High School Basketball
Boys: Heritage Christian Academy rolled over Glasgow Christian 57-38. The Warriors were led by Alex Walker with 18 points and Kenneth Morris scored all 10 of his points in the third period. HCA improved to 21-2 on the season and plays at Bluegrass Baptist Saturday.
Elsewhere: Hopkins Central defeated Fort Campbell 88-62, Crittenden County over Dawson Springs 60-39, Todd Central over Clarksville Academy 62-55, Union County over Community Christian 68-44, South Warren defeated Franklin Simpson 48-38.
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Ohio County 58-40, Fort Campbell over Caldwell County 52-48, Todd Central defeated Clarksville Academy 56-27, Henderson County over McLean County 56-30, Franklin Simpson over South Warren 50-35.
Hopkinsville holds Senior Night activities as the Tigers and Lady Tigers host Lyon County. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Boys: University Heights at Shelby County, Todd Central at Russellville, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville, Trigg County at Caldwell County, Logan County at South Warren, Henderson County at Webster County, Murray entertains Livingston Central, Calloway County at Marshall County, Graves County at Mayfield, Crittenden County at St. Mary, Lone Oak at Paducah Tilghman, Franklin Simpson at Allen County Scottsville, Warren East at Bowling Green, Greenwood at Warren Central.
Girls: Christian County at Hopkins Central, University Heights entertains Dawson Springs, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville, Trigg County at Caldwell County, Russellville hosts Todd Central, Logan County at South Warren, Crittenden County at St. Mary, Lone Oak at Paducah Tilghman, Murray hosts Livingston Central, Calloway County at Marshall County, Graves County at Mayfield, Franklin Simpson at Allen County Scottsville, Warren East at Bowling Green, Greenwood at Warren Central.
Pairings for the 8th district basketball tournaments being hosted by Christian County are being announced this morning. We will have a full report on air and online on the WHOP family of stations later this morning.
High School Wrestling/Swimming
The Region 1 wrestling meet begins this evening at Caldwell County, with Union County the favorite to repeat as regional champions. The Western Kentucky regional swim meet takes place today in Owensboro with Bowling Green the favorite to take both the boys and girls titles.
There are no more unbeatens in the nation after Tennessee State upset 7th ranked Murray State 72-68. The Racers got 31 points from Isaiah Cannan, but TSU matched Cannan shot for shot in getting the win. Murray State is now 23-1 and 11-1 in the OVC and will host Austin Peay Saturday night at 7:30.
Middle Tennessee defeated Western Kentucky 72-64 and Fairfield defeated Manhattan 60-54, with former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scoring two points and grabbing one rebound.
Women’s action saw number 25 Vanderbilt upset number 11 Tennessee 93-79.
Top ranked Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Hopkinsville native and Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Tommy Wade was on Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville Wednesday night. He says the Cowboys have had a tough season. After holding off Iowa State Tuesday night, OSU travels to play at Kansas Saturday.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports two Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s signee were named McDonald’s All Americans Thursday. Clarksville Northeast standout Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin of Little Rock were selected to play in the game along with women’s signee Janee Thompson. The McDonald’s All American game will be played March 28th in Chicago.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the University of Memphis wants to end its basketball series with the University of Tennessee. Coach Josh Pastner says playing Tennessee gives the Vols an unfair recruiting advantage in Memphis. Memphis athletics director R.C. Johnson had been negotiating to continue the series. Memphis is set to become a member of the Big East in 2013.
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi year deal with offensive tackle Mike Otto. Otto had been set to become a free agent March 13th. Otto was selected in the seventh round out of Purdue in 2007 and has played in 41 games in five seasons with the Titans.
The Ottawa Senators edged the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night. The Predators play at defending Stanley Cup champion Boston tomorrow, with coverage at noon on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentuckians Steve Flesch and JB Holmes stand at even par after the first round of the AT and T National Pro Am at Pebble Beach. Dustin Johnson is among three golfers tied for the lead at nine under par. Tiger Woods—making his PGA Tour debut—is at five under, four shots off the lead.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Paducah’s Russ Cochran are playing in the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship which begins today.
High School Basketball
University Heights Academy defeated Louisville Holy Cross in boys action 69-66.
Tonight’s games: Heritage Christian Academy’s Warriors are back in action this evening hosting the Glasgow Christian Warriors. Coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show around 5:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other boys games: Fort Campbell at Hopkins Central, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Dawson Springs goes to Crittenden County, Union County hosts Community Christian and South Warren hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Ohio County, Fort Campbell at Caldwell County, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Union County hosts Community Christian and South Warren welcomes Franklin Simpson.
Pairings for the upcoming 8th district basketball tournament will be announced during a meeting to be held Friday morning at 7:30 at Christian County High School. Christian County will host both tournaments this year. The 2nd region girls tournament will also be played at Christian County, with the boys set to be played at Madisonville.
Christian County has named a new tennis coach. The Kentucky New Era reports David Chase was named to the position Wednesday. Chase played tennis for the Colonels from 1999-2001. Chase was the assistant coach for the last two years.
Vanderbilt snapped a two game losing skid in defeating LSU 76-61. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. scored 12 points in the loss for the Tigers, who fall to 13-10 and 3-6 in the SEC.
Tennessee defeated South Carolina 69-57 and in women’s action, Middle Tennessee got by Western Kentucky 67-64.
Tonight’s games: 7th ranked Murray State entertains Tennessee State, Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee, former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan meet Fairfield.
Women’s game: Number 11 Tennessee meets number 25 Vanderbilt.
The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino said on his radio show Wednesday night, heralded freshman Wayne Blackshear has been medically cleared to play. However, Pitino says he won’t use Blackshear right away. Blackshear suffered a torn labrum in practice last October and had surgery in November.
Former University of Kentucky basketball player Jim Dinwiddie is dead at 63. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Dinwiddie was found dead Tuesday in his home above his law practice office in Leitchfield. The Grayson County coroner Joseph Brad Hudson says Dinwiddie was found with a single gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Dinwiddie grew up in Grayson County and returned there after his UK career. He played for the Wildcats from 1968-1971.
The University of Tennessee plans to mix up its defenses during the 2012 season. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri says there will be elements of the 3-4, along with 4-3 looks, multiple fronts, and a pro style approach.
The University of Kentucky—featuring former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner—opens its season today. The Wildcats—ranked 13th and 18th in two national polls—meet UCLA at 8 pm this evening in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles. Kentucky plays its second game against Pacific at noon Friday.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening at the Ottawa Senators. It’s a homecoming for Mike Fisher, who played 13 seasons in Ottawa before being traded to the Predators last season. First puck drops at 6:30 this evening.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville is on the air at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Hopkinsville native and Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Tommy Wade and University Heights girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
High School Basketball
Girls: Hopkinsville got 19 points from Christy Soldo and 14 from Haley Cook in defeating University Heights 52-41. The Lady Blazers were led in scoring by Kiki Smith with 14 and Dennayia Holmes with 12. Hopkinsville is now 22-4 on the season and finishes district play 6-0, while UHA is 18-4 and finishes tied with Christian County at 3-3 in district play.
Elsewhere: Christian County defeated Calloway County 50-43, Heritage Christian lost to North Hardin Christian 43-39 in double overtime, Hopkins Central wins over Fort Campbell 56-49, Logan County edged Edmonson County 38-33, Webster County over Madisonville 51-23, Livingston Central over Union County 62-51, Ballard Memorial over Graves County 53-32, Lone Oak over Lyon County 60-58, Paducah Tilghman over Heath 81-44, Bowling Green rolled over Butler County 71-13, South Warren over Warren East 48-32.
Boys: Hopkinsville trailed by as many as 21 in the second half, but rallied to beat Muhlenberg County 74-72, Apollo defeated Christian County 67-44, Heritage Christian Academy defeated North Hardin Christian 56-54, Trigg County rolled over Dawson Springs 83-48 as coach Mike Wright got his 200th win as Trigg County’s coach, Logan County nipped Breckinridge County 61-59, Hopkins Central defeated Caldwell County 74-61, Madisonville edged Webster County 51-48.
Union County got by Crittenden County 45-43, Lyon County over Lone Oak 77-67, Graves County over Ballard Memorial 60-42, Carlisle County over Calloway County 63-50, Greenwood defeated Allen County Scottsville 60-53, Bowling Green rolls over Owensboro 76-39, Warren Central over Franklin Simpson 92-80.
Former Christian County baseball player Geoff Bailey has been enshrined in the Beloit College Hall of Fame. Bailey was honored in a ceremony Saturday night according to the Kentucky New Era. Bailey was part of a pitching combination to throw the first no hitter in Beloit College history and still has the all time victory leader for Beloit College with 22.
Top ranked Kentucky got 13 points and 13 rebounds from freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in downing 8th ranked Florida 78-58 at Rupp Arena. Doron Lamb led Kentucky with 18 points and Anthony Davis added 16, while freshman Marquis Teague had a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.
Kentucky is now 24-1 and 10-0 in the SEC and has the nation’s longest home winning streak at 49 games. Kentucky is back in action Saturday at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7
Tonight’s games: Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU play at Vanderbilt, Tennessee takes on South Carolina. Women’s action has Western Kentucky meeting Middle Tennessee.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports another University of Tennessee football assistant has left the staff. One of the few holdovers from Lane Kiffin’s staff—Steve Rubio—is no longer on the staff. Rubio was infamously linked to the NCAA’s recent investigation of the football program. It’s not known if Rubio left on his own or was terminated.
Meanwhile, two graduating seniors for UT were invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Defensive lineman Malik Jackson and running back Tauren Poole will participate in the combine to be held February 22-28.
A person familiar with discussions says the University of Memphis may join the Big East Conference in all sports. The Associated Press reports the Tigers would likely join in 2013 when other schools from Conference USA—Houston, Central Florida and SMU—are set to join the league. CBSSports.com reports a deal could be announced later this week.
The Ohio Valley Conference has released its pre season poll and Austin Peay was picked to win the league this year. The Governors received seven of nine first place votes. UT Martin was picked 8th and Murray State was picked ninth.
Tenneseee Titans general manager Ruston Webster says the team is in good hands with quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, and downplayed Tuesday the talk of trying to acquire Peyton Manning if he becomes a free agent. The Indianapolis Colts must either pay a 28 million dollar payout March 8th or Manning can become a free agent.
The Nashville Predators fell to Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout at Bridgestone Arena. Preds goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 28 of 31 shots, while Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made 37 saves on 40 shots. The Predators return to action Thursday against the Ottawa Senators.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been selected among 20 players to the 2012 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year midseason watch list by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Davis leads the nation in blocked shots and is third in field goal percentage. Davis is Kentucky's leading scorer, rebounder and leads in steals. Kidd-Gilchrist is second on the team in rebounding and steals and is third in scoring. Kentucky hosts 7th ranked Florida this evening, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Murray State has learned its February 23rd game at Tennessee State will be nationally televised by ESPN U. The 7th ranked and undefeated Racers will play the Tigers at the Gentry Center in Nashville at 7 pm. The two teams play for the first time Thursday night at the CFSB Center.
Major League Baseball
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed light hitting infielder Alex Cora to a minor league contract and would get an 800-thousand dollar deal if he makes the 40 man roster. The 14 year veteran hit .224 last season in playing all four infield positions for the Washington Nationals. Cora is among 20 non roster invitees to spring training.
High School Basketball
Boys: Russellville defeated Fort Campbell 65-59, Livingston Central over Union County 48-40, Mayfield over Murray 63-44, Henderson County over Owensboro Catholic 55-38, Union City, TN over Calloway County 55-40.
Girls: Caldwell County edged Dawson Springs 44-39, Hopkins Central over Trigg County 66-59, Russellville defeated Butler County 53-42, Muhlenberg County over Apollo 54-48, Warren Central over Franklin Simpson 55-34, Murray over Mayfield 58-41.
Girls: The final 8th district game of the regular season takes place as University Heights hosts Hopkinsville. Hopkinsville has wrapped up the top seed for the upcoming district tournament, however, if UHA upsets the Lady Tigers tonight, there will be a tie between the Lady Blazers and Christian County for 2nd and 3rd seeds. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: Christian County hosts Calloway County, Fort Campbell entertains Hopkins Central, Logan County hosts Edmonson County, Madisonville welcomes Webster County, Livingston Central hosts Union County, Lyon County entertains St. Mary, Paducah Tilghman at Heath, Graves County hosts Ballard Memorial, Community Christian hosts Marshall County, Greenwood hosts Allen County Scottsville, South Warren at Warren East and Bowling Green hosts Butler County.
Boys: Hopkinsville travels to Muhlenberg County, Christian County at Apollo, Dawson Springs hosts Trigg County, Logan County welcomes Breckinridge County, Caldwell County hosts Hopkins Central, Madisonville hosts Webster County, Murray entertains Reidland, Lyon County hosts Lone Oak, Calloway County hosts Carlisle County,Union County hosts Crittenden County, South Warren at Warren East, Bowling Green at Owensboro, Greenwood hosts Allen County Scottsville, Franklin Simpson welcomes Warren Central.
Monday’s scores: Louisville won its fifth straight game defeating Connecticut 80-59, with former Bowling Green High player Chane Behanan scoring seven points and grabbing a team high 12 rebounds.
In the OVC: Future conference member Belmont drilled Austin Peay 94-55. Former UHA player Tyshwan Edmondson was held scoreless for the first time in his Austin Peay career, while former Heritage Christian player John Fraley added 10 points for the Governors, who lost their third straight game.
Women’s scores: Tennessee Tech edged Austin Peay 58-55 and Murray State defeated Tennessee State 66-56.
Tonight’s games: Top ranked Kentucky is back in action hosting 7th ranked Florida at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis was named the SEC Player of the Week and ESPN.com co National Player of the Week Monday. Davis averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and seven and a half blocks in wins over Tennessee and South Carolina last week. Davis broke former LSU standout Shaquille O'Neal’s SEC freshman record for blocks in a season at South Carolina. Davis has 116 blocks on the season.
University of Louisville freshman Chane Behanan was named Big East co Rookie of the Week Monday after his performance against Rutgers. Behanan--who played his last two years of high school basketball at Bowling Green High--had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Cards to their fourth straight win. Behanan's double-double was the 6th of the season.
University of Louisville coach Charlie Strong Monday elevated quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson to offensive coordinator. Watson was the quarterbacks coach in the 2011 season and took over play calling duties four games into the season. Strong also announced Sherrone Moore has been hired to coach tight ends and offensive line coach Dave Borberly will be the Cards running game coordinator this season.
The Nashville Predators host the team that eliminated them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the Vancouver Canucks this evening. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops at 7.