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The Hopkinsville Tigers and Lady Tigers return to action this evening hosting Madisonville. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 from Tiger Gym on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening
Boys: Hopkins Central entertains McLean County, Livingston Central goes to Community Christian, Warren Central hosts Clinton County.
Girls: Christian County at Ohio County, Livingston Central at Community Christian, Murray at Ballard Memorial, South Warren hosts McLean County.
Kentucky rolled over Eastern Michigan 90-38 in its final non conference game Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Alex Poythress lead the Wildcats with 16 points, followed by Ryan Harrow’s 15 and Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 11 rebounds for 9-4 Kentucky, who opens SEC play next Thursday night at Vanderbilt.
Coach John Calipari has his weekly talk show at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7.
4th ranked Louisville opened Big East play with a 80-62 win over Providence. Russ Smith came off the bench to lead the Cardinals in scoring with with 23 points, Gorugi Dieng had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Vanderbilt ended a two game losing streak with a 64-50 win over William and Mary. The win gave Coach Kevin Stallings the most wins in Memorial Gym as Vanderbilt coach.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky at Arkansas Little Rock for a men’s-women’s doubleheader. Other men’s games have Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri, Murray State at UT Martin.
Women’s action tonight has Kentucky opening SEC play hosting Florida, with Tennessee opening SEC action at South Carolina.
The Louisville Cardinals scored early and often to beat the Florida Gators 33-23 and win the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Louisville's Terell Floyd returned a 38-yard interception to the house on the opening play from scrimmage. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 266 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Cardinals. Jeremy Wright ran for 84 yards and a TD in the win. Both teams end the season at 11-and-2.
Western Kentucky introduced its new offensive and defensive coordinators Wednesday. Jeff Brohm will be charged with the offense, Nick Holt with the defense. Brohm served as offensive coordinator at Louisville and most recently at Alabama-Birmingham. Holt comes to the Hill from Arkansas where he was defensive coordinator last season and before that spent three seasons at the University of Washington.
Former University of Louisville quarterback Jeff Brohm will join coach Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky as the Hilltoppers offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Brohm had been serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama Birmingham. Todd Hamilton will have more on sports tomorrow morning on the WHOP family of stations.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Hear a preview of tonight’s Sugar Bowl game between Louisville and Florida, along with high school basketball updates.
College Basketball: Kentucky plays Eastern Michigan in its final pre conference game of the season this evening. The Wildcats bring an 8-4 record into the contest, while Eastern Michigan is 7-5. Pre game coverage airs at 3:30 this afternoon on Lite 98.7.
4th ranked Louisville is in action this evening hosting Providence. The Courier Journal reports Chane Behanan may not play for the Cards because of the flu.
Vanderbilt hosts William and Mary in Memorial Gym. With a win, Coach Kevin Stalling will pass legendary Commodores coach Roy Skinner for the most wins in the 60 years of games played at Memorial Gym.
Top 25 action includes #1 Duke meeting Davidson, 7th ranked Syracuse hosts Rutgers, 8th ranked Ohio State entertains Nebraska, 11th rated Creighton is at Illinois State, 14th rated Illinois is at Purdue, 17th ranked San Diego State meets Cal State Bakersfield and 20th ranked Butler hosts Penn.
College Football: There’s only one bowl game and it features 21st ranked Louisville meeting 3rd ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Florida has defeated four ranked opponents this season and is making its 7th BCS bowl appearance.
Louisville is playing in a BCS bowl for the second time in school history. The teams have played twice before, with Florida winning both games in Gainesville in 1980 and 1992.
PGA Tour: Though the weather around these parts is not conducive for golf, the PGA Tour begins the 2013 season tomorrow with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Steve Stricker is the defending champion of the event.
Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton airs at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
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Boys: Allen County Scottsville edged Glasgow 73-69, Barren County over Bowling Green 87-80 and Union County over Herrin, IL 42-38 at the ElDorado, IL Christmas Classic.
Girls: Glasgow over Allen County Scottsville 65-50 and Bowling Green defeated Barren County 81-37.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had two points in Manhattan's 50-44 loss to Stony Brook on New Year's Day.
Today's games: Kentucky coach John Calipari tells the Courier Journal this could be the most rewarding Kentucky team yet. Calipari says you don’t just judge a team by wins, losses or championships, but by the accomplishments made by a team and how far they’ve come from the beginning of the season. The Wildcats play their final pre conference game this evening as they host Eastern Michigan, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Also in action are the Louisville Cardinals, who open Big East play against Providence at the Yum Center. The Courier Journal reports that Chane Behanan may not play this evening because of the flu. Behanan had 20 points in Louisville’s 80-77 win over Kentucky last Saturday.
Vanderbilt is also in action this evening, hosting William and Mary. A win for Coach Kevin Stallings will give him the most victories as Commodores coach in Memorial Gym, surpassing legendary coach Roy Skinner who won 181 games in the 60 year old building. Stallings is also just 12 wins away from passing Skinner for overall wins at 278.
The Sugar Bowl takes place tonight in New Orleans as the Louisville Cardinals face the third ranked Florida Gators. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Cards coach Charlie Strong, who worked as an assistant under Urban Meyer in his days at Florida.
Western Kentucky new coach Bobby Petrino has announced the hiring of seven assistants, four with ties to him during his time at the University of Louisville. The Courier Journal reports former Louisville and Kentucky assistants Mike Cassity and Mike Summers, along with former Cardinal lineman LD Scott and tailback Kolby Smith will be on staff.
The others are Lamar Thomas, Kevin Peoples and Ricky Brumfield. Six of the seven assistants have either played or coached with Petrino.
Reports say former U of L quarterback and current Alabama-Birmingham offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been offered the position of offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. WKU says the announcement of an offensive and defensive coordinator is expected in the next few days.
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Boy-girl doubleheader action tonight has Bowling Green hosting Barren County and Allen County Scottsville taking on Glasgow.
There were several bowl games on New Year’s Eve.
The Music City Bowl saw Vanderbilt defeated NC State 38-24, Georgia Tech defeated Southern California 21-7 in the Sun Bowl, Tulsa over Iowa State 31-17 in the Liberty Bowl and 14th ranked Clemson got a last second field goal to defeat LSU 25-24 in the Chik Fil A Bowl.
There are five bowl games this New Year’s Day. Mississippi State meets Northwestern in the Gator Bowl, South Carolina goes against Michigan in the Outback Bowl, Georgia meets Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl, Wisconsin goes against Stanford in the Rose Bowl and Northern Illinois goes against Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
The Louisville Cardinals are going through final preparations for their matchup with Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The game takes place tomorrow night in New Orleans.
Boise State University has announced they will not go to the Big East Conference. The Broncos will remain as a member of the Mountain West Conference. Boise State had planned to join the Big East as a football only member and play all other sports in the Big West.
Top 25 action Monday saw 5th ranked Indiana defeat Iowa 69-65, 10th ranked Gonzaga slid by 22nd ranked Oklahoma State 69-68, 14th ranked Cincinnati over Pittsburgh 70-61, 9th ranked Minnesota over 18th ranked Michigan State 76-63.
Women’s action saw Eastern Kentucky defeat Murray State 69-49.
Action today includes former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan meeting Stony Brook.
Duke is number one in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll with Louisville ranked 4th this week. Minnesota is ranked in the top 10 for the first time in 16 years. The Golden Gophers are ranked 9th this week.
NFL: Black Monday saw a number of NFL coaches and executives get fired, however Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak will return in 2013. Titans owner Bud Adams however said executive vice president Mike Reinfeldt would not be retained.
Coaches who were let go include Lovie Smith in Chicago, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City, Norv Turner in San Diego, Ken Whisenhunt of Arizona, Chan Gailey in Buffalo, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland and Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
NHL: The NHL and its players association are back to swapping proposals after several weeks of stalled negotiations. ESPN reports the players submitted a counter proposal to the league Monday night and the two sides plan to talk again today. The league has offered a proposal to begin the season no later than January 19th, with a 48 game schedule, with all teams playing only in conference games.