College Basketball: Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings spoke up in defense of Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin Thursday. According to a story in the Tennessean, Stallings said those who are calling for Martin’s ouster in Knoxville are “idiots”.
Tennessee sports a 17-11 record and is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. Stallings says he thinks the Vols will make the Big Dance and said for the school to give up on Martin just a short time after hiring him would be “ridiculous”.
Vanderbilt’s women’s program will be without sophomore Heather Bowe for the remainder of the season due to a violation of academic policy. The nature of the violation was not disclosed. Bowe started 21 of 27 games played thus far averaging 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Kentucky doesn’t have much time to lament on last night’s overtime loss to Arkansas as the Wildcats are back in action tomorrow at South Carolina, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky concludes a two game Texas road swing at Texas Arlington tomorrow night, with pre game coverage at 7 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Football: Two time defending OVC champion Eastern Illinois has released its 2014 schedule. The Panthers will host both Austin Peay and Murray State this year, with the Governors going to Charleston, IL September 20th and the Racers on November 8th. EIU’s schedule also includes an FBS games at Minnesota in the season opener and at Ohio University.
NFL: The Carolina Panthers have signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal will keep the five-year veteran off the free agent market. Gano converted 24-of-27 field goal tries last year and set a franchise record with six made kicks of at least 50 yards. He also drilled 76 of his 82 kickoffs into the end zone with 63 touchbacks and led the NFL with a 77.8 touchback percentage.
MLB: Grapefruit League action today has the St. Louis Cardinals meeting the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves facing the Houston Astros. The Cincinnati Reds meet Cleveland again in Cactus League action with the Chicago Cubs going against the LA Angels.
High School Basketball-Thursday’s scores
8th district finals: University Heights won its second consecutive 8th district girls championship by defeating Christian County 65-52. The Lady Blazers used a 22-14 4th quarter run to win for the 23rd time this season to go with three losses. Denayia Holmes had a game high 28 points to lead a trio of double figure scorers for University Heights. Christian County also had three players in double figures led by Dannika Prater’s 18 as the Lady Colonels fell to 12-13 on the season.
The girls All District team was announced following the game. University Heights was represented by Denayia Holmes, LeLe Grubbs, Meg Starling and Demetria Snorton. Christian County was represented Dannika Prater, Janiya Davis and Ge’Nashia Robinson. Hopkinsville was represented by Haley Cook and J’Lynn Majors, with Fort Campbell represented by Angie Rangel and J’Mani Ingram.
Top ranked Hopkinsville held on to win the school’s 15th district title with a 66-63 win over University Heights. Dee Henry’s two free throws with 8.9 seconds left proved to be the game winner for the Tigers who improved to 27-2 on the season. Hopkinsville was led in scoring by Tra Edwards with 16 points. University Heights, now 15-11 on the season was led in scoring by Dashjon Brown’s 21 points.
The boys All District team was announced following the game. Hopkinsville was represented by Jaqualis Matlock, Tra Edwards, Demarius Cager and Quan Poindexter. University Heights was represented by Dashjon Brown, Ledonald Gray and Jordan Gary. Christian County was represented by Tyrik Edwards and Isaiah Pollard and Fort Campbell by Jonathan Jethroe and Anil Cole-John.
7th district finals: Madisonville defeated Caldwell County 57-44 in the boys championship, with Caldwell County winning the girls title over Madisonville 63-46.
Elsewhere: 5th district girls final saw Livingston Central defeat Lyon County 57-50, Henderson County rolled Union County 72-39 in the 6th district girls final, Logan County over Franklin Simpson 47-38 in the 13th district girls final.
Boys 14th district action saw Bowling Green defeat Greenwood 63-37.
Girls: 14th district championship action has South Warren taking on Bowling Green. Muhlenberg County meets Ohio County in the 10th district title game.
Boys: Trigg County plays host Crittenden County in the 5th district title game, Henderson County hosts Union County in the 6th district final, Russellville meets Franklin Simpson in the 13th district championship, Muhlenberg County faces Ohio County in the 10th district final, St. Mary faces McCracken County in the 2nd district title game and Graves County meets Mayfield in the 3rd district championship.
College Basketball: Arkansas completed a season sweep of Kentucky defeating the Wildcats in overtime 71-67. It’s only the third loss in the John Calipari era for UK in Rupp Arena. Willie Cauley-Stein led a quartet of double figure scorers for Kentucky with 16 points. The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow at South Carolina, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other action last night: In the OVC, Austin Peay trailed by 11 with 1:16 remaining, but their rally fell short at Southeast Missouri 83-80. Murray State kept its hopes of winning the OVC regular season championship alive with a 86-72 win at UT Martin.
7th ranked Louisville cruised to an 88-66 win over Temple, while Western Kentucky edged Texas State 51-50.
Women’s action saw 12th ranked Kentucky win over Mississippi State in overtime 81-74, 10th ranked Tennessee defeated LSU 72-67 and Florida edged Vanderbilt 73-68.
Tonight’s game: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan host Iona.
University of Louisville senior guard Russ Smith and Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle have been named as two of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year presented by the US Basketball Writers Association. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented April 4th as part of the Final Four in Arlington, TX.
College Baseball: Austin Peay begins play today in the Riverview Inn Classic hosting Dayton, Murray State hosts North Dakota State and Western Kentucky meets host East Carolina at the Keith LeClaire Classic, with former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman getting the start.
College Softball: 8th ranked Kentucky-led by former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner-faces Butler today in their opening game in the UK Tournament. Kentucky will also meet Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh in the round robin event this weekend.
Western Kentucky faces Green Bay and Northern Iowa in the Hilltopper Spring Classic today and Austin Peay faces Trevecca in a doubleheader in Clarksville.
NHL: The Nashville Predators erased a 2-0 first period deficit to grab a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Matt Cullen and Roman Josi's power play goals in the second period tied the game. Patric Hornqvist tallied the game winner in the third period with a man advantage.
The Predators ended a three game losing streak and will return to action tomorrow afternoon hosting Winnipeg in a game you can hear beginning at 2 on News/Talk WHOP.
Golf: The Courier Journal reports PGA of America president Ted Bishop as saying Valhalla Golf Club would make a great permanent site in America for the Ryder Cup. Bishop made the comment after speaking with the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday.
Valhalla has hosted one Ryder Cup back in 2008, which was the last time the USA won and will host this year’s PGA Championship.
High School Football: The Ohio County Monitor reports Ohio County High School has named a new football coach. Former Eagles standout Jody Ashby has been named to replace Todd Houston who resigned recently. Ashby most recently worked as an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College and has been an assistant at several high schools including Owensboro and Trinity.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening have 10th ranked St. Louis hosting Duquesne, 20th ranked Iowa at Indiana, 21st ranked Memphis goes to Houston and 22nd ranked Ohio State at Penn State.
Horse Racing: Churchill Downs and NBC Sports announced Wednesday the extension of their contract for televising the Kentucky Derby for another 10 years. The first jewel of the Triple Crown will now be televised by the Peacock Network through the year 2025.
Golf: First round play is underway at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are all in this week’s field.
MLB: Exhibition games today include Atlanta meeting Detroit in Grapefruit League action, while Cincinnati plays Cleveland again and the Chicago Cubs meet Arizona in Cactus League action.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch many of the regulars will play in tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener against the Miami Marlins. Matheny adds Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons will be the first two pitchers used tomorrow.
Meanwhile, left hander Jaime Garcia got a cortisone shot in his shoulder Wednesday, but when he will pitch and in what capacity is yet to be determined.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch there’s nothing wrong structurally with Garcia’s shoulder, but he does have the inflammation in it. He added determining how Garcia feels will determine the next step on where he fits in the Cardinals rotation.
High School Basketball: Last night’s action saw Warren Central edge South Warren 55-51 in the Boys 14th district tournament.
Tonight’s games: 8th district tournament action concludes with the championship games. University Heights meets Christian County in the girls title game at 6, followed by top ranked Hopkinsville and University Heights in the boys contest. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening include the 7th district championship games as Caldwell County meets Madisonville in the boys game following the girls matchup between the same schools.
Other girls games include the 5th district championship game between Lyon County and Livingston Central, the 6th district title game between Union County and Henderson County and the 13th district championship between Logan County and Franklin Simpson.
College Basketball: SEC action saw LSU blister Texas A&M 68-49, with former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. scoring only two points but recording eight assists and five rebounds.
Elsewhere, Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 75-68 behind Jordan McRae’s 29 points.
Women’s action saw Western Kentucky rout Texas State 75-45.
Tonight’s games: Arkansas looks for a season sweep of Kentucky as the Razorbacks come to Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
OVC action this evening has Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri and Murray State at UT Martin. Western Kentucky is in action at Texas State and 7th ranked Louisville hosts Temple.
Women’s play has Vanderbilt hosting Florida, 12th ranked Kentucky at Mississippi State and 10th ranked Tennessee at LSU.
NHL: The Nashville Predators play their first game since the Olympic break this evening hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators got some good news Wednesday as goalie Pekka Rinne will participate in a conditioning assignment at their Milwaukee franchise Friday and Sunday. It will be Rinne’s first action since October due to an E coli infection which formed in his surgically repaired left hip. Coach Barry Trotz says after the two games it will be determined how quick Rinne will rejoin the Predators.
High School Basketball: The Bowling Green Daily News reported on its website late last night that Greenwood High boys coach Jason Stonebreaker announced his resignation Tuesday. In a letter to school officials, Stonebreaker cited personal reasons for his resignation as coach and for leaving his position with the school’s alternate learning center.
A Daily News report today indicates Stonebreaker’s resignation comes amid an investigation by the Warren County Public Schools into allegations of inappropriate electronic communication with an 18-year-old Greenwood High student.
Greenwood will be coach on an interim basis by Logan Guess as the Gators face Bowling Green in the 14th district semifinals Thursday evening.
College Basketball: Kentucky has picked up a recruit for its 2015 class. Chicago native Charles Matthews became the first commitment today, saying at a news conference at St. Rita’s High School he wanted to get the recruiting process done so he could concentrate on his high school team.
247Sports.com ranks Matthews as the number one shooting guard in the 2015 class.
Top 25 action this evening has 3rd ranked Arizona hosting Cal, 9th ranked Villanova welcomes Butler, 11th ranked Virginia entertains Miami, 16th ranked Michigan is at Purdue, 17th ranked Iowa State hosts West Virginia, 21st ranked North Carolina goes to NC State and 23rd ranked Texas hosts Baylor.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says he lost control and went too far before being ejected in the closing seconds of last Saturday’s loss at Duke. Boeheim made the comments in an interview on ESPN Radio this morning. Boeheim received two technical fouls with 10.4 seconds remaining in the game after storming the court to argue a call which went against the Orange’s CJ Fair.
MLB: Exhibition games today include Atlanta hosting Detroit in Grapefruit League action, while Cincinnati meets Cleveland in Cactus League play.
St. Louis Cardinals left hander Jaime Garcia is to visit Dr. James Andrews today for a second opinion on his left shoulder. Garcia has had recent pain and stiffness while recovering from surgery.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals plan to be without reliever Jason Motte for Opening Day. The right hander says it would a push for him to be ready on his current rehab schedule. Motte had Tommy John surgery last May after rupturing a ligament in his right elbow.