Kentucky and Kansas will meet for the National Championship Monday night at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Kentucky defeated Louisville 69-61 in the first semifinal. The 37-2 Wildcats were led by national player of the year Anthony Davis with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Darius Miller added 13 points off the bench for the Wildcats. Louisville, who finished the season 30-10, was led by Peyton Siva with 13 points.
Kansas rallied from 13 points five times in the game and defeated Ohio State in the second game 64-62. The Jayhawks improved to 32-6, while the Buckeyes finish the season 31-8.
Kentucky and Kansas will play for the second time this season for the National Championship. Coverage of the game will be heard on the WHOP family of stations, with airtime at 6:30 for UK Network coverage on Lite 98.7 and at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Women's Final Four gets underway in Denver this evening with Connecticut meeting Notre Dame and Baylor playing Stanford. Coverage of the games begins at 5 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville won a pair of games at the McCracken County Tournament Saturday, defeating Herrin, IL 5-2 and St. Mary 10-2. The Tigers improved to 4-5 on the season with the wins. There was no score available on Christian County's game with Heath at the McCracken County Tournament.
High School Softball: University Heights fell to Station Camp, TN 7-2 at the Spartan Invitational at South Warren. Todd Central also lost to Station Camp, TN at the Spartan Invitational 10-1.
NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks edged the Nashville Predators 5-4 at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators return to action Tuesday evening hosting the Minnesota Wild at 7 at Bridgestone Arena.
High School Baseball: Christian County defeated Reidland 6-1 and lost to St. Mary 7-6 at the McCracken County Tournament, where Hopkinsville lost to Sikeston, MO 10-9. University Heights lost to Paducah Tilghman 4-3 in 8 innings, Stewart County, TN defeated Fort Campbell 19-11.
Today's games: Christian County meets Heath and Hopkinsville plays Herrin, IL and St. Mary at the McCracken County Tournament.
High School Softball: Christian County shutout Union County 5-0, Bowling Green over University Heights 16-1 at the Spartan Invitational in Bowling Green and Dawson Springs blanked Hopkinsville 4-0.
Today's games: UHA continues play in the Spartan Invitational against Station Camp. TN and then will play either Todd Central or Edmonson County.
High School Tennis: University Heights defeated Madisonville in boys and girls matches Friday. The boys match went to UHA 8-1, with the Lady Blazers winning 9-0.
High School Basketball: Hopkinsville High's Christy Soldo has been invited to try out for the Kentucky All Star team according to a story in today's Kentucky New Era. Soldo averaged almost 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in leading the Lady Tigers to their first Region 2 title and appearance in the Girls Sweet 16.
College Basketball: It's the day Kentucky and Louisville fans have been waiting for as the Cats and the Cards meet in the first semifinal at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. Tip off for the game at 5:09, with Kansas and Ohio State meeting in the second semifinal game. Coverage of both games airs at 2:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and UK network coverage begins at 3 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky's Anthony Davis added another award Friday to the many he has received this post season. Davis was named the Associated Press Player of the Year. Davis is the second freshman to win the award. Missouri's Frank Haith was named the AP Coach of the Year.
High School Softball: Christian County scored in every inning but one and pounded out 15 hits in defeating Hopkinsville 18-2 Thursday. Lauren Hobson picked up the pitching win, with Hailey Foster taking the loss for Hoptown. Christian County is now 5-0/1-0 in district play, while Hopkinsville goes to 3-4/0-2 in district competition.
Elsewhere: University Heights defeated Logan County 14-4, Caldwell County defeated Trigg County 14-5, Franklin Simpson over Todd Central 3-0, Henderson County slid by Madisonville 3-2, Lyon County over Crittenden County 3-1, Livingston Central over Paducah Tilghman 7-1.
Today’s games include: Christian County at Union County, Hopkinsville hosts Dawson Springs, Logan County hosts Muhlenberg County, Caldwell County at Crittenden County.
High School Baseball: Logan County defeated Christian County 10-0, Fort Campbell over South Fulton 3-1, Henderson County shutout University Heights 8-0, Trigg County over Todd Central 17-2, Russellville over Warren Central 15-9, Murray defeated Livingston Central 13-3.
Today’s games include: Hopkinsville meeting Sikeston MO at the McCracken County Classic, University Heights hosts Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell plays Stewart County, TN, Trigg County goes to Union County, Caldwell County hosts Madisonville, Logan County at Warren Central.
High School Tennis: Madisonville defeated Christian County in a boys match Thursday in a tiebreaker 5-4.
Christian County defensive lineman/offensive tight end Daniel Collins signed to play college football with Kentucky Wesleyan Thursday. Collins had 32 solo tackles, seven quarterback sacks and caught two touchdown passes during his lone season with the Colonels. Collins says he anticipates playing linebacker for Kentucky Wesleyan.
Hoppers Baseball: The team logo and colors were unveiled for the Hoptown Hoppers during Thursday’s State of the Community Vision breakfast at the Bruce Center. Season passes for the Hoppers are available for $75 and there are still some homes needed to house players for the season which begins June 1st. Call the Christian County Chamber of Commerce at 885-9096 for more information.
College Basketball: We’re just a day away from the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans as Kentucky meets Louisville in the first semifinal game at 5:09, followed by Kansas and Ohio State. Coverage of both games on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP begins at 2:30 Saturday, while UK-IMG network coverage begins at 3 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis received another player of the year honor Thursday, picking up the Adolph Rupp Player of the Year Award. He is the third Kentucky player to win the award.
College Football: The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was absent from Thursday’s practice, amid rumors he is transferring to Georgia State. Vols coach Derek Dooley says he was unaware of any decision by Rogers and says Rogers is not facing suspension for missing practice, leaving Rogers future with the team somewhat of a mystery.
NHL: Even though they have made the NHL playoffs, the Nashville Predators know there is still work to do and have two tough games in as many nights. The Predators are in Detroit this evening, with coverage of the game at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. The Predators return home tomorrow night to host the Chicago Blackhawks, with first puck to drop at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville hosts Christian County in 8th district action this afternoon at Lady Tiger Field. First pitch at 5:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games: University Heights at Logan County, Todd Central at Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County at Trigg County, Dawson Springs at McLean County, Webster County at Union County, Madisonville at Henderson County, Lyon County at Crittenden County.
High School Baseball: Fort Campbell defeated Fulton City 12-0 in 5 innings Wednesday.
Today’s games: University Heights goes to Henderson County, Christian County hosts Logan County, Russellville hosts Warren Central, Trigg County hosts Todd Central, Caldwell County welcomes Reidland, Union County welcomes Crittenden County, Murray entertains Livingston Central.
Christian County girls basketball standout Martessia Williams signed Wednesday to play college basketball for Bethel University. Williams was a five year member of the basketball team and also played soccer and participated in track. Williams is the 8th Christian County High student athlete to sign a collegiate letter this school year.
Hoppers Baseball: The logo is being unveiled for the Hoptown Hoppers baseball club this morning at the Christian County Cares vision breakfast at the Bruce Center. WHOP Sports also learned yesterday that former Hopkinsville pitcher Josh Drake will not be a part of the ingaural Hoppers team. He suffered an injury while playing collegiately and has been advised to rest for the summer.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats arrived in New Orleans Wednesday to continue preparations for their match up with Louisville in the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday. The voice of the Wildcats Tom Leach says Saturday’s game will be like a chess match as coaches John Calipari and Rick Pitino will try to outwit each other. Tip off at 5:09 Saturday afternoon, with UK-IMG network coverage at 3 on Lite 98.7. The other semifinal has Kansas taking on Ohio State, with coverage of both games at 2:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Clarksville Northeast and University of Kentucky signee Alex Poythress had 19 points in a losing cause as the West beat the East 106-102 in the McDonalds All American game in Chicago last night. In the girls game, Tennessee recruit and Clarksville High’s Basharra Graves hit a game winning free throw with less than a second left as the East edged the West 79-78.
The Courier Journal reports Murray State coach Steve Prohm was reportedly a candidate for the Mississippi State coaching vacancy, but he would not say how close he was to taking the job. Prohm signed a contract extension earlier this week which will keep him in Murray through May,2016.
Meanwhile, Prohm says he kind of knows what junior guard Isaiah Cannan plans to do on whether or not he will return to the Racers next season. However, Prohm says he won’t publically say right now what Cannan will do.
Prohm says Cannan won’t make a decision for a couple of weeks. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA Draft is April 10th. Prohm added the feedback he has received indicates Cannan could be a fringe first round pick which could slide into the second round.
Tennessee women’s assistant coach Holly Warlick tells the Knoxville News Sentinel she anticipates coach Pat Summitt talking with her staff after the Women’s Final Four this weekend in Denver about whether or not she will return next season. Summitt just completed her 38th season at Tennessee, but her first with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
The Nashville Predators clinched their seventh playoff berth in the last eight seasons without playing last night. The San Jose Sharks lost to Anaheim 3-1. The Predators have been to the playoffs in seven of the franchise’s 13 seasons. Nashville plays at Detroit tomorrow night, with coverage at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The final tuneup before the season’s first major—The Masters—begins today as the Shell Houston Open tees off. Former UK golfer JB Holmes is in this week’s field.
The final edition of this season of Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville airs at 5:08 this afternoon on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Todd Hamilton will visit with representatives of the Hoptown Hoppers baseball team, along with the voice of the Kentucky Wildcats, Tom Leach on this weekend’s Final Four in New Orleans.
High School Baseball: Madisonville took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and held on to defeat Hopkinsville 8-5, though the Tigers scored their five runs in the last two at bats. Josh Denton had two hits to lead Hopkinsville. Gus Sholar took the pitching loss for the Tigers, now 2-4 on the season. Madisonville won its second game in a row in improving to 3-6.
Elsewhere: University Heights lost to Trigg County 3-1 in 8 innings, Muhlenberg County defeated Christian County 5-3, Russellville run ruled Todd Central 11-1 in 5 innings, Logan County shutout Franklin Simpson 3-0, Dawson Springs defeated Christian Fellowship 14-4, Crittenden County run ruled Livingston Central 20-4 in 5 innings, Daviess County defeated Henderson County in a slugfest 13-12.
High School Softball: University Heights run ruled Todd Central 11-1 in 6 innings, Christian County run ruled Marshall County 12-0 in 6 innings, Hopkinsville edged Trigg County 3-2, Henderson County edged Apollo 5-4 in 10 innings, Madisonville over Webster County 10-2, Murray defeated Caldwell County 13-3 in 5 innings, Muhlenberg County over Warren Central 15-0 in 3 innings.
High School Tennis: University Heights met Hopkinsville at Ruff Park Tuesday afternoon. The UHA teams won both matches, with the Blazers defeating the Tigers 7-2 and the Lady Blazers also defeating the Lady Tigers 7-2.
NCAA Women’s tournament: Kentucky played well for about 25 minutes, before Connecticut went on a tear in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 80-65 in the Kingston regional final. Kentucky finishes the season 28-4. Next up for UConn is a date with Notre Dame in the Final Four in Denver. The Fighting Irish defeated Maryland in the Raleigh regional final 80-49.
The Kentucky Wildcats head to New Orleans today to continue preparations for Saturday’s National semifinal matchup with Louisville. UK-IMG network coverage begins at 3 on Lite 98.7, with coverage of both semifinal games on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP at 2:30.
Coming up on Friday, Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM will air the Leach Report with Tom Leach at 8:06, followed by Kentucky Sports Radio with Matt Jones to get you ready for the Final Four this weekend. We invite you to tune in for those programs Friday morning.
The University of Louisville released its 2012 schedule Tuesday. The Courier Journal reports the first three games will be at home, including Kentucky on September 1st, with Missouri State and North Carolina the following two weeks.
The Cards will play their first road game at Sun Belt member Florida International September 22nd, with new Big East member Temple coming to Louisville November 3rd.
College Baseball: Kentucky won its 19th straight home game in defeating Western Kentucky 7-4, Austin Peay blew out Alabama A & M 19-4.
College Softball: Kentucky and Louisville renew their series this evening in Lexington.
NFL: Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt tells the Tennessean rehabilitation on his left knee injured last season is complete and that it is healing well. Britt says he expects to play by the first regular season game. Britt was injured in last season’s game against the Denver Broncos.
NHL: The Nashville Predators failed to pick up a needed point to make the NHL playoffs, as the Predators fell to the St. Louis Blues 3-0 . The Predators return to action Friday night at Detroit, a game you can hear at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.