High School Basketball: University Heights plays Dawson Springs in the Girls 2nd region All A tournament opening round tonight in Dawson Springs.
In the 4th region Girls All A: Russellville meets Cumberland County in both boys and girls action, with Glasgow playing Todd Central in a boy-girl twin bill.
Other games tonight include in girls action Fort Campbell at Hopkins Central.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari has his call in show at 5, with Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. The Wildcats return to action tomorrow night hosting Tennessee, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Tonight’s games include third ranked Louisville putting its 11 game win streak on the line against Connecticut. Women’s OVC action has Murray State going against Belmont and Austin Peay meets Morehead State.
PGA Tour: Nike says it has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy for a reported $200 million. The deal was announced in a lavish ceremony in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which begins later this week.Nike now represents golf's two biggest stars in McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who has been with the sportswear company since turning pro in 1996.
In October, McIlroy cut ties with Acushnet Co., which had supplied him with Titleist and FootJoy gear since he turned pro five years ago. And this month, Jumeirah Group announced it was not renewing its five-year sponsorship deal with the Northern Irishman.
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Girls: Play begins in the 2nd region Touchstone Energy All A tournament. University Heights travels to Dawson Springs, Lyon County goes to Livingston Central, Caldwell County hosts Crittenden County and Trigg County is at Webster County.
Other games have Madisonville hosting Ohio County, Fort Campbell at Hopkins Central, Henderson County hosts Paducah Tilghman, South Warren welcomes Muhlenberg County and Warren East hosts Central Hardin.
Boys: 4th region All A games have Russellvile going against Cumberland County and Todd Central meeting Glasgow. Paducah Tilghman plays in the Superman Classic at Massac County, IL and Warren East is at Apollo.
Hopkinsville is ranked 13th and Henderson County 20th in the Cantrall Top 25 boys basketball poll from the Lexington Herald Leader. Ballard is first this week. On the girls side, Henderson County is 3rd, Bowling Green is 10th with Marion County ranked first.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5, with Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. this evening. The Wildcats return to basketball action tomorrow night hosting Tennessee, with pre game coverage from Rupp Arena at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Sunday’s scores: Manhattan defeated Marist 66-53, with former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scoring 5 points.
Women’s action: Number 6 Kentucky defeated Missouri 69-43, 9th ranked Tennessee defeated Florida in overtime 78-75 and Vanderbilt over Arkansas 78-58.
Tonight’s schedule: Third ranked Louisville takes on Connecticut.
Women’s OVC action has Murray State going against Belmont and Austin Peay meets Morehead State.
NFL: The Tennessean reports authorities in New Jersey want to talk with Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt following an incident early Sunday morning. Britt dropped off his wounded brother at Jersey City Medical Center, but was uncooperative with authorities. Later police say Britt was at the scene or had just left the scene where a gunshot was fired at an apartment building.
The incident adds to a long list of troubles for Britt since he was drafted in 2009. Titans officials have not commented on the matter.
NHL: The Tennessean reports Martin Erat has been named alternate captain for the Nashville Predators. The Predators opened training camp Sunday in preparation for their season opener Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena,
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Boys: 8th district action saw Christian County entertain Hopkinsville Friday night. Todd Hamilton was on hand and has more in this report:
In other action: University Heights won over Fort Campbell in 8th district play 81-58, Russellville edged Franklin Simpson 57-54, Trigg County beat Livingston Central 67-63, Lyon County over Crittenden County 69-57, Calloway County defeated Murray 77-57, Paducah Tilghman over Ballard Memorial 62-49.
Girls: Logan County edged Todd Central 39-36, Livingston Central over Trigg County 39-22, Caldwell County over Hopkins Central 67-51, Murray defeated Calloway County 57-40, Marshall County over Graves County 51-33.
Today’s games: It’s a triple header on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM. Heritage Christian Academy has a double header with the Lady Warriors hosting Community Christian at 3:30, followed by the Warriors meeting Belmont Christian around 5, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 3:20. Then at 7:15 this evening, its 8th district girls basketball as Christian County hosts University Heights.
College Basketball: Fresh from its Thursday night win over Vanderbilt, Kentucky returns to action this afternoon hosting Texas A&M, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: Vanderbilt goes to Arkansas, Tennessee is at Alabama and LSU takes on Florida.
Western Kentucky entertains Florida Atlantic in a men’s-women’s doubleheader and Austin Peay hosts Murray State in a men’s-women’s doubleheader.
Louisville welcomes Big East rival South Florida to the KFC/Yum Center. Chane Behanan could be available for the Cardinals today, after sitting out Wednesday night’s game at Seton Hall with a high ankle sprain.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced Friday the hiring of Tommy Mainord as wide receivers coach. Mainord spent the last three seasons at Texas Tech, working with new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
The Wildcats also received good news on the recruiting front Friday, receiving a commitment from offensive-defensive lineman Lovell Peterson. Peterson will likely play offense on the collegiate level and is the 6th best center in the nation according to Rivals.com.
UCLA coach Jim Mora has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2017 season, the university announced Friday, ending speculation Mora would leave for another job.
Mora, hired before last season, originally signed a five-year, $12 million deal. Terms of the additional year were not released, but the extension sends a clear message that Mora is committed to rebuilding the UCLA football program despite reports that he was being sought by other schools and NFL teams.
According to multiple reports, the San Diego Chargers recently inquired about Mora as a possible replacement for their vacant head coaching position.
NFL: There’s two games on the playoff schedule today, the AFC game has Baltimore at Denver at 3:30 this afternoon, with the NFC game featuring San Francisco against Green Bay this evening.
Tomorrow’s action has Seattle at Atlanta in the NFC, with Houston at New England in the AFC, with coverage of both games beginning at 11:30 am on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
PGA Tour: Paducah’s Russ Cochran fired another 68 Friday at the Sony Open of Hawaii. Cochran stands at four under par and tied for 35th, with rookie Russell Henley the leader at 14 under after a second straight 63. Henley’s two strokes ahead of first round leader and fellow rookie Scott Langley and Scott Piercy. Matt Kuchar is in fourth place at 11 under par.
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Boys: Christian County defeated Hopkins Central 80-71, Caldwell County over Community Christian 66-44, Ohio County defeated an Australian Travel Team 92-51, Mayfield edged St. Mary 47-46.
Girls: Muhlenberg County over Hopkinsville 72-44, Christian County rolled over Fort Campbell 68-46, Ohio County defeated an Australian Travel Team 78-41, Grayson County over South Warren 56-41.
Boys: Christian County entertains Hopkinsville in an 8th district showdown at Colonel Gym. The game will also feature a ceremony honoring legendary coach Lyle Dunbar. Dunbar says he has fond memories of all of his players and coaches during his time at Christian County:
The ceremony begins at approximately 7:15 during the Heritage Bank pre game show on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and worldwide at whopam.com.
Other games tonight have University Heights HOSTING Fort Campbell in 8th district action, Todd Central meets Logan County, Russellville at Franklin Simpson, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Dawson Springs at Madisonville, Crittenden County at Lyon County, Union County at Henderson County, Calloway County at Murray, Paducah Tilghman welcomes Ballard Memorial, Marshall County at Graves County, Warren East at Greenwood, Bowling Green at Warren Central.
Girls: Todd Central at Logan County, Russellville at Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County at Hopkins Central, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Henderson County entertains Webster County, Dawson Springs hosts Madisonville, Crittenden County at Lyon County, Calloway County at Murray, Muhlenberg County at Meade County, Heath at Lone Oak, Warren East at Greenwood, Bowling Green at Warren Central.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association announced Thursday the start times for the Boys Sweet 16 semifinals and finals. The semifinals will begin March 9th at 6:30 pm Hopkinsville time in Rupp Arena, with the final set for March 10th at 1 pm.
The rearranging of the semi final and final games is due to a scheduling conflict with Kentucky’s game with Florida March 9th. The Boys Sweet 16 will begin March 6th. The pairings for the Boys and Girls Sweet 16 will be announced later this month.
College Basketball: It looked like Kentucky was going to breeze to its first SEC win in the first half, but Vanderbilt made a rally before the Wildcats hung on to win 60-58. Guard Ryan Harrow led the Wildcats with 16 points, Nerlens Noel had 13 and Archie Goodwin added 12. Kentucky returns to action tomorrow hosting Texas A&M, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had three points in Manhattan’s 69-60 loss to Rider.
Women’s scores: 6th ranked Kentucky edged 20th ranked Texas A&M 65-62, 18th ranked South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 64-48, 9th ranked Tennessee rolled over Missouri 84-39.
College Football: Kentucky governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday the approval of a $110 million measure that will allow for the renovation and upgrade to Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Football training facility on the University of Kentucky campus.
The renovation will include luxury suites, club seating, a multi purpose recruiting room and renovation of the press facilities. The renovation has a targeted completion date of July, 2015.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans linebackers coach Frank Bush was fired Thursday. Bush is the third assistant fired since the end of the season joining tight ends coach Jim Zerhelt and running backs coach Jim Skipper who were let go last week.
PGA Tour: Paducah’s Russ Cochran is tied for 27th after the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Cochran fired a two under par 68 and trails leader Scott Langley by six shots. Langley fired a 62 in his first round on the PGA Tour. The rookie takes a one stroke lead into today’s second round.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats won’t enjoy their Thursday night victory over Vanderbilt very long, as SEC newcomer Texas A&M invades Rupp Arena tomorrow. Pre game coverage begins at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
NFL: Single-season sacks leader Michael Strahan and two players who tried to block him are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Strahan of the New York Giants, is joined by offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of the Ravens and guard-tackle Larry Allen of the Cowboys and 49ers. The fourth first-year eligible to make the cut is defensive tackle Warren Sapp of the Buccaneers and Raiders.
The Hall also announced today that the other finalists are: running back Jerome Bettis, receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed, LB-DEs Charles Haley and Kevin Greene, guard Will Shields, defensive back Aeneas Wiliams, coach Bill Parcells, and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. of the 49ers and the late Art Modell of the Browns, who moved to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens.
The two senior nominees are defensive tackle Curley Culp -- who played for the Chiefs, Oilers and Lions -- and linebacker Dave Robinson of the Packers and Redskins. Between four and seven new members will be selected Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.
The NFL Players Association will soon decide whether it will open a formal inquiry into the handling of Robert Griffin the Third's knee injury by the Washington Redskins. According to the "Washington Post," the union has asked the team to provide a full report on Griffin's medical diagnosis and treatment.