A look at some of the big sports stories you’ll be talking about today, Wednesday, Nov. 19.
WILDCATS HAMMER JAYHAWKS
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have passed their first major test of the men’s college basketball season.
The Wildcats are 3-0 after holding Kansas under 20 percent shooting in a 72-40 rout of the fifth-ranked Jayhawks. Dakari Johnson finished with 11 points and Andrew Harrison had 10 in the second game of the Champions Classic at Indianapolis.
The Jayhawks shot just 19.6 percent from the field and were 15 for 27 at the line in their worst offensive performance since a 61-45 loss to Kentucky 16 years ago.
In other top-25 finals:
NFLPA APPEALING SUSPENSION OF PETERSON
The Minnesota Vikings will be without their star running back for at least the rest of this season. That’s after the NFL suspended Adrian Peterson without pay. The player’s union quickly announced an immediate appeal as the Vikings running back remained at the center of an escalating dispute between the league and the NFL Players Association over the player discipline process.
Commissioner Roger Goodell told Peterson he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the NFL personal conduct policy – the first example of a crackdown on players involved with domestic violence.
Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He said he intended no harm, only discipline.
In other NFL news:
LAKERS GET SECOND WIN
The Los Angeles Lakers were able to avoid their 10th loss in 11 games this season by pulling out a victory in Atlanta.
Kobe Bryant poured in 28 points and Carlos Boozer added 20 as the Lakers got past the Hawks 114-109. Bryant converted a three-point play that put the Lakers ahead 108-102 with 71 seconds remaining.
Paul Millsap had a game-high 29 points in the Hawks’ first home loss of the season.
Also in the NBA:
PREDATORS CHEW UP LEAFS
The Nashville Predators tied a team record for goals in a game while continuing their strong start to the NHL season.
Taylor Beck scored twice and had an assist in the Predators 9-2 dismantling of the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Shea Weber collected three assists, five other Predators had a goal and an assist and nine Nashville skaters produced multi-point games.
It was the third nine-goal game for the Predators, and their first since Mar. 18, 2006 against Calgary. They are 12-4-2 under new coach Peter Laviolette and one behind the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks squandered a 2-0 lead in the third period of a 4-3 shootout loss at Calgary. Dennis Wideman scored twice in regulation before Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan funished the Flames’ shootout tallies.
Also on ice:
PENGUINS DEFENSEMAN MAATTA BACK AFTER CANCER SCARE
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta played against Montreal on Tuesday, two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid.
The 20-year-old Maatta underwent surgery at the urging of doctors, who detected the tumor during a preseason physical. Maatta returned to the ice a few days after the procedure. Maatta has one goal and five assists in 11 games for the Penguins.
BLACK GOLFER RECOGNIZED FOR BREAKING BOUNDARIES
Pioneering black golfer Charlie Sifford will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on Nov. 24 during a ceremony at the White House.
The 92-year-old Sifford has been compared to Jackie Robinson for finally breaking the PGA’s color line when it reluctantly dropped its “Caucasian only” membership rule in 1961 and issued him full playing privileges on the PGA Tour. Sifford has been credited with opening the doors to other minority golfers. Tiger Woods has long called Sifford his grandfather and has said that were it not for Sifford and other pioneers, he may not have ever played golf.