High School Football: The Ohio County Monitor reports Ohio County High School has named a new football coach. Former Eagles standout Jody Ashby has been named to replace Todd Houston who resigned recently. Ashby most recently worked as an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College and has been an assistant at several high schools including Owensboro and Trinity.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening have 10th ranked St. Louis hosting Duquesne, 20th ranked Iowa at Indiana, 21st ranked Memphis goes to Houston and 22nd ranked Ohio State at Penn State.
Horse Racing: Churchill Downs and NBC Sports announced Wednesday the extension of their contract for televising the Kentucky Derby for another 10 years. The first jewel of the Triple Crown will now be televised by the Peacock Network through the year 2025.
Golf: First round play is underway at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are all in this week’s field.
MLB: Exhibition games today include Atlanta meeting Detroit in Grapefruit League action, while Cincinnati plays Cleveland again and the Chicago Cubs meet Arizona in Cactus League action.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch many of the regulars will play in tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener against the Miami Marlins. Matheny adds Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons will be the first two pitchers used tomorrow.
Meanwhile, left hander Jaime Garcia got a cortisone shot in his shoulder Wednesday, but when he will pitch and in what capacity is yet to be determined.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch there’s nothing wrong structurally with Garcia’s shoulder, but he does have the inflammation in it. He added determining how Garcia feels will determine the next step on where he fits in the Cardinals rotation.
High School Basketball: Last night’s action saw Warren Central edge South Warren 55-51 in the Boys 14th district tournament.
Tonight’s games: 8th district tournament action concludes with the championship games. University Heights meets Christian County in the girls title game at 6, followed by top ranked Hopkinsville and University Heights in the boys contest. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening include the 7th district championship games as Caldwell County meets Madisonville in the boys game following the girls matchup between the same schools.
Other girls games include the 5th district championship game between Lyon County and Livingston Central, the 6th district title game between Union County and Henderson County and the 13th district championship between Logan County and Franklin Simpson.
College Basketball: SEC action saw LSU blister Texas A&M 68-49, with former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. scoring only two points but recording eight assists and five rebounds.
Elsewhere, Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 75-68 behind Jordan McRae’s 29 points.
Women’s action saw Western Kentucky rout Texas State 75-45.
Tonight’s games: Arkansas looks for a season sweep of Kentucky as the Razorbacks come to Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
OVC action this evening has Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri and Murray State at UT Martin. Western Kentucky is in action at Texas State and 7th ranked Louisville hosts Temple.
Women’s play has Vanderbilt hosting Florida, 12th ranked Kentucky at Mississippi State and 10th ranked Tennessee at LSU.
NHL: The Nashville Predators play their first game since the Olympic break this evening hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators got some good news Wednesday as goalie Pekka Rinne will participate in a conditioning assignment at their Milwaukee franchise Friday and Sunday. It will be Rinne’s first action since October due to an E coli infection which formed in his surgically repaired left hip. Coach Barry Trotz says after the two games it will be determined how quick Rinne will rejoin the Predators.
High School Basketball: The Bowling Green Daily News reported on its website late last night that Greenwood High boys coach Jason Stonebreaker announced his resignation Tuesday. In a letter to school officials, Stonebreaker cited personal reasons for his resignation as coach and for leaving his position with the school’s alternate learning center.
A Daily News report today indicates Stonebreaker’s resignation comes amid an investigation by the Warren County Public Schools into allegations of inappropriate electronic communication with an 18-year-old Greenwood High student.
Greenwood will be coach on an interim basis by Logan Guess as the Gators face Bowling Green in the 14th district semifinals Thursday evening.
College Basketball: Kentucky has picked up a recruit for its 2015 class. Chicago native Charles Matthews became the first commitment today, saying at a news conference at St. Rita’s High School he wanted to get the recruiting process done so he could concentrate on his high school team.
247Sports.com ranks Matthews as the number one shooting guard in the 2015 class.
Top 25 action this evening has 3rd ranked Arizona hosting Cal, 9th ranked Villanova welcomes Butler, 11th ranked Virginia entertains Miami, 16th ranked Michigan is at Purdue, 17th ranked Iowa State hosts West Virginia, 21st ranked North Carolina goes to NC State and 23rd ranked Texas hosts Baylor.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says he lost control and went too far before being ejected in the closing seconds of last Saturday’s loss at Duke. Boeheim made the comments in an interview on ESPN Radio this morning. Boeheim received two technical fouls with 10.4 seconds remaining in the game after storming the court to argue a call which went against the Orange’s CJ Fair.
MLB: Exhibition games today include Atlanta hosting Detroit in Grapefruit League action, while Cincinnati meets Cleveland in Cactus League play.
St. Louis Cardinals left hander Jaime Garcia is to visit Dr. James Andrews today for a second opinion on his left shoulder. Garcia has had recent pain and stiffness while recovering from surgery.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals plan to be without reliever Jason Motte for Opening Day. The right hander says it would a push for him to be ready on his current rehab schedule. Motte had Tommy John surgery last May after rupturing a ligament in his right elbow.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP. Previews of the 8th district championship games will be among the topics this evening.
High School Basketball-Tuesday’s scores
Girls 8th district: University Heights and Christian County will meet for the 8th district title Thursday night after wins in semifinal action last night.
UHA cruised to a 73-39 win over Fort Campbell behind 19 points from LeLe Grubbs, Denayia Holmes added 14 and Gabrielle Kaye added 13 for the Lady Blazers now 22-3 on the season. Fort Campbell was led by Angie Rangel who had 12 points.
Christian County defeated Hopkinsville 58-48 in the nightcap. The Lady Colonels had a quartet of players in double figures led by Oshaquala Davis with 16, Ge’Nashia Robinson added 13, Jaquasha Nicholas added 12 and Dannika Prater had 11 as Christian County improves to 12-12 on the season. Hopkinsville was led by Haley Cook’s 17 points, followed by J’Lynn Majors with 16 and Jakiera Majors with 10 in finishing the season 13-14.
Other girls scores: 7th district action saw Caldwell County defeat Hopkins Central 66-58, 13th district play saw Logan County defeat Todd Central 49-41 and 14th district games saw South Warren defeat Warren Central 67-52 and Bowling Green roll Greenwood 96-58.
Boys scores: 5th district action saw Crittenden County nip Livingston Central 50-48 and Trigg County rolled over Lyon County 67-45, in the 6th district Union County defeated Webster County 53-47, 7th district play saw Caldwell County defeat Hopkins Central 60-36, 13th district action saw Russellville defeat Todd Central 83-67.
Tonight’s games: 14th district boys action has South Warren facing Warren Central.
College Basketball: Top ranked Florida escaped Memorial Gym with a 57-54 win over Vanderbilt.
Tonight’s games: SEC action has LSU hosting Texas A&M and Tennessee is at Mississippi State. Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Texas State.
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle received more honors for his play last week on Tuesday. Randle was named the US Basketball Writers player of the week, the CBS Sports-Waymon Tisdale National Freshman of the Week and the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. The Wildcats return to action tomorrow night hosting Arkansas, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: Austin Peay has announced it will play its spring game at Fort Campbell’s Fryar Stadium on April 26th. The game is being partnered by Fort Campbell’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division.
The Governors have also released their 2014 football schedule. Austin Peay will open its second season under Kirby Cannon at Memphis on August 30th. The first home game at the newly renovated Governors Stadium will take place September 13th against Chattanooga.
Austin Peay will have four OVC home dates with Eastern Kentucky October 4th, Murray State October 18th, Tennessee State November 8th and Tennessee Tech November 22nd.
College Baseball: Western Kentucky upset 4th ranked Vanderbilt 3-2, with Murray State falling to Mid Continent 6-2. Former UHA standout Matt McGowan went 0-4 in the game. Austin Peay split a doubleheader with Eastern Michigan, winning the opener 8-3 but falling in the nightcap 9-8.
College Basketball: Top 25 action has 2nd ranked Wichita State at Bradley, 7th ranked Duke hosts Virginia Tech, 13th ranked San Diego State hosts San Jose State, 14th ranked Wisconsin welcomes Indiana and 19th ranked Iowa travels to Minnesota.
Kentucky’s Julius Randle has received more honors for his play in wins over Ole Miss and LSU last week. Randle has been named the US Basketball Writers National Player of the Week and the CBS Sports-Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week. Randle was named the SEC player of the week on Monday.
As we reported this morning, high school junior five star recruit Charles Matthews of Chicago will announce where he will play collegiately tomorrow morning. Kentucky is one of five finalists for Matthews’ services, with multiple reports indicating the Wildcats are the front runner.
College Football: Western Kentucky University has announced it will replace the turf on Feix Field at Houchens-LT Smith Stadium following spring practice. Fans can vote online at wkusports.com through Sunday on one of three designs for the field, with the top vote getter to be announced next Monday.
MLB: Grapefruit League action begins today as the New York Yankees take on Florida State and the Detroit Tigers meet Florida Southern.
The Reds Hot Stove League program comes your way at 5:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP. Cincinnati opens Cactus League play tomorrow in Goodyear, AZ against Cleveland, with right hander Alfredo Simon going to the hill against Indians right hander Trevor Bauer.
The Atlanta Braves have announced veteran right hander Freddy Garcia will get the ball in their Grapefruit League opener tomorrow against the Detroit Tigers. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals open Grapefruit League play Friday against the Miami Marlins.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports former St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Budweiser are teaming together to try and make baseball’s opening day a national holiday. The petition—which can be seen on whitehouse.gov—has to be signed by 100,000 people in 30 days to be reviewed by the White House.
Budweiser indicates in a survey 22.2 million Americans over the age of 21 have skipped work or other obligations to attend a game on Opening Day.