College Basketball: 23rd ranked Wichita State puts its 9-0 mark on the line tonight against 4-3 Tennessee in Knoxville. The Shockers have signature wins over VCU and Iowa in the Cancun Challenge. Tennessee meanwhile has been very inconsistent, scoring almost 78 points per game in its four wins, while tallying almost 40 points per game in its three losses.
Multiple sources are reporting the seven basketball only schools of the current Big East Conference are expected to announce shortly whether they will stay in the league. The presidents of the schools had a teleconference with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco this morning and are expected to announce their intentions in the next 24-48 hours.
Those seven schools are DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Villanova, Providence and St. John’s.
NFL: The Dallas Morning News reports the blood alcohol content of Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent was at .18 when he was involved in an accident last weekend which killed teammate Jerry Brown early Saturday morning. The .18 BAC was twice the legal limit at the time of the accident. Brent is currently out of jail on a $500 thousand bond.
MLB: New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera tells the New York Daily News he will be ready to pitch by Opening Day. Rivera is rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered last season. The 43-year-old Rivera signed a one year, $10 million dollar deal with the Yankees earlier this off season.
Golf: The PGA of America officially announced today Tom Watson will again lead the United States Ryder Cup team in 2014 at Gleneagles. The 63-year-old Watson captained the 1993 squad to a 15-13 victory at the Belfry. That was the last win for the U.S. on foreign soil.
The 2014 Ryder Cup will take place at The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, and will be contested Sept. 26-28, 2014. That will mark the first time the event has been played in Scotland since 1973. Watson is a five-time British Open champion and three-time Senior British Open winner, with seven of those titles won in Scotland.
High School Basketball
There was one area game last night, with Fort Campbell’s boys defeating Trigg County 85-58.
Boys: Russellville at Barren County, Lone Oak at Mayfield
Girls: Christian County entertains Daviess County, Henderson County takes on Webster County, Warren East at McLean County, Lone Oak at Mayfield.
Play begins tomorrow night in the Toyota of Hopkinsville Holiday Classic. Action takes place at University Heights as the Blazers host Bowling Green at 5, followed by Christian County and St. Mary at 6:30 and Hopkinsville meets LaVergne, TN at 8. Coverage of all three games begins at 4:45 with the Heritage Bank pre game show on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Former Christian County and current LSU basketball player Anthony Hickey’s indefinite suspension is about to end. Tigers coach Johnny Jones tells the Baton Rouge Advocate that Hickey will accompany the team on its two game road trip to Boise State and UC Irvine.
The team leaves today for its first game Friday night. Hickey met with LSU athletic officials Wednesday and Coach Jones said if those meetings went well, he would likely play on the road trip.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Wednesday Western Kentucky has landed Chris Harrison-Docks, a transfer from Butler University. The freshman announced his plans to leave in November, but it’s not yet known if he would be eligible to play this season. NCAA rules require transfers to sit out one full year from the time of transfer..
Tonight’s action includes Tennessee hosting Wichita State in Knoxville.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports the University of Kentucky is about to name Jimmy Brumbaugh as its new defensive line coach. Brumbaugh has been an assistant at East Mississippi Community College and when LSU won the national championship in 2007, he was Nick Saban’s strength and conditioning coach.
Meanwhile, the Courier Journal reports new Wildcats coach Mark Stoops has hired old friend Vince Marrow to be tight ends coach. Marrow has most recently served as tight ends coach at Nebraska.
The Louisville Bats have hired former Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman to be their new skipper. Riggleman was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds Class Double A team in Pensacola last season, going 68-70. Louisville is the Reds Triple A affiliate in the American Association.
Join host Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM for Sports Tonight. The show will originate from Toyota of Hopkinsville, who is sponsoring the Toyota of Hopkinsville Holiday Basketball Classic this weekend.
Hear previews of the games from area coaches along with a visit with former UK basketball All America and current radio analyst Mike Pratt who was in Hopkinsville recently.
High School Football: The Princeton Times Leader reports Caldwell County will tenatively open its 2013 football season against Christian County in week 0 in mid August. The game site has yet to be determined. It would be the first meeting since 1998, when the Tigers defeated the Colonels 21-14.
College Football: Reports indicate Arkansas State will hold a news conference this afternoon to announce the Red Wolves new coach. Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is expected to be named to replace Gus Malzhan, who recently took the coaching position at Auburn. The Red Wolves were 9-3 this season, champions of the Sun Belt Conference and will play in the GoDaddy.com bowl in early January.
Princeton native Tony Franklin has been named as offensive coordinator of the California Golden Bears. Franklin heads west with new coach Sonny Dykes, who has been at Louisiana Tech. Franklin had been Tech's offensive coordinator the last three seasons.
Golf: Multiple reports indicate the PGA of America will name Tom Watson on Thursday as captain of the 2014 Ryder Cup team. Watson will be 65 when the Ryder Cup is played at Gleneagles, Scotland making him the oldest captain in US history. Watson says he has not been to a Ryder Cup since captaining the US team in 1993. He would be the first repeat captain since Jack Nicklaus in 1987.
Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton comes your way at 5:08 this evening on News-Talk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. The show will originate from Toyota of Hopkinsville, who will host this weekend’s Toyota of Hopkinsville Holiday Basketball Classic.
Previews of the games and a visit with former UK All American and current basketball radio analyst Mike Pratt will be featured.
High School Basketball
Girls: University Heights bounced back from last Friday’s loss to Hopkinsville with a 73-51 win over Caldwell County, Hopkinsville defeated Crittenden County 68-33, Fort Campbell squeezed by Community Christian 73-68, Christian County lost to Franklin Simpson 57-50, Bowling Green defeated Todd Central 65-46, Allen County Scottsville over Russellville 79-60, Glasgow over Logan County 73-48, Lyon County over Dawson Springs 46-35, Madisonville over Hopkins Central 53-40, Paducah Tilghman over Murray 67-45, Union County over Apollo 52-42.
Boys: Fort Campbell defeated Community Christian 71-64, Allen County Scottsville over Russellville 61-56, Glasgow over Logan County 68-45, Livingston Central over Dawson Springs 62-24, Madisonville got by Hopkins Central 53-49, Lyon County defeated Caldwell County 55-43, Ohio County over Muhlenberg County 70-66, Warren East edged South Warren 46-45, Bowling Green over Franklin Simpson 83-55, Marshall County over Carlisle County 64-57.
The Courier Journal reports new Western Kentucky football coach Bobby Petrino’s first year of his $850 thousand salary will be paid by former coach Willie Taggart’s $500 thousand buyout and revenues for the football program from ticket sales this past season that were not anticipated. Petrino, whose contract is four years at $850 thousand per year contains an over one million dollar buyout. Petrino will be the highest paid coach in the Sun Belt Conference.
Former University of Tennessee player and current Southern California assistant coach Tee Martin has turned down an opportunity to return to his alma mater as a member of new coach Butch Jones’ staff. Martin said in a statement that he was honored to be offered the opportunity to return to his alma mater and called the decision the toughest he has ever had to make.
University of Kentucky offensive lineman Larry Warford has been named third team Associated Press All American. Warford is the 12th offensive lineman in Kentucky history to be named AP All American and the first since 1989.
LSU defeated Chattanooga 80-67 last night, without former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey who is on indefinite suspension. Coach Johnny Jones told the Baton Rouge Advocate in a preview article on the game Tuesday that Hickey was still enrolled at LSU and part of the basketball program. Jones added a decision on Hickey’s future would be made later this week. The Tigers begin a three game road trip Friday night at Boise State.
College Basketball: As the NCAA celebrates the 75th anniversary of March Madness next year, several University of Kentucky players, teams and moments have made several lists.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports starting in January, fans can vote on lists for best players, top teams and best moments.
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, Tony Delk, Dan Issel and Jack Givens made the players list. Best moments involving Kentucky include the 1992 loss to Duke, and the 1966 game which Texas Western defeated the Wildcats.
The best teams include UK’s 2011-12 team that went 38-2 and the 1995-96 team that went 34-2. Both won national championships.
Find out more about this at www.ncaa.com/MarchMadness.
ESPN reports the seven basketball only members of the Big East Conference met Sunday with league commissioner Mike Aresco, expressing their concern on the current direction of the conference. The seven schools wanted to have lots of dialogue to determine best course of action of the future.
No decision was made on what future action to take. However, reports indicate those seven schools—Marquette, DePaul, St. John’s, Providence, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova, may want to split away from the football members and form their own league.
As LSU gets set to face Chattanooga this evening, it does so without former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey who was suspended for violation of team rules and university policies late last week. Coach Johnny Jones tells the Baton Rouge Advocate Hickey is still enrolled at LSU and is part of the basketball program. Jones says Hickey’s future status with the Tigers will be determined some time later this week.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says winning the remaining games of the season is the team goal. The Titans blew a 20-7 halftime lead against Indianapolis Sunday in losing for the fifth time in six games. Munchak said Monday he has not talked in a couple of weeks to owner Bud Adams, who put everyone on the Titans staff on notice a month ago that he wanted improvement.
Munchak insists he sees a team improving with the makings of something special, though the Titans have yet to prove it on the field. Tennessee hosts the New York Jets Monday night at LP Field.