High School Basketball-Thursday’s scores
Boys: University Heights evened its district record at 1-1 on the season following a 83-70 win over Christian County. The Blazers had four players in double figures led by Boo Johnson’s 17 points. UHA improved to 7-7 with the win, while Christian County, led by Tyrik Edwards game high 21 points fell to 5-8 overall and 0-1 in district competition.
The Hopkinsville Tigers improved to 2-0 in district games with a 108-49 win over Fort Campbell. Hopkinsville improved to 13-1 on the season with the win, while Fort Campbell is now 0-4 and 0-1 in district action.
Other games saw McLean County defeat Hopkins Central 72-60, South Warren over Muhlenberg County 69-62, Livingston Central nipped Community Christian 41-39, Murray had to go to overtime to win over Ballard Memorial 72-68 and McCracken County over Goreville, IL 80-67
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Muhlenberg County 59-44, Livingston Central slid by Community Christian 53-47, McCracken County nipped Webster County 60-58, Union City, TN defeated Paducah Tilghman 52-45 and Murray over Ballard Memorial 72-34.
Boys: Christian County plays its second home game in as many nights hosting Russellville, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 from Colonel Gym on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other action has Fort Campbell hosting Community Christian, Todd Central goes to Logan County, Dawson Springs travels to Caldwell County, Trigg County hosts Livingston Central, Franklin Simpson welcomes Barren County, Warren East hosts Warren Central, Bowling Green welcomes Greenwood, Webster County entertains Union County, Graves County welcomes Mayfield, Crittenden County hosts Lyon County, Marshall County goes to Calloway County.
Girls: Christian County travels to Henderson County, University Heights hosts Madisonville, Fort Campbell hosts Community Christian,Todd Central is at Logan County, Trigg County welcomes Livingston Central, Caldwell County hosts Dawson Springs, Warren East entertains Warren Central, Bowling Green hosts Greenwood, Franklin Simpson hosts Barren County.
Crittenden County welcomes Lyon County, Graves County hosts Mayfield, Webster County entertains Union County, Calloway County hosts Marshall County.
College Basketball: 24th ranked Memphis upset 12th ranked Louisville 73-67, Georgia State rolled over Western Kentucky 77-54 and former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had three points in Manhattan’s 81-76 loss to Quinnipac.
Women’s scores: 10th ranked South Carolina defeated 9th ranked Kentucky 68-59, 8th ranked Tennessee rolled over Ole Miss 94-70 and Vanderbilt defeated Auburn 74-65.
College Football: Bobby Petrino has received a second chance to coach at the University of Louisville. Petrino—who spent the 2013 season at Western Kentucky was introduced Thursday. Petrino coached the Cardinals from 2003-06. He received a seven year contract worth $3.5 million per season with a $10 million buyout.
The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky president Gary Ransdell interviewed offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm Thursday about replacing former coach Bobby Petrino. Ransdell and athletics director Todd Stewart will make a decision on whether to promote Brohm, which could come as early as today.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has not made up his mind on whether he will stay or leave to become the new coach of Penn State. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams tells the Associated Press as of right now, Franklin is still the Commodores coach and told him Thursday afternoon he has not accepted any offers.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans interviewed another head coaching candidate Thursday, with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer visiting Titans officials. San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt is scheduled to interview today.
Meanwhile, former Titans coach Mike Munchak will interview for an assistant coaching position with the Houston Texans. The Tennessean reports Munchak is seeking the offensive line coach position.
NHL: The Anaheim Ducks defeated Nashville 4-3 last night at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators return to action tomorrow night hosting the Ottawa Senators.
High School Basketball: Hopkinsville High athletics director Keith Kelley says Hopkinsville’s girls game with Fort Campbell which was postponed earlier this season will be played on January 30th. The JV game will be played at Tiger Gym at 6 pm, with the varsity game to follow at 7:30.
College Football: Bobby Petrino is officially the new coach of the University of Louisville Cardinals. The 52-year-old Petrino was introduced at a news conference this morning. He returns to Louisville after spending the 2013 season at Western Kentucky. Petrino signed a seven year contract, with a buy out of $10 million. Petrino was 41-9 in three seasons as Cardinals coach from 2003-06. His overall record is 83-30.
Meanwhile, sources tell WHOP Sports Western Kentucky is expected to name Jeff Brohm, who was the Hilltoppers offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino this season as its new coach. The announcement could come as early as tomorrow.
Sources tell ESPN Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has not been formally offered the Penn State job. It was reported earlier by the Scranton Times-Tribune that Franklin had been offered the chance to replace Bill O’ Brien. Franklin has led Vanderbilt to three bowl appearances in as many seasons.
ESPN also reports former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin will interview for the offensive coordinators vacancy at the University of Alabama. Reports indicate Doug Nussmeier is leaving Alabama to become the offensive coordinator at Michigan.
College Basketball: Top 25 action tonight has top ranked Arizona at 25th ranked UCLA, 13th rated Oregon hosts Cal, 18th ranked Gonzaga at Portland and 23rd ranked Iowa hosts Northwestern.
NFL: Reports indicate the Washington Redskins have selected Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to replace the fired Mike Shanahan as head coach. Gruden interviewed earlier this week for the head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans. Washington is expected to make the announcement official during a late afternoon news conference.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County meets University Heights in an 8th district game at Colonel Gym this evening. The Colonels are playing their first district game, while the Blazers are 0-1 in district action, losing to Hopkinsville last month. Tip off is at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening have Hopkinsville hosting Fort Campbell in 8th district action, Muhlenberg County goes to South Warren, Hopkins Central travels to McLean County, Livingston Central welcomes Community Christian, Murray hosts Ballard Memorial, McCracken County hosts Goreville, IL.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Muhlenberg County, Webster County meets McCracken County in the McCracken County Festival of Hoops, Livingston Central hosts Community Christian, Murral welcomes Ballard Memorial.
College Basketball: Freshman James Young had 26 points and 10 rebounds as 14th ranked Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 85-63. Willie Cauley-Stein and Clarksville native Alex Poythress each added 12 points as Kentucky improved to 11-3 and 1-0 in the SEC. The Wildcats return to action Saturday at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage beginning at 1 on Lite 98.7.
Murray State won its Ohio Valley Conference road opener at Eastern Kentucky 77-64. Jarvis Williams had another double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Racers, who also got 19 from freshman Cameron Payne and Dexter Fields added 15. The Racers are 8-7/3-0 in the OVC as they face Austin Peay Saturday night in Murray.
Women’s action saw Western Kentucky defeat Georgia State 80-59.
Tonight’s games: 12th ranked Louisville meets 24th ranked Memphis, Western Kentucky hosts Georgia State, former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan take on Quinnipiac.
Women’s action has 9th ranked Kentucky against South Carolina, 8th ranked Tennessee meets Ole Miss and Vanderbilt goes against Auburn.
Vanderbilt’s top scorer will miss the rest of the season. A news release from the school indicates Eric McClellan will not play due to violation of university academic policy and will not be enrolled in classes this semester. The release went on to say McClellan is expected to be reinstated this summer.
College Football: It looks like Bobby Petrino will be returning to coach the University of Louisville Cardinals. Reports say the Western Kentucky coach accepted the offer to return to Louisville Wednesday. The U of L Athletics Association is scheduled to meet this morning at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to hear the recommendation to hire Petrino for a second time from athletic director Tom Jurich.
The Scranton Times Tribune reports Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has been offered the head coaching position at Penn State. Sources tell the newspaper Franklin is expected to make a decision on whether he will take the job today.
University of Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith will not participate in spring practice. Multiple reports say Smith had surgery on his throwing shoulder last month. A UK spokesman said the surgery went well and Smith is anticipated to back for fall camp. Also sitting out spring practice is safety Ashely Lowery who also had shoulder surgery. Lowery played with a bad shoulder last season.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky has received its second commitment for the 2015 class. Highly touted safety Marcus Walker of Lake Wales, Florida chose Kentucky over Florida, Central Florida and Vanderbilt among others. Walker is the 12th ranked safety in the 2015 class according to ESPN.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans interviewed Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell for its head coaching vacancy Wednesday. The Titans are scheduled to interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer today and also plan to interview San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt.
Meanwhile, former Titans coach Mike Munchak interviewed Wednesday for the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look for their second win in as many games as they host the Anaheim Ducks this evening. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
ESPN reports the University of Louisville has offered its vacant football coaching position to current Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino. The 52-year-old Petrino coached the Cardinals from 2003-06 before leaving for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. An announcement about a new coach for Louisville could come as early as tomorrow.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has declared for the 2014 NFL draft according to multiple reports. Manziel is projects as a first round draft pick. Manziel was the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012.
The newest members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame are former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, along with Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas. The three will be inducted in Cooperstown, NY later this year.
College Football: Multiple reports indicate new Texas coach Charlie Strong is bringing one of his former Louisville assistants to Austin. Vance Bedford—who was the Cardinals defensive coordinator—will serve in the same role at Texas. Bedford is scheduled to be in Austin today, with a Texas spokesman telling the Austin American Statesman no offer has been made to Bedford yet.
Under Bedford’s leadership, Louisville was second in FBS in scoring defense in the just completed season and first in yards allowed.
Meanwhile, it appears the finalists to replace Charlie Strong at Louisville are Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narudzzi and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris according to WAVE-TV in Louisville.
U of L’s Athletics Association is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to discuss athletic director Tom Jurich’s recommendation for the new coach.
ESPN citing two sources reports Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is expected to announce today he will forego his last two years of college and place his name in the 2014 NFL draft. Manziel is expected to be a first round selection.
Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle reports Manziel will sign with marketing firm LMNR, which is run by a group which includes NBA star LeBron James. Manziel is also reportedly signing with Houston based Select Sports Group to handle his contracts.
College Basketball: There’s a slew of Top 25 games coming up this evening. 4th ranked Wisconsin hosts Illinois, 6th ranked Wichita State takes on Illinois State, 10th ranked Villanova is at Seton Hall, 11th ranked Florida hosts South Carolina, 12th ranked Oklahoma State welcomes Texas.
15th ranked San Diego State hosts Boise State, 17th ranked Colorado travels to Washington State, 19th ranked UMass hosts St. Joseph’s, 20th ranked Kansas goes to Oklahoma and 21st ranked Missouri hosts Georgia.
NFL: ESPN New York reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league could potentially expand the playoffs. Goodell says league owners are considering adding two more teams, but doesn’t have a timeline on when that may occur.
In regards to holding another Super Bowl in a cold weather city, Goodell says the league will evaluate that at a later time. This year’s Super Bowl will be at Met Life Stadium early next month.
MLB: The 2014 inductees into Baseball’s Hall of Fame will be announced later today. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux is expected to be the front runner and could be joined by former teammate Tom Glavine along with former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.