College Football: Western Kentucky is anywhere from a 5 ½ to 6 ½ point favorite over Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl tonight at Ford Field in Detroit. It’s the first bowl appearance since joining FBS for the Hilltoppers, while the Chippewas are making their first bowl appearance since 2010.
Western running back Antonio Andrews is hoping for a big night. The former Fort Campbell standout is 273 yards of breaking Barry Sanders all purpose yards record for a season at 3,250. Sanders accomplished the feat while at Oklahoma State in 1988.
The Courier Journal reports Central Michigan is sitting two players for tonight’s game. Sophomore wide receivers Titus Davis and teammate Courtney Williams will miss the game after violation of team rules.
Davis was the leading receiver with 860 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season, while Williams is the third leading receiver at 360 yards this season.
Kickoff at Ford Field is set for just after 6:30, with pre game coverage beginning at 5:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
College Basketball: Things are quiet on the hardwood tonight. However, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s weekly talk show airs at 5 tomorrow night, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky returns to action Saturday against Louisville at the Yum Center, with pre game coverage at 1:30 also on Lite 98.7.
Louisville big man Gorugi Dieng was to see a doctor today concerning his broken left wrist. Earlier this week, it was rumored Dieng may play against Kentucky Saturday if his wrist had healed enough where he could see some playing time.
However, Louisville coach Rick Pitino has recently said Dieng would not play until the Cardinals open Big East play against Providence January 2nd.
High School Basketball: Boys action includes Graves County playing in the Hindsdale IL Holiday Classic and Ohio County meeting Bourbon County in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic in Lexington.
Girls’ action has Union County playing in the Titans Christmas Clash at Mercer County High School.
Western Kentucky makes its first ever bowl appearance as a member of Football Bowl Subdivision this evening as the Hilltoppers meet the Chippewas of Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit. The Hilltoppers bring a 7-5 record into the contest, while Central Michigan is 6-6. Coverage of the game from Ford Field in Detroit begins at 5:30 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Following a break for Christmas, 22nd ranked Louisville returns to the practice field today as they prepare for the Sugar Bowl against 4th ranked Florida one week from today.
3rd ranked Arizona won the championship game of the DiamondHead Classic in Hawaii by defeating 17th ranked San Diego State 68-67. The Wildcats are 12-0 for the first time since 1987.
Kentucky coach John Calipari’s weekly talk show airs Thursday night at 5, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. The Wildcats are back in action Saturday at 3rd ranked Louisville, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
The court at EA Diddle Arena will be named in honor of former Western Kentucky player, coach and athletic director John Oldham as the Hilltoppers take on Florida International tomorrow night, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football
The Courier Journal has named its All State teams. Fort Campbell offensive lineman Koty Hix was named to the first team, along with linemen Hunter Bivin of Apollo and Eli Wilson of Graves County. Graves County running back Zack Katzman was also named first team. Defensively, Mayfield’s Jonathan Jackson and Owensboro Catholic’s Logan Cart were named first team.
Mayfield wide receiver Jordon Brown, Madisonville lineman Skylar Ipock and Murray kicker Alex Ward were named second team offensive members, with defensive linemen Cole Webster of Caldwell County, Darius Catlett of Murray, linebackers Deondre Jackson of Mayfield and AK Tisdale of Logan County, and defensive backs Juan Jones of Christian County and Darrius Spivey-Nunn of Paducah Tilghman also named second team.
Third team offensive members include running back Korey Mosley of Christian County, wide receivers Tez Sivills of Caldwell County and Narcarius Fant of Bowling Green, and offensive lineman Kendall Calhoun of Paducah Tilghman.
Defensive members are Derik Overstreet of Paducah Tilghman, Warren Central’s Darius Lancaster, Chris Porter-Bunton and Emmit Smith, Eli Brown of Warren East.
College Basketball: Louisville has been installed as a nine point favorite against Kentucky when the teams meet Saturday at the Yum Center.
ESPN reports that Louisville’s Gourgi Dieng will visit with his doctor Wednesday to see if his broken left wrist is healed enough for him to play against Kentucky. Reports indicate his parents are coming from Africa to see the game.
Coach Rick Pitino had recently said Dieng would not play Saturday, but could be ready when the Cards take on Providence January 2nd. You can hear Saturday’s game at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
A reminder because of Christmas Eve, Coach John Calipari’s talk show moves to Thursday night this week beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: The bowl season resumes later today with the Hawaii Bowl, which
features the Fresno State Bulldogs against former WAC rival SMU. Fresno State
won five straight games to close the regular season at 9-3, while the Mustangs
enter the contest with a mark of 6-6.
Western Kentucky is in Detroit, preparing for its first bowl game in school history Wednesday night when the Hilltoppers meet Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl. You can hear the game on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, with coverage beginning at 5:30.
New Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek plans a complete overhaul of the Vols defensive scheme. The Vols defense was the worst in the SEC in 2012, allowing almost 36 points and over 471 yards per game. Jancek has concentrated his recruiting efforts on finding players to play in a 4-3 scheme, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
High School Football: The Associated Press has announced its 2012 All State teams. Wide receiver Narcarius Fant of Bowling Green was named first team offense, along with offensive lineman Hunter Bivin of Apollo.
First team defensive members included Jonathan Jackson of Mayfield and Lincoln Quick and Allen Gonsalves of Bowling Green.
Caldwell County wide receiver Tez Sivills was named 2nd team offense, along with running back Jonathan Jackson of Mayfield and offensive lineman Hunter Harris of Graves County.
Making the second team defense were defensive linemen Cole Webster of Caldwell County, Derik Overstreet of Paducah Tilghman and Eli Wilson of Graves County, along with linebacker Darrius Spivey-Nunn of Paducah Tilghman.
James Quick of Trinity was named Kentucky Mr. Football and Jason Hiser of Pleasure Ridge Park was named Coach of the Year.
High School Basketball
Boys: Hopkinsville fell in the 5th place game at the King of the Bluegrass Sunday to Trinity by the score of 58-53. Christian County also lost its final game at the Fort Harrod Classic to Christian Academy of Louisville 73-63.
Girls: Bullitt East defeated Murray 59-48, Marion County over Bowling Green 66-43.
Due to the Christmas holiday, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s weekly talk show will not air this evening. It will air Thursday night at 5 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Saturday at Louisville, with pre game coverage at 1:30 also on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky is making final preparations for its first bowl game appearance Wednesday night against Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit. Interim coach Lance Guidry will try to go 2 for 2 as an interim coach, having lead Miami of Ohio to a bowl win in 2011.
New coach Bobby Petrino has watched practice and will be attending the bowl game according to the Courier Journal, but has not been involved in any of the preparation. You can hear the Little Caesar’s Bowl Wednesday night on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
There’s one bowl game on this Christmas Eve, as Southern Methodist meets Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.
NFL: Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams was so disgusted with his team’s performance in its 55-7 loss at Green Bay Sunday, he turned off the television before the game was over.
The Tennessean reports Adams said that he really likes Coach Mike Munchak, but if he’s not getting the job done, he has to find out. Adams went on to say that something is not right, and he plans to find out what the problem is and fix it. Adams also said he plans to meet with Munchak, whose contract goes through 2014, and the front office at the conclusion of the season.
The Titans close out the regular season next Sunday against Jacksonville at LP Field.
High School Basketball Scores from Friday night
Boys: Hopkinsville lost to Ballard 92-69 in the King of the Bluegrass tournament at Louisville Fairdale. The Tigers were led in scoring by Jordan Majors who had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Christian County got 33 points from Quan Poindexter, but fell to Montgomery County in the Fort Harrod Classic 73-60, Fleming County defeated University Heights 63-49.
At the KME Classic at Trigg County: Trigg County defeated Graves County 77-72 and lost to Warren East 80-54. Warren East defeated Murray 68-57 and Graves County defeated Clarksville Academy 57-43.
Other games saw Madisonville edge Owensboro 74-72, Henderson County defeated Russellville 67-59, Calloway County over Breckinridge County 46-44, Ohio County slid by Daviess County 60-57, Caldwell County lost to Hickman County 67-59 and Paducah Tilghman 58-32. Mayfield defeated Crittenden County 71-52 and Reidland 63-60. Crittenden County also lost to Reidland 57-46, Marshall County over Logan County 62-49, Carlisle County over Union County 50-47.
Girls: At the KME Classic at Trigg County: Russellville over Trigg County 59-32 and Lone Oak beat Heath 62-43, Harlan defeated Caldwell County 50-48, Grayson County over Crittenden County 65-30, Daviess County over Hopkins Central 54-47, Owensboro over Union County 65-46, Muhlenberg County over Iroquois 64-20.
Boys: Hopkinsville meets host Fairdale in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament this afternoon at 5, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and whopam.com. Christian County meets Bardstown in the Fort Harrod Classic.
Girls: Webster County meets Madisonville, Livingston Central meets Apollo, Trigg County hosts Lone Oak and Russellville plays Heath at the KME Classic, Logan County at West Creek, TN.
College Basketball: Middle Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 56-52, Tennessee over Western Carolina 68-52. Top 25 action saw 6th ranked Indiana defeat Florida Atlantic 88-52 and 22nd ranked Notre Dame rolled over Niagara 89-67.
Women’s scores: Western Kentucky over Florida A&M 71-57, 7th ranked Kentucky defeated UC Santa Barbara 66-38, Austin Peay over Lipscomb 69-42.
Kentucky returns to action hosting Marshall at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other action has 4th ranked Louisville meeting Western Kentucky at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Murray State at Dayton, Austin Peay at Illinois State, Vanderbilt hosts Charleston, LSU at Marquette and Manhattan goes against South Carolina.
Women’s action has top ranked Stanford going against 10th rated Tennessee.
College Football: In the Beef O’ Brady’s bowl last night, Central Florida defeated Ball State 38-17.
There are a couple of bowl games today including Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns meeting East Carolina in the New Orleans Bowl and Boise State goes against Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl.
NFL: The Atlanta Falcons will try to clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC
playoffs Saturday night when they take on the Lions in Detroit. The Falcons can also
clinch the No. 1 seed with a Green Bay Packers loss or tie and a San Francisco
49ers defeat on Sunday.
The Buffalo Bills are staying in Western New York. The team announced Friday
that it had reached an agreement with Erie County and the state on a 10-year
lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Under the agreement, the Bills are committed to
remain in Buffalo for at least seven years, regardless of ownership. According
to a Buffalo newspaper, a hefty relocation penalty is built into the
agreement. The franchise will have to pay $400 million if it leaves before
Though Robert Griffin III is still awaiting medical clearance to participate
in the Washington Redskins' key game at Philadelphia this coming Sunday, it
appears as if the team will have its rookie quarterback ready to go. Griffin
was listed as probable for the Week 16 clash after practicing without
restrictions for a third consecutive day on Friday. The 2012 No. 2 overall
draft pick was held out of last week's 38-21 win at Cleveland due to a Grade I
sprain of the lateral collateral ligament of his right knee he sustained in
the fourth quarter of Washington's overtime triumph over Baltimore on Dec. 9.