High School Basketball
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association cancelled all girls regional semi final games across the Commonwealth Friday night because of the severe weather which ripped through parts of the state. Semi final games will be played today across the area, with one region playing both its girls and boys tournaments semi finals today.
2nd region at Christian County: Livingston Central meets Webster County at 6, with Hopkinsville and Henderson County in the nighcap. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Tonight's winners will play for the regional championship at 3 pm Sunday.
4th region at WKU: Todd Central plays Glasgow at 4, with Bowling Green and Monroe County to play at 6. The winners will play in the championship game Sunday at 3 pm.
1st region at Murray State: Lone Oak plays Marshall County at 6, followed by Murray High and Paducah Tilghman. The winners will meet Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
3rd region at Owensboro Sportscenter: Both the boys and girls will conclude their tournaments today.
Girls: Hancock County plays Grayson County at noon, with Daviess County meeting Muhlenberg County at 1:45. The final will be played Sunday evening at 6.
Boys: Daviess County plays Muhlenberg County at 6, with Meade County and Apollo at 7:45. The final will be played Monday at 7 pm.
Heritage Christian Academy's boys basketball team was to play in the KCAA State Tournament at Georgetown College Friday, however it was also a victim of the severe weather. The Warriors will face Community Christian at 10 am and would play in the semi finals at 7 this evening if they win this morning.
Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors will play Lakeside Christian at 4 this afternoon in the girls semi finals. Both state championship games are set for Monday, 4:30 pm for the girls and 6:30 pm for the boys at an undetermined location. HCA Athletics Director David Taylor says the sites will be determined depending upon who wins today and some other factors.
The 9th ranked Murray State Racers are in the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Nashville this afternoon after defeating Tennessee Tech 78-58 in semi final action Friday night. Donte Poole had 25 to lead the Racers, who improved to 29-1 on the season. Tennessee State defeated Morehead State in the other semifinal game 59-52.
Murray State and TSU will meet for the third time this season in this afternoon's championship game. The Tigers handed the Racers their only loss of the season. You can hear the game with pre game coverage at 12:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Women's: Murray State saw its run in the OVC tournament end Friday, falling to top seed UT Martin 102-77 while Tennessee Tech defeated Eastern Illinois 81-72 in overtime. UT Martin and Tech play in the championship game later this afternoon.
SEC Women's: Kentucky and Tennessee were both winners Friday, with UK edging Florida 71-67, while UT defeated Vanderbilt 67-58. Kentucky plays LSU at 3 this afternoon, while Tennessee plays South Carolina at 5 in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Elsewhere today: 19th ranked Louisville meets 2nd ranked Syracuse, Siena meets Manhattan. In the SEC: Vanderbilt meets Tennessee and LSU meets Auburn.
Sun Belt Tournament: Western Kentucky's Lady Toppers meet Louisana Monroe this afternoon in Hot Springs, Arkansas while the Hilltoppers play Florida International this evening.
Austin Peay has announced Jason Palermo has been named the new offensive line coach. Palermo replaces Tyler Trent who recently resigned the job. Palermo is the son of John Palermo, who was Governors head coach in 1990. Palermo was the tight ends and offensive tackles coach at Southern University the last two seasons.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening at the Florida Panthers, with first puck dropping at 6:30.
The Tennessean reports time is running out before Tennessee Titans cornerback Courtland Finnegan becomes a free agent. The status is apparently the same as it has been, with the Titans having no plans to place the franchise tag on Finnegan and no long term contract is in the works. Finnegan can become a free agent March 13th.
Franklin's Kenny Perry and former UK golfer JB Holmes are both at even par heading into the third round of The Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Tom Gillis and Justin Rose are the co leaders at eight under par, with Rory McElroy one stroke back.