|SPORTS HEADLINES 11/5/12|
High School Football
Round two of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl takes place Friday with these local teams still in action.
Class 5-A: Christian County travels to Bowling Green with coverage at 6:35 with the Heritage Bank pre game show on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Graves County plays at Warren Central.
Class 3-A: Fort Campbell hosts South Warren, with Paducah Tilghman going to Monroe County.
Class 2-A: Caldwell County hosts Hancock County, with Murray High at Owensboro Catholic.
Class A: Russellville at Kentucky Country Day and Mayfield hosts Holy Cross.
Class 4-A: Madisonville at Owensboro and Lone Oak at Warren East
Class 6-A: Henderson County hosts Eastern.
The weekly Cantrall rankings are out from the Lexington Herald Leader. Trinity is first, Bowling Green 3rd, Warren Cental 7th, Henderson County 14th and Mayfield is 19th this week.
College Football: Kentucky is searching for a new football coach following the firing of Joker Phillips Sunday. Athletics director Mitch Barnhart announced the firing via a letter to the UK fan base on the school’s athletics website, saying it was with a heavy heart that he would fire Phillips at the end of the current season. Barnhart went on to say the search for a replacement would begin immediately.
Phillips issued his own statement later Sunday saying coaches are measured on results, and that the results needed were not obtained and change was needed. Phillips thanked both Barnhart and former head coach Rich Brooks for providing the opportunity to be the head coach at Kentucky.
The Wildcats are off this week, and because of tonight’s Kentucky basketball game, Coach Phillips talk show will air Wednesday night at 5, with Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Two Murray State players have been honored for their play by the Ohio Valley Conference. Racer punter Steven Nix was named the specialist of the week, punting three times in Saturday’s 49-28 win over Tennessee State. Nix averaged 43.3 yards per punt, including one of 55 yards.
Jamal Berry won his 3rd newcomer of the week award after rushing for 163 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. Berry also caught three passes for 19 yards.
Louisville moved up to 11h in this week’s Associated Press top 25, with the Cardinals remaining ranked 10th in the USA Today Coaches poll. Alabama remained number one in both polls.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats play their final pre season tune up against cross town Transylvania tonight at Rupp Arena. The Pioneers feature a former Christian County player in Isaiah Dooley. Tip off at 7, with pre game at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessee Vols also play their final pre season tune up tonight against Victory University in Knoxville.
Austin Peay’s women’s basketball team plays its lone pre season game tonight against Martin Methodist, with tip off at the Dunn Center at 7 pm.
NFL: The Chicago Bears forced five turnovers, led 28-2 at the end of the first quarter and rolled to a 51-20 win over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Chris Johnson rushed for 141 yards and a score in a losing effort, but turned the ball over twice. Matt Hasselbeck was 20-35 for 194 yards, a TD and an interception for the 3-6 Titans, who play at Miami next Sunday.
Monday Night Football has Philadelphia at New Orleans, with coverage of the game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.