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Hoppers Baseball: It took 11 innings, but the Hoptown Hoppers defeated Madisonville 8-3 at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs.
The game was tied 3-3 in the 9th inning, before the Hoppers scored five times in the top of the 11th to get the win. No other information was available on the Ohio Valley League website. Hoptown is now 17-8 on the season and leads idle Fulton three games and Madisonville by four games in the OVL race.
Other action last night saw Owensboro hand Marion its fourth straight loss 8-3.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown travels to Marion for the first of a two game series, while Madisonville travels to Owensboro.
Golf: Christian County 2012 grad Jonathon Grabara finished tied for 3rd in the Boys 17-18 division at the Kentucky Junior Amateur championship which concluded Tuesday in Fort Knox.
Grabara fired a final round 72 to finish at 146. Hopkinsville High grad Dayton Jones fired his second consecutive 77 to finish tied for 18th at 154. Jack Gardner tied for 22nd with a 155. Cameron Allen finished tied for 38th with a two day total of 161.
TJ Ferry finished tied for 5th in the Boys 15-16 division with a two day score of 147.
College Basketball: The Kentucky New Era reports former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger basketball player Ashlee Cole is signing a scholarship with Wentworth Military College in Lexington, MO.
Cole averaged 10.6 points and 9.6 rebounds her senior year in leading Hopkinsville to the 2nd region championship and a quarterfinal round appearance in the Girls Sweet 16.
Austin Peay has released its women’s basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season. The Lady Governors will play seven teams that played in the post season in 2012. The Lady Govs open the season at UAB Friday November 9th, before opening the home portion of the schedule with Louisville on Thursday, November 15th.
The Lady Govs will open Ohio Valley Conference play at Southeast Missouri January 5th and open the home portion of OVC play against Murray State January 12th.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has made a change on its men’s basketball staff. Coach Kevin Stallings announced Tuesday he will promote Dan Cage to director of basketball operations and reintroduce recruiting duties to coach Tom Richardson’s role.
Vandy also announced women’s coach Melanie Balcomb has received a two year contract extension which will take her through the 2016-17 season. Balcomb is the second longest tenured women’s coach in the SEC behind Georgia’s Andy Landers.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has landed another commitment for 2013. Fort Lauderdale University School safety Jalen Battle became the 9th commitment for the Wildcats. Battle chose Kentucky over a number of schools and is the fourth commitment from Florida.
College Baseball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky baseball coach Gary Henderson has signed a new contract. Henderson has received a five year deal worth $2.1 million plus incentives. Henderson led Kentucky to a school record 45 wins in the 2012 season.
College Softball: Murray State has hired Kara Amundson as its new softball coach. Amundson was an assistant for the Lady Racers the last two seasons.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have announced their training camp schedule. The Titans will report to Baptist Sports Park July 27th, with the first workout July 28th.
Fans can watch workouts beginning July 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Titans will have a public workout with the Atlanta Falcons on August 6th in Dalton, GA.
NHL: Nashville Predator free agent Ryan Suter still has not decided if he will stay with the Preds or go to another NHL team. Teammate Shea Weber is a restricted free agent and he would like to know Suter’s decision as well.
Reports out of Minneapolis indicate Wild representatives met with Suter Tuesday and reports out of Detroit indicated Red Wing representatives did the same. Minnesota, Detroit and Philadelphia are reportedly on the short list along with the Predators.
Suter’s agent told the Tennessean in an email last night no decision would be forthcoming.
The Hoptown Hoppers look to get back on the winning ways this evening as they meet the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. First pitch for the game is at 7:05.
The Hoppers lead idle Fulton by 2 ½ games. Other action in the OVL tonight has Owensboro taking on Marion.
Major League Baseball this evening includes the St. Louis Cardinals hosting Colorado, Chicago Cubs at Atlanta and Cincinnati at Los Angeles.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto is considering appealing his snub for the upcoming All Star game in Kansas City. National League manager Tony LaRussa said he left Cueto off the roster because he was starting on Sunday before the Midsummer Classic next Tuesday. Cuteo’s agent has reportedly contacted the MLB players association about filing a grievance.
Meanwhile, Reds outfielder Joey Votto might miss the All Star game next Tuesday in Kansas City. CBS Sports.com reports Votto is still bothered by a lingering sore left knee. Votto missed only his third start of the season on Monday and says he doesn’t want to risk banging up the knee more because of the All Star game.
The New Orleans Times Picayune reports suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his wife Beth have filed divorce papers. The proceedings reportedly began in Texas last week. Payton was suspended for a year by the NFL for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, which is costing him some $5.5 million dollars in salary this season.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers began a three game road trip in Fulton last night, but fell to the Railroaders 10-8.
Matt McGowan and Phillip Menou each had two hits for the Hoppers, with Menou hitting his second home run in as many games. Kyle Barbee went six innings in taking the loss for the Hoppers, who are now 16-8 on the season and still leading Fulton by two and a half games. The Railroaders, who have won nine in a row, stand at 14-11.
Elsewhere in the OVL: Madisonville remains in third place after beating Marion 8-7.
Tonight in the OVL: The Hoppers meet Madisonville at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. The game begins at 7:05, with fireworks to follow. Other action tonight has Marion at Owensboro.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to Dayton 3-2, with the finale of the series this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Nashville Sounds defeated Iowa 4-1, with the series finale tonight in Nashville.
Golf: Several local golfers are participating in the Kentucky Junior Amateur Championship being played at Lindsey Golf Course at Fort Knox.
Former Christian County golfer Jonathon Grabara is tied for 7th in the Boys 17-18 division with a two over par 74 after Monday’s opening round. Jack Gardner is tied for 20th after a six over par 78,
TJ Ferry is tied for 6th in the overall competition after a one under par 71, with Dayton Jones tied for 29th with a five over par 77. Cameron Allen fired an 83.
Practice rounds began Monday for the US Women’s Open, which begins Thursday at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Caldwell County grad and University of Alabama freshman to be Emma Talley is in the field for the second straight year. Talley tees off at 2:09 local time Thursday afternoon.
Former University of Kentucky basketballer Anthony Davis has suffered a left ankle sprain and must await an evaluation before he can be cleared to work out with the US basketball team.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Davis suffered the ankle sprain Saturday at the New Orleans Hornets training facility. Davis is one of several players being considered for the US Olympic basketball team. USA Basketball will announce its 12 man Olympic roster on Saturday.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday Mike Bradley is likely headed for his third university in as many months. The Chattanooga native left Connecticut for Western Kentucky and applied for a hardship to play this coming season. However, the NCAA rejected it, with Western appealing the decision.
However, Vincennes University issued a release Saturday night saying Bradley was coming to play for them. Bradley did not play for UConn his freshman season and was held out last year due to injury.
College Football: The Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday Western Kentucky has picked up a preferred walk on cornerback Jolen Briggs is out of Bartram Trail High in Fruit Cove, FL. Briggs had 43 tackles and three interceptions—including one for a touchdown during his senior season.
NHL: The Tennessean reports the Nashville Predators are still awaiting word if free agent Ryan Suter will accept their offer to remain with the team. Suter’s agent says the Predators are still “in the mix” along with Detroit, Minnesota and Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, restricted free agent Shea Weber is waiting to see if Suter returns to the Predators. According to Weber’s agent, Suter and Weber will likely command the same sort of contract whether Weber returns to Nashville or not.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: The first place Hoptown Hoppers return to action tonight, putting its three game win streak on the line against the hottest team in the OVL currently, the Fulton Railroaders. The Railroaders are 3 ½ games behind the Hoppers in 2nd place and have won eight games in a row. First pitch at Lohaus Field in Fulton is at 7 pm.
The Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates are also in action this evening at Marion.
A reminder once again, the Hoppers game with Madisonville scheduled for tomorrow night will be played at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs, with first pitch at 7 pm.
The Hoppers return home Thursday night to begin a three game home stand against Marion.
Major League Baseball tonight includes St. Louis hosting Colorado, the Chicago Cubs at Atlanta and Cincinnati at Los Angeles.
NHL: Nashville Predators fans are anxiously awaiting to see if free agent defenseman Ryan Suter signs a new contract to stay with the team. The Tennessean reports Suter was made a “substantial offer” by the Predators on Sunday. The Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings have also reportedly made offers.
Meanwhile, Jordin Tootoo is no longer a Predator after signing a free agent deal with rival Detroit. The free agent forward signed a three year deal after playing his entire career in Nashville.
The Predators did pick up a backup goalie for Pekka Rinne Sunday, signing Chris Mason to a one year, $1.5 million deal. This is the third time Mason has been a member of the Predators.
Practice rounds are underway today for the US Women’s Open which begins Thursday at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Princeton’s Emma Talley is in the field for the second straight year. The Caldwell County grad and University of Alabama freshman to be will begin her first round at 2:09 local time Thursday afternoon.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers won their third game in a row Sunday night, knocking off Marion 10-6. The Hoppers scored eight of their ten runs in the middle three innings. Phillip Menou and Collin Massanelli each had two hits to lead the Hoppers, while Tyler Vails pitched five innings of relief to get the win. The Hoppers are now 16-7 and have a three and a half game lead on Fulton.
The Hoppers travel to Fulton tonight to meet the hottest team in the league in the Railroaders, who have won eight games in a row.
Elsewhere last night in the OVL: Madisonville shut out Owensboro 9-0.
Tonight in the OVL: Madisonville plays at Marion.
A reminder the Hoppers game with Madisonville Tuesday night will be played at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs. First pitch takes place at 7:05.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a series with Dayton Sunday with a 20-10 win at Bowling Green Ballpark. Game two of the series is this evening.
The Nashville Sounds also won a slugfest 13-12 over the Iowa Cubs. The two teams play again this evening at Greer Stadium in Nashville.
Major League Baseball’s All Star game will have two players from the region in it this year. New York Mets pitcher RA Dickey who played at the University of Tennessee and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, who played for Vanderbilt, have been chosen for their respective league’s teams. The game is July 10th in Kansas City.
As of Sunday, Belmont University is an official member of the Ohio Valley Conference in all sports. Belmont is now the 12th member of the league, the most the conference has had at one time in its 65 year history. Belmont comes to the OVC from the Atlantic Sun conference. Also as of Sunday, SIU Edwardsville is now post season eligible in all sports.
NHL: One of the more popular players of the Nashville Predators will be changing uniforms. The Tennessean reported Sunday free agent forward Jordin Tootoo has signed a three year contract with the rival Detroit Red Wings. Tootoo was drafted by the Predators in 2001 and played his entire career in Nashville.
Meanwhile, the Predators reportedly made a substantial offer to free agent defenseman Ryan Suter on the first day of free agency Sunday. Agent Neil Sheehy tells the Tennessean Suter could make a decision as early as today. The Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild have reportedly all made offers for Suter’s services.
Champions Tour Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished 8th at the Constellation Players Championship Sunday. Perry fired a 68 Sunday finishing six strokes behind winner Joe Daley. Paducah’s Russ Cochran also had a 68 and tied for 30th at one under par.