Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones was in town last night to talk with the local UK alumni club at its tip off dinner. Jones spoke about the success of KSR and the changing media landscape. Matt will be doing his show in the News/Talk WHOP studios from 9-11 am this morning and you can hear the show on News/Talk WHOP.
High School Football: Several Western Kentucky teams are in regional championship games this evening in the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green travels to Graves County
Class 2-A: Caldwell County hosts Murray
Class A: Russellville travels to Mayfield
Class 3-A: Paducah Tilghman hosts South Warren
Class 4-A: Franklin Simpson travels to Owensboro
Find out the winners of these and other playoff games on the Kentucky High School scoreboard show tonight at 9:06 on News/Talk WHOP and whopam.com.
High School Basketball: The Courier Journal has released its pre season top 25 girls basketball teams. Anderson County is the top ranked team, with Henderson County ranked 11th, Owensboro Catholic 18th, Allen County Scottsville 19th and Marshall County is ranked 21st.
Anderson County’s Makenzie Cann was named the top ranked player in the Top 25 player list. LaRue County’s Ivy Brown-a Western Kentucky signee-is the second ranked player, with Morgan Rich of Allen County Scottsville the 21st ranked player.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky got a game high 16 points from George Fant in defeating UNC Wilmington 73-58. TJ Price also pitched in 14 for the Hilltoppers who are now 2-1 on the season.
Central Michigan defeated Austin Peay 90-75. Travis Betran led the Governors in scoring with 16 points, Will Triggs added 12 and Zavion Williams pitched in 10 for Austin Peay, now 2-2 on the season.
Women’s scores: 7th ranked Kentucky defeated Lipscomb 116-49, 2nd ranked Duke defeated Vanderbilt 88-69 and Wright State over Murray State 95-69
Tonight’s games: Vanderbilt meets Providence, Tennessee takes on Tennessee State and former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU meet Southeastern Louisiana.
Three Kentucky and two Louisville and Tennessee players were named to the Naismith Award watch list on Thursday. UK freshmen Andrew Harrison, James Young and Julius Randle were named to the 50 player list along with Louisville senior guard Russ Smith and sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell. Tennessee was represented by Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes.
The award is presented each year by the Atlanta Athletic Club to the national player of the year.
College Football: Three Kentucky football players have been suspended for tomorrow’s game at Georgia. The Lexington Herald Leader reports freshman defensive end Jason Hatcher and sophomore cornerback Cody Quinn have been suspended for violation of team rules according to a UK spokesman.
Wide receiver and leading punt returner DeMarco Robinson has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules. When asked what led to the suspensions, the UK spokesman declined to discuss the matter. You can hear tomorrow’s game at Georgia with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere tomorrow: In the SEC-Tennessee plays its home finale against Vanderbilt. 21st ranked Louisville takes on Memphis.
Western Kentucky meets Texas State, with pre game coverage at 5 pm on News/Talk WHOP.
Ohio Valley Conference action has Murray State meeting Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay goes against Tennessee Tech.
For the second consecutive season, Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews is one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, presented to the nation’s most versatile player . The former Fort Campbell standout is currently the NCAA leader in all purpose yards and is the only two time finalist for the Hornung award.
The other finalists include Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU, Myles Jack of UCLA and Marion Grice of Arizona State.
NHL: Craig Smith scored two goals as the Nashville Predators defeated Toronto 4-2. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night hosting the New York Rangers at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
College Football: University of Kentucky freshman wide receiver Ryan Timmons told the Lexington Herald Leader following practice Wednesday his sprained ankle is now healthy and he’s ready for extended playing time when the Wildcats travel to Georgia Saturday. Pre game coverage begins at 4:30 from Sanford Stadium on Lite 98.7.
There’s one game this evening involving a Top 25 team as 18th ranked Central Florida hosts Rutgers.
College Basketball: Several top 25 teams are in action this evening. The highest ranked team to play is 10th ranked VCU meeting Florida State, 12th ranked Gonzaga hosts Washington State, 13th Michigan meets Long Beach State, 14th ranked Florida hosts Middle Tennessee, 15th ranked Wisconsin welcomes Bowling Green, 18th ranked Connecticut goes against Boston College and 20th ranked New Mexico battles UAB.
NFL: First place battles last place in the NFC South as the New Orleans Saints travel to the Georgia Dome to meet the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints are 8-2 on the season, while the Falcons are 2-8.
High School Sports: Hopkinsville High School is having its annual “Meet the Tigers” night for winter sports this evening. It takes place at 6 pm in Tiger Gym.
Christian County is having its “Meet the Colonels” night Saturday night for the Christian County middle and high school basketball teams. Gates at Colonel Gym will open at 4:30.
High School Basketball: The Courier Journal has released its pre season top 25 poll and top 25 players in Kentucky.
Louisville Ballard has been selected as the top team, with Hopkinsville ranked 7th, Warren Central 10th, Apollo is 23rd and Bowling Green is ranked 24th.
University of Louisville signee Quentin Snider of Ballard was selected as the state’s top player, with Hopkinsville junior Jaqualis Matlock the 13th best player, Byron Carver of Warren Central was the 23rd best player with Eli Wright of Apollo selected as the 24th best player in Kentucky.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 10 points and six rebounds in a reserve role as Manhattan defeated Illinois State 79-70. The Jespers improved to 3-1 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky hosts UNC Wilmington in Diddle Arena, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Other men’s games this evening include Austin Peay at Central Michigan. Women’s action has Murray State hosting Wright State, 7th ranked Kentucky meets Lipscomb and Vanderbilt goes against 2nd ranked Duke.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports the University of Louisville is considering expanding Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The school’s athletic department submitted a request for a proposal earlier this week to study potential additions to the north end zone area which houses the Howard Schnellenberger football complex.
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was last expanded in 2010 to 55,000 seats. The stadium has been in use since 1998.
The University of Tennessee plans to wear its “Smokey Grey” uniforms when the Volunteers meet Vanderbilt on Saturday. Coach Butch Jones says the seniors voted earlier this week to wear the alternate uniforms for their home finale. Tennessee wore this uniform against Georgia October 5th in losing 34-31 in overtime.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have struggled so much with special teams play this season, that coach Mike Munchak is hopeful to break even down the stretch. The Titans lost a fumble on a kickoff return in last week’s loss to Indianapolis and also muffed a punt return last month against San Francisco. Tennessee is back in action Sunday at the Oakland Raiders.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look for their third win in as many games as they continue action on the road this evening against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
High School Basketball: There’s been a change in Hopkinsville’s first round opponent in the Forcht Bank King of the Bluegrass tournament at Fairdale High School in Louisville. The Tigers will now face Fort Myers on Friday December 20th at 3:30 pm Hopkinsville time.
The original bracket which came out Tuesday had the Tigers facing Shaker Heights, Ohio. Shaker Heights will now face Perry County Central in its first round game. The tournament takes place December 19-23.
College Football: There’s one game involving a top 25 team this evening as 16th ranked Northern Illinois plays at Toledo.
College Basketball: Top 25 action tonight has 8th ranked Ohio State hosting American University, 16th ranked Wichita State at Tulsa, 21st ranked Baylor hosts Charleston Southern and 25th ranked Iowa State travels to BYU.
NFL: The league’s vice president of officiating Dean Blandino says the officials involved in the controversial call in Monday night’s Carolina-New England game used “proper mechanics” to make a “tight judgement call”.
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared to have been held on a pass from Tom Brady on the game’s final play. The officials first threw a penalty flag and after discussion waved off the penalty giving Carolina the win. If the penalty had been upheld, the Patriots would have had one untimed play from the Carolina one yard line. The Panthers won the game 24-20.
MLB: The San Francisco Giants announced the signing of Tim Hudson Tuesday. The 38-year-old right hander- who missed the last half of the 2013 season with injury- signed a two year deal for an undisclosed amount.
The Colorado Rockies have reportedly come to terms with veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins. A Denver newspaper reports the one year deal is worth $2.5 million with a club option for 2015. Hawkins made 72 relief appearances for the NY Mets last season.
High School Basketball: The boys coaches of the three public high schools were the featured speakers Tuesday at the Hopkinsville Rotary Club.
Tim Haworth of defending 2nd region champion Hopkinsville, Grant Shouse of University Heights and Kyle Eades of Christian County all spoke about their teams and the upcoming season.
Todd Hamilton will have comments from all three as part of Sports Tonight originating from Toyota of Hopkinsville this evening beginning at 5:06 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
College Basketball: Fourth ranked Kentucky got 26 points-including 5 three point baskets-from freshman James Young in a 105-76 win over Texas Arlington at Rupp Arena. Fellow freshman Julius Randle had his fifth double-double in as many games with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Harrison added 15 and Marcus Lee 10 as the Wildcats started all freshmen for the second straight game.
The Wildcats are 4-1 on the season and return to action Monday night hosting Cleveland State, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere last night: 3rd ranked Louisville rolled to an easy win over Hartford 87-48 in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. Montrezl Harrell led the Cardinals with 20 points and nine rebounds in the win, with Russ Smith adding 14 for the 4-0 Cards.
Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. had five points and four assists in a reserve role as LSU defeated New Orleans 81-54 to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Vanderbilt lost at Butler in overtime 85-77. The Commodores trailed by 14 61-47 with just under eight minutes in regulation before going on a 15-2 run and would take the lead before being outscored 15-7 in the extra period. Vandy is now 2-1 on the season.
In the OVC: Will Triggs had 17 points and sophomore center Chris Horton blocked a game tying shot with one second left as Austin Peay held off Southern Illinois 72-70. The Governors are now 2-1 on the season and are back to action Thursday night at Central Michigan.
Murray State rolled to a 91-64 win over Bethel University. The 2-2 Racers were led in scoring by Jarvis Williams third straight double-double. Williams had 25 points and 13 rebounds. Murray State is back in action at Auburn Saturday night.
Women’s action saw Western Kentucky defeat Southeast Missouri 90-75. The Lady Toppers are now 3-1 on the season.
Tonight’s game: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan meet Illinois State.
Louisville guard Kevin Ware said Tuesday he plans to plead guilty to speeding and reckless driving charges when he appears in Barren Circuit Court next week. Ware was ticketed late last month for driving 95 miles per hour in a construction zone. Ware said he will represent himself and plans to move forward from any punishment he receives. Ware was to appear in court Monday, but that date was rescheduled until next Monday.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Tuesday junior cornerback Nate Willis will not travel to Georgia for this week’s game. Willis has been recovering from a lingering knee injury. Stoops added that Willis’ season is not over and added he is the only injured player not making the trip. Pregame coverage from Athens begins Saturday at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
NHL: Rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec made 27 stops as the Nashville Predators got a 2-0 shutout last night at Detroit. Shea Weber and Gabriel Boroque had the goals for Nashville.