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Boys: Christian County closes out the regular season facing the team with the best record in the 1st region in Marshall County. The Marshals bring a 26-2 record to Colonel Gym 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.
Hopkinsville plays at Trigg County, University Heights closes out the regular season at Bowling Green, Russellville hosts Fort Campbell, Muhlenberg County welcomes Owensboro Catholic, Lyon County at Heath, Graves County at Lone Oak, Paducah Tilghman at Ballard Memorial, Calloway County hosts Fulton City, Warren East at Monroe County, Warren Central at Daviess County, Franklin Simpson hosts Glasgow.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Owensboro Catholic, Dawson Springs hosts McLean County, Logan County at Greenwood, Muhlenberg County hosts Daviess County, Calloway County goes to Ballard Memorial, Paducah Tilghman hosts Community Christian, Mayfield entertains Fulton City, Warren East at Monroe County and Franklin Simpson hosts Glasgow.
Number 14 Murray State clinched its third straight Ohio Valley Conference title with a 75-66 win at Southeast Missouri. Donte Poole had 25 points for the 25-1 Racers, while former Christian County player Corey Wilford had 12 points for the Redhawks.
Austin Peay led by four points with 2:49 left in the game, but saw Morehead State score seven points in 31 seconds and lost to the Eagles 52-48 in Clarksville. After being held scoreless in the last two games, former UHA player Tyshwan Edmondson had 15 for the Governors.
In the SEC: Tennessee defeated Arkansas 77-58. Women’s action saw Western Kentucky defeat Florida Atlantic 71-60.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky meets Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt plays Ole Miss.
Women’s action has Murray State meeting UT Martin, 8th ranked Kentucky plays Alabama, 24th ranked Vanderbilt meets Florida and 10th ranked Tennessee goes against Mississippi State.
The Courier Journal reports University of Kentucky assistant football coach Tee Martin is leaving Joker Phillips staff to go to Southern California. Martin, who coached wide receivers for Kentucky, will also coach receivers at USC. He interviewed for the USC position Monday. Martin—who was seen as Kentucky’s top recruiter during his two year tenure—spruned offers from several SEC schools including his alma mater Tennessee.
The Northern Trust Open begins today at Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles. Campbellsville native JB Holmes and Nashville native Brandt Snedeker are in the field.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville airs at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones who signed Monday with Rend Lake College.
Also, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari’s call in show and Sports Nightly air tonight on Lite 98.7 beginning at 5.
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Girls: University Heights fell to Logan County 40-38 on Senior Night at Blazer Gym. UHA was led in scoring by Dannika Prater with 14 points, followed by Denayia Holmes with 10 in falling to 20-5 on the season. Logan County was led by Shannon MacAllister with 12 in improving to 11-13 on the season.
Hopkinsville won its 25th game of the season in downing Madisonville 69-43, Christian County defeated Apollo 56-52, Todd Central over Trigg County 52-36, Community Christian over Dawson Springs 56-47, Crittenden County edged Hopkins Central 56-54 in double overtime, Graves County over Hickman County 67-38, Livingston Central over Lone Oak 57-53, Paducah Tilghman over Calloway County 68-48, Murray defeated Henderson County 60-46, Marshall County defeated Ballard Memorial 57-44.
Boys: University Heights trailed by as many as 14 in the second half, rallied to within 2 but lost to Logan County 69-66. The Blazers were led in scoring by Jake Hopper with 15, Boo Johnson added 13 and Nick Allen had 12. UHA falls to 13-10 on the season, while Logan County goes to 20-8.
Muhlenberg County defeated Christian County 67-48, Crittenden County edged Fort Campbell 63-62, Todd Central defeated Trigg County 52-36, Webster County defeated Caldwell County 83-56, Community Christian over Dawson Springs 67-34, Bowling Green routed Russellville 82-58, Henderson County defeated Hopkins Central 77-46, Madisonville over Apollo 55-46, Lyon County defeated Ballard Memorial 63-53, Paducah Tilghman over Calloway County 70-57, Warren Central defeated Allen County Scottsville 72-63.
Anthony Hickey Junior was the hero for LSU, scoring the last four points for the Tigers including the game winner with 1.4 seconds left in overtime in defeating Mississippi State 69-67. Hickey scored eight points, three rebounds and an assist.
Donovan Kates had five points and four assists, but Manhattan fell to Siena 70-64.
Tonight’s games: Ohio Valley Conference action has 14th ranked Murray State at Southeast Missouri, Austin Peay meets Morehead State. In the SEC: Tennessee takes on Arkansas.
Women’s action has Western Kentucky taking on Florida Atlantic.
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 44 players were named to the 2011 Collegiate All Commonwealth team Tuesday. Five of them came from the University of Kentucky with defensive back Winston Guy, wide receiver La’ Rod King, linebacker Danny Trevathan, punter Ryan Tydlacka and offensive lineman Larry Warford.
Murray State was represented by quarterback Casey Brockman, offensive lineman Raymond Hopson and wide receiver Dontrell Johnson.
Western Kentucky placed running back Bobby Rainey among six players. Rainey was named the offensive player of the year, while UK’s Danny Trevathan was named the defensive player of the year.
The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have signed defensive lineman Lamar Divens to a one year contract. Divens—who played collegiately at Vanderbilt and Tennessee State—rejected a contract from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2011 season, after spending a few weeks on the practice squad.
The Nashville Predators got back on the winning ways last night with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan Ellis had the game winner for Nashville with 5:42 left in the third period, snapping a three game losing skid.
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Hopkinsville High School golfer Dayton Jones signed to play collegiate golf with Rend Lake College during a ceremony Monday afternoon. Jones says he will continue his work with instructor Todd Trimble in Paducah and play the Pepsi Tour and other events during the spring and summer before heading to Rend Lake in the fall.
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Heritage Christian Academy had four players in double figures and rallied from a 12 point third quarter deficit to defeat South Haven 71-60 Monday night at Warrior Gym. Alex Walker and Kenneth Morris led the scoring with 20 points each, while Jameson Murray added 12 and Alex Little 10 for HCA, now 25-2 on the season.
Other boys games: Fort Campbell edged Todd Central 70-68, Grayson County got by South Warren 51-47.
Girls: Todd Central over Fort Campbell 54-26, Henderson County defeated Owensboro Catholic 67-60.
University Heights hosts Senior Night as the Blazers and Lady Blazers host Logan County. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Boys: Christian County travels to Muhlenberg County, Fort Campbell hosts Crittenden County, Russellville hosts Bowling Green, Todd Central goes to Trigg County, Caldwell County at Webster County, Hopkins Central at Henderson County, Dawson Springs at Community Christian, Calloway County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Union County at Daviess County, Marshall County hosts Mayfield, Warren Central hosts Allen County Scottsville, Warren East hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Madisonville, Dawson Springs at Community Christian, Trigg County hosts Todd Central, Hopkins Central hosts Crittenden County, Russellville hosts Bowling Green, Henderson County at Murray, Livingston Central at Lone Oak, Calloway County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Marshall County hosts Ballard Memorial, Warren Central hosts Allen County Scottsville and Warren East welcomes Franklin Simpson.
Second ranked Syracuse nipped 18th ranked Louisville 52-51.
Women’s scores: In the OVC—Austin Peay defeated Murray State 85-72. In the SEC—number 11 Tennessee rolled over 7th ranked Kentucky 91-54.
Tonight’s games: Manhattan meets Siena, LSU takes on Mississippi State.
Kentucky remains number one in both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, with Murray State diving to 14th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 16th in the AP poll. Louisville is ranked 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 19th in the AP Poll.
Dickie V is coming to Murray State. ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale announced over the weekend he will be doing the ESPN Bracketbuster game between the Racers and St. Mary at 5 pm Saturday. It will be Vitale’s first trip to the CFSB Center and he will be joined by play by play man Dave O’ Brien. The game will be on either ESPN or ESPN 2.
Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan was named co-OVC player of the week Monday. Cannan had averaged 27 points and shot 68 percent in games last week against Tennessee State and Austin Peay. Cannan is sharing the honor this week with Tennessee State’s Robert Covington.
Kentucky’s Marquis Teague was named the SEC Freshman of the Week Monday. Teague averaged 12 and a half points and nine and a half assists in wins over 8th ranked Florida and Vanderbilt.
The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky University appears to be assembling a group of finalists for the men’s basketball coaches position.
Despite the fact interim coach Ray Harper has won three of six games he’s coached and fans are coming back to Diddle Arena, president Gary Ransdell and athletics director Ross Bjork are assembling a group of finalists, with Ransdell and Bjork to make the final decision on whether to let Harper stay permanently or hire a new leader.
Ransdell says he prefers someone with head coaching experience, which Harper has with Kentucky Wesleyan and Oklahoma City. Some other names that have been mentioned include Louisville assistant Richard Pitino, Florida assistant and Kentucky native John Pelphrey and UK assistant Orlando Antigua.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will not comment if Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien is transferring to play for the Commodores. Maryland announced the transfers of three players, including O’ Brien on Monday. O’Brien was the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, when Franklin was the Terrapins offensive coordinator.
The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening, hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. First puck at the Bridgestone Arena drops at 7.
Murray State's basketball team took a nose dive in both major college basketball polls following their loss last week to Tennessee State. The Racers are 14th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll.
Kentucky is still ranked first in both polls and Louisville made moves this week. The Cardinals are 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 19th in the Associated Press poll.
When Murray State hosts St. Mary's in the ESPN Bracketbuster game Saturday, it will have none other than Dick Vitale calling the game. Vitale--who will make his first appearance at the CFSB Center--will be joined by Dave O' Brien for the 5 pm game, which will air on either ESPN or ESPN 2.
Randy Moss is talking about a comeback in 2012. The wide receiver retired last August after 13 NFL seasons, but told an audience on UStream.TV he is considering a return. Moss last played in 2010 with three different teams, the last being the Tennessee Titans. Moss has 153 career touchdowns, second only to Jerry Rice and has caught 954 passes for 14, 858 yards in his career, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings.
Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones will sign a letter of intent this afternoon to play for Rend Lake Junior College. The ceremony takes place at 2:30 at Hopkinsville High School’s library.
Union County won the Region One wrestling meet at Caldwell County High School. Christian County was second, Fort Campbell fourth, University Heights fifth and Hopkinsville ninth. Christian County had eight wrestlers qualify for the state meet, Hopkinsville and University Heights had three and Fort Campbell had four. The state tournament begins Friday in Frankfort.
Favorite Bowling Green won both the boys and girls Western Kentucky regional swim meet in Owensboro, with Hopkinsville’s boys finishing seventh and the Lady Tigers finishing eighth. Hopkinsville did have several swimmers make the state meet according to a story in today’s Kentucky New Era.
Christian County Little Lady Colonels 12U softball team went 3-1 and finished as runner ups at an indoor tournament held this weekend in Owensboro.
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Heritage Christian Academy’s Warriors are back in action this evening against South Haven, with the Heritage Bank pre game show from Warrior Gym at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other boys games: Todd Central hosts Fort Campbell, Dawson Springs travels to Union County, Madisonville at Apollo, South Warren welcomes Grayson County, Murray at Heath, Reidland at Community Christian, Graves County hosts Carlisle County, Livingston Central entertains Hickman County.
Girls: Christian County at Apollo, Fort Campbell goes to Todd Central, Lyon County hosts Union County, Henderson County hosts Owensboro Catholic, Murray travels to Heath, Reidland at Community Christian, Bowling Green goes to Caverna.
23rd ranked Louisville takes on Syracuse and in women’s action Murray State entertains Austin Peay and 7th ranked Kentucky plays at 11th ranked Tennessee.
Kentucky coach John Calipari’s weekly call in show and Sports Nightly move to Wednesday night this week, beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7. The top ranked Wildcats play against Ole Miss Saturday, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt University wants to host high school football games including the state championships once again. The school is installing a new artificial turf this summer according to Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams. Vanderbilt hosted the state high school football championship games in Tennessee from 1981-1999. The games are currently being played in Cookeville, with that contract not expiring until 2012.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for 10th at seven under par 210 and Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished tied for 31st at two under 214 at the Champions Tour Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida Sunday. Corey Pavin defeated Peter Senior on the first playoff hole for his first Champions Tour title.