High School Football: Christian County, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell are all going through final walkthroughs today for their playoff games in the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl tomorrow night. High School Football presented by O’Charley’s has Hopkinsville at Warren Central, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Christian County hosts Greenwood, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7.
Fort Campbell hosts Hart County in the opening round in Class 3-A, with kickoff at Fryar Stadium at 7 pm.
College Basketball: Kentucky opens pre season action this evening against Northwood in Rupp Arena. The Seahawks are coached by Rollie Massamino, the same coach who took Villanova to the 1985 NCAA national championship in Rupp Arena. Tip off at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Louisville opens pre season action up this evening hosting Pikeville University, which features a former Cardinal in Elisha Justice.
Tennessee’s Lady Vols play their first pre season game without Pat Summitt on the bench this evening in Knoxville. Holly Warlick is the new coach, and she will put several first year players into action this evening at Thompson Boiling Arena.
College Football: Middle Tennessee is hoping to get revenge for last year’s 36-33 double overtime loss as they play at Western Kentucky this evening. The 6-2 Hilltoppers are already bowl eligible and a win solidifies their chances for a post season bid, while a win for the Blue Raiders makes them bowl eligible. Kickoff for the nationally televised game on ESPN U is at 8:15.
Other games tonight have Virginia Tech at Miami and Washington is at Cal.
NFL: The San Diego Chargers are looking to get a season sweep of the Kansas City Chiefs this evening. In week four, the Chargers rolled over the Chiefs in KC 37-20. Air time for tonight’s game is at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
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Bluegrass Preps.com has released its weekly polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green is first, Warren Central 3rd, Christian County 7th and Graves County 9th.
Class 3-A: Louisville Central is number one, with Fort Campbell 5th and Paducah Tilghman 6th.
Class 2-A: Owensboro Catholic first this week, with Murray High 6th and Caldwell County 7th.
Class A: Mayfield number one, with Russellville 7th.
Class 4-A: Highlands first, with Lone Oak 9th and Warren East 10th.
Class 6-A: Trinity on top with Henderson County 6th.
The opening round of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl gets underway tomorrow night. High School Football presented by O’ Charley’s has Hopkinsville at Warren Central, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and Christian County hosts Greenwood, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7.
OVL Baseball: The Kentucky New Era reports there is possible expansion going on in the Ohio Valley League. The league website for several days has had a posting asking for general manager candidates for teams in three cities.
League president Gordon Guess says there is the possibility of a team in Indiana joining the league next season, but declined to name the city. A team from Union City, Tennessee had also shown interest, but Guess said a disagreement between the team and the city will likely keep the team from coming.
The league currently has teams in Hopkinsville, Marion, Fulton, Owensboro and Madisonville.
College Basketball: Pre season third ranked and defending national champion Kentucky opens exhibition play this evening against the NAIA Northwood Seahawks in Rupp Arena. Northwood played its first exhibition game earlier this week, losing to Michigan State 85-57. Tip off at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Second ranked Louisville also opens exhibition play this evening, hosting Pikeville University. Coach Rick Pitino’s Cardinals will be without Kevin Ware and Chane Behanan who are serving suspensions this evening. Tip off at 6 at the KFC Yum Center.
College Football: Rivals Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee meet in Sun Belt action in Bowling Green this evening. The teams along with Arkansas State are 3-1 in Sun Belt play, with the winner tonight to move into second place.
The game also has bowl implications, though WKU is bowl eligible, a win moves them to seven for the season. Middle Tennessee becomes bowl eligible with a win this evening. Kickoff for the nationally televised game on ESPN U is at 8:15.
Other games of note tonight have Virginia Tech at Miami and Washington at California.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said earlier this week the football program is not where they want it. Barnhart made the comments while speaking Tuesday to a group in Louisville. Barnhart also told the group he thinks the world of coach Joker Phillips and said the school has to figure out the football piece and get it going in the right direction.
Barnhart has denied several media requests through a UK spokesman to talk about the football program’s future.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans boosted their offensive line numbers Wednesday by signing veteran guard/center Kyle DeVan. DeVan signed with the Titans in June, but was waived in the final roster cuts. He has played in 36 games over the last three seasons in Indianapolis and Philadelphia.
The NFL weekend begins tonight with an AFC West showdown between Kansas City and San Diego, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Previews of this weekend’s Hopkinsville and Christian County football playoff games and previews of Hopkinsville High’s basketball teams with coaches Tim Haworth and Gerald Bennett will be featured on this evening’s program.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats are making final preparations for their pre season game with Longwood tomorrow night at Rupp Arena. Coverage of the game begins at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Louisville also plays its first pre season game tomorrow night hosting Pikeville.
Austin Peay senior guard Jerome Clyburn was to undergo surgery today to repair a tear of a medial meniscus in his left knee. Clyburn suffered the injury in practice Sunday and is expected to miss a month.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans begin work today for their next game Sunday against the Chicago Bears at LP Field. Kickoff is at noon Sunday.
The NFL weekend begins tomorrow night with an AFC West showdown between Kansas City and San Diego, with coverage of the game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Despite reports out of Jacksonville that a trade is brewing between the Jaguars and the NY Jets for backup quarterback Tim Tebow, Jets sources tell NFL.com there have been no talks between the teams. Tebow was acquired by the Jets from Denver in the off season and has played sparingly this season. The NFL trade deadline is tomorrow.
Golf: Princeton’s Emma Talley helped the University of Alabama finish in a first place tie at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, TX Tuesday. Alabama and Florida tied for the team title at one under par 863, with the Lady Gators winning the tiebreaker.
Talley finished 27th in the event individually with a 6 over par 222 score. It was the final fall event for the Alabama team, who will return to spring action in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic February 10-12, 2013.
Murray State senior and Benton native Patrick Newcomb has been named the Kentucky Golf Association’s player of the year. It’s the second straight year Newcomb has received the honor. Newcomb won the State Amateur title this year, along with making it to the round of 16 in this year’s U-S Amateur championship.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Host Todd Hamilton will have previews of high school football playoff games for Christian County and Hopkinsville and also previews of Hopkinsville High basketball.
College Football: When Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt Saturday, both quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles will see action. Even though the offense was stagnant in last Saturday’s loss at Missouri, offensive coordinator Randy Sanders tells the Lexington Herald Leader the swap in signal callers did not cause the problem. Coverage of Saturday’s game airs at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
College Basketball: Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was given a five year contract extension Tuesday. Pitino’s current deal, which was to expire in 2017, now runs through 2022. After saying he might not coach past 2017, the 60-year-old Pitino said Tuesday he couldn’t live without the highs and lows of basketball.
While we’re on the Cards, coach Pitino announced Tuesday Kevin Ware is suspended for Thursday night’s exhibition opener against Pikeville and Chane Behanan will now miss both pre season games.
Pitino announced 10 days ago Behanan was not allowed to speak with the media for the fall semester, and would sit out the first pre season game. However, Pitino said Behanan has not taken care of his responsibilities and will now miss both games.
Kentucky plays its first pre season game against Longwood tomorrow night, with coverage beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Austin Peay senior guard Jerome Clyburn will miss at least a month due to a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. The school announced Tuesday the injury occurred in practice Sunday. Clyburn is to undergo surgery today.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt sophomore guard Dai-jon Parker has been suspended indefinitely for violation of Vanderbilt’s non academic team policy. Parker was expected to begin the season as the starting shooting guard.
Kentucky’s women’s basketball team is ranked 7th in the preseason USA Today coaches poll, with Louisville ranked 9th. Baylor is ranked first. Meanwhile, Kentucky is 6th in the preseason Associated Press poll, with Louisville ranked 9th.
ESPN reports the NCAA has passed a package of sweeping changes intended to crack down hard on rule-breaking schools and coaches.
Under the new legislation, programs that commit the most egregious infractions could face postseason bans of two to four years and fines stretching into the millions, while coaches could face suspensions of up to one year for violations committed by their staffs. The board also approved measures to expand the penalty structure from two tiers to four, create new penalty guidelines and speed up the litigation process.
Jim Leyland is returning as manager of the Detroit Tigers. The club announced the 67-year-old skipper will be back in the dugout for the 2013 season. Leyland was working on a one-year contract this season in leading the Tigers to the World Series. Leyland's coaching staff will also return next year. Leyland leads active managers with 1,676 career wins and ranks 15th on the all-time list. His 607 wins with Detroit ranks third behind Hughie Jennings and Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson.
The NBA regular season tips off Tuesday with a trio of games, highlighted by the reigning world champion Miami Heat opening defense of their title against the visiting Boston Celtics in a rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference finals participants. The Los Angeles Lakers will entertain the Dallas Mavericks, while the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Washington Wizards.