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Popo's Morning Rush for January 30, 2014

Big test tonight for the Bearcats

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CINCINNATI - Good Morning. It's Thursday, January 30th.  Still cold, but not as cold as it's been.

WHAT'S THIS? Good question.  Longtime web readers might recall that the Rush was a regular segment for about three years at WCPO.com.  Consider this is a restart.  I toyed with new names, but couldn't come up with anything clever.

WHY? I like one-stop shopping. Ask my wife. She knows I hit one store on Christmas Eve and I get it all done for the next day.  I like my web wandering the same way.  This is meant to be one click that will allow you to get caught up with what happened the night before, and what's likely to happen that day.

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE? The kitchen sink and more. I'll try to keep it sports related, but sometimes that's hard to do in this town. I just hope to make it worth your while to visit now and then. Let's get started:

SHOWDOWN: It's UC(19-2) at Louiisville(17-3) Thursday night. It's on ESPN at 7p.m. The Bearcats have won 12 straight games.

QUOTING LOUISVILLE COACH RICK PITINO: "There's no margin for error in this game. If we don't take care of the boards the way they offensively rebound, we'll be in for a long night."

COVERAGE: 9 On Your Side's Ken Broo will be live in Louisville Thursday at 5:30 and 6:20 with a game preview. He'll wrap up the game with a live report at 11p.m.

LONG HISTORY: Cincinnati and Louisville have played 97 times. Louisville has the lead in the series 55-42. They've competed in the Metro Conference, the Great Midwest Conference, Conference USA, the Big East and the American Athletic Conference.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Louisville moves to the ACC after this season, and no game with UC is planned for next year. Mick is working on some ideas to continue the rivalry in the future. He's a former assistant to Rick Pitino and they remain close friends.

ALSO THURSDAY: The NKU men play at North Florida.


TOLEDO 83 MIAMI 70: Not enough defense from the Redhawks. The Rockets shot 55 percent from the field

PENN STATE 71 OHIO STATE 70 IN OT: The Buckeyes have lost five of their last six games after starting the season at 15-0

CINCINNATI STATE 93  SINCLAIR 87: Big game involving a couple of JUCO powers. Cincinnati State is ranked sixth and Sinclair is ranked ninth.

OHIO U 71 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 67: The Bobcats win their 15th game.

ARIZONA 60  STANFORD 57: Sean Miller's Wildcats improve to 21-0

UNBEATABLE: The Thomas More women's team is 18-0 after crushing Chatham 100-37. It's the sixth time in seven games that the Saints have scored more than a hundred points.

REMARKABLE: Princeton's Kelsey Mitchell has been picked to play in the 2014 McDonald's All American game this April in Chicago. Only 24 girls from all over the nation play in the game.

NASTINESS: I'm not talking about the weather. The three relievers of 1990 known as "The Nasty Boys", Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers headlined the LaSalle Sports Stag Wednesday night.  Dibs has done radio and television sportstalk over the years. He's currently moving from the west coast to his home base in Connecticut.  Charlton operates a fishing charter service in Texas. Myers is out in the Great Northwest.

WHY WERE THEY BIG? They turned every game in 1990 into a five inning affair. If the starters could last that long and the Reds had the lead, the Nasty Boys took over the rest of the way.

QUOTING ROB DIBBLE: "I was lucky and blessed that I grew up with Barry Larkin and Eric Davis and Paul O'Neill and those guys. You didn't want to fail in front of them."

HOME GROWN HALL OF FAMERS: The Reds will hold their Hall of Fame Induction weekend August 8-10. Ken Griffey Jr, Dave Parker and Ron Oester will enter the Reds Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Saturday. The Reds Gala will be Sunday night at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: Cincinnati has come up short in its bid to host the men's and women's marathon trials for the 2016 Olympics. Los Angeles won the bid.  L-A, Houston and Cincinnati were the finalists.

LUCKY LUCIANI: Anthony Luciani scored three points as the Cincinnati Cyclones won over the Reading Royals Wednesday night 4-1.  The Cyclones improve to 25-12-1. The Cyclones are back home Saturday night.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: One of the busiest and best actors of our time, Gene Hackman is 84 Thursday.  I don't know what his first big role was, but I remember first noticing him in the "French Connection" as Popeye Doyle.

THIS DATE IN 1994: The Cowboys won their second straight Super Bowl title 30-13 over Buffalo.  It was the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for the Bills.

STAY IN TOUCH: You can write me at jpopovich@wcpo.com.  You follow my occasional Twitterings at popo_wcpo.com.

Let me know what you like and what you can do without.






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