Murray State University's men's basketball team was recognized for its outstanding season by the Murray City Council Thursday night. Players, coaches and others all received a plaque in honor of the Racers 31-2 season and was invited to the podium to introduce themselves to Mayor Bill Wells and council members.
University of Florida freshman Bradley Beal has declared he will enter the NBA draft. The 6-3 guard is projected to be a top five pick. Beal averaged 14.8 points and led the Gators with 6.7 rebounds per game. Beal was named to the All-SEC team and All Freshman team.
University of Arkansas officials say 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell--the football department employee whose affair with former football coach Bobby Petrino got him terminated--has been placed on paid administrative leave by the university.
A source familiar with the deal says the NBA has agreed to sell the New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson for 338 million dollars. The NBA has been trying to sell the Hornets since making the move to buy the club from founder George Shinn in 2010. The deal is expected to be announced shortly.
WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge reports Murray State basketball coach Steve Prohm has contacted LSU about its vacant coaching position. However, LSU officials say Prohm is not a candidate for the job. Prohm just finished his first season as Murray State head coach, leading the Racers to a 31-2 mark and a third round trip to the NCAA tournament. LSU is searching for a replacement for Trent Johnson, who resigned earlier this week to become the new coach at TCU.
The Hattiesburg American reports three names with Kentucky ties are being mentioned as possible candidates for the basketball coaching position at Southern Mississippi. Former UK player Sean Woods—currently the coach at Mississippi Valley State, John Pelphrey—former head coach at Arkansas and South Alabama and currently an assistant at Florida and Kenny Payne, a current assistant at Kentucky who played collegiately at Louisville are being mentioned as Larry Eustachy’s replacement. Eustachy was named the new head coach at Colorado State Thursday.
ESPN reports a source close to former Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino as saying Petrino will not appeal the decision to terminate his contract. Petrino’s contract had an 18 million dollar buyout if he was terminated without cause. However, he was fired Tuesday for violating a morals clause and will receive no further compensation. Petrino has accepted responsibility for his actions and resulting termination.
As the St. Louis Cardinals play their home opener against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, the Redbirds could be without the services of first baseman Lance Berkman for the weekend series. Berkman has been bothered by a left calf strain and an MRI showed no significant problems. Berkman said Thursday the calf was improved from a day earlier and considers himself day to day.
College Baseball: Austin Peay and Murray State play a weekend Ohio Valley Conference series beginning this evening at 6 at Raymond C. Hand park in Clarksville. The other games will play at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Western Kentucky opens a weekend series this evening at Arkansas State, with former Hopkinsvile High pitcher Justin Hageman to get the start this evening. Hageman has a 2-3 record, with a 5.66 ERA.
Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker plays his second round at the RBC Heritage on the PGA Tour this afternoon. At the Champions Tour Encompass Insurance Pro Am of Tampa Bay—Franklin’s Kenny Perry is in the clubhouse at one over par after firing a 72 this morning.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville concluded play in the Derby City Classic with an 8-1 win over Atherton, Christian County lost to Logan County 7-0, West Creek edged University Heights 3-2 in 8 innings, Fort Campbell over Todd Central 8-2, Bowling Green routed Russellville 14-4, Henderson County run ruled Union County 12-1 in 6 innings.
Today’s games: Christian County faces Whitefield Academy in the William Workman Classic in Clarksville, Caldwell County meets Louisville Holy Cross at the Florida Beach Bash
Madisonville faces Warren East and Adair County at the Bowling Green/Warren County Invitational where Greenwood faces Butler County, Bowling Green hosts Henderson County, Marshall County faces Union County and Knox Central at the Franklin Simpson Wildcat Classic where Franklin Simpson meets Beech, TN.
High School Softball: University Heights got by Ohio County 4-3, Christian County lost to Carter High of Knoxville 4-2, Logan County defeated Trigg County 20-6 in 6 innings, Barren County run ruled Russellville 10-0 in 6 innings, Kenwood, TN over Todd Central 8-1, Muhlenberg County over Dawson Springs 6-3, Union County over Owensboro 9-0, Owensboro Catholic over Henderson County 4-1, Marshall County edged Graves County 2-0.
Today’s games: University Heights meets Adair County and host Russell County at the Lady Laker Classic, Todd Central meets Clinton County in the 4th region All A Classic at Metcalfe County, Logan County hosts Ohio County, Dawson Springs welcomes Livingston Central, Marshall County hosts Ballard Memorial.
Christian County is ranked 5th in the latest Kentucky Softball Coaches Association poll which has Ballard first, Allen County Scottsville second, Greenwood 7th, Owensboro Catholic 8th, Reidland 12th, Bowling Green 16th, Muhlenberg County 18th, Hopkins Central 21st, Livingston Central is tied for 25th.
Bowling Green is 6th, Apollo is 10th and Henderson County is tied for 17th in the latest Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association poll which has Male number one this week.
High School Basketball: A story in today’s Kentucky New Era mentions five area players received Associated Press honorable mentions Thursday.
Girls: Hopkinsville senior Christy Soldo, Christian County senior Martessia Williams and University Heights sophomore Danika Prater were honored.
Boys: Hopkinsville junior Jordan Majors and Trigg County junior Deonquez Nance were honored.
College Basketball: The Bowling Green Daily News had a story in its Thursday edition concerning LSU and former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey’s future now that coach Trent Johnson has left for TCU. WHOP Sports spoke with Hickey's father Thursday morning and he told us that his son has not made any decision on his future. The elder Hickey says a decision will be made once a new coach is hired.
The Daily News story also mentioned that Hickey was recruited by Western Kentucky University during his senior year. The Hilltoppers lost their leading scorer and rebounder from the recent season, Derrick Gordon, who announced last week his plans to transfer to a school closer to his New Jersey home.
Kentucky coach John Calipari took the National Championship trophy to several Eastern Kentucky cities for fans to see on Thursday. Calipari spoke to fans at each stop and took pictures. The tour continues today with a stop this afternoon in Owensboro and this evening in Paducah.
The Courier Journal reports Louisville’s Jared Swopshire is transferring to Northwestern for his final year of eligibility. Swopshire will graduate from U of L in May, but has one year remaining to play and his father says Northwestern is the best fit from a basketball and academic perspective. Swopshire has not decided what graduate program he will enter at Northwestern.
College Football: Louisville coach Charlie Strong told media members during a news conference for Saturday’s Red-White spring scrimmage he is not leaving to go to the University of Arkansas. Strong reiterated his commitment to Louisville and said he had not been contacted by Arkansas nor was he interested in the position.
Western Kentucky has its Red-White game tomorrow evening in Bowling Green and it will be a new look for the Hilltoppers without running back Bobby Rainey.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have come to terms on a contract with free agent defensive end Dave Ball. Sources say it’s a one year deal worth roughly 1.2 million dollars. Ball had four quarterback sacks last season.
NHL: Smashville and Hockeytown meet in game two of their Stanley Cup series in Nashville tonight as the Nashville Predators host the Detroit Red Wings. Coverage of the game at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Red Wings will be without forward Darren Helm for the remainder of the playoffs after he underwent surgery to have lacerated tendons in his forearm repaired. Helm was cut by the skate blade of Nashville’s Alexander Radulov when the two collided in the first period of game one Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the NHL has fined Predators captain Shea Weber 25 hundred dollars for cracking the helmet of Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and hitting him into the wall at the end of game one Wednesday. Zetterberg practiced with the Red Wings Thursday.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost their series finale with Oklahoma City 2-0 and will open the home portion of the season tonight against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the Lake County Captains 5-2, with game two of the series this evening.
PGA Tour: Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker fired an even par 71 at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Thursday. Three players are tied atop the leaderboard at 67.
Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran are in the field for the Encompass Insurance Pro Am of Tampa Bay which begins today on the Champions Tour.
The Bowling Green Daily News had a story in its Thursday edition saying LSU and former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey has not made a decision whether he will stay with the Tiger basketball program now that Trent Johnson has left for TCU. WHOP Sports spoke with Hickey's father this morning and he told us that his son has not made any decision on his future. The elder Hickey says a decision will be made once a new coach is hired.
The Daily News story also mentioned that Hickey was recruited by Western Kentucky University during his senior year and backed off when they recruited another guard. The Hilltoppers lost their leading scorer and rebounder from last season, Derrick Gordon, who last week announced his plans to transfer to a school closer to his New Jersey home.
Christian County is ranked 5th in the latest Kentucky Softball Coaches Association Top 25 poll. Ballard is first, with defending champion Allen County Scottsville second, Greenwood 7th, Owensboro Catholic 8th, Reidland 12th, Bowling Green 16th, Muhlenberg County 18th, Hopkins Central 21st and Livingston Central tied for 25th.
Male is at the top of the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25, with Bowling Green 6th and Henderson County tied with Ballard for 17th this week.