OVL Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers are idle this evening, but hold a 4 ½ game lead on the Fulton Railroaders who play a doubleheader at Owensboro. The Hoppers magic number to clinch is 2 games, with the Hoppers back in action tomorrow night at Owensboro.
Elsewhere this evening Marion plays at Madisonville.
MLB Baseball: Action this afternoon has St. Louis at Milwaukee, with Cincinnati hosting Arizona, Atlanta hosting San Francisco and Chicago meeting Miami this evening in National League action.
Baseball’s all time hits leader is currently in production on a reality television show. Pete Rose and his thirtysomething model fiance’ Kiana Kim will be followed in their daily lives as they try to blend families. Kim has two children who live with her in Los Angeles while Rose—who has four adult children—lives in Las Vegas. The show will air later this year on TLC.
NFL: The Washington Redskins have signed rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor was the number two pick in the NFL Draft in the spring. ESPN reports Griffin’s four year contract is fully guaranteed with a price tag of $21.1 million. Of the 32 first round draft choices, 13 remain unsigned including top pick Andrew Luck.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers closed out the home portion of the regular season with a 6-2 win over Owensboro. Clayton Dugan and four relievers combined on a three hitter as Dugan improved to 3-1 on the season.
Bobby Clark and Brad Sevenish had two hits for the Hoppers who improved to 24-11 on the season.
Elsewhere in the OVL: Fulton defeated Marion 5-4 to remain 4 ½ games behind the Hoppers in 2nd place, however, the Hoppers magic number to clinch the regular season stands at 2 games.
Tonight in the OVL: The Hoppers are idle this evening, while Fulton plays a doubleheader at Owensboro, with Marion at Madisonville.
Golf: Hopkinsville’s Dayton Jones won his fifth straight Pepsi Tour event at the Bull at Boone Trace near Richmond Tuesday. Jones had a three under 69 which included one bogey to win the boys 17-18 division. Jones goes for his sixth straight win today at Lakeside Golf Course in Lexington.
Former Christian County High standout Jonathan Grabara played in the KGA Match Play championship Tuesday in Prospect. Grabara had a two round score of 170 at the Hunting Creek Country Club and missed the cut to play in the match play portion of the event.
Kyler Jones won the 5th flight in the boys 16-18 division of the GO Junior Golf Series Owensboro championship Tuesday. Jones fired an 88 at The Summitt to take a two shot win. The Hopkinsville championship is scheduled for Thursday at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club.
College Football: The SEC Media days began Tuesday in Birmingham, with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin among those who spoke. Franklin turned around a Commodore program winning six games and making a bowl appearance in the 2011 season. Franklin says the team made great strides last year, but there is still work to do.
Kentucky has its turn at the podium today as coach Joker Phillips and several players will participate in day two of the activities.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has had more arthoscopic surgery, this time on his left knee. The procedure took place at the end of June following the Titans mini camp. Britt experienced discomfort and swelling on the left knee after having surgery on the right knee back in May because of swelling.
Britt injured the right knee last season and missed the remainder of the season. Coaches are optimistic Britt will be available for the season opener against New England September 9th.
NHL: The Nashville Predators have signed free agent goalie Jeremy Smith to a one year contract according to the Tennessean. Smith was second in the American Hockey League in wins and shutouts last season while playing for the Predators AHL team in Milwaukee.
The Hoptown Hoppers close out the home portion of the regular season tonight hosting the Owensboro Oilers. It’s Michael Venable-State Farm Insurance night, with those who are Michael Venable customers who show their insurance cards receiving a free ticket, with those who bring school supplies for the Family Resource Center receiving half price tickets for $2.50.
It’s also Fan Appreciation tonight at 7:05, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere this evening in the Ohio Valley League: Fulton travels to Marion.
Major League Baseball action this evening has St. Louis at Milwaukee, Cincinnati hosts Arizona, Chicago Cubs host Miami and Atlanta welcomes San Francisco.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Joey Votto is to undergo surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Votto suffered the injury sliding into third base in a game against San Francisco June 29th and will be sidelined 3-4 weeks.
LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent surgery Monday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee, which will force him to miss the upcoming London Olympics. He is being replaced on the roster by former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis. Clippers officials say Griffin is expected to make a full recovery and return for pre season drills this fall.
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips and players Matt Smith, Larry Warford and Collins Ukuwu will face the media tomorrow as SEC Football Media Days are underway in Birmingham.
Syracuse University and the Big East Conference have agreed to a date when the Orange athletic program can leave the conference. July,2013 Syracuse can exit to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is a year earlier than allowed in the Big East bylaws.
Syracuse will also have to pay $7.5 million to leave, which is $2.5 million more than in the Big East bylaws. The University of Pittsburgh will also leave the Big East for the A-C-C, however, the Panthers departure date is uncertain at this point.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers saw a four game win streak come to an end last night, falling to the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates 7-2.
The Hoppers were outhit 12-6 in the contest, with Matt McGowan having two hits including a home run in the 9th inning. The Hoppers are now 23-11 on the season, and still hold a 4 ½ game lead on Fulton heading into tonight’s regular season home finale against Owensboro.
It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the game which begins at 7:05, with the Hoppers pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: It took almost four hours to play, but Fulton defeated Owensboro 15-9 in Fulton. Fulton is now 18-15 on the season in second place, while Owensboro is in the basement at 12-23.
Tonight in the OVL: Fulton travels to Marion.
High School Basketball: The Madisonville Messenger reports Madisonville will begin searching for a new boys basketball coach following the resignation last week of Marty Cline. Cline resigned to take an assistant principal’s position at the high school. Cline was 66-44 in his four seasons as Maroons coach.
High School Football: The TSSAA voted Monday to keep its playoff system the same for the next three years. The Tennessean reports there will still be six state champions, despite a proposal from the state association to reduce the champions crowned. Currently, the state plays in three regular season classes, with those split for the post season. The format will remain in place through at least the 2016 season.
College Football: Western Kentucky is picked fourth in the Sun Belt Conference pre season poll announced during the Sun Belt media day held Monday in New Orleans. Florida International was picked as the favorite, followed by Arkansas State and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns. Western opens the 2012 season hosting Austin Peay September 1st.
Game times have been announced for Kentucky’s first three football games. The Wildcats play Louisville Sunday September 2nd at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2:30, Hopkinsville time, with the Kent State game September 8th at 6:30 and the Western Kentucky game September 15th at 6 pm. You can hear Kentucky football throughout the season on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Tennessee’s game with Florida September 15th, which is normally an afternoon game, will be moved to a 5 pm Hopkinsville time kickoff on ESPN, with CBS showing as its season opener Alabama and Arkansas on that date with a 2:30 air time.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive says he plans to stay as commissioner. In a pre media day interview in Birmingham, Slive tells the Associated Press he plans to stay a couple of more years. Slive’s contract was to expire July 31st, five days after turning 72.
Tonight's(7/14) Hoptown Hoppers games at Madisonville have been cancelled. No make-up has been be announced.
The Hoppers next game will be Sunday night at 7:00pm at Fulton.