Updating an earlier story concerning a report out of Lexington that Kentucky’s Terrence Jones is declaring for the NBA draft, no official word has been announced by UK. Lexington television station WTVQ had a Twitter report Jones was set to announce he was headed to the draft as early as tomorrow, but a school spokesman says he has heard nothing from Jones.
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino announced at a news conference this afternoon his son Richard will be named the new head coach at Florida International replacing Isaiah Thomas. The elder Pitino also says two assistants will be leaving to go with Richard to FIU.
Pitino also says that sophomore Elijah Justice will transfer to Pikeville University to get more playing time and to be closer to his ailing grandparents. Pitino also announced Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock have been named co captains for the 2012-13 season.
Wesley Korir of Kenya won the Boston Marathon on Monday, while countrymate
Sharon Cherop claimed the women's title. Korir beat out fellow Kenyan Levy
Matebo and finished in a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
A Kenyan man has now won 19 out of the last 22 Boston Marathons.
Cherop won the women's race in a time of 2:31:50, beating fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong by just two seconds.
WTVQ-TV in Lexington is reporting that Kentucky's Terrence Jones is reportedly set to announce his plans to enter the NBA draft, with the announcement coming as early as Tuesday.
Christian County wrestler Kory Polley competed this past weekend as part of Team Kentucky in the NWCA/USAW Scholastic Duals in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The event featured top wrestlers from across the nation. Polley went 6-1 in matches for the Kentucky Red team which placed 13th, while the Kentucky Blue team placed third.
Bowling Green police continue to investigate a shooting outside a Bowling Green nightclub, Lava Lounge, early Sunday morning where two Western Kentucky University football players were shot.
Tevin Holliman and Ricardo Singh were each shot once. The Bowling Green Daily News reports Holliman is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, while Singh is being cared for at The Medical Center of Bowling Green. Neither wound was life threatening.
Louisville assistant basketball coach Richard Pitino is reportedly in Miami to accept the head coach position at Florida International. Pitino’s father said Sunday in Florida the younger Pitino will replace Basketball Hall of Famer Isaiah Thomas fired earlier this month after an 8-21 season.
Meanwhile, the Courier Journal reports University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has acknowledged that sophomore Elisha Justice has asked to speak with him about a transfer. Pitino says the two have not talked yet, but would support whatever Justice wants.
ESPN.com reports the NFL Players Association had detailed knowledge of the video and audio tapes in which former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told his team to target San Francisco 49ers players for injury before the tapes became public earlier this month.
Sources indicate former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, provided the NFLPA with details of Williams’ speech and tape that an independent film maker had made accessible to him. Fujita is among players who face disciplinary action from commissioner Roger Goodell for their part in a “pay for performance” bounty program. Fujita has publicly denied any participation in a bounty program.
Twelve games—six in each league—make up today’s Major League Baseball schedule. They include the Atlanta Braves hosting the New York Mets this evening.
Meanwhile, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has apologized to third baseman Kevin Youkilis for comments made Sunday questioning Youkilis’ commitment to the team. Valentine said his comments made to a Boston television station Sunday were misinterpreted and should have been more specific about how Youkilis has been swinging the bat in the first few games.
High School Baseball
2nd region All A Classic: University Heights hosts Livingston Central, Caldwell County welcomes Webster County, Crittenden County hosts Dawson Springs and Lyon County welcomes Trigg County.
Elsewhere: Hopkinsville was scheduled to play Caldwell County today, but that was cancelled because of Caldwell playing in the All A Classic, Christian County travels to Marshall County, Russellville hosts Warren East, Madisonville welcomes Union County.
High School Softball
2nd region All A Classic: University Heights hosts Webster County, Dawson Springs welcomes Trigg County, Livingston Central at Caldwell County, Crittenden County hosts Lyon County.
Elsewhere: Russellville at Warren Central, Logan County welcomes South Warren.
High School Tennis: University Heights tennis played in the Logan County-Russellville Invitational over the weekend. Blazers Trey LaChance and Blake Edmonson advanced to the semi finals before losing matches, while the doubles team of Hendley Traughber and Vir Patel also advances to the semis before losing.
Lady Blazers Blake Meade and Arisa Ueno played each other in the singles championship match with Meade winning in straight sets. In doubles play, Garnett Bruce and Kloe Freeman losts in the semi finals, while Gabrielle Kaye and Sally Smith advanced into the championship match and won the title.
Boston Marathon: Three Hopkinsville men will compete in the Boston Marathon today. A story in today’s Kentucky New Era indicates Kevin Felton, Todd Shouse and Eddie Yoakum will compete in the 116th running of the event. Yoakum and Shouse are competing for the first time in the marathon.
College Football: Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips will have a special call in show previewing the Blue-White game tonight at 5 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Kentucky will conclude spring practice with the Blue-White game Saturday, with coverage at 4:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky had a scrimmage game Saturday, where Maxwell Smith threw for four touchdowns on 25 of 38 passing for 227 yards. Jonathan George led the team in rushing with 134 yards on 10 carries.
Western Kentucky concluded spring practice with its Red-White game Saturday night. Former Fort Campbell standout Antonio Andrews had 206 all purpose yards, including 121 on 18 carries rushing and he caught a 56 yard touchdown pass, but the White team lost to Red 16-10. Western Kentucky opens its season September 1st against Austin Peay.
Meanwhile, following the game, two Hilltoppers were shot at a Bowling Green nightclub. A statement from the school says defensive lineman Tevin Holliman and defensive back Ricardo Singh were each hit once, but their wounds were non life threatening. Bowling Green police say the incident occurred early Sunday morning outside the Lava Lounge when someone shot into a crowd outside the club. Police are still trying to identify a suspect.
Murray State had its Blue-Gold bowl game Saturday, with the Gold winning 27-7. Casey Brockman threw for a pair of touchdown passes and was 18 of 27 for 269 yards in leading the Gold to the win. Murray State opens its season September 1st at Florida State.
University of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says discipline remains a concern for his team. Dooley was pleased with his team’s play in its second scrimmage Saturday, but a story in the Knoxville News Sentinel indicates Dooley is concerned about the level of discipline on simple things and the team’s attitude when the flow of the game begins to happen. Tennessee concludes spring practice with its Orange-White game this Saturday.
College Basketball: It looks like Richard Pitino—the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino—will become the new head coach at Florida International. The elder Pitino said over the weekend while playing in the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay his son would be leaving the Louisville program. The younger Pitino would replace Isaiah Thomas, who was fired earlier this month.
NHL: The Nashville Predators took a two games to one lead in their Stanley Cup playoff series with Detroit following a 3-2 win Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. Game four of the series is tomorrow night, with air time at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
PGA Tour: Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker finished tied for 17th at the RBC Heritage which concluded Sunday. Carl Pettersson was a five shot winner over Zack Johnson.
Champions Tour: Franklin’s Kenny Perry shot a blistering six under par Sunday to finish at nine under par, good for second place in the Encompass Insurance Pro Am of Tampa Bay. Perry and his amateur partner—Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino—finshed third in the pro-am portion.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished at three under par for the event, won by Michael Allen at 12 under par.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs in 13 innings at Greer Stadium 3-2. The teams conclude the series this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods clubbed the Lake County Captains 22-12 Sunday. The Hot Rods host Great Lakes tonight at 6:35 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
High School Baseball: Christian County defeated Whitefield Academy 10-7 at the William Workman Classic in Clarksville. The Colonels play two games today against Rossview and Northeast.
High School Softball: University Heights split a pair of game at the Lady Laker Classic, defeating Russell County 7-1 and losing to Adair County 8-0. The Lady Blazers continue play in the tournament today. Todd Central lost to Clinton County 7-4 in the 4th region All A Classic.
College Baseball: Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman was the losing pitcher in Western Kentucky's 5-0 loss to Arkansas State. Hageman went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Hageman is now 2-4 on the season. Western and Arkansas State play game two of the series today in Jonesboro.
Austin Peay lost its second consescutive Ohio Valley Conference game, losing the first game of a three game set to Murray State 13-7 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville. Game two of the series is this afternoon.
College Football: Spring practice concludes for Louisville, Western Kentucky and Vanderbilt today with scrimmage games.
College Basketball: Another freshman is defecting from Western Kentucky's basketball program. A Western spokesman said Friday former Clark County standout Vinny Zollo is leaving the program. Zollo joins Derrick Gordon who announced his plans to leave the program last week, Zollo averaged almost four points and three rebounds a game this season for the Hilltoppers.
LSU named its new basketball coach Friday. Johnny Jones--who has spent the last 11 seasons as head coach at North Texas--will replace Trent Johnson who left the program earlier this week to become the new head coach at TCU. Jones played at LSU, going to the Final Four as a freshman in 1981 and was an assistant for LSU for 13 seasons and was a part of the 1986 team which also went to the Final Four. Jones is 205-162 in his coaching career and led North Texas to two Sun Belt Conferfence championships and two NCAA tournament appearances.
NHL: The Detroit Red Wings evened the Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff series with the Nashville Predators at a game apiece after a 3-2 win last night in Nashville. Game three is tomorrow in Detroit, with coverage at 11 am on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost their season home opener 6-4 to the New Orleans Zephyrs, with game two of the series this evening at Greer Stadium in Nashville. The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated Lake County for the second straight game 2-1, with game three of the four game set tonight at Lake County.
PGA Tour: Nashville's Brandt Snedeker fired a 67 in the second round of the RBC Heritage Friday at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Snedeker's two day total is four under par, five shots behind leader Colt Knost at nine under.
Champions Tour: Paducah's Russ Cochran fired a four under 67 in the first round of the Encompass Insurance Pro Am of Tampa Bay Friday and is two shots behind leader Bruce Fleisher heading into today's second round. Franklin's Kenny Perry is tied for 32nd after a one over par 72 on Friday.
Murray State University's men's basketball team was recognized for its outstanding season by the Murray City Council Thursday night. Players, coaches and others all received a plaque in honor of the Racers 31-2 season and was invited to the podium to introduce themselves to Mayor Bill Wells and council members.
University of Florida freshman Bradley Beal has declared he will enter the NBA draft. The 6-3 guard is projected to be a top five pick. Beal averaged 14.8 points and led the Gators with 6.7 rebounds per game. Beal was named to the All-SEC team and All Freshman team.
University of Arkansas officials say 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell--the football department employee whose affair with former football coach Bobby Petrino got him terminated--has been placed on paid administrative leave by the university.
A source familiar with the deal says the NBA has agreed to sell the New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson for 338 million dollars. The NBA has been trying to sell the Hornets since making the move to buy the club from founder George Shinn in 2010. The deal is expected to be announced shortly.