High School Basketball: Even though the season has yet to start, the pairings for the Touchstone Energy All A State tournament to be held in Frankfort beginning January 29th have been announced.
Girls first round games on January 29th include the 2nd region meeting the 13th region, the 3rd region meets the 7th region, the 1st region meets the 8th region and the 4th region plays the 6th region.
Boys first round games on January 30th have the 2nd region meeting the 6th region, the 3rd region plays the 9th region, the 1st region meets 10th region and the 4th region plays the 15th region.
College Basketball: Third ranked Kentucky rallied to defeat Cleveland State in Rupp Arena last night 68-61. The Wildcats trailed most of the game and were down by 10 with seven minutes to go. Freshmen Aaron and Andrew Harrison scored 13 of Kentucky’s last 24 points and the Wildcats held Cleveland State to just two field goals in the last eight minutes.
Freshman Julius Randle had his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Kentucky is now 5-1 on the season and hosts Eastern Michigan tomorrow afternoon at 3 Hopkinsville time, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other action last night saw Vanderbilt defeat Loyola Marymount 77-68. The Commodores are now 4-2 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky plays at Marshall, with pre game coverage beginning at 5:30 on News/Talk WHOP. Also this evening, Murray State hosts Middle Tennessee.
Women’s action includes Murray State hosting Kennesaw State.
Kentucky is ranked third in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and 4th in the USA Today Coaches poll which both came out Monday. Michigan State remains number one in both polls, with Louisville ranked 9th in both polls this week.
College Football: Two Western Kentucky players were honored Monday by the Sun Belt Conference. Former Fort Campbell standout Antonio Andrews was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Andrews had 226 all purpose yards, including 204 yards rushing and three touchdowns in WKU’s win at Texas State.
Meanwhile, junior defensive back Cam Thomas was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Thomas had two of the four interceptions WKU forced in the win at Texas State. WKU closes out the regular season Saturday hosting Arkansas State in a game you can hear beginning at 2 pm on News/Talk WHOP.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced Monday senior running back Raymond Sanders will not play against Tennessee Saturday for a violation of team rules. Several media outlets reported late last week Sanders had been dismissed from the team, which proved to be false.
When asked if Sanders would be allowed to participate in Senior Day activities, Coach Stoops said he hasn’t decided if he will allow Sanders to do so. You can hear Saturday’s season finale beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
A reminder Coach Stoops will have his call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Coach John Calipari at 6 on Lite 98.7, with the Cats Pause call in show at 8:30 on News/Talk WHOP just before the Reds Hot Stove League show which will air at 9:06 this evening also on News/Talk WHOP.
Plans were unveiled Monday for the renovation of the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium. Seating will be reduced from the current 67,000 to 61,000 which will include a mezzanine club level and a field club level.
Athletics director Mitch Barnhart calls the $110 million project something he hopes will make Commonwealth Stadium more fan friendly and provide an intimate atmosphere in which to watch football. Construction work will begin following Saturday’s regular season final game against Tennessee.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced Monday freshman Joshua Dobbs will start at quarterback in the team’s finale Saturday at Kentucky, despite a lackluster performance in the Vols loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday.
NFL: Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin was suspended for a game Monday by the NFL for repeat violation of safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck areas of defenseless players.
Griffin was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty in Sunday’s win over Oakland when he hit Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera in the head and neck area. Griffin apologized to the Titans and to Rivera for the hit on Monday,
NHL: The Nashville Predators got three of their four goals in the first period of a 4-2 win over Phoenix last night. Nick Spaling, Gabriel Bourque and Mike Fisher all lit the lamp in the win. The Predators return to action tomorrow night at Columbus in a game you can hear at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.