The Miami Herald reported today that Western Kentucky University assistant men's basketball coach Jake Morton has been served with a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. Morton--who is WKU's director of basketball operations--was an assistant at Miami when some improprities occured between 2007-2009. The notice points out the allegations involved a former booster Nevin Shapiro. The allegations involved recruiting of athletes and that Morton accepted a sum of $6,000 from Shapiro. A letter sent to WKU President Gary Ransdell indicated action against Morton could limit his athletically related duties at Western for a designated period of time if Morton is found in violation.
The Princeton Times Leader reports two 2nd region schools will not compete in the All A Classic next year due to enrollment. Webster County and Trigg County will not compete next year. The six schools from region 2 that will compete are University Heights, Caldwell County, Lyon County, Livingston Central, Crittenden County and Dawson Springs.
College Basketball: Top 25 action this evening has #3 Gonzaga hosting Santa Clara,
#8 Syracuse hosts Providence, #9 Kansas hosts #14 Oklahoma State, #11 Georgetown hosts DePaul, #12 Arizona hosts Washington, #17 Wisconsin at Northwestern, #18 Ohio State hosts Minnesota, #19 Memphis hosts Houston and #21 Colorado State at UNLV.
College Football: Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports that former University of Kentucky offensive line coach Mike Summers, hired just last month to join Bobby Petrino’s staff at Western Kentucky is headed west.
Summers will join the staff at Southern California. Summers joins another former UK assistant, Tee Martin, who is also on the Trojans staff. The 56-year-old Summers had spent the last three years at Kentucky.
Yahoo Sports is reporting the University of Louisville and assistant football coach Clint Hurtt have received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. However, a school spokesman has declined to tell what the notice says.
Hurtt was an assistant coach at the University of Miami, who was issued its own Notice of Allegations from the NCAA Tuesday for what it termed “lack of institutional control”, following a two year investigation of allegations of rules violations involving a former booster.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is drawing some fire from Tennessee fans. A story in the Knoxville News Sentinel indicates some Vols fans are not happy Saban is scheduled to speak this summer to the Athens Chamber of Commerce.
The story indicates the chamber president as saying Saban is not going to be on a recruiting visit or give a talk on football, but instead on leadership. Thus far, 981 tickets have been sold, outdistancing last year’s event which featured former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and members of the 1998 national championship team. 276 tickets were sold for that event.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM. Todd will preview the 8th district basketball championship games and visit with the Director of Golf at The Links at Novadell Barry Payne. Then at 7, Pete Weber and Paul McCann have another edition of Slap Shot Radio.
High School Basketball-Tuesday’s scores
Boys: 8th district semi final action saw Hopkinsville and Christian County come away with victories.
Hopkinsville got 27 points from Jordan Majors and 22 points from Jaqualis Matlock in defeating Fort Campbell 95-56. Fort Campbell was led in scoring by Kyle Bryant with 18 points in finishing the season 6-17 while Hopkinsville improved to 27-4.
Christian County got a game high 30 points from Jarvis Irby in defeating University Heights 68-61. LeDonald Gray led the Blazers with 18 points as University Heights finishes the season 13-13. Christian County improved to 15-13 as they will face Hopkinsville in the championship game Thursday night at 8.
Elsewhere: 5th district action saw Trigg County nip Crittenden County 60-57 and Lyon County over Livingston Central 55-44. In the 6th district, Webster County edged Union County 38-37. 7th district Caldwell County defeated Hopkins Central 63-56.
Girls: 7th district play saw Madisonville defeat Dawson Springs 56-34 and in 13th district action, Todd Central defeated Russellville 34-25.
Tonight’s games: 6th district girls championship has Webster County meeting Henderson County.
7th district at Hopkins Central has Hopkins Central hosting Caldwell County in girls action at 6, with Madisonville meeting Dawson Springs in boys action at 8 pm.
The latest Associated Press Boys Top 10 poll has Hopkinsville ranked fourth, with Bullitt East number one. Henderson County is ranked 3rd in the Girls Top 10, with undefeated Marion County still at the top. Bowling Green is ranked 7th this week.
College Basketball: Anthony Hickey had 14 points, but it wasn’t enough as LSU lost at Tennessee 82-72. Jordan McRae had 34 points for the Volunteers, who have won four games in a row.
Tonight’s games: Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
In the OVC: Murray State is at Morehead State, while Austin Peay is at Eastern Kentucky.
Women’s action has Western Kentucky hosting Louisiana Monroe.
College Football: The Leaf Chronicle reports renovations for Governors Stadium will proceed as scheduled. School representatives had to return to the Tennessee state building commission after changes in the $16.9 million dollar project were announced in January.
Demolition of the west end of the stadium is set following the last football game this coming season. A new structure featuring general seating, club level seating, 13 skyboxes along with new field turf, home locker rooms and a game day training facility are to be completed by August, 2014.
College Baseball: Austin Peay defeated Middle Tennessee 5-2, Murray State won its home opener 19-2 over Mid Continent and 2nd ranked Vanderbilt defeated Belmont 9-3.
NHL: Shea Weber scored the game winning goal 44 seconds into overtime as Nashville defeated Detroit 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators are back in action Friday night hosting Vancouver, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk WHOP.
NFL: The Tennessean reports two Tennessee Titans have earned pay raises for the 2013 season. Receiver Damian Williams and defensive back Alterraun Verner will each earn $1.3 million this season. The two were scheduled to make $575 thousand as part of their rookie contracts.
College Basketball: Top 25 action this evening has top ranked Indiana at 5th ranked Michigan State, 2nd ranked Miami hosts Virginia, 4th ranked Florida at Missouri, 15th ranked Butler hosts Duquesne and 20th ranked Marquette is at Seton Hall.
ESPN reports California coach Mike Montgomery was reprimanded by the Pac-12 on Monday for shoving one of his own players in the chest during a game. The conference did not announce what specific punishment Montgomery received for his actions Sunday night, although he will not be suspended.
The confrontation happened during a timeout early in the second half of Cal's 76-68 win over Southern California on Sunday night when Montgomery yelled at star guard Allen Crabbe for nonchalant play and then shoved him in the chest with both hands.
College Baseball: Today’s action includes Murray State playing its home opener against Mid Continent, Austin Peay travels to Middle Tennessee, and Vanderbilt meets Belmont.
MLB: Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker says he is feeling good as 2013 spring training is underway in Arizona. The Reds skipper was in a hospital when the team clinched the 2012 National League Central division title, receiving treatment for an irregular heartbeat and mini stroke. He returned to the dugout for the NL playoffs, where the Reds lost to the San Francisco Giants. Baker received a two year contract extension after last season.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of an injury sustained while pitching batting practice. Garza—who made just 18 starts last season due to an elbow injury—felt a twinge in his side when throwing on Sunday. Garza last pitched on July 21st of last year, when he left a game in St. Louis due to a “stress reaction” in his elbow.
High School Basketball—Monday’s scores
Girls: 8th district semi final action saw University Heights cruise to a 77-49 win over Fort Campbell. Three Lady Blazers were in double figures led by Dennayia Holmes with 21 points, Lele Grubbs pitched in 18 and Demetria Snorton with 15.
Fort Campbell was led by Alli Tellez with 15 and Angie Rangel added 13 for the Lady Falcons who finish the year 9-16. University Heights moves to Thursday night’s championship game with a 21-7 record.
Christian County avenged two regular season losses to Hopkinsville in defeating the Lady Tigers 55-51. Jamesha Mosley led Christian County with 20 points, followed Dannika Prater with 14. Hopkinsville got 13 points from Haley Cook and 12 from Kiki Majors as the Lady Tigers finish the season 16-14, while Christian County improves to 8-18.
Elsewhere: 5th district play saw Livingston Central defeat Trigg County 51-35, Lyon County edged Crittenden County 31-29. 6th district play saw Webster County defeat Union County 64-59 in double overtime. 13th district saw Franklin Simpson defeat Logan County 69-34 and in 14th district action Greenwood beat Warren East 59-31.
Boys: 13th district play saw Russellville defeat Logan County 76-63 and in 14th district action Greenwood edged South Warren 52-50.
Boys: 8th district semi final play takes place at Hopkinsville’s Tiger Gym, as the top seeded Tigers meet Fort Campbell at 6, followed by Christian County and University Heights. Coverage of both games airs with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Elsewhere this evening: 5th district at Trigg County has Livingston Central meeting Lyon County, with host Trigg County facing Crittenden County.
6th district at Union County has Union County hosting Webster County, 7th district has Caldwell County at Hopkins Central, 13th district at Franklin Simpson has Todd Central meeting the host Wildcats.
Girls: 7th district at Hopkins Central has Madisonville meeting Dawson Springs and 13th district at Franklin Simpson has Todd Central playing Russellville.
College Basketball—Monday’s Scores
Women’s action saw 8th ranked Kentucky get by 10th ranked Texas A&M 70-66. In the OVC—SIU Edwardsville defeated Murray State 79-68 and Eastern Illinois defeated Austin Peay 88-59.
Tonight’s game: SEC action has LSU taking on Tennessee.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel torn ACL suffered against Florida last week could be traced back to a season ending injury while in high school. During his sophomore year at Everett High in Massachusetts, Noel fractured a growth plate in his left knee five games into the season.
Noel’s former coach John DiBiaso said in a phone interview that Noel was told to rest the knee through the summer, but an adviser to a travel team Noel played for took Noel to the Boston Celtics team physican, who cleared him to play. The adviser Leo Papile said he did not know of another orthopedic surgeron’s diagnosis.
It appears Bobby Knight may not be an ESPN basketball analyst after this season. Knight is in the final year of his contract and The Lexington Herald Leader reports it’s not expected Knight’s contract will be renewed.
NHL: Jamie McGinn's tally capped off a four-goal second period as the Colorado Avalanche outlasted the Nashville Predators 6-5 at the Pepsi Center. The Avs snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Preds. Shea Weber was one of five players to post a goal and an assist for Nashville.
Chris Mason was lit up for six goals on 18 shots in just over 33 minutes of action. Pekka Rinne stopped all 10 shots the rest of the way. The Predators are in action tonight hosting Detroit at Bridgestone Arena, with first puck dropping at 7.