College Football: For the second time this week, Arkansas has lost another player for the season due to injury. Arkansas News.com reports Razorback defensive end Tenarius Wright is done due to a shoulder injury. Earlier this week, linebacker Alonzo Highsmith announced his season was over due to a foot injury.
Meanwhile, following practice this morning, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced defensive players Mikie Benton of Russellville, along with Ashely Lowery and Martavieous Neloms will not make the trip to Fayetteville due to injuries. Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports of the 30 defensive players making the trip, 23 are freshmen or sophomores. Pre game coverage for Saturday's game at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Basketball: Louisville coach Rick Pitino tells CBS Sports.com he no longer plans to retire in 2017. During an interview which aired Wednesday on Sirius XM, Pitino told Jeff Goodman he plans to sign a contract extension and coach as long as his health is good. Pitino had said as recently as last year, he planned to retire when his contract ended in 2017. Louisville is ranked pre season number one or number two in several publications.
MLB: All four divisional series could come to an end today. In the National League, St. Louis and Washington start things off with the Cardinals leading the series 2 games to 1.
In Cincinnati, the Reds and Giants are tied two games each. In the American League, New York leads Baltimore two games to one as the teams play tonight at Yankee Stadium, with Detroit at Oakland and the series tied two games each.
NHL: Multiple sources tell ESPN NewYork.com that the NHL Players Association is drawing up a new collective bargaining agreement proposal and the NHL is urging the union to make it. Negotiators met for five hours Wednesday with not much progress made in the ongoing negotiations. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the games cancelled through October 24th will lose the league between $240 and 250 million dollars.
NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races due to a concussion, ending his chances to win the Sprint Cup title. Earnhardt was diagnosed Wednesday and is to discuss the injury today in Charlotte. Earnhardt was injured in a 25 car pileup late in last Sunday’s race at Talladega.
Wednesday’s High School Results
8th district soccer finals: Hopkinsville’s boys and girls made it a clean sweep of the championship games. The Lady Tigers defeated Christian County 8-0, while the Tigers won over UHA 3-1.
Thursday’s High School Schedule
7th district soccer finals: Madisonville meets Caldwell County in both the girls and boys championship games with the girls game to begin at 5:30.
College Football: Following an off week, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to go 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play at Troy University this evening. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 heading into the contest, while Troy is 3-2 on the season.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee coach Derek Dooley plans to be at practice today. Dooley missed yesterday’s practice following hip surgery Tuesday and will coach from the coaches booth Saturday when the Vols meet 19th ranked Mississippi State.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt will have its first home sellout in four years Saturday when they host 4th ranked Florida. The last sellout ironically was in 2008 when Tim Tebow, now of the New York Jets, led the Gators into Vanderbilt Stadium.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky recruiting target James Young will announce his college selection this afternoon at 4 Hopkinsville time on ESPN U. Young is a 6-6 wing player out of Rochester High School in Michigan and has UK, Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas on his short list.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was in Louisville Wednesday to speak at the annual UK tipoff luncheon. Calipari told the crowd he didn’t know how the Wildcats would play offensively, but said they would block shots and hopefully play fast, with good defense.
Calipari is hopeful this team will follow last year’s national championship team in one area: sacrifice. Calipari said last year’s group’s shared sacrifice was a lesson to all that anything can be overcome if the team comes together.
NFL: Week 6 of the season begins tonight with a rivalry matchup at LP Field as the 1-4 Tennessee Titans host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff for the game is at 7:20.
NHL: Even though labor talks are at a stalemate, members of the Nashville Predators are out in the Nashville area promoting the team. The Tennessean says players have even been seen in fast food restaurants talking about the upcoming season, which was supposed to begin Wednesday.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Todd Hamilton will have previews of the Christian County-Graves County football game and the Hopkinsville-Ohio County game, along with previews of the 8th district soccer championship games this evening.
Major League Baseball’s divisional playoffs continue this afternoon and evening.
The St. Louis Cardinals are in Washington to face the Nationals, with Chris Carpenter, bothered by arm injuries throughout the season to get the start for the Redbirds. The series is tied at 1-1.
ESPN reports Mike Leake will get the start for the Cincinnati Reds in game four of their division series with San Francisco later this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The Reds can win the series with a victory today as they lead 2-1.
The New York Yankees host Baltimore in game three of their series this evening at Yankee Stadium tied one game each and Oakland fights to stay alive in their series with Detroit, trailing 2-1.
Former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras has died at age 77. Karras had been only given a few days to live after recently experiencing kidney failure. Karras died at his home surrounded by his family. Karras played 12 seasons in the NFL and was a four time Pro Bowl selection.
Following his playing career, Karras became an actor, appearing in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles” and also in the television series “Webster” in the 1980’s. He was also a commentator for a few seasons in the 1970’s on Monday Night Football.
Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan says his son Billy will become a member of the Gators basketball team this year. The younger Donovan is transferring from Catholic University and will be a walk on for the Gators this season.
Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman has received several weekly honors following his 38-43 performance for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns in the Racers win last week at Austin Peay. Brockman was not only named the Ohio Valley Conference offensive player of the week Sunday, he was also named the NCAA offensive player of the week, the Sports Network’s co-offensive player of the week and College Football Performance Awards National quarterback of the week.
Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton comes your way at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. You’ll hear previews of the Christian County-Graves County and Hopkinsville-Ohio County football games among topics this evening.
Tuesday’s High School Results
8th district final: Christian County defeated University Heights 3 sets to none. Both teams will advance to the 2nd region tournament to be held next week at Caldwell County High School.
8th district semifinals: Hopkinsville defeated Christian County 3-0 and University Heights won over Fort Campbell 7-0.
5th district final: Trigg County blanked Lyon County 13-0.
6th district final: Henderson County defeated Union County 10-0.
7th district semifinal: Caldwell County over Dawson Springs 10-1.
13th district final: Todd Central over Franklin Simpson 3-0.
6th district final: Henderson County shut out Union County 5-0.
7th district semifinal: Madisonville over Dawson Springs 10-0.
13th district final: Logan County defeated Todd Central 2-1 on penalty kicks.
Today’s schedule--8th district soccer finals: Christian County meets Hopkinsville in the girls final at 6, with Hopkinsville meeting University Heights in the boys final at 8.
The latest Kentucky High School Girls Soccer Association poll has Hopkinsville ranked 23rd this week. Notre Dame is 1st, Murray High is 7th, Bowling Green 11th, Madisonville 13th and Owensboro Catholic is 20th.
Heritage Christian Academy closed out the home portion of its volleyball season with a 3 sets to 1 win over Pleasant View, TN Tuesday night. The Lady Warriors are 16-5 on the season with two regular season matches remaining.
High School Football
Bluegrass Preps.com has released its weekly polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green is first, Warren Central second and Christian County 5th.
Class 3-A: Louisville Central first, Fort Campbell 4th, Paducah Tilghman 8th.
Class 2-A: Owensboro Catholic first, Murray High 7th and Caldwell County 10th.
Class A: Mayfield is number one, Russellville 7th.
Class 4-A: Highlands is at the top, with Lone Oak 10th.
Class 6-A: Trinity first, with Henderson County 7th.
College Football: Kentucky will dress 26 freshmen when they take the field against Arkansas Saturday in Fayetteville. Three will start in the contest, quarterback Jalen Whitlow, cornerback Cody Quinn and punter Landon Foster. Kickoff at 6 pm, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Three Kentucky football players entered not guilty pleas on marijuana possession charges in Fayette District Court Tuesday. Running back Raymond Sanders, wide receiver Bookie Cobbins and cornerback Marcus Caffey—who is not eligible this season were arrested September 13th. The Lexington Herald Leader reports the trio will be in court again January 16th.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will coach from the press box Saturday when the Vols meet Mississippi State. Dooley had hip surgery Tuesday and will miss practice today and possibly Thursday according to the university. Dooley is hopeful of returning to normal duties next week if he gets doctors approval.
High School Football: The Associated Press has released its weekly polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green remains first, Warren Central 3rd, Christian County 5th and Greenwood 9th.
Class 3-A: Louisville Central is number one, Fort Campbell 6th and Paducah Tilghman 10th.
Class 2-A: Owensboro Catholic is still number one, Murray High is 3rd and Caldwell County 10th.
Class A: Mayfield remains number one, with Russellville 8th.
Class 4-A: Highlands is number one, Warren East 7th and Lone Oak 10th.
Class 6-A: Trinity remains first, with Henderson County ranked 7th.
College Football: Arkansas has lost its leading tackler for the remainder of the season. Arkansas News.com reports Alonzo Highsmith will be sidelined due to a foot injury which will require surgery. Highsmith was hurt in the first half of the Razorbacks win at Auburn last week. Kentucky is next for Arkansas on Saturday, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says there’s a good chance freshman safety LaDarrell McNeil will start against 19th ranked Mississippi State Saturday. The Vols have allowed six touchdown plays of 50 yards or more in its last three games and are trying to find a way to stop big plays.
MLB: Two games are on the playoff schedule this afternoon and evening. The Cincinnati Reds can wrap up their series with a win over San Francisco at Great American Ballpark. First pitch is at 4:37 Hopkinsville time.
Detroit can wrap up its series with Oakland with a win this evening. The Tigers lead the series 2-0.