Two University of Kentucky basketball players have been honored by the Southeastern Conference. Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was named the league’s Player of the Week after averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds in wins over Louisville and Lamar last week.
Fellow freshman Anthony Davis was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in the two wins over Louisville and Lamar last week.
The National Football League has announced the Tennessee Titans opponents for the 2012 season.
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings
The official 2012 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.
NFL Kickoff 2012 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 6, and the regular season will conclude on December 30.
Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana will be played on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
Monday’s High School Basketball Scores
Boys: Lyon County defeated Caldwell County 71-56.
Girls: McLean County defeated Dawson Springs 62-33, Henderson County over Muhlenberg County 59-34, Carlisle County won over Mayfield 52-45, Apollo over Evansville Central 45-39.
Hopkinsville’s boys and girls teams travel to Madisonville, with coverage of both games beginning with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Boys: Fort Campbell hosts Jo Byrns, TN, Trigg County meets Crittenden County, Logan County welcomes Warren Central, Hopkins Central plays Dawson Springs, Lyon County hosts Livingston Central, Muhlenberg County entertains Owensboro, Union County hosts Henderson County, Paducah Tilghman at Reidland.
Girls: University Heights travels to Russellville, Christian County is at Webster County, Fort Campbell hosts Jo Byrns, TN, Trigg County welcomes Crittenden County, Todd Central at South Warren, Hopkins Central at Caldwell County, Livingston Central at Lyon County, Calloway County at Graves County, Marshall County at Lone Oak, Paducah Tilghman at Reidland.
Rider defeated Manhattan 88-77, with former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scoring nine points, Virginia edged LSU 57-52, with Anthony Hickey, Jr. scoring eight points, getting three rebounds and two assists. Tennessee defeated Chattanooga 76-63 and Vanderbilt defeated Miami of Ohio 69-62.
Women’s scores: Austin Peay edged Eastern Kentucky 66-63 and Murray State lost at Eastern Illinois 76-51.
Tonight’s games: Kentucky hosts Arkansas Little Rock at Freedom Hall in Louisville, with coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7. Louisville returns to Big East action taking on St. John’s.
Women’s games: Eighth ranked Tennessee plays Chattanooga.
Murray State moved up to 19th in the Associated Press poll and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll this week. Syracuse is number one in both polls, with Kentucky second in both polls.
WPSD reports Murray State’s Ivan Aska is doubtful for tomorrow night’s game with Eastern Kentucky. Aska has a broken bone in his right hand suffered in Friday night’s win at Eastern Illinois. Murray State coach Steve Prohm says he doesn’t know how long Aska will be out of the lineup.
Kentucky coach John Calipari says Kentucky’s annual game in Louisville could be in doubt if attendance doesn’t improve. The average attendance for the last six games Kentucky has played at Freedom Hall is 13-thousand 770. Freedom Hall seats 18-thousand 665.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports two coaches on the University of Tennessee staff are leaving. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon are leaving Derek Dooley’s staff to go to Washington State. Two other coaches have already left the Vols staff.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday both quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker will get the chance to be the starter in 2012. Munchak told the Tennessean both competed well during the just completed season. The Titans finished 9-7 and just missed going to the AFC playoffs.
Munchak also said wide receiver Kenny Britt could rejoin the team by the 2012 season opener. Britt suffered a torn ACL in his right knee against Denver in week three of the 2011 season. Munchak says Britt is ahead of schedule on his rehab from surgery performed in October.
The Tennessean reports the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins are expected to interview former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher about their head coaching vacancies.
High School Basketball
Boys: Caldwell County is at Lyon County
Girls: Dawson Springs at McLean County, Muhlenberg County at Henderson County, Mayfield at Carlisle County.
Our next high school broadcasts will be tomorrow night as Hopkinsville travels to Madisonville for a boy-girl twinbill. Coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
The Cantrall High School basketball rankings are out in today’s Lexington Herald Leader. Trinity is number one on the boys side, with Marshall County ranked 9th, Warren Central 20th and Bowling Green 24th. Hopkinsville is atop the 2nd region poll, with Madisonville, Henderson County, University Heights and Webster County comprising the top five. Christian County is 6th.
Manual is atop the girls poll this week, with Bowling Green 9th and Henderson County 25th. Henderson County tops the 2nd region poll, with Hopkinsville second, Webster County third, UHA fourth and Christian County fifth.
Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night against Arkansas Little Rock at Freedom Hall, Louisville. Coverage begins at 4:30 on Lite 98.7. Coach John Calipari’s weekly call in show and Sports Nightly move to Wednesday night this week, with both shows airing at 5 on Lite 98.7.
Tonight’s games: LSU takes on Virginia, Manhattan meets Rider, Tennessee plays Chattanooga and Vanderbilt meets Miami of Ohio.
Women’s games: Austin Peay takes on Eastern Kentucky, Murray State meets Eastern Illinois.
Sunday’s scores: The 8th ranked Tennessee Lady Vols opened the New Year and Southeastern Conference play Sunday with a 73-52 win over Auburn. Sixth ranked Kentucky opened SEC play Sunday with a 59-56 win over Florida.
Former University of Kentucky standout Demarcus Cousins is demanding a trade from the Sacramento Kings. Kings coach Paul Westphal released a statement before Sunday’s game with New Orleans criticizing Cousins commitment to the franchise and excusing him from the game. Cousins was drafted with the 5th pick of the 2010 draft after spending one season at Kentucky.
The Tennessee Titans saw their season come to an end Sunday, with a 23-22 win over Houston. The Titans finished the season 9-7, however because of losing to Cincinnati during the regular season, the Bengals got the final AFC wild card spot.
Sergei Kostitsyn’s hat trick helped the Nashville Predators defeat the Calgary Flames 5-3 Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. Kostitsyn took only three shots the entire game and all were goals.The Predators return to action with two home games later this week, Thursday night against Dallas and Saturday night against Carolina.
High School Basketball
Two in town teams won tournament championships on Friday night.
The Hopkinsville Tigers defeated Dresden, TN 88-41 to take the championship of the Murray Bank Laker Classic. The Tigers return to action Tuesday night at Madisonville as part of a boy-girl doubleheader which you can hear with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on NewsTalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
University Heights Lady Blazers won the Kentucky Country Day Holiday Invitational with a 73-50 win over Atherton. The Lady Blazers have won seven straight games heading into a Tuesday night matchup at Russellville.
Third ranked Kentucky and fourth ranked Louisville bring identical 12-1 records into their matchup today at Rupp Arena. Coverage of the game airs at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere: Western Kentucky hosts Florida International, Austin Peay plays at Morehead State. In women's action, Austin Peay at Morehead State and Murray State plays at Southeast Missouri.
21st ranked Murray State remains unbeaten following a 73-40 win over Eastern Illinois. Reserve Stacy Wilson scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Racers in scoring.
Manhattan defeated Binghamton 94-51. Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 13 points off the bench for the Jaspers.
Mississippi State defeated Wake Forest 23-17 at the Music City Bowl. Today's action includes Georgia Tech and Utah in the Sun Bowl in a game you can hear at 1 on NewsTalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Vanderbilt meets Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
The Nashville Predators won for the second straight game via a shootout over the St. Louis Blues 2-1. The Preds host Calary on New Year's Day at 5, in a game you can hear on NewsTalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Thursday’s High School basketball scores
Boys: University Heights routed Clarksville Northwest 92-72 in Blazer Gym. The Blazers had a quartet in double figure scoring led by Nick Allen with 19, Quadre White 14, Austin Byrum 12 and Darius Mumford had 11. Terrell Chambers led everyone in scoring with 28. UHA is now 6-6 on the season.
Hopkinsville played a pair of games at the Murray Bank Laker Classic, winning over Mayfield 69-46 behind 17 points from Trey Edwards. The Tigers defeated Fulton City 73-64 in the second game played Thursday.
Christian County lost to Pendleton County in their final game at the Ashland Invitational Tournament 71-45. Trigg County lost to DeSales 60-47 in the opening round of the Beth Haven Holiday Classic.
Girls: Hopkinsville lost to Murray in the championship game of the Murray High Lady Tiger Classic 55-50. Murray avenged a 64-60 loss back on December 4th. Christy Soldo had a game high 20 points for the Lady Tigers, with Ashlee Cole adding 13. The 9-2 Lady Tigers play at Madisonville Tuesday night.
University Heights won a pair of games at the KCD Holiday Classic, defeating Sayre 50-36 and host Kentucky Country Day 76-40.
Boys: Hopkinsville plays Dresden, TN in the championship game at the Murray Bank Laker Classic. Trigg County meets Portland Christian at the Beth Haven Holiday Classic.
Girls: University Heights meets Atherton at the KCD Holiday Classic.
Aided by five turnovers in the last 2:30 of the game, Eastern Kentucky rallied from a five point deficit to defeat Austin Peay 67-65 in Richmond. The Governors were led in scoring by former UHA standout Tyshwan Edmondson who tallied 18 points. Austin Peay is now 3-11 overall and 0-1 in OVC play. The Governors continue their swing through “Death Valley” at Morehead State tomorrow.
LSU rolled over Grambling 69-37, with Anthony Hickey scoring four points, getting four rebounds, four steals and five assists in 20 minutes.
Tennessee defeated The Citadel 86-55, Vanderbilt over Marquette 74-57 and Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Monroe 76-71 in overtime.
Women’s scores: Austin Peay lost its OVC opener at Tennessee State 95-81, Western Kentucky lost to Louisiana Monroe 53-49 and Vanderbilt defeated Western Carolina 81-36.
Tonight’s games: 21st ranked Murray State is back in Ohio Valley Conference action at Eastern Illinois and former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan take on Binghamton.
Murray State coach Steve Prohm has been honored by CollegeInsider.com with the mid season Hugh Durham Award honoree. The 21st ranked Racers are 13-0, one of the best starts in the 87 seasons of basketball. The Hugh Durham award is named after the first and only coach to take two different schools to the NCAA Final Four for the first and only times in the school’s history(Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983).
Third ranked Kentucky and fourth ranked Louisville meet tomorrow at Rupp Arena. Both teams have identical 12-1 records, with Kentucky’s only loss to Indiana and Louisville in its last game against Georgetown. Coverage of the game which tips at 11 am Hopkinsville time, airs at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Mississippi State and Wake Forest meet in the Franklin American Music City Bowl at LP Field in Nashville, with kickoff at 5:40 this afternoon.
Among Saturday’s bowl games is the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas as Utah goes against Georgia Tech, with coverage beginning at 1 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Also tomorrow, Vanderbilt meets Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports University of Tennessee freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett is receiving the school’s blessing to transfer, but with limitations. A UT spokesman said Thursday Arnett wishes to be closer to his ailing father in Saginaw, Michigan. However, the school says he is not allowed to transfer to Michigan, Michigan State or any other big name program.
Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will not play this evening when the Predators are in action at St. Louis. Weber is out with concussion symptoms after suffering an upper body hit against Dallas last week. Coach Barry Trotz told ESPN.com Thursday there is no timetable for Weber’s return. You can hear tonight’s game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.