Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Host Todd Hamilton will have previews of high school football playoff games for Christian County and Hopkinsville and also previews of Hopkinsville High basketball.
College Football: When Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt Saturday, both quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles will see action. Even though the offense was stagnant in last Saturday’s loss at Missouri, offensive coordinator Randy Sanders tells the Lexington Herald Leader the swap in signal callers did not cause the problem. Coverage of Saturday’s game airs at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
College Basketball: Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was given a five year contract extension Tuesday. Pitino’s current deal, which was to expire in 2017, now runs through 2022. After saying he might not coach past 2017, the 60-year-old Pitino said Tuesday he couldn’t live without the highs and lows of basketball.
While we’re on the Cards, coach Pitino announced Tuesday Kevin Ware is suspended for Thursday night’s exhibition opener against Pikeville and Chane Behanan will now miss both pre season games.
Pitino announced 10 days ago Behanan was not allowed to speak with the media for the fall semester, and would sit out the first pre season game. However, Pitino said Behanan has not taken care of his responsibilities and will now miss both games.
Kentucky plays its first pre season game against Longwood tomorrow night, with coverage beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Austin Peay senior guard Jerome Clyburn will miss at least a month due to a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. The school announced Tuesday the injury occurred in practice Sunday. Clyburn is to undergo surgery today.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt sophomore guard Dai-jon Parker has been suspended indefinitely for violation of Vanderbilt’s non academic team policy. Parker was expected to begin the season as the starting shooting guard.
Kentucky’s women’s basketball team is ranked 7th in the preseason USA Today coaches poll, with Louisville ranked 9th. Baylor is ranked first. Meanwhile, Kentucky is 6th in the preseason Associated Press poll, with Louisville ranked 9th.
ESPN reports the NCAA has passed a package of sweeping changes intended to crack down hard on rule-breaking schools and coaches.
Under the new legislation, programs that commit the most egregious infractions could face postseason bans of two to four years and fines stretching into the millions, while coaches could face suspensions of up to one year for violations committed by their staffs. The board also approved measures to expand the penalty structure from two tiers to four, create new penalty guidelines and speed up the litigation process.
Jim Leyland is returning as manager of the Detroit Tigers. The club announced the 67-year-old skipper will be back in the dugout for the 2013 season. Leyland was working on a one-year contract this season in leading the Tigers to the World Series. Leyland's coaching staff will also return next year. Leyland leads active managers with 1,676 career wins and ranks 15th on the all-time list. His 607 wins with Detroit ranks third behind Hughie Jennings and Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson.
The NBA regular season tips off Tuesday with a trio of games, highlighted by the reigning world champion Miami Heat opening defense of their title against the visiting Boston Celtics in a rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference finals participants. The Los Angeles Lakers will entertain the Dallas Mavericks, while the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Washington Wizards.
High School Football
Game times and ticket prices have been set for Hopkinsville and Christian County’s first round playoff games. The Hopkinsville at Warren Central game kicks off at 7 pm Friday, with ticket prices at $7 across the board. Coverage of the game airs with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Christian County’s contest with Greenwood also kicks off at 7 pm Friday in the Stadium of Champions, with tickets $5 across the board. Coverage airs with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 and worldwide at lite987whop.com.
The Associated Press has released its weekly polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green is first, Warren Central 4th, Graves County 7th, Christian County 8th and Greenwood tied for 10th.
Class 3-A: Breathitt County is the new number one, with Fort Campbell 6th and Paducah Tilghman 9th.
Class 2-A: Owensboro Catholic is still number one, Murray High 6th and Caldwell County 7th.
Class A: Mayfield remains number one, with Russellville 9th.
Class 4-A: Highlands at the top, with Warren East 3rd and Lone Oak 10th.
Class 6-A: Trinity number one, with Henderson County 6th.
The new McCracken County High School which opens in 2013 has named its new football coach. Long time Lone Oak coach Jack Haskins will take the helm. Haskins has twice led the Purple Flash to the Class 4-A state championship game.
Current Heath football coach and former Christian County assistant football coach John Adams will coach the new school’s wrestling team.
College Football: Kentucky will try to snap a seven game losing streak Saturday when they host Vanderbilt. Coach Joker Phillips has tried to maintain a sense of humor on what has been a difficult season, but at the same time he knows his job is in jeopardy. Players have said they still support Phillips and will try to win the last three games of the season. Coverage of Saturday’s game airs at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Tennessee is now in a so called “second season” named by coach Derek Dooley. How the Vols play in this “second season” may determine if Dooley retains his job. The Vols are coming off a 38-35 loss at South Carolina and have four games left, beginning with Troy in Knoxville this weekend. The other games are Missouri and Kentucky at home and at Vanderbilt. The four teams are a combined 13-20 on the season.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky opened its pre season with an 84-46 win over Campbellsville. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by George Fant’s 20 points. He was one of four Toppers in double digits. WKU hosts Kentucky Wesleyan in its second exhibition game Saturday night.
The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich has received permission to negotiate a five year contract extension for coach Rick Pitino, assuring he will retire as a Cardinal.
Pitino’s current deal runs out in 2017, but the five year addition would carry it through 2022. Jurich is to present the contract to the U of L athletic association board for its approval today.
Murray State senior Isaiah Cannan was named Monday to the first team Associated Press pre season All American team. Cannan averaged 19 points per game last season in leading Murray State to a 31-2 record and a third round appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Others on the first team include Cody Zeller of pre season number 1 Indiana, Doug McDermott of Creighton, Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State, CJ McCollum of Lehigh and Trey Burke of Michigan.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Matt Hasselbeck will start again at quarterback Sunday when the Tennessee Titans host the Chicago Bears.
Meanwhile, the Titans received a trade request on behalf of tight end Jared Cook Monday, but say they have no plans to make a trade. Coach Mike Munchak says Cook is a big part of the team and is the third leading receiver. The four year pro is in the final year of his contract. The NFL trade deadline is Thursday.
Hopkinsville High's football game at Warren Central Friday night will take place at 7 pm, with ticket price $7 across the board. You can hear the game at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Meanwhile, Christian County's game with Greenwood at the Stadium of Champions will play at 7 pm, but a ticket price has not been set. The game will be heard on Lite 98.7.
University Heights golfer Cameron Allen will sign a letter of intent next week to play golf collegiately for Brescia University. The ceremony will take place at 9:45 am Wednesday, November 7th at University Heights Academy.
West Kentucky Star.com reports McCracken County High School will announce its coaches for fall sports, including football this afternoon. McCracken County, which opens next year, will play football in Class 6-A.
College Football: Western Kentucky defensive lineman Quanterus Smith has been named the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the week. The senior had a career best five quarterback sacks in the Hilltoppers 14-6 win at Florida International Saturday. Smith leads the nation in sacks with 11 ½. It’s the second time this season Smith has been honored by the league as its defensive player of the week.
10th ranked Louisville boasts the Big East offensive and defensive players of the week. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for a career high 416 yards in the Cards 34-31 overtime win over Cincinnati. Bridgewater also tossed two fourth quarter touchdowns in the contest. Cardinals linebacker Preston Brown earned defensive honors after a game high 13 tackles in helping the Cardinals improve to 8-0 on the season.
College Basketball: Murray State senior Isaiah Cannan has been named to the first team Associated Press pre season All American team. Cannan averaged 19 points last season in leading Murray State to a 31-2 record and a third round appearance in the NCAA tournament. Others on the first team include Cody Zeller of pre season number 1 Indiana, Doug McDermott of Creighton, Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State, CJ McCollum of Lehigh and Trey Burke of Michigan.
NFL: Monday Night Football has the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers playing at division rival Arizona. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says the Cardinals will provide a tough test:
Tonight’s game airs at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football
The field is set for the first round of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
Class 5-A: Hopkinsville travels to Warren Central for a 7:00 game Friday night, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, while Christian County hosts Greenwood, with game time yet to be determined. The game will be heard on Lite 98.7.
Other 5-A games have Graves County hosting Logan County and Bowling Green entertaining Apollo.
Class 3-A: Fort Campbell hosts Hart County at 7:00, Trigg County travels to South Warren for a 7:30 game, Paducah Tilghman hosts Adair County, with Heath going to Monroe County.
Class 2-A: Caldwell County hosts Butler County, Ballard Memorial travels to Hancock County, Union County goes to Murray and Owensboro Catholic hosts Crittenden County.
Class A: Caverna goes to Mayfield, with Russellville hosting Bethlehem.
Class 4-A: Madisonville goes to Allen County Scottsville, Franklin Simpson travels to Lone Oak, Owensboro hosts Breckinridge County, Calloway County at Warren East.
Class 6-A: Muhlenberg County travels to Ballard, Marshall County goes to Eastern, Henderson County hosts Fern Creek and Daviess County hosts Oldham County.
High School Volleyball
Heritage Christian Academy lost in the championship match of the KCAA State Tournament Saturday at Lindsey Wilson College. After defeating Holy Angels 3 sets to none Friday night, the Lady Warriors defeated Cornerstone Christian 3 sets to one in the semi finals Saturday morning, then lost to Somerset Christian 3 sets to none in the finals.
Grace Waldron and Ashley Jent were named to the All Tournament team, with Waldron and Haley Lisembee named to the KCAA All State team.
College Football: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Louisville has moved to number 10 in this week’s USA Today coaches poll, with Western Kentucky receiving four votes this week. The Cardinals moved to 12th in this week’s Associated Press poll, with Alabama remaining number one in both polls.
Western Kentucky became the second Kentucky school to become bowl eligible following its win at Florida International Saturday. The 6-2 Hilltoppers host Middle Tennessee Thursday night.
NFL: Andrew Luck found Vick Ballard on a 16-yard touchdown pass in overtime as the Indianapolis Colts clipped the Tennessee Titans 19-13 at LP Field. Luck finished 26-of-38 for 297 yards with the TD and an interception for the Colts, who snapped a 10-game road losing streak.
Titans coach Mike Munchak says his team let one slip away:
Matt Hasselbeck was 22-of-29 for 236 yards and a score for the 3-and-5 Titans whose two game winning streak ended. Chris Johnson ran for 99 yards on 21 carries in the loss. The Titans host the Chicago Bears next Sunday at noon at LP Field.
Monday Night Football has the San Francisco 49ers playing at the Arizona Cardinals, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
MLB: The San Francisco Giants captured their second World Series title in three years by beating the Detroit Tigers in 10 innings, 4-3. Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the 10th helped the Giants complete a four-game sweep.
Pablo Sandoval was named series MVP. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said in defeat, give the credit to the Giants: