High School Football
Christian County and Hopkinsville were both in action last night in the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
Christian County advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 26-12 win over Barren County. The Colonels improved to 5-6 on the season and will travel to Bowling Green next week. Barren County finished the season 4-7.
Hopkinsville lost to Warren Central by the score of 48-10. The Tigers finish the season 4-7, while Warren Central improves to 6-5. The Dragons advance to second round play next week at Graves County.
Other games in the region last night: Class 5-A action saw Bowling Green rout Apollo 49-7 and Graves County defeated Greenwood 56-42.
Class 3-A: Fort Campbell defeated Edmonson County 48-7, Monroe County edged Trigg County 35-34, Paducah Tilghman defeated Adair County 41-7 and South Warren over Webster County 49-7.
Class 2-A: Caldwell County over Hancock County 55-6, Murray over Butler County 38-12, Owensboro Catholic defeated Crittenden County 50-7 and Union County over Ballard Memorial 42-7.
Class A: Russellville over Kentucky Country Day 55-6, Mayfield defeated Caverna 57-14, Louisville Holy Cross over Fulton County 62-0 and Bethlehem over Fulton City 56-12.
Class 4-A: Madisonville over Allen County Scottsville 52-28, Owensboro over Breckinridge County 48-6, Franklin Simpson over Hopkins Central 50-0 and Warren East over Calloway County 21-0.
Class 6-A: Henderson County defeated Muhlenberg County 53-13, McCracken County over Boone County 55-10, Meade County over Marshall County 47-13 and Central Hardin shut out Daviess County 48-0.
High School Volleyball
The KHSAA state tournament began yesterday at Valley High School in Louisville. 1st region winner McCracken County won its opening match three sets to none over Whitley County, Logan County defeated Raceland three sets to none, Green County defeated Henderson County three sets to one and Assumption defeated Apollo three sets to none.
Today’s matches: Quarterfinal action includes McCracken County meeting Assumption and Logan County meets Henry Clay. The semifinal matches will take place this evening, with the championship match tomorrow afternoon.
College Basketball: Preseason top ranked Kentucky opened the season with a 89-57 win over UNC Asheville. Freshman Julius Randle opened his collegiate career with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Marcus Lee had 17 points in a reserve role with freshman James Young adding 11 points and rookie Aaron Harrison scoring 10 points as did Clarksville native Alex Poythress.
Kentucky returns to action tomorrow afternoon hosting Northern Kentucky, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere last night: Murray State opened the season with a 77-74 loss to Valparaiso. Freshman guard Cameron Payne led five Racers in double figures with 21 points. Austin Peay defeated Oakland City 84-69. The Governors were led in scoring by Ed Dyson with 17 points with Will Triggs and Chris Horton each adding 10 points for Austin Peay.
Women’s action saw Murray State defeat Robert Morris-Springfield 101-44, 7th ranked Kentucky defeated Marist 75=61, 4th ranked Tennessee defeated Middle Tennessee 67-57 and Vanderbilt defeated Appalachian State 96=53.
Today’s games: Defending national champion Louisville opens its season hosting the College of Charleston this afternoon, with Louisville’s women-the defending national runner ups from last year hosting Loyola-Chicago in their opening game of the Women’s WNIT.
Austin Peay’s Lady Governors also open the season today at Western Kentucky. Tip off at EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green is at 2 pm.
Five Kentucky basketball players were honored by the Southeastern Conference Friday. Freshman Julius Randle was named to the SEC First team, with Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley Stein and freshmen Andrew Harrison and James Young were named to the second team. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. of LSU was also named to the second team.
College Football: 20th ranked Louisville routed Connecticut 31-10 to improve to 8-1 on the season. Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 21-37 passing for 288 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the victory.
Today’s games: Ninth ranked Missouri comes to Commonwealth Stadium to face Kentucky, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Other SEC games today include Tennessee hosting Auburn, Vanderbilt is at Florida and top ranked Alabama hosts LSU.
Western Kentucky plays at Army today, with pre game coverage at 10 am on News/Talk WHOP.
Ohio Valley Conference action has Murray State hosting Eastern Illinois and Austin Peay travels to Tennessee State.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans return home to host the 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans-despite a 4-4 record-are still in the playoff mix, trailing Indianapolis by two games in the AFC South. Kickoff is at noon tomorrow at LP Field.
The NFL game of the week on News/Talk WHOP tomorrow has the Detroit Lions at the Chicago Bears, with pre game coverage beginning at 11:30 am.
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is out of the hospital. Fox was released from a Charlotte, North Carolina hospital Friday after having an aortic heart valve replaced on Monday. Fox was taken by ambulance to the hospital last Saturday after complaining of lightheadedness during a golf outing.
He had been set to have the procedure after the season, but Saturday's incident forced immediate action. Jack Del Rio is serving as interim coach during Fox's absence. The 7-and-1 Broncos travel to San Diego to play the 4-and-4 Chargers tomorrow afternoon.
NHL: The Nashville Predators were shut out 5-0 by the Winnipeg Jets. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night at New Jersey in a game you can hear beginning at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.
High School Football: First round action in the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl begins this evening.
Class 5-A action includes a pair of 4-6 teams meeting at the Stadium of Champions as Christian County meets Barren County. It’s the fifth time in the last six years these teams have met in the opening round with Christian County winning all five games.
Hopkinsville plays its opening round game at Warren Central. The Tigers bring a 4-6 record into the game against the 5-5 Dragons. It’s the second consecutive season these teams have met in the opening round, with Warren Central getting the victory in 2012.
Both games kickoff at 7 pm with the Heritage Bank pregame show on the air at 6:35 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other 5-A games this evening have Graves County hosting Greenwood and Bowling Green entertains Apollo.
Class 3-A: Fort Campbell hosts Edmonson County, Trigg County goes to Monroe County, Webster County travels to South Warren and Paducah Tilghman hosts Adair County.
Class 2-A: Caldwell County hosts Hancock County, Union County welcomes Ballard Memorial, Murray hosts Butler County and Owensboro Catholic entertains Crittenden County.
Class A: Russellville hosts Kentucky Country Day, Mayfield welcomes Caverna,
Class 4-A: Madisonville hosts Allen County Scottsville, Calloway County goes to Warren East, Hopkins Central at Franklin Simpson, Owensboro hosts Breckinridge County.
Class 6-A: Henderson County hosts Muhlenberg County, McCracken County welcomes Boone County, Daviess County at Central Hardin and Marshall County at Meade County.
Find out all the scores of these and other games from around the state later tonight on the Kentucky High School Scoreboard show on News/Talk WHOP.
The KHSAA Volleyball state tournament begins today at Valley High School in Louisville. First round matches include 2nd region winner Henderson County meeting Green County, 4th region winner Logan County meets Raceland, 1st region winner McCracken County against Whitley County and 3rd region winner Apollo meets Assumption. The tournament runs through Sunday.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats open their season in Rupp Arena this evening. The nation’s preseason number one team hosts UNC Asheville, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other games this evening include Murray State opening its season at Valparaiso and Austin Peay welcomes Division Two’s Oakland City College. Women’s action has Murray State hosting Robert Morris-Springfield, Kentucky travels to Marist and Tennessee begins its new season at Middle Tennessee.
Kentucky will play in the Champions Classic for the next three seasons. It was announced Thursday that Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Michigan State will continue the series with games next year in Indianapolis, 2015 in Chicago and 2016 in New York. The 2013 Champions Classic takes place Tuesday night at Chicago’s United Center with Kentucky meeting Michigan State and Kansas playing Duke.
College Football: The Louisville Cardinals are in action this evening as they host Connecticut at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Kentucky has a mighty task tomorrow meeting 9th ranked Missouri at Commonwealth Stadium. Coverage of the game airs at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other SEC action tomorrow includes Tennessee meeting Auburn, Vanderbilt goes against Florida and top ranked Alabama meets LSU.
Western Kentucky heads to the banks of the Hudson River to take on Army, with pre game coverage beginning at 10 am on News/Talk WHOP.
In the Ohio Valley Conference: Murray State hosts Eastern Illinois and Austin Peay travels to Tennessee State.
Kentucky Sports Radio reported Thursday the University of Kentucky will hold a news conference November 25th to talk about plans for the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium. Construction on the first phase will begin soon, with plans to renovate the locker room, coaches club and recruiting room among the projects to be completed by December, 2014. The second phase will see the press box move to the top of the stadium in early 2015, with that project to be completed in time for the 2015 season.
NHL: The Nashville Predators continue their long road trip this evening as they meet the Winnipeg Jets. First puck drops in the Great White North at 7 pm. The next Predators broadcast will be Sunday night when Nashville plays at New Jersey, with coverage at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Football: There’s two games this evening with BCS National Championship game implications. Fifth ranked Stanford hosts third ranked Oregon, while sixth ranked Baylor goes against 10th ranked Oklahoma.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. had seven points in 19 minutes as LSU won its lone exhibition game 80-45 last night over Xavier (LA). The Tigers open their season next Tuesday morning at Massachusetts as part of the ESPN season opening marathon of games.
The University of Tennessee plays its final exhibition game this evening taking on Southern Indiana University in Knoxville.
A number of teams open regular season action tomorrow night including the preseason top ranked Kentucky Wildcats hosting UNC Asheville. Pregame coverage airs from Rupp Arena beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other teams in action tomorrow night include Murray State at Valparaiso, Austin Peay hosts Division Two member Oakland City. Women’s season opening action includes Murray State hosting Robert Morris-Springfield, Kentucky travels to Marist, Vanderbilt hosts Appalachian State and Tennessee travels to Middle Tennessee.
NFL: Week 10 of the NFL season gets underway tonight when the 3-5 Washington Redskins head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Minnesota fell to a dismal 1-7 last Sunday, losing for the third time in the final minute against Dallas. Meanwhile, the Redskins are only one game back in the loss column in the weak NFC East after outlasting San Diego, 30-24, in overtime at FedEx Field last Sunday.
MLB: The Chicago Cubs are reportedly set to name Rick Renteria their new manager. Multiple sources report an official announcement could come as early as today. The 51-year-old Renteria has served as bench coach for the San Diego Padres since 2011. Chicago needs a replacement for Dale Sveum, who was fired after the 2013 season.
Wednesday’s High School Sports Scores
Soccer: Both western Kentucky teams still alive in the Boys state soccer tournament lost in last night’s semifinal games at Dunbar High School in Lexington. Henderson County was shutout by host Dunbar 2-0 and Bowling Green was blanked 3-0 by Trinity. Dunbar and Trinity will play in the state championship game on Saturday.
Today’s games: Girls state semifinal action at Dunbar High School in Lexington has Notre Dame meeting Tates Creek and North Oldham goes against Sacred Heart. The winners will play for the state championship on Saturday.
High School Football: Christian County, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell will go through final walkthroughs today for their opening round games in the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl tomorrow night.
Christian County hosts Barren County in 5-A action, while Hopkinsville travels to Warren Central. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pregame show begins at 6:35 tomorrow night on News/Talk WHOP and whopam.com.
Fort Campbell opens 3-A action taking on Edmonson County at Fryar Stadium tomorrow night at 7 pm.
Bluegrass Preps.com has released its final polls of the regular season. Caldwell County remains first in 2-A, with Murray High sixth and Owensboro Catholic ninth.
Mayfield is atop the Class A poll with Russellville second. Wayne County tops the 3-A poll with Paducah Tilghman 4th and South Warren 5th. Highlands is first in 4-A, Bowling Green tops the 5-A poll with Warren Central 8th. Scott County heads the 6-A poll, with McCracken County seventh and Henderson County 10th.
College Basketball: Louisville concluded exhibition action last night with a 90-61 win over Pikeville. The third ranked Cardinals were led in scoring by Chris Jones with 19 points and Montrezl Harrell added 18. Kevin Ware who severely injured his right leg in last season’s NCAA tournament game against Duke also saw 10 minutes of action and scored six points. The Cardinals open the season Saturday hosting Charleston Southern.
Vanderbilt won its lone exhibition game defeating Alabama Huntsville 66-60 last night at Memorial Gym. The Commodores open the season Tuesday night hosting Georgia State.
NHL: Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists, Viktor Stalberg added a goal and an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 last night. The Predators return to action at Winnipeg Friday night.
NFL: Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin was back in practice Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game with the St. Louis Rams. Griffin hurt his right quadriceps during the Titans loss to San Francisco last month and even an off week could not help Griffin be able to return to action.
Sunday’s game was the first Griffin has missed since coming to the league as a first round draft pick in 2007. The Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday at noon in LP Field.
Golf: The PGA of America announced Wednesday the purse for next year’s PGA Championship will be $10 million. It’s an increase of $2 million over this year’s tournament. The 2014 PGA Championship will be contested for the third time since 1996 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
High School Football: The Logan Journal reported Tuesday Logan County football coach Dain Gregory announced his resignation. Gregory was coach for the Cougars the last three seasons. Logan County was 0-10 this season and 6-25 in Gregory's three year tenure. Gregory's best season was his first season in 2011 when the Cougars went 4-6.
College Basketball: The University of Louisville concludes its preseason games this evening hosting Pikeville University.
Louisville senior Russ Smith and Kentucky freshman Julius Randle are on the 15 player watch list for the Oscar Robertson Award, presented by the US Basketball Writers Association. The award honors the nation’s top player.
MLB: The finalists for top rookie, manager, Cy Young and MVP in the American and National Leagues have been released, with awards in both leagues to be handed out next week. Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is gunning for his second straight American League MVP Award. The Orioles' Chris Davis and Angels' Mike Trout are also finalists.
The Cy Young finalists are the Tigers' Max Scherzer, Rangers' Yu Darvish and Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma. Boston's John Farrell, Cleveland's Terry Francona and Oakland's Bob Melvin are up for Manager of the Year. Finalists for Rookie of the Year are Rays pitcher Chris Archer, Rays outfielder Wil Myers and Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias.
In the National League, the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and Cardinals' Yadier Molina are up for MVP. The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Marlins' Jose Fernandez and Cardinals' Adam Wainwright are finalists for the Cy Young. The Braves' Fredi Gonzalez, Pirates' Clint Hurdle and Dodgers' Don Mattingly are vying for Manager of the Year.
The Marlins' Jose Fernandez, Cardinals' Shelby Miller and Dodgers' Yasiel Puig are candidates for Rookie of the Year.
NFL: Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito may have been recruited by members of the coaching staff to get teammate Jonathan Martin's attention. The "South Florida Sun-Sentinel" reports coaches asked Incognito to toughen up Martin after he missed two voluntary workouts during the offseason. According to the report, Incognito was encouraged to make a call that would bring Martin into the fold.
Incognito may have taken that request to far, reportedly sending expletive-filled voicemails and texts to Martin that contained racial slurs, insults and intimidating threats. In lieu of captains, Incognito is one of the Dolphins' six-man leadership council. Head coach Joe Philbin says Martin never came to him with complaints about Incognito's behavior.
The Houston Texans have announced defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be the interim coach. Phillips takes over for Gary Kubiak who was hospitalized Sunday after suffering what was determined to be a mini stroke at halftime of the Texans game with the Indianapolis Colts. Kubiak was released from the hospital Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery. However, it’s not known when Kubiak will return to the team.