Wednesday’s High School Results
8th district soccer finals: Hopkinsville’s boys and girls made it a clean sweep of the championship games. The Lady Tigers defeated Christian County 8-0, while the Tigers won over UHA 3-1.
Thursday’s High School Schedule
7th district soccer finals: Madisonville meets Caldwell County in both the girls and boys championship games with the girls game to begin at 5:30.
College Football: Following an off week, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to go 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play at Troy University this evening. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 heading into the contest, while Troy is 3-2 on the season.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee coach Derek Dooley plans to be at practice today. Dooley missed yesterday’s practice following hip surgery Tuesday and will coach from the coaches booth Saturday when the Vols meet 19th ranked Mississippi State.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt will have its first home sellout in four years Saturday when they host 4th ranked Florida. The last sellout ironically was in 2008 when Tim Tebow, now of the New York Jets, led the Gators into Vanderbilt Stadium.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky recruiting target James Young will announce his college selection this afternoon at 4 Hopkinsville time on ESPN U. Young is a 6-6 wing player out of Rochester High School in Michigan and has UK, Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas on his short list.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was in Louisville Wednesday to speak at the annual UK tipoff luncheon. Calipari told the crowd he didn’t know how the Wildcats would play offensively, but said they would block shots and hopefully play fast, with good defense.
Calipari is hopeful this team will follow last year’s national championship team in one area: sacrifice. Calipari said last year’s group’s shared sacrifice was a lesson to all that anything can be overcome if the team comes together.
NFL: Week 6 of the season begins tonight with a rivalry matchup at LP Field as the 1-4 Tennessee Titans host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff for the game is at 7:20.
NHL: Even though labor talks are at a stalemate, members of the Nashville Predators are out in the Nashville area promoting the team. The Tennessean says players have even been seen in fast food restaurants talking about the upcoming season, which was supposed to begin Wednesday.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Todd Hamilton will have previews of the Christian County-Graves County football game and the Hopkinsville-Ohio County game, along with previews of the 8th district soccer championship games this evening.
Major League Baseball’s divisional playoffs continue this afternoon and evening.
The St. Louis Cardinals are in Washington to face the Nationals, with Chris Carpenter, bothered by arm injuries throughout the season to get the start for the Redbirds. The series is tied at 1-1.
ESPN reports Mike Leake will get the start for the Cincinnati Reds in game four of their division series with San Francisco later this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The Reds can win the series with a victory today as they lead 2-1.
The New York Yankees host Baltimore in game three of their series this evening at Yankee Stadium tied one game each and Oakland fights to stay alive in their series with Detroit, trailing 2-1.
Former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras has died at age 77. Karras had been only given a few days to live after recently experiencing kidney failure. Karras died at his home surrounded by his family. Karras played 12 seasons in the NFL and was a four time Pro Bowl selection.
Following his playing career, Karras became an actor, appearing in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles” and also in the television series “Webster” in the 1980’s. He was also a commentator for a few seasons in the 1970’s on Monday Night Football.
Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan says his son Billy will become a member of the Gators basketball team this year. The younger Donovan is transferring from Catholic University and will be a walk on for the Gators this season.
Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman has received several weekly honors following his 38-43 performance for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns in the Racers win last week at Austin Peay. Brockman was not only named the Ohio Valley Conference offensive player of the week Sunday, he was also named the NCAA offensive player of the week, the Sports Network’s co-offensive player of the week and College Football Performance Awards National quarterback of the week.
Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton comes your way at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. You’ll hear previews of the Christian County-Graves County and Hopkinsville-Ohio County football games among topics this evening.
Tuesday’s High School Results
8th district final: Christian County defeated University Heights 3 sets to none. Both teams will advance to the 2nd region tournament to be held next week at Caldwell County High School.
8th district semifinals: Hopkinsville defeated Christian County 3-0 and University Heights won over Fort Campbell 7-0.
5th district final: Trigg County blanked Lyon County 13-0.
6th district final: Henderson County defeated Union County 10-0.
7th district semifinal: Caldwell County over Dawson Springs 10-1.
13th district final: Todd Central over Franklin Simpson 3-0.
6th district final: Henderson County shut out Union County 5-0.
7th district semifinal: Madisonville over Dawson Springs 10-0.
13th district final: Logan County defeated Todd Central 2-1 on penalty kicks.
Today’s schedule--8th district soccer finals: Christian County meets Hopkinsville in the girls final at 6, with Hopkinsville meeting University Heights in the boys final at 8.
The latest Kentucky High School Girls Soccer Association poll has Hopkinsville ranked 23rd this week. Notre Dame is 1st, Murray High is 7th, Bowling Green 11th, Madisonville 13th and Owensboro Catholic is 20th.
Heritage Christian Academy closed out the home portion of its volleyball season with a 3 sets to 1 win over Pleasant View, TN Tuesday night. The Lady Warriors are 16-5 on the season with two regular season matches remaining.
High School Football
Bluegrass Preps.com has released its weekly polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green is first, Warren Central second and Christian County 5th.
Class 3-A: Louisville Central first, Fort Campbell 4th, Paducah Tilghman 8th.
Class 2-A: Owensboro Catholic first, Murray High 7th and Caldwell County 10th.
Class A: Mayfield is number one, Russellville 7th.
Class 4-A: Highlands is at the top, with Lone Oak 10th.
Class 6-A: Trinity first, with Henderson County 7th.
College Football: Kentucky will dress 26 freshmen when they take the field against Arkansas Saturday in Fayetteville. Three will start in the contest, quarterback Jalen Whitlow, cornerback Cody Quinn and punter Landon Foster. Kickoff at 6 pm, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Three Kentucky football players entered not guilty pleas on marijuana possession charges in Fayette District Court Tuesday. Running back Raymond Sanders, wide receiver Bookie Cobbins and cornerback Marcus Caffey—who is not eligible this season were arrested September 13th. The Lexington Herald Leader reports the trio will be in court again January 16th.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will coach from the press box Saturday when the Vols meet Mississippi State. Dooley had hip surgery Tuesday and will miss practice today and possibly Thursday according to the university. Dooley is hopeful of returning to normal duties next week if he gets doctors approval.
High School Football: The Associated Press has released its weekly polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green remains first, Warren Central 3rd, Christian County 5th and Greenwood 9th.
Class 3-A: Louisville Central is number one, Fort Campbell 6th and Paducah Tilghman 10th.
Class 2-A: Owensboro Catholic is still number one, Murray High is 3rd and Caldwell County 10th.
Class A: Mayfield remains number one, with Russellville 8th.
Class 4-A: Highlands is number one, Warren East 7th and Lone Oak 10th.
Class 6-A: Trinity remains first, with Henderson County ranked 7th.
College Football: Arkansas has lost its leading tackler for the remainder of the season. Arkansas News.com reports Alonzo Highsmith will be sidelined due to a foot injury which will require surgery. Highsmith was hurt in the first half of the Razorbacks win at Auburn last week. Kentucky is next for Arkansas on Saturday, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says there’s a good chance freshman safety LaDarrell McNeil will start against 19th ranked Mississippi State Saturday. The Vols have allowed six touchdown plays of 50 yards or more in its last three games and are trying to find a way to stop big plays.
MLB: Two games are on the playoff schedule this afternoon and evening. The Cincinnati Reds can wrap up their series with a win over San Francisco at Great American Ballpark. First pitch is at 4:37 Hopkinsville time.
Detroit can wrap up its series with Oakland with a win this evening. The Tigers lead the series 2-0.
Monday’s High School Sports Results
8th district: Christian County defeated Fort Campbell 3 sets to none, while University Heights edged Hopkinsville 3 sets to 2.
5th district: Crittenden County defeated Livingston Central 3-0, then lost to Trigg County 3-2.
7th district: Hopkins Central over Madisonville 3-1, then lost to Caldwell County 3-0.
7th district: Madisonville shut out Hopkins Central 7-0.
13th district: Todd Central defeated Logan County 5-0.
8th district: Hopkinsville over Fort Campbell 8-1 and Christian County shut out University Heights 2-0.
5th district: Lyon County was a 7-0 winner over Crittenden County.
6th district: Union County edged Webster County 3-2.
7th district: Caldwell County over Hopkins Central 2-0.
13th district: Logan County defeated Franklin Simpson 3-0.
Volleyball: 8th district final has Christian County meeting University Heights.
Boys Soccer: 8th district at University Heights has Christian County meeting Hopkinsville and University Heights hosts Fort Campbell.
5th district action has Lyon County at Trigg County, 6th district play has Union County at Henderson County, 7th district Dawson Springs at Caldwell County and 13th district has Todd Central meeting Franklin Simpson at Logan County.
Girls Soccer: 5th district action has Lyon County meeting Trigg County, 6th district play has Union County meeting Henderson County, 7th district has Madisonville meeting Dawson Springs and 13th district action has Todd Central at Logan County.
College Football: Kentucky freshman quarterback Patrick Towles will not play against Arkansas Saturday after suffering a high right ankle sprain in last week’s loss to Mississippi State.
Coach Joker Phillips described Monday that Towles will be “week to week” and that senior Morgan Newton will back up freshman Jalen Whitlow Saturday. You can hear the game with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes will wear a knee brace on his left knee when the Hilltoppers play at Troy Thursday night. Jakes suffered an injury in the Hilltoppers last game at Arkansas State, with an MRI last week revealing no problems with the knee.
College Basketball: Beginning Thursday, University of Kentucky fans will have a chance to bid on one of 300 pieces of the floor from the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. Each 12 by 18 piece will be autographed by Kentucky coach John Calipari.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit pediatric cancer efforts at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. To learn more, visit 2012ukfloor.com.
Golf: Legendary Kentucky amateur golfer Johnny C. Owens died Sunday night at age 85 in Lexington. Owens won back to back state titles while in high school at Henry Clay, a Southeastern Conference championship while at Kentucky, two state Amateur titles and a British Senior Amateur title. Owens also played in the 1964 Masters and said that was the highlight of his career according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday Matt Hasselbeck will start at quarterback when the Titans host Pittsburgh Thursday night at LP Field. Jake Locker remains out due to a dislocated left shoulder and will not be on the active roster.
The Titans will also be without running back Javon Ringer who will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a torn MCL suffered in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. The injury will not require surgery, but the Titans will wait until after Thursday’s game to decide whether to put Ringer on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, the Steelers will be without Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu who re-aggravated a right calf injury in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Mike Tomlin also said Monday linebacker Lamarr Woodley may miss the game with a hamstring injury.