College Football: WPSD-Paducah reported on its website Thursday that Murray High defensive end LaBront Scott decommitted from Western Kentucky University. Scott said new coach Bobby Petrino took his scholarship offer off the table. Scott admitted that he thought about decommitting himself.
Scott tore an Achilles back in October, but said he didn’t think the injury had anything to do with Petrino taking the scholarship off the table. Scott still has offers from Murray State, UT Martin and Arkansas State. The national signing day takes place in about a month.
College Basketball: Two games of note this evening as Tennessee hosts Memphis and Manhattan takes on St. Peter’s.
NFL: The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently landed their new head coach. ESPN—citing league sources—says former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid will replace Romeo Crennel. In addition, the Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli have mutually agreed to part ways.
In a statement, Pioli said he didn't accomplish all the things he set out to do. He added, quote, "I truly apologize for not getting the job done." The Chiefs had a rough season. They were 2-14 for the year and had to deal with the suicide of Jovan [[ jo-VAHN ]] Belcher.
NHL: The National Hockey League appears to be ready to scrap the current season next week if the league and the players can't come to a labor agreement. The "Winnipeg Free Press" reports the drop dead date is next Thursday. The two sides have been holding extensive meetings in the last few days in hopes of salvaging a shortened season.
Commissioner Gary Bettman had said January 11th was the deadline for a deal to get done, putting the players on the ice January 19th. That would mean a 48-game season. The players have been locked out for months while the two sides try to hammer out how to divide up league revenue.
PGA Tour: The 2013 season gets underway today with the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker is in the field, where Steve Stricker is the defending champion.
High School Basketball
Boys: Hopkinsville defeated Madisonville 74-66 behind 20 points from Jaqualis Matlock. Other Tigers in double figures included Jordan Majors with 17 and TJ Elam with 10. Madisonville was led by Daylyn Jones with 23 points.
Other action saw Hopkins Central defeat McLean County 53-44, Livingston Central over Community Christian 53-37, Warren Central over Clinton County 72-41.
Girls: Hopkinsville edged out a 51-44 win over Madisonville behind J’Lynn Majors 11 points. Madisonville was led by Adrian Gray’s 12 points.
Other action saw Ohio County defeat Christian County 63-50, McLean County edge South Warren 56-55, Murray over Ballard Memorial 72-61.
Boys: Christian County travels to University Heights for an 8th district showdown. Tip off from Blazer Gym at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other games include Todd Central hosting South Warren, Russellville entertains Logan County, Dawson Springs welcomes Caldwell County, Henderson County meets Ohio County, Livingston Central at Crittenden County, Paducah Tilghman at Heath, Webster County at Union County, Graves County at Mayfield, Murray at Community Christian, Calloway County at Marshall County, Warren East at Warren Central, Bowling Green at Greenwood.
Girls: University Heights travels to Madisonville, Christian County hosts Henderson County, Trigg County hosts Lyon County, Todd Central entertains South Warren, Russellville hosts Logan County, Dawson Springs hosts Caldwell County, Webster County at Union County, Livingston Central at Crittenden County, Graves County at Mayfield, Calloway County at Marshall County, Murray hosts Community Christian, Warren East at Warren Central, Bowling Green at Greenwood.
A member of Christian County’s track and field program will sign a collegiate letter today. The ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 at Christian County High School.
Murray State got its 600th Ohio Valley Conference win at UT Martin 73-62. Isaiah Cannan led three Racers in double figures with 18 points as Murray State improved to 10-3 and 1-0 in the OVC.
Austin Peay dropped its OVC opener for the second straight year, falling at Southeast Missouri 86-84. The Governors were led in scoring by Will Triggs with 11 points. Former Christian County player Corey Wilford had 19 points in the win for Southeast Missouri. Austin Peay is 4-11 overall and 0-1 in the OVC.
Western Kentucky saw its eight game win streak over Arkansas Little Rock end with a loss 75-67. Brandon Harris had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers, now 10-6 overall and 4-1 in the Sun Belt.
Women’s scores: Western Kentucky stayed unbeaten in Sun Belt play with a 78-69 win at Arkansas Little Rock, Kentucky defeated Florida 76-69, 12th ranked Tennessee defeated 18th ranked South Carolina 73-53.
Tonight’s game: The University of Tennessee meets Memphis in a non conference game in Knoxville.
High School Basketball: The Hopkinsville Tiger boys and girls basketball teams are in action this evening, hosting Madisonville in a doubleheader at Tiger Gym. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Christian County’s Lady Colonels are also in action this evening at Ohio County.
College Football: There is one bowl game this evening as the Fiesta Bowl features 4th ranked Oregon and 5th ranked Kansas State.
The Louisville Cardinals are returning home today after defeating Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The website Saturday Down South reports the Sugar Bowl attendance for last night’s game was the worst since 1939. 54,178 fans were at the Mercedes Benz Superdome to watch the game.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7.
Regional action has Western Kentucky at Arkansas Little rock for a men’s-women’s doubleheader. Other men’s action has Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri and Murray State at UT Martin.
Women’s SEC action has Kentucky playing its conference opener against Florida, while Tennessee is at South Carolina.
Top 25 games have 2nd ranked Michigan at Northwestern, 3rd ranked Arizona welcomes Colorado and 10th ranked Gonzaga travels to Pepperdine.
NFL: ESPN is citing sources that say Andy Reid could end up as the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Reid was fired Monday in Philadelphia, while Western Kentucky grad Romeo Crennel was also fired Monday as Chiefs coach. Reid had been scheduled to fly to Arizona to meet with Cardinals officials about their vacancy, but sources say a deal to name Reid in Kansas City could be wrapped up by days end.
PGA Tour: The 2013 season gets underway later today in Hawaii with the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker is among those in the field.
High School Basketball
The Hopkinsville Tigers and Lady Tigers return to action this evening hosting Madisonville. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 from Tiger Gym on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening
Boys: Hopkins Central entertains McLean County, Livingston Central goes to Community Christian, Warren Central hosts Clinton County.
Girls: Christian County at Ohio County, Livingston Central at Community Christian, Murray at Ballard Memorial, South Warren hosts McLean County.
Kentucky rolled over Eastern Michigan 90-38 in its final non conference game Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Alex Poythress lead the Wildcats with 16 points, followed by Ryan Harrow’s 15 and Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 11 rebounds for 9-4 Kentucky, who opens SEC play next Thursday night at Vanderbilt.
Coach John Calipari has his weekly talk show at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7.
4th ranked Louisville opened Big East play with a 80-62 win over Providence. Russ Smith came off the bench to lead the Cardinals in scoring with with 23 points, Gorugi Dieng had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Vanderbilt ended a two game losing streak with a 64-50 win over William and Mary. The win gave Coach Kevin Stallings the most wins in Memorial Gym as Vanderbilt coach.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky at Arkansas Little Rock for a men’s-women’s doubleheader. Other men’s games have Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri, Murray State at UT Martin.
Women’s action tonight has Kentucky opening SEC play hosting Florida, with Tennessee opening SEC action at South Carolina.
The Louisville Cardinals scored early and often to beat the Florida Gators 33-23 and win the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Louisville's Terell Floyd returned a 38-yard interception to the house on the opening play from scrimmage. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 266 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Cardinals. Jeremy Wright ran for 84 yards and a TD in the win. Both teams end the season at 11-and-2.
Western Kentucky introduced its new offensive and defensive coordinators Wednesday. Jeff Brohm will be charged with the offense, Nick Holt with the defense. Brohm served as offensive coordinator at Louisville and most recently at Alabama-Birmingham. Holt comes to the Hill from Arkansas where he was defensive coordinator last season and before that spent three seasons at the University of Washington.
Former University of Louisville quarterback Jeff Brohm will join coach Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky as the Hilltoppers offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Brohm had been serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama Birmingham. Todd Hamilton will have more on sports tomorrow morning on the WHOP family of stations.