College Basketball: West Kentucky Star.com reports a plea deal is reportedly in the works for currently suspended Murray State basketball player Zay Jackson. The 20-year-old Jackson faces charges of second degree assault in first degree wanton endangerment in connection with an incident September 10th at the Walmart parking lot in Murray.
The Paducah Sun reported Wednesday the plea deal reportedly includes a felony conviction with jail time. Jackson is due back in court February 4th.
Top 25 games this evening have 3rd ranked Duke hosting Georgia Tech, 5th ranked Michigan is at 12th ranked Minnesota, 8th ranked Gonzaga at Portland, 9th ranked Florida at Texas A&M, 19th ranked VCU hosts St. Joseph’s, 22nd ranked Illinois hosts Northwestern and 25th ranked UCLA welcomes Oregon State.
NFL: The Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly hired Gus Bradley as their new head coach. ESPN reports Bradley accepted the job this morning. Bradley served as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator since 2009. He replaces Mike Mularkey, who was with Jacksonville for just one season, guiding the Jaguars to a disappointing 2-and-14 season. In the last two seasons in Seattle, Bradley's defenses were in the top ten in points allowed.
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Boys: University Heights rolled into the Class A 2nd region tournament semifinals with a 74-40 win over Dawson Springs. Other quarter final games saw Webster County defeat Trigg County 82-71, Crittenden County over Livingston Central 57-53 and Caldwell County nipped Lyon County 50-49.
4th region All A semifinal action saw Russellville nip Cumberland County 82-77.
Girls: South Warren edged Warren Central 47-46.
Girls: University Heights meets Livingston Central in the first semi final game of the 2nd region All A girls tournament at Crittenden County at 6, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com. The other semi final game has tournament favorite Webster County meeting Caldwell County.
Other games: Hopkinsville hosts Hopkins Central, Henderson County welcomes Madisonville, Dawson Springs at Whitesville Trinity, Murray High goes to St. Mary.
Boys: Hopkinsville travels to Graves County for a 7:30 game, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey had 18 points, but LSU lost to South Carolina 82-73 in overtime.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky hosts Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns, Manhattan meets Canisus, and in the OVC, Austin Peay hosts SIU Edwardsville and Murray State welcomes Eastern Illinois.
Women’s action has 5th ranked Kentucky going against Mississippi State, 9th ranked Tennessee meets Auburn.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced Wednesday the date and time for his first Blue/White spring game. It will be held April 13 at 6 pm Hopkinsville time. The game is also the same day of the Bluegrass Stakes horse race according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
Last year’s race went off just after 5 Hopkinsville time. If the same holds true this year, it will give fans little time who wish to view both the chance to get from the race to the game.
Kentucky received a commitment Wednesday from a junior college cornerback. Nate Willis played last season at Arizona Western Community College and says he will make his commitment personally to coach Mark Stoops when he makes his official visit Friday. The Florida native is the 20th commitment in the 2013 class.
Hoppers Baseball: The Christian County Board of Education is scheduled to make a decision this evening on where the defending Ohio Valley League champion Hoptown Hoppers will play their games this season during their scheduled board meeting.
The inaugural season was played at Christian County High’s Colonel Field, however there has been an interest expressed to see the games played this season at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Stadium. Another question that has been brought up is whether the Tiger Stadium facilities would meet the OVL and Hoppers standards to be used this season.
College Softball: Murray State was picked third and Austin Peay 6th in the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference pre season poll Wednesday. UT Martin was picked to win the West, with Jacksonville State predicted to take top honors in the East Division. The season for both schools will begin next month.
NFL: The Tennessean reports the attorney for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt as saying he is not a suspect in a pair of weekend incidents in New Jersey. Attorney Robert Lane and his client met with Jersey City police late Tuesday night. Authorities say Britt dropped off a man with a stab would at the Jersey City Medical Center Sunday morning and reportedly was at the scene or had left the scene at an apartment where a gunshot had been fired.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests will include The Big Break-Greenbrier contestant Michael Tobiason and UHA girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
Then at 7, Slap Shot Radio comes your way with Pete Weber and Paul McCann. Tonight’s guests include Gord Wilson, color commentator of the Ottawa Senators and TV broadcaster Darren Pang, who will both preview the season which begins Saturday.
High School Basketball: Boys 2nd region All A quarterfinal play includes University Heights hosting Dawson Springs. The game had been originally listed as a 7 pm start, but WHOP Sports has learned it will now start at 6 pm in Blazer Gym.
Other quarterfinal games have feature Livingston Central at Crittenden County, Webster County at Trigg County and Caldwell County at Lyon County.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced today the date and time for his first Blue/White spring game. It will be held April 13 at 6 pm Hopkinsville time. The game is also the same day of the Bluegrass Stakes horse race according to the Lexington Herald Leader. Last year’s race went off just after 5 Hopkinsville time. If the same holds true this year, it will give fans little time to get from the race to the game.
College Basketball: SEC action this evening has LSU hosting South Carolina, 16th ranked Missouri welcomes Georgia, Auburn meets Arkansas and Alabama goes against Mississippi State.
The highest ranked top 25 team in action tonight is 13th rated Butler who hosts Richmond.
NFL: The Chicago Bears have hired longtime Canadian Football League coach Mark Trestman as their new head coach, replacing Lovie Smith. Trestman has been away from the NFL for eight years, but is considered as a quarterback guru. The Bears will officially announce Trestman in a news conference tomorrow.
MLB: The Boston Red Sox are still trying to finalize a contract with free-agent slugger Mike Napoli. The two sides initially agreed to a three-year, 39-million-dollar contract in early December, but a problem with Napoli's physical caused the deal to hit a snag.
According to CBS Sports.com, the Red Sox are still expected to come to terms with Napoli within the next week, although reports suggest it could be a shorter length deal. The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers may also still be in the mix.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Guests include Michael Tobiason, who was on The Golf Channel Big Break-Greenbrier show last fall.
Then at 7, it’s Slap Shot Radio with Pete Weber and Paul McCann. This evening’s guests include Gord Wilson, color commentator of the Ottawa Senators and TV broadcaster Darren Pang.
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Games were cancelled around the area due to the wintry conditions. One game that will be made up Thursday night sends Hopkinsville to Graves County for a 7:30 tip off, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Boys: University Heights plays its first round game with Dawson Springs in the 2nd region All A Classic. The game begins at 7 at Blazer Gym. Other quarterfinal games which feature Livingston Central at Crittenden County, Webster County at Trigg County, and Caldwell County at Lyon County will also be played this evening.
Russellville meets Cumberland County in one of the 4th region All A semifinal games, with Carlisle County meeting Hickman County and Mayfield and Murray playing in the 1st region All A semifinals at Paducah Tilghman.
Girls: Glasgow plays Russellville in a semi final game in the 4th region All A tournament. Warren Central plays at South Warren.
Kentucky avoided back to back Southeastern Conference losses with a 75-65 win over Tennessee. Kyle Wiltjer led the Wildcats with 17 points, Nerlens Noel and Ryan Harrow each added 12 points. Tennessee was led by Jordan McRae’s game high 23 points. Kentucky returns to action Saturday at Auburn, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Vanderbilt lost in overtime at Ole Miss 89-79. The Rebels Marshall Henderson hit a 35 foot three pointer at the end of regulation to send the game to the extra frame.
Tonight’s games: LSU meets South Carolina. Women’s action has Western Kentucky hosting Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.
College Football: Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman and offensive lineman Roderick Tomlin will team up one more time this weekend as they play on the Stars team at the Raycom College Football All Star classic. The game is set for Saturday at 2 pm in Montgomery, AL and can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.
Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino announced the hiring Tuesday of Joe Miday as the Hilltoppers head strength and conditioning coach. Miday comes to Bowling Green from Marshall University where he has spent the past six seasons on the strength and conditioning staff.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will meet with New Jersey authorities today in connection with a stabbing and gunshot fired over the weekend where he grew up.
Meanwhile, Britt’s father says his son is loyal to a fault to his friends and unfortunately the elder Britt says his son knows some people who do not make good decisions. He also said his son had nothing to hide and discounted statements that he was not cooperating with authorities.
The elder Britt also commented that his son is learning to stay away from those who cause trouble. He says his son should either stay in Tennessee or go somewhere else other than New Jersey to get away from it all.
All athletic events involving Hopkinsville and Christian County athletic teams for this evening have been cancelled due to the impending winter weather forecast. WHOP Sports has also learned the University Heights game against Dawson Springs in the first round of the Boys 2nd region All A Classic has been cancelled for this evening and will be played Wednesday night at 7.
Hopkinsville boys basketball coach Tim Haworth did tell WHOP Sports the Tigers game at Graves County has been rescheduled for Thursday evening at 7:30.
Keep listening to the WHOP family of stations and follow us on our websites and Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.