|SPORTS UPDATE 11/23/12|
West Kentucky Star.com reports Murray State player Zay Jackson has withdrawn his guilty plea to hitting a couple with his vehicle in the WalMart parking lot in Murray in September. The withdrawal was made after a plea deal was rejected by the judge now presiding over Jackson’s case.
The case against the 20-year-old Jackson will now go back to its beginnings starting with being heard by a Calloway County grand jury. Judge Craig Clymer says Jackson will be subjected to the original charges of second degree assault.
A plea deal in the case had downgraded the charges to wanton endangerment and recommended Jackson serve 30 days in jail and go through pretrial diversion. Judge Clymer said he thought the plea deal overlooked the seriousness of the case.
8th ranked Kentucky hosts the Blackbirds of Long Island University at Rupp Arena this evening. The Wildcats will again be without guard Ryan Harrow, who is away tending to a family matter. Coverage of the game begins at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Fourth ranked Michigan meets Kansas State in the finals of the NIT Season Tip Off in New York, with coverage at 3:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other games have Vanderbilt meeting Marist in the Old Spice Classic and second ranked Louisville meets Missouri in the semifinals in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
Women’s action: Kentucky hosts Morehead State at Rupp Arena, while Austin Peay meets host Texas San Antonio in the opening round of the USTA Classic in San Antonio.
College Football: There are several top 25 games today with the biggest of them all being 7th ranked LSU playing at Arkansas.
Kentucky and Tennessee battle tomorrow in Knoxville in the final game Joker Phillips will coach at Kentucky. Coverage of the game begins at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Also tomorrow: Western Kentucky meets North Texas in Bowling Green, with Vanderbilt at Wake Forest and Louisville hosting Connecticut.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was involved in a Thanksgiving Day traffic accident. The accident happened in the St. Louis suburb of Wildwood when Freese crashed his vehicle into a tree while swerving to avoid a deer. Freese refused medical treatment, with investigators saying alcohol was not a factor in the accident.