College Football: Kentucky governor Steve Beshear announced this morning a $110 million measure that will allow for the renovation and upgrade to Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Football training facility on the University of Kentucky campus. The renovation will include luxury suites, club seating, a multi purpose recruiting room and renovation of the press facilities. The renovation has a targeted completion date of July, 2015.
Notre Dame is mourning the loss of former All-America guard Mirko Jurkovic. He passed away Wednesday at the age of 42 after battling colon cancer. Jurkovic played defensive tackle on the 1988 Fighting Irish team that won the national championship before later switching to offensive guard. Funeral services will be held Saturday.
College Basketball: Top 25 action this evening has 3rd ranked Arizona at Oregon, 8th ranked Gonzaga host St. Mary’s and 18th ranked Michigan State is at Iowa.
High School Basketball: The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced the start times for the Boys Sweet 16 semifinals and finals. The semifinals will begin March 9th at 6:30 pm Hopkinsville time in Rupp Arena, with the final set for March 10th at 1 pm.
The rearranging of the semi final and final games is due to a scheduling conflict with Kentucky’s game with Florida March 9th. The Boys Sweet 16 will begin March 6th.
Hopkinsville is ranked 11th in the latest Bluegrass Preps.com Boys poll which has Ballard ranked number one. Bowling Green is 4th and Owensboro Catholic is 8th in the Girls poll which has Marion County ranked 1st.
Our next high school broadcast is tomorrow night as Christian County hosts Hopkinsville at 7:30, with a ceremony to honor former Christian County coach Lyle Dunbar to take place around 7:15, on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
NFL: Former linebacker Junior Seau likely suffered from a debilitating brain disease brought on by repeated hits to the head at the time of his suicide last year. ABC News is reporting a team of scientists reached that conclusion after analyzing brain tissue of the 43-year-old football great.
After his death, Seau's family donated his brain to the National Institutes of Health, which is studying the effects of traumatic brain injury. Researchers found cellular changes in the tissue that are consistent with a degenerative disease known as CTE. Seau's family said he suffered from bouts of depression prior to his suicide last May.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County goes to Hopkins Central, Caldwell County at Community Christian, Ohio County hosts an Australian Travel Team.
Girls: Fort Campbell hosts Christian County, Hopkinsville goes to Muhlenberg County, Ohio County hosts an Australian Travel Team.
Wednesday’s scores: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey was one of three double figure scorers with 13 points as LSU lost to Auburn in its SEC opener 68-63. Ole Miss drilled Tennessee 92-74.
In the OVC: Eastern Kentucky defeated Murray State 77-65 and Austin Peay had to go to overtime to beat Morehead State 84-81.
Gorgui Dieng had 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks as 3rd ranked Louisville defeated Seton Hall 73-58.
Tonight’s games: Kentucky opens Southeastern Conference play at Vanderbilt in a rematch of last year’s SEC Championship game won by the Commodores, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan University entertain Rider.
SEC women’s action this evening has 6th ranked Kentucky meeting 20th ranked Texas A&M, Vanderbilt meets 18th ranked South Carolina and 9th ranked Tennessee meets Missouri.
College Football: Two members of Kentucky’s team are no longer on the squad. Freshmen defensive backs Jonathan Reed and Marcus Caffey were dismissed Wednesday for violation of team rules, according to a UK spokesman, who also says Coach Mark Stoops is gathering facts on the arrest of freshman lineman TJ Jones, which we reported earlier this week.
Murray State coach Chris Hatcher announced Wednesday defensive coordinator Ashley Anders will not return for the 2013 season. In a statement, Hatcher said the two met after the 2012 season and mutually agreed to part ways. Anders had been an assistant with Hatcher for 11 years.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker underwent surgery on his non throwing shoulder Wednesday. Locker injured the shoulder early in the 2012 season. Rehabilitation is expected to take three months, with full recovery in six months, just in time for training camp.
Titans strong safety Justin Babineaux tells the Tennessean despite a frustrating 2012 season, he wants to remain a Titan. Babineaux is in the final year of his contract with the Titans. He had 92 tackles in 12 starts for Tennessee in the 2012 season.
PGA Tour: The Sony Open begins later today in Honolulu and when it does, a Champions Tour member who Monday qualified for the event will play at Waialae Country Club. 54-year-old Russ Cochran of Paducah is in his first PGA Tour event since 2009. Cochran missed the second half of the 2012 Champions Tour season due to an muscle strain.
Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP will carry Slap Shot Radio hosted by Nashville Predators public address announcer Paul McCann and the TV voice of the Predators Pete Weber at 7 this evening. Tonight's guests include ESPN/NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose, ESPN.com's Craig Custance, who will be reporting live from the Board of Governors meeting in New York where the new collective bargaining agreement is expected to be ratified and an interview with the head coach of the gold medal winning Team USA Junior hockey club Phil Housley. Join us this evening for Slap Shot Radio!
Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton is on the air at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. This evening’s guests include legendary Christian County basketball coach Lyle Dunbar, Hopkinsville native and Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Tommy Wade and Nashville Predators radio voice Tom Callahan.
College Basketball: Top 25 action includes 4th ranked Louisville at Seton Hall. SEC action has LSU at Auburn, Tennessee facing Ole Miss and 9th ranked Florida hosting Georgia.
Kentucky opens SEC play tomorrow night at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: The University of Kentucky athletic department is planning a $125 million dollar renovation of Commonwealth Stadium. The renovation will include 10-15 luxury suites with 2,000-2,500 club seats, a recruiting room, new press facilities and a full service kitchen.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports the fundraising arm of UK athletics, the K Fund has outlined the plans on a new website, www.kfundonline.com.
NHL: National Hockey League owners are meeting today to vote on the new collective bargaining agreement. If the majority votes in favor of the proposal, it’s one step closer to finally beginning the season. Players have been locked out since September.
Meanwhile, Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz says the lock out shortened season will feel like Groundhog Day for players once the season begins, because of the constant travel and play. Trotz added shame on anyone not ready to go for the season because the league has had plenty of time to prepare. If all goes as planned with the new collective bargaining agreement, the season is expected to start January 19th.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. This evening’s guests include Hopkinsville native and Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Tommy Wade and Nashville Predators radio voice Tom Callahan.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball scores
Boys: Henderson County ended a seven game losing streak to Christian County with a 78-52 victory. Henderson County had three players in double figures led by DJ Washington’s 18 points, while Christian County’s Quan Poindexter was the only double figure scorer with 14. Henderson County is now 13-2 on the season, while Christian County goes to 8-6.
Hopkinsville rolled in 8th district action over Fort Campbell 99-41 behind TJ Elam’s 23 points, with Jordan Majors adding 21. Fort Campbell was led by Kyle Bryant with 18 and Jonathan Hamilton with 15.
Elsewhere: University Heights defeated Hopkins Central 75-65, Union County over Dawson Springs 73-30, Webster County over Caldwell County 51-45, Russellville rolled over Greenwood 58-39, Lyon County defeated Livingston Central 69-43, Crittenden County over Trigg County 66-45, McLean County over Muhlenberg County 76-66.
Mayfield drubbed Ballard Memorial 46-26, Graves County over St. Mary 72-51, Barren County beat Warren East 74-52, Bowling Green rolled over Allen County Scottsville 64-40, Warren Central over Glasgow 67-42.
Girls: Caldwell County over Union County 60-50, Hopkins Central edged Logan County 52-51 in double overtime, Greenwood got by Russellville in overtime 66-59, Crittenden County over Trigg County 44-25, Webster County over Daviess County 79-43, Livingston Central over Lyon County 43-31.
Graves County over St. Mary 54-38, Mayfield got by Ballard Memorial 40-38, Paducah Tilghman defeated Marshall County 76-63, Reidland over Fulton City 37-29, Barren County defeated Warren East 67-45.
OVC: Austin Peay hosts Morehead State and Murray State entertains Eastern Kentucky.
Third ranked Louisville plays at Seton Hall, without starter Chane Behanan. Behanan suffered a moderate high ankle sprain in practice Monday and did not make the trip with the team.
In the SEC, LSU plays at Auburn and Tennessee hosts Ole Miss.
Kentucky opens the SEC portion of its season tomorrow night at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: The Lexington Herald Leader, citing several sources, is reporting that Kentucky has hired former University of Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley for the same position. Ansley worked last season at UT and before that was at Alabama for two seasons as a defensive assistant in the secondary.
NHL: National Hockey League owners are scheduled to vote today on the new tentative collective bargaining agreement. If a majority approve, it will be one step closer to resolving the current strike which has been ongoing since September. If the players then approve the proposal, training camps could open by the weekend, with the season beginning January 19th.
PGA Tour: Dustin Johnson won the delayed Hyundai Tournament of Champions Tuesday in Hawaii. Johnson fired a final round 68 for a three round total of 16 under 203, four strokes better than defending champion Steve Stricker. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker finished third at 209. The Sony Open begins tomorrow in Honolulu.