Here are this week’s Max Fuel Express College Football Pick the Winners Contest Winners:
1st place $30: Lee Young of Hopkinsville
2nd place $15: Wesley Ricks of Hopkinsville
3rd place $10: Sandy Bell of Hopkinsville
Contest cards for this week’s game are free and available at all Hopkinsville Max Fuel Express locations.
Cancellations: Hopkinsville's boys soccer game at Trigg County scheduled for this evening has been cancelled, along with the UHA boys soccer game against Fort Campbell has been cancelled for this evening.
Western Kentucky defensive lineman Quanterus Smith has been named the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the week. Smith had a career high 3.5 sacks in the Hilltoppers 26-13 win at Arkansas State last Saturday.
West Kentucky Star.com reports Calloway Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship says he plans to intensify efforts to reach a plea bargain for Murray State basketball player Zay Jackson. Blankenship says his plea offer to Jackson will include conditions of jail time, restitution to the victims and anger management courses.
Blankenship says he is concerned a Calloway County jury pool could be affected by comments in the case through social media. Jackson is charged with second degree assault after striking two people with his vehicle in the Walmart parking lot in Murray September 9th. Jackson is scheduled for arraignment October 12th
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is to undergo an MRI today after injuring his non throwing left shoulder again in Sunday’s 38-14 loss to Houston. Locker suffered the injury in the first quarter and was relieved by Matt Hasselbeck.
The Chicago Bears meet the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football tonight at Cowboys Stadium. It’s not known if Bears running back Matt Forte will play this evening as he continues to nurse a sprained right ankle. Coverage of the game begins at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Indianapolis Colts will be without coach Chuck Pagano for as long as six weeks. ESPN.com reports Pagano is being treated for leukemia and is expected to return to the team later this season. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will run the team as interim coach.
Major League Baseball tonight has St. Louis hosting Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs host Houston and Atlanta at Pittsburgh.
Monday’s High School Sports Schedule
Volleyball: Hopkinsville hosts Trigg County, University Heights at Russellville, Hopkins Central hosts McLean County.
Boys Soccer: University Heights hosts Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville at Trigg County, Caldwell County at Calloway County, Hopkins Central hosts Owensboro Catholic, Muhlenberg County at Butler County.
Girls Soccer: Christian County hosts Franklin Simpson, Todd Central at Warren Central, Madisonville hosts Union County, Henderson County entertains Apollo.
8th district volleyball/soccer tournament
Pairings for the 8th district volleyball and soccer tournaments were announced Sunday at University Heights Academy.
The volleyball tournament will begin October 8th with Christian County meeting Fort Campbell at 6 pm, with Hopkinsville meeting host UHA at 7:30. The championship game will be held October 9th at 7 pm.
The girls soccer tournament will begin October 8th with Hopkinsville meeting Fort Campbell at 5:30, with Christian County and University Heights at approximately 7:15. The championship game is scheduled for October 10th at 6 pm.
The boys soccer tournament is slated to begin October 9th with Hopkinsville meeting Christian County at 5:30, with University Heights and Fort Campbell at 7:15. The championship game is scheduled for October 10th at 8 pm.
High School Football: Highlands and Bowling Green remain numbers one and two in the Cantrall rankings from Kentucky.com. Warren Central is 5th this week, with Mayfield 10th, Henderson County 14th and Christian County ranked 16th.
College Football: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Following a 38-17 loss to South Carolina Saturday, Kentucky returns to action this week hosting Mississippi State. Kickoff is just after 11 Saturday morning, with pre game coverage at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has received another football commitment for 2013. Tight end Darren Dowdell of Grady High School in Atlanta made his decision following an unofficial visit to Lexington this weekend. Dowdell is the 13th commitment for the 2013 class.
Murray State running back Jammal Berry was named the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the week following the Racers 70-35 win over Tennessee Tech Saturday. The former Ohio State running back ran for 142 yards in 13 carries and scored a touchdown. It was the second time Berry had been named newcomer of the week this season.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans lost at Houston Sunday 38-14 and also lost quarterback Jake Locker as he reinjured his non throwing shoulder in the first quarter. The Titans play at the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday at noon.
Monday Night Football has the Chicago Bears at Dallas, with coverage at 7 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Two local high school athletes have made verbal commitments to continue their athletic careers collegiately. WHOP Sports has learned University Heights senior wrestler Wade Willen has made a verbal commitment to wrestle for SIU Edwardsville and Christian County High golfer TJ Ferry has made a verbal commitment to play golf collegiately at Murray State University. Both plan to sign national letters in the November signing period.
Major League Baseball action this evening has St. Louis hosting Washington, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Atlanta hosts the NY Mets and Chicago at Arizona.
Another round of labor talks between the National Hockey League and its players' union is set for today.It will be the first bargaining session since the lockout began earlier this month.On Thursday, the NHL announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2012
High School Football
Christian County and Hopkinsville both return to district action this evening.
The Colonels bring a 5-1/1-0 district record into a home game with Ohio County, who brings a 3-2 record into the game and is playing its first district contest. Kickoff at 7 in the Stadium of Champions, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Meanwhile, Hopkinsville takes its 1-4/0-1 district record to Apollo to face an Eagle team that is also 1-4/0-1 in district competition. Kickoff from Owensboro at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 and worldwide at lite987whop.com.
Elsewhere this evening: Fort Campbell hosts Paducah Tilghman, Trigg County at Webster County, Todd Central goes to Owensboro Catholic, Caldwell County hosts Reidland, Russellville travels to Fulton County and Logan County at Bowling Green.
Regional action has Hopkins Central hosting Calloway County, Crittenden County is at Marshall County, Murray welcomes Ballard Memorial, Lone Oak goes to Owensboro, Greenwood hosts Barren County, Warren Central entertains Ballard, Franklin Simpson at Warren East, Graves County at Muhlenberg County, Mayfield at Fulton City.
Find out the winners of these and other games around the state on the Kentucky High School Scoreboard show following the Christian County game this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Thursday’s High School Sports Results
Volleyball: Christian County defeated University Heights 3 sets to none, Caldwell County over Murray 2-0, Hopkins Central over Webster County 3-0.
Boys Soccer: University Heights over Caldwell County 7-3, Trigg County shut out Christian County 4-0, Henderson County edged Apollo 3-2.
Girls Soccer: Madisonville defeated Hopkinsville 6-2, Todd Central slid by Christian County 1-0, Caldwell County defeated University Heights 4-3, Trigg County shut out Hopkins Central 7-0.
College Football: Kentucky looks for its first Southeastern Conference win as they host South Carolina tomorrow. Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith has been cleared to play in the game, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other SEC games have Tennessee at Georgia and Vanderbilt travels to Missouri.
Western Kentucky opens Sun Belt Conference action tomorrow at Arkansas State, Louisville plays at Southern Miss and in the Ohio Valley Conference, Austin Peay is at Eastern Illinois, while Murray State hosts Tennessee Tech.
Also tomorrow, a Big 10 matchup has Ohio State taking on Michigan State in a game you can hear at 2 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Tennesseean reports former University of Tennessee women’s basketball media relations director Debby Jennings has sued the school and athletics director Dave Hart. The suit claims age and sex discrimination forced her to retire from the job she held for 35 years. The suit also alleges Hart forced former women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt to step down after last season. Summitt indicated in an April news conference the decision to retire was her own.
Thursday’s High School Sports Schedule
Volleyball: University Heights at Christian County, Trigg County travels to Crittenden County, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville, Russellville hosts Todd Central, Caldwell County at Murray.
Boys Soccer: Christian County goes to Trigg County, University Heights at Caldwell County, Hopkinsville at Madisonville, Dawson Springs hosts Lyon County, Logan County at Hopkins Central.
Girls Soccer: Hopkinsville hosts Madisonville, Christian County at Todd Central, Fort Campbell hosts Crittenden County, University Heights at Caldwell County, Trigg County hosts Hopkins Central, Dawson Springs goes to Lyon County.
Christian County and Hopkinsville are making final preparations for their football games Friday night. The Colonels entertain Ohio County at 7 in the Stadium of Champions, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Hopkinsville travels to Apollo, with kickoff at 7 and the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 and worldwide at lite987whop.com.
High School Basketball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports several players Kentucky is trying to recruit will play in the Marshall County Hoopfest scheduled for November 30th and December 1st. The lone 2013 commitment—Derek Willis of Bullitt East—will face Hopkinsville on December 1st at 2:30 pm. The games will be played at Reed Condon Gymnasium at Marshall County High.
College Football: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips says Maxwell Smith is on track to return to the lineup against South Carolina Saturday. Smith did not throw in practice Wednesday, but did takes some reps with the first team offense.
Smith’s backup—freshman Jalen Whitlow—did all of the throwing and was not impressive according to coach Phillips. Smith—who injured his shoulder against Western Kentucky two weeks ago—is scheduled to throw in practice today. You can hear Saturday’s game between the Cats and Gamecocks at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessee Vols hit the strength of their SEC schedule as they play against 5th ranked Georgia Saturday. As a matter of fact, the Vols next four opponents are all ranked in the top 25. Those games include 21st rated Mississippi State, top ranked Alabama and 6th ranked South Carolina. Since 2008, the Vols have gone 1-18 against teams ranked in the top 25.
NFL: There will be real officials working NFL games this weekend after the league and its referees association has reached a new eight year collective bargaining agreement. As a matter of fact, the real officials will work tonight’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, which you can hear at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Ryder Cup: Nashville native and Ryder Cup rookie Brandt Snedeker tells the Tennessean he can’t wait to get on the first tee for the matches against Europe which begin tomorrow at Medinah Country Club in Chicago. Snedeker comes into the Ryder Cup as the hottest golfer in the world, having won last week’s Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.