College Basketball Gators turn back Kansas, 67-61
Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61 Tuesday night.
The Gators bounced back from a buzzer-beater loss at No. 9 Connecticut last week and extended their home winning streak to 21 games. Wilbekin, who injured his right ankle against the Huskies eight days ago, made 7 of 12 shots and added six assists.
Freshman Andrew Wiggins led the Jayhawks (6-3) with 26 points and 11 rebounds — his first double-double and both career highs. Kansas has lost two straight.
The Gators (7-2) led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but Kansas made it 60-55 on Wiggins' three-pointer with 55.8 seconds remaining. It was his second three in the final 1:20. Florida closed it out from the free-throw line — barely.
■ Australian power forward Jonah Bolden — a top-50 prospect in the Class of 2014 — committed to UCLA on Tuesday morning.
Bolden recently narrowed his list to six schools, including Kentucky and Louisville. UK was the only program on his final list that had not offered a scholarship, and it was unclear how seriously the Wildcats were recruiting Bolden. UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua visited Findlay Prep last week and met with UK target Rashad Vaughn, but there were no indications he met with Bolden, who also plays for Findlay. Southern Cal, Southern Methodist and Indiana were the other three schools on his list.
■ A college basketball player who won $20,000 by hitting a half-court shot during an Oklahoma City Thunder game can keep the money for use as a scholarship, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday.
Cameron Rodriguez nailed the promotional shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder's home game against the Denver Nuggets. The jubilation was short-lived after the NAIA informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money, he would lose his amateur status at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. The college appealed, and the NAIA said Tuesday that Rodriguez could use the half-court winnings as scholarship money.
■ Kentucky women's junior guard Jennifer O'Neill has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's first Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week of the season on Tuesday. O'Neill scored a school-record 43 points in Kentucky's 133-130 four-overtime win over Baylor last Friday.
Bengals waive FB Pressley, QB Robinson
The Bengals have waived fullback Chris Pressley, who was sidelined the entire season by a knee injury. Pressley went on the physically unable to perform list because of a knee injury before training camp began. He recently was cleared to resume practice on a roster exemption, which expired Tuesday. The Bengals also chose not to add quarterback Zac Robinson to the active roster. He's been on the physically unable to perform list with a sore passing elbow. He'll remain on the injury list for the rest of the season.
■ The Baltimore Ravens have placed wide receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve, ending his season. Stokley sustained a concussion in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. He has had multiple concussions over his 15-year career, and the Ravens determined after testing that the 37-year-old would not be able to return any time soon.
Williamson named All-SEC by coaches
A day after being honored by The Associated Press as a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer, Kentucky senior linebacker Avery Williamson earned the same honor Tuesday by league's coaches as the conference office announced its 2013 Coaches' All-SEC Teams.
With the honor, Williamson became the first UK linebacker to earn All-SEC honors by league coaches since current Denver Broncos starting linebacker Danny Trevathan was selected to the second team in 2011. The native of Milan, Tenn., was honored as a second-team All-SEC linebacker by The AP on Monday, marking the first All-SEC honor of his career. Kentucky has had at least one All-SEC second-team selection by league coaches every year through 1997.
■ Volleyball seniors Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan both were selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Southeast Region first team, the association announced Tuesday. The honor is the first of Morgan's career, while this is Billings' third straight first-team All-Region honor. Billings is the only player in Kentucky history to earn selection to the first team of the AVCA All-Region team following three seasons of action.
■ Men's soccer seniors Steven Perinovic and Tyler Riggs have each earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-Midwest Region honors. Perinovic earned second-team honors for a second consecutive season, while Riggs was named to the third team.
Angels' Trumbo part of three-team trade
The Los Angeles Angels have traded slugging outfielder-first baseman Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Chicago White Sox.
Pitcher Hector Santiago moved from the White Sox to the Angels, outfielder Adam Eaton from Diamondbacks to Chicago, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona to Los Angeles. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs in Tuesday's deal made at the winter meetings.
■ Brent Kidwell was fouled on a made layup and converted the free throw with four seconds left to give the Collins boys' basketball team a 56-53 win over visiting Franklin County. Lawson Page, who quarterbacked Collins to a Class 4A state title on Saturday and hadn't yet practiced with the basketball team, sparked a Titans run with 11 points in the third quarter.
■ The University of the Cumberlands will offer free fan buses to the NAIA Football Championship game between Cumberlands and Grand View (Iowa) at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 21. Fans will still need to purchase a $25 general admission ticket. Deadline to sign up for a fan bus seat is Dec. 17 at noon.
The last word
Josh McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Cowboys on a frigid Monday night. McCown, making his fourth straight start with Jay Cutler out with a high left ankle sprain, became the first Bears quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in three straight games. Demarcus Ware was not pleased with Dallas' effort in containing McCown:
"If you were back there quarterbacking and we played the way we played you probably would have five touchdowns."