College Basketball: Ole Miss defeated Western Kentucky 79-74 behind 23 points from Marshall Henderson. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price who had a game high 26 points.
Austin Peay rolled over Dalton State 93-57 behind 24 points from Travis Betran, Tennessee defeated Virginia 87-52 and St. Louis defeated Vanderbilt 57-49.
Women’s action saw Ole Miss defeat Austin Peay 99-69, Murray State fell in its Ohio Valley Conference opener at Eastern Kentucky 86-72 and Vanderbilt defeated UAB 87-76.
Today’s games: 14th ranked Louisville plays at Central Florida.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced Monday junior Chane Behanan is no longer with the team. During a news conference, Pitino announced Behanan was dismissed for violation of university policy. Pitino declined to state what rule Behanan broke but expressed disappointment in him. Pitino added Behanan had two options-transfer to another school or begin working out for professional basketball.
Behanan had been reinstated a month ago from a 26 day suspension for violation of university policy. The Cincinnati junior who played the last two years of his high school career at Bowling Green High, was a key member to last year’s national championship team.
While we’re on the Cardinals, reports indicate Kevin Ware may declare this a redshirt year. Coach Rick Pitino did not say as such during Monday’s news conference but sources tell ESPN Ware may be leaning that way after reinjuring his right leg earlier this month. It’s the same leg he broke during last year’s NCAA tournament game against Duke.
Kentucky moved to 15th in this week’s Associated Press poll, which saw Louisville plunge to 14th following Saturday’s loss to the Wildcats. Arizona remains number one this week. The Wildcats were ranked 16th in the USA Today Coaches poll, with Louisville ranked 10th.
Kentucky freshman James Young was named the Southeastern Conference player of the week Monday. Young had 18 points and 10 rebounds in Kentucky’s win over Louisville. It’s the second time Young has received the honor this season.
College Football: During a Monday news conference previewing their game with Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl Saturday, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin didn’t make any commitments about whether he would be staying with the Commodores program, but he also didn’t sound like someone who would be leaving.
Meanwhile, two Texas newspapers report Franklin is one of four primary candidates the University of Texas is considering, along with Louisville’s Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown. Franklin’s name has also been linked with the Penn State job if Bill O’ Brien leaves for the NFL.
The Tennessean reports Western Kentucky picked up a commitment Sunday from Ensworth High running back D’Andre Ferby. The 6-1 227 pound Ferby rushed for 1,321 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior year, which included eight 100 yard games.
NHL: Colin Wilson recorded two goals and an assist as the Nashville Predators outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 at Bridgestone Arena. Mike Fisher added a goal and two helpers, while Craig Smith had a goal and an assist for the Preds, who have won two in-a-row on the heels of a five-game losing streak.
NFL: Four coaches have been fired thus far on what’s deemed “Black Monday”. The Minnesota Vikings announced the firing of head coach Leslie Frazier after four seasons. Frazier was 21-31-and-1 in four seasons, including a 5-10-and-1 record this season. Frazier had been with the Vikings since 2007. The Vikings allowed an NFL-high 480 points this year.
The Washington Redskins have fired head coach Mike Shanahan after four seasons. The Redskins were a disastrous 3-13 this year, closing the campaign with eight straight losses, following a surprising NFC East title in 2012. Shanahan's tenure in Washington ended with a mark of just 24-40.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the firing of coach Greg Schiano, along with general manager Mark Dominik. Schiano came to the Bucs from Rutgers and went 11-21 in two season in Tampa. Dominik spent two decades with the Buccaneers and had been general manager since 2009.
ESPN is also reporting Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz has been fired. Schwartz was 29-51 while with the Lions including a 7-9 mark this season after winning six of the first nine games. Schwartz had been the Lions head coach since 2009.
The NFL has acknowledged the San Diego Chargers should have been penalized on the final play of regulation against Kansas City Sunday. Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41 yard field goal with four seconds remaining, but the Chargers should have been penalized five yards for an illegal formation. The Chargers won the game 27-24 in overtime, sending them into the AFC playoffs and eliminating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s basketball game with Vanderbilt on January 11th at Memorial Gym will tip off at 2:30 local time, with pre game coverage beginning at 1 on Lite 98.7. The game will also be televised nationally by CBS.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are off until opening Southeastern Conference play with Mississippi State January 8th in Lexington.
Four games involving Top 25 teams are on tap for this evening. 7th ranked Oklahoma State welcomes Robert Morris, 12th ranked Baylor entertains Oral Roberts, 16th ranked Kansas hosts Toledo and 21st ranked Gonzaga hosts San Francisco.
High School Basketball-Sunday’s scores
Boys: Hopkinsville won the championship of the Wes Unseld Classic Sunday in Louisville, defeating John Hardin 72-53. The Tigers improved to 10-1 on the season with the victory.
Other scores saw Todd Central lose to Meade County 70-66 at the Webster County Holiday Classic where Murray defeated Livingston Central 66-47 with the Tigers falling to host Webster County 68-46.
Henderson County defeated Harrison County 87-83 at the Republic Bank Classic, where Warren Central lost to Apollo 57-53. Calloway County defeated South Laurel 68-48 at the Lake Cumberland Holiday Classic.
Girls: At the Owensboro Health Orthopedics Holiday Classic: Bowling Green defeated Daviess County 65-49, Madisonville won over Pleasure Ridge Park 70-69 in overtime, Bath County defeated Caldwell County 70-43, Owensboro Catholic nipped Henderson County 70-67 and Ohio County defeated Owensboro 64-27.
Boys: Greenwood hosts Russell County, Calloway County faces Louisville Central at the Lake Cumberland Holiday Classic.
Girls: Trigg County at Whitesville Trinity, Greenwood hosts Barren County, Warren East meets Allen County Scottsville, Warren Central plays Simon Kenton, Murray welcomes Henry County, TN.
Hopkinsville is ranked 6th in the first Boys Cantrall Rankings of the season from the Lexington Herald Leader. Ballard is first, Warren Central 12th, Bowling Green is 17th. In the girls poll, Henderson County is ranked 4th, Owensboro Catholic is 17th, Murray 18th with Bowling Green and Glasgow tied for 20th. Elizabethtown is ranked first.
High School Wrestling: Meade County won the Toyota of Hopkinsville Classic this weekend at Christian County High School, with Hopkinsville finishing second, Christian County fifth, Fort Campbell sixth, Trigg County 8th and University Heights came in 14th.
Christian County’s team won the Middle School Invitational event, with Caldwell County finishing fourth, Trigg County 8th, Fort Campbell 12th, Hopkinsville 14th and University Heights was 18th.
College Basketball: Murray State lost at Dayton 72-51. Freshman Cameron Payne led the Racers with 13 points in falling to 5-7 on the season. The Racers begin Ohio Valley Conference action Thursday evening hosting Southeast Missouri.
Women’s scores: Kentucky finished non-conference play with a 109-46 rout of Grambling State. 5th ranked Tennessee defeated Lipscomb 110-42 and 7th ranked Louisville rolled over SMU 71-51.
Today’s games: Western Kentucky has its final non-conference tune up as Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss come to Bowling Green. Tip off at 7 this evening, with pre game at 6:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Other games today have Tennessee taking on Virginia, Austin Peay hosts Dalton State and Vanderbilt hosts St. Louis.
Women’s action has Austin Peay at Ole Miss, Murray State opens Ohio Valley Conference play at Eastern Kentucky, Vanderbilt is at UAB.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Following Saturday’s win over Louisville, Kentucky is now off until opening Southeastern Conference play hosting Mississippi State January 8th.
College Football: There’s four bowl games today including the Music City Bowl which features Ole Miss taking on Georgia Tech. Middle Tennessee meets Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl, Mack Brown coaches his final game for Texas against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl and Arizona State meets Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans finished a disappointing season with a 16-10 win over the Houston Texans Sunday. Chris Johnson rushed for 127 yards and a score and Rob Bironas kicked three field goals in the win.
The Titans won their last two games in completing a disappointing season at 7-9. The Texans secured the top draft pick in the 2014 NFL draft losing their 14th game in a row to finish the season 2-14.
Now the big question in Nashville will be if Titans coach Mike Munchak can keep his job. The Titans coach said he will plead his case to new team president/CEO Tommy Smith in the near future.
NHL: Coming off a win over the LA Kings Saturday night, the Nashville Predators are in action this evening hosting the Detroit Red Wings. First puck drops at 7 pm.
High School Basketball-Friday scores
Boys: Christian County fell 78-67 to Blue Island Eisenhower at the Centralia Holiday Tournament, Hopkinsville edged Elizabethtown 64-63 at the Wes Unseld Invitational, University Heights over Russellville 81-55, Caldwell County lost to Central Hardin in overtime 71-64, Logan County fell to Spring Hill, TN 69-56 at the First Southern National Bank Classic in Russellville.
Other games saw Madisonville fall to Conner 64-54, Warren Central defeated Butler 65-56 and Henderson County won over Henry Clay 76-65 at the Republic Bank Classic, Monroe County defeated Greenwood 65-57, Hopkins Central edged Crittenden County 51-49, McCracken County over Ft. Walton Beach, FL 67-42.
Girls: University Heights defeated Paducah Tilghman 64-48 and Henry County, TN 75-58 at the Murray Bank Lady Tiger Classic, where Hopkinsville lost to Murray 64-43 and defeated Todd Central 59-26 while Todd Central lost to McCracken County 55-29 and Paducah Tilghman won over Dresden, TN 72-60 and McCracken County defeated Murray 55-29.
Other games saw Obion County Central, TN defeat Christian County 58-44, Hopkins Central over Russellville 62-49, Livingston Central nipped Logan County 37-34 at the First Southern National Bank Classic in Russellville, Bowling Green over Caldwell County 93-64, Madisonville over Owensboro 62-43, Franklin Simpson over Green County 59-48, South Warren defeated Carroll County 62-22.
College Basketball: Top 25 action Friday saw 3rd ranked Ohio State roll over Louisiana-Monroe 71-31, 19th ranked North Carolina defeated Northern Kentucky 75-60 and 20th ranked San Diego State routed St. Katherine 118-35.
Kentucky and Louisville renew their rivalry this afternoon at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other action has Western Kentucky hosting Brescia University this evening, with pre game at 6:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Also today, former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU meet McNeese State.
College Football: Bowl game action Friday saw Marshall defeat Maryland 31-20 in the Military Bowl, Syracuse edged Minnesota 21-17 in the Texas Bowl and it was Washington over BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Four bowl games are on the schedule today including Louisville meeting Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. The Cardinals will be without starting linebacker George Durant, with Coach Charlie Strong offering no comment during a Friday news conference why Durant is not playing.
Other bowl games have Notre Dame meeting Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York, Cincinnati faces North Carolina in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, and Michigan meets Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans close out the season tomorrow hosting the Houston Texans at LP Field. Both teams could be looking for coaches following this game, as Wade Phillips has been serving as the interim coach for Houston and Mike Munchak’s job is in fate at Tennessee.
Speaking of the Titans, cornerback Alteurran Verner was selected to his first Pro Bowl on Friday. Verner is the first Titan selected to play in the Pro Bowl since 2010.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent surgery yesterday for a herniated disc in his back. Romo will not play when the Cowboys meet the Philadelphia Eagles tomorrow night. Kyle Orton is slated to be the starter.
The NFL Game of the Week tomorrow on News/Talk WHOP has the Cleveland Browns meeting the Pittsburgh Steelers, with pre game at 11:30 am .
NHL: The Nashville Predators lost to the Dallas Stars by a 4-1 score. The Predators are back in action this evening, hosting the Los Angeles Kings at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
High School Basketball: For the second straight day, Christian County lost in the Centralia Holiday Tournament. The Colonels fell to Blue Island Eisenhower 78-67. The Colonels had two players in double figures led by Tyrik Edwards with 18 and AJ Tyler pitched in 15. The Colonels are now 3-7 on the season and will play again tomorrow.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari says the Wildcats are not the team everybody said they would be right now. During a news conference this morning previewing the Louisville game, Calipari said the Wildcats may still not be ready to beat a top team like Louisville because they are still growing.
The Kentucky coach also said the thing that impresses him about Louisville is the players know what their roles are. You can hear tomorrow’s game from Rupp Arena with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Three Top 25 teams are in action this evening. Third ranked Ohio State hosts Louisiana-Monroe, 19th ranked North Carolina welcomes Northern Kentucky and 20th ranked San Diego State hosts St. Katherine.
College Football: Three more bowl games are on the schedule today. Marshall meets Maryland in the Military Bowl this afternoon, while Syracuse takes on Minnesota in the Texas Bowl and BYU goes against Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
MLB: Former Baltimore Orioles star outfielder Paul Blair died Thursday at 69. According to the Baltimore Sun, Blair collapsed while bowling with his wife in Pikesville, MD. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Blair was an instrumental part of the Orioles' 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.Over his 12 year career, Blair also played for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds.