High School Basketball: The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is hosting a news conference early this afternoon concerning the Boys Sweet 16. We’ll have further details later on the WHOP Sports Flashes and on our websites.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening include 13th ranked Kansas at 19th ranked Florida as part of the Big 12-SEC challenge and 16th ranked Gonzaga plays West Virginia.
College Football: Reports indicate Wake Forest is expected to name Bowling Green State University coach Dave Clawson as its new football coach. A source tells the Associated Press a news conference is expected to be held today to make the announcement.
Clawson led Bowling Green to an upset of then 16th ranked Northern Illinois in the Mid American Conference championship game last week. Jim Grobe resigned after 13 seasons as Wake’s coach last week.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods announced this morning they now have new owners. The ownership group is Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, headed by Stuart Katzoff. The new group plans to keep the team in Bowling Green and remain the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and continue play in the Midwest League.
Manhattan Capital also owns the Triple A Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. It was announced last week that Art Solomon would sell the franchise after running it for the past five seasons.
Meanwhile, Nashville Metro Council is expected to take a final vote this evening approving a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds. Once the measure passes the Metro Sports Authority tomorrow, a $65 million bond revenue sale will take place that will allow for the construction of the new park at the former Sulphur Dell site.
Construction is expected to begin by the first of the year, with the new park ready for use in 16 months.
High School Basketball: Despite a number of area schools remaining closed Monday there were some games played.
Boys: Calloway County edged Henry County, TN 54-51 and Apollo over Butler County 88-58.
Girls: Warren East over Russellville 55-35, Greenwood defeated Caverna 71-47, Warren Central over Logan County 62-40, Calloway County defeated Henry County, TN 62-45.
Boys: Hopkinsville opens 8th district play hosting University Heights, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP.
Other games include Christian County at Madisonville, Fort Campbell travels to Union County, Todd Central at Glasgow, Russellville at Warren East, Trigg County at Hopkins Central, Dawson Springs hosts Whitesville Trinity, Caldwell County at Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County entertains Henderson County, Warren Central hosts Owensboro, South Warren travels to Franklin Simpson.
Paducah Tilghman at Murray, Mayfield welcomes Hickman County, Livingston Central goes to St. Mary, Marshall County hosts Carlisle County, McCracken County is at Calloway County.
Girls: University Heights welcomes Lyon County, Christian County is at Madisonville, Fort Campbell travels to Union County, Caldwell County goes to Crittenden County, Hopkins Central plays at Webster County, Bowling Green hosts Glasgow, Warren East at Butler County, South Warren is at Franklin Simpson.
Muhlenberg County goes to Owensboro, Henderson County at Castle, IN, McCracken County is at Calloway County, Community Christian entertains Fulton County.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association will hold a news conference this afternoon regarding the Boys Sweet 16. No other information was released other than to say it would be at 12:15 pm local time.
High School Football: One of Kentucky’s winningest coaches is calling it a career. Multiple reports Monday said Dale Mueller is leaving as Highlands head coach. Mueller just led the Bluebirds to the Class 4-A championship where they lost to Collins High over the weekend. Highlands was going for its sixth consecutive state championship. They defeated Christian County twice in the 5-A championship in 2008 and 2010.
Mueller finishes his 20 year Highlands career 250-36 and has an overall record of 309-67. Highlands won 11 state titles while Mueller was coach. Mueller told the Lexington Herald Leader he was retiring for a number of reasons, including spending more time with his family. He will remain with the school as its athletics director.
College Basketball: 10th ranked Kentucky looks to avenge last Friday night’s loss to Baylor as the Wildcats host the top scoring team in the nation in Boise State. Pre game coverage from Rupp Arena begins at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky was ranked 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll released Monday and ranked 11th in the Associated Press poll. Louisville was ranked 4th in the USA Today poll and 6th in the AP Poll. Arizona was number one in both polls.
Murray State got a bit of good news Monday. WPSD-Paducah reports after sitting out the first nine games, Racer junior guard TJ Sapp-who transferred into the Racer program from Clemson last January-will be eligible to play when Murray State plays Southern Illinois December 17th. Sapp will add some much needed depth for the Racers who have taken a couple of roster hits due to injuries and defections.
College Football: Two Kentucky defensive players were named to the Associated Press All Southeastern Conference second team announced Monday. Linebacker Avery Williamson and defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree were the only Wildcats named to the first or second team.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday he believes the team is headed in the right direction despite a 5-8 record. He’s also hopeful that winning the last three games will convince his bosses of the same. Following a 3-1 start, Tennessee has lost seven of its last nine games. The Titans host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at 3:25 in LP Field.
MLB: The Reds Hot Stove League program comes your way beginning at 6:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look to snap a five game losing streak this evening against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. First puck drops at 6:30 .
High School Basketball: The Todd Central boys-girls doubleheader scheduled for this evening at Fort Campbell has been cancelled and according to school officials will likely be rescheduled at a later date.
College Basketball: There’s only one game involving a top 25 team this evening as 24th ranked Iowa hosts Farleigh Dickinson.
Kentucky women’s guard Jennifer O’Neill has been named national player of the week by ESPNW. The junior from the Bronx, NY scored a school record 43 points in fifth ranked Kentucky’s 133-130 win in four overtimes over 9th ranked Baylor Friday night at AT&T Stadium.
NFL: The Dallas Cowboys are on the road for a key "Monday Night Football" matchup with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Dallas is a half-game back of Philadelphia in the NFC East at 7-and-5.Chicago is just 3-and-6 since starting the season 3-and-0.
There could be changes coming to the Washington Redskins. According to the "Washington Post," several team officials believe Coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins will part ways and soon. Multiple team sources are saying the relationship between Shanahan and team owner Dan Snyder is beyond repair.
ESPN Boston reports sources as saying New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. Gronkowski will have surgery and be lost for the remainder of the season. Recovery time is expected to be eight to nine months.
ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden said Sunday he is staying with the network through 2014. Gruden—who works Monday Night Football telecasts—says he’s not interested in becoming the new coach of the Houston Texans, who are seeking a replacement for the fired Gary Kubiak. Gruden has been with ESPN since 2009.
MLB: Retired managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa have been unaminously elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era committee. Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in their careers and between them won seven world championships.
ESPN reports the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to speak with the agent of free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo has been with the Cincinnati Reds since 2006. The right hander was 14-12 with a 3.79 earned run average with the Reds in 2013 and has 105 career victories with the Reds.
Multiple reports indicate two time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay will announce his retirement today. Halladay missed much of the 2013 season after surgery to repair his shoulder in May to repair a partial torn rotator cuff and remove a bone spur.
Halladay’s career spanned 16 seasons, the last four spent with the Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay was 203-105 in his career with a 3.38 earned run average.
High School Football: Bowling Green won for the 44th consecutive game in claiming its third Class 5-A title in as many years as the Purples downed Pulaski County 49-14. The Maroons built a 14-0 second quarter lead before Bowling Green scored 49 unanswered points to finish the season 14-0. Pulaski County suffered its only loss of the season in the game and finished 14-1.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates did not score, but had three rebounds in Manhattan’s 75-66 win over Monmouth Sunday. The Jespers improved to 6-2 on the season.
Women’s action saw third ranked Tennessee defeat Texas 75-61. The Lady Vols improved to 8-0 on the season with the victory.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 pm, with the Cats Pause Radio program at 7 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Football: Louisville and Vanderbilt have learned their opponents for bowl games. The 11-1 Cardinals will face 9-3 Miami in the Russell Athletics Bowl on December 28th at 5:45 central time in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.
Vanderbilt will put its 8-4 mark against 8-4 Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday January 4th at noon in Birmingham, AL.
The Franklin American Music City Bowl in Nashville will have 7-5 Ole Miss facing 7-5 Georgia Tech at 2:15 pm on December 30th at LP Field.
For the second time in the past three seasons, Western Kentucky did not make a bowl game, despite an 8-4 record and defeating four teams that were bowl eligible. Athletics director Todd Stewart said he hated it for the team, especially the seniors including former Fort Campbell standout Antonio Andrews who led the nation in all purpose yards.
The Hilltoppers move to Conference USA next season and Stewart tells the Courier Journal he’s confident Bobby Petrino will return to coach next season, stating he is happy being in Bowling Green.
NFL: Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes and Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in the Denver Broncos' 51-28 rout of the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos improved to an AFC best 11-2 on the season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was just 13-of-24 for 172 yards with a TD and an interception for Tennessee, which has lost four-of-five to dip to 5-and-8. Shonn Greene ran for 46 yards and two scores and Chris Johnson added 46 yards and a TD in defeat.
High School Football: The first games of the Russell Athletics-Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl took place at Houchens-LT Smith Stadium on the WKU campus in Bowling Green Friday.
Mayfield scored 35 of its 42 points in the first period in winning its third Class A title in the last four years in defeating Williamsburg 42-0. The Class 3A game was a low scoring affair as Belfry defeated Wayne County 3-0.
Today’s games have DeSales taking on Newport Central Catholic in the Class 2A game at 11 am, Collins High meets Highlands in the 4A title game at 2pm, with Scott County taking on Meade County in the 6A championship game at 5 pm.
Bowling Green will face Pulaski County in the 5A title game at 2 pm Sunday.
High School Basketball: The Hopkinsville Tigers will finally open the season this afternoon in taking on host Marshall County in the Marshall County Hoopfest at 3 pm in Benton. The Tigers were to meet Evansville Bosse, but the schedule was changed due to teams not being able to come due to the weather. The Heritage Bank pre game show begins at 2:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online on whopam.com.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s teams were in action at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX last night. The 3rd ranked Wildcats lost to Baylor in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge 67-62. Kentucky was led in scoring by Julius Randle with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 15 and James Young pitched in 14. Kentucky is now 7-2 on the season.
The women’s contest between 5th ranked Kentucky and 9th ranked Baylor will be remembered for quite some time. The Wildcats won the game in four overtimes 133-130. The 263 points scored set an all time record, with the 133 scored by Kentucky a school record. Jennifer O’ Neill came off the bench and led the Wildcats with 43 points, which was also a school record.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had six points and five rebounds off the bench as Manhattan defeated Marist 70-59. The Jespers are now 5-2 on the season.
Today’s games: 6th ranked Louisville hosts Louisana’s Ragin Cajuns, Western Kentucky travels to Southern Illinois, Austin Peay goes to Samford with Murray State hosting Lipscomb and Tennessee hosts Tennessee Tech.. Women’s action has Austin Peay at Xavier, Murray State hosts New Orleans and Western Kentucky is at Ball State.
College Football: The Southeastern Conference championship takes place this evening at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. A pair of Tigers will do battle as Auburn takes on Missouri.
As Auburn made final preparations for today’s SEC championship game, head coach Gus Malzahn was rewarded with a new six year contract. Malzahn will receive $3.85 million the first year and a $250,000 raise in each consecutive year. Malzahn led the Tigers to an 11-1 regular season mark, including last second wins over Georgia and Alabama in the last two games.
University of Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson will forego his senior year and enter next year’s NFL draft. Richardson was a second team All SEC player last year and was a first team All SEC member this year.
NHL: The Nashville Predators will try and snap a four game losing streak against the Washington Capitals this evening. Coverage of the game from the nation’s capital begins at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.