Hoppers Baseball: After spotting Madisonville a 5-0 lead, the Hoptown Hoppers scored six runs in three of their last five at bats to defeat the Pirates 6-5 at Colonel Field. Brad Sevenish went 4-5 for the Hoppers, but it was Jake Sandlin’s infield single in the bottom of the 9th that gave the Hoppers their 7th win of the season to go with three losses.
The Hoppers are back in action this evening, hosting Fulton on Rotary Club night at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with the exclusive Hoppers pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
A number of former and current Hopkinsville High football players and supporters were on hand Friday afternoon for the dedication of the football block house to former Tiger head coach Fleming Thornton.
Thornton coached the Tigers from 1962-76 and had a record of 109-52 and 7, with two state championships in 1965 and 66. Those teams went 27-0 over the two year period. Thornton, who came to Hopkinsville from South Carolina, also won three state championships in the Palmetto State.
College Basketball: Yahoo! Sports reports projected top draft pick Anthony Davis formerly of Kentucky has selected the Wasserman Media Group to represent him in his contract negotiations. Davis is expected to be the top pick of the NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
ESPN.com reports Florida and Georgetown will play this coming season on an aircraft carrier. The game on November 9th will be one of three to be played on an aircraft carrier this coming season.
US Open golf: Three time champ Tiger Woods, 2003 Open winner Jim Furyk and 2001 PGA champion David Toms are tied atop the leaderboard heading into today's third round of the US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco. They are each at one under par, leading a quartet of golfers by two strokes.
The Hoptown Hoppers have a chance to reclaim first place in the Ohio Valley League with a win this evening against Madisonville. First pitch for Military Appreciation Night is at 7:05, with the exclusive Hopper pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Hoptown is a half game behind leader Marion, who faces Owensboro this evening.
Hopkinsville High School is naming its football blockhouse in honor of legendary coach Fleming Thornton today. The ceremony will take place at the school at 4 pm.
The College World Series begins in Omaha today with Stony Brook taking on UCLA and Florida State meets Arizona.
Louisville basketball recruit Terry Rozier said on Twitter that he expects to be eligible to play for the Cardinals next season. The Lexington Herald Leader reports there had been speculation Rozier did not meet the academic requirements to be eligible for next season.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak tells the Tennessean top draft choice Kendall Wright will not participate in next week’s three day mini camp. Wright, a rookie out of Baylor, strained his right shoulder while diving for a Jake Locker pass during organized team activities on Thursday. Wright was to have the shoulder examined today.
Major League Baseball interleague action tonight has St. Louis hosting Kansas City, Atlanta hosting Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs have a matinee game against the Boston Red Sox. The Cincinnati Reds are at the New York Mets in the lone National League game.
The scene shifts to Miami for game three of the NBA Finals Sunday. Last night, the Miami Heat evened the series with Oklahoma City at one game apiece with a 100-96 win.
Hoppers Baseball: Following an off day, the Hoptown Hoppers are back in Ohio Valley League action hosting the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates on Military Appreciation Night. The Hoppers have already beaten the Pirates this week, winning 3-2 on Tuesday night.
First pitch at 7:05, with the Hopper pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the Ohio Valley League: Owensboro defeated Madisonville 7-2 and Marion moved into outright first place, a half game ahead of the Hoppers with a 3-1 win over Fulton.
Tonight in the OVL: Owensboro plays at Marion.
High School Football: A ceremony to rename the Hopkinsville High Football Block House in honor of legendary coach Fleming Thornton will be held today. The ceremony, which will feature several guest speakers, will take place at the Block House at 4 this afternoon.
High School Softball: The Kentucky Softball Coaches Association has announced its all state teams. Two members of Christian County’s 2nd region championship team were named to the Class 3-A first and second teams, with Maggie Glass named to the first team, Jasmine Matchen named to the second team.
College Baseball: The College World Series begins today in Omaha, with upstart Stony Brook taking on UCLA and Florida State goes against Arizona.
College Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reports University of Kentucky offensive lineman Sam Simpson is retiring because of a series of back injuries over the last year. The sophomore was listed second on the depth chart behind Matt Smith at center. He will remain as a student coach.
College Basketball: New NCAA rules have allowed coaches to work with players two hours per week during the summer, and the Leaf Chronicle reports Austin Peay coach Dave Loos says he likes what he sees from his incoming freshmen. Loos says there are some things he’s seen that are encouraging, but there is plenty of work to do.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans top draft pick Kendall Wright left practice early Thursday after straining his right shoulder diving for a Jake Locker pass during Thursday’s OTA. Wright is the only remaining pick taken in this year’s NFL draft by the Titans that has not signed. Coach Mike Munchak says Wright will sit out next week’s three day mini camp.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds opened a home stand with Omaha falling to the Stormchasers 4-2, with game two of the series this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the finale of a series to West Michigan 9-1. The Hot Rods open a series with Fort Wayne this evening.
It appears a four team playoff is the preferred format to determine college football’s national champion. Commissioners of the BCS conferences and Notre Dame’s athletics director met Wednesday in Chicago. There was no definitive conclusion on playoff structure, access and location of games. Commissioners will report to their league presidents before meeting again in Chicago June 19-20, with a BCS presidential oversight committee to meet in Washington June 26th.
The shooter who killed two former Auburn University football players last weekend was to appear today for a brief court hearing in Opelika, AL. Desmonte Leonard faces three counts of capital murder in the shootings deaths of three people which included Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips last Saturday. Leonard turned himself in Tuesday following a three day manhunt.
Major League Baseball this afternoon has Cincinnati hosting Cleveland and Chicago hosting Detroit. Tonight’s games include St. Louis hosting the Chicago White Sox.
Game two of the NBA Finals is tonight as Oklahoma City hosts Miami, with the Thunder leading the series 1-0.
Hoppers Baseball: The Marion Bobcats scored six times in the second inning in defeating the Hoptown Hoppers 10-3 in Ohio Valley League play last night. The Hoppers were held to just four hits including one by former UHA standout Kyle Barbee, who also pitched an inning and struck out three. Jason McDonald was charged with the pitching loss.
Marion and Hoptown are tied atop the OVL standings at 6-3. The Hoppers return home tomorrow night to host Madisonville on Military Appreciation Night. First pitch at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL: For the second straight night, Fulton and Owensboro played extra innings with the Railroaders taking an 8-7 decision in 11 innings.
Tonight’s games: Owensboro is at Madisonville and Fulton is at Marion.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods beat West Michigan 4-2, with the finale of the series this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Nashville Sounds beat Memphis 5-4 and open a series with Omaha tonight at Greer Stadium.
Golf: The Go Junior Golf series played at Western Hills on Wednesday.
9 hole division play: Hopkinsville’s Caitlyn Shelton finished second in the Girls 11-12 division with a 53. Hunter Traughber finished second in the Boys 11-12 division with a 49. Chandler Todd Campbell finished first in the Boys 13-15 division with a 42.
18 hole division play: Hopkinsville’s Jessica Shelton won the Girls 13-15 division with a 91, Dacie Bolton was second with 101.
Boys 16-18 championship saw Dayton Jones win by five strokes by scoring 72.
Dylan Henderson won the Boys 13-15 championship with 78, Austin Knight was second with 83, Tadd Switzer was fourth with 85, Wade Perry and TJ Janes tied for fifth with 86, Grant Stamper had 89, Trace Altman and Hendley Traughber each had 91, Jay Camp 96 and Wesley Kennedy 110.
Horse Racing: The Courier Journal reports beginning next year, Churchill Downs will determine the 20 horses who will run in the Kentucky Derby based on a points system. The system will be implemented this fall with points from selected races used as criteria in entering the Derby. Two year olds will be able to earn points to run in the Derby based on designated races.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have signed offensive lineman Jon Cooper. Cooper spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oklahoma in 2009.