Bowl action...Sports slate...Bortles gets one more start
UNDATED (AP) — Lightning struck early and literally in today’s first football bowl game. The lightning strike in the 1st quarter of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas came with Boston College leading No. 25 Boise State 7-0. Officials were watching the weather in hopes of resuming the game. Two other games come later as the countdown continues to the CFP semifinals on Saturday. Minnesota and Georgia Tech are in Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl. And Phoenix hosts the Cheez-It Bowl between California and TCU.
UNDATED (AP) — The day after Christmas features a busy slate day of NBA games including Atlantic Division leader Toronto which takes its NBA-best record to Miami. Sacramento travels to Los Angeles for a game against the clippers. Phoenix visits Orlando, Washington is at Detroit, Charlotte plays Brooklyn, Atlanta hosts Indiana, Cleveland is at Memphis, Minnesota travels to Chicago and New Orleans heads to Dallas. There are no college basketball games involving Top 25 teams. The National Hockey League has the night off.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles is getting another start for the Jacksonville Jaguars. It could be his last. Coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday that Bortles will start the season finale at Houston (10-5), giving the embattled quarterback a chance to close out the season on a positive note. Bortles came off the bench at Miami last Sunday and led Jacksonville (5-10) to the go-ahead score in a 17-7 victory. Because of his inconsistency, it seems Bortles will unlikely return to Jacksonville in 2019.
DALLAS (AP) — Brandon Wimbush is practicing with Notre Dame to be the No. 2 quarterback for the third-ranked Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl amid questions about his future with the team after the College Football Playoff. Several media reports say Wimbush has notified Notre Dame that he intends to transfer. The senior already has a degree and could transfer to another school and play immediately as a graduate transfer. Wimbush was Notre Dame’s starter the first three games before getting replaced by junior Ian Book.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has missed his scheduled media availability at the Orange Bowl on Wednesday because of what the team says is an illness. Murray was able to go through practice with the Sooners on Tuesday, and the nature of his illness was not disclosed. However, there doesn’t seem to be much concern about him missing time. Murray completed 71 percent of his passes this season for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns. The fourth-ranked Sooners take on No. 1 Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup Saturday night.