaches booth Saturday when the Vols meet 19th ranked Mississippi State.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt will have its first home sellout in four years Saturday when they host 4th ranked Florida. The last sellout ironically was in 2008 when Tim Tebow, now of the New York Jets, led the Gators into Vanderbilt Stadium.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky recruiting target James Young will announce his college selection this afternoon at 4 Hopkinsville time on ESPN U. Young is a 6-6 wing player out of Rochester High School in Michigan and has UK, Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas on his short list.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was in Louisville Wednesday to speak at the annual UK tipoff luncheon. Calipari told the crowd he didn’t know how the Wildcats would play offensively, but said they would block shots and hopefully play fast, with good defense.
Calipari is hopeful this team will follow last year’s national championship team in one area: sacrifice. Calipari said last year’s group’s shared sacrifice was a lesson to all that anything can be overcome if the team comes together.
NFL: Week 6 of the season begins tonight with a rivalry matchup at LP Field as the 1-4 Tennessee Titans host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff for the game is at 7:20.
NHL: Even though labor talks are at a stalemate, members of the Nashville Predators are out in the Nashville area promoting the team. The Tennessean says players have even been seen in fast food restaurants talking about the upcoming season, which was supposed to begin Wednesday.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Todd Hamilton will have previews of the Christian County-Graves County football game and the Hopkinsville-Ohio County game, along with previews of the 8th district soccer championship games this evening.
Major League Baseball’s divisional playoffs continue this afternoon and evening.
The St. Louis Cardinals are in Washington to face the Nationals, with Chris Carpenter, bothered by arm injuries throughout the season to get the start for the Redbirds. The series is tied at 1-1.
ESPN reports Mike Leake will get the start for the Cincinnati Reds in game four of their division series with San Francisco later this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The Reds can win the series with a victory today as they lead 2-1.
The New York Yankees host Baltimore in game three of their series this evening at Yankee Stadium tied one game each and Oakland fights to stay alive in their series with Detroit, trailing 2-1.
Former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras has died at age 77. Karras had been only given a few days to live after recently experiencing kidney failure. Karras died at his home surrounded by his family. Karras played 12 seasons in the NFL and was a four time Pro Bowl selection.
Following his playing career, Karras became an actor, appearing in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles” and also in the television series “Webster” in the 1980’s. He was also a commentator for a few seasons in the 1970’s on Monday Night Football.
Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan says his son Billy will become a member of the Gators basketball team this year. The younger Donovan is transferring from Catholic University and will be a walk on for the Gators this season.
Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman has received several weekly honors following his 38-43 performance for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns in the Racers win last week at Austin Peay. Brockman was not only named the Ohio Valley Conference offensive player of the week Sunday, he was also named the NCAA offensive player of the week, the Sports Network’s co-offensive player of the week and College Football Performance Awards National quarterback of the week.