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College Basketball: 10th ranked Louisville got 24 points and nine assists from Russ Smith in defeating Central Florida 90-65 in its American Athletic Conference opener Tuesday. The Cardinals got 16 points from Luke Hancock and 15 points and eight rebounds from Montrezl Harrell in improving to 12-2 and 1-0 in conference play.
Today’s games: Women’s action has Western Kentucky opening Sun Belt Conference action at South Alabama and 7th ranked Louisville meets Temple.
College Football: The Courier Journal is citing a report on a Rivals.com website that indicates University of Louisville Coach Charlie Strong was interviewed Tuesday by University of Texas athletics director Steve Patterson. Strong was identified as one of four primary candidates the school is considering to replace Mack Brown. One of the other candidates is Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill and senior linebacker Roderic Blunt both offered apologies Tuesday for the latter’s play in Monday’s 24-6 loss in the Armed Forces Bowl against Navy. Blunt was ejected early in the fourth quarter for his second unsportsmanlike penalty. ESPN replays showed Blunt apparently tried to gouge the eyes of Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, a sophomore out of Goodpasture High School in Nashville.
It's a football-filled holiday with six bowl games on New Year's Day. The action begins with Nebraska going up against Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Elsewhere, UNLV takes on North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Iowa faces LSU in the Outback Bowl, South Carolina clashes with Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl and Stanford meets Michigan State in the Rose Bowl. Baylor battles Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl tonight.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher will be sticking around Tallahassee. Fisher has signed a new five-year contract that will keep him with the Seminoles through 2018. ESPN reports the deal is worth 21-million-dollars. Fisher had been considered a possible candidate to replace the outgoing Mack Brown at Texas.
NFL: The Houston Texans have found their new head coach. ESPN reports that Houston will hire Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien to take over. Houston closed the year losing its final 14 games to finish 2-and-14 and will have the top pick in the NFL Draft. O'Brien spent the last two seasons at Penn State after previously working as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
NHL: After a one-year hiatus due to the lockout, the NHL's Winter Classic makes its return on New Year's Day. This season's annual outdoor contest features Original Six opponents as the Detroit Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. More than 100-thousand fans are expected at the home of college football's Wolverines.