High School Football: The Russell Athletic/Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl is underway today at Western Kentucky University.
Mayfield and Fairview are playing in the Class A game, with the 3-A game between Louisville Central and Belfry later this afternoon and the 4-A title game between Highlands and Collins High this evening.
Caldwell County faces Newport Central Catholic in the Class 2-A title game tomorrow.
High School Basketball: Christian County opens its season this evening at Montgomery Bell Academy. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Girls action this evening includes Hopkinsville at Murray.
College Football: The Chattanooga Times Free Press is reporting sources as saying former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is mulling an offer from the University of Tennessee to replace Derek Dooley.
The source says details are still being negotiated, and that the university’s offer is very lucrative, with no time table for a decision. The story also says Gruden has told UT they are not close on money for the assistant coaches he wishes to hire and if the school cannot meet the needed funds, Gruden will decline the offer. The story also says the school is considering other candidates, but the job is Gruden’s if he wishes to accept it.
Alabama and Georgia are making final preparations for the SEC championship game tomorrow in Atlanta. The winner will meet Notre Dame for college football’s national championship. Coverage of the game in progress airs after Hopkinsville’s basketball game with Bullitt East from the Marshall County Hoopfest on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Tennessean reports the owners of the Nashville Sounds are looking for minority investors in the team. Co-owner and team CEO Frank Ward said Thursday there is no truth to the rumors floating that the Milwaukee Brewers Triple A affiliate is for sale. Ward did say the team is entertaining offers from individuals and corporations who have expressed interest in being minority owners in the club.
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Thursday’s Girls games: University Heights trounced Fort Campbell 70-46, Christian County defeated Warren Central 54-42, Jo Byrns over Heritage Christian Academy 42-27, Logan County edged Hopkins Central 66-63, Madisonville defeated Union County 56-27, Graves County over Livingston Central 48-38, Lone Oak over Fulton County 60-20, Henderson County over Evansville Memorial 47-30.
Thursday’s Boys games: Hopkinsville over Russellville 78-61, Union County edged University Heights 42-41, Heritage Christian Academy defeated Jo Byrns 60-54, Crittenden County over Dawson Springs 60-31, Murray over Fulton City 60-43, Graves County over Livingston Central 69-30.
Boys: Christian County with interim coach Kyle Eades opens the season at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Elsewhere: Trigg County hosts Crittenden County, Logan County at Warren East, Caldwell County at Madisonville, Hopkins Central hosts Ohio County, Livingston Central at Lyon County, Owensboro at Webster County, Reidland at Calloway County, Murray High at Fulton County, Ballard Memorial at Heath.
Girls: Hopkinsville travels to Murray, Trigg County welcomes Crittenden County, Webster County hosts Dawson Springs, Madisonville hosts Caldwell County, Russellville goes to McLean County, Henderson County entertains Daviess County, Lyon County hosts Livingston Central, Muhlenberg County welcomes Hancock County, Calloway County meets Reidland, Ballard Memorial at Heath, Greenwood entertains Glasgow.
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The Russell Athletic/Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl begins today at Western Kentucky University.
Today’s games: Mayfield and Fairview meet in the Class A game at 11 am, followed by Central and Belfry in the Class 3-A game at 3 pm, with Highlands and Collins High tangling in the Class 4-A game at 7 pm.
Saturday games: Caldwell County and Newport Central Catholic begin the day in the Class 2-A game at 11 am, with Bowling Green and Cooper High meeting in the Class 5-A game at 3pm, with PRP and Trinity in the Class 6-A championship at 7 pm.
Kentucky’s first true road test proved to be a disaster as Notre Dame rolled over the 8th ranked Wildcats 64-50. Julius Mays lead Kentucky in scoring with 16 points, with Nerlens Noel the only double figure scorer with 10. Kentucky goes to 4-2 on the season and hosts Baylor tomorrow in Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 10 am on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere: TJ Price had a career high 30 points as Western Kentucky won its Sun Belt opener 65-54 at Louisiana Monroe. LSU edged Seton Hall 72-67, with former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey scoring 10 points. Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 15 points as Manhattan defeated Fordham 65-58.
Women’s scores: Murray State defeated Ball State 63-53, Western Kentucky won at Louisiana Monroe 67-57.
One game this evening has Tennessee meeting Georgetown as part of the SEC-Big East challenge.
College Football: Injured Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came off the bench to toss two second half touchdowns and John Wallace’s 29 yard field goal with 1:41 left in the game gave the Cardinals a 20-17 victory at Rutgers. The Cards received the bid to a BCS bowl game with the win.
Middle Tennessee says it gets validation in its announced move Thursday to Conference USA. The Tennessean reports the school will move to C-USA by July 1, 2014. However, MTSU could be there as early as 2013 if the Sun Belt Conference can find suitable replacements for they and Florida Atlantic, who is also bolting for C-USA and can negotiate an exit fee as high as $1 million. Two other SBC schools, Florida International and North Texas will play in C-USA in 2013.
High School Basketball: Doubleheader action comes your way this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Heritage Christian Academy’s Lady Warriors meet Jo Byrns at 5:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:20, followed at around 7:15 for the Heritage Bank pre game show as defending 2nd region champion Hopkinsville’s boys open their season against Russellville. Tip off at Tiger Gym is set for 7:30.
A couple of days following Tulane and East Carolina’s departure from Conference USA to the Big East, Middle Tennessee announced today its intentions to head to C-USA. The Tennessean reported in a story this morning that Florida Atlantic is also set to leave the Sun Belt Conference for Conference USA, with the story also noting Western Kentucky and New Mexico State are candidates if C-USA decides to go with further expansion.
A Sporting News story cited by GoVolsXtra.com indicates if Maryland can get a reduced fee in leaving the ACC, Florida State and Clemson would be next to exit the conference, with Duke and North Carolina also reportedly looking to leave the ACC to become members of the SEC. A source told in the Sporting News story that both Duke and North Carolina have been talking with the SEC for the last three years.
College Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reports new University of Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is interested in bringing James Coley from Florida State with him as either offensive coordinator or associate head coach/recruiting coordinator. If the latter scenario happens, Stoops reportedly wants to bring Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown, a former Wildcat receiver, to run the offense.
As the Louisville Cardinals get set to meet Rutgers this evening, Coach Charlie Strong is angrily denying a report from the Birmingham News that he has interviewed for the head coaching position at Auburn. That story indicates a source as saying the interview has taken place in the last couple of days. The Cards are playing for a spot in a BCS bowl game if they can defeat the Scarlet Knights.
Reports indicate former LSU defensive back Tyrann Matthieu plans to announce today his intentions to enter the NFL draft. Matthieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year, but did not play this season after being suspended from the team for a substance abuse violation. Matthieu was arrested just last month on a marijuana possession charge.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari says Archie Goodwin is the point guard for the Wildcats as they play at Notre Dame this evening. Ryan Harrow is also expected to see playing time after missing all but one game thus far with a mysterious illness and family issues. Pregame coverage from South Bend airs at 4:30 this afternoon on Lite 98.7.
While we’re on UK basketball, Coach Cal tells ESPN’s Andy Katz he will likely coach 6-7 more years in Lexington. Calipari says this is a 10 year run for him and then will pass it on to someone who will keep it going as the program is so important to the state. Calapari’s contract runs through 2019.
Calipari also mentioned that he was waiting for a phone call to replace Tubby Smith in 2007, however the timing was much better in 2009 when he was hired to replace Billy Gillispie.
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Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP has a doubleheader for you this evening. Girls action has Heritage Christian hosting Jo Byrns, with tip off set for 5:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 5:20. The second game of the evening has Hopkinsville opening its boys season hosting Russellville at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:20. Both games can be heard worldwide at whopam.com.
Other games this evening:
Girls: University Heights opens 8th district competition hosting Fort Campbell, Christian County at Warren Central, Logan County at Hopkins Central, Madisonville hosts Union County, Greenwood at Franklin Simpson, Graves County welcomes Livingston Central.
Boys: University Heights goes to Union County, Dawson Springs at Crittenden County, Murray hosts Fulton City, Graves County entertains Livingston Central, Franklin Simpson hosts Russell County.
Wednesday’s scores: Austin Peay rolled over Berea 106-53. The Governors were paced in scoring by Anthony Campbell’s 20 points, Travis Betran added 16 and Chris Horton pitched in 15. Austin Peay improved to 3-3 on the season.
Women’s scores: Austin Peay scored just nine points in the second half in falling at Vanderbilt 67-36. It took overtime for Tennessee to hold off Middle Tennessee 88-81. 9th ranked Kentucky rolled over Miami(Ohio) 92-53 to win its 25th consecutive home game.
Tonight’s games: Number 8 Kentucky faces an experienced team as they meet Notre Dame in South Bend as part of the SEC-Big East Challenge. The Fighting Irish bring a 6-1 record into the game. Pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere this evening: Western Kentucky opens Sun Belt action at Louisiana- Monroe, LSU meets Seton Hall, Manhattan goes against Fordham. Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Louisiana Monroe and Murray State hosts Ball State.
College Football: Louisville plays for a trip to a BCS bowl game as they play at Rutgers this evening. The Cards have lost two games in a row and bring a 9-2 record into the game. The Scarlet Knights are also 9-2.
The University of Louisville announced Wednesday it is leaving the Big East Conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Louisville plans to be in the ACC in 2014, the year Maryland is to leave for the Big 10. The Cards defection to the ACC marks the sixth Big East school to leave for the ACC.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee has joined the conference jumping ring, reportedly the Blue Raiders are headed to Conference USA. The announcement will be made official at a news conference this morning in Murfreesboro.
Florida Atlantic, also of the Sun Belt Conference, is reportedly set to make the move to C-USA. Top candidates for later expansion for Conference USA include Western Kentucky and New Mexico State according to the story.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak tells the Tennessean the Titans coaching staff will not undergo any more changes this season. Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Chris Palmer was fired and replaced by quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
Join host Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Guests include: ESPN’s Dick Vitale, University of Louisville radio voice Paul Rogers and Caldwell County football coach David Barnes.
High School Basketball: Hopkinsville is ranked 6th in the first Bluegrass Preps.com boys basketball poll of the season. Ballard is first, with Bowling Green 13th and Warren Central 14th.
Marion County is first in the girls poll, Owensboro Catholic is 6th, Henderson County 18th and Marshall County is 19th.
The University of Louisville will be moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The move was approved this morning by ACC presidents and chancellors. Louisville is expected to join the ACC in 2014, the same year Maryland leaves the league for the Big 10. U of L is the sixth former Big East school to leave for the ACC.
College Football: Kentucky Sports Radio.com reported late last night that new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has offered the offensive coordinator’s position to Florida State’s James Coley. Coley is considered one of the premier recruiters in the country.
While we’re talking about Mark Stoops, he is a nominee for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. Stoops is also one of five finalists for Football Scoop.com’s defensive coordinator of the year.
College Basketball: Several Top 25 teams are in action this evening, with the marquee matchup featuring number two Duke and number four Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Closer to home, Austin Peay hosts Berea College at 7 in the Dunn Center. Women’s action has Austin Peay at Vanderbilt and Tennessee hosting Middle Tennessee.
Golf’s ruling bodies are looking to end the style of putting that has won three of the last five major championships. The United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Club today announced a proposed rule change which will prohibit anchor style putting. The proposed rule will not ban belly or long putters, but would ban any stroke where the grip or hand is anchored directly to any anchor point on the body.
The ruling bodies are seeking comments from golfers and the golf industry over the next three months before making a final decision. The unanchored stroke ban would go into effect with the next official revision of the rules in January, 2016.