|SPORTS UPDATE 2/8/13|
High School Basketball: The pairings and schedule for the 8th district boys and girls basketball tournaments are being announced at the noon hour today at Hopkinsville High School. Todd Hamilton is covering the event and will have a report on the WHOP Sports Flash later this afternoon as well as online on our websites.
NFL: The Tennessean reports that Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson will not be going anywhere. There had been speculation because of Johnson’s hefty contract, he would be cut loose. However, Coach Mike Munchak said Thursday there was never any talk of it.
Johnson will be paid $10 million this coming season, with $9 million guaranteed as of today, the fifth day of the new NFL year. The Titans also plan to honor the contract of safety Michael Griffin, with his $3.5 million base salary becoming guaranteed today.
The cause of the 34 minute power outage during last Sunday’s Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans has been determined. Officials with Entergy New Orleans say a faulty device installed to prevent a failure of electric cables leading to the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
The device performed without problems during earlier events including the Sugar Bowl. The outage occurred two minutes into the 3rd quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
College Baseball: Austin Peay has been picked by the Ohio Valley Conference coaches and sports information directors to win the league this season, with newcomer Belmont picked second. Murray State is picked to finish 10th.
Austin Peay second baseman Jordan Hankins was selected as the pre season Co Player of the Year, with the middle infield tandem of Hankins and shortstop Reed Harper selected to the OVC first team, along with outfielder Cody Hudson.
Golf: Round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro AM is underway today with Russell Knox and Hunter Mahan beginning the day tied for the lead.
On the Champions Tour, the Allianz Championship is teeing off its opening round today, with Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Paducah’s Russ Cochran both in the field.