The second round of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl takes place across the state tonight, with several area teams still alive.
Class 5-A: Christian County travels to Bowling Green, where the Purples have not lost since losing to the Colonels two years ago. Since then Bowling Green has won 26 games in a row. Colonels coach Steve Lovelace offers his impressions of the Purples:
Lovelace also talks about keys to a Colonels win this evening:
Kickoff from El Donaldson Stadium at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show from the Applebee’s broadcast booth at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
The winner of the Christian County-Bowling Green game will meet either Warren Central or Graves County who play in Mayfield this evening.
Class 3-A: Fort Campbell meets South Warren at 7 in Fryar Stadium, with the winner to face either Paducah Tilghman or Monroe County who play tonight in Tompkinsville.
Class 2-A: Caldwell County hosts Hancock County, with the winner to play either Murray or Owensboro Catholic who play in Owensboro this evening.
Class A: Russellville travels to Kentucky Country Day, with the winner to meet Mayfield or Holy Cross who play in Mayfield this evening.
Class 4-A: Madisonville goes to Owensboro, with the winner playing either Lone Oak or Warren East who tangle in Bowling Green this evening.
Class 6-A: Henderson County hosts Louisville Eastern, with the winner to meet either Oldham County or Ballard who play this evening at Oldham County.
Catch up on these and other games from across Kentucky on the Kentucky High School Scoreboard show later tonight on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
College Basketball: Third ranked Kentucky opens its season tonight facing Maryland in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, NY. Coach John Calipari offers his thoughts on the Terrapins:
Pre game coverage begins at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Other season opening games include Murray State hosting Brescia, Austin Peay entertains Samford and Tennessee meets Kennesaw State.
Women’s action has Austin Peay at UAB, Murray State hosts Western Kentucky and Louisville hosts defending national champion Texas A&M.
Kentucky’s women open their season against Delaware State Saturday, with pre game coverage at 11:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Western Kentucky’s men also open their season tomorrow night at Southern Miss.
The new judge overseeing the case against Murray State basketball player Zay Jackson has rejected a plea deal which recommends pre trial diversion. Judge Craig Clymer says the deal overlooks the seriousness of the actions against the 20-year-old Jackson. The Paducah Sun reports Clymer instead offered Jackson the choice of a year long jail term or taking the case to trial.
Jackson was supposed to be sentenced in October after pleading guilty to hitting two people with his car in the parking lot of Wal Mart in Murray in September. If Jackson takes the deal offered by Judge Clymer, sentencing will take place November 21st.
College Football: Kentucky is off this week, but other SEC games have Tennessee hosting Missouri and Vanderbilt at Ole Miss.
Also tomorrow night, LSU meets Mississippi State, with coverage at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Western Kentucky plays its regular season home finale against Florida Atlantic, Louisville is at Syracuse, while in the Ohio Valley Conference, Murray State is at Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay is at Jacksonville State.
College Football: Another name being speculated for the soon to be vacant Kentucky football coaching job says he’s happy where he is. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Duke coach David Cutcliffe told the ACC media during it’s weekly teleconference Wednesday he loves where he is and hasn’t even mentioned to his players about the speculation. Cutcliffe has been a head coach in the SEC at Ole Miss and was once Tennessee’s offensive coordinator.
Top-25 action tonight features eighth-ranked Florida State in Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech in an ACC clash. The Seminoles, who were idle last week, have won three straight games and are tied with Clemson atop the ACC's Atlantic Division at 5-1. The Hokies have lost two straight entering this contest.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats are en route to New York for their season opener against Maryland in the Barclays Center Classic Friday night. Before leaving this morning, Coach John Calipari said guard Ryan Harrow has the flu or something similar and did not practice, nor did Julius Mays, giving his knee tweaked in a pre season game a chance to rest.
Calipari also said if Harrow does not play, Archie Goodwin and Jarrod Polson could both see time at the point guard. Coverage of tomorrow night’s game begins at 6 on Lite 98.7.
NFL: Week 10 kicks off tonight, as the Indianapolis Colts travel to Jacksonville to take on the sputtering Jaguars in an AFC South matchup. The Colts improved to 5-3 on Sunday in a 23-20 triumph over the Miami Dolphins.
The Jaguars have dropped five straight since recording their only win of the season, a 22-17 triumph at Indianapolis back in Week 3. Coverage of the game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football: Area teams are making final preparations today for the second round of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Friday night.
Christian County heads to Bowling Green to face a Purples squad who has won 26 games in a row. Kickoff from El Donaldson Stadium at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
In 3-A action, Fort Campbell hosts South Warren at 7 pm. 2-A action includes Caldwell County hosting Hancock County and in Class A Russellville is at Kentucky Country Day.
College Basketball: Louisville finished up pre season play with a 65-46 win over Bellarmine, despite a poor shooting night. The Cardinals were led by freshman Montrezl Harrell with 16 points. Louisville opens the season Sunday, hosting former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan.
Kentucky opens its season tomorrow night, meeting Maryland in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn. Maryland got some good news Wednesday as the NCAA ruled Xavier transfer Dez Wells eligible to play this season. Wells was dismissed from the Xavier team after an off the court incident allegedly involving sexual misconduct. No charges were filed in the case. Coverage of the game begins at 6 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports former Tennessee football coach Phil Fulmer as saying despite its struggles right now, the Kentucky football coaching job does have an allure. When asked if he had an interest in the job, Fulmer said he had not had any conversations with anyone. Fulmer has not coached since being fired by Tennessee in 2008.
Meanwhile, the father of former Louisville and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino tells the Courier Journal his son misses coaching and would love to return to the game. Bob Petrino Senior says his son is interested in the Kentucky job and wants to stay in the Southeastern Conference, as his goal was to be an SEC coach.
The actual number of tickets scanned at Saturday’s Kentucky-Vanderbilt game were about half of what was actually sold. WLEX-TV reports 18,885 tickets were scanned, though the attendance figure was announced at 40,000. Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky 40-0 and one day later Joker Phillips was fired as coach.
The Tennessean reports a member of Tennessee State University’s football team died after collapsing in practice Wednesday. 19-year-old walk on William James Jones collapsed during a non contract drill. Jones collapsed around 4 pm and was pronounced dead around 5:50 at Baptist Hospital. Jones had not played a game this season for the Tigers as he was being red shirted.
NFL: Barring any setbacks, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says Jake Locker will start at quarterback when the Titans meet the Miami Dolphins Sunday. Locker has been out since dislocating his non throwing shoulder in a game against Houston September 30th.
Meanwhile, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is appealing a fine of over $15,000 by the NFL for a horse collar tackle in last Sunday’s 51-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. Hasselbeck dragged Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden down by the back of the jersey following a fumble by tight end Jared Cook in the 4th quarter.
Thursday Night Football has the Indianapolis Colts at the Jacksonville Jaguars, with coverage at 7 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton will visit with Rick Shaw of the Kentucky High School Scoreboard show and with Christian County football coach Steve Lovelace on Friday night’s class 5-A playoff game at Bowling Green.
College Football: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips has his call in show at 5 this evening, with Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease as denying rumors he is interested in the head coaching position at Kentucky. A Yahoo! Sports story on Sunday suggested Pease is interested in the job.
Pease—who was an assistant at Kentucky in 2001-02—is in his first season at Florida. However, coach Will Muschamp did say Tuesday if Kentucky does come calling, he will support Pease in whatever decision he makes. Florida’s last four offensive coordinators are now all collegiate head coaches including Charlie Weis at Kansas and Dan Mullen at Mississippi State.
The college football world is mourning the loss of legendary coach Darrell K. Royal. The 88 year old Royal won two national championships while head coach at the University of Texas from 1956-76 and is considered the father of the wishbone offense, which he introduced in 1968.
College Basketball: Louisville plays its final exhibition game this evening hosting Bellarmine University. The Cards host former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan in their season opener Sunday afternoon.
Pre season top ranked Indiana will be without two of its freshmen for the first nine games of the season due to a secondary NCAA violation. Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea received money from a group called A-HOPE, a non profit organization which provides support for athletes from overseas.
NHL: The NHL and its players association are meeting again in New York today to try and come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides had a marathon session Tuesday, the first formal meetings since October 18th.
Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. A preview of Christian County’s 5-A playoff game at Bowling Green will be among the topics this evening.
College Football: Joker Phillips met with the media for the first time since his firing as Kentucky’s football coach Tuesday. Phillips said he was appreciative for the time he had spent as a player and a coach at Kentucky.
Phillips also said he had stressed to his coaching staff for the need for improvement this season to get to what he termed “13”. He said he thought next year the Wildcats would have an opportunity to make a huge movein the SEC.
The Franklin native at first didn’t want to coach the remaining two games of the season but did so for his players. Kentucky is idle this week before hosting Samford a week from Saturday and closing the season at Tennessee.
Coach Phillips will have his weekly talk show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Tuesday a private fundraising group is working to raise money to offer a pay increase to Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart. Multiple sources say the privately raised funding would be worked into an enhancement fund in a newly drafted contract. Taggart’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate at the University of Kentucky.
College Basketball: Cardinal Authority.com reported Tuesday Louisville’s Mangok Maithang will not be eligible for the upcoming season. Coach Rick Pitino says Mathiang will have four years of eligibility to play. The NCAA ruled Maithang ineligible this season.
Pitino also says when the Cards host Bellarmine in their second exhibition tonight, Kevin Ware will be back from his one game suspension.
Meanwhile, Pitino says its 50-50 whether Chane Behanan will play the season opener Sunday against Manhattan. Behanan is sitting out tonight’s game due to a violation of team rules. Pitino says if Behanan takes care of his business, he will likely play Sunday.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker received a good report on his MRI Tuesday, with coach Mike Munchak saying there’s a chance Locker could play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Locker dislocated his non throwing shoulder in a game at Houston September 30th.