College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening include 5th ranked Michigan State hosting North Florida, 7th ranked Oklahoma State welcoming Delaware State, 9th ranked Wichita State at Alabama, 11th ranked Oregon hosts Cal-Irvine and 14th ranked Memphis meets 17th ranked Florida in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
College Football: Kentucky Sports Radio indicates on its website that Kentucky will get another signee for 2014 Wednesday. Four star junior college defensive tackle Cory Johnson plans to sign with the Wildcats. Johnson had committed to Kentucky last July.
MLB: Join Marty and Thom Brennaman for the Reds Hot Stove League program at 6:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP.
Following Robinson Cano's departure to Seattle, the New York Yankees may have found their replacement at second base in former Baltimore Orioles star Brian Roberts. Reports indicate the Yankees and the 36-year-old veteran have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million plus incentives.
Roberts has spent his entire 13-year career in Baltimore, but has struggled with injuries since his last full season of 2009. He played 77 games last year and hit .249 with eight homers and 39 RBI.
High School Basketball-Monday’s scores
Girls: Murray defeated Hopkinsville 56-34, Lyon County rolled over Dawson Springs 61-23, Edmonson County over Russellville 78-33, Butler County defeated Greenwood 54-41, McLean County edged Logan County 77-70, Henderson County defeated Webster County 55-28, Union County over Crittenden County 72-30, Graves County defeated Ballard Memorial 73-57, McCracken County over Community Christian 82-60.
Boys: Trigg County routed Fort Campbell 90-53, Butler County over Todd Central 74-62, Lyon County defeated Dawson Springs 65-34, Union County over Crittenden County 45-34, Marshall County over Carlisle County 68-36, McCracken County routed Community Christian 77-37.
Boys: University Heights travels to Henderson County, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other action has Christian County at Owensboro, Todd Central hosts Warren East, Logan County hosts Glasgow, Russellville goes to Allen County Scottsville, Trigg County welcomes Lyon County, Dawson Springs entertains Crittenden County, Bowling Green at Franklin Simpson, Greenwood is at Daviess County, Muhlenberg County travels to Ohio County, Livingston Central hosts Ballard Memorial, McCracken County is at Mayfield.
Girls: Hopkinsville entertains Crittenden County, Christian County is at Owensboro, University Heights travels to Caldwell County, Fort Campbell goes to Marshall County, Logan County hosts Glasgow, Todd Central at Bowling Green, Trigg County hosts Lyon County, Madisonville travels to Hopkins Central.
Muhlenberg County is at Ohio County, Henderson County at Evansville North, Union County welcomes Apollo, South Warren hosts Butler County, Franklin Simpson is at Allen County Scottsville, Livingston Central welcomes Ballard Memorial and McCracken County at Mayfield.
Bluegrass Preps.com released its weekly polls Monday. Hopkinsville is ranked second in the latest boys rankings, with Warren Central ranked 7th and Henderson County ranked 15th. Ballard is the number one team this week.
On the girls side, Henderson County is ninth this week, with Marshall County ranked 19th. Elizabethtown is ranked number one.
Golf: Princeton’s Emma Talley has been selected as one of 14 golfers to play practice rounds next month for the possibility of being on the USA Curtis Cup team. Talley was invited to try out based on winning the 2013 US Women’s Amateur. The practice rounds will begin January 31st at Champions Golf Club in Houston.
Eight golfers will be chosen for the Curtis Cup team. That event will be held next June in St. Louis at the St. Louis Country Club.
College Basketball: 6th ranked Louisville is in action this evening hosting Missouri State, while Murray State entertains Southern Illinois and Austin Peay plays at Vanderbilt. Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan play at South Carolina.
Women’s action has 3rd ranked Tennessee meeting Tennessee State and 7th ranked Louisville plays Ball State.
Kentucky took a nose dive in both major polls Monday. The Wildcats dropped to 19th in the Associated Press poll and 21st in the USA Today poll. Louisville is ranked 6th in the AP poll and third in the USA Today poll. Arizona was number one again this week in both polls.
Two Austin Peay players won Ohio Valley Conference weekly honors Monday. Chris Horton was named the OVC player of the Week and Jarekious Bradley was named the Newcomer of the Week.
College Football: Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is taking more time to think about his decision about whether to return for his senior year. The signal-caller says he will decide after the Cardinals' bowl game appearance against Miami in the Russell Athletics Bowl if he will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Some rate Bridgewater as the top QB in the draft.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta Samuels will miss the Commodores bowl appearance against Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl January 4th in Birmingham. Samuels played three games with a partial ACL tear in his left knee, including the Commodores 14-10 win over Tennessee. Samuels had surgery following the final regular season game.
Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart says despite a losing record, he has more confidence in Coach Butch Jones than when he hired him a year ago. Hart says Jones has changed the culture around the Volunteers program, despite going 5-7 as did Derek Dooley in his final season as Vols coach.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look to keep their winning streak rolling as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks this evening. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops at 7 pm.
High School Basketball: Bluegrass Preps.com has released its weekly girls basketball poll. Henderson County is ninth this week, with Marshall County ranked 19th. Elizabethtown is ranked number one.
Hopkinsville is ranked second in the latest boys rankings, with Warren Central ranked 7th and Henderson County ranked 15th. Ballard is the number one team this week.
Golf: Former Caldwell County standout Emma Talley has been selected to tryout to make the USA Curtis Cup team in 2014. The University of Alabama sophomore is one of 14 golfers that will play next month at Champions Golf Club in Houston.
The eight players to be selected for the team will play in the Curtis Cup match June 6-8 at St. Louis Country Club to be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Talley earned her invitation by winning the 2013 US Women’s Amateur.
NFL: The new Tennessee Titans president and CEO says he will wait until season’s end before determining what changes need to be made. Tommy Smith—the son in law of late owner Bud Adams who died in October—told reporters at Sunday’s game against Arizona he will meet the first week with both general manager Ruston Webster and head coach Mike Munchak.
Smith says he wants to review every coach and player in a “deliberate and thoughtful” process that moves as timely as possible. The Titans have lost eight of their last 10 games putting Coach Munchak’s future in question. Smith added he was happy with the talent the Titans acquired via free agency in the last off season, but added there is work to do.
Two teams at 7-6 that are battling for a playoff spot in their respective conferences meet this evening on Monday Night Football as the Baltimore Ravens are in Detroit to face the Lions.
College Basketball: Top 25 action has 2nd ranked Syracuse taking on St. John’s this afternoon, with ranked Duke hosting Gardner Webb this evening.
Kentucky has taken a nose dive following Saturday’s loss to North Carolina in one of the major college basketball polls. The Wildcats are 19th in the Associated Press poll this while Louisville is sixth in the AP poll. Arizona is still number one this week.
University of Louisville redshirt freshman Mangkok Mathiang has been named the American Athletic Conference rookie of the week. Mathiang had a season high 13 points and five rebounds in Saturday’s win over Western Kentucky.
Former University of Tennessee player Dyron Nix has died of complications from pneumonia at age 46. Nix was selected to the Vols All-Century Team and was the SEC’s leading scorer as a junior in the 1987-88 season. Nix’s 1,877 points is eight best in school history.
College Football: In the wake of Saturday’s 34-7 loss to Navy, Army has fired Coach Rich Ellerson. Ellerson finished his tenure 20-41 including a 3-9 record this season which included a loss to Western Kentucky at West Point. Army has also lost five straight games to Navy.
MLB: The Cleveland Indians have apparently found a new closer. ESPN reports the Tribe will sign John Axford to a one year contract, pending a physical. Axford had a 1.74 earned run average in 13 games for the St. Louis Cardinals after being traded by Milwaukee.
Former Cincinnati Reds utility man Ryan Freel suffered from a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last year. Freel’s family tells the Florida Times-Union he had a condition known as chronic traumatic encehphalopathy, better known as CTE. Freel reportedly had nine to ten concussions during his major league career.
High School Basketball-Monday’s games
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Murray, Logan County travels to McLean County, Russellville goes to Edmonson County, Dawson Springs hosts Lyon County, Crittenden County at Union County, Greenwood goes to Butler County, Henderson County hosts Webster County, Graves County at Ballard Memorial, McCracken County at Community Christian.
Boys: Fort Campbell goes to Trigg County, Todd Central hosts Butler County, Dawson Springs welcomes Lyon County, Crittenden County goes to Union County, Graves County is at Ballard Memorial, Marshall County hosts Carlisle County, Community Christian entertains McCracken County, Mayfield is at St. Mary.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7 this evening, with the Cats Pause call in show at 7 on News/Talk WHOP.
Kentucky returns to action Saturday hosting Belmont, with pre game from Rupp Arena at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates did not score in Manhattan’s 77-72 win over UNC Wilimington Sunday. Manhattan is now 7-2 on the season.
Kentucky’s women’s team remained perfect on the season with a 73-56 victory Sunday over East Tennessee State. The 5th ranked Wildcats are 11-0 on the season. Other women’s scores saw Western Kentucky defeat Jackson State 83-48 and Vanderbilt over Hartford 65-56.
College Football: Outgoing University of Texas coach Mack Brown said at a news conference Sunday his reason for resigning after 16 seasons was failing to meet the high expectations set for the program. Brown will coach his last game against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl later this month.
Brown—who was under contract until 2020—will stay on as a special consultant to school president Bill Powers. Athletic director Steve Patterson says there is no timeline for finding Brown’s replacement.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans trailed the Arizona Cardinals 34-17 with 6:22 remaining in the game before scoring 17 unanswered points to force overtime. However, after a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception early in the extra period, Arizona drove down the field and got a 41 yard field goal from Jay Feely to win 37-34. The Titans fell to 5-9 on the season and will play at Jacksonville next Sunday.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. Manning has led the Broncos to an 11-3 record this season and has thrown 47 touchdown passes this season, three shy of the record held by New England quarterback Tom Brady. Manning is the 4th NFL quarterback in the last nine years to win the award.
High School Basketball-Friday’s scores
Boys: The first night of the Toyota of Hopkinsville Classic took place at Christian County’s Colonel Gym. Bowling Green defeated University Heights 86-70, Christian County edged Paducah Tilghman 74-68 and Hopkinsville rallied to defeat Warren Central 78-70.
Elsewhere last night: Franklin Simpson defeated Logan County 66-50, Trigg County defeated Livingston Central 75-63, Caldwell County defeated Union County 73-63, Madisonville routed Dawson Springs 79-8, Murray defeated Hopkins Central 63-49, South Warren defeated Warren East 76-63, Crittenden County slid by Lyon County 59-53, Henderson County nipped Henry Clay 67-65.
Graves County over Calloway County 57-42, Fulton City over Community Christian 73-38, Hickman County doubled up Carlisle County 66-55, McCracken County defeated Marshall County 64-56, St. Mary over Ballard Memorial 80-54, Owensboro routed Owensboro Catholic 71-43, Apollo over Daviess County 61-49.
Girls: University Heights picked up its first district win of the season edging Hopkinsville 47-44. Todd Central nipped Russellville 37-35, Franklin Simpson defeated Logan County 60-47, Glasgow edged Warren Central 70-66, Greenwood over Muhlenberg County 65-59, South Warren rolled over Warren East 60-31, Livingston Central over Trigg County 47-25, Madisonville rolled over Dawson Springs 67-12, Lyon County over Crittenden County 67-40.
Calloway County defeated Graves County 67-51, Carlisle County over Hickman County 51-35, Marshall County got by McCracken County 54-49, Paducah Tilghman defeated Webster County 60-49, Community Christian over Fulton City 66-45, Owensboro Catholic routed Owensboro 69-29,
Boys: Play continues in the Toyota of Hopkinsville Classic with game at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Gym. The 4 pm game has University Heights meeting Warren Central, followed by Christian County taking on Ohio County and Hopkinsville hosting Lavergne, TN. Coverage of all three games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 3:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games have Fort Campbell meeting Madisonville and Crittenden County meeting Webster County in the Messenger Tip Off Classic at Webster County, Russellville travels to Butler County, Warren East hosts Allen County Scottsville, South Warren meets North Hardin in the Mike Casey Classic at Shelby County, Union County hosts Evansville Day and Livingston Central goes to St. Mary.
Girls: University Heights welcomes Crittenden County, Fort Campbell goes to Franklin Simpson, Trigg County hosts Carlisle County, Madisonville takes on Evansville Bosse and Hopkins Central meets Hancock County in the Messenger Tip Off Classic at Webster County, Warren East hosts Allen County Scottsville, South Warren entertains Owensboro, Greenwood goes to Clinton County and Warren Central travels to Russell County.
Muhlenberg County hosts Union County, Webster County goes to Graves County, Henderson County is at LaRue County, Livingston Central at St. Mary, Paducah Tilghman welcomes Hickman County, Marshall County hosts Owensboro Catholic, Apollo travels to Edmonson County.
College Basketball: Top 25 action last night saw 16th ranked Memphis defeat Arkansas Little Rock 73-59, 21st ranked Colorado win over Elon 80-63 and 17th ranked Iowa State slid by 23rd ranked Iowa 85-82.
Western Kentucky travels to 6th ranked Louisville, with pre game coverage at 10:30 am on News/Talk WHOP.
10th ranked Kentucky plays at North Carolina, with coverage at 2:30 on Lite 98.7. Other action today includes Tennessee at 11th ranked Wichita State, LSU hosting Louisiana Monroe and Austin Peay hosts Liberty University.
Women’s action has Austin Peay at 7th ranked Louisville, Murray State travels to Alabama A&M.
College Football: WBKO Bowling Green reported last night Western Kentucky junior safety Jonathan Dowling has decided to forego his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Dowling had three interceptions for the Hilltoppers in the 2013 season.
University of Kentucky junior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree announced Friday he will return for his senior season. Dupree had seven quarterback sacks to lead the Wildcats this season. Dupree was a second team All SEC selection.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has signed a contract extension and will stay as coach of the Crimson Tide. According to the Tuscaloosa News, the new contract will raise Saban’s salary to between $7 abd $ 7 ½ million dollars per season. No other information about the length of the contract was known.
Meanwhile, University of Texas coach Mack Brown met with university president Bill Powers and athletic director Steve Patterson Friday. Patterson declined to comment on what was discussed or if a conclusion had been made concerning Brown’s future. A source told ESPN Brown is fighting to keep his job.
NFL: The last three games of the Tennessee Titans season will likely determine the fate of coach Mike Munchak. The 5-8 Titans host the 8-5 Arizona Cardinals tomorrow afternoon at LP Field, with kickoff at 3:25 pm.
The NFL Game of the Week on News/Talk WHOP features the New Orleans Saints at the St, Louis Rams, with pre game coverage at 3 pm.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look for their second consecutive home win and third win in a row this evening as they host the San Jose Sharks. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
Golf: Defending champion Kenny Perry and partner Sean O’ Hair share a three way tie for the lead after the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, FL. Perry and O’ Hair shot an eight under par 64 as did the teams of Matt Kuchar and Harris English, along with Charles Howell the Third and Justin Leonard. The trio of teams lead Retief Goosen and Fredrik Jacobsen who tallied 67. The second round is today.