Multiple reports from Lexington say three University of Kentucky football players have been charged with marijuana possession. UK police chief Joe Monroe says running back Raymond Sanders, cornerback Marcus Caffey and wide receiver Bookie Cobbins were all charged Thursday night. Coach Joker Phillips says the three will remain on the team. Sanders and Cobbins are eligible to play at Florida this Saturday, with Caffey ruled academically ineligible before the start of the season.
Coach Phillips will talk more about this story on his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Southeastern Conference announced today Kentucky's September 29th home game with South Carolina will be played at 6 pm Hopkinsville time. It will be a nationally televised game on one of the ESPN networks.
Two regional college basketball programs have picked up commitments for the 2013 class. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Louisville has picked up a commitment from 5-11 junior college point guard Chris Jones who had originally signed with Tennessee. Jones currently plays at Northwest Florida Junior College.
Various reports out of Knoxville indicate Tennessee has gotten a 2013 commitment from 6-5 shooting guard Robert Hubbs of Newburn, Tennessee. Hubbs is ranked 12th nationally by Rivals.com.
The soap opera involving Texas Tech and former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie continues. The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports they received a text message from an unknown source Sunday night saying Gillispie must live in a stress free environment for 30 days.
Gillispie is being treated at the Mayo Clinic for abnormal headaches and kidney problems. Gillispie is being investigated by university officials after players claimed he mistreated them.
It appears no formal talks are planned to end the National Hockey League strike. The players were locked out late Saturday night after not being able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.
Some media reports indicate the league could announce cancellation of pre season games sometime this week and opening night October 11th is also in peril. It’s the NHL’s fourth shutdown since 1992 including a year long dispute which forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season.
Sunday’s High School scoreboard
Boys Soccer: Hopkinsville won the championship of the Boots and Butts Classic at the Stadium of Champions, defeating sixth ranked Tates Creek 4-1. Barren County defeated Christian County 3-2 in a game decided on penalty kicks.
Volleyball: University Heights welcomes Union County, Fort Campbell goes to Webster County, Russellville at Warren East, Trigg County at Ballard Memorial, Hopkins Central entertains Henderson County, Madisonville welcomes Muhlenberg County.
Boys Soccer: University Heights at Trigg County, Christian County hosts Fort Campbell, Logan County hosts Lyon County, Dawson Springs at Muhlenberg County, Henderson County hosts Union County.
Girls Soccer: Christian County hosts Fort Campbell, Todd Central welcomes Muhlenberg County, Caldwell County hosts Hopkins Central, Henderson County at Union County, Calloway County at Murray.
High School Football: The weekly Cantrall rankings have been released in today’s Lexington Herald Leader. Highlands remains first, Bowling Green second, Warren Central is seventh, Mayfield 10th, Henderson County 13th, Christian County is 19th this week.
District play begins for Christian County and Hopkinsville Friday night as the two teams meet each other Friday night at the Stadium of Champions. Kickoff at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 for the Christian County version while the Hopkinsville version airs on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
College Football: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7, while Big Blue Weekly airs at 6. After losing to in state rival Western Kentucky 32-31 in overtime Saturday, the Wildcats open SEC play at Florida this Saturday, with pre game coverage at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Speaking of the Hilltoppers, they face Southern Missisippi Saturday night in Bowling Green.
Two Murray State players have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference for their play in the Racers 28-23 win over Missouri State. Brandon Wicks has been named the OVC defensive player of the week. Wicks had 10 tackles and an interception which ended the game.
Jamal Berry was named the Newcomer of the Week. The former Ohio State running back had eight carries for 41 yards and caught four passes for 44 yards including the game winning touchdown.
Alabama and LSU are back as 1-2 in the major college football polls this week. Louisville dropped a spot to number 20 in the Associated Press poll after barely defeating North Carolina. The Cards are 18th in the USA Today Coaches poll, with Western Kentucky receiving three votes this week.
NFL: Philip Rivers passed for 284 yards, three scores and an interception as the San Diego Chargers toppled the TennesseeTitans, 38-10. Jake Locker threw for 174 yards, a TD and an interception for Tennessee, which dropped to 0-and-2. Chris Johnson ran for 17 yards on eight carries in defeat. The Titans host the Detroit Lions at noon next Sunday at LP Field.
Monday Night Football tonight has the Denver Broncos in Atlanta to meet the Falcons. Coverage begins at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
ESPN reports Notre Dame has not started discussions with the Big East yet on its departure for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Big East commissioner Mike Aresco says Notre Dame is required to stay in the Big East two more seasons, but if they want to negotiate to leave early, they may make the request. Notre Dame announced earlier this week its intentions to go to the ACC in all sports except football.
Kentucky’s Morgan Newton says he’ll do what he can to help the Wildcats reach a sixth bowl game. Newton, who began his career at quarterback, is playing the H-Back position in order to get playing time after being beaten out by Maxwell Smith to be the starting signal caller. Newton and the Wildcats host instate rival Western Kentucky tomorrow night at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Arkansas News.com reports Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson’s availability for tomorrow’s game with top ranked Alabama remains up in the air. Coach John L. Smith said Wilson did not practice Thursday after working out Wednesday. Wilson was hit in the head and knocked out of last Saturday’s loss to Louisiana Monroe. You can hear the Arkansas-Alabama game at 2 Saturday on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Tennessee Titans are preparing for Sunday’s game with San Diego as if middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will not play. McCarthy is battling an ankle sprain suffered I the first half of last Sunday’s loss to New England. Will Witherspoon is expected to move to McCarthy’s position.
Former Christian County Colonel football standout Keith Tandy is listed as third on the depth chart at free safety as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet the NY Giants Sunday. You can hear the game at 11:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. The Sunday night game features Detroit at San Francisco, with the broadcast beginning at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football
Christian County and Hopkinsville play final non district tune ups this evening. The Colonels put their 3-1 mark on the line at Fort Campbell who is also 3-1 on the season. Kickoff from Fryar Stadium at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 and worldwide at lite987whop.com.
The Hopkinsville Tigers seek win one of the season as they meet Class 4A’s Allen County Scottsville who comes in with a 1-3 record. Kickoff from the Stadium of Champions at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Elsewhere this evening: Caldwell County goes to Franklin Simpson, Todd Central welcomes Russellville, Logan County entertains Greenwood, Madisonville at Union County, Webster County entertains Ohio County, Lone Oak hosts Reidland in the final meeting between the two schools.
Calloway County goes to Marshall County, Murray at Heath, Graves County entertains Mayfield, Henderson County travels to Apollo, Paducah Tilghman at Crittenden County, Bowling Green goes to Owensboro, Warren Central hosts Barren County, Warren East hosts Metcalfe County, South Warren at Edmonson County.
Thursday’s High School Sports Results
Golf: University Heights defeated Fort Campbell and Hopkinsville’s “B” team in a Thursday afternoon match at Western Hills. UHA had 158, Hopkinsville 174 and Fort Campbell 256. Tadd Switzer of UHA was medalist with 37, followed by teammate Dalton Putty with 38. Grant Stamper and Chandler Campbell led Hopkinsville, with each scoring 43.
In girls’ action, UHA defeated Fort Campbell 87-124. Anna Moore of UHA was medalist with 35.
Girls Soccer: Hopkinsville shut out Caldwell County 10-0, University Heights over Todd Central 8-2, Christian County edged Webster County 2-1,Trigg County edged Dawson Springs 3-2, Madisonville over Apollo 10-0.
Boys Soccer: Hopkinsville shut out Murray 5-0, University Heights edged Owensboro Catholic 3-2, Trigg County drilled Dawson Springs 10-0, Fort Campbell was a 10-0 winner over Lyon County, Franklin Simpson over Todd Central 2-0, Union County and Hopkins Central tied at 1.
Volleyball: University Heights defeated Fort Campbell 3-0, Bowling Green over Christian County 3-0, Caldwell County defeated Hopkinsville 2-0, Franklin Simpson over Todd Central 2-0, Hickman County got by Trigg County 2-1, Madisonville over Ohio County 2-1.
College Football: It’s a big game for both Western Kentucky and Kentucky as the teams square off tomorrow night in Lexington. The Hilltoppers and Wildcats are both 1-1 on the season, with kickoff at 6 pm Hopkinsville time, with Countdown to Kickoff on the air at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere: Louisville entertains North Carolina, Tennessee welcomes Florida, Vanderbilt hosts Presbyterian. In the Ohio Valley Conference: Austin Peay opens conference play at Tennessee State, with Murray State going to Missouri State.
A big game in the SEC tomorrow has top ranked Alabama at Arkansas, with coverage at 2 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
College Basketball: Austin Peay assistant women’s coach Jessica Grayson is leaving the program after two years to become the new girls basketball coach at Clarksville Academy. Ironically, Grayson replaces Jerome Jackson, who left that job Wednesday to become an assistant in the Lady Governors program.
The Christian County Colonels and Hopkinsville Tigers are making final preparations today for their Friday night football games. The Colonels travel to Fort Campbell in a game you can hear with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7, while the Tigers host Allen County Scottsville at the Stadium of Champions at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips says running back CoShik Williams will be the starter when the Wildcats host Western Kentucky Saturday evening. Williams missed last week’s win over Kent State due to injury.
Meanwhile, Phillips said following Wednesday’s practice the Wildcats need to create more turnovers defensively. Through two games, the Wildcats have forced only one turnover. Coverage of Saturday’s game which kicks off at 6 pm Hopkinsville time, airs at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
The University of Connecticut has an afternoon news conference scheduled to reportedly announce the retirement of men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun has won three national championships in his 26 seasons as coach of the Huskies. Current assistant Kevin Ollie is expected to be named as Calhoun’s successor.
The Green Bay Packers will likely be without wide receiver Greg Jennings when they face the Chicago Bears this evening. Jennings has not practiced all week following a groin injury in last Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. You can hear tonight’s game beginning at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Representatives of the National Hockey League and its Players Association are nowhere near having a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides met for three hours Wednesday with no progress reported. The current CBA expires Saturday, with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman saying if a deal is not reached by midnight Saturday, players will be locked out.
Major League Baseball action has St. Louis opening a series in Los Angeles this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods have announced their 2013 season schedule. The single A Midwest League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays will open the season at South Bend April 4 and open the home portion of the season against Lansing April 8.