High School Football: South Warren is searching for a new coach. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Tuesday Mark Nelson is leaving the program. Nelson has been the Spartans coach since the program’s inception in 2010.
He was 24-13 in three seasons including an 11-2 record in the 2013 season which saw the Spartans lose to Paducah Tilghman 8-7 in the third round of the Class 3-A playoffs. Nelson also spent nine seasons as Greenwood coach before coming to South Warren.
High School Basketball: The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced pairings for the KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 and Girls Sweet 16 will be announced February 3rd in Lexington. The girls tournament will be March 12-16 at EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, while the boys tournament will be March 19-23 at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening include 4th ranked Michigan State at Northwestern, 8th ranked Oklahoma State hosts TCU, 11th rated San Diego State hosts Fresno State, 13th ranked Baylor is at Texas Tech and 15th ranked UMass is at George Mason.
College Football: 247 Sports reports St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is scheduled to interview today for the head coaching vacancy at Vanderbilt University.
Meanwhile, CBS Sports.com reports Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason are schedule to interview with Vanderbilt officials Thursday.
NFL: ESPN reports Green Bay Packers inside linebackers/assistant head coach Winston Moss is a strong candidate to become the Tennessee Titans new defensive coordinator.
ESPN also reports Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will become the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Negotiations are in progress.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says the Browns are being patient in regards to hiring a new coach. In an online letter to season ticket holders today, Haslam said the Browns plan to interview all candidates on their list before making a hire. The Browns were first to fire their coach, letting 1st year leader Rob Chudzinski go the day after the regular season ended last month.
MLB: The Cincinnati Enquirer reports six members of the Cincinnati Reds filed for arbitration Tuesday. Among them were pitchers Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and reliever Sam LeCure. The two sides will exchange offers by Friday, and each side will have until an arbitration date to avoid arbitration.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post Dispatch says Cardinals outfielder was among three players to file for arbitration Tuesday.
Multiple reports indicate the Los Angeles Dodgers want their ace Clayton Kershaw signed to a long term contract by Friday. The National League Cy Young award winner was one of 146 players who filed for arbitration Tuesday.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com. Todd will originate the show from Toyota of Hopkinsville and visit with Links at Novadell director of golf Barry Payne about the new Academy at Novadell and with University Heights girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
High School Basketball
Boys: Third ranked Hopkinsville outscored Henderson County 27-15 in the 4th quarter to take a 71-59 win last night in Henderson. The Tigers had five players in double figures led by Dee Henry’s 18 points. Hopkinsville improved to 14-2 on the season, while Henderson County fell to 8-5.
Other games saw University Heights defeat Hopkins Central 74-60, Ensworth over Christian County 73-55, Calloway County over Trigg County 68-58, Russellville got by Greenwood 53-46, Logan County had to go to double overtime to slide by Allen County Scottsville 83-80, Warren Central over Glasgow 71-54, South Warren slid by Edmonson County 50-45, Warren East nipped Barren County in overtime 52-51, Butler County edged Franklin Simpson 59-58.
Muhlenberg County nipped McLean County 43-41, Webster County got by Crittenden County 58-53, Union County over Livingston Central 68-41, St. Mary rolled Community Christian 68-29, Marshall County defeated Paducah Tilghman 48-37, Hickman County over Murray 67-57, Cape Girardeau Central nipped McCracken County 52-50, Graves County over Cairo, IL 88-76.
Girls: Hopkinsville over Caldwell County 55-48, Christian County defeated Daviess County 48-40, Todd Central over Owensboro 41-37, Allen County Scottsville over Logan County 71-44, Greenwood over Russellville 58-47, Barren County over Warren East 68-60, South Warren rolled Hart County 70-49.
Muhlenberg County wins over McLean County 57-51, Union County defeated Livingston Central 42-31, Henderson County over Webster County 62-47, Ballard Memorial had to go to overtime to beat Mayfield 66-55, Marshall County over Paducah Tilghman 52-44, McCracken County got by Lyon County 62-54, Graves County rolled Cairo, IL 74-38.
College Basketball: Michael Qualls two hand thundering dunk with two-tenths of a second left gave Arkansas an 87-85 overtime win over Kentucky last night in Fayetteville. James Young led the 13th ranked Wildcats with 23 points, Julius Randle pitched in 20 and Aaron Harrison added 16 for Kentucky, now 12-4 overall and 2-1 in SEC play. Kentucky returns to action Saturday hosting Tennessee, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
A reminder coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Coach Matthew Mitchell has his call in show at 7, followed by the Cats Pause call in show at 7:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Tonight’s games: Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU travel to Ole Miss and Tennessee meets Auburn. Women's action has Western Kentucky hosting Arkansas Little Rock and 5th ranked Louisville meets Central Florida.
College Football: Louisville coach Bobby Petrino announced the hiring of Chris Klenakis as his offensive line coach Tuesday. Klenakis comes to Louisville from Iowa State, but worked with coach Petrino before for three seasons at Arkansas.
NFL: Ken Wisenhunt says feeling comfortable with an organization is why he accepted the head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans.
Wisenhunt was introduced as the 17th head coach of the Titans franchise Tuesday. Wisenhunt spent six seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, leading them to one Super Bowl appearance and most recently was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers.
NHL: The Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 last night, with four different players scoring goals including Ryan Ellis who had a goal and an assist.
College Basketball: Top 25 action this evening includes third ranked Wisconsin at Indiana, 5th ranked Wichita State hosts Bradley, 7th ranked Florida welcomes Georgia, 19th ranked Creighton hosts Butler, 21st ranked Pittsburgh is at Georgia Tech and 23rd ranked Cincinnati hosts Temple.
ESPN’s Dick Vitale tells WDRB-Louisville he would be willing to mediate a situation which perturbs him, the absence of Kentucky playing Indiana in basketball. Vitale, who has worked a number of the games between the rivals, says egos need to be set aside and the series resumed. Vitale also says Indiana should play Louisville each year. Those two schools will play in the Jimmy V Classic next year in New York.
College Football: Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has announced another hire for his coaching staff. Petrino is reuniting with Chris Klenakis who has been named the Cardinals offensive line coach. Klenakis worked with Petrino before when the two were at Arkansas. Klenakis worked this past season as the offensive line coach at Iowa State.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have a news conference scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon to introduce new head coach Ken Wisenhunt. Wisenhunt comes to Nashville from the San Diego Chargers, where he has served as offensive coordinator. Wisenhunt interestingly enough began his coaching career in the Music City, serving as an assistant at Vanderbilt in the late 1990’s.
The Denver Broncos will play the AFC title game on Sunday against New England without a major contributor to their defense, as cornerback Chris Harris has a torn ACL. Harris was hurt in the third quarter of this past Sunday's game against San Diego and an MRI exam revealed the severity of the injury. The 24- year-old Harris had 65 tackles, 13 passes defensed and three interceptions during the regular season.
High School Basketball-Monday’s scores
Boys: Lyon County defeated Fort Campbell 57-43, Todd Central got by South Warren 50-45, Hopkins Central rolled over Dawson Springs 74-25, Madisonville nipped Caldwell County 49-48, Graves County over Hickman County 65-41.
Girls: South Warren over Todd Central 52-27, Logan County edged Butler County 36-35, Crittenden County doubled up Trigg County 66-33, Greenwood over Russell County 68-47 and Madisonville over Ohio County 68-57.
Boys: Hopkinsville travels to Henderson County as the top two teams in the 2nd region meet at Colonel Gym. Tip off is at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games include Christian County hosting Ensworth, University Heights welcomes Hopkins Central, Trigg County hosts Calloway County, Warren Central at Glasgow, South Warren goes to Edmonson County, Murray travels to Hickman County, Union County welcomes Livingston Central, Graves County hosts Cairo, IL, Crittenden County entertains Webster County.
Girls: Hopkinsville travels to Caldwell County, Christian County is at Daviess County, Todd Central hosts Owensboro, Dawson Springs entertains Crittenden County, South Warren hosts Hart County, Webster County welcomes Henderson County, Lyon County goes to McCracken County, Mayfield at Ballard Memorial.
Boy-Girl Doubleheaders: Logan County entertains Allen County Scottsville, Russellville hosts Greenwood, Warren East entertains Barren County, Muhlenberg County hosts McLean County, Union County welcomes Livingston Central, Graves County hosts Cairo, IL, Graves County hosts Cairo, IL, Paducah Tilghman entertains Marshall County.
High School Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reported Monday the man who built Boyle County into a football power is returning to coach in the high school ranks. Chuck Smith was introduced as the new coach at Madison Central.
Smith led Boyle County to five consecutive state titles from 1999-2003 and a state runner up crown in 2004 before joining Rich Brooks’ staff at the University of Kentucky in 2005. He was at UK until Joker Phillips left in 2012.
College Basketball: Women’s Ohio Valley Conference action saw Belmont overcome an 11 point first half deficit and defeat Murray State 67-57.
Austin Peay got its first OVC win of the season at Morehead State 83-75.
Tonight’s games: 13th ranked Kentucky has a Southeastern Conference road game at Arkansas, with Coach John Calipari using a remark made by a Vanderbilt player following Saturday’s game as motivation.
The Lexington Herald Leader says Commodores guard Kyle Fuller said the Wildcats weren’t much better than them. Calipari says the remark was “disrespectful”. Pre game coverage at 6:30 this evening on Lite 98.7.
For the second consecutive week, two Murray State men’s players have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference. Jarvis Williams was again named the Newcomer of the Week, while Cameron Payne was named Freshman of the Week.
Williams had 19 points and 11 rebounds at Eastern Kentucky and came back with a 14 point performance against Austin Peay. Payne had 19 points in the win at EKU and 15 against Austin Peay.
College Football: Louisville’s new offensive coordinator met with the media Monday. Garrick McGee left the head coaching position at Alabama-Birmingham to join Bobby Petrino’s staff. McGee says his job is to coordinate an offense for one of the best play callers ever in Petrino.
He added he gave up the UAB job because he believes he can help win a national championship with the Cardinals. McGee has worked with Petrino before, serving two years as an assistant at Arkansas.
Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams left Nashville late Monday afternoon. He told reporters when he returned he hoped to have a replacement for Coach James Franklin. Williams did not specify where or whom he would be interviewing.
Meanwhile, a report from CBS Sports.com indicates Vanderbilt wishes to interview Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason about the open position. Mason has been at Stanford since 2010.
The University of Tennessee announced Monday they would begin spring practice March 7th and hold the Orange-White game on April 12th. No time for the game has been announced.
The Vols will begin their second season this spring under coach Butch Jones. Tennessee went 5-7 last season, marking the fourth consecutive losing season for the school.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have found their new head coach. San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt is scheduled to be in Nashville for a news conference today.
Wisenhunt has prior head coaching experience, going 45-51 in six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Wisenhunt led Arizona to a Super Bowl 43 appearance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in which the Cardinals lost.
NHL: The Nashville Predators-who have lost six of their last seven games-are back in action this evening against the Calgary Flames. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
College Basketball: Three games involving Top 25 teams are on the schedule this evening. Second ranked Syracuse goes to Boston College, 7th ranked Iowa State hosts 20th ranked Kansas and 13th ranked Duke entertains Virginia.
College Football: The Austin American Statesman reports former Kentucky head coach and current Florida assistant Joker Phillips is one of three finalists to become offensive coordinator for new coach Charlie Strong at the University of Texas.
Meanwhile, Footballscoop.com reports former Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was introduced as the new Longhorns quarterbacks coach last night.
Multiple reports indicate former Penn State quarterback Tyler Ferguson is transferring to Louisville. Ferguson announced his intentions to leave the Nittany Lions at the end of the 2013 season and had planned to transfer to Western Kentucky to join coach Bobby Petrino.
However, that changed when Petrino left for Louisville last week. Ferguson will sit out the upcoming season and have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2015 season.
CBS Sports.com reports Vanderbilt plans to interview Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason this week about its head coaching vacancy. Mason has been with Stanford since 2010 and the Cardinal defense was the third ranked defense in the nation in the 2013 season.
NFL: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak is interviewing today for the Cleveland Browns opening. The Browns along with the Titans are both still searching for new coaches.
MLB: A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez says the suspended Yankees star passed a drug test just 24-hours after the key witness against him claims A-Rod doped. Joe Tacopina says Anthony Bosch of the now defunct Biogenesis clinic in Florida has no credibility because Major League Baseball paid him to testify against A-Rod. Tacopina says Bosch's claims that he injected A-Rod with performance-enhancing drugs in October 2012 before games three and four of the Yankees playoff series in Detroit are outright lies.