College Basketball: There’s a couple of games involving Top 25 teams this evening. 15th ranked Memphis hosts Arkansas Little Rock, while 16th ranked Iowa State welcomes 22nd ranked Iowa.
When North Carolina meets Kentucky tomorrow in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels will be without two players. The Charlotte Observer reports guards PJ Hairston and Leslie McDonald are expected to miss their ninth consecutive games due to NCAA eligibility concerns. Coverage of the game begins at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon on Lite 98.7.
Meanwhile, Madisonville’s Jon Hood returned to practice for Kentucky yesterday for the first time in a few weeks due to a head injury. Kentucky Sports Radio reports on its website it’s not known if Hood will make the trip to UNC.
College Football: Murray State wide receiver/kick returner Walter Powell has been selected to play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, CA on January 18th. The game will be seen on ESPN 2 at 5 pm that day.
The senior from St. Louis was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award following an impressive senior year where he was named first team All-OVC.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron told ESPN Thursday he doesn’t think Coach Nick Saban will leave the school. McCarron says Saban told him he was not leaving and even told that Saban’s wife runs the household and says she won’t allow Saban to leave either. Speculation has run rampant if Mack Brown leaves the Texas program, they wish for Saban to be the new coach.
Texas A&M announced Thursday the signing of coach Kevin Sumlin to a new deal worth $5 million per year. Sumlin’s contract runs through December 31, 2019 and has a $5 million buyout.
High School Basketball-Thursday night’s scores
Girls: Christian County opened 8th district play with a 71-44 win over Fort Campbell. The Lady Colonels got their first win of the season to go with two losses and are 1-0 in district play. Fort Campbell is 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in district play.
Other action saw Livingston Central rout Dawson Springs 69-18, Bowling Green nip Russell County 69-66, Paducah Tilghman over Mayfield 70-43, St. Mary defeated Community Christian 82-44, Massac County, IL over Murray 54-47 and Carbondale, IL defeated Ballard Memorial 73-47.
Boys: Webster County over Fort Campbell 79-51, Caldwell County defeated Crittenden County 65-44, Muhlenberg County over Breckinridge County 71-53, Mayfield routed Fulton City 61-23, Graves County over Fulton County 76-43.
Boys: The opening night of the Toyota of Hopkinsville Classic takes place at Christian County High’s Colonel Gym. The opening game at 5:30 has University Heights hosting Bowling Green. Christian County faces Paducah Tilghman at 7 pm, with Hopkinsville meeting Warren Central in the nightcap at around 8:30. Coverage of all three games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games include Todd Central hosting Russellville, Logan County goes to Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County hosts Union County, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Madisonville is at Dawson Springs, Hopkins Central takes on Murray, Warren East at South Warren, Lyon County hosts Crittenden County, Marshall County at McCracken County, Graves County at Calloway County, St. Mary is at Ballard Memorial, Carlisle County goes to Hickman County, Community Christian hosts Fulton City, Owensboro goes to Owensboro Catholic, Daviess County hosts Apollo.
Girls: Hopkinsville and University Heights face each other in the opening 8th district game for both teams. Tip off from Blazer Gym is at 7:30.
Other games include Todd Central welcoming Russellville, Logan County is at Franklin Simpson, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Caldwell County at Hopkins Central, Madisonville at Dawson Springs, Warren Central goes to Glasgow, Warren East at South Warren, Greenwood hosts Muhlenberg County, Owensboro at Owensboro Catholic, Daviess County welcomes Apollo, Carlisle County at Hickman County, Graves County at Calloway County, Marshall County at McCracken County, Community Christian hosts Fulton City, Paducah Tilghman at Webster County and Lyon County hosts Crittenden County.
College Basketball: Women’s action saw 5th ranked Kentucky dominate the second half in defeating DePaul 96-85.
When Western Kentucky meets Louisville tomorrow at the Yum Center, there will be two new members to Coach Ray Harper’s roster. Transfers Chris Harrison-Docks who came to WKU from Butler and Trency Jackson who landed on the Hill from Texas Tech will be eligible to play. Coverage of the game begins at 10:30 am on News/Talk WHOP.
10th ranked Kentucky also returns to action tomorrow at North Carolina, with pre game coverage at 2:30 on Lite 98.7. Also tomorrow, Tennessee plays at 11th ranked Wichita State.
NHL: The Nashville Predators scored three unanswered goals to pull out a 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars last night at Bridgestone Arena. Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand both picked up power play goals 28 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period. Paul Gaustad added another midway through the second. Carter Hutton stoned 33-of-34 shots as the Predators won their second consecutive game.
Major League Baseball: Bowling Green native Corey Hart has signed a one year contract with the Seattle Mariners. Hart spent most of the 2013 season injured while a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and became a free agent at the end of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds have announced Rick Sweet will become the 25th manager in team history. Sweet has spent the last nine years in the Cincinnati Reds organization and was named Baseball America’s Triple A manager of the year in 2010 while managing the Louisville Bats.
College Basketball: One women’s game to note this evening as 5th ranked Kentucky is at DePaul. There are no top 25 men’s games on the schedule this evening.
Former Murray State standout Isaiah Cannan has been named the NBA Development League’s Co-Performer of the week. Cannan—drafted by the Houston Rockets this past spring—is playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Cannan helped lead the Vipers to four wins last week, averaging 25 ½ points including a season best 29 points in a victory over the Delaware 87ers.
College Football: The website FootballScoop.com reports Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is reportedly in the mix to become the new head coach at Arkansas State. Bryan Harsin announced yesterday he is leaving the Red Wolves program to become the new head coach at Boise State.
Brown’s name was mentioned as a candidate for a head coaching job at several schools last year before he became UK’s offensive coordinator.
Kentucky Sports Radio reports John Hardin defensive lineman Matt Elam will make his collegiate choice during the All American Bowl January 4th.
Elam is making his official visit at Kentucky this weekend following an in home visit from the Wildcat coaches today. Elam had in home visits earlier this week with Alabama and Notre Dame.
Texas football coach Mack Brown says his job status "has not changed" and he is focused on the team's upcoming Alamo Bowl game against Oregon and recruiting. Speaking at a media briefing for the Alamo Bowl, Brown briefly addressed recent reports that he will step down after 16 seasons as Longhorns coach.
Brown, who denied the Tuesday reports, said having a new athletic director in Steve Patterson "changes things," but that he is looking forward to meeting with the new AD to "get on the same page and move forward."
Brown has spent 16 seasons at Texas, leading the Longhorns to the national championship after the 2005 season and the BCS title game in 2009.
NFL: The AFC West is in the spotlight for Thursday Night Football as San Diego plays at Denver. The 6-7 Chargers are battling for the 6th and final AFC playoff spot, while the Broncos at 11-2 have the best record in the AFC and have clinched a playoff spot.
MLB: ESPN New York reports the Yankees nixed a deal in which Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips would be acquired for outfielder Brett Gardner. A source says the Yankees don’t like Phillips’ declining numbers at his current salary.
Phillips hit .261 with 18 home runs and a career high 103 RBI for the Reds last season. Gardner hit .273 with eight homers and 52 RBI for the Yankees in 2013.
High School Basketball-Tonight’s games
Girls: Christian County hosts Fort Campbell, Dawson Springs hosts Livingston Central, Caldwell County at Crittenden County, Bowling Green at Russell County, Paducah Tilghman at Mayfield, and Community Christian goes to St. Mary.
Boys: Fort Campbell opens the season with Webster County, Caldwell County goes to Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County hosts Breckinridge County, Graves County hosts Fulton County, Mayfield travels to Fulton City and Community Christian at St. Mary.
High School Football: WPSD reports Paducah Tilghman principal Art Davis was stunned when football coach Randy Wyatt announced his resignation last Thursday. Davis said he tried to persuade Wyatt to stay on, but added Wyatt said he was exhausted. Davis also said running both the football and track programs did not give Wyatt a break to “recharge the batteries”. The search for Wyatt’s replacement is underway, with a new coach anticipated to be on board by the end of January.
College Football: Western Kentucky swept the Sun Belt Conference player of the year awards announced Wednesday.
Former Fort Campbell standout Antonio Andrews was named the overall player and the offensive player of the year. Andrews led the Sun Belt with 1,730 rushing yards this season which was also a WKU program record and led the nation in all purpose yards with 2,619.
Meanwhile, Xavius Boyd was named the Sun Belt defensive player of the year. Boyd led the Sun Belt in tackles for loss this season with 15 ½ and had 8 ½ quarterback sacks. He also led the Hilltoppers in total tackles with 103.
University of Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith was named the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year and a USA Today second team All American Wednesday. Smith is currently second in FBS in quarterback sacks with 12 ½. The Cardinals begin preparations this weekend to face Miami in the Russell Athletics Bowl in Orlando on December 28th.
Two of the greatest athletes in Austin Peay history and the school’s long time sports information director have been selected to the school’s athletics Hall of Fame. Nick Stapleton, the greatest scoring point guard in Austin Peay lore, along with baseball pitcher Shawn Kelley and sports information director Brad Kirtley will be inducted in a luncheon to be held Saturday, February 1st at 11:30 am in Clarksville.
NFL: Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Wednesday more changes are needed to make the Titans a better team in the future. He also said one of the things he will tell new president and CEO Tommy Smith at season’s end one change that does not need to be made as the head coach.
Smith told the Tennessean earlier this week everyone is disappointed with the team’s current 5-8 record, but said he would wait until the season’s end to determine Munchak’s future. The Titans host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look for their second win in as many games as they return home this evening to host the Dallas Stars. Coverage of the game from Bridgestone Arena begins at 7 on News/Talk WHOP.
Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry will be playing in the $3.1 million Franklin Templeton Shootout tomorrow in Naples, FL. The Champion Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup 2013 winner will play on a team with Sean O’Hair in a match against Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker. 24 players will be participating in the event at Tiburon Golf Club.
High School Football: Multiple reports indicate Paducah Tilghman coach Randy Wyatt submitted his resignation Tuesday. Wyatt told WPSD TV it was a tough decision to resign, but felt it was time to turn over the reins of the program. Wyatt also said it was 110% his decision to leave effective immediately.
Wyatt was 50-29 in six seasons at Tilghman, leading the Blue Tornado to the 2009 Class 3-A championship and two appearances in the state semifinals. Wyatt will remain as track coach at Tilghman.
Kentucky High School Athletics Association commissioner Julian Tackett told the Bowling Green Daily News Tuesday despite the horrible weather, the Russell Athletics-Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship games held in Bowling Green over the weekend were a success. Attendance for this year’s championship games was 24,188, a 48 percent decrease from a year ago.
Western Kentucky University has hosted the games since 2009 and has one year remaining on its current contract. Commissioner Tackett says Bowling Green is a great host and that Houchens-LT Smith Stadium is a great venue to have to have the games and praised the partnership with Russell Athletics.
College Football: Sources tell ESPN Texas coach Mack Brown is expected to step down by the end of the week. The source says discussions between Brown, the school and Brown’s agent have been ongoing and the talks have been friendly. Brown has been the Longhorns head coach for the past 16 seasons.
Meanwhile, Alabama coach Nick Saban has had a contract extension sitting on his desk since last Friday but has not signed it. Alabama officials are beginning to worry Saban will possibly leave the program.
The university offered the extension to Saban amid reports of Mack Brown’s pending resignation at Texas. Saban received a raise and a contract extension worth $5.62 million in March.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been named the Home Depot Coach of the Year and will be honored during the Home Depot College Awards show Thursday evening.
In his first season, Malzahn orchestrated quite a turnaround in which the Tigers went 12-1 and will make an appearance in the final BCS National Championship Game January 6th against Florida State.
College Basketball: Top 25 action this evening has top ranked Arizona hosting New Mexico State, second ranked Ohio State hosts Bryant University and 6th ranked Wisconsin hosts Milwaukee.
NFL: The Washington Redskins are reportedly planning to sit quarterback Robert Griffin the Third for Sunday's game against the Falcons. ESPN indicates Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback for the remaining three games.
Earlier this week, Coach Mike Shanahan said he was considering the move. The team has a formal news conference scheduled for later today.
Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry will be playing in the $3.1 million Franklin Templeton Shootout that begins Friday in Naples, FL. The Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup 2013 winner will play on a team with Sean O’Hair in a match against Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker. 24 players will be participating in the event at Tiburon Golf Club.