Sports Update: Thursday, April 11th

In college basketball news, Arkansas has officially hired John Calipari as their new head basketball coach. Coach Calipari signed a five-year contract with a base salary of $7 million through April 2029, with the possibility of two automatic rollover years for NCAA Tournament appearances that could extend the contract to 2031. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus and features retention bonuses of $500,000 each year, along with one-time bonuses for various achievements such as making the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round, Sweet 16, Final Four, and winning a national championship. Calipari’s previous salary at Kentucky was $8.5 million annually. He replaces Eric Musselman, who left for the head coaching job at Southern California (USC).

In MLB action on Wednesday, Elly Del La Cruz homered in a Cincinnati Reds 7-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. On Thursday, the four-game series finale will take place at GABP, with RHP Nick Martinez (0-0/7.20 ERA) getting the start for the Reds. Live coverage of the game will begin at 12:40 PM, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM on WTLO AM 1480/97.7 FM.