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.
College Football: The University of Louisville’s first African American football player died tragically over the weekend. 79-year-old Laurence Simmons died in a house fire in Louisville. Investigators say a frayed electrical cord on a space heater likely caused the blaze. Simmons was an offensive lineman who played for the Cardinals in 1952 and before that played at Central High School.
College Basketball: University of California coach Mike Montgomery apologized following the Golden Bears 76-68 win over Southern Cal last night for a heated exchange during the game with star player Allen Crabbe. ESPN reports Montgomery shoved Crabbe during a timeout.
Montgomery said in a statement the emotions of the game got away from him and that his intent was to motivate the player and apologized for his action. Crabbe told reporters after the game the incident happened at an emotional time in the game and that everything was fine and it was water under the bridge.
NHL: The Nashville Predators try to get themselves back into the win column when they play a matinee against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Bouncing back may not be a problem for Nashville, which has won its last nine against the Avalanche, including the last four in Denver. First puck drops at 2 this afternoon.
NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers are mourning the death of longtime owner Jerry Buss. The "L.A. Times" reports the 79-year-old passed away this morning after battling an undisclosed form of cancer. Under Buss, the Lakers won ten NBA championships with such stars as Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 as a contributor.
High School Basketball: District tournament action begins this evening across the Commonwealth.
Girls: 8th district action at Hopkinsville High has top seed University Heights meeting Fort Campbell at 6, followed by 2nd seed Hopkinsville and Christian County. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
5th district at Trigg County has Trigg County playing Livingston Central at 6, followed by Lyon County and Crittenden County.
6th district at Union County has the host Bravettes meeting Webster County. 13th district has Logan County at Franklin Simpson.
Boys: 13th district action at Franklin Simpson has Russellville meeting Logan County at 8 pm.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 14 points in Manhattan’s 60-56 loss to Niagara. 12th ranked Louisville defeated South Florida 59-41. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 15 points.
Women’s scores: 12th ranked Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 83-64.
Tonight’s games: Women’s action includes 9th ranked Kentucky taking on 11th ranked Texas A&M. In the OVC: Murray State at SIU Edwardsville and Austin Peay meets Eastern Illinois.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly talk show at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Wednesday night hosting Vanderbilt, with air time at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
Louisville received a commitment for 2014 over the weekend. The Lexington Herald Leader reports 6-8 small forward Shaqquan Aaron chose Louisville over UCLA, Arizona and Washington. The Los Angeles native plays his high school basketball for Rainer Beach High in Seattle.
College Football: University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is promising that all spring football practices will have an edge to them and says he likes physical practices. Stoops tells the Lexington Herald-Leader players will probably see the first team offense and first team defense face off in-season more than happens elsewhere. The goal, Stoops says, is to set a faster tempo in practice so the team will get more out of the workouts.
The Courier Journal reports the University of Louisville has received a commitment from defensive end/outside linebacker Stacy Thomas of Miami, Florida. Thomas made his commitment after an official visit and becomes the 17th recruit in the 2013 class.
College Baseball: Austin Peay took the rubber game of a three game series with Iowa 6-1. Murray State lost to Central Arkansas 6-5 in 12 innings, while Western Kentucky defeated Bowling Green State 4-3.
College Softball: Murray State lost a pair of games Sunday in the final day of the Bulldog Classic at Mississippi State. The Racers lost to Northwestern State 3-2 and Mississippi State 4-1. Former Christian County standout Casey Castille went 1-2 in the loss to Northwestern State and 1-3 in the loss to Mississippi State. Murray State is now 1-3 on the season.
NHL: The Nashville Predators have a matinee contest on this President’s Day against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Forward Patric Hornqvist is expected to return to the Predators lineup after missing 10 games due to a sprained knee. First puck at the Pepsi Center drops at 2 pm.
Golf: Danville native Josh Teater finished tied for sixth at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open. Teater’s nine under par 275 was two strokes behind John Merrick who defeated Charlie Beljan in a playoff.
Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic on the Champions Tour by a stroke over Jay Don Blake. Langer finished at 12 under par, with Franklin’s Kenny Perry tied for 10th at six under par, while Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for 20th at three under par.
High School Basketball—Friday scores
Boys: Crittenden County slid by Fort Campbell 47-43, Caldwell County over Livingston Central 52-46, Union County edged Hopkins Central 58-55, Carlisle County defeated Murray 70-65, Henderson County routed Owensboro 75-45, Mayfield over Hickman County 62-58, Webster County over Owensboro Catholic 46-36, Greenwood over Edmonson County 64-51.
Girls: University Heights rolled over Union County 53-35, Caldwell County defeated Livingston Central 55-43, Webster County over Crittenden County 59-20, South Warren over Butler County 55-45, Edmonson County got by Greenwood in overtime 63-62, Hopkins Central over Lyon County 66-57, Apollo got by Madisonville 44-41, Elizabethtown over Muhlenberg County 74-63, Murray defeated Carlisle County 74-32.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scored 10 points and had three rebounds as Manhattan defeated Iona in overtime 74-73. The Jaspers improved to 10-15 on the season with the win.
Today’s games: 25th ranked Kentucky is in Southeastern Conference action at Tennessee today. Coach John Calipari met with the media Friday for the first time since the loss at Florida Tuesday night and said following the injury which ended Nerlens Noel’s season, the Wildcats have a clean slate to be what they want the remaining seven games of the regular season. Pre game coverage begins at 10:30 this morning on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: LSU hosts Mississippi State, Vanderbilt meets Texas A&M.
In the OVC: Murray State plays a men’s-women’s doubleheader at Eastern Illinois, while Austin Peay has a men’s-women’s twin bill at SIU-Edwardsville.
17th ranked Oklahoma State meets Oklahoma, with Indiana meeting Purdue. Coverage of the game at 12:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, where you can also hear Western Kentucky at Florida International this evening, with coverage beginning at 6.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino was among 12 finalists announced Friday for the 2013 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Gary Payton, a nine time NBA All-Star, joined Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Tom Heinsohn, Sylvia Hatchell and Dawn Staley as first-time finalists.
Pitino, a six-time NCAA Final Four coach, is a finalist for the second year in a row. Maurice Cheeks, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King, Guy Lewis and Jerry Tarkanian are also returning to the ballot for election.
The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be announced Monday, April 8 at a news conference prior to the NCAA Tournament men's national championship game in Atlanta.
College Baseball: Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman lasted one inning, allowing seven runs to Bowling Green State University, who beat the Hilltoppers 9-8 in 10 innings. Hageman struck out two batters to open the game before the flood gates opened. The two teams play again this afternoon in Bowling Green.
Austin Peay won its season opener defeating Iowa 4-2, with game two of the series this afternoon in Clarksville. First pitch is set for 1 pm. Murray State lost its season opener at Central Arkansas 10-1, with game two of the series to be played this afternoon at 4 pm.
College Softball: Murray State dropped its season opener to Western Kentucky 9-1 in the Bulldog Battle at Mississippi State Friday. Former Christian County standout Casey Castille was 0 for 1 at the plate, but did score a run. Murray State plays two games today against Northwestern State and Lipscomb. Austin Peay opens its season today with a game at Trevecca University.
Major League Baseball: The Cleveland Indians have officially signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a four-year contract with a club option for 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports earlier this week indicated it to be worth $48 million for the first four years with the option year at $12 million.
Bourn is a two time All-Star and two time Gold Glove winner who batted 274 with a 348 on-base percentage and 42 steals in 155 games with the Atlanta Braves last season.
NFL: NFL tax documents are showing Roger Goodell as the highest paid commissioner in sports. According to paperwork obtained by the "Sports Business Daily," Goodell earned nearly 29.5-million-dollars in 2011. That's an increase from 11.6-million in 2010. ESPN.com reports Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and NBA Commissioner David Stern earn about 20-million annually.
The Indianapolis Colts will part ways with defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie. Both have expiring contracts. The team says it will not renew Freeney's deal and NFL.com reports the same will be true of Collie.
Freeney has spent the first 11 years of his career in Indianapolis after being selected 11th overall out of Syracuse in 2002. Collie only played one game in 2012 before rupturing his patella tendon.
Tarvaris Jackson is returning to the Buffalo Bills after signing a one-year contract. The 29-year-old did not throw a single pass in 2012 as the backup to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, but new head coach Doug Marrone says there will be an open competition for the starting job in 2013. The Bills finished a disappointing 6-and-10 this past season.
Charles Woodson could be on his way out of Green Bay. NFL.com quotes the 36-year-old cornerback's agent as saying the Packers are getting set to release Woodson. The 2009 Defensive Player of the Year has spent the last seven seasons with Green Bay. He was limited to seven regular-season games last year while recovering from a collarbone injury, but returned for both the Packers' playoff games.
The St. Louis Rams placed Titus Young on waivers Friday, just 10 days after claiming the problematic wide receiver from the Detroit Lions. Young was waived by the Lions on February 4th following a turbulent 2012 campaign that ended on injured reserve in early December. Head coach Jeff Fisher did not discuss specifics about the move during a Friday news conference, though he did indicate that health was not a factor in the team's decision.
Tim Walton is the new defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. He spent the last four seasons as defensive backs coach for the Detroit Lions. Walton worked as a defensive coordinator at the collegiate level with Miami-Florida in 2007 and Memphis in 2008.
The Rams went without a conventional defensive coordinator in 2012 as Gregg Williams sat out the entire season while serving a suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.
The Minnesota Vikings will be playing outdoors for a few seasons. Team Vice President Lester Bagley announced that the team plans to play at TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015 while their new stadium is built at the current Metrodome site.
TCF Bank Stadium is home to the University of Minnesota. The Vikings played one game there in 2010 when heavy snow collapsed the Metrodome roof. The Vikings last played a full home schedule outdoors in 1981.
NHL: The Nashville Predators wrap up a four game home stand hosting the Anaheim Ducks this evening. The Predators are looking for their second win in as many games, following a 3-0 win over Phoenix Thursday night. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops at 7.
Golf: South Korea’s Sang-Moon Bae and Frederick Jacobsen are tied for the lead at 9 under par heading into the third round of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. John Rollins and John Merrick are one shot back, with Luke Donald two shots off the lead. Danville native Josh Teater is at 4 under par, while Campbellsville native JB Holmes missed the cut.
On the Champions Tour, Bernhard Langerfired a 10 under 62 and has a three shot lead on Bob Tway heading into the second round of the ACE Group Classic. Franklin’s Kenny Perry stands at four under 68 and Paducah’s Russ
College Basketball: Five of the six signees and commitments for Kentucky’s 2013 recruiting class were chosen to play in the McDonald’s All American game Thursday. Wildcat signees Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee and James Young, along with verbal pledge Dakari Johnson were chosen for the game. The five are most ever chosen for the McDonald’s All American team from one school.
On the girls’ side, Owensboro Catholic Rebecca Greenwell who’s headed to Duke and UK signee Makalya Epps of Marion County were chosen to play in the game. The McDonald’s All American games will take place in Chicago’s United Center on April 3rd.
College Football: ESPN reports The University of Alabama has barred three football players from campus after their arrests on robbery charges. A university spokeswoman said today Eddie Williams, Tyler Hayes and DJ Pettway are suspended from school pending a judicial review expected to be done by late next week. The three have been charged in separate robberies of two students on campus early Monday morning. Court records show Williams and Hayes have admitted to the crimes.
All three players were indefinitely suspended from the football team. Teammate Brent Calloway who is also suspended indefinitely, is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card for using a debit card stolen from one of the students. He is not barred from campus.
College Baseball: There are several season openers today including former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman getting the start for Western Kentucky as they host Bowling Green. Austin Peay opens its season hosting Iowa, Murray State is at Central Arkansas.
MLB: New York Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis is in damage control mode. One day after causing a stir by saying he would be a "Red Sock for life," the infielder now says he is "proud to be a Yankee." Youkilis told reporters Thursday at the Yankees' spring training complex that he couldn't just dismiss spending the first eight-and-a-half years of his career in Boston.
He was traded to the White Sox last season and signed with the Yankees this winter. Youkilis is expected to help fill the void at third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from offseason hip surgery.
Golf: Franklin’s Kenny Perry put off surgery on his left knee until next week so he could defend his title at the Champion Tour’s ACE Group Classic in Florida, which is underway today. Perry has been hampered by torn cartilage and will have surgery next Tuesday. Paducah’s Russ Cochran is also in this week’s field.