High School Basketball-Monday’s scores
Boys: Lyon County defeated Fort Campbell 57-43, Todd Central got by South Warren 50-45, Hopkins Central rolled over Dawson Springs 74-25, Madisonville nipped Caldwell County 49-48, Graves County over Hickman County 65-41.
Girls: South Warren over Todd Central 52-27, Logan County edged Butler County 36-35, Crittenden County doubled up Trigg County 66-33, Greenwood over Russell County 68-47 and Madisonville over Ohio County 68-57.
Boys: Hopkinsville travels to Henderson County as the top two teams in the 2nd region meet at Colonel Gym. Tip off is at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games include Christian County hosting Ensworth, University Heights welcomes Hopkins Central, Trigg County hosts Calloway County, Warren Central at Glasgow, South Warren goes to Edmonson County, Murray travels to Hickman County, Union County welcomes Livingston Central, Graves County hosts Cairo, IL, Crittenden County entertains Webster County.
Girls: Hopkinsville travels to Caldwell County, Christian County is at Daviess County, Todd Central hosts Owensboro, Dawson Springs entertains Crittenden County, South Warren hosts Hart County, Webster County welcomes Henderson County, Lyon County goes to McCracken County, Mayfield at Ballard Memorial.
Boy-Girl Doubleheaders: Logan County entertains Allen County Scottsville, Russellville hosts Greenwood, Warren East entertains Barren County, Muhlenberg County hosts McLean County, Union County welcomes Livingston Central, Graves County hosts Cairo, IL, Graves County hosts Cairo, IL, Paducah Tilghman entertains Marshall County.
High School Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reported Monday the man who built Boyle County into a football power is returning to coach in the high school ranks. Chuck Smith was introduced as the new coach at Madison Central.
Smith led Boyle County to five consecutive state titles from 1999-2003 and a state runner up crown in 2004 before joining Rich Brooks’ staff at the University of Kentucky in 2005. He was at UK until Joker Phillips left in 2012.
College Basketball: Women’s Ohio Valley Conference action saw Belmont overcome an 11 point first half deficit and defeat Murray State 67-57.
Austin Peay got its first OVC win of the season at Morehead State 83-75.
Tonight’s games: 13th ranked Kentucky has a Southeastern Conference road game at Arkansas, with Coach John Calipari using a remark made by a Vanderbilt player following Saturday’s game as motivation.
The Lexington Herald Leader says Commodores guard Kyle Fuller said the Wildcats weren’t much better than them. Calipari says the remark was “disrespectful”. Pre game coverage at 6:30 this evening on Lite 98.7.
For the second consecutive week, two Murray State men’s players have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference. Jarvis Williams was again named the Newcomer of the Week, while Cameron Payne was named Freshman of the Week.
Williams had 19 points and 11 rebounds at Eastern Kentucky and came back with a 14 point performance against Austin Peay. Payne had 19 points in the win at EKU and 15 against Austin Peay.
College Football: Louisville’s new offensive coordinator met with the media Monday. Garrick McGee left the head coaching position at Alabama-Birmingham to join Bobby Petrino’s staff. McGee says his job is to coordinate an offense for one of the best play callers ever in Petrino.
He added he gave up the UAB job because he believes he can help win a national championship with the Cardinals. McGee has worked with Petrino before, serving two years as an assistant at Arkansas.
Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams left Nashville late Monday afternoon. He told reporters when he returned he hoped to have a replacement for Coach James Franklin. Williams did not specify where or whom he would be interviewing.
Meanwhile, a report from CBS Sports.com indicates Vanderbilt wishes to interview Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason about the open position. Mason has been at Stanford since 2010.
The University of Tennessee announced Monday they would begin spring practice March 7th and hold the Orange-White game on April 12th. No time for the game has been announced.
The Vols will begin their second season this spring under coach Butch Jones. Tennessee went 5-7 last season, marking the fourth consecutive losing season for the school.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have found their new head coach. San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt is scheduled to be in Nashville for a news conference today.
Wisenhunt has prior head coaching experience, going 45-51 in six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Wisenhunt led Arizona to a Super Bowl 43 appearance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in which the Cardinals lost.
NHL: The Nashville Predators-who have lost six of their last seven games-are back in action this evening against the Calgary Flames. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
College Basketball: Three games involving Top 25 teams are on the schedule this evening. Second ranked Syracuse goes to Boston College, 7th ranked Iowa State hosts 20th ranked Kansas and 13th ranked Duke entertains Virginia.
College Football: The Austin American Statesman reports former Kentucky head coach and current Florida assistant Joker Phillips is one of three finalists to become offensive coordinator for new coach Charlie Strong at the University of Texas.
Meanwhile, Footballscoop.com reports former Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was introduced as the new Longhorns quarterbacks coach last night.
Multiple reports indicate former Penn State quarterback Tyler Ferguson is transferring to Louisville. Ferguson announced his intentions to leave the Nittany Lions at the end of the 2013 season and had planned to transfer to Western Kentucky to join coach Bobby Petrino.
However, that changed when Petrino left for Louisville last week. Ferguson will sit out the upcoming season and have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2015 season.
CBS Sports.com reports Vanderbilt plans to interview Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason this week about its head coaching vacancy. Mason has been with Stanford since 2010 and the Cardinal defense was the third ranked defense in the nation in the 2013 season.
NFL: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak is interviewing today for the Cleveland Browns opening. The Browns along with the Titans are both still searching for new coaches.
MLB: A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez says the suspended Yankees star passed a drug test just 24-hours after the key witness against him claims A-Rod doped. Joe Tacopina says Anthony Bosch of the now defunct Biogenesis clinic in Florida has no credibility because Major League Baseball paid him to testify against A-Rod. Tacopina says Bosch's claims that he injected A-Rod with performance-enhancing drugs in October 2012 before games three and four of the Yankees playoff series in Detroit are outright lies.
High School Basketball-Tonight’s games
Boys: Fort Campbell welcomes Lyon County, Caldwell County hosts Madisonville, Hopkins Central entertains Dawson Springs, Graves County goes to Hickman County.
Girls: Logan County travels to Butler County, Greenwood entertains Russell County and Madisonville goes to Ohio County.
Boy-Girl Doubleheaders: Todd Central travels to South Warren.
Hopkinsville’s boys are ranked 5th in the latest Cantrall Top 25 poll in today’s Lexington Herald Leader. Ballard is number one this week, with Warren Central ranked 22nd and Bowling Green 25th.
Elizabethtown tops the Girls Cantrall Top 25 poll, with Owensboro Catholic ranked 10th, Henderson County 12th, Bowling Green 17th and Murray tied for 18th this week.
College Basketball: Luke Hancock had a career high 23 points as 12th ranked Louisville got by SMU 71-63. Former Christian County star Donovan Kates had one point in Manhattan’s 86-79 win over Marist.
Women’s action saw 9th ranked Kentucky defeat Missouri 80-69, Vanderbilt upset 8th ranked Tennessee 74-63, and 5th ranked Louisville over South Florida 62-54.
Tonight’s games: Women’s Ohio Valley Conference action has Murray State at Belmont and Austin Peay at Morehead State.
College Football: Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is leaving Athens to become the new defensive coordinator for Coach Bobby Petrino at the University of Louisville. ESPN reports Grantham will receive a five year deal worth $5 million dollars.
Footballscoop.com reported over the weekend Cincinnati tight ends coach Tyson Helton will reportedly become the new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Western Kentucky.
It was also reported Purdue offensive coordinator Gary Nord will also join the staff of new coach Jeff Brohm. However, no official announcement or confirmation of the reports have been made.
NHL: The Nashville Predators lost for the sixth time in the last seven games last night. The Preds were shut out 4-0 by the Minnesota Wild.
High School Basketball-Friday’s scores
Boys: Christian County got back on the winning ways last night with a 76-63 win over Russellville. The Colonels were led in scoring by Tyrik Edwards with 12 points and Jamarius Taylor pitched in 10 as the Colonels improved to 6-8 on the season. Russellville went to 3-11 with the loss and were led in scoring by DeAndre Rivera with 19 points.
Other action saw Fort Campbell roll over Community Christian 70-50, Caldwell County over Dawson Springs 68-21, Trigg County got by Livingston Central 68-64, Warren Central over Warren East 80-58, Bowling Green over Greenwood 72-64.
Crittenden County over Lyon County 58-51, Webster County over Union County 63-55, Graves County defeated Mayfield 63-52, Calloway County over Marshall County 64-31 and Carlisle County over Hickman County 55-52.
Girls: University Heights defeated Madisonville 48-31, Henderson County over Christian County 62-39, Fort Campbell nipped Community Christian 63-62, Logan County over Todd Central 50-34, Livingston Central over Trigg County 52-28, Caldwell County wins over Dawson Springs 62-12, Warren Central over Warren East 63-24, Bowling Green rolled Greenwood 77-42, Franklin Simpson over Barren County 58-29, Glasgow over South Warren 60-42.
Union County slid by Webster County 45-40, Lyon County defeated Crittenden County 61-35 Carlisle County over Hickman County 39-31, and Marshall County nipped Calloway County 53-49.
Boys: Hopkinsville faces one of Indiana’s top ranked teams in Indianapolis Park Tudor at Louisville’s Freedom Hall as part of the Kentucky-Indiana Hall of Fame Challenge Cup. The Heritage Bank pregame show begins at 4 this afternoon on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games have Warren Central traveling to Barren County, Muhlenberg County hosts Meade County, Graves County hosts Crittenden County, McCracken County hosts Holmes, while Marshall County faces Massac County, IL at the McCracken County Mustang Madness.
Girls: Hopkinsville travels to Daviess County, Russellville goes to Warren Central, Franklin Simpson at Monroe County, South Warren travels to Russell County, Greenwood goes to Glasgow, Owensboro hosts Henderson County, Muhlenberg County at Scott County.
Webster County at Crittenden County, Union County welcomes Harrisburg, IL, Calloway County at Hickman County and at the McCracken County Festival of Hoops, Graves County meets Murray, Marshall County faces Goreville, IL and host McCracken County meets Massac County, IL.
Boy-Girl doubleheaders: Todd Central at Hopkins Central, Dawson Springs hosts Frederick Fraize, Franklin Simpson at Monroe County, Paducah Tilghman at Carlisle County.
College Basketball: Kentucky returns to Southeastern Conference action at Vanderbilt this afternoon, with pre game from Memorial Gym in Nashville beginning at 1 on Lite 98.7.
Other SEC games include Tennessee taking on Texas A&M and former Christian County star Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU meeting South Carolina.
In the Ohio Valley Conference: Austin Peay travels to Murray State for a men’s and women’s doubleheader, with the women’s game at 5:15 this evening in the CFSB Center.
Vanderbilt has dismissed its leading scorer Eric McClellan. McClellan had been suspended earlier this week for violation of university policy and would not be in classes in the spring semester. However, coach Kevin Stallings announced the dismissal Friday based on new information learned Wednesday night.
NewsChannel 5 reports McClellan was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of theft under $500. No other details about the case are known other than McClellan is scheduled for a court appearance February 12th.
The University of Tennessee will be without freshman guard Robert Hubbs the Third for the remainder of the season. The school issued a news release Friday saying Hubbs will have surgery on his left shoulder. Hubbs had sat out the last two games. He had played 12 games for the Vols averaging five points per game.
College Football: One day after losing coach Bobby Petrino to Louisville, Western Kentucky named Jeff Brohm as its new coach Friday. Brohm was Petrino’s offensive coordinator during the 2013 season and becomes the 19th head coach in WKU history. Brohm will be WKU’s fourth head coach in the last six seasons.
It was also announced Nick Holt will remain the Hilltoppers defensive coordinator and associate head coach. Holt along with Mike Cassity are among five coaches from the 2013 staff who are staying with WKU.
ESPN reports Penn State will make a “major announcement” this afternoon, which appears to be the hiring of Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.
Meanwhile, Vanderbilt players are scheduled to have a team meeting this morning. It was also reported in Nashville Friday that Franklin, Vandy athletics director David Williams and a significant donor met in what was believed to be an effort to keep Franklin as Commodores coach.
The University of Alabama announced the hiring of former Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Friday. The 38-year-old Kiffin replaces Doug Nessmeier, who left the Crimson Tide to become Michigan’s offensive coordinator.
ESPN reported Friday Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who scored the Seminoles winning touchdown on a 13 yard reception in the national championship game against Auburn earlier this week, is leaving school early for the NFL draft. Benjamin had 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns in leading the Seminoles to an undefeated season and the school’s first national championship since 1999.
NFL: There’s two divisional playoff games on the schedule today. The NFC game sends the Seattle Seahawks against the New Orleans Saints, while the AFC game has the Indianapolis Colts at the New England Patriots.
Sunday’s games have San Francisco at Carolina in the NFC divisional game, while Denver hosts San Diego in the AFC contest.
NHL: The Nashville Predators return to action this evening, hosting the Ottawa Senators. First puck drops at 6 in Bridgestone Arena.
College Football: Reports indicate Jeff Brohm will be the new coach at Western Kentucky University. A 3:30 news conference at Houchens-LT Smith Stadium is scheduled for this afternoon to make it official. Brohm was the Hilltoppers offensive coordinator this past season under former coach Bobby Petrino, named Louisville’s new coach Thursday.
ESPN quotes sources as saying James Franklin is awaiting approval of a Penn State compensation committee before accepting the head coaching position. The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning to discuss the matter. A source tells ESPN Franklin was awaiting the committee’s decision before making his decision.
NFL: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will play in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints after missing most of the season following hip surgery.
He elected to undergo arthroscopic surgery in August, and has played in just one game since. Harvin caught one pass for 17 yards and had a 58-yard kickoff return in a Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings. But Harvin suffered a setback after the game with
swelling and stiffness in his hip. He didn't practice again until last week.
Golf: US Open champion Justin Rose will delay the start of his 2014 season due to mild tendinitis in his right shoulder. Rose was to begin play next week in the Abu Dhabi HSBC championship next week. However, doctors told Rose rest and rehabilitation are the only ways to treat the problem, therefore, he will not compete for a few weeks.