College Basketball: As the NCAA celebrates the 75th anniversary of March Madness next year, several University of Kentucky players, teams and moments have made several lists.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports starting in January, fans can vote on lists for best players, top teams and best moments.
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, Tony Delk, Dan Issel and Jack Givens made the players list. Best moments involving Kentucky include the 1992 loss to Duke, and the 1966 game which Texas Western defeated the Wildcats.
The best teams include UK’s 2011-12 team that went 38-2 and the 1995-96 team that went 34-2. Both won national championships.
Find out more about this at www.ncaa.com/MarchMadness.
ESPN reports the seven basketball only members of the Big East Conference met Sunday with league commissioner Mike Aresco, expressing their concern on the current direction of the conference. The seven schools wanted to have lots of dialogue to determine best course of action of the future.
No decision was made on what future action to take. However, reports indicate those seven schools—Marquette, DePaul, St. John’s, Providence, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova, may want to split away from the football members and form their own league.
As LSU gets set to face Chattanooga this evening, it does so without former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey who was suspended for violation of team rules and university policies late last week. Coach Johnny Jones tells the Baton Rouge Advocate Hickey is still enrolled at LSU and is part of the basketball program. Jones says Hickey’s future status with the Tigers will be determined some time later this week.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says winning the remaining games of the season is the team goal. The Titans blew a 20-7 halftime lead against Indianapolis Sunday in losing for the fifth time in six games. Munchak said Monday he has not talked in a couple of weeks to owner Bud Adams, who put everyone on the Titans staff on notice a month ago that he wanted improvement.
Munchak insists he sees a team improving with the makings of something special, though the Titans have yet to prove it on the field. Tennessee hosts the New York Jets Monday night at LP Field.
High School Basketball
Hopkinsville had five players in double figures as they defeated University Heights 78-45 at Tiger Gym. Jordan Majors led the five with 18 points, with Jaqualis Matlock adding 12 for the 3-1 Tigers who got their first district win of the year. University Heights was led by Boo Johnson’s 10 points in falling to 0-4 and 0-1 in 8th district play.
Other boys’ action saw Heath edge Mayfield 63-62.
Girls: Warren Central over Todd Central 45-41, McLean County over Logan County 87-60, Massac County IL edged Marshall County 47-45, Muhlenberg County over Ohio County 51-46, Greenwood over Butler County 59-47.
Boys: Fort Campbell at Community Christian, Caldwell County hosts Lyon County, Russellville at Allen County Scottsville, Logan County at Glasgow, Hopkins Central hosts Madisonville, Dawson Springs at Livingston Central, Muhlenberg County at Ohio County, Union County at Evansville Day School, Webster County at McLean County, Warren Central hosts Apollo, South Warren at Warren East, Bowling Green hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: University Heights welcomes Caldwell County, Christian County goes to Franklin Simpson, Hopkinsville travels to Crittenden County, Fort Campbell at Community Christian, Todd Central hosts Bowling Green, Logan County at Glasgow, Trigg County entertains Webster County, Dawson Springs is at Lyon County, Hopkins Central at Madisonville, Union County hosts Apollo, South Warren at Warren East, Graves County at St. Mary, Marshall County at Carlisle County.
Western Kentucky announced Monday the hiring of former Louisville and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. The 51-year-old Petrino becomes the 18th football coach in Hilltopper history. Petrino replaces Willie Taggart who was hired by South Florida over the weekend.
Petrino will not be involved much in the Hilltoppers game with Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl December 26th. Lance Guidry will coach the Hilltoppers in that contest.
Kentucky hired former Wildcat Neal Brown as its new offensive coordinator. The Wildcats also announced Monday the hirings of Chad Scott as running backs coach and John Schlarman as the Wildcats offensive line coach.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports former UT player and current Southern California assistant Tee Martin met with new coach Butch Jones Monday and left with an offer to return to his alma mater.
Martin said to reporters after touring the facilities that he felt Tennessee had things going in the right direction. If Martin turns down the job, speculation is that new coach Butch Jones will try to bring Cincinnati receivers coach T J Weist aboard. Weist was a one time assistant at Western Kentucky.
Indiana is still the top team in both major polls. Louisville is ranked 6th in the USA Today Coaches poll and the AP poll. Kentucky is 19th in the USA Today poll, but still out of the top 25 this week in the AP poll.
Members of Murray State and Austin Peay’s basketball programs have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference.
Murray State’s Ed Daniel has been named the OVC player of the week. Daniel averaged 22 points and 14.5 rebounds in two wins for the Racers last week. Daniel had 23 points and 14 rebounds against Bethel and followed up with 21 points and 15 rebounds against Evansville. Daniel is currently fourth in the nation in rebounding.
Austin Peay’s Travis Betran was one of two OVC newcomers of the week. Betran averaged 22.5 points in two games including a career high 27 in the Governors loss at Memphis on Saturday.
College Football: Media reports out of Lexington indicate Neal Brown will be introduced as Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator at a news conference today. Kentucky Sports Radio.com is also reporting that two other former Wildcats will be joining Coach Mark Stoops’ staff. Chad Brown will be the new running backs coach and John Schlarman will come from Troy University as offensive line coach.
As WHOP reported this morning, two other coaches are expected to be hired possibly today: former Northwestern State head coach Bradley Dale Peveto will be the new defensive backs coach and former Tennessee assistant Darin Henshaw will be the new wide receivers coach.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Sunday Western Kentucky interim football coach Lance Guidry has guided a school on an interim basis before. Guidry guided Miami of Ohio to a 35-21 win over Middle Tennessee in the 2011 GoDaddy.com bowl. Guidry will be WKU’s interim coach in the upcoming Little Caesar’s Bowl against Central Michigan.
NFL: Week 14 of the NFL season closes with Monday night's showdown in Foxboro,
where the Houston Texans will battle the New England Patriots in a heavyweight
bout. The Texans are 11-1 and will look to stake their claim as the team to
beat with a statement win. New England is 9-3 and, like Houston, is riding a
six-game winning streak that vaulted it to the AFC East title.
The Washington Redskins announced that starting quarterback Robert Griffin III
sustained a sprained right knee that kept the rookie standout out for the
final stages of Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. X-rays taken following the game turned up negative for a tear, with Griffin's status for next Sunday's matchup at Cleveland to be determined later in the week. The Redskins are one
game behind the NFC East-leading Giants.
The Dallas Cowboys lineman accused in a deadly drunk driving crash that killed a teammate is now out of jail. Josh Brent's attorney, George Milner, says his client posted a 500-thousand-dollar bond on an intoxication manslaughter charge yesterday. Brent was arrested early Saturday after rolling his Mercedes in Irving. His passenger and teammate, Jerry Brown, was killed in the crash. Milner says Brent feels like he lost his brother and is having a hard time deal with the death of his best friend.
High School Basketball
Boys: An early 8th district showdown takes place at Tiger Gym this evening as Hopkinsville hosts University Heights. Hopkinsville brings a 2-1 record into the contest, while UHA is 0-3 on the young season. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening include Fort Campbell hosts Trigg County while Caldwell County entertains Dawson Springs.
Girls: Todd Central at Warren Central, Logan County hosts McLean County, Marshall County is at Massac County, IL, Muhlenberg County goes to Ohio County, Greenwood entertains Butler County.
Manhattan defeated Sienna 75-55 with former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scoring eight points in the win for the Jaspers, who are now 3-5 on the season.
Women’s scores: 7th ranked Kentucky rolled over Middle Tennessee 68-46, Western Kentucky defeated Kent State 59-53 and Austin Peay defeated St. Catherine 82-64.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his call in show this evening at 5, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Saturday hosting Lipscomb, with pre game coverage at 10 am on Lite 98.7.
Murray State basketball player Zay Jackson, who withdrew a guilty plea to hitting a couple in a parking lot in September, has been indicted again. The Paducah Sun reports Jackson was indicted late last week on one count of second degree assault and one count of wanton endangerment.
Jackson was originally charged with two counts of second degree assault but entered a guilty plea to lesser charges in exchange for a sentence that included a diversion program, which was rejected by the judge in the case.
Western Kentucky University has named defensive coordinator Lance Guidry to guide its football team in the upcoming Little Caesar’s Bowl game against Central Michigan. Guidry is serving as interim coach following Willie Taggart accepting the head coaching position at South Florida.
Multiple reports indicate that Kentucky could land Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown as its new O-C as early as today. The Courier Journal also reports former Northwestern State head coach Bradley Dale Piveto and Tennessee assistant Darin Hinshaw will reportedly join the UK staff. Piveto would be the safeties coach and Hinshaw as wide receivers coach.
New Tennessee coach Butch Jones’s staff is starting to fall into place. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tommy Thigpen, a former assistant to Gene Chizik at Auburn, has reportedly been hired as linebackers coach and multiple reports indicate Tee Martin has an offer to return to Knoxville from Southern Cal as receivers coach. It was also reported that one coach will be retained from Derek Dooley’s staff as Jay Graham will stay as running backs coach.
NFL: Adam Vinatieri nailed a pair of fourth quarter field goals as the Colts rallied past the Titans 27-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Andrew Luck threw for 196 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Colts, who improved to 9-and-4 with their fifth straight home win. Jake Locker finished 22-of-35 for 262 yards with a TD and two costly second half picks for Tennessee, which has lost three straight to fall to 4-and-9. Kenny Britt had eight grabs for 143 yards in the setback.
A pair of AFC heavyweights clash this evening on "Monday Night Football" as the AFC South-leading Houston Texans meet the Patriots in New England. Each team brings a six-game winning streak into the meeting, which will go a long way into deciding playoff seeds in the conference. The two teams last met on the final week of the 2009 regular season with Houston grabbing victory, 34-27.
Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry and partner Sean O’ Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout Sunday. Perry and O’ Hair finished the three day event hosted by Greg Norman at 31 under par, one shot better than Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III finished at 27 under par, tied for 4th place.
Friday’s High School Basketball Scores
Girls: Hopkinsville got its first win and district win of the season with a 69-49 win over University Heights. Haley Cook led all scorers with 27 for Hoptown, with DeNayia Holmes 16 points leading the way for UHA. Hopkinsville is 1-2/1-0 in district play, while UHA is now 2-1/1-1 in 8th district action.
Other scores saw Paducah Tilghman defeat Christian County 79-65, Fort Campbell slides by Northwest 37-36, Logan County over Franklin Simpson 65-53, Livingston Central over Trigg County 52-32, Henderson County over Union County 64-26, Mayfield defeated Fulton County 55-23, Glasgow over Warren Central 62-42, Bowling Green over South Warren 67-20, Muhlenberg County gets by Greenwood 66-60.
Boys: Christian County won its second straight game defeating Paducah Tilghman 80-64, Fort Campbell over Northwest 74-69, Trigg County defeated Livingston Central 91-36, Franklin Simpson over Logan County 82-73, Lyon County over Crittenden County 78-63, Mayfield over Hopkins Central 52-44, Bowling Green edged South Warren 48-43.
Boys: Dawson Springs hosts Whitesville Trinity, Caldwell County at Reidland, Muhlenberg County at Breckinridge County, Paducah Tilghman hosts Fleming County, Calloway County at Community Christian, Webster County meets Crittenden County, Henderson County plays Bryan Station in the Kentucky Bank Shootout at Bourbon County, Warren East hosts Allen County Scottsville, Bowling Green at Trinity.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Assumption, Fort Campbell hosts Dawson Springs, Caldwell County at Reidland, Madisonville hosts Webster County and Hopkins Central plays Union County in the Messenger Tip off Classic, Ohio County at McLean County, Paducah Tilghman at Hickman County, Warren East entertains Allen County Scottsville, Marshall County at Owensboro, Murray goes to Henry County, TN, Mayfield at Carlisle County, Calloway County welcomes Community Christian.
Last night’s scores: Former Christian County star Donovan Kates had 9 points all from the free throw line and 8 rebounds in 31 minutes, but Manhattan fell to Marist 62-58. The Jaspers fell to 2-5 on the season and play Siena Sunday.
Women’s action saw 7th ranked Kentucky use a 25-2 first hald run in a rout over DePaul 96-64 at Rupp Arena.
Today’s games: Kentucky plays host to Portland later this morning in Rupp Arena. The 5-3 Wildcats come in following a win over Samford Tuesday night. Pre game coverage begins at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Other games have Western Kentucky hosting IUPUI, Austin Peay is at Memphis, Murray State travels to Evansville, Louisville hosts Missouri-Kansas City,
Former Christian County standout and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey Jr. has been suspended by LSU. ESPN reported on its website Hickey has been suspended indefinitely for unspecified violation of team rules and university policies.
Hickey had started three games for the Tigers, averaging 10.2 points per game. In a written statement from the university, Hickey said he had let his team, family and LSU down. Hickey says he vows to be a “stronger individual” and return to the team as soon as possible.
Western Kentucky is searching for a new football coach. ESPN reported Friday night that Willie Taggart will return to his home area and become the new football coach at South Florida. Taggart led WKU to a 7-5 record this season and an appearance in the Little Caesar’s Bowl against Central Michigan. Taggart was 16-20 in three seasons at his alma mater and replaces Skip Holtz who was fired after three seasons.
The University of Tennessee introduced Butch Jones as its new football coach Friday. Jones comes to the Volunteers after spending the last three seasons as Cincinnati’s coach. Jones is 50-27 as a collegiate head coach and replaces Derek Dooley who was fired last month
Former Fort Campbell and Western Kentucky football standout Antonio Andrews has been selected as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award. The Hornung award is presented yearly to the most versatile player. Andrews had 2,977 all purpose yards as a running back and kick returner this season, which was tops in the nation.
The other finalists are Kent State running back Dri Archer, Southern California receiver Marquise Lee and West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin. The winner will be announced in early January and fans can vote online at votepaulhornungaward.com.
Army and Navy meet for the 113th time today at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Coverage of the game can be heard beginning at 1 this afternoon on News/Talk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Golf: Davis Love III and Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker lead after the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples FL. The duo shot a 10 under par 62 and have a two shot lead on Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Sean O’ Hair who are eight under heading into today’s second round.