College Football: News Channel 5-Nashville reports on its web site that University of Tennessee offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James plans to return for his senior season. James said on Twitter Monday night he felt blessed to have another year to get better and to win a championship.
James is one of four starting linemen that will return next season. That group allowed only eight quarterback sacks in the 2012 season. James had been considering leaving to enter the NFL draft.
NFL: The Kansas City Star reports former Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher told a secret girlfriend he “would shoot” Kasandra Perkins month before he shot her and took his own life December 1st.
The 25-year-old Belcher’s mother said she moved in with her son and mother of his infant two weeks before the shootings because of financial issues which was causing relationship problems. The report also indicated if Belcher left Perkins she would take all of his money and their daughter.
The Dallas Cowboys are banning nose tackle Josh Brent from the sidelines for the rest of the season. ESPN reports team and NFL officials were unaware that Brent would be on the sidelines this past Sunday and both agree it is inappropriate while he is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter. Brent is currently on the reserve/non-football illness list following the car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown earlier this month.
The 24-year-old had his bond lowered from 500-thousand-dollars to 100-thousand-dollars during a brief court hearing today. A judge has ordered Brent not to consume alcohol or drive until he has a valid Texas license. He must also wear an ankle monitor.
College Basketball: Yahoo Sports reports Butler University is keeping its options open about joining the seven Catholic schools that announced their intentions last week to split from the Big East and form their own conference.
Butler officials are remaining tight lipped about the potential move, but reports indicate they and Xavier, currently members of the Atlantic 10, are reportedly the next schools on the list the Catholic 7 are targeting to join their league.
It was quite a moving end to a press conference last night after Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got his 900th career win. With his wife Juli and young children close by, he closed his remarks remembering two of the students killed in the Newtown, Connecticut shootings last Friday. He said if we can’t get the people representing us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society.
High School Basketball
Boys: Warren Central over Logan County 93-63, Butler County edged Todd Central 69-66, Franklin Simpson over Portland, TN 45-39, Hopkins Central over McLean County 53-43, Owensboro over Muhlenberg County 78-62, Union County over Lyon County 62-51, South Warren defeated Daviess County 68-56, Carlisle County routed Livingston Central 73-41.
Girls: Ohio County over Fort Campbell 60-37, Franklin Simpson over Portland, TN 38-28, Livingston Central over Carlisle County 58-52, Russell County over Warren Central 50-46, Metcalfe County over Greenwood 61-45.
Boys: Trigg County travels to Madisonville, Todd Central at Warren East, South Warren goes to Ohio County, Webster County at Crittenden County, Lyon County hosts Carlisle County, Paducah Tilghman at Graves County, Calloway County at Henry County, TN, Mayfield at Hickman County, Union County at Lone Oak.
Girls: University Heights welcomes Hopkins Central, Fort Campbell hosts Caldwell County, Dawson Springs hosts Trigg County, Madisonville hosts Evansville Harrison, Lyon County hosts Carlisle County, Union County at Lone Oak, Paducah Tilghman at Graves County.
Monday’s scores: Vanderbilt defeated Cornell 66-55. Women’s action saw Austin Peay lose at Arkansas State 75-44.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky plays the second of a three game road trip at Virginia Commonwealth. Coverage begins at 5:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other action has Austin Peay hosting Lipscomb, Tennessee hosts Presbyterian and LSU at UC Irvine. Women’s action has Tennessee at top ranked Baylor.
Duke replaced Indiana in the top spot of the major college basketball polls Monday. Louisville is ranked 5th in the AP poll, with Kentucky missing out of the top 25 again this week and Murray State received four votes.
The USA Today Coaches poll has Louisville ranked 4th and Kentucky ranked 23rd this week. Murray State received four votes.
Oklahoma State is ranked 24th this week in both polls.
Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan was named co-Ohio Valley Conference player of the week Monday. Cannan had 21 points in the Racers win Sunday against Western Kentucky.
Meanwhile, Austin Peay’s Chris Horton was named co-Freshman of the week. Horton had 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in the Governors loss at Arkansas State. It’s the fifth straight week Horton has been honored by the league.
College Football: Tennessee coach Butch Jones has added another assistant to his staff. Zack Azzanni was announced Monday as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Azzanni worked this past season at the University of Wisconsin
OVL Baseball: Ohio Valley League president Gordon Guess announced on the league’s website late last week the addition of a sixth team to the league for 2013. The Du Bois County Bombers are from Huntingburg, Indiana and play in League Stadium, which was used in filming the 1990’s movie “A League of Their Own”. The Bombers have new ownership and will have a new manager in Wes Fink.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans took advantage of five turnovers from Mark Sanchez and closed the door on the New York Jets playoff hopes with a 14-10 win on "Monday Night Football." Chris Johnson ran for 122 yards which included a 94-yard touchdown scamper.
New York is now 6-and-8 while the Titans are 5-and-9.
High School Soccer: Christian County senior Matt Gibson signed today to play collegiate soccer for Hannibal –LaGrange University, located in Hannibal, Missouri. Gibson talked about the chance playing at the collegiate level:
Gibson scored 7 goals and had 5 assists in his Christian County career, and even spent some time as Colonels goalkeeper.
OVL Baseball: Ohio Valley League president Gordon Guess announced on the league’s website last Friday the addition of a sixth team to the league for 2013. The Du Bois County Bombers are from Huntingburg, Indiana and play in League Stadium, which was used in filming the 1990’s movie “A League of Their Own”. The Bombers have new ownership and will have a new manager in Wes Fink.
College Basketball: Tonight’s regional action has Vanderbilt taking on Cornell in Nashville. Top 25 games have 4th rated Syracuse hosts Detroit, 11th ranked Missouri welcomes South Carolina State, 17th rated UNLV meets Texas El Paso and 24th Notre Dame meets IPFW.
The Big East Conference has named Louisville’s Chane Behanan Player of the Week. The sophomore who played his last two years of high school at Bowling Green High, had 22 points in the Cards win at Memphis Saturday.
Western Kentucky doesn’t get much turn around time after its loss to Murray State Sunday. The Hilltoppers are in action tomorrow night at Virginia Commonwealth in a game you can hear beginning at 5:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
NFL: The New York Jets still have an outside chance of making the AFC playoffs, however the Tennessee Titans can play role of spoiler as the teams meet in Monday Night Football this evening at LP Field in Nashville.
High School Basketball
Girls: Fort Campbell hosts Ohio County, Livingston Central hosts Carlisle County, Franklin Simpson welcomes Portland, TN.
Boys: Todd Central goes to Butler County, Logan County at Warren Central, Hopkins Central at McLean County, Livingston Central hosts Carlisle County, Franklin Simpson entertains Portland, TN, Lyon County welcomes Union County, South Warren hosts Daviess County, Muhlenberg County at Owensboro.
High School Wrestling: Christian County placed 8th this weekend at the Tiger Classic held at Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Colonels will wrestle again Thursday and Friday at an event at Meade County High School.
Sunday scores: Isaiah Cannan scored 21 points as Murray State won its 5th straight game as the Racers defeated Western Kentucky 75-70. Ed Daniel added 16 points in the win for Murray State now 8-1 on the season. Western Kentucky was led in scoring by Brandon Harris career high 23 points. The Hilltoppers fall to 8-3 on the season.
Austin Peay lost at Arkansas State 69-57. The Governors were led in scoring by Travis Betran with 21 points in falling to 4-6 on the season.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 10 points and 5 rebounds in 37 minutes, but Manhattan lost to LIU-Brooklyn 75-48.
Women’s scores: Murray State won its 7th straight game in downing Alabama A&M 69-54. Western Kentucky defeated Southeast Missouri 60-46, Vanderbilt defeated 12th ranked Oklahoma 76-63, Tennessee defeated Texas 94-75.
Tonight’s games: Vanderbilt entertains Cornell Women’s games: Austin Peay plays at Arkansas State.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville sophomore forward Angel Nunez is leaving the program. Nunez did not play a game for the Cardinals this season. Nunez declined to comment on why he was leaving the Louisville program.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans will appear on Monday Night Football this evening, hosting the New York Jets at LP Field. Kickoff is set for 7:20 pm.
High School Basketball
Boys: The Toyota of Hopkinsville Holiday Classic began with a tripleheader Friday night. Bowling Green defeated University Heights 67-62, Christian County over St. Mary 72-54 and Hopkinsville over LaVergne, TN 80-62.
Other games saw Union County defeat Caldwell County 40-27, Trigg County over Lyon County 89-66, Russellville over Warren East 79-64, Logan County edged Todd Central 67-64, Henderson County defeated Webster County 59-47, Crittenden County over Livingston Central 47-37, Carlisle County slipped by Mayfield 55-54, Allen County Scottsville over Franklin Simpson 71-66, Graves County over Calloway County 52-43..
Girls: Hopkinsville won its second 8th district game of the season defeating Fort Campbell 68-49, Todd Central over Logan County 63-58, Lyon County over Trigg County 56-21, Livingston Central over Crittenden County 47-29, Caldwell County wins over St. Mary 64-47, Calloway County edged Graves County 54-53, Madisonville over Dawson Springs 55-24, Murray defeated Marshall County 57-44.
Today’s games: Action continues in the Toyota of Hopkinsville Holiday Classic at Christian County High School. The first game at 2 pm features Heritage Christian Academy against Lighthouse Christian, followed by Hopkinsville and St. Mary, the third game has Christian County meeting LaVergne, TN, with University Heights meeting Apollo in the nightcap. Coverage of the quartet of games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 1:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and worldwide at whopam.com.
Other boys’ action has Hopkins Central hosting Graves County, Paducah Tilghman hosts Lone Oak, Livingston Central meets Fulton City, Dawson Springs hosts Beth Haven and Henderson County meets Lincoln County in the Hoopin’ It Up Classic at Adair County.
Girls’ action today includes University Heights at Crittenden County, Dawson Springs entertaining Greenwood, Russellville at Springfield, TN, Union County hosts Hancock County, Hopkins Central at Owensboro, Calloway County at Henderson County, Paducah Tilghman plays Lone Oak, Warren Central at Caverna, Warren East at Butler County.
College Basketball: Kentucky brings a two game winning streak into today’s contest against Lipscomb at Rupp Arena. Tip off at 11:30 this morning, with pre game coverage at 10 on Lite 98.7.
The 6th ranked Louisville Cardinals are also in action today, renewing an old rivalry which goes back to the days of the Metro conference as they play at Memphis.
Last night, LSU lost at Boise State 89-70, with former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey returning to the team from his recent suspension and scoring 3 points.
College Football: The bowl season begins with two games today. The New Mexico Bowl features Nevada against Arizona, while in the Idaho Potato Bowl Utah State meets Toledo.
Major League Baseball: The St. Louis Cardinals and free agent infielderTy Wigginton have agreed on a new contract. Wigginton signed a two year, $5 million dollar deal Friday. Wigginton comes to St. Louis after spending the 2012 season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
It’s beginning to look like the New York Mets are about to trade National League Cy Young award winner and Nashville native RA Dickey. ESPN.com reports the LA Angels and Toronto Blue Jays are interested in acquiring the knuckleball pitcher. The Mets and Dickey have not been able to come to terms on a contract extension. Dickey is under contract for $5 million for next season.
National Hockey League: Anticipating a possible antitrust suit, the NHL has brought its labor fight against hockey players to federal court. The league filed a class action suit Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, seeking to establish that its now 90-day lockout is legal.
In a separate move, the NHL filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the players' association has bargained in bad faith.
The NHL said it believes the union's executive board is seeking authorization to give up its collective bargaining rights, a necessary step before players could file an antitrust lawsuit.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to comment on the league's actions Friday. The moves were made after the sides held a bargaining teleconference, following two days of talks that included federal mediators.