College Basketball: Kentucky Sports Radio reports on its website the Kentucky-Indiana series appears to be in jeopardy. Kentucky wants to play the game yearly on a neutral court, while Indiana prefers to play the game at on campus sites.
It appears neither side wishes to budge from its stance, despite the fact Kentucky’s John Calipari and Indiana’s Tom Crean are good friends. The teams split the two games played this season, with Indiana winning the regular season meeting, while Kentucky won in the NCAA tournament.
Former Kentucky basketball player Scott Padgett has joined the staff at Samford University as an assistant coach. Padgett began his coaching career apprenticing on John Calipari’s staff before serving as an assistant at Manhattan last season.
Western Kentucky freshman Vinny Zollo asked to be released from his scholarship last month, however his leaving could be a bit tricky. The Bowling Green Daily News reports the school wants to make sure his departure doesn't effect the school's Academic Progress Rate.
Zollo, who played in 35 games for the Hilltoppers this past season, has a grade point average of 2.6. Zollo told CBSSports.com Wednesday the NCAA has said he can transfer and has talked with several schools. Zollo also said he didn't think it was fair concerning the APR and doesn't understand why they are targeting him.
NHL: As the Nashville Predators get ready to open their Western Conference semi final series at Phoenix this evening, captain Shea Weber has been nominated for the Norris Award, given annually to the NHL’s top defenseman.
Tonight’s opening game begins at 8 in Phoenix, with game two Sunday night at 7. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Nashville on Wednesday and Friday nights of next week.
College Baseball: Murray State opens an Ohio Valley Conference series this afternoon against SIU-Edwardsville, with Austin Peay hosting Jacksonville State in the first of a three game set this evening at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Western Kentucky opens a three game Sun Belt series with Louisiana Monroe at Nick Denes Field this evening, with former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman getting the start for the Hilltoppers.
Major League Baseball: A full slate of games in both the American and National Leagues this evening. Games include: Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, Houston at Cincinnati, Atlanta welcomes Pittsburgh and St. Louis begins a weekend set with Milwaukee.
Golf: LPGA Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak will be out of the game for an indefinite period after suffering a shoulder injury earlier this week. Pak slipped on a staircase Tuesday and was diagnosed with a slight tear in the labrum of her left shoulder.
High School Baseball: Russellville over Kenwood, TN 10-6, Heritage Christian defeated Lighthouse Christian 9-2, Stewart County, TN defeated Trigg County 7-2, Caldwell County over Hopkins Central 14-4 in 4 innings, Madisonville defeated Whitesville Trinity 9-6, Livingston Central over Lyon County 15-0 in 5 innings.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville entertains Union County, Todd Central at Edmonson County, Caldwell County goes to Dawson Springs, Hopkins Central at McLean County, Webster County at Murray.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville defeated Russellville 10-0, University Heights edged Logan County 10-9, Heritage Christian Academy defeated Lighthouse Christian 17-6, Todd Central over Trigg County 6-3, Livingston Central over Lyon County 14-0 in 5 innings, Calloway County over Marshall County 3-0.
Today’s games: University Heights hosts Mayfield, Hopkinsville travels to Webster County, Russellville at Hart County, Logan County at Metcalfe County, Lyon County at Hopkins Central, Muhlenberg County hosts Calloway County in a doubleheader.
Lexington Catholic is the new number one this week in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. Bowling Green is 3rd, Glasgow 20th and Henderson County tied for 25th.
Two soon to be Christian County High graduates signed letters to continue their football careers at the college level Thursday. Chuck Hughes, who sat out most of his senior year because of a knee injury is headed to Lindsey Wilson College, while Micah Crutcher, who played only one year with the Colonels is headed to Kentucky Wesleyan.
College Basketball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky assistant women’s basketball coach Kyra Elzy is returning to her alma mater for a second time. Elzy, who played on two national championship teams at Tennessee, will join new coach Holly Warlick’s staff and serve as the school’s recruiting coordinator.
NFL: A team which needs defensive help surprisingly used its first round pick to take a wide receiver. The Tennessee Titans used the number 20 pick to take Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. Wright is the fourth wide receiver taken by the Titans in the first round, but the second in four years. Wright caught 108 passes for 1,663 yards at Baylor last season.
NHL: The Nashville Predators begin play in the Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals this evening at the Phoenix Coyotes. First puck drops at 8:00 this evening, with Sunday’s game two in Phoenix beginning at 7:00 pm. Nashville will host games three and four next Wednesday and Friday.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost their 10th game in a row at the Iowa Cubs 8-1. The club’s 4-17 record is the worst start through 21 games in club history. Game two of the series is tonight in Des Moines.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to Beloit for the second straight night 8-3, with game three of the series this evening.
PGA Tour: Kentuckian Steve Flesch was one under par on his first round, while JB Holmes was one over par at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Ken Duke and Cameron Tringale are tied for the lead at seven under par.
Heritage Christian Academy’s softball team is ranked number one in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association Power Poll this week. Meanwhile, the Warriors baseball team is ranked third in the KCAA power poll this week, as Lakeside Christian is number one.
Thirty-two high school student athletes from across the commonwealth had been selected as regional winners of the 2012 Forcht Bank/Kentucky National Insurance KHSAA Sportsmanship Awards. The 2nd region winners are Ben Puckett of Dawson Springs High and Rachel Gaddis of Hopkins Central.
One boy and girl will be selected as statewide winners at a banquet to be held Sunday in Lexington. The state winners will get a one time $3,000 scholarship from Forcht Bank and Kentucky National Insurance.
CBS Sports.com reports Southern Mississippi could name its new basketball coach today and two of the candidates have Kentucky ties. Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall and former UK basketball great Sean Woods, the head coach at Mississippi Valley State are being mentioned for the job.
The school’s top choice, Kermit Davis, has received a five year contract to stay at Middle Tennessee. Southern Miss is looking to replace Larry Eustachy, who recently was named the new coach at Colorado State.
A New York man is about to make the bet of his life. Joel Einhorn—a lifetime horse racing fan—will place a $100,000 wager in the Kentucky Derby. Einhorn is placing a “win” bet, meaning he has to correctly pick the winning horse.
Einhorn has not decided which horse will receive his wager and he is not telling anyone until he walks up to the wager window at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Two years ago, a Houston man correctly betted on the winner Super Saver and won $900,000.
As the NFL Draft takes place this evening in New York, the St. Louis Rams say running back Stephen Jackson is not unhappy with his contract. The Rams say they are not interested in trading the two time Pro Bowl selection. Coach Jeff Fisher says he believes rumors that Jackson was unhappy came from someone trying to drum up excitement.
The Rams have the sixth pick in the draft this evening and mock drafts have them taking wide received Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State.
Citing NFL sources, ESPN.com reports the NFL is considering suspending the Pro Bowl for next season and beyond. Sources say NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering suspending this year’s game in part due to lack of competitiveness in recent Pro Bowls.
The next Pro Bowl is scheduled the week before the Super Bowl in New Orleans on February 3rd, but a game site has not been listed because of its precarious state.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville won its third game in as many days, downing Henderson County—the 2nd region favorite—5-3 at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers scored four times in the 6th inning thanks in part to a two run hit by Gant Unfried to get the win. Hutton White pitched a complete game allowing three runs on five hits and struck out seven. Hopkinsville is now 13-9 on the season.
Today’s games: University Heights at Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell hosts Springfield, TN, Russellville travels to Kenwood, TN, Caldwell County welcomes Hopkins Central, Trigg County at Stewart County, TN, Madisonville hosts Whitesville-Trinity, Webster County plays Union County and Lyon County at Livingston Central.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville hosts Russellville, University Heights entertains Logan County, Todd Central hosts Trigg County, Caldwell County goes to Dawson Springs, Lyon County at Livingston Central, Union County at Webster County.
Christian County moves up to 5th in this week’s Kentucky Softball Coaches Association poll, which has defending state champion Allen County Scottsville number one again this week. Greenwood is 7th, Owensboro Catholic 9th, Reidland 12th, Bowling Green 15th, Heath 19th, Hopkins Central 23rd, Muhlenberg County 24th and Livingston Central 25th.
Four Fort Campbell football players signed national letters of intent Wednesday. The Kentucky New Era reports wide receiver-defensive back Marcus Tucker signed with Kentucky Wesleyan, offensive lineman Chance Von Dette signed with Bethel University, offensive and defensive lineman Brady Jorstad signed with Cumberland University and Corey Terry signed with Bethel University.
Christian County will have three football players sign letters of intent today. The ceremony takes place at 2:30 at Christian County High School.
College Basketball: Curtis Turley, who served as director of basketball operations for Western Kentucky’s women’s basketball program last season, has been promoted to assistant coach by new head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Turley was an ultra successful high school coach for many years, coaching at such schools as Lyon County, Henderson County, Warren Central, Greenwood just to name a few.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis has agreed in principle to a new five year contract after withdrawing his name from consideration for the head coaching vacancy at Southern Mississippi.
NFL: The NFL Draft takes place this evening and the Tennessee Titans have the 20th overall pick. General Manager Ruston Webster says the Titans choice is very simple, making sure to take the best player available.
NHL: The Nashville Predators Western Conference semifinal series with the Phoenix Coyotes begins on Friday at Phoenix. Game two of the series will be Sunday in Phoenix, with games three and four in Nashville next Wednesday and Friday. Times have not been determined as of now.
Preds goalie Pekka Rinne was nominated Wednesday for the Vezina Award, given yearly to the NHL’s top goaltender. It’s the second consecutive year Rinne has been nominated.
Minor League Baseball: Following an off day, the Nashville Sounds open a series this evening at the Iowa Cubs. The Sounds will try to snap a nine game losing streak.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the first of a three game set at Beloit 9-3, with game two of the series this evening.
PGA Tour: Kentuckians Steve Flesch and JB Holmes are in the field for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans which begins today. Bubba Watson—who won last year—will be back in action for the first time since winning the Masters.
University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and his staff will serve as honorary grand marshals for the Pegasus Parade next Thursday in Louisville. The coaches will bring along the national championship trophy for fans to see along the parade route. Singer Cyndi Lauper is the grand marshal of the event, part of Kentucky Derby festivities.
It appears Kentucky basketball administrative assistant Rod Strickland will not be joining new coach Larry Brown’s staff at SMU. It was first reported last week by Kentucky Sports Radio’s website Strickland was leaving John Calipari’s staff.
Calipari told ESPN’s Andy Katz Tuesday his coaching staff would stay intact. Calipari also said he hopes to sign one more recruit to his stellar recruiting class.
University of Kentucky basketball signee Alex Poythress of Clarksville Northeast has added another award to his list of post season honors. The Leaf Chronicle reports Poythress was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Class AAA All State basketball team for the second consecutive year.
Multiple stakes winner Isn’t He Clever will not run in the Kentucky Derby. The Courier Journal reports trainer Steve Ausmussen said the horse is out of consideration for the Derby. Isn’t He Clever finished 8th at the Arkansas Derby.
Major League Baseball this afternoon has the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs, while Cincinnati hosts San Francisco this evening along with Atlanta at Los Angeles.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has been named as one of the three finalists for the NHL Vezina Award for top goaltender. It’s the second year Rinne has been nominated for the award.