|SPORTS HEADLINES 2/16/13|
High School Basketball—Friday scores
Boys: Crittenden County slid by Fort Campbell 47-43, Caldwell County over Livingston Central 52-46, Union County edged Hopkins Central 58-55, Carlisle County defeated Murray 70-65, Henderson County routed Owensboro 75-45, Mayfield over Hickman County 62-58, Webster County over Owensboro Catholic 46-36, Greenwood over Edmonson County 64-51.
Girls: University Heights rolled over Union County 53-35, Caldwell County defeated Livingston Central 55-43, Webster County over Crittenden County 59-20, South Warren over Butler County 55-45, Edmonson County got by Greenwood in overtime 63-62, Hopkins Central over Lyon County 66-57, Apollo got by Madisonville 44-41, Elizabethtown over Muhlenberg County 74-63, Murray defeated Carlisle County 74-32.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scored 10 points and had three rebounds as Manhattan defeated Iona in overtime 74-73. The Jaspers improved to 10-15 on the season with the win.
Today’s games: 25th ranked Kentucky is in Southeastern Conference action at Tennessee today. Coach John Calipari met with the media Friday for the first time since the loss at Florida Tuesday night and said following the injury which ended Nerlens Noel’s season, the Wildcats have a clean slate to be what they want the remaining seven games of the regular season. Pre game coverage begins at 10:30 this morning on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: LSU hosts Mississippi State, Vanderbilt meets Texas A&M.
In the OVC: Murray State plays a men’s-women’s doubleheader at Eastern Illinois, while Austin Peay has a men’s-women’s twin bill at SIU-Edwardsville.
17th ranked Oklahoma State meets Oklahoma, with Indiana meeting Purdue. Coverage of the game at 12:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, where you can also hear Western Kentucky at Florida International this evening, with coverage beginning at 6.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino was among 12 finalists announced Friday for the 2013 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Gary Payton, a nine time NBA All-Star, joined Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Tom Heinsohn, Sylvia Hatchell and Dawn Staley as first-time finalists.
Pitino, a six-time NCAA Final Four coach, is a finalist for the second year in a row. Maurice Cheeks, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King, Guy Lewis and Jerry Tarkanian are also returning to the ballot for election.
The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be announced Monday, April 8 at a news conference prior to the NCAA Tournament men's national championship game in Atlanta.
College Baseball: Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman lasted one inning, allowing seven runs to Bowling Green State University, who beat the Hilltoppers 9-8 in 10 innings. Hageman struck out two batters to open the game before the flood gates opened. The two teams play again this afternoon in Bowling Green.
Austin Peay won its season opener defeating Iowa 4-2, with game two of the series this afternoon in Clarksville. First pitch is set for 1 pm. Murray State lost its season opener at Central Arkansas 10-1, with game two of the series to be played this afternoon at 4 pm.
College Softball: Murray State dropped its season opener to Western Kentucky 9-1 in the Bulldog Battle at Mississippi State Friday. Former Christian County standout Casey Castille was 0 for 1 at the plate, but did score a run. Murray State plays two games today against Northwestern State and Lipscomb. Austin Peay opens its season today with a game at Trevecca University.
Major League Baseball: The Cleveland Indians have officially signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a four-year contract with a club option for 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports earlier this week indicated it to be worth $48 million for the first four years with the option year at $12 million.
Bourn is a two time All-Star and two time Gold Glove winner who batted 274 with a 348 on-base percentage and 42 steals in 155 games with the Atlanta Braves last season.
NFL: NFL tax documents are showing Roger Goodell as the highest paid commissioner in sports. According to paperwork obtained by the "Sports Business Daily," Goodell earned nearly 29.5-million-dollars in 2011. That's an increase from 11.6-million in 2010. ESPN.com reports Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and NBA Commissioner David Stern earn about 20-million annually.
The Indianapolis Colts will part ways with defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie. Both have expiring contracts. The team says it will not renew Freeney's deal and NFL.com reports the same will be true of Collie.
Freeney has spent the first 11 years of his career in Indianapolis after being selected 11th overall out of Syracuse in 2002. Collie only played one game in 2012 before rupturing his patella tendon.
Tarvaris Jackson is returning to the Buffalo Bills after signing a one-year contract. The 29-year-old did not throw a single pass in 2012 as the backup to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, but new head coach Doug Marrone says there will be an open competition for the starting job in 2013. The Bills finished a disappointing 6-and-10 this past season.
Charles Woodson could be on his way out of Green Bay. NFL.com quotes the 36-year-old cornerback's agent as saying the Packers are getting set to release Woodson. The 2009 Defensive Player of the Year has spent the last seven seasons with Green Bay. He was limited to seven regular-season games last year while recovering from a collarbone injury, but returned for both the Packers' playoff games.
The St. Louis Rams placed Titus Young on waivers Friday, just 10 days after claiming the problematic wide receiver from the Detroit Lions. Young was waived by the Lions on February 4th following a turbulent 2012 campaign that ended on injured reserve in early December. Head coach Jeff Fisher did not discuss specifics about the move during a Friday news conference, though he did indicate that health was not a factor in the team's decision.
Tim Walton is the new defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. He spent the last four seasons as defensive backs coach for the Detroit Lions. Walton worked as a defensive coordinator at the collegiate level with Miami-Florida in 2007 and Memphis in 2008.
The Rams went without a conventional defensive coordinator in 2012 as Gregg Williams sat out the entire season while serving a suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.
The Minnesota Vikings will be playing outdoors for a few seasons. Team Vice President Lester Bagley announced that the team plans to play at TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015 while their new stadium is built at the current Metrodome site.
TCF Bank Stadium is home to the University of Minnesota. The Vikings played one game there in 2010 when heavy snow collapsed the Metrodome roof. The Vikings last played a full home schedule outdoors in 1981.
NHL: The Nashville Predators wrap up a four game home stand hosting the Anaheim Ducks this evening. The Predators are looking for their second win in as many games, following a 3-0 win over Phoenix Thursday night. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops at 7.
Golf: South Korea’s Sang-Moon Bae and Frederick Jacobsen are tied for the lead at 9 under par heading into the third round of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. John Rollins and John Merrick are one shot back, with Luke Donald two shots off the lead. Danville native Josh Teater is at 4 under par, while Campbellsville native JB Holmes missed the cut.
On the Champions Tour, Bernhard Langerfired a 10 under 62 and has a three shot lead on Bob Tway heading into the second round of the ACE Group Classic. Franklin’s Kenny Perry stands at four under 68 and Paducah’s Russ