The Elite Eight is now set in the NCAA Tournament. In the South Region, Michigan needed overtime but the fourth-seeded Wolverines knocked off number-one seed Kansas 87-85 to advance. Michigan will meet third-seeded Florida, which ended the Cinderella run of 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast with a 62-50 victory. The two teams will play Sunday afternoon.
In the Midwest Region, the top-two seeds are on to the final. Top-overall seed Louisville dismantled 12th-seeded Oregon 77-69 to move on to their second straight Elite Eight. The Cardinals will play second-seeded Duke, which took apart three-seed Michigan State, 71-61. Louisville is the lone remaining number-one seed and plays the Blue Devils also on Sunday afternoon.
Two tickets to next weekend’s Final Four in Atlanta will be punched today as Syracuse meets Marquette in the East Region final, while Ohio State takes on Wichita State in the West Region final. Coverage of both games begins at 3 on News/Talk WHOP.
Kentucky’s women’s team meets Delaware in the semi finals of the Bridgeport Region at 11 am, with pre game coverage beginning at 10:45 on Lite 98.7. If Kentucky wins, they would face either Connecticut or Maryland in the finals Monday night.
Other semi final action today has Georgia meeting top seed Stanford and LSU playing two seed California in the semi finals of the Spokane region, with the winners to play Monday night.
Tennessee and Louisville are both in action tomorrow in the Oklahoma City semi finals, with the Lady Vols meeting Oklahoma, while the Cardinals face top overall seed Baylor.
Butler's Brad Stevens has reportedly been the target of UCLA's search for a new coach, but indications are that Stevens will remain with the Bulldogs.
Stevens has been the head coach at Butler since the 2007-08 season and has guided the Bulldogs to a record of 167-49 with five NCAA Tournament appearances in six years. This year's squad went 28-9 in its first season in the Atlantic 10. The Bulldogs lost to Marquette in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
High School Baseball-Today’s games: Hopkinsville at Calloway County, Dawson Springs hosts Warren East, University Heights meets Kenwood at the Falcon Classic at Fort Campbell, which also has the host Falcons meeting Carlisle County and Sycamore, TN.
Caldwell County meets Moore County, TN and Watertown, TN at the Marshall Classic at Marshall County. The host Marshals play Hancock County, who also plays Murray. Murray also takes on Webster County.
Union County plays Scott County and Castle, IN at the Mojo Classic at Henderson County, with the host Colonels meeting St. X.
High School Softball-Friday’s scores: Paducah Tilghman defeated University Heights 6-2, Lyon County edged Dawson Springs 2-1, Hopkins Central shutout Webster County 8-0,
Today’s games: Christian County travels to Livingston Central, Russellville hosts Clinton County for a doubleheader.
High School Basketball: Kentucky’s Mr. and Miss Basketball were announced during a ceremony in Louisville Friday evening. Madison Central’s Dominque Hawkins was named Mr. Basketball, while Marion County’s Makayla Epps was selected Miss Basketball. Both will wear the number 1 jerseys for the Kentucky All Stars when they play the Indiana All Stars in June.
Hawkins and Epps also both won MVP awards in their respective state tournaments, and were named Kentucky’s Gatorade Players of the Year
College Football: Kentucky had its first scrimmage of spring practice Friday, with the team getting in over 140 plays. Coach Mark Stoops said he was pleased with both the offense and defense as far as alignments, assignments and tempo, but noted the team needed more playmakers.
Stoops also confirmed defensive lineman Donte Rumph, who injured his shoulder in practice Monday, had surgery Friday. Rumph is expected to return to the field in time for fall camp.
Western Kentucky will wear a new helmet when they take the field for the 2013 season. New coach Bobby Petrino unveiled the chrome, reflective helmet with red trim during a Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday morning. The Hilltoppers have their first spring game under Petrino April 20th and open the season August 31st against Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville.
College Baseball/Softball: Baseball action saw Austin Peay clinch its 6th consecutive Ohio Valley Conference series with a 10-3 win over Murray State Friday. The two teams conclude the series in Murray this afternoon.
Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns in 11 innings 10-9, with game two of the series today in Bowling Green.
Softball action saw Murray State lost 1-0 at Eastern Illinois, with the teams playing a doubleheader this afternoon. Austin Peay lost a pair of OVC games at UT Martin 8-5 and 4-3, with the series finale this afternoon.
Major League Baseball: Detroit Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander is set to be the highest paid pitcher in baseball. Verlander and the team have agreed to a five-year contract extension which runs through 2019 and includes a vesting option for 2020. Multiple outlets report the pact will pay him 180-million-dollars over the next seven seasons and the vesting option could push the deal to 202-million-dollars.
Verlander went 17-and-8 with a 2.64 ERA last season. The 30-year-old is 124-and-65 with a 3.40 ERA in eight big league seasons, all with Detroit.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will be in the City By The Bay through at least 2021. Posey has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with an option for 2022. He had already signed a one-year pact for 2013. ESPN reports the deal is worth $167 million for nine years. Posey hit .336 with 24 home runs and 103 RBI in 148 games last season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are rewarding first baseman Paul Goldschmidt with a five-year contract extension. Multiple outlets report the deal is worth 32-million-dollars with a club option for a sixth season at 14.5-million-dollars. The 25-year-old hit .286 with 20 homers, 43 doubles and 82 RBI in 145 games last season, his first full year in the big leagues.
NFL: The Dallas Cowboys have given quarterback Tony Romo a long term contract extension. ESPN reports it’s a six year deal worth $108 million, making him the highest paid player in franchise history. Romo is the Cowboys all time leader in touchdown passes with 174 and has the franchise’s single season records for yards and touchdowns.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look to get back on the winning ways this afternoon as they open a brief two game road trip at the Columbus Blue Jackets. First puck drops just after 2 pm.
PGA Tour: Monday qualifier Steve Wheatstone has a one shot lead heading into the third round of the Shell Houston Open. Wheatstone fired a five under par 67 Friday for a two day total of 10 under 134. First round leader DA Points and Jason Kokrak are at nine under, with Stewart Cink and Brian Davis three shots off the lead.
Danville native Josh Teater had a five under 67 and is at three under par, while Nashville native Brandt Snedeker missed the cut at one over par.
Rory McIlroy announced Friday he will play in next week’s Valero Texas Open, the final tune up before the first major of the year, The Masters in two weeks.