High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County defeated Hopkins Central 80-71, Caldwell County over Community Christian 66-44, Ohio County defeated an Australian Travel Team 92-51, Mayfield edged St. Mary 47-46.
Girls: Muhlenberg County over Hopkinsville 72-44, Christian County rolled over Fort Campbell 68-46, Ohio County defeated an Australian Travel Team 78-41, Grayson County over South Warren 56-41.
Boys: Christian County entertains Hopkinsville in an 8th district showdown at Colonel Gym. The game will also feature a ceremony honoring legendary coach Lyle Dunbar. Dunbar says he has fond memories of all of his players and coaches during his time at Christian County:
The ceremony begins at approximately 7:15 during the Heritage Bank pre game show on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and worldwide at whopam.com.
Other games tonight have University Heights HOSTING Fort Campbell in 8th district action, Todd Central meets Logan County, Russellville at Franklin Simpson, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Dawson Springs at Madisonville, Crittenden County at Lyon County, Union County at Henderson County, Calloway County at Murray, Paducah Tilghman welcomes Ballard Memorial, Marshall County at Graves County, Warren East at Greenwood, Bowling Green at Warren Central.
Girls: Todd Central at Logan County, Russellville at Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County at Hopkins Central, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Henderson County entertains Webster County, Dawson Springs hosts Madisonville, Crittenden County at Lyon County, Calloway County at Murray, Muhlenberg County at Meade County, Heath at Lone Oak, Warren East at Greenwood, Bowling Green at Warren Central.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association announced Thursday the start times for the Boys Sweet 16 semifinals and finals. The semifinals will begin March 9th at 6:30 pm Hopkinsville time in Rupp Arena, with the final set for March 10th at 1 pm.
The rearranging of the semi final and final games is due to a scheduling conflict with Kentucky’s game with Florida March 9th. The Boys Sweet 16 will begin March 6th. The pairings for the Boys and Girls Sweet 16 will be announced later this month.
College Basketball: It looked like Kentucky was going to breeze to its first SEC win in the first half, but Vanderbilt made a rally before the Wildcats hung on to win 60-58. Guard Ryan Harrow led the Wildcats with 16 points, Nerlens Noel had 13 and Archie Goodwin added 12. Kentucky returns to action tomorrow hosting Texas A&M, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had three points in Manhattan’s 69-60 loss to Rider.
Women’s scores: 6th ranked Kentucky edged 20th ranked Texas A&M 65-62, 18th ranked South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 64-48, 9th ranked Tennessee rolled over Missouri 84-39.
College Football: Kentucky governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday the approval of a $110 million measure that will allow for the renovation and upgrade to Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Football training facility on the University of Kentucky campus.
The renovation will include luxury suites, club seating, a multi purpose recruiting room and renovation of the press facilities. The renovation has a targeted completion date of July, 2015.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans linebackers coach Frank Bush was fired Thursday. Bush is the third assistant fired since the end of the season joining tight ends coach Jim Zerhelt and running backs coach Jim Skipper who were let go last week.
PGA Tour: Paducah’s Russ Cochran is tied for 27th after the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Cochran fired a two under par 68 and trails leader Scott Langley by six shots. Langley fired a 62 in his first round on the PGA Tour. The rookie takes a one stroke lead into today’s second round.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats won’t enjoy their Thursday night victory over Vanderbilt very long, as SEC newcomer Texas A&M invades Rupp Arena tomorrow. Pre game coverage begins at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
NFL: Single-season sacks leader Michael Strahan and two players who tried to block him are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Strahan of the New York Giants, is joined by offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of the Ravens and guard-tackle Larry Allen of the Cowboys and 49ers. The fourth first-year eligible to make the cut is defensive tackle Warren Sapp of the Buccaneers and Raiders.
The Hall also announced today that the other finalists are: running back Jerome Bettis, receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed, LB-DEs Charles Haley and Kevin Greene, guard Will Shields, defensive back Aeneas Wiliams, coach Bill Parcells, and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. of the 49ers and the late Art Modell of the Browns, who moved to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens.
The two senior nominees are defensive tackle Curley Culp -- who played for the Chiefs, Oilers and Lions -- and linebacker Dave Robinson of the Packers and Redskins. Between four and seven new members will be selected Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.
The NFL Players Association will soon decide whether it will open a formal inquiry into the handling of Robert Griffin the Third's knee injury by the Washington Redskins. According to the "Washington Post," the union has asked the team to provide a full report on Griffin's medical diagnosis and treatment.
College Football: Kentucky governor Steve Beshear announced this morning a $110 million measure that will allow for the renovation and upgrade to Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Football training facility on the University of Kentucky campus. The renovation will include luxury suites, club seating, a multi purpose recruiting room and renovation of the press facilities. The renovation has a targeted completion date of July, 2015.
Notre Dame is mourning the loss of former All-America guard Mirko Jurkovic. He passed away Wednesday at the age of 42 after battling colon cancer. Jurkovic played defensive tackle on the 1988 Fighting Irish team that won the national championship before later switching to offensive guard. Funeral services will be held Saturday.
College Basketball: Top 25 action this evening has 3rd ranked Arizona at Oregon, 8th ranked Gonzaga host St. Mary’s and 18th ranked Michigan State is at Iowa.
High School Basketball: The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced the start times for the Boys Sweet 16 semifinals and finals. The semifinals will begin March 9th at 6:30 pm Hopkinsville time in Rupp Arena, with the final set for March 10th at 1 pm.
The rearranging of the semi final and final games is due to a scheduling conflict with Kentucky’s game with Florida March 9th. The Boys Sweet 16 will begin March 6th.
Hopkinsville is ranked 11th in the latest Bluegrass Preps.com Boys poll which has Ballard ranked number one. Bowling Green is 4th and Owensboro Catholic is 8th in the Girls poll which has Marion County ranked 1st.
Our next high school broadcast is tomorrow night as Christian County hosts Hopkinsville at 7:30, with a ceremony to honor former Christian County coach Lyle Dunbar to take place around 7:15, on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
NFL: Former linebacker Junior Seau likely suffered from a debilitating brain disease brought on by repeated hits to the head at the time of his suicide last year. ABC News is reporting a team of scientists reached that conclusion after analyzing brain tissue of the 43-year-old football great.
After his death, Seau's family donated his brain to the National Institutes of Health, which is studying the effects of traumatic brain injury. Researchers found cellular changes in the tissue that are consistent with a degenerative disease known as CTE. Seau's family said he suffered from bouts of depression prior to his suicide last May.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County goes to Hopkins Central, Caldwell County at Community Christian, Ohio County hosts an Australian Travel Team.
Girls: Fort Campbell hosts Christian County, Hopkinsville goes to Muhlenberg County, Ohio County hosts an Australian Travel Team.
Wednesday’s scores: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey was one of three double figure scorers with 13 points as LSU lost to Auburn in its SEC opener 68-63. Ole Miss drilled Tennessee 92-74.
In the OVC: Eastern Kentucky defeated Murray State 77-65 and Austin Peay had to go to overtime to beat Morehead State 84-81.
Gorgui Dieng had 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks as 3rd ranked Louisville defeated Seton Hall 73-58.
Tonight’s games: Kentucky opens Southeastern Conference play at Vanderbilt in a rematch of last year’s SEC Championship game won by the Commodores, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan University entertain Rider.
SEC women’s action this evening has 6th ranked Kentucky meeting 20th ranked Texas A&M, Vanderbilt meets 18th ranked South Carolina and 9th ranked Tennessee meets Missouri.
College Football: Two members of Kentucky’s team are no longer on the squad. Freshmen defensive backs Jonathan Reed and Marcus Caffey were dismissed Wednesday for violation of team rules, according to a UK spokesman, who also says Coach Mark Stoops is gathering facts on the arrest of freshman lineman TJ Jones, which we reported earlier this week.
Murray State coach Chris Hatcher announced Wednesday defensive coordinator Ashley Anders will not return for the 2013 season. In a statement, Hatcher said the two met after the 2012 season and mutually agreed to part ways. Anders had been an assistant with Hatcher for 11 years.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker underwent surgery on his non throwing shoulder Wednesday. Locker injured the shoulder early in the 2012 season. Rehabilitation is expected to take three months, with full recovery in six months, just in time for training camp.
Titans strong safety Justin Babineaux tells the Tennessean despite a frustrating 2012 season, he wants to remain a Titan. Babineaux is in the final year of his contract with the Titans. He had 92 tackles in 12 starts for Tennessee in the 2012 season.
PGA Tour: The Sony Open begins later today in Honolulu and when it does, a Champions Tour member who Monday qualified for the event will play at Waialae Country Club. 54-year-old Russ Cochran of Paducah is in his first PGA Tour event since 2009. Cochran missed the second half of the 2012 Champions Tour season due to an muscle strain.
Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP will carry Slap Shot Radio hosted by Nashville Predators public address announcer Paul McCann and the TV voice of the Predators Pete Weber at 7 this evening. Tonight's guests include ESPN/NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose, ESPN.com's Craig Custance, who will be reporting live from the Board of Governors meeting in New York where the new collective bargaining agreement is expected to be ratified and an interview with the head coach of the gold medal winning Team USA Junior hockey club Phil Housley. Join us this evening for Slap Shot Radio!