College Basketball: Top 25 action tonight has 3rd ranked Arizona meeting Drexel and 5th ranked Duke against Alabama in the NIT semifinals in New York.
A 2012 Final Four ring belonging to Louisville’s Chane Behanan showed up this week on the website Grey Flannel Auctions. The page concerning bidding on the ring has since been removed from the website after Behanan’s mother claimed her son’s ring had been stolen. There’s been no official confirmation on the mother’s story.
The Courier Journal reports when they contacted Grey Flannel Auctions, a representative swiftly declined comment on the matter. Behanan said on Facebook last night he did not sell the ring and a U of L spokesman said today he is looking into the matter.
MLB: The Atlanta Braves are one step closer to moving into their new stadium in suburban Atlanta. The Cobb County commission approved 4-1 last night to allow for construction of a new $672 million stadium. It’s hopeful the new stadium will be open by the 2017 season. The Braves have called Turner Field home since 1997 and before that played just across the parking lot at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
High School Basketball: Hopkinsville is ranked 5th in the pre season Bluegrass Preps.com Top 20 poll which has Ballard first, followed by Pleasure Ridge Park, Trinity and Newport Central Catholic in the first four. Warren Central is ranked 9th, with Henderson County ranked 20th.
Elizabethtown tops the girls Top 20 poll, with Henderson County 10th, Glasgow 16th, Allen County Scottsville 17th and Marshall County is ranked 19th.
College Basketball: Marshall defeated Western Kentucky 74-64. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by Payton Hulsey with 16 points, with TJ Price adding 11 as Western fell to 3-2 on the season. WKU is back in action Saturday night hosting Eastern Illinois in a game you can hear at 7:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Murray State lost to Middle Tennessee 80-62. Dexter Fields led the Racers with 12 points followed by Cameron Payne and Tyler Rambo each with 11. The Racers are now 2-4 on the season and play at St. Mary’s Saturday night.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had six points and two rebounds as Manhattan lost to Fordham 79-75 to fall to 3-2 on the season.
Women’s action saw Murray State defeat Kennesaw State 72-66. The Racers improved to 4-2 on the season with the win.
Today’s games: 3rd ranked Kentucky takes on Eastern Michigan at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage beginning at 1:30 this afternoon on Lite 98.7.
Women’s action has 4th ranked Louisville taking on Western Kentucky and 7th ranked Kentucky meets Bradley.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Horizon League officials are looking into a Twitter comment made by Cleveland State assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough following Monday night’s loss at 3rd ranked Kentucky.
Kimbrough said he felt the Vikings were cheated by the officials in the game which Cleveland State lost 68-61. A Cleveland State spokesman said Tuesday the school is aware of the comments and would not comment further at this time.
College Football: The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt senior safety Kenny Ladler will miss the first half of Saturday’s game with Wake Forest after being disqualified for a high hit on a Tennessee receiver in last week’s 14-10 win by the Commodores. Ladler leads the SEC in interceptions and forced fumbles with five each.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans announced some roster changes Tuesday. The Titans signed Pro Bowl return man Leon Washington who was cut this week by the New England Patriots. Washington has eight career kickoff returns for touchdowns, tied for the best in NFL history.
The Titans also announced the release of return man Devon Wylie and cut center Kevin Matthews.
The NFL announced Tuesday it will not overturn Titan safety Michael Griffin’s one game suspension for a repeat offense of safety violations. Griffin was suspended by the league Monday after a high hit to the head and neck area in Sunday’s game against Oakland. Griffin will miss Sunday’s game at Indianapolis and lose over $205 thousand in salary.
NHL: The Nashville Predators renew their rivalry with Columbus this evening, with coverage of the game at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari was on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” program this morning primarily to talk about one of his former University of Memphis players, Derrick Rose, who is out for the season again due to injury for the Chicago Bulls.
However, Calipari was asked about his Kentucky team in which he stated the biggest thing he has to do is convince his players to get rid of some of their old habits. He added it is a process and will take time.
Coach Calipari will talk more about last night’s narrow victory over Cleveland State and tomorrow afternoon’s game with Eastern Michigan on his call in show at 6 this evening on Lite 98.7 following Coach Mark Stoops call in show at 5 pm.
Top 25 action this evening has 7th ranked Syracuse meeting Cal, 11th ranked Wisconsin goes against St. Louis University, 12th ranked Wichita State battles BYU and 14th ranked Connecticut hosts Loyola-Maryland.
College Football: Murray State wide receiver Walter Powell was named first team All Ohio Valley Conference today. Powell was also named the All OVC return specialist. Powell caught 13 touchdown passes for the Racers this season despite missing the last two games due to injury. The St. Louis senior also returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown this season along with a 98 yard kickoff return for a score.
Racer defensive back Brandon Wicks was named to the second team all OVC defense and quarterback Mikhail Miller was selected as part of the All Newcomer team.
One Top 25 team is in action this evening as 14th ranked Northern Illinois hosts Western Michigan.
NFL: Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin is appealing his one game suspension without pay handed down by the league Monday. Griffin was labeled as a repeat offender following a hit on Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera Sunday to the head and neck area.
Griffin said in a text to the Associated Press he was trying to do his job but hurt his team. It marked the second time this season Griffin has been called for an unnecessary roughness penalty. If Griffin loses his appeal he will have to miss Sunday’s game at Indianapolis and lose over $205-thousand in pay.
High School Basketball: Even though the season has yet to start, the pairings for the Touchstone Energy All A State tournament to be held in Frankfort beginning January 29th have been announced.
Girls first round games on January 29th include the 2nd region meeting the 13th region, the 3rd region meets the 7th region, the 1st region meets the 8th region and the 4th region plays the 6th region.
Boys first round games on January 30th have the 2nd region meeting the 6th region, the 3rd region plays the 9th region, the 1st region meets 10th region and the 4th region plays the 15th region.
College Basketball: Third ranked Kentucky rallied to defeat Cleveland State in Rupp Arena last night 68-61. The Wildcats trailed most of the game and were down by 10 with seven minutes to go. Freshmen Aaron and Andrew Harrison scored 13 of Kentucky’s last 24 points and the Wildcats held Cleveland State to just two field goals in the last eight minutes.
Freshman Julius Randle had his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Kentucky is now 5-1 on the season and hosts Eastern Michigan tomorrow afternoon at 3 Hopkinsville time, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other action last night saw Vanderbilt defeat Loyola Marymount 77-68. The Commodores are now 4-2 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky plays at Marshall, with pre game coverage beginning at 5:30 on News/Talk WHOP. Also this evening, Murray State hosts Middle Tennessee.
Women’s action includes Murray State hosting Kennesaw State.
Kentucky is ranked third in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and 4th in the USA Today Coaches poll which both came out Monday. Michigan State remains number one in both polls, with Louisville ranked 9th in both polls this week.
College Football: Two Western Kentucky players were honored Monday by the Sun Belt Conference. Former Fort Campbell standout Antonio Andrews was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Andrews had 226 all purpose yards, including 204 yards rushing and three touchdowns in WKU’s win at Texas State.
Meanwhile, junior defensive back Cam Thomas was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Thomas had two of the four interceptions WKU forced in the win at Texas State. WKU closes out the regular season Saturday hosting Arkansas State in a game you can hear beginning at 2 pm on News/Talk WHOP.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced Monday senior running back Raymond Sanders will not play against Tennessee Saturday for a violation of team rules. Several media outlets reported late last week Sanders had been dismissed from the team, which proved to be false.
When asked if Sanders would be allowed to participate in Senior Day activities, Coach Stoops said he hasn’t decided if he will allow Sanders to do so. You can hear Saturday’s season finale beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
A reminder Coach Stoops will have his call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Coach John Calipari at 6 on Lite 98.7, with the Cats Pause call in show at 8:30 on News/Talk WHOP just before the Reds Hot Stove League show which will air at 9:06 this evening also on News/Talk WHOP.
Plans were unveiled Monday for the renovation of the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium. Seating will be reduced from the current 67,000 to 61,000 which will include a mezzanine club level and a field club level.
Athletics director Mitch Barnhart calls the $110 million project something he hopes will make Commonwealth Stadium more fan friendly and provide an intimate atmosphere in which to watch football. Construction work will begin following Saturday’s regular season final game against Tennessee.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced Monday freshman Joshua Dobbs will start at quarterback in the team’s finale Saturday at Kentucky, despite a lackluster performance in the Vols loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday.
NFL: Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin was suspended for a game Monday by the NFL for repeat violation of safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck areas of defenseless players.
Griffin was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty in Sunday’s win over Oakland when he hit Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera in the head and neck area. Griffin apologized to the Titans and to Rivera for the hit on Monday,
NHL: The Nashville Predators got three of their four goals in the first period of a 4-2 win over Phoenix last night. Nick Spaling, Gabriel Bourque and Mike Fisher all lit the lamp in the win. The Predators return to action tomorrow night at Columbus in a game you can hear at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.
NFL: Week 12 action concludes this evening with two teams in need of a win on Monday Night Football. The Washington Redskins-who have lost three of their last four games take on the San Francisco 49ers who have lost their last two games.
College Basketball: Top 25 action has 7th ranked Syracuse meeting Minnesota at the Maui Invitational where 12th ranked Gonzaga also sees action against Dayton and 21st ranked Baylor meets Chaminade. 8th ranked Ohio State hosts Wyoming, 9th ranked Oklahoma State is at South Florida, 14th ranked Florida goes to Jacksonville, 16th ranked Wichita State meets DePaul.
The Courier Journal reports Louisville’s Kevin Ware will have to pay $268 in fines and court costs after reaching a plea deal in a Barren County court today. Ware was cited late last month for speeding and reckless driving after he was pulled over for going 95 miles an hour in a construction zone on I-65 in Barren County.
The Southeastern Conference has announced Kentucky’s James Young as the league’s Freshman of the Week. Young had 26 points in the Wildcats win over Texas-Arlington last week. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s Jordan McRae was named the league’s Player of the Week. McRae averaged 22.5 points in wins over The Citadel and Tennessee State last week.
Austin Peay center Chris Horton has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Horton averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and almost four blocks per game in four games for the Governors last week. Horton had a career best 23 points in Austin Peay’s game Saturday against Montana State.
College Football: Two Western Kentucky players have been honored by the Sun Belt Conference. Former Fort Campbell standout Antonio Andrews has been named the Offensive Player of the Week. Andrews had 226 all purpose yards, including 204 yards rushing and three touchdowns in WKU’s win at Texas State.
Junior defensive back Cam Thomas was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Thomas had two of the four interceptions WKU forced in the win at Texas State.
MLB: The Cleveland Indians have signed outfielder David Murphy to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, although reports last week indicated it to be worth $12 million. The deal includes a club option for 2016. Murphy heads to the Tribe after a seven-year stint with the Texas Rangers and owns a .275 average in 849 career games. The 32-year-old veteran has reached double digits in home runs in each of the last six seasons, though he is coming off a down year in which he hit a career-low .220 while compiling 13 homers and 45 RBI over 142 games.