There won’t be a basketball game between Kentucky and Murray State next season. Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio said on his talk show Wednesday that Kentucky’s John Calipari was interested in playing a game at Rupp Arena.
However, WPSD contacted Racers coach Steve Prohm who said Kentucky had not reached out to schedule a game and even went further to say there was nothing true to the rumor because the Racers are almost done with their scheduled for next season.
Elsewhere from Racer basketball, freshmen Jaylen Bland and Harley Nussman will be leaving the program. Both saw limited action last season.
Kentucky Sports Radio.com reports Kentucky and Indiana will not play each other in basketball next season. The teams have played since 1969. Indiana coach Tom Crean wanted the game to continue to be played in Bloomington and at Rupp Arena, while Kentucky's John Calipari wanted the games at neutral sites. Neither side was willing to compromise.
CBS Sports.com reports Wright State guard Julius Mays is transferring for his senior year and is considering Kentucky. Others on the list include Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State and Cincinnati. Wright averaged 14 points per game last season and would be eligible immediately. Mays played two seasons for North Carolina State before going to Wright State.
University of Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell has received a new contract. UK has announced Mitchell will be paid a minimum of $7.9 million dollars over the next seven years, making him the highest paid women's coach in the Southeastern Conference.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Western Kentucky basketball coach Ray Harper has landed two more recruits, including one from overseas. Six-nine center Alexsej Rostovos from Latavia and the Canarias Basketball Academy committed today, while Louisville Eastern guard Percy Blade announced Wednesday he will come to the Hill as a preferred walkon and has signed an academic scholarship.
Murray State senior quarterback Casey Brockman has been named to the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Watch List. Brockman enters his final season poised to become the school’s all time passing leader in several categories.
Last season, Brockman set a single season record for attempts and completions. Brockman was named third team All American by the Sports Network and Associated Press and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. The Racers open the 2012 season September 1st at Florida State.
From the PGA Tour, Masters champion Bubba Watson says he will not play in next week's Players Championship. In making the announcement via Twitter, Watson says he wants to spend more time with his family and says he is taking the next month away from golf.
Major League Baseball this afternoon includes Philadelphia at Atlanta, Chicago at Cincinnati and St. Louis hosts Pittsburgh.
Two games in the NBA playoffs tonight as Miami is at New York and Oklahoma City is at Dallas.
There’s also two games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight as Philadelphia is at New Jersey and St. Louis at Los Angeles.
High School Baseball: Heritage Christian Academy meets Majesty this afternoon at Warrior Field. First pitch at 4:30, with pre game coverage at 4:20 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Elsewhere: Hopkinsville travels to Trigg County, Christian County hosts Barren County, University Heights travels to Marshall County, Fort Campbell plays a doubleheader at Dawson Springs, Russellville entertains Whitesville Trinity, Caldwell County hosts Muhlenberg County, Hopkins Central at Madisonville, Henderson County entertains Union County.
High School Softball: Christian County travels to Madisonville, Hopkinsville goes to Hopkins Central, Logan County welcomes Muhlenberg County, Todd Central at Trigg County, Russellville hosts Metcalfe County, Dawson Springs at Union County, Caldwell County at Lyon County.
Christian County is tied for 5th in this week’s Kentucky Softball Coaches Association Top 25 poll which has Allen County Scottsville number one again this week. Greenwood is 7th, Owensboro Catholic 10th, Bowling Green 13th, Reidland 16th, Livingston Central 17th, Heath 18th and Hopkins Central 25th.
College Basketball: Austin Peay assistant men’s coach Scott Combs has resigned to become the head coach at Martin Methodist. This is the first head coaching job for Combs, who has been on the Governors staff since 2000.
Murray State has added a women’s basketball recruit. Six-four center Netanya Jackson from Murfreesboro, TN will join the Lady Racers this fall after spending the last two seasons at Barton County Community College. Jackson averaged 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks last season.
Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper has added an assistant to his staff. The Bowling Green Daily News reports Phil Cunningham is coming to the Hill from Mississippi State. Cunningham had been at Mississippi State for the last 12 seasons.
The Hilltoppers also landed a recruit on Wednesday. Six-five forward Eddie Alacantara from Chicago committed to play for Western next season. Alacantara averaged 21 points and nine rebounds a game for Hales Franciscan last season.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports new Tennessee Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick has completed hiring her coaching staff. Warlick’s final hire was Jolette Law, who comes to Tennessee from the University of Illinois, where she had spent five seasons as head coach before being fired in March.
College Baseball: Glasgow High pitcher and center fielder Parker Cash has signed to play baseball for Western Kentucky, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.
The Sun Belt Conference has added another league member. Texas State will be joining the league according to multiple internet reports, which also state Florida International and North Texas will be leaving the league to join Conference USA. CBS Sports.com reports that announcement could come as early as Friday.
Horse Racing: Bodemeister was installed as the early 4-1 favorite for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The Bob Baffert trained horse will go out of the number six slot. Union Rags will go out of the number four post and is listed as second choice on the morning line at 4-1 and Wood Memorial winner Gemologist was third choice at 6-1 and will go out of the number 15 post.
Hopkinsville native Larry Jones will have one horse in the Kentucky Oaks tomorrow at Churchill Downs. The fillie Believe You Can will run out of the nine post.
NHL: Despite being down two players, the Nashville Predators got a 2-0 win over Phoenix in game three of their Western Conference semifinal series last night at Bridgestone Arena.
Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots as the Predators got goals from David Legwand and Mike Fisher. The Coyotes still lead the series 2-1, with game four tomorrow night in Nashville at 6:30. You can hear the game on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods won the first of a three game set over South Bend 9-3, with game two of the series this evening.
The Nashville Sounds had to go to 11 innings to beat Omaha 5-4, with the series finale this evening.
PGA Tour: Kentuckians Steve Flesch and JB Holmes are in the field for the star studded Wells Fargo Championship which begins today in Charlotte, NC.
Western Kentucky University has announced the start times for its home football games in the 2012 season. The Hilltoppers will meet Austin Peay September 1st at 6 pm, along with Southern Mississippi at 6 pm on September 22nd.
Western will celebrate homecoming against Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns on October 20th at 3pm, then host Middle Tennessee on November 1st at 6pm. The Thursday evening game will be televised by ESPNU. The Hilltoppers will host Florida Atlantic at 3 pm November 10th and North Texas November 24th at noon.
CBS Sports.com reports two current Sun Belt members will be among six schools that are reportedly set to join Conference USA. Florida International and North Texas are among the schools reportedly joining CUSA along with former Sun Belt members Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and Charlotte. Texas San Antonio is also reportedly joining CUSA beginning in 2013.
The new additions would give the league 14 members, all of which play football except for Charlotte, who plans to start its football program in 2013. Sources say the formal announcement could come as early as Friday.
ESPN reports Butler University will be leaving the Horizon Conference to join the Atlantic 10 beginning in 2013-14. Butler would replace Temple who is heading to the Big East Conference. Butler was the national runner up in college basketball in 2010 and 2011.
College Basketball: CBS Sports.com reports Xavier transfer Mark Lyons has made two visits to Kentucky in as many days. Lyons has Kentucky on his short list of schools where he would like to transfer along with Kansas and Arizona. Lyons left the Xavier program after a falling out with Coach Chris Mack. Lyons would have one year of eligibility remaining.
Renaldo Wooldridge, set to graduate from the University of Tennessee in May, is planning to play one last season for Southern California next year. CBS Sports.com reports Wooldridge has a year of eligibility remaining after being limited to eight games because of an ankle sprain during his junior year.
MLB: The St. Louis Cardinals will retire the number 10 worn by former manager Tony LaRussa later this month. The ceremony will take place before a game with the Atlanta Braves May 11th. LaRussa retired after leading the Cardinals to their second World Series title last year. He left baseball third all time in managerial victories. LaRussa’s number will be the 12th retired by the Cardinals.
Games tonight include St. Louis hosting Pittsburgh, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta entertains Philadephia.
NBA: Three games on the playoff schedule this evening. Indiana is at Orlando with the series tied a game apiece. Out west, Utah is at San Antonio, where the Spurs lead 1 game to none and the Memphis Grizzlies host the LA Clippers down 1-0 in the series.
NHL: Two games tonight including Nashville hosting Phoenix trailing 2-0, with the game at 8 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Also the New York Rangers are at Washington with the series tied at a game each.
PGA Tour: Gary Woodland will miss this week’s Wells Fargo championship which begins tomorrow as he continues to recover from a wrist injury. Woodland suffered the injury during the third round of the Masters. Woodland says he plans to return next week for the Players Championship. Russell Knox will replace Woodland in this week’s field.
High School Softball: Christian County scored in every inning and thanks to stellar pitching by Jasmine Matchen and Lauren Hobson, defeated Hopkinsville 13-0 in five innings.
Matchen and Hobson combined to throw a no hitter and allowed only two Hopkinsville base runners, one on a walk and the other on an error. Christian County is now 15-2/4-0 in district play while Hopkinsville falls to 5-10/2-4 in district play.
Elsewhere: Paducah Tilghman defeated University Heights 7-4, Trigg County split a pair of games defeating Fort Campbell 15-5 and losing to Crittenden County 8-5, Todd Central defeated Russellville 8-2, Madisonville over Hopkins Central 5-1, Webster County over Dawson Springs 14-5 and Union County slid by Henderson County 4-3.
High School Baseball: Muhlenberg County scores six times in its last two at bats in defeating Christian County 8-6, Northwest over Fort Campbell 12-1, Trigg County over Murray 10-3, Union County run rules Hopkins Central 18-0 in 5 innings, Crittenden County rolls over Lyon County 12-2 in 5 innings and Webster County defeats McLean County 6-4.
High School Basketball: Hopkinsville will begin the search for a new girls basketball coach. Tonya Wells announced her resignation earlier this week, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.
Wells has been the head coach since 2005 and in seven seasons had a record of 123-76. Hopkinsville finished 32-5 this past season in winning its first 2nd region championship and made it to the quarterfinals of the Girls Sweet 16.
High School Soccer: Heritage Christian Academy player Joe Alvarado became the first player from the school to sign a scholarship Tuesday. The Kentucky New Era reports Alvarado signed to play for Lindsey Wilson College.
Former Christian County softball player Casey Castille has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week. The freshman outfielder hit .600 in seven games for Murray State last week, including hitting three home runs, driving in nine runs and scoring eight times.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s national championship basketball team is headed to Washington. The Wildcats will meet with President Barack Obama Friday afternoon at the White House. The ceremony will recognize the school’s eighth national championship.
Horse racing: Grace Hall was installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for a field of 14 fillies for the 138th Kentucky Oaks, which will run Friday at Churchill Downs.
Hopkinsville native Larry Jones says Mark Valenski will not run in the Kentucky Derby Saturday. Jones told the Courier Journal Tuesday he did not feel like the horse was training to win the Run for the Roses.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans will face four teams in New England, San Diego, Detroit and Houston who all made the playoffs last season in the first four weeks of the 2012 season. During the Titans Caravan stop here earlier this week, three time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said the Titans were up to the task.
Also, after last season’s lockout and distractions without running back Chris Johnson in camp, offensive lineman Michael Roos said it’s been nice to have a normal off season this year.
The Tennessean reports the Titans bolstered their linebacking corps on Tuesday by signing Zac Diles to a contract. Diles split time last season between Tampa Bay and Indianapolis. Also, the Titans added a fullback, signing Collin Mooney, who last played for Army in 2008.
NHL: When the Nashville Predators take the ice this evening against Phoenix at Bridgestone Arena, they will do so without Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov, who were suspended for tonight’s game for violation of team rules. The Predators trail in the series 2-0. Coverage of the game begins at 8 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds win their third straight game, beating Omaha 8-5. The Sounds and Storm Chasers play a matinee at noon today at Greer Stadium.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods open a three game series this evening at South Bend.
The Courier Journal reports the national champion Kentucky Wildcats basketball team is headed to Washington, DC. The Wildcats will be recognized for their national championshp season at the White House Friday afternoon and have a chance to meet President Barack Obama. Coach John Calipari says he is excited for his players to have a chance to meet the President.
Henderson County High School has organized a selection committee in its search for a new boys basketball coach. The Henderson Gleaner reports the committee has its first meeting today. There is also an online survey that asks the public what qualities it would like to see in a new coach.
Henderson County is seeking a replacement for Mark Starns whose contract was not renewed after five seasons. The school is hoping to begin interviews May 7th, with a new coach to hopefully be in place by May 21st.
The Georgetown News-Graphic reported Monday Georgetown College’s board of trustees has voted unanimously to apply to become a member of NCAA Division Two. Georgetown has been a long time member of NAIA in all sports and recently toyed with the idea of going Division Three before voting against the move. Application is to be made by June 1st to the NCAA with a decision to be made by July 15th.
Hopkinsville native Larry Jones says his horse Mark Valeski will not run in the Kentucky Derby Saturday. Jones tells the Courier Journal he felt the horse was not training like he was ready to win the Run for the Roses. It was also announced Optimizer, trained by D Wayne Lukas will run on Saturday.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports the Godaddy.com Bowl, the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid American conference have agreed the bowl game will continue to match a team from the Sun Belt and the MAC through the 2017 season. The contract was to have expired following the 2013 game. The game will be played January 6th in Mobile, Alabama.
Major League Baseball: There’s a full slate of game in both the American and National Leagues this evening. The Chicago Cubs are at Cincinnati, Atlanta hosts Philadelphia and St. Louis entertains Pittsburgh.
NBA: Three games are on the playoff schedule for this evening including Boston at Atlanta where the Hawks lead 1-0. Philadelphia is at Chicago where the Bulls lead 1-0 and Denver is at the LA Lakers, where the Lakers lead 1-0.
NHL: One game tonight has Philadelphia hosting New Jersey, with the Flyers holding a 1-0 lead in the series.
As the Nashville Predators prepare for game three of their Western Conference series Wednesday night against Phoenix, one area which needs improvement is defensive play.
The Predators have allowed nine goals to the Coyotes in the first two games of the series, after allowing nine in the entire first round series against Detroit. Coverage of tomorrow night’s game from Bridgestone Arena at 8 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.