High School Basketball: After a year away from coaching, former Warren Central boys coach Tim Riley has landed a new gig in the Volunteer State.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported earlier this week Riley will be the new coach of the Springfield Yellow Jackets. Riley coached 14 seasons at Warren Central, amassing a 307-128 record and won 8 4th region titles. He led Warren Central to the 2004 Kentucky state championship. Riley inherits a Springfield program which went 4-20 this past season.
Sports Business Daily is reporting the Southeastern Conference will hold a news conference Tuesday in Atlanta to announce formation of its own television network. ESPN will partner in association with the SEC, with the network’s launch date set for August, 2014.
College Basketball: The Southeastern Conference you may remember dropped its annual challenge series with the Big East because of the uncertainty of that conference. It has since aligned itself with the Big 12.
The Palm Beach Post reports Kansas will travel to Florida next season. The Lexington Herald Leader reports it’s not yet known who Kentucky will play next season, though it’s been speculated Oklahoma State might be the Wildcats opponent.
For winning the national championship, Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s bank account will get a little heftier. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Pitino will receive $425 thousand, which is 70 percent of the salary of Louisville president Dr. James Ramsey, who makes $600 thousand per year. Pitino became the first coach to win national championships with two different schools.
College Football: Approximately 42-thousand tickets have been distributed for Kentucky’s Blue/White Spring game tomorrow night, the first for new coach Mark Stoops. Coverage of the game begins at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
Meanwhile, Kentucky has received its second commitment for 2014. Thaddeus Snodgrass announced his decision this morning on Kentucky Sports Radio’s daily talk show. Snodgrass from Springfield, Ohio, is a four star wide receiver prospect who chose UK over West Virginia, Louisville and South Carolina among others.
MLB: National League action this evening has Cincinnati opening a weekend series at Pittsburgh, St. Louis meets Milwaukee, Atlanta hosts Washington and Chicago has an afternoon game with San Francisco.
High School Baseball: Christian County and Hopkinsville play the first of a two game 8th district weekend series this evening at Colonel Field. First pitch is at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show on the air at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP.
There’s been a time change for the Saturday game of the series to be played at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Stadium. First pitch will take place at 6, with the Heritage Bank pre game show airing at 5:45 on News/Talk WHOP.
Other games today have Fort Campbell at Stewart County, TN, Caldwell County at Union County, Livingston Central hosts a doubleheader with Todd Central and Lyon County, Hopkins Central hosts Webster County, Trigg County plays Murray, Marshall County meets Crittenden County and Graves County hosts Grandview, MO in the Dinger Bats Wood Bat Classic.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville hosts Hopkins Central, Christian County meets Northeast and Portland, TN at a tournament in Clarksville, Fort Campbell hosts Crittenden County, University Heights meets Menifee County at the Lyndel Potter Memorial Tournament in Pikeville, Logan County hosts Muhlenberg County, Todd Central at Barren County, Russellville goes to Metcalfe County. Caldwell County hosts Trigg County, Dawson Springs hosts McLean County, Union County welcomes Marshall County, Lyon County goes to Livingston Central.
High School Basketball: Madison Central’s Allen Feldhaus, Jr. has been named the Courier Journal Boys Coach of the Year. It’s the second straight year Feldhaus has won the award, matching his father, who won the award in 1982 and 1986 while he coached at Mason County. The younger Feldhaus led Madison Central to its first state title this season.
College Football: Multiple sources reported Thursday University of Nebraska running back Braylon Heard will transfer to Kentucky. Heard—currently a sophomore at Nebraska—visited Kentucky two weeks ago. Last year, Heard scored three touchdowns in a reduced role in the Huskers offense.
Kentucky has its Blue-White spring game tomorrow evening at Commonwealth Stadium, with coverage beginning at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Basketball: There seems to be a question on whether Louisville’s Russ Smith will turn pro or return for his senior year. Earlier this week, Smith’s father said there was no reason for his son to return to Louisville, however, that tune was a little different Thursday.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told Louisville radio station WKRD in an interview there’s a “50-50” chance Smith returns next season. Pitino says Smith is confused right now about what he wants to do and didn’t want his dad saying he was turning pro.
Louisville women’s coach Jeff Walz tells the Courier Journal he has no plans to leave the Cardinals program. It’s been rumored that Walz was a possible candidate for the Ohio State job, but he put that to rest Thursday. Walz just completed his sixth year and led Louisville to its second national runner up.
The Courier Journal reports the Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams will be the grand marshals of this year’s Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. The event will take place May 2nd in downtown Louisville.
College Baseball: Austin Peay opens a weekend Ohio Valley Conference series at Southeast Missouri, while Murray State hosts Jacksonville State. Western Kentucky opens a Sun Belt series hosting Troy this evening.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods game with West Michigan was rained out Thursday night, with the two teams playing a doubleheader at 5:35 this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Nashville Sounds game with Oklahoma City was also rained out Thursday night. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 28th in Nashville. The Sounds open a eight game road trip this evening at Omaha.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening, hosting the Dallas Stars. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops at 7 pm.
Meanwhile, three Predators players seasons are over. The Tennessean reports center Paul Gaustad and wing players Colin Wilson and Gabriel Bourque will under go season ending surgeries. Wilson and Bourque will have shoulder stabilization surgeries according to general manager David Poile, while Gaustad will have a torn meniscus repaired in his knee.
NFL: Tennessee Titans wide receiver/kick returner Mark Mariani says he will return from surgery last year. Mariani suffered a compound fracture in his left leg in a pre season game against the Arizona Cardinals last August.
Mariani tells the Tennessean after sitting out the entire 2012 season, he’s more motivated than ever to return this season.
High School Baseball/Softball: Hopkinsville athletic director Keith Kelley tells WHOP Sports today’s Hopkinsville/Christian County JV baseball game has been cancelled.
There’s also a change for Saturday’s game with Christian County at Tiger Stadium, as the game will now start at 6 pm, instead of 7 pm, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on News/Talk WHOP.
Hopkinsville’s softball game with Fort Campbell is also cancelled for today, with plans to make it up possibly on Saturday, however that has yet to be made official.
College Football: Kentucky has one more practice before Saturday’s Blue-White game. Following Wednesday’s practice, Coach Mark Stoops told the media he wants to see good football on both sides of the ball Saturday. He also said he’s been impressed with the team’s great attitude and their effort. You can hear Saturday’s Blue-White game beginning at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Basketball: Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams has decided to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Carter-Williams started all 40 games for the Orange this season and averaged 11.9 points per contest. Syracuse lost to eventual runner-up Michigan in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri point guard Phil Pressey has announced he will forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Pressey, who's the Tigers' career leader in assists and steals, averaged 11.9 points and 7.0 assists per game this past season.
Kansas State rewarded head coach Bruce Weber with a contract extension Wednesday. The agreement adds one year to his current contract, which will now run through June 30, 2018. Weber guided Kansas State to a 27-8 record in his first season in Manhattan. The Wildcats captured a share of their first Big 12 conference title since 1977, but was upset by No.13 seed La Salle in their NCAA Tournament opener.
MLB: Eight games are on the schedule today, including an afternoon game between the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods are scheduled to open a series with West Michigan at 7:05 in Bowling Green Ballpark, while the Nashville Sounds close a series with Oklahoma City at 7:05 in Greer Stadium.
High School Baseball: Christian County defeated Bowling Green by the score of 5-4.
Today’s games(WEATHER PERMITTING): University Heights goes to West Creek, TN, Russellville hosts Barren County, Logan County welcomes Warren Central, Caldwell County at Heath, Madisonville at Hopkins Central, Henderson County hosts Union County, Muhlenberg County goes to Owensboro, Graves County at Lone Oak, Mayfield welcomes Crittenden County, Calloway County at Reidland.
High School Softball-Today’s games(WEATHER PERMITTING): Hopkinsville hosts Fort Campbell in an 8th district game, Christian County welcomes Lyon County, University Heights goes to Ohio County, Russellville at Logan County, Dawson Springs at Hopkins Central, Caldwell County at Madisonville.
Webster County hosts Muhlenberg County, Calloway County hosts Murray, Paducah Tilghman hosts Reidland, Livingston Central at Heath, Henderson County hosts Owensboro Catholic, Marshall County at Graves County, St. Mary at Lone Oak.
Christian County High School senior Dylan Waldrop signed a collegiate letter Wednesday to continue his soccer career. Waldrop will play collegiately for Mid Continent University. Waldrop is the second Colonel player to sign collegiately for next year.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball will play collegiately in the Commonwealth, as Madison Central’s Dominque Hawkins announced Wednesday he will play for the University of Kentucky. Hawkins, also Kentucky’s Gatorade Player of the Year, led Madison Central to this year’s state championship and was named tournament MVP. Hawkins turned down offers from several other schools including Western Kentucky and Murray State.
The Louisville Cardinals men’s and women’s basketball teams were honored for their seasons last night at the KFC/Yum Center. A near capacity crowd was on hand to hear comments from both coaches Rick Pitino and Jeff Walz, along with players from both teams and school administrators.
College Baseball: Southern Illinois defeated Austin Peay 10-9, with Murray State winning over Evansville 12-6.
College Softball: Murray State took a pair of games from Bethel 6-0 and 12-1. Former Christian County standout Casey Castile had hits in each game, including a home run in the second game.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods wrapped up their series with Lansing with a 10-1 win. The Hot Rods are scheduled to open a series with West Michigan this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Nashville Sounds lost again to Oklahoma City 3-1, with the series finale scheduled for this evening at Greer Stadium.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball will play collegiately in the Commonwealth. Madison Central’s Dominque Hawkins announced this morning he will play for the University of Kentucky. Hawkins called Kentucky his dream school and had been waiting to see if he would get a scholarship offer.
Hawkins added he’s not worried about competing for playing time with the class of top recruits coming in. Hawkins had offers from several other schools and said had he not gotten an offer from Kentucky, Western Kentucky was second on his list.
The Indianapolis Star reports a second member of Indiana’s basketball team is leaving for the NBA. Cody Zeller is leaving school two years early and becomes the second Hoosier in as many days to declare for the draft. Zeller was Indiana’s leading scorer and rebounder this past season at 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. Junior guard Victor Oladipo announced Tuesday he would not return for his senior season.
High School Baseball: Christian County is in action hosting Bowling Green at 6 this evening at Colonel Field.
College Baseball: Austin Peay travels to Southern Illinois and Murray State hosts Evansville.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds wrap up a series with the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon at Busch Stadium, while Atlanta is at Miami and Chicago hosts Milwaukee this evening.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods conclude a series with Lansing this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark, while the Nashville Sounds host Oklahoma City at Greer Stadium this evening.
Golf: Final practice rounds and the Par 3 contest are taking place just ahead of tomorrow’s opening round of the Masters at Augusta National. Defending champion Bubba Watson had a hole in one today during his practice round, using a nine iron to ace the par 3 160 yard 16th hole. The hole has been aced 15 times in Masters history, including twice last year.