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Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 12:05 PM


LSU tries to keep title hopes alive

UNDATED (AP) — LSU's role in the SEC and national championship pictures have faded with two losses this season, but the No. 8 Tigers aren't totally dead yet. Just close to it.

LSU tries to keep hope alive when it visits disappointing Arkansas this afternoon. A Tigers win is a must if they have any championship chance. And even if they do pull it off, they'll have to depend on Auburn to upset No. 2 Alabama tomorrow to gain traction in the title chases in the SEC and BCS.

After being ranked in the top 10 to start the season, Arkansas has struggled to a 4-7 mark. It's expected that interim coach John L. Smith will not keep his job.

Nebraska is zeroing in on a spot in the Big Ten title game as it readies to visit Iowa this afternoon. The surging Cornhuskers have won five in a row, and a victory today locks up a berth in the championship game. Even if Nebraska unexpectedly doesn't win, a conference championship game spot can still be had, if Michigan loses to Ohio State tomorrow.

Kent State will be trying to finish off a perfect Mid-American Conference season when it takes on Ohio University today. The 23rd ranked Golden Flashes are 7-0 in the conference, the same as No. 24 Northern Illinois.

The Huskies take a ten-game winning streak into today's game against Eastern Michigan. Kent State and Northern Illinois will face off in the MAC title game next week.


Louisville, Mizzou meet in the Bahamas

UNDATED (AP) — A match-up of ranked teams highlights a busy top 25 basketball schedule today and tonight.

No. 2 Louisville and 13th-ranked Missouri square off in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Both improved to 4-0 with victories yesterday. Fifth-ranked Duke is also back in action in that tournament taking on VCU. The Rams are coming off an upset of No. 19 Memphis last night. The Tigers square off against Minnesota this afternoon.

The NIT Season Tipoff title is on the line tonight in New York, where No. 4 Michigan takes on Kansas State in a battle of unbeatens. The Wolverines are 4-0, the Wildcats 5-0.

There are 13 games involving ranked teams on the top 25 schedule.


Coaches conduct being reviewed

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Morehead State first-year coach Sean Woods is facing possible disciplinary action after appearing to shove Eagles' point guard Devon Atkinson during Wednesday's loss to 8th-ranked Kentucky.

Athletic department spokesman Matt Segal says the situation is being discussed internally and any disciplinary action would be announced this morning.

Atkinson fouled out with 5:51 remaining, and an agitated Woods shouted at the senor as he walked toward the bench. The coach then appeared to shove Atkinson in the back, pushing him forward, and continued yelling at him during the timeout.

It was Woods' second intense sideline encounter with a player this season. During a loss at Maryland on Nov. 12, Woods was seen yelling in the face of Chad Posthumus while the junior center was sitting on the bench.


NBA back in action

UNDATED (AP) — It's back to basketball after the NBA took a day off yesterday to celebrate Thanksgiving. Play resumes tonight with 12 games on the schedule including the two teams with the best record in the league.

The Knicks visit Houston, while Memphis hosts the Lakers. New York and the Grizzlies are 8-2, but both are coming off losses. New York came up short against Dallas Wednesday. Memphis was on fire with an eight-game winning streak, before losing to Denver Monday night.

San Antonio is just percentage points behind Memphis for first in the Southeast Division. The Spurs visit Indiana tonight.

Oklahoma City is riding a three-game winning streak into tonight's road game against Boston. The Thunder has a three-game lead at the top of the Northwest Division.


McIlroy, Donald share lead

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 2 Luke Donald are tied Marc Warren for the lead at 11-under after two rounds of the Dubai World Championship. McIlroy and Warren posted 5-under 67's while Donald shot a 68 in the season-ending tournament.


Somber vigil for 'Macho' Camacho in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Family and friends of Hector 'Macho' Camacho are keeping a somber vigil at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he remains on life support.

Doctors in San Juan say Camacho is clinically brain dead from a shooting earlier this week in his hometown of Bayamon. But family members and friends tell The Associated Press they are still wrestling with whether to remove him from life support.

One of the boxer's aunts and she says a decision could come later Friday.

The former champion was shot Tuesday night as he sat in a car with a friend. The friend was killed. Police have made no arrests.

Meanwhile, condolences are coming in for the boxer's family and preparations have begun for memorials and a funeral Mass.