College Basketball: Morehead State gave 8th ranked Kentucky all it wanted for a while, but the Wildcats prevailed over the Eagles 81-70 in Rupp Arena. Freshman Archie Goodwin had a career high 28 points, with Alex Poythress adding 20 and Julius Mays with 11.
Kentucky improves to 3-1 on the season as they host Long Island University Friday night, with coverage beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Coach John Calipari said guard Ryan Harrow will miss tomorrow night’s game with Long Island University. Harrow has not played since the season opener due to a mysterious illness, but left Lexington with his mother early Wednesday morning to tend with what’s called a “family matter.”
Elsewhere Wednesday night: Western Kentucky and Austin Peay both participated in their final games of the Cancun Challenge.
The Hilltoppers took third place in the Riviera division with a 70-61 win over DePaul. Jamal Crook led WKU with 16 points, followed by TJ Price with 13. The victory moves Western to 3-2 on the season.
Austin Peay lost to Gardner Webb 62-52 in the final of the Mayan Division. Travis Betran led the Governors in scoring with 18, with freshman Chris Horton adding 10. The Governors are now 2-3 on the season.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates played 15 minutes and did not score, but Manhattan won its first game of the season over Hofstra 67-56. The Jaspers are 1-2 on the season.
Today’s games: Vanderbilt meets Davidson in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, while 2nd ranked Louisville meets Northern Iowa in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
College Football: There’s one ranked team in action on Thanksgiving Day as 16th ranked Texas meets TCU this evening.
The Tennessean features a story today with Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams. Williams says in the story that he and football coach James Franklin have the same goals for the program, and with the progress it has made during Franklin’s tenure, he will not be surprised if other schools try to pursue Franklin in the off season. Vanderbilt has won five SEC games this year, the first time that has happened in 77 years.
NFL: There’s a triple header of action on this Thanksgiving Day. The early game in Detroit has the Lions hosting the Houston Texans, followed by the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Washington Redskins, with the finale featuring the New York Jets hosting the New England Patriots. Coverage of all three games begins at 11 am on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
College Basketball: Seventh ranked Kentucky hosts in state rival Morehead State at Rupp Arena this evening. Coach John Calipari announced on Facebook this morning that guard Ryan Harrow would not play tonight. Calipari said Harrow left with his mother this morning to deal with a family matter and would not likely be back to even play Friday night against Long Island University. Coverage of the game airs at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other area teams in action this evening include Austin Peay meeting Gardner Webb and Western Kentucky playing DePaul at the Cancun Challenge.
The semifinals of the NIT Season Tip Off tournament take place at Madison Square Garden in New York, with Kansas State meeting Delaware and Michigan playing Pittsburgh. Coverage of the two games airs at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Florida coach Billy Donovan says he would like to complete the Gators season opening game against Georgetown. Al.com reports Donovan has reached out to Georgetown officials about completing the game that was started on the USS Bataan which was temporarily docked at Mayport Naval Station. The second half was cancelled after condensation built up on the playing floor. Florida led the game at halftime 27-23.
Donovan wants to play the game in Jacksonville and there are some dates around Christmas that would work to finish it.
College Football: The Tennessean reports fired Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley will receive monthly checks of over $104 thousand through 2016. Dooley’s buyout over that period is roughly $5 million. The Tennessean also reports UT’s athletics department will not make its annual donation to the school’s general fund, which was scheduled to be $18 million over the next three years.
Duke University and coach David Cutcliffe have agreed on a contract extension that will keep him in Durham through 2019. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Duke is 6-5 heading into its season finale with Miami and is bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. Cutcliffe’s name also surfaced as a potential candidate to replace Joker Phillips as Kentucky’s coach.
The governing board of the University of Maryland may have broken the law in the process of deciding to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference. The "Washington Post" reports the school's board met twice in secret, which violates the Maryland Open Meetings Act.
When school officials were asked to produce records related to the meetings, they said they weren't able to do so because of the "emergency nature" of the situation. University regents are allowed to meet in closed session, but they're first required to take a public vote to close. The "Post" reports that didn't happen for either meeting.
Boxing: Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho went into cardiac arrest this morning and is on life support in a Puerto Rico hospital. ESPN reports Camacho was shot in the face and neck Tuesday outside of San Juan. Doctors say Camacho’s brain activity decreased overnight. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, which remains under investigation.
NFL: A tripleheader highlights the Thanksgiving Day schedule with Detroit meeting Houston in the early game, Dallas hosts Washington later in the day with the New York Jets hosting New England tomorrow night. Coverage of the tripleheader begins at 11 am on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
College Basketball: Austin Peay rallied and took as much as a nine point lead in the second half and hung on to defeat Western Carolina 72-71 at the Cancun Challenge Tuesday. Travis Betran had 22 points, while Anthony Campbell added 21 for the Governors who improved to 2-2 on the season.
Western Kentucky lost to Iowa 63-55. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price with 16 points and Jamal Crook added 14. Western is now 2-2 on the season.
LSU defeated Northwestern State 102-95. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes. The Tigers are now 3-0 on the season.
Women’s scores: Murray State defeated Evansville 76-62. The Lady Racers improved to 2-3 on the season with the victory.
Tonight’s games: 7th ranked Kentucky returns to the Rupp Arena floor to take on in state rival Morehead State. Ryan Harrow did return to practice Tuesday for the first time since getting his “mysterious” illness, with Coach John Calipari saying he would decide after today’s shoot around if Harrow would see any playing time this evening. Coverage of the game begins at 4:30 this afternoon on Lite 98.7.
Austin Peay will play Gardner Webb and Western Kentucky meets DePaul in the Cancun Challenge.
The semifinals of the NIT season tip off take place this evening in New York with Kansas State meeting Delaware, followed by Michigan and Pittsburgh. Coverage of both games airs at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
A report indicates North Carolina and Louisville have agreed to play in the 2013 Hall of Fame Tip off Tournament. Other teams in the field include OVC member Belmont Richmond, Holy Cross and Hofstra, along with Fairfield University and the University of Hartford.
The tournament is sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Third ranked Ohio State won this year’s just completed tournament, with Kentucky winning it in 2011.
College Football: Legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution his son Derek’s firing at Tennessee was painful, but he understood why and knew it was going to happen. The elder Dooley also said his son chose not to coach the Vols final game Saturday against Kentucky because he did not want to be a distraction to the team.
Meanwhile, as the Vols prepare for Kentucky, interim coach Jim Chaney tells the Knoxville News Sentinel the team was a little lethargic in practice Tuesday. He hopes today’s workout will be better. Coverage of Saturday’s game airs at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
The Ohio Valley Conference announced its all conference teams Tuesday. Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman and return specialist Walter Powell were named to the first team, with Powell also named as a second team wide receiver. Offensive lineman Roderick Tomlin was also named to the second team, with junior Jammal Berry named to the All Newcomer team.
Austin Peay redshirt freshman tailback Reco Williams was also named to the All Newcomer team.
The Tennessean reports the Music City Bowl is developing a contingency play in case there is no team from its bowl tie in, the Atlantic Coast Conference. Two teams, Miami and North Carolina are not bowl eligible, leaving only five schools available.
Bowl president Scott Ramsey says he is in talks with the Sun Belt and Mid American conferences to have a team if an ACC team does not pan out. Ramsey also states right now, Vanderbilt is a shoo in to be the team from the SEC.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says if the team wants to make the AFC playoffs, now is the time to make the move. Following an off week, the Titans are back in action Sunday at Jacksonville.
College Basketball: Austin Peay and Western Kentucky are both playing their third game of the Cancun Challenge today in Cancun. Austin Peay has an afternoon game with Western Carolina, while WKU has a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes this evening.
Also this evening, former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey and the LSU Tigers host Northwestern State in Baton Rouge.
Top 25 action this evening has top ranked Indiana meeting Georgetown in Brooklyn, NY, with the consolation game pitting UCLA against Georgia. 7th ranked Florida meets Savannah State, 9th ranked North Carolina meets Butler at the Maui Invitational, 19th ranked Michigan State meets Boise State and 20th ranked Cincinnati hosts Campbell.
Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night hosting Morehead State at 6, with pre game coverage from Rupp Arena at 4:30 on Lite 98.7. During his radio show last night, coach John Calipari stated guard Ryan Harrow could return to practice today. Harrow has yet to play a game this season due to a mysterious illness. Calipari also stated Harrow has lost seven pounds, and likely would not play against Morehead State.
Also tomorrow evening, the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip Off take place in New York as Delaware meets Kansas State and Pittsburgh meets Michigan. Coverage of both games begins at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Rutgers University officials are expected to announce today they are leaving the Big East to join the Big 10. It would be the second school in as many days to join the league, as Maryland announced Monday they will leave the Atlantic Coast Conference, of which they are a charter member for the Big 10.
Meanwhile, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said at a news conference Monday Maryland’s decision to move to the Big 10 caught him off guard, but said if the ACC was interested in Louisville, they should go to the league.
Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports the rumored schools that may be considered to move to the ACC include Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida and Connecticut.
High School Basketball: The bracket has been announced for the King of the Bluegrass basketball tournament to be played December 19-23 at Louisville’s Fairdale High School. The Hopkinsville Tigers will face Collins High School in its first game at 3:30 Hopkinsville time on December 19th.
Nine teams in the Courier Journal pre season top 25 are in the tournament including top ranked Ballard, number two Bullitt East, third ranked Trinity, fourth ranked Madison Central, and sixth ranked Pleasure Ridge Park. Hopkinsville is ranked 8th in the CJ pre season poll. Bowling Green is also playing in the tournament.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky’s Lady Toppers opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 62-56 win over Florida International last night. The win moves the Lady Toppers to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the SBC.
Tonight’s action: Austin Peay and Western Kentucky’s men both play in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge in Cancun. Austin Peay has an afternoon game with Western Carolina, while the Hilltoppers take on Iowa.
Indiana and Louisville remain the top two in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls this week, with Kentucky falling to 8th in the AP poll and 7th in the USA Today coaches poll where Oklahoma State is number 20 this week after winning the Puerto Rico Tip Off Classic.
Kentucky's Alex Poythress has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. The Clarksville native averaged 21 points and 6 1/2 rebounds in two games last week. Poythress had 20 points against Duke and a career high 22 points in Friday night's win over Lafayette.
Austin Peay’s Chris Horton was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week Monday. Horton opened his Governors career with a double-double against Western Kentucky with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the 74-54 loss in the opening round of the Cancun Challenge last week.
Austin Peay’s women’s program announced Monday the signing of 5-7 guard Emily Fox of McKinney, Kentucky. Fox, who plays for Lincoln County High School, is one of the top 25 girls players in the state ranked by USA Today’s High School Coaches panel.
College Football: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips had his final media luncheon Monday and talked about a number of topics. One of those was if Kentucky were to defeat Tennessee in Knoxville Saturday, it would be the first time UK won in back to back years since the 1976 and 77 seasons.
Phillips said it would mean a lot to the seniors to accomplish that feat. Kentucky defeated Tennessee last year. Coverage of the game begins at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky junior defensive tackle Donte Rumph has been named the SEC defensive player of the week. Rumph had five tackles and a quarterback sack which produced a fumble that Tristian Johnson returned for a touchdown in last Saturday's win over Samford.
Western Kentucky will be without defensive end Quanterus Smith when the Hilltoppers host North Texas Saturday. Smith will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the 4th quarter of last week’s loss at Louisiana.