College Football: Not only has Kentucky picked up a junior college signee in defensive end Za’Darius Smith, but has also a commitment from tight end prospect Stephen Borden from Kilgore Community College in Texas. Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports Borden is the son of wrestler Sting.
There’s one bowl game this evening as the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego has San Diego State taking on BYU.
College Basketball: The Bowling Green Daily News reported Wednesday that Western Kentucky quarterback Kawuan Jakes may join the basketball team following the Hilltoppers game with Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl next week.
Western is depleted at point guard with injuries to TJ Price and Jamal Crook. The Toppers are back in action Saturday against 4th ranked Louisville at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Here’s a clip and save note from last night’s win for Murray State 61-54 at Arkansas State. It was the first time in 50 years that the Racers had won a game in Jonesboro. The Racers were 0-8 since picking up their last win at Arkansas State in 1962. The win was also the 16th away from Murray for the Racers, which is a school record.
The top two ranked teams are in action this evening as top ranked Duke hosts Elon, while second ranked Michigan hosts Eastern Michigan.
NFL: After playing so badly in the early part of the season, the Tennessee Titans defense has made quite an improvement. The Titans head to Green Bay Sunday ranked in the top five of six defensive categories, including fourth in scoring defense holding opponents to 17.6 points per game since November 11th. The Titans gave up an NFL worst 181 points through the first five games and still rank 30th in the category for the season.
High School Basketball
Hopkinsville got a six foot jumper from Jaqualis Matlock with 19 seconds left to edge Collins High 59-58 in the first round of the King of the Bluegrass Wednesday at Fairdale High School in Louisville.
Jordan Majors led the Tigers and all scorers with 22 points as the Tigers improved to 6-1 on the season. Hopkinsville will play Ballard Friday night at 8, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Boys: Christian County opens play in the Fort Harrod Classic at Mercer County against Walton Verona.
The KME Classic at Trigg County features host Trigg County meeting Stewart County, TN, with Warren East playing Graves County and Stewart County, TN meeting Murray High.
Madisonville plays Ballard Memorial and Lone Oak goes against Owensboro at the Hancock Bank Classic.
Henderson County meets Calloway County and Russellville meets Breckinridge County at Ohio County’s Eagle Classic, Logan County plays Barren County at the TJ Samson Holiday Classic in Glasgow, Bowling Green meets Bullitt East at the King of the Bluegrass, Fort Campbell hosts Crittenden County, Todd Central at Rossview, TN, South Warren at Russell County.
Girls: University Heights plays in the Lady Crimson Holiday Classic at DuPont Manual, Trigg County meets Heath and Russellville goes against Lone Oak at the KME Classic at Trigg County, Madisonville meets Livingston Central and Webster County goes against Apollo at the Hancock Bank Classic, Graves County meets Ridgeway, TN and Houston County at the Heritage Bank Hardwood Classic at Calloway County.
College Basketball: 5th ranked Louisville rolled to a 79-55 win over Florida International. Wayne Blackshear led the 10-1 Cardinals with 18 points. Murray State defeated Arkansas State 61-54. Isaiah Cannan led the 9-1 Racers with 18 points.
Women’s action saw Western Kentucky defeat Wright State 84-67.
Tonight’s games: Murray State’s women take on Missouri.
College Football: Western Kentucky’s new coach Bobby Petrino was busy Wednesday signing four junior college players. Defensive lineman Maurice Bennett of East Mississippi Community College, defensive back Dalton Patterson of Arkansas Baptist College, offensive lineman Connor Popeck of Itawamba Community College and wide receiver Lonnie Turner of Los Angeles Harbor College.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops met with the media Wednesday, saying the first three weeks has been quite a tremendous whirlwind. Stoops also announced the Wildcats signed junior college transfer Za’Darius Smith, considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the nation.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones tells the Knoxville News Sentinel he believes junior wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is going to enter the NFL Draft. Patterson joins the Vols leading receiver Justin Hunter who announced his plans to enter the draft Monday. Jones says quarterback Tyler Bray has not yet made a decision whether he will return for his senior year.
College Football: Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator says having three quarterbacks is a good problem to have. Neal Brown said in his news conference Tuesday that Maxwell Smith, Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles will all split reps in spring practice, summer workouts and the fall, with the best man to get the job.
Reports indicate Utah State’s Gary Andersen will be named as the new coach at Wisconsin tomorrow. Andersen led Utah State to a bowl win 41-15 over Toledo at the Idaho Potato Bowl last weekend.
The website Tide Nation reports Alabama athletics director Mal Moore is confident coach Nick Saban will not leave for a second term in the NFL. Moore says he knows how Saban feels about the NFL game and doesn’t believe it will be a place he will return unless he has a drastic change of heart. Alabama plays Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game in Miami January 7th.
College Basketball: Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his son Richard talk basketball almost every day. Tonight, the two will match wits as 5th ranked Louisville meets Florida International.
Other action includes Murray State at Arkansas State. Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Wright State.
Golf: Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield have been elected to the World Golf Hall
of Fame. Montgomerie never won a major, but did win the European Tour Order of
Merit a record eight times and his 31 wins on the European Tour are fourth
most on that circuit.
Schofield, selected from the Lifetime Achievement Category, served as the European Tour's Executive Director from 1975-2004. The tour jumped from a mere 17 events in his first year to 45 official events his final year.
Montgomerie and Schofield join Fred Couples, Ken Venturi and Willie Park Jr. as the class of 2013 for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
High School Basketball
Girls: University Heights rolled over Hopkins Central 65-50, Caldwell County defeated Fort Campbell 70-61 in overtime, Dawson Springs over Trigg County 52-39, Lone Oak over Union County 57-49, Paducah Tilghman over Graves County 67-51, Carlisle County over Lyon County 50-42, Webster County over Crittenden County 62-13, Owensboro over South Warren 61-57.
Boys: Warren East over Todd Central 83-70, Madisonville defeated Trigg County 63-56, Ohio County over South Warren 65-39, Murray edged Ballard Memorial 58-54, Union County over Lone Oak 51-39, Graves County drubbed Paducah Tilghman 65-45, Henry County, TN nipped Calloway County 44-40, Crittenden County slid by Webster County 41-40.
Tonight’s games: Hopkinsville opens play in the King of the Bluegrass tournament at Louisville Fairdale. The Tigers meet Collins High in their opening game at 3:30 this afternoon. Apollo is also in the tournament and faces host Fairdale this evening.
College Basketball: Virginia Commonwealth rolled over Western Kentucky 76-44, with no Hilltopper scoring in double figures. Lipscomb used a 15-0 run in the last 8 minutes to defeat Austin Peay 87-84 and Tennessee cruised to a 78-62 win over Presbyterian. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey had 10 points off the bench as LSU defeated UC Irvine 66-60.
Women’s scores: Third ranked Baylor routed 10th rated Tennessee 76-53, Kentucky defeated Pepperdine 80-62.
Tonight’s games: Father meets son as Rick Pitino’s 5th ranked Louisville Cardinals host son Richard Pitino’s Golden Panthers of Florida International. Murray State is also in action this evening at Arkansas State.
Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Wright State.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino tells the Courier Journal Gorgui Dieng will likely not return to the Cardinals until sometime in January. Pitino said he was hopeful Dieng’s left wrist would be healed where he could play against Western Kentucky Saturday in Nashville, but now it appears it will be January 2nd when the Cards play Providence before Dieng can return. Dieng suffered the broken wrist in a game against Missouri in the Battle 4 Atlantis earlier this season.
College Football: Former Bowling Green High and current Army quarterback Trent Steelman has been invited to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine game. Former NFL coaches Leeman Bennett and Jerry Glanville will coach the teams. The game will take place January 19th at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator Neal Brown met with the media for the first time Tuesday. Brown said he plans into install an up tempo passing attack and says it can be done quickly. Brown has spent the last three seasons as offensive coordinator at Texas Tech, where his offense was ranked in the top 15 nationally each season.
College Football: News Channel 5-Nashville reports on its web site that University of Tennessee offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James plans to return for his senior season. James said on Twitter Monday night he felt blessed to have another year to get better and to win a championship.
James is one of four starting linemen that will return next season. That group allowed only eight quarterback sacks in the 2012 season. James had been considering leaving to enter the NFL draft.
NFL: The Kansas City Star reports former Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher told a secret girlfriend he “would shoot” Kasandra Perkins month before he shot her and took his own life December 1st.
The 25-year-old Belcher’s mother said she moved in with her son and mother of his infant two weeks before the shootings because of financial issues which was causing relationship problems. The report also indicated if Belcher left Perkins she would take all of his money and their daughter.
The Dallas Cowboys are banning nose tackle Josh Brent from the sidelines for the rest of the season. ESPN reports team and NFL officials were unaware that Brent would be on the sidelines this past Sunday and both agree it is inappropriate while he is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter. Brent is currently on the reserve/non-football illness list following the car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown earlier this month.
The 24-year-old had his bond lowered from 500-thousand-dollars to 100-thousand-dollars during a brief court hearing today. A judge has ordered Brent not to consume alcohol or drive until he has a valid Texas license. He must also wear an ankle monitor.
College Basketball: Yahoo Sports reports Butler University is keeping its options open about joining the seven Catholic schools that announced their intentions last week to split from the Big East and form their own conference.
Butler officials are remaining tight lipped about the potential move, but reports indicate they and Xavier, currently members of the Atlantic 10, are reportedly the next schools on the list the Catholic 7 are targeting to join their league.
It was quite a moving end to a press conference last night after Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got his 900th career win. With his wife Juli and young children close by, he closed his remarks remembering two of the students killed in the Newtown, Connecticut shootings last Friday. He said if we can’t get the people representing us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society.