I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all a safe and happy New Year's Day!

The Charlton County basketball teams spent three days last week in Thomasville playing in the Auto-Owners Holiday Hoops Tournament at the Brookwood School. The Indians and Maidens represented themselves well on and off the court as they both won twice and lost once during the tourney. Both teams return to action on Thursday when they travel to Ocilla to play Irwin County. 

The National Playoff semi-finals are set for Friday, with Georgia facing Michigan in the Orange Bowl, while Alabama and Cincinnati tangle in the Cotton Bowl. The winners will then face off for the national championship.

Bowl action has been in full force the past week or so. The Florida Gators, in their last game before the Billy Napier regime takes over, were unable to handle their state counterpart Central Florida. The Knights would pull away in the second half to claim a 29-17 win.

Covid cases have hurt several bowl games with teams having to drop out. Fortunately the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville found a replacement for Texas A&M when Rutgers stepped up to face Wake Forest. However, the Hawaii, Fenway, and Military Bowls have all been canceled and the Sun Bowl more than likely canceled after Miami(FL) pulled out on Sunday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were so close to winning Sunday against the New York Jets. The Jets stopped the Jaguars on a goal line stand in the final seconds to win 26-21 to drop the Jaguars to 2-13.

The Atlanta Falcons improved to 6-8 on the year after they intercepted a Detroit Lions pass just outside the end zone in the final seconds to preserve a 20-16 win.

The Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all clinched division titles on Sunday, joining the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoff field so far.

In men's college hoops the top five all went unscathed last week, but sixth ranked Arizona lost to Tennessee and tenth ranked Alabama was stunned by Davidson.

In women's hoops South Carolina rallied from 18 points down to beat second ranked Stanford. The Georgia team has moved up to 13th in the rankings, while Connecticut dropped out of the top ten for the first time since 2004.