High School Football: A couple of Western Kentucky teams will be advancing to next week’s Russell Athletics-Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Western Kentucky University.
Two time defending Class 5-A state champion Bowling Green built an early lead on John Hardin and led 27-14 in the third quarter before the Bulldogs rallied to take a 28-27 lead. The Purples then got a late score to win the game 33-27 to win for the 43rd consecutive game.
Bowling Green will meet Pulaski County for the 5-A state championship next Saturday night.
Defending Class A champion Mayfield moved to next week’s championship game with a 35-7 victory over Frankfort. The Cardinals-who are making their fifth consecutive appearance in the Class A title game- will face Williamsburg next Friday afternoon.
Elsewhere last night: Murray lost to DeSales 38-0 in Class 2-A semifinal action, Wayne County defeated Paducah Tilghman 34-10 in Class 3-A play and Collins High defeated Owensboro 50-14 in a Class 4-A semi final game.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey Jr. led LSU in scoring with 20 points, but the Tigers lost to 21st ranked Memphis 76-69 in the Old Spice Classic. LSU is now 4-2 on the season and will face Butler in the 3rd place game Sunday afternoon.
Tennessee defeated Xavier 64-49 in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Jarnell Stokes led the Volunteers in scoring with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Tennessee is now 4-2 and avenged a loss to the Musketeers from a couple of weeks ago.
9th ranked Louisville rolled to an easy 69-38 win over Southern Miss. The 6-1 Cardinals were led in scoring by Chris Jones with 18 points.
Women’s action saw 3rd ranked Tennessee defeat SMU 87-47 at the Junkaroo Jam in the Bahamas and Vanderbilt was an 88-66 winner over Elon in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Classic.
Top 25 men’s action saw top ranked Michigan State defeat Mount St. Mary’s 98-65, second ranked Kansas lost to Villanova 63-59, 6th ranked Arizona defeated 4th ranked Duke 72-66, 5th ranked Oklahoma State edged Butler 69-67, 7th ranked Ohio State rolled over North Florida 99-64.
14th ranked Oregon defeated Pacific 85-62, 15th ranked Florida nipped Florida State 67-66, 20th ranked Creighton lost to San Diego State 86-80, 22nd ranked Michigan defeated Coppin State 87-45, 23rd ranked Iowa cruised to a 89-53 win over UTEP and 25th ranked Marquette rolled to a 76-60 win over George Washington.
Today’s games: Western Kentucky hosts Eastern Illinois in Bowling Green this evening, with pre game coverage at 7:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Other games have Murray State at St. Mary’s, Austin Peay goes to Youngstown State, Tennessee meets Wake Forest in the 5th place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Women’s action has Austin Peay hosting Central Arkansas, Murray State is at Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt meets Wisconsin in the finals of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Classic.
Both University of Kentucky basketball teams are in action tomorrow. The 7th ranked Kentucky women host 4th ranked Louisville in a game you can hear at 11:45 am on News/Talk WHOP and 4th ranked Kentucky plays Providence in Brooklyn, NY in a game you can hear at 6 pm on Lite 98.7.
University of Louisville athletic officials have determined following an investigation that forward Chane Behanan had nothing to do with the disappearance of his 2012 Final Four ring. The ring showed up on a sports memorabilia auction site earlier this week. Behanan said he was unaware that the ring was missing until he found out on social media.
Behanan’s mother-Heaven Warren-said earlier this week her son had given the ring to his grandmother last year and that she didn’t know it was missing until seeing it on the auction website Tuesday. Bidding on the ring was stopped Wednesday and the ring is expected to be returned to Behanan.
College Football: Kentucky wants to send its seniors out with a victory this evening as they meet Tennessee at Commonwealth Stadium, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere today, Vanderbilt steps out of the Southeastern Conference and meets Wake Forest, while Western Kentucky attempts to close the season with a victory over Arkansas State in Bowling Green, with pre game coverage at 2 on News/Talk WHOP.
Top 25 games Friday saw number 12 Oregon edge Oregon State 36-35, number 17 LSU got by Arkansas 31-27, San Jose State defeated 16th ranked Fresno State in a high scoring affair 62-52 and 19th ranked Central Florida squeezed by South Florida 23-20.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans will be without wide receiver Damian Williams and tight end Craig Stevens when they face the Indianapolis Colts tomorrow. Williams is not playing for the third straight week due to a hip injury, while Stevens suffered a concussion in last week’s win at Oakland.
The Titans will also be without safety Michael Griffin, who is facing a one game suspension due to a hit in last Sunday’s game at Oakland on Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera. Kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium is at noon.
The NFL game of the week on News/Talk WHOP tomorrow has the San Francisco 49ers hosting the St. Louis Rams, with coverage beginning at 2:45 pm.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look to bounce back from a Thanksgiving night 3-0 shutout by the Edmonton Oilers as they host the Philadelphia Flyers in Bridgestone Arena this evening. First puck drops at 7 pm.
MLB: The San Francisco Giants and pitcher Ryan Voglesong have agreed to a one year contract. The deal is pending a physical which is expected to take place next week. Voglesong was 4-6 with a 5.73 earned run average in 19 starts during an injury shortened 2013 season.
Ted Lilly announced his retirement after 15 big league seasons Friday. The 37 year old left hander has battled shoulder and back problems and had planned to pitch winter ball in Venezuela to try and regain his form.
Lilly pitched for the National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers this past season going 0-2 with a 5.09 earned run average in five starts. Lilly won 130 games in his big league career.