College football's national signing day is underway and it's been a big day for Kentucky. Kentucky Mr. Football Patrick Towles of Fort Thomas Highlands was the first to send in his papers. The Courier Journal reports Kentucky also got a couple of unexpected signees, former Tennessee commitment Khalid Henderson--a linebacker from Austell, GA and running back Justin Taylor--a former Alabama commitments from North Atlanta.
Western Kentucky got a couple of surprise signees. Kentucky high school football's third all time leading rusher, Anthony Wales of Louisville Central, chose WKU after verbally committing to the University of Louisville. Wales rushed for 8,213 yards in his high school career and led Central to back to back Class 3A titles. The Courier Journal reports following shoulder surgery, Louisville wanted Wales to greyshirt. Wales is the 14th best all purpose back in the nation according to Rivals.com.
Also, Seneca High defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson, who had committed to both Louisville and Kentucky, signed with the Hilltoppers. Pearson is the 5th ranked Kentucky prospect according to Rivals.com.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville airs at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Graves County High athletic director Doug Gloyd, who will tell about an upcoming visit by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and an update on the possibility of Ohio Valley League baseball coming to Hopkinsville this summer.
High School Basketball
Boys: Hopkinsville improved to 21-2 with a 92-52 win over Caldwell County. Hopkinsville had four players in double figures led by freshman Jaqualis Matlock and Jordan Majors who each had 16 points, Keon Wheeler added 12 and Darius White had 11. Caldwell County had three players in double figures with freshman Elijah Sindelar leading the way with 18.
Elsewhere: University Heights Academy rolled over Todd Central 91-60, Christian County lost at Warren Central 95-54, Heritage Christian Academy defeated Aaron Academy 67-61, Lyon County over Fort Campbell 89-46, Russellville defeated Franklin Simpson 56-38, Community Christian over Dawson Springs 55-37.
Hopkins Central over Crittenden County 63-45, Marshall County routed Heath 93-51, Graves County over Paducah Tilghman 61-53, Fulton City edged Livingston Central 58-54, Greenwood slid by Barren County 48-47, Bowling Green defeated South Warren 66-51, Calloway County over Lone Oak 68-61, Webster County over Owensboro Catholic 54-36.
Girls: Lone Oak defeated Christian County 69-53, Webster County routs Hopkins Central 70-41, Caldwell County defeated St. Mary 65-59, Lyon County over Community Christian 49-41, McLean County beat Madisonville 60-50, Marshall County over Marion, IL 66-39, Paducah Tilghman defeated Graves County 59-41, Barren County defeated Greenwood 51-46, Bowling Green rolls over South Warren 74-24.
High School Wrestling
Christian County is the city champion after defeating both Hopkinsville and UHA in matches Tuesday at University Heights. Nine Colonel wrestlers went undefeated in the match, according to coach Robert Burnham.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as the top ranked Wildcats rout Tennessee 69-44 at Rupp Arena, extending the nation’s longest home winning streak to 48 games. Kentucky improved to 22-1 and will play at South Carolina Saturday, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: Arkansas downed number 25 Vanderbilt 82-74.
Tonight’s games: Women’s OVC action has Austin Peay hosting UT Martin and Murray State plays Morehead State.
The planning committee concerning Rupp Arena recommended renovations to the facility in a report issued Tuesday. The two year project—which would cost 250-300 million dollars—would keep Rupp Arena’s official capacity around 23-thousand, and add luxury boxes, party suites, chair back seating, a modern eight sided scoreboard and LED ribbon boards. The renovations would begin in 2015.
Today is the first day of the national signing period, with area schools all expecting a number of signees today. Kentucky has 24 verbal commitments, Louisville 23 and Western Kentucky has 12, with Vanderbilt having 22 and Tennessee 19.
The University of Tennessee lost a commitment Tuesday. GoVols247.com reports Covington Louisiana High School linebacker Otha Peters—who commited to the Vols last summer—has changed his mind and will sign with Arkansas.
The Nashville Predators lit the lamp four times in the third period in defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Mike Fisher had two goals in the third, including the game winner with 20.8 seconds to play.
The Tennessean reports Predators general manager David Poile met with Ryan Suter’s agent Tuesday in Minneapolis and said negotiations are ongoing. During the NHL All Star game over the weekend, Suter had said it was likely he would not sign a contract extension before the February 27th trade deadline. If the two sides do not strike a deal by July 1st, Suter will become an unrestricted free agent.
High School Basketball
Girls: Christian County won its third game in a row defeating University Heights 59-45. The Lady Colonels were led in scoring by Jamesha Mosley with 17, Martessia Williams added 11. University Heights was led by Denayia Holmes with 14, Cache Richardson added 13. Both teams are now 3-2 in district play as Christian County improved to 9-11, while UHA fell to 17-3.
Elsewhere: Hopkinsville rolled over Warren Central 64-32, Bowling Green over Logan County 62-21, Livingston Central defeated Madisonville 54-36, Calloway County over Murray 61-46, Stewart County, TN over Trigg County 55-26.
Boys: Christian County won its second game in a row, defeating Hopkins Central 88-77, Trigg County edged Stewart County, TN 48-42, Henderson County over Madisonville 56-48.
Girls: Christian County hosts Lone Oak, Hopkins Central entertains Webster County, Madisonville hosts McLean County, Henderson County goes to Union County, Paducah Tilghman at Graves County, Crittenden County hosts Heath.
Boys: Hopkinsville entertains Caldwell County at Tiger Gym, with tipoff at 7:30. Heritage Bank pre game show coverage begins at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: University Heights plays Todd Central at North Drive Middle School, with the JV game beginning at 6. Christian County travels to Warren Central, Fort Campbell at Lyon County, Russellville at Franklin Simpson, Dawson Springs hosts Community Christian, Hopkins Central at Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County hosts McLean County, Marshall County hosts Heath, Paducah Tilghman at Graves County, Calloway County hosts Lone Oak.
Austin Peay lost to Tennessee State 77-57. Former Heritage Christian star John Fraley led the Governors with 21 points. Austin Peay hosts Tennessee Tech Thursday night.
Women’s scores: Southeast Missouri over Austin Peay 69-60 and Eastern Illinois defeated Murray State 80-63.
Tonight’s games: Top ranked Kentucky meets Tennessee at Rupp Arena at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7. Elsewhere in the SEC: Vanderbilt takes on Arkansas.
Austin Peay and Murray State have learned their opponents in the ESPN BracketBuster games. The ninth ranked Racers will meet St. Mary’s at the CFSB Center on February 18th at 5 pm on ESPN or ESPN 2. Austin Peay will host former OVC member Youngstown State February 18th at 7:30 pm in the Dunn Center.
Tebowmania is coming to Western Kentucky. Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will speak at Graves County High School April 20th, with tickets to go on sale February 17th.
Tebow is the featured speaker for the first ever “Night with A Champion Event” to be held at Graves County. Tickets will be $25, $50, $60 or $100 depending upon location. For more information on the event, call 270-856-8269.
The Nashville Predators return from the All Star break tonight at the Minnesota Wild.
Meanwhile, the Tennessean reports Predator players and coaches are shrugging off comments made by defenseman Ryan Suter at the All Star game he may not sign a new contract extension before the February 27th trade deadline. If Suter and the team do not come to terms before July 1st, Suter would become an unrestricted free agent.
Kentucky is number one in both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press college basketball polls. Syracuse is ranked second in both polls, followed by Ohio State and Missouri. North Carolina is 5th in the AP poll, while Duke is fifth in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Murray State made the top 10 for the first time in school history in the AP poll at number 10, while the ESPN/USA Today poll has the nation's remaining undefeated team ranked 9th again this week.
Thanks to a top five finish at Abu Dhabi over the weekend, Tiger Woods has moved up to 17th in the World Golf Ranking, where Luke Donald remains number one. Woods is scheduled to make his PGA Tour debut February 9th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am.
EA Sports is out with its annual Super Bowl simulation and has the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots 27-24 on a last second field goal. The Madden simulation has been correct six of the last eight Super Bowls, except Super Bowl 42 when the Giants ended New England's undefeated season.
High School Basketball
Girls: An 8th district showdown takes place this evening at Blazer Gym as University Heights hosts Christian County. The Lady Blazers already own a victory over the Lady Colonels earlier this month. Tipoff is at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: Hopkinsville hosts Warren Central, Trigg County plays at Stewart County, TN, Logan County hosts Bowling Green, Madisonville travels to Livingston Central, Franklin Simpson hosts Ohio County and Calloway County at Murray.
Boys: Christian County hosts Hopkins Central in a makeup game from earlier this month. Tipoff at Colonel Gym is at 7:30.
Elsewhere: Trigg County at Stewart County, TN, Madisonville at Henderson County.
High School Wrestling
Five members of Christian County’s wrestling team earned medals in a second place finish at the Fort Knox Invitational this weekend. According to Coach Robert Burnham, JJ Killebrew won the 113 pound division and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. The Colonels finished 2nd in the match to Central Hardin.
University Heights had its first wrestling championship in school history this weekend according to a story in the Kentucky New Era. The Blazers had four division champions in taking the Calloway County Laker Invitational. Hopkinsville finished second and had three individual champions.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show tonight at 5, followed by Sports Nightly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky is back in action tomorrow night hosting Tennessee, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Sunday’s score: Manhattan defeated Niagara 87-70. Former Christian County star Donovan Kates did not score in the game.
Women’s scores: Number six Kentucky defeated Alabama 82-68, Vanderbilt defeated LSU 81-72 and number nine Tennessee defeated number 15 Georgia 67-50.
Tonight’s games: Austin Peay takes on Tennessee State in Ohio Valley Conference action. Women’s OVC games have Murray State meeting Eastern Illinois and Austin Peay going against Southeast Missouri.