College Basketball: Louisville has been installed as a nine point favorite against Kentucky when the teams meet Saturday at the Yum Center.
ESPN reports that Louisville’s Gourgi Dieng will visit with his doctor Wednesday to see if his broken left wrist is healed enough for him to play against Kentucky. Reports indicate his parents are coming from Africa to see the game.
Coach Rick Pitino had recently said Dieng would not play Saturday, but could be ready when the Cards take on Providence January 2nd. You can hear Saturday’s game at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
A reminder because of Christmas Eve, Coach John Calipari’s talk show moves to Thursday night this week beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: The bowl season resumes later today with the Hawaii Bowl, which
features the Fresno State Bulldogs against former WAC rival SMU. Fresno State
won five straight games to close the regular season at 9-3, while the Mustangs
enter the contest with a mark of 6-6.
Western Kentucky is in Detroit, preparing for its first bowl game in school history Wednesday night when the Hilltoppers meet Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl. You can hear the game on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, with coverage beginning at 5:30.
New Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek plans a complete overhaul of the Vols defensive scheme. The Vols defense was the worst in the SEC in 2012, allowing almost 36 points and over 471 yards per game. Jancek has concentrated his recruiting efforts on finding players to play in a 4-3 scheme, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
High School Football: The Associated Press has announced its 2012 All State teams. Wide receiver Narcarius Fant of Bowling Green was named first team offense, along with offensive lineman Hunter Bivin of Apollo.
First team defensive members included Jonathan Jackson of Mayfield and Lincoln Quick and Allen Gonsalves of Bowling Green.
Caldwell County wide receiver Tez Sivills was named 2nd team offense, along with running back Jonathan Jackson of Mayfield and offensive lineman Hunter Harris of Graves County.
Making the second team defense were defensive linemen Cole Webster of Caldwell County, Derik Overstreet of Paducah Tilghman and Eli Wilson of Graves County, along with linebacker Darrius Spivey-Nunn of Paducah Tilghman.
James Quick of Trinity was named Kentucky Mr. Football and Jason Hiser of Pleasure Ridge Park was named Coach of the Year.
High School Basketball
Boys: Hopkinsville fell in the 5th place game at the King of the Bluegrass Sunday to Trinity by the score of 58-53. Christian County also lost its final game at the Fort Harrod Classic to Christian Academy of Louisville 73-63.
Girls: Bullitt East defeated Murray 59-48, Marion County over Bowling Green 66-43.
Due to the Christmas holiday, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s weekly talk show will not air this evening. It will air Thursday night at 5 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Saturday at Louisville, with pre game coverage at 1:30 also on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky is making final preparations for its first bowl game appearance Wednesday night against Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit. Interim coach Lance Guidry will try to go 2 for 2 as an interim coach, having lead Miami of Ohio to a bowl win in 2011.
New coach Bobby Petrino has watched practice and will be attending the bowl game according to the Courier Journal, but has not been involved in any of the preparation. You can hear the Little Caesar’s Bowl Wednesday night on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
There’s one bowl game on this Christmas Eve, as Southern Methodist meets Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.
NFL: Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams was so disgusted with his team’s performance in its 55-7 loss at Green Bay Sunday, he turned off the television before the game was over.
The Tennessean reports Adams said that he really likes Coach Mike Munchak, but if he’s not getting the job done, he has to find out. Adams went on to say that something is not right, and he plans to find out what the problem is and fix it. Adams also said he plans to meet with Munchak, whose contract goes through 2014, and the front office at the conclusion of the season.
The Titans close out the regular season next Sunday against Jacksonville at LP Field.
High School Basketball Scores from Friday night
Boys: Hopkinsville lost to Ballard 92-69 in the King of the Bluegrass tournament at Louisville Fairdale. The Tigers were led in scoring by Jordan Majors who had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Christian County got 33 points from Quan Poindexter, but fell to Montgomery County in the Fort Harrod Classic 73-60, Fleming County defeated University Heights 63-49.
At the KME Classic at Trigg County: Trigg County defeated Graves County 77-72 and lost to Warren East 80-54. Warren East defeated Murray 68-57 and Graves County defeated Clarksville Academy 57-43.
Other games saw Madisonville edge Owensboro 74-72, Henderson County defeated Russellville 67-59, Calloway County over Breckinridge County 46-44, Ohio County slid by Daviess County 60-57, Caldwell County lost to Hickman County 67-59 and Paducah Tilghman 58-32. Mayfield defeated Crittenden County 71-52 and Reidland 63-60. Crittenden County also lost to Reidland 57-46, Marshall County over Logan County 62-49, Carlisle County over Union County 50-47.
Girls: At the KME Classic at Trigg County: Russellville over Trigg County 59-32 and Lone Oak beat Heath 62-43, Harlan defeated Caldwell County 50-48, Grayson County over Crittenden County 65-30, Daviess County over Hopkins Central 54-47, Owensboro over Union County 65-46, Muhlenberg County over Iroquois 64-20.
Boys: Hopkinsville meets host Fairdale in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament this afternoon at 5, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and whopam.com. Christian County meets Bardstown in the Fort Harrod Classic.
Girls: Webster County meets Madisonville, Livingston Central meets Apollo, Trigg County hosts Lone Oak and Russellville plays Heath at the KME Classic, Logan County at West Creek, TN.
College Basketball: Middle Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 56-52, Tennessee over Western Carolina 68-52. Top 25 action saw 6th ranked Indiana defeat Florida Atlantic 88-52 and 22nd ranked Notre Dame rolled over Niagara 89-67.
Women’s scores: Western Kentucky over Florida A&M 71-57, 7th ranked Kentucky defeated UC Santa Barbara 66-38, Austin Peay over Lipscomb 69-42.
Kentucky returns to action hosting Marshall at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other action has 4th ranked Louisville meeting Western Kentucky at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Murray State at Dayton, Austin Peay at Illinois State, Vanderbilt hosts Charleston, LSU at Marquette and Manhattan goes against South Carolina.
Women’s action has top ranked Stanford going against 10th rated Tennessee.
College Football: In the Beef O’ Brady’s bowl last night, Central Florida defeated Ball State 38-17.
There are a couple of bowl games today including Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns meeting East Carolina in the New Orleans Bowl and Boise State goes against Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl.
NFL: The Atlanta Falcons will try to clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC
playoffs Saturday night when they take on the Lions in Detroit. The Falcons can also
clinch the No. 1 seed with a Green Bay Packers loss or tie and a San Francisco
49ers defeat on Sunday.
The Buffalo Bills are staying in Western New York. The team announced Friday
that it had reached an agreement with Erie County and the state on a 10-year
lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Under the agreement, the Bills are committed to
remain in Buffalo for at least seven years, regardless of ownership. According
to a Buffalo newspaper, a hefty relocation penalty is built into the
agreement. The franchise will have to pay $400 million if it leaves before
Though Robert Griffin III is still awaiting medical clearance to participate
in the Washington Redskins' key game at Philadelphia this coming Sunday, it
appears as if the team will have its rookie quarterback ready to go. Griffin
was listed as probable for the Week 16 clash after practicing without
restrictions for a third consecutive day on Friday. The 2012 No. 2 overall
draft pick was held out of last week's 38-21 win at Cleveland due to a Grade I
sprain of the lateral collateral ligament of his right knee he sustained in
the fourth quarter of Washington's overtime triumph over Baltimore on Dec. 9.
High School Basketball: The Hopkinsville Tigers meet Ballard in the second round of the King of the Bluegrass tournament at Louisville Fairdale this evening. Tip off is scheduled for 8, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and whopam.com.
Christian County is to face Montgomery County this evening at the Fort Harrod Classic, while University Heights is at Fleming County.
Girls action includes University Heights meeting Highlands in the Queen of the Bluegrass Classic at DuPont Manual in Louisville.
College Football: The Knoxville News Sentinel reported this morning that University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is foregoing his senior year to enter the NFL Draft. Bray put up big numbers in his junior year, completing 268 of 451 passes for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns along with 12 interceptions. Bray becomes the third Volunteer this week to announce his intentions to enter the NFL draft.
There’s one bowl game tonight as Central Florida meets Ball State in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, FL.
College Basketball: Tennessee hosts Western Carolina, while Vanderbilt plays Middle Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena. Top 25 action ahs 6th ranked Indiana hosting Florida Atlantic and 22nd rated Notre Dame going against Niagara.
Women’s action has Kentucky at UC Santa Barbara, with air time at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Other games have Western Kentucky hosting Florida A&M, while Austin Peay entertains Lipscomb.
After a week of “Camp Cal”, the Kentucky Wildcats are back in action tomorrow afternoon hosting Marshall, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County opened play in the Fort Harrod Classic with a 66-39 win over Walton Verona. Quan Poindexter was the only double figure scorer for the Colonels with 18 points.
At the KME Classic, Trigg County defeated Stewart County, TN 79-53, Graves County over Warren East 60-53, Murray defeated Stewart County 55-31.
Elsewhere: Fort Campbell edged Crittenden County 51-48, Rossview over Todd Central 56-53, Breckinridge County edged Russellville 80-76, Calloway County over Henderson County 47-45, Madisonville defeated Ballard Memorial 54-37, Dawson Springs over Heritage Academy 64-59.
Girls: Butler defeated University Heights 61-49 at the Queen of the Bluegrass tournament in Louisville.
At the KME Classic, Heath defeated Trigg County 59-18, Lone Oak edged Russellville 47-45.
Elsewhere: Madisonville over Livingston Central 45-39, Webster County defeated Apollo 69-49, Graves County lost to Houston County, TN 41-40 and Ridgeway, TN 82-42, Bowling Green over Simon Kenton 59-54.
Boys: Hopkinsville faces Ballard at the King of the Bluegrass at Louisville Fairdale. Tip off is set for 8, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
Christian County faces Montgomery County in the winners bracket of the Fort Harrod Classic, University Heights is at Fleming County, Trigg County meets Graves County and Warren East at the KME Classic, Madisonville meets Owensboro in the Hancock Bank Classic, Caldwell County meets Hickman County and Paducah Tilghman in the Paducah Tilghman Christmas Classic, Carlisle County is at Union County.
Girls: Trigg County plays Russellville and Lone Oak meets Heath at the KME Classic, Apollo meets Madisonville and Webster County plays Livingston Central at the Hancock Bank Classic, Hopkins Central meets Daviess County, Caldwell County goes against Harlan, Muhlenberg County meets Iroquois.
College Basketball: Murray State’s women’s team saw its seven game win streak end at the hands of Missouri 69-55.
Tonight’s action: Tennessee host Western Carolina and Vanderbilt plays Middle Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena.
Women’s action has Kentucky at UC Santa Barbara with coverage at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, Austin Peay hosts Lipscomb, Western Kentucky plays Florida A&M.
Kentucky returns to action tomorrow meeting Marshall at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7. Western Kentucky tangles with 4th ranked Louisville at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Murray State plays at Dayton, Austin Peay is at Illinois State, LSU at Marquette, Vanderbilt meets Charleston, Manhattan goes against South Carolina.
College Baseball: Collegiate Baseball has released its pre season Top 40, with Vanderbilt ranked 3rd, Kentucky 8th and Louisville 22nd. Arkansas is pre season ranked number one. Tennessee was among others receiving votes.
NHL: Games in the National Hockey League are now cancelled through January 14th because of the ongoing dispute between owners and players.