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.
College Basketball: WDRB-Louisville reports per Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Chane Behanan will not travel or play when the Cardinals play Wednesday night at Seton Hall. Pitino says Behanan suffered a moderate high ankle sprain in practice Monday. Montrezl Harrell will replace Behanan in the Cards starting lineup.
Top 25 games this evening has top ranked Duke hosting Clemson, 11th rated Creighton welcomes Drake, 12th ranked Missouri hosts Alabama, 14th ranked Ohio State at Purdue and 22nd ranked Georgetown hosts Pittsburgh.
NFL: The shoes in which Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson wore with the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims sold at auction last night for over $9-thousand dollars. Johnson wore the shoes in the Titans game against the NY Jets December 17th. The funds are being given to the Sandy Hook Support Fund.
The New York Jets are parting ways with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. ESPN reports the team has let him go after just one year at the helm following a meeting with head coach Rex Ryan and team owner Woody Johnson.
The Jets ranked near the bottom of the NFL in total offense during the season, struggling behind starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Backup Tim Tebow played sparingly, and was ultimately passed over in week 16 for the starting job.
MLB: The Texas Rangers signed first baseman/designated hitter Lance Berkman to a
one-year contract with a club option for 2014 on Monday. Berkman was limited to 32 games a season ago with St. Louis thanks to torn cartilage in his right knee and ended up hitting .259 with two homers and seven RBI in 81 at-bats. The 14-year veteran and six-time All-Star was part of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship.
Monday’s High School Basketball Scores
Boys: Caldwell County slid by Fort Campbell 65-62, Hopkins Central drilled Dawson Springs 66-32, Murray edged Fulton City 56-53 and Bowling Green got by Monroe County 58-55.
Girls: Hopkinsville drilled Calloway County 71-31, Webster County rolled over Christian County 76-49, Dawson Springs defeated Crittenden County 32-24, Muhlenberg County defeated McLean County 72-53, Mayfield got by Hickman County 42-38, Lone Oak over Carlisle County 54-37, Monroe County drubbed Bowling Green 73-58.
Boys: Christian County and Henderson County renew their longtime rivalry at Colonel Gym. Henderson County brings an impressive 12-2 record into the game, while Christian County is 8-5. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other in town games have Hopkinsville hosting Fort Campbell in 8th district action and we will have reports on that game during the Christian County broadcast this evening. University Heights hosts Hopkins Central.
Elsewhere: Dawson Springs at Union County, Caldwell County goes to Webster County, Lyon County at Livingston Central, Trigg County at Crittenden County, Russellville at Greenwood, Logan County at Butler County, Graves County hosts St. Mary, Muhlenberg County hosts McLean County, Murray welcomes Hickman County, Paducah Tilghman goes to Marshall County, Mayfield is home to Ballard Memorial, South Warren hosts Edmonson County, Warren Central entertains Glasgow and Bowling Green meets Allen County Scottsville.
Girls: Caldwell County hosts Union County, Russellville at Greenwood, Logan County hosts Hopkins Central, Trigg County hosts Crittenden County, Livingston Central hosts Lyon County, Webster County plays Daviess County, Lone Oak at Community Christian, Paducah Tilghman at Marshall County, Mayfield welcomes Ballard Memorial, Graves County hosts St. Mary, Warren East at Barren County, Bowling Green goes to Allen County Scottsville.
Hopkinsville is ranked 10th in the first Associated Press Boys High School Basketball poll of the season, which has Ballard ranked first. Bowling Green is 5th and Henderson County is 6th in the first AP Girls poll of the season, which has Marion County first.
Women’s OVC scores: Southeast Missouri defeated Murray State 70-58, with former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger Christy Soldo seeing three minutes playing time and grabbing two rebounds. Austin Peay lost at UT Martin 84-57.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday former Western Kentucky Lady Topper coach Mary Taylor Cowles will join the 2013 staff of Kentucky Premier, an AAU program.
Austin Peay’s Travis Betran was named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Monday. The junior from Harlem, NY averaged 26 points in two games for the Governors last week. Austin Peay returns to action Wednesday night hosting Morehead State.
College Football: Following last night’s win in the BCS title game, Alabama was ranked first in both major college football polls. The USA Today coaches poll had Louisville ranked 13th and Vanderbilt ranked 20th. The Associated Press poll had the Cardinals ranked 13th and the Commodores 23rd.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky freshman lineman TJ Jones was arrested on a weapons charge December 18th in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, SC. Jones is being investigated for possibly bringing a weapon on the campus of Myrtle Beach High School. A UK spokesman says Coach Mark Stoops is aware of the situation and will speak with Jones and gather information before addressing the issue.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports former Tennessee player Terry Fair has joined the Volunteers coaching staff. Fair will be a defensive quality control assistant. Fair was a four year starter at defensive back for Tennessee and was named SEC freshman of the year in 1994 and all SEC in 1996 and 97.
NHL: The Nashville Predators were back on the ice at their regular practice facility on Monday, one day after plans were announced for a shortened season. The Predators had not practiced at Centennial Sportsplex since September according to the Tennessean. Coaches are not yet allowed to be at practices, with a training camp opening date yet to be determined, even though it appears there will be a 48 game schedule beginning January 19th, once the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.
PGA Tour: The season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions finally began Monday on Maui after several days of delays. Dustin Johnson fired rounds of 69-66 for a two round score of 11 under par 135, three strokes better than Steve Stricker. Bubba Watson stands at 139, good for third place and Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker is tied for fourth place at 140, five shots behind the leader. The final round will take place today.
Hoppers Baseball: Christian County Chamber of Commerce President and Hoptown Hoppers board member Carter Hendricks posted this morning on Facebook that a decision on where the Hoppers will play this season will be made at the next Christian County Board of Education meeting January 17th.
There’s been a lot of speculation where the defending Ohio Valley League champions will be playing this season. The inaugural season saw the team play at Christian County High School’s Colonel Field. However, there has been interest in the off season to see the games played at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Stadium this season.
In his post, Hendricks asked all fans to gear up for where the team will play this season and expressed his gratitude to partner with CCPS to again allow the Hoppers to play at one of the local fields. Season passes are now available at the Christian County Chamber of Commerce office on Ft. Campbell Boulevard.
Also, Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP will again broadcast all Hopper home games this season and all post season games home and away. Advertising packages are now available by calling (270)885-5331.
College Football: Two of the most storied programs will collide at Sun Life Stadium in Miami tonight, as Alabama and Notre Dame square off with the BCS National Championship on the line.
Alabama will be playing for its third national title in the last four years, while Notre Dame goes for its first national title since 1988.
Notre Dame has taken five of the six all-time meetings between the teams, including the 1973 Sugar Bowl, when third-ranked Notre Dame edged top-ranked Alabama, 24-23 in what was called the "Game of the Century."
College Basketball: Two top 25 games this evening have 5th ranked Indiana at Penn State in a Big 10 matchup, while 15th ranked Cincinnati hosts 19th ranked Notre Dame in a Big East showdown.
High School Basketball
Boys: Fort Campbell hosts Caldwell County, Dawson Springs welcomes Hopkins Central, Murray at Fulton City and Bowling Green at Monroe County.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Calloway County, Christian County welcomes Webster County, Dawson Springs goes to Crittenden County, Mayfield at Hickman County and Bowling Green at Monroe County.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. UK returns to action Thursday night at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Sunday’s scores: Iona defeated Manhattan 78-70, with former Christian County player Donovan Kates scoring 10 points in a reserve role.
Women’s action saw 6th ranked Kentucky hold off Alabama 87-70, 12th ranked Tennessee defeated 10th ranked Georgia 79-66, Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss 76-57 and Arkansas State nipped Western Kentucky 63-58.
Tonight’s women’s action in the OVC has Austin Peay at UT Martin and Murray State at Southeast Missouri.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Sunday University of Tennessee senior forward Jeronne Maymon will be redshirted after having a setback following recovery from arthoscopic knee surgery. Maymon was a second team All SEC selection last season and averaged 12.7 points. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.
College Football: The Courier Journal reported Sunday two players plan to transfer from the University of Florida, with one maybe coming to the University of Louisville. Sophomore backup quarterback Jacoby Briskett started three games in two seasons and has U of L on his short list of schools. Also transferring from Florida is sophomore safety/running back Chris Johnson.
NHL: Following the announcement that the NHL and the Players Association had reached a new collective bargaining agreement, the Nashville Predators held an impromptu workout Sunday afternoon at the A-Game Sportsplex. Shea Weber told the Tennessean players are eager to get back to work and want to get back into a routine. It’s not yet known if teams will play a 48 or 50 game schedule.