Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP. Among this evening’s guests will be Carter Hendricks to chat about Hoptown Hoppers baseball, University Heights girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks and Bowling Green High football coach Kevin Wallace.
College Basketball: University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said during a news conference Tuesday previewing tonight’s game with Missouri-Kansas City that the Cardinals will meet Indiana University in next year’s Jimmy V Classic. The date and site have yet to be determined.
Top 25 games this evening include top ranked Michigan State hosting 25th ranked North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge which also has third ranked Ohio State hosting Maryland and 9th ranked Wisconsin at Virginia. Also this evening 19th ranked Villanova hosts Penn.
College Football: Multiple reports indicate LSU quarterback Zack Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL and a MCL sprain in his left knee in the 4th quarter of the Tigers victory over Arkansas last Friday.
ESPN reports once the MCL sprain heals in a couple of weeks, Mettenberger will have surgery on the torn ACL. Mettenberger had been projected as a mid first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft before suffering the injury. Backup Anthony Jennings will start LSU’s bowl game appearance.
NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been fined 100-thousand-dollars for his actions in last Thursday's game against Baltimore. The league says it will also consider possible forfeiture or modification of draft picks after the 2014 draft order has been determined.
Tomlin had a foot in the field of play while watching the Ravens' Jacoby Jones return a kick on the Jumbotron. Tomlin was standing too close to the field and nearly interfered with Jones, ducking out of his way at the last second as Jones streaked up the sidelines. Tomlin says it was in no way intentional.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP. Guests include Bowling Green High football coach Kevin Wallace and Heritage Christian Academy girls basketball coach Carol Faulkner who spoke at the Hopkinsville Rotary Club Tuesday.
High School Basketball-Tuesday scores
Boys: AJ Tyler led Christian County with 18 points as the Colonels opened the season with a 77-59 win over Hopkins Central. Tyrik Edwards and Isaiah Pollard each added 16 for Christian County.
Other games saw University Heights defeat Union County 75-72, Heritage Christian Academy defeated Bethel Christian 55-54, Trigg County rolled over Dawson Springs 80-22, Daviess County defeated Madisonville 52-48, Muhlenberg County over Russellville 80-66, Warren East over Metcalfe County 69-35, Monroe County over Franklin Simpson 56-48, South Warren defeated Allen County Scottsville 63-52.
Henderson County nipped Evansville Harrison 57-56, Evansville Day edged Webster County 48-46, Marshall County over Ballard Memorial 87-59, Graves County over Livingston Central 64-34, Paducah TIlghman over Fulton County 85-55.
Girls: Webster County nipped Hopkinsville 46-45, Heritage Christian defeated Bethel Christian 43-35, Butler County over Russellville 55-21, Trigg County over Dawson Springs 60-37, Caldwell County defeated Lyon County 75-73 in overtime, Apollo defeated Hopkins Central 58-50, Muhlenberg County over Whitesville Trinity 77-19, Metcalfe County over Warren East 51-37, Franklin Simpson got by Monroe County 56-49, Bowling Green over Portland, TN 76-45, Allen County Scottsville edged South Warren 62-60.
Graves County defeated Livingston Central 66-27, Marshall County over Ballard Memorial 80-67, Paducah Tilghman over Calloway County 81-66, Murray over Community Christian 85-21.
College Basketball-Tuesday’s women’s score: 7th ranked Louisville defeated Missouri State 91-49. Louisville player Antonita Slaughter collapsed in the second half of the game and was taken to a Louisville hospital where she is listed as alert and undergoing tests. Vanderbilt defeated East Tennessee 92-71.
Tonight’s games: 6th ranked Louisville hosts Missouri-Kansas City, Murray State hosts Evansville, Austin Peay welcomes East Tennessee.
Women’s action has Austin Peay hosting Middle Tennessee with an 11 am tipoff at the Dunn Center and Murray State plays at Xavier.
College Football: Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino and his assistants are dealing with speculation concerning coaching vacancies. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm’s name has been linked with the opening at Florida Atlantic. A source says Brohm has not been contacted however about the position.
Meanwhile, Coach Petrino’s name has been tossed about concerning a number of vacancies, with Petrino commenting that he does not deal in speculation.
Ohio Valley League baseball: The Kentucky New Era reports there will be one less team next season. The Marion Bobcats will not be a part of the OVL, with league president Gordon Guess saying not enough host families came forward to house players next season. Guess is hopeful Marion will return for the 2015 season.
Meanwhile, Madisonville has new owners. Steve Fowler—who has owned the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates in addition to coaching the team has sold the team to a group of individuals who renamed the team the Madisonville Miners earlier this fall.
There had been speculation that a franchise would be going in at Greenville next season, but whether that will happen remains to be seen. However, league president Gordon Guess says the league is hoping to expand to either Paducah, Mayfield or Union City, TN.
The Hoptown Hoppers will continue to play in the OVL next season, with games to be played at Christian County High School.
Minor League Baseball: The Tennessean reports the Nashville Sounds are one step closer towards a new ballpark after Metro City Council voted last night in favor of a $65 million bond proposal for construction, land acquisition and interest costs. The final vote will take place December 10th.
NHL: The Nashville Predators dropped their third straight game to Vancouver 3-1 at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators face the Carolina Hurricanes in the final game of the current home stand tomorrow night at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight Wednesday evening at 5:06 on News/Talk WHOP. Todd will visit with the public schools girls high school basketball coaches who are the guest speakers today of the Hopkinsville Rotary Club.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening have 2nd ranked Arizona hosting Texas Tech, 5th ranked Syracuse welcomes Indiana, 8th ranked Duke hosts 21st ranked Michigan, 18th ranked UCLA hosts Cal Santa Barbara, 22nd ranked UMass goes to Eastern Michigan, 23rd ranked Iowa hosts Notre Dame.
MLB: The Reds Hot Stove League program is on the air at 6:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP. Among the topics will be the announcement of the 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Class.
ESPN reports a source as saying the Boston Red Sox have come to terms with free agent catcher AJ Pierzynski. The deal is reported for one season at $8.25 million dollars pending a physical. Pierzynski has hit 44 home runs the past two seasons, including 17 for the Texas Rangers in the 2013 campaign.
NFL: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to have a series of scans today to see how his fracture collarbone is healing. Rodgers suffered the injury last month. ESPN reports a decision on whether Rodgers could return for Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons could also come later today.
High School Basketball-Monday’s scores
Girls: Muhlenberg County defeated Christian County 67-46, no score reported for University Heights-Northeast, Ohio County over Fort Campbell 73-13, Greenwood over Todd Central 64-49, Union County rolled over Junction, IL 70-17, Owensboro Catholic defeated Warren Central 58-48, Henderson County routed McCracken County 69-29, Calloway County over Mayfield 62-42.
Boys: Warren East edged Logan County 68-66.
Boys: Christian County opens the season with Hopkins Central, with the Heritage Bank pregame show at 7:15 from Colonel Gym on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games include University Heights hosting Union County, Trigg County welcomes Dawson Springs, Russellville entertains Muhlenberg County, Madisonville welcomes Daviess County, South Warren hosts Allen County Scottsville, Warren East entertains Metcalfe County, Franklin Simpson welcomes Monroe County.
Henderson County travels to Evansville Harrison, Webster County hosts Evansville Day, Marshall County is at Ballard Memorial, Murray goes to Fulton City, Paducah Tilghman hosts Fulton County and Livingston Central goes to Graves County.
Girls: Hopkinsville opens the season at Webster County, Trigg County hosts Dawson Springs, Caldwell County goes to Lyon County, Russellville goes to Butler County, Hopkins Central hosts Apollo, Muhlenberg County entertains Whitesville Trinity, Bowling Green entertains Portland, TN, South Warren hosts Allen County Scottsville, Warren East welcomes Metcalfe County, Franklin Simpson hosts Monroe County.
Livingston Central travels to Graves County, Murray hosts Community Christian, Paducah Tilghman welcomes Calloway County.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky trailed Bowling Green State by two at halftime 36-34, but saw the Falcons score the first 14 points of the second half to take the 74-62 win. The Hilltoppers were led by TJ Price with 24 points, with George Fant and Ben Lawson each adding 11. WKU is now 4-3 on the season and play at Southern Illinois Saturday afternoon.
Texas held as much as a 13 point lead in the second half and saw Vanderbilt cut it to one with a minute to go before pulling away and defeating the Commodores 70-64. Vanderbilt is now 4-3 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Women’s action has Murray State at Xavier and 7th ranked Louisville hosting Missouri State.
Kentucky remained at number three in the Associated Press poll this week and at number four in the USA Today Coaches poll. Michigan State remained number one in both polls, with Louisville ranked 7th in the AP poll and 6th in the USA Today poll.
Kentucky’s women moved to 5th in this week’s Associated Press poll which has Connecticut number one. Louisville is ranked 7th this week.
College Football: Despite a 2-10 season, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said at his final news conference of the season Monday the Wildcats made progress. Stoops praised players efforts for preparation and effort in practice, but lamented on why that did not carry over into games. The first year Kentucky coach’s message to his players was to return next year and give a complete effort.
Louisville can earn a share of the American Athletic Conference title with a win over Cincinnati Thursday night and a loss by Central Florida to SMU. The Cardinals face one of the toughest challenges of the season with a Bearcat team that is 9-2 and still has an outside shot of making a BCS bowl game.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday the officials erred on some plays in Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. Munchak said league officials told him a ball caught by tight end Delanie Walker that was ruled incomplete was actually a completed pass and that an unsportsmanlike conduct call on running back Shonn Greene for clapping his hands in front of a Colts defender was wrong. The Titans are back in action Sunday at Denver.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening hosting the Vancouver Canucks. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
NFL: The top two teams in the NFC square off on "Monday Night Football" this week as the New Orleans Saints face the Seattle Seahawks. The Saints are riding a three-game winning streak and lead the NFC South with a 9-and-2 record, a half-game ahead of Carolina. The Seahawks have won six in-a-row and own the NFL's best record at 10-and-1. Seattle has won a franchise-record 13 straight at home going back to 2011.
College Basketball: Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison was named the SEC freshman of the week. Harrison had 22 points and a career high seven rebounds against Eastern Michigan last week and followed that with a 15 point performance in last night’s win over Providence.
There’s two games involving Top 25 teams this evening as 13th ranked Florida faces 14th ranked Connecticut and 22nd ranked Iowa State hosts Auburn.
College Football: ESPN is reporting Boise State coach Chris Petersen has taken his name out of consideration for the head coaching vacancy at Southern California. Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Steve Sarkisian of the University of Washington are still candidates. Sources tell ESPN Sarkisian reportedly interviewed for the job over the weekend.
Sarkisian was once the Trojans assistant head coach and offensive coordinator during the 2007 and 08 seasons under former Trojan coach Pete Carroll. Sources also say the search could be concluded by the middle of this week.
MLB: The Toronto Blue Jays have apparently come to terms with catcher Dioner Navarro on a reported two-year deal worth $8 million. Navarro, a 2008 American League All-Star with Tampa Bay, appeared in 89 games for the Chicago Cubs last season and hit .300 with 34 RBI and a career-best 13 home runs.