Top OVC athletes
to recieve honors
Southeast Missouri State senior catcher Jim Klocke was selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year, while Eastern Illinois University senior Kandace Arnold was named league’s Female Athlete of the Year.
The two winners will receive their awards at the annual Honors Luncheon Friday in Nashville.
Klocke capped a brilliant four-year career this season, earning first-team All-OVC honors for the third straight season after leading Southeast Missouri State to 30 victories for the eighth time in the past 16 years.
Arnold had a dominant year as a field athlete, rewriting the Eastern Illinois record books and winning OVC Championships.
UT Martin football player Joe Gibbs, who signed with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday, was nominated for the male award, while Skyhawk softball player Megan Williams was in the running for the female trophy.
Cal donates big $
to Memphis charity
MEMPHIS (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari has donated $1 million to the Streets Ministries organization in Memphis where he once coached.
The money is payable over five years to the group, which works to help underprivileged children in Memphis.
According to The Commercial Appeal, the money comes with no restrictions on its use.
Calipari said in a statement that he and his wife are constantly looking for alliances that serve their mission of helping underprivileged children in both Kentucky and Memphis.
Calipari coached Memphis from 2000 until leaving for Kentucky a year ago.
Cards minus McGwire
for 2nd straight game
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire missed his second straight game, a day after his wife gave birth to triplets.
Manager Tony La Russa said Wednesday he had talked with McGwire, who reported good health for his wife, Stephanie, and three infant daughters who had yet to be named.
McGwire has two other young children with his second wife, and La Russa said he has enough to do right now.
St. Louis defeated Cincinnati 4-1 on Wednesday
The Cardinals have a day off today and La Russa indicated McGwire would be back Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Brewers.
Mike Aldrete, the team’s second hitting coach, again took on added responsibilities for the finale of a three-game series against the Reds.
Ex-Lady Vol Alexis
suspended for DWI
NEW YORK (AP) — Tulsa Shock guard and former Tennessee star Alexis Hornbuckle has been suspended for two games by the WNBA on Wednesday, a day after pleading guilty to a charge for driving while impaired by alcohol.
The incident took place last year in Detroit, where the Shock played in nearby Auburn Hills, Mich.
The team moved to Tulsa in the offseason.
Hornbuckle will miss the Shock’s games against Minnesota on Friday and at Chicago on Saturday.