JULY 19, 2018

Three Kentucky football players are on preseason watch lists for national awards. Safety Mike Edwards and linebacker Josh Allen are each in running for the Bednarik Award. Running back Benny Snell is up for both the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards.

A documentary on former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen will air Sunday on ESPN. The special chronicles the weight-loss journey of the “Hefty Lefty”. The 37-year-old weighed as much as 300 pounds while quarterbacking the Wildcats between 2000-and-2003 and reached 500 pounds after his playing career.

New Tennessee Vols head football coach Jeremy Pruitt has high praise for his boss. During the SEC Football Media Days in Atlanta yesterday, Pruitt said Phil Fulmer is an ideal athletic director. He said if he could pick anyone to be the AD it would be Fulmer. Pruitt also said he’s not worried about the program’s past. UT’s first game of the season is September 1st in Charlotte against West Virginia…Missouri head football coach Barry Odom won’t be calling the team’s defensive plays this season. He said that he’ll relinquish those duties this season to defensive coordinator and secondary coach Ryan Walters. Odom has called defensive plays since mid-2016.

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White has named Gerald Harrison as Austin Peay’s next athletics director. Harrison is Duke University’s senior associate director of athletics/internal affairs. Since 2008, Harrison has served in various capacities within Duke University’s athletic department. Additionally, Harrison served from 2001-07 with the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Harrison will begin his new role on August 15. The University is planning a public event for July 30 to introduce Harrison to the community. Additional details will be provided later this week.

The All-Star break is over for the Cardinals. They open the second half of the season tonight against the Cubs in Chicago. It’s the start of a five-game series that includes a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Carlos Martinez starts the opener for St. Louis. Chicago counters with Kyle Hendricks. The Cardinals have a chance to gain ground in the NL Central right out of the gate as they begin the second half. They enter play tonight third in the division at 48-and-46, seven-and-a-half games behind the first-place Cubs. The Brewers are alone in second place, two-and-a-half games off the pace. Airtime for tonight’s 6:05 game is at 5:10 on 1340 WNBS.

The Cardinals will have pitcher Matt Bowman in the bullpen for their series in Chicago. He’s been recalled from Triple-A Memphis to help fill the void of Miles Mikolas, who’s been placed on the paternity list. Bowman is 0-and-2 with a 5.75 ERA with St. Louis.

Triple-A Memphis was rained out last night at home against Iowa. The teams will make that up tonight as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. The Redbirds have won eight of their last nine game and lead the PCL American Southern at 61-and-35, 14-and-a-half games ahead of Nashville…The Louisville Bats beat the Red Wings 2-0 in Rochester. Homer Bailey fired seven shutout innings and Phillip Ervin plated both runs. The Bats visit Syracuse tonight… The Nashville Sounds fell to the Storm Chasers, 2-0, at home. They managed just four hits and will get a rematch tonight.

The 45th Annual DUST BOWL Basketball Tournament is scheduled to get underway tomorrow in Owensboro. The three-day tournament features 12 divisions from men to third and fourth grade and under boys and girls. Besides basketball, the event also includes music, Gospel Night, Kids’ Day, and community service recognition. The tournament was started by former Owensboro High star, and one-time Chicago Bulls draft pick, Jerry Davenport.

Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans says he’ll continue to protest during the National Anthem this season by raising a fist, despite a rule put in place by the NFL. In May, the NFL passed a policy that requires players to stand during the National Anthem. It was a response to some players kneeling during the anthem to call attention to police brutality and racial inequality. The NFL players union has filed a grievance against the policy, saying it infringes on the rights of players.

Rookies report to training camp on Sunday for the Tennessee Titans. Veterans are due by next Wednesday. The Titans are hosting camp at the Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville. The preseason kicks off on August 9th on the road versus Green Bay.

Kawhi Leonard is finally leaving San Antonio. The Spurs traded Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto on Wednesday for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a first-round draft pick. Leonard has one year left on his contract, but forced a deal after making it known he wanted out of San Antonio.

It’s going to be pricey to get a hotel room in Nashville the weekend of the 2019 NFL Draft, if you can find one. The Omni, Hilton and Cambria downtown don’t have any rooms left for April 26th and 27th. Opryland is charging close to a grand for that weekend and the Thompson Hotel is getting 15-hundred dollars to stay there. The Rock n’ Roll Marathon is also scheduled for that weekend and the Predators will likely be in the playoffs.

Orioles All-Star shortstop Manny Machado is heading west. Baltimore has completed a deal that sends the 26-year-old to the Los Angeles Dodgers for five prospects. Outfielder Yusniel Diaz, ranked LA’s fourth best prospect by MLB Pipeline, is the main piece going to the Birds. Machado will be a free agent after this season.

Major League Baseball is requiring Brewers All-Star pitcher Josh Hader to go through sensitivity training. It comes after some old racist and sexist tweets by Hader resurfaced during Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Milwaukee GM David Stearns said in a statement the team would continue to work through the issue with the left-hander.


No Games Scheduled (All-Star Break)

Seattle Storm 101, Chicago Sky 83
Minnesota Lynx 89, Indiana Fever 65

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
7:00 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

MLB American League
No Games Scheduled

MLB Interleague
No Games Scheduled

7:00 p.m. – New York Liberty at Atlanta Dream
8:00 p.m. – Washington Mystics at Dallas Wings
10:00 p.m. – Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury

The Open Championship (at Carnoustie, Scotland)