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.
College Football: There’s four more bowl games on the schedule for this New Year’s Eve. The Advocare Bowl has Arizona facing Boston College, the Sun Bowl has 17th ranked UCLA going against Virginia Tech, Rice meets Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl and 21st ranked Texas A&M in what might by quarterback Johnny Manziel’s last game meeting 24th ranked Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville safety Calvin Pryor announced late Sunday night he will not return for his senior year. Pryor made the announcement via Instagram saying it was time to move on and that he enjoyed his time at U of L. Pryor had four interceptions and was second on the team with 54 tackles this season.
University of Texas athletics director Steve Peterson would like to have a new coach in place by January 15th. Two newspapers in the Lone Star state report the university has four primary candidates in mind, two of which are Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.
Meanwhile, Franklin’s name has also been linked according to a Pennsylvania newspaper to the potential opening at Penn State. Current coach Bill O’ Brien is rumored to be considered for an NFL opening.
Former NFL and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has found a new job. Tebow will begin work next week for ESPN on its coverage of the BCS title game and will become an analyst for the new SEC Network which debuts next August.
College Basketball: There’s a number of Top 25 teams in action today and tonight, including 10th ranked Louisville at Central Florida. The highest ranked team in action is 2nd ranked Syracuse who hosts Eastern Michigan.
NHL: The 2014 Winter Classic takes place tomorrow in Ann Arbor, MI. However, the site of the 2015 game may already be determined. Multiple reports indicate Nationals Park in Washington, DC will host the game. The Washington Capitals do not have an opponent for the game.
MLB: The Reds Hot Stove League program takes place this evening, beginning at 6:06 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Basketball: Ole Miss defeated Western Kentucky 79-74 behind 23 points from Marshall Henderson. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price who had a game high 26 points.
Austin Peay rolled over Dalton State 93-57 behind 24 points from Travis Betran, Tennessee defeated Virginia 87-52 and St. Louis defeated Vanderbilt 57-49.
Women’s action saw Ole Miss defeat Austin Peay 99-69, Murray State fell in its Ohio Valley Conference opener at Eastern Kentucky 86-72 and Vanderbilt defeated UAB 87-76.
Today’s games: 14th ranked Louisville plays at Central Florida.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced Monday junior Chane Behanan is no longer with the team. During a news conference, Pitino announced Behanan was dismissed for violation of university policy. Pitino declined to state what rule Behanan broke but expressed disappointment in him. Pitino added Behanan had two options-transfer to another school or begin working out for professional basketball.
Behanan had been reinstated a month ago from a 26 day suspension for violation of university policy. The Cincinnati junior who played the last two years of his high school career at Bowling Green High, was a key member to last year’s national championship team.
While we’re on the Cardinals, reports indicate Kevin Ware may declare this a redshirt year. Coach Rick Pitino did not say as such during Monday’s news conference but sources tell ESPN Ware may be leaning that way after reinjuring his right leg earlier this month. It’s the same leg he broke during last year’s NCAA tournament game against Duke.
Kentucky moved to 15th in this week’s Associated Press poll, which saw Louisville plunge to 14th following Saturday’s loss to the Wildcats. Arizona remains number one this week. The Wildcats were ranked 16th in the USA Today Coaches poll, with Louisville ranked 10th.
Kentucky freshman James Young was named the Southeastern Conference player of the week Monday. Young had 18 points and 10 rebounds in Kentucky’s win over Louisville. It’s the second time Young has received the honor this season.
College Football: During a Monday news conference previewing their game with Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl Saturday, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin didn’t make any commitments about whether he would be staying with the Commodores program, but he also didn’t sound like someone who would be leaving.
Meanwhile, two Texas newspapers report Franklin is one of four primary candidates the University of Texas is considering, along with Louisville’s Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown. Franklin’s name has also been linked with the Penn State job if Bill O’ Brien leaves for the NFL.
The Tennessean reports Western Kentucky picked up a commitment Sunday from Ensworth High running back D’Andre Ferby. The 6-1 227 pound Ferby rushed for 1,321 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior year, which included eight 100 yard games.
NHL: Colin Wilson recorded two goals and an assist as the Nashville Predators outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 at Bridgestone Arena. Mike Fisher added a goal and two helpers, while Craig Smith had a goal and an assist for the Preds, who have won two in-a-row on the heels of a five-game losing streak.
NFL: Four coaches have been fired thus far on what’s deemed “Black Monday”. The Minnesota Vikings announced the firing of head coach Leslie Frazier after four seasons. Frazier was 21-31-and-1 in four seasons, including a 5-10-and-1 record this season. Frazier had been with the Vikings since 2007. The Vikings allowed an NFL-high 480 points this year.
The Washington Redskins have fired head coach Mike Shanahan after four seasons. The Redskins were a disastrous 3-13 this year, closing the campaign with eight straight losses, following a surprising NFC East title in 2012. Shanahan's tenure in Washington ended with a mark of just 24-40.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the firing of coach Greg Schiano, along with general manager Mark Dominik. Schiano came to the Bucs from Rutgers and went 11-21 in two season in Tampa. Dominik spent two decades with the Buccaneers and had been general manager since 2009.
ESPN is also reporting Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz has been fired. Schwartz was 29-51 while with the Lions including a 7-9 mark this season after winning six of the first nine games. Schwartz had been the Lions head coach since 2009.
The NFL has acknowledged the San Diego Chargers should have been penalized on the final play of regulation against Kansas City Sunday. Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41 yard field goal with four seconds remaining, but the Chargers should have been penalized five yards for an illegal formation. The Chargers won the game 27-24 in overtime, sending them into the AFC playoffs and eliminating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s basketball game with Vanderbilt on January 11th at Memorial Gym will tip off at 2:30 local time, with pre game coverage beginning at 1 on Lite 98.7. The game will also be televised nationally by CBS.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are off until opening Southeastern Conference play with Mississippi State January 8th in Lexington.
Four games involving Top 25 teams are on tap for this evening. 7th ranked Oklahoma State welcomes Robert Morris, 12th ranked Baylor entertains Oral Roberts, 16th ranked Kansas hosts Toledo and 21st ranked Gonzaga hosts San Francisco.