High School Basketball-Friday’s scores
2nd region at Hopkinsville: Jordan Majors connected on 1 of 2 free throws with 2.8 seconds left as Hopkinsville held on to defeat Madisonville 63-62. Majors led the Tigers in scoring with 18, Jaqualis Matlock added 17 and Trey Edwards had 11 for the 30-4 Tigers. Madisonville was led by 23 points from Jaiveon Eaves as the Maroons finish the season 18-13.
Henderson County took the second game over Trigg County 70-60. Kaleb Duckworth had 22 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Colonels to their 26th win of the season to go with five losses. Trigg County was led by Deonquez Nance with 21 as the Wildcats finish the season 20-9.
4th region at WKU: Russell County edged Russellville 72-69 and Warren Central got by Barren County. Russell County plays Barren County for the 4th region title Sunday afternoon.
1st region at Murray State: Calloway County slid by St. Mary 39-37 and Graves County over Lone Oak 61-43. Calloway County plays Graves County for the championship Sunday afternoon.
3rd region at Owensboro Sports Center: Owensboro Catholic edged Breckinridge County 70-69 in double overtime and Ohio County defeated Owensboro 60-57.
Tonight’s Boys games
2nd region: Hopkinsville entertains Henderson County in the title game at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM-1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
3rd region: Owensboro Catholic faces Ohio County at 8 pm at the Owensboro Sports Center.
Today’s Girls games
3rd region semifinals at the Owensboro Sports Center: Owensboro Catholic meets Muhlenberg County at 2 pm and Meade County plays Ohio County at 3:45.
College Basketball: Manhattan edged Fairfield in a low scoring affair 34-31. Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 2 points, both from the free throw line. Manhattan improved to 12-16 on the season with the win.
Today’s games: 10th ranked Louisville is in action against 12th ranked Syracuse, with pre game coverage at 10:45 this morning on Newstalk WHOP.
Kentucky looks for its fourth consecutive win this afternoon at Arkansas. The Razorbacks are 12-0 in Bud Walton Arena since losing to 12th ranked Syracuse earlier this season. Pre game coverage begins at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: Tennessee takes on Georgia, LSU meets Missouri and Vanderbilt takes on Auburn.
In the OVC: Murray State takes on Southeast Missouri in both men’s and women’s play. Austin Peay takes on UT-Martin in a men’s-women’s twin bill.
Western Kentucky meets Middle Tennessee in a men’s-women’s doubleheader in Bowling Green and 15th ranked Oklahoma State takes on Texas.
College Football: Even though he’s been Florida’s wide receivers coach since early December, details of former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips contract were not released until Friday.
Kentucky Sports Radio.com—citing an report from ESPN.com’s Gator Nation—says Phillips will make $265,000 per year for the next two years at Florida, in addition to receiving $1.7 million from Kentucky next year and $850,000 in 2014 as his buyout of the Kentucky contract.
NFL: The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have agreed to a new contract. ESPN reports the deal is for six years and worth $120.6 million, making Flacco the highest paid player in the NFL. The deal will reportedly be signed by the Super Bowl MVP on Monday. Flacco threw for nearly four-thousand yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, helping the Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl 47.
Major League Baseball: Grapefruit League action saw St. Louis and Houston play to an 8 all tie, Washington defeated Atlanta 6-5. In the Cactus League, Kansas City defeated Cincinnati 3-2 and Arizona defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-2.
Today’s games include Cincinnati playing the Chicago White Sox out in Arizona, with coverage beginning at 1:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP. The Chicago Cubs are also in Cactus League action today against the San Francisco Giants. Grapefruit League action has Atlanta meeting Houston and the St. Louis Cardinals go against Washington.
NHL: After losing at Anaheim Thursday night, the Nashville Predators return to action tonight at San Jose. Coverage of the game begins at 9:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP.
NASCAR: Mark Martin is now the oldest driver to win a pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at age 54. Martin ran a lap at 138.074 miles-per-hour during Friday's qualifier for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix international Raceway. He also won the pole for this race last season, finishing ninth. This is his 56th career pole, which moves him into seventh on the all-time list. The Phoenix race is set for Sunday.
Golf: Defending champion Rory McIlroy withdrew after 7 holes in the second round of the Honda Classic. McIlroy cited pain in a wisdom tooth for pulling out of the event. Luke Guthrie is the leader at 9 under par, with Michael Thompson one stroke back.
College Basketball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports the nation’s number one high school recruit Andrew Wiggins is mum about where he wants to play collegiately. Wiggins just completed his two day official visit to Kentucky. He has official visits remaining at Kansas and North Carolina next week.
MLB: Grapefruit League games have St. Louis taking on Houston and Atlanta meets Washington. Cactus League action has Cincinnati meeting Kansas City and the Chicago Cubs meet Colorado.
A reminder that Reds on Radio premieres tomorrow as Cincinnati meets the Chicago White Sox, with coverage at 1:50 on Newstalk WHOP.
NFL: The Atlanta Falcons are shedding some salary from their roster. The team has released running back Michael Turner, cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham. The trio spent three seasons together and helped the Falcons reach the playoffs each year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the moves will save the Falcons nearly $16-million in cap space.
Golf: World number-one Rory McIlroy is out of the Honda Classic. The defending champion has withdrawn from the tournament after a difficult first nine holes. McIlroy posted two bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey in his first eight holes at PGA National.
McIlroy told reporters in the parking lot that he is "in a bad place mentally." He later issued a statement apologizing for his withdrawal, saying he is suffering from a sore wisdom tooth that is due to come out soon.
High School Basketball- Thursday’s Girls scores
2nd region at Caldwell County: University Heights rolled out to a 14-4 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back in defeating Lyon County 57-42. Dennayia Holmes led the Lady Blazers in scoring with 21 points, LeLe Grubbs added 12 and Meg Startling 10 for UHA, who is 23-7 on the season. Lyon County finishes 11-20.
UHA will rematch against Webster County in the second semi final game Monday night after the Lady Trojans defeated Caldwell County 48-44. Webster County improves to 23-5, while Caldwell County finishes the season 21-10.
4th region at Barren County: Todd Central edged Warren Central 41-37 and Allen County Scottsville got by Metcalfe County 49-47.
1st region at Murray State: Marshall County crushed Carlisle County 52-16 and Paducah Tilghman defeated Mayfield 60-37.
3rd region at Owensboro Sports Center: Meade County over Owensboro 64-54 and Ohio County defeated Edmonson County 86-65.
Tonight’s Boys semi final games
2nd region at Hopkinsville: Hopkinsville plays Madisonville at 6, followed by Trigg County and Henderson County. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
4th region at WKU: Warren Central meets Barren County and Russellville goes against Russell County.
1st region at Murray State: Graves County meets Lone Oak and Calloway County goes against St. Mary.
3rd region at Owensboro Sports Center: Owensboro Catholic meets Breckinridge County and Owensboro goes against Ohio County.
Heritage Christian Academy’s Lady Warriors lost in their first round game at the KCAA State Tournament at Asbury College to Community Christian 53-37. HCA’s boys begin play today in the KCAA State Tournament as they face Holy Angels at 6:30 Hopkinsville time this evening.
College Basketball-Thursday’s scores
In the OVC: UT Martin edged Murray State 69-68, with Isaiah Cannan scoring 31 points in the loss for the Racers. Southeast Missouri rolled over Austin Peay 108-81, with former Christian County standout Corey Wilford scoring 26 to lead SEMO, with Travis Betran also scoring 26 to lead the Governors.
Western Kentucky edged South Alabama 79-73. TJ Price had 22 points to lead the Hilltoppers.
Women’s scores: 10th ranked Kentucky rolled over Ole Miss 90-65, 8th ranked Tennessee defeated 13th ranked Texas A&M 82-72 to clinch the SEC regular season title and Vanderbilt defeated Auburn 59-44.
Tonight’s game: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates leads Manhattan against Fairfield.
Tomorrow’s games include 10th ranked Louisville at 12th ranked Syracuse, with coverage at 10:45 on Newstalk WHOP. Kentucky looks for its fourth win in a row as the Wildcats travel to Arkansas. Pre game coverage from Fayetteville begins at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports St. X High School offensive lineman Troy Hart plans to walk on at Western Kentucky University. According to Hart’s father, the younger Hart is accepting a preferred walk on from WKU over one from the University of Louisville.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky has signed a junior college defensive lineman for 2013. Melvin Lewis has played the last two seasons for Fullerton Community College in California. Lewis had 41 tackles and 3.5 quarterback sacks in his sophomore year. He will have two years of eligibility left at Kentucky, who now has 23 signees in the 2013 class.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans tight end Brandon Barden was arrested last weekend on a DUI charge following a traffic accident in Georgia. The incident happened in Lincoln County, Georgia early Saturday morning. Barden was an undrafted free agent who played in three games for the Titans last season. Titans officials have declined comment, saying they are still gathering facts.
NFL: Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson says he expects to rush for more yards than Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson next season, he also predicts he can make a run at Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record.
Appearing on ESPN’s NFL Live Wednesday, Johnson said he has always been a confident guy and he believes if the situation is right, he can eclipse the record. Johnson rushed for 1,243 yards and six touchdowns in the 2012 season.
College Basketball: WPSD reported on its website Wednesday that Murray State has lost a basketball commitment for 2013. Demarcus Croaker decommitted so he could take an official visit to the University of Texas this weekend. It’s likely Croaker will end up in Austin next season.
Top 25 games tonight have number 2 Gonzaga at BYU, 3rd ranked Duke at Virginia and 15th rated Ohio State at Northwestern.
MLB: Cactus League games have the Cincinnati Reds splitting their squad today, with part playing Arizona and the other playing Colorado, with the Chicago Cubs hosting Oakland. Grapefruit League action includes Atlanta playing Philadelphia and St. Louis meeting Miami.
Golf: First round play is underway at the Honda Classic, this week’s PGA Tour stop in Florida. Former University of Kentucky golfer JB Holmes is among those in the field which include world number 1 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
High School Basketball-Wednesday’s Girls scores
2nd region at Caldwell County: 3rd ranked Henderson County used a 22-5 second quarter run to defeat Christian County 66-37. The Northern Colonels were led by Ellie Fruit’s 23 points, with Macie Brown adding 16 in improving to 24-2 on the season. Christian County got 8 points each from Jamesha Mosley and Oshaquala Davis in finishing 8-20.
Henderson County will face Madisonville in the first semi final game Monday night. Madisonville rolled over Livingston Central 63-35 to improve to 16-16 on the season. Livingston Central finishes 14-15.
4th region at Barren County: Bowling Green edged Glasgow 49-46 and Russell County squeezed by Franklin Simpson 59-56.
1st region at Murray State: Graves County edged Lone Oak 50-49 and Murray rolled over Hickman County 92-25.
3rd region at Owensboro Sportscenter: Owensboro Catholic over Hancock County 59-37 and Muhlenberg County defeated Grayson County 78-69 in double overtime.
2nd region: 8th district champion University Heights opens play against Lyon County at 6, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk WHOP and online at whopam.com. Game two sends Caldwell County against Webster County.
4th region: Todd Central plays Warren Central and Allen County Scottsville meets Metcalfe County.
1st region: Marshall County plays Carlisle County and Paducah Tilghman goes against Mayfield.
3rd region: Ohio County goes against Edmonson County and Owensboro meets Meade County.
The Kentucky New Era reports Hopkinsville junior Trey Edwards and Christian County junior Dannika Prater have been invited to try out for the Kentucky Boys and Girls Junior All Star teams. The tryouts will be held in conjunction with the senior tryouts March 22-23 at Georgetown College. The Kentucky portion of the Junior series will be held in Louisville June 7th.
The Courier Journal reports the finalist for Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball have been announced. Bullitt East teammates Derrick Willis and Rusty Troutman, along with Trinity’s Darryl Hicks, Montgomery County’s Omar Prewitt and Madison Central’s Dominque Hawkins are the boys finalists.
Marion County’s Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers head the girls list along with Owensboro Catholic’s Becca Greenwell, Christian Academy’s China Dow and Madison Central’s Larryn Brooks. The awards are given by the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation will be announced March 29th in a ceremony in Louisville.
High School Football: The Bowling Green Daily News reported Wednesday Warren East has hired a new football coach. Defensive coordinator Steve Long had the interim tag removed as he replaces Ben Bruni who resigned last December. Warren East was 13-1 in the 2012 season in losing to Collins High in the Class 4-A semi finals. Long has been the Raiders defensive coordinator the last two years.
Kentucky picked up its third win in a row as they defeated Mississippi State 85-55 at Rupp Arena. Ryan Harrow led Kentucky with 19 points and Alex Poythress added 16. The Wildcats are now 20-8 and 11-4 in the SEC and are within a game of first place Florida with two games left. UK is at Arkansas Saturday, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other SEC action saw LSU defeat Arkansas 65-60, with Anthony Hickey scoring 10 points and leading the Tigers with 5 assists. Vanderbilt edged Georgia 63-62.
10th ranked Louisville rolled to a 79-58 win over DePaul, with four Cards in double figures led by Russ Smith with 17 points. 15th ranked Oklahoma State rolled to a 64-47 win over TCU.
Women’s scores: South Alabama defeated Western Kentucky 65-59 and Belmont won in overtime over Austin Peay 75-59.
Tonight’s games: Murray State plays Tennessee Martin, Austin Peay meets Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky goes against South Alabama.
Women’s action has 10th ranked Kentucky playing Ole Miss, 8th ranked Tennessee meeting 13th ranked Texas A&M and Vanderbilt goes against Auburn.
NHL: The Nashville Predators lost at Anaheim 5-1 and return to action Saturday night at San Jose, with coverage at 9:30 on Newstalk WHOP.