High School Baseball-Monday’s score: Christian County defeated Clarksville 10-4.
Today’s games: University Heights hosts Madisonville, Christian County welcomes Kenwood, Hopkinsville goes to Logan County, Todd Central hosts White House Heritage, Trigg County entertains Mayfield, Webster County hosts Crittenden County, Caldwell County hosts Lyon County, Murray entertains Heath.
High School Softball-Tuesday’s game: University Heights hosts Fort Campbell.
High School Tennis: UHA Blazers and Lady Blazers played at Madisonville. The Blazers defeated Madisonville 9-0, and the Lady Blazers defeated Madisonville 8-1.
For the second time in as many years, Western Kentucky has won the Sun Belt Conference championship, defeating Florida International 65-63. George Fant had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds to give the Hilltoppers a bid to the NCAA tournament. It also marked the second straight year WKU won four games in four days to make the NCAA field. WKU is now 20-15 on the season.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scored five points and had five rebounds as Manhattan lost to Iona 60-57 in the championship game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. The Jaspers finished 14-18 on the season.
Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is scheduled to have surgery today to repair the torn ACL in his left knee suffered in the Wildcats game at Florida February 12th. Noel said in a news release he waited to have the surgery until now while UK was on spring break so he would not miss much class time.
Coach John Calipari said Monday on the Dan Patrick radio show that Noel will need a couple of months of rehab before deciding whether to leave UK for the NBA or return for at least one more season. Recovery time is 6-8 months.
Three Louisville Cardinals received post season honors from the Big East Conference Monday. Russ Smith and Gorugi Dieng were named All Big East first team, while guard Peyton Siva was named to the third team. Louisville placed two players on the All Big East first team for the first time in school history. The Cardinals begin play Thursday in the Big East tournament in New York.
NHL: The Nashville Predators begin a five game road trip against the Dallas Stars this evening, with coverage of the game at 7:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
High School Baseball/Softball: Hopkinsville High athletic director Keith Kelley tells WHOP Sports today's season opening baseball game with Muhlenberg County at Tiger Stadium and tomorrow's softball game at Mayfield have both been cancelled.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Friday in the SEC tournament in Nashville against either Vanderbilt or Arkansas.
Five more automatic berths into the NCAA tournament will be awarded this evening. The Sun Belt championship features Western Kentucky against Florida International, with coverage at 5:30 on News/Talk WHOP, followed by the West Coast Conference championship at 8 which features top ranked Gonzaga meeting St. Mary’s in Las Vegas.
Manhattan faces Iona in the championship game of the Metro Atlantic tournament, Northeastern meets James Madison in the final of the Colonial Athletic Association and Davidson meets College of Charleston in the final of the Southern Conference tournament.
Indiana coach Tom Crean apologized for a heated exchange with Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer following the Hoosiers’ victory Sunday in Ann Arbor. Crean had to be restrained from Meyer, who once was an assistant at Indiana during the tenure of Kelvin Sampson.
Crean reportedly told Meyer following the game he was involved in wrecking IU’s program. Crean said he talked with Meyer on the way to the team’s plane and said he wished he had not said anything following the game.
NFL: Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is mulling a return for the 2013 season. Yahoo Sports reports the 16 year veteran would return for one more season instead of retiring as he previously stated if he can get a raise and have a shortened summer training camp. Gonzalez made $3.9 million last season in base salary, but reportedly wants $7 million to return.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is having back surgery today in St. Louis. Matheny is having a ruptured disk in his lower back repaired and is expected to be back at spring training for Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.
Grapefruit League action has St. Louis meeting the NY Yankees today, with Atlanta going against Washington. Cactus League action has the Chicago Cubs meeting Arizona, while Cincinnati has the day off.
High School Basketball-Boys Sweet 16
Madison Central claimed the 2013 state championship Sunday with a 65-64 win over Ballard. Ken Jah Bosley’s three point shot with 2.2 second left gave the Indians their first state title. Madison Central had trailed by as many as 16 in the third quarter of the contest. Both Madison Central and Ballard finished the season 32-5.
Meanwhile, the Hopkinsville Tigers returned home from Lexington Sunday after losing to state champion Madison Central in the semi finals on Saturday night. The Tigers fell 60-56 to finish the season 33-5.
The Girls Sweet 16 begins Wednesday at EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, with 2nd region winner Henderson County meeting Anderson County at 6:30 Wednesday evening.
High School Baseball (weather permitting): University Heights hosts Hopkins Central, Trigg County hosts Graves County, Todd Central goes to McLean County, Dawson Springs at Christian Fellowship, Caldwell County hosts Lyon County, Webster County hosts Edmonson County.
The Kentucky Wildcats have earned the number 2 seed in the SEC Tournament which begins Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Wildcats will not play until Friday night against either Vanderbilt or Arkansas who play Thursday. Tip off is set for 6:30, with pre game coverage at 5 on Lite 98.7.
Tennessee will be the 5 seed and play the South Carolina-Mississippi State winner Thursday at 2:30, while LSU opens play Thursday against Georgia at 12 noon.
A reminder that Kentucky coach John Calipari’s call in show airs at 5 this evening, with Big Blue Weekly at 6 this evening on Lite 98.7.
The Louisville Cardinals will begin play in the Big East tournament later this week in New York. The 2nd seeded Cardinals will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between Villanova and St. John’s at 6 pm Thursday.
Sunday’s scores: Western Kentucky advanced to the Sun Belt Conference championship game with a 58-56 victory in the semi finals over Arkansas State. TJ Price scored what proved to be the game winning basket with 19 seconds left to give the Hilltoppers their 19th win of the season.
WKU will face Florida International who upset top seed Middle Tennessee 61-57 in the other semifinal game this evening, with coverage from Hot Springs, Arkansas at 5:30 on Newstalk WHOP.
Manhattan defeated Fairfield 60-42 in the semi final rounds of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Tournament. Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 7 points and 2 rebounds in the win as the Jaspers improved to 14-17 on the season. Manhattan faces Iona in the MAAC championship game this evening.
Top ranked Gonzaga will face St. Mary’s for the West Coast Conference championship this evening, with coverage of the game at 8 on Newstalk WHOP.
Women’s scores: 7th ranked Kentucky fell in the SEC tournament final to Texas A&M 75-67. Arkansas Little Rock ended Western Kentucky’s run in the Sun Belt tournament with a 74-54 win in semi final action.
College Football: One of the six candidates being considered for the head coaching vacancy at Austin Peay has taken his name out of consideration. A news release from the school on Saturday said Andy McCollum has withdrawn his candidacy. The former Middle Tennessee head coach is currently Georgia Tech’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
Interviews to replace Rick Christophel began last week and will continue this week.
NHL: The Nashville Predators will begin a five game road trip tomorrow night in Dallas against the Stars. Coverage of the game at 7:30 on Newstalk WHOP.
High School Basketball—Boys Sweet 16
The Hopkinsville Tigers have moved to the semi finals following a 50-34 win over Graves County in quarterfinal play on Friday. The Tigers got 17 points from Jordan Majors and 13 from Jaqualis Matlock in improving to 33-4 on the season, while Graves County finishes the season 27-9. The Eagles were led in scoring by Peyton Puckett with 19 points.
The other quarterfinal games saw Madison Central defeat Holmes 65-61 in overtime, Montgomery County defeated John Hardin 66-57 and Ballard over Knott County Central 68-53.
The semi finals take place this evening with Hopkinsville playing Madison Central at 6:30, with Ballard meeting Montgomery County in the second game. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:06 on Newstalk WHOP.
High School Baseball- Friday’s scores
Christian County got its second win of the new season defeating Webster County 7-4.
Today’s games: University Heights host Barren County, Fort Campbell has a doubleheader at Fulton County, Trigg County goes to Webster County, Murray plays at Paducah Tilghman, Carlisle County is at Reidland.
College Basketball-Friday’s scores
OVC Tournament: Belmont defeated Tennessee State 82-73 and Murray State defeated Eastern Kentucky 81-73. Belmont and Murray State will meet for the championship this evening in Nashville.
Sun Belt Tournament: Western Kentucky won over Louisiana Monroe 74-60 and will face South Alabama in quarterfinal action today in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
SEC Women’s Tournament: 9th ranked Tennessee defeated Florida 82-73 and will face Texas A&M in the first semifinal game. 7th ranked Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 76-65 and will play Georgia in the second semi final game today in Duluth, Georgia.
Today’s games: Kentucky hosts its Senior Day as the 11th ranked Florida Gators visit Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage this morning at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other games in the SEC today include Vanderbilt meeting South Carolina, LSU goes against Ole Miss and Tennessee plays Missouri.
8th ranked Louisville celebrates its Senior Day as 24th ranked Notre Dame invades the KFC-Yum Center this afternoon.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates leads Manhattan into quarterfinal play at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament against Loyola-Maryland in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Western Kentucky begins play in the Women’s Sun Belt Tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas against Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns.
Major League Baseball: The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the pact includes a club option for 2018.
Craig belted 22 homers, drove in 92 runs and batted .307 in 119 games last season, despite missing the first month recovering from offseason knee surgery. Craig was instrumental in the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship, hitting three homers during the Fall Classic against Texas.
NFL: With the start of free agency just a few days away, a number of prominent defensive backs will hit the open market after being released on Friday. The Arizona Cardinals released 2-year veteran safety Adrian Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowl selection whose 181 games rank fifth in club history. Also, the Carolina Panthers released cornerback Chris Gamble and the Jacksonville Jaguars said goodbye to safety Dawan Landry and cornerback Aaron Ross.
The Miami Dolphins prevented a pair of players from seeking free agency, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Brian Hartline and backup quarterback Matt Moore. Details were not disclosed by the team Friday, but various reports this week indicated Hartline agreed to a five-year deal worth nearly $31 million and Moore a two-year pact worth $8 million to continue as backup to Ryan Tannehill.
NHL: The Nashville Predators picked up a 6-0 shutout of Edmonton Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. Colin Wilson had two of the Nashville goals. The Predators close out the brief two game homestand hosting the Minnesota Wild tonight at 7 pm.
PGA Tour: Tiger Woods fired a seven-under 65 on Friday to take sole possession of first place at the WGC - Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at DOral. Woods sits at 13-under two shots clear of Graeme(GRAHAM) McDowell who carded a five-under 67 to stand at 11-under for the tournament. Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker share third at 10-under, while Bubba Watson and Freddie Jacobson (YAK-ob-SEN) sit in fifth at 9 under par.
The Hopkinsville Tigers have advanced to the semifinals of the Boys Sweet 16 with a 50-34 win over Graves County. Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 17 points, followed by Jaqualis Matlock with 13. Hopkinsville is now 33-4 on the season and will face Madison Central in the first semi final game Saturday night in Rupp Arena. Madison Central won in overtime over Holmes 65-61. Coverage of the game which tips off at 6:30 airs at 6:06 on Newstalk WHOP.
Quarterfinal play continues this evening as Montgomery County meets John Hardin at 5:30, followed by Ballard and Knott County Central, with coverage of the games at 5:15 on Newstalk WHOP.