College Basketball: One women’s game to note this evening as 5th ranked Kentucky is at DePaul. There are no top 25 men’s games on the schedule this evening.
Former Murray State standout Isaiah Cannan has been named the NBA Development League’s Co-Performer of the week. Cannan—drafted by the Houston Rockets this past spring—is playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Cannan helped lead the Vipers to four wins last week, averaging 25 ½ points including a season best 29 points in a victory over the Delaware 87ers.
College Football: The website FootballScoop.com reports Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is reportedly in the mix to become the new head coach at Arkansas State. Bryan Harsin announced yesterday he is leaving the Red Wolves program to become the new head coach at Boise State.
Brown’s name was mentioned as a candidate for a head coaching job at several schools last year before he became UK’s offensive coordinator.
Kentucky Sports Radio reports John Hardin defensive lineman Matt Elam will make his collegiate choice during the All American Bowl January 4th.
Elam is making his official visit at Kentucky this weekend following an in home visit from the Wildcat coaches today. Elam had in home visits earlier this week with Alabama and Notre Dame.
Texas football coach Mack Brown says his job status "has not changed" and he is focused on the team's upcoming Alamo Bowl game against Oregon and recruiting. Speaking at a media briefing for the Alamo Bowl, Brown briefly addressed recent reports that he will step down after 16 seasons as Longhorns coach.
Brown, who denied the Tuesday reports, said having a new athletic director in Steve Patterson "changes things," but that he is looking forward to meeting with the new AD to "get on the same page and move forward."
Brown has spent 16 seasons at Texas, leading the Longhorns to the national championship after the 2005 season and the BCS title game in 2009.
NFL: The AFC West is in the spotlight for Thursday Night Football as San Diego plays at Denver. The 6-7 Chargers are battling for the 6th and final AFC playoff spot, while the Broncos at 11-2 have the best record in the AFC and have clinched a playoff spot.
MLB: ESPN New York reports the Yankees nixed a deal in which Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips would be acquired for outfielder Brett Gardner. A source says the Yankees don’t like Phillips’ declining numbers at his current salary.
Phillips hit .261 with 18 home runs and a career high 103 RBI for the Reds last season. Gardner hit .273 with eight homers and 52 RBI for the Yankees in 2013.