High School Basketball: KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett announced Thursday the 4th region basketball tournaments will not be played this season in EA Diddle Arena at Western Kentucky University. The ruling came after the 17 region schools could not decide whether to play the games in Diddle Arena or play at high school sites.
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, schools failed to get a majority vote three different times over the summer to play the games at WKU. 12 votes were required for a majority vote, but each time only 11 votes in favor of playing at WKU were received.
The boys tournament will be held at Barren County High School March 5-6 and 10-11, with the girls tournament at Allen County Scottsville March 3-4 and 7-8.
NFL: Reports out of Nashville indicate Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak and general manager Ruston Webster are meeting today with new Titans president/CEO Tommy Smith. The Tennessean reports Munchak and Webster have been meeting throughout this week to talk about the Titans plan going forward.
College Football: There’s two more bowl games on the schedule this evening. Former Big 12 rivals are set to collide in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium, as ninth- ranked Missouri takes on 13th-ranked Oklahoma State. Also this evening, 7th ranked Ohio State clashes with number 12 Clemson in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.
Kentucky Sports Radio reports high school recruit Travonte Valentine, who committed to the University of Miami last May, has decided to not take his official visit to Alabama January 24th and visit Kentucky instead.
New friendships with signee Drew Barker and others and a phone call from the Kentucky coaches have the defensive tackle looking at the Wildcat program. Valentine is the 56th ranked player in the nation according to 247 sports.com.
College Basketball: One Top 25 game this evening has 11th ranked Baylor hosting Savannah State.
PGA Tour: The opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tees off today at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion of the event that goes through Monday.
High School Basketball-Thursday scores
Boys: Greenwood defeated Green County 74-52 at the National Guard Holiday Classic at Larue County.
Girls: St. Mary rolled over Carlisle County 65-31.
Boys: Third ranked Hopkinsville faces Dunbar in the First Security Bank of Kentucky New Year’s Bash at Muhlenberg County. Tip off at 6:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com. The other game has host Muhlenberg County meeting McCracken County.
Other games have Logan County hosting Russellville, Trigg County at Lyon County, Bowling Green hosts South Warren, Henderson County goes to Ohio County, Crittenden County at Livingston Central, Paducah Tilghman hosts Graves County.
Girls: Christian County meets South Oldham in the Bluegrass Cellular Holiday Classic at Central Hardin, Hopkinsville travels to Calloway County, Dawson Springs welcomes Caldwell County, Logan County entertains Russellville, Trigg County at Lyon County, Bowling Green hosts South Warren, Webster County goes to McLean County, Union County hosts Henderson County, Crittenden County at Livingston Central, Murray entertains Marshall County, Paducah Tilghman hosts Graves County.
High School Football: Bowling Green High’s Narcarius Fant was named Kentucky Mr. Football Thursday. Fant finished the season with 83 receptions for 1,699 yards and 24 touchdowns in leading the Purples to their third consecutive Class 5-A championship and a 44 game winning streak.
In addition, Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace was named Associated Press Coach of the Year.
College Basketball: Chris Harrison-Docks made a running shot with 4.3 seconds left to lift Western Kentucky to a 58-56 win at South Alabama. TJ Price led the Hilltoppers in scoring with 19 points. WKU plays at Troy tomorrow, with pre game coverage at 11:30 am on News/Talk WHOP.
Chris Horton set an Austin Peay record with eight blocked shots and added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Governors defeated UT Martin 81-68 in their OVC opener. Austin Peay hosts Southeast Missouri Saturday evening at the Dunn Center.
Murray State defeated Southeast Missouri 82-75 in its OVC opener. Freshman Cameron Payne had a career high 23 points, with Jarvis Williams scoring 16 points and having a career high 18 rebounds, which is also a record for the CFSB Center. The Racers host UT Martin Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates did not score in Manhattan’s 74-62 win over St. Peter’s.
Women’s scores: 6th ranked Kentucky defeated Alabama 85-63, 16th rated LSU upset 5th ranked Tennessee 80-77 and Vanderbilt upset 19th ranked Georgia 66-58.
The Courier Journal reports former Louisville player Chane Behanan is headed to Houston to work with former NBA player and coach John Lucas before determining the next step in his playing career. Behanan was dismissed from the team earlier this week after a second violation of university policy.
College Football: University of Louisville wide receiver Devante Parker has announced he will return for his senior season. The Louisville native caught 55 passes for a team high 885 yards and a school record tying 12 touchdowns in leading the Cardinals this season.
NHL: The Nashville Predators saw their two game winning streak end last night in Boston as the Bruins took a 3-2 overtime victory. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night at the Florida Panthers, with coverage at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Basketball: There are six games involving Top 25 teams this evening. Top ranked Arizona hosts Washington State, 5th ranked Wisconsin is at Northwestern, 7th ranked Wichita State plays at Southern Illinois, 10th ranked Oregon goes to Utah, 21st rated Gonzaga hosts St. Mary’s and 24th ranked Colorado welcomes Oregon State.
College Football: The 80th edition of the Sugar Bowl features two premier programs this evening in New Orleans, as the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide take on 11th rated Oklahoma at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
The Crimson Tide's bid for a third straight national title was dashed with a heartbreaking 34-28 loss to Auburn in their regular-season finale. Oklahoma, meanwhile, is making its 47th bowl appearance following a 10-2 campaign.
Penn State officially has an opening for a new coach. A news release from the school this morning says Bill O’ Brien is resigning to become the new coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans. O’Brien spent the last two years as coach of the Nittany Lions and compiled a 15-9 record.
The Detroit Free Press reports Michigan State intends to make Coach Mark Dantonio one of the three highest paid coaches in the Big 10. A text from athletics director Mark Hollis indicated as such before the Spartans Rose Bowl win over Stanford on New Year’s Day. Dantonio’s name has been linked with the Texas job opening, but he said following last night’s win his intentions are to be with Michigan State next season.
NFL: ESPN citing sources says Lovie Smith will become the new coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sources say Smith will sign a four year deal which will net him in excess of $5 million a season. Smith did not coach this season after spending eight seasons as the head coach of the Chicago Bears.
NFL.com reports the Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven year deal through 2020. Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Cutler was set to become an unrestricted free agent.
High School Basketball
Boys: Todd Central meets host Adair County at the Lindsey Wilson College Holiday Classic.
Girls: St. Mary travels to Carlisle County.
Bluegrass Preps.com has released its weekly polls. Hopkinsville is ranked third in this week’s Boys Top 20 poll, which has Ballard first. Bowling Green is ranked 18th and Graves County is 19th.
On the girls side, Henderson County is 8th and Marshall County is 19th this week, with Elizabethtown ranked number one.
College Basketball: Women’s action saw Western Kentucky fall in Sun Belt Conference action to South Alabama 74-65.
7th ranked Louisville defeated Temple 77-68 to collect its seventh straight win.
Today’s games: Western Kentucky opens Sun Belt Conference action at South Alabama, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Murray State and Austin Peay both open Ohio Valley Conference action this evening, with the Governors facing UT Martin, while the Racers host Southeast Missouri. Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates leads Manhattan against St. Peter’s.
Women’s action has 6th ranked Kentucky opening Southeastern Conference action against Alabama, with 5th ranked Tennessee meeting 16th ranked LSU and Vanderbilt takes on 19th ranked Georgia.
College Football: University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater announced New Year’s Day his intentions to forego his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Bridgewater threw for 3,970 yards and a school record 31 touchdowns this season.
He ended his Louisville career with a career best 447 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals 36-9 win over Miami in the Russell Athletics Bowl. Bridgewater is a projected first round pick and could be the first quarterback taken in the 2014 draft.
The Austin American Statesman reports sources as saying Louisville coach Charlie Strong contacted current University of Texas assistants following his interview Tuesday to see what kind of staff he could piece together. Meanwhile, the Courier Journal reports U of L athletics officials are not commenting about Strong’s interview. Strong is one of a handful of candidates Texas is considering to replace Mack Brown.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams has been contacted by several schools and even NFL teams concerning coach James Franklin. However, he would not say whom has contacted the school. There’s been much speculation Franklin is being considered for the Texas and Penn State jobs.
NHL: The Nashville Predators seek their third win in as many games as they meet the Boston Bruins. First puck in Beantown drops at 6 pm.
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College Basketball: 10th ranked Louisville got 24 points and nine assists from Russ Smith in defeating Central Florida 90-65 in its American Athletic Conference opener Tuesday. The Cardinals got 16 points from Luke Hancock and 15 points and eight rebounds from Montrezl Harrell in improving to 12-2 and 1-0 in conference play.
Today’s games: Women’s action has Western Kentucky opening Sun Belt Conference action at South Alabama and 7th ranked Louisville meets Temple.
College Football: The Courier Journal is citing a report on a Rivals.com website that indicates University of Louisville Coach Charlie Strong was interviewed Tuesday by University of Texas athletics director Steve Patterson. Strong was identified as one of four primary candidates the school is considering to replace Mack Brown. One of the other candidates is Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill and senior linebacker Roderic Blunt both offered apologies Tuesday for the latter’s play in Monday’s 24-6 loss in the Armed Forces Bowl against Navy. Blunt was ejected early in the fourth quarter for his second unsportsmanlike penalty. ESPN replays showed Blunt apparently tried to gouge the eyes of Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, a sophomore out of Goodpasture High School in Nashville.
It's a football-filled holiday with six bowl games on New Year's Day. The action begins with Nebraska going up against Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Elsewhere, UNLV takes on North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Iowa faces LSU in the Outback Bowl, South Carolina clashes with Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl and Stanford meets Michigan State in the Rose Bowl. Baylor battles Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl tonight.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher will be sticking around Tallahassee. Fisher has signed a new five-year contract that will keep him with the Seminoles through 2018. ESPN reports the deal is worth 21-million-dollars. Fisher had been considered a possible candidate to replace the outgoing Mack Brown at Texas.
NFL: The Houston Texans have found their new head coach. ESPN reports that Houston will hire Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien to take over. Houston closed the year losing its final 14 games to finish 2-and-14 and will have the top pick in the NFL Draft. O'Brien spent the last two seasons at Penn State after previously working as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
NHL: After a one-year hiatus due to the lockout, the NHL's Winter Classic makes its return on New Year's Day. This season's annual outdoor contest features Original Six opponents as the Detroit Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. More than 100-thousand fans are expected at the home of college football's Wolverines.