Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. and the LSU Tigers opened the basketball season this morning against Massachusetts in the ESPN season opening marathon in Amherst, MA. The Tigers fell to the Minutemen 92-90. In a reserve role, Hickey had 16 points and seven assists. The Tigers return to action Saturday evening hosting Northwestern State in Baton Rouge.
College Basketball: When Murray State hosts Brescia in its home opener this evening at the CFSB Center, the Racers will have one less player. WPSD-Paducah reports sophomore forward Zay Henderson broke his left hand during practice Sunday. Coach Steve Prohm says Henderson will be out 4-6 weeks, leaving Murray State with just eight scholarship players.
As Louisville returns to action this evening against Hofstra, junior forward Chane Behanan will dress for the third ranked Cardinals. Coach Rick Pitino said Monday Behanan has met conditions for his return following his indefinite suspension for an undisclosed violation October 17th. Pitino also announced senior Luke Hancock will dress this evening after missing the preseason with an Achillies injury.
Minor League Baseball: It appears the Nashville Sounds will have a new place to play by 2015. News Channel 5-Nashville reports Nashville city officials presented a plan Monday to build a new stadium in north Nashville on the land known as Sulphur Dell which once housed a minor league stadium. The Metro Sports Council agreed to give $65 million towards building the $150 million 10-thousand seat stadium. It will be open by 2015. The Sounds have played at Greer Stadium since the team’s inception in 1978.
Major League Baseball: The National and American League managers of the year will be announced today by the Baseball Writers Association of America. National League finalists are Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly, Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves.
American League finalists are John Farrell of the world champion Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians and Bob Melvin of the Oakland A’s.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky opened its season in the wee small hours this morning with a 66-49 loss at 16th ranked Wichita State. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price and Aleksej Rostov who each had 12 points. WKU returns to action Saturday night hosting East Tennessee, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Women’s scores: 4th ranked Tennessee defeated 12th ranked North Carolina 81-65, Murray State defeated Evansville 62-50, Vanderbilt defeated Western Kentucky 85-60. 5th ranked Louisville advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT with a 100-82 victory over Qunnipiac. Louisville hosts 14th ranked LSU Thursday night.
Tonight’s action: Top ranked Kentucky meets second ranked Michigan State as part of the Champions Classic in Chicago. Coverage of the game from the United Center begins at 5 on Lite 98.7. 4th ranked Duke meets 5th ranked Kansas in the second game of the twin bill.
Third ranked Louisville hosts Hofstra, while former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan take on Columbia. Murray State hosts Brescia, Vanderbilt takes on Georgia State in its season opener in Nashville, while Tennessee opens its season at Xavier.
Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU begin their season today, against Massachusetts as part of the ESPN season opening marathon. The game tips off at 10 am this morning.
Women’s action has Austin Peay at Southern Illinois.
Kentucky and Michigan State are 1-2 in the first Associated Press regular season poll of the season. Defending national champion Louisville is third followed by Duke and Kansas. Arizona is sixth, followed by Michigan, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Ohio State rounding out the top 10.
The Wildcats are also the top ranked team in the first USA Today Coaches poll of the regular season. Michigan State, Louisville, Duke and Arizona make up the first five. Kansas is ranked sixth, followed by Syracuse, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida rounding out the top 10.
Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named the SEC player of the week Monday. The freshman had a pair of double-doubles in wins over UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky. Randle has scored 45 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in the two wins to open the season.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky received its first 2015 commitment Monday from four star cornerback Montrell Custis. Custis of Hampton, GA chose Kentucky over Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and West Virginia among others. Hampton is the 28th ranked junior in the state of Georgia.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers have learned they will be playing their Ohio Valley League games next season at Christian County High School. The Christian County Board of Education approved the measure last week.
The Hoppers played at Colonel Field in their first season in 2012 in which they won the Ohio Valley League championship. Last season, the Hoppers played at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Field in winning the regular season title, but losing to Fulton in the OVL championship series.
NFL: As first reported Monday, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is finished for the season with a Lisfranc injury in his right foot. Locker suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s 29-27 loss to Jacksonville. Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over running the Titans offense. Tennessee returns to action Thursday night hosting Indinapolis.
NHL: The Nashville Predators play their sixth game in this seven game road trip this evening at the NY Islanders. Nashville will try and snap a two game losing streak. Coverage of the game begins at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.
NFL: Two of the teams from the state of Florida clash on Monday Night Football this evening as the Miami Dolphins meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who remain the NFL’s only winless team. The other winless Florida team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, got their first win over the Tennessee Titans Sunday 29-27.
Meanwhile, the Titans lost quarterback Jake Locker in the second quarter of the game to a right foot injury. The Titans believe it’s a Lisfranc injury, but there will be further examination today.
The Tennessean has reported that the injury will most likely end Locker’s season. Locker was just in his second game back in the lineup after suffering a right knee and hip injury in week 3. The Titans host the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will get an MRI today after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday’s win over San Diego. The Chargers got two clean shots toward Manning’s previously injured ankle late in Sunday’s game but Manning did not leave the contest. He told reporters afterwards he was pretty “sore” and would get the follow up exam today.
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak returned to the team today according to NFL.com. A Texans source says Kubiak is not expected to work a full day after suffering a mini stroke at halftime of last week’s game with Indianapolis. Kubiak says he’s anxious to get back to work amid rumors the Houston front office is “somewhat frustrated” with Kubiak or his staff.
MLB: The Atlanta Braves will be moving to a new home for the 2017 season. The team announced via its Twitter account today they will move to a new $670 million 42-thousand seat stadium in Cobb County. The Braves have played at Turner Field since it was converted into a baseball stadium following the 1996 Summer Olympics.
The first set of post season awards will be announced today as the National and American League Rookies of the Year will be chosen. The National League finalists are Los Angeles Dodgers outfield Yasiel Puig, along with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and Miami Marlins hurler Jose Fernandez.
The American League finalists are Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Meyers, along with teammate pitcher Chris Archer and Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias.
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