|SPORTS HEADLINES 2/18/13|
High School Basketball: District tournament action begins this evening across the Commonwealth.
Girls: 8th district action at Hopkinsville High has top seed University Heights meeting Fort Campbell at 6, followed by 2nd seed Hopkinsville and Christian County. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
5th district at Trigg County has Trigg County playing Livingston Central at 6, followed by Lyon County and Crittenden County.
6th district at Union County has the host Bravettes meeting Webster County. 13th district has Logan County at Franklin Simpson.
Boys: 13th district action at Franklin Simpson has Russellville meeting Logan County at 8 pm.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 14 points in Manhattan’s 60-56 loss to Niagara. 12th ranked Louisville defeated South Florida 59-41. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 15 points.
Women’s scores: 12th ranked Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 83-64.
Tonight’s games: Women’s action includes 9th ranked Kentucky taking on 11th ranked Texas A&M. In the OVC: Murray State at SIU Edwardsville and Austin Peay meets Eastern Illinois.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly talk show at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Wednesday night hosting Vanderbilt, with air time at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
Louisville received a commitment for 2014 over the weekend. The Lexington Herald Leader reports 6-8 small forward Shaqquan Aaron chose Louisville over UCLA, Arizona and Washington. The Los Angeles native plays his high school basketball for Rainer Beach High in Seattle.
College Football: University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is promising that all spring football practices will have an edge to them and says he likes physical practices. Stoops tells the Lexington Herald-Leader players will probably see the first team offense and first team defense face off in-season more than happens elsewhere. The goal, Stoops says, is to set a faster tempo in practice so the team will get more out of the workouts.
The Courier Journal reports the University of Louisville has received a commitment from defensive end/outside linebacker Stacy Thomas of Miami, Florida. Thomas made his commitment after an official visit and becomes the 17th recruit in the 2013 class.
College Baseball: Austin Peay took the rubber game of a three game series with Iowa 6-1. Murray State lost to Central Arkansas 6-5 in 12 innings, while Western Kentucky defeated Bowling Green State 4-3.
College Softball: Murray State lost a pair of games Sunday in the final day of the Bulldog Classic at Mississippi State. The Racers lost to Northwestern State 3-2 and Mississippi State 4-1. Former Christian County standout Casey Castille went 1-2 in the loss to Northwestern State and 1-3 in the loss to Mississippi State. Murray State is now 1-3 on the season.
NHL: The Nashville Predators have a matinee contest on this President’s Day against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Forward Patric Hornqvist is expected to return to the Predators lineup after missing 10 games due to a sprained knee. First puck at the Pepsi Center drops at 2 pm.
Golf: Danville native Josh Teater finished tied for sixth at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open. Teater’s nine under par 275 was two strokes behind John Merrick who defeated Charlie Beljan in a playoff.
Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic on the Champions Tour by a stroke over Jay Don Blake. Langer finished at 12 under par, with Franklin’s Kenny Perry tied for 10th at six under par, while Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for 20th at three under par.