Sports briefs: Dec. 5

December 4, 2013 


Ex-Cat Guy to get his 1st start

The Jacksonville Jaguars' Winston Guy will get his first NFL start Thursday night against the Houston Texans.

Guy, a second-year player out of the University of Kentucky, will start in place of rookie Josh Evans, who started the last eight games at free safety. Evans sustained a shoulder injury in a victory over Cleveland on Sunday.

Guy has played in 12 NFL games, but Thursday will be his first NFL start.

"It's a blessing," Guy said in a report on the team's website. "I'm very well prepared. When I was a backup I always prepared because if someone gets hurt, it's always the next man up. I always prepared myself as a starter.

"It's going to be exciting. It's Thursday Night Football. It's the only game on national TV, so everyone will be watching, so I'm prepared for what will happen tomorrow night."

Of making his debut on national television, Guy said, "I don't let the adversity stuff get me. I don't let the big stage get me caught up. I just try to stay focused on what I need to do."

Aaron Rodgers would rather not let the "Will he-or-won't he" questions linger until Sunday. The Packers' franchise quarterback expects a decision Friday — Saturday at the latest — on whether he'll be medically cleared to face the Atlanta Falcons.

"It's a medical decision. There were three parts to it: the strength, the range of motion and the evidence that we see on the scan. Two out of three are passed so far," Rodgers said Wednesday.

It was the results of the scan on the fractured left collarbone that disappointed Rodgers earlier in the week. He's healing, but the outlook wasn't as promising as he hoped.

If he can't go, Matt Flynn is back in again. Rodgers doesn't want his backup waiting until game time to learn that he's the starter.

"No, I don't think that's fair to Matt if we do that. I think by Friday or Saturday at the latest there will be a decision," he said.

College football

Mettenberger's season officially over

LSU announced that Zach Mettenberger's playing career with the Tigers is officially over. Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and LSU Coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday.

Shortly after Friday's game, Miles initially expressed hope that Mettenberger's injury did not involve any torn ligaments and that he'd be ready to return for a bowl game that the Tigers will likely play in January, depending on the bowl bid they accept this Sunday.

Instead, Mettenberger will require surgery and his rehabilitation will take place when he would have been preparing for next spring's NFL Draft. Mettenberger has been widely projected as an early round draft choice. He passed for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, getting within 266 yards of breaking Rohan Davey's 2001 LSU record for yards passing in a season.

Freshman backup Anthony Jennings, who led a game-winning, 99-yard TD drive against Arkansas, likely will start the bowl game.

Mettenberger is the only player in LSU history to throw for 2,500 or more yards in back-to-back seasons and his finished his career with a 19-6 record as a starter.

■ The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said Wednesday that it is completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday in his office to announce his findings. Winston has led the Seminoles to the No. 1 ranking, and they will play for a conference title Saturday, with a shot at the national crown. The quarterback also is a leading candidate for the Heisman, and many voters are waiting to see whether Winston will be charged with a crime before casting their ballots. The deadline for Heisman ballots to be turned in is Dec. 9.


Cherry Blossom off NGA Tour schedule

The NGA Tour announced its 2014 schedule and while it includes its regular May stop in Kentucky, it won't be back at Cherry Blossom Golf & Country Club in Georgetown.

The developmental golf tour, which ranks third in the United States to the PGA and tours, will instead play at Shelbyville Country Club on May 19-25. It's the home course for 2012 NGA Tour Player of the Year Brandon Brown. The former Eastern Kentucky University standout won at the tour's 2013 stop in Georgetown in a playoff. He also won the event in 2011.

Cherry Blossom first hosted the tour, when it was sponsored by Hooters, in 2008. The inaugural event was won by former University of Kentucky standout Mark Blakefield, who also won in 2010.

High school basketball

Lexington Catholic boys cruise to win

Lexington Catholic's boys shut out Frankfort in the first quarter, 18-0, and the Knights went on to win at home 69-29. Tanner Johnson led the way with 23 points and four rebounds. Reese Ryan had five points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Grace Rahman had 14 points, six steals and three assists in the Sayre girls' 44-15 win at St. Patrick in Maysville. Gabby Bowie added 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

Top UK recruiting target on TV tonight

The top-rated uncommitted basketball recruit in the country will play for a national audience Thursday night. Five-star center Myles Turner and Trinity High (Texas) are scheduled to face Homeschool Christian Youth (Texas) on ESPNU at 9 p.m. and ESPN both rank Turner as the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. He has narrowed his list of schools to Kentucky, Duke, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arizona, Ohio State and Texas.

UK Sports

Bruck to compete at winter nationals

University of Kentucky swimmer and Lexington native Eric Bruck will compete at the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships on Thursday in Knoxville. The senior out of Paul Dunbar will race in the men's 50-yard freestyle.

"This is a great opportunity for Eric," UK Coach Lars Jorgensen said. "He's a world class athlete, who needs to get more racing in. After sitting out last year, I think racing in the 50 free at USA Nationals is going to give him the opportunity to compete against some of the best in the country."


NBA Radio channel to launch Monday

SiriusXM NBA Radio will launch Monday, with the opening day to include interviews with players, owners and league executives, plus live coverage of a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. NBA Radio on Channel 217 will showcase more than 14 live games each week and a daily schedule of NBA-focused news and talk, with hosts that include former coaches Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy and Sam Mitchell. Monday's player interviews will include former Kentucky star Anthony Davis.

The last word

Before his out-of-the-blue four-touchdown breakout at Kansas City last weekend, the only starring role Eric Decker enjoyed this year was in his reality TV show about his wedding to country and pop singer Jessie James. The slump-busting performance has done wonders for his image and his morale — and maybe even his future financial worth. Decker said:

"It's funny how people start rolling around. One day they hate you, the other day, they love you. But a lot of love's been given out. And it's been fun to talk, I guess, about it and relive it ... ."

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