High School Football
Bluegrass Preps.com has released its weekly polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green is first, Warren Central 3rd, Christian County 7th and Graves County 9th.
Class 3-A: Louisville Central is number one, with Fort Campbell 5th and Paducah Tilghman 6th.
Class 2-A: Owensboro Catholic first this week, with Murray High 6th and Caldwell County 7th.
Class A: Mayfield number one, with Russellville 7th.
Class 4-A: Highlands first, with Lone Oak 9th and Warren East 10th.
Class 6-A: Trinity on top with Henderson County 6th.
The opening round of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl gets underway tomorrow night. High School Football presented by O’ Charley’s has Hopkinsville at Warren Central, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and Christian County hosts Greenwood, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7.
OVL Baseball: The Kentucky New Era reports there is possible expansion going on in the Ohio Valley League. The league website for several days has had a posting asking for general manager candidates for teams in three cities.
League president Gordon Guess says there is the possibility of a team in Indiana joining the league next season, but declined to name the city. A team from Union City, Tennessee had also shown interest, but Guess said a disagreement between the team and the city will likely keep the team from coming.
The league currently has teams in Hopkinsville, Marion, Fulton, Owensboro and Madisonville.
College Basketball: Pre season third ranked and defending national champion Kentucky opens exhibition play this evening against the NAIA Northwood Seahawks in Rupp Arena. Northwood played its first exhibition game earlier this week, losing to Michigan State 85-57. Tip off at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Second ranked Louisville also opens exhibition play this evening, hosting Pikeville University. Coach Rick Pitino’s Cardinals will be without Kevin Ware and Chane Behanan who are serving suspensions this evening. Tip off at 6 at the KFC Yum Center.
College Football: Rivals Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee meet in Sun Belt action in Bowling Green this evening. The teams along with Arkansas State are 3-1 in Sun Belt play, with the winner tonight to move into second place.
The game also has bowl implications, though WKU is bowl eligible, a win moves them to seven for the season. Middle Tennessee becomes bowl eligible with a win this evening. Kickoff for the nationally televised game on ESPN U is at 8:15.
Other games of note tonight have Virginia Tech at Miami and Washington at California.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said earlier this week the football program is not where they want it. Barnhart made the comments while speaking Tuesday to a group in Louisville. Barnhart also told the group he thinks the world of coach Joker Phillips and said the school has to figure out the football piece and get it going in the right direction.
Barnhart has denied several media requests through a UK spokesman to talk about the football program’s future.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans boosted their offensive line numbers Wednesday by signing veteran guard/center Kyle DeVan. DeVan signed with the Titans in June, but was waived in the final roster cuts. He has played in 36 games over the last three seasons in Indianapolis and Philadelphia.
The NFL weekend begins tonight with an AFC West showdown between Kansas City and San Diego, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.