As WHOP Sports reported this morning, Christian County High is searching for a new baseball coach following the termination of Blake Leach over the weekend. A statement concerning the search or possible hiring of a new baseball coach is expected to come out some time today.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel was named SEC freshman of the week for the third straight week. Noel set a school record with 12 blocks in last Tuesday’s win at Ole Miss and had a season high 19 points in Kentucky’s overtime win Saturday at Texas A&M.
Coach John Calipari’s weekly call in show airs at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
There’s only one Top 25 game scheduled this evening as 6th ranked Syracuse meets Notre Dame.
NFL: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh says one of the toughest moments in yesterday's Super Bowl was meeting his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, at midfield after the Ravens' victory.
During a morning news conference in New Orleans, Harbaugh said he and his brother spoke on the field before the game and agreed that the only thing that would have been worse is if either of them or both of them hadn't made it to the Super Bowl. Harbaugh called his brother the best coach in the NFL, and said he's proud of him.
Harbaugh said he didn't think the blackout in the third quarter helped the 49ers. He remarked that the 49ers just outplayed them for a stretch, but he's proud of the Ravens players for their ability to bounce back and secure the win.
Super Bowl 47 had a 34 minute power outage at the Mercedes Benz Superdome Sunday, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying during this morning’s post Super Bowl news conference that the outage would not affect the future of the city of New Orleans hosting the game.
Christian County High School will have a new baseball coach for the 2013 season. WHOP Sports learned over the weekend that Blake Leach was terminated as coach. A statement concerning who the new coach will be for this season will be released by Christian County High School principal Mike Stevenson sometime today.
Sources tell WHOP Sports the new coach could come from within the current staff. Leach had been head coach since the 2009 season.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County entertains University Heights in an 8th district game at Colonel Gym, with tip off at 7:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening have Hopkinsville hosting Trigg County, Fort Campbell hosting Hopkins Central, Logan County welcomes Bowling Green, Russellville goes to Warren Central, Livingston Central takes on Union County, Lyon County hosts Webster County, Murray at Mayfield, Community Christian at Christian Fellowship, Warren East hosts Caverna.
Girls: Fort Campbell goes to Russellville, Trigg County hosts Hopkins Central, Muhlenberg County at Apollo, Murray at Mayfield, Calloway County at St. Mary, Lone Oak at Ballard Memorial, Warren Central at Franklin Simpson, Warren East welcomes Caverna, Bowling Green goes to Butler County.
College Basketball-Sunday’s scores
12th ranked Louisville rolled over 25th ranked Marquette 70-51 behind 18 points from Russ Smith. The Cardinals improved 18-4 on the season.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 10 points and five rebounds in a starting role as Manhattan defeated St. Peters 57-49. The Jaspers improved to 7-15 on the season.
Women’s scores saw 13th ranked Georgia defeat 8th ranked Kentucky 75-71, Missouri upset 9th ranked Tennessee 80-63 and Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 79-53.
Tonight’s games: Austin Peay’s Lady Governors entertain Southeast Missouri in OVC action.
A reminder Kentucky coach John Calipari’s call in show airs at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky hosts South Carolina tomorrow night, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: Kentucky received another commitment over the weekend. Niceville, Florida High School offensive lineman Nick Haynes made his pledge to Coach Mark Stoops following an official visit according to the Courier Journal. The 6-3 300 pound Haynes, who played tackle in high school, is expected to play center or guard for Kentucky. Haynes is the 20th commitment for the 2013 class.
High School Basketball-Friday’s scores
Christian County hosted Owensboro in a boy-girl doubleheader Friday night at Colonel Gym. The Lady Colonels lost to Owensboro 69-37, while the Colonels also lost to the Red Devils 78-67.
Other boys scores: University Heights defeated Fort Campbell 75-61,Logan County edged Russellville 75-71, Todd Central over Franklin Simpson 47-42 in overtime, Trigg County over Community Christian 81-48, Madisonville defeated Caldwell County 60-49, Lyon County rolled over Christian Fellowship 64-24, Webster County got by Union County 52-49, Hickman County over Murray 68-45, Bowling Green over Glasgow 76-49, South Warren defeated Greenwood 70-52, Warren East defeated Warren Central 65-58.
Girls: University Heights over Fort Campbell 66-38, Todd Central slid by Franklin Simpson 49-44, Russellville nipped Logan County 40-39, Webster County over Union County 65-45, Marshall County got by Graves County 56-52, South Warren defeated Greenwood 65-58,
Boys: Todd Central goes to Allen County Scottsville, Madisonville hosts Evansville Day School, Livingston Central at Christian Fellowship, Henderson County hosts Evansville Memorial, Lyon County at St. Mary, Crittenden County at Reidland, Lone Oak welcomes Mayfield, Murray entertains Marshall County, Community Christian hosts Carlisle County, Greenwood at Bowling Green.
Girls: University Heights hosts Lyon County, Hopkinsville travels to Livingston Central, Dawson Springs meets Fort Campbell, Russellville travels to Edmonson County, Hopkins Central welcomes McLean County, Crittenden County hosts Reidland.
Murray hosts Marshall County, Henderson County at Calloway County, Muhlenberg County at Breckinridge County, Paducah Tilghman hosts Massac County, IL, Greenwood at Bowling Green.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had three points and three rebounds as the Manhattan Jaspers lost to Siena 66-63.
Today’s games: The Kentucky Wildcats meet Texas A&M in College Station, seeking revenge from a loss earlier this season in Lexington. Pre game coverage begins at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other SEC games have Vanderbilt taking on Alabama, Tennessee is at Arkansas and LSU is at Mississippi State..
In the OVC: Austin Peay entertains Murray State in a men’s-women’s doubleheader beginning at noon in the Dunn Center.
The Atlantic Coast Conference men's postseason basketball tournament is looking for a new home starting in 2016. The Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden did not submit a bid before the September deadline, but according to ESPN, the ACC will continue to look for venues for the 2016-21 tourneys. The next three tournaments, including this year's, will be in Greensboro, North Carolina.
NFL: Super Bowl 47 on Sunday will mark the first-ever meeting between head coaching brothers. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh both know that only one of them will win. For the losing side, John says it will be a bitter pill to swallow.
At a joint news conference Friday, both Harbaughs deflected the focus of the historic game from themselves to the players, but neither said they'd have a problem taking away the other's dream of winning a championship. You can hear Super Bowl 47 Sunday afternoon at 3:30 on NEwstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Player safety took the forefront Friday in the commissioner's annual pre-Super Bowl press conference. In his state of the NFL address in New Orleans, Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is leading the charge in dealing with the significance of head injuries.
Goodell says the NFL has taken great steps with rules changes and discipline enforcement to try and protect players from dangerous hits. He adds he's disappointed to hear 78-percent of players don't trust their team doctors, but the league will add independent neurologists to the sidelines of NFL games to help teams make decisions on players with potential concussions.
Goodell also says the league's popularity continues to grow internationally, a possible 18-game schedule is still on the table and that HGH testing will likely be implemented before the start of next season.
PGA Tour: Phil Mickelson followed up his opening round 60 with a 65 on Friday and has a four shot lead heading into today’s third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Bill Haas is in second place, with Nashville native Brandt Snedeker tied for third with Keegan Bradley five shots off the lead. Former University of Kentucky golfer JB Holmes and Danville native Josh Teater did not make the cut.
NHL: The Nashville Predators play the 6th game of their seven game road trip this evening in San Jose against the Sharks, with pre game coverage at 9:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Basketball: Heritage Christian Academy’s games with North Hardin Christian are cancelled for this evening. In lieu of that, Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM will have the Christian County-Owensboro boy-girl doubleheader, with the Heritage Bank pre game show beginning at 5:45.
College Football: The Orlando Sentinel reports Kentucky could gain two recruits from Florida this evening. Deland High running back JoJo Kemp and Orlando Freedom High wide receiver Jeff Badet will make their announcements are expected to come to Lexington. Both players decommited from South Florida, Kemp in October and Badet in December.
NHL: Following an eight period shootout last night, the Nashville Predators head to San Jose for a matchup with the Sharks tomorrow night. Coverage begins at 9:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Basketball-Thursday’s scores
Boys: Hopkinsville completed a regular season sweep of University Heights with a 73-64 win. The Tigers had three players in double figures led by Jordan Majors with 27 points. University Heights also had three players in double figures led by Boo Johnson with 20. Hopkinsville improved to 21-4/6-0 in district play, while University Heights is 8-11/1-3 in district competition.
Elsewhere: Ohio County defeated Muhlenberg County 81-70, Reidland over Livingston Central 71-47.
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Christian County 60-48, Muhlenberg County over Todd Central 76-41, Hopkins Central edged Dawson Springs 47-43, Graves County over Livingston Central 40-29, Lone Oak over Cairo, IL 61-55.
Tonight’s games: Heritage Christian Academy hosts North Hardin Christian in a boy-girl doubleheader, with coverage of the girls game starting with the Heritage Bank pre game show at approximately 6:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Boys: Christian County hosts Owensboro, University Heights at Fort Campbell, Todd Central welcomes Franklin Simpson, Logan County hosts Russellville, Trigg County at Community Christian, Hopkins Central at Muhlenberg County, Madisonville at Caldwell County,.
Lyon County at Christian Fellowship, Union County at Webster County, Paducah Tilghman at St. Mary, Mayfield at Ballard Memorial, Graves County at Marshall County, Murray at Hickman County, Lone Oak at Heath, Bowling Green at Glasgow, Greenwood at South Warren, Warren Central at Warren East.
Girls: Christian County entertains Owensboro, University Heights at Fort Campbell, Todd Central welcomes Franklin Simpson, Logan County hosts Russellville, Trigg County at Community Christian, Dawson Springs hosts Crittenden County, Madisonville at Caldwell County, Union County at Webster County, Graves County at Marshall County, Paducah Tilghman at St. Mary, Greenwood at South Warren, Warren Central at Warren East.
College Basketball-Thursday’s scores
Western Kentucky held off Troy in Diddle Arena 61-55. TJ Price had 17 points for the Hilltoppers, who ended a three game losing streak with the victory.
Women’s action saw 16th ranked Texas A&M defeat Vanderbilt 60-52 and 9th ranked Tennessee rolled over Mississippi State 88-45.
Tonight’s action: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan take on Siena.
Kentucky looks for revenge for an earlier loss as the Wildcats play at Texas A&M tomorrow. The Lexington Herald Leader reported Thursday former UK and A&M head coach Billy Gillispie will be attending the game following an invitation from current A&M coach Billy Kennedy. Coverage from College Station begins at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel was among 12 rookies selected as a midseason candidate for the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the nation’s top freshman. Noel is the only SEC player on the list.
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Jack, Jim and John Harbaugh will receive the Blanton Collier Integrity Award later this year. The trio will accept the award in person at the group’s dinner to be held in June.
Former University of Kentucky and current New Orleans Hornet Anthony Davis was named the Lexington Herald Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year Thursday night during the Bluegrass Sports Awards dinner held in Lexington. Also honored was the late Kentucky High School Athletics Association commissioner Louis Stout, who received the Jim Host Youth Sports Award and the Tom Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award went to long time broadcaster Dick Enberg.
NHL: Sergei Kostitsyn beat Jonathan Quick in the eighth round of the shootout as the Predators defeated the Kings, 2-1, at the STAPLES Center. Brandon Yip scored his second goal of the season in the win, while Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots. Nashville returns to action tomorrow night at San Jose, with coverage at 9:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.