Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Host Todd Hamilton will originate his show from Tiger Gym at Hopkinsville High School and preview tonight’s game between Hopkinsville and Henderson County.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball Scores
Boys: Christian County picked up its first win of the season with a 77-63 victory over Madisonville. The Colonels had only two players in double figures, with Quan Poindexter leading the way with 22 points.
Jarvis Irby had 19 points all in the second half, with 15 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Madisonville had three players in double figures led by Daylyn Jones with 16. Christian County evened its record to 1-1 while Madisonville fell to 2-2.
Elsewhere: Russellville edged University Heights 69-66, Crittenden County over Caldwell County 52-43, Fort Campbell defeated Lyon County 76-72, Trigg County over Hopkins Central 81-64, South Warren over Franklin Simpson 49-45, Muhlenberg County got by Union County 65-63, Ohio County over Marshall County 67-54, Webster County defeated Livingston Central 70-35, Warren Central nipped Owensboro 69-68, Greenwood over Daviess County 73-69, Bowling Green over Elizabethtown 66-58, Murray rolled over Community Christian 64-24.
Girls: Christian County saw its two game win streak come to an end as they lost to Madisonville 52-49. Dannika Prater had 24 points to lead all scorers for Christian County, with Alexis Davie adding 10.
Madisonville was led by Shaniya Whitsell with 13, with Punkin McNary and Adarian Gray each adding 11. Madisonville is now 3-0 on the season, while Christian County falls to 2-2.
Elsewhere: University Heights defeated Lyon County 61-26, Caldwell County over Crittenden County 57-39, Franklin Simpson over South Warren 58-52, Muhlenberg County over Owensboro 55-50, Paducah Tilghman got by Mayfield 53-51, Webster County over Livingston Central 65-24, Henderson County over Castle, IN 65-57.
Tonight’s game: Two of the top teams in the 2nd region meet in boys action as Hopkinsville hosts Henderson County. Tip off at 7:30 from Tiger Gym, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
College Basketball: Kentucky snapped a two game losing streak with a convincing 88-56 win over Samford in Rupp Arena. Six Wildcats were in double figures led by Archie Goodwin’s 18 points and 11 rebounds. Clarksville’s Alex Poythress added 16 for Kentucky who improves to 5-3 on the season. Next up for Kentucky is a Saturday date with Portland, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Murray State rolled past Bethel 76-54 thanks to a career high 23 points from Ed Daniel, who also added 14 rebounds. Stacy Wilson added 16 and Isaiah Cannan pitched in 15 for the 6-1 Racers who play next at Evansville Saturday.
5th ranked Louisville got 18 points from Wayne Blackshear as the Cardinals defeated College of Charleston 80-38 to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Women’s action: Austin Peay lost to Middle Tennessee 70-56, while Vanderbilt edged Western Kentucky 77-67.
Tonight’s action: Austin Peay hosts Oakland College, while Western Kentucky entertains Southern Illinois.
Kentucky got some good news yesterday as the top recruit for 2015, Karl Towns, made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Towns also announced he is reclassifying himself where he can graduate in 2014 and be eligible for Kentucky in the fall of that year.
College Football: ESPN reports that Louisville’s Charlie Strong is reportedly the front runner for the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee. Strong didn’t help his cause at Louisville Monday by criticizing fans for not coming to games and encouraged them to be more like Kentucky fans. The Cards will play Florida in the Sugar Bowl January 2nd in New Orleans.
Heritage Christian has changed its schedule of games this evening against Lighthouse Christian. There will be no JV games for the boys or girls, meaning the girls varsity game will begin at 4:30, with the boys game to follow at Warrior Gym.
College Basketball: Kentucky has received a commitment from the top recruit in the 2015 class. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Karl Towns this morning announced he is coming to Lexington.
The 7 foot center from New Jersey also announcing he is reclassifying and skipping his senior year of high school, meaning he will be eligible beginning in the fall of 2014. Towns played for Kentucky coach John Calipari this past summer as a member of the Dominican Republic national team.
As Kentucky gets set to play Samford this evening, there will be one familiar face on the Samford bench. Former Wildcat Scott Padgett is an assistant for the Bulldogs. Tip off from Rupp Arena at 6, with Countdown to Tipoff at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
WPSD-Paducah reports on its website that Murray State’s basketball program has landed a key player for the future. 6-4 guard DeMarcus Croaker of Orlando, FL is the 27th best shooting guard in the nation according to some recruiting services. Croaker reportedly made his verbal commitment to the Racer program over the weekend.
College Football: As WHOP Sports reported this morning, Kentucky Sports Radio.com says new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is interviewing former Wildcat player and current Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown for the same position in Lexington today. KSR also reported that former Wildcat running back Chad Scott, also on the Texas Tech staff, is being considered for running backs coach for the Wildcats.
Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies this evening in New York. Fulmer will be joined by former Miami coach Jimmy Johnson, along with Texas A& M’s RC Slocum and 14 players in being honored. Fulmer was head coach at UT from 1992-2008 and won the 1998 national championship.
High School Basketball
Boys Scores: Todd Central defeated Fort Campbell 62-49, Henderson County over Logan County 73-38, Lyon County over Dawson Springs 79-29.
Girls Scores: Todd Central rolls over Fort Campbell 60-29, South Warren over Logan County 75-66, Hopkins Central over Trigg County 74-39, Franklin Simpson over Edmonson County 56-41, Glasgow defeated Bowling Green 62-49, Greenwood edged Caverna 65-64, Mayfield defeated Heath 57-40, Ohio County over Union County 56-39, Calloway County over Ballard Memorial 62-56.
Christian County hosts Madisonville in a boy-girl doubleheader at Colonel Gym. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Boys: University Heights at Russellville, Fort Campbell at Lyon County, Trigg County welcomes Hopkins Central, Caldwell County hosts Crittenden County, Webster County hosts Livingston Central, Union County hosts Muhlenberg County, Paducah Tilghman at Mayfield, Marshall County at Ohio County, Graves County at Carbondale, IL, Franklin Simpson at South Warren, Warren East at Butler County.
Girls: University Heights at Lyon County, Caldwell County hosts Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County hosts Owensboro, Paducah Tilghman at Mayfield, Webster County hosts Livingston Central, South Warren hosts Franklin Simpson, Warren East hosts Butler County.
College Basketball: One day after falling out of the Associated Press Top 25, Kentucky will try to snap a two game losing streak as the Wildcats host Samford in Rupp Arena this evening. Tip off at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other games this evening include: Murray State hosting Bethel and Louisville is at College of Charleston.
Women’s action: Western Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt, Austin Peay plays a matinee game at Middle Tennessee.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hit the ground running on Monday, visiting with current players, talking with recruits and told Tom Leach during his first call in show there is a lot of work to be done.
Meanwhile, the website Coaching Search.com reports Stoops may have made his first hire. The website reports Florida State defensive line coach D.J. Eliot is reportedly coming to Lexington as defensive coordinator.
Former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips has landed a new job in the Southeastern Conference. Phillips has been named the new wide receivers and recruiting coordinator at Florida. Gators coach Will Muschamp says Phillips will begin his new duties Friday. Florida will play Kentucky in Lexington next season on September 28.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong spent a portion of Monday dispelling rumors that he is leaving the program for either Tennessee or Auburn. During his weekly news conference, Strong said he would tell whether he was staying with the Cardinals when the time was right. Louisville will face Florida in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans January 2nd.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee intends to fight the Sun Belt Conference over a $1 million exit fee to go to Conference USA. The fee was adopted by Sun Belt presidents in May when MTSU was talking with C-USA.
Meanwhile, MTSU athletic officials feel they were snubbed from playing in a bowl game. The Blue Raiders had a better overall record 8-4 than Western Kentucky’s 7-5 and had beaten the Hilltoppers during the season. MTSU was one of two bowl eligible teams in the nation that did not receive a bowl bid. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said Monday the move to Conference USA had no effect on Middle Tennessee receiving a bowl bid.
College Football: As Mark Stoops begins his first full day as Kentucky’s new coach, the former head coach is reportedly about to get a new job. Football Scoop.com reports that Joker Phillips is expected to be named as Will Muschamp’s wide receivers coach at Florida by the end of the week, according to sources.
Meanwhile, former UK quarterback Tim Couch told Tom Leach on the Leach Report this morning that former UK wide receiver Neal Brown may be interested in coming back to Lexington as offensive coordinator. Brown, who is currently at Texas Tech, is a native of Boyle County. Lexington Herald Leader columnist John Clay is also reporting that new coach Mark Stoops wants to talk to Brown and that may happen very soon.
The Courier Journal reports Louisville coach Charlie Strong has been named Region One Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Strong led the Cardinals to a 10-2 record this season and a berth into the Sugar Bowl against Florida. Louisville is appearing in a bowl game for the third straight year under Strong’s guidance.
The University of South Florida fired head football coach Skip Holtz Sunday following the worst season in the program's 16-year history. The Bulls completed the 2012 campaign, their third under Holtz's direction, with a 3-9 record after Saturday's 27-3 home loss to Pittsburgh. The defeat was USF's 14th in its last 16 Big East Conference games and ninth in 10 overall outings following a 2-0 start to the season.
College Basketball: Following losses to Notre Dame and Baylor, Kentucky has fallen out of the top 25 of the Associated Press poll. However, the Wildcats are ranked 19th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Indiana remains number one in both polls this week.
Top 25 action this evening has 6th ranked Syracuse hosting Eastern Michigan and 21st ranked San Diego State meeting Texas Southern.
MLB: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez may need another hip surgery. According to the "New York Post," "A-Rod" was playing with a tear in his hip late last season and will undergo another operation in the very near future. Rodriguez could miss the start of next season if he has surgery again. The three-time MVP hit .272 with 18 homers last season but struggled in the playoffs, being lifted for a pinch-hitter and benched on several occasions. The 37-year-old Rodriguez is under contract through 2017.