ESPN reports Notre Dame has not started discussions with the Big East yet on its departure for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Big East commissioner Mike Aresco says Notre Dame is required to stay in the Big East two more seasons, but if they want to negotiate to leave early, they may make the request. Notre Dame announced earlier this week its intentions to go to the ACC in all sports except football.
Kentucky’s Morgan Newton says he’ll do what he can to help the Wildcats reach a sixth bowl game. Newton, who began his career at quarterback, is playing the H-Back position in order to get playing time after being beaten out by Maxwell Smith to be the starting signal caller. Newton and the Wildcats host instate rival Western Kentucky tomorrow night at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Arkansas News.com reports Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson’s availability for tomorrow’s game with top ranked Alabama remains up in the air. Coach John L. Smith said Wilson did not practice Thursday after working out Wednesday. Wilson was hit in the head and knocked out of last Saturday’s loss to Louisiana Monroe. You can hear the Arkansas-Alabama game at 2 Saturday on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Tennessee Titans are preparing for Sunday’s game with San Diego as if middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will not play. McCarthy is battling an ankle sprain suffered I the first half of last Sunday’s loss to New England. Will Witherspoon is expected to move to McCarthy’s position.
Former Christian County Colonel football standout Keith Tandy is listed as third on the depth chart at free safety as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet the NY Giants Sunday. You can hear the game at 11:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. The Sunday night game features Detroit at San Francisco, with the broadcast beginning at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football
Christian County and Hopkinsville play final non district tune ups this evening. The Colonels put their 3-1 mark on the line at Fort Campbell who is also 3-1 on the season. Kickoff from Fryar Stadium at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 and worldwide at lite987whop.com.
The Hopkinsville Tigers seek win one of the season as they meet Class 4A’s Allen County Scottsville who comes in with a 1-3 record. Kickoff from the Stadium of Champions at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Elsewhere this evening: Caldwell County goes to Franklin Simpson, Todd Central welcomes Russellville, Logan County entertains Greenwood, Madisonville at Union County, Webster County entertains Ohio County, Lone Oak hosts Reidland in the final meeting between the two schools.
Calloway County goes to Marshall County, Murray at Heath, Graves County entertains Mayfield, Henderson County travels to Apollo, Paducah Tilghman at Crittenden County, Bowling Green goes to Owensboro, Warren Central hosts Barren County, Warren East hosts Metcalfe County, South Warren at Edmonson County.
Thursday’s High School Sports Results
Golf: University Heights defeated Fort Campbell and Hopkinsville’s “B” team in a Thursday afternoon match at Western Hills. UHA had 158, Hopkinsville 174 and Fort Campbell 256. Tadd Switzer of UHA was medalist with 37, followed by teammate Dalton Putty with 38. Grant Stamper and Chandler Campbell led Hopkinsville, with each scoring 43.
In girls’ action, UHA defeated Fort Campbell 87-124. Anna Moore of UHA was medalist with 35.
Girls Soccer: Hopkinsville shut out Caldwell County 10-0, University Heights over Todd Central 8-2, Christian County edged Webster County 2-1,Trigg County edged Dawson Springs 3-2, Madisonville over Apollo 10-0.
Boys Soccer: Hopkinsville shut out Murray 5-0, University Heights edged Owensboro Catholic 3-2, Trigg County drilled Dawson Springs 10-0, Fort Campbell was a 10-0 winner over Lyon County, Franklin Simpson over Todd Central 2-0, Union County and Hopkins Central tied at 1.
Volleyball: University Heights defeated Fort Campbell 3-0, Bowling Green over Christian County 3-0, Caldwell County defeated Hopkinsville 2-0, Franklin Simpson over Todd Central 2-0, Hickman County got by Trigg County 2-1, Madisonville over Ohio County 2-1.
College Football: It’s a big game for both Western Kentucky and Kentucky as the teams square off tomorrow night in Lexington. The Hilltoppers and Wildcats are both 1-1 on the season, with kickoff at 6 pm Hopkinsville time, with Countdown to Kickoff on the air at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere: Louisville entertains North Carolina, Tennessee welcomes Florida, Vanderbilt hosts Presbyterian. In the Ohio Valley Conference: Austin Peay opens conference play at Tennessee State, with Murray State going to Missouri State.
A big game in the SEC tomorrow has top ranked Alabama at Arkansas, with coverage at 2 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
College Basketball: Austin Peay assistant women’s coach Jessica Grayson is leaving the program after two years to become the new girls basketball coach at Clarksville Academy. Ironically, Grayson replaces Jerome Jackson, who left that job Wednesday to become an assistant in the Lady Governors program.
The Christian County Colonels and Hopkinsville Tigers are making final preparations today for their Friday night football games. The Colonels travel to Fort Campbell in a game you can hear with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7, while the Tigers host Allen County Scottsville at the Stadium of Champions at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips says running back CoShik Williams will be the starter when the Wildcats host Western Kentucky Saturday evening. Williams missed last week’s win over Kent State due to injury.
Meanwhile, Phillips said following Wednesday’s practice the Wildcats need to create more turnovers defensively. Through two games, the Wildcats have forced only one turnover. Coverage of Saturday’s game which kicks off at 6 pm Hopkinsville time, airs at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
The University of Connecticut has an afternoon news conference scheduled to reportedly announce the retirement of men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun has won three national championships in his 26 seasons as coach of the Huskies. Current assistant Kevin Ollie is expected to be named as Calhoun’s successor.
The Green Bay Packers will likely be without wide receiver Greg Jennings when they face the Chicago Bears this evening. Jennings has not practiced all week following a groin injury in last Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. You can hear tonight’s game beginning at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Representatives of the National Hockey League and its Players Association are nowhere near having a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides met for three hours Wednesday with no progress reported. The current CBA expires Saturday, with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman saying if a deal is not reached by midnight Saturday, players will be locked out.
Major League Baseball action has St. Louis opening a series in Los Angeles this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods have announced their 2013 season schedule. The single A Midwest League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays will open the season at South Bend April 4 and open the home portion of the season against Lansing April 8.
Wednesday’s High School Sports Results
Girls Soccer: University Heights defeated Fort Campbell 5-4 in double overtime on penalty kicks.
Golf: Hopkinsville and Christian County went against Trigg County at Boots Randolph Golf Course. Hopkinsville won with a 157 team score, Trigg County was second with 163 and Christian County had 170.
Trigg County’s Nick Choate was medalist with 35, Christian County’s TJ Ferry led the Colonels with 36 and Hopkinsville was led by Jack Gardner and Wade Perry with 38.
Girls action saw Trigg County defeated Hopkinsville 89-97. Trigg’s Madison Chaney was medalist with 40, with Hopkinsville led by Dacie Bolton’s 47.
Today’s High School Sports Schedule
Girls Soccer: University Heights meets Todd Central, Hopkinsville welcomes Caldwell County, Christian County goes to Webster County, Trigg County meets Dawson Springs, Logan County hosts South Warren, Madisonville travels to Apollo, Henderson County at Owensboro, Lyon County at Ballard Memorial.
Boys Soccer: Hopkinsville hosts Murray, University Heights entertains Owensboro Catholic, Trigg County entertains Dawson Springs, Todd Central at Franklin Simpson, Union County at Hopkins Central.
Volleyball: Hopkinsville at Caldwell County, Christian County goes to Bowling Green, Franklin Simpson at Todd Central, Madisonville at Ohio County, Trigg County goes to Hickman County.
Hoppers Baseball: One of this year’s Hoptown Hoppers has made his collegiate baseball team as a walk on. Pitcher Taylor Veillon has made the squad for Louisiana Lafayette’s baseball team. Veillon had a 1-4 record and a 4.10 earned run average for the Ohio Valley League champions this summer.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky sophomore forward Nigel Snipes will miss the upcoming season after suffering a torn right ACL in practice. The injury occurred on Monday. Snipes played in 32 games as a freshman, averaging almost four points and just over two rebounds per game for the Hilltoppers.
Meanwhile, it was announced Wednesday WKU’s game with Louisville December 22nd in Bridgestone Arena, Nashville will tip off at 7:30 Hopkinsville time and be televised by ESPN U.
The 2012 NCAA Final Four floor from the Mercedes Benz Superdome will be put to good use at the University of Kentucky. Northwestern Mutual bought the floor and donated it to the university. The center court jump circle will be the center piece of the Wildcats locker room, with some 3,000 square feet of the floor to be used in the Kentucky dressing room.
Parts of the floor not used in the locker rooms will be cut up, autographed by coach John Calipari and auctioned to fans, with the proceeds to go to charities around Kentucky, including coach Calipari’s foundation and Northwestern Mutual’s primary focus, pediatric cancer.
The Leaf Chronicle reports former Austin Peay basketball player Jerome Jackson will leave his job as boys assistant and head girls basketball coach at Clarksville Academy to join the Lady Governor basketball staff. Coach Carrie Daniels announced Wednesday Jackson replaces David Midlick, who left in July to become the head coach at Division Two power Delta State.
NFL: Following three knee surgeries and a one game suspension by the league, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was on the practice field for the Titans Wednesday. Meanwhile, quarterback Jake Locker was limited in practice as he recovers from an injured left shoulder suffered in Sunday’s season opening loss to New England. Locker told reporters he expects to play Sunday at San Diego and is looking forward to having Britt on the field.
The NFL weekend begins tonight as the Chicago Bears play at Green Bay, with pre game coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Sports Tonight with Todd Hamilton comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
This evening’s guests include Allen County Scottsville football coach Brad Hood, who will preview the matchup with Hopkinsville Friday night. Jeff Sisk will visit with Hoptown football coach Marc Adam Clark on the game with ACS, Coach Steve Lovelace will preview Christian County’s game with Fort Campbell.
ESPN reports Notre Dame is leaving the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football and hockey. However, part of the deal includes the Irish will play five members of the ACC in football each season. When the transition will take place remains uncertain, as the Big East requires a 27 month notice to leave the conference.
Former Fort Campbell standout Antonio Andrews, now at Western Kentucky, ranks 8th nationally in all purpose yards with 180 yards per game and ranks 11th in punt return average with 18.2 yards per return. Andrews—who has become a versatile back for the Hilltoppers—will lead his team against Kentucky Saturday night in Lexington, with Countdown to Kickoff on the air at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Meanwhile, Kentucky defensive coordinator Rick Minter denies reports from Kentucky Sports Radio.com that he and head coach Joker Phillips had a verbal confrontation during the Louisville game which spilled over into last week’s preparations for the Kent State game. Addressing the media on the matter following practice Tuesday, Minter said quote “Didn’t happen”.
Week 2 of the NFL season gets underway tomorrow night as two old NFC rivals meet as Chicago travels to Green Bay. You can hear coverage of the game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Major League Baseball includes St. Louis playing a late afternoon game at San Diego, with Cincinnati hosting Pittsburgh, Atlanta at Milwaukee and Chicago meeting Houston this evening.
News Channel 5-Nashville reports the Milwaukee Brewers have extended their deal to have the Nashville Sounds as their Triple A affiliate through the 2014 season.