College Football: Kentucky Sports Radio reports on its website Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is scheduled to visit Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar today. The junior is currently the 18th best quarterback prospect for 2015 according to 247 Sports.com. Sindelar has scholarship offers currently from Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Toledo.
Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews is listed on the South roster for the 65th annual Senior Bowl to be held in Mobile, AL on January 25th. The South team is being coached by Gus Bradley and members of the Jacksonville Jaguars staff. The South team has won two of the last three meetings against their North counterparts.
College Basketball: Top 25 action has top ranked Arizona hosting Arizona State, 9th ranked Ohio State at Minnesota, 17th ranked Memphis hosts Connecticut, 22nd ranked Colorado hosts 25th ranked UCLA and 24th ranked Gonzaga goes to Pepperdine.
NFL: ESPN Boston reports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was back in practice today, one day after missing practice due to what’s being called a minor illness. The Patriots face the Denver Broncos Sunday in the AFC championship game.
The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the promotion of Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator. Guenther, who had been the Bengals linebackers coach, replaces Mike Zimmer who was named the new coach of the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday.
MLB: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez says sitting out the 2014 season will give him a chance to rest physically and mentally. ESPN reports Rodriguez made the statement during a news conference in Mexico City Wednesday promoting a gym he is affiliated with.
A-Rod added after serving his suspension, he will have three years remaining on his contract with the Yankees and says he plans to finish his career in New York.
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Boys: Third ranked Hopkinsville travels to Madisonville for a make-up game against the Maroons. The Heritage Bank pre-game show begins at 8:00 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games have Caldwell County hosting Hopkins Central, Webster County entertains Mayfield.
Girls: Dawson Springs entertains Trigg County, Madisonville welcomes Union County, St. Mary hosts Mayfield.
Boy-Girl doubleheaders: University Heights travels to Fort Campbell.
Hopkinsville’s boys are ranked third in this week’s Bluegrass Preps.com Top 20 poll, which has Ballard number one. On the girls side, Elizabethtown is first, Marshall County 14th, Henderson County 15th and Owensboro Catholic is 16th.
College Basketball: Former Christian County star Anthony Hickey, Jr. had 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists in LSU’s 88-74 overtime loss to Ole Miss. Tennessee defeated Auburn 78-67 behind 21 points from Jordan McRae and a double-double from Jarnell Stokes who had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Women’s scores: Western Kentucky defeated Arkansas Little Rock 65-39 and 5th ranked Louisville rolled over Central Florida 75-56.
Tonight’s games: Ohio Valley Conference action has Murray State at Eastern Illinois, Austin Peay at SIU Edwardville. Western Kentucky hosts Arkansas Little Rock, 18th ranked Louisville hosts Houston, Vanderbilt hosts Missouri and former Christian County player Donovan Kates and Manhattan meet Siena.
Women’s action has 12th ranked Tennessee playing Mississippi State and 24th ranked Vanderbilt meets Ole Miss.
College Football: Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm announced late Wednesday Tyson Helton will be the Hilltoppers new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Helton most recently served as the University of Cincinnati’s special teams and tight ends coach. Helton and Brohm once served as assistants together at Alabama-Birmingham.
Vanderbilt University is slated to interview Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton today as the search for James Franklin’s replacement continues. St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer interviewed for the job Wednesday.
NFL: Multiple reports indicate a former Western Kentucky quarterback will interview for the offensive coordinator’s job with the Tennessee Titans. Jason Michael led the Hilltoppers to the FCS national championship in 2002. Michael currently serves as the tight ends coach with the San Diego Chargers, where he worked with new Titans coach Ken Wisenhunt.
NHL: The Nashville Predators seek their second win in as many games as they travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers. First puck drops at 6 pm.
The Predators made a trade yesterday, acquiring goalie Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for exchange for center Matt Hendricks.
High School Football: South Warren is searching for a new coach. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Tuesday Mark Nelson is leaving the program. Nelson has been the Spartans coach since the program’s inception in 2010.
He was 24-13 in three seasons including an 11-2 record in the 2013 season which saw the Spartans lose to Paducah Tilghman 8-7 in the third round of the Class 3-A playoffs. Nelson also spent nine seasons as Greenwood coach before coming to South Warren.
High School Basketball: The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced pairings for the KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 and Girls Sweet 16 will be announced February 3rd in Lexington. The girls tournament will be March 12-16 at EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, while the boys tournament will be March 19-23 at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening include 4th ranked Michigan State at Northwestern, 8th ranked Oklahoma State hosts TCU, 11th rated San Diego State hosts Fresno State, 13th ranked Baylor is at Texas Tech and 15th ranked UMass is at George Mason.
College Football: 247 Sports reports St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is scheduled to interview today for the head coaching vacancy at Vanderbilt University.
Meanwhile, CBS Sports.com reports Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason are schedule to interview with Vanderbilt officials Thursday.
NFL: ESPN reports Green Bay Packers inside linebackers/assistant head coach Winston Moss is a strong candidate to become the Tennessee Titans new defensive coordinator.
ESPN also reports Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will become the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Negotiations are in progress.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says the Browns are being patient in regards to hiring a new coach. In an online letter to season ticket holders today, Haslam said the Browns plan to interview all candidates on their list before making a hire. The Browns were first to fire their coach, letting 1st year leader Rob Chudzinski go the day after the regular season ended last month.
MLB: The Cincinnati Enquirer reports six members of the Cincinnati Reds filed for arbitration Tuesday. Among them were pitchers Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and reliever Sam LeCure. The two sides will exchange offers by Friday, and each side will have until an arbitration date to avoid arbitration.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post Dispatch says Cardinals outfielder was among three players to file for arbitration Tuesday.
Multiple reports indicate the Los Angeles Dodgers want their ace Clayton Kershaw signed to a long term contract by Friday. The National League Cy Young award winner was one of 146 players who filed for arbitration Tuesday.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com. Todd will originate the show from Toyota of Hopkinsville and visit with Links at Novadell director of golf Barry Payne about the new Academy at Novadell and with University Heights girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
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Boys: Third ranked Hopkinsville outscored Henderson County 27-15 in the 4th quarter to take a 71-59 win last night in Henderson. The Tigers had five players in double figures led by Dee Henry’s 18 points. Hopkinsville improved to 14-2 on the season, while Henderson County fell to 8-5.
Other games saw University Heights defeat Hopkins Central 74-60, Ensworth over Christian County 73-55, Calloway County over Trigg County 68-58, Russellville got by Greenwood 53-46, Logan County had to go to double overtime to slide by Allen County Scottsville 83-80, Warren Central over Glasgow 71-54, South Warren slid by Edmonson County 50-45, Warren East nipped Barren County in overtime 52-51, Butler County edged Franklin Simpson 59-58.
Muhlenberg County nipped McLean County 43-41, Webster County got by Crittenden County 58-53, Union County over Livingston Central 68-41, St. Mary rolled Community Christian 68-29, Marshall County defeated Paducah Tilghman 48-37, Hickman County over Murray 67-57, Cape Girardeau Central nipped McCracken County 52-50, Graves County over Cairo, IL 88-76.
Girls: Hopkinsville over Caldwell County 55-48, Christian County defeated Daviess County 48-40, Todd Central over Owensboro 41-37, Allen County Scottsville over Logan County 71-44, Greenwood over Russellville 58-47, Barren County over Warren East 68-60, South Warren rolled Hart County 70-49.
Muhlenberg County wins over McLean County 57-51, Union County defeated Livingston Central 42-31, Henderson County over Webster County 62-47, Ballard Memorial had to go to overtime to beat Mayfield 66-55, Marshall County over Paducah Tilghman 52-44, McCracken County got by Lyon County 62-54, Graves County rolled Cairo, IL 74-38.
College Basketball: Michael Qualls two hand thundering dunk with two-tenths of a second left gave Arkansas an 87-85 overtime win over Kentucky last night in Fayetteville. James Young led the 13th ranked Wildcats with 23 points, Julius Randle pitched in 20 and Aaron Harrison added 16 for Kentucky, now 12-4 overall and 2-1 in SEC play. Kentucky returns to action Saturday hosting Tennessee, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
A reminder coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Coach Matthew Mitchell has his call in show at 7, followed by the Cats Pause call in show at 7:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Tonight’s games: Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU travel to Ole Miss and Tennessee meets Auburn. Women's action has Western Kentucky hosting Arkansas Little Rock and 5th ranked Louisville meets Central Florida.
College Football: Louisville coach Bobby Petrino announced the hiring of Chris Klenakis as his offensive line coach Tuesday. Klenakis comes to Louisville from Iowa State, but worked with coach Petrino before for three seasons at Arkansas.
NFL: Ken Wisenhunt says feeling comfortable with an organization is why he accepted the head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans.
Wisenhunt was introduced as the 17th head coach of the Titans franchise Tuesday. Wisenhunt spent six seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, leading them to one Super Bowl appearance and most recently was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers.
NHL: The Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 last night, with four different players scoring goals including Ryan Ellis who had a goal and an assist.
College Basketball: Top 25 action this evening includes third ranked Wisconsin at Indiana, 5th ranked Wichita State hosts Bradley, 7th ranked Florida welcomes Georgia, 19th ranked Creighton hosts Butler, 21st ranked Pittsburgh is at Georgia Tech and 23rd ranked Cincinnati hosts Temple.
ESPN’s Dick Vitale tells WDRB-Louisville he would be willing to mediate a situation which perturbs him, the absence of Kentucky playing Indiana in basketball. Vitale, who has worked a number of the games between the rivals, says egos need to be set aside and the series resumed. Vitale also says Indiana should play Louisville each year. Those two schools will play in the Jimmy V Classic next year in New York.
College Football: Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has announced another hire for his coaching staff. Petrino is reuniting with Chris Klenakis who has been named the Cardinals offensive line coach. Klenakis worked with Petrino before when the two were at Arkansas. Klenakis worked this past season as the offensive line coach at Iowa State.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have a news conference scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon to introduce new head coach Ken Wisenhunt. Wisenhunt comes to Nashville from the San Diego Chargers, where he has served as offensive coordinator. Wisenhunt interestingly enough began his coaching career in the Music City, serving as an assistant at Vanderbilt in the late 1990’s.
The Denver Broncos will play the AFC title game on Sunday against New England without a major contributor to their defense, as cornerback Chris Harris has a torn ACL. Harris was hurt in the third quarter of this past Sunday's game against San Diego and an MRI exam revealed the severity of the injury. The 24- year-old Harris had 65 tackles, 13 passes defensed and three interceptions during the regular season.